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Baoding Restaurant Review: Charlotte's sister city is historic Baoding in northeastern China. In the city's honor, its name has graced this popular SouthPark restaurant since 1993. Ample booth seating, deep purple walls and gold silk canopies all contribute to the warm atmosphere. Baoding's cooking draws from the classic Chinese-American repertoire, although the kitchen will adapt, adjust and re-create authentic dishes customers have requested. Check the specialties section of the menu; although most of the options are spicy hot, the duck dishes won't drive your palate to the water pitcher. Vegetable steamers with a choice of chicken, shrimp or scallops make a nice --- and healthful --- lunch or dinner, while dinner selections, such as salt-and-pepper shrimp and tangerine beef, are among Baoding’s more serious offerings. Vegetable-focused plates are plentiful. Desserts are chocolate cake and ice cream. While most wines are American, consider pairing the New Zealand Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc with seafood or chicken if it isn’t too spicy; otherwise, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling should get the nod. Craft beers, numerous Asian brews, and quite a few wines by the glass are available, too.