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2-Hour Small-Group Culinary Market Tour in Beijing

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Kiss goodbye to your fears of Chinese food shopping on this 2-hour small-group culinary walking tour. You'll learn the ins and outs of shopping for food the Chinese way, discover a host of new flavors, and learn how to incorporate them into your own dishes under the tutelage of a knowledgeable local guide.
  • Soak up the colors, scents, and flavors of a vibrant Beijing market
  • Discover the key ingredients of Chinese cuisine—and how to use them
  • Learn how to shop for Chinese produce and condiments like a local
  • Small group ensures personal attention from your foodie guide
What to Expect
Meet your guide and small group at Guloudajie subway station then stroll to a nearby market, favored by chefs at the street's hip restaurants. Absorb the sights, sounds, colors, and scents as your foodie guide explains the principles of Chinese cuisine. Discover how to buy and use traditional Chinese ingredients. Learn about China’s eight great regional cuisines and the different sauces, spices, and condiments each region favors. Understand some of the basic ingredients that go into traditional Chinese medicine, and the principles that underpin it. Along the way, savor tastings and purchase what takes your fancy with your guide on hand as translator. Your tour ends in the market but your guide can direct you to the subway or help you find a taxi.
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Departure Point
Gulou subway station
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Return Details
Central Beijing market
  • Local guide
  • Small-group walking tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Adult pricing applies to all guests
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This is a tour of the largest market in Beijing. It's good if you are really into local food markets, are a Chef or have recently moved to Beijing and need help navigating buying your fresh produce. I'd say this is for travellers seeking a more authentic experience .
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Fascinating, bustling market, with plenty of new ingredients to learn about, and a helpful guide to explain more about how to identify different ingredients and how to use them in cooking. Also we got to taste some fresh and tasty snacks like meat-filled pancakes, fresh fruit,
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I had no idea there are so many kinds of teas, from so many places, and made using so many different techniques. Our guide from The Hutong Center met us at the Tea Market in Maliandalo--an enormous building filled to the brim with tea merchants. We visited 5 different shops,
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I loved the culinary market tour with Michelle. She was super cool and knowledgeable. And she's from New Zealand so her English was perfect. But she's been in China 20 years so she knew what she was talking about. She encouraged me to try new things without being pushy. And
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So far, I have participated in three different cooking classes (Yunnan cuisine, dumplings and noodles - always with Michelle as instructor) and I will definately be back for more. Always great fun - very well organized, very instructive with lots of attention to each participant
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