Burger: The most exclusive and expensive burger restaurant in Beijing...I've heard about it but never tried. Feeling as I felt this evening (for various reasons) I had to try it. And I wasn't disappointed :) I took an Australian classic with 2 huge steaks, an egg and a lot of bacon. Price: 10 euros, a lot in China
but compared to Finland about the same as a Chicos burger...The other burgers on the picture are "normal" cheeseburgers. Kalpene Mäkki!
The place is located in Sanlitun which is the biggest bar district in Beijing. Sanlitun is originally an embassy area and when foreigners were allowed to come into China they could only live around this area. It was forbidden for foreigners to move outside Sanlitun without police escort, thank god it's change a lot (this was in around 1980)
Timo who worked in China 15 years ago told me that Sanlitun had exactly 3 bars, not too much to choose from. Today there are around 300 bars in the area, you can get anything here that has to do with drinks, food and drugs.
There is a big African population in Beijing and they often offer to sell you weed or stuff like that. Lately i've seen the police walking in the street with dogs to smell that stuff, feels like being on the airport or something...
Today is the "Lantern Festival" in China. It's spent with the family over a huge meal. Went to a Chinese restaurant and had a nice meal. The also had Beijing Duck there :) Lantern Festival is also the last day it's allowed to use fireworks...And Beijing is like a war-zone again. The fire them off in the middle of the street and cars have to stop. There is so much trash after the fireworks in the street, I really wonder where they put it all...The air smells of gunpowder and makes me feel like a little kid back in the days when I used to play with firecrackers in Finland.
Lantern Festival traditionally have lanterns with candles inside that you light so that the lantern can fly (works like a balloon/kuumailmapallo). On the lantern you write something
that will bring you good luck for this incoming year...Haven't seen any lanterns here but so the legends tell...
One sucky thing with this Lantern Festival is that it started snowing...Luckily not that cold, just around zero. Come come Singapore with 35 degrees!