How to join the China Culture Center
Do I have to become a member first before I attend your tours or
No, not really, no membership is required. CCC is open to all expatriates
and visitors. Just book your events or tours online or by phone and
then show up and pay the fee when you arrive.
How to join our events or tours?
It is very simple and convenient! You can just review the Events
& Tours Calendar on our website and book the events you are
interested in online or via phone call. Then simply show up on the
day and pay the fee (except for more than two-day trips, which need
pre-payment or deposit). If the schedule does not fit your needs,
then you can request a private class or tour, etc.
How can I know your updated events or tours info each week?
We have a mailing list. Subscribe for a free email newsletter online
and then you will receive all the updated event info every week.
Then you just write to us to sign up for the events you intend to
Who are your members or clients?
Expatriates & their friends and visitors
The China Culture Center is specifically for expatriates and visitors
(including Hong Kong residents, Taiwanese and overseas Chinese,
etc.), providing them an easy access to Chinese culture and contacts
to mainland artists and experts. CCC is not an organization for
local Chinese. English is the main language that we use for all
events & tours. All events & tours are particularly designed
to meet western needs, taste and standards.
The main members or regular participants (90%) are from Europe,
North America and Australia who speak or can understand English;
the remaining 10% includes overseas Chinese, Hong Kong residents,
Taiwanese, and those from southeast Asia and Korea and Japan, etc.
who speak English.
Most of them are well-educated people aged between 30-60. They
include diplomats in the embassies to China; employees from Multinational
companies or international organizations (UN, EU, etc.); or correspondents
& journalists; or experts, researchers or teachers in China's
organizations, universities, institutes, or international schools.
More and more individual tourists get to know CCC before they come
to China, book events through the internet and join our group.
Do you have any tours or events suitable for first-time
Yes, we have monthly scheduled tours such as Forbidden City, Tiananmen
Square Walk; Hutong (lane) tour and the Great Wall Hike, Canal boat
tour to the Summer Palace. Check our calendar for other possibilities.
My company has some visiting clients or colleagues; or I
have some visiting foreign friends, can you do some tours or cultural
events for them ?
Yes, they may join our weekly scheduled tours; or we can do customized
tours and events for your guests and friends.
Payment, registration & cancellation policy
Click here for details
What types of tours and events do you organize?
In Beijing and rural Beijing excursions
* Travel around China
Join-in our group or private tours departing from either Beijing,
Shanghai, or other cities. Welcome to join us from abroad.
Taichi, painting, calligraphy, massage, mahjong, arts &
crafts (making lanterns, toys); opera-face painting-to name but
* Lectures & talks,
CCC organizes monthly In-depth cultural talks and seminars on
various topics (above). The lectures/talks are all tailored to western
participants, presented by outstanding scholars or experts in their
fields, with excellent English narration/translation, and in traditional
venue with pleasant ambiance.
The topics range from Philosophy, Religion, History, Folk custom,
Geography to Social & Human Science, Education and Heritage
* Festive celebrations
Traditional festivals and New Year celebrations, theme parties
and networking gatherings.
1. The mission of the CCC is to deepen the foreigners’ understanding
and appreciation of Chinese culture so as to help enhance relations
between China and other world cultures. We believe that this will
help to bring about a more harmonious world. At CCC, "'foreigners"
are seen in two categories: short term tourists and long-term residents.
CCC organizes cultural/educational activities tailored to meet the
needs of both these constituencies:
In terms of tourists, CCC endeavors to provide a glimpse not only
of the usual attractions but to give more in-depth explanations
and show sites not so commonly known. Opportunities are also provided
to attend lectures on major aspects of Chinese culture, arts, medical
In terms of longer-term foreign residents, CCC provides in-depth
lectures or study series on various aspects of Chinese visual and
performing arts, history, literature, geography, social studies,
religions, etc and classes on various aspects of the Chinese experience
e.g. calligraphy, massage, cooking, handicrafts, games, medical
2. A secondary function of the CCC is to help its members living
in Beijing meet other like-minded residents and form lasting friendships
and an active support network. This network allows our foreign guests
to seek advice from each other and provides them with companions
with whom they can do their own exploring of Chinese culture.
3. The third function of the CCC is to support and restore many
traditional forms of art and culture.