Another free event run by the Hang Tan Inn Hostel from Xi’an, and one that is very popular in lots of hostels in China is the Friday night dumplings party. This is the culmination of several people learning the art of Chinese dumpling making. It is a great way to meet people and introduce yourself to others as well as getting the chance to learn…and eat…dumplings.

We made vegetarian and pork dumplings in this session that allowed us to roll our own dough, stuff and then seal the dumplings. We all tried our best impersonations, although the teacher had skills and he seemed to do them with ease and at a rate of knots.

They didn’t taste like the street side of Shanghai, but I don’t have 2000 years experience. The idea is a really good one and it really becomes an experience.

Highly recommended if you ever get the chance!