Just as I was about to change my mind a group of elderly people came to the stand. They were probably in their mid 70s. Looking at me they realized I was scared and laughed a bit at me and told me not to worry. They eat scorpion every time they come to Beijing. So I thought "if they can do it, so can I". I ordered my skewer of scorpions that were then cooked right in front of my eyes and very hesitantly bit the little pointy tail tip that just a few moments ago contained a deadly poison...it did give me a little thrill.
It was delicious. It was crunchy and spicy like a mixture of potato chips and shrimp. Sometimes it really pays off to face your fears. They were so delicious that I'm sad we don't eat scorpions in Europe. ;-)