Events

Events

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.

Beijing Arrivals: The History of Dashilar

Event date:
08-17-2019 03:00 PM
Event End Date:
08-17-2019 05:30 PM
Capacity:
25
Individual Price:
¥300.00

'Old Beijing'- People often talk about the city as if it once existed in a pure, untouched version. But in reality Beijing has always been a city shaped by waves of migrants.

It is difficult to find a better example of this than Dashilar, just southwest of the Qianmen Gate. For hundreds of years this area of Beijing was the ever-simmering melting pot of the capital. Dashilar was the place where people would first enter Beijing. Through hard labor, personal relations, money, skills or whatever they brought with them, newcomers would find their way into the urban society.

Beijing Arrivals is a combined Walk and Talk. We will start out in our hutong gallery with a brief introduction to Dashilar, before exploring the different districts of the neighborhood and visiting a couple of families that we have worked with in our ongoing oral history project

Registration: please click here.