FAQ - Food and Beverage
I have certain dietary restrictions, can I still come on the trip?
Generally speaking, all dietary restrictions can be accommodated during the trip with preparation - please contact us to discuss this further.
How will the meals work?
Chinese food is eaten family style, which means that unlike typical western food, each person is not given a plate of their own food to eat. During the trip, all food dishes at each restaurant will be brought to the center of the table and shared by all trip participants (with the exception of the daily breakfast buffet at the hotel, which offers both western and Chinese breakfast items, and where you can pick and choose exactly what you want). Having lived in China for 7 years, David has eaten a lot of Chinese food and knows what foreigners will enjoy eating, so he will order all food for trip participants accordingly. You can feel free to eat as much or as little as you want, and be as adventurous (or not) as you like! You won't go hungry at meal time, but if you like snacks in between meal times, feel free to bring or purchase food/drinks as you like. There are tons of convenient stores in Shanghai you can visit for a quick snack too.
I don't like Chinese food.
After eating all sorts of amazing varieties of Chinese food, you might change your mind after this trip!
Is the tap water safe to drink?
No, you should not drink water directly from the tap in China. Bottled drinking water is easily available and very inexpensive. However, generally speaking for most people using the water for bathing and brushing your teeth is fine.
I'd like to check out Shanghai nightlife and visit some bars and/or clubs.
After dinner is over, you're free to do whatever you want in Shanghai, so if you want to check out some great bars and/or clubs, then feel free to do so on your own, as this is not included as part of the trip. Your guide will be happy to recommend some places for you to check out.