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Re-Live the Final Years of Dynastic China with Bespoke Beijing & BJ Postcard’s NEW! Limited Edition Walking Tour
Bespoke Beijing Travel & Events Co. teams up with the passionate historians of BJ Postcards for the launch of their third limited edition public walking tour: From Dynasty to Republic, a tour through the Forbidden City with BJ Postcards Founder Lars Ulrik Thom, who brings to life the the final years of Imperial China.
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Bespoke Beijing Travel & Events Co. teams up with the passionate historians of BJ Postcards for the launch of their latest limited edition public walking tour: The Nightwatch, which reveals the story behind the little-known early ‘police force’: the Banner Watchmen.
“Drawing on months of painstaking original research, Beijing Postcards historian Lars Ulrik Thom will reveal how the Banner Watchmen kept the city safe from murderers, drunks and rebels once the gates of the city were closed for the evening, the tools and techniques they used to maintain order, and the power struggle that ensued when a modern police force was installed in 1901.” – Tom O’Malley, Bespoke-Beijing
Though this walking tour is a limited edition (taking place on 6 different dates: April 26, 27, May 1, 2, 10, 11), there will be 25 spots open to the public on a first-come, first-book basis. Together with BJ Postcards co-founder Lars Ulrik Thom, participants will be retracing the beat of these nightwatchmen around the area of the drum and bell towers, this walking tour will explore why a nightly curfew signaled by the banging of the drum was kept during the Qing dynasty, what happened when modern police units were suddenly installed in 1901 and how these two rivals forces suddenly found themselves forced to cooperate to defeat a common enemy: the revolutionaries.
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Stop By Beijing’s Last Christmas Fair of 2013 for Treats + Gifts!
(Photo of Lollipop Bakery‘s Festive Cupcakes!)
Most of Beijing’s Christmas bazaars and fairs have all been taking place across the city in various embassies and hotels over the past couple weekends, but The Hutong’s Winter Fayre is the LAST Christmas Bazaar of the year and it’s taking place this Saturday, December 14th from 11AM-3PM.
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Pick Up Some Handmade Handicrafts at The Hutong’s Winter Fayre
Most of Beijing’s Christmas bazaars and fairs have all been taking place across the city in various embassies and hotels over the past couple weekends, but The Hutong’s Winter Fayre is the LAST Christmas Bazaar of the year.
A culture exchange center, The Hutong is all about connecting Beijingers to local entrepreneurs who have come up with a line of quality, noteworthy products. So if you’ve missed out on the other bazaars around town, this is your last chance to stock up on Christmas presents to bring back home while also treating yourself to some piping hot cups of vin brulé (mulled wine) and other tasty treats.
“Fayre is an old English word describing a fun gathering featuring a range of locally produced goods made and sourced from, and connected to the local community. Our Fayre is a place to catch up with friends and enjoy the holiday spirit, and promises to be a fun day out for the whole family.”
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Tiananmen, also known as the Gate of Heavenly Peace has a long and complicated history that has made this world famous monument one of the most important symbols of modern China.
This Tuesday, October 9th, Beijing Postcards will be sharing their own collection of historical photographs (collected cover a time span from around year 1900 up till early 1980s) and extensive research to piece together the history of Tiananmen Gate at The Bookworm.
“Drawing on historical photographs and extensive research, the Beijing Postcards team will peel back the surface of one of the world’s most recognizable public spaces.”
To give you a taste of Tiananmen’s fascinating story, Beijing Postcards has shared five facts you probably didn’t know before:
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Learn about the Middle Kingdom Through Maps
China’s history is as long as it is intricately complex and through the years, researchers have found many unique means of understanding its history and culture, including through the use of maps. Serving a much greater purpose of exploring a region’s geography, maps serve as a way for us to also understand the level of intelligence and how a culture understood its place in the world at that particular point in history.
We all know that once upon a time, China or “中国Zhongguo” called itself “Middle Kingdom” because it believed it was located in the center of the world map. Well, I bet you didn’t know a few more facts you can learn about China through studying its maps.
“Did you know that even though maps have been used in China for over 2000 years, and even though the Chinese had invented woodblock printing during the Tang dynasty, until the twentieth century the majority of Chinese maps were still produced with a brush?
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