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April 2014

Branching Out Discover the city’s most beautiful blossoms The Other Jing Sample eastern delights at Nanjing Impressions On the Ball Yao Ming: “I believe that sports promote intelligent development”

Asia Calling From Guilin to Seoul, 15 destinations within four hours’ flight from Beijing

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Features 48

Shortcuts to Adventure

Dining 24

15 spring break destinations within four hours’ flight from Beijing

Traditional eats from China’s other “Jing”


Food for Thought Tebby and Zoe Hinton whip up chickpea(sy) stew

Living 17

Dining Out

From the Blog


Five ways to enjoy Chinese chives




What’s Fun In


Family Travels

Eight places in Beijing to stop and smell the flowers

Community news and announcements


Talking Shop Sweet Tooth finds a new home on Xinzhong Jie


ISB students Jane Park and Rebecca Leu conquer great heights

Birthday Bash Fun and inspired parties at UCCA Creative Studio

Health 22

The Natural Path


The Doc Is In

Learning 34



When I Grow Up


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YCIS Beijing students take the road less traveled Award-winning composer Christopher Tin visits DCB

Melissa Rodriguez recommends five naturopathic travel essentials Holidays are no excuse to take a break from your health, says Dr. Richard Saint Cyr

Artwork from Huijia Kindergarten Sanyuanqiao

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Parenting 42

Beijing Baba Christopher Lay is sick of twins on the plane


The Echo Chamber Ember Swift and her family are grounded in Canada


Spotlight Basketball star Yao Ming talks teamwork, learning, and fatherhood

Directories 70 75 77 79 80 84 87

Family Dining Family Health Family Travel Fun Stuff Schools Shopping Sports

Essentials 9 10 12 14 16

Editor’s Note April Calendar Top 10 Things to Do in April April Events New Arrivals Say hello to Beijing’s smallest


The Circuit Happenings in Beijing’s family scene


Family Favorites The Feng family

ON THE COVER: Maria Sultan (17 months) is one of the happiest babies we’ve ever met. Of Saudi descent, she has been living near Chaoyang Park with her mom, dad, and big brother Moja (age 10) for the past nine months. As we shot the cover at Beijing Capital International Airport, strangers repeatedly asked us if they could take pictures of Maria. This little girl enjoys throwing her sunglasses on the floor, running away from her mom, and snacking on Happypuffs. Photo by Mishka Family Photography.


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Grandma, me, Mom, Dad, Nancie, and the Zhangs in Gaspésie, Quebec

All Roads Lead to Home


e may only be two in the family, but my sister and I grew up with an older brother figure: Zhang Le. Before Nancie was born, I used to call him by the honorific Xiao Gege (“little big brother”). Le was three years older than me and impossibly cool, introducing me to PC games like Monkey Island as well as cartoons like SilverHawks and The Scooby-Doo Show. The Zhangs were our oldest family friends and quickly became our preferred travel companions. We would pile into our minivan for camping, hiking, canoeing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and annual visits to a local “sugar shack” – a type of farm where maple syrup is made, with sleigh rides and maple toffee on snow. If it’s a stereotypically Canadian activity, we’ve done it – albeit with rice cookers and packets of instant ramen in tow. We also took extensive road trips to the Maritimes and down the east coast of the US, with us kids always squished into the back row. Though Le and I made my sister sit between us until she was old enough to complain, I always felt like the middle child in that dynamic. Nancie told on me, I told on Le, Le got in trouble with his mom, Le complained to our mom, and our mom scolded Nancie and I for being babies. The dads stayed out of the firing line. In the summer of 2007, we drove to Quebec’s Côte-Nord to go whale-watching on the Saint Lawrence River and visit the island of Anticosti, a pristine stretch of evergreen forests and seaside rock formations. Nancie was a full-blown teen, Le was about to do his Master’s in Toronto, and I was due to start journalism school in the fall. The first night, we stayed in a cabin on the lake. While the kids toasted marshmallows on the shore, the grownups played cards indoors. We spotted a leech and watched it wriggle around for a while; dusk fell, turning the sky an inky blue. All was quiet except for the crackling of the campfire, the muffled hubbub of our parents’ gambling

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addiction, and the distant, plaintive cries of a loon. We would spend the rest of the trip combing beaches for interesting rocks, cycling through nature reserves, and fishing for char and lake trout from a dock. One evening, while the parents were playing cards yet again, Le surprised me by asking if he could write a message in my travel journal. I handed it to him, thinking it would be something stupid. It read, “The three of us are getting older, so this will probably be one of the last trips we’ll take together. And that makes me sad.” I didn’t know what to say. We’d bickered for years in the back of a minivan, counting the days until we turned 18 and didn’t have to share a seat anymore. In that moment, I wished we could go back and keep elbowing each other behind our parents’ backs a while longer. But all I could manage at the time was “Aw, thanks Le.” I still think about that trip and hold out hope that our families will meet up for another holiday. Maybe next time, the three of us – Nancie, Le, and I – will be the ones doing the driving and scolding while Mom, Dad, and the Zhangs kick back, play cards, and enjoy the grandkids.

Sijia Chen Managing Editor April 2014



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Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Ages 2-11. The recently-launched UCCA Creative Studio offers a birthday venue with a creative twist. See Birthday Bash (p21).

All ages. Enjoy a red velvet cupcake and a spot of tea at Sweet Tooth’s new Xingfucun location. See Talking Shop (p20).

HoK Easter Camp 2014

Ages 3-6. HoK leads an Easter -themed camp to keep little ones busy during the break. See Ongoing listings.

Harrow Open Day (for Early Years and Pre-Prep)

YCIS Beijing Parent Workshop: Using a Blog

Ages 3-10. Harrow takes prospective students and their families on a tour of the school. See Apr 14 listing.

All ages. Learn how to set up and run a blog with YCIS Beijing’s Matt Broughton. See Apr 16 listing.

All ages. See wolves, lions, tigers and other wild animals at Badaling Wild Park from the comfort of a safari bus. See Directories under Excursions for details (p79).

Staycate the Premises


All ages. Couldn’t book anything for May holiday? Take a vacation from your life at one of Beijing’s family-friendly hotels. See Directories under Family Travel (p77).

All ages. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the sound of nine bowling pins being knocked down at once. Head to Cosmic Bowling for an afternoon of fun. See Directories under Bowling (p87).

Fly, Fly Away

Fast Track to Learning

Go Fabric Shopping

All ages. Get out of the city for a not-so-distant holiday. See Features (p48).

All ages. If your child likes trains, take them to the Beijing Railway Museum. See Directories under Museums & Education (p80).

For adults. If you can’t find clothes that fit, why not get them made? Muxiyuan Fabric Market offers one-stop shopping for all the textiles you’ll ever need. See Directories under Markets (p86).

All ages. Tap into your DIY side as the world marks International Creativity and Innovation Week (April 14-21). See Directories under Art Schools (p79) to get started.

For adults. A BJU dentist talks about oral hygiene for kids at HoK. See Apr 23 listing.

Go Fly a Kite

Pedicab Hutong Family Visit, National Museum, and Forbidden City


2014 April

Ages 5+. This far-ranging tour covers art, culture, and history. See Apr 30 listing.

photos: mitchell pe masilun, courtesy of ucca; ubrayjay02, libertygrace0, ming1967, grey world (flickr)

Born to Be Wild

All ages. Make a healthy dinner by following the Hintons’ family recipe for chickpea stew. See Food for Thought (p26).

Free Talk: Oral Health and Good Habits for Kids


All ages. Join a bike tour to enjoy the full splendor of spring.

Chickpeas, Please

International Creativity and Innovation Week

All ages. Get out there and participate in this quintessentially vernal activity. See Directories under Parks & Gardens (p80) for ideas on where to go.

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Bohai or Bust 2014

Madame Soong’s Residence

Ages 7+. The Schoolhouse hosts the fifth Annual Bohai or Bust in Mutianyu. See Apr 12 listing.

All ages. Did you know? This famous courtyard residence boasts one of the oldest pairs of crabapple trees in Beijing. See Apr 13 listing.

Photoshop for Photographers at Atelier

Comptoirs de France Easter Egg Hunt

Ages 13+. Learn how to use Photoshop in a photography context. See Apr 19 listing.

Ages 2-10. This annual Easter egg hunt is hosted by Comptoirs de France’s East Lake Villa branch. See Apr 20 listing.

3e International School Community Day

A Sunday Afternoon at Bethel China

All ages. 3e hosts a Roundabout Book Fair, games, and activities. See Apr 26 listing.

All ages. Bethel China opens its doors to visitors who want to spend time with visually-impaired children and learn more about the organization’s mission.

Flowering Delights

Eastern Promises

All ages. From tulips to magnolias, relax and enjoy the city’s many blooms. See What’s Fun In (p28)

All ages. Snack on duck buns and noodles at Nanjing Impressions. See Dining Out (p24).

Spring in the City 2014

Mother’s Little JeepDay (in Chinese)

All ages. Beijing City International School hosts its ninth annual Spring in the City with family-friendly activities. See May 10 listing.

All your appreciation Forages. ages Show 3-12. Mom The Little Jeep is the with a fancy meal or a daythe at the Chinese version of Thomas Tankspa. Engine. In Chinese only. See Jan 1 listin

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This year, Easter falls on April 20 and you know what that means: the Easter Bunny is back! The New City Center starts the festivities early with an Easter Carnival, followed by Comptoirs de France’s annual Easter egg hunt at East Lake Villas. During the break, House of Knowledge is leading an Easter-themed camp for the little ones. For details, see Events (p14).

Easy Rider


As the days get warmer, dust off your bicycle and take it for a much-needed tune-up. Up for a challenge? Hosted by The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu, the fifth annual Bohai or Bust charity cycling event is back and taking place on April 12. For details, see Events (p14). To sign up, visit


Every year on April 22, Earth Day is observed to raise awareness of environmental issues. Put nature front and center by visiting one of the many organic farms around Beijing that provide local and pesticide-free produce, such as TooToo Organic Farm or Green Cow Organic Farm.

In Full Bloom


Spring is the best time to enjoy the city’s flora. Beyond Yuyuantan Park’s famous cherry blossoms, nature lovers can also spot pear blossoms, magnolias, peonies, apricot blossoms, and more. For an overview of local flora, turn to What’s Fun In (p28).


Get Off on the Right Foot

ClubFootball’s spring soccer programs kick off on the weekend of April 12 for both boys and girls. Kids can take free tester classes before committing to a ten-week course. For details, see Events (p14).



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Photos: celeblung, courtesy of the schoolhouse at mutianyu, pink sherbet photography, ladydragonflycc, courtesy of clubfootball

Common Ground

Top 10 Essentials

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Love at First Sight

On the second and fourth Sunday of every month, Bethel China opens its doors to visitors at the Doudian school and foster home in Fangshan District, which houses visually-impaired children (ages 0-6). Visitors will play with the kids, learn about Bethel’s projects, and find out how they can get involved. The tour is free, but RMB 50 is required to cover roundtrip bus transportation from Wudaokou. For more information, visit

Spring Fever, Not Hay Fever

Mark your calendars now for upcoming spring fairs! Both the International School of Beijing and Beijing City International School are holding events on May 10 that are open to the public. These family-friendly events will feature a day of games, fun, shopping, and performances. For details, see Events (p14).

Mayday, Mayday! It’s May Day! Labour Day (May 1-3) is slowly creeping up, but the options tend to be more limited when it’s such a short break. For spring, we decided to spotlight 15 destinations within easy reach of Beijing. To see the list, flip to Feature (p48).

Turn the Creativity Up to 11

Observed in over 50 countries, World Creativity and Innovation Week runs from April 15-21 and is dedicated to creative thinking. The new UCCA Creative Studio has lots of artsy workshops and classes for ages 2-11, and can also host private events. See Talking Shop (p21) for a review. You can also look through our Events (p14) for more creative activities. And last but not least, look out for next month’s issue, which is all about arts and crafts in Beijing.

Camp It Up

Summer is just a stone’s throw away, and many families are already starting to investigate holiday camp options. Luckily, Beijing has a host of language camps, school camps, sports camps, outdoor camps, and everything in between. Stay tuned on the beijingkids website ( for our annual roundup of summer camps.

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

Sat, Apr 12 Bohai or Bust 2014 Ages 7+. The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu hosts the fifth Annual Bohai or Bust Charity Biking at the Schoolhouse Orchard. The event features a day of biking followed by a charity auction. All proceeds will go to support the elderly residents of the community. Registration required. RMB 126-276. 7.30am-6pm. The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu (6162 6506)

Light Hiking around Glazed Roof Tile Village Ages 3+. Hike around the “Glazed Roof Tile” Village in Mentougou while stopping to look at kilns and temples, as well as have lunch. The hike is easy, with no steep climbing. Registration required. RMB 320, RMB 280 for ages 6-12. 9am-5pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041,

Roundabout Book Fair at DCB All ages. The next Roundabout Book Fair will once again sell used foreign-language books from various genres at deep discounts. Prices start at RMB 1 for children’s books, RMB 10 for paperbacks, and RMB 20 for hardcovers. All proceeds will go towards helping children in need. Free. 10am-3pm. Dulwich College Beijing, Legend Garden Campus (English: 137 1877 7761, Chinese: 137 1805 3814,

Share Our World: Charity Spring Fair All ages. Children’s House puts on a spring fair with world foods, crafts, and stalls from many boutiques. RMB 20 per adult, free for kids. 10am2pm. The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten (6505 3869/ 6535 8129,

Screen Printing Day at Atelier Ages 13+. Atelier offers a workshop introducing screen printing and its uses. such as printing on cloth, canvas, posters, and more. Teachers will also take students through the procedure step by step, from coming up with the design to the final print. Registration required. RMB 750. 10am-6pm. Atelier (

Easter Eggstravaganza

Madame Soong’s Residence All ages. Visit the former residence of Madame Soong Ching-ling, wife of Sun Yat-Sen. The courtyard’s highlight is one of the largest pair of crabapple


Family Day at Young Starters Academy All ages. Young Starters Academy’s Mixion campus hosts children for a day of making Friendship Candles out of honey wax, creating a special Hand in Hand Butterfly and a science experiment session of Magic Mixing. Registration required. Free. 10.30am2.30pm. Young Starters Academy (186 0004 9065, 135 2256 3767,

Tue, Apr 15 Harrow Open Day (for Early Years and Pre-Prep)

Sun, Apr 13


trees in Beijing. Registration required. RMB 150 (includes admission fee and English-speaking guide). 10am-noon. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041,

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Ages 3-10. Harrow holds an Open Morning. There will be tours through the Early Years School (ages 3-5) and the Pre-Prep School (ages 5-10). Tours involve seeing classes in session and children at play. Registration required. Free. 8.30am-noon.

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Wed, Apr 16 YCIS Beijing Parent Workshop: Using a Blog For parents. YCIS Beijing’s Matt Broughton teaches attendees the basics of setting up a blog and shares tips on venturing into the blogging world with confidence in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Beginners welcome. Registration required. Free. 10.30am-noon. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (8583 3731,

Sat, Apr 19 Royal Canal Boat Tour to the Summer Palace All ages. Tour historical sites and Beijing’s gardens and parks, including Beijing Zoo, Beijing Aquarium and Purple Bamboo Park with stops along the way. Registration required. RMB 490, RMB 390 (ages 5-11), and

free for kids 4 and under. 9am-4pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041,

Photoshop for Photographers at Atelier Ages 13+. Atelier offers Photoshop lessons for a day to beginners. This class focuses on the Photoshop workspace and photo manipulation. Participants must bring their own computer and have their own copy of the program. Registration required. RMB 1,000. 10am-4.30pm. Atelier (

Art Bug Open House: Easter Edition Ages 3-12. Art Bug’s Open House follows an Easter theme this time, with fun arts and crafts activities. Free for members, RMB 100 per child for nonmembers. 6-8pm. Art Bug (5900 0270)

Sun, Apr 20 Comptoirs de France Easter Egg Hunt Ages 2-10. Comptoirs de France hosts

Photo: wikimedia commons

All ages. This annual Easter Carnival includes games with prizes, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, and an Easter egg hunt. RMB 50 per child. 11am-1pm. The New City Center (6475 1066,

Crack yourself up with Easter activities

its annual Easter Egg Hunt at East Lake Villas’ Clubhouse Lobby, Gardens of Mandarin Duck, and Pavilion Room. Free. 9am-2pm. East Lake Villas (6461 1525)

Wed, Apr 23 Free Talk: Oral Health and Good Habits for Kids For adults. Beijing United Family Hospital Pediatric Dentist Dr. Irene Lau gives a free talk on children’s oral health, answers questions, and dispels misconceptions. Registration required. Free. 10-11am. House of Knowledge Quanfa Campus (6431 8452,

YCIS Beijing Parent Workshop: Numeracy in Kindergarten For adults. Learn about encouraging mathematical thinking in early education and how you can become more involved in your child’s numeracy development. Registration required. Free. 2-3pm. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (8583 3731, eryn.vanwinden@bj.ycef. com)

Fri, Apr 25 Salo Salo All ages. Harrow hosts a fundarising evening for the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiya relief efforts at the school theatre. This features live performances, raffle, assortment of food and more. RSVP required.

RMB 150. 6.30-8pm. Harrow International School Beijing (

Sat, Apr 26 3e International School Community Day All ages. Roundabout makes an appearance with a book fair at this day of games and activities for the entire family. Families can also host a table to sell their old toys and household goods. Registration required for tables (RMB 100 fee donated to Roundabout). Free to attend. 10am-noon. 3e International School (6437 3344 ext 107,

O’le Climbing Family Day Ages 5+. O’le offers various sports activities for families, such as indoor rock climbing, box climbing, slack lining, and indoor orienteering. At the end of the day, all families are invited to join the graffiti competition with a prize from O’le Climbing. Fruits and snacks provided. RMB 150 per adult, RMB 100 per child. 10am2pm. O’le Climbing (186 1846 1002,

International Creativity Day Ages 3-12. Art Bug celebrates International Creativity Day by hosting an afternoon filled with arts and crafts activities and games. Registration required. Free. 2-4pm. Art Bug (5900 0270).

Wed, Apr 30 Pedicab Hutong Family Visit, National Museum, and Forbidden City Ages 5+. Visit a local family in a traditional hutong house, learn about history at the National Museum, and stroll around the Tiananmen Square. Registration required. RMB 420 per adult, RMB 320 for ages 5-11. 9am4.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041,

Sat, May 10 ISB Spring Fair 2014 All ages. ISB’s Spring Fair is a funfilled family day with carnival games, shopping from unique and artisan vendors, a raffle draw with prizes, food from a wide variety of food retailers, and live entertainment. Free. 10am4pm. International School of Beijing (5149 2345,

Spring in the City 2014 All ages. BCIS hosts the ninth annual Spring in the City event. This year’s theme is “Flourish” and celebrates the school’s achievements both in and out of the classroom. Free. 11am-3pm. Beijing City International School (8771 7171,

Ongoing Women’s Health Screening Exams For moms. Valid until the end of

April, Oasis is offering a promotion on women’s health checkups. The health check includes a physician consultation, vital signs and BMI, pap smear, chest X-Ray, Urinalysis and complete blood count. RMB 998. 8.30am-5.30pm. Oasis International Hospital (400 876 2747)

ClubFootball Spring Courses Ages 4-16. Held at schools in Shunyi, Sanlitun, Liangmaqiao and more, ClubFootball’s 10-week spring courses offer a 3-level training program for boys and girls by Football Association qualified coaches and are overseen by head coach Alex Arnold, previously of Liverpool FC. The courses cater to beginners, intermediate and advanced players. Registration required. RMB 1,100. 10am4pm. ClubFootball (5130 6893/4/5/6,

HoK Easter Camp 2014 Ages 3-6. Starting on April 14, House of Knowledge will host an Easter camp with crafts, games, songs, sports, Easter egg hunts, and more. The camp runs activities in English, German or Mandarin at the HoK Chaoyang Park West Gate Campus and Quanfa Campus, Shunyi. Registration required. HoK family rates: RMB 1,760 (full day per week); RMB 1,080 (half day without lunch per week); RMB 1, 380 (half day with lunch per week); RMB 200 per week (school bus per week). Public rates: RMB 2,200 (full day per week); RMB 1,350 (half day without lunch per week); RMB 1,750 (half day with lunch per week); RMB 200 (school bus per week). 9am-3pm. House of Knowledge (400 650 7747,

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Erik Karl Noren He Swedish/Chinese. Born on Nov 26 to Nicole He and Niklas Noren at Oasis International Hospital.



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Ma Yuetong

Chinese. Born on Nov 14 to Victoria Yang and Martin Ma at Chaoyang Women and Children’s Hospital.

Gianluca Jun Ming Allegra Canadian/Am erican. Born on Se p 16 to D’Andre Allegr a and Michael Allegra at Oasis Internat ional Hospital.

Want to share your new arrival with our readers? Email a photo (at least 1MB in size) of your little one with his or her full name, nationality, birth date, hospital, and parents’ names to Due to space constraints, we will only publish photos of babies born in Beijing after December 1, 2013.

Chen Simiao

Chinese. Born on Jan 6 to Xu Bailu and Chen Xi at New Centu ry Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Lincoln Feng

on Jan 14 to Alley Oh Chinese/Korean. Born w Century Women’s Ne and Feng Liang at and Children’s Hospital.

From the Blog Living

Seasonal Eats: 5 Different Ways to Enjoy Chives


arly spring is the best time to enjoy Chinese chives (韭菜), as they are still young and tender. Usually only used as garnish or flavoring in western cooking, chives are used liked a vegetable in northern China and are a major ingredient in various dishes. Try the following ways to have chives for a game-changing and mouth-watering experience.

Chive dumplings 韭菜饺 (jiucai jiao) Steamed, fried or boiled, this popular Dongbei delicacy is common in many Chinese restaurants. The chives are often mixed with egg and pork to make a fragrant, delicate stuffing.

Fried chive “boxes” 韭菜盒子 (jiucai hezi) A chive “box” is four times the size of a regular dumpling and contains lots of the green vegetable. The shell is crunchy while the chives are firm and fresh. Available in most Chinese restaurants as an appetizer or snack.

Chive pancake 韭菜饼 (jiucai bing) Similar in taste to the chive box, the chive pancake is perfect for sharing as a starter.

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Stir-fried eggs and chives 韭菜炒鸡蛋 (jiucai chao jidan) Tired of regular scrambled eggs? Spruce them up with chives.

Fried meatballs stuffed with chives 韭香杂粮养生丸子 (jiucai zaliang yangsheng wanzi) Breaded and fried, these nugget-sized meatballs are stuffed with chives, offering a more child-friendly way to enjoy this ingredient. Find it at Shuntian Restaurant (顺天食府) at the south gate of Beijing Dance Academy in Haidian.

This article was adapted from a post on by Clemence Jiang.

April 2014



Living Noticeboard

What’s Happening in Beijing BJU Welcomes New Family Medicine Physician Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics (BJU) recently added Family Medicine Physician Dr. David Park to its staff. He is from the US, having immigrated from South Korea with his family at age 16. Before joining BJU, Dr. Park worked in three different states in the field of Primary Care Medicine for over 17 years. He received a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of California, Berkeley and his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Dr. Park speaks English and Korean.

Harrow Beijing Students Complete Two-Year IGCSE Course in Four Months At the beginning of 2013, Harrow International School Beijing identified ten new students who had a higher potential in mathematics. This led to the creation of a special program with the aim of completing a two-year IGCSE course in as little as four months. Nine out of ten students scored A* and one scored A in the most recent IGCSE examinations. The school is in the process of setting up a further Pure Mathematics ICGSE course for them. One third of Year 11 students have sat their IGCSE early with outstanding results and experienced advanced maths before their A-levels.

Keystone Academy just published its Middle School Curriculum Guide. A copy of the guide and excerpts of the Keystone Academy Community Handbook were sent to Middle School applicants who achieved early admission in their letter of offer packages. These materials are designed to inform prospective students and families about the Middle School Program and boarding life, touching on integrity, school values, and philosophies. This is to set expectations and standards for all students, parents, Keystone staff, and administration.



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Keystone Academy Publishes Middle School Curriculum Guide and Community Handbook

Noticeboard Living Registration Open for That’s Mandarin 2014 Summer Camp Program That’s Mandarin’s Summer Camp Program (June 16 to August 11) is designed for kids and teens aged 7-17 who want to learn Chinese or improve Chinese-language skills. Participants will also immerse themselves in local culture by trying Chinese food and taking part in activities and trips. Registration is now open for morning camp and day camp, both designed for families living in Beijing. There are also homestay, full camp, and family camp options. To register, visit That’s Mandarin’s website at

Members of the Palestinian Embassy Meet with YCIS Beijing Students

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Year 12 and 13 IB Global Politics students from Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) met with two representatives from the Palestinian Embassy to get personal insight on the creation of the Palestinian state, as well as the political and social issues it faces. The guests were Imad Halabi (First Secretary) and Salah Shehab (Second Secretary), who spent 90 minutes with the students. The visit was linked to the students’ syllabus units on “Sovereignty and International Relations” and “Peace and Conflict.” The students will have another opportunity to meet with the Palestinian Ambassador later in the year. The embassy also donated several DVDs of resource materials to the course library.

ISB Raises Funds for Typhoon Haiyan Relief The International School of Beijing (ISB) community has been steadily raising money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Teachers, students and parents came up with inventive charity events such as the Swimathon, the auction of Li Na paintings, the relief concert, and “Beat the Kuai” week in Middle School. To date, the ISB community has raised USD 39,809. Along with a special donation from the BEIGIN Conference Fund of USD 7,827, this makes a grand total of USD 47,636. The funds benefited the Schools for Schools project spearheaded by fellow Asia Pacific Activities Conference member, Brent International School Manila. The project is concentrated in Guiuan province, and is currently helping to rebuild the National High School that was completely destroyed in the typhoon. All proceeds will be used to buy materials and school supplies. April 2014



Living Talking Shop

Icing on the Cake Sweet Tooth now offers bagels, pies, tea, and coffee by Nimo Wanjau


id you know that Sweet Tooth, the once delivery-only bakery, has found a new home in an alleyway off Xinzhong Jie, just across from Beijing No. 55 Middle

School? Owner and baker Meilian Tan (pictured to the right with partner George Braga) started the business out of her humble apartment kitchen and moved into the new digs just six months ago. She started Sweet Tooth after getting frustrated by a fruitless search for baked goods that hadn’t been revamped for Chinese palates. The shop features a revolving selection of desserts. When we visited, there were red velvet cupcakes, carrot cakes, and brownies ranging from RMB 25 to RMB 30. Kids can also enjoy a vanilla, strawberry, dark chocolate, or banana milkshake made with Vai Milano gelato (RMB 35). Partnering with Tavalin Bagels and Two Guys and a Pie, Sweet Tooth now offers pies (starting from RMB 20) and toasted bagels (RMB 30-45 with a choice of cream cheese). Customers have the option of making it a meal by adding fries with a salad or gravy for RMB 15. Newer additions include toasted panini with chicken pesto or Italian cold cuts (RMB 50) using bread from Comptoirs de France. There are also pastas and salads. Sweet Tooth also stocks up to 12 different flavors from Australian tea makers T2, including the fruity French Earl Grey and Pumping Pomegranate. A pot costs RMB 30 if enjoyed onsite and a cup-togo costs RMB 20. Fans of black teas will love the Chai Latte (RMB 35), served hot in winter and cold in summer. Boxes of T2 teas are also available for purchase; an assorted box costs RMB 93 and a box of single-flavor tea costs RMB 140. Reusable mugs are available for RMB 45 is accompanied upon purchase with a free cup of coffee or tea. The delivery service has been scaled back to a radius of 3km from the cafe. The fee is RMB 5 within 1km, RMB 10 between 1km and 2km, and RMB 15 between 2km and 3km. You can also order your favorite cake and pick it up from the shop.



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Sweet Tooth Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. 18 Xinzhong Jie (behind Kato-Ya), Dongcheng District (150 1121 7173) 东城 区新中街18号

Birthday Bash Living

Roll Over, Renoir UCCA Creative Studio puts the “art” in “party” by Nimo Wanjau

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he recently-launched UCCA Creative Studio is a family-oriented art space for kids aged 2-11. It offers workshops and classes out of its base in the Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts. What’s more, the studio’s classrooms and Discovery Area can be rented for kids’ parties. Birthday themes include Creative Art Bash, Super Birthday Bash, and Roaring Birthday Bash, while the Discovery Area has a stage and a reading nook for guests. The Creative Art Bash allows kids to make crafts and artwork that can then framed and taken home as party favors. It’s bound to get messy, so make sure your children wear appropriate clothes. In the Super Birthday Bash, kids can dress up as superheroes and get their photos taken at the stage area at the Discovery Area. The Roaring Birthday Bash is a jungle-themed party with face painting, mask making, and other animal-inspired projects.

Depending on the package, UCCA teachers can be brought in to lead the various activities. Parents have an option between an “art fair” or “art workshop.” The latter centers on painting, drawing, and making multimedia art, while the former features two art stations with themed activities. Optional services include art performances by guest artists, film screenings in the UCCA auditorium, personalized party favors such as ceramic cups, and UCCA guided tours in which young guests can make their own works based on the exhibition after the tour. UCCA Creative Studio can accommodate a whopping 130 people, with a minimum number of ten guests. Packages cost the same for each age group (see box to the right). UCCA Creative Studio students get a 10 percent discount on birthday prices. In addition, the studio offers a customized package where the event can be held in your home (decorations and teachers included); call for a quote.

UCCA Creative Studio 创意探索地带 RMB 2, 500 for the basic package (includes venue rental for two hours in one area); RMB 4,000 for the standard package (includes venue and art workshop for 10 guests; RMB 150 for each additional guest); RMB 7,000 for the full package (includes venue, food, cake, and art workshop for 10 guests; RMB 250 for each additional guest). Call for quotes on at-home events. Standard and full packages include decorations, seating, party hats, and balloons, teachers, games, art activities, and party favors. Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Ullens Center for Creative Arts (UCCA), 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5780 0202/03) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区

April 2014



Health The Natural Path

Plane and Simple Travel Essentials


hen I go on a trip, I like to take a few naturopathic essentials with me just in case. Here are some of my favorite items:

Planes, with their enclosed spaces and recycled air, can be a breeding ground for infection

Aloe vera gel: It’s a good idea to carry a small tube of this stuff, especially if you’re going on a beach holiday. Though best-known as a burn treatment, it can also be used to heal cuts and scrapes. Some preparations can be consumed as a remedy for constipation. However, it’s not always practical to lug around the type of aloe vera gel that can be ingested, as it must be refrigerated once it’s opened. That’s why I rely on a trusted dried fruit – prunes – to treat constipation. Prunes: Prunes are dried plums, which are high in soluble and insoluble fiber; both work together to create a natural laxative effect. In China, you can find individually-wrapped varieties. Though some countries don’t allow you to import dried fruits, the good news is that prunes are relatively easy to find. If you do get constipation while you’re traveling, be sure to also drink a lot of water. Vitamin C: Traveling can be physically and emotionally taxing. When we’re jetlagged or lacking sleep, we’re more susceptible to illness. Vitamin C can boost the body’s ability to fight off infections; when under stress, we require more of it. I always take extra Vitamin C with me when I travel. Also, be sure to eat foods rich in Vitamin C such as kiwis, oranges, melons, cherries, grapes, bell peppers, peas, beets, carrots, and cucumbers. In general, these are best consumed raw to maximize their nutritional benefits. Grapefruit seed extract (GSE): Grapefruit seed extract is an antiviral and anti-bacterial agent. When you’re feeling under the weather, add a few drops of GSE to some water and you’re good to go. Planes, with their enclosed spaces and recycled air, can be a breeding ground for infection. In places with questionable water quality, GSE can be a valuable disinfectant for water; 20 drops per small bottle should do. Probiotics: When stools become watery and loose due to food poisoning, the body loses large amounts of helpful bacteria. The latter are needed for healthy immune function and digestion, which they facilitate by breaking down food and absorbing nutrients. Probiotics can be bought at local pharmacies and the World Health Store; be sure to buy shelf-stable versions that don’t need to be refrigerated.

Got a question? Dr. Melissa Rodriguez is a mom of two and a wellness consultant. She also works as a naturopath at International Medical Center. Check out her website at



2014 April

Health The Doc Is In

Bad Health Travels Fast


e’re all deep into planning our summer vacations, but don’t forget to include your own health in the preparations. Give yourself at least a month to research the health risks of the places you’re traveling to. Many vaccines require multiple shots and may take a few weeks to strengthen your immune system. Common ones include hepatitis A and B, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, and any boosters you might need. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has country-specific summaries of medicines and vaccines. Check their website at Your first aid kit should include sunscreen (at least SPF 30), hand sanitizer with alcohol, bandages, an antibiotic ointment, chewable antacid pills for heartburn, and an anti-itch cream such as over-thecounter (OTC) steroid hydrocortisone. It’s also a good idea to pack both child and adult versions of pain medicines, as you never know what the local pharmacy will have.

If you take daily medication for a chronic disease, bring enough to cover your trip – and maybe a bit more in case an elephant tramples them Many families will be traveling in tropical climates and staying at beach resorts. The main concerns are stomach infections and diseases transmitted through mosquitoes, such as malaria, dengue fever, typhoid fever, and Japanese encephalitis. Travelers should take anti-malarial medicines for the duration of their trip. In China, we usually prescribe doxycycline, which must be taken every day and continue to be taken for 28 days after the trip. Malaria can lay dormant for months, so it’s important to finish the medicine. The best treatment is prevention. Use effective anti-mosquito spray containing Picaridin or at least 20 percent DEET. Pediatric groups have rated DEET safe for children over 2 months of age. The most common cause of a ruined vacation is diarrhea. My favorite OTC medicine for this is loperamide (immodium), which is effective for slowing down watery, non-bloody diarrhea. Other OTC remedies include the charcoal powder Smecta and probiotics, which are pill forms of the healthy bacteria found in yogurt. Both are also available for infants and toddlers. Diarrhea is often caused by bacterial infections, so you should consider packing antibiotics as well. Many doctors now prescribe azithromycin, which must be taken as soon as diarrhea symptoms start. If you take daily medication for a chronic disease, bring enough to cover your trip – and maybe a bit more in case an elephant tramples them. Also keep a detailed list of your prescription safe in case you need to replace your medication. Enjoy your trip and stay healthy!

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 2014



First Impressions Nanjing restaurant aims to please by Clemence Jiang

photo: SUI


Laura Fuellerbeijingkids (age 5, attends Eduwings Kindergarten) with her beloved baobing niurousong in the foreground 2014 April

Dining Out Dining

photos: courtesy of nanjing impressions


Marinated and air-dried duck

Yangchun noodles

Roast duck buns

A bowl of taro balls and osmanthus petals in syrup

n ancient Chinese capital for six dynasties, the eastern city of Nanjing is now better-known for its cuisine: heavy on duck, imbued with street food culture, laid-back but characterized by refined cooking methods. Despite the fact that Nanjing Impressions been established in Beijing for over two years, only a smattering of expats have given the chain a chance to impress. Food should be enjoyed in the right ambience – and Nanjing Impressions knows how to deliver an authentic experience. We visited the Sanlitun branch at Shimao Department Store, where an elderly man in Nanjing traditional dress greeted us with a bow and politely ushered us in. After being seated, we quickly forgot we were in a shopping mall. Red and yellow paper lanterns hung from the rafters, the floor was paved with grey stone tiles, the wooden walls were weathered to evoke an old-style Nanjing restaurant, and the evening featured a performance of pingtan (评弹), a form of musical storytelling that features the pairing of Suzhou dialect with Chinese instruments. The menu is extensive and can be overwhelming at first, though it contains good English translations. Take your time writing down the dishes’ ID numbers. Or, simply stroll up to the “snack street” – an open kitchen with noodles, dumplings, and cold appetizers on display, point to what you want, and tell the staff your table number. Oddly, the drinks menu is in Chinese only. We started with zhaopai yanshui ya (招牌盐水鸭, RMB 28), a cold appetizer of marinated and air-dried duck. Don’t be deceived by the simple preparation and appearance; the duck was firm in texture with a smooth white skin, heavy on the salt but balanced with a slight sweetness. It is but one entry in the grand pantheon of duck dishes that Nanjingers love,

from duck head to duck offal and duck blood. Even the buns – such as tianwang kaoya bao (天王烤鸭包, RMB 12 for three) are stuffed with juicy roast duck. Why so much variation? Ask a duck lover. We also loved the laopai yangchunmian (老牌阳春面, RMB 9), a traditional Nanjing noodle soup devoid of toppings. The noodles came in a big bowl with clear broth barely flavored with soy sauce and bit of oil, making this a good start to your meal. Model Laura Fueller’s favorite was baobing niurousong (薄饼牛肉松, RMB 32), a stir-fried mix of beef and diced string beans served alongside soft pancakes. Kids will have fun wrapping up the beef as they would Beijing duck. Those with a sweet tooth should try a bowl of gufa tangyumiao (古法糖芋苗, RMB 6), or sweet taro balls and osmanthus flowers in syrup. Though the food is cheap, families can expect efficient and friendly service. A wait is inevitable, but don’t be put off; turnover tends to be fast. Wooden highchairs are available, and a willow basket is placed under each table for storing clothes and bags. The bathroom is opposite the restaurant on the same floor, with western-style toilets and a change table. Smoking is not allowed.

