Bid to spice up Beijing and boost city's night-time economy

Govt sees market for late-night spending, but experts and firms say it will be uphill battle

It is 2am and a Chinese New Year jingle is blaring from the speakers at the Jindingxuan restaurant in Beijing. In the kitchen, cooks are hard at work preparing baskets of steaming dimsum.

Most restaurants in the Chinese capital have long shut for the night but at this five-storey dimsum joint in the east of the city, customers are streaming in.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 03, 2019, with the headline 'Bid to spice up Beijing'. Print Edition | Subscribe