On one of our free afternoons in Beijing, we decided to visit Wan(2) Fu(4) Jing(3) Road, an area of the city where the streets are entirely for walking – no cars – and lined with shops and huge malls. One side street of this area is the exotic foods market, where you can buy everything from fried starfish, centipedes, and scorpions to drinks that bubble and steam with dried ice. I opted not to purchase any of these, choosing instead a stick of candy-coated apple-like fruits – which were delicious. I did however, try a bite of a classmate’s fried centipede – it was simultaneously salty, oily, and incredibly, disgustingly bitter. I wasn’t a fan.