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China - Culture, Food, History and... Wine? China Set to Rival the Wine Greats

Shanghai, China, June 17, 2007 --( In order to whet your whistle and your appetite, Passport to China, an ingoing China travel specialist, introduces travelers to the tastes and sights of China.

You might think you know China – the long history, the diverse people and cultures, the wide range of cuisines, the breathtaking landscapes, and the 24 world heritage sites as recognised by UNESCO. However, it may come as a surprise to learn that China is now also the world’s sixth largest producer of wines.

Winemakers in China are bringing in the experts from overseas, importing quality presses and sending their staff to winemaking school in order to take on the world with their wines. Methods have been imported from France, Italy and Germany. And with the right equipment and the right climate, who knows what will happen?

The enjoyment of a good meal with quality wine is an intrinsic part of many Western cultures. Getting together with friends, enjoying an atmosphere of conviviality along with the food and the wine is an art known as ‘savoir vivre’. The French are well known for their gastronomy and wine, so it seems fitting that a French company, Passport to China, is introducing this tour concept to help travelers discover the distinct and authentic flavours of China.

As CEO, Geoffroy de Becdelievre says, “This is a new and original tour integrating traditional discovery of China and Western desires.”

Gastronomy and wine tours are increasingly popular all over the world with discerning travelers, and China offers an incredible opportunity to taste and experience the gastronomic delights that are so intrinsic to the country’s culture and people. A wonder through the streets of any town or city will take hold of your senses. Steamed buns piled up in baskets, meat on skewers being turned on a grill, noodles being pulled expertly by hand and then dropped into a fragrant broth and locals hunched over street-side hotpot. It seems that every province and even every town has its own cuisine or special dish. Not to mention the fine dining that is available in big cities like Beijing and one of the world’s hottest cities right now, Shanghai. From fiery Sichuan to modern French, your palate will be tantalised and charmed.

Yet, Passport to China does not only just offer the gastronome temptation for the tastebuds with its 15-day Chinese Flavors tour, but the new China Road Trip Wine tour takes the wine-lover to five different vineyards in China’s north, as well as a wide range of other packages to reveal the mysteries and the delights of this incredible country.

Their Classic China tour winds through the country unveiling the famous sights of China’s past and the dazzling modernity of her future. As an added option to this tour, a visit to the Dragon Seal vineyards in Hebei Province can be arranged. Dragon Seal has its origins in Beijing in 1910 when a French friar started to make wine. Even today, the winery still uses French grapes grown on Chinese soil.

Passport to China shows travelers the China that others don’t offer, and all in the style to which they are accustomed and for less than you’d expect. Four or five star accommodation, freedom from language difficulties and an international team who not only understand the needs of the Western travelers, but have a great love and understanding for the country, complete the picture.

To find out more; visit the website and see the wide range of packages. Customers can book a package, get a free quote and then speak directly to a reservation staff.

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Passport to China
Nolwenn Allo
+86 21 6271 7432
Fax: +86 21 62716246

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