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Bringing China and the World Together

融合世界 汇聚思想

EVENTS

SEPT. 29, SAT: 34 YEARS AMONG THE BIRDS OF CHINA: NEW SPECIES AND NEW THREATS

Please join us for an RASBJ presentation by Swedish ornithologist Prof. Per Alstrom, a specialist on birds in Asia.

WHAT: “34 Years Among the Birds of China: New Species and New Threats" by Prof. Per Alstrom

WHEN: SATURDAY, Sept 29, 7:30-9:00 PM

WHERE: The Bookworm, Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, tel: 6586 9507

HOW MUCH: Free for RASBJ and Bookworm members (but no free drink); RMB50 for all others (includes one free drink)

RSVP: email ORDER@BEIJINGBOOKWORM.COM and write "Alstrom" in the subject header

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

   Prof. Per Alstrom is a world-renowned ornithologist at the Department of Ecology and Genetics, Uppsala University, and the SwedishSpecies Information Center of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. A prolific author and editor, Alstrom also has close ties to several scientific institutions in China and neighboring countries.

     He writes: “I’ve travelled extensively across China since 1984, many times to places where the locals had never seen a Westerner before. The main aim of these trips has been to study birds, in the beginning just for pleasure (birdwatching), later for scientific research in collaboration with Chinese colleagues (still a pleasure!). These excursions have led to the description of five bird species new to science, and to revised treatment of several subspecies to species status. Using photos, sound recordings and video clips, I’ll bring the audience along on some of these trips, to show a fraction of the incredible variety of birds, mammals, insects, plants, cultures and sceneries found in China. I will also touch on the perceived changes and present threats to the Chinese avifauna.”


OCT 2-6: REDISCOVER HERITAGE IN ANCIENT HUIZHOU: A 5-DAY TRIP
Please join our journey, led by Matthew Hu and Zhang Jianping, to one of China's best-preserved heritage districts.
 
WHAT: "Rediscover Heritage in Ancient Huizhou", a 5-day visit near Huangshan, Anhui (bilingual)
WHEN Oct. 2-6, 2018
WHERE: Towns and villages in Huizhou, starting with arrival in Tunxi
WITH WHOM: Heritage protection experts Matthew Hu Xinyu and Zhang Jianping
HOW MUCH: RMB 4280 per person (NOTE: This does not include transport to/from Tunxi which is also called Huangshan City)
RSVP: Please email info@courtyardinstitution.com no later than Sept. 20, 2018. Spaces may be limited. 
 
     Huizhou, shadowed by the world famous Yellow Mountain, has been long neglected, but thanks mainly to its relatively isolated location, and its slow economic development, Huizhou is now one of the best preserved heritage districts in China, thus providing a rare opportunity for us to decode some of the mysteries of ancient Chinese culture. Hand-in-hand with the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center and Friends of Huizhou, two of the most active heritage NGOs in China, we have tailored a five-day program for you to have an overview of Huizhou culture, through its architecture, folklore, craftsmanship, and last but not least, its delicate cuisine. 
 
     ITINERARY: Note that the itinerary may change based on the weather conditions. 
 
D1:2nd October, Tue, Arrive in Tunxi 
D2:3rd October, Wed, Shexian Old Town 
D3:4th October, Thu, Xixinan Village & Handicraft Museum 
D4:5th October, Fri, Hongkeng Village & Chengkan Village 
D5:6th October, Sat, Wan’an Old Street, Compass Museum & Tunxi Old Street 
 
Experts: Mr. Zhang Jianping, Matthew Hu 
Host Organizations: The Courtyard Institute, Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center, Royal Asiatic Society Beijing 
Cost: RMB 4,280 p/p (This does not include transport to/from Tunxi; please book your travel to/from Tunxi soon as this trip is during the National Day Holiday)
 
 

WATCH THIS SPACE

         Hope you were able to enjoy the Historical Pub Quiz held on the Bookworm rooftop Sept 7 With Beijing Postcards' Lars Ulrik Thom as Quizmaster. Turnout was tremendous -- about 140 people -- and competition among 23 teams was intense. Lars outdid himself with history packaged in an entertaining as well as educational way. Thanks to Beijing Postcards and Bookworm for a great evening. 

     And please join RASBJ for a presentation at the Bookworm Sept. 29 by top ornithologist, Prof.Per Alstrom, on "34 Years among the Birds of China: New Species, New Threats". Fresh from a trip to Qinghai, he will guide you on a retrospective of his discoveries and exotic adventures in the Middle Kingdom.

    From Oct. 2-6. RASBJ member Matthew Hu and heritage conservation expert Zhang Jianping will lead a unique bilingual tour of Huizhou near Huangshan, today one of China's best-preserved heritage districts. The five-day program focuses on artchitecture, folklore, craftsmanship and last but not least the delicate local cuisine.The Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center, the Courtyard Institute and RASBJ are partnering to offer members and friends this rare oppotunity. (Yes, its during the National Day holiday; the itinerary has kept that in mind, seeking the roads less travelled.) 

Disclaimer

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Royal Asiatic Society China, Beijing members and their guests are asked to please wear appropriate footwear and clothing when attending events or excursions, and to adhere to any safety instructions or other codes of conduct. Please also bear in mind the physical requirements of participating in the event or trip. Participation in events and excursions is at your own risk: the Royal Asiatic Society China,  Beijing accepts no liability for any loss or damage, including personal injury or damage to property.

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