PopPhoto.com -- The online home of American Photo and Popular Photography & Imaging magazine

Free Newsletter: Camera reviews,
lens tests, photo news and more!


Popular Photography American Photo

September 2008

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30        

Recent Posts

« Air Quality: Initial Impressions | Main | Waking Up to the Fourth of July »

July 03, 2008

Wow That’s Good Food!

If your idea of a good Chinese meal involves rounding up the family for a trip to Panda Express, you’re in for a real treat. Before my first meal in Beijing, it never really hit that I was actually in China. Our bus from the airport drove on brand new highways, passing BMW sedans, several Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants, and even an IKEA. But once I stepped foot in a Chinese restaurant in Beijing, I no longer had any question that this was a whole new world. Our first meal was cheap -- the equivalent of two dollars including a drink, entrée and dessert -- but with no English menu or a single photograph to point at, the ordering process really made the experience unique. I was relieved to find that my attempt at ordering “chicken with rice” was actually a success.


Last night I could honestly say that was the best two bucks I’d ever spent… that, of course, changed with today’s lunch. A single U.S. dollar (about 7 CNY) bought my lunch, complete with tofu, rice, soup, fried chicken, and an enormous bottle of beer. My first two meals were both on a university campus, but great deals can also be found elsewhere in the city -- as long as you’re willing to be fairly flexible with what you eat.



TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Wow That’s Good Food!:


Finch Fotography

Zach, thanks for taking the time to include useful information. I am headed to Beijing as a tourist (not working there) and am glad to have your blog as a resource.

I am looking forward to your info on phones and calling the US from China. I have been looking at Panda Phone. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

The comments to this entry are closed.