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Beijing Cuisine

By Viator, September 2016

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The best flavors of China are on the menus of Beijing, China's capital city. Influenced by its neighboring regions as well as the imperial cuisine of the Forbidden City, the food is characterized by its bold flavors and hearty preparations. Here are a few favorite foods and activities you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes
Beijing's most famous dish, the crispy-skinned, juicy-on-the-inside Peking duck, is often served with rice flour wraps, cucumbers, green onions and a sweet, salty hoisin sauce.

While rice dishes are popular in the south of China, the north leans more toward noodles and dumplings called jaozi, which come stuffed with shrimp, pork and a variety of vegetables. To satisfy a hankering for noodles, try Zhajiang noodles, a hand-pulled wheat variery served with minced pork and a smoky fermented soy bean paste sauce. And on a cold day in Beijing, nothing beats a bubbling lamb hot pot—a dish once enjoyed by Qing Dynasty royalty.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Set aside an evening to feast on Peking duck before attending a famous Chinese acrobatic show, an iconic experience in the Chinese capital.
  • Eat like a local and sample a variety of different foods on a street food tour. Opt for one in the Beijing hutongs to get a feel for some of the city's most interesting neighborhoods.
  • Take the flavors of Beijing home with you by learning new recipes at a cooking class (dumplings, anyone?)
  • Gain an understanding of Beijing's culture and cuisine by touring one of the many food markets and dining with a local family.

Tours & Tickets

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Beijing Acrobatic Show and Peking Duck Banquet Night Tour, Beijing, null
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Beijing Acrobatic Show and Peking Duck Banquet Night Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 640 Reviews

Dine on exquisite Chinese cuisine at a Peking Duck banquet dinner then enjoy traditional entertainment from a Chinese acrobat troupe on this Beijing evening ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.99
Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour, Beijing, Dining Experiences
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Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 272 Reviews

Learn how to make authentic Chinese food during this Beijing cooking class, taught by an expert chef. Take a walking tour through a market to learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.90
Small-Group Beijing Street Food Night Tour, Beijing, Cooking Classes
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Small-Group Beijing Street Food Night Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 150 Reviews

Eating while walking or walking while eating – a perfect walking tour to fill your stomach with delicious local food without feeling guilty. Join this ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Beijing Private Hutong Food Walking Tour, Beijing, Food Tours
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Beijing Private Hutong Food Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

An authentic culinary tour through Lishi hutong, one of the lesser tourist visited hutongs. Visit Lishi Hutong area where you will be immersed into the real ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Imperial Banquet Dinner Experience at Chinese Royal Gastronomy Museum, Beijing, Food Tours
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Imperial Banquet Dinner Experience at Chinese Royal Gastronomy Museum

While you’re in Beijing, you have to try out the Chinese Royal Gastronomy Museum, which comes with dinner and an extravaganza of on-stage performances (1 ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $185.00
Beijing Hutong Food Tour, Beijing, Dining Experiences
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Beijing Hutong Food Tour

Discover the culinary delights of Beijing on a walking food tour through one of the city’s charming historic hutong neighborhoods. Stroll past food stalls at ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.25
Private Chinese Cooking Class with a Local Hutong Family in Beijing, Beijing, Food Tours
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Private Chinese Cooking Class with a Local Hutong Family in Beijing

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

The cooking class is one of the most local things to do in Beijing. This is how a local family spend the night. This private tour is ideal for you and your ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3.5 to 4.5 hours

From USD $55.00

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