This museum is devoted to dynastic dining. The actual museum part is rather small compared to the acres of dining
halls. However, the dynasty-by-dynasty exhibition of imperial food is utterly fascinating
(even more so if you can read Chinese). Curiously, the collection begins with
China’s so-called ‘ancestor’ the Peking Man, a few of recreations of whom are
huddled around a fire, barbequing some titbits.
remainder of the multi-floor complex is a restaurant. Every evening, an
extravaganza of on-stage performances starring emperors and empresses (6.40-7.40pm)
aim to give diners an ‘Imperial Banquet’ experience. Dishes are reasonably
priced; royal set menus are also available. It’s worth snooping through the
private banquet suites on the top floor – some are so enormous and ostentatious
the king himself would be impressed.