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How to Explore Culinary Culture of Beijing

Hailed as one of the major centers of gastronomy in the world, Beijing has a rich culinary culture to offer foodies around the globe. With a visit to the city, you will not only get a chance to sample diverse gourmet cuisines Beijing has to offer but also get a sense of the rich culinary culture. Here are two destinations to help you to fully explore the culinary culture of Beijing:

Jiumen Snack Street

Venture down to Jiumen Snack Street
Nothing beats an exotic food adventure while visiting Beijing for those foodies! Jiumen Snack Street is located in the famous scenic spot of Shichahai area in Beijing, west of the former residence of Song Qingling. The snack street is backed up by Beijing Traditional Snacks Sponsoring Development Association to revitalize and rescue endangered traditional snacks as the main focus. In the nearly 3000 square meters of old courtyard house in Beijing, it offers the 12 traditional old snacks shops: Xiaochang Chen, Dalian Huoshao, Baodu Feng, Nailao Wei, Chatang Li, Yue Sheng Zhai, Xianbing Zhou, Deshunzhai, Niangao Li, Yangtou Ma and Doufonao Bai as well as Enyuanju. These time-honored restaurants offer people a chance to enjoy the delectable traditional snacks in Beijing. The snacks have a history of over hundred years and are representative of the dozens of traditional snacks, with a total number of more than 300 varieties of snacks. With a visit to the street, you will experience delectable dining from door to door, from house to house, stand next to stand, as well as the hustle and bustle of the scenes.

Another Must-visit Gastronomy Center
Fangzhuang Food Street has become the leading gastronomy center in southern Beijing city, with dozens of restaurants are woven into a network of gourmet food, definitely an equal to the famous Guijie - one of the most famous and traditional centers of gastronomy in Beijing. Fangzhuang Food Street is filled with restaurant facilities and lovely eateries, offering comprehensive and diverse cuisines, including Chinese food, Western-style food - adding radiance and beauty to each other. Because the surrounding residential area has been developed in recent years, the catering industry also rose to the occasion. Facilities are relatively complete on the broad street, and the size of the store is not small. Although this street is not as bustling as Guijie nightlife scene, but perhaps it is because the restaurant grade and overall atmosphere are much better than its counterpart.

Overall, an exotic food adventure in Beijing is an essential and authentic Chinese experience!

How to Explore Wild Great Wall in Beijing

No trip to Beijing would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall. There are so many sections of the Great Wall available in Beijing, which all hold their own in terms of endemic features. For those enthusiastic backpackers, those sections off the beaten path are perfect for adventure and adrenaline-pumping experiences!

Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Insider Picked Section for Off-the-beaten-path Experience
At the mention of the most off-the-beaten-path, photogenic and out-of-the-way section of the Great Wall, Huanghuacheng is second to none. Filled with one-of-a-kind scenery and local charms, Huanghuacheng offers you just about anything you can expect for a getaway experience in Beijing, from out-of-the-way Great Wall hiking, blood-pumping adventures to up-close immersing into local lifestyle. An excursion to Huanghuacheng will give you a chance to enjoy a good time, take in lovely countryside landscape and more importantly, get away from the bustle and hustle of the city. There are incredible photogenic spots at every turn and all you have to do is pick your favorite. There are many ways to explore the wild Great Wall at Huanghuacheng, such as hiking along the crumbling wall on foot, or biking through some lovely trails. The Great Wall attraction at Huanghuacheng is different from the other sections as somepart of the wall is submerged by water, forming a unique sight of the waterside Great Wall. With a visit here, it is all about fun, sampling gourmet local food, hiking wild walls and mingling with farmer residences.

Practical Tips for exploring Wild Great Wall
Unlike the restored sections of the Great Wall, the wild Great Wall is pretty much left to nature, making it much of a challenge to explore or hike through. So for better exploring the wild sections of the Great Wall, you should prepare very well before you hit the road over there. In fact, hiking or biking to those wild sections of the Great Wall will be a little different from those restored sections. A backpack filled with hiking gears and a sense of adventure is far from enough for your hiking to wild Great Wall. For first time hikers, it is highly recommended to hire a local guide, it will be safer and still you will end up with some blood-pumping experiences hiking through the crumbling trails along the wild Great Wall.

Overall, an off-the-beaten-path hiking to wild Great Wall is to die for while visiting Beijing!

How to Easily Learn More about Beijing

For tourists travel in foreign countries, one of the drawbacks is the difficulty in finding a good bookstore to choose a book in the native language and so that, tourists could get more about the culture and customs about the city, country and the local people. It is just like a tour guide telling you all the information what you want to get! Now, let us walk into the famous Bookstores!

Bookstore in Beijing

Dazzling Layout of Beijing Bookstores
As faster-developing capital City of China, Beijing Bookstore is an excellent tour guide to lead you a good tour. No matter scenic spots, culture, history or the background of China, these stores could give you more detain information about what you want to get. Covering a large scale and plenty of bookstores in every field, Beijing Bookstores have been divided into sections according to different books for sale housing Literature, Arts, Academy, Business, Political, Tourism, Cuisine, Education, as well as References, etc. each of them could take you to another wonderful world to get in-depth understanding about this fairy city. In addition to this, Beijing Bookstores also could offer you the service to help the buyers conveniently locate the books they want. The convenient Book Sales Ranking could help the buyers make their choices more easily!

Delicate Famous Bookstores in Beijing
When relating to the most famous and high fame bookstore, Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore will be a terrific place to read Beijing and China. As the largest chain bookstore in China with thousands of branches, it is also getting the famous fame as the largest bookstore in China. Roaming here, you would feel you are just locating in the ocean of knowledge surrounded by a large scale collection books ranging from any fields and knowledge words. Apart from this, DVDs and VCDs could satisfy your desire of reading the digital materials. Second will be the China Bookstore which is not a very big one but also offered many traditional Chinese literature works. For the tourists who are very interested in Chinese literature, here will be a good class. If you want to cultivate fluent Chinese language, the Beijing Language and Culture University Press Bookstore will be a terrific destination. If you want to buy the Chinese language books, it would offer you a good stage!

Sitting in the cozy environment, following these invisible ''tour guide'', you have successfully got Beijing!

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