Signature Family Experiences

Calligraphy Brushes

Calligraphy Lesson

Pick up a brush and grab some ink – this Beijing family-friendly tour is your chance to learn how to write Chinese characters with the grace and elegance of the masters! This ancient art is both fun and artful, and requires you to use your mind and your body to shape the characters. You’ll learn the correct way to hold the brush and how to draw some basic words, and you’ll also get a calligraphy kit to take home with you and impress your friends!

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Price: 1,200RMB for 2 kids + 2 adults

Length of Time: 1 hour

Who is it best for? All ages

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Kung Fu Class

This Chinese martial art may have been popularized by a chubby panda in recent years, but the concept of ‘gong fu’ – literally meaning ‘work’ or ‘effort’ – in fact refers to any skill learned through dedication and practice. Bespoke’s own Master Shifu is a Shaolin Temple-graduate, whose command of combat-style martial arts has been well earned (he tells of being made to balance one-legged on a tree trunk for hours if he made mistakes as a child). This one-hour class will not only teach your kids how to look graceful in combat, but the worthwhile philosophy behind the art form too. Skadoosh!

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Price: 700RMB per person

Length of Time: 1 hour

Who is it best for? Children aged 6 and above

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Dumpling or Noodle-Making Class

Take one private kitchen in the shadow of the ancient Drum tower, add a generous amount of culinary expertise, a huge dollop of authenticity and what do you get? A brilliantly fun Chinese cooking class, that’s what! In this exclusive collaboration with Bespoke, Chef Zhou (of Sue Zhou Does Food) will lead you in a 2-hour cooking class where you’ll all get to try your hand at traditional Chinese dumplings or hand-pulled noodles. The choice is yours!

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Price: 2,800RMB for a family up to 6 people

Length of Time: 2 hours

Who is it best for? Children aged 6 and above

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Sidecar City Tour

One of the most fun ways to see the city, this exhilarating sidecar tour takes in the skyscrapers of the business district, the sights, sounds and smells of the old town, and a special stop in front of the Forbidden City – you’ll have a blast!

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Price: 1,900RMB per sidecar (for two people)

Length of Time: 2 hours

Who is it best for? All ages – the sidecar never exceeds speeds of 35mph and helmets are provided.

Note: We suggest doing this tour in the evenings during summer, and afternoons in spring and autumn. Are you a family of 4 or 6 looking for something really special? Check out the TimeChase!

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Kite Making Class

Did you know that the first kite was invented in China almost 3,000 years ago? Visit any Beijing park today and you’ll still see locals flying kites with their friends. For three generations the Liu family has handmade exquisite kites, and the family's striking shop by Beihai Park is crammed to the rafters with colourful creations. This short kite-making class is the perfect activity for young children, and also offers the opportunity to purchase a more impressive kite for yourself, since they make great decorative gifts.

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Price: 150RMB per kite (plus the cost of your tour guide, who you will need to translate).

Length of Time: 1-2 hours

Who is it best for? Children under 10, since the kites are too simple to keep older children entertained.

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Acrobat Show

Chinese acrobats are among the best in the world, and it’s in theatres like this one that many of them start out. Granted, the space is looking a little tired, but you can’t fail to be impressed by the young performers. From twelve girls riding around on a single bike, to men running atop a giant hamster wheel at breakneck speed, your heart will almost certainly be in your mouth for most of the show. So grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the thrills and spills!

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Price: 380RMB per ticket

Length of Time: 1 hour

Who is it best for? All ages

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The Hutong (and Meet A Cricket Trainer) Tour

Beijing’s ancient, labyrinthine alleyways are where ‘real’ life happens, so to help you navigate some of the most fun bits, we’ll fix you up with Frank, an old Beijinger who’s lived in the hutongs his entire life. After a visit to the ancient Drum Tower and a hidden private museum (kids will be asked to guess the uses of various hutong artifacts!) not to mention a whizz through the hutongs on rickshaws, Frank will take you to meet a local cricket trainer. Yes you read that correctly. This colourful local character actually trains crickets and grasshoppers to fight in local competitions. A fascinating insight into a bizarre Chinese sport your family won’t forget in a hurry!

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Price: 1,000RMB per person (Half price for kids under 6. Babes in arms go free.)

Length of Time: 3.5 hours

Who is it best for? All ages

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