10:00 am-2:00pm
May and June Only


Meet : Your hotel
End : Your hotel or sites in city

Tour Style:

Walking + Private car

Food Theme:

cooking class,authentic experience,local culture


Vegetarian option available
Private option available

Make Chinese Zongzi During Dragon Boat Festival



Please note this cooking class take place in May and June only because the bamboo or reed leaves are good only at this time of the year !

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We just stat the melting heat of Beijing’s summertime! That of course means that we are also about to celebrate one of China’s most famous traditional holidays: the Dragon Boat Festival. Beside the famous Dragon Boat Racing, there are also several very special culinary traditions that we always look forward to every year. Especially because of the delicious traditional zongzi!

For us , this was an interesting surprise but we are glad that the day now focuses on the delicious Zongzi. Have you had zongzi before? Do you have a favorite kind? Join us in making Zongzi at the hutong courtyard home

What is Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival (Duan Wu Festival) is on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. It is in remembrance of the great poet Qu Yuan, a loyal official from the State of Chu in ancient China. He was deeply loved by everyone. Unable to save his country, Qu Yuan drowned himself on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 b.c.The townspeople did everything they could to find him in the river. They dropped dumplings of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves into the river hoping to prevent the fish from eating his body. Since then it has been customary on this day to eat Zong Zi (glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves) out of respect for the legendary poet.

A brief history about Hutong

Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys, commonly associated with northern Chinese cities, most prominently Beijing. Hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing and represent an important cultural element of the city. Their tapestry of diverse cultures, mouth-watering cuisines, unique architecture and fascinating stories make them unforgettable destinations. Hutongs originated during the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368) but really began to flourish during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). However with the passage of time and the modernization of Beijing many hutongs began to disappear. They have now become representatives of Beijing’s culture for locals and tourists alike and many have been given protected status.

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  • Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival with us!
  • Get a chance to learn how to make Chinese rice dumplings with different fillings such as meat, red beans, Chinese candied dates, and more!
  • Cook with mom and experience the authantic Beijing courtyard lift in off the beaten path hutong
  • Having Zongzi and a traditional Dragon boat festival Lunch


Travelling Party  English Speaking Guide Only
(pay your own transportation)
English speaking guide and
private transport
1 Person $150 $220
2 Persons $95 $135
3 Persons $85 $115
4 Persons $70 $95
children Please contact us for detailed quotation buy tickets

What’s included?

  • An amazingly delicious and 100% local experience
  • Cooking Materials ,delicious lunch
  • Experienced, friendly and entertaining local guide and mom for cooking
  • Fun & informative guided walking tour for off the beaten path hutong tour

What’s not included?

  • Transportation from and to our meeting place if you choose to use a tour guide only

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B:Invoice for the deposit (PAYMENT 50% deposit to confirm booking Balance payment due on tour day)

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2:Cancellation Policy

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

3:Children Discount

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

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