Talks/ lectures

talk-lecturesIt can be difficult to understand the complex nature of Chinese society today. To help, Beijing Postcards offers a large variety of talks presenting interesting subjects on Beijing and China's history and culture in an easily accessible way. We also offer tailor-made talks for corporate events, clubs, private gatherings, and much more.

Both owners of Beijing Postcards are experienced speakers, who have held many talks on Beijing and China, its modern history and its people. The background for the talks, which most often centre on the historic period between the late nineteenth century and the present day, comes from various sources, whether it be in-depth interviews with old Beijing residents and/or foreigners living in China before the 1950s, local or foreign experts in their field, or intensive studies. Both Lars Ulrik Thom and Simon Rom Gjeroe are published authors in China, Europe and Australia, and have written books and articles on topics ranging from Beijing travel, history and culture to Chinese culture, history, and architecture. All talks are complemented by several photos from Beijing Postcards' unique and extensive collection of historical photographs. A talk normally lasts around one hour, with an additional half an hour for questions.

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List of talks:

Boxer Rebellion Walking Tour - Under Siege

250px-BoxerSoldiersBoxer Rebellion Walking Tour - Under Siege

Hear the incredible story of the summer of
1900, when 4,000 foreigners and Chinese lived
under siege from radical mystic rebels for 55
days. Follow us into the old Legation Quarter to
hear stories about the bombing of the French
embassy, the wavering Qing Court and how
200,000 bullets flew into the sky without finding
a single target.

It can be arranged that the tour can end at a high end restaurant in the area for a well-deserved complimentary drink and a
small exhibition curated by Beijing Postcards of original photos and maps from the early 1900's!

Looking for the Master Plan
Looking for the Master Plan
-How did Beijing become the city it is today?
Why was the capital originally placed on the Huabei plain? And
where the bloody hell is the first ring road? "Looking for the Master Plan" is
a crash course in Beijing's urban development. Through this talk you will get a
clear understanding of how Beijing became the city it is today. Using their own
collection of original maps of Beijing, Beijing Postcards has created a very
visual presentation of the development of the Northern capital, from a maze of
hutong alleyways to a megacity with over 20 million inhabitants.
The Story of Tiananmen
The Story of Tiananmen

11_Nov_Tiananmen_1976-77_-1_small_redTian'anmen: The Gate of Heavenly Peace. We all know about it; it feels like it has always been there.

The Portrait of Mao Zedong that hangs on the wall is carved into the minds of billions of people - my mind as well as yours!

But how did Tian'anmen become what it is today?

In this talk we trace the background of Tian'anmen Gate through pictures that were taken of it over the last hundred years, piecing together the history of Modern China's most important piece of architecture.

History of the Hutong
History of the Hutong (Walk)

-What is all the fuzz about?

gateFollow Beijing Postcards into the curved Hutong alleyways around the Drum and Bell Towers of Beijing. Listen to stories of opium dens and vast mansions of former officials. 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 this area, in the very heart of Beijing, 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 Central Axis of Beijing"


The 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.

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