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Dining in Beijing will certainly differ from dining in any other part of the world. In Beijing one can dine with a view of a 15th century temple that sits next to a tall and modern skyscraper. Mandarin cuisine is the local style, but boasts flavors from provinces throughout the country. The main influence comes from the Shandong Province, where food tends to be somewhat spicy.
Part of enjoying dining in Beijing is trying new things. A marvelous choice is the Kaoroju J. This is a canopy covered boat that takes you around the Qian Hai and Hou Hai lakes. Dinner is served while you enjoy the scenery and live music.
Tip: You may ask that they light floating candles after dark. It’s an extra cost, but worth the expense.
Beijing offers a wide selection of restaurants for dining in style. Made in China, located in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, is one of these places. Its décor reflects light touches of Ming Dynasty elegance. The chef prepares famous duck Peking style. Most dishes are Seshuan, though you may ask the chef to cut down the level of spiciness. The sorbets made with champagne and various fruits are a must.
Another restaurant that boasts creative cuisine amidst elegant settings is Cepe. It’s located in the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Fresh made pastas make this a very popular place for dining in Beijing. Italian fungi are another specialty of the house. Rumor has it that the chef has his own fungi humidifier.
Sansheg Wanmu has been awarded with the title for best settings for dining in the world. It’s housed in the interior of a prayer hall of an old Daoist Temple. It’s also very close to the Back Lakes. This is truly another reason why dining in Beijing is different.
And at the top of the romance scale sits People 8. Aside from its classy décor, it offers traditional Chinese gastronomy with emphasis on seafood.
Chuan Jing Ban Canting is a favorite among the locals. It’s owned by the government and serves large portions of home-style food. The roast pork and spareribs are among the best choices. It’s quite inexpensive.
Whampoa Club Beijing is an example of traditional cuisine making way for the new. Here, the chef has taken old fashioned recipes and changed them into creative new haute cuisine. The décor is impressive with a dining room that sits beneath a glass bottomed pond that’s filled with goldfish.
Hot pot is China’s answer to Fondue. The best place to savor such is at Ding Ding Xiang. It’s been said that the dipping sauces are the best in town. The steamed buns filled with vegetables are also the rave.
The people of Beijing like variety. At the 24-hour food street (“ghost street”) one can find stalls offering everything from spicy crayfish to sticky buns. This is a very popular place especially after a night on the town. It’s yet another original way to experience dining in Beijing.
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