Where to Eat in China

Donghuamen Night Market, Beijing
Donghuamen Night Market, Beijing

With thousands of years of culinary history, China is indeed a great country with a famous cuisine and a plentiful variety of food. An abundance of restaurants offering a variety of services exists virtually wherever you go. The brand name restaurant, local eateries and even roadside stalls can offer you delicious food to suit your taste. You can try the peppery Sichuan food, the delicate Shanghai dishes or the mild Cantonese cuisine or maybe sample Shandong cuisine renowned for its seafood dishes, or Hunan dishes with their sour and peppery flavors.

There are many restaurants providing different appetizing meals like hot pot, as well as cafeterias, snack bars, barbecue places and so on. Those restaurants offering tasty local flavors or family-style dishes bring a different experience and enjoyment. Vegetarians who have special needs and requirements when it comes to food need not fear, as there are excellent vegetarian restaurants in China as well. 

Moreover, there are gourmet streets in some cities. For instance, in Beijing, you can go to Wangfujing; in Xi'an, the Residential Street of Minority Hui (Huimin Jie) is highly recommended. In the gourmet street, you can see many Chinese snacks shops. The snacks they provide are inexpensive and very tasty.

For those seeking them, western style restaurants as well as Japanese, Korean, and Indian restaurants abound, especially in the big cities. The internationally known fast food outlets like KFC, McDonald's and Pizza Hut exist in China but if you want a buffet supper, you can find a buffet restaurant very easily, providing not only Chinese but western dishes as well.  

Have a dinner at a restaurant
Have delicious food in a Chinese restaurant
Muslim Street in Xi'an
Muslim Food Street in Xi'an
Should you be invited to dine with a Chinese family, do not hesitate, as hospitable Chinese people will do their best to prepare a wonderful dinner for you. Should you have an interest in Chinese cuisine, you will be welcome see your host at work in the kitchen.

In a word, a healthy diet, delicate environment, quality service and featured Chinese dainty dishes will give you a deep and fulfilling impression during your visit in the country.

Tip: For more information, please refer to the Dining section of each city through our China City Guide.

 Chinese Food Tours:
 Essence of China Tour: 11 Days Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
 Golden Triangle Trip: 9 Days Luxury Trip of Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai
 Memories of China Travel: 12 Days Luxury & Standard of China Highlights Hong Kong - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Xi'an - Shanghai - Beijing

- Last modified on May. 22, 2017 -
Questions & Answers on Where to Eat in China
Asked by Jane from USA | Mar. 15, 2017 17:56Reply
Hi, I heard that the Beijing Donghuamen Night Market is closing or closed. Is it true?
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Answered by Amanda from USA | Mar. 19, 2017 04:10

Yes, that's right. The market has been closed since last year.
Asked by Mrs.Som from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 17, 2009 00:36Reply
Can someone please advise where is the best place to have authentic Peking Ducks in Beijing?
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Answered by Mr.rita from CN | Sep. 19, 2009 21:50

Hi, Quanjude peking ducks is the most famous one.

Asked by Ms.Kumud from INDIA | Jul. 31, 2009 05:59Reply
Do you get vegetarian food in Shanghai, Beijing and Xian ? Where ?
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Answered by Mr.perter from CN | Aug. 01, 2009 21:01

Hi, there are a lot in Beijing. There are two restarunt in Shijingshan, Beijing. As for Shanghai and Xian, i am not clear. I think you can go to every restarunt and tell them do not put meat in your dish is ok
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