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Thurs, Nov. 23: RASBJ AGM dinner and tour of Historic Beijing Hotel


Members of the Royal Asiatic Society Beijing are invited to the Annual General Meeting, plus an inaugural tour of the Beijing Hotel, and a three-course dinner. THIS IS A FREE, MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT.

WHAT: 2017 Annual General Meeting of the RASBJ, plus hotel tour and dinner

WHERE: Beijing Hotel NUO (Block B), 33 Chang An Avenue,  TEL: 6526 3388东城区北京饭店长安街33号Beijing100004 www.nuohotel.com/changan  A FEW MINUTES’ WALK FROM WANGFUJING SUBWAY STATION

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 23 beginning at 6:00 PM in the Writers' Bar

     6:00 PM -- RASBJ members gather in a private room of the Writers’ Bar, get audiophones.

     6:15 PM -- begin walking tour led by historian Lars Ulrik Thom of Beijing Postcards.

     7:30 PM -- return to starting point, return audiophones; guests are served soft drinks, water, or custom-designed "One-Eyed Dragon" cocktail, named after a bygone Italian manager of the hotel.

      7:45 PM – take seats in the adjacent screened off dining area.


      8:30 - 9:45 PM – specially prepared three-course dinner and wines.

RSVP: email communications.ras.bj@gmail.com NO LATER THAN NOON NOV. 20, 2017

We assume nearly everyone has RSVP’d, but if not please do so before NOON Monday, Nov. 20, at which time guestlists for the tour and dinner will close. RASBJ members in good standing who RSVP after noon Monday may still attend the AGM from 8:00 to 8:20 PM.

MORE ABOUT THE HOTEL: No other hotel in the Chinese capital is as iconic as the Beijing Hotel, located next to the Forbidden City on Chang An Avenue. Our AGM will be in the historic block – Block B – since 2016 known as Beijing Hotel Nuo. Once called the Grand Hotel de Pekin, and built in 1917, this elegant building has witnessed the city’s history unfold around, and within, it.  From Sun Yatsen to Japanese troops, from Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai to Richard Nixon and Nikita Krushchev, legendary personalities have walked its fabled corridors. Once upon a time, guests used to gather on its balconies and rooftop to witness warlords fighting for power, and various military processions over the years. IF YOU SPENT TIME IN THE HOTEL IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS, PLEASE SHARE YOUR ANECDOTES OR PHOTOS OF THIS HISTORIC HOTEL!

The RASBJ thanks Beijing Postcards and Beijing Hotel Nuo for their support.

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