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The Dowager and the Dynasty: A Walk and Discussion at the Summer Palace

  • Beigongmen Metro Stop (Exit D) 101 Yi He Yuan Lu Beijing, Beijing Shi, 100000 China (map)

The Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) is one of the most notorious figures in Modern Chinese history. For nearly a half-century, she used her cunning and connections to rule China from behind the throne. Even today, many historians in China blame her for spending too much money building an elaborate pleasure garden at a time when the empire faced grave threats from without and within.

But the real story of the Empress  Dowager  Cixi -- and the Summer Palace she built -- is more complicated.

As we stroll along the lakeshores and hillsides of her magnificent creation, we will discuss the life and legacy of this fascinating historical figure. We'll consider the reasons behind her scandalous reputation as we look at the final years of the Qing Dynasty, the last empire to rule China. 

Duration: Three hours

300 RMB (260 RMB for members of The Hutong) includes all admission costs and guide fees

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Spaces for this walk are limited and reservations are required. Details about the walk including meeting points and payment information will be sent in your reservation confirmation.