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Shunde Food Tour

UNESCO proclaimed Shunde as the 'City of Gastronomy' under the UNESCO Creative Cities Network on December 1st, 2014 , which is the second in China after Chengdu. Shunde is one of the cradles of Cantonese cuisine, situated at the core of the Pearl River Delta. Shunde is known as Fengcheng in ancient times. It was named Fengcheng because of Phoenix Mountain. There is a Chinese folk proverb “Eating in Guangzhou, Cookery from Fengcheng” which means the food you eat in Guangzhou, which actually come from Fengcheng, a nickname of Shunde’s central Daliang district. In other word, many great chefs in Guangzhou who originated from this small town.

During this tour, you will have a chance to visit Spinsters' House, 130-year-old Mingshi Garden and Fengjian Water Village, especially, you can take lunch and dinner at the most famous Shunde restaurant to taste the authentic Shunde food. Begin the journey from your Guangzhou downtown hotel at 11:30 am, drive to Shunde (approx 1 hour driving).

In the land of fish and rice, the method of eating fish is refurbished, and the fish is a famous dish in Shunde. You will have the opportunity to savour authentic sliced raw fish as lunch during your visit to Shunde. The chefs in the city pay special attention to retaining the ingredients' flavors and cook with attractive colors, fragrances and tastes that can be described as "light, fresh, crispy, tender, smooth and genuine". One must-try is the Carp Fish. Using four cooking approaches to handle one fish. A signature dish for the region is the fresh raw fish slices, the fish served here was fished out of a pond to order, pure white flesh is then removed from the skin and bones and served on frozen plates. Chinese have been enjoying raw fish for at least 2,000 years, one advantage of using farmed fish for a raw dish is that the farmer knows with certainty what the fish are being fed, how clean the water is, and how healthy his stock is. True to Cantonese tradition, nothing goes to waste. The fish skin is quick-boiled with salt to form another dish. The fish bones are seasoned and pan-fried to a golden brown colour, the flesh that clung to the bones was tender and sweet. The final course was a porridge dish that had been made using the fish head and the other parts of the fish, rice grains and a stock made of rice water (skimmed off the pot of cooking rice) which is reputed to be nutritious.

After lunch, we will visit a Spinsters' House which was established in the 1950s by Chinese spinsters returning from Singapore, Spinster is known as self-combed women in the Pearl River Delta, Learn about the unique custom to the Pearl River Delta. If time allows, we will visit 130-year-old Mingshi Garden where one of the leading and richest oversea Chinese families of Shunde once lived. The whole residential garden is famous for its unique combination of Chinese and western style building and strong local characteristics of the ancient buildings.

Shunde fish farming ponds

With a flat terrain, Shunde is endowed with a dense network of waterways, renowned for its fish farming ponds, rice paddies with silkworm mulberry trees planting around, forming an effective system of agriculture. It is also an unforgettable feature of the Pearl River Delta. We will visit a charming Fengjian Water Village on the outskirts of the town after the Spinsters' House, it is a beautiful river village. Around the village waterway, the area of waterways is up to 28km. There are hundreds of ancient houses, old trees all over the slate road, tree lined, calm and poetic. Stroll through the 800-year-old village, discover its picturesque waterways by walking or boat before having dinner.

After dinner, another one must-try is the milk dessert. Its use of water buffalo milk in sweet and savory creations. It may be difficult to find water buffalo milk outside of Shunde. Besides milk dessert, one have to try the other desserts too.

Drive back to Guangzhou by around 8 pm. Please kindly note that we may visit two of the three points of interest along the tour, we wildesign it according to the places you would like to eat.

Tour Information
Starting time: 11:30 am;
Type of Tour: Private Tour -- Just for you and your travel mates;
Meeting point: Your hotel entryway;
Duration: Approx. 8.5 hours;

USD$200 for 1 person, each additional person USD$20; Maximum participant: 3 people;
1. Private Car;
2. Down town Hotel pick-up and drop off; 
3. Guide (Guide and Driver will be the same person);


Additional Costs
To keep your tour cost low, we have not included food in the tour price, they are usually very reasonable, so that you have more option according to your needs and budget. Please cover our expenditure in the tour (meals and drink). However, these will be minimal. Based on our experience, usually the additional costs as follows:

Option #1: Shunde style Sashimi-style Raw Fish is under CNY¥50 per person;
Option #2: Shunde style steamed crucian fish;

Dessert & Snack
Fried Milk Custards, Double Layer Steamed Milk with different fillings, Sago dew with coconut juice, Fried crispy milk, Marinated chicken wings, Marinated chicken feet, Steam Rice Cake, etc. Costs from CNY¥8 to20 per person; 

Option #1: Clay pot rice bowl served a set course of meats;
Option #2: Plain rice water hot pot, Fried crispy bones with dried mandarin peel, Sirloin rice noodle;
Option #3: Cantonese cuisine such as Shredded chicken with jellyfish, Mustard Cuttlefish balls, Salted shrimps, Pan-fried stuffed mud carp etc. It costs around CNY¥80 per person;

Shunde Food Tour

Booking Process
To complete your Guangzhou Private Tour booking, a 30%~50% deposit is required via Paypal or telegraphic transfer after we set the tour date and tour duration with you. We will send you a PayPal invoice, you will have the option to use your credit cards or deposit card to complete the payment process (even if you are not a PayPal account holder). Note: A 4.7%~5.79% Paypal transaction fees will be charged on the total amount of the transaction when deposit is made by Paypal. Once payment is made, the booking of your Guangzhou Private Tour is confirmed. The remaining balance is payable in cash only on tour day with us, you can pay in either U.S. Dollar or Chinese Yuan, whatever is convenient for you. We prefer U.S. Dollars without any damage and stain, otherwise please provide Chinese Yuan.