Wangfujing is first and foremost a tourist market. It's bold, brash, and unapologetic—and for that, it has my respect. Wangfujing is comfortable in its own skin, even when that skin is crawling with scorpions.
I'll always have a special place in my heart for this busy little corner of Beijing. Beijing was the location of my first real photography expedition back in 2009 (not counting my travels around my adopted homeland of Korea). It's also where I came face to face with hardcore street food for the first time. Vendors are friendly (if a little aggressive), the food is good (two of Beijing's oldest roast duck restaurants are nearby), and the atmosphere is always festival. Wander Wangfujing all the way to the Donghuamen Street night market, check out the traditional Chinese architecture, and sample as much food as you can stomach.