Beijing was all about Fobisia hence we did not have much time to sightsee save for a day before and after the competition. On our first day there we took a walk around our hotel in the Wangfujing area. Wangfujing street itself is this large pedestrianised avenue filled with restaurants and shops.
We came off the main street to go into this street market. So many bargains but as it was our first day I refrained from making any purchases? Regret much - yes!
Then we stumbled on the street food and couldn't resist trying out some of the weird and wonderful delicacies on offer - seahorses, snakes, starfish, grasshoppers, crickets, lovely looking tripe (yes I am a tripe fan!).
These scorpions were still alive - and no we didn't!
We did though go for a stick of grasshoppers. I have tried this once before in Bangkok but was not impressed with the oil. Surprisingly this bug was delicious and crunchy and even Ayden loved it!
Himself and Danny were so into it they went for a fried snake - nice and crispy!
In the afternoon Ayden and I joined up with a couple of mum friends and their daughters and went on a Hutong tour - the old residential part of Beijing. We did a walk around and then went on rickshaws. Fun afternoon.
The guide explained about doorways of Chinese households and items placed in doorways are not just for decoration but symbols of the status of the family in past times.