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 even a young Mao Zedong and 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.

Upcoming History Walks through Beijing's Imperial Parks and Gardens

300 RMB per person (260 RMB for members of The Hutong)

Price includes all guide fees and tickets


Consider a Private Tour!

Looking for a walk that fits your schedule? Interested in a personal experience for you or your group?

Private historical walks around Beijing's imperial parks and gardens are available for individuals, families, school and company groups.

Private walks are 1200 RMB for up to five people and 100 RMB for each additional person. Price includes all guide fees and admission tickets.


What others have said...

A wonderful walk through the beautiful Beihai and Jingshan Parks and the old site of Peking University where I heard about Beijing in the first part of the last century as the Empire crumbled and the new men leading China wrestled with the best way to modernise their country without losing their roots
— March, 2017

Your Walk Leader

Jeremiah Jenne is a writer and historian based in Beijing since 2002. He has taught Chinese history and philosophy for over 10 year and written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, Asia Society, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Beijinger, and the World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great SignificanceThe Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. He is a recurring guest on the public affairs podcast Sinica and is frequently asked to speak on Chinese culture and history to company and school groups.  Jeremiah also maintains the popular history and culture website granitestudio.org