As we may have mentioned once or twice over the past few weeks, now is the best time of year to see Beijing at its most beautiful! Having said that, it would be irresponsible of us to suggest people get out and about right now, both because we’re in the middle of the Labour Day holiday and because of the current coronavirus situation.
While China and especially Beijing have managed to control the situation very well, it is only through continued vigilance and caution that we can avoid a second wave and keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and sound.
Of course, once the holidays end (officially May 6th) and the crowds thin, it would be a great time to get out and start taking in the sights and sounds again! And if that’s something you plan on doing, this list of entry requirements for Beijing’s top scenic spots, compiled by the experts at Amber Travel in conjunction with Cultural Keys, will be invaluable!
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May is a joyful time as warm weather hits the capital and we get a 5-day holiday for Labour Day, which also encompasses Youth Day and the seventh solar term. There isn’t much going on in terms of festivals and celebrations this month, but it’s not completely empty!
Read on to find out more about these special days!
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It’s often said that spring is the best time to visit Beijing and see everything the city has to offer. While getting out and about and experiencing everything isn’t exactly possible at the moment, that doesn’t mean you can’t start to make plans!
To that end, for the past few weeks Cultural Keys, in partnership with some of the best travel and culture companies in the business, have brought to you our Best of Beijing series. Each week, our partners introduce you to the best that the Chinese capital has to offer, from food to flowers, from classical architecture to useful words and phrases especially for Beijing!
Now in week 3, we are proud to be joined by the Hutong School, as the language maestros introduce you to some of the most Beijing-centric words and phrases this side of the Forbidden City. Enjoy!
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While most educational centres in Beijing are closed, people still have a thirst for learning that needs satisfying! Join Cultural Keys online via Zoom in May for our next Cultural Insights presentations, this time looking at the Chinese zodiac!
Read on to see what you can learn during our May presentation!
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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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