Not Your Av­er­age City Tour

DIS­COVER ANOTHER SIDE OF BEIJING WITH NEW­MAN TOURS

City Weekend - - Community -  Mina Yan  Bidisha Mul­lick

is­cover the se­crets of our beloved Beijing through a whole new set of eyes. While it’s pos­si­ble to Google (or in our case, Baidu) the city’s top tourist des­ti­na­tions, sim­ply go­ing there doesn’t give you the full ex­pe­ri­ence. For this is­sue’s cover story (p.8) we went on the fa­mous Beijing Ghost Tour, led by the knowl­edge­able guides of New­man Tours. Not only did we dis­cover the hid­den (and eerie) side of the city, we also learned about its his­tory and took part in some tra­di­tions that we’ve never even heard of. We dis­cov­ered our city in a brand new (haunted) way.

Our tour con­sisted of some places we knew about and a few we didn’t. It was a two hour walk that we thor­oughly en­joyed, filled with sto­ries that kept us on the edge of our seats (metaphor­i­cally speak­ing), a ghost wed­ding that drew a crowd of on­look­ers, and com­pe­ti­tions

Dthat kept our group en­gaged. We’ve in­cluded a few of the places we vis­ited in this is­sue’s cover story, but to get the full ex­pe­ri­ence, you’re go­ing to need to go on the tour your­self.

Each tour is tai­lored to your in­ter­ests. Even if you’re go­ing on the Beijing Ghost Tour, the level of scari­ness and the sto­ries they share may not be the same each time, mean­ing, it’s per­fectly okay for kids to join.

Whether it’s their Ghost Tour or the other uniquely fun War­lord Tour, a trip around the city with New­man Tours gives you a fun ex­pe­ri­ence of Beijing that you can’t get any­where else. Un­like your av­er­age tour that only shares a lo­ca­tion’s his­tory, th­ese guys im­merse you in the his­tory so you go home with an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence that you can’t help telling your friends about time and time again. alling out to all the food con­nois­seurs for the 9th an­nual Chi Fan For Char­ity in Beijing! We are here to share all the in­for­ma­tion for the city’s most-awaited char­ity din­ing event of the year. On Novem­ber 4, not only can you choose one of your fa­vorite venue from nearly 60 won­der­ful Beijing restau­rants of your choice to dine on a multi-course be­spoke meal, but can also get to be a part of the fa­mous af­ter party tak­ing place at Xian.

To top it all, the money from this gala will be do­nated to Ed­u­ca­tion in Sight, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides eye­glasses and op­ti­cal help to stu­dents in ru­ral China. Since 2009, CFCC has been act­ing to bring changes in lives of dis­tressed and left be­hind peo­ple of China through or­ga­ni­za­tions like EGRC, Bethel China, Lit­tle Flow­ers Projects, United Foun­da­tion for China’s Health, and many oth­ers. This year, Ed­u­ca­tion in Sight will be work­ing in Changn­ing County in Yun­nan, where they plan to build a new vi­sion cen­ter in the county hospi­tal and help 50,000 un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents re­ceive their eye-check­ups and 7,500 stu­dents to get their first pair of glasses.

Chi Fan For Char­ity’s con­cept is a lot more than just a gala char­ity din­ner. It’s one of the fa­vorite events for the city’s who’swho to con­nect as a spon­sor, host, or as an in­vi­tee at their fa­vorite din­ing venue and meet at the in­cred­i­ble af­ter-party known for its mu­sic, vibe, and the free-flow drinks. There will also be raf­fle prizes of­fer­ing va­ca­tions, spa and beauty ex­pe­ri­ences, and hand­crafted lo­cal prod­ucts.

If all th­ese are enough to ex­cite you, then quickly scan the QR code to par­tic­i­pate; we’re told the tick­ets are selling like hot cakes!

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