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China Real Food Adventure

From £1356 for 12 days
Trip Overview
Visit 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, and travel to Xi’an to be struck by the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and to learn the art of noodle-making. Explore Beijing’s ancient hutongs to search out some of the city’s best street food, discovering Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Wander along the Great Wall of China, then board a train to Shanghai, one of the world’s most vibrant cities.
Essential Info
Starts: Chengdu
Ends: Shanghai
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Food
Trip Code: ICBZF
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: China
What's Included

Meals

4 Breakfasts included
4 Lunches included
4 Dinners included

Transport

Train,Private vehicle,Public Bus,Subway,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
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Departing: 4th Apr 2021
Returning: 15th Apr 2021
£1,780pp
£1,424pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 9th May 2021
Returning: 20th May 2021
£1,920pp
£1,536pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 20th Jun 2021
Returning: 1st Jul 2021
£1,850pp
£1,480pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 15th Aug 2021
Returning: 26th Aug 2021
£1,780pp
£1,424pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 12th Sep 2021
Returning: 23rd Sep 2021
£1,850pp
£1,480pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 19th Sep 2021
Returning: 30th Sep 2021
£1,920pp
£1,536pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 10th Oct 2021
Returning: 21st Oct 2021
£1,850pp
£1,480pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 24th Oct 2021
Returning: 4th Nov 2021
£1,695pp
£1,356pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 3rd Apr 2022
Returning: 14th Apr 2022
£1,870pp
Availability: 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 you 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, markets and some interesting food. Your adventure begins with an important welcome meeting at 6 pm. 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 1000 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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