Nanjing Impressions 南京大牌档 Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and 5-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 4/F, Shimao Department Store, 13 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (8405 9777) 朝阳区工体北路13号世茂百货4层

For other locations, see our Directories under Family Dining. April 2014



Spring Has Sprung Tebby and Zoe Hinton serve tomato chickpea stew with spinach


here do a Botswanan and an Australian meet and fall in love? Bulgaria, of course. That’s what happened to Tebby and Sean Hinton in 1990. At the time, Sean was organizing trips to the Baha’i community in Bulgaria to build bridges between Turks and Bulgarians. Tebby was at the end of a holiday in the UK and decided to join a few friends who were headed to Eastern Europe. Since then, the Hintons have lived in Mongolia, Australia, and England, and had three daughters: Jasmine (now 15), Camille (14), and Zoe (11). They moved to Beijing nearly seven years ago and have been living in Hegezhuang Village for the past four. Tebby volunteers at the girls’ school, Dulwich College Beijing, by baking cakes for the Coffee and Books Café and doing oneto-one reading in Zoe’s class. Food has always been important to Tebby. “I try to cook with the kids at least once or twice a week,” she says. “We eat a healthy and varied diet using recipes from all over the world.” When we visited the Hintons’ beautiful, restored courtyard home, Tebby and Zoe opted to make a colorful tomato chickpea stew. “This is my go-to recipe when we have vegans and vegetarians over,” says Tebby. “It’s so nourishing and filling, and it’s easy to make for many people.” Sijia Chen

photoS: sui


beijingkids 2014 April Tebby and Zoe Hinton (age 10) at home with a bowl of their healthy chickpea stew

Food for Thought Dining Ingredients 配料 2 tsp olive oil 2汤匙橄榄油 1 large Spanish onion, chopped 1颗西班牙洋葱,剁碎 3 small garlic cloves, minced 3瓣蒜,切碎 1 tbsp tomato paste 1汤匙番茄沙司 4 large tomatoes, chopped 4大只新鲜番茄,切碎 2 cups quartered button mushrooms 2杯口蘑,切成四瓣 3 tsp ground coriander 3汤匙切碎香菜 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2汤匙切碎孜然 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2汤匙肉桂 1/4 tsp salt 1/4汤匙盐 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/4汤匙新鲜研磨黑胡椒 2 15oz cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2罐15盎司鹰嘴豆,洗净晾干 1-2 cups fresh spinach 1-2杯新鲜菠菜


Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serving suggestion: Enjoy alongside a mozzarella-topped sweet potato and a salad. 推荐配餐:点缀马苏 里拉奶酪的红薯以及 沙拉。

In a large skillet, warm the olive oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and garlic. Sautée until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. 选一个大而沉的煮锅小火温热 橄榄油。加入洋葱和大蒜。爆 香,偶尔搅拌,直至变软(3到 5分钟)。

Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, and mushrooms, mixing well with the spatula. 先后放入 番茄酱, 新鲜番茄和蘑菇, 用 铲子将它们在锅里搅拌均匀。

Sprinkle the spices in. Cook while stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, then add the chickpeas. 加入剩余配料。 继续烹调,偶尔搅拌5分钟, 然后加入鹰嘴豆。

Simmer for an extra 20 minutes on low heat. Finally, add the spinach and let it wilt just before serving. 小火再煮 20分钟。加入菠菜,煮软。



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Playing What's Fun In

Early Bloomers Eight of Beijing’s must-see spring flowers by Clemence Jiang

photo: rl hyde (flickr)


Magnolias in beijingkids full bloom

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s we take our warm-weather clothes out of storage, nature is also shedding its winter coat and donning its spring finery. Last month, we went bird watching in Beijing Olympic Forest Park when there was still frost on the ground. By now, the last traces of winter should be gone and you’ll be able to spot many new species flitting between budding trees. Ancient Chinese poets loved to extoll on the arrival of spring. Take the following

Tang Dynasty poem, “Spring Dawn” (春晓 , chunxiao) by Meng Haoran (孟浩然): 春眠不觉晓 (chun mian bu jue xiao) I wake up at the dawn of spring, 处处闻啼鸟 (chu chu wen ti niao) And hear the birds everywhere sing. 夜来风雨声 (ye lai feng yu sheng) As sounded the wind and rain overnight, 花落知多少 (hua luo zhi duo shao) I wonder how many blooms alight.

Most of the plant species in Beijing only bloom between late March and May, so now is the best time to break out of the daily grind in search of nature. Besides the popular peach and cherry blossoms, you might find yourself surprised by the sheer diversity of Beijing’s flora. We spotlight eight plant species below, along with the best places to enjoy their beauty.

Pear blossoms are some of the most fleeting flowers in Beijing

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1. Cherry blossoms 2. Peach blossoms 4. Tulips 5. Pear blossoms 6. Crabapple blossoms 7. Magnolias 8. Peony

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3. Apricot blossoms

1 Cherry blossoms (樱花, yinghua) If you can’t make it to Japan for hanami, your second-best choice is Yuyuantan Park in Haidian District. You’ll find a sea of 2,000 pink, yellow, and white cherry trees in bloom, most of which are diplomatic gifts from Japan. Expect huge crowds on weekends. Best times to visit: Late March to mid-April. RMB 10. Daily 6am-8.30pm. Yuyuantan Park, 10 Xisanhuan Zhonglu, Haidian District (8865 3800) 海淀区西三环中路10 号玉渊潭公园

2 Peach blossoms (桃花, taohua) Did you know that Beijing Botanical Garden has the largest peach garden in the city? Get up early and lose yourself among the thousands of peach trees before the masses descend on the place. Best times to visit: Early April to early May. RMB 10. Daily 7am-5pm. Beijing Botanical Garden, Xiangshan Nanlu, Haidian District (8259 8771) 海淀区香山南路北 京植物园

Apricot blossoms (杏花, xinghua) Every spring, visitors flood into Fenghuangling Nature Park to see apricot buds burst into a sea of pink flowers. Apricot trees cover approximately 400,000sqm of the park; families can also enjoy hiking the green hills and exploring thick forests. Best times to visit: Early to mid-April. RMB 25. Daily 6.30am-5.30pm. Fenghuangling Nature Park, 19 Fenghuangling Lu, Sujiatuo Town, Haidian District (6245 5933) 海淀区苏家坨镇凤凰岭路19号,凤凰 岭自然风景公园

5 Pear blossoms (梨花, lihua) The most beautiful flowers are often the most fleeting. Despite the Chinese affinity for pear blossoms, they seem to flower overnight, only to be washed away by the rain. Though better-known for the quality of its watermelons, Daxing District also has a Lihua Village with more than 30,000 pear trees. Make a weekend of it by staying at one of the many guesthouses there; there are also shops and restaurants. Best times to visit: Mid-April. Lihua Village, Panggezhuang Town, Daxing District (8928 8545) 大兴区庞各 庄镇梨花村

Magnolias (玉兰花, yulan hua) The long-lived magnolia tree was favored by Chinese emperors and produces large, fragrant flowers. The magnolia trees at Tianzhe Temple are the most famous, some of the specimens having been around for over 300 years. The white and lilac blossoms are made even more enjoyable by the tranquility of the surroundings. Best times to visit: April and May. RMB 55. Daily 8am-4.30pm. Tanzhe Temple, Tantuo Shanlu, Mentougou District (6086 1699) 门头沟区潭柘寺镇

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Crabapple blossoms (海棠花, haitang hua) Crabapple trees bloom later than peach and cherry trees and the flowering season lasts longer. Every April, more than 3,000 crabapple trees bring crowds to Yuan Dynasty City Wall Relics Park, a normally quiet retreat that runs along a canalon the border of Haidian and Chaoyang. Best times to visit: Early April to May Free. Daily 24hrs. 24 Anwai Xiaoguanjie, Chaoyang District (8464 8252) 朝阳区 安外小关街24号(近育慧南路)元大都 城垣遗址公园


Peony (牡丹花, mudanhua) Formerly grown only for the emperor, the peony is the floral emblem of China and is associated with fortune, prosperity, and nobility. The “king of flowers” produces massive, heavy blooms that range from fuschia to pure white, canary yellow, and cotton candy pink. To get a close look at these revered flowers, head to Jingshan Park just north of the Palace Museum. Best times to visit: Mid April to late May. RMB 5 during peony season. Daily 6am-8.30pm. Jingshan Park, 44 Jingshan Xijie, Xicheng district (6404 4071) 西城区 景山西街景山公园

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4 Tulips (郁金香, yujinxiang) Located just west of Tian’anmen square, Zhongshan Park is the only place in Beijing where you’ll find an abundance of tulips. The bulbs were gifted to China from Holland in the 1970s. Best times to visit: Mid-April to mid-May. RMB 3. Daily 6am-8pm. Zhongshan Park, 4 Zhonghua Lu, Dongcheng District (6605 5431) 东城区中华路4号(天安门西 侧)中山公园

Peaches are associated with vitality in China because the tree’s blossoms appear before its leaves

April 2014



Playing Family Travels

The girls set out for the independent expedition portion of their “adventurous journey”

Maggie Hoppe, lead JWA guide

The Odyssey Five ISB students brave cold, fog, and uncertainty

Blocking the wind to keep the stove burning for dinner

by Rebecca Leu and Jane Park



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Enjoying a hot meal after a long day of hiking

photos: courtesy of mark mcgarigal

Travelers: Rebecca Leu and Jane Park, both high school students at the International School of Beijing (ISB) Destination: The Yanshan mountain range past Badaling Dates: June 3-6, 2013 Travel plans: Leu and Park went on a four-day trip with three other students as part of ISB’s International Youth Award (IYA) program. The trip was organized by Journey Wilderness Adventures (JWA). Cost: The total cost was RMB 4,000 per person, including food, equipment and guidance throughout the trip.

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Hurray! The International Youth Award bronze medal is within their grasp!


an you imagine a day without a shower? There was a time when we couldn’t, but our trip to the mountainous regions of Beijing made things that seemed previously impossible possible. Over four days, five high school students from the International School of Beijing (ISB) went on a hiking trip to the mountains northwest of Badaling, a two-hour drive from Shunyi. The trip involved eight hours of hiking every day; most of us did not have prior experience with backpacking, which made the first two days of the expedition especially difficult. Specifically, we weren’t accustomed to the heavy bags, which contained our tents, equipment, and four days’ worth of food. A typical day of the IYA expedition involved waking up with soiled clothes and scraggly hair in foggy, cold air, sending chills down the back of our spines. Pushing through the drowsiness, we would divvy up various chores such as making breakfast at 6am, packing up the tents, and retrieving water from the natural springs and filtering it for drinking. Despite our lack of experience, we accomplished each day’s tasks thanks to the collaboration of our teammates. Every day, two or three student leaders were chosen to lead the group, navigate to a final destination on the map, treat injuries and blisters, and – most importantly – keep team morale up. The experience was challenging in many ways; it not only taught us useful skills for surviving in the wilderness with limited resources, but also helped us become better individuals within a community.

Between the pre-trip trainings that JWA provided (including first aid, wilderness navigation, and camp craft) and the actual trip, we learned to collaborate, persevere, and unite through teamwork. We became proficient in solving problems through various approaches, such as using a compass to find our way in the mountains and distributing weights among team members when hiking up steep slopes. The best part was waking up and falling asleep to the sounds of nature, the teamwork abilities we developed alongside our peers, and building confidence. The IYA program also has a part called the “the adventurous journey,” which requires students to be on their own for the last two days of the trip. Before setting out, we feared it would be lonely, dangerous, or both – but it turned out to be the most enjoyable time. The weather was definitely a challenging and unexpected aspect of the trip. No matter how much theory we knew from our pre-trip training sessions, it was near impossible to prepare for the extreme weather we experienced. In only four days and three nights, we experienced rain, frightening lightning, numbing cold, and fog; only on the final day did we get to experience a cheering breeze, but it was a perfect end to our journey. For those who are interested in this expedition, our main advice is to make sure to pack everything in zip lock bags!

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Learning Schooled

Hit the Road

Travel broadens young minds at Yew Chung International School of Beijing by Aisling O'Brien


lass trips stand out vividly in my memories of school – bright spots of novelty and freedom against a background of grey groundhog days in the classroom. Back in Ireland, as educational and elevating as I’m sure the Sisters of Mercy intended our outings to be, my most enduring memories are of the fun we had; falling into and wading through armpit-deep slime; our covert glee at seeing plucky and

nimble Sister Assumpta sans veil, clad in a wetsuit, and windsurfing like a champ; and being allowed to eat whatever junk food our pocket money could buy. Jessica Sun, the Chinese secondary school coordinator at Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing), believes it’s important to maximize international students’ time in China by introducing them to the country’s diverse provinces, cities and cultures. “We want students to experience all of China, not just the city they live in,” she says, “to experience Chinese culture and local customs.” From an educational point of view, the chief benefit of school trips is that they allow students to extend their learning outside of the classroom. Lessons learned in a new, applied environment are often more immediate, affecting, and intense. “Students will have the chance to participate in hands-on activities, such as being involved in community service and interacting with locals. This nurtures their compassion, organizational and leadership skills. These are all attributes that aren’t as easily taught within a study-heavy environment,” says Sun. That being said, the trips are just as much about enjoyment and reward. “The trips certainly enhance our Chinese Language and Culture programs, but they are also a lot of fun for the students. We don’t want our students to study themselves into the ground. This is a way for students to relieve stress that they may have accumulated throughout the school year with long semesters and examinations.” Extended trips also give students the opportunity to forge deeper friendships and create memories that will last a lifetime.



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Angel Gao (US), a Year 12 student who traveled to Guilin

Cycling through the countryside

Guilin was very peaceful and quiet. The scenery was like a beautiful painting – the greenest landscape I have ever seen in China. It was very different from fast-paced Beijing, far away from noisy, urban, normal life. Guilin is rural countryside – a restful paradise. On the downside, there were mosquitoes and insects because of the climate! The best part of the trip was rafting along the mountains. I had to continuously paddle for two hours. It was a unique and satisfying experience. I got to feel the fresh air, relax in a natural environment, and let out all the stress of life in Beijing. We went to see a famous show called Liu Sanjie (刘三姐). I expected an ordinary show with acting and singing, but I was amazed. The visual effects and designs were so beautiful. It was so vivid that I almost felt that I was part of the story; they used unique lighting and performed in the middle of mountains and rivers. The cast was made up of the residents of a nearby village. It must have been so hard to create such a show; I was thankful to have been able to see it. One of the activities on the trip was to visit children who went to one of the public schools in Guilin and interact with them. We planned to teach them English and had made many plastic cards containing different English words. However, I realized that it was very hard to teach them what we had prepared; some of the cards they already knew, and the rest were either too hard to remember or too hard to pronounce. To resolve this, we came up with interesting activities on the spot. It really helped me develop coping skills in an emergency situation. On the trip, I discovered not only the beauty of China’s rural scenery, I also got to relax while learning how to keep a flexible and open mind.

Angel’s Year 12 class

A view of Guilin’s mountains and streams

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Learning Schooled

“I used to think that all of China was pretty much a big busy city, full of mayhem”

Beach time!

Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre in Fushan Bay

Luca Fitzpatrick (New Zealand), a Year 7 student who traveled to Qingdao When I saw Qingdao, I thought: “Wow, this is amazing!” because of the lovely beaches and 2008 Olympic harbor area. The ocean water was clean, clear, and perfect for swimming in. Compared to cities in New Zealand, Qingdao is very big, though it’s similar to Auckland in that it’s on the coast. The beaches were also golden and perfect for relaxing on; I had to resist the urge to throw myself in the sea. Polar Ocean World was the best part of the trip, because of the animals we saw: penguins, seals, and polar bears. The most interesting part was seeing Qingdao from the top of Mount Tai. Qingdao appeared to be flatter than Beijing, because there were many high-rise buildings. The most satisfying part was climbing the 3,000 steps of Mount Tai; we all thought we were going to go up in some sort of cable car or escalator. It was an exhausting climb. The stairs were a real obstacle, but I made it and was proud to know that I was the fifth person in our group to make it to the top. Qingdao is definitely worth visiting and going back to. I learned that different parts of China are quite different. I used to think that all of China was pretty much a big busy city, full of mayhem. It’s actually very different to that; there are many relaxing places and good holiday areas for the summer.

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Chloe Tan (Singapore), a Year 11 student who traveled to Inner Mongolia

In Inner Mongolia, we visited the grasslands and went horseback riding. We also rode camels and went to a sort of amusement park in the middle of the desert. On the last day, we visited a local school. My first impression of Hohhot was that it was nothing extraordinary. It lacks an urban feel; only a few buildings there surpass 15 floors. But upon closer inspection, I came to realize that Hohhot was full of vibrancy and culture, with Mongolian script adorning signs alongside Chinese, and bustling markets nestled in discreet corners. My first impression of the grasslands was much more positive; the clear blue sky met the grassy plains on a perfect horizon. The air was crisp, and although the sun shone without a cloud in the sky, the air was surprisingly cold, with gusts of wind blowing the little colored flags atop the many yurts. I was also charmed by the desert, with its fine, sandy brown dunes – but if you turned around, you could still see the city not far away.

The best part of the trip had to be the hotpot feast on the last day. We ate at the little mutton hotpot restaurant; although you can find it in Beijing, there was just something about the lamb there that just couldn’t be rivaled. Our tour guide said the lamb would be good, but many of us thought it was incredible. The most interesting part was when we rode horses out to a small collection of yurts and had afternoon tea there. The milk tea was diluted and salty, but still creamy, and we had an assortment of milk candies and cheese cubes to snack on. The flavor was unusual, but not unpleasant. But the most satisfying part was the visit to the local school, when we distributed gifts to the students (goodie bags of stationary that we prepared prior to the visit). We had complained about the weight of the bags, but the look of sheer joy on the children’s faces made them feel light as air. The most interesting person I met was the little girl whose home we visited. We met her

mother and her baby brother. She was bright but incredibly humble when we asked about the many academic awards her mother proudly put up on their wall. She did her homework on a little stool and had to take care of her brother when her mother was away at work. With so much responsibility at the tender age of 11, my friends and I were truly inspired. The most unexpected part was the desert theme park. We lined up for rides on dune buggies, and the skilled driver took us through great walls of sand. The speed and turns were just like a rollercoaster. There were also little wooden swings, motorcyclists showing their skills in a big steel ball, and an acrobat to entertain visitors. I discovered so much about the life of Mongolian people, their diet, and their customs. Many of them live on the outskirts of the city practicing subsistence farming and making a humble living for themselves, but old customs such as horse breeding, wrestling, and cheese making have not been lost.

Chloe’s Year 11 class in the desert

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wo-time Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin visited Beijing earlier this year to participate in the seventh International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS) festival hosted by Dulwich College Beijing (DCB). The highlight of the festival was the world premiere of his composition, “Temen Oblak.” Tin conducted a choir and orchestra entirely made up of musicians from international schools across Asia. We lent Tin an ear as he answered questions from Grade 7 to Grade 12 students at DCB about his musical career. Aisling O’Brien

I Want to Be a Grammy Award-Winning Composer Christopher Tin faces the music photos: nimo wanjau



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When I Grow Up Learning Harry Sha, 16, US When did you start composing and what inspired you to compose? I started composing when I was 16 years old. I got into composing accidentally. I was into musical theater and I thought I’d write a play and some songs to go along with it. My friends and I performed the play at my high school, and when I asked people “What did you think of the musical?” They said “The script was OK, but the songs were great.” So I thought, “OK, maybe that’s where my true strength lies – in writing music.” That’s how I got my start.

Michael Shen, 12, US What are you favorite examples of music from different cultures? I love African choral music and I love working with African gospel choirs. The song “Baba Yetu” has a style that is very near and dear to my heart.

Elizabeth Ji, 12, China How many instruments do you play? I play a number of instruments very poorly, [including] piano, guitar, and bass. I can [also] play a little bit of accordion, banjo, and mandolin – but again, very poorly. I was quite a good pianist, but over the years I focused my energies on writing and conducting music and now unfortunately the fingers don’t move as fast as they used to. An important part of being a composer is just having exposure to the way different groups of instruments work – percussion, woodwind, brass, string, whatever. Having had the experience of playing a number of musical instruments I now have a good sense of how to write for them all.

Kelly Liu, 15, China How long did it take you to compose “Temen Oblak”? It took a month and a half to compose, although I was also doing other things at the time. I spent a week coming up with the main melody and five more weeks fleshing it out, writing all the parts, the counterpoint, and the orchestrations. That’s about typical for an eight-minute classical piece.

Diana Zhao, 13, China How many pieces have you composed in total? I can’t tell you exactly; it’s in the hundreds. If you played everything I’ve written back-to-back, [it would be] a good two days’ worth of music.

Do you enjoy composing? I enjoy composing very much. To me there’s no better way to spend a Friday night than sitting alone in my room with a piano, writing music.

Sakiko Ohara, 17, Japan Do you have any advice for young musicians? Always keep music a part of your life, because it’s a great retreat. Music can give you motivation and can relax you. It’s a means of developing camaraderie; if you sing in a choir, there’s no better feeling than standing there side-by-side with your friends, singing fortissimo. For those who want to pursue music professionally, don’t be afraid to try new things and take risks. The worst thing that can happen is that you fail miserably – but the harder you fail, the more you learn. Never be afraid to really go for it.

Elisabeth Henssler, 14, Germany Why do you like composing in difficult languages? Cultures around the world have different vocal traditions, like Bulgarian singing, African gospel music, Aboriginal children’s choirs, or Irish keening. I use a lot of different languages because I want to explore different traditions of music and to really do that well you have to do it in the original languages.

“The worst thing that can happen is that you fail miserably – but the harder you fail, the more you learn” Belle Lu, 12, Taiwan How has winning Grammys changed you? Winning the Grammys has opened up more opportunities to do interesting things, like come out to Beijing and work with you all. But winning a big award should never change who you are. You got to where you are because of the person that you are.

Maggie Gonzalez, 14, Argentina Did you take any music tests? Standardized music tests are not very popular in the United States. I did take Music Theory Advanced Placement courses, but I didn’t go through the Royal School’s testing system or anything like that.

Jason Ryu, 11, South Korea Who are your role models? Steve Jobs was a role model for me. I met him many times because I went to high school with his daughter. He was a very passionate artist, very devoted to what he did. He wouldn’t compromise on his beliefs and was very confident in his opinions. That’s something I really admire about him and other artists like him.

Bjorn Shen, 16, Sweden Sometimes when I’m composing, I can’t find inspiration. As a professional composer, do you find it hard to get inspired? I don’t have to wait for inspiration. Once you become a professional, you step into readiness mode at the click of your fingers. I used to be like you. I would be cooking a meal and suddenly the main theme to my magnum opus would pop into my head, I’d think, “I better put this down now!” Nowadays I sit down and the music just comes. That’s eventually a point you’ll reach in your own composing career. Once you start doing it full time, inspiration never really becomes a problem. Creativity is just a thing that you turn on – like anything else.

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Learning Blank Canvas

Students from

Huijia Kindergarten Sanyuanqiao fill April’s Blank Canvas

Charles, 4, US

Daniel, 4, China

This is a picture of a clean environment and a polluted environment. I like the clean one.

Kids can’t go outside in dirty air.

Isabel, 4, China

Jessie, 4, China

There are no flowers in the polluted world, because they cannot grow.

People need plants and clean air to live.



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Lotus, 4, China

Rebecca, 4, China

I like clean days because they’re beautiful.

I like blue skies, white clouds, green grass and flowers.

Mor Yi Ying, 4, Malaysia

Sunny, 4, China

I chose to put my house in the clean world.

I like clean air, because I can play outside.

Owen, 4, China

Tyler, 4, China

This picture is of me and my friends playing inside because the air is too dirty outside.

The angry faces are chimneys. The chimneys put pollution in our mouths and make us sick. April 2014



Parenting Beijing Baba

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly The travails of traveling home for the summer by Christopher Lay




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to sit still for long. Over a ten-hour flight, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them got into the cockpit while the other discovered the crew’s quarters at the back of the plane. They are that persistent. If we’re lucky, the boys will sleep through most of the flight and wake up in a new time zone without realizing it – but I’m not leaving it up to chance. We’re already stocking up on toys and activities for the flight, and are investigating car seats in the hope that the boys will feel more comfortable (and sleep better) if properly secured. That being said, the idea of adding two car seats to a double stroller and a pile of carry-on luggage doesn’t sound very appealing. Some wellmeaning friends have suggested medicating the twins, but the best suggestion I’ve heard so far is to print out cards for the neighboring passengers to explain our situation and offer ear plugs to anyone who wants them. I will likely be the first one to use them – and may wear them even after we land.

Christopher Lay comes from the sleepy town of Ashland, Oregon, USA. Father to 6-year-old Reina and twins Bryson and Ryder (born August 2012), Christopher has worked in Beijing for five years as a photographer and writer. View his work at

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had my doubts in January when I purchased our tickets for the flight home to the US this summer. We’d taken the twins to meet the family when they were just a few months old, but this time the boys will be mobile – and have the ability to wreck a home. Don’t get me wrong – we were so excited about taking all three of our children to see their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins that we started planning the trip nearly a year in advance. The kids will have a great time playing in the fresh air, green parks, and grandma and grandpa’s huge backyard. That my folks fenced in a portion of it for their dog is a bonus, as we can drop the boys in with some toys and leave them there until lunchtime. However, the realist in me cannot help anticipating the things that can go awry. We’ve already had to tell someone that we couldn’t accept their hospitality because our boys would tear their home apart. Even with the best of efforts, things can go wrong. When one of my nieces was 2 years old, she got into a relative’s purse, managed to open a bottle of pills, and swallowed a few before she was discovered. The entire episode took place in a couple of minutes. That’s the kind of trouble one baby gets into; twins size up their adult handlers and giddily take off in opposite directions. Suddenly, one child is holding a hairdryer with his head in the toilet and the other is stepping over the edge of the staircase with a pair of scissors. (You get the picture.) Despite the near-certainty that something will get broken, the scary part is not knowing how things will go when we are on the plane. I have many fond memories of flying with Reina, but the boys don’t like

The Echo Chamber Parenting

Grounded Behind the red tape, questions of identity play out by Ember Swift

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s foreigners living in China with kids, none of us are strangers to paperwork. However, nothing could have prepared me for the circus that awaited us at the airport in Toronto on our scheduled date of return to Beijing as a family of four. My husband and I just had our second child in Canada in December 2013. Even after completing my postpartum yuezi period, we managed to process the birth certificate, passport, and Chinese visa – in that order – for our newborn son on time. The drama surrounded our 2-year old daughter, Echo. Because of her in-between status as a half-Chinese child born in Beijing and a Canadian passport holder, we have to process a “single use entry/exit visa” for her every time we leave China. The problem with these little booklets is that they aren’t issued for longer than three months. In other words, they expire. For our son’s birth, we stayed in Canada for nearly four months. Knowing this schedule, I inquired at the Public Security Bureau before leaving China and was told that, as long as I left during the three-month window, I’d be fine to return anytime. They explained that unlike my son and I, who need a visa to enter China, my daughter only needs one to leave. Fast forward to our scheduled departure from Canada. Imagine our luggage stacked high on the cart threatening to tumble over, our carry-on bags carefully ordered for a 13-hour flight, and two babies squirming between my husband and I, only to be told by Air Canada that my daughter was not permitted to fly. I could have filled another suitcase with my anxiety. The airline re-booked our flights for two days later and sent us away. We were grounded. Unfortunately, the Chinese consulate in Toronto was only open in the mornings. Like airport refugees, we were rescued by friends who generously provided a place to stay, car seats, and a portable crib. We munched on airplane snacks in a grateful but stunned state. The next morning, we awoke hopeful. The Chinese consulate is a cold, grey building in which unbuttoning one’s winter jacket is not advised. When it was our turn, the clerk advised us to process a document that would enable my daughter to travel in and out of China for the next two years. Simply called a “travel document” (旅游征), it was essentially a substitute for a passport – but this one was issued by China. “So she’s Chinese,” the clerk stated flatly. She gestured at Echo’s open Canadian passport, adding: “This is irrelevant because she was born in China.” My husband elbowed me to keep quiet. “They want to preference her right to choose a Chinese citizenship,” he explained later, “But she’s still Canadian.” But at the time, this was not clear enough for me. I stiffened in protest. My greatest fear is a possible separation from my children for reasons of social or political unrest. No one could explain why I had been misinformed at the PSB in Beijing, or if the usual “single use entry/exit visa” would be necessary next time. The response came with a flip of the clerk’s hand: “You’ll have to ask once you’re back in China. They don’t tell us over here.”

My greatest fear is that my children and I could possibly be separated for reasons of social or political unrest Chinese bureaucracy makes my hairs stand up on end, but my Chinese husband is relaxed and easygoing in its presence. He accepts such delays as a way of life – normal, even. The next morning, we collected our rushed documents and managed to make the flight. As the family “ringleader,” I could only relax once we were beyond the gates. Now, happy to be home, I am filled with new questions. Step right up to another traveling (visa) circus!

To read the follow-up to this story, check out Ember’s blog at

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 a daughter called Echo (国如一) and a newborn son called Topaz.

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Spotlight Parenting

Basketball star, philanthropist, conservation ambassador – and dad by Elva Li, with additional reporting by Oscar Holland and translation by Morgan Shang

The following article was written by Elva Li, the deputy managing editor of JingKids (beijingkids’ Chinese-language sister magazine). She and former beijingkids staff writer Oscar Holland recently had a chance to sit down with Chinese sports hero Yao Ming at the opening of his eponymous basketball school in Wukesong – the NBA Yao School.


hen writing these interview questions, I fixated on a picture of Yao Ming and wondered about the defining moment of his life. Was it when he joined the Chinese national basketball team at age 18, was voted FIBA Asia Championship MVP at age 21, served as the flag bearer at the Olympic opening ceremony at age 24, or bought the Shanghai Sharks – his first club team – at age 29? It wasn’t until I met Yao Ming at the MasterCard Center in Wukesong that I got a hint of an answer. As he stooped down to give his full attention to his younger fans, completely unfazed by the flashes of cameras going off all around him, I realized that becoming a father was perhaps the most significant moment of Yao’s life.

Our interview took place at the opening of his long-awaited NBA Yao School, which offers basketball programs for kids and teens from both the local and expat communities. The core values of the school are teamwork, respect, persistence, a positive attitude, punctuality, and efficiency, he said in a speech to the various media outlets and families in attendance. “We hope that the kids can develop social skills and a strong sense of teamwork, and feel the joy that sports can bring,” he said. We got a chance to catch up with Yao after the speech and ask him about his aspirations for the school, as well as what it means to be father to 3-year-old Yao Qinlei. April 2014



Parenting Spotlight What is the goal of the NBA Yao School? It’s not about training professionals, but getting kids to enjoy playing basketball and achieve all-round development. We wanted to give this chance to a broader group of students; although China has a population of over 1.3 billion, we only have 1,000 to 2,000 registered basketball players. In addition, students’ fitness levels have been declining in schools over the past few years, which allows the NBA Yao School to play a complementary role in boosting kids’ physical well-being. I have always held the belief that physical education is an important part of a wellrounded education; it completes education just as art does. Physical education not only promotes fitness, but also cultivates strong will. What is the school’s educational philosophy? If an excellent basketball player emerged from my school in the future, I would definitely be proud of them. However, the NBA Yao School is more like a “life school.” We want to cultivate kids with communication skills, a desire to make friends, team spirit, a winning attitude, and leadership qualities. NBA Yao School aims to lay the foundation for the skills that best prepare kids for university and higher education. What will be your role? Personally, I will take part in selecting basketball coaches, designing the best courses, promoting and operating the school, and evaluating the kids after they go through the program. But the day-to-day work will be overseen by professionals. In your speech, you emphasized that kids should make more friends. Why? Most kids nowadays opt to stay within the small circle of their classmates. I had an additional circle when I was young: the friends I played basketball with. As we grow up, we’re thrust into a world of opportunities. We never know who we’ll run into, but when we meet someone for the first time, we should take an open attitude and talk to them on a human level. Now, kids tend to adopt this attitude [pretends to play on his phone]. Their communication skills gradually deteriorate. It’s only when people are face-to-face – when they can perceive each other’s body language, expressions, even the slightest muscle movement on another’s face – that they can build a more solid friendship. An iPad or an iPhone can never replace sports in this sense, so we believe that the NBA Yao School will be a great platform for developing communication skills. Three hundred million people play basketball in this country, yet at the Olympics China didn’t win a game. What needs to change in the way that kids are taught basketball to start translating numbers into success? We have to change the [reason] why they play basketball. Right now, a lot of people – especially the professionals – play the game not because they like it, but because they have to. Their motivation has to shift into real interest…I can’t say [this is the whole reason], but there needs to be more balance. What has changed the most since you’ve become a father? Patience. [When my daughter was born], that was the first time I had to be with a child for such an extended period. We were all kids once, but we gradually grew up and matured, learning to do everything at a fast pace and becoming less patient in the process. But when we talk to a child, we have to regain this patience by reviewing what we ourselves learned as kids and pass it on to them. We come to recall the times we were taught by our own parents and pass on this torch of love.



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Tell us a bit about your home life. Do you get to spend much time with your daughter? My wife has more time with our daughter. [Qinlei] is interested in every toy right now; she is really active and won’t stop moving around – but I don’t mean to say she’s good at sports. [Laughs] She’s just over 3 now, and often speaks Mandarin or Shanghai dialect at home and English at her kindergarten. She’s sometimes lost in her own world, talking to little dolls in English – it’s so funny. Having lived in the US, can you share with us your opinion on your daughter’s education? First, I hope to preserve her curiosity; that’s what keeps us engaged when exploring and studying. Secondly, I believe in employing the right learning methods and techniques. I think these two factors will allow her to progress on this exciting but arduous journey. I also believe that sports promote development. I recently spoke with a professor who studies sports theory at a sports university. He told me about an interesting theory: in the course of human evolution, physical activity contributed to the development of our thinking abilities. Our primitive ancestors had to run in order to hunt, thus developing a system of logic and contributing to the evolution of human intelligence. When they learned to use tools such as wooden sticks or flint, this opened up another way of thinking, and they evolved, step-by-step, into what we are today. Whether in hunting or farming, these basic forms of sport – and more advanced forms like basketball – make us better and smarter. This actually isn’t a new theory, but it sounds novel because we place so much emphasis on studying. The old saying goes: “All brawn and no brains.” Don’t forget, it was lazy people who created escalators and washing machines. I understand that you attended a basketball summer camp in the US at the age of 17? I was in France at 17, the US at 18. My English wasn’t very good back then; communication was hard despite there being an interpreter present. I had an innate desire to communicate, whether it was in France, the UK, the US, or Africa. Did you feel culture shock? It wasn’t that much of a shock because I was too young to understand at the time. Living in Shanghai also gave me the advantage of having exposure to many foreigners, so I wasn’t that shocked to see more. It was also 2000 when I was 18; society was more open by then. Do you plan to send your daughter to a local public school or an international school? I believe it would be a combination. I’d like her to get a solid foundation in Chinese culture and language, then experience a more diverse upbringing.

