If you look at China on a world map, you'll see that it has many neighbors: Mongolia, Korea, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, India and others that all have had an influence on this country's people, culture and cuisine.
Within a couple of blocks of my hotel you'll find a Japanese sushi restaurant, Mongolian barbecue, Korean grill and, of course, the Beijing favorite: hot pot. Here a boiling pot of broth stocked with various spices sits on a burner in the center of the table. On the menu you'll find cuts of finely sliced lamb, beef and pork, shrimp and a wide variety of veggies. I passed on lamb testicles and other body parts!
It takes just a few minutes to drop each piece into the boiler. Once it's cooked, you grab it, dip it in a delicious sauce, chase it with a few garnishments and you've got one of my favorite Chinese meals and a great social event as well!
One word of warning, it helps to be proficient at the use of chopsticks. One of my waiters positioned himself beside my table just to help me get the food to my plate! Otherwise you end up being dining room entertainment for the service staff and other patrons!