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Active Foodie Adventure in China

PRIVATE TOUR - 12 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $5116+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Taste China's history and culture with each and every dish
  • Explore the historic Great wall by bicycle!
  • Experience Beijing food in a more modest way by walking through old Beijing
  • Dine on the famous Peking Duck, fit for an emperor!
  • Admire the details of each individual Terracotta Warrior while in Xi'an
  • Walk through the lively Muslim Quarter to visit the Grand Mosque
  • Join locals in dance, sip some tea, play Chinese chess and learn to play Mahjong
  • Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center for a close look at this amazing animal
  • See the catholic Cathedrals and European style houses of the French Concession of Shanghai
  • Enjoy one's own cooking for lunch after a private cooking class from a 5 star Shanghai Chef!
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Tour Overview

Throw out that takeout menu and experience China at its finest with Yampu Tours’ Active Foodie Adventure in China! When one thinks of China, of course the first thought to come to mind is food! Learn of this enigmatic culinary capital and its Eight Culinary styles, all originating from the diverse regions of China. From the resourceful and mysterious Cantonese dishes to the savory and spicy Sichuan grubbery, one will be able to quench their thirsts and curiosity with Yampu! Explore The great Wall while in Beijing before taking on the unique street food vendors. Ponder the mysteries of the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an before gorging on professionally prepared, succulent Peking Duck. Visit the Chengdu Culinary Museum to trace the history of Chinese food back to B.C. and enjoy a cooking class while in Shanghai, all drunken in spirits before cooked or even served raw.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the hotels mentioned. All meals as specified in itinerary (soft drink included) Private transfers and sightseeing as per the given itinerary. Services of an accompanying English speaking guide. Entrance fees – for single visit only. Assistance on arrival and departure. All currently applicable taxes, Current airport tax and fuel surcharge (subject to change) for the domestic flights, Soft sleeper train from Beijing to Xi’an with 4-berth sharing cabin based on per person per bed (subject to current availability)

Note: 5 star and luxury clients will take the evening flight to Xi’an instead of train and Overnight in Xi’an

Clients can upgrade the overnight soft sleeper train to superior soft sleeper or extra superior soft sleeper at additional cost
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned. International or domestic flight airfares and Airport Taxes. Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic/non- alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance etc. Any alcoholic beverage (consumption on direct payment basis), Tips for guides and drivers, Visa Fee (if needed) Surcharge during Exhibitions in Shanghai and Chengdu (dates are to be advised) Surcharge during the public holiday, Any surcharge announced by government after this quotation, Early check-in or late check-out or day use room, National guide, FOC, Separate luggage van, Surcharge of overweight luggage (in case of exceeding 20 Kilo per piece)

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Pricing Details
  3-Star 4-Star 5-Star Luxury
Double £$5116 £$5400 £$6673 N/A
Single £$7542 £$8115 £$10662 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Beijing

After arriving in Beijing be met at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Beijing is China's capital city and the starting point of this culinary pilgrimage. Here one can not only find Beijing cuisine, but cuisines from all corners of China including Uighur, Sichuan, Cantonese, as well as international food. Time to roll up those sleeves and dig in!

After arriving in Beijing be met at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Beijing is China's capital city and the starting point of this culinary pilgrimage. Here one can not only find Beijing cuisine, but cuisines from all corners of China including Uighur, Sichuan, Cantonese, as well as international food. Time to roll up those sleeves and dig in!

