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60-year-old vintage restaurant enjoys new lease on life

(People's Daily Online)    16:55, July 14, 2016
60-year-old vintage restaurant enjoys new lease on life

A restaurant in northeastern China's Harbin recently became an Internet sensation. The restaurant, called Gengxin, a Chinese homonym for "renewal," has a history that goes back 60 years.

Gengxin first opened its doors in 1956, then as a state-owned restaurant. It operated smoothly until 1989, when most state-owned restaurants closed their doors. However, even then Gengxin still managed to stay in business, simply transitioning to become a private enterprise.

Despite the changeover, the traditional style of state-owned restaurants is still carefully maintained at Gengxin. Customers must order food through meal tickets bought from the restaurant's clerk.

In addition to the original dishes served at the restaurant in its first heyday, Gengxin has also updated and expanded their menu. Nowadays it is a prosperous business with high rankings on restaurant forums and mobile apps. The restaurant will soon move to a new location, but it will continue to keep its traditions alive, drawing locals and visitors alike.

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