Advice on Beijing Travel — from Beijing Review Magazine — since I could not find a way to comment on the magazine Web site — I will use my blog for that

04/01/2011
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Recently I read one of the expat articles in the late October 2010 issue of the Beijing Review. The article is all about how to handle Beijing while exploring museums, and how to leverage the public transport system….

The article was OK, but I got surprised by the pronouncement it made about Wangfujing lacking good food / no good restaurants on Wangfujing… To quote the article: “…Let’s end with a negative example. Recently a pair of Beijing-newbies concocted the following plan: arrive a little before noon at the famous Wangfujing shopping street, scout out a nice Chinese restaurant, have a good lunch, and then hit the two well-known bookstores. The hapless pair, however, had the misfortune to discover for themselves what any decent guide (printed or breathing) will inform you: Wangfujing is not the place for better restaurants (rather, small snack shops and fast food joints rule the roost). Deciding to pair up their ignorance with hardheadedness, the diligent dunces kept up their pointless search for an hour, finally, in vexed compromise, settling on a mediocre noodle shop. Thus delayed, they were late in getting to the bookstores, which turned out to be larger than they expected. Exhausted and exasperated, the non-planning pair only reached their little ponderosa a couple of breaths short of their last gasp.” (the bold font was done by me so you can see the content I was referring to easier…..

So I am not sure what the author is referring to but there are plenty of good restaurants in the Oriental Plaza which is — yes, you guessed it — off Wangfujing / or rather on the intersection of Wangfujing and ChangAn avenue…

At any rate, if you have questions about travel or doing business in Beijing, drop me a line to market@beijingholiday.com  . Enjoy!