Out in the wilds of Xicheng lies the charmingly retro Guangzhou Hotel. The dim sum’s good enough, but most appealing is the Southern China atmosphere – fake palm trees and all.
The hotel’s fifth floor teahouse is Beijing’s only place to experience Hong Kong-style pushcart service. When not a trolley was in sight at 9am, the manager explained: ‘Of course, before 11am there are trolleys – see them back there? – but we’re lazy. If guests ask, we’ll do it. Lesson learned? Go on the weekend when it might be busy enough to merit the pushcarts.
Dim sum served 7am-2.30pm and 5.30-10pm daily.