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Purify the air at home, support local organic farms, adopt environmentally-safe cleaning methods and reduce your carbon footprint

Voracious for Vegetables Whip up some spring pasta

The Great Outdoors Peek into Australian farm life An Activity-Packed Day Fundazzle and Blue Zoo Beijing April 2012



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Purify the air in your home, support local organic farms, use environmentally-safe cleaning methods and reduce your carbon footprint

Voracious for Vegetables Whip up some spring pasta



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An Activity-Packed Day Fundazzle and Blue Zoo Beijing

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April 2012 Contents








Keep It Local


Dining Out

Where to find organic produce in Beijing

The Orchard


It’s Easy Being Green


Top Places to …

Twenty ways to live a low-carbon life

Hunt Easter eggs


Clearing the Air


Food For Thought

Cleansing the atmosphere, indoors and out

Pasta perfection with Jennifer Thomé


Greener and Cleaner

Ten environmentally-sound methods to keep your home spic and span

Living 19


Parents strike a pose at Sanlitun Village



Updates, recommendations and interesting finds

Health 22

Ms. Nutrition

Reduce your carbon footprint with Olivia Lee


The Doc Is In

Dr. Richard’s tips for safe eating against toxic plastics


Make Mine Veggie

Become a balanced vegetarian or vegan

Playing 30

What’s Fun In: Gongti

A fun-filled day around Workers’ Stadium



Get active with Beijing’s sports clubs


Family Travels

Out on a farm in Australia with the Coopers

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The Wallers tour Western Australia on four wheels

Exploring the Ming Tombs

Day Tripper

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18 Learning 42

When I Grow Up

Composer Karl Jenkins speaks to Dulwich College Beijing


The Roundtable

Beijing BISS International School teens talk overpopulation


Blank Canvas

Artwork from Beijing Huijia (IB) Private School

Directories 66 70 73 74 75 76 83 85

Parenting 48

Beijing Baba

Christopher Lay is seeing double


The Echo Chamber

Ember Swift welcomes her first-born

Say hello to Beijing’s smallest


The Circuit

Happenings in the Beijing family scene


Family Favorites

The Lundgren-De Beer family


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Beijing Subway

April 2012

Beijing’s essential international family resource

Editor’s Note April Calendar Top 10 Things to Do in April April Events New Arrivals



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


Purify the air at home, support local organic farms, adopt environmentally-safe cleaning methods and reduce your carbon footprint

Voracious for Vegetables Whip up some spring pasta

The Great Outdoors Peek into Australian farm life An Activity-Packed Day Fundazzle and Blue Zoo Beijing


Christina Chan (6) attends the British School of Beijing. She enjoys swimming, reading and watching the series Journey to the West. Her favorite book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Having lived in Beijing for the past six years, she has traveled to Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand. She wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up. Photo by Mishka Family Photography.


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Age-by-Age Index Babies Go on a bike tour with mom and dad................................... 12 Put on some water wings for some indoor pool fun............... 13 Introduce solids to babies with Dr. Lyn Wren........................ 15 Say hello to Beijing’s smallest.............................................. 18 See colorful fish at Blue Zoo Beijing..................................... 30 Try out some eco-friendly cloth diapers................................ 54 Take a moisturizing olive oil bath......................................... 61

Toddlers Sign up for Toddler Jia You Football..................................... 15 Enjoy baked treats at CLCB................................................. 16 Meet the Easter bunny and hunt for chocolate eggs.............. 27 Learn about the Coopers’ farm vacation............................... 36 Make your own compost heap at home................................ 51 Spend the day at an organic farm........................................ 54 Soothe cuts and scrapes with natural remedies.................... 61

Elementary School Kids Take French classes at Dulwich College Beijing..................... 16 Brunch at The Orchard....................................................... 26 Plan a campervan trip through Western Australia.................. 38 Stroll through the Ming Tombs............................................ 40 Learn about being a composer with Karl Jenkins................... 42 Grow your own herb garden at home.................................. 54 Discover the Lundgren-De Beers’ Family Favorites................ 96

Middle and High School Kids Take part in The Hutong Heyrobics Health Rave................... 12 Get a wheel up at the Bohai or Bust charity bike event......... 12 Supplement a vegetarian or vegan diet................................ 24 Whip up a pasta feast......................................................... 28 Take up a new sport........................................................... 34 Discuss the challenges of overpopulation............................. 44 Zap pimples with tea tree oil and oatmeal............................ 61

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Victor Wong Canada Victor is a tech geek, a serial entrepreneur and the proud father of two boys. His latest venture is connecting parents and kids through mobile learning apps. Learn more at

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Anne Hemsley Anne is a mother, UK midwife and childbirth educator. She founded Beijing’s first Baby Café, which supports parents in breast feeding. She also offers individual coaching for childbirth. Contact her at

Scott Cline When Scott, a long-time Beijing resident, is not carpooling his son to the next activity, he is leading International Award Program activities or having fun at summer and winter camp with Broad Horizons. Contact him at

Yanhong Wheeler Yanhong is a mother of two children, a La Leche League leader, a Parent Effectiveness Training instructor, and the author of eight Chinese books (under the pen name Xiao Wu, or Wee Witch) on breastfeeding, parenting and education. Visit her blog at

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Editor's Note

I Heart Hermit Island

The editor (age 3) with her dad and brother Derek at Hermit Island


ermit Island is one of the most gorgeous places on Earth. I’ve walked the paths of the Grand Canyon and Zion Park, dipped my toes in the tropical waters of remote Thai islands, seen rich blue skies set against the crumbling temple of Angkor Wat and ambled through vibrant-red gates in western Japan – all of which possess their own splendor – but they cannot compare with the exquisite, pristine beauty of Hermit Island. Before I was born, my parents were introduced to a small peninsula along the coast of Maine. With another couple, they packed their station wagon to the brim, drove seven hours north and pitched their tents. On their very first visit, they were caught in seven days of heavy rain. While their friends vowed never to return, apparently this was the dream vacation my parents had been searching for. Throughout the years, my parents have introduced the campgrounds to many people, including my brother, his wife, myself and even some of my friends. When I was young, these summer days consisted of collecting penny-sized crabs in a bucket, hiking to Sand Dollar Beach at the end of the peninsula, then watching the sun set over the Bathtub (an inlet surrounded by rocks), and afterward walking with only a flashlight to the grocery store for an ice cream treat. There were also nature walks with Ronnie, an enthusiastic local committed to building awareness about wildlife. Together we uncovered every creature hiding in the sand, under rocks, on a leaf. I was already collecting bugs for my bug hotel, but she fueled my curiosity about nature by showing me how the cliff swallows build nests under the Kelp Shed’s roof, digging in the mud for clams, and locating Starfish Cave – a cavern full of colorful sponges and starfish, big and small. In the spirit of Earth Day and re-invigorating your appreciation for nature, this month’s feature is devoted to being greener and increasing environmental awareness. Learn about purifying your indoor air (p58), purchasing produce from local organic farms (p51), using fewer chemicals to clean your home (p61), and minimizing your carbon footprint (p54). As Earth’s inhabitants, it is our responsibility to preserve the environment.

At Hermit Island, part of preserving its beauty lies in the hands of its visitors. Fortunately, in encouraging a low impact on the environment, the campsite offers a healthy balance of unspoiled wilderness and modern comforts. Tents are encouraged while RVs are banned. Amenities include flush toilets (but in some areas only latrines) and showers with hot water, limited via a timed button. There are quite a few beaches and you nev er have to fight for blanket space on the sand, but the ocean water is chilly and rises to 60°F only if you’re lucky. At night, you must keep your food well-hidden, because you never know if hungry raccoons or deer are lurking nearby. And booking your campsite six months in advance means that you never know if you’re booking seven days of uninterrupted rain. Understandably, fighting off mosquitoes and sleeping in a tent is not for everybody. However, Hermit Island is a favorite destination for my parents. They still visit this incredibly unique place every summer and have done so every year for the past 42 years. On the surface, camping there might not sound like much, but, like Beijing, if you look closer, there is so much more to it. Although I have not joined my parents every year, when I do revist, Hermit Island is just as I remember it: the water is cold and unforgiving, but there are always hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.

Kara Chin Managing Editor April 2012




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Qingming Festival

This Chinese holiday is a time for people to go outside and enjoy the spring, as well as to honor their departed loved ones. Traditions include placing willow branches at the front door to ward off evil spirits and making offerings to one’s ancestors.

Ages 3-6. Family Box hosts a two-day carnival for Easter with activities like face painting, Easter egg hunting, dancing, performances, egg decorating, and more. See Apr 8 listing.

Legs, Tums, and Bums

For adults. This low-impact class strengthens legs, tummies, and bottoms to improve posture and strengthen core muscles. See Apr 16 listing.

The British School of Beijing Extended Reading Parent Workshop

For adults. This free parent workshop is designed for families with kids in Years 4, 5, and 6. See Apr 10 listing.

Myers-Briggs for Parents

For adults. In this workshop, parents learn how their personality type influences their parenting style. See Apr 11 listing.

Great Wall Camping at Panglongshan

Ages 14+. Walk along the Wild Great Wall, then pitch your tent and watch the sunset. See Apr 17 listing.

For adults. Shunyi residents, this monthly social event is your chance to mingle with newcomers and old China hands alike. See Apr 19 listing.

INN Night Out

Ages 7+. The Alliance Française gives beginner and intermediate French classes at Dulwich College Beijing. See Apr 23 listing.

For adults. Meet up with other newcomers and long-term residents in Beijing to share fun, friendship and tales of living in the nation’s capital. See Apr 24 listing.

INN Monthly Meeting: Going Organic in Beijing

Labor Day

Tai Chi for Adults

Today is Labor Day (劳动节). Take advantage of the day off with a bike ride, a stroll through Gongti, or some indoor swimming. For more ideas, see Top Ten (p12).

For adults. Achieve mental, physical, and spiritual well-being with this “internal” martial art. See Apr 18 listing.



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For adults. Dr. Lyn Wren (International SOS) talks about the nutritional challenges associated with ages 0 to 36 months. See Apr 12 listing.

INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning: Shunyi

French Language Classes

For adults. Learn everything you need to know about going organic in China from a panel of guest speakers. See Apr 30 listing.

Parentcraft Classes: Nutrition Requirements for Infants and Growing Children

Pottery for Kids

Ages 7+. In this hands-on course, students learn how to create cups, pots, plates, and bowls on a pottery wheel. See Apr 18 listing.

Parentcraft Classes: Toilet Training

For adults. This International SOS session helps parents prepare their kids for toilet training. See May 3 listing.

PHOTOs: istolethetv, carnie lewis, and blw photography of flickr; courtesy of the ritz-carlton beijing, dandelion hiking and children’s house; and judy zhou

The Big Easter Interactive Family Carnival

All ages. Enjoy hot cross buns, chocolate praline tarts, vanilla mango eggs, and more for Easter. See Apr 6 listing.









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Easter Sunday

Ages 2-10. The New City Center hosts a morning of Easter fun, including an Easter egg hunt, egg decorating, Easter crafts, and carnival games. See Apr 7 listing.

Don’t know what to do for Easter Sunday? Don’t fret; we’ve got you covered with a host of brunches, promotions, and activities. See Dining (p27).

Ivy Schools Distinguished Speaker Series: Ann Bridgewater

Visit the Ming Tombs

For adults. Occupational therapist Ann Bridgewater addresses eating and sleeping in children. See Apr 14 listing.

Children’s House Cultural Exchange Day

All ages. The Children’s House Montessori Kindergarten hosts a morning of cultural exchange with world foods, crafts, and entertainment. See Apr 21 listing.

Got a day to kill? Walk through the Ming Tombs for a living history lesson. See Day Tripper (p40).

BSB Jumble Sale

All ages. The British School of Beijing’s Parents Association holds a jumble sale at the school’s Sanlitun campus to benefit Roundabout charities. See Apr 22 listing.

Spend the Day at an Organic Farm

The Hutong Heyrobics Health Rave

Drop by one of Beijing’s organic farms to pick your own produce and learn more about sustainable agriculture. For ideas on where to go, see Feature (p51).

Today is all about health, with Heyrobics sessions, running, a BBQ, drinks, talks, workshops, and more at The Hutong. See Apr 29 listing.

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Join beijingkids at Paulaner Brauhaus for some German-inspired spring fun. See May 5 listing.

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Find Those Easter Eggs

Easter is an annual Christian festival that traditionally marks the end of Lent, a 40day period of fasting and penance. The holiday is also celebrated in a secular way, with Easter egg decorating, egg hunts, gifts of chocolate, and a meeting with the Easter Bunny. This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 8. For a roundup of Easter brunches and activities, see Dining (p27).

Ring in the Spring with beijingkids’ Mai Fest


On May 5, beijingkids and Kempinski Hotel host a special Family Saturday Lunch as part of Maifest (May 2-6), a Bavarian spring tradition. Paulaner Brauhaus patrons can enjoy German music and food, a special kids’ menu, spring crafts, games, activities, and more. Did we mention the inflatable castle? For more details, see Events (p17).

April 22 marks Earth Day, a campaign to raise awareness of environmental issues. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now observed in 175 countries every year with activities like tree planting, nature crafts, environmental education, Earth Day fairs, and more. To make your home more energy-efficient, see Feature (p54).


Dust Off Your Bike for Spring

Start off the season on the right foot (wheel?) by taking your bike for a tune-up (调整) at your local shop. Take the family on a self-guided bike tour around the Lama Temple or Houhai for local flavor, Peking University’s sprawling campuses for peace and quiet, or Beihai along Fuyou Jie for romantic, tree-lined streets. If you’re the sporting kind, sign up for the third annual Bohai or Bust charity bike event taking place on April 14. For details, see Events (p15).


The Hutong Heyrobics Health Rave Challenge On April 29, The Hutong and Heyrobics team up for a day of health awareness and activities that mesh exercise, food, music, and drinks. Participants start off with a warm-up session at Ditan Park, then take a spin in a secret location for some Heyrobics. After that, they’ll run 4km through the parks and back alleys of Beijing to The Hutong, where there will be a barbecue, drinks, and music on the terrace. But wait, there’s more! There will also be activities, workshops, and interactive talks, as well as discounts on sports gear. For details, see Events (p16).



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photos: vince alongi and gadl of flickr; courtesy of kempinski hotel, the schoolhouse, and heyrobics


Take the Green Pledge for Earth Day

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Adopt Greener Methods at Home Spring cleaning is the practice of cleaning the house from top to bottom during the first warm days of the year. This is the time to get rid of unwanted clutter, donate old clothes and toys, and give your attention to all those little things that need fixing around the house. In keeping with Earth Day, find out how to make your own household cleaners (p61).


Trek Through the Ming Dynasty Tombs Located 50km north of central Beijing, the Ming Dynasty Tombs (明十三陵) are the resting place of 13 Ming emperors. Carefully laid out according to the principles of fengshui, the Tombs cover an area of 40sqkm and were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Currently, only three tombs are open to the public: Changling, Dingling, and Zhaoling. To find out more, see Day Tripper (p40).


Pick Your Own Veggies at an Organic Farm

photos: david crow and yatmandu of flickr; courtesy of huaxia farm; and judy zhou

Eating well is one of the biggest challenges of living in Beijing – particularly when kids are involved. Luckily, several organic farms around the city provide sustainable and pesticide-free products, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy products, and meat. Many of them rent out plots for individuals and families to grow their own produce, while others allow members to buy in to the farm through a CSA (communitysupported agriculture) model. To plan your visit, see Feature (p51).


Gallivant Through Gongti

Located a stone’s throw away from Sanlitun and Dongzhimen, the Gongti area is replete with kid-friendly venues and activities. Even if you’ve been here before, there’s bound to be new things to discover. Stop by Blue Zoo Beijing, Fundazzle, the French Cultural Centre, Gongti 100, Pizza Buona, and more with our What’s Fun In guide (p30).

Swim Like You Mean It


Can’t wait until the city’s outdoor pools open? Make a splash at one of these indoor venues: Merry Water World 摩锐水世界 Mon-Fri 1.30-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-10.30pm. RMB 98, RMB 60 (kids under 1.4m), free (kids under 1.2m). Weekends: RMB 138, RMB 60 (kids under 1.4m), free for kids under 1.2m. Tulip Garden Hot Spring Resort, Dongwei Lu, Chaoyang District (8433 0606 ext 5104) 朝阳区东苇路金盏郁金香温泉花园度假村 Splash Recreation Club 浪花俱乐部 Daily 6am-10pm. RMB 80, RMB 40 (kids 0.9-1.2m), free for kids under 0.9m. Sino-Swiss Hotel, 9 Xiao Tianzhu Nanlu, Shunyi District (6456 5588 ext 1217) 顺 义区小天竺南路 9 号国都大饭店 April 2012




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ing lot. Free. 9.30am-1pm. The International School of Beijing (8149 2345)

Easter Afternoon Tea at Rendez-Vous Bar and Lounge

International Festival Chorus:

All ages. Rendez-Vous Bar and Lounge offers freshly baked hot cross buns, chocolate praline tarts, vanilla mango eggs, and chocolate Easter bunnies. RMB 138 (plus 15% surcharge). 2.30-6pm. Kempinski Hotel (6465 3388 ext 4225,

Good Friday Service at the River of Grace All ages. The River of Grace Church hosts a Good Friday service for Easter. Please note that only foreign passport holders are accepted. Free. 7pm. The River of Grace Church (6466 1680)

Carmina Burana International Festival Chorus (IFC) kicks off its new choral season with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with a full symphony orchestra and more than 150 singers. Kids must be at least 1.2m to attend. RSVP essential. RMB 100-320. 7pm. Peking University Centennial Hall (188 1038 3624 English and Chinese,

Easter Afternoon Tea at Rendez-Vous Bar and Lounge See Apr 6 listing.

Sat, Apr 7

Easter Eggstravaganza Ages 2-10. The New City Center hosts a morning of Easter fun, complete with an egg hunt, egg decorating, crafts, carnival games, and more. RMB 50/family. 11am2pm. The New City Center (6475 1066,

Watercolor Class for Kids and Young Adults

ISB Car Boot Sale All ages. ISB holds a garage sale on wheels. Stop by and find treasures from people who are relocating, moving, or simply growing out of their old things. The sale takes place at ISB’s main park-



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Sun, Apr 8 Kranzler’s Grand Easter Brunch All ages. Kranzler’s Grand Easter Brunch includes an Easter egg hunt and a menu with roasted lamb, Australian rib eye beef, chocolate tarts, carrot and orange souffles, and more. RMB 498 (plus 15% surcharge). 11.30am3pm. Kranzler’s (6465 3388 ext 4222,

Comptoirs de France Easter Egg Hunt Ages 2-10. Comptoirs de France hosts a big Easter Egg Hunt, which kids can join by finding an invitation coupon in one of the cafe’s colored eggs. Prizes include a giant chocolate rooster, an XL hen, and other treats. Stop by any of Comptoirs’ locations for more info. Free. 9am-1.30pm. Comptoirs de France, East Lake Villas (6461 1525)

Easter Sunday Brunch with Live Jazz All ages. The Schoolhouse hosts an Easter brunch with face painting, egg hunts, and live jazz. The menu includes Easter ham, sausage and bacon, hash browns, cassoulet with white beans, and more. RMB 268, RMB 138 (ages 4-12), free for kids under 4. 11am-3pm. The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu (6162 6506,

The Ritz-Carlton’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Financial Street Ages 10 and under. For Easter, kids can

All ages. For Easter, the Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun has egg decorating and an Easter egg hunt for the kids, as well as a gourmet brunch. Each child will receive a special gift. RMB 288, free for kids under 1.2m. 11.30am-2pm. Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun (5993 8888, 400 886 2255)

or afternoon tea. Free. 1pm. Fairmont Beijing (8507 3630)

Eggciting Easter Bubbalicious Brunch All ages. The Westin Beijing Chaoyang offers the usual extensive buffet, plus an egg hunt and some extra Easter fun. RMB 428-498 (plus 15% surcharge). Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880)

Fizztastic Champagne Brunch All ages. For Easter, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing has a seasonal brunch and an egg hunt, along with the usual buffet stations, free flow champagne, and live music. Price TBA. 11.30am-3pm. Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411,

Festive Easter All ages. The Westin Beijing Financial Street’s Easter celebration includes a feast, Easter bunnies, and egg hunts. RMB 428, RMB 218 for kids (plus 15% surcharge). Senses, The Westin Beijing Financial Street (6629 7810/11)

Easter Afternoon Tea at Rendez-Vous Bar and Lounge See Apr 6 listing.

Mon, Apr 9 The Big Easter Interactive Family Carnival See Apr 8 listing.

Tue, Apr 10

The Big Easter Interactive Family Carnival

The British School of Beijing Extended Reading Parent Workshop

Ages 3-6. Family Box hosts a two-day carnival for Easter with activities like face painting, Easter egg hunting, dancing, performances, egg decorating, and more. RMB 580/family, RMB 100 per extra adult, free for members. 3-7pm. Family Box Educational and Recreational Center (6478 6163)

For adults. This free parent workshop is designed to inform and help the parents of normal and able readers in Years 4, 5 and 6. The workshop teaches parents how to continue their child’s reading development after they have developed basic comprehension. The session looks at developing inference and deduction by looking at sample texts and questions. Free. 9-10am. British School of Beijing Shunyi Campus (8047 3588)

Easter Sunday Service at the River of Grace All ages. The River of Grace Church hosts an Easter Sunday service. Please note that only foreign passport holders are accepted. Free. 10am. The River of Grace Church (6466 1680)

Easter Sunday Brunch at Hilton Beijing Capital Airport All ages. The Easter edition of Hilton Beijing Capital Airport’s Sunday brunch features roasted lamb, hot cross buns, a chocolate egg hunt, egg painting, and more. RMB 348-418. 11.30am-3pm. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport (6458 8888)

Easter Egg Hunt at Fairmont Beijing All ages. Search for eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, and enjoy optional brunch

Wed, Apr 11 Great Wall Hiking at Yaoziyu Ages 14+. This 3.5-hour, 8km hike takes participants off the beaten path, through orchards, cornfields, and the steps of the partially-restored Yaoziyu section of the Great Wall. The hike includes lunch in one of the watch towers. RMB 450. 9am-6pm. Dandelion Hiking (156 5220 0950,

Myers-Briggs for Parents For adults. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a widely-used personality assessment. Anna McKay leads a four-session workshop series where parents will take the MBTI test, learn about their personality type and how this contributes to parenting style

photo: courtesy of kempinski hotel

This class covers the basics of watercolor painting, including how to control the medium’s water level, color coordination, and expressing different textures. RMB 900 (materials not included). 1-3pm. Oriental LiO Chinese Tutors Culture Center (8776 5418,

All ages. Kids can join an Easter egg hunt and receive an exclusive chocolate of the Ritz-Carlton Easter Bunny. The brunch features international cuisines (including Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Western) in an open kitchen setting. RMB 588, free for kids under 12. 11.30am-2pm. The Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8161)

Eater Day Champagne Brunch at Valley Cafe

Easter at the Great Wall 2012

Ages 14+. Hike the the Great Wall, have dinner at a local restaurant, and take a dip in the hotsprings. RMB 1,100. 9.30am1pm the next day. Dandelion Hiking (156 5220 0950,

Aroma Easter Brunch at the Ritz-Carlton Beijing

All ages. JW Marriott Hotel Beijing has more than 20 buffet stations with seafood, ham, French cheeses, and kid-friendly options. The highlight of the brunch is an outdoor grill. There will also be a visit from the Easter bunny, with face painting, a clowns and stilts show, and an egg hunt. RMB 688, free for kids under 12. 11.30am-3.30pm. JW Marriott Hotel Beijing (5908 6688)

For adults. At Eliott’s corner, share stories, experiences, and resources with other parents with kids with special needs and professionals who work with them. Free. 10-11am. Eliott’s Corner (6461 6283,

Great Wall Hiking and Hotspring

participate in the Easter Egg Hunt with 1,500 eggs to discover, meet the Easter bunny, and enjoy a petting zoo. Follow up the hunt with an Easter Sunday champagne brunch or an Italian-style luncheon. RSVP essential. Prices vary. 11-11.30am. The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street (6601 6666)

Asia Bistro Super Brunch on Easter Sunday

Support Group Meeting at Eliott’s Corner

All ages. For Easter, The Brickyard has a special room rate for two people. The package includes a one-night stay in a superior queen Great Wall view room, breakfast in the Lodge, and Easter brunch at The Schoolhouse. RMB 1,988/two people. The Brickyard Inn and Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall (6162 6506,

Readers are encouraged to double-check event details with the organizers as dates and locations may change.

and emotional intelligence, and recognize their child’s personality type and learning style. The price includes the assessment, an educational booklet, and four workshops. RMB 1,200. 10amnoon. The Familier 798 (5869 2904,

Toddler Food Battles Workshop For adults. Nutritionist and beijingkids columnist Olivia Lee talks about how to deal with the feeding challenges that many parents and caregivers face with toddlers. Designed for the parents and caregivers of kids aged 11 months to 2 years. The workshop includes a printed workbook, info pack, homemade snacks, tea, and coffee. RSVP essential. RMB 200/person, RMB 300/couple. 10amnoon. China Central Place Apartments (

Thu, Apr 12 INN Trekkie For adults. One of INN’s most popular monthly events takes adventuresome Trekkers on a new destination every month. Join new friends and explore the secret gems of Beijing together during these fun and relaxed Trekkies. INN Trekkies are usually held during the second week of each month. This months’ trip takes participants to Yuyuantan Park’s Cherry Blossom Festival. RSVP essential. Free. 9.30am-2pm. Yuyuantan Park (

Parentcraft Classes: Nutrition Requirements for Infants and Growing Children For adults. Back by popular demand, International SOS’ Parencraft series is facilitated by Dr. Stephanie Teoh and the clinic’s team of child specialists. This seven-week series of classes addresses topics relating to babies’ and children’s needs. For this session, Dr. Lyn Wren talks about the nutrition requirements of children 0-36 months of age, including introducing solids, food sensitivity and intolerances, and fussy eaters. RSVP essential. RMB 200/session, RMB 1,000/ seven sessions (non-members); RMB 100/session, RMB 500/seven sessions (members). Beijing International SOS Clinic (

Fri, Apr 13 ISB Presents The Wiz ISB’s Performing Arts Department presents The Wiz, a play adapted from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. There are four shows in total. Free. 3pm (Apr 13 and 20), 7pm (Apr 14 and 21). The International School of Beijing (8149 2345)

Support Group Meeting for Parents with Children with Special Needs See Apr 6 listing.

Sat, Apr 14 Swimming at Dulwich Ages 3-18. The MultiSport swim program teaches the fundamentals of water safety and develops the skills necessary to swim efficiently, gracefully, and with confidence. Kids can advance through the

Amateur Swimming Association badge award scheme. MultiSport coaches are all ASA or AusSwim qualified. The coach will assess all children on the first week and assign levels according to ability. RMB 1,035+ (nine-week course). 9am-noon. Dulwich College Beijing, Legend Garden Campus (6454 9000)

Toddler Jia You Football Ages 2-3. This program allows kids to get a first taste of soccer with their parents’ guidance. The aim is to build confidence, coordination, and social skills. These 45minute sessions focus on learning soccer skills in a fun environment. Parent/helper assistant required. RMB 600 (eight-week course). 9-10.15am. Dulwich College Beijing, Riviera Main Campus (5454 9127/9019,

Departing from China with Pets For adults. If you’re departing China with pets, it’s never too early to start planning. ICVS experts share step-by-step instructions on the exit process and vaccination requirements to help you leave Beijing with pets, including regulations for China, the EU, North America, and Asia. Free. 11am-noon. ICVS (8456 1939/40/41,

Ivy Schools Distinguished Speaker Series: Ann Bridgewater For adults. Ivy Schools’ Distinguished Speaker Series brings speakers from all over the world for talks and workshops. This edition features Ann Bridgewater, an occupational therapist with ten years’ experience at The Child Development Centre at Matilda in Hong Kong. The topic of her talk is eating and sleeping in children. Free. 2-5pm. Beijing Landmark Towers (6590 6688)

Third Annual Bohai or Bust Charity Bike Event All ages. The Schoolhouse hosts the third annual Bohai or Bust charity bike event, where participants are invited to bike on self-guided paths throughout rural Bohai Township in Mutianyu. The event raises money for the elderly of Bohai Township. Cyclists can rent a bike or bring their own, and bike routes are divided into 11km, 32km, and 72km. RMB 160-230, RMB 110-180 (kids under 13). Time TBA. The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu (

Bohai or Bust Sleepover 2012 If you’re taking part in the Bohai or Bust charity biking festival, stay the night and enjoy a massage after an afternoon of cycling. The Brickyard’s promotion includes transportation to and from Beijing for two people, a superior queen Great Wall view room, a bottle of Prosecco sparkling wine, breakfast at the Lodge, 60-minute Chinese massages, and more. Three day advanced booking required. RMB 2,188/two people. The Brickyard Inn and Retreat Center (6162 6506,

WAB’s Fourth Annual Beijing in Bloom Gala For adults. The Western Academy of Beijing is hosting the fourth annual Beijing in Bloom gala to benefit the school’s China Engagement Program and Miao Liang Environmental Education Center. Guests are encouraged to wear Chinese-inspired evening wear for the

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event and are entitled to a discounted room rate at the Renaissance Hotel. RMB 1,000/person, RMB 9,500/table of ten, RMB 750/person (WAB staff). 6-9.30pm. Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel (5986 5588)

Spring Fling: Aofan Sailing Club Open Day Join Aofan Sailing Club for its opening day and try out sailing before signing up for a course or membership. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day out. RSVP essential. Free. 10am, 1pm, and 3pm. Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park (139 1046 5950, 5949 4599,

Toddler Food Battles Workshop See Apr 11 listing.

See Apr 7 listing.

ISB Presents The Wiz See Apr 13 listing.

