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Thurs, Nov. 23: RASBJ AGM dinner and tour of Historic Beijing Hotel


Members of the Royal Asiatic Society Beijing are invited to the Annual General Meeting, plus tour of the Beijing Hotel and 3-course dinner.  A MEMBERS-ONLY FREE EVENT.

WHERE: Beijing Hotel NUO (Block B), 33 Chang An Avenue,  TEL: 6526 3388东城区北京饭店长安街33号Beijing100004 www.nuohotel.com/changan  A FEW MINUTES’ WALK FROM WANGFUJING SUBWAY STATION

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 23 beginning at 6:00 PM in the Writers' Bar.

     6:00 PM -- RASBJ members gather in a private room of the Writers’ Bar, get audiophones.

     6:15 PM -- begin the inaugural walking tour, led by historian Lars Ulrik Thom of Beijing Postcards.

     7:30 PM -- return to starting point, return audiophones; guests are served soft drinks, water, or custom-designed "One-Eyed Dragon" cocktail, named after a bygone Italian manager of the hotel.

      7:45 PM – take seats in the adjacent screened off dining area.


      8:30 - 9:45 PM – specially prepared three-course dinner and wines.

RSVP: email communications.ras.bj@gmail.com NO LATER THAN NOON NOV. 20, 2017

We assume nearly everyone has RSVP’d already, but if not please do so before NOON Monday, Nov. 20, at which time guestlists for the tour and dinner will close. RASBJ members who RSVP after noon Monday may still attend the AGM from 8:00 to 8:20 PM.

MORE ABOUT THE HOTEL: No other hotel in the Chinese capital is as iconic as the Beijing Hotel, located next to the Forbidden City on Chang An Avenue. Our AGM will be in the historic block – Block B – since 2016 known as Beijing Hotel Nuo. Once called the Grand Hotel de Pekin, and built in 1917, this elegant building has witnessed the city’s history unfold around, and within, it.  From Sun Yatsen to Japanese troops, from Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai to Richard Nixon and Nikita Krushchev, legendary personalities have walked its fabled corridors. Once upon a time, guests used to gather on its balconies and rooftop to witness warlords fighting for power, and various military processions over the years. IF YOU SPENT TIME IN THE HOTEL IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS, PLEASE SHARE YOUR ANECDOTES OR PHOTOS OF THIS HISTORIC HOTEL!

The RASBJ thanks Beijing Postcards and Beijing Hotel Nuo for their support.


Nov. 23. RASBJ invites its members to the 2017 Annual General Meeting and dinner at the Beijing Hotel, preceded by an exclusive walk and talk focused on the iconic hotel by historian Lars Ulrik Thom. Co-founder of Beijing Postcards. Lars is an expert on Beijing lore; this is his inaugural tour of the hotel, once named Grand Hotel de Pekin. Built in 1917, the venue of our AGM -- now Beijing Hotel Nuo (block B) -- has been an eyewitness to much of the city's history. Members only.  See you in the Writers' Bar!

Then on Dec. 7, please attend a talk by conductor Nick Smith at the British Ambassador's residence. Why do Chinese audiences tend to prefer Verdi to Wagner? In China why are symphony orchestras "in" while chamber music is "out"? Explore these questions and more with Beijing's most prominent British conductor. Co-organised by RASBJ and Chevening Alumni.




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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