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The Foodies Guide to China: Beijing to Shanghai

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,256

Explore the vivid flavours of China on this journey throughout the country’s northern cities. Taking you from Beijing to Xian, Chengdu, and Shanghai, this tour includes several private foodie tours, premium accommodations, and a chance to experience the mouth-watering flavours of the Middle Kingdom.


This 10-day Chinese vacation showcases the flavours of Chinese cuisine in Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, and Shanghai. It includes first-class accommodations, private tours, and is perfect for luxury travellers wanting to explore Chinese cuisine and the great cities of China’s north.

Your trip to China begins in Beijing, the Chinese capital and gateway to the Great Wall. On your first full day in Beijing, explore the landmarks of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the resplendent former palace of the Chinese Emperor, before heading through the historical neighbourhood of Hutong on a private pedicab tour. That afternoon, join a private cooking class to visit a local market and learn to cook some Northern Chinese specialties. The next day, head north to connect to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Stroll along the guard towers built during the Ming Dynasty and enjoy breathtaking views along this rugged section of the wall. On your final morning in Beijing, tour the Temple of Heaven and take a foodie tour of Beijing’s popular snacks before flying to Xian.

Xian is the former imperial capital and the home of the Terracotta Warriors. It was also a key city on the Silk Road that connected Europe and Asia. As such, it’s a city with a blend of cultures and some delicious culinary specialties. Start with a foodie tour through the Muslim Quarter, where you’ll try some of the most delectable Chinese cuisine in the world. In the afternoon, visit the massive Xian City Wall before heading to the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, where you’ll see the Terracotta Warriors. These ancient statues have protected the emperor’s tomb for over two millennia and are among China’s greatest treasures.

Continue your Chinese vacation to Chengdu, the Sichuan capital and home to the Giant Panda Breeding Center. On your first day in Chengdu, you’ll attend a Sichuan Cuisine Museum Cooking Class to learn about the history of Sichuan cuisine and its famous spiciness, and cook some of the food for yourself. The next day, visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre to observe giant pandas in their natural habitat and learn about Chinese conservation efforts for these beloved mammals. Later in the day, explore the People’s Park and the ancient streets and courtyards of Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi before enjoying a hot pot dinner.

Close out your trip in Shanghai, China’s largest city and financial hub. Defined by the glittering skyscrapers of the Pudong district, including Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai is China’s city of the future. However, it’s also filled with landmarks of the past. Get a taste for the city’s historical side with a stroll down the Bund, where you’ll see Art Deco buildings and enjoy postcard views of the skyline across the river. Then dig into the city’s culinary culture with a foodie tour all about Xiaolongbao, delicious soup dumplings. That evening, attend the Shanghai Acrobatic Show to marvel at feats of athletic prowess from Chinese acrobats.

On the final day of your trip, head to the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum to learn about the construction of new Shanghai before attending a private cooking class to learn to make dim sum, and climbing Shanghai Tower for some final views of the spectacular skyline. After a farewell dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant on your final night, you’ll head to the airport the following morning for your flight back home.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,256

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Day 1

Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, transfer to your hotel for check in. Remainder of the day is free at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven

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    Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven



    Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven Beijing is proud to be in close proximity to the prestigious archaic landmark of China, the Temple of Heaven. This hotel is only 40 minutes from Beijing International Airport, 15 minutes from "The Largest Railway Station in Asia" - Beijing ...

    Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven Beijing is proud to be in close proximity to the prestigious archaic landmark of China, the Temple of Heaven. This hotel is only 40 minutes from Beijing International Airport, 15 minutes from "The Largest Railway Station in Asia" - Beijing South Railway Station and major business communities and shopping complexes, 10 minutes by walk to the nearby subway station.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Beijing

Morning walk through the Tian'an Men Square and head to the gate of the Forbidden City, the abiding symbol of imperial China. Truly one of the great achievements of civilization, its construction employed hundreds of thousands of workers between 1406 and 1420. Marvel at its expansive architecture, magnificent imperial gardens, and many museums of Chinese antiquities and treasures.

