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Everyone wants to keep healthy without too much effort. So let’s start from our mouth by eating those healthy foods, which people can easily get in their daily life.

NO.10 Tomatoes

Lycopene from tomatoes is found to be protective against a growing list of cancers, including colorectal, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers. Tomatoes also lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease, and are great for your skin.

 NO.9 Spinach

Folate, one of the components of spinach, is helpful for mental health. Spinach also has been found to be protective against various kinds of cancer. These include bladder, prostate, liver and lung cancer. Some components of spinach can be applied to protect the skin from harmful rays of sun, including UV rays.

NO.8 Peanuts

Peanuts are rich in antioxidants that protect cells from damage linked to heart disease and cancer. They also contain high levels of protein and monounsaturated fat. Peanuts also help prevent bleeding from injuries and hemophilia.

 NO.7 Cauliflower

Cauliflower possesses a very high nutritional density. It contains anti-cancer compounds released when it is chopped or chewed. It is high in flavonoid, which can prevent infection and reduce risks of heart diseases and stroke. It is also helpful to reinforce vascular walls and the immune system.

NO.6 Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in Vitamin C, which can prevent plaques inside the artery and many cancers. They are helpful to improve nighttime visual acuity and promote quicker adjustment to darkness and faster restoration of visual acuity after exposure to glare. Blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions.

 NO.5 Oats

Oats have beneficial effects on cholesterol levels. They can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and prevent heart failure. Oats are good for improving of blood circulation and relaxation. They contain calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc, which can prevent osteoporosis and anemia.

NO.4 Green tea

Green tea consumption is linked with reduced levels of psychological distress. A green tea component, the amino acid theanine, is thought to have a tranquilizing effect on the brain. Green tea can exert sun damage protection by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation rather than by blocking UV rays.

 NO.3 Red grapes

Red grapes are rich in fiber and antioxidants, which reduce risks for cardiovascular disease. Seeds of red grapes reduce cholesterol levels and systolic pressure. They also contain a great amount of energy and provide a very high level of carbohydrates and protein. Red grapes contain almost no fat.

NO.2 Mandarin fish

Mandarin fish contains protein, fat, and a small amount of vitamins. It has an easily digestible and tender texture, which is suitable for children, senior people and people with poor digestion. Mandarin fish is also good for people with tuberculosis. The fish is low in calories and high in antioxidants.

 NO.1 Garlic

Garlic is claimed to help prevent heart disease and cancer. Garlic supplements reduce accumulation of cholesterol on the vascular walls. It also helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Garlic cloves are used as a remedy for infections, digestive disorders and fungal infections.

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Have you ever wanted to know what Beijing is really like? The modern and the traditional seamlessly juxtaposed.

Beijing, an ancient city, has its own unique quality, character and history.

Part 1 Ancient buldings

 

It acted as the capital of China for hundred years.So many historic and cultural buldings lies here.Like

Beijing is unarguably one of the most visited places in the world. Every year finds millions of people come to Beijing to see the capital of China, a fast changing metropolitan city of old and new…

The Summer Palace of Beijing began construction in 1750…

Like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, hutongs are an exclusive feature of Beijing…

For centuries, Siheyuan were centers of family life and the lives of the common people in Beijing…

Beijng has both excellent and classical architecture but few distinguished modern buildings…

Part 2 Delicioous food

Food is caused of popular interest from the coming of human beings.It has different styles and changes every time.Like

Long-term residents may have fond memories of the old Ritan Restaurant in Beijing, a foreigner-friendly, Sichuan home-style joint snuggled into the southwestern corner of Ritan Park…

A mianbao taxi from 1997. The driver is happy and there would be a hole in the floor and the rear might open up and lose diners at any moment…

Realtors agree: The hottest retail spot in town is indisputably Wangfujing…

No matter in which country, the State Banquet seems to be mysterious and solemn…

 Part 3 Beijing’s culture

Live in Beijing,you will be affected by it’s strong culture.Let you feel you are an beijinger who live in the ancient century.Like

On April 2, 2007, the Beijing Dongcheng District Cultural Center held a special vocal concert displaying traditional Peking Opera in honor of the Olympics…

The ongoing exhibition on the development of China’s comics and animation industry shows a lot of animation works from recent years…

There are 1,517 museums now in China…

Part 4 Tips of living in Beijing          

Finding an apartment as well as finding roommates in China isn’t as easy as it seems, albeit much easier than in your own country. Strangely enough, most of us end up living with complete strangers out of necessity…

