Peking at the duck

I really didn’t want to leave Beijing without eating Peking duck, it’s one of those food experiences that I hoped would be even better in its city of origin. With our national guide happy to come and share the experience with us on our last night on tour, I was fairly certain that it was…

Xi’an’s Lazy Susan

A few mouthfuls into my first lunch in Xi’an I realised that I was facing a noteworthy meal, our local guide had made pains to stress that the meal was representative of Xi’an and the Shaanxi Provence, and how the influence of the Silk Road made the food of this region quite unique. I certainly…

Hutongs

A rickshaw ride through the Hutongs is certainly an experience that I wouldn’t have chosen to do myself, but with it included in my tour itinerary I had no concern or expectations of the experience I was about to have. I didn’t expect or receive any commentary from my rickshaw driver pushed us around the…

12 gates

Without doubt walking the Great Wall of China was the most important, non-food, experience for me in China. I found the very idea of the wall to be an exotic, alluring and compelling concept, it’s a structure that for me epitomises the strength and determination of the Chinese culture. As our bus sped north out…

Forbidden Beijing ‘on tour’

I was a little worried that my first day in Beijing was going to be a wash out, the overnight train experience into Xi’an had left me exhausted and barely able to function. I feared the overnight train experience into Beijing would have a similar effect, leaving me far too exhausted to enjoy the major…

Huǒguō

I have never experienced an ingredient selection this extensive for a hot pot meal before, the large table in front of me is impressively laden with an array of tasty foods ready to dunk into my cooking pot once it comes to boil. The large tour group increasing the range and complexity of the food…

Xi’an “on tour”

The first day in Xi’an was almost too much to handle, we had taken an overnight train to get here, arriving in the early morning. I find sleeping on moving objects tricky at the best of times, with one of our cabin mates snoring efficiently throughout the night I arrived in Xi’an absolutely exhausted. This…

Suzhou “on tour”

The second locale on my tour schedule in China is the historically significant city of Suzhou, a city famed for its extensive waterways and canals and often called the Venice of the East. With just an afternoon in Suzhou the standout activity for me was the Lingering Garden, a Unesco World Heritage site and one…

Shanghai “on tour”

Having thoroughly enjoyed my pre tour exploration of Shanghai’s street food and dumplings I was content to surrender my travelling experience within China to the tour company. To go where I was told and to see what the company believed to be the highlights of each locale. With just a day and a half on…

Tānfàn

Sampling Shanghai street food was high on my agenda while in town, I managed to find some useful locational data on a few foodie blogs, this information led me towards a well recommended street food district just off Fangbang road near Laoximen Station. When I arrived at the recommended locale, I could see the gentrification…

Xiao long bao

I can say that my first day in Shanghai was a day to remember, with such great successes! Zero significant sights seen and three delicious samplings of one of Shanghai’s culturally protected culinary highlights. The extra time we had in Shanghai wasn’t arranged so that I could visit museums, no. I was in Shanghai early…

Shanghai

I had two days in Shanghai before my tour started to explore the city on my own, I was excited about being in a new city, in a new country and about the experiences I was about to have. I had a rough idea of the areas the tour would take us, and was cautious about…