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Wangfujing Snack Street

Monday, March 28th, 2022
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Plan your Beijing tour? Among the numerous outdoor activities in Beijing, a stroll on Wangfujing Pedestrian Street is a unique and fruitful experience for those visiting Beijing for the first time.

Check out Wangfujing Street, a famous pedestrian street in Beijing and An Old Photo of Wangfujing Street for more information on Wangfujing Street.

The 810-meter walking street is packed with shops,stores,and restaurants including several big shopping malls, such Oriental Plaza, Beijing Department Store, Sun Dong An Plaza, the New China Woman and Children Department etc. It also has two large bookstores – the Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore and the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore.

One highlight on Wangfujing Street is Wangfujing Snack Street (王府井小吃街)which is set on a narrow alley off the main walking street. Now just follow me to have a glimpse of Wangfujing Snack Street.

Take subway line 2, get off at the station of Wangfujing and use Exit C. Follow the throng into the Wangfujing Pedestrian Street. Walking north  for about 50 meters, you will see a KFC on your right side, and opposite the KFC is a decorated archway, the east entrance to Wangfujing Snack Street.

you will see a KFC on your right side
you will see a KFC on your right side

The Paifang ,  a decorated archway, is the east entrance to Wangfujing Snack Street.  People are going in and out.

The snack street is packed with food vendors, souvenirs stands,  and candy shops.  There are also the arrays of weird food on offer, scorpions, bugs with legs, bugs without legs.

The snack street is packed with food vendors, souveniors stands, and candy shops.
The snack street is packed with food vendors, souvenirs stands, and candy shops.

The skewered scorpions, sea horses and star fishes attract passing visitors to take pictures. Few people would stop and taste the weird food.

The skewered scorpions, sea horses and star fishes
The skewered scorpions, sea horses and star fishes

A food vendor selling the locally produced open-mouth fried chestnuts.

A food vendor selling the fried chestnuts
A food vendor selling the fried chestnuts

Skewered sugar-coated haws and more fruits sugar coated on sticks are sold alluring eaters in and out.

Skewered sugar-coated haws and more fruits sugar coated on sticks are sold alluring eaters in and out.
Skewered sugar-coated haws and more fruits sugar coated on sticks are sold alluring eaters in and out.

Two guys with huge wooden mallets are pounding a piece of cake

Two guys with huge wooden mallets are pounding a piece of cake
Two guys with huge wooden mallets are pounding a piece of cake

The cakes are cut into small square pieces for sale.

The cakes are cut into small square pieces for sale.
The cakes are cut into small square pieces for sale.

Fried squids ans fried live scorpions on sticks.

Fried squids ans fried live scorpions on sticks
Fried squids ans fried live scorpions on sticks

So the narrow alley is packed with food stalls and souvenirs stands.

So the narrow alley is packed with food stalls and souvenirs stands.
So the narrow alley is packed with food stalls and souvenirs stands.

The craftsman is blowing sugar figurines on the spot.

The craftman is blowing sugar figurines on the spot.
The craftsman is blowing sugar figurines on the spot.

Chinese desserts

Chinese desserts
Chinese desserts

Candy fruits on a stick

Candy fruits on a stick
Candy fruits on a stick

Cockles, mussles, escargot

Cockles, mussles, escargot
Cockles, mussles, escargot

Exotic skewers of fried beetles, grasshoppers, centipedes, cockroaches, sea horses, scorpions

Exotic skewers of fried beetles and more.
Exotic skewers of fried beetles and more.

Pineapple steamed rice

Pineapple steamed rice
Pineapple steamed rice

Wangfujing Snack Street is a festival place where you can experience Chinese food culture, an eye-opener for foreign visitors.

Wangfujing Snack Street is a festival place
Wangfujing Snack Street is a festival place

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 Beijing guided tours:

Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Autumn Tour
Great Wall Tour
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

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.

Vegan Restaurants Are On The Rise in China

Friday, March 25th, 2022
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In recent years, vegan restaurants have become more and more popular in China.

Vegan Kung Pao Chicken (Tofu Stir Fry)

People choosing to eat there mainly consist of two kinds, either for health or for religion.

Vegan Steak (Tender, Juicy and Flavorful!)

When you sit down in a vegan restaurant and begin to leaf through the menu, you can still surprisingly see “meat” dishes.

Actually most of the meat are substituted by ingredients made of bean products, some others made of mushrooms.

By doing so, the dishes can have a very similar appearance, texture and flavour of the real meat to cater the taste of some non-vegans.

A vegan local restaurant in Beijing designed in a traditional Chinese tea house setting.

In addition, most of the owners of these vegan restaurants are people who believe in Buddhism.

Therefore sometimes at the entrance of the restaurant, diners can receive some Buddhist scriptures or books free of charge for the further spread of Buddhism.

Besides, you can feel the waiters and waitresses are more friendly and more polite due to the religious reason.

So, come to China and try to dine in a vegan restaurant.

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Top 10 Most Popular Halal Restaurants in Beijing

Stroll on Wangfujing Snack Street

Da Dong Roast Duck Menu

Top 10 Must-Taste Foods in Beijing

Beijing Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

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 Beijing guided tours:

Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Beijing Winter Tour
Great Wall Tour
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

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.

Top 10 Must-Taste Foods in Beijing

Friday, March 25th, 2022
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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.

I’ve rounded up 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 travelling 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.

Beijing Roast Duck

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.

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.

Mutton 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

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”.

Fried Cow Stomach

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

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)

Check out Beijing Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant for more information.

Fried Pig Liver

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

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)

Bittern flapjack

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 is one of Beijing traditional snacks

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)

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 Beijing guided tours:

Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Beijing Winter Tour
Great Wall Tour
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

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.