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DINNER IS SERVED 50 restaurants you and your family will love

Nutritious and Delicious Make your own muesli Frosty Fun Skate around Houhai Lake Hit the Slopes Ski resorts around Beijing

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Frosty Fun Skating in Houhai Nutritious and Delicious Make your own muesli Hit the Slopes Ski resorts around Beijing

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Features 52

Beijing’s Family-Friendly Eats

Eat your way around town

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CBD Chaoyang Park Dongzhimen Financial Street Guomao/Shuangjing Houhai Liangma Qiao Lido Sanlitun Shunyi

Dining 28 29

Top 5 Places to... Sip soup Dining In

Beijing’s top food delivery services


Food for Thought

Crafting the healthiest breakfast




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All bundled up at beijingkids’ Santa on Ice



Updates, recommendations and interesting finds


Health 24

Ms. Nutrition

Olivia Lee helps put baby to bed


The Doc Is In

Dr. Richard’s tips on getting good sleep


Healing Naturally

How to relieve stress with traditional Chinese medicine

What’s Fun In: Houhai Hit the ice while exploring Beijing’s hutongs

Family Travels The Chow family soaks up the sun in the Philippines A wild adventure in Kenya for the Jansers

Day Tripper Carve up Beijing’s ski slopes

Jan/Feb 2012 Contents

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20 Essentials 9

Editor’s Note


January Calendar


February Calendar

14 16

Top 10


New Arrivals

Say hello to Beijing’s smallest

50 51

Beijing Baba

The paradox of the single, yet married parent

Lighting up the night with fireworks in Beijing and Ashland

Married Today, Married Tomorrow


Things to do in January-February

January-February Events

104 The Circuit Happenings in the Beijing family scene 112 Family Favorites


The Comeau family

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Family Dining Family Health Family Life Family Travel Fun Stuff Schools Shopping Sports

Learning 44

When I Grow Up

BIBS meets a corporate trainer and consultant

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The Roundtable

Maps 103 Beijing Subway

Students from CISB talk New Year’s resolutions

Blank Canvas Artwork from Dulwich College Beijing students

January/February 2012


DINNER IS SERVED 50 restaurants you and your family will love

Nutritious and Delicious Make your own muesli Frosty Fun Skate around Houhai Lake Hit the Slopes Ski resorts around Beijing

Ordering In A guide to delivery services


Scout Ash-Dale (8) attends the Western Academy of Beijing and has been living in Beijing for three years. She enjoys horseback riding and gymnastics, and her favorite treat is a chocolate muffin. She also likes dogs and lives with two, Gobi and Dash. Photo by The Bloom Family Photography, with special thanks to Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast.


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Age-by-Age Index Babies Wear a red onesie for Chinese New Year.............................. 14 Pick up kids’ books at the Roundabout Book Fair ................. 15 Attend Mommy and Me classes for multisensory fun ............ 19 Put on a tiny chef’s hat for Baby Chef.................................. 19 Say hello to Beijing’s newest faces....................................... 20 Put baby to bed with tips from Olivia Lee ............................ 24 Find out Gina and Mateo Comeau’s Family Favorites........... 112

Toddlers Play ice soccer at the Bird’s Nest Snow Festival..................... 14 Eat dumplings for the Year of the Dragon............................. 14 Foster a love of reading with Fun with Phonics..................... 18 Explore music with Min’s Music Group.................................. 18 Put together a healthy breakfast with muesli ....................... 32 Eat and play at Rug Bagel and Cafe..................................... 59 Sit pretty at the new Hello Kitty Dreams restaurant............... 77

Elementary School Kids Receive red envelopes for Chinese New Year . ..................... 14 Audition for a Beijing Playhouse theater camp...................... 14 Take a first aid training course at New Century..................... 15 Go ice skating at Houhai Lake............................................. 34 Make friends in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve.......... 40 Learn about corporate training with Emily Roblin.................. 44 Discover new family-friendly eats........................................ 52

Middle and High School Kids Soak up Chinese culture at a temple fair.............................. 14 Go on a winter hike around the Great Wall........................... 14 Take part in the GS Rapid Rally Tennis Tournament............... 14 See Karl Jenkins and fellow students in concert.................... 18 Lounge around on a beach in the Philippines........................ 36 Hit the slopes around Beijing............................................... 42 Share New Year’s resolutions.............................................. 46

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Oh, the Possibilities!


or the Chin family, eating out is extremely rare and is an event reserved for special occasions only. Growing up, I would only see the inside of a restaurant once, maybe twice a year. While I secretly wished for the nights out that other families seemed to enjoy, I was getting spoiled with home-cooked meals day in and day out. At our house, there was never a need to leave the kitchen. My mom would simmer, bake and broil dishes to perfection, while my dad would fry, boil or whip up anything from lo mein to shrimp scampi in mere minutes. Due to his profound love of cooking for others and the speediness with which he cooked, my dad became the de facto cook of the house. His other passion was – and is – fishing. Every other weekend throughout the year (even when it’s snowing), my dad can be found on a fishing boat in the deep waters of the Atlantic. Hence, there is always freshly caught seafood in the house. Handmade sushi rolls, seared tuna, and blackened sea bass are all viable options for dinner at our home. My parents’ preference for home-cooked meals in lieu of dining out extended to holidays as well. When skiing in Vermont, we would bring our own turkey sandwiches and potato salad for lunch. It was a strategic and economic way to avoid paying for an overpriced meal in the lodge. On our annual trip to Maine, my dad would pack the station wagon with a week’s worth of meals in groceries, along with a portable gas stove and all the cooking utensils we would need at our campsite. Dad would cook a fresh catch during the week, too. On the few instances when we did eat out, it was apparently only for research purposes. My dad would take one bite and say, “I can make that.” The next day, like a scientist in a laboratory, he would use all our pots and pans to concoct a restaurant-caliber meal with his own flair.

After 18 years of meals in my parents’ kitchen, I moved away for college. I relished the freedom of eating out more often. While my parents’ menu at home was extensive, the small city of Saratoga Springs had its own remarkable selection of international food. It was there that I first tasted Indian curry, ordered Pad Thai, and developed a love for spanakopita. Years later, I discovered that the culinary world of Beijing is not unlike Saratoga; there are fantastic restaurants hidden around every corner. My taste for Chinese food has since expanded beyond the region of Guangdong to steaming hot pot and spicy Sichuan homestyle tofu. And the realm of possibilities for international options reaches from the corners of the Middle East to the US. Read about them in this month’s feature on Beijing’s top 50 family-friendly restaurants (p52). After all my adventures in dining out, from Saratoga to Beijing, I have come to appreciate a range of intricate flavors that span the globe – some of which take me to distant lands and others that bring me right back home.

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For adults. Visiting psychologist Dr. Beverly Rolle gives a talk on relieving stress at Beijing International SOS Clinic. See Jan 10 listing.


Chinese New Year

Ages 7-12. This one-day camp for Grade 3-6 students puts kids in charge of saving the Silly Sentinel newspaper. See Jan 4 listing.

Ages 13+, women only. The GS Rapid Rally Tennis Tournament is a timed round robin style of play for singles and doubles. See Jan 5 listing.

This kid-friendly workshop teaches participants everything about PuEr tea. See Jan 6 listing.

BSB Parent Workshop

Basically Beethoven

Spooky Costume Party

For adults. The British School of Beijing hosts a parent workshop on how to support a child’s English language development at home. See Jan 11 listing.

Enjoy some of Beijing’s best musicians at the city’s only classical music open mic. See Jan 12 listing.

All ages. The Green Cap and The Filling Station host a funfilled night to help Roundabout purchase coal for orphanages with music, food, and drinks. See Jan 13 listing.

Translation Slam – French Edition

INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning – Shunyi

For adults. Two translators go head to head at the Bookworm and compare their translations of a French text. See Jan 18 listing.

For adults. Meet newcomers and catch up with old friends at INN’s monthly coffee mornings in different neighborhoods. See Jan 19 listing.

Ages 2-5. Every Thursday, help your child foster a love for reading with story time, rhymes, and songs. See All Month Jan listing.

INN Monthly Meeting

Min’s Music Group

For adults. Start the Year of the Dragon with an introduction to the traditions of Chinese New Year, including a paper lanternmaking demonstration. See Jan 30 listing.

Ages 3-6. This parent-child early childhood music program focuses on singing, movement to music, rhythmic activities, and instrument playing. See All Month Jan listing.


Introduction to Tea: Pu-Er Tea

Adventures in Storyland

Today is the first day of Chinese New Year. Visit one of Beijing’s temple fairs for traditional handicrafts, performances, and general merrymaking. See Top Ten (p14).


GS Rapid Rally Tennis Tournament

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YCIS Beijing IB and GCSE Recital

All ages. Year 11-13 students at YCIS Beijing showcase their musical talent at their annual recital. See Jan 20 listing.

Yoga Yard Community Classes

For adults. Every Friday, Yoga Yard offers a community class where fees are paid on a donation basis. See All Month Jan listing.

Care for Children ADHD Workshop

Attend the Bird’s Nest Snow Festival

For adults. Care for Children behavior support staff Kerry Baines hosts a workshop called ADHD Workshop – Tools to Support Children’s Learning. See Feb 2 listing.

Beat the weekend crowds to this winter festival chock-full of activities for kids and teens. See Top Ten (p14).

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Ages 3+. This non-verbal and action-packed performance tells the story of a family of Korean martial arts experts that defends itself against two robbers. See Jan 17 listing.

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The Bread of Life

Ages 3-6. This UCCA art workshop teaches kids about Chinese New Year celebrations and fireworks. See Jan 7 listing.

Ages 12-14. This cooking and culture course explores the impact culture, geography, and climate have had on bread-making around the world. See Jan 8 listing.

Gubeikou Wild Great Wall

BCIS Temple Fair 2012

Ages 14+. Culture Yard hosts a relaxed walk along one of the oldest parts of the Great Wall, followed by lunch in a local village. See Jan 14 listing.

All ages. Beijing City International School hosts the fourth annual Temple Fair, with live performances and shopping. See Jan 15 listing.

Trap-Neuter-Return Workshop at ICVS

Chinese New Year at Ritz-Carlton Financial Street

For adults. Learn about Trap-NeuterReturn, the most humane and effective method to curtail the feral and stray cat problem in Beijing. See Jan 21 listing.

All ages. Qi presents a selection of New Year set menus, including assorted seafood and fried glutinous rice with preserved sausage. See Jan 22 listing.

Huanghuacheng and Silver Pagoda Forest

Sherlock Holmes Kids Theatre Camp Auditions

Ages 14+. Hike the Great Wall, eat in a local farmhouse, and explore Huairou’s pagodas dated from the 15th century. See Jan 28 listing.

Age 6-14. Beijing Playhouse holds auditions for its Sherlock Holmes Kids Theatre Camp, taking place from Jan 30 to Feb 11. See Jan 29 listing.

Ice Skating at Houhai Lake

Hit the Slopes at a Ski Resort Little Jeep (inyour Chinese) If skating isn’t thing, there’s always

Hit the ice at Houhai Lake before it’s too late, then indulge in some hot cocoa at one of the nearby cafes. See What’s Fun In (p34).

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Pediatric First Aid

Ages 7+. Every Monday, Royal Ballet School alumni Natalie Craig guides students through a ballet course. See All Month Feb listings.

For adults. In this seminar, ER and family physician Dr. Mijke Vankan presents an overview of first aid for kids. See Feb 7 listing.

The Bookworm Pub Quiz

Valentine’s Day

For adults. Every Monday, The Bookworm puts on an evening of trivia hosted by Tom Champagne. See All Month listing.

Don’t forget to show your appreciation for your significant other on this special day. Celebrate with a handwritten note, flowers, chocolate, or a romantic dinner.

Baby Chef

Ages 6m-3. Every Monday, kids will make a snack or simple dish together and learn concepts related to healthy eating. See All Month Feb listings.

For adults. This workshop focuses on maximizing good behavior from your child and looks at behavioral techniques for students. See Feb 9 listing.

Ages 3-7. Care for Children offers a fun writing workshop for kids. See All Month Feb listings.

Ivy Academy’s “Mommy and Me” Program

INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning – Shunyi

Dr. Doolittle Kids Theatre Camp Enrollment

Super mom Theresa Ahdieh shakes things up with dance, music, and baby yoga. See All Month listing.

For adults. This event offers a chance for newcomers and longtime Beijing expats to socialize. See Dec 15 listing.

Age 6-14. Beijing Playhouse holds enrollment and auditions for its Kids Theatre Camp taking place in March and June. See Feb 17 listing.

BOOST! Club at Care for TLC Winter Thanksgiving Day Children Camp Session 1 @ Culture Yard Ages 5-16, boys only. Every

Care for Children Maternal Disorders Talk

For adults. This parent workshop focuses on fulfilling your child’s potential by challenging them at home in a fun and exciting way. See Feb 21 listing.

Grades 1-8. The Learning Center Don’t out on traditional Monday Thursday, for offers miss itsand first session ofCare winter American Thanksgiving Day who dinChildren works with students camp programs with workshops ner with turkey, gravy, all struggle to engage with and others. like “Christmas Creations” to the For more ThanksSeetrimmings. All in Month listings. “Poem YourFeb Pocket.” See Dec giving Day events, see Nov 24 19 listing. listings.

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According to a centuries-old tradition from Ireland, women are allowed to propose to men during leap years. Unmarried mamas, is this giving you any ideas?

Ages 6m-8. This play center is a favorite with many expat families, featuring exhibit areas with stimulating activities for kids. See Directory for listing.

The Beijing Guild

All ages. Share your love of crafting, felting, crocheting, origami, and more with other expats in an informal setting. See Directory under Arts and Crafts for listing.


Funny Fingers Handwriting Workshop for Kids

Challenging your Child in a Fun Way

Magic Bean House Museum


Getting Good Behavior from Your Child

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For adults. Care for Children clinical psychologist Maelle Hector gives a talk on Maternity Disorders and the Effects on a Child’s Development. See Feb 24 listing.

Care for Children Multisensory Workshop

For adults. Care for Children occupational therapist Cherie Tan gives a workshop on Sense-able Parenting/Teaching: Creating a Multisensory Environment at Home. See Mar 1 listing.


Funky Pots

This huge indoor playhouse has a two-story jungle gym, trampolines, shows, classes, and more. See Directory under Places for listing.

This UK-based chain puts the “fun” in functional by allowing kids to paint their own mugs, plates, piggy banks, and more. See Directory under Places for listing.

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Story Time with Hannah

Not your typical art class. Artists Jeff Miller and Filipa Reis offer individualized and fun activities for creativelyinclined kids. See Directory under Arts and Crafts for listing.

Ages 4+. Every Sunday at the Bookworm, teacher Hannah leads a session of reading, games, music and activities for little readers. See All Month listing.

ISCMS Gala Concert

Venetian Style at Cépe

Renowned composer Karl Jenkins leads student participants from the fifth annual ISCMS Music Festival in a gala concert. See Feb 18 listing.

All ages. For February, Cepe features the cuisine of Venice with a five-course set menu by Chef Omar Ugoletti. See All Month Feb listings.

China Science and Technology Museum

Nurture your family’s budding scientists with hands-on exhibits, technological wonders, and IMAX films (Chineseonly). See Directory under Museums & Education for listing.

Oklahoma! Auditions

Age 6+. Beijing Playhouse is looking to cast 30 roles for its production of the blockbuster musical Oklahoma!. See Feb 26 listing.

O’le Climbing

Gongti 100

Scale an indoor rock climbing wall or kick a ball around at one of the center’s many football fields. See Directory under Sports for listing.

Have some good old-fashioned bowling fun at Gongti 100, named for its number of lanes. See Directory under Sports for listing.


Aroma Gourmet Brunch at Little Jeep (in Chinese) The Ritz-Carlton Beijing

Ages 10+. Take certified scuba diving classes, or swim with dolphins right here in Beijing. See Directory under Sports for listing.

For ages 3-12. The Little Jeep is the Indulge in a decadent family Sunday Chinese version of Thomas the Tank Enbrunch seafood, foie Jan gras, meat gine. In with Chinese only. See 1 listin roasts, and more. See Directory under Hotels, Hostels and Resorts for listing.

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Ring In the Year of the Dragon

From January 23-February 6, celebrate Chinese New Year by setting off firecrackers, wearing lots of red, putting the fu (福) character on your door for good luck, and passing out red envelopes to the wee ones. Your neighborhood market will have Chinese New Year supplies like red envelopes, paper fu, and Chinese couplets to mount around your door.

Take In a Temple Fair


Temple fairs, or miaohui (庙会), are traditional events with live performances, regional snacks, and arts and crafts for sale. Temple fairs are usually held from the eve of Chinese New Year to the seventh day of the holiday, which falls from January 22-29. The following locations contain some of Beijing’s biggest temple fairs. Schools like YCIS and BCIS will also hold their own miaohui. For details, see Events (p14). Also, check for a complete list of Beijing’s temple fairs. RMB 10. 9am-5pm. Ditan Park, Andingmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District (6421 4657) 地坛公园,东城区安定门外大街 RMB 10. 9am-4.30pm. Changdian Temple Fair (Taoranting Park), 19 Taiping Jie, Xuanwu District (6358 8801) 厂甸庙会(陶然亭公园),宣武区太平街19号 Price and time TBD. Chaoyang Park, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6506 5409) 朝阳公园,朝阳区朝阳公园南路1号

Boiled, steamed, or fried, jiaozi are a must during Chinese New Year. Due to their resemblance to Ming Dynasty gold ingots, dumplings have come to symbolize prosperity. Many families eat jiaozi at midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve – but why stop there? Buy frozen ones, make your own, or try out one of the following restaurants: Mr. Shi’s Dumplings, Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu, Xian Lao Man, Green Bites, or Dongbei Ren. See Directory for complete listings.


Karl Jenkins Visits the ISCMS Music Festival

On February 18, internationally renowned Welsh composer Karl Jenkins will lead students in a gala concert for the fifth annual International Schools Choral Music Society Music Festival, hosted this year by Dulwich College Beijing. For more information, visit the ISCMS website at or email


Snow Fun at the Bird’s Nest Snow Festival Tickets for the third annual Bird’s Nest Snow Festival are now on sale. The festival runs until February 29 and features 57,000sqm of winter-themed games for kids and teens. Activities include a snow maze, snowball fights, snow soccer, and more. RMB 140. 10am-7pm. Bird’s Nest National Stadium, 1 Guojiatiyuchang Nanlu, Chaoyang District (400 678 6016) 鸟巢欢乐冰雪季,朝阳区国家体育 场南路1号



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Eat Dumplings for Good Fortune

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Pick Up Discount Books at the Roundabout Book Fair On January 14, Roundabout will once again host a charity book fair at Beijing Rego British School. There will be big discounts on second-hand books, including kids’ books as low as RMB 1, paperbacks at RMB 10, and hard covers at RMB 20. Roundabout’s first book fair in November raised RMB 50,000 to purchase coal for Chinese orphanages in need. For more information, see Events (16).


Hit the Slopes Around Beijing Whether you’re looking to get out of the city for a day or a weekend, there are several places around Beijing to go skiing or snowboarding. Many ski resorts feature accommodations, ski schools, a host of kids’ activities, and Western dining. For a roundup of locations, check out Day Tripper (p42).


Discover a New Restaurant or Two

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This month, we spotlight the 50 most family-friendly restaurants in Beijing. The write-ups are divided by area and contain practical information on pricing, bathrooms, seating, best dishes for kids, and more. New additions to the list include Hello Kitty Dreams, the pinktastic restaurant that just opened in Sanlitun’s Shimao complex. For the complete lowdown, go to Feature (p52).

Go Ice Skating at Houhai Lake


Houhai Lake is finally frozen over, prompting Beijingers of all stripes to bundle up and hit the ice for that most nostalgic of winter activities. When you’re done skating and trying out Houhai’s peculiar ice bikes and other contraptions, hit a cafe nearby for some hot chocolate or walk through the quiet hutongs in the area. For more ideas, see What’s Fun In (p34).

Attend a Class, Workshop, or Sports Camp It’s easy to get bored if you’re staying in Beijing for the holidays. Take advantage of the winter lull to visit that play center, community center, indoor sports venue, or studio you’ve been meaning to check out. A newcomer to the family scene is the New City Center in Wangjing, which offers workshops and classes for kids and adults. See what’s out there in Events (p16).

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Sun, Jan 8 The Bread of Life Ages 12-14. This cooking and culture course for middle school students takes place in the classroom and the kitchen/ science room. All within the context of cooking and food, students are introduced to relevant texts and concepts from literature, history, anthropology, geography, biology, and chemistry. Discover the impact culture, geography, and climate have had on bread-making around the world. Includes materials, snacks, and lunch. RMB 1,200. 9.30am4.30pm. The Learning Center (8046 3886,

Wed, Jan 4

Fri, Jan 6

Jumpstart Writing – Editor-at-Large Ages 7-12. This one-day camp for Grade 3-6 students puts kids in charge of saving the Silly Sentinel newspaper. They will work together to get the paper out under deadline, with activities like “I Spy,” “Dotting Your I’s and Crossing Your T’s,” and more. Includes all materials, snacks, and lunch. RMB 750. 9am4pm. The Learning Center (8046 3886,

Introduction to Tea: Pu-Er Tea This kid-friendly workshop teaches participants everything about Pu-Er tea: how to choose it, make it, store it, where it is produced, and how it can help your health. Tea master Jiang Jianfeng gives a lecture and guides participants through tea tasting. RSVP essential. RMB 70, RMB 50 (students). 7-9pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Sat, Jan 7

Thu, Jan 5 A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place

Music Together Free Demo – Chaoyang Park

Ages 7-12. This one-day camp for Grade 3-6 students challenges kids to bring order to chaos. Activities include “Ripped Up Recipes,” “Twisted Tales,” “Upside Down Experiments,” and more. RMB 750. 9am4pm. The Learning Center (8046 3886,

Ages 0-6. MiCho Education offers a free 45-minute demonstration class for young children and their parents/caregivers. Activities include songs, rhythm chants, movement, and instrument play specially designed for all learning styles. Free. 3.30-4.30pm. Chaoyang Park (8113 8282,

GS Rapid Rally Tennis Tournament

Firecrackers and Fireworks

Ages 13+, women only. The GS Rapid Rally Tennis Tournament is a timed round robin style of play for singles and doubles. Participants must have tournament experience. Entry forms will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Prizes will be awarded to final winners. A free game-based tennis workshop for children ages 3-8 will be held during the tournament. Free. 10am-2pm. Central Forest, Houshayu County, 200m east of Sugar Bay Community (8478 6866 Kris Derban,

Oklahoma! Movie Screening All ages. In cooperation with the US Embassy, Beijing Playhouse features a film screening of the Academy Awardwinning Oklahoma! in anticipation of their upcoming musical run in May-June 2012. Director David Peck will make introductory remarks, and the cast and crew of Beijing Playhouse will take questions after the screening. RSVP essential. Price TBD. 6.30pm. Venue TBD (



Ages 3-6. One of the most well-known poems about Chinese New Year was written by Wang Anshi, the famous Song Dynasty statesman and poet. In this special holiday edition of the UCCA Creative Studio Children’s Workshop, kids learn all about Chinese New Year celebrations and fireworks, and even make some firecracker-shaped decorations to brighten up the house. The workshop is taught by Liu Lu. Chinese with English translation. RSVP essential. RMB 50 (discounts available for UCCA members). 10am-11.30am. UCCA (5780 0200)

Cookery at China Culture Center All ages. China Culture Center’s chef shows participants how to make shoutao (peach-shaped pastry signifying longevity) and other colorful breads for Chinese New Year. The course includes all materials. RMB 180, RMB 320 (one adult and one kid under 12). 6-8pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

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Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy Discover one of China’s oldest traditions with an introduction to Chinese calligraphy workshop. RSVP essential. RMB 120. 10am-1pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Music Together Free Demo – Shunyi Euro Plaza Ages 0-6. MiCho Education offers a free 45-minute demonstration class for young children and their parents/caregivers. Activities include songs, rhythm chants, movement, and instrument play specially designed for all learning styles. Free. 9.15-10am. Shunyi Euro Plaza (8113 8282,

Tue, Jan 10 Understanding Stress and Anxiety For adults. In keeping with Beijing International SOS Clinic’s January focus on Healthy Mind and Spirit, visiting psychologist Dr. Beverly Rolle facilitates a session to help you understand stress and anxiety, and how to relieve it in your daily life. RSVP essential. Free. 1011.30am. Beijing International SOS Clinic (

Wed, Jan 11

Basically Beethoven Beijing’s only classical music open mic is hosted by Helena Murchie and Torbjoern Stallberg. Get involved or simply enjoy some of Beijing’s best international musicians. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

Fri, Jan 13 Spooky Costume Party All ages. The Green Cap and The Filling Station host a fun-filled night to help Roundabout purchase coal for orphanages. There will be music from Big Metal Door along with another local band. The Filling Station will have a special set menu for RMB 100 (with RMB 20 going to charity), while The Green Cap will serve up drinks. Get out your best “spooky” costume for the event. Free. 6.30-9pm. The Filling Station (8470 3821)

Sat, Jan 14 Roundabout Book Fair All ages. Beijing Rego British School once again hosts a Roundabout Book Fair. Children’s books start as low as RMB 1, paperbacks are RMB 10, hard covers are RMB 20, and coffee table/art books are individually priced. Book donations may be dropped off at the school prior to the fair. All proceeds will be used in Roundabout’s efforts to purchase coal for orphanages in China. Free. 10am-3pm. Beijing Rego British School (8416 7718,

Departing from China with Pets For adults. If you’re taking pets overseas, it’s never too early to start preparing. ICVS experts share step-by-step instructions on the exit process and vaccination requirements for leaving the country or moving to other Chinese cities with your pets. Free. 11am-noon. ICVS (8456 1939/40/41,

BSB Parent Workshop

Gubeikou Wild Great Wall

For adults. This workshop is part of BSB’s “Helping Hand” series. Ms. Faulkener talks about how parents can support their child’s English language development at home. All parents are welcome and refreshments are provided. Free. 3.45pm-4.45pm. BSB Sanlitun Campus (8532 3088)

Ages 14+. Culture Yard hosts a relaxed walk along one of the oldest parts of the Great Wall, followed by lunch in a local village. The price includes transportation, guides, entrance fees, and lunch. RMB 370, RMB 320 (advance). 8am-6pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Thu, Jan 12 INN Trekkie For adults. One of INN’s most popular monthly events takes adventuresome Trekkers on a new destination every month. This month, join INN for some fun on ice at Houhai. RSVP required by January 10. Price TBD. 9.30am-2pm. Houhai Lake (

Intro to Yoga For adults. Yoga Yard offers a two-day course designed to introduce yoga for new students, or for anyone who needs a brush-up on the basics. This course is co-taught by Robyn Wexler and Elaine Li. Please note that the Sunday class takes place from noon-2.30pm. RMB 360/two days. Noon-1.30pm. Yoga Yard (6413 0774)

Sun, Jan 15 Marco Polo’s Pizza and Pasta Ages 12-14. This cooking and culture course for middle school students teaches participants about the origins of pizza and pasta according to popular legend, and reviews the likely truths behind the stories. Along the way, teens look at the route Marco Polo took and the stories he left behind. RMB 1,200. 9.30am4.30pm. The Learning Center (8046 3886,

BCIS Temple Fair 2012 All ages. Beijing City International School hosts the fourth annual Temple Fair at its school gym. There will be live performances from BCIS students and special guests, highlighting folk arts, Beijing opera, and acrobatics. There will also be over 50 vendors selling Chinese arts and crafts, and a variety of Chinese food. Free. 11am-1pm. BCIS (8771 7171)

First Aid Training Course at New Century Ages 5+. This first aid training course is suitable for both kids and adults, and is of particular interest to teachers, parents, and ayis. Participants will learn CPR with instructor Kelsu Zhu, as well as delve into trauma management, bone and head injuries, emergency scenarios, and more. One training course takes 2-3 hours. A minimum of 6 participants is required to open a class. The First Aid Certificate is offered if needed. RMB 400. 9.30amnoon. New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic (8804 6097 Mon-Wed, 6456 2599 Thu-Fri,

Intro to Yoga See Jan 14 listing.

Tue, Jan 17 INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning – Sanlitun For adults. INN hosts monthly Neighborhood Coffee Mornings in several Beijing locations. The Sanlitun Coffee Morning takes place on the third Tuesday of every month. Free. 10amnoon. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

JUMP Ages 3+. From the producer of BreakOut comes this non-verbal and nonstop action performance telling the story of how a family of Korean martial arts experts defends itself against two robbers. A display of martial arts and hip hop, combined with slapstick comedy and infectious tunes. RMB 300-500. 7.309.30pm. Poly Theatre (400 610 3721)

Wed, Jan 18 YCIS Beijing Chinese New Year Temple Fair All ages. The annual YCIS Beijing Chinese New Year Temple fair will feature roaming performers, traditional crafts, and an authentic atmosphere. Free. 8.30am2pm. YCIS Auditorium and Gym (8583 3731,

Translation Slam – French Edition For adults. The Bookworm and English Trackers present the Translation Slam series. Two translators go head to head, comparing their translations of a text (microfiction, blog posts, columns, poetry, and more) and fielding questions from the audience. This month, participants take on a French text. RMB 20-30. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

ISB Charity Fashion Show 2012 ISB’s annual fashion show is back, with proceeds going to Bethel China. The event is completely organized, prepared, and performed by students. Last year, the ISB Charity Fashion show raised RMB 54,000 to help the Lijiang Orphanage restore their music department. Price and time TBD. International School of Beijing (8149 2345)

JUMP See Jan 17 listing.

Thu, Jan 19 INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning – Shunyi For adults. INN hosts monthly Neighborhood Coffee Mornings in several Beijing locations. The Shunyi Coffee Morning takes place on the third Thursday of every month. Free. 10am-noon. Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels (8046 4301)

Fri, Jan 20 YCIS Beijing IB and GCSE Recital All ages. Year 11-13 students at YCIS Beijing showcase their musical talents in this annual recital. Free. 1.30-3pm. YCIS Beijing Auditorium (8583 3731, Beth Kerzee)

Introduction to Tea: Flower Tea This kid-friendly workshop teaches participants everything about Pu-Er tea: how to choose it, make it, store it, where it is produced, and how it can help your health. Tea master Jiang Jianfeng gives a lecture and guides participants through tea tasting. RSVP essential. RMB 70, RMB 50 (students). 7-9pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Sat, Jan 21 Trap-Neuter-Return Workshop at ICVS For adults. Learn about Trap-NeuterReturn, the most humane and effective method to end the severe feral and stray cat overpopulation crisis in Beijing. ICVS is providing free TNR training and certification to cat care providers and volunteers to promote communitywide TNR programs. Free. 11am2.30pm. ICVS (8456 1939/40/41, www.icvsasia. com

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Sun, Jan 22 Chinese New Year at Ritz-Carlton Financial Street All ages. Qi, the Ritz-Carlton Financial Street’s Cantonese restaurant, offers a selection of New Year set menus including assorted seafood and fried glutinous rice with preserved sausage. Guests can also celebrate with the Nian Gao hamper, including fine Chinese tea, nian gao, and a stylish leather handbag in orange or blue. RMB 688-1,688/person. Time TBD. Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street (6601 6666)

Half Day Photography Workshop This kid-friendly photography workshop includes shooting and editing sessions in the hutong and historic area around Culture Yard. Experienced photographer Peter Carney gives professional advice. SLR needed for workshop. RMB 300. 1-6pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

a paper lantern-making demonstration. Meet new friends and catch up with old ones. Free. 10am-noon. The Capital Club (

Fun with Phonics Ages 3-5. Setting the foundation for reading, Fun with Phonics merges art, music, interactive games, and writing skills. RMB 1,200/ten sessions. 9-10am. The New City Center (131 2661 1088,

Tue, Jan 31 INN Night Out For adults. INN “Night Out” events are held on the last Tuesday of each month. Meet up with other newcomers and long-terms residents in Beijing to share fun, friendship and tales of living in the nation’s capital. RSVP required by January 29. Price TBD. 7-9pm. Venue TBD (

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Thu, Feb 2

INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning – Lido For adults. INN hosts monthly Neighborhood Coffee Mornings in several Beijing locations. The Lido Coffee Morning takes place on the fourth Thursday of every month. Free. 10am-noon. Maan Coffee (8457 3470)

Sat, Jan 28

Care for Children ADHD Workshop For adults. Care for Children behavior support staff Kerry Baines hosts a workshop called ADHD Workshop – Tools to Support Children’s Learning. Snacks are provided by Pinotage. RSVP essential. Free. 6pm. Care for Children Family Services Clinic (8046 3306,

Huanghuacheng and Silver Pagoda Forest

Mon, Feb 6

Ages 14+. Culture Yard hosts a one-day escape from the city. Hike the Great Wall, eat in a local farmhouse, and explore Huairou’s pagodas dated from the 15th century. The price includes transportation, guides, entrance fees, and lunch. RMB 370, RMB 320 (advance). 8am-6pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Sun, Jan 29 Sherlock Holmes Kids Theatre Camp Auditions Age 6-14. Beijing Playhouse will hold auditions for its Sherlock Holmes Kids Theatre Camp taking place from Jan 30 to Feb 11. English proficiency is required. Tuition price TBD. 2pm. No. 4 Middle School (

Mon, Jan 30 INN Monthly Meeting For adults. Start the Year of the Dragon with an introduction to the traditions of Chinese New Year. There will be presentations by China Culture Center experts and




Fun with Phonics See Jan 30 listing.

Tue, Feb 7 Pediatric First Aid For adults. In this seminar, ER and family physician Dr. Mijke Vankan presents an overview of first aid for kids. Parents and caregivers will receive practical advice on how to manage illness and treat injuries when they happen, before professional help is available. Free. 10-11.30am. B e ij ing Int e r na t io na l S O S Cl inic (

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Tue, Feb 14 Valentine’s Day at Ritz-Carlton Financial Street For adults. The Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street offers a variety of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Qi features a Chinese dinner, Cépe features an Italian set menu, and Greenfish offers cuisines from around the world. All dinners include a glass of champagne. In addition, all diners will be entered in a lucky draw. RMB 998-1,998/couple. Time TBD. Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street (6601 6666)

Fri, Feb 17 Dr. Doolittle Kids Theatre Camp Enrollment Age 6-14. Beijing Playhouse will hold enrollment and auditions for its Kids Theatre Camp taking place in March and June. Performers will do acting, song, and dance, and parents will be invited to participate in some specially designed classes. English proficiency is required. RMB 6,500. 2pm. BSB Shunyi Campus (

Sat, Feb 18 ISCMS Gala Concert The fifth edition of the International Schools Choral Music Society is hosted this year by Dulwich College Beijing. The special guest is Welsh composer and musician Karl Perkins, the most performed living composer and official composer for the London Summer Olympics. Perkins leads musically talented students in a special gala concert. Price TBD. 7.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (

Tue, Feb 21 Challenging your Child in a Fun Way For adults. BSB’s “Helping Hand” series puts on a parent workshop on how to maximize your child’s potential by challenging them at home in a fun and exciting way. This session is led by the deputy head of Sanlitun Campus. Free. 3-4pm. The British School of Beijing (85323088,

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Fri, Feb 24

Getting Good Behavior from Your Child

Care for Children Maternal Disorders Talk

For adults. BSB hosts a parent workshop as part of its Helping Hand series that focuses on maximizing good behavior from your child, and looks at behavioral techniques for students. Free. 3.45-5.45pm. The British School of Beijing (8532 3088,

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For adults. Care for Children clinical psychologist Maelle Hector gives a talk on “Maternity Disorders and the Effects on a Child’s Development. Snacks are provided by Secrets from Africa. RSVP essential. Free. 10.30am-noon. Care for Children Family Services Clinic (8046 3306,

Sun, Feb 26 Oklahoma! Auditions Age 6+. Beijing Playhouse is looking to cast 30 roles for its production of the blockbuster musical Oklahoma!. Ability to perform in English is required, but English as a native language is not necessary. Monologues are encouraged, but not required; actors will do a live read from the show script. Singing a song a capella is mandatory. Free. 2pm. Mako Theatre (

Mon, Feb 27 Oklahoma! Auditions See Feb 26 listing.

