Events

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The Warlord and the Engineer

Event date:
10-21-2012 03:00 PM
Event End Date:
10-21-2012 05:00 PM
Capacity:
50
Individual Price:
¥100.00
Location:
The Hutong
The Warlord and the Engineer

The Mukden Tiger – Zhang Zuolin – and his Danish Weapons Advisor

Talk and Film Screening

RAC_seated_painting_small_2Zhang_Zuolin_1927_1A unique peek into the life and times of the mightiest warlord in China during the chaotic 1920s, as well as expat life in the capital of Northeast China, Shenyang.

Robert Christensen, a Dane, went to Mukden (present day Shenyang) in 1922 accompanying the Manchurian Warlord Zhang Zuolin's biggest ever order of weapons machinery. Shortly after, he was hired by Zhang to build up the largest arsenal in all of China and consequently had the chance to document, in Kodak stills and silent film footage, the life and death of the short hot-tempered former bandit who ruled Manchuria as his own. Zhang lived a life of luxury in his small castle where he had five wives, was driven around in bright yellow bulletproof limousines, and amassed enormous personal wealth.

He often threw huge banquets for the foreign community in town, where, standing on a chair in the middle of the room, he would present his dreams for a new China – which of course invariably included himself as ruler of all.

Robert Christensen, with a very profitable contract in hand, became one of Zhang's trusted foreign advisors and admirers. In his seven years of service he was able to follow Zhang from the great dreams and successes of the beginning, through the conquest of large swathes of eastern China including Beijing, to the final collapse of his armies, complete bankruptcy of the Manchurian economy, and his eventual assassination in 1928. Christensen also recorded Chinese street scenes with avid curiosity, documenting the development and change of Mukden, as well as the life of an expat living through good times, with baijiu and champagne flowing freely.

Come to the Hutong for an afternoon of fascinating tales from the roaring 20s, where warlords shifted sides and assassinated each other as often as they changed concubines, and where the majority of expats lived in the lap of luxury, while most Chinese struggled through absolute poverty. And all of this with bombs dropping all around of them...

Simon Rom Gjeroe from Beijing Postcards is currently writing a book and preparing a documentary film on the subject, with a working title of "The Warlord and the Engineer", for which he has done extensive research in both Denmark and China.

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The Central Axis of Beijing

Event date:
02-20-2016 04:00 PM
Event End Date:
02-20-2016 05:30 PM
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥75.00
Location:
Capital M
Beijing is built around a 7.8 kilometer-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: February 20 Meeting Point: Sent by email upon confirmation Time: 4:00pm Price: ¥75 Registration: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Transformation Beijing

Event date:
02-28-2016 02:00 PM
Event End Date:
02-28-2016 04:00 PM
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥100.00
Location:
The Hutong

Transformation BeijingDid you know that the Tian'anmen Gate was completely torn down in 1969? That Qianmen Gate was designed by a German architect? Or that Beijing’s old train station has mysteriously changed its location southwards?

”Transformation Beijing” is the story of three of Beijing’s most iconic buildings. Tian'anmen – the old gate where laws used to be declared to the people – the old Beijing train station – built to give foreigners a chance to escape Chinese retaliation – and Qianmen – the first entrance to the inner city.  All of these buildings have long lost their original purpose, but they have attained new meaning in the “New China”, to the extent that it would be nearly impossible to imagine the capital’s centre without them.

Told through a unique collection of black and white photos, ”Transformation- Beijing” explains how the significance of the Tian'anmen Gate was changed the minute Mao Zedong set his foot on it, how the Qianmen Gate became a symbol of Yuan Shikai’s vision of a modern Beijing and how a colonial style train station became a symbol  to the Communist Party. 

To register please contact:events@thehutong.com

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Who killed Pamela?

Event date:
05-25-2016 07:30 PM
Event End Date:
05-25-2016 08:30 PM
Cut off date:
05-25-2016
Capacity:
50
Individual Price:
¥50.00
Location:
The Bookworm

Who killed Pamela?

Beyond the Badlands – Investigations into the Pamela Werner murder case

When Paul French opened an unlabeled bookcase at the archives in England he had no idea of what he would find. The documents he discovered would later become the background of his bestselling historical murder novel “Midnight in Peking”.

The novel sheds light on parts of the 1930s Beijing history that had not before received much attention. Places like the Badlands, the French ice-skating ring, the fox tower and of course the murder victim, Pamela Werner, herself - all became household names to a broader international audience.

During the last half year Beijing Postcards has taken a fresh look on the murder case. We managed to find new sources and new perspectives to add to the narrative. In this process we have uncovered a lot of documents not used in the book. Among them a hitherto unpublished 150 pages long Chinese police report. We call our project - Beyond the Badlands.

Sunday, May 25th
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: 50 RMB, 40 RMB for members, includes a drink

For registration please email: order@beijingbookworm.com



History of the Hutong - Walking Tour

Event date:
05-28-2016 02:00 PM
Event End Date:
05-28-2016 04:00 PM
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
¥260.00

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

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Follow Beijing Postcards 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 afternoon.

 

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.

 

Where: from Gulou to Nanluoguxiang starting North side of Drum Tower finishing at Beijing Postcards' gallery for ​drinks and time for more QA. ​39 Chaodao Hutong (炒豆胡同) the southern most Hutong between Nanluoguxiang and Jiaodaokou dajie

 

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.

 

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