After Beijing flavor lunch at a local restaurant, afternoon Hutong Tour, where well-preserved courtyard homes and narrow hutong alleys border tree-lined lakes, tour the district by "pedicab" for a closer and more engaging experience of traditional Chinese life.

Then enjoy a Private Cooking Class including a visit to the local colorful market with your chef,and be introduced to some of the wonderful fresh produce and spices which make cuisine so delicious. Enjoy a cooking demonstration featuring some of Chinese favorite regional specialties there. Help with the preparation of these dishes and then enjoy them for dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Beijing

Morning excursion to the Great Wall of Mutianyu with cable car access, a rugged section of the Wall that offers less crowded access and a more striking perspective as the Wall climbs and winds over the surrounding hills. Here the Great Wall of China presents a visual experience that consistently exceeds visitors' expectations. Scholars estimate that the Wall, averaging 25 feet in height and nearly as thick, once stretched for 3,700 miles, passing through sixteen provinces. Country lunch at a local famer's restaurant at foot of the Wall

Drive back to downtown and enjoy the Peking Duck Dinner.

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Day 4

Beijing to Xian

Morning visit the Temple of Heaven, one of the finest creations of the Ming dynasty, where can see the locals doing morning exercises, such as Taichi, Shuttlecock Kicking, etc. This stunning architecture realizes the eternal Chinese desire to incarnate heaven in material form and represents the most advanced principles of mechanics and geometry of the time. Afterwards, enjoy a Foodie Tour to try the various Beijing local snacks.

Afternoon transfer to airport for flight to Xian.
Arrive Xian, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Have a Xian Flavor Dinner at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Wyndham Hotel Xian

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    Wyndham Hotel Xian



    Located in the heart of Xi’an city, our Wyndham Hotel Xian offers convenience to Tong Hua Men Subway Station and gives you access to the best of the area including Bell and Drum Tower, Muslim Street, Big Goose Pagoda, Tang Paradise, and Shaanxi Historical Museum. ...

    Located in the heart of Xi’an city, our Wyndham Hotel Xian offers convenience to Tong Hua Men Subway Station and gives you access to the best of the area including Bell and Drum Tower, Muslim Street, Big Goose Pagoda, Tang Paradise, and Shaanxi Historical Museum. For those flying into Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY), we are less than an hour away, and our friendly front desk associates would be happy to schedule a shuttle service or hotel vehicle for a nominal fee. Conference centers such as Xian Quijang Convention Exhibition Center On Renmin Square Xi'an are nearby, Xian Jiaotong University is less than 5 miles away and the famous Xijing Hospital is within walking distance.

    With 5 polished meeting rooms, a business center, rental equipment, and catering services, we strive to make your Xi’an event extraordinary. Make reservations at one of our 2 onsite restaurants that present delicious international fare, or relish the casual atmosphere of our lobby bar, serving drinks and high tea. Guest rooms are spacious and well-equipped with features like free high-speed WiFi and plush bedding.

    Let our child care professionals watch over your children, while giving you the opportunity to explore must-see sites like the Terracotta Army at Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum. From meetings and events to fine dining and tourism, we give you the Xi’an experience of a lifetime.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Restaurant

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Day 5

Xian

Morning Xian Foodie Tour through the Muslim Quarterand find traditional Chinese Islamic cuisine, shops, and merchants.

Visit the ancient City Wall with a bike or buggy ride on the Wall, then continue to a viewing of the extraordinary 2,300-year- old terracotta warriors in the tomb of China's first emperor, Qinshihuang. The warriors still stand at the original site where farmers discovered them in 1974.

Enjoy Xian Dumpling Dinner at Defachang's.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Xian to Chengdu

Morning take the high-speed train to Chengdu. Arrive Chengdu, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Have a Chengdu local snack lunch followed by a visit to Sichuan Cuisine Museum Cooking Class at the Museum. At the Museum, you will not only realize the history of Sichuan Cuisine, but also have chance to watch the whole procedure of cooking and practice cooking Sichuan food. Dinner is your own creation!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Dorsett Grand Chengdu

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    Dorsett Grand Chengdu



    The hotel is close to downtown Chunxi Road and the Chengdu Sports Center. The strategic location near the metro line allows for easy access to the city. Located at the Luoma Market area of Chengdu.