The currency of the People’s Republic of China has the generic name of Renminbi , which means “people’s money” and is abbreviated as RMB. The basic currency unit is the yuan , often referred to by the informal term kuai , which means “piece [of money]”. One yuan can be split into 10 jiao  or mao [informal] . The jiao can be further divided into 10 fen (100 fen = one yuan)…

For full information about Chinese visa types, see ’’Visas and travel regulations’ in our Visiting China section…

Multifunctional post offices can be easily found in almost every city in the country…

Private GPs are few and far between in Beijing, so for a consultation you will generally have to visit a hospital (yiyuan)…

There are some really excellent reasons for not owning a car in China. These include the mind-snapping problems that arise if you have an accident, as well as the threat to your mental health if you live in Beijing and decide to take to the roads…

Taking a taxi is normally quite all right in Beijing. But still be aware for illegal taxis…

Part 5 foreigners in Beijing

Nowadays, there is an increasing number of foreign people choose to live in China as China become more and more important both in politic and economy…

No matter in which country, the State Banquet seems to be mysterious and solemn.As for China, with its long cultural history in the art of food preparation, a deep importance is attached to State Banquets. What is Chinese State Banquet like? What are the stories behind each preparation? Join us to reveal the mysterious veil of the Chinese State Banquet.

part 1 National Day feast

Since the founding of the People´s Republic of China, almost all media reports on State Banquets have only listed the attendees. Since common people know little about them, they seem to be mysterious and solemn.

part 2 A special banguet

There is a very special menu for a State Banquet. What makes it so special is that it contains exclusively farmhouse dishes. More surprisingly, that State Banquet was given not in the Great Hall of the People but rather in a small mountain village in the centre of Taihang Mountains.

part 3 A mysterious evening banquet

Although nothing about this State Banquet was publicized in advance, the series of diplomatic events following this occasion have their eternal place in the development of Sino-US relations and even in the broader pattern of world affairs.

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China‘s Hospitals
Private GPs are few and far between in Beijing, so for a consultation you will generally have to visit a hospital (yiyuan). In the past, foreigners could visit only a limited number of hospitals, but now you can hobble into almost any one in the country and request to see the doctor (daifu). Be advised that standards range dramatically in public hospitals. In some you will be treated promptly and effectively by a bilingual medic, while in others you may find yourself waiting so long that your condition has remedied itself by the time you receive attention.

Various private and international hospitals are scattered around the country’s major cities. The care offered by the best of them is comparable to most major hospitals in the West – at comparable cost as well. This underlines a vital point for visitors and resident expats alike: get medical insurance from a reputable provider. Foreigners who are not fazed by Chinese public hospitals may well be able to get by without insurance, but a serious illness or injury can change the picture dramatically. Suddenly, only an international hospital will do, and a week in one of those can be financially crippling – and don’t even think of the bill for a medical evacuation. Get insurance.

If you decide to go to a Chinese hospital, it is worth taking the time to seek out one that caters to foreigners. They are more costly than the average Chinese infirmary, but you are buying a more efficient and personalized standard of care. More important, it’s likely that the doctors, nurses and hospital administrators will be able to speak good English. Many hospitals with an international department (guoji yiliao bu) actually provide English lessons for their staff.

You will have to register with administration before you get to see the doc. Procedures here vary among the hospitals, but the lower down the scale you go, the more time-consuming and frustrating they become. Basically, you find the registration department (guahao chu), and request to see the relevant specialist. You will be given a slip of paper with your registration fee (guahao fei). This you bring to the cash handlers (which are rarely located next to registration) and duly pay. Make sure you are carrying enough cash – you won’t get to see a doctor until you’ve coughed up this fee. Bring your receipt back to the registry department, and they will give you another slip of paper.

Now you must locate the department that specializes in your particular malady. These are usually marked bilingually in hospitals, whether or not they have an international section. But don’t be too surprised – or shocked – at some of the English versions. (The translation for ”gynecology department” in one Beijing hospital is not fit for print on this page). Once you have found the reception desk, they will (usually) exchange your slip for yet another imprinted with a number. Then, it’s time to wait for the doctor.

Patients who splash out on the international department will probably be tended to immediately – they might be the doctor’s only case that day. Those that decide to rough it in the local wards should be prepared to wait, and can expect company during their consultation. Doctors in these hospitals can have a patient list numbering 100, and holding multiple consultations is a popular way of ensuring that everyone gets treated. The concept of privacy does not enter the equation here – so you can expect to have your complaint discussed and diagnosed by less qualified people than your doctor.

