10 Days Chinese Cookery Course in China

  • Shanghai - Guilin - Yangshuo

Overview

Chinese Culture Tour and Cooking Vacations in China

During this vacation, your will visit legendary Chinese destinations such as Shanghai, Guilin, and Yangshuo, and enjoy multiple cultural attractions. This is a unique holiday with three mornings at a cookery school in Yangshuo. You will definitely enjoy tai chi classes every evening, a spectacular open-air sonnet lumiere show, and visits to several supremely picturesque villages, caves and mountains nearby. This culinary vacation is also a unique chance to learn to cook authentic Chinese cuisine and impress your friends back home!

Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes
  • Authentic Chinese recipes
  • Visits to ancient villages and the Silver Cave
  • Spectacular open-air sonnet lumiere show
  • The renowned Li River cruise
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily tai chi classes
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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You will spend one night in four-star Guilin Bravo Hotel in Guilin, two nights in 5-star Shanghai Ocean Hotel in Shanghai, and six nights in five-star Green Lotus Hotel in Yangshuo. China Holidays' featured hotels are carefully hand-picked and checked by the companys team on regular visits to China. All hotels featured include private en-suite facilities. Its a common international practice to vacate hotel rooms by noon and check-in is allowed after this time.

Day 1 - Shanghai

On arrival to Shanghai, transfer to the 4-star Shanghai Ocean Hotel for a 2-night stay. Enjoy a welcome dinner.

Meal plan: dinner.

Day 2 - Shanghai

Stroll around the delightful Yuyuan Garden, its ponds, pavilions, paths, and plants that create an infinitely varied series of exquisite views. This garden was laid out over 400 years ago by an official for his aged parents, and it has changed little since. Admire the jewel-encrusted white jade statues in the Jade Buddha Temple, and then visit the impressive Shanghai Museum that is home to an immense number of China's greatest ancient treasures - bronzes, ceramics, paintings, crafts, calligraphy, and furniture. Tonight, attend a spectacular acrobatic show and marvel at the skill and daring of the artists.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3 - Guilin

Fly to Guilin this morning, a city named after its fragrant sweet Osmanthus trees that flourish amidst the dreamy landscapes of karst mountains and rivers. On arrival, visit the Tea Research Institute, once the exclusive tea garden for the Ming emperors, and nowadays, a leading organic producer of fine quality teas. Continue to Daxu, a charming, story-book old village of traditional wood and stone houses where life proceeds pretty much as it has done since the Ming Dynasty. Stay overnight at the 4-star Guilin Bravo Hotel.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 4 - Yangshuo

Today, enjoy the renowned Li River cruise to Yangshuo. The views from the boat are endlessly fascinating, and you can see countless limestone peaks shrouded in mist and covered in pine trees. On arrival to Yangshuo, explore the busy handicraft stalls along West Street, perfect for last-minute presents, and check in at the Green Lotus Hotel for a six-night stay in a deluxe room. Tonight, attend a spectacular show, Impressions of Liu San Jie, performed on water with the 600-strong cast on bamboo rafts.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5 - Yangshuo

This morning, you will have the first cookery class, at the Yangshuo Cookery School situated right by the Li River. Your English speaking teachers take you to the local market to select the freshest ingredients, and then take you through the preparation of five dishes which you will have for lunch, sitting out by the river - you will have plenty of hands-on experience and recipes so that you can successfully recreate the dishes at home. In the afternoon, you will climb on Moon Hill for fantastic views, and see the 1,400-year-old and 55-feet-high Big Banyan Tree before your first tai chi class.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 6 - Yangshuo

Today, explore Silver Cave inside one of the karst mountains, where a clear underground river wends its way past shimmering stalagmites and stalactites that have created bizarre natural sculptures. Later visit Jiuxian Garden Village, a 1,400-year-old traditional village that is the subject of a unique conservation and regeneration project to preserve its culture and architecture with botanical gardens, a tea house, guest house and health centre also being created alongside the renovations of its Ming-era buildings. Take another tai chi class this evening.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 7 - Yangshuo

Prepare more local specialties at the cookery school this morning, and after lunch take a gentle stroll along the banks of the river, watching women in coolie hats washing their clothes, men fishing, and buffalo bathing. Round off a relaxing day with your nightly tai chi.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 8 - Yangshuo

On the curve of a river, many miles away from Yangshuo, there is the ancient farming village of Huangyao. The flagstones have been polished to sheen by centuries of footsteps, ancestral temples, and shrines abound, graceful bridges span the rivers and creeks, and an air of timelessness pervades the tiny community, surrounded on all sides and thereby isolated from the world by the steep mountains that stand guard over it tai chi this evening will relax you after your excursion.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 9 - Yangshuo

Spend another morning at the cookery school, mastering new dishes and learning more about the region's cuisine. After lunch, take a short trip out to Fuli village where traditional hand-painted paper fans and scrolls are made in the old riverside workshops - and there is certainly plenty of inspiration for painting in the unique scenery around. Enjoy your final tai chi class.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 10 - Guilin and Hong-Kong

  • Drive back to Guilin and fly to Hong Kong to depart home.
  • Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Admire the jewel-encrusted white jade statues in the Jade Buddha Temple

Attend a spectacular acrobatics show

Attend a spectacular show Impressions of Liu San Jie

Climb on Moon Hill for fantastic views

Enjoy the renowned Li River cruise to Yangshuo

Stroll around the delightful Yuyuan Garden

Take a short trip out to Fuli village where traditional hand-painted paper fans and scrolls are made

Visit Jiuxian Garden Village

Visit the ancient farming village of Huangyao

Visit the impressive Shanghai Museum

Visit the Tea Research Institute

This retreat will take place in China, and you will visit Shanghai, Guilin, and Yangshuo.

