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Bringing China and the World Together

融合世界 汇聚思想



The Royal Asiatic Society Beijing is pleased to announce a journey back in time with a visit to the Beijing Ancient Observatory and Ming City Wall Ruins Park. We will gather at the entrance of the Beijing Ancient Observatory for a private tour of the observatory site, with commentary by a local expert on the history and the various astronomical devices. (Translation into English provided).

Built in 1442 during the Ming Dynasty, this observatory is one of the oldest in the world . As the Emperor was considered the “Son of Heaven”, astronomy and the movement of the planets and stars were extremely important to Chinese cosmology. Later it was updated with the help of European Jesuits including Ferdinand Verbiest and Adam Schall von Bell.

After the Observatory talk, we'll have lunch and then journey south to the Ming City Wall Ruins for a tour of the corner tower and walk along the base of the walls with commentary and historical anecdotes provided by Jim Nobles. Our tour concludes at Chongwenmen subway station.

WHEN: April 14, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM approx.

WHERE: Meet at the entrance to Beijing Ancient Observatory (south of Jianguomen subway Exit C)

PRICE: RMB 150 for RASBJ members, RMB 200 for non-members (includes entrance tickets, guides, translation, audiophones and lunch)

RSVP: email communications.ras.bj@gmail.com and write "Observatory" in the subject header, providing participant's names and cellphone numbers

NOTE: please RSVP no later than April 10. Group size is limited to 25; your place is confirmed when you pay in advance.

HOW TO PAY:  please befriend RASBJ treasurer John Olbrich on wechat at johnobeijing, mention "RASBJ Observatory" and when you pay please list names of attendees being paid for. If payment is received after all slots are filled, it'll be refunded. Otherwise payment is non-refundable.



Follow in the footsteps of the last Emperor Puyi on his "Great Escape" to Tianjin, led by Lars Ulrik Thom

Dear RASBJ members,
You're invited on a day trip to Tianjin May 11 to follow in the footsteps of the last Emperor of China during his "Great Escape" from the gilded cage of the Forbidden City. After the collapse of the Qing Dynasty, Puyi spent seven years in the Japanese concession in Tianjin, back then a cosmopolitan city of high finance and political intrigue. Our tour will be led by Lars Ulrik Thom of Beijing Postcards who's giving RASBJ members a special offer for this brand-new tour.
RASBJ members can enjoy discounted tickets for the May 11 tour: go to the yoopay link below, click "have discount code" and enter the special code provided to RASBJ members. 
WHAT: Following in the footsteps of the last Emperor Puyi on his "Great Escape" to Tianjin, an excursion led by Lars Ulrik Thom
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 9:00 AM-6:30 PM
WHERE: meet at Exit D, Tuanjiehu Subway Station, Beijing to get on the bus (after the Tianjin tour, our bus will return here)
HOW MUCH: RMB 580 for RASBJ members, RMB 680 for the general public

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Members and non-members alike can purchase tickets via the yoopay link 


You're invited on an RASBJ tour of the Ancient Observatory and City Wall on Sunday, April 14.  Many of you have glimpsed these mysterious relics from a bygone era alongside the 2nd Ring Road. But do you know any details of their history?  And what are those phantasmogorical devices on top of the observatory? Join us to learn these answers -- and much more!

     RASBJ members have a special opportunity to join a day excursion to Tianjin.  Led by Ulrik Thom of Beijing Postcards, the tour will follow in the footsteps of Chinese emperor Puyi on his "Great Escape" from the gilded cage of the Forbidden City to the cosmopolitan city of Tianjin.

NEWS FOR MEMBERS: To enter the Members' Section on the website, go to the lower lefthand corner of the homepage, find "members login" and enter the password.  If you believe you're an RASBJ member but haven't been given the password, please email enquiries@rasbj.org to ask for it (after ensuring you're fully paid up).  Only members in good standing will have access to the Members' Section.   



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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