Tour Itinerary of Calling all Foodies Tour

8-Day Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou Tour (CHT-FD-02)

The visitors who travel to china will not miss the Chinese food. One popular summary of Chinese food is “sweet in the south, salty in north, sour in the west, and spicy in the east.” Take this tour, your will experience salty in Beijing, spicy in Chengdu, sweet in Guangzhou.

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Day 1

 

Place & Transport: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing), A Free CH cell phone package (one cell phone for one group)

- A Free CH cell phone package (one cell phone for one group):

A Free CH cell phone package (one cell phone for one group) includes free rental for the cell phone and SIM card (Includes prepaid value of CNY 50), delivery and collection in China. Return the phone to your guide when you depart. For more about the cell phone rental service, please click cell phone rental information.

China Highlights also provides a Wi-Fi package so that you can connect to the internet in China anytime and anywhere. Our 3G service provides speeds of up to 21Mbps on your smart phone, pad or laptop, so you can stay in contact. For more detail please visit Wi-Fi rental information .

 

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing (Deluxe) 

 

Day 2

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Summer Palace with boat Cruise and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant, Chinese Dinner at Bai Jia Da Yuan Restaurant

- Tiananmen Square (50 minutes): Tian'anmen Square is the largest city square in the centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history. As the world's largest city square and enduring symbol of China's national pride, it is surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum.
- The Forbidden City (2.5 hours): The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911.This "city within a city" is a World Heritage Site, and is the largest and the best preserved ancient imperial architecture complex in the world, with great square, halls and gates contrast with intricate halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters. The exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, are all important treasures of ancient China.
- Summer Palace with boat Cruise and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony (2 hours): The palace is about 12 kilometers northwest of the city center and is equally as famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan'(Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. It is the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China and one of Beijing's premier attractions. It is also possible to cruise on the lake which takes 10 minutes by the ferry boat.
- Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant: Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant is located near Summer Palace in Haidian District. It serves authentic Sichuan cuisine with its traditional Chinese style decor. Recommended dishes include sweet and sour fish, fried pork with celery and Kungpao Chicken.
- Bai Jia Da Yuan Restaurant: The Baijiadayuan Restaurant lies within the famous " Yuejia Garden" in Suzhou Street, Haidian District, Beijing. It is famous for imperial court cuisine and the unique Baifu dishes. The restaurant is in the garden style of the Qing Dynasty. It has successively won the " National Special Grade Restaurant "honor.

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing (Deluxe) 

 

Day 3

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Temple of Heaven
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant, Chinese Dinner at Hepingmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant

- The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car) (2 hours): This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. A cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.
- Temple of Heaven (1.5 hours): Built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, Temple of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings where emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties visited for annual ceremonies of pray for good harvests. Located in the south of Central Beijing, it covers an area of 273 hectares. Temple of Heaven was enrolled as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998.
- Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant: Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant is near Great Wall of Mutianyu section. This garden style restaurant serves farmhouse dishes, specializing in rainbow trout, sturgeon and salmon. The fabulous taste will leave you with great memories.
- Hepingmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant: Beijing Roast Duck is renowned as the most delicious food of Beijing while Quanjude Restaurants enjoy a high reputation for its Beijing roast duck. Quanjude restaurants have developed their own technique and are famous for outstanding quality. Hepingmen Quanjude restaurant was established in 1979 and located beside Hepingmen Gate (Peace Gate).

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing (Deluxe) 

 

Day 4

 

Place & Transport: Beijing to Chengdu, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Cookery Class at Beijing High School, Hong Qiao Market(Pearl Market), Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing), Airport Transfer (Chengdu)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Jing Mian Da Wang Restaurant(Chong Wen Men Branch), Chinese Dinner at Qin Shan Zhai Restaurant

Cookery Class at Beijing High School:

The Chinese cooking style is a unique cultural experience to have when you are in China. A 1.5 hours' study will allow you to learn one dish and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

 

What happens during the class?

1. Visit the school and watch the process of cooking.

2. Meet the teacher and taste the dish he made as a demonstration.

3. Start to cook under the guidance of your teacher.

4. Taste dishes you cook.


Time: 1.5
- Hong Qiao Market(Pearl Market): This market is located in the south central area of Beijing, just to the east of the Temple of Heaven. It is filled mainly with cheap electronic goods like portable CD players, vcd players, camcorders, batteries, sunglasses, electronics, household phones. The items for sale are less brand conscious and tend to be from real "no-name" Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai companies.
- Jing Mian Da Wang Restaurant(Chong Wen Men Branch): Jing Mian Da Wang specializes in its traditional decoration of old city with archaistic red lanterns & bridal sedan chair, it mainly caters wheaten food to diners from local and different regions, creating a cozy atmosphere of festival and household.
- Qin Shan Zhai Restaurant: It is famous for its restorative, which has two types with one is fried dish and the other is hotpot. The restaurant is decorated in ancient style with water and bridge. The soup is cooked in light taste and good for your health.

 

Accommodations: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu (Deluxe) 

 

Day 5

Place & Transport: Chengdu
Today's Activities: Panda Breeding and Research Center, Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner at Morals Village

- Panda Breeding and Research Center (2.5 hours): Located 6 miles north of Chengdu City, it is home to giant pandas, red (or lesser) pandas, and other endangered species. Visit the nursery to see the highly successful breeding program, among the bamboo groves and shady walkways, and to view the pandas at rest or play. There is a panda museum where you can learn some information about giant pandas.