Thu, Mar 1 Care for Children Multisensory Workshop For adults. Care for Children occupational therapist Cherie Tan hosts a workshop on “Sense-able Parenting/Teaching: Creating a Multisensory Environment at Home.” Snacks are provided by Pinotage. RSVP essential. Free. 6pm. Care for Children Family Services Clinic (8046 3306,

All Month Jan Min’s Music Group Ages 3-6. This parent-child early childhood music program focuses on singing, movement to music, rhythmic activities, and instrument playing in a family-friendly environment. Parents or other caregivers are encouraged to participate while interacting with their children. RMB 1,080/9 classes. 10am-11am. The Familier 798 (5869 2904,

Conversational Chinese Classes at TLC Every week, the Learning Center will host Chinese classes for all ability levels. Topics include Simple Conversation and Smart Conversation. The course will cover deeper topics of Chinese culture, economy, sociology, history, and politics. RMB 1,200/session. 10amnoon. The Learning Center (8046 3886,

Yoga Yard Community Classes For adults. Every Friday, Yoga Yard offers a Level 2 community class. Class fees are on a donation basis, and all proceeds benefit the Surmang Foundation and the Migrant Children’s Foundation. Minimum RMB 50 donation. 11am-12.30pm. Yoga Yard (6413 0774)

Rise and Shine at Yoga Yard For adults. From Monday to Friday, start your day with Rise and Shine, Yoga Yard’s early morning classes for

energy and clarity of mind and body. RMB 680/monthly pass or 30 classes. 7-8.10am. Yoga Yard (6413 0774)

Kinder Art Program Ages 2-5. Every Monday, encourage your child to be creative with arts and crafts, music, and movement. Kids explore a variety of media, including painting, cutting, pasting, sculpting, and drawing. All materials are included. Register by January 13 and save 20 percent as part of the center’s soft opening special. RMB 140, RMB 1,200 (ten sessions). 11amnoon. The New City Center (131 2661 1088,

Adventures in Storyland Ages 2-5. Every Thursday, help your child foster a love for reading. Activities include story time, a craft, and rhymes and songs that relate to the weekly story. This course helps your child to develop early literacy skills while having fun. Register by January 13 and save 20 percent as part of the center’s soft opening special. RMB 100, RMB 800 (ten sessions). 1111.45am. The New City Center (131 2661 1088,

Mommy and Me – Learning Together Ages 6m-3. Designed for small children and parents, grandparents, or caregivers. These biweekly sessions integrate multisensory experiences that encourage emerging language, motor development, socialization, and bonding. Each session includes interactive circle time, play centers, music and movement, and language development. The Tuesday session focuses on English, while the Wednesday session focuses on Chinese immersion. Register by January 13 and save 20% as part of the center’s soft opening special. RMB 100, RMB 800 (ten sessions). 9-10.30am. The New City Center (131 2661 1088, r e g i s t e r @ t h e n e w c i t y c e n t e r. c o m )

All Month Feb Venetian Style at Cépe All ages. For February, Cepe features the cuisine of Venice. The five-course set menu recommended by Chef Omar Ugoletti includes whipped Venetian codfish with polenta and risotto with green peas and pancetta. An a la carte menu is also available. RMB 888. 11.30am-2 .30pm, 6-10.30pm. Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street (6601 6666)

Parent Effectiveness Training at BCIS For adults. Starting from February 2, there will be a Parent Effectiveness Training (PET) course held at BCIS every Thursday. The sessions are designed to help parents have more peaceful relations and fewer power struggles with kids. The course is suitable for parents with children of all ages, including middle and high school. RSVP essential. Price TBD. 9am-noon. BCIS (

Ballet at Dulwich Ages 7+. Every Monday starting from January 30, Royal Ballet School alumni Natalie Craig will guide students through

a course focusing on techniques to improve posture, strength, and grace. RMB 960/eight weeks. 3.404.40pm. Dulwich College Beijing, Legend Garden Campus (6454 9019,

BOOST! Club at Care for Children Ages 5-16, boys only. Every Monday and Thursday, Care for Children’s new program teaches students who struggle to engage with others how to have appropriate responses and skills, enabling them to make and sustain friendships. The program continues until March 29. RMB 3,400/term. 4.30-5.30pm. Care for Children Family Services Clinic (8046 3306, Jason Tam)

Funny Fingers Handwriting Workshop for Kids Ages 3-7. Starting from February 1, A fun writing workshop called Funny Fingers, patterned after the Handwriting Without Tears program. Children will learn basic writing skills such as how to form letters correctly and proper pencil grip. Multisensory teaching strategies are designed to appeal to all learning styles. Every Wednesday and Friday. RMB 340/session, RMB 5,440/term. 4-5.30pm (Wed), 10-11.30am (Fri). Care for Children Family Services Clinic (8046 3306,

Baby Chef Ages 6m-3. Every Monday, kids will make a snack or simple dish together. Through songs, story and other activities, they’ll learn concepts of healthy eating and exercise. All materials included in the course cost. RMB 140, RMB 1,200 (ten sessions). 9-10.30am. The New City Center (131 2661 1088, r e g i s t e r @ t h e n e w c i t y c e n t e r. c o m )

Fun with Math Ages 2-4. Every Tuesday, kids are introduced to basic math concepts. They develop confidence through fun mathbased activities that teach patterning, counting, shape, size, number recognition, etc. RMB 1,200/ten sessions. 11amnoon. The New City Center (131 2661 1088,

All Month Jan-Feb Story Time with Hannah Ages 4+. Every Sunday at the Bookworm, teacher Hannah leads a session of reading, games, music and activities for little readers. Each week brings new and classic children’s books. RMB 50. 11am-noon. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

Ivy Academy’s Mommy and Me Program Ages walking-23m. Every Wednesday, Ivy Academy’s Mommy and Me class is taught by supermom Theresa Ahdieh. This one-hour class is geared towards mommies and their toddlers, with dancing, instruments, boxes, scarves, balls, and lots of running around. Dads are also welcome, but no ayis or caregivers please. RMB 150/class. 10-11am. East Lake Villas Club House (8451 1380, January/February 2012



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Living Snapshot

All Bundled Up

interviews by Sijia Chen

photos: nature zhang

Parents at beijingkids Santa on Ice

Sandra Jumpertz

Susana Boca

Lustina Svetlana

Venissa Chen

What is your occupation? I work at admissions at the German Embassy School. Where are you from? Germany How many children do you have? I have a 13-year-old daughter named Elisa. She attends the German Embassy School. How long have you been living in Beijing? 13 years Where do you like to shop? For myself, I shop at Lido Place and Solana. For Elisa, we go to H&M and Bershka. Where do you like to eat? Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu in Maizidian, Matsuko, and SALT. What’s your favorite spot in Beijing? Elisa likes the All Star Champion Skating Club. I think Tiananmen Square is amazing. Describe your style. Relaxed Where is your outfit from? My sweater was custom-made at a market in Beijing and my jeans are from Select at Lido Place. Favorite park: Chaoyang Park

What is your occupation? I’m a student at the University of Barcelona, and I also take Chinese classes at The Hutong. Where are you from? Spain How many children do you have? I have 3-year-old twin girls, Emma and Berta, who are both at YCIS Beijing. How long have you been living in Beijing? Ten months Where do you like to shop? Yashow Market, Uniqlo, Silk Market, and Solana. Where do you like to eat? We like Blue Frog and Annie’s. What’s your favorite spot in Beijing? The China Science and Technology Museum Describe your style. Casual Where is your outfit from? My sweater is from Pull & Bear and my jeans are from H&M. Favorite park: Honglingjing Park and Ritan Park

What is your occupation? I’m the co-owner of Chocolate. Where are you from? Russia How many children do you have? I have a 3-year-old daughter named Vasilisa who attends Beijing City International School. How long have you been living in Beijing? 14 years Where do you like to shop? For myself, I shop at Guomao. For Vasilisa, I go to Yansha area, around the Lufthansa Center. Where do you like to eat? Chocolate, of course! What’s your favorite spot in Beijing? Solana Describe your style. Glamorous Where is your outfit from? My entire outfit is from Italy. Favorite outdoor activity: I like doing any children’s activities with Vasilisa, like ice skating. Favorite park: Ritan Park

What is your occupation? I’m a translator. Where are you from? I’m originally from Taiwan, but I grew up in Brazil. How many children do you have? I have two boys: Raphael (4) and Gabriel (2). They’re both students at the German Embassy School. How long have you been living in Beijing? Over 10 years Where do you like to shop? I like to shop for myself at Zara, Promod, and Bershka. For the boys, I go to Obaïbi et Okaïdi and Yashow Market. Where do you like to eat? We like T.G.I.Friday’s, Xiao Wang Fu, and Element Fresh. Describe your style. Casual Where is your outfit from? My coat and clothes are from Zara, my boots are from UGG, and my bag is from Longchamp. Favorite outdoor activity: Strolling and hiking in Huairou District. Favorite park: Si’de Park and Ritan Park

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What’s Happening in Beijing

Congratulations to the ISB Boys Basketball Team In November, ISB hosted this year’s annual Thanksgiving basketball tournament, The Great Wall Shout-Out. The International School of Beijing (ISB) Varsity Boys team placed first. Though they dominated the competition, they were tested by both Sha Tin College of Hong Kong in a round-robin game, and the Concordia International School of Shanghai in the finals.

The BCIS Academic and Merit Scholarship Program Is Now Open Beijing City International School (BCIS) is now accepting applications for their highly regarded scholarship programs. Scholarships are typically awarded to students in their final three years of school, but exceptional students aged at least 13 years by October 31 of the relevant school year may be considered. There are two kinds of scholarships offered: academic scholarships and merit scholarships. Academic scholarships are awarded on the basis of competitive examinations in English, mathematics and science and an interview. Merit scholarships are awarded on the basis of high achievement and outstanding potential in a specific area of endeavor in any of the following four areas: visual or performing arts, technology, mathematics, and science. Scholarships are open to existing BCIS students, as well as incoming students. Contact 8771 7171 or to apply; or visit

The New Dulwich Legend Sports Dome



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photos: judy zhou, courtesy of bcis and isb

Dulwich College Beijing recently hosted the grand opening of their Dulwich Legend Sports Dome. The pressurized “bubble” dome allows for an extension of the school’s vast sports offerings, with the added benefit of being immune to weather issues (winter cold, summer heat, rain, or less than ideal air quality). Measuring 34 by 48 meters, it’s large enough to accommodate many sports activities at one time and is already being used at the campus. There are also plans to add six new tennis courts and an ice rink, adjacent to the campus dome, by the summer of 2012.

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Wondermilk Wondermilk has opened two new shops in Beijing. Their new coffee shop in Jing Yuan (Image Base) serves yogurt, milk and ice cream. The most popular item is Yuan Yang – a blend of coffee, chocolate and tea. In the Shimao department store on the fourth floor, Wondermilk sells frozen yogurt, among other dairy creations. Sign up for a VIP card to get great in-store discounts.

photos: judy zhou, susan sheng, courtesy of 3e, hummingbird spa

1) E411, 4/F, Shimao Department Store, 13 Sanlitun, Chaoyang District (6417 6581); 2) Bldg 23, Jingyuan Art District, 3 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District (8721 5136); 1)朝阳区三里屯13号世茂百货4楼E411号; 2)朝阳 区广渠路3号竟园艺术园区23号楼

Hello Kitty Dreams Restaurant Opens in Shimao The first Hello Kitty restaurant in mainland China opens its doors right here in Beijing. Enjoy fusion European cuisine of French and Italian influence, while living in a pink dream, from the plush booths, pink chandeliers, and the wait staff’s frilly dresses. Toys and playing cards will keep the kids occupied. For more details, see our Feature (p75).

3e International School Gives Back At the Beijing United Family Hospital tree lighting ceremony on December 9, 3e International School elementary students sang on stage with children from Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village. This event marked the beginning of the hospital’s seasonal charity drive for the United Foundation for Children’s Health (UFCH). In November and December, the 3e Parent Council raised RMB 10,700 for Roundabout during Literacy Week and more than RMB 7,500 during a three-day sale of greeting cards, CDs and baked goods. Both organizations are still open to donations in 2012. To contribute your own supplies (milk powder, books, children’s clothing, toys, diapers, etc.) to UFCH, contact Mrs. Fu at 5927 7000 ext 7285. To donate clothing and toys to Roundabout, contact or 137 1801 1124.

The Bethel Shop Opens in Shangpin Village The not-for-profit organization Bethel China Foundation provides foster care, education and professional training for blind and visuallyimpaired Chinese orphans. They just launched a shop to serve the Beijing community with items for sale, such as pottery, scarves, jewelry, imported soap, tote bags, CDs, and paintings. There will also be products from local organizations, with a portion of proceeds going towards Bethel’s cause. Wed and Sat 10am-2pm. 3 Jingmi Lu, Shangpin Village, Chaoyang District (北京市朝阳区京密路三号尚品小镇

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Health Ms. Nutrition

Rockabye Baby Sleep is one of the most misunderstood aspects of parenthood. Many parents think that for the first few weeks, their baby will just feed and sleep. While this is true for some lucky parents, there will always be the newborn or infant who is simply more tense, fretful, and alert than others. This was certainly true of my son, and if this is your baby too, take heart. Establishing a regular sleep pattern requires patience and the consistent application of good sleep practices, which tie in with infant nutrition. If you are a first-time mom-to-be, there are some particularly useful books to help you prepare mentally and emotionally. The Contented Little Baby Book, by no-nonsense British supernanny Gina Ford, establishes very strict guidelines for when a baby should sleep and feed. It also explains how establishing routines helps the mom breastfeed more effectively. For those at the critical 3- to 4-month turnaround point, there are two other books that offer different methods to put baby to sleep. The Sleepeasy Solution, by Jennifer Waldburg and Jill Spivick, was my lifesaver. I have loaned it to many new moms looking to understand their children’s sleep patterns and establish good sleep habits in just a couple of weeks. The No-Cry Sleep Solution, by Elizabeth Pantley, offers an alternative method that might take longer, but may better suit some families. The first book offers a quicker solution but requires parental fortitude to deal with the crying, while the second book is gentler but takes longer to work out.

There will always be the newborn or infant who is simply more tense, fretful, and alert than others With regard to the role of nutrition in establishing sleep patterns, many pediatricians advise waiting until your baby is 5 months old and weighs 15 pounds (6.8kg) to wean completely at night. However, most breastfed babies can be sleep-trained at 4 months and 14 pounds as long as they get one or two middle-of-the-night feeds. The key is to shift feeds to the daytime between consistent nap times, so that most of the child’s 24-hour nutritional requirements are fulfilled during the day and most of the sleep requirements are fulfilled at night. Some parents tolerate the multiple-night feeds right up to around 4 or 5 months of age, and then try an early introduction to solid foods to help the baby sleep better. However, introducing solid foods too early is not advisable unless you’ve consulted your pediatrician first. Babies’ guts are simply not ready for solid foods until they are closer to 6 months old. Introducing solids too early may also increase the likelihood of food allergies later in life. If your baby is waking up multiple times during the night but appears to be contented with feeds in the daytime, then he’s likely acting out of habit rather than hunger. This means it’s time for active babysleep parenting. Then, both you and your little angel will sleep better at night.

Got a question? Olivia Lee ( has an MSc in nutrition and provides nutrition counseling.



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Health The Doc Is In


A Good Night’s Rest

see a lot of adults and teens in the clinic who are chronically tired and have trouble both falling asleep and staying asleep. There are many reasons for sleep problems. Here are some common causes: Stress and overwork. Many people lead stressful lives and cannot turn off their brain when they try to sleep. It is crucial to stop daytime-related activities at least two hours before bedtime, simply to allow your brain and body to relax. Too much non-sleep activity in bed. It’s important not to spend hours in bed doing activities such as watching TV or playing computer games – which sets a bad pattern. It’s healthier to read, watch TV and use the computer in other rooms. Tips for sleeping well: Exercise often and early. Exercise has been shown to improve sleep habits, but only if done at least four hours before bedtime. Otherwise, your metabolic energy will keep you awake. Avoid alcohol and smoking before sleeping. Alcohol is a major cause of insomnia for many. Drinks certainly make you sleepy, but your body will rebound and wake you up in the middle of the night. If you drink, have only one or two drinks at least two hours before bedtime. Smoking causes the same problems; that initial relaxation quickly wears off and the nicotine stays in your system for hours. Caffeine is another major cause of poor sleep. As we get older, it is common to have poor sleep with any caffeine drinking after lunchtime. So take a look at your caffeine habits; any tea, soda or coffee after lunch may be keeping you awake. If you must have your afternoon coffee, try switching to decaf. Don’t stay in bed if you can’t sleep. If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes of trying, you should get up and try to relax in another room. Staying longer in bed generally makes you more anxious, making it even harder to fall back asleep. As for natural medicines and non-prescription pills, many people use over-the-counter pills such as Tylenol PM, but I strongly advise against taking it regularly. It can cause liver problems if taken chronically and the Tylenol component is unnecessary. If you must use this medicine, purchase only the active ingredient, diphenhydramine (Sudafed) separately. As for natural medicines, melatonin works for some types of insomnia but is rarely effective. Others may consider an herbal capsule with valerian and other compounds such as passionflower, hops or lemon balm. You can read more evidence-based information about herbal medicines for insomnia from the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database at

If you follow these tips and still have trouble sleeping, do not hesitate to see your family doctor. Also, counselors and psychologists can help via special therapies which may include biofeedback, light boxes, or medicine for depression and anxiety.

Need more info? Dr. Richard Saint Cyr is a family doctor at Beijing United Family Hospital, and the Director of Clinical Marketing and Communications. He runs the blog

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Health Stress

Healing Naturally How to relieve stress with TCM, massage and chiropractic treatments by Charlotte Moreau


tress is one of those constants that we all have in common, yet the type we experience and how our bodies and minds manage it is unique to each individual. Treatment varies, and when you have children, you must also identify the best ways to help them handle the stress in their young lives. Expats in China have a unique opportunity to explore alternative ways to combat negative stress. Living here - where Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated – makes China a more credible source, especially if you’re a skeptic. Alternative choices include therapeutic massage and chiropractic care.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Inside Joyful Bliss Wellness Center



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photo: nature zhang

If you’re familiar with yin and yang, then you’re familiar with the concept behind traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) – two things that appear to be polar opposites, but actually work together for the greater whole. It’s a common understanding that Western medicine tends to focus on treating the disease, whereas TCM focuses on preventing the disease. Based on theories developed in China over 2,000 years ago, TCM doctors treat patients by looking at the whole body. For example, they assess patients through observation, taking a pulse, and looking at the tongue, determining the causes of diseases so that they can treat the underlying problem. Dr. Li Zuzhen of Hong Kong International Medical Clinic in Beijing has been practicing TCM for 50 years. She points out that because everyone is different, no single treatment for a common illness will fit all patients. It takes time to determine the root cause.

There are two parts to TCM. The first is the concept of wholeness; the second is treatment upon syndrome differentiation. Wholeness refers to finding the base problem of a health issue. In Western medicine, a headache is treated with medication, but the cause isn’ t typically explored. In a whole body assessment, a headache could be a result of stress, high blood pressure, anemia, or a tumor. Treatment is based on the underlying cause. The second part of TCM is syndrome differentiation, meaning that treatment goes through phases, or stations. The health problem is treated one way at first, then adjusted based on results of that first phase. It is here that outside forces such as seasons, climate, or weather are assessed, as they play a role in treatment. Western medicine tends to rely on data such as blood tests and X-rays, whereas Eastern practices focuses more on personal experience and patient history. In many ways, combining Western and Eastern treatments is often the most beneficial. For instance, an X-ray could be used to identify the problem and a TCM treatment could be applied afterward. TCM doctors, however, believe that a patient shouldn’t continue Western medicine once properly diagnosed to avoid becoming reliant on the medication. Of TCM, Dr. Li says: “We can use different ways to treat one disease, and we can use one way to treat different diseases.” Common TCM practices – including acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, or tai chi – all relate to the whole body concept. These achieve a balance of energy in the body needed for proper health. When there is stress, the natural flow of energy in the body is interrupted, depriving the body of blood and nutrition. The liver area is a prime indicator of stress by-products,

such as anger and insomnia, so finding a balance within the body is essential to finding the balance for stress. Can we use some simple techniques on our own to combat stress levels? Yes, says Dr. Li. But remember that you won’t find the root cause of stress in your body, defeating the purpose of TCM. Herbals are another mystifying aspect of TCM. There are both prescription and over-the-counter medicines available. Simply assuming that anything can be mixed together without harm just because it’s herbal is false; some are quite potent. A prescribed herbal mixture is combined by a TCM pharmacist. Boiled together, this becomes a “medication soup” used to treat the ailment. An added benefit to TCM is that it tends to be more economical, because it tackles the root of the problem and might not require the continual visits that Western medicine does.

Massage It’s very common for people to ignore medical problems until a disease sets in. Whether using TCM, massage or chiropractic care, a bit of backtracking is necessary to assess the cause and make up for lost time. Dr. David Zhang is a doctor working in integrative medicine at Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics, where he specializes in chiropractic care. He is also the owner of Joyful Bliss Wellness Center. By combining both massage and chiropractic services, Dr. Zhang believes that many illnesses and diseases can be prevented, managed or cured. Just the thought of a massage lends itself to feelings of relaxation. Yet therapeutic massage has specific purposes and is less relaxing, instead focusing on neural-muscular education combined with massage techniques. Specific issues can be targeted and treated with focused massage. When massage is used specifically to treat stress, Dr. Zhang recommends familiarizing oneself with relaxing massages first. Going straight into a medical massage tends to create the fight-or-flight reflex. When acupressure is stronger than expected, patients don’t relax, muscles tense up, and the positive effects of the massage are lost. Reflexology, a combination of TCM and Western treatment, feels more like a medical massage. When a masseuse understands how anatomy, body structure, and bones work together, finding the pressure points is key to relieving pain or stress. We often use pressure points on ourselves without realizing it’s a form of massage or acupressure. When you have a knot in your back, you rub it to relieve the pain, or you back in front of a hot fire to warm the body before massaging the pain out. Heat, combined with massage, allows the muscles to relax and allows the healing to begin.

Chiropractic Treatments The history of chiropractic treatment began in the US back in 1895. There has been much skepticism about the validity and effectiveness of the practice, but those who have obtained successful relief tout its positive points. The spine’s alignment is easily jarred by sports, accidents, or even twisting the wrong way unintentionally. Spinal issues are usually gradual, so sometimes the pain from that forgotten incident doesn’t resurface for many years. However, taking care to keep your spine adjusted properly can not only keep pains at bay in the future, but also prevents potential nerve, muscle, or organ damage. As our bodies age and degenerate, it’s important to keep on top of spinal alignment. Soft tissue discs are affected by simple things such as wearing the wrong kind of shoe or sitting the wrong way at the computer desk. A healthy spine means a healthy body.

“Based on theories developed in China over 2,000 years ago, TCM doctors treat patients by looking at the whole body”

Do-It-Yourself Stress Relief Here are some simple things you can try at home to help ease stress. Learning more about your body as a whole may take a little more effort, but it’s also a good investment for your long-term health. Practice good posture. Slouching and jutting the head or neck forward when working on a computer slows blood flow to the brain, which leads to fatigue, stress, and depression. Take a foot bath. Soaking feet in hot water warms the entire body, increasing blood flow upwards and relieving stress. This practice is excellent before a foot massage. Adding sliced ginger root to the water is helpful for expelling cold and dampness. Exercise is always good to combat stress, as is calming the mind through qigong. Balance is key with both diet and body warmth, especially for children. Too much or too little overloads the body and negatively affects major organs. Get plenty of sleep. Moist heat is best in cold, dry Beijing. Heating pads, hot water bottles, or wet towels heated in the microwave are all good solutions. Placing them around the neck opens blood flow to the brain. (This is great to try when doing computer work.) Keep your feet warm. The Chinese believe that cold gets into our bodies through the feet. Chop up ginger with sugar or honey into boiling water, then drink it to relieve a common cold. Don’t make it too concentrated or it will upset the stomach. In the winter, add ginger to tea. In the summer, use lemon instead.

Resources Dr. Li Zuzhen Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing; 9/F, Office Tower, Hong Kong Macau Center Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie (6501 3806, 6553 2288 ext 2345/46/47) 北京港澳国际医务诊 所, 东城区北京港澳国际医务诊所, 朝阳门北大街2号港澳中心 办公楼9层 Dr. David Zhang Joyful Bliss Wellness Center, 3/F, 32 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (next to Golden Land Office Building) (6433 6232) 朝阳 区亮马桥路32号 高澜大厦附楼三层

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Dining Top 5 Places To

Sip Soup Hercules This spacious establishment in Sanlitun is home to hearty soups, salads and sandwiches. Their selection for soup includes seven mouth-watering flavors (ranging from RMB 22-32): tomato bisque, curried carrot, cream of mushroom, cream of pumpkin, French onion, vegetable minestrone, and chicken macaroni. At an extra RMB 10, diners can request a bread bowl or an extra order of three slices of bread for select soups. Of note, however, is that this restaurant is surrounded by bars. Families are better off sticking to this sandwich joint for lunch or an early dinner. Daily 11am-midnight. 2/F, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District (6415 0299) 朝阳区三里屯同里2楼

Bai Zhou Xiang

Herbal Cafe

Bai Zhou Xiang is a Chinese chain that specializes in congee, or rice porridge (粥). Though not technically soup, congee is a great way to stay warm during the winter. The restaurant has over 60 kinds of porridge, from black sesame to dog meat (yikes). If you feel like something more solid, there are also pot stickers (锅贴), Chinese dishes, and bing (bread).

This Hong Kong cafe chain serves up MSG-free soups, braised dishes, stir-fried noodles, dim sum, and desserts. Try their range of nourishing herbal soups and drinks, like the savory 8-Hours Essence Soup (RMB 38). If that’s not your cup of tea, there is also congee, wonton soup, and soup noodles. Be warned: Herbal Cafe often has a lineup during lunch and on weekends, so stop by during off-hours to beat the crowd.

Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Boning Park, 6 Zaoying Beili, Chaoyang District (6507 9656) 百粥乡,朝阳区枣营北里6号伯宁花园1楼 See Directory for more locations.

Hungry Horse This restaurant echoes an American-style diner and doesn’t disappoint with large and delicious portions. The menu offers everything from salads and burgers to great soups (try their soupof-the-day). The Reuben and French dip sandwiches are highly recommended.

Hercules serves up a piping hot bowl of tomato bisque



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Very Siam This elegant restaurant serves up a host of tangy and hearty Thai soups, like the Thai-style coconut cream chicken soup or tom yum kung (spicy sour shrimp soup). Very Siam can also modify some of its soups to accommodate vegetarians; just be sure to notify your server. Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 10A Xinyuan Xili Dongjie (in the alley northwest of Yuyang Hotel), Chaoyang District (8451 0031) 非常 泰,朝阳区新源西里东街甲10号渔阳饭店西北胡同内

PHOTO: judy zhou

Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am-10pm. Stall 609, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District (8046 5519) 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场609

Daily 8am-midnight. B02, 17 Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5820 4679) 泰和草本工坊,朝阳区建国路93号万达广场10 号楼B02 See Directory for more locations.

Dining In

Beijing’s Top Delivery Services Bringing the finest cuisine to your doorstep


PHOTO: judy zhou, with special thanks to jinshisong

ith dry, sub-zero winters, it’s no wonder that most Beijingers are hibernating these days. If you find yourself trapped indoors on these blustery nights, here’s a handy guide for ordering in. Whether you’re craving cuisine from China, India, Thailand, the US, Italy, or elsewhere, we’ve got you covered.

Cole Walker (7), possibly the youngest delivery boy in Beijing, loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches January/February 2012




Jinshisong 锦食送 Type of cuisine: Chinese and International (American, Korean, Middle Eastern, and more) Kid friendliness of food selection: Families can choose a wide variety of restaurants, from Chinese to Western cuisine. Delivery zones: All districts of Beijing. Delivery fee: Starts at RMB 15, but check their website – as many restaurants offer free delivery within 3km. Fees are dependent on distance of the restaurant to your destination. Also, note that the delivery service is currently based in the Sanlitun area. Minimum order? There is a minimum order of RMB 68. How to order: Online, choose a type of cuisine and then a restaurant. Next, select the desired dishes. Customers have the option of choosing from more than one restaurant. When checking out, fill in your name, number and address. Also, choose your area on the map to find out the delivery fee. After finalizing your order, a text message is sent to your mobile and registered users can track their order via a GPS system on the website. A complimentary bottle of water and some fortune cookies come with each order. Does the staff speak English? Yes How user-friendly is the service? Ordering is straightforward and easy to do. If there are any problems with the order, call customer support, which has fluent English speakers. Estimated time of delivery: Upward from 40-50 minutes. Registering online shortens delivery time. Average price of a meal for a family of three: RMB 300-400. Cost varies depending on the chosen restaurant. Accepts credit cards? No Website: Customer support: 400 300 517 Hours of delivery: Daily 10.30am-10.30pm.

Haidilao HILaosong 海底捞HI捞送 Type of cuisine: Chinese Kid friendliness of food selection: An array of fresh vegetables, meats and more. Delivery zones: Within 20 km of the Haidilao restaurants (including the following branches: Zizhuqiao, Baizhifang, Wangjing, Jingsong, Hongmiao, Mudanyuan, Fangzhuang, Wangfujing). For addresses, see Directory. For a review of the restaurant, see Feature (p82). Delivery fee: Ranges from RMB 49-109, depending on distance. Minimum order? There is a minimum order of RMB 238. How to order: Ordering is available online or by phone. To order online, choose the city first, then the food. Next, fill in the address, and choose how far you are from one of the distribution spots, and click confirm. Both the website and hotline are Chinese-only.



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Daojia Meishi Hui 到家美食会 Type of cuisine: Chinese and International (Korean, Japanese, Italian and more) Kid friendliness of food selection: There is a wide selection of food and when ordering, spiciness of the food can be selected. Delivery zones: From the Second Ring Road to the Fourth Ring Road. Delivery fee: RMB 6. There’s no delivery fee for orders of RMB 200 and more. Minimum order? None How to order: The website is only in Chinese. Choose the area where you live from their home page. A list of select restaurants closest to your home or office pops up. After selecting a restaurant, click on the menu items you would like to order. You can either order via telephone or their website. Does the staff speak English? No, and the website is only in Chinese. How user-friendly is the service? For food allergies, if you would like to know what’s in each dish, you have to ask the restaurant directly. Estimated time of delivery: 45-50 minutes, but times may vary depending on distance from the restaurant. Average price of a meal for a family of three: RMB 200 Accepts credit cards? No Website: Phone: 6608 0101 Hours of delivery: Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm. Hours for ordering: Daily 9am-9pm.

Does the staff speak English? No How user-friendly is the service? The service is great. Haidilao will bring everything from the pot to an electronic hotplate and extension cords. (These items must be requested in advance.) Estimated time of delivery: Around 90 minutes to 3 hours. Average price of a meal for a family of three: RMB 250 Accepts credit cards? No Website: (Chinese-only) Phone: 4008 107 107 (Chinese-only) Hours of delivery: Daily 11am-9pm. Hours for ordering via hotline: Daily 8am-11pm.

KK Rabbit Type of cuisine: Chinese and International (Indian, American, Italian, and more) Kid friendliness of food selection: There’s lots to choose from, so even the pickiest eaters should find something they like. Most restaurants can adjust spice levels. Delivery zones: They serve the areas near Guomao, Sanlitun, and Solana. Delivery fee: RMB 15 for restaurants within 3km of your location and an extra RMB 7 for every kilometer after that. When you place an online order, KK Rabbit will contact you within 10 minutes to tell you the correct delivery fee (sometimes the website overestimates the fee). Minimum delivery cost? None How to order online: On the website, narrow down your selection by type of cuisine, region, or meal item. Then the site calculates the delivery time and total cost after you enter your address in pinyin. Next, type in your name, telephone number, address, and any special requests. Ordering online gets you one free drink (Sprite, Coke, or water) from any restaurant. How to order (other methods): Alternatively, you can order through their delivery hotline or live chat through MSN and Skype. Does the staff speak English? The phone staff speaks English, but a lot of repetition and clarification was needed. How user-friendly is the service? The website is easy to use. Users who plan on reusing the service should register online. Estimated time of delivery: 30-50 minutes (on average). Average price of a meal for a family of three: RMB 300-400. Cost varies depending on the chosen restaurant. Accepts credit cards? No Website: Phone: 400 720 1717 Hours of delivery: Delivery hours vary from restaurant to restaurant, but KK Rabbit’s hotline is available from 10.30am-10.30pm daily. Here are a few restaurants that also deliver:

Annie’s Type of cuisine: Italian Website: Phone: Contact your nearest Annie’s (See Directory for details). Hours of delivery: Daily 11am-11pm. Delivery zones: Chaoyang District

Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory Type of cuisine: Pizza Website: Phone: 8587 1404/1370 (Sanlitun), 5135 8557 (Lido) Hours of delivery: Daily 11am-11pm. Delivery zones: Lido area, Sanlitun area and beyond (places within Line 5 subway to Chaoyang Park and Sanyuan Qiao to Jianguo Lu)

Sherpa’s Type of cuisine: Chinese and International (American, Japanese, Mexican, Thai and more) Kid friendliness of food selection: There is a wide selection of food and when ordering, spiciness of the food can be selected. Delivery zones: Chaoyang District, Dongcheng District Delivery fee: Starting at RMB 10-15. It increases if the distance is greater. Minimum order? None, except Burger King and Subway, which require a RMB 50 minimum order. How to order: Choose the destination by entering your street in pinyin. A list of select restaurants closest to your home or office pops up, along with their delivery service charge (starts at RMB 10). After selecting a restaurant, click on the menu items you would like to order. An email is sent with a summary of the bill, as well as the delivery time. Does the staff speak English? Phone staff speaks English. How user-friendly is the service? It’s fine, if you don’t need anything changed to your order last minute. Both the hotline and live chat service are in English. However, the live chat response can be slow. Estimated time of delivery: 45 minutes (on average). Average price of a meal for a family of three: RMB 300-400. Cost varies depending on the chosen restaurant. Accepts credit cards? No Website: Phone: 400-600-6209 Hours of delivery: Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. Closed during holidays, including Chinese New Year. Check their website for details.

Element Fresh Type of cuisine: American Website: Phone: 6430 2170 delivery hotline Hours of delivery: Daily 7am-10pm. Delivery zones: Sanlitun area, Lido area

Green Bites Dumpling Bar Type of cuisine: Chinese Website: Phone: 8590 0645/46, 8590 0475 (English hotline) Hours of delivery: Daily 10.30am-8.30pm. Delivery zones: Only within 3km of Sanlitun Soho. Free delivery for places near Sanlitun Soho; mimimum orders of RMB 50 for further destinations. See Directory for complete listings and check online/contact the restaurant for delivery details.

Reviews by Sijia Chen, Kara Chin, Diana Dai and Winnie Wang. January/February 2012



A Healthy Start

Make your own muesli, granola and banana bread recipe by Jennifer Thomé; photo by Mishka Family Photography


ornings are a busy time for families. Making sure that everyone gets a perfectly balanced meal can be tricky. Cereals are quick and easy, but they are also jampacked with sugars, and their “nutrients” are synthetic and hard to digest. Making your own muesli is a great alternative. Just sit everyone down around the kitchen table, let them try each of the ingredients, and add what they like to their batch. Everyone gets a custom treat and it’s also a great opportunity to talk to your kids about nutrition. It’s important to choose dried fruits free of sulfides and keep fruit additions to a minimum, as they can be high in sugar. The muesli can also be made into granola. Pair this with a few slices of homemade banana bread and you’ve got one healthy breakfast.

Alexa McKendry (5) puts together her own muesli mix of oats and dried fruits



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Muesli 干果麦片 Plain oats 纯燕麦 Roasted nuts and seeds, such as pumpkin seeds, chopped almonds and cashews, and coconut 各种坚果,例如碎 杏仁,腰果,白瓜子仁和椰果等 Roasted flaxseeds, ground (a great source of Omega-3) 将干坚果磨碎(富含Ω-3脂肪酸) Assorted dried fruits, such as raisins, cranberries, pineapple, apples, bananas, and cherries 混合干果,例如葡萄 干,蔓越莓干,菠萝干,苹果干,香蕉干和樱桃干 Fill a large jar, bowl, or zip-lock bag ¾ of the way with oats. Then, add ½ cup of the roasted and ground flaxseeds, and add your selection of roasted nuts and dried fruits. Seal the container and shake it up! If you have a bowl, use a large spoon to stir all of the ingredients until mixed. Enjoy with fresh milk or yogurt. 找一个大罐,碗或者密封袋,用燕麦填满至¾处。然后加入半杯磨碎的亚麻籽,再加入所准备的坚果和干果。将容 器封严,摇匀!如果是用碗的话,用一个大勺子将所有配料搅匀。加入鲜奶,豆浆或酸奶食用。 Granola 格兰诺拉燕麦 ¾ cup honey 蜂蜜¾杯 ¼ cup of your favorite juice concentrate (lemon or orange) 你最喜欢的浓缩果汁¼杯(柠檬汁或橙汁) 2 tbsp olive oil 橄榄油2汤匙 1 tsp of vanilla concentrate or other flavor (optional) 香草油1茶匙或者其他口味(可选) 6 cups of muesli 混合谷物6杯 Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celsius), and toast muesli for seven to ten minutes, until toasty. Mix honey, juice, olive oil and concentrate. In a large bowl, combine all the toasted muesli with the paste. Stir and spread the mixture over the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring frequently so it browns evenly on both sides. Be careful not to bake it for too long, and remember that granola hardens as it cools. 将烤箱预热350华氏度(约180摄氏度),将混合谷物烤七到十分钟至香脆。将蜂蜜、果汁、橄榄油和其他风味的精 油搅拌在一起。将搅拌好的浆糊与烤好的混合谷物倒入在大碗中,搅拌好后均匀摊在烤盘上。烤20分钟,在烘烤过 程中需经常拿出搅拌所以烤得均匀。格兰诺拉燕麦冷却后就会变硬,所以烤的时间别太长! Banana Bread 香蕉面包 Serves 3-4 people 三至四人份 4 mashed bananas 香蕉4只,捣成香蕉泥 1-2 tablespoons honey 蜂蜜1-2茶匙 2 eggs 鸡蛋2个 ¼ cup milk 牛奶¼杯 1¼ cups flour 面粉1¼杯 ½ cups muesli 混合谷物半杯 3 tsp baking powder 发酵粉3茶匙 ¼ tsp salt 盐¼茶匙 Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celsius). In a bowl or blender, combine bananas, honey, eggs, and milk. Then stir in the flour, muesli, baking powder and salt. Pour the batter into a buttered baking dish, and bake for 25 minutes. Lower the temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for another 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 预热烤箱,350华氏度(约180摄氏度)。将蜂蜜,香蕉,鸡蛋,牛奶和其他干的配料倒入搅拌器或碗中搅匀,然后 倒入涂了黄油的烤盘中,烤25分钟。将温度调到300华氏度(约140摄氏度)再烤30分钟,烤完后可以插根牙签,如 果抽出来是干净的,就好了。

Translation by Diana Dai

Jennifer Thomé loves food. Born in Germany, Jennifer spent her youth roaming her grandmother’s garden in search of new and delicious things to eat – a search she continues since moving to China. When she’s not busy running Agenda magazine, you’ll find her chopping and stirring away in her January/February 2012 kitchen.



Playing What's Fun In


Slip-and-slide, tuck in to some pizza, and let your creative side run wild by Phoebe Middleton


he Shichahai lake area of Xicheng district, commonly known as Houhai, has fast become one of the city’s most animated nightlife hotspots. But this lively area is not only a popular destination for young people at night, but also for families seeking relaxation by the peaceful lakeside. There are hordes of shoppers in search of trinkets, winding their way through the hutongs’ maze of charming shops. The Houhai area encompasses three lakes: Xihai, Houhai, and Qianhai. Houhai, the largest and most striking of the three, freezes in the winter, providing a picture-perfect setting for a spot of ice skating. The area merges the traditional with the modern; you’re sure to find plenty to see and do here.

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egin your exploration of Houhai with the Drum and Bell Towers (1), just a 10-minute walk from Guloudajie subway station. At the intersection of Di’anmen Dajie and Di’anmen Xidajie, you’ll spot the Drum Tower. Back in the 1200s, the Drum Tower was home to 24 drums. Each was struck to signify each hour of the day. Currently, the drums are used every half hour between 9-11.30am and 1.30-5pm. Just north of the Drum Tower is the Bell Tower, which contains a 500-year-old bronze bell with 10cm thick walls. Walk south and keep a lookout for the tall colorful archway of Yandai Xiejie, on the west side of Di’anmen Xidajie. Along Yandai Xiejie on the right is the DIY Craft Workshop (2). Here, you can draw and paint your own arts and crafts. Creative folks can even paint their own jingju (Beijing opera) masks. For the less gifted artists, the friendly English- and Chinese-speaking staff is happy to lend a hand. Next, continue on to the assortment of souvenir shops that line both sides of Yandai Xiejie. Here, you can find trinkets and handcrafted goods from all corners of the world, such as Tibet, India and Africa. The highlight 志 新 路 of this hutong is chocolate art salon Cocoa WUDAOKOU Ballet (3). It houses a variety of delicious flavored chocolate delights, including coconut and champagne (for the adults). The shop HAIDIAN even sells sugar-free chocolates, so you can HUANGZHUANG XITUCHENG ZHICHUN treat the kidsLUwithout having to worry about another visit from the tooth fairy. A 50gJIANDEMEN bag MUDANYUAN ZHICHUNLI of chocolates will cost you RMB 29.


