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Private Cultural Experience: Dining with a Local Beijing Family

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Enjoy a home-cooked lunch with a local family and a walking tour of Beijing's historical 'hutong' lanes on this 4-hour private experience. With your personal guide, visit a family home for a simple lunch and chat about life and food in China’s capital. Opt to try traditional 'baijiu' liqor, and take a post-meal tour of the atmospheric hutongs. Stroll the maze-like lanes, see the courtyard homes, and watch Beijingers shopping at a local food market.
  • Private 4-hour family home lunch and 'hutong' lanes tour in Beijing
  • Savor a home-cooked meal at a traditional family house
  • Experience local life and food and share conversation with your hosts
  • Choose to sample 'baijiu,' Beijing’s much-loved strong liquor
  • Post-meal walking tour of the local 'hutong' alleyways
  • Admire the traditional courtyard homes and visit a food market
  • Personalized attention from a private guide, with central hotel pickup and drop-off on foot or by vehicle included
Meet your personal guide at your central Beijing hotel, and set off for a local family home. On route, hear about everyday life in Beijing, learning about the dishes typically cooked by ordinary families.

On arrival at a traditional house, greet your friendly hosts and take a seat for what will be at least a 3-course lunch. Savor the food as you chat to your new-found friends, with your guide providing translations. Dishes will vary, but expect creations like meat and vegetables with rice or noodles, and shredded vinegar-style potatoes.

As you eat, learn about local day-to-day cuisine and opt to try some baijiu — a traditional Chinese liquor with 40 to 60% alcoholic content.

After bidding farewell to your hosts, work off your meal on a guided walk around the local hutongs. Stroll down alleyways tucked away from the tourist sights, and view the old-time architecture and courtyard homes that once made up much of Beijing.

Hear how the hutongs are disappearing in the wake of modernization, and stop at a local food market to watch people shopping and learn more about local foodstuffs.

Your tour then concludes nearby or if you prefer, with a drop-off back at your hotel.
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Our tour guide was Alice who quickly...
, Apr 2017
Our tour guide was Alice who quickly build a warm rapport with us. She had a bubbly and vibrant personality. Her knowledge about the Hutongs and surrounding area was very detailed and her English was outstanding. Alice identified many points of interest in the Hutong construction and walked us through the local markets and explained the variety of foods for sale. At the dinner with the local family, Alice interpreted the customs and lifestyle of the host family as we enjoyed our delicious meal. Alice's interpretation skills allowed us to have a memorable cultural experience.
Our guide, Kelly was very helpful. My...
, Sep 2016
Our guide, Kelly was very helpful. My 15 year old daughter and I enjoyed the food and the fellowship with the family. I didn't know I had to pay for the cab, however.
Had a great time and tour guide, Qing...
Bryan C
, Mar 2016
Had a great time and tour guide, Qing was excellent. The local tour and family dinner was perfect. Would do again if in Beijing Bryan

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