A quick announcement from The Grubworm. We’re here in Beijing, and what an interesting (if polluted) city it is so far. At least, the small hutong area we’re staying in tonight is.
Sadly we can’t get Twitter or Facebook (or even Posterous) in China at the moment which somewhat stymies my updating plans for keeping you all in the loop. However… all is not lost! You will still see me here (wifi and computer allowing) and also on Tumblr at: thegrubworm.tumblr.com.
Impressions so far are that Beijing is VERY BIG indeed. It sits somewhere between Hanoi and Tokyo on the sliding scale of Asian cities (that I have been too). The roads and walkways and cars are reminiscent of the Japanese capital, the alleys and pollution are more mainland Asian in their energy and dirt.
Food is already interesting, we have had duck (it’s Beijing, what else would we eat) but it came cold, chicken and walnuts (the highlight so far) and plenty of, as yet unidentified, veg mixed with fungus, nuts, pork fat and other delicious flavourings.
Street food seems to be onion cakes (I think), something that looks like a pasty and plenty of totally unrecognisable things on skewers that are bbq-ed, hot-potted and pretty damn tasty. Roll on Tibet (we’re catching the 2-day train this evening).