Great News for Donut Lovers and some Juvenile fun

Its been a huge few weeks for me, as everything seems to happen at once, but as I have barely left the house in recent weeks, sadly I don’t have as many ‘on the street’ hilarious happenings as usual.

But I do have: Great News for Donut / Doughnut Lovers. My friend actually found a place in the lobby of an office building which sells lightly sugar-coated donuts in packs of two for 6 RMB (AUD$1), AND, they actually taste like DONUTS!!! Yay!! Prepare for me to turn into a donut very soon from eating too many. Though I am still lusting after those hot cinnamon ones that they do so well at Donut King in Victoria (Fountain Gate is my favourite branch!).

Also, I’m hoping that with the growing popularity of National Donut Day (where? you guessed it, the good ol’ USA!!) that maybe the loving donut companies in the developed world will suddenly all come to the realisation that China needs donuts, and start moving in here big time. Why not, its happening with everything else here.

On one cultural note, I have learnt a LOT in the past 2 weeks about the Chinese cultural phenomenon of rocking up unannounced on your friend/family’s doorstep from another city far away, ready to stay for the night. Yep, 8am one lovely morning I was fast asleep in bed when there came a persistent knocking at the door. After choosing to ignore it for 5 long minutes, the persister would not give up, so we finally caved in and opened the door. It was the boyfriend’s friend who had stayed with us 1 month ago on her way to Nanjing where she was staying for 3 months. Yet here she was on our doorstep only 1 month later with all her bags. Turns out she had left early and not thought to call ahead and at least make sure we were in Beijing, luckily for her, we were. Three days later came another knock at the door. The bf’s nephew who lives in a city about 1 hour away had come to Beijing to buy a computer, but had forgotten to bring his ATM card, had only a few dollars on him and had also run out of credit on his phone. Foreign friends here have told me similar stories since then, of entire Chinese families showing up unannounced and ready to stay the night. I guess its a huge cultural difference for us, and pretty hard when ‘the right thing’ to do here, is drop everything and act as though its no imposition whatsoever.

Finally, on a juvenile but laugh-out-loud note, we have – World’s largest penis erected – where? oh, come on, of course China!!! Check it out here:

And on that note, have a good weekend!

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  1. Posted December 20, 2008 at 2:43 am | Permalink


    I happened across your blog while looking for donuts here in Beijing. Seems that Shanghai’s got Dunkin’ Donuts, as well as a place by the train station that I saw, but just can’t seem to find them here. The Wal-Mart things that look exactly like donuts but are so NOT were a huge disappointment.

    When I read your blog I can’t stop chuckling and chortling because I know exactly what you’re talking about ! Living in China is fun, exciting and maddening every day.

    Thanks for the nice reading, and hope you decide to take up the writing again. If you’re still in Beijing, I especially hope to read some more!

  2. susie
    Posted December 20, 2008 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi John!

    Actually, I have good news for you, there is now a small donut shop at the Silk Market #2, if you can find TIm’s Texas BBQ, its just around the corner from that (on Guanghua Lu). They don’t have my favourite hot cinnamon donuts, but they do have some really tasty ones!!

    Also, I heard from a friend that there’s a new donut shop in Wangjing, but I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. I’ll post the details here when I finally get there, but if you go first, please send me an update!!!



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