10 Days China Food Tour

  • Green Lake Hotel Kunming, No.6 Cuihu South Road, Kunming, China

Overview

China Food Tours

  • Learn the process of making tea
  • Sample a large variety of minority cuisine
  • Cooking lesson in a local family's home in Xizhou
  • Hike up Weibaoshan and learn to meditate with a Taoist master
  • Discover the local Naxi culture
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All meals included
  • Airport transfers

Join this tour and explore Yunnan's diverse flavors with Fuchsia Dunlop, renowned expert on Chinese cuisine. This journey is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be introduced to the best of Yunnan cuisine, through lively market visits and sit-down meals prepared by locals. Devour sweet pineapple rice, along with tangy mushrooms, try Yunnan's famous fried goat cheese, and savor the wholesome taste of Tibetan homemade barley bread. Let the exotic tastes of Yunnan guide your way around this ethnically diverse province!

  • 10 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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Green Lake Hotel Kunming is an international five star deluxe hotel in Kunming, China. It is situated in the heart of Kunming's business, finance and culture district, perfectly located for business and leisure traveler.

Nearby places

  • Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG), 8 kilometers
  • Kunming downtown, 1.5 kilometers
  • Kunming Green Lake Park, 1 kilometer
  • Kunming Railway Station, 6 kilometers

Day 1: Kunming

  • Enjoy an optional group dinner with Fuchsia Dunlop in one of Kunming's best restaurants

Day 2-3: Mengzi

  • Stop by an Yi minority village known for its hot pepper on the way to the small town of Mengzi
  • Enjoy the sour and spicy flavors of Yi cuisine for lunch
  • Dine on local Mengzi delicacies
  • Visit an old railway station on the former Yunnan-Vietnam railway line, the first line to connect the Middle Kingdom with a foreign country
  • Learn the folklore behind Mengzi's famous "crossing the bridge noodles", before making your own bow
  • After arriving in Jianshui, a center of Confucian studies for nigh on eight centuries, enjoy the herb-infused, delicately steamed "steam pot chicken" for dinner

Day 4: Jianshui

  • Explore the sights and sounds of bustling Xinjie Market, where ethnic minority members hawk their wares
  • Visit the second largest Confucian temple in China
  • Wander through the Zhu Gardens, a masterpiece of Chinese horticulture and landscaping, dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties
  • Enjoy a local BBQ dinner

Day 5: Kunming

  • Walk upon the majestic Double Dragon bridge on your journey back to Kunming, an ancient structural masterpiece
  • Explore Ming and Qing architecture in the ancient town of Tuanshan
  • Travel to Jiangchuan village for a lunch of copper pot fish
  • Admire the lush scenery during a drive along Fuxian lake
  • Spend the rest of the day at your leisure

Day 6: Kunming

  • Smell the scent of orchids, roses and camellias, as you listen to the song of cuckoos and chatter of parrots at the bird and flower market
  • Let the citrusy and spicy flavors of Dai cuisine tantalize your taste buds
  • Admire the intricate Buddhist decor of Yuantong temple
  • Try a Kunming favorite: mushroom hotpot

Day 7-8: Dali

  • Learn the process of making China's most famous drink in a tea plantation at the foot of the soaring Cang mountain
  • Travel back in time by walking around Dali's picturesque old town, a mixture of pagodas, red lanterns and mountains
  • Immerse yourself in the traditional Bai architecture of Xizhou, characterized by ornate gateways and honeycomb patterns
  • Learn the secrets of making rushan, a local cheese
  • Bike through lakeside Bai minority towns
  • Hone your cooking skills in a cooking lesson in a local family's home

