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The Peninsula Beijing Peninsula Academy

The Peninsula Academy provides in-house guests with the chance to learn about and gain exposure to the uniqueness of Beijing. The rich culture of the capital and it's hidden gems are highlighted in a variety of bespoke programmes including activities such as a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour of the Great Wall, a rickshaw Hutong tour, a kite making class at Tiananmen Square and many more.

 

Academy PROGRAMME

  • The Peninsula Beijing’s curated Peninsula Academy activities are designed to provide engaging, fun-filled insights into the city’s diverse cultures and lifestyles. Beijing is the only city in the world blessed with hutongs, labyrinthine lanes flanked by grey-brick courtyard homes, and this journey takes guests into the hutongs to experience timeless local living accompanied by a local Beijinger who has lived in the hutongs his entire life.

    After a visit to the ancient Drum Tower to watch drummers perform the beats that once told the time for city residents and a fun ride on a rickshaw, a classic tea ceremony is enjoyed in a secluded Chinese teahouse. Refreshed and relaxed, it’s time to get creative with a Chinese paper cutting or calligraphy class, or a lesson in cricket training, a beloved Beijing pastime dating back centuries. Upon returning to The Peninsula Beijing, guests can relax and share a traditional Afternoon Tea amid the magnificent Chinese décor and artworks of The Lobby.
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    • A rickshaw ride into history
      Explore the nooks and crannies of old Beijing by rickshaw and enjoy guided insights into traditional Chinese life and architecture.
    • The beauty of old Beijing
      Be greeted in The Lobby by a Peninsula PageBoy before enjoying a luxurious chauffeured drive to the ancient hutong lanes of Hou Hai district.
    • Lakeside tea experience
      Enjoy a Chinese tea ceremony while savouring beautiful views of Hou Hai Lake and experiencing the life of a Beijing local.
    • Creative art class
      Kids can try their hand at Chinese calligraphy or paper cutting.
    • Exquisite Afternoon tea
      Share a sumptuous Peninsula Afternoon Tea together amid the stunning grandeur of The Lobby
    Prices
    RMB 5,820 per one person
    Additional Detail

    This experience is available from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm daily, except during December and January.

    Each session takes up to five hours and is subject to availability. 

    48-hour advance notice is required, and the maximum capacity is five persons.

  • Baijiu, or White Liqueur, is the drink of choice for toasting a family celebration or a business banquet in China. China’s traditional liquor is complex and challenging to the palate, and often little understood beyond China.

    This unique journey begins with a chauffeured limousine drive taking guests behind the scenes at a Beijing distillery to learn the intricate production processes and the many different varieties of Baijiu enjoyed across China. After returning to the hotel, the chefs at Huang Ting will prepare a delicious Chinese lunch or dinner accompanied, of course, by a glass or two of premium Chinese Baijiu.
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    • Majestic Beijing landscapes
      Experience a luxurious drive through Beijing and into the picturesque countryside near the Baijiu distillery.
    • The secrets of White Liquor
      Enjoy exclusive access at a typical distillery and discover the complex processes of making China’s favourite liqour.
    • Baijiu pairing at Huang Ting
      Complete your journey with an exquisite Chinese meal at Huang Ting paired with premium Chinese Baijiu.
    Prices
    RMB 2,140 per one person
    Additional Detail

    The Baiju Celebration experience is offered between 9:00am and 2:00pm upon 48-hour advance reservations. 

    Each session takes up to four hours and is subject to availability. 

    The maximum capacity is five persons. 

    This Academy experience is available only for adults (18 years old and above).

  • Precious jade has been highly coveted in China for several millennia, and it was the preferred gemstone of both emperors and empresses. Treasured for its translucent beauty and subtle durability, jade has been used throughout history to make decorative jewellery and for carving ornaments and even weaponry.

    This private journey of dicovery begins at Beijing’s famous jade market, where guests learn to spot the most valuable pieces. Guests also meet a jade master in his traditional Chinese home, and share a traditional Peninsula Afternoon Tea while learning more about this cherished gemstone. After receiving a jade souvenir, the journey is completed with a luxurious body massage using warm jade stones at The Peninsula Spa. This soothing spa experience includes a cleansing express facial, with energy grounding techniques and an acupressure head massage to prepare the mind and body before the warm jade stones evoke deep physical relaxation, mental clarity and spiritual harmony.
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    • Priceless jade expertise
      Visit a market entirely dedicated to jade and gain unique insights about this hallowed stone from a jade expert.
    • Timeless Afternoon Tea
      Enjoy a Traditional Peninsula Afternoon Tea in the unique ambience of a local Beijing home.
    • Soothing spa experience
      Complete the journey with a relaxing body treatment using warm jade stones.
    Prices
    RMB 6,830 per one person
    Additional Detail
    The Jade Appreciation experience is available daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm. 

    Each session takes up to five hours and is subject to availability. 

    48-hour advance notice is required, and the maximum capacity is five persons. 

    Recommended age from 12 years old and above.

  • An enthralling activity to enjoy with the family, Kung Fu, or gong-fu, is the ancient Chinese martial art made famous worldwide by movie stars such as Bruce Li and Jackie Chan. The art of Kung Fu continues to gain global prominence courtesy of stunning performances by the Shaolin monks. 

