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If you want to immerse yourself in Shanghai’s sights and sounds, The Peninsula Shanghai offers a roster of planned activities through its Peninsula Academy. There are four categories of activities — culinary, lifestyle, culture and kids — and you can sign up at the concierge desk. Learn from experts like Shanghai historian Peter Hibbard, Israeli journalist Dvir Ben-Gal and chefs from the Shanghai hotel’s own kitchens. The culinary classes are particularly fun — the chefs give you a taste of local culture by going with you to the market to buy ingredients. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel also has a designated kids academy, where children can try their small hands at chocolate making or juice squeezing, or explore the grounds as part of a treasure hunt.