Raffles Beijing Hotel
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
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... on our first full day. This time we had: Spinach steamed with garlic, coriander, toasted peanuts in a rice wine vinegar dressing. Pale pink (thin) eggplant, sautéed with garlic and onion Boiled, unshucked prawns in ginger, ginger dipping sauce No rice! Draft Tsingtao beer(but still in a bottle) 500ml Mild black tea (hot). Coming to China, we had an expectation that everything would be served with rice, but this is not so. Particularly in the north where the staple is wheat, not ...
Today was a packed day with the classiest of cuisine and the last of the must sees on the to do list. First up was a Sichuan cooking class at the #1 rated restaurant in Beijing. On the menu was mapo tofu, wok fried string beans and kong pao chicken. After learning the basic ingredients; garlic , leeks and ginger, and many standard cooking staples we were ready to start the prep work. During our hands on instruction the Chef taught us how to slice and dice like a ...
... the massive walled city. We visited the Bell and Drum Towers, the Great Mosque, and the City Wall, before once again foregoing tours and negotiating the local buses to see the Terracotta Army. This was amazing; we saw the three covered sites in reverse, leaving the best until last. No two warriors alike. A couple of days later, we went to the Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, who had ordered a mini-Terracotta Army be buried with him, and ...
... transporting huge sacks of things, motorcyclists and bicyclists (although disappointingly, streets choked with bicyclists are now a thing of the past as more and more cars flood the road).
The foreign-ness of it all had Chris complaining about the lack of hand soap and toilet paper in public restrooms, mosquitoes that buzzed by our ears at odd hours in the morning, and the stall-less showers in most people's ...
had the option of getting the bus, train or taxi to the hostel, and as
it was only meant to cost 100 Yuan (which is like a tenner) we went for
the taxi option. You get into a long queue and wait for like a hundred
taxis to pull up! Then its like getting a dodgem at the fairground!
People just run for them! And you just have to find someone to take
you! Stupidly we printed the address off in ENGLISH and not Chinese so
the poor ...