Beijing life is busy, with school, work, social meetings, church, and more I give myself time to still explore and take advantage of my few time left here. I went to eat Yunnan food with some friends, it was a special occasion since we were celebrating a friend’s birthday. She picked the restaurant and could have not chosen better than this.
brown sticky rice
Shouting “fuwuyuan” when you need the waiter at your table might be rude in other countries but in China is very common. As it is, restaurants are vey noisy, people talking loud, laughing, shouting ‘fuwuyuan’ every 5 minutes, waiters yelling at each other, chairs squeaking every time someone gets up, managers arguing with the kitchen staff in front of customers, etc… I have seen it all in China!
I went to the Bird’s Nest for the first time, and it was to see Wang LeeHom 王力宏. For the ones who do not know who he is, Wang LeeHom is a FAMOUS pop singer in Asia. He was actually the first pop artist to sing at the Bird’s Nest, which was designed for use throughout the 2008 Olympics. The National Stadium has a capacity to fit 80,000+ people and it was packed!
This post is not about any place in particular but about my life in China. You would never know what this country is like – even if you read about it, see videos and photos – until you see it live. Previous to my departure I read about China and its culture, watched numerous videos, read blogs, and talked to friends that have lived here before. But it was not until I moved to Beijing that I experience the REAL China. I have yet to experience a real ‘cultural exchange’ living with a host Chinese family. At the moment I stay at the school dorms, but I am really hoping to have this experience once.
It takes time to get used to a new place. This isn’t my first abroad experience but it is definitely the hardest one to adapt to. With only two months and a half of moving to Beijing, I’ve seen a lot that I like and much more that I just can’t do anything about it. It is definitely a whole different world!
Some of the biggest things that I’ve had a hard time to adapt to have been: Continue Reading
Dinner time is a perfect excuse to go out of campus and try new dishes around the area, so we went to eat hot pot. Our local friend, Wang Gang, took us to 北京阳坊大都羊肉 Beijing Yangfang Dadu Yangrou restaurant in Wudaoko. It was the first time I had hot pot and I loved it. This Chinese dish has a history of more than 1,000 years. It was originated in the north of China where people have to fend off the cold weather, and it used to be favored in winter. Now it is eaten throughout all seasons and it is part of the traditional Chinese dishes. The pot is divided in two sides, one is (really) spicy the other one is not.
Quanjude restaurant is very famous for Peking Roast Duck. Is located on Qianmen Pedestrian Street, near the Tiananmen Square. They have two locations right next to each other. There is the very fancy one on the right side where the chef brings the duck out to the table and slice it in front of you and the people can see how they are cooked. You can immediately tell when you walk in that eating here will cost more than the usual. The price per duck can run anywhere from 1,000RMB to 2,000RMB. Next to it, there is another entrance where they also serve duck cooked the same way but at a cheaper price and this is the one where my friend and I went. Continue Reading
The Forbidden city was once home to a long line of emperors. With its magnificent halls, winding lanes, and stately courtyards that will leave you in awe is Beijing’s treasure. It is now the palace museum of the city and the world’s largest palace complex. The museum has been rebuilt so not all of it’s original, but the architecture it’s the same. It has 800 buildings and more than 8,000 rooms (you might need more than one day to observe each building). Its construction began in 1406, so it has a history of nearly 600 years and 24 emperors ruled the whole country from here for nearly 500 years. Continue Reading