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The Challenge for Visitors to Beijing

Visitors to Beijing will be offered the chance to participate in an exploration challenge. Starting in a cafe, an individual or small team will pick up a set of instructions and questions. They will walk around nearby hutongs and historic sites answering questions based on observation, Chinese characters and reading plaques. There is no time limit, however it is recommend to return to the cafe after several hours to get a score. A medal and offers from other sponsors are the main rewards.


The package has a small cost payable to the cafe staff. Our sponsors will ensure that you not only have a wonderful day, but offer significant discounts after you complete the challenge:
Weekdays 30 RMB per person, 15 RMB for children
W/ends &PH 50 RMB per person, 20 RMB for children
Weekdays 50 RMB per person, 20 RMB for children
W/ends &PH 80 RMB per person, 30 RMB for children

Challenge Levels


  • 30 questions
  • 3 km of walking
  • 5 to 8 hutongs or sites
  • 2 to 3 hours to complete
  • Map has recommended route
  • Recommended for families with children


  • 45 questions
  • 9 to 12 hutongs or sites
  • 4 - 5 km of walking
  • 2 to 4 hours to complete
  • Recommended for fit adults


We will design and order medals to reward participation. Each member of a team can get a gold, silver or bronze medal depending on their performance, as follows:
  Standard Advanced
Gold 28 - 30 pts 40 – 45 pts
Silver 20 – 27 pts 30 – 39 pts
Bronze 10 – 19 pts 10 – 29 pts
When given out, the medals have a tag indicating the date of issue.

Sponsored rewards

Our sponsors provide special offers to anyone who obtains a medal or to anyone who obtains a Gold or Jade medal. Offers are limited to seven days after the medal is issued, and the date is written on the medal’s ribbon.

How to meet the challenge?

The map shows you sites and hutongs to visit. Your team has the challenge of visiting as many as they can, as quickly as possible. You should work out a route with the least amount of walking.

When your team arrives at a hutong or site, you should read at all the questions to your team, then walk down the hutong or into the site. Working together, you should answer as many questions as possible, looking at plagues, street art and anything interesting. You should also check if there’s any picture clues in the area too. Mark the best response on your multiple-choice answer sheet as you discover the answers.

You can take as much time as you need, but we suggest you follow the recommended times for walking as given per level. When finished, all teams should return to the finish line, hand in their answers and wait to get their score.