Wangfujing Snack Street

Skewered seahorses and scorpions anyone?

This is one of the many exotic fares in Wangfujing Street in Beijing, China. Clearly not for the weak of heart and stomach, you can also sample some starfish, cicada, horse meat and silkworm among others. Yum!

Note: I never tried the scorpions as they were still wriggling. As Woody Allen said “I want my food dead–not sick, not wounded– dead!”.

Shopping in Dashilar

When east meets west in a truly literal sense:

In Beijing’s Dashilar Street, this Swatch store is one of the many western brands (I remember seeing H&M and Zara among others) who share the street with traditional tea houses, silk shops and herbal stores– some of which are centuries old.

Despite having been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries, this pedestrian-only street manages to maintain its distinctive Chinese old world flavor.

Fun Fact: There are no public toilets along Dashilar. Trust me, I know.