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Food plays a significant role in Chinese culture and Imperial Tours tailors its bespoke traveling itineraries to ensure you savor and celebrate her rich culinary smorgasbord. The wealth and internationalism of today’s China has created an exciting and evolving food culture throughout the country. Besides the rich array of traditional, regional cuisines, China’s major cities are home to a vast selection of Western restaurants as well as those conjuring up an eclectic fusion of Chinese and Western traditions.
Our expert Itinerary Designers will help enrich your journey with immersive culinary experiences such as learning how best to roast Beijing’s famous Peking Duck at one of her top duck restaurants, accompanying a top Hong Kong chef to a seafood market to learn which fish to buy, or visiting a wholesale tea market with a master to name but a few.
Table etiquette is important to Chinese people, as correct table manners bring good luck. Lazy Susan is watching, but not to worry – your China Host will ensure you don’t place a chopstick wrong and that your customized menus are continually updated to suit your prandial tastes. On a mouth-watering culinary exploration of China you will soon understand the meaning behind the old Chinese proverb, “Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent: All must be tasted.”
My parents visited China in 2000. When asked for advice, they told me to bring some snacks as they had found some of the food iffy. Not only did my snacks go uneaten, but I must report that the restaurants were some of the best I have ever encountered – this from a native San Franciscan who has dined very well all over the world! The cutting edge atmosphere at nearly every meal added to the excitement.
Spicing Up Your Trip
See China Your Way
We all dress differently, we all live differently and we all have different interests when we travel. Just as there's no one China, there's no one destination. What we do is customize your itinerary so that you see each destination the way you want to see it.
The sample itinerary below is styled on four main divisions in Chinese cuisine: the wheat-based North including the Imperial kitchen, the spicy and pungent West embracing Sichuan, Yunnan & Hunan provinces, the gentle, soya sauce infused East, centered on the Huaiyang kitchen, and finally - best known in the western hemisphere - the cuisine of the South, mainly Cantonese with its focus on seafood and dim sum.
YOUR PERSONAL TRAVELING CONCIERGE
Our China Hosts
Our China Hosts are part of what makes us different and are one of the key ingredients to why we have been successful all these years, providing one-of-a-kind luxury experiences in China. Our China Hosts have been hand selected and expertly trained to provide you with the most unforgettable journey through China. From seamlessly organizing the logistics of transfers, to ordering the best food in the destination you're in, before you come to China, it's hard to imagine what a China host brings to the party. After, it's hard to imagine traveling without one.
Many of our China Hosts speak multiple languages including English, Chinese, German, Spanish, French and Italian. As a resident of China, each of our hosts has a passion for the country that has kept them here. It is this passion for China, coupled with an expert knowledge of the country, which makes our China Hosts so valuable. The impact your China Host can have on your holiday is limitless. For more information on our China Hosts please visit Frequently Asked Questions.
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