With its imperial history, Qing dynasty design, Ming intrigue, revolutionary attititude and command over the most populous and ancient nation, Beijing is the greatest city in the world. If only there was a key to unlock all its secrets?
Now there is a way, and it’s a quest called the "Hidden City Challenge" and it can change how you discover this wondrous, enigmatic capital.
Exploring this metropolis has never been more exciting.
The "Hidden City Challenge" can take you to different neighbourhoods of the city, where the history and culture is deeply inspiring.
Take the challenge and you will be given several hours to closely explore the important streets to discover the secrets of temples, hutongs, mansions, alleys and communities.
The more you can observe, uncover and decipher, the greater are your prizes and rewards, and indeed you will be rewarded well.
First, we have our free challenge for anyone visiting a few places in Beijing.
It's used in conjunction with our advertisement on page 9 of the Beijing Improbable Guidebook. You should all get a copy of this book. It's great!
The challenge is simple. There are seven questions, each one from a different part of Beijing's inner districts.
More information and the answers are available here on this website. Answer the questions and any new visitor to Beijing can get a free ticket to the next Hidden City Event.
The Hidden City Challenge comes in several flavours and one will be perfect for you.
At any time, visitors to Beijing can pick up the Challenge at our partner hotels, restaurants and bars in the hutongs.
Walking through the hutongs is Beijing's most popular activity, and the Visitor's Challenge is the best way to get the most fun and excitement out of your day in the old streets and alleys that make this city so special.
If you do well, you'll be rewarded with a medallion, gifts and special offers from our sponsors, offering some of the best food, drinks and entertainment in China.
About once per month, there is a game event, where elite teams from across Beijing compete to win the Master's Cup.
These are China's most hardy expeditioners, with exceptional skills in perception, navigation and perseverance.
At the same time, other Explorer teams can join in all the fun and activities.
The Explorer level works well for both newcomers and anyone wanting time to explore longer and further than others.
There are prizes, freebies and rewards for at every levels of the game, so lookup the next event and sign up through WeChat.
From this website you can learn more about the Hidden City Challenge.
For vistors to Beijing, you'll want to know where you can pick up a Challenge pack.
For our game participants, you can find out the rules, plan for future games and check out scores and results from past games.
But don't stay online too long. We need you out exploring.
There is an amazing hidden city waiting to be discovered.
St Patrick's Hutong Game
Culture Yard, 10 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District
Starting at Culture Yard, dressed in green, we'll explore around the hutongs either side of Ghost Street, introducing outselves to new parts of Irish and Chinese culture, with paper planes launched in Nanguan Park.
| 40 RMB/p
Jade Island, Virtual Reality Game
Jade Island, Beihai Park, Xicheng District
We're organising the world's first virtual reality entertainment show, held on Jade Island. English only.
|Date: Spring 2017
Guys v Girls
Modernista, 44 Baochao Hutong, Gulou, Dongcheng District
We have a new set of rules, to pit 21 girls against 21 guys. Chinese language only.
|Date: Spring 2017
Stay tuned for upcoming events!