They couldn’t have been more different from each other. One was a Manchu Prince, one of the most important officials serving the last Dynasty. Another was a brilliant scholar who would eventually become the house intellectual in another imperial court, that of Chairman Mao Zedong. Finally, Mei Lanfang was one of the famous stars of Peking opera. He was well known for his stunning portrayal of female roles on stage. Yet all three made their home in the shaded hutongs of Beijing’s lakes district. We’ll visit their homes and palaces and discuss the lives and times of these famous figures from Beijing’s past.

Upcoming Public The Scholar, The Prince, and the Diva Walks and Discussions

300 RMB per person (260 RMB for members of The Hutong)

Price includes all admission tickets, guide fees, and tips.


Consider a Private Tour!

Looking for a walk that fits your schedule? Interested in a personal experience for you or your group?

The Scholar, The Prince, and the Diva is available as a private walk for individuals, families, school and company groups.

Private walks are 1800 RMB for up to five people and 180 RMB for each additional person. Price includes all guide fees and admission tickets.

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What others have said...

Jeremiah is a great host. He has a great way of telling a story with a bit of drama, humour and has a critical view of the history that combines the known “facts”with a healthy reality check based on years of academic research and an overwhelming passion for Chinese history.

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Jeremiah Jenne is a writer and history teacher based in Beijing since 2002. He has taught Late Imperial and Modern Chinese History for over 12 years and has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, South China Morning Post, Asia Society/China File, Los Angeles Review of BooksRadii China, The Beijinger, and the World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, The Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. He is frequently asked to speak or lead workshops on Chinese history, culture, and cultural adaptation to schools, organizations, and company groups from around the world and is the proprietor of Beijing by Foot, which organizes educational programs and historic walking tours of Beijing’s most famous sites and hidden by-ways. You can follow him on Twitter @jeremiahjenne or online at