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.
Rickshaw, Hutong and traditional Art A walk through Beijing’s past and local lifeClick to View DetailsBeijing is the only city in the world with hutongs, labyrinthine lanes flanked by grey-brick courtyard homes. To help navigate the historic hutong districts, guests can join a local Beijinger who has lived in the hutongs his entire life. Beijing is the only city in the world with hutongs, labyrinthine lanes flanked by grey-brick courtyard homes. To help navigate the historic hutong districts, guests can join 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 hidden 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.Make an Enquiry
- Guests will travel via BMW.
- Guests will be accompanied by a tour guide and a pageboy.
- Picnic lunch boxes will be provided.
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.Make an Enquiry
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.
Being a master chocolatier involves perfecting the art of working with the sweet ingredient to create not only delicious desserts, but also beautiful and skillfully crafted pieces of chocolate art.
Under the guidance of The Peninsula’s master patissier, youngsters will learn to tell their bain-maries from their ballotins, their bitter from their Belgian, and get an up-close insight into the intricacies of chocolate dessert-making, Peninsula-style.
Each child will take away their very own ‘cocoa kit’ filled with a personalised apron, chocolate buttons, custom-made whisk and special chocolate molds to continue the smooth and succulent art of chocolatier at home. And their very own handmade desserts of course.
This unrivalled adventure kicks off with a helicopter ride soaring high above the tourist queues, to watch the magnificent wall snake its way through the valleys of the Juyong Pass. From the luxury of a helicopter seat, guests will take in aerial panoramas including the glorious Bird’s Nest Stadium – co-designed for the Olympics by artist Ai Weiwei and so-called because of the numerous trussed steel columns giving it the resemblance of a bird’s nest – before touching down for an exquisite Champagne brunch on a private pavilion with spectacular views of the great wall.
From the splendour of the past to the vibrancy of the present, guests will be transported in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce to Beijing’s contemporary 798 Art Zone, where you can browse works at your leisure and gain private access to a renowned artist’s gallery and open kitchen. Back at the hotel, be pampered in style at the Peninsula Spa in preparation for a six-course Peking Duck feast in our award-winning Huang Ting restaurant.
This Peninsula Academy reveals the historical significance of the Temple of Heaven to events of paramount importance in the Chinese imperial calendar. The journey begins with a chauffeured transfer to a morning private tour of the historic park, where a tai chi master will offer insight into what went on behind the cleverly constructed building commissioned by the Qing dynasty’s emperor, Qianlong. Later that morning, guests will be whisked away to personally experience the basic movements of tai chi. This fascinating exercise is said to unblock and encourage the proper flow of qi or energy force thought to stream through the body. Tai chi is also said to promote a balance of one’s yin and yang, gently keeping your opposing elements in harmony. The morning culminates in a Naturally Peninsula brunch at Huang Ting prepared to enhance your rejuvenating experience.Make an Enquiry