Day
2

Beijing – Forbidden City

The day starts from the center of Beijing walking Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. This was once the Chinese Imperial Palace and has a history of almost five hundred years. It is said to be the world's largest existing palace complex with 999.5 rooms. While walking in the city, one can retrace the Chinese history from Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. After lunch, visit Jingshan Park. "Jingshan" literally means Prospect Hill. The hill inside the park is "Coal Hill," which overlooks the Forbidden City. Walk to the top of Coal Hill for a bird's eye view of the Forbidden City's yellow rooftops. ...read less

Day
3

Beijing, Hutong and Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Today, experience Beijing and its food in a more modest way by walking through the Hutongs, narrow alleys in old Beijing, on a "Hutong food walk." This will include traditional local dishes and those from other parts of China. Start at the center of Beijing at the Bell Tower to taste Beijinger's traditional dishes before walking through the market, and have lunch at an authentic Uighur restaurant. Finish at Houhai Lake area where Yampu Travelers are free to explore. In the afternoon transfer to Huanghuacheng Great Wall for a short hike. Huanghuacheng, literally means "Yellow Flower", which is known as the only Great Wall section that is submerged in water. Hike the west wing of Huanghuacheng, pass several fruit yards and bushes towards Yaoziyu Village. Finish the hike in nearby village and overnight. ...read less

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Day
4

Beijing, Mutianyu Great Wall

This morning depart for the Mutianyu Great Wall for a hike along this Chinese icon. This section was built and restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) on the remnants of a Wall originally built in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 577). The Mutianyu Great Wall has been restored and renovated and is mainly steps. Return to the city in the evening for the famous Peking Duck, a famous dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the Imperial era and is now one of China's national foods. Ducks are bred especially for the dish, which consists mostly of the thick, crisp skin with a moderate amount of meat, which the cook carves in front of the guests. The duck is generally eaten together with thin pancake wraps, spring onions and hoisin sauce. ...read less

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5

Xi’an, Warriors and Cycling the City Wall

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Terracotta Warrior Museum. The Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors is praised as 'the eighth wonder of the world and provides a fascinating glimpse into the ancient world. The silent army and its impact on Chinese culture represent a wonderful highlight of any tour. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient building, one of the oldest surviving structures of its kind in China. This evening, take in the exciting Tang Dynasty Show with dinner in the Grand Theater. ...read less

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Day
6

Xi’an to Chengdu, The Life of a Chengdu Local

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Morning flight to Chengdu. Chengdu is well-known for two things: its relaxed lifestyle and adorable pandas. The city itself is awash with colorful characters that should make for some interesting subject matter, especially when viewed down the lens of a camera. Today is the day of being a Chengdu local. Upon arrival, visit a local park to see a typical weekend here, join some local dance, sip some tea, play Chinese chess and learn to play Mahjong, a traditional Chinese game using little cubes instead of playing cards. Mahjong is an essential part of the locals' daily life, and one will see it being played in people's houses, in tea houses and even on the footpath if the weather is conducive. Later in the day, watch a Sichuan Opera - the art of Bian-Lian or face-changing. ...read less

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Day
7

Chengdu

Today, visit the Chengdu Culinary Museum to trace the history of Chinese food back to B.C. Enjoy a cooking class to learn the famous Sichuan food while visiting. In the afternoon visit Qingchengshan, a lush holy mountain that has been a Taoist retreat for more than 2000 years. In the evening, explore the night market in Chengdu for quick snacks and shaokao, which is a local barbecue featuring chili-rubbed grilled skewers of meat and veggies. These treats are local favorites and are quite hard to find. Most of them are hidden in small hole-in-the-wall restaurants or temporary evening markets. Sichuan cuisine: A prominent style of Chinese cuisine famed for its intense flavors, particularly the pungency and spiciness resulting from copious use of garlic and chili peppers, as well as the unique Sichuan Peppercorn. Some of the more recognized Sichuan dishes include Sichuan Hot Pot, Spicy deep-fried chicken, and Dandan noodles. ...read less

Day
8

Chengdu - Shanghai

Early this morning, transfer to the Giant Panda Breeding Center for a close look at this amazing animal. After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai.

Early this morning, transfer to the Giant Panda Breeding Center for a close look at this amazing animal. After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai.

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Day
9

A day biking in Shanghai

Today, see the city on a bicycle. Starting from Xiangyang Park, ride through Cite Bourgogne; Stone-gate buildings, Former Residence of Song Ziwen; Tianzifang, Huaiyuanfang, Residence of Zhou En Lai.