Mon, Apr 16

Tue, Apr 17 INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning: Sanlitun For adults. INN’s Neighborhood Coffee Mornings are social events held at local cafes that bring together newcomers and old China hands. Sanlitun Coffee Mornings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. Free. 10amnoon. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

Mini Tennis Red

Drama Classes at Dulwich

Legs, Tums, and Bums For adults. Led by qualified fitness instructor Natalie Craig, this low-impact class strengthens legs, tummies, and bottoms to support back, knees, and hips – which helps improve posture and core muscles. RMB 960 (eight-week course). 2-3pm. Dulwich College Beijing, Riviera Main Campus (6454 9127/9019,

Tennis at Dulwich Ages 7+. Kate Flavelle is a Level 3 LTA qualified coach from the UK and was named Coach of the Year for her contribution in her last school in Cornwall. She leads this program for students to develop tennis skills and learn the right techniques. Students will be divided according to age and ability. RMB 1,120 (eight-week course). 3.404.40pm. Dulwich College Beijing, Legend Garden Campus (6454 9127/9019,

Ballet at Dulwich Ages 7+. Professionally trained by the Royal Ballet School in London, Natalie Craig teaches students to enjoy dance. Techniques are designed to improve posture, strength and grace. Natalie has been working with children for the past four years, as well as being ISTD & RAD certified in several dance disciplines. RMB 960 (eight-week course). 3.404.40pm. Dulwich College Beijing, Legend Garden Campus (6454 9127/9019,

Music and Storytelling Ages 3-5. Lisa is a Dulwich music teacher and has taught at international schools for ten years. This popular, funfilled music activity for young children has participants singing, moving, and exploring a variety of percussion instruments. RMB 920 (eight-week course).


3.40-4.40pm. Dulwich College Beijing, Riviera Main Campus (6454 9127/9019,

Ages 5-7. Mini Tennis Red is a class designed for ages 5-7. The qualified coach has level 1 and 2 ITF coaching certifications and a PTR certification, and introduces tennis-specific games to improve coordination, motor skills, movement, and technique. RMB 1,400 (eight-week course). 3.40-4.40pm or 4.45-5.45pm. Dulwich College Beijing, Riviera Main Campus (6454 9127/9019,

Watercolor Class for Kids and Young Adults



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Ages 5-8. This course encompasses developmental drama activities aimed at increasing the confidence, self-esteem, and verbal skills of all students. Helen O’Grady Children’s Drama Academy was founded over 26 years ago in Australia and now works with schools internationally. RMB 920 (eight-week course). 3.40-4.40pm. Dulwich College Beijing, Riviera Main Campus (6454 9127/9019,

Wed, Apr 18 Tai Chi for Adults For adults. Tai chi is a practice of meditation within movement, a series of movements performed in a slow relaxed and harmonised way. It is the Taoist path to mental, physical, and spiritual well-being as well as being a powerful “internal” martial art. RMB 880 (eight-week course). 6.50-7.50am. Dulwich College Beijing, Riviera Main Campus (6454 9127/9019,

Great Wall Camping at Panglongshan Ages 14+. This hike starts off with a lunch prepared by local farmers, then a walk to the Wild great Wall. Participants will pass by several watch and beacon towers, discover bullet holes and pottery, and learn about the different building styles throughout the dynasties. Later in the day, hikers pitch their tents to make some dinner, have a drink, and watch the sunset. RMB 850. 9am11pm. Dandelion Hiking (156 5220 0950,

Pottery for Kids Ages 7+. Kids learn how to create cups, pots, plates, and bowls on a pottery wheel during this interactive course. They learn structure,

Looking for more family-friendly events in Beijing? Visit us online at form, and shape and have the opportunity to work use glazes and fire their work in an onsite kiln. All materials included. RSVP essential. RMB 920 (eight-week course). 3.40-4 .40pm. Dulwich College Beijing, Legend Garden Campus (6454 9127/9019,

Myers-Briggs for Parents See Apr 11 listing.

Thu, Apr 19 INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning: Shunyi For adults. INN’s Neighborhood Coffee Mornings are social events held at local cafes that bring together newcomers and old China hands. Shunyi Coffee Mornings are held on the third Thursday of each month. Free. 10am-noon. Starbucks Pinnacle Plaza (8046 4360)

Swimming at Dulwich See Apr 14 listing.

Toddler Food Battles Workshop See Apr 11 listing.

Sun, Apr 22 BSB Jumble Sale All ages. The British School of Beijing’s Parents Association holds a jumble sale at the Sanlitun campus to benefit Roundabout’s charities. Free. 10am-2pm. BSB Sanlitun Campus (8532 3088)

Mon, Apr 23 French Language Classes

Support Group Meeting for Parents with Children with Special Needs

Ages 7+. The Alliance Française comes to Dulwich College to give beginner and intermediate French classes. Students will develop speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. RMB 1,600 (eight-week course). 3.30-4.30pm (beginner), 4.30-5.30pm (intermediate). Dulwich College Beijing, Legend Garden Campus (6454 9127/9019,

See Apr 6 listing.

Music and Storytelling

ISB Presents The Wiz

See Apr 16 listing.

See Apr 13 listing.

Legs, Tums, and Bums

Fri, Apr 20

Sat, Apr 21

See Apr 16 listing.

Ballet at Dulwich

Children’s House Cultural Exchange Day

See Apr 16 listing.

All ages. The Children’s House Montessori Kindergarten hosts a morning of cultural exchange through world foods, crafts, and entertainment. This is a charity event, with all money going towards helping Couleurs de Chine. RMB 20. 10am-noon. The Children’s House Jianguomen Campus (653 58129, 6505 3869)

See Apr 13 listing.

CLCB Spring Fair and Open House For toddlers and parents. Children’s Learning Center Beijing hosts a Spring Fair and Open Day with snacks, a bake sale, and a bazaar with a variety of items for sale, including gently used toys and books. There will also be a kids’ performance, a Zumba class for adults, face painting, and more. Free. 10am-noon. CLCB (8046 7062,

Registering Dogs in Beijing: A Step-by-Step Guide For adults. ICVS experts share step-bystep instructions on the dog registration process and vaccination requirements, including dog size restrictions, the benefits of registration, and dog health. Free. 11am-noon. ICVS (8456 1939/40/41,

Toddler Jia You Football See Apr 14 listing.

ISB Presents The Wiz

Tue, Apr 24 INN Night Out For adults. INN Night Out events are held on the last Tuesday of each month and are for newcomers who cannot attend daytime INN events. Meet up with other newcomers and long-term residents in Beijing to share fun, friendship and tales of living in the nation’s capital. RSVP required by April 22. Price TBD. 7-9pm. Kashgar (

Mini Tennis Red See Apr 17 listing.

Drama Classes at Dulwich See Apr 17 listing.

Wed, Apr 25 Pottery for Kids See Apr 18 listing.

Tai Chi for Adults See Apr 18 listing.

Myers-Briggs for Parents See Apr 11 listing.

Fri, Apr 27

Fri, May 4

Support Group Meeting for Parents with Children with Special Needs

Support Group Meeting for Parents with Children with Special Needs

See Apr 6 listing.

See Apr 6 listing.

Sun, Apr 29 The Hutong Heyrobics Health Rave The Hutong Heyrobics Health Rave brings together the best of four worlds: exercise, food, music, and drink. The day starts at Ditan Park with a warm-up session led by Heyrobics instructors. Participants jaunt off to a secret location for a heart-pumping session of Heyrobics, then run another 4km through the parks and back alleys of Beijing to The Hutong, where they are welcomed with a barbecue, drinks, and music, as well as a series of activities, workshops, and interactive talks. RMB 100. 9am-6pm. The Hutong (6404 3355, 159 0104 6127,

Mon, Apr 30 INN Monthly Meeting: Going Organic in Beijing For adults. INN hosts a panel of organic farmers, dairy producers, retailers, and organic food movement leaders. Guest speakers talk about China’s “organic standards” and what local farmers and green movement aficionados are doing to create healthier, safer foods and products for the community. The price of entry covers tea, coffee, and pastries. RMB 50. 10am-noon. The Capital Club Athletic Center (

Music and Storytelling See Apr 16 listing.

Wed, May 2 Pottery for Kids See Apr 18 listing.

Tai Chi for Adults

Sat, May 5 Maifest Family Saturday Lunch All ages. beijingkids and Kempinski Hotel a German-inspired Family Saturday Lunch (part of Maifest, May 2-6). The event features Bavarian music and food, a special children’s menu, games, crafts, activities for the entire family, and a bouncy castle. Free for restaurant patrons. 11am-3pm. Paulaner Brauhaus (6465 3388 ext 5732)

First Lego League at BSB The First Lego League competition between international schools takes place at the British School of Beijing’s Shunyi campus. Students build and program NXT Mindstorm robots to complete a series of timed challenges. Free. 10am-1pm. Duke of York Theatre, BSB Shunyi (186 1132 0645,

Swimming at Dulwich See Apr 14 listing.

Toddler Jia You Football See Apr 14 listing.

Sun, May 6 Super Mom Package For moms. Until May 13, Hummingbird Therapeutic Retreat and The Wellness Spa by Hummingbird are offering a Mother’s Day special: a 60-minute aromatherapy body massage, a 30minute head and shoulder massage, and a basic manicure for one low price. Advance booking required. RMB 380. Daily 10am-midnight. Hummingbird Therapeutic Retreat and The Wellness Spa by Hummingbird (6597 9119)

Mon, May 7

See Apr 18 listing.

French Language Classes

Myers-Briggs for Parents

See Apr 23 listing.

See Apr 11 listing.

Music and Storytelling

Thu, May 3

See Apr 16 listing.

Legs, Tums, and Bums

Parentcraft Classes: Toilet Training

See Apr 16 listing.

For adults. Back by popular demand, International SOS’ Parencraft series is facilitated by Dr. Stephanie Teoh and the clinic’s team of child specialists. This seven-week series of classes addresses topics relating to babies’ and children’s needs. Toilet Training covers recognizing signs of readiness, preparing your child for toilet training, and common challenges. RSVP essential. RMB 200/session, RMB 1,000/seven sessions (non-members); RMB 100/ session, RMB 500/seven sessions (members). Beijing International SOS Clinic (

See Apr 16 listing.

Ballet at Dulwich Tennis at Dulwich See Apr 16 listing.

Tue, May 8 Drama Classes at Dulwich See Apr 17 listing.

Mini Tennis Red See Apr 17 listing.

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April 2012

Living Snapshot

photos: nature zhang

Parents in Style

interviews by Sijia Chen and Phoebe Middleton

Jane Farrelly

Monica Caamaño

Andrea Schlotman

Thierry Nath

Where are you from? Australia What is your occupation? I’m a teacher at Beijing City International School (BCIS). How many children do you have? Two boys: Louis (26) and Leo (8). Leo goes to BCIS. How long have you been living in Beijing? Six years Where do you like to shop? Zara, H&M, Sanlitun Village, and Qiancaohua in Nali Mall. For Leo, we go to Zara, Uniqlo, and Yashow Market. Where do you like to eat? Element Fresh, Alameda, Capital M, and SALT What’s your favorite spot in Beijing? We like the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall. Where is your outfit from? My scarf is from H&M, my jacket is from Uniqlo, and my boots are from Decathlon. Favorite park: Tuanjiehu Park

Where are you from? Spain What is your occupation? Therapist How many children do you have? Two: Betelihem (7) and Adanech (12). They both attend the British School of Beijing. How long have you been living in Beijing? One year Where do you like to shop? We go to Sanlitun Village and Solana. Where do you like to eat? Element Fresh What’s your favorite spot in Beijing? Bookshops like Xinhua Bookstore Where is your outfit from? My coat is from Decathlon and my bag and shoes are from Spain. Favorite outdoor activity: Cycling and ice skating Favorite park: Chaoyang Park

Where are you from? US What is your occupation? Stay-at-home mom How many children do you have? Two. They’re 7 and 4, and attend Tianjin International School. How long have you been living in Beijing? We’ve been living in Tianjin for seven months. Where do you like to shop? The various markets, such as Yashow Market Where do you like to eat? Western restaurants like Grandma’s Kitchen What’s your favorite spot in Beijing? The Legend of Kung Fu at the Red Theater Where is your outfit from? Motherhood [from the US] Favorite outdoor activity: Cycling Favorite park: Taifeng Park in Tianjin

Where are you from? France What is your occupation? Manager How many children do you have? I have a son, André (18 months). How long have you been living in Beijing? 10 years Where do you like to shop? For André, I go to Mothercare and Uniqlo. Where do you like to eat? Olas Tapas Cafe What’s your favorite spot in Beijing? 798 Art District Describe your style. Casual Where is your outfit from? Decathlon Favorite outdoor activity: Tennis Favorite park: Chaoyang Park and Si’de Park

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What’s Happening in Beijing BabyGro Opens New Store in Shunyi On March 17, BabyGro launched a second store at the Cathay View shopping mall next to Beijing Riviera to better serve Shunyi customers. The new location will continue to sell imported maternity, baby, and toddler gear, but focuses on big items like strollers and car seats. Exclusive Shunyi branch products include German car seat brand Recaro and UK stroller brand Micralite. “Now, our Shunyi customers have a much closer option available to them and won’t need to trek downtown,” says founder Johanna Selth. “We are very excited about the expansion and the new international brands we are bringing to Beijing this spring.” 1) Daily 10am-7pm, Shop 9-105b Central Park, 6 Chaowai Lu, Chaoyang District (6597 0717) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国际9号楼105B号; 2) Wed-Sun 10am-5pm, Cathay View, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu (next to Beijing Riviera Villas), Chaoyang District (8470 1690) 朝阳区香江北路 2号(香江花园旁边)观唐

Introducing the Gung-Ho! Kids Pizza School

RMB 80 per child. Tue-Thu and Sat 2-5pm. Shop 2, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (5135 8557, 叫板美食 比萨, 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际 公寓公建2号



April 2012

New Social Studies Teacher at THIS Tsinghua International School (THIS) welcomed social studies teacher Deborah Kapraun at the beginning of the semester. She will be teaching Ancient World History to Grade 7 students and World History to Grade 10 students. Kapraun joins THIS from the International Academy of Beijing (IAB), where she was a faculty member for six years. During that time, she taught Grade 5, middle school language arts, social studies, and several high school electives.

photos: courtesy of THIS, gung-ho! Pizza, and babygro

Got a birthday party coming up? Gung-Ho! Pizza can help. The company has introduced a brand-new pizza-making class for kids. Gung-Ho! takes care of the dough, sauces, and cooking, while kids get to choose their own pizza toppings. Classes include a 60-minute pizza making class for 6 to 12 kids (ages 5+) at Gung-Ho! Pizza Lido, a Chinesespeaking or bilingual teacher, one special kid-size pizza base per child with a selection of toppings, and a soft drink each for up to three adults.

Living Noticeboard

Care for Children Welcomes Dr. Maranda Sze

photos: courtesy of eliott’ corner, cfcs, and isb; judy zhou

Family therapist Dr. Maranda Sze is the newest addition to Care for Children Family Services Clinic’s staff. A native of Hong Kong, Dr. Sze has been living in Beijing for the past five years. Since completing her PhD, she has served local and expat families in the field of mental health. Dr. Sze offers individual and family counseling in Mandarin, English, and Cantonese, and is trained in the Watch, Wait, and Wonder therapeutic model.

Home Plate Bar-B-Que Named Restaurant of the Year Home Plate Bar-B-Que’s hearty American fare earned the eatery the Restaurant of the Year (non-Chinese) prize at the Beijinger’s 2012 Reader Restaurant Awards. This Liangma Qiao restaurant boasts plenty of family-friendly options, including the famous pulled-pork sandwich and finger-licking barbecued ribs. Other good choices include the kids’ hamburgers, quesadillas, fresh-baked cookies, and comforting cornbread. So what are you waiting for? Drop by and experience the southern hospitality first-hand. Daily 11am-10pm. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (5128 5584) 大垒美国餐, 朝阳区霄云路35号

Eliott’s Corner Moves to a Bigger Location On April 1, Eliott’s Corner moved to larger facilities at Condo 360 off Dongsihuan Beilu. There are four dedicated therapy rooms: two gross motor/sensory rooms, one fine motor activity room, and one speech/ language room. The new location also has a private waiting area for parents. Eliott’s Corner is also expanding its support group for families with special needs kids to weekly Friday morning meetings. Unit 19-05, Block 2, Condo 360, 10 Dongsihuan Beilu (northeast corner of Dongfeng Beiqiao), Chaoyang District (6461 6283, 朝阳区 东四环北路10号瞰都国际2号楼19-05室(东风北桥 东北角)

ISB Student Filmmakers Nominated for International Awards Two documentaries by International School of Beijing students were nominated in four categories at the inaugural THIMUN Qatar Northwestern University Film Festival in Doha. The films are Ishinomaki by Chris Hwa, Josh On, and Michael Ren, and Chai by Tyler Payne and Shayan Kashani. The three-day film festival focuses on advocacy films on local or global issues and features seminars, discussions with filmmakers, cultural activities, and a gala awards evening. Ishinomaki tells the story of a refugee camp in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, while Chai covers the destruction of Baixinzhuang village.

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Health Ms. Nutrition


Kitchen Conservations

wo years ago in the September 2010 issue of beijingkids, I wrote about reducing your carbon footprint by simply not eating meat once a week. It takes 68 times more energy to produce beef than to produce an equivalent amount of potatoes, so eating vegetarian one day a week is more than just an empty gesture. You can make a real difference. The Meatless Monday movement has taken off since its launch in 2003, and you can find supporters worldwide. For many families, it is a sustainable and fun way of doing something good for the planet’s health as well as for their own. In fact, it has been touted as a more effective effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than my second suggestion of eating locally-grown food. If you switch from energy-intensive bottled water to filtered tap water, you can make a considerable impact. To add brownie points to your good planetary citizen karma bank, here are a few more suggestions: • Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. If you see blueberries at the market in winter, they’ve probably been flown to Beijing from somewhere in the southern hemisphere. In late winter and early spring here, you are better off getting your dose of antioxidants from local strawberries grown in the many organic hot houses in the northern suburbs of Beijing. • Second, drop processed foods altogether – or as much as you can. Nutritionally speaking, processed foods are one of the greatest contributors to modern day health risks such as heart disease and

What you choose to eat and drink has the greatest impact on the resources used obesity. Environmentally, processing foods requires trucking in the raw materials and energy to produce, package and distribute them. • What if you’re already doing all of the above? Sometimes a little kitchen DIY can also benefit your health and the environment. Try freezing your locally-grown, organic chicken carcasses and using them for stock. When making the broth, add a spoonful of vinegar to it, simmer for a few hours to leach important minerals out of the bones and into the broth. Pour the finished broth into a wide-rimmed bowl or pan to cool before putting it into the fridge or freezing it in ice cube trays. You can then pop a cube or two into your favorite dishes for flavoring, and save money and energy that would otherwise go into canned or packaged broth. • Finally, remember to close the door between the kitchen and your air-conditioned living area this summer, and think before you open the fridge door. It will save even more energy. What you choose to eat and drink has the greatest impact on the planet’s resources; even small steps can add up.

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



April 2012

Health The Doc Is In

Keeping Toxic Plastics Under Wraps


ood safety is a chronic concern for everyone in China. After news stories about China’s cheap chemical-laden takeaway boxes and Bisphenol A (BPA) in children’s drinking cups and bottles, I have become more cautious about my choice of plastics. At first, my family used only polyethylene-rated (PE) plastic for keeping leftovers, but we eventually converted to glass-only containers. Glass is safer than plastic to microwave and is a sounder environmental choice. We are all bombarded with potentially toxic chemicals from what we eat, breathe, and drink; we should do everything we can to minimize the potential risks. Plastics, especially BPA, are a clear example of ubiquitous objects that research suggests may carry unintended health effects such as infertility, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. There is

We are all bombarded with potentially toxic chemicals also an official position paper from 2009 by the US Endocrine Society that recommends reducing exposure to BPA and other “endocrinedisrupting agents.” Here are simple things we can do at home to ensure food safety: • Switch all your plastic food containers to glass. • Only use plastic cling wrap that says “PE” on the label. Minimize contact of plastic wrap with food to minimize leaching of chemicals and avoid microwaving food (especially liquids) with a plastic wrap cover. • Immediately transfer restaurant leftovers into glass containers at home. Many plastic containers leach dangerous chemicals into the food. • Never reheat your leftovers or eat directly from the takeaway plastic containers, as the leaching effect is dramatically higher when exposed to heat. • If you choose to use plastic containers, look closely at the plastic coding system (that triangle on the bottom with a number from 1 to 7 in the middle). Avoid numbers 3, 6 and 7; choose 1, 2, 4 or 5 instead. • Minimize your intake of canned foods, because the plastic lining can leach into the contents. • Chopstick hygiene is another big food safety and environmental issue in China. Plastic or metal chopsticks at a restaurant are a much safer choice than the reuseable wooden ones, which are very difficult to completely wash of all bacteria and viruses. This is also true of your home’s wooden cutting boards and cooking utensils. Disposable wooden chopsticks are far more hygienic, but pose an enormous burden on the environment. I prefer to use my own portable chopsticks from Muji. These metal chopsticks unscrew in the middle and collapse into a nice small box to carry around. These environmental precautions can protect you and your family, as well as the environment.

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

April 2012




Make Mine Veggie Crafting a well-balanced vegetarian or vegan diet for your child by Ember Swift


f you are choosing to raise your child as a vegetarian or vegan, you are destined to be questioned. Most people don’t know enough about nutrition to be able to challenge the status quo of a meat-based diet. Lacto-ovo vegetarianism is a diet that includes dairy products and eggs but excludes fish, seafood and any kind of meat. Veganism additionally excludes any products that are derived from animals, such as milk, eggs and honey. Here are some important statistics to have in your arsenal when you are challenged: • Westerners eat 2 to 2.5 times more meat per person than the average global citizen (The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). • Several of the top meat-consuming countries are also among the top 20 in terms of global annual rates of heart disease, obesity, and cancer (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development Health Data 2011; World Cancer Research Fund). • Most Westerners eat an average of 50 percent more protein than their bodies need. An excess of protein causes increased strain on the kidneys, among other health issues (Simply Vegan). • Animal-based proteins are harder for the human body to absorb than plant-based proteins. This is called protein “useability;” plantbased proteins are more “useable” by our bodies, so you don’t need as much (Nutribody Protein). • A meat-based diet has positive environmental impact, as it requires 2.9 times more water, 2.5 times more primary energy, 13 times more fertilizer, and 1.4 times more pesticide than a vegetarian diet (University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Journal: “Vegetarianism and the Environment: The Need for Sustainable Diets”). Because China is just starting to catch up to Western cultures with its rising meat consumption, choosing to go vegetarian for families is less popular here. We need to be industrious when it comes to providing healthy, balanced meals outside of a meat-centric paradigm. Protein Everyone will immediately express concern that your children are going to lack protein. Have no fear; it is very difficult to become proteindeficient in a country that is not experiencing famine, particularly if care is taken to include to a diversity of foods in your child’s diet. Below is a table with combined research findings from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine, National Academies. It outlines some vital protein, iron and calcium requirements for children:

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Iron DRI (milligrams/ day)

Calcium DRI (milligrams/ day)

Infants 0–6 mo 7–12 mo Children

9.1 13.5

0.27 11

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1–3 years 4–8 years Adolescents

13 19

7 10

* 800

9–13 years



1000 (male) 800 (female)

14–18 years


11 (male) 15 (female)

1000 (male) 700 (female)

Protein-Rich Food Suggestions for Vegans: 1 cup of cooked dried beans = 12g protein 1 cup of soy milk or soy yogurt = 7g protein 4 ounces of tofu = 9g protein 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or peanuts = 4g protein 1 slice of bread = 3g protein ½ cup of oatmeal = 15g protein Additional Food Suggestions for Vegetarians: 1 cup of milk = 8g protein 1 egg = 6g protein 100 grams of cheddar cheese (3.5 ounces) = 25g protein B12 As paleo-oriented nutritionist Olivia Lee points out: “There are no readily available plant sources [of B12] in the market here, so strict vegans will need [regular] blood tests [to ensure adequate levels]. photo:sui


Protein DRI (grams/ day)

Note: Daily Reference Intakes (DRIs) have been developed since 1996 by the Food and Nutrition Board, Commission on Life Sciences, and the National Research Council, to replace the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs). *Not enough study has been done regarding pre-pubescent children and calcium requirements, but The American Academy of Pediatrics states that “intake levels of about 800 mg/day [of calcium] are associated with adequate bone mineral accumulation in prepubertal children (4–8 years of age).”

The Veggie Table in Wudaoying Hutong serves up an immense variety of tasty vegan fare


Age/life stage group

For lacto-ovo vegetarians, egg yolks, skim milk powder, cheeses that are ripened with bacteria or molds are good sources. The only plant source of B12 is from tempeh (fermented soy beans).” Many vegans take a B12 supplement or consume fortified products like soymilk or breakfast cereal that contains B12. Another source is nutritional yeast, an excellent starting place for a cheese-like vegan sauce, but it can be difficult to find in Beijing. Shoppers should try looking at health food stores like Lohao City. Iron We must ensure that vegetarian or vegan children consume adequate sources of iron. Olivia Lee explains that iron deficiency is dangerous because of its connection to cognitive development. There is no outward evidence of deficiency until it is already too late. Keep in mind the need to maximize iron absorption. The consumption of calcium-rich foods at the same time as iron-rich ones hinders iron absorption. It’s best to wait half an hour before or after eating iron-rich foods before introducing dairy products. Also, studies have shown that cooking in cast iron pots actually increases the iron content of your culinary concoction. And yes, it’s safe! While dark green leafy vegetables are commonly considered to be high in iron, this iron is not easily absorbed by our bodies, explains Lee. Iron-Rich Food Suggestions for Vegetarians and Vegans from “12 Top Vegan Iron Sources”: ½ cup of cooked soybeans = 4.4mg iron 1 ounce of pumpkin seeds = 4.2mg iron ½ cup of tomato paste = 3.9mg iron ½ cup of white beans = 3.9mg iron ½ cup of tofu = 1.8mg iron ½ cup of cooked spinach = 3.2mg iron 2 tbsp of blackstrap molasses = 7mg iron 1 cup of cooked oatmeal = 1.6mg iron Vitamin C To increase the amount of iron absorbed from a meal, serve food containing vitamin C as part of the meal, such as citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, and broccoli.

Calcium Concerned onlookers will most readily ask after your vegan child’s calcium intake. Milk and other dairy products are a fine source for vegetarians. For vegans, Reed Mangels, author of Calcium in the Vegan Diet, suggests some plant-based sources of calcium: Calcium-Rich Food Suggestions for Vegans 1 cup broccoli = 94mg calcium 1 cup of cooked soybeans = 175mg calcium ¼ cup of almonds = 89mg calcium 1 cup of soymilk = 80mg calcium 1 cup of bok choy = 158mg calcium 2 tbsp of tahini = 128mg calcium Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids Omega-3 fatty acids, which are plentiful in meats, are essential for good health and should be actively introduced in their non-meat forms. They boost the nervous, immune, reproductive and cardiovascular systems and are important in cell membrane formation and function. Good sources of Omegas-3 are hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, brazil nuts, wheat germ, wheat germ oil, flax seed oil, and walnuts, to name a few. Zinc Non-meat sources of zinc are more difficult for human bodies to absorb. According to The National Institute of Health, one way to make plant zinc more absorbable is by “soaking beans, grains, and seeds in water for several hours before cooking them or allowing them to sit after soaking until sprouts form.” It is also good to consume leavened grain foods, like bread rather than crackers. While it may be more of a challenge to raise children on a vegetarian or vegan diet, it’s definitely not impossible. Don’t let the critics scare you! In a policy statement, the American Dietetic Association points to research showing that vegetarian kids and teens take in less cholesterol, saturated fat and total fat, and eat more fruits, vegetables and fiber. “Vegetarianism can be conducive to a healthy lifestyle, but you just have to balance out what you omit [in nutrition],” says Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ committee. Here’s hoping this article will help you do just that.

Resources Nutribody Protein

Calcium in the Vegan Diet by Reed Mangels, PhD., R.D.

