Events

Events

City of Segregation

Event date:
09-18-2016 02:30 下午
Event End Date:
09-18-2016 04:00 下午
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥100.00
Location:
The Hutong

Did you know that Beijing was once a deeply segregated city? People from the South of town could not freely marry people from the Northern part. This did not change till 1902.

Beijing during the Qing dynasty was a city under occupation. Around the palace lived the Imperial clan and the soldiers of the 8 banners, and below them the Chinese civilians. These two societies were divided both by law and physically by Walls and gates.

The reason for this was that the rulers were afraid of losing their ethnic identity. Because the Qing rulers all belonged to a conglomeration of tribes called the Manchu’s. These were people of the plains that culturally were very different from the Han-Chinese. The women of the Manchu’s for instance did not bind their feet and rode horses. Culturally the Manchu’s felt a much closer bund to the Mongolian’s. But despite their vigorous efforts the virtues of nomadic living eventually proved difficult to preserve…

“City of Segregation” is the story of how the Manchu’s occupied the Capital of Beijing for an impressive almost 280 years, how they changed the city and still strongly helped influence our notion of “old Beijing” today. Very likely the ancestors, of your small talking bird-raising Beijing neighbor, originally belonged to a whiplashing nomadic people of the plains.

Date: August 30, Saturday, 15:00

Price: RMB 100

If you want to sign up please click here.

Beijing Arrivals

Event date:
09-21-2016 07:30 下午
Event End Date:
09-21-2016 09:00 下午
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥75.00
Location:
The Bookworm
For more information please copy this link http://www.bespoke-beijing.com/beijing-nightwatch-tour/ into your browser. If you want to sign up, then send a mail to : 该E-mail地址已受到防止垃圾邮件机器人的保护,您必须启用浏览器的Java Script才能看到。 with your name, date you are interested in and number of tickets required.

Walking Wednesdays History of the Hutong

Event date:
10-19-2016 11:00 上午
Event End Date:
10-19-2016 01:00 下午
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

The Central Axis of Beijing

Event date:
10-19-2016 07:30 下午
Event End Date:
10-19-2016 09:00 下午
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥75.00
Location:
The Bookworm
Tiananmen 1930The Central Axis of Beijing

Beijing is built around a 7.8-kilometre-long central axis, even older than the city itself. All the most important imperial institutions of old Beijing were placed either alongside or directly upon the axis. "The Central Axis of Beijing" tells the story of this commanding stretch from when it was first laid out during the Mongol Yuan dynasty, to when it was condemned after the communist takeover, right up until the 2008 Olympics where the axis enjoyed a big comeback when it was prolonged up to the Olympic Village.

 

Date: October 19
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

Walking Wednesdays History of the Hutong

Event date:
11-02-2016 02:00 下午
Event End Date:
11-02-2016 04:00 下午
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥260.00

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

gate

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