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Flavors of China
Beijing Restaurant Tour

Try cuisine from four of China's regions, all in one city.

M/W/Sa at 6pm

Duration 3.5 hours

$85 USD per adult

$65 USD per child 4-15

Tour operated by private van

The Essentials:

Eat massive courses at 4 restaurants specializing in cuisines from the 4 corners of China, and learn about how and why they vary on this van-serviced tour through the heart of Beijing. We’re talking a combination of flavors you never imagined coming from one country, that are also paired with local beverages. Come curious and ready to eat.

Stops

Large portions at 4 sit-down, safe-to-eat restaurants.

Group Size

Small groups of 2-12 people per tour.

Start & End Location

Starts at Shichahai Subway Station. Ends 5 minutes walk away from Guloudajie Subway station. An email will be sent with detailed meeting location details immediately after booking.

Dietary Requirements

We are happy to welcome vegetarians and pescatarians, but please let us know prior to your tour date as same day requests cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for gluten free or vegan diets. Please message us prior to booking if you have any questions.

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About This Tour:

What do you picture when you imagine Chinese food? Dumplings and noodles?

China has more people than all of North and South America, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, combined. If you think about how varied the cuisines of those continents are, Chinese cuisine is just as varied (if not more) by population, geography, and history. There are flavors you’ve never thought of (but that you really need to be trying.)

On this tour, you will get a glimpse into how big China truly is through this showcase of cuisines. Not just in taste, but in textures, colors, eating customs, restaurant-vibes, and the legends that come with each dish. If food is an expression of landscape and culture, then come and see what 1.5 billion people can do with the world around them.

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What You'll Do:

Flavors of China Beijing Restaurant Tour Chicken

Try the biggest plate of chicken you’ve ever seen at the confluence of Persian, Russian, Mongol, and Tajik flavors from Xinjiang, the northwestern-most corner of China and the gate of the Silk Road.

Flavors of China Restaurant Tour Bread

Did you know naan is actually a Persian import to India, and China too? Try Chinese Uyghur naan cooked in a Xinjiang tandoori and learn why they carry beautiful stamped designs.

Flavors of China Restaurant Tour Pancakes

Try authentic Yunnan-style pork shoulder wraps, directly from a unique free-range black pig farm in China's Yunnan province, bordering Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

Flavors of China Restaurant Tour Beef

Royal Beijing cuisine is a reflection of its status as a capital city through 5 different dynasties. Try this luxurious marinated, thinly sliced beef dish in one of the city’s most elusive and hidden eateries.

Flavors of China Restaurant Tour Chuan Chuan

Sichuan food is so popular, 30% of the restaurants here serve Sichuan cuisine. Try chuan-chuan style hot pot with herbal and Sichuan-inferno broths, with fist fulls of skewered meats, veggies, and marinaded goodness to mix and match.

Flavors of China Restaurant Tour Wusu Beer

Drink local beverages paired with each cuisine such as beer, tea, and freshly made fruit juice.

Featured In:

"Best Foods to Try in China"

I love learning about new foods and places in China and thoroughly enjoyed the evening! Even after living here for 4 years there are still tons of dishes I still haven’t tried, and this evening I was able to cross a few more off my list. If you want to eat your way through China but aren’t sure where to start, you won’t be disappointed.

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Take a close look at our Flavors of China Restaurant Tour in Beijing and what you’ll experience in our own Lost Plate produced video.

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Watch YouTuber Trip Bitten join our Flavors of China tour and try food from Xinjiang, Yunnan, Beijing, and Sichuan!

Customer Reviews:

5/5

Lost Plate knows their way to authentic Chinese food in Beijing. Tourists wouldn’t be able to find them on their own. We enjoyed four Chinese cuisines and had good company all along. I’d recommend this tour to any foodie visiting the city!

Miguel V

December 2019

5/5

“This was one of the highlights of my stay. If you like to try original Chinese food, this is absolutely worth a try. 4 different Chinese cuisines in four different restaurants. I recommend to not eat too much at the first two, so you can at least have a bit more at the last 2 restaurants. Also the guide was very nice and explained a lot about Chinese food!

Michi

December 2019

5/5

“I was in BJ visiting my friend working for the embassy, the Lost Plate food tour has a really good reputation among those people. We tried 4 different stops with 4 totally different cuisines and flavors, rated as the best taste of the whole country, all of them are sooooooo good! Come to this tour without having lunch and do not get too much for the first stop!”

Kenny

November 2019

5/5

“I have always felt that the best way to get to know a country is through its food. However finding the best places to eat and then ordering food is almost impossible if you don’t speak the language. I found that Lost Plate have totally solved this problem with their tour and the food they choose and the restaurants they take you to are a fantastic representation of Chinese cuisine from different parts of China that one may never get the opportunity to visit. I will definitely recommend this tour to my friends or family when they come to visit me in China.

 

Dominic Y

September 2019

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:

This is not a tasting tour, you should come hungry and you will get more than a full meal of food. If you need more, just let your guide know and we’ll get more, but usually guests cannot finish everything. This tour also pairs local beer, tea and/or soft drinks at each restaurant.

Our tours have been designed to accommodate as many diets as possible while still remaining stupid delicious. This tour is vegetarian and pescatarian friendly, but please let us know prior to your tour date as same day requests cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for gluten free or vegan diets.

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 tour is fully operated by a climate-controlled private van, but our vans can’t always go door to door. This means there is a total of about 10 to 15 minutes of walking throughout the entire tour. If you’re worried about the temperature outside, this tour is a good choice as our vans are always comfortable.

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

The tour starts at 6pm at Shichahai subway station which services subway lines 2 and 5. You’ll get the exact address, directions, and transportation details immediately after booking.

The tour ends near Guloudajie Subway Station. 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.

This tour lasts about 3.5 hours. If you have any concerns about timing and meeting up based on your itinerary, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to make this as hassle-free as possible.

All of our tours are rain-or-shine, so we suggest you dress for the weather. Our vans are always comfortable, regardless of the season. In rare cases of extreme weather, your guide will cancel the tour and provide a full refund. During times of extreme air pollution (AQI over 400) our tours will run but refunds will be provided if you are unable to join due to health concerns.

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 through 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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Flavors of China Restaurant Tour in Beijing

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$85 USD/person

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