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Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion
Nov
17
2:00 PM14:00

Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion

  • Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen has been the political epicenter of the Chinese nation. It is the beating heart of Beijing and the stage for some of history's most dramatic moments. This walk and discussion will take us through Beijing’s past from its days as an imperial capital through the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and down to the present day.

During this two-hour walk, we’ll visit the Beijing Urban Planning Hall (a fascinating museum in desperate need of a catchier name!) and explore Tiananmen Square. We will conclude our stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both former imperial spaces that were part of the Forbidden City. Along the way, we’ll also discuss the political significance of Tiananmen, the events which have made Tiananmen Square famous around the world, and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to a modern megalopolis.

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In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also one of the city's largest public parks and a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. 

During this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss its ritual and historical significance. We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger into the 21st century. 

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

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Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion

For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen has been the political epicenter of the Chinese nation. It is the beating heart of Beijing and the stage for some of history's most dramatic moments. This walk and discussion will take us through Beijing’s past from its days as an imperial capital through the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and down to the present day.

During this two-hour walk, we’ll visit the Beijing Urban Planning Hall (a fascinating museum in desperate need of a catchier name!) and explore Tiananmen Square. We will conclude our stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both former imperial spaces that were part of the Forbidden City. Along the way, we’ll also discuss the political significance of Tiananmen, the events which have made Tiananmen Square famous around the world, and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to a modern megalopolis.

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In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also one of the city's largest public parks and a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. 

During this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss its ritual and historical significance. We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger into the 21st century. 

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

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May Fourth and the Birth of Modern China: A Walk and Discussion
Oct
18
1:00 PM13:00

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

The year was 1919. Just seven years earlier, a revolution had swept away the last crumbling vestiges of the old imperial system. From the ashes of the Qing Dynasty, a new republic was born and then betrayed. Since then, China had become a failed state. Much of the country was in the hands of warlords or foreign powers outside the control of a weak and corrupt government in Beijing. 

The generation which came of age in this decade would rise to the challenges of the era. On May 4, 1919 they took to the streets of Beijing in a massive demonstration which gave birth to Modern China. Their experiences and ideas during what became known as the May Fourth Era left a powerful legacy which continues nearly a century later. 

This two-hour walk and discussion will visit the epicenter of the May Fourth Movement: the original campus of Peking University. There we will meet the scholars and students who defined a generation and gave rise to a nation. 

We'll also discuss the end of the empire and the rise and fall of the Republic of China, and the origins of the Chinese Communist Party as we explore some of the hidden byways around the old campus and visit the relics and residences of Beijing's old intelligentsia. 

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Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion

For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen has been the political epicenter of the Chinese nation. It is the beating heart of Beijing and the stage for some of history's most dramatic moments. This walk and discussion will take us through Beijing’s past from its days as an imperial capital through the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and down to the present day.

During this two-hour walk, we’ll visit the Beijing Urban Planning Hall (a fascinating museum in desperate need of a catchier name!) and explore Tiananmen Square. We will conclude our stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both former imperial spaces that were part of the Forbidden City. Along the way, we’ll also discuss the political significance of Tiananmen, the events which have made Tiananmen Square famous around the world, and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to a modern megalopolis.

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In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also one of the city's largest public parks and a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. 

During this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss its ritual and historical significance. We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger into the 21st century. 

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

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In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also one of the city's largest public parks and a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. 

During this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss its ritual and historical significance. We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger into the 21st century. 

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

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In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also one of the city's largest public parks and a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. 

During this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss its ritual and historical significance. We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger into the 21st century. 

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

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Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion
Jun
30
2:00 PM14:00

Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion

For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen has been the political epicenter of the Chinese nation. It is the beating heart of Beijing and the stage for some of history's most dramatic moments. This walk and discussion will take us through Beijing’s past from its days as an imperial capital through the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and down to the present day.

During this two-hour walk, we’ll visit the Beijing Urban Planning Hall (a fascinating museum in desperate need of a catchier name!) and explore Tiananmen Square. We will conclude our stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both former imperial spaces that were part of the Forbidden City. Along the way, we’ll also discuss the political significance of Tiananmen, the events which have made Tiananmen Square famous around the world, and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to a modern megalopolis.