Note: The Panda Breeding and Research Center has a donation program which allows you take pictures with holding a panda one minute by donating RMB 2,000 Yuan (for reference only). Only 40 tourists are allowed to hold pandas a day. If you want to hold a panda, you must book it one day in advance.This program is subject to the availability of pandas on that day. Please bring enough RMB cash as payment by credit card is not accepted there.
- Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan (2 hours): Founded in 1992, this museum occupies an area of 7000 square kilometers, and has a exhibition of the cultural relics excavated from No1 and No2 sacrificial pits of Shang Dynasty (from 16th-11th century B.C.). There are thousands of pieces of invaluable relics such as bronze ware, jade ware, gold ware, pottery, and bone ware on the exhibition, where you can get a closed look and learn more about the ancient China.
- Morals Village: This fabulously decorated restaurant which can hold up hundreds of people for dining is famous for its delicious hotpot. Another kind of specialty is its crisp baber tripe.

Accommodations: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu (Deluxe) 

 

Day 6

 

Place & Transport: Chengdu to Guangzhou, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Jinli Old Street, Wu Hou Temple, Hotel to airport Transfer (Chengdu), Airport Transfer (Guangzhou), Shangxiajiu Walking Street
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Sanguyuan Restaurant , Chinese Dinner at Fulijia Seafood Restaurant

- Jinli Old Street (1 hour): Once the commercial heart of the old kingdoms this ancient street has been fully restored in traditional Sichuan style. Picturesque, bustling, and cheerful, you can sample local arts and craft, traditional Chinese goods, food and delicacies, and even a Starbucks, local style.
- Wu Hou Temple (1.5 hours): The Marquis of Wu, Zhuge Liang (181-234) was the outstanding military strategist immortalized in "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms" and in the saying wise as "the Marquis of Wu". Peaceful and attractive gardens surround several halls, including one dedicated to his memory and another to that of his emperor Liu Bei, some impressive statues, a small museum, a famous Tang Dynasty stele and the classic red wall leading to Liu Bei's tomb. A delightful complex.
- Sanguyuan Restaurant : It's the place where you can enjoy not only the wonderful dishes but the culture of Three Kingdoms. Each dish has a name related with Three Kingdoms.
- Shangxiajiu Walking Street (1 hour): One of the most famous commercial streets in Guangzhou, it is 1218 meters long and concentrating more than 300 various stores,the architecture styles of the buildings along this street are of Qi characteristics, which full reflect the Lingnan(souhth) culture,and attract lots of vistors from home and abroard.Here you can find lots of modern and fashionable things that may suits you.
- Fulijia Seafood Restaurant: The restaurant serves Cantonese food and is famous for its seafood. The restaurant is nicely decorated, and is popular with the locals.

Accommodations: Ocean Hotel Guangzhou (Deluxe) 

 

Day 7

Place & Transport: Guangzhou
Today's Activities: Chen Ancestral Shrine, Qing Ping Market, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Guangdong Cooking Learning
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner at Lianxiang Restaurant

- Chen Ancestral Shrine (1 hour): Chen Ancestral Shrine was built in 1867 in an architectural design and decoration in traditional Guangdong style. The temple is especially renowned for its beautiful craftsmanship. Historical figures, legends, and scenes are represented in many art forms, including wood carving, brick carving, pottery carving, brass and cast iron. These artistic and historical attributes make Chen Ancestral Shrine an important attraction in Guangzhou.
- Qing Ping Market (30 minutes): Qingping Market came into existence in 1979. It has over 2000 stalls along 1-km-long Qingping Lu and Ti Yun Lu in the north of Shamian Island. It is the largest street market in Guangzhou with multiple shops of Chinese medicines (including live scorpions!!), spices, fish, pets, and flowers. Over 60, 000 people shop in the market every day. It is a good idea to have a delightful walk after lunch through the legendary Qingping Market.
- Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall (1 hour): a memorial building built in 1931 with the funds raised by the Guangzhou people and overseas Chinese in memory of Sun Yat-sen.
Guangdong Cooking Learning: The Guangdong cooking style is another unique culture for you to experience when you are in China. Get to know how many ways to cook different dishes. In the about 3 hours' study, you get this chance to learn one course. Enjoy the fruits of your labor at last.
Time: about 4 hours
- Lianxiang Restaurant: Lotus Restaurant is a restaurant with a history of over one hundred years. It is famous for its Cantonese cooking and Dim sun, especially the Moon cake.

Accommodations: Ocean Hotel Guangzhou (Deluxe) 

 

Day 8

 

Place & Transport: Depart Guangzhou, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Guangzhou)
Meals: Breakfast

 

 
 
Price Per Person in US Dollars
Excellent Local Guide

Excellent Local Guides

We selected the most experienced tour guides in each city. They are all very professional and flexible during the tour with oustanding knowledge of all the sites and history.

Our Luxury Car for  Families

Our Luxury Car for Families

We use the modern air-conditioned luxury cars for families or 2-3 persons. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well-maintained and always very clean.

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

We use only air-conditioned small buses for small groups of 4-7 persons. Our drivers are very nice and careful with over 5-year drive experience.

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Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Phone Rental Package:
    Rental cost for the cell phone and SIM card for use in mainland China, and at least 30 mins of FREE international calls.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Private Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
    Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Transportation:
    Beijing To Chengdu Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    Chengdu To Guangzhou Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
     
  • Airport Tax for Domestic Flights
    Airport Tax and Fuel Fee for Flights if applicable
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    Click here to learn more about the insurance coverage and the sum insured.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways. We are able to offer these special deals to confirmed customers. Discount US to China Flights
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More
  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.
 
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