Shanghai is an exciting metropolis with a complex history and culture, and its streets are flanked by a mélange of heritage and contemporary architecture. The Peninsula Shanghai’s Academy includes a collection of exciting learning activities that enables guests to experience a personalised introduction to key aspects of culture, lifestyle, cuisine, arts and history in Shanghai.
Inventive Chinese design is transforming the global fashion scene, and no one epitomizes the rise of China Chic quite like Lu Kun. The Shanghai-born designer’s clothes have graced catwalks worldwide. The Modern Shanghai Chic programme provides an opportunity to meet the celebrity couturier at his studio, and learn exclusive insights about his haute couture collections that are inspired by classic and contemporary Shanghai lifestyle trends.
Dedicated followers of fashion will also be thrilled by a private guided tour showcasing Lu Kun’s most famous clothing creations – and the style secrets of the stars that have worn them.
The Peninsula Shanghai brings the thrill and excitement of automobile history up close with the China’s Motor City experience. Your journey begins with a chauffeured ride in a BMW limousine to the Shanghai Auto Museum which is part of the Shanghai International Automobile City in Jiading. Here you will enjoy a private tour of the first automobile museum in China. The museum’s curator will guide you through the five contrasting pavilions: History, Technology, Brand, Antique Car and a Temporary Exhibition Pavilion, and provide unique insights into the history of the motor car in Shanghai and around the world.
Chinese contemporary art has taken the global art market by storm, with collectors snapping up works by established and emerging artists who deconstruct the cultural and societal complexities of today’s China.
The Art of the Century experience provides educated insights into the history and ongoing development of contemporary Chinese painting, sculpture and installation art. An experienced art expert will provide a private tour of The Peninsula Shanghai’s own art collection, and take you into the heart of the city’s thriving arts scene to visit its most prestigious galleries and art museums. Private art viewings are also offered upon request.
Children across the globe adore the delicious taste of chocolate, and this Peninsula Kids’ Academy class emphasises the educational aspects of crafting sweet treats. Your child will learn the basic skills, ingredients and processes of chocolate making, and can try their hand at perfecting their own confectionery creation. While the children get imaginative in the specially designed pastry kitchen, you can browse the tantalising selection of hand-made gourmet chocolates in The Peninsula Boutique.