Things to Try in China

On November 22, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Nightlife, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

When you go on your China travel there are a couple of activities you should try while you are visiting. The first activity is KTV known as Karaoke Television. The second is street food. You must try the street food. KTV and street food are very popular to the locals and to foreigners. Trying these […]

When you go on your China travel there are a couple of activities you should try while you are visiting. The first activity is KTV known as Karaoke Television. The second is street food. You must try the street food. KTV and street food are very popular to the locals and to foreigners. Trying these two activities will be entertaining for you and the people who will come with you on your China tour.   

KTV is the Best way to send a night.

If you want to have fun like the local do then KTV is right for you. KTV stands for Karaoke Television. Instead of singing karaoke at a bar, here in China they rent out rooms for people to come and sing and dance. So if you just want to have fun times try KTV.

There are many reason why people go to KTV some of reason could be for a work party, or for a friends birthday party or just to be able to hangout with each other. Each group of people will get one room where all of their friends are and sing to each other their favorite’s songs. Each room has a big scene and a stage with a microphone. KTV will allow you to get your groove on and impress your friends. Foreigners love going to KTV because it is really fun way to send their time and they can feel like a small celebrity without being judged.

Street food is good-

Most cities in China will have street food able to you. Some cities will have night market where you can walk down a street of vendors and see the different street food that they are offering. Some of the foods you can try are star fish, snake, and frog, meat on a stick, dog, cat, sea horse, bugs and much more. If you don’t want to try a new adventure then you can get fruit with a sugar coating (these are really good) or yogurt.

If you are too scared to try these kinds of food you can always get a Chinese pancake.  These pancake are made with egg you can watch the person make it for you. They have a big circle grill where they pour the batter then they use a stick to make the batter circle. They will cook each side of it when it. You will have a choices of what you want to put in side of it lettuce or a meat. When it is all done the person making it will fold it up and give it to you. It will be nice and warm. These are good to eat whenever. Another food you should try is the China style burger. These are pitas filled with meat and lettuces. They are really good. So when you are in China make sure you try the street food.    

As you get off your China flight make note to try KTV and street food. Trying these two activities will allow you to be entertained. It will also help you understand Chinese cultural a little better. You might think that the street food is weird but many locals enjoy these kinds of food and eat it on a regular basic. So come to China and do what the locals do.

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A Glimpse of Traditional Beijing at the Shicha Lake Hutongs

When you travel to Beijing a must visit is the large hutong district in the Shicha Lake area. It is a very picturesque location with old buildings and traditional architecture beside the stunning Houhai and Qianhai lakes. The easiest way to travel here from your Beijing Hotel is by taxi, however it is not difficult […]

When you travel to Beijing a must visit is the large hutong district in the Shicha Lake area. It is a very picturesque location with old buildings and traditional architecture beside the stunning Houhai and Qianhai lakes. The easiest way to travel here from your Beijing Hotel is by taxi, however it is not difficult to do by subway either as it is a casual 10 minute stroll from Gulou station.

 

There are plenty of lively streets around the lakeside area with a mix of trendy and traditional restaurants, cafes and bars. Small boutiques can be found hidden in the alleyways selling traditional crafts and clothing, boutique chocolates and souvenirs. There are also plenty of craft stalls selling various handicrafts. This is the place to head for personalized stamps with your name in Chinese along with your Chinese zodiac sign. You can also get personalised dolls made from a picture of yourself or your relatives.

 

Shicha hutong area as the perfect place to sample street food delicacies at rock bottom prices. You wont find the exotic shocking foods here but genuine food that the locals eat. Baked sweet potatoes, crepes, noodles and kebab skewers are everywhere and much cheaper than at the tourist orientated night markets.

 

If you are interested in food, there are many cooking classes available in the hutongs where you can learn to cook a variety of dishes. There are also small tucked away restaurants, unlikely to have an english or picture menu, but serving authentic cuisine at very modest prices.

 

It is safe enough to just wander around on foot and the only problem you may have is getting a bit lost, but is easy enough to just head in the direction of the lakes to find your way again. If you don’t fancy walking there are plenty of places you can hire bikes from to explore the area still being able to nip in and out of the narrow alleyways. You can also hire a rickshaw to drive you around, although you will need to bargain hard to get a good price.

 

A trip to the hutongs promises some great photos and an insight into day to day life before the city was catapulted into modernisation. You can watch men sitting out with their caged birds and the older generations playing cards and checkers on the side of the road.

 

There are also many Beijing tours which offer trips to the hutongs either as a half or full day visit if you would rather go as part of a group where you can learn the history of the area, which is now mostly a heritage site.

 

 

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A Mini Guide to Street Food Delights in Beijing!

On September 27, 2011, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

When planning your China Travel trip it is worth researching the varieties of local food available to see what dishes and cooking styles appeal to you. For adventurous eaters or those on a strict budget planning to travel to Beijing, you should definitely check out the variety of street food available within the city.   […]

When planning your China Travel trip it is worth researching the varieties of local food available to see what dishes and cooking styles appeal to you. For adventurous eaters or those on a strict budget planning to travel to Beijing, you should definitely check out the variety of street food available within the city.

 

There is quite a variety of street food available, although some items may only be for sale during certain months of the year, or at certain times of the day. This ranges from breakfast items, drinks, desserts and main meals. Those looking to find the more exotic offerings should check to one of the Night Markets in Wangfujing (however, even though called ‘night’ markets, they do tend to close up around 10pm).

