Foodie Tour of China: Learn Classic Chinese Dishes at Cooking School

A trip to China proves the kingdom is not only about a fast-growing economy or handsome heritage architectures – it also has great food. To most gourmands, the mere mention of China makes the mouth water.

This mysterious oriental country is home to many of the world’s richest and most subtle flavors, and oldest foods. The trip spent in each city or town of the country is an endless feast. But to create an ultimate foodie tour through China for authentic experiences to get a deep insight into China’s real life and better know its culture, travelers are encouraged to learn to cook the regional food in different places during a tour – which Easy Tour China can arrange!

Recommended China Culinary Tour

In Beijing

It will be a cool and enjoyable experience to learn to cook inside a Beijing hutong. In a traditional courtyard house, travelers can learn a variety of Chinese cuisines (Beijing cuisine has absorbed the essence of the other cuisines in China) – and all the classes are hands-on. Improve your skills at making dumplings, sauted chicken cubes with chilli and peanuts, and even Peking duck.

China food tour

In Chengdu

The cultural city of Chengdu offers a lot to world travelers including the panda tour, the historical sites, the holy mountains and the spicy Sichuan cuisine. A cooking class can be arranged in the Chengdu Sichuan Cuisine Museum of typical Sichuan garden architecture. Here you’ll have a unique gourmet tour: taste some of the famous Sichuan snacks and the wines, discover many ancient cooking utensils, learn & cook classical Sichuan dishes, and exchange cooking experience with expert cook.

Sichuan food tour

China gourmet tour Chengdu food tour

In Huangshan

Huangshan’s Hui Cuisine is one of the eight great cuisines of China and has a history of over 1000 years. Thanks to Hui merchants of ancient times, Hui Cuisine spread to Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian and Shanghai, and affected local foods and diet habits. The characterful Pig’s Heaven Inn does not only offer lovely accommodation with antique furniture, but also the cooking class to learn authentic Huizhou dishes.

China cooking school

Tour to Yellow Mountain

In Yangshuo

One of the top activities to do in Yangshuo, a cooking class to learn local dishes (e.g. Yanshuo beer fish, steamed stuffed vegetables) is recommended to all. The cooking school locates in the countryside by Li River. Walking through the original Chinese farms to visit the local markets for fresh food materials, one cannot fail to appreciate picturesque landscape of Yangshuo and its pristine and intoxicating atmosphere. Travelers can choose from the day-course or the week-long intensive course.

Yangshuo cooking school

Yangshuo landscape

Home style cooking classes are also available in other cities like Xian, Shanghai and remote towns and villages in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces (when doing a home visit). You may contact us for a tailor-made culinary tour to China.

China foodie tour

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World’s Most Dangerous Village Locates on a Lofty, Steep Cliff

World’s Most Dangerous place

Surprisingly located on a 1752-meter-high cliff of Mt. Taihang in Henan Province, Guoliang Village (郭亮村) is considered as the most dangerous village in the world, and can be reached only by a 720-stairs ‘Celestial Ladder’.

 

Getting to Guoliang Village was so difficult, but the isolation from the outside world helped the local people keep their customs and untouched amazing natural scenery.

China's most dangerous place 

To go out of the poor mountain area and allow children to reach out to the wider world, in 1972, 13 male villagers began to dig a tunnel. They conquered all the difficulties – no electricity, no any modern machinery, and finally dig and carved a 1300-meter-long tunnel through the cliff in 6 years, with only hammers and drilling steels. Thanks to the magical tunnel, today Guoliang Village can be accessible by vehicles.

China’s Most Dangerous road

The Guoliang Tunnel or Guoliang Hanging Highway is one of the craziest roads in China and named the ‘the ninth wonder of the world’.

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Explore China’s Most Famous Water Town Wuzhen with Photos

Make a romantic approach to China’s ancient water town Wuzhen, and enjoy the peaceful and relaxing hours by boating on the limpid river, roaming in the century-old streets, or drinking a cup of tea in a quint tea house with subtle traditional music – you will feel as if you were in a captivating Chinese ink painting!

tour to Wuzhen Water Town

In east of China, Wuzhen has a history of over 7000 years, and still keeps its elegant original look.

