Beijing

Amazing Local Markets Around the World (PHOTOS)

One of my favorite ways to experience local culture while traveling is by visiting a market. Loud, crowded and colorful, it’s easy to immerse oneself in this multi-sensory slice of daily life abroad. In every destination, I’ve found a market worth visiting, from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market – the biggest seafood wholesaler in the world, to Bamako’s recycling market – …

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Dadong: Where to Eat Beijing’s Famous Roast Duck

Seeking out the best Beijing (or Peking) style duck in Beijing, China is like asking a group of New Yorkers where to find Manhattan’s best pizza. Currently, the most buzzed-about restaurants serving up Beijing’s namesake duck are Quanjude, Dadong and Made in China. I chose Dadong. The restaurant currently has three locations, and it’s universally agreed upon that “Number 2”, …

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Weird and Wild Food at Beijing’s Night Markets

Some of Beijing’s most fascinating foodie destinations are the night markets of Wangfujing and Dong Hua Men. Beneath swaying red lanterns, these streets are lined with vendors selling everything edible, from typical local cuisine to the exotic and often bizarre “tourist bait.” For the hungry, the choices are both endless and exhilarating in this delicious, dizzying mix of sights, sounds, …

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A Bed & Breakfast Hideaway in Historic Beijing

Stepping off the plane in Beijing, I thought, “I finally made it.” It was my first time in Asia. I was traveling alone, on a culinary mission and I had no idea what to expect. After clearing the airport’s body-temperature scanners and visa control, I met Angela, the owner of my bed and breakfast, at arrivals. I chose to spend my …

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