There are many Daoist and Confucian ideas and themes that emerge while dining in this distinctively Chinese environment. One example is the concept of Li, meaning to demonstrate proper behavior, manners, politeness, and worship. In ancient China, proper dining etiquette was established, and the traditions have lasted through the centuries. Some of these rules include the following: never completely finish a meal, pour your own drink, always use chopsticks, but never leave them sticking up in rice because it symbolizes death, and serve others before yourself. These rules reflect that the ancient Chinese people were very polite to their families and guests while eating. You will also observe Guangxi. Guangxi is the building of a relationship, and you will be able to do that with your peers. While eating and experiencing the culture together, I was able to share this unique experience with them. While you are at Jing Fong, you might notice the sculpture of the Dragon and Phoenix. In ancient Chinese culture, these two creatures are a married couple with a strong spiritual bond, a symbol of Guangxi. Yin and yang was another term that will come up in your visit to the restaurant. Yin and Yang means balance, and has been an essential part in China's history. One of the ways in which it is modeled is in food. At the restaurant, the food comes from both the land and the sea, a balance between sources of food. Among the land-sourced food are pork and chicken, while shrimp and fish come from the sea. Yin and Yang is also present in the taste of the food. As an example, a salty dish, like shumai, would be served and then after the shumai, you would receive chocolate bean rolls, a dessert item. It was definitely interesting eating a main course and dessert at the same time. The final term you encounter is the Dao itself. The Dao is incomprehensible by any human; it has no set definition. Although the Dao has no definition, Nature is the closest approximation to it. At Jing Fong, the restaurant is decorated in bamboo panels spanning across the restaurant. As well as the panels, there is also an octagonal bamboo frame. Inside of the frame are many lines going every direction, exemplifying nature since it is always changing and unpredictable. Like I said earlier, the Dao and nature have a strong bond, and it is very important to try to understand that bond as much as possible.
Also, all food comes from nature.