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.”
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 9 and depart from Guangzhou anytime on October 22. 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.