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Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion
Jun
7
10:00 AM10:00

Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion

For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen has been the political epicenter of the Chinese nation. It is the beating heart of Beijing and the stage for some of history's most dramatic moments. This walk and discussion will take us through Beijing’s past from its days as an imperial capital through the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and down to the present day.

During this two-hour walk, we’ll visit the Beijing Urban Planning Hall (a fascinating museum in desperate need of a catchier name!) and explore Tiananmen Square. We will conclude our stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both former imperial spaces that were part of the Forbidden City. Along the way, we’ll also discuss the political significance of Tiananmen, the events which have made Tiananmen Square famous around the world, and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to a modern megalopolis.

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In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Jun
3
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also one of the city's largest public parks and a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. 

During this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss its ritual and historical significance. We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger into the 21st century. 

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

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Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion
May
27
2:00 PM14:00

Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion

For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen has been the political epicenter of the Chinese nation. It is the beating heart of Beijing and the stage for some of history's most dramatic moments. This walk and discussion will take us through Beijing’s past from its days as an imperial capital through the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and down to the present day.

During this two-hour walk, we’ll visit the Beijing Urban Planning Hall (a fascinating museum in desperate need of a catchier name!) and explore Tiananmen Square. We will conclude our stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both former imperial spaces that were part of the Forbidden City. Along the way, we’ll also discuss the political significance of Tiananmen, the events which have made Tiananmen Square famous around the world, and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to a modern megalopolis.

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In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
May
8
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also one of the city's largest public parks and a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. 

During this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss its ritual and historical significance. We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger into the 21st century. 

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

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Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion

For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen has been the political epicenter of the Chinese nation. It is the beating heart of Beijing and the stage for some of history's most dramatic moments. This walk and discussion will take us through Beijing’s past from its days as an imperial capital through the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and down to the present day.

During this two-hour walk, we’ll visit the Beijing Urban Planning Hall (a fascinating museum in desperate need of a catchier name!) and explore Tiananmen Square. We will conclude our stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both former imperial spaces that were part of the Forbidden City. Along the way, we’ll also discuss the political significance of Tiananmen, the events which have made Tiananmen Square famous around the world, and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to a modern megalopolis.

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In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Apr
24
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also one of the city's largest public parks and a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. 

During this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss its ritual and historical significance. We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger into the 21st century. 

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

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May Fourth and the Birth of Modern China: A Walk and Discussion
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

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

  • Wangfujing (St. Joseph's) Cathedral (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The year was 1919. Just seven years earlier, a revolution had swept away the last crumbling vestiges of the old imperial system. From the ashes of the Qing Dynasty, a new republic was born and then betrayed. Since then, China had become a failed state. Much of the country was in the hands of warlords or foreign powers outside the control of a weak and corrupt government in Beijing. 

The generation which came of age in this decade would rise to the challenges of the era. On May 4, 1919 they took to the streets of Beijing in a massive demonstration which gave birth to Modern China. Their experiences and ideas during what became known as the May Fourth Era left a powerful legacy which continues nearly a century later. 

This two-hour walk and discussion will visit the epicenter of the May Fourth Movement: the original campus of Peking University. There we will meet the scholars and students who defined a generation and gave rise to a nation. 

We'll also discuss the end of the empire and the rise and fall of the Republic of China, and the origins of the Chinese Communist Party as we explore some of the hidden byways around the old campus and visit the relics and residences of Beijing's old intelligentsia. 

View Event →
Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion

For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen has been the political epicenter of the Chinese nation. It is the beating heart of Beijing and the stage for some of history's most dramatic moments. This walk and discussion will take us through Beijing’s past from its days as an imperial capital through the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and down to the present day.

During this two-hour walk, we’ll visit the Beijing Urban Planning Hall (a fascinating museum in desperate need of a catchier name!) and explore Tiananmen Square. We will conclude our stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both former imperial spaces that were part of the Forbidden City. Along the way, we’ll also discuss the political significance of Tiananmen, the events which have made Tiananmen Square famous around the world, and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to a modern megalopolis.

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Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion
Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion

For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen has been the political epicenter of the Chinese nation. It is the beating heart of Beijing and the stage for some of history's most dramatic moments. This walk and discussion will take us through Beijing’s past from its days as an imperial capital through the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and down to the present day.

