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August 2011

THE EXTRA EDGE Extracurriculars to get you thinking, playing and contributing

Take a Ride See Beijing by bike Beach Babe Dive in at Crab Island A Mom’s Mission Revitalizing special needs care


Make a spicy salad Visit Buttery Valley Camp under the stars

August 2011 PRICE:RMB¥15.00(DOMESTIC) US$4.95(ABROAD)

THE EXTRA EDGE Extracurriculars to get you thinking, playing and contributing

Take a Ride See Beijing by bike Beach Babe Dive in at Crab Island A Mom’s Mission Revitalizing special needs care

PLUS Visit Butterfly Valley Make a summer salad Camp under the stars

August 2011 Contents






Features 52


Give a Little


The Extra Mile


Kidtastic Clubs

Top 5 Places to … Grab hutong eats

How extracurriculars helped four Beijing graduates


Dining Out Villa Castanea

Volunteer groups that need your help


Food for Thought A light summer salad

Choose a new extracurricular for the new school year


Living 20







Health Ms. Nutrition Avoid image-conscious eating


The Doc is In The use and abuse of antibiotics

Outside: Butterfly Valley Make friends of the winged variety

Updates, recommendations and interesting finds


What’s Fun In: Crab Island Get some sand between your toes

Keeping cool

Family Travels Travel through Thailand

36 38

Sleep under the stars in Inner Mongolia

Day Tripper Explore Beijing by bike


August 2011 Contents





Learning 40

When I Grow Up I want to be a Heyrobics instructor


Blank Canvas Artwork from KinStar students


Debate Club How much independence should teens have?

Parenting 46



Editor’s Note


August Calendar


Top 10 Things to do in August


August Events


New Arrivals Say hello to Beijing’s smallest



Alternate Routes


Family Favorites The Hoch Family

For the love of the game


The Circuit Happenings in the Beijing family scene

One mother’s mission to help Beijing’s special needs children

Beijing Baba A father’s battle against brain-draining tech

Directories 64 70 71 72 72 74 81 86

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


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Age-by-Age Index Babies Shake, rattle and roll ........................................................ 14 Explore UCCA.................................................................... 16 Play with percussion .......................................................... 17 Bang a bongo ................................................................... 17 Stroll through the hutongs ................................................. 25 Put your toes in the sand ................................................... 28 Discover a Beijing family’s favorites .................................... 96

Toddlers Play board games.............................................................. 14 See Elmo on stage ............................................................ 14 Meet the Ugly Duckling ...................................................... 14 Eat your way through the hutongs...................................... 25 Dine outdoors .................................................................. 25 Go fish ............................................................................. 28 Admire butterflies .............................................................. 32

Elementary School Kids Be an inventor .................................................................. 14 Hike the Great Wall ........................................................... 14 Cheer on your football team ............................................... 14 Register for Girl Scouts ...................................................... 17 Master karate.................................................................... 17 Explore Thailand ............................................................... 34 Pick an extracurricular ....................................................... 60

Middle and High School Kids Catch a movie ................................................................... 13 Shed the ice ..................................................................... 13 Get crafty ......................................................................... 17 See Beijing by bike ............................................................ 38 Try Heyrobics .................................................................... 40 Volunteer for a good cause ................................................ 52 Spruce up your college application...................................... 55

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Editor's Note

The editor (age 1) eats some birthday cake, part of a nutritious breakfast for every sports person

The Bloomer-Skip-Run Method An athlete only a mother could love


here I come from, big girls serve one purpose in primary school: To play on the basketball team. My height and weight made me the best player in the under 10 league. But it’s easy to crush your opponents when, if given half the chance, you literally could crush them. I would drag myself up and down the court, and when the time came, I’d simply shoot the ball into the hoop that stood eye-level to me. It wasn’t hard. But don’t interpret this to mean that I was actually any good. I spent most of the game trying to see if my mum and dad were watching me. Ironically, it was more important that they approved of my performance, than whether or not I was actually any good. As I progressed up through the ranks, it became clear that my head wasn’t really in the game. Loath to admit this to either myself or my parents, I kept playing. It was around this time that I developed the nervous habit of tugging at my bloomers when on the court. As a form of cruel and unusual punishment, the girls basketball team was not allowed the comfort of shorts like the boys team was. No, we had to wear giant armpit-high navy blue bloomers. I would pull and adjust them, aware that as the other girls caught up to me height wise, I would be revealed as the fraud I was. My habit got a little out of control. One day, as Mum was walking me out to the car after a game, she asked if everything was okay “down there.” I was 9 and had no idea what she was talking about. It had never occurred to me that as I was fiddling around with my giant underpants-like uniform, concerned basketball mums were asking my mother if I’d been to the doctor recently. All I knew was that my nervous twitch had been revealed to me. Not one to let a good thing go, I promptly ditched the bloomer rearranging and took up skipping instead. I realized that adding a few skips between every running stride gave me some much-needed air as well as a slight speed boost. The few benefits of my run-skip-run technique were negated entirely when I ditched running all together and proceeded to skip gaily up and

down the court. If my parents were ever embarrassed by my on-court antics, they never showed it. I, on the other hand, am humiliated that I would have ever done such a thing. If I was my own parent, I would’ve smacked myself over the head and told myself to play basketball properly like all the other uncoordinated, training bra-wearing little girls. Extracurriculars are not just about the children who do them, they’re about the parents as well. When kids know their dads saw their first three-point shot, or their moms watched as they won their first track medal, they feel so much pride: pride in themselves for doing it, and pride in the knowledge that they made their parents smile. So, in true back-to-school fashion, this month’s feature is all about ways for kids to try a new sport (p60), and volunteer their time (p52). We also ask students how extracurriculars helped them in the long run (p55). As for my basketball playing, I ditched all sports by the time I was 13 and took up writing instead. And last time I checked, my Mum and Dad are still proud of me. Dear readers: This is my last editor’s note at the healm of beijingkids. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.

Imogen Kandel Managing Editor August 2011





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173 45 8 9 10 11 12 18 22 15 16 17 23 30 22 23 24 25 26 24 2 29 30 31 1 28 Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs Tour

For ages 5 and up. Climb this lesscommercialized section of the Great Wall. See Aug 4 listing.

Workshop: Trip to Beijing Hutongs

For ages 12 and up and adults. Find out more about Beijing’s beautiful and historic hutongs. See Aug 8 listing.

INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning – Liangmaqiao

For adults. Get to know people who live close by

REGO Summer Coffee Group

For ages 13 and up. Join a series of show jumping and dressage training lessons with Jeremy. See Aug 17 listing.

A coffee morning for parents and collaborators. Every Tue until Aug 30. See All Month listing.

For adults. Help your children cope with the typical challenges of living internationally. See Aug 24 listing.

INN Monthly Meeting: Arrival Survival

Women’s Health Issues

Talk: Writer-Psychologist Douwe Draaisma and Novelist-Poet Henk Bernlef



For adults. Dr Stephanie Teoh will cover a range of issues concerning women’s health. See Aug 30 listing.

August 2011

BCIS Parents as Learners (PAL) Workshop Series

For adults. For adults. Discussion led by writer and psychologist Douwe Draaisma and novelist and poet Henk Bernlef. See Aug 31 listing.

For ages 2 and up. Join all your favorite Sesame Street friends on an adventure to help Elmo find a new home for his friend Sunny. See Aug 12 listing.

Summer Cinema: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

For ages 13 and up and adults. Grab an icy drink and pull up a chair to this summer’s last rooftop screening. See Aug 18 listing.

MSB School Open Day

For ages 3 and up and adults. Talk with teachers and visit the campus. See Aug 25 listing.

Powerful Women Seminar: Building Confidence

For adults. Learn about increased confidence, self esteem and being a persuasive communicator. See Sep 1 listing.

Hilton Beijing EY Inline SkateWangfujing Camp Newages Year’s EveThis one-week For 8+.

Enjoy scrumptious delights bufovernight camp runs throughfet-style to commemorate the out August. See All Month celebration. See Dec 31 listing. listing.


Horse Riding With Jeremy Michaels

For adults. Need help getting settled in the capital city? INN will help you navigate it all. See Aug 29 listing.

Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Green Thumb

Chinese Kitchen: Hunan

For adults. Try a cooking class with more chillies than Sichuan cuisine. See Aug 10 listing.

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



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Beijing Book Swap and Board Games

Young Inventors Club

For ages 3 and up. Swap English, French, Dutch and Portuguese books. See Aug 6 listing.

For ages 4-10. Spark your child’s imagination and encourage their interest in the world around them. See Aug 7 listing.

Inner Mongolia Grassland Experience

Raw Food Workshop at The Hutong

For ages 10 and up. Lose yourself in the vastness of China’s Xilinguole National Nature Reserve. See Aug 13 listing.

For adults. Discover the benefits of raw food. See Aug 14 listing.

First Aid Training Course

For ages 12 and up and adults. Try an interactive first aid training course, suitable for both children and adults. See Aug 20 listing.

Mr. Magic presents: 3 Little Pigs and the Ugly Duckling

For ages 3-12. Watch a fun, interactive performance. See Aug 27 listing.

Workshop: Crafts at The Hutong

For ages 12-18. A 10-week course, each workshop will teach teens a new crafty skill. See Sep 3 listing.

Biking, Boating, and Dumplings Tour

For ages 10 and up. Visit the Drum Tower, bike through hutongs, and take a boat tour of Houhai. See Aug 21 listing.

Visit Butterfly Valley

For ages 2 and up. Take a trip to the country and see the butterflies. See Playing Outside (p32).

Splash About Little Jeep (in Chinese)

For ages 1 and up. Visit Crab Island for For ages 3-12. The Little Jeep is the swimming, go-karting and more. See Chinese version of Thomas the Tank EnWhat’s Fun In (p28). gine. In Chinese only. See Jan 1 listin

August 2011



Essentials Events

August Top 10 Fun in the Sun

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Paddle boats, fishing ponds, go-karting, a zoo, an organic farm and amusement parks. With an endless number of activities, Crab Island is an ideal locale for a day of fun in the sun. For details, see What’s Fun In (p28).

Helping Hands


Offer up some of your free time for a worthy cause. From Wokai to Roots & Shoots, there are organizations to suit every interest. See Feature (p52) to find out which volunteer groups need your help.


Take advantage of Beijing’s bike-friendly terrain and embark on a two-wheeled trek around the capital. Not only is bike riding an eco-friendly mode of transportation, it’s great fun for the whole family. From cruising along the awe-inspiring Great Wall to pedaling through the city’s narrow hutongs, there are trips to suit all fitness levels. For information about tours, guides and bike rentals, check out Day Tripper (p38).

Butterfly Valley


Located just outside of Shunyi, Butterfly Valley is a great excuse for a day trip. Admire the flowers, learn about the center’s 30 different species of butterflies and spend time in the craft tent. When you’re done, enjoy a picnic in the park or head to The Orchard for a countryside lunch. For details, see Playing Outside (p32). For listings, see Directroy.

Beijing’s Backroads


Beijing’s hutongs are ripe for exploration. Begin your day with a family brunch at Vineyard Café before soaking up some local color in Beijing’s narrow hutongs. Then, give your landlegs a rest and hop on a paddle boat in Houhai. Shopping more your style? Check out NLGX (Nanluogu Xiang) Design’s flagship store where a new line of Beijing-inspired kids tees awaits you. For tips on where to find the best hutong eats, see Top 5 (p25).



August 2011


Beijing Bicycles

Essentials Events What’s Old is New


Who said old-school crafts are a thing of the past? The Hutong are hosting a 10-week course designed to teach kids (ages 12-18) some serious hands-on skills, including knitting and how to make pop-up cards. See Sep 3 listing.

Sign Up for Girl Scouts


Is your daugther a wild adventurer or craft fanatic? Sign her up for Girl Scouts Beijing. Each troop molds their own agenda, be it centered around hiking, projects to benefit the community or crafts. Parent volunteers can get involved too. To pre-register for the 2011-2012 year, see the Sep 6 and Sep 7 listings.

The Last Installment of Harry Potter



The long-awaited premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two is set to open in China’s cinemas August 4. Escape the extreme summer heat (and smog) and find refuge in an air-conditioned theater with Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of the Hogwarts gang. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up some buttery popcorn.

Cold as Ice


Whether you have serious skating skills or you’re the amateur clinging to the wall, cooling off with some rink time is a great way to survive the heat. Family-favorite rinks include All Star Champion Skating Club and Ice Zone. See Directory for listings.

The Natural History Museum


It’s back-to-school time! Give your brain a kickstart and head to Beijing’s Natural History Museum. An educational experience, it’s also an excuse to linger in air-conditioned environs. Check out the woolly mammoths, camels, rabbits – and of course, the dinosaurs. See Directory for listing.

August 2011




Essentials Events Playing




Wed, Aug 3


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Survival Chinese 101 For adults. This conversational Chinese course teaches the use of daily phrases and pinyin helping with the everyday challenges of: going to the supermarket, getting a receipt for a cab, taking the subway, shopping at flea markets and talking about time. RMB 35 (plus children’s entrance fee). Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. 1-2pm. Familier Centre, Chaowai SOHO (5869 2904, 138 1159 8903, www.

Thu, Aug 4 Book Talk: Chandran Nair The Singaporean businessman and writer discusses his book Consumptionomics, rife with scary statistics about the potential devastation wrought by Asian consumption. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs Tour For ages 5 and up. Climb this less-commercialized section of the Great Wall, alight by cable car or toboggan, and visit the UNESCO-listed Ming Tombs in Changping. RMB 420, RMB 300 (children under 12). 9am. CCC (6432 9341) www.

Discussing American Culture For ages 12 and up and adults. A lecture and discussion on different aspects of American life and culture. Aug 11: Early Hip hop; Aug 18: Let’s talk about art; Aug 25: Orientalism and stereotypes. Reservation required. RMB 75 per workshop, RMB 650/10 workshops, RMB 1,200/unlimited for 6 months. Aug 4, 11, 18, 25. 7-9pm. Culture Yard (, 8404 4166)

Fri, Aug 5

Mr. Magic presents: 3 Little Pigs and the Ugly Duckling For ages 3-12. Watch an interactive performance of Three Little Pigs and The Ugly Duckling, both magical, musicals in August. Aug 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28. 10am-noon. China Puppet Theater (139 1062 6059, 6425 4847, 6424 3698)

Creative Art at Familier For ages 4-12. Instructors lead children in creative art activities using interesting and unusual media including umbrellas, t-shirt fabric, ceramics and much more. RMB 150 per session, RMB 540/4 sessions, RMB 1,020/8 sessions. Aug 6, 13, 20, 27. 1pm-2pm. The Familier, Chaowai SOHO (5869 2904, service@thefamilier. com)

Beijing Book Swap and Board Games For ages 3 and up. Swap English, French, Dutch and Portuguese books. No textbooks, classics, or Chinese-language titles can be swapped. Also, play board games and make friends. Free. 2pm6pm. Sequoia Cafe, Jianguomenwai Diplomatic Compound (bookswapandb

Real Madrid vs. Tianjin Teda For ages 7 and up and adults. Tianjin Teda play Real Madrid as part of the Spanish club’s preparations for the 2011-2012 season. Tickets start from RMB 400. 5.45-7.05pm. Olympic Sports Center, Tianjin. For tickets, call 400 810 1887 (Chinese only)

Supercoppa Italiana 2011 For ages 7 and up and adults. The Supercoppa Italiana (Italian Super Cup) is a pre-season football competition held the week before the season begins in Italy every year. Tickets start from RMB 199. 8-9pm. National Indoor Stadium, Olympic Green (8437 1900)

Gubeikou Great Wall Hike

Australian Children’s Chorus Concert For ages 6 and up. The Australian Children’s Choir (ACC), founded in 1976, is made up of 200 boys and girls aged 7-18 in six different training ensembles. The choir has developed a strong reputation for its refined performances, varied repertoire and the production of fine young musicians. Tickets start from RMB 50. 7.30pm-8.30pm, National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) (6655 0000, 400 610 3721)

For ages 5 and up. A relaxed walk along one of the oldest parts of the Great Wall. Cost includes transportation, guides, entrance, and lunch. RMB 260. 8am. Culture Yard (8404 4166, contact@cultureyard. net)

Children’s Workshop: Master Mi Fu

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Sun, Aug 7

Chinese Kitchen: Hunan

For ages 4-10. Spark your child’s imagination and encourage their interest in the world around them and explore experiments involving volcanoes, magnets, potato clocks and rockets. RMB 150 per session, RMB 540/4 sessions, RMB 1,020/8 sessions. Aug 7, 21. 11am-noon. The Familier, Chaowai SOHO (5869 2904,

For adults. With more chillies than Sichuan cuisine. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 7.15-9.15pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Mr. Magic presents: 3 Little Pigs and the Ugly Duckling See Aug 6 listing.

Story Time with Hannah For ages 4 and up. Join a session of reading, games, music and activities for little readers. Each week teacher Hannah reads new and classic children’s books with the help of our storytellers. RMB 50. Aug 7, 14, 21, 28. 11am-noon. The Bookworm (6586 9507,,

Suede World Tour in Beijing For ages 13 and up and adults. Suede is an English alt-rock band, formed in London in 1989. Their glam rock-inspired debut album, Suede helped kick-start the Britpop movement. 7.30-9pm. Workers’ Stadium (6501 6655 ext 5033, Chinese only)

Mon, Aug 8 JUMP! Summer Global Leadership Experiences For ages 11-18. The JUMP! Foundation is seeking passionate, driven and enthusiastic youth to join their Beijing Global Leadership Experiences this summer. For more details, e-mail RMB 2,5204,000. Aug 8-12. 8am-5pm.

Workshop: Trip to Beijing Hutongs For ages 12 and up and adults. Find out more about Beijing’s beautiful and historic hutongs. RSVP required. RMB 75 per workshop, RMB 250/month (4 workshops); students: RMB 60 per workshop, RMB 200/month (4 workshops). 7pm8pm. Culture Yard (contact@cultureyard. net, 8404 4166)

Kids will explore some of Mi Fu’s most famous works, learn some classical Chinese ink-painting techniques, and have the chance to paint their own mystical, ever-changing landscapes. RMB 50/child, UCCA membership discounts. 10-11.30am. UCCA

Survival Chinese 101

Music Together Fall Demo Class

Qiao Xiaodao: Beijing’s Coolest Second-Hand Markets

For ages 0-6. Activities include songs, rhythm chants, movement and instrument play, specially designed to be accessible and interesting for all styles of Education. Free. Aug 6, 10, 20, 24. 9.30am-11.25am. Music Together of MiCho Education (8113 8282, 152 100

A fascinating documentary film that focuses on items of furniture costing RMB 20 on average. It shows how a little bit of thrift, ingenuity and creativity can go a long way to helping you spruce up your home and your life on a limited budget. Free. 2-6pm. UCCA

For adults. Join Beijing’s green community at their monthly meet-and-greet. Happy hour promotions apply. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

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August 2011

Wed, Aug 10

Young Inventors Club

See Aug 3 listing.

Tue, Aug 9 Green Drinks

JUMP! Summer Global Leadership Experiences See Aug 8 listing.

Music Together Fall Demo Class See Aug 6 listing.

JUMP! Summer Global Leadership Experiences See Aug 8 listing.

Thu, Aug 11 INN Trekkie For ages 7 and up. Join new friends and explore the secret gems of Beijing together during these fun and relaxed Trekkies. RSVP by Aug 9 at 9.30am-2pm.

JUMP! Summer Global Leadership Experiences See Aug 8 listing.

Discussing American Culture See Aug 4 listing.

Fri, Aug 12 Singapore National Day For adults. SingCham invites you to celebrate its ninth anniversary in Beijing at a lavish event including special overseas guests and raffle draws. Reserve a ticket or table now at 5200 6476/8 or email RMB 600, RMB 500 (members). 6-10pm. Grand Millennium (8587 6888)

JUMP! Summer Global Leadership Experiences See Aug 8 listing.

Philomela Female Choir For ages 13 and up. The Helsinki-based women’s choir Philomela is known for its experimental choreographies. Tickets start from RMB 160. 7.30-8.30pm. National Centre For The Performing Arts (6655 0000)

Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Green Thumb For ages 2 and up. Join Sesame Street friends on an adventure to help Elmo find a new home for Sunny, his flower friend. For tickets, call 6831 6677. Tickets start from RMB 80. 7.30-8.30pm. Beijing Exhibition Theater (6835 4455)

Ridiculous Dinner For ages 12 and up and adults. Famous Chinese comedian Chen Peisi performs his hilarious play, Ridiculous Dinner. Chinese only. Tickets start from RMB 100. Aug 12, 13. 7.30-9pm. Grand Theatre of Cultural Palace of Nationalities (6602 2770)

Sat, Aug 13 Inner Mongolia Grassland Experience For ages 10 and up. Lose yourself in the vastness and beauty of China’s Xilinguole National Nature Reserve. RMB 3,100. Cost includes flight, accommodation, meals, and guides. Aug 13, 14. CCC (6432 9341) www.chinaculturecenter. org

Ridiculous Dinner See Aug 12 listing.

Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Green Thumb See Aug 12 listing.

Creative Art at Familier See Aug 6 listing.

Ivy Academy Open Classroom Day Ages 2 and up and adults. Enjoy on hands-on activities, and meet teachers and administrators Snacks provided. Reservations required. Free. 11am-2pm. Ivy Academy, East Lake Villas (8451 1380/1,

Mr. Magic presents: 3 Little Pigs and the Ugly Duckling See Aug 6 listing.

Departing from China with Pets For ages 13 and up and adults. Join ICVS experts to find out how to leave China or move to another Chinese city with your pet. Free. 11am-noon. International Center for Veterinary Services (8456 1939/1940/1941) ICVS_CHINA@yahoo. com

Children’s Workshop: Tahitian Travels with Paul Gauguin Kids learn about Paul Gauguin’s most famous Tahitian paintings and have the chance to design the “landscape” of their own perfect paradise. In Chinese with English translation. RMB 50/child, UCCA membership discounts. 10- 11.30am. UCCA

Reading Series: Toxic Parents Special guests Bi Jinyi and Zhang Yue discuss Toxic Parents, a New York Times best-selling book by American therapist Dr. Susan Forward. In Chinese only. Free. 2-3.30pm. UCCA

Sun, Aug 14 Huanghuacheng Great Wall and Little West Lake Hike For ages 10 and up. Enjoy a rugged but moderate hike through yellow-flowered countryside, and see a lakeside section of the Great Wall. Cost includes lunch, transportation, and admission. RMB 300. 8.30am. CCC (6432 9341) www.

Temple Exploration in Houhai For ages 7 and up. Find out why Beijing’s popular nightlife area is also called the Lake of Ten Temples. Free. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648)

Children’s Reading Workshop: The Great Fortune of a Simple Life

Led by Lin Jing, a literacy advocate and early childhood education specialist. In Chinese only. A wonderful opportunity for kids and parents to enjoy UCCA’s latest exhibitions and hear authors, illustrators and expert storytellers read wonderful stories and books. RSVP essential. RMB 50/child, UCCA membership discounts. 10am-11.30am. UCCA

Raw Food Workshop at The Hutong For adults. Discover the benefits of raw food. Detox and purify with delightful new tastes, and change the way you perceive food. Gluten- and dairy-free, and vegan friendly. 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355, 159 0104 6127,

Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy Workshop For ages 12 and up and adults. In this introduction to Chinese calligraphy workshop you will learn the philosophy behind this ancient art form and make your own calligraphy. RMB 120. 10am-1pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Inner Mongolia Grassland Experience See Aug 13 for listing.

Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Green Thumb See Aug 12 listing.

Story Time with Hannah See Aug 7 listing.

Mr. Magic presents: 3 Little Pigs and the Ugly Duckling See Aug 6 listing.

Mon, Aug 15 Chinese Language and Culture Workshop: Chinese night markets For ages 12 and up and adults. Learn more about China’s bustling night markets. RSVP required. RMB 75 per workshop, RMB 250/month (4 workshops); students RMB 60 per workshop, 200/ month (4 workshops). 7-9pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166, contact@cultureyard. net)

Tue, Aug 16 Horse Riding With Jeremy Michaels For ages 13 and up. Join a series of show jumping and dressage training lessons with Jeremy. For horse owners and members of Equuleus. Riders must have required riding techniques. Private and group lessons are available. Aug 17-23. 7-11am and 3-7pm. Equuleus International Riding Club (Chinese 8459 0236, English 6432 4947, www.

INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning – Sanlitun For adults. Get to know people who live close by and pick up a few tips and tricks from those who have been around the neighborhood awhile. 10am-noon. The Bookworm (6586 9507,

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Wed, Aug 17 Horse Riding With Jeremy Michaels See Aug 16 listing.

INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning – Liangmaqiao For adults. Pick up a few tips and tricks from those in the know. 10am-noon. Grand Summit Starbucks, The Grand Summit (8532 2208)

Survival Chinese 101 See Aug 3 listing.

Chinese Kitchen: Shanghai For adults. A mellow taste and appealing aesthetics. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 7.15-9.15pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Thu, Aug 18 Summer Cinema: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof For ages 13 and up and adults. Grab a mint julep and pull up a chair to this rooftop screening. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning – Shunyi For adults. Pick up a few tips and tricks from those who have been around the neighborhood awhile. 10am-noon. Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels & Cafe


UCCA Family Day

See Aug 16 listing.

A fun-filled day of art, exhibitions, animation, workshops and activities for the whole family. Includes a guided tour, French short animated films, a children’s art workshop, and a children’s ballet. Food and drink specials all day at SWITCH! Restaurant. RMB 180 per family (full day), RMB 120 per family (half day), UCCA membership discounts. 10am-4pm. UCCA. Non-members please call 8459 5780 0200.

Story Time with Hannah

First Aid Training Course For ages 12 and up and adults. An interactive first aid training course suitable for both children and adults. First Aid Certificate is available. For details, contact Lynn Wang 8804 6097 (Mon-Wed), 6456 2599 (Thu-Fri), RMB 400/person. 9.30am-noon. Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic (6456 2599)

James Blunt World Tour in Beijing 2011 For ages 13 and up and adults. The singer made famous by his single “You’re Beautiful” comes to Beijing. Tickets start from RMB 280. Workers’ Gymnasium (6501 6300)

Music Together Fall Demo Class See Aug 6 listing.

Mr. Magic presents: 3 Little Pigs and the Ugly Duckling See Aug 6 listing.

Discussing American Culture

Horse Riding With Jeremy Michaels

See Aug 4 listing.

See Aug 16 listing.

Horse Riding With Jeremy Michaels

Creative Art at Familier See Aug 6 listing.

See Aug 16 listing.

Fri, Aug 19

Sun, Aug 21

Horse Riding With Jeremy Michaels

Blog Making Workshop For ages 15+ and adults. Kyle Bueschlen, creator of, shares the basics of building, running and writing a successful WordPress blog in China. Bring a laptop and ideas. RMB 80. 2-3.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

See Aug 16 listing.

Sat, Aug 20 “Iron and Boiling Water” Great Wall Hike

Biking, Boating, and Dumplings Tour

For ages 10+ and adults. An informative Great Wall hike with wildflowers and a lake view. Cost includes guide, lunch, water, snacks, transportation, and insurance. RMB 330, RMB 290 (children under 16). 9am. Ninety Percent Travel (15117916648, info@90percenttravel. com)

For ages 10+. Enjoy views from the Drum Tower, bike through Beijing’s historic hutongs, and take a wooden boat tour of Houhai Lake. Cost includes bike and boat rentals, plus tickets and a traditional meal. RMB 380. 3pm. CCC (6432 9341)

Global Kitchen: Pakistani Cuisine

Hands-on: Tying Chinese Necklaces

For adults. So you can make naan at home. RMB 250, RMB 230 (members). 2-4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Trap-Neuter-Return Workshop For ages 13 and up. Learn about effectively and humanely managing the stray cat population. RSVP by Aug 17 at Free. 11amnoon. ICVS (8456 1939/40/41)



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For ages 5 and up. Tie auspicious knots into necklaces with beads and ornaments. RMB 150 (includes materials). 2-5pm. CCC (6432 9341)

Horse Riding With Jeremy Michaels

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See Aug 7 listing.

Mr. Magic presents: 3 Little Pigs and the Ugly Duckling See Aug 6 listing.

Young Inventors Club See Aug 7 listing.

Mon, Aug 22 Love and Music Charity Concert Featuring pianists and violinists from the Oberlin Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, Boston University School of Music, the University of Rochester Eastman School and the Ithaca College of Music. Also present, the Chinese Music Ensemble Group, BCIS student musicians and young musicians sponsored by the Little Angels Action Fund. 7.30pm. Beijing Concert Hall. Sponsored by beijingkids. Details at 6771 9772 and

Duke University Basketball Team Tour For ages 7 and up and adults. Duke Blue Devils Men’s basketball team shows off their skills. 7.30-8pm. Mastercard Areana (formerly Wukesong Arena)

Horse Riding With Jeremy Michaels See Aug 16 listing.

Survival Chinese 101 See Aug 3 listing.

Tue, Aug 23 Horse Riding With Jeremy Michaels See Aug 16 listing.

Drama Club Sneak Preview For ages 7 and up. An informal reading of Cinderella. Aspiring actors can try their hand at acting and receive pointers from Beijing Playhouse crew. Learn about volunteer crew positions for this and future show. Free. 6.30-7pm. Trojan House Theatre

Wed, Aug 24 BCIS Parents as Learners (PAL) Workshop Series For adults. Help your children cope with the typical challenges of living internationally. Kathryn Tonges, parenting educator and co-author of Slurping Soup and Other Confusions will present strategies to support your children and family. For details, call Yisha 8771 7171 ext 5006, or e-mail yisha.niu@bcis. cn. Free. 10.30-11.30am. Beijing City International School (8771 7171)

Music Together Fall Demo Class See Aug 6 listing.

Thu, Aug 25 INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning – Lido Area For adults. Pick up a few tips and tricks from those in the know. 10am-noon. Maan Coffee (8457 3470)

Discussing American Culture See Aug 4 listing.

MSB School Open Day For ages 3 and up and adults. The International Montessori School of Beijing will start the new semester Aug 25. Interested parents can attend their open day. For details, visit www.msb. Free. 2pm-4pm. The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) (

Opera: Rigoletto (NCPA’s Production) For ages 12 and up and adults. Jointly created and presented by Teatro Regio di Parma of Italy and China National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), the opera follows discontent court jester, Rigoletto. Tickets start from RMB 180. Aug 25-28. 7.30pm-8pm. National Centre For The Performing Arts (6655 0000)

Fri, Aug 26 Opera: Rigoletto (NCPA’s Production) See Aug 25 listing.

Sat, Aug 27 Summer Charity Dinner Series: Jeff Powell For adults. Chef Jeff Powell, mastermind behind the menus at Element Fresh and Flamme, will be serving up authentic Mexican small plates. Alcohol and entertainment sponsored by The Beijinger and Grapevine Wine Club. Proceeds benefit the Dandelion School for migrant children. RSVP to erin@thehutong. com. RMB 100. 6.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Children’s Workshop: Incredible Edible Art UCCA exhibiting artist Song Dong will show kids and parents how to create replicas of his world-famous works of art using biscuits and colorful candy. In Chinese with English translation. RMB 80/child. 10am-11.30am. UCCA

Opera: Rigoletto (NCPA’s Production) See Aug 25 listing.

Creative Art at Familier See Aug 6 listing.

New Pet Owners in China Orientation For ages 12 and up and adults. Learn about vaccination laws and dog registration requirements to keep pets healthy

and safe. Free. 11am-noon. International Center for Veterinary Services (8456 1939/40/41,

Mr. Magic presents: 3 Little Pigs and the Ugly Duckling See Aug 6 listing.

Family Safety with Doggy For ages 3 and up and adults. Dr. Sara Platto teaches children and families how to live happily together with their four-pawed friends. Free (plus regular entrance fee).1pm-2pm. The Familier (5869 2904,

Amsterdam Sinfonietta Concert For ages 12 and up and adults. The Amsterdam Sinfonietta’s repertoire covers a variety of styles, extending from the Baroque to contemporary works. Enjoy this vibrant live music experience. Tickets start from RMB 80. 7.30-8.30pm. National Centre For The Performing Arts (6655 0000)

Sun, Aug 28 Children’s Percussion Lecture Fun for rhythm lovers of all ages. In partnership with the Ju Percussion Group. In Chinese with English translation. RMB 50 per child, 50 percent off with UCCA primary or dual membership, free with UCCA family or platinum membership. 10.30-11.30am. UCCA

Opera: Rigoletto (NCPA’s Production) See Aug 25 listing.

Story Time with Hannah See Aug 7 listing.

Cook Your Book: The Essential Asian Cookbook For ages 13 and up and adults. The Bookworm and The Hutong team up to bring you a culinary workshop with a literary edge. This month, cook Asian dishes from The Essential Asian Cookbook. RMB 450 (includes cookbook and cooking class). 11am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355, 159 0104 6127)

Mr. Magic presents: 3 Little Pigs and the Ugly Duckling See Aug 6 listing.

Mon, Aug 29 INN Monthly Meeting - Arrival Survival For adults. Need help getting settled in the capital city? INN will help you navigate it all. RMB 50 (includes coffee, tea and pastries). 10am-noon. The Capital Club Athletic Center (8486 2225 ext 136)

Tue, Aug 30 Women’s Health Issues For adults. Dr Stephanie Teoh covers a range of issues concerning women’s health including recommended screening tests for women, common conditions such as PCOS and Endometriosis, issues surrounding menopause and women and

osteoporosis. Free. 10-11.30am. Beijing International SOS Clinic (6462 9112,

MSB Parent Introductory Evening - Riviera Campus For adults. Parents are welcome to attend this informative introductory evening. Free. 6pm-7pm. The International Montessori School of Beijing, Riviera campus (6432 8228,

Wed, Aug 31 MSB Parent Introductory Evening - CTL Campus For adults. Parents are welcome to attend this informative introductory evening. Free. 6pm-7pm. The International Montessori School of Beijing, CTL campus (6432 8228, schooloffice@msb.

a fun drum activity song “Bongo Jam” as well as a chant “Fireworks. Free. 9.15-11am. Music Together of MiCho Education (8113 8282, 152 1005 8553, 151 0154 1674,

For tickets, call 6468 6708/6718. Tickets start from RMB 99. Aug 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 18, 21, 26, 27, 28. 7.30-9pm. Century Theater 21st Century Hotel

Workshop: Crafts at The Hutong

For adults. A coffee morning for parents and collaborators. Free. 10.30am-noon. Every Tue until Aug 30. Beijing Rego British School (6465 4487, 8416-7718)

For ages 12-18. A 10-week course will teach teens a new skill, from knitting and embroidery to making unique pop-up cards. Led by Canadian Pascale Garneau, trained in Fine Arts and as a milliner. RMB 3000 for 10 week course. Sep 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 10am-1pm.The Hutong (6404 3355, 159 0104 6127, www.

Music Together Fall Session For ages 3-6. Join the Bongo Collection and find out how important and how fun your role can be. Free. Wed and Sat (times vary). Chaoyang Park location (8113 8282, 152 100 58553, 151 015 41674, www.

Introduction to Tea For adults. The answers to all your questions about tea and much more will be answered with tea master Jiang Jianfeng. Reservations required. RMB 50, RMB 40 (in advance). 7.30-9.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Talk: Writer-Psychologist Douwe Draaisma and Novelist-Poet Henk Bernlef For adults. Writer and psychologist Douwe Draaisma and novelist and poet Henk Bernlef discuss how novelists can contribute to our understanding of the human mind. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30-9pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507,

Survival Chinese 101 See Aug 3 listing.

Thu, Sep 1 Powerful Women Seminar: Building Confidence For adults. Learn about increased confidence, self esteem, being a persuasive communicator, confident body language, your individual strengths and challenges. In English. RMB 2,200, RMB 2,000 (German Chamber Members). 9am-6pm. German Industry and Commerce (GIC) Beijing, Landmark Tower 2

MSB Parent Introductory Evening - River Garden Campus For adults. Parents are welcome to attend this informative introductory evening. Free. 6pm-7pm. The International Montessori School of Beijing, River Garden campus (8046 3935, schooloffice@msb.

Opera: Bluebeard’s Castle For ages 12 and up and adults. Presented by the Saito Kinen Orchestra. Tickets start from RMB 280. 7.30-8pm. National Centre For The Performing Arts (6655 0000)

Sat, Sep 3 Bongo in Chaoyang Park For ages 0-6. Bongo Collection includes

Sun, Sep 4 Karate for Kids at The Hutong For ages 5-14. Based on Taekwondo and American kenpo karate, this program encourages a healthy lifestyle and teaches kids the basics of martial arts. Chinese students will also have the opportunity to learn English. Taught by licensed instructor Jon Mcleod. RMB 120 per class, RMB 300 (month pass). Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 10-11am (ages 5-10), noon-1pm (ages 11-14). The Hutong (6404 3355, 159 0104 6127,

REGO Summer Coffee Group

UCCA-Sambasia Barefoot Percussion Workshop For ages 10 and up. Drums and gear provided. Please come in casual wear. In Chinese and English. Every Sun in Aug. Noon-2pm. Adult: RMB 80/class, RMB 240/four classes (within 30 days). Student: RMB 50/class, RMB 150/four classes (within 30 days). Free for UCCA members. UCCA

ClubFootball Summer Programs For ages 5-10. Choose weekend courses throughout August or sign up for a two-week summer intensive course (Mon-Fri). Courses at Chaoyang Park, CISB, Wangjing, Olympic Forest Park, Zhongguancun and BSB (Shunyi). (5130 6893/4/5/6)

Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club Junior Equestrian & Polo Program For ages 10-18. Tailored for children. Other activities include cooking, swimming, water polo, language, cultural exchange and more. Aug 13-21 session: RMB 30,000 per student (two students sharing one twin room); RMB 40,000 per student (one student per one single room). Aug 25-28 session: Price TBD. 8am-4pm. Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club (022 8372 8888 ext 7889,

EY Inline Skate Camp

Tue, Sep 6 MiCho Percussion Kids For ages 0-6. Designed for young beginners to play basics of percussions. 10am-11pm. Claire’s Music Studio, Euro Plaza, Shunyi (8113 8282, 152 1005 8553, 151 0154 1674, michoedu@yahoo. com)

Girls Scouts Pre-Registration: Shunyi

For ages 8 and up. This one-week overnight camp runs throughout August. Includes one week of accommodation, food and drinks, skating lessons and transportation. Students must bring their own skating equipment. Woodward, Xingming Lake Resort, Weishanzhuang, Daxing District. Details at

TLC-BSC Kids Summer Camp

For girls 5-18. USA Girl Scouts Beijing is currently pre-registering girls for the 2011-2012 program. The registration meeting is mandatory, but you must e-mail a pre-registration application form before. Pre-registration does not guarantee placement in a troop. For details and to get a registration form, contact 67pm. The International School of Beijing (8149 3245)

Wed, Sep 7

For ages 8 and up. Learn to sail. Qualification certificates are awarded for each level upon completion. RMB 1,800/week. MonFri 8am-8pm. program_campus_en.htm

Beijing Aofan Sailing Camp For ages 8 and up. Sailboat training and a Chinese language program. Camps are a week long (Sun-Fri). Full boarding (four-star accommodation) provided. RMB 4,980 (six days). 10am-4pm. Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, 19 Baima Lu, Shunyi District (139 0113 4744)

Malaysia Culinary Festival

Girls Scouts Pre-Registration: Downtown For girls 5-18. For details, see Sep 6 listing. 6-7pm. Embassy House Library

All Month

For all ages. Chefs from Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur present a Malaysian culinary festival. Buffet lunch: RMB 288+15%; buffet dinner: RMB 338+15% with free flow of selected beverages. Aug 26-Sep 4. Senses, Westin Beijing Financial Street (6629 7810)

Musical MAMMA MIA!

Pizza and Pasta Mania

For ages 10 and up and adults. Sing along to all of your ABBA favorites. Children under 1.2m are not admitted.

