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Beijing - the capital of China is a remarkable city for foreigners, full of contrasts and contradictions. This diversity can be seen in the development where the old temples dating back to the imperial era are next to modern glass skyscrapers. The size of the city and the crowds can also be a big…

Leisure time

There are so many historic sites in Beijing that the most important ones require at least few days of sightseeing. The biggest attraction is the Forbidden City - the seat of emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties dating from the fifteenth century, which is located in the centre of the capital. Its construction…

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Distinctive local dishes include seafood - especially shrimp - and green tea. In China, tea cup is filled repeatedly with warm water, therefore preserving all its richness, e.g. valuable compounds such as flavonoids. More sophisticated traditional dishes include Peking duck with crispy crust and a thin…

Shopping

Beijing is not only the city full of tourist sites. It has numerous larger and smaller stores located primarily at Wangfujing Street. Beijing Zoo Fashion District, is located at Xizhenmen Wai Street opposite the Beijing Zoo and can boast a wide range of shopping offer. Beijing Friendship Store…

Accommodation

Beijing has plenty of accommodations, both in expensive hotels as well as in those at a good price in each of its district. The best of them are in 5 star Xiyuan Hotel Beijing (No.1 Sanlihe Road, Haidian District), located close to the Zoo, Aquarium and the Exhibition Centre. Jade Garden Hotel Beijing…

Helpful info

Beijing has several subway lines, more than 700 bus lines and about 70 thousand taxis, which makes getting around the city very easy. Bicycles are a popular means of transport among residents, because they allow for bypassing the most congested streets. Beijing has plenty bicycle rentals providing them…

Active time

Golf is becoming increasingly popular in China. Golf courses are located mainly near large cities such as Beijing. In the Chinese capital you can play in Honghua International Golf Club (108 Beiyuan Road, Chaoyang) or in Beijing Country Golf Club (Shunyi). The scorching and humid summer caused that…

Distinctive local dishes include seafood - especially shrimp - and green tea. In China, tea cup is filled repeatedly with warm water, therefore preserving all its richness, e.g. valuable compounds such as flavonoids. More sophisticated traditional dishes include Peking duck with crispy crust and a thin layer of fat. Preparation and serving of this dish is a whole ritual. Duck pieces dipped in plum sauce are wrapped in a thin pancake with chopped cucumber and shallot.
The specialty, for which Beijing is known, is a hot pot, or Asian way of cooking food. Guests choose the type of broth, and then put selected additives - vegetables, tofu, seafood, lamb, pasta - and cook them in special vessels the built into tables. This is served with a sauce, which may be seasoned, and wherein the cooked dish is soaked.

In Beijing one can also taste the dishes typical of other parts of China. The eastern part of the country features dishes with the addition of mushrooms, bamboo and soy sauce. The most popular dishes are dried salted duck, dried steamed tofu or pork meatballs in crab sauce. Western areas use ginger, Sichuan pepper and red peppers, and a characteristic dish is gongbao chicken. Dishes characteristic of southern China include rice noodle rolls and various kinds of dumplings and steamed buns, and characteristic ingredients are corn starch or oyster sauce. Cuisines in all parts of China have a wealth of flavours, which are usually hot and distinct, and intense aromas of dishes. Great attention is also paid to the appearance of food.

Most of the restaurants in Beijing are open from dawn to dusk. Many of them serve small snacks, buns, dumplings, pancakes made with fresh ingredients. They are served extremely fast and are therefore very popular among tourists who want to take a break from sightseeing and eat a small meal. The most famous restaurants in Beijing include: Quanjude – Chinese cuisine (Tiananmen Square); Dong Lai Shun Muslim Restaurant – the most famous hot pot restaurant in Beijing founded in the nineteenth century, serving Halal lamb and beef (Wangfujing Dajie 198); Black Sesame Kitchen – Chinese cuisine (3 Heizhima Hutong, Dong Cheng District, Nanluoguxiang); TRB – French cuisine (23 Shatan Beijie, Dongcheng District); Mio – great pizza, cold cuts, cheese (48 Liangmaqiao Road, Four Seasons Hotel) Haidilao Hot Pot – Chinese hot pot (Mudanyuan); Xu XiangZhai – vegan cuisine (A 26-1 Guozijian Dajie).

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