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.