China Food Tour

China Food Tour

As the an old Chinese saying goes, food is the first necessity of the people. Chinese food is renowned all over the world, and many foreign friends have grown to love Chinese food as well. In addition to the good taste of Chinese food, more and more Chinese people are beginning to pay attention to eating healthy. When you come to China, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Terracotta Warriors are must see attractions for sure. But don't forget that food is also a big part of Chinese culture. Whether you are in the Hutongs of Beijing, the old streets of Shanghai, the hot pot restaurants of Chengdu, or the night markets of Hong Kong, countless cuisines are waiting for you. As a foodie, what are you hesitating for? Come start your China culinary tourwith us!

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Quick Foodie Tour

WOW Factors of Quick Foodie Tour
   Far away from typical tourist restaurants
   Feel the real daily life of Chinese people
   Taste the original flavor of local food
   English-speaking local foodie guides
   Meet the century-old restaurants and stalls

If you want to ask which city in China has the best food, I have to say that there are so many cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Turpan, Guangzhou, Macau and Hong Kong. If you have more ideas for a memorable foodie tour, just click the below button and a tailor-made foodie tour will be ready for you.

Cooking Class for Food Enthusiasts

Uncover the Secret of Chinese Food

If you have a strong desire to cook and taste authentic Chinese food, then our cooking class is the perfect choice for you. You'll get away from the typical tourist attractions, meet unusual local ingredients and taste delicious food you may not know.If you love experiencing a city through its food, then bring your appetite and discover a whole new world with China Tour Star!

   You may cook at the old Hutong or the skyscraper
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Eat in China

There is a long history of China's food culture, and the most well known is the eight major cuisines. Chengdu of Sichuan, Shunde of Guangdong and Macau have been designated as a "Creative City of Gastronomy" by UNESCO. If you are a foodie, let's take a look at other good places to eat in China!

Imperial BeijingSweet ShanghaiSpicy ChengduMushroom YunnanDim Sum Hong KongDumplings Xi’anHot-pot ChongqingFood in TibetFood in XinjiangSeafood in SanyaGuilin Food

China Food Tour FAQ

1. What are the cuisines in northern China?
Beijing is one of the food cities in China. Peking Duck is a dish that people all over the world love to eat. No matter where you are from, you always have to have an authentic Peking Duck when you come to Beijing. Peking Duck is the classic cuisine of Beijing, among which Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant is one of the representative restaurants of Peking Duck. In addition, there are many other roast duck restaurants in Beijing, such as Dadong and Bianyifang Roast Duck Restaurant. The Peking Duck is served in slices with shredded green onion and cucumber strips in a roll. In addition to roast duck, noodles with soybean paste are also very famous in Beijing. Beijing has a wide variety of snacks, and you can get the cheapest and authentic Beijing snacks at places like Huguosi Snack Street.

Shandong is the birthplace of Lu cuisine and a concentrated area for food lovers. But Shandong is a large place, and there is a big difference in different cities. Sea cucumber with scallions, steamed chicken, braised prawns, sweet and sour carp, braised pork balls in gravy sauce, etc. are all representatives of Lu cuisine. The seafood in the area of Qingdao city is also very famous. Qingdao people like to eat seafood with Qingdao beer which is a typical representative of Qingdao local life.

In the northeast, hotchpotch is the representative dish. In addition to hotchpotch, the stewed fish is also a classic dish. It can meet your discerning taste.

People in central China like to eat noodles. Henan, Shanxi, Shaanxi sliced noodles are delicious. Henan chow mein, Shanxi sliced noodles, and Shaanxi's cold noodles are first-class cuisine. Shanxi people love to eat noodles and stuff vinegar. When you walk to Shanxi, you can smell the fragrance of vinegar. Shanxi people have a rich variety of noodles, Youpo noodles, sliced noodles are very common. And oat noodles are also very famous in Shanxi. Shaanxi is one of the birthplaces of Chinese cuisine, where the food is mostly meat and noodles. Meat bun, cold noodles, mutton bun, pita bread soaked in lamb soup are typical representatives of Shaanxi cuisine.

The northwest region includes Xinjiang, Qinghai, Gansu, Ningxia, and other provinces. Northwest cuisine mostly uses the old traditional cooking methods, and the stone cooking method is still used today. Xinjiang mutton shashlik, Saute Spicy Chicken, naan, Lanzhou ramen, and so on can make you eat enough.
2. What are the cuisines in southern China?
Hunan cuisine is heavily spicy. And the chili here has a taste of sunshine. The hot and spicy crayfish also comes from here.

The cuisine of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai is sweet. Sweet and sour mandarin fish, braised meatballs in brown sauce, and so on are all representatives of Huaiyang cuisine. Shanghai is the sweetest region of Chinese cuisine. There are many kinds of Shanghai dishes, but people tend to prefer Shanghai snacks. Crab Dumplings in Soup and pan-fried pork bun are all famous snacks in Shanghai.

Hangzhou cuisine is good with affordable portions. Longjing shrimp, West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy, and Braised Dongpo Pork are all representatives of Hangzhou cuisine.