For all ages. Unlimited pizza and pasta. RMB 189+15%. Sat (lunch and dinner), Sun (dinner only). Prego, Westin Beijing Financial Street (6629 7815)

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French/British. Born on Apr 6 to Audrey and Simon Amos at Beijing United Fa mily Hospital.

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Italian. Born on Dec 12 to Mina and Giovanni Parrella at AmAsia International Medical Center.


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Venezuelan. Born on Dec 29 to Maricell Villarroel and Oliver Garcia at Beijing United Family Hospital.

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Living Snapshot

Keeping Cool

Interviews and photos by Kara Chin

Taotao Peng

Zhou Li

Lue Zhiqiang

Tuija Harmaala

Where are you from? Tianjin How many children do you have? I have one son (9) and one daughter (18 months). How long have you been living in Beijing? Six years. Where do you like to shop? H&M for the kids and Zara for myself. Where do you like to eat? I like the Yunnan restaurant Yun’er Xiaozhen (云洱小镇) on Beiluogu Xiang. Do you have a favorite spot in Beijing? Gulou area. Describe your style. Casual Where is your outfit from? My shirt is Esprit and my necklace is from India. Favorite outdoor activity: Going to parks. Favorite Park: Jingshan Park

Where are you from? Hangzhou How many children do you have? One daughter (15 months). How long have you been living in Beijing? About one year. Where do you like to shop? For kid’s clothes, mostly H&M and Taobao. I also use Taobao to buy things for myself. Where do you like to eat? Anywhere that is clean and easy to take the baby. Do you have a favorite spot in Beijing? Sanlitun because it’s open. And Ditan Park is great. Where is your outfit from? Everything is from Taobao, including my Vans shoes. Favorite outdoor activity: Walking around the park. And my husband likes biking – he biked from Kunming to Lhasa. Favorite park: Ditan Park

What do you do? I’m the owner of Yugong Yishan. Where are you from? Beijing How many children do you have? One son (4 years and 5 months). Where do you like to shop? His mother usually buys our son’s clothes. She shops online, at sites like Taobao. Where do you like to eat? Paulauner – a German restaurant near Liangma Qiao and Vineyard Café. We just got ice cream from Coldstone Creamery. Do you have a favorite spot in Beijing? Yugong Yishan Describe your style. Comfy Where is your outfit from? My shoes are Campers, bought in Germany. My jeans and shirt – a friend gave me. Favorite outdoor activity: Football at Si’de Park. Favorite park: We like Ditan Park.

Where are you from? Finland How many children do you have? Two daughters; they are 10 and 18 years old. How long have you been living in Beijing? Eight and a half years. Where do you like to shop? The shops in Sanlitun Village and at markets, like Yashow and Silk Street. Where do you like to eat? Kagen Teppanyaki, Capital M and Xiao Wang Fu. Do you have a favorite spot in Beijing? The eastern side, because it’s close to home. Where is your outfit from? My shoes are from Yashow. The rest is from Finland. Favorite outdoor activity: I go horseback riding at Equuleus International Riding Club. And I play mahjong with my friends. Favorite park: Chaoyang Park



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Living Noticeboard

What’s Happening in Beijing?

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Health Ms. Nutrition

Image Conscious

Sending a message of healthy eating by Olivia Lee

When kids say they are too fat, skinny, short, or otherwise imperfect, the complaint may not really be about the physical


resenting a balanced picture of nutrition to kids is no easy task. On one hand, we see the advertising industry’s idea of “beautiful” people: those who are thin, rich and cool. On the other hand, we are bombarded with advertisements for junk foods that do anything but make us beautiful. Surrounded by these “beautiful” people, we begin to feel insecure about our own body image. That feeling transfers very readily onto our children, so it comes as no surprise that kids, especially girls, can develop a fear of being “fat” by age 10. Meanwhile, boys may idealize an unrealistically muscular physique. Parents and adults have a powerful influence on children’s self-esteem and body image. Studies show that self-esteem scores of kids ages 9 to 11 are lower when they think their parents are dissatisfied with their own bodies. Studies also show that parents who constantly diet to lose weight directly influence their young daughters’ ideas of dieting. Similarly, overzealous parents who restrict their child’s food intake at a very young age may risk a child with delayed growth; or one who rebels when parents are out of range and ends up overweight when they enter collage. So what can you do? Don’t just hear, listen. When kids say they are too fat, skinny, short, or otherwise imperfect, the complaint may not really be about the physical. It pays to listen for an underlying message rather than rushing in with a solution. A child complaining about being fat may actually be facing academic or social problems. As parents, we want to rush in and fix things, but we may miss a greater opportunity to empower our children to help themselves. Parent Effectiveness Training (PET) is extremely useful for helping kids develop a greater sense of personal responsibility. English language PET lessons are available in Beijing from Kathryn Tonges ( Affirm and support. Assure kids that people come in all shapes and sizes. Kids have unique patterns of growth and will enter growth spurts at different times. There is no one “best” way to look. Children who you suspect are truly over- or underweight should be referred to a qualified healthcare provider for evaluation and treatment. Enjoy real food. Avoid labeling food as medicine or poison. With older kids especially, telling them “it’s good for you” may actually discourage healthful eating. Scare tactics about clogged arteries rarely work - kids just don’t relate to them. Try invoking a beloved activity instead. For example, explain how the right foods can help with sports performance or remembering lines for the school play. Give them healthy choices. When children are given a selection of healthful foods, they have an amazing ability to self-regulate their diets. Don’t obsess about specific meals. Instead, look at what your child eats throughout the week.



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Get outside. Encourage children to turn off the computer and move, play and exercise. This could be extracurricular activities or even volunteering for social programs that require physical activity. Tree-planting, anyone? Make mealtime a priority. Mealtimes are more than just an opportunity to refuel kids. During meals children also get a big dose of emotional, intellectual and spiritual nourishment. Passing the salad bowl and brown rice helps convey values and traditions in addition to good health.

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

The Doc Is In

Overly Defensive

How much is too much when it comes to antibiotics? by Richard Saint Cyr

Children are dangerously over-prescribed antibiotics for simple illnesses


ow many parents, when they take their child to the doctor because of an ear infection or a cold, expect to get antibiotics? I’ve seen a fascinating variety of patients and illnesses during my ten years as a family medicine doctor, but the issue of antibiotic overuse never seems to end. Time after time, I have patients come in with common illnesses, and I often conclude that the patient has an infection from a virus and not a bacteria. Thus, I would not prescribe antibiotics and would give them mostly over-the-counter medicines to help their symptoms. Many people are reassured by my exam and explanation, but quite a few are disappointed or even angry because I didn’t fulfill their expectations of needing antibiotics. This is a very common cause of patient-doctor friction, especially among pediatricians and family medicine doctors when dealing with children. The question is: When does a child really need antibiotics? The simple answer is: not as often as you think. Let’s take the common cold for example. The common cold symptoms of a low fever, wet cough and runny nose are usually caused by a family of viruses and not bacteria. Symptoms normally last three to four days and the cough is usually the last to resolve itself many days later. The commonly assumed “warning sign” of a colored or greenish runny nose does not mean this infection is bacterial – it only means your body’s white cells are fighting an infection, which again, is most likely viral. So in most of these cases, the antibiotic doesn’t help fight infection at all. Antibiotic overuse is a serious problem not only because the medicine isn’t properly treating your child - it can also cause side effects such as diarrhea, rashes, or more serious allergic reactions such as allergic shock and even death. Your child’s body may also become resistant to this antibiotic in the future, when they may actually need the medicine to fight a real bacterial infection. This issue is a major problem in China’s hospitals and clinics, where antibiotic use, especially for intravenous drips, is very common. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Medicine both agree that children are dangerously over-prescribed antibiotics for simple illnesses – especially for ear infections. Many times in this scenario, the infection is again caused by a virus, and thus a week on antibiotics is not helpful at all for the patient. Fortunately, thanks to these Academies’ public education campaigns, doctors have been much more aggressive in cutting back on prescribing antibiotics for ear infections. So what can we do? I think one major fault lies with the doctors – we really need to do a much better job convincing our patients or their parents that antibiotics are only for serious bacterial infections. Perhaps doctors should even rename “antibiotics” to “antibacterials” to help patients distinguish the difference; after all, there is a class of “antivirals” for specific viruses such as HIV, influenza and hepatitis.

Parents can also try waiting 24 to 48 hours – if the child is clearly worsening, then you can choose to fill the prescription. This can be a win-win for doctor and patient, as it gives the parents a bit more control, while giving the child time to recover without antibiotics. Parents can find helpful information, including handouts in Chinese about this important issue at Needmoreinfo? Dr. Richard Saint Cyr is a family doctor at Beijing United Family Hospital, and the Director of Clinical Marketing and Communications. He runs the blog

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Dining Dining Out

Head For the Hills

Traditional German food in a lush garden setting

Nestled in the hills near the Summer Palace, Villa Castanea is a picturesque German restaurant. Meateaters will feel at home here: traditional homemade German sausages (RMB 158) come in eight varieties and should be the main event of your meal. The beef burger (RMB 108) is huge and will suit fussy eaters. While vegetarians will find options a little slim, the Caesar salad (RMB 88) should tide you over. To finish, the Bavarian cream desserts (RMB 65) are a must. Moms and dads can sample Villa Castanea’s four varieties of homebrewed beer. The location is what impresses at this eatery. Lush gardens are dotted with pink and coral roses and there are grass fields aplenty for the kids to play in. We recommend going during daylight hours to make the most of the fresh air. Large private indoor and outdoor spaces are available for group bookings. Elizabeth Wu

Daily 11am-10pm. 266 Wanan Donglu, Pu‘an Dian, Haidian District. (6272 0130, 6272 0131) 七叶香山, 海淀区万安东路普安店266号

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Villa Castanea

Top 5 Places to …

Grab Hutong Eats Hot Bean Cooperative

Kyline Pavilion

When it comes to chicken wings, it’s all about the sauce and Hot Bean Cooperative has them all: honey, garlic, tomato and “wickedly spicy.” Their melt-in-your-mouth wings are served in pairs on a Chinese-style skewer, but there’s more than meat at this eatery. Sides like creamy mashed taters, sticky mangoes, and baby octopus in wasabi jelly make for a well-rounded meal. Avoid the hutong hipsters and dine in the daytime.

Treat your children to a history lesson while chomping on succulent grilled taro cakes in this Ming dynasty courtyard. Claypot meat stews and deep-fried breaded goose liver (don’t tell your children) are house specials, but their tangy eggplant dish is also a must-order. Remember to request a non-smoking table upon arrival.

Daily 10am-10pm. Chaodou Hutong (50m north of Jiaodaokou Nandajie and Kuan Jie intersection), Dongcheng District (8401 6165) 东城区交道口南大街炒豆胡同

Daily 10am-2pm, 5.30-9.30pm. 6 Qilin Bei Hutong, Kuan Jie, Dongcheng District (6407 3516) 东城区宽街麒麟碑胡同6号

Vineyard Café Despite their extensive menu, it’s the brunch options that make this charming hutong café a weekend favorite. Try the eggs benedict with salmon or a full English breakfast. So popular is this little café that it’s almost impossible to get a table without a reservation, so plan ahead. Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District (6402 7961) 东城区五道营胡同31号

Hutong Pizza Argo


Eat Greek at kid-friendly Argo. The ultimate shareable cuisine, dip fresh warm breads into generous serves of baba ghanoush and hummus as your little ones play in the kids’ corner. All of your Greek favorites are here, but if giant plates of moussaka are too much for little mouths, opt for the kids menu. Daily 11.30am-11pm. 59 Wudaoying Hutong (100 meters west of Vineyard Café), Dongcheng District (8403 9748) 东城区五道营胡同59号

If you and your family accomplish unraveling this hutong maze, there is a prize inside - Hutong Pizza’s delicious, thin crust pizzas. Your kids will gladly sink their teeth into these gooey-cheese pies that come in Mediterranean, Margherita, eggplant, and more. When you’re stuffed to the gills, head to Houhai for a scenic stroll or a ride on a paddleboat. Daily 11am-11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District (8322 8916) 西城区银锭桥胡同9号

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beijingkids’ cooking columnist bids the capital a spicy adieu text by Xiyun Yang; photos by Mishka Family Photography



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Dining Food For Thought


ost people will say the best thing about living in Beijing is the food. Although to be honest, with the traffic jams and the pollution, there’s hardly competition. But when most people talk about the food, they mean restaurant food, which no one can argue with. From chewy Shanxi noodles to the kick and tingles of Sichuan spice, the excellent selection of regional Chinese food in Beijing is unparalleled. Choices in fresh and dried produce Beijing are undervalued and deserve reimagining by a discerning and innovative eye – at least that’s what I’ve always thought and aspired to highlight in these monthly columns. I can’t say that I’ve always been successful, but I certainly hope it’s been entertaining to read my recipes and try them out. As I leave Beijing this month, this will be my last column. I hope I’m leaving behind readers who are more curious and engaged in cooking with Chinese ingredients than they otherwise would be. Yes, you can make soup with cans of imported Swansons, but what about simmering your own stock? Sure, escarole is hard to find, but what about a salad with baby Napa cabbage and Sichuan peppercorn dressing? And I hope someone out there switched up their breakfast with a bowl of pumpkin and coconut congee. Using Chinese ingredients to substitute Western ingredients in Western recipes isn’t hard: beans for beans, peppers for peppers. If you ever find yourself looking at an unfamiliar vegetable, you can always try it out with the simplest cooking technique there is. Oil at the bottom of a hot wok, when it’s smoking, throw in some minced green onion and ginger, stir it around for a few seconds, and then add whatever you just chopped right in, cook until it wilts or becomes tender. Add a bit of salt on the way out of the pan. This, after all, is the Chinese version of learning to boil water. Okay, okay, you got me. The Chinese version of learning to boil water is still boiling water, but when you want to boil or steam something, try it stir fried instead. The more you do it, the more you’ll feel confident enough to drizzle a little bit of soy sauce, sesame oil or chilli paste in at the end. Everything begins from there.

Numbing Salad Serves 2 for dinner or 4 for side dishes 2 tbsp peanut oil ½ tsp Sichuan peppercorns 2 tbsp rice vinegar 1 tbsp sesame oil 1 tsp fish sauce 2 tsp sugar 2 heads of baby Napa cabbage, or wawacai (Chinese for baby greens) 1 small red onion 1 chicken breast, cooked and cut into strips 1 bunch cilantro, cut into 1 inch stalks 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds In a pan, heat peanut oil until just smoking. Place peppercorns in a heatproof bowl, and poor hot oil over the peppercorns. Let the oil rest until it cools. Strain or pick out the peppers. Add vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce and sugar to the oil. Whisk until blended. Add salt if necessary, but note that the fish sauce will be very salty. Stack the cabbage leaves and chop them across the grain into strips. Slice the onion into strips. Toss the onion, chicken, cabbage, cilantro with the dressing. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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Playing What's Fun In

Crab Island Life’s a beach

by Elizabeth Wu; photos by Sui and Ron Wu


f a day of sand and sun is what you’re after, head where the local go: City Seaview water park. Located within the Crab Island complex, City Seaview is an oasis of water-themed fun. Build sandcastles on the shore of the faux beach, be swept away in the wave pool or just read a book under a generously sized beach umbrella. When you’re all beached out, the surrounding Crab Island offers a range of family-friendly activities including go-karting and fishing. A short ten-minute drive from Lido, it beats having to trek out to Beihai to enjoy a day by the sea.



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nter Crab Island via the West Gate and head straight to the nearby City Seaview water park (1). Worth noting: The bus stop near the West Gate is currently under construction. The Crab Island stop has been temporarily moved, requiring passengers to walk an extra 15 minutes to get back to the gate. Avoid the hassle and travel by car. The park covers an enormous 60,000 square meters and features six outdoor pools, a wave pool, a lazy river and a toddler pool. All of the pools are relatively clean but it’s best to go early in the morning to avoid the crowds. For the thrill seekers, City Seaview features two water slides: one 20-meter-long water slide built especially for speed, and a second 30-meter-long winding slide. If low-key fun is what you’re after, a water wheel dunks water from buckets on expecting pool-goers. The wave pool is the highlight of the park and is routinely packed with water-loving Beijingers. However, little nippers best stay poolside for this particular attraction as the waves can get quite rough. Safety conscious parents fear not: Lifeguards are scattered around the park, keeping a keen eye on swimmers. Parents can take some time out to relax on the sand. City Seaview offers reasonably clean manmade sand beach and dozens of umbrellas, providing some much-needed shade. Remember to bring your own towels. For more sand-side fun, head to the outdoor beach volleyball court. The showers and changing rooms may not be the pinnacle of cleanliness but they’ll do the trick. Electronic lockers are available for RMB 20 (RMB 10 deposit). Quell hungry tummies

Playing What's Fun In with a stop at the snack bar. Alternatively, bring a picnic and grill some steaks on one of the outdoor barbeques. Once the kids have tired themselves in the pool, head out of the water park (you should see the parking lot just in front). Turn right, and keep walking until you see the lotus pond (2). When in bloom, the pond provides some beautiful photo opportunities. Located nearby is the outdoor fishing pond where kids can rent a pole and try to angle the catch of the day. Return to the path and follow it to the Ecological Science Park (3). A small, kitschy zoo, the park houses monkeys, bunnies, llamas, camels, deer and other animals. A fairly small attraction, it won’t take long to cover. Get back on the path and head towards the go-karting course (4). It’s not the most impressive dirt track ever, but cruising 500 meters in one of the karts is a blast. Once you’ve fulfilled your need for speed, keep walking until you reach Crab Palace (5). Inside you’ll find a fishing area and 3 O’Clock Restaurant, which features dishes made from “organic” produce collected from the Crab Island farm. If you managed to catch your own fish in the indoor fishing area, the restaurant will fry it up for you. It’s easy to spend a full day at City Seaview alone, so we forgive you if you can’t do the entire Crab Island tour. For future visits, try checking out the organic veggie picking, as well as the two amusement parks, five restaurants and the golf range. For now, it’s time to roll up your towel, dust off the sand and head back home.

Crab Island 蟹岛绿色生态度假村 Daily 8am-1am. 1 Xiedao Lu (take Weigou Exit off Airport Expressway and follow signs), Chaoyang District (8433 5566/5588) www. (Chinese only) 朝阳区1号 蟹岛路 (苇沟出口) City Seaview waterpark 海景城水上乐园 RMB 60, RMB 40 (kids under 1.4m), free (kids below 1m). Daily 9am-9pm. 1 Xiedao Lu (located beside Crab Island West Gate), Chaoyang District (8433 9689) (Chinese only) 朝阳区1号蟹岛路(西门) Outdoor fishing 室外钓鱼池 Fishing poles: free (Mon-Thu), RMB 10 (FriSun). RMB 14-35 (per half-kilo of fish caught). Daily 8am-6pm. Ecological Science Park 科普中心 RMB 10. Daily 8am-6pm. (8432 5158) Go-karting 卡丁车 Per 500m lap: RMB 20 (single person), RMB 30 (two people). Grass sledding: RMB 20. Daily 8am-6pm. (8432 5465) Indoor fishing 室内钓鱼 Fishing poles: free (Mon-Thu), RMB 10 (Fri-Sun). RMB 18-68 (per half-kilo of fish caught), RMB 120-160 (fresh water crab). Daily 8am-6pm. Three O’Clock Restaurant 三点钟餐厅 Daily 10am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. (8432 4507/ 5397)

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Playing Outside

Butterfly Valley

Fly away for an educational day by Elizabeth Wu

The entrance to Butterfly Valley


utterfly Valley, while a tad lo-fi, is a great excuse for a day trip. The park is fairly quiet on weekdays and doesn’t see many visitors, making it the perfect place to get away from the bustling city. Located a short drive outside of Shunyi, Butterfly Valley is home to more than 30 species of butterfly. The center also doubles as a breeding center – over 500 Chinese and Japanese species are bred here annually. If you’re lucky, you can even see caterpillars transform into butterflies in the center’s cocoon rooms. The park features one central greenhouse and seven outdoor enclosures. Families can walk freely around the lush butterfly enclosures, and if you’re good at playing statue, one or two might land on your shoulders. According to one of the Butterfly Valley employees, the red varieties are your best bet at having a personal encounter with a little flapping friend. Keep an eye out for the most precious butterfly in the center’s collection: the golden Phoenix. A species from Hainan, this large butterfly is easy to spot with its trademark black and yellow wings. Outside the greenhouses you’ll find open fields covered with pretty purple flowers that grow as tall as your knees. If nothing else, it makes for a nice break from the usual gray of Beijing’s downtown. Make the most of your countryside escape and rent one of the center’s outdoor barbeque grills (RMB 20-100). Be sure you brig all of your essential barbeque goodies with you as there aren’t any supermarkets nearby.




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Make a butterfly picture

Inside the greenhouse

The best time to visit the butterflies is between late April and late October. During this butterfly boom time, the center hosts a range of exhibitions and kids activities. Call ahead to check for upcoming events. The ultimate in waste not, want not crafts, for RMB 25-50, kids can make a picture using wings from butterflies that have naturally “passed on.” While the materials are a little odd, the results are surprisingly beautiful. Kids can also participate in more traditional crafts like butterfly ornament making (RMB 10) and color-by-numbers (RMB 20). Staff members roam the craft room, ready and able to help kids with their butterfly-themed art projects. The craft center has a small snack shop stocking all the usual Chinese drinks and snacks. Butterfly Valley also hosts birthday parties, complete with a full tour of the butterfly gardens, releasing butterflies into the wild, as well as a treasure hunt (RMB 1,980 for ten people, schedule ten days in advance).

Butterfly Valley RMB 99, RMB 66 (senior citizens), RMB 49 (students), free (kids below 1.2m). Daily 9am-4.30pm. North of Baima Lu, Nanlangzhong Village, Gaoliying Town, Shunyi District (8942 2400/2119, Chinese only) 顺义区高丽营镇南郎中村,白马路北侧

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Thailand Thrills The Lamas seek adventure in Phuket

The stretch of sand made famous by The Beach

The Travelers Deysy Lamas, her husband Jesus, and their children Andreina (13) and Oscar (6). The Cost The ten-night package cost RMB 14,400 per adult and RMB 8,700 per child. The package included flights, accommodation and breakfast for the whole family. In Phuket, Fantasea tickets for the family of four cost RMB 7,200. The ticket includes admission to the park, dinner, as well as various street and stage performances. Parasailing cost RMB 220 per flight. The grand total came to roughly RMB 54,000. The Plan Looking for a tropical change from the freezing temperatures in Beijing, the Lamas family headed to Phuket in the winter. The plan was to relax at the beach and the pool before heading to an island off the coast of Phuket. Their itinerary included the cultural theme park Fantasea, dirt biking, driving all-terrain vehicles through the jungle and spending a day at the Splash Jungle water park. The vacation package was organized through Sunflower Travel Agency. The family flew with Thai Airlines.

Food The family aren’t fans of spicy food, so they didn’t eat any Thai food. If you can tolerate the spice though, it is worth the culinary adventure. Instead of Thai food, the family enjoyed all their meals at the hotel – the hotel buffet



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Family Fun Instead of sightseeing, the family sought out lots of fun activities. On a one-day trip to the Phi Phi Islands, the Lamas swam in turquoise-colored waters. While they couldn’t see anything at the bottom, they were excited to snorkel and play on the beach featured in the film, The Beach, starring Leonardo Di Caprio. The nighttime park Phuket Fantasea ( is definitely worth a visit. There are elephant rides as well as a small “zoo” (located within a clothing store) that includes snakes, pelicans, antelopes and tigers. Outside the store, visitors can get their picture snapped with a parrot on their arm. There is also a great buffet with sushi, Chinese food and a range of international cuisines. Afterwards, the family crossed the street to the Elephant Temple where they watched a mind-blowing performance with elephants and tigers. Activities The thrill seekers of the group, Jesus and Andreina went on a dirt bike tour through the jungle. The next day, they tried out the all-terrain vehicles. With a helmet and fingerless gloves, Andreina tried to qualify as a rider, but after a small crash, she opted to ride as a passenger with her father. Upon her return to Patong Beach, Andreina went parasailing. She was treated to an amazing bird’s eye view of the beach. Jet skis whizzed beneath Andreina feet, as their drivers looked up and waved at her. Kid-Friendly Features Courtyard by Marriott Phuket features Kids World with activities for kids ages


Accommodation The family stayed for two nights at Novotel Bangkok Airport and eight nights at the Courtyard by Marriott Phuket. At Courtyard by Marriott Phuket, they stayed in a nice large bedroom with two beds (the hotel added an additional spare bed to fit the family of four). Clothing markets as well as the beautiful Patong Beach, were located just down the road.

was their go-to spot for breakfast. Located within the hotel, Hard Rock Cafe was the family’s favorite restaurant. They even celebrated Christmas there with a live band and great, upbeat service. Then, they went up to their room and watched fireworks from their balcony. Another plus of their hotel was the two pools with poolside bars, where swimmers can order drinks without having to reach for their towels.

Playing Family Travels

Jesus stands up to an elephant

Adreina lives life on the wild side

Take a dip in paradise

2 to 15. The hotel restaurant also has a very good kid-friendly menu, and of course, Hard Rock Cafe is always a favorite. A tour guide office within the hotel arranged all of the family’s tours on the island and it was easy to find people who spoke English. Travel Tips The Courtyard by Marriott Phuket near Patong Beach is a great location if you want to explore the area. Try the fish massage therapy: Dip your toes in a tank while tiny fish clean away the dead skin. August 2011



Playing Family Travels

Under the Prairie Stars Camping out in Inner Mongolia

The Travelers Mark and Stacey Griffith, their daughters Kiah (19) and Sofi (11), and son Miles (7). Kent and Rebecca Morris, their daughters Conley (12) and Anthea (7), and son Dane (10).

Saturday night, the families slept under the stars on the rolling Mongolian grasslands. Sunday evening, they drove back to Chengde and stayed at Qianlong Hotel. On Monday morning, the families explored another temple in Chengde and drove back to Beijing in the evening.

The Cost The Griffith and Morris families drove their own van to Inner Mongolia, but others may want to rent a 4x4 to make it through the grasslands. For car rentals, contact Beijing Hao Xing Motor Transport Team (北京浩兴汽车运 输队, 6930 3537). A 4-wheel drive car is approximately RMB 1,000 per day (over 100km/day), plus RMB 20,000 deposit. Gas came to RMB 700. They stayed at the Super 8 hotel in Chengde (速8酒店承德火神庙店, 0314 202 8887). A standard room with one big bed and two small beds is RMB 348. In Ulan, the families stayed at Another Village (又一村, 031 4780 5115, 138 314 5136, 137 3142 1832). One night for a family of four cost around RMB 350. A guide was RMB 500 for two days. The families camped out and brought their own food, which helped keep the cost down. One night of camping for two families cost RMB 300, which was paid to a local farmer for using his land and some firewood. A roast lamb dinner cost RMB 1,000. Lunches at local restaurants rounded out to RMB 300. On the way back to Beijing, the families stayed overnight again at Chengde. This time they stayed at Qianlong Hotel (乾隆宾馆, 0314 311 8801), which cost RMB 368 for standard room with two beds. The grand total for two families (excluding car rental) was RMB 3,280.

The Best Part The peace and quiet, the cool clean air and the crystal clear nighttime skies were all incredible. The families saw a countless number of stars, which are hard to find looking up in Beijing. Beyond the gorgeous, blue skies, green grass and big white clouds, they loved the roaming cows, sheep and beautiful horses.



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Unexpected Moment While they expected to see stars, the view was even more impressive than had imagined. The grassland is flat and expansive with a clear 360 degree view of the horizon. Plus, without any light pollution, the stars shine brighter than ever. Family-Friendly Features People were wonderfully nice and accommodating, especially the owners at Another Village hotel. As far as a playground goes, the kids can play anywhere and everywhere out on the grasslands.


The Plan They departed to Chengde on a Thursday, where they stayed overnight at Super 8. They spent the next morning at the Summer Palace and Puning Temple. In the afternoon, they headed toward Mulan Weichang in Ulan. On

The Worst Part Not really knowing where they were headed, nor knowing the condition of the roads. But this was all part and parcel of the adventure. The bathroom situation was tricky. The hotel in Ulan had Western toilets, but when they were camping, there was only flat grasslands with no trees for privacy. In the end, they improvised and dug a big pit in the sand by the stream.

Sure beats your local chuan’r guy

A pit stop on the way to the grasslands

“Home, home on the range”

Jennifer and her children in Amed

Travel Tips Hire a local guide, especially if you don’t speak Chinese. Their local guide Yuhao (于浩, 138 3242 2711, arranged entrance into the park, helped book a hotel, guided them to a campsite and delivered a roast lamb one night for dinner. For more details on this trip, including driving directions, visit August 2011



Day Tripper

Ride Off Into the Sunset Exploring Beijing by bike by Sarah Bajc


Got You Covered Bike Beijing is a branch of Bicycle Kingdom Rentals & Tours Company. They provide fun and safe guided bike tours in several dozen cities across China. Tours range from a few hours to a few weeks in length, and are all-inclusive for the duration of each tour. All you need to do is show up at the designated



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meeting spot dressed in appropriate clothing and bring some personal snacks and supplies. Bicycle Kindom provides everything else. Short city tours include only a bicycle, helmet and a guide. Longer tours include meals, accommodation as well as a van to carry luggage and mechanical supplies. Taking a leaf from the Boy Scout manual, Bike Beijing is always prepared, carrying everything you may need during your tour: front mounted camera bags, bells, maps and map holders, raincoats, water bottle holders, puncture repair kits and locks. They also offer detailed map assistance. The little extras don’t stop there: When it’s time to return home and rest your tired legs, you can download a link to access photographs taken by Bike Beijing staff during your tour. A Family Affair Bike Beijing takes care of all the details for you, which is particularly convenient for groups with children, as it allows parents to focus on enjoying


eijing is a perfect city for bicyclists of all ages. The terrain is flat, designated bicycle lanes abound and there are ad hoc bicycle repair shops set up at major intersections every few kilometers. As an added bonus, Beijing’s best scenic spots appear as if they were designed with bike riders in mind. Whether it is just a couple of hours meandering through Beijing’s famous hutongs, or several days experiencing the majestic Great Wall and its surrounding mountains, exploring Beijing by bike is an unique, educational and healthy alternative to the dull tour bus options.

Bike to the Great Wall for a family photo you can be proud of

the family time and not worrying about directions, where to eat lunch, or the equipment needed for longer tours. “Bike Beijing has several different sizes of kid’s bicycles, as well as bike seats, tandem bikes and other equipment to support even the youngest biker,” says George Wang, General Manager of Bike Beijing since 2005. Their Family Bike Trip provides the ultimate in flexibility, with different route choices for any age and fitness level. Also, according to George, “All Bike Beijing guides are English speaking, well trained, and are mostly local to the areas they are working in, so they know the roads really well. They plan the route very carefully, so it is safe and beautiful and you will see a lot of interesting things,” continues Wang. Easy Does It Bike Beijing caters to a mix of expatriates, singles and families, experienced cyclists and novices. Most of the people who travel with them are from Europe, the US, Australia, and New Zealand. On longer tours they offer a choice of three mileage options. One day you might go for the most challenging route, and then take it easy the next day on the shortest route, leaving more time for relaxation, exploration or mingling with the locals. Travelers may spread out over several miles or choose to ride or even walk together. For peace of mind, there is always a Bike Beijing van driving back and forth on the route, ready to offer assistance, refreshments and even a lift back to the hotel or campsite. Mix It Up In addition to the actual biking, the tours often incorporate walks through markets and local tourist sites. Authentic local meals are included on longer tours. Some tours are designated as multisport trips, where

travelers can engage in a combination of biking, walking, kayaking, rafting and snorkeling. Tours destinations available in half or full-day tours include: hutongs, Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, Olympic Park, and Fragrant Hill. Longer tours include: Simatai Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Chengde, Guilin, Hangzhou and Inner Mongolia grasslands. So, what are you waiting for? Try something new and explore Beijing by bike this summer. Cost Although it is possible to find last minute openings, it is best to allow as much advanced notice as possible. Book online with PayPal or pay cash when you arrive for your tour. Longer tours require a deposit to secure your spot. A full day at the Great Wall costs approximately RMB 1,000 per adult. A three day (two night) trip to Inner Mongolia is around RMB 4,500 per adult. Children under 12 are 10-50 percent of the adult price, depending on the equipment needed. A discount of 10 percent per person for groups over five are available.

Bicycle Kingdom Tours & Rentals 34 Donghuangchenggen Nanlu (400m east of Forbidden City), Beiheyan Dongdajie (6522 9478, 133 8140 0738, English; 东城区东皇城根南街34号自行车店

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I Want to Be a Heyrobics Instructor Linus Holmsäter puts the fun back into fitness




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eveloped in 1978 by Swedish Johan Holmsäter, Heyrobics is a full-body cardio workout set to the beat of fun music – none of your typical thumping aerobics tunes here. Managed by Linus Holmsäter, the son of Heyrobics founder Johan, this Swedish style of aerobics has taken Beijing by storm. Holmsäter left his day job with a Swedish investment company in China to promote his family’s unique brand of fitness. Led by Holmsäter and a team of pink short-wearing instructors, Heyrobics classes are open to all ages and are offered for a small fee across multiple locations in Beijing, including Chaoyang Park, British School of Beijing (Sanlitun campus) and Jianwai Soho. The organization also provides team-building exercises to clients such as Ericsson China and Li-Ning. When he’s not instructing a Heyrobics session, Holmsäter is an active marathon runner, having finished 15 international marathons. He is also the senior advisor for the Li-Ning iRun Club in China. After an energizing Heyrobics session with students at Dulwich College Beijing, this fitness enthusiast explained the science behind Heyrobics and how his love of sports blossomed into a full-time job. Kara Chin

Learning When I Grow Up “This is the first time that I have found something I really like: making people happy through exercise!” William Li, 10, Australia Do you enjoy Heyrobics and sports? I love sports - that’s why I’m doing it. I love standing up more than I love sitting down. I have to be active; otherwise, I’ll fall asleep.

Josh Nieman, 10, UK/US Besides China and Sweden, where else do you do Heyrobics? This organization is non-profit, so it hasn’t spread beyond Sweden, France and now China. But in Sweden, it is the biggest sport – bigger than football!

Claire Hou, 9, China Who invented Heyrobics? It was my father in Sweden. He was an athlete on his way to the Olympics, but then he got injured and no doctor could heal him for two years. So, he started experimenting with music and movements and he came up with Heyrobics.

Charmaine Hur, 9, Australia When did you start Heyrobics in China? My father started Heyrobics in Sweden 33 years ago. In China, we started it last year and 0.001 percent of the population, or something like that, does Heyrobics. It’s very new in China.

Nicholas Li, 10, Canada Why is it called Heyrobics? “Hey” is the way we say “Hello” in Swedish. I want you to come [to Heyrobics], smile and have a good time. People don’t have to make perfect movements or score a goal. We want people to forget that they’re training.

Jonathan Ding, 9, Belgium How long is a Heyrobics session? A normal session is about 45 minutes of active exercise and then 10 minutes of stretching and relaxation. We also do tough super sessions that are 75 minutes long.

Sam Kill, 10, UK/Netherlands How long have you been in Heyrobics? When I was small, my father and mother did Heyrobics in our living room, so I couldn’t watch the TV shows I wanted to see. I absolutely hated Heyrobics then, because I thought it was disturbing my TV habits. Then I found out by accident that I liked it.

Nicole Sun, 10, China What does Heyrobics really do you to your body? There’s a science behind the music we choose. We go through these stages with a warm-up, running and stretching. We train all the muscles in the body. That’s why all these professional football players and marathon runners do Heyrobics to warm up.

Jackel Chung, 10, China Why did you come to China? When I came over in 2009, I had a job behind a desk with a computer, trying to sell stuff to Chinese people. But I’m a sportsman and felt bored. I started doing Heyrobics during my free time, but it became really popular. So I quit my job and started doing it full-time.

Stephen Lin, 10, US What type of music is used? Every instructor can pick his or her own music. There’s a lot of hip-hop, eighties rock, pop music, Chinese music and Swedish music.

Jeanne Salamin, 9, France/Switzerland Which is your favorite Heyrobics move? I think the running is quite fun and sometimes

the push-ups. I think it’s fun when you become really tired.

Sara Michael, 10, US What inspired you to be a Heyrobics instructor? When I was 9 years old, I wanted to be a football player or the president. I became a Heyrobics instructor because I love sports and want to influence other people, which is probably similar to my presidential ambition. This is the first time that I have found something I really like: making people happy through exercise.

Audrey Chan, 10, China Normally, how many people do Heyrobics with you? It can be anything from 20 to 2,000 people, like at the World Expo in Shanghai. At some of these marathon races in China, it’s more than 1,000 people.

Olivia Heywood, 10, UK Where is your favorite place to do Heyrobics? My favorite place is in the park, because it’s so easy for people to join in. When we start doing the park exercises, there are around 30 people. And after a few minutes, there is a big crowd of curious Chinese people watching and more people start joining in. At the end of the session, we’re maybe 100 people, so it’s a flash mob.

Gloria Hui, 10, China Are you sort of famous for being a Heyrobics instructor? Maybe I’m becoming a little famous around different cities in China. Every time we do a Heyrobics warm-up, they have to delay the start of the marathon, because hundreds of Chinese people are taking pictures instead of running. So in that sense, when I’m out there, I’m a little bit famous.

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Students from

KinStar International Bilingual School fill August’s

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Yue Qi, 10, China

Brian Leung, 10, China

Helen Ji, 10, China



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Julia Bonfatti, 10, Italy

Tea Ning, 10, US

王琪安, 5, China

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Declarations of (In)Dependence Teens weigh in on their relationships with Mom and Dad


ids grow up fast, any parent will attest to that. So, when is the right time for them to become independent? Is it when they graduate from high school? Perhaps when they get a job? Teenagers may think they can do everything on their own, but they also understand that Mom and Dad are around to protect them. We asked the students from Beanstalk International Bilingual School to tell us their thoughts on parent/child relationships. Jennifer Bushman



From left: Vincent Liu, 15, China, has been living in Beijing for 13 years Bank Phanthet, 15, Thailand, has been living in Beijing for ďŹ ve years Courtney Baker, 14, US, has been living in Beijing for seven years Prisca Pfupajena, 14, Zimbabwe, has been living in Beijing three years beijingkids August 2011

Learning Debate Club

“If you have a bit of pride, it might be hard to take money from them” How long should kids live with their parents? Bank: It depends. If you can find good work after going to a good college and save a lot of money, you can move out. Prisca: I kind of agree with Bank, because there are times when students need their own privacy. Courtney: During college, it’s sometimes better not to be with your family so you can know what it’s like to live on your own. Then you’re not wrapped around your parent’s tight little bubble forever.

Should kids have to do chores for their allowance? Courtney: If you’re just given the money, then you’re not really used to working. Vincent: In every Chinese family, you’re considered special. They think you should get money from your family and your parents should pay for you. Bank: For my parents, I do chores and they give me money every month.

Should parents pay for university? Vincent: My mom told me that I don’t have to work in high school and she will pay for my university. I think I should pay, but if my mom wants to pay then it’s okay. Courtney: I think your parents could help fund college a little bit. Afterwards, maybe you could just pay your parents back.

Should parents be expected to pay for things like phone bills? Prisca: If it is for phone bills then I think you should pay for it yourself. For stuff like school activities, they can pay. Courtney: I agree with Prisca about phone bills, but parents should pay for things like movies or going out with friends. Bank: Sometimes I want something expensive, so I make a deal, like getting good grades in school to get stuff. Vincent: Yes, parents should pay for your stuff.