You will have western buffet breakfasts in your hotel; lunch and dinner will be arranged in local Chinese restaurants which are approved by the national tourism administration or local tourism bureau and therefore are reliable in terms of hygiene and quality. China Holidays can certainly arrange western food for you if requested in advance, but there are often extra charges. Please be aware that food in China tastes different from Chinese food in other countries, with the accent being on authentic regional specialties: food can be spicier; soup could be served last instead of first; and sometimes rice is not included but instead you will get very tasty noodles.

Guilin

Elephant Trunk Hill on the bank of the Li River resembles an elephant dipping its snout into the river.

Fubo Hill slopes into the Li River in the east and looms over the ground in the west. Waves run back wherever they meet the rocks - this is where the name comes from.

Li River Cruise is among the most memorable of Chinas excursions. The 45-mile journey to Yangshuo glides through a landscape of the natural beauty including mist shrouded crags and bamboo groves which have inspired painters and poets for many centuries. The river is a perfect complement to the peaks which are identified by fanciful names such as 'Painting Brush Hill, 'Five Tigers Catch a Goat Hill, 'Looking for Husband Rock, or 'Nine Horse Hill. One of the most fascinating sights, in the evening, is the cormorant fishermen using their long bamboo rafts working with big diving birds.

Longsheng Minority Area. Longsheng is located in the mountainous region in the northeastern part of Guilin. It is attractive for its natural beauty and the colorful ethnic Chinese cultures and customs.

Reed Flute Cave. One of the most extraordinary sights Guilin has to offer is the underground Reed Flute Cave with its multi-colored lighting and fantastic stalactites and stalagmites.

Shanghai

Acrobatic Show. Chinese Acrobatics, illustrating the flexibility and athleticism of the human body, is one of the oldest performing arts, and its history can be traced back to Neolithic times.

Bund. Modern Shanghai is largely a product of European colonialism, and much of the architecture reflects that heritage. The Bund is part of the Western legacy.

Jade Buddha Temple is located in the western part of the city and named after its two exquisite milk-white jade Buddha, which were brought from Burma in the 19th century. It is an active Buddhist temple and attracts a large number of visitors.

Nanjing Road is one of the most important commercial and tourist streets in Shanghai. This is a good place to understand the history and culture of Shanghai.

Old Town s located to the west of the Bund and Huangpu River and south of Nanjing Road. This area has also been developed with the construction of many new shops and restaurants but they have all been built in the Chinese style; however, a small area still exists of the truly old Shanghai.

Shanghai Museum was built in 1952 and is located in the Peoples Square. It is one of the four largest museums in China and contains 120,000 cultural relics that include bronzes, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, and ancient sculptures.

Yu Garden. Covering less than two hectares, Yu Garden combines several different landscapes and architectural elements to create a world in miniature. It has 48 scenic views including over 30 pavilions, many hallways, bridges, winding paths, and beautiful lotus ponds. The garden is divided into six scenic zones with distinct features by five dragon-shaped walls. It is one of the best classical Chinese private gardens in China.

Yangshuo

In Yangshuo, there are also various activities available. Yangshuo is an utterly delightful town amidst stunning scenery, often visited on a day trip from Guilin by boat along the Li River. Whilst West Street is jam-packed with shops selling traditional crafts and cafes, there are several more traditional, miniature, tumbledown, and almost timeless villages nearby that are well worth exploring.

These villages are filled with traditional architecture where the residents go about their daily business as they have done for nearly a millennium and a half. The residents still farm the fields and the elders sit and play cards or chop vegetables. Also worth visiting is the tranquil Yulong River where you can sit on a bamboo raft and drift through the dreamy landscapes, and karst caves such as Silver Cave whose stalagmites and stalactites are illuminated to create a fairytale world of extraordinary beauty.

  • 3 cooking classes
  • 3 dinners
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 9 lunches
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Daily tai chi evening classes
  • Li River cruise

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). China Holidays will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

For information about the booking conditions, please send China Holidays an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by P. Norris from Motherwell, United Kingdom

    "Thank you for providing me with an absolutely super holiday. It was a beautiful trip, all the cities were amazing, everything was so well-organised, and our guides very good. All of the staff went out of their way to help and make it a totally task-free holiday, and are so charming and friendly too. 11 out of 10 for everything."

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  • Review by Travelers from UK

    "The holiday was more than we anticipated and we enjoyed it immensely. John and Mr Guan the driver on the first part in Guizhou understood our photographic requirements very quickly and made several stops on route for us to enjoy. John’s commentary was very good on the minority peoples and places. Frank was a very experienced guide which showed and again we enjoyed the commentary on the history of places and China."

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  • Review by K. Amber from Dover, UK

    "I thought I would let you know what a fantastic holiday we had! We particularly want to mention our guide Nancy, and let you know how brilliant she is. She was so friendly and helpful; nothing was too much trouble for her. She really is worth her weight in gold. The itinerary was perfect; all of the places we visited were amazing, and all of us plan to revisit China in a few years."

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  • Review by N. Caroll form Newcastle, UK

    "My mom and I are back from China, and I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of your hard work. We had an amazing time! It really was the holiday of a lifetime, and we have so many wonderful memories. I could not fault the local guides we had while we were out there. You and all of your colleagues have been fantastic from start to finish, and we will certainly be recommending China Holidays to anybody who is visiting China. I hope to maybe walk a different section of the Great Wall at some point in the future - it really was a breathtaking experience - so you may hear from me again!"

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  • September, October

 

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  • July

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