Beijing: Wangfujing (Donghuamen) Night Market

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Posted on: June 28th, 2010

So here’s the second part of the day three post! Wangfujing Night Market! Don’t watch the videos if you’re at all squeamish!! 😛

Wangfujing is the main shopping district in Beijing, with all sorts of restaurants and shops at your disposal, it’s a mecca for the tourist who likes to spend. However, Wangfujing is not most famous for it’s shopping, but it’s Donghuamen Night Market. The Donghuamen Night Market is the traditional snack streets full of vendor stalls selling all sorts of the usual stuff such as yang rou chaunr (lamb kebabs). But the main attraction of the Donghuamen Night Market is its CRAZY foods. If you’ve ever seen an extreme foods programme on TV, chances are they’ve stopped by this night market. Standard snacks include scorpions, tarantulas, grubs, snake, starfish and seahorse. If you know me well enough, you’ll know I’ve had some pretty crazy food, so this was the ultimate challenge for me!

Walking through the paifang into Donghuamen Night Market at Wangfujing!

Needless to say, I went all out! Rather than tell you what I had, I’ll just show you the videos and you can see it in all its gory glory!!

Seahorse, anyone? ;D

Time to take it up a notch, let's try these mini scorpions! :9

Showing what the night market has to offer...yummy!

The ultimate challenge: Giant Black Scorpions!!

As well as having some of the crazier stuff, I also had a try of one of the dry ice drinks which are a typical beverage sold at the night market and it tasted pretty good! The dry ice bit takes your breath away a bit though!

First time I've ever had dry ice in a drink!

I also tried bird’s nest which is a quite popular delicacy in China and is made primarily from swallows’ spit. Out of all the things I tried…that tasted the worst! 😛

We had such a great time that we didn’t leave the night market until closing time at 10!

So it’s been a great day all in all, now I better get to bed since we have a really early start tomorrow as we’re going to see the Great Wall of China!!! Bye for now!

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