Money is not everything. Money cannot buy love, health and happiness. That is what many advice me. To me, money might not be everything but money is definitely something.
If you don’t have money, how can you buy roses for your love one on valentine? Without money, who is going to pay for hospital bills and how are you going to buy iPhone to cheer up yourself?
Let me show you what I do with my money. Nowadays, with money, you can do just about anything. And that includes becoming an Emperor for few minutes.
I am not talking about wearing the emperor costume for photo shoot. All I am saying is to experience a lavish spread of imperial Chinese cuisines in Fangshan Restaurant, Beijing.
As soon as you enter the main entrance, you get to experience a truly unique ambiance and real ancient décor signifying numerous ruling Chinese dynasties in the past.
The dining hall is adorned with beautiful royal painting on the ceiling and even traditional Chinese art. Of course you are greeted with waitresses wearing original imperial dresses.
Gold and yellow used to be the Emperor’s color. If you are spotted using those colors, you will probably behead instantly but that was long long ago. The historic setting with yellow and gold in dining hall surely add the imperial effect into it.
As far as food is concerned, you get to experience truly sumptuous dishes as long as you are willing to pay the bill. As for me, I go for the set of RMB 298/per person (~RM 150). If you are richer, there are also set of RMB 2880/person (~RM 1440).
What I get as a start are Appetizing Cold Dish, Mashed Peas Pudding and Rolls of Kidney Bean Flour, Stir-fried Scallops and Brocolli and Ginseng Red Date and Deer Tendon Soup.
Despite the place is very congested, I personally give 9/10 to the waitresses as the services are pretty efficient. As soon as I almost finish my dishes, they instantly served me with new one.
This time I get Braised Sea Cucumber with Quail Eggs, Braised Camel’s Paw with Scallion, Sautéed Prawns with Spicy Garlic Sauce, Deep-fried Duck Rolls and Pork Rolls. Yes, you got it right! CAMEL PAW!
I must say I get to savor the authentic flavors of former imperial’s meals. Some of it might look exotic to me but hey, no harm to give it a try right? Besides, this is the finest dining you will ever get.
On top of what they served earlier, here are the remaining from the menu, Sweet and Sour Mandarin Fish, Sautéed Vegetables with Mushrooms, Sesame Cakes with Minced Meat, Assorted Palace Dim Sum and Mixed Fruits.
If you have some spare time, try to visit the “Imperial’s Toilet”. I must say, now I know where the emperors did his big and small business.
The bills cost me about RMB 952. It might appear to be slightly on the expensive side but it is definitely an experience that is worth trying. Money is not everything? Think again!
Inside Beihai Park’s south gate, Beijing, China
TEL: +86 10 6401 1889, +86 10 6401 1879
Lunch: 11 am – 1:30 pm (Mon-Fri); 10:30 am – 1:30 pm(Sat-Sun)
Dinner: 5 pm – 7:30 pm (Mon-Fri); 4:30 pm – 8 pm (Sat-Sun)
Y2K used to be in every headline across the world before when the clock was ticking from 1999 to 2000. If you were born in the same era like me, you will realize that many were unprepared for this as this event only happens once in every millennium.
Millennium is a period of time equal to one thousand years. It does not happens everyday and if you miss it this time, you have to wait for your great great great grandsons to experience it again.
I considered myself lucky as I got to experience it twice at my age now (please note that I am still 18 this year). The first time was during Y2K of course. I remember I was doing “big business” in toilet at that time:p Do you believe it?
What about the second time? I spent almost a week in Grand Millennium Hotel Beijing. So, that is the second time? Oh yea! It is an international standard hotel that worth to pay for a visit.
Staying on 18 (surely rich in Chinese) floor makes me feel slightly richer for the whole duration. Despite a long walk to my room, it traded nicely with a nice contemporary room. The room layout is rather simple but elegant.
On top of that, the latest interior design makes me feel like wanting to stay there longer. By paying reasonable price, you get a comfy king size bed like in any hotel and classy work desk that really perfect for both business and leisure.
Did I mention leisure? Oh yea.. I am here mainly to play bubble bath in the bath tub. Categorically, the washroom is almost half the size of the room. So you can run around naked in your own private corner.
Remember to keep your window blind close before you do all those act. This is to avoid someone posts your uncivilized behavior in youTube
If you are a gadget freak, I bet you will stick to the tv most of the time. The room comes with high-tech built in tv that you can surf net, email, watch inhouse entertainment, play games etc.
Not only that, even the room phone is kind cool. The room also equipped with safety measures such as safe box and breathing mask.. just in case..
Beside complimentary foot wares, all your bubble bath liquid is provided with no extra charge. Not all things are free here. If you accidently drink from the Evian bottle, they will charge CNY 78 (~RM 39) per bottle.
One spot that you might like in this hotel is their facilities. I cannot manage to get more photos from the indoor pool, spa and gym as it is a restricted area for photography but it is definitely worth to utilize it.
