Real Food Adventure - China

From £1655 for 12 days
Trip Overview
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.
Essential Info
Starts: Chengdu
Ends: Shanghai
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Food
Trip Code: ICBZF
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: China
What's Included

Meals

2 Breakfasts included
4 Lunches included
3 Dinners included

Transport

Train,private vehicle,public bus,overnight sleeper train

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 night),Hotel (8 nights),Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   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

•   The Sichuan province is the literal birthplace of tea – get a truly local and authentic crop-to-cup experience here with a tea grower

•   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

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Direction
Price GBP
Availability
17th September 2017
28th September 2017
Chengdu - Shanghai
£1,655pp 
G
Good
15th October 2017
26th October 2017
Chengdu - Shanghai
£1,735pp 
G
Fully Booked
29th October 2017
9th November 2017
Chengdu - Shanghai
£1,705pp 
G
Good
15th April 2018
26th April 2018
Chengdu - Shanghai
£1,720pp 
G
Good
6th May 2018
17th May 2018
Chengdu - Shanghai
£1,720pp 
G
Good
27th May 2018
7th June 2018
Chengdu - Shanghai
£1,720pp 
G
Good
24th June 2018
5th July 2018
Chengdu - Shanghai
£1,720pp 
G
Good
26th August 2018
6th September 2018
Chengdu - Shanghai
£1,720pp 
G
Good
2nd September 2018
13th September 2018
Chengdu - Shanghai
£1,720pp 
G
Good
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Itinerary & Notes
Nimen Hao! Welcome to China. Chengdu, an officially recognised UNESCO City of Gastronomy, is the capital of the Sichuan province and where we begin this Real Food Adventure. It might be one of China's biggest cities, but Chengdu has preserved plenty of its traditional flavour and visitors can still find famous teahouses, numerous markets and some of the most interesting food in China. Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm this evening. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. After the meeting enjoy your first dinner in China with one of the country's most renowned dishes - an authentic Sichuan hotpot. Known in Sichuan as 'huo guo' (which roughly translates to 'fire pot'), huo guo is thought to date back more than 1,000 years, originating from a meal enjoyed by boatmen working on the Yangtze River in the nearby city of Chongqing. Consisting of a communal pot of spiced broth, everyone can select their own ingredients to be cooked up in this delicious hot liquid.
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