6-Person Shanghai Markets Tour with Tastings
- Food Tastings and Venue Visits: A veteran food professional will accompany you to a Shanghai market and discuss important food concepts.
- Chinese Gastronomic Expert Guide: Study Chinese food traditions with expert guidance from a local foodie.
- Shanghainese Restaurant: Devour a carefully curated meal inside a traditional local restaurant, where ingredients will be utilized from the visited venues.
About This Shanghai Tour
From Bund-style cuisine to street stall specialties, Shanghai pleases everyone’s palate with its eclectic food landscape. The food in this part of China reflects cooking styles practiced in nearby regions, such as Shaoxing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Ningbo, Wuxi, and Nanjing. For three whole hours, you can experience the most authentic tastes of the city, wander around a “secret” local market, and relax in a nearby restaurant for an all-encompassing nourishing experience.
A veteran food expert is responsible for planning this market meandering tour, which features an ever-changing menu. The ideal way to kick-start your trip in Shanghai (or Hu as it is known for short), this tour will enable you to select the best spots for fine dining and region-specific delicacies. Located on the estuary of Yangtze River, the bustling metropolis is not shy to try out fresh food trends, of which you can learn about.
Understand why pork plays an integral role in any Chinese person’s diet and the major importance of sharing. A significant part of religious symbolism, food is a glue that holds the Chinese culture together. Take this opportunity to feed your knowledge on Chinese rituals, etiquette, and why most people shopping at Guangyuan Lu Market are aged 55 or above! When your three hours are up, your belly will be full with hongshao rou (red-braised pork belly) and (smoked fish) xunyu.
Discovering China’s Cultural Heritage through Food
Did you know that two general components make up a traditional Chinese dish in Shanghai, and the rest of China for that matter? One component is a starch or carbohydrate source, while the other will usually be meat, vegetables or fish. The primary eating utensil is chopsticks and meals do not typically end with a dessert. Instead, sugary or sweet foods tend to be included in the main meal!
Please make your way to Guangyuan Lu Wet Market, 153 Guangyuan Lu ( near Tianping Lu). Please meet your guide inside the SRCB (on your left if facing the wet market).
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. This itinerary is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Food & Wine
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Lunch - Local Favorites
Beverage - Tea only
Additional beverages available for purchase
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 13 years of age and older to participate.
Special Medical Restriction
We do our best to accommodate everyone but if you have a gluten allergy this may prove problematic. Let us know if anyone in your party is a vegetarian or has allergies or dietary restrictions. We can warn your docent. Contact Hello@GoBe.com
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.
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