One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China is an ancient monumental defence project and one of the biggest construction tasks ever completed. The Peninsula Academy offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience with its heli-tour of the breathtaking site, allowing guests to enjoy the sweeping vista in all its glory.
Prince Gong's Mansion is located near Shichahai Lake, to the northwest of the Forbidden City. Built in 1777, it was once the private residence of He Shen, a favourite minister of Emperor Qianlong during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and is a prime example of the grand residences of Chinese officers in ancient times. The Peninsula Academy offers a trishaw tour for guests to explore this remarkable 60,000 sq m property.
The original 798 was a state-owned industrial plant left abandoned in the late 1990s. Upon the dawn of the Millennium, artists moved into the warehouse lofts, repurposing the derelict area into what is today a hotspot for dozens of established studios, galleries, bookstores, cafes and restaurants. Guests can obtain VIP access to certain galleries through one of The Peninsula Academy programmes.
Opened in 2007, following a six-year, RMB 3 billion renovation project, this gargantuan architectural masterpiece was designed by renowned French architect Paul Andreu. At 200,000 sq m in size, it can seat 5,452 people and is constructed solely of glass and titanium. It is truly is a spectacular milestone in the capital's architectural revolution and is a captivating sightseeing highlight for tourists today.
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Allan Gong - Learning and Development Manager
Not open to the general public, this location is part of the historical Forbidden City and can be accessed with the help of The Peninsula Beijing’s Concierge team. Adorned with authentic furniture from the Qing dynasty, this lodge was primarily used as a study by the dynasty’s most famous Emperor - Qianlong. This site has been the venue for several VIP receptions held for state dignitaries. Upon availability, an assigned professor can give guests a tour of the area and lend his knowledge on the relevance of its architectural stature.
Leigh Li - Chief Concierge
This private restaurant is located in a charming courtyard near the Forbidden City and is run by the grandson of the renowned Chef Cheng, who used to cook for Chairman Mao in the 1950s to 1960s. The restaurant holds events featuring menus of historical nights, where guests can enjoy a meal identical to one that Mao once shared with President Nixon in 1972. Everything in the restaurant, right down to the staff uniforms, remains historically accurate. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Rebecca Li - Public Relations Executive
Hou Hai Bar Street offers an elegant contrast to the popular Sanlitun area where revellers are usually found sipping cocktails as they begin their night in Beijing. Hou Hai is frequented by a mixture of locals and foreigners, comfortably settled against the shore of the beautiful Shichahai Lake. A myriad of bars are nestled within the street surrounded by nostalgic, traditional hutongs.
Tina Fu - Marketing Services Executive
The Hall of Harmony and Peace (YongHeGong) Lama Temple in Beijing is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Tucked away in the central Dongcheng district, this temple was the previous home of Emperors Yongzheng and Qianlong from the Qing dynasty. Locals and foreigners alike visit the temple to pray for good fortune, health and family.