Last week I went full circle on food between Western and Chinese, in formats old and new. But even for a country like China where tradition dies hard, there is no escape from the clutch of globalisation. Bit unlike the pure Western influence that may comes from unabashed Western cuisine in a tourist area behind … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 15: Somewhere Between West and East, in the Middle of Tradition
YESTERDAY I GOT a glimpse of how architectural contrasts provide unique insight into a city’s history. Today, I was blessed for the opportunity to have local friends take me to their Beijing. There’s a certain exoticism you’d think of, considering the cultural differences between you and the locals you meet. But as fellow young people, … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 10: From The Old To The New, Real To The Manufactured
ISN’T IT STRANGE how the moniker ‘fast food’ almost gives every element of the business model a mandatory association with McDonald’s? We were recommended to a local joint for a quick bite while we were in the southwestern fringe of the city and were told to expect some local cuisine served from China’s western regions. … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 6: A Western Way of Delivering Local Food
If there was any evidence I saw to sum up China’s growing pains during my time here, this photo would be it. I’m in Sanlitun, the place most travellers describe as the CBD of Beijing (which, of course, from a foreigner’s perspective, means the place where most Western brands set up shop). Naturally here, bars … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 5: Real? Maybe?