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Top 10 Must-Taste Foods in Beijing

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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Plan your Beijing tour? Beijing has a strong gastronomic tradition and no Beijing tour is complete without getting a taste of some of its local foods.

Today I’m going to introduce to you the top 10 must-taste foods unique in Beijing with pictures and descriptions easy for you to follow on your trip to Beijing. Some of the top 10 foods mentioned may sound a bit bizarre or weird.

1. Beijing Roast Duck (北京烤鸭)
Eating Beijing Ducks and walking on the Great Wall are the two must-do things while traveling Beijing for the first time. The making of Beijing roast ducks dates back to 150 years.

Generally, there are two ways of making ducks – Roasting ducks by using an oven without a door and roasting is done in an enclosed oven heated with crop stalks as the fuel.

Quanjude Roast Ducks are representative of the ducks roasted in an oven without a door while Bianyifang Roast Ducks of the ducks roasted in an enclosed oven.

After roasted and dried, the duck will look brightly dark red, shining with oil and with crisp skin and tender meat. Few people could resist its temptation due to its attractive appearance.

Beijing Roast Duck

Recommended Beijing duck restaurants:
Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 32 Qianmen Dajie, Chongwen District
Open hours: 11am-1:30pm, 4:45pm-8pm
By bus: take lines 110, 120, 20, exit at Dazhalan
Tel: 6710 1379

Hepingmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 14 Qian Men xi dajie, Xuanwu District
Open hours: 11am-2pm, 4:30pm-10:30pm
By bus: take lines 14, 7, 15, subway line 2, exit at Hepingmen
Tel: 6301 8833

Xingfudajie Bian Yi Fang Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 36 xingfu dajie, chongwen District
Open hours: 10:30am-2pm, 4pm-10pm
By bus: take lines 8, exit at xingfu street
Tel: 6711 6545

Yutingqiao Bian Yi Fang Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 73 Tian tan Donglu, chongwen district
Open hours: 11am-9:30pm
By bus: take lines 39,39special, 43, 807, 958, exit at dongce lu
Tel: 6702 0904 

2. Mutton Hot Pot(涮羊肉)
Mutton Hot Pot is one of the traditional cuisines in Beijing. Here the mutton hot-pot refers to the Mongolian style hot-pot.

The lamb slices are put into the hot-pot, which is a copper pot containing a boiling soup base.After a few seconds the lamb slices are done and  dip them a sesame butter sauce. Mutton hot-pot is especially popular in winter.

Donglaishun Mutton Hot Pot
Address: No.198, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Phone: 010-63023042

Mutton Hot Pot

Mutton Hot Pot

3. Fried Lamb or Cow Stomach (Baodu 爆肚)
Fried Lamb or Cow Stomach is a traditional snack in Beijing. Put lamb or cow stomaches in boiling water, then take them out and cut them into thin slices.Then spread some sauce on the sliced stomaches. Fried Lamb or Cow Stomach is pronounced “Baodu”.

Recommended restaurants for “Baodu”:

Baodu Feng Restaurant
Add: 17 Qianhai Dongyan, Shichahai, Xicheng District, Beijing 西城区什刹海前海东沿17号(银锭桥南)
Tel:010-64057412

Baodu Feng Restaurant
Add: 56 Langfang Ertiao, Menkuang Hutong, Qianmen, Xicheng District, Beijing 西城区前门大街门框胡同廊坊二条56号 公交/驾车 Tel:010-63083296

Fried Cow Stomach

Fried Cow Stomach

4. Fried Pig Liver (炒肝)
Fried Pig Liver is a traditional Beijing snack. Its ingredients include fat sausages, pig livers and garlic.Yaoji Fried Liver Restaurant (Gulou)

Add:311 Dongdajie,Gulou, Dongcheng District, Beijing 东城区鼓楼东大街311号

Fried Pig Liver

Fried Pig Liver

5. Bittern flapjack (卤煮火烧)
Bittern flapjack is a traditional snack in Beijing. The pig intestines and lung are cooked together with bean curds tablets, blood tofu, and sold in a bowl of hot soup.Chenji Luzhu Xiaochang (陈记卤煮小肠)

Add: Jia 16-17, Huayuan North Road, Haidian Ditrict, Beijing 海淀区花园北路甲12号16-17门牌
Tel: 13520510701

Bittern flapjack

Bittern flapjack

6. Mending Meat Pie (门丁肉饼)
“Mengding” in Chinese literally means “door nails”. The meat pie looks like a door nail in the past, hence the Mending Meat Pie.