    Thousands of styles of Kung Fu have existed through the centuries, and this exciting experience enables guests to learn from Kung Fu experts. After mastering the meditative principles and practicing some basic techniques of this most cerebral of marital arts, a sumptuous Chinese meal awaits at Huang Ting, the signature Cantonese restaurant at The Peninsula Beijing.
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    • A stroll in the sacred grounds
      Experience the majestic landscapes of the Temple of Heaven and witness the authentic sight of the locals.
    • Martial art meditations
      Rekindle your energy flow by learning the fundamentals of Kung Fu from an experienced master who will guide you through the key meditative principles and help you practice basic techniques.
    • Dinner at Huang Ting
      Complete your journey with a quintessential Chinese feast at Huang Ting, a signature Beijing dining experience.
    Prices
    RMB 3,170 per one person
    Additional Detail
    The Kung Fu experience is available from 3:00pm to 8:30pm. 

    Each session takes up to five and a half hours, and is subject to availability. 

    48-hour advance notice is required, and the maximum capacity is five persons. 

    Recommended age from 12 years old and above.

  • For almost five hundred years, from early in the Ming dynasty until the fall of the Qing in 1912, the Forbidden City in Beijing served as the centre of Chinese imperial power. Though the capital and palaces of the former Mongol Yuan dynasty were near the site of the present city, the vast palace that we know today, and its spatial location within the town that surrounds it, was very much the fruit of Emperor Yongle and his architects. Yongle’s dream of red mansions is now the largest surviving monument to China’s imperial past.

    Following the incredible achievements of Yongle, Emperor Qianlong was also an integral part of the success of Chinese sovereignty during the Qian period. This programme provides an insider’s view of the intricate architecture of thkis majestic city and gives a glimpse of how the Chinese royals once lived their extraordinary lives. The journey continues at Huang Ting as our proficient tea master welcomes you back with a mouthwatering feast to complement your personalised tea ceremony.

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    • A GLIMPSE OF THE ROYAL PAST
      Peek through history’s keyhole to reveal imperial opulence and an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join an exclusive tour inside the Shu Fang Zhai Temple.
    • BESPOKE TEA CEREMONY
      Huang Ting’s tea master will introduce a set of tea varieties along with mouthwatering dishes to complement each course.
    Prices

    RMB 6,600 for one person

    RMB 7,200 for two persons

    RMB 8,000 for three persons

    RMB 8,750 for four persons

    RMB 9,500 for five persons


    Additional Detail

    The programme duration is 3.5 hours from 9:00am to 12:30pm and available Tuesday through Friday. (Available on Mondays in July & August)

    Advance reservation of two weeks is required

    Available for a maximum of five people

  • Made from bamboo, paper, silk and rattan, traditional Chinese kites are usually crafted in the shapes of animals: dragonflies, swallows, butterflies and centipedes. With their grace and symmetry, the kites are said to be emblematic of freedom and their making is seen as a vehicle for artistic expression.

    Under the guidance of the kite master, you will start by choosing a design for your kite – maybe a dragon or a fish or something simpler for your first attempt. Then you will build your frame and choose material to cover it: silk is the traditional fabric, but you may also use strong paper, nylon or plastic. Balance and proportions are key to ensure your kite stays aloft. Once you have cut the material to fit your frame, you are ready to paint and decorate your kite. Attach it to your frame; add the string bridle and you are fit to fly in the nearby Temple of Heaven Park. But don’t let it go, because according to Chinese folklore, this can bring bad luck!

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    • Kite Craft

      Meet at the concierge desk, where the Peninsula Pageboy will take you to the luxurious Peninsula Suite to learn the secrets of kite-making from an esteemed master of the art. Snacks and drinks will be served throughout.

    • Flying High

      Travel to a local park in signature Peninsula transport to fly your custom-made kites, wind-permitting.

       

    Prices

    RMB 3,900 for one person
    RMB 4,500 for two persons
    RMB 5,200 for three persons
    Prices include all tax


    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 3 hours between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm and is available March through October
    • Advance reservation of 24 hours is required
    • The maximum number of persons is three
    • Each guest must be between 8 and 18 years of age
    • This programme is subject to availability
  • Beijing’s hutongs are narrow streets or alleyways formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences built around a quadrangle. The word hutong comes from the Mongolian for water wells, nodding to the fact that communities gather around wells. Although many of the city’s hutongs have been demolished to make way for modern roads and high-rise buildings, some have been preserved as designated areas of Chinese culture. Those that survived, give a real glimpse into Beijing life as it has been for generations.

    From their size and style, you can tell whether the compounds belonged to the rich and powerful or the poor. On this exclusive tour, you will get an insight into both, with visits to more humble abodes as well as the mansions of Prince Gong, one of the most extravagant and ornate residential compounds in Beijing, and Soong Ching Ling, wife of Sun Yat-sen, former president of the People’s Republic of China.

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    • Old Beijing

      Meet in the lobby where you will be greeted by a Peninsula Page boy and be transported in luxury to the hutongs around the Hou Hai district.

    • Rickshaw Ride

      Explore the nooks and crannies of old Beijing by rickshaw and get an guided insight into traditional Chinese life and architecture.

       

    Prices

    RMB 1,800 for one person
    RMB 2,500 for two persons
    RMB 3,800 for three persons
    RMB 4,500 for four persons
    RMB 5,800 for five persons
    Prices include tax

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 4 hours between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm and is only available February through November
    • Advance reservation of 48 hours is required
    • Minimum 13 years of age
    • This programme is subject to availability
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