Hidden among the city’s skyscrapers and behind its crowded window displays remain vestiges of the finest traditional Hong Kong craftsmanship and the city’s golden era of manufacturing. The Peninsula Academy’s “Hong Kong Traditions Well Served” programme seeks out the artisans of the city’s disappearing crafts and takes you on a journey of discovery to meet them. These include the creators of the bamboo-and-flower displays that adorn outdoor Chinese Opera theatres; paper-tearing artists; shadow-puppet masters, lion dancers and qipao-button crafters. More than a learning experience, this experiential programme supports Hong Kong’s traditional crafts by contributing to their sustainability through education and awareness building. Exploring the mystique and vibrant spirit and energy of these crafts, the programme encourages you to meet the city’s artisans and learn the history behind their chosen vocations.
Option A (Morning)
Gain an insight into either the art of creating flower plaques for Chinese opera theatres, or the ingenious skill of paper tearing, with a second session offering a fascinating look into the dying art of Chinese puppet mastery and the secrets of this creative medium, via which popular folk fables were traditionally told.
Option B (Afternoon)
Learn how to make a papier-mâché Buddha’s head, the traditional accompaniment to the lion dances of yesteryear, with illuminating insights into the art of the lion dance from a seasoned professional.
You will visit artisanal-craft workspaces to gain an insight into either the art of creating flower plaques for Chinese opera theatres, or the ingenious skill of paper tearing. Returning to The Peninsula to enjoy lunch, you then will learn how to create a papier-mâché Buddha’s head – a symbolic ritual that accompanied the traditional lion dances of yesteryear – and gain illuminating insights into the art of the lion dance from a seasoned professional.
Your day begins with a visit to artisanal-craft workspaces to gain an insight into either the art of creating flower plaques for Chinese opera theatres, or the ingenious skill of paper tearing. Returning to The Peninsula to enjoy lunch, you will then glean secrets about the waning art of Chinese puppet mastery and learn about the popular folk fables that underpin this delightful creative medium. Those who enjoy working with their hands are sure to be inspired by an introduction to the art of qipao knotted flower- button crafting, in a class that will explore how to create a knot-shaped button as well as a more complex chrysanthemum button design.
Half-day Option A: HK$ 21,600 for four persons
Half-day Option B: HK$ 15,500 for four persons
Full-day Option A: HK$ 23,800 for four persons
Full-day Option B: HK$ 33,300 for four persons
Half-day Option A: 4 hours from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Half-day Option B: 4 hours from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Full-day Option A: 8 hours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Full-day Option B: 8 hours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Advance reservation of three weeks is required.
- The minimum number of persons is four and maximum number of persons is eight.
- Minimum age varies from 3 to 16 years of age
- This programme is subject to availability