When you’ve received the more professional opinion, you may be instructed to seek tests or x-rays, which involves another visit to the cashier, and a pleasant surprise: most of these procedures in Chinese public hospitals are done at a fraction of the cost you would face in a Western institution. Alternatively, you’ll be given a prescription. Or more than one: for many hospitals in China, the pharmacy is an important profit center. You will usually have to take your prescription to the in-hospital pharmacy (yao fang). For many Westerners, this part of the visit may actually be another pleasant surprise. Drugs in China tend to be far, far cheaper than those in the West. If you visit the international department of the hospital, you will have to fork out anything between RMB 50 and RMB 300 for registration (this normally includes the consultancy fee). Your medicine bill will likely be a fraction of that amount.

In the case of an overnight stay at a Chinese hospital, be aware that meals and snacks are not served to in-patients, and it is considered the responsibility of the in-patients family and friends to bring food. There is usually a hospital canteen, and several shops, that serve hot, cold and instant meals.

Emergencies:
If you are experiencing a medical emergency in China, dial 120 for an ambulance, or call the International SOS 24-hour Emergency Alarm Center at (10) 6462 9100. This call center is located in Beijing, but will help with urgent cases throughout China. It provides service in 77 languages.

They offer two 24-hour emergency Alarm Centers in Beijing and Hong Kong that can alert the SOS center nearest you.  In- and Out-patient International SOS branches are located in Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Nanjing, Tianjin and Shekou.

Beijing Alarm Center
24-Hour Hotline
Tel: 86 10 6462 9100
Fax: 86 10 6462 9117

Hong Kong Alarm Center
24-Hour Hotline
Tel: 852 2528 9900
Fax: 852 2528 9933

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Oh if it were only 2004! Back then, the grizzled veteran will tell you, all you had to do to earn a crust in China was walk outside. Within minutes, you would be spotted, bundled into a black limo and whisked off to a new career as a TV announcer, a movie actor, an advertising account executive or a celebrity chef.

Actually, things were never quite that easy, but it’s certainly true that there isn’t as much elbow-room in the China job market as there used to be, and more and more employers are asking impertinent questions about qualifications and experience.

If you’re reading this from offshore and dreaming of making it big in the corporate world in China, know this: if you haven’t got what Microsoft or Deloitte need in your home country, don’t get on a plane thinking they’ll sign you on in China. Most of the foreign employees of multinationals working in China have been recruited through international search, and the big players are just as fussy about who they hire here as they are anywhere else. If you have brilliant Chinese, that no longer makes you special. It may get you over the line in a very tight selection choice, but only after you’ve been found to measure up on all the other criteria - education, analytical skills, etc - and that’s just for an internship! People do come to China and work their way into the corporate world, but be prepared for a long, hard grind of resume-polishing, cold-calling, networking, door-knocking and gophering.

If you’re a native English speaker, yo
u do possess one of the most tradable commodities on the Chinese job market. Working with words is one of the biggest money-making activities in the foreign community in China:

• There’s a never-ending stream of work in language ’’polishing’’ - editing the English prose of Chinese speakers in the publishing, internet and broadcasting industries. The work can be eye-glazing after long exposure, but it puts you in a Chinese workplace, gives you contacts and friendships - and pays the bills. All that’s required is a tertiary qualification from an English-speaking university, which the Chinese use (rather unwisely) as a surrogate for the ability to write good English. Make enquiries at CCTV, China Daily, Xinhua, China Radio International etc. Or keep an eye on the many jobs-available sections on expat websites. Expect a salary in the RMB 10-15,000 range.
• If you’re an aspiring journalist, China is a good place to get published. The various expat mags like That’s Beijing, City Weekend and Time Out will happily listen to your pitch, and if you really can write, you’ll see your name in lights. But the remuneration for casual pieces published in China is poor (between 1 and 2 yuan per word), so freelancing is strictly a means to an end, be it clips for your portfolio, food for your ego or a pathway to an editorial position.