Is it reasonable for parents to set limits on what their kids spend with their own money? Courtney: Yes, because if you have absolutely no limits, you’ll squander it on whatever you want. Bank: My parents give me 1,000 kuai a month. If I spend it all right away, I won’t have money for the rest of the month. Vincent: If I need money, I just ask my mom and then I make my own plan for the money. Prisca: I think we should have limits. Parents teach you what to spend your money on and what not to.

Should parents have a say on what their kids wear?

Prisca: I think that parents should help you at first to pay for your university fees and once you start working, then I guess you can pay.

Bank: If I go out with them, sometimes they care, but mostly they don’t.

At what age is someone considered an adult?

Prisca: I think they should, especially for girls. There are things that teenagers shouldn’t wear.

Prisca: I think around 18 or 19. Vincent: 16. Courtney: It depends on what culture you’re from, but I’d say around 18 to 20 years old.

Would you ever refuse money from your parents? Vincent: I think children and parents should help each other, so I would not refuse money from them. Prisca: Let’s say I am working, then I won’t accept the money. Courtney: I guess it depends on how old you are or if you have a job already. If you have a bit of pride, it might be hard to take money from them.

At what age should kids be expected to get a job? Vincent: 18, I think. Prisca: 18 is when you start to become an adult. If you start to work at the age of 16, you might use the money for the wrong reasons. Bank: You can start working summer jobs at the age of 16.

Vincent: Sometimes my mom thinks my clothes are weird, but I still wear them.

Courtney: I think a parent should, because if they don’t then the kid will go out wearing whatever.

Do kids need approval from parents about which after school activities they participate in? Bank: Mostly they don’t. My dad will say “Yes,” I just have to call him and tell him where I am going. Prisca: I think they shouldn’t. For example, I am good at the piano, but my mom won’t let me stay after school and take lessons.

Should parents have a say in the friends their children have? Prisca: I think they should have a say, because there are some friends that will lead you into trouble. Bank: Every time I go out with my friends, my parents ask me who I am going with. Vincent: My mom doesn’t care, because I know who is good and who is bad. And my friends are always good. August 2011



Parenting Spotlight

A Mother’s Mission How one mom is championing special needs care in Beijing by Imogen Kandel



Eliott with 2011 therapist in a session An Eliott’s Corner beijingkids August


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t is no secret that services, facilities and therapists for special needs children in Beijing are woefully thin on the ground. Sitting opposite Jacqueline Chen at a Sanlitun café, you get a sense of just how desperate the situation really is. Chen is the mother of 4-year-old Eliott and 2-year-old Elizabeth. Although cognitively on-target, Eliott was born prematurely with cerebral palsy at Beijing United Family Hospital. Each time Chen described her disappointment at the neglected state of special needs care in Beijing (which was regularly) she rapped her fingers on the tabletop. While it’s obvious that Chen has had her share of roadblocks, her finger tapping punctuations were loudest when talking about how, with a small team of dedicated parents and therapists, she was going to succeed where others had failed. Named after her son, Eliott’s Corner (the sister branch of Shanghai’s Olivia’s Place) offers speech, physical and occupational therapy to children whose conditions range from mild to severe. As co-owner and general manager of Eliott’s Corner, Chen is emotionally, financially and personally invested in ensuring the center’s success. She has to be – it’s the only place in Beijing where her son can get the physical and occupational therapy that he needs. When asked why she changed the name from Olivia’s Place to Eliott’s Corner for the Beijing branch, Chen admits that it was her husband’s idea to name the center after their son. She hopes it will leave the door open for other parents of special needs children to start a center in their corner of China in honor of their own child. China does not have a reputation as a high-quality service provider when it comes to children with special needs. Chen’s initial interaction with hospitals and clinics in Beijing was not a positive one. While she’s quick to defend the pool of talented therapists currently working in the capital, she reveals that politics and a lack of professional communication often got in the way of Eliott’s care.

It was only when Chen spoke to a mother at a playgroup that she found out about a therapist for Eliott operating out of SOS International Clinic. Like many therapists operating in Beijing, he was a trailing spouse and has since moved on. Chen counts herself lucky that her family then moved to the US for a year, during which time Eliott received daily therapy sessions. According to Chen, while speech therapists are relatively easy to come by as they don’t require much equipment or space to practice, occupational and physical therapists are highly sought after in Beijing. The therapists who do work in Beijing tend to work from home or offer house calls, and while this provides a stopgap, it presents a new range of problems. Firstly, their therapy sessions are generally not covered by insurance, meaning parents must pay out-of-pocket. Secondly, as therapists move on, there is little continuity of treatment. “It’s just so fragmented. If that person leaves, you’re not sure if your case is going to be handled by someone else.” Eliott’s Corner hopes to address the inevitable revolving door of therapists by co-operating with Olivia’s Place in Shanghai. The two centers have already traded therapists on a shortterm basis to provide continuity of care during their staff’s summer holidays. While there is certainly a lack of therapists in Beijing, it is not the only reason special needs care is lagging. Chen believes profit, or lack thereof, is the underlying reason for the dearth of special needs therapists. “The hospitals here don’t recognise the need for special needs because it’s not a big money turner for them. It’s so niche; there are other avenues for them to make money quicker.” But is it possible that there are simply too few children requiring this type of care in Beijing to make investing in such services feasible? Based on the level of interest Chen has encountered from both international schools and parents, she doesn’t think so. “Parents like me, who want to come to China, do the research and

“It is a catch-22 situation when the hospitals don’t want to invest because they don’t think there’s any need”

Eliott receives daily therapy sessions for cerebral palsy

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Parenting Spotlight there’s nothing available so they don’t come. So the hospitals think, ‘Okay, they’re not coming so we’re not going to provide the services.’ It is a catch-22 situation when the hospitals don’t want to invest because they don’t think there’s any need. But there is a need because there’s parents like me.” Despite Beijing being home to a community of families with special needs children, there is little interaction or sharing of resources. Chen hopes that in addition to providing therapy, Eliott’s Corner can address the lack of communication and act as an informal community center. She recalls a recent story of a mom who wanted to send her child to a speech therapist closer to their home, but in the end chose to travel the extra distance to Eliott’s Corner. “She just wanted to be in an environment where she could meet the other moms! She felt like she was talking about her child’s issues all the time to her friends and her friends could not relate. She just wanted a resource, a network.” Eliott’s Corner also has a philanthropic arm: Olivia’s Place Foundation. The foundation provides financial assistance to expat and local families who cannot afford all or part of the treatment costs for their children. The foundation is still in its growing stages and currently the demand is far greater than their resources. “With the foundation, we’ve helped a few kids, [but] we haven’t been able to help a lot. I have to admit that the foundation is out of funds.”

The foundation’s review board is made up of three doctors who review each case based on three criteria: the household’s income, the severity of the child’s case and how much progress the child is expected to make after therapy. Chen laments that there are just too many cases for their small foundation to handle. So in an attempt to focus their efforts, the foundation prefers to offer financial support to children who will see a marked improvement in their quality of life after receiving therapy. “Some of the kids may not be very severe, but if they could make a lot of progress with just some sessions of therapy, then they may be more qualified [for financial support] than the kids who are very severe.” Finally, Chen stops punctuating her sentences with her tabletop rapping and acknowledges that at the end of the day, she’s just a parent who decided that if she wanted to help her son, she had to do it herself. “I’m a customer, so Eliott is my Customer Client Number One. I know what we need, what the other parents need. And I’m coming from that perspective.” Then, in walks Eliott wearing an ‘I Heart Mama’ t-shirt, his little sister Elizabeth not far behind. Without a hint of bashfulness, and on slightly unstable legs, Eliott finds a fuwuyuan, gets his hands on a menu and brings it back for his mother to read. It’s obvious that for Eliott, all of those hours of therapy have paid off.

RESOURCES Eliott’s Corner 胡宝小屋 17C Golden Land Building, 32 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6461 6283) www. 朝阳区朝阳区亮马桥32号 Care for Children The only special needs school for foreign families in Beijing. Unit 101, River Garden, 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District (8470 2735, www. 顺义区顺义区后沙峪榆阳 路7号裕京花园101室 Side by Side A wholly foreign owned and run center providing support for children with special needs and learning difficulties. Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District (8046 3858, info@sidebysidebeijing. com) 顺义区后 沙浴名都园3336



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Jacqueline Chen (in green) sits in on a therapy session

Parenting Alternate Routes

Any Given Saturday

Suiting up for league sports is well worth the mafan by Jennifer Ambrose



ike so many families around the world, we spend most weekends on the sidelines of the soccer pitch, cheering on our child. This is such a normal activity that most parents don’t agonize over the decision for their children to participate. For us, though, participating in league sports while living out in Changping has been a challenge. Two years ago during our first summer in Beijing, I chanced upon a copy of beijingkids that had a promotion for Sports Beijing’s fall registration. Up until then, I was unaware of the existence of these kinds of programs in Beijing as they were scarce in our previous home in Shenzhen. Because of that, my son Myles, had always expressed hope to play soccer or baseball when “we moved back to America.” The problem, though, was that we did not (and still do not) know when that might happen. One of our concerns with raising our children in China has been the lack of extracurricular activities that we believe are beneficial - for it’s those activities that teach our children teamwork, commitment and discipline. While I had discovered that there were indeed activities available in Beijing, there were none near our home. Ironically, my husband and I had to ask ourselves how much we valued these important lessons about discipline and hard work when they weren’t terribly convenient. Before we committed to soccer in the Eastern suburbs, I wanted to confirm with some of our friends in Changping that there really wasn’t any possibility to participate in extracurricular sports, particularly soccer, closer to home. With the exception of the NGOs coaching at the migrant schools, there was nothing. What was available, though, were ample opportunities to learn ping pong. All around Changping are gyms that offer professional ping pong coaching. In the afternoons we often see children engaged in group or one-on-one lessons. I’m certainly not one to dismiss ping pong as an athletic activity - just watching the kids do countless frog-jumps during their warm-ups makes my thigh muscles hurt. The abundant public tables all over town certainly provide plenty of places to play near our apartment. In the absence of public soccer pitches, or a grassy space that isn’t treated as sacred, ping pong would be a wise choice. However, Myles hadn’t spent years watching his older cousins suit up for ping pong matches, dreaming of the day he would also get his turn. While it would have been possible to sell him on ping pong, his heart was set on soccer. So soccer it was. The very first morning, any reservations we had about the drive not being worth the experience for Myles evaporated. Even after an hour in the car, he excitedly donned his first new uniform and hit the pitch bursting with enthusiasm. Now two years later, we are all so incredibly appreciative that an organization like Sports Beijing exists. As a parent, I am grateful my son has had the opportunity to learn from such dedicated coaches and play with some great kids. I can’t believe I would have let something as insignificant as an hour-long drive deprive my son (and next year my daughter) this chance.

Ironically, my husband and I had to ask ourselves how much we valued these important lessons about discipline and hard work when they weren’t terribly convenient

Jennifer Ambrose hails from Western Pennsylvania and misses it terribly. She still maintains an intense devotion to the Pittsburgh Steelers. She has lived in China since 2006 and is currently an at-home mother. With her husband Randy and children Myles and Brigid, she resides outside the Sixth Ring Road in Changping, northwest of Beijing. Her blog can be found at

August 2011



Parenting Beijing Baba

Mencius or Mario? Fighting technology with technology by Gareth Jones


ll parents observe their children for it constantly, but we don’t tell others when we’re looking and we never tell anyone when we think we’ve found it. When our friends say that our spawns show even the slightest glimpse of it, we dismiss the notion. However, recently, I had begun to allow myself to think the unthinkable – to entertain the possibility that my daughter, my genetic code, was displaying real signs of the parental Holy Grail. As I type I find my teeth grinding and my body coiling up tensely, afraid that the very speaking of the thought might jinx things. Intelligence; there you go, I’ve said it. I was beginning to think that Ariana was clever! There had been signs. Ariana loved to read, antisocially barricading herself in her room so that she wouldn’t be disturbed by her younger sister. She was also developing the habit of thinking of questions to ask the physics teacher at school on the rudimentary workings of the universe. At the same age, I recall competing with my brother to see who could run into the living room wall fastest with a bucket on their head. Her penmanship of Chinese characters was becoming increasingly balanced. Perhaps I would be able to retire at 45 after all – my daughter having already found the cure for cancer and written a novel dissecting the nature of the modern application of Confucian ideals by her late teens. My vision of vicarious success disappeared at the speed at which it takes a 7-year-old to open the wrapping paper of a birthday present containing a Nintendo DS. The dream of a life for Ariana spent studying Mencius was replaced by the numbing reality of Mario. For the next week, instead of entering Ariana’s room to see her engrossed

Once again it seems, technology is the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems in a book, I was to find her sitting cross legged, veering her torso left and right as she tired to make it round the next bend or smashing furiously at buttons as (for the seventeenth time that day) Kung Fu Panda attempted to find the Panda within by beating the living daylights out of ghastly assailants. When it became difficult to get Ariana to come to the dinner table, and even harder to get her to stay there, Xiao Qing and I decided that something had to be done. Early negotiations with our 7-year-old addict failed, however, as did withholding rations (sweets) and bouts of solitary confinement (“Get to your room young lady!”). In fact, all seemed lost until it occurred to me that the only way to fight fire is with fire – or in this case, technology with technology. I dashed to the local market, returning with a device that might put Operation Cambridge back on course: a digital stopwatch. I got within earshot of the grunting beast that had that little black box seemingly stapled to its thumbs and – fearing for my life – peeped that DS time was to be kept to five minutes a day. It was to be Ariana’s job to keep track of the time using the stopwatch. To my astonishment, the beast put the IQ destroyer down, straightened its spine and turning back into my daughter, began to examine the stopwatch. The results have been far reaching. Not only has DS time been dramatically reduced but teeth cleaning time has gone up as has the amount of time spent in the bath – Ariana’s eyes always fixed on the descending digits of our 20 kuai redeemer. Perhaps the NASA Chief Scientist position may still await – she has already partaken in more count downs than the average rocket launch controller. Once again it seems, technology is the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.



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Gareth Jones has lived in China for five years and teaches English, Theory of Knowledge and Thinking Skills at YCIS Beijing. When he’s not teaching, he spends his time trying to keep up with his two daughters. Gareth also runs a small health and development charity, find out more at


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ree time may not be easy to come by, so what you choose to do in that time says something about who you are. Whether your ambition lies in becoming a concert violinist or a devoted volunteer, Beijing has what you’re looking for. In fact, you’ll find that the hardest part lies in choosing wisely.

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Seven volunteer groups that need your help by Jennifer Thomé


he American educator Booker T. Washington said it best when he proclaimed: “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” There are many great reasons for young people to volunteer. It helps them gain experience and an appreciation for the challenges that exist in this world, while at the same time growing their confidence as they see their actions make an impact. It's no wonder that participation in volunteer programs has become part of a well-rounded student curricula. To help you find that perfect outlet for your charitable energies, beijingkids has put together a list of the best places to volunteer in Beijing.

Magic Hospital

If your child is a hands-on kind of person, participating in a Habitat for Humanity project is a great way for them to build practical experience while working for one of the most well-respected charities in the world. There are four ways in which high school students can participate: building, fund raising, advocating and educating. For those who want to build or repair houses, they can either participate in a local project or go on a Global Village Trip, designed to give students a cross-cultural experience. Currently, the only chapter in the Beijing area is located at the International School of Beijing, though any group of ten or more motivated change-makers can start one at their own school.

A non-profit, Magic Hospital works with sick, handicapped, abused, orphaned and at-risk children in an effort to provide them with happy and healthy childhoods. For those who want to donate three to five hours per week, long-term internships in their offices are available. If spending time in the office clashes with class time, students can organize toy drives at their school. Bilingual students might also enjoy helping out with their “outdoorsy day” events and story-telling program. The only prerequisites are that kids are responsible for their own actions, have a sense of community spirit and believe in the Magic Hospital mission statement.

Website: Phone: +852 2520 4000 (Hong Kong office) Email address: Age requirements: Students of all ages can participate in on-campus events. The Global Village Trip is limited to students over the age of 15. To volunteer: Students should contact their local chapter for volunteer opportunities, or create their own chapter.

Address: 16 Gongti Beilu, 1402 Xingfuyuan Gongyu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区工体北路16号幸福院,幸福公寓1402 Website: Email address: Age requirements: Flexible, but students must exhibit a high degree of responsibility. To volunteer: Volunteers should contact the Magic Hospital to be added to their database of volunteers, or to find out about setting up a drive at school.

Building a better life with Habitat for Humanity



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Habitat for Humanity

Roots & Shoots The Beijing office of Roots & Shoots, which was created by the Jane Goodall Institute China, provides a platform and support for young people who want to create activities and projects to protect the environment, animals and the community. One of the great benefits of volunteering for Roots & Shoots is that young members have the opportunity to attend leadership development programs and meet Jane Goodall on her annual trip to China. Students can volunteer by creating a group and sharing their appreciation for our planet with others, or by helping out in the offices either full- or part-time. They are also looking for volunteers for their annual Roots & Shoots Summit on September 24, so there's no time like the present to join! Address: Beijing City International School (BCIS), Rm 1309, 77 Baiziwan Naner Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区白子弯南二路77号 1309屋 Website:, www.jgichina. org/en Phone: 6778 3115 Email address: Age requirements: None To volunteer: Volunteers need to find an adult sponsor for their group and fill out an online application form. Roots & Shoots volunteers promote environmental awareness within schools

CAI and A Bridge for Children


CAI and A Bridge for Children (ABC) recently joined forces, and are working both with migrant children and orphans to create a better future for them. There are two ways that students can get involved: either by volunteering as a teacher for CAI, or by becoming a student ambassador for ABC. Activities that young people can organize include fun runs, bake sales and sponsored silences. As an ABC student ambassador, children are responsible for making sure that their peers and teachers are aware of ABC’s mission and programs. Other opportunities are available, and students interested in contributing to the organization should submit their resume and a letter of interest. Website:, Phone: 6437 8616 Email address: Age requirements: CAI/ABC prefers its teaching volunteers to be at least 18 years old, but will make exceptions for exceptional students. Younger students can become involved as ABC student ambassadors. Age requirements: There are no age requirements for fundraisers and student ambassadors. To volunteer: To create a chapter at their school, volunteers should contact CAI and ABC for further instruction. Students interested in other opportunities should submit a resume and letter of intent.

Beijing Human and Animal Environmental Education Center (BHAEEC) Founded by the business tycoon turned animal savior Zhang Luping, BHAEEC rescues abused, neglected and abandoned dogs and cats, rehabilitates them, and puts them up for adoption. It offers several opportunities for teenagers to volunteer, including taking care of animals and helping out around the office. The center is also looking for volunteers to help promote their work to international organizations and potential donors, and gives preference to long-term volunteers. Anxious parents can relax: All animals are have up-to-date vaccinations and young volunteers are supervised by staff members. The only thing that can go wrong is that your young do-gooder comes home with a new best friend. Address: BHAEEC is located in Changping, but only reveals its address to volunteers. This is to prevent people from showing up unannounced. Website: Phone: 132 6038 1387 (Cami) or 138 1005 5778 (Shirley) Email address: Age requirements: Teenage and adult volunteers are welcome. To volunteer: Volunteers should fill out the application form found on their website. BHAEEC prefers people who can come in groups.

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Wokai There are three ways that students can help Wokai achieve their mission of breaking the poverty cycle: visit the website, spread the word, and make a donation. The best way to do all of these is to set up a Wokai team at school or to join another local chapter to raise funds and awareness for this world-famous microfinance non-profit. Currently, Wokai is looking for volunteers who are fluent in Chinese and English to join their Beijing headquarters. Volunteers would work on Englishto-Chinese translations of their website and borrower profiles. Website: Email address: or Age requirements: Students of any age are welcome to join a local chapter. To volunteer: Check the roster of teams to find one near you (http:// or set up your own by visiting http://en.wokai. org/resources.

The Dulwich chapter of Wokai

China Care Foundation

More student and adult volunteer opportunities can be found at Lasso Guide to Charity in China’s website, China Care Foundation helps Beijing’s most vulnerable children



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Website: Email address: Age requirements: None, but those wishing to volunteer for a ten day trip at the facilities should be actively involved with the China Care Foundation. To volunteer: To start a China Care Club, students must find an adult advisor at their school. The club can then apply directly on the website.


China Care Foundation was founded in 2000 by a determined teenager dedicated to providing nurture and care to China's orphans. Since then, the organization has not only provided medical treatments for countless orphans, it also created the Half the Sky Nurture Project, which provides education services both to local women and orphans. High school and university students are invited to create a local China Care Club at their school and host fund-raising events to fund life-saving surgeries for orphans. Active China Care Club members can also apply to spend ten days at the China Care Home in Beijing where they will be able to care for orphans who have just undergone life-saving medical procedures.

The Extra Mile

How extracurriculars can help your college application by Imogen Kandel; interviews by Elizabeth Wu


nternational school students have a head start in the university application stakes, especially where personal essays and interviews are concerned. However, while going to school in Beijing is definitely a conversation starter, resting on your international laurels won’t guarantee you entrance into your university of choice. Four recent graduates from Beijing’s international high schools tell us how they chose and managed their extracurriculars in addition to an already demanding course load. And more importantly, they reveal whether all those extra hours after school helped or hindered them in the long run. Your Particular Curricula Rachel Wang, a recent International School of Beijing (ISB) graduate, says that extracurriculars should “outline how the student is willing to contribute to their community as well as their hobbies and interests.” But synthesizing your personality into a few activities is a daunting task. Students who’ve graduated from Beijing’s international school system recommend doing something you’re genuinely interested in, rather than what looks good on a university application form. Students should try relating a few extracurriculas to their intended major. This will show a dedicated, consistent interest in a particular field of study.

Practice to Paper Whether a single-minded student or an all-rounder, universities want to see that a student’s extarcurriculars are meaningful to them. Simply doing an extracurricular activity is not enough – you have to be able to communicate your experiences to the admissions officers in a personal statement. “The main body of my personal statement was about the hardships I faced as editor in chief of my school magazine club, and my successes in dealing with a number of [those hardships],” says Zhang. Her application was so well written, Zhang was accepted into UC Berkley, but turned it down so she could attend her preferred college, New York University. Not In It For the Grades Not all universities require extracurriculars as part of their entrance criteria. However, extracurriculars are not just there to help you get into a course – they’re designed to mentally prepare you for life outside the classroom. A recent graduate from Harrow International School Beijing, Saikiran Adapa says that although “UK universities don’t put much value on extracurricular activities and are more concerned with academic studies, the type of activities you participate in can show the university if you will break down under pressure or not.” True to his word, Adapa participated in the International Award – a three-day trek where he learned to cook, camp, and most importantly, realize what he was

“I can’t imagine what college life would be like without my extracurriculars tagging along”

An All-Rounder While dedication is a wonderful quality in a university applicant, if a student’s high school resume is beginning to look increasingly one dimensional, try mixing and matching a few complimentary activities. ISB student Toni Lehtonen wanted to demonstrate his personal range of interests, so he took on a mixed bag of extracurriculars that included junior varsity swimming, AMIS jazz choir, Model United Nations, as well as volunteering at Root & Shoots. Despite the large workload, Lehtonen insists that it was his extracurriculars that kept him focused and sane in the lead up to his graduation. “I have a huge amount of extracurriculars, but because all of my extracurriculars are something I really enjoy, they are a form of rest, a stress-reliever.”

Building On Your Strengths Loading up your after school hours with oddball activities is not the aim of the game, rather students should find something that compliments their demonstrated areas of interest. For example, rather than adding another play to their acting credentials, a dedicated theater student can try teaching drama at a migrant school during weekends. Sherry Zhang from Beijing World Youth Academy has a collection of volunteering positions on her resume, but she chose to focus primarily on her role as editor in chief of her school magazine, @BWYA. She supplimented this with an editorial position at

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Balancing It All It goes without saying that to make all of these extracurriculars worthwhile, they need to be balanced carefully alongside a student’s schoolwork. Wang believes that her extracurricular activities actually motivated her to finish her schoolwork faster and forced her to be an excellent time manager. Her large workload meant there was “no time to waste.” Despite Wang’s busy schedule, she made sure she slept eleven hours a night so she could be well rested and at the top of her game. Lehtonen admits his extracurriculars took up a lot of his time, however, like Wang, he credits his good grades to his busy schedule. “I would emphasize the importance of truly enjoying the extracurriculars, and not doing them because you have to. That is why I’m never stressed,” says Lehtonen. Resume Padding Extracurriculars sometimes get a bad rap as being mere window dressing – a way to spruce up boring exam results. Not so, says Wang. “There is a misnomer that the extracurriculars are just for building the outstanding resume for college. I cannot stress how untrue that is. I can’t imagine what college life would be like without my extracurriculars tagging along. In fact, I probably will experiment with more.” August 2011



Rachel Wang Age: 16 Nationality: US School: International School of Beijing Curriculum: International Baccalaureate IB score: 40 (out of 45) SAT I: 2,140 (out of 2,400) Will attend: Northwestern University (US) Major: Chemical engineering Extracurriculars: Roots & Shoots (fundraising officer) Love and Hope (group leader and English teacher) Basketball (team manager) Stage production (props manager) Model United Nations Fluent in English and Chinese, Rachel Wang is also an exceptional student (she skipped the seventh grade). Wang’s family moved frequently over the years and after studying at 13 schools, Wang says the experience has made her immune to change. In Beijing for the past eight years, Wang will study chemical engineering at Northwestern University in the fall. In her college applications, Wang emphasized her artistic side to show admissions officers that she was not your typical engineering applicant. Teaching English at the Love and Hope center (a charity school for Chinese migrant workers) taught Wang to “cherish everything I have.” She hopes to one day own her own fashion label and invent materials that she can incorporate into her designs. Wang’s motto is, “What doesn’t hurt you can only make you stronger.”




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Toni Lehtonen Age: 18 Nationality: Finland/Colombia School: International School of Beijing Curriculum: International Baccalaureate IB score: 42 (out of 45) SAT I: 2,160 (out of 2,400) Will attend: Stanford University (US) Major: Music (composition) and physics Extracurriculars: Honors choir (choir representative) Symphony orchestra (section leader) Concert band (section leader) French horn (soloist) Musical production (lead role) One Act festival (lead role) Talent show (arranged music for three acts) Concert band (composition) Junior Varsity swimming Model United Nations AMIS international honor choir AMIS jazz choir Track and field (participant and coach) Roots & Shoots Charity fashion show


Toni Lehtonen speaks Finnish, Spanish, and English. He has been accepted to Stanford University where he will study physics and music, but before he heads off to university, he will spend a year studying Chinese followed by another year in the Finnish army. In high school, Lehtonen was involved in a range of performance arts, which he believes showcases his love for music. He hopes to further his artistic endeavors in college. While nervous about life beyond high school, Lehtonen says he will “definitely make use of all the opportunities that appear on the road ahead.”

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Sherry Zhang Age: 17 Nationality: US School: Beijing World Youth Academy Curriculum: International Baccalaureate IB Score: 39 (our of 45) SAT I: 2,000 (out of 2,500) Will attend: New York University (US) Major: East Asian Studies Extracurriculars: @BWYA magazine club (editor in chief) Model United Nations Dance club Homeless animal shelter volunteer club Peer tutoring service (taught English and Chinese) (editorial staff member) Sherry Zhang is fluent in English and Chinese and will be attending New York University in the fall. Before moving to the Big Apple, Zhang will travel to Taiwan and Korea. A future East Asian Studies student, she hopes to take advantage of the study abroad programs offered at her university and travel to Japan and Korea as part of her course. While Zhang is excited about living away from home for the first time, she’s trying to maintain a level head. She often reminds herself that after university, she’ll have to find a job, a place to live, and jokes that she’ll miss her parent’s cooking.




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Saikiran Adapa Age: 17 Nationality: India School: Harrow International School Beijing Curriculum: A-Levels A-Level grades: Maths (A), Physics (A), Chemistry (A), Further Maths (A) Will attend: University of Cambridge (UK) Major: Engineering


Extracurriculars: International Award (bronze level) Running club Beginners Spanish Saikiran Adapa speaks Telugu, Hindi, and English. Recently accepted into University of Cambridge, he hopes to pursue his dream of studying aeronautics. Before coming to China, Adapa lived in India, France, and Malaysia. Coming from an academic family, Adapa’s older sister is currently finishing her chemical engineering degree at Oxford University. As extracurriculars aren’t required by most British universities, Adapa was free to focus his full attention on his A-Levels. Adapa’s motto is, “Everything happens for a reason.” Saikiran Adapa suits up for his graduation ceremony August 2011



All smiles for their ClubFootball team photo

Kidtastic Clubs

Kick off the school year with a new extracurricular activity by Sarah Bajc


eijing abounds with interesting things to do for kids and adults alike. Whether you are a sports enthusiast, arts aficionado, or just seeking to learn more about China, there is something for everyone.

China Culture Center

In 2010, just under 2,500 kids participated in ClubFootball’s soccer programs. They offer teams for all ages, genders and ability levels. According to David Niven, ClubFootball’s COO, there’s more to learning the beautiful game than learning how to kick a ball: “Kids learn to play as part of a team and how to behave whether they win, lose or draw.” Teams train midweek after school in the CBD and Shunyi, and play matches every Sunday morning against other teams, clubs and organizations. Junior league team tryouts will be held from August 20 to September 4 (see Events, All Month for details), and courses begin September 11. Visit their website for an updated fall schedule.

China Culture Center (CCC) provides cultural education for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of China. They offer a wide variety of classes, seminars and language training options. At CCC, kids get a hands-on cultural experiences – whether it is making Chinese dumplings or learning how to tie-dye Batik prints. At the end of each class, kids will have something that they can take home with them. For families and groups, CCC also hosts tours in and around Beijing. Check their website for an updated list of kids programs and activities.

Unit A212, Entrance 3, Bldg 51, Zone A1, Zhaowei Huadeng Plaza, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang (5130 6893/4/5/6 ext 8006) www. 朝阳区酒仙桥路14号兆维51号楼兆维华灯大厦A1区3门A212房间



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Rm 101, Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6432 9341 ext 18, ) www. 朝阳区亮马桥路29号安家楼肯特中心院内中国 文化中心




Let them hear it in the back!

Beijing Playhouse

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Beijing Playhouse is China’s largest English Broadway theatre company with over 100 cast, crew, professional staff and volunteers working together to produce theater productions every year. In addition to putting on plays, the organization runs a drama club, a talent agency, and various camps throughout the year. After school programs are also available. At the Beijing Playhouse Academy of Performing Arts, kids learn about theater, both on stage and backstage. This is a great option for kids who love the spotlight.

UCCA is not only a contemporary gallery for adults, it’s also a kid-friendly arts center. UCCA hosts a range of activities specially tailored for families, including screenings of international cartoons and short films, craft workshops, reading seminars, and more. In addition, UCCA regularly invites well-known artists and designers to lead unique and enriching workshops for children. Family memberships (RMB 1,200) are available. For the latest UCCA events, see Events (p14) or visit

(6538 4716,

798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8459 9269/9387) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区尤伦斯当代艺术中心

Dragon Fire Swim Team

Sports Beijing

A 300-strong international swim team, these water enthusiasts hail from more than 25 different countries and range in age from pre-school to retirement. Dragon Fire Swim Team’s head coach and founder Kevin Hua, together with a dozen experienced and qualified assistant coaches, provide training and instruction according to FINA requirements. During the swim season, training is offered seven days a week at three different locations (Canadian International School, British School of Beijing and Western Academy of Beijing) to give swimmers as many opportunities as possible to improve their skills while having fun. Dragon Fire also hosts annual swim camps. For adults wishing to swim and improve their technique, they offer master classes. Baby Swim, a new program for 3- to 4-year-old swimmers, is soon to begin.

Sports Beijing is a community based non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality sports and recreational programs to kids living in Beijing. They organize safe, well-staffed weekend activities that are designed to develop social and physical skills. With sports to suit all preferences and age groups, kids can try their hand at baseball, basketball, flag football, golf, gymnastics, martial arts, rock climbing, rugby, soccer, tennis, track and field, and more. Camps are also available. Sports Beijing membership and sports sign-up forms can be completed online. After you’ve registered online, print out the payment form and take it to the Sports Beijing office to make your payment.

(136 010 64534, Kevin Hua, head coach; dragonfireswimming@gmail. com)

2/F, Lido Country Club, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6430 1370/1176, 朝阳区将台路6号 丽都乡村俱乐部2层

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J-Ballet Studio “Ballet is the foundation of all dances,” says founder and director of J-Ballet Studio, Japanese Junko Takeda. While Takeda is not a professional dancer, she founded J-Ballet Studio in 2004 after seeing the lack of ballet classes for young children in Beijing. Following the popular Russian Vaganova style of ballet, children can learn the beauty and grace of ballet in a fun, welcoming environment. Classes are offered for dancers age 5 to 12.

Become a prima ballerina at J-Ballet Studio



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1) Main School: D-1/F Jingxiuyuan Apartments, Xingfucun Lu, Chaoyang District; 2) Kempinski School: Pulse Health Club, Kempinski Hotel, Lufthansa Centre, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. 1) 朝阳区 幸福村中路景绣园D座1层西侧; 2) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号, 凯宾斯基饭 店, 北京燕莎中心, 都市脉搏健身俱乐部

O’le Climbing O’le is an indoor climbing facility that features a bouldering area, a 12-meter-high wall for top roping and lead climbing, as well as a dedicated slackline area. Bilingual instructors provide one-on-one and group classes for kids and adults alike. Don’t have any climbing gear? Top-quality shoes, ropes and harnesses are available for hire. When you’re ready to upgrade to your own gear, O’le’s small climbing store stocks a range of kids climbing equipment. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6776 4705, 双井东四环, 朝阳区东四环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号

Black Tiger Fight Fitness Studios


A foreign-owned fitness and martial arts studio, Black Tiger offers Muay Thai, boxing, and mixed martial arts (MMA) training for all ages. The kids club MMA classes are a fun and exciting option for young warriors and trains kids in a mixture of Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, freestyle wrestling and Western boxing. Budding martial artists are also trained in MCore: a strength and conditioning system for martial athletes. For a more traditional self defense class, try Karate For Kids, which focuses on developing self-confidence, listening skills, coordination, agility and flexibility. More than teaching little fists to punch straight, master instructor Vince Soberano hopes to impart a sense of responsibility in all of his students. “We focus on character development through confidence-building, teamwork and the courage to take responsibility.” 1) Suite 201, Riviera Plaza (above Annie’s Restaurant), 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District; 2) Hyundai Motor Building (inside Gorilla Fitness Gym), B/101, 38 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (134 8866 4100, 1) 朝阳区来广营东路5号尚古城2层健身房(香江花园 附近); 2)朝阳 区霄云路38号现代汽车大厦地下1层 A Spiderman in the making at O’le

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Family Dining

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

American A Food Affaire Daily 8am-11pm. 1/F, 5 Xingfuyicunxili (on the ground floor of Lianbao Apartments next to Yu Xin restaurant), Chaoyang District. (135 0107 1114)朝阳区绿 叶子食品店, 幸福一村西里5号一层 American Steak & Eggs Affordable meals, from classic American diner breakfasts to fancier dinner specials. They have a kids’ menu, books, toys and patience. Daily 7ammidnight. Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai (directly north of the Friendship Store, one traffic light west of Silk Market), Chaoyang District. (6592 8088/8788) www.steakeggs. com.cn喜来中北美西餐, 朝阳区建国门外秀水 南街(友谊商店北面, 秀水西边第一个红绿灯) Auntie Anne’s PretzelsThe sole Beijing outpost of this bastion of malls across North America serves American-style pretzels in a variety of flavors (cinnamon sugar,almond) accompanies by dipping sauces, as well as other snacks like Pretzel Dogs and beverages including lemonade. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) M08, Xin Zhong Guan/The Gate City Mall, Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (; 2) 1-1 Dongzhimen Street, Dongcheng District. (info@ifgchina. com); 3) B1/F, Sanlitun Village(next to Mega Box), Chaoyang District. (info@ifgchina. com) 海淀 区中关村大街19号的新中关大厦,地下一层夹层 m08; 2) 东城区东直门南大街1-1号; 3) 朝阳 区三里屯Village地下一层(近美嘉欢乐影城) 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 Blue Frog Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030, cn 蓝蛙, 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯Village南区4号楼3层S4-30 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) 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 boothstyle seats as well as the standard table and chair setup. Voted “Outstanding American,”



“Outstanding Brunch,” “Outstanding Steak,” “Outstanding Burger” and “Outstanding Chef (William Bolton)” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm, Tue-Sat 5.30-10pm. Opposite of West gate ( the 3rd gate) of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6591 8676, 美西西餐 厅, 朝阳区朝阳公园西门(3号门)对面 Element Fresh This sunny Shanghai import showcases a healthier side of American food, with elaborate salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Popular weekend brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” “Best Non-Hotel Brunch,” “Outstanding Family-Friendly” and “Best Sandwiches” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. S8-33, Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318); 2) Daily 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058) 新元素, 1) 朝阳区三 里屯路19号三里屯Village南区8号楼S8-33; 2) 朝阳区将太路6号 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 Fatburger This famous American diner offers premium Australian lean beef burgers freshly grinded daily and cooked to order the way you like it. Juicy burgers comes in singles, doubles or triples accompanied by skinny fries, fat fries or homemade onion rings and hot wings, hot dogs, and imported ice cream shakes all set amidst a warm and comfortable ambience of 80’s music playing in the background. Daily 11am-9pm. 1-LB01 The Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound (in the same building as Tavola and Starbucks, across the street and 300 m north of the Kempinski Hotel’s main entrance), 19 East Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1878,, jwu@fatburger. com) 朝阳区东方东路19号 亮马桥外交公寓1号楼会所1层1号铺 Fuel Daily 11am-late. 1/F, Langham Place, 1 Er Jing Lu, Beijing Capital International Airport (southwest of Terminal 3), Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) http://beijingairport. 朝阳区首都机场二 经路1号朗豪酒店(T3航站楼西南) Grandma’s Kitchen Tuck into hearty Yankee tucker at any of the five cozy locations of this franchise started by an actual American Grandma. Enjoy sandwiches, burgers, steaks and shakes (banana variety known to be addic-tive). Voted “Outstanding American” and “Outstanding Family Friendly” restaurant in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 8am-10.30pm. 47-2 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2790, com); 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 0103, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/6,; 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou U Center, 28 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6266 6105, com); 4) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893, com); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong (across from Beixinqiao subway exit C), Dongcheng District. (8403 9452, http:// 祖母的厨房, 1) 东城 区南池子大街47-2号; 2) 朝阳区东三环中路 39号建外SohoB座0103; 3) 海淀区成府路28号五 道口购物中心5层; 4) 朝阳区建国门外秀水南 街甲11号(友谊商店后面); 5) 东城区北新桥石 雀胡同28号(地铁五号线北新桥站C出口) Grill 79 Mon-Thu & Sun noon-2am; Fri-Sat noon-4am. 79/F, China World Summit Wing, China World Trade Center Phase 3, 1 Jian-

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guomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6424) en/property/beijing/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 Moss Coffee & Bagels Mon-Fri 7.30am10pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-10pm. 0171 (inside Cicada Hutong), Bldg C, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 3348) 摩卡咖啡, 朝阳区朝外大街乙6号 C座 0171(知了胡同内 Nola Sip on wine and eat Cajun dishes including boudin balls, po-boys and gumbo at this bar and eatery near Xuishui Jie. Mon-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (8563 6215, 朝阳区秀水 南街11号 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) 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 Outback Steakhouse 1) Mon-Thu 510.30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10.30pm. Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6506 5166); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Beijing Hotel (east side of Bldg A), Dongcheng District. (6528 2858) 澳拜客, 1) 朝阳区工人体育场北门内东侧; 2) 东城区 北京饭店1层 Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill 1) Daily 7.30am11.30pm. Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu (southeast of Holiday Inn Lido), Chaoyang District. (5135 8187, 8627 3734); 2) Mon-Fri 9.30am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am-11.30pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449) 彼德西餐, 1) 朝阳区将台路乙 2号海润国际公寓公建2号(丽都假日酒店东 南边); 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱 乐部88A San Francisco Eatz! 11am-4pm. 1/F, SOHO Shangdu West Bldg., Dong Daqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (136 0111 8803, 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 childfriendly versions of North American comfort food, but we bet the biggest lure will be the Oreo milkshake. Mon-Thu 7.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.30am-8pm. 3 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 5448) a0012/index.php?intModulePK=A0012_19&t agorder=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 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 Kro’s Nest Mon-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sun 10-1am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu (opposite Renaissance Beijing Chaoyang Hotel, next to Kou Fu Ju restaurant), Chaoyang District. (8391 3131) 乌巢, 朝阳区霄云路35号(国航大 厦万丽酒店对面, 口福居旁) Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q Little cowboys and cowgirls can chow down on hearty portions of carnivore fare, all served in a restaurant packed with authentic high-plains kitsch flown in from the Lonestar State. Daily 9ammidnight. 14 Dongdaqiao Lu (on the corner of Guanghua Lu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9161) Tim’s 熏烤房, 朝阳区东大桥路14号贵友大厦正北200米

