Feel Real Beijing Life at local family

Beijing, China

Experience hosted by Ming 明

  1. 4 hours
  2. Hosted in English and Japanese

What you'll do

To understand Chinese, best way is from their food and life.
We'll visit the community of ordinary people, where I live, to see buildings, streets, facilities of locals. We talk while we walk for understanding local life. Then we explore a food street and a farmer market nearby and watch local food ingredients and get northern Chinese food systematical image. There we pick up food ingredients for dishes you can enjoy. Last but not least, visit A LOCAL family HOME to learn to cook a local meal with instruction of local Beijingers. At local family home, we talk about anything you interested about China, people's life, cultural and life habits gaps, etc.
Other things to note
Please contact before book,tell your expectation(time and other issues) ,get confirmation from me. It's possible to arrange a group of more than 2 persons of family /friends and small group, etc.
People more than 15 minutes LATE showing at meeting point can not be served and get no refunds.
To understand Chinese, best way is from their food and life.
We'll visit the community of ordinary people, where I live, to see buildings, streets, facilities of locals. We talk while we walk for understanding local life. Then we explore a food street and a farmer market nearby and watch local food ingredients and get northern Chinese food systematical image. There we pick up food ingredients for dishes you can enjoy. Last but not least, vi…

What's included

  • Food
    Stir-fried dishes. The menu is decided based on the food materials of the s...
  • Drinks
    Purified water and Chinese water, as Chinese says, hot water.
  • Tickets
    Entrance permission to a local Chinese family and English or Japanese dialo...

Meet your Host, Ming 明

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 8 Reviews
  • Identity verified
To know Chinese, start from their food.
Hello. Welcome to my community in downtown Beijing. I am a lao-Bei-jing(local person) , can speak English, Japanese and have certification of teaching Chinese to non-Chinese speakers.
For 20 years, I have been asked by school to teach Chinese. Besides,I am invited by tour agency to act as tour guide for cultural China travel. I develop this TOURSSON(tour+lessons) to make foreigners understand local real life(including regular dishes, ordinary peoples life) effectively and fast. After this experience, foreign guests will have a direct, concrete image on Beijing ordinary peoples' life and systematic knowledge on northern Chinese food.
To know Chinese, start from their food.
Hello. Welcome to my community in downtown Beijing. I am a lao-Bei-jing(local person) , can speak English, Japanese and have certification of teaching Chinese to non-Chinese speakers.
For 20 years, I have been asked by school to teach Chinese. Besides,I am invited by tour agency to act as tour guide for cultural China travel. I develop this TOURSSON(tour+lessons) to make foreigners understand local real life(including regular dishes, ordinary p…
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Where you'll be

1st, get at my community. We walk there, watch and talk to understand real local Chinese life. 2nd, a food street and a farmer market nearby where we learn Chinese food ingredients and have northern Chinese food systematical image, pick up food ingredients for dishes later we do. Last stop is a LOCAL family HOME to watch local life and learn local cooking and have free talk on local life.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 8 reviews.

John
December 2019
I had a great experience with Ming. He did a good job showing me his neighborhood and describing everyday life of locals. We shopped for and prepared a nice lunch. I would highly recommend this experience to others!
Nicolas
December 2019
Ming offered a wonderful tour of a real Beijing neighborhood. It was insightful, interesting and a great way to learn about how regular people live in Beijing, away from the tourist areas. We walked around, met his neighbors and shopped at the local farmer's market. He also explained how these neighborhoods developed and how they are now organized (the schools, medical clinics, etc). After the tour, he cooked us lunch in his apartment which we really enjoyed. Ming was very personable, friendly and ready to answer our many questions. Do not hesitate to book this tour with Ming - it is well worth it.
Gary
November 2019
This experience offered a simple but otherwise unobtainable look into the life of an ordinary Beijinger. Ming gave us a guided tour of his neighborhood, explaining the customs, such as parents and grandparents picking up their children from school. We saw up close the community’s mixed Chinese/Western medical clinic, as well as local religious sites (a mosque). We then toured the bustling food market and Ming gave explanations of common and exotic types of prepared foods and ingredients, some of which he bought. Shopping completed, we went to his clean and comfortable apartment, donned aprons, and prepared a traditional meal together. The meal was delicious, accompanied by thoughtful conversation about modern life in China. Ming was warm and caring. This was a unique opportunity for us to learn about daily life in Beijing. We recommend this experience to anyone interested in an inside look at urban China.
Wouter
August 2019
We had a wonderful experience with Ming. He was a friendly and knowledgeable guide especially about his neighbourhood. We had a pleasant walk through his neighbourhood, visited the Mosque, drank tea at the local market (at our own request) and did some shopping for our cooking. After our walk we cooked together and had lunch at Ming's apartment. Ming was a warm and friendly personality. Highly recommended!!
Sebastian
July 2019
Ming communicated very well and early about the experience so that it was easy to meet at the arranged time and place. The walking tour took place in his local neighborhood which made it really nice as there is no main touristic sight. The walk around the neighborhood was interesting and allowed a view into the life of « normal » Beijingers. The market was cool and Ming was very knowledgeable about different foods (and other topics of interest), we then went to cook togethee what we bought and Ming coordinated this very well. The food was very tasty and overall it was a great experience!
Shun
July 2019
中国の旅はミンさんの体験から始めれば良かったと思うほど素晴らしい体験でした。北京の人たちがどのように暮らしているのかをリアルに学べます。また、ミンさんは、色々なことに詳しく、特にIT分野にかなり精通しています。自分もIT分野出身だったので、ミンさんが顔認証の決済をしているとこや、レシートを使った領収書自動集計のアプリを使っているところを見せてくださった時は、本当に感激したとともに、中国のテクノロジーを直に見て感じることができました。また、社会のことや未来のこと、様々ばお話を流暢な日本語で述べてくださり大変勉強になった体験です。この体験本当におすすめします。

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 12 and up can attend, up to 2 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Mind, love for humanities and passion to life.
Rain gear on a rainy day. We can have the experience when it rains. Sunglasses may be good for you on a sunny day.
Communication with us by Airbnb mails before both order and experience.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.