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. Taste the peppery treats of Sichuan in Chengdu, then enjoy a visit to a small tea-farming village to discover the secrets of this most famous of Chinese beverages. Stay in a monastery in the lofty heights of Emei Shan. Travel to Xi’an to be awed by the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and learn the art of noodle-making. 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, then board a train to Shanghai, one of the world’s most vibrant cities, where this Food Adventure comes to an end.
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Embrace the tastes of four of China's most important food regions – from the imperial cuisine of Beijing, to the Muslim-influenced food of Xi'An, the spicy Sichuan flavours of Chengdu (a UNESCO City of Gastronomy) and the international melting pot of Shanghai
Nothing beats the flavour of Peking Duck in the city where this iconic dish was born.
Savour the spicy flavours of Sichuan, like the fiery, tingling, tongue-numbing sensation of the famous Sichuan Pepper at Chengu’s spice market
Get a hands-on experience with everyone’s favourite Chinese specialties – dumplings – as you learn to make them in Shanghai, China's unofficial dumpling capital
This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of China's cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!
This trip travels on overnight hard sleeper trains on two parts of the journey (Chengdu-Xi'an and Xi'an-Beijing). Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious, but it's certainly one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people. It's the main form of transport for locals, so take the chance to interact.
An optional upgrade to a soft sleeper berth (4 travellers per compartment with a lockable door) may be available at additional cost at the time of booking.
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A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking in order for us to purchase your train tickets.
A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
The price of the Single Supplement doesn't include the following nights where single rooms are not available.
Day 4: Overnight train Chengdu to Xi'an
Day 7: Overnight train Xi'an to Beijing
Our China Real Food Adventure trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 16 reviews in the last year.
This trip was a great introduction to China. Along with the main highlights in Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai, it also included a start in Chengdu and Sichuan overall, which was my main reason for selecting it. The Real Food adventure element of the tour turned out to be unexpected benefit of this tour as I learned so much more about China from all of the experiences with it's food whether it was a cooking class with locals or trying a hole in the restaurant somewhere for a real local experience.
Review submitted 24 Dec 2017
Amazing trip - led by a fantastic guide through a fantastic itinerary . The lunches prepared by local families were some of the best food and experiences I had on the whole trip. It packs a lot in in a short space of time but doesn't feel too rushed. Highly recommended!
Review submitted 26 Nov 2017