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2-Hour Small-Group Culinary Market Tour in Beijing

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If you love to cook and would like to extend your repertoire to Chinese food, this Beijing food market tour is for you. Your local foodie guide will teach you about local ingredients, how to buy them, and how to use them as you explore one of the city’s most colorful markets—a favorite with fashionable chefs. 
  • 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Beijing, China
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Travellers 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 travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Kirby A wrote a review Aug 2019
Singapore, Singapore85 contributions13 helpful votes
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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Rebecca wrote a review Apr 2019
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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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Date of experience: April 2019
Amanda2327 wrote a review Jan 2018
San Francisco, California64 contributions14 helpful votes
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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Date of experience: December 2017
Elizabeth R wrote a review Sep 2017
Los Angeles, California6 contributions8 helpful votes
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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Date of experience: September 2017
Norsta wrote a review May 2017
Beijing, China13 contributions5 helpful votes
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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Date of experience: April 2017
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