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Health Data 2011

The Vegetarian Resource Group

World Cancer Research Fund The National Institute of Health “12 Top Vegan Iron Sources” by Melissa Breyer “Vegetarianism and the Environment: The Need for Sustainable Diets” by Stephanie Kraftson, Jana Pohorelsky, and Alex Myong (University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Journal)

The American Dietetic Association American Academy of Pediatrics h t t p : / / a a p p o l i c y. a a p p u b l i c a t i o n s . o r g / c g i / c o n t e n t / f u l l / pediatrics;104/5/1152#SEC2 “Healthy Fats For Vegetarian and Vegan Diets: How To Get The Right Balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 In Your Diet” by Dr. Linda Posch, MS SLP ND php

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Dining Dining Out

The Orchard Countryside dining at its best


ust beyond the borders of Shunyi lies the peaceful oasis that is The Orchard. Diners can enjoy a range of European cuisines amidst the restaurant’s charming atmosphere, which includes a lake, a gazebo and a few walking paths. Much of the fresh organic produce used to prepare the meals is grown onsite. Weekday set lunch menu options range from RMB 90-120. Patrons may also order from the a la carte menu (daily chef’s specials highlighted) with some meals available in half portion child sizes. There is an extensive children’s menu including favorites such as a beef burger, pasta, pizza, chicken fingers and more unique dishes, such as a salmon burger and sweet potato pancakes with homemade apple sauce. All kids’ selections range from RMB 40 to 45, but be sure to visit on a Thursday, when children up to age 10 may choose from the kids menu for free. The famed Sunday buffet from noon to 3pm is a great indulgence (RMB 210 adults, RMB 100 children ages 4-10, free for kids under 4). From homemade breads and desserts to scrumptious main dishes, salads and sides, you will not go home hungry and you’ll be sure to return soon. Charlotte Moreau

Henry Bathgate (4) enjoying pesto and fresh tomato sauce pasta with a freshly-squeezed apple juice



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photo: judy zhou

Tue-Sat Noon-2.30pm (set menu); 6-9pm (a la carte). Sun Noon-3pm (buffet); 6-9pm (a la carte). 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) 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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Hunt Easter Eggs Fri, Apr 6-Sun, Apr 8 Easter Afternoon Tea at Rendez-Vous Enjoy hot cross buns, chocolate praline tarts, vanilla mango eggs, and chocolate bunnies. RMB 138. 2.30-6pm. Rendez-Vous Bar and Lounge (6465 3388 ext 4225,

Sat, Apr 7 Easter at the Great Wall 2012 The Brickyard has a special Easter package with breakfast, accommodations, and Easter brunch for two. RMB 1,988/night. The Brickyard Inn and Retreat Center (6162 6506) Easter Eggstravaganza Ages 2-10. This morning of Easter fun features egg decorating, crafts, carnival games, and egg hunts (one at 11.30am and one at 1.30pm). RMB 50/family. 11am-2pm. The New City Center (6475 1066,

Sun, Apr 8 Aroma Easter Brunch Aroma has an international buffet with an Easter egg hunt and gifts of chocolate for the kids. RMB 588, free for kids under 12. 11.30am-3pm. Aroma, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8161) Asia Bistro Super Brunch on Easter Sunday Enjoy more than 20 buffet stations, a real outdoor barbecue grill, a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting, performances, and egg hunting. RMB 688, free for kids under 12. 11.30am-3.30pm. JW Marriott Hotel Beijing (5908 6688) Easter Day Champagne Brunch at Valley Cafe Valley Cafe has egg painting, egg hunting, and a seasonal menu for Easter. RMB 288, free for kids under 1.2m. 11.30am-2.30pm. Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun (5993 8271)

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Egg Hunting Brunch at The St. Regis Kids’ activities include an egg hunt, egg decorating, and meeting the Easter Bunny. RMB 558, RMB 280 (ages 4-12). 11.30am-3pm. The St. Regis Beijing (6460 6688) Easter Sunday Brunch with Live Jazz For Easter, The Schoolhouse has face painting, an Easter egg hunt, and a traditional menu. RMB 268, RMB 138 (ages 4-12), free for kids under 4. 11am-3pm. The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu (6162 6506, Kranzler’s Grand Easter Brunch Kranzler’s has an Easter egg hunt, seasonal treats, and a menu with lamb and Australian rib eye. RMB 498. 11am-3pm. Kranzler’s (6465 3388 ext 4222,

Comptoirs de France Easter Egg Hunt Ages 2-10. Find an invitation coupon in one of Comptoirs’ colored eggs to join the egg hunt, then get a chance to win delicious chocolate prizes. Free. 9am-1.30pm. Comptoirs de France, East Lake Villas (6461 1525) The Ritz-Carlton Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Financial Street Ages 10 and under. Participate in one of the city’s biggest egg hunts, then have brunch at either Greenfish or Cepe. The Easter Bunny will hide 1,500 eggs for kids to discover, and there will also be a petting zoo. Free for restaurant patrons. 11-11.30am. The RitzCarlton Beijing, Financial Street (6601 6666) Easter Sunday Brunch at Hilton Beijing Capital Airport The Easter edition of this Sunday brunch has roasted lamb, hot cross buns, a chocolate egg hunt, egg painting, and more. RMB 348418. 11.30am-3pm. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport (6458 8888) Easter Egg Hunt at Fairmont Beijing Search for eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, and enjoy optional brunch or afternoon tea after the hunt. Free. 1pm. Fairmont Beijing (8507 3630) Eggciting Easter Bubbalicious Brunch Expect the usual extensive buffet, plus an egg hunt and some extra Easter fun. RMB 428-498 (plus 15% surcharge). Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) Fizztastic Champagne Brunch Hilton Beijing Wangfujing has a seasonal menu and an egg hunt. Price TBA. 11.30am-3pm. Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411, Festive Easter This Easter celebration includes Easter bunnies, egg hunts, and a special menu. RMB 428, RMB 218 for kids (plus 15% surcharge). Senses, The Westin Beijing Financial Street (6629 7810/11)

Sun, Apr 8-Mon, Apr 9 The Big Easter Interactive Family Carnival Ages 3-6. Family Box hosts a two-day carnival for Easter with face painting, egg hunts, performances, egg decorating, and more. RMB 580/family, RMB 100 per extra adult, free for members. 3-7pm. Family Box Educational and Recreational Center (6478 6163)

Until Apr 9 Easter Treats at Kempi Deli Kempi Deli has a range of “egg-citing” treats, including chocolate eggs and bunnies, hot cross buns, lamb confit, and more. Daily 10am-10pm. Kempi Deli (6465 3388) Find scrumptious chocolate eggs at Kempi Deli for Easter April 2012



Spring Is in the Pasta

A fresh and creamy pasta dish with hidden veggies recipe by Jennifer ThomĂŠ; photos by Mishka Family Photography

Olivia Roberts (13) shows us how to make a creamy pasta



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n early April, Mother Nature wakes from her long slumber, and markets start to fill with her most tender fruits: peas, asparagus, oranges, cherries and more. But while there is an abundance of fresh vegetables, the weather remains cold, and the challenge becomes how to use these tender vegetables in a warming, nourishing dish. This creamy, savory pasta dish is a onepot meal that you can easily change up with different vegetables and proteins, and it will allow you to make the most out of these tender vegetables, and keep your family full and happy until the weather warms up. The cream sauce in this recipe is extremely versatile, and allows you to sneak some of your kids’ less favorite ingredients into their dinner, be it fish or veggies. Feel free to use whatever vegetables and proteins you have laying around – some great combinations are peas, carrots and chicken with your favorite cheese, or corn, carrots and squash with sharp cheddar. This recipe just happens to be my personal favorite.

In a large pot, boil your pasta until it’s cooked al dente. Drain and set aside. 在大锅中将意大利面煮熟,不要太久, 有嚼劲即可。沥水,放置一旁。

Ingredients 配料 1 box of your favorite pasta 你最喜欢的意大利面一盒 1 medium onion, chopped 中号洋葱一个,切碎 1 cup of green peppers, chopped 切碎的青椒一杯 1 cup of smoked salmon, chopped 切好的熏三文鱼一杯 4 garlic cloves, chopped 大蒜四瓣,切碎 1 tsp flour 面粉一汤匙 1 tsp butter 黄油一汤匙 1 can of vegetable stock 蔬菜高汤一罐 1 cup of milk 牛奶一杯 ½ cup of mild white cheddar, shredded 切碎的淡车达奶酪半杯 Salt, pepper, nutmeg, and paprika, to taste 适量的盐,胡椒,肉豆 蔻和红灯笼辣椒


In the same pot, sauté the onions and garlic until the garlic turns translucent. Add the additional vegetables and cook until almost tender. Set this aside on a plate. 在同一个锅中,放入洋葱和大 蒜煎炒直至大蒜变透明。

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Melt the butter and mix in the flour, and stir it until a paste forms, and add the vegetable stock and milk, whisking the whole time. 加入其它蔬菜至变软。放置一旁。

Once this has thickened, stir in the cheese, salmon, and vegetables, and cook for five minutes. Add pasta, cook until heated through, and serve! 将黄油加热融化,加入面粉搅 拌直至变成糊状,再加入蔬菜 高汤和牛奶,不断搅拌,直到 变稠后,加入奶酪,三文鱼和 蔬菜,煮五分钟。加入意大利 面直到全部热透,完成!

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 hard at work at True Run Media, you’ll find her chopping and stirring away in her kitchen.

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Playing What's Fun In

photo: judy zhou



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Gongti Practice your French, have an underwater adventure, jump into a ball pit, and hit the bowling lanes by Phoebe Middleton


hile nightclubs litter the Gongti area, it still remains a great family-friendly destination during the light of day. Kite flyers can be found at the north entrance of Workers’ Stadium in the summer and the stadium itself has hosted crowds of enthusiastic fans cheering for the local team Beijing Guoan Football Club. If you’re looking for an easy-to-plan afternoon, the Workers’ Stadium is your giant playground. Browse a wide selection of French films and books, say hello to marine life at Blue Zoo Beijing and get the family into some healthy bowling competition at Gongti 100. From hot dogs and pizza to crepes and croissants, there’s also plenty of kid-friendly fare to keep the clan energized for the day’s activities.

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photos: nature zhang and judy zhou



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Playing What's Fun In


egin your exploration of Gongti at This indoor activity center consists of a large Dongsishitiao subway station (Line 2). play area, complete with a ball pit, slides, From here, take exit C and walk east, tunnels, a two-story jungle gym and an area turning right on Gongrentiyuchang for toddlers. One round costs RMB 50 per Xilu. Continue walking south to the French child and lasts for three hours. It is free for Cultural Centre (1), where you’ll find a parents on weekdays and costs RMB 15 on library full of French magazines, newspapers, weekends and holidays. The center also has movies and books. Watch a film with French a considerable collection of toy stands at the or Chinese subtitles at one of the viewing entrance. stations. In addition, the center has a wellAfter playtime, find your way back to stocked bookshop with an extensive collection Gongrentiyuchang Xilu and swing by Pizza of French books, a movie theater (check their Buona (5), where the family can refuel with website for upcoming films), and a cafe serving some hearty American-style pizza for lunch. croissants (RMB 8) and other snacks. Located beside Hotel G, Pizza Buona offers a Enter through the south gate of Workers’ wide variety of tasty thick crust pizzas (including Stadium to reach the next stop: Blue Zoo the classic pepperoni and an extra cheesy Beijing (2). Explore the 7,800sqm aquarium, cheese pizza), salads, soups, and sides. Pies with over 6,000 species of marine creatures, come in sizes of 9, 12 and 16 inches and including sharks, piranhas, starfish and prices start around RMB 40. The restaurant lobsters. Within the aquarium’s underwater also provides a great free delivery service (call walkway, watch out for the occasional scuba for delivery areas), so pick up a delivery menu diver, as well as turtle and shark feedings on the way out. and the mermaid and water ballet shows. Once you’ve satisfied your pizza craving, Check the timetable to avoid missing any of cross backDATUNLU towards and get EASTWorkers’ Stadium 望京西 WANGJING XI the action! OLYMPIC GREEN active at Gongti 100 (6), which is home to a Swing around the Workers’ Stadium whopping 100 bowling lanes. Whether you’re towards the East Gate and grab a quick bite a pro or a beginner, this is something that the 志 新 路 to eat at Stadium Dog (3). At the toppings whole family can enjoy. Each game costs RMB WUDAOKOU bar, accentuate your hot dog and nachos with 40 per person, and there is a charge of RMB 5 OLYMPIC CENTER cheese, salsa, olives, sour cream, mustard for rentingHUIXINXIJIE shoes, BEIKOU which are required. and more. If everyone is still up for it, finish the day Next, head out of Workers’ Stadium East Gate with a delicious crepe at Jaya Crepes (7) BEITUCHENG ZHICHUN andLUlet XITUCHENG your kids run wild at Fundazzle (4). SHAOYAOJU in Sanlitun Village South. Walk east along HUIXINXIJIE NANKOU

Gongrentiyuchang Beilu until you come to Sanlitun Lu. Located in the basement, Jaya Crepes has a mouth-watering selection of both sweet and savory, and hot and cold crepes. Prices start at RMB 20. If you’re not keen on shopping, exit Sanlitun Village and head back along Gongrentiyuchang Beilu towards Tuanjiehu subway station (Line 10).

French Cultural Centre 法国文化中心 Daily 9am-6pm. Monthly fee: RMB 50, RMB 25 (students). 1/F, Guangcai International Mansion, 18 Gongrentiyuchang Xilu (6553 2627) 朝阳区工体西路18号

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Blue Zoo Beijing 富国海底世界 Daily 8am-7.30pm (summer), daily 8.30am6.30pm (winter). RMB 90, RMB 60 (kids under 12), free (kids under 1m). Scuba diving show 8-9am, 1-2pm; Turtle feeding 9.409.50am; Shark feeding 9.50-10am; Shark show 10.10-10.30am, 2.30-2.50pm; Ocean show 10.30-10.50am, 2-2.20pm; Mermaid show 11-11.10am, 1.30-1.40pm, 3-3.10pm, 4-4.10pm; Water ballet 11.10-11.20am, 1.40-1.50pm, 3.10-3.20pm, 4.10-4.20pm. Worker’s Stadium South Gate, Chaoyang District (6591 3397) 朝阳区工人体育场南门


Gongti 100 工体100 Daily 12pm-11pm. RMB 40 per game, RMB HUJIALOU 5 for shoe rental. 6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang 阳 District (6552 2688) 朝阳区工体西路6号 路







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Playing Outside

Spring Kickoff Sports organizations for kids and teens in Beijing by Sijia Chen


pring marks the start of many international sporting events, including the Kentucky Derby, PGA US Open, Indianapolis 500, French Open, and Boston Marathon. In Beijing, young athletes can get into the spirit with the city’s many sports programs. Local sports organizations are currently kicking off the spring season with after school activities, weekend practices, community programs, adult teams, and more.

Sports Beijing Previously known as the Beijing Community Sports and Recreation Committee (BCSRC), Sports Beijing is dedicated to providing recreational and competitive youth sports programs led by professional coaches. The group was created to coordinate the various volunteer-run youth soccer, little league baseball, and junior ice hockey leagues around Beijing. Since then, Sports Beijing has expanded to include gymnastics, tennis, rugby, and more. The organization also works closely with international schools to supplement their after school activities. Programs are designed for participants of all backgrounds and skill levels.



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Baseball: Ages 4-15 Basketball: Ages 6-14 Golf: Ages 4-18 (offered at the Seven Cedars Golf Centre) Gymnastics: Ages 6-16 Ice hockey: Ages 4-14 Judo: Ages 7-16 Karate: Ages 6+ Kung fu: Ages 4-16 Netball: Ages 9-14 Rock climbing: Ages 8-16 (offered at the International School of Beijing) Rugby: Ages 6-18 Sailing: Ages 7-16 (offered at the Shunyi Olympic Water Park) Soccer: Ages 4-15 Swimming: Ages 6-12 Tennis: Ages 4-18 Yoga and pilates: Ages 16+

How to sign up: Participants can register and sign up for sports programs on Sports Beijing’s website, drop by the office in person, or call to reserve a spot. Sports Beijing staff are present at the start of each program, so parents can also pay at the first class. English-speaking? Yes, all of Sports Beijing’s programs are offered in English. Contact: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. 2/F, Lido Country Club, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6430 1370 /1176, 朝阳区将台路6号丽都乡村俱乐部2层

photo: courtesy of clubfootball and sports beijing

Founding date: 1999 Type: Non-profit organization Area(s) of operation: Shunyi, Lido, Liangma Qiao, Gongti, Shuangjing, Gaobeidian, Di’anmen Ages: 3-18, with some adult programs Cost: Varies according to age, program, and number of sessions. For example, a weekly basketball program for ages 6 to 11 costs RMB 1,700 per child for 16 sessions. Sports programs: Athletic hybrid training, baseball, basketball, cricket, field hockey, floorball, golf, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, inner tube water polo, judo, karate, kung fu, netball, rhythmic gymnastics, rock climbing, rugby, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, yoga and pilates Other programs: Drama Spring programs: Sports Beijing is gearing up with a number of spring programs. Spaces are still available for the following sports:

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photos: courtesy of basketball world and sports beijing

ClubFootball 万国群星

Basketball World

ClubFootball offers a range of football (soccer) coaching programs for both adults and youth. Their junior courses are open to students from all local and international schools, taking place as after school activities and during the weekend at venues across Beijing and Tianjin. The venues include the International School of Beijing, the British School of Beijing, the International Academy of Beijing, Si’de Park, Chaoyang Park, Zhongguancun, and more. All coaches are certified by the UK’s Football Association or the Union of European Football Associations.

Founded by sports events developer Marco Tsang and basketball coach David Gros, Basketball World runs youth basketball programs for nearly 200 students. In cooperation with Sports Beijing, the organization’s programs are broken down into after school activities, community programs, and developmental teams. Their courses are offered at the International School of Beijing, the Canadian International School of Beijing, Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS), Beijing City International School, and Daystar Academy.

Founding date: 2001 Type: Joint venture Area(s) of operation: Over 20 venues across Beijing and Tianjin (See website for details) Ages: All ages. The junior programs target ages 4-18. Cost: Approximately RMB 900 for a nine-week course (uniform included) Sports programs: Soccer Other programs: N/A Spring programs: ClubFootball’s spring season kicks off throughout April at venues in Haidian, Shunyi, and Chaoyang Districts. Free tester courses are available. For a complete list of host schools and venues, visit ClubFootball’s website. Spring venues include: • ClubFootball Chaoyang Park Academy: April 7-8 to June 23-24 • ClubFootball Olympic Forest Park: April 7-June 23 • ClubFootball Zhongguancun Academy: April 8-June 24 • MSB ClubFootball Academy: April 7-June 16

Founding date: February 2011 Type: Private enterprise Area(s) of operation: Shunyi, Liangma Qiao, Lido, Shuangjing Ages: 7-15, as well as an adult team that meets on Thursdays at CISB Cost: RMB 75 to 90 per person (depending on the type of program) Sports programs: Basketball Other programs: N/A Spring programs: Though Basketball World’s spring programs have already started, there is still space in the Wednesday and Friday programs. Interested students can register through Sports Beijing. In addition, Basketball World is starting two community programs on Saturdays at BIBS and Daystar.

How to sign up: Participants can register for courses by logging on to ClubFootball’s website, showing up in person at their office in Jiuxian Qiao, or getting in touch through phone or email. English-speaking? Yes, all of ClubFootball’s programs are offered in English (with a Chinese assistant coach when needed).

How to sign up: Get in touch with Basketball World Assistant Manager Hui Tu at 186 0717 4318 or He speaks English and Chinese. English-speaking? Yes, most of Basketball World’s coaches are from Europe and North America.

Contact: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm A212, Door 3, Zone A1, Zhaowei Huadeng Plaza, Zhaowei Building 51, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5130 6893/4/5/6, 朝阳区酒仙桥路14号兆维51号楼兆维华灯大厦A1区3门A212室

Contact: (186 0717 4318,

• Elementary school program: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays from 6 to 7.30pm • Middle school program: Fridays and Sundays from 6 to 8pm and 3 to 5pm respectively

April 2012



Tales from Mowbray Park

The Coopers take a working vacation on an Australian farm Six-year old Adeline Cooper horses around in Picton, New South Wales

The Travelers Jessica and Mitchell Cooper, and their three kids: Henry (8), Adeline (6), and Truman (2). The Plan The Coopers spent two weeks in Australia over the Christmas break. They landed in Sydney, then stayed four days at a working farm called Mowbray Park in Picton, New South Wales. After that, they headed back to the state capital for ten days and rented an apartment in Manly, a suburb of northern Sydney. Jessica planned the trip using Thai Airways’ website, Mowbray Park’s website (, and for the apartment in Manly.

The Best Part Mowbray Park was without a doubt the highlight of the Coopers’ trip. The family enjoyed the nightly bonfires, feeding the cattle from the



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The Worst Part Jessica and Mitchell booked a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Blue Mountains (around 50km from Sydney) on the last day of their vacation. They spent most of the day on the bus getting there, and then waiting in line at Katoomba Scenic World (the destination). The kids were bored for most of the day and the daytrip turned out to be the only disappointment of the vacation. Unexpected Moments During the ferry ride from Manly to Darling Harbour, the Coopers’ boat happened to pass the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 – a 1,170km circuit that is considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world. The family got to see all the yachts, camera crews, and helicopters from up close. Family-Friendly Factors Mowbray Park was very family-friendly. The kids could run freely around the farm and interact with many animals, including horses, donkeys, llamas, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, cows, pigs, and cats. Some of the kids’ favorite activities were horseback riding,

photos: courtesy of the Cooper family

The Cost The family flew from Beijing to Bangkok with Thai Airways. Roundtrip airfare cost RMB 10,500 per adult and RMB 8,300 per child. Prices were a bit higher because they flew during peak season. During their 22-hour layover in Bangkok, they stayed at a great hotel called Airyasomvilla. They paid around RMB 852 for the night, which included two bedrooms and breakfast. At Mowbray Park, the weekday allinclusive rate for adults was approximately RMB 1,121 for adults and RMB 580 for kids. In Manly, the Coopers’ rented a two-bedroom apartment for around RMB 20,000 for nine nights.

tractor, and the Kids’ Club (open daily from 6.30-8pm). Club activities included trips to the animal nursery, nature walks, games, arts and crafts, and movies. The Coopers stayed in a cottage with three bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen. It was comfortable and had all the necessary amenities. The excellent staff included a fulltime cook; when booking their stay, families can choose between an all-inclusive package and cooking their own food.

Playing Family Travels watching a sheep get sheared, milking the cow, feeding baby animals in the nursery, and taking boomerang lessons. Mowbray Park also had tennis courts, ping pong tables, a swimming pool, and a hot tub. The kids were sad when the stay was over and wanted to make sure they would visit the farm again.

Jessica and Truman Cooper (2) go on a hayride at Mowbray Park

Travel Tips • Jessica highly recommends the farm stay to anyone who wants something different. Visitors can be as busy or as lazy as they want. The Coopers chose to participate in all of the activities and weren’t disappointed. • The food in Australia was excellent. The Coopers recommend Murray’s Craft Brewing in Manly. They liked it so much, they ended up returning three times for the burgers, steaks, seafood, salads, great coffee, and microbrewery beer. • In Manly, the family’s apartment rental was located one block from The Corso, a pedestrian plaza that forms the heart of the commercial area. This put them within walking distance of restaurants, grocery stores, beaches, parks, and ferries. Having an apartment gave the kids space to run around and allowed the Coopers to cook their own meals; this saved money and gave the kids a sense of normalcy. • There’s plenty do in Sydney for families: Taronga Zoo, The Rocks, the Powerhouse Museum, and the ferry between Manly and Sydney Harbour. • As you plan the trip, keep in mind that Australia can be very expensive.

Brothers Truman and Henry (8) mug for the camera

Mitchell Cooper and Truman rewards themselves with toasted marshmallow April 2012 beijingkids


The Open Road The Wallers tour Western Australia in a camper van The Travelers Mariel and Remco Waller, and their three kids: Tommy (11), Kim (10), and Jesse (7). The Wallers’ trusty camper van

The Plan Over Christmas break, the Wallers spent three weeks in Western Australia. They rented a camper van and drove south of Perth, to Albany, Denmark, Pembleton, and the Margarets River area. Then, they looped back to Perth through Denham, Monkey Mia, and Kalbarri.

Clockwise from top left: Mariel, Remco, Jesse, Tommy, and Kim

The Cost Australia turned out to be quite expensive. The Waller family flew to Perth Airport via Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific. Roundtrip airfare for a family of five cost RMB 40,000 in total. They stayed at a Holiday Inn hotel for one night in Perth, then rented a camper van with Britz for two and a half weeks. The camper van cost RMB 1,500 per day and the average campsite cost RMB 360 per night. Attractions cost around RMB 600 per day. The average meal for a family of five cost RMB 900, while cooking their own meals cost only RMB 300 to 350. Though Australia is expensive, produce is relatively cheap and wine is cheaper than in Beijing. The Best Part For the Wallers, the best part of the vacation was simply the freedom to do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. They got to see many animals in the wild, including kangaroos, emus, stingrays, dugongs, dolphins, and lots of birds. They bought boogie boards and surfed on deserted beaches. Most campsites had excellent facilities, including a playground, clean bathrooms, a camp kitchen, electricity, and running water. The camper van itself was equipped with a four-burner stove, an oven, and a microwave; the Wallers ended up eating a lot of salad, barbeque, pasta, and rice dishes. The family particularly liked a Western Australia restaurant chain called Dome, which offers diverse breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.

Surf’s up

Emus are among the many animals in Australia’s wild



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Unexpected Moments When the Wallers arrived in Monkey Mia (a popular tourist resort and dolphin-feeding spot north of Perth), they were told that the dolphins had not showed up for the last five days. The family was quite disappointed, but was pleasantly surprised to find that the dolphins showed up on their second attempt the next day. On another occasion, the Wallers arrived at a campsite in Pemberton and were told that the local pond was located right next

photos: courtesy of th e waller family

The Worst Part Besides the high cost of traveling in Australia, some areas also had annoying insects like flies, mosquitoes, and a few large spiders. However, they generally don’t carry diseases and the Wallers didn’t have to take any special shots for the vacation.

Playing Family Travels

Along the coast, the weather ranged from 25-30°C

Further inland, the weather reached a scorching 42°C

door. The water seemed calm on the surface, but the sign told a different story; visitors were urged to be wary of strong currents, slippery areas, and venomous snakes. Family-Friendly Factors Driving in a camper van in Australia is a very family-friendly experience. The entire family can enjoy the great outdoors and the kids can run around freely within campsites. In addition, Western Australia has many parks, playgrounds, beaches, and water parks. However, older kids tend to get bored during the long hours of driving. Travel Tips • Because they went to Australia during peak season, Mariel and Remco were initially nervous about not booking any campsites in advance. But in the end, the family always got a spot by consulting the guide books given to them by the camper van rental company and calling one or two days in advance. No special driving license was needed for the camper van. • A camper van trip can be done with younger children; the Wallers did a similar trip in eastern Australia when their kids were 1, 3, and 5. If anything, older kids tend to get bored more because they don’t fall asleep as easily anymore. The Wallers kept snacks in their grocery bags and played movies from the van’s DVD player. However, two of the kids get carsick, so they couldn’t read or play any electronic games. • In general, the weather ranged from 20 to 42°C (68-107.6°F). It was very hot inland, but stayed at around 25 to 30°C (77-86°F) around the coast. Travelers should bring only summer clothes and perhaps some rain gear. • The Wallers ended up buying their own boogie boards, but surfboards can be easily rented. Lessons are available at the more crowded beaches; some surfing instructors will even bring students to better locations. April 2012



Valley of the Kings Exploring Beijing’s Ming Dynasty Tombs by Phoebe Middleton and Michael Arnold, adapted from Beijing Excursion Guide


Sacred Way 神道 Almost better known than the tombs themselves is the Sacred Way, the 7km pathway leading to the central tomb that was the official approach for the imperial coffins. In the middle of what is now an isolated field, visitors will find a large marble paifang gate, composed of six pillars and five entrances. This is the first of three archways, which were



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constructed in 1540. They are the largest of their kind that exists in China today. Following paifang is the Great Red Gate, or dahongmen. A short walk leads to the Shengong Shengde Stele Pavilion, which houses a great stele (an upright stone pillar bearing an inscription) resting on the back of an enormous tortoise. Beyond the pavilion stands an odd but fascinating series of six animals and human statues on either side of the path. Changling 长陵 Emperor Yongle’s own tomb was the first of the set and 600 years later, the restored tomb is still in splendid condition. The Central Hall of Eminent Favors, once the repository of the emperor’s finest possessions, has been converted into a museum exhibiting replicas of exhumed treasures. The tomb itself is marked by a low, tree-covered hillock instead of an ultimate mausoleum building. Standing between the burial mound and the burial palace is the Soul Tower, a stone reconstruction of a wooden edifice that was struck by lightning in 1604. Climbing to the top of this – the tallest building in the tomb – will reveal the emperor’s stele, which serves as a kind of headstone for the grave.

photo: preston.rhea of flickr

ome 50 kilometers to the northwest of Beijing, the great Yanshan mountain range parts abruptly like a theater curtain, opening into an enclosed basin of around 40 sqkm of peaceful, scenic countryside. When the great Ming Dynasty Emperor Yongle arrived here early in the 15th century, he realized that he had at last found the ideal place for himself and his successors to practice rutu wei’an (入土为安), a traditional Chinese funeral practice. Over the next two centuries, a total of 13 imperial mausoleums (or shisanling 十三陵) were completed in the valley. The complex has in modern times undergone considerable restoration work, and while only three of the tombs are now open to public view, a visit to the site provides an insight into the styles and obsessions of the age, as well as making for a pleasant day out in a picturesque valley away from the busy central suburbs.

Playing Day Tripper Dingling 定陵 Dingling, the tenth imperial mausoleum and the first tomb of the group to be excavated, was the final resting place of the Wanli Emperor (1572-1620) and his two wives. In 1957, they were removed and their burial chamber was converted into an underground museum. The reconstruction of his grand cherry-red lacquer coffin and those of his empresses, lie in the rear hall behind a succession of marble thrones arranged in accordance with status with the emperor at the rear. Although there are a few reproductions of disentombed treasures similar to those on display in the tombs themselves, the nearby museum also contains some fascinating exhibits pertaining to the restoration of the Ming Tombs. The highlights are a detailed 3D model of the entire valley, and a miniature carved in wood of Changling’s Hall of Eminent Favors.

Zhaoling 昭陵 Following lines of tourists through Dingling and Changling, you may chance upon attractive views of other distant palaces across the valley. They are a fair walk away, but if you want to make the effort, you will be well-rewarded with encounters of grown-over versions of the main tombs. Only Zhaoling, the tomb of Emperor Zhu Zaigou, is open to the public – and with only a few restored halls, it is the most faithfully reconstructed of all three opened tombs.

