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A One Week Trip to Beijing that Lasted 3 Years

A July 2005 trip to Beijing by Sun Snubximus

HuTongs covered in snow... Photo, Beijing, China More Photos
Quote: Beijing is the cultural and political center of China. Surviving in Beijing requires street smarts, lots of common sense, and the willingness to make lots of friends and "guan xi". Most people who lived here for a week or two end up staying for a few years.

A One Week Trip to Beijing that Lasted 3 Years

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Overview

HuTongs covered in snow... Photo, Beijing, China
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I first arrived in Beijing in the year of 2001. It was just a one-week holiday package. I went around Beijing doing the usual things: food, destinations, and shopping. At the end of it, I decided to stay for a while. Maybe a year. It was just a nice feeling I get from the people. They are nice, friendly, and genuinely treat you like a friend, no matter if you are rich, poor, local, or expat. It is a nice warm feeling that makes you want to stay, and I've stayed for more than 3 years now. As the cultural center of China, the government is very keen on protecting all the palaces, old "Hu Tong"-style buildings, and the city gates. In its quest to prepare itself for the Olympic ...Read More

Drum and Gong Fusion Restaurant

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Restaurant

Drum and Gong Fusion Restaurant Photo, Beijing, China
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The Drum and Gong Fusion Restaurant serves Asian fusion cuisine with emphasis on Sichuan flavor. The restaurant itself is north of the famous Passby Bar. It has a very simple, homely decor and soft music. The first thing you'll appreciate is the bilingual menu. It clearly identifies the dish according to what's in it rather than the abstract translation of some Chinese name (example: ants climbing up a tree). Also, they have a spicy rating of 1 to 5 next to it. Since this restaurant focuses on the spicy fusion Sichuan food, it is a good guide for the less adventurous. The menu also has a smiley face system next to every dish to indicate if they are foreigner-friendly. (Imagine the horror seeing ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2005

Drum and Gong Fusion Restaurant
102 Nanlougu Xiang
Beijing, China
84024729

Beijing-Style Breakfast at Most Chinese Diners

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Restaurant | "Beijing-Style Breakfast"

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Ever wonder what the locals have for breakfast?? Why not try a full Chinese breakfast? Just like any Western breakfast, the Chinese version comes with a variety of different combinations, forming a healthy, nutritious meal. Let’s start with the basics. Eggs boiled with tea leaves are the same as hard-boiled eggs with a hint of a tea flavor. Deep-fried dough sticks, nice and crispy, make the day. Caution: do not order it if the oil in the frying wok looks dirty. Some restaurants recycle the oil and use it for many days. There is porridge, which comes in corn, rice, or red/green bean flavors. The ingredients are simply boiled in water. The locals don't like drinking water. They prefer it with a hi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2005

Beijing-Style Breakfast at Most Chinese Diners
Throughout Beijing
Beijing, China

Crispy Egg-Filled Biscuits

Restaurant | "Crispy egg-filled biscuit"

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One of those things you need to try in Beijing is the crispy egg-filled biscuit. It's very similar to the "Roti Prata" you find in Southeast Asian cuisines. This is basically a breakfast snack on the go, so you usually see it next to the bus stop or subway station exits. How they make it is by rolling the dough into a fat swiss roll kind of shape. Then they turn it over to the sides and flatten it to get that flattened "bull's eye" look. Then it goes on the frying pan for a while. Then the guy will break an egg and, using a special technique, make a hole in the now almost-done "dough" and pour it in. Then he flips it over so that the hole gets sealed up by the now a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2005

Crispy Egg-Filled Biscuits
Mobile Push Carts Throughout Beijing
Beijing, China