An evening walk: Jingshan Park to Donganmen night market
It was 5pm by the time we'd unpacked and headed out to explore, but it
was still hot and muggy.
We wandered through Jingshan park, the eastern entrance to which was
less than 100m from our hotel's front door. This was full of people,
but big enough that it wasn't actually crowded.
the Forbidden City moat
We climbed over the pagodas
and came out the southern entrance, facing the Forbidden City.
We sat for a while next to the Forbidden City moat, watching people
fishing, passersby, a mad Western jogger, and so forth. Then we bought
some meat sticks to snack on and headed to Wangfujing Daje via backstreets.
Donganmen night market
The Donganmen night market offered pretty much anything you could think
of on skewers, but it was rather shiny, with a neat row of stalls
and everything very clean — and a family affair, with a lots
of children and teenagers. We avoided the scarier looking offerings,
and had dumplings, some kind of wrap, meat and chive pancakes, and jelly.
Afterwards we returned to our hotel along the park section of Beiheyan
Street. The sun came out, sort of, but it was not
One big surprise about Beijing was that there was hardly anyone smoking,
or hawking. As with the clean tidy streets, I suspected government
regulation of some kind.
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