Join a gastronomic adventure to visit China's most famous gourmet cities with Bridge2you - the first in Europe specializing in gastronomic tours to China. Take a journey of Chinese culinary discovery tasting the authentic Chinese food, experiencing the Chinese fine dining, appreciating the magic of the Chinese cuisine, and exploring the secret of the Chinese culinary art.
Beijing is the capital city of China. Beijing offers China's most wonderful array of attractions, including the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen square, the Summer Palace, and the Great Wall. Its cuisine is primarily northern style. But since Beijing has been the Chinese capital for centuries, its cuisine has been influenced by culinary traditions from all over China. On top of the pyramid stand the imperial cuisine and the officials cuisine.
In Southwest China, surrounded by mountains, lies a fertile plain known as "The Land of Abundance", where sits Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. The birthplace of Sichuan cuisine. Famous for its numb-and-spicy tastes, Sichuan cuisine actually offers much more. It is the capital of seasonings and the heaven of flavor.
With enchanting natural beauty and abundant cultural heritages, Hangzhou is known as 'Heaven on Earth' and one of China's most important tourist venues. Hangzhou has been reputed as the City of Gourmet Food. It represents Zhejiang cuisine - one of the 8 major Chinese cuisines. The cuisine features fresh ingredients, elaborate preparation, sophisticated cooking and natural flavor.
A place where the old and new, the tradition and modern are mingled perfectly. Bearing the same nature as the city, through assimilating, integrating and refining the culinary art in the surrounding provinces, Shanghai successfully created their own style of cooking - a greater use of soy sauce, sugar, rice wine and rice vinegar than other regional cuisines.
Dinner with everything with duck. Peking Duck is the most famous Chinese dish in the world. To start the trip with a lasting and unforgettable memory, we have selected one of the best restaurants in China for Peking Duck. Besides this wellknown dish, you will enjoy many delicious mouthwatering dishes - all with duck!!
Dinner for imperial cuisine. To get a feeling of what the imperial food looks like and tastes, you will be dining in a restaurant with set menu of 8-10 dishes prepared by chefs who are highly skillful in imperial cuisine.
Dinner of typical food of northwestern China. For dinner, we will take you to a restaurant famous for refined Northwestern cuisine. They have brought back some ancient recipes on their menu and lifted the traditional northwestern dishes to a completely new level of fine dining.
Dinner of Shandong cuisine. Today you will explore the Shandong cuisine. In Chinas 8 major regional culinary schools, it is the earliest and one of the most influential and popular cuisines in China. Shandong Province is the birthplace of Confucius, and Shandong cuisine embodies the dining concept of "Eat no food but whats of the best quality; eat no meat but whats finely minced". It emphasizes purity of the seasonings and is a little salty. It features freshness, tenderness, aroma and crispness. There are over 30 kinds of common cooking techniques, of which, "bao (quick stir-frying), chao (frying), shao (stewing), ta (boiling) and pa (braising)" are outstanding.
Dinner with the taste the local flavor. As a starting point to explore Sichuan cuisine, you will be dining in a restaurant famous for authentic and refined Sichuan food. They make the traditional dishes with style, complexity and delicacy. Most importantly, it tastes delicious.
Dinner with medicine cuisine. Medicine cuisine as a special branch of cooking can be found only in China. The Chinese way of looking at health lies in its philosophy of food and medicine sharing the same roots. This firm belief has led to the introduction of many edible plants and herbs. With the effects of disease prevention and health preservation, they have become regular dishes in Chinese cuisine. At the same time there is the pursuit of refinement in cooking. To experience these unique Chinese foods, we have chosen a restaurant specializing in medicine cuisine for today's dinner.
Dinner with the art of cooking. Dinner will be in a restaurant named by some food critics as the best Chinese restaurant. It demonstrates how the traditional Chinese cooking can be modern, innovative and creative. The food is not only delicate and delicious but the work of art.
Taste what you prepare for you cooking class and explore the surroundings, to learn about the local life and food, on your free time.
Dinner: tasting Hangzhou. Hangzhou is the major birthplace of Zhejiang cuisine. The restaurant where you will be having dinner is an old name with the reputation for real authentic Hangzhou food. Their dishes are original, delicious and genuinely tasteful.
Lunch for gastronomic discovery with local produces. Lunch will be in a restaurant which uses the best seasonal local produces to cook healthy, elegant, delicate and tasty dishes of their own invention.
Lunch with refined Zhejiang cuisine. Lunch will be the experience of Hangzhou food. The restaurant we have chosen is one of the best restaurants specializing in Hangzhou cuisine and top 50 in China 2011. With several Chinese cooking masters and famous chefs, it offers not only the famous local traditional dishes but their own created food with style, originality and delicacy.
Dinner for innovative cooking. In the evening, you will be dining in a well known and elegant restaurant, which serves refined Jiangsu cuisine and fusion dishes of Shanghai style.
You will learn some easy-to-make and yummy Chinese home cooking dishes and eat these up with the chef's family and, after lunch, nearby ancient water town where you will find lots of local dumplings and street food. If you see some vendors frying up the "stinky" tofu, try it! This stuff smells really bad, but tastes wonderful
Lunch break for exquisite Shanghai dim sum. Vegetarian dinner. In the evening, you will be taken to a vegetarian restaurant in a Buddhist temple, which embodies both artistic uniqueness of modern decor and cultural feature of Buddhist religion. Vegetarian food in China has a long history and was developed to a higher level by Buddhist temples. The Shanghai-style modern veggie cuisine is based on traditional Buddhist cooking and assimilated with modern way of preparation. They are superior in color, flavor, taste and texture.
During your free time, you can explore the city and do some shopping or street food trip at your own expense. An optional guided day tour to Mutianyu great wall is available on the 4th day. There is an optional evening guided walk around Hefang street and food tasting at extra fee on 11th day.