China Real Food Adventure

Trip Code: CBZF

Why we love it

Get your hands floury and gain a unique insight into one of China's most revered culinary arts – noodle-making – at a local couple’s apartment., Dine on classic Chinese dishes like kung pao chicken and dumplings and learn how to make them during cooking classes with local chefs., Meet producers and locals at spice markets, a family-owned tea plantation in Leshan, and along the Muslim Quarter tasting trail in the heart of Xi’an., Explore many of China’s most famous sites such as the Terracotta Warriors, Tiananmen Square and Great Wall and see Giant Pandas at a breeding and research centre., Embrace the tastes of China's most important food regions – from Peking duck in Beijing, to the Muslim-influenced food of Xi'an, the spicy flavours of Sichuan hotpot and dumplings in Shanghai.

Is this trip right for me?

The cuisine of China includes a lot of meat and seafood. For vegetarians and vegans we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy this trip. We also have many other trips to China which can accommodate a range of dietary requirements.

We suggest packing relatively lightly for this trip, as you’ll need to be able to comfortably carry your own luggage for the duration of the trip. This includes to and from accommodation, and on and off trains.

Important information

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.
3. Please provide a scanned colour copy of your passport at time of booking to secure flight and train tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket if an amendment occurs.

What to bring/pack

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances or up or down a flight of stairs. Our travellers usually find the smaller their luggage is, the more they enjoy the trip not having to worry about carrying heavy bags! Aim to keep your main luggage under 15kg.

Many travellers carry their luggage in a compact smaller suitcase or backpack with wheels. We recommend your bag has carry straps or handles so it is easy to lift and carry for the times you are unable to wheel it (ie. on rough surfaces or up steps).

If you are taking overnight trains, or primarily using public transport then the smaller your luggage the easier it will be to store under or above bunks. Large suitcases may not be able to be taken on board. A lockable bag or small padlock for your bag will be useful especially when travelling on public transportation as well.

You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, and jacket etc. when you’re exploring during the day.

Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:, https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list, WATER BOTTLE
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination, if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day., TRAVELLING ON LOCAL TRANSPORT
It's important that your bags can be locked, as on local transport it may be necessary that your luggage gets stowed separately (and unattended). The smaller your bag the better for you and other passengers, for when it comes to travelling on local buses and trains it's often only the smaller bags that will fit into the storage areas inside the bus or your cabin. To ensure maximum comfort, try to pack small and light.

LUGGAGE STORAGE
Where Intrepid covers the cost of luggage storage during included day trips, we allow for one bag/backpack only, so it's advisable that you travel lightly and keep luggage to a limit of one item (plus your day pack). Extra luggage storage will be at your own expense.

Physical rating

 
2

You will be expected to carry your own luggage, including moving about busy public transport hubs, up stairs and escalators and on and off buses and trains. Although you won't be required to walk long distances, you are expected to be able to walk and handle your own luggage for up to 30 minutes. Good general fitness and mobility plays a big part in making your trip more enjoyable. In some locations it may be possible to hire porters at extra expense paid locally. Please ask your trip leader for help to arrange this if possible but be prepared to manage your own luggage.

Joining your group

Chengdu Nanhe Xiyue Hotel, No.28 Shangchizheng Street, 610041 Chengdu - Qingyang, Chengdu, Sichuan, CHINA, Phone: +86 2886210000

The Chengdu Nanhe Hotel (Chengdu Nanhe Jiudian) is located in Chengdu city center with a total of 128 rooms. All rooms are equipped with bathrooms, TV, A/C, fridge and free internet access. The hotel also features a Chinese restaurant and 24-hour reception. Free Wi-Fi is also available in public areas of hotel lobby. It's in walking distance to some main attractions in the city- 1.4 km to People's Park & Tianfu Square, 1.7km to Sichuan Museum of Science and Technology, 1.5 km to Wuhou Ci & Jinli Pedestrian Street and 4km to Wenshu Temple.

Joining instructions

If you have booked an arrival transfer with us, your driver will hold a sign with your name on it and waiting for you right after you've exit from the custom and immigration area. Should there be any issue with the transfer, please call China emergency number and our ground team will be able to help you.

If you are making your own way to the hotel,
By taxi (the easiest option): Metered taxis are available outside the airport terminal building. You can follow the airport signs to reach to the official taxi stand. The taxi ride from the airport to the hotel takes about 30 minutes and should cost about 50 CNY. Show the taxi driver the address of the hotel in Chinese characters as shown below. **PLEASE AVOID TAXI DRIVERS WHO DON'T WAIT IN THE TAXI LINE FOR CLIENTS AND APPROACH YOU IN THE QUEUE CLAIMING THEY USE METER**

Hotel information below in both Chinese and English:

成都南禾·希悦酒店(原华茂希悦酒店) Nanhe Xiyue Hotel
地址:青羊区位于上池正街28号 Add: No. 28 ShangchiZheng Road, Qingyang district, Chengdu
Tel:0086 28 8621 0000

Finishing your trip

Kingtown Hotel Shanghai Hongkou 上海虹口嘉庭酒店, 1885 North Sichuan Road, Hongkou District 上海市虹口区四川北路1885号,近多伦路步行街, Shanghai, CHINA, Phone: +8621 36129111

Kingtown Hongkou Shanghai is located in Shanghai, a 5-minute walk away from Dongbaoxin Road Subway Station (line 3) and Duolun Road. It takes 10 minutes by taxi from the hotel to the Bund. It is a 14-minute drive from Shanghai Railway Station and a 50-minute drive from Hongqiao International Airport.

At Kingtown Hongkou Shanghai you will find a 24-hour front desk. Currency exchange is provided. Other facilities include a business center. The property offers free parking. The hotel features modern-style rooms, a fitness center and free WiFi access. Rooms here are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable and satellite channels and an electric kettle. Private bathroom includes free toiletries. Views of Oriental Pearl Tower can be enjoyed from some rooms on high floor.

The on-site restaurant serves daily buffet breakfast only. Hongkou is a great choice for travelers interested in architecture, walking and culture.

Kingtown Hongkou Hotel is located 23km from Hongqiao Airport SHA (approx 50 min) and 45km from Pudong Airport PVG (approx 1 hour) airports. We are happy to arrange a departure transfer for you at an additional charge. Please ask your booking agent if you would like to add this service and provide your flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival.
If you would prefer to make your own way to the airport, the hotel will be able to help you arrange a taxi. If you would prefer to take public transport please ask your leader for directions.

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 5

Lunches included: 4

Dinners included: 4

While we will endeavour to cater to dietary requirements where possible, please note that many meals and food activities on Real Food Adventures are set in advance in order to deliver a well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. In many countries, dietary restrictions are uncommon and not well understood. If you have dietary requirements and are concerned about whether this may impact on your ability to participate fully in all food-related activities on this trip, please speak with your booking agent so it can be determined whether your dietary requirements can be met.

Meals & Beverages:
Please refer to the inclusions section for the included meals and food activities. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are not included with meals unless specified or part of a beverage tasting activity. 

Climate & seasonal information

WEATHER
From the southern city of Yangshuo to the glittering coastal city of Shanghai, China is home to a diverse range of landscapes. We recommend researching weather in the locations you'll visit to choose the best time for your trip.

Tourism is generally at its peak in summer, so if you’re not into crowds you may want to avoid June, July and August. If you’d still like the weather to be somewhat warm, a shoulder season month like October or May might be best – you’ll usually only need a light jacket or fleece, but the bulk of the crowds are gone.

CHINESE NATIONAL HOLIDAYS:
Please note that China's national holidays are the peak travel season for Chinese nationals. During this time, literally the whole country is on the move - that's over a billion people. Although these are fascinating and exciting times to travel in China, please be aware your group will almost definitely experience transport delays and massive crowds at tourist attractions and train stations. It's common for there to be difficulties in securing train or flight tickets at our preferred times, hotels become overbooked, traffic chaotic and changes to the itinerary are often necessary as a result. If clockwork organisation is important to you we advise you book outside of the weeks of the extended Chinese New Year in January/February, in the first week of May and the first week of October. If you decide to travel during this period please come with an open mind and be prepared for changes on the ground.

Here are the major holiday periods in China:
Chinese New Year: Feb 11-17 2021, Jan 31- Feb 6 2022
Qingming Festival: Apr 3-5 2021, Apr 3-5 2022
Labour Day Holiday: Apr 30- May 2 2021/2022
Dragon Boat Festival: Jun 12-14 2021, Jun 3-5 2022
Mid-Autumn Day: Sep 19-21 2021, Sep 9-11 2022
National Day: Oct 1-7 2021, Oct 1-8 2022

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below:

Intrepid’s Local Operator: +86 106 406 7328

Accommodations

HOTEL ROOMS:
Some travellers have reported that hotels/accommodation in this region tend to have harder bed mattresses than those they are used to at home. You may like to request an extra quilt or bedding from the hotels if you find this an issue.

SMOKING ROOMS:
Smoking is prevalent in China and hotels generally do not offer specific non-smoking rooms. Larger hotels with central air conditioning will sometimes transport the smell of smoke between rooms. While we ask our hotels to ensure our rooms are well cleaned and ventilated well before occupation in some cases this is not possible, and the smell of smoke may linger. Please speak to your leader about the possibility of changing rooms if you encounter this.

WIFI:
WiFi is often available in hotel reception areas and sometimes in rooms. Your leader will be able to advise on the best places to get connected.

GUESTHOUSES
In smaller, rural locations in China we may stay in guesthouses, which are mostly small family run establishments. Facilities are basic compared to hotels and towels may not be provided. Please note that on occasion the group may be accommodated in separate guest houses within walking distance of each other.

EMEI MONASTERY STAY:
We stay at monasteries in Emei Shan. The standard of the monastery rooms is basic twin share accommodation with a shared bathroom and toilet inside the monastery. In high season, the monastery will accommodate a large number of pilgrims and travellers and the stay may not be as tranquil as you may expect. On occasion we will be accommodated at a nearby hotel or guesthouse if the monastery is overbooked. 

Transportation

CHINA TRAIN TRAVEL SECURITY
When travelling by train in China you will need to pass through security checkpoints similar to those at airports. Please be aware that items that may be classified as ‘weapons’ might be confiscated (even from your suitcase), as all luggage travels in the compartment with you. We recommend leaving items that fall into this category (eg. pocket knives or scissors) at home.


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