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IMAG1404_0_20130308134039860 IMAG1409_1_20130307230201632_20130308000110850 IMAG1416_0_20130308001731255I brought back a few teas from my trip to Beijing. This one is definitely my favorite. The leaves were bunched up really tight compared to most of the oolongs that I normally drink.  This tea is beautiful to look at and also very fragrant with a strong, almost buttery aroma. It is very refreshing once the leaves fully open up and I especially enjoyed it after the second and third steeping. I really wish that I brought back more of this tea. I guess I will have to go back to China just for the tea!




This is some seriously potent stuff. Chou doufu or stinky tofu, is a traditional chinese food that can be found on pretty much any street corner of Beijing. I don’t know why, but they love the stuff. Let me tell you that the name doesn’t lie. When you are close up the smell is not actually that bad, but this is the kind of smell that goes the distance.  This stank dish does its damage from about 300 meters away when it initially infiltrates your nostrils… and I guarantee it, this stuff is seriously rank.  I was hoping to try some during my trip, but every time I considered eating it, the smell just put me off my appetite.IMAG1293 IMAG1295Anyways, nevermind the fact that people here are just lining up to eat a food that is made to look like it has mold on it. I’ll stick to some baozi and call it a day.

Here we are at the Beijing snack street!!! Get ready foodies….


snack street entrance


meat on a stick… pretty standard yummy stuff


Baozi is a standard snack that you will find literally everywhere from restaurants to 7/11. I LOVE THEM ❤


tiny duck


not sure what this was, but it looked good


kinda like a burger with gyro style rotisserie meat. They also serve them wrapped burrito style


more baozi… drool


grubbin for grubs? blech


super yummy nut cake things


scorpions on a skewer


seahorse and starfish


had to try it….

Here I go….

IMAG0629The public transit system in Beijing is freaking amazing. Its new infrastructure puts everything i’ve ever seen to shame. Everything is new, clean, and had large open spaces. I mainly took the line 2 which seemed to lack the usual amount of crazy people that I am used to seeing on a train ride. A trip on the Beijing subway cots ¥2 (equal to $0.32 USD) which beats the hell out of Chicago’s $2.25.

IMAG0627 IMAG0665Just so that you know, its kinda weird being a white dude on a train in China. The effects of being a minority are in full force. One must be prepared for random people to take pictures of you at point blank range, and little kids will be laughing and staring at the mei guo ren (america people). Also, its a fun game to stare back at other people directly in the eyes. They will quickly look away as though they weren’t surprised by your appearance. I had many moments where chinese women were obviously very scared and quickly turn in the other direction to avoid walking near me. HAHAHAHHA….

IMAG0896 IMAG0895Taking the bullet train was another trip and a half. Again the architectural infrastructure was super modern and all of the transit information was presenting in both Chinese and English. We travelled from Beijing to Tianjin, a trip that by car takes roughly two hours. On a bullet train going about 200km/h it took us just under 30 minutes.IMAG0950IMAG0897

Back to the capital. This airport is unreal!Peking Capital Airport


Chicken, string mushroom, bacon, potato, lotus root, tofu skin, cilantro with a sichuan style sauce.

plastic wrapped utensils

It is standard to plastic wrap freshly cleaned utensils and plate in restaurants.



So spicy, so good



Here are some original carvings for this temple from ~1400a.d.





A long day of travel was followed by a hard night of sleep with minimal interference from fireworks being set off in the street.

First stop for the new year is a festival in the park! The volume of people that fill the streets is really overwhelming at first. You have to be really good at weaving in and out of people or otherwise accept that you will be pushed around in every direction. Don’t worry about knocking into people and don’t stop moving.


This festival is a place for families to go with their kids to play games and eat street food.The meat on a stick was quite popular.


Departure from ohare

So I’ve been on the plane for roughly 12 hours now and the plane is on its decent to arrival. Beijing from an aerial view looks nothing like any US city i’ve ever seen. All of the rooftops are mostly blue and red, and it lacks the square tiled look that is typical of most midwest plane views. Also, I would like to note that flying to Asia in economy class is no problem because you don’t have to worry getting stuck next to some fat white guy who smells like body odor.

So here is the plan: My friend Jake lives in Beijing and is planning on picking my up from the international terminal so I don’t get lost. When I land it will be 3:30pm on the day of the Spring Festival… for those of you who may not know, it is the biggest holiday in China.