Asian Heritage Tours in Houston's booming Asiatown in Southwest Houston highlight the best of Asian culture, including tea tasting, herbology, Chinese calligraphy, Dim Sum, shopping, and Buddhist temples.
Houston's Asiatown began as a small Chinatown in downtown Houston with the opening of the store Quong Yick in 1926. At that time, fewer than 200 Chinese lived in Houston. Today, Chinatown has expanded to include other Asian cultures and has moved from downtown to southwest Houston.
Asian Heritage Tours, which can be tailored to each group, can include any of the following:
Tea Tasting and Herbology
Sip freshly brewed tea while learning to brew the perfect cup. Distinguish among exotic varieties of tea and discover the health benefits of herbal remedies.
The art of Chinese calligraphy is practiced by skilled artists and takes many years to perfect. Each guest is encouraged to try his/her hand at writing simple Chinese characters. Receive a souvenir of your name written in Chinese calligraphy.
Pick and choose from any piping hot appetizer-portion dishes presented on carts wheeled around the banquet hall, from turnip cakes and mango pudding to shrimp dumplings and spring rolls.
Shop at the largest indoor Asian shopping mall in the southwest, with nearly 30 stores among lily ponds and fountains. Hong Kong City Mall is the perfect place for unusual finds.
Guests will be enlightened on the practice and teachings of Buddhism at a traditional Buddhist temple. Guests may light incense and give offerings of paper money and fruits to their ancestors.
Shao Lin Kung-Fu
Guests may take an introductory class in Shao Lin Kung-Fu, which was first developed in the third century in Shao Lin temples in remote areas of China. As the style grew, other forms such as Tai Chi were absorbed and incorporated.
Tours are by appointment and can accommodate small and large groups.
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