We’ve spent years searching for the best things to eat and do in China, everywhere from our favorite cities to the far corners of China’s west, and now we’re sharing our secrets with you.
We’ve personally explored, curated, and designed each of these trips on our own. If you’re ready to truly experience China like a local, see the best sights, and of course eat the best food – you came to the right place.
We’ve spent years searching for the best things to eat and do in China, everywhere from our favorite cities to the far corners of China’s wild west, and now we’re sharing our secrets with you.
We’ve personally explored, curated, and designed each of these trips. If you’re ready to truly experience China like a local, see the best sights, and of course eat the best food – you came to the right place.
As the hot-spot of Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu has been an UNESCO City of Gastronomy for over a decade. From local street food to roundtable hotpots, come experience why Chengdu and its cuisine are so special and unique.
In a place as storied as Xian, the flavors here have a lot to say. Here you’ll get our full repertoire of our best research and hauntingly delicious plates, from an ancient capital city to caves.
4500 RMB per person
From 4500 RMB
4 days, 3 nights
4 days, 3 nights
Chengdu, Leshan, Countryside Tea Village
Xian, Ancient Countryside Caves
We’ve curated every meal in this food-forward adventure through the amazing landscapes and remote ancient villages of the Yunnan’s Tibetan autonomous region. This tour is recommended to those who want to experience off-the-beaten-path China, enjoy wine, Tibetan yogurts and milk teas, all manner of rich soups and stews, while stopping at wineries and enjoying landscapes and villages that are far off the tourist path.
Spend 7 days in the land of cured meats, local markets, bubbling hotpots, and fried local cheese. Local live-music bars and evening square-dance sessions are opt-ins we highly recommend on this tour. And to us, that constant ebb and flow of peoples and their appetites in a climate well suited to agriculture, means it’s the perfect storm for all things crazy delicious.
From 9,500 RMB
From 9800 RMB
8 days, 7 nights
8 days, 7 nights
Shangrila, Meili Snow Mountain, Yubeng Village, Cizhong Village, Tongle Village, Lijiang
Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shaxi Village, Xizhou Village, Dali
We personally curate every trip down to the finest detail (and meal), and all of our trips are led by our team. This means you’ll get an experience that lives up to the hype by a team that is passionate about what we do. It also means we aren’t afraid to push boundaries that other companies can’t, making on-the-fly adjustments and getting off the familiar tourist track to make sure you have nothing less than a great trip.
A trip isn’t great if you’re not always thinking about your next meal. This is exactly how we design our itineraries – we find the best culinary experiences and meals and then place everything else around it. This means you get the best of everything: the sights and the bites. We can always guarantee that you won’t go hungry – or thirsty. Did we mention meals include beer?
No shopping. No gimmicky souvenir shops that pay guides commissions. No cheesy performances that attract droves of tourists. We travel with our guests like we travel by ourselves, which means we cut out the crap and provide a truly local and unique experience. We visit sights and attractions that are worth it, which doesn’t always mean you’ll find them in your guidebook.
Imagine discovering hidden caves in the countryside outside Xian for a night. Exploring the endless tea fields outside Chengdu for an afternoon. Getting access to invite-only wineries in deep Yunnan canyons. Or taking a 45 minute jeep ride over mountain passes to arrive in what’s known locally as “Heaven on Earth.” We make the extra effort to take you places that you won’t find on any other itineraries. At the end of the day, you’ll be posting Insta pics like no-one else ever has.
No need to endlessly scroll through lists of hotels. Stop trying to find random blogs that recommend the hole-in-the-wall restaurants. You don’t even need to listen to your friends that have already been. We take care of every detail, every meal, and every pillow. All you need to do is show up and we’ll take care of the rest.
A third of our customers were referred by a previous guest. Were you one of them?!
“As an expat living in China, it was a great way to explore and travel while navigating changing regulations during COVID. There is A LOT of food so come hungry and be prepared to eat! The food was amazing and at local restaurants that I would not have found on my own. They really take you off the typical “tourist path” when it comes to food so you get to eat like the locals and have some of the best versions of each dish in town. The local guides were great at explaining the history of the historic sites we went to and eager to share what they know. Over the 4 days, we saw the Muslim Quarter, the Wild Goose Pagoda, the City wall, Cave Dwellings outside of the city, and the Teracotta warriors. Overall, I am glad I traveled to Xi’an with Lost Plate!”
“The distinctiveness of “Lost Plate” is to combine a trip that’s off the beaten path and extremely delicious local dishes. The trip was very well organized and interesting, I enjoyed riding a bike on the city wall and visiting the Terracotta Warriors. The night in a cave and the bonfire were such a fantastic experience. About food, it’s very difficult to choose my favorite, because the market food tour, the street food tour, the tuk tuk food tour, the local restaurants….all the dishes were delicious and eclectic ! It’s my second trip with Lost Plates and I have never been disappointed. Thank you Lost Plate and see you soon for another trip!”
“My partner and I went on the four day tour of Chengdu. Our excellent guide brought us to a range of authentic eateries that we would never have found ourselves as well as a visit to the pandas, an old tea house, a tea farm and the giant Buddha. Usually tours pad things out but this was enjoyable (and tasty especially if you like it spicy) throughout, thoroughly off the beaten track, and our guide was a joy to spend time with.”
“It is obvious the thought, effort, and love you put in to plan a unique culinary week for people to experience. The area is so fantastic. I loved the variety between noodles, pots, and dishes. That’s fantastic to have all of that. Also the range of dishes at each dinner was amazing and always local, homemade, or organic. The meals at the family restaurants were so amazing. Loved all the food!”
“This tour is very pleasant and very well studied. All the meals were delicious. The guides were very nice, always available for us, and always with the smile. Thank you very much for such an amazing trip, I will recommend it to all of my friends and colleagues.”