- Posted September 4, 2013 by
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Life in China
Martial-arts themed restaurant at Beijing
I came across an interesting martial-arts (wuxia) themed restaurant at Wei Gongcun, Beijing in this summer. Based on the kung fu novels by famous Chinese writer, Louis Cha Leung-yung (penname: Jin Yong), the restaurant, Feng Bo Zhuang offers customers a unique dining place to learn more about the Chinese wuxia culture and literary arts.
I am deeply captivated by the theme and setting of the restaurant. It is brimming with a lot of fascinating stuff. Swords, calligraphy posters and warrior paintings hung on the wooden walls, dishes named after different kinds of kung fu names from Jin Yong's works, dining tables according to the kung fu factions of the fictional characters, to name but a few. For example, in one of Jin Yong’s books, “The Return of the Condor Heroes”, female protagonist, Xiaolongnu (Little Dragon Maiden) belongs to the Ancient Tomb Sect. In one of the compartments of Feng Bo Zhuang that titled Ancient Tomb Sect, a drawing of Xiaolongnu and her chivalrous lover, Yang Guo hung up on the wall.
Besides, the waiters and waitresses are all garbed in ancient Chinese suit. They would address you as swordsmen (Da Xia) and swordswomen (Nu Xia) when serving food. It is really like indulging in the martial arts world. I ate with four friends and the average price for each person was around 60 yuan.