The Old Beijing of a Foodie
Beijing Traditional Food Tour
Getting to know Beijing with your tastebuds should be a wonderful experience. We will not take you to the night market or the snack market, which is full of tourists. Instead, we select small restaurants loved by locals, for you to try out traditional food and snacks.
Enjoy a Peking roast duck dinner in a restaurant with a time-honored reputation. During this tour, you will sample 8 kinds of traditional Beijing food/snack and 2 kinds of locally popular drinks.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Taste the Doornail Meat Pie with Chinese "Fanda"
Try the famous Beijing beef pie, looking like the palace doornail, with the popular local soft drink. Get to know the interesting story about the name of the pie.
Try Mr. Shi's Dumplings Loved by Local Expats
Meet Mr. Shi in his small restaurant tucked away in Huong. Taste the different flavors of the dumpling, which you might have never tried.
Enjoy Peking Roast Duck of a Time-Honored Brand
Feast your eyes and stomach with the most famous Beijing dish in a courtyard restaurant. Walk into the kitchen for roasting ducks.
Taste the Royal Court Desserts Loved by Empress Dowagers
Sample 3 kinds of exquisite desserts for the royal families in the old times and the popular noodle loved by ordinary people
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What Our Customers Said
What an epic day we had with or guide “Ivy” from the tour company “China Highlights” visiting Tianamen Square, Forbidden City, having a local Chinese meal and walking on the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu!! Ivy was informative, personable, fun, caring and delivered a great experience for us. Her guide experience was evident in her management and pace of our day and making sure we went to great picture locations that created lasting memories of our trip!! Highly recommend you asking for Ivy.more
Mar 2023, Drew Walker
Adorable trip to Beijing with China Highlights
Such an amazing time spent together with my husband and our guide Nancy in Beijing. We recommend booking the tour with China Highlights as that was an incredibly smart idea and trip we have had over past few days. Visiting the Great Wall of China, the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven etc., getting more close to the history of China, having the delicious food - that was all done by the CH. We won’t be having such wonderful time without you guys. Still being so amazed and impressed by the historical progress of the country. Much appreciated for your support, help and time, Dear Nancy and China Highlights. Kind Regards, Kenneth&Assel Gillanmore
Mar 2023, Assel G
Great Wall Day Trip with Ivy
She answered our questions thoroughly and she also provided us with recommendations for food and things to see outside of our Great Wall day trip. The driver was also a very safe driver and made it a comfortable drive from the city center. We hope to use China Highlights again for future trips. And if you’re in Beijing, you can request for Ivy as your guide.more
Feb 2023, kattaubry
Great Wall Tour with Ivy
Ivy was a wonderful guide! We took a day trip to the Great Wall and she made our time enjoyable and customized to what we wanted. She was obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about the city. We also avoided tourist traps and she took group photos for us!more
Feb 2023, Customer
Great Wall Tour with Ivy
We recommend booking with China Highlights! They were able to create a custom trip for us with just a day’s notice. They’re very responsive on WeChat and very professional.more
Feb 2023, Customer
Fantastic Beijing Tour with Tour Guide - Angela
Had a great time visiting Beijing over Chinese New Year! The city was quiet, but that made it easier to see everything that we wanted to. Our tour guide, Angela, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We found a local brewery, Slow Boat, that we went to twice it was so good. Amazing beer and best burger of my life! We can't wait to book another trip with China Highlights.more
Feb 2023, Kate P
Beautiful experience in Beijing
The Forbidden City was a highlight of the tour. With Christina's knowledgeable and engaging commentary, we learned about the history of the imperial palace and its role as the center of Chinese politics for over 500 years. The complex is massive, and it was impressive to see the intricate details of the architecture and gardens.more
Feb 2023, Valeria RP
Amazing 2 day trip to Beijing
Our guide Lily and driver Leo were amazing and super conscious that we were traveling with a toddler. Lily was knowledgeable about all of our stops and was very conscious of our time. She even took special time to relate and connect with our daughter which made the trip even more enjoyable for all of us.more
Jan 2023, Jessica T
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Meet your guide at the Exit A of Andingmen subway station at 6:00 pm.
Start your Beijing traditional food hunting with the doornail meat (beef) pie. Your guide will explain the history of this traditional food. It tastes better if you dip it in vinegar. A bottle of local "Fanda" will refresh your mouth and stomach, ready for the next delicacy.
You will walk about 300 meters to the next stop, Mr. Shi's dumpling restaurant. This is an interesting place where you can see how traditional food has been influenced by western culture. Listen to Mr. Shi's stories and try 2 different flavors of dumpling, the traditional one and the one loved by expats in Beijing.
After saying goodbye to Mr. Shi, you will continue to the next local snack. Walk about 660 meters to a small yogurt shop. Try a traditional Chinese yogurt loved by the emperors and prepare your stomach for your Peking roast-duck dinner.
Walk about 800 meters to the last stop. Featuring a traditional courtyard style and Beijing cuisine, the Huajiayiyuan restaurant attracts both local citizens and celebrities with its delicious and exquisite food. Don't forget to visit the roast-duck kitchen. Your guide will explain how the chef cooks the famous Peking roast duck.
Enjoy the roast duck, noodles with fried soybean sauce and 3 kinds of royal court desserts. Savor a happy ending by filling your stomach and your mind with these Beijing flavors.
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