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At the end of Yandai Xiejie, turn left where the path forks and you will find a snack bar, aptly named Churros (4). Refuel here with one of their delicious sweet snacks, which are priced at RMB 15 for a portion of churros and chocolate sauce. After some mouth-watering churros, check out Yingding Qiao. This white bridge, which is over 500 years old, is always full of traffic, but if you’re quick, it is a great spot for a family photo. To the left of the bridge is Qianhai Lake. Cross the bridge and follow Qianhai lake down until you see the Ice Skate Rental Booth (5). The booth is located on the western edge of the lake. Prices* are RMB 15 with a RMB 30 deposit for three hours of ice skating and ice-bikes are about RMB 20 with a RMB 50 deposit. If you opt for this winter activity, just remember to dress for the occasion as it can get chilly out there. After working up an appetite, grab a bite at Hutong Pizza (6). To get there, backtrack, traveling north along Qianhai Lake. At Yingding Qiao, turn left and you’ll see a DATUNLU EAST discrete sign for Hutong Pizza – which will tell OLYMPIC GREEN you to turn right. A few minutes later, you will arrive at Hutong Pizza. This eatery boasts a great variety of pizzas, from the classic cheese and tomato to more Mediterranean flavors. Portions here are generous, and even a small OLYMPIC CENTER HUIXINXIJIE BEIKOU pizza is quite large, so sharing is ideal. Plus, if your group can’t decide on one particular flavor, ask for half and half. Prices range from BEITUCHENG approximately RMB 38 to RMB 128 depending HUIXINXIJIE NANKOU SHAOYAOJU on size and ANZHENMEN flavor. There is also a selection of drinks, snacks, and cakes.

If the troop still has energy, consider a bike ride. There are many bicycle shops (7) that have two-wheelers for rent. Check along Qianhai Lake, or directly opposite Houhai Lake. Bicycle rentals start at approximately RMB 10 for one hour. Choose from regular single-seaters or tandem bikes for three people. When you’ve exhausted everyone with a family bike ride, it’s time to head home.

*Note: Prices quoted are last year’s prices.

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Drum and Bell Towers 钟鼓楼 Daily 9am-5pm. Drum Tower: RMB 20, RMB 10 (students); Bell Tower: RMB 15, RMB 8 (students); RMB 30 for both. Di’anmen Dajie, Dongcheng District (6401 2674) 东城区地安门大街 望京西 DIY Craft Workshop 手工印象 WANGJING XI Daily 9.30am-9.30pm 3 Dashibei, Yandai Xiejie, Xicheng District 西城区烟袋斜街大石碑3号

Cocoa Ballet Chocolate Art Salon 可可芭蕾巧克力艺术沙龙 Daily 11am-11pm. 30 Yandai Xiejie, Xicheng District (133 8137 7712) 西城区烟袋斜街30号 TAIYANGGONG

Churros 古事果 Daily 9.30am-11.30pm. Yandai Xiejie, Houhai, SANYUANQIAO Xicheng District 西城区烟袋斜街




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Ice Skating on Qianhai 什刹海溜冰场 Di’anmen Xidajie (opposite the north gate of LIANGMAHE Beihai Park), Xicheng District 西城区地安门西大街




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Hutong Pizza 胡同比萨 Daily 11am-11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, TUANJIEHU Houhai, Xicheng District (83228916) DONGSI SHITIAO 西城区银锭胡同9号 工人体育场东路










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Playing Family Day Tripper Travels

Sand, Surf, and Scuba Diving The Chou family takes in the sights and sounds of Boracay

The Chou family poses with their PADI diving instructor (center)

The Travelers Patricia Young-Chou, her husband William Chou, and their two kids: Hudson (13) and Amira (10). The Plan The Chou family visited the island of Boracay in the Philippines during the October national holidays. They took a direct flight from Beijing to Manila, then booked their own domestic flights through local airlines like Cebu and Zest Airways to reach their final destination. Depending on whether you fly into Caticlan or Kalibo Airport, it’s either a bus ride or a 10-minute ferry ride to reach the island of Boracay. The Chou family did not use a travel agent, and instead planned their own trip from beginning to end.

The Best Part The weather outside is frightful, but the water is so delightful In Boracay, Calypso Diving Resort offered a great PADI-certified scuba



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The Worst Part On a red-eye flight from Beijing, they stayed at Manila International Airport from 3am to 5am, before checking in for a domestic flight to Boracay. They found out in-flight that their plane was being redirected to Kalibo rather than Caticlan. That means they had to take a 90-minute bus ride to reach the ferry that would take them to Boracay. On their way back to Manila, they also encountered a three-hour delay at a tiny terminal with nothing much to offer. Unexpected Moments Everyone was really friendly on the island. ATVs and motorized scooters can be rented by the hour. Many types of cuisines are offered at D’Mall, the main outdoor shopping center along the beach. A must-try is the delicious fresh mango shake. Family-Friendly Features English is widely spoken and understood in the Philippines. A tour guide is not required, because you can negotiate with the motorized

photos: courtesy of the chou family

The Cost Direct roundtrip flights from Beijing to Manila with Air China cost RMB 25,000 for the entire family. Once in the Philippines, domestic flights cost an additional RMB 1,500. In Boracay, at Ron’s Rendezvous Resort, five nights in a two-bedroom bungalow cost around RMB 2,550. Transportation cost around RMB 300, or RMB 15 per ride on motorized rickshaws. Not including shopping and food expenses, the Chou family vacation was roughly RMB 30,000.

diving program for kids. The white sand beach and weather were superb, and the water was clean and warm. Amira and Hudson enjoyed scuba diving, while Patricia and William took a boat ride to the other side of the island on a banka (a type of sailboat). They got their very own captain, who took them to a more remote location called Puka Beach. Along the way, they did some snorkeling.

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Just another morning at Boracay’s 3km-long White Beach

Hudson putting his new scuba diving skills to use

rickshaw driver for a tour of the island. Be sure to bargain. If lying on the beach all day isn’t your cup of tea, there’s a range of activities suitable for all ages. Amira and Hudson enrolled in a four-day scuba diving course at Calypso Diving, where they earned their PADI Junior Open Water Diver’s certificate that is recognized worldwide and is valid for life. To relax, there are cheap spa treatments available right on the beach.

Hudson (13) and Amira (10) in one of the island’s motorized rickshaws

buffets with bottomless ice teas starting at around RMB 40. Some of the seafood on offer includes fresh mussels, oysters, and clams. Dining establishments sometimes offered entertainment, such as fire dancers and live bands.

Travel Tips While planning their trip, Patricia looked up forum posts on sites like She recommends packing light and avoiding wheeled luggage, since you’ll be stepping right off the ferry into the sand. However, there are porters for hire, who will load and unload your luggage for only RMB 15. There’s a recently-opened five star Shangri-La hotel on the island with its own private beachfront, but the family opted for a budget-friendly bungalow owned by a very sweet couple that was just steps away from the beach. Though Ron’s Rendezvous is nothing glamorous, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi, daily breakfast, and your own hammock on the front porch. Amira and Hudson enjoyed the latter more than the cable TV inside the room. Boracay had lots to offer when it came to food. D’Mall was a good choice, as was Talipapa Market, which sells live seafood made-toorder. In the evening, White Beach has an array of all-you-can-eat

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Playing Family Travels

Nathan (11), Angela, and Isabel (8) make some new friends

Up Close and Personal The Janser family journeys to Kenya’s Maasai Mara Natural Reserve The Travelers Michael Janser, Angela Toda, and their two kids: Nathan (11) and Isabel (8).

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The Worst Part Despite Kenya’s natural beauty, the country has a host of potentially serious diseases. Travelers should take every precaution to avoid

photos:courtesy of the janser family

The Cost Roundtrip airfare from Beijing to Nairobi, with a transfer in Dubai, came up to RMB 11,930 per adult and RMB 8,970 per child. The Jansers flew with Emirates Airlines. In Nairobi, the Jansers stayed at the Nairobi Serena Hotel. In Dubai, everything was expensive. For two adults and two kids, a room at the Palm Atlantis in Dubai averaged RMB 3,190 per night. The Jansers visited Kenya during high season, which is tied with the annual wildebeest migrations. They found that costs were higher than the ones quoted in the 2009 edition of Lonely Planet. Their safari trip was arranged by Norwegian-owned Basecamp Explorer, a group that focuses on responsible tourism. A five-day, four-night package for four people in the Maasai Mara ranges from RMB 8,250-RMB 12,200 per person.

which isn’t easy when there’s a wide range of ages and interests. No one was bored, no one complained that they would rather be doing something else, and no one said they wanted to go home. The best part of the Jansers’ trip was experiencing the natural beauty of Kenya’s Maasai Mara Natural Reserve. The abundance of wildlife was amazing, as was the opportunity to see animals at arm’s length in their natural habitat. Each member of the family had a favorite animal that they had a special thrill in seeing. They also enjoyed interacting with the local Maasai people. They received a bow and arrow lesson from some of the warriors and visited a local village. The Maasai way of life has changed over time; traditions like lion hunting have fallen by the wayside. Nonetheless, their warm smiles and colorful red wraps brightened the family’s travels. In Dubai, the family had the opportunity to swim with a dolphin. Their hotel, the Palm Atlantis, had a built-in water park and aquarium with free admission for hotel guests. They enjoyed having a couple more days to unwind before returning to Beijing.

The Janser family living the high life at the Palm Atlantis in Dubai

getting sick, including vaccinations to prevent rabies, tetanus, yellow fever, and malaria. Unfortunately, a few members of the family reacted badly to their malaria pills, to the point where one of the kids required overnight hospitalization. As a result, the safari trip was cut short by a few days.

Isabel and Nathan prepare to test out their new bow-and-arrow skills

Unexpected Moments A very sweet zookeeper at Nairobi National Park’s animal rescue center bent a few rules to allow Nathan and Isabel to get up close and personal with some of the rescued animals. The Jansers also had two unexpected stops – one resulting from a flat tire, the other from helping another vehicle stuck in the mud – that led to charming encounters with local Maasai children. The newcomers and locals were mutually curious and open to each other. Travel Tips Families should do a lot of research and consider investing in a mid- to upper-range safari. While camping and “roughing it” might sound great, there are several security issues to consider (such as the driver or guide’s depth of knowledge). Be sure to bring a pair of binoculars for each person, sturdy walking shoes and sensible clothes that you can layer. Make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Though the majority of Kenyans earn about RMB 6 a day, expect to pay Western prices for Western-style accommodations and amenities. Likewise, be prepared for the fact that Dubai can be quite pricey.

Isabel feeds one hungry giraffe

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Winter Wonderland Where to hit the slopes around Beijing by Sijia Chen

With 12 skiing and snowboarding trails over 2.5 sq km, Nanshan Ski Village is one of Beijing’s biggest ski resorts


eijing might not be the first place you think of for snow sports, but in the winter, there are great options for skiers and snowboarders. Even for families with small children, there’s a range of affordable activities and features available. Here’s a roundup of the city’s local ski resorts.

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Daily 8.30am-5pm. Liangshan Zhuang, Zhang Town, Shunyi District (6148 8111, 6148 8222, 莲花山滑雪场,顺义区张镇良善庄

Jundushun Ski Resort Size: The Jundushuan Ski Resort boasts a

total area of 150,000sqm and can accommodate 6,000 people. Distance from Beijing: 30km from the CBD; located close to the famous Ming Tombs in Changping District. Pricing: Jundushan doesn’t offer a whole day price, billing instead by two to eight hour intervals. For eight hours, it costs RMB 220 (weekdays), RMB 360 (weekends), or RMB 390 (holidays) per person. The price includes equipment rental and ski lifts, and requires an additional RMB 30 deposit. The resort also offers night skiing for RMB 80, which gets you five hours of skiing and a complimentary dinner. All guests must pay a separate RMB 20 entry fee, except for kids under 1.2m. Features: Jundushan has a ski school made up of professionals trained by instructors from Switzerland, France, the US, and Austria. The resort also has Western-style restaurants, cafes, shops, supermarkets, massage treat-

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Size: Over 10,000sqm and includes a total of five ski trails. Distance from Beijing: Located in Shunyi District, Lianhua Shan is just 30km from the airport and about 24km west of the center of Shunyi. Pricing: An entire day at Lianhua Shan costs RMB 70 (weekdays), RMB 120 (weekends), or RMB 140 (holidays) per person. There’s also two-, three-, four-hour, and night pricing available. The price includes equipment rental and a lift ticket; a deposit of RMB 300 is

required for rentals. Features: There’s a children’s “snow world” with snow tubing (RMB 50/hour) and a sparse playground. Lianhua Shan also has an “eco-restaurant” with bamboo surroundings, a waterfall, glass walls, and a Chinese-style buffet. English-speaking? Lianhua Shan’s website is Chinese-only. Some ski instructors speak very basic English. How to get there: From Shunyi, it’s about a 50-minute drive to Lianhua Shan. Visitors can also take the 918 bus from Dongzhimen all the way to the resort.

Playing Day Tripper first snow football ground. Distance from Beijing: 62km from the CBD Pricing: Prices vary widely depending on when and how long you ski; equipment rental and a lift ticket are included. For a whole day, it costs RMB 240 (weekdays), RMB 360 (weekends), or RMB 390 (New Year’s and Spring Festival) for adults. There’s also two-hour, three-hour, or four-hour pricing available. Visitors can get a discount if they book at least one day in advance. There’s a separate RMB 20 entrance fee, which is waived for kids 1.2m and under. There’s a RMB 200 deposit fee for rentals. Features: Besides hitting the slopes, visitors can also go tobogganing on a 1,318-meter long run (RMB 50 per run) or sledding (RMB 15-150 depending on duration). Kids can rent a children’s snow mobile for RMB 16 per minute (five minutes minimum) or enjoy the kids’ playground. There’s also a terrain park maintained by Mellow Parks, suitable for advanced skiers and boarders eager to perfect some tricks. English-speaking? Nanshan has an English website and English-speaking ski instructors; just be sure to specify when you book your tickets. How to get there: By car, it takes about 35 minutes to drive to Nanshan from the Jingcheng Expressway. The resort also offers a shuttle bus service that departs every day at 8.30am from two stops (Sanyuan Qiao and Wudaokou subway station) and returns at 5.30pm. A return ticket costs RMB 35 per person and must be booked a day in advance. Alternatively, visitors can also take the 980 bus from Dongzhimen for RMB 14 and then take a taxi to Nanshan (about RMB 20 per person).

ments, and other services. English-speaking? The website is Chineseonly, and English-speaking ski instructors aren’t always available. Call ahead to ask. How to get there: Driving to Jundushan takes around 1.5 hours from the CBD. The resort doesn’t offer a shuttle bus service, but visitors can take the 345, 888, or 884 buses to Changping. Daily 8.30am-10pm. 588 Zhenshun Village, Cuicun Town, Changping District (6072 5888) 军都山滑雪场,昌平区崔村 镇真顺村588号

Nanshan Ski Village Size: Nanshan has 12 ski and snowboard trails over 2.5sq km, including several “firsts”: China’s first international standard half pipe, China’s first advanced mogul trail, and China’s

Daily 8am-5.30pm. Sheng Shuitou Village, Henanzhai Town, Miyun County (8909 1909) 北京南山滑雪度假村, 密云河南寨镇圣水头村

Huaibei International Ski Resort Size: Huaibei bills itself as the “largest ski resort in Beijing,” covering an area of 9.6sq km. There are seven trails in total, as well as a ski park and more than 100 ski instructors. Distance from Beijing: 67km. It is located in the Jiugukou scenic area north of Huairou District, close to the Great Wall. Pricing: Whole day pricing is RMB 220 (weekdays), RMB 360 (weekends), or RMB 390 (holidays) per person. The cost includes equipment rental and use of ski lifts, but not the RMB 20 entry fee. There’s also an RMB 500 deposit for all rentals. Visitors who bring their own equipment can get 60 percent off the market price. Features: Huaibei has a ski school with

winter camps for kids. Every year, the resort’s Minipark puts on different events. The 20112012 lineup includes a snow wedding (Jan 15) and a snow throwing festival (Jan 26-28). English-speaking? Huaibei has an English website, but some sections are in Chinese only. The ski school offers English-speaking service for both kids and adults. How to get there: It takes just over two hours to drive to Huaibei from the CBD. The resort offers a shuttle bus from Tue-Sun at Dongzhimen. It departs at 8.10am and returns from Huaibei at 4.30pm. Tickets are included in the cost of the ski package, but seats must be booked a day in advance at 8486 9353. The 936 bus from Dongzhimen also goes to Huaibei and costs RMB 7-14 per person. Daily 8.30am-5.30pm. Hefangkou Village, Huaibei Town, Huairou District (8486 9353) 怀北国际滑雪场,怀柔区怀 北镇何方口村

Shijinglong Ski Resort Size: The resort covers an area of 2.4sq km and can accommodate up to 5,000 people. There are a total of seven ski runs. Distance from Beijing: 97km from the CBD Pricing: A day at Shijinglong costs RMB 200 (weekdays), RMB 360 (weekends), or RMB 380 (holidays) per adult. There is also four-hour pricing available, and the cost includes equipment rental and ski lift. Visitors can save up to 55 percent off ticket prices by pre-booking on the resort’s website or by telephone. Features: Shijinglong’s other features include a spa (RMB 28-38), dog sledding (RMB 20), snow “surfing” (RMB 10/ride, RMB 100/hour) a horse-drawn carriage (RMB 10/person), ATV rides on a 1,000m runway (RMB 100/ride), snow soccer (RMB 100/hour), and more. The resort also has Western food, a French cafe, shopping, and convenience stores. English-speaking? Shijinglong’s website and hotline are Chinese-only. The ski school has a few English-speaking instructors, but they’re not always available. Call ahead to find out. How to get there: It takes about 2.5 hours to drive to Shijinglong from downtown Beijing. The adventurous can take the 919 express bus from Deshengmen, then transfer to the 920, but be warned – this would double travel time to about 4 hours and 40 minutes. Luckily, Shijinglong offers a shuttle bus for RMB 35 per person. Tickets can be booked at 5905 9088. Daily 8am-6pm. Zhongyangfang Village, Zhangshanying Town, Yanqing County (5905 9088) 石京龙滑雪场,延庆县 张山营镇中羊坊村

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Parenting Beijing Baba

A Spark, A Pop, A Bang Admiring the hubbub of Chinese New Year fireworks, near and far

“I experience a profound sense of awe as hundreds of rockets light up the night sky”

by Christopher Lay


he same thing happens every Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday: a mass exodus from Beijing. The sky turns blue, traffic reduces to levels otherwise not witnessed since the 2008 Olympics, domestic helpers return to their home provinces, and white collar workers, both foreign and domestic, head for tropical climes. By contrast, during our first winter in Beijing, we remained in the city over the holiday and we enjoyed the experience so much, we have made it a family tradition to stay in Beijing over CNY.



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we visited her grandparents back in provincial Ashland. Not wanting her expectations to be skewed, I explained the brevity of the display and its diminutive nature. When she asked why we did not simply buy our own big fireworks, we discussed the municipal restrictions and the risk of fire in the dry summer climate. Finally, the fireworks display started and ended in 15 minutes. From the street outside, she exhibited little interest in the distant pops and showers of light. Instead, she showed much more enthusiasm for watching her older cousins light smoke bombs, sparking cones, and spinners while they wrote words on the canvas of night with sparklers. This, Reina enjoyed, despite the fireworks being exponentially more humble than Beijing’s offerings. Even though we encouraged her to venture outside and try her hand at lighting a sparkler or two, she felt content to watch safely from behind the glass, just like at home in Beijing.

Christopher Lay comes from the small town of Ashland, Oregon, US. He is the father of 4-year-old Reina and husband to Savvy Him. He is a freelance photographer and writer in Beijing. Visit his photo blog at

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Growing up in Ashland, Oregon, fireworks were officially reserved for one night of the year, Independence Day (the Fourth of July). In Ashland and much of the USA, Independence Day represents a time of backyard barbecues, local parades, warm evenings, and municipal firework displays that seem to draw out most of the town’s residents. For my own family, it represents a time of reunion when my brothers and I gather our families at Mom and Dad’s place to share our successes, console our tragedies, relive our pasts, and argue our differences. Similarly, CNY is also a time of celebration, family gatherings, and temple fairs, but the fireworks are on a whole other scale : completely off the chart. Every year, at midnight on the eve of CNY, I experience a profound sense of awe as hundreds of rockets light up the night sky with explosions of flowering sparks and spiraling comets while tens of thousands of firecrackers erupt into a cacophony of noise. All of this takes place in neighborhood after neighborhood, and in 30 minutes, I witness more fireworks than others have seen in a lifetime. Not surprisingly, this dramatic display of pyrotechnics has left an indelible impression on Reina too. Our first flat in Beijing stood beside the designated community ignition point for all neighborhood fireworks and, on the 21st floor, we enjoyed the nightly display of fireworks exploding at eye level outside our living room and bedroom windows. Reina adored them, raced to the window whenever she heard them, and despite our concerns, slept blissfully through them each night. On some nights during past holidays, we ate dumplings before venturing out early to light a few fireworks ourselves: towers of sparks that leapt into the sky and a few small rockets. For Reina, however, the sound of the other, larger fireworks quickly forced us to make a hasty retreat indoors, where we watched the night sky light up from behind the safety of a window. Night after night, we stared out in wonder at the magnitude of it all. With that in mind, I experienced some trepidation when I informed her this past summer of the pending fireworks display on the Fourth of July when

Parenting Married Today, Married Tomorrow

The Accidental Single Parent Maintaining good family relations as a frequent flyer by Dinah Chong Watkins


“Respect how the home has been run in your absence and work within the established parameters”

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re you or your spouse an elite member of an airline loyalty program? Got there due to the thousands of miles spent aboard a plane? If so, the person left at home probably inhabits the role of the Accidental Single Parent (ASP). As a working expat, frequent and extended travel is a necessity rather than an option. With cookie-cutter hotel rooms, the necessity of living out of a suitcase, and choppy Skype calls to the family, it’s a relief to just get back and relax. But often, re-entry means a turbulent landing. The load on single parents is enormous. They juggle work commitments, childcare, homework, school, and extra-curricular activities, along with domestic chores and personal time. In other words, they must be able to manage their affairs single-handedly. The ASP, on the other hand, has all the conditions of a single parent but see-saws back and forth between single and double parenting, with little choice or control over time. Good communication is key to any successful relationship, but with varied time zones, all-day conferences, and demands from both work and children, it’s no wonder that distance, rather than make the heart grow fonder, only makes the person frustrated and cranky. Whether you’re the jet-setting parent or the one that’s keeping the home fires burning, here are a few tips to deal with the ASP problem: Prior to a trip, discuss any concerns you have about family or household matters and agree upon a plan of action. Save complicated concerns for your return. Don’t announce unilateral decisions that will affect the entire family without first discussing it with your spouse. Talk to a good friend if levels of frustration or resentment at your spouse are building up. A different perspective can give you insight into handling matters constructively.

Don’t unleash your aggravation on your children or unload negative feelings about your spouse on them. Value your spouse and the family order. Protect time with your spouse even when separated. Book a time to call and make it a priority. It’s better to order room service and talk without time pressures than leaving matters unsettled just before bed and feeling tired. Don’t allow guilt to demoralize you or become another stressor in your life. Accept, acknowledge and be proactive in scheduling time with your family and spouse. Ease into re-entry. Respect how the home has been run in your absence and work within the established parameters rather than expect conditions to suddenly change. Don’t get caught up with work or social commitments your first week home. Re-establish intimacy with your spouse. Skype frequently. It’s free, it’s simple and with a webcam, it’s one step closer to being there in person. Frequent separation is a downside of the expat life, but with planning, communication and the support of family and friends, it can be an accepted part of a successful family relationship. And don’t forget to use all those frequent flyer miles for your own trips together.

Dinah escaped the cold, snowy winters o f To r o n t o fo r t h e c o l d , s m o g g y winters of Beijing. A wife, mother and writer (not always in that order), she has lived abroad for the past two decades. Married for a similar period to the same man (easier or harder?), she has learned that while love may be blind, sometimes it helps to be deaf (his snoring) and mute (football again?) as well. Read more from Dinah at

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Beijing’s Best Family-Friendly Eats

photo by The Bloom Family Photography, with special thanks to Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast

Whether you’re missing your favorite dish from your home country or would like to try something new, you’ve come to the right city. Beijing is bursting with options from around the world. Bite into a savory pepperoni pizza, a creamy pasta, a black bean veggie burger or some mouth-watering barbecued meats. These restaurants have something for everyone, including little ones. This month, we searched high and low for the city’s best family dining spots, rating each on the kid-friendliness of the staff, atmosphere and menu. We’ve also noted a place to play, in or around each restaurant. So round up your troops and head to one of Beijing’s best restaurants for families. Dig in!

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In Alphabetical Order Alio Olio................................................. 59 Annie’s.................................................. 65 Argo...................................................... 68 Aroma’s Sunday Gourmet Brunch, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing.......................... 57 Baihe Vegetarian.................................... 61 Biteapitta............................................... 76 Blue Frog............................................... 78 Bubbly Sunday Brunch, The Westin Beijing Financial Street.......... 63 Chef Too................................................ 58 Colibri Cafe............................................ 78 Comptoirs de France.............................. 72 Cornerstone........................................... 56 Dini’s Kosher Restaurant......................... 73 Din Tai Fung.......................................... 64 Dongbeiren............................................ 60 Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar.... 86 Element Fresh........................................ 74 Fatburger.............................................. 69 The Filling Station.................................. 82 Fizztastic Brunch, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing........................ 54 Fuel, Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport...... 83 Ganges.................................................. 62 Gori....................................................... 55 Grandma’s Kitchen................................. 60 Haidilao Hot Pot..................................... 80 Hard Rock Cafe...................................... 69 Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar............... 81 Hatsune................................................. 80 Hello Kitty Dreams.................................. 75 Home Plate Bar-B-Que............................ 71 Hutong Pizza.......................................... 67 Kro’s Nest.............................................. 77 Lily’s American Diner.............................. 64 Maan Coffee.......................................... 74 Meeting Point......................................... 65 Michael’s Place Italian Ristorante............. 86 Monsoon Brunch, InterContinental Beijing Financial Street... 63 Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels.............................. 83 New York Style Pizza.............................. 85 The Orchard.......................................... 84 Pinotage................................................ 87 Rug Bagel and Cafe................................ 59 Rumi..................................................... 79 South German Bakery............................. 70 Taj Pavilion............................................ 72 The Veggie Table.................................... 66 Vineyard Cafe........................................ 67 Xiao Wang Fu........................................ 55 Xibei Youmiancun................................... 71 Zen5es, The Westin Beijing Chaoyang...... 70

By Cuisine African Pinotage................................................ 87 American Blue Frog............................................... 78 Chef Too................................................ 58 Element Fresh........................................ 74 Fatburger.............................................. 69 The Filling Station.................................. 82 Grandma’s Kitchen................................. 60 Hard Rock Cafe...................................... 69 Home Plate Bar-B-Que............................ 71 Lily’s American Diner.............................. 64 Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels.............................. 83 Bakeries, Delis & Desserts Colibri Cafe............................................ 78 Comptoirs de France.............................. 72 Maan Coffee.......................................... 74 Rug Bagel and Cafe................................ 59 Brunch Aroma’s Sunday Gourmet Brunch, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing.............. 57 Bubbly Sunday Brunch, The Westin Beijing Financial Street.......... 63 Fizztastic Brunch, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing........................ 54 Fuel, Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport...... 83 Monsoon Brunch, InterContinental Beijing Financial Street... 63 Zen5es, The Westin Beijing Chaoyang...... 70 Contemporary Gori....................................................... 55 Chinese Din Tai Fung.......................................... 64 Dongbeiren............................................ 60 Haidilao Hot Pot..................................... 80 Xiao Wang Fu........................................ 55 Xibei Youmiancun................................... 71 European Hello Kitty Dreams.................................. 75 The Orchard.......................................... 84 South German Bakery............................. 70 Vineyard Cafe........................................ 67

Indian Ganges.................................................. 62 Taj Pavilion............................................ 72 Italian Alio Olio................................................. 59 Annie’s.................................................. 65 Cornerstone........................................... 56 Michael’s Place Italian Ristorante............. 86 Meeting Point......................................... 65 Japanese Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar............... 81 Hatsune................................................. 80 Mediterranean Argo...................................................... 68 Middle Eastern Biteapitta............................................... 76 Dini’s Kosher Restaurant......................... 73 Rumi..................................................... 79 Pizza Hutong Pizza.......................................... 67 Kro’s Nest.............................................. 77 New York Style Pizza.............................. 85 Vegetarian Baihe Vegetarian.................................... 61 Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar................................ 86 The Veggie Table.................................... 66

By Area CBD...................................................... 54 Chaoyang Park....................................... 58 Dongzhimen.......................................... 60 Financial Street...................................... 63 Guomao/Shuangjing............................... 64 Houhai.................................................. 66 Liangma Qiao......................................... 69 Lido...................................................... 72 Sanlitun................................................. 75 Shunyi................................................... 82 Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all restaurants are smoke-free and all prices reflect food and drinks for a family of three (two adults and one child).

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CBD Fizztastic Brunch, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing Cuisine: Brunch (Chinese, Western) English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: An outstanding array of fresh food. Staff: Helpful English-speaking staff. Bathroom: Big clean stalls with Western toilets. Best dishes for kids: Fresh, handmade pasta and pizza. And plenty of desserts, including cakes, ice cream, and chocolates. Kids’ play area? Yes. The play area includes a TV, a Wii, mini-slides and toys. Seating: A range of tables and booths, as well as small tables and stools for dining in the kids’ play area.

Price: RMB 388 (free-flow champagne), RMB 348 (wine, cocktails and soft drinks), RMB 308 (soft drinks and juice), half price for kids (6-12 years), free (kids under 5). All prices are subject to a 15% service fee. Accepts credit cards? Yes Must order item: Any of the pastas. Also, the lobster compliments the meal. In a nutshell: This lavish buffet delivers fresh food in a classy, modern setting with live music. When not in the play room, children can watch a chef make pasta by hand. Michael Spiritos Sun 11.30am-3pm. 5/F, Vasco’s, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing East Street Dongcheng District (5812 8888 ext 8411) 希尔顿王府井酒店,东城区王府井东街8号

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Feature Xiao Wang Fu Cuisine: Chinese English Menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Delicious and approachable Chinese cuisine. Order several dishes in typical Chinese style, and let the kids practice their chopstick skills. Staff: The staff is courteous and efficient, but their English is limited. Bathroom: Clean with sit-down toilets. Best dishes for kids: The award-winning gongbao jiding is delicately coated in a lightly sweet and wonderfully complex sauce, and mild enough for little ones if you set aside the bits of pepper. Try the sweet and sour pork with pineapple, fried spring rolls stuffed with shredded chicken, and Xiao Wang’s house fried rice. Kids’ play area? No play area, but the restaurant is homey with cozy nooks and

crannies for kids to poke around in within sight of their parents’ table. Seating: Standard tables and plush chairs. Price: RMB 350 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must order item: Try their flawless rendition of the ever-popular gongbao chicken, or their best-selling deep fried pork ribs with pepper salt. In a nutshell: A cozy restaurant with rustic and tasteful ambience and well-executed, classic Chinese dishes. The park location makes it a great place in the warmer months for pre or post-dinner strolls or playtime. The rooftop terrace is also worth checking out. Aubrey Stout Daily 11am-2pm, 5.30-10pm daily. Inside Ritan Park, North gate, Ritan Park, Chaoyang District (8561-7859/5985) 小王府, 朝阳区日坛路日坛公园北门内 See Directory for other locaions.

Gori Smoking/Non-smoking: There is both a non-smoking and smoking section. Price: RMB 300 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Laksa soup, gaiyang salad with Thai spicy dressing (RMB 68) In a nutshell: Gori is bright, airy and spacious with a clean and modern environment and open kitchen. With its decent size, menu selection and spaciousness, it’s great for families on the weekends and birthday parties. Jerry Chan 1/F Tower AB, Yuanyang Guanghua Guoji, 10 Jintong Xilu (across the street from the east side of The Place on the east side of the tower), Chaoyang District (8590 6266) 朝阳区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际AB一楼

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Cuisine: Contemporary (Asian, Western) English Menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Plenty of pasta, rice dishes, sandwiches, juices and desserts. Staff: No real English speaking staff and attentiveness is so-so. Bathroom: A clean bathroom is in the office tower next door Best dishes for kids: Spaghetti bolognese (RMB 68), hot dogs (RMB 44), pumpkin pudding (RMB 18), various rice dishes (RMB 59-98) Kids’ play area? No, but the CBD Culture Park and The Place are across the street. Seating: Some booths and mostly standalone tables for four to six, high chairs available.

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Feature Cornerstone Cuisine: Italian English Menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Kid-friendly with pasta, pizza, sandwiches and desserts Staff: Attentive, English-speaking staff. Bathroom: A clean bathroom is in the office tower next door. Best dishes for kids: Davola Pizza with salami (RMB 69), a focaccia steak sandwich with roasted vegetables (RMB 59), baked spaghetti with meatballs (RMB 49), a burger (RMB 59), barbeque pork ribs with a side salad and spicy fries (RMB 99) Kids’ play area? No, but Central Park is across the street. Seating: Mostly standalone tables seat four

to six. There is outdoor seating in warmer weather. Price: RMB 300 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: There is a good variety of focaccia sandwiches and pizza that kids of all ages will enjoy. In a nutshell: Cornerstone is mainly geared towards CBD office workers, but is entirely suitable for families, especially on weekends, which feature a Saturday brunch. The environment is clean, comfortable and contemporary. JC Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. Unit 105, World Financial Center, 1 Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5981 7578/79) 朝阳区东三环中路1号环球金融中心105

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Aroma’s Sunday Gourmet Brunch, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing Free for children 0-6 years old, half price for children 6-12 years old. There is a 15% service charge per person. Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Parents will love Aroma’s long-running Sunday brunch, featuring such indulgent seafood dishes as imported Boston lobster, Norwegian salmon, and freshly shucked Australian Oysters. In a nutshell: Aroma offers international gourmet cuisines – Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Southern Asian and Western dishes – throughout the day in an open kitchen setting. Bring the family for Sunday brunch or on Fridays for a seafood night. Kids will love their sweet desserts. An a la carte menu is also available. JC Daily 6.30am-10.30pm. Sunday Gourmet Brunch is from 11.30am-3pm. Aroma, 2/F, Beijing Lobby Floor, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, 83A Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District (5908 8961)

丽思卡尔顿酒店大厅2楼Aroma,朝阳区建 国路甲83号华贸中心

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Cuisine: Brunch (International) English Menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: Kids will find plenty of choices in their rich variety of Thai, Japanese, Indian, Cantonese and Western fare, as well as delectable desserts. Staff: Friendly, bilingual speakers. Bathroom: Clean, sit-down toilets. Best dishes for kids: The pizza and pasta selections in the Italian section, an extensive selection of Chinese noodles, freshly squeezed juices. Kids’ play area? No, but China Central Place is next to Shin Kong Place and a few minutes walk from Soho Xiandaicheng. Seating: Standalone tables with chairs. Highchairs available. Price: Sunday Gourmet Brunch is provided on every Sunday from 11.30am to 3pm and costs RMB 488/person (inclusive of draught beer, unlimited wine, soft drinks and juice) or RMB 558/person (inclusive of champagne, beer, unlimited wine, soft drinks and juice).

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Chaoyang Park

Chef Too

Four-year-old Lillian Bolton slurps up a bowl of spaghetti



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Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Try the weekend brunch options, like the Eggs Sardou (poached eggs over artichoke hearts). If you’re missing the American classics, order the Ruben (RMB 98) or NYC Chicken Po Boy (RMB 68). In a nutshell: Chef Too is wildly popular with families, especially on Sundays. The prices are definitely higher than at other brunch places, but regulars would argue that the stellar service and high-quality dishes are well worth every mao. With Chaoyang Park just across the street, this cozy eatery is the perfect starting point for a weekend romp in the park. Sijia Chen Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Tue-Sat 5.30-10pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm. Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (opposite west gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District (6591 8676) 美西西餐厅,朝阳区朝阳公园西路(朝阳公园西门对面)

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Cuisine: American English menu? Yes Kid’s menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: Chef Too goes out of its way to be kid-friendly. There’s free breakfast for kids, and the regular menu has plenty of American favorites to choose from. Kid-friendly staff? The staff speaks fluent English and is very attentive. Bathroom: They are located outside and are quite small. Best items for kids: Kids will like the sassily-named Yo Momma grilled cheese sandwich (RMB 58) and messy barbecue ribs to share (RMB 168). There are also sandwiches, burgers, and pancakes. Kids’ play area? No, but Chaoyang Park is close by. Seating: Booths, tables, and highchairs. Price: RMB 300-350 (+10% service charge)

Feature Rug Bagel and Cafe Cuisine: Bakeries, Delis & Desserts (American, European) English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: Warm, hearty options of bagels, sandwiches and soups. Brunch is available all day. Staff: Very attentive and English-speaking. Bathroom: Clean bathroom with sit-down toilets. Best dishes for kids: Plain or raisin bagel with peanut butter or cream cheese; egg and bacon bagel; French toast with homemade peach jam. The kids menu includes spaghetti with bolognese sauce, and peanut and butter jelly with organic bread. Kids’ play area? Yes. There is a small, cozy, well-stocked playroom with a television for DVDs (a small selection is provided), drawing materials, blocks, and play-dough. Seating: Chairs and tables, long wooden dining table by the playroom, more secluded,

larger round tables, and some couches around low tables. Price: RMB 350 Accepts credit cards? Yes (beginning January 2012). Must-order item: Bagels aside, try the homemade pancake with ricotta, topped with banana and organic honey. In a nutshell: Flawlessly warm, minimal, and rustic decor in a great location. The menu has a nice array of American and Euro-inspired bagel combinations, and the sandwiches and pasta selections are interesting and fresh. Kids can finish the meal with a sweet dessert and adults can wash it all down with a well-brewed latte or a glass of wine. AS Tue-Sun 11.30am-10pm. Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite South Gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District (8550 2722) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路丽水嘉园4号楼(朝阳公 园南门对面)

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Alio Olio Cuisine: Italian English menu? Yes Kid’s menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: Very kid-friendly, with the usual arrays of pizzas, pastas, and main courses. Staff: The English-speaking staff is very friendly and attentive, and brought lemon water without being asked. Bathroom: It’s clean, but there’s only one stall. Best items for kids: There are 38 kinds of pastas and 30 kinds of pizza to choose from. Try the Melanzane Pizza (RMB 30/40), Quattro Formaggi pasta (RMB 32/42), or Polpette di Manzo alla Romana (beef meatball with vegetables in fresh tomato sauce, RMB 58). Kids’ play area? No, but it is close to Chaoyang Park. Seating: The restaurant has booths and tables spread over two floors; the second floor is ideal for parties and private events. Highchairs are available. Price: RMB 150-200 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Alio Olio prides itself on its large selection of pizzas and pastas. Try the homemade ravioli stuffed with chicken (RMB 49) or the generous grilled lamb chop with roasted potato (RMB 88). In a nutshell: This rustic eatery has a charm of its own. Fantastic service, affordable lunch sets (RMB 38-88), and a great wine list with several bottles under RMB 150 make this a popular choice for families in the Chaoyang Park area. SC Daily 11am-11pm. 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Ximen, Chaoyang District (6594 0938, 艾利欧意大利餐厅,朝阳区朝阳公园西门1号


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Dongzhimen Grandma’s Kitchen Guest House Cuisine: American English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: Very kid-friendly. The children’s menu offers a dozen items and has a picture on the back for coloring. Staff: Very attentive and able to comprehend English orders. Bathroom: Clean Western-style toilet. Best dishes for kids: Kids’ spaghetti, grilled cheese, funny face pancake. Kids’ play area? None, but in the summer, the outdoor patio has room for kids to run around. Seating: Transparent ceiling lets the sun shine in, outdoor seating in the summer. Cozy

wooden chairs and tables, plenty of highchairs for children. Price: RMB 260 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Mexican omelette In a nutshell: This restaurant’s classic Western style offers a taste of home for expats. From the thickest milkshakes in town (the peanut butter one is best) to the Mexican omelette swollen with ground beef and salsa, to the French toast, this is by far the most delicious breakfast in town. Kyle Mullin Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong, Beixinqiao, Dongcheng District (84039452) 祖母的厨房,东城区北新桥石雀胡同28号 See Directory for other locations.




