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Food Lover's Guide to Beijing

Food Lover's Guide to Beijing

The best flavors of China are on the menus of Beijing, China's capital city. Influenced by its neighboring regions as well as the imperial cuisine of the Forbidden City, the food is characterized by its bold flavors and hearty preparations. Here are a few favorite foods and activities you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes

Beijing's most famous dish, the crispy-skinned, juicy-on-the-inside Peking duck, is often served with rice flour wraps, cucumbers, green onions and a sweet, salty hoisin sauce.

While rice dishes are popular in the south of China, the north leans more toward noodles and dumplings called jaozi, which come stuffed with shrimp, pork and a variety of vegetables. To satisfy a hankering for noodles, try Zhajiang noodles, a hand-pulled wheat variery served with minced pork and a smoky fermented soy bean paste sauce. And on a cold day in Beijing, nothing beats a bubbling lamb hot pot —a dish once enjoyed by Qing Dynasty royalty.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Set aside an evening to feast on Peking duck before attending a famous Chinese acrobatic show, an iconic experience in the Chinese capital.
  • Eat like a local and sample a variety of different foodson a street food tour. Opt for one in the Beijing hutongs to get a feel for some of the city's most interesting neighborhoods.
  • Take the flavors of Beijing home with you by learning new recipes at a cooking class (dumplings, anyone?)
  • Gain an understanding of Beijing's culture and cuisine bytouring one of the many food markets anddining with a local family.
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Beijing Private Hutong Food Walking Tour

Beijing Private Hutong Food Walking Tour

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Go off the beaten path in Beijing to visit a ‘hutong' (traditional-style neighborhood) with an experienced private guide for an authentic experience of local Chinese cuisine and the rich culture of old Beijing. Visit the produce market and sample more than 20 different dishes at a range of small eateries including locally owned shops, bakeries and restaurants. Meet the owners and learn about Chinese culinary customs from your guide. Your 4-hour tour includes all food tastings, a great treat for foodies!
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  • 4 hours
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Beijing Roast Duck Banquet and Acrobatics Show with VIP Seats Evening Tour

Beijing Roast Duck Banquet and Acrobatics Show with VIP Seats Evening Tour

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Feast your senses on the spectacular sights of an acrobatic show and the tantalizing taste of Peking duck during an exciting 4-hour experience in Beijing. Dine upon an exquisite banquet comprising of signature Beijing specialty, Peking duck, then enjoy an evening of enthralling entertainment from a troupe of talented acrobats. Marvel at the flexibility of the acrobatics as an elegant performance unravels beside melodious music. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from selected Beijing hotels on this tour. 
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