In the Southern region, Guangdong and Fujian are the representatives. Guangdong province is the birthplace of Cantonese cuisine, and Guangzhou is a food paradise. In Guangdong, the first thing to try is morning tea. Morning tea is very common in the south, especially in Guangdong, and can be said to represent a culinary culture. People would like to chat with friends while drinking tea. And refreshments are also essential. In addition to morning tea, Cantonese cuisine is also worth mentioning. There are many representative dishes of Cantonese cuisine. The familiar boiled chicken with sauce, roasted goose, barbecue pork, shrimp dumplings, steamed vermicelli roll is ordinary snacks in Cantonese cuisine. Cantonese cuisine is also famous for seafood. Guangzhou is also the most suitable place to eat seafood in China.

The signature dish of Fujian cuisine is Steamed Abalone with Shark's Fin and Fish Maw in Broth. More than a dozen ingredients are stewed into a bowl, just think of the delicious. Xiamen also has noodles with satay sauce, which is a representative cuisine.

The southwest region of Sichuan, Yunnan, and Chongqing are all absolute gourmet cities. Sichuan cuisine is one of the four major cuisines, and Sichuan restaurants now abound in the streets and alleys. For Sichuan cuisine, heavy oil and spicy are the main features. Some of the more famous Sichuan dishes are shredded pork with garlic sauce, poached spicy slices of pork, Kung Pao chicken, stewed bean curd with minced pork in pepper sauce, spicy diced chicken, etc.

For Chongqing, eating hot pot is an essential travel item. Chongqing people like to eat hot pot, more like to eat spicy pot. Hot pot is already a part of Chongqing people's life.

Yunnan is a very popular travel destination for foreign tourists. In Yunnan, there is a huge variety of food to eat. The most familiar Yunnan dish is the rice noodle. There are many kinds of Yunnan rice noodles, including small pot rice noodles and Mengzi chicken soup rice noodles. Steam pot chicken, grilled chicken with lemongrass, pork ribs, and so on are all representatives of Yunnan cuisine.
3. What are the favorite Chinese dishes of foreign tourists?
The number one favorite dish of foreign guests is sweet and sour pork. It's not surprising that this dish comes first. The mixture of sweet and sour taste combined with the bright and vibrant appearance makes it impossible for anyone to refuse.

The second dish is Kung Pao chicken. The dish is fresh and spicy with tender chicken and crispy peanuts. It is widely popular among the public. Especially in Western countries, chicken is a commonly accepted meat among people. And the ingredient peanuts are not only a good dish for Chinese people but also foreigners.

Spring rolls are also known as spring pancakes. It is the Han folk festival traditional food and popular in all parts of China. In the Qing dynasty, spring rolls are one of the nine snacks of the Manchu-Han Imperial Feast.

Dumplings have a high status in China, and Chinese people like to eat dumplings during the holidays. The many variations of dumpling fillings encompass the essence of Chinese culture and are naturally one of the most representative dishes of China in the eyes of foreigners. Potstickers are also very popular abroad, the reason for which should have a lot to do with dumplings, right?

Shredded pork with garlic sauce is a special traditional dish, belonging to Sichuan cuisine. This dish tastes sweet, salty, and delicious, and it's perfect with a bowl of rice.

Beijing duck is famous at home and abroad. It has more than 160 years of history and is known as the world's first food. It was one of the Qing Dynasty's imperial dishes. The food that many foreign visitors to Beijing must eat is roast duck.

Another dish foreign guest like to eat is shrimp with cashew nuts. The shrimp is smooth and tender, and the cashew nuts are crispy. Both old people and children like this dish very much.
4. Which snack streets in China are more famous?
The 1.5 km long Gui Street in Beijing is home to nearly 200 restaurants with different styles and tastes. Here you can taste the authentic eight national cuisines.

The area around Shanghai City God Temple Food Street can be called the kingdom of snacks. The special dim sum of Green Ripples Restaurant, the vegetarian buns, Chinese rice pudding, Nan Xiang steamed buns, Ningbo soup dumplings and boiled glutinous rice balls in fermented glutinous rice are all delicious snacks that you cannot miss when visiting Shanghai.

The Four Square Street in the center of Lijiang Old Town is a famous snack street. Dozens of small restaurants are lined up on both sides of the short, narrow street. Every restaurant serves Yunnan's unique rice noodles, which is why this street is also known as "Lijiang Rice Noodle Street".

Jinli is known as Chengdu's version of the Riverside Scene at the Qingming Festival. In the famous Jinli Snack Street, famous snacks include cold cakes, three big sticky rice balls, beef pie, sweet water noodles, cold noodles, cold dishes, and so on.

The Muslim Quarter is one of the special attractions in Xi'an. It has a long history and is a famous food and cultural district in Xi'an. It is also a must-visit place when you come to Xi'an.

Hubu Lane is a 150-meter-long century-old lane, known as the "First Lane of Han-style Snacks"! It is the symbol of Wuhan breakfast.

