Wanfunjing durante el día, además de la actividad normal en los centros comerciales y en las grandes tiendas tiene una calle peatonal llena de color y actividad en la que puedes comprar souvenirs Chinos y tomar un aperitivo en los puestos de la calle, normales o exóticos, dependiendo de tu gusto
Wanfunjing during the day besides the normal activity in the shopping centres and in the big shops has a pedestrian street full of colour and activity where you may buy China souvenirs and take an snack in the street stalls , normal or exotic , depending on your tastes
Situated just off Wangfujing Street, DONG’AN MEN DAJIE is famous for its night market.
This night market sells just about anything you thought could be eaten, and anything that you thought should not be eaten, on a stick! These items are all served up as traditional Chinese “snacks” and include such delicacies as seahorses, Star fish, Shark, Eel, brains, Squid, Snake, Scorpions, Beetles, Grasshoppers and just about anything else that was not quick enough on the day!
Wangfujing Street is the famous shopping street for the locals and tourists. Not only they have big department stores (Chinese Styles), but also have a food street that sell Beijing snacks including bugs and insects with four feets. A lot of the Chinese tourists like to eat to bugs and insects, I could not understand why? I found it strange, and I did not dear to try them. Other than that, this would be a great place to get inexpensive souvenirs.
If you are looking for branded goods, shop at nearby " Oriental's Square".
This is Beijing's version of Orchard Road in Singapore or Nanjing Road in Shanghai.
In Chinese: 王府井 (Wong Fu Jing)
Just to the side of Oriental Plaza, tucked away in a little corner down the famous Wangfujing main street, is a food street that is packed with local and regional snacks. The most infamous of the lot are the scorpion and lizard snacks (made all the more disturbing by the fact that the samples put out are actually alive and writhing on the skews). But if you want to eat something more palatable, there's always the traditional fruit sticks (see second photo in this tip) or the ubiquitous "bing tang hu lu".
These are, as you can see from the picture, simply fruits that are dipped into caramelized sugar.
A more detailed description on Wangfujing Food Street snacks is in the next tip.
Other things of note along this street
- souvenir shopping: if you want something more unusual, take a look at the 12 zodiacs that are hand made/blown into adorable forms (see photo)
- traditional handicrafts: artisans can make a little sculpture of you
- marketing-savvy shop keepers who dress up in dynasty clothes (complete with a fan!) to attract hungry tourists into his stall
At night there is a fascinating food market close to Wanfujing Street. All sorts of delicacies are available from scorpion on a stick to strangely bubbling drinks.
Even if you don't have the courage to try anything, its very interesting to wander around and see what's for sale.
The Wangfujing Night Market has a selection of exotic Street food on the Snack Street. Deep fried insects, scorpions, and sea creatures can be found, along with other animals and animal parts not ordinarily consumed as food in the west. Because of this, the stalls are a bit of a novelty for both us westerners and, also, for Chinese. You'll find a great number of people pulling horrible faces at what’s on offer plus those daring to try one of the sticks that contains an insect (which can be still moving!). All of this means that it's also a big draw for having your photo taken with people handing insect sticks near their mouths!
The liveliest street of Beijing is also the most commercial one. That means that, instead of one hour we would need… one week (or several...).
In its beginning there are looooots of shops.
Well… maybe not lots of them, but biiiiig shops anyway.
All right, they were no so big, but they were veeeeeery interesting.
OK, OK! They may not be so interesting, but they were there, you know!
Please, Fernanda, let me have at least a glance of the street.
Wait! I still miss 5 blouses, two pants, 3 pairs of shoes, 2 bracelets… I think I’m missing something, I'd better start over again!
Don’t worry. In Portugal I will see the details in Banu’s photos.
This is not Fear Factor... This food alley is found around Wangfujin. I wouldn't even dare to take a close look at those fried little snakes on sticks.... I will not advise you all to try unless you want to brag to your friends that you dare to try them. I don't think they will taste good also. Nevertheless, this is a good place to visit and take photos.
