A Walk back in Time to China’s Critical Past

A Walk back in Time to
China’s Critical Past

A two-hour walk will visit the epicentre of the May Fourth Movement, the original campus
of Peking University, as well as residences of Beijing’s old intelligentsia. Learn
about the end of the empire and the rise and fall of the Republic of China.


On 4 May 1919, over 3,000 Chinese students in Beijing poured into public spaces, including Tiananmen Square, to protest against the treatment of China by Western powers, and in particular by the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. Their protest was supported by other students, intellectuals and striking workers all across China.

Several students died, many were wounded and more than 1,000 were arrested during these events. Because of this growing tide of unpopular public opinion, China rejected the peace treaty with Germany. The May Fourth Movement, as it became known, was a momentous event and it marked the beginning of China’s modern revolutionary era.


A Walk back in Time to China’s Critical Past

09:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 17:00

One of our drivers will collect you from the hotel and take you to the meeting point where you will meet your English-speaking historian for a two-hour walk back in time

You will walk past the former homes of Lao She, novelist and dramatist; Chen Duxiu, the co-founder of the Chinese Communist Party; and Mao Zedong (Chairman Mao), the communist revolutionary and founding father of the People’s Republic of China.

The epicentre of the May Fourth Movement was Peking University. Wander through the halls in the original campus to witness the birthplace of the anti-imperialist, cultural and political action group. You will meet with scholars and students and hear how the events on 4 May caused a seismic shift in the evolution of modern China. You will also explore Beihai Park and the lakeside gardens which were once the private domain of the Imperial Court.

As you visit the relics and residences of Beijing’s old intelligentsia, the expert guide will provide a definitive insight into China’s long and varied past. Other places you will get to see on the tour include Wangfujing, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the former site of the Imperial City Wall and the May Fourth Memorial.

At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to the hotel.




  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside downtown Beijing. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District and both Beijing’s International Airports are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays and public holidays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day.
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We will always make the effort to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sun’s rays are still very powerful.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes.


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