The Changsha Huogongdian is a favorite among foodies, with access to almost all of Changsha's delicacies. On the upper floors of the restaurant, you can enjoy the scenery outside the window while eating, watching the tourists in front of the temple who are offering incense religiously, and experiencing the most pleasant and urban life here.

Nanning Zhongshan Road is a big-name street. Less than a hundred meters of the street is filled with more than 200 stores. From the traditional snacks of Nanning, fruits with subtropical characteristics, to the salty rice pudding of Hong Kong, fried chestnuts of Beijing, steam pot chicken of Yunnan, etc., there are everything and delicious.
5. What are the most famous breakfasts in China?
Shanghai's breakfast is not overly complicated and sophisticated. The classic Shanghai breakfast is the deep-fried dough stick, which can be eaten alone or chopped into pieces and soaked in rice or soy milk. Big breadcakes are also a classic Shanghai breakfast. The dough is pasted inside the oven. Old Shanghainese prefer hot and salty soybean milk for breakfast, and if you add shrimp skin, nori, pickle, spicy oil, and other condiments, it is not only beautiful and colorful but also tasty and refreshing.

In Guangzhou, "having breakfast" is called "drinking morning tea". You will find many dim sums on the breakfast table in Guangzhou, such as shrimp dumplings, Siu Mai, water chestnut cake, and so on. The authentic old Guangzhou people will drink tea while eating a variety of dim sum. Teahouse retains the most original traditional state of Guangzhou. In addition to a variety of small refreshments, steamed vermicelli roll, congee, noodles are indispensable. Cantonese people are known for their love of congee, and in addition to white congee, mixed congee with a variety of ingredients is famous, such as pork liver congee, fish congee, boat congee, and so on. The choice of congee is extremely diverse. Guangdong's various kinds of noodles in soup are also essential, such as wonton noodles and various flavors of seafood noodles, all of which are representatives of freshness and flavor.

The traditional breakfast in Beijing must be hot. Whether it's buns, deep-fried dough sticks, Chinese-style baked roll, soy milk, wontons, or tofu jelly, it's best if it's hot when it's served in front of you. Douzhi is a classic Beijing breakfast. It is a fermented drink made from ground beans. Most foreigners are not used to it. You can try it if you are interested. The dough is formed by mixing salt, soda, and alum with warm water, mixing it with flour and water. After that, it would be pressed and kneaded repeatedly and then formed into a dough. And then it will be fried into a circle in a 50% hot oil pan. When the whole ring is fried to date red, you can take it out. The rings must be eaten with Douzhi and pickled vegetables to get the authentic taste.

Nanjing people call the rice wrapped with deep-fried dough stick one of the favorite breakfast items in Nanjing. The softness of steamed rice and the toughness of deep-fried dough sticks are two very different sensations in the same mouth.

Tianjin people's breakfast is substantial. As long as it is well-matched, you will not get tired of eating it all year round. Traditional Tianjin pastries are often the breakfast snacks of Tianjin's elderly. The soybean milk and deep-fried dough stick are also essential. Tianjin people are big on eating. For example, they usually eat the old tofu in the morning with pancakes. You can also put some pickled vegetables, which is the authentic Tianjin taste.

Hot noodles with sesame paste are one of the traditional snacks of Wuhan. The noodles are cooked in advance, mixed with oil, and spread out to dry. And then put in boiling water when eaten. Then fished up and mixed with sesame sauce and salted vegetables.

Hot and sour rice noodles are a classic breakfast in Chongqing. It is made from local handmade sweet potato noodles and has become a special snack in the streets. Chongqing spicy noodles are also a must-try breakfast in Chongqing. There are many kinds of seasoning in noodles that could enhance the flavor. General Chongqing people's breakfast is a bowl of spicy noodles and a cup of soy milk.
6. What documentaries are available to learn about Chinese cuisine?
The documentary "A Bite of Guangdong" explores the highest culinary delicacies hidden in the land of Southern Guangdong, searching for the natural flavors of the world. With a unique perspective, the program delves into the indigenous ingredients in their native places to discover the beauty of the fresh daily food of the people of old Guangdong.

Breakfast China uses simple images and family tastes to find authentic Chinese breakfast. Each episode is about a local breakfast and is only about five minutes long. After watching it, people who don't like breakfast will desire to get up early and eat breakfast.

In the documentary "A Bite of China", Chinese food is more often shown to the viewers, especially overseas viewers, with easy and fast narrative rhythm and delicate images, showing the daily cuisine of China.

Taste of Shanghai interprets Shanghai's food culture from a new perspective and systematically unveils the mysteries behind Shanghai's cuisine. The main characters are not only the food but also the people associated with the food. It not only stimulates your taste buds but also gives you an emotional resonance.

A Bite of China: Celebrating the Chinese New Year is a film about "going back in time" and "finding the taste of New Year". Through the amazing New Year's food in the vast land of China, a New Year's story is strung together to showcase the cultural customs of the East and take you to the old customs and the taste of New Year.
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