Before it was carved



Before it was carved, originally uploaded by Helen K.

Here is a poor duck before it was carved up.

Well you may know Helen and I have been in search of Adelaide’s best Peking Duck and so far it is probably Citizen in King William Street. We have had one duck in Beijing and so far it is the best we’ve had in China. Indeed it was very good! Quite different that in Adelaide.

Firstly, we had the whole duck carved up, no second dish like duck noodle or rice. Secondly, the taste was let’s say more adult or less Australian. I think Australian ducks are influenced by the tradition of chinese food being quite sweet. Peking Duck and the sauce in Adelaide are also quite sweet. Not so here.

Also, the food wasn’t sullied with the staple of rice!! Special occasions deserve special food. Rice is an every day food.

If you want to see more photos of our duck and the restaurant then visit Helen’s flickr pages. Some of her new photos are shown to the right of this post, and a quick scan can be had by clicking on the photo page at the top.

Qinmen Daije



Qinmen Daije, originally uploaded by kdt.

Like a focused machine Helen and I were in Beijing and we knew we had to eat Beijing (aka Peking) Duck! Helen used a simple search criteria on Google “Best Beijing Duck”. It came and back and said you MUST go to Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant in the back streets of an old Beijing Hutong.

That doesn’t too hard, but these streets are small and I can never seem to find two maps that agree on street names or locations. It doesn’t matter anyway because streets are disappearing and appearing all a time. Even our Nokia GPS had as walking in a middle of a void, even though it looked like a street.

This photo is of an area that looked very “old china” at first appearances to our naive eyes. On closer look it was clear that all the buildings were new and indeed me any were still in the process of being fitted out. This is clearly a mega shopping development. At least it wasn’t another boring mall.. Only problem is that all of little streets that should have connected to the hutongs were gone! The hutongs are certainly an endangered species.

We still made it thought by guess work and good look. Have a look at the next post to see the duck.

Air China over China




Air China over China

Originally uploaded by Helen K

This proves we made it on the plane. The journey was pretty uneventful (apart from the turbulence for around an hour..ug). Checking in was a long queue for nearly an hour, where a number of people where repacking their cases in the middle of the floor. Thankfully I can say I pack neatly compared to a number of people on that flight!

Thank-you to the person who mentioned the nose cone camera view available on the in-flight movie system. Apart from that entertaining viewing at night time, I occupied my time by watching Over the hedge, the Bee Movie, and Lost in Translation, and reading one of the manga novels purchased in Sydney. Top films available on Air China! Sleeping, well that was optional, as it always is on long flights. Food was good – decided to go the Chinese option for breakfast, which was a rice dish, with mince pork.

Challenges

We’ve received our first challenges!!!

This first one is REALLY easy – Helen was given some Yen to have a shopping spree in ITOYA. Last year we may have spent more than a few hours exploring this massive shop! If you were really lucky you received an ITOYA pen.

The second challenge builds on this theme. After hours and hours in a office supply shop one needs some recuperation. Of course we’ve been request to attend “Office” a fine bar on the fifth floor of a building in Gaienmae Tokyo. It is themed like a rather fine office.

If you find somewhere close to the spots we’re visiting, check out the itinerary page, that you would like us to check out then set us a challenge. Leave a comment on this post or leave a message on the guest book. We will endeavour to visit and of course take and post photos here.

Goodwill Guides

Today I’ve sent out a bunch of e-mails to voluntary goodwill guides in Japan. They are a great way to get a better idea about local cultural life. You can find out more here http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/essential/guideservice.html

We’re hoping to have goodwill guides for Sendai and Kyoto. Last year we met a guide in Tokyo and were shown places we would have never otherwise seen. I’d also recommend Big Apple Greeters in New York…

We’ve looked around for goodwill guides in China. No luck yet.

Looking forward to high tech toilets.

One of the highlights of a vist to Japan are the toilets, they are heated and have all sorts of buttons that do all sorts of things. I was pleased to see the Economist acknlowedge this in their article Flush with Ambition.

I love this snippet from the article – “True, high-tech lavatories are energy hogs, accounting for 4% of household energy consumption in Japan—more than clothes dryers or dishwasher”

Perhaps you’ll get a TOTO at your next bathroom upgrade.

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Setting up the site.

I have been slowly setting up this site. I’ve added an Itinerary Page with links to all of our accommodation. I’ve also created a bit of a wish list for China and Japan. Here we will keep adding links to places we’d like to visit. Check out the list for Japan and China.

If you find some you’d like us to do then leave a note on our Guestbook (on the right hand side or the full page), all suggestions will be considered.

You can always check out our latest photos by clicking on the New Photos page. It shows the latest 25 photos from both Helen and I.