Sacred Way 神道 Daily 7.30 am- 5.30pm. RMB 30 (Apr 1-Oct 31), RMB 20 (Nov 1-Mar 31). (8974 9383) Changling 长陵 Daily 8.30am-5pm. RMB 45 (Apr 1-Oct 31) RMB 30 (Nov 1-Mar 31). (6076 1334) Dingling 定陵 Daily 8.30am-5pm. RMB 65 (Apr 1-Oct 31), RMB 45 (Nov 1-Mar 31). (6076 1424) Zhaoling 昭陵 Daily 8.30am-5pm. RMB 30 (Apr 1-Oct 31), RMB 20 (Nov 1-Mar 31). (6076 3104) Ming Tombs 明十三陵 Daily 8.30am-5pm. Off-season: Nov 11-Mar 31, busy season: Apr 1-Oct 31. Foot of Yan Shan, Changping District (6076 1424, Chinese only) 昌平区燕山山麓

photos: dericafox of flickr

Getting there Bus: Take the tourist bus from 6.30-8am from Tiananmen and Xuanwumen for RMB 170, but you must purchase tickets between 6.30-7.50am. You can purchase tickets the day before from the Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch, which has three dispatch centers in Tiananmen Square and Xuanwumen (6601 5622, 5298 0138). You can also catch buses from Tiananmen and Deshengmen to Dingling. Buses run between 6.30am and 10.30am, for around RMB 120 per ticket. You can also take bus 314 to the tombs (RMB 1.5, stops at Dingling and Changling). Otherwise, take bus

345 from Deshengmen to Dongguan in Changping and change to bus 314. Alternatively, catch the 5 or the 210 from Qianmen, then switch to the 872 for Dingling. The trip takes around three hours. Car: From Madian Qiao on North Third Ring road, take Badaling Expressway to Changping Xiguan (西关) exit, and follow signs to the Ming Dynasty Tombs.

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I Want to Be a Composer Karl Jenkins has his finger on the pulse of contemporary music




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PHOTO: judy zhou

ccording to a recent survey by a BBC music journalist, Welsh composer and musician Karl Jenkins is the most-performed living composer in the world. Originally from Swansea in South Wales, Jenkins’ first music teacher was his father – a schoolteacher, organist, and choirmaster. Jenkins made his name as a jazz musician with the band Soft Machine in the 1970s, later branching out into composition, conducting, and advertising work. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2005 and was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2010 by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music. Most recently, Jenkins was the patron of the International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS) festival, during which he conducted the world premiere of his new piece, Celebration, at the Forbidden City Concert Hall. Before leaving Beijing, he spoke with students at Dulwich College Beijing about his work. Sijia Chen

Learning When I Grow Up

“I would like to be remembered – and that would be enough”

Kevin Li, 10, US Did you always want to be a composer? No, not really. It was totally through elimination. I didn’t always want to be a composer, but I think I’ve found now where I was meant to be; it took me a long time to get there.

James McDouall, 11, UK What makes you different from other composers? I wouldn’t be a composer if I didn’t relate to people. Many composers write in an ivory tower and no one ever hears their music. That kind of approach never appealed to me; I need to move audiences.

Gabriel Spooner, 11, UK What do you attribute your success to? It was a series of accidents that led me to do advertising music as a full-time job after [the breakup of] Soft Machine. Through that, [the album] Adiemus was born. So I was lucky, but apart from that, I think I’m reasonably good.

PHOTOs: judy zhou

Jun Hyung Lee, 11, South Korea Is being a composer a good job? It’s a good job if you’re good at it. It’s a bad job if you’re not good at it. [Laughs]

Celeste Kow Hui Shan, 11, Singapore How do you get inspiration for your compositions? If you wait for inspiration, you’ll wait forever. You have to work to a certain deadline; if you miss it, all things fall apart. There’s a sporting adage that’s well-known. Someone asked [the player]: “How come you’re so lucky?” And the answer was: “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” It’s the same thing in music.

Benjamin Cheng, 10, US Is writing music sometimes stressful? Yes. [Laughs] It can be stressful, especially with a deadline looming. But that’s the same with any job.

Edward Huntley, 11, UK Does your music have any connection to your family? Not directly, though we’re a musical family. My wife is a composer. Our son is now a film composer and his wife is principal oboe in the English National Opera orchestra. And their daughter – well, she’s 9 months old, so she’s too young to be musical.

Sherry Liu, 11, Canada Do you enjoy being a composer? I do enjoy it. It’s rewarding because you interact with people and bring comfort to them sometimes. I get to travel and work with good musicians and singers.

Sue Vern Lai, 11, Malaysia If you went back in time, would you have chosen another career? No. [Laughs] Four hundred years ago, there were no nuclear physicists – but there have always been musicians. That’s a choice that I always would have had.

James McDouall, 11, UK What’s your favorite pop song? I wasn’t even born when my favorite pop songs were written; these were from the ‘30s, by people like George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers. And after this, I would say The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Steely Dan.

Grace Zhang, 10, Canada Do you prefer old music or contemporary music? I think it’s important to assimilate and enjoy different types of music. There are good bits from every period, from the 14th century to yesterday.

Gloria Hui, 11, Hong Kong What style of music do you like to listen to? I don’t listen to as much music as I used to, of any kind. One is bombarded these days when you go anywhere; in elevators, bars, restaurants, shops, there’s music coming through speakers. There’s so much that it’s good to get away from it for a little while.

John Hui, 16, China Do you think music was better off 200 years ago, when tonality was generally more acceptable? Up to a point, but not completely. Music has changed, but there are certain elements within music that do not accept that it is changing. [For example,] there were crazy concerts going on in London in the ‘60s. My wife went to one where she knew the pianist. He [asked her], “Do you fancy a cup of tea?” He took her through this door, and suddenly she was on stage. And she was part of this concert, drinking her tea.

Isabelle Nunan, 12, Ireland What advice would you give to young composers and musicians? If you’re a musician, [your path] is pretty welldefined; you get as good as you can, and then you try to join an orchestra or chamber group. If you’re a composer, you have to generate your own career, which means approaching people with compositions.

Matilda Sall, 12, Sweden/Hong Kong How do you want you and your music to be remembered? I would like to be remembered – and that would be enough.

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Population Explosion Managing a lack of resources in an ever-growing world



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From left: Eileen Yeo, 16, Singapore, has been living in Beijing for four years Zekre Mesfin, 14, Ethiopia, has been living in Beijing for seven months Anna-Catharina Fonseka, 16, Germany/Seychelles, has been living in Beijing for over a year Jun Su Jang, 18, South Korea, has been living in Beijing for seven years

Learning The Roundtable


ccording to National Geographic, there were only 5 million people in total in 8000 BC – roughly the population of modernday Papua New Guinea. As of 2012, the world population is estimated to have surpassed 7 billion people. This population explosion has created a litany of environmental problems: air pollution, ozone damage, deforestation, damming, and more. beijingkids sat down with four students from Beijing BISS International School to talk about the challenges that future generations face when it comes to overpopulation. Sijia Chen

What spring to mind when you hear the word “overpopulation”?

“You can’t stop people from having babies ... you can only educate them” Is overpopulation a problem where you come from?

Jun Su: One would be illiteracy. People are not educated about the consequences of having too many babies and unprotected sex. Eileen: In other countries, it’s also a kind of family ritual. For example, in China, most parents want you to get married and build a family. Anna-Catharina: They want to carry on their name and traditions through the generations. Eileen: Also, some religions don’t allow abortion.

Eileen: No, they actually encourage people to have more babies in Singapore. If you have more than one, the school fees go down. Anna-Catharina: In Germany, not really. But Seychelles is smaller than Chaoyang District – we’ve got 80,000 people living there, which is like the Bird’s Nest. Many young people have unprotected sex because they’re not well-educated, so [the Seychellois government] encourages sex education. Jun Su: In South Korea, if you have three babies, every child [from the third one onwards] gets free education. We have many old people and very few adolescents (and future leaders). So the government supports [increasing the] population for a new generation. Zekre: Sixty or seventy years ago in Ethiopia, it was OK for very young kids – like girls of 12 – to get married off to older men and then have babies at the age of 13. That may have contributed [to overpopulation,] because they would have kids at a very young age, sometimes up to ten.

Who does overpopulation affect the most?

What can people do to address overpopulation?

Eileen: A lot of people. Anna-Catharina: Crammed places. Jun Su: China. It [also] reminds me of cars and air pollution. Zekre: It reminds me that we don’t have the resources to take care of that many people.

What are the major causes of overpopulation?

Eileen: Poor people, because they don’t have the financial support to raise that many children and to buy a house that’s big enough, [as well as] education. Zekre: Some people in Ethiopia can’t afford to [sustain] themselves, let alone a child. So when the child is born, [s/he] often dies of starvation. It’s a big problem when people can’t afford [to] have babies, but do it anyway. Jun Su: It affects a broad range of people, from students to workers to older people. First, we have the environmental problems that are caused by overpopulation. Second, there is more competition for competent people. Personally, I don’t like competing with other people – but we have to. Anna-Catharina: [Overpopulation] affects the environment a lot. My dad told me that, 30 years ago, Beijing was extremely different.

How big of a threat is overpopulation to the planet? Eileen: Quite big. Anna-Catharina: There are a lot of people, but it’s the fact that they’re not spread around [that’s the problem]. There are still places in the world where it’s not populated, because it’s just not suitable to live there. Jun Su: I actually heard this statistic that we can fit the entire world population in [an area the size of] Mexico and still let everyone live. So I understand what Anna is saying; overpopulation in one specific area can be very threatening.

Anna-Catharina: You can’t stop people from having babies, because it’s their choice. You can only educate them. Jun Su: If the one-child policy was imposed on me, I wouldn’t like it because I actually want to have four kids. In China, what tends to happen is that rich people just pay the tax for the second or third child. In that case, government policies are not that effective. Eileen: If you have the ability, you can get a job with the government where you can find a way to solve overpopulation. Anna-Catharina: A lot of people talk about it, but then they end up not doing anything individually. Zekre: I would consider adoption. With all the children out there who don’t have any families because their parents either died or didn’t want them, I don’t think making more is that helpful.

What implications does overpopulation have for the future? Jun Su: We’re going to run out of natural resources like fossil fuels and natural gas. Anna-Catharina: Overpopulation also means more people are going to harm the environment, which is already happening now. Zekre: People are saying that we’re going to run out of natural resources in 50 years at the pace we’re going at. If there’s [a larger] population, what’s going to happen to us? Eileen: But on the other hand, it could encourage governments to find other planets. [Laughs]

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Learning Blank Canvas

Students from

Beijing Huijia (IB) Private School fill April’s Blank Canvas

Yao Jiajie, 12, China

Zhang Fan, 9, China

Xing Zemin, 9, China

Li Xinran, 11, China



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Qi Youjia, 10, China

Lv Jingyin, 10, China

Zhuo Zihan, 8, China; Xu Ruoyao, 8, China

Hu Shangshang, 7, China; Jia Yi, 7, China

Wang Yao, 9, China

Zhang Kexin, 7, China; Li YiShan, 7, China

Huang Jing, 8, China; Ye Zi, 8, China April 2012 beijingkids


Parenting Beijing Baba

From left (as drawn by Reina): Mama, Reina (in pink), Baba, a cat on a leash, and the twins – surrounded by butterflies, birds, and hearts

It’s Not What You’re Expecting Bracing for the second act by Christopher Lay


ong before we decided to have Reina, Savvy and I knew quite a lot about raising children. When Savvy was still in elementary school, she got tasked with looking after her nephew during nights and on weekends. As she matured in middle school, she attended parent-teacher conferences, took him to medical and dental appointments, and helped him with his schoolwork. It was a less than ideal youth for Savvy, but she never shirked from the responsibility. As a university student, I had three nieces to help out with on the weekend or occasional night when my oldest brother had a business trip or just needed an extra hand. Though Savvy’s early parenting experience was more “baptism by fire,” mine was largely vicarious and worry-free. Yet for each of us, assisting in the development of our nieces and nephews instilled some thoughts about what we wanted to accomplish as parents, or at least what we wanted to avoid. We waited years before having a baby. We married young and felt no rush to have children; so much of the world needed exploring first. After years of traveling and new experiences, we finally plunged into the greatest human adventure – introducing a new life to the world. So after months and months of consultation, planning, and waffling (not to mention endless prodding from Reina for a baby sister), Savvy and I decided to have another baby. We did warn Reina that just because she wished for a little sister did not mean that she wouldn’t get a baby brother instead. Naturally, friends and family were thrilled by the news, but sometimes Savvy and I exchange those knowing looks that say, “Are we really doing this? We’re no spring chickens.” True, I’m not ready to be placed out to

pasture, but I’m keenly aware that having kids in your twenties or even thirties leaves you with a little more fuel in the tank to chase after the ankle-biters. Nonetheless, by waiting a bit longer to complete our family, I like to think that we are more self-aware, patient, and prepared than we would have been back in our twenties (that’s the mantra I keep repeating). And if all else fails, at least we can afford to hire a little extra help so that the baby won’t be playing with dust bunnies because Baba passed out while trying to sweep the floor after another sleepless night. Thus we stand at the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. We have less than six months to go before the arrival of a new child in our home. There are countless things to do, decisions to make, and a few extra items to buy, but mostly we are just enjoying the relative quiet in our home and wondering what our latest adventure will look like – aside from debating which one of us will be changing diapers again. That part we wouldn’t mind skipping. Perhaps I can arrange for that to be one of Reina’s chores. After all, she asked for it.

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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

Parenting The Echo Chamber

An Echo of Love

A mother’s first thoughts on her first-born by Ember Swift


am a proud new mom of a little girl, born in Beijing on January 2, 2012. We named her Ruyi in Chinese from the expression “biaoli ruyi,” which means to be a person whose actions echo their thoughts. In English, we named her Echo. And, she is an echo of a love between two musicians from different countries who found each other in Beijing and then built a love that resonates beyond all cultural differences. That brings me to the name of this column: The Echo Chamber. An echo chamber is a hollow enclosure used to produce echoing sounds, usually found in a recording studio. Its basic purpose is to add color and depth to the original sound by stimulating reverberation. I’m filling this hollow, literary enclosure by writing for her. Our little Echo will go on adding color and depth to the world long after we have ceased to make sound. While she grows up, her daddy and I are committed to making her world as reverberant as possible with health, wonder, learning, light, openness and, above all else, love. That said, she may be surprised that we’re currently choosing to raise her in Beijing, especially at a time when environmental issues are so prevalent. Air pollution, questionable “organic” produce, hard-to-find BPA-free plastics, smoking in public places, looming water shortages, etc. And, coming from Canada, one of the cleanest countries in the world, even I’ve often wondered why! I worry about her future health every day. These many environmental issues may previously have been important to me,

an individual, but that concern was nothing compared to that which I feel for her now. Motherhood changes everything. But, on the flip side, I admit Beijing also provides life in a culture whose depth and history is so much richer and broader than anything Canada has to offer. Within that, she gets the full extent of Mandarin early literacy training. She’ll also be learning English at home, of course. She’ll have access to Chinese medicine here, an ancient wisdom still hanging on as Western pharmaceutical companies scramble for more of a foothold in Asia. Taoist and Buddhist training are here; she can even study under a tai chi master. China also advocates a healthier diet, unlike the heavy gluten and processed foods in standard North American fare. And let’s not forget the dumplings! Yet, all I hear is the ricochet effect of rationales ping-ponging back and forth in this chamber, without any confirmations in sight. And that’s the thing: if there’s anything being a parent has taught me so far, it’s that there is no guarantee that we’re on the right path. All we can do is infuse everything with good intentions and leave the rest up to faith. I have faith in Beijing. In the West, party politics often eclipse real issues. Here, new environmental policies are implemented overnight – and enforced. No red tape or bureaucratic process slows improvements down. There are some advantages to this being the seat of the central communist government, at least. What’s more, China is now the world’s leader in the development of green technology. So, the water and air will get cleaner with every passing year. It must! Our lives depend on it. Again, I’m extending faith. But most of all, we have made Beijing our home. Our love was born here; our love’s “echo” was born here too. Welcome to the world, little one! As you grow a voice, may it echo into the heart chambers of all those you meet … as it has already echoed into ours.

illustration: li xing

Our little Echo will go on adding color and depth to the world long after we have ceased to make sound

Ember Swift is a Canadian musician and writer who has been living in Beijing since late 2008. She and her husband Guo Jian (国囝), who is also a musician, have recently expanded their family to include a daughter born on January 2, 2012. Her name is Echo Swift (国如一).

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Living Naturally photo by Mishka Family Photography


witching to a greener, more sustainable lifestyle is a challenge in China, where food scandals and consumer battles are all too common. However, the country’s rapidly growing environmental movement means that Beijing families have more and more choices when it comes to natural alternatives. In this month’s feature, we profile local organic farms, delve into the challenges of living with air pollution, offer 20 green tips for your home, and provide ten simple ways to cut down on chemicals in your daily life.

Christina Chan (6) helps out at local organic farm De Run Wu



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Keep It Local How Beijing’s farmers are paving the way for organic eating by Aubrey Stout; photo by Mishka Family Photography

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arm light suffuses the air. Rows of tender lettuce and red radishes nestle in rich brown soil. A small dog noses discerningly among them. This is a greenhouse at De Run Wu, a farm in Changping dedicated to producing delicious organic vegetables for Beijing residents. The owners are Buddhists and vegetarians; hence, there are no cows or chickens to be found. There are also no pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, or growth hormones. As a result, the veggies are fresh and delicious. “Customers love our carrots,” says co-owner James, a slim, softspoken man with glasses. “They say they’re very sweet. Sometimes they can’t wait to cook them – they just eat them right away!” If crunching on carrots isn’t your thing, there’s an array of other produce to choose from. Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard, and rose-hearted radishes comprise just a few vegetables from the winter ordering list. It’s easy to email or call (order at least 4 kg at RMB 80) and have the produce delivered to your door. Farms like this are making it easier than ever to access safe, fresh, and delicious food – a major concern in a country haunted by food scandals, and a city oft-shrouded in pollution as dense as fog. Organic produce has become a common sight in major supermarkets and small grocery stores alike in Beijing. Stroll the produce section of Carrefour or Wal-Mart and you’ll find eggplants and tomatoes with one or more round green stickers. Since 2005, the China National Organic Product Standard has set the standard for organic products with a green-edged label saying “organic.” Other organic labels include one by the OFDC (Organic Food Development Center) and the China Organic Food Certification Center of the Ministry of Agriculture. These labels, however, are only supplement to the standard one established seven years ago. What leaves Beijing’s consumers scratching their own heads over

heads of lettuce, however, is what exactly the standard is. What does the sticker bearing the name “organic” mean? In the Q&A section of its website, the China Organic Food Certification Center defines organic food as “products produced from the kind of production rejecting the application of synthetic chemical, by using a series of sustainable agro-technologies to reduce pollution to environment and products from the producing procedure, and also to establish an ecological system in which humans and nature are harmoniously coexisting.” Although coexisting harmoniously with nature sounds much more appealing than coexisting with chemicals and toxins, how can consumers actually trust that food labeled as organic is safe? Shi Yan, one of the founders of Little Donkey farm in Beijing’s Haidian district, says organic certification is often profit-driven. Organic food is becoming big business in China, and farms want the organic seal on their food. And often, they’ll do anything to get it. Lejen Chen of Green Cow Organic Farm confides that farms continue using organic labeling far past its expiration date. “One farm had its grapes certified organic,” Chen says. “The following year they lost certification, but kept the sign up for a year afterward on their billboard.” Just because Green Cow Organic Farm, De Run Wu, and Little Donkey farm lack the green CNOPS sticker on their vegetables, does that mean their vegetables aren’t organic? “Not at all,” says Shi Yan. “We have been working toward a PGS (Participatory Guarantee System). We are an organic farm, and our members trust us,” she insists. Members of Little Donkey can engage in DIY farming, paying

Green lettuce ready for the picking at De Run Wu April 2012




Mr. Zhang and Ms. Wang potting seeds at Green Cow Organic Farm



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it provides farms in Yanqing with natural corn seed to plant and sell back to them. “We provided them with the pesticide-free seeds to grow organically, and said we would make up the difference if the yield was smaller than the pesticide-covered crops grown conventionally. But you know what?” she said gleefully. “The natural seed provided a bigger crop than the seed covered in pesticides.” Green Cow keeps its own cows because that way the fertilizer from those cows is guaranteed to be organic and safe. If you bring in manure from outside cows, Chen says, you can’t be sure it doesn’t contain needles or asbestos. The commitment to wholesome food and sustainability is evident in every cranny of the Green Cow farm. To be a member, you must first tour the farm with Chen to make sure it’s a good fit. If it sounds a bit like a compatibility test for a long-term relationship, that’s exactly what it is. “Some people don’t understand what we’re doing here. They don’t understand farming or seasonality,” Chen says. “They want to be able to buy tomatoes all year round, or they want to put their CSA box on hold while they’re away on vacation. Production on a farm never stops. We can’t hold their vegetables for them while they’re out of town.” Membership comes with a price: At RMB 20,000 a year (50 weeks) and a commitment of at least one year, that’s RMB 400 a week for a box chock-full of fresh vegetables. However, the box contains enough vegetables for some families to split with their friends and neighbors – an arrangement that Green Cow encourages. “We think the cost is worth it,” Chen says. For the more non-committal, there is Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels. The Shunyi restaurant stocks overflow produce from the farm for sale, in

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RMB 1,500 a year for a 30sqm plot of land. If you have neither the inclination nor time for hoeing or weeding, you can order online. A box for a family of three delivered to your door every week for half a year costs about RMB 2,500. Previously the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box included a random assortment of seasonal produce, but starting from this year members will be able to select the vegetables they want. Little Donkey also sells free-range chicken eggs and organic pork. What becomes apparent when visiting these farms, besides the beautiful and occasionally endearingly misshapen produce and happy, free-roaming animals, is the passion of the farmers behind it all. In describing his business partner, known to many as “Dr. Ji,” James of De Run Wu says: “Eight years ago, he left his study in chemistry. He’s not interested in money. Several times he’s almost given up, but the customers believe in this farm, and tell him to keep going.” He recounts how, in the first years, as the soil was acclimating to the lack of pesticides, bugs came in droves and destroyed many of the vegetables. Despite the losses, De Run Wu continued on and eventually the harvest remained mostly intact. “People kill bugs too much,” he says. “Nature will arrange the balance. If we kill too many, the bugs will come back [in numbers].” At Green Cow Organic Farm, Lejen Chen is equally passionate about natural methods of production. “In China, seed stores have convinced farmers they need to plant seeds coated in pesticides,” she explains. “They say the farmers will harvest more if they use these pesticide-covered seeds. I just don’t believe it’s true.” She’s putting that belief into action, too. Green Cow can’t produce all the corn it needs to feed the pigs and chickens on its acreage, so

Feature addition to many organic and natural products such as bagels, fresh peanut butter made from Green Cow’s peanuts, and dairy products. Fifty percent of what’s grown at the farm is used at the restaurant. Whether it’s a foamy cappuccino with organic milk or a burger made with organic beef from one of their cows, there’s something at Mrs. Shanen’s to satiate every taste. In a city rife with pollution and dubious food (organic stickers abound in chain supermarkets and import markets), it’s the small farms, backed by passionate, committed individuals working together with villagers and city-dwellers that are producing the safest food to be found. So isn’t it time you supported your local organic farmers?

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Key Words: 有机食品 (yǒujī shípǐn): organic food 有机产品 (yǒujī chǎnpǐn): organic product 有机蔬菜 (yǒujī shūcài): organic produce 绿色食品 (lǜsè shípǐn): “green” food

Resources De Run Wu 德润屋 Strawberry Fields, Xinzhuang, Xingshou Town, Changping District (8459 0809, 昌平区兴寿镇辛庄草莓园 Little Donkey Farm 小毛驴市民农园 Houshajian Village West, Sujiatuo Town, Haidian District (138 1095 6036, 海淀区苏家坨镇后沙涧村西 Green Cow Organic Farm 绿牛有机农庄 Donggezhuang (10 min north of the International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920) 顺义区 北京绿牛有机农场(北京京承高速与机场北线交汇处的东北方向董各 庄附近) Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels 单太太贝谷面包房 Sun-Thu 7.30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District (8046 4301) 顺义区西白辛庄开发街5号 (紧邻名都园)

Organic fennel at Green Cow Organic Farm

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It’s Easy Being Green Twenty steps to reduce your carbon footprint by Sijia Chen

Living Room


Adjust Your Thermostat According to Energy Star, as much as half of the energy used in your home every year goes to heating and cooling. To save energy, keep your thermostat above 25°C (77°F) during the summer and below 21°C (69°F) in winter. If you have an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, change your air filter at least every three months; a dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder.

Invest in an Air Purifier Air pollution is a major cause of respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases, and cerebrovascular diseases. Sleep easier by investing in an IQ Air, Blueair, or Alen air purifier. Ranging from RMB 2,052 to more than RMB 10,000 for a single-room model, air purifiers get rid of airborne particles like dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, and pollen. To learn about more air pollution, see Feature (p58).

Florencia Zarate (6) waters an indoor plant



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Buy Sustainable Materials Ditch conventional cotton and go for more eco-friendly materials for bed linens and drapes. Globally, cotton takes up 2.4 percent of all useable land but requires 16 percent of the world’s pesticides. Choose hemp, bamboo, or organic cotton instead. Unlike cotton, hemp actually improves the soil, is resistant to drought, and can survive in most climates. Bamboo is readily available in China and can be turned into a material that rivals the softness of cashmere. Technically a type of grass, bamboo grows very fast and doesn’t need to be replanted after it is harvested.

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Buy Air-Purifying Houseplants According to a NASA study, everyday houseplants have the ability to clean indoor air of toxins like ammonia, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and benzene. The top ten plants are areca palm (槟榔树), peace lily (和平百合), Boston fern (波士顿蕨), dwarf date palm (矮海 枣), dracanea (龙血树), rubber plant (橡胶树), philodendron (蔓绿绒), bamboo palm (雪佛里椰子), ficus alii (亚里垂榕), and lady palm (筋头 竹). The NASA study recommended one 15cm plant for approximately every 10sqm. In other words, you would need ten small plants for a 100sqm apartment. Look for them at the Liangma Flower Market.

Feature Kitchen and Dining Room Develop a Dishwashing System Though several factors can skew the results, studies suggest that dishwashers are generally more efficient than hand-washing dishes. If installing a dishwasher is not an option, there are a few things you can do to save water. Wash glassware first, the cleanest dishes next, and the greasy dishes and pots last to keep the water cleaner longer. If you have a sink with two basins, put soapy water in one and clear hot water in the other to rinse; if you have a single basin, gather soapy dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a sprayer. Fill the sink with only a few inches of water or use an appropriately-sized wash basin. Cut Down on Meat Reducing meat consumption can save money, cut carbon emissions, and broaden your culinary horizons. Even if it’s just once a week, cutting down on meat can decrease your risk of heart disease by up to 19 percent, according to a Harvard University study. Beef is the biggest culprit; one kilo of beef requires seven times the amount of land needed to produce a kilo of chicken and 15 the amount of land needed to produce a kilo of pork. However, what you replace the meat with is just as important; incorporate nuts, seeds, and beans, as well as more fruits and vegetables into your routine for a well-balanced diet. To learn more, see Olivia Lee’s column (p22) and this month’s health article (p24).

Buy from Local Organic Farms Order your produce, dairy products, herbs, and meat from one of Beijing’s organic farms. This allows families to support local businesses, reduce their carbon footprint, and avoid harmful pesticides. Some places allow customers to buy into the farm for a fee. For example, God’s Grace Garden Plantation offers their products through a CSA (community-supported agriculture) model; a deposit of RMB 1,000 buys you a membership and can be used towards future purchases. Depending on the season, members can enjoy fresh cherries, peaches, apricots, sweet corn, beans, peas, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, peanuts, and more. For other organic farm options, see p51. Grow Your Own Herbs If you’ve got a moderately sunny balcony, skylight, or window sill, you can grow a potted herb garden. For the best soil conditions, mix potting soil with sand and a small amount of lime. Layer the bottom of the pot with gravel for proper drainage; use either a terracotta or wooden pot. Water when the surface of the soil feels dry or pick up the pot and feel how heavy it is. South-facing windows provide the best sunlight; during the warm months, a little time outdoors can give your plants a boost. Good herb combinations include sage (鼠尾草), rosemary (迷迭香), oregano (牛至), and thyme (百里香); lemon balm (蜜蜂花) and basil (罗勒); or parsley (欧芹) and cilantro (香菜). Pick up your supplies from the Liangma Flower Market.

Bathroom Lower Your Water Temperature Reduce costs by lowering the temperature on your water heater. According to US-based Energy Savers, you can save between 3 to 5 percent in energy costs for every 5.5°C (41.9°F) change in water temperature. Most households only require the water temperature to be set at 50°C (122°F). In addition to saving money and energy, this slows mineral buildup and corrosion in the water heater and pipes. Though there is a very slight risk of promoting legionella bacteria at this temperature, 50°C (122°F) is still considered safe for the majority of the population. Families with small children, elderly people, or a history of chronic respiratory disease may consider keeping the water temperature at 60°C (140°F). If you plan to be away from home for more than three days, turn the water temperature down to the lowest setting or, if possible, turn the water heater off completely. Install Water Filters Cut out bottled water by installing water filters on taps; bottled water is expensive and wasteful, generating up to 1.5 million tons of plastic per year. According to Food and Water Watch, that much plastic requires about 177.9 million liters of oil to produce. In addition, not all bottled water is safe; last summer, China pulled 31 brands after a random inspection. In one brand – Yiqun – bacteria levels were 9,000 times above safety standards. Fortunately, Aquasana sells quality home water filters for drinking and showering. World Health Store also sells Aquasana products and other water filters.