Bakeries, Delis & Desserts A Food Affaire Inside April Gourmet, this deli is a convenient spot for grocery shoppers looking to grab ready-prepared salads, pies, veggies and more for a quick lunch or dinner. Daily 8am-11pm. 1/F, 5 Xingfuyicunxili (on the ground floor of Lianbao Apartments next to Yu Xin restaurant), Chaoyang District. (135 0107 1114) 朝阳区 绿叶子食品店, 幸福一村西里5号一层 Awfully Chocolate Scrumptious chocolate cakes are to die for – rich in taste yet moist and light. Three flavors: original (RMB 138276), banana (RMB 168-336) and rum and cherry (RMB 178-356). 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Rm 05A,Bldg 1, Raffles City, Dongcheng District. (8409 8452, beijing@awfullychocolate.; 2) Daily 9am-9.30pm. Bldg 2, Carrefour Shopping Center, Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District. (5172 2511,; 3) Daily 10am-9pm. Rm 108, Bldg 2, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 5826, 1) 东城区东直 门来福士广场B1-05a (Raffles City); 2) 海淀区 中关村家乐福购物中心B2楼(肯德基旁); 3) 朝 阳区建国路93号万达广场2号楼108 Baskin Robbins Offering a different flavor for each day of the month, this branch’s ice cream attracts both kids and adults with its rich flavors, scrumptious cakes and other delectable ice cream desserts. Fri-Sun 9.30am-10.30pm; Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm. 15 Debaoxin Yuan, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6834 3263) 美国31种口味 冰淇淋, 西城区西直门外大街德宝新园15号 CCSweets Artisanal cupcakes, cakes, cookies.CC is an artist, jewelry designer,chocolatier & cakedesigner. She uses only the best gourmet, imported ingredients to make her cupcakes, cakes and cookies. CC Sweets also custom designs cupcakes, cakesand wedding cakes to order. Try their Crazy forChocolate SixPack, containing sixvarieties of chocolate cupcakes. Check their website for details and rotating flavors. Daily 10am-8pm. Unit 109, Bldg 11, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmen-

Directories wai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6973, 喜 喜饼房, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际 11号楼109号 Cold Stone Creamery Imported from America, this ice cream haven customizes its concoctions with fruits, nuts and chocolates, all mixed on a marble slab. Many locations in major malls, including Solana, The Village, Joy City, China World Shopping Mall, Zhongguancun Shopping Center and Europlaza. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) B1/F, China World Tower 1, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 8588); 2) Shop C1-2a, Solana Shopping Park, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6058); 3) Shop 1016, Bldg C, Yansha Outlets Tower, 9 Dongsihuan (East Fourth Ring at Gongda Qiao), Chaoyang District. (8738 3266); 4) Floor M, New Gate City Mall, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6368, 8248 6358); 5) L108-109 Europlaza, Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6323); 6) B1-25 Joy City, 131A Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6399), http://www. 酷圣石冰淇淋, 1) 朝 阳区建国门外大街1号国贸1座B1层; 2) 朝阳 区朝阳公园西路1号Solana蓝色港湾C1-2a店铺; 3) 朝阳区东四环工大桥燕莎奥特莱斯二期C座 1016店铺; 4) 海淀区中关村大街19号新中关购 物中心M层; 5) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆 广场L108-109; 6) 西城区西单北大街甲131大 悦城B1-25号店铺 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 award-winning San Franciscobased studio Eight Inc, who embodies the vibrant spirit of the Hummingbird to Colibri. Sandwiches and coffee would complement the colorful spread of mid-day snack. 10am10pm. 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 7am8.30pm. Daily 7am-8.30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 1, Chaoyang District. (5927 7597); 2) Daily 7am-8.30pm. (opening soon) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 2, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 4) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853); 5) Daily 7am-10.30pm. Door 102, Pacific Century Place Department Store, 2A Gongti BeiLu, Chaoyang District. (6539 2005); 6) Daily 7am8.30pm. 2/F Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 7) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 8) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 9) Daily 7am-8.30pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 10) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5480) 法派, 1) 朝阳 区将台路2号北京和睦家医院店; 2) 朝阳区将 台路2号北京和睦家医院2店; 3) 朝阳区将台路 乙2号海润国际公寓商业5号楼1层; 4) 朝阳区 幸福村中路55-1号; 5) 朝阳区工体北路甲2号 盈科中心商场102单元; 6) 朝阳区来广营东路 5号2楼东侧; 7) 东城区东直门外大街35号东湖 俱乐部1层; 8) 朝阳区日坛北路4号; 9) 顺义 区裕翔路99号天竺镇欧陆广场L111室; 10) 朝 阳区建国路89号华贸中心15号楼102 Debauve & Gallais This famous French brand dating back to 1800 sells premium artisinal chocolates that boast low sugar content, a “high percentages of the finest quality cocoa” and no dyes, preservatives or other additives at premium prices. Choose

from such delights as the Tamatave Chocolat De Madagascar and smooth, velvety Ganaches with a range of flavors (coffee, raspberry, orange blossom honey, blackcurrant). Daily 10am-9.30pm. 1) EB103, B1/F, Bldg 1, China World Trade Center, Chaoyang District. (6505 4836); 2) L423, 4/F, Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. 黛堡嘉莱巧克力, 1) 朝阳区国贸商城1座地 下1层EB103; 2) 西城区金城坊街2号金融街购 物中心L423 Mondo Gelato Canadian brand of Italian-style ices andgelatos for your gourmet sweet tooth. Daily 10am-10pm. B1, Huamao Shopping Center, 81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. ( http:// 聚乐多意大利艺术冰淇凌, 朝阳区华 贸购物中心B1 opaicake Online cake delivery service sells a range of square-shaped cakes in various flavors - choose from chocolate, cheesecake, fruit cakes and more. Free delivery within the Fifth Ring (RMB 10 for deliveries outside). Order at least 5 hours in advance. Daily 24 hours. 1547 Pingfang Xiang, Pingfang Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (400 650 8186) 欧派食品, 朝阳区朝阳区平房乡平房南街1547号 Pie House Despite what a generations of people raised by cartoons might believe, the proper destination for a banana cream pie is not in your opponent’s face. The divine vanilla custard from Pie House deserves to be in no one’s face but your own. Born of American pie enthusiast Mark Huetsch’s inability to bear a pie-less lifestyle in Beijing, Pie House delivers rich, heavenly pastry free within the Fourth Ring Road or to Wudaokou. Their pie lineup including pumpkin, French cream, key lime, and blueberry (RMB 149-249), and extends to mousses and tartlets. Delivered to your door on time, still warm and full of gooey fruit filling, these pies could solve a domestic dispute. Daily 9am-9pm. Delivery only, order five hours in advance. Daily 9am-9pm. (5166 4464) 派悦坊 Sweet Tooth Founded by Meilian Tan, an Australian with a strong passion for all things sweet, this bakery aims to satisfy your sweetest cravings with made-to-order specialty desserts. One bite will bring back those childhood memories and indulge you in new taste experiences. High quality local and imported ingredients are used to produce a delicious range of cakes, cupcakes, muffins, cookies and bars. Favorites include the famous Australian Pavlova and Lamingtons, as well as mini Oreo cheesecakes, cake pops and cake balls. Delivery only. There is a RMB 15 delivery fee within 4th ring road including Wudaokou. Additional surcharge applies to addresses outside these areas. Check the website for details and latest desserts. (contact@sweettoothb, The Lollipop Bakery UK Cupcake connoisseur bakes her sweet creations and delivers by the dozen. Choose from chocolate, vanilla and other flavors. Custom cakes upon request. Also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café, and Secrets From Africa. Reserve 24 hrs in advance. also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café, and Secrets From Africa, Chaoyang District. (135 5277 2683, 朝阳区可百尼尼,鱼眼咖啡和亦有售 The Swiss Deli The Swissotel’s bakery and deli is a popular stop for Dongsishitiao commuters and offers an extensive range of cakes, bakery items, freshly prepared sandwiches and salads, homemade Swiss chocolate, as well as with a full range of beverages and delicious coffee. Great for a quick takeaway breakfast or snack. Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288 ext. 2127, publicrelation.beijing@swissotel.

com)东城区潮阳 门北大街2号 Wondermilk Wondermilk’s frozen yogurt store serves a range of delicious dairy products including milk and yogurt shakes, Wonderwobbles, cream puddings, iced coffee, milk tea, ice cream, Wonderslushes and of course its signature frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors. You’re free to mix and match your own sweet temptations. Everything is made from milk sourced from the US-owned Wondermilk dairy farm located just outside Beijing. Daily 10am-10pm. Sanlitun Village South, S3-13 (opposite Roxy), 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区19号三里屯路三 里屯南区S3-13

Buffets Bubbalicious Brunch Sunday 11.30am3pm. 2/F Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8102) 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北 京威斯汀大饭店 Cafe Cha Daily breakfast 6-10am, lunch 11.30am-2.30pm, dinner 5.30-9.30pm. Shangri-La Hotel, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211 ext 2715) http://www. 咖啡Cha, 海淀 区紫竹院路29号香格里拉饭店 Cafe Noir The sunlight radiates through the high glass walls of Café Noir, where specialties from curry laksa to beef rendang and Hainan chicken represent Southeast Asian fare admirably. Alongside that, dishes such as lobster tail with caviar, and oyster with Champagne emulsion, demonstrate the sophistication of Western cuisine. Daily 6.30am-midnight. 1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (southeast of Xiaoyun Qiao), Chaoyang District. (5907 8416) www.tradershotels.com朝阳区东四环 北路2号 (霄云桥东南角)上东盛贸酒店 Caffé Marco Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Marco Polo Parkside Hotel, 78 Anli Lu, Chaoyang District. (5963 6688) marco_polo_parkside/restaurants_and_bars/ caffe_marco.html马哥孛罗咖啡厅, 朝阳区安 立路78号北京中奥马哥孛罗大酒店1层 Garden Court The St Regis restaurant serves a brasserie-style buffet featuring an extravagant champagne brunch on Sundays, as well as an open kitchen and large seafood station. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily 6am-11,30pm. St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2340) 景苑咖啡厅, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐部饭店 Greenfish Daily 6.30am -11pm. The RitzCarlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6601 6666 ext. 6255) 四季汇, 西城区金城坊东街 1号北京金融街丽思卡顿酒店 Holiday Inn Lido Offers great familyfriendly buffet, as well as a number of other restaurants located in the compound. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688) com 北京丽都假日酒店, 朝阳区机场路将台 路6号 InspiRED Brunch Sunday 11am-3pm. 1/F Westin Beijing Financial Street, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 7810) 西城区金 融街乙9号 JW Marriott 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 Kranzler’s This Kempinski venue’s claim to fame is their classy East-meets-West buffet, featuring a daily lunch buffet (RMB 198, plus 15% service charge), semi-open kitchens in the evenings and the Sunday Family Brunch (RMB RMB 288, includes unlimited fruit juices and soft drinks; RMB 338 includes unlimited bubbly, white or red wine

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and Paulaner Beer, plus 15% service charge, 11.30am-3pm) with a range of German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese specialties, as well as New Zealand oysters, live lobster, foie gras and Swiss cheese fondue. Live jazz band and the Kempinski’s Kids Club round out the offerings. Daily 6am-midnight. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 4222) RESTAURANTS%20AND%20BARS/RESTAURANTS/Pages/restaurant2.aspx客来思乐餐 厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店1层 Matsuko Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm,5-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 1) 78 Anli Lu (Subway Line 5 Datun Lu East Station), Haidian District. (5963 6663,; 2) 1/F, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8731 9890,; 3) 2/F, Jinglong Dasha, 225 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6509 8999,; 4) Baijiazhuang (south east corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 5208,; 5) 39 Liangmaqiao Lu (opposite 21st Century hotel), Chaoyang District. (8453 4062, 松子, 1) 海淀区安立路78号(5号线大 屯地铁站东); 2) 朝阳区南新园西路8号龙头公 寓南栋一层; 3) 朝阳区朝阳北路225号京龙大 厦2层; 4) 朝阳区星期五餐厅对面松阪屋; 5) 朝阳区亮马桥39号(21世纪饭店对面) 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 180 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. Daily noon-3pm, 6-9pm. From Jingshun Lu, turn left (west) at Shunbai Lu Intersection, (turn at the driveway just west of the Hegezhuang Village Sign), Shunyi District. (6433 6270) 果园, 顺义区崔 各庄乡何各庄村(过何各庄村路标往南转) Seasonal Tastes Lively, cool, clean and fresh, this buffet restaurant comes with interactive cooking stations and healthful “super foods” corners that help jump start your day. On Sundays from 11.30am-3pm, Seasonal Tastes hosts “Bubbalicious,” the highlights of which include a shellfish bar, luscious sushi and sashimi, Indian curries and a fresh pasta bar. There’s a fry-up counter for Brits abroad, and dim sum for Cantonese exiles. Perhaps best of all are the fresh ice creams and vast selection of desserts of all shapes and sizes, arranged like a candy store. Best of all for RMB 328 rmb + 15% service charge including soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea, RMB 368 + 15% service charge including soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea, beer and wine, or RMB 398 + 15% service charge including soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea, beer, wine and Moet & Chandon Champagne. Readers voted Bubbalicious at Taste as the co-winner of “Best Hotel Brunch” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-11pm. 2f, 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 Senses The kids will marvel at the open plan kitchen and live cooking stations where your food is prepared before your very

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eyes. The unique combination of international and Asian style cuisine makes this place a popular venue for a family meal. Breakfast buffet is RMB 208 (plus 15% service charge), lunch is RMB 228 (plus 15% service charge) and dinner is RMB 328 (no service charge). Co-winner of “Best Brunch” for its Bubbly Sunday brunch in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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) 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

exhaustive variety of sandwiches. Outdoor seating is available, but even if you don’t nab a spot, the light streaming through the floor-to-ceiling windows means that wherever you sit, you’ll be in the sun. Delivery available. Voted “Outstanding Sandwiches” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 8.30am-midnight. S2-11, Bldg 2, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 1416,; 2) Daily 8am-11pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8454 1797, paninoteca@yahoo. 品味店, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三 里屯Village南区2号楼S2-11; 2) 朝阳区三里 屯北小街1号

The Eatery Dine all day in this pleasant hotel restaurant featuring a daily international buffet (RMB 175 plus service charge) with live cooking stations. Features a comprehensive spread of international dishes – from fresh seafood delicacies such as Boston Lobsters to Indian Tandoori cuisine, Japanese Tempura, Sashimi & Sushi to Cantonese Dim Sum delights, as well as a dessert station serving Häagen-dazs ice cream. The venue offers a nice view of the hotel garden, and has free entertainment and activities at the Children’s Corner. Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Four Points by Sheraton Beijing, Tower 1, 25 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8889 8888) 海 淀区海淀区远大路1号北京海淀福朋喜来登酒店

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 10am-10pm. 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) http://www.purecafe. asia/ 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

The Patio Restaurant The Lido’s Patio restaurant offers a wide variety of European and Asian dishes in their dinner buffet (RMB 118 for lunch, RMB 188 for dinner, plus 15% service charge) and a la carte options. Non-smoking section available. Daily 24hrs. Lobby, Holiday Inn Lido Beijing, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688) 朝阳区丽 都假日饭店内,朝阳区将台路6号 Todai Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3010pm. Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6888) http://www.都太, 朝阳区 朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾商业区 Vasco’s and Chynna FIZZtastic Brunch 5/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) www.pentabeijing.com东城区王府井东8号 希尔顿北京王府井洒店5层 VIC Sofitel’s VIC (standing for “Voyage of International Cuisine”) offers virtually round-the-clock buffet dining; think of it as the ultimate midnight snack. The spread covers all the expected bases – Cantonese, Japanese sushi, French cheeses, Italian cold cuts and an Indian curry station. lunch buffets cost RMB 198 and dinner buffets are RMB 268 (both plus 15% service charge) from Mon-Sat, while the Magnifique Sunday Brunch goes for RMB 298 per person (plus 15% service charge, with free flow of fresh juices, French wine, international beer and soft drinks), or RMB 398 per person (with 15% service charge, with a free flow of Perrier-Jouët Champagne). Bring the kids along for games, toys, bouncy castle, ball pool, Wii animation game, DVD corner and special activities under the supervision of the in-house nanny. Daily 12am-2.30pm, 610.30pm. 6/F, Sofitel Beijing, Bldg C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666, VIC国 际美食, 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座索菲 特酒店6层

Cafes & Sandwiches Bocata Lunch favorite for embassy staff. The white rock terrace and well-made paninis (RMB 23-50) make this sandwich cafe a pleasant retreat when the climate is congenial. Daily 10am-midnight. 3 Sanlitun Lu (opposite 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6417 5291) 朝阳区三里 屯路3号3.3大厦对面 Panino Teca This casual-chic cafe bakes its own bread daily on the premises for an



The Swiss Deli Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288 ext. 2127, www.swissotel. com/beijing 东城区潮阳门北大街2号

Central & South American Brazilian Barbeque Gauchos Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm. Gate 3, inside Chaoyang Park (by the lake), 20 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8595 2661) 卡乌秀巴西烤肉, 朝阳区朝阳公 园西路20号 (朝阳公园3号门内) Brazilian Churrascos Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 1/F Crowne Plaza Park View Wuzhou, 8 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 2288 ext 6178) 巴 西烤肉, 朝阳区北四环中路8号五洲皇冠假日 酒店1层 The Mexican Kitchen Mexican food for Beijing’s gringos. The small ones will be kept happy with the tasty treats on the kids’ menu. The restaurant provides a convenient baby-changing table in its bathroom, and is also happy to host your kid’s next birthday party. Daily 10.30am-9.30pm. 705 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4558/59, cater http://www. 墨 西哥厨房, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场705号

Chains Outback Steakhouse Not Australian, but made up to feel like it. Yankee-sized portions with prices to match. Their signature appetizer is a massive onion thrown in the deep fryer. 1) Mon-Thu 5-10.30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10.30pm. Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6506 5166); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Beijing Hotel (east side of Bldg A), Dongcheng District. (6528 2858) 澳拜客, 1) 朝阳区工人体 育场北门内东侧; 2) 东城区北京饭店1层 Pizza Hut A prime example of successful franchise localization, Beijing’s Pizza Huts do much more than sinicized pizza (i.e. the crispy shrimp pizza, RMB 68) by serving everything from “sirloin” steak to select dim sum dishes (i.e. egg tarts). The real cultural experience, however, is witnessing yuppies attack the one-trip-only salad bar and constructing towering constructions of raw veggies held together with thousand island dressing. Available for kids birthday parties. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 1) 3 Jianguomenwai Dajie (east of Jinglun Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6532 4121); 2) 27 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6465 2976); 3) 2A

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Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6856 9389) index.aspx 必胜客, 1) 朝阳区建外大街3号京 伦饭店东侧; 2) 朝阳区东直门外大街27号; 3) 西城区复兴门外大街甲2号 RBT This place is well-known for its unique decor as well as its fine rice and noodle dishes and many flavors of pearl milk tea. Daily 10am-midnight. 137 D, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (8836 4552) 仙踪林, 西城区西直门外大街丁137号 Sizzler Enjoy unlimited trips to the salad bar (RMB 39) along with steaks, seafood, ribs and other grilled treats at this American chain. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. B1-30 Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. (6714 0399); 2) Daily 11am-9pm. 2/F, Jiamao Shopping Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6471 3876); 3) Daily 11am-9.30pm. FF16, Food Forum, B1/F, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng District. (8518 6315); 4) Daily 11am-9pm. B1/F, Grand Pacific Mall, 133 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6651 5283); 5) Daily 11am-10.30pm. International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie (next to St. Regis Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6532 0475); 6) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Anzhen Hualian Department Store, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6441 9996) 时时乐, 1) 崇文区崇文门外大街18号 国瑞城 购物中心 B1-30; 2) 朝阳区望京广顺北大街嘉 茂购物中心二层; 3) 东城区东方新天地1区地 铁层食通天大街FF16商铺; 4) 西城区君太百货 地下一层; 5) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号(国际 俱乐部旁边); 6) 朝阳区安贞西里华联商厦2层 TGI Friday’s Yes, it’s bedecked in “wacky” curios, but the youth (including teens from international schools) can’t seem to get enough of this place. The booths provide great cover for naughty behavior, and the nattily attired wait staff bring placemats for the kiddies to color in. When all else fails, there’s always the cathode ray ayi (i.e. the TV playing cartoons – at the Friendship Hotel location, at least). Burgers are good, but expensive. 1) Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1/F, Grand Skylight Catic Hotel, 18 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8497 0650); 2) Daily 11.30am-midnight. 9-2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0880); 3) Daily 11.30am-midnight. Bldg C, Beijing International Plaza, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8526 3388); 4) Daily 11am-11.30pm. Beijing Friendship Hotel, 1 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District. (6849 8738) 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) 朝阳区建国门外大街19号国际大厦C座; 4) 海 淀区中关村南大街1号北京友谊宾馆

Chinese Ba Guo Bu Yi Chengdu import serves authentic Sichuan cuisine. Classy, understated decor looks like a Chinese inn movie set. 1) Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm. 68 Xizhimen Nanxiaojie, Xicheng District. (6615 2230); 2) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. Xinzhi Dasha, 28 Fucheng Lu, Haidian District. (8819 0088); 3) Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm. 2/F, Nanhang Hotel, 10 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6567 2188); 4) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 89-3 Di’anmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6400 8888) 巴国布衣, 1) 西城区西直门南小街68号; 2) 海淀区阜成路28号新知大厦; 3) 朝阳区东三 环中路10号南航酒店2层; 4) 东城区地安门东 大街89-3号 Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu Daily 11am-10pm. North of 6 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6586 4967) 宝源饺子屋, 朝阳区麦子店街 6号楼北侧 Bellagio See and be seen at these Taiwanese hipster eateries, perfect for late night sweet treats (shaved ice with mango, anyone?), divine claypot tofu, and the splendidly numbing Chongqing lazi ji. The Gongti branch’s compelling people-watching

offers a tasty respite from a long evening of dancing at the nightspots nearby. And any place that gives all its staff a compulsory basin haircut has to be worth a visit, right? Voted “Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-4am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 9988); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. Rm 6, 5/F, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 8075); 3) Daily 11am-4am. 6 Gongti Xilu, south of the Gongti 100 Bowling Alley, Chaoyang District. (6551 3533); 4) Daily 11am-10pm. R-25 Zhongguancun Plaza, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1340); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 6F-19, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6529); 6) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Bldg 1, 16 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8476 4645); 7) Daily 11am-2am. Bldg 4, Area 2 Anhui Beili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6489 4300); 8) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5658) 鹿港小镇, 1) 朝阳区霄云路35号; 2) 东城区东直门南大街1号5层6号; 3) 朝阳区工 体西路6号(工体100南边); 4) 海淀区中关村大 街15号中关村广场商业步行街R-25号; 5) 西城 区西单北大街131号6F-19号; 6) 朝阳区广顺大 街16号院1号楼1层; 7) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里 2区4号楼(炎黄艺术馆斜对面); 8) 朝阳区建国 路87号新光天地6层 Chao Dian Mon-Fri 10am-3am, Sat-Sun 9am-3am. S6-32, 3/F, Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 2998) 嘲点, 朝阳区三里屯路19号 三里屯Village南区3号楼S6-32单元 China Bar Sun-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm2am. 65/F, Park Hyatt, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8567 1838/40) 朝 阳区建国门外大街2号柏悦酒店65层 China Grill Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 66/F, Park Hyatt Beijing, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8567 1234) 北京亮, 朝阳区建国门 外大街2号柏悦酒店66层 Crystal Jade Reaching from Singapore to Seoul, the Crystal Jade group offers high quality Cantonese food, good service, and opulent atmosphere. 1) Daily 11am10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1150/70); 2) Daily 11am-4pm, 5-10pm. Store BB82, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8515 0238) 翡翠皇宫酒家, 1) 朝阳区 建国路87号新光天地6层; 2) 东城区东长安街 1号东方广场地铁层BB82店铺 Da Dong Roast Duck Kids love getting their fingers dirty when crafting pancake after pancake of delicious duck at this Beijing favorite. Aside from the duck, they also have a large selection of homestyle standards.Won best “Beijing Duck” in 2008 tbj awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 5/F, Jinbao Dasha, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1234); 2) 1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (5169 0329); 3) 3 Tuanjiehu Beikou, Dongsanhuan Lu (southeast corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 2892/4003) 北京大董烤鸭店, 1) 东城区金宝 街金宝大厦5层; 2) 东城区东四十条甲22号南 新仓国际大厦1~2楼(立交桥西南角); 3) 朝阳 区团结湖北口3号楼东三环路(长虹桥东南角) Ding Ding Xiang You’d be nuts to bring a toddler to a hot pot joint, but Ding Ding Xiang’s individual hot pots make it easy even for picky eaters to satisfy their own tastes. And who doesn’t like playing with fire? Let the flames begin! Voted “Outstanding Hot Pot” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Yuanjia International Apartments, Dongzhimenwai, Dongzhong Jie (opposite East Gate Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6417 9289); 2) 1/F West Tower, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 3137/3079); 3) Daily 11.30am-11pm. 1/F, 14 Dongzhong Jie, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District. (6417 2546); 4) Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg 7, Guoxing Jiayuan, Shouti Nanlu, Haidian

*listings in orange are new to Directories District. (8835 7775/7779); 5) Daily 11am10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5997/7172) http:// 鼎鼎香, 1) 东 城区东直门外东中街东环广场对面元嘉国际公 寓2层; 2) 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO尚都西塔一 层; 3) 东城区东直门外东中街14号1层; 4) 海 淀区首体南路国兴家园7号楼1-2层; 5) 朝阳区 建国路87号新光天地6楼D6006号 Din Tai Fung The internationally renowned chain has a home in Beijing – taste just one hand-rolled dumpling and you’ll know why they’re famous around the world (and a big hit with the kids). Playrooms available. Voted “Outstanding Chinese Restaurant of the Year” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6462 4502); 2) Mon-Fri 11.30am9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 7/F, Dangdai Shangcheng, 40 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6269 6726); 3) Daily 11.30am9.30pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1536)鼎泰丰, 1) 朝阳区新源西里中街24号; 2) 海淀区中关 村大街40号当代商城7层; 3) 朝阳区建国路 87号华贸中心新光天地6层 Dolar Shop 11am-10pm. 1) Raffles City Shopping Mall, 1 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) 3F-32(1) Guo Rui Cheng Shopping Center, 18 Xuanwu Dajie, Xuanwu District. (6717 2156, 6719 2156); 3) SF-01 U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5977 5778, 5977 5779); 4) Ste 2, 7/F Joy City, 131 Xidan Dajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6881) 豆捞坊, 1) 东城区东直门南街1号来福士广场5F-03; 2) 宣武区崇外大街18号国瑞城购物中心3F-32(1); 3) 朝阳区北京市朝外三丰北里2号悠唐生活广 场5F-01; 4) 西城区西城区西单北大街131号 大悦城7楼02 Dongbeiren Daily 11am-10pm. A1 Xinzhong Jie, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District. (6415 2855) 东北人, 东城区东直门 外新中街甲1号 Donghuamen Night Market Every evening, a block of Donghuamen is occupied by an army of food carts manned by cheerful chefs serving myriad Chinese snacks. Good fun can be had by filling your child’s plate with some of the more exotic offerings (scorpions, deep-fried silk worms, sparrows on a stick) and telling them that unless they finish everything it’s no TV for the rest of the month! Donghuamen Dajie (west of Wangfujing’s Sun Dong An Plaza, by the Forbidden City), Dongcheng District. 东华门夜市, 东城区东华门大街(王府井新东 安商场至故宫) East Ocean Seafood Restaurant Upon arrival, the staff plies younger patrons with small stuffed animals and, at the meal’s end, will take them on a tour of the voluminous, well-stocked fish tanks while mom and dad polish off some of Beijing’s best dim sum. Daily 11am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 39 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6508 3482) 东海海鲜酒家, 朝阳区麦子店街39号 Fu Ku Sichuan Restaurant 9.30am-10pm. 4A Binhe Hutong (50m west of the former residence of Song Qingling), Xicheng District. (6402 4093) 福库, 西城区西城区德内大 街滨河胡同甲4号 Grand Mansion Chinese Restaurant For a real lao Beijing experience, this threestory restaurant is an ideal place to go. The decor is magnificent like an imperial palace, the staff dress in traditional Beijing clothes, and the opera stage on the second floor offers entertaining performances every night. The food consists mainly of Sichuan, Cantonese and Beijing cuisines. The performances (6.45pm-8.15pm) include Sichuan Opera with its special face-changing and fire-spurting stunts, traditional Chinese dance and music, magic shows, and kung fu. Your kids will not be bored! Daily 11am2.30pm, 5pm-9pm. Wanliuxing Bldg, Wanliu

Donglu, 28 Wanquanzhuang, Haidian District. (5872 0188) 大宅门中式餐饮会所, 海淀 区万泉庄28号万柳东路万柳新贵大厦 Hai Di Lao Daily 9-2am. 1) 4/F Wangjing International Commercial Center, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (6595 0079); 2) A2 Baijiazhuang Lu, Sanlitun (west of Beijing No. 80 Middle School), Chaoyang District. (6595 2982) 1) 朝阳区望 京衔9号望京国际商业中心4楼; 2) 朝阳区白家 庄路甲二号第80中学西侧 Horizon If your kids are like ours, their appetite for chashaobao (steamed bbq pork buns) is insatiable, so ordering them by the plate is a budget buster. This is why Horizon’s all-you-can-eat dim sum buffet, which is free for kids under 6 and halfprice for kids under 12, is a real deal. It even includes a big fruit bar and a toddler corner with plastic toys on weekends. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 1/F, ShangriLa’s Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 41) beijing/kerrycentre/dining/restaurant/thehorizon 海天阁, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心 饭店1层 Hua Jia Yi Yuan Kids dig the excitement of Guijie, and this restaurant with two locations on the street serves up dependably delicious Beijing and Sichuan fare in a swanky setting with comfortable private rooms. Popular favorites include the spareribs, kao mantou (roasted buns) and mala xie (spicy crayfish). The west branch offers a choice between a large rowdy tarp-topped dining room with nightly acrobatic performances, or intimate courtyard merriment. 1) Daily 24 hours. 235 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6405 1908); 2) Daily 10.30am-2.30am. 5 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8407 8281/88); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 3 Dangxiao Lu, Jing’anli, Chaoyang District. (8451 8809); 4) Daily 10.30am-11pm. 5/F, West Tower, Shangdu Soho, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 3055); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. Shimao Tower, 92A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 9010) 花家怡园, 1) 东城区东直门内大 街235号; 2) 东城区东直门内大街5号; 3) 朝 阳区静安里党校路3号(家乐福对面); 4) 朝阳 区东大桥路8号Soho尚都西塔5层; 5) 朝阳区建 国路甲92号世贸大厦 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 Dim Sum” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Restaurant Awards. Daily 24hrs. 1) D122 B/1 Huamao Shopping Center, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111); 2) 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District. (6429 6888); 3) 16 Pufang Lu, across from Carrefour, Fengtai District. (6761 7161); 4) 1/F, Entrance B03, north corner of Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 1155); 5) Yiyuan No.15, Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6497 8978); 6) 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8596 8881) 金鼎轩酒楼, 1) 朝阳区建国路87号华贸购物中 心B1楼D122号; 2) 东城区和平里西街77号; 3) 丰台区方庄蒲芳路16号 (家乐福对面); 4) 海 淀区远大路1号金源时代购物中心北侧1层B03入 口; 5) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里逸园15号; 6) 朝阳区团结湖南路15号 Kaifeng Diyilou 10.30am-2.30pm, 510.30pm. 276 Dongsi Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 6563) http://www.kfdyl. com/about.asp开封第一楼, 东城区东四北 大街276号 La Paleta Sister venue of Bellagio, with the same accent on stylish eats. Beautiful stir-fried dishes and Cantonese barbecue complement dainty treats like dim sum, beverage concoctions and Cantonese desserts. The split-level CBD China Central

Directories Place branch features mirrored panels and competitively priced dishes. Highlights include the barbecued goose (RMB 48), char siu pork (RMB 39) and egg wrapped and fried in tofu. Don’t miss the desserts – as with Bellagio, the mango sorbet and shaved ice desserts are not to be missed. 1) Daily 11.30am-2am. L18 Huamao Shangye Jie, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1202); 2) Daily 10am-midnight. Bldg 4, Anhuili Erqu (by the Asian Games Village), Chaoyang District. (6481 0887) 彩色盘港式茶餐厅, 1) 朝阳区建 国路87号华贸购物中心商业街L18; 2) 朝阳区 安慧里2区4号楼 Lu Lu This restaurant offers a warm and cozy atmosphere in addition to a wide range of Shanghainese food: from the most casual jiachang cai priced around RMB 20 to fancy dishes like abalone in oyster sauce priced at over RMB 200. Situated next door to the Military Museum, this nicely decorated restaurant is a good place to grab lunch after spending the day at the museums and galleries nearby. Limited highchairs available for babies. Menus in both Chinese and English. 1) Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 1A Ciyunsi, Chaoyang District. (6508 0101, 6508 0505); 2) Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 9 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. (6858 3661); 3) Daily 10.30am-10pm. 5/F, New Zhongguan Building, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6868) 北京 鹭鹭酒家东方店, 1) 朝阳区慈云寺甲1号; 2) 海淀区复兴路9号; 3) 海淀区中关村大街19号 新中关大厦5层 Macau Street 1) B02, B/1F, U-Town Shopping Center, 2 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5977 5633); 2) 136, B/1F, The Place, 20 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1366) 澳门街茶餐 厅, 1) 朝阳区朝外大街三丰北里2号优唐生活 广场地下1层B02; 2) 朝阳区东大桥路20号世贸 天街地下1 层136号 Noodle Loft While this upscale joint serving homestyle Shanxi dishes is not expressly kid-friendly, the whole family will get a kick out of watching the noodle chefs in action. Ask for a seat at the noodle “bar” to get really up close. Daily 10am-10pm. 2/F Fuma Dasha, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 4700) 面酷, 朝阳区广顺北大 街33号福码大厦2楼(近望京嘉茂) Richang Cha Canting Richang offers a quick Cantonese meal – the food is plentiful and the prices reasonable. These bright, noisy, colorful Hong Kong-style cafe/teahouses offer an eclectic range of comfort foods. The menu is practically endless, but the claypot rice casseroles – each is enough to feed three to four people – are a good place to start. 1) Daily 11am-3am. Tianbao Nanjie, Shunyi District. (6780 4330); 2) Daily 10am-2am. 8 Huayuan Donglu, Haidian District. (8203 8155); 3) Daily 11am-3am. 72 Dongdan Beidajie (at the intersection of Waijiaobu Hutong), Dongcheng District. (6525 1783); 4) Daily 11am-3am. 14 Di’anmen Xidajie, Dongcheng District. (6405 8205) 日昌茶餐厅, 1) 顺义区顺义亦庄天宝南 街; 2) 海淀区海淀区花园东路8号; 3) 东城区 东城区东单北大街72号(外交部街胡同口); 4) 东城区西城区地安门西大街14号 Taiwan Xiabu Xiabu Hotpot 1) B1/F Oriental Kenzo Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) B1/F Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) 5/F Guiyou Dasha, Jianguomen Wai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 4) 1/F Kuntai Dasha, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 5) Gongmei Dasha, Dongcheng District.; 6) P1 Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng District.; 7) Xin Dong’an Plaza, Dongcheng District.; 8) 2/F Henderson Center, Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. xiabu2008/sc/台湾呷哺呷哺涮涮锅, 1) 东城 区东城区东直门外大街48号银座MALL B1楼; 2) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地B1楼; 3) 朝阳 区建国门贵友大厦五层; 4) 朝阳区北京朝外昆 泰商城一层; 5) 东城区北京王府井工美大厦食 街; 6) 东城区东方广场花花食界P一层; 7) 东

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城区北京王府井大街新东安市场; 8) 朝阳区北 京恒基中心二层 The Roadhouse at Mutianyu Sat-Sun and holidays 11am-3pm, or by prior appointment. 12 Mutianyu Village, Huairou District. (6162 6506) www.roadhouseatmutianyu. com 大路馆儿, 怀柔区慕田峪村12号 Wu Li Xiang This restaurant serving Cantonese dishes and other Chinese regional cuisines boasts sweeping city views and elegant decor but it’s Chef Kam’s delectable dim sum – masterpieces of texture and taste – that lingers longest in our memories. Items include braised sliced pork in oyster sauce, poached mandarin fish, asparagus topped with white fungus and more. Other specialties include “Monk Jump Over the Wall,” Princess Fried Rice, Sweetened Rice Pearl with Mango and dishes with shark’s fin, abalone and lobster. A few Sichuan dishes are on the menu as well and Hong Kong style dim sum (featuring steamed red rice flour rolls stuffed with shrimps and chives and home-made Beijing-style deepfried bread sticks)is served at lunch and private rooms are available. Mon-Fri 11am2pm, 5-10pm,Sat-Sun 9am-4pm,5-10pm. 1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (southeast of Xiaoyun Qiao), Chaoyang District. (5907 8406) www.tradershotels. com 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 Xiangcao Xiangcao Yunnan Hotpot 10am-11pm. 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) Xiaolumian Weekends and holidays 10am-6pm or by appointment. 130 Yingbeigou Cun, Huairou District. (6162 6506, www.xiaolumian. com小庐面, 怀柔区营北沟村130号 Xiao Wang Fu Chinese homestyle is comfort food for your family, and this bustling place is great to initiate the younger members of your crew into the tradition of delicious Beijing duck. The Ritan Park venue, which is swankier, is probably better for a mom and pop only night out. Voted “Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 2/F of Crown Plaza Hotel, 48 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5911 9985/6); 2) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Inside the North Gate of Ritan Park, Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8561 5985); 3) Daily 11am-10.30pm. Bldg 2, Guanghua Lu Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6591 3255); 4) Daily 5.30pm-1am. 15 Qianhai Beiyan, Xicheng District. (6617 5558) 小王府, 1) 东城区王府井大街48号国际 艺苑皇冠假日酒店二层; 2) 朝阳区日坛路日坛 公园北门内; 3) 朝阳区光华路东里2号楼; 4) 西城区前海北沿15号 Xi He Ya Ju Foreigners and Chinese alike flock to this upscale restaurant set in a traditional courtyard that borders Ritan Park. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. Northeast corner of Ritan Park, Chaoyang District. (8561 7643) 羲和雅居, 朝阳区日坛公园东北角

Cooking Lessons and Beijing Foodies Meets on the first Sunday of each month. Locations subject to change every month, Chaoyang District. ( bjfoodies.blogspot. com The Hutong Set in an attractive courtyard, this is one of Beijing’s best informal cooking schools with classes on everything from regional Chinese cuisine to pizza making and Pakistani curries. Also offers a variety