 

Some types of Street Food on offer in Beijing:

Chuan’r (Meat Kebabs)

These are skewers of barbecued meat with spices. They are available in beef, pork and chicken amongst others with the most popular being lamb. Chuan’r originate from Xinjiang in the west. They are often found at night markets as well as down side streets and roads around the city, although less often in the direct centre.

Xianer Bing

This is a savoury pancake, stuffed with various fillings. The most popular is minced beef or pork, but there are vegetable versions on offer.

Noodles

A safe bet for even the pickiest eaters, noodle stands are available across Beijing. Most commonly found at the night markets, outside hotels and by metro stations. These can be found with meat and/or vegetables added, and there are usually varying spice levels.

Ice Cream

Various flavours of ice cream can be found throughout the city, locations are all over the place, including inside the Silk Market. It is recommended to visit a stall that is nice and busy to ensure a good quality result!

Jiaozi and Baozi

These street snacks, more commonly known in the west are filled dumplings. The name differs with the method used to cook them and flour used. The standard filling is pork, but other meat alongside seafood and vegetarian fillings are common.

Jian Bing

A common, filling breakfast item with a very low price tag. Jian Bing is a pancake filled with egg, cilantro and onion, spread with a fine layer of bean paste and fried dough before being wrapped up. There are usually other ingredients available, although it may take some good hand gesturing skills to get what you want. These are often seen each morning outside hotels, residential areas and office buildings.

Grilled Vegetable/Meat Skewers

These are usually available all year round, well into the small hours of the evening. Popular varieties include skewers of mixed vegetables, grilled corn, chicken wings and potato slices. Often seen in the nightlife districts of Sanlitun.

Fresh and dried fruit

Same as the skewers of meat and vegetables,  fruit is easy to find in the city alongside sellers at tourist sights such as The Great Wall. It is very cheap for a nicely sized portion, and you can usually mix varities of fruit together. Plenty of selection at night markets and around Sanlitun area. Take care with all fresh fruit as it is recommended to rinse with bottled water before eating.

Hongshu

Hongshu are sweet potatoes baked in their skins, commonly seen around mid afternoon. These are often found in side streets and around hutongs, and are also available at Olympic Park, just outside of the square.

Caramelised fruit skewers

These are popular throughout the city and come in many flavours including strawberry, kiwi and apple. Similar to toffee apples seen at home around halloween, these sugary delights are found all over, with a large selection at Wangfujing night markets and Tianan’men Square.

 

In addition to these there are many other foods available to sample throughout the city. Similar street food is available throughout China, so if you are planning to travel to Shanghai or another Chinese city you will find more options there, probably differing slightly for local tastes.

Wangfujing Street

On November 11, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

If your very daring and up for a challenge I urge you to visit Wangfujing Street aka the place of the night market. Its open every day from 5pm-9pm and all weather. Here you will find many exotic eats, they have stalls lined up next to each other with anything you could want, and many […]

If your very daring and up for a challenge I urge you to visit Wangfujing Street aka the place of the night market. Its open every day from 5pm-9pm and all weather. Here you will find many exotic eats, they have stalls lined up next to each other with anything you could want, and many things you don’t want! To name a few they have scorpions, starfish,grasshopper, snake, silk worm, millepedes and Beatles its certainly not for the faint hearted!

Night Market

At night fall this street is transformed into a bustling market full of hungry clients, the food does range in price and can get quite expensive for the more bizarre items. I would suggest going in a group so you can have a sample of everything as the portions are a good size.

Star fish

They have a lot of food besides the wierd offel sticks mostly fried chinese product such as beef balls and pancakes, some of them even have delicous vegetable and sweet items. The best advice Is to be brave and try everything, remember you only live once!

A menu from the market

The best way to get there is via subway it is on subway line one and the station is on the southern side of the street which is one stop eastbound to Tiananmen square. If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

Street vendor

On November 8, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

When visiting China I never thought that my favourite food would be a little street cart at the side of the road, but let me tell you this for free, its delicious and cheap and im a bit addicted! There are many different varieties of street Vendor, where you can get lots of different types […]

When visiting China I never thought that my favourite food would be a little street cart at the side of the road, but let me tell you this for free, its delicious and cheap and im a bit addicted!

Big pancake

There are many different varieties of street Vendor, where you can get lots of different types of food: from barbecued vegetables to meat and some even serve a whole fish. They are a range of prices starting at about 1RMB going up to no more than 10RMB. I have sampled much of what they have to offer but  my favourite has to be the pancake sandwich. Which is a small rounded pancake, with a cracked egg on the top and then fried after this there is then the option of chilli sauce, BBQ sauce, salad and a sausage, I usually get them all! it only takes about 5 mins to make and is fresh and delicious the street vendors have really got it down to a fine art!! this costs about 4RMB it is worth trying to bater as they will give you discount also if you become a regular(like me)  from time to time there will be a free one on offer!

Street Vendor

The only down fall of the street vendor, like anything that has the ability to move around at any point is finding the vendor. My personal favourite Vendor happens to be the Tibetan man who stands outside of the workers stadium. However it’s very hit or miss whether you will be able to find him there ,although I have had many a delight from him I still cannot work out his very erratic hours. I’ve found the best times to find him are early in the morning and very late at night and strangely enough not around the hours of a normal persons tea time (5:30-7ish)

Traditional Street Vendor

Tips for the Having Street Vendor:

1. Be Brave,open-minded and adventures!

2. Be persistent- a street vendor can be very elusive,  you may have to look in more than one spot to find them.

3.Don’t take big notes as the vendor is very cheap and may not have vast amounts of change.

4. Do take your friends and have a great time experiencing this amazing Chinese cuisine!

If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

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