Take Shorter Showers A 30-minute shower requires almost 300L of water, with an average flow of 10L of water per minute. Limit showers to five or ten minutes, by using a timer. Control humidity in your bathroom by running the fan during your shower and 15 minutes after. Better yet, install a low-flow showerhead to save both money and electricity. Switch to Solar Power If you’re in for the long haul, consider switching to a solar-powered water heater. In the future, the Beijing municipal government will make it mandatory for new buildings to install a solar water-heating system. According to Vice-Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development Qiu Baoxing, China could save 20 million tons of coal and reduce its CO2 emissions by 40 million tons per year by making the switch to solar-water heating. Wash Full Loads of Laundry To save water, wash only full loads of laundry in cold water; if you must do a partial load, use the appropriate setting on the machine to reduce water usage. Washing full loads can save more than 12,870L per year – the equivalent of about 68 standard bathtubs. Hot water heating accounts for about 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes; the rest is electricity used by the washer motor. Switch to laundry detergents formulated especially for cold water washes or use all-natural soapnuts instead. Soapnuts are available at Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels (p53) and World Health Store.

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Outdoors and On the Go Reuse Containers Minimize waste by reusing containers. According to the municipal government, Beijing residents generate 18,000 tons of waste per day – which is 7,000 tons more than local disposal plants can take. To do your part, take your own plastic containers to the restaurant for leftovers, use a travel mug for your morning coffee, and use a stainless steel bottle for water. When ordering for delivery, ask the restaurant to leave plastic utensils behind: Qǐng búyào dài cānjù. Pack Light and Fly Cheap Ditch the bulging suitcase when traveling by air; planes flying with excess baggage use more fuel. Penny pinchers rejoice: Over long distances, flying economy class leaves a smaller carbon footprint because it maximizes the number of passengers on a flight. From a view of maximizing capacity, flying first-class on a British Airways Boeing 747 plane leaves a carbon footprint 5.5 times larger than that of an economy passenger, while a business seat leaves a carbon footprint 3.5 times larger than its economy counterpart. Start a Compost Heap With a bit of effort, it is possible to start composting in Beijing – even if you live in an apartment. Composting bins can be made from opaque plastic containers with a lid. You’ll also need a draining pan, a power drill, about 250g of worms (available at Dongjiao Market), black potting soil, and some starter organic matter like newspaper. Find step-by-step instructions on setting up your own compost bin at, a Beijing-based blog on healthy living. Recycle Now’s website also has a helpful guide on composting in yards. Use Cloth Diapers Consider using eco-friendly cloth diapers for your baby. They can be cleaned in a washing machine, and come in both flat and pre-fitted models. Some require waterproof shells that are sold separately; others are all-in-one. Modern cloth diapering systems have biodegradable liners that can catch poop and be flushed down the toilet. Cloth diapers are available at BabyGro, Counting Sheep and Mothercare (flat diapers only).

Florencia properly disposes of the family’s used batteries



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Dispose Properly of Used Batteries Dispose safely of used batteries, which contain dangerous chemicals like cadmium – a known carcinogen that can affect kidney and lung function. In the US alone, the majority of the 750 million alkaline batteries sold annually end up in landfills and incinerators. To address the issue, Beijing has installed slotted battery collection boxes (废弃电池回收箱) in public areas, but compliance rates remain as low as 5 percent. There are also private battery collection services, which provide a significant source of income to rural families and scrap collectors. A quick search on will turn up millions of results, but you’ll have to speak decent Chinese to deal with them directly. Otherwise, try asking your compound’s management office for help; some might even run their own battery collection initiatives.

Office Unplug Appliances and Chargers When not in use, unplug small appliances and chargers for electronic devices. Standby power (also known as “vampire power”) is electricity consumed by objects that are turned off or in sleep mode. Despite being “turned off,” a device still uses energy. Reduce this power leakage by consolidating cables into a single power strip, then turning it off and on as needed. Though figures vary, “standby power” accounts for 5 to 10 percent of total residential electricity use in most developed countries.

Use Energy-Efficient Lighting Lighting is one of the easiest ways to start saving energy. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which use 75 percent less energy and last six to ten times longer. Alternatively, replace your lights with longer-lived – but significantly more expensive – LED bulbs. Either way, don’t forget to turn all the lights off when leaving a room. Ikea sells a range of energy-saving light bulbs.

Resources Energy Star Energy Star is an international standard for energy-efficient consumer products. Created by the US government, its website offers tips to make your home more energy-efficient. Liangma Flower Market 亮马花卉市场 This market stocks a wide variety of house plants, fresh flowers, and home decoration supplies. Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. 758 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6504 2446) 朝阳区东三环北路758号 God’s Grace Garden Plantation 天福园有机农庄 Founded in 2001, God’s Grace Garden Plantation offers fruits, vegetables, eggs, and meat through a flexible, membership-based system. Jiang Village, Liangxiang Town, Fangshan District (6033 4957, 137 0127 7398, 房山良乡镇江村 Ikea 宜家 In addition to affordable home furnishings, Ikea sells waste sorting bins, kitchen compost bins, energy-efficient light bulbs, and house plants. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District (800 810 5679) 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号(四元桥西北角) Aquasana 美国阿夸莎娜公司 US-based Aquasana sells imported water filtration systems, including drinking water filters, shower filters, whole house filters, and replacement cartridges. Bldg C-649, Zhongguancun E World Building, Haidian District (400 000 8320 Chinese, 136 5128 5157 English, 海淀区中关村大街11号E世界财富中心 C座649室 World Health Store 维衡生 This chain stocks environmentally-friendly products like soap nuts, organic foods, natural house cleaners, air filters, masks, and more. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm. Rm 2152, North Tower, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongda Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5900 2209)朝阳区东大桥路尚都国际北塔 2152室; 2) Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am-8.30am. Rm 9A, LB1, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (8046 2524) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场 地下一层09A

Dongjiao Market 东郊市场 A favorite among locals, this wholesale market sells everything from food to flowers, plants, birds, hammers, fire extinguishers, worms, and more. Be prepared to haggle. Daily 8am-5pm. Xidawang Lu (south of SOHO New Town), Chaoyang District (6774 7864) 朝阳区西大望路(SOHO现代城南边) Suluku 素绿酷 Suluku is the blog of US native Tayler Cox, a graduate in human biology and health policy. She writes about healthy eating and green living in China. Recycle Now Recycle Now is the UK’s official recycling campaign, with easy-to-follow instructions on sorting waste and home composting. BabyGro 慧宝 The brainchild of Australian mom Johanna Selth, BabyGro offers hand-picked maternity and baby products at its two stores and on its website. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Rm 105B, Bldg 9, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6597 0717, 朝阳区朝外大街6号 新城国际公寓9号楼首层商铺105B; 2) Wed-Sat 10am-5pm. Cathay View, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District (8470 1690, orders@ 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观唐 广场二期商铺 Counting Sheep 洋洋宝宝店 Counting Sheep stocks cloth diapers, maternity clothes, baby furniture, shower gifts, party items, and more. Daily 10am-8pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Worker’s Stadium), Chaoyang District (6417 7622, www.countingsheepboutique. com 朝阳区工体北路17号(工体北门对面) Mothercare This acclaimed UK chain specializes in products for expecting moms, babies, and young children. Find maternity clothes, strollers, bedding, car seats, playpens, flat diapers, and more. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. Rm VDM-09, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6134) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区SMM-42单元; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Wangfujing Department Store, 255 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (8529 1777) 北京市东城区王府井大街 255号王府井百货5层 See Directory under Shopping for more locations. April 2012




Clearing the Air Monitoring and limiting Beijing’s airborne pollutants by Kyle Mullin


Peter Gonzales, his wife Nadia Fomenko and their son Brando (6)



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Once those particles are lodged in our lungs, respiratory diseases such as asthma and lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases, birth defects, and even premature death can follow. Wang says children are especially vulnerable to PM2.5 because their bodies are still developing and need special protection. “Children are potentially at risk anytime they are outdoors,” she says, adding that any panting at playtime will sponge up more pollutants in their lungs and bloodstream. Exertion can raise anyone’s air intake from ten to 20 times the resting level. “Risks are likely to be higher for children who are active, but even sedentary children who have asthma or other underlying lung conditions are at increased risk.” Such hazards have kept Beijing residents glued to the US Embassy’s online air quality monitor and real-time Twitter feed. The embassy’s air quality monitors factor PM2.5 into their findings and the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center has announced it will make PM2.5 readings public available on its website from the end of January 2012. Regardless of where parents find the danger levels, Wang says they should check the index very regularly and keep their children inside on smoggy days, when the US Embassy’s Air Quality Index (AQI) reads

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t’s terrible,” says Peter Gonzales, a father and business owner in Beijing. He’s referring to the smog that has driven his loved ones indoors, pushed them to buy expensive air purifiers, and left them obsessively checking smog level updates. “We use the US Embassy link to check the air pollution in Beijing. My wife Nadia uses different types of [beauty] masks to keep her face healthy and young, and she spends half of her salary on these kinds of products.” Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Wang Ying agrees that those steps, which may seem excessive, are not only prudent – but absolutely necessary for every family in Beijing. “Parents should especially be watching the PM2.5 (fine particulate matter) levels online,” says Wang. The US Embassy website has online updates detailing the minuscule smog particles spewing out from the city’s cars and factories. “These fine particles, less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, can pass the nose barrier and enter our respiratory system. They travel deeper into the lungs than bigger particles. PM2.5 carries large amounts of toxic material such as sulphates, heavy metals, and carcinogens like PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates).”

“Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” or worse. On the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center’s website, parents can check the Air Pollution Index (API). This generalized air quality indicator factors in sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and suspended particulate (PM10) levels based on data from monitoring stations around town. Each level of pollutant is given an individual score, the final API being the highest of those three scores calculated daily. The scale for each pollutant, and in turn the final API score, is non-linear – meaning an API of 100 doesn’t equate to double the pollution of an API 50 reading, nor would it be twice as harmful. Wang says the government plans to swap the current API system for a new index that will include more pollutant indicators such as ozone, PM2.5, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide, along with some health protection recommendations. But for now, Wang advises that anything more than “Moderately Polluted” should warrant keeping children indoors. “If you have to go out [when the pollution is at that level], put on masks that can protect you from PM2.5, such as the N95 masks,” she says. “It is better to avoid the outdoors at dawn and dusk; at that time PM2.5 reaches its peak.” She adds that Beijing families can further protect themselves at home with air cleaners that contain fiber or fabric filters, electronic air cleaners such as electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) and ionizers, along with humidifiers and dehumidifiers that can slightly reduce pollutants through condensation and absorption.

photo and chart: courtesy of greenpeace

On days when the API is dangerously high, wear a mask, like the N95 - which filters out up to 95 percent of airborne particles


Air Pollution Level

Health Implications

0 - 50


No health implications

51 -100


No health implications


Slightly Polluted

Slight irritations may occur, individuals with breathing or heart problems should reduce outdoor exercise.


Lightly Polluted

Slight irritations may occur, individuals with breathing or heart problems should reduce outdoor exercise.


Moderately Polluted

Healthy people will be noticeably affected. People with breathing or heart problems will experience reduced endurance in activities. These individuals and elders should remain indoors and restrict activities.


Heavily Polluted

Healthy people will be noticeably affected. People with breathing or heart problems will experience reduced endurance in activities. These individuals and elders should remain indoors and restrict activities.

Severely Polluted

Healthy people will experience reduced endurance in activities. There may be strong irritations and symptoms and may trigger other illnesses. Elders and the sick should remain indoors and avoid exercise. Healthy individuals should avoid outdoor activities.


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Brando breathes easy at home with an air purifier



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Resources US Embassy in Beijing Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center Alen US-based Alen Corp. offers two air purifier models (the Paralda HEPA Air Purifier for RMB 4,980 and the A375UV Multi-Gas HEPA Air Purifier for RMB 5,980), as well as whole-house packages and filter replacements. (5979 8115) IQ Air IQ Air sells a wide range of residential and commercial air filters starting from RMB 12,800. Their best-selling model is the HealthPro 250, which retails for RMB 14,980. 1) 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (158 0136 1601, 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 2) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (6457 1922, info@ 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆 广场4层 See Directory for more locations. Torana Clean Air Center Torana Clean Air Center is the official distributor of Blueair air filters in China, with prices ranging from RMB 1,888 to RMB 10,782. Torana also carries Alen air purifiers, Totobobo pollution masks, and humidifiers. Daily 10am-8.30pm. Unit L110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (8459 0785, 顺义区天天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场L110

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But Wang says some supposed “air purifiers” can actually pollute the indoors as much as any traffic jam outside. She warns parents not to be duped by ozone generators, “super-oxygen” air purifiers, and “pure air” generators - so make sure you do the research and purchase a trusted brand. Last year, Alexei Berteig bought a Blueair device to siphon out the smog and alleviate her two young daughters’ nagging coughs. “At the time we bought it, our children both had respiratory infections and had essentially been chronically coughing for three or four months. Our older daughter [was prescribed] antibiotics seven times last year. We were beside ourselves, and I was convinced that at least in their bedroom we needed an air purifier to keep the air clean. We got [one from] Blueair after doing some research that suggested it was one of the more effective devices,” says Berteig. While having one helps, Berteig goes on to explain: “It feels like using duct tape on a cracked engine block in your car. It’s not an actual fix to the pollution problem, but it keeps you from having a total breakdown. The kids are healthier than last year. We’ve had far less visits to the hospital, fewer antibiotics, fewer sleepless nights, and fewer missed days of kindergarten.” Gonzales, owner of Gorilla Fitness and father of 6-year-old Brando, uses an IQ Air filter both at home and at his gym. He says: “The biggest pollution concern for me centered on working out – particularly doing cardio. When you’ve worked up a good sweat and your body is screaming for oxygen, you want to make sure every breath you take is as clean as possible. When it comes to your health, you should purchase the best air purifier you can afford. An air purifier in Beijing is much more of an investment than it is a purchase.” Wang says those filters come in handy even on Beijing’s “blue sky days,” when the municipal government’s API index is under 100 and labeled at its lowest levels - and until recently did not account for the most harmful pollutant of all: PM2.5. Parents might feel as though they’re fighting a losing battle, but Gonzales says indoor filters ensure that the pollution won’t stifle his family’s lifestyle. “We try to take precautions, but it is what it is,” he says. “Having a filter where you excercise and at home is at least definitely better than running and doing activities outside when it’s polluted.”


Greener and Cleaner Ten natural alternatives to eliminate chemicals in your home

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by Sijia Chen

Leili Rosen (11) sweeps away an accumulation of dust

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Look ma, no chemicals: Milan (9) and Zane Rosen (6)


Make Your Own Household Cleaners It’s easy to make your own cleaning products and you probably have the ingredients lying around your house already. Using only salt, white vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda, a variety of pastes, solutions, and scouring mixes can be made to clean tubs, sinks, floors, windows, countertops, and more. Find more cleaning recipes at The Daily Green ( Window Cleaner Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and a liter of warm water. Squirt the solution using a spray bottle, then wipe the surface with a lint-free cloth or old cotton t-shirt to avoid streaking. Drain Cleaner Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by two cups of boiling water. If that doesn’t work, chase the baking soda with ½ cup of vinegar and cover tightly; the fizzing of the chemical reaction will break up the gunk. Then, flush everything out with 4L of water.


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Ward Off Mosquitoes with Thai Lemongrass Mosquito season is almost upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to harmful insecticides. Thai lemongrass (香茅草) can be raised as a houseplant and contains citronella, a natural and effective mosquito repellent. Available at most flower markets, the plant grows to be around 60cm tall and 40cm across. To use it, break off a stalk and peel away the outer leaves until you get to the scallion-like stem at the base. Bend the stem to loosen it, then rub it vigorously between your palms. When it becomes a pulpy mass, rub the juice thoroughly over exposed skin. The pulp can also be combined with alcohol in a spray bottle.



Ditch Paper Towels in Favor of Cloth Not only are paper towels wasteful, they’re difficult to find in Beijing. Switch to cloth towels instead and save money in the process. Separate your cloth towels according to household use: • Deep cleaning cloths: Buy a pack of anti-static microfiber cleaning cloths (available at major supermarket) for wiping up kitchen stains, drying dishes, cleaning mirrors, and shining surfaces. • Kid cloths: Put your children’s old washcloths, burp cloths, and t-shirt rags into a basket, then let them use the napkins for anything they want – whether it’s household chores, cleaning up their messes, or helping around the kitchen. • Miscellaneous cloths: These are generic cloths that can be used for everything else, such as wiping your hands in the kitchen and cleaning up messes that are too wet to waste a microfiber cloth on.

Clear the Air with Natural Fresheners Many chemical air fresheners contain known carcinogens, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and toxins such as phthalate esters. To freshen up the house and safely get rid of odors, slice up ripe pineapples (two pineapples per room) and set them out for 24 hours to neutralize any smells, or combine a blend of essential oils and water into a spray bottle. Since oils separate easily, shake well before use and continue shaking as you spray around the house. Try the following recipes: • Six drops of rosemary (迷迭香), six drops of grapefruit (柚子), four drops of lemon (柠檬), and 60ml of water. During cold and flu season, add two drops of eucalyptus oil (桉树油). • Five drops of orange (橙子), two drops of cinnamon leaf (肉 桂叶), and 120ml of water • Fifty drops of lemon, 50 drops of pink grapefruit (粉红葡萄 柚), 10 drops of red mandarin (桔子), 10 drops of patchouli ( 广霍香), and 120ml of water


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These oils can be found on Tip: To save on delivery fees and conserve energy on shipping, purchase in bulk with friends.

Leili is ready for some green cleaning action April 2012





Neutralize Mold and Mildew with Vinegar Mold and mildew are caused by fungi growth and can be dangerous to your family’s health. They tend to appear in shower stalls, cabinets under kitchen and bathroom sinks, and dank environments like basements. Luckily, white vinegar kills 82 percent of household mold strains. Simply put some in a spray bottle and spritz it over mold and mildew, then wipe off with a damp sponge. For mold and mildew that doesn’t respond to vinegar, use the following tea tree oil solution:

Dust bunnies don’t stand a chance against brothers Milan and Zane



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Tea Tree Oil Mold and Mildew Cleaner Combine two cups of plain water and two teaspoons of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the mold or mildew, then wait 30 minutes before wiping off. For large areas, use warm water and more tea tree oil. Dip a scrub brush into the liquid, and scrub well. Wear rubber gloves to avoid skin irritation. Other useful essential oils include cajeput, nialouli, thyme, and rosemary.


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Launder Away Impurities Most conventional laundry detergents are made with petroleum, a nonrenewable resource. It doesn’t biodegrade easily and threatens ecosystems after going down the drain. Many also contain chemical fragrances, phosphates, and known carcinogens. Instead, try soapnuts (RMB 55 for 500g at World Health Store), a fragrance-free natural surfactant suitable for sensitive skin. To use them, simply put three or four soapnut shells into a sock or cloth tie bag, then insert directly into your washing machine. Once the load is done, take out the bag and let it dry; the same soapnuts can be reused for three or four more washes. Wash in warm water for maximum effectiveness. For cold water washes, soak the nuts in a bowl of hot water for ten minutes, then throw both the bag and the hot water into the washing machine, starting the cycle as usual.

Moisturize with Olive Oil Dry skin is a chronic problem in Beijing and reliable commercial moisturizers aren’t always easy to find. Take a page from Mediterranean countries, where people have used olive oil for centuries as a skin moisturizer. Olive oil contains at least four different antioxidants and linoleic acid, a compound that prevents water from evaporating. It can also be used as an aftershave, cuticle moisturizer, or lip chap (simply mix olive oil and melted beeswax in a 1:1 ratio and add an essential oil for fragrance). If you’re lucky enough to have a bathtub, add a bit of olive oil into the water for a moisturizing soak.

Soothe Cuts and Scrapes with Folk Remedies Cuts, scrapes, sores, and bruises are a common occurrence in households with small children and active teenagers. Next time there’s an accident, ditch the Neosporin in favor of easy folk remedies. Try honey for scrapes and larger cuts that don’t require medical attention; its antibacterial properties help prevent infection and speed up healing. Apply a dab directly to the wound, then cover with an airtight bandage. To get rid of scabs, combine a tablespoon of white vinegar and 2 cups of water, then soak the area. (Brace yourself: Vinegar stings!) Aloe vera is a time-tested remedy for burns and sores; break off a leaf and apply the sap directly to the wound. Repeat every few hours.

Get Painless Headache Relief Pain relievers like ibuprofen may pack a punch, but they also come with a variety of side effects that include diarrhea, dizziness, gas, nausea, and stomach pain. In addition, as many as a third of all persistent headaches are caused by overuse of painkillers – a phenomenon called the “rebound effect.” For natural headache relief, try a time-tested Asian remedy: Tiger Balm (虎标万金油). The ointment’s secret herbal formula includes menthol, camphor, clove bud, and cassia oil. Similar to Western remedies like Mentholatum, Tiger Balm can be rubbed onto the temples to relieve tension headaches. Alternatively, use a cold pack on your temples to constrict blood vessels and relieve pain, or dissolve two drops of peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender oil in a cup of water to make a headache compress.

Zap Pimples with Herbs and Oatmeal The bane of teenagers and young adults everywhere, pimples are an embarrassing – and sometimes painful – skin condition. Luckily, mild acne can be relieved with a number of natural remedies. Try the following fixes:

Oatmeal and Onion Puree Facial Mask Boil 30ml of purified water. Pour over 3 tablespoons of plain oatmeal and allow to steep for five minutes. Finely grind a medium-sized, peeled white onion in a food processor to make a smooth puree. Add to the oatmeal while it’s still warm. If the mask isn’t thick enough to sit comfortably on your face, add some honey into the mix. This recipe makes about eight applications and can keep in the fridge for a week. Organic Tea Tree Oil Dilute the tea tree oil by soaking a cotton swab into the bottle, then dipping it into water. Spot treat acne blemishes, reapplying the oil up to three times per day.

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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 American Steak & Eggs Affordable meals, from classic American diner breakfasts to fancier dinner specials. They have a kids’ menu, books, toys and patience. Daily 7ammidnight. Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai (directly north of the Friendship Store, one traffic light west of Silk Market), Chaoyang District. (6592 8088/8788) www.steakeggs. 喜来中北美西餐, 朝阳区建国门外秀水 南街(友谊商店北面, 秀水西边第一个红绿灯) Blue Frog 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 1/F Bdg 1, U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8561 2665,; 2) Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030, cn) 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, chefbilly@yahoo. com) 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) Daily 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058); 2) Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. S8-33, Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318) 新元素, 1) 朝阳区将 台路6号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village 南区8号楼S8-33 Fatburger This famous American diner offers premium Australian lean beef burgers freshly grinded daily and cooked to order the way you like it. Juicy 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 all set amidst a warm and comfortable ambience of 80’s music play-



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ing in the background. 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@ 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 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,; 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, 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) Hard Rock Cafe 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 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. 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 200m east from north gate of Jindi Mingjing Xiaoqu, exit E of Sihui subway station, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Daily 8am-midnight. 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 8.30am-11pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449); 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. Jiangtai Xilu (next to SALT and Frank’s Place), Chaoyang District. (6435 3509) 彼德西餐, 1) 朝阳区建国门外 大街21号国际俱乐部88A; 2) 朝阳区将台西路 (SALT/Frank’s旁边) 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

Directories 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)

com 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

The Kro’s Nest Daily 11am-midnight. 1) Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District. (8523 6655); 2) 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)

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

Bakeries, Delis & Desserts Awfully Chocolate Scrumptious chocolate cakes are to die for – rich in taste yet moist and light. Three flavors: original (RMB 138276), banana (RMB 168-336) and rum and cherry (RMB 178-356). Daily 10am-9.30pm. 1) Rm 108, Bldg 2, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 5826, beijing@; 2) Rm 05A Bldg 1, Raffles City, Dongcheng District. (8409 8452, www. 1) 朝阳区建国路93 号万达广场2号楼108; 2) 东城区东直门来福士 广场B1-05a (Raffles City) CCSweets Artisanal cupcakes, cakes, cookies.CC is an artist, jewelry designer,chocolatier & cakedesigner. She uses only the best gourmet, imported ingredients to make her cupcakes, cakes and cookies. CC Sweets also custom designs cupcakes, cakesand wedding cakes to order. Try their Crazy forChocolate Six-Pack, containing sixvarieties of chocolate cupcakes. Check their website for details and rotating flavors. Daily 9am-8pm. Unit 109, Bldg 11, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6973, 喜喜饼房, 朝阳区朝阳门外 大街6号新城国际11号楼109号

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Pie House Despite what a generations of people raised by cartoons might believe, the proper destination for a banana cream pie is not in your opponent’s face. The divine vanilla custard from Pie House deserves to be in no one’s face but your own. Born of American pie enthusiast Mark Huetsch’s inability to bear a pie-less lifestyle in Beijing, Pie House delivers rich, heavenly pastry free within the Fourth Ring Road or to Wudaokou. Their pie lineup including pumpkin, French cream, key lime, and blueberry (RMB 149-249), and extends to mousses and tartlets. Delivered to your door on time, still warm and full of gooey fruit filling, these pies could solve a domestic dispute. Daily 9am-9pm. Delivery only, order five hours in advance. Daily 9am-9pm. (5166 4464) 派悦坊 Sweet Tooth Founded by Meilian Tan, an Australian with a strong passion for all things sweet, this bakery aims to satisfy your sweetest cravings with made-to-order specialty desserts. They use high-quality local and imported ingredients to produce a range of cakes, cupcakes, muffins, cookies and bars. Favorites include Australian Pavlova and Lamingtons, as well as mini Oreo cheesecakes, cake pops and cake balls. Delivery only. There is a RMB 15 delivery fee within the Fourth Ring Road, including Wudaokou. Additional surcharge applies to addresses outside these areas. Check the website for details and latest desserts. (150 1121 7173,, The Lollipop Bakery UK Cupcake connoisseur bakes her sweet creations and delivers by the dozen. Choose from chocolate, vanilla and other flavors. Custom cakes upon request. Also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café, and Secrets From Africa. Reserve 24 hrs in advance. also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café, and Secrets From Africa, Chaoyang District. (135 5277 2683, 朝阳区可百尼尼,鱼眼咖啡和亦有售

Breakfast and Brunch 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.comptoirsdefrance.

