Our guide to the best things to eat, see and do in all of our destinations.
Looking for a fresh team building or work outing idea? Our “Flavors of China” Restaurant Tour in Beijing is the perfect chance for you to visit 4 restaurants in one night, discover a plethora of new dishes, and have an amazing time together with your group.
Is it beer-thirty yet? No matter where you are or where you’re from, there is beer- and China is no exception. In fact, the bestselling beer in the world is a Chinese brand called Snow, which sells twice as much as Budweiser, three times as much as Heineken, and four times as much as Corona every year. Not bad for a beer that’s only sold in China.
A visit to Cambodia isn’t complete until you visit at least one Phnom Penh markets. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, food, discounted clothing, or local handicrafts – they have everything. The best part is that no matter where you are, they’re just a short tuktuk ride away!
Portland’s location provides a huge variety of different sights and climates to explore nearby. Here is our list of the best things to do within an hour of Portland, Oregon!
The most common question we get from guests on our Xian food tours is “Where should we eat?” It’s a really good question since most authentic and local places have no English options (like the amazing places we selected for our Morning and Evening Food Tours.) With that said, the restaurant scene in Xian serves up some amazing Shaanxi local dishes. We hand-picked the Xian restaurants listed below because we love them, visit often and are the first places we take friends and family members who visit.
If you have joined our Beijing Breakfast Food Tour, you already know why our favorite stop is visiting the He family’s Egg Filled Pancake Shop – also know as Jidan Guan Bing. These small, savory pancake-like pastries filled with egg and flavored with chili (or soybean paste) are a lesser-known foodie delight, and lucky for us they’ve shared their family recipe.
Shanghai, as one of the biggest business and financial hubs of Asia, is no doubt one of the most frequently visited cities in the Chinese mainland. It may be one of the major attractions on your China trip or you might simply be taking advantage of the convenient flights, making it a short layover stay. Either way, you will probably want to do some souvenir shopping during your time in the city and there is no shortage of places to do that. Our first recommendation is the markets- get a taste of local life and street eats at the same time too.
We’re often asked by our food tour guests to recommend the best hotels in Beijing, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite places to stay. Not only are their reputations high, they are English-friendly, offer some incredible dining options, and provide unique a Beijing experience.
Chengdu is a relaxed place to hang out, and the city holds some of our favorite places to stay in China. We hear all about hotel experiences from our guests every day, so here’s a list of the best hotels in Chengdu – keeping location, feedback, and foodies in mind!
Cider in the United States has a long history. The old soggy cap that was put away for winter storage (prohibition) never really recovered the industry. Decades later, we finally have the beginning of a situation where the demand for cider is increasing, so people have been producing more and more. However, heritage apple varieties that produce good quality cider are in short supply.
Apples originated in central Asia and were originally cultivated in places like Azerbaijan and Turkey. Through trade and migration, apples spread across the globe. For cider, the result has led to only a handful of regions known for their top-quality cider. It’s likely that any area growing apples also fermented them at some point in time.
This is your complete guide to the Portland’s Best Summer Foodie Events and Food & Beer Festivals, brought to you by our team of foodies in Portland, Oregon!
As you have probably figured out by now, we at Lost Plate really like eating – and we really like eating at special events in the summer! But summer isn’t just about food festivals and ice cream every day – here is a list of the best Portland summer events & festivals that you will want to check out.
Beijing is home to some incredibly well-preserved and beautiful historical monuments. But one thing that we think the city doesn’t get enough credit for is how amazing much of the modern architecture is. From the “Bird’s Nest” of Olympic Park to the National Theater, Beijing is home to some architectural treasures that are often overlooked. Here’s our guide to the buildings that we think warrant a visit – and a photo or two!
America has a strong history with cider. The tradition and trees were brought over by European immigrants. At that time, cider was a safe, accessible, and common drink when water sanitation wasn’t where it is today. Cider was at one time as American as apple pie and made from apple varieties that are nothing like what we buy today in the grocery store (and are still not readily accessible.)
In 2021, the New Year falls on February 12th, and in China everyone gets some time off to spend with their families from February 11th through 17th. The direct translation for this holiday in Chinese translates to “Spring Festival” and celebrates the arrival of spring.
China has a long history grounded in strong traditions that date back thousands of years. Perhaps more than any other country, these are still seen clearly today and make China a very interesting place to explore! The best way to see what you never knew about China is by taking a look at the traditions in the north and south of China, roughly defined by the Yangtze River.
The Qinling mountain range is one of the largest in China and many people are surprised to see how close they are on a clear day in Xian. Hua Shan’s jagged peaks and stunning landscape are one-of-a-kind and hiking Huashan Mountain is definitely worth adding to your Xian itinerary. For the adventure seeker, it also holds the Plank trail, often dubbed as the most dangerous hike in the world!
Shanghai is often a quick stop-over for travelers that continue their trip further into China or SE Asia. It can be overwhelming to choose what to eat and see during your short stay, so we’ve put together this 24 Hours in Shanghai guide to help you experience the most impressive sites from this metropolitan city.