A Taste of China, Episode 2: Pijiu

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):

"I would like to raise a toast to the gallant fellows who lost their livers in the brewing of this remarkable tipple"

“I would like to raise a toast to the gallant fellows who lost their livers in the brewing of this remarkable tipple”

"Oi oi savaloy, another tinny over 'ere luv. Bootiful"

“Oi oi savaloy, another tinny over ‘ere luv. Bootiful”

Tsingtao Draft (“draft” bottled version of the well-known Tsingtao beer):

Tsingtao Draught - Better than a normal Tsingtao, not as good as a normal beer

Tsingtao Draught – Better than a normal Tsingtao, not as good as a normal beer

Yangjing beer:

Yanjing Beer: It's uniquely smooth. But we are not sure it is actually beer.

Yanjing Beer: It’s uniquely smooth. But we are not sure it is actually beer.

Ruixue beer:

Ruixue beer - a suspicious heavy metal after taste

Ruixue beer – In the glass, the beer displays a golden hue with a thin rim of light white foam. The bouquet exhales notes of malted barley. However very light on the palate, Ruixue exudes a suprising (and highly suspicious) rusty aftertaste.

Snow beer:

Snow beer - as they say in the mountains, you shouldn't drink snow that is yellow

Snow beer – as they say in the mountains, you shouldn’t drink snow that is yellow

Harbin beer:

Harbin beer - the judges verdict is Persistent Indelible Subtle Substandard

Harbin beer – the judges verdict is: Persistent, Indelible, Subtle, Substandard

Budweiser World War II Special Edition beer:

Budweiser World War II Special Edition - "Real heroes don't die, they just reload."

Budweiser World War II Special Edition – “Real heroes don’t die, they just reload.”

Hans Dark beer:

Hans dark beer - the slow maturation in 1-year-old Tronçais oak barrels gives this beer delicate coffee and caramel notes. That or they just mixed basic  Tsingtao with instant coffee, we are not exactly sure.

Hans Dark beer – the slow maturation in 1-year-old Tronçais oak barrels gives this beer delicate coffee and caramel notes. That or they just mixed basic Tsingtao with instant coffee, we are not exactly sure.

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!

Bofferding - Without doubt the best Luxembourg beer in the world and proud sponsor of Road of Smiles

Bofferding – Without doubt the best Luxembourg beer in the world and proud sponsor of Road of Smiles

4 thoughts on “A Taste of China, Episode 2: Pijiu

    • After extensive research we have found that there is indeed a small hamlet in the eastern reaches of the Queen’s Kingdom where this once everyday phrase is still used regularly as a greeting to all things beautiful.

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