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China Beijing Wangfujing Dumplings

9 November 2011

Central Beijing

My hotel is very central, between Wangfujing pedestrain street and Tiananmen Square.
So I dont have to go far to see anything.
The centre part of town is very interesting, the streets are wiiiiide, theres not nearly as many people about as in Shanghai. Theres also a massive amount of construction and dust everywhere. There are no streetlights (this is sort of cool).
I am sure that after I have walked around in the daylight it will seem a bit more normal, but after arriving in the dark it seems very much like communist China. Perhaps this is only the case in the old part of the city where I am staying.

Only one group of girls tried to scam me this evening, I told them I was from Guatemala, no English. That did the trick immediately.

China-Beijing-Wangfujing-Dumplings - Unlike Shanghai, there are street food markets everywhere, just like Taiwan, in fact one of them is called 'Taiwan food street'.

Unlike Shanghai, there are street food markets everywhere, just like Taiwan, in fact one of them is called 'Taiwan food street'.


China-Beijing-Wangfujing-Dumplings - Wangfujing street, it has a couple of mcdonalds and KFC's but it seems much more like the Ukraine than New York.

Wangfujing street, it has a couple of mcdonalds and KFC's but it seems much more like the Ukraine than New York.


China-Beijing-Wangfujing-Dumplings - The tents are mostly selling fake bags etc.

The tents are mostly selling fake bags etc.


China-Beijing-Wangfujing-Dumplings - More food streets.

More food streets.


China-Beijing-Wangfujing-Dumplings - Scorpions on sticks, alarmingly still moving!

Scorpions on sticks, alarmingly still moving!


China-Beijing-Wangfujing-Dumplings - The lack of street lighting makes for some interesting store lighting, in this case bright yellow, but generally flickering fluoro style that you assu

The lack of street lighting makes for some interesting store lighting, in this case bright yellow, but generally flickering fluoro style that you assumed doesnt exist anymore.


China-Beijing-Wangfujing-Dumplings - Thats not to say new malls dont exist, heres one, its giant actually and seems to be a series of old buildings that have been gutted, joined, and mall

Thats not to say new malls dont exist, heres one, its giant actually and seems to be a series of old buildings that have been gutted, joined, and malled. The amount of construction going on everywhere is amazing, I predict in another year it will be just like Nanjing Road in Shanghai.


China-Beijing-Wangfujing-Dumplings - I found the best dumpling restaurant ever, different dumplings, the Beijing style Jiaozi dumplings. The range they have is huge.

I found the best dumpling restaurant ever, different dumplings, the Beijing style Jiaozi dumplings. The range they have is huge.


China-Beijing-Wangfujing-Dumplings - Also, donkey meat.

Also, donkey meat.


China-Beijing-Wangfujing-Dumplings - My meal was great, I had pan fried pork and scallion dumplings, dipped in chilli oil, with hot and sour soup. It was delicious, but fattening. Even th

My meal was great, I had pan fried pork and scallion dumplings, dipped in chilli oil, with hot and sour soup. It was delicious, but fattening. Even the jasmine tea was great. This was however an expensive meal, I think it cost me $8.


China-Beijing-Wangfujing-Dumplings - Just another way China is dealing with over crowding.

Just another way China is dealing with over crowding.


China-Beijing-Wangfujing-Dumplings - A catholic church. The centre of every Chinese city seems to have one. There was mass line dancing going on nearby.

A catholic church. The centre of every Chinese city seems to have one. There was mass line dancing going on nearby.


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