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Scorpion on a Stick?

Wangfujing Street. After exploring the Silk Market and dinner with new friends, we headed to Wangfujing on our first night in Beijing. Wangfujing is a huge bustling market with all the latest brands and big retail stores. The street dates back to the Ming Dynasty when a nearby well made it a desirable residence for Princes because of its sweet water. We passed on the sweet water and headed straight for the Wangfujing Snack Street an older, more crowded,... Read More

Yum! Dim Sum

Sure, we experienced Hong Kong, but it was our stomachs that led the way. The city is delicious. And though hotels and housing are expensive, pretty much everything else is super affordable. The food in China has been good, but between a combination of language and not knowing what to order to finding most things coated in a thick sea of oil, we were over the moon for both the culinary diversity of Hong Kong and the ability to communicate almost anything... Read More

Mooncakes, Mooncakes Everywhere

The mid-autumn festival is one of the most important annual Chinese festivals and we were in Shanghai for the event. Our guidebook told us that it was an ancient festival to celebrate, worship and watch the moon. A romantic night too, we were told, for couples. And mooncakes are an integral part of the day. Kind of like mince pies for Christmas in the U.K. or turkey on Thanksgiving in the U.S. We set out to find out how modern day Chinese celebrate... Read More

Mmm… Peasant Flesh

Stumbling through the language barriers in China has been a little more challenging than most of the countries we’ve been to on this adventure. Fewer people speak English or have English menus. Which hasn’t been too much of a problem. But it has been surprising to us that few places in China have picture menus compared to all the other countries we’ve been to. I fear we’ve become semi-dependent on them and I’ve come to... Read More

How to Eat Sichuan Hot Pot

According to the guidebook, the Sichuan region is famous for spicy food cooked with Sichuan pepper. This special pepper numbs your mouth instead of burning it. It’s not for everyone, but we love it. Chongqing is the Sichuan hot pot capital of the world. We have a Sichuan restaurant at home, but we’d never had hot pot. When we arrived we put discovering hot pot at the top of list. We didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves... Read More

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