Looking to give visitors an immersive taste of Beijing culture, the Four Seasons Beijing has begun offering a program called “Become a Beijinger.”
The program involves a full day of pampering and sightseeing as guests imbibe life in Beijing, including traditional tea ceremonies and Tai Chi, according to Luxury Daily.
“Become a Beijinger” begins when guests arrive in Beijing. From the airport, guests are shuttled to the hotel in private limousines and checked into their rooms on the 23rd or 25th floors where amenities include complimentary breakfast and access to the executive club lounge.
The full-day program begins early in the morning with Tai Chi with Beijing locals at the Temple of Heaven, after which guests will be guided on a tour of the temple grounds by an English-speaking Chinese guide.
From the temple grounds, guests will travel by limousine through the bustling hutongs of Beijing to catch a glimpse of the daily life of the residents of Beijing. Guests will then arrive at a traditional Zen tea ceremony where they can sample Beijing treats, such as steamed rice cakes or rice rolls with sweet bean flour.
The day ends at the spa with the Emperor’s Treatment, which includes a bath ritual, followed by an exfoliating gold body scrub, and culminating in a hot stone massage. Guests get to take the silk robe with them as a souvenir.
With high-end guests looking for hands-on experiences when they travel, several other luxury hotels are offering similar cultural experiences.
Peninsula Hotels recently introduced the Peninsula Academy, which will offer ways for guests to connect with whichever city they are staying in through culture, style, fashion, and cuisine.
Last year, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group sought to give guests a taste of the local cuisine preferences at its various Asian hotels with its “Hainanese Chicken Rice” campaign.
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