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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.



  • 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.



    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
  • 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.



    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
  • 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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      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.
      Huang Ting’s tea master will introduce a set of tea varieties along with mouthwatering dishes to complement each course.

    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