CULTURAL IMMERSION IN SHANGHAI
Attention fashionistas: get your dose of culture while exploring the latest in Chinese haute couture with Peninsula Academy’s Modern Shanghai Chic programme. The programme is part of the educational offering at The Peninsula Shanghai, giving guests a chance to learn about the city’s history, culture and lifestyle. The Modern Shanghai Chic experience begins with a traditional Shanghainese breakfast at the hotel’s Yi Long Court Chinese restaurant, followed by a drive in the hotel’s vintage Rolls-Royce to the studio of celebrity couturier Lu Kun. The world-famous designer will give a guided tour of his space, revealing insights into his haute couture collections, and his personal interpretations of classic and contemporary lifestyle trends.
For art lovers, the Art in Focus programme sheds light on China’s thriving contemporary art scene with a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (MOCA), which includes a private, out-of-hours tour conducted by the museum’s deputy curator. Experience the programme either in the morning, starting with breakfast at Yi Long Court, or in the evening, when you’ll finish with a cocktail at the Compass Bar.
Take part in a tea dance at Fairmont Peace Hotel
In its 1930s heyday, the Cathay Hotel—owned by Sir Victor Sassoon—played host to the city’s legendary tea dances. Now known as Fairmont Peace Hotel, this iconic venue in Shanghai’s historic Bund area has revived the Saturday afternoon event, with a live orchestra performing ballroom classics in the Jasmine Lounge. Helpful, expert instructors are on hand to teach you the finer points of the waltz and foxtrot. After you’ve danced up a storm, wind down with some afternoon tea: the hotel’s selection includes citrus cured salmon mille-feuille, blue crab and mango tiramisu, scones and seasonal fruit tartlets.