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Wangfujing (王府井)

Beijing, here we are! We arrived Tuesday morning, dirty and exhausted. The trip was much more tiring than I had thought… a six-hours Greyhound ride, a five-hours wait in Toronto, then an eight-hours flight to Beijing, another twelve-hours layover in Finland, the plane was two hours late, another eight hours to Beijing and… that’s it. Phew.

Beijing is hot and humid, as I remember it. The smell, the crowd, the people… that hasn’t changed. However, there are now skyscrapers everywhere and the city is somewhat cleaner. Subway lines were added and new buses were implemented. People are still queuing horizontally though!

My first challenge in Beijing was to find a 传接器插头。 In a word, a plug adapter for my laptop that, of course, I had forgotten (as usual). Now, I hadn’t spoken Chinese in a while (except with my in-laws I guess) and it’s not the easiest thing to find when you are jetlagged and tired. But I finally bought one and here I am.

Wangfujing Street
Wangfujing Street

One of the first place I really wanted to come back to was Wangfujing, a huge street market. I had loved the atmosphere when I was studying in Beijing and I was glad to see it didn’t changed much.

Gate To The The Market
Gate To The The Market
Yes, I Like Baozi
Yes, I Like Baozi
Calling Customers
Calling Customers
Water and Coconut
Water and Coconut
Selling Meat
Selling Meat
Cooking
Cooking
Meat Again
Meat Again
Delicacies
Delicacies
Silk Worms, Scorpions. 好吃极了!
Silk Worms, Scorpions. 好吃极了!

In case you’re wondering, I didn’t have any of the above delicacy. I love Chinese food but I draw the line at silk worm and live insects.

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