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The Road To Beijing’s History

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Formally romanized as Peking, Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China as well as the world’s third most populous city proper with a history dating back three millennia.

In An Armchair Traveller’s History of Beijing British author and historian Jonathan Clements conveys a brief account of the history of Beijing from prehistory to our contemporary age – through its fluctuating fortunes under a dozen dynasties. From Mongolian chiefs and the glorious Ming emperors, whose tombs can still be found on Beijing’s outskirts, the book gives us the opportunity to experience Chinese history itself. The book also emphasises the city’s precarious heritage in the 21st century as modern construction wiped out vast chunks of the old city to pave way for residential areas for twenty million people.

Whether you are a Sinophile, or you simply want to find out more about this city that has been presented in Western media more for its soaring levels of pollution than its rich culture and complex history, come and join us on Tuesday, 18 July when we will be joined by Jonathan Clements who will be sharing his insights about the past and present of Beijing through the pages of his book published by Haus Publishing.

Clements has also been presenting, Route Awakening, a documentary TV series about the passage of time in Chinese history and culture, for the National Geographic Channel. The third season of the series is already airing in China. To watch the trailer for this new season please, click here.

The talk will be chaired by Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee. Tripathi has travelled extensively across the world and collected his essays in Detours: Songs of the Open Road.

Following the talk we will be hosting a book signing and drinks reception featuring chilled rice wine and cold beer.

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Asia House Arts Members need to enter their unique membership number when booking online. This can be found on the back of your membership card. Please call 0207 307 5454 if you experience any issues booking tickets.

General Admission: £10, Concessions: £8, Asia House Arts Members: £5

Asia House Arts Members need to enter their unique membership number when booking online. This can be found on the back of your membership card. Please call 0207 307 5454 if you experience any issues booking tickets.

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Date:
July 18, 2017
Time:
18:45 - 20:00
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Asia House
63 New Cavendish St W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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