Where are we now? Updates from Beijing’s Culture Community!

“退一步 进两步” Maneuver back one step, advance forward two steps. Whereas the current situation in China might be described by some as ‘two steps forward, one step back’, there are very few who could deny the current path is a very practical, beneficial one. With its most recent lockdowns, China strategically took one-step back, so as we can all collectively move forward two steps in the very near future. Glass half full indeed!

But while we are waiting for that inevitable two-step advance, when we can all breathe a collective mask-free sigh of relief, what are your favourite Beijing culture providers up to? Read on to find out!

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Events and Offers in May from Beijing’s Best Culture Companies!

See that date? It’s May 1st! Even if you’ve been self-isolating for the past 90 days in a cave, you still know that with the start of May, summer (un)officially begins! But with Beijing (as with the rest of China) slowly waking from its pandemic-induced slumber, it can be a bit difficult to know what is on offer to you to learn, explore, taste and engage with in terms of culture.

To address that, Cultural Keys has asked some of the city’s best activity providers what they have in store for everyone. Read on to find out the best ways to culturally immerse yourself this month!

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Custom handmade calligraphy available again at Cultural Keys!

Few examples of traditional Chinese art are as beautiful and intrinsically characteristic of Chinese culture as handwritten calligraphy. It’s with that cultural significance in mind that Cultural Keys and the CK Culture Boutique  are proud to announce that starting this week (April 26th) we are again able to offer custom handmade calligraphy for the first time since January!

Read on to see how you can order a unique and beautiful piece of art and bring Chinese culture into your own home or office!

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All the Tea in China: An Interview with Tea Expert Johnny New

Few aspects of Chinese culture are as easily identifiable or universally appreciated and enjoyed as tea. But with a history spanning more thousands of years, and so many types, it can be a little intimidating to know where to start learning more about it.

As with most things of course, the best place to start is usually talking to an expert. Cultural Keys took time to drop by Gengxiang Tea, a well-known tea shop in Beijing’s Chaoyang District to say hi to owner Johnny ‘New’ Niu and get his insight on many aspects of all the tea in China.

Read on to see what Johnny had to share with us, plus see how you can save money the next time you visit Gengxiang Tea! 

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Offers and events from Cultural Keys in April!

Slowly, but surely, things are returning to normal in the Chinese capital. People are starting to venture outside, work is beckoning us back to the office and the warming weather is encouraging us to dream of in-person social activities and long walks in beautiful parks.

But step by step. There are still necessary restrictions in place, and we need to remain cautious while planning for the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, read on for some great offers from Cultural Keys that will help you get through the (hopefully!) last few weeks of restrictions, or even help you save money in the months ahead!

UPDATED: Our March offers were so well received, we have extended, and widened them, into April as well! Take a look at what we have going on, and let us know if there is anything here that catches your eye!

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