Events

Events

Republican Ladies and the Women of Dashilar

Event date:
07-27-2019 03:00 PM
Event End Date:
07-27-2019 05:30 PM
Capacity:
25
Individual Price:
¥300.00

When the 6-year-old emperor Puyi abdicated in 1912, change was upon Beijing. Suddenly, the old patriarchal structures of society were no longer kept in place. At the top of society, Republican-era ladies would enjoy freedom and opportunity like never before. Newspapers, cigarette packages and movies inspired a whole new idea of what it meant to be a woman.

At the bottom of society, however, it was not curiosity that drove women out of the courtyards. It was poverty, and to the astonishment of Republican-era bystanders, women could now be seen doing “men’s work”, laboriously pulling rickshaws in the dusty streets of the capital.

Some would say that it was about time that change caught up with the old capital. Other places in China had long before embraced the ideas of modern society. In Shanghai, female intellectuals, suffragettes, actresses and others were already leading the charge in actively moving away from the traditional passive subordinate role of women and creating entirely new notions in the process.

These new ideas began to shine through the cracks in the structure of the old society. Even though Beijing had done everything to resist the change, the foundation of traditional Chinese society was crumbling and the whole house was bound to fall.

This new Walk-and-Talk will take place in the old Beijing neighborhood of Dashilar - a place that traditionally was the “melting pot” of Beijing society. Dashilar was at the center of development as new modern storefronts, newspaper houses, brothels and movie theaters sprung up and became important vehicles of change. It'll end with an exhibition with Beijing Postcards archival research on this theme.

Start point: Beijing Postcards Public History Space, No. 97 Yangmeizhu Byway, Dashilar Area

Registration: please click here

 

A Crash Course to the Forbidden City

Event date:
07-28-2019 11:00 AM
Event End Date:
07-28-2019 03:00 PM
Capacity:
25
Individual Price:
¥350.00

During the dynasties the Imperial Palace existed only as an idea to most people. It was the root of power. A mysterious presence that balanced heaven and earth. Present yet concealed right in the middle of the Capital. Stories of the castrated eunuch servants , the beautiful concubines and not least the vast amount of treasure in the palace were told all around the empire, but surrounded by a more than 10 meter high wall, no commoner could freely take a glance at the Imperial residence in fact people did not even know what the Emperor looked like. This was what earned the palace the name the Forbidden City. Today we can freely enter, hordes of people are everyday moving through the most sacred halls of Imperial China, but what is kept away from us, what we can not readily access is the mindset, the ideas so deeply rooted in the imperial architecture.

A Crash Course to the Forbidden City is a humble attempt to unlock the meaning behind the chambers of the palace. In a condensed and hopefully entertaining way, we wish to give you a comprehensive history of the palace from it was built 600 years ago till the last boy-emperor finally left in 1924.

Price: 350RMB per person incl. entrance ticket and refreshments (160RMB for child aged 16 or under)

Registration: please click here

Boxer Rebellion - Under Siege

Event date:
08-03-2019 03:00 PM
Event End Date:
08-03-2019 06:30 PM
Capacity:
25
Individual Price:
¥300.00

Hear the incredible story of the summer of 1900, when 4,000 foreigners and Chinese lived under siege from radical mystic rebels for 55 days. Follow us into the old Legation Quarter to hear stories about the bombing of the French embassy, the wavering Qing Court and how 200,000 bullets flew into the sky without finding a single target. The tour  ends at our Hutong gallery for a small exhibition curated by Beijing Postcards of original photos and maps from the early 1900's.

This is a 3 hours walk-and-talk in the old Legation Quarter area, and it will end with an exhibition at Beijing Postcards Gallery.

Registration: please click here.

A Crash Course to the Forbidden City

Event date:
08-04-2019 11:00 AM
Event End Date:
08-04-2019 03:30 PM
Capacity:
25
Individual Price:
¥350.00

During the dynasties the Imperial Palace existed only as an idea to most people. It was the root of power. A mysterious presence that balanced heaven and earth. Present yet concealed right in the middle of the Capital. Stories of the castrated eunuch servants , the beautiful concubines and not least the vast amount of treasure in the palace were told all around the empire, but surrounded by a more than 10 meter high wall, no commoner could freely take a glance at the Imperial residence in fact people did not even know what the Emperor looked like. This was what earned the palace the name the Forbidden City. Today we can freely enter, hordes of people are everyday moving through the most sacred halls of Imperial China, but what is kept away from us, what we can not readily access is the mindset, the ideas so deeply rooted in the imperial architecture.

A Crash Course to the Forbidden City is a humble attempt to unlock the meaning behind the chambers of the palace. In a condensed and hopefully entertaining way, we wish to give you a comprehensive history of the palace from it was built 600 years ago till the last boy-emperor finally left in 1924.

Price: 350RMB per person incl. entrance ticket and refreshments (160RMB for child aged 16 or under)

Registration: please click here

Talk: Looking for the Master Plan

Event date:
08-10-2019 03:00 PM
Event End Date:
08-10-2019 04:30 PM
Capacity:
25
Individual Price:
¥150.00

How did Beijing become the city it is today? Why was the capital originally placed on the Huabei plain? And where the bloody hell is the first ring road? "Looking for the Master Plan" is a crash course in Beijing's urban development. Through this talk you will get a clear understanding of how Beijing became the city it is today. Using our own collection of original maps of Beijing, Beijing Postcards has created a very visual presentation of the development of the Northern capital, from a maze of hutong alleyways to a megacity with over 20 million inhabitants.

Registration: please click here