Greenfish Daily 6.30am -11pm. The RitzCarlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6601 6666 ext. 6255) 四季汇, 西城区金城坊东街1 号北京金融街丽思卡顿酒店 Lily’s American Diner 1) Daily 10ammidnight. 200m east from north gate of Jindi Mingjing Xiaoqu, exit E of Sihui subway station, Chaoyang District. (lilysdelivery@; 2) Daily 8am-midnight. 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 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

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Intersection, (turn at the driveway just west of the Hegezhuang Village Sign), Chaoyang District. (6433 6270) 果园, 朝阳区崔各庄乡 何各庄村(过何各庄村路标往南转) SALT Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) www. 盐, 朝阳区将台西 路9号2层(珀丽酒店西边) 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, www. 葡萄院儿, 东城区五道营胡 同31号

Buffets Golden Jaguar This buffet restaurant of both Western and Chinese food offers mountains to choose from. Lunch is RMB 198 and dinner is RMB 238; kids under 120cm are half-price and those under 70cm eat free. There are plenty of chairs on hand for youngsters. Place mats at the Golden Jaguar’s buffet greet you with the advice: “For the sake of your health, please do not binge eat and drink.” Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm,5-10 .30pm,Sat-Sun 10.30am-4pm,5-10.30pm. 1) 4/F, North Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6553 8888); 2) 2/F, Wangfu Shiji Dasha, Donganmen Dajie (opposite China Children’s Art Theater), Dongcheng District. (6559 8888 ext 1); 3) 2/F, Building 214, Huizhong Beili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (5128 1888) 金钱豹, 1) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶大厦北楼4层; 2) 东 城区东安门大街王府世纪大厦2层(儿童剧场对 面); 3) 朝阳区亚运村惠忠北里小区214号楼2层 Kranzler’s This Kempinski venue’s claim to fame is their classy East-meets-West buffet, featuring a daily lunch buffet (RMB 198, plus 15% service charge), semi-open kitchens in the evenings and the Sunday Family Brunch (RMB RMB 288, includes unlimited fruit juices and soft drinks; RMB 338 includes unlimited bubbly, white or red wine and Paulaner Beer, plus 15% service charge, 11.30am-3pm) with a range of German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese specialties, as well as New Zealand oysters, live lobster, foie gras and Swiss cheese fondue. Live jazz band and the Kempinski’s Kids Club round out the offerings. Daily 6am-midnight. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 4222) RESTAURANTS%20AND%20BARS/RESTAURANTS/Pages/restaurant2.aspx 客来思乐餐 厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店1层

Cafes & Sandwiches Maan Coffee Korean-run cafe specializing in waffles, desserts and other snacks. 1) Daily 9am-midnight. 7 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8457 3470); 2) Rm 110, Bldg 103, Baiziwan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8795 0870) 漫咖啡, 1) 朝阳区将台西路7号; 2) 朝阳区百子湾西里103 号楼110室 Rug Bagel & Cafe TTue-Fri 11.30am-10pm (last order 9.30pm), Sat-Sun 10.30am-8pm (last order 7.30pm). 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



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Cantonese and Dim Sum Causeway Bay Serves a combination of Hong Kong’s Western and Cantonese cuisine, as well as dim sum from 7am-10pm. Try the congee, rice dishes and noodles. 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm. B1 Level, Prosper Center, 5 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6562 8555) 铜锣湾茶餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳区光华路5号 院世纪财富中心B1层 Gala This 24-hour eatery aimed at the Gongti Xilu clubbing set serves dim sum and Cantonese specialties prepared by a Hong Kong chef. Daily 24 hours. 8 Gongti Xilu (behind Gongti 100), Chaoyang District. (6551 9048) 朝阳区工体西路8号 Herbal Cafe This Hong Kong cafe doesn’t drench their food in oil, MSG and salt, serves herbal teas, soups, dim sum, and stir-fries in a comfortable atmosphere. Dishes RMB 1058. 1) Daily 8am-midnight. B02, 17 Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 4679); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. S6-33, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0618) 泰和草本工 坊, 1) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场10号楼B02; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区6号 楼3层s6-33 Jin Ding Xuan Daily 24hrs. 1) D122 B/1 Huamao Shopping Center, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111); 2) 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District. (6429 6888); 3) 16 Pufang Lu, across from Carrefour, Fengtai District. (6761 7161); 4) 1/F, Entrance B03, north corner of Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 1155); 5) Yiyuan No.15, Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6497 8978); 6) 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8596 8881) 金鼎轩酒楼, 1) 朝阳区建国路87 号华贸购物中心B1楼D122号; 2) 东城区和平里 西街77号; 3) 丰台区方庄蒲芳路16号 (家乐福 对面); 4) 海淀区远大路1号金源时代购物中心 北侧1层B03入口; 5) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里逸 园15号; 6) 朝阳区团结湖南路15号 Repulse Bay True to its name, Prosper Bay is a Hong Kong style Canto-eatery that does dim sum as well (11.30am-2pm, and 5.30-10pm). Their “double boiled” soups are a specialty as well. 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm. B1 Level, Prosper Center, 5 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6562 8555) 浅水湾粤菜餐 厅, 朝阳区光华路5号院世纪财富中心B1层 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 7.30am10.30pm. 1) 1/F, Haoyue Jianguo Hotel, 17 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (65131288); 2) 1/F, Xizang Dasha, 118 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6498 5543); 3) Store 2, Bldg 9, Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8552 9488); 4) 1/F, Minzu Hotel, 51 Fuchengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6605 9327); 5) 3/F Novotel Xinqiao Hotel, Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District. (6512 9603) 唐宫 海鲜坊, 1) 东城区建国门内大街17号好苑建国 商务酒店1楼; 2) 朝阳区北四环东路118号西藏 大厦1楼; 3) 朝阳区朝阳北路101号朝阳大悦城9 楼2号(青年路口); 4) 西城区复兴门内大街51号 民族饭店1楼; 5) 东城区东交民巷新侨饭店3楼

Central & South American Brazilian Churrascos Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 1/F Crowne Plaza Park View Wuzhou, 8 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 2288 ext 6178) 巴 西烤肉, 朝阳区北四环中路8号五洲皇冠假日 酒店1层 Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill Texas-sized portions at this long running Lone Star State-inspired restaurant originally founded by a splinter group from Grandma’s Kitchen. Enjoy serviceable burritos, fajitas, breakfast plates and burgers and wash it all down with a frozen

margarita. The St. Regis branch does brisk workday lunch business, while the Lido branch is more family oriented with a play area for kids as well as a Kid’s Menu at the Lido branch. 1) Daily 8.30am-11pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449); 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. Jiangtai Xilu (next to SALT and Frank’s Place), Chaoyang District. (6435 3509) 彼德西餐, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号 国际俱乐部88A; 2) 朝阳区将台西路 (SALT/ Frank’s旁边)

Chinese Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu Daily 11am-10pm. North of 6 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6586 4967) 宝源饺子屋, 朝阳区麦子店街6 号楼北侧 Bianyifang This “laozihao” (time-honored brand) restaurant, whose first branch is located in the historic Qianmen area, has been serving up some of the capital’s finest duck since 1855, and boasts its own special slow roast technique for more mouth watering results. 1) Bldg 21, Anxiangli, Chaoyang District. (64856688); 2) 4/F Guorui Da Sha (Glory Plaza), Chongwen District. (67112244); 3) 101 Fucheng Lu, Haidian District. (88146066); 4) Daily 11am-9.30pm. 3/F Building 2, New World Shopping Mall, 3 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. (6708 8680); 5) Daily 10.30am-10pm. 36 Xingfu Dajie, Chongwen District. (6711 6465); 6) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-9pm. 4/F, Bldg 1, Dacheng International Center, 78 Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5962 6999); 7) Mon-Fri 10.30am-2pm, 4.30-9pm; Sat-Sun 10.30am-9pm. 6 Beisanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8208 1019) 便宜坊, 1) 朝阳 区安翔里甲21号楼; 2) 崇文区崇外大街国瑞大 厦4楼; 3) 海淀区阜成路101号; 4) 崇文区崇文 门外大街3号新世界商场二期3层; 5) 崇文区幸 福大街36号; 6) 朝阳区东四环中路78号大成国 际中心1号楼4层; 7) 朝阳区北三环中路6号 Da Dong Roast Duck Kids love getting their fingers dirty when crafting pancake after pancake of delicious duck at this Beijing favorite. Aside from the duck, they also have a large selection of homestyle standards. Voted best “Chinese Restaurant of the Year,” “Beijing Duck” and “Best for Impressing Visitors” in the 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 5/F, Jinbao Dasha, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1234); 2) 1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (5169 0329); 3) 3 Tuanjiehu Beikou, Dongsanhuan Lu (southeast corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 2892/4003) 北京 大董烤鸭店, 1) 东城区金宝街金宝大厦5层; 2) 东城区东四十条甲22号南新仓国际大厦1~2楼(立 交桥西南角); 3) 朝阳区团结湖北口3号楼东三 环路(长虹桥东南角) 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 11.30am-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 7/F, Dangdai Shangcheng, 40 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6269 6726); 3) Daily 11.30am-9.30pm. 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 Green Bites Dumpling Bar Daily 10.30am8.30pm. Unit 5-106, 1/F, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8590 0475) 绿盒子蒸饺, 朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho1层 5-106室 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 In & Out Daily 11am-10pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8454 0086/6467 5235) 一坐一忘, 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 Shanghai Min (Xiao Nan Guo) 1) 2/F, Jinbao Plaza, 89 Jingbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (40 0820 9777); 2) Rm 301, 3/F, China Life Center, 17 Jinrong Dajie, Xicheng District. (40 0820 9777); 3) Stall CC16, B1/F, Oriental Plaza, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (40 0820 9777); 4) 5/F, Raffles City Beijing Shopping Center, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (40 0820 9777); 5) Stall 401-A, 4/F, IFC Mall, 1-3 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (40 0820 9777); 6) 3/F, Bldg 1, Sanlitun SOHO, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (40 0820 9777) 小南国, 1) 东城区金宝街89号金宝大厦 2楼; 2) 西城区金融大街17号中国人寿中心3楼 301; 3) 东城区王府井大街东方新天地广场地下 一层CC18号铺; 4) 东城区东直门南大街1号北京 来福士购物中心5楼04-05号铺; 5) 朝阳区新源 南路1-3号都汇天地商场4层401-A号铺; 6) 朝 阳区工体北路8号三里屯SOHO一栋3楼 Xibei Youmiancun Restaurant 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 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), Chaoyang District. (6433 6270) 果园, 朝阳区崔各庄乡 何各庄村(过何各庄村路标往南转) SALT Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) www. 盐, 朝阳区将台西 路9号2层(珀丽酒店西边) Sureño Daily noon-3.30pm, 6-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240) 朝阳区三 里屯路11号三里屯Village瑜舍地下1层 Vineyard Cafe This hutong cafe, specializing in comfort food and comfy couches, is both hip and sensible, and their hearty English breakfasts are excellent weekend brunch fare. Good pizza and excellent beer selection. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun 11.30am-11 .30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, www. 葡萄院儿, 东城区五道营胡 同31号

French 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. www.flo. cn 北京福楼餐厅, 朝阳区霄云路18号 Cafe de la Poste Daily noon-2:30pm, 6pm12am. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng

Directories District. (6402 7047) 云游驿, 东城区雍和宫大街58号 Crepanini Sun-Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Unit A110, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5208 6092/93)

Fusion Bei Artistically presented North Asian cuisine in a peaceful, minimalist setting. Choose among three tasting menus and a page of a la carte dishes. Daily 5.30-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5230, www. 北, 朝阳区三里屯路11号三 里屯Village1号楼瑜舍地下1层 Olio Friendly English-speaking waitstaff dish out fusion European and Asian pastas, sandwiches and entrees (RMB 49-169) at this Singaporean-run restaurant-cafe. Daily 10am-9pm. B124, B1/F, China Central Place (basement of Shin Kong Place), 77-79 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 7882) 欧流餐厅, 朝阳区建国路77-79号 华贸购物中心地下1层124号

Zhongguancun Plaza Pedestrian Street, 15 Zhongguangun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1606); 2) 1/F, Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 8790); 3) 1/F, Beijing APM, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 6277); 4) 1/F, Wangjing Jiamao Shopping Center, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 9478); 5) Unit L05b, Huamao Shangye Jie (north of Shin Kong Place), 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 7045); 6) Unit 130, 1/F, Viva Mall, 65 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5903 7061); 7) 1/F, Beijing International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6532 6661) 哈根达斯, 1) 海淀区中关村大街15号中关村广场步行街R29 室; 2) 东城区东直门南大街1号来福士购物中心 1层; 3) 东城区王府井大街138号北京APM 1层( 近长安街); 4) 朝阳区广顺北大街33号嘉茂购物 中心1层(近大西洋新城); 5) 朝阳区建国路89号 华贸商业街1层L05b铺(近新光天地); 6) 朝阳区 东三环中路65号富力广场1层130商铺(双井桥西 北); 7) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号北京国际俱乐 部饭店1层(近日坛路)

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Schindler’s Tankstelle A very traditional German restaurant, right in Ritan Park. This casual, fun eatery will appeal to the whole family, with excellent service and exceptionally kid-friendly food. Highchairs are available, but we recommend sitting outside on long benches, Bavarian beer hall-style so it doesn’t matter how much food gets on the floor. As far as the menu is concerned, it’s sausages, sausages, sausages. There are many different types that are generally healthy, low-fat and imported. Parents claims the mashed potato is the best in Beijing. Daily 10am-midnight. 15A Guanghua Lu (200m east of Ritan Park South Gate), Chaoyang District. (8562 6439) http://www. 申德勒加油站, 朝阳区光华 路甲15号(日坛南门往东200米) Villa Castanea 6272 0130. 266, Pu An Dian, Wan’an Donglu, Haidian District. (Daily 11am-10.30pm) 七叶香山, 海淀区万安东路 普安店266号

Ice Cream Haagen-Dazs Super-premium frozen treats for the well-to-do. 1) Unit R29,

Italian Agrilandia Italian Farm Fireplace Restaurant A farm, a rustic restaurant, an agri-tourism destination – Agrilandia is many things to many people. On a warm spring day, your kids will run around its green lawn, pet small furry creatures, go swimming and eat hearty Italian dishes made from locally grown ingredients. Dogs are also welcome. Daily 9am-9pm. Baigezhuangcun, Mapozhen, Shunyi District. (6940 7700, 130 0127 1094) 意大利农场壁炉餐厅, 顺义 区马坡镇白各庄村 Alio Olio West gate of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6594 0938) 朝阳区朝 阳公园西门

German Food Center The answer to all your sandwich needs can be found at this long-running Maizidian deli selling domestic and imported meats, sausages, bread, coffee, cakes and other imported items. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 105 Binduyuan Mansion, 15 Zaoying Beili, Maizidian (800m east of Nongzhanguan Beilu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9370) 德国食品店, 朝阳区麦子店枣营北里15号 宾都苑公寓105号(长城饭店南侧,农展馆北路往 东走800米路北) Paulaner Brauhaus This long-running restaurant is one of Beijing’s best choices for authentic, if pricey, Bavarian-style German food (think sausages and sauerkraut). Located next to the Kempinski hotel, the venue features a 429-square-meter beer garden that can seat up to 290 and its own microbrewery that brews Paulaner’s own beer (including light and dark wheat beers), with prices ranging from RMB 46 for a small glass to RMB 114 for steins. Schnapps, liquers, digestifs and aperitifs are also served and a la carte items include pork knuckle and hog roast served on traditional cast iron pans, and a range of Bavarian snacks served on wooden boards. Daily lunch specials go for RMB 112 and includes dishes ranging from lamb shanks to Viennese chicken. Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5732) home 普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号 凯宾斯基饭店

in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-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) 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


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) 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) www. 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

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. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 1) Unit N4-30, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu,

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Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6415 2112); 2) 902 Pinnacle Plaza, Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 5112) 尚水长廊铁板烧 餐厅, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路11号院(Village北区) 能号楼三层N4-30单元; 2) 顺义区天竺镇开发 区荣祥广场902 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 Matsuko Serving up one of Beijing’s best known buffets since 1992, this chain of Japanese restaurant feeds hungry white collar types with its bountiful spread of sushi, sashimi, noodles and more. The daily lunch buffet (RMB 98, Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, RMB 108 Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm) features over 60 kinds of dishes, ranging from eel with teriyaki sauce and tempura shrimp to sushi rolls and desserts. Children under 110 cm eat for free. Be forewarned that the different branches charge different prices for the buffet. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm,5-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 1) 78 Anli Lu (Subway Line 5 Datun Lu East Station), Haidian District. (5963 6663,; 2) 1/F, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8731 9890,; 3) 2/F, Jinglong Dasha, 225 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6509 8999,; 4) Baijiazhuang (south east corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 5208,; 5) 39 Liangmaqiao Lu (opposite 21st Century hotel), Chaoyang District. (8453 4062, 松子, 1) 海淀区安立路78号(5号线大 屯地铁站东); 2) 朝阳区南新园西路8号龙头公

Harry’s Kitchen Catering services in the Shunyi area featuring South Asian, Middle Eastern and Western food, including seasonal specialties. Also provides catering related items and services. 11-2pm, 5pm-9.30pm. Inside Wanke City Garden, Shunyi District. (139 1169 0944, 8049 7941, harryskitchen@ 北京巴顺海力餐厅, 顺义区万 科城市花园内 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”

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寓南栋一层; 3) 朝阳区朝阳北路225号京龙大厦 2层; 4) 朝阳区星期五餐厅对面松阪屋; 5) 朝 阳区亮马桥39号(21世纪饭店对面) Tairyo Teppanyaki The “Benihana of Beijing” specializes in all-you-can eat teppenyaki (RMB 150 for lunch, RMB 168 dinner) served up by knife-wielding chefs who slice and dice everything from beef and lambchops to cod filets and shrimp in front of you. Also serves sashimi and other assorted eats. The Sanlitun venue aims for a more upscale clientele and charges RMB 198 for all-you-can-eat-and-drink. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. 15 Wanliu Zhonglu, Haidian District. (8256 6044); 2) Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-11pm. S2-32, 3/F The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 8075, 6416 0075); 3) Daily 10am-1pm, 5-11pm. 305 China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1180/1); 4) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-11pm. 2/F, Yaxing Mansion, Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6461 2336); 5) Mon-Fri 10am-1pm, 5-11pm. Building E, Shenggu Jiayuan, Anzhen Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6444 8855/66) 大渔 铁板烧, 1) 海淀区万柳中路15号; 2) 朝阳区 三里屯路19号The Village at Sanlitun 南区,三层 S2-32; 3) 朝阳区工体东路中国红街305号; 4) 朝阳区麦子店街亚星大厦2层; 5) 朝阳区安贞 桥胜古家园E座

Korean Ai Jiang Shan Daily 11am-10pm. North Gate of Si’de Park, 39 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8456 9511) 爱江山, 朝阳 区将台西路四德公园北门 Han Na Shan Daily 10.30am-11pm. 1) B118A Huamao Shopping Center, 79 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5086); 2) 8/F Viva Shopping Mall, Fuli City, 65 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (5903 7358); 3) 8 Huayuan Donglu (near the Guo’an Theater), Haidian District. (8203 7888/6886) 汉拿山, 1) 朝阳区建国路 79号华贸购物中心B1楼B118A号; 2) 朝阳区东三 环中路65号富力广场8楼; 3) 海淀区花园东路8 号(国安剧院附近)

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 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) 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



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1404/1370) 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

Baihe Vegetarian Daily 11am-10pm. 23A Caoyun Hutong, Dongzhimennei Beixiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6405 2082) 百合素食, 东城区东直门内北小街,草园胡同甲23号

Pizza Buona Daily 10.30am-midnight. 7 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6551 3518) 百好乐, 朝阳区工体西路7号

The Veggie Table The shiitake 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 wellchosen craft beers. Wed-Mon 11am-11pm. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6446 2073) 吃素的, 东城区五道营胡同19号

The Kro’s Nest Daily 11am-midnight. 1) Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District. (8523 6655); 2) 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)

Russian Queen’s Cafe Daily 12am-11pm. 3/F, S9, Sanlitun Village South close to Karaiya Spice House , 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 1928, http:// 皇后饭店, 朝阳区三里 屯路19号三里屯Village南区3层(近辣屋) Traktirr Pushkin Pick the right time (lunch, early dinner) and you’ll understand why so many Russian families are loyal patrons. Who can argue with hearty portions of wellpriced kid-friendly fare like chicken Kiev, steaks, pork schnitzel and mashed potatoes? Thanks to the heavy mayo application, even the salads make it down most kids’ throats. Voted “Best Russian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-midnight. 5-15 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8407 8158, 6403 1896) 彼得堡俄餐厅, 东城区东直门内大街5-15号

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. 1) Daily noon-10pm. 1/F Building B, Ocean International Center, 58 Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 0075); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. 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 Orient Kitchen 1) 10am-11pm. 3 Jinrong Jie (Across from the Financial Street Shopping Center), Xicheng District. (6622 0072); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. S4-31, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4070) 小城知味, 1) 西城区金 融街3号,金融街购物中心对面; 2) 朝阳区三里 屯路19号三里屯Village南区4号楼S4-31

Family Health Clinics & Hospitals 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. 1) Daily 8am-4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2399 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200); 2) 9-9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. 北京 美中宜和妇儿医院, 1) 朝阳区芳园西路9号; 2) 朝阳区将台西路9-9号

Thai Bali Papaya Bali Papaya offers authentic Indo-Thai cuisine in a venue sporting wooden décor paired with bright colors, contemporary Gamelan music and Indonesian and Thai art. The flavors on offer are akin to the real deal - try the refreshing Thai Beef Salad with its zing of lemongrass and cilantro and the Indonesian Fried Rice set, which includes fried egg and chicken, along with tender peanut sauced chicken satay. The Thai Green Curry comes with a kick (rice, however, is not included). Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5208 6029) 朝 阳区三里屯路81号那里花园2层 Bali Thai Specialized in handling event needs, including catering meals, arrangements and decoration, and bar services. Also offers Indonesian and Thai food. Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Raffles City Mall, 1 Dongzhimennan Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 4356) 巴厘泰, 东城区东直门南大街1号來福士中心5层

Vegetarian Amazing Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. 顺 义区荣祥广场

Beijing. This hospital’s team of internationally experienced physicians and nurses provides world-class medical care in a comfortable, clean and quiet setting. The hospital uses a Japanese management style, modern medical equipment and supporting electronic data systems to continuously improve quality and efficiency of health care services. Beijing 21st Century Hospital also works closely with different hospitals and their medical specialists in China and Japan, providing tele-medicine and international medical transfer. Direct billing with international insurers is provided. Languages spoken: English, Japanese, Korean, German, Chinese. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24-hr house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8444 6168 (English/ Chinese), 8444 6169 (Japanese/Korean)) 朝阳区亮马桥路 甲40号21世纪大厦1-2楼

Bayley & Jackson Medical Center Founded in Hong Kong in 1958, Bayley & Jackson has grown into a comprehensive health care provider that accepts over 40 major international insurance plans. Services include (but are not limited to) Family Medicine, Dental, Health Checkups, Pediatrics, Obgyn, General Surgery, Staff Dietician and TCM. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8562 9998, www. 庇利积臣医疗中心, 朝阳区 日坛东路7号 Beijing 21st Century Hospital Beijing 21st Century Hospital is a comprehensive healthcare facility, providing health screening services, medical care and health management for the international community in

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) www.antaihospital. com 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 Chaoyang Hospital Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Affiliate of Capital University of Medical Sciences, was established on February 25, 1958. The Hospital, subordinated to Beijing Bureau of Public Health, is the third clinical college of Capital University of Medical Sciences. As a hospital officially identified to be at the top grade in China, it conducts medical treatment, teaching, scientific research and disease prevention. 8 Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8523 1000, 北京朝阳 医院, 朝阳区工体南路8号 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. Daily 8am-5pm. A2 Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6499 0000, 和美

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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 international-standard 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 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-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-Sun 9am-6pm. Unit 102, Business Building 16, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (Chi/Eng 6598 1887, Jpn 6598 1823, service@rentaimedical. com) 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 Puhua International Clinic Beijing Puhua International Clinic’s unique services include orthopedic and trauma surgery conforming to European standards. They also offer physical rehabilitation, an eye clinic with certified US ophthalmologist, a chiropractic clinic, comprehensive family medical services, a Western-style pharmacy, and emergency services. The clinic offers services in English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Filipino, Amharic, and Taiwanese. Conveniently located in Jinsong, the center has free parking available for customers. Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. 54 Wusheng Beilu, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (8773 5522, 5245 2585 (24hr hotline)) www. 北京普华门诊, 朝阳区东三环 武圣北路54号 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 insur-

ance companies. 24-hour emergency care. 7am-10pm(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. 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

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 Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. 1/F, North Bldg, Longtou Apartment, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6463 2883, yuyuantang@, 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, socialemotional 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. MonFri 8.30am-5pm. Bldg 101 River Garden, 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 3306,, www. 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 Children Counseling Services Dr. Mike Mehrvarz, PhD, is a child and adult psychologist trained in the US and licensed to practice in China since 1998. He uses a holistic approach to evaluate and treat children and teens. His specialties include eating difficulties, learning and behavior problems, anger, depression, bedwetting, ADD/ADHD, and more. Dr. Mehrvarz speaks English, Chinese, Farsi, and Japanese. International Medical Center (IMC), Rm S106, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0131 9796, 6465 1561/2) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字 楼1层S106

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-Fri9.30-7.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432); 2) Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. DRC, Liangma Qiao, Chaoyang District. (5927 7005); 3) Mon-Sun8.30am-3.30pm. St Regis Wellness Center. B1/F, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1678); 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) 北 京和睦家医院, 1) 顺义区顺义区天竺房地产开 发区日荣祥广场818号; 2) 朝阳区亮马桥外交公 寓; 3) 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; 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,

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. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 19 05, Block 2, Condo 360, 10 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 6283, www.oliviasplace. org 胡宝小屋, 朝阳区东四环北路10号瞰都国际 2号楼19-05室 (东风北桥东北角) Global Care Formally know as the famous Beijing Wuzhou Women’s Hospital. Global Care, now provides a full range of health care services from gynecology, pediatrics, obstetrics, dentistry, general practice, dermatology, basic medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine. With over 12,000 square meters and 80 beds, the hospital provides first class comprehensive health care services to expatriates and internationals. Being one of the

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first hospitals in Beijing to offer membership healthcare programs, Global Care Women and Children’s Hospital also offers luxury VIP services at its beauty boutique and healthcare facilities at an affordable price. If your new in Beijing or still don’t have your health insurance taken care of; the hospital can provide you with a free insurance consultation. Currently, Global Care, has direct billing relationships with many international insurance providers. The hospital provides healthcare for women, children, and men. Special offers are given for group packages. 24 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 8900 789) 朝阳 区西大望路24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 心瑞士酒店办公楼9层 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 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 New Century International Children’s Hospital This hospital provides affordable pediatric care at international standards: qualified doctors and nurses, private and safe family rooms and imported equipment. English speaking staff offers a full range of children’s health care services on a 7/24 basis. Mon-Sun 8am-5pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu (next to the East Gate of the Beijing Children’s

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Hospital), Xicheng District. (6802 5588) www. 北京新世纪国际儿童医院, 西城 区南礼士路56号 (北京儿童医院东门南侧) OASIS Healthcare OASIS is a full-service private hospital. Their international medical team provides patient-centered care in a modern facility designed for comfort, safety and privacy. OASIS offers attentive service in a soothing environment and expert medicine backed by leading technology, including the most advanced MRI and CT scans available from a private hospital in China. The hospital currently provides services in family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and dentistry. Direct billing is available for many insurance providers. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) 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) www.pumch. 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



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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 Smart Health Medical & Dental Center Offers medical services ranging from general consultations, family medicine and cardiology to pediatrics and more. Dental services available include: family dentistry, orthodontics, implant dentistry and teeth whitening. Also provides inpatient referral, mobile medical services and overseas consultations. Daily 9am-6pm.. Rm 102/215, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6898, 136 9921 5851), 北京维健医疗中心, 朝阳区将台路6号 丽都广场102/215室 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. Jianwai Soho, Guomao, Chaoyang District. (5869 1171/2, 135 2287 3781) 同仁堂施小墨 中医馆, 朝阳区国贸建外SOHO7号楼底商 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. English-speaking staff onsite 24hrs a day. A consultation with a GP costs RMB 660. Direct billing with more than 40 international insurance providers. Daily 24hrs. Level 3, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, www. 维世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号

嘉里中心3层 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) cn 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-5pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm A205, CITIC Bldg, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 6472/3); 2) MonThu 9am-5.30pm. Rm 308, Raycom Infotech Park, Tower A, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1956, 24hr: 139 1100 1367); 3) Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Rm 201, The Exchange-Beijing, B118 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6567 5670); 4) MonThu 9am-5.30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1926/7/8) www. 瑞尔齿科, 1) 朝阳区建国门 外大街19号国际大厦A205; 2) 海淀区科学院南 路2号融科资讯中心A座308室; 3) 朝阳区建国路 乙118号京汇大厦201室; 4) 朝阳区亮马桥路46 号盛捷福景苑1层 Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry provides general dentistry (cleaning, crowns, fillings, etc.), periodontal disease treatment, children’s dental care, implants, orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Experienced, multilingual specialists from Japan and China provide world-class care, consultations

and treatment for various dental problems, using imported and modern dental equipment. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24-hour house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (84446168(English/Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) http:// 朝阳区亮马桥路甲40号 21世纪大厦1-2楼 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. 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) www.ufh. 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

Directories 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. Level 3, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (vista@vista-china. net) 朝阳区维世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉里中心3层 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. Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 209, Bldg 7, Yard 9, Richmond Park Clubhouse, Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6538 8111, info@ IDC国 际齿科中心, 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7号楼209室 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. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 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

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga The Yurt at BJU Body libria is a new form of exercise that combines tai chi, yoga and pilates and replaces prenatal and motherbaby yoga classes at Beijing United Family Hospital. Instruction is in English. Call for details about class times. 2 Jiangtai Lu (at Beijing United Family Hospital, in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (Contact 139 1050 3032) 北京和 睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号

Spas Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat A range of luxuriant massage options in stylish, minimalist surroundings. Offers aromatherapy massage, Thai massage, foot massage and Chinese body massage. Bodhi’s Chinese therapist is trained in TCM. Daily 11am-12 .30am. 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9595) 菩提会所, 朝 阳区工体北路17号 Doing Spa 6/F, Bldg 7, Xincheng Guoji, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6641, 6533 6642) 东 英经典, 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国际7号楼6层 Hummingbird Therapeutic Retreat Daily 10am-midnight. Unit 103, Bldg 3, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9119) 一体保健会所, 朝阳区朝外大街6 号新城国际3号楼103 Kocoon Tue-Sun 10.30am-8.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5016) 朝阳区三里屯路11 号三里屯Village北区The Opposite HouseB1层 Le Spa at River Garden Mon-Thu 10am-10 .30pm, Fri-Sun 10.30am-11pm. Le Spa, River Garden, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046

6558) 水漾会馆, 顺义区后沙峪镇裕京花园水 漾会馆7号 Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa This massage and spa combines relaxation and kid entertainment. Private rooms with dvd players allow children to watch a film as adults receive foot massages. RMB 168 buys you 90 minutes of fabulous foot massage, with healthy fruit juices and snacks included. Daily noon-midnight. 1) 2/F, Block 9, Lido Place, 2A Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6299); 2) Sunjoy Mansion, 6 Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6502 5722); 3) B1/F, 1 Xindong Lu (next to Shenji Best Soup), Chaoyang District. (8532 2177); 4) Rm 101, Bldg B, Winterless Center, 1 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6538 8086); 5) B/1-3F, Shuncheng Hotel, 26A Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6621 8622); 6) Bldg 25, Central Park Third Phase, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0015) www. 东方大班保健休闲会所, 1) 朝 阳区芳园西路甲2号丽都广场9号公寓2层; 2) 朝 阳区日坛路6号新族大厦院内; 3) 朝阳区新东路 1号沈记靓汤旁; 4) 朝阳区西大望路1号温特莱 中心B座101; 5) 西城区西城区金融街甲26号顺 成饭店地下1-3层; 6) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城 国际公寓三期25号楼 Origin Spa Daily noon-midnight. 2/F, Bldg AB, Lan Chou Ming Zuo, Jiqingli, Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6552 9599) www. 本源, 朝阳区朝外大街吉庆 里蓝筹名座AB座2层 Peninsula Spa by ESPA Daily 10am-10pm. 3/F, The Peninsula, 8 Jinyuhutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888 ext 6090) 半岛水疗中心, 东城区东城区王府井金 鱼胡同8号2王府半岛酒店三层 The Ritz-Carlton Spa (Financial Street) Weary moms should visit this spa for a day of decadence and beauty treatments. Lounge in the rooms devoted entirely to relaxation, try the suite with Aquatherapy and a Vichy shower, and sample the 11 rooms of treatment. A variety of massages and an exclusive couples suite available. Daily 6am-12pm. B1/F, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6629 6907) www. 丽思卡尔顿水疗中心, 西城区金城坊 东街1号楼丽思卡尔顿酒店地下一层 The Wellness Spa by Hummingbird Bldg 26, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6922) 朝阳区朝阳门 外大街6号新城国际26号楼

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. (

China Center of Adoption Affairs The government agency responsible for adoptions. The agency usually prefers to work with adoption agencies rather than with individual applicants, and does not talk to adoptive parents directly. Their website, however, is a good resource. 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6357 5785) index_unlogin_en.jsp 中国收养中心, 宣武区 白广路7号中民大厦 Families with Children from China Network of foreign families who have adopted or seek to adopt orphans in China. (janeliedtke@, Karen Friedman Karen Friedman works with expats from around the world to facilitate adoption within China, conducting home study evaluations and assisting families throughout the adoption process. (5130 3107, 134 3900 9391, OCDF Adoption This division of Our Chinese Daughters Foundation provides initial consultation, assistance throughout the process, and help with travel plans and proceedings at the time of adoption.(8403 4979, michael@ocdf. org),

