Peninsula Possibilities

J.L. Erickson Amid broad expansion efforts, Peninsula Hotels are offering several winter packages at properties in Asia, including a complimentary tour of Beijing’s ancient hutong districts, the traditional courtyard houses where families have lived for generations, but which are gradually disappearing

By: J.L. Erickson

Amid broad expansion efforts, Peninsula Hotels are offering several winter packages at properties in Asia, including a complimentary tour of Beijing’s ancient hutong districts, the traditional courtyard houses where families have lived for generations, but which are gradually disappearing as the city modernizes.

Through Feb. 28, the recently refurbished Peninsula Palace is offering a more than two-hour hutong tour conducted by pedicab, with the driver acting as tour guide to explain the scenic spots and heritage highlights along the way. Guests also will get to explore an original courtyard house as well as see a drum tower, bell tower, Hai Hou Lake and Prince Gong Mansion.

Meanwhile, the company’s Peninsula Hong Kong, the city’s oldest hotel and a Hong Kong landmark, is offering a heritage program that celebrates a Hong Kong icon the city’s neon lights, more neon lighting even than Las Vegas and one of the largest neon signs in the world.

Also through Feb. 28, Peninsula guests are offered a 45-minute tour of the neon lights that illuminate Kowloon’s famous “Golden Mile” and neighboring streets, as well as the Christmas and Chinese New Year light displays on Hong Kong harbor.

The tour aboard an open-top vintage bus is followed by a champagne reception on the Peninsula’s Sun Terrace where guests can take in the Hong Kong skyline and festive lighting before a three-course set dinner for two at the Peninsula Lobby with a bottle of Peninsula Blend chardonnay or merlot.

The entire package costs just $89 for two, plus 10 percent service charge, or is complimentary for guests.

Meanwhile, Peninsula Hotels said it also will end its membership in Leading Hotels of the World when its contract expires this month, and instead will manage its reservations, marketing and distribution programs through the company’s corporate marketing department and Global Customer Service Centre. The move comes as two new Peninsula hotels in Tokyo and Shanghai are set to open.

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