Sneak away from the tourist hotspots on one of our most in-depth food tours, Drink + Eat + See. It will expand your understanding and appreciation of Chinese tea, and introduce you to Beijing’s delicious traditional food and fascinating local culture.
If you’re only in Beijing for a few days or just want to pack as much as you can in to a single experience, this is the tour for you. This half-day tour combines a 1-2 hour tea class with our Hidden Beijing tour, then, if you still have more time and energy, we can finish off the tour with a stroll over to the scenic Houhai area.
In the tea class you’ll get to try 3 different types of Chinese tea, while learning more about how Chinese tea is processed, how it is traditionally drunk, the various varieties of tea, tea ceremony equipment and more.
Following this we begin the Hidden Beijing tour route. This tour immerses you in the real life of Old Beijing, where the ancient hutong neighbourhoods bustle with life and vendors pass by on carts laden with fresh vegetables and snacks. Discover the authentic side of Beijing, free of hatted tourist groups and souvenir shops. We’ll guide you through a part of the city that you might not otherwise see if left to your own devices. You’ll taste the local favourite breakfast foods along the way as we stop beside residents to shop from the streetside vendors and stores. The Hidden Beijing walking tour will give you a raw and undecorated insight into what life and food is really like for Beijingers today.
The walk leads us along hutongs past Chinese bakers and noodle makers, Muslim eateries, fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers, a gorgeous Chinese alcohol producer, and many other interesting sites. We will guide you through a host of ingredients prized in Chinese cooking, from fresh lotus root to home-made fragrant sesame oil.
This tour gives you lots of opportunities to shop for tea, tea equipment and fresh groceries, and, if you like, we can also drop you off at Nanluoguxiang so that you can do some hard-core souvenir shopping. Our guides do not receive any commission for sales at any of the vendors or stores we visit, so you need feel no obligation to buy.
Days: Tuesdays & Fridays
Time: 9:15am – 1:30pm
Price: US $110 per person
Minimum: 2 people*
Maximum: 8 people
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Day and time flexible
1 person: US $196
2 people: US $150 pp
3 people: US $140 pp
4-6 people: US $130 pp
7-10 people: US $120 pp
11-15 people: US $100 pp
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*We require a minimum of two guests for join-in tours. However, if you are a solo traveller and we have no other bookings for your desired date, we can offer a special “solo booking” rate for join-in tours. We will contact you about this if applicable.