Nighttime Fun in Wangfujing 王府井

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Wangfujing is one of my favourite areas in Beijing. The busy avenue is dotted with Western flagship stores and somewhat fancy malls—nothing special here—but it also has some great traditional restaurants and food courts, as well as a fun food and souvenirs market. It’s a great place to hang out, take pictures of the bright neon signs at night, and observe the people eating, drinking and strolling the avenue.

When in Wangfujing, we always stop by 狗不理包子, a famous restaurant offering the best steamed buns (包子) in Beijing. I love baozi. They are light, fluffy, and not greasy (Chinese food can be very greasy!).

The street food stalls  are well worth a visit. We were full from the baozi, otherwise I would have had Chinese-style donuts or cold noodles! Inexplicably, one of the stall offers fried scorpions and other insects—I say “inexplicably” because this is not sometime Chinese generally eat, it’s not a typical snack, much like frog legs in France are not actually often on the menu. Of course, everyone stops by this stall to check out the live bugs, but few dare to try them fried.

Tianjin Baozi in Wangfujin

Tianjin Baozi in Wangfujing

Tianjin Baozi in Wangfujin

Tianjin Baozi in Wangfujing

Wangfujin by Night

Wangfujing by Night

Wangfujin by Night

Wangfujing by Night

Wangfujin by Night

Wangfujing by Night

Wangfujing by Night

Wangfujing by Night

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant

You know it's hot when the air-con is set at 27C

You know it’s hot when the air-con is set at 27C

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant

Goubuli Baozi Restaurant

Street Food

Street Food

Street Food

Street Food

Street Food

Street Food

Street Food (yes, they are alive)

Street Food (yes, they are alive)

Street Food (and now fried!)

Street Food (and now fried!)

Street Food

Street Food

Street Food

Street Food

Night Market

Night Market

Night Market

Night Market

Night Market

Night Market

Full Moon

Full Moon

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4 Comments

  1. I even saw some Chinese people eating those scorpions live in that market. I was so shocked all I could do was stare. They would bite the head and you could see the tail swinging back and forth in front of their lips. One of them even came up to me and told me that they were tastier live and ‘raw’ and that I should have a go. I’m courageous, but not that courageous!

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