Zagat Guide a Sign of Beijing's Gastronomic Rise A generation ago, there were no private restaurants in the Chinese capital and service was considered a form of exploitation. Today eating out is a national pastime, and celebrity foreign chefs are rushing to open high-end restaurants ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

Zagat Guide a Sign of Beijing's Gastronomic Rise

Zagat Guide a Sign of Beijing's Gastronomic Rise

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Tim and Nina Zagat, who started out surveying New York City noshing, are expanding their range of crimson bibles to Beijing. A generation ago, there were no private restaurants in the Chinese capital and service was considered a form of exploitation.

Today eating out is a national pastime, and celebrity foreign chefs are rushing to open high-end restaurants ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

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