Tea ceremony, China

China Culinary Tour: Private Cooking Classes, Tea Tasting & Much More

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Countries Visited

China, Hong Kong

Places Visited

Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Shanghai...

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Suggested Duration

13 Days

Indulge in China’s traditional mouth-watering cuisine while exploring the country’s most astounding historical and cultural areas during this 13-day luxury culinary tour. Test your culinary skills with private cooking classes in the Middle Kingdom’s most famous cities. Learn the history and curative powers of customary dishes in a variety of regions. Enjoy serenity while cruising down picturesque rivers and observing peaceful pagodas. Explore the ins and outs of cities, including Beijing and Hong...

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Trip Highlights

  • Learn how to cook customary dishes with the guidance of top-class chefs in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong
  • Visit famous landmarks in Beijing including the Great Wall of China and Forbidden Palace
  • Taste China’s most famous green tea amid serene plantation fields in Longjing Mountains
  • Witness incredible historical sights in Xi’an including the stunning Terracotta Army
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Hong Kong from perfect vantage points - both on the sea and high in the sky
  • Taste unique and delicious flavors from a variety of wonderful food markets
  • Cruise down the blissful West Lake in Hangzhou, surrounded by surreal scenery
  • Dine in some of the finest restaurants China possesses

Detailed Description

China is frequented by tourists for an abundance of reasons: stunning scenery, imperial palaces, landmarks and big cosmopolitan cities, to name a few. But perhaps its most famous export is the unique cuisine it possesses, which varies drastically across the country. This exclusive tour provides you with both practical and theoretical insight into China’s extraordinarily wide range of traditional food and drink – while overwhelming your tongue with tantalizing tastes. Not only will you taste the cuisine, but you will also relish the opportunity to sightsee the beautiful cities and rural areas, witnessing fascinating historical landmarks. All of this with five-star accommodation, transport and private tours, making for a truly memorable trip to the Middle Kingdom.

Dive in at the deep end and sizzle your way around the kitchen as you take cooking classes led by the professionals in Beijing. You will unlock the door to distinctive techniques and ingredients used to create those famous dishes you’ve been longing to perfect in your own kitchen. Visit the capital’s landmarks and main attractions, keeping your energy levels at a premium as you feast in the city’s foremost traditional and respected restaurants. Decide whether to delve deeper into Beijing or take a day trip to the wonder that is the Great Wall.

Experience the historic city of Xi’an, where you’ll visit some incredible ancient sights, including the spellbinding Terracotta Army sculptures. Let your palate revel in delight as you attend a delectable dumpling-based meal, before tasting a collection of the city’s cuisine and exploring the wide range of inimitable food markets on offer. You'll have time to soak up more of the fascinating wonders Xi’an has to offer, including the unmissable age-old city walls and the enchanting Goose Pagodas, not to mention the range of informative museums.

Discover yourself amid pure bliss in the picturesque city of Hangzhou. Take a journey down the dreamlike West Lake as pagodas, gardens and temples cast beautiful shadows over its peaceful water. Travel to the mountains and visit wonderfully scenic tea plantations, gaining insight into the process of producing delicious green tea. Head to the metropolis that is Shanghai and engage in private cooking classes; create some of the city’s traditionally delicious sweet cuisine before learning the art of making dumplings. Explore Shanghai’s highlights with private tours of areas such as The Bund, a riverside walkway in the heart of the city boasting famous old buildings and sitting opposite stunning skyscrapers. Wander the elegant streets of the French Concession, with its stylish bars and restaurants. Immerse yourself in the city’s history, visiting the Shanghai Museum and centuries-old Yuyuan Garden. And of course, sample the modern and traditional shops and galleries that line the streets.

Make your way to Hong Kong and immerse yourself in a city notorious for its history and passion for food. Learn the process of creating dim sum, one of China’s most renowned dishes, as you partake in an insightful private class guided by the experts. Embrace the smells, sights, and tastes of the wonderful food markets that are dotted around the city. Explore traditional teahouses, eat in dazzling restaurants, see beautiful cityscape views, and visit gorgeous coastline areas nearby. 

Click here to browse our other exceptional China itineraries, and gain further inspiration to embark on your dream China tour of a lifetime. 

Starting Price

$3,804 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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