From bustling night markets to fine-dining institutions, this journey down China’s east coast reveals the story of countless delicious dishes and culinary traditions. On this carefully curated journey, we’ll be tasting our way through a particularly delicious sampling of China's endlessly varied cuisine, boarding bullet trains and boats to experience Huaiyang, Buddhist, Cantonese cuisines, and other distinct culinary styles. Along the way, we’ll visit famed gardens and museums, testaments to the glories of 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.”
Over the course of our two weeks together, we'll visit a number of cities in China's eastern region, beginning in Qingdao and ending in Guangzhou, with stops in Qufu, Yangzhou, Wuzhen, and Shanghai. We'll immerse ourselves in traditions and get a sense of China's urban and rural landscapes, while meeting local craftsmen and connoisseurs everywhere we go. We promise that you'll never go to bed hungry.
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.
When planning your travel, we recommend that you arrive in Qingdao by 4 p.m. on October 8 and depart from Guangzhou anytime on October 21. If you'd like assistance booking flights, let us know and we'll connect you to our flight specialists.