And of course, the other way of turning English into renminbi is to teach it. The demand for native English speaking teachers in China is endless. What you get out of it depends on what you’re prepared to put in. Let’s assume you’re a conscientious person with the interests of your prospective students at heart (unfortunately, this doesn’t describe all teachers in China, or all language school owners). If you are, then give consideration to getting a qualification in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). Sure, you can find work in China without one, but if you have one, you’ll be a better teacher, you’ll earn more in the long run and it may be the first step to a rewarding career. Among the prospective employers in China:

Universities. They’re among the fussiest employers in terms of qualifications and experience. While the pay is modest, they offer work visas, good holidays, secure contracts, civilized staff relations (usually), and a return flight (usually). A typical teaching load is 20 hours per week.
Public schools: Hard work. Be prepared for a bigger teaching load (sometimes as much as 30 hours per week) and big classes, but they can be a lot of fun. The best schools offer benefits comparable to the universities.
Private centers: These run the gamut from highly professional institutions to rank fly-by-nighters. The best of them won’t look at you unless you have good qualifications and / or a long CV, but they’ll pay well to keep their most valuable staff, who can command RMB 300 per hour or more. If you’re starting out in the private sector, don’t take less than RMB 150 in the big cities, a little less in the provinces.
Corporate sector: Big corporations who hire teachers to improve the English skills of their staff are among the most discriminating employers of all. They relentlessly evaluate your performance for return on investment, and if you don’t measure up, you’re out. But teachers who can work their way into these positions are among the best-paid in the business.

If you’ve yet to come to China and you’re hunting for jobs in the English teaching sector, try the China’s esl website:www.chinaesljob.com

Post Offices “yóujú”
Multifunctional post offices can be easily found in almost every city in the country. Sending packages, paying utility bills, applying and renewing subscriptions and (sometimes) receiving Western Union transfers can all be done at your local post office.

Reliable domestic and international shipping services of all kinds can also be arranged by the post office. While domestic and international ground rates are reasonable, airmailing larger packages can be expensive. When sending a letter or a package, bring the contents to the packing service counter and purchase the appropriate box. Do not seal envelopes or packages before the post office clerk has inspected them.

CDs, DVDs and software will only be accepted if you have a stamped receipt as proof of purchase. If the clerk suspects that the disk is an illegal copy, you will not be able to post it. Foodstuffs, explosives, liquids, weapons, and inflammatory or ”socially damaging” printed material will not be accepted.

When the contents have been checked, enter the address in the space provided. Be sure to include a return address. Then complete two customs forms (for international shipping), and a form indicating the shipping details (ground, air, expedited, etc.).

Finally, return to the service desk where your forms will be taken, the package or letter will be weighed, and you will be charged accordingly.

Courier services “kuàidì”
EMS is China’s official expedited courier service, and overnight or international 2- to 4-day shipping is available upon request. FedEx, UPS, and DHL also operate out of China.

For intra- and inter-city express mail services, try a local courier company. These are a China good-news story, offering fast, trackable courier services across town or across the country at prices that would not be believed in the West. There are literally hundreds of these located all over China’s major and second-tier cities.

However, few of the local players offer their services in English, so those without a handle on the Chinese language will have to ask a local associate to organize the pick-up. If you call in the morning, you can expect your package to be picked up that afternoon, and delivered the next morning. Swifter delivery can sometimes be arranged.

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There are some really excellent reasons for not owning a car in China. These include the mind-snapping problems that arise if you have an accident, as well as the threat to your mental health if you live in Beijing and decide to take to the roads. However, we assume you’ve considered all this and the scales still tilt in favor of your personal set of wheels. Here are the answers to some questions about owning cars, together with a couple of alternatives.

Can I import my car?
You have a car in your home country and you think it will be lonely without you. So… can you import it? There are two answers to this question: (a) Yes, and (b) Don’t even think about it.

In theory, it is possible to import a used personal vehicle to the People’s Republic of China. But why would you want to? They make perfectly good ones here. The transport and taxation costs of importing a used car are huge, and you have no guarantee that you would be permitted to register it when it arrives. It will be subjected to an emissions test, and if it’s more than a year or so old, the chances are it won’t meet local standards - especially if you plan to drive it in Beijing. Besides all that, the paperwork is enough to make strong men weep.

Of course, new imported cars can be bought through dealers in the same way as in other countries.

How do I buy a car in China?
With the explosive growth of the automotive sector in China, there is a well-developed new and second-hand car market, and there are no barriers to resident foreigners buying vehicles. Second-hand cars may be transferred through dealers, or by private sale. For both new and used cars, the paperwork is similar to that required in the West, but it’s helpful to involve a Chinese-speaking friend in the process.

