Free tickets for Hidden City Halloween Game

A Hidden City Game player Photo: Improbable Guidebooks

Do you want to play a treasure hunt game with your friends in a historical landmark in Beijing on the Halloween on October 31?

The Sino-US.com will hand out four free admission tickets for the Halloween-themed City Hidden Game to the first four followers who send a screenshot of the message in the Moments to our WeChat account (ID: sinous2012).

The October 31 game, which is similar in nature to an exploration and adventure challenge, will be organized in the Xisi (西四) area by Improbable Guidebooks, a travel company.

Compared with the past Hidden City Games held almost once every month, the upcoming game will be designed in a brand-new way to attract wider participation from rookies to competitive teams.

On October 31, participants will start from Await Café, with each team consisting of 2-6 people, after receiving instructions and questions. Starting the game at different times, they have to walk around nearby areas and artistic sites in order to answer the questions through observation. Besides, they have to complete several specified activities in the form of art, design and photography. Competitive teams are given two hours to finish the game, while other teams can explore anytime within 2-4 hours.

Teams will finish back at the same café for meeting and post-event entertainment. A trophy and approximately eight prizes from the sponsors will be awarded to the best teams with highest scores, and the prizes will be valued at about 7,000-9,000 yuan in total.

The working language of the event will be English and Chinese.

Planned schedule

Pre-registration: Online registration and online payment via WeChat (ID: paulitt)

Cost: 70 yuan per person

Discounts: Improbable Guidebooks will publish the list of the sponsors, from which participants can get discount tickets.

Event day:

10:00 am - 12:30 pm – Set up by organizers and staff training

13:00 pm - 15:30 pm – Teams register, collect question sheets and start the game at different times

17:00 pm - 17:30 pm – Teams return to the venue, with competitive teams needing an exact finish time from the timekeeper. Teams then hand in their question sheets for scoring.

17:30 pm - 18:00 pm – Relax and socialize.

18:30 pm – Announcement of winner and prize distribution.

Challenge levels

Masters: Having played the game previously, masters are the most competitive participants and are eligible for the grand prize. Their questions have higher level of difficulty, which means they must complete approximately 40 questions and walk 5-7 kilometers under strict rules.

Explorers: Such players are beginners or want to play the game less competitively. They can arrive at the venue earlier than masters and will be given a set of 25 questions. They can take their time to explore the precinct, have a rest or carry out extra investigation of temples and sites.

Rushers: These participants can arrive late for a fast game and get a set of 25 questions as the explorers, yet playing without the luxury of having as much time, finishing the game within 90-120 minutes. Explorers and Rushers basically walk 4-5 kilometers

For more details and latest information, please contact Paula, the organizer of the game, via her WeChat (ID: paulitt).


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