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Beijing Itinerary – Best of Beijing

During our trip to Beijing, we visited some of Beijing’s most magnificent and iconic places. Beijing being the capital city where emperors and imperial families resided for the past 600 years, it is no surprise that everything in Beijing is grand and lavish.  Some of the attractions are so huge and involve lots of walking; we could only visit 2 attractions daily before calling it a day.  Here is our itinerary for Beijing.    Continue reading

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Best of Food @ Ghost Street (Gui Jie), Beijing

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“Gui Jie (簋街)” or “Ghost Street” is a popular food street in Beijing with more than 100 restaurants offering a plethora of cuisines from different parts of China, spanning across 2 subway stations of Dongzhimen and Beixinqiao.  So what does a food street has anything to do with ghosts?  During the Qing Dynasty, the gate at Dongzhimen was used for the transportation of corpses to outskirts of Beijing for burial. Naturally, Dongzhimen became a hub for mortary businesses.  With the coffins, blurred and dim lighting and shadows from the oil lamps back then, the eery street was dubbed as “Ghost Street”.   Continue reading

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Yaoji Chaogan (Fried Liver) @ Beijing China

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Yaoji Chaogan (姚記炒肝) is a popular eatery in Beijing located near the drum tower.  “Chaogan” is a local snack food which literally means “fried liver” and the one from Yaoji is thought to be one of the best in Beijing.  Yaoji Chaogan has been around for more than 30 years and even Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States ate here too.  Amusingly, Mr Biden did not eat the signature fried liver dish and went for the black bean paste noodles instead!
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Hou’s Wonton (Huntun Hou) @ Beijing China

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Hou’s Wonton Store is a time-honored store that has more than 100 years of history. Being a big fan of wontons (or wantan), I could not miss the chance to try wontons made with recipe from a 100 years ago.   Hou’s Wonton is just next to the famed Yaoji Chaogan (fried liver).  Unable to decide which one to dine in as we kind of wanted to try both, so we decided to split our dinner between Hou’s Wonton and Yaoji to get the best of both worlds.   Continue reading

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Temple of Heaven 101 @ Beijing China

DSC_7250 The Temple of Heaven ( 天壇 Tiantan) was where the Emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties worshiped and prayed to the heavenly gods.  The emperors visited the temple twice a year, once during winter to worship the heaven, and again during spring to pray for a year of copious rain and an abundance of crops.   The Temple of Heaven takes up a monstrous area of 237 hectares with multiple buildings in the compound including Hall of Prayers for Good Harvest (祈年殿), the Imperial Vault of Heaven  (皇穹宇), Circular Mound (圜丘坛) and Fasting Palace (齋宫).   If you’ve been to the Forbidden City and thought it was a gigantic place to walk around, the Temple of Heaven is 4 times the size of Forbidden City, so be prepared to walk! 
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Luo Luo Hot Pot @ Beijing China

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The Luo Luo Hot Pot Restaurant (貴州籮籮酸湯魚) on Ghost Street (Gui Jie 簋街) in Beijing serves steamboat with a sour soup base.  The dish is a traditional dish from the Miao Ethnicty (苗族) of Guizhou (貴州) located in the mountainous south-western region of China.  Neighboring places include Hunan and Sichuan.  I was really curious about Guizhou cuisine, plus the restaurant has a lot of accolades on its wall – like it was the Top Ten Potential Unique Cuisine in 2010 Bejing Food Year, so I decided to give it a try.   Continue reading

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