Visit China and take a culinary tour of Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu and Hong Kong

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 and discover the secrets to this most famous of Chinese beverages. End the adventure in Hong Kong, one of the world's most vibrant cities and home to the globally revered flavours of Cantonese cuisine.

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


  • Dine on delectable Peking duck in Beijing
  • Sizzle and chop through a mouth-watering northern Chinese cooking class
  • Walk a stunning section of The Great Wall of China
  • Munch on guan tang baozi (steamed buns with gravy) for breakfast in Xi’an
  • Marvel at Xi’an’s impressive Terracotta Warriors
  • Spice up the trip with an exquisite Sichuan hotpot in Chengdu
  • Discover the eclectic food culture of Hong Kong
  • Visit a remote tea farm near the mystic mount of Emei Shan


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Welcome to Beijing, an intriguing modern city with an ancient heart. Kick off the adventure with a dinner of Peking duck, a luscious introduction to China’s surprising cuisine. Buy ingredients from the buzzing halls of the Sihuan Market and get ready to make some noise in a cooking class. Using sizzling woks and deft chopping skills, prepare some northern Chinese specialties. Take a tour around Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, then adventurous eaters can samples snacks of the most challenging kind at the Donghuamen Night Market – centipedes, sparrows and scorpions anyone? Head into China’s countryside to Mutianyu, where the spectacular Great Wall of China awaits. Walk along a partially restored section of the wall – the views from here are unparalleled – then stop at a local village in the Foshan Mountains for a traditional lunch.
As the hub of the Silk Road, Xi’an is a great city for travellers and has been greatly influenced by the fabulous foods and flavours that have passed through the city since ancient times. Cycle the city walls to take in this ancient citadel before heading to Muslim Street (Huimin Jie) to dine on local delicacies, such as the delectable guan tang baozi (steamed buns filled with moreish fillings and gravy) or lamp kebabs. Visit one of Xi’an’s most talked about attractions – the affecting Terracotta Warriors. Perhaps hire a guide for an in-depth insight into the statues. Xi’an also has a well-earned reputation as the snack capital of China, so a stall crawl is definitely in order. Don’t miss the Rou jia mo (Shaanxi pork sandwich), liang pi (cold noodles) and huang gui shi zi bing (persimmon pastry).
Stay in a monastery in the lofty heights of Emei Shan. Journey to a remote family-run tea plantation for a glimpse of life outside the city. Enjoy a crop to cup experience - from harvesting the tea leaves, to drying, to enjoying a tea-inspired banquet. Later take a turn past an ancient village and enjoy a fresh brew with locals as you master the art of mahjong.
Get ready for a peppery treat in this UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Get acquainted with the fiery Sichuan pepper at breakfast with a bowl of dan dan mian, a spicy noodle soup with pork and vegetables. Go for a walking tour of Chengdu and refresh the senses with a cup of tea in the grassy surrounds of Chengdu’s People’s Park. Visit historic Jinli Street to snack on sticky rice cakes and spicy chicken and take the opportunity to visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu for an insightful look at the conservation efforts being made to protect these cuddly creatures. It would be sacrilegious to leave Chengdu without having a hotpot, so take a seat with the locals and enjoy this steaming meal of deliciousness.
Farewell Chengdu and fly to the bright lights and excitement of Hong Kong.
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4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Public bus, Train
Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (8 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Beijing - Donghuamen Night Market walking tour
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Market Tour and Cooking Class
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Chengdu - Walking tour
  • Emei - Tea Farm Visit
  • Great Wall - Mutianyu Section
  • Hong Kong - Street Food Tour
  • Xi'an - Noodle-making demonstration
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors & Guide


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