They really loved the Malaysian snacks and me teaching them how to say "Apa Khabar?" 🤣
Rum flavoured Modern 1906 ice cream! Madieer (马迭尔) is unlike the Coldstone’s, Baskin-Robbins and DQs that are found all around Beijing. Madieer is one of China’s many time-honored brands originating from Harbin in China’s northeast Heilongjiang Province. A long-established ice cream parlor, it’s one of Harbin’s most treasured and popular shops on Zhongyang Street. This ice cream parlor, founded in 1906, still utilizes the same production methods it introduced when it first opened. In the past year, Madieer has introduced severaloutletsin Beijing so you can have a taste of Harbin. . . . . . #foodporn #icecream #lolly #BeijingEats #BeijingInsider #beijingfood #beijinger #BeijInMyEyes #potd #travelgram #hutong
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is one of the main building at the Temple of Heaven in China and is also one of the largest medieval wooden structures, built completely without nails. Chinese emperors were thought to be "sons of heaven", revered as representatives of heaven on earth. Emperors regarded the winter solstice sacrifice ceremony for good harvests as the most important religious and political activity. Three days before the ceremony, the emperor with his officials and guard would move from the Forbidden City to encamp at the Temple of Heaven. The Emperor would wear ceremonial robes and abstain from eating meat and drinking alcohol. One day before, cattle were slaughtered and prepared as sacrificial offerings. There were as many as 700 utensils used for the rituals. Mystery concerns the 450-year-old Temple of Heaven complex in Beijing, China. Why did the emperors sacrifice a bull on the great white marble Altar of Heaven at an annual ceremony, the year’s most important and colourful celebration, the so-called ‘Border Sacrifice’? This rite ended in 1911 when the last emperor was deposed. However, the sacrifice did not begin a mere 450 years ago. The ceremony goes back 4,000 years. One of the earliest accounts of the Border Sacrifice is found in the Shu Jing (Book of History), compiled by Confucius, where it is recorded of Emperor Shun (who ruled from about 2256 BC to 2205 BC when the first recorded dynasty began) that ‘he sacrificed to ShangDi.’ Who is ShangDi? This name literally means ‘the Heavenly Ruler.’ By reviewing recitations used at the Border Sacrifice, recorded in the Statutes of the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368), one may begin to understand the ancient Chinese reverence for ShangDi. Participating in this rite, the emperor first meditated at the Temple of Heaven (the Imperial Vault), while costumed singers, accompanied by musicians. #potd #BeijInMyEyes #BeijingInsider #BeijingToDo #templeofheaven #travelgram #throwback
The Chinese began to use powdered tobacco snuff during the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912). Although smoking tobacco was made illegal during that time, snuff was allowed because it was considered a remedy for common illnesses like colds, headaches and stomach disorders. It was carried in a small bottle, like other medicines. It is comparable to the snuff box used in Europe. Tobacco was introduced to the court at Beijing sometime during the mid to late-16th century. After the Qing Dynasty made smoking tobacco illegal, the use of snuff and snuff bottles spread through the upper class, and by the end of the 17th century, the use of snuff was a social ritual. Eventually, the trend spread to the rest of the country and into every social class. It was common to offer a pinch of snuff as a greeting for friends and relatives. Snuff bottles soon became an object of beauty and a way to represent status— the rarer and finer the snuff bottle, the higher the owner’s status.
The craziest bunch. 🙈 I think I am the most normal one here judging by my expression. 😋
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8 #potd #beijing #BeijInMyEyes #BeijingEats #BeijingToDo #beijinglife #latergram #autumn #colours #travelgram #tourism #travel #beijinginsider #china #chinatravel #sights #views #fall #templeofheaven
😋🤤 Braised Herbal Chicken smells heavenly...
Tanghulu 糖葫芦! As quintessentially Beijing as the Forbidden City, tanghulu combine two things we Beijinger’s love: Chinese hawthorn berries and sugar. The hawthorn, a crabapple-like fruit with the texture of a ripe apple and the flavour of a sour strawberry, is taken to the next level with a thin coating of molten caster sugar. #potd #beijing #BeijInMyEyes #BeijingEats #BeijingToDo #beijinglife #foodporn
Jianbing 煎饼! Beijing’s most famous breakfast food: a thin wheat flour pancake fried on a flat iron dish, bulked up with a freshly cracked egg, fermented soy sauce, chilli paste, sesame seeds and sliced scallions, all folded up around a thin fried cracker for some structure and texture. Whether you prefer the Shandong version that has a thicker, chewier crust and lettuce or the ultra-spongy, egg-laden homegrown original, a jianbing is always a good decision for either a workday stopgap or late-night party fuel. #potd #beijing #BeijInMyEyes #BeijingEats #BeijingToDo #beijinglife #foodporn
Kao chuan'r 烤串! My favourite Beijing street food so far. The gold standard by which all other food on a stick is judged, kao chuan’r, almost always shortened to just 'chuan’r’, is a staple of many a hutong-shoestring diet, and has fuelled the fires of countless all-night ragers since time immemorial. Small chunks of cubed lamb, interspersed with equal parts mutton fat, are roasted over charcoal until charred to perfection. Anything on a stick is a chuan’r, but in Beijing chuan’r really means lamb and chicken wings. Keep an eye out for gents from Xinjiang wearing caps – no one does lamb in China like they do it out west. I can't wait to be back in China to try seafood in Guangzhou! #foodporn #satay #chuan #meat #lamb #BeijInMyEyes #BeijingToDo #2millionrangers #BeijingEats #StreetFood #hutong #Beijing