If your daughter decides to become a basketball player in the future, will you be supportive? She’s too young right now. But I think she needs to do sports; they’re part of well-balanced education. Team sports teach kids how to communicate, be a leader, stay fit, and also face failure. If she eventually makes the decision [to become a basketball player], I will be behind her the whole way.

Spotlight Parenting

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NBA China CEO David Shoemaker (left) and Yao Ming (center) present a basketball to NBA Yao School Technical Director Billy Singleton at the opening ceremony

In China, Yao Ming is said to have “three highs”: high stature, high IQ, and high EQ (emotional intelligence). After talking to him in person, I found that this wasn’t just a media fabrication. He occasionally flashed one of his signature smiles and revealed an easygoing but thoughtful personality. It was clear that he believed IQ plays a decisive role in how a person does something, while EQ plays a decisive role in whether that person will succeed. During the interview, Yao told us that the first lesson that he learned after becoming a dad was patience. He also spoke about his mixed feelings about the prospect of his daughter inheriting his career and his concerns for kids in the digital age, emphasized the relationship between sports and education, and told us about his philosophy of being the gateway to emotional intelligence.

He gave eloquent answers to our questions while remaining tactful and measured in his responses. At the same time, he had no trouble exchanging banter with the other reporters. If Yao was a teacher, he would make a good one; he has discerned the important of emotional intelligence in a child’s development, which has often been neglected in modern education. Yao is also the ultimate cool dad. Of all his crowning achievements, his daughter ranks the highest.

To find out more about the NBA Yao School’s basketball programs, visit

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photo by Mishka Family Photography


pring break is almost here – do you have vacation plans? If not, take heart; there are many destinations within easy reach of Beijing. We spotlight 15 travel destinations within a three-hour flight from here, including South Korea, Mongolia, Japan, and a host of Chinese cities. Admire the gorgeous photos, read about ancient wonders, and whet your appetite for exploration. Bon voyage!


Maria Sultanbeijingkids (17 months) is ready forApril a holiday at Beijing Capital International Airport 2014

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Flight durati on: 2.5 hours Best months to visit: June to October Recommende d for: Ages 10 +


Getting There MIAT Mongolian Airlines and Air China offer direct flights between Beijing Capital International Airport and Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar.



2014 April

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icknamed “the land of blue skies,” Mongolia is a vast emptiness of steppes, tundras, and deserts under a limitless, yawning sky. One of the least densely-populated countries on Earth, what rural population it has lives a nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyle. Herdspeople following livestock travel light and leave little trace of their passing, so visiting Mongolia is like traveling back in time; terrain and itinerant agriculture combine to produce the effect of a younger Earth. Expect to share your ger with bugs and spiders, use latrines (if available), and eat a lot of mutton (and not much else). Winter weather is too harsh for tourism (entire flocks have been known to freeze to death in -40ºC blizzards) and even summer nights can be quite chilly in parts. A good time to visit is during Naadam, when the country’s greatest athletes compete in the “manly games” of archery, horseback riding, and wrestling. Unfortunately, pickpocketing, bag-slashing, and random violence are becoming more common in Ulaanbaatar, so leave the capital behind as quickly as possible. The city’s main sites (Gandan Khiid, Choijin Lama Monastery and Sükhbaatar Square) can be covered in half a day. The country’s hypnotic magic lies in its infinite vistas. If you intend on traveling to a rural area (and you should), be sure to get a rabies booster; herding dogs are semi-wild and generally aggressive. The safest and most convenient way to see the country is with a guide. Mongolia is largely a country of rutted dirt roads, distances are vast, and travel is generally a slow proposition involving 4WD or horses over shorter distances. At most, pick one province or aimag to explore, or you may spend your vacation in a jeep. Arkhangai aimag in central Mongolia is within easy reach of Ulaanbaatar, and has many attractions such as the ancient capitals of Karakorum, and Ordu-Baliq, the Erdene Zuu and Tuvkhun Monasteries and Khustain Nuruu National Park, where it’s possible to see to the Takhi horse, a wild and endangered species. To the west, Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur (Great White Lake) sits on a lava flow and ger camps on the shore provide a good base for hiking, horseback riding, and boating excursions.


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ow a major industrial site, the northern city of Taiyuan in Shanxi Province can be seen in half a day and best serves as a jumping off point to nearby Pingyao. The most convenient way to get to there is to hire a private taxi. Alternatively, frequent buses and trains take about two hours each way. To visit Pingyao is to step into China’s ancient past. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site that represents the quintessential image of China – quaint cobbled streets, red lanterns, and historic buildings encircled by ancient city walls. A multi-day, multi-venue ticket priced at around RMB 150 allows entry to more than 20 of Pingyao’s historic sites, including the Rishengchang Exchange Shop (日升昌票号) – China’s first draft bank – and City Tower (古城楼). Small and simple to navigate, the walled city covers just one square mile. Pingyao’s evocative sites and charming street scenes are best explored on foot; there are also bicycles for hire and golf cart taxis available for tired – or simply lazy – legs. Out-of-town attractions include the tranquil Buddhist temple of Zhenguo Si (镇国寺). Also worth a visit is Qiaojia Dayuan (乔家大院) halfway between Taiyuan and Pingyao, a merchant family home that served as the backdrop for much of Zhang Yimou’s Raise the Red Lantern. An extensive warren of courtyards and houses, its exploration can easily consume a whole morning or afternoon. Taiyuan itself boasts several beautiful temples and gardens, including Twin Pagoda Temple (双塔寺), Chongshan Monastery (重山寺), and Jinci Temple (净慈寺) located 25km outside the city. While the Shanxi Museum (山西博物馆) is well laid-out and houses an impressive collection of artifacts, it may not hold the interest of younger children.

Getting There China Eastern operates the greatest number of nonstop flights from Beijing to Taiyuan. Trains also depart from Beijing West Station and takes approximately 3.5 hours on the high-speed rail.

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2014 April The Qingdaobeijingkids International Sailing Centre was built to host sailing events during the 2008 Summer Olympics


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amous for its eponymous Tsingtao beer, coastal Qingdao is regarded as one of China’s most charming and beautiful cities. Rich in colonial history, the city boasts scores of German-era buildings. Add fresh seafood and scenic sandy beaches to the mix, and you’ve got yourself the perfect weekend getaway. Qingdao stretches across a string of bays, so a visit would not be complete without seeing some its shoreline. Take in the sea air at one of the city’s many beaches which can be accessed from a 20km boardwalk stretching from pebbly Beach No. 1 (第一海水浴场) in the west to the longest and quietest beach, Shilaoren (石老人), in the eastern suburbs. If the sea glare becomes too much, the city is dotted with leafy parks. The enormous 29-hectare Zhongshan Park (中山公园) sits at its center and houses an amusement park and botanical gardens within its winding paths. Sit back, relax and let the cable car whisk you to the top of Taiping Shan (太平山) in the northeast of the park, from there you can enjoy panoramic views of the coastline and the city. South of the park lies Badaguan Scenic Resort (八大关旅游 攻略), a patchwork of wooded gardens, manicured lawns, and rustic German-style villas. It’s a good location for shaded stroll on a sunny day, and a perennial venue for wedding photographs. Head downtown and try Qingdao’s famous fresh seafood and other local Shandong delicacies along Yunxiao Lu (云霄路), a bustling street full of KTV bars and restaurants. Qingdao is probably best avoided by families during the two-week International Beer Festival in September, when prices and tourist numbers increase dramatically.

Getting There There are hundreds of direct flights each week from Beijing to Qingdao Liuting International Airport, located 30km outside the city. Alternatively, the bullet train from Beijing South Station takes under 6 hours and stops at Qingdao Station, a colonial landmark located within the old town.

April 2014



Feature Flight durati on: 2 hours Best months to visit: April to July and Septembe r to early Nove mber Recommende d for: All ages


Getting There Air China and China Eastern operate direct flights between Beijing Capital International Airport and Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. You can also take the high-speed train from Beijing South Station, which takes around 6 hours.



2014 April

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f you haven’t been to Xi’an, then you haven’t been to China. One of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, the city was home to 11 dynasties of emperors, courtesans, poets, monks, soldiers, and merchants. It was the starting point of the fabled Silk Road and boasts a history of over 3,100 years. Named an “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the famous Terracotta Army (兵马俑) consists of nearly 7,000 life-sized clay warriors, horses, and chariots buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a unified China. Housed in a 20,000sqm dome, the army was created to protect the emperor in the after life. It is said that no two statues are the same, but it might take you a while to work out whether that’s true or not. The RMB 150 admission includes access to both the Terracotta Army and the emperor’s tomb. On a nice day, you can hire a bike and tour the city walls, some of the oldest and best-preserved in China. Bikes can be rented out from various stations at the foot of the fortifications and are charged by the hour. From a height of 12m, you’ll be able to enjoy views of the city. Xi’an cuisine is influenced by Muslim culture, with lots of lamb and beef dishes heavy in cumin, chili powder, and Sichuan peppercorns. Grab some chuanr at one of the stalls lining Huimin Jie (回民街) or dig into a bowl of famous hand-torn biangbiang noodles. The Chinese character for biang is notorious for being one of the most complex in modern usage; at 58 strokes, it can’t even be entered into a computer. Another must-try local dish is paomo (泡馍), or pieces of pita bread in lamb or beef broth. According to tradition, the bread must first be torn up by the customer, then given to the cook to put in the stew.


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oted China’s “most romantic city” in a 2011 survey by the China National Tourism Administration, Xiamen was formerly known as Amoy by European settlers in the 18th century. Due to its strategic location in the Taiwan Strait, the city has been occupied by both British and Japanese forces at different points of its history. Xiamen is a port city with many narrow streets and a mix of architectural styles. One area worth visiting is Gulangyu Island (鼓浪屿), which was designated a foreign settlement in 1903 and still boasts European-style architecture from this period. The islet is pedestrian-only, allowing visitors to take their time wandering through the tight network of street food vendors, restaurants, cafes, and handicraft stalls. Nanputuo Temple (南普陀寺) is a large Buddhist temple located just outside Xiamen University – worth a stroll in itself – that has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Among the local Fujianese, this temple is considered an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists arriving from Southeast Asia. The temple offers a great view of the city, with Buddha statuettes in little grottoes lining the way to the top. Vegetarian dishes are available here, following Buddhist dietary restrictions. Just around the corner is Hulishan Cannon Fort (胡里山炮台), a German artillery built in 1894. The site consists of a castle, ammunitions depot, barracks, trenches, and a weaponry museum; kids will enjoy scrambling over the 50-ton cannons overlooking Xiamen Port. The Taiwan-occupied island of Jinmen (金门) can be seen in the distance with binoculars. Xiamen food falls within the Fujianese culinary tradition, which emphasizes fresh seafood, woodland ingredients like young bamboo shoots, broths and soups, and light preparation methods such as braising. One must-try snack is oyster omelet (蚵仔煎), which can be found in the night markets along Ding’an Lu (定安路). This fluffy creation consists of egg batter containing oysters and starch and topped with a spicy chili sauce.

Getting There China Southern, Xiamen and Hainan Airlines offer direct flights between Beijing Capital International Airport and Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport. You can also catch the “fast” train from Beijing South Station, but that takes over 32 hours.

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beijingkids 2014 April The Giant Buddha of Leshan, a UNESCO World Heritage site located about 120km from Chengdu


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o visit to China would be complete without a moment with the country’s most treasured animal: the giant panda. Every day, visitors from China and abroad flock to the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地) in southwestern Chengdu to get a closer look at the black-and-white celebrities. But that’s not the city’s only draw; you’ll also be charmed by its laid-back vibe, old streets, teahouse culture, spicy cuisine, and boisterous nightlife. Spring is the perfect season to see pandas both indoors and outdoors, whether at play or gnawing on bamboo stalks. You can even pay to hold a baby panda for the ultimate photo op, but it will cost you – RMB 1,000 for two minutes. But considering there are fewer than 2,000 giant pandas left in the world, who knows? It might be worth the money. During the summer, the pandas get rather lethargic from the heat and can often be spotted sleeping on top of a huge block of ice. If you envy the fact that pandas spend their days doing almost nothing, you will most likely enjoy Chengdu’s lifestyle. Despite its rising economy, lingering in a teahouse is still an important part of the city’s culture. You can spot all kinds of teahouses when you take a stroll; even the Starbucks on the pedestrian street of Kuanzhai Xiangzi (宽窄巷子) is built teahouse-style. If you want an authentic experience, head to Heming Teahouse (鹤鸣茶社) to watch elderly regulars playing mahjong and card games. Food is the last thing visitors should worry about in Chengdu. The city is renowned for its dizzying array of snacks (小吃, xiaochi). A stroll through pedestrian streets like Kuanzhai Xiangzi or Jinli ( 锦里) will yield delicious servings of spicy dandan noodles (担 担面) and sweet potato noodles (酸辣粉), pork-filled Zhong’s dumplings (钟水饺), guokui pancakes (锅盔), and ye’er ba (叶儿耙), a type of glutinous rice cake steamed in leaves. For hotpot, head to the well-known chain Huangcheng Laoma (皇城老妈), where you can also watch a “face-changing” (变脸) show in which Sichuan opera performers rapidly switch between masks.

Getting There Many airlines – including Air China, Sichuan Airlines, and Hainan Airlines– operate direct flights every day between Beijing Capital International Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. You can also take the train from Beijing West Station, which takes 16-24 hours depends on the train’s speed.

April 2014



Feature Flight durati on: 3.5 hours Best month s to visit: M arch to May and Octob er to Novembe r Recommende d for: Ages 8+


Getting There Air China operates two direct flights daily from Beijing to Lijiang Sanyi Airport, while Capital Airlines and China Eastern operate one direct flight each. You can also fly into Kunming and take a long-distance bus to Lijiang; the trip takes around 8 hours.



2014 April

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magine limpid streams cutting through an ancient town full of cobblestone streets and stone bridges, high up in the mountains of northwestern Yunnan. The plaintive strains of a Chinese lute can be heard nearby as a Naxi woman wearing a turban, silver earrings, and a belted wide-sleeved tunic makes chewy baba flour pancakes in a narrow alleyway. This is the Old Town of Lijiang, one of China’s most-visited tourist destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 800 years of history. Encompassing the areas of Dayan, Baisha, and Shuge, Lijiang is colored by the culture of the Naxi people, who have a distinct language, musical heritage, and traditional dress. Once a stop on the ancient tea horse road, Lijiang’s old town is renowned for its intricate network of canals and waterways. Take your time wandering through the streets, stopping at Old Market Square (四方街) to pick up tchotchkes and admire the view of the surrounding hills. Head to nearby Zhongyi Market (忠义市场, zhongyi shichang ) to experience a cacophony of livestock, copperware, sacks bursting with tea, and colorful exotic fruits. However, beware of fake monks, overpriced souvenirs, guesthouse touts, mislabeled minibuses, and unscrupulous restaurants that try to pass off beef as yak meat. Lijiang is overrun with tourists during the peak season, so go off season if you can. For a more laidback experience, stay at a family-owned guesthouse in the village of Shuhe (属和) about 4km northwest of Lijiang Old Town. Shuhe’s location at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain also makes it a good base for trekking and horseback riding trips. Side trips include Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lugu Lake, Jinsha River, Xishuangbanna, Tengchong, and Zhanglang Village. Hiking in and around Lijiang is generally not suitable for families with younger kids unless you’re willing to take them in a backpack carrier. Lijiang cuisine is heavily influenced by the Naxi. Baba (粑粑) pancakes are ubiquitous, compact, and can be made sweet or savory with a variety of fillings. Local dishes tend to be meat-heavy, as exemplified by the salted pork (琵琶肉), blood and rice sausage (米灌肠), and pork liver (吹肝). If your family likes spicy food, try deep-fried Naxi grilled fish (纳西烤鱼) with peanuts and dry peppers. Blazing hot day? Slurp down a bowl of jidou liangfen (鸡豆凉粉) – cold, jelly-like soybean noodles designed to fight off the heat.


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ocated in the southern province of Guangxi, Guilin is the embodiment of Chinese shan shui (山水, lit. “mountain and water”) landscapes. Towering karst mountains dot the city, hugged by the serpentine Li River. Natural attractions are the main draw here, such as Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven-Star Cave, and Reed Flute Cave. A trip to Guilin would be incomplete without a visit to the Longsheng Rice Terraces (龙胜梯田) or neighboring Longji Rice Terraces (龙脊梯田). Winding along the mountaintop like green and blue scales, the rice fields are said to resemble a dragon’s backbone. The Longji Rice Terraces are divided into two sections: Ping’an (平安) and Jinkeng (金坑), both comprising villages and hamlets with opportunities for light hiking. Trust us – it’s well worth the climb. Also consider a visit to nearby Yangshuo (阳朔), home to the crescent-shaped Moon Hill (月亮山). Though geared towards backpackers, the town makes an ideal base for exploring the Guangxi countryside. Go on a guided cycling excursion alongside tranquil fields, quaint villages, and soaring mountains. If you decide to forego a guide, it’s worth paying a bit more for a nicer ride; in our group, three out of eight bikes broke down over the course of an afternoon. In the end, we had to hitch a ride back to town on the back of a villager’s truck – shoddy bikes and all. Yangshuo itself offers plenty of cheap eats, souvenir shopping, and western comforts. Have fun eating the famously slippery Guilin mifen (桂林), thick rice noodles commonly eaten for breakfast. Be careful – food poisoning is extremely common. If you feel a bout coming on, down some of the readily-available ginger tea (姜汤) to combat nausea and stomach pain. In addition, the wellpublicized cormorant fishing show might upset younger children; our tour culminated in two birds fighting over a fish, sending scales and flecks of blood flying all over the beach.

Getting there Air China and China Southern operate direct flights between Beijing Capital International Airport and Guilin Airport. The high-speed train from Beijing West Station takes around 10h30 to reach Guilin. There are frequent minibuses and express buses from Guilin to Yangshuo; the trip takes about 90 minutes.

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beijingkids 2014 April visible in the distance Sunset on West Lake, with Leifeng Pagoda


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angzhou is often cited for its natural beauty and tea plantations, but it is also a place of poetry and stories. One of the ancient capitals of China, the city can lay claim to having two literary figures among its former governors: Bai Juyi (白居易, 772-846 AD) and Su Shi (苏轼, 1037-1101 AD). Su Shi, also known as Su Dongpo, is said to have invented the famous dongpo pork dish (东坡肉) to thank the workers who built a causeway that still stands today – Sudi (苏堤). West Lake (西湖) is Hangzhou’s dominant feature and main tourist attraction. Hire a private boat to admire lotuses up close, visit the islets in the middle of lake, and explore the various temples surrounding the lake. You might get a sense of déjà-vu upon glimpsing Three Pools Mirroring the Moon Island; that’s because it’s on the back of the RMB 1 note. Families with older kids can make a day trip out of cycling to the longjing tea plantations just outside the city. Go during the harvest period from early March to early May to buy the best-quality tea and glimpse workers in the fields. While you’re there, take a spin through the well-curated China National Tea Museum (中国茶叶博物馆). Check out Zhongshan Nanlu, a reconstructed tourist street with lots of little food stalls and restaurants. Famous local eats include longjing shrimp (龙井虾仁), fish in vinegar sauce (醋鱼), and beggar’s chicken (叫花鸡). West Lake’s Louwailou (楼外楼) gets a perennial mention in guidebooks as Hangzhou’s most famous restaurant, but several locals told us it was highly overrated. “You’re only going there to chi mingqi” or literally “eat fame,” said one taxi driver. The food was indeed underwhelming – our longjing shrimp were, well, shrimpy and the vinegar fish was a congealed mess – but it was hard to beat our table on the second-floor balcony overlooking the lake.

Getting There Many airlines – including Air China and China Eastern – operate direct flights between Beijing Capital International Airport and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. You can also take the train from Beijing South Station, which takes around 6 hours on the high-speed rail.

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Feature Flight durati on: 1.5 hours Best months to visit: April to May and Septembe r to early Nove mber Recommende d for: All ages


Getting There Air China, China Eastern, and China Southern operate direct flights between Beijing and Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport. You can also take the high-speed train from Beijing South Station, which takes just under 6 hours.



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ocated on the northeastern coast of China, Dalian is considered a young city by Chinese standards, having only been around since 1898. Despite the profusion of new skyscrapers, a pocket of history remains in the form of colonial Russian and Japanese architecture erected during the early 20th century. Being a coastal city, Dalian has many marine attractions. Tiger Beach Ocean Park (大连老虎滩海洋公园) is the largest center of its kind in China. Covering an area of 1.18 million square meters and spanning 4,000m of coastline, the park is home to many species of birds, marine animals, fish, and coral. The basement level has a 360-degree view of the aquarium and there are daily sea lion shows. Other animal attractions include Shengya Aquarium, Dalian Forest Zoo, and Jidiguan Pole Aquarium. If you’re visiting Dalian for the beaches, head to Bangchui Island (棒棰岛) for a quieter experience. It has pebbly and sandy beaches with a secluded bay to swim in, as well as cliffs and hills. The park charges RMB 20 for admission and a taxi costs around RMB 20 from the downtown area. You can stay at one of the resorts on the island or visit Bangchui on a day trip. When it comes to dining, the main attraction here is seafood. One of the most famous chains is Tiantian Yugang (天天渔港), where a dizzying array of fish and other sea creatures are displayed in refrigerated shelves. Point to the one you want and the wait staff will take your order. However, drawbacks include Chineseonly service, high prices, and smokers. For a more casual dining experience, plop down at one of the barbecued seafood stalls at the night market or near Sanba Square (三八广场). Try the salted fish and corn cake (咸鱼饼子) at Shuangshengyuan (双盛园), a 100-year-old chain that started out as a small food stall selling only the famous pancake.


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ocated on the border of Hunan Province, Zhangjiajie is said to be the inspiration for the floating mountains in Avatar. In fact, a 1,080m pillar formerly known as the Southern Sky Column was officially renamed “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in 2010 after the film. This misty land features scenic mountains, forests, caves, lakes, waterfalls and column-shaped peaks. The area is a natural oxygen bar – an ideal getaway from the urban jungle of Beijing to enjoy the some of the freshest air on Earth, if not Pandora. Popular attractions include Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (张家界国家森林公园), Suoxiyu Natural Resource Reserve (索溪 峪自然保护区), and Tianmen Mountain (天门山). Zhangjiajie cannot be seen in a rush. Most of the attractions are expansive, requiring bus rides on winding mountain roads and leisurely boat rides through the valley. However, thanks to modern technology and new constructions, some of the area’s previously-inaccessible gems are now within reach. Built into the side of a huge cliff, a glass elevator called Bailong Tianti (百龙天梯) rises 326m into the sky (equivalent to around 100 stories) and claims to be the world’s biggest exposed glass elevator. It begins its ascent in the shadow of the cliff, then bursts into the light. The elevator rises between countless Hallelujah-style mountains until the mountain’s base disappears in the mist, creating the illusion of floating on air. Admission to the park costs RMB 248 per person and the ticket is valid for three days. If you have more than two days to spare, consider taking the world’s longest cable car and travel through the air for 7.2km to Tianmen Mountain, where you can walk the various paths around the mountain – including a new section with a glass floor. Though terrifying at first, it offers a dramatic bird’s eye view of the park. Though it may feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, there’s no need to worry about getting around and finding a place to stay. Zhangjiajie is a fully-developed tourist destination with hundreds of accommodations, from youth hostels to the five-star Pullman Zhangjiajie. The modern Xibu Pedestrian Street (溪布街) is a complex of restaurants, snack stalls, bars, live music venues, and shops selling souvenirs and minority dresses that will keep visitors busy in the evenings.

Getting There Air China offers direct flights from Beijing to Zhangjiajie every other day during low season and every day during high season (starting from April). There are also many flights (2.5 hours) and high-speed trains (6 hours) between Beijing and Changsha, the capital of Hunan. Zhangjiajie is a four-hour bus ride from there.

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The historic Wukang Mansion in 2014 the former beijingkids April French Concession, once home to many Shanghai film stars


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amilies are spoiled for choice in Shanghai, which features everything from animal attractions and history walks to double-decker sightseeing buses and amusement parks. Both a financial powerhouse and a cosmopolitan playground, the city is split by the Huangpu River into Puxi and Pudong (lit. “Huangpu west bank” and “Huangpu east bank”). Echoes of the turbulent past can still be heard in neighborhoods like the Bund, the French Concession, and Hongkou District, where the Shanghai ghetto was once home to 23,000 displaced Jewish refugees from Europe. Though the Bund is of limited interest to families beyond its waterfront views, the area is notable for its architectural diversity and historical significance. There’s much more to see and do in the former French Concession, which encompasses Xujiahui (徐家汇), Huaihai Lu (淮海路), and Hengshan Lu (衡山路). The latter has the densest concentration of restaurants and bars. Xintiandi (新天地) and Tianzifang (田子坊), both located near Huaihai Lu, are Shanghai’s answer to Nanluoguxiang – but instead of hutongs, they’re constructed within a spiderweb network of alleyways called nongtang (弄堂). Shopping is the main activity here, with an eclectic assortment of boutiques selling everything from insect-themed jewelry and used cameras to vintage Shanghai beauty products. If you must pick one, go with Tianzifang; it has more charm and character. You can’t leave Shanghai without trying the city’s famed street snacks. One of the most popular – and crowded – places to do this is City God Temple (城隍庙), a huge complex of shops and restaurants located within the old walled city. Here, you can sample Shanghai snacks like soup-filled xiaolong bao (小笼包), massive guantang bao (灌汤包), fried pork dumplings (生煎包), and little wonton soup (小混沌). While you’re here, check out the adjoining Yuyuan Gardens (豫园) – but avoid going on weekends. There are many family-friendly museums in Shanghai, including Madame Tussauds on Nanjing Xilu, featuring wax statues of celebrities like Jackie Chan and Yao Ming. One of the quirkier museums in Shanghai is the tiny but well-curated Shanghai Propaganda Art Museum, which houses 20th century Chinese propaganda posters with English descriptions. On the Pudong side, families can consider visiting Shanghai Ocean Aquarium by the Oriental Pearl TV Tower (combo tickets available).

Getting There There are numerous daily flights between Beijing and Shanghai. Many would argue that the 5-hour ride on the high-speed train is more convenient and comfortable. It departs from Beijing South Station and arrives at Shanghai Hongqiao Station.

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Feature Flight durati on: 2 hours Best month s to visit: M arch to May and Sept ember to Oct ober Recommende d for: All ages


Getting There China Eastern, China Southern, Korean Air, and Asiana Airlines operate frequent direct flights between Beijing International Capital Airport and Seoul’s two airports, Incheon and Gimpo.



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tching to get out of China? Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is closer to Beijing than most domestic destinations. You’re just two hours’ flight away from a cosmopolitan powerhouse full of history, culture, playing, shopping, and dining. Stroll along Cheongyecheon, a man-made stream that runs through downtown Seoul between Cheongye Plaza and the Hangang River. Part of an urban renewal project, the 11km waterway is flanked by a variety of attractions – including 22 bridges, a “tunnel” made up of fountain jets, a bird sanctuary, and a museum dedicated to the stream. Guided tours are available in Korean, English, and Japanese. For a dose of culture, head to Insadong. Originally a residential district for government officials, the area became an antiques trading zone after the Japanese occupation forced wealthy Koreans to move and sell their belongings. Now 500 years old, Insadong features a mix of cafes, restaurants, handicraft shops, art galleries, and street food stalls. Catch one of the daily calligraphy demonstrations or pansori performances (a form of traditional Korean storytelling), or take a spin through Tongmungwan and Kyung-in Art Gallery – the oldest bookstore and tea house in Seoul respectively. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Seoul only has urban activities to offer, but it would be a shame to miss out on the easilyaccessible mountains. Perhaps the greatest of the city’s seven peaks is Bukhansan, which tops out at 836m. The hike up takes around three hours and is best-suited to families with kids above age 10. If you want the views without any of the hard work, hitch a ride up the N Seoul Tower (more commonly known as the Namsam Tower). At 479.7m, the tower marks the highest point in the city and is accessible through a cable car. There’s a gift shop and restaurants on the ground floor, as well as four observation decks and a revolving restaurant at the top. Need a rainy day activity? Head to the 85,000sqm COEX Mall, otherwise known as Asia’s largest underground shopping center. The mall boasts hundreds of shops, two food courts, Megabox movie theaters, a kimchi museum, and the COEX Aquarium. The latter is home to 650 marine species, including otters, sharks, manatees, turtles, jellyfish, and leopard seals. There’s also Lotte World, the world’s largest indoor theme park. The massive complex features a man-made island, a monorail, shopping malls, a hotel, a Korean folk museum, sports facilities, and movie theaters. Did we mention the food? Korean cuisines is healthy, delicious, and kid-friendly. Even picky eaters should like japchae – cold, slightly sweet glass noodles with julienned carrots, spinach, and beef. Other safe bets include bulgogi (grilled slices of beef rib eye marinated in a sweet soy sauce), pajeon (scallion pancakes), mandu (essentially pot stickers), and ddeokbokki (glutinous rice cakes stir-fried in chili sauce). Popular with locals, Gwangjang Market has lots of classic street snacks like mung bean pancakes.


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ltramodern Tokyo is a breeze for families. Picnic under the cherry trees at Ueno Park or Yoyogi Park, meet Mickey and Cinderella at Tokyo Disneyland, go shopping in Ginza, get lost in the crowd at Shibuya crossing, or say hello to the robot receptionist at the Science Museum – the choices are infinite. Delve into the traditional side of Tokyo at Meiji Shrine, located just north of Shibuya. Covering an area of 700,000sqm, this Shinto shrine features beautiful forest paths stretching beneath traditional wooden archways (torii). One of the most famous temples is Senso-ji in Asakusa, but it tends to get very crowded and can be harder to navigate with young children. If your family likes Hayao Miyazaki movies, be sure to stop by the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka. Designed by the revered animator himself, the museum is easily recognizable by the huge Totoro standing in the window. Tickets are made from real 35mm film prints; holding them up to the light reveals a scene from a Studio Ghibli film. At the Saturn Theater, visitors can watch an exclusive animated short and see into the transparent projectionist’s booth. If you have time, head outside the city for a side trip to the coastal town of Kamakura, the lake resort at the base of Mount Fuji, or the hot springs in the national park of Hakone. Available only to foreigners, the JR Pass makes train travel easy and affordable. It offers unlimited use of any Japan Railways train for a period of one, two, or three weeks. The JR Pass must be bought before arriving in Japan, as it is not available for sale within the country. Japanese food is generally healthy and kid-friendly. Small noodle restaurants located within subway stations or on the street are cheap and convenient, while most department stores have huge food courts in the basement. Be sure to visit an izakaya, a casual restaurant associated with after-work drinking. The food is designed to be shared and includes staples like sashimi, edamame, yakitori (chicken skewers), karaage (bite-sized pieces of fried chicken), and agedashi tofu (fried tofu in broth). Tokyo is a splurge; a bottle of water can cost between RMB 10 and 20 and taxis start at around RMB 70 for the first 2km. The extensive subway system is your best bet for transportation, but the experience can be a bit disorienting at first. But don’t worry; the locals tend to be unfailingly polite and go out of their way to help.

Getting There Air China, China Eastern, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, ANA, and JAL operate frequent direct flights between Beijing and Narita International Airport.

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eave the city behind on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, where heaven and earth converge in a union of epic proportions. The province borders Russia and Mongolia, and is home to a large number of ethnic Mongols who have their own language and written script. Most people set off from Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia. There are three grassland areas accessible from the city: Xilarumen (80km), Gegentala (150km), and Huitengxile (120km). Gegentala is geared towards Chinese tourists and best avoided unless you actually want hokey performances, luxury ger, and night clubs. Xilarumen is the only one that can be visited without a tour group; staying with a host family is easy, but be prepared for a relatively no-frills experience. A popular way to experience the grasslands is to stay in a ger (yurt), a semi-permanent structure made of felted wool. During the day, you can explore the vast plains on horseback, try your hand at archery, hang out with a local family, or watch a rodeo competition. Evenings can get a bit rowdy, with copious baijiu drinking and traditional performances. Many tour operators offer multi-day packages that include a day in Hohhot, horseback riding, overnight camping, a visit to a lamasery, 4x4 transportation, and more. The most important event of the year is Naadam, a festival featuring displays of archery, horse racing, and Mongolian wrestling. The archers wear colorful traditional deel (kaftans) while the wrestlers don only a zodog (similar to a bolero) and shorts. Children (aged 5-13) serve as jockeys in the horse racing event, which is meant to test the horse’s abilities rather than the rider’s. Naadam usually takes place in late August to early September. Alternatively, you can book your own van or minibus and drive to Inner Mongolia. The Huluinbur Grasslands near the Russian border are arguably the best-preserved and contain one of the largest freshwater lakes in China – Hulun Lake, also known as Dalai nuur. Families with older kids can consider camping on the plains, but be sure to pack a few extra layers; nights can get pretty chilly even in summer and some places don’t allow campfires. Vegetarians and lactose-intolerant travelers should take note: local cuisine is heavy on meat and dairy, especially lamb. Typical dishes include stewed mutton (手抓羊肉), mutton hotpot (涮羊肉), whole roast lamb (烤全羊), and yak butter tea (酥油茶).

Getting There Air China, Hainan Airlines, and China United Airlines operate direct flights from Beijing to Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia. From there, you can take a long-distance bus to the grasslands.