The first thing to do is check the rules and regulations in your town: the following advice is general only, and there may be special rules that are local to your city.

In the larger urban centers, dealers (new and second-hand) are often co-located in enormous “car cities”, which makes comparative shopping a lot easier. There are also car brokers, who will bring cars to your home or office to inspect or test drive, and who will handle the paperwork for you. If you are buying by private sale, you will need your passport, and the seller will have to provide the bill of sale, together with certificates of title and registration.

If you buy through a good dealer, they should help you with the paperwork, which goes like this:

• Take the car for a safety and emissions test, which all used cars and many new cars have to pass. (Some new locally-manufactured cars are exempt in their first year.) Any rectifications have to be made before the car is registered. The tests are renewed annually.
• Register the car at the relevant agency. In Beijing, it’s called the Automobile Administrative Office . You’ll need (at a minimum) your passport, residence certificate, registration form and bill of sale.
• Pay the required charges and taxes, which will vary from city to city.
• Pay the insurance. Third-party liability insurance is compulsory, but be warned: this scheme does not operate in the way you may be accustomed to back home. In China, third-party victims of accidents are entitled to prompt compensation through insurance companies under new rules introduced in 2006. However, if the driver is later determined to have been at fault, the insurance company is legally entitled to take action against the driver to recover its costs. Other insurance (for theft, damage etc.) is also available. Premiums are generally lower than in the West: full coverage will cost you between RMB 2500-5500 per year, depending on the vehicle.

Can I lease a vehicle instead of buying one?
Yes, there are plenty of firms that offer leasing services. The financials are similar to deals you might have made back home: the outgoings are higher than with a straight purchase, but they are spread evenly over the year, you have the option of low-cost purchase at the end of the deal, and there may be tax advantages. Hours of fun for you and your accountant.

Can I rent a car in China?
Yes, but if you’re after a self-drive car, it’s not as simple as you might think. There are countless rental firms across China, from two-car mom and pop operations to swish showrooms with piped music and marble counter-tops. All will arrange self-drive rentals, but almost invariably a foreign or international license cuts no ice: only a Chinese license will do, along with a residence permit.

However, the bad news ends there. Most firms will rent you a car with a driver at surprisingly affordable rates: a no-frills car-and-driver rental can be arranged in Beijing for around RMB 400 per day, with costs dropping dramatically for longer-term rents. You’ll pay much more for a limo and uniformed chauffeur, but it’s still way below what you would pay in the USA or Europe.

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Selling Point
Realtors agree: The hottest retail spot in town is indisputably Wangfujing. The area lost some of its luster in the last decade as luxury brands flocked to Financial Street, Sanlitun and the CBD, but Beijing’s historic market street has come roaring back.

Shop
Wangfujing Bookstore may surprise you with their number of general English-language titles, but Foreign Languages Bookstore’s selection of young-adult paranormal romances is second to none. For sheer fun, you can’t beat a laozihao milliner with plentiful inventory and lots of mirrors. Try on the swellegant hats at Shengxifu (just south of KFC) and plot the resurgence of headwear.

Eat
Yes, you can do the centipede-kebab thing when the Donghuamen carts come out at dusk. Or just say that you did after you’ve sneaked off to sample the marvelous dumplings at Shun Yi Fu in Beijing APM mall. If you must be snooty, then go all the way: Plan your day around the award-winning afternoon tea at Raffles Hotel.

Gawk
The skateboarders at Wangfujing Cathedral are always fun to watch. As are the throngs of domestic tourists agog at jade trinkets being hawked for RMB 20 by the guy with a bullhorn (“Everything must go! I’m selling them at a loss!”). Don’t you fall for his spiel.

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Situated in the river valley along the lower part of Xiang River, Changsha is the capital city of Hunan Province. The recorded history of Changsha can be traced back 3000 years. Tomb relics from the primitive periods witnessing the earliest human of activities have been discovered in this region. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 B.C. – 476 B.C.), the area developed into an important town within the State of Chu, (one of the seven warring states that existed before China’s unification by Emperor Qin). After Emperor Qin (the first feudal emperor in China’s history) unified the country, the town was set up as a county and later became the capital city of a state in the early Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 220). The tomb excavation site of Mawangdui found in the eastern suburb of the city is a family graveyard from that period. The most fantastic historical relic should be the well-preserved mummified remains of a Western Han Dynasty woman excavated from the tombs. Some of thousands of relics unearthed include silk products, paintings, lacquer works, potteries, bamboo slips used for writing, weapons and herbs, all of which are exhibited in Hunan Provincial Museum.

