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In China, dining out has gradually become more popular due to increasing affluence and the increased pace of life. As a result, diversified eating places are springing up like mushrooms all over the country.

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The domestic catering industry is divided into five main categories: hotel restaurant, dining-room, buffet (self service restaurant) and bento, beverage shop, and food stall. Hotel restaurants lead the catering industry with their elegant environment, fine dishware and excellent perfect service. Dining-rooms include Chinese dining-room and western dining-room, supplying totally different styles of food and drink. Chinese dining-room includes various local style restaurants, seafood and hotpot restaurants, snack stalls and many others. Over 20 thousand foreign restaurants have been opened in big and medium-sized cities of China like French restaurant, German restaurant, Italian restaurant, Japanese restaurant, Korean restaurant as well as all kinds of western fast food outlets (KFC, Dicos and McDonald's). Located in schools and governmental or non-governmental organizations, buffet and bento aim at those working and studying far from home, with a cheap but nutritious and varied choice. The beverage industry provides traditional drink shops, automats as well as ice cream shops supplying healthier and dearer cold drinks. Part of Chinese food culture, food stalls are relevant to 'where to go, where to eat' (Chinese's traditional eating habits), so they can be found in markets, parks, street corners, schoolyards and many other public places.

According to the dishes, Chinese eating places can be further categorized into Chinese local style restaurants, foreign cuisine restaurants, fast food restaurant, beverage shops, tea shops, coffee shops, bars and many others like barbecue and seafood restaurants, hotpot restaurants, home restaurants, snack stalls, venison shops and medicinal diet shops.

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