Beijing at Night: A foodie walking tour through diverse night markets
Experience the fascinating culture of Beijing in one of the most authentic ways possible – through its local cuisine! This 3.5-hour food tour begins with your guide meeting you at your local Beijing hotel. From there head to one of the most famous shopping streets in Beijing, Wangfujing Street, a cosmopolitan street that rivals any in New York or Paris. You will be captivated by this wide lane pedestrian only boulevard with its bright lights, numerous eateries, and varied department stores from local hat, candy and tea shops to standard Western shops such as Apple, H&M and The Gap. After strolling along Wangfujing we will head to the Northern Entrance and be greeted by a giant archway leading us into Donghuamen Night Market. Upon entering you will be greeted by exotic sights and smells as you wander down the narrow corridor packed with food vendors selling local treats and more exotic fare such as scorpions, starfish, beetles and silkworms. Take a peak down the various alleys where food vendors are hawking noodle soups and other vendors are selling everything from souvenirs to electronics.
While Wangfujing should not be missed on any trip to Beijing, it can be a bit touristy and much of the food is not representative of what local Beijingers eat. For a more authentic food experience we will begin a 15 minute walk to Longfusi Night Market hutong area, passing by Wangfujing Church (St. Joseph’s Cathedral)
Our first stop will be at the Shan’xi restaurant – Xibei You Mian Cun. Shan’xi is a lesser populated province in China where many tourists do not visit or have a chance to experience its cuisine, a blend of Northern Chinese and Mongolian fare. The region is famous for handmade noodles, fried flatbreads, pastries, vinegar and other flour based treats. Here we will sample some of their specialties such as youmian wowo (steamed oatmeal noodles) or their delicious lamb skewers.
Our last stop will be at Longfusi night market. While Wanfujing and Donghuamen tend to be on the tourist path, Longfusi is a local Beijing haunt where more traditional Beijing food is served. Here we will sample some specialties.
A Brief History of Sights Visited
Wangfujing is a 700-year-old commercial street about ½ mile long and 40 yards wide. It is the busiest street in Beijing where it is said up to 500,00 people every day can be seen shopping, strolling and eating their way through the various establishments. Longfusi was a temple built in 1452 during the Ming Dynasty for officials to worship. Later, during the Qing dynasty it was converted into a Tibetan Buddhist Temple. The temple was destroyed by a fire in 1901 after which the area was abandoned. During the 1950’s the area would make its way back as a flea market, then become a famous shopping street akin to today’s Wangfujing Street. Today the area is most commonly associated with Longfusi Snack Street.
-Have a chance to sample 12+ different food tastings at diverse places like markets, shops, bakeries, and restaurants.
-Visit our favorite local haunts, meet the owners and explore historical sites that few tourists have an opportunity to experience.
-Learn about the tradition and history of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Beijing.
-Discover real Chinese culinary culture at night while sampling exotic bites for adventurous palates.
-Visit religious and cultural landmarks on the way.
-Taste a variety of the most mouth-watering fares the local night market has to offer.
- An amazingly delicious and 100% local experience
- 4-8 tasting locations and 10+ yummy food and drink samples (enough for full dinner)
- Experienced, friendly and entertaining local guide
- Fun & informative guided walking tour, including visits local landmarks in Wangfujing neighborhood
- Transportation from and to our meeting place if you choose to use a tour guide and private car
- A bottle of mineral water at the beginning of the tour
What’s not included?
- Transportation from and to our meeting place if you choose to use a tour guide only
1:How to book
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Should you choose to cancel a booking, Beijing Food Tours must be notified by email.
The following cancellation fees apply for Beijing Food Tour:
- More than 10 days before departure, all deposit full refund(10USD =60rmb processing fee)
- 10 to 2 days before departure, loss of 50% of your deposit
- From 48 hours before the tour starts, loss of all deposit
- Turning up late to the starting point of the tour for whatever reason is considered a late cancellation and will result in a loss of all deposit
Children less than 5 years old–Free of charge
Children between 5-10 years old –Half price
Children above 10 years old–Same price as adult
Amazing experience that I will always remember. True highlight of my time in China. If you like food and you want to try some local treats, this tour is for you. Some tours can be uncomfortable. Not with Christina. She put us at ease immediately and felt like a new friend, not a tour guide. The tour was filled with food and so much fun. The best part was that she knew the story behind everything. It felt so personal. What a wonderful way to learn about a new place. if you’re even thinking about this tour, book it!
Amy and Mike Visited in April 2015
My husband and I aren’t “foodies” – we are “eaters”. No matter where we are in the world, we prefer to eat where the locals eat. The Night Foodie Walk + Hutong Tour with Christina was one of the highlights of our trip. I booked about a week in advance, Christina promptly responded to emails and answered all of my questions. I recommend this as a first stop on your visit to Beijing because you will learn local customs and culture and be more prepared to order food on your own. Christina is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate sharing her experiences growing up in the hutong and taking us to places where she dines with her family. We tried food we probably would have never discovered or attempted on our own (who knew Donkey was so delicious?) and even went back to one of the places we visited on our own the next night. I can’t recommend Christina or this tour more. Truly a highlight of our visit. You will feel like you are out and about with an old friend. Thank you Christina!
Dan USA Visited in May 2015