Sai Jinhua and the brothels of Dashilan

Sai Jinhua and the brothels of Dashilan

Hosted by: Beijing Postcards


Event Description

Sai Jinhua and the brothels of Dashilan

“The life and legend of Beijing’s most famous prostitute: Sai Jin Hua, a walk in Beijing’s old redlight district” -the story of a very unlikely hero with tiny Lily feet. A hundred years ago, in a country on the verge of collapse, a woman from the shadows stood up and defended her Chinese countrymen. Abandoned by the imperial government, and occupied by western forces looking for revenge, the fate of Beijing was placed on the narrow shoulders of a common courtesan. But who was this saint like figure? A plain prostitute or a Maria of the East? The lover of a German general? A Brothel Madam? An opium addict? Or a liar and a cheat? Follow us, in the small footsteps of a very unlikely hero with tiny lily feet, through old opium dens and brothels still standing, when we look for answers. During this walk we will track down the life of Beijing’s most famous prostitute - Sai Jinhua, and create a portrait of Dashilan, the more than 600 year old entertainment area and Ba Da Hutong - the old Red Light district. The Walk ends with a well deserved drink included in the price and an exhibition Dashilan pictures from Beijing Postcards collection.
Meeting Point: In front of Starbucks at Qianmen
Time: 2:00pm
Price: ¥200
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