Taken before the mountain of share-bikes appeared on the scene
Market and eating street off the main tourist walking street in Beijing
Live scorpions on a stick - oh goodie
Large and interesting tourist oriented walking and eating street very close to Tiananmen Square, we had Pekin Duck here three times at the same restaurant last time (Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant 全聚德烤鸭店（前门店） 30 Quanment street, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing ) but could not get a table this time - we settled for a small joint adjacent and encountered the most off-hand service - something which is not common in China. Moral of the story when it come to Peking Duck stick to the big well know places.
We did make up for it the next night when a friend took us to a better place.
Shenyang Gate (below)
Next to our hotel was the St Joseph's Wangfujing Church. There are two things I found interesting about this one is that churches are not really that evident in China or Christianity but there is definitely a desire to have white fluffy western style weddings - I counted six before 10am with taxi stacked up, production style.
One of six before 10am !!