Food and drink
Heavy on oil, chillis and mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns, Sichuan food is a firm favourite with red-faced Beijing diners. Restaurants of varying quality can be found all over town, but the fare here – including ‘tingle-pepper chicken’ and the much-loved shuizhuyu (fish boiled in a spicy, oily broth) – stands apart for its authentic flavour and use of imported ingredients.
All the atmosphere of a busy train station waiting room, but that’s half the fun. You’ll doubtless have to queue during busy times, but it moves fairly quickly.
With so many mouths to feed, the harassed servers perform miracles, but rarely break a smile.
An unremarkable spot fairly close to Jianguomen subway station (Line 2).
Cheap, cheap, cheap. Expect to pay less than RMB 60 a head if eating in a group (recommended).
- Backpackers / Students
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching