Beijing Postcards

Top choice History

in Dashilar & Xicheng South

The capital's best purveyor of history tours in English, Beijing Postcards hosts a range of rigorously researched walks and talks led by Danish co-founder Lars. The weekly 'Crash Course to the Forbidden City' walk is a fine way to navigate the capital's confounding imperial waters. Check the website for schedules and booking.

Several walks start and end at Beijing Postcards' base in a Dashilar hutong, which doubles as a gallery providing a fascinating look back at late-Qing dynasty Beijing. As well as browsing photographs and images related to the latest historical research, you can purchase reprints of old city maps, or framed prints depicting a Beijing filled with rickshaws, camels and towering ramparts. Other great gifts include cushions, tote bags, jigsaws and calendars, all emblazoned with postcard images of old Beijing (and Shanghai), collected by Lars and his co-founder from markets and auctions both in China and overseas.