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Beijing Restaurants

Fangshan (Fǎngshàn)

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Updated 08/30/2014

Fodor's Review

You can dine in imperial style at this extravagant courtyard villa on the shore of Beihai. Established in 1925 by three palace chefs, Fangshan serves elaborate dishes once prepared for the imperial family, based on recipes gathered across China. The place is best known for its filled pastries and steamed breads—traditional snack foods developed to satisfy Empress Dowager Cixi's sweet tooth. Banquet-style set meals are also available starting at Y228 per person. Be sure

to make reservations two or three days in advance.

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Restaurant Information


Beihai Park, northwest of the Forbidden City, Beijing, 100034, China



Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Reservations essential

Updated 08/30/2014


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Feb 16, 2004


This is a serious tourist trap, with food practically inedible. Amazing location and setting, but otherwise the place needs a complete overhaul. A definite no-no in a city with countless wonderful dining options.

By Elfie

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Dec 19, 2001

The most memorable meal ever!

Fangshan was the highlight of a delightful stay in Beijing. Could not have been more charming, from the waitress' costumes to the lantern-lit dance performed in the courtyard. Food was absolutely the best Chinese food I've ever had. Delicious, beautiful, fresh, lovely. Try the fried bananas for dessert, wow! Can't wait to go back to Fangshan.

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