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Roast Duck Is the Subject of Beijing's Newest Museum

Outside Quanjude, Beijing China
Outside Quanjude, Beijing China
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There is now a museum devoted exclusively to roast duck in Beijing. The Wall Street Journal reports that a downtown location of Quanjude — a restaurant chain famous for its rendition of lacquered Peking duck — has opened a museum in the dish's honor. The Journal notes that the museum's opening was timed to coincide with the restaurant's 150th anniversary.

The 1,000-square-meter gallery "boasts elaborate detailing inside, including a golden duck sculpture that greets visitors out front. There's an exhibit dedicated to the preparation of Peking duck which includes roasting over peach tree wood. Among the more than 500 items on display are a "coupon from a duck sale dating back to 1901" and a photograph of former prime minister Zhou Enlai eating Beijing duck with President Richard Nixon when the disgraced president visited China in 1972.

After viewing the exhibit, visitors can enjoy the same dish at the restaurant for about $38 (238 yuan). According to an employee, the restaurant serves a lot of roast duck: "We sell at least 1,000 ducks every day."

· Quackery: In Beijing, A New Museum to Roast Duck [WSJ]
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Quanjude

30 Qianmen St, Dongcheng, Beijing, China