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Nighttime Fun in Wangfujing 王府井

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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