Hotpot fit for an emperor at new Palace Museum eatery
CGTN

The Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City in Beijing, will open an emperor-themed hotpot eatery named Corner Tower Restaurant on Feb 5, the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. 

Located in the eastern alley outside the Gate of Devine Might, the décor and ambiance of the hotpot joint adds a royal touch. The menu is designed to replicate an imperial edict and the restaurant is decorated in wall paintings and witty words, relating to royal life. 

The interior of the Corner Tower Restaurant. /VCG Photo

The interior of the Corner Tower Restaurant. /VCG Photo

In addition, dishes get the royal treatment, such as Empress Dowager Cixi's favorite chrysanthemum hotpot, and Khorchin beef. 

Tips: The hotpot is available for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and the average cost per person is 200 yuan (30 U.S. dollars). 

Visitors watch the Han Meilin's Chinese Zodiac Art Exhibition at the Palace Museum. /VCG Photo

Visitors watch the Han Meilin's Chinese Zodiac Art Exhibition at the Palace Museum. /VCG Photo

Apart from the upcoming hotpot eatery, 885 pieces of cultural relics are on display at the Palace Museum, as the 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year draws near. 

Meanwhile, a Chinese zodiac art exhibition also opened recently at the Palace Museum featuring works by traditional art master Han Meilin on the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac calendar, and the exhibition will last until February 20, running through the Chinese New Year holiday.  

a Chinese zodiac art exhibition is on display at the Palace Museum. /VCG Photo

a Chinese zodiac art exhibition is on display at the Palace Museum. /VCG Photo

It's the first time that visitors from all over the world can celebrate the festival in the former Chinese imperial palace from January 6 to April 7 this year. 

(Cover: View of the Corner Tower Restaurant. /VCG Photo)