Wednesday, September 17, 2008

This Is Our Neighborhood

Here are a couple of pictures we snapped while walking through the neighborhood the other morning. It was a good time for a photo shoot. Not a lot of people around, so we didn't feel like we were intruding on anyone's private space. (Does such a thing exist in China?) This also made it a bad time to take photos. There was no way to capture the way the alleys come to life (which happens especially in the evenings, when the chuanr is cooking and the pijiu is flowing). Maybe we can be a little more daring down the line, when we have more street cred...


PS: The top two pictures feature restaurants we often go to, while the bottom photo is of the action around a local mini-mart. Blow them up...


At 7:52 PM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

A quick follow up. The other night, we went to this little neighborhood joint. Basically, a husband and wife team. Looks like they have converted some of their house into a six seat restaurant.

We ordered this cold cucumber dish that is very common in Beijing. The guy heads out and jumps on his motorbike, returning a couple of minutes later with a couple of Chinese cucumbers in a plastic bag. (Veggie markets are all over the place!) A few minutes after that, we were chowing down!



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