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Private Beijing 1920s Warlord Tour

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Beijing is full of notable historical landmarks like the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace; on this walking tour, take a break from the crowds and tourist-trap gift shops at the more popular spots and discover a part of Chinese history that’s not well known outside of the country. Hear stories about the warlords, scoundrels and power struggles that defined the late Qing dynasty and walk around well-preserved early 20th Century buildings and neighborhoods with your private guide.
    What to Expect
    Take a peek at the political headquarters of China's president, Yuan Shikai. Learn about his successor, find out why he is hated by the Chinese to this very day, and discover how he managed to regain his presidency despite losing all of his power.

    Try on a Qing Dynasty queue (ponytail) and find out why it often played a key role in deciding whether or not you lived or died during that period.

    Find out why there was so little food available at the market, and learn how desperation forced countrymen to take the law into their own hands. Admire a stunning Qing Dynasty archway hidden inside an old Qing Dynasty Hutong. In doing so you will find out how the financial support of the world's most powerful woman enabled the man that commissioned it to live an extravagant life of luxury.

    See the former home of a man whose family was so poor that he received no schooling and had to take to performing on the streets. And then find out how he rose up to become China's political leader.

    Visit the home of the "Dogmeat General", and find out why Time magazine felt he was China's "basest Warlord".

    Watch rare archive footage on your guide's iPad that shows you China's warlords in action and brings their story to life.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Beijing's Nanluoguxiang area
    Departure Time
    Private Tour - choose a start time to suit you
    • Private walking tour with native English speaking professional guide
    • All activities mentioned in the tour description
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Tax invoices
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Private Tours require a minimum of 3 adult guests (or the financial equivalent).
    • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
    • Tour prices are not inclusive of Tax invoices which if required cost 15% of the total cost of the tour
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Daniel, David and George guided us in an very interesting and entertaining way through Beijing Hutongs, the Forbidden City and the Bund and French conecession Quarter in Shanghai. We especialy enjoyed the Hutong and Shanghai tours and learned a lot about Chinese history and
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    As a long-time China resident, it is truly a delight to find a new experience which can bring an old neighborhood to life in a completely different light. Daniel is a great guide, storyteller, actor, and historian - all in one. He managed to weave ghost stories and their place
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    Daniel (and Lily) were fantastic, knowledgeable guides through the back alleys of the Hutongs. We moved to Beijing in late July and had wandered through the hutongs a few times without really knowing the history. Friends and their daughter came to visit us and it seemed a
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    I organized a tour for school's mums and I knew everyone would like Newman tours as Daniel is a great guide. He presented us an interactive tour, full of historical matters but also jokes. We have been through chinese history without getting bored, which is a challenge. I
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    Lily was my guide on a tour of the Summer Palace. Booking the tour and finding the meeting point was very easy. I knew next to nothing about the history of China, but Lily made imperial life and the changing dynasties come to life. I appreciated how she wove various stories
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    • Duration: 2h
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