GangesBeijingOn top of the amazing array of local food on offer in Beijing, there is also a wide variety of foreign food, including my favorite, Indian. Sometimes when living or traveling with your family in China, you just crave something, well, non-Chinese.

I had long been longing to visit an Indian restaurant called Ganges in the popular student Wudaokou near our home in northwest Beijing. And winning two 500 yuan vouchers in a local magazine contest gave me the impetus to finally try it. It didn’t disappoint.

I took my parents who had raised me for four years in Nepal after I was born there. And we thoroughly enjoyed the food and Bollywood entertainment on a small stage. Service was excellent and my parents were thrilled to learn our waiter was actually Nepalese.

You can spend a little or a lot at Ganges, depending on your budget. We easily spent some $90 for four of us, but could have still eaten well for half that.


Ganges is located in the U-Center Mall next to the Wudaodou subway, but you have to take an outside elevator up to a roof-top terrace. It had its fair share of foreign visitors, but appeared quite popular with the locals as well. While we left our children at home this time, Ganges was able to accommodate small children brought by other guests.

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