Beijing Backpacking, Day 15: Somewhere Between West and East, in the Middle of Tradition

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

Beijing Backpacking, Day 10: From The Old To The New, Real To The Manufactured

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

Beijing Backpacking, Day 6: A Western Way of Delivering Local Food

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