Xidan is a popular shopping area with plenty of high end malls, department stores and shops that cater to a different budgets. It is located in the Xicheng district. It has its own subway stop so it’s very accessible.
This is the subway near our hotel. It looks brand spanking new. The thing with Beijing subway is that they xray your belongings and you go to a metal detector thing so it’s very safe but also time consuming to line up especially on busy subway stations like the Beijing zoo. Subway fare is only 2 yuan or 14 pesos. Bus fare is 1 yuan or 7 pesos. Their bus is even cheaper than our jeepneys. I hope this doesn’t change. :)
We checked out the shopping areas since we had a really good experience last time we were here. We got a lot of good bargains the last time. This time though is a different story. The prices had gone up. No more good value bargains like before. I saw a shirt that I really liked but the girl already bought it and they only sell usually one of a kind items or on limited stock so maybe that’s why the prices are different.
We bought Chinese candies at the basement floor. There were plenty of nice places to eat but we deciede to check out this dessert place because it’s unique.I got this bowl with ice and sweet potato, rice cake, bobba, and corn. It’s like halo-halo but healthier. You actually have a choice if you want it warm or cold. I chose cold. They pour brown syrup over the ice for the sweetness. It was actually pretty good. :)