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of meetings, clubs and workshops focused on intercultural friendship and learning. 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (6404 3355; 159 0104 6127, www.thehutong. com 东城区九道湾中巷胡同1号(北新桥地铁 站东南边) The Fig Tree 202, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (139 1056 6742, 朝阳区朝外大街朝外Soho702室A座

The Bookworm Bright, airy and filled with books. Offers light sandwiches, salads and pastas as well as heartier fare. Wine list features 40 options. 1) Mon-Sat 8am-8pm,Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108, books@beijingbookworm. com, kidsclub@beijingbookworm. com); 2) Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507,, www. 书虫书吧, 1) 顺义区 崔各庄乡,何各庄村一号院; 2) 朝阳区工体 北路4号院 Park Side Bar & Grill This family-friendly restaurant featuring a pleasant garden terrace is ideal for both dating or family dining. Burgers, steaks, wings, salads, sandwiches, steaks and other Western fare, complemented by a healthy wine list. Daily 10am-late. 9-6 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6444 6555, 园景, 朝阳区将台西路9-6号 (珀丽酒店对面) 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 Vineyard Cafe This hutong cafe, specializing in comfort food and comfy couches, is both hip and sensible, and their hearty English breakfasts are excellent weekend brunch fare. Good pizza and excellent beer selection. Voted “Outstanding Non-Hotel Brunch” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, www. 葡萄院儿, 东城区五道营 胡同31号 W Dine & Wine Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 22-1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie (next to Jingkelong), Dongcheng District. (6416 9838) 万杰 福咖啡厅, 东城区东直门外大街22-1

French Boucherie Michel Opened by a young French butcher of the old school, this artisanal shop and restaurant has gained a wide following with its selection of highgrade beef, veal, lamb, and pork (50-110 RMB per kg). Patrons also recommend the pates, sausages (including merguez) and Parisian-style hams. Freshly roasted chicken, quiches, frozen dishes such as coq au vin, as well as a range of well priced French wines are also for sale. The small French restaurant upstairs delivers the same meat, now cooked, in a cozy checkered-tablecloth setting or, in season, on the curbside patio. Daily 9am-8pm. 1/F, Jiezuo Dasha, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6417


Cafe de la Poste Daily noon-2:30pm, 6pm12am. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 7047) www.cafedelaposte. net 云游驿, 东城区雍和宫大街58号 Crepanini Sun-Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Unit A110, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5208 6092/93) 可百尼尼, 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那 里花园1层酒吧街对面




0489, 米歇 尔肉店, 朝阳区幸福村中路杰座大厦底层

German Food Center The answer to all your sandwich needs can be found at this long-running Maizidian deli selling domestic and imported meats, sausages, bread, coffee, cakes and other imported items. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 105 Binduyuan Mansion, 15 Zaoying Beili, Maizidian (800m east of Nongzhanguan Beilu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9370) 德国食品店, 朝阳区麦子店枣营北里 15号宾都苑公寓105号(长城饭店南侧,农展馆北 路往东走800米路北) Schindler’s Tankstelle A very traditional German restaurant, right in Ritan Park. This casual, fun eatery will appeal to the whole family, with excellent service and exceptionally kid-friendly food. Highchairs are available, but we recommend sitting outside on long benches, Bavarian beer hall-style so it doesn’t matter how much food gets on the floor. As far as the menu is concerned, it’s sausages, sausages, sausages. There are many different types that are generally healthy, low-fat and imported. Parents claims the mashed potato is the best in Beijing. 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 15A Guanghua Lu (200m east of Ritan Park South Gate), Chaoyang District. (8562 6439); 2) Daily 11am-midnight. 1 Houshayu Zhen, Shayu Lu, Shunyi District. (8042 2291) 申德勒加油站, 1) 朝阳区光华路甲15号(日坛南门往东200米); 2) 顺义区沙峪路后沙峪镇1号 South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube Provides over 20 varities of German and European rye, wheat and white breads (Alpenschpitz, Mohn Stange, Kaese Stange, toast bread and baguettes), along with tasty homemade cakes and sweets. Upstairs you’ll find Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube, a south German restaurant that offers great weekend breakfasts (Sat-Sun, 8.30am-3pm), business lunches, dumplings, sausages, sauerkraut, cheese noodles and hearty German dinners. Sandwiches and quality coffee also available. Available for private parties and events. Daily 9am-10pm (restaurant), 7am-10pm (bakery). 27 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0201, cn, www. 德南面包房, 朝阳区朝 阳公园路1号好运街27号 Villa Castanea 6272 0130. 266, Pu An Dian, Wan’an Donglu, Haidian District. (Daily 11am-10.30pm) 七叶香山, 海淀区万 安东路普安店266号

Indian & Pakistani Ganges Indian Restaurant This is a good restaurant for the gastronomically adventurous. Spicy dishes can be cooked without the heat upon request (probably a good idea for the young ones). There’s a play area with two kids’ tables and chairs, plus books and crayons mixed in with other toys. For smaller diners, there are a few highchairs available. In a nutshell, this is delicious Indian food in a comfortable environment that won’t break your budget. Co-winner of “Best India/Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am11pm. 1) 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 2999); 2) S93-3, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0181/6121);

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3) 5/B, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8353); 4) Sancaitang Xiezi Lou, 160 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6262 7944) 恒河印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区光 华路9号世贸天阶地下1层138A; 2) 朝阳区三里 屯路19号三里屯Village南区S93-3; 3) 朝阳区 将台路2号海润国际公寓底商5号; 4) 海淀区成 府路160号三才堂写字楼1层13号 Royal Boat Offers typical Indian tea by cup or pot (three cups), made from different flavors of Assam, Darjeeling premium, CTC and Leaf Tea imported from India. Snacks vary from Soan Papri, Rosogolla, Marthri to Navrattan and Papad. A range of lassis and freshly-made natural fruit juice are available as well. Delivery available. Daily 11am-7pm. Rm 202, B1/F, Tower B, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District. (5935 9463) 星船印度吧, 朝阳区三里屯Soho B座地下1层202号 The Taj Pavilion This is a great place for a family meal and would make for a wild birthday experience for teens – a visit to the Cosmic Bowling Alley next door followed by a classic Indian meal. Lille kids Kids unfamiliar with Indian cuisine might find certain dishes a bit too exotic, though many dishes can be prepared with less fiery spice. Try the Chicken tikka, tandoori gobi (cauliflower kebabs), or dal palak (yellow lentils cooked with spinach). As a side note, the bathrooms are located outside the restaurant in the hallway. Co-winner of “Best India/ Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1) F2-03, 2/F, North Tower, China Overseas Plaza, 8 Guanghua Dong Li, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5866); 2) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Shoudu Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7678, 6437 6688 ext 3811); 3) L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 3238) http:// 泰姬楼印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街光华东里8号中海广场北楼 2层F2-03; 2) 朝阳区首都机场路将台路丽都假 日酒店广场缤纷廊3层; 3) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔 路99号欧陆时尚购物中心L222室

Italian Agrilandia Italian Farm Fireplace Restaurant A farm, a rustic restaurant, an agri-tourism destination – Agrilandia is many things to many people. On a warm spring day, your kids will run around its green lawn, pet small furry creatures, go swimming and eat hearty Italian dishes made from locally grown ingredients. Dogs are also welcome. Daily 9am-9pm. Baigezhuangcun, Mapozhen, Shunyi District. (6940 7700, 130 0127 1094) www. 意大利农场壁炉餐厅, 顺义区马 坡镇白各庄村 Alio Olio West gate of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6594 0938) 朝阳区朝阳 公园西门 Annie’s Serves trattoria favorites like antipasto, soups, pastas and pizza. Parents give the restaurant gold stars for its numerous highchairs, while kids enjoy making their own small pizzas and playing in the wellstocked toy corners. Voted “Most Family Friendly,” “Best Italian” and “Outstanding Pizza” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 105, Bldg 3, China View, 2C Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1469); 2) 1/F Ruisai Business Building opposite ascott beijing , Chaoyang District. (6568 5890); 3) Daily 11am-11pm. West Gate of Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8589 8366); 4) Daily 11.30am-11pm. 16 Dongsanhuan Lu (next to CD Blues Cafe), Chaoyang District. (6503 3871); 5) Daily 11am-11pm. Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (next to Chaoyang Park West Gate), Chaoyang District. (6591 1931); 6) Daily 11am-11pm. Across from Western Academy Beijing, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4768); 7) 11am-11pm. Unit 2-3-93, Ritan Highlife,

(opposite north gate of Ritan Park), 39 Shenlu Jie, Chaoyang District. (8569 3031); 8) Daily 11am-11pm. Jiuxianqiao, Jiangtai Lu, Shangye Jie, Chaoyang District. (6436 3735) 安妮意大利餐 厅, 1) 朝阳区工体东路丙2号中国红街大厦3号 楼105室; 2) 朝阳区瑞赛大厦商务楼一层(北京 雅诗阁服务公寓对面); 3) 朝阳区建国路88号 Soho现代城西门; 4) 朝阳区东三环路16号(农 展馆正门南侧); 5) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路(朝 阳公园西门); 6) 朝阳区来广营东路5号京西 学校对面; 7) 朝阳区神路街39号日坛公园北 门对面日坛上街2-3-93号; 8) 朝阳区酒仙桥 将台路商业街 Meeting Point Airy, friendly neighborhood Italian restaurant specializes in cucina Italia with an Abruzzese touch. Suitable for dinner dates and family meals, with delivery and takeout available. Daily 11am-10pm. B103, Landgent Center, 20 Dongsanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6775 8063) 朝阳区朝阳 区东三环中路20号(双井桥)乐成中心美食 广场B103 Michael’s Place Italian Ristorante Despite the comfortable decor, brick pizza oven, kiddie corner and decent selection of imported wines, Michael’s free-n-quick home delivery might just be its strongest asset. Pizzas and pastas range RMB 48-75. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. L112, Euro Plaza, (Opposite the Exhibition Hall), Central Villa District, Shunyi District. (8042 4457, 8046 3359) 北京明天意大利餐厅, 顺义区天竺镇 裕翔路99号欧陆时尚购物中心一层112号(国 展对面) Tavola Italian Dining Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. 2/F, The Grand Summit, Section B, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Mansion, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 5068) 塔 沃拉意大利餐厅, 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马桥 外交公寓会所2层

Japanese Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Watch and listen to your food as it sizzles and cooks to your preference. Haru impresses with sleek decor and the quality of the food. Kids will be entertained by the chefs flaming hot plates, and the large portion servings mean this is a great place to spend a few extra kuai on a family night out. 1) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 902 Pinnacle Plaza, Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 5112); 2) Unit N4-30, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6415 2112) 尚水长廊铁 板烧餐厅, 1) 顺义区天竺镇开发区荣祥广场 902; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区三里屯路11号院(Village北区)能号楼三层N4-30单元 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 deep-fried 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 11am2pm, 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) Takenosuke Mon-Fri 5-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm. 27 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6431 8238) 武之助, 朝阳区亮马

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Korean 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

Mediterranean Argo Daily 11.30am-11pm. 59 Wudaoying Hutong (100 meters west of Vineyard Café), Dongcheng District. (8403 9748) 东城区五 道营胡同59号 The Olive Cafe Salads, sandwiches, dinner, health food, juice and desserts. Outdoor dining on warm days. Also serving weekend brunch. Voted “Outstanding Mediterranean” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (opposite north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 9669) 朝阳 区工体北路17号 Taverna Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1949 – The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (behind Pacific Century Place), Chaoyang District. (6501 8882, 朝阳 区工体北路4号院 (盈科中心南面)

Middle Eastern Biteapitta Falafels, hummus, sandwiches and shawarma. Set meals available. Good value for money. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Tongli Studio (same block as Le Petit Gourmand), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6467 2961, 吧嗒 饼, 朝阳区三里屯后街同里2层 Rumi Beijing’s only purveyor of Persian cuisine in a stylish minimalist setting. The owners’ daughter helped design and outfit the small playroom. Let your kids judge her interior design choices while you chow down on the city’s best hummus. Children can pick from the children’s menu and park themselves in highchairs. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30ammidnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) 入迷, 朝阳区工体北路甲 1号兆龙饭店对面

Pizza Hutong Pizza With a quaint, cozy atmosphere, this pizza joint located just off the beaten track of Houhai offers arguably the best pizza (RMB 60-120) in Beijing. The veggie burgers are also hugely popular. Daily 11am-11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District. (8322 8916) 胡同比萨, 西 城区银锭桥胡同9号 New York Style Pizza The Shunyi branch of this Shanghai-based chain started by a native New Yorker serves pizza pies, NYC style, with frsh toppings and homemade crusts and sizes ranging from 16 to 20 inches (prices range from around RMB 100 and up). Pizza by the slice available. Free delivery within a 3-km radius. 11am-9pm. 7 Riverville Square, Shunyi District. (6450 8790) 顺义区温榆广场7号


Queen’s Cafe Daily 12am-11pm. 3/F, S9, Sanlitun Village South (close to Karaiya Spice House), 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 1928, info@queenscafe. com) 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. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 1 Xiyangguan Hutong, Dongzhimennei Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6403 1690); 2) 5-15 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8407 8158, 6403 1896) 彼得堡俄餐厅, 1) 朝阳区东直门内北中街西羊管胡同1号; 2) 东 城区东直门内大街5-15号

Southeast Asian Lau Pa Sak On weekdays, this Singaporean joint is packed with diplomats and professionals, but at lunch on weekends it’s taken over by kid-toting huaqiao feasting on nasi goreng, curry puffs and Hainan chicken (surprisingly, they serve a pretty satisfying hamburger). The laksa is among the most authentic in town and regulars rave about the beef rendang, nasi goreng fried rice and condensed milk coffee. Don’t forget the pandan cake for dessert. The forgiving staff are happy to let your kids check out the fish tank. Daily 11am-11pm. 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 Nyonya Kitchen Nyonya Kitchen devotes an entire page of the menu to the introduction of Peranakan cuisine and clearly describes each of their dishes. In an effort to keep it authentic, they import their spices and curry pastes from Malaysia. The Nyonya specialty curries are essential. Daily 11am9.30pm. Across from Gaojiayuan Middle School, opposite the Lido Hotel, Chaoyang District. (6433 7377) 娘惹厨房, 朝阳区高家园中学丽都饭馆对面

Directories巴厘泰, 东城区 东直门南大街1号福士中心5层 Lemongrass Thai and Indian Restaurant This restaurant is conveniently located near China World Mall and serves good Thai and Indian food at relatively cheap prices, and the friendly wait staff makes the dining experience easier for families with young children. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) 17 Jianguomenwai Dajie, behind the Friendship Store, Chaoyang District. (6591 3100, 6586 3150); 2) 1/F, Jinzhiqiao Dasha, 1A Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 3855) 柠檬叶泰印餐厅, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大 街17号友谊商店后; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街甲 1号金之桥大厦1层 Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar Thai cuisine served amongst purple hues. Books, coffee and Wi-Fi create the perfect atmosphere for a lazy afternoon. Wednesday night jazz at the China View location. Consistent winner of Best Thai/Southeast Asian in the Beijinger Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am11.30pm. Opposite the north gate of the Workers’ Stadium (in the small alley behind the ICBC Bank), Chaoyang District. (6413 0899, 8774 6387, purplehaze@purplehaze.紫苏庭, 朝 阳区工体北门对面胡同工商银行后 Serve the People This long-running Thai restaurant has a loyal crowd and the Sanlitun branch has a pleasant terrace. Menu items include mango salad, green chicken curry, pad thai and tom kha gai (coconut chicken soup, a blend of spicy, sour and sweet). The more spacious Shunyi location is elegantly decorated and overlooks a small lake, with a small lawn and kid’s playground equipment on the grounds, making it suitable for families and private parties. Voted “Outstanding Thai” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. Feijiacun Yuan, 8 Laiguangying Donglu (near the Cuigezhuang police station), Chaoyang District. (8470 4792); 2)

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Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 1 Sanlitun Xiwujie (next to Athena), Chaoyang District. (8454 4580) 为人民服务, 1) 朝阳区来广营东路8号 费家村院(近崔各庄派出所); 2) 朝阳区三里 屯西五街1号 Very Siam Treat yourself to Thai at this exquisite establishment. Capacity to host parties of up to 30 people. English menu available. 1) Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 10A Xinyuan Xili Dongjie (in the alley northwest of Yuyang Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8451 0031); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 4/F Yihai Hongze Shopping Mall, northeast corner of Dongdaqiao Intersection, Chaoyang District. (6586 8248) www.verysiam.com非常泰, 1) 朝阳区新源西里东街甲10号渔阳饭店西北胡同 内; 2) 朝阳区东大桥十字路口东北角易海宏 泽商场4层

Vegetarian Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar Elaine’s quaint little garden supplies generous portions of Chinese vegetarian fare. The selection of over 100 well-portioned dishes, including the requisite imitation meat dishes (including imitation “duck,” recreated soy “chicken” and sizzling bogus “beef”) are popular with both vegetarian and carnivorous diners. Daily 11am-2pm, 4.30-9.30pm. Walk 800m along the banks of Luoma Lake, 100m north of Luoma Roundabout, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8048 5088) 素 心小筑, 顺义区后沙峪镇罗马环岛向北100米左 转, 沿罗马湖畔800米 Fairy Su Presumably, Fairy Su is named for the light, virtuous sensation attained after a vegetarian meal prepared according to Buddhist precepts. The first floor offers simple but nutritious set meals and fresh juices for a quick stop after a Lama Temple tour. Even the cheapest set (RMB 21) comes with pickled radish, stir-fried pea sprouts, tofu slivers, and tomato and mushroom soup. On the second floor, one finds cushioned booths and a fancier menu to boot. Fake

Thyme Space Shunyi restaurant features a lawn, multiple floors, funky decor (i.e. hanging oversized birdcages) and a menu serving Thai-style rice noodles, beef satay, curries and Western dishes. 3 Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe, Shunyi District. (8459 5868) 顺义 区孙河乡顺黄路3号

Thai Baan Chokdee Authentic Thai home cooked dishes served in a comfortable, relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. Daily 10am-10pm. Basement floor, Jiamao Shopping Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (6471 2638) 泰韵, 朝阳区广顺北大 街33号嘉茂购物中心地下一层 Bali Papaya Bali Papaya offers authentic Indo-Thai cuisine in a venue sporting wooden décor paired with bright colors, contemporary Gamelan music and Indonesian and Thai art. The flavors on offer are akin to the real deal - try the refreshing Thai Beef Salad with its zing of lemongrass and cilantro and the Indonesian Fried Rice set, which includes fried egg and chicken, along with tender peanut sauced chicken satay. The Thai Green Curry comes with a kick (rice, however, is not included). Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5208 6029) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园2层 Bali Thai Specialized in handling event needs, including catering meals, arrangements and decoration, and bar services. Also offers Indonesian and Thai food. Daily 11am-10pm. 5/F, Raffles City Mall, 1 Dongzhimennan Dajie, Dongcheng District.

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meat options abound, including vegetarian sausages made of mushrooms and gluten, studded with chunks of “fat”(RMB 8 each), a delectable spicy dry-fried “pig intestine” (RMB 38) and konnyaku sushi (RMB 58). The house specialty is a red-braised fish (RMB 88), carved up tableside. Almost every dish is coated in too much viscous sauce, but it’s cooked fast, portioned generously, and served competently.It’s worth paying more to eat at Xu Xiang Zhai across the street, but for a quick tasty lunch, Fairy Su will fill you up with your recommended daily allowance of vegetables. Daily 10am-10pm. 30 Yonghegong Dajie (across the street from Xu Xiang Zhai a few doors down from the Confucius Temple), Dongcheng District. 东城区雍和宫大街30号

Family Health Directory Clinics & Hospitals 21st Century Health Care- Beijing Glory Clinic Glory Clinic was established in 1998 and offers high standard, integrative preventive health screenings and medical care in a quiet and comfortable environment. Internationally trained doctors and nurses provide care for internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, dentistry, pediatrics, ENT, immunization, ophthalmology, Traditional Chinese Medicine and specialist appointment. The health screening department offers comprehensive customized health screenings for individuals and corporate clients. Direct billing with international insurers is provided. Languages spoken: English, Japanese, Korean, German, Chinese. Mon-Fri 8am7pm, Sat-Sun 9am - 6pm; 24 hour house call service. 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (84446168(English/Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) 朝阳 区亮马桥路40号

cost USD 90. Daily 24hrs. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 9112, 24hr: 6462 9100, www. 北京国际救援中心, 朝 阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室

5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) www. 北京和睦家医院, 1) 朝阳区朝阳 区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐部饭店地下1层; 2) 顺义区顺义区天竺房地产开发区日祥社区 818号; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区第三使馆区二层; 4) 朝阳区将台路2号

Beijing Tiantan Puhua International Hospital A private, international-standard hospital offering a range of emergency services and out patient care. Beijing Tiantan Puhua Hospital has a full, English speaking staff on call 24-hours. Medical services include: neurology and neurosurgery, Beijing’s only international standard podiatric center, occupational and physical theraphy, plastic surgery and and nonsurgical cosmetic services, hand surgery, orthopedics, ENT, oncology, full physical check-ups starting at RMB 900, on-site imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services. Specialist consultations are RMB 200-800 and direct billing is available for more than 20 international insurance companies. 24hour emergency care. 7am-10pm(Mon-Fri). 8am-10pm(Sat-Sun). 12 Tiantan Nanli, Chongwen District, 800m west of the south gate of the temple of heaven, Chongwen District. (67020836, puhuachina@gmail. com), www. 北京天坛普华医院, 北京天坛 普华体检中心, 崇文区天坛南里12号

Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic Offers family medicine, a pediatric clinic, women’s health services, travel medicine, family counseling, physiotherapy and pediatric physiotherapy. Mon-Thu 9.30am7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) 北京和睦 家医院诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场806号

Beijing United Family Jianguomen Health & Wellness Center Offers family medicine, counseling services, stress management, health screening, a dental clinic, and radiology, laboratory and cosmetic services. Mon-Fri 8.30am-12pm,1pm3.30pm. B1/F, the St. Regis Residence, the St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1678) www.ufh. 北京和睦家健康中心, 朝阳区建国 门外大街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店公寓楼地 下一层

Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital This newly opened hospital near the Lido focuses on maternity services, women’s health and pediatrics. Foreign language support is available upon request.24-hr appointment service. Daily 8am-4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2399 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200) 北京美中宜和妇 儿医院, 朝阳区朝阳区芳园西路9号 Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital Founded in 2003, Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital is the first hospital in Beijing with a water birth center to allow natural births. The hospital also researches male and female infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, and more. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Building 18, Court 1, Xingheyuan, Jiayuan Road, Fengtai District. (67735551, 67537768) 北京安太妇产医院, 丰台区北京丰台嘉园路星河城1号院18号楼 Beijing 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, http://www.bjcyh. 北京朝阳医院, 朝阳区工 体南路8号 Beijing International SOS Clinic International standard clinic providing the full spectrum of medical services including family medicine, dental services, OB/GYN, ENT, ophthalmology, psychiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and TCM. Staff is made up of highly trained professionals from all over the world. A 24hr call center provides medical assistance over the phone in English, Chinese and Japanese. The clinic has direct billing arrangements with all major insurance providers. Consultations



Beijing United Family Hospital Beijing’s only private, international-standard hospital offering the full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services. BJU has a team of over 60 certified expatriate and internationally trained physicians and surgeons. Clinics include pediatrics, OB/GYN, dental, ophthalmology, counseling, ENT, physiotherapy, TCM chiropractics and dermatology. It’s the first choice for many expatriates giving birth in China, and is the choice for referral from other hospitals without inhouse birthing units. Wide range of medical and surgical specialties provided. The ICU and emergency room are open 24hrs. An independent blood bank operates on site. Direct billing is available with a range of insurance providers. Consultation fees for first-time patients are RMB 323-1,294. Fees for return patients are RMB 174-971. 1) Mon-Sat 8.30am-5pm; Sun 8.30am-midnight. St Regis Wellness Center. B1/F, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1678); 2) Mon-Thurs 9.30-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432); 3) Mon-Fri noon-8.30pm. 2/F Grand Summit, Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7005); 4) Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu (in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (5927 7000,

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Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Dr. David Zhang is an American National Board Exam Certificated chiropractic doctor, a Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and a specialist in Chinese medicine. He provides chiropractic, physiotherapy, and other manual therapies for back pain, sciatica, and other conditions, as well as acupuncture and natural medicine treatments. Medical services 24hrs; Dental services 8.30am-6pm (Mon-Fri), 8.30am12pm (Sat); Integrated medical service 8.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Fri). S106, 1/F, Beijing Internal Medical Center, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3) 北京国 际医疗中心, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写 字楼1层 S106 Eliott’s Corner A therapy center, offering speechtherapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for children from 0-12 years of age. Experienced therapists work with children, helping a wide range ofissues - from communication and articulation to handwriting to balance and coordination. Eliott’s Corner is a division of Olivia’s Place, Shanghai’s premier pediatric therapy clinic. 17C Golden Land Building, 32 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6461 6283) www. 胡宝小屋, 朝阳区朝阳区亮 马桥32号 Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system, 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 USD 58. Direct billing with 14 international insurers. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm nurse on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissôtel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (65532288 ext 2345/6/7, 65023426) 北 京港澳国际医务诊所, 东城区北京港澳国际医 务诊所,朝阳门北大街2号港澳中心办公楼9层

International Medical Center (IMC) Foreign doctors on-site offering a wide range of medical services, including family medicine, psychological services, dental, Ob/Gyn, pediatrics and TCM. Drop-in services for travelers; x-rays and ultrasounds available on-site. English, Chinese, Arabic and Russian spoken. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu,

Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, http:// 北京国际医疗中心, 朝 阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106 Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Melissa Rodriguez is a licensed, board certified Naturopathic Doctor from Ontario, Canada. She uses homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition, and other natural therapies that are effective and safe, to help her patients prevent illness and treat disease. Dr. Rodriguez is committed to working with you and your family to achieve your goals of optimal health. International Medical Center-BeijingRm S106, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561) www.drmelissarodriguez. com 朝阳区朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎 中心写字楼1层S106 Peking Union Medical College Hospital This state-run hospital has a reputable foreigners’ wing with departments including ENT, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, dental, ophthalmology and OB/GYN. Most doctors are trained overseas and speak good English. Services and medicines are much cheaper than in private clinics, but expect longer waiting times. The birthing unit is considered to be the best in any of the Chinese hospitals and is popular among expats. Registration costs RMB 100-300, and the minimum consultation fee is RMB 200. Inpatient services require a minimum deposit of RMB 10,000/day. Direct billing is available with some Asian insurance providers. Mon-Fri 8am5pm. 1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the foreigners’ wing is located behind and to the left of the main hospital entrance), Dongcheng District. (6529 5284, 24hr em, 6529 5269) 北 京协和医院, 东城区王府井帅府园1号(接待外 国人的区域在主楼的左后方) Tongrentang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic Tongrentang dates back to the Qing dynasty and is one of the most famous TCM pharmacies and clinics in China. No appointment necessary. Daily 8.30am5pm. Floor 1, Fenglin Da Sha, Southeast to Guomao Bridge., Chaoyang District. (5869 1171/2, 135 2287 3781) 同仁堂施小墨中医 馆, 朝阳区国贸桥东南丰林大厦一层

Vista Medical Center Medical services including family and internal medicine, OB/ GYN, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, TCM, physiotherapy, psychiatry, imaging laboratory and pharmacy service. Also offers pre- and postnatal care and infant health check-ups. Englishspeaking staff onsite 24hrs a day. A consultation with a GP costs RMB 660. Direct billing with more than 40 international insurance providers. Daily 24hrs. B29, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, 维世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心B29

Dentists Arrail Dental Clinic Offers the full spectrum of non-surgical dentistry. All dentists speak English and some have overseas training. The Haidian branch specializes in cosmetic dentistry and implants. A basic

Directories consultation costs RMB 100 (first-time registration including a check-up and consultation costs RMB 100). 1) Mon-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm 201, The Exchange-Beijing, B118 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6567 5670); 2) MonThu 9am-5pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm 208, CITIC Bldg, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 6472/3); 3) MonThu 9am-5.30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1926/7/8); 4) Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm 308, Raycom Infotech Park, Tower A, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1956, 24hr: 139 1100 1367) 瑞尔齿科, 1) 朝阳区建国路乙 118号京汇大厦201室; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街 19号国际大厦208; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路46号盛 捷福景苑1层; 4) 海淀区科学院南路2号融科资 讯中心A座308室 Beijing International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) 北京国际 SOS齿科,畸齿矫正诊所, 朝阳区新源里16号琨 莎中心一座105室 Beijing United Family Dental, Orthodontics and Implant Center Provides comprehensive dental services for families, including cleaning, crown and bridges, dental implants, fillings, tooth whitening and more. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 3960, 8532 1221, 6433 2345 Emergency) 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic in Shunyi is a satellite clinic of Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics. Services include: oral hygiene instruction, fissure sealant, and topical fluoride as well as restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call for appointment.The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic is located around the corner in the same shopping center as the Beijing United Family Clinic. This convenient location in Pinnacle Plaza provides high quality family-oriented dental care including preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in a modern office. Mon-Thu 9am7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 1102) www. 北京和睦家医院牙科诊所, 顺义区 天竺开发区荣祥广场818 Beijing Vista Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services including teeth cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Daily 8.30am6pm. Kerry Centre B29, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. ( net 朝阳区维世达诊所,朝阳区光华路1号北京 嘉里中心B29 IMC Dental Clinic IMC dental clinic has the longest history of any expatriate dental service in Beijing. Provides general, cosmetic and restorative treatment. English, Chinese, Russian are spoken. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1384, 6465 1328, marketing@imcclinics. com) 北京国际医疗中心牙科诊所, 朝阳区亮 马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S111 Joinway Dental Clinic Provides a full range of dental services at international standards, including preventative dental care, oral and teeth treatments (such as teeth cleaning and whitening), restorative treatment and orthodontics. Daily 9am8pm. 11D, Bldg D, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8447 6092/93, 132 6181 6708/139 0109 6692 English, 久汇齿科, 东城区东直门 外大街48号银座大厦D座11D

政服务有限公司, 朝阳区酒仙桥路1号世一休闲 商务酒店3层3022室

Support Groups

First Choice Car Rental Service Co., Ltd. Short or long term automobile leasing service of Buick GL8, Audi, BMW, Passat, Elantra and other cars/vans with English/Chinese speaking driver. Prices range from RMB 6,000-17,500 per month. Room 507, Partview Center, 5 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0778) 北京嘉驰汽车租赁有限公司, 朝 阳区芳园里西路5号丽园中心507室

La Leche League Information and support for breastfeeding mothers. English-language meeting held the fourth Friday of every month at 1.30pm. Chinese-language meetings held the second Saturday of each month at 10.30am. Gahood Villas (contact Serena for house number and driving directions), Shunyi District. (139 1015 4641, Special Child Support Group This Yahoo group offers a meeting place for Beijing parents with special-needs children. Call 5130 3931 for info. ( http:// The Nutritioneer Nutritionist Olivia Lee helps make eating better easier for you and your family. She provides a variety of personal and group nutrition counseling and coaching services, including: Group counseling workshops, corporate wellness nutrition talks; and helping individuals and families cope with the nutritional challenges of living in Beijing through counseling, supermarket familiarization tours and ayi coaching. (1581 082 2296, nutritioneer. net The Yin Yang Community Center MonSat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village (across from The Orchard; call for directions), Chaoyang District. (6431 2108) 易 阴阳社区中心, 朝阳区 崔各庄乡何各庄村一号院(果园对面)

Family Life Adoption Bridge of Love Adoption Service This government-run agency facilitates travel to the adoption site, as well as consulting, document translation and travel arrangements within China. Zhongmin Mansion, 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6357 5792, 6358 9988 ext 1207) 爱之桥收养中心, 宣 武区白广路7号中民大厦 China Center of Adoption Affairs The government agency responsible for adoptions. The agency usually prefers to work with adoption agencies rather than with individual applicants, and does not talk to adoptive parents directly. Their website, however, is a good resource. 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6357 5785) 中国收养中心, 宣武区白广 路7号中民大厦

Community Groups and Organizations International Newcomers’ Network A networking and information resource for all newcomers to Beijing. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except December. Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, 朝阳区新源南路6号京城大 厦康乐中心3层

Religious Organizations & Places of Worship Beijing Baptist Church Sunday school begins at 10am and is followed by 11am service. Sunday evening service begins at 5.30pm. Meet on the third floor of the CTS Plaza. Foreign passport holders only. 3/F, CTS Hotel, 2 Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. Contact Joe Kappel (8721 7449, 北京浸信会教堂, 朝阳区北三环 东路2号中旅大厦3层 Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF) BICF (Beijing International Christian Fellowship) is an international non-denominational church in Beijing China with people from over 70 nations. It is Multicultural, Bible-centered gathering for foreign passport holders. Services are conducted in 9 different languages including Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, English, Chinese, Frech, etc. Visitors can attend Sunday services and classes in multiple locations. (8454 3468, 北京国际 基督教联合会 Capital Community Church An interdenominational church gathering for foreign passport holders. Sunday morning services at 10am at the Art Center next to Beidong Flower Market on Shunhuang Lu. Small groups meet throughout the week and we have mid week student activities. 1A Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Xiang, Shunyi District. (capital@securenym. net) 顺义区 孙河乡顺黄路甲1号

Supermarkets April Gourmet Chain of stores purveying imported cheeses, olives and cold cuts, as well as staples like dried pasta, canned tomatoes (and beans) and cereal. Prices can be high for goods that can seem a bit shopworn. The Shunyi branch offers a small but constant “specials” section, which often features imported cookies and filter coffee. 1) Bldg 7, Richmond Park, 9 Fangyuan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8457 8116); 2) 8am-9pm. Outside South Gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi District. (8046 4132); 3) Daily 8am-midnight. 1/F Jiezuo Mansion, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6417 7970); 4) Daily 8am9pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8455 1245) 绿叶子食品店, 1) 朝阳区芳园 西里9号院丽都水岸会所7号楼; 2) 顺义区后 沙峪乡白辛庄名都园南门外; 3) 朝阳区三里 屯幸福村中路杰作大厦1层; 4) 朝阳区三里屯 北小街1号

Domestic Help

BHG Market Place Taiwan chain of upscale supermarkets has an extensive, albeit pricey, selection of goods and produce, including alcohol and organic products. Daily 10am10pm. 1) B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5888); 2) SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 8226); 3) SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District.; 4) B2/F, Legend Center, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 1) 朝阳区建国路87号新光 天地B1层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯VillageSLG00号商铺; 3) 朝阳区蓝色港湾国际商区SMM06号; 4) 朝阳 区东三环中路乐成中心地下二层

Beijing Sunnyhome Housekeeping Service Co., Ltd 5288 4727, 133 6636 9720. Rm3022, 3/F, Shiyi Hotel, 1 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm) http://www. 北京午后阳光家

Carrefour French hypermarket offers a vast selection of imported wine, cheese, coffee, canned goods and much more. Wonderful variety – especially at the Guangqumenwai location – but the crowds can be thick. The

Magic Hospital Unit 1402, Xingfuyuan Gongyu, 16 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区工体北路16号幸福园公 寓1402

Family Life

Sanyuan Qiao store offers free delivery for purchases over RMB 500 – order by email 1) Daily 8.30am10.30pm. 6B Beisanhuan Donglu (beside the International Exhibition Center), Chaoyang District. (8460 1043); 2) 8.30am-10pm. 48 Jiukeshu Xilu, Tongzhou District. (5167 8911 ext.55); 3) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (5190 9508); 4) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 56A Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District. (5172 1516/7); 5) Daily 8am-10pm. 15, 2 Zone, Fangchengyuan, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District.; 6) Daily 8am10pm. 54A Baishiqiao Lu (east of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District. (8836 2729); 7) Daily 8am10pm. 11 Malian Dao, Xuanwu District. www., 家乐 福, 1) 朝阳区北三环东路乙6号(中国国际展览 中心正门旁); 2) 通州区九棵树西路48号; 3) 朝阳区广渠路31号; 4) 海淀区中关村广场甲 56号; 5) 丰台区方庄芳城园二区15号; 6) 西城 区白石桥路甲54号; 7) 宣武区马连道11号 Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs … we could go on and on. 1) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District. (6533 6792); 2) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 5) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 6) Daily 8am10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 7) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) 婕妮璐, 1) 朝阳区新城国际17号楼101; 2) 朝阳区来 广营东路和平医院对面; 3) 朝阳区东三环中 路39号建外Soho4号楼; 4) 朝阳区东湖别墅会 所里; 5) 朝阳区日坛北路4号(芳草地小学对 面); 6) 朝阳区三里屯北小街6号; 7) 朝阳区 朝阳公园西门南侧 Lohao City This organic goods and health food store sources most of its produce from its organic ranch in Miyun County, with the remainder (tropical fruits) imported from Taiwan. Highlights include 100% organic homemade soymilk, pickled vegetables and imported dry goods, including muesli, cookies and pasta, as well as organic and dairy-free chocolates. Check out the flower and plant shop with cute baby cacti and bonsai, as well as a corner devoted to an assortment of hi-tech Japanese pillows. 1) Daily 8am-9pm. 608 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (8046 6242 ext 801); 2) Daily 8am-10pm. 52 Jingshun Lu (Near Sunhe Qiao), Shunyi District. (8459 0134); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. 103, Building 15, China Central Place, 6A Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5181); 4) Daily 8am-10pm. Shop 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6465); 5) Mon-Thu 8am-10pm, Fri-Sun 8am-11pm. Bldg 5, 10A, 76 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8772 4133 ext 806/807); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 1/F, 108 Dongwaigongguan, Xinzhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6415 0104); 7) Daily 9am-10pm. 4B Haoyun Jie, Chaoyang District. (5867 0270/0265); 8) Daily 10am-9.30pm. 131-04B, Beichen Lifestyle Plaza, No.8 courtyard, Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 5950) www.lohaocity. com 乐活城, 1) 顺义区天竺荣祥广场608号; 2) 顺义区京顺路52号(靠近孙河桥); 3) 朝阳区 西大望路甲6号华贸公寓15号楼103号; 4) 朝阳 区朝外大街6号新城国际二期17号楼101; 5) 朝 阳区百子湾南二路76号5号楼10A; 6) 朝阳区东 直门外新中街东外公馆底商108; 7) 朝阳区好 运街乙4号; 8) 朝阳区北辰东路8号院北辰生活 广场131-04B Sanyuanli Market Daily 5am-7pm. Shunyuan Jie (opposite Jingkelong Supermarket, west of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. 三源 里市场, 朝阳区顺源街(三元东桥往西京客隆 超市对面)

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Fun Stuff

World Health Store 1) Mon-Fri 10.30am8pm, Sat-Sun 10am–7.30pm. Rm 2152, 1st Floor, Section A, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 2209,; 2) MonThur 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10.30am.8.30pm, Sun 10.30am-8pm. R09A, LB1, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 2524, 世界健康品店, 1) 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO尚都北塔A座一层 2152; 2) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地 下一层09A

Veterinarians Doctors Beck & Stone Pet Health Care Center Get full, international standard, pet care with open Western and highly trained Chinese veterinarians, nurses and medical technicians. Hospitals are also emergency crisis centers. Ambulances available for collection and drop off of pets. Daily, 24 hours. 1) Unit 104, Tower B, Bldg 3, Hou Xiandai Cheng, BaiziwanLu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8776 6346, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies)); 2) Shop LB05, Euro Plaza,99 Yu Xiang Lu, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 2886, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies)) www. 思威(北京)国际动物医院有 限公司, 1) 朝阳区百子湾路后现代城3栋B座 104底商; 2) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇 裕祥路99号 欧陆广场LB05 International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) ICVS is a professionally managed and affordable full service international standard animal hospital and pet care facility. All doctors are legally licensed in the PRC. Services include internal medicine, hospitalization, spay/neuter, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, dentistry, dermatology, blood tests, laboratory diagnostics, X-rays, ultrasound, legal vaccinations, prescription pet foods, behavior counseling and obedience training, import/ export advice, pet adoption counseling and more. Boarding kennel, grooming salon, SAFE pet foods & pet shop available. All services in Mandarin and English. Licensed rabies vaccinations for export. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment). Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou (shares a courtyard with China Culture Center), Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/1940/1941, ICVS_CHINA@yahoo. com) 北京新天地国际 动物医院, 朝阳区安家楼亮马桥路29号肯特中 心院子内

