The view is wonderful, atmosphere lovely, service excellent. That's why I rate it better than mediocre. The food is tourist-oriented (pun unintended), so much of it lacks zing -- ask for spicier if you don't want bland ( though the Won Ton soup was great). However, one item on the menu will keep me away until it changes: it offers Shark Fin Soup! That is not acceptable. Killing sharks for their fins is a terrible practice and is banned many places. Hope Empress of China takes it off the menu--and spices up the food.