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Directories Family Dining American 3sums At 3sums, patrons choose a trio of sliders that you order from the restaurant’s selection of 16 mini-burgers. The menu is dominated by American-influenced burgers and rounded out with the flavors of other nations (French, English, Greek, Mexican, Vietnamese, Australian) and the carb-free Neanderthal. Highlights include the tangy curry yogurt and red onion on the chicken burger of The English, the quite-obviously-bad-for-you cheese gravy smothering The Pittsburger’s beef patty, and the spicy kick of The Cajun--a meeting of minds between pepperjack cream cheese and hot sauce. This burger restaurant also features a list of creative cocktails. Sun-Wed 11am-1am, Thu-Sat 11am-2am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu courtyard (from Dongsanhuan Beilu, head 20m north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection and take the first right), Chaoyang District. (5130 2773, 182 1039 9514) 朝阳区霄云路35号院(东三环北路,过霄云路路 口,往北走20米,到第一个路口右转) American Steak & Eggs Affordable meals, from classic American diner breakfasts to fancier dinner specials. They have a kids’ menu, books, toys and patience. Daily 8am-9pm. 7 Yuyang Lu, River Garden Club House, Shunyi District. (8046 6648) 喜来中北美西餐, 顺义区 榆阳路7号 Bar Uno Hot Dog Small stand serves cheap hot dogs (RMB 15) with a variety of toppings. Great for a snack as you stroll along Nanluoguxiang. Directly across from Mirch Masala, Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District. 东 城区南锣鼓巷马沙拉之香印度餐厅对面 The Big Smoke Bistro It’s a good time to be living in Beijing – the food and drinks at The Big Smoke Bistro are yet another testament to that fact. Considering this is a barbecue joint, the meats took their rightful place at center stage--succulent eight-hour woodfired pig (RMB 68) will be a big draw for some, but you’ll want to eat it right away, as the crackly skin got rubbery after a few minutes. We tried lamb two ways: eight-hour oven braised shanks (RMB 68) and braised cutlets with a coffee and ancho-chilli sauce (RMB 65). Both were crowd-pleasers. Microbrewery Jing A is situated on the premises. Mon-Sat 11am-midnight, Sun 11am-10pm. Lee World Building (down the alley from Frost Nails), 57 Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 5195) 朝阳区幸福村中 路57号楼利世楼 Blue Frog This popular Shanghai-based restaurant chain has a menu rooted in burgers. The “Blue Frog Burger” ranks right up there among the best in the city, and there are a host of other patty-based options available. Drinks are buy-one-get-one-free during the 4-8pm daily happy hour; on Mondays, that also includes a buy-one-get-one-free burger deal. And American style breakfast is available all week. Other culinary possibilities include Italianstyle pasta dishes and Mexican options – a reflection of the American melting pot. Decent Wi-Fi. Voted “Outstanding American” and “Outstanding Burger” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10ammidnight. 167, 1/F, Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0017, info@bluefrog.; 2) Daily 10am-late. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030, info@bluefrog.; 3) Daily 10am-late. 1/F, Bldg 1, U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8561 2665, www.bluefrog. 蓝蛙, 1) 朝阳区颐堤港店酒仙桥路18号1 层167号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯Village 南区4号楼3层S4-30; 3) 朝阳区三丰北里悠唐生 活广场1号楼1层 The Bridge Cafe Daily 24hrs. Rm 8, Bldg 12, Huaqing Jiayuan, Chengfu Lu (west of Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (8286 7026) 桥咖啡, 海淀区成府路五道口华清 嘉园12号楼8号(五道口城铁站西边) Burger Bar Officially open on June 1, this American transplant specializes in burgers. In



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addition, the restaurant will regularly broadcast live sports events from over 14 Sony HDMI 44” and 46” TVs. Sun-Thu 11.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-midnight. Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. burgerbarllc. com 朝阳区东大桥路9号芳草地 Burger Break This burger restaurant focuses on flame-grilled burgers made from 100% imported beef, ground fresh daily. They are priced starting from rmb.38. Appetizers range from Buffalo chicken wings and Cajun seasoned fries. Several salad options including cobb salad are available.This restaurant would make a great addition to your neighborhood. 11:00am 10:00 pm. Shuangjing Fuli City Section D, 10-3 Fuli City Xingguang Avenue(West of the Beijing Capital Renaissance Hotel), Chaoyang District. (58621099, 百客汉 堡, 朝阳区富力城D区, 星光大道10-9(富力万 丽酒店往西走) Burgers & Beer Located just outside the Maquanying station on Line 15, this welldesigned hideaway is tastefully decorated in all-American style, heavy on New York City iconography. There are 20 different burger combos, from the classic to such behemoths as “The Lumberjack,” two patties on three slices of rye, with Swiss and cheddar cheeses. Or try “The Bohemian”, a beef burger sharing bun space with chicken breast slices, goat cheese, spinach and garlic dressing. Service at lunch was snappy, though our burgers were served with mayonnaise even after we were assured they would not be. Points off too for the fact that fries need to be ordered separately.The drink list features 50 beers, from the pedestrian (Heineken and Budweiser) to craft beers and European ales. Guinness, Hoegaarden and Pedigree English Ale are offered on tap Premium Outlet Mall, 28 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区香江北路28号赛特奥莱 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, TueSat 5.30-10pm. Opposite of West gate ( the 3rd gate) of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6591 8676, 美西西餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳公园西门(3号门)对面 Cici’s This Canadian burger joint packs a lot into a small space, with just four tables. The menu is fairly basic with hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and greasy onion rings featuring as the main stars. Cici’s also make a mean to-order burger for fussy eaters. Daily 10am-6.30pm. 3 Jingmi Lu, Homeware and Lifestyle Village, Shunyi District. (138 1194 6806) Element Fresh This sunny Shanghai import showcases a healthier side of American food, with elaborate salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Popular weekend brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” “Best Brunch (Affordable)” and “Outstanding Family Friendly Atmosphere” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm. S8-33, Bldg 8, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318); 2) Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-11pm. Solana Lakeside Dining Street, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 1908); 3) MonFri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. 1/F, Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8420 0565); 4) Sun-Thu 8am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8am-midnight. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058) 新元

素, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号院三里屯Village 3 层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园6号蓝色港湾湖畔美食 街; 3) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港1层; 4) 朝阳 区将台路6号 El Nido Bistro Xiao Shuai expands the El Nido brand with a restaurant serving pizza, salads, sandwiches and other comforting Western fare. 64 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District. (8403 5004) 东城区东城区 方家胡同64号 Eudora Station Bar and Restaurant This Lido area spot gets points for quality and service, and its large verandah is a great place to park with the kids on a sunny day. There are two highchairs for especially wee ones. Daily 9am-2am. 6 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 8331) 亿多瑞站, 朝阳区芳园西路6号 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 addictive). Voted “Outstanding American” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong, Beixin Qiao, Dongcheng District. (8403 9452,; 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 0103, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/6, com); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou U Center, 28 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6266 6105,; 4) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893, http:// 祖母的厨房, 1) 东城区 北新桥石雀胡同28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) Grill 79 Mon-Fri 2pm-2am, Sat-Sun noon-2am. 79/F, China World Summit Wing, China World Trade Center Phase 3, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6424) http:// chinaworldsummitwing/dining/restaurant/grill79 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大酒店79楼 Grinders A good selection of beer and affordable wine in a slick modern space with an upstairs mezzanine level. The food menu includes huge hoagies, burgers and other North American classics. Daily 10am-2am. Unit 3-02, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (8775 1847) 朝阳区双井桥东 北角广渠路31号院天之骄子2号楼底商3-02 Home Plate Bar-B-Que 1) 11am-10pm. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu Chaoyang District(100m past The Bookworm on the right; 800m west of Tuanjiehu station (Line 10)), Chaoyang District. (400 096 7670, seth@; 2) Daily 11am-10pm. 35 Xiaoyun Lu courtyard (from Dongsanhuan Beilu, head 20m north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection and take the first right), Chaoyang District. (5128 5584, http:// 本垒美国餐, 1) 朝阳区朝 阳区 工体北路4号院; 2) 朝阳区霄云路35号院( 东三环北路,过霄云路路口,往北走20米,到第一 个路口右转) Hungry Horse You won’t go hungry at this Pinnacle Plaza eatery in Shunyi. Besides the bountiful offerings of burgers, salads, breakfast plates, pastas and pizzas, we can recommend the satisfying Reuben and French dip sandwiches – just don’t go expecting pure authenticity. Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, SatSun 8.30am-10pm. Stall 609, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5519) 红马美国餐厅, 顺义区天竺 开发区荣祥广场609 Katchup From one of the original creators behind Burger Counter comes a new spot for burgers, sandwiches, salads including the hard-to-find Reuben sandwich. Tue-Sun 11am-10.30pm. 53-1 Jiaodaokou Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8403 5772) 东城区交道口 南大街53-1号

Let’s Burger 1) Daily 11am-11pm. B1/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu (opposite Colibri Cafe), Chaoyang District. (6415 2772); 2) Unit L-RS-206, Bldg 11, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Daily 10am-9pm. 29-102, Pinnacle Avenue, Liyuan Jie, Shunyi District. (8416 7803) 1) 朝阳区三里 屯路11号三里屯Village北区地下1层 (Colibri Cafe 对面); 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商 区11号楼L-RS-20层; 3) 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣 和商业中心29-102 Lily’s American Diner The owner of this Shuangjing restaurant cut her teeth at Steak & Eggs; she’s now created a menu of her own offering a sizeable selection of classically greasy North American and Tex-Mex fare like cheeseburgers, roast beef melt subs and chicken or beef fajitas. All-day breakfast specials including buttermilk pancakes with two eggs, plus bacon, sausage or ham. Generously sized beef burritos come wrapped in suitably soft, yet resilient tortillas, with assorted vegetables and “Lily’s spices.” The beef nachos aren’t quite like those in Texas, but they’re entirely edible by Beijing standards. 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 200m east from north gate of Jindi Mingjing Xiaoqu, exit E of Sihui subway station, Chaoyang District. (lilysdelivery@yahoo. com); 2) Daily 8am-midnight. Unit 2-18, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6592 5548, www. 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 Olio This Singaporean chain is simple and classy, without being burdened with a fussy, upscale dining atmosphere. The extensive menu comprises mainly Western food such as pizzas, sandwiches and pastas, but includes some Asian specialties for good measure. Menu items include breakfast specials (bacon and eggs on toast etc.), soups, salads, gourmet salads served on a range of breads including focaccia, wraps, pizzas, pasta, fish and chips, burgers, wings, desserts and more. Lunch specials range from RMB 69-89. Coffee (espresso, cappucino, mocha and more), tea, gelato and smoothies are also served. Daily 10am-9pm. B124, B1/F, China Central Place (basement of Shin Kong Place), 77-79 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 7882) www.olio. sg 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 San Francisco Eatz! 11am-4pm. 1/F, SOHO Shangdu West Bldg., Dong Daqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (136 0111 8803, JZQuan@ 朝阳区尚都西 座1层 Smallville This cafe invokes the name of that hallowed Midwestern town where Superman was raised on wholesome food and family values – two things Smallville offers in abundance. Young comic book fans will get a kick out of the jumbo comic book posters and dishes named “The Avenger” and “The Hulk.” A kids’ menu offers child-friendly versions of North American comfort food, but we bet the biggest lure will be the Oreo milkshake. MonThu 7.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.30am-8pm. 3 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 5448) http://www.yardbeijing. com/module/a0012/index.php?intModulePK=A0 012_19&tagorder=0&isinner=0&mmenu=2353 庭院咖啡厅, 顺义区后沙峪西白辛庄开发街3号 Stadium Dog Stadium Dog, beside Gate 10 of the Workers’ Stadium, is a purveyor of America’s best-loved blue-collar snack. Decked out in a saucy livery of mustard yellow and ketchup red, the tidy restaurant features stool seating and a no-nonsense menu of meat in bread (RMB 20), soft drinks, and beer. The dogs – American beef, Italian, bratwurst or veggie – are a breed above your regular frank, and can be slathered with a bewildering range of toppings like onions, sauerkraut, grated cheese, coleslaw, jalapeños, olives and about a dozen imported mustards, including Bavarian sweet and Dijon. For the ravenous, RMB 65 gets you a three-dog combo plus a soft drink or bottle of Yanjing. Conveniently located

Directories near Gongti 100 bowling alley, Blue Zoo, and Fundazzle, Stadium Dog makes for a great pit-stop on a family day out. Daily 10am-2am. Gate 10, Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6546 8364) 朝阳区朝阳区工体东路工人体育场 东门内10号进口 The Texan Bar and Grill Cowboys and cowgirls serve a variety of Australian rib eye, sirloin and T-bone steaks fresh from the grill. A selection of burgers and Mexican dishes are also available. Weekday set lunches (11.30am2pm, two-courses) are RMB 98 plus 15% service charge. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.3010.30pm. 1/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jichang Lu, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688 ext 1971/1975) 德克萨斯扒房, 朝阳区机场路将台路 丽都大酒店1层 TGI Friday’s This American casual dining chain serves standard Western fare, such as hot wings, salads, soups, steaks, ribs, pasta, burgers, and pizza. Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 1) 1/F, Grand Skylight CATIC Hotel, 18 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8497 0650); 2) 9-2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0880); 3) 1F VIP Building, Friendship Hotel, 1 Zhongguancun Nanlu, Haidian District. (6849 8738); 4) 1st Floor, Mansion D, World Town, 9 Jinhui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8590 3033); 5) Block C, Beijing International Mansion, 19 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (8526 3388) 星期五餐厅, 1) 朝阳区 北辰东路18号凯迪克格兰云天大酒店1层; 2) 西 城区金城坊街9-2号; 3) 海淀区中关村南大街1 号友谊宾馆贵宾楼1楼; 4) 朝阳区金汇路9号世 界城D座1楼; 5) 朝阳区建国门外大街19号北京 国际大厦C座 The Filling Station An American dinerstyle joint serving burgers, steaks and other classics. The adult menu features a selection of burgers (RMB 58-98) – which includes a side fries dusted with chili pepper – and hotdogs (RMB 38-58); while the ample kids menu has “Sausage Spiders” (hot dog sausages with spaghetti legs, RMB 35), “Easy Peasy Mac n Cheese” (RMB 35) and other offbeat selections like banana pancakes (RMB 35) and virgin cocktails called “mocktails” (RMB 20) designed especially for kids. The playroom comes complete with slides and older kids can test out the retro selection of video games or give the foosball table a try, making Filling Station a great place for a family meal or lazy afternoon lunch. Daily 11am-9.30pm. Beside Western Academy of Beijing, Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Shunyi District. (8470 3821) 揣着, 顺义区来广营东路(北京京西学 校旁边) Tony Hamburger Features burgers ranging from beef, bacon and satay-flavored options. Chinese and Western offerings at reasonable prices (RMB 29-35). Delivery is available. Daily 10am-9pm. 899-2 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Development Zone, Shunyi District. (5842 6175; 5703 5933) 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广 场899-2 Union Bar & Grille Reliable American favorites like steak, burgers, wings, brunch, and more. The bottomless coffee and ice tea are a nice touch, and kid-friendly brown paper coverings on every table invite doodling. Mon-Fri 11am11pm,Sat-Sun 11am-midnight. S6-31, 3/F, Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 9117) 优年美式餐 厅, 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区6号 楼3层S6-31 William Steakhouse (Outback Steakhouse) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Beijing Hotel (east side of Bldg A), Dongcheng District. (6528 2858) 威廉, 东城区北京饭店1层 Xiu Sun-Wed 6pm--2am, Thu-Sat 6pm3am. 6/F, Park Life (entrance across from the Park Hyatt hotel lobby), Yintai Center, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8567 1108) 秀, 朝阳区建国门外大街2号柏悦酒店6层 银泰中心悦生活6层

Bakeries, Delis & Desserts American Baking & Crafts Club for Kids 9am-5pm. Rm 2502, Unit 2, Bdg 2,Green Lake

Apt,88 East 4th Ring North Road, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (13910584862, 儿童俱乐部, 朝阳区朝阳 区东四环北路88号观湖国际小区2号楼2单元2502 A Piece of Cake A family-run cafe specializing in homemade cheesecakes, cupcakes and muffins. They also offer a few kid-friendly staples such as spaghetti bolognese and chicken wings. 2/F Riviera Shopping Center, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8470 1384, 187 0114 7640 (English)) 朝阳区朝阳 区来广营东路5号2楼东侧 Cocoa Ballet Located just a few minutes from Houhai on the tourist-baiting lane of Yandai Xiejie, this store crams a fine selection of chocolates into its tiny space. The dark chocolate is one to woo the cocoa addict in your life. Chocolates can be bought by the piece or in boxes – all are priced at RMB 29 for 50g. 1) 11am-11pm. 1/F, 20, Bldg 11, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9345,; 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 30 Yandai Xiejie, Xicheng District. (6401 2488, 可可芭蕾巧克力 艺术沙龙, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号 新 城国际11号楼底商20号; 2) 西城区烟袋斜街30号 Colibri Cafe Nestled in the trendy entertainment destination alongside creative labels and high end boutiques, this Café offers more than 20 flavors of cupcakes (RMB 23), all handcrafted with fine ingredients and topped with soft butter cream, designed by awardwinning San Francisco-based studio Eight Inc, who embodies the vibrant spirit of the Hummingbird to Colibri. Sandwiches and coffee would complement the colorful spread of midday snack. Daily 9am-10pm. LG51, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0808) 蜂鸟, 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯 Village北区地下1层 Comptoirs de France 1) Daily 8.30am-9pm. Stalls 1 & 2, 1/F, Silk Market (east side), 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (5169 9298); 2) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Daily 7am8.30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 1, Chaoyang District. (5927 7597); 3) Daily 7am-8.30pm. (opening soon) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 2, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 5) Daily 7am8.30pm. 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853); 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 7am8.30pm. 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 9) Daily 7am-8.30pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 10) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5480) www. 法派, 1) 朝阳区秀水东 街8号秀水大厦东区一层1,2号; 2) 朝阳区将台路 2号北京和睦家医院店; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号北 京和睦家医院2店; 4) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润 国际公寓商业5号楼1层; 5) 朝阳区幸福村中路 55-1号; 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 Daylight Donuts This Oklahoma donut joint is certainly a solution for those sugar cravings. With jam and cream filled donuts on hand in addition to choices of chocolate, strawberry or banana icing, sprinkles and long johns the company promises to be “always fresh.” At RMB 6 for the basic sugar glazed to RMB 9 for fancier donuts, it’s a great and affordable slice of Americana. Daily 7am-10pm.. 1) 6F-07B Joy City, Xidan, Xicheng District., Xicheng District. (133 2008 8003); 2) 2F Hualian Mall, Xueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District., Haidian District. (133 2008 8003); 3) Building 1, Courtyard 8, Weigongcun Lu (opposite the Beijing Institute of Technology), Haidian District., Haidian District. (6845 8292) www.daylightdonuts.

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Directories 1) 西城区西单北大街甲131号大约城 6F-07B; 2) 海淀区海淀区学院南路50号华联商 场2层; 3) 海淀区海淀区魏公村路8号院1号楼(北 理工南门对面) Gang Gang Delicatessen Bldg 7, 5 Vanke Park, Park No. 5 Apartments, Tianshuiyuan Jie, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区甜水园街万科公 园5号7号楼 German Food Center 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) Helen Sun Bakery and Cake Shop In addition to its French pastries, cookies and pralines, the shop also bakes custom-made cakes in any flavor or shape imaginable (electric guitar perhaps?) and can top them with your kid’s favorite cartoon character and some amazing icing art. Daily 7am-8pm. 806 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. 阳光海伦 蛋糕店, 顺义区天竺开发区日祥广场806号 Tous Les Jours 1) 1/F Viva Mall, Fulicheng, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F, New International Plaza, 3 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8458 0255); 3) Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F, China View, 2A Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6501 1275); 4) Daily 7am-mignight. 35 Chengfu Lu (opposite Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (6256 0783) 多乐之日, 2) 朝阳区麦子店西路3 号新恒基国际大厦1层; 3) 朝阳区工体东路甲2 号中国红街1层; 4) 海淀区成府路35号城铁五道 口站北出口

Breakfast and Brunch American Steak & Eggs Daily 8am-9pm. 7 Yuyang Lu, River Garden Club House, Shunyi District. (8046 6648) 喜来中北美西餐, 顺义区 榆阳路7号 Blue Frog 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 167, 1/F, Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0017,; 2) Daily 10am-late. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030,; 3) Daily 10am-late. 1/F, Bldg 1, U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8561 2665, info@bluefrog. 蓝蛙, 1) 朝阳区 颐堤港店酒仙桥路18号1层167号; 2) 朝阳区三里 屯北路19号三里屯Village南区4号楼3层S4-30; 3) 朝阳区三丰北里悠唐生活广场1号楼1层 Crystal Mon-Sat 7am-12pm. 33 Qihelou Street, Dongcheng District. (6526 5566, sales@ http://www.theemperor. 东城区东城区骑河楼大街33号 Fresco Bakery 1/F Bldg 9, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6559) 朝阳区朝阳 区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际9号楼1层 Royal Cafe Daily 6am-3pm. Radisson SAS Hotel, 6A Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5922 3388) http://www.radissonblu. com/hotel-beijing/dining/royal-cafe 皇家咖啡厅, 朝阳区北三环东路甲6号北京皇家大饭店 Scene a Cafe Daily 6am-1am. China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 35, fbreservations. http://www.shangri-la. com/en/property/beijing/chinaworld/dining/ restaurant/sceneacafe 咖啡苑, 朝阳区建国门外 大街1号中国大饭店 Sculpting in Time 1) 22 Meishuguan Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (8403 6986); 2) Daily 7.30am-midnight. Shop 3A, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu (near the Lido Hotel), Chaoyang District. (5135 8108); 3) Daily 9am-12pm. 50 Xiangshan Maimai Jie, Haidian District. (8259 8296); 4) Daily 8.30am-1am. 7 Weigongcun Lu (south gate of Beijing Institute of Technology), Haidian District. (6894 6825) 雕刻时光, 1) 东城区美术馆东街22号; 2) 朝阳 区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓3A; 3) 海淀区香 山买卖街50号; 4) 海淀区魏公村路7号北京理 工大学南门



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Seasonal Tastes Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am3pm, 5.30-11pm. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880) 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大 饭店2层 Senses Daily 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 7810; 6606 8866 ext 7810) http://www.starwoodhotels. com/westin/property/dining/index. html?propertyID=1704 味, 西城区金融大街乙9 号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层 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., www. 德南面包房, 朝阳区朝阳 公园路1号好运街27号 Vasco’s Daily 6.30-10am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 5/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) 东城区王府井东街 8号希尔顿北京王府井酒店5层 Village Cafe Daily 24hrs. 1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5210, villagecafe@ www.theoppositehouse. com/ 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village1号楼 瑜舍1层 Vineyard Cafe Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, info@ 葡萄院 儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号 Vineyard Cafe on the River Waijiao Apartment, 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区新东路1号外交公寓亮马河南岸 Yong Yi Daily 11am-2pm, 5.30-10.30pm. Four Points by Sheraton Beijing. Tower 1, 25 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8889 8888) 海淀区远达路1号北京海淀福朋喜来登集团酒店 Zen5es Daily 11amï¼ 2.30pmï¼›5.30-10.30. 4/F, the Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880, fbreservation. chaoyang 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北京威斯 汀大饭店 Zha 9.30am-11pm. 1) 101 Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District. (8402 4851); 2) 76 Guozijian Jie, Dongcheng District. (6406 6493) 喜鹊咖啡, 1) 东城区东城区南锣鼓巷 101号; 2) 东城区东城区国子监街76号

Cafes & Sandwiches 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,, kidsclub@ www.chinabookworm. com 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 Cosy Café This cafe chain offers a comfortable environment, as well as a variety of coffee drinks and homemade pastries and cakes. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 30-31, 40-41, Bldg N3, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6186); 2) 1/F, Leisure Fitness Center, Bldg 7, Richmond Park, Yard 9 Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8457 8359) 1) 朝阳区三里屯路11号院三里屯Village北区N3楼 30-31, 40-41号; 2) 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7号楼 丽都水岸会所1层 Cup One Cup One’s menu is short and

Western and covers a few basic groups such as milkshakes, alcoholic beverages, brunch items, pasta and rice, and also main courses that include items like a prosciutto blue cheese penne with salad. The big draw is the huge, well-designed space. Daily 9am-11pm. Unit 02-03, F/2, Bldg D, Kirin Place,11 Fu’anxi Lu, Chaoyang District. (5363 0599) 朝阳区阜安西路 11号麒麟社(新天地)D楼2层0203室 Pure Smoothies Small chain of smoothie stand serves healthy blended smoothies (i.e. The Detoxifier, Mango Soy Smoothies), juices, teas and other beverages. The Sanlitun stand is perfect for a hot summer’s day. Daily 10am10pm. 1) B1/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) North side of The Orange exhibition hall, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8660 7588) 1) 朝阳区健国路87号 新光天地下一层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 Village南区The Orange北边 Vineyard Cafe on the River Waijiao Apartment, 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区新东路1号外交公寓亮马河南岸 Wagas Specializing in healthful offerings such as sandwiches, salads, wraps, and pastas, Wagas offers fresh, appetizing fare that’s sure to appeal to a wide audience. Daily 8am10.30pm. S833, Bldg 8, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 5829) 沃歌斯, 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village 南区8号楼S8-33 Wednesday Coffee and Bar A cafe selling burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips. Beverages include Australian beers like Tooheys, Cascade and Pure Blonde and coffee from Vittoria beans. Daily 10am-1am. 8 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (8400 4699) 朝阳区新东路8号 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 Youpin Teahouse The teahouse has very typical traditional Chinese style decoration. Serve all kinds of Chinese tea such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea, Puerh tea and some kinds of herbal medicine tea. People gather here for chatting, socializing, dating and enjoying tea.We also serves dim sum and snakes for enjoying alongside the tea. 9am12pm. 3 Tuanjiehu Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6582 2280) 幽品茶楼, 朝阳区团结湖北路3号 Zap Urban Eatery Serves a selection of coffee and teas along with toast, sandwiches and sweets. M-F 8am-10pm S&S 10am-10pm. Xingfu 3 Cun, 5-1-103, Chaoyang District. (6409 4748, www. 朝阳区幸福三村四巷5-1103 (婕妮璐逸盛阁店旁边)

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 Celestial Court The St. Regis’s Celestial Court serves Cantonese-style seafood and dim sum prepared by Hong Kong chef To Ming Lau in a luxurious setting for those on an expense account. Mon-Fri 11.30am2pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, St Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2460 or 2462) 天宝阁, 朝阳 区建国门外大街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店2层 Golden Jaguar Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm,510.30pm,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 Hengshan Hui Serving authentic dim sum, milk tea and stir-fried noodles, this affordable Cantonese eatery draws both businessmen and families. Daily 10.30am-11.30pm. 1/F, Kerry EAS Logistics Building (entrance at back of building), 21 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 1211) 衡山汇, 朝阳区霄云路21号嘉里大 通附楼1楼 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 10-58. 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 Hong Kong Food City Dim sum at this long-running Wangfujing restaurant goes from 11.30am-2pm daily. 11am-midnight. 18 Dong’anmen Dajie (south of Xindongan), Dongcheng District. (6525 7349) 香港美食城, 东城区东安门大街18号新东安南 Jin Ding Xuan Dim sum fun for all. Let your kids guess the contents of the fresh, steaming baskets that arrive at your table and reward correct guesses by letting them order the next round of treats. And if Junior’s still not sleeping through the night, don’t worry, the restaurant is open 24 hours. Readers voted it “Best Cantonese” and “Outstanding Dim Sum” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 24hrs. 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111); 2) Daily 24hrs. Yiyuan No.15, Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111); 3) Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Entrance B03, north corner of Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (40067 66111); 4) Daily 24hrs. 16 Pufang Lu, across from Carrefour, Fengtai District. (40067 66111); 5) Daily 24hrs. 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District. (40067 66111); 6) D122, B/1, Huamao Shopping Center, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111) 金鼎轩酒楼, 1) 朝阳区 团结湖南路15号; 2) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里逸园 15号; 3) 海淀区远大路1号金源时代购物中心北 侧1层B03入口; 4) 丰台区方庄蒲芳路16号 (家乐 福对面); 5) 东城区和平里西街77号; 6) 朝阳区 建国路87号华贸购物中心地下1层D122号 Macau Chinese Restaurant The opulent settings of the Legendale Hotel provide the backdrop for this Cantonese restaurant that serves a la carte dishes and dim sum. 90-92 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8511 3388 ext. 8968) restaurants-B1-MacaoChinese.htm 东城区北京 市东城区金宝街 90-92号 Macau Street 1) Unit A108, Heqiao Dasha (north of Wanda Plaza), 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3058); 2) B02, B/1F, U-Town Shopping Center, 2 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5977 5633) 澳门街茶餐厅, 1) 朝阳区光华路甲 8号和乔大厦A108(万大广场对面); 2) 朝阳区朝 外大街三丰北里2号优唐生活广场地下1层B02 Macau Taste The kitsch décor belies a menu that reads like a Hong Kong teahouse with a few Portuguese surprises. Daily 11am-11pm. L-15A, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1399) 澳门味道, 朝阳 区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区L-15A Ming Yuan The signatures dishes at this recommended Cantonese restaurant include crispy skin chicken and clear steamed fish in special broth, along with its authentic dim sum. 19 Dongdaqiao Lu (across from The Place), Chaoyang District. (8561 9040) 明园, 朝阳区朝阳区东大桥路19号楼北( 世贸天阶对面) Tang Yuan This chain of restaurants serving Cantonese and other regional dishes is known for its crispy chicken, bao zai fan (rice casseroles) and decent dim sum. 11am-11pm. 209 Jixiangli, Chaoyang District. (6553 0198) 唐缘, 朝阳区唐缘朝阳区吉祥里209号

Directories The Peak Hong Kong Cafe LG-2, Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao, Chaoyang District. (8563 1675) 峯港茶餐厅, 朝阳区东大桥路9号芳草 地LG-2 Wu Li Xiang Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. 1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (southeast of Xiaoyun Qiao), Chaoyang District. (5907 8406) 屋里香, 朝阳区东四环北路2号 (霄云桥东南角)上东盛 贸酒店

European Alfie’s Beijing A restaurant specializing in English comfort food, this venue features eats ranging from cottage pie with port wine to braised veal rump with carrots and creamy mash. Also sports a great drink menu with both creative and classic cocktails. Try a Cool Beijing (Absolut, grapefruit juice, creme de cassis, and ginger beer) or choose a selection from the well-stocked wine and scotch list. Daily 10am-10pm. L1-22, 1/F, Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5662 8777) 朝阳区东大桥路9号侨福芳草地大厦1层L1-22 Capital M Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, 6-10.30pm (afternoon tea between 2.30-5pm). 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen), Chongwen District. (6702 2727) 崇文区前门步行街2号3层 Class by Stephanie A decent mid-range Western restaurant whose core audience is curious, outward-looking locals as much as the regular expat crowd. Try the spinach, bacon, and blue cheese salad (RMB 35) or the roast duck breast with port sauce and Tuscan beans (RMB 55). Daily 7.30am10pm. 1/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Center, 36 Beisanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5825 6778, 朝阳区北三环路 36号环球贸易中心D座1层 Fourteen Bistro Lounge Daily 11am11pm (reg. hours), Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. 14 Jiaodaokou Beisantiao, Dongcheng District. 东 城区交道口北三条14号 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HHello 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 Let’s Seafood Mussels, whole fish, seafood salads and bouillabaisse at the sister restaurant of Let’s Burger. Daily 11.30ammidnight. 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6038) 朝阳区三里屯 北街81号那里花园1层 MODO Urban Deli The former Modo has been revamped in a new space with seating for all-day dining and a deli counter featuring lunch boxes and dinner options for take-away. They offer delivery through Sherpa’s and Jinshisong, in addition to catering for office and home events. The dine-in menu encompasses the delicatessen range (soups, salads, cheese plates, sandwiches and burgers, a few pasta and main options). Daily 10.30am-10pm (last order). 3/F, Bldg 3, Taikoo Li South, 19 Sanlitun Rd, Chaoyang District. (6415 7207) www. 朝阳区三里屯路19号太古里南区3 号楼S10-31 New Verandah This chic Shunyi eatery serves a fusion of Western fare, with an emphasis on Dutch fare (the owner hails from Holland), from classic pizzas and pastas to extravagant seafood and meat mains while dining on the banks of the Wenyu River. Dishes include Zuurkool met Rozijntjes (sauerkraut with raisins stewed in white wine), bitterballen (a Dutch and Belgian fried appetizer) and Nasi Goreng. Choose from an extensive selection of wines and desserts. Lunch set menus are RMB 68 or 85 per person. Best of all, it has a huge play area for kids to enjoy, and is a great place for birthday parties. Tue-Sun 10am-9.30pm. 8 Laiguangying East Road (50m west of WAB international school), Chaoyang District. (8470 3821) http:// 长廊西餐厅, 朝阳区来广营东 路8号(京西国际学校往西50米) Orange Tree Bistro Daily 11am-11.30pm. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near Yandai Xiejie, north of Houhai lake), Xicheng District. (6401 7797) 橘 子树西餐, 西城区大石碑胡同27号(后海烟袋 斜街附近) The Orchard An institution among residents of residents of out-of-town expat hideout Shunyi, The Orchard comes highly recommended for its affordable menu of western food and emphasis on organic produce, with ample provision for little ones making it an ideal spot for family dining. The restaurant’s remoteness from the city center lends it added appeal as a retreat from the rough and tumble of urban life (although the surrounding village of Hegezhuang, which is also home to Green T. Living and the Yin Yang Community Center, is quickly gentrifying), but does make transportation something of a headache – finding a taxi back into town can be a challenge, so come equipped with a plan. The well-known Sunday brunch (11am-3pm) is RMB 210 a person. Children can relax with a video and enjoy the cushy chairs in the kids’ room, or head outside for a stroll around the lake with mom and dad. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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) Schoolhouse Canteen The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall serves casual Western food and affords great views of the Great Wall from its outdoor terrace. The menu focuses on lite Italian fare and kid-friendly options, as well as homemade ice cream and desserts. Available for overnight stays, parties and events. On-site activities include glass blowing and art classes for kids. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. 12 Mutianyu Village, Huairou District. (6162 6506/6287) 小 园, 怀柔区慕田峪村12号 The English Tearoom Located behind Shunyi’s Beidong Flower Market, The English Tearoom is a quintessentially British, familyfriendly tearoom. The cafe prides itself on serving real tea in traditional English-style teapots, including black teas, green tea, rooibos, herbal and fruit teas (all imported from the UK). Visitors will also find gourmet coffee, fresh fruit juices, and smoothies. For food, there are traditional fresh-baked English scones and a selection of British cakes and biscuits. The light lunch menu includes sandwiches, salads, and specials like sausage rolls and Scotch eggs. There’s also an English afternoon tea and a generous English breakfast. The English Tearoom strives to use organic, local, and free-range produce whenever possible. The space is divided into the Main Tearoom and the Children’s Tearoom; the latter contains a large play area for tots to run around in. Parking is available outside the restaurant within the Chuangyi Yuan compound. Daily 10am-7pm. Inside Chuangyi Yuan, 1A Shunhuang Lu (near Scitech Outlets), Sunhe Township, Shunyi District. (8459 4407, 158 1099 8410 (English and Chinese)) 英国茶房, 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路甲1号创意园内( 近赛特奥特莱斯) Time Cafe Five-star food at three-star prices. The menu includes everything from Singapore fried noodles to fish and chips, but the twocourse business set lunch is one of the best deals in town. Daily 10am-3pm, 6-9pm. 1038, 3/F, Bldg 10, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3488) 食客 满源咖啡厅, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho10 号楼3层1038 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. 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Directories 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, info@ 葡萄院 儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号 Vineyard Cafe on the River Waijiao Apartment, 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区新东路1号外交公寓亮马河南岸

German Der Landgraf Based on the famous German restaurant dating back to 1639, this longrunning restaurant in Fangzhuang opened in 1999 and serves a range of German cuisine and a variety of imported German beers, from Pilsner, Lager and Weizen beer to Cologne Kölsch. The 700-sq-meter interior is designed to resemble a typical German pub with a barcounter in the middle of the restaurant and a large copper beer cooling system hanging from the ceiling serving fresh draft beer. Menu items include Munich sausage with sweet mustard, bockwurst, baked pork knuckle and more (full menu online). A second location is at The Great Wall at Badaling and features a 100-squaremeter dining room and terrace, as well as a German buffet. Available for special events and by reservation only (see website and contact the Fangzhuang store for more details). Daily 11am-1am. 2A Pufang Lu, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District. (6768 2664, landgraf@der-landgraf. com) 兰特伯爵, 丰台区方庄蒲芳路甲2号 German Food Center The answer to all your sandwich needs can be found at this longrunning 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) 普 拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯 基饭店 Villa Castanea 6272 0130. 266, Pu An Dian, Wan’an Donglu, Haidian District. (Daily 11am10.30pm) 七叶香山, 海淀区万安东路普安店 266号 Zeit Berlin Zeit Belin has an attractive menu complicated by an obscure address on the first floor of an unremarkable hotel. The owners are Chinese natives who lived in Berlin since the early 1970s and now intend to bring Berlin specialties into their German restaurant. Daily 11am-10pm. 1/F Royal Palace Hotel, 6 Xiaoyunli, Chaoyang District. (6461 8842) 朝阳 区霄云里6号诚宝饭店

Japanese Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Watch and listen to your food as it sizzles and cooks to your preference. Haru impresses with sleek decor and the quality of the food. Kids will be entertained by the chefs flaming hot plates, and the large portion servings mean this is a great place to spend a few extra kuai on a family night out. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm.



