China: The Great Cuisines of the Middle Kingdom - October 8, 2019 - Atlas Obscura Trips
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China: The Great Cuisines of the Middle Kingdom

from $5,350 USD per person for 14 days, 13 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Moderate
  • Overland Adventure

From bustling night markets to fine-dining institutions, this journey down China’s east coast reveals the story of countless delicious dishes and culinary traditions. On this carefully curated journey, we’ll be tasting our way through a particularly delicious sampling of China's endlessly varied cuisine, boarding bullet trains and boats to experience Huaiyang, Buddhist, Cantonese cuisines, and other distinct culinary styles. Along the way, we’ll visit famed gardens and museums, testaments to the glories of one of the oldest civilizations on Earth. But, from harvesting lotus roots in a massive freshwater lake to conversations with culinary experts, food is the centerpiece of this adventure. As a popular local saying puts it, “To the people, food is heaven.”

Over the course of our two weeks together, we'll visit a number of cities in China's eastern region, beginning in Qingdao and ending in Guangzhou, with stops in Qufu, Yangzhou, Wuzhen, and Shanghai. We'll immerse ourselves in traditions and get a sense of China's urban and rural landscapes, while meeting local craftsmen and connoisseurs everywhere we go. We promise that you'll never go to bed hungry.

  • China's eastern seaboard: Shandong, Jiangsu & Guangdong provinces
  • Mingle with foodies, gourmands, and professional chefs
  • Explore local history, art & philosophy
  • Hands-on harvesting & cooking experiences


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info

Activity Level

This tour is fairly active; travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking four to five miles each day, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Several parts of the tour involve some longer walks, including up and down stairs and on uneven ground.

Arrival & Departure

When planning your travel, we recommend that you arrive in Qingdao by 4 p.m. on October 8 and depart from Guangzhou anytime on October 21. If you'd like assistance booking flights, let us know and we'll connect you to our flight specialists.

Dates and Prices

Oct 08–Oct 21, 2019
Shared Room
$5,350 USD per person
Single Room
$6,140 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $5,350. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of  $4,850 will be due by July 10, 2019. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $790 will be due at the time of the final payment.
  • Thirteen nights of accommodation in modern, well-equipped hotels.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary.
  • The company of an experienced, multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • Transport throughout the trip, in comfortable minibuses and bullet trains.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and experiences.
  • Transportation and flights, including airport transfers; note that the trip begins in Qingdao and ends in Guangzhou.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • If applicable, applying for a Chinese visa. (We recommend applying through the service Visa HQ.)

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