I've read through most of the posts here in preparation of a 6-day visit early next month. I will be traveling alone and speak no Chinese. I have traveled widely in Asia but never in China outside Hong Kong.
So....I've made lots of notes from various posts, including some from the recent Peking duck thread. (Will try either Quanjude; Made in China; Li Quan; or Dadong Kaoya Dian..which for duck? )
DTF is also on the list for dumplings.
What about Ding Ding Xiang for hotpot?
Family Li Restaurant?
I would love to hear recommendations based on personal experience and taking into mind my situation (solo; tongue tied) I would say I am an adventurous diner but am feeling timid about the language issue.
Budget is not too restrictive but do not want to be surrounded by package tourists...
AND...what places, if any, do I need to reserve in advance of my arrival in China? Or can I wait and have the hotel make all reservations after arrival? I plan to stay about 6 days, then train to Shanghai for another 5-6 days. do not think there are any major holidays during my stay in both cities in first half of April.
Please forgive what must seem like obvious questions.....thanks so much!