I took two classes when I visited here last April. I know it's taken way too long to get this review up. My husband came to Beijing for work and I was able to tag along. I was on my own during the day. After reading about The Hutong on T.A. I decided to give it a try. I took the subway and followed the directions given to me and I became lost the first time, but I just retraced my steps back to the train and tried again. Watch for the red dots painted on the walls, they are rather high up and I guess I missed them the first time. Keep watching for them and they will help you through the maze of the Hutong.
It's beautiful inside the gate of the cultural center! We were led to the roof top for a refreshing drink of plum juice before our class on seczhuan(?) cooking started. there were people from all around the world taking part. Our instructor (sorry I've forgotten her name )from inner Mongolia was awesome. We were shown how to use a Chinese cleaver and cut up vegetables and meat. Got to eat a delicious meal afterward.
I had so much fun that I signed up for another class on Chinese dumplings a few days later. We had another diverse group of travelers this time as well. This class was the most fun! We learned how make and roll out perfect little circles of dough and fill them with various meats and vegetables. So GOOD!
Honestly, this experience was right up there with seeing the Great Wall and Summer palace! Don't hesitate to check out the many different course offerings available!!!
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