The yellow and crisp pastries contain hot meat.The best place to eat Mending meat pie is Mending Li (门丁李).

Tel:010-81624868
Add: 20 South Road, Capital Stadium, Xicheng District, Beijing 北京西城区首体南路20号

Mending Meat Pie

Mending Meat Pie

7. Steamed Stuffed Buns
Beijing is well-known for its yummy steamed stuffed buns, quite different from Tianjin’s stuffed buns known as “Goubuli”.

Beijing’s stuffed buns look more beautiful, not oily.It provides plentiful stuffed buns.You are highly recommended to eat the stuffed buns at Qingfeng Stuffed buns. You may visit one of its chain restaurants.

Qingfeng Stuffed Buns Head Office
Add:178 Nandajie, Xinjiekou, Beijing 北京市新街口南大街178号
Tel:010-66182812 010-66124087

8. Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake 褡裢火烧
Place fillings into two dumpling wrappers, and put them into boiling oil wok. The fried cakes look like ancient shoulder bags, hence Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake.

Ruibinlou Restaurant (瑞宾楼)
Add :7 Zhaogongkou, Fengtai District, Beijing 丰台区赵公口7号楼
Tel:010-87263302

Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake

Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake

9. Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce ( Zhajiang Mian 炸酱面)

Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce is most typical of Beijing. It is a unique and traditional way of making noodles. Add shredded cucumbers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, scrambled eggs, fresh soybeans and hot sauce.

Zhajian Mian in Chinese literally means  Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce.
Lao Beijing King of Zhajiang Mian. 老北京炸酱面大王

Tel: 010-66180788
西城区 西什库大街31号院1楼(近北大医院)
Add: 1 Floor, 31 Xishikou Charch, Shanghai.

Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce

Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce

10.Wonton (馄饨)
Wonton is one of Beijing traditional snacks. Often placed in the bowl of hot made soup, which includes dried purple seaweed, parsley and sesame.

Wonton Hou (Xinjiekou) 馄饨侯(新街口店)
Tel: 010-66537143
26 Neidajie, Xizhinmen
西城区西直门内大街26号(近新华书店)

Wonton is one of Beijing traditonal snacks

Wonton is one of Beijing traditional snacks

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Shougang, Retooled and Resurrected

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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SHOUGANG, literally “Capital Steel”, a very household name in Beijing, basically refers both to Shougang Group and its namesake steel plant – Shougang ( Capital Steel Plant) .

Shougang Group itself is a huge enterprise group with cross-regional, cross-ownership and transnational operation, mainly engaged in the production of steel industry, concurrently engaged in mining, machinery, electronics, construction, real estate, service industry, overseas trade and other industries.

Shougang or Capital Steel Plant in English, affiliated to Shougang Group, used to be the largest and the most famous plant for manufacturing iron and steel in Beijing.

The steel mill was first built in 1919 in Shijingshan District, west of Beijing city proper and had run for almost a century until 2005. In that year, the local Beijing authority decided to shut it down and move its operations out of the city prior to Beijing Olympics 2008 due to concerns over pollution.

Shougang Shijingshan Industrial Cultural Park

After the closure of the Shijingshan site of Shougang Steel Plant, the local government decided to repurpose the time-honored steel mill as a heritage site for industry tourism.

The old chimneys in the steel plant

On September 12, 2013, Shougang Industrial Cultural Park officially became a 3A level tourist scenic spot.

Inside the old steel mill

Now the old Shijingshan site of the steel plant has become a hot destination, a place where people can go for their daily leisure and get a sense of what steel and iron industry is, what industrial workers are.

Blast furnaces ringed by lake water and green trees

Drive from Beijing downtown to the west on the Fushi Road Phase Overpass, out of the West Fifth Ring road, you can have a panoramic view of 30 – 40 meters high brown ironmaking blast furnacse and chimneys ringed by lake water and green trees, here is the old factory area of Shijingshan.

