This 3-hour walking tour is based on Paul French's New York Times bestselling real-life murder mystery Midnight in Peking. 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 and Chinese history buffs, this is a tour not to be missed.
A brutal murder, a botched investigation, and a time Beijing would rather forget. Intrigued? So were we (along with the rest of the world) when author Paul French released Midnight in Peking.For those who missed the hype, Midnight in Peking is the NYT international bestseller telling the true story of the previously unsolved murder of British teenager Pamela Werner in January, 1937. On the eve of the Japanese invasion of the Chinese city, her horribly mutilated body was discovered at the foot of Beijing’s ‘Fox’ Tower.The daughter of a retired diplomat and renowned Sinologist, her death shook the tight-knit foreign community to its core. When police investigations inevitably turned to the foreign pleasure dens selling opium and girls in Peking’s ‘Badlands’, the British authorities quickly closed ranks, allowing the culprit to escape into the maelstrom of World War II.Led by historian Lars Ulrik Thom and his team, this nighttime walking tour transports participants back in time to 1930s Peking. To the Badlands southeast of the Forbidden City where destitute White Russians, foreign expats and opium addicts lived debauched lives almost without consequence; to the street where Pamela lived with her eccentric father ETC Werner, the Fox Tower where her body was found, and even the tree-lined streets of the former Legation Quarter.Fascinating details woven into the narrative will put the era in context for history buffs, and quirky newspaper cuttings from the time shed further light on this strange time in Beijing’s history. One article from the period even claims that scientists planned to find Pamela’s murderer by extracting the last image burned onto her retina before she died…We will meet on the corner of Beijing Railway Station East Street, outside the Zhong Gu Hotel, no later than 6h20pm. We strongly suggest taking the subway to Beijing Railway Station (Line 2), Exit C - then walking east for 3 minutes to the start point to avoid being late due to Beijing’s infamous traffic.The walk ends at 9h30pm with an exhibition of the source material, historic maps and a cocktail at historic NUO Hotel nearby Tiananmen Square, and a portion from every ticket sold will go to a charity for exploited and abused women in China.