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growing too impatient. Seating: Several high chairs are available, and the walls are lined with low kang tables where diners sit cross-legged. Smoking/Non-smoking: Smoking is permitted on the first floor only. The other floors are all private rooms. Price: RMB 150-200 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Stewed spare ribs with string beans, a traditional staple dish in Northeast China. In a nutshell: The enthusiastic staff matches the bustling atmosphere that seems to have blown in a fresh gust all the way from the northern tip of Harbin. Hearty, piping meat dishes are the perfect inner insulation during the winter. Some parents may be annoyed by the first floor tables packed with baijiu swilling chain smokers, but there’s plenty of room upstairs to bask in the glowing scarlet décor and equally beaming, enthusiastic staff. KM Daily, 11am-10pm. A1 Xinzhong Jie, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District (6415 2855) 东北人,东城区东直门外新中街甲A1号

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Cuisine: Chinese English Menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: A lack of English descriptions will leave parents stumped about proper portion sizes for their children, but the mouth-watering pictures will make them want to order more and more. Staff: Waiters show initiative by checking up very regularly throughout the meal, but there are only two English-speaking servers on staff. Bathroom: Clean squatter located upstairs. Children should be accompanied up the steep steps. No changing tables. Best dishes for kids: Boneless Flaming Dragon Fish, hot candied sweet potato, small lamb kebab Kids’ play area? None, but the atmosphere is kid-friendly. Waiters exuberantly entertain upon entrance by vigorously spinning cloth napkins until they’re flat as freshly made bedsheets on the tips of their fingers. Some staff members even break into Northern Chinese opera choruses at random times. All of this is more amusing for adults than rambunctious kids, but the wait time for dishes is often minimal to keep children from

Feature Baihe Vegetarian hardwood straight back chairs are offered to adults, baby high chairs and smaller baby chopsticks are given to youngsters. Price: RMB 250-300 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Vegetarian spareribs In a nutshell: Everything about this place is mysterious, from its hutong cranny location to the ancient style tiger paintings adorning the walls. The food is most enigmatic of all: what the menu dubs “mutton” is in fact carefullycarved mushrooms, and what appears to be fish is actually seaweed and beans. Baihe makes vegetarianism wildly fun. KM Daily 10am-10pm. 23 Caoyuan Hutong (west off Dongzhimen Beixiaojie), Dongcheng District (010 6405 2082) 百合素食香草园,东城区东直门北小街草园 胡同23号

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Cuisine: Vegetarian (Chinese) English Menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Simple, straightforward descriptions make it easy for diners of any age to order. Staff: Very attentive. No bilingual servers, but the whole staff can understand simple orders in English. Bathroom: Clean Western style bathroom with sit-down toilet. Best dishes for kids: Faux sausage made of grinded yellow beans, pumpkin soup, deep fried coconut soft “heart” - a sumptuous golden batter stuffed with rich coconut cream. Kids’ play area? None, but on Sundays from 9-11am, there are fun children’s pinyin and calligraphy reading and writing courses. Seating: The open ceiling courtyard is ideal for summer evening dining. Classic style

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Ganges Indian Restaurant Cuisine: Indian English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No, but there are plans to launch one in January. General kid friendliness of menu: The menu has a decent number of kids’ items, but its vocabulary and lack of pictures means that ordering may require help from the staff. Staff: Attentive, English-speaking staff. Bathroom: Clean, with sit-down toilets but no changing tables. Best dishes for kids: Chicken Shahi Korma (mild cream), French fries with mild curry sauce, non-spicy barbeque chicken dippers. Kids’ play area? None, but from Thursday to Sunday, there are traditional Bollywood-esque dancers in the evening from 7.30-9.30pm. Seating: Indoor-only cushioned couches and several highchairs. Price: RMB 250-300 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Chicken Tikka Masala In a nutshell: A wide range of succulent Indian cuisine, from spicy to mild, can satisfy taste buds of all kinds. Most dishes might be too spicy for young children, but the chefs make a decent effort to provide mild alternatives. Adventurous youngsters, however, will dig in with naan and barely come up for air. KM Daily 11.30am-11pm. Buffet: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm. 2/F, Paddy O’Shea’s, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6417-0900) 恒河印度餐厅,朝阳区东直门外大街28号爱尔兰酒吧2层 See Directory for other locations.



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Naqibul (5) sits down to a feast in one of Gange’s booths

Financial Street Bubbly Sunday Brunch, The Westin Beijing Financial Street Cuisine: Brunch (Asian, International) English Menu? No a la carte menu. It’s a self-serve buffet. Kids’ menu? No, but requests for kids can be made to the chefs. General kid friendliness of menu: Kids can satisfy their sweet tooth at the dessert bar with cheesecake. Staff: English-speaking staff that is eager to please. They will even sing “Happy Birthday” for parties. Bathroom: Immaculate bathrooms with sitdown toilets and changing tables. Best dishes for kids: Fresh pasta cooked just the way kids like it. A wide selection of fruit paves the way for other sugary delights like the chocolate fountain, with marshmallows and an assortment of other snacks for dipping. Kids’ play area? Special attention has been given to the supervised play area, with enough distractions – like DVDs, balloon artists and other crafts – to keep them busy while you

sip champagne. Seating: Seating ranges from tables with chairs to sofas. Highchairs available upon request. Price: RMB 398 (includes wine and champagne) or RMB 348 (includes soft drinks) for adults. RMB 168 for kids. Kids under 6 eat free. Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: The Peking duck station serves up one of Beijing’s specialties in unlimited, delectable portions. Seafood lovers can opt for the salmon, oysters, and lobster. In a nutshell: Luxury that knows no limits. Head to the Westin for an experience your family (and your stomachs) won’t soon forget. The scrumptious food is complemented by a lovely atmosphere. Jessica Rapp Sun 11.30am-3pm. The Westin Beijing Financial Street, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District (6629 7810) 北京金融街威斯汀大酒店,西城区金融街乙 9号

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Monsoon Brunch, InterContinental Beijing Financial Street Cuisine: Brunch (International) English Menu? No menu for brunch hours. Kids’ menu? No, but picky kids can order from the a la carte menu which features macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, chicken noodle soup, grilled ham and cheese and more. General kid friendliness of menu: The buffet has a wide variety of food that is sure to satisfy even a picky eater. The dessert bar boasts scrumptious cheesecake, marshmallows, Häagen-Dazs ice cream, pumpkin pie and plenty of other goodies to keep kids coming back for more. Staff: Staff speaks English and is happy to serve. Bathroom: Well-kept, sit-down toilets. There is a changing table. Best dishes for kids: The pizza or dessert station. There’s also fresh fruit. Kids’ play area? There’s no designated area for kids, but guests are entertained all afternoon with live musical performances.

Seating: Standard seating with highchairs available upon request. Price: RMB 458 includes unlimited alcoholic beverages (inclusive of champagne from six different wineries in France). RMB 338 includes soft drinks. Kids aged 6-12 are halfprice. There is a 15% surcharge per person. Accepts credit cards? International credit cards are accepted. Must-order item: Seafood is a must, and keep an eye out for special promotions, such as fresh Alaskan salmon. In a nutshell: This buffet has something for everyone while keeping families entertained for a Sunday afternoon. Staff works hard to consistently provide the freshest and most popular dishes. JR Sun 11.30am-3pm. InterContinental Beijing Financial Street, 11 Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (5852 5888 ext 5916/5917) 季候风,北京金融街洲际酒店,西城区金融街 11号

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Guomao/Shuangjing Lily’s American Diner Cuisine: American English menu? Yes Kid’s menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Lily’s offers a wide variety of American favorites. Even the pickiest eater should be able to find something. Staff: Co-founders Lily and Joe are attentive and accommodating, but service can be inconsistent in their absence. Bathroom: Lily’s has clean, sit-down bathrooms – but no changing tables. Best items for kids: There are plenty of dishes to choose from. For those blustery days, try the chicken noodle soup with homemade chicken stock (RMB 20), cheeseburger (RMB 35), or beef tacos (RMB 45). Kids’ play area? No, but Lily’s is located just north of the Landgent Center, which has a branch of the UME International Cineplex.

Seating: Lily’s has booths, tables, and tall stools to perch from. Booster seats are available. Price: RMB 150-200 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Any dish named after Lily: Lily’s Salad, Lily’s Pizza, Lily’s Burger, etc. The diner also has surprisingly good nachos for RMB 49 a plate. In a nutshell: Lily’s is a Chinese-run diner with hearty and affordable American fare. Featuring all-day breakfast and a speedy delivery service, it is a great choice for families craving some Western favorites from back home. The diner also has a brand-new location in Sihui. SC Daily 8am-midnight. 2-18 Tianzhiqiaozi Complex, 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District (6592 5548) 朝阳区广渠路31号院天之骄子2号楼2-18 See Directory for more locations.

Din Tai Fung Cuisine: Chinese English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: The various bite-sized dumplings and buns are great for sharing. A basket of soupy xiaolongbao comes in portions of five or ten. Staff: The staff is polite and attentive, but speaks moderate English. Bathroom: The bathroom is located outside the restaurant, just next to the elevators. There’s also a nursing room with baby supplies and changing tables on the fifth floor of Shin Kong Place. Best dishes for kids: Kids will love the steamed mini pork soup xiaolongbao (RMB 65 for a basket of 20) or steamed shrimp and pork dumplings (RMB 45 for 10). Watch out for the piping hot soup inside the xiaolongbao. For dessert, try Din Tai Fung’s famous “snow ice” (冰 沙) with red beans and condensed milk (RMB 25). The dessert is huge and can be easily split between two people. Kids’ play area? No, but kids can watch chefs at work through the

kitchen’s glass windows. There’s also a children’s play area on the fifth floor of Shin Kong Place. Seating: The indoor seating includes chairs and booths. Highchairs are available. Price: RMB 350-400 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Don’t miss out on the chain’s delicious crab roe xiaolongbao (RMB 78 for 10) with authentic hairy crab roe from Yangcheng Lake. In a nutshell: Din Tai Fung is an upscale Taiwanese dim sum chain with an international reputation. Though they specialize in dumplings and buns, the restaurant also offers fried rice, appetizers, hot dishes, specialty soups, and noodles. SC Mon-Fri 11.30am-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 6/F, Rm D6001, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (6533 1536) 鼎泰丰,朝阳区建国路87号新光天地6楼 D6001 See Directory for more locations.

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Annie’s Cuisine: Italian English menu? Yes Kid’s menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: They have small and large portions for most menu items. Staff: Very attentive and English-speaking. Bathroom: Clean, western-style toilets. Best dishes for kids: Penne pasta with butter and parmesan (RMB 22) is an all-time crowd pleaser. Deep fried chicken breast with French fries is RMB 20 and the pizza is offered in 18 different varieties, including pepperoni cheese (RMB 38 small, RMB 48 large). Kids’ play area? No Seating: Tables and chairs, as well as some booths. Highchairs available.

Price: RMB 275 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must order item: Any of the pastas. The sauces, especially the meat sauces, are well done. In a nutshell: Hearty Italian food in a setting that is both suitable for children and adults alike. A large variety of pasta and pizza, all of which will satisfy any craving for a nice rustic meal. This chain also has a newly opened branch in Sanlitun, near Gongti East Gate. MS Daily 10.30am-11pm. Ruisai business building located opposite Alcot Beijing (6568 5890) 安妮意大利餐厅,北京市朝阳区国贸桥东南角 雅诗阁服务公寓正门 See Directory for more locations.

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Meeting Point Cuisine: Italian English menu? Yes Kid’s menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Kids can definitely find something to eat in the wide selection of pizzas and pastas. Staff: The staff speaks limited English and has to be prompted for service. Bathroom: The bathroom is located inside Landgent Mall, just around the corner from Meeting Point. The sit-down toilets are reasonably clean. Best items for kids: The menu is full of unusual options (think spaghetti with squid ink), but families can find familiar dishes such as spaghetti bolognese (RMB 36) and ravioli with cream sauce (RMB 59). Kids’ play area: No, but Landgent Center contains the UME International Cineplex. Seating: Meeting Point has spacious booths

and tables, as well as highchairs. Price: RMB 200-250 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Any of the restaurant’s thin base pizzas, like the unusual pizza con uva e ricotta with grapes, rosemary, pine nuts, and ricotta (RMB 59). In a nutshell: The service could be better, but this quiet and classy Italian restaurant injects some much-needed Western fare into the Shuangjing food scene. Meeting Point is clearly geared towards couples and business types, but that shouldn’t stop families from enjoying the array of Abruzzese-inspired dishes. SC Daily 11am-10pm. Rm B103, Landgent Center, 20 Dongsanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District (6775 8063) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路20号(双井桥)乐成 中心美食广场B103

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Houhai The Veggie Table Cuisine: Vegetarian English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Kids may be unfamiliar with the ingredients that make up the vegan versions of their favorite menu items, but they might not even notice. Staff: English-speaking staff is cheerful and always ready to serve you. Bathroom: A community bathroom with squat toilets is located next to the restaurant. Best dishes for kids: Sundried tomato pasta, sweet potato fries with homemade vegan mayonnaise, grilled peanut butter and jelly with walnuts. Kids’ play area? None, but round up the kids for a visit to nearby Ditan Park, or simply explore the endless row of shops along charming Wudaoying Hutong.

Seating: Standard tables as well as couches. Highchair available upon request. Price: RMB 300 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Mushroom burger made with fresh mushrooms and Italian herbs with a side of homemade fries and a colorful beet salad. In a nutshell: This restaurant has an artsy interior that fits in with Wudaoying hutong’s aesthetic. Meals are crafted from carefully selected raw materials, vegetables are washed in filtered water, and the cuisine may be the most organic in Beijing. JR Wed-Mon 11.30am-9.30pm. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (64462073) 吃素的,东城区五道营胡同19号



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Aaliyah Whitney Guiang (4) chows down with some hummus and sweet potato fries

Hutong Pizza Cuisine: Pizza English Menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Even the small pizzas are quite large, so you may end up taking a couple slices home with you. Staff: Staff is friendly and attentive, but their English is limited to a handful of restaurant terms. Bathroom: A clean bathroom with a sit-down toilet. Best dishes for kids: There are the usual pies, such as Pepperoni pizza and Hawaiian pizza, but there are also creative ones, like the pumpkin mushroom apple pizza. Kids’ play area? No, but stroll around Houhai. Kids will love the larger-than-life cotton candy sold at snack carts. Or hop on

a rickshaw for a quick tour of the Drum and Bell Tower. Seating: Standard tables. Highchairs available upon request. Price: RMB 275 Accepts credit cards? No Must-order item: Parma ham topped with parmesan cheese and made-to-order brown butter chocolate chip cookies from Cookies Cookies (the bakery next door) for dessert. In a nutshell: Mouthwatering square, thin-crust pizzas with creative or traditional toppings to suit your taste, with reasonable prices to boot. Seeking out the secluded hutong location will feel like quite the adventure for the kids. JR Daily 11am-11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District (8322 8916) 胡同比萨,西城区银锭桥胡同9号

The Vineyard Cafe Seating: Standard tables in the main room and reclined chairs in the courtyard. Highchairs available upon request. Price: RMB 300 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must order item: Lasagna, made with bolognese sauce, bechamel sauce, pasta, and cheese. In a nutshell: All your favorite Western foods on one menu. There are milkshakes for the kids and a large selection of alcoholic beverages for the adults. The cafe boasts a warm atmosphere in the main room with a more intimate, candlelit setting in the courtyard area. JR Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (6402 7961) 东城区五道营胡同31

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Cuisine: European English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Kids will love the burgers, fries and pizzas. Staff: Staff is attentive, helpful and knowledgeable of menu. Bathroom: Bathroom is quite small, but clean, with a sit-down toilet. Best dishes for kids: The main menu has crinkle cut chips to order while kids wait for their four cheese pizza or cheeseburger. While the small pizza is just the right size for children, the burgers are large, so be prepared to bag some for home. Kids’ play area? There’s a hutong alley with shops to explore just outside the restaurant. Ditan Park is also close by.

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Argo Cuisine: Mediterranean English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: The kids’ menu makes ordering simple while also offering the bifteki, an exotic alternative to a cheeseburger. Staff: Staff can be a bit innattentive as they manage multiple eatiing spaces. Their English is limited, but the picture menu makes ordering straightforward. Bathroom: Reasonably clean with a sit-down toilet. Best dishes for kids: The kid’s menu features bifteki with fries, spaghetti or a cod fillet with fries. Kids’ play area? Yes. Clean, brightly-colored

play area with tables nearby for adults to monitor their children. Seating: Standard tables spread across multiple rooms. Highchairs available upon request. Price: RMB 300 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Lentil soup followed by a plate of moussaka. In a nutshell: A cozy spot to satisfy a craving for a hearty gyro or other Greek dishes, but plan on arriving early for dinner. Family-sized tables are difficult to grab without a reservation. JR Daily 10am-11pm. 59 Wudaoying Hutong (100 meters west of Vineyard Cafe), Dongcheng District (8403 9748) 雍和宫国子监东城区五道营胡同59号

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Liangma Qiao Fatburger Cuisine: American English Menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: If your little ones like burgers and fries, you’ve come to the right place. If not, there are a few other options on the menu. Staff: Cheerful, English-speaking staff. Bathroom: There’s no bathroom inside the restaurant proper, but there’s a nice bathroom just down the stairs to the right with sit down toilets. Best dishes for kids: The Baby Fatburger (a scaled-down version of the original one), skinny fries, a chocolate milkshake, a hot dog. Kids play area: There’s no play area, but the restaurant is spacious, and there’s a TV to provide some distraction. Seating: Seating is all indoors, with tables and plush chairs with highchairs available.

Price: RMB 250 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must order item: The classic burger, which can be tailored by the number of beef patties you desire. Add cheese for RMB 5. Wash it down with a vanilla or chocolate shake, and crunch down on deliciously greasy onion rings. In a nutshell: American fast food at its greasiest and best. The burgers here aren’t gourmet, but they’re satisfying. The prices are a bit steep but worth it for quality Australian beef, golden onion rings, and that fast-food rarity in Beijing: the noble milkshake. AS Daily 11am-9pm. 1-LB01 The Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound, 19 East Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District (8532 1878) 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马桥外交公寓1号楼会 所1层1号铺 See Directory for other locations.

Hard Rock Cafe Seating: Chairs and tables, and some semi-circle booths. Highchairs are available. Price: RMB 500 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: The legendary 10oz burger with seasoned bacon, cheddar, and fried onion ring. For something a bit lighter on the arteries, try the Anti-Cobb Salad, with dried cranberries, Granny Smith apple pieces, and diced grilled chicken. In a nutshell: American comfort food served up in extra-large portions with extra-large prices to match. The atmosphere is cheesy, but the service is good and the food is quality and satisfying, if you’re craving an unpretentious taste of the US of A. AS Daily 10am-2am (Kitchen closes at 1am.) Landmark Hotel, 8 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6590 0500) 硬石餐厅,朝阳区东三环北路8号亮马河大厦

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Cuisine: American English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: The main menu has the standard burgers, chicken tenders, and potato skins you’d expect from Hard Rock, but the portions might be too hefty for kids. They could split, or order from the fairly extensive kids’ menu. Staff: The staff is nice and speaks decent English. Bathroom: Clean bathroom with sit-down toilets. Best items for kids: Barbecue drum sticks with French fries, chicken tenders with fries and honey mustard sauce, or cheesy macaroni served with garlic toast. Kids’ play area: No play area but the restaurant is spacious, and constantly looping music videos, occasional live music, and a casual atmosphere should keep kids entertained.

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Zen5es, The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Cuisine: Brunch (Cantonese) English Menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Picky eaters might require a little extra scouring for, but the mild sweetness and low spice of Cantonese cuisine appeals to youngsters’ palates more than other zestier Chinese fare. Staff: The staff is professional and most of them speak English. Bathroom: Clean with sit-down toilets. Best dishes for kids: The dim sum section of the menu has a selection of tasty dumplings kids might enjoy. Try the steamed pork buns, the steamed rice flour roll with shrimp, and fried rice with Chinese sausage. Kids’ play area? No Seating: Square tables surrounded with comfortable chairs. Screens divide the dining room, providing a bit of privacy.

Price: RMB 400 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: The pork and crab roe dumplings from the dim sum section of the menu, or one of the sensory signature dishes, like steamed scallop and shrimp paste with egg white. Try the all-you-can-eat dim sum lunch from Mon-Fri for RMB 118. Set meals are half price for kids 6-12, and free for kids under 6. In a nutshell: A Zen-like dining experience in the light-filled dining room, savoring subtle Cantonese flavors. The dumplings are juicy and light, and the meat dishes are coated in sweet and elegant sauces. The wait for such delicacies can be a bit long, however. AS Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 4/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (5922-8880) 金茂北京威斯汀大饭店, 朝阳区东三环北路 7号

South German Bakery



January/February 2012

Must-order item: Fresh-baked pork knuckle (every Thursday from 5pm) and Hunters schnitzel with creamy mushroom sauce and swabian noodles. In a nutshell: It is one of the most authentic German establishments in town. Quite pricey, but brimming with a variety of cold cuts and mixed sausage platters. A downstairs bakery compliments the log cabin walls and European decor, leaving the South German Bakery ringing true through and through. Breakfast (served until 3pm) may be the best way for newcomers to ease into becoming familiar with such an overwhelming hearty menu. KM Daily 8am-11pm. Bakery: Daily 7am-10.30pm. 27 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5867 0201, michael@ 德国面包房,朝阳区朝阳公园路1号好运街 27号 photos: judy zhou

Cuisine: European (German) English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid-friendliness of menu: Perfectly trilingual (English, German, Chinese), but a lack of pictures and direct descriptions may stump some children who have yet to sample schnitzels. Staff: An attentive staff that includes a handful of fluent English speakers. Bathroom: Very clean but small, with a sit down toilet. Best dishes for kids: Schnipo schnitzel breaded escalope with fries, spatzle mit egg noodles with mushrooms, apple strudel with vanilla ice cream. Kids play area: None, but Chaoyang Park is a 15-minute walk away. Seating: Outdoor patio seating in the summer and plenty of high chairs for young children. Price: RMB 350 Credit Card? Yes

Feature Home Plate Bar-B-Que Cuisine: American (Barbecue) English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Easyto-read for any age. Staff: All servers are bilingual. Bathroom: Clean Western style bathroom. Best dishes for kids: Kids’ hamburgers, quesadillas, homemade cookies, cornbread. Kids play area: None, but a projector plays classic slapstick silent movies to keep diners entertained. Seating: Summer outdoor seating, standard wooden tables and chairs inside. Price: RMB 150-200 Credit card accepted? No

Must-order item: It’s a tie between the pulled pork sandwich and barbecue ribs. In a nutshell: This down home southern smoked establishment feels cozy for all diners. The meat is readied in a brick smoke stack designed by the owners, to give it a savory flavour unlike anything outside the American heartland. That southern hospitality stretches all the way from the menu, to the hardwood decor and the smiling staff. KM Daily 11am-10pm. 35 Xiaoyun Lu courtyard (from Dongsanhuan Beilu, head 20m north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection and take the first right), Chaoyang District (5128 5584) 本垒美国餐,朝阳区霄云路35号院(东三环 北路,过霄云路路口,往北走20米,到第一个路 口右转)

Xibei Youmiancun Price: RMB 200 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Try the boiled beef bone, an oat noodle basket (youmian wowo), or mutton (shouba yangrou). In a nutshell: Unlike most restaurants that can leave you feeling bloated, you’ll walk out of Xibei with a spring in your step. The dishes are wholesome and natural. KM Daily 11.30am-2pm and 5.30pm-9pm. B1/F, Xinhua Hangkong Dasha, Sanyuanqiao, Chaoyang District (6345 3535) 西贝莜面村,朝阳区三元桥大新华航空大厦 B1楼 See Directory for more listings.

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Cuisine: Chinese (Mongolian/Northwest) English Menu? Yes, but there are no English descriptions. Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Pictures make it easy for kids to order. Staff: At least two English speaking servers are always on staff. Bathroom: Clean squatter bathroom. Best dishes for kids: Grilled lamb kebabs, homemade yogurt, sweet steamed millet oatmeal cake. Kids’ play area? No Seating: Stiff backed wooden chairs and tables, high chairs for children. Indoor only.

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Lido Comptoirs de France Seating: The indoor seating is comprised of booths and tables. Price: RMB 200 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Sample some of their multi-colored macaroons, which come in 13 flavors. Try 100g for RMB 60, or buy the 36piece deluxe sampler for RMB 228. In a nutshell: Comptoirs de France is the perfect place to have an after-school or weekend treat. Families with younger children might have trouble with the lack of washrooms and highchairs. With several locations across the city and a delivery service, Comptoirs is a reliable source for quality baked goods. SC

Cuisine: Bakeries, Delis & Desserts (French) English menu? Yes Kid’s menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Very kid-friendly, as long as your child doesn’t have any food allergies. Kids will love the various cakes and pastries, and there are also meal items like salads, sandwiches, and paninis. In the morning, try a Junior Breakfast (RMB 48). Staff: The staff is very friendly and speaks English, but there’s no table service. All food must be ordered at the counter. Bathroom: The closest one is at the Starbucks next door. Best items for kids: The cafe is known for its pastries, cakes, and viennoiseries. Try the butter croissant (RMB 12), apricot danish (RMB 12), or hot chocolate (RMB 34). Kids’ play area? No, but Lido Park and Si’de Park are within walking distance.

Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (5135 7645) 法派(丽都海润店),朝阳区将台路2 号海润 国际公寓商业5一层 See Directory for other locations.

The Taj Pavilion



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Seating: The spacious indoor seating is comprised of booths and tables. Highchairs are available. Price: RMB 350-400 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Chicken tikka masala with tomato gravy (RMB 62) or palak paneer (fresh cottage cheese chunks cooked with spinach) for RMB 48, and a basket of glistening butter naan (RMB 15). In a nutshell: The Taj Pavilion offers exceptional service and authentic Indian food with quality ingredients and spices. Though the dinner bill can add up pretty fast, reasonable lunch specials keep locals and business types coming back for more. SC Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6436 7678) 泰姬楼印度餐厅,朝阳区将台路6号丽都广 场3层 See Directory for other locations.

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Cuisine: Indian English menu? Yes Kid’s menu? No, but the restaurant can make smaller portions for kids. General kid friendliness of menu: Pickier kids might be reluctant to try all the different curries and sauces, but there are also grilled meats, various flatbreads (like naan, paratha, and roti), and kid-friendly appetizers. Staff: The English-speaking staff is very friendly and accommodating. Bathroom: There’s a clean, sit-down bathroom right next to the Taj Pavilion. Best items for kids: There are many mild options for kids. Try the classic butter chicken (RMB 62) or vegetable samosas (RMB 25 for three). For dessert, indulge your kids with some gulab jamun (RMB 25), or balls of deep fried cream cheese served in hot sugar syrup. Kids’ play area? No, but there is a bowling alley on the same floor.

Dini’s Kosher Restaurant

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Cuisine: Middle Eastern (Israeli) English menu? Yes Kid’s menu? There isn’t a separate kids’ menu, but Dini’s can make kid-sized portions of its regular dishes. General kid friendliness of menu: Has lots of staples like burgers, pizzas, and pastas. Staff: The staff speaks English, but service can be a bit slow during the week. Bathroom: There’s a clean, sit-down bathroom on the second floor next to Cafe Miniature. Best items for kids: Main dishes change every day after 5pm, so call ahead and ask. Some kid-friendly choices include all-beef burgers with fries (RMB 75), kosher hot dogs (RMB 60), and chicken nuggets (RMB 40). The regular menu has kid-sized pizzas (RMB 40) and pastas (RMB 50-55). Kids’ play area? Not in the restaurant, but the Central Chabad House has an indoor playroom and a large outdoor courtyard. Seating: Dini’s is composed of a large, airy

restaurant on the first floor and a smaller cafe on the second floor. Both feature indoor seating with tables. Price: RMB 250 Accepts credit cards? No Must-order item: Try the chicken schnitzel cutlet (RMB 110) with a choice of two side dishes, or the kosher gongbao chicken (RMB 100). In a nutshell: Hearty American favorites and traditional Jewish food in a spacious, lightfilled setting. There’s lots to look forward to, as Dini’s plans to expand its menu with three times as many offerings. SC S u n -T h u 1 1 a m - 1 0 p m ( a va i l a b l e f o r private functions on Saturday nights). Bet Kaakov Chabad Community Center, 9-12 Fangyuan Xilu (next to south gate of Si’de Park), Chaoyang Distric (139 1074 0109, 蒂妮犹太餐厅,朝阳区芳园西路9-12号(四 得公园南门)

Sisters Ava (8) and Leah Moreau (10) share a meal January/February 2012




Element Fresh Cuisine: American English menu? Yes Kid’s menu? Yes, but you have to ask for it separately. Suitable for ages 2-12. General kid friendliness of menu: One of the few restaurants in Beijing to offer healthy kids’ options. Adult portions are huge and can be easily split between two kids. Staff: The staff is consistently friendly, attentive, and accommodating. Bathroom: The bathroom is up a flight of stairs on the second floor. It has three very clean stalls with sit-down toilets; one is equipped with a changing table. Best items for kids: The kids’ menu has staples like pasta, grilled cheese sandwiches, and pizza. Try the excellent kid-sized macaroni and cheese, or order a homemade hummus (RMB 65) with olives, fresh veggies, and mini whole wheat pitas to share from the starters menu. Kids’ play area? No, but crayons and coloring sheets are available upon request. Also, Lido

and Si’de Park are nearby. Seating: The restaurant has both outdoor and indoor seating, with booths, couches, and tables. Highchairs are available. Smoking/Non-smoking: Smoking is only allowed in the outdoor seating. Price: RMB 400 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Any of Element Fresh’s humongous salads is usually a good bet. Try the classic Cobb (RMB 85) or laffa bread salad (RMB 78). In a nutshell: Element Fresh is a mainstay of the Beijing food scene. It can be pricey, but many families are willing to pay for its outstanding service and healthy, hearty fare. The restaurant also offers free Wi-Fi from 7am-noon and from 2-7pm. SC Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6033 5058) 新因素,朝阳区将台路6号 See Directory for more locations.

Maan Coffee



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Seating: Maan Coffee occupies two floors with floor-to-ceiling windows, lots of wood paneling, and stylish vintage armchairs. Smoking/Non-smoking: Smoking is allowed on the second floor. Price: RMB 150-200 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Any of Maan Coffee’s heaping waffles or toasts (RMB 28-62), which comes with tons of toppings. In a nutshell: Maan Coffee is a Korean-run cafe and waffle house popular with both expats and locals. On any given morning, you’ll find a mix of families, retirees, hipsters, and couples enjoying a coffee or a waffle and taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi. SC Daily 8am-2am. 9-7 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District (8457 3470) 漫咖啡,朝阳区蒋台西路9-7号 See Directory for more locations. photos: judy zhou

Cuisine: Bakeries, Delis & Desserts English menu? Yes Kid’s menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Kids will love the heaping waffles and toasts, as well as the shaved ice desserts. Also, each customer is given a different colored plush toy as a placeholder for their order. Staff: The counter staff is attentive and speaks moderate English, but the servers sometimes need to be prompted for service. Bathroom: Maan Coffee shares a bathroom with neighboring Ai Jiang Shan on the second floor. The facilities are classy and clean. Best items for kids: There’s lots to love on the menu, but stay away from the greasy breakfast platters. Instead, try an original Belgian-style waffle (RMB 28) with whipped cream, jam, syrup, and fruit, or share a huge fruit bingsu (or shaved ice) for RMB 48. Kids’ play area? No, but Si’de Park is a fiveminute walk away.

Sanlitun Hello Kitty Dreams

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Cuisine: European English menu? Yes Kid’s menu? No. General kid friendliness of menu: Expect fusion European dishes with French and Italian influences. Staff: The staff speaks moderate English. Bathroom: The bathroom is located in the mall, across the way. It’s spacious and clean with sit-down toilets, and there’s a padded countertop that can be used as a changing table. Best items for kids: Kids can dig in to this European cuisine with kid-sized utensils. Kids’ play area? No, but there are toys and playing cards available. Seating: The lavish interior seating is made up of booths and tables, with pink chandeliers. Highchairs are available. There are also two private rooms that can seat six to eight people.

Price: RMB 300-400 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: The regular menu won’t be complete until February 2012. Until then, only six-course combo sets starting from RMB 188 will be available. In a nutshell: Hello Kitty Dreams is a little girl’s dream (or a grown woman’s, depending on who you ask). Featuring waitresses in frilly pink dresses and waiters in bright blue baggy overalls, this restaurant in Sanlitun’s Shimao complex is sure to be the talk of the town. Food items will be MSG-free European fusion cuisine. SC Daily 10am-10pm. 4/F, Shimao Department Store (corner of Gongti Beilu and Xindong Lu), Chaoyang District (8405 9021) Hello Kitty 梦幻主题餐厅,朝阳区三里屯世茂 百货4层(工体北路和新东路路口)

Six-year-old Ashley Lau is excited about her Hello Kitty-themed dessert

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Feature Biteapitta Cuisine: Middle Eastern English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Creative pita sandwiches and falafels. The bread and hummus are great finger foods. Staff: English-speaking and attentive. Bathroom: Clean bathrooms with sit down toilets. Best dishes for kids: For drinks, try the kiwi mint smoothie or the mint lemonade. Dig in to the hummus (RMB 28-45) or make it a pita sandwich (RMB 20-28). Kids’ play area? No, but the restaurant is near Sanlitun Village. It’s important to note

that it is surrounded by bars, so families should make it an early dinner. Seating: Tables and chairs. Highchairs available. Price: RMB 200 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: The hummus and falafel pita sandwich (RMB 30) or one of their fresh salads (RMB 35-40). In a nutshell: A great place for delicious falafel, shawarma, and pita sandwiches. It is perfect for vegetarians and health-conscious parents. Larissa Paschyn Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District (6467 2961) 吧嗒饼,朝阳区三里屯后街同里2层

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Feature Kro’s Nest Price: RMB 250 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must order item: Thinly-sliced onion rings with ranch dressing, Pepperoni Explosion pizza, the Chicago-style Artery Clogger pizza. In a nutshell: A fun pizza experience for those with Americanized stomachs. Families might prefer the Sanyuanqiao branch, as the Sanlitun location is more suited for the party crowd. The food is the same though, and to many, it’s the best pizza in Beijing. LP Daily 10-2am (Kitchen closes at 11pm). Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District (8523 6655) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (卡利宾拉丁舞俱乐 部对面) See Directory for more locations.

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Cuisine: Pizza English Menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: No healthy fare here, just big and greasy pizzas. Kids will love the variety of pizzas, calzones, fries, and huge pies. Staff: English-speaking and attentive. Bathroom: Clean bathrooms with sit down toilets. Best dishes for kids: Pizzette sets, crispy onion rings, milkshakes, Rocky Road Rice-Krispy Pie. Kids’ play area: No, but there are 14 TVs and the restaurant is near Sanlitun Village. Seating: No outdoor seating yet. Includes booths and stools. Smoking/Non-smoking: The smoking section and non-smoking section are separated.

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Blue Frog Cuisine: American English Menu: Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: family friendly with burgers, desserts, and wings everyone will enjoy. Staff: English speaking and attentive. Bathroom: Clean bathrooms with sit down toilets. Best dishes for kids: On the kids’ menu, the Tadpole Specials include the Cowboy Burger (beef) with fries, a hot dog, and fish sticks. There is also a veggie platter named Rabbit Food. Kids’ play area? No, but in the warmer months, there’s space to run around outside. Seating: Rooftop area in the summer, tables and chairs, some booths, and high stools at the bar. Highchairs available.

Smoking/Non-smoking: There is a smoking section near the bar area. Price: RMB 400 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must order item: Try sweet potato fries (RMB 45), one of their beef burgers (RMB 75-85), the Greek Salad (RMB 50). In a nutshell: This burger joint is perfect for foreigners looking for a taste of home. Try their two-for-one burger deal on Mondays. The large variety of American dishes on the kids’ menu will ensure that kids have a good time. LP Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 4030) 蓝蛙,朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯Village南 区4号楼3层S4-30 See Directory for more locations.

