Fun and food in Wangfujing

Wangfujing is one of the upmarket shopping areas of Beijing, a huge pedestrianised shopping street with a lot of high end shops as well as tourist tat. There is also a great hutong leading off. A midday stroll around the place had left us a bit peckish. Its a great place to people watch,

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which we did for a while with the aid of a couple of cold ones before

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we wandered into the hutong to see what was available.

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They are amazing places, incredibly noisy, colourful, full of people and little stalls selling anything and everything. We bought some hair bands as a gift for someone back home, and directly opposite was a stall selling live scorpions waiting to go on the grill to be eaten.

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The food is  questionable, although I’ve always lived by the maxim “When in Rome” so was game to try a few of the local delicacies.

There was some good stuff ..

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And some stuff that wasn’t quite so good.

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Yes, that is all that remains of a scorpion.

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The thing that strikes you most though, are the colours. Its an incredible place to spend a few hours. I’ve visited the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and the Spice Market, the night markets in Ho Chi Minh as well as many others and they all have a special uniqueness, each one different, whilst carrying out the same function. The hutong in Wangfujing is without doubt the most colourful thing I’ve ever seen.

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If you’re in town, it’s worth a trip, you’re unlikely to be disappointed.

 

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2 Responses to Fun and food in Wangfujing

  1. I enjoy your travelogues – and envy your travels. Some of them, anyway – mostly the ones not work-related.

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