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Sampling Best Food for Summer in Beijing

Are you ready for an ultimate food adventure while visiting Beijing during summer days? Here is some of the best food for summer to beat the heat or challenge your tasting buds:

Must-try Gourmet Food for Summer
Food in Beijing

Kulfi: Hailed as one of the most sought-after summer food for foodies in Beijing, the icy, creamy dessert is really out of the world and well worth digging in during summer days. The Kulfi is a traditional Indian ice cream which will melt slowly in the heat of the summer days. The Chinese version of kulfi tends to be creamier and denser than its Indian counterparts – it has many flavors such as rose and mango. It will be served to you in little clay pots to make it much tastier and yummier. Another highlight food is called the Korean fried chicken - a popular food in South Korea which now enjoys a tremendous popularity around the world. Korean fried chicken is hailed as one of the best crunchy finger food for hot summer among the Chinese foodies. The fried chicken tastes very crispy, with thin skin featuring some gooey fat underneath, as well as a strong spicy flavor and delicious tender texture. The fried chicken is best enjoyed together with cold beer or soju and a side of pickles.

Best Desert-like Food to Beat the Heat
Food in Beijing

For starters, the first summer food is called the Halo-halo, which is kind of like an ice cream, but it is actually a food. The Filipino dessert features a jumble of sweet and colorful ingredients mixed together and offers different flavors. Halo-halo can be quite a challenge for the intrepid eater as there are so many weird ingredients which can be mixed together. It can mix anything from sweetened beans and chickpeas to preserved fruit and ice cream flavored with mango, taro, coconut or other summery fruit. It will be your best summer food to beat the heat. Another worth trying desert is the milk-shake-like food, known as cotton ice in Chinese. The food was invented in Taiwan and has become popular across East Asia in the last few years. Instead of plain crushed ice, this food is mixed with frozen condensed milk made out of a shaving machine to put thin ice sheets of white milk on top of the food.

Overall, there are plenty more gourmet summer food worth sampling while visiting Beijing during summer days!

Deep Breath in Beijing Hutong during Summer

Summer is a nice season when we should have a deep cultivation about our mind and mood. Terrific summer holiday needs unique tranquility and harmony. In the metropolis city of China, Beijing, it is very easy for us to have our own paradise land to experience a typical summer holiday. Now, I would lead you to walk into Beijing Hutong to discover the typical tranquility and perfect harmonious atmosphere.

Wandering in Beijing Hutong
Beijing Hutong - Sihe Courtyard

It is always said the culture of old Beijing all gathered in Beijing Hutong. It is a large scale stage where displayed the history and deep culture of Beijing. Nowadays, Beijing Hutong area has attracted loads of tourists from home and abroad. Summer holidays here, a set of courtyards would impress you first, narrow streets and lowers houses adding some dense trees planting along side. You would find the feeling of going back to Beijing suburb area, unique tranquil and cool. Especially during summer, all the residences would come out for selling some food, snack. Here, the old Beijing frozen sucker will be the most attracted. It is a hot season when you could see the local Beijing people sitting together under one tree, talking and gossiping. This time, it will be the warmest atmosphere. Walking into the tranquil Sihe Courtyard, large scale ground surrounded by houses in four directions will be the most typical building. Have a typical lunch in the local residence house and listen to the hostess talking about the affairs happened in Beijing, it will be extremely a spirit enjoyment in summer holiday.

Riding Bike around Beijing Hutong
Beijing Hutong

After the closer visit to Beijing Hutong, it is a nice time to have a cool bike around these lovely streets. There are many famous scenic spots distributed, Shichahhai, Dashilan, Nanluoguxiang and Yandaixiejie, etc. Any of them could lure your typical interests. During the bike journey, you could not only the charming scenery but also the development of Beijing and some reserved area of ancient history. You would be impressed by the charming atmosphere in Shichahai. You would be shocked by the local tastes of Yandaixiejie. You would be interested in the little stores in Nanluoguxiang, etc. If you say the most featured will be taking the rickshaw to have a pleasure, because doing like this, you could arouse the real feeling of being a Beijing native.

Hutong is a representative of Beijing history. It is more appropriate for your special Beijing summer tour!

Retreat to Parks in Beijing

While traveling in Beijing is fun and amazing during summer days, but the frigging summer heat can be killing you, right? However, if you want to find some of the top retreats in Beijing, the parks are a good bet. It is fun and flexible to enjoy some private time while visiting Beijing. Here are two iconic public parks well worth a visit:

Scenic and Idyllic Beihai Park
Beihai Park

Beihai Park is located in the city center, one of the oldest and most complete preservation of the imperial garden existing in China, with a thousand years of history. Beihai Park has a rich collection of lovely pavilions and meandering verandas. The whole park enjoys a unique layout, including three mountains (Taiye Chi, Penglai, Fang Zhang, Yingzhou) and a Lake. The park features wide open water, green pines and verdant cypresses, flowers, pavilions, terraces and lofty halls, stacked stone caves, just like a fairyland. Also there houses a Tibetan style white pagoda (founded in 1651), 67 meters high and located on Qiong Island, as well as the steles and caves. Northeast bank sit Huafang hall, haopujian, jingqing hall, king hall, the five-dragon pavilion and nine-dragon wall. Moreover, the magnificent Chengguang temple is hidden among lush trees. Beihai Park used to be a favorite summer retreat of the Qing Emperors.

World Renowned Summer Palace
Summer Palace

Summer Palace enjoys a far and wide reputation in the world as a classic Chinese garden. There used to be the ancient royal garden, formerly known as Qing Yi Park, located in the western suburbs of Beijing, 15km from downtown, covering an area of about 290 hectares. It centers on the Kunming Lake, Longevity Hill, using Hangzhou West Lake as a blueprint. The royal garden features a strong southern China gardening art, well preserved and hailed as the Royal Garden Museum, also a national key scenic spot. The Summer Palace is arranged along the axis line just like the Forbidden City. The highlight of the park is a long 700 meters corridor, a promenade filled with more than 8000 paintings, known as the gallery of galleries. The corridor faces the Kunming Lake. Longevity Hill is covered by ancient forest, Tibetan temples, ancient Suzhou River Street. The park is a rare masterpiece of Chinese garden art.

Overall, you will enjoy a laid-back break and have fun exploring the parks in Beijing!

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