The East is Red CR Restaurant/红色经典主题餐厅

(下面有中文版)

Some Chinese people might hate me for bringing this up, and to be fair, this is unlikely to be at the top of your Beijing sightseeing list. However, if you want to see something genuinely unique, then this place is for you.

Despite the turbulence and tragedy of the China’s 10-year Cultural Revolution, some have turned this agony into gimmick. “The East is Red” is exactly that, being a restaurant full of Cultural Revolution memorabilia and mystique. You’ll see revolution-era murals on the walls, waiters dressed as red guards, and replicas of old trucks and tanks. Upon entering, you’ll also be handed a little red flag to wave as your meal goes on.

The meal itself is unremarkable, being average, yet filling, Northeastern cuisine. Honestly, though, you’re not going to “The East is Red” for the food. You go for the dinner entertainment, which is a jaunty reenactment of struggle sessions, skits about evil capitalist Japanese and Americans, and dance routines with fake bayonets. Performances run twice daily, from 12:15-1pm, and from 7:15-8:30pm.

The restaurant is located a bit out of the way, in Chaoyang District. Chinese address:红色经典主题餐厅, 朝阳区东五环外白家楼266号. Believe it or not, there’s more than one Cultural Revolution-themed restaurant, and to read more about others, check out this link.

我提这样的景点可能会被一些中国人嘲笑,而且这里不会是你最想看的北京景点。但是,我保证这里应该是你在北京最忘不了的体验。

无论中国的十年文化大革命有多少灾难,有些人把这种痛苦成为生意的花招。《红色景点主题餐厅》就是这样,因为是一个充满文化大革命纪念品的餐厅。你会看到革命中的墙画,穿着红兵服装的服务员,还有革命性的卡车、坦克。一进来,你也会拿到一个小小的红旗,你吃饭中可以让它飘飘。

美食的话一般,就是普通东北菜,但是你不会为了美食而来到这个餐厅,对吧?你是为了看到表演而来的!这个餐厅的表演很有意思,因为是一种笑眯眯地谈“邪恶的资本主义美国、日本”的表演,也有斗争的会话表演,还有用假的步枪的跳舞表演。每天都有两场表演,下午12:15到13点,晚上19:15到20:30点。

餐厅离城市中心有点远。地址是:红色经典主题餐厅, 朝阳区东五环外白家楼266号。北京其实有其他文化大革命主题的餐厅,可以观看这个网站。

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