Access, experience, understand and enjoy authentic Chinese culture with Cultural Keys!

 
Want to get the most out of your time in China? Interested in learning more about the traditional culture and perhaps even experiencing it for yourself?
 
Cultural Keys Chinese Culture Centre helps expat residents and visitors experience, understand and enjoy traditional Chinese culture by providing a variety of authentic content, classes, presentations and services. 
 
From private workshops to team building, from children’s parties to community group presentations, read on for more information about how Cultural Keys can help you get more out of your time in China!


Chinese Culture Workshops

 
Based in Xiaopu Village in Beijing’s Songzhuang Art District, our tranquil culture centre offers both regularly scheduled events and private workshops in a large variety of traditional Chinese arts, crafts and activities, including:
 
CalligraphyPinwheel making
Beijing OperaLion dancing
Knot makingDragon and phoenix painting
PapercuttingFace changing masks
TaichiModel making
Shaolin kung fuSugar blowing
Traditional paintingSugar painting
Grass weavingKite painting
Fan paintingGourd burning
 
All our workshops are suitable for both adults and children, with no previous experience or artistic skills needed. Each one includes a presentation on the history and culture of the subject, given by a native-English speaking guide, and is taught by an expert, accompanied by a native-English speaking translator, to ensure language is never a barrier to your experience. 
 

Our workshops are available for booking by private groups, companies, groups, hotels, schools or embassies, both at our centre or at a location convenient for you. We also hold monthly Chinese culture workshops that are open to everyone!


Chinese Martial Arts Programs

 
With Cultural Keys you get the chance to learn more about yourself and what you are truly capable of by training traditional Chinese martial arts, and experiencing the life and culture that surrounds them.
 
 
We offer traditional Chinese martial arts training to individuals and groups, both in Beijing and at iconic locations around China, such as the Shaolin Temple. These types of programs are offered several times a year, and are also available for private bookings.
 
 
Our list of programs and workshops is constantly expanding. We currently offer:
 
– 10 & 20 day bootcamps at the Shaolin Temple
– Shaolin and taichi martial arts workshops
– Team building through martial arts
– VIP group and 1-on-1 workshops
– Self-defence seminars
– ‘Confidence in Kids’ martial spirit workshops
 

Chinese Culture Presentations

 
While hands-on experiences are without a doubt the best way to the learn about a culture, in some situations a presentation may be the most suitable way for a group to get to know more about a new culture.
 
 
Cultural Keys offers a range of English-language presentations that we can make to your club, school, office or other large group. Our presentations include:
 
Welcome to Beijing – a guide to surviving and thriving in the Chinese capital
Chinese Spring Festival – the stories, language and customs you need to know 
Daily Feng Shui – tips and tricks for a healthy, wealthy and comfortable life
Yin vs. Yang – the dynamic balance at the core of Chinese culture 
The Shaolin Temple – the origins, development and modern status of a Chinese cultural landmark
Chinese Tea – learn about the history,  processing methods and benefits of different types of tea
 
We are constantly adding new presentations, and if there is something specific you are interested in, let us know!
 

Cultural Gifts

 
Cultural Keys offers a range of cultural gifts, accessories and art, including classic Chinese Feiyue shoes, jewellery and art that is custom-made by local artists and craftspeople.
 
 
We also specialise in offering custom-made calligraphy, produced to your exact requirements. It’s perfect for gifts, prizes or simply to decorate your home.
 
 
Our product range, which you can purchase both online and at our centre, includes:
 
– Custom-made calligraphy
– Chinese Feiyue shoes
– Handmade Chinese art
– Kung fu clothing
– Retro gifts and accessories
– Gift cards
 

Why Cultural Keys?

 
Our Mission Statement
 
Cultural Keys is dedicated to making traditional Chinese culture more accessible so that everyone can experience, understand, enjoy and embrace it without barriers
 
 
Cultural Keys, a registered company in Hong Kong, Beijing and the UK, was founded in 2013 by three expats who were inspired by the difficulty of accessing authentic traditional culture in Beijing.
 
Since then, Cultural Keys has helped hundreds of people do exactly that.
 
 
Over the years, we have developed a simple objective – making the beauty, wisdom and customs of traditional Chinese culture available to everyone. Today, through a variety of content, events, products and services, combining local experts and native English-speaking guides, we believe we are able to offer authentic, accessible, unique and enjoyable experiences unlike anyone else in Beijing.
 
And because we are a foreign-owned and foreign-run company, we can see Chinese culture through unique eyes, and are able to work with our expert teachers to tailor all our classes, products and services in a way that makes our content most accessible to our clients.
 
 
As a result, no matter what your reason for being interested in this country and its culture, whether at our culture centre, at your school or office, at iconic locations around China, or on our website and social media channels, when you are with Cultural Keys you truly have the opportunity to unlock the potential of China!
 

What do other people say about Cultural Keys?

  •   Since I was a kid I always have wanted to go to Shaolin Temple. So I had the great oportunity to go there with the Cultural Keys company.
    All the... read more

    IgorP1807
    6/17/2019
  •   I have ordered 5 beautiful Calligraphy scrolls for different occasions ranging from Graduation to Weddings as a personalized gift and they have all been amazing. With great service and... read more

    LoLoPMe
    10/26/2019
  •   I visited the studio with some friends for a Calligraphy workshop,and I must say I was impressed by how bright and spacious it was,Nic and AJ were great,welcoming,fun and indeed... read more

    Amalsbm
    5/16/2019
  •   I have now done two workshops with Cultural Keys and they were both great. The studio in the art village is a bright and cheery place filled with different Chinese... read more

    435lauriel
    5/16/2019
  •   I have now done two workshops with Cultural Keys and they were both great. The studio in the art village is a bright and cheery place filled with different Chinese... read more

    435lauriel
    5/16/2019
  •   I attended the Warriors' Way program at the Shaolin Temple with Cultural Keys in May 2019. It was a life-changing experience, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who... read more

    asapritti
    6/05/2019
  •   We had a great time with friends learning some traditional Chinese painting techniques with a pro. He was very patient and will to help us. Great way to dive into... read more

    Amber N
    5/16/2019
  •   Amazing workshop with friendly staff. Very informative with background history of the art told before we took part in the sugar art sticks and sugar blowing. Would definitely recommend. It... read more

    658priyap
    5/20/2019
  •   I recently visited Nic and AJ’ s lovely art studio for a calligraphy workshop with my friends. This experience gave me much more than I expected: we learned about the... read more

    Tilda H
    5/06/2019
  •   I attended this afternoon workshop on traditional sugar blowing and sugar pouring, and it was quite good. I know the language barrier will always be a challenge in China, but... read more

    Musician2018
    5/22/2019
 

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Cultural Keys Chinese Culture Centre

191 (North Door A), Xiaopu North Road
Xiaopu Village, Songzhuang
Tongzhou, Beijing

北京市, 通州区, 宋庄镇,
小堡村, 小堡北街191号 (北门-A)
(蓝天幼儿园南一个路口)

+86 18611558781
010 89595202

Monday – Friday: By Appointment
Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – 6pm