Jinyang Restaurant – A Shanxi Flavored Restaurant in Beijing
JInyang Restaurant was established in 1959 and located in an old architecture of Qing Dynasty. It was once the study of ji Xiaolan, who was an editor-in-chief of The Si Ku Quan Shu. The courtyard is a bit tranquil and profound, the pillars are decorated with carvings and paintings and various plants spread the whole courtyard.
The restaurant covers about 3,000 square meters and is divided into 11 small restaurants with a total accommodation of 1000 customers at the same time. Known for its featured Shanxin dishes, there are many top chefs, pastry cooks and waiters as well as waitresses at the restaurant. Specialties are Chao Jipu, Mala Yangrou, Xiangsuji, Hongbai Guoyourou and Canjian Tofu.
There is a Chinese wisteria at the forecourt of the restaurant and a Chinese flowering crabapple at the backyard. It is said that they were both planted by Ji Xiaolan.
Address: No. 241, Zhushikou West Street, Xicheng District (Next to Ji Xiaolan Former Residence)
Tel: 010 – 63031699/ 63037636
Opening hours: 10:00 – 14:00; 17:00 – 21:00
Average cost per person: 89 RMB
A Petty Bourgeoisie Taste at Fengrun Yayuan
Located deep in Hutong, Fengrun Yayuan specializes in imperial cuisines and homemade dishes. Chefs at the restaurant are devoted to the research and study of dishes of different cuisines and create popular dishes for customers. The restaurant is based on healthy diet and healthy life and features seasonable diet and balanced nutrition. Providing different dishes for different people has been a feature at the restaurant.
Fengrun Yayuan is located in deep Hutong and provides a tranquil environment for customers, which is quite different from other place in Beijing. There is only one gate, one courtyard and three principal rooms, with its décor being mainly based on paintings and veils. The old chairs and tables as well as the cozy music make the restaurant a very nice place to enjoy delicacies. Outside the rooms, there is a well, a windlass, a river and a bridge. The rocks, running river and colorful fish form an antique beauty of the restaurant, which makes customers feel relaxed.
Recommended dishes: Jiecai Hui Xianyu, Nongtang Sibao, Men Surou
Address: No. 80, Nan Jianzixiang, Dongcheng District
Tel: 010 – 64034849
Average cost per person: 188 RMB
Enjoy Seafood Feast at Haibin Weidao
Haibin Weidao is a time-honored restaurant in China and it boasts a history of 88 years in Qingdao. As a branch in Beijing, it covers 1000 square meters and is a featured restaurant that specializes in Qingdao’s seafood dishes.
Fishermen live near sea and on seafood, so the number of Qingdao specialties reaches a hundred. All seafood at Haibin Weidao is delivered at 10:00 pm in Qingdao and reaches Beijing at 6:00 am the next day, as a result of which the ingredients are all very fresh. Customers can also enjoy clams from the famous clam producing area Hongdo, whose clams are very fat and juicy and taste good.
Scallops in Qingdao are very fresh and nutritious and earns itself a fame of three treasures in seafood together with sea cucumber and sea-ear. There is also some small seafood, such as marine rainbow, fresh oyster and arkshell.
Apart from delicious seafood, there is also a classic set dinner named “Qiuqi Chongtian” or Ox head feast (998 per set), including an ox head (about 7.5 kg), six cold dishes, 8 Qingdao seafood specialties. This set dinner is enough for 8 to 10 people.
There are some must-order Qingdao dishes at Haibin Weidao, such as Laoshan Guchaorou, Daxia Chao Baicai, Liuting Zhushou, Haichang Qiezi. Daxia Guotie is also a very nice dish, which will make you impressed.
Address: Inside 7 Day Inn, No. Jia 28, Huangsi Street, Chaoyang District
Tel: 010 – 68875588
Opening hours: 10:30 – 14:00; 16:00 – 23:00
Average cost per person: 103 RMB
The Salespeople and Atmosphere of Maliandao Tea Street
Historically Chinese tea can be traced back to 3000 years ago, and now drinking tea is fashionable and healthy pursuit. So where can we buy tea in Beijing?
In the large tea markets, you might have the good fortune to find some English-speaking vendors. This is less likely in the side streets but that's usually not a problem since the salespeople are so helpful. The prices are negotiable, though sometimes you need to bargain hard.
The real name of the street is Maliandao, and it is located in a southwestern district of Beijing. It stretches almost a mile in north-south direction, and contains hundreds of bustling tea shops, on either side of the street and in the large tea markets.
Along with cups and tins containing green tea, jasmine tee, flower tea and oolong tea, you'll find tea cups, teapots, tea tables and all other kinds of Chinese tea paraphernalia. Mass-produced cups and pots can be purchased cheaply, but there are also shops here that sell really expensive china cups produced by well-known Chinese potters.
Of all the indoor markets on Tea Street, there are two which are more popular with tourists than the others. The first one is the newly built market in the south. Some of the shops here claim to be open 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, we don't know anyone who has felt the need to buy tea in the middle of the night, so we can't give you any guarantees, but if you've tried it, please let us know about your visit! The other market is called Maliandao Tea City - or Tea Joy Market as the sign by the street says. It is a four-storey building where three of the floors are reserved for tea. On the fourth you will, quite unexpectedly, find DV cameras, SLR cameras and other photography related goods.
If the weather is good, we suggest you to skip these indoor markets, at least to begin with, and give the shops in the sidestreets, for instance those southeast of Tea City, a chance. Here you will gain a more authentic feel for Beijing than you will at gleaming marble floored modern markets - it is also likely that the prices in these stores are lower.
The Salespeople and Atmosphere of Yashow Market
Do you want to find a market where you can talk with the salespeople in English?
Since this market is visited predominantly by foreign tourists, its salespeople speak English pretty well.
This market is situated at Sanlitun, the popular bar street in the east of Beijing. If you have been to the Silk Market, you will recognize the concept. Shoes, suitcases and handbags are sold in the basement. On floors one, two house a lot of designer clothes, and on floor three there are tailors with a large selection of silk and suit fabrics. This floor also holds some children's clothes and silk products.
Floor four has a little of everything. Mp3/Mp4-players and other electronic goods, watches, pearls and jewelry, some tea and tea paraphernalia along with Chinese ornaments and a wide variety of toys. A small beauty salon is squeezed in along one of the walls, offering you eyebrow trimming, manicures and pedicures. The prices are low and so is the quality, but after the long walk up to this floor, it can still be relaxing.
Opening hours: Daily 09:30 - 21:00
Address: No. 58, Gongrentiyuchang Beilu, Chaoyang district
The Salespeople and Atmosphere of Panjiayuan
Panjiayuan is a magical place where you can find a lot of amazing items.
If you do not speak the language, it can be difficult to maintain an extended conversation as most of the salespeople do not speak English. The negotiability of the prices varies a lot depending on the individual salesperson. Sometimes you hardly need to bargain at all. In the shops surrounding the yard, however, you should bargain harder.
Visiting Panjiayuan is an experience in itself - whether you actually choose to buy something or not. The market is located a couple of miles east of the Temple of Heaven.
In the large courtyard, salesmen sit in rows with blankets filled with various jewellery, statuettes, vases, china, Mao paraphernalia and curios. To get the best experience, go there on weekend mornings, when most salespeople are in position.
Even if you are not an early riser, there is a good chance that you will find something here. Besides those of the yard sellers who choose to stay until closing time, there are a hundred or so small shops around the yard. Here you will find art works, pearls and jewellery, as well as more of the aforementioned goods.
Address：No. 18, Huaweili, Panjiayuan lu, Dongcheng District.