China Culinary Experience
China , Hong Kong
China , Hong Kong
The epitome of Beijing food is the Beijing roast duck or Peking Duck. With the exception of Beijing’s Peking Duck, most of the city’s famous dishes have been adopted from surrounding areas; Hebei, Shandong and Inner Mongolia. Among the main styles are Cantonese, which features stir-fried dishes, and Sichuan cuisine known for its spicy dishes with heavy application of chili oil (remeber Sichuan pepper?).
Explore the ancient capital of Xian. Once the starting point of the Silk Road, Xi'anese cuisine has one of the world's longest culinary histories and also one of the richest. Hangzhou is a culinary paradise. Its cuisine, characterized by freshness and sweetness, is one of the Eight Great Cuisines of China.
Traditional Hong Kong cuisine is mainly influenced by Cantonese cuisine, but it's the variety of food that is mind-boggling. Its known for its street food where you walk down a street and treat that street as a la carte menu, going from one stall to another and not sitting down in one restaurant.
China Culinary Experience Exclusive culinary experiences and in-depth cultural touring in China’s major destinations.
(13 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Beijing & Great Wall, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong
Begin in Beijing, world-renowned for historical and cultural magnificence. With your private guide, visit the fabulous ancient buildings, religious temples and imperial masterpieces such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and lesser-known temples. Spend one-day hiking along a less-touristy section of the Great Wall of China. Stay at China’s top luxury properties and dine on traditional specialties at favourite family-run restaurants.
Enjoy a private cooking class at a prestigious culinary institution. Dine on traditional specialties at favourite family-run restaurants, and enjoy reservations at private clubs and Beijing’s most acclaimed restaurants. Also visit a selection of restaurants to taste Peking duck. Spend one day hiking along a less-touristy section of the Great Wall of China.
Next, fly to the ancient capital of Xian, once a hotspot on the Grand Silk Road. Today, it is one of the most important cradles of ancient Chinese civilization. Visit the Army of Terracotta Warriors and the city highlights – Big and Small Goose Pagodas – enjoy Xian’s culinary highlights including the city’s markets, a dumpling banquet, and dining in the lively Muslim Quarter.
Continue to Hangzhou, one of the top tourist cities and a famous ancient cultural city in the country with beautiful natural landscape and many places of cultural interest. Since ancient times, it has been known as a “Heaven on Earth” and thus become a final destination for holiday makers. Enjoy private touring around beautiful West Lake, local tea plantations, Buddhist caves and other cultural highlights.
Transfer to Shanghai. During private touring see visit the city highlights including the Three Temples, the Bund and cruise on the Huangpu River. Visit Shanghai’s old town and stop for tea and dumplings the city’s oldest teahouse. Learn to prepare regional cuisine and how it varies from cooking styles elsewhere in China.
Continue to Hong Kong. Tour local food and herb markets, and take a private dim sum cooking lesson. Also enjoy private touring of the best of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. During free time, enjoy Hong Kong’s endless restaurants, museums, teahouses, and markets.
Day 1 – Arrive
Beijing Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Beijing Private morning cooking class.
Afternoon city tour.
Day 3 – Tour
Beijing Full-day city tour or private excursion to Great Wall of China.
Day 4 – Transfer & Tour
Xian Private transfer to airport for flight to Xian.
Afternoon tour of cultural and culinary highlights.
Day 5 – Transfer
Hangzhou Private transfer to airport for flight to Hangzhou for 2 nights.
Day 6 – Explore
Hangzhou Morning private cruise on lake.
Afternoon excursion to tea plantations for tea tasting.
Day 7 – Transfer
Shanghai Private transfer to Shanghai for 3 nights.
Day 8 – Tour
Shanghai Private full day city tour including markets.
Day 9 – Tour
Shanghai Private morning cooking class.
Day 10 – Transfer
Hong Kong Private transfer to airport for flight to Hong Kong.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 11 – Tour
Hong Kong Private full-day city tour.
Day 12 – Tour
Hong Kong Private dim sum lesson.
Day 13 – Depart
Hong Kong Private airport transfer.
Make this your holiday
Getting There Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.
When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).
The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.