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Cooking Schools: Backstreet Beijing

Courtesy of Bespoke Beijing

Backstreet Beijing, Beijing

Lillian Chou, a former editor at Gourmet magazine, leads private day tours and cooking classes through Bespoke Beijing (from $500); both give travelers a street-level taste of the city. She’ll guide you through Sanyuanli Market to sample regional specialties, such as Tianjin jianbing (rolled bean crêpes) and candied hawthorns. Classes end with a family-style meal of pickles, steamed buns, dumplings, and braised goose.

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