Thursday, November 10, 2011

Da Dong's Duck and Seafood Restaurant in Beijing

We flew via Beijing last month on our way to Nepal, deciding that a week of relaxing (and eating!) would be a good preparation for the mountain trekking ahead of us. The restaurant created by Da Dong ("Big Dong" - do you think he has tickets on himself?!) has to be one of the dining highlights of visiting Beijing. Housed in a Heritage Granary, Chef Dong has created dishes of culinary genius that are a fusion of traditional Chinese flavours with modern French nouvelle cuisine... absolutely delightful!

According to The Beijinger, "arguments will never cease as to which kitchen produces Beijing’s best roast ducks, but Da Dong’s ability to transcend the duck genre is marked by its repeated wins as "Best Chinese Restaurant of the Year" in the Beijinger’s annual Reader Restaurant Awards. Try dipping a slice of duck in the sugar provided alongside other condiments – somehow, it works, beautifully. The 160-page menu is a work of art in itself, with a plethora of duck dishes backed up by vegetable dishes, soups and more. If you’re only going to eat duck once in Beijing, book a table – or else be prepared to wait for one – at Da Dong. Voted best "Chinese Restaurant of the Year," "Beijing Duck" and "Best for Impressing Visitors" in the 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards."

Located  in a heritage precinct at 22A Dong Si Shi Tiao, in Dongcheng District.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Nepal Calling! - come join a Writers' Trek in October 2011.

Hello Writers, Colleagues, Friends and Friends-of-Friends of
Beth Yahp Writingworks and Sacred Journeys Nepal,

This year's Nepal trek and retreat is filling fast. There a few places left, but be quick!

Details of the tours can be found at
feel free to pass the word on to anyone you know who may be interested.

You can join one or both of these options, the itineraries are attached and the web-links are here:

1. 12-Day Writing Trek in the Himalayas: 9 - 21 October 2011 - US$3700

2. 10-Day Writers Retreat in Nagarkot: 25 October - 4 November 2011 - US$2600

There is a discount of US$200 for those who join us for both tours - the Writing Trek is for the more energetic (though there will be lots of rest stops and easy stages) and the Writers Retreat is just that: staying in one beautiful place with yoga and ayurvedic massage while we work on our writing projects, with a combination of masterclasses, small workshop groups and individual meetings with me to discuss your specific concerns.

These are not backpacker tours, but comfortable and relaxed travel, looked after by our highly experienced local tour manager and aimed at nurturing you as a traveller and creative being!

I hope you'll be able to join me for this wonderful adventure - and/or forward the info on to anyone who might be interested. These tours are strictly word-of-mouth, which is how we are keeping costs as low as possible.

Hope you are writing well, keeping well and staying warm (or cool)!

Thanks and best wishes,
Beth Yahp
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