All of Xian's top hotels have elegant eateries, but Shang Palace deserves special mention for its Cantonese and Sichuan dishes, which are authentic and approachable. On the menu, classics like honey-barbecued pork and stir-fried chicken with chili sit alongside less familiar dishes; note that drinks are pricey. As you dine, musicians pluck away in traditional costumes. Most of the staff speaks some English.
Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel, 8 Changle Xi Lu, Xian, 710032, China