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Small-Group Walking Tour: Shanghai Food Culture with a Culinary Expert

  • Small-group Shanghai walking tour led by a food industry expert
  • Discover the important role markets play in Shanghai's food culture as you walk through the New Zhenning Lu Market
  • Learn about the history, traditions and fundamental concepts of food in China
Small-Group Walking Tour: Shanghai Food Culture with a Culinary Expert
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Small-Group Walking Tour: Shanghai Food Culture with a Culinary Expert
USD 141.41
Enjoy a multi-sensual introduction to Shanghai’s rich culinary heritage on this 3-hour food-inspired walking tour. Stroll through the New Zhenning Lu Market, as you learn about the history and traditions of Chinese cuisine from your expert guide. Then, meet the chef at the acclaimed Fu 1088 restaurant and indulge in a delicious lunch of typical Shanghai cuisine (extra cost). This small-group tour has a maximum of six participants for an intimate, personalised experience.  
What to Expect
After meeting your expert guide, who has extensive knowledge and professional experience in Shanghai’s food and market industry, begin your walking tour of the New Zhenning Lu Market. Stroll past merchant stalls of this wet market and learn about a variety of topics connected to China’s food culture.

Your guide will teach you about agriculture-centered trading in Guangdong and the role that Anhui salt merchants play in Chinese cuisine. Hear about fundamental food and cooking concepts in China, such as the importance of sharing meals, the emphasis on freshness, the abundance of vegetables and the staple pork in the Chinese diet. Discover the politics of food as you learn about how communism has affected Chinese cuisine from the 20th century to today.

After an hour of exploring the market by foot, follow your guide to nearby Fu 1088, a high-end restaurant where you’ll enjoy an authentic Shanghai meal (for an additional cost). Rated four stars on TripAdvisor, this restaurant, located in a three-story colonial-style mansion and tucked behind an iron gate, offers a sophisticated dining atmosphere, with rooms furnished with cherry wood chairs and elegant chandeliers.

After getting seated in your private room, you will be introduced to the restaurant’s executive chef -- one of the most-celebrated chefs in the city. Then, dig into a luxurious spread of traditional Shanghai specialties carefully chosen by your guide in order to illustrate the concepts you’ve learned throughout your tour.

Although the menu changes daily, some of the dishes you may try include famous xun yu (smoked fish), hongshao rou (succulent braised pork belly) and drunken chicken (marinated and cooked with wine or liquor). As you delight in this delectable meal, enjoy the company of your fellow food lovers and learn more about China’s fascinating food culture from your guide.
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Reviewed 8 May 2016
By far the best part of our trip

My wife and I visited Shanghai because of a professional meeting. We had only superficial knowledge of the area and really didn't know what to expect. We arrived on a particularly smoggy day and had a remarkably unpleasant cab ride from the airport to the...More

Thank griffithde25
Reviewed 1 December 2014
Goes way beyond packaged tourism

Walking us through old neighborhoods being torn down to make way for new luxury developments, then along the preserved old architecture along the Suzhou River, through the Bund, Bert then took us on the Ferry across the Huangpu River to the amazing new skyscrapers of...More

Thank Flora1844
Reviewed 20 October 2013
The very best part of my Shanghai trip!

I had two fantastic tours, or walks, with Context travel and both left me feeling excited about what I learned, excited about being in Shanghai and 100% sold on the value of Context Tours for any city (known or unknown by me) that I visit...More

2  Thank Laugh0utl0ud
Reviewed 24 November 2012
Market Tour - Shanghai

Context Travel always provides great experiences, the tour of the food market in Shanghai was a great start to a trip to China. Justin provided the right paced stroll through a very interesting local market, sharing the importance of the meal for the local culture,...More

2  Thank Donna M
Reviewed 19 October 2012
Old Shanghai and the Bund

I took the Context Old Shanghai and the Bund tour in September and am very pleased with the tour and Context. This was a small group tour with 3 people on it, most tours are under 6 people. When the tour director Ines met with...More

2  Thank SLB1970
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