Saturday, August 30, 2008

My Introduction to Yanjing Pijiu

All throughout the streets of our neighborhood, there are guys riding these big tricycles with wooden cabs on the back. These cabs are loaded to the brim with empty bottles of Yanjing pijiu, remnants of the previous evening's alley and restaurant scene. It seems that, once the sun goes down, every little nook and cranny is filled with men sitting on stools knocking back these gigantic bottles of beer.

So it was the other night that I decided to get in on some of this action. Not hanging out with the boys (not yet, anyway!). But grabbing myself a Yanjing and chilling on the balcony with Desi and the kids. This deal was sealed when I asked a street merchant how much a bottle runs. Liang kuai wu was the answer. Translation...less than fifty cents!

At a price like that, it isn't hard to see why there is such a brisk business for the trike-riding, bottle-recycle guys. Definitely the cheapest ganbei ever!



At 9:32 PM, Blogger Macefamily said...

Hi Guys, I can understand why you would need a beer after that medical exam. I was reading Steve (my Steve) the blog. We are at Disney right now and Steve said they are selling a smaller bottle of the same beer in the China expo in Epcot for $5.50. What a mark up. Hope all is well. When you get a chance email us with your new email address. Love Donna

At 8:33 PM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

All things Chinese are _very_ cheap here. But try to go and buy something western. Right now, we are in a Starbucks, sipping a $4 small hot chocolate. More expensive than in DC!

So it looks like it is more beer (Chinese beer, that is) and less hot chocolate!


PS: Our email addresses are stevenjballa, desireedballa, julieballa, and zmanballa, all @


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