闪电北京

This week, China was lashed by lightning and heavy rainfall, causing hundreds of flight delays. When we were still in Shanghai caught in light rainfall which annoyingly ensued the whole day, Beijing had thunderstorms. One colleague who was booked on a flight from Shanghai to Beijing scheduled for departure at 19:55 on Wednesday night only managed to take off at 03:00 in the morning, after spending a couple hours in the airport terminal and four freaking hours on the plane. She watched three movies in between; aren’t we all glad for our electronic vices, err … I mean, devices.

Yesterday, I heard that flights were seriously delayed in Shanghai because the city was lashed by thunderstorms. Google Weather says it’s raining in Shanghai now, while here in Beijing, the weather looks fabulous. I hope our 19:00 flight will take off and land on time tonight because we’re headed out to Suzhou for some fun waxberry (杨梅) picking tomorrow morning.

The purpose of this 3-day lightning-speed (闪电) trip was to conduct a focus group yesterday. It was a fun afternoon with a bunch of amiable young men speaking their minds and providing suggestions for design. After that, our wonderful colleague, 小马, took us to a tiny but super authentic BBQ chicken place near 后海, which serves mouth-watering honeyed BBQ chicken wings among other delicious snacks. Is it a coincidence, or do Beijingers love BBQ a lot?

On the first day in Beijing this time, my friend Open took me to a food court which served authentic Chengdu snacks. She's from Chengdu so she knows best! Super yummy, (top left) mini beef basket, (top right) close-up of the beef, (bottom left) beef knife-sliced noodles (刀削面), (bottom right) Dandan noodles (担担面)

It was still very bright at 19:30 when we took our place in queue at the BBQ place called 管氏翅吧 (Guanshi Chicken Wing Bar) - lots of people, our queue number was No. 17 with ten groups in front of us. We waited for about half an hour outside, but after we were ushered in, we had to wait more than half an hour before the first of the BBQ was served.

We ordered some cold dishes first while waiting. Love beans!

Mildly spicy honeyed wings.

Tendon. Chewy, but one is enough for me.

Chicken meat with some soft bones. Delicious.

Love these mantous (馒头)!

This soup has little noodle pieces in it, with egg and veges ... light-tasting, I like it.

Two very satisfied girls - 小马 (left) and Yvette.

We headed to Houhai (后海) which was just across the street. It was my second time here - it felt better this time, maybe because it was later in the night (past ten) and all the bars had live music, so the atmosphere, and definitely the music, was very agreeable.

Many bars here have comfy couches, like you can lounge till closing time, which is 2AM (too early?!)

We strayed from the busy parts into this quiet hutong (胡同).

Happy KK and Yvette. Coincidentally, KK's tee says, "I'm so glad".

We walked over to 南锣鼓巷, which was also slowly winding down, shops were closing and pedestrians were few.

Both Houhai (后海) and 南锣鼓巷 have cute shops like these. See my family of pandas there?! Didn't buy any, too tired to shop ...

We made the mistake of leaving at midnight. Cabs were few and far in between. We had to walk really far before we finally managed to hail one. While waiting, why not take another of my favorite shadow shots? Goodnight Beijing.

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About transez

Design researcher: curious about people, passionate about life.
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