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May Fourth and the Birth of Modern China: A Walk and Discussion

  • Wangfujing (St. Joseph's) Cathedral 74 Wang Fu Jing Da Jie Beijing, Beijing Shi, 100006 China (map)

Cost: 200 RMB (160 RMB for members of The Hutong) includes all guide fees and admission tickets

Duration: About two hours

Distance: About 3.5 km (2 miles)

The years between 1912 and 1919 marked an era of profound change in Beijing and for China. The end of the imperial era in 1912 unleashed social and political which even 100 years later continue to shape the way China sees the world.

This two-hour walk will take us past the homes of Lao She, Chen Duxiu, and Mao Zedong into the halls of the original campus of Peking University...the birthplace of the May Fourth Movement. We'll discuss how the May Fourth Demonstrations were not only the culmination of an age of intellectual dynamism but also marked a major shift in the evolution of modern China.

We'll discuss the end of the empire, the rise and fall of the Republic of China, and the origins of today's Communist Party. We'll also explore the roads not taken and we will also look at the artists and intellectuals who contributed to this era of monumental change.

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Spaces for this walk are limited and reservations are required. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with complete walk details and directions to our meeting location.