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My Man­darin school is very close to Wang­fu­jing Street, the most famous shop­ping street in China. Most lunchtimes I will go there to have lunch and prac­tice my Man­darin in the shops. The street has the biggest Apple store in Asia, a huge three-story glass and steel cathe­dral of cool. Recently there have been many rumours about the new iPhone 6, so I went in to ask the Apple staff about it. Obvi­ously they couldn’t tell me any­thing and I didn’t expect them to. I just wanted to prac­tice my Chi­nese and see how long I could keep the con­ver­sa­tion going. I asked ques­tions like; when it would come out?, how big was the screen?, what was the price?, etc, etc. I did pretty well but I need to improve my tech­nol­ogy vocab­u­lary, as some of the terms were hard for me to under­stand in Chi­nese. I plan to go back again in a few weeks and prac­tice again with the staff, as I can’t wait for the new iPhone 6 to come out.

(Blog posted by Ray on April 2, 2014. You can see the original article by following this link to rayallychina.com)

Wangfujing is a must see during a trip to Beijing. It is an incredible mix between modernity with ultra-modern malls and old history with food snack markets.

All luxury brands decided to open a shop (or several) in this street which became, as Sanlitun Village, a reference for luxury shoppers.

The street also contains the biggest foreign bookstore (most of the books are in english but it is at least better than Chinese bookstores…) and one of the biggest church in town, St Joseph’s Church.

Wangfujing is also well known by tourists for its street food market, Dong’anmen Night Market. It is possible to find stick of any kind of food: snake, octopus, worms, starfish…

All sticks, dumplings or noodles only cost couple of yuans so adventurer should not avoid this experience.

Scorpions are still alive on their sticks and they move their tails and pliers before the shop owner put them on the oil to be fried. It is part of the spectacle and all tourists (either chinese or foreigners) come to take pictures and move back as soon as the owner suggest them to eat one. :)

It is a tourist place and local taxi drivers well understand this. They wait at the end of the street and ask for incredible price to drive you home. They refuse to use the meter. I recommend to go East with the subway to avoid this trap or walk West to Tiananmen and the Forbidden City. The walk inside small hutongs is really nice.

(Blog posted by Julian. You can see the original article by following this link to Julian, A French Man in Asia)