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Best Food in China for Senior Travelers

Senior travelers are more sensitive to the food during a trip, light food and vegetarian food will be good for seniors. Food culture in China diverse from region to region, for there are lots of delicious food in China, with various flavors. What to eat in China? Read on to know the best food in China for senior travelers.


Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken is one of the most popular Chinese dishes in the world, which is widely welcomed among people in all ages, including seniors. You may try the western version in your country before, with sweet and sour flavor. However, the authentic Kung Pao Chicken is sweet and a bit spicy, normally cooked with diced chicken, dried chili and peanuts. If you can’t eat spicy food, just let the waiter know, they will cook without adding chili.



Dumplings, Jiaozi in Chinese, is the most famous traditional Chinese food beloved by both Chinese people and foreign tourists. With all varieties of fillings, shapes and cooking methods, dumplings will be really suitable for senior travelers. For the fillings, you could choose vegetables only, or vegetables with meat, such as pork, beef, chicken and shrimp.

Even though there are kinds of ways for cooking dumplings, like steaming, boiling and frying, we suggest senior travelers choose steamed and boiled dumplings, for there are healthy and less greasy. Usually Chinese people will dip in the vinegar and chili sauce, but for senior travelers, maybe just try the vinegar.


Hot Pot

Speaking of best food in China for senior travelers, we have to mention Hot Pot. On the one hand, there are plenty of choices for the soup that you can choose, spicy or not, it means that you don’t have to worry if you like the flavor. On the other hand, you can pick what ingredients you like, there are various vegetables and meat, each person will enjoy a great meal. And for the sauce, it’s amazing that you could make your own sauce, normally there will be dozens of different sauces. 


Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao is more than suitable for senior travelers. It looks like Baozi, a kind of Chinese white bun with fillings inside, but the bun skin is much thinner. The best way of eating Xiao Long Bao is to take a small bite and let the broth flow out of the skin, taste the broth before you eat it. Most seniors love the palatable flavor of Xiao Long Bao.


Scrambled Eggs with Tomato

Scrambled Eggs with Tomato is a common home cooking for Chinese people, which is also a popular dish among foreign tourists. It’s delicious, healthy and rich in nutrition, with the perfect match of tomato and egg. What’s more, Scrambled Eggs with Tomato is really appetizing and refreshing, no matter for the bright color of red and yellow, or the unique taste of sour and sweet.


Dim Sum

Dim Sum, Dianxin in Chinese, will be an ideal choice for senior travelers, for traditional Cantonese Dim Sum and Hong Kong Dim Sum. Usually served in bamboo steamers, there are a variety of dishes steamed inside each steamer, Shrimp Dumpling, Spring Rolls and Pork Dumplings are highly recommended. The serving size is normally in bite-size, very convenient to eat.


Vegetarian Food

Vegetarian Food in China is delicate and delicious. No matter you are vegetarian or not, it’s totally worthy to have a try. There are good vegetarian restaurants in some big cities, such as Beijing, Xi’an and Hangzhou. Regardless of the great taste, some dishes look really exquisite, with designable decoration and good cultural meanings. It will be a wonderful experience for those senior travelers who love Chinese culture. Just feel free to ask for recommendations in each city if you have interests, since local experts know better where to find the best vegetarian restaurant.


Create a Gourmet Tour in China

There are lots of delicious food all over China, you may have plenty of choices for the best food in each city you travel to. View our tours in the popular senior-friendly cities, you may try a lot of authentic Chinese food during your trip in China.


Check more China Senior Tours. Or you can create your own gourmet tour in China by telling us your preferences and requirements. As local experts know better what to eat in each place, we’ll arrange the most suitable senior-friendly food for you.

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