Nights in Nanluogu Xiang & Houhai, Beijing

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Shared bikes were the new pink in big Chinese cities. The problem, they were competing pedestrian road space.

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When they run out of the space, they started piling on top of each other.

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After visiting the Forbidden City on day 1, we were meeting up with a friend in Nanluogu Xiang for our first night out in Beijing.

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Map of Nanluogu Xiang

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Jigsaw puzzle shop.

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One of Jason’s favorite shops, an ocarina shop. Mr. Link in the game Legend of Zelda used to play an ocarina.

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Motcha shop.

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A well-known British local opened a T-shirt shop.

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Meal time.

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The restaurant made offerings to a money god sitting one side of its walls.

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Fried shrimp

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Boiled vegetable wrap.

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Dessert was of course pea cakes, my favorite traditional Beijinger dessert.

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Sauced bread.

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Half-way French fries.

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Cat coffeeshop was another popular gathering scene in China….

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You probably would enjoy it more if you are not allergic to cats like me.

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Two big cats guarding the door.

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Introduction about their species.

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Scent Library, one of my favorite shops.

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Hundreds of perfumes waiting for your smell.

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Soft clay shop.

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Pictures depicting how hard it was to make tiny clay figurines.

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Clay dumplings

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Clay monster family.

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Traditional tigers.

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We spent the rest of the night in Pass By Bar, the first shop opened on this street back in the early 90s.

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Draft beers.

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Hundreds of selection for the night.

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New beer for Jason

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Got our snacks for the flight back to the U.S., duck wings from Zhou Hei Ya, the most famous duck shop in China.

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Second night out we decided to browse my favorite spot in the city, Houhai, not far from Nanluogu Xiang on the first night out.

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Dinner consisted of Hunan foods at a very reasonable price for lake-view seating in center of Beijing.

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Meat wraps.

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Popsicles

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Jason bought a jar of Chinese osmanthus tea.

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At a calligraphy shop.

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I bought a pair of Fishing in Authumn ink paintings.

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Local yogurts.

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It rained that night, so we decided to take a electric tricycle home. Fortunately, our hotel wasn’t too far to cost us a fortune.