Beijing Night Market

After our action packed day in Beijing we went to meet a family friend for dinner. Stuart hadn’t seen him for 7 or so years after he came on a sort of exchange trip from the UK so we were looking forward to it.

We headed to a well known Peking duck restaurant (I believe it was Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant.) We were treated to a wonderful dinner of duck, vegetables, more duck and some chilli beef. The meal was delicious and very Chinese…including duck head. Stuart was very polite and said he would try some but somehow managed to pick up duck neck instead.  

Unfortunately we only have 1 picture from the meal although it is a pretty one!

Beautiful duck

Beautiful duck

After we had stuffed our faces with some wonderful food and company we departed for a walk back down the main shopping street – everything was still open! Nothing seems to shut in China.

Beijing High Street

Beijing High Street

We then departed company and attempted to find the famous night market. We had heard it was very touristy but still a must do in Beijing. So we headed off….20 minutes later we still weren’t then. Several city maps and online maps later (thank goodness we got a Chinese sim card) we realised we were in totally the wrong direction!

After righting our mistake we ended up in the correct place and I must say it was a little underwhelming. I’m not sure if it was a quiet night or what but it wasn’t as busy as I was expecting. We walked along the stalls and stared at the strange things on offer.

Beijing Night Market

Beijing Night Market

Squid?

Squid?

No idea

No idea

Scorpions

Scorpions

Starfish

Starfish

Strange Array

Strange Array

I can’t say I agreed wholeheartedly with some of the things on offer but hey it’s not my country! We didn’t purchase anything, despite hearing scorpions are quite nice, and headed back to get some sleep.

It was a very very full on day but an enjoyable one at that.

 

Have you been to any night markets? Tried anything odd?

 

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