Bikes of China

People who know me might tell you that I have an unhealthy obsession with bicycles.  Well this is a blatant lie. Bicycles are extremely beneficial to your health! It’s good exercise and a great way to discover the city on the cheap. With a bike, you can go places that would otherwise be difficult to access by car or foot. And they just look unbelievably cool really.

To further prove my point, check out these Chinese folks on bikes!

Biking doesn’t have to be a solo venture.

Nor does it have an age limit

Electric bikes– if you can’t decide whether you want to pedal or a motor.

If you’re too lazy to pedal then just hire someone to do it then. 

This might not exactly be a bike but it still looks cool.

More rickshaws!

This kid approves!

Note: Hopefully, this would encourage you to start riding your bikes more often. 🙂

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.