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1) Unit N4-30, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, 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 Isshin Japanese Sushi Restaurant Boasts three student-friendly locations in western Beijing, and a fancier outlet in Jianwai Soho. The sashimi is tasty, as is the remarkable tonkatsu, an enormous plate featuring deepfried pork cutlet served with lashings of plum sauce, shredded cabbage, rice and miso – all for only RMB 28. 1) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Rm 1501, Bldg 15, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 5769); 2) Daily 11am-1.30pm, 5-9.30pm. 2/F, Bldg 1, Oversea Student Dormitory, Beijing Normal University, Haidian District. (5880 9785); 3) Sun-Thu 11am-2pm, 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2pm, 5-11pm. Door 3, Bldg B, Ziguang Development Plaza, 11 Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (6482 3600); 4) Sun-Thu 11am-2pm, 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2pm, 5-11pm. 35 Chengfu Lu (30m north of the traffic lights next to Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (8261 0136) 一心日本料理, 1) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho15号楼1501; 2) 海淀区北京师范大学留学生公寓二层; 3) 朝阳 区惠新东街11号紫光发展大厦B座3单元; 4) 海淀 区城府路35号院(五道口城铁站旁信号灯往北30 米路西院内)

Nanjing Nanjing Impressions The restaurant celebrates the cuisine of Nanjing, offering many duck-based specialties like the duck meat dumplings and the famous saltwater duck. Other must-try dishes are jiangmi kourou, rice with sliced pork belly and the “lion’s head” meatball. There is also a snack stall which offers pancakes, noodles and other delicacies. Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 1) 4/F, CapitaMall, 51 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. (8817 8777); 2) 3/F, Guorui Cheng, 18 Chongwenmen Waidajie, Dongcheng District. (8755 5777); 3) 2/F, Jinlehui, D Zone, Zhongguancun Plaza Shopping Center, 15 Zhongguancun, Haidian District.; 4) 5/F, CapitaMall Xizhimen, 1 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (8817 8777); 5) 4/F, Shimao Department Store, 13 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8405 9777) 南京大排挡, 1) 海淀区 复兴路51号凯德晶品购物中心4层; 2) 东城区崇 文门外大街18号国瑞购物中心3层; 3) 海淀区中 关村大街15号中关村广场购物中心D区津乐汇2 层(近鼎好大厦); 4) 西城区西直门外大街1号凯 德MALL购物中心5层; 5) 朝阳区工体北路13号 世茂百货4楼


Korean Bibigo 1) 11am-10.30pm. 9-8, Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6432 0758); 2) Daily 6am10.30pm. A5W1, Terminal, Beijing International Airport, Shunyi District. (6455 8785); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 3L116, China World No3, Guomao Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1915); 4) Daily 10.30 am-10pm. 1/F, 153 Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0759) 必品阁, 1) 朝阳区将台西 路9-8; 2) 顺义区首都国际机场A5W1; 3) 朝阳 区建国门外大街国贸三期3L116; 4) 朝阳区酒仙 桥路18号颐提港商业一层53号单元 CJ Foodworld Daily 11am-11pm. 9-8 Jiangtai Lu (near Ai Jiang Shan), Chaoyang District. (8457 1997) 朝阳区将台西路9-8号(近爱江山) 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) Iki Situated next to Bang Bang Pizza, this contemporary Korean barbecue offers tasty fare and great cocktails. 1) Daily 6-11pm. 111, Bldg. 3, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (152 1006 4588); 2) 6pm-1am. 102 Bldg 24, Shuanghuayuan Nanli Sanqu, Chaoyang District. (152 1042 5223) 1) 朝阳区 中国红街大厦三号楼111号; 2) 朝阳区双花园南 里三区24号楼102号 Niushiniu Grill 88 Xisanhuan Beilu (northeast of Hangtianqiao), Haidian District. (6842 5566) 海淀区牛市牛海淀区西三环北路88号(航天桥 东北) Shanggu City Korea Village BBQ Your usual Korean BBQ staples – beef, lamb, pork, vegetables – served by waitresses in ethnic dresses who speak limited English but do have a picture menu. Daily 10am-9.30pm. Adjoining the Jenny Lou’s near Lane Bridge, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 3016) 尚古城韩国烧烤, 朝阳区来广营 东路5号 Thanks Giving This Korean barbecue restaurant on Lucky Street boasts an extensive menu or grillable goodies, as well as healthy soups, porridge and bibimbap. A8 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0286) 千手予健康烤肉专门店, 朝阳区朝 阳公园路1号好运街A8号

Dacha Located near Ritan Park, Dacha serves features truly global cuisine, from sushi to pizza. Try Russian classics like borscht and traditional beet salad, or opt for European standards such as pasta Carbonara and rack of lamb. Most entrees range from RMB 45-100, while appetizers and salads are in the 20-60 RMB range. The restaurant caters to families with a smoke-free environment and kids’ playroom with toys. Shisha is also available. Daily 10am-3am. 1 Ritan Lu (on the north side of Ritan Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8563 5765, 别墅西餐 厅, 朝阳区日坛路1号(日坛宾馆北侧) The Elephant Good Russian food, especially the appetizers, like stuffed mushroom caps. The floorshow is akin to Eastern Bloc Lakers’ girls wriggling out to Shakira. Voted “Outstanding Russian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily noon-midnight. Ritan Shangjie, Courtyard 39, Shenlu Jie, Chaoyang District. (8561 4013); 2) Noon-2am. A93 Toutiao, Chaoyangmenwai, Chaoyang District. (8561 4073); 3) Noon-2am. (Absent Branch) B1/F, Huasheng International Building, 12 Yabao Lu,, Chaoyang District. (5120 6538) http://www. 大笨象, 1) 朝阳区神路街39号院日坛上街近日坛北路; 2) 朝 阳区朝外头条甲93号日坛公园北门的附近; 3) 朝 阳区化生国际大厦,押宝路12号 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 well-priced 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. 1) 10am-midnight. 1A Xiyangguan Hutong, Beizhongjie, Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6403 1690); 2) Daily 10am-midnight. 5-15 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8407 8158, 6403 1896) 彼 得堡俄餐厅, 1) 东城区东直门内大街北中街西羊 管胡同甲1号; 2) 东城区东直门内大街5-15号

Singaporean & Malaysian Lau Pa Sak Bustling Singaporean outlet that serves “hawker” street food indoors. Fans rave about the beef rendang, laksa noodles, spicy nasi goreng fried rice and condensed milk coffee. Oh, and the curry puffs! Daily 11am10.30pm. Xindong Lu (opposite Canadian Embassy), Chaoyang District. (6417 0952) 老巴 刹, 朝阳区新东路加拿大使馆对面 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 11am10pm. 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 This large, split-level restaurant delivers crowd-pleasing Chinese and South-Asian food in a classy environment. The contemporary interior fuses traditional elements like pillars hand-painted in attractive Chinese style with sleek, jet-black tables and chairs. The open kitchen adjacent to the entrance turns out tasty plates at reasonable prices, from a Hainan chicken rice set to Thai style shrimp salad, lemongrass chicken wings, curry noodle soups, laksa and more. The Orient Kitchen is a family friendly restaurant, with a Juniors Club that hosts regular events for little ones. 1) 10am11pm. 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 The Niah The Niah’s elegant wooden dining room and open-air porch sit between the lake and the fountain at Dragon Bay, allowing diners to enjoy the sight and sound of the water. The menu offers Quality Malaysian food at reasonable prices. Try the Thai chicken salad and curry laksa mee noodles, as well as their lemon soda, and finish your meal with mango sago – a nice treat that won’t leave you stuffed. Daily 10am-10pm. Unit 2, Bldg 7, Lakeview Place, Dragon Bay Villa, Shunyi District. (8042 2263) 旎亚那, 顺义区后沙峪镇沙浴环路7号 楼2单元 The Yard This sister restaurant of Nyonya Kitchen oozes elegance and charm. Its menu satisfies even the most traditional of Malaysian palates. With service as refined as the setting, this is a truly affordable culinary pleasure. Daily 11am-10pm. 3/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8049 9449 / 135 2188 6500, http:// 庭院餐厅, 顺义区天竺镇 裕翔路99号欧陆广场3层

Spanish Agua Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine from restaurant helmed by awardwinning chef Jordi Valles. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)” and “Best Spanish” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6188, 5208 6198) 朝 阳区三里屯路81号那里花园4层 Carmen Nali Mall’s Tapas has reopened as Carmen in an attractive whitewashed building across the street. Tapas plates, cold and hot, range from RMB 10-38, with the patatas bravas particularly passing muster. You’ll find all the Andalusian authenticity you need in a menu that takes in hearty salads, cold platters, paella

Directories and even roasted whole suckling pig. Perfect for a boozy lunch or a spirited evening in front of the live band. Voted “Outstanding Spanish” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. Nali Patio (opposite north entrance of Let’s Burger), 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 8038) 朝阳区三里屯路 81号(哪里花园边) MARE Known for its elegant atmosphere, this CBD eatery is best enjoyed with a crowd. Choose from a selection of tapas (ranging from croquettes, prawns and chorizo to calamari and grilled lamb), soups, salads and such mains as sea bass, grilled beef tournedo served with truffle sauce and roast duck breast, as well as delectable desserts, including tiramisu. Go for the paella on weekends. Prices are moderate, service is good and lunch set menus are available. Daily noon-11.30pm. 1/F, E-Tower, 12C Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6595 4178/2890) 古老海西餐厅, 朝阳区光华路丙12号 数码01大厦1层 Niajo Specializing in traditional Valencian paella, this yellow-tiled Spanish restaurant impresses with good service, a sensible menu and plenty of wines by the glass. Choose a window seat for decent views of Sanlitun bar street through the trees. Daily 12.00am - 10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6052) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园3层

Steakhouses CRU Steakhouse The sleek, warm design of the JW Marriott’s steak restaurant is reflective of the rich, refined cuts served up by its open kitchen. Steaks range from RMB 108-360. Voted “Outstanding Steak” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 6-10pm. 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel, China Central Place, 83 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8530) 朝阳区建 国路83号华贸中心JW万豪酒店2层

Yunnan Aimo Town Fangjia Hutong restaurant is full of ethnic minority accessories, with a long menu of Yunnan dishes geared towards groups - a big wooden bucket of fried rice gratin (RMB 15) is the ideal starchy complement to tender suanla quanyu (酸辣全鱼, RMB 42) – a whole fish in a sour and spicy sauce. No meal should begin here without a dish of palate-cleansing boheye, crunchy mint leaves dressed in sesame oil (RMB 16). Service is efficient. Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg G, 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6400 1725) 埃蒙小 镇, 东城区方家胡同46号艺术园区 (国子监南 临) G座 Dali Courtyard With atmospheric decor, soothing music and easy-going hospitality, Dali Courtyard gets an “A” for ambiance - especially during warm weather months. The prix fixe features an assortment of Yunnan standards (grilled fish, fried goat cheese, crossing bridge noodles etc.). Voted “Outstanding Chinese Restaurant of the Year,” “Outstanding Outdoor Dining” and “Outstanding Yunnan” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-9.30pm. 67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 1430) 大里院子, 东城区鼓楼东大街小经厂胡 同67号 In & Out Staffed by various ethnic minorities of Yunnan decked out in their traditional costumes, this airy three-floor Lijiang-themed restaurant is popular with locals and Sanlitun embassy-area foreigners alike. The seasonally rotating menu boasts Dai favorites such as fried potato balls and rice with pineapple, along with a mish-mash of Naxi, Bai, and Wa minority staples including Xishuangbanna roast fish bundled with lemongrass, and rich, leathery Shangri-La dried beef. Voted “Outstanding Yunnan” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 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 Little Yunnan Located in a well-preserved courtyard near the old imperial wall, this

restaurant offers Yunnan dishes with a cozy setting, perfect for friendly gatherings or a romantic night out. They also serve great home-brewed rice wine. Voted “New Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-midnight. 28 Donghuangchenggen Beijie, Dongcheng District. (6401 9498,,, littleyunnan 小云南, 东城区东黄城根北街28号 Lost Heaven A hip new Yunnan restaurant and bar that’s set to liven up Chi’enmen 23 with crowd-pleasing ethnic minority cuisine and great drinks. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-1am (kitchen closes at 10.30pm). Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8516 2698) 花马天堂, 东城区前门东大街23号 Middle 8th Restaurant Comfortable, hip Yunnan restaurant. Try the Yunnan-style spare ribs and the dragon beans. There is also a separate and slightly down-market barbecue section diagonally opposite the Sanlitun store. Voted “Best Yunnan” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 11am-11pm. L404A, South Tower, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1431); 2) Daily 11am-10.30pm. R17, Zhongguancun Pedestrian Mall, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1728); 3) Daily 11am-11.30pm. Zhongba Lou, Sanlitun Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 0629) 中八楼, 1) 朝阳区光化路9号, 世贸天阶南楼L404A; 2) 海淀区中关村大街15 号中关村广场步行街R17; 3) 朝阳区三里屯中 街中八楼 No Name Restaurant Hidden within Houhai’s hutongs, this stylish Yunnan outfit offers a delectable menu and a great rooftop terrace – an ideal haven from Yinding Qiao’s neon, noise and tourists. Daily 10.30am-2am. 1 Dajinsi Hutong, Xicheng District. (8328 3061) 无名云南 餐吧, 西城区大金丝胡同1号 Southern Barbarian Daily 11am-11pm. 107 Baochao Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8408 3372) 南蛮子, 东城区鼓楼东大街宝钞胡同107号 Xiangcao Xiangcao Yunnan Hotpot This Yunnan-style hot pot chain specializes in Junwangqi hotpot (菌王奇香锅) and tofu platters (豆腐拼盘). The Haidian store is called the “Dali branch,” while the large, 1,000-sqm CBD store is called the “Lijiang Branch.” 10am11pm. 1) 2/F Mingshang Building, 55 Suzhou Jie (near west gate of People’s University), Haidian District. (8262 1976, 8261 8299); 2) 2/F Xiashing Guoji Zhongxin (below Tumaris), 237 Chaoyang Beilu (south of and across the street from Chaoyang Hospital East Gate), Chaoyang District. (6585 1976) 香草香草云南原 生态火锅, 1) 海淀区海淀区苏州街55号名商大厦 2楼(近人民大学西门); 2) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳北 路237号复星国际中心2楼(朝阳医院东门斜对面)

Family Health Clinics & Hospitals Agape Counseling and Training Center The Agape counseling team offers professional counseling services to help deal with difficulties in life. Cross-cultural adjustment, relationship struggles (such as parenting, communication, confrontation, trust, betrayal issues), interpersonal struggles (personal development, stress, depression, grief, addictions). Daily 9am-5pm. C906. Eastern Tulip Building. No. 216 Tangli Lu. Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (5947 2056) www. 爱在人间, 朝阳区北京市朝阳区 汤立路216号院 东方郁金香大厦C座906室 Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital Amcare Women’s and Children’s hospital provides families international medical services in Chinese cultural background. Services include obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, family planning, and psychological consulting. The new 6,000 sqm Yayuncun branch has 50 wards, private gynecological clinic and a neonatal intensive care unit. 1) Daily 24 hours. Bldg 5 Anhui Beili Yiyuan, Chaoyang District. (400 100 0016,; 2) Daily 8am-

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Directories 4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2399 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200,; 3) 9-9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. ( 北京美中宜和妇儿医院, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区安慧北里逸园5号楼; 2) 朝阳区 芳园西路9号; 3) 朝阳区将台西路9-9号 American-Sino OB/GYN/Pediatrics Services (ASOG) American-Sino OB/GYN/ Pediatrics Services provides a comprehensive array of services for women and children by certified specialists from overseas and China. The hospital’s multicultural healthcare team consists of staff members from Chinese, the US, Australia, Sweden, Poland, Israel, and Taiwan. They are dedicated to providing valueadded and custom-tailored healthcare for women and children. ASOG cooperates with Harvard University in order to better understand and accommodate cultural differences, as well as improve safety and quality of care. In a nutshell, the hospital is committed to highquality, compassionate, and personalized care that meets international standards. Daily 24hrs. 1) Outpatient Service: 18 Anyuan Lu,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8443 9666); 2) Inpatient Service: 218 Xiaoguan Beili, Anwai, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8443 9595) 北京东方美华妇儿 医院, 1) 朝阳区安苑路18号门诊部; 2) 朝阳区 安外小关北里218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. 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)) http://www.21-hospital. com 朝阳区亮马桥路甲40号21世纪大厦1-2楼 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, www. 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 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, english/) 北京朝阳医院, 朝阳区工体南路8号 Beijing Hongyitang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital Daily 7am-9pm. 2 Tuanjiehu Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6582 7850, 北京弘医堂中医医院, 朝阳区团结湖北路2号 Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric



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Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Multilingual services are offered on a 24hr basis, consultations 9am-9pm. Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊部, 顺义区天竺镇丽苑 街荣和商业中心 Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital (NCICH) 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 Hospital), Xicheng District. (6802 5588) 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) Beijing New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) With state-ofthe-art park side facility, New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) is established to operate with international standards. Backed by strong ties to Beijing Children’s Hospital and Beijing Obstetrics & Gynecology Hospital, the experienced and friendly medical staff of NCWCH provide fi¬rst-class gynecology, obstetrics, pediatric, NICU and urgent care services for women and children (0-18 years old). 51 Wangjing Beilu (Wanghu Park south gate), Chaoyang District. (5178 3366) www. 北京新世纪妇儿医院, 朝阳区朝阳 区望京北路51号院(望湖公园东门南) Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics (BJU) offers international-standard care to thousands of Beijing’s expatriate and Chinese families. BJU features an international team of doctors from more than 20 countries and since 2005, it has been consistently re-accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Since 1997, BJU’s multilingual staff has provided professional expertise with heartfelt care. The hospital and clinics offer a full range of medical services. In addition to departments of family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and dentistry, BJU has attracted top medical professionals in cardiology, neurology, internal medicine, dermatology, psychological health, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, integrative medicine, ophthalmology and ENT. Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (4008919191, 5927 7120 (ER)) 北 京和睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Hospital Rehabilitation Hospital Beijing United Family Hospital’s newest facility offers everything from physical and occupational therapy to pediatric, neurological, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and TCM in a state-of-the-art facility featuring hydrotherapy facilities, an ICU, individual therapy rooms, hyperbaric and atmospheric oxygen chambers and an international team of specialists. 24 Hours. 1 Yaojiayuan Bei Erlu (South gate of Dongfeng Park, northwest corner of Yaojiayuan North 2nd Road and Qingnian North Road intersection), Chaoyang District. (8558 1800, 北京和睦家康复医院, 朝阳区朝阳区姚 家园北二路1号(姚家园北二路与青年北路交叉口 西北角,东风公园南门) Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital Daily 24hrs. 1 Yaojiayuan Bei’er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8558 1800) cn 北京和睦家康复医院, 朝阳区姚家园北二 路1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, high-level 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 RMB 680. Direct billing with over 50 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, 6553 9752) 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 SOS 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 9am6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100, china.inquiries@ www.internationalsos. com, 北京国际救援中 心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室 OASIS International Hospital 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. Daily 24hrs (emergency care), Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm, Sun 8.30-12.30am. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) www. 明德医院, 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号 United Family CBD Clinic The United Family CBD Clinic is United Family Healthcare’s (UFH’s) sixth satellite clinic in Beijing and will be staffed by bilingual doctors and nurses who are committed to providing the high-quality, international-standard care unique to United Family. Mon-Sat 9.30am-6.30pm. Suite 3017, Bldg AB, Vantone Center, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5907 1266) cn 和睦家朝外诊所, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号万 通中心AB座2层3017室

experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. 2/F, Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7005) www. 和睦家亮马诊所, 朝阳区东方东路19 号1号楼会所27号(外交人员公寓B区官舍16号) United Family New Hope Center The United Family New Hope Center offers a unique new concept in international-standard cancer treatment. New Hope’s goal is to provide patients with the most up-to-date treatment options from a multidisciplinary team of oncologists, specialist physicians, and healthcare professionals. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. 9-11 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7008) 和睦家启望中心, 朝阳 区朝阳区将台西路9-11 United Family Shunyi Clinic United Family Shunyi Clinic serves Beijing’s suburban area and international school district with internationally-accredited family medicine, pediatrics, rehabilitation (physical therapy), psychological counseling, Traditional Chinese Medicine, laboratory, and pharmacy services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. The Shunyi Clinic is a satellite facility of BJU. Like other BJU satellite facilities, the Shunyi Clinic strictly adheres to Joint Commission International (JCI) and international infection control standards. MonThu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) 和睦家顺义诊 所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场806号 US-Sino Heartcare US-Sino HeartCare focuses on the prevention of heart attacks and strokes. Their experienced cardiologists are UStrained, and work together with leading Chinese cardiologists. This team of heart experts can identify cardiovascular disease potential long before symptoms start – when there is still time to halt or even reverse heart disease through lifestyle changes and/or medications, preventing heart attacks, strokes, early disability and premature death. LG Twin Tower, Second floor 12B Jian Guo Men Wai Street Chaoyang District,Beijing 100020,China, Chaoyang District. (010-65660709,

United Family Home Health Daily 8:30am5:00pm. New Hope Oncology Center, 2/FNo. 9-11 Jiangtai W. RdNear Fangyuan W.Rd, Chaoyang District. (5927 7333, homehealth@ 和睦家家 庭医疗, 朝阳区和睦家家庭医疗和睦家启望肿瘤 中心二层地点:丽都将台西路9-11号近芳园西路 United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center is a satellite clinic of BJU located in the St. Regis complex in the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District. The clinic makes high-quality healthcare accessible to CBD residents and employees. It offers integrative medicine, family counseling services, and provides health checkups for immigration purposes. Mon-Fri 8.30am-12pm,1pm-3.30pm. B1/F, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1221; 8532 1678 (immigration clinic)) 和睦家建国门保健中心, 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1层

Vista Medical Center Medical services including family and internal medicine, OB/ GYN, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, TCM, physiotherapy, psychiatry, imaging laboratory and pharmacy service. Also offers pre- and postnatal care and infant health check-ups. 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. 3/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, vista@ 维世达诊 所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心3层

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Directories correction, implants, and dentures. (186 1846 3696, 8581 8320 weekdays only, www.beijing-dental. com Beijing United Family Hospital Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for families, including cleaning, crown and bridges, dental implants, fillings, tooth whitening and more. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7058) 北京和睦 家医院牙科, 朝阳区将台路2号 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 8.30am6pm. Level 3, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉 里中心三层 Elite Dental Clinic Dr. Arnulf-Reimar Metzmacher provides dental care in Wangjing. English, German and French all spoken. A basic consultation costs RMB 100. Mon-Sat 8.30am5.30pm. Rm 205, Tower A, Boya International Center, 1 Lize Zhongyi Lu, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8256 2568) 精致口腔, 朝阳区望京利泽 中一路1号博雅国际中心A座205室 GlobalCare Dental Clinic Located in the left wing of GlobalCare Women and Children’s Hospital, this dental clinic provides a wide range of dental, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental services. The clinic is certified to provide both local and imported dental and orthodontic solutions. Service available in English and Chinese. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. 24 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6770 5558 (English hotline)) 朝阳区 西大望路24号 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-Beijing has the longest history of expatriate dental service in Beijing, state of the art equipment, and certified welltrained dentists. Services include: cleaning, filling, fluoride treatment, implants, canal therapy, orthodontics, crowns and bridges, tooth extraction, Invisalign, periodontics, space maintainers, and X-ray. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1384, 6465 1328, http://www., 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 Joinway Dental is a leading dental clinic in Beijing. Proficient in cosmetic dentistry and implants; services include preventive dental care, oral and teeth treatments. Striving for perfection from the treatment design to the treatment procedure, and following up patients after all treatments. Also providing more than 20 different international insurance companies direct billing service. 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 United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic is located in Pinnacle Plaza, just around the corner from the United Family Shunyi Clinic. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and

bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality dental care available. Like other BJU satellite facilities, the Shunyi Dental Clinic strictly adheres to Joint Commission International (JCI) standards, which enables the Shunyi Dental Clinic to be officially recognized as an internationalstandard dental clinic. Mon-Thu 9am-7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 1102) 和睦家顺 义牙科诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818

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Family Travel Hotels, Hostels and Resorts Beijing Four Seasons Hotel 48 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5695 8888) http:// 北京四季酒店, 朝阳区 亮马桥路48号 Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast Located near the Liangmaqiao embassy district, subway Line 10, and the Airport Expressway, this fivestar hotel offers 1,600sqm of meeting and banquet facilities. Rooms are equipped with LCD TVs, high-speed Internet access, and a full range of first-class amenities. Other features include a health club, heated indoor pool, fullservice spa, and five restaurants. 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) http:// 北京海航大厦万豪酒 店, 朝阳区霄云路甲26号海航大厦万豪酒店 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. China World Hotel’s health club features a heated indoor swimming pool and stateof-the-art gymnasium. The gym is equipped with exercise studios, cardio-fitness machines, squash and indoor tennis courts, and steam rooms and jacuzzis. Also, the affiliated Traders Hotel (Guomao Fandian) just behind the China World Hotel is a less-expensive alternative for business travelers. Daily 6am-11pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266, www.shangri-la. com 中国大饭店, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号 Commune by The Great Wall Kempinski Surrounded by verdant mountains and the Shuiguan Great Wall, the Commune blends natural beauty with modern art and architecture – twelve leading Asian artists designed the 42 villas. While eleven villas – with fanciful names like “Bamboo Wall” – may only be rented in full, 190 rooms and suites are also available. Before a day of hiking, parents can drop off their kids at the Commune of the Children, which offers full- and half-day programs featuring swimming, storytelling, crafts and more (RMB 150-290). Rooms RMB 2,340-3,200; villas RMB 12,50023,380. Daily 9.30am-4.30pm. The Shuiguan Great Wall exit on the Badaling Expressway, Yanqing County. (8118 1888 ext 5706) www. 长城脚下的公社, 延庆县八达 岭高速路水关长城出口

Conrad Hotel Beijing Located near the Tuanjiehu neighborhood, Conrad Beijing Hotel is a hotel located within walking distance of Sanlitun, the CBD and the Embassy District. 29 North Dongsanhuan Road (Dongsanhuan Bei Lu) Chaoyang District Beijing, China, Chaoyang District. (+86-10-65846000) http://www. 朝阳区北京 朝阳区 东 三环北路29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) www. 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) 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 EAST Beijing 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6688) 北 京东隅, 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号 Fairmont Beijing Hotel Fairmont Beijing is a luxury hotel located in the heart of the CBD. The hotel is surrounded by Fortune 500 companies and the city’s premier office towers, including LG Twin Tower, SK Group Tower, Beijing Yintai Centre and China World Trade Centre. Daily 24hrs. 8 Yong’an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8511 7777, http://www. 北京华彬费尔蒙酒店, 朝 阳区建国门外大街永安东里8号 Grace Beijing Chic boutique hotel in 798 offering an art-loft environment and an exclusive restaurant serving seafood, fine wine and grilled meats. Unit 1, 706 Houjie, 798 Art District (enter from north gate), 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 1818) 朝阳区朝阳 区酒仙桥路2号798艺术区内706后街1号 Grand Hyatt Though it will always be overshadowed by the more glamorous Grand Hyatt Shanghai (in the Jinmao Tower), this hotel remains one of the most upscale in China - with prices to match. Great for shopping, business and sightseeing, with comfortable, sleekly lit and furnished rooms, the Grand Hyatt now also has a stunning new meeting venue, The Residence, in addition to their award-winning Chinese restaurant (Made in China) and indoor pool done up like a tropical grotto. RMB 3,500-34,200. 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234) www.beijing. 东方君悦大酒店, 东城区东 长安街1号 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 Fresh at Chenjiapu Just an hour drive away from Beijing lies Chenjiapu Village (陈家堡), a beautiful valley with an unrestored section of the Great Wall. Families can take a tour, as well as chat and dine with the Chens, one of the farmer families that has been living there since the Wall was constructed. Enjoy homemade dishes made from the Chen’s organic vegetable farm. Dishes include everything from dandelion leaves to spring willow shoots and fresh spring onions. They also have a nice selection of South African wines and whiskey. Guided tours: RMB 100

per guide. Pick up from Deshengmen or your residence can be arranged. Contact Mr. Chen at (0313) 684 8161 or 136 1126 4212 (Chinese only) or e-mail; www. (see website for driving directions and bus routes) Chenjiapu Great Wall (northwest of Beijing about an hour past Badaling on the Jingzang Expressway), Yanqing County. ((0313) 684 8161, 1361 126 4212) 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) en_US/hi/hotel/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) 北京首都机场希 尔顿酒店, 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.” 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) BJSWFHI-Hilton-Beijing-Wangfujing/ 东 城区北京王府井希尔顿酒店 InterContinental Beijing Beichen Recognized as the only award-winning international luxury hotel in the northern part of Beijing, InterContinental Beijing Beichen is connected to the China National Convention Center (CNCC), one of Asia’s largest convention centers. The hotel stands out for its scenic location next to the National Stadium and the Water Cube, with easy access to Beijing International Capital Airport, the Great Wall, historical sightseeing spots, and major business centers. Bldg 4, 8 Beichen Xilu, Chaoyang District. 北京北辰洲际酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰西路8号 院4号楼 InterContinental Beijing Financial Street InterContinental Beijing Financial Street has a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This 5-star hotel features business amenities including a business center, small meeting rooms, and

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Directories limo/town car service. The hotel offers 3 restaurants along with a coffee shop/café and a bar/lounge. The staff can provide concierge services, wedding services, and event catering. Additional amenities include a 24-hour fitness facility, multilingual staff, and coffee/tea in the lobby. For a surcharge, guests have access to a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Complimentary valet parking is available onsite for guests. 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5888) 北京金融街洲际酒店, 西城区金 融街11号 JW Marriott Standard rooms are elegantly appointed and super luxurious. Downstairs, the loungy Loong Bar aspires to the metro-chic networking set, while restaurants Asia Bistro and CRU Steakhouse maintain a high standard. Rooms RMB 1,500-2,500. 83 Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 6688) 北京JW万豪酒店, 朝阳区华贸中心建国路83号 Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center 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 microbrewed 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) 凯宾斯基饭 店, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号 Kerry Hotel Beijing This Shangri-La property is noted for its modern design, business-friendly amenities, kid-friendly restaurant (Horizon) as well as the city’s most popular cocktails (at Centro). The Horizon Club’s executive floor will be upgraded in the coming months The Kerry’s sports center wins kudos for its big pool, two indoor tennis courts, basketball court and rooftop track. RMB 1,300-23,000. 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833) 北京嘉里大饭店, 朝阳区 光华路1号 Marriott Beijing City Wall Located by the remnants of Beijing’s old city wall just east of the Beijing Railway Station, The Marriott Beijing City Wall hotel is the largest Marriott Hotel outside the USA with 1,312 elegantly decorated rooms, over 4,000 sqm of banquet and meeting space with flexible facilities and services, and an array of restaurants and bars. 7 Jianguomen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (5811 8187) hotel-information/travel/bjscw-beijing-marriotthotel-city-wall/ 东城区建国门南大街7号 Courtyard by Marriott Beijing Northeast Located a few minutes from the Olympic National Stadium and 15 minutes from new China International Exhibition Center and Beijing Capital International Airport; just 1 km from Airport Express Station and Subway Line 10 - the contemporary Courtyard Beijing Northeast offers a perfect combination of the green and peaceful area. The hotel offers spacious guest rooms, marble bathrooms, 32-inch HDTVs, high-speed Internet and IP phones. Dine at the MoMo Cafe, serving a variety of international fare, or stop by MoMo 2 go for sandwiches, pastries, power shakes and get a drink in our new trendy “101 Lounge”. And recharge at the 24-hour fitness centre, indoor pool and whirlpool or with a massage.



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Six daylight meeting rooms will help you to organize different type of events. 101 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5907 6666, 400 888 5551) 北京人濟萬怡酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区 京顺路101号 The Opposite House This chic boutique hotel owned and operated by Swire properties (the same group behind adjacent Village at Sanlitun) boasts a prime location, cuttingedge contemporary architecture by Kengo Kuma, creative units ranging from studios to penthouses fitted with rain showers, LCD TVs and nespresso coffee machines, chic bars, lounges and restaurants (Sureno, Punk, Mesh), and much more. Taikoo Li Sanlitun North, Building 1, No. 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240, answers@ www.theoppositehouse. com 瑜舍, 朝阳区三里屯路11号太古里北区1号楼 The Peninsula Beijing Located near Wangfujing and Tian’anmen Square, this award-winning hotel has rooms with hardwood floors, Chinese rugs, elegant furniture and 42-inch plasma TVs. Its fusion cuisine and funky open-plan design have won Jing, one of the hotel’s restaurants, favorable reviews. The Peninsula’s shopping arcade is home to such fashion royalty as Dior, Chanel and Hermes. The hotel can also arrange hutong tours with a Tsinghua University professor and visits to unrestored sections of the Great Wall. RMB 1,388-50,000. 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888) www. 王府半岛酒店, 东城区王府井金 鱼胡同8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 This renovated elementary school proves there is more to Mutianyu than just the Great Wall. Located 90mins northeast of Beijing (via Jingcheng expressway) and offering a restaurant with fresh local ingredients, art glass studio and art room and is a creative way for the family to escape the city. Daily 9am-9pm. Mutianyu Village (for detailed directions, see website), Huairou District. (6162 6506) www. 慕田峪小园餐 厅, 怀柔区慕田峪 (具体路线请查看网站信息) Swissotel Beijing Though the rooms are fairly small, the large swimming pool, the diverse dining options and central location of this fivestar hotel appeal to both leisure and business travelers. RMB 2,755-7,180. 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288) 北京港澳中心瑞 士酒店, 东 城区朝阳门北大街2号

The Brickyard Inn and Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall 100m South of Yingbeigou Cun, Huairou District. (6162 6506, www. 瓦厂, 怀柔区怀柔区 营北沟村南100米 The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing 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. 83A Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 8888) 北京丽 思卡尔顿酒店, 朝阳区建国路甲83号华贸中心

Beijing Sideways (Gael: 139 1133 4947, www. Bespoke Beijing Anti-package-tour to its core, Bespoke Beijing offers an a la carte menu of high-quality, high-value travel services so you can pick and choose the components that are relevant to you. These include car hire, tour guides and airport transfers - or take it to the next level with their expert-led signature experiences. B510, 107 Dongsi Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District. (6400 0133, www. 东城区东城区东四北大街 107号天海商务大厦B座510号

Traders Hotel, Beijing Well situated and connected to the China World Mall, the Traders Hotel (Guomao Fandian) is a less-expensive alternative for business travelers than its sister establishment, the China World Hotel. Traders Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2277) 国贸饭店, 朝阳区建国门 外大街1号

China Culture Center (CCC) From its Beijing headquarters, the Chinese Culture Club plans and organizes a diverse range of trips and cultural events (lectures, tours, courses, etc.) for those who wish to better understand and experience China, including a range of familyfriendly programs. Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, www. 朝阳区亮马桥路29号安家 楼肯特中心院内

Traders Upper East Hotel With a modern, contemporary design, this Beijing hotel has 392 guest rooms and 27 suites, including a large, luxurious Traders Suite. With a Grand Ballroom suitable for up to 400 persons supported by a boardroom and 14 breakout rooms of varying sizes, the hotel is also ideally suited for meetings and banquet events. 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (southeast of Xiaoyun Qiao), Chaoyang District. (5907 8888) 朝 阳区东四环北路2号 (霄云桥东南角)

CnAdventure Offer treks to K2, Mt. Everest and Mt. Muztag-Ata, Great Wall Hiking/ Camping, Inner Mongolia Horse-riding, Silk Road, 4WD Tibet and adventure tours all over China. Sightseeing tours to Xian, Pingyao, Datong, Guilin and Chengde. Room 208-F, Daxiang Touzi Building, 1A Dongbinhe Lu, Dongcheng District. (5166 9102, assistant@ 太 和旅行社, 东城区东滨河路甲1号大象投资大 厦208-F

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, 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

Country Holidays Travel English-speaking tour consultants specializing in travel to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan and other areas of Asia. Also specialize in providing tours suitable for families with children. Mon-Fri 9.30am6.30pm, Sat 9.30am-1pm. Unit 1003, Tower 3, Beijing International Center, 38 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1781/82, 5869 1769, www. 朝阳区东三环北路38号 院北京国际中心3号楼(安联大厦)1003室

The Westin Beijing Financial Street This mega-hotel on Financial Street (West Second Ring Road) has spared no expense in meeting the high expectations of its well-heeled clientele, from its vast lobby and elegantly appointed rooms to its opulent spa and pool. The Westin also boasts seven restaurants and bars – including Senses, which offers what many cognoscenti consider to be Beijing’s most decadent Sunday brunch. RMB 1,500-21,100. 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District. (6606 8866) 北京金融街威斯汀大酒店, 西城区金融街乙9号

Travel Agencies AChinaTours AChinaTours offers “bespoke designer vacations” to China and Southeast Asia. They can tailor wild adventures, romantic getaways, relaxing vacations, and sightseeing tours alike. Rm 1108, Jintaixinqiao Building, Xizhimenwai, Xicheng District. (8837 1104 , (cell#) 1074 6078, booking@achinatours. com) 西城区金泰鑫侨 大厦1108室 A group organizing events around the city, the surrounding countryside, and villages, with the aim of introducing people to more of the capital’s culture. Events include camping, hiking, and language exchange. ( 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, fnebj@ 朝阳区东三 环中路39号建外SohoA座1905室 Global Easy Tour This travel agency features a team of experienced travel professionals and offers solutions for a wide variety of travel plans, from international airline tickets to ground transportation, accommodations, tours, beach vacations, and more. With destinations ranging from China to Southeast Asia, Global Easy Tour is committed to providing the best travel services. Mon-Fri 9am-6.30pm, Sat 10am-4pm. A611, Freetown Center, 58, Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5867 2900/1/2, www. 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 Kingdom Travel This bilingual outfit arranges domestic and business air tickets, family

