|The "Bird's Nest"|
|Subway at the airport|
Next up is the famous Chinese food. In Beijing, I have had some of the weirdest things to eat, and have seen people eat even weirder things. Beijing is riddled with restaurants; from trendy to traditional. My favourite: the traditional ones, obviously. Right around the corner of my hostel was a restaurant where I used to go every morning for breakfast for just 3元. Yeah that's right, 3元. The best advice I can give you is to trust those holes in the wall. They might seem a little dirty, or sketchy, but they're great, and they're cheap, and they can be found in the hutongs (alleyways) throughout the city. My favourite area for restaurants was the Zhengyuanmen area near Tiananmen Square; it gave the feeling that you were in the "real China". Water. Since the tap water is unsafe to drink in China, bottled water is the way to go; and a bottle of water can cost between 1元 and 5元 depending where you are and if it is cold or not. Another thing worth noting is that people will set up BBQ's just about anywhere, and they're also pretty cheap at 5元 for two skewers of meat (usually pork). The food was great in Beijing, and if you're not the type to like the sketchy places and prefer a nice sit down meal in an upscale restaurant, be ready to pay since the prices are comparable to those in North America.
|The way most men cool down|
Here is a list of places I visited during my stay: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Zhengyuanmen, Yuanmingyuan Ruins, The Great Wall, Old Summer Palace, The Lama Temple, Old Beijing, Wangfujing, Temple of Heaven, The art district 798, The Olympic Park, Sanlitun, and Beihai and Huhai. There may be a few other spots that I forgot to write down, but each place offered a different and rewarding experience. If you ever find yourself in Beijing, visit these places, you will not regret it! Tip: Try to stay away from tours!
All in all, Beijing was a great city with lots to offer. From the great nightlife of Huhai and Sanlitun, the preserved Chinese culture and tradition of the hutongs, and the legendary Great Wall, Beijing has everything you need. Beijing truly is an Olympic city.
Next stop: South Korea!