You can eat like a king in China without paying much for the privilege, especially if you're man enough to sample the more exotic options from the menuswallow's nest soup, anyone? If you don't have time to take a culinary tour of the country, you can sample most regional dishes in Beijing, from spicy Sichuan cuisine to every kind of noodle imaginable. But don't forget to try the city's best-known dish, Peking duck. Shanghai has a more international range of restaurants, from French to Thai. Again, it would be a shame to be completely seduced by the glamour of these placeseasily doneand not taste the local cuisine. Be sure to sample the seafood (hairy crab is a must from October to November) as well as the xiaolongbao and shengjianbao dumplings.