M/W/Sa at 6pm
Duration 3.5 hours
$85 USD per adult
$65 USD per child 4-15
Tour operated by private van
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.
Large portions at 4 sit-down, safe-to-eat restaurants.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Drink local beverages paired with each cuisine such as beer, tea, and local Beijing soft drinks.
"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.
“I was able to enjoy 4 different types of delicious food styles from four different restaurants. Each having unique and authentic dishes. The food was fantastic at each location. Our Food tour guide, Evon, was able to make the experience extra special by giving us some background story behind every dish that we ate. I love the history behind it. I definitely recommend this tour and Evon as your guide. You’ll enjoy it a lot. Don’t miss out on the fun and food!”
“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!
“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!”
“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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