No toilet paper (Beijing last days)

After a week of fun, eating and partying with friends in Beijing, we had a few moments left to enjoy our holiday. In order not to be totally exhausted when we were going back to Holland, we did do some serious relaxing! And it worked out pretty well, because I am writing this on our way back in the airplane. Before you will read about our last hours in that crazy Chinese city, I’d like to mention a few things!

Firstly, Secondly and Thirdly

  1. Firstly: Hiu Ying and Jeroen, thank you very much for the great time and for guiding us around! You guys are awesome! We had a time with mountains and water (Jeroen explained to us that this is a Chinese way to express that you have had a great vacation).
  2. Secondly: Peter, you are a great friend to spend a holiday with!
  3. Thirdly: we are sitting in the same airplane as the singer Laura Jansen. That’s just bizar!

Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆

Toilet
Maybe I am writing a lot about food. But going to the capital of China is basically the same as going to ‘restaurant Beijing’! Food is everywhere and 24/7! After all the eating, sometimes you have to go to the toilet. Some places don’t have one, so you have to go to the smelly and dirty public restrooms. Others do have a toilet but don’t have toilet paper, so you have to ask for it or bring your own tissues. Sometimes you have to squad and you NEVER put your toilet paper into the toilet (except for the toilets in the more fancy places)! You need to put it in a trash can, otherwise it gets messy! Besides all of this, going to the toilet in China is pretty okay.

Bellagio 鹿港小镇
Bellagio 鹿港小镇
Bellagio 鹿港小镇

Bellagio 鹿港小镇

Acting like it’s Sunday

Saturday felt like a Sunday! We started our afternoon (13.00) with a fancy dinner at Bellagio! We drank kiwi juice and tasted the finest Taiwanese dishes.
Tiananmen Square
Fake Safety
With our bellies stuffed with amazing food, we went to Tiananmen Square again (by subway), to see it during daytime and to walk around, pretending like it’s Sunday. Going by subway is really cheap (2 RMB = +/- 0,20 EURO). The stupid thing is that there are luggage scan machines at every entrance. In order to give you a sense of safety. However, I think it’s just fake. They do not always look on their security screens, and sometimes you can just pass them without getting checked.
Dong Lounge Bar Beijing 东
Dong Lounge Bar
After enjoying our Sunday walk on the famous square, we crashed at a nice lounge bar (Dong Lounge Bar 东) on Bai Jia Zhuang Rd. 16. It’s located in an office building with empty hallways but full with doors to restaurants and bars. A little strange but pretty cool! After drinking a bottle of red wine, we went to a Korean restaurant.
Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Restaurant Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Tofu chocolate mousse
It’s a nicely designed place with a lot of glass and wood. The tables all have a hole in the middle, for the do-it-yourself grill! We drank typical Korean wine (white coloured, with a taste somewhere between sake and a nice beer) and we grilled our own vegetables and meat. The sauces that came with the food tasted deliciously. We ended with some desserts! The tofu chocolate mousse was my favorite! The great thing about this restaurant (Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆) is the organic food and the fact that they don’t use food with MSG. I love healthy food!
bar Jianghu (江湖酒吧)
bar Jianghu (江湖酒吧)
Bar Jianghu
To finish the evening, we went to bar Jianghu (江湖酒吧) where we saw a few rock bands, for example Chiren (痴人乐队).
Richiko
Our friend Richiko needed to get up early to catch her early morning flight. Everyone was feeling totally wasted and no-one felt like having breakfast! After Richiko had been dropped off at the Airport express by Hiu and Jeroen, we had a few hours left to visit a market that was close to their home.
Shengfuxiaoguan market (盛福小关) - Beijing
Shengfuxiaoguan market (盛福小关) - Beijing
Shengfuxiaoguan market (盛福小关) - Beijing
Shengfuxiaoguan market (盛福小关) - Beijing
Shengfuxiaoguan market
Visiting the Shengfuxiaoguan market (盛福小关) was one of the best things we did! I bought some mini mandarins, coconut cookies and cake with a sweet red bean filling. I also saw how they killed the fresh fish and how they kneaded fresh noodles.
Xiangheyuan park (香河圆)
Badminton at Xiangheyuan park (香河圆)
Badminton at Xiangheyuan park
The market is located in Xiangheyuan park (香河圆) where people are doing a lot of sports. When we were watching a badminton game, the locals asked us to join them. Hiu Ying and I took this challenge and played a game with them! This was just unbelievably cool, WOW! Small things can make me so happy! And then -unfortunately- it was time to say goodbye to lovely Beijing!

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