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Some non-authentic Chinese food

Some non-authentic Chinese food

First department store in Beijing

First department store in Beijing

Wangfujing is a famous, overpriced shopping street (Figure 1) that attracts tourists because of its world renowned exotic foods.  Needless to say, I had to go.  Multiple times.

The first time, I went with my cousin and rode the little tourist train (Figure 2), which is really not worth taking, especially if you don’t understand Chinese.

We then strolled over to the “hutong” (the northern Chinese word for alley, basically) to check out the exotic foods.  There were live scorpions on sticks still moving right next to the seahorses (Figure 3).  An assortment of other insects is served a couple stalls down (Figure 4).

Scorpions and seahorses, Wangfujing

Scorpions and seahorses, Wangfujing

Bugs, Wangfujing

Bugs, Wangfujing

There are also some starfish for trying out (Figure 5).

Starfish

Starfish

If you are lucky, you will catch two men pounding some nutty snacks (Figure 6).

Making nut snack, Wangfujing

Making nut snack, Wangfujing

The coconuts are really yummy, with a ton of milk (it should cost only 10 yuan each).

There are also some lovely bullfrogs (Figure 6) and lovely reptiles (Figure 7).  And the most delicious baby pigeons (Figure 8).

Bullfrogs

Bullfrogs

Insects and reptiles

Insects and reptiles

Baby pigeons

Baby pigeons

The next time, I went with my some friends from the NSF EAPSI program and ate a scorpion.  It was actually quite delicious - very crunchy and kind of nutty tasting.  A couple of my friends also ate some delicious looking grasshoppers (Figure 9).

Fried Grasshopper

Fried Grasshopper

It's really difficult to get a cab at Wangfujing to go home at night, though.  There are a ton of black and petty cabs that try to rip off tourists.  Either walk farther away or take the subway!

Tips:

  1. If you really are going to try a scorpion, try the ones farther down in the hutong because the one right at the entrance seriously jip you on the prices (up to 25 yuan per scorpion!).
  2. Go at night – it’s much more exciting and less hot.
  3. Don't try the normal foods there - it's solely for tourists.  You will find better food and prices outside of Wangfujing.
Korean BBQ in Beijing

Korean BBQ in Beijing

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