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Alison’s Tianjin

Food / Snacks and Sightseeing

Private VIP Tour

 

OPTIONAL;      
Alison's Private Airport Pick Up/Drop Off Private VIP Service;
We offer a (Beijing International Airport (PEK), or Tianjin International Airport (TSN), as well as, 
Tianjin Cruise Port or any Beijing/Tianjin City Train Stations) pickup/drop off service.

It is strongly recommended to have your Certified English-Translator Private VIP Tour guide ‘Alison.’ 
pick you up at any locations and take you to your hotel and help with your check-in worry-free. 
Be advised that practically no-one speaks or understands the English language in both cities, 
even for big hotels, restaurants and particularly taxi/professional drivers.

So why not make your arrival transition a memorable one to remember and let Alison deal with all the headaches and inconveniences. Alison works hard for her VIP client(s) by preventing scams and by negotiating for the lowest prices or rates for transportation's, sites tickets, restaurants RSVP, and any other negotiating and translating requirements.
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Overview;
Discover the rich culinary traditions of northern China during this 3.5-hour private walking food/snacks VIP tour. Walk through the bustling streets of central Tianjin and eat a traditional Chinese breakfast, discover produce from the local area, and sample different local food like; deep-fried bread, steamed buns, pancakes, and many other foods and snacks as you explore the Drum Tower, Tianjin Eye, and Haihe River areas. Enjoy a personalized culinary experience with your private VIP tour guide.
 
What to Expect;
This 3.5-hour private walking food/snacks tour starts in at 9:30 am at your Tianjin or Beijing Hotel or a designated rendezvous site with your VIP tour guide.
 
First, you will enjoy a typical Chinese breakfast with four different food items including soybean milk, deep-fried bun, sesame pancake, and porridge.
 
Then, head to a local fresh fruits and vegetable market to explore more Chinese food items and experience the lively local morning market scene.
 
After the market adventure, you will visit Nanshi Food Market to taste a variety of traditional local snacks such as deep-fried bread, Chinese pretzels, pancakes, and steamed buns, etc.
 
A total of 10 food/snack items will be sampled during the tour while walking towards the central part of Tianjin including Drum Tower area, Tianjin Eye area, and Haihe river area. At the end of the food tour, you will be brought back to the rendezvous site or your hotel. This VIP food tour will be one of your most memorable trips in China.
NOTE:
For visitors coming from the Tianjin Cruise Port add 3 hours of commute time to and from the Ancient Cultural Street. Tour timing may be modified, contact us. Walking distance will be around 6km (3.5 miles).
 
Private VIP Tour Duration;
This is a 3.5-hour walking food/snacks Private VIP Tour, (Time From 09:30 to 13:00 or from 13:30 to 17:00).
The Food/Snacks Private VIP Tour Fee;
Adults, RMB500 (USD$70.00) per person, 2-3 persons.
Adults, RMB400 (USD$60.00) per person, 4-5 persons.
Adults, RMB300 (USD$42.00) per person, 6-8 persons.
Kids, age <17 years old, RMB300 (USD$42.00).
A one-person customized VIP tour may be arranged, for RMB850 (USD$118.00).
 
The Food/Snacks Private VIP Tour Fee includes;
-    Traditional Chinese Breakfast.
-    Ten local Chinese snacks.
-    Professional English-speaking guide (a French-speaking translator may be provided).
-    All taxes, Toll, Parking Fees.
 
Not-Included in the Food/Snacks Private VIP Tour Fee;
-    Lunch is NOT provided for during the food/snacks tour.
-    Alcoholic beverages.
-    Personal expenses
-    Optional activities
-    Travel insurance for your coverage of injury or accident
-    Gratuities, (Recommended: 12-15% per person for the Private VIP tour guide). Thank You Very Much!
 
Reservation fee:
Reservation fee is around 20% to reserve your tour date(s) and is fully refundable ten days before the scheduled Private VIP Tour event date(s), and non-refundable within ten days. Contact Alison for PayPal information.
 
