Events

Events

Walking Wednesdays History of the Hutong

Event date:
11-16-2016 11:00 AM
Event End Date:
11-16-2016 01:00 PM
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥260.00

History of the Hutong - What is all the fuss about?

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WALKING WEDNSDAYS

Local walking tours around the city
History of the Hutong 
11 AM

Follow us into the curved Hutong alleyways around the Drum and Bell Towers of Beijing.  Gain a profound understanding of old Beijing during a fun and interesting morning.

 

Along the way we will discover lanes so narrow that not even the tricycle rickshaws will be able to reach us. We will hear about the incredible transformation of this area from high society dwellings, over workers accommodation, to the peculiar mixture of generals, workers, romantic foreign fools and politicians residing in the area today.

 

What will happen to this area in the future? Is preservation a real option?  Or will the charming old lanes eventually have to cave in to developers? After two hours in the Hutong you will be left with lots to ponder about, with a drink in one hand and some snacks in the other.

 

The walk will end at Beijing Postcards gallery space where we will see hundred years old pictures from Beijing Postcards collection of the areas we have visited.

 

Meeting Point: in front of the ticket office of Drum Tower

Time: 11pm - 13 pm
Price: ¥260
To reserve your spot, please email -
beijingpostcards@gmail.com

Layers of Beijing (Mr.Shi’s story)

Event date:
11-16-2016 07:30 PM
Event End Date:
11-16-2016 09:00 PM
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥75.00
Location:
The Bookworm

68 years ago “Beijing” was not the capital of China. It is easy to forget, but our neighbor Mr. Shi remembers. He was standing at the Imperial gate of Qianmen when the Communists came in.

The scruffy looking soldiers did not look as modern as the Republican Army that had just fled to Taiwan, but the discipline of the soldiers amazed him. No mentionable looting was taking place.

But, with the Communists, wave upon wave of seemingly endless social campaigns started. Illiteracy, rats, sparrows, Imperialists and Rightists were all targeted in the enormous Communist effort to change society and transform Beijing into the Communist capital of China. Industries were moved into old temples. Brothels and opium dens closed down.

Our new project “Layers of Beijing” creates a portrait of the time from 1949 to the present day, with an emphasis on the dramatic changes of the 1950s. Based upon interviews and archival research we have created a portrait of Beijing from the perspective of those who have lived through the immense changes.

It has been an illuminating experience talking to people who remember the city before and just after the Communist arrival. Not long ago camels still carried in coal from the mines of Mentougou, the gigantic city walls were still in place. Wood-fired buses rambled through the streets in a flume of black smoke, and ration coupons were just as important as money in hand.

Our neighbor Mr.Shi knows because he was there.

Date: November 16
Time: 19:30
Meeting Point: The Book worm
Price: 75 yuan, including a drink
To reserve your spot, please email us at  order@beijingbookworm.com

Beijing Arrivals

Event date:
11-20-2016 02:30 PM
Event End Date:
11-20-2016 04:00 PM
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥100.00
Location:
The Hutong

 

“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 “Dashilan”, just southwest of the Qianmen Gate. For hundreds of years this area of Beijing was the ever-simmering melting pot of the capital.

Dashilan 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.

 

Date: Sunday, November 20
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm 
Cost: 100 RMB, 50 RMB for members

At The Hutong: http://thehutong.com/our-map/

For Registration

Beijing Arrivals

Event date:
11-26-2016 04:00 PM
Event End Date:
11-26-2016 06:00 PM
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥200.00
Location:
Capital M

“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 “Dashilan”, just southwest of the Qianmen Gate. For hundreds of years this area of Beijing was the ever-simmering melting pot of the capital.

Dashilan 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.

 

Saturday, November 12, 4:00 pm, Capital M
Tickets: 200 RMB
Registration:
reservations@capital-m-beijing.com

Walking Wednesdays History of the Hutong

Event date:
12-14-2016 10:00 AM
Event End Date:
12-14-2016 12:30 PM
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥300.00

History of the Hutong - What is all the fuss about?

gate

WALKING WEDNSDAYS

Local walking tours around the city
History of the Hutong 
10 AM

Follow us into the curved Hutong alleyways around the Drum and Bell Towers of Beijing.  Gain a profound understanding of old Beijing during a fun and interesting morning.

 

Along the way we will discover lanes so narrow that not even the tricycle rickshaws will be able to reach us. We will hear about the incredible transformation of this area from high society dwellings, over workers accommodation, to the peculiar mixture of generals, workers, romantic foreign fools and politicians residing in the area today.

 

What will happen to this area in the future? Is preservation a real option?  Or will the charming old lanes eventually have to cave in to developers? After two hours in the Hutong you will be left with lots to ponder about, with a drink in one hand and some snacks in the other.

 

The walk will end at Beijing Postcards gallery space where we will see hundred years old pictures from Beijing Postcards collection of the areas we have visited.

 

Meeting Point: in front of the ticket office of Drum Tower

Time: 10am - 12:30 pm
Price: ¥300
To reserve your spot, please email -
beijingpostcards@gmail.com