Part VIII: Beijing Hepingmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant

After a full day of touring around Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square, we went to Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant (Hepingmen Branch). The Quanjude Restaurant, the largest roast duck restaurant in Beijing, if not in the world, opened for business in 1979. It has a floor space of 15,000 square meters divided into 41 dining halls, including one, which can serve 600 customers simultaneously.


We all had an early dinner so we could be ready for the 7:30 pm Kung Fu show. When we entered the restaurant, it was crammed full and noisy.


There were two lady attendants dressed in traditional red Chinese gowns that caught my attention. They looked beautiful. I was trying to capture them with my camera but the place was crowded with people. So, I just had this blurry picture.

Our tour guides led us to our dining place. We had a set menu on every table. Beijing duck was served to us. I think it's almost fixed menu item on any Beijing tour itinerary. The waiter then cuts the meat into thin slices. Then it was served with very thin lumpia wrapper, Chinese onions and dark special sauce. The way to eat it is to put a few pieces of meat duck, coat with sauce and roll up the wrapper. The meat is tender with a crips skin but it's shining with oil. Aside from the roasted duck, every dish was superb. There were plenty of foods served on our table and it just kept on coming (phew!). We could hardly finish it. And some of my tour mates were complaining already. Thank God, we had to hold back our voracious appetite, if not it would have been a gluttonous debauch.

We were so full when we left. We piled back into the bus and went directly to the Red Theatre.

Just to give you an idea (if you're coming to this place on your own), the average cost per person is 100 Yuan to 150 Yuan (multiply by 7 for Phil. Peso). A bit expensive though.


ADDRESS:
Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant (Hepingmen Branch)
No. 14, Xi Da Jie, Qianmen, Xuanwu District
Hours: 11:00-14:00; 17:00-21:00

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