Hias Gourmet has been in Beijing for more than a decade, so we understand the city deeply and want to share this knowledge with you when you travel. And for us this means throwing our guests (gently) into the local culture and cuisine.
Why do we focus on Chinese food rather than Tian’anmen Square or the Forbidden City? Well, obviously it’s fun and delicious – and sometimes challenging – but we believe that it also gives you a tangible and lingering insight into the modern way of life and the history that brought it here.
The Hias Gourmet team is a small group of enthusiastic food lovers. We take our time to find interesting eats that reveal China in wonderful ways to you.
Our mission is to make a difference to your experience in China through the universal language of food. It’s our goal to give you a more profound and interesting experience than you would be able to access by yourself, to provide an authentic and honest service that you feel secure with, and to promote mutual understanding and respect between cultures. We are a cultural exchange organisation, and food is our medium. At the heart of what we do is a passion for bringing cultures together and, in particular, giving you a unique window into the culture of China.
Hias Gourmet believes in equal opportunity and cultural diversity and we do not limit ourselves to expat guides only – we value the stories and knowledge that everyone from every culture can bring to a tour. Our team is a mixture of locals and expats, each with their own special perspective on Chinese cuisine and culture. As a company we frown on stasis and pursue constant growth and development, pushing every person within the company to expand their knowledge and skills.
our food walks
Our food tours are “non-tour” tours. No matching hats. No glaring loud speakers. No guide blankly rattling off 1000 facts. They are 2-3 hour food hunts through the heart of Beijing, giving guests an insider’s look into the city and its food. Our goal is to go above and beyond the standard tourist experience, helping guests to access experiences and flavours that they wouldn’t get on another tour. We take them to the kind of places that locals love but which outsiders might miss or be too afraid to go into alone.
Our guests are typically well traveled and well versed in food and cookery. So it’s not just about feeding them or handing them a menu – it about connecting them to the story of China’s food. The tours are small and intimate – just six to eight guests.
Hias Gourmet guides:
- are passionate about Chinese food and love trying new dishes.
- have a sound knowledge of China and her food, sights and culture.
- give engaging, fun and knowledgeable tours.
- constantly drive themselves independently and through company training to learn about Chinese food and history, and share this information with guests.
- go beyond the basic A to B itinerary to give guests insights into the city and high-value experiences.
- have conversational Mandarin and fluent English.
- have lived in Beijing for at least 2 years.
- are obsessed with punctuality.
- are well organised.
- have a lively interest in other people’s experiences and an ability to create personal relationships with each tour participant.
- are honest, down-to-earth, and professional.