Community Groups and Organizations Bethel China Foundation Doudianzhen Jiaodao, Liugu Daocun, Fangshan District. (8031 0383, 8031 0683 (guest house), 8031 0483 (medical house), 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

Domestic Help Beijing Ayi Housekeeping Service A family membership in this housekeeping service will give you access (with an additional fee) to a large pool of ayis who perform services such as babysitting, cooking and cleaning. English-speaking ayis available. Lifetime membership: RMB 300; price range: RMB 1,000-3, 000 per month. (6434 5647/48) 北京家福来劳务服务 Beijing Ayi Service Company Beijing Ayi Service Company provides the experienced and professional ayis, drivers and western chefs for expatriate families. Western cooking lessons are also available. (6040 9096, 136 4113 7690 (24 hours),

The Yin Yang Community Center Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village (across from The Orchard; call for directions), Chaoyang District. (6431 2108) 易• 阴阳社区中心, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各庄村 一号院(果园对面)

Beijing Sunnyhome Housekeeping Service Co., Ltd 5288 4727, 133 6636 9720. Rm3022, 3/F, Shiyi Hotel, 1 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm) 北 京午后阳光家政服务有限公司, 朝阳区酒仙桥 路1号世一休闲商务酒店3层3022室

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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

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 Sun-

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day services and classes in multiple locations. (8454 3468, www.bicf. org 北京国际基督教联合会

Supermarkets April Gourmet Chain of stores purveying imported cheeses, olives and cold cuts, as well as staples like dried pasta, canned tomatoes (and beans) and cereal. Prices can be high for goods that can seem a bit shopworn. The Shunyi branch offers a small but constant “specials” section, which often features imported cookies and filter coffee. 1) Bldg 7, Richmond Park, 9 Fangyuan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8457 8116); 2) 8am-9pm. Outside South Gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi District. (8046 4132); 3) Daily 8am-midnight. 1/F Jiezuo Mansion, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6417 7970); 4) Daily 8am9pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8455 1245) 绿叶子食品店, 1) 朝阳区芳园 西里9号院丽都水岸会所7号楼; 2) 顺义区后 沙峪乡白辛庄名都园南门外; 3) 朝阳区三里 屯幸福村中路杰作大厦1层; 4) 朝阳区三里屯 北小街1号 BHG Market Place Taiwan chain of upscale supermarkets has an extensive, albeit pricey, selection of goods and produce, including alcohol and organic products. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5888); 2) SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 8226); 3) SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District.; 4) B2/F, Legend Center, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 1) 朝阳区建国路87号新光 天地B1层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯VillageSLG00号商 铺; 3) 朝阳区蓝色港湾国际商区SMM06号; 4) 朝阳区东三环中路乐成中心地下二层 Carrefour French hypermarket offers a vast selection of imported wine, cheese, coffee, canned goods and much more. Wonderful variety – especially at the Guangqumenwai location – but the crowds can be thick. The Sanyuan Qiao store offers free delivery for purchases over RMB 500 – order by email 1) Daily 8.30am10.30pm. 6B Beisanhuan Donglu (beside the International Exhibition Center), Chaoyang District. (8460 1043); 2) 8.30am-10pm. 48 Jiukeshu Xilu, Tongzhou District. (5167 8911 ext.55); 3) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (5190 9508); 4) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 56A Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District. (5172 1516/7); 5) Daily 8am-10pm. 15, 2 Zone, Fangchengyuan, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District.; 6) Daily 8am10pm. 54A Baishiqiao Lu (east of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District. (8836 2729); 7) Daily 8am10pm. 11 Malian Dao, Xuanwu District. www., 家乐 福, 1) 朝阳区北三环东路乙6号(中国国际展览 中心正门旁); 2) 通州区九棵树西路48号; 3) 朝阳区广渠路31号; 4) 海淀区中关村广场甲56 号; 5) 丰台区方庄芳城园二区15号; 6) 西城 区白石桥路甲54号; 7) 宣武区马连道11号 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

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路4号(芳草地小学对面); 6) 朝阳区三里屯 北小街6号; 7) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧 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) Wal-Mart The big box retailer you know and love (or know and hate). Drum up a little odium as you cruise the uncharacteristically wide aisles looking for low, low prices on home decorating items along with groceries, clothing, electronics, sporting goods and more. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. 1) B1-2/F A48 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (5873 3666); 2) Fuzhuohuayuan Plaza, Xuanwai Dajie, Xuanwu District. (6316 8905); 3) B1/F, Block B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (5960 3566) 沃尔玛超市, 1) 海淀区知春路甲 48号地下1-2层; 2) 宣武区宣外大街富卓花园 广场; 3) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场B座 B1层

Veterinarians Doctors Beck & Stone Pet Health Care Center Get full, international standard, pet care with open Western and highly trained Chinese veterinarians, nurses and medical technicians. Hospitals are also emergency crisis centers. Ambulances available for collection and drop off of pets. Daily, 24 hours. 1) Unit 104, Tower B, Bldg 3, Hou Xiandai Cheng, BaiziwanLu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8774 8653, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies),; 2) Daily 9am-7pm. Shop 0153, Tower B, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5869 6401, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies),; 3) Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 104, Bldg 7, Compound 9,Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8457 8233, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies),; 4) Shop LB05, Euro Plaza,99 Yu Xiang Lu, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 2886, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies), 思威(北京)国际动物 医院有限公司, 1) 朝阳区百子湾路后现代城3 栋B座104底商; 2) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号朝 外SohoB号楼0153; 3) 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7 号楼104; 4) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇 裕祥路99号 欧陆广场LB05 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



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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 Jianguomenwai 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 Great Wall Box Hostel 18A, Dongguan, Gubeikou Cun, Gubeikou Zhen, Miyun County, Miyun County. (mailto:greatwallbox@gmail. com) 团园古北口长城 客栈, 密云县密云县古北口镇古北口村东关 甲18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 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 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 Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel The five star hotel in the Shuangjing area south of the China World Trade Center (Guo Mao) “offers 2,300 sqm of modern, innovative and well equipped meeting space and 531 stylish and spacious guest rooms, including 41 luxuriously appointed suites, each equipped with a plug-in connectivity panel that allows guests to turn their 42-inch flat-screen LCD into a personal

entertainment center.” Wining and dining options include Fat Duck, Fratelli Fresh, The Lounge and D Bar. 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu (north of Viva Mall by Fuli City), Chaoyang District. (5863 8888) hotels/travel/bjsbc-renaissance-beijing-capitalhotel/ 北京富力万丽酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区东三 环中路 61 号 Renaissance Hotel Expect luxury service in a classy, reserved setting at the top-flight Renaissance Hotel. RMB 1,600 per night. 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6468 9999) 国 航万丽酒店, 朝阳区霄运路36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 The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Daily 7-10am, 3-5pm. Mutianyu Village (for detailed directions see website), Huairou District. (6162 6506) 慕 田峪小园餐厅, 怀柔区慕田峪 (具体路线请查 看网站信息) 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 The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Fantastic location and first class amenities make the Westin Chaoyang one of Beijing’s premiere luxury hotels. All 550 guest rooms and suites are oversized and feature quality contemporary furnishings including the signature Heavenly Bed® and rainforest shower as well as wireless High Speed Internet Access. The Westin Executive Club Floor guest rooms and suites provide the ultimate comfort and convenience. The Heavenly Spa by Westin™ offers a range of treatments for the renewal of the body, soul, and mind. Facilities include an indoor pool, hydrotherapy centre, and WestinWORKOUT® gym. The business centre, located on Level 3, provides secretarial and business support while the gift shop features a selection of premium souvenirs and gift items.Find a journey of culinary delights and moments to savor in our restaurants, bars, and lounges as you enjoy offerings from China, Europe, and Asia. With a total of 1,100 square meters of function space,

Directories our hotel has the capacity to accommodate events of various sizes. The Jinmao Ballroom and seven meeting rooms feature the latest in audiovisual technology and five-star service. 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 金茂北京威斯汀大饭店, 朝阳区东三 环北路7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,, 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 Peace International Tourism Co. Ltd. (FESCO Travel) Fesco travel specializes in individual and group tours, they also offer specials on international and domestic air tickets and hotels. Room 502, 46 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (8563 6720/30, info@ 外企服务集团, 东城区东 城区东中街46号鸿基大厦502室 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)

(5986 3777) 美嘉欢乐 影城, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南 区地下1层; 2) 海淀区中关村广场购物中心C区 三层(鼎好西侧)

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Fangjia Kitchen Offers lessons in Chinese cooking and traditional culture with local people in what was once Prince Xunjun’s Mansion, first built in 1760. Fangjia Kitchen invites top chefs in Beijing to teach cooking and each class focuses on a regional classic cuisine and introduces Chinese food culture with cooking demonstrations, hands-on sessions and meals. Cooking classes are Thur– Sun, 11am–2pm, RMB 300 per person (cash only), seating capacity is eight. Includes an eight-course gourmet dinner with free flow of wine. Friday & Saturday, 6.30pm–9.30pm, RMB 300 per person (cash only), seating capacity is 20. You also can book for your own private class or event here. RMB 400 per person(minimum four people) Thu-Sun 11am-2pm. 13 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District. (159 1096 2965, fangjiakitchen@ 方家美食工作室, 东城区方 家胡同13号

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 Animal Attractions Beijing Aquarium Modern, well-equipped and recently restocked, the aquarium features thousands of freshwater and saltwater fish from around the world, including huge Amazonian arapaima, giant sturgeon and many sharks. The piece de resistance may be the enormous tank containing an entire coral reef – with sea turtles, manta rays and garoupa. There are also several Sea World-style shows every day, featuring seals and dolphins. RMB 120 (includes zoo), RMB 60 (kids less than 18 years old), free (kids under 1.2m). Daily 9am-5pm (Apr-Oct), 9am-5.30pm (Nov-Mar), last ticket sold at 4.30pm. 18B Gaoliangqiao Xiejie, Haidian District. (6217 6655) 北京 海洋馆, 海淀区高粱桥斜街乙18号 Beijing Zoo The conditions for the animals in the zoo and the behavior of some local patrons may upset animal lovers. However, things are improving, as the new chimpanzee and panda houses testify, and most kids will be oblivious to the zoo’s shortcomings and enjoy the vast collection of animals and the leafy compound, which was the former private garden of a Qing dynasty aristocrat. Apr-Oct: RMB 15, RMB 8 (students). Nov-Mar: RMB 10, RMB 5 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). RMB 5 for Panda House. Daily 7.30am-5pm (winter), 7.30am-6pm (summer). 137 Baishiqiao Lu, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District. (6831 4411) www. 北京动物园, 海淀区西外大街白 石桥路137号 Blue Zoo Beijing Not to be confused with either the Beijing Aquarium or the Beijing Zoo, the Blue Zoo is actually an aquarium with an enormous coral reef tank containing eels, tuna, shark, stingrays and (we swear we’re not making this up) the occasional underwater marriage ceremony. RMB 90, RMB 60 (kids under 12 years old), free (kids under 1m). Daily 8am-7.30pm (summer), daily 8.30am-6.30pm (winter). Workers’ Stadium South Gate, Chaoyang District. (6591 3397) 富国海底世 界, 朝阳区工人体育场南门

Concert Hall & Theaters Century Theater 21st Century Hotel, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 4805, 6468 3311 ext 3126) 世纪剧院, 朝阳 区亮马桥路40号(21世纪饭店) Mega Box 1) B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6118); 2) 3/F, Area C, Zhongguancun Mall (West of Dinghao Mall), Haidian District.

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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

Excursions Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan) Daily 6am-6pm (winter), 6am-6.30pm (summer). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). Xiangshan, Haidian District. (6259-1155) 香山公园, 海 淀区香山

Museums & Education Beijing Natural History Museum Exhibits include animatronic dinosaurs, fossils, a rusting aquarium and an enormous taxidermy collection. Free. Tue-Sun 9am-5pm (last ticket 4pm). 126 Tianqiao Nandajie (near the west gate of Temple of Heaven), Chongwen District. (6702 4431, 6702 3096) 北京自然博物馆, 崇文区 天桥南大街126号 Butterfly Valley The Seven-Color Butterfly Park has prepared many spring and summer activities for citizens in the capital, including a scientific exhibition about butterflies, a “butterfly valley” where visitors can see butterflies up close, even with them resting on their shoulders, and activities designed for children to make pictures using butterfly wings. Daily 9am-4.30pm. North of Baima Lu, Nanlangzhong Village, Gaoliying Town, Shunyi District. (8942 2400/2119) http:// 七彩蝶, 顺义区高丽营镇南 郎中村,白马路北侧 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) ccwm. 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,

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Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. www. 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 Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) Take a daytrip to the place once described as the “Versailles of the East.” Its grounds blend typical Chinese landscaping and Western architecture. Famous scenic spots include the Grand Waterworks, the Immense Ocean Observatory and the Labyrinth. RMB 10, plus RMB 15 (ruins and labyrinth), students half-price. Free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 7am-7pm (May-Aug); 7am-5.30pm (Nov-Mar); (Apr, Sep-Oct). 28 Qinghua Xilu, Haidian District. (6262 8501) 圆明园, 海淀 区清华西路28号 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 French Cultural Centre Wed 10.30am8.30pm, Thu-Tue 10.30am-6.30pm. 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6553 2627) 法国文化中心, 朝阳区工 体西路18号 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 11am-9pm. Rm 528, Door 3, Guanghualu Soho,22 Guanghualu, Chaoyang District. (5900 6867) html 陶此一家, 朝阳区光华路22号,光华路 SOHO,3单元528室 Laitai Flower Market The cut bunches and potted plants in the basement will brighten anyone’s day. Expect to pay around RMB 40 for a trailing ivy and RMB 50 for a small bonsai tree. And you can also pick up some tropical fish on the first floor. Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-6.30 pm. 9 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6463 6145) 莱太花 卉市场, 朝阳区麦子店西路9号 MAC Time Community Art Center MAC Time Community Art Center provides art programs for all ages, children and adults. Courses include pre-school art class, little artist’s studio, oil painting, pottery program, Chinese Calligraphy and art appreciation. MAC Time also holds holiday art activities, exhibition tour and artist studio tour for members & community. Birthday art party service is available. Tue-Sun 10am-6.30pm. L5-507A Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1820, cn 游艺时光小区艺术中心, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔 路99号欧陆广场L5-507A

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Workers’ Stadium With an estimated seating capacity of 72,000, the Workers’ Stadium is the first choice for spectatorbusting events like Manchester UnitedGuo’An exhibition matches. Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6655 ext 5033) 工 人体育场, 朝阳区工体北路

Play Centers 3iart Center Offers a range of art classes for children, teenagers and adults such as drawing, painting, clay modeling, needlework, Chinese calligraphy, knot making and paper cutting. 1) 2/F, Block A, Hairun International Apartment, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (186 0135 0776, 3iartcenter@gmail. com); 2) 1/F, Bldg 3, Shidai Zhiguang Xiaoqu, 45 Xizhimen Beidajie, Haidian District. (134 3983 3280, 爱立方艺术中心, 1) 朝阳 区将台海润国际公寓A座2层; 2) 海淀区西直 门北大街45号时代之光小区3号楼一层 A-Z Kids A cleaner, pricier version of Fundazzle, A-Z features a multitude of play equipment including a maze, an art corner, a play supermarket as well bilingual staff and entertainers to ensure your kids are never bored. Best suited for kids ages 0-12, it also features a restaurant where parents can keep a watchful eye on their little ones. They also host birthday parties. 9am-8pm. Room 102, Bldg 3, Pinnacle Avenue, Linyin Lu, Shunyi District. (8559 2883/6) 英伦创意园, 顺义区A-Z英伦创意 园,顺义区林荫路荣和广场3号楼102 Cheer Kids Play Park Manufactured by American teachers, child psychologists and engineers, Cheer kids Play Park provides kids a motion and body-building environment and relieves parents from worries about kids safety. 1) 2/F, Fangheng Shopping Mall, Bldg 4, 6 Futong Dongdajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (5119 3019); 2) West Gate of International Sculpture Park, Yuquan Lu, Shijingshan District. (159 1108 3533); 3) West Gate of International Sculpture Park, Yuquan Lu, Shijingshan District. (159 1108 3533); 4) 3/F, Bldg C, Wanda Plaza, Shijingshan, Shijingshan District. (8869 6929); 5) 4/F, Beidianshidai Plaza, Huilongguan, Haidian District. (8075 0939); 6) Stall 135, B2/F, 136 Huashi Dajie, Glory Mall, Chongwenmen, Chongwen District. (8755 5250); 7) 3/F, Huolidongfang Outlets, 1 Yaojiayuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5119 3019) 奇乐儿儿童主题公园, 1) 朝阳区 望京阜通东大街6号院4号楼方恒购物中心2楼; 2) 石景山区玉泉路国家雕塑公园西门; 3) 石 景山区玉泉路国家雕塑公园西门; 4) 石景山区 石景山万达广场C座3层; 5) 海淀区回龙观北店 时代广场四层; 6) 崇文区崇文门花市大街136 号国瑞购物中心B2-135; 7) 朝阳区姚家园路1 号活力东方奥特莱斯三层 Family Box Educational & Recreational Center Family Box is a British family centre combining education and recreation. Children ages 0-12 and their families have more than enough space to play in the 6,000sqm, three-storey building. Kids will enjoy the large scale climbing frame, Mickey Mouse play area, swimming pool, Sensory Room, Soft Island and Craft Room. They also run courses and activities based on the UK early years curriculum. Other facilities include: party hosting, catering, coffee shop, and crèche facility. Sat-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 10am8pm. Bldg 4, 51 Wangjing Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6478 6163) cn 朝阳区望京北路51号院4号楼 Fundazzle This cavernous, indoor playground has a huge two-story jungle gym, trampolines and a toddler area with small cars, swings, seesaws, toy houses and so on. On weekends, counselors put on shows, lead the kids in song and dance, and teach arts and crafts. RMB 35 for 2 hrs (kids); adults free (Mon-Fri), RMB 15 (Sat-Sun). Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun and holidays 9am-7pm. Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6208) 翻斗乐, 朝阳区工体南路



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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, 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 DreamArts Center This center provides art, piano, ballet, modern dance, Pilates and yoga lessons. Adult and children classes are taught in English, Korean, and Mandarin. RMB 50-200/lesson. Daily 9am - 5pm. Classes are 10am - 9pm. A1905, Lead International Building, A2 Wangjing Zhonghuang Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8472 0257, 8472 0357) 筑梦艺术中心, 朝阳区望京中环南路甲 2号佳境天城A1905

中街1号LOFTEL大厦707 My Little Mozart Studio Comprehensive music program offering keyboard, violin, guitar, vocal and other instrumental lessons. Group and private classes taught by qualified and experienced teachers. Music and movement classes for ages 0-4. Curriculum focuses on providing a well balanced music education for every student. Harmony Road music course is offered at the studio. Musical birthday parties can also be arranged. Room 108, Building 5, Lishui Jiayuan, Liulitun, Chaoyang District. (135 2256 3767, www. 朝阳区六里屯丽水 嘉园5号楼108室

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://bj.happyvalley. 北京欢乐谷, 朝阳区东四环路 小武基北路

School Directory Educational Services

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 experienced 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 Kinderdudou Art Center Originating from western style art classes for kids, Kinderdudou encourages children to explore and experience new ideas in class and provides an interactive channel to develop childrens language skills with native English & Chinese speakers. All courses are available in English and Chinese with guidance. Mon-Fri: 2pm-7pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-7pm. 1) Beiyuan Center: Rm 3816, Times Manor, 18 Hongjunying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8496 0095,; 2) Wangjing Center: Rm 707, LOFTEL Plaza, 1 Huguangzhong Jie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6470 3505, kinderdudou@126. com) 肚兜美 术中心, 1) 朝阳区北苑校区:红军营东路18号 时代庄园3816; 2) 朝阳区望京校区:望京湖光

Hamilton Gregg International Educational Consulting (HGIEC) Consultancy works with students (Chinese and expat) who wish to attend boarding school and university in the US, Canada and the UK. Mr. Gregg has over 15 years of academic advising experience, placing students in the best schools around the world. He is one of the few Independent Educational Consultants in China who belongs to either the Independent Education Consulting Association ( or the Higher Education Consulting Association (, both of which require strict ethical standards to be upheld by members. (135 5204 1603, 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: 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 child-initiated 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, admissions@3einternational 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 (20102011 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, non-refundable), 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,, office@bibs.,; 3) 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 7951,,, mshsadmissions@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.

Directories 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 18,00023,000 (refundable); Registration RMB 3,800; Pre-K-kindergarten RMB 100,800; Grades 1-12 RMB 149,000-180,600; ESOL RMB 16,600 Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili (just off Beisanhuan), Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, 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: “Empowering and inspiring through challenge and compassion.” 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, www. 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, www. 顺义区后沙峪裕民大街5号 Beijing New Talent Academy 9 Anhua Street, Tianzhu Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8041 3037 (English)/3001, 8046 7117, www. 北京市新英才学校, 顺义 区天竺开发区安华街9号 Beijing No. 55 Middle School and High School Unlike other public schools in the city, No. 55 has an international student department specifically tailored to foreign students. High school classes are offered in Chinese (meant for students with no Chinese background) or English,


and prepare students for the IB exam or China’s college entrance exam. Middle school classes are in Chinese only; a halfyear of intensive Chinese training is available if needed. Ages: 11 to 17. Price range: RMB 28,000-44,600. 12 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (6416 9531) http:// 北京 第五十五中学, 东城区新中街12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 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, neil.macfarlane@; 2) 15 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu County, Shunyi District. (8416 7718, neil. 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 Shuren Ribet Private School As the only K12 independent coeducational bilingual boarding and day school in Tongzhou District, Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School is housed in a 16 acre campus located in the Artists’ Village 20km east of the China World Trade Center (Guomao) and consists of a closed and secure garden community. Started as a private school in 1993, BSRPS is dedicated to offering students a well rounded education which leads to academic excellence and personal success. Over the years, it has integrated an American- curriculum from the lower to upper school, which has led to the formation of the American high school where students receive an “American-overseas education as they embrace the essence of Chinese culture and literature.” Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition Fees (2010-2011 school year - room and board, all fees included): Kindergarten RMB 11,500/semester; 1-6 grades RMB 34,000/semester; 7-9 grades RMB 35,500/ semester South 1A, Xiaopu, Songzhuang,, Tongzhou District. (8085 6318 Bilingual, 8085 6787 Chinese, inquiry@shurenribet. org) 北京市 私立树人瑞贝学校, 通州区宋庄镇小堡南 甲一号 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

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Schools 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, 北京世青国际学校, 朝阳区 花家地北里18号 The Bridge School This established school offers group classes (3-10 students) in the mornings and evenings at RMB 3,950 for 72 hours. Intensive classes are offered for RMB 9,500 for 180 hours. Individual classes are offered anytime, anywhere (including home or office) and cost RMB 85-105 per hour, minimum two hours. 1) Reviera Plaza: Rm 701 Furniture Building, Reviera Plaza, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8430 8068,; 2) Capital Paradise Club: 1/F, Capital Paradise Club, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6114,; 3) Rm 903, 9/F, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6503 5193,; 4) Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. 8013 Tongguang Tower 12 Nongzhanguan Nan Li, Chaoyang District. (6538 9422,; 5) Rm 503, 5/F, Guangming Hotel, Liangmaquiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 7605, 桥学校, 1) 朝阳区来广营东路尙 古城7层701室; 2) 顺义区后沙峪名都园会所1 层; 3) 朝阳区光华路12号数码01大厦9层903; 4) 朝阳区农展馆南里 12号 通广大厦 8013; 5) 朝阳区亮马桥路光明饭店5层503室 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 extracurricular 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@britishschool.; 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 The Canadian International School of Beijing opened in 2006. It is located in the Third Embassy Quarter of Beijing. CISB offers a Montessori Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten program from 18 months to 5 years old and a worldwide



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recognized 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. The student body currently represents over 50 nationalities. Non-native English-speaking students will have their language abilities assessed, and are given ESL support according to their results. Chinese, French and Korean are offered as additional languages. A member of ACAMIS and UNESCO, CISB features 90 classrooms equipped with the SmartBoard Technology, seven computer labs, 2 large well equipped libraries, designated fine arts floor including specialized visual art and music labs, a 500-seat theatre, three large gymnasiums, an athletic field and outdoor playground, and a 25-meter swimming pool and a dance studio. Grades: Preschool to G12. Price range: 76,600 – 179,800 RMB (RMB 1,600 application fee and RMB 4,600-6,700 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, velvet stockings/leggings, a CAAD dance bag, soft sole shoes, dance props etc Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Office Bldg 1, 10/F, Greenlake Place, Chaoyang District. (59282170, www. 似翼儿童舞蹈, 朝阳区观 湖国际公寓1号办公楼10层

Directories 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 (2010-2011 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,, 启明星双语学校, 朝阳区顺白路2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,; 2) Legend Garden Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Shunyi District. (6454 9000,; 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 Eduwings Kindergarten The culmination of two former schools, Der Kingergarten and Jin Yi Kingergarten, Eduwings Kindergarten is divided into English/ Chinese and German departments that are each split into three age groups (2-3, 3-4, 5-6 years) and one infant group (2 years and under). All of the lead and language teachers are native-speakers and educate children individually following the school’s philosophy: “Every child needs to have roots and wings – roots to know where they are from and wings to explore the world.” Eduwings also offers Montessori education, swimming, music and art activities, a library, climbing facilities, as well as an outdoor playground and yard. All afternoon activities are included in the tuition fee. Age range: 2-6 (infant group for under 2 years old). Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Half-day RMB 52,000; Full-day RMB 72,000 (afternoon activities and lunch included in the tuition fee) Merlin Champagne Town, 6 Liyuan Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8384, http:// 顺义区天竺镇丽苑 街6号美林香槟小镇


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) 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 (8.3011.30am) RMB 6,250; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 8,500; Yearly payment plan - Morning session (8.3011.30am) RMB 62,500; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 85,000 1) Eastern Provence Campus, Eastern Provence, 88 Dingsi Lu, Beiqijia, Changping District. (8176 0828,; 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, cpadmin@etonkids. com); 6) Olympic Village Campus, Southwest Corner of Beichen Xilu and Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8437 1006, cpadmin@; 7) Midtown Campus, Guangqujia Yuan, Bldg 21, Guangqumenwai, Chongwen District. (6749 5008,; 8) Central Park Campus, Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. ((6533 6620/6931, cpadmin@etonkids. com) 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, 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

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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 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, www. 家育苑, 朝阳 区东三环中路39号 建外SOHO西区14号楼旁

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, www. 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

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 school-wide, 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

Harvard Star International School This school has 30 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Its kindergarten curriculum is Montessori-based and its elementary education follows the National Curriculum of England. Tuition is RMB 42,000 per year. Sanshan Jiayuan, Luoma Huandao East, Shunyi District. (8042 4781) 哈佛之星国际学校, 顺义区罗马环岛 东三山家元



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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),, 400 650 7747); 2) Liyuan Campus, East Gate of Liyuan Compound, Maquanying Street, Shunyi District. (6434 0088 (English, Chinese and German),, 400 650 7747); 3) Administrative Office, C511, Lufthansa Centre, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 or 6538 2624,, 400 650 7747) www. 北京好思之家幼 儿园, 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 ad-

ministration 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. 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 1600,; 2) Middle School/High School Campus: Olympic Forest Park East, 2 Yangshan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8493 8680, 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

Directories 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 presentday 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 (20102011 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, admissions@isb. 北京顺义国际 学校, 顺义区安华街10号 Ivy Academy Ivy Academy is a preschool 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 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 (nonrefundable, 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, Info-EL@ 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 (non-refundable, 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, info-OE@ivyschools. com (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), (Orchid Gar-

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Schools den Bilingual Campus)); 2) Ocean Express Campus, Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Kempinski), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287, info-OE@ (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)) 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 tailormade 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. 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 Lycée Français International de Pékin (The French School) The LFIP is administered in accordance with the guidelines established by the French Ministry of Education. Classes are taught in French, but non-French-speaking children are admitted into the kindergarten (which is on a separate campus), and the elementary school. This school has full sports and extracurricular programs. Ages: 2 to 18. Price range: EUR 5,580-10,010 (French children), EUR 6,390-11,430 (non-French children). 1) Primary and Secondary School: 13 Sanlitun Dongsijie, Chaoyang District. (6532 3498); 2) Kindergarten: 4 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 7881) http:// 1) 朝阳区三里屯东四街13 号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路4号 MOMA Kids International Kindergarten MOMA Kids caters to students aged 18 months to 6 years. They are committed to holistic and pastoral care as China’s first carbon neutral kindergarten. They offer the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in a bilingual environment, as well as extracurricular activities ranging from taekwondo to contemporary



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art and dance are available five days a week from 8am to 5pm. Annual tuition fees are RMB 66,100 (MOMA Resident), RMB 69,700 (non-resident). Dongzhimen MOMA, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongcheng District. (6464 7386, 东城区香河园路1号当代MOMA Muffy’s Education Founded in 2003, Muffy’s Education provides English immersion kindergartens, seasonal camps and after-school programs that impart “Knowledge Through English”. Using English as the medium for learning, students receive a high quality education and a strong foundation of English skills. Muffys 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 uses 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, assessments and placement will be arranged. 1) 1 Yangchun Guanghua Jiayuan, Wanliu Donglu, Haidian District.; 2) Shijicheng Location (Opening in Aug): 5/F, Bldg B, Huibo Dasha, Landianchang Lu, Haidian District.; 3) Wangjing Location: East gate of Beixiaohe Gongyuan, Wangjing Xilu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Xiangshan Location: Xiangshan Qingqin, Mentou Cun, Sijiqing Town, Haidian District. 儿童英语之家, 1) 海 淀区万柳东路阳春光华家园1号; 2) 海淀区蓝 靛厂路(人大附小对面)汇博大厦西侧5层; 3) 朝阳区望京北小河公园东门; 4) 海淀区香 山清琴别墅儿童会所 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) New Garden International Kindergarten Located in Fulicheng just south of the China World Trade Center, New Garden International 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 Pakistan Embassy College This embassy-run school offers two types of curricula: the Pakistan national curriculum, and an

Directories 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 Positive Foundations School Highly experienced teachers provide education that stresses the importance of selfdevelopment and life skills as well as the academic fundamentals that provide the foundation for further education and cognitive development. All classes are taught by foreign teachers in their native English, with the option of a Chinese class in the afternoon. Offers Nursery and Kindergarten, with both full and half-day Montessori-based curriculum. Application fee: RMB 1,000. Tuition fees: RMB 46,800105,000. 3006 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 6302, PFSschool@gmail. com) 顺义区北京市顺 义区后沙峪西白幸庄嘉浩别墅城3006栋 Side by Side Side by Side provides support for individuals with special needs and learning difficulties through music therapy, learning support, and a daytime special education program. Side by Side’s team members are fully qualified and experienced professionals who conduct services in English. Music therapy is also available in German. We also offer community support such as workshops for schools, community groups, parents and other members of the community, arranging vocational training within the community, support with life skills such as basic finances, shopping, cooking, personal hygiene or social skills, support with parenting skills, advocacy, family and school support with transition and/or behaviour issues, support for those dealing with a new diagnosis and work experience for high school students or new graduates. We also provide support with finding organizations and professionals to assist in the development, diagnosis and assessment of children with special needs, or suspected special needs. Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District. (8046 3858, 顺义区后沙 浴,名都园3336, 顺义区 Sino Bright 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. 1) Cambridge Middle School, Taihu, Tongzhou District. (6553 7171); 2) Yihai Huayuan, 129 Nansihuan Xilu, Fengtai District. (6553 7171) www. 中加高中学校, 1) 通州区台 湖北京剑桥中学; 2) 丰台区南四环西路129 号,怡海花园 Springboard International Bilingual School Springboard offers kindergarten through 6th grade in a 75% English, 25% Chinese bilingual environment. The newly renovated building sports brightlycolored 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. ( cn/index.html 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, or Teodora Lazarova (150 6623 5580). Bulgarian Embassy Library, 4 Xiushui Beijie, Chaoyang District. ( 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 (2010-2011 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 Sunny Kids Garden International Kindergarten (SKG) SKG offers bilingual nursery, kindergarten and pre-school classes based on the internationally recognized HighScope teaching approach. Professionally trained, highly experienced and dedicated foreign and Chinese teachers all have over five years international teaching experience. Warm, nurturing and creative environment in which children can experience a range of different activities including art, science, music, drama, dancing, cooking, physical education and much more. Modern, state-of-the-art facilities and toys, spacious classrooms spread over 3 levels and large garden/playground area. Nursery classes for children aged 19 months to 3 years, kindergarten classes for children 3-5 years of age and preschool classes for children 5-6 years of age. SKG also offers facilities for children events, including birthday parties. 103, Bldg 302, Xiangsong Nanhu Xiyuan, Nanhuqu Xilu, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8476 5353 or 138 1070 7354, 北京 阳光童馨国际幼儿园, 朝阳区望京南湖渠西 路香颂南湖西园302楼103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 world-renowned Montessori system. Age range: 0-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Nursery/ Pre-Primary (1-3 years) 37,000 RMB (8.3011.30am 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 (8.3011.30am course), RMB 49,000 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 32,500 (1-3.20pm), RMB 61,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); 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 theme-based 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@ 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. (6279 7000, this@mail.