    The hotel is close to downtown Chunxi Road and the Chengdu Sports Center. The strategic location near the metro line allows for easy access to the city. Located at the Luoma Market area of Chengdu.

    Facilities

    • Pressing service
    • Car Hire
    • Concierge Service
    • High-Speed Internet Service
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Underground Parking

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Day 7

Chengdu

Morning visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre beautifully landscaped with lush plants and lakes. Meet with 20 some pandas and their caregivers. The highlight is the see the panda cubs at the kindergarten where they play with each other, climbing up and down trees, rolling and pushing and kicking like Kungfu masters. Also, visit the Small Red Panda Center with 40 small pandas in residence who roam freely.

After Sichuan Flavor Lunch at a local restaurant, visit People's Park with its Bonsai Garden, the park also where throngs of locals gather to practice Taiji, fly kites, or do synchronized dance. Then head to Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi, the major buildings in this site are courtyards and ancient style streets, wander the surrounding area, immersing in traditional shops and local activities.

Tonight, enjoy Sichuan Hot Pot Dinner at local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Chengdu to Shanghai

Transfer to morning flight to Shanghai. Arrive Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Lunch is on own. Stroll along the famous Bund/Waterfront and to visit the 400 year's old Yu Garden. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Outside the garden, is the famous Chen Huang Miao - an area of shops, restaurants and recreation facilities. A Shanghai Foodie Tour for local snacks including the famous "Xiaolongbao" (soup dumplings)

Evening enjoy the amazing Shanghai Acrobatic Show.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Ambassador Hotel

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    Ambassador Hotel



    Ambassador Hotel Shanghai is located in the Caojiadu commercial zone where Changning and Putuo Districts meet, enjoying convenient transportation. The hotel is close to Jing'an Temple and Zhongshan Park. It's a 15-minute drive from the hotel to Shanghai Railway Station, 20-minute drive to Hongqiao Transportation ...

    Ambassador Hotel Shanghai is located in the Caojiadu commercial zone where Changning and Putuo Districts meet, enjoying convenient transportation. The hotel is close to Jing'an Temple and Zhongshan Park. It's a 15-minute drive from the hotel to Shanghai Railway Station, 20-minute drive to Hongqiao Transportation Hub, and 50-minute drive to Pudong Airport. It is surrounded by a variety of shopping, entertainment and recreation destinations, including Yueda 889 Plaza, King 88, and Fanghui Plaza, etc., all of which are the preferred choice by elite business travelers.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Child Friendly
    • Free WiFi

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Day 9

Shanghai

Morning visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum Start the morning by visiting the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. The focus of the exhibit is a large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai, showing existing buildings and approved future buildings. Other exhibits relate to Shanghai's history and planned development, including smaller scaled models focusing on particular areas of interest such as the Bund.

Private cooking class to learn how to do Shanghai dim sums including "Xiaolongbao" followed by lunch. Take part in the different kinds of activities and cooking class, to experience the traditional cooking methods and to cook yourself the classic dishes.

Afternoon visit the Shanghai Tower with riding the elevator to the top of the tallest building in Asia and the 2nd tallest building in the world for a bird's-eye view of the old and new Shanghai by the Huangpu River.

Farewell Shanghai Flavor Dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Depart Shanghai

Departure transfer for your onward flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights' accommodations in either moderate, first class or deluxe hotels
  • All transportation as per itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Touring in each city as per itinerary plus foodie tours in Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai
  • Local English speaking guide in each city
  • Local airfare for Beijing/Xian and Chengdu/Shanghai as per the itinerary.
  • Local high-speed train for Xian/Chengdu
  • Food and drinks as per itinerary- including 
    • Local city and country restaurant meals
    • Cooking demonstrations / classes
    • Peking duck, dumpling and hot pot dinners
    • Dinner at Michelin starred restaurant

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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