Visit China for a culinary tour of Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu and Shanghai

Welcome to enigmatic China, where culture, history and cuisine all combine to create a truly mesmerising travel experience. Explore Beijing’s ancient hutongs to search out some of the city’s best street food. Discover Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before seeing another side of China's gastronomy at the Donghuamen Night Market. Wander along the Great Wall of China and then travel to Xi’an to be awed by the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and the city’s excellent snack-food scene. Stay in a monastery in the lofty heights of Emei Shan, taste the peppery treats of Sichuan in Chengdu and enjoy a visit to a small tea-farming village to discover the secrets of this most famous of Chinese beverages. End the adventure in Shanghai, one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

Beijing, China
Shanghai, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
833kg pp per trip


  • Dine on Peking duck in Beijing
  • Chop and sizzle through a mouth-watering cooking class
  • Walk a stunning section of The Great Wall of China
  • Munch on steamed buns and persimmon pastries in Xi’an
  • Marvel at the incredible Terracotta Warriors
  • Spice things up with a Sichuan hotpot in Chengdu
  • Master the art of the perfect dumpling in Shanghai


Welcome to Beijing, an intriguing modern city with an ancient heart. Get your culinary adventure underway with a Peking duck dinner with your travelling companions at a kaoyadian (roast duck restaurant).
Enter the narrow alleyways of Beijing’s hutong neighbourhoods for a traditional breakfast of congee (rice porridge with pickles and meat) or youtiao (deep-fried dough sticks, dipped into hot soy milk). Buy ingredients from a buzzing local market to create some northern Chinese specialties in a cooking class. Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, then, if you’re still peckish, peruse the stalls of fried insects at the Donghuamen Night Market.
Take an unforgettable walk along the Great Wall of China, before boarding an overnight train bound for Xi'an..
Once the start of the famous Silk Road trading route, the walled city of Xi’an is now a vibrant modern city, noted for its distinctive food culture. Tour the Muslim Quarter on a snack crawl, sampling local delicacies such as steamed buns, lamb kebabs and moreish persimmon pastries.
Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors and learn all about this remarkable archaeological find, discovered in 1976 after being buried for thousands of years.
Spend time with a local family for a truly unique insight into one of China’s most revered culinary arts – noodle making. After a hands-on demonstration, stock up some snacks from the market before boarding an overnight train to Chengdu.
Welcome to the UNESCO City of Gastronomy! After a fiery breakfast of spicy pork and noodle soup – seasoned with signature Sichuan pepper – take a walking tour of the city, stopping to sample sticky, sweet and spicy snacks along the way.
Head to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base for the chance to see some of these cuddly creatures up close, while learning about the conservation efforts being made to save this endearing endangered species.
Drive to a remote tea plantation for a crop to cup experience – watch as the leaves are harvested and dried, then enjoy a tea-inspired banquet. Master the art of mah-jong in an ancient village with tea-drinking locals, then spend the night in a mountain-top monastery.
Join your leader for a walking tour of historical Shanghai, taking in the art deco-influenced Bund, the winding lanes of Nongtang and the French Concession. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own, perhaps dining on the city’s most notable delicacy for dinner – Hairy Crab.
Chomp on potstickers and slurp up the juice from Shanghai’s famous soup dumplings on a morning food crawl, then meet a master chef who will teach you how to create the perfect dumpling.
Your Real Food Adventure comes to an end this morning.
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3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Public bus, Train
Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Act tea farm local guide
  • Beijing - Cooking Class
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Chengdu - Spice Market Visit
  • Chengdu - Walking tour
  • Emei - Tea Farm Visit
  • Great Wall - Mutianyu Section
  • Shanghai - Dumpling cooking class
  • Shanghai - Walking Tour
  • Xi'an - Noodle-making demonstration
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors & Guide


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