I was told by my teacher of history that the Hot Pot came from the Qing dynasty. The emperor called for all the nobles and ministers including their sons, grandsons, parents, and all the other members of the family to meet in the Forbidden City to have dinner. All the people sat together at round tables to have Hot Pot. This was called "The big meal of children and old men". Besides the Beijing hot pot, now the Sichuan hot pot, which is very spicy, is also very popular.