Saturday, June 22, 2013

six interesting things I saw in China

1) A basketball court in The Forbidden City.
Apparently there used to be a Starbucks too, but it shut down after some people suggested it might be a little inappropriate to have an American coffee franchise inside one of China's main historical sites. Point taken.
2) A repurposed phone booth in Shanghai, which I thought was really clever. I mean, who doesn't need a private hot spot every now and then.
3) On the weekend, loads of people assemble on People's Square in Shanghai to matchmake on behalf of their children - the Shanghai Marriage Market it's called. Most of them set up camp with an umbrella in front of them, on which they attach a piece of paper with a description of their child's dating profile.
4) A spaghetti junction! We don't have those in Denmark, so that's exciting!
5) At Tesco, they had the frozen meats sitting out in the open ready for you to grab. I actually witnessed a woman who skipped using the tongs and instead used her fingers to inspect a piece of protein before putting it back in the freezer again. I was all Guys! This is the kind of behavior that will get us all SARS!!! But everybody was like yeah, but that's just how we do things around here.
6) This jacket. I want a similar jacket except I want mine to read architecture. Or maybe dinner.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Thus it was written

"Because of you, I am happy.
My heart is homesick tody [sic]
for the one sweet hour across
the sea of time.
I wish you every happiness in your life"

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

authentic department store grub

You know those people who travel off to faraway countries, sleep in worn out hostels and dine on street food they found in some alleyway off-off the beaten track? Yeah? Well, I'm not those people. When I'm at home on my couch, browsin' through blogs and seeing other people's pictures of steamy and sizzling food cooked in the gutter, I sometimes think I'm those people. But really I'm not, and in Beijing, I definitely wasn't.

BUT, just as I thought I would have to return to Copenhagen, shamefaced for not getting the lowdown on some authentic lo-mein, Johan and I discovered a wonderful local hangout called FOOD REPUBLIC. A canteen of sorts, hidden away deep down on the lower level of a department store called Oriental Plaza, where they served classic dishes from every single province of China and beyond. Sichuan, Cantonese, Mongolian, you name it. Even Korean. And they made you fresh dumplings as you looked on, too.

If you're fussy like me, I absolutely recommend it. And the clientele was 97% Chinese, which kind of made it feel like a cool and local scene.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Do they eat bread rolls shaped like a panda?

Apart from bright, colorful subject matter, there's really no purpose or story to this post, although it may answer some of the speculations about Beijing you may or may not have mulled over for a long time. Such as, do Beijingers go shopping on weekends? Yes, some do.
Has the infatuation with macarons reached China? Yes, I would say so.
Do they have police cars that look like toys? Yes.