Beijing Journals

Solo Beijing (Sort of)

A September 2006 trip to Beijing by Seaotter71

Meat (and critters) on a Stick Photo, Beijing, China More Photos
Quote: Surprisingly enough, I spent some time wandering Beijing by myself. This is what I found.

Three Stones Kite Store

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Three Stones Kite Store Photo, Beijing, China
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When I was a kid I saw a Sesame Street segment where two kids were flying a dragon kite. I wanted one SO badly. But like most childhood desires it was quickly forgotten. Until I saw an entry in my guidebook for a store selling handmade kites. My cabbie was only able to get me "close." After an hour of wandering and waving the guidebook around, I was no closer to a kite. I drawing a small but useless crowd when an enterprising rickshaw driver whipped out a cell phone, got directions, and offered to take me there for 40 Yuan. Best $5 I spent all day.Up to now I had avoided rickshaws. I had seen dozens of them in a row, taking tourists on hutong tours. But this was kind of nic...Read More

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Three Stones Kite Store
25A Di’anmen Xidajie Xicheng
Beijing, China
8404 4505

Daybreak Strolls

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Lucky Crickets... Photo, Beijing, China
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Taking a city in at a stroll’s pace is always a good idea. But it is an especially good idea in a city like Beijing, where the extensive list of must see attractions can turn into a blur of temples. A leisurely walk will humanize the city and provide a peek into the lives of its residents. It also gave me an opportunity to spend some time on my own. While I loved traveling with my dad, going for a walk afforded us a little time apart and I recommend it to any traveler no matter how well you travel with your companion. If you’re coming from the US, jetlag will have you up before the crack of dawn anyway, so get up and go for a morning walk. One particularly early morning, I took off in the ge...Read More

Barbecued Biodivesity on a Stick

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Meat (and critters) on a Stick Photo, Beijing, China
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Surrender to the subversive and voyeuristic thrill of Beijing street food. Unfortunately, I had to surrender alone since Dad has a delicate stomach even under the best conditions. Given a strong stomach you can eat everything in the sky but the clouds, everything in the earth but the rocks, and everything in the ocean but the waves. And apparently they can all be served skewered on a stick. Impaled pill bugs, centipedes, seahorses, and still writhing scorpions abounded. Still, much of it seemed like it was for the benefit of the tourists. I mean, even the Chinese were taking pictures of their countrymen brave enough to eat the tiny white scorpions. Of course I opted for a beef chuan’r (barbecu...Read More

Tianhe Liangzi Foot Massage Chain

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Wash Foot in Chinese Medicine Soup Photo, Beijing, China
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Wash Foot in Chinese Medicine Soup. These were the only English words on what I presumed was a foot massage place we passed every day on our way in and out of our hotel. I was fascinated and skeptical about washing or having my feet washed in a soup, Chinese or otherwise. But after 8 days of tromping around Beijing, my resolve was crumbling. I consulted my trusty “Insider’s Beijing” guidebook and found a highly recommended 24-hour foot massage chain at a price I could afford: $20 for a 90 minute experience. What a deal! Imagine my surprise when my hotel concierge told me that they had opened a branch less than a block from our hotel. “You mean the wash foot place?” Exactly.So off I wen...Read More