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The Peninsula Beijing – Key Highlights

June 25, 2016 Luxury Hotels No Comments Email Email
  • The HSH Group, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2016, has had a long history in China and has been witness to its spectacular transformation into an economic superpower.


The company first took over the management of the Grand Hotel des Wagons-Lits in Beijing in 1922, and was later honoured in 1981 by the Chinese Government with an invitation to manage the country’s first ever internationally managed joint-venture hotel, the Jianguo Hotel.

  • The Peninsula Beijing was originally designed by pre-eminent architect K.Y. Cheung and opened in 1989 as The Palace Hotel and rebranded as The Peninsula Beijing in 2006.
  • The Peninsula Arcade was the first luxury shopping arcade in China when it opened in 1990. Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermes, opened their flagship China stores here. During June 2016, The Peninsula Arcade is celebrating Legendary Artisans together with The Peninsula Hong Kong and The Peninsula Shanghai.
  • The RMB890 million (US$123 million) renovation project was conceived in 2012 by celebrated Hong Kong designer Henry Leung of CAP Atelier.
  • The inspiration behind the reinvention of The Peninsula Beijing came from the Middle Kingdom’s opulent Imperial palaces and tranquil gardens.
  • The original 525 rooms and suites have been reduced and reimagined to just 230. Starting at 60 square metres, the guestrooms are now the largest in Beijing and among the most spacious in China.


  • Luxurious materials such as bronze, onyx (jade), white marble and rosewood (zi tan wood) which featured prominently in the ancient palaces and structures of the Ming and Qing Dynasties – including The Great Wall, The Forbidden City and The Summer Palace – have been extensively used throughout the hotel’s new design, thereby creating a sense of grandeur, elegance and timelessness.
  • The Peninsula Beijing collaborated with Michael Suh, Executive Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Beijing, working in partnership with designer Henry Leung, to incorporate art as part of the new overall hotel design. Guests can enjoy a permanent museum-quality collection of notable art pieces throughout the hotel, including dramatic artwork by Qin Feng, a spectacular spirit wall by Belinda Chow, and Zhang Du’s two bronze sculptures of tea drinkers.
  • The Peninsula Beijing offers a 24-hour check-in and check-out service to all of its guests.
  • Embracing the “farm-to-table” concept, the hotel works directly with 22 farms in China, that supply sustainably produced vegetables, fruit, meat and honey on a fresh, seasonal basis. All are fully certified by either the Chinese or the US Government, and the hotel chefs from each restaurant personally visit every farm on a regular basis to ensure the provenance and quality of the ingredients.
  • Brand-new dining options are available, including the completely refurbished JING, inspired by a secret Chinese garden, serving sustainable and certified organic ingredients.
  • Huang Ting has been revitalised in the style of a Beijing nobleman’s traditional courtyard home, with a new tea lounge serving a connoisseur collection of premium Chinese teas.
  • The Peninsula Academy offers new programmes to introduce the hidden gems and well-kept secrets of Beijing to visitors and locals alike, such as jade appreciation courses or a lesson in the art of kung fu.  Keys to the City allows Peninsula Hotel guests to enjoy the best seats in the best restaurants, front row seats at the opera and access to previously off-limits areas.


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