Colibri Cafe



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Price: RMB 120 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: One of their cupcakes (RMB 23) – of which there are 20 flavors; tomato-basil Panini (RMB 38); smoked chicken baguette with avocado, crab meat, tomatoes, lime mayonnaise and lettuce (RMB 48). In a nutshell: A charming sunny cafe, straight out of Europe, with fast Wi-Fi and light dishes to match. The cupcakes are a highlight – kids won’t be able to resist them – and luckily, there are healthy sandwiches, soups and salads to have beforehand. LP Daily 9am-10pm. LG51, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 0808) 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village北区地下 1层

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Cuisine: Bakeries, Delis & Desserts English Menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Cupcakes aside, plenty of healthy options. Portions are adult-sized, so they’re best shared. Staff: English speaking and attentive. Bathroom: Shared with Sanlitun Village North. Clean, sit-down toilets and there’s a changing table. Best dishes for kids: There’s always the double chocolate cupcake, but for starters, try the pumpkin soup, or the grilled cauliflower salad with feta. Kids’ play area? No Seating: Small round tables and large tables with benches. Outdoor seating in warm weather. High chairs available.

Feature Rumi Cuisine: Middle Eastern (Iranian) English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: The play area, the different kinds of grilled meats, and the array of milkshakes all make this place a more kid-friendly option in Sanlitun. Staff: Very attentive with passable English. Sometimes they make mistakes (forgetting about a drink order, not bringing out bread for the hummus), but overall the service is good. Bathroom: Clean Western-style toilets. Best items for kids: Off the kids’ menu, try the chicken kebab (RMB 32), lubia polo (basmati rice simmered with beef in a tomato-based sauce) for RMB 35 and milkshakes (RMB 30). Kids’ play area? Yes. There are toy animals, Legos and building bricks. Seating: Tables and chairs and some booths. Highchairs available. Price: RMB 400 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must order item: Hummus with warm bread, salmon kebab with saffron rice. Or sample their best fare during brunch (Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30) for RMB 88. In a nutshell: If you’re looking for Middle Eastern food in Beijing, you will be hard pressed to find better. The decor is minimal and upscale, but they seem prepared for children with a kids’ menu and a playroom adjacent to the dining room. MS

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Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District (8454 3838) 入迷,朝阳区工体北路甲1号兆龙饭店对面 See Directory for more locations.

Nadia Mohebati (11) enjoying the salmon kebab January/February 2012



Hatsune Cuisine: Japanese English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: This menu has tons of sushi, but it also has teriyaki, rice, noodles, and tempura. Staff: English speaking and attentive. Bathroom: A public restroom is around the corner and has clean, sit-down toilets. Best items for kids: Assorted vegetable tempura, beef over rice, or a Japanese burrito (chicken teriyaki, tobiko and sour cream in a burrito). Play area: No, but Sanlitun Village South has an ice skating rink in the winter and a fun water fountain in the summer. Seating: Indoor tables and some booths. Highchairs and private rooms available. Price: RMB 450

Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Foie gras rolls; such high quality foie gras in sushi is hard to come by, anywhere. In a nutshell: Sushi served in a modern and elegant setting. With two convenient locations, high-quality sushi is always nearby. However, unless your kids like sushi or are amenable to other Japanese fare, it may be a place for that special night out instead. MS Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. S8-30 (opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6415 3939) 隐泉日本料理,朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 Village南区8号楼S8-30 See Directory for more locations.

Haidilao Hot Pot



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Accepts credit cards? Yes Must order item: The DIY sauce bar has garlic, hot peppers, celery, green onions, sesame oil and more. Choose from the freshest ingredients for leafy greens, meats, potatoes, mushrooms and tofu. Broths range from spicy to non-spicy. In a nutshell: One of the best service restaurants in China, Haidalo ensures everyone leaves happy. Food is fresh, portions are generous and there is an option to order half dishes, so diners can explore the variety of offerings. This chain, however, is notorious for long waits for a table (even with a reservation). Good thing they offer Wi-Fi, Chinese checkers, an endless snack supply, free manicures and shoe shines while you wait. LP Daily 24hrs. 2A Baijiazhuang Lu (next to No. 80 Middle School), Chaoyang District (6595 0079) 海底捞,朝阳区白家庄路甲2号 (八十中学 西侧)

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Cuisine: Chinese (Sichuan hot pot) English Menu? No. It’s best to bring a phrasebook or Chinese-speaking friend to help order. Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Plenty of fresh ingredients to choose from. The DIY sauce bar has some snacks and fruit. Lemonade is available too. Be careful of the steam, boiling water and fire though. Staff: Patient, polite and attentive, but their English is very limited. Bathroom: Clean bathrooms with sit-down toilets. Best dishes for kids: Beef, or fish balls. Ask for hand-pulled noodles, which are done at your table as a noodle dance performance. Kids play area: This branch has a small play room on the second floor. Toys are sparse though, so bring your own. Seating: Standard tables and chairs for four to six people. Price: RMB 200

Feature Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Cuisine: Japanese English Menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Rolls (RMB 50-85) are tasty and bite-sized. Plus, some rooms feature a teppanyaki grill, which can provide fun interaction for the kids. Staff: English-speaking, polite and attentive. Bathroom: Clean bathrooms with sit-down toilets. Best dishes for kids: Teppanyaki with fresh salad and fried rice, miso soup (which is full of vitamins), any of the creative well-made rolls. Kids’ play area? No, but the restaurant is close to Sanlitun Village South, which has ice skating in the winter and a water fountain to run through in the summer. Seating: Small private rooms with wooden chairs and long tables. Smoking/Non-smoking: Seating is only private rooms, so diners are permitted to smoke (or not) in their room. Price: RMB 400 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must order item: Foie gras (RMB 118), steak (domestic RMB 92-150; imported RMB 158180), salmon sashimi (RMB 78), large prawns (RMB 68). In a nutshell: High-quality, delicate Japanese food in bite-size portions. The teppanyaki is excellent and enjoyed in private rooms with private chefs. This branch is suitable for older children ready to dine in a more subdued elegant setting. LP

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Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. N4-30, F/3, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village North, Chaoyang District (6416 5102) 尚水长廊铁板烧餐厅,朝阳区三里屯Village北区 4号楼3层N4-30 See Directory for other locations.

Owner Steven Yang recommends any sushi roll or teppanyaki for families January/February 2012




The Filling Station Cuisine: American English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: Options on the kids’ menu include macaroni and cheese and hot dogs. There are also hidden veggies in their meatballs. Staff: English-speaking and attentive. Bathroom: One sit-down toilet. Best dishes for kids: Meatball mountain (with four kinds of veggies hidden inside), banana pancakes, sausage spiders (hot dog sausages with spaghetti legs). All kids’ meals for 12 and under are RMB 35. Kids’ play area? Yes. There’s a huge play area for children with ball pit, toys and video games. Kids can also color the back of their menu.



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Mon–Sat, 11am-9.30pm; Sun 11am-8pm. Beside Western Academy of Beijing, Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Shunyi District (8470 3821) 顺义区来广营东路(北京京西学校旁边)

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Chris Wu (5) sinks his teeth into some Sausage Spiders

Seating: Indoor seating with chairs and booths, and outdoor balcony seating. Price: RMB 200 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: With any of their six varieties of burgers or four signature sandwiches, you can’t go wrong. In a nutshell: Specials almost every day, from Monday buy-one-get-one-free burgers to Wednesday kids-eat-free (one child under 12 per adult), this is a family and budget-friendly restaurant with no-fail American meals. Charlotte Moreau

Fuel, Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport Cuisine: Brunch (American) English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Pizza and burgers with fries are always a hit with children, and smaller portions of the adult entrees are available. Staff: Friendly English-speaking staff. Bathroom: The bathroom is clean with sitdown toilets. Best dishes for kids: Any of the pizzas. If requested ahead of time, they can make their own pizza. Kids’ play area? Yes. There’s a kid-friendly area, which has video games, including Super Mario games and Frogger. There’s another separate area with couches and karaoke. Seating: Plenty of tables and chairs in an open setting inside. Outdoor seating in warm weather.

Smoking/Non-smoking: The shared dining area is non-smoking, but smoking is permitted in the private rooms. Price: RMB 400 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: One of their nine kinds of pizzas or eight types of ribs. In a nutshell: A modern, open-air atmosphere makes Fuel a good place to relax and enjoy good food. Close to Shunyi expat housing, it’s a nice nearby option for a night out. The occasional live music and DJ is a unique highlight. CM Mon-Fri, 1-5pm, 3pm-midnight; Sat and Sun, 10am-midnight. 1/F, Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport, 1 Erjing Lu, Beijing Capital International Airport (southwest of Terminal 3), Chaoyang District (6450 4310) 北京首都机场郎豪酒店,朝阳区首都机场二经 路1号朗豪酒店(T3航站楼西南)

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Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels Cuisine: American English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Many kid friendly options, and the food is so good that kids may try “healthy” things they don’t even realize are healthy. Staff: English-speaking and attentive. Bathroom: There’s a sit-down toilet in the bathroom around the corner from the restaurant. Best dishes for kids: A yummy baked mac and cheese, pizza bagels, and chicken salad on a bread of their choice. Organic ice cream and other sweet treats at the counter. Kids’ play area? Yes, but it is a separate area next door. They provide colored pencils and paper to pass the time. Seating: Standard tables and chairs. There are picnic tables outside.

Smoking/Non-smoking: There is a small smoking area, but there is no division from the non-smoking area. Price: RMB 200 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Chicken salad, falafel and hummus sandwich, and of course, bagels. In a nutshell: Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and always delicious and fresh. Loyal customers don’t mind paying the extra it costs to enjoy a good, healthy meal here. Note: Nothing has been confirmed, but if the current area is demolished, they hope to move near Roma Lake. CM Daily 8am-8pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District (8046 4301) 单太太贝谷面包房. 顺义区西白辛庄开发街 5号

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The Orchard Cuisine: European English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes. Some smaller-sized adult entrees are available; separate kids buffet on Sundays. General kid friendliness of menu: Wide variety of kids’ favorites and new tastes to try. Staff: English-speaking and attentive. Bathroom: Sit-down toilets in two locations of the large restaurant. Best dishes for kids: Sweet potato pancake with homemade applesauce, hummus pinwheels with fruit salad, or any pasta dish. Kids’ play area? Yes. TV and toys in a separate room, complete with kids buffet on Sundays. Outside by pond is also a popular play area when accompanied by an adult. Seating: Standard tables and chairs, booths, and outdoor seating. Smoking/Non-smoking: Smoking is only allowed in the bar area and outside, but it is

not allowed in main dining room or courtyard areas. Price: RMB 350-400 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Sunday buffet (RMB 520, free for children 4 and under), weekday set lunch menus, and herb ice cream for dessert. In a nutshell: From set lunch menus to Sunday and holiday buffets, this beautifully located orchard setting restaurant boasts a wide variety of foods prepared with many ingredients grown on-site. CM Tues-Fri noon-2:30pm set menu; 6-9pm a la carte. Sat noon-2:30pm and 6-9pm. Sun noon-3pm brunch; 6-9pm a la carte. Closed Mon.From Jingshun Lu, turn left (west) at Shunbai Lu Intersection, (turn at the driveway just west of the Hegezhuang Village Sign), Shunyi District (6433 6270) 果园,顺义区崔各庄乡何各庄村(过何各庄村 路标往南转)

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Feature New York Style Pizza Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: The large 20-inch pizza for hungry crowds. Their signature is most likely Hell’s Kitchen, which includes mozzarella, tomato sauce, pepperoni, onions, green peppers, mushroom, black olives, and garlic. In a nutshell: Choose from catchy New York names for the 17 varieties of pizza, and the large 20-inch pizza is perfect for parties (largest size not available for delivery). Free delivery within a 3km radius. Buy-9-get-1-free reward cards. CM Daily 10am-9pm. 7 Riverville Square, Shunyi District (6450 8790) 顺义区温榆广场7号

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Cuisine: Pizza English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Pizza is the highlight here, but there are also calzones, sandwiches and salads. Staff: Limited English, but friendly. Bathroom: Located in the adjacent office building, clean with sit-down toilets. Best dishes for kids: Any pizza flavor; available by the slice for smaller appetites. Kids’ play area? No Seating: Limited seating with standard table and chairs; delivery available. Price: RMB 150-200

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Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar Cuisine: Vegetarian English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? No General kid friendliness of menu: Fun food presentation with stand-by pasta and pizza for the less adventurous. Staff: Friendly staff, but their English is limited Bathroom: Clean, squat toilets only. Best dishes for kids: Smashed yam with blueberry sauce, baked vegetables with cheese, or any of the sweet “dumpling” desserts. Kids’ play area? There’s a small play area with stuffed toys and balls, tailored for very young children. Seating: Indoor and outdoor dining. Separate areas of restaurant for private parties or tea service.

Smoking/Non-smoking: Smoking allowed in private rooms, but not in the main dining area. Price: RMB 250 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Seasonal curries and peppers add some heat to dishes like vegetable curry or Sichuan-style chicken with crispy chilli. In a nutshell: Great vegetarian options with a wide selection of food on the menu. The atmosphere by the lake adds to the restaurant’s overall charm. Definitely worth a visit, even if you’re a meat-eater. CM Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 100m north of Luoma Roundabout, Houshayu, Shunyi District (8048 5088/5566) 顺义区后沙峪镇罗马环岛向北100米左转, 沿 罗马湖畔800米

Michael’s Place Italian Ristorante Cuisine: Italian English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: The kids’ menu features spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, fish fingers and chips, mini-pizzas and macaroni and cheese. Staff: The very friendly staff speaks English. Bathroom: Bathrooms are located in the mall corridor. Clean, with both sit-down and squat toilets. Best dishes for kids: Spaghetti and meatballs, mini pizza, or smaller portions of adult entrees. Kids’ play area? No Seating: Standard chairs and tables with highchairs available.


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Daily, 10am-10pm. L221, Euro Plaza, (Opposite the Exhibition Hall), Central Villa District, Shunyi District (8042 4457, 8046 3359) 北京明天意大利餐厅,顺义区天竺镇裕 翔路99号欧陆时尚购物中心一层221号( 国展对面)

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Price: RMB 250 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: With eight pasta options (including gnoochi and capellini) and 14 sauces (including bolognese, seafood, pesto, carbonara, and four cheese), diners can create their own delicious pasta entree. In a nutshell: Satisfy your craving for Italian food at Michael’s, where pizza and pastas never disappoint. They also cater parties and kids always leave happy. CM

Pinotage Price: RMB 350 Accepts credit cards? Yes Must-order item: Fillet of Beef Wellington or any lamb entree for hearty appetites, or unique and delicious soup and salad combos for lighter fare. In a nutshell: Large wine tasting room in addition to lovely dining area, classy atmosphere lakeside, and delicious food entrees at reasonable prices make this a perfect date night or any evening out. CM Tue-Thu Noon-2.30pm, 5.30-9pm; Fri Noon2.30pm, 5.30-10pm; Sat Noon-10pm; Sun Noon-9pm. Lane Bridge Villa Compound Clubhouse, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District (6430 7010) 朝阳区朝阳区来广营东路9号

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Cuisine: African English menu? Yes Kids’ menu? Yes General kid friendliness of menu: Plenty of options for young diners, as well as kid party options. Staff: English-speaking and attentive. Bathroom: Bathroom located in the clubhouse hall; sit-down toilets. Best dishes for kids: Pork sausage with homemade smashed potatoes, toasted ham and cheese sandwich, or burger with fries – all around RMB 30-45. Kids’ play area? No, but there is one located on the same floor in the clubhouse area (free entrance). Seating: Standard tables and chairs, some booths; patio seating outside during warm weather.

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Family Dining

Family Dining African Pinotage Probably the only South African restaurant in town, this restaurant is located in the Lane Bridge Compound on the northeast Fifth Ring Road and offers distinctive dishes like Cape Malay bobotie (a type of casserole made from meat and rice) and South African wines. Tue-Fri noon-2pm, 6-9pm, Sat-Sun 12-10pm. Lane Bridge Villa Compound, Laiguangying Donglu (Take the Airport expressway and exit at the fourth exit at Beigao. At the first traffic lights turn left, and carry onto the next traffic lights where you turn right into the complex. The restaurant is situated across the bridge in the Clubhouse), Chaoyang District. (6430 7010, 136 1120 7396) 朝阳区朝阳区来广营东路9号

American A Food Affaire Daily 8am-11pm. 1/F, 5 Xingfuyicunxili (on the ground floor of Lianbao Apartments next to Yu Xin restaurant), Chaoyang District. (135 0107 1114) 朝阳区绿 叶子食品店, 幸福一村西里5号一层 Blue Frog Daily 10am-2am. 1) 1/F Bdg 1, U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8561 2665,; 2) S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030, www.bluefrog. 蓝蛙, 1) 朝阳区三丰北里,悠唐生活广 场1号楼1层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯 Village南区4号楼3层S4-30 Chef Too No kids menu but they’ll love the penne meatballs. With a little help from mom and dad, kids can share one of Chef Too’s famous steaks with a side of mash. If you’re happy for them to get their hands messy, try the BBQ ribs. Sunday Brunch (RMB 68-98, served until 3pm, try the poached eggs with a side of spinach and mushrooms, pancakes, huevos rancheros and more) is where the real kid-friendliness kicks in, though. For dinner kids will love the bruschetta or any of their yummy pasta options. All staff speak good English; providing they’re not super busy, they are very attentive. Indoor seating with some booth-style seats as well as the standard table and chair setup. Voted “Outstanding American” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm, Tue-Sat 5.30-10pm. Opposite of West gate ( the 3rd gate) of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6591 8676, 美西西餐厅, 朝 阳区朝阳公园西门(3号门)对面 Element Fresh This sunny Shanghai import showcases a healthier side of American food, with elaborate salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Popular weekend brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” “Best Brunch (Affordable)” and “Outstanding Family Friendly Atmosphere” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. S8-33, Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318); 2) Daily 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058) www. 新元素, 1) 朝阳区三里屯 路19号三里屯Village南区8号楼S8-33; 2) 朝阳 区将太路6号 Fatburger This famous American diner offers premium Australian lean beef burgers freshly ground daily and cooked to order. Burgers comes in singles, doubles or triples accompanied by skinny fries, fat fries or homemade onion rings and hot wings, hot dogs, and imported ice cream shakes. Enjoy these American classics amidst a warm ambience and ‘80s music. Voted “Outstanding Burger” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 7789, leelee@,; 2) Daily 11am-9pm. 1-LB01 The Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound (in



the same building as Tavola and Starbucks, across the street and 300 m north of the Kempinski Hotel’s main entrance), 19 East Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1878,, jwu@fatburger. com) 1) 朝阳区建国门外 大街1号国贸商城B1楼; 2) 朝阳区东方东路19号 亮马桥外交公寓1号楼会所1层1号铺 Fuel Daily 11am-late. 1/F, Langham Place, 1 Er Jing Lu, Beijing Capital International Airport (southwest of Terminal 3), Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) http://beijingairport. 朝阳区首都机场二经 路1号朗豪酒店(T3航站楼西南) Grandma’s Kitchen Tuck into hearty Yankee tucker at any of the five cozy locations of this franchise started by an actual American Grandma. Enjoy sandwiches, burgers, steaks and shakes (banana variety known to be addic-tive). Voted “Outstanding American” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 8am-10.30pm. 47-2 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2790,; 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 0103, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/6, com); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou U Center, 28 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6266 6105,; 4) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893,; 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong (across from Beixinqiao subway exit C), Dongcheng District. (8403 9452, 祖 母的厨房, 1) 东城区南池子大街47-2号; 2) 朝 阳区东三环中路39号建外SohoB座0103; 3) 海淀 区成府路28号五道口购物中心5层; 4) 朝阳区 建国门外秀水南街甲11号(友谊商店后面); 5) 东城区北新桥石雀胡同28号(地铁五号线北新 桥站C出口) Hard Rock Cafe Burgers, pastas, desserts, cover bands and those ubiquitous T-shirts at this restaurant that saw its heyday in the 1990s. Daily 11.30am-2am. 1/F, Landmark Towers, 8 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6590 0500) http:// aspx?LocationID=5&MIBEnumID=3 硬石餐 厅, 朝阳区东三环北路8号亮马河大厦西大堂 Home Plate Bar-B-Que Daily 11am-10pm. 35 Xiaoyun Lu courtyard (from Dongsanhuan Beilu, head 20m north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection and take the first right), Chaoyang District. (5128 5584, seth@homeplatebbq. com) 本垒美国餐, 朝阳区霄云路35号院(东 三环北路,过霄云路路口,往北走20米,到第一个 路口右转) Let’s Burger 29-102, Pinnacle Avenue, Liyuan Jie, Shunyi District. (8416 7803) 顺义区 天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业中心29-102 Lily’s American Diner The owner of this Shuangjing restaurant cut her teeth at Steak & Eggs; she’s now created a menu of her own offering a sizeable selection of classically greasy North American and Tex-Mex fare like cheeseburgers, roast beef melt subs and chicken or beef fajitas. All-day breakfast specials including buttermilk pancakes with two eggs, plus bacon, sausage or ham. Generously sized beef burritos come wrapped in suitably soft, yet resilient tortillas, with assorted vegetables and “Lily’s spices.” The beef nachos aren’t quite like those in Texas, but they’re entirely edible by Beijing standards. Daily 8am-midnight. 1) 200m east from north gate of Jindi Mingjing Xiaoqu, exit E of Sihui subway station, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Unit 2-18, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6592 5548, 1) 朝阳区四惠地铁北E 出口金地名京小区北门对面往东200米; 2) 朝 阳区双井桥东北角广渠路31号院天之骄子2号 楼底商2-18 Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill 1) Daily 7.30am-11 .30pm. Jiangtai Xilu (next to SALT and Frank’s

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Place), Chaoyang District. (6435 3509); 2) Mon-Fri 9.30am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am11.30pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449) 彼德西餐, 1) 朝阳区将台西路 (SALT/ Frank’s旁边); 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国 际俱乐部88A The Filling Station An American diner-style joint serving burgers, steaks and other classics. The adult menu features a selection of burgers (RMB 58-98) – which includes a side fries dusted with chili pepper – and hotdogs (RMB 38-58); while the ample kids menu has “Sausage Spiders” (hot dog sausages with spaghetti legs, RMB 35), “Easy Peasy Mac n Cheese” (RMB 35) and other offbeat selections like banana pancakes (RMB 35) and virgin cocktails called “mocktails” (RMB 20) designed especially for kids. The playroom comes complete with slides and older kids can test out the retro selection of video games or give the foosball table a try, making Filling Station a great place for a family meal or lazy afternoon lunch. Daily 11am-9 .30pm. Beside Western Academy of Beijing, Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Shunyi District. (8470 3821) 顺义区来广 营东路(北京京西学校旁边)

Bakeries, Delis & Desserts Comptoirs de France 1) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Daily 7am-8.30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 1, Chaoyang District. (5927 7597); 2) Daily 7am-8.30pm. (opening soon) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 2, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 4) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853); 5) Daily 7am-10.30pm. Door 102, Pacific Century Place Department Store, 2A Gongti BeiLu, Chaoyang District. (6539 2005); 6) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 2/F Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 7) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 8) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 9) Daily 7am-8.30pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 10) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5480) www. 法派, 1) 朝阳区将台 路2号北京和睦家医院店; 2) 朝阳区将台路2号 北京和睦家医院2店; 3) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海 润国际公寓商业5号楼1层; 4) 朝阳区幸福村中 路55-1号; 5) 朝阳区工体北路甲2号盈科中心商 场102单元; 6) 朝阳区来广营东路5号2楼东侧; 7) 东城区东直门外大街35号东湖俱乐部1层; 8) 朝阳区日坛北路4号; 9) 顺义区裕翔路99号天竺 镇欧陆广场L111室; 10) 朝阳区建国路89号华贸 中心15号楼102 Kempi Deli Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5741) BEIJING/RESTAURANTS%20AND%20BARS/ RESTAURANTS/Pages/restaurant6.aspx 凯宾 美食廊, 朝阳区凯宾斯基饭店1层

Breakfast and Brunch Aroma Aroma offers five distinct cuisines: Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian, and Western favorites. Sundays feature an extensive buffet featuring imported Boston Lobster, Norwegian Salmon, French Foie Gras, Tandoori Sea-Bass, Australian Beef Steak, Lamb Chop, and freshly shucked Australian Oyster and inclusive of draught beer and free flow of wine, juice and soft drinks (RMB 488, plus 15% service charge or RMB 558, plus 15% service charge, for free flow of champagne and free flow of wine, juice and soft drinks). Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8161) 香溢, 朝阳区 华贸中心建国路甲83号丽思卡尔顿酒店 Bubbalicious Brunch Sunday 11.30am-3-

pm. 2/F Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8102) 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北京威斯 汀大饭店 Monsoon A cafe-style restaurant offering an innovative selection of Asian (try the spicy Laksa) and Western cuisines. The outgoing staff and animated food preparation in the open kitchen create a fun and casual dining experience. Weekday lunch buffet is RMB 238, plus 15% service charge; on Sundays, the lunch buffet is RMB 268 or 398, with champagne, wine or beer, plus 15% service charge. Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. InterContinental Beijing Financial Street, 11 Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (5852 5888 ext 5916/5917) 季候风, 西城区金融街 11号洲际酒店 Mrs Shanen’s Bagels Sun-Thu 7.30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District. (8046 4301) 单太太贝谷面包 房, 顺义区西白辛庄开发街5号 (紧邻名都园) The Orchard Daily noon-3pm, 6-9pm. From Jingshun Lu, turn left (west) at Shunbai Lu Intersection, (turn at the driveway just west of the Hegezhuang Village Sign), Shunyi District. (6433 6270) 果园, 顺义区崔各庄乡何各 庄村(过何各庄村路标往南转) South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube Daily 9am-10pm (restaurant), 7am-10pm (bakery). 27 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0201, sales@germanbakery., 德南面包房, 朝阳 区朝阳公园路1号好运街27号 Vineyard Cafe Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, 葡萄院儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号 Zen5es Daily 11amï¼ 2.30pmï¼›5.3010.30. 4/F, the Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880, 朝阳区东三环北路 7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

Cafes & Sandwiches Drum and Bell Daily 1pm-2am. 41 Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8403 3600) 鼓钟咖啡馆, 东城区钟楼湾胡同41号 Maan Coffee Korean-run cafe specializing in waffles, desserts and other snacks. Daily 9am-midnight. 1) Rm 110, Bldg 103, Baiziwan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8795 0870); 2) 7 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8457 3470) 漫咖啡, 1) 朝阳区百子湾西里103号楼110室; 2) 朝阳区将 太西路7号 Rug Bagel & Café Bagels, outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi make this a welcome addition to Chaoyang Park.Tue-Sun 11.30am-10pm. Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite South Gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District. (8550 2722) 朝 阳区朝阳公园南路丽水嘉园4号楼(朝阳公园南 门对面) Wild Honey Daily 10am-9.30pm. 01-19, 1/F, Fortune Mall, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6530 9149) 吉乐瑞, 朝阳 区东三环中路7号财富购物中心一层01-19

Cantonese and Dim Sum Tang Palace Seafood Boat Those in the know name this chain as haveing some of the best dim sum in town. The a la carte options aren’t half bad either - try the roast pigeon, manadarin fish and durian puffs. Reservations recommended. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. 1) 1/F, Minzu Hotel, 51 Fuchengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6605 9327); 2) Store 2, Bldg 9, Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8552 9488); 3) 1/F, Xizang Dasha, 118 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6498 5543); 4) 1/F, Haoyue Jianguo

Directories Hotel, 17 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (65131288); 5) 3/F Novotel Xinqiao Hotel, Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District. (6512 9603) 唐宫海鲜坊, 1) 西城区西城区复 兴门内大街51号民族饭店1楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳 区朝阳北路101号朝阳大悦城9楼2号(青年路口); 3) 朝阳区朝阳区北四环东路118号西藏大厦1楼; 4) 东城区东城区建国门内大街17号好苑建国商 务酒店1楼; 5) 东城区东交民巷新侨饭店3楼 Zen5es Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 4/F, the Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880, www. 朝阳区东三环北路7号金 茂北京威斯汀大饭店

Chinese Din Tai Fung Taste just one hand-rolled dumpling and you’ll know why they’re famous around the world (and a big hit with the kids). Playrooms available. Voted “Best Dim Sum” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6462 4502); 2) Mon-Fri 11.30am9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 7/F, Dangdai Shangcheng, 40 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6269 6726); 3) Daily 11.30am9.30pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1536) 鼎泰丰, 1) 朝阳区新源西里中街24号; 2) 海淀区中关村 大街40号当代商城7层; 3) 朝阳区建国路87号华 贸中心新光天地6层

Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) www. 盐, 朝阳区将台西路 9号2层(珀丽酒店西边)

French Boucherie Michel Opened by a young French butcher of the old school, this artisanal shop and restaurant has gained a wide following with its selection of high-grade beef, veal, lamb, and pork (50-110 RMB per kg). Patrons also recommend the pates, sausages (including merguez) and Parisian-style hams. Freshly roasted chicken, quiches, frozen dishes such as coq au vin, as well as a range of well priced French wines are also for sale. The small French restaurant upstairs delivers the same meat, now cooked, in a cozy checkered-tablecloth setting or, in season, on the curbside patio. Daily 9am-8pm. 1/F, Jiezuo Dasha, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0489, 米歇尔肉店, 朝阳区幸福村中路杰座大厦底层 Brasserie Flo Superb, if pricey, French cuisine (the chateaubriand, in particular, is outstanding, and the wine list is good). This restaurant also has a pleasant playroom for children, complete with toys, arts and crafts, and, on weekends, an ayi keeping things real. Voted “Best French (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. 北京福楼餐厅, 朝阳区霄云路18号

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Dongbeiren Daily 11am-10pm. A1 Xinzhong Jie, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District. (6415 2855) 东北人, 东城区东直门外新中 街甲1号 Hai Di Lao Daily 9-2am. 1) 4/F Wangjing International Commercial Center, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (6595 0079); 2) A2 Baijiazhuang Lu, Sanlitun (west of Beijing No. 80 Middle School), Chaoyang District. (6595 2982) 1) 朝阳区望京衔9号望京国际商业中心4 楼; 2) 朝阳区白家庄路甲二号第80中学西侧 Xiao Wang Fu Chinese homestyle is comfort food for your family, and this bustling place is great to initiate the younger members of your crew into the tradition of delicious Beijing duck. The Ritan Park venue, which is swankier, is probably better for a mom and pop only night out. Voted “Best Kung Pao Chicken” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 2/F of Crown Plaza Hotel, 48 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5911 9985/6); 2) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Inside the North Gate of Ritan Park, Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8561 5985); 3) Daily 11am-10.30pm. Bldg 2, Guanghua Lu Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6591 3255); 4) Daily 5.30pm-1am. 15 Qianhai Beiyan, Xicheng District. (6617 5558) 小王府, 1) 东城区王府井大街48号国际艺苑皇 冠假日酒店二层; 2) 朝阳区日坛路日坛公园北 门内; 3) 朝阳区光华路东里2号楼; 4) 西城区 前海北沿15号 Xibei Youmiancun Restaurant North eastern cousine, you’ll find fantastic cuisine. Signatures includ cold noodles, lamb skewers, and home-made yogurt served in a ceramic jug. Daily 11.30am-2pm 5.30-9pm. 1) 10 Liuliqiao Beili, Fengtai District. (6331 6888); 2) B1/F, Xinhua Hangkong Dasha, Sanyuanqiao, Chaoyang District. (6345 3535) 西北莜 面村, 1) 丰台区六里桥北里10号院; 2) 朝阳区 三元桥大新华航空大厦B1楼

European Hello Kitty Dreams Daily 10am-10pm. F408, Shimao Department Store, northwest corner of Gongti Beilu and Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8405 9021) Hello Kitty梦幻主题餐厅, 朝阳区Hello Kitty 主题梦幻西餐厅, 朝阳区工体北路和新东 路路口西北角世贸百货F408室 SALT Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale

2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1) F2-03, 2/F, North Tower, China Overseas Plaza, 8 Guanghua Dong Li, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5866); 2) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Shoudu Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7678, 6437 6688 ext 3811); 3) L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 3238) http:// 泰姬楼印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街光 华东里8号中海广场北楼2层F2-03; 2) 朝阳区 首都机场路将台路丽都假日酒店广场缤纷廊3 层; 3) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆时尚购物 中心L222室

Italian Alio Olio West gate of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6594 0938) 朝阳区朝阳 公园西门 Annie’s Serves trattoria favorites like antipasto, soups, pastas and pizza. Parents give the restaurant gold stars for its numerous highchairs, while kids enjoy making their own small pizzas and playing in the well-stocked toy corners. Voted “Most Family Friendly” and “Best Italian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Tower AB, The Office Park (Yuanyang Guanghua International), 10 Jintong Xilu (near Central Park/The Place), Chaoyang District.; 2) 105, Bldg 3, China View, 2C Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1469); 3) 1/F Ruisai Business Building opposite ascott beijing, Chaoyang District. (6568 5890); 4) Daily 11am-11pm. West Gate of Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8589 8366); 5) Daily 11.30am-11pm. 16 Dongsanhuan Lu (next to CD Blues Cafe), Chaoyang District. (6503 3871); 6) Daily 11am-11pm. Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (next to Chaoyang Park West Gate), Chaoyang District. (6591 1931); 7) Daily 11am-11pm. Across from Western Academy Beijing, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4768); 8) 11am-11pm. Unit 2-3-93, Ritan Highlife, (op-

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posite north gate of Ritan Park), 39 Shenlu Jie, Chaoyang District. (8569 3031); 9) Daily 11am-11pm. Jiuxianqiao, Jiangtai Lu, Shangye Jie, Chaoyang District. (6436 3735) 安妮意大利餐厅, 1) 朝阳区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际AB座1楼(近新 城国际/世贸天阶); 2) 朝阳区工体东路丙2号中 国红街大厦3号楼105室; 3) 朝阳区瑞赛大厦商 务楼一层(北京雅诗阁服务公寓对面); 4) 朝阳 区建国路88号Soho现代城西门; 5) 朝阳区东三 环路16号(农展馆正门南侧); 6) 朝阳区朝阳公 园西路(朝阳公园西门); 7) 朝阳区来广营东 路5号京西学校对面; 8) 朝阳区神路街39号日坛 公园北门对面日坛上街2-3-93号; 9) 朝阳区酒 仙桥将台路商业街 Little Italy This Shunyi standby features a children’s play area enclosed in soundproof glass. Grownups can indulge in quiet conversation over pizza and salad while their kids shout and screech with abandon. The children’s menu includes pasta, chicken nuggets and milkshakes served in colorful kid-sized dishes. Daily 10am-10pm. 813 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4679) http://www. 小意大利, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场813号 Meeting Point Airy, friendly neighborhood Italian restaurant specializes in cucina Italia with an Abruzzese touch. Suitable for dinner dates and family meals, with delivery and takeout available. Daily 11am-10pm. B103, Landgent Center, 20 Dongsanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6775 8063) 朝阳区朝阳 区东三环中路20号(双井桥)乐成中心美食 广场B103 Michael’s Place Italian Ristorante Despite the comfortable decor, brick pizza oven, kiddie corner and decent selection of imported wines, Michael’s free-n-quick home delivery might just be its strongest asset. Pizzas and pastas range RMB 48-75. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. L112, Euro Plaza, (Opposite the Exhibition Hall), Central Villa District, Shunyi District. (8042 4457, 8046 3359) 北京

Ganges Indian Restaurant This is a good restaurant for the gastronomically adventurous. Spicy dishes can be cooked without the heat upon request (probably a good idea for the young ones). There’s a play area with two kids’ tables and chairs, plus books and crayons mixed in with other toys. For smaller diners, there are a few highchairs available. In a nutshell, this is delicious Indian food in a comfortable environment that won’t break your budget. Winner of “Best India/Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-11pm. 1) Set to open on December 1, 2011. 6/F, Wudaokou U-Center, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District.; 2) 2/F, Paddy O’Shea’s, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6417 0900); 3) 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 2999); 4) 5/B, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8353) 恒 河印度餐厅, 1) 海淀区成府路五道口U-Center6 层; 2) 朝阳区东直门外大街28号爱尔兰酒吧2 层; 3) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地下1层138A; 4) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓底商5号 The Taj Pavilion This is a great place for a family meal and would make for a wild birthday experience for teens – a visit to the Cosmic Bowling Alley next door followed by a classic Indian meal. Lille kids Kids unfamiliar with Indian cuisine might find certain dishes a bit too exotic, though many dishes can be prepared with less fiery spice. Try the Chicken tikka, tandoori gobi (cauliflower kebabs), or dal palak (yellow lentils cooked with spinach). As a side note, the bathrooms are located outside the restaurant in the hallway. Voted “Outstanding Indian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-

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明天意大利餐厅, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆 时尚购物中心一层112号(国展对面)

Japanese Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Watch and listen to your food as it sizzles and cooks to your preference. Haru impresses with sleek decor and the quality of the food. Kids will be entertained by the chefs flaming hot plates, and the large portion servings mean this is a great place to spend a few extra kuai on a family night out. 1) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 902 Pinnacle Plaza, Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 5112); 2) Unit N430, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6415 2112) 尚水长廊铁板烧餐厅, 1) 顺义 区天竺镇开发区荣祥广场902; 2) 朝阳区朝阳 区三里屯路11号院(Village北区)能号楼三层 N4-30单元 Hatsune Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1) 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3939); 2) S8-30 (opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 3939) 隐泉日本料理, 1) 朝阳区光 华路甲8号和乔大厦C座2层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路 19号三里屯Village南区8号楼S8-30

Mediterranean Argo Daily 11.30am-11pm. 59 Wudaoying Hutong (100 meters west of Vineyard Café), Dongcheng District. (8403 9748) 东城区五道 营胡同59号

Middle Eastern Biteapitta Falafels, hummus, sandwiches and shawarma. Set meals available. Good value for money. Voted “Best Middle Eastern” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Tongli Studio (same block as Le Petit Gourmand), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6467 2961, 吧嗒饼, 朝阳区三里 屯后街同里2层 Dini’s Kosher Restaurant Sun-Thu 11am-10pm (available for private functions Saturday nights). Inside Bet Yaakov Chabad Community Center, 9-12 Fangyuan Xilu (near south gate of Si’de Park), Chaoyang District. (139 1074 0109) 蒂 妮犹太餐厅, 朝阳区芳园西路9-12号(四得公 园南门) Rumi Beijing’s only purveyor of Persian cuisine in a stylish minimalist setting. The owners’ daughter helped design and outfit the small playroom. Let your kids judge her interior design choices while you chow down on the city’s best hummus. Children can pick from the children’s menu and park themselves in highchairs. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30ammidnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) www. 入迷, 朝阳区工体北路甲1号兆 龙饭店对面

