This is your chance to retrace the footsteps of those embroiled in the grisly death of Pamela Werner (a British diplomat’s daughter) in 1930s Peking – a death that shocked the foreign community to its core.
From the ominous ‘Fox Tower’ to the gritty ‘Badlands’ and the former foreign legation quarter, two historians who have carried out painstaking additional research into the Chinese side of the case will beat a path through the little known areas of old Peking, painting a vivid picture of a period in Beijing’s history it would rather forget.
Most exciting of all, the newly uncovered Chinese police reports on the case detail several characters not mentioned in the book, offering critical new perspectives on the murder. For fans of the book, this is a tour not to be missed.
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How long will it take? The walk will take 3 hours, followed by a drink and exhibition at NUO Hotel at your leisure.
When can I do it? Any day you like (unless you’re taking part in the public tour), though of course this is best experienced as an evening tour, starting around 6.30pm.
Getting there: The start point for this tour is a 3-minute walk from the Beijing Railway Station subway stop in downtown Beijing, or you can hire a private car.
Start Point: The Jing Gu Qi Long Hotel, near Beijing Railway Station.
End Point: NUO Hotel, near Tiananmen Square
Children: Are not advised to come on this tour due to the subject matter and the distance covered on foot.
How far in advance should I book? As early as possible to avoid disappointment!
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes! And of course make sure you have read the book before you come on the tour to really make the most of it.
Our favourite bit: It’s a little grisly, but standing at the foot of the spectacular Fox Tower (where Pamela’s body was found) at nightfall suddenly brings the whole thing to back to life.
Is this an Expert or Local Personality led tour? Expert