Come eat with Tom Cruise & Meryl Streep!
Qian Tang Ren Jia is a good restaurant with cheap and delicate dishes. They are sooooo popular that we saw the waitresses telling the visitors to dine in the restaurant across the river (more than once !) cuz they had a full house. We insisted to wait and lucky us, we got our table eventually. Definitely worth the wait!
Favorite Dish: - Steamed River Shrimps
- Wonton Soup with Old Duck
The best smelly beancurd I've ever tried in China!
Favorite Dish: Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.
5-6 pcs for less than US$1
Be prepared to wait in the queue for 5 mins or so for this yummy local food
Getting there: First go to Hangzhou or Shanghai, and then take a train to Jiashan (US$2.2 one way, approx 1.5 hour). Buses to Xitang depart every five minutes from the Jiashan bus (north) station (US$1 one way, 45 mins)
This local artist paints scenes inside bottles. Although such painted bottles are widely sold as souvenirs in China, this was the first time I had seen an artist doing this painstaking work, and selling the results for a very reasonable price. I particularly liked the black and white local scenes, but there were also coloured and black and white traditional scenes in bottles of all sizes.
What to pay: From about 40RMB up!
No ideas where to stay for the night ? You can hail one of these tricycles for RMB2 but take cautions with their recommendations.
Unique Suggestions: They may charge you commission (probably 1/3 of what you have to pay for the room) for the recommendation they make. If you do like what they suggest, make sure you feel alright with the amount of commission you gotta pay.
Fun Alternatives: Ask the drivers to show you around and have them stop to check out the places which seem appealing to you. They took us to two hotels/inns first but we didn't like what we saw/smelled (those places were rather worn-out and old). As we passed by this lovely Xitang Inn, they kept saying it wasn't a fine place to stay, we insisted on checking it out and we liked it !
Needless to say, we could see the disappointment in their eyes ... oh well
DO YOU KNOW ...
The first scene in China of "Mission Impossible III" was shot in Xitang on Nov 24, 2005!
The producers of 'MI:3' reportedly payed 100 million yuan for the use of Xitang, which was sealed off to the public during filming.
The locals are ever so "generous" in showing the visitors their 'privacy', don't be surprised if you see different displays of undergarment here, there and everywhere. Ha !
Fondest memory: The "oneness" of the locals and the rivers ...