Clearly, food tastes is a highly personal, subjective thing. But if you are truly clueless about what to try and what to stay away from along this street of exotic Chinese snacks, here's a list of snacks and descriptions to get you started.
- Bing Tang Hu Lu --> VERY sweet, so not for those who can't take another visit from the tooth fairy
- Japanese octopus balls --> I swear it tastes better than it sounds! Really just made up of putting bits of octopus/prawn meat into a flour mixture and then cooked on a skillet. Add more the soya sauce-like black sauce and it'll be extra yummy!
- Grilled corn cob
- Roasted chestnuts
Snacks to try with precaution:
- Grilled scorpion --> some are still alive and squirming when they are put on display! A friend who tried one (after they were properly cooked) claimed that he could feel a bit of sting down his throat because of the scorpion's sting (?!) Definitely not for the faint hearted
- Grilled lizard
- Grilled caterpillars and all other unidentified insects
- Smelly tofu --> I'm personally a big fan of this but because it does have a rather strong, fermented smell, not everyone would like it
Lindy, I saw your picture.
The market you have been to is at DongHuaMen, it opens both at daytime & night. Another market is called LongFuSi - it opens only at night, and sells almost only food.
I am not sure which one is "indeed the Famous Beijing Market", because I don't know which one is more well-known around the world.
In my opinion they are much the same. as long as you visited one, it is not very likely to have more fun at the other's. Although next time you come to look for it, LongFuSi is 4 or 5 paralell lanes to the north of DongHuamen. next to the National Art Museum of China.
It is a commercial street and a walking street, too. cars are not permitted.
The art articles along the street are worth seeing.
You can find tourist gifts like silk clothing, or small crafts, but be cautious of the traps. Always negotiate with those prices until you feel good.
But no needs of negotiatiions in shopping malls. maybe ask for 10% discount since some salesgirls have discount card of the shop and you can borrow it if you can smile at and talk them to do so. After all, they want you to buy something so that their bonus will rise with their saleing amount.
En esta zona llena de tiendas y centros comerciales en cuanto anochece se encienden las luces y se abren los puestos de comidas ,con auténticas tapas Chinas , donde puedes comer desde frutas caramelizadas , tofu , maíz , calamares ...hasta los más exóticos bocados saltamontes , estrellas de mar , alacranes ...
Los puestos dan sensación de limpieza y es un buen sitio para comer algo , que dependerá de tus ganas de tener nuevas experiencias
On this area full of shops and malls as it gets dark , the lights are switch on and they open the food stalls , with authentic Chinese tapas, where you can eat from caramelized fruit, tofu, corn, squid ... to the more exotic snacks as grasshoppers, sea stars , scorpions ...
The stalls look clean and it is a good place to eat something , that will depend on your desire to have new experiences
Wangfujing is now considered the central heart of the city. Certainly from Wangfujing all areas of Beijing are easily accessible. Wangfujing is a fairly long street. A walk from end to end would take you about 30 minutes, and that's without looking at any shops. The street has two major shopping malls, one of which, Oriental Plaza, sprawls a further 2 blocks to the east (and another 15 minute walk). Wangfujing street is also home to a number of large department stores, souvenir stores, and whole side streets full of food stalls, Chinese painting stores and other goodies.
The night market also sells fantastic desserts, rice meals and fresh vegetables etc.
Pancakes, deep fried ice cream, flat bread, shrimp and fruit platters seem to be a favorite of the tourists.
Anne and I enjoyed the dumplings, deep fried ice cream and the rice custards. Anne particularly enjoyed “hamming it up” with the local stall holders. This seemed to work as Anne’s portions were always larger and fancier than mine!
Wangfujing the pedestrian mall / shopping street doesnt really interest me. Except for one thing --- the exotic food fair.
There's a row of permanent stalls that sell barbecued critters worthy of Fear Factor, along the 2nd street (I think) to the left off Wangfujing.
The photos that I have here are from a (temporary) food fair that was held one sunday. We looked, we tried, we conquered.