Gourmet Chinese food enjoyed within the Summer Palace itself. This ass-kicking hotel restaurant had it all going – the traditional deco, the service, the ambience and the location. Different from most Chinese restaurants that I’ve been, this one was quiet and the waitron knew what service was. Honestly, after 8 years of bad service in China, this place was a paradise found.
Mutianyu 慕田峪 萬里長城 in December was just great. Quiet and not that many people – less than 100? This was my 4th time up on the Great Wall and by far the quietest I’ve seen.