During this two-hour walk, we’ll visit the Beijing Urban Planning Hall (a fascinating museum in desperate need of a catchier name!) and explore Tiananmen Square. We will conclude our stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both former imperial spaces that were part of the Forbidden City. Along the way, we’ll also discuss the political significance of Tiananmen, the events which have made Tiananmen Square famous around the world, and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to a modern megalopolis.

View Event →
In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Mar
24
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also one of the city's largest public parks and a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. 

During this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss its ritual and historical significance. We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger into the 21st century. 

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

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May Fourth and the Birth of Modern China: A Walk and Discussion
Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

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

  • Wangfujing (St. Joseph's) Cathedral (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The year was 1919. Just seven years earlier, a revolution had swept away the last crumbling vestiges of the old imperial system. From the ashes of the Qing Dynasty, a new republic was born and then betrayed. Since then, China had become a failed state. Much of the country was in the hands of warlords or foreign powers outside the control of a weak and corrupt government in Beijing. 

The generation which came of age in this decade would rise to the challenges of the era. On May 4, 1919 they took to the streets of Beijing in a massive demonstration which gave birth to Modern China. Their experiences and ideas during what became known as the May Fourth Era left a powerful legacy which continues nearly a century later. 

This two-hour walk and discussion will visit the epicenter of the May Fourth Movement: the original campus of Peking University. There we will meet the scholars and students who defined a generation and gave rise to a nation. 

We'll also discuss the end of the empire and the rise and fall of the Republic of China, and the origins of the Chinese Communist Party as we explore some of the hidden byways around the old campus and visit the relics and residences of Beijing's old intelligentsia. 

View Event →
In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also one of the city's largest public parks and a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. 

During this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss its ritual and historical significance. We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger into the 21st century. 

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

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Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion

For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen has been the political epicenter of the Chinese nation. It is the beating heart of Beijing and the stage for some of history's most dramatic moments. This walk and discussion will take us through Beijing’s past from its days as an imperial capital through the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and down to the present day.

During this two-hour walk, we’ll visit the Beijing Urban Planning Hall (a fascinating museum in desperate need of a catchier name!) and explore Tiananmen Square. We will conclude our stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both former imperial spaces that were part of the Forbidden City. Along the way, we’ll also discuss the political significance of Tiananmen, the events which have made Tiananmen Square famous around the world, and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to a modern megalopolis.

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Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion

For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen has been the political epicenter for the Chinese nation. It is the beating heart of Beijing and the stage for some of recent history’s most dramatic moments. This walk and discussion will take us through Beijing’s history from its days as an imperial capital through the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and down to the present day.

We’ll visit the Beijing Urban Planning Hall (a fascinating museum in desperate need of a catchier name!) and explore Tiananmen Square. We will conclude our stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both former imperial spaces that were part of the Forbidden City.

Along the way, we’ll also discuss the political significance of Tiananmen, and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to modern megalopolis.

View Event →
In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Nov
12
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. On this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss the ritual and historical significance of the spaces we visit.

We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger even into the 21st century.

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

View Event →
In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. On this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss the ritual and historical significance of the spaces we visit.

We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger even into the 21st century.

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

View Event →
In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Oct
4
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. On this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss the ritual and historical significance of the spaces we visit.

We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger even into the 21st century.

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

View Event →
May Fourth and the Birth of Modern China: A Walk and Discussion
Oct
3
10:00 AM10:00

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

  • Wangfujing (St. Joseph's) Cathedral (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 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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In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven
Sep
3
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. On this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss the ritual and historical significance of the spaces we visit.

We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger even into the 21st century.

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

View Event →
May Fourth and the Birth of Modern China: A Walk and Discussion
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

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

  • Wangfujing (St. Joseph's) Cathedral (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 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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Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion
Aug
29
10:00 AM10:00

Tiananmen and the Making of Modern Beijing: A Walk and Discussion

  • Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen has been the political epicenter for the Chinese nation. It is the beating heart of Beijing and the stage for some of recent history’s most dramatic moments. This walk and discussion will take us through Beijing’s history from its days as an imperial capital through the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and down to the present day.

We’ll visit the Beijing Urban Planning Hall (a fascinating museum in desperate need of a catchier name!) and explore Tiananmen Square. We will conclude our stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both former imperial spaces that were part of the Forbidden City.

Along the way, we’ll also discuss the political significance of Tiananmen, and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to modern megalopolis.

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