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Forbidden Pleasures

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Our day was largely spent in the Forbidden City, the palace of the emperor in imperial China.

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By the time we'd walked all the way from the entrance to the north wall then back, via an excellent exhibition of ceramics, then onto Tiananmen Square, we were hungry. Feeling like a bit of Western comfort food we hovered around the McDonald's on Wangfujing Lu, but decided instead to dive into the bustling Datianshujing Hutong Market opposite.

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Near the entrance we were struck by the following sight at one of the food stalls - what appeared to be scorpions on sticks, some still wriggling. However we didn't see anyone eating them so we suspect they were just for show.

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Over dinner - a bowl of noodles each and a side order of dumplings - we got chatting to a young woman from one of China's southern provinces. It was her first time in Beijing too, and we were interested to hear how she was finding the city overwhelming, and - similar to our experience - how unnerving she found crossing the roads.

Posted by shoestring 08:06 Archived in China Tagged buildings food city china beijing forbidden scorpions

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Oh God,that's a bit grim not sure about the scorpion business, I t'd be wriggling about if i was too impaled. I bet you are going to see a lot more interesting sights like that on the rest of your travels. The poor little Seahorses! I like them. I think all such items are a delicassey out there, maybe an approdisiac, still grim. Watch out they may offer you dog,rat,cat,snake and you may not realise your eating it. Whoops! That'll make you be a veggie or you may get a taste for it. Try and get in with the locals for a tour but be piccy, not dodgy ones!!!! XX

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