January 18, 2012 Boston, MA - This winter, Mandarin Oriental, Boston and the Peabody Essex Museum invite children and their families to Celebrate China!, a complimentary afternoon of celebration and exploration of Chinese culture.

As a continuation of the meaningful partnership that formed between Mandarin Oriental, Boston and the Peabody Essex Museum when the hotel sought out its signature fan, the prestigious museum will bring its shared Oriental heritage to the hotel for a day full of festivities and celebration that will be free to the public. Mandarin Oriental, Boston's elegant Oriental Ballroom will be transformed on Saturday, March 10, 2012 to showcase China's history and cultural marvels. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., adults and children alike can immerse themselves in the nation's culture with a variety of educational activities and exciting experiences, including:

*Creating a whimsical folding fan inspired by Mandarin Oriental, Boston's signature fan, which is housed in the PEM's permanent collection, or a colorful paper lantern

*Listening as storyteller Li Min Mo shares special stories about Chinese culture

*Learning the significance of Tai Chi as well as a selection of movements

*Experiencing a heart-pounding lion dance performance

*Seeing a demonstration of Chinese brush painting by artist Yahong Shen then experimenting with the technique

*Discovering the flavors of China by tasting an assortment of hot and iced teas for adults and children as well as luscious Mandarin oranges

*Exploring Chinese culture further with a selection of Chinese-themed books available to purchase from Barefoot Books'

"While Boston is our home, we are immensely proud of our Oriental heritage," said Mandarin Oriental, Boston's General Manager, Susanne Hatje. "We are grateful for our longstanding relationship with the Peabody Essex Museum and its shared vision of bringing the historic and artistic traditions of the Orient to Boston."

"As an educational institution with one of the nation's most comprehensive Asian art collections, it is our responsibility to shine a light on this extraordinarily vibrant culture," added Dan Monroe, Executive Director and CEO of the PEM. "We look forward to sharing our extensive resources with children, parents and the Boston community."

Celebrate China! is free and open to the public. To learn more, please visit: or  

About the Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collection is one of the finest of its kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of special exhibitions and an education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

About Mandarin Oriental, Boston

An intimate, luxurious hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Boston combines classic New England elegance with refined Oriental touches to create one of the most distinctive hospitality experiences in the region.  Awarded both Forbes Five-Stars and AAA Five-Diamonds, Mandarin Oriental, Boston features 148 guestrooms and suites over 14 floors, delighting its guests with the finest facilities and service, innovative dining experiences and an unparalleled holistic Five-Star awarded spa.  A short, 15-minute drive to Logan International Airport, Mandarin Oriental, Boston connects guests to the city's finest shopping, cultural venues and business institutions from its prime location in the heart of the chic Back Bay on Boylston Street.

About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world's most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, 41 hotels representing over 10,000 rooms in 26 countries, with 18 hotels in Asia, 12 in The Americas and 11 in Europe and Middle East. In addition, the Group operates, or has under development, 12 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

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For further information, please contact: 

Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Edwina A. Kluender (

Director of Public Relations

Tel: +1 (617) 603 2987  



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