Pizza Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory 1) Daily 11am-11pm. Shop 2, Hairun International Apartments, corner Jiangtai Lu and Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8557); 2) Daily 11am-midnight. Bldg. 3, China View, (rear side, opposite City Hotel), Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1404/1370) www. 叫板披萨, 1) 朝阳区将台路 2号海润国际公寓(将台路和方园西路的十字路 口); 2) 朝阳区工体东路中国红街3号楼 Hutong Pizza With a quaint, cozy atmosphere, this pizza joint located just off the beaten track of Houhai offers arguably the best pizza (RMB 60-120) in Beijing. The veggie burgers are also hugely popular. Daily 11am-11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District. (8322 8916) 胡同比萨, 西城区银锭 桥胡同9号



New York Style Pizza The Shunyi branch of this Shanghai-based chain started by a native New Yorker serves pizza pies, NYC style, with frsh toppings and homemade crusts and sizes ranging from 16 to 20 inches (prices range from around RMB 100 and up). Pizza by the slice available. Free delivery within a 3-km radius. 11am-9pm. 7 Riverville Square, Shunyi District. (6450 8790)顺义区温榆广场7号 The Kro’s Nest 1) Daily 10-2am (kitchen closes 11pm). Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District. (8523 6655); 2) Mon-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sun 10-1am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu (opposite Renaissance Beijing Chaoyang Hotel, next to Kou Fu Ju restaurant), Chaoyang District. (8391 3131) 乌巢, 1) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 ( 卡利宾拉丁舞俱乐部对面); 2) 朝阳区霄云路35 号(国航大厦万丽酒店对面, 口福居旁)

Southeast Asian Malacca Legend This elaborate Malaysian restaurant boasts serene water views and zesty Southeast Asian cuisine. Also offers catering services and delivery in the Shunyi area. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 1/F Building B, Ocean International Center, 58 Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 0075); 2) On the banks of Luoma lake, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 8902) 马六甲传奇, 1) 朝阳区 东四环路58号远洋国际中心B座1层; 2) 顺义区 后沙峪镇罗马湖畔

Vegetarian Baihe Vegetarian 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 23A Caoyun Hutong, Dongzhimennei Beixiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6405 2082); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. South Gate of Yiheyuan (Xinjian Gongmen), Haidian District. (6287 8726) 百合 素食, 1) 东城区东直门内北小街,草园胡同甲 23号; 2) 海淀区颐和园南门(新建宫门) Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar Elaine’s quaint little garden supplies generous portions of Chinese vegetarian fare. The selection of over 100 well-portioned dishes, including the requisite imitation meat dishes (including imitation “duck,” recreated soy “chicken” and sizzling bogus “beef”) are popular with both vegetarian and carnivorous diners. Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar. Walk 800m along the banks of Luoma Lake, 100m north of Luoma Roundabout, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8048 5088/5566) 素心小筑, 顺义区后沙峪镇罗马环岛向北100米左转, 沿罗 马湖畔800米 The Veggie Table The shitaki mushroom burger would bully many of Beijing’s beefy sandwiches out of the ballpark. Sesame studded, stodgy whole-wheat bread encloses a fat, herby ‘shroom patty, served with deliciously crispy “baked” home fries and coleslaw cut by someone who understands the stuff. Other big hitters included a shocking pink beet salad spiked with crunchy walnuts, hummus thick like nearly-set cement, and ajvar, a paste of eggplant, onion and red pepper spread on dark rye bread. The dal bhat, served with organic brown rice, is another gutsy, flavor-packed dish, best washed-down with one of the well-chosen craft beers. WedMon 11am-11pm. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6446 2073) 吃素的, 东 城区五道营胡同19号

Family Health Clinics & Hospitals 21st Century Health Care- Beijing Glory Clinic Glory Clinic was established in 1998 and offers high standard, integrative preventive health screenings and medical care in a quiet and comfortable environment. Internationally trained doctors and nurses provide care for internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, dentistry, pediatrics, ENT, immunization, ophthalmology, Traditional Chinese Medicine and specialist appointment. The health screening department offers comprehensive customized health screenings for individuals and corporate clients. Direct

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billing with international insurers is provided. Languages spoken: English, Japanese, Korean, German, Chinese. Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am - 6pm; 24 hour house call service. 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (84446168(English/Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) http://www. 朝阳区亮马桥路40号 AmAsia International Medical Center Formerly known as American-Sino Hospital, AmAsia International Medical Center focuses on meeting women’s and children’s healthcare needs in a warm and relaxing environment. AmAsia uses the latest international medical technology and is staffed by English-speaking doctors experienced in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology. Nurses and midwives also speak English and the center can provide language services in both Japanese and Russian. Provides direct billing with most major international insurance providers, as well as allowing direct payments. Daily 24hrs. 218 Xiaoguan Beili, Anwai Dajie, east of Olympic Center, Chaoyang District. (6496 8888/5151) 东 方美华医院, 朝阳区安外大街小关北里218号 (
奥体中心东) Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital This newly opened hospital near the Lido focuses on maternity services, women’s health and pediatrics. Foreign language support is available upon request.24-hr appointment service. Daily 8am-4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2399 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200) 北京美 中宜和妇儿医院, 朝阳区朝阳区芳园西路9号

Bayley & Jackson Medical Center Provides comprehensive medical and dental services with English-speaking staff. Onsite radiology, laboratory and pharmacy service. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5.30pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8562 9998, 庇利 积臣医疗中心, 朝阳区日坛东路7号 Beijing Aier-Intech Eye Hospital 15 years of eye care experience, including emergency treatment, telephone consultations, laser vision corrective surgery and preventative care. On-site shop sells frames and lenses. The VIP clinic has English-speaking staff, many trained overseas. Can direct bill to many international insurance companies. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 1,4,5/F Panjiayuan Plaza, 12 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6773 2700, 英智眼科医院, 朝阳区潘 家园南里12号潘家园大厦1,4,5层 Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital Founded in 2003, Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital is the first hospital in Beijing with a water birth center to allow natural births. The hospital also researches male and female infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, and more. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Building 18, Court 1, Xingheyuan, Jiayuan Road, Fengtai District. (67735551, 67537768) 北京安太妇产医院, 丰台区北京丰台嘉 园路星河城1号院18号楼 Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) offers medical services both Chinese and western families with JCI (Joint Commission

International) standard. HMC is strategic partner of PHMI and cooperates with Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School— Boston Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital. Located next to Olympic Forest Park, HMC covers an area of 13,000 square meters. HMC is a medical center in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics. A2 Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6499 0000, 朝阳 区北苑路小关北里甲2号

Beijing International SOS Clinic One of the world’s leading international healthcare, medical and security assistance company with 66% of the world’s Fortune 500 companies choosing International SOS. Since 1989, International SOS has led internationalstandard medical care in China, with a 24/7 alarm center hotline, a dedicated air ambulance, four international quality clinics staffed with expat and foreign doctors and 200+ network of medical service partners. International SOS Beijing clinic is the city’s leading family practice and specialist services clinic, represented by 15 nationalities, including English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese-speaking doctors. Offers 24/7 Emergency Services, GP, Pediatrics, Gynecology, specialists, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Optometry. Mon-Fri 8am – 8pm, Sat – Sun 8am – 6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100, 北京国际救援中心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室 Beijing Orient Care Clinic Offering international families high quality medical services, including family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, TCM, pediatrics, Emergency Room services, specialist consultation, radiology and ultrasonography, laboratory and pharmacy services with English-speaking staff. Provides direct billing services with international insurance providers. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. Unit 102, Business Building 16, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (Chi/Eng 6598 1887, Jpn 6598 1823, 北京仁泰门诊部, 朝 阳区建国路89号华贸中心16号商务楼102 Beijing Tiantan Puhua International Hospital A private, international-standard hospital offering a range of emergency services and out patient care. Beijing Tiantan Puhua Hospital has a full, English speaking staff on call 24-hours. Medical services include: neurology and neurosurgery, Beijing’s only international standard podiatric center, occupational and physical theraphy, plastic surgery and and non-surgical cosmetic services, hand surgery, orthopedics, ENT, oncology, full physical check-ups starting at RMB 900, on-site imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services. Specialist consultations are RMB 200-800 and direct billing is available for more than 20 international insurance companies. 24-hour emergency care. 7am10pm(Mon-Fri). 8am-10pm(Sat-Sun). 12 Tiantan Nanli, Chongwen District, 800m west of the south gate of the temple of heaven, Chongwen District. (67020836, puhuachina@, www.

Directories 北京天坛普华医院, 北京天坛 普华体检中心, 崇文区天坛南里12号 Beijing United Family Jianguomen Health & Wellness Center Offers family medicine, counseling services, stress management, health screening, a dental clinic, and radiology, laboratory and cosmetic services. Mon-Fri 8.30am-12pm,1pm-3.30pm. B1/F, the St. Regis Residence, the St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1678) 北京和 睦家健康中心, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号北京 国际俱乐部饭店公寓楼地下一层

Beijing United Family Hospital Beijing’s only private, international-standard hospital offering the full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services. BJU has a team of over 60 certified expatriate and internationally trained physicians and surgeons. Clinics include pediatrics, OB/GYN, dental, ophthalmology, counseling, ENT, physiotherapy, TCM chiropractics and dermatology. It’s the first choice for many expatriates giving birth in China, and is the choice for referral from other hospitals without in-house birthing units. Wide range of medical and surgical specialties provided. The ICU and emergency room are open 24hrs. An independent blood bank operates on site. Direct billing is available with a range of insurance providers. Consultation fees for first-time patients are RMB 323-1,294. Fees for return patients are RMB 174-971. 1) Mon-Sat 8.30am-5pm; Sun 8.30am-midnight. St Regis Wellness Center. B1/F, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1678); 2) Mon-Thurs 9.307.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432); 3) Mon-Fri noon-8.30pm. 2/F Grand Summit, Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7005); 4) Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu (in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (5927 7000, 5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) cn 北京和睦家医院, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区建国门 外大街21号国际俱乐部饭店地下1层; 2) 顺义 区顺义区天竺房地产开发区日祥社区818号; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区第三使馆区二层; 4) 朝阳区 将台路2号 Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic Offers family medicine, a pediatric clinic, women’s health services, travel medicine, family counseling, physiotherapy and pediatric physiotherapy. Mon-Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) 北京和睦家医院诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场806号 Beijing Yuyuantang Clinic of TCM MonFri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. 1/F, North Bldg, Longtou Apartment, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8732 7455 , yuyuantangTCM, http://gogendo.longtou. net/en/about.php 北京御源堂中医诊所, 朝阳 区南新园西路8号龙头公寓北栋一层 Care for Children Family Services Clinic The Family Services Clinic is one of the only Centers in Beijing offering multidisciplinary services to help families with their child’s development, cognition, education, social-

emotional and/or behavioral functioning of a child. We offer consultations, screening assessments, comprehensive assessments, interventions, training and therapy. Our services include:In-school Behavior Support, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Support, Family Counseling, Speech and Language Therapy, Professional Development training for teachers and schools, Chinese family support. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. Bldg 101 River Garden, 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 3306, cn), 关爱( 北京)儿童咨询中心, 顺义区后沙峪榆阳路7号 裕京花园101栋 Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Dr. David Zhang is an American National Board Exam Certificated chiropractic doctor, a Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and a specialist in Chinese medicine. He provides chiropractic, physiotherapy, and other manual therapies for back pain, sciatica, and other conditions, as well as acupuncture and natural medicine treatments. Medical services 24hrs; Dental services 8.30am-6pm (MonFri), 8.30am-12pm (Sat); Integrated medical service 8.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Fri). S106, 1/F, Beijing Internal Medical Center, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3) 北京国 际医疗中心, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写 字楼1层 S106 Eliott’s Corner A therapy center, offering speechtherapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for children from 0-12 years of age. Experienced therapists work with children, helping a wide range ofissues - from communication and articulation to handwriting to balance and coordination. Eliott’s Corner is a division of Olivia’s Place, Shanghai’s premier pediatric therapy clinic. 17C Golden Land Building, 32 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6461 6283, 胡宝小屋, 朝阳区朝阳 区亮马桥32号 Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system, highlevel medical staff, and warm service. A 24hr helpline offers medical support in English, Chinese and Japanese, and other languages on request. A basic consultation costs USD 58. Direct billing with 14 international insurers. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm nurse on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissôtel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (65532288 ext 2345/6/7, 65023426) www. 北京港澳国际医务诊所, 东城区 北京港澳国际医务诊所,朝阳门北大街2号港澳 中心办公楼9层

your family to achieve your goals of optimal health. International Medical Center-BeijingRm S106, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561) www.drmelissarodriguez. com 朝阳区 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106 OASIS Healthcare OASIS is a full-service international luxury hospital in Beijing. With international medical experts, the hospital provides families high standard health care using the latest world-class technology. Located between the 798 Art District and Airport Expressway, 250 meters east of Dashanzi Qiao with easy parking. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) www. 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号 Peking Union Medical College Hospital This state-run hospital has a reputable foreigners’ wing with departments including ENT, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, dental, ophthalmology and OB/GYN. Most doctors are trained overseas and speak good English. Services and medicines are much cheaper than in private clinics, but expect longer waiting times. The birthing unit is considered to be the best in any of the Chinese hospitals and is popular among expats. Registration costs RMB 100-300, and the minimum consultation fee is RMB 200. Inpatient services require a minimum deposit of RMB 10,000/day. Direct billing is available with some Asian insurance providers. Mon-Fri 8am5pm. 1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the foreigners’ wing is located behind and to the left of the main hospital entrance), Dongcheng District. (6529 5284, 24hr em, 6529 5269) 北京协和医院, 东城区王府井帅府园1号(接待外国人的区域在 主楼的左后方) Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital A state-run hospital with a foreigners’ wing that’s very pleasant. Medical staff speak English, but don’t always have overseas training. Registration is RMB 100-300. Inpatient services require a minimum RMB 10,000 deposit. Mon-Fri 8am-noon, 1.30-5pm, Sat 8-11.30am. 24hr emergency care. Yinghua Dongjie, Heping Jie Beikou, Hepingli, Chaoyang District. (6428 2297, 8420 5122 (both numbers are valid for International Dept.)) 北京中日友好医 院, 朝阳区和平里和平街北口樱花东街 Tongrentang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic Tongrentang dates back to the Qing dynasty and is one of the most famous TCM pharmacies and clinics in China. No appointment necessary. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Floor 1, Fenglin Da Sha, Southeast to Guomao Bridge., Chaoyang District. (5869

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1171/2, 135 2287 3781) 同仁堂施小墨中医 馆, 朝阳区国贸桥东南丰林大厦一层 Vista Medical Center Medical services including family and internal medicine, OB/ GYN, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, TCM, physiotherapy, psychiatry, imaging laboratory and pharmacy service. Also offers pre- and postnatal care and infant health check-ups. Englishspeaking staff onsite 24hrs a day. A consultation with a GP costs RMB 660. Direct billing with more than 40 international insurance providers. Daily 24hrs. B29, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, 维世达诊所, 朝阳区光华 路1号嘉里中心B29 Yanhuang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic Highly qualified TCM doctors specializing in a range of areas including pediatrics, gynecology and disease. Call for appointment. A consultation costs RMB 50-100. A healthy food center connected to the clinic offers functional food and herbal cuisine. Daily 8am-8pm. 1 Dayabao Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6513 3046/49) www. 北京炎黄国医馆, 东城区 金宝街1号

Dentists Arrail Dental Clinic Offers the full spectrum of non-surgical dentistry. All dentists speak English and some have overseas training. The Haidian branch specializes in cosmetic dentistry and implants. A basic consultation costs RMB 100 (first-time registration including a check-up and consultation costs RMB 100). 1) Mon-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm 201, The Exchange-Beijing, B118 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6567 5670); 2) Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm 208, CITIC Bldg, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 6472/3); 3) MonThu 9am-5.30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1926/7/8); 4) Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm 308, Raycom Infotech Park, Tower A, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1956, 24hr: 139 1100 1367) www.arrail-dental. com 瑞尔齿科, 1) 朝阳区建国路乙118号京汇 大厦201室; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街19号国际 大厦208; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路46号盛捷福景苑 1层; 4) 海淀区科学院南路2号融科资讯中心 A座308室 Beijing International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers.

International Medical Center (IMC) Foreign doctors on-site offering a wide range of medical services, including family medicine, psychological services, dental, Ob/ Gyn, pediatrics and TCM. Drop-in services for travelers; x-rays and ultrasounds available on-site. English, Chinese, Arabic and Russian spoken. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, markeing@ 北京国际医疗中心, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎 中心写字楼1层S106 Marys Hospital for Women and Infants 8am-5pm. 5 Hepingli Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6421 6666) 北京玛丽妇婴医院, 朝阳区和平里北街5号 (东 土城路北口) Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Melissa Rodriguez is a licensed, board certified Naturopathic Doctor from Ontario, Canada. She uses homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition, and other natural therapies that are effective and safe, to help her patients prevent illness and treat disease. Dr. Rodriguez is committed to working with you and

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Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) 北京国际SOS齿科,畸齿矫正诊 所, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室 Beijing United Family Dental, Orthodontics and Implant Center Provides comprehensive dental services for families, including cleaning, crown and bridges, dental implants, fillings, tooth whitening and more. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 3960, 8532 1221, 6433 2345 Emergency) cn 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic in Shunyi is a satellite clinic of Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics. Services include: oral hygiene instruction, fissure sealant, and topical fluoride as well as restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call for appointment.The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic is located around the corner in the same shopping center as the Beijing United Family Clinic. This convenient location in Pinnacle Plaza provides high quality family-oriented dental care including preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in a modern office. Mon-Thu 9am-7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 1102) 北京和睦家医院牙科诊所, 顺 义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818 Beijing Vista Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services including teeth cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Daily 8.30am-6pm. Kerry Centre B29, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区维世达诊所,朝阳 区光华路1号北京嘉里中心B29 IDC Dental Standing for International Standards, Dedicated Professionals and Compassionate Care, IDC is a multi-specialty clinic offering a broad spectrum of family and restorative dental care. Experts in cosmetic makeovers and CT-guided implant surgeries. A certified clinic with Progressive Orthodontics and Beijing’s only Western-trained root canal specialist. Multi-tier pricing. IDC is a Preferred Provider with CIGNA, Allianz, and MediLink. Open 9:30am-6:30pm Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:00pm Sat-Sun. Rm.208, Bldg B,Winterless Center, No.1 West Dawang Lu CBD/Guomao, Chaoyang District. (65388111, IDC国际齿科中心, 朝阳区北京市西大望路1号温 特莱中心B-208 IMC Dental Clinic IMC dental clinic has the longest history of any expatriate dental service in Beijing. Provides general, cosmetic and restorative treatment. English, Chinese, Russian are spoken. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1384, 6465 1328, 北京国际医疗中 心牙科诊所, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写 字楼1层S111 Joinway Dental Clinic Provides a full range of dental services at international standards, including preventative dental care, oral and teeth treatments (such as teeth cleaning and whitening), restorative treatment and orthodontics. Daily 9am-8pm. 11D, Bldg D, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8447 6092/93, 132 6181 6708/139 0109 6692 English, joinway@ 久汇齿科, 东城区东直门外大街48号银座大厦D座11D

Support Groups Baby Cafe Baby Cafe is opened by an experienced UK midwife to support parents with feeding in the early weeks and months following birth. Baby Cafe follows a model from the UK in providing a drop in centre where new parents can spend an hour or two on a regular basis meeting with other new parents to share their feeding advice. Attendance is



by email confirmation only. There is a minimal charge to cover the cost of the refreshments. ( Special Child Support Group This Yahoo group offers a meeting place for Beijing parents with special-needs children. Call 5130 3931 for info. ( http://groups.

Family Life Adoption Bridge of Love Adoption Service This government-run agency facilitates travel to the adoption site, as well as consulting, document translation and travel arrangements within China. Zhongmin Mansion, 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6357 5792, 6358 9988 ext 1207) 爱之桥收养中 心, 宣武区白广路7号中民大厦

Community Groups and Organizations Bethel China Foundation Doudianzhen Jiaodao, Liugu Daocun, Fangshan District. (8031 0383, 8031 0683 (guest house), 8031 0483 (medical house), 房山区房山区窦店镇交 道六股道村 International Newcomers’ Network A networking and information resource for all newcomers to Beijing. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except December. Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, innbeijing@ 朝阳区新源 南路6号京城大厦康乐中心3层 Magic Hospital Unit 1402, Xingfuyuan Gongyu, 16 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区工体北路16号幸福园公 寓1402

Religious Organizations & Places of Worship Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF) BICF (Beijing International Christian Fellowship) is an international nondenominational church in Beijing China with people from over 70 nations. It is Multicultural, Bible-centered gathering for foreign passport holders. Services are conducted in 9 different languages including Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, English, Chinese, Frech, etc. Visitors can attend Sunday services and classes in multiple locations. (8454 3468, www.bicf. org 北京国际基督教联合会

Supermarkets Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs … we could go on and on. 1) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District. (6533 6792); 2) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 5) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 7) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) www. 婕妮璐, 1) 朝阳区新城国际 17号楼101; 2) 朝阳区来广营东路和平医院对 面; 3) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho4号楼; 4) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所里; 5) 朝阳区日坛北 路4号(芳草地小学对面); 6) 朝阳区三里屯

January/February 2012

北小街6号; 7) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧 Lohao CityThis organic goods and health food store sources most of its produce from its organic ranch in Miyun County, with the remainder (tropical fruits) imported from Taiwan. Highlights include 100% organic homemade soymilk, pickled vegetables and imported dry goods, including muesli, cookies and pasta, as well as organic and dairy-free chocolates. Check out the flower and plant shop with cute baby cacti and bonsai, as well as a corner devoted to an assortment of hitech Japanese pillows. 1) Daily 8am-9pm. 608 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (8046 6242 ext 801); 2) Daily 8am-10pm. 52 Jingshun Lu (Near Sunhe Qiao), Shunyi District. (8459 0134); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. 103, Building 15, China Central Place, 6A Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5181); 4) Daily 8am10pm. Shop 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6465); 5) Mon-Thu 8am-10pm, Fri-Sun 8am-11pm. Bldg 5, 10A, 76 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8772 4133 ext 806/807); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 1/F, 108 Dongwaigongguan, Xinzhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6415 0104); 7) Daily 9am-10pm. 4B Haoyun Jie, Chaoyang District. (5867 0270/0265); 8) Daily 10am-9.30pm. 131-04B, Beichen Lifestyle Plaza, No.8 courtyard, Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 5950) 乐活城, 1) 顺义区天竺荣祥广场608 号; 2) 顺义区京顺路52号(靠近孙河桥); 3) 朝阳区西大望路甲6号华贸公寓15号楼103号; 4) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国际二期17号楼 101; 5) 朝阳区百子湾南二路76号5号楼10A; 6) 朝阳区东直门外新中街东外公馆底商108; 7) 朝阳区好运街乙4号; 8) 朝阳区北辰东路8 号院北辰生活广场131-04B Sanyuanli Market Daily 5am-7pm. Shunyuan Jie (opposite Jingkelong Supermarket, west of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. 三源里市场, 朝阳区顺源街(三元东桥 往西京客隆超市对面)

Veterinarians International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) ICVS is a professionally managed and affordable full service international standard animal hospital and pet care facility. All doctors are legally licensed in the PRC. Services include internal medicine, hospitalization, spay/neuter, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, dentistry, dermatology, blood tests, laboratory diagnostics, X-rays, ultrasound, legal vaccinations, prescription pet foods, behavior counseling and obedience training, import/export advice, pet adoption counseling and more. Boarding kennel, grooming salon, SAFE pet foods & pet shop available. All services in Mandarin and English. Licensed rabies vaccinations for export. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment). Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou (shares a courtyard with China Culture Center), Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/1940/1941, ICVS_CHINA@yahoo. com) 北京新天地国际动 物医院, 朝阳区安家楼亮马桥路29号肯特中 心院子内

Family Travel Directory Hotels, Hostels and Resorts China World Hotel With bragging rights to being the first super luxury hotel in town, the 716 room China World is an oldie but still a goodie thanks to its attentive service, location in the heart of the CBD and quality food outlets - especially Aria. The lobby is opulent and marble-laden enough for even the most discriminating Carraran and it leads, via an escalator, to the restaurants, offices and luxury retailers of the China World Trade Center. The main conference hall will be closed for renovation from January to March of 2007. Also, the affiliated Traders Hotel (Guomao Fandian) just behind the China World Hotel is a less-expensive alternative for business travelers. RMB 3,000-31,000. Daily 6am-11pm. 1 Jianguomen-

wai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 33, 中国大饭店, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Popular with tourists and foreigners adopting kids in China, the recently renovated Crowne Plaza’s appeal lies chiefly in its location just north of the main Wangfujing drag and within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen. Rooms overlooking the streets are preferable to those on the atrium. RMB 2,760-6,610. 48 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6513 3388) 国际艺苑皇冠假日酒 店, 东城区王府井大街48号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U Town boasts over 3000 square meters of flexible event space with 11 fully-equipped meeting rooms, including the Crowne ballroom with 1,029 square meters of space. OPENING JANUARY, 2011. 3 Sanfeng Beili, U-Town, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5909 6688, 400 886 2255) cp/1/en/hotel/pegut?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/ cp/1/en/hotelsearchresults 北京朝阳悠唐皇冠 假日酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区三丰北里3号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun “Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun is surrounded by the universities and technology companies of Haidian, Beijing’s intellectual and scientific hub” ... Features 293 guest rooms and ten suites, as well as f&b venues like Mixs Italian Grill and Rouge Chinese Restaurant. 16 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (5993 8888, 400 886 2255) cp/1/en/hotel/pegzg?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/ cp/1/en/hotelsearchresults 北京中关村皇冠假 日酒店, 海淀区北京中关村皇冠假日酒店 Grand Millennium This 521-room luxury hotel in the shadow of the CCTV Tower boasts contemporary rooms, a residential complex (Millenium Residences), a Cantonese restaurant (Yao Chi), brasserie and two jazz bars. 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 6888) 北京千禧大酒店, 朝阳区东三环中路7号 Hilton Beijing Located along the east Third Ring Road, the Hilton Beijing offers easy access to Sanlitun, the CBD and the embassy district, as well as the Airport Expressway. Experience a higher realm of pampering and prestige with exclusivity, personalized service and upgraded amenities in the newly built nine-story Executive Tower and relax in the Executive Lounge. There are also 12 meeting rooms, as well as a fully equipped Business Center. Also has five restaurants and bars, including Pan-Asian cooking at Elements restaurant, contemporary American cuisine in One East or creative cocktails in Zeta Bar. Daily 24hrs.. 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000) BJSHITW-Hilton-Beijing-hotel/ 北京希 尔顿酒店, 朝阳区东三环北路东方路1号 Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Just minutes after clearing Customs you could be taking a snooze in your room, attending a business meeting or relaxing in the spa. This stylish departure from typical airport hotels offers five-star comforts and unique convenience for people in transit, business travelers, trade fair visitors and event organizers. One minute away from Terminal 3 by 24-hour hotel free airport shuttle bus, the city center just 16 minutes away by direct rail, and the most popular tourist sites within a 40-minute drive, it’s also the perfect base for tourists. Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District. (6458 8888) hi/hotel/BJSCAHI-Hilton-Beijing-Capital-Airport/ 朝阳区北京首都机场三号航站楼 Hilton Beijing Wangfujing “Recently voted the ‘World’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’ for the second year running at the prestigious World Travel Awards, the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel offers some of the largest hotel rooms in the city.Set in the heart of Beijing’s shopping district, indulge in some retail therapy or visit nearby Beijing attractions. The iconic Tiananmen Square is just a ten minute walk from the

Directories hotel. After a busy day sightseeing, treat yourself to a holistic massage in the hotel’s Spa, swim laps of the rooftop pool or work out in the fitness center.Hold a conference in one of the 8 fully equipped meeting rooms then relax and enjoy stunning city views in the Executive Lounge or take advantage of the hotel’s Business Center. Sample delicious Macanese cuisine at Vasco’s restaurant or sip an expertly mixed cocktail in stylish Flames bar at the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel.” 89 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) http://www1. 东城区北京王府 井希尔顿酒店 Kempinski Hotel Located in the heart of Beijing’s central diplomatic and business district, the Kempinski Hotel Beijing boasts a blend of European style with elements of Beijing’s rich cultural history. In addition to 526 guestrooms and suites, including four executive floors and eight no-smoking floors, the hotel also has eight fully equipped banqueting/conference facilities accommodating up to 1,300 people. The hotel also has seven restaurants and bars, including the Paulaner Bräuhaus boasting the city’s finest Bavarian food and micro-brewed beer, and Kempi Deli, renowned for its gourmet European cakes and pastries. On the 18th floor overlooking Beijing’s skyline is the swimming pool of Pulse Health Club, which also includes a fitness centre, tennis courts and squash courts.The Kempinski also manages a neighbouring eight-storey complex offering 12,500 square metres of office space, 42 shops and showrooms and 170 fully furnished one to four bedroom apartments. Facing the Liang Ma River, the complex also contains a 24-hour serviced international medical centre, dental clinics and fully equipped children’s park and nursery. Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388) www. 凯宾斯基饭店, 朝阳区 亮马桥路50号 Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport boasts “372 spacious, stylish guest rooms and suites;” dining options, including Ming Court and Fuel Bar and Grill; a location just one minute from Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3; a 24-hour gym and cardio studio; 22 function rooms, including a ballroom and various multi-purpose rooms; and the 24-hour private Club L Lounge offering “two floors of sleek luxury and an intimate, upscale vibe.” 1 Er Jing Lu, Terminal 3 Capital International Airport, Shunyi District. (6457 5555) 顺义区首都机场1号航站楼 Raffles Hotel Beijing Ideally situated at the crossroads of famous Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, Raffles Beijing Hotel is in the heart of the prestigious business and commercial districts and a few minutes from the mystical Forbidden City, historical Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other famous sights. It is also a short 15-minute walk from Beijing railway station and less than five minutes from Wangfujing subway station. Raffles Beijing Hotel epitomises elegance and exclusivity, as guests luxuriate in 171 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, which are some of the most expansive and decadent in Beijing. The inimitable Raffles experience is taken a step further with sumptuous culinary creations to delight every palate, state-of-theart meeting and banquet facilities and a Fitness Centre complete with its own indoor swimming pool. Raffles’ afternoon tea service was voted “Outstanding Afternoon Tea” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 33 Dong Chang’an Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388) http://, http:// 东城区东 长安大街33号 Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street Another top-range hotel on Beijing’s “Wall Street.” With a striking glass and chrome exterior, the hotel boasts 253 guest rooms appointed with flat screen TVs, cordless phones and high-speed Internet and fax connections. The hotel features three restaurants (including

the award-winning Cepe) and a lounge and bar serving Chinese, Italian and all-day cuisines. RMB 1,500-48,000. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) 北京丽 嘉饭店, 西城区金融街金城坊东街1号 Shangri-La Hotel Haidian District’s most upscale hotel is distinguished by its gorgeous garden, spacious rooms and arguably the west side’s fanciest bar (Cloud 9). Cafe Cha serves a bountiful buffet, with an accent on pan-Asian specialties – wear your stretch pants. RMB 1,208-15,000. 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, at Xisanhuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211) 北京香格里拉饭店, 海淀区西三环紫 竹院路29号 Sofitel Wanda Despite an ominous exterior, Sofitel’s new Asia flagship hotel is sure to dazzle with its sophisticated blend of modern comfort and classical Chinese elegance. Floorto-ceiling windows profit iconic CBD skyline views from west side rooms, specially designed feather beds, Wi-Fi, broadband and flat screen TVs complete a high-tech vision of luxury. The hotel’s F&B outlets include Le Pré Lenôtre and Farm House (see Restaurants). Rooms RMB 1,088-4,986. Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 北 京万达索菲特大饭店, 朝阳区建国路93号万 达广场C座 The Ritz-Carlton Old World elegance, plush comfort – everything you’d expect from this hallowed name, including impeccable restaurants such as the internationally themed Aroma and Yu (Cantonese/Sichuan). An in-house wedding chapel sets this hotel apart, but the 109sqm executive suites with innovatively partitioned living and entertaining quarters are where the Ritz really shines. Rooms RMB 1,650-2,650. China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8888) 北京丽嘉酒 店, 朝阳区华贸中心建国路甲83号 Westin Beijing Financial Street This mega-hotel on Financial Street (West Second Ring Road) has spared no expense in meeting the high expectations of its well-heeled clientele, from its vast lobby and elegantly appointed rooms to its opulent spa and pool. The Westin also boasts seven restaurants and bars – including Senses, which offers what many cognoscenti consider to be Beijing’s most decadent Sunday brunch. RMB 1,500-21,100. 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District., Xicheng District. (6606 8866) 威斯汀大 酒店, 西城区金融街乙9号

Travel Agencies Beijing Citybus Tour Service Daily 9am-8pm. Rm 1207, Scitech Tower, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 650 0760) 北京赛笛芭诗城市观光 旅行社, 朝阳区建国门外大街22号赛特大厦 1207室 Beijing Easy Travel Travel service with a decade of experience offering domestic and international packages to foreigners in Beijing. 1/F, Boutique 17, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5126 7266,, easytravelbj@ 朝阳区将台路 乙2号海润国际公寓商业1-17 China Holidays Tour operator with over 13 years’ experience in dealing exclusively with China. Specializes in creating itineraries that are tailored to show you the very best that China has to offer. A1108, Nanxincang Business Tower, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (6409 6567, contact@chinaholidays. com) 东城区东四十条 甲22号南新仓商务大厦A1108 China Travel Service CTS, has over 100 branches around the world and has ranked first in China’s Top 100 International Travel Agencies for successive years. 28-31/F Bldg A, 38 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 811 6666) 中国 旅行社总社有限公司, 朝阳区东三环北路38号 院1号楼28-31层

Free N Easy Travel Full service international travel agency provides air ticketing, hotel reservations and holiday packages. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm. Rm 1905, Bldg A, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7754, 朝阳区东三环中路 39号建外SohoA座1905室 Global Easy Tour A professional and reliable travel agency. Offering travel and ticketing consultation services, tailored tour packages, leisure trips, cruise bookings, special ticketing, hotel deals, and more. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. A611, Freetown Center, 58, Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5867 2900/1/2/3, 135 0115 6019, travel@ 和平国旅, 朝阳区东三环南路58号富顿中心 A座611室 Happy Holiday Travel Service Happy Holiday Travel Service offers personalized service. Specialists in providing domestic/international air tickets, hotel reservations, and business travel and family trip arrangements. Rm 1702, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 1747, 6595 8819, 137 0102 8301, 朝阳区光华路12号数 码01大厦1702室 Mercurius World Travel Services 16G, Bldg B, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5139 6161, www.m-worldtravel. com 东城区东城区东直门外大街48号东方银 座B座16G Travel-Stone A travel agency catering specifically for foreigners, they offer services in English, Chinese and French. Travel-Stone organize everything from flights & hotels to tailored packages and large group trips. 1) Daily 9am-7pm. Rm 2001, Tower A, Chaowaimen Xiezi Zhongxin, 26 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8565 8008, booking@; 2) Inside April Gourmet, 55 Xinfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. ( 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街26号朝外门写字中心A 座2001室; 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路55号杰座大厦 底楼对面 (绿叶子食品店) TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. With its extensive international network, this German-Chinese joint venture can arrange personalized tours to destinations both domestic and worldwide. Unit 921-926, Bright China Chang An Bldg, Tower 2, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8519 8800, cn 途易, 东城区建国门内大街7号光华长安大 厦2座921-926

Fun Stuff Directory Concert Hall & Theaters China Puppet Theater The theater puts on shows every Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am. RMB 50-100/show. 1A Anhua Xili, Beisanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6425 4847, 6424 3698) 中 国木偶剧院, 朝阳区北三环路安华西里甲1号

Cooking Lessons and Schools The Hutong Set in an attractive courtyard, this is one of Beijing’s best informal cooking schools with classes on everything from regional Chinese cuisine to pizza making and Pakistani curries. Also offers a variety of meetings, clubs and workshops focused on intercultural friendship and learning. 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (6404 3355; 159 0104 6127, info@ 东城 区九道湾中巷胡同1号(北新桥地铁站东南边) The Fig Tree 202, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (139 1056 6742, 朝阳区朝外大街朝外Soho702室A座

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Museums & Education China Science and Technology Museum Mammoth 48,000 sqm facility features five themed exhibition rooms (the Children’s Science Paradise, The Glory of China, Exploration and Discovery, Science, Technology and Life and Challenges and the Future) and an array of hands-on scientific exhibitions, a science playground and displays of Chinese exhibitions. Also boasts four state-of-the-art “4D” and 3D cinemas, and an array of dining options. Tue-Sun 9am-4.30pm, extended hours for special events (ticket selling 8.30am- 3.30pm). 5 Beichen Donglu (ten minutes east of the south gate of the Olympic Forest Park), Chaoyang District. (6237 1177 ext 3216) 中国科 技馆, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰东路5号 Chinese Museum of Women and Children As the first women and children themed national museum, Chinese Museum of Women and Children opened on Oct 1, 2010 with an area of 35,000 square meters. It includes 11 exhibition halls containing more than 30,000 exhibits depicting ancient, modern and contemporary women, celebrating international friendship and women’s art, and showing changes and contrasts through the ages in women’s apparel. Daily 9am-5pm. 23 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 9678, 6526 9456) 中国妇女儿 童博物馆, 东城区建国门内大街23号 The Magic Bean House The Magic Bean House is the first American-designed Children’s Museum in China. Exhibits include Tale of Magic Bean, Fantasy Forest, Green Foods, Bricks and Blocks, Car Service, World of Water, Experimental Hall, Toddler Land, Art Gallery and more. RMB 80 (kids aged 2 to 8), RMB (babies from 6 to 24 months) RMB 40 (adults). Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; San-Sun 9am-8pm. 7 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. 豆豆家科技馆, 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园西路7号 Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) RMB 15 (adults). Free on Thursdays.Free for students and children under 1.3 meters Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. 798 Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9269) www.ucca. 尤伦斯当代艺术中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路 4号大山子艺术区

Parks & Gardens Ritan Park The CBD’s “lungs,” Ritan Park packs a surprising amount of child-friendly stuff into a limited space: the playground area includes an inflatable playhouse, large trampolines, a mechanical bull, a merrygo-round with Technicolor unicorns and an infrequently washed indoor playhouse. Other attractions include the fishing pond, climbing wall and mini-golf – the latter attracts few customers, so don’t worry about triple-bogeying each hole. The altar is a great place to watch weathered gentlemen fly kites. If you need a snack, Schindler’s Filling Station, the Stone Boat Bar and Xiheyaju all have terraces opening onto the park. Free. Daily 6am-8pm (summer), daily 6.30am-8pm (winter). 6 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8561 6301) 日坛公园, 朝阳区日坛北路6号

