In Beijing, we had a nice place to stay, just outside of the Forbidden City and even more importantly, close to a Subway Restaurant, which was still a daily stop of ours (by the end of our time in Beijing, the lady who worked there recognized us and laughed whenever we came in). On our first day there, we met up with Zach and he took us to a park that was just outside the Forbidden City. It had a big hill in it that had a really good view into the Forbidden City.
After the park, we walked through a part of the old city of Beijing that was kept looking like it used to. It was full of one story grey concrete buildings with the traditional Chinese roof. It was a cute neighborhood, but the real reason for the excursion into it was to find one of Beijing's oldest Microbreweries, the Great Leap Brewing Company (and yes, the pun is intended).
|Our chicken before it was dumped in the hot pot. Yes all of it.|
It was a good meal and sat well with our stomachs, so win, win. We also learned that the tastiest part of the chicken is its scalp... who knew. Only the beginning of the things we'd learn about food in China!