• Tour code: 19099P13
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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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

What You Can Expect

Private Cultural Experience: Dining with a Local Beijing Family

Private Cultural Experience: Dinning with a Beijing Local Family

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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