China Real Food Adventure

11 Days | Eat your way through Chengdu, Xi’an, Beijing and Shanghai

USD $2,990
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Embrace the tastes of China's most important food regions on a food adventure with a side order of culture, history and more. Taste the peppery cuisine of Sichuan in Chengdu, then enjoy a visit to a small tea-farming village to discover the secrets of this famous Chinese beverage. Stay in a monastery in the lofty heights of Emei Shan, and travel to Xi’an to marvel at 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 and stroll along the Great Wall of China, then board a train to Shanghai, one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

Trip overview

Map of China Real Food Adventure including China
Chengdu, China
Shanghai, China
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Get your hands floury and gain a unique insight into one of China's most revered culinary arts – noodle-making – at a local couple’s apartment.
  • Dine on classic Chinese dishes like kung pao chicken and dumplings and learn how to make them during cooking classes with local chefs.
  • Meet producers and locals at spice markets, a family-owned tea plantation in Leshan, and along the Muslim Quarter tasting trail in the heart of Xi’an.
  • Explore many of China’s most famous sites such as the Terracotta Warriors, Tiananmen Square and Great Wall and see Giant Pandas at a breeding and research centre.
  • Embrace the tastes of China's most important food regions – from Peking duck in Beijing, to the Muslim-influenced food of Xi'an, the spicy flavours of Sichuan hotpot and dumplings in Shanghai.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine of China includes a lot of meat and seafood. For vegetarians and vegans we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy this trip. We also have many other trips to China which can accommodate a range of dietary requirements.
  • We suggest packing relatively lightly for this trip, as you’ll need to be able to comfortably carry your own luggage for the duration of the trip. This includes to and from accommodation, and on and off trains.


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5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners


Train, Private vehicle, Public Bus, Subway


Lodge (1 night), Hotel (9 nights)

  • Chengdu - Welcome Dinner
  • Chengdu - Leader-led market tour
  • Chengdu - Sichuan Cooking class
  • Chengdu - Spice market tour
  • Chengdu - Tianfu Square and People's Park
  • Emeishan - Baoguo Temple
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (entrance fee & transport included)
  • Emeishan - Tea Farm Visit
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors Tour
  • Xi'an - Muslim Quarter tasting trail
  • Xi'an - Noodle-making demonstration in a local home
  • Beijing - Beijing duck dinner
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Beijing - Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Beijing - Hutong Tour
  • Shanghai - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Shanghai - Dumpling cooking class
Add on activities
  • Leshan - Giant Buddha (boat ticket & transport included) - CNY90
  • Beijing - Mutianyu Great Wall Cable Car (return ticket) - CNY140

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.
3. Please provide a scanned colour copy of your passport at time of booking to secure flight and train tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket if an amendment occurs.

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China Real Food Adventure
USD $2,990