About Cultural Keys

Established in Hong Kong in 2013 by two British expats, Cultural Keys is the owner and operator of several divisions, all of which work to provide expats access to traditional culture in China. We have since grown, and now have registered companies not only in Hong Kong, but also Beijing and the UK.

Our Aim

Cultural Keys has one simple objective: to help people access, understand and enjoy traditional Chinese culture, through the provision of unique content, workshops and services. By providing information through a variety of mediums, we hope to to help people get a deeper understanding of traditional Chinese culture and it’s value, thus helping people “Unlock the potential of China.”

Our Divisions

CK Culture Centre 

Our culture centre in Beijing’s Songzhuang Art District is where we hold the majority of our activities. We organise unique classes and events, ranging from calligraphy and painting workshops to history presentations and movie screenings, all to help people experience the most authentic traditional Chinese culture possible.

Read more about our center here. Find a list of our upcoming events here.

CK Culture Boutique

Our shop, based in the CK Culture Centre, was opened in response to people’s desire to be able to purchase Chinese art and cultural accessories easily and affordably. Now, it is the perfect place to pick up a gift for yourself or others, such as hand-made (and customizable) Chinese art, kung fu clothes, Feiyue shoes, and accessories all related to Chinese culture.

See more about the CK Culture Boutique, including our opening hours and how to find us, here.

CK Martial Hearts

CK Martial Hearts offers half-day, full day and multi-day programs in a variety of traditional Chinese martial arts. Starting as our first product back in 2014, now our Warrior’s Way Kung Fu Bootcamp at the Shaolin Temple is our flagship program, attracting  participants from around the world to join us in training at the iconic Shaolin Temple.

Besides our Shaolin programs, we now also offer taichi training, self-defence and fitness courses, all related to traditional Chinese styles and training methods.

Find out more about the courses we offer here.

The Founders

British co-founders Nicola Doering  and AJ Donnelly have been in China almost 40 years between them. Over the decades since their arrival, they have immersed themselves in all things Chinese, developing a love, understanding and respect for the people and the culture of this beautiful country.

It is that love that is the basis of their passion and determination to help bring Chinese culture to the world, and help more people develop the same understanding and appreciation for it in the way their time being here has done for them.

Nic can be reached via email at [email protected] AJ can be emailed at [email protected] and added on WeChat at AJDonnelly.

Our Location

We choose Xiaopu Village, in the heart of Beijing’s Songzhuang Art District, as the location for the CK Culture Centre for many reasons. First and foremost, the tranquil environment was a welcome respite from the city centre, and lends itself perfectly to the refined art workshops we teach at the centre. Also, Xiaopu Village is home to many master calligraphers, painters and Chinese crafters, making it the perfect place to find the artists we work with on a daily basis.

Besides that, Xiaopu itself, and the larger Songzhuang area, is quite unique – it’s home to galleries, restaurants, cafes and boutiques, and an estimated 6000 artists! It is a great place to visit, whether you want to come out for the day, or simply have a walk around after one of our workshops.

Read more about Xiaopu, what you can find here and how to get here, on our blog post.

Our Services

Besides cultural workshops at the CK Culture Centre, custom-made calligraphy from the CK Culture Boutique and traditional martial arts programs with CK Martial Hearts, Cultural Keys offers a range of services to meet the needs of a variety of clients all looking to get more out of their experiences in China.

We offer cultural arts and crafts workshops for corporate clients, presentations on a multitude of subjects with regards to life and culture in China, team building activities, kids culture parties, heritage walk-and-talk events for those who want to learn more about the Beijing’s lesser-known areas,  and more.

Cultural Keys is constantly expanding our range of products and services related to life and culture in China. For more information about anything listed here, or to let us know your specific requirements, please contact us or use the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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