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The Spy, the Widow, and the Last Emperor: A Walk and Discussion in the Historic Hutongs of Beijing

  • Jishutan Metro Stop (Exit D) Beijing Shi, 100009 China (map)
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The hutong neighborhoods of Xicheng are less visited – and less touristy – than those of the eastern part of the city. They also were once home to some of Beijing’s most famous faces. We’ll explore the lakeshores and hidden alleys west of the Drum Tower. Along the way, we’ll visit the home of Song Qingling, the widow of the revolutionary Sun Yat-sen, who stayed behind when the rest of her family fled to Taiwan in 1949. We’ll also see the mansion where the Last Emperor was born and walk down the hutong where Kang Sheng, Mao Zedong’s notorious spymaster once lurked. Along the way, we’ll also explore the history of some of Beijing’s lesser traveled byways and observe life in Beijing’s hutong neighborhoods.

Duration: About two to three hours

300 RMB per person (260 RMB for members of The Hutong) including all admission tickets, guide fees, and tips.

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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