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 his descendant, the Dowager Empress Cixi (r.1861-1908).
She was served more than one hundred 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.
Imperial Tours provides the finest available Western
and Chinese restaurants in any destination. In Beijing and Shanghai
our restaurants include establishments of the caliber of Sens &
Bund, The Courtyard, M on the Bund, Jean Georges and Whampoa, as
well as exclusive private clubs such as The China Club. These have
been featured in well-known luxury travel magazines and guides.
Apart from these, Imperial Tours also uses many excellent Chinese
restaurants that are not generally known.Your fondest memories will
however probably be of banquets we privately cater at various cultural
sites. These are often under the direction of Imperial Tours' chef*.
A number of principles inform our restaurant and
menu choices for an itinerary:
- Chinese meals introduce you to a range and balance
of regional dishes through the tour. (Please note that the China
Host can alter menus while on tour to cater to particular tastes.)
- Western meals are interspersed regularly throughout the tour
- Western meals are typically a la carte
*Our chef is also available for private dining arrangements
in destinations with limited restaurant facilities such as Lhasa.