When in Shanghai, where can you have a magical day?
Why at 上海迪士尼度假区 — or as we Westerners like to call it, “Shanghai Disney Resort” — which features the world’s biggest Magic Kingdom Park.
Having opened just a little over three years ago, at the cost of $5.5 billion, the place is still undergoing some growing pains. Despite its expansive 963 acres, you can expect long lines and protracted wait times for the various attractions. (And don’t expect to hear any English, because all the rides and live shows are in Chinese.)
If you’re looking for a decent place to eat, directly across from the “Enchanted Storybook Castle,” you’ll find the “Wandering Moon Restaurant” — which offers a “family feast for 3” at 328 CNY or about $46 (U.S.). For about $15 per person, you get a small soup, a bowl of rice, and an entree of your choice.)
Our next item, a “Gong Bao” or “Kung Pao” Chicken — 宫保鸡丁 — is said to have originated in the Sichuan Province of south-west China and is typically made with chicken, peanuts, chilies and vegetables.
If you like your chicken stir-fried golden-brown, mixed in a complex sauce (which exudes sweet, sour, salty, and spicy flavors), then this dish is for you. While we thought it could have used a little more “heat,” and that the chicken could have been a bit more succulent, it still ended up with a pretty generous “B-.”
[Keep in mind that we were in an amusement park ... in China ... so we were just as surprised as you may be with this review. But given that we liked the taste, and the price, we rewarded this effort with a fairly high grade.]
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