Are you travelling in Beijing? If you are visiting any of the great sites, whether as part of a tour or study group, you should check out the Beijing Challenge!
What is the Beijing Challenge?
The Beijing Challenge is our free activity for anyone visiting landmark sites in Beijing. It's a great way to discover the culture of the city, especially if you are in a family group!
How to play Beijing Challenge?
Choose one of the famous locations pictured below. Then visit the landmark, register with your name and answer the multiple choice questions. There are between 8 and 16 questions at each location, designed to make your exploration interesting and informative.
Climb the bell tower and discover the art of casting and ringing bells
From the centre of the old city, our challenge is way to rediscover time from ancient days
Can you obtain visit all the historic temples buildings and courtyards to rediscover the Buddhist history of China
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
Super 7 Challenge
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.
We repeat the questions here with extra clues to help you learn more about Chinese culture.
The answers are available by clicking here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.