Fantastic. Interesting, knowledgeable and fun. Chunyi spoke excellent english. The market tour was interesting and the cooking class simple and fun. Her cooking space is clean and well laid out. A great day!
What a great tour,Lilly,our guide was knowledgeable with good English. We got a taste of how it was in the Hutong area of Beijing, on this tour you will experience local transport, local life and cuisine we loved it all and would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Beijing. Thank You Lilly for a great tour. Kind Regards Linda Allan and Sam QLD Australia
had a fantastic time! It was just me and another traveler, and our guide, Lilly was very relaxed, nice and knowledgeable. the homemade food was delicious :)
Great cooking experience. Especially enjoyed the market tour as we had eaten various chinese meals on our Great Wall trek,and so we saw many vegetables that we had tried. Thoroughly recommend this cooking experience
This was a great way to spend an afternoon in Beijing away from the crowds! Our host was fantastic, took us around the market pointing out the typical and unusual. The cooking was great - both my kids (12 and 14) made their own pancakes, including using the massive cleaver! Being in the hutong really gave us a sense of the local life, away from all the big tour buses and "matching hat tours"
The tour guide was nice enough, but she was exhausted from leading towards earlier in the day and throughout the week. So her energy level was low, which diminished the quality of the tour. Also, her English was still developing, which Made it harder to communicate with her.
Every once in a while, you hit a tour that over-promises and under-delivers. Perhaps the copywriter got carried away. Perhaps the copywriter never took the tour. Perhaps our interpretation of the wording was wrong. However, when Viator tours promoted a “Small-Group Beijing Street Food Tour at Night Including Dumpling Making”, we expected something different from what we experienced.
The tour was promoted as an immersive culinary experience in Beijing. Dinner was included at a 77-year-old woman’s home where we were served an assortment of foods including meatballs, a mushroom dish, rice, peanut, chicken and, oh yes, dumplings, which were, well, not the best we’ve had. The good part was that this was actually a courtyard where she lived and we got to see an actual home. And the dumpling making class….well, using dough that was already made and formed, she showed us how she put the filling in and seal the dumpling. Then we got to make one ourselves. A class? Educational? No. Disappointment? Yes.
Bottom, line, you get dinner, you get a tour of a market, it wasn’t a culinary delight. Nor would I consider it to be a dumpling making class. Find an alternative
Unfortunately our tour guide did not show up. We have contacted Viator, but they have not responded.
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