A 2 hour flight and we were up at Beijing ready to explore the sites in the new age China Political capital. Our hotel was tucked away off the main street and was very Chinese - the people on the desk did not even speak Chinese! However, it was going to do a job and was very clean and close to the areas we wanted to explore and thank goodness they had Western style toilets!! That afternoon we went for an explore around Tiananmen Square, which was only a 10-15min walk from where we were staying and found the way to the Forbidden City which we would venture to at some point this week.
The weather was pretty warm at 27 degrees but the air quality was not very good at all as you can tell by the hazy picture...oh how we had no idea that this was the warmest it would be here!
Our Didi driver pointed out a Peking duck restaurant near our hotel so we headed there on his recommendation and actually it turned out to be amazing! It was in the top of a big building near the metro and it was quite the tourist spot with a trip advisor rating above the door! Up in the restaurant area, it looks like an old ballroom type room with a lot of big round tables centred around the chef's area where they cut up your duck ready for you to roll up in your pancakes!!
With some attempt at charades and pigeon Chinese we did end up working out how to order and the waiter showed us how we 'should' make our duck pancake with all the trimmings...i'm not sure he would have been as impressed with our attempts!! It was absolutely delicious and I would thoroughly recommend going and experiencing this Beijing cuisine. It was so good- we went back a few days later!! And because it was nice and close and it was hammering down with rain that night!!
You can even see them carefully carve up your duck and receive information about where it was farmed. Are they specialist Oven Roast Duck Chef's I hear you ask?!! Yes. Yes they are. Who knew that was a career path you could take?!