China: The Great Cuisines of the Middle Kingdom - October 9, 2020 - 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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  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Moderate
  • Overland Adventure

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.

Additional Info

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.

Arrival & Departure

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.

Dates and Prices

Oct 09–Oct 22, 2020
Shared Room
$5,350 USD per person
Single Room
$6,140 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $5,350. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of  $4,850 will be due by July 10, 2020. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip’s Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $790 will be due at the time of the final payment.
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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