Directories vacation packages and weekend escapes. Suite 601, Bldg A, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 0033, fit@ www.kingdomtravel. 中侨国旅, 朝阳区东大桥路8号尚都国际 中心A座601 Mercurius World Travel Services 16G, Bldg B, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5139 6161, 东城 区东城区东直门外大街48号东方银座B座16G Newman Tours (138 1777 0229, info@ Planet Travel Planet Travel provides quality service for leisure family holidays and business trips at reasonable prices. Rm 2090, Bldg 5, Shoukaibojun, Yard 8, Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (6409 4255, 星球旅行社, 朝阳区新东路 8号院首开铂郡5号楼2090 SinoTour Founded in 1986, SinoTour offers hundreds of China tour packages, hotels, and cruises. Save up to 80 percent. 3/F, 10 Anhuili Sanqu, Chaoyang District. (8483 1380, tour@, 朝阳区 安慧里三区10号3层 Sunflower Travel 22D, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie(8447 6361, tours@, Dongcheng District. (8447 6361) 东城 区东直门外大街48号东方银座B座22D) The China Guide Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 81, 8/F, Bldg 7-1, Jiangguomenwai Diplomatic Residence Compound, 1 Xiushui Jie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1860/5002, book@ 北 京飞兔旅游顾问有限公司, 朝阳区秀水街1号建外 外交公寓7-1坐8层81室 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. Daily 9am-7pm. Rm 1001, Dongwai Gongguan, 3 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (5670 7458, com 东城区新中街乙3号东外公馆办公楼1001室 Trekiz is a one stop shop for all things travel. Create and book DIY travel itineraries online with Trekiz’s patented trip planner. Choose from hundreds of activities (and tours and treks and classes and cruises!) in countries and cities around the world. Book China flights and China hotels, too! Trekiz takes the headache out of travel planning with its great prices, wide selection and user-friendly interface. ((+86) 4001-873549) http://www. 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 WildChina Wild China’s family travel experts can help you craft a unique, personalized family vacation and are happy to program kid-centric activities like visits to schools or family homes, and arts and crafts workshops. Or, sign up for one of their family-friendly standard tours (trips to the Sichuan panda reserve are a popular choice). Rm 801, Oriental Place, 9 Dongfang Donglu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6465 6602, www. 中旅特种旅游部, 朝阳区东三环 北路东方东路9号东方国际大厦801室

Fun Stuff 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 (AprOct), 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) 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 8.30am6.30pm (winter). Workers’ Stadium South Gate, Chaoyang District. (6591 3397) com 富国海底世界, 朝阳区工人体育场南门

Art Schools Art Bug Singaporean art center ArtBug aims to make art accessible for everyone, with programs catering to children from ages 2-12. ArtBug focuses on nurturing a child’s creativity, communication skills, and self-confidence through the arts. The center offers courses in a wide variety of subjects, including drawing, sculpture, photography, speech and drama, and performance arts. 1) Rm 102, Unit 4, Bldg 3, Upper East Side, Chaoyang District. (5947 2275); 2) Rm 753, Tower A, Chaowai SOHO (north of Central Park), 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 0270) www.artbug. 1) 朝阳区阳光上东3号楼4单元102; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区朝外大街乙6号朝外SOHO写字楼A座 753 (新城国际北侧) Atelier Created by two French artists, Atelier is a school dedicated to the study of the visual, literary and performing arts. Located in the heart of Sanlitun, Atelier is a space designed for creativity. The center offers high-quality courses led by professionals in their field for children, adolescents, and adults. Current courses include drawing, painting, sculpture, sewing, as well as courses in writing and theater. Atelier also offers courses specifically designed to help students who are preparing a Bachelor of Arts and/or admission to an art school. Atelier courses are taught in French and English; courses taught in Chinese will be offered in the near future. Atelier courses run throughout the year. Rm 202, Building C, Jinxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 1614, 132 4018 4908, 啊特黎尔, 朝阳区朝阳区幸 福村中路锦绣园C楼202室 当代MOMA百老汇电影中心, 朝 阳区东直门香河园路1号, 万国城北区(二环路 东北角) CGV Xingxing International Cinema Mon-Fri 10.30am-12.30pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am12.30pm. 4/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0800) 希界维星星国际 影城, 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场4层 Mega Box One of the more popular cinemas in Beijing, Mega Box screens both the latest Hollywood blockbusters and Chinese films. For RMB 20 per year, their membership program is well worth it. Non-members pay RMB 80 for regular tickets and RMB 120 for 3D tickets. With the discount, members get 50 percent off on weekdays and 30 percent off on weekends and holidays. 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. (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) Saga Cinema SA-42, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6868) 传奇时代影城, 朝阳区朝 阳公园路6号蓝色港湾商业区SA-42 Stellar International Cineplex Beijing’s most extravagant movie theater, where top-end digital projectors fill the screens with the latest in Chinese and foreign flicks. Hit the screens early in the week to take advantage of various promotions: a free Coke on Monday, half-price tickets all day on Tuesday, free popcorn on Wednesday. Or get there before noon any day of the week to watch for half-price. On holidays, they screen films all night long. Tickets: RMB 50, 60. 1) 4/F, Bldg A, Wangjing International Business Center, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (5920 3788); 2) 3/F, Hualian Shopping Mall, 111 Huilongguan Xidajie, Changping District. (8077 1188); 3) 5/F, Golden Resources Shopping Center, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 8695), www. 星美国际影城, 1) 朝阳区望京街 9号望京国际商业中心A座4层; 2) 昌平区回龙观 西大街111号华联商厦3层; 3) 海淀区远大路1号 金源购买物中心5层 UME International Cineplex The fivefloor building is famed for its state-of-the-art equipment, clean environment and screening of recent foreign movies. It’s open all day, but half-price tickets can be snagged before 8.30pm. Nosh on the standard array of popcorn flavors or head to the nearby Pizza Hut, Subway or Haagen-Dazs to fuel up pre-show. The Cineplex’s biggest claim to fame – literally – is a 430-meter-tall screen. Tickets RMB 50 and 60. 1) 5th floor, Fuli Plaza, Shuangjing Qiao Bei, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5903 7171); 2) 44 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Shuangyushu, Haidian District. (8211 5566) 华星影院, 1) 朝阳区东三环 中路双井桥北富力广场5层; 2) 海淀区双榆树科 学院南路44号



Badaling Wild Park Wolves, lions, tigers, bears and assorted other large animals roam (not quite) free here, but certainly with a great deal more liberty than you’ll see elsewhere in China. Tour the park from the comfort of a vehicle (your own or one of the buses available at the park). RMB 90, RMB 45 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). Mon-Fri 7am-5pm and Sat-Sun 8.30am-5.30pm (summer), daily 9am4pm (winter). South across the highway from Badaling Great Wall Center, Yanqing County. (6912 1842/2591) 八达岭野 生动物园, 延庆县八达岭长城南

Broadway Cinematheque MOMA (BC MOMA) Beijing’s first art house cinema hosts screenings by independent Chinese filmmakers, with a young filmmaker series to support up-and-coming artists. Often filmmakers are present for Q+A. Also screens pictures for general release. North area of Dongzhimen MOMA, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongzhimen, Chaoyang District. (8438 8258) http://www.

Camp the Wall Camp The Wall offers weekend camping trips at an unrestored section of the Great Wall outside Beijing. These budget trips are all included: transportation, tents, food, water, snacks and a guide. Trips depart every other Saturday near Tian’anmen Square with a private bus with a group of max. 22 people. Arrive at a local village to have a bite after hiking up to the Wall and setting up camp.

Then explore more of the wall until sunset when you will meet back at camp for a BBQ dinner (vegetarian option available). Hang out around a campfire until you go to sleep in your tent under the stars. Wake up the next morning to zip open your tent to enjoy the sunrise! Head back to the village Sunday morning for breakfast before heading back to Beijing.More info:campthewall@thedragontrip.comwww. com/camp-the-wall.htm (campthewall@ http://www.thedragontrip. com/camp-the-wall.htm 长城野营 Commune by The Great Wall Kempinski With a swimming pool, mini kitchen, meadow, TV room and arts and crafts center, the Commune of the Children at this nouveau kibbutz is all about play. If your kids aren’t up to a serious hike, drop them off here to be entertained with storytelling, games, cooking, painting and more. RMB 290 (kids, full-day package), RMB 150 (kids, half-day package), free for accompanying adults. Daily 9.30am4.30pm. The Shuiguan Great Wall exit on the Badaling Expressway, Yanqing County. (8118 1888 ext 5706) 长城脚 下的公社, 延庆县八达岭高速路水关长城出口 Goose ‘n’ Duck Ranch The “ranch” is unevenly maintained but hyperactively landscaped and is better suited for younger kids than teens. Activities include swimming, archery, horseback riding, fishing, soccer, basketball, badminton, softball and paintball. You can stay for a day or spend the entire weekend in one of the cabins. Shuttle buses depart from Goose ‘n’ Duck Pub. Single day packages (RMB 260, half price for kids 4-12) include food, beverages and round-trip transportation; two-day packages (RMB 600, half price for kids ages 4-12, free for kids under 4) include the above, plus accommodation. Reservations are required. Daily 24hrs. Huairou Beizhai, Huairou District. (6067 1097) www. 鹅和鸭, 怀柔区北寨

Major Attractions Confucius Temple and Guozijian The Confucius Temple is located 400 meters to the southwest of Yonghegong Station. It was first built in 1302 and served as an altar where intellectuals from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties offered their respects to Confucius. Now it has become a museum exhibiting engraved stones, old Chinese doorbells and drums, bronze and jade utensils, paintings and calligraphic works, antique musical instruments and ancient Chinese currencies. Every September, a ritual celebrating Confucius’s birthday takes place here, in which a music and dance ceremony from the Qing dynasty is performed. Daily 8am-5pm (last ticket 4.30pm). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). 13 Guozijian Jie (near the Lama Temple’s main gate), Dongcheng District. (8401 1977) 孔庙和国子监, 东城区国子监街13号 Drum and Bell Towers Buildings similar to the Drum Tower have stood in this vicinity for over 700 years, but the current structure dates back to 1800, when hours of the day were beaten on 24 drums. Today, the tower houses 25 drums that are beaten for visitors everyhalf-hour between 9-11.30am and 2-5pm. Just north of the Drum Tower is the Bell Tower, named after the 500-year-old bronze beast with 10cm thick walls. Daily 9am-5pm. 9 Linzi(near Zhuyuan Hotel), Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng District. (RMB 30 (through ticket to both Drum and Bell Towers)) 钟鼓楼, 东城区钟 楼湾胡同临字9号(竹园宾馆附近) Houhai The area commonly referred to as “Houhai” actually covers two lakes: Houhai and Qianhai. Popular with families, Houhai is worth visiting especially in winter, when the frozen lake looks like a scene by some modern-day Brueghel, with families and couples skating, playing ice hockey, and jubilantly riding on ice chairs and other fantasmagoric contraptions. There’s an old school amusement area with trampolines, electric cars and a dragon train on the southwest bank, near Kong Yiji.

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Directories Dianmenwai Dajie (aka Ping’an Dadao), across from the north gate of Beihai Park, Xicheng District. 后海地区, 西城区地安门外大街(北海 公园北门对面) 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 halfprice. Free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 7am-7pm (May-Aug); 7am-5.30pm (Nov-Mar); 7am-630. pm (Apr, Sep-Oct). 28 Qinghua Xilu, Haidian District. (6262 8501) www.yuanmingyuanpark. com 圆明园, 海淀区清华西路28号 Yonghegong Lama Temple Daily 9am4.30pm. RMB 25, audio tour RMB 20. 12 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6404 4499, www. 雍和宫, 东城区雍和宫大街12号

Museums & Education Beijing Railway Museum Also known as the Zhengyangmen branch of the China Railway Museum, Beijing Railway Museum houses a small but well-curated collection of high-speed trains. There’s even a simulator that replicates the feeling of traveling up to 350km/h. 6705 1638. 2A Qianmen Dajie, Dongcheng District. 北京铁路博物馆, 东城区前门大街甲2号

Parks & Gardens Beihai Park This park is a good example of a classic Yuan dynasty imperial garden and has the benefit of being good to visit in all seasons. Ticket: RMB 10 (April-Oct); RMB 5 (Nov-March). Half-price for students. Daily 6.30am-8pm (Nov-March); 6am-9pm (April, May, Sept, Oct); 6am-10pm (June-Aug). 1 Wenjin Jie, Xicheng District. (6403 1102) 北海公园, 西城区文津街1号 Beijing World Park 100 shrunken versions of world famous landmarks and attractions. Visit 50 countries, all just a 30-minute drive from downtown. RMB 35 (students, kids), RMB 65 (adults). Daily 8am-4.30pm (Nov 1-Apr 14), 7.30am-5pm (Apr 15-Oct 31). 158 Fengbao Lu, Huaxiang, Fengtai District. (8361 3344) www. 北京世界公园, 丰台区花乡 丰葆路158号 Botanical Garden and Wofosi With a state-of-the-art green-house and the largest plant collection in China, the Beijing Botanical Garden, located in western Beijing next to the Frangrant Hills, has a whole day’s worth of flora. The highlight is the artificial jungle inside the greenhouse, with orchids, tropical trees and cacti. The sprawling grounds also contain Wofo Si, the Reclining Buddha Temple. RMB 5 (addional RMB 5 for Wofo Si). Gardens: Daily 6am-7pm (summer); 7am5pm (winter). Temple and greenhouse: Daily 8am-4.30pm (summer); 8.30am-4.30pm (winter). Wofo Si Lu, Xiangshan, Haidian District. Wofo Si Lu, Xiangshan, Haidian District. (6259 1283) 北京植物园和卧佛寺, 海 淀区海淀区香山卧佛寺路 Chaoyang Park Kitschy but fun. Kids can kick or throw a ball on the big grass field near the entrance, and the concrete podiums beyond are tree-free kite flying zones. There’s lots of room to stroll, a range of boating options, a handsome merry-go-round and many rides including a roller coaster, flying dinosaurs, bumper cars, sky swings and several large inflatable castles. On top of all this, Sony ExploraScience is also located in the park. The outdoor pool is a great place to while away a summer afternoon and winters see a makeshift ski slope go up near the west gate – thrill seekers can rent skis and inter tubes onsite. The delightful northwestern section of the park includes a lake, flower beds and grassy expanses where families can enjoy a picnic. RMB 5, RMB 2.5 (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 6am-10pm (last entry at 9pm). 1 Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6506



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5409) 朝阳公园, 朝阳区农 展馆南路1号 Olympic Forest Park Beijing’s Olympic Forest Park is a large, man-made nature park at the north end of the Olympic Green. Built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the park is oval in shape and features lake Wa Biancun in the center. The park features many walking and jogging paths. Several small islands in the lake are linked by bridges. The southeast end of the lake has a handful of carnival rides for children. The south gate of Olympic Forest Park is accessible through South Gate of Forest Park station (森林公园南门) on Line 8. Daily 6am8pm (summer), daily 7am-7pm (winter).. 15 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (Southern Garden: 6452 9060, Northern Garden: 6452 9090) 奥林匹克森林公园, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰 东路15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 Yuyuantan Park Enormous Yuyuantan Park attracts families and student groups on full-day outings. They bring tents, hammocks and blowup mattresses and kick back with sausages, tea, eggs and sunflower seeds. Kids ride bikes, blow soap bubbles (check out the Toucan Sam-shaped bubble “guns”) and fill the two large, well-stocked playgrounds. There’s plenty of room here to fly kites, and a big aquatic park with many slides and an area for younger children. You can catch the boat to the Summer Palace near the park’s south gate. RMB 2, RMB 1 (students). Daily 6am-9.30pm (summer), daily 6.30am-7pm (winter). Xisanhuan Lu (across from CCTV Tower). East entrance on Sanlihe Lu (just south of Diaoyutai); south entrance (with parking lot) behind China Millennium Monument., Haidian District. (8865 3804/6) 玉渊潭公园, 海淀区西三环中央电视塔对面 (东门在三里河路, 南门在世纪坛后面)

Play Centers Kerry Adventure Zone The Kerry Hotel’s new play center features top-of-the-line vertical drop slides, swinging ropes, ball pools, a tree house, tiny town and birthday party theme areas. RMB 5,000 for half-year memberships and RMB 7,500 for a full year. Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, SatSun 9am-10pm. 3/F, in the Kerry Sports Center, Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 3388) http://www.beijingkerrycentre. com/adventure_zone.html 朝阳区朝阳区光华路 1号北京嘉里中心饭店3层 babyArt With branches all around the country and all over town, babyArt is an innovative center set up to support and enrich a child’s creativity and imagination. Presenting to children familiar materials such as corn flakes, eggs, beans, flour, leaves, tyres sand, fruit and etc. They provide children with a handon artistic experience which is stimulating, interactive, and sensorially capturing. With a small class size, the children are given the opportunity to explore and discover their inner artist and use ordinary, everyday materials with an artistic twist, BabyArt paves way in creating and stimulating the undiscovered artist within a child in an unique, age appropriate, and FUN way! 6 months RMB 4680; 12 months RMB 7980; 18 months RMB 9980; 24 months RMB16,780 1) 10.30am-7pm. Basement level (next to Hollywood Cafe), The Place, 9A

Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 040 9229,; 2) 10/F DD303 Joy City, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8552 2188,; 3) 3-16. Solana Lifestyle Shopping Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6759,; 4) Stall 305, 3/F, Viva Center, Donganhuan, Chaoyang District. (5903 7108, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区光华路甲9号地下一层; 2) 朝阳 区朝阳区朝阳北路101号大悦成10层DD03; 3) 朝 阳区朝阳公园西路6号蓝色港湾3-16; 4) 朝阳区 东三环富力广场3层305 Beijing Youth Palace Offering music lessons and dance classes, as well as a multilingual cinema. 68 Xizhimen Nanxiaojie, Xicheng District. (6615 2211) 北京青 年宫, 西城区西直门南小街68号 Dandelion Children Education Centre Located at Upper East Side, this education center offers a range of children’s classes: art, music, kung fu, taekwondo, hip-hop, dance, rollerblading, science, and more. Dandelion also provides parenting courses and yoga classes for moms. It has a free play and reading area with about 2,000 books in both English and Chinese, and can also host birthday parties. Contact the center to schedule a free demonstration. Rm 0102, Unit 7, Bldg 26, Upper East Side, 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 9898, 136 2103 7279, 朝 阳区朝阳区东四环北路6号阳光上东26号楼7单 位0102底商 Family Box Educational & Recreational Center Family Box is a British family center 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. It costs RMB 480 per child for full-day access. Sat-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 10am-8pm. Bldg 4, 51 Wangjing Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6478 6163) 家盒子, 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 50/ child (weekend or weekday), three-hour limit. RMB 15/adult (weekends), free on weekdays. 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 Gymboree Beijing Gymboree (the Soho location is the largest in the world) offers music, play and art classes in English. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are encouraged to consult the experts at Gymboree about enrolling their kids in ageappropriate classes. RMB 3,120 (12 classes) or RMB 14,976 (96 classes). 1) Daily 9am-6pm. 2/F, Bldg E, Wanjing International Commercial Center,9 Wangjing Lu, Chaoyang District. (5166 0516); 2) Guanghua SOHO, 7/F, Bldg 3, 22 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 6186); 3) Daily 9am-6pm. 5/F, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 4087) 金宝贝, 1) 朝阳区望京街9号望京 国际商业中心E座二层01号; 2) 朝阳区光华路22 号光华路SOHO三单元7层; 3) 朝阳区东三环中路 39号建外SohoB座5层 Happy Land Arts and Crafts Center Let your children discover their inner Picasso. Happy Land offers pottery, painting, paper folding, jewelry making and much more. Kids and parents love this spot, especially in the dead of winter. The staff is patient, knowledgeable and able to speak functional English. Birthday parties can also be arranged. RMB 80/hr. Daily 9am-5pm (winter), 9am6pm (summer). Xibaixinzhuang (near Capital Paradise), Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046

4055, 136 6104 5892) 乐土工艺坊, 顺义区后沙 峪白辛庄村东(名都园的附近) Leaping Tots Daily 10am-8.30pm. Shop 382, 3/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5629 2778) 乐 兜儿童成长中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商 场3层店铺号382 Mitty Jump 9.00am–9.00pm. 4th floor of the Lotus Shopping Mall and Poly Wanhe Cinema on Futong West Street in Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8421-0908) http://www. 米蒂跳, 朝阳区北京市朝阳 区望京东园一区120号楼四层(卜蜂莲花购 物中心) Playground The brainchild of two Beijing parents who wanted a fun space where working parents could bring their children, Playground has fishpond, a library, and an open area that doubles as a mini basketball court. The real draw of Playground is its hands-on science, art and computer courses for children ages 4-12. Entrance free. Also organizes birthday and family parties. Mon-Fri noon-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm. 40 Dongsi Liutiao (between Pingan Dajie and Chaoyangmennei Dajie), Dongcheng District. (6407 6889, 东 城区东四六条40号(平安大道朝内大街之间) Ricky Duck Kids Club Based out of Beijing Purple Jade Country Club, Ricky Duck Kids Club is slated to open in June 2013 and will offer various activities for kids. These include gardening, interacting with animals such as deer and peacocks, sports (swimming, skating, badminton, and tennis), and summer camps. 6492 5551 ext 6011. 1 Ziyu Donglu, Haidian District. 紫玉儿童 俱乐部, 海淀区紫玉东路1号 Star Trooper Laser Tag Indulge your triggerhappy inner child in a very trippy atmosphere. Each game lasts 15mins. Kids must be taller than 1.3m. RMB 40 (per game). Groups of six or more can rent the entire venue for RMB 1680/hour (weekdays only). Tue-Fri reservations only, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. B1, 316 Wangjing Xiyuan Sanqu, Chaoyang District. (6475 8329, www. 激光搏击, 朝阳区望京西园三区 316号楼,地下一层 The New City Center The New City Center has a coffee shop with a closed in playroom that includes a ball pit and slide. Programs available for all ages, including “Mommy and Me”, Phonics, Math and Art Classes as well as language lessons for adults. It also offers services including food, games and access to the playroom for birthday parties. A conference room is available to be rented. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. 112, Lize Xiyuan, Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6475 1066, www. 朝阳区望京广顺北大街丽 泽西园112号 Yosemite Art Center Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or 8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-8pm. Shangye Jie, 5 Wanke Gongyuan, Tianshui Yuan Jie, Chaoyang District. (8571 4258/30) www. 音琴美诗艺术生活中心, 朝阳区甜水西园街万科公园五号商业街 Yu Kids Island The Place’s well-kitted indoor play area boasts a palm tree carousel, a bouncy slide, waterfall tunnel and a wind room filled with huge balloons – all well-padded for maximum safety. Come and go as you like with a RMB 50 day pass; frequent funners will benefit from discount cards (RMB 500/30% discount; RMB 1000/50% discount). Daily 10am-10pm. 4/F, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (no phone) 爱乐游园地, 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶南楼4层

Schools Language Schools Beijing Mandarin School Established in 1998, Beijing Mandarin School has students speaking 60 percent of the time in class and focuses on communication for everyday life.

Directories Over the years, thousands of students from over 50 countries and over 70 companies and embassies have studied at the school. Beijing Mandarin School offers weekly Chinese cooking classes (RMB 150/two hours) and other cultural activities. Visa help and accommodations are also available. Call for a free trial lesson. 1) Rm 709, 7/F, 42 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (8441 8391 /186 1052 0622, info@; 2) Room 904-905, 9/F, E-Tower, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (6508 1026/1126, info@beijingmandarinschool. com) 北京普 通话学校, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路42号光明饭店709 室; 2) 朝阳区光华路12号数码01大厦9层904

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 Founded in 2005, 3e International School has grown into an institution of over 200 studentsfrom Nursery to Grade 4. The school aims to develop critical thinkers through a specially-developed, research-based curriculum. Classes are taught inEnglish and Chinese with half of the day devoted to each language. Within this inquirybased program, a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activity is provided to supportchildren’s development across the entire curriculum. Age range: 2-10. Tuition fees (2014-2015 academic year): RMB 108,300 (Half-day Nursery); RMB 113,300 (Full-day Nursery); RMB 149,400 (Pre-K); RMB 153,500 (Kindergarten); RMB 164,500 (Grades 1-4) 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 100, 3e国际学校, 朝 阳区将台西路9-1号 AnRic Little Montessori Room (AnRic LMR) AnRic LMR is a full international member school of the American Montessori Society. The multicultural classroom aims to help children develop into self-directed learners, flexible thinkers, creative problem solvers, empathetic citizens and resilient individuals. The school offers a fully bilingual curriculum so that children are immersed in an environment where both English and Chinese are consistently used all day. Children learn in a warm, close-knit environment maintained by a low student to teacher ratio. Special needs children are welcome and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Age range: 2.5 – 6 years 2014-2015 Tuition Fees: 78,800 RMB/year (half-day), 92,800 RMB/year (full day) Global Trade Mansion, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6591 8169, www. 安杨蒙台梭利小屋, 朝阳区光华路 9号安杨蒙台梭利小屋 Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) Over the past 20 years, BIBS has grown from one campus to four and from a kindergarten-only curriculum to a full-fledged K-12 school. Students represent 36 countries and local Chinese students are also accepted. BIBS’ curriculum combines Eastern and Western educational philosophies. The nutritionistapproved lunch men includes vegetarian, Muslim, Chinese and Western options made with organic produce. Age range: 2-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 academic year): 1) 21st Century Kindergarten: RMB 1,600 (application fee), RMB 78,000/year (half day), 100,000/year (full day); 2) Wanda Kindergarten: RMB 1,200 (application fee); RMB 55,000/year (full day); 3) Primary School: RMB 1,600 (application fee), RMB 30,000 (capital levy fee); RMB 100,000/ year (reception class); RMB 135,000/year (Grades 1-6); 4) Senior School: RMB 1,600 (application fee), RMB 30,000 (capital levy fee), RMB 135,000/year (Grades 7-12) 1) Primary School: Area 2, Upper East Side, 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 7951, 21s Century Kindergarten:, Primary School:, Wanda Kindergarten:, Senior

School:; 2) Senior School: 38 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang District. (8456 6019, 21s Century Kindergarten: bikoffice@, Primary School: cn, Wanda Kindergarten: cn, Senior School:; 3) 21st Century Kindergarten: 1/F, Bldg B, 40 Liangmaq Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 9255, 21s Century Kindergarten: bikoffice@, Primary School: cn, Wanda Kindergarten: cn, Senior School:; 4) Wanda Kindergarten: Bldg 7, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5960 3887, 21s Century Kindergarten: cn, Primary School:, Wanda Kindergarten:, Senior School: www.bibs. 青苗国际双语学校, 1) 朝阳区东四环北 路6号阳光上东二区; 2) 朝阳区南十里居38号; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路40号B座1层; 4) 朝阳区建国 路93号万达广场7号楼 Beijing 21st Century Experimental Kindergarten Founded in 1995, Beijing 21st Century Experimental Kindergarten is the only municipal-level, private model kindergarten and early childhood education center in Beijing. With a total investment of more than RMB 100 million in the kindergarten program. Beijing 21st Century now has 18 branches and more than 5,000 studentsin Beijing. All foreign teachers recruited at the kindergarten’s international department are qualified teachers in their home countries; experienced Chinese teachers discuss andpresent courses in tandem with their expat counterparts. The school helps students develop independence, social skills, courage, and teamwork through experiencebased learning, weeklytopics, international courses, Chinese culture courses, sports, and arts. Age range: 2-6. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 2,000 (application fee); RMB 114,000 (Nursery); RMB 100,000 (K1-K3) 46 Enjizhuang (within 21st Century International School), Haidian District. (5613 5819, 二 十一世纪幼儿园国际园, 海淀区恩济庄46号二十 一世纪国际学校内 Beijing 21st Century International School Established in 1993, Beijing 21st Century International School aims to cultivate world citizens while maintaining deep roots in Chinese culture. The school’s education system integrates the Primary EP (Elementary Placement) Curriculum, Junior IP (Intermediate Placement) Curriculum, Senior AP (Advanced Placement) Curriculum. It also offers HSK testing preparation for foreign students. Age range: 6-18. Please call school for exact tuition fees. 46 Enjizhuang, Haidian District. (8811 5515/2970/2082, 8813 6671) cn 北京市二十一世纪国际学校, 海淀区恩济 庄46号 Beijing BISS International School (BISS) With a diverse student body, Beijing BISS International School’s mission is to foster international relationships to educate and empower students to attain personal excellence and positively impact the world. BISS offers the IB Diploma Program, serves as an SAT Test Center, caters to children with learning needs, and offers counseling, student enrichment programs, universitysearches, and transitional education services to third-culture kids and their parents. Age range: 3-17. Tuition fees (20122013 Academic Year): RMB 18,000-23,000 (refundable deposit); RMB 3,800 (registration); RMB 99,000 (Kindergarten); RMB 146,400177,500 (Grades 1-12); RMB 20,000 (ESOL) Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, www. 北京BISS国际学校, 朝阳区安贞西 里四区17号楼 Beijing City International School (BCIS) The school motto of BCIS is “Empowering and inspiring throughchallenge and compassion.” This non-profit, independent co-educational day school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Associationof Schools and Colleges (WASC). BCIS offers an international curriculum for

Nursery through Grade 12 students under the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and isauthorized 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 personalized rigorousacademic inquiry through the extensive use of information technology in the classroom. Age range: 3-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 2,000 (registration fee); RMB 5,000 (new student fee); RMB 132,600 (Nursery); RMB 144,500 (Pre-K); RMB 154,000 (Kindergarten); RMB 186,300 (Grade 1-2); RMB 188,700 (Grade 3-5); RMB 195,300 (Grade 6-8); RMB 199,100 (Grade 9-10); RMB 206,600 (Grade 11-12) 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8771 7171, 北京乐 成国际学校, 朝阳区百子湾南二路77号 Beijing Huijia Kindergarten Part of a nationwide chain, Huijia Kindergarten has 17 campuses and early childhood centers around Beijing. The curriculum combines advanced international educational ideas, modern teaching methods and Chinese traditional culture and focuses on nurturing children to become international citizens. The coursework, which emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, is designed to help students become “lifelong learners” and take responsibility for themselves, their studies others.Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Huijia Central Park Experiential Early Childhood Education Center RMB 72,000/year; Tuition for other centers vary from RMB 25,000-72,000/year (contact school administration for details) 1) Shangdi MOMA campus: MOMA, Anning Zhuang, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8275 9510 / 8274 1391,; 2) Changping campus: Huijia Vocational College, 20 Chuangxin Road, Zhongguancun Kejiyuan, Changping District, Changping District. (5163 1603, hjkids@263. net); 3) Sanyuan Qiao campus: 6 Jing’an Dongli, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6463 5251,; 4) Wanquan campus: 35 Xinxin Jiayuan, Wanquanyuan, Bagou nanlu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8255 1751,; 5) CBD campus: 24 Xincheng International Apartment, 6 Chaowai Dajie (6597 9358), Chaoyang District. (6597 9358, 汇佳幼儿园, 1) 海淀区安宁庄上地MOMA小区; 2) 昌平区中关村科技园创新路20号汇佳职业学院 内; 3) 朝阳区静安东里6号; 4) 海淀区巴沟南路 35号小区万泉新新家园; 5) 朝阳区朝外大街6号 新城国际公寓24号楼 Beijing Huijia Private (IB) School Beijing Huijia Private (IB) School is comprised of a kindergarten, primary school, junior high school and senior high school. It is a day and boarding school where Chinese and foreign students study together, and it is the first member school of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in China that admits Chinese students. With a mix of Chinese and foreign students (from 15 countries) and more than 500 Chinese and foreign teachers and staff, it is one of the largest private schools in Beijing. Age range: 3-18. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 1,000 (application fee); RMB 20,000 (deposit); RMB 146,600/year (Grade 1-2); RMB 148,200/year (Grade 3-4); RMB 152,500/year (Grade 5-6) 157 Changping Lu, Changping District. (400 889 1993, admissions@huijiaedu. org) 北京汇佳私立学校, 昌 平区昌平路157号 Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA) Founded in 2006, we comprise of Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle and High Schools and located in Shunyi about 5 minutes from Europlaza. BIBA follows an international US standards based curriculum, but also incorporates strong Chinese language and mathematics programs. While it’s KG Department is 50%/50% bilingual, the percentage of English instructional time increases as students progress up the grade levels. BIBA is also passionate about education of the “whole child” via a wide array of

sporting, music and performing arts programs. A sibling discount of 20% applies for second and subsequent children. Age range: 2.5 – 15. Tuition Fees 2013-14: Application Fee – 1600 RMB. Capital Levy KG – 10,000 RMB, ES, MS & HS – 20,000 RMB. Fees per year: Pre-K – 70,000 RMB, Reception – 80,000 RMB, G1-G5 - 120,000 RMB, G6-8 - 130,000 RMB, G9-10 – 140,000 RMB. Monet Garden, 5 Yumin Dajie, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8041 0390, info@ 海嘉国际双 语学校, 顺义区后沙峪裕民大街5号 Beijing No. 4 High School Beijing No. 4 High School is a pilot middle school and high school, a member of UNESCO,and one of the oldest key schools in Beijing. Since it was founded more than 100 yearsago, the school has taught 35,000 Chinese and foreign students. The internationaldivision was established in 2002 and currently has more than 200 students from SouthKorea, Japan, the US, the UK, Canada, and more. The department offers Chinese languagecourses, diploma courses, and prep courses for higher education. Foreign students who passHSK level 6 have the option of integrating into the schools Chinese curriculum.Age range: 12-18. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 25,000/ semester (tuition); RMB 10,000/semester (accommodations). For other fees (lodging deposit, weekend management fee, insurance, etc.), contact the school. A2 Xihuangchenggen Beijie, Xicheng District. (6653 9752, 6617 3886, 北京市第四中学, 西城区西皇城根北街申2号 Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School (BSRPS) Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School is a boarding school that incorporates American education and Chinese language and culture. The school community nurtures academic, social, physical and emotional growth. The lower end of Shuren Ribet teaches a primarily Chinese program, with an increase in the numberof courses in English as students move up in grade level. Students at the American high school receive an American overseas education as they embrace the essence of Chinese culture and literature. The tuition fees quoted below include room and board, registration, textbooks, materials, and meals. Age range: 3-18.Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 15,500/semester (kindergarten); RMB 35,000/semester (Grades 1-6); RMB 36,000/semester (Grades 7-9); RMB 112,420/semester (Grades 10-12) 1A Xiaopu Nan, Songzhuang Town, Tongzhou District. (8085 6318 (bilingual), 8085 6787 (Chinese), (English), (Chinese) 北京市私 立树人瑞贝学校, 通州区宋庄镇小堡南申1号 Beijing SMIC Private School Beijing SMIC School is located in southeast Beijing, in the Yizhuang BDA, Beijing’s largest hi-tech economic development zone. Beijing SMIC School was originally founded in 2005 to serve families employed by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC). Over the years, the school’s reputation grew along with enrollment demands as we expanded to include students from outside the company as well. Today, our teaching staff of over 200 (of whom nearly onefourth are foreigners) serves about 1,400 students in grades PK3-9 in both English and Chinese tracks. SMIC English Track is a highly academic international school-style division in a Chinese private school. We offer an American-style curriculum (in English) based on U.S. standards, and provide a phenomenally successful and diverse after school program and a unique Chinese language program that has fantastic student achievement results. Character education is a high priority. Whether students pursue academics, sports, or other extra-curricular activities, our staff and active school community encourage their efforts to aim for excellence, while retaining a sense of honor, community and joy.The school will open an international high school in the fall of 2015. No. 9 Liangshuihe 2nd StreetBeijing Economic Technological Development Area (BDA), Daxing District. (5802 6784,

