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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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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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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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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The Coronavirus (or Covid-19, as it is now officially called) has been dominating the headlines around the world for weeks. For the most part, those stories have focused on the threat of the virus: threat to life, stability and the world economy.
But while there has been tragic loss of life and continued financial burdens for companies, very little has been said about how companies in one of the hardest hit industries, culture and tourism, are fighting on, and what they are doing to survive this difficult time.
Read on to hear from some of Beijing’s best-known companies, how they are coping and what you can expect from them next!
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