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.
Art in Focus: A Private Tour of the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)Click to View Details
When it comes to China’s thriving contemporary arts scene, The Peninsula Shanghai has the inside track covered. The Art in Focus programme offers a private guided tour by the Deputy Curator of the acclaimed Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
Housed in a large glasshouse in the heart of People’s Park, MOCA is a thrilling venue for connoisseurs of Chinese, Asian and international contemporary art, photography and commercial design. During the tour, your expert guide will explain the history and inspirations of the works on display, and discuss MOCA’s prestigious roll call of previous and upcoming art showcases.
Shanghai is a city where the past, present and future seamlessly overlap. Today, this east-coast metropolis continues to captivate visitors with the enduring influence of its unique heritage in a modern 21st-century setting. Guests will begin their exploration of Timeless Shanghai with an authentic Shanghainese breakfast in a private dining room at Yi Long Court, before meeting The Peninsula Shanghai Academy Director at the Concierge Desk.
From here, the journey continues by vintage 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom to a traditional Shanghai Tea House. After a refreshing cup of Chinese tea, guests will be guided through the historic Wukang Road district, enjoy a private tour by the curator of the Propaganda Poster Art Museum and visit Hong Merchant to experience timeless Shanghai culture, interiors and art. Guests can also sample retro Shanghai chic with a tailor-made qipao or Chinese jacket created by a celebrated personal stylist and dressmaker.
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 Opera is colourful, complex and rooted in ancient history. Today, it remains as popular as ever with diverse musical and performance styles across the nation. The half-day Music, Colour and Facepaint programme is conducted by celebrated Chinese Opera star Xu Jiali, who takes you behind the scenes of this much-loved art form. Learn the fascinating history and cultural influences of this much-loved genre. As an added bonus, you can dress up and be photographed in operatic stage costumes and traditional make-up.
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.
Flying kites above the Bund and over the Huangpu River has long been a favourite pastime for Shanghai children and their parents. This educational Peninsula Kids’ Academy workshop enables your children to develop an appreciation of Chinese culture and kite craftsmanship.
The Chinese Kite Making class teaches the history and the basic skills of kite making in a traditional workshop, located in a famous residential alley in Shanghai. Your junior kite makers can try their hand at creating their own kite, and weather permitting, will be able fly it on the famous Shanghai Bund together with you and their new friends made during the class.