Cultural Keys’ Traditional Chinese Culture Events & Workshops

Chinese Arts, Crafts & Culture Suitable for the Whole Family!

Unlock the Potential of China!

Cultural Keys is an expat-run Chinese culture school that helps you not just see China, but experience it too, by offering the most authentic classes in traditional Chinese culture available in Beijing.

We offer custom classes in:

Knot Making
Dumpling Making
Traditional Taichi

We are happy to offer our classes and workshops for booking by private groups, corporate institutions, schools, hotels and event organisers, both at our centre or at your location of choice.

We also hold monthly events in various aspects of Chinese culture at our culture centre in Tongzhou, and at locations around Beijing. To book a place on any of the events below, please add AJDonnelly on WeChat, or email us at


Upcoming Events


Chinese Calligraphy Workshop

Learning calligraphy, one of China’s most famous cultural treasures, takes time and patience, but the rewards are many – not only does it teach culture, patience and control, but the focus required means it’s also a kind of meditation. Try it for yourself at our monthly workshop!

Date: First Saturday of every month (April – October)
Location: CK Culture Centre – Songzhuang, Tongzhou
Pickup: 9am at Tuanjiehu subway station
Drop off: 6.30pm at Tuanjiehu subway station
Payment: Prepayment via WeChat, PayPal, Alipay or bank transfer

The price of all our monthly workshops includes transportation to our school, an introduction presentation, a 2-hour workshop with a local artist, lunch and free time to explore Xiaopu Artists Village!


Sugar Art Workshop – Traditional Chinese Culture for the Whole Family!

Chinese sugar art – sugar blowing and sugar painting – has been a staple folk art at markets and fairs for hundreds of years. Both can technically be eaten but are usually just bought for fun! Want to try this for yourself? Come join Cultural Keys at Culture Yard on May 19th and learn how to use sugar to create beautiful pieces of edible art in a workshop suitable for the whole family!

Date: Sunday May 19th
Location: Culture Yard, 10 Shique Hutong
Subway: Beixinqiao Exit C
Starting time: 2pm
Ending time: 5pm
Suitability: 8+
Price: This CK Cultural Treasures Workshop is just 188RMB for adults and 158RMB for children under 16. The price includes an English language presentation on the history and culture of sugar art, a two-hour workshop with an expert teacher, snacks and drinks.
Payment: Prepayment required. WeChat, PayPal or Alipay


Hidden Histories – Visit Prince Gong’s Mansion

Want to know stories of Beijing that Wikipedia can’t teach you? Then join Cultural Keys on our Hidden Histories walk around Prince Gong’s Mansion on June 14th with amateur historian John Chen. Find out about the history of the building, the trials and tribulations of the people who lived there, and the impact they had on China.

The walk finishes in the classical Chinese garden where you are free to relax as long as you wish!

Prince Gong’s Mansion – A CK Hidden Histories Event

Date: Friday June 14th
Location: Prince Gong’s Mansion (恭王府)
Starting time: 9.55am Beihaibei (Line 6)
Ending time: 12.00pm
Price: 188RMB per person (price includes ticket)
Payment: Prepayment required. WeChat, PayPal or Alipay

Please note; we are unable to offer refunds and all bookings are final. All attendees are required to book 24 hours in advance. This program will begin promptly at 9.55am. If you arrive after this time, you will need to make your own way to the walk location.


Cultural Keys helps people better access, understand and experience traditional culture in China, through information, classes, products and services.

At our culture centre in Xiaopu Art Village, in the east of Beijing, we organise unique classes and events to help people experience the most authentic traditional Chinese culture possible.

From cultural classes, to corporate training, whatever your reason for interest in this fascinating country, Cultural Keys can offer you an in-depth and immersive way to experience it.

Feel free to contact us with any questions, either by email at or on WeChat at AJDonnelly. Alternatively, please see our website for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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