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Bringing China and the World Together

融合世界 汇聚思想


SAT, MAY 20: THE WILD MING TOMBS, a guided tour
You’re invited to view with fresh eyes the imperial necropolis north of Beijing –- which even today inspires tomb robbers and tales of imperial excess –- featuring sites rarely seen on the usual tours. We’ll trace the footsteps of emperors travelling to the Ming Tombs, stopping at the partially restored ruins of Gong Hua Cheng, a garrison town where imperial entourages rested, before passing by the Spirit Way and visiting the imperial tomb Zhaoling. We’ll see the lonely grave of the last Ming Emperor’s loyal eunuch, who stayed by his master in death as in life, as well as burial sites of concubines and an empress. The tour includes a 15-dish village lunch, and a stop at one of Beijing’s last imperial tile factories, which produces the colorful roof tiles and animal-shaped ornaments seen on tomb structures and other imperial architecture. Commentary will be provided in English by Ming and Qing history specialist Zhu Wei of the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage, part of the Chinese World Heritage Center, with additional comments (and translation if needed) by RASBJ officers. 
WHAT: A “Wild Ming Tombs” tour with commentary by Zhu Wei
WHEN:  Saturday, May 20, 09:00 AM – 18:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Members RMB 250, non-members RMB 300, which includes the cost of the bus and audiophones, Zhaoling entry tickets, lunch and an honorarium to Zhu Wei. Please pay no later than May 18 via yoopay at https://yoopay.cn/event/38347308 or via wechat to  johnobeijing (he’ll have to friend you first) and please write “RASBJ Wild Tombs” plus names of attendees being paid for.  
TRANSPORT: The bus leaves from outside the Hilton Hotel, east 3rd Ring Road, near Liangmaqiao subway stop, at 09:00 AM and returns there around 18:30 PM, depending on traffic.
RSVP: email communications.ras.bj@gmail.com; write “Wild Tombs” in the subject header, with attendees’ names and cell numbers.


China’s Performing Arts Through the Eyes of Chinese Performing Artists

RASBJ members are invited to this special event co-organized with Chevening Alumni at the Bell and the British Chamber of Commerce. Using images and original quotes from China's greatest performers, Nancy Pellegrini outlines the development of performing arts in China. She presents personal reminiscences from pianist Yin Chengzong, who played piano in Tiananmen Square at the height of the Cultural Revolution; from former ballet director Zhao Ruheng, who walked from village to village and danced on stages of rocks and dirt; from conductor Li Delun, who brought classical music to China via a two-year journey on donkeys through the heartland; from bass-baritone Tian Haojiang, who went from shouting propaganda slogans in factories to singing at the Met; and others. These touching, heartfelt, and sometimes painful stories shed light on the country’s unusual and sometimes torturous path to their current place on the world stage.

WHEN: Thursday, May 25 6:30-8:30 PM

WHERE: The Bell Pub, The British Embassy, 11 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District

RSVP: email Cheveningevents.beijing@fco.gov.uk by noon Monday 22nd May, providing full name, gender and passport or ID number. THIS INVITATION IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY; PLEASE BRING YOUR PHOTO ID TO GAIN ENTRY

ENTRY:  Free to Chevening Alumni and members of the RASBJ and British Chamber of Commerce


Originally from Long Island, New York, Nancy Pellegrini has worked in Europe and Asia for over two decades and has been covering China’s performing arts and classical music scene since 2005. She is the stage editor and writer for Time Out Beijing and Time Out Shanghai magazines and the author of the Penguin Special The People’s Bard: How China Made Shakespeare Its Own (Penguin Random House 2016).  


   Join us May 20 for a "Wild Tombs" tour of the imperial necropolis north of Beijing -- not your usual Ming Tombs package tour!  On May 25, RASBJ members are invited to a presentation by art critic Nancy Pellegrini on performing arts in China -- through the words of the performers themselves. Then on Sunday, June 11 we're back at Capital M for a film on "Genghis Khan's Great Wall" by Beijing's Wall expert William Lindesay. Hope to see you at one of these events!




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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