Shopping 海淀区 中关村北路清华大学西北侧 Wellington College International Tianjin Wellington College International 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. (187-2248 7836, http:// 天津惠灵顿国际学校,天津 市红桥区义德道1号 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 Arts & Crafts Miller/Reis Art Studios 5 Xiyuan, Yishu Gongshem, Xianggelila, Feijia Cun, Cuigezhuang Xiang, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区崔各庄 乡费家村香格里拉艺术公社西园5号 Samantha Crafts Located close the Lama Temple, Samantha Crafts sells handmade knitwear and crochet products, including children’s products, hats, bags, gloves, dolls,

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and plush animals. The shop also carries knitting supplies: yarn, wool, buttons, needles, and more. The owner, Samantha, offers knitting and crochet classes for beginners at RMB 200 per hour (materials not included). Mon-Fri 9.30am-1pm, 2-6pm, weekends and holidays by appointment. 12 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6405 8098,, sg@samanthacrafts. com) 珊 米织物, 东城区方家胡同12号 The Beijing Guild An informal crafts group which welcomes people of all nationalities interested in knitting, crochet and other crafts, coming together to share their passion and to meet others. Meets weekly; see website for times and locations. (contact@

Bookstores The Bookworm English language books to borrow or buy. Book larvae can graze in the library’s Kiddies’ Corner, which houses childsize 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. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507,, 书虫书吧, 朝阳区 工体北路4号院 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

Clothing BabyGro Beijing 1) Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Cathay View Garden Shopping Mall (next to Beijing Riviera Villas), 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 1690, johanna@; 2) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Shop 105, Tower 9, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6597 0717, www.babygro. 慧宝, 1) 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观 唐广场二期商铺; 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. (5900 1476, com 国际宝贝, 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO商 都3层2371店铺 Gap Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District.; 2) Unit 136A140, Beijing APM, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 3) Unit 1101, 1/F, Joy City Chaoyang, 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. 1) 西城区西单北大街131 号; 2) 东城区王府井大街138号北京新东安 广场136A-140; 3) 朝阳区朝阳北路101 (青 年路口东北角) 朝阳北路大悦城1层1101 Jacadi If you feel like splurging on baby shoes or an outfit for a special occasion, nothing beats this French store. Prices are sky high, but who’s counting when the clothes are so stylish? If your credit card can take more punishment, visit the other kid’s clothing stores in the China World Shopping Mall. Daily 10am-9.30pm. NB135-137, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 0766) 亚 卡迪, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城地下 1层NB135-137 Marco & Mari The sweet and casual outfits for kids ages 2-14 from this Hong Kongbased brand will keep your kids up-to-date



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on the fashion front. Daily 9am-9.30pm. 4/F, 4066, Golden Resource Shopping Mall, Yuanda Donglu (west of Suzhou Qiao), Haidian District. (8887 5391) 马可 玛瑞, 海淀区 远大东路金源时代购物中心4层4066号 Mothercare Mothercare, the acclaimed British brand, is a global specialist retailer of clothing, home and travel and toys for mothers to be, babies and young children. Sells hard-to-find clothes for kids age 6 and younger, as well as a wide range of nursery furniture and nursery equipment. Find maternity clothes, strollers, bedding, car seats, playpens, baby monitors, children’s clothes and other elusive products at this chain. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) Stall B21-22, 1 Senlingongyuan Lu, Jingzhan Xiang, Shunyi District.; 2) Stall 121-123, Beyou World, 111 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) 5/F, Wangfujing Baihuo, 255 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8529 1777); 4) Stall 4128-4130, 4/F, Jinyuan Xinyansha Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 5506); 5) SMM-42, 1/F, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6134) 1) 顺义区金盏乡森林公园路1号B2122商铺; 2) 朝阳区京顺路111号比如世界 1F121-123商铺; 3) 东城区王府井大街255号 王府井百货5层; 4) 海淀区远大路1号金源新 燕莎购物中心4层第4128-4130商铺; 5) 朝阳 区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区SMM-42 Naturino From pretty sandals to gumboots, this unpretentious kids’ store is all about quality. Prices start at RMB 300. 1) Beijing Office: 7H, Tower A, Star City, A10 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8456 0710, 139 1175 4650); 2) 2/F Beijing Yansha Outlet Shopping Center 9 Dongsihuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District.; 3) 5/F, Shuang’an Shopping Plaza, 23 Beisanhuan Lu, Haidian District.; 4) 5/F, Cuiwei Baihuo, 33 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District.; 5) 4/F, Modern Plaza, 40 Zhongguancun Lu, Chaoyang District.; 6) 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo lu, Chaoyang District.; 7) 6/F, Beijing Yansha Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 8) 4/F, Beijing Jinyuan Yansha Shopping Center 2, Huayuan Donglu, Haidian District.; 9) Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District.; 10) 5/F, Beijing Scitech Plaza, 22, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 那都乐, 1) 朝阳区北京办公室:酒 仙桥路甲10号星城国际大厦A座7H; 2) 朝阳 区东四环南路9号燕莎奥特莱斯购物中心2层; 3) 海淀区北三环路23号双安广场5层; 4) 海 淀区复兴路33号翠微百货5层; 5) 朝阳区中 关村路40号当代商城; 6) 朝阳区建国路87号 新光天地5层; 7) 朝阳区亮马桥路52号北京 燕莎友谊商城6层; 8) 海淀区花园东路2号北 京金源燕莎购物中心4层; 9) 顺义区天竺房 地产开发区荣祥广场; 10) 朝阳区建国门外 大街北京赛特购物中心5层 Silk Street Market Rows upon rows of toddler and baby-sized clothing stalls can be found on the fourth floor. Choose from bibs, parkas, warm-ups, T-shirts, hats and more. Daily 9am-9pm. 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5169 8800) 秀水街, 朝阳区建国门外大街 秀水东街8号 Tang’ Roulou Created by two French designers inspired by yesterday’s China, Tang’ Roulou tiny shop stocks gorgeous, tasteful outfits for kids (ages 0-8). Their unique, high quality, made-in-Beijing blankets, quilted jackets, dresses and accessories come in a variety of patterns, including dots, stripes and flowers, spotted with dragons, phoenix and goldfishes. Daily 10.30am-8.30pm. 30 Sanlitun Beilu (inside Phoenix Design), Chaoyang District. (6416 9761) 朝阳区三里屯北街路口30号 “ 风栖” 店内 Uniqlo Bldg 10, South District, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 1320) 朝阳区三里屯 路19号三里屯Village南区10号楼

Departments Stores, Malls

& Markets Lane Crawford While Beijing already has access to a variety of designer goods, the exclusive selection of this unique, luxury brand department store sets it apart from the pack. Daily 10am-9pm. L130, Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6622 0808) 西城区金融街 金城坊街2号金融街购物中心L130

south, Chaoyang District. www.gaobeidian. 高碑店家具一条街, 朝阳区东四环外 京通快速路高碑店出口处出来右转往南走

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, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091); 2) 10am-8.30pm. Unit L1-110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785) 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 L1-110 Chicco Chicco comes from Italy, where mamas know how to care for their bambini. So durable it will last right through your seventh child, the equipment includes high chairs, baby carriers, car seats, bottles, thermometers, cribs and prams. The store has more than 15 branches around town; just a few are listed below. 1) Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. NB136, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 6721); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. Lufthansa Shopping Center, 6/F, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1188 ext 675); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3888) 智高儿童用品, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大 街1号国贸商城地下1层NB136; 2) 朝阳区亮 马桥路52号燕莎购物中心6楼; 3) 朝阳区工 体北路甲2号太平洋百货5楼 Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique Counting Sheep offers gear for moms, dads and kids. From maternityclothes, baby furniture, baby shower gifts to party items. International brands include Stokke, Bloom, Boob, Baby Bjorn, Ergo Carriers, Hotslings, Bravado, Chicobello, Fleurville, BamBam, Big Bobby Cars, and Trunki. 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, www.countingsheepboutique. com 洋洋宝宝店, 朝阳区工体北路17号(工 体北门对面) Flexa Flexa sells durable, wooden kids’ furniture such as beds, desks, shelves, wardrobes, cribs and all the attendant accessories like mattresses, playpens, tunnels, linen, bean bags, changing mats and much, much more. Best of all, the items “grow” with your kids: for example, the Flexa (RMB 8,590) can be turned into an extendable trainer bed (from 120cm-200cm). Want your kids to think you’re the best parents ever? Get a bunk bed with a slide. 1) Daily 10am8pm. B2/F, Cofco Plaza, 8 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6524 2726); 2) Daily 10am-8pm. 1/F, Lanjinglijia, Dazhongsi, Haidian District. (8211 7233); 3) Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 3/F, Red Star Macalline, 193 Dajiaoting Qiao, Chaoyang District. (8795 1515); 4) Mon-Fri 10am9pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-9pm. 1/F, Easy Home, Golden Resouces Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 3379); 5) 9.30am-7.30pm. 2/F, Easy Home, 65 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8462 9029) 芙莱莎, 1) 东城区建国 门内大街8号中粮广场地下2层; 2) 海淀区大 钟寺蓝景丽家1层; 3) 朝阳区大郊亭桥193号 东四环红星美凯龙3层; 4) 海淀区远大路1号 世纪金源居然之家1层; 5) 朝阳区北四环东 路65号居然之家2层 Gaobeidian Furniture Street Outside Dongsihuan, turn right at the Gaobeidian exit of the Jingtong expressway then drive

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. (139 1173 9981,; 2) 158 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (139 1173 9981, 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) QM Furniture Daily 9am-8pm. 29 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6464 6301) 曲美家 具城, 朝阳区霄云路29号 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,

Directories they have the widest selection of 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, www. 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧 陆广场4层

Organic Goods De Run Wu Translating as “House of Virtue,” this family-run organic farm consists of a greenhouse growing over 100 types of crops year-round. Visitors can purchase produce for RMB 20 per kilo (minimum 4 kilos) and they deliver for an additional RMB 20 on two runs a week. They also sell organic detergents, soap nuts, natural cleaners and more. Strawberry Fields, Xinzhuang, Xingshou Town, Changping District. (8459 0809, 德润屋, 昌平区兴寿镇辛庄草莓园 Green Cow Organic Farm Donggezhuang (10 min north of the International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, 6433 4435 (fax), 绿牛有机农庄, 顺 义区北京绿牛有机农场(北京京承高速与机 场北线交汇处的东北方向董各庄附近) Lohao City 1) Daily 8am-10pm. B1/F, Yinzuo Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6415 0104); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. 1-19 Haoyun Jie, Chaoyang District. (5867 0270/0265); 3) Daily 8am9pm. 608 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (8046 6242 ext 801); 4) Daily 8am-10pm. 52 Jingshun Lu (Near Sunhe Qiao), Shunyi District. (8459 0134); 5) Daily 8am-10pm. 103, Building 15, China Central Place, 6A Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5181); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. Shop 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6465); 7) Mon-Thu 8am10pm, Fri-Sun 8am-11pm. Bldg 5, 10A, 76 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8772 4133 ext 806/807); 8) Daily 10am9.30pm. 131-04B, Beichen Lifestyle Plaza, No.8 courtyard, Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 5950) 乐 活城, 1) 朝阳区东城区东直门外大街48号 银座MALL地下一层; 2) 朝阳区好运街乙 1-19; 3) 顺义区天竺荣祥广场608号; 4) 顺义区京顺路52号(靠近孙河桥); 5) 朝阳 区西大望路甲6号华贸公寓15号楼103号; 6) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国际二期17号 楼101; 7) 朝阳区百子湾南二路76号5号楼 10A; 8) 朝阳区北辰东路8号院北辰生活广 场131-04B Organic Farm Home Delivery Service Organic Farm has its own shuttles which deliver 100% certified organic groceries directly to your doorstep. Besides fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs and dairy products, there is also a high-quality selection of organic import foods. Just call 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (English and Chinese) or visit their website to place an order. Free delivery from Monday to Saturday. Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 101, 1/F, Park Avenue, 6 Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6530 6641; 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (delivery), http://www. 有机农庄, 朝阳区 北京朝阳公园南路6号公园大道商业大厦1 层101号

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) 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

Children’s Photo Art Space A new boutique children’s photography service offering unique fantasy and dream-themed shoots versus more conventional portraits. Currently located in Beijing, China, the office is in the Chaoyang District with an additional location convenient to the Shunyi Villas. Shoots mainly on-location but has a full service studio in 798 Art District. 3388 Capital Paradise, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (155 1030 4776) 梦游童年摄影, 顺义区顺 义区名都圆3388号 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. 2/F, East Wing, Tower A, 10 Zuoanmennei Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6718 2308, http://www. 联合世纪数码影印有限 公司, 朝阳区左安门内大街10号A座2层东翼 Imagine Photography Studio 10am6pm. Unit 503, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8472 7478, info@imaginestudio. cn) 顺义区荣祥广 场503室 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 (5876 4088, 150 1089 9969, maxim@mishka. pro) 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 StudioStruttura Studiostruttura offers creative photography and video solutions. Our goal is to become pioneers in the brave new world of creative visual communication. Which makes Studiostruttura clients pioneers as well. They have the visions to enrich, excite and challenge our artistic expertise. Together we succeed in breaking new ground, exploring new possibilities of photo and video interaction media technology. 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 studio 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


马桥路52号燕莎购物中心6楼; 3) 朝阳区工 体北路甲2号太平洋百货5楼 Decathlon This popular French company now has outlets throughout China. The store supplies equipment for tons of different athletic activities – individual and team sports, land and water sports – from running to sailing, from squash to volleyball. Daily 10am-9pm. 195 Dongsihuan Zhonglu (near Dajiaoting), Chaoyang District. (8777 8788) 迪卡侬运动超市, 朝阳区东四环中路195号( 靠近大郊亭)

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@ 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 Nina Griffee Body Art and Face Painting Service Nina Griffee Body art and Face Painting Services offers a variety of services including face painting at childrens birthday parties, Face Painting Workshops, Body Painting, Halloween Fancy dress painting, Corporate Body art services, Henna and more. (152 1001 7548, 135 0177 7714, 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) 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 Alien Street Market The building is occupied by individual stall owners who sell all kinds of toys for indoor and outdoor use, including kiddie pools. Quality is uneven, so inspect toys carefully before buying and be sure to haggle. Laofanjie Shichang, Yabao Lu (south of Fulllink Plaza), Chaoyang District. 老番街市场, 朝阳区雅宝路 Chicco Colorful mobiles, infant gyms, activity tables, baby phones and toy cars that are purportedly designed to foster your child’s mental development. The store has more than 15 branches around town; just a few are listed below. 1) Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. NB136, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 6721); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. Lufthansa Shopping Center, 6/F, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1188 ext 675); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3888) 智高儿童用品, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大 街1号国贸商城地下1层NB136; 2) 朝阳区亮

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 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 Tian Le Toy Market The four-floor building includes 300 vendor booths that sell all kinds of cheap children toys, sports gear, art works and handicrafts, wedding supplies, stationery and office supplies. Daily 8.30am-7pm. 136 Fahuasi Jie, Chongwen District. 红桥天 乐玩具市场, 崇文区法华寺街136号 T.O.T.S. This is the place to visit for “intelligent” wooden toys from abroad like building blocks, rocking horses, boats, playhouses and seagull mobiles. T.O.T.S. also stocks items like Teletubbies dolls, wax crayons and xylophones. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. F4, Wangjing Mall, 33 Wangjing Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 9898); 2) Daily 9am-9.30pm. F1, New China Children’s Store, 168 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District. (6528 1774) 头大原创玩具房, 1) 朝阳 区望京大街33号嘉茂大厦4层; 2) 东城区王 府井大街168号新中国儿童用品商店一楼 Tot to Teen This clothing store also stocks a small selection of board games (RMB 4570), art supplies, wands, butterfly wings and temporary tattoos (RMB 48). Daily 9am-7pm. 703 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4419, 红马车儿 童用品商店, 顺义区天竺房地产开发区荣祥 广场703号

Sports Directory Sports Beijing is a non-profit organization that provides sports and recreational activities to the children of Beijing. Modeled after North American and European community sports organizations, Sports Beijing offers more than 15 sports and recreational 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 Road, Chaoyang District. (6430 1370) 朝阳区将台路6号丽都饭店丽都 乡村俱乐部2层

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

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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

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 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-Sat 10am-10pm, 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 The Conservatory of International Style and Cultural Arts (CISCA) The benefits of learning ballet at an early age aims to nurture 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


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

Golf Greystone Golf Center Daily 9am-9pm. 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7173) 朝阳区香江北路1号

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 9am-6pm. 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) horse instructor’s certificate and a dog agility area. Different riding packages available (insurance included). Tue-Sun 7amnoon, 2-6pm. 91 Shunbai Lu, Sunhe Town (north of and parallel to Xiang Jiang Beilu), Chaoyang District. (Chi 8459 0236, Eng 6432 4947, www. 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 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: Tue-Sun 8am5pm. West coast of Wenyu River, Chaoyang District. (8433 2217) 西坞北京马术俱乐部, 朝阳区温榆河西岸

Ice Skating 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.



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All Star Champion Skating Club Lace up your skates and do a Kim Yu-Na of South Korea (Kim’s the current world champion in ladies figure skating, couch potatoes). - All Star Ice Rink was founded by Wang Rui, figure skating gold medalist in the 1999 Asian Winter Games, and Li Ning, the legendary gymnast who lit the torch during the opening

ceremony of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. Located on the first floor of Solana mall, the ice rink covers 800 square meters and uses equipment that meets international standards, creating a rink fit for both entertainment and professional competition. For adolescents new to the sport, All-Star offers classes. Especially precocious athletes can request coaches from the Chinese national skating team. Private lessons (Chinese only) are priced at RMB 135-200/40min. RMB 30 (Before 6 pm), 40 (After 6pm), 50 (Holidays & Weekends) for admission. Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu., Chaoyang District. (5905 6328) 全明星滑冰俱乐部, 朝阳区朝阳 公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区首层 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, www. 国贸溜冰场, 朝阳区建国门 外大街1号国贸地下2层

Martial Arts Black Tiger Fight Club Founded in 2006, Black Tiger Fight Club is the only complete MMA training center that caters primarily to expats and Beijing’s international community. The center’s coaching team consists of world champions, UFC veteran coaches and fighters, and certified conditioning coaches. Facilities include fitness training equipment, martial arts and boxing gear, showers, steam room, and lockers (Xiaoyun Lu location), and an equipment shop. With two locations in Beijing, Black Tiger Fighting Club Beijing offers martial arts and fitness classes for women, kids, teens, and adults, including Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian jiujitsu, wrestling, boxing, and weekend self-defense workshops. 1) 2/F, 5 Laiguanying Donglu (across from WAB, west of Lane Bridge Villa), Chaoyang District. (; 2) 1/F, Park Apartments, 17 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (139 1071 2576, info@ 1) 朝阳区莱广营东路5号 2层(京西学校对面,长岛澜桥西侧); 2) 朝阳 区朝阳公园西路17号天安家园1层 Fenxing Fencing Club Tue-Sun 9am - 9pm. Bldg. 2050, Gahood Villa 5 Yunyang Rd., Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (fenxing. 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

Sailing Beijing Aofan Sailing Club Located in Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, this exclusive sailing club in Beijing offers 2-day and 5-day training courses throughout the season with a wide range of sailing boats for both kids and for adults. Regular events are held for members (for free) and visitors. Inside Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Shunyi District. 北京 奥帆帆船俱乐部, 顺义区白马路19号奥林匹克 水上公园内 Beijing Sailing Centre Located 90mins from Beijing by train, the Beijing Sailing Club provides a range of dinghy sailing boats to suit all abilities and age groups, from Optimists for kids fun, Topper Topaz for adult learners through to the Topper Omega for spinnaker and trapezing experience. Qualified English and Chinese instructors offer weekend courses for those wanting to gain experience (RMB 1,900) and the 1 hour Sailing Experience (RMB 240) is a gentle introduction to dinghy sailing and features of each sailing boat. Open May-Oct. 22 Wenti Road, Haigang District, Qinhuangdao. (0335 856 0916, www. 秦皇岛市海港区文体路22号 (15 00 118 9580, 335 856 0916, enquiries@

Swimming Dragon Fire Swim Team Nearly 130 international students receive training in competitive swimming under the tutelage of founder and head coach Kevin Hua. Instruction is offered for kids ages 4-18 at the beginning (able to swim 10m), intermediate and advanced levels. The team has competed in races in Singapore and Hong Kong, and also competes with local Chinese teams. RMB 60-90 per lesson, RMB 1,200-4,500 per season (depends on the level, number of times a week, etc), plus RMB 300 registration fee. Training is offered at various times and locations, seven days a week.To register, contact Coach Hua. (136 0106 4534, Water Cube (Happy Magic Water Cube Waterpark) Daily 9am-6pm. Olympic Green, Beichen Lu, Chaoyang District. (8437 0125) 朝阳区北辰路奥林匹克公园内

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 selfconfidence and give you enough valuable instruction to last a lifetime. 1) Central Forest Tennis and Badminton Center: Houshayu County, 200meters east of Sugar Bay Community, Chaoyang District. (5727 9817,; 2) Huakang T&B Fitness Center: Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Town, Chaoyang District. (8459 1367/0156, info@; 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, www. 1) 朝阳区顺义区中央林间网 羽中心:顺义区后沙峪镇香蜜湾东侧200米; 2) 朝阳区华康羽网健身中心:孙河乡顺黄路; 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 semiprivate instruction sessions in Westin Studio. 7.30am – 9.30pm. F/5, Heavenly Spa, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (139 1029 0260, 朝阳区新源南路一号5层 Fine Yoga Mon-Fri 7am-8.30pm, Sun-Sat 8am-6pm. 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. Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. 6/F, Bldg 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0774, 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 April 16. Dulwich Hosts the ISCMS Music Festival On February 18, Dulwich College Beijing hosted the International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS) gala concert at the Forbidden City Concert Hall with special guest stars Karl Jenkins and KatieTargett-Adams. The event was sponsored by beijingkids.

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The Circuit March at BSB On March 9, eight students from the British School of Beijing took part in the International Schools Theater Association (ISTA) festival). On March 7, Year 3 to 6 students from the Sanlitun campus performed musical numbers for the school’s annual Music Circus.

PHOTOs: courtesy of bsb and biss

Spring Show at BIBS On March 21, Beanstalk International Bilingual School held its annual spring show with the theme of “The Land of Make Believe.”

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The Circuit YCIS Beijing Hosts Seeds of Hope Concert On March 18, the YCIS network of schools held a benefit concert for the school charity Seeds of Hope, with over 350 performers and an audience of 750 in attendance.

Building Birdhouses at 3e Throughout March, preschool students at 3e International School have been building their own birdhouses, including cutting, drilling, sanding, and assembling.

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The Circuit CfCS Students Meet Apolo Ohno On February 14, students at Care for Children Special Needs School took a trip to the Western Academy of Beijing to meet speed skater and Olympic gold medal winner Apolo Ohno.

PHOTOs: courtesy of cfcs and iab

Secondary School Talent Show at IAB On March 7, the International Academy of Beijing held its annual Secondary School Talent Show with magic acts, soloists, duets, dance routines, and a full band of students. Â

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The Circuit The Children’s House Visits Dinosaur Museum On February 24, students from The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten had a “roaring” time at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology.

Chinese Lantern Festival at Ivy Bilingual School On February 6, parents and students took part in traditional Lantern Festival celebrations with activities, food, and drinks at Ivy Bilingual School’s Orchard Garden Campus.

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ACAMIS Tournament at BISS From February 9 to 11, high school basketball players from Beijing BISS International School participated in the ACAMIS Blue Division tournament.

PHOTOs: courtesy of biss and harrow

Art Week at Harrow From March 6 to 9, Harrow International School Beijing’s Lower School held its Art Week, with watercolor, calligraphy, and Chinese traditional art workshops for Year 3-4 students.

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The Circuit Winter Performance at Daystar On December 22, Daystar Academy kindergarten students held their annual winter performance.

March at CISB From March 7 to 15, the Canadian International School of Beijing held its annual Spring Carnival, a Literacy Day, and Crazy Hat Day.

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The Circuit March at THIS In March, students at Tsinghua International School met US missionary Carl Wilkens, the only American to remain in Rwanda after the start of the Rwandan Genocide. In addition, students participated in Math Night and the Harvard Model United Nations conference in Beijing.

PHOTOs: courtesy of this and isb

Students Teaching Teachers at ISB On February 23, students from the International School of Beijing taught iMovie skills to over 35 teachers, who were tasked with creating a short film about their favorite pet.

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Family Favorites

The Lundgren-De Beer Family photo by Mishka Family Photography Canadian Emma Lundgren is the customer services director at OASIS Healthcare. Her husband Marc De Beer (the Netherlands) is the general manager of Hilton Beijing Wangfujing. Emma and Marc have two kids: Ellen (10) and Alexander (12). This is the family’s second time in Beijing; they last lived here eight years ago. Since then, they have also resided in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Brussels, Belgium. Sijia Chen Share your Family Favorites with us at

Favorite Shopping Spots Emma likes Oriental Plaza for herself, where she shops for shoes. For the kids, the family likes Zara and The Gap; they’ve grown out of the kid sizes, but fit well into the adult small.


Favorite Day Trip 798 Art District has cute cafes, interesting art, and music shops to visit for inspiration.

Favorite Weekend Activities The family enjoys horseback riding at Sheerwood Beijing Equestrian Country Club and taking their pugs Ike and Abe out for long walks.

Kids Beg Us to Go Blue Zoo Beijing, swimming at the Beijing National Aquatics Center, and pet shelters anywhere, anytime. Ellen follows BHAEEC (Beijing Human and Animal Environmental Education Center) via her Roots and Shoots group at the International School of Beijing. She makes regular donations with her pocket money to support the dogs there.

Date Night Spot Temple Restaurant


Favorite Place to Play Outdoors Chaoyang Park and Ritan Park

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Rainy Day Activity When it rains, the family stays in and plays board games like Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (pictured here).

Family Rituals Having Sunday brunch at the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, Capital M, or The Orchard.

Newest Discovery Beijing Opera House is great for walking the grounds, seeing concerts, and admiring architecture.

Favorite Family Restaurant Punjabi Indian Restaurant in Solana. It’s kid-friendly and has a relaxed atmosphere.

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