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In a collective society like China, sharing things simply is a way of life, and rather unsurprisingly, food tops the list. As such, Huo Guo or hot pot has emerged as become a fave culinary pastime across the vast nation. In the landlocked Sichuan province it’s equally popular, spawning a string of local varieties, and as of late, a striking dining spot dedicated exclusively to the dish. Called Yunjing Garden, the restaurant is idyllically situated alongside a pond in a patch of eucalyptus forest in Sansheng Xiang, a plush suburb of the bustling provincial capital Chengdu, and takes al fresco dining to an entirely new level. The restaurant is designed by Chinese practice Muda Architects which had to take into account the ecological value of the forest and the fact it needed to remain as pristine as possible. The result is a meandering pavilion, defined by simple wooden flooring and a metal roof dipped in a pristine white hue. Thin pillars are evenly distributed on both sides of the roof, and give an elegant twist to the design. The structure’s dimensions? Well, it has a circumference of  290 meters (951 ft.) with the height of three metres (10 ft.) , and a total surface of 1,800 sqm. (19, 375 sq.ft.) its width varies with the natural environment. Location: Yunjing Garden, 588 Fujiang Lu (Sansheng Xiang).

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