Traveling with Backpacker Concierge through China will involve daily immersion experiences, whether they are delicious in-home meals, lively conversations with your guide, or scenic hikes through rustic villages. However, there are several immersion opportunities that deserve a special place on your itinerary.
- Cooking + Food Culture – Cooking classes in Yangshuo and Beijing, culinary walking tours in Shanghai, and private dining in Beijing
- Countryside Retreats – Journey outside of Beijing to a secluded village at the base of the Great Wall. Feast on locally sourced food and immerse yourself in the local culture.
Cooking + Food Culture
Embark on a full-on gastronomic tour of China with a private guide or simply partake in a few cooking classes here and there. Either way, Backpacker Concierge will make sure you will have a delicious time.
Cooking Classes – Enroll in a one-off cooking class in Yangshuo or Beijing, where you may have the opportunity to make home-style dumplings, an array of spicy Sichuan treats, or authentic Beijing snacks, like stuffed lotus root.
Food Culture – Immerse yourself in Shanghai’s food culture with a private guide. Interact with market vendors, explore the effect of Communism on cuisine, and contextualize the experience with an inspired meal. Another option is an in-depth tea tasting with a former tea importer.
Private Dining – Feast on a gourmet ten-course meal as you watch your private chef in the open kitchen. Watch as the feast is prepared before your eyes and learn the secret steps to crafting each dish.
Just 60 minutes outside of China’s capital at the base of the Great Wall sits an award-winning sustainable tourism enterprise where you can immerse yourself in the local culture.
Use the main lodge, a renovated glazed tile factory, or one of the area’s rental homes as your base as you explore the village or hike the Great Wall.
When not learning how to blow glass or create an authentic meal, feast on locally sourced, pesticide free, homemade food at one of the country’s most picturesque locations. Private meals can also be arranged in secluded locations overlooking the Great Wall!
If hiking the Great Wall wasn’t enough exercise, then register for a yoga class next to the lotus pond.
With a population of only 200,000 it may come as a surprise that Pokhara is Nepal’s second largest city. Its sleepy vibe and proximity to some of the country’s most popular hiking trails makes Pokhara a favorite for many travelers. On offer is a range of accommodation from truly budget beds to sophisticated lodges nestled within the lush hills.
Use Pokhara as a jumping off point for:
- Hilltribe and Annapurna trekking
- Organic farming
- Lake activities, paragliding, and birdwatching
- Journeys to Bandipur, Chitwan, and beyond