A typical road of smiles day consists of eight hour’s riding; one hour looking for a place to stay, either a budget “binguan” hotel or a suitable camp site away from hungry terriers; an hour washing our dusty kit and scrubbing tired limbs; and a dinner that usually consists of fried rice or noodle soup (the safety net) and the “Fuwuyuan’s” or waitress’s recommendation, which is usually some kind of mink, rat or more increasingly in the last couple of weeks (and most gratefully) “yangrou” lamb.
One word that is essential to the success of the Road of Smiles expedition is “pijiu”. Following recent cutting edge research by the Bofferding Academy for Sporting Excellence, we were very glad to learn that beer does indeed aid the recovery process 88% quicker than any other liquid. Being proudly sponsored by one of the world’s best beers, we took it upon ourselves to provide our good friends at Bofferding with thorough market research as they enter the Chinese market. Furthermore we hope that this help fellow travelers of the middle kingdom know a bit more about what they are pouring in their glass:
Tsingtao Augurta (premium version of the well-known Tsingtao beer):
Tsingtao Draft (“draft” bottled version of the well-known Tsingtao beer):
Budweiser World War II Special Edition beer:
Hans Dark beer:
And the team Road of Smiles verdict is……fear not the Chinese beer drinking community, Bofferding is here and serving real beer with real ingredients and real taste. We salute you!