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Chengdu (recs) and Yung Kee, HK (what's the deal?)

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Chengdu (recs) and Yung Kee, HK (what's the deal?)

harryrodgers | Jan 3, 2011 07:39 AM

I'll be in Chengdu in two days time. Going to spend a few nights there (between visits to other places in Sichaun). I'd appreciate any recommendations for restaurants/eating places while there.
I've heard the "old town" food stalls/street food culture is no longer what it once was (similar to the dai pai dong situation in HK, I imagine). What's your advice? (will be travelling with someone fluent in mandarin but neither of us is versed in the local dialect)

On a different subject: Yung Kee (HK).
I'm thinking of making reservations there at some point in the near future. Having read the various reviews and rumours of VIP floors, exclusive clubs etc. I'm curious what the deal is.
Is access to the "upper levels" really worth it? Am I likely to get a significantly inferior experience as a "common" customer? Not that I'm suggesting it's a Bruce Lee/Game of Death situation :D but if it's really worth the trouble and expense, is there some secret handshake I need to be aware of to ensure a table on the fabled 4th (surely not actually numbered 4, superstition and all that...?) , 8th floors?

Thanks

Harry

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