Alison will make a detailed scheduled according to the client’s private VIP tour requirements, she will then be able to make necessary reservation for sites tickets, transportation's (bus/subway/car/train/taxi/etc.), and restaurant, so there are no surprises during the private VIP tour date(s).
Go to the following attraction sites for the Walking Food/Snacks Private VIP tour;
Tianjin Ancient Culture Street
Tianjin ‘s famed Ancient Culture Street (Gu wenhua Jie) is the epicenter for visitors to experience nearly all forms of Chinese folk customs. The entire street stretches over 580 meters (1,903 feet) and filled with small booths, shops, and restaurants modeled after the independent merchandisers of the Qing dynasty. The street itself is like a work of art, all the shop-fronts are constructed using blue bricks with sloping orange roofs, as well as, windows and doors decorated with colorful paintings, thereby, creating a striking contrast that looks especially stunning on a bright summer's day. The street is not only rich in ancient Qing architecture but also in handcrafts and unique artifacts, almost all the arts and crafts found on this street have been handmade by Chinese locals.
Location: Nankai District, Tianjin
Price: Free
Temple of the Queen of Heaven (Tianhou Palace)
Tianhou Palace, a famous Taoist temple in Tianjin City, was built for the Goddess of the sea and is situated in the middle section of the Ancient Culture Street. The Palace was constructed in 1326 during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Subsequently, the palace was renovated many times. The palace faces east with the Haihe River running in front of it. The principal building of Tianhou Palace is the Main Hall constructed on a large and elevated pedestal, which is a typical wooden structure style of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Location: Nankai District, Tianjin
Price: RMB10 ($1.50) per person
Tianjin Confucian Temple
Tianjin Confucian Temple is the largest existing traditional architectural complex in the city. It is also one of the oldest buildings in Tianjin. The temple was built during the Ming Dynasty some 500 years ago. In this Confucian temple, you will find beautiful decorative archways, lovely goldfish ponds, and the Ancestral Dacheng Halls honoring Confucius and his teaching (a place for ancient Chinese students to pray for great success in their academic education).
Location: Nankai District, Tianjin
Entrance Fee: RMB30 ($4.50)
Drum Tower
Tianjin Drum Tower was built during the Ming Dynasty. Although it is called the Drum Tower, it was initially a Bell Tower. This tower is a three-story building. The foundation layer is a square table built with bricks, wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. This tower has four arched gates, giving access to four different streets such as East Street (Boutique Street), North Street (Antique Street), South Street (Tianjin Flavor Street). It is an ideal place for shopping. There is an iron bell located on the second floor. The bell has a diameter of 1.4 meters (4.6 feet) and a height of 2.3 meters (7.5 feet). It weighs about 150 kg (330 pounds),
and is known as the "bell king." The tower is also home to various exhibitions and expositions.
Location: Nankai District, Tianjin
Entrance Fee: Free
The Haihe River
The Haihe River, formerly known as the Peiho, Pei He or Pei Ho, is a Chinese river connecting Beijing to Tianjin and the Bohai Sea. The Haihe River at Tianjin is formed by the convergence of five rivers, the Southern Canal, Ziya River, Daqing River, Yongding River, and the Northern Canal. The Haihe River is 1,329 kilometers (826 mi) long measured from the longest tributary. However, the Haihe river is around 70 kilometers (43 mi) long from Tianjin to its estuary. People visiting the Haihe River today appreciate its scenic beauty as well as its historical and cultural atmosphere. Many attractions along the river banks make this site a popular tourist destination.
Location: Hebei District, Tianjin
Entrance Fee: Free
Boat Cruise on the Haihe River
The symbolic river that runs through Tianjin is called the Haihe River. It spans 72 kilometers in Tianjin and has a total of 21 different bridges, each with their distinctive design. Choose to board a cruise during the day or at night and peer through its glass ceilings for the most magnificent stunning views along both sides the river banks lined with historical buildings, modern skyscrapers, hotels, shopping centers, restaurants, and recreation units.
Board from the Ancient Cultural Street Terminal or Dabei Temple Terminal or Tianjin Railway Station Terminal.
Day Boating Time: 09:00 – 16:30, Entrance Fee: RMB80 ($12.00) per person
Night Boating Time: 19:00 – 20:00, Entrance Fee: RMB100 ($15.00) per person
Duration: Approximately one hour long
The Tianjin Day and Night Cruises are operating from April to November.
Tianjin Eye (Ferris Wheel)
Tianjin Eye also called as The Tientsin Eye, is a 120-meter (394 Feet) tall giant Ferris wheel built above the Yongle Bridge, over the Haihe River in Tianjin. Construction started in 2007, and the wheel opened to the public on 7 April 2008. Tianjin Eye is electrically powered and has 48 passenger capsules, each capsule is capable of carrying eight passengers, and takes 30 minutes to complete a full 360 degrees rotation. The Ferris wheel ride lasts about 30 minutes and can carry 768 passengers per hour.
Location: Hebei District, Tianjin
Entrance Fee: RMB70 ($10.50) per person
Closed on Mondays
Dabei Buddhist Monastery
Dabei Buddhist Monastery is the largest and oldest Buddhist monastery in Tianjin, covering 10,600 m² (about 114,000 feet). The name Dabei comes from the Dabei Arya Avalokiteshvara. This monastery is known for its Shìjiā Bǎo Hall and the subsequent large hall where a giant and golden multi-armed statue of Guanyin awaits, her eyes following you around the hall area. Also, the monastery provides vegetarian food from the famous Tianjin Dabei Buddhist Monastery Vegetarian Food Corporation. The vegetarian dishes served here includes deep freeze eight precious vegetarian steamed-buns, multivitamins-calcium noodles, soybean vegetarian and vegetarian dumplings, etc.
Location: Hebei District, Tianjin
Entrance Fee: RMB5 ($0.75)
Nanshi Food Street
Nanshi Food Street covers 25,000 square meters (82,000 square feet). The street permeates a vibrant folk style and breathes an air of solemnity. A glass roof covers the entire structure. There are over 100 restaurants with their dishes of local flavors. Western and international food like Russian, Italian, German, and English flavors can be sampled in the Street.
Delicacies from all over the country are available here, for example, you can taste dishes with flavors of Sichuan, Shandong, Guangdong, Hunan, and Jiangsu province. The Nanshi food street has become well-known as the most prominent food emporium in China.
Location: Heping District, Tianjin
 Entrance Fee: Free