Win free tickets for exploration game in Beijng's Gulou area

Paula (right), the organizer of the Hidden City Game, and two players pose for photos. Photo: Improbable Guidebooks

There is good news for readers who were not lucky to get our free tickets for last month's Halloween-themed Hidden City Game held by Improbable Guidebooks in the Xisi area of Beijing.

We are now offering 10 free admission tickets for the 10th edition of the exploration game, which will be organized in the afternoon of December 6 around Beijing's Gulou area (鼓楼) famous for its drum tower built in 1272 during the reign of Kublai Khan, an emperor of the Yuan Dynasty.

To get the opportunity to play the game for free, a reader should forward our message in his/her Moments, and then send us a screenshot to our WeChat account (ID: sinous2012). We will pick 10 lucky persons through a draw from those who send us the screenshots.

For the December 6 event, participants will start from Modernista, a bar located in 44 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District, 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 complete the game within 4 hours.

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

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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