Events

Events

Layers of Beijing (Mr.Shi’s story)

Event date:
10-15-2017 03:00 下午
Event End Date:
10-15-2017 05:30 下午
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥200.00

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.

Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
Cost: 200 RMB

To reserve your spot, please email us at beijingpostcards@gmail.com

Beijing Arrivals: The History of Dashilan

Event date:
11-04-2017 03:00 下午
Event End Date:
11-04-2017 05:30 下午
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥200.00

“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 “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.

 

Time: 15:00am - 17:30pm

Price: ¥200

To reserve your spot, please email - beijingpostcards@gmail.com

A Crash Course to the Forbidden City

Event date:
01-31-2018 11:00 上午
Event End Date:
01-31-2018 02:30 下午
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥300.00

BJP_92_kiko_Forbidden_CityHave you ever walked through the Forbidden City and come out on the other side feeling utterly bored? Your Aunt Hilda and Uncle Paul, who are visiting, look clueless, and your kids have been dragging their feet along continuously asking “Are we there yet?” This is now about to change! From now on you will all come to love it! Even your teenage kids! Beijing Postcards will take you on the ultimate tour of the purple Forbidden City from the magnificent Tiananmen Gate with Mao’s iconic portrait to the top of Coal Hill looking back down on the world’s largest palace so full of hidden stories that it would take a lifetime to know them all. Do you know why Chinese parents of new born children travel from far away regions to stand on the Tiananmen Gate? What was everyday life really like for an emperor, his empress, numerous concubines and thousands of eunuchs? Where are the toilets and kitchens? How did you become a eunuch and why did the younger eunuchs have an extra layer of leather on their buttocks? Why did the concubines of the Jiajing emperor try to strangle him? Was the Dragon Lady, Empress Dowager Cixi, really so evil? What was the real reason why the boy emperor Puyi became impotent? Stories of pretty tiny lily feet, stunning fragrant concubines and jealous empresses, lonely emperors and opium fumes, sneaky and corrupt eunuchs. All this and much much more all set in the most splendid piece of architecture set right in the middle of Beijing.

Time: 11:00 pm - 14:30 pm

Price: ¥300

To reserve your spot, please email - beijingpostcards@gmail.com

A Crash Course to the Forbidden City

Event date:
02-07-2018 11:00 上午
Event End Date:
02-07-2018 02:40 下午
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥300.00
BJP_92_kiko_Forbidden_CityHave you ever walked through the Forbidden City and come out on the other side feeling utterly bored? Your Aunt Hilda and Uncle Paul, who are visiting, look clueless, and your kids have been dragging their feet along continuously asking “Are we there yet?” This is now about to change! From now on you will all come to love it! Even your teenage kids! Beijing Postcards will take you on the ultimate tour of the purple Forbidden City from the magnificent Tiananmen Gate with Mao’s iconic portrait to the top of Coal Hill looking back down on the world’s largest palace so full of hidden stories that it would take a lifetime to know them all. Do you know why Chinese parents of new born children travel from far away regions to stand on the Tiananmen Gate? What was everyday life really like for an emperor, his empress, numerous concubines and thousands of eunuchs? Where are the toilets and kitchens? How did you become a eunuch and why did the younger eunuchs have an extra layer of leather on their buttocks? Why did the concubines of the Jiajing emperor try to strangle him? Was the Dragon Lady, Empress Dowager Cixi, really so evil? What was the real reason why the boy emperor Puyi became impotent? Stories of pretty tiny lily feet, stunning fragrant concubines and jealous empresses, lonely emperors and opium fumes, sneaky and corrupt eunuchs. All this and much much more all set in the most splendid piece of architecture set right in the middle of Beijing. Time: 11:00am - 14:30pm Price: ¥300 To reserve your spot, please email - beijingpostcards@gmail.com

A Crash Course to the Forbidden City

Event date:
02-28-2018 11:00 上午
Event End Date:
02-28-2018 02:30 下午
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥300.00

BJP_92_kiko_Forbidden_CityHave you ever walked through the Forbidden City and come out on the other side feeling utterly bored? Your Aunt Hilda and Uncle Paul, who are visiting, look clueless, and your kids have been dragging their feet along continuously asking “Are we there yet?” This is now about to change! From now on you will all come to love it! Even your teenage kids! Beijing Postcards will take you on the ultimate tour of the purple Forbidden City from the magnificent Tiananmen Gate with Mao’s iconic portrait to the top of Coal Hill looking back down on the world’s largest palace so full of hidden stories that it would take a lifetime to know them all. Do you know why Chinese parents of new born children travel from far away regions to stand on the Tiananmen Gate? What was everyday life really like for an emperor, his empress, numerous concubines and thousands of eunuchs? Where are the toilets and kitchens? How did you become a eunuch and why did the younger eunuchs have an extra layer of leather on their buttocks? Why did the concubines of the Jiajing emperor try to strangle him? Was the Dragon Lady, Empress Dowager Cixi, really so evil? What was the real reason why the boy emperor Puyi became impotent? Stories of pretty tiny lily feet, stunning fragrant concubines and jealous empresses, lonely emperors and opium fumes, sneaky and corrupt eunuchs. All this and much much more all set in the most splendid piece of architecture set right in the middle of Beijing.

Time: 11:00am - 14:30pm
Price: ¥300
To reserve your spot, please email -
beijingpostcards@gmail.com