Family Travel Directory Hotels, Hostels and Resorts Crowne Plaza Beijing Popular with tourists and foreigners adopting kids in China, the recently renovated Crowne Plaza’s appeal lies chiefly in its location just north of the main Wangfujing drag and within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen. Rooms overlooking the streets are preferable to those on the atrium. RMB 2,760-6,610. 48 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6513 3388) 国际艺苑皇冠假日酒店, 东城区王府井大街48号 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) http://www1. 朝阳区北京首 都机场三号航站楼 Hilton Beijing Wangfujing “Recently voted the ‘World’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’ for the



second year running at the prestigious World Travel Awards, the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel offers some of the largest hotel rooms in the city.Set in the heart of Beijing’s shopping district, indulge in some retail therapy or visit nearby Beijing attractions. The iconic Tiananmen Square is just a ten minute walk from the hotel. After a busy day sightseeing, treat yourself to a holistic massage in the hotel’s Spa, swim laps of the rooftop pool or work out in the fitness center.Hold a conference in one of the 8 fully equipped meeting rooms then relax and enjoy stunning city views in the Executive Lounge or take advantage of the hotel’s Business Center. Sample delicious Macanese cuisine at Vasco’s restaurant or sip an expertly mixed cocktail in stylish Flames bar at the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel.” 89 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) do 东城区北京王府井希尔顿酒店 Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport boasts “372 spacious, stylish guest rooms and suites;” dining options, including Ming Court and Fuel Bar and Grill; a location just one minute from Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3; a 24-hour gym and cardio studio; 22 function rooms, including a ballroom and various multipurpose rooms; and the 24-hour private Club L Lounge offering “two floors of sleek luxury and an intimate, upscale vibe.” 1 Er Jing Lu, Terminal 3 Capital International Airport, Shunyi District. (6457 5555) http://beijingairport. 顺义区首都机场1号 航站楼 Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street Another top-range hotel on Beijing’s “Wall Street.” With a striking glass and chrome exterior, the hotel boasts 253 guest rooms appointed with flat screen TVs, cordless phones and high-speed Internet and fax connections. The hotel features three restaurants (including the award-winning Cepe) and a lounge and bar serving Chinese, Italian and all-day cuisines. RMB 1,500-48,000. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) 北京 丽嘉饭店, 西城区金融街金城坊东街1号 The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Daily 710am, 3-5pm. Mutianyu Village (for detailed directions see website), Huairou District. (6162 6506) 慕田峪小园餐厅, 怀柔区慕田峪 (具体路线请查 看网站信息) Sino-Swiss Hotel Convenient access to the airport and a great pool are this hotel’s big draws. The attached restaurants serve Swiss, Japanese and Mongolian cuisines among others. Regular shuttle bus service makes getting in and out of the city fairly easy. RMB 1,3002,200. Sino-Swiss Hotel, Xiaotianzhu, Shunyi District. (6456 5588) 国都大饭店, 顺义区小天竺国都大饭店 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 tech-

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nology 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 www.m-worldtravel. com 东城区东城区东直门外大街48号东方银座 B座16G

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

Sunflower Travel 22D, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie(8447 6361,, Dongcheng District. (8447 6361) 东城区东直门外大街48号东方银座B座22D)

Travel Agencies Beijing Citybus Tour Service Daily 9am8pm. Rm 1207, Scitech Tower, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 650 0760) 北京赛笛芭诗城市观光旅 行社, 朝阳区建国门外大街22号赛特大厦1207室 Beijing Easy Travel Travel service with a decade of experience offering domestic and international packages to foreigners in Beijing. 1/F, Boutique 17, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5126 7266,, 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓商业1-17 China Holidays Tour operator with over 13 years’ experience in dealing exclusively with China. Specializes in creating itineraries that are tailored to show you the very best that China has to offer. A1108, Nanxincang Business Tower, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (6409 6567, contact@chinaholidays. com) 东城区东四十条 甲22号南新仓商务大厦A1108 China Peace International Tourism Co. Ltd. (FESCO Travel) Fesco travel specializes in individual and group tours, they also offer specials on international and domestic air tickets and hotels. Room 502, 46 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (8563 6720/30, 外企服务集团, 东城 区东城区东中街46号鸿基大厦502室 China Travel Service CTS, has over 100 branches around the world and has ranked first in China’s Top 100 International Travel Agencies for successive years. 28-31/F Bldg A, 38 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 811 6666) 中国旅行社总社有限公司, 朝 阳区东三环北路38号院1号楼28-31层 Free N Easy Travel Full service international travel agency provides air ticketing, hotel reservations and holiday packages. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm. Rm 1905, Bldg A, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7754, 朝阳 区东三环中路39号建外SohoA座1905室 Global Easy Tour A professional and reliable travel agency. Offering travel and ticketing consultation services, tailored tour packages, leisure trips, cruise bookings, special ticketing, hotel deals, and more. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. A611, Freetown Center, 58, Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5867 2900/1/2/3, 135 0115 6019, 和平国旅, 朝阳区东三环南路58号富顿 中心A座611室 Happy Holiday Travel Service Happy Holiday Travel Service offers personalized service. Specialists in providing domestic/international air tickets, hotel reservations, and business travel and family trip arrangements. Rm 1702, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 1747, 6595 8819, 137 0102 8301, 朝阳区光华路 12号数码01大厦1702室 Mercurius World Travel Services 16G, Bldg B, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5139 6161,

Travel-Stone A travel agency catering specifically for foreigners, they offer services in English, Chinese and French. Travel-Stone organize everything from flights & hotels to tailored packages and large group trips. 1) Daily 9am-7pm. Rm 2001, Tower A, Chaowaimen Xiezi Zhongxin, 26 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8565 8008,; 2) Inside April Gourmet, 55 Xinfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. ( www. 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街26号朝 外门写字中心A座2001室; 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路 55号杰座大厦底楼对面 (绿叶子食品店) TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. With its extensive international network, this German-Chinese joint venture can arrange personalized tours to destinations both domestic and worldwide. Unit 921-926, Bright China Chang An Bldg, Tower 2, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8519 8800, 途易, 东城区建国门内大街7号光华 长安大厦2座921-926

Fun Stuff Directory Animal Attractions Beijing 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 8.30am-6.30pm (winter). Workers’ Stadium South Gate, Chaoyang District. (6591 3397) 富国海底世界, 朝阳区工人体育场南门

Concert Hall & Theaters Century Theater 21st Century Hotel, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 4805, 6468 3311 ext 3126) 世纪剧院, 朝阳区亮马桥路40号 (21世纪饭店) China Puppet Theater The theater puts on shows every Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am. RMB 50-100/show. 1A Anhua Xili, Beisanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6425 4847, 6424 3698) www. 中国木偶剧院, 朝阳区北三环路 安华西里甲1号 Dayin Theater A theater located in The Place with different plays on. 5/F, C Tower, The Place, 9 Guanghualu, Chaoyang District. (6589 5559) 大隐剧院, 朝阳 区光华路9号世贸天阶C座(时尚大厦)5层 Mega Box 1) B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6118); 2) 3/F, Area C, Zhongguancun Mall (West of Dinghao Mall), Haidian District. (5986 3777) www. 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) Penghao Theater 35 Dongmianhua Hutong

Directories (south gate of the Central Academy of Drama, between Nanluogu Xiang and Jiaodaokou Nandajie), Dongcheng District. (6400 6452/72) 蓬蒿剧场, 东城区东棉花胡同35号(中央戏剧学院南 门, 南锣鼓巷和交道口南大街之间) Poly Theatre Holds music performances all year round. Poly Plaza, 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6500 1188 ext 5126/5127) 保利剧院, 东城区东直门南 大街14号保利大厦1层 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 UME International Cineplex Built by wellknown Hong Kong filmmaker See-Yuen Ng, this five-floor building is known for its state-of-the-art equipment, clean environment, and screenings of the latest foreign movies. Its biggest claim to fame, literally, is a 430 square meter screen. RMB 30-120. 1) 5th floor, Fuli Plaza, Shuangjing Qiao Bei, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5903 7171); 2) 44 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Shuangyushu, Haidian District. (8211 5566) www.bjume. com 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

Excursions Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan) Daily 6am6pm (winter), 6am-6.30pm (summer). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). Xiangshan, Haidian District. (6259-1155) 香山公园, 海淀区香山 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) 鹅 和鸭, 怀柔区北寨

Museums & Education Shi Beijing Planetarium Thanks to a RMB 300 million facelift, the once retro planetarium now boasts state of the art facilities. The SGI Digital Universe Theater takes patrons on a tour of the cosmos with six Carl Zeiss laser projectors that simulate the movement of stars and constellations. You can also travel through time in the 4-D theater, where you strap on a pair of goggles and watch a multidimensional film about the creation of the solar system and evolution of life on earth, replete with snarling T-Rexes and saber-toothed tigers. Other draws include the 3D space shuttle simulator and a cool exhibit about the sun. The new exhibition hall: RMB 10 (RMB 7 for students); GI Digital Universe Theater: RMB 45, RMB 35 (students); 4-D Theater: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students); 3D Space Shuttle Simulator: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). Wed-Fri 9.30am-3.30pm (last ticket 3pm), Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm (last ticket 4pm). 138 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6835 2453, 6831 2517) 北京天文馆新馆, 西城区西直门外大街138号 Butterfly Valley The Seven-Color Butterfly Park has prepared many spring and summer activities for citizens in the capital, including a scientific exhibition about butterflies, a “butterfly valley” where visitors can see butterflies up close, even with them resting on their shoulders, and activities designed for children to make pictures using butterfly wings. Daily 9am-4.30pm. North of Baima Lu, Nanlangzhong Village, Gaoliying Town, Shunyi District. (8942 2400/2119) http:// 七彩蝶, 顺义区高丽营镇南郎中 村,白马路北侧 Capital Museum Two hundred meters east of Muxidi subway station lies the Capital Museum. This six-story building houses 11 exhibition halls displaying ancient Chinese art: bronze statues,

jade utensils, ancient calligraphy and paintings, restored old Beijing city views and precious relics of old Beijing operas. Two temporary exhibition halls on the first floor and basement level display artistic and cultural exhibits from around the world. Free. Reservation is necessary. Temporary exhibitions are charged. Audio self-guided tours in Chinese and English available for rent at the entrance. Tue-Sun 9am-5pm. 16 Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6337 0491/2) www. 首都博物馆, 西城区复兴 门外大街 16号 Chinese Military History Museum Tired of jungle gyms? Try tanks! Tykes can clamber over an array of sturdy metal military gear or take turns sitting on an anti-aircraft gun or in the pilot’s seat of a combat aircraft (RMB 2). To board the Chinese 024 Missile-Equipped Boat (RMB 5) you don’t even need to enter the museum – it’s docked in the front courtyard. Parents and older kids can marvel at the socialist realist artwork. All this only a step away from the Military Museum subway stop on Line 1. Free. Daily 8.30am4.30pm. 9 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. (6686 6244), 中国军事博物馆, 海淀区复兴路9号 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 The Magic Bean House The Magic Bean House is the first American-designed Children’s Museum in China. Exhibits include Tale of Magic Bean, Fantasy Forest, Green Foods, Bricks and Blocks, Car Service, World of Water, Experimental Hall, Toddler Land, Art Gallery and more. RMB 80 (kids aged 2 to 8), RMB (babies from 6 to 24 months) RMB 40 (adults). Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; San-Sun 9am-8pm. 7 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. www. 豆豆家科技馆, 朝阳区朝阳 区朝阳公园西路7号 Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) RMB 15 (adults). Free on Thursdays.Free for students and children under 1.3 meters Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. 798 Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9269) www. 尤伦斯当代艺术中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥 路4号大山子艺术区

Parks & Gardens Botanical Garden and Wofosi With a stateof-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); 7am-5pm (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 locat-

ed 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 5409) 朝阳公园, 朝阳区农展馆南路1号 Ditan Park When it’s not being used as an exhibition space, the park’s centenarian cypress provide nice shade in summer, making it a pleasant destination for an urban picnic. The children’s activities are concentrated in the north end and include a go-cart track, bouncy castle, merrygo-round and abrasively loud electronic games. There’s also a fishing stream with magnetic fish for toddlers and a goldfish pond. Note that the Ditan Ice Arena, where you can teach your brood how to curl, is just east of the park’s north gate. The area outside the south gate is popular with kite masters. RMB 2, RMB 1 (students). Daily 6am-9pm. A2, Andingmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6421 4657) 地坛公园, 东城区安定门外大街甲2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 merry-go-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 Si’de Park This Lido-area park boasts plenty that will keep the young’uns amused, including an inflated castle, indoor funhouse, outdoor playground, merry-go-round, football pitches, a rollerblading rink, and fishing pond. A circular walking track is popular with morning walkers – if you can get the crew out the door early enough, have fun watching the tai chi practioners. Free. Daily 6am-9pm. Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6438 6093) 四得公园, 朝阳区将台西路 Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) The crowds that cluster predictably around the buildings and ruins in this imperial abode may dissuade you from visiting with the kids, especially on a spring day in cherry blossom season. The key to a happy family outing is to explore the little known corners of this vast park. Walk around the far lakes, rent a boat and then sit in the shade of a weeping willow and enjoy a picnic. RMB 30 (AprOct), RMB 20 (Nov-Mar), students half price. Daily 6.30am-8pm (last ticket 6pm); 7am-7pm (Nov-Mar: last ticket 5pm). Yiheyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6288 1144) 颐和园, 海淀区颐和园路

Places Beidong Floriculture Garden Find plants, seeds, garden ornaments, pots and related curios. Daily 8.30am-6.30pm (summer); 9am5.30pm (winter). 150m south of Sundahe Qiao, Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8459 3093) 孙和大 北东花艺苑, 顺义区京顺路孙大河桥南150米 French Cultural Centre Wed 10.30am-8.30pm, Thu-Tue 10.30am-6.30pm. 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6553 2627) www.ccfpekin. org 法国文化中心, 朝阳区工体西路18号 Funky Pots Funky Pots (Beijing) is a Paint Your Own Pottery studio, the first chained ceramic painting cafe in China of Funky Pots from the UK. You can design and paint your own pottery, which will be glazed and fired later by the staff there. Tue-Sun 11am-9pm. Rm 528, Door 3, Guanghualu Soho,22 Guanghualu, Chaoyang District. (5900 6867) http://www.funkypots. org/english_home.html 陶此一家, 朝阳区光华路 22号,光华路SOHO,3单元528室

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The Brickyard Inn and Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall Owned and operated by the same people behind the Schoolhouse at Mutianyu, The Brickyard is self described as a “a run-down, smoke-belching glazed tile factorywithout a blade of grass [that] has been transformed into a lush and private eco-retreat at the Great Wall,” The premises features 16 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and terraces facing the Great Wall. Landscaped grounds contain a lodge with a fireplace and cafe, public rooms in the Old Kiln, and a fully-equipped conference center, as well as the Xiaolumian (see restaurants directory under ‘Dumplings’) restaurant located in a stone farmhouse. RMB 1,280 per night for a roomfor up to two people, including breakfast in the lodge. There’s also a spa with an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, tennis court, fitness center and treatment rooms. 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

Play Centers 3iart Center Offers a range of art classes for children, teenagers and adults such as drawing, painting, clay modeling, needlework, Chinese calligraphy, knot making and paper cutting. 1) 2/F, Block A, Hairun International Apartment, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (186 0135 0776,; 2) 1/F, Bldg 3, Shidai Zhiguang Xiaoqu, 45 Xizhimen Beidajie, Haidian District. (134 3983 3280, 3iartcenter@gmail. com) 爱立方艺术中心, 1) 朝 阳区将台海润国际公寓A座2层; 2) 海淀区西直门 北大街45号时代之光小区3号楼一层 Family Box Educational & Recreational Center Family Box is a British family centre combining education and recreation. Children ages 0-12 and their families have more than enough space to play in the 6,000sqm, three-storey building. Kids will enjoy the large scale climbing frame, Mickey Mouse play area, swimming pool, Sensory Room, Soft Island and Craft Room. They also run courses and activities based on the UK early years curriculum. Other facilities include: party hosting, catering, coffee shop, and crèche facility. RMB 480 (2 adults, 1 child). Sat-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 10am-8pm. Bldg 4, 51 Wangjing Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6478 6163) www. 朝阳区望京北路51号院4号楼 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 age-appropriate 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 Peapod Baby A place to gather with other moms, dads, caregivers, and children that offers Kindermusik, Baby art classes, and playgroups for babies from newborn through age 4. Also offers dance for ages 2-6, and English classes from ages 3-13, as well as prenatal yoga. Class sizes are small, with a maximum of 8 students in a class and semesters range from 4 weeks to 16 weeks, depending on the class. Apt 209, Bldg 1, China Central Place Apartments, Chaoyang District. (150 1077 1929, 朝阳区朝阳区华贸1号楼209室 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 (first game), RMB 30 (additional games). Groups of six or more can rent the entire venue for RMB 1680/hour. Tue-Fri reservations only, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. B1, 316 Wangjing Xiyuan Sanqu, Chaoyang District. (6475 8329, 激光

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搏击, 朝阳区望京西园三区316号楼,地下一层 The Familier This two-level, indoor family centre provides age-appropriate and kid-family play rooms and classes for children of all ages. Includes an expanded soft play area for babies and toddlers and a full-service cafe with a Westerntrained chef and healthy menu options for the entire family. 2 hour: RMB 50 (1 adult, 1 child); all day: RMB 88 (1 adult, 1 child). Monday-Sunday 9am-8pm. Stall 0753, Tower A, Chaowai SOHO, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5869 2904, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街 乙6号朝外SohoA座0753

Playgroups & Activities DreamArts Center This center provides art, piano, ballet, modern dance, Pilates and yoga lessons. Adult and children classes are taught in English, Korean, and Mandarin. RMB 50-200/lesson. Daily 9am - 5pm. Classes are 10am - 9pm. A1905, Lead International Building, A2 Wangjing Zhonghuang Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8472 0257, 8472 0357) 筑梦艺术中心, 朝阳区望京中环 南路甲2号佳境天城A1905 Family Fun with Yuliya Offers a variety of classes and events for kids ages 0-14 years old and adults. Classes include Kindermusik, Salsa Babies, Zumba Fitness, Infant Massage Courses and special monthly events. Also hosts birthday parties. (136 2135 4114, Kexue Communications Provides science shows, workshops, parties and functions forchildren and adults. Apt 1262, Door 1, Bldg 1, 7Hao Yuan, Taiyanggong Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8415 5034, 134 3938 8329, 朝阳区太阳宫南街7号院1号 楼1单元26层1262 Kindermusic with Sarah Through the joy of music and age-appropriate activities, Kinder-

musik brings parents and children closer together while helping each child develop a lifelong love of music and learning. In a Kindermusik class, licensed educators lead a group of parents and their children through joyful activities, using music and movement. Join us to sing, dance and play your way to a brighter future for your child. Saturday classes with Sarah and Ruth are offered at the Canadian International School of Beijing. Call 8832 0818 ext 8803 and 139 1062 5893 for more info. ( http://www. Lego Education Department These lego programs are designed to help children of different ages to discover their creativity, develop problem solving ability and language skills. Classes are one hour long for 3-6 years, RMB 180; two hours long for ages 7-16, RMB 200. 207, Bldg 529, The Atlantic City’s Chamber , Nanhu Nan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6471 2077, 6471 7585) 乐高 工作室, 朝阳区南湖南路10号大西洋新城中心会所 二层207室(529号楼) Music Together of MiCho Education Offers weekly 45-minute classes for 0-6-year-old children and their parents or caregivers. Activities include songs, rhythm chants, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance oriented musical experiences - developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers. 1) 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, River Garden Villa, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (michoedu@yahoo.; 2) 2 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Jingda International Apartments, Chaoyang District. ( 1) 顺义区裕京花园, 顺义区后沙峪榆阳 路7号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门京达国际公寓 My Little Mozart Studio Comprehensive music program offering keyboard, violin, guitar, vocal and other instrumental lessons. Group and private classes taught by qualified and experienced teachers. Music and movement classes for ages 0-4. Curriculum focuses on providing a well balanced music education for every student. Harmony Road music course is offered at the studio.

Musical birthday parties can also be arranged. Room 108, Building 5, Lishui Jiayuan, Liulitun, Chaoyang District. (135 2256 3767, Kristinkoh@ www. 朝 阳区六里屯丽水嘉园5号楼108室

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

Water Parks Crab Island It’s no Ibiza, but it’s closer than Qingdao and the substantial fake beach boasts real, well-maintained sand and comes dotted with free sun umbrellas and chairs. When the wave pool gets turned on, families charge into the huge pool – the docile waves are best enjoyed while perched on an inner tube (RMB 10, RMB 50 deposit). When your kids get tired of the wave pool there are two sets of waterslides, an extremely lazy river, and a human-powered waterwheel that dumps buckets of water on eager heads. A shallow water play area draws in families with little kids. All in all, a pretty good day at the “beach”! Daily 8am-1am. 1 Xiedao Lu (take the Weigou exit off the Airport Expressway and follow the signs), Chaoyang District. (8433 5566/5588) 蟹岛绿色生态度假 村, 朝阳区蟹岛路1号

School Directory 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 3e International began in 2005 and has grown into an institution catering for 180 students from Nursery through to Grade 3, with a Grade 4 soon to come. The school aims to develop “critical thinkers and passionate learners who move confidently and fluidly across cultures”, through a research based curriculum developed especially for this education model. Classes are conducted in English and Chinese with half of every day devoted to each language. Within this inquiry based program a balance of child-initiated and teacher directed activity is provided to support children’s development across the entire curriculum. Age range: 2-9. Application Fee RMB 1, 600. Tuition fees: Full-day nursery RMB 98,000; Pre-K RMB 129,000; Kindergarten RMB 132,800; Elementary RMB 142,000 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 100, 3e国 际学校, 朝阳区将台西路9-1号 Asia-Pacific Experimental School of Beijing Normal University Asia-Pacific Experimental School of Beijing Normal University is located on the south bank of the Wenyu River on Litang Lu, to the north of the Olympic Village. It has both primary and middle schools and provides for both day school students and boarders. The campus covers 80,000 square meters and includes middle and primary school classroom buildings, laboratory building, science and technology building, library, gym, student residence halls, various types of special classrooms, counseling room, and electronic reading room. There are 51 classes, 1,600 students, more than 200 teaching staff. The school’s administration is managed by Beijing Normal University and the teaching staff by Beijing Xicheng District Educational Committee. Age range: 6-15 years. Tuition



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fees (2010-2011 academic year): Chinese nationals: Primary school boarder RMB 24,000/year, day student RMB 20,000/year; Middle school boarder RMB 33,000/year, day student RMB 27,000/year;Foreign nationals pay the same as Chinese nationals, plus RMB 6,000/year for management fees Dong San Qi, Changping District. (5109 4888, 6975 9602) http://www.yataischool. net/ 昌平区地铁5号线天通苑北站,换乘 643或537路,到北京太阳城站,路口向东直 走,穿过北京服装学院即到 Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) In its 17 years of existence BIBS has grown from one campus to three and from a kindergarten-only curriculum to a fullfledged K to grade 11 school with plans for grade 12 in the 2010-2011 school year. The school boasts a unique program that combines the best of Eastern and Western education philosophies to provide students a greater appreciation of the arts and humanities through the study and celebration of different countries, cultures and languages. The cross-cultural environment offers children greater cultural sensitivity and the ability to speak multiple languages. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Kindergarten: Application fee RMB 1,600 (one-off payment, non-refundable), Capital levy RMB 8,000 (one-off payment, non-refundable), RMB 62,000 (half day)-80,000 (full day)/year; Primary school: Application fee RMB 1,600 (one-off payment, non-refundable), Capital levy RMB 30,000 (oneoff payment, non-refundable); Reception RMB 100,000/year; Grades 1-6 RMB 135,000/year; Middle and high school: Application fee RMB 1,600, Capital levy RMB 30,000; Grades 7-12 RMB 135,000 1) 1/F, Bldg B, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu (at the 21st Century Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6466 9255,, office@bibs.,; 2) 38 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang District. (8456 6019,,,; 3) 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 7951,,, 青苗国际双语学校, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路40号 B座1层; 2) 朝阳区南十里居38号; 3) 朝阳 区东四环北路6号阳光上东二区 Beijing BISS International School With a diverse student body, Beijing BISS International School’s mission is to foster international relationships to educate and empower students to attain personal excellence and positively impact the world. BISS not only boasts a strong IB Diploma Program with strong academic results – graduates have been accepted to top universities like Harvard, Columbia and Stanford – it is a SAT Test Center, caters to children with learning needs, offers counseling, student enrichment programs, university searches and transition education services and orientation for Third Culture Kids and their parents. Age range: 4-17 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 18,000-23,000 (refundable); Registration RMB 3,800; Pre-K-kindergarten RMB 100,800; Grades 1-12 RMB 149,000-180,600; ESOL RMB 16,600 Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili (just off Beisanhuan), Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, cn 北京BISS国际学校, 朝阳区安贞西里四 区17号楼 Beijing City International School Located in Shuangjing, BCIS lives by its school motto: “Inspire, Achieve, Create.” This nonprofit, independent, co-educational day school accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) offers an international curriculum for Nursery to Grade 12 students under the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and is authorized to teach all three IB programs (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma). The campus culture is characterized by a “warm and inclusive nature” and an emphasis on rigorous academic enquiry through the extensive use of information technology in the classroom. Age range: Nursery through Grade 12. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 2,000; New Student fee RMB 5,000; Nursery RMB 104,980; Pre-K RMB 120,960; Kindergarten RMB 129,000; Grades 1-2 RMB

Directories 158, 600; Grades 3-5 RMB 160,600; Grades 6-8 RMB 167,800; Grades 9-10 RMB 174,680; Grades 11-12 RMB 185,600 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8771 7171, admissions@bcis. cn) 北京乐成国际学校, 朝阳区百 子湾南二路77号 Beijing Hantong Test Training School Hantong is an after-class school which offers IB, A-level, IGCSE, SAT tutoring in both English and Chinese, with the aim of improving students’ learning skills. The school provides one-to-one and small group classes. The school uses the same textbooks as the International Schools. Price range from RMB 150-550/hour Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat&Sun 9am-5pm. 1) D2065 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8599 7183,; 2) Rm 2611-2612,1 Blue Castle International Center, Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8599 7183, 1) 顺义区白辛庄嘉浩别墅2区D2065; 2) 朝 阳区蓝堡国际中心1座2611-2612室 Beijing Homeschoolers A support network, information source and social hub for families homeschooling their children. http://groups. Beijing No. 55 Middle School and High School Unlike other public schools in the city, No. 55 has an international student department specifically tailored to foreign students. High school classes are offered in Chinese (meant for students with no Chinese background) or English, and prepare students for the IB exam or China’s college entrance exam. Middle school classes are in Chinese only; a half-year of intensive Chinese training is available if needed. Ages: 11 to 17. Price range: RMB 28,000-44,600. 12 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (6416 9531) 北京第五十五中学, 东城 区新中街12号 Beijing Rego British School One of the newest schools in the city, Beijing Rego British School follows on the heels of two successful schools in Tianjin and Shanghai and caters to students from the surrounding Shunyi area with its array of educational facilities and age-appropriate resources on campus. Coursework is based on the UK national curriculum with the addition of Chinese Culture and Mandarin courses for all year groups. Rego places strong emphasis on close cooperation between parents, students and teachers and aims to create an educationally comfortable but truly challenging atmosphere for students to “be their best” and explore their talents and abilities to the fullest. Age range: 3 ½-18 years old. Tuition:Registration Fee RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 15,000; Reception Full Day RMB 123,500/year; Years 1-6 RMB 152,000/year; Years 7-9 RMB 161,500/year; Years 10-11 RMB 182,400/year; Years 12-13 RMB 191,900 1) (Admissions office) Rm C317 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465-4487 ext 107 or 134 3939 3342, sarah.; 2) 15 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu County, Shunyi District. (8416 7718, sarah. 北京瑞 金英国学校, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区亮马桥路50号 C317室; 2) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇丽苑街15号 Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School As the only K12 independent coeducational bilingual boarding and day school in Tongzhou District, Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School is housed in a 16 acre campus located in the Artists’ Village 20km east of the China World Trade Center (Guomao) and consists of a closed and secure garden community. Started as a private school in 1993, BSRPS is dedicated to offering students a well rounded education which leads to academic excellence and personal success. Over the years, it has integrated an American- curriculum from the lower to upper school, which has led to the formation of the American high school where students receive an “American-overseas education as they embrace the essence of Chinese culture and literature.” Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition Fees (2010-2011 school year room and board, all fees included): Kindergarten RMB 11,500/semester; 1-6 grades RMB 34,000/ semester; 7-9 grades RMB 35,500/semester South 1A, Xiaopu, Songzhuang,, Tongzhou Dis-


trict. (8085 6318 Bilingual, 8085 6787 Chinese, 北京市私立树人瑞贝学校, 通州区宋 庄镇小堡南甲一号 Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) A student-centered approach with an emphasis on academics and the arts. Now in its tenth year, Beijing World Youth Academy is an IB world school offering both English and Chinese programs for local and overseas students aged 9 to 18. BWYA values holistic education, inquiry-based learning and strives to offer students ample opportunity to develop as globally aware critical thinkers. The faculty hails from over 15 countries and allows for a favorable student-to-teacher ratio that creates a more personalized learning environment. BWYA emphasizes creativity and teamwork using a curriculum that incorporates standards from North America, Europe and Asia and the school has a strong track record of preparing students for both Chinese and overseas universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua, Fudan, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley and Stanford. Age range: 9-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Application fee RMB 1,600; Capital levy RMB 30,000 (one-time fee); Chinese Middle School Program (grades 7-9) RMB 50,000/year; Chinese High School Program (grades 10-12) RMB 54,000/year; International Primary (grades 4-5) RMB 90,000/year; IB MYP (grades 6-9) RMB 100,000/year; IB MYP (grade 10) / IB DP (grades 11-12) RMB 110,000/year; Chinese as an Additional Language intensive course RMB 25,000/semester; English as an Additional Language intensive course RMB 51,000/semester. 18 Huajiadi Beili, Chaoyang District. (6461 7787, 北京世 青国际学校, 朝阳区花家地北里18号

The Bridge School This established school offers adult’s classes as well as kid’s classes. For kid’s classes, the school also offers summer camps and winter camps which includes Chinese, Calligraphy, Painting, Music, Swimming, Tennis, Kungfu, Games, Theme trips. 1) Reviera Plaza: Rm 701 Furniture Building, Reviera Plaza, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8430 8068,; 2) Capital Paradise Club: 1/F, Capital Paradise Club, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6114,; 3) Rm 903, 9/F, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6503 5193,; 4) Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. 8013 Tongguang Tower 12 Nongzhanguan Nan Li, Chaoyang District. (6538 9422, info@bridgeschoolchina. com); 5) Rm 503, 5/F, Guangming Hotel, Liangmaquiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 7605, 桥学校, 1) 朝阳区来广营东路 古城7层701室; 2) 顺义区后沙峪名都园会 所1层; 3) 朝阳区光华路12号数码01大厦9层 903; 4) 朝阳区农展馆南里 12号 通广大厦 8013; 5) 朝阳区亮马桥路光明饭店5层503室 The British School of Beijing The British School of Beijing provides a traditional education based on the English National Curriculum and prepares pupils for GCSE and A Levels. The school is part of the Nord Anglia family of British-style international schools and its educational approach arises out of the best practices found in British schools around the world, emphasizing high academic results and mutual respect. The diverse academic and extra-curricular program is designed to challenge

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students to excel in music, arts and sport and allow them to develop and mature into young adults equipped with the qualifications and skills to enter universities worldwide. Age range: 1-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Pre-Nursery RMB 87,419-131,140Nursery RMB 131,140; Reception RMB 141,450; Years 1-2 RMB 157,436; Year 3 RMB 168,072; Years 4-6 RMB 170,572Years 7-9 RMB 185,611; Years 10-11 RMB 191,264; Years 12-13 RMB 200,490 1) 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8532 5320,; 2) South Side, 9 Anhua Lu, Shunyi District. (8047 3588,; 3) 5 Sanlitun Xiliujie, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088, 北京英国学校, 1) 朝阳区三里 屯北小街7号; 2) 顺义区安华路9号南院; 3) 朝阳区三里屯西六街5号 Canadian International School of Beijing Opened in September 2006, CISB offers a Canadian-Style curriculum for Grade 1 to 12 students and a Montessori Preschool. CISB is also an International Baccalaureate World School authorized to provide the IB Diploma Programme at High School level. The student body currently represents over 50 nationalities. Non-native English-speaking students will have their language abilities assessed, and be given ESL support according to their results. Chinese and French are offered as additional languages (Korean as well in High School). Member of ACAMIS and UNESCO, CISB features 90 classrooms equipped with the SmartBoard System, seven computer labs, a 500-seat theatre, two large gymnasiums, a 25-meter swimming pool and a dance studio. Grades: Preschool to G12. Price range: 59,900 – 169,600 RMB (RMB 1,600 application fee and 4,300-6,300 ESL fee). 38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, 北京加拿大国际 学校, 朝阳区亮马桥路38号 Care for Children School CfCS is the only Special Needs School for foreign families in Beijing. They work closely with the international school community to provide educational and



therapeutic support to staff and families for students with mild to severe impairments and learning differences. Drawing upon the vast expertise of their staff of certified educators and therapists, they have designed individualized programs within the school in addition to successful dual programs with other mainstream international schools. A high teacher/student ratio gives students access to specialized and individual academic support, and provides an environment in which students can work and achieve at their maximum potential. Age range: 2-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year):Application fee (non-refundable fee covers assessment by panel of therapists) RMB 7,500; Development fee (one time only) RMB 15,000; Full day RMB 160,000; Half Day RMB 105,000 Unit 101, River Garden, 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8470 2735, principal@careforchildrenservices. com) 顺义区顺义区后 沙峪榆阳路7号裕京花园101室 Daystar Academy Daystar Academy, a Kindergarten-Grade 6 school, offers a balance of Montessori-based English education and the Chinese National Curriculum – students spend half of their day in each language environment. The curriculum also focuses on establishing students’ good habits and supports the development of the child through the progressive “Virtues in Us” character education program which emphasizes nobility of character and service to humanity. This innovative approach brings together two cultures and combines the strongest attributes of both Western and Eastern teaching methodologies. Age range: 3-12years old. Tuition Fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Kindergarten RMB 86,000; Registration RMB 2,000 (one time fee); Elementary RMB 92,000; Registration RMB 3,000 (one-time fee) 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8610 2654,, 启明星双语学校, 朝阳 区顺白路2号 Dulwich College Beijing Dulwich College Beijing is a British International school offering a curriculum based upon the English National Curriculum up to Year 9, IGCSE courses for students

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in Years 10 and 11, and the full International Baccalaureate Diploma for our senior students in Years 12 and 13. Our curriculum is suitaby adapted to reflect the needs of students in an international school and extends well beyond the formal classroom with a strong empasis on the development of the individual. Dulwich College Beijing is affliated with Dulwich College London and also is a sister school to Dulwich College’s in Shanghai, Suzhou and Seoul. Ages: 12 months – 18 years. Application Fee: RMB 2000 – nonrefundable; Placement Deposit: RMB 18,000 – refundable subjuect to terms and conditions; Toddler 1 (Half Day) 2/3/5 days a week: RMB 27,200/38.500/60,500; Toddler 2 (Half Day): RMB 87,100; Nursery /Reception: RMB 132,400; Years 1-2: RMB 153,400; Years 3-6: RMB 171,600; Years 7-9: RMB181,200; Years 10-11: RMB192,600; Years 12-13: RMB200,200 1) Riviera Main Campus: Beijing Riviera, 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676,; 2) Legend Garden Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Shunyi District. (6454 9000,; 3) Legend Early Years Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Shunyi District. (6454 9000, www. 北京德威英国国际学校, 1) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号香江花园; 2) 顺 义区机场路89号丽京花园; 3) 顺义区机场路 89号丽京花园 Eduwings Kindergarten The culmination of two former schools, Der Kingergarten and Jin Yi Kingergarten, Eduwings Kindergarten is divided into English/Chinese and German departments that are each split into three age groups (2-3, 3-4, 5-6 years) and one infant group (2 years and under). All of the lead and language teachers are native-speakers and educate children individually following the school’s philosophy: “Every child needs to have roots and wings – roots to know where they are from and wings to explore the world.” Eduwings also offers Montessori education, swimming, music and art activities, a library, climbing facilities, as well as an outdoor playground and yard. All

afternoon activities are included in the tuition fee. Age range: 2-6 (infant group for under 2 years old). Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Half-day RMB 52,000; Full-day RMB 72,000 (afternoon activities and lunch included in the tuition fee) Merlin Champagne Town, 6 Liyuan Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8384, http://www. 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街6号美 林香槟小镇 Etonkids Bilingual Kindergarten Part of the Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens’ division of the Etonkids international education group, the Central Park campus features a bilingual Montessori program designed to develop “independence, initiative and creativity.” The school caters to children from 1 to 6 years of age and are divided into nursery school (18 months-3 years) and “Casa” (a.k.a. “Early Childhood Community,” 3-6 years) divisions with lessons promoting intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth (nursery) as well as coursework in language arts, mathematics, everyday living skills, sensory awareness exercises and culture (Casa stage). Check the website for additional EtonKids Bilingual Park Campuses. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year):Monthly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) 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) Eastern Provence Campus, Eastern Provence, 88 Dingsi Lu, Beiqijia, Changping District. (8176 0828, cpadmin@etonkids. com); 2) Dawang Lu Peking House Campus, 20 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 6779,; 3) Arcadia Campus, Block 1, Arcadia villas, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8047 2983,; 4) Palm Springs Campus, Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Park Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 8967,; 5) Datunli Campus, Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8480 5538,; 6) Olympic Village Campus, Southwest Corner of Beichen Xilu and Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District.

