On my way to visit Peking University last week, I stopped off at a baozi (包子) restaurant – steamed buns!
If you’ve ever had dim sum, you’ve had some bao zi. Filled with meat or vegetables, they’re just fantastic. And this place had great food. It’s just, the sign in the dining room (ostensibly of the founder) was… wrong. I don’t know what expression he had on his face, or what message he was trying to convey (is that a thumbs-up, or is he suggesting we go somewhere else because these taste funny?), but it didn’t look like “welcome in, have some great food!”
Maybe it was a warning: eat too many baozi, and you’ll start to resemble one.
Decide for yourself:
[Honestly, I feel a bit guilty mocking this sign. It's half his expression, and half his appearance - which we only have so much control over. That said, take a critical look at the picture you're hanging in your dining room, and decide if it's really appetizing.]
Having eaten the (pretty good) dumplings I then went with Ivy, my host for the day, to tour Peking University (they haven’t transitioned to “Beijing” – possibly because it’s a well known name). It’s a ridiculously beautiful campus, with some old buildings, small gardens, and winding pathways. If you’re in town, it’s worth the visit. Some pictures here, hopefully good enough to make up for that last one.
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