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October 13, 2009

Imperial Tours Cooks Up Culinary Inspired China Experiences

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Enjoying a savory meal at some of the most elite and historical venues in China is now a reality thanks to Imperial Tours! 

Specializing exclusively in luxury programs to China, Imperial Tours has launched two new culinary inspired “Imperial Moments” that can be incorporated into travel itineraries visiting Beijing:

-A private meal in the Cheng Courtyard where menus from famous meals of Chinese modern history can be replicated

-A spectacular banquet in an exclusive section of the Forbidden City

“Our ‘Imperial Moments’ are distinguished as activities that allow travelers to discover China in exceptional ways and highlight the spirit of each destination,” said Guy Rubin, Managing Partner of Imperial Tours.  “They add a culturally enriching dimension to a China itinerary for an unequalled set of experiences – and indelible lifetime memories,” he added.

Dinner at Cheng Courtyard

Guests of Imperial Tours now have the opportunity to dine at Cheng Courtyard, an aristocratic home bequeathed to Chairman Mao’s personal chef (Chef Cheng), who prepared meals for the visiting Viscount Montgomery, the Dalai Lama and the last Emperor of China among other dignitaries.  Presently, the chef’s grandson, himself also a Master Chef, oversees meals during behind-the-scenes ministerial level meetings in this exclusive retreat.  Now, Imperial’s guests can be treated to the culinary wizardry of eleven chefs, who skillfully recreate menus shared in the past by important political figures at this small, exclusive venue. Cheng Courtyard is located across the street from Zhongnanhai, the headquarters of Chinese leadership and one of the most exclusive addresses in Beijing. 

Forbidden City Banquet

Imperial Tours has been granted the privilege of arranging spectacular banquet dinners for its guests in a recently renovated, three-floor palace (not open to the general public) within the Forbidden City.  Views from the palace’s third floor are among the best available in the entire 178-acre complex!  Commissioned by Emperor Qianlong in 1740, this private palace consists of nine ornate buildings within a maze of walkways, courtyards and gardens.  Recently restored to full splendor (following a fire in the early 20th century), the palace provides a magnificent setting for a memorable banquet.

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