*listings in orange are new to Directories (8437 1006,; 7) Midtown Campus, Guangqujia Yuan, Bldg 21, Guangqumenwai, Chongwen District. (6749 5008,; 8) Central Park Campus, Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. ((6533 6620/6931, 伊 顿双语幼儿园, 1) 昌平区北七家镇定泗路 88号; 2) 朝阳区西大望路甲20号首府社区 里; 3) 顺义区后沙峪罗马环岛北侧天北路, 阿凯笛亚庄园1座; 4) 朝阳区朝阳公园南 路8号棕榈泉国际公寓; 5) 朝阳区科荟路大 屯里社区; 6) 朝阳区北辰西路与科荟路交 汇处西南角; 7) 崇文区广渠门外广渠家园 21号楼; 8) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国 际19号楼 Etonkids International Kindergarten CBD Global Trade Mansion Etonkids International Kindergarten is one of the oldest schools in Beijing’s Etonkids franchise (a nationwide educational group). The school provides a community-centered 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) Lido Campus:Rm C103 Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jiangtailu, Chaoyang District. (; 2) 3/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805, 伊顿国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区蒋台路机场路 丽都广场; 2) 朝阳区光华路世贸国际公寓 D座3层 The Family Learning House Recognized

as a model kindergarten by the Chaoyang Ministry of Education, The Family Learning House is a virtues-based, bilingual pre-school dedicated to “acquiring knowledge and good character for the purpose of serving humanity.” In addition to its “Virtues in Us” character education program, the school aims to provide an academically stimulating Montessori and Chinese curriculum. The Jianwai Soho campus includes a petting farm, organic produce and a child directed recycling program, and the curriculum places strong emphasis on art and music and includes daily piano lessons for all 4 1/2 and 5-year-old children. Students also participate in monthly educational outings, community service projects and multicultural celebrations. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Full Day Session – RMB 69,500/year; Half Day Session (under 4 years old) – RMB 46,500/year Beside Bldg 14, Jianwai SOHO West Area,39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7540 ext 800, 家育苑, 朝阳 区东三环中路39号 建外SOHO西区14号楼旁 Ganeinu International School Follows a Montessori curriculum and aims to “provide a warm, secure, Jewish environment where children can feel comfortable exploring and learning.” Coursework consists of math, sensorial, language, art and music, geography, Jewish studies and special events. Nursery, kindergarten and elementary classes available. Tuition ranges from RMB 66,000-130,000 a year. Bus and lunch service available. 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 8238) http://www.ganeinubeijing. com 朝阳区朝阳区霄云路18号 German Embassy School German Embassy School is a very agreeable place with a pleasant atmosphere. German Embassy School gives students an exceptional individual support and guide them to manifest their talents. € 7200-7800/ year 7.55 am-5.15 pm. 49A Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 2535, info. 朝 阳区亮马桥路甲49号

Directories Happy Baby Kindergarten At two separate campuses, Happy Baby offers a Montessori-style curriculum delivered predominantly in Chinese. English classes are provided several times a week. Facilities include playgrounds, a library, and piano, reading, birthday and computer rooms. Currently, around half the students are international students. Special classes for children under 2 accompanied by a parent are offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Note: Enrollment is full for 2009-10 academic year. Ages: 2.5 to 5. Price range: RMB 36,000 (RMB 450 transportation fee). 1) 23 Yiyuan Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6498 1518); 2) 22 Zhongli Xibahe, Chaoyang District. (6462 0449 ext 806) 至尊宝宝幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里逸园23号楼; 2) 朝阳区西坝河中里22号楼 Harrow International School Beijing Harrow International School Beijing prides itself on high academic standards that are maintained within a close-knit school community. Harrow is one of the smaller international schools; each student is assigned a personal tutor who looks after their overall welfare and serves as a liaison between the school and home. High academic standards and leadership skills are promoted school-wide, with a range of enrichment activities to help students develop teamwork and creative thinking skills, as well as independence and responsibility. The school is divided into different sections with specialist teachers teaching each subject from the Prep Phase (Years 5 to 7) onwards. There is a wide range of outdoor pursuits available to students, including a small school garden where younger children learn to grow their own vegetables. Other highlights include, top-notch learning facilities, talented choirs, the annual “Expeditions Week ” with visits to overseas countries, and regular exchanges with Harrow Bangkok and Harrow UK. Students graduating from Harrow Beijing have won places at a range of universities across the world including Oxford, London School of Economics, Bayreuth Law Faculty, Cornell, Australia National University. Age range: 3-18


years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Pre-School RMB 101,700; Reception (4-5 years) RMB 129,800; Years 1-2 RMB 147,100; Years 3-6 RMB 153,600; Years 7-9 RMB 168,700; Years 10-11 RMB 175,200; Years 12 -13 RMB 188,300 1) Grassetown, Zhengequ Village, Xuxin Zhuang, Tongzhou District. (6444 8900,; 2) 5 Anzhen Xili, Block 4, Chaoyang District. (6444 8900, www.harrowbeijing. cn 北京哈罗英国学校, 1) 通州区徐新庄镇 葛渠村格拉斯小镇; 2) 朝阳区安贞西里四 区5号

House of Knowledge International Kindergarten House of Knowledge (HoK) boasts its own unique curriculum that includes aspects of the Montessori and Reggio Emilia programs, with special emphasis placed on the latter approach. Students are treated as competent learners with boundless potential, who are capable of infinite discovery. With this in mind, the curriculum trains them to acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn.” Age range: 10 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 5,000-15,000 (refundable according to withdraw policy); RMB 53,500-122,800 (depending on choice of

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program and campus) 1) Chaoyang Park Campus, Victoria Gardens, 15 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 (English, German, Mandarin),; 2) Liyuan Campus, East Gate of Liyuan Compound, Maquanying Street, Shunyi District. (6434 0088 (English, Chinese and German),; 3) Administrative Office, C511, Lufthansa Centre, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 or 6538 2624, 1) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路15号维多利亚花园公 寓; 2) 顺义区香江北路丽苑小区东门A11; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心C511 Huijia Kindergarten Part of a nationwide chain, Huijia Kindergarten has 17 campuses and early childhood centers around Beijing. The curriculum combines advanced international educational ideas, modern teaching methods and Chinese traditional culture and focuses on nurturing children to become international citizens. The coursework, which emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, is designed to help students become “lifelong learners” and take responsibility for themselves, their studies others.Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Huijia Central Park Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Tuition for other centers vary from RMB 25,000-72,000/year (contact school administration for details) 1) Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center. Longwan Business Street, Yuyuan Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8042 2245,; 2) Huijia Central Park Experimental Early Childhood Education Center. Bldg 24, Central Park Apartments, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9358, www. 汇佳幼儿园, 1) 顺义区汇佳龙 湾体验式早教中心. 顺义区后沙峪镇裕园路 龙湾商业街; 2) 朝阳区汇佳新城国际体验 式早教中心.朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国际公 寓24号楼



International Academy of Beijing A nurturing school community equipping students to make a positive difference in the world by challenging them to seek truth, acquire wisdom and pursue academic excellence. Founded in 1999 IAB offers an American curriculum from K through to G12. PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP exams provide students the opportunity to be well positioned for college entry. IAB is accredited by ACSI, WASC and NCCT. Age range: 5-18 years old. Tuition fees (2011-2012 Academic Year): One-time non-refundable application fee RMB1,700; Kindergarten RMB84,000 (RMB21,000 capital fee); Grade 1-5 RMB117,600 (RMB29,400 capital fee); Grade 6-8 RMB126,000 (RMB31,500 capital fee); Grade 9-10 RMB134,400 (RMB33,600 capital fee); Grade 11 RMB142,400 (RMB35,600 capital fee); Grade 12 RMB145,000 (RMB36,000 capital fee); 1) Elementary School Campus and Admissions Office: Lido Office Tower 3, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6430 1600,; 2) Middle School/High School Campus: Olympic Forest Park East, 2 Yangshan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8493 8680, www. IAB国际学校, 1) 朝阳区将台路 6号丽都广场丽都3号办公楼; 2) 朝阳区仰山 路2号奥林匹克公园东侧 The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) MSB has been serving expatriate children, from pre-school to elementary, for 20 years and is an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society (AMS), which upholds the MACTE Montessori educational standards on an international level. The school is affiliated with the International Montessori Teaching Institute which provides continual professional training and development to all MSB lead teachers and assistant teachers. Today MSB is comprised of four campuses – two in Shunyi (River Garden and Champagne Cove) – and two located very close to the Beijing Riviera, Grand Hills, Quanfa and Lane Bridge housing compounds. The new Riviera campus will house the Reception and Elementary classrooms up to Grade 6. Age range: 1-12. Tuition

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fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 1,600 (application fee credited towards school fees); 3 Day Toddler (Age: 1) RMB 38,000; 5 Day Toddler (Age: 1) RMB 60,000; Morning Nursery (Age: 2) RMB 85,000; Full Day Nursery (Age: 2) RMB 126,000; Morning Kindergarten (Age: 3 and 4) RMB 88,000; Full Day Kindergarten (Age: 3 and 4) RMB 130,000; Reception (Age: 5) RMB 146,000; Elementary (Age: 6 to 12) RMB 152,000. 1) Riviera Campus,Bldg 8, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu (Opening in Aug 2011), Chaoyang District. (6432 8228,; 2) River Garden Campus, Houshayu, Baixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8046 3935, schooloffice@msb.; 3) Cherry Tree Lane Campus, Xiangjiang Beilu, 18 Maquanying Lu, Shunyi District. (6432 8228,; 4) Champagne Cove Campus, 2 Shunfu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8945 2591, www. 北京蒙台梭利国际学校, 1) 朝阳 区香江校园,香江北路甲2号院8号楼(2011年 八月开放); 2) 顺义区裕京花园校园, 后沙 峪白辛庄; 3) 顺义区樱桃园校区,香江北 路马泉营18号; 4) 朝阳区金碧湖畔校区, 顺福路2号 The International School of Beijing (ISB) The International School of Beijing (ISB) traces its roots back to the early 1970s when a small foreign school was established by the United States Liaison Office, the precursor to the US Embassy, and was little more than a simple “classroom that was wedged into a hallway in a diplomatic apartment compound in Sanlitun.” In the 1980s the school was merged with the schools of the British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand embassies and was eventually moved to its present-day 50,000sqm purposebuilt facility near Capital Paradise in Shunyi. Over the years ISB has gained an international reputation for its solid academic programs (it was the first school in Beijing to offer the full IB Diploma), comprehensive facilities and full curriculum catering to all age levels. Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): EC3 (half day) RMB 65,490 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); EC4 (full day) RMB 119,690 (RMB 10,970

capital fee); Kindergarten RMB 140,330 (RMB 13,180 capital fee); Grades 1–5 RMB 140,330 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 6–8 RMB 150,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 9-12 RMB 165,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee) 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (8149 3245, admissions@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 environment with a “specialized focus on the customized development of every child” based on Harvard Professor Dr Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory and a convenient Dongzhimen area location. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 8,000 (non-refundable, to be credited toward tuition); Registration fee RMB 800; Half-day RMB 86,000; Full day RMB 127,900 Suite C101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380, 艾 毅幼儿园, 东城区东直门外大街35号东湖别 墅C101室 Ivy Bilingual School Like its sister school Ivy Academy, Ivy Bilingual School (IBS) enrolls children from two to six years of age and offers a curriculum designed in the spirit of the Multiple Intelligences theory. The goal of Ivy Bilingual School is to provide children with the most current research-based practices coupled with the knowledge of the unique Chinese culture. Children graduating from IBS are comfortable speaking in both English and Chinese. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 800; Deposit RMB 6,000 (non-refundable, credited toward tuition); RMB 42,600–57,000/year (Ocean Express Campus); RMB 39,000–52,400 per year (Orchid Garden Campus) 1) Orchid Garden Campus, 18 Xinjin Lu, Cui Ge Xiang (Airport Expressway, Beigao Exit), Chaoyang

*listings in orange are new to Directories District. (8439 7080, info-OE@ivyschools. com (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)); 2) Ocean Express Campus, Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Kempinski), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287, (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)) www.ivyschools. com 艾毅双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区崔各乡新锦 路18号卓锦万代小区内; 2) 朝阳区东三环北 路2号远洋新干线E座 K12 International Academy Asia Targeted at home schoolers, this company offers online home schooling materials and a “professional team” of teachers, counselors and advisers to work with your child on an individualized learning plan. KEer Apple International Kindergarten (Pingod) Monthly tuition starts at RMB 3,500, with a RMB 5,000 deposit and initial payment of RMB 10,000. Offers some English instruction and limited Montessori curriculum in the afternoons (with an “international” section) and open year round. Baiziwan Nan Er Lu (next to BCIS), Chaoyang District. (5876 9605, http://www.keereducation. com/fen12/Default.asp 苹果幼儿园 KinStar Bilingual School KinStar International Bilingual School was founded by KinStar Education Organization. KinStar provides local and international communities with affordable, high quality English/Chinese bilingual education and a balanced Eastern/Western cultural environment. Both ESL and Chinese support classes are also available. Located in the middle of Shunyi’s villa area, KinStar School includes a kindergarten, elementary and middle school campus located next to a spacious park. The school building includes music, art and dance studios, science labs, a spacious library, a running track, a tennis court, an indoor gymnasium and a basketball field. Grades: Pre-K to 7. Price range: RMB 55,000-100,000 (plus RMB 1,600 registration fee and RMB 5,000-10,000 capital levy). Kindergarten and Elementary School: 5 Yumin Road, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8041 0390) 海嘉双 语国际学校, 顺义区后沙峪裕民大街5号 The Learning Center The Learning Center opened in 2004 to meet the specific educational needs of local and expatriate students in Beijing. They aim to address the individual challenges of students by offering a nurturing environment, small classes or 1:1 tutoring, and experienced, specialized teachers who design tailor-made programs for each child. By helping them realize their academic potential, The Learning Center cultivate not only students’ skills, but also their confidence and self-esteem. The Learning Center has worked with more than 1,000 local and expatriate students in the Shunyi and Haidian areas. As the only professional tutoring service in Beijing, they pride themselves on offering a nurturing environment in which students of all ages and levels can find the support they need in the subjects they need. Subjects for students ages 5 to 18. Parenting programs are also available, including adult education and child development workshops. TLC tutors are native English speaking professional educators with an understanding of the international school curricula across Beijing. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 9.30am-4.30pm. 1) 1/F, West Wing, Wenjin International Hotel, Haidian District, Haidian District. (6265 1920,; 2) 2108 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8046 3886, registration@learningcenter. 1) 海淀区海 淀TLC,文津国际酒店西侧一层; 2) 顺义区后 沙峪西白辛庄嘉浩别墅2108号 Lycée Français International de Pékin (The French School) The LFIP is administered in accordance with the guidelines established by the French Ministry of Education. Classes are taught in French, but nonFrench-speaking children are admitted into the kindergarten (which is on a separate campus), and the elementary school. This school has full sports and extracurricular programs. Ages: 2 to 18. Price range: EUR 5,580-10,010 (French children), EUR 6,390-11,430 (non-French children).



1) Primary and Secondary School: 13 Sanlitun Dongsijie, Chaoyang District. (6532 3498); 2) Kindergarten: 4 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 7881) 1) 朝阳区 三里屯东四街13号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路4号 Mammolina Children’s Home-Montessori Kindergarten Located next to the Beijing Riviera compound, Mammolina Children’s Home opened in 2005 and offers a strictly Montessori style education to children from 1 to 7 years old. Classes are taught in English and Chinese in “uniquely integrated, open-space classrooms where children learn and thrive following their own natural needs and rhythm, and each child’s progress is monitored individually.” Mammolina touts its one-on-one assistance and detailed record keeping system that allows detailed tailored focus on each child’s interests and progress, as well as its “spacious, carefully prepared child-sized environments,” high safety and hygiene standards. Age range: 1-7 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): 1-3 years - RMB 96,000 (half day)-124,000 (full day)/year; 3-6 years - RMB 100,200 (half day)134,000 (full day)/year 36 Maquanying Siqu , Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 5128, 三为园蒙德梭利托幼中心, 朝阳区香江北路 马泉营四区36号 Mandarin Connections Improve your spoken or business Chinese. Also holds HSK & BCT preparation courses. Classes also available for kids and teenagers. 1) D2065 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8599 7183,; 2) 26/F, Rm 11-12, 1 Blue Castle International Center, Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8599 7183, 1) 顺义区白辛庄嘉浩别墅2区 D2065; 2) 朝阳区西大望路3号院蓝堡国际中 心1座2611-2612室 Muffy’s Education Founded in 2003, Muffy’s Education provides child-centered English immersion kindergartens, after school and camp programs to teach students “Knowledge Through English”. Using English as the medium for learning, students receive a high quality education and a strong foundation of English skills. Muffy’s has an educational program that includes all core subjects in an English immersion environment. Educators use a variety of teaching methods to help each student with their unique learning needs. Muffy’s also use internationally known curriculum from the University of Chicago, Columbia Teachers College and Pearson Education. Muffy’s teachers are from Canada, United States, England and Australia. Before students enroll, assessment and placement will be aranged. Ages:2-6 1) Shijicheng Location (Opening in Aug): 5/F, Bldg B, Huibo Dasha, Landianchang Lu, Haidian District.; 2) Wangjing Location: East gate of Beixiaohe Gongyuan, Wangjing Xilu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Xiangshan Location: Xiangshan Qingqin, Mentou Cun, Sijiqing Town, Haidian District.; 4) Wanquan Location: 1/F, Legacy Home Community Center, Wanliu Dong Lu, Haidian District. 儿童英语之 家, 1) 海淀区蓝靛厂路(人大附小对面)汇 博大厦西侧5层; 2) 朝阳区望京北小河公园 东门; 3) 海淀区香山清琴别墅儿童会所; 4) 海淀区万柳东路万泉新新家园14号楼A区万泉 新新俱乐部一层 New Garden International Kindergarten Located in Fulicheng just south of the China World Trade Center, New Garden International Kindergarten has both Chinese and native English-speaking teachers on staff and a fun-based, enriching curriculum that will enable your child to flourish in both Chinese and Western education systems. Equipped with a children’s kitchen, library, inside and outside play areas, the school offers a warm and peaceful child-centered environment for students to develop and learn. New Garden accepts children from the ages of 2-6, with extracurricular classes available for children up to 12. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): RMB 33,600/year (for all children from ages 2-6) Bldg 61, Area D,Fulicheng (north of Shuangjing Qiao), Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5876 1319, 新园双语幼儿园,

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Schools 朝阳区富力城新园双语幼儿园,东三环双井 桥北富力城D区西门 Pakistan Embassy College This embassy-run school offers two types of curricula: the Pakistan national curriculum, and an English curriculum associated with London University that offers GCSE and A-level qualifications. Both curricula are taught in English, but a number of ESOL students are accepted, and remedial English classes are provided. Chinese language classes are mandatory for all except senior-level students. An enrollment of 400 students from more than 40 different countries makes for an excellent student-teacher ratio and a diverse student body. School facilities include science, computer and language laboratories, and a gymnasium and indoor basketball court. Ages: 4 to 18. Price range: USD 250-600/month 1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6532 1905) 朝阳区三里屯东直门外大街1号 Pentagram Chinese Kids learn Chinese in a fun environment. Classes start at the beginning of each month. And are available in two age groups, 5-7 and 8-10 years old. Spoken Chinese and business Chinese courses are also offered. Rm 301, Rui Chen International Center, 13 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6500 5755) 朝阳区朝阳 农展馆南路13号瑞辰国际中心301室 Positive Foundations School Highly experienced teachers provide education that stresses the importance of self-development and life skills as well as the academic fundamentals that provide the foundation for further education and cognitive development. All classes are taught by foreign teachers in their native English, with the option of a Chinese class in the afternoon. Offers Nursery and Kindergarten, with both full and half-day Montessori-based curriculum. Application fee: RMB 1,000. Tuition fees: RMB 46,800-105,000. 3006 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 6302, 顺义区北京市顺义区后沙峪西白 幸庄嘉浩别墅城3006栋 Renda Middle School and High School The combined middle school and high school attached to Renmin University, Renda Fuzhong is known in Chinese circles for its high standards and gaokao results. The school’s language of instruction is Chinese, and it offers A-level qualifications. International students take a Chinese assessment exam that determines whether they are placed directly into regular classes with Chinese students or into an intensive Chinese program. A total of 4,000 students attend this large school, of which approximately 180 are international students. Ages: 12 to 16. Price range: RMB 50,000 (standard program), RMB 21,800/semester (intensive Chinese program). 37 Zhonguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6251 3962/2094) 人大附 中, 海淀区中关村大街37号 Ritan School This public school has four separate divisions open to international students: an elementary school, two middle schools and a high school. A bilingual program is offered at the elementary school, but the middle and high school divisions follow the Chinese national curriculum and instruction is in Chinese only. In addition to academics, students participate in a range of electives and extracurricular activities, including the celebrated school band. Grades: 1 to 12. Price range: RMB 17,000-36,800. 1) High School: 4 Guanghua Xili, Chaoyang District. (6503 1815); 2) Middle School: Inside Beijing No. 80 Middle School, 2 Baijiazhuang Xili, Chaoyang District. (6500 4609); 3) High School (senior year only): 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu (south of Tsinghua University’s Central Academy of Fine Arts), Chaoyang District. (6581 4083); 4) Elementary and Middle School: 38 Nanshiliju (south of Jiuxian Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6438 2945) 北京日坛中学, 1) 朝 阳区光华西里4号; 2) 朝阳区白家庄西里2号 白家庄中学里面; 3) 朝阳区东三环北路36号 清华大学美术学院南; 4) 朝阳区南十里居 38号(酒仙桥南) Ritz Calilord Academy Ritz Calilord Academy has two campuses throughout Beijing.



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Each campus is designed as an experimental kindergarten under China’s National Educational Project, following the principles of order, cleanliness and beauty. We are true to the children’snatural-growth principle, learning initiatives and self-confidence, simultaneously creating a safe atmosphere full of respect and happiness. Understanding the real needs of children, by providing suitable guidance and support to a life natural growth, we help children to build up good habits and the ability of an integrated personality with emotion quotient development (EQ), also to inspire them passion for excellence in order to achieve their inner self-satisfaction. Tuition: RMB 66,000/School Year 1) 8am-5pm. Modern House, 58 Fuqian Yijie, Shunyi District. (5810 1708); 2) 1-10, Bishui Zhuangyuan, Shahe, Changping District. (8070 4298/8070 4297) 丽思嘉洛德幼 儿园, 1) 顺义区府前一街58号水木兰亭; 2) 昌平区沙河碧水庄园1-10 Sanlitun Kindergarten This local kindergarten enrolls international students. Instruction is in Chinese and the school places a strong focus on physical exercise. Special classes for children ages 2.5 and accompanied by a parent are offered every week; the standard kindergarten program runs daily. Ages: 2 to 6. Price Range: RMB 500-1000/month (children under 3), RMB 5000-10,000 (plus RMB 450/month childcare fee) (children ages 3-6). 3 Jiqingli, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6551 0877) 三里屯幼 儿园, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街吉庆里3号 Side by Side Side by Side is a wholly foreign owned and run center providing support for children with special needs and learning difficulties. They offer special education and learning support as well as special needs support such as social skills, music therapy and vocational training opportunities. Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District. (8046 3858, 顺义区后沙浴,名都园3336, 顺 义区 Sino Bright School (Beijing No. 25 Middle School) Located on the grounds of Beijing No. 25 Middle School, SBS offers a curriculum taken from British Columbia, Canada, and taught by B.C.-certified teachers, with the aim of preparing students for higher education in Canada or other Western countries. Founded in 2005, the school previously focused on Chinese students but is now enrolling international students. The school’s language of instruction is English, but Chinese language classes are offered. Grades: 7-12. Price: RMB 69,000 (plus RMB 4,000 for boarding students). 55 Dengshikou Dajie (at Beijing No. 25 Middle School), Dongcheng District. (65537171) www.schoolbj. com 中加高中学校, 东城区灯市口大街55号 (在北京第二十五中学内) Springboard International Bilingual School Opening in August 2011, Springboard will offer international and Chinese primary school students the best of an East meets West education. Foreign trained teachers combine elements from the UK, US and Canadian education systems together with daily Chinese-language maths classes and Chinese-language lessons. The Chinese curriculum was designed together with professors from Beijing Normal University. Springboard also offers ESL courses and a range of after school activities. Boasting modern facilities, students have access to specialist art and music rooms, as well as expansive outdoor areas. Following their time at Springboard, students are able to progress to either a Chinese or international middle school. 15 Gucheng Duan, Huosha Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 0307/2460/2450, cn) 顺义区后沙峪镇火沙路 古城段15号 St. Cyril & Methodius (Bulgarian School of Beijing) Established in 2003, this school is a great place for Bulgarian kids of all ages and backgrounds to get together and learn more about Bulgaria. Lessons are offered in Bulgarian language, history, customs & crafts. Classes are held every Monday and Tuesday from 4.30-6pm. For more information contact Mira Yanishevskaya (139 1059 4131, or Teodora Lazarova (150

Directories 6623 5580). Bulgarian Embassy Library, 4 Xiushui Beijie, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区秀水北街4号匈牙利大使馆 St. Paul American School (SPAS) St. Paul American School (SPAS) is a member of the Nacel International School Systems with its headquarter school located in St. Paul, Minnesota and consists of a middle and high preparatory school offering a dual language diploma in English and Chinese. It incorporates an American curriculum that includes AP courses taught by certified American staff, as well as Chinese language, physical education and music courses. SPAS is a residential campus that is attached to the second high school connected to Beijing Normal University and shares with it a picturesque campus with an activity field, track, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, pool, and more. Age range: 13-19 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year, prices available in USD only): Enrollment Fee USD 100; Entrance Fee USD 850; Tuition for 2010-2011 USD 11,000 18 Guan’aoyuan, Qinghe, Haidian District. (8070 3420) www.stpaulschool. cn 北京师范大学第二附属中学, 海淀区清河 宝胜里观澳园18号 Sunny Kids Garden International Kindergarten (SKG) SKG offers bilingual nursery, kindergarten and pre-school classes based on the internationally recognized HighScope teaching approach. Professionally trained, highly experienced and dedicated foreign and Chinese teachers all have over five years international teaching experience. Warm, nurturing and creative environment in which children can experience a range of different activities including art, science, music, drama, dancing, cooking, physical education and much more. Modern, state-of-the-art facilities and toys, spacious classrooms spread over 3 levels and large garden/playground area. Nursery classes for children aged 19 months to 3 years, kindergarten classes for children 5-6 years of age and pre-school classes for children 3-5 years of age. SKG also offers facilities for children events, including birthday parties. 103, Bldg 302, Xiangsong Nanhu Xiyuan, Nanhuqu Xilu, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8476 5353 or 138 1070 7354, 北京阳光童馨国际幼儿园, 朝阳区望京南湖 渠西路香颂南湖西园302楼103号 The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten Beijing’s first Montessori Kindergarten, The Children’s House opened its China World Trade Center campus in 1992 and has since established schools at the Lufthansa Center, Yosemite Villas in Shunyi and in Yayuncun’s Yayunxinxin Gardens. Today the franchise serves over 300 international students in its four campuses, which are characterized by their small, friendly down-home atmospheres, English only and bilingual curriculums that adhere to the world-renowned Montessori system. Age range: 0-6 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): Nursery/ Pre-Primary (1-3 years) 37,000 RMB (8.30-11.30am course), RMB 46,500 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 27,000 (1-3.20pm), RMB 57,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Primary (3-6 years) 40,000 RMB (8.30-11.30am course), RMB 49,000 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 32,500 (1-3.20pm), RMB 61,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Primary Reception Class (4.5-6 years) RMB 63,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Bilingual (3-6 years, Kempinski and Yosemite only) 27,000 RMB (8.30-11.30am course), RMB 30,000 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 43,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Bilingual Reception Class (4.5-6 years, Kempinski and Yosemite only) RMB 48,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm) 1) Unit S114, Lufthansa Center Tower, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1305/3388 ext 4477); 2) C Area Clubhouse, Yosemite Villa 4 YuYang Rode, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (8041 7083); 3) Yayunxin Jiayuan, 1 Xindian Lu, Chaoyang District. (5202 0293); 4) Level 1 North Lodge, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 3869/2288 ext 81299) www.montessoribeijing. com 巧智博仁国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥 路50号燕莎中心大厦S114单元; 2) 顺义区后 沙峪镇榆阳路4号; 3) 朝阳区辛店路1号亚运 新新家园社区; 4) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号 国贸北公寓一层


The Children’s House Montessori Kindergarten Established in 1991, The Children’s House offers baby group, nursery, preschool and kindergarten programs taught in English by certified Montessori teachers. In addition, the Lufthansa Center campus, Yosemite campus and the new Yayuxin campus offer a bilingual program. Extracurricular activities offered include Chinese, piano, ballet, music, kung fu, swimming,ice skating, cooking, English as an additional language, arts and crafts, art and music appreciation and culture classes. Mathematics and English Reception Classes, intended to secure the fundamentals of numbers, reading and writing before primary school, are offered to students ages 4 and up. Ages: 0 to 6. Price range: RMB 23,000-60,000 (plus RMB 1,600 registration fee). 1) Yosemite Villas, 4 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8041 7083); 2) Unit 114, Lufthansa Center Tower, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1305); 3) 1/F, North Lodge, China World Trade Center, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 3869); 4) Yayun Xinxin Kindergarten, Yayun Xinxin Jiayuan, 1 Xindian Lu, Chaoyang District. (5202 0293) 北京巧智博仁国际 幼儿园, 1) 顺义区后沙峪镇榆杨路4号优山 美地别墅区; 2) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯 基写字楼114室; 3) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号 国贸北公寓1层; 4) 朝阳区辛店路1号亚运 新新家园林澜园2号楼1单元102室 The Children’s Learning Center of Beijing The Children’s Learning Center of Beijing, a nursery-through-kindergarten learning center located in Shunyi District’s Gahood Villas compound, dates back to 2002 and provides flexible and affordable early childhood experiences as well as a variety of extra-curricular programs. Classes are taught in Chinese and English, with German mother-tongue instruction also available. CLCB offers flexibility for families through its half- and full-day classes, as well as part-time (minimum two days per week) and full-time (5 days per week) schedules. From the play-based nursery school curriculum on up to the advanced language and mathematics kindergarten coursework, CLCB strives to ensure children are provided with a warm and comforting atmosphere in which to learn and grow. Age range: 18 months–5 years. Tuition Fees (20102011 Academic Year): Registration Fee (Non Refundable) RMB 1,500; Nursery (18-24 months) RMB 35,000; Junior Pre-School (2-3 yrs) RMB 49,300; Senior Pre-School (3-4 yrs) RMB 61,000; Junior Kindergarten (4-5 yrs) RMB 63,500; 3056 Gahood Villa, Baixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 7082, administration@clcbkids. com) 爱嘉励儿童双语 培训学校, 顺义区名都园6811号 The Princeton Review This test preparation company helps students cope with standardized tests and school admissions processes. Test preparation courses available for SSAT, SAT, and TOEFL. Classes (less than 10 people) and 1-to-1 tutoring available. Price Range: RMB 3,000-50,000. Daily 9am-9pm. 1501 Bldg A, Disanji Creative Zone, 66 Xi Nansihuan Lu, Haidian District. (6268 4481/82/83) www.tprbeijing. com/eng 北京普林斯顿教育咨询, 海淀区北四 环西路66号第三极创意天地A座1501 Touchdown! This education consulting firm provides help to Chinese and expat parents in choosing and applying to the US undergraduate programs, private high schools, and boarding schools. Offers extensive training, including essay writing, interviewing, and career planning. Highly experienced and dedicated consultants work directly with parents and students throughout the entire application process. Achieved recognition for successfully coaching applicants to get accepted top US universities. Daily 8.30am-6pm. 15/F, Rm 8, Bldg B, The Gate Building, 19 Zhongguancun Lu, Haidian District. (8447 7020/6422) 海淀区拓达周华咨询. 海淀区中关村大街19号新中关大厦B座1508室 Tsinghua International School Tsinghua International School students follow an American Curriculum program in a nurturing atmosphere. Tsinghua International School located on Tsinghua University campus, allowing students access to the university’s extensive resources

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and facilities, including libraries, computer labs, gymnasiums, sports fields, dance and art studios, a swimming pool, fitness center and outdoor experiential education center. Accepts students Grades 1 to 12. Grades 1-5: 89,000 RMB per year, Grades 6-12: 99,000 RMB per year Zhong Guan Cun Beilu (Northwest of Tsinghua University), Haidian District, Haidian District. (6279 7000, 海 淀区海淀区中关村北路清华大学西北侧 Western Academy of Beijing Western Academy of Beijing is an International Baccalaureate World School that boasts a “challenging and caring educational environment in which students are active participants in the learning process.” WAB provides a learner-centered atmosphere that nurtures a strong sense of community among its 1,550 students from 55 countries, with the mission to “Connect, Inspire, Challenge: Make a Difference.” Campus facilities are extensive and include a lake and model wetlands that are the foundation of its environmental science center.Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year, combined total includes capital levy and tuition): Nursery RMB 85,000; Pre-Kindergarten RMB 141,000; Kindergarten RMB 165,000; Grades 1-5 RMB 165,000; Grades 6-8 RMB 181,000; Grades 9-10 RMB 198,000; Grades 11-12 RMB 204,000 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8456 4155, 北京京西学校, 朝阳区来广营东路10号 Windsor Bilingual Kindergarten With two campuses in the Beijing area, Windsor Bilingual Kindergarten positions itself as a “premium kindergarten built on a synthesis of the strongest elements from both Western and Chinese educational traditions.” The school strives to foster the holistic development of young children, and prides itself on its spacious facilities (encompassing 5,500 sqm at the Vancouver Forest campus), state-of-the-art facilities and carefully crafted curriculum based on three main components – the EYFS Statutory Framework (UK), Beijing Curriculum Authority Happiness and Develop-



ment Guidance, and the Integrated Theme Study Programme (Nanjing) – taught by staff that trains regularly in conjunction with that of Dulwich College. A foreign teacher is in class all day at the Legend Garden Campus and for half of the day at the Vancouver Forest Campus. Age range: 18 months–6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): RMB10,000 deposit; RMB 500 application fee; Legend Gardens Campus - RMB 80,000/year (full day); RMB 43,800 per year (half day); Vancouver Forest Campus – RMB 58,000 per year (full day); RMB 30,000 per year (half day) 1) 89 Legend Garden, Shunyi District. (6456 0020); 2) Vancouver Forest, Beiqijia Town, Litang Lu, Changping District. (6975 6579), legendgardens. 温莎双语幼儿园, 1) 顺义区温莎丽京园,首都机场路89号丽京花园 别墅; 2) 昌平区温莎温哥华森林园,立汤路 北七家镇温哥华森林别墅 Yew Chung International School of Beijing Located within the scenic Honglingjin Park in the heart of downtown Beijing, Yew Chung International School of Beijing celebrates its 15th year of educating students of the Beijing expatriate community. YCIS Beijing, an IB World school, is fully accredited by CIS, NEASC and NCCT, and is a part of the larger network of schools with over 5,000 students across campuses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Qingdao, and Silicon Valley, US. Providing K2 – Year 13 students with a quality curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England and a research-based Chinese Language Program that equips students to be bilingual, competitive, and globally-minded citizens. Age range: 2-18 years old. Tuition fees (2011/2012 Academic Year): Application Fee RMB 1,660 (non-refundable); Placement Deposit RMB 5,000–14,000 (year level dependent); K2 (half day) RMB 60,800; K2 (full day) RMB 102,000; K3 RMB 136,000; K4 RMB 142,000; Year 1-3 RMB 168,000; Year 4-6 RMB 172,000; Year 7-9 RMB 191,000; Year 10-11 RMB 204,000; Year 12-13 RMB 210,000 Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang,

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Chaoyang District. (8583 3731, enquiry@bj.ycef. com) 北京耀中国际学校, 朝 阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门

Shopping Directory Arts & Crafts Lao Beijing Handmade Paper-Cut This shop provides delicate multi-colored Chinese traditional and modern paper-cuts that are handmade by local artists. 1) 42 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) 110 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. 老北京手工剪纸, 1) 东 城区雍和宫大街42 号; 2) 东城区南锣鼓 巷 110号

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 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. 1 Kaifa Jie (between Ms. Shanen’s Bagels and Smallville Café), Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 9175, 顺义区后沙峪西 白辛庄开发街1号 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. 1) Mon-Sat 8am-8pm,Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108, books@beijingbookworm. com, kidsclub@beijingbookworm. com); 2) Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507,, www. 书虫书吧, 1) 顺义区 崔各庄乡,何各庄村一号院; 2) 朝阳区工体 北路4号院 Chaterhouse Booktrader The kids’ book selection is fabulous and includes a vast number of Dr Seuss books as well as Maisie, Thomas & Friends, Dora the Explorer, Clifford, the Judy Blume series, the Chronicles of Narnia, Tintin, many kids’ encyclopedias, Madlibs and even Kaplan review books for

Directories older kids preparing to take the SATs or GREs. Daily 10am-10pm. Shop K11, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu (Dongdaqiao Lu), Chaoyang District. (6587 1328, 朝阳区光华 路9号世贸天阶南楼K11 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, bxwjsjb@public. 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. 9.30am8.30pm. 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 Ladies’ Book Saloon Venture to Wudaokou for this elegant, child-friendly bookstore. You’ll find no piano player or gunslingers here – only couches and glass-top worktables that provide a nice place to read. The children’s books (Chinese) and workstations make this a great spot to relax with the kids. Film screenings are held every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 7pm. 10am-11pm. 69 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6270 1928) 海淀区成府路69号 Page One 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, www. 朝阳区建国门外大街1号 国贸商城三期地下2层 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 9.30am-8.30pm. F305, Building 10, Phoenix City Commercial Street, Sanyuan Qiao, Chaoyang District. (5866 8064,; 2) Tue-Sun 9.30am-8.30pm. 206, Building 10, Baihuan Jiayuan, 66 Guangqu Lu., Chaoyang District. (8773 8382/5884, peekahouse@yahoo.; 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, 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) www.poplar. 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 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am7pm. 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) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 4/F, north side, of the Jinyuan Xin Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 5318/9,; 4) WedFri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. F3-08, 3/F, Hualian Shangsha, Shangdi (at the south intersection), Haidian District. (6266 7734/94,; 5) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 3/F Glory Mall, 18 Xihuashi Dajie, Chongwen District. (6711 8059, cpalowitch@scholastic.; 6) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 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, cpalowitch@scholastic.; 8) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7 pm. 3/F, Section E, Wangjing International Shopping Center, Chaoyang District. (5920 3790, 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; 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 9am-6pm. To order go to, call 135 0178 8664 or e-mail or 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 10am9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 2592) 王府井新华书店, 东城 区王府井大街218号

Clothing Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique 1) 10am-6pm. Pinnacle Avenue, Linyin Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1480, ask@; 2) Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (1/F of Bodhi bldg, directly across from north gate of Workers Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 7622, ask@countingsheepbou 洋洋宝宝店, 1) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇丽苑街 荣和商业中心21号楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区工体 北路17号(工体北门对面) Lufthansa Center In addition to the brands individually listed in this section (like Kingkow, Garfield and Chicco), Lufthansa carries threads and footwear by Lawlandee, Montagut Paris, Nike Kids and Mashi Maro. A pricey, but convenient, one-stop shopping destination. 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 Marco & Mari The sweet and casual outfits for kids ages 2-14 from this Hong Kongbased brand will keep your kids up-to-date on the fashion front. Daily 9am-9.30pm. 4/F, 4066, Golden Resource Shopping Mall, Yuanda Donglu (west of Suzhou Qiao), Haidian District. (8887 5391) 马可 玛瑞, 海淀区 远大东路金源时代购物中心4层4066号 Sanlitun Village An open-air shopping complex. Sanlitun Village South includes Adidas, Apple, Fossil, Nautica, Quiksilver, Steve Madden and Timberland. Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6110) 三里屯Village, 朝阳区三里屯路19号 Sanlitun Village North The more luxurious side of The Village, with stores such as Diesel, Emporio Armani and Theory, as well as Chinese high-fashion brands like Mouse Ji and Eldi. Sanlitun Village North, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 7110) www. 三里屯Village北区, 朝阳区三里屯路11号Village北区 Silk Street Market Rows upon rows of toddler and baby-sized clothing stalls can be found on the fourth floor. Choose from bibs, parkas, warm-ups, T-shirts, hats and more. Daily 9am-9pm. 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5169 8800) 秀水街, 朝阳区建国门外大街 秀水东街8号 Solana Located inside Chaoyang Park, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park has a fine collection of shops, restaurants, cafes and sporting facilities. Venues include British baby shop Mothercare, the perfect place to stock up on all things related to kids, pregnancy and moms. Other highlights include Banana Leaf Thai Restaurant, Romana Ice Cream, Cold Stone Creamery, a cinema, an ice rink and much more. Daily 10am-10pm. 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang Dis-


trict. (5905 6565/68) http://www.solana. 蓝色港湾, 朝 阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区 Tang’ Roulou This tiny shop stocks gorgeous, tasteful Chinese outfits for kids ages 0-8. Created by two French designers, they find inspiration in yesterday’s China. Handcrafted details characterize Tang’ Roulou’s colorful limited edition blankets, quilted jackets, qipao dresses and accessories. Here, you’ll be sure to find unique, high quality made-in-Beijing pieces. Daily 10.30am8.30pm. 30 Sanlitun Beilu (inside Phoenix Design), Chaoyang District. (6416 9761) 朝阳区三里屯北街路口 30号“风栖” 店内 Tot to Teen Moderately priced children’s clothing, including a quality selection of infant layette, toddler pajamas and preteen everyday wear. 1) Daily 9am-7pm. 703 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4419,; 2) Daily 10am7pm. Stall 102, 30 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9640, tot-to-teen@hotmail. com) 红马车儿童用品商店, 1) 顺义区天竺房 地产开发区荣祥广场703号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯 路30号102商店 Uniqlo Bldg 10, South District, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 1320) 朝阳区三里屯 路19号三里屯Village南区10号楼 Yashow Market The stall owners here are spoiled by the gaggles of free-spending tourists who come for bargain shopping, and so are less amenable to offering deep discounts to residents than their counterparts in other markets. Nevertheless, teen after teen told us they enjoy shopping here for copies of recent fashionable clothes: low-slung jeans, branded T-shirts, baggy pants, oversized athletic kids. Daily 9.30am-9pm. 58 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1726) 雅秀市 场, 朝阳区工体北路58号

