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Old Beijing Dinner Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Beijing is a great place to sample typical Chinese cuisine, but most visitors only eat in the main tourist areas. This 3-hour small-group tasting tour will take you to Beijing’s atmospheric Hutong neighborhoods for a delicious dinner, including traditional treats such as donkey burgers, jianbing (crepes), steamed dumplings, and Mongolian-style hotpot.
  • 3-hour food tasting dinner tour in Beijing’s Hutong neighborhoods
  • Experience local life in the traditional Hutong neighborhoods of Old Beijing
  • Tuck into local specialties such as Mongolian hotpot, donkey burgers, dumplings, and jianbing (crepes)
  • Sample up to 15 different foods at three different locations
  • Sip traditional beverages including baijiu liquor and local beer
  • Small-group tour limited to 8 people ensures a personalized experience
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Dinner
Bottled water
Soft drinks & local alcoholic beverages
Guide fee
Post-tour welcome packet with helpful restaurant recommendations, local travel tips & so much more to help make your stay in Beijing easy & fun
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Dongzhimen, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

Departure Point: Beixinqiao Metro Station (Line 5) - Exit B. Taxi Directions: 北新桥地铁站B出口在东直门内大街和雍和宫大街路口的东北角. Public Transport Directions: By metro, take Line 5 to Beixinqiao. Walk out of Exit B of Beixinqiao Metro.Your guide will meet you at the street level entrance to Exit B.

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

210 Dong Si Bei Da Jie, Dong Si, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100702

The tour ends near the intersection of Dongsi North St & Dongsi 10th Alley, near the Zhangzizhong Rd Metro (line 5). 东四北大街和东四十条路口.

Meet your guide and small group of up to 8 people by Beixinqiao Station in time for a 7pm departure. Set out on a walking tour of Old Beijing’s Hutong neighborhoods, stopping at three different restaurants and street food stalls to tuck into traditional dishes side-by-side with the locals.

Enjoy an authentic introduction to Chinese cuisine as you sample a huge variety of foods, starting with a Mongolian-style hotpot, accompanied by hand-stuffed boiled dumplings and the city’s famed ‘sauced meat’. Wash it down with a bottle of local beer and a shot of Chinese spirit, baijiu. Finish it off with a jarred Beijing yoghurt that can only be found in the capital.

Finally, stop at a popular family-run restaurant to sample some tasty Beijing-style chicken wings.

At the end of your tour, your guide can help you find your way back to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
UnTour Beijing Food Tours
Our walking culinary tours are designed to get visitors off the beaten path and into authentic local shops where they can eat shoulder to shoulder with locals. Since 2010, UnTour Food Tours has taken thousands of guests to our favorite mom-and-pop-owned shops. Beijing’s dinnertime cuisine is so much more than the crowded tourist markets featuring bugs and mystery meat on sticks! Instead, join our small group food tour and explore delicious, local dishes shoulder-to-shoulder with Beijingers in a traditional Hutong neighborhood. You’ll try authentic dishes that Chinese chefs have been perfecting for thousands of years, and learn about the history and culture of Beijing along the way.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hutong Tour
Head deep into the hutongs with us as we explore some of the best food in the city. These wandering alleyways are bustling with local neighborhood life, and some of the best mom-and-pop shops are buried deep down the lanes.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nuoyan Rice Wine Shop
Historians believe rice wine (mijiu) was first brewed by the Chinese in 1,000 BC. The rice wine method then spread from China to other parts of East Asia; in Japan it was made into sake, in Korea, cheongju and makkoli. We'll head to a modern, local boutique mijiu producer to try a six-cup sampler of their craft rice wine. The delightful flavors range from osmanthus to rose to the beguiling original flavor.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ghost Street (Gui Jie)
Meet your guide at the end of Guijie, or Ghost Street, and see why this is one of the most popular streets in the city to come to for snacks.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking advanced notice is required to be able to cater to any dietary restrictions.
  • Standard group size is 8, but in some cases groups can be up to 12 people with a second guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY UnTour Food Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Old Beijing Dinner Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Old Beijing Dinner Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Old Beijing Dinner Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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star-5
I was so glad that I did this food...
Cynthia A
, Apr 2018
I was so glad that I did this food tour. Garth was an amazing tour guide and knew the best places to go, places that I would have never gone to without his guidance.
star-5
Some food tours disappoint by being...
Bruce
, Apr 2018
Some food tours disappoint by being timid or obvious, but not this one. Zeben, our guide, was a great host and guided our convivial group of eight to some great food served in possibly-too-generous-portions accompanied by plenty of local drinks. We never would have found these food sources on our own, let alone known how to order! A fantastic time, I recommend this tour!
star-5
Great variety of tastes. Nice company...
ROTEM S
, Mar 2018
Great variety of tastes. Nice company and very helpful guides. Many thanks!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Lots of great food. In fact too...
Alice K
, Jan 2018
Lots of great food. In fact too much great food for me to eat all of it. The two guides we had on this tour were very knowledgeable, and having one local guide plus a guide originating from England was a really good combination for giving a good view of Beijing. The notes we were given at the end about where we'd visited were very helpful.
star-5
Fantastic Tour, our guide was very...
erikacoppola
, Nov 2017
Fantastic Tour, our guide was very friendly and had a love for the culture and food. He was very informative, everyone should try atleast once!
star-5
This tour was exceptional! The...
Marcus K
, Aug 2017
This tour was exceptional! The places, the food, the people! I strongly recommend this tour to everyone visiting Beijing!
star-5
We did this tour in early July and I...
richard k
, Jul 2017
We did this tour in early July and I can say it was one of the absolute highlights of our travel to China. Our guide Kelly made sure we spend a perfect night out in some of Beijing's Hutongs. Not only did she provide perfect organisation and a fun trip around the back alleys of a fascinating neighborhood, but offered an awesome mix of interesting history, fascinating food knowledge and great anecdotes. The places she took us were all more than worth the visit and hard to impossible to find without local knowledge. And the food couldn't have been any better. If you do one guided tour in Beijing go for this one.
star-5
Where do I start? How about with the...
Howard P
, Jul 2017
Where do I start? How about with the guides Eric and Kelly. They hail from Canada and USA respectfully, but are fluent in Chinese and English. Our group was promptly met at the Beijing Subway Line 5 Beixinqiao stop, and this was both easy and awesome. Don't worry about using the subway the best option due to massive traffic, as it is very easy and cheap 4 Chinese Yuan in each direction. I have attached a map to give you a sense of the system. For those who have any anxiety about train systems, focus on the Last stop on a particular line that you want to travel to, and that lets you know which train to take. Also focus on the color/ of train you wish to ride. Once we were all together, Kelly and Eric introduced themselves and everyone else, and we were off for the best experience ever. They took us into the famed Hutong district and it dates back more than 600 years. The dark alleyways, and narrow thoroughfares are hard to navigate, but our guides got us through the areas that they are experts in using daily. We went to a variety of stores, small restaurants, or other interesting places, and that is what made this tour so good. I will not give away their little secrets, but there was one surprise after another. I will tell you even after knowing about all the places we went, it still would be difficult, if not impossible, for you to manage to do what we did on this tour on your own. The guides purchased food/drink/beer at every location, gave very detailed information about all items cooked/consumed, and even gave a historical backdrop to China which I am sure many do not know. A little extra information was so good for my knowledge base, and I LOVED every second of it. After eating traditional/speciality items, from the variety of locations visited, Eric and Kelly made sure that the group knew how to get back to their respective hotels. These guides were all about safety, from the start till end, as I have a shellfish allergy. They have vetted the restaurants, and know they are hygineic and safe for the tourist. I could not have been more happy with this tour and I give it a 78.55 on a scale of 10.0! These guides do these tours, not to get rich, but out of the goodness of trying to get you to experience Chinese culture in its most authentic form, so tipping is much appreciated. I should have tipped more. If anyone has questions about anything in this review, please reach out, and I will do my best to answer any questions. I will be off to Shanghai China next, and just left Dubai. So far, this tour has been my highlight:! Thank you Eric! Thank you Kelly!
star-5
This tour was really an "insider...
Stefan Z
, May 2017
This tour was really an "insider" experience. Our tour guide, Garth was great. He had a lot of background information and made unforgettable. A "must" do. for all who want to learn more about China and its culinary history.
star-5
What an amazing tour! Kelly was...
Donald B
, Apr 2017
What an amazing tour! Kelly was terrific. She was super-friendly and managed our group of eight people flawlessly. She remembered all our names and made sure to give attention to each of us as we travelled along. The tour itself was a blast. Kelly took us to a variety of spots, from an authentic Mongolian hotpot restaurant to street food the egg crepes with crispy wonton are AMAZING. There was a mix up with the reservation at the chicken place and we had to wait for 30 minutes, but Kelly solved that problem easily, taking us to a nearby microbrewery and feeding us fresh fruits while we sipped on beers. One last detail, the chicken place at the end of the tour is very, very special. Not only is the food phenomenal but the owner is utterly unique. He raises birds, quotes poetry in the parks, and he taught his dog to ride a kid's scooter he shared a video. Definitely one of my most memorable experiences in Beijing.

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