Before you know it, your stay is expired. You just have to move on but I will come back again if I happen to be in Beijing in the near future.
Grand Millennium Beijing
7 Dongsanhuan Middle Road,
朝阳区 Beijing, China, 100020
TEL: +86 10 8587 6888
GPS: 39.917367, 116.459316
When I write eXotic, please don’t confuse it with eRotic as both actually carry totally different meaning. As you know, my blog is suitable for all walks of life including those who are underage
Underage might know more than me? Let’s not try to go there. Exotic means strangely unusual while erotic, please use your dictionary if you are really “that” innocent.
Strangely unusual can be very relative to many. Western claimed chicken claw as exotic food but Chinese treat it as a treasure. Photos above are just for illustration purposes because hawker stalls is never a strangely unusual place to me but the products are.
Selling skewer meats or having plastic insects’ décor on stalls does not fit into exotic category. So what are the exotic foods that I am trying to share here then?
Skewered meatballs, sea urchin, pigeon, stinky beancurd, squid or odd shape crabs? These are really exotic in my eyes. Probably not all of it but stinky beancurd is definitely in the list and the odd shape crabs too.
Do not ask me if the food here is fresh? Frankly, I have no clue. It looks like all foods are spontaneously prepared but why bother? You are going to get stomachache for sure as well. Not because the food unhygienic but because your stomach is not tailored for it.
Those are just appetizers. The real crust of “really” exotic (no more relative) food journey is about to begin. I procrastinated if I really want to include all these photos of insects here as it might drive away all my readers especially I posted a lot about food before.
Catching fly with chopstick and eat it? Nothing special about that but over here, you get skewered scorpions, bugs, beetles, silkworms, centipede, crickets, grasshopper and many more. Ewww…
If you are thinking of having seafood, think again! All are not just an ordinary seafood but a lot of other weird stuffs. Starfish, sea snakes, serpent alike fish, mantis prawns, sea horse, some amphibians and many more..
If by any chance you see cockroaches or whatever moving things, don’t kill it.. eat it! Maybe you can sandwich them and put some seasoning/flavoring sauce to improve the taste of it. OR to save time, just eat it raw if you dare!
If that is not fear factor enough for you, try this, all internal organs starting from testicles, penis, kidneys, heart, stomach etc. I am not sure about you but it turned me straight off and felt like puking even when I just glanced at the photos.
I might be adventurous but not to that extend/desperate yet. I do not mind to spend more on food but not this kind of food.
But But.. I managed to catch a daring foreigner who tried to excruciate himself by trying out the deep fried scorpions. To him, it tastes like chicken in taste and peanuts in texture.
Still I am not up to that challenge YET and never will.
Wang Fu Jing Street
GPS: 39.910543, 116.411079
Have you ever think about why is it 360o and not 400o or 800o? 360 is an approximate number of days, a full rotation of arc and an equivalent of 2π. Sometimes, 360o is also referred to oo as both are pointing in the same direction in geometrical chart.
Don’t be shocked if you see 361o in China. It is not a mistake as everything is possible in China. In fact, 361o is one of the famous brands here in mainland. Being 1o ahead of everyone or only 1o as compare to others is something you have to figure it out.
More like if I tell you, I will have to kill you kinda thingy. BUT what I can tell you is this “well”, once a source of soul saviour, an elixir of life which now turned into the famous landmark in Beijing.
IF you are a shopaholic, you might want to inform your driver to bring you here, to Wang Fu Jing Street. Don’t get cheated by the skyscraper shopping mall as the jewel is just right below your feet.
Shopping is not my cup of strawberry juice but food and interesting handicraft are. Instead of paying few hundred bucks for Chinese orchestra, you get one here for free. Maybe my right brain was not at work at that time but definitely I need an ear muff
A few skilled handymen were spotted while sneaking around the back alley. Not to worry as this place is kind of safe except you need to particularly look after your own wallet and purse.
If you are there, you must catch these two miniature model maker and soap crafter. Their fine artworks are stunningly detailed.
Just like any other tourist attraction spot, you get almost everything you want to see. A lot of live performers, exhibitions, high tech electronic stuffs bla bla. I am lucky to catch the BMW M3 Tiger Edition official launching.
Nothing special about the car except it is expensive with citrusy striking color. Coincidently, I came across a stall that sells interesting dynamic LED display on T-Shirt. Oh yea.. light up with colourful message when you wear it. Creative isn’t it?
Not only that, I covertly snapped a few photos that are irresistibly interesting. Don’t think a side when you see a t-shirt with a printed wording “I Love BJ”. It means nothing but I Love BlackJack. Yea.. BlackJack.
See.. the “Chinese version” of Obama is in traditional Communist uniform. Please don’t confuse with “real” President Obama in US when you see this. He might not be very happy to know about this.
Before end this, ICBC bank also caught my attention because ICBC means want die cannot die in Hokkien.. ROFLMAO.. There are plenty more things to see and you should experience it yourself.
Wang Fu Jing Street