Wuzhen travel guide

The intriguing Chinese ancient town with diverse arched bridges, narrow lanes and old dwellings of blue brick flies and white walls, painted pillars and carved beams is about to take us back to the past…

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3-day Hangzhou Tour

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trip to Wuzhen

Wuzhen Town travel tips

Wuzhen Travel tips

Wuzhen are particularly enchanting when the night falls and the lanterns are lighted. If you are looking for a boisterous place, go enjoy the fun with others around the ancient theaters.

Wuzhen Water Town night view

Basic Wuzhen travel guide:

1. Allow yourself at least two days to explore the most of Wuzhen.

2. Wuzhen consists of Dongzha and Xizha. The smaller Dongzha is more pristine, while Xizha features more beautiful night scene.

3. The accommodation in Wuzhen: there are star-rated hotels, boutique hotels, and budget guesthouses.

travel to Wuzhen Water Town

4. How to get to Wuzhen Water Town:

From Hangzhou – Option 1: take the bullet train to Tongxiang city, then change for a cab or bus from Tongxiang train station to Wuzhen. Option 2: Take the express bus from Hangzhou East Bust Station directly to Wuzhen.

From Shanghai – Option 1: take the bullet train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Tongxiang city, then change for a cab or bus from Tongxiang train station to Wuzhen. Option 2: take the express bus from Shanghai South Bus Station directly to Wuzhen.

Tea Time at Laoshe Teahouse: Experiencing Unique Beijing Culture

Laoshe Teahouse was built in 1988 by Mr. Shengxi Yin, to commemorate Mr. Laoshe, one of the representatives of traditional Beijing Culture, and his magnum opus Tea House. Ever since its opening, the tea house has been a desirable place for both tea lovers and Chinese culture vultures.

Location: No. 3, the west street of Qianmen, Xicheng District Beijing 

best Beijing Tea house

Of over 500 tea houses in Beijing, Laoshe Teahouse stands out not only for the association with cultural celebrities, but also for its origin from stall tea or Dawancha (Big Bowl Tea). Inspired by the play of Tea House, Laoshe Teahouse attaches much importance to the Beijing local culture traditions and lifestyle, apart from ancient tea culture.

Take our Tea Culture Tours to disover China in depth with the begin of a singe cup of tea

Beijing tea culture 

Constant change has made Beijing a brand-new metropolis, though, the ancient capital has much more to offer beyond the gaudily ornate buildings.  

Laoshe Teahouse is one of the most well-known ‘trendy’ areas of Beijing and incredibly cool. From food to fun, from waiter’s dialect to architectural design, everything creates a Beijing-style cultural ambience. The three-floor building is of typical Beijing courtyard design, and involves traditional art and modern comforts. Travelers may find it to be a folklore museum by seeing its elegant old-fashioned tables and chairs, palace lanterns, painting &calligraphy works and couplets hung on the walls, as well as the memorable sculptures and pictures. It’s worth mentioning that Laoshe Teahouse has received 47 heads of state such as former U.S. President George W. Bush, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Beijing culture tour

The performing artists of Laoshe Teahouse keep the traditional Beijing art alive 

Difference tea ceremony performances, including oolong tea ceremony, farm tea ceremony, and jasmine tea ceremony are available in Laoshe Teahouse. Here you can also taste various traditional foods and snacks of Beijing or Shanxi or Shandong flavor.

Chinese tea ceremony

Most travelers to Laoshe Teahouse are most impressed by the various forms of traditional performances: Peking Opera, Chinese shadow puppetry, dramas, plays, ancient music, ancient dancing, comic dialogue (cross talk), acrobatics, oral stunts, Chinese Kung Fu, face changing of Sichuan Opera, etc. With a different culture background and difference languages, international travelers may not fully understand the stories or what performers try to express, but most people are able to feel the charm of traditional Beijing art and also take a deep look into Chinese culture.

You know what, many traditions and traditional artistic forms in China are disappearing or are in danger of disappearing. So the performing artists in Laoshe Teahouse are trying their best to keep the traditions and arts alive.

Beijing Opera at tea house Chinese tea house performance