A close look at a blast furnace

The old factory site park covers an area of 1.96 square kilometers, visitors can not only have a close look at a blast furnace, sit on a small train for sightseeing, but also experience the most nostalgic characteristics of the Old Shougang soda water, eating with the canteen trays popular in the old days, getting you back to the time when the real Shougang people did.

The Venue for Beijing Committeee 2022 Winter Olympic Games

In 2016, the government made another creative decision to have part of the old steel mill retooled to accommodate Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and to build some of the venues and the training centers for athletes as well.

A huge sign of the 2022 winter games erected in the old steel mill

The arrival of the Organizing Committee has brought new vitality to the deserted factory. People, selected from all sectors, come here for the preparation of the games, enlivening the spacious place.

The main entrance to Beijing organizing committee for the winter games

Now during COVID-19, Beijing people are making big efforts to overcome the epidemic, while busy readying the winter games of 2022 at the same time.

National Winter Sports Training Center

After 2022, Beijing will become the only city for holding both Summer and Winter Games in the world.

The training center and some of the venues for the coming winter games. Currently some national athletes are training inside there everyday.

Shougang Ice Hokey Area

A kind of modern robot for delivering food ordered online can be often seen running in the park.

The unmanned robotic vehicle is very artificial intelligent.

The unmanned robotic vehicle is very artificial intelligent. It can slow down and avoid pedestrians automatically when seeing them.

A newly opened starbucks coffee h in the park

A Starbucks coffee has opened here in the park and the business is very good.

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Walking Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Gui Jie ( Ghost Street) Food Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Is Beijing dangerous at night?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
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In other words, is Beijing safe at night? Well, basically Beijing is not a dangerous city if you venture to walk out of your cozy hotel and get the feel of the real life of the locals at night. Check out “Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing at night“.

Tiananmen Tower on the Midde of Chang’An Avenue

The main reasons behind its safety are that private guns and illegal drugs are not allowed in China.; go to the street with a sharp knife (oversized knife not permitted), you will be arrested by the police; most importantly you will be surprised to learn how safe and law-abiding Beijing is with surveillance cameras almost everywhere. So the crime rate in Beijing is very lower.

That said, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be vigilant when you walk at night or during the daytime as well in Beijing. Even in the safest cities in the world, there’s always a risk, whether you’re in your hometown or a foreign city.

Back Alleys

Basically the main streets in Beijing are perfectly safe. But just use your common sense when you venture down back alleys.

Back alleys, locally known as “hutong”, a glimpse of the old hutongs in Beijing will be crammed into a travel plan for most of the first-time visitors coming to Beijing. Why hutongs? In a sense, the modern Beijing was born to hutongs, the unique and vernacular buildings or architectures. Check “Top 10 Hutongs in Beijing” for more travel information.

Prostitution in Beijing

Though illegal, prostitution is now very visible and exists in Beijing in the forms of bars and clubs; massage and “Beauty” parlors; karaoke bars and entertainment clubs.

Just avoiding getting approached, prostitutes and pimps can be “pushy,” toward visitors.

Pickpockets in Beijing

Be vigilant about pickpockets in Beijing! Pickpockets, like croachs, die hard. The thieves in Beijing are no exception like every large city in the world.

The most endangered places are public bus lines, subways, airport, popular tourist spots and shopping centers as well. These crowded places are where pickpockets often cruise around.

Tourist Scams in Beijing

Most foreign travelers feel very safe when traveling in Beijing. But that doesn’t mean you should lower your vigilance on possible travel scams in Beijing.

Tea Scam
At some heavy tourist areas (like Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing Street…),  you will be approached by one or three  attractive females or gentlemen, who are  willing to have a natural and nice talk with you or  even give you a free tour of hutong  in a polite way. 

She or he will talk about the interesting things in Beijing, or talk about the culture or history of your home country and even world affairs! Check “Top 10 Tourist Scams in Beijing“.

Air Quality

Beijing has been in the armageddon struggling with air pollution for years with a host of smog clearing programs on the way. But this doesn’t have immediate impact or completely eradicate smog overnight .

Beijing’s smog is the result of multiple factors like vehicle emission, coal-powered industry, dust from construction sites, all contributes to the smog which is accelerated by lack of wind and other human activities. Check out “8 Tips for Visiting Beijing in Smog” for more information.

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Walking Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Gui Jie ( Ghost Street) Food Street

Any questions, just drop a line.