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Guanghwa Bookstore Gua, London

Saturday, 19 Jan - Saturday, 2 Feb

£10.68 - £16.01

An augmented reality tour of Chinatown

“The territory no longer precedes the map, nor does it survive it.”

Simulacra and Simulation, Jean Baudrillard.

Augmented Chinatown maps the streets of the current Chinatown from Rupert St. to Charing Cross Rd. The tour will be led by artist Donald Shek, combining video installation and digital sculptures with insights into the past and future of Chinatown. Donald will share the layered histories of the area, the Chinese community and the Chinese diaspora, exploring the themes of  identity, cultural symbolism and myth. The tour takes audience members through each of the digital installations from the early beginnings of the creation myth in Chinese mythology to the present day. Augmented Chinatown will bring new light to these stories and their links to other cultures such as the Tower of Babel, Prometheus and the Elysian Fields.

The tour will be accessible via an iPhone app: scan the QR code or follow the website link to download the iOS app, which will be available to download a week prior to the guided tours from

With thanks to Guanghwa Bookshop.



Saturdays 11.00am, 1.00pm, 3.00pm

Thursdays 11.00am, 1.00pm

Tour lasts 60 minutes.

Tickets available on the door with cash or card unless sold out online.

The tour will take place whatever the weather, so please bring appropriate footwear and clothing.

Tickets include limited edition screenprinted map of Chinatown with the augmented reality points. If you are unable to make any of the tour times, you can still purchase a map of the installations from Guanghwa Bookshop.

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Guanghwa Bookstore Gua

Shaftesbury Avenue



Please note this is a walking tour lasting one hour and not recommended for those who have difficulties standing for this period of time. The tour will take place whatever the weather, so please bring appropriate footwear and clothing.

Please email [email protected] with any access requirements.

Please ensure your phone is updated with iOS software up to at least iOS 11.0 prior to the tour.

Meet at Guanghwa Bookshop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the designated start time as the tour will leave promptly. The tour will take place whatever the weather, so please bring appropriate footwear and clothing.

If the event is not sold out in advance you can buy tickets by card or cash on the door.


CAN Festival 2019

CAN Festival 2019 is the first Chinese arts festival across London. From innovative concerts to hard-hitting drama, from arts technology to eye-opening films, the Festival shows the extensive creativity of British Chinese artists. The festival will run for 14 days between 19 January and 2 February 2019 with over 60 events across London. The Festival is organised by Chinese Arts Now (CAN), which produces and presents art which reflects Chinese stories and elements in contemporary and innovative ways. CAN is supported by Arts Council England.