B&B Inn (Beijing Shaoyaoju)
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... three chefs carved up very fatty ducks into bite-sized pieces which we then wrapped in paper thin pancakes along with sliced scallions and hoisin sauce.
The food was pleasant enough, but honestly, we've had the same quality or even better at our Chinese restaurants at home. In fact, the duck isn't as fatty, and instead of pancakes, our restaurants serve small buns, which absorb the grease a little bit ...
... my family to. It is a restaurant hidden (very well!) in a hutong. You have to enter a courtyard shared with a few Chinese families to find it, so usually the waitress waits outside to find the lost patrons. We followed the directions written for us very carefully, and we made it without a problem. The fact that it is so hard to find really adds to the charm of the place, as it feels like you have found a secret that nobody else knows of. The restaurant holds a ...
... was Tiananmen Square - saw the Chinese Congress, Chairman Mao's mausoleum and the first of the gates we'd walk through on our way to the Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City was mind blowing - I had no idea it covered such a huge area and the idea of an entire community living solely within these walls was fascinating. While there we bumped into Peter and Nan - a couple we'd chatted to on the ship for a while one day while having coffee. They are ...
Please don't say it's last call with flashing red letters if you don't plan on closing the doors for 30v more minutes. Not everyone is always late. Some people actually take you very seriously when you say last call and doors closing.
Unfortunately I don't even have a photo of this as this ...
... br> One heck of a long walk later, we were back at our hotel, working on the blog post, and heading out to grab snacks and water and other assorted sundries at the Wu-Mart (!)
We crashed relatively early but without a nap, and felt like the damn jet lag was finally getting gone! Finally! Tomorrow is the Summer Palace! V. exciting.
More catch-up blog posts coming, everyone!
We have valid and accessible internet! Woot!
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