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I have seen this in China and wonder what kind of distinction is trying to be made.

For learning: Chinese (Mandarin)
Base language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Category: Culture


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    that means the restaurant is owned by person instead of the government,besides,it sometimes means they have special food which they have learned from their parents.

    I think it refers to "privately owned restaurants". As you might know there were many "state owned ones" here in China in the past.



    私人饭店 owned and controlled personally, they have the right to tell the customers that time is over and they must go...but actually those kind of imparity clauses are made everywhere, it doesn't matter which kind of restaurants they are. From the word itself, it means personal owned restaurant, but in order to understand its distinction, i have to read context.

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