Two hour wait on a Tuesday at 5pm! Summer time is very busy in Beijing as the kids are out of school. As the kids go back to school I am sure the wait times will drastically decrease!
This is the locals favorite duck place! I will guarantee that you will be the only non-Asian in line, which means you’re at the best place! There are a few “famous” duck places but they gear to tourists. This is for the locals, a hidden secret for any tourist.
Upon arriving check in with the host and mention you would like your number paged in English. The line is so long it extends outside with massive groups of people waiting. They have a speaker system outside that pages the numbers in Chinese. However, if you mentioned to the waitress she will set up the machine for English for your number. We waited a few minutes over 2 hours. They have stools outside you can sit on. We went across the street to the convenience store bought a few beers and waited our turn.
The restaurant is huge we were seated upstairs. The process works like this you order all your food and they bring the sides first and you eat them. 45 minutes later they bring your duck as you have eaten all the sides already. You need to mention to the waiter who speaks great English you would like your sides to wait for the duck and have everything together.
The duck was the best any of us have ever had. Pair a glass of Chinese wine with it and we were all on cloud nine. Worth the wait of every minute we encountered.
They provide you a complimentary appetizer of fresh cold grapes! Make sure you order the pancakes to eat with your duck! Enjoy! Worth the wait!
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