Lucky Chinese Knots & Dumpling-Making in Beijing’s Hutongs

Half Day

  Beijing

Half Day

Lucky Chinese Knots & Dumpling-Making in Beijing’s Hutongs

  Beijing

Spend a day in authentic Beijing with this half-day walking tour. Explore the narrow ‘hutongs’ or streets of Beijing before visiting a traditional family home and learning about the cultures and daily way of life. Next try your hand at creating Chinese Knots, an ancient art form that produces vibrant decorations that are thought to bring luck. Then, take part in a Chinese dumpling making workshop and taste your own creations before enjoying a traditional meal at a local restaurant.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit a local family and learn about the way of life for traditional Beijing residents

  • Take part in a Chinese Knot making workshop and create intricate pieces to take home

  • Learn the process of Chinese dumpling making in a hands-on cookery class

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • English speaking guide

  • Local family visit

  • Chinese Knot Class

  • Dumpling making with dinner

  • Service charges and government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Lucky Chinese Knots & Dumpling-Making in Beijing’s Hutongs

DAY 1 - Lucky Chinese Knots & Dumpling-Making in Beijing’s Hutongs

Experience a charming slice of authentic Chinese life in this half-day walking tour. Meet at Guloudajie Station and take an amiable stroll along the narrow, characterful ‘hutongs’ (or streets) of Beijing before stopping at a traditional Chinese family courtyard. Learn more about daily life for the residents of Beijing as a welcoming local family serve tea and show the behaviours, habits and rituals of life in their traditional home.

Next, take part in a Chinese Knot class. This decorative art form began as a type of Chinese folk art in the Tang and Song Dynasty and is still very much alive today. The intricate procedure produces stunning pieces of art that are a common sight around Chinese New Year and are known to bring luck when made in the customary red colour.

Head onto a Chinese dumpling making class and try kneading dough, making dumpling pastry and filling with a choice of ingredients before tasting your own creations. After a starter of home-made dumplings, head on to a local restaurant to enjoy delicious, native cuisine before walking through the winding hutongs and back to reality.

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