Last night (the 22nd) we had a birthday banquet for my mom at the Bai Family Courtyard Restaurant. It was originally a palace for a Qing Dynasty prince, but is a delightful place to get a taste of Qing food and culture.
Because of a scheduling conflict by the restaurant, they put us into a private room for no charge, which was a big deal since the cost of the private room is normally $1500 and there is a requirement to spend a minimum of $900 per table (yes, those figures are USD). Being in a private room also meant that we had a private performance -- Beijing Opera, traditional music, dancing, and mask-changing.
The food was fantastic, and, of course, Gracie got the royal treatment!
UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: Just want to make something clear here.....WE DID NOT PAY THOSE PRICES (OR ANYTHING CLOSE TO THEM) FOR THE DINNER. That's what made it so fun!