--FILE--A pedestrian walks past a Xiang E Qing restaurant in Wuhan city, central Chinas Hubei province, 1 March 2013.
Chinas high-end restaurants have gone into crisis under President Xi Jinpings campaign to crack down on the kinds of party extravagances that have angered ordinary Chinese, such as dining on the public dime. The Xiang E Qing restaurant in downtown Beijing, part of a national chain that has been among the hardest hit, no longer has the expensive liquors, minimum spending requirements or special fees for the private banquet rooms where government officials and business executives once gathered in seclusion. Its calling cards have been rewritten to promote a joyful, family atmosphere. The Xiao Nan Guo restaurant in downtown Beijing specializes in elaborate Shanghai-style cuisine on white tablecloths with floral arrangements in private rooms behind thick, carved wooden doors. To attract more customers, it has revamped its menu to include new dishes priced under $15, said Zheng Yuming, the restaurants general manager. Its parent company, national chain Xiao Nan Guo Restaurants Holdings Ltd., reported a 43.3 percent decline in profits for the first six months of 2013, citing a slowing economy, bird flu and the prolonged curb in lavish spending by Chinese government officials.