GET IN LINE AT BEIJING’S BUSIEST RESTAURANTS
erhaps it’s my British upbringing (we are globally renowned for our queuing skills, after all), but since I arrived in Beijing, I have always been fascinated by the fervent crowds that gather outside some of the Capital’s restaurants every day. So, like the intrepid anthropologist I am, I struck off on a quest to find out just what it is about these venues that keeps people
going back day after day. Is it that the food is genuinely delicious and good value? Are people scared of missing out on what they’ve seen on social media and review websites (WeChat groups regularly publish round-ups of Beijing’s most popular restaurants)? Or is it simply force of habit? Whatever the reason, the question remains: Is it worth it?
photos: Robynne Tindall and mitchell pe masilun
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