Flavours of China - Culinary Delight

12 Days, from AU $4,658

Home-made Dumplings

Great Wall

Famous Peking Duck

Chengdu Panda

Street Food in Xian

Terracotta Warriors, Xian

How better to dive into a new culture than by learning about its food? You will not only cook and try the best regional cuisines but also get to know locals, find out about old traditions and discover some of Chinas’ most iconic sights. We have created this “Flavours of China- Culinary Delight” itinerary for any one who is interested in culture, wants to explore the culinary art and immerse into mysterious places. On this tour you will discover everything from street food markets to the best fine dining restaurants.

Start the tour in Beijing and try the famous Peking Duck, a traditional dish that has been prepared since the imperial era and take your first cooking class at a local family. Take in the breath taking moments when walking on the Great Wall and be entertained at night in Beijing’s famous Opera. Explore the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden Palace and then to historic Xian with its army of Terracotta Warriors and its ancient city walls. Make new friends at Chengdu Panda Research Base and dive into the Sichuan food culture for the “I cook there for I am” learning experience.  

The "Flavour of China  - Culinary Delight" itinerary covers the key attractions at a relatively quick pace. Enjoy them as they are or extend them to create your perfect holiday. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Beijing

Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy the famous Roast Duck dinner and enjoy the reminder of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Beijing

After breakfast at hotel, meet and transfer to Hutong. The word "Hutong" was referred to as traditional narrow lanes that served as passageways between various courtyard houses, and gradually it refers more broadly to the style of housing and the neighbourhoods in which the traditional gray-brick courtyard dwellings are found. Many of the Hutongs were turned down and replaced by modern buildings and roads in the past 20 years. Fortunately, some of them still survive, due to the local government's protection policy and people's request. Explore the town with a rickshaw-ride. Then you will go to a local market to buy some materials before your cooking class at a local family. After enjoy the food which made by yourself, this afternoon visit the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Followed by visit to the massive Forbidden City, which built during 1405-1420 and also known as the Palace Museum. This evening, you may want go to the Donghuamen Snack night market. You can find the most natural and simple flavours of Old Beijing in the street.

Day 3: Beijing

This morning you will visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu section, which is one of the most famous and best preserved section. Today’s lunch will be arranged at Bai Jia Da Yuan Restaurant, located in the famous Roca Garden. It is a garden restaurant of the Qing Dynasty serving mainly imperial cuisine, official cuisine and Bai cuisine with its own features. This evening, you will enjoy the Beijing Opera show.

Day 4: Xian

Today you will take the high-speed train from Beijing to Xian, which takes around five hours. Meet your guide and visit the Great Mosque which is one of the four most famous ones in China. Then the guide will show you the Muslim Snack Street. The street is lined with small snack bars and restaurants, diners on this street will find intriguing and tasty snacks such as cured beef and mutton etc.

Day 5: Xian

After breakfast, a highlight of your trip will be the Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses that are located in the city’s eastern suburb. Each warrior, horse and chariot of the famed Terracotta Warriors is unique, having been intricately created by hand in 209 BC, over two thousand years ago, and rediscovered by accident in 1974. We've all seen them on television, but nothing can prepare you for the awesome scale of over 8,000 life-sized models, complete with armour, weapons, and individual facial features. Truly something that has to be seen to be appreciated.

Today’s lunch will be arranged at a famous restaurant for “dumpling”. This is an experience for the dumpling connoisseur, the flavours, shapes and colours will tempt the palette, while the elegant names and stories attached to each variety are truly amazing.

After lunch visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda that was originally built 1,300 years ago to house Buddhist scriptures brought back from India. In the evening enjoy the Tang Dynasty show. The show is performed by the “Tang Dynasty Song & Dance Troupe” and has been treasured as a national art that reflects the glory and richness of the Tang Dynasty era.

Day 6: Chengdu

Noodles is a very old food/dish with a long history and originated in China. As a staple food, it usually used in meals in northern part of China. This morning you will learn how to make it in a local family house. This is a truly unforgettable experience. After eating, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel.

Day 7: Moutn Emei

This morning travel to the Giant Panda Research Base to learn about the Giant Panda and get up close and personal with these cuddly creatures. Drive to Mount Emei this afternoon. Upon arrival, visit the Baoguo and Fuhu Temple. The Baoguo Temple is the largest temple on Mt. Emei and known as the No. 1 scenic spot on the mountain.

Day 8: Chengdu

Today you will climb up the mountain Emei and visit the Wannian Temple. It is one of the oldest temples on Mt Emei, which houses rich Buddhist cultural relics. This afternoon drive back to Chengdu. Enjoy Bian Lian performance and famed Sichuan cuisine this evening. Bian Lian “Face-changing” is an ancient Chinese very dramatic art that seen in Sichuan form of Chinese Opera. The performers have on extremely bright coloured costumes and dance to fast, dramatic music. They also wear vividly coloured masks, of well-known opera characters and they change from one face in an instantaneously with a movement, of the head the swipe of a fan or wave of the hand.

Day 9: Shanghai

This morning transfer to Sichuan Cuisine Museum for the “I cook there for I am” learning experience. First you are welcome to take a look at the history of Sichuan cuisine culture at the classic collection hall. Here you can learn about origin, evolution, development and formation of Sichuan cuisine culture. Then visit the “Ancient Tools”, which designed by local people to make their work easier and more efficient. Learning the legend of Kitchen God before visit the display area of raw material. Finally learn to cook Sichuan Cuisine. It is one of the most famous Chinese cuisines in the world. Characterized by its spicy and pungent flavour, pepper and prickly ash never fail to accompany, producing typical exciting tastes. Besides, garlic, ginger and fermented soybean are also used in the cooking process. Trying the food that you made, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel.

Day 10: Shanghai

This morning start with the Jade Buddha Temple, which was named after the two pieces of white jade statues from Burma. Then after visit the Yu Garden with its intricate design and complete with pavilions, lakes, bridges and rocks. You will enjoy the Shanghai style lunch at Green Ripples restaurant located near the Yu Garden. Walk the streets of the former British and French concessions and the Bund. Enjoy the world-class Acrobatic Show in the evening.

Day 11: Shanghai

Today you will learn how to make Xiaolongbao. Xiaolongbao is a type of steamed bun from Jiangnan region of China, especially associated with Shanghai and Wuxi. It is traditionally prepared in Xiaolong, small bamboo steaming baskets, which give them their name. Traditionally, xiaolongbao is a kind of dim sum, the buns are served hot in the bamboo baskets in which they were steamed. It may be eaten throughout the day although usually not for breakfast. You will taste it after you made it. This afternoon, you will be free at leisure.

Day 12: Depart Shanghai

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Standard:from AU $4,658
Superior:from AU $5,174
Deluxe:from AU $5,587

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:
  • Return transfers in each city with private vehicle
  • Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary with main entrance fees (round trip cable cart for Mutianyu Great Wall)
  • English speaking local guide
  • Hotel accommodation 
  • Daily Western buffet breakfast at hotel Special Chinese and some lunch/dinner en route at local restaurant
  • Cooking class at local family in both Beijing & Xian
  • Cooking class at Sichuan Cuisine Museum
  • Cooking Xiaolongbao class at Traditional Culture Experience Center in Shanghai
  • Opera show in Beijing
  • Tang Dynasty show in Xian
  • Mask changing show in Chengdu
  • Acrobatic show in Shanghai
  • Economy class air ticket for Xian/Chengdu/Shanghai including tax
  • Second class soft seat train ticket for Beijing/Xian
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