Places EE city Tue-Sun 10.30am–3pm, 4–8.30pm. 10/F, Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. (8569 6688 (information)) 蓝天城, 朝阳区朝阳北 路101,青年路口东北角,大悦城10层 Funky Pots Funky Pots (Beijing) is a Paint Your Own Pottery studio, the first chained ceramic painting cafe in China of Funky Pots from the UK. You can design and paint your own pottery, which will be glazed and fired later by the staff there. Tue-Sun

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11am-9pm. Rm 528, Door 3, Guanghualu Soho,22 Guanghualu, Chaoyang District. (5900 6867) english_home.html 陶此一家, 朝阳区光华路 22号,光华路SOHO,3单元528室

Play Centers The Familier This two-level, indoor family centre provides age-appropriate and kidfamily play rooms and classes for children of all ages. Includes an expanded soft play area for babies and toddlers and a fullservice cafe with a Western-trained chef and healthy menu options for the entire family. 2 hour: RMB 50 (1 adult, 1 child); all day: RMB 88 (1 adult, 1 child). MondaySunday 9am-8pm. 1) Zhong’er Jie, 798, Chaoyang District. (5762 6017, service@; 2) Stall 0753, Tower A, Chaowai SOHO, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5869 2904, service@ http://www.thefamilier. com/ 1) 朝阳区798艺术区; 2) 朝阳区朝阳门 外大街乙6号朝外SohoA座0753

Playgroups & Activities Family Fun with Yuliya Offers a variety of classes and events for kids ages 0-14 years old and adults. Classes include Kindermusik, Salsa Babies, Zumba Fitness, Infant Massage Courses and special monthly events. Also hosts birthday parties. 136 2135 4114. Rm 2302, Bldg 9, MOMA compound, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongzhimen Wai, Dongcheng District. ( www.familyfunwithyuliya. com 东城区东直门外香河园路1号当代MOMA9 号楼2302室

rienced yoga instructor Angelina Liu, Incy Wincy Yoga is a yoga company dedicated to Children’s and Baby yoga. Classes are 45-minute for muscular and bone development, balance and coordination, focus and concentration as well as fun. The programs are suitable for children 3-12 years old, babies, and teens. All classes are taught in English with over 15 centers around Beijing. Rm 1909, Bldg A, U-Space Building, 8 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5861 3809, 朝阳区广渠门外大 街8号优士阁A座,1909室 Kexue Communications Provides science shows, workshops, parties and functions forchildren and adults. Apt 1262, Door 1, Bldg 1, 7Hao Yuan, Taiyanggong Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8415 5034, 134 3938 8329, 朝阳区太阳 宫南街7号院1号楼1单元26层1262

Theme Parks Happy Valley Amusement Park Beijing’s best amusement park sprawls out across a square kilometer of land outside the East Fourth Ring Road and offers 40 rides, an IMAX theater, more than 100 games and seven cinemas. The park is divided into a number of themed areas inspired by such civilizations as Mayan Central America, Minoan Greece and Shangri-la – the little kiddies play in Ant Kingdom. The roller coasters are world class, the park is well maintained, and the lines for rides are fairly reasonable. RMB 160 (April 1-Nov 14); RMB 120 (Nov 15-March 31). Half price for kids 1.2-1.4m, free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 8.30am-10pm. Wuji Beilu, Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6738 9898 ext 0, 6205 0088, http:// 北京欢乐谷, 朝 阳区东四环路小武基北路

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Incy Wincy Yoga Children learn to walk like a dog, buzz like a bee, and moo like a barnyard cow while developing their motor skills and building their self-confidence. Founded in 2006 by a mother and expe-



KCS Education KCS Education offers mandarin language and Chinese culture summer camps for teenagers in China and Taiwan. Camps open to students aged 1317, combine language lessons with cultural visits, DIY workshops and adventure sports in some of Asia’s national parks. (137 9532 5410)

Schools School fees listed are for one academic year unless otherwise. Specified.Abbreviations:

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IB = International Baccalaureate; ESOL = English as a Second or Other Language 3e International School 3e International began in 2005 and has grown into an institution catering for 180 students from Nursery through to Grade 3, with a Grade 4 soon to come. The school aims to develop “critical thinkers and passionate learners who move confidently and fluidly across cultures”, through a research based curriculum developed especially for this education model. Classes are conducted in English and Chinese with half of every day devoted to each language. Within this inquiry based program a balance of childinitiated and teacher directed activity is provided to support children’s development across the entire curriculum. Age range: 2-9. Application Fee RMB 1, 600. Tuition fees: Full-day nursery RMB 98,000; Pre-K RMB 129,000; Kindergarten RMB 132,800; Elementary RMB 142,000 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 100, a 3e国际学校, 朝阳区将台西路9-1号 Asia-Pacific Experimental School of Beijing Normal University Asia-Pacific Experimental School of Beijing Normal University is located on the south bank of the Wenyu River on Litang Lu, to the north of the Olympic Village. It has both primary and middle schools and provides for both day school students and boarders. The campus covers 80,000 square meters and includes middle and primary school classroom buildings, laboratory building, science and technology building, library, gym, student residence halls, various types of special classrooms, counseling room, and electronic reading room. There are 51 classes, 1,600 students, more than 200 teaching staff. The school’s administration is managed by Beijing Normal University and the teaching staff by Beijing Xicheng District Educational Committee. Age range: 6-15 years. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Chinese nationals: Primary school boarder RMB 24,000/year, day student RMB 20,000/year; Middle school boarder RMB 33,000/year, day student RMB 27,000/year;Foreign nationals pay the same as Chinese nationals, plus RMB 6,000/year for management fees Dong San Qi, Changping District. (5109 4888, 6975 9602) http://www.yataischool. net/ 昌平区地铁5号线天通苑北站,换乘643或 537路,到北京太阳城站,路口向东直走,穿过 北京服装学院即到 Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) In its 17 years of existence BIBS has grown from one campus to three and from a kindergarten-only curriculum to a full-fledged K to grade 11 school with plans for grade 12 in the 2010-2011 school year. The school boasts a unique program that combines the best of Eastern and Western education philosophies to provide students a greater appreciation of the arts and humanities through the study and celebration of different countries, cultures and languages. The cross-cultural environment offers children greater cultural sensitivity and the ability to speak multiple languages. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Kindergarten: Application fee RMB 1,600 (one-off payment, non-refundable), Capital levy RMB 8,000 (one-off payment, nonrefundable), RMB 62,000 (half day)-80,000 (full day)/year; Primary school: Application fee RMB 1,600 (one-off payment, non-refundable), Capital levy RMB 30,000 (one-off payment, non-refundable); Reception RMB 100,000/year; Grades 1-6 RMB 135,000/ year; Middle and high school: Application fee RMB 1,600, Capital levy RMB 30,000; Grades 7-12 RMB 135,000 1) 1/F, Bldg B, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu (at the 21st Century Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6466 9255,, cn),; 2) 38 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang District. (8456 6019,,

cn),; 3) 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 7951,, office@bibs., 青苗国际双语学校, 1) 朝 阳区亮马桥路40号B座1层; 2) 朝阳区南十里居 38号; 3) 朝阳区东四环北路6号阳光上东二区 Beijing BISS International School With a diverse student body, Beijing BISS International School’s mission is to foster international relationships to educate and empower students to attain personal excellence and positively impact the world. BISS not only boasts a strong IB Diploma Program with strong academic results – graduates have been accepted to top universities like Harvard, Columbia and Stanford – it is a SAT Test Center, caters to children with learning needs, offers counseling, student enrichment programs, university searches and transition education services and orientation for Third Culture Kids and their parents. Age range: 4-17 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 18,000-23,000 (refundable); Registration RMB 3,800; Pre-K-kindergarten RMB 100,800; Grades 1-12 RMB 149,000180,600; ESOL RMB 16,600 Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili (just off Beisanhuan), Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, cn) 北京BISS国际学校, 朝 阳区安贞西里四区17号楼 Beijing City International School Located in Shuangjing, BCIS lives by its school motto: “Inspire, Achieve, Create.” This nonprofit, independent, co-educational day school accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) offers an international curriculum for Nursery to Grade 12 students under the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and is authorized to teach all three IB programs (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma). The campus culture is characterized by a “warm and inclusive nature” and an emphasis on rigorous academic enquiry through the extensive use of information technology in the classroom. Age range: Nursery through Grade 12. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 2,000; New Student fee RMB 5,000; Nursery RMB 104,980; Pre-K RMB 120,960; Kindergarten RMB 129,000; Grades 1-2 RMB 158, 600; Grades 3-5 RMB 160,600; Grades 6-8 RMB 167,800; Grades 9-10 RMB 174,680; Grades 11-12 RMB 185,600 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8771 7171, 北京乐成国际学校, 朝阳区百子 湾南二路77号 Beijing International Bilingual Academy Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA), formerly known as Kinstar, provides an education which is strong in both English and Chinese, within a stimulating and creative international environment. US National Education Standards are followed for most subjects including English, mathematics, social studies, science, music and PE. Chinese National Standards are followed for Chinese Language Arts and Mathematics. ESL and CSL classes are also provided. BIBA’s newly expanded campus in suburban Shunyi includes kindergarten, elementary and middle schools with extensive facilities and specialist teachers for sports, arts, science etc. BIBA is also the host school in Shunyi for the International Piano Academy of China. Fees: Kindergarten: RMB 55,000 plus Capital Levy of RMB 5,000. Elementary School: RMB 90,000 plus Capital Levy of RMB 10,000. Middle School: RMB 100,000 plus Capital Levy of RMB 10,000. 5 Yumin Road, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8041 0390, 顺义区后沙峪裕民大街5号 Beijing Rego British School One of the newest schools in the city, Beijing Rego British School follows on the heels of two successful schools in Tianjin and Shanghai

Directories and caters to students from the surrounding Shunyi area with its array of educational facilities and age-appropriate resources on campus. Coursework is based on the UK national curriculum with the addition of Chinese Culture and Mandarin courses for all year groups. Rego places strong emphasis on close cooperation between parents, students and teachers and aims to create an educationally comfortable but truly challenging atmosphere for students to “be their best” and explore their talents and abilities to the fullest. Age range: 3 ½-18 years old. Tuition:Registration Fee RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 15,000; Reception Full Day RMB 123,500/year; Years 1-6 RMB 152,000/year; Years 7-9 RMB 161,500/ year; Years 10-11 RMB 182,400/year; Years 12-13 RMB 191,900 1) (Admissions office) Rm C317 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465-4487 ext 107 or 134 3939 3342, sarah.hancock@bjrego. org); 2) 15 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu County, Shunyi District. (8416 7718, 北京瑞金 英国学校, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区亮马桥路50号C317 室; 2) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇丽苑街15号 Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) A student-centered approach with an emphasis on academics and the arts. Now in its tenth year, Beijing World Youth Academy is an IB world school offering both English and Chinese programs for local and overseas students aged 9 to 18. BWYA values holistic education, inquiry-based learning and strives to offer students ample opportunity to develop as globally aware critical thinkers. The faculty hails from over 15 countries and allows for a favorable student-to-teacher ratio that creates a more personalized learning environment. BWYA emphasizes creativity and teamwork using a curriculum that incorporates standards from North America, Europe and Asia and the school has a strong track record of preparing students for both Chinese and overseas universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua, Fudan, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley and Stanford. Age range: 9-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Application fee RMB 1,600; Capital levy RMB 30,000 (one-time fee); Chinese Middle School Program (grades 7-9) RMB 50,000/year; Chinese High School Program (grades 10-12) RMB 54,000/year; International Primary (grades 4-5) RMB 90,000/ year; IB MYP (grades 6-9) RMB 100,000/ year; IB MYP (grade 10) / IB DP (grades 11-12) RMB 110,000/year; Chinese as an Additional Language intensive course RMB 25,000/semester; English as an Additional Language intensive course RMB 51,000/semester. 18 Huajiadi Beili, Chaoyang District. (6461 7787, www. 北京世青国际学校, 朝阳区花家 地北里18号 The British School of Beijing The British School of Beijing provides a traditional education based on the English National Curriculum and prepares pupils for GCSE and A Levels. The school is part of the Nord Anglia family of British-style international schools and its educational approach arises out of the best practices found in British schools around the world, emphasizing high academic results and mutual respect. The diverse academic and extra-curricular program is designed to challenge students to excel in music, arts and sport and allow them to develop and mature into young adults equipped with the qualifications and skills to enter universities worldwide. Age range: 1-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Pre-Nursery RMB 87,419-131,140Nursery RMB 131,140; Reception RMB 141,450; Years 1-2 RMB 157,436; Year 3 RMB 168,072; Years 4-6 RMB 170,572Years 7-9 RMB 185,611; Years 10-11 RMB 191,264; Years 12-13 RMB 200,490 1) 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8532 5320,; 2) South Side, 9 Anhua Lu,


Shunyi District. (8047 3588, admissions@; 3) 5 Sanlitun Xiliujie, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088, 北京英国学校, 1) 朝阳区三里 屯北小街7号; 2) 顺义区安华路9号南院; 3) 朝阳区三里屯西六街5号 Canadian International School of Beijing Opened in September 2006, the Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) offers a Montessori Nursery & PreKindergarten program from 18 months to 5 years old and a Canadian-Style curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students. CISB is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorized to provide the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at the High School level and a Candidate School for the Primary Years (PYP) and Middle Years (MYP) Programmes. Non-native Englishspeaking students will have their language abilities assessed, and be given ESL support according to their results. Mandarin and French are offered as additional languages (Korean as well in High School). Member of ACAMIS and UNESCO, CISB features 90 classrooms equipped with the SmartBoard technology, seven computer labs, two large well-equipped libraries, a designated fine arts floor including specialized visual art and music labs, a 500-seat theatre, two large gymnasiums, a 25m swimming pool and a dance studio. Grades: Preschool to G12. Price range: RMB 59,900-169,600 (RMB 1,600 application fee and 4,300-6,300 ESL fee). 38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, 北京加拿大国际学校, 朝阳 区亮马桥路38号 Care for Children Special Needs School CfCS is the only Special Needs School for foreign families in Beijing. They work closely with the international school community to provide educational and therapeutic support to staff and families for students with mild to severe impairments and learning differences. Drawing upon the vast expertise of their staff of certified educators and therapists, they have designed individualized programs within the school in addition to successful dual programs with other mainstream international schools. A high teacher/student ratio gives students access to specialized and individual academic support, and provides an environment in which students can work and achieve at their maximum potential. Age range: 2-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year):Application fee (non-refundable fee covers assessment by panel of therapists) RMB 7,500; Development fee (one time only) RMB 15,000; Full day RMB 160,000; Half Day RMB 105,000 Daily 8.30am-5 .30pm. Unit 101, River Garden, 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 3306, 关爱( 北京)特殊教育学校, 顺义区顺义区后沙峪榆 阳路7号裕京花园101室 Children’s Academy of Artistic Dance (CAAD) CAAD is committed to nurturing and expanding dance education and creativity for children aged 3-12 and offers carefully-crafted professional courses by specialty which included ballet, Chinese folk dance, Latin dance and musical theater. Parent-child classes and beginner’s dance classes for pre-school children aged 3-4 emphasizes the development of a child’s natural sense of dance and aims to inspire their inherent dance potential in a creative and fun way. CAAD is the only dance education institution in China with a 1,200sqm studio including 6 professional dance rooms, multimedia teaching system, dedicated rest areas for parents, a music and film appreciation zone, locker rooms, water bar, entertainment area for children and comprehensive supporting facilities. Upon enrolment, each student is provided with FREE specially tailored dance apparel for their specific courses including stretch,

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Schools velvet stockings/leggings, a CAAD dance bag, soft sole shoes, dance props etc MonFri 9am-6pm. Office Bldg 1, 10/F, Greenlake Place, Chaoyang District. (59282170, info@ cn 似翼儿童舞蹈, 朝阳区观湖国际公寓1号 办公楼10层 Daystar Academy Daystar Academy, a Kindergarten-Grade 6 school, offers a balance of Montessori-based English education and the Chinese National Curriculum – students spend half of their day in each language environment. The curriculum also focuses on establishing students’ good habits and supports the development of the child through the progressive “Virtues in Us” character education program which emphasizes nobility of character and service to humanity. This innovative approach brings together two cultures and combines the strongest attributes of both Western and Eastern teaching methodologies. Age range: 3-12years old. Tuition Fees (20102011 Academic Year): Kindergarten RMB 86,000; Registration RMB 2,000 (one time fee); Elementary RMB 92,000; Registration RMB 3,000 (one-time fee) 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8610 2654, kristinl@, 启 明星双语学校, 朝阳区顺白路2号 Deutsche Botschaftsschule Peking The German Embassy School offers instruction in German and uses a curriculum and textbooks that adhere to standards set by the German Board of Education. Approximately 90 students are enrolled in the kindergarten classes, and 430 in the elementary and upper school. Grades: Kindergarten to grade 13. Price range: EUR 5,150-7,800 (plus a EUR 2,600 admission fee, EUR 900 bus fee). 49A Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 2535) 北 京德国使馆学校, 朝阳区亮马桥路甲49号 Dulwich College Beijing Dulwich College Beijing is a British International school offering a curriculum based upon the English National Curriculum up to Year 9, IGCSE courses for students in Years 10 and 11, and the full International Baccalaureate Diploma for our senior students in Years 12 and 13. Our curriculum is suitaby adapted to reflect the needs of students in an international school and extends well beyond the formal classroom with a strong empasis on the development of the individual. Dulwich College Beijing is affliated with Dulwich College London and also is a sister school to Dulwich College’s in Shanghai, Suzhou and Seoul. Ages: 12 months – 18 years. Application Fee: RMB 2000 – non-refundable; Placement Deposit: RMB 18,000 – refundable subjuect to terms and conditions; Toddler 1 (Half Day) 2/3/5 days a week: RMB 27,200/38.500/60,500; Toddler 2 (Half Day): RMB 87,100; Nursery /Reception: RMB 132,400; Years 1-2: RMB 153,400; Years 3-6: RMB 171,600; Years 7-9: RMB181,200; Years 10-11: RMB192,600; Years 12-13: RMB200,200 1) Riviera Main Campus: Beijing Riviera, 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676, info@dulwich-beijing. cn); 2) Legend Garden Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Shunyi District. (6454 9000, info@dulwich-beijing. cn); 3) Legend Early Years Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Shunyi District. (6454 9000, 北京德威英国国际学 校, 1) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号香江花园; 2) 顺义区机场路89号丽京花园; 3) 顺义区机 场路89号丽京花园 Etonkids Bilingual Kindergarten Part of the Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens’ division of the Etonkids international education group, the Central Park campus features a bilingual Montessori program designed to develop “independence, initiative and creativity.” The school caters to children from 1 to 6 years of age and are divided into nursery school (18 months-3 years)



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and “Casa” (a.k.a. “Early Childhood Community,” 3-6 years) divisions with lessons promoting intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth (nursery) as well as coursework in language arts, mathematics, everyday living skills, sensory awareness exercises and culture (Casa stage). Check the website for additional EtonKids Bilingual Park Campuses. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year):Monthly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 6,250; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 8,500; Yearly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 62,500; Fullday session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 85,000 1) Eastern Provence Campus, Eastern Provence, 88 Dingsi Lu, Beiqijia, Changping District. (8176 0828, cpadmin@etonkids. com); 2) Dawang Lu Peking House Campus, 20 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 6779,; 3) Arcadia Campus, Block 1, Arcadia villas, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8047 2983, cpadmin@; 4) Palm Springs Campus, Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Park Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 8967,; 5) Datunli Campus, Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8480 5538,; 6) Olympic Village Campus, Southwest Corner of Beichen Xilu and Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8437 1006, cpadmin@etonkids. com); 7) Midtown Campus, Guangqujia Yuan, Bldg 21, Guangqumenwai, Chongwen District. (6749 5008, cpadmin@etonkids. com); 8) Central Park Campus, Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. ((6533 6620/6931, 伊 顿双语幼儿园, 1) 昌平区北七家镇定泗路88 号; 2) 朝阳区西大望路甲20号首府社区里; 3) 顺义区后沙峪罗马环岛北侧天北路,阿凯笛亚 庄园1座; 4) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈泉国 际公寓; 5) 朝阳区科荟路大屯里社区; 6) 朝 阳区北辰西路与科荟路交汇处西南角; 7) 崇文 区广渠门外广渠家园21号楼; 8) 朝阳区朝阳门 外大街6号新城国际19号楼 Etonkids International Kindergarten CBD Global Trade Mansion Etonkids International Kindergarten is one of the oldest schools in Beijing’s Etonkids franchise (a nationwide educational group). The school provides a community-centered Americanstyle education led by Montessori-certified teachers and an educational philosophy based on the Three C’s – Creativity, Character and Culture. Coursework includes lessons in practical life, “sensorial,” math, language, culture and science. A variety of programs are also available including Reggio Baby and Kindermusik. The staff meets regularly for training under the EXCELS school improvement planning program, which is designed to share new teaching practices, the Montessori method and current educational trends. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Annual Registration fee RMB 2,000 Yuan (inclusive the materials and uniforms)RMB71,800-112,000/year 1) Lido Campus:Rm C103 Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jiangtailu, Chaoyang District. (; 2) 3/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805, gtmadmin@ 伊顿国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区 蒋台路机场路丽都广场; 2) 朝阳区光华路世贸 国际公寓D座3层 The Family Learning House Recognized as a model kindergarten by the Chaoyang Ministry of Education, The Family Learning House is a virtues-based, bilingual preschool dedicated to “acquiring knowledge and good character for the purpose of serving humanity.” In addition to its “Virtues in Us” character education program, the school aims to provide an academically stimulating Montessori and Chinese curriculum. The Jianwai Soho campus includes a petting farm, organic produce and a child directed recycling program, and the curriculum places strong emphasis on art and

Directories music and includes daily piano lessons for all 4 1/2 and 5-year-old children. Students also participate in monthly educational outings, community service projects and multicultural celebrations. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Full Day Session – RMB 69,500/ year; Half Day Session (under 4 years old) – RMB 46,500/year Beside Bldg 14, Jianwai SOHO West Area,39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7540 ext 800, administrator@thefamilylearninghouse. com) 家 育苑, 朝阳区东三环中路39号 建外SOHO西区 14号楼旁 Ganeinu International School Follows a Montessori curriculum and aims to “provide a warm, secure, Jewish environment where children can feel comfortable exploring and learning.” Coursework consists of math, sensorial, language, art and music, geography, Jewish studies and special events. Nursery, kindergarten and elementary classes available. Tuition ranges from RMB 66,000-130,000 a year. Bus and lunch service available. 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 8238) http://www. 朝阳区霄云路18号 Hantong Education Training School Hantong is an after-class school, which offers IB, A-Level, IGCSE, SAT & Ap tutoring in English, with the aim of improving students’ learning skills. The school provides 1 on 1 and small group classes. The school uses the same textbooks as the International Schools. Hantong also provides school choice guide for parents for free. Price range from RMB180-480/hour Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat&Sun 9am-5pm. 1) Rm 26112612,1 Blue Castle International Center, Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8599 7183,; 2) D2065 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 2765,; 3) Rm 705, Zuo’an Gongshe, 68 Beisihuan Xilu, Haidian District. (5155 3601, info@chinam- 1) 朝阳区 蓝堡国际中心1座2611-2612室; 2) 顺义区白辛 庄嘉浩别墅2区D2065; 3) 海淀区北四环西路68 号左岸工社705室(中关村图书大厦楼上) Harrow International School Beijing Harrow International School Beijing prides itself on high academic standards that are maintained within a close-knit school community. Harrow is one of the smaller international schools; each student is assigned a personal tutor who looks after their overall welfare and serves as a liaison between the school and home. High academic standards and leadership skills are promoted schoolwide, with a range of enrichment activities to help students develop teamwork and creative thinking skills, as well as independence and responsibility. The school is divided into different sections with specialist teachers teaching each subject from the Prep Phase (Years 5 to 7) onwards. There is a wide range of outdoor pursuits available to students, including a small school garden where younger children learn to grow their own vegetables. Other highlights include, top-notch learning facilities, talented choirs, the annual “Expeditions Week ” with visits to overseas countries, and regular exchanges with Harrow Bangkok and Harrow UK. Students graduating from Harrow Beijing have won places at a range of universities across the world including Oxford, London School of Economics, Bayreuth Law Faculty, Cornell, Australia National University. Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Pre-School RMB 101,700; Reception (4-5 years) RMB 129,800; Years 1-2 RMB 147,100; Years 3-6 RMB 153,600; Years 7-9 RMB 168,700; Years 10-11 RMB 175,200; Years 12 -13 RMB 188,300 1) Grassetown, Zhengequ Village, Xuxin Zhuang, Tongzhou District. (6444 8900,; 2) 5 Anzhen Xili, Block 4, Chaoyang District. (6444 8900, 北京哈罗英国学校,

1) 通州区徐新庄镇葛渠村格拉斯小镇; 2) 朝 阳区安贞西里四区5号 House of Knowledge International Kindergarten House of Knowledge (HoK) boasts its own unique curriculum that includes aspects of the Montessori and Reggio Emilia programs, with special emphasis placed on the latter approach. Students are treated as competent learners with boundless potential, who are capable of infinite discovery. With this in mind, the curriculum trains them to acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn.” Age range: 10 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 5,000-15,000 (refundable according to withdraw policy); RMB 53,500-122,800 (depending on choice of program and campus) 1) Chaoyang Park Campus, Victoria Gardens, 15 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 (English, German, Mandarin),; 2) Liyuan Campus, East Gate of Liyuan Compound, Maquanying Street, Shunyi District. (6434 0088 (English, Chinese and German),; 3) Administrative Office, C511, Lufthansa Centre, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 or 6538 2624, 1) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路15号维多利亚花园公寓; 2) 顺义区香江北路丽苑小区东门A11; 3) 朝 阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心C511 Huijia Kindergarten Part of a nationwide chain, Huijia Kindergarten has 17 campuses and early childhood centers around Beijing. The curriculum combines advanced international educational ideas, modern teaching methods and Chinese traditional culture and focuses on nurturing children to become international citizens. The coursework, which emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, is designed to help students become “lifelong learners”


and take responsibility for themselves, their studies others.Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/ year; Huijia Central Park Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/ year; Tuition for other centers vary from RMB 25,000-72,000/year (contact school administration for details) 1) Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center. Longwan Business Street, Yuyuan Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8042 2245,; 2) Huijia Central Park Experimental Early Childhood Education Center. Bldg 24, Central Park Apartments, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9358, www.hjkids. com 汇佳幼儿园, 1) 顺义区汇佳龙湾体验式 早教中心. 顺义区后沙峪镇裕园路龙湾商业街; 2) 朝阳区汇佳新城国际体验式早教中心.朝阳 区朝外大街6号新城国际公寓24号楼 International Academy of Beijing A nurturing school community equipping students to make a positive difference in the world by challenging them to seek truth, acquire wisdom and pursue academic excellence. Founded in 1999 IAB offers an American curriculum from K through to G12. PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP exams provide students the opportunity to be well positioned for college entry. IAB is accredited by ACSI, WASC and NCCT. Age range: 5-18 years old. Tuition fees (2011-2012 Academic Year): One-time non-refundable application fee RMB1,700; Kindergarten RMB84,000 (RMB21,000 capital fee); Grade 1-5 RMB117,600 (RMB29,400 capital fee); Grade 6-8 RMB126,000 (RMB31,500 capital fee); Grade 9-10 RMB134,400 (RMB33,600 capital fee); Grade 11 RMB142,400 (RMB35,600 capital fee); Grade 12 RMB145,000 (RMB36,000 capital fee); 1) Elementary School Campus and Admissions Office: Lido Office Tower 3, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6430

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Schools 1600,; 2) Middle School/High School Campus: Olympic Forest Park East, 2 Yangshan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8493 8680, admissions@iabchina. net) IAB国际学校, 1) 朝 阳区将台路6号丽都广场丽都3号办公楼; 2) 朝 阳区仰山路2号奥林匹克公园东侧 The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) MSB has been serving expatriate children, from pre-school to elementary, for 20 years and is an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society (AMS), which upholds the MACTE Montessori educational standards on an international level. The school is affiliated with the International Montessori Teaching Institute which provides continual professional training and development to all MSB lead teachers and assistant teachers. Today MSB is comprised of four campuses – two in Shunyi (River Garden and Champagne Cove) – and two located very close to the Beijing Riviera, Grand Hills, Quanfa and Lane Bridge housing compounds. The new Riviera campus will house the Reception and Elementary classrooms up to Grade 6. Age range: 1-12. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 1,600 (application fee credited towards school fees); 3 Day Toddler (Age: 1) RMB 38,000; 5 Day Toddler (Age: 1) RMB 60,000; Morning Nursery (Age: 2) RMB 85,000; Full Day Nursery (Age: 2) RMB 126,000; Morning Kindergarten (Age: 3 and 4) RMB 88,000; Full Day Kindergarten (Age: 3 and 4) RMB 130,000; Reception (Age: 5) RMB 146,000; Elementary (Age: 6 to 12) RMB 152,000. 1) Riviera Campus,Bldg 8, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6432 8228,; 2) River Garden Campus, Houshayu, Baixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8046 3935, schooloffice@msb.; 3) Cherry Tree Lane Campus, Xiangjiang Beilu, 18 Maquanying Lu, Shunyi District. (6432 8228, schooloffice@msb.; 4) Champagne Cove Campus, 2 Shunfu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8945 2591, cn 北京蒙台梭利国际学校, 1) 朝阳区香江校 园,香江北路甲2号院8号楼; 2) 顺义区裕京花 园校园, 后沙峪白辛庄; 3) 顺义区樱桃园校 区,香江北路马泉营18号; 4) 朝阳区金碧湖畔 校区,顺福路2号 The International School of Beijing (ISB) The International School of Beijing (ISB) traces its roots back to the early 1970s when a small foreign school was established by the United States Liaison Office, the precursor to the US Embassy, and was little more than a simple “classroom that was wedged into a hallway in a diplomatic apartment compound in Sanlitun.” In the 1980s the school was merged with the schools of the British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand embassies and was eventually moved to its present-day 50,000sqm purpose-built facility near Capital Paradise in Shunyi. Over the years ISB has gained an international reputation for its solid academic programs (it was the first school in Beijing to offer the full IB Diploma), comprehensive facilities and full curriculum catering to all age levels. Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): EC3 (half day) RMB 65,490 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); EC4 (full day) RMB 119,690 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); Kindergarten RMB 140,330 (RMB 13,180 capital fee); Grades 1–5 RMB 140,330 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 6–8 RMB 150,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 9-12 RMB 165,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee) 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (8149 2345, cn 北京顺义国际学校, 顺义区安华街10号 Ivy Academy Ivy Academy is a pre-school and kindergarten created in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers that accepts students of ages two through six. The school offers an English environment with a “specialized focus on the customized development of



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every child” based on Harvard Professor Dr Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory and a convenient Dongzhimen area location. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 8,000 (non-refundable, to be credited toward tuition); Registration fee RMB 800; Half-day RMB 86,000; Full day RMB 127,900 Suite C101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380, 艾毅幼儿园, 东城区东直门外大 街35号东湖别墅C101室 Ivy Bilingual School Like its sister school Ivy Academy, Ivy Bilingual School (IBS) enrolls children from two to six years of age and offers a curriculum designed in the spirit of the Multiple Intelligences theory. The goal of Ivy Bilingual School is to provide children with the most current research-based practices coupled with the knowledge of the unique Chinese culture. Children graduating from IBS are comfortable speaking in both English and Chinese. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 800; Deposit RMB 6,000 (nonrefundable, credited toward tuition); RMB 42,600–57,000/year (Ocean Express Campus); RMB 39,000–52,400 per year (Orchid Garden Campus) 1) Orchid Garden Campus, 18 Xinjin Lu, Cui Ge Xiang (Airport Expressway, Beigao Exit), Chaoyang District. (8439 7080, (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)); 2) Ocean Express Campus, Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Kempinski), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287, info-OE@ivyschools. com (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)) www.ivyschools. com 艾毅双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区崔各乡新锦 路18号卓锦万代小区内; 2) 朝阳区东三环北路 2号远洋新干线E座 Ivy MI Kindergarten Ivy MI Kindergarten offers a quality Chinese-focused program designed to meet the needs of children who will attend Chinese elementary schools. It is designed for Chinese families who would like their children to experience a curriculum inspired by the Harvard-based Multiple Intelligences theory. This program offers a top-notch education for children with an international bent. RMB 33,600 per year (Lijing Campus) RMB 36,998 per year (Tianshi Campus) 1) Tianshi Campus, 52 Beiyuan Lu, Tongzhou District. (8159 6406/7,, Info-TS@ivyschools. com); 2) Lijing Campus, 28 Shilipu Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8446 4189, Info-LJ@, 艾毅多元智能幼 儿园, 1) 通州区北苑路52号; 2) 朝阳区十里 堡北路28号 The Learning Center The Learning Center opened in 2004 to meet the specific educational needs of local and expatriate students in Beijing. They aim to address the individual challenges of students by offering a nurturing environment, small classes or 1:1 tutoring, and experienced, specialized teachers who design tailor-made programs for each child. By helping them realize their academic potential, The Learning Center cultivate not only students’ skills, but also their confidence and self-esteem. The Learning Center has worked with more than 1,000 local and expatriate students in the Shunyi and Haidian areas. As the only professional tutoring service in Beijing, they pride themselves on offering a nurturing environment in which students of all ages and levels can find the support they need in the subjects they need. Subjects for students ages 5 to 18. Parenting programs are also available, including adult education and child development workshops. TLC tutors are native English speaking professional educators with an understanding of the international school curricula across Beijing.

