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Dining in Beijing
( 2008-06-27 )

As China's capital city, Beijing offers visitors an exhaustive variety of Chinese cuisine.

It is said that there are two things that you must do when visiting Beijing: One is to enjoy the roast duck and the other is to take a stroll on the Great Wall. There is simply quite nothing like a perfectly roasted duck with bronzed crispy skin and tender, succulent meat. There are literally dozens of restaurants that serve this famous dish, but perhaps the best known are Quanjude and Bianyifang.

Imperial Cuisine is the foundation of Beijing cuisine. An imperial feast is characterized by complex preparation techniques and the freshest ingredients. It also can feature elaborate presentation including colorful vegetable carvings. Probably the finest expression of classic imperial cooking is the Tan Jia Cuisine served at the Beijing Hotel.

Cuisine from many different cultures permeates the Beijing dining scene. With literally thousands of restaurants available, dining choices are practically unlimited.

Another kind of food you must taste is the Beijing Snack. There are probably 200 varieties of snacks in Beijing including Quick-Fried Tripe (Bao Du); Pot-stewed Tripe (Luzhu); Bean Soup (Dou Zhi) and Sweet Cake (Tang Huo Shao). Most of the snacks can be found throughout the city, but a prime location is in the Qianmen Gate area.

A dazzling array of snacks from every corner of the country is available in Beijing. Longfusi, Wangfujing, Donghuamen and Gui Jie (Ghost Street) streets are other premier locations for these mouth-watering delights.

If you wish to take a break from Chinese cuisine, Beijing offers a vast number of foreign restaurants featuring dishes from virtually every location on the globe. Popular foreign dining spots include Hidden Tree (Mediterranean); Justine's at the Jianguo Hotel (French); Courtyard (Fusion); Danieli's (Italian) and Matsuko (Japanese). Well-known fast food chains abound as well. You can always find KFC, Pizza Hut, and A&W Root Beer among others.

For further information, please visit the official website of the Beijing Tourism Administration:

http://english.visitbeijing.com.cn/gourmets/Restaurants/

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