Every dynasty in China had an "imperial kitchen" to prepare meals for the emperor and his family. The dishes were not only meticulously prepared, but also included rare and expensive ingredients, such as bears' paws, birds' nests, shark fins, venison, sea cucumbers, duck webs, and many other delicacies. At that time only the emperor and his favored few could ever hope to even try the rich dishes. Now it is available for anyone, albeit using more common foods. The ingredients are still carefully selected, exquisitely prepared, and carefully garnished. The best Court Cuisine in Beijing is at the Fangshan and Tingliguan Restaurants.
|The Fang Shan Restaurant is inside Beihai park and housed in an antique building.
|| The elegant dance is performed by girls in Qing Dynasty style costume in the Fangshan Restaurant.