Directories Mon 10am-6pm, Tue-Fri 10am-8pm, SatSun 9.30am-4.30pm. 2108 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8046 3886, registration@learningcenter. 顺义区后 沙峪西白辛庄嘉浩别墅2108号 Mammolina Children’s Home-Montessori Kindergarten Located next to the Beijing Riviera compound, Mammolina Children’s Home opened in 2005 and offers a strictly Montessori style education to children from 1 to 7 years old. Classes are taught in English and Chinese in “uniquely integrated, open-space classrooms where children learn and thrive following their own natural needs and rhythm, and each child’s progress is monitored individually.” Mammolina touts its one-on-one assistance and detailed record keeping system that allows detailed tailored focus on each child’s interests and progress, as well as its “spacious, carefully prepared child-sized environments,” high safety and hygiene standards. Age range: 1-7 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): 1-3 years - RMB 96,000 (half day)-124,000 (full day)/ year; 3-6 years - RMB 100,200 (half day)134,000 (full day)/year 36 Maquanying Siqu , Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 5128, www. 三为园蒙德梭利托幼中心, 朝 阳区香江北路马泉营四区36号 Muffy’s Education Founded in 2003, Muffy’s Education provides child-centered English immersion kindergartens, after school and camp programs to teach students “Knowledge Through English”. Using English as the medium for learning, students receive a high quality education and a strong foundation of English skills. Muffy’s has an educational program that includes all core subjects in an English immersion environment. Educators use a variety of teaching methods to help each student with their unique learning needs. Muffy’s also use internationally known curriculum from

the University of Chicago, Columbia Teachers College and Pearson Education. Muffy’s teachers are from Canada, United States, England and Australia. Before students enroll, assessment and placement will be aranged. Ages:2-6 1) Shijicheng Location (Opening in Aug): 5/F, Bldg B, Huibo Dasha, Landianchang Lu, Haidian District.; 2) Wangjing Location: East gate of Beixiaohe Gongyuan, Wangjing Xilu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Xiangshan Location: Xiangshan Qingqin, Mentou Cun, Sijiqing Town, Haidian District.; 4) Wanquan Location: 1/F, Legacy Home Community Center, Wanliu Dong Lu, Haidian District. 儿童英语之家, 1) 海淀区蓝靛厂路(人大附小 对面)汇博大厦西侧5层; 2) 朝阳区望京北小 河公园东门; 3) 海淀区香山清琴别墅儿童会 所; 4) 海淀区万柳东路万泉新新家园14号楼A 区万泉新新俱乐部一层

ternational Kindergarten has both Chinese and native English-speaking teachers on staff and a fun-based, enriching curriculum that will enable your child to flourish in both Chinese and Western education systems. Equipped with a children’s kitchen, library, inside and outside play areas, the school offers a warm and peaceful child-centered environment for students to develop and learn. New Garden accepts children from the ages of 2-6, with extracurricular classes available for children up to 12. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): RMB 33,600/year (for all children from ages 2-6) Bldg 61, Area D,Fulicheng (north of Shuangjing Qiao), Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5876 1319, 新园双语 幼儿园, 朝阳区富力城新园双语幼儿园,东三 环双井桥北富力城D区西门

New Bamboo International Kindergarten New Bamboo International Kindergarten is an English language school based on the US High/Scope pre-school education structure. With the intention of becoming an influential pre-school education organization in China’s fundamental education, they have a curriculum that incorporates the American education system with the core essence of the Chinese education. This allows us to give our Children the best of the two cultures. The kindergarten officially opens on October 10, 2011, and welcomes all parents of babies aged one to six for consultation and registration. Tuition fees (2011-2012 academic year): RMB 1,000 application fee, RMB 5,000 per month. Qiao 133 0401 8987, Shi 186 1172 9923. Tower W-1 (east of Scitech Hotel, west door of Dongdang Ruijing), 16 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 新竹幼儿园, 朝阳区 建国门外大街16号W-1座(建国门赛特饭店东 面,东方瑞景小区西门)

Pakistan Embassy College This embassy-run school offers two types of curricula: the Pakistan national curriculum, and an English curriculum associated with London University that offers GCSE and A-level qualifications. Both curricula are taught in English, but a number of ESOL students are accepted, and remedial English classes are provided. Chinese language classes are mandatory for all except senior-level students. An enrollment of 400 students from more than 40 different countries makes for an excellent student-teacher ratio and a diverse student body. School facilities include science, computer and language laboratories, and a gymnasium and indoor basketball court. Ages: 4 to 18. Price range: USD 250-600/month 1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6532 1905) 朝阳区三里屯东直门外大街1号

New Garden International Kindergarten Located in Fulicheng just south of the China World Trade Center, New Garden In-

Ritan School This public school has four separate divisions open to international students: an elementary school, two middle schools and a high school. A bilingual program is offered at the elementary school, but the middle and high school divisions


follow the Chinese national curriculum and instruction is in Chinese only. In addition to academics, students participate in a range of electives and extracurricular activities, including the celebrated school band. Grades: 1 to 12. Price range: RMB 17,000-36,800. 1) High School: 4 Guanghua Xili, Chaoyang District. (6503 1815); 2) Middle School: Inside Beijing No. 80 Middle School, 2 Baijiazhuang Xili, Chaoyang District. (6500 4609); 3) High School (senior year only): 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu (south of Tsinghua University’s Central Academy of Fine Arts), Chaoyang District. (6581 4083); 4) Elementary and Middle School: 38 Nanshiliju (south of Jiuxian Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6438 2945) 北京日 坛中学, 1) 朝阳区光华西里4号; 2) 朝阳区白 家庄西里2号白家庄中学里面; 3) 朝阳区东三 环北路36号清华大学美术学院南; 4) 朝阳区南 十里居38号(酒仙桥南) Ritz Calilord Academy Ritz Calilord Academy has two campuses throughout Beijing. Each campus is designed as an experimental kindergarten under China’s National Educational Project, following the principles of order, cleanliness and beauty. We are true to the children’s-natural-growth principle, learning initiatives and self-confidence, simultaneously creating a safe atmosphere full of respect and happiness. Understanding the real needs of children, by providing suitable guidance and support to a life natural growth, we help children to build up good habits and the ability of an integrated personality with emotion quotient development (EQ), also to inspire them passion for excellence in order to achieve their inner self-satisfaction. Tuition: RMB 66,000/ School Year 1) 8am-5pm. Modern House, 58 Fuqian Yijie, Shunyi District. (5810 1708); 2) 1-10, Bishui Zhuangyuan, Shahe, Changping District. (8070 4298/8070 4297) 丽思嘉洛德幼儿园, 1) 顺义区府前一街58号水 木兰亭; 2) 昌平区沙河碧水庄园1-10 Sino Bright School (Beijing No. 25

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Middle School) Located on the grounds of Beijing No. 25 Middle School, SBS offers a curriculum taken from British Columbia, Canada, and taught by B.C.-certified teachers, with the aim of preparing students for higher education in Canada or other Western countries. Founded in 2005, the school previously focused on Chinese students but is now enrolling international students. The school’s language of instruction is English, but Chinese language classes are offered. Grades: 7-12. Price: RMB 69,000 (plus RMB 4,000 for boarding students). 55 Dengshikou Dajie (at Beijing No. 25 Middle School), Dongcheng District. (65537171) 中加高中学校, 东城区灯 市口大街55号 (在北京第二十五中学内) Springboard International Bilingual School Springboard offers kindergarten through 6th grade in a 75% English, 25% Chinese bilingual environment. The newly renovated building sports brightly-colored classrooms designed for no more than 15 students per class flanked by large common areas that are dotted with toys on the first floor and well-stocked bookshelves on the second. Behind the school there’s a large football pitch and basketball courts, plus indoor play areas, a ballet studio, and art studio and a library in an adjoining building. Springboard’s annual tuition for grades 1 through 6 is RMB 90,000 annually. Gucheng, 15 Houshayu Lu, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. ( http:// 君诚国际双语 学校, 顺义区后沙峪镇火沙路古城段15号 St. Cyril & Methodius (Bulgarian School of Beijing) Established in 2003, this school is a great place for Bulgarian kids of all ages and backgrounds to get together and learn more about Bulgaria. Lessons are offered in Bulgarian language, history, customs & crafts. Classes are held every Monday and Tuesday from 4.30-6pm. For more information contact Mira Yanishevskaya (139 1059 4131, mira_yanis@ or Teodora Lazarova (150 6623 5580). Bulgarian Embassy Library, 4 Xiushui Beijie, Chaoyang District. (mira_yanis@ 朝阳区秀水北街4号匈牙利大使馆 St. Paul American School (SPAS) St. Paul American School (SPAS) is a member of the Nacel International School Systems with its headquarter school located in St. Paul, Minnesota and consists of a middle and high preparatory school offering a dual language diploma in English and Chinese. It incorporates an American curriculum that includes AP courses taught by certified American staff, as well as Chinese language, physical education and music courses. SPAS is a residential campus that is attached to the second high school connected to Beijing Normal University and shares with it a picturesque campus with an activity field, track, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, pool, and more. Age range: 13-19 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year, prices available in USD only): Enrollment Fee USD 100; Entrance Fee USD 850; Tuition for 2010-2011 USD 11,000 18 Guan’aoyuan, Qinghe, Haidian District. (8070 3420) 北京师范大学第二附属中学, 海淀 区清河宝胜里观澳园18号 The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten Beijing’s first Montessori Kindergarten, The Children’s House opened its China World Trade Center campus in 1992 and has since established schools at the Lufthansa Center, Yosemite Villas in Shunyi and in Yayuncun’s Yayunxinxin Gardens. Today the franchise serves over 300 international students in its four campuses, which are characterized by their small, friendly down-home atmospheres, English only and bilingual curriculums that adhere to the worldrenowned Montessori system.Age range: 0-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Nursery/ Pre-Primary (1-3



years) 37,000 RMB (8.30-11.30am course), RMB 46,500 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 27,000 (1-3.20pm), RMB 57,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Primary (3-6 years) 40,000 RMB (8.30-11.30am course), RMB 49,000 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 32,500 (1-3.20pm), RMB 61,000 (full day, 8.303.20pm); Primary Reception Class (4.5-6 years) RMB 63,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Bilingual (3-6 years, Kempinski and Yosemite only) 27,000 RMB (8.30-11.30am course), RMB 30,000 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 43,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Bilingual Reception Class (4.5-6 years, Kempinski and Yosemite only) RMB 48,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm) 1) Unit S114, Lufthansa Center Tower, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1305/3388 ext 4477); 2) C Area Clubhouse, Yosemite Villa 4 YuYang Rode, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (8041 7083); 3) Yayunxin Jiayuan, 1 Xindian Lu, Chaoyang District. (5202 0293); 4) Level 1 North Lodge, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 3869/2288 ext 81299) 巧智博仁国际幼儿园, 1) 朝 阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心大厦S114单元; 2) 顺义区后沙峪镇榆阳路4号; 3) 朝阳区辛店路 1号亚运新新家园社区; 4) 朝阳区建国门外大 街1号国贸北公寓一层 The Children’s Learning Center of Beijing The Children’s Learning Center of Beijing is a bilingual preschool: nursery – through to– preparatory (18 month – 6 ½ years). CLCB was established in 2002 and offers a high standard and diverse educational program to foreign expatriates in the heart of Shunyi District at the Gahood Villa’s Compound. CLCB’s themebased program let children learn through structured play and activities in a caring, secure and child-centered environment in order to develop social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills. Children also learn through daily lessons to communicate in two languages, classes include: Math, Science, Computer & Technology, PE, Drama, Cooking, Arts & Crafts plus much more. The school’s curriculum has been drawn from Canadian, US and British Curriculums. CLCB offers flexibility for families through its half and full day classes, as well as part time (minimum 2 days per week) and full time (5 days per week) schedules. The school also has an afterhour’s dance center that runs daily with a variety of dance classes for children beginning from age 3 years old and up until 12 years old. Tuition Fees: (2011 -2012 Academic Year) Registration (non-refundable): RMB 1500; Nursery – Junior Class (18 months – 3 years) RMB 49500; Senior Class (3 – 4 years) RMB 61200; Kindergarten Class (4 – 5 years) RMB 63700; Preparatory Class (5 – 6 ½ years) RMB 69700. 3056 Gahood Villa, Baixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 7082, administration@clcbkids. com) 爱嘉励儿 童双语培训学校, 顺义区后沙峪白辛庄嘉浩 别墅3056 Tsinghua International School Tsinghua International School students follow an American Curriculum program in a nurturing atmosphere. Tsinghua International School located on Tsinghua University campus, allowing students access to the university’s extensive resources and facilities, including libraries, computer labs, gymnasiums, sports fields, dance and art studios, a swimming pool, fitness center and outdoor experiential education center. Accepts students Grades 1 to 12. Grades 1-5: 89,000 RMB per year, Grades 6-12: 99,000 RMB per year Zhong Guan Cun Beilu (Northwest of Tsinghua University), Haidian District, Haidian District. (6279 7000, www. 海淀区海淀区中关村北路清华 大学西北侧 Wellington College International Tianjin Wellington College International

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Tianjin is the partner school of Wellington College in the UK, the highly prestigious independent school founded by Queen Victoria in 1859, as the national monument to one of the country’s greatest military leaders, the Duke of Wellington. Wellington provides a unique learning opportunity due to the breadth and depth of the education offered, which goes beyond academic success into every sphere of extra-curricular and pastoral school life. Age range: 3-18 1 Yidedao, Hongqiao District, Tianjin. (1872248 7836, 天津惠灵 顿国际学校, 天津市红桥区义德道1号, kidsclub@; 2) Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507, books@beijingbookworm. com, 书虫书吧, 1) 顺义区崔各庄乡,何各庄村一号院; 2) 朝 阳区工体北路4号院

Western Academy of Beijing Western Academy of Beijing is an International Baccalaureate World School that boasts a “challenging and caring educational environment in which students are active participants in the learning process.” WAB provides a learner-centered atmosphere that nurtures a strong sense of community among its 1,550 students from 55 countries, with the mission to “Connect, Inspire, Challenge: Make a Difference.” Campus facilities are extensive and include a lake and model wetlands that are the foundation of its environmental science center.Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year, combined total includes capital levy and tuition): Nursery RMB 85,000; Pre-Kindergarten RMB 141,000; Kindergarten RMB 165,000; Grades 1-5 RMB 165,000; Grades 6-8 RMB 181,000; Grades 9-10 RMB 198,000; Grades 11-12 RMB 204,000 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8456 4155, 北京京 西学校, 朝阳区来广营东路10号


Yew Chung International School of Beijing Located within the scenic Honglingjin Park in the heart of downtown Beijing, Yew Chung International School of Beijing celebrates its 15th year of educating students of the Beijing expatriate community. YCIS Beijing, an IB World school, is fully accredited by CIS, NEASC and NCCT, and is a part of the larger network of schools with over 5,000 students across campuses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Qingdao, and Silicon Valley, US. Providing K2 – Year 13 students with a quality curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England and a research-based Chinese Language Program that equips students to be bilingual, competitive, and globally-minded citizens. Age range: 2-18 years old. Tuition fees (2011/2012 Academic Year): Application Fee RMB 1,660 (non-refundable); Placement Deposit RMB 5,000–14,000 (year level dependent); K2 (half day) RMB 60,800; K2 (full day) RMB 102,000; K3 RMB 136,000; K4 RMB 142,000; Year 1-3 RMB 168,000; Year 4-6 RMB 172,000; Year 7-9 RMB 191,000; Year 10-11 RMB 204,000; Year 12-13 RMB 210,000 Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 3731, 北京耀中国际学校, 朝阳 区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门

Shopping Directory Bookstores The Bookworm English language books to borrow or buy. Book larvae can graze in the library’s Kiddies’ Corner, which houses child-size chairs and toys in addition to books. A family library membership (RMB 500) allows your family to borrow up to six books for two weeks at a time. A growing selection of for-sale books includes favorites like Wicked Chickens and The Gruffalo’s Child. In addition, The Bookworm’s Kids Club offers both young children and teens opportunities to share books with their peers. 1) Mon-Sat 8am-8pm,Sun 8am5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108,

Page One 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, www. 朝阳区建国门外大街1号 国贸商城三期地下2层

BabyGro Beijing 1) Tue-Sat 10am - 5pm. Shop 1, Complex 3, Jingmi Lu, (close to WAB School), Chaoyang District. (8470 1690,; 2) MonFri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Shop 105, Tower 9, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6597 0717, www. 慧宝, 1) 朝阳区北京市朝 阳区京密路来广营东路路口东 3号红木大院 B-01 (京西学校附近); 2) 朝阳区朝外街 6号新城国际9号楼105 baby international No. 2371, 3.F North Tower, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (59001476, com 国际宝贝, 朝阳区朝阳区东大桥路8号 SOHO商都3层2371店铺 Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (1/F of Bodhi bldg, directly across from north gate of Workers Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 7622, ask@ 洋洋宝宝店, 朝阳区 朝阳区工体北路17号(工体北门对面) Yashow Market The stall owners here are spoiled by the gaggles of free-spending tourists who come for bargain shopping, and so are less amenable to offering deep discounts to residents than their counterparts in other markets. Nevertheless, teen after teen told us they enjoy shopping here for copies of recent fashionable clothes: low-slung jeans, branded T-shirts, baggy pants, oversized athletic kids. Daily 9.30am-9pm. 58 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1726) 雅秀市场, 朝阳区工 体北路58号

Home Accessories and Gear Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) 10.30am-6.30pm. Unit 308 (back row of stores, next to the Apple Computer Store), Shunyi District. (8046 1091); 2) 10am-8.30pm. Unit L110, ground floor, Europlaza Mall, Tian Zhu district, Shunyi (between Cafe de Comptoire and Coldstone Ice Cream), Shunyi District. (8459 0785) http://www.toranacleanair. com/index.html 1) 顺义区天竺镇花梨坎村 南“荣祥广场”308室; 2) 顺义区天竺镇裕 翔路99号欧陆广场, L110 Brand Nu A place where you can donate your old clothes, books, magazines, trinkets and other accessories, and pick up asgood-as-new goodies of like kind. Tue-Sun, 10am-10pm, closed Mon. 61 Wudaoying Hutong (just west of Vineyard Cafe), Dongcheng District. (150 1115 3421) Brand 女, 东城区东城区五道营胡同61号 Ikea Stocks a wide range of children’s gear, including extendable beds, high chairs, changing tables, cupboard units and Patrull safety equipment (cabinet/ door locks, safety gates, corner bumpers, window catches, etc.). Save your skin by paying to have Ikea technicians assemble your purchases at home. Daily 10am-10pm.

Directories 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District. (800 810 5679) 宜家家 居, 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号(四元桥 西北角)

BBQs and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQAir air purifiers, Bissell Vacuums and more. Stop by their Shunyi showroom or visit their website to have a look at what’s new. 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1260, 6457 1922, info@villalifestyles. cn) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔 路99号欧陆广场4层

Photography Studios & Services The Age of Innocence Photo Studio Daily 9am-6pm. 21 LiangmaqiaoLu,Fenghuayuan Drive-in Movie Theater, Chaoyang District. (6438 7680,130 5108 3601) www.mycznd. com 纯真年代摄影工作室, 朝阳区亮马桥路 21号, 枫花园汽车电影院 Lily’s Antiques Furniture Lily’s Antiques is the most famous furniture dealer in Beijing, offering quality Chinese antiques, but also imported traditional and modern styles from all over the world, from Ming chairs and Tibetan rugs to Indian trunks, Spanish design and Italian sofas. The service is the best in town, with a one-year guarantee and delivery. 1) Daily 8.30am-6pm. Gaobeidian Showroom, 69 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (8579 2458); 2) Visit by Appointment. Factory and Warehouse Address, Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang town, Tongzhou District. (138 0139 6309) 华 伦古典家具, 1) 朝阳区高碑店家俱一条街 69号; 2) 通州区工厂地址,通州区宋庄镇白 庙村工业大院 Linfeng Tibetan Artistic Firm Sells authentic Tibetan furnitures, carpets and handicrafts, with antique pieces and reproductions. Showroom opens everyday for visiting. To visit the warehouse for more selections, call for reservation. 1) Daily 8.30am-8.30 pm. Stall 1, Row B, Panjiayuan Market, Chaoyang District. (; 2) 158 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (lf@lftibetanart. cn) 5167 3683, 北京灵 峰藏艺古典家具店, 1) 朝阳区潘家园市场 乙排1号; 2) 朝阳区高碑店家具街158号 Pantry Magic Under new management and newly relocated, this Hong Kong based kitchenware shop is your one-stop source for all kinds of Western cooking equipment - blenders, baking ware, ceramics, cookbooks and more. Hundreds of items in stock. 17 Gongti Beilu (across from north gate of Workers’ Stadium in the same building as Bodhi), Chaoyang District. (6413 0223) Torana Tibetan Rugs Handmade rugs and custom rugs from the owners own workshop in Lhasa. Antique rugs and textiles. Daily 10.30am-8.30pm. Unit L1-110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8549 0785) 图兰纳手工地毯, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔 路99号欧陆广场,L1-110.

Villa Lifestyles Villa Lifestyles has been serving the Beijing community for more than five years. Providing you with quality name brand products backed by great service, they have the widest selection of

dio is based in Beijing, but is also available for local and domestic travel. Daily 10am-6pm. 6 Xinjiekouwai Dajie (opposite the east gate of Beijing Normal University), Xicheng District. (6202 7745, 155 1061 6900, 花开摄影机构, 西城区新街口外大街6号( 北京师范大学东门马路对面)

Services Baodao Optical Megastore Daily 9.30am-9pm. B52 Dongsanhuan Nanlu (northeast corner of Jinsong Qiao, near Jinsong Subway Station B exit), Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5767 0999) 宝岛眼镜百货, 朝阳 区东三环南路乙52号劲松桥东北角顺迈金 钻大厦

GIB Photo Studio Provides high-quality, professional photos for portraits of kids, families, even fashion. Also offers services in graphic design and printing, like photo books, catalogs, calendars and albums (with photo edition included).The international staff can speak English, Chinese and Spanish. 241 Xiaopu Beijie, Songzhuang, Chaoyang District. (186 0127 5025, 朝阳区宋庄镇小堡村北街241号 Global Photographic Studio 9am-6pm. 1/F, 7 Xinzhong Jie, Chaoyang District. (6718 2308, 联合世纪 数码影印有限公司, 朝阳区朝阳区新中街 7号1层 Imagine Photography Studio 10am-6pm. 14 Kaifajie, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8472 7478, info@imaginestudio. cn) 顺义区西百辛庄 开发街14号 Lynn’s Photography Studio Sat-Thu, 9.30am-5.30pm. 9 Riverville Square, 1 District One, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8674) 北京印象摄影, 顺义区天竺丽宫别墅一区一号温榆广场9号 Mishka Family Photography (150 1089 9969, www.mishka. pro Mythfoto Photography Studio 9am-6pm. Rm 3-319, Runfeng Jiashang Building, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5703 5813, 855 65219, xuanlanguan@gmail. com) 北京绚烂馆摄 影, 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳北路润枫嘉尚3-319 Small World Photo Studio Professional photography services for families, kids and pregnant women, costumes can be offered to kids under 3. Stall 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1603, 138 1160 2673) www. 小小世界专业摄 影, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场五 层509-510

IQ Air While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, you can certainly make a difference with the air you breathe in your home or office. IQAir has been the top-rated air purifier brand for more than a decade. The Health Pro 250 is their most popular product and is considered by most to be the best all-around air cleaning system available. With their HyperHEPA technology, you are guaranteed near perfect levels of efficiency for the life of your machine. IQAir China specializes in bringing clean air solutions to both residential and commercial users. 1) 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601,; 2) 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401,; 3) Rm 2201, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800, 400 650 1266,; 4) 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 5) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, info@iqair-

Shopping 1) 朝阳区 亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 2) 朝阳区 建国路87号新光天地5层生活家电区; 3) 朝 阳区霄云路36号国航大厦2201-02室; 4) 西 城区金城坊街金融街417号四层; 5) 顺义区 天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场4层 Small World Kids’ Hair Salon Kids’ hair salon will offer a kid friendly environment for kids when they are getting their hair to be done. Stall 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1603, 138 1160 2673) www. 小小世界美发沙 龙, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场五 层509-510

Toys Hongqiao Market One entire floor is filled with cheap toys, from stuffed animals to Barbie sets, kites and remote controlled cars. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 46 Hongqiao Lu, Chongwen District. (6713 3354) 红桥市场, 崇文区红桥路46号 Lego Enthusiasts can buy classic sets of 30 to 1,000 pieces, while those with less imagination can purchase themed Lego sets, such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Alpha Team and Jack Stone. 1) 10am-10pm. Rm 4100, Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 4036); 2) B/1 Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Daily 9am-10pm. Lufthansa Shopping Center, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 9am-9pm. NB134A, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F Pacific Century Place, A2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6448 2105) 乐高, 1) 海淀区远大路一号 金源购物中心4100; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6 号蓝色港湾国际商区B1层; 3) 朝阳区亮马 桥路52号燕莎购物中心; 4) 朝阳区建国门 外大街1号国贸商城NB134A; 5) 朝阳区工体 北路甲2号太平洋百货5楼 MUMA Smart Toys What could be better than toys that promote intelligence? MUMA Smart Toys, the Beijing-based toy maker, creates high quality and colorful toys fashioned out of wood, and tailored to specific age groups. Toys are designed and packaged with the goal of environmental protection. These toys promote creativity, visual perception, and motor coordination -- not to mention plain old fun. Daily 10am10pm. SMM-20, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6115) 木马智慧玩具, 朝阳 区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区一栋广 场层SMM-20

The Bloom Family Photography Owned and run by professional and enthusiastic photographer Irene, member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Bloom Family Photography studio provides high-quality photography services. The stu-

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Sports Directory Sports Beijing is a non-profit organization that provides sports and recreational activities to the children of Beijing. Modeled after the North American and European sports organizations, Sports Beijing offers more than 15 sports and recreations programs, including baseball, basketball, flag football, floor ball, gymnastics, ice hockey, martial arts, rugby, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field/athletics. Available for young athletes (ages 4-18) and their families. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Lido Country Club 2/F, Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, 6 Jiang Tai Lu, Chaoyang District (6430 1370)

young children’s instinctive joy of movement with music and freedom of expression to increase self control and co-ordination, discipline, confidence and self esteem. Programs tailored to people who want to develop a hobby as well as who want to prepare for future programs as a professional dancer. 1) Quan Fa Garden Club House, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 5657, 139 1103 2760); 2) 208, Lido Country Club, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6438 1677, 137 1643 3908) 1) 朝阳区香江北路2号泉发花园会所; 2) 朝阳区 将台路6号丽都广场丽都乡村俱乐部C208室


Basketball Dongdan PE Center You and the rest of the crew can rent indoor or outdoor, full- or halfcourts here. RMB 500/hr (full-court), RMB 300/ hr (half-court, 30 players or fewer), RMB 15/ person (outdoor courts, 15 players or fewer), RMB 10/person/hr (indoor courts). Daily 8am10pm. 108 Chongwenmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 9377) 东单体育中心, 东城区崇 文门内大街108号

Jade Palace Hotel Bowling Center Expect higher standards than at your regular ten-pin dive, with eight immaculately maintained lanes and an army of helpful and friendly staff. Smallest shoe size is 35, though, so this is a good choice for big kids only. Daily 10am-11pm. B1/F, Jade Palace Hotel, 76 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (6262 8888 ext 55080) 翠宫宾馆保龄球中 心, 海淀区知春路76号翠宫宾馆地下1层

Climbing Beijing Climbing Club Beijing Climbing Club runs regular weekend rock-climbing trips for aspiring climbers of all abilities to scenic locations around Beijing. They offer a safe and hassle free way for anyone based in Beijing to get out and experience this amazing sport first hand. They use qualified western/bilingual guides and operate to western safety standards. They also meet regularly during the week at climbing walls in the city, and operate a website at which provides information about our services, and information about the climbing scene in general, for independent climbers in Beijing. 北京攀岩俱乐部 O’le Climbing Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat & Sun 10am-8pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6776 4705, www. 奥莱攀岩, 朝阳区东四环中路百 子湾桥东石门村路5号

Dance DanZ Centre Offering a range of classes in English for kids and teenagers, in styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and Latin. RMB 80 for a lesson. RMB 1,600 for 20 lessons. The school has both Shunyi and downtown campuses. 1) 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District.; 2) 10am-8pm. C/F, East Lake Villa, Dongzhimenwai Dajie,, Dongcheng District.; 3) 2/F, Children’s Clubhouse, Yosemite Villas, 4 Yuyang Lu (West Gate of ISB), Chaoyang District. (8041 7745/7746) 丹安丝舞蹈培 训中心, 1) 朝阳区三里屯北小街7号; 2) 东城区 东直门外大街东湖别墅; 3) 朝阳区榆阳路4号优山 美地别墅儿童俱乐部2层 The Conservatory of International Style and Cultural Arts (CISCA) The benefits of learning ballet at an early age aims to nurture



Sheerwood Beijing Equestrian Country Club Over 60 horses with English trainers available. Lessons available for all ages. Single tryout sessions start at RMB 400, RMB 2600/10 lessons or 4800/20 lessons for riders under 17; RMB 3100/10 lessons or RMB 5200/20 lessons for adults. Annual membership with unlimited riding sessions also available. Call ahead of time for directions. English spoken. Summer: Tue-Sun 7am-11am, 2pm-6pm; Winter: TueSun 8am-5pm. Picun Village, Jinzhanxiang, Chaoyang District. (8433 2217) 西坞北京马术 俱乐部

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Bowling Gongti 100 When he’s in town, Andy Lau apparently bowls at Gongti 100, which is named for its number of lanes. The complex also has a plethora of video games that will be popular with the kids. Small-sized shoes are available for kids over 6. Bowling RMB 40/game/person, RMB 5 for shoe rental. Daily 9am-1am. 6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 2688) 工体100, 朝阳 区工体西路6号

horse instructor’s certificate and a dog agility area. Different riding packages available (insurance included). Tue-Sun 7am-noon, 2-6pm. 91 Shunbai Lu, Sunhe Town (north of and parallel to Xiang Jiang Beilu), Chaoyang District. (Chi 8459 0236, Eng 6432 4947, equuleushorse@ 天星调良 国际马术俱乐部, 朝阳区孙河镇顺白路91号香江 北路北

SinoScuba Offers safe, family scuba diving services! Kids aged 10 and up Underwater activities, including swimming with dolphins and full certification courses for ages 10 and up. Classes available in Chinese and English. (135 0116 3629, www.

Fencing Beijing Sports University If you are just beginning to learn the art of the sword, BSU is the best place to pick up your first weapon. Fencing is taught to students and community members as young as 12. Classes are taught in Chinese only and are RMB 100/hr. Beijing Sports University, Zhongguancun Beidajie, Haidian District. (Contact Mr. Tao Jinhan: 6298 9568) 北 京体育大学, 海淀区中关村北大街

Football (Soccer) ClubFootball This organization runs soccer coaching programs at 20+ locations in Beijing and Tianjin for boys and girls of all levels aged 4 to 18. Held after school, at weekends and during holidays, courses are designed and delivered in a fun environment by ClubFootball’s English FA-qualified coaching staff. A nine week course averages RMB 750 and includes kit, beverages, player profile, certificate and team photo. 9am-6pm. Unit A212, Door 3, A1 Zone, Huadeng Building, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5130 6893/4/5/6, 万国群 星足球俱乐部, 朝阳区酒仙桥路14号兆维华登大厦 A1区3门212室

Hiking Beijing Hikers Hikes of varying difficulty in villages near Beijing. Open to everyone. Call for info on hikes and what to bring. Prices vary for overnight hikes; weekend hikes are RMB 250/300 (adult), half price for children under 12, including round trip transport, snacks and drinks after the hike, detailed map of the hike and professional guidance. Advance reservations necessary. RMB 200/yr membership gets a 10% discount on regular hikes. Mon-Fri 9am6pm. Rm 601, Bldg 2, Xinhualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6432 2786, 朝阳区酒仙桥中路26号新华联丽港2号 楼601室

Horse Riding Equuleus International Riding Club This accredited horse riding club houses 95 horses, 12 bilingual trainers with CHS (based on BHS)

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Ice Breaker ICE BREAKERS figure skating classes, synchronized skating, team building on ice. Provided by Camilla Ojansivu, a Swedish former professional figure skater. Times: flexible for both groups, team building and private classes. Levels: ages 6 years to adults. Beginners all the way to advanced. Team building programs on ice for companies – it is not about learning to skate! Taught in English All Star Ice Rink, Solana shopping mall, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区全明星滑冰场,蓝色港湾 Le Cool Chills and spills for skaters and shoppers at this small indoor rink in the World Trade Center. Be warned that the rink can get seriously crowded with ice princesses on holidays and weekend afternoons. Weekdays: RMB 30 for 90 min (10am-6pm), RMB 40 for 90 min (6-10pm). Weekends: RMB 50 for 90 min. Skate rental included. Daily 10am-10pm. B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5776, lecool@cwtc. com) 国贸溜冰场, 朝阳 区建国门外大街1号国贸地下2层 The Ice Zone Small ice rink in the center of Shunyi offers skating classes for beginners and intermediates, private lessons, 3-on-3 ice hockey programs, and beginners hockey for adults and children. Unlimited time on the ice is RMB 50 (weekends) and RMB 30 (weekdays) and includes skate rental. Daily noon-4pm. River Garden Clubhouse, 2/F (access from Yuyang Lu), 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6092, www. 冰点地带, 顺义区裕京花园会 所2楼(入口在裕京路)北京顺义榆阳路7 号

Martial Arts Black Tiger Fight Club Black Tiger Kids JiuJitsu and Karate is a martial art offered at Black Tiger @ Club Hero, located in the Cable 8 park Guo Mao area. We provide a large, safe and professional environment equipped with a 400 square meter training floor and a 100 square meter jiu-jitsu room.Learn martial arts skills and self-discipline in a fun and safe environment. Black Belt instructors in Beijing’s best martial arts academy. RMB 3.600/30 lessons. Full year (RMB 7,800) and half year (RMB 4,800) unlimited memberships available. 1) B-101, Hyundai Motor Building, 38 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Suite 201, Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. ( 1) 朝阳区霄 云路38号现代汽车大厦地下一层; 2) 朝阳区来广 营东路5号,尚古城二层健身房 Fenxing Fencing Club Tue-Sun 9am - 9pm. Bldg. 2050, Gahood Villa 5 Yunyang Rd., Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (fenxing.fencing@ 北京奋星击剑俱乐 部, 顺义区西白辛庄榆阳路5号嘉浩别墅2050

Skiing & Snowboarding Nanshan Ski Village One of the area’s top ski resorts, Nanshan has ten well-groomed trails for

skiers of all levels and a snowboard park (Nanshan Mellow Park) with a halfpipe, four kickers and six rails - all served by a quadruple chairlift, a double chairlift and nine T-bars. Nanshan has many ski and snowboard instructors - some trained by the Austria Snowboard Association - and it is also home to snowboarding camps organized by the Icon X store, which uses only Burton gear. Visit this all-season facility in summer for water skiing, grass skiing and paragliding. Entrance RMB 20. RMB 100/2 hrs (Mon-Fri) RMB 150/2 hrs (Sat-Sun), RMB 140/4 hrs (MonFri) RMB 200/4 hrs (Sat-Sun), RMB 220/ full day (Mon-Fri) RMB 360/full day (Sat-Sun). Sledding is RMB 50/30 mins. Lodging available (RMB 320-360). Daily 8.30am-5.30pm. Shengshuitou Cun, Henanzhai Town, Miyun County. (8909 1909) 北京南山滑雪滑水 度假村有限公司, 密云县河南寨镇圣水头村 Qiaobo Ice and Snow World The first and only indoor ski resort in Beijing, Qiaobo has a 150m bunny slope and a 260m long slope. Great place to cool off from the summer heat. Experienced skiers should keep their expectations low. Kids 3 and up only. Workdays RMB 150/hour, RMB 30/ additional hour, Holidays RMB 180/hour, RMB 50/additional hour, Ski suit hire: RMB 30 (jacket and trousers), Locker hire: RMB 10 Daily 9am-10pm. Inside Chaobai River National Forest Park, Mapo, Shunyi District. (6941 1991) 乔波冰雪世界, 顺 义区马坡潮白河国家森林公园内6号

Tennis GS Academy GS Academy is a High Performance Tennis Academy. Their unique Tennis program combine the best of the American, Australian, and European national tennis programs bringing to you a truly unique program. Their experienced and passionate coaches provide a perfect blend of serious commitment and a positive teaching style to enhance your tennis development. They will help build your on-court self-confidence and give you enough valuable instruction to last a lifetime. 1) Huakang T&B Fitness Center: Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Town, Chaoyang District. (8459 1367/0156, info@; 2) Summit Tennis Club: 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 5118,; 3) Crab Island Indoor Tennis Center (Xie Dao): 1 Xiedao Road, Chaoyang District. (8433 5608,; 4) Golden Luck Age Tennis Center, 2 Dongwei Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8431 8217, 1) 朝阳区华康羽网健身中心:孙河乡顺黄路; 2) 朝阳区外交网球俱乐部:东方东路19号; 3) 朝阳 区蟹岛室内网球中心:蟹岛路1号; 4) 朝阳区金运 时代网球中心:东苇西路2号

Yoga Alona Pilates Studio Specializing in both Mat Pilates and Reformers Pilates classes with experienced and talented English speaking instructors. Reformers and other Pilates equipment are available for private and semi-private instruction sessions in Westin Studio. 7.30am – 9.30pm. F/5, Heavenly Spa, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (139 1029 0260, voselena@hotmail. com) 朝阳区新源 南路一号5层 Fine Yoga Daily 7am-9pm. Kids’ yoga on Sundays 2-3pm. 16/F, Tower 2, Blue Castle International Center, 3 Xi Dawang Lu,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8599 9566, 153 0008 6931) 梵音瑜珈, 朝阳区西大望路 蓝堡国际中心会所 Yoga Yard Yard Vinyasa (flow) yoga classes offered daily, mornings and evenings, at various levels. offers pre- and postnatal yoga, introduction to yoga, restorative yoga, and other workshops. Yoga books, mats and wellness products also available. Kids yoga for ages 4 and above. RMB 400 for a four-week session. Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. 6/F, Bldg 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0774, www.yogayard. com 瑜珈苑, 朝阳区工体北路17号楼6层工人体 育场北门对面





















































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The Circuit The Circuit is a chance to sneak a peek at what’s happening on the family and school scene. Want to see your event on these pages? Send an email with the date of your past event and a brief description to by February 13. beijingkids Santa on Ice On December 18, beijingkids held its annual Santa on Ice event at Le Cool ice rink inside the China World Mall. Kids skated with Mrs. Claus and her four elves, while Santa received young visitors from his red velvet chair. He posed for photos and gave a gift to each child. Subway provided hot cocoa and cookies, while A Food Affaire brought holiday cheer with shortbread cookies, brownies, mince pies, and punch.

PHOTOs: nature zhang



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The Circuit BICCO Charity Dinner and Silent Auction On December 10, Ivy Academy, Kagen and beijingkids hosted the “Unlock the Future” Charity Dinner and Silent Auction at Kagen. The event raised over RMB 200,000 for the Beijing International Committee for the Care of Chinese Orphans. The organizers extend their gratitude to all those who attended, as well as the sponsors who donated items to the silent auction.

PHOTOs: courtesy of ivy academy and CISB

Winter Concerts at CISB Preschool and elementary students at the Canadian International School of Beijing performed in a series of winter concerts for the holiday season.

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The Circuit Christmas Concerts at YCIS YCIS Beijing had a season of festive Christmas concerts that followed a tour of Christmas caroling at the Park Hyatt Beijing, Westin Chaoyang Financial Street, and Pangu 7.

Festive Fun at BCIS Christmas Bazaar On November 26, over 1,500 people turned up at the Beijing City International School’s Christmas Bazaar. There were more than 60 vendors and live performances from students.

PHOTOs: courtesy of YCIS Beijing and BCIS



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The Circuit Blessings in Disguise at IAB On November 24, IAB students performed their first musical, Blessings in Disguise. The show was written by Mrs. Lay, and choreographed by Ms. Rochelle and Grade 10 student Daniel Ki.

PHOTOs: courtesy of isb and iab

Korky Paul Visits ISB From November 1-4, ISB’s Elementary School hosted illustrator Korky Paul, creator of Winnie the Witch, for a week of creativity and storytelling.

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The Circuit FOBISSEA Music Festival 2011 and BSB Christmas Fayre On November 14, students performed as part of the FOBISSEA Music Festival 2011 at BSB’s Shunyi campus. On December 4, the school held its annual Christmas Fayre at BSB’s Sanlitun campus with food, drinks, and activities for all.

November at BISS In November, students at Beijing BISS International School participated in several activities, including an archeological dig and a “living museum” of famous explorers, inventors, and innovators.

PHOTOs: courtesy of biss and bsb



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Winter Show at MSB On December 7-9, students from the International Montessori School of Beijing performed their annual Winter Show. This year’s theme was “MSB Salutes,” with numbers from Mary Poppins, The Blues Brothers, Grease, and more.

PHOTOs: courtesy of msb and children’s house international montessori kindergarten

Beatlemania at Children’s House On December 4, Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten held its annual Christmas party at the Kerry Centre with Beatlemania.

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The Circuit String Concert at WAB On December 7, the WAB String Orchestra performed both Baroque and contemporary pieces in a music showcase.

Daddy-Child Day at HoK On December 5, House of Knowledge International Kindergarten hosted its biannual Daddy-Child Day, where kids and their dads were invited for a day of crafts and games.

PHOTOs: courtesy of wab and hok



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Construction Day at 3e On November 26, young artists expressed themselves at 3e International School’s Construction Day.

PHOTOs: courtesy of 3e and etonkids

GTM Etonkids Hosts a Christmas Party On December 10, Etonkids’ Global Trade Mansion campus held its annual Christmas party at the Hotel New Otani. Over 100 parents and students were in attendance, and enjoyed various holiday performances.

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Family Favorites

The Comeau Family photo by The Bloom Family Photography Gina Comeau hails from Vancouver, Canada. She moved to Beijing six years ago after teaching in South Korea for two years. She currently teaches at the House of Knowledge International Kindergarten and lives in Beijing with her 18-month-old-son, Mateo. Together, this single mom and her son shared some of their favorite spots in Beijing. Sijia Chen Would you like to share your Beijing Favorites? Email

Favorite Restaurant I like the tofu fish at Pure Lotus and Chef Too is quite accommodating when it comes to kids.



Favorite Place for a Day Trip We like going to Huairou District or Chaoyang Park.

Favorite Dessert or Snack Cake made from the box. Duncan Hines cake mix from Jenny Lou’s is what we like.

Favorite Neighborhood Maizidian. It has Ladies Street, Solana, Chaoyang Park, German supermarkets, and a good mix of Chinese and Western restaurants.

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Family Ritual From Monday to Saturday, Mateo watches a Chinese kid’s show called Zhi Hui Shu (智慧树). It includes lots of dancing and art projects.

Favorite Shop I go to Sunny Gold Street Market for clothes for myself and Ladies’ Street and other markets for Mateo.

Best Place to Play Indoors Mateo loves Magic Bean House Museum (pictured here).

New Discoveries The 258 Electronic Market in Maizidian has cheap toys and clothes, as well as electronics.

Favorite Weekend Activities We often go to Solana, and usually we pick up something from Mothercare.

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