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Chengdu Hot Pot Food Tour

Chengdu Hot Pot, Teahouse, and Market Tour

Daily at 2pm

Duration 3.5 hours

$55 USD per adult

$25 USD per child 4-15

Approx. 30 minutes walking

The Essentials:

Not only is Chengdu the capital of Sichuan hot pot, but also the capital of eating out – with the highest per-capita ratio of restaurants in all of China. Come and see only the best with us on this tour designed by Lost Plate Founder Ruixi Hu.

Stops

1 authentic local teahouse, 1 local market, 1 sit-down hot pot restaurant, and a few standing-only street snacks.

Group Size

Small groups of 2-12 people per tour.

Start & End Location

This tour starts at Kuanzhaixiangzi (Narrow Wide Alley) Subway Station. An email will be sent with detailed meeting location details immediately after booking. The tour ends approx. 10 minutes walk from the start location.

Dietary Requirements

We are happy to welcome vegetarians, but please note that the spicy hot pot soup is made of meat broth. Non-spicy vegetable broth soup is available. Spiciness can be adjusted from virtually unnoticeable to mortally terrifying, please let your guide know what you prefer. Message us prior to booking if you have any questions.

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This tour is currently paused during COVID-19, but we do have other tours in Chengdu available.

About This Tour:

A Poem by Lost Plate: 

 

Hellfire, time stop

Chili oil and pork chop 

Burn, turn, and blood red, 

Eyes closed, the world drops dead.

 

Cloud broth, heaven’s come

To herbal soup I succumb

Heart starts forebrain 

And then all is born again.

 

Blood boils, bubbles thick

Love song ft. chopsticks

Two halves, one heart

Meat platters a la carte. 

 
Chengdu Hotpot Food Tour Chili Flakes
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What You'll Do:

Chengdu Hotpot Food Tour Tea

Discover ancient Chinese tea culture at an outdoor teahouse with accompanying snacks (as demanded by tradition, obviously).

Chengdu Hotpot Food Tour Tea Pastries

Enjoy local delicacies such as Chengdu-style pastries and marinated vegetables.

Chengdu Hotpot Food Tour Sausage

Explore a local market off the beaten path with your local guide to learn about the different ingredients Chengdu people eat and cook with every day.

Chengdu Hotpot Food Tour Market Fruit

Sample Sichuan peppercorns, fruits, and various rice wines at the market, shoulder to shoulder with locals.

Chengdu Hotpot Food Tour Hotpot Spicy

A hot pot feast, Lost Plate style.

Chengdu Hotpot Food Tour Hotpot Meat

A huge variety of meats, vegetables, and other special and adventurous ingredients to enjoy with two different hot pot broths.

Featured In:

The Best Dumplings In Chengdu? You'll Have to Climb Through a Window.

When you think of going out for amazing dumplings, you don’t picture yourself climbing up a rickety ladder in a former military community in Chengdu, and crawling through an oversize window. But that’s exactly where I found the best dumplings I’ve had in my life: after stepping into a small apartment and into a dense cloud of Sichuan spices.

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Customer Reviews:

5/5

“My boyfriend and I had a great evening on the hot pot and market tour with Chino. Chino was a very knowledgeable guide and showed us some local cuisine which we never would have found on our own especially given the language barrier. You can tell that he has a lot of passion for food. We had a Chengdu waffle, several types of pancakes, the hot pot and 2 desserts. We definitely left with full stomachs! The hot pot was delicious and exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend this tour!”

Tiffany S

5/5

“We took (almost) all of the tours Lost Plate offers and it was the best decision we ever made. Bo was our tour guide for both tours in Chengdu and we loved every second. The first tour was the hot pot tour (if you don’t like spicy food, this may not be for you). We started at a local teahouse (I had the best jasmine green tea I’ve ever tasted) and ate delicious pickled veggies + snacks. Then we headed to the hot pot place where we had a wonderful evening chatting with Bo, eating a delicious assortment of foods from the hot pot, with ice cold beer. Couldn’t ask for a better evening. Definitely don’t pass on these tours in Chengdu!!”

Lauren M

5/5

“It started with Ling (our guide) taking us to a very nice tea garden and explaining us all about the tradition around tea in China. We then walked around, going through an amazing food market where we got to discover new products, try some liqueur… and then arrive to the hot pot place. We had the medium-mild version but definitely spicy enough for me! Our guide Ling definitely made this experience special. She gave us lots of tips, not just about hot pot but in Chengdu/China in general and made us try a lots of different specialities while walking around (also the kind of stuff you might not have dare to eat on your own – and it was awesome)! All in all a great experience! If you like spicy food definitely a must but it’s also much more than just eating spicy ;)”

Iasa

5/5

“I live in shanghai and my friend who joined the tour before recommended me to try it! So I finally got the chance while I was trying to Chengdu! It was excellent and our guide Olivia was adorable! She was so nice to us especially it was new year eve and she prepared us a new year gift which I did not expect at the beginning! This is the best way if you don’t know what to eat when you just arrive in the city. Join the tour.”

