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post #16 of 27
You can spot a communist cadre from a mile away. It's all emporio armani I guess if you're relatively close, Xiu Shui Jie (Silk Street) is decent for bespoke suits/outerwear, I haven't found any place good for shirts, though. If you know exactly what you want, you can probably have it made exactly in decent quality for under 200 USD.
post #17 of 27
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+1 again to China shopping kinda sucks. Foreign brands usually way overpriced, Chinese brands quality usually sucks
Now I usually find Chinese brands to be OK, when bought from brick-and-mortar stores. That's what I go for. Avoid the markets, here the quality can be bad, and many knock-offs of western brands. Many things can be way overpriced in Beijing, because it's capital city I guess, tourists, etc. But the smaller cities are OK and prices are good. BTW I much more enjoy shopping for clothes in China, compared to a rather limited UK. Burton, Topman, River Island, .... nuff said.
post #18 of 27
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there is none in beijing
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This.
says the white men. i like food in beijing
post #19 of 27
Say the sexy white men. Food in Beijing is better than food in... I don't know, inner mongolia, sure. Is it better than food in a developed country? No. Decent food in Beijing: Mei Zhou Dong Po (24 hour xiao chi with good gong bao ji ding and duo jiao yu tou if you can handle the spice) Wu shan kao quan yu (wu shan roasts the entire fish) is the best roast fish in Beijing, but of course eating any fish in china will probably make you sick after. Still, it's fucking tasty. Dollar hot pot Lu gang shao zhen (bellagio) is good for dessert. They have a mango sago with fresh coconut ice cream that's heavenly San Li Tun has "Let's Burger" and "Let's Seafood" which are both decent western food. Let's Burger has 50 rmb ($8 USD) hamburgers that are they size of your head. Not much else comes to mind... but for cheap food, the cafeteria of Zhong Yang Min Zu Da Xue (central university for nationalities) can't be beat.
post #20 of 27
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Say the sexy white men. Food in Beijing is better than food in... I don't know, inner mongolia, sure. Is it better than food in a developed country? No.
Actually Inner Mongolian food is excellent, especially the hot-pots. As been better or worse than developed countries? Put it this way, I don't miss British 'cuisine' one bit. As for American food, I don't know much about this apart from McDonalds and KFC, ...nuff said. Didn't care much for Hangzhou food though, too sweet IMO, although duck was OK.
post #21 of 27
The Mongorian restaurants I've been to were below average at best. Weird potato dishes with milk, lamb brain, even oilier takes on oily Chinese food... never considered looking into it further, maybe I should.
post #22 of 27
I'm in Beijing right now, and it's perfectly fine if you know where to go and look. Its shopping isn't particularly astounding, but there are a few interesting non-clothing shops. Beijing is especially strong in such things such as art galleries, art book stores and assorted other cultural things. For that, it is far superior to Shanghai, which is highly glossy and corporate. Indeed, the greyness of Beijing only seems to reinforce its gritty hipness although it's been quite clear and sunny recently. There are also quite good Western restaurants but like Western food anywhere in China, it is not particularly cheap. The top-end ones like Capital M, Maison Boulud to the mid-tier ones like Enoterra, MOSTO are all quite good. The various provincial government office restaurants serve excellent food.
post #23 of 27
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I'm in Beijing right now, and it's perfectly fine if you know where to go and look.

Its shopping isn't particularly astounding, but there are a few interesting non-clothing shops. Beijing is especially strong in such things such as art galleries, art book stores and assorted other cultural things. For that, it is far superior to Shanghai, which is highly glossy and corporate.

Indeed, the greyness of Beijing only seems to reinforce its gritty hipness although it's been quite clear and sunny recently.

There are also quite good Western restaurants but like Western food anywhere in China, it is not particularly cheap. The top-end ones like Capital M, Maison Boulud to the mid-tier ones like Enoterra, MOSTO are all quite good. The various provincial government office restaurants serve excellent food.

yeah I know there are tons of arts and craft shops. Do you know any clothing? All I can find is a tiny shop near Xiushui that carries Brooks Brothers sometimes.

Yeah you're right there are some good restaurants in Beijing, but they're all super expensive. There seems to more bad ones then good ones. I find that Shanghai has a lot of dining options. It is truly a haven for rich snobs
post #24 of 27
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yeah I know there are tons of arts and craft shops. Do you know any clothing? All I can find is a tiny shop near Xiushui that carries Brooks Brothers sometimes. Yeah you're right there are some good restaurants in Beijing, but they're all super expensive. There seems to more bad ones then good ones. I find that Shanghai has a lot of dining options. It is truly a haven for rich snobs
There are also reasonably priced good restaurants in Beijing. Most of them are Chinese. If you want native designers, there is a shop called Dong Liang near the Lama Temple. It is not particularly cheap, however, and the styling is a bit more avant-garde. Shanghai may be a haven for rich snobs, but Beijing is where a lot of the power is--I've never seen as many exotic cars and Rolls Royces as in Beijing. For alcohol, Apothecary, Ichikuru and Glen are quite good.
post #25 of 27
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The Mongorian restaurants I've been to were below average at best. Weird potato dishes with milk, lamb brain, even oilier takes on oily Chinese food... never considered looking into it further, maybe I should.
We do have have a few milk type dishes yes, which I quite like, especially mutton dipped in milk tea. Some dishes can be a bit salty, but that is the style. Rabbit is a popular dish as well. Never had lamb brain. The only time I've found something similar to that, was pig brain hotpot in Shanghai. Although in Shanghai and the surrounding provinces, they eat a lot of seemingly odd animal parts, like pig ears, chicken feet, intestines from various animals, duck tongues.... I called it 'imperialist titbits', a reference to the Monty Python movie Life of Brian...."dog's tongues, otter's noses, occelot spleens, wren's livers, chaffinch brains, jaguar's earlobes". BTW it's quite difficult to be a vegetarian in Inner Mongolia, unless one is content with just rice, aubergines, carrots and potatoes.
post #26 of 27
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We do have have a few milk type dishes yes, which I quite like, especially mutton dipped in milk tea. Some dishes can be a bit salty, but that is the style. Rabbit is a popular dish as well.

Never had lamb brain. The only time I've found something similar to that, was pig brain hotpot in Shanghai. Although in Shanghai and the surrounding provinces, they eat a lot of seemingly odd animal parts, like pig ears, chicken feet, intestines from various animals, duck tongues.... I called it 'imperialist titbits', a reference to the Monty Python movie Life of Brian...."dog's tongues, otter's noses, occelot spleens, wren's livers, chaffinch brains, jaguar's earlobes".

BTW it's quite difficult to be a vegetarian in Inner Mongolia, unless one is content with just rice, aubergines, carrots and potatoes.

I think that's more of a general Asian rather than Shanghai/Jiangsu thing.


I also second LK's native designers and non-clothing shopping suggestions. There's some nice, unique stuff available, especially art.

As for Chinese stores, you can check them out but beware of shitty quality, crazy cuts/fits, and know most decent stuff is usually overpriced (retail chain stores that is -- boutique/designer stuff excluded).
post #27 of 27
I don't know what your price range is, but:

ι€Ÿε†™ (Croquis) - Kind of expensive (I guess...) but the clothes are cool/unique, and good quality in my opinion.

Try 3.3 Market in Sanlitun for better quality fakes than Silk Market or Yaxiu Market and also some original boutiques. Again the clothes are not "cheap" but there are some winners there.

There are quite a few boutiques around the Drum Tower and Nanluoguxiang (but not ON Nanluoguxiang) and again, some of them have some good quality, interesting stuff.

But I agree that Beijing is definitely not a fashion hub.
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