Home Accessories and Gear BabyGro Beijing BabyGro specializes in high quality, safe and creative baby and kids products, as well as some pregnancy and maternity items, imported from around the world. Owned by Beijing mum of 2, Johanna Selth, the range is tried and tested by herself and other Beijing mums. Stocking brands including Grobag, Ergo, Baby Carriers, Earth Mama, Angel Baby, Boon and Bezoar Kids Cashmere, and now Cotton Candy Kids clothing. 1) Tue-Sat 10am - 5pm. Shop 1, Complex 3, Jingmi Lu, (close to WAB School), Chaoyang District. (8470 1690,; 2) MonFri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Shop 105, Tower 9, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6597 0717,慧宝, 1) 朝阳区北京市朝阳区 京密路来广营东路路口东 3号红木大院 B-01 (京西学校附近); 2) 朝阳区朝外街6号新城 国际9号楼105 Started by parents for parents, baby international has an emphasis on quality and design, as well as offering professional advice. Whether you’re looking for a cool stroller or a safe car seat, fashionable baby clothing, organic baby food and toiletries, or just the latest must have item from the West, baby international has it. China-wide shipping with English and Chinese customer service. ( Bainaohui Computer Shopping Mall If you don’t feel like trekking out to Zhongguancun, this mall is a good place to pick up computers, printers, hard drives, wi-fi equipment, gaming equipment, software, blank CDs and more – both foreign and domestic brands. Prices might be a bit higher than Zhongguancun, but warranties are more reliable. Daily 9am-8pm. 10 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6599 5912) 百脑

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汇电脑商场, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街10号 Beijing Junefield Sogo Department Store The Japanese outlet sells countless necessities like breast pads, pumps, rubber cot sheets, nail clippers, junior cups, teethers, bottlebrushes, sterilizing kits and more. 8 Xuanwumen Dajie, Xuanwu District. (6310 3388) 庄胜崇光百货, 宣武区宣武门 大街8号 Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) 10.30am-6.30pm. Unit 308 (back row of stores, next to the Apple Computer Store), Shunyi District. (8046 1091); 2) 10am-8.30pm. Unit L110, ground floor, Europlaza Mall, Tian Zhu district, Shunyi (between Cafe de Comptoire and Coldstone Ice Cream), Shunyi District. (8459 0785) html 1) 顺义区天竺镇花梨坎村南“荣祥广 场”308室; 2) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧 陆广场, L110 Beyuls This furniture store specializes in high-end furniture and housewares: wood furniture made from solid piece of woods (not made with veneer or composite woods), porcelain and ceramic pieces made by masters in the trade, as well as high quality stones and crystals (natural color, no radiation). Other items sold include hand woven linen table runners and raw silk cushions. Daily 9.30am-6.30pm. Stall 2311, Chaoyuan Huahui, Chaoyang Gongyuanxi Lu, Chaoyang District. (135 2228 3751) 天地人, 朝阳区朝 阳公园西路朝园花卉二楼2311 Chicco Chicco comes from Italy, where mamas know how to care for their bambini. So durable it will last right through your seventh child, the equipment includes high chairs, baby carriers, car seats, bottles, thermometers, cribs and prams. The store has more than 15 branches around town; just a few are listed below. 1) Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. NB136, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 6721); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. Lufthansa Shopping Center, 6/F, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1188 ext 675); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3888) 智高儿童用品, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大 街1号国贸商城地下1层NB136; 2) 朝阳区亮 马桥路52号燕莎购物中心6楼; 3) 朝阳区工体 北路甲2号太平洋百货5楼 Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique Counting Sheep offers gear for moms, dads and kids. From maternityclothes, baby furniture, baby shower gifts to party items. International brands include Stokke, Bloom, Boob, Baby Bjorn, Ergo Carriers, Hotslings, Bravado, Chicobello, Fleurville, BamBam, Big Bobby Cars, and Trunki. 1) 10am-6pm. Pinnacle Avenue, Linyin Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1480, ask@countingsheepbou; 2) Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (1/F of Bodhi bldg, directly across from north gate of Workers Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 7622, 洋洋宝宝 店, 1) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业 中心21号楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区工体北路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 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, Fri-Sun 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) 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 cn/upload/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) http://www. 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) mainpage.aspx 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) Jacadi Jacadi’s fashionable French equipment will yank at both your heartstrings and purse strings. A crib costs RMB 7,000, plus an additional RMB 890 for the mattress and RMB 2,000 for covers and sheets. The changing table with a built-in bathtub retails for RMB 3,500, while a wardrobe goes for a cool RMB 6,520. Jacadi also sells children’s clothes. Daily 10am-9.30pm. NB135-137, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 0766) 亚卡迪, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸 商城地下1层NB135-137 Küelox Stationery Co., Ltd Got a piccolo Picasso on your hands? Then stock up with all the art supplies you need at this little store located opposite Academy of Arts. You’ll find all kinds of pens, paper and paints and they’re all offered at reasonable prices. You can also find some imported products from Europe and Japan. Daily 8.30am-8pm. Bldg 14, 201 Huajiadi Beili, Chaoyang District. (6474 5385, 136 0119 4422) 北京高尔 乐美术用品全店, 朝阳区花家地北里14号楼 2层201室(中央美院对面) Leyou Sells all the essentials, like thermometers, breast pumps, breast pads, diapers, spoons, bottles, formula, baby food and cribs. Prices are competitive and you can order online. 1) Daily 9am-8pm. 111 Jiaodaokou Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6405 6406); 2) Daily 9am-8pm. East gate of Sanyuanli

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Community, opposite Silver Tower (between Sanyuan Qiao and Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. (6463 8880); 3) Daily 9.30am-9pm. 203-204 Section A, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (5920 3191); 4) Daily 9am-8pm. 143, Beituchen Xilu, Haidian District. (6201 7536) 乐友儿童 用品, 1) 东城区交道口大街111号; 2) 朝阳 区南银大厦对面三源里社区东门(三元桥和三 元东桥之间); 3) 朝阳区望京街9号A区203204; 4) 海淀区北土城西路143号 Liangma Flower Market This store sells almost every variety of cut flower or potted plant you could want at very reasonable prices and is also great for craft materials. There are loads of individual vendors, so variety is good and bargaining is the norm. You can buy organza at RMB 5 a meter, ribbon, cards, stickers, cello bags, printed wrapping paper. Delivery by flatbed bicycle costs between RMB 10-30, depending on the distance and your haggling skills. Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. South bank of Liangma River, 758 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6504 2446) 亮马花卉市场, 朝阳区 东三环北路758号, 燕莎商城南, 亮马河南岸 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. Contact Lily Quan (138 0139 6309) (8579 2458, 6572 9746); 2) Visit by Appointment. Factory and Warehouse Address, Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang town, Tongzhou District. Contact Lily Quan (138 0139 6309) (138 0139 6309) www. 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

光0-3岁婴儿用品专卖, 朝阳区静安西街国 展地下1层 QM Furniture Daily 9am-8pm. 29 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6464 6301) 曲美家具 城, 朝阳区霄云路29号 Roundabout Charity Distribution Store is a non-profit organization run by volunteers that accepts donations from the community and distributes them to people in need. They accept donations of almost anything: clothing, furniture and much more. Any items that are not needed by the charities, such as handbags and jewelery, are sold in their store. All proceeds fund their operation: truck hire, rent etc. Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm. Opposite the East Gate of the International School of Beijing, 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (137 1801 1124 (English), 137 1805 3814 (Chinese only)) www. 顺义区北京顺义国际学 校东门的对面,安华街10号 Sports Street Located to the east of the Temple of Heaven, Sports Street is a whole row of stores dedicated to athletic and sporting equipment. Stock up on camping, swimming, tennis and football gear at negotiable prices. Daily 9am-7pm. Tiyuguan Xilu, Chongwen District. 体育用品一条街, 崇文区 和体育馆西路 Suning 1) Daily 9am-9pm. 5 Balizhuang Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6557 9996); 2) Bldg 116, Wangjing Huayuan, Chaoyang District. (6471 7866) 苏宁电器, 1) 朝阳区八 里庄东里5号; 2) 朝阳区望京花园116号楼

The Malls at Oriental Plaza Huge mall has stores like Sisley, Vera Moda, Morgan, Soda, TSE, Max Mara, Bally and Piko. 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6363) 东方新天地, 东城区东长安街1号 Pantry Magic Under new management and newly relocated, this Hong Kong based kitchenware shop is your one-stop source for all kinds of Western cooking equipment - blenders, baking ware, ceramics, cookbooks and more. Hundreds of items in stock. 17 Gongti Beilu (across from north gate of Workers’ Stadium in the same building as Bodhi), Chaoyang District. (6413 0223) Panjiayuan Antique Market The mother of all “antique” markets is home to over 3,000 dealers who scour the countryside in search of antiques, family heirlooms and curios. This is the place to go for life-size terracotta warriors, vintage photographs, porcelain vases and figurines, Qing-style furniture and much, much more. The best bargains are offered early on weekend mornings, between 6 and 8.30am. Best on weekends, 4.30am-6pm (but open on weekdays as well). Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 4.30am-6pm. West of Panjiayuan Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6775 2405) 潘家园旧货 市场, 朝阳区潘家园桥西边 Pacific Century Place Brands include Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, Barbie, Chicco, Lego and Playwell. Daily 10am-10pm. 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3888) 太平洋 百货, 朝阳区工体北路甲2号 Qiseguang Baby Store Located in Jing’anli, the straightforwardly named Qiseguang 0-3 Baby Articles Monopoly Store (Qiseguang 0-3 Ying’er Yongpin Zhuanmai) sells formula and baby food with prices ranging from a few kuai for the simple stuff, to a few hundred for gourmet goodies. They also stock feeding bottles, clothing, toys, books, cribs and strollers. Daily 9am-7.30pm. B1/F, International Exhibition Center, Jing’an Xijie, Chaoyang District. (6462 5797) 七色

Villa Lifestyles Villa Lifestyles has been serving Beijing communities for four years. Discover a wide selection of BBQs and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQAir Air Purifiers and more. F/4, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (8046 1260, 6457 1922, info@villalifestyles. cn) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔 路99号欧陆广场四层 Xingfu Mama (Happy Mother) Devoted entirely to the needs of mothers and their little bundles of joy, Xingfu Mama boasts a wide range of maternity wear, baby products and toys. Chinese brand names are stocked alongside imported ones like Nuk (Germany), Pigeon (Japan) and Piyo Piyo (Singapore). Member’s cards offer a 20 percent discount. Daily 9am-8.30pm. 112 Xinjiekou Nandajie, Xicheng District. (6615 9808) www.xingfumama.com幸福妈妈孕婴专 卖, 西城区新街口南大街112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 9am-6pm. 71 Nansanhuan Xilu, Fengtai District. (6750 1026) 玉泉营花卉市场, 丰台 区南三环西路71号 Zhongguancun Daily 9am-5pm. Near Zhongguancun Subway Station, Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. 中关村, 海淀区 中关村大街中关村地铁站旁

Organic Goods De Run Wu Translating as “House of Virtue,” this family-run organic farm consists

Directories of a greenhouse growing over 100 types of crops year-round. Visitors can purchase produce for RMB 20 per kilo (minimum 4 kilos) and they deliver for an additional RMB 20 on two runs a week. They also sell organic detergents, soap nuts, natural cleaners and more. Strawberry Fields, Xinzhuang, Xingshou Town,, Changping District. (8459 0809, 德润屋, 昌平区兴 寿镇辛庄草莓园

Lynn’s Photography Studio Sat-Thu, 9.30am-5.30pm. 9 Riverville Square, 1 District One, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8674) 北京印象摄影, 顺义区天竺丽宫别墅一区一号温榆广场9号

Green Cow Organic Farm Donggezhuang (10 min north of the International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, 6433 4435 (fax), 绿牛 有机农庄, 顺义区北京绿牛有机农场(北京 京承高速与机场北线交汇处的东北方向董各 庄附近)


Organic Farm Home Delivery Service Organic Farm has its own shuttles which deliver 100% certified organic groceries directly to your doorstep. Besides fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs and dairy products, there is also a high-quality selection of organic import foods. Just call 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (English and Chinese) or visit their website to place an order. Free delivery from Monday to Saturday. Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 101, 1/F, Park Avenue, 6 Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6530 6641; 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (delivery), http://www. 有机农庄, 朝阳区北京 朝阳公园南路6号公园大道商业大厦1层101号 Shangrila Botanicals Shangrila Farms produces items made in Yunnan, including organic coffee, honey, and some botanical beauty products. Proceeds help to support the Yunnan Mountain Heritage Foundation. Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, EC Mall, Bldg 1 (east entrance), 1 Danlingjie, Zhongguancun, Haidian District. (8454 9514, 海淀区中关村丹棱街1号欧美汇 购物中心3层(地铁4号线和10号线海淀黄庄 站直达) Tianfuyuan Farm Owner Zhang Zhiming has operated this farm for nine years, and provides chemical-free vegetables and produce to members for a RMB 1000 deposit. The site is also home to a wide array of animals who help out with fertilizer and weed control, and who are fed with the organic produce grown here. Jiang village, Liangxiang Town, Fangshan District. (137 0127 7398) 北京天福 园种植中心, 房山区房山区良乡镇江村

Photography Studios & Services The Age of Innocence Photo Studio Daily 9am-6pm. 21 LiangmaqiaoLu,Fenghua yuan Drive-in Movie Theater, Chaoyang District. (6438 7680,130 5108 3601) www. 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 Dkids Photography Studio Tue-Sun 9.30am-6pm. Rm 1102, Bldg 12, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (400 8811 096, dkids@dkidsphoto. com) 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 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, www.gibstudio. com 朝阳区宋庄镇小堡村北街241号 Imagine Photography Studio 10am-6pm. 14 Kaifajie, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8472 7478, www. 顺义区西百辛庄开发街14号

Mishka Family Photography C3, Fuli City, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District. (5876 4088, 150 1089 9969, 朝阳区双井桥富力城C3

CoffeeArtCafe This catering service offers coffee and tea Classics, fruit milk shakes, home-made baked goods, fruit and vegetable salads, ice-cream, popcorn, hot-dogs and soft drinks for birthday parties, shop openings, workshops, festivals and more. Also has gift and picnic baskets. (Call Bianca on 137 0102 4509, Asian Tigers K.C. Dat (China) Ltd. 19 Shunchi Lu, Konggang Wuliu Jidi, Shunyi District. (6415 1188) www.asiantigersgroup. com 顺义区空港物流基地顺驰路19号 Austen Morris Associates Austen Morris provide independent financial advice for expatriates, including finance planning for children’s education. Call for an initial consultation. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm. Ste 2509, Beijing Silver Tower, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6410 7030) www. 朝阳区东三环北路2号南 银大厦2509室 Baodao Optical Megastore Daily 9.30am9pm. B52 Dongsanhuan Nanlu (northeast corner of Jinsong Qiao, near Jinsong Subway Station B exit), Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5767 0999) 宝 岛眼镜百货, 朝阳区东三环南路乙52号劲松桥 东北角顺迈金钻大厦 BigDog’s Kids Party A professional company for kids’ party planning and organizing in Beijing, BigDog’s Kids Party provides party essentials such as party theme and game, balloon decoration, party supplies, performances and clowns. Balloons, invation cards, arts and crafts, goodie bags, and pinatas are also available in BigDog’s Party Shop. Tue-Sun 9am-6pm. 2/F 205, East Park International Apts, Tower 45, Fuangyuan Li, Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (400 8960 608, 朝阳区芳园西路芳园里45号楼丽东国 际公寓2层205室(美中宜和医院旁边) Bike Beijing Trips to the Great Wall start at RMB 950 (adult) and RMB 600 (child). 34 Donghuangchenggen Nanjiewww., Dongcheng District. (133 8140 0738) 东城区东皇城根南街34 Bouceabout The perfect place for everything inflatable. Rent bouncy castles, climbing walls and other fun activities perfect for parties or community events. 60 Guangqu Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8770 4047, 133 1139 1468) 天仁达莱, 朝阳 区广渠东路60号

agement, policy consulting and program administration, online tracking tools, transit protection and intercultural services. We provide services for corporations, diplomats and private customers. Crown Relocations, a division of the Crown Worldwide Group, serves over 10,000 customers from over 200 locations in 50 countries. (5801 8088), www.


and entertaining environment that will make you want to go back again. Daily 10am10pm. Rm 412, 4/F, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1599) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶南街四层 412号商铺

DB Schenker Logistics A German freight forwarding company with more than 2,000 offices in more than 130 countries worldwide. Provides a wide scope of services, including door to door moves internationally and domestically. Multilingual staff on hand. 5 Tianwei Sijie, Tianzhu Airport Industrial Area A, Shunyi District. (8048 0126, 8048 0099) 顺义区天竺 空港工业区A区天纬四街5号 Face Painting by Nina Griffee Provides face painting services for children’s parties and events. Highest level of safety and hygiene is met and only water-based face paints are used. Up to 12 children per hour can be painted and all materials are provided by the artist. Parties RMB 200 per hour plus travel expenses. Face painting day workshops are also available for adults. Workshops run the whole day and includes hygiene and safety training, skin irritant testing, brush and sponge techniques, face paint design structure and color combination study. Workshops are RMB 225 per hour plus travel expenses. (152 1001 7548, Hamilton Gregg International Educational Consulting Hamilton Gregg International Educational Consulting (HGIEC) assist families and their children find the right schools, whether they are boarding schools or universities, in the US and Canada. HGIEC is not an agent but works with families in their best interest. Mr. Gregg has a long standing background in education with over 26 years working in schools and is a member of IECA (, HECA ( in China. 9am-5pm (by appointment). Rm. 18C, Bldg 7, Lian Bao Apartments, Xinfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (hamiltongregg@hamiltongregg. com) 朝阳区幸福村 中路联宝公寓7号楼18C MelonheadMelonhead is an innovative hair care and branded entertainment concept designed specifically for kids. Whether you come to Melonhead for a fantastic kid’s hair cut ,special event hairstyle, SPA treat, fun birthday party, photography, afternoon outing, or just to browse the cute games & toys, Melonhead offers a safe, comfortable

IQ Air While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, we can certainly have an impact on the air we breathe inside our homes and offices. IQAir has been providing air-cleaning solutions since 1963. Swiss precision and technology go into every unit, creating an excellent price-to-performance ratio. 1) Rm 2201-02, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800, 400 650 1266,; 2) 2LY1-05, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Center, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6768,; 3) 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 4) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, 1) 朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦2201-02室; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾购物中心 2LY1-05; 3) 西城区金城坊街金融街417号四 层; 4) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场4层 Links Moving Beijing Wholly owned moving company established in Hong Kong in 1997 with full range of household moving services and storage options. Now handles over 3,000 international moves worldwide each year. Great website, offering information including freight container sizes and details, online quotes available for smaller shipments. Keep an eye out for specials, such as free air freight with certain container sizes or percentage discounts for early booking during peak seasons. (8447 7496) www. Relocasia A business to assist in moving with personalized service at a competitive rate. Helps to make successful and cost-ef-

CIM Continental International Moving CIM can provide a full range of moving, storage, record management and expatriate documentation services. Professional staff is multilingual. 26B, Tower 2, Zijing Haoting, 30 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8762 5110) 北京和乔百 丽居货运代理有限公司, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环 北路30号紫荆豪庭2座26B Color Beijing Home Service Company Specializes in providing home help to foreigners in Beijing. Nanny,maternity nurse, housekeeper, maid. English-speaking ayis available. Rm 220, Bldg D, Fudun Center, Jinsong, Chaoyang District. (5867 2341, 5727 6508, 1314 685 6043, www.colorbeijing. com 朝阳区劲松富顿中心D座220 Crown Relocations Crown Relocations services include domestic and international transportation of household goods, home and school search, storage, expense man-

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fective moves across Asia and the rest of the world. Consultants are available from the start of the move right through the finish. See website for schedules and prices. 24 hours available. (5820 6413) www. Seven Seas Worldwide International moving company offers competitive rates: Door to Door by Sea from Beijing Big carton 41x51x61 cm, 30kg Destinations/ 1st carton/ 2nd--8th: United Kindom RMB 1,580 RMB 700/ E.U. country RMB 1,880 RMB 800 / USA/Canada RMB 1,880 RMB 800/ New Zealand RMB 1,580 RMB 700 / Australia RMB 1,475 RMB 700 / SGP/MY/THAI RMB 1,280 RMB 500 / Taiwan RMB 1,280 RMB 350 / Hong Kong RMB 880 RMB 300. Also offers free cartons and packing materials, online tracking, easier customs procedures and 24/7 hotline access. (CHNINFO@sevenseas www.sevenseasworldwide. com 七海国际

racing bikes, components, accessories and frames including the TCR Team Alu series (RMB 12,800-21,000). Their Chinese-only website lists other branches in Beijing. Note that the store does not sell little bikes, so you can only shop here for your teenagers. 1) Daily 9am-6.30pm. Rm 101, Bldg E, Guoheng Jiye Mansion, 7 Beitucheng Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8227 5718); 2) Daily 9am-7.30pm. Shunyuan Jie, 12 Sanyuanli Nanxiaojie (just west of east third ring road, on the north side of the road), Chaoyang District. (8448 9271) 捷安特自行车专卖店, 1) 朝阳区北土城西路 7号国恒基业大厦E座101室; 2) 朝阳区顺源街 三元里南小街12号,与东三环北路路口西北侧 Hongqiao Market One entire floor is filled with cheap toys, from stuffed animals to Barbie sets, kites and remote controlled cars. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 46 Hongqiao Lu, Chongwen District. (6713 3354) 红桥市场, 崇文区红桥路46号 Kids Plus Is your child looking for something to go with her magic wand? Many a Beijing parent has made an emergency trip to this Shunyi toy store to pick up a fairy or Batman costume (RMB 190) to reward junior for staying dry all night. Wide selection for a small shop but toys can be a bit pricey. If you are looking for Little Tikes gear, Kids Plus can order from an extensive catalogue with a turnaround of a few weeks. Daily 9am-7pm. 701 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4572) 顺义区天竺房地产开发区荣祥 广场701号

Beijing Top Rated Car Rental Service Co.Ltd. Provides long term leasing with or without drivers for family or business, short term leasing with drivers for travelling, English-speaking drivers, airport-pick up/ drop off, drivers only is also fine. (Sedan, Van and Bus) Daily 24hours. Rm 1012, B Tower, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6504 7266, 朝阳区东四环中路39号B座1012室

Toys Alien Street Market The building is occupied by individual stall owners who sell all kinds of toys for indoor and outdoor use, including kiddie pools. Quality is uneven, so inspect toys carefully before buying and be sure to haggle. Laofanjie Shichang, Yabao Lu (south of Fulllink Plaza), Chaoyang District. 老番街市场, 朝阳区雅宝路 Chicco Colorful mobiles, infant gyms, activity tables, baby phones and toy cars that are purportedly designed to foster your child’s mental development. The store has more than 15 branches around town; just a few are listed below. 1) Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. NB136, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 6721); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. Lufthansa Shopping Center, 6/F, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1188 ext 675); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3888) 智高儿童用品, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大 街1号国贸商城地下1层NB136; 2) 朝阳区亮 马桥路52号燕莎购物中心6楼; 3) 朝阳区工体 北路甲2号太平洋百货5楼 Decathlon This popular French company now has outlets throughout China. The store supplies equipment for tons of different athletic activities – individual and team sports, land and water sports – from running to sailing, from squash to volleyball. Daily 10am-9pm. 195 Dongsihuan Zhonglu (near Dajiaoting), Chaoyang District. (8777 8788) 迪卡侬运动超市, 朝阳区东四环中路195号( 靠近大郊亭) Giant Bicycles Be sure to buy a sturdy lock if you purchase one of the bicycles on offer at Giant’s flagship store. Inside the cavernous shop is a wide range of mountain and



Kookidz Find an extensive line of Legos available in China and familiar names like Transformers, Siku, Schleich, Phebeo, Revensburger, Becks Plastilin, Pustefix and Gigo etc, and new toys that just came to China, like Wowwee robots for big kids and Joylight safe balls for young ones. Suite L511, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (5165 3670) 顺义 区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场5层L511单元 Lego Enthusiasts can buy classic sets of 30 to 1,000 pieces, while those with less imagination can purchase themed Lego sets, such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Alpha Team and Jack Stone. 1) 10am-10pm. Rm 4100, Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 4036); 2) B/1 Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Daily 9am-10pm. Lufthansa Shopping Center, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 9am-9pm. NB134A, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 5) Daily 10am10pm. 5/F Pacific Century Place, A2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6448 2105) 乐高, 1) 海淀区远大路一号金源购物中心4100; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区B1层; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎购物中心; 4) 朝 阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城NB134A; 5) 朝阳区工体北路甲2号太平洋百货5楼 MUMA Smart Toys What could be better than toys that promote intelligence? MUMA Smart Toys, the Beijing-based toy maker, creates high quality and colorful toys fashioned out of wood, and tailored to specific age groups. Toys are designed and packaged with the goal of environmental protection. These toys promote creativity, visual perception, and motor coordination -- not to mention plain old fun. Daily 10am-10pm. SMM-20, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6115) 木马智慧玩具, 朝阳区朝阳公园 路6号蓝色港湾国际商区一栋广场层SMM-20 Tot to Teen This clothing store also stocks a small selection of board games (RMB 4570), art supplies, wands, butterfly wings and temporary tattoos (RMB 48). 1) Daily 9am-7pm. 703 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4419,; 2) Daily 10am-7pm. Stall 102, 30 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9640, 红马车儿童用品商店, 1)

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

Basketball Dongdan PE Center You and the rest of the crew can rent indoor or outdoor, full- or half-courts here. RMB 500/hr (full-court), RMB 300/hr (half-court, 30 players or fewer), RMB 15/person (outdoor courts, 15 players or fewer), RMB 10/person/hr (indoor courts). Daily 8am-10pm. 108 Chongwenmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 9377) 东单体育中心, 东城区崇文门内大街 108号 East Gate Plaza Fitness Center RMB 50 will get you an hour on a half-court and one basketball (to be returned!). Daily 8am10pm. B1/F, Bldg A, East Gate Plaza, 29 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (6417 1188 ext 5070) 东环广场健身中心, 东城区东 中街29号东环广场A座B1 Sports Beijing Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Lido Country Club 2/F, Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, 6 Jiang Tai Road, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6430 1370)

Bowling Gongti 100 When he’s in town, Andy Lau apparently bowls at Gongti 100, which is named for its number of lanes. The complex also has a plethora of video games that will be popular with the kids. Small-sized shoes are available for kids over 6. Bowling RMB 40/game/person, RMB 5 for shoe rental. Daily 9am-1am. 6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 2688) 工体100, 朝阳区工体 西路6号 Jade Palace Hotel Bowling Center Expect higher standards than at your regular ten-pin dive, with eight immaculately maintained lanes and an army of helpful and friendly staff. Smallest shoe size is 35, though, so this is a good choice for big kids only. Daily 10am-11pm. B1/F, Jade Palace Hotel, 76 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (6262 8888 ext 55080) 翠宫宾馆保龄球中心, 海淀区 知春路76号翠宫宾馆地下1层

Climbing O’le Climbing 10am-10pm Mon-Fri, 10am8pm Sat & Sun. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6776 4705, oleclimbing@gmail. com) 奥莱攀岩, 朝阳 区东四环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号

Dance DanZ Centre Offering a range of classes in English for kids and teenagers, in styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and Latin. RMB 80 for a lesson. RMB 1,600 for 20 lessons. The school has both Shunyi and downtown campuses. 1) 10am-8pm. C/F, East Lake Villa, Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) 2/F, Children’s Clubhouse, Yosemite Villas, 4 Yuyang Lu (West Gate of ISB), Chaoyang District. (8041 7745/7746) www. 丹安丝舞蹈培训中心, 1) 东 城区东直门外大街东湖别墅; 2) 朝阳区榆阳路 4号优山美地别墅儿童俱乐部2层 Ding’s RAD Ballet Studio Founded by

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) instructor, JinCheng Ding in 1997, Ding’s RAD Ballet Studio follows the original RAD Graded syllabus while still giving students the freedom to develop their individual style. This studio is one of the few places in Beijing where students can learn the original RAD syllabus, take the RAD graded examinations and awarded the RAD Certificate from the RAD headquarters UK. Classes available from age 4 to adult and range from beginner to advanced. Instruction in Chinese and English. 2A, Tiyuguan Lu, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District. (151 1020 0236, 东城区东城区体育 馆路甲2号 J-Ballet School Formerly the Western Ballet School, J-Ballet offers instruction in Chinese, Japanese or English to children and adults. Courses are divided into fall (SeptDec), spring (Feb-July) and summer (JulyAug) terms. Children’s lessons are in six levels (RMB 60-80 per class). Adult classes are RMB 80 each, with packages of 10 lessons for RMB 700 and 20 lessons for RMB 1200. Students get 10% discount on adult classes. 1) Pulse Health Club, Kempinski Hotel, Lufthansa centre, 50 Liangmaqiao lu., Chaoyang District.; 2) 1/F, Bldg D, Jingxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8453 3003; 138 0103 6364 (Ms. Takeda); 138 0113 5877 (Ms. Tang)) www.j-ballet. com J-芭蕾教室, 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路景绣园 D座一层西侧

Diving SinoScuba Offers PADI Open Water and advanced scuba courses, with trips to the Blue Zoo Aquarium arranged for ages 10 and up. Classes available in Chinese and English. (135 0116 3629,

Football (Soccer) ClubFootball This organization runs soccer coaching programs at 20+ locations in Beijing and Tianjin for boys and girls of all levels aged 4 to 18. Held after school, at weekends and during holidays, courses are designed and delivered in a fun environment by ClubFootball’s English FA-qualified coaching staff. A nine week course averages RMB 750 and includes kit, beverages, player profile, certificate and team photo. 9am-6pm. Unit A212, Door 3, A1 Zone, Huadeng Building, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5130 6893/4/5/6, 万国群星足球俱乐部, 朝阳区 酒仙桥路14号兆维华登大厦A1区3门212室 Sports Beijing Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Lido Country Club 2/F, Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, 6 Jiang Tai Road, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6430 1370)

Golf Beijing Ladies Golf Beijing Ladies Golf is comprised of enthusiastic ladies of different nationalities who share a passion for golf. They also organize fun events such as games, luncheons, dinners, golf clinics and workshops. All lady golf enthusiasts are welcome to play every Thursday at courses around Beijing. Join for awards, prizes and (of course) lots of fun. Email or visit www. for more information. ( LDSS Beijing Seven Cedars Golf Club Largest golf driving range in Eastern Beijing with 2 storey, 130 tee-boxes and complete affiliated facilities of par 3 9 hole , bunker, putting green, English-speaking PGA Academy, sauna,pro shop, and kids entertainment zone. Spacious place and turf are good for group gatherings like golf weddings, birthdays and parties. Non-members: RMB80 / 100 balls (Weekdays)RMB120/100 balls

Directories (Weekends & Holidays)RMB 0-40/club rental. RMB10 for light charge. Mon 12am-9pm, TueSun: 7 am-9pm. West of Qi Ke Shu Exit, East Fifth Ring Road, Chaoyang District. (159 1063 8196) 朝阳区隆德盛世北京七棵树高尔夫俱乐部 朝阳区东五环内侧七棵树出口西侧下到即达 SGA Golf Coaching Center The SGA Golf Academy offers one-on-one golf coaching for children ages 5 and up from SGA-qualified, professional golf coaches. Lessons can be designed for children at beginner or intermediate levels. Instruction covers everything from the full grip and swing technique to golf etiquette and handicap calculation. Clubs are provided with a purchased package. RMB 6,500 (total 15 half-hour lessons). Other packages and lesson-combinations are available. 8am-8pm (summer); 9am-6pm (winter). Chaoyang Kosaido Golf Club, 9A Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6507 7389, 400 650 5169, info@sga-china. com) 朝阳区农展馆南 路甲九号 SGA Junior Golf Coaching Offers one-onone golf coaching for children ages 5 and up, from SGA-qualified, Australian PGA-certified golf coaches. Lessons can be designed for children at beginner or intermediate levels. Instruction covers everything from the full grip and swing technique to golf etiquette and handicap calculation. Clubs are provided for the duration of a purchased package. RMB 7,500 (10 lessons), RMB 13,000 (20 lessons) (does not include ball and green fees). Coaching center is located at Chaoyang Kosaido Golf Club, Shangsilu Cun, Tuanjiehu Xiaoqu, Chaoyang District. (6507 7389, 400 650 5169) www.SGA-China. com 朝阳广济堂高尔夫俱乐部, 朝阳区团结湖 小区上四路村

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, www.beijinghikers. com 朝阳区酒仙桥中路26号新华联丽港2号楼 601室 China Culture Center The hyperactive stepchild of the Chinese Culture Club, the Amblers head out almost every weekend, usually to locations with historical or cultural significance in addition to their natural beauty. RMB 150-400 for day trips, more for overnight excursions. 20% discount for kids. Online registration usually required. Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341) 朝阳区亮马桥路29号安家 楼肯特中心

Horse Riding Beijing Ladies Golf Beijing Ladies Golf is comprised of enthusiastic ladies of different nationalities who share a passion for golf. They also organize fun events such as games, luncheons, dinners, golf clinics and workshops. All lady golf enthusiasts are welcome to play every Thursday at courses around Beijing. Join for awards, prizes and (of course) lots of fun. Email or visit www. for more information. ( LDSS Beijing Seven Cedars Golf Club Largest golf driving range in Eastern Beijing with 2 storey, 130 tee-boxes and complete affiliated facilities of par 3 9 hole , bunker,

putting green, English-speaking PGA Academy, sauna,pro shop, and kids entertainment zone. Spacious place and turf are good for group gatherings like golf weddings, birthdays and parties. Non-members: RMB80 / 100 balls (Weekdays)RMB120/100 balls (Weekends & Holidays)RMB 0-40/club rental. RMB10 for light charge. Mon 12am-9pm, Tue-Sun: 7 am-9pm. West of Qi Ke Shu Exit, East Fifth Ring Road, Chaoyang District. (159 1063 8196) 朝阳区隆德盛世北京七棵树 高尔夫俱乐部 朝阳区东五环内侧七棵树出口西 侧下到即达 SGA Golf Coaching Center The SGA Golf Academy offers one-on-one golf coaching for children ages 5 and up from SGA-qualified, professional golf coaches. Lessons can be designed for children at beginner or intermediate levels. Instruction covers everything from the full grip and swing technique to golf etiquette and handicap calculation. Clubs are provided with a purchased package. RMB 6,500 (total 15 half-hour lessons). Other packages and lesson-combinations are available. 8am-8pm (summer); 9am-6pm (winter). Chaoyang Kosaido Golf Club, 9A Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6507 7389, 400 650 5169, info@sga-china. com) 朝阳区农展馆南 路甲九号 SGA Junior Golf Coaching Offers one-onone golf coaching for children ages 5 and up, from SGA-qualified, Australian PGA-certified golf coaches. Lessons can be designed for children at beginner or intermediate levels. Instruction covers everything from the full grip and swing technique to golf etiquette and handicap calculation. Clubs are provided for the duration of a purchased package. RMB 7,500 (10 lessons), RMB 13,000 (20 lessons) (does not include ball and green fees). Coaching center is located at Chaoyang Kosaido Golf Club, Shangsilu Cun, Tuanjiehu Xiaoqu, Chaoyang District. (6507 7389, 400 650 5169) www.SGA-China. com 朝阳广济堂高尔夫俱乐部, 朝阳区团结湖 小区上四路村

Martial Arts Beijing Jiujitsu Academy Offers classes in Brazilian jiujitsu, as well as mixed martial arts (classes include Thai boxing, boxing, judo and wushu) taught by internationally trained and certified instructors. Age 14 and up only.Price range:RMB 680-3200 depending on different packages of training period. E-52 Boxing and Fitness Club, 5-6/F, Tianyuan Heping Shangsha, 17 Hepingli Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5129 5028, 138 0137 8214,北京安迪柔术馆, 朝阳 区朝阳区和平里中街17号天元和平商厦5、6层北 京E-52俱乐部 Black Tiger Fight Club Black Tiger Kids Jiu-Jitsu and Karate is a martial art offered at Black Tiger @ Club Hero, located in the Cable 8 park Guo Mao area. We provide a large, safe and professional environment equipped with a 400 square meter training floor and a 100 square meter jiu-jitsu room. Learn martial arts skills and self-discipline in a fun and safe environment. Black Belt instructors in Beijing’s best martial arts academy. RMB 3.600/30 lessons. Full year (RMB 7,800) and half year (RMB 4,800) unlimited memberships available. 1) B-101, Hyundai Motor Building, 38 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Suite 201, Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. ( 1) 朝阳区霄云路38号现代汽车大厦地下一层; 2) 朝阳区来广营东路5号,尚古城二层健身房 Fenxing Fencing Club Tue-Sun 9am - 9pm. Bldg. 2050, Gahood Villa 5 Yunyang Rd., Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. ( 北京奋星击剑俱乐部, 顺义区西白辛庄榆阳路 5号嘉浩别墅2050 Jinghua Wushu Association Traditional, combat-style Chinese wushu for kids ages 5

and up, taught in English by teachers from Shaolin. The youngest aspiring masters start off with moves based on different animals; older, more experienced learners study traditional Shaolin forms. Beijing Riviera: Mon 4.30-5.30pm (ages 4-7), Wed 5-6 pm (ages 4-7). Kempinski Pulse Club: Thu 5-6.30pm (ages 7-9), Sat 3-4.30pm (ages 7-9), Sat 4.30-6pm (ages 7-9), Sun 4-5.30pm (ages 4-6). Adult classes and private lessons also available. RMB 700/ten classes. F1, Pulse Health Club, Kempinski Hotel Apartment, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu., Chaoyang District. (135 2228 3751 (English/French), 131 4107 2677 (English/Chinese), jinghuawushu@yahoo. 朝阳区亮 马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店公寓地下1层都市脉 搏俱乐部

Sailing Beijing Aofan Sailing Club Located in Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park. The exclusive sailing club in Beijing offers wide range of sailing boats for kids and for adults. Professional instructors provide dedicated courses to every sailing lovers. Open May-Nov, daily 9am-6pm. RMB 150/h, RMB 2000/14h. Inside Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Shunyi District. www. 北京奥帆帆船俱乐部, 顺义区白马 路19号奥林匹克水上公园内 Beijing Sailing Centre Located 90mins from Beijing by train, the Beijing Sailing Club provides a range of dinghy sailing boats to suit all abilities and age groups, from Optimists for kids fun, Topper Topaz for adult learners through to the Topper Omega for spinnaker and trapezing experience. Qualified English and Chinese instructors offer weekend courses for those wanting to gain experience (RMB 1,900) and the 1 hour Sailing Experience (RMB 240) is a gentle introduction to dinghy sailing and features of each sailing boat. Open May-Oct. 22 Wenti Road, Haigang District, Qinhuangdao. (0335 856 0916, (15 00 118 9580, 335 856 0916, enquiries@beijingsailing. com) www.beijingsailