Read about the best drinks you’ll ever find In Beijing! I bet you’re wondering how to combine travel and a Vedic Saturn remedy together?! Let’s combine the best travel hot spots and a remedy for Saturn: tea, tea, tea, and more tea! You can experience different ceremonies of tea at tea houses, especially in the Qianman area south of Tiananmen. One great way to remedy to effects of an ill placed Saturn is to drink tea and not drink alcohol. Saturn’s primary deity is Lord Shiva in traditional Vedic Astrology.
Donate or volunteer on Saturdays, preparing a whole made meal to give to the poor is much more appreciated by the efforts you give Saturn, Saturn will be very happy with the effort you put in opposed to just buying a prepared meal and donating. Hanging a black horse shoe at the entrance of your home will also help remedy Saturn. And clear the unneeded clutter in your life and home and also your office area. How do you know when Saturn is benefic and happy with your efforts? Anyone under a strong benefic Saturn could have a lot of patience, discipline, hard work and perseverance among other things. The travel part to Beijing comes under a benefic Mercury! Become a Certified Astrologer with Zaftyg’s Udemy Course – Contemporary Approach to Astrology. Sign up now!
These can range in price, and some tea houses are really tourist traps whose main goal is to milk you of your money, so be careful. You can get a free tea demonstration at most Tenrenfu tea houses which are located throughout the city and at some malls. In Beijing, that is now leading the country’s cultural revival, also remember that a tea can be sipped while watching martial arts and acrobatics. What the hell is this? Some teahouses have recently reappeared showing a variety of Beijing Opera and traditional shows and there you will be served delicious selections of tea and cakes too. Although Western influences have been embraced to transform traditional Chinese art forms into contemporary pieces, it is still possible to get a taste of some traditional theatre, such as story-telling to musical accompaniment, magic shows and acrobatics daily at the Lao She Chaguan, Da Wancha Building and at the Tianqiao Happy Teahouse.
Good coffee is hard to find in most parts of China, although addicts have a place to retreat now that Starbucks has at least 50 spots in the capital, most situated around shopping malls and in commercial districts of the city.
The most popular Chinese beer, which is also quite good, is Qingdao. You can get it for 10-20 yuan or just 2-3 from a street vendor whilst the main beer brand of Beijing is Yanjing (10-15 yuan at restaurants, 2 yuan on the street).
Wine made in China are considered not drinkable by most foreigners, but it is also true that itís not their traditional drink. Just give them 10 years and they will come up with it too! If you really want to have some good wine, you can try Great Wall that is the most popular local brand, or get foreign products, such as those from the US, France, Italy, Australia, and Chile, but you will find them in more upper scale restaurants.
Looking for hard liquors? Try Bai jiu (white liquor) that comes in a large variety everywhere for very cheap prices and should be avoided if you want to have a clear mind for your visit on the next day. Mao Tai is one of the more famous brands but it is quite expensive.
If you wish to have a hint on what to eat and drink together, don’t forget Beijing is famous for its Roast Duck. It is well served at many restaurants with thin pancakes, plum sauce and slivers of scallions and cucumbers. You dip the duck in the sauce and roll it up in the pancake with a few slivers of scallions and/or cucumbers. The end result is a mouth-watering combination of the cool crunchiness of the cucumber, the sharpness of the scallions, and the rich flavors of the duck. Well served with a cool Qingdao Beer! Beijing is also known for its lamb hotpot (shu‡n y·ng rÚu), which is a funny cook-it-yourself affair in a steaming pot in the centre of the table featuring a savory, non-spicy broth. To play it safe and satisfy everyone, you can request yuny·ng for a pot divided down the middle, with spicy broth on one side and regular broth on the other.
On a last but useful note, keep in mind that during Olympic games everything is going to be much expensive from food to accommodation and comparable to western rates. Do not fear to haggle: is essential especially in touristy markets, shopping areas, etc. Example youth hostels that used to sell a bed night for 3 euros, now they sell it for 20-30 euros. So, what about International hotel chains?? Worse than worse.
But if you are looking for a typical still clean and affordable accommodation while in China’s capital you can try to look for the following budget hotels, guest houses ( B&B or Bed and breakfast), and international youth hostels that kept decent prices.