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Mr. Shi’s??? Yes please!

One of the most shameful things about me is I really don’t like eating.   In other words, I am one of the pickiest eaters you will every meet.

Food is great and don’t get me wrong I love dessert but I am incredibly picky when it comes to food.

So based on this knowledge, I knew China was going to be a challenge.   (sadly every where I travel is a challenge)

I didn’t eat much in China, well that was until I discovered Mr. Shi’s.   We had googled places to eat prior to arriving and Mr. Shi’s came up on a lot of lists.   Internet wasn’t really easy for us to obtain in China, but we managed to get on the internet once to perform the search.

Imagine our surprise when we learned that Mr. Shi’s was literally around the corner from the hotel.

We decided to give it a try and by this point I was so hungry I was willing to give anything a try.

We walked to the destination, with a very rough map.  It was a small hole in the wall right smack dab in the middle of the hutong.   We went inside and I have to admit the smell of fried dumplings was a welcomed smell.

I ordered pork and chive dumplings and anxiously awaited my food.

When it arrived… I took a bite and oh. my. god.  it was DELICIOUS.

So needless to say, I ate there every day and did not have another hungry day in Beijing again.

The End.

 

The Beijing Subway, it is easier than you think

We put using the subway off.  We should have started using the subway from day one, it would have saved us from walking miles and miles and miles.  Seriously, pretty positive we walked a marathon every single day 🙂

Anyway, we finally decided to take a chance and try the subway out and realized it is very user friendly and if we go back to Beijing we will certainly use it from day one.

For starters, everything is in English… so you don’t have to memorize characters. It is also color coded which is very easy to use.

All you do is get a card from the counter, put a 20 yuan deposit down, pay 20 Yuan and get to riding. SOOOOO easy. If you need to reload it, you just use the machine, click reload (yes they have English as an option)  and be on your way.

The only tip I can really recommend is that every major station has 4 points, one for each corner of the road. Make sure you know which on you need, it makes a huge difference.

Also make sure you have your passport on you, we went through a few security check points and had to show our passports.   I am not sure if this is a regular thing in Beijing but I can assure you we had to show our passports more than once while in China, so while I am an advocate for leaving your passport locked up and safe 90% of the time, China is a place where you should keep your passport on you.

Also rush hour is jammed, like the whole city of Beijing is on the subway I swear so make sure you are ready to face those crowds.

When I go back to China I will utilize the subway a lot because while I enjoyed walking around Beijing I ended up loosing a toe nail from all of the walking so next time I will use the subway, it is not hard.  I promise.

Oh one last thing, take a picture of your stop just you remember the name, I confused a lot of stops.  It was not a big deal as I obviously made it back every night but this will make your life much easier.

Have you used the Beijing subway?  What did you think?

 

 

Absinthe and squat toilets

I have been very bad about not posting lately.  I am going to try and get back into blogging the crazy that is my life and I figured the best story to get back in the mix of it is this one.

So I tried Absinthe for the first time in China.   It typical Jen fashion it was hilarious.

No I didn’t hallucinate or at least from what I remember I didn’t.

Oh my.  I typically have a strict do not over drink rule when I am in a foreign country.  I like to keep my guard up and I like to make sure that just in case I get into trouble I have a clear head.

So why did I not follow this rule?  Cause this shit creeps up on you and the next thing you are hunting for a squat toilet at midnight walking back to your hotel.  More on that later.

We found this little quaint bar in a very trendy Hutong neighborhood.  The original plan was to get dessert hang out and call it an early night.    All I really remember, from this place is they showed the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show on repeat and they served absinthe.

and oh! they call marshmallows cotton candy.

I browsed the menu and I looked at Zach (he was with me in China) and said “Dude they have absinthe here”  While absinthe is no longer illegal in the US, you don’t really see it in bars in Dallas.  He had never tried it and I had never tried it, so hey why not try it… right??? Right. 

We ordered a round and the girl brought it to us with sugar cubes and lit it on fire.    We blew out the fire, smashed up the sugar and took the shot.

and it went down easy…. too easy.

In hindsight, this is why my ass had to use a squat toilet. (again more on this later) 

I received my dessert and after about 15 minutes I looked at Zach and said “I don’t really feel anything do you?”  He didn’t.

I thought it was odd, because I have ZERO tolerance and often have a pretty decent buzz after one glass of wine.  So I was a little shocked I didn’t feel anything.

So hey we are vacationing, let’s order another round.

and another…

and another…

and another…

You see where I am going with this?

Around midnight, I am sure in what was a very sexy slur… told Zach I was ready to go back to the hotel cause I was really tired from walking all over Beijing that day (really I was just drunk) so he paid the tab and we started our mile walk back to the hotel.

We were laughing and talking about just how amazing Beijing was and that Absinthe sneaks up on your ass…

When suddenly I had to pee… bad.

See here is the thing, this is not my proudest moment… but I refused to use the public restrooms in China… ahem the squat toilets.

I know.  I know.  Shame on me but I was terrified of them and while it is not my proudest travel moment I avoided them and would hold it all day.

Well I could not hold it and I got over that fear at midnight in a random hutong in Beijing China.

Sad thing is, I didn’t even see the Green Fairy.

 

If I was you, I would go to Mutianyu

If I was going to recommend a section of the Great Wall I would recommend Mutianyu.  The section is beautiful and lacks people.

In fact, I was asked if I photo shopped a picture of me on the Great Wall because there were no people…  I mean there were people obviously but not crazy crowds

Plus this section is a bit fun, you can take a ride up to the tower of the Great Wall and then take a toboggan down if you are feeling adventurous.   I didn’t choose this route, because truthfully by time this week day came around I was beat & sore… very sore.  I chose to take the cable car both up and down (once again I was reminded just how out of shape I am) If you are super fit, you can hike your happy bottom all the way to the top and back down again, just make sure you give yourself ample time to do this… because this restored section of the wall is large… like really large.  It is hard to explain you really do have to see the Great Wall in person to understand just how impressive it is.

I can say, that if you are wanting to go to a fun section of the Great Wall this is your section.

If you like cable cars?  This is your section.

If you are wanting to go to a restored section of the Great Wall with less crowds?  This is your section.

I am so excited to have knocked another thing off my constantly growing bucket list, but the Great Wall and China were my number 1 bucket list item… so I guess I can die a happy chick now.

Have you been to the Great Wall?

Stay tuned for my favorite Great Wall photos 🙂