Saijinhua and the Brothels of Dashilar

The life and legend of Beijing’s most famous prostitute: Sai Jin Hua, a walk in Beijing’s old red light district


A hundred years ago, in a country on the verge of collapse, a woman from the shadows stood up and defended her Chinese countrymen. Abandoned by the imperial government, and occupied by western forces looking for revenge, the fate of Beijing was placed on the narrow shoulders of a common courtesan. But who was this saint like figure? A plain prostitute or a Maria of the East? The lover of a German general? A Brothel Madam? An opium addict? Or a liar and a cheat?

Follow us, in the small footsteps of a very unlikely hero with tiny lily feet, through old opium dens and brothels still standing, when we look for answers. During this walk we will track down the life of Beijing’s most famous prostitute - Saijinhua, and create a portrait of Dashilar, the more than 600 year old commercial district of Beijing, and Ba Da Hutong - the old red light district. The Walk ends with an exhibition of related pictures from Beijing Postcards collection.


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Event Properties

Event date: 05-25-2019 03:00 PM
Event End Date: 05-25-2019 05:30 PM
Capacity 25
Individual Price ¥300.00
Location Yangmeizhu Xiejie 97