Today, see the city on a bicycle. Starting from Xiangyang Park, ride through Cite Bourgogne; Stone-gate buildings, Former Residence of Song Ziwen; Tianzifang, Huaiyuanfang, Residence of Zhou En Lai.

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10

Shanghai

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Morning walk around the French Concession, where there was a foreign concession from late 18th to early 20th century. Today, the catholic cathedrals and European style houses that give the area a distinct character can still be seen. Walk around in Xintiandi & Tianzifang area. Enjoy cooking lessons at a private kitchen, taught by a five-star hotel chef. Learn two typical Shanghai dishes at the kitchen, then enjoy one's own cooking for lunch! Shanghai cuisine: Quintessentially characterized by the use of alcohol. Fish, crab and chicken are usually drunken with spirits before being cooked briskly or even served raw. The use of sugar in combination with soy sauce is also common in Shanghai dishes as is most notable in Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs. ...read less

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Day
11

Day at Leisure

Today is free to explore. If one is interested in art, the Suzhou Creek Art District and Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, are good choices. For history buffs, a walk around the Old Town neighborhood and a visit to Sun Yatsen's Former Residence could be done. If one is a fan of new modern architecture, Shanghai World Financial Center, towers 414 meters above the ground and will not disappoint. Finally, for the shoppers, Shanghai has a range of everything from mega malls to independent boutiques, offering great bargains where everyone can satisfy their needs. ...read less

Day
12

Shanghai - Home

After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back home.

After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back home.

Beijing, China

Xian, Shaanxi, China

Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Shanghai, China

Places You'll See

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    Beijing

    Located in Northern China, Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Throughout the Country’s long history the ancient city of Beijing has been the center for trade and politics, and is home to many culturally significant landmarks. Walk through the Famous Tiananmen Square, located at the center of Beijing City, and witness the immense historical wealth that the Forbidden City has to offer. Of course, no visit to china is complete without a visit to The Great Wall to admire the massive military defense system of ancient China.

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    Xi’an

    Located near Central China, Xi’an is another historical city of great importance to the development of this culturally rich country. Once the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and home to the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, the city of Xi’an has been a part of more than 3,000 years of history. Over 1,100 years Xi’an was the capital city of ancient dynasties, gracing the city with an amazing historical heritage.

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    Chengdu

    Home to China’s famous Giant Panda is Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwest Sichuan Province. Benefiting from Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, constructed in 256 B.C., Sichuan Province is reputed as the Heavenly State with its natural resources.

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    Shanghai

    Located in the estuary of the Yangtze River is the influential city of Shanghai. A fine combination of modern and traditional, Shanghai is the perfect open display of history and culture, along with human development. Take in the magnificent views from the Bund, admiring the modern architecture before walking China’s premier shopping street, Nanjing Road. Walk the famous classical Yuyuan Garden just before visiting a venerable and famous Buddhist temple, home to the Jade Buddha.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Beijing : Hotel Kapok

Xi'an : Zuoyouke

Chengdu : Xinliang

Shanghai : Shanghai Holiday Inn Vista

5 Star Properties

Beijing : St.Regis

Xi'an : Hilton Xi’an

Chengdu : Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel

Shanghai : Fairmont Peace Hotel

Luxury Properties

Beijing : Aman at Summer Palace Beijing

Xi'an : Sofitel on Renming Square

Shanghai : Park Hyatt Shanghai

Testimonials

Jim, Travel Agent

Traveled July, 2016

An incredible time……

WOW!!!…..

Just had Evelyn on the phone for over an hour and they had an incredible time……

“Very impressed with China and learned a lot! We loved our experience in Tibet. The people are lovely and scenery magnificent. We had very accommodating and thoughtful guides. Very helpful.”

Flights in China were great and no delays, hotels were awesome, guides were wonderful, tours were perfect and even the train worked out. The 8th person on the train was a young Tibetan woman and they felt safe with her in the compartment.

Once again, a total success and very happy clients….

 

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