New iPhone App provides photos, background information & bilingual translation for all common Chinese dishes, giving travelers the freedom and confidence to overcome one of the greatest hurdles to visiting China -— eating well
Sept. 21 – Now available on the iTunes App Store and at chinabites.com/iphone, China Menu is a new iPhone App that helps travelers in China experience authentic cuisine, without requiring them to speak a word of Chinese. Featuring a touch-to-browse picture menu with over 220 categorized dishes, China Menu is the only tool on the market that allows foreign visitors to easily get exactly what they want when dining out in China.
While English-friendly infrastructure has proliferated for tourists in China, dining remains a particular challenge, even in tourist-centers like Beijing and Shanghai. Chinese menus give no clues, and even English translations often leave diners guessing, offering bizarre delicacies like "Eight Treasures Tofu" or “Dragon Playing Pearl Pork Belly.” These fanciful dish names often obscure the actual ingredients of the dishes and can make menus a minefield for diners wishing to avoid eating MSG, meat, peanuts, or hot peppers.
China Menu provides simple touch screen interface to communicate these important meal preferences directly to the waiter in clear, precise Chinese. Much more than a simple pocket translator, China Menu provides rich descriptions of Chinese dishes and dining customs and alerts users about the do's and don'ts of Chinese dining. Over 60 translated conversations come with detailed explanations of unfamiliar situations foreigners are likely to encounter at the Chinese dinner table. Who pays the bill, what to do when wine toasting is getting out of hand, and how to find a restaurant with a western style toilet are among the many situations for which China Menu prepares the uninitiated.
China Menu gives travelers an unprecedented degree of control over their dining experience, including selectable variations for many of the over 220 popular dishes. With a single touch, an order for Kung Pao Chicken becomes an order for Kung Pao Tofu, or a request for a bottle of Tsingdao becomes a frosty cold Tsingdao draft. China Menu gives foreigners the freedom and confidence to go to Chinese restaurants and discover a great meal on their own terms, rather than being stuck to tacky restaurants with "tourist-only" menus and prices.
China Menu is compatible with all versions of Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch and does not require a WiFi or 3G connection to operate. China Menu is available for purchase on the Apple App Store immediately and, for the first week only, will be available for the special introductory price of $2.99. After Oct. 1 it will revert to the normal price of $4.99. For more information visit http://www.itunes.com/app/chinamenu or visit http://chinabites.com/iphone.
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