For nearly 500 years, Beijing’s complex of palaces and temples was the power center of imperial China. Explore this ancient architectural masterpiece, long hidden from western eyes, as experts use ancient craft secrets to restore its fading grandeur.
In 1961, Cecilia Chiang, introduced America to authentic Chinese food when she opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in San Francisco. She introduced Szechuan, Hunan and Beijing cuisine, and revolutionized Chinese cooking in America.
In 1937, the Japanese invaded China and by 1939 they arrived in Beijing, seizing most of the large family compound and with it, Cecilia’s idyllic and privileged youth.
Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) ventures into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and went on to change the course of cuisine in America.