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Famous Restaurants in Beijing

Quanjude Restaurant
Enjoying excellent Beijing tour, in addition to visit marvelous highlights, Beijing food is also an important attraction in the modern tourists. However, for the famous food, tourists should seize the famous restaurants.

Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant: As a synonym of roast duck, Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant established more than 130 years ago. With time flying, Quanjude has become one of the biggest restaurant chains in China.

Fangshan Restaurant: Fangshan Restaurant is also called Fangshan. It literally means to limit the cooking of imperial cuisine. Tables are set under large hand-painted palatial lanterns while all the table wares, ceramic or sliver, are duplicates of what the imperial courts used before.

Donglaishun Restaurant: as a long standing Muslim restaurant, Donglaishun Restaurant is famous for instant-boiled mutton. It is featured by the fine materials selecting, delicate processing, complete condiments and strong fire.

Shichahai is not All about Sightseeing

For quite a long time, Shichahai has been a favorite haunt for the visitors to Beijing. The scenic area is a great place to do sightseeing, but there is more to it than meets the eye. If you think Shichahai is all about sightseeing, you are making a big mistake.

Beijing Shichahai

Profound History
Shichahai has long been a historic scenic area in Beijing with a long history and a high prestige. Located in Xicheng District, Shichahai got its name from ten temples around it. Since Qing Dynasty, Shichahai area has been a popular summer retreat. With an area of 146.7 hectares, it consists of Qianhai, Houhai and Xihai. Around Shichahai, there are many mansions and gardens, such as the well-preserved Prince Gongs Mansion, Prince Chuns Mansion, Former Residence of Guo Moruo, etc. so here has best reserved the authentic flavors of old Beijing city. The scenic area is full of natural and historical attractions which are all worthwhile seeing. There used to be 3 generalissimos living on Liuyin Street in Shichahai area. Filled with cultures and histories, as well as natural beauties, Shichahai has accumulated a rich collection of varied cultures from different ranks. The hutong and Quadrangles can best represent the folk culture and history of old Beijing city.

Diverse Options for Fun
Nowadays, Shichahai is throbbing with elegance and fashion. Touring in the beautiful Shichahai area, you can take rickshaw to visit the hutong and historical relics of old Beijing city; you can hire a boat to enjoy the charming views of three lakes; and you can also take bike to taste the traditional customs. In recent years, the Bar Street has become one of the most flourishing places at night in Beijing. This bar street has not only amazing views but also varied bars and clubs. Around this street, the tourists can do a series of activities. There are also a wide variety of delicious cuisines and flavored snacks available around the area.

There are diverse options to make the most of your trip to Shichahai area, not only the sightseeing.

Explore the Great Wall Off-the-Tourist-Path

Last week, me and my friend Leo visited a wild section of the Great Wall called Shixiaguan. The hiking we did out there is just incredible and the whole adventure is full of blood-pumping experiences. It felt so different to walk the unrestored wall and we both had a great time and fun while exploring the deserted wall. It is so amazing to see the original wall up close.

Shixiaguan Great Wall

We made an early start that day and headed out with our guide Joe and 4 other guys on a bus ride to Shixiaguan. It did take long for us to get there and the road is not very busy. Our excitement built up on our way over there as we both never visited the wall before. Soon, we made it there and there is not a soul out there by the time we reached the foothill of the wall. Pretty soon, we started to hike up the path. In the beginning, it is easy to hike along the path, but later, the path got very steep and it is quite difficult for us to climb up and down those steep parts. It felt so dangerous to climb up and down the steep parts of the path and we had to be more careful with every step we took. Definitely a whole new experience for both of us! We were both very proud and felt satisfied that we finally made it.

The sights up on the wall are breathtaking and completely blew us away. The ruins of the wall make great postcard photos and we both took dozens of the deserted watch towers and the snaking wall. The wilderness over there seems to go on and on and the snaking wall zigzags its way into the horizon. The sight felt so overwhelming and made it all worth the climbs. It is really fun to hike all the way up the wild wall and some parts of the wall are overgrown with bushes and shrubs, which made it even harder to hike through. We really had a lot of fun and a fabulous time while hiking up and down the path. The trip to the wild section of the wall really completed our trip to China.

Without any shopping stops, we really enjoyed every minute of that day trip and had fun as well!

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