In the dynasties that followed, the city experienced several expansions and during China’s Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it has developed into the political, economic and cultural center of Hunan Province.

Although not as ancient a capital city as Beijing, Nanjing or Xian, Changsha also has rich historical heritages including old wall remains, tomb sites, religious temples and buildings. What earns the city its reputation among tourists are two things. One is a great man in China’s recent history, Chairman Mao Zedong and the other is Yuelu Academy, a time-honored academic school perched on the scenic Yuelu Mountain. Originally built in 976 during the Song Dynasty, the academy school survived through the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties and is considered to be the cradle of Huxiang Culture. (simply means the culture school in Hunan Province)

The village of Shaoshan, about 130 kilometers south-west of Changsha is the hometown of Chairman Mao Zedong. Today, the village has become a memorial place for Chinese people to remember this extraordinary man. People erected a statue of the Chairman and have preserved the houses he lived as a tourist site. A museum and other memorial spots in the scenic area create a kind of solemn atmosphere. Many Chinese come to pay respect and visit here during the memorial days.

In addition, the city was home to other revolutionary leaders including Liu Shaoqi, Huyaobang and former Chinese prime minister, Zhu Rongji. Therefore, it acts as a good place to learn more about China’s recent history.

Changsha people boast to be the best gourmand of China and here people spend a lot of time eating. Xiang Cuisine is one of the Eight Cuisines in China and has a fine and delicate appearance and a hot & sour taste and the heavy and hot taste is an equal competitor to the spicy food of Sichuan. Street dining and restaurants in the city make every visitor’s mouth hot. No matter the featured snacks – ‘Stinky Tofu’ and ‘Sisters’Rice Balls’ in Huogongdian (Fire Palace) or the famous spicy shrimps at Nanmenkou, the many types of delicious local food will not disappoint any guests.

Changsha people are also renowned for their acting and have created various traditional folk art performances of their own including the local operas, storytelling, drum opera, acrobatics and other dramatic styles. Everyone can feel their hospitalities and enthusiasm by their vigorous dances. Today, most of the entertainment houses in the city present dynamic and entertaining performances featuring a blend of the traditional essence and the modern flare. The neon lights of KTV squares, disco parlors, clubs and dancing squares illuminate the city at night. Dotted with all sorts of bars and pubs, Jiefang Xilu, although not as prosperous as Sanlitun Pub Street in Beijing, has its own styles. Romantic and quiet bars, dynamic show bars, teahouses, western style restaurants…People of all ages can find their ideal place to spend their leisure time.

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The venue
A mianbao taxi from 1997. The driver is happy and there would be a hole in the floor and the rear might open up and lose diners at any moment.

The starters
Meat-filled pancakes (roubing) from Ping’an Roubing Dian on Ping’an Dajie, just west of Dongsishitiao. These would be served with ma doufu  and guanchang (potato starch sliced, fried and served with a bowl of smashed garlic in water). Not because I really like guanchang, but just because the characters for the dish are the same as “enema.” Some restaurants translate it into English as “fried enema,” which is surely a unique dish.

The main courses
Like Dr. Who’s Tardis, the mianbao taxi is surprisingly spacious inside. Our main course is served in a West Second Ring Road traffic jam. We have chosen the Cantonese cha canting (tea restaurant) Ri Chang from Dongdan. (It’s incredibly important the food is from the Dongdan branch.) We would be served beef in black bean sauce in a sizzling pot, marinated ribs, cabbage in garlic and chicken wings “Bi Feng Tang” style. We would have to order in a gongbao jiding – a tricky decision as the quality is erratic. I would choose Emei Jiujia’s, not because it’s the best, but because they claim every single table orders it, and when it comes to the table the waitress recites the history of the dish. In this case, she sits in the front passenger seat.

The desserts
We could drive down to Wu Men at the front of the Forbidden City and enjoy some cheese and wine from Cheese and Wine, complemented by some pastries from Dao Xiang Cun – especially the tang huoshao.

Something from your own restaurants?
For the starter, smoked salmon and rocket salad. For the main course, Mediterranean pizza and roast leg of lamb. Finally, for dessert, chocolate brownies.

The music
A Beijing jazz supergroup: Dan Bustman on guitar, Alex Morris on drums and Jia Jia on piano. They would have to go on the roof.

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