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Meituan-Dianping releases inaugural 2018 Black Pearl Restaurant Guide

The Guide features a quality selection of 330 restaurants in 22 Chinese cities from Chinese perspective, representing the taste of Chinese consumers.

BEIJING, China – Meituan-Dianping, China’s largest service-focused e-commerce platform, launched its first Black Pearl Restaurant Guide, an ultimate list of quality restaurants, each selected from a unique Chinese perspective. The inaugural edition highlights a total of 330 restaurants in 22 Chinese cities and five overseas cities, namely, Bangkok, New York, Paris, Singapore and Tokyo.
Restaurants selected by the Black Pearl Restaurant Guide are put through a vigorous critiquing process by a team consisting of master chefs, culinary experts, special advisors with long-standing expertise in China’s dining sector, and gourmets identified by big data analytics from the Company’s one-stop local dining and lifestyle service platform. The Guide fully reflects the nation’s unique culinary preferences. The selection process is overseen by accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP, with selected restaurants awarded with one to three diamonds:
One diamond: Great for family/friends gathering.
Two diamonds: Perfect for special occasions.
Three diamonds: Must visit once in a lifetime.
Mr. Xing Wang, CEO of Meituan-Dianping, stated: “Chinese cuisine is an important part of the country’s culture and the unique and sophisticated gastronomy landscape in China represents one of the richest and most diverse culinary heritages in the world. In response to Chinese consumers’ evolving taste for traditional and modern cuisines in China and across the world, we are excited to introduce the Black Pearl Restaurant Guide from a unique Chinese perspective, showcasing the dynamic dining scene both in China and globally. We are grateful that our leading position and exclusive resources in the dining industry have enabled us to do so.” 
Chinese cuisine varies in style and taste from region to region, and there are eight highly-recognized culinary traditions, including Lu (Shandong), Chuan (Sichuan), Yue (Cantonese), Su (Jiangsu), Zhe (Zhejiang), Min (Fujian), Xiang (Hunan), and Hui (Anhui). The 2018 Guide provides a complete list of the selected restaurants including those showcasing the best of these traditions.
28 restaurants have been awarded with the highest rating of three diamonds, including: Da Dong (Beijing), Fu He Hui (Shanghai), Fu 1015 (Shanghai), Amazing Chinese Cuisine (Shanghai), Yutang Chunnuan Restaurant (Guangzhou), Four Seasons Hotel West Lake Chinese Food Restaurant (Hangzhou), Longjing Caotang (Hangzhou), Park Hyatt Ningbo Seafood House (Ningbo), Yu Zhi Lan (Chengdu), Lung King Heen (Hong Kong), Howard’s Gourmet (Hong Kong), Jade Dragon Restaurant (Macau), The Eight 8 (Macau). 85 restaurants have been awarded two diamonds and 217 restaurants received one diamond. 
Commenting on the newly launched restaurant guide, Mr. Chuan Zhang, Senior Vice President and President of In-Store Business Group at Meituan-Dianping, said: “Our mission at Meituan-Dianping is to ‘Help People Eat Better and Live Better’ with our comprehensive and quality offerings and services. The launch of the Black Pearl Restaurant Guide is part of our ongoing efforts to provide the finest culinary experience for our customers.
Meituan-Dianping is a leader in the dining sector and in other service-focused industries in China. Its comprehensive platform processes over 20 million orders per day. Drawing on its 1.2 billion reviews and more than 320 million annual active buyers, Meituan-Dianping has accumulated extensive data that reflects dining preferences of Chinese consumers. “Meituan” and “Dianping” are well recognized leading brands for restaurants and a broad range of local life services in China.
Meituan-Dianping recently regrouped its businesses into four core Business Groups: In-Store, Retail, Hotel & Travel, and Transportation, with offerings covering a broad range of life scenarios corresponding to four big location-based service (LBS) categories: in store, at home, on trip, and on road. The In-Store Business Group combines the largest and most comprehensive online dining platform in China with market leading online services for verticals such as wedding, beauty, moms & kids, karaoke and more.

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