Sophia

COVID-19 Health & Safety.

  • Flexible Cancellation Policy: We have always offered one of the most flexible cancellation policies in the industry and that hasn’t changed. You are able to reschedule your tour or receive a 100% refund for all cancellations made at least 48 hours before the tour start time. Your reservations with Lost Plate are worry-free.
  • Symptom-Free: We require that all guides and guests are free of any symptoms. Guides or guests showing symptoms of any illness, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, will be asked to not join the tour.
  • Social Distancing Measures: We will maintain social distance whenever possible during the tour. We follow all local regulations and restaurant requirements, which means it’s possible your group may be seated at multiple tables at a venue.
  • Masks Required: All guides and guests are required to wear face masks at all times when not eating or drinking. If you are unsure where to purchase a mask, please let us know so we can send some recommendations. If you have a medical exemption or disability that prohibits you from wearing a mask, you must book a private tour for just your group by contacting us.
  • Sanitization: Hand sanitizer or hand-washing facilities will be provided at each stop.
  • Individual Portions: When possible, all portions will be served in individual servings. If larger dishes must be shared, public utensils will be made available to ensure each guest’s safety.
  • All restaurants that we visit follow local requirements. Temperature checks, personal registration, and/or health app screening are likely. It is the guest’s responsibility to meet requirements at each stop.
  • Your guide has the right to refuse service to anyone not complying with safety protocols. If you have any questions or concerns with any of these details, please contact us before your tour begins.

Frequently Asked Questions:

We are not a tasting tour, we provide much more than a full meal’s worth of food so we recommend you come prepared to eat.

At the teahouse there will be some snacks to accompany the tea, and there will be food to try and ingredients to sample at the market, plus a selection of local snacks during the walks between stops. At the hot pot restaurant you will get more than enough to eat! 

Our tours have been designed to accommodate as many diets as possible, including vegetarian, while still remaining stupid delicious, but please let us know prior to your tour date as same day requests cannot be guaranteed.

Due to the nature of hotpot, the soups typically have meat broths and oils and are shared. Meat is a common dipping ingredient as well. We have had vegetarian guests who don’t mind sharing the soup and dipping only vegetarian ingredients, but we cannot accommodate a 100% vegetarian experience.

When booking online, you’ll have the opportunity to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special requests. Please use this field to let us know about your requests and we will follow up if there are any problems or questions.

This is a walking tour that wanders through the market areas to see this very local neighborhood. Total walking is about 30 minutes with many breaks, which is generally the perfect amount to graze on street eats and see this neighborhood the best way possible: on foot.

Our child pricing is valid for ages 4 through 15. Children ages 3 and under are free.

The tour starts at 2pm at the Kuanzhaixiangzi (Narrow Wide Alley) subway station which services subway line 4. You’ll get the exact address, directions, and transportation details immediately after booking.

The tour ends approx. a 10 minute walk from the start location. Your guide will point you in the right direction for wherever you need to go next!

Our minimum is 2 and maximum is 12. There’s no flag to follow, or megaphone, or tacky uniforms. It’s small enough to be intimate, but big enough to get away with trying several dishes at each stop. You’ll get plenty of face-time with the experts. Bottom line is, you’ll follow the guide through a super-local experience and make friends along the way.

The tour lasts roughly 3.5 hours at a leisurely pace, which we find is the perfect amount of time to spend relaxing in the tea garden, wandering through a market, and then going absolutely bananas on hot pot.

All of our tours are rain-or-shine, so we suggest you dress for the weather. In rare cases of extreme weather, your guide will cancel the tour and provide a full refund.

Yes we do! If you would like to book a special tour for your organization or group, just contact us and we’ll take care of you.

We have many happy customers who do more than one of our tours in Beijing and across China! We have designed our tours to focus only on food from each city. This means that each dish, story, and vibe is unique to each tour and there aren’t any repeats.

Most people are very surprised how much the cuisine changes as they travel throughout China, and our tours are a good way to discover those differences. We encourage you to pick the tours that best fit your itinerary and we offer a 10% discount if booking more than one tour.

We sure do! If you decide to do more than one tour with us we are happy to offer you a 10% discount off your total amount. It doesn’t matter if the tour is in the same city or a different city, we want to keep feeding you as long as you let us. Our online booking system will automatically deduct the discount from your total if booking online at the same time. If you decide to add more tours later, your original confirmation email will include a promo code to use on those bookings. Also, children ages 4-15 receive a discount on all tours (3 & under are free).

Bookings cancelled 2 days (48 hours) or more before your tour are fully refundable (100% refund). Bookings cancelled within 48 hours notice are not refundable. Cancellations must be communicated by email to info@lostplate.com or by phone. If you would like to reschedule your tour with less than 48 hours notice, we will need to charge 50% of your total since we are unable to fill your spots at short notice.

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Chengdu Hotpot Food Tour

5/5

$55 USD/person

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