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.
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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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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 4.33 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.
The guides are switched on, knowlegable and patient, what they don't know they'll find out. Take a pen and paper as technology won't always work. Always carry wet wipes - so many uses especially in places which don't supply loo roll or showers (overnight trains) and vital to use before meals to have clean hands and reduce getting sick.
Review submitted 06 Oct 2017
Loved this tour from start to finish. You are on the go all the time but this is the best way to see all the biggest cities and highlights in this time frame. If you are foodie this is the tour for you. All the meals just kept getting better and better and the cooking lessons are Awesome too.
Review submitted 02 Jun 2017