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Super 7 Challenge questions and answers

The Super 7 Challenge have our free activity for anyone visiting the hutongs 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. The answers to the questions are at the bottom of the page.

Question 1

A “li” is a distance of 500 metres. How many li away could people hear the bell of Zonglou?
Clue: The tower is known in English as the Bell Tower. It is opposite the Drum Tower near Shichahai Station.

Question 2

In Liuyin Street, by the west wall of Prince Gong’s Mansion, the two hearts in the True Lover Knot sculpture intersect how many times?
Clue: The sculpture is near the point where Liuyin Street splits into two parallel roads.

Question 3

In the grove, six doors west of Pebbles Courtyard Restaurant, what game is one move short of victory?
Clue: The game is frozen onto a sculture shaped like a stone table. Pebbles Restaurant is located in Wudaoying Hutong near Andingmen Station.

Question 4

In the Dongyue Temple, which Taoist department warns people to not trade in narcotic drugs?
Clue: Each department is room full of full-size statues of people, spirits, monsters and animals. The Dongyue Temple is located between Chaoyangmen and Dongdaqiao stations on line 6.

Question 5

Along with the last Ming emperor Chongzhen, which eunuch killed himself in Jingshan Park?
Clue: Follow the signs to the Hanging Tree in Jingshan Park, which is north of the Forbidden City.

Question 6

Just north of the Bell Tower is Doufuchi Hutong. Which man prepared such great tofu, he gave this hutong its name?
Clue: Look at the plaque telling the story of the Hutong at it's east or western end.

Question 7

Near the flagpoles of Beijing’s Geological Museum, what is the name of the polished stone with beautiful flower-like crystals?
Clue: Beijing's Geological Museum is located near exit D of Xisi Station on Line 5.

The answers

Answer 1

People can hear the bell of Zonglou from 10 li away.

Question 2

The hearts in the True Lover Knot sculpture intersect 7 times.

Question 3

It's a game of Chinese Chess or Xiangqi that could be won in the next move.

Question 4

In the Dongyue Temple, it is the Toxicant Department that warns people to not trade in narcotic drugs.

Question 5

The eunuch Wang Cheng'en killed himself along with his emperor in 1644. He was given the rare honor of being buried in a tomb, 50 meters from his master, in the Ming Tomb area.

Question 6

Chen prepared such great tofu, he gave Doufuchi Hutong its original name of Tofu Chen 豆腐陈. Doufu is the modern pinyin way of writing Tofu.

Question 7

The Mudan stone with beautiful flower-like crystals is outside the Geological Museum of China, in Xisi.

Super 7 Answers

Bell Tower

Climb the bell tower and discover the art of casting and ringing bells

Drum Tower

From the centre of the old city, our challenge is way to rediscover time from ancient days

Lama Temple

Can you obtain visit all the historic temples buildings and courtyards to rediscover the Buddhist history of China

Capital Museum

The Captial Museum tells of life and love in the ancient city, as you will discover with our challenge

Railway Museum, Zhengyangmen

All aboard for a journey to track the age of steam through to today's bullet trains.

Planning Exhibition Hall

This exhibition our challenge is to identify the greatest landmarks of Beijing

Prince Gong's Mansion

With challenge you follow the footsteps of Prince Gong through his ornate palace