China: The Great Cuisines of the Middle Kingdom - Atlas Obscura Trips
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China: The Great Cuisines of the Middle Kingdom

from $5,350 USD per person for 14 days, 13 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Overland Adventure
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Trip Overview
Overview

On this journey down China’s east coast, we’ll examine the stories and tastes of countless delicious dishes and culinary traditions, from bustling night markets to fine-dining institutions. We’ll sample our way through a particularly delicious spread of China’s endlessly varied gastronomy, including Huaiyang, Buddhist, and Cantonese cuisines. We’ll board buses, boats, and bullet trains, beginning in Qingdao and ending in Guangzhou, with stops in Qufu, Yangzhou, Wuzhen, and Shanghai. Immersing ourselves in culinary and cultural traditions, we’ll explore both urban and rural landscapes, meeting local craftsmen and connoisseurs wherever we go. Along the way, we’ll visit famed gardens and museums, learning about one of the oldest civilizations on Earth. But, from harvesting lotus roots in a massive freshwater lake to conversations with culinary experts, food is the centerpiece of this adventure. As a popular local saying puts it, “To the people, food is heaven.” 

Highlights
  • Insider culinary experiences
  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Street food and fine dining
  • Local history, art, and philosophy

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Xiaokun ("Kun") Song
Born and raised in China, Kun eventually traveled to Europe where she received a Masters in Art History and a doctorate in Chinese Studies. Education abroad opened her eyes to the misconceptions and barriers to understanding that many outsiders face when exploring her home country. Shortly after returning home, she founded Sourcians to open China up to the curious and adventure-hungry. Using her deep knowledge and extensive connections, Kun provides meaningful experiences that inspire and awe. Her fascination for cultures has led her to use travel as a means to explore them all—from food and art to places and communities, Kun’s trips are all designed with people and learning in mind.

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $5,350. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $790. Please contact us to request a single room.

Arrival & Departure

When planning your travel, we recommend that you arrive in Qingdao by 4 p.m. on Day 1 and depart from Guangzhou anytime on Day 14. Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO) and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) are both well-connected hubs. If you’d like assistance booking flights, let us know and we'll connect you to our flight specialists.

Activity Level

This tour is fairly active; travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking four to five miles each day, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Several parts of the tour involve some longer walks, including up and down stairs and on uneven ground.

Included
  • Thirteen nights of accommodation in modern, well-equipped hotels.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary.
  • The company of an experienced, multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • Transport throughout the trip, in comfortable minibuses and bullet trains.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and experiences.
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights, including airport transfers; note that the trip begins in Qingdao and ends in Guangzhou.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • If applicable, applying for a Chinese visa. (We recommend applying through the service Visa HQ.)
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Upcoming Departures

  • Oct 9–Oct 21, 2019
    from $5,350 per person
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  • Oct 10–Oct 23, 2020
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