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Directories 北京市中芯学校, 大兴 区经济技术开发区凉水河二街9号 Beijing Sweet Angel Kindergarten Beijing Sweet Angel Kindergarten provides equal access to early childhood education for kids with and without special needs. Since its founding in 2001, Sweet Angel has accepted children with a range of special needs, including cerebral palsy, albinism, and autism. The school selects teachers with a background in specialized child care and educational methods for children with special needs, so that they may participate in educational activities with non-special needs children. Special class arrangements, one-on-one education and rehabilitation training is available.Age range: 2-6. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 38,400/year; RMB 600 (uniform fee) Bldg 29, Xingfu Ercun, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 0507/4181, v_v86118@163. com) 北京幸福天使幼 儿园, 朝阳区工体北路幸福二村29号 Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) Beijing World Youth Academy is an IB World School offering both English and bilingual (Chinese/English) programs for local and overseas students. BWYA values holistic education and inquiry-based learning, and offers students opportunity to develop as globally aware critical thinkers. The faculty hails from over 15 countries. BWYA emphasizes creativity and teamwork using a curriculum that incorporates standards from North America, Europe and Asia. The school has a strong track record of preparing students for top universities around the world, including Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley and Stanford. Age range: 6 – 18Tuition fees (2014– 2015Academic Year) Application fee: 1,800 Capital Levy fee: 30,000 New Student fee: 2,500 International Primary School (Grade 1-5):120,000IB Middle Year Programme (Grade 6-9): 140,000 IB Middle Year Programme (Grade 10): 160,000IB Diploma Programme (Grade 11–12): 160,000 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 Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) Opened in September 2006, CISB offers a Montessori Nursery and PreKindergarten program, as well as a Canadianstyle curriculum for K-12 students. CISB is a three-program IB World School: IB Primary Years Program, IB Middle Years Program and the IB Diploma Program. The student body currently represents over 60 nationalities and has the capacity for 1400 students. Age range: 18 months to 18 years. Tuition fees (20132014 Academic Year): RMB1,800 (Application Fee); RMB76,600 (Half-Day Montessori Nursery); RMB121,800 (Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten); RMB158,800 (Grade 1-5); RMB160,400 (Grade 6-8); RMB179,800 (Grade 9-12) 38 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, www. 北京加拿大国际学校, 朝阳区亮马 桥路38号 Children’s International Bilingual Academy (CIBA) Founded in 2002, and formerly known as Children’s Learning Center of Beijing, CIBA has served the local and expat community in Shunyi for over a decade. CIBA uses an international curriculum based on American and British national standards. Both “Head Start Child and Development and Early Learning Framework” and “Early Years Foundation Stage” (EYFS) guide the planning, implementation, and reflection of learning programs. Both frameworks focus on on playbased learning. The frameworks also recognize the importance of communication and language, includingearly literacy and numeracy, and social and emotional development. Tuition includes ballet, Kindermusik, andkungfu. Early bird, group, and embassy discounts available. Age range: 15 months-7 years. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 1,500 (nonrefundable application fee); RMB 49,500 (PreNursery and Nursery half day); RMB 55,000 (Pre-Nursery and Nursery full day); RMB 65,000 (Foundation Stage 1); RMB 67,500 (Foundation



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Stage 2 and Reception); RMB 72,000 (Year 1-2) 3052-3056 Gahood International Villas, Shunyi District. (8046 7082 (English and Chinese), 8046 3122 (English only), administration@ (English), (Chinese)) 顺义区嘉浩别墅 3052-3056号 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. As part of their curriculum, they are developingan integrated, capabilitiesbased character education program that unites all areas of the school and community. This approach connects two cultures and implements the strongest attributes of both Western and Eastern teaching methodologies. Sibling discounts availabe. Age range: 3-12. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 105,000 (Kindergarten full day); RMB 57,000 (half-day, for 3-year-olds only); RMB95,000 (3 years old); RMB 105,000 (4-5 years old) RMB 110,000 (Elementary, Grade 1-6); RMB 10,000-30,000 (additional one-time entry fee) 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8430 2654 ext 8009 or 5603 9446 (Heather Zhao in Admissions), www. 启明星双语学校, 朝阳区顺 白路2号 Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) Dulwich College first opened its doors to students in Beijing in August of 2005. Since then, the school has grown to include approximately 1,400 students ranging in age from 12 months to 18 years. DCB is a 21st-century school that couples outstanding ICT facilities with a modern approach. The school features a one-to-one laptop policy for students in Year 8 and above and utilizes a Virtual Learning Environment for the entire faculty. DCB is accredited by the Council of International Schools and Western Association of School and Colleges, and was named International School of the Year in 2011. The school aims to provide students with a well-rounded environment to grow, develop, and learn in. Ages: 12 months – 18 years. Application Fee: RMB 2000 – non-refundable; Placement Deposit: RMB 18,000 – refundable subject to terms and conditions; Early Years: RMB 66,200-168,000; Grades 1-12: RMB 168,000-219,200 1) Legend Garden Campus and Legend Early Years Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District. (6454 9000,; 2) Beijing Riviera Campus: 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676, www.dulwich-beijing. cn 北京德威英国国际学校, 1) 顺义区机场路 89号丽京花园; 2) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号 香江花园 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): RMB 52,000 for half day program; RMB 72,000 for full day program (afternoon activities and lunch included in the tuition fee). Merlin Champagne Town Clubhouse, 6 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8384, www. 金翼德懿幼儿园, 顺义区天竺 镇丽苑街6号美林香槟小镇俱乐部 Energy Baby Also known as Angel of Wisdom, Energy Baby is an early childhood education center catering to ages 0-6. The school features

an English-speaking environment based on the Cambridge Children’s English Course. The staff is made up of full-time, native Englishspeaking teachers, university-certified early childhood instructors, and various sports coaches. Facilities include media boards in each classroom, computers, projectors, cameras, and a dance room. Students take monthly field trips to museums, factories, farms, libraries, and more. In addition, events take place on holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, National Day, Christmas, and more. Courses are included in the tuition fee and feature creative art, dance, taekwondo, roller skating, reading, logical thinking, math, and languages. School hours are from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Rm 518, Guanghua Lu SOHO 518, 22 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 5306/7368) www. 北京能量娃儿童学习会馆, 朝阳 区光华路22号光华路SOHO 518室 Epoch Kindergarten Established in 2005, Epoch Bilingual Kindergarten has four campuses in Beijng. Combining a bilingual and multicultural curriculum with original American teaching materials, the school offers kids age 2-6 full and half-day enrollments. Some classes include Montessori-based activities with certified Montessori instructors. A wide range of extracurricular classes are also available. 1) Bldg 4, 41 Nanshiliju,Taihua Binhe Garden (near the Liangmahe , U.S. Embassy), Chaoyang District. (5829 3820, epoch@epoch-school. com); 2) Xiangshan Nanlu, Haidian District. (5114 9551, 186 1155 2230, 186 0052 5217,; 3) A-17 New Landmark area Qinghe Yongtai garden, Haidian District. (8275 1372, epoch@epoch-school. com) 宜宝双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区南十里居41号4号楼; 2) 海淀区香山南 路; 3) 海淀区清河永泰园新地标甲17号 Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens 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 (20102011 Academic Year):Monthly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 6,250; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 8,500; Yearly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 62,500; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 85,000 1) Central Park Campus: Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6995, Peking House Campus: xuyan@ or, Central Park Campus:, Palm Springs Campus:, Midtown Campus:; 2) Midtown Campus: Bldg 21, Guangqujia Yuan, Guangqumen Waidajie, Chongwen District. (6749 5008, Peking House Campus: xuyan@ or, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids. com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@; 3) Palm Springs Campus: Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 5967, Peking House Campus: xuyan@etonkids. com or, Central Park Campus:, Palm Springs Campus:, Midtown Campus:; 4) Peking House Campus: 20 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 6778/9, Peking House Campus: or zhoudan@etonkids. com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids. com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@ 伊顿双语幼儿

园, 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际19号楼; 2) 崇文区广渠门外大街广渠家园21号楼; 3) 朝 阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈泉国际公寓; 4) 朝阳 区西大望路20号 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 American-style 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) CBD Campus: 3/F, Block D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805, Lido Campus: lidoadmin@etonkids. com, CBD Campus:; 2) Lido Campus: Rm C103, Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7368, Lido Campus:, CBD Campus: www. 伊顿国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区光华 路世贸国际公寓D座3层; 2) 朝阳区机场路丽都 广场C103室 The French International School of Beijing (LFIP) The French International School of Beijing (LFIP) is part of a network of 480 French schools established in 130 countries. It is administered in accordance with the official guidelines established by the French Ministry of Education, while remaining open to the Chinese language and culture and promoting the use of English in an international context. The LFIP offers its education in 3 languages (French, English, Chinese), from Kindergarten to the final year of High School. Non-native French-speaking students will have their language abilities assessed, and are given special support according to their results. Located in Sanlitun, the LFIP welcomes around 1000 students from about 50 different nationalities. Ages : 3-18 years old. Tuition fees for the 2013-2014 academic year: one time registration fee EUR 850; Kindergarten and elementary School EUR 7,020 – 8,770; Middle School: EUR 8,100 – 9290; High School: EUR 12,590 – 14,440 1) High school: Chaoyang Community College, 17, Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang Shequ Xueyuan, Chaoyang District. (6444 1136,; 2) Elementary school and Middle school: 13 Sanlitun Dongsijie, Chaoyang District. (6532 3498,; 3) Kindergarten: 4 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 7881, 北京法 国国际学校, 1) 朝阳区朝阳社区学院, 北三环东 路17号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯东四街13号; 3) 朝阳 区三里屯路4号 Harrow International School Beijing Harrow International School Beijing prides itself on high academic standards that are maintained within a close-knit school community. All students are assigned a personal tutor who looks after their overall welfare and serves as a liaison between 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. Graduates from Harrow Beijing have been accepted at universities across the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, and Princeton.Harrow Beijing follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales, culminating in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE and IGCSE’s), and A Levels. Its curriculum is fully accredited by all British Examination Authorities and it is an accredited SAT center. Harrow Beijing is also a member

Directories of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and, like all Harrow International Schools, undergoes regular accreditation visits by CIS and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the US. Harrow Beijing is also a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Southeast Asia and East Asia (FOBISSEA), which enables students to collaborate in music and sports with other schools across Southeast Asia.Age Range: 9 weeks-18. Tuition Fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Nursery: RMB 119,800; Reception: RMB 149,300; Years 1-2: RMB 177,700; Years 3-6: RMB 189,100; Years 7-9: RMB 207,600; Years 10-11: RMB 217,600; Years 12-13: RMB 231,700. 287 Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang County, Chaoyang District. (6444 8900, www. 北京哈罗英国学校, 朝阳区崔 各庄乡何各庄村287号

all of its pre-kindergarten through elementary programs, and counts spacious classrooms, an indoor pool, and a multi-purpose auditorium among its facilities. Parents, in particular, are fond of the campus’s twoCoffee Stops, where they can mingle with a cup of coffee and a freshly-baked treat, courtesy of the school’s dedicated parent association. Age range: 1-12. Tuition fees (2012 Academic Year): 3 Day Toddler (Age 1): RMB 41,000; 5 Day Toddler (Age 1): RMB 65,000; Morning Nursery (Age 2): RMB91,000; Full-day Nursery (Age 2): RMB 135,000; Morning Kindergarten (Ages 3-4): RMB 95,000; Full-day Kindergarten (Ages 3-4): RMB 140,000; Reception (Age 5): RMB 157,000; Elementary (Ages 6-12): RMB 163,000. Bldg 8, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6432 8228, 北京蒙台梭利国际学校, 朝阳 区朝阳区香江北路2号院8号楼

The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China (RDFZ) Founded in 1950, the education philosophy of RDFZ is to respect individuality and develop the students’ personal development. Led by Liu Pengzhi, RDFZ boasts more than 50 international faculty members and over 200 international students. Students can choose to study Mandarin as part of the Chinese language program or take classes with regular middle and high school students. More than 85 percent of the student body has been accepted to top universities like Peking University and Tsinghua University. RDFZ has launched reforms that combine traditional Chinese education and international curricula, including elements of A-Levels, the IB program, and AP classes. RDFZ has a network of 46 partner schools worldwide, including Escola-Hamelin Laie Internacional, Spain; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Phillips Academy Andover; Raffles Intitute; Eton College; and Mahidol Wittayanusorn. Department of International Students, The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, 37 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6251 3962, 中国人民大学附属中学(简称人大附中), 海淀 区中关村 大街37号人大附中国际部

International Montessori Teaching Institute (IMTI) The International Montessori Teaching Institute ( IMTI ) provides training for new and experienced teachers. The Early Childhood Montessori Teacher training course is designed for teaching 2 and a half to 6 year olds and is affiliated with the American Montessori Society ( AMS ) with accreditation by MACTE, therefore it is an internationally recognized qualification. We offer a flexible year-round training schedule designed with Adult learners in mind. It is delivered with Chinese/ English bilingual synchronous translations and includes English or Chinese manuals. Our training facilities are well equipped with Montessori materials to ensure ‘hands on’ experience is delivered. IMTI offers a suite of Professional Development workshops to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers and parents. They include Art, Music and Movement , Infant and Toddlers, Preparing for Chinese New Year and Designing Classroom materials just to new a few. 688 Glory Palace, No.2 Shunfu Road, Renhe Town, Shunyi District. (8949 6877 ext 288, snowzhang@ 蒙台梭利 教学法国际交流中心, 顺义区仁和镇顺福路2号 御墅688号

House of Knowledge International Kindergarten (HoK) House of Knowledge (HoK) boasts a unique curriculum that includes aspects of Montessori and Reggio Emilia, with special emphasis placed on the latter approach. Students are treated as competent learners with boundless potential. With this in mind, the curriculum helps kids acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn” in a multilingual environment (English, German, Chinese). Age range: 10 months to 6 years. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 2,000 (registration fee); RMB 5,000-15,000 (refundable deposit based on withdrawal policy); RMB 66,780-136,680 (school fees based on choice of program). 1) Quanfa Campus: North gate of Quanfa compound, 15 Maquanying, Chaoyang District. (6431 8452, info@hokschools. com); 2) Victoria Gardens Campus: 15 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6538 2624, www. 好思之家国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳 区马泉营15号泉发花园北门; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公 园西路15号维多利亚花园公寓 The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) As the first and only fullyregistered international Montessori school in Beijing, MSB has been serving the city’s expatriate children since 1990. During that time, it has earned a glowing reputation for its steady commitment to the growth, education, and well-being of its pupils. The school is both an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society(AMS), which upholds the MACTE Montessori education standards on an international level, and the International Montessori Teaching Institute, which provides ongoing training to all of MSB’s lead teachers and teaching assistants. In August 2012, the school expanded its Riviera campus to cover

International School of Beijing (ISB) Building on its 33-year tradition of academic excellence, ISB is embracing the challenges and rewards of the future of education. Through a tailored, connected, real-world curriculum known as Learning21@ISB, the experienced and passionate teachers provide students with opportunities to grow as individuals, scholars, and contributing members of the community. The school’s curriculum and culture are grounded in the core values of global-mindedness, integrity, respect, balance, creativity, and service. ISB has superior facilities and offers opportunities in sports, service, and the arts. In the school’s welcoming community, students find a balance of rigorous academics and enriching personal growth. Tuition fees (2013-2014 academic year): RMB 75,860 (EC3 half day); RMB 138,710 (EC4 full day); RMB 162,560 (K-Grade 5); RMB 174,430 (Grade 6-8); RMB 191,840 (Grade 9-12). Application fees and capital levy fees also apply. 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (5149 2345, admission@isb. 北京顺义国际学 校, 顺义区安华街10号 Ivy Academy Ivy Academy is a pre-school and kindergarten created in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers that accepts students of ages two through six. The school offers an English speaking environment taught by a team of highly qualified early childhood educators who customizes the Multiple Intelligences theory influenced curriculum according to the children’s interests. Age range: 2-6 years old. Website: 1) Central Park Campus: Bldg 24, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (5738 4599, East Lake Villas Campus:, Central Park Campus: Info-CP@ivyschools. com); 2) East Lake Villas Campus: Rm C101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimen Waidajie, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380, East Lake Villas Campus:, Central

Park Campus: www. 艾毅国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区新 城国际校园:大街6号新城国际公寓24号楼; 2) 东城区东湖校园:东直门外大街35号东湖别墅 C座101室 Ivy Bilingual School (IBS) Ivy Bilingual School offers a curriculum based on the Multiple Intelligences theory and provides an immersion bilingual program in which both Chinese and Western teachers interact with children throughout the day. IBS’ goal is to provide children with the most current research-based practices coupled with knowledge of Chinese culture. Upon graduation, children will be comfortable speaking in both English and Chinese. Age range: 2-6. Tuition fees for Orchid Garden Campus (2013-2014 Academic Year): Deposit is one month tuition (non-refundable, to be credited toward tuition); Material fee RMB 1,500; Half-day RMB 5,810/month; Full day RMB 7,750/month. Tuition fees for Ocean Express Campus (2013-2014 Academic Year): Deposit is one month tuition (non-refundable, to be credited toward tuition); Material fee RMB 1,500; Half-day RMB 6,080/month; Full day RMB 8,100/month. 1) Orchid Garden Campus: 18 Xinjin Lu, Cuigexiang (Airport Expressway, Beigao Exit), Chaoyang District. (8439 7080, Ocean Garden Campus: info-og@ivyschool. com, Ocean Express Campus: info-OE@; 2) Ocean Express Campus: Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Kempinski), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287/6, Ocean Garden Campus: info-og@, Ocean Express Campus: 艾毅 双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区卓锦校园:崔各乡新锦路 18号卓锦万代; 2) 朝阳区远洋校园:东三环北路 2号远洋新干线E座 Jack & Jill Children’s Center Jack & Jill Children’s Center is a full-day child care and education service provider. The child-focused teaching practices are the cornerstone of a dynamic learning process designed to build up children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for knowledge. The curriculum used is designed and implemented by a professional teaching team based on various curricula, including HighScope, Reggio Emilia and Chinese culture. In an environment where children are the “real owners”, they will develop in mind, body and spirit as they explore the world around them, develop communication and social skills, and learn to proactively and independently think, judge and solve problems. Rm 105108, Bldg 1, Chevalier Apt, 2 Shangjialou Lu, Chaoyang District. (8436 1861, 139 1188 6574, 嘉杉 嘉华儿童之家, 朝阳区尚家楼路2号院裘马都1号 楼105-108室 Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten is located in one of the most beautiful residential compounds in the CBD area of Beijing, with convenient transportation and city parks amidst. Jiade combines Chinese culture with an international blend of English classes and an international faculty team. The vision of Jiade is to be a community in which the education of the child in its fullest sense is nurtured and the child’s potential is realized. We emphasize the development of basic skills and the strong foundation in language, mathematics and cultural subjects which are essential for higher learning. At the same time, we foster the development of the child as a happy, responsible, motivated, confident, thinking person who is well equipped for life. Bldg 221 Balizhuang Beili, Chaoyang District. (8591 8288, www.jdmontessori. com 北京市朝阳区嘉德蒙台梭利双语幼儿园, 朝 阳区八里庄北里221号楼 Keystone Academy Keystone Academy will open in Shunyi District in the fall of 2014. Keystone promises to be a unique and exciting school option for families in China – offering Chinese and American instructional techniques of inquiry-based learning, critical-thinking, and creative problem solving in a rigorous intellectual environment. The academic program will be international in scope, with

a central curriculum thread that focuses on Chinese identity, language, culture, and history. Keystone will serve students grades 1 through 12, with a bilingual curriculum in the primary years and more intensive instruction in English as students progress through the program. There will be a boarding school option for Grade 7 and 8, and mandatory boarding in Grade 9-12. Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (5825 6008, 北京鼎石国际学校, 顺义区后沙峪镇 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. 16 Jianguomenwai Dajie, East Rui Jin Tower, Chaoyang District. (6569 1123, www. 新竹国际幼儿园, 朝阳 区建国门外大街16号东方瑞景小区(西门) Springboard International Bilingual School Springboard offers kindergarten through 6th grade in a 75% English, 25% Chinese bilingual environment. The newly renovated building sports brightly-colored classrooms designed for no more than 15 students per class flanked by large common areas that are dotted with toys on the first floor and well-stocked bookshelves on the second. Behind the school there’s a large football pitch and basketball courts, plus indoor play areas, a ballet studio, and art studio and a library in an adjoining building. Springboard’s annual tuition for grades 1 through 6 is RMB 90,000 annually. Gucheng, 15 Houshayu Lu, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. ( http:// 君诚国际双语学校, 顺义区后 沙峪镇火沙路古城段15号 St. Paul American School (SPAS) Saint Paul American School (SPAS) is a private residential school, part of the Nacel International School System, dedicated to meeting the educational needs of international students at the middle and high school level. Located near the Olympic Village Park, and partnered with Number Two High School attached to Beijing Normal University, SPAS offers both an American curriculum, as well as intensive study in Chinese language and culture. This arrangement provides a unique dual diploma system that is fully accredited by the NCA (North Central Association on Accreditation and School Improvement). Saint Paul American School’s intercultural program now serves students from 23 countries around the world, and is truly dedicated to providing a new concept of high school for future leaders in the global community. CurriculumSaint Paul American School provides a full US curriculum, with over 40 courses offered, ranging from the introductory to AP level. Students also take courses in Chinese language, culture, history, and art.For students needing more academic support there is a peer tutoring program, as well as a nightly study hall in which certified teachers provide additional help. All students participate in an after school activity or club of their choosing. Emphasis is given to the fine arts. 18 Guan’aoyuan, Longgang Lu, Qinghe, Haidian District. (8273 8613, david.krieger@ 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 Sunwaykids International Kindergarten South Yile Road, LiYuan, Tongzhou District. (6052 3333, 尚慧国际幼儿园, 通州区 梨园怡乐南路

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Directories The British School of Beijing (BSB) The British School of Beijing, established in 2003, has campuses in Shunyi (primary & secondary) and Sanlitun (primary). It is the only school in Beijing approved by the UK’s Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). BSB offers an enhanced English National Curriculum to 1,500 expatriate students from more than 60 countries. Our Shunyi campus currently offers IGCSE and A-level examination programmes and from August 2014 will offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme. Families are eligible for a 5% discount by paying yearly tuition fees in full. Age range: 2-18. Tuition fees 2013-2014 Academic Year: RMB 1,600 (Application fee); RMB 16,000 (Security deposit, payable upon acceptance); RMB 107,286 (Pre-Nursery & Nursery mornings); RMB 160,944 (Pre-Nursery & Nursery full day); RMB 173,600 (Reception); RMB 193,217 (Year 1-2); RMB 206,273 (Year 3); RMB 209,339 (Year 4-6); RMB 227,796 (Year 7-9); RMB 234,734 (Year 10-11); RMB 246,057 (Year 12-13). 1) Sanlitun Foundation Stage: 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8532 5320, cn); 2) Sanlitun Primary: No.5 XiLiuJie Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088, admissions@; 3) Shunyi Campus: 9 Anhua Lu (south side), Shunyi District. (8047 3558, www. 北京英国学校, 1) 朝阳区三 里屯北小街7号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯西六街5号; 3) 顺义区安华路9号南院 The Children’s International Bilingual Academy Formerly The Children’s Learning Center of Beijing, The Children’s International Bilingual Academy is a bilingual preschool: nursery – through to– preparatory (18 month – 6 ½ years). It 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. The theme-based programs 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. They offer flexibility for families through their 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, http://www. 顺义区后沙峪白辛庄嘉浩别墅3056 The Frontiers School Offering classes from beginning to advanced levels, as well as business Chinese and HSK prep. Group classes are offered during the day and during the night (RMB 2,200/44 hours). Individuals pay RMB 8595 per hour depending on level of instruction. 3/F Bldg 30 Dongzhong Jie, Dongzimenwai, Dongcheng District. (6413 1547) www.frontiers. 北京富隆特文化有限公司, 东城区东直门 外东中街30号楼3层 The Learning Center (TLC) The Learning Center opened in 2004 to meet the specific educational needs of local and expatriate students in Beijing. It aims to address the individual challenges of each student by offering a nurturing environment with small classes or 1:1 tutoring, and experienced, specialized teachers who design tailor-made programs. By helping them realize their academic potential, The Learning Center cultivates not only students’ skills but also their confidence and self-esteem. So far, TLC has



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worked with over 2,000 students in Beijing. As the only professional tutoring service in Beijing, TLC prides itself on helping students of all ages and levels find the support they need in the subjects they need. Services are targeted to 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 international school curricula across Beijing. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Gahood Villa 2108 (next to Yosemite and Capital Paradise), Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 3886/7085, registration@ 顺义区后沙峪嘉浩别墅2108(新国展与ISB之间) Little Seeds Montessori School, The The Little Seeds Montessori School is a small, community-based and bilingual nursery/ kindergarten for children aged 18 months to 6 years. Providing individualized support and teaching in both English and Chinese, the team is composed of an internationally-certified Montessori teacher, a native English teacher, a Chinese teacher, and a daycare teacher. The school applies a self-directed program that aims to foster a child’s intellectual, practical, sensorial, and social development through the use of Montessori English and mathematics materials. Mon-Fri 8am-4.30pm. Lake Charm, 28 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (131 4118 8648, 6120 9888 ext 8300 (Teacher An), 快乐成长蒙 台梭利儿童之家, 朝阳区潘家园南里28号伊东漪 龙台国际公寓 Tsinghua International School (THIS) 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 (ages 6-18). Grades 1-5: 89,000 RMB per year, Grades 6-12: 99,000 RMB per year Inside Tsinghua High School Campus, Zhongguancun Beilu (northwest of Tsinghua University), Haidian District. (6279 7000, 6277 1477, this@ 清华大 学附属中学国际部, 海淀区中关村北路清华大学 西北侧清华中学校园之内 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 No. 1 Yidedao, Hongqiao District, Tianjin 300120 China, Outside Beijing. (+86 (0)22 8758 7199 / 187 2248 7836 (English) / 187 2253 0823 (Korean), admissions@ 天津惠灵顿国际学校, 北京市外天津市红桥区义 德道1号(近中研医院后 门) 邮编:300120 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. (5986 5588, 北京京西学校, 朝阳区来广营东路10号 Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS) Situated next to the scenic downtown Honglingjin Park since 1995, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) is officially registered as a school for foreign nationals, providing bilingual education for students aged 2-18. YCIS Beijing adheres to the National Curriculum for England (NCE) and also integrates an extensive Chinese Language and Culture programme, featuring a unique Co-Teaching model in Kindergarten and Primary school that combines one Western teacher and one Chinese teacher in every class. Within Secondary school, Yew Chung International School of Beijing follows the IGCSE and IB programmes and is accredited by NCCT, CIS and NEASC.YCIS Beijing has a 100 percent pass rate and 100 percent university acceptance rate to universities such as Oxbridge Universities, Princeton and MIT. YCIS is the only international school in China to have received the ‘Cambridge Award for Excellence in Education’ from Cambridge International Examinations. 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 Yew Wah Arts and Language Centre This professional training center for arts, music and languages offers a specialized exam training session for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Aspiring musicians learn composure and style in their choice of instrument while using high quality facilities and instruments for superior musicianship. Age: 4-18. Price range: RMB 75-500/class. Bld F, East gate of Honglinjin Park, 5 Houbali Zhuang, Chaoyang District. (8581 8466, yalc@bj.ycef. com) 朝阳区朝阳区后八里庄5 号红领巾公园东门F楼二层 Yew Wah Infant and Toddler Education Centre (YWITEC) YWITEC’s reputation is founded upon decades of experience offering international education in Hong Kong and mainland China through the Yew Chung Education Foundation. YWITEC offers a childfriendly, nurturing, and multicultural setting for learning and development, which allows students to experience different cultures from both Chinese and Western teachers. The curriculum draws from advanced research, as well as local and international early childhood education practices. YWITEC adheres to a child-centered philosophy, values the individual development and interests of each child, and plans a fun but challenging experience with age-appropriate learning goals. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fee (20122013 Academic Year): RMB 53,000. Block F, Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 9223, 8581 8466 ext 817, itec@ 耀华婴幼儿教育 中心, 朝阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门F楼 Yew Wah International Education School Built upon Yew Chung’s 80 years of experience in providing quality education, YWIES offers a full spectrum of programs to students in China. The unique Co-Principals and CoTeaching models combine East and West to create an international learning environment. YWIES takes a holistic approach to nurturing students with positive characters and global perspectives, along with a deep understanding of Chinese culture. Students can be admitted to schools around the world at any level of study. BP International Education Park, Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area, Daxing District. (8581 4299, enquiry@bj.ywies. com) 北京耀华国际教育 学校, 大兴区亦庄经济技术开发区的保华国际 教育园内 Young Starters Academy Formerly known as Beijing2Fun, Young Starts Academy is a bilingual kindergarten for ages 2-4 that takes a holistic approach to early childhood education. The curriculum makes learning

fun; students will learn to exercise empathy, reason, and curiosity, and will not be afraid to solve problems. Young Starters’ values program teaches future citizens to care about humanity and the environment. Teachers practice responsive nurturing to build selfconfidence in each child. The academy features a small campus for up to 36 students, with low student-to-teacher ratio of 6-1. It practices right brain training, reading, and individualized piano lessons as part of its curriculum. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 7,000/ month (full day); RMB 4,900/month (half day). 1) Rm 101, Unit 5, Block 5, Area 2, Upper East Side Apartments, 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (18600049065, 13522563767, theyoungstarters@gmail. com); 2) Rm 102, Unit 4, Block 6, Jiuduhui Apartments, Chaoyang District. (18600049065, 13522563767, 1) 朝阳区东四环北 路6号二区,阳光上东5号楼5单元101室; 2) 朝阳 区华远九都汇6号楼4单元102室

Shopping Bookstores Beijing Book Building Take the escalator to the basement to find a large but eclectic range of English-language books. The staff is fluent in English and happy to help you search for a particular title. Dictionaries and books related to learning Chinese language can also be found on the third floor. Daily 9am-9pm. 17 Xichang’an Jie, (right near Xidan subway station), Xicheng District. (6607 8477) 北京图书 大厦, 西城区西长安大街17号 Beijing Comic City Got a manga maniac on your hands? Drop him off here and he’ll spend hours drooling over the selection of comic book, cartoon and video game paraphernalia (but keep your eyes peeled because some of the goods are definitely not rated PG!). Sun-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9.30pm. 6/F, Soxiu Mall, 40 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. (5167 1241, hehefu@bjcartooncity. com) 北京动漫城, 崇文区崇文门外大街40号搜 秀商城6层 Beijing Star Kids Children’s Bookstore This children’s bookstore sells a range of soft- and hard-cover English-language books from big-name publishers in the US, Canada, Australia, Italy and the UK. Kids up to age 16 should be able to find something that tickles their fancy. Francophiles will be interested in the store’s small selection of French-language study materials. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Rm 1205, Bldg D, Xingyuan International Apartments, 222 Wangjing Xiyuan, Chaoyang District. (8472 7131) 北京 市佳星孩趣儿童书店, 朝阳区朝阳区望京西园 222号星源国际公寓D座1205室 Big and Little Books Specializes in imported English children’s books, including a range of books in creative formats that are great for younger readers, such as pop-up books, books with sound, and cloth books. 1) 10 am-10pm. Shop 4001N, 5/F, Golden Resource Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (135 5237 3200); 2) 9.30am-8pm. 102A,Beiing Lido Holiday Inn, Jiangtai Lu, Airport Expressway, Chaoyang District. (6437 6338); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. F4, Wangjing Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8478 0428) 小 逗号儿童书店, 1) 海淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎 五层4001N; 2) 朝阳区首都机场路将台路丽都假 日饭店102A; 3) 朝阳区望京广顺北大街33号嘉 茂(望京华联)购物中心四层 The BookMark The BookMark offers a wide range of books for the whole family, in English and other languages, including a sizable selection of children’s literature. Children can enjoy regular book club gatherings and a weekly thematic story hour with integrated art activities. A family membership (RMB 500) gets you and your crew the chance to borrow five books for up to two weeks at a time. Wed-Sat 10am-4pm. Inside Piazza Cafe, across from side gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi, Shunyi District. (136 0105 4566, shunyilibrary@aol.

