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Immerse yourself in the rich culinary culture of Shanghai on a 3.5-hour tour that includes a comprehensive cookery class. Pleasure your palate with local specialties like wontons, fried pot stickers and the city’s renowned ‘xiaolongbao’ (soup dumplings) as you discover enticing food stands with a knowledgeable guide. Uncover the secrets of Chinese cookery in a cooking class after your tour and learn to make delicious ‘shengjinbao’ (classic pan fried buns), feasting on the fruits of your labor on completion. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to just 10 people.


  • Chinese dumpling culinary tour and cooking class in Shanghai
  • Taste a variety of dumplings at Shanghai's street-side stalls and family-owned spots
  • Learn to make shengjianbao from scratch under the guidance of an expert chef
  • Sample your own creations before another tasting stop — enough to fill you up for lunch!
  • Venture into the wet market with your guide to see how the locals shop
  • Small-group class with a maximum of 10 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Experience Shanghai: Dumpling Cooking Class and Tasting Tour

Experience Shanghai: Dumpling-Tasting Tour and Cooking Class

Greet your gastronomic guide at a central Shanghai location and commence your walking tour of the former French Concession, a quaint colonial area thronged with enticing food stalls. Watch vendors cook fresh local favorites and begin tasting your way through the city; feast on up to eight samples and savor the unique flavors of jianbing (pancakes); guotie (deep-fried dumplings); jiaozi (northern-style dumplings); qian li xiang (wontons); and Shanghai's renowned xiaolongbao (steamed soup dumplings).

Listen as your guide offers fascinating insight into the cultural significance of food in Shanghai and admire the scenery as you stroll to the venue of your cookery class. Greet your profession chef and observe a demonstration on how to make shengjianbao, another Shanghai specialty that comes in the form of pan-fried buns stuffed with rich minced pork. 

Under the guidance of your chef, prepare your buns and cook them to perfection before sinking your teeth into the delicious delicacy. Sip complimentary soft drinks and iced water to cleanse your palate and then head into Shanghai’s bustling central market to see an visual banquet of exotic produce; marvel at stalls selling live fish, fresh fruit and soft noodles. 

After your visit, stop off for a final tantalizing taste and then make your own way back to your accommodation with the help of your guide.

Customer Reviews

Caitlin I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I would recommend this tour to everyone! Fantastic tasting dumplings where you get to sample a range of different styles and can eat as many as you would like, though everyone in our group walked away very full! The cooking class was also excellent and great for beginners, and you receive a recipe to follow when you are back home. It was the perfect ending to our trip.

John M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Chef Mike is 'Da Bomb'

George W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was the best day , lots and food , lots of walking , nice company a great guide
the only negative was the constant rain , but the dumplings were fantastic.

Korey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Really enjoyed this tour! Was fun to taste all the different dumplings at the various stops and our guide, Mina, was most helpful and informative! Made our own dumplings at the end of it and enjoyed our own cooking. Stuffed by the time the tour was over!! Great half-day tasting tour!

Christie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour with Chris! He was very knowledgeable and helpful. We tasted a variety of dumplings and buns before getting to make our own. The chef was very skilled and made cooking very simple for us! I had a great experience on this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent. If you're a dumpling lover / foodie, this is the tour for you. It ends with a remarkable hands-on class that sets you up for success. Highlight of my trip. Worth every penny.

William C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was a lovely tour. My guide was informative as we walked through a charming section of Shanghai.

Jennifer W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Can't wait to cook dumplings in Melbourne Australia fir my friends. Learnt heaps and tour set me up well for the following week in Shanghai.

Kia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Worth every penny! Jamie, our guide, took us around to eat real Chinese food and also taught us how to eat it properly! We heard a little history about the food we were eating. And the cooking class was excellent! Would highly recommend.

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