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

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

The Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) was one of the most notorious figures of Modern Chinese history. For nearly a half century, she used her cunning and connections to rule China from behind the throne.

Even today, many still blame her for spending money on an elaborate pleasure garden at a time China 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 shoreline and hillsides of her magnificent creation, we will discuss the life and legacy of this fascinating historical figure.

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.