Directories com) 顺义区顺义区 名都园南门外 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,, kidsclub@ www.chinabookworm. com 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 Foreign Languages Bookstore The mother lode for kids’ books in English, the store has classic picture books by Dr. Seuss, plus many series like Junie B. Jones, The Famous Five, Arthur and more. Older kids will find a slew of must-read books as well. Also offers books on tape and loads of photo-illustrated, hardbound series on science, nature and animals. The selection keeps getting better, but prices remain Western. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 235 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 6903, www.bpiec. 外文书店, 东城区王府井大街235号 Friendship Store Slim, hit-or-miss selection of English-language books – you can usually find a few choices for each age group, and the selections vary widely from month to month. If your kid likes comics but you want to sneak in some culture, check out the softbound comic books based on Chinese stories like The Water Margin, Empress Wu Zetian, and even Sun Tzu’s Art of War. 9.30am-8.30pm. 17 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 3311) 北京友谊 商店, 朝阳区建国门外大街17号 Funfunreading English and French Library Thousands of classic books in English, French and Chinese for the entire family to enjoy. Audio and lesson books teaching phonics, spelling, reading and grammar also available. Tue-Sun noon-6pm. Unit 1603, Bldg 3, Block A, Sanlihe Er Qu, Xicheng District. (5715 3348, 153 0005 8348, 135 2029 1141) 悦读英法图书 馆, 西城区三里河二区A区3号楼1603 Ladies’ Book Saloon Venture to Wudaokou for this child-friendly, elegant bookstore. You’ll find no piano player or gunslingers here – only couches and glasstop worktables providing a nice place to read. The children’s books and workstations make this a great spot to relax with the kids. Regular film screenings are held every Wed and Sat evening at 7pm. Daily 10am-11pm. 69 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6270 1928) 雨枫书馆, 海淀区成府路69号 Mackids Bookstore Mackids Bookstore started from1995. Over four thousand types of books are in display in the store. Rm 911, Gaolan Dasha, 32 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (3454 2767) cn/ 麦克儿童外文北京展示中心, 朝阳区亮马桥 路32号高斓大厦911室 Page One This addition to Beijing’s bookstore scene offers the best selection under one roof (in art/design, food & wine, bestsellers, classics, etc.), with competitive prices for English-language material. 1) Daily 24hrs. S2, 1-2/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6626,,; 2) Daily 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, page1_cwtc@pageonegroup. com,; 3) Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. Shop 50, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0408, page1_cwtc@, page1_indigo@ 叶一堂, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南 区2楼1-2层; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商 城三期地下2层; 3) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港 地铁层50号

Peekabook House Home to a range of classic English picture books and popular novels for younger readers, as well as a variety of Chinese children’s books. Both branches offer bilingual story times, arts and crafts programs, and birthday party options. 1) Daily 9.30am8.30pm. F305, Building 10, Phoenix City Commercial Street, Sanyuan Qiao, Chaoyang District. (5866 8064, peekahouse@yahoo.; 2) Tue-Sun 9.30am-8.30pm. 206, Building 10, Baihuan Jiayuan, 66 Guangqu Lu., Chaoyang District. (8773 8382/5884,; 3) Tue-Sun 9.30am-8.30pm. Room 302, Bottom floor, Building No.1, Yi Yuan, Bi Shui Yun Tian, Wan Liu Zhong Lu, Haidian District. (8256 7276, 8256 6324, www. 皮卡书屋, 1) 朝阳区东三环 路三元桥凤凰城商街10号楼F305; 2) 朝阳区广渠 路66号院百环家园10号楼206; 3) 海淀区万柳中 路碧水云天颐园1号楼底商302室 Poplar Kids Republic Bookstore A children’s bookstore with a comfortable play area inside. Daily 10am-7pm. Rm 1362, Bldg 13, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3032) 蒲 蒲兰绘本馆, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho13 号楼1362 Sanlian Taofen Bookstore About 800 meters northwest of Dongsi Station lies this wondrous bookstore for art lovers. The second floor of Sanlian offers a large selection of books on sketching, painting, calligraphy, photography, sculpture, architecture, graphics, fashion, home and furniture design, and even comic books! Biographies of famous artists can also be found here. In a nutshell, anything you could ever want to know about fine arts – ancient to modern, Eastern or Western – should be on these shelves. After locating your favorite book, enjoy it while sipping a warm cup of milk tea in the bookstore’s cafe. Most books are in Chinese, but a small selection of English books is available. Daily 9am-9pm. Meishuguan Dongjie (East of National Art Museum of China), Dongcheng District. (6407 1664, 6400 1122) 北京三联韬奋图书中心, 东城区北京美术馆东街 (中国美术馆东侧) Scholastic Children’s Library Stocks English books that young children can borrow. Library cards available at the centers. 1) Wed-Fri 9am6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 1B1-35-37 Solana, 1 Nonzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6377,; 2) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 2/F, Westside of Aisedun, Haidian District. (8265 2711,; 3) WedFri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 4/F, north side, of the Jinyuan Xin Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 5318/9, cpalowitch@; 4) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, SatSun 9am-7pm. F3-08, 3/F, Hualian Shangsha, Shangdi (at the south intersection), Haidian District. (6266 7734/94, cpalowitch@scholastic.; 5) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 3/F Glory Mall, 18 Xihuashi Dajie, Chongwen District. (6711 8059, cpalowitch@; 6) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, SatSun 9am-7pm. , Fengtai District. (8767 0865,; 7) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7 pm. 1/F Bldg B, Anzhen, Shenggu Jiayuan, Chaoyang District. (6443 8186,; 8) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7 pm. 3/F, Section E, Wangjing International Shopping Center, Chaoyang District. (5920 3790, www.scholastic. 学乐儿童教育集团, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区 农展馆南路1号朝阳公园西侧蓝色港湾国际商业 区1栋广场层1B1-35-37号; 2) 海淀区海淀区海 淀南路34号艾瑟顿公寓二层西侧(海淀妇幼保 健院对面); 3) 海淀区海淀区远大路1号金源新 燕莎四层北; 4) 海淀区海淀区上地南口 华联商 厦三层F3-08; 5) 崇文区崇文区西花市大街18 号 北京国瑞购物中心三层; 6) 丰台区Block 1, Bldg 28 (Tong Run Hui Guan Building), Fangzhuang, Fangguyuan, Shanghai Kids’ Books Shanghai Kids’ Books online bookstore offers English kids’ books (Spanish and French kids’ books to come soon) for ages 0-12. Board games and toys

are also available. Cash on delivery to any address in Beijing. Business hours are 9am6pm. To order go to www.shanghaikidsbooks. com, call 135 0178 8664 or e-mail jessica@ or shanghaikidsbooks@ TT-Art Bookstore Musicians and music lovers will find this bookstore to be a haven: Not only can you find sheet music for all kinds of instruments - piano, strings, woodwind, brass, drums and more – but also books, CDs and DVDs about music history, theory, voice training and self-lessons. From Beethoven to Bob Dylan, this bookstore will satisfy a music lover’s every desire. When you have found your favorite book, head to the instrument store, which is only a few meters away, to get some professional tools or parts to repair and tune your instrument. Daily 9am-9pm. 43 Baojia Jie (600m south of Fuxingmen Bridge), Xicheng District. (6641 1860) 天天艺术 专业音乐连锁店, 西城区鲍家街43号 (复兴门 桥南600米) Wangfujing Bookstore 10am-9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6513 2842, 6525 2592) 王府井书店, 东城区王府井大街218号 Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore Fabulous Chinese-language selection of kids’ books, including lavishly illustrated kids’ encyclopedias, tons of easy-readers and brightly illustrated books for kids just learning Chinese, plus posters, fun interactive books and myriad learning aids. The English selection is slim, but a budget-stretching option is to pick up the super cheap, green-bound, China published softcover editions of classics like Kidnapped and Tom Sawyer. Daily 10am-9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 2592) 王府井 新华书店, 东城区王府井大街218号

Home Accessories and Gear Aika Cheap, modern-ish furniture of every make and model as well construction materials and interior decoration companies. 1) MonFri 9.30am-6.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-7pm. Wangjing outlet, 66 Beixiangbin Lu, Guangshun Qiao, Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8490 4696); 2) Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6.30pm. Yansha outlet, 36A Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 1125); 3) Daily 9am-9pm. Xisihuan outlet, 119 Xisihuan Beilu, 200m south of Sijiqing Qiao, Haidian District. (8845 7900/2); 4) Mon-Fri 9am-6.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. Nansanhuan outlet, 75 Chengshousi Lu, Fengtai District. (6765 7187) 爱家家居, 1) 朝阳区望京 店, 广顺北大街香宾路66号; 2) 朝阳区燕莎店, 亮马桥路甲36号; 3) 海淀区西四环路店, 西四环 北路119号(四季青桥南200米); 4) 丰台区南三环 店, 成寿寺路75号 BabyGro Beijing BabyGro is Beijing’s one-stop shop for imported maternity, baby and toddler gear. Run by moms for moms, BabyGro stocks safe, innovative and high quality products. They have a large selection of maternity items and pregnancy clothes, as well as breast pumps, bottles, formula, safety items and toys for babies and kids. Brands include ERGObaby, Grobag, Medela, EGG Maternity, Sono Vaso, Crayola, Mini Micro, Recaro, Micralite, Trunki, Skip Hop, Playgro and Organic Family. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm. Shop 5058, Bldg A, 5/F, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaowai Lu (across from Central Park), Chaoyang District. (5900 0601,; 2) Wed-Sun 10am5pm. Cathay View Garden Shopping Mall (next to Beijing Riviera Villas), 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 1690, johanna@ 慧宝, 1) 朝阳区朝外路6号朝外SOHO5层A座5058店铺( 新城国际对面); 2) 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观唐 广场二期商铺 Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) Daily 10am-8.30pm. Unit LB09, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785); 2) 10.30am-6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091) www. 1) 顺义区天竺镇 裕翔路99号欧陆广场LB09; 2) 顺义区天竺镇花梨 坎村南“荣祥广场308室 Cuccina Founded in 2011, Cuccina is a retailer specializing in quality kitchen furnishings and gourmet cookware. Brands include Le Creuset, Swissmar, Microplane, Joseph Joseph, Typhoon, Eva Solo, Lékué, and more. 1) Daily 10am-9pm. Shop 55, B1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8420 0971); 2) 17 Gongti Beilu (across from north gate of Workers’ Stadium, in the same building as Bodhi), Chaoyang District. (6413 0223) 品厨, 1) 朝阳 区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG55; 2) 朝阳区工体北路17号(工体北门对面) Dazhong With 41 stores across Beijing, it’s easy to find a branch of this reliable chain, which stocks domestic and foreign brands of household appliances, TVs, DVD players, PCs and more. Visit for a map showing all store locations. Or call toll-free 800 810 9110 for further information. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 1) (First floor of Carrefour) Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) 200 meters west of Dawang Qiao, Jianguo Lu (across from Wanda Plaza), Chaoyang District. (8884 9522) 大中电器连锁店, 1) 朝阳区广渠路,家乐福楼 下; 2) 朝阳区大望桥店,建国路大望桥往西200米 万达广场对面 Easy Home Enormous selection of things like paint, tiles, doors, windows, false ceilings, wallpaper, stone slabs, tiles, wood flooring, carpeting, light fixtures and more. It also sells tons of furniture. Interior decorating companies have offices in these shops. Daily 10am-9pm. 1) Golden Resources Outlet, Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 3398); 2) Yuquanying outlet, 58 Nansanhuan Xilu, Fengtai District. (8367 9622); 3) Shilihe Outlet, 106 Dayangfang Lu, Shibali Dian, Chaoyang District. (6730 5322); 4) Beisihuan Outlet, 65 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8463 9988) www.juran. 居然之家, 1) 海淀区金源店, 远大路1 号; 2) 丰台区玉泉营店, 南三环西路58号; 3) 朝 阳区十里河店, 十八里店大羊坊路106号; 4) 朝 阳区北四环店, 北四环东路65号 Gome In its 14 stores across the city, GOME stocks a wide range of home appliances as well as PCs and DVD players from the cheap to the mind-blowingly expensive. The sales assistants are very capable. If taking your player to another country, ask if it has encoding restrictions. See load/2005/8/18/20050818053557142.jpg for all addresses. 1) Daily 9am-9pm. Shuangjing Qiao West, Chaoyang District. (5862 3091); 2) 1/F, Zhongxin Digital Building, 8 Zhongguancun Xiqu, Haidian District. (8287 1276, 8287 1259); 3) Daily 9am-7pm. 31 Beisanhuan Xilu, Haidian District. (8211 8637, freephone 800 990 6600) 国美电器商城, 1) 朝阳区东三环双井桥西; 2) 海淀区中关村西区8 号中芯数码商城1层; 3) 海淀区北三环西路31号 Goodbaby Children Store Goodbaby Corporation is one of the biggest children’s gear companies in China. Their own brands include Goodbaby, Geoby and Little Dinosaur, and the store is also the exclusive retailer of international brands such as Cosco, Huffy Sports, Maxi-Cosi, Nike Kids and Tommee Tippee. They have outlets in dozens of Beijing malls, including the New China Children’s Store, Xin Dong’an Shopping Mall, Parkson, Sogo, Ito Yokado, New World Department Store and Wangfujing Department Store. To get a good deal, try ordering from Goodbaby’s Chinese-language online shop. (800 820 2880, 8353 7775) mallmng/mainpage.aspx Hola Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 117 Xisihuan Beilu, Jinsiji Shopping Center, Haidian District.; 2) 66 Xiangbinbu, Shunyi District.; 3) 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6772 8007) 特力屋, 1) 海淀区西四环北 路117号金四季购物中心; 2) 顺义区香宾路66号; 3) 东城区东直门南大街1号 Home Depot This US home improvement chain is a one-stop shop for lovers of DIY. Find high quality products for your garden, home or garage. They also provide professional design

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Directories and installation service. Daily 9am-9pm. 1) 78 Xisihuan Zhonglu, Fengtai District. (6822 0606); 2) 2 Chengshousi Lu, Fengtai District. (8761 0606) 1) 丰台区西四环店,丰台区西四环中路78 号; 2) 丰台区分钟寺店,丰台区成寿寺路甲2号 Ikea Stocks a wide range of children’s gear, including extendable beds, high chairs, changing tables, cupboard units and Patrull safety equipment (cabinet/door locks, safety gates, corner bumpers, window catches, etc.). Save your skin by paying to have Ikea technicians assemble your purchases at home. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District. (800 810 5679) 宜 家家居, 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号(四元桥 西北角)

IQAir 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 allaround 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) B1/F, 03A Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922,; 2) Daily 10am10pm. 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601, info@iqair-china. com); 3) 10am-8pm. 6/F, Parkson Plaza, 101 Fuxingmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (157 1286 8485,; 4) Daily 10am10pm. B1/F, Parkson Plaza Taiyanggong, Bldg 1, 12 Qi Sheng Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (157 1286 8454,; 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401,; 6) Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 1801-03, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800,; 7) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 8) Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. B1/F, Golden Resources New Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (157 1286 9044,; 9) 10am-10pm. B2/F, Scitech Plaza, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (188 1020 5987, 1) 顺义区天 竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下一层03A; 2) 朝阳 区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 3) 西城区复 兴门内大街101号6层百盛复兴门店家电部; 4) 朝 阳区七圣中街12号院1号楼B1百盛太阳宫店生活家 电区; 5) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地5层生活家 电区; 6) 朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦1801-03室; 7) 西城区金城坊街金融街417号四层; 8) 海淀区 远大路1号金源新燕莎商城地下1层; 9) 朝阳区建 国门外大街22号赛特购物中心地下二层 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.



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(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 Muji 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Joy City Chaoyang, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8552 6752); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 2/F, Phase 2, Beijing U-Town, 5 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8563 5386); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F and 2/F, Beijing Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmen Dajie, Chongwen District. (6715 6880); 4) Daily 10am-10pm. 2/F, Wangfujing Department Store, 251-253 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2148); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. L322-330, China Central Place, 6 Xidawanglu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5948); 6) Daily 10am-10pm. SMM73-79, M/F, Bldg 1, Solana Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6848); 7) Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-10pm. 1/F, Joy City, 131A Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6248) 无印良品, 1) 朝阳区朝阳北路101号朝北大悦城1层; 2) 朝阳区 三丰北里5号悠唐生活广场2期2层; 3) 崇文区崇 外大街18号国瑞城1F-2F; 4) 东城区王府井大街 251-253号王府井百货2层; 5) 朝阳区西大望路甲 6号华贸购物中心L322-330; 6) 朝阳区朝阳公园 路6号蓝色港湾国际商区1号楼M层SMM73-79; 7) 西城区西单北大街甲131号大悦城1层 RGF Pro-active Air Purification System The RGF-DESKTOP system is small, compact, lightweight, easy to install and use in any place. PHI Cell reduces not only germs, viruses. And bacteria but also harmful gases, VOCs, odors, tobacco smoke, suspended airborne particulates as small as 0.01 mm, which are common indoor air pollutants in modern buildings and home. Many air purifiers only purify the air that passes through the device. This results in a large percentage of the room left untreated and unprotected. PHI Cell not only treats the air that passes through the device, but it also sends the friendly oxidizers into the entire room for a complete coverage. Traditional air purifiers often require regular maintenance, which results in high operational cost. The Desktop requires no cleaning and maintenance. It consumes no more than 10W and operates with lowpressure drop. This provides a great way to save energy for building operators and home owners. F11, North Tower, Daheng Technology Towers, 3 Suzhou Street, Haidian District. (400 818 6660, 美国艾洁弗主 动式空气净化器, 海淀区苏州街大恒科技大厦 北座11层 Villa Lifestyles Villa Lifestyles has been serving the Beijing community for more than five years. Providing you with quality name brand products backed by great service, they have the widest selection of 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. Daily 10am-9pm. B1/F, 03A Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, 顺 义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下1层03A

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Markets Alien Street Market One of Beijing’s most pleasant markets: sellers are polite, prices are fair, and the selection defies our powers of description. Since they cater to Russian shuttle traders, the stalls here generally carry more ample sizes – notably for bras, stockings and pants. Particularly worthy of attention are the coats, pants, and belts. They also have accessories galore, and random stuff like toilet fixtures or swords. You’ll also find tea, shoes, toys, camping gear, spy equipment and electronics. Definitely haggle. Laofanjie Shichang, Yabao Lu (south of Fulllink Plaza), Chaoyang District. 老番街 市场, 朝阳区雅宝路 Guanyuan Wholesale Market This Chinese wholesale market features over 2,000 vendors. The first floor features mainly clothing, while the second sells trinkets of all sorts. Daily 9am-5pm. 4 Chegongzhuang Dajie, Xicheng District. (6501 1282) 北京官园 批发市场, 西城区车公庄大街甲4号 Hongqiao Market Here you’ll find T-shirts, silk pajamas, Chinese tchotchkes, beads, shoes, and some electronics, as well as a great fish market in the basement. But under daily siege from foreigners eager to share their wealth, this landmark market is seriously overpriced – for everything. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. If you nevertheless find yourself there with your camera, head up to the fifth floor balcony for an amazing view of the Temple of Heaven. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 46 Hongqiao Lu, Chongwen District. (6713 3354) 红桥市场, 崇文区红桥 路46号 Muxiyuan Fabric Market “Muxiyuan” refers collectively to all the fabric markets in the area south of Muxiyuan Qiao. One of the biggest is Jingdu Qingfangcheng. It’s easy to get lost – happily – in the enormous and crowded maze of stalls. You’ll find a galaxy of fabrics (silk, cashmere, lace, cotton, embroidery) as well as fake and real fur, zippers, brass buttons, and so much more. Finding the nicer material may take some effort, though. Prices are very, very low, especially if you haggle. Tips: Before you fall in love with any textiles, ask vendors if they sell in less-than-wholesale amounts. Even if they don’t, nearly every stall has a box of fabric remnants (mostly 1.5-3m) for sale out in front, which may be sufficient for your needs. Ladies, you’ll need 2-3m for a long qipao. Fellas, a tailored shirt requires about 2m, trousers 2.5m. (For stripes or plaids, add half a meter.) If you want to match the fabric of a favorite item of clothing, don’t forget to bring it along for comparison. Both light silks and the heaviest furs can be found all year round, but stock does tend to change by season. Lace/cording/elastic is measured out in yards, not meters. Dahongmen Lu (south of Muxiyuan long-distance bus station), south of Muxiyuan Qiao on South Third Ring Road,

Fengtai District. 木樨园纺织品市场, 丰台区 南三环木樨园桥往南大红门路木樨园长途汽 车站南侧 Silk Street Market Although this six-story market is overwhelmingly touristy (and therefore overpriced, even with bargaining), it is filled with everything imaginable – clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, electronics, and fabrics – each with its own section. Be prepared for loud and pushy sellers who are accustomed to dealing with foreigners. 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 Tianle 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 Tianyu Market Toys of all manner at prices that won’t make you blush. Daily 9am-6pm. 10 Tuanjiehu Dongli, Chaoyang District. 天宇 市场, 朝阳区团结湖东里10号 Yashow Market Spoiled by the gaggles of free-spending tourists who come for bargain shopping, the stall owners here are less amenable to offering deep discounts to residents than their counterparts in other markets. Nevertheless, teen after teen told us they enjoy shopping here for copies of recent fashionable clothes: low-slung jeans, branded T-shirts, baggy pants and oversized athletic wear. Daily 9.30am-9pm. 58 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1726) 雅秀市场, 朝 阳区工体北路58号 Yuquanying Flower Market Looking for Dutch tulips? The Yuquanying Flower Market sells said posies for only RMB 6, and stocks a wide selection of flowers and plants, including a good number of rare breeds. Daily 9am6pm. 71 Nansanhuan Xilu, Fengtai District. (6750 1026) 玉泉营花卉市场, 丰台区南三环 西路71号 Zoo Clothing Market This incredible indoor market, and the similarly laid out buildings around it (Jinkaili and Tianqi), have mazes of shops and stalls with wonderfully inexpensive clothes, shoes, and accessories (with heavy haggling, of course). You can find “brand name” goods, but also tons of non-branded trendy Chinese styles. A favorite of the locals, and apparently unknown to tourists, the shopping experience here is hectic but exciting, and with such low prices it’s hard not to walk away with something ... or a whole new wardrobe. Daily 6am-5pm. Xizhimenwai Dajie (south of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District. (8837 8056) 动物园服装批发 市场, 西城区西直门外大街(北京动物园路南)

Photography Studios & Services Spring Cameras Camera shop in the Cheniandian Hutong that offers secondhand cameras including unique vintage finds. Film (instant and roll) is available in-store, as are developing, printing, and camera repair services. Shop also offers a range of antiquated vintage items, from old brown leather bags to colorful rotary phones. MonFri, 10am-Midnight; Sat-Sun, noon-midnight. 52 Cheniandian Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6729 2366) 东城区车辇店胡同52号 The Age of Innocence Photo Studio Daily 9am-6pm. 21 LiangmaqiaoLu,Fenghuayuan Drive-in Movie Theater, Chaoyang District. (6438 7680, 130 5108 3601) www.mycznd. com 纯真年代摄影工作室, 朝阳区亮马桥路21 号, 枫花园汽车电影院 Baby Angel Photography 9am-5.30pm. Rm. 0102, 2/F, 2 Jianwai SOHO, 39 Donsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3503, 宝贝 天使专业儿童摄, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路39号 建外SOHO 2号楼2层0102室

Directories Beautiful Angel Photography Studio Beautiful Angel specializes in high-quality, customized individual portraits and family photos. The team is made up of female photographers and experienced graphic artists. Mon-Fri 10am-7pm. Rm B1-14, B1/F, Lane 22, Pingod, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Weibo: @天使爱美丽摄影空 间 (5821 1377, 天使爱美丽摄影空间, 朝阳区 百子湾路32号苹果社区22院街B1-14 Beijing Prekids Studio 8am-6pm. BalizhuangEast Yuanyangtiandi Section, Building64 Room907, Chaoyang District. (+86 10 85863082, http:// 坚果和巧克力儿 童摄影机构, 朝阳区东八里庄远洋天地小区64 号楼907室 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 China Photo Studio 180 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 0624) 中国照相馆, 东城区东城更趋王府井大街180号 Dkids Photography Studio A professional photography studio specializing in family portraits and high quality shots of your wee ones. Tue-Sun 9.30am-6pm. Rm 1102, Bldg 12, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (400 8811 096, dkids@ 守望 者儿童摄影空间, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 Soho12号楼1102 ELF kids Photography Daily 9.30am5.30pm. 5-2-101, 33 Shiyun Haoting, Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8776 9877, 152 0110 0176, www. 爱儿菲亲子摄影工作室, 朝阳区广渠路33 号石韵浩庭5-2-101 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, gibphotostudio@ 朝阳区宋庄镇 小堡村北街241号 Littleones Kids & Family Portrait Studio This Western photography studio specializes in newborn, children, family, and maternity photos. Photo shoots are tailored to each family. Daily 9am-6pm. Swan Bay Building 16, suite 2203, Chao Yang Bei Lu, Chaoyang District. (8577-9987, cn) 美国乐童万色儿 童摄影机构, 朝阳区朝阳北路天鹅湾南区16号 楼2203 Mishka Family Photography This husband and wife team speak Russian, English and Chinese. Offers professional portraits, actions shots, and specializes in photographing children. 1) C3, Fuli City, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Rm 1910, CAMEO Center, Guangshunnan Dajie, Chaoyang District. (maxim@mishka. pro), 1) 朝 阳区双井桥富力城C3; 2) 朝阳区广顺南大街嘉 美中心1910

photography service in Beijing. As parent photographers, their focus is on all-natural lighting to capture moments of kids being themselves – whether happy, sad, needy, lost, confused, or curious.They specialize in portraits (including kids and families, celebrities) and publication projects. Photographers work with clients on a tailored plan beforehand and can travel to the shoot venue. Art prints are also available on their website. Special offers are available for family days. (6401 7645, 生命非 幻觉摄影 Nova Photo Studio Daily 10am-6.30pm. W-1317, 3/F, West Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 3107) 尚都摄影, 朝阳区东 大桥路8号Soho尚都西塔3层W-1317 Smile Photography Studio Smile Photography Studio does commercial shoots, advertising, product shoots, events, portraits, video, and more. Rm 101, Unit 1, Bldg 1, Qingfeng Huajinyuan, Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (183 0104 7315) 永乐摄影, 海淀区海 淀区学院路青枫华锦园1号楼1单元101室 The Bloom Family Photography Recently relocated to Sihui East, frequent beijingkids collaborator The Bloom Family Photography provides high-quality photography services to families. Featuring candid and customized photography, Bloom aims to capture the uniqueness and personality of its subjects. The studio is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and is also available for local and domestic travel. Daily 10am-6pm. 361#-2-2502, RunZe Mansion, Qingyuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (8559 1851, 155 1061 6900, www.BloomPic. com 花开摄影机构 VivaXiao Photography Studio Formerly known as Small World Photo Studio, VivaXiao is a professional photography studio based in Shunyi. Providing services both in and out of the studio, VivaXiao aims to create memorable photos that evoke emotions, capture memories, and awaken the imagination. Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Rm 509510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. (80461603 (Chinese), 13691091046 (English)) 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

Shopping Centers & Malls Golden Resources New Yansha Mall Rumored to be the largest mall in the world, Golden Resources has over 500 stores sporting everything from toys and clothes (Ports, Ecco and Esprit), to restaurants, to car showrooms, and there is also an onsite movie theater and ice-skating rink. Parking for 10,000 (!) cars. Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, FriSun 10am-10pm. 1 Yuanda Lu (300m north of Changchun Bridge), Haidian District. (8887 3800) 金源新燕莎 商城, 海淀区远大路1号(长春桥北300米) Indigo Mall Swire Properties’ new megamall located right by 798 is home to a massive supermarket and a cinema, as well as a trendy array of popular shops (including bla bla bra, GAP) and local eateries (Blue Frog, Element Fresh). Daily 10am-10pm. 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0898) 颐堤港, 朝阳 区酒仙桥路18

Mythfoto Photography Studio 9am6pm. Rm 3-319, Runfeng Jiashang Building, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5703 5813, 855 65219, 北京绚烂馆摄影, 朝阳 区朝阳区朝阳北路润枫嘉尚3-319

Joy City Chaoyang Xidan’s Joy City has just opened a second branch in Chaoyang, with a number of popular brands including Sephora, Hugo Boss and H&M, plus a two-floor supermarket and plenty of restaurants. Daily 10am-8pm. 10/F, 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. (8557 9888) 朝阳北路大悦城, 朝阳区 朝阳北路101,青年路口东北角

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Lufthansa Center Kids World on the sixth floor has genuine toys from Lego, Chicco,

Barbie, Playwell and Fisher-Price. Foster a culinary appetite with the cooking sets that come in Korean, Western (Magimix, coffee maker, oven) and Japanese (velcro fish, hibachi) versions. Other gift ideas include electric cars and motocycles, bouncing indoor trampolines, kids’ computers and more. Daily 10am-10pm. 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1188 ext 675) 燕莎购物中心, 朝阳区亮马桥路52号 The Malls at Oriental Plaza Oriental Plaza has proved an unmitigated hit, with shoppers drawn to brands like Burberry, Givenchy, Sisley, H2O, Soda, TSE, Max Mara, Bally, Valentino and Esprit. If you’re looking for a flamboyant striped tie and a vintage edition of the Ramones’ Rocket to Russia, then you should pop by the new Paul Smith shop. Don’t forget to drop by Watson’s pharmacy and the mega CRC supermarket. 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6363) 东方新天地, 东城区东长安街1号 Nali Patio This Mediterranean-style mall in Sanlitun features boutiques selling unique women’s clothing, shoes (, food and daily use products, as well as f&b venues like Alameda, Jazz-Ya, Tryst and Kiosk. Sanlitun Lu (entrance is halfway up Bar Street), Chaoyang District. 那里市场, 朝阳区 三里屯路酒吧街

Toys Beijing International Toy City It may not technically be a city but it’s not far off. With more than 1000 individual retailers spanning over five floors, this Fengtai paradise is the largest toy market in North China. Independent retailers brush shoulders with international brands like Lego, Disney and Tomy, so you won’t be spoiled for choice. 77 Nansanhuan Zhonglu, Fengtai District, Fengtai District. (8781 9999) 北京国际玩具城, 丰台区南三环中路77号 Toys R Us The stores are stocked with over a thousand types of toys, including Lego, Gundam, Transformers. Educational toys, covering language and geography as well as other subjects, are also available.Toys “R” Us, headquartered in New Jersey, made its foray into the China market in 2006 by opening the flagship store in Super Brand Mall in the Shanghai Pudong New Area. It now has 38 stores in 24 cities on the Chinese mainland and two online stores, among its 1,600 stores around the globe. The retailer plans to further expand the mainland market by having 50 stores by the end of 2013, and 100 stores by 2015. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 52-B1, Kaide Mall, Taiyanggong Zhonglu 12, Chaoyang District. (8429 7072); 2) 10-5F, Chaoyang Joy City, Chaoyang Beilu 101, Chaoyang District. (8552 2898); 3) L4716, 4F, Huarun Dreamland, 68 Qinghe Zhongjie, Haidian District. (8281 0750); 4) C12-B1, Golden Resource Shopping Mall, Yuanda Lu 1, Haidian District. 玩具 反斗城, 1) 朝阳区太阳宫中路12号楼凯德广场 B1层52号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳北路101号朝阳大悦城 5F-10; 3) 海淀区清河中街68号华润五彩城购物 中心二期4层L4716号商铺; 4) 海淀区远大路1号 北京世纪金源购物中心地下1层C12号商铺

Sports Bowling Cosmic Bowling Strike! Whoever said silence is golden clearly never experienced the 10-pin joys of Cosmic Bowling’s 20-lane alley. Prices vary throughout the day, but start from RMB 12/game or RMB 100/hour. Daily 6pm-2am. 3/F, Lido Hotel, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688 ext 3801) 北 京沙明建保龄球俱乐部, 朝阳区将台路6号丽 都饭店三层

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, info@ 朝 阳区酒仙桥中路26号新华联丽港2号楼601室 Beijing Outdoor Adventure Club The Beijing Outdoor Adventure Club is a group of enthusiastic explorers of all ages and fitness levels who want to experience something new and amazing every time they head out of town! Sponsored by Cycle China, the Beijing Outdoor Adventure Club organizes regular free, split-cost, and paid bicycle tours, hiking excursions and outdoor adventures mostly in and around Beijing, but sometimes throughout China. Members are encouraged to organize their own trips, and can contact Cycle China to help arrange at-cost transportation if need be. Beijing-Outdoor-Adventure-Club China Travellers China Travellers offers a variety of walking, hiking, trekking, and camping tours on the Great Wall. Participants step off the beaten path to witness the remote, historic and unspoiled Great Wall. The group also offers historical and ecological trips to all corners of rural Beijing. Explore the pristine beauty of high mountains, ancient temples, and rural villages. Hikes are non-invasive and non-exploitative, preserving these natural sites for generations to come. Other events include cultural activities like hutong explorations, Chinese cuisine, Chinese philosophy, Tao-Te Ching, Chinese tea culture, and more ( Dandelion Hiking (13124788581, buqunzi@ 蒲公英远足 Great Wall Hikers Great Wall Hikers is a licensed travel agency that provides catered adventure tours to the best sections of the Great Wall. Their Great Wall tours include half-day and full-day hiking tours, as well as trekking with overnight stays and camping on the Great Wall. Biking tours are also available. Mon-Sun 9am-8pm. (139 1188 6524,

Horse Riding Asgard Horsemanship Club Tues-Sun 7am-5pm. Shunhuang Lu, just west of Danshui Restaurant, Chaoyang District. (8459 5908) 亚萨园乡村俱 乐部, 朝阳区顺黄路淡水餐厅西边 Equuleus International Riding Club This accredited horse riding club, which is the only British Horse Society Approved Riding Center and Livery Yard in mainland China, houses 117 horses, 13 bilingual trainers with CHS (based on BHS) horse instructor’s certificate. Different riding packages available (insurance included). Tue-Sun 7am-noon, 2-6pm. 91 Shunbai Lu, Sunhe Town (north of and parallel to Xiang Jiang Beilu), Chaoyang District. (135 2233 9691, equuleushorse88@ 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

April 2014



The Circuit The Circuit is a chance to check out what’s happening on the Beijing family scene. Want to see your event on these pages? Send an email with the date of your event, a brief description, and at least three high-resolution photos (1MB and over) to by April 11. beijingkids and JingKids 2014 Spring School Choice Fair, Sponsored by RGF AIR Purifiers The beijingkids and JingKids 2014 Spring School Choice Fair received over 2,500 attendees on March 1 and 2 at Hilton Beijing and was sponsored by RGF AIR Purifiers. Lectures by schools and parent panel discussions were held throughout the two days. beijingkids would like to thank all its exhibitors, sponsors, and guests for making this year’s Spring School Choice Fair another success.

photos: Mitchell pe masilun And ken



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The Circuit

photos: ken

DCB Hosts ISCMS Gala Concert at Forbidden City Concert Hall On February 22, the seventh International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS) festival came to a close with a gala concert at the Forbidden City Concert Hall. Dulwich College Beijing hosted the event, which featured more than 350 students from across Asia. The highlight of the night was a world premiere of Grammy Award-winning composer Christopher Tin’s “Temen Oblak,” which he conducted himself. This event was sponsored by beijingkids.

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The Circuit Atelier Celebrates International Women’s Day On March 8, Atelier held a free event to celebrate International Women’s Day, “Dare Your Feminism!” Around a dozen people created their idea of feminism through screen printing. A few families also joined, with the kids making the design and the parents printing them.

BCIS Students Perform The Servant of Two Masters From February 20-22, Grade 9 and 10 students from Beijing City International School of Beijing staged a production of Carlo Goldoni’s comedy The Servant of Two Masters to a soldout crowd. The evening also included a three-course meal for audience members.

photos: courtesy of Atelier and bcis



2014 April

The Circuit BWYA’s Packs of Hope In January and March, BWYA students from the Lido and Wangjing campuses participated in the Packs of Hope project, which collects school materials for donation. The school put together 68 backpacks with stationery, including exercise books and writing materials, that were given to The River of Grace Church to help kids in Southeast China.

photos: bwya and cisb

The Red Carpet Treatment On March 14 and 15, Grade 4 students from the Canadian International School of Beijing visited the China National Film Museum to learn how sound and light has transformed the film and photography industry over the years. The children left with a DVD souvenir of themselves performing action sequences against a green screen.

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The Circuit ISB Hosts 2014 ACAMIS Red Division Basketball From January 23-25, the International School of Beijing hosted the 2014 ACAMIS Red Division Basketball Championships. ACAMIS is one of the few organizations to provide a tournament opportunity for Junior Varsity (JV) teams. This year, ISB offered the tournament to both the school’s JV Blue and ISB JV White teams. The ISB White Boys and their coach, Anton Taruc, took home the tournament sportsmanship trophy.

IMTI and JDM Hosts Dr. Joyce S. Pickering Workshops On February 13 and 15, the International Montessori Teaching Institute (IMTI) and Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten (JDM) received American Montessori Society president Dr. Joyce S. Pickering. She delivered two workshops for teachers and parents at IMTI and the International Montessori School of Beijing respectively.

photos: courtesy of isb and imti



2014 April

The Circuit And the Awards Go to… On February 28, New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) hosted the second award ceremony for the art exhibition of The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten students. More than 20 students attended with their families. They viewed the art exhibition, toured the hospital, enjoyed snacks, got goodie bags, and played with Snow White, Dr. Panda, and an external bubble magician.

photos: courtesy of ncwch and o’le ski

O’le Ski Hosts ISSCC 2014 On March 1 and 2, 33 skiers and snowboarders of various ages and international schools took part in the International Schools Snowsports Championships China, a weekend of training, racing, and awards. The two-day event saw the YCIS Beijing team come out on top, with ISB in second place and BCIS in third place. The gold medal winners were Lucas Barron of ISB, Amelia Peng of Daystar, Ella and Callum Jones of DCB, David Yamamoto of YCIS Beijing, and Wayne Huang of BCIS.

April 2014



The Circuit PFS Visits Community Helpers On February 20, students and teachers from Positive Foundations School visited the Shunyi Fire Station to see the fire trucks and meet firefighters. Then, on February 25, they visited the ARRAIL Dental Clinic in Shunyi to meet dentists and learn about good oral hygiene.

Side by Side’s Annual Ski Trip On February 20, Side by Side students went on their annual ski trip. Dominic, Eric, and Max were excited to have Ian along; he did a great job skiing for the first time.

photos: courtesy of pfs and Side by side



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The Circuit Sixth Annual WAB Career Fair In February, the Western Academy of Beijing held its sixth annual WAB Career Fair, welcoming 52 professionals to speak with students about work options after graduation. The event offered both small, industry-focused panel sessions and a more traditional open fair.

photos: courtesy of wab and aier intech

Keeping an Eye on Things On February 27, a group of 25 Year 11 students from Yew Chung International School of Beijing visited Beijing Aier Intech Eye Hospital and got to see a live LASIK surgery. They also attended a talk by Dr. He Chunchun, medical director of the international clinic, and got eye exams.

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Family Favorites Favorite Day Trip We sometimes go the suburbs of Haidian (particularly the Sijiqing area, where there are many gardens with fruit and vegetable picking as well as chickens, geese, and pigeons. My kids love them.

Date Night If we’re tired, we might find a peaceful restaurant or coffee shop simply to talk to each other. Sometimes, we go to the movie theater while leaving the kids with the grandparents or ayi.

Favorite Way to Relax Find a green area, lay a mat on it, sit or lie down, and let the kids play freely. It is simple and easy.

Weekend Activities We go to Chaoyang Park or Si’de Park if the weather is good or drive out of the city to greener areas.

Best Places to Shop Solana or Indigo Mall because they are conveniently close to us.

Family Rituals We have lunch on Sundays with my mother and my sister.

Rainy Day Activities I bring the kids out in their rain boots and raincoats. Though the rain can be messy, they get very excited about it and it’s rare here.

Favorite Neighborhood Lido because it’s less crowded and has fewer high rises, with many good restaurants, bars, shops, and parks. It’s also close to 798 Art District.

Favorite Summer Activity Swimming at Chaoyang Park’s summer beach and pool, but it can get crowded. We sometimes go to the Lido Hotel pool instead.

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2014 April

photo: sui

Feng Cheng and Kitty Wang are from Tangshan and Zhengzhou respectively. After being set up by friends, they now have two kids: Claire (age 4) and Sean (almost 2), both students at The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten. Feng Cheng is the director of China Culture Center (CCC) and Kitty is a full-time mom. Recently, we caught up with Feng Cheng to find out what he and his family like to do in their spare time. Sijia Chen

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