Dine at the Finest Restaurants in China
Many people come to China expecting the food to be awful…they could not be more wrong. It is difficult to overestimate the primacy of food and dining in China. This was taken to an extreme by China's best known gourmands, the Emperor Qianlong and more infamously his descendant, the Dowager Empress Cixi (1861-1908). She was served more than 100 dishes a day and spent some 50,000 taels of silver or about US$70,000 a week on her meals.
The wealth and internationalism of today's China have created an exciting, fast-developing food culture. Besides the rich array of traditional, regional cuisines, in major cities one can sample a fine selection of Western restaurants as well as those conjuring up an eclectic fusion of Chinese and Western traditions.
From Michelin Stars to Mandarin Chefs, you will be amazed by the gourmet restaurants in China. Imperial Tours provides the finest available Western and Chinese restaurants at every destination. In Beijing and Shanghai our restaurants include establishments of the caliber of Maison Boulud, Lan Club, Jean Georges and more that have been featured in well-known luxury travel magazines and guides.
Imperial Tours also provides many excellent Chinese restaurants and dining venues that are not generally known, such as exclusive private clubs like The China Club, or the private home of Chairman Mao's personal chef. Your fondest memories will however likely be of banquets we privately cater at various cultural sites.
A number of principles inform our restaurant and menu choices for an itinerary. For example, we customize our Chinese menus so that over the course of a trip you will be introduced to a variety of the best regional dishes. (Please note that the China Host can alter menus while on tour to cater to your palate.) If desired, Western meals are interspersed regularly throughout the tour and typically served a la carte.