China on the Culinary scene is a mix of new age and old age, enjoy great flavours in an incredible setting with this tour. A must for any foodie and culinary wizard alike.
Taste as much as you will see as China's top TV foodie
takes you on a gastro-journey through China’s most renowned cuisines. Between visiting the historical and scenic sights that are tied to unique tastes, she will take you to the best local restaurants to gorge on regional specialties.
From the modern and traditional China mixed in the Shanghai, to the ancient China preserved in Xi’an and Beijing, and then China’s natural beauty maintained in Hangzhou and Chengdu, Heidi Dugan has you by the hand and the mouth.
GROUP SIZE: Small Group - max. 12 people
Day 1-4: Shanghai– Hangzhou
In Shanghai, learn to properly eat soup-filled dumplings, xiaolongbao, and other local delicacies. Explore Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai’s restored old town, where you can try local delicacies, shop handcraft and cloth markets, and walk through the French Concession, where Western trends meet modern Chinese sensibilities in boutique stores and high-end restaurants that we will, of course, get a taste of.
On Day 4, travel to Hangzhou and bask in city’s tranquil, natural beauty. Glide alone the quiet waters of the West Lake, then visit the Dragon Well Tea plantations, where rows upon rows of tea plants wrap around lush hills and misty mountains. After touring the fields, you can choose to experience tea leaf picking and a tea ceremony for yourself.
Hotel: Hotel Indigo | Longjing Landison Resort
Day 5-8: Chengdu – Xi’an
On the morning of Day 5, fly out to Chengdu in Sichuan Province. Chengdu is famous for its spicy ingredients and flavors, so ready your taste buds as you try Sichuan hot pot, then get a cooking lesson in Sichuanese cuisine at the Sichuan Culinary Museum. Also, visit some of the city’s historic sites, like the city’s best preserved ancient temple, the Wenshu Buddhist Temple, which is filled with beautiful ponds, gardens, and cultural relics. On the evening of Day 6, enjoy a private dinner at Yu’s Family Kitchen, named China’s “most creative restaurant” by CNN, before returning to the hotel.
Your last day in Chengdu will start with a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where, of course, you will get to interact with some pandas. Afterwards, it’s off to catch a flight to Xi’an. After arriving and checking in, take the afternoon to relax in the park, or cycle on Xi’an’s ancient city walls while enjoying the sunset. Then, in the evening, hop on a Tuk Tuk for a culinary adventure through Xi’an’s bustling night market.
On your second day in Xi’an, visit the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors. In the afternoon, you can either visit the Great Mosque, a beautiful mix of Chinese and Middle Eastern architecture, or get a calligraphy lesson at Stele Forest, a museum dedicated to preserving artistically stone-carved scenes. Dinner will be a dumpling banquet of epic proportions. After all, Xi’an is the dumpling capital of the world.
Hotel: Buddha Zen Hotel | Sofitel
Day 9-12: Beijing
In Beijing, discover the city’s rich history on a tour of its disappearing Hutong alleys, its massive Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, filled with traditional Chinese art and architecture, and taste the town’s signature Peking Roast Duck, an ancient recipe that’s managed to stick around, thanks to its addictive, savory flavor.
The day before you leave, visit the pristine Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which winds up and down mountains and valleys that are carpeted in thick, green forest, leading you to
spectacular panoramic views. Have lunch at the nearby farm-to-fork Schoolhouse canteen, then return to Beijing for a relaxing foot massage, farewell dinner, and traditional Peking Opera Show. After breakfast the next morning, you will be taken to the airport for your departure flight.
Hotel: The Opposite House
•Heidi's expert guide from Day 2 - Day 7 (Chengdu part) & Day 9 (Beijing dinner) - Day 11
•Accommodation with daily breakfast
•Private English-speaking guides
•Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
•Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour
•Meals as stated during the trip (highest possible quality)
•Entrance fees to tourist sites
•Airfares Hangzhou - Chengdu - Xian - Beijing (economy class)
•Train tickets Shanghai - Hangzhou (first class)
•Entrance fees to tourist sites
•Airfares / Train tickets of arrival and departure
•Meals not specified in the itinerary
•Personal expenses and Alcoholic beverages
•Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
•Medical services, travel insurance or visas
•Single room supplement
The published price is per person, based on 8-12 people, twin sharing.
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