Day 9-10: Weibaoshan - Dali

  • Depart for a day excursion to Taoist Weibaoshan, which literally means "magnificent treasure mountain"
  • Watch locals prepare a bowl of "one noodle soup" for you
  • Hike up Weibaoshan, where you will learn to meditate with a Taoist master
  • Drop by a Hui Muslim village en route to Dali
  • Attend a home-cooked farewell dinner with Fuchsia in Dali Old Town
  • Admire the intricate Buddhist decor of Yuantong temple
  • Bike through lakeside Bai minority towns
  • Explore Taoist Weibaoshan, Xinjie Market in Jianshui and Ming and Qing architecture in the ancient town of Tuanshan
  • Drive along Fuxian lake
  • Visit a Hui Muslim village, a tea plantation at the foot of the soaring Cang mountain and an old railway station on the former Yunnan-Vietnam railway line
  • Visit the second largest Confucian temple in China, the city of Xizhou, the Kunming bird and flower market, and the Yi minority village
  • Walk around Dali's picturesque old town
  • Wander through the Zhu gardens and the majestic Double Dragon bridge

This tour will take place in and around the Yunnan region of China.

Activities
  • Billiards night club
  • Breakfast room
  • Health club
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Caf
  • Dancing hall
  • Lounge
  • Mini bar
  • Restaurant
Services
  • Beauty salon
  • Conference room
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Room cleaning
  • Save deposit service
  • Wake-up calls
  • During this gourmet tour of China, you will enjoy and savor some of the best and most popular Chinese dishes, including:
  • BBQ dinner
  • Chinese tea
  • Copper pot fish
  • Dai cuisine
  • Fried goat cheese seasoned with salt and chili
  • Herb-infused "steam pot chicken"
  • Mengzi delicacies
  • Mushroom hotpot, a Kunming favorite
  • One noodle soup prepared by locals
  • Rushan, a local cheese
  • Sour and spicy flavors of Yi cuisine
  • Sweet pineapple rice
  • Tangy mushrooms steamed in banana leaves
  • Tibetan homemade barley bread
  • Yak butter tea
  • Enjoy a group dinner with Fuchsia Dunlop in one of Kunming's best restaurants
  • Explore the city of Kunming during your free afternoon
  • Airport transfers with private chauffeur
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy, including breakfast, service charge, and government tax
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • All meals as noted in the itinerary, with complimentary drinking water
  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All services of WildChina English-speaking guides and experts
  • Chinese tourist visa
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and chauffeurs
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • International and domestic flights and relevant taxes
  • Meals apart from those included in the itinerary and alcohol
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Travel, health and trip cancellation insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG). Pick up is included in the price.

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

Testimonials

  • Review by William from US

    "I have just returned from an 18-day tour of China, arranged by Jenny Zaho and the staff at WildChina. I can honestly say you will not find a better, more professional or flexible agent to organize your China adventure. My wife and I had a blast, covering all the important tourist attractions, but combining them with hiking in the beautiful countryside and experiencing lovely one on one interactions with local people. Our guides were all well-spoken, educated, able to change flights to accommodate special interests, and above all else, fun to be with. All our drivers were equally professional. From our experience, WildChina is knowledgeable, professional, ethical, and one of the best companies we have dealt with in our world travels."

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  • Review by a traveler from Houston, US

    "My family visited Beijing for four days, after spending two weeks in Southeast Asia. My boys were getting tired of traveling when we arrived in Beijing. Michael, our guide and Mr. Wang, our driver with WildChina, changed that. We had an amazing time. After we met the family, Michael immediately made plans to change up our visit to make it more meaningful and exciting for the boys. Michael is also a culinary expert and he made sure we had wonderful meals; even when we were on our own for dinner. I also cannot say enough about Mr. Wang: he always had a smile on his face even in the backed up traffic of Beijing. He always seemed to anticipate where we would be and was always where we needed him to be, within seconds. I can't thank you enough for such amazing trip!"

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  • Review by Antonio from New York, US

    "I have taken four trips to China and this was my first time using WildChina. They planned a 17-day trip to Eastern and Western China (including Tibet), it was full of visits to the standard tourist attractions (the Great Wall and more), but also filled with lots of cultural surprises (a calligraphy class in the Hutong, a Kung Fu lesson near Luoyang, a dumpling class in Beijing). These excursions were some of the highlights of our trip. The guides were good; the planning of the trip was seamless. I have used many travel agents in my tours around the world, and WildChina is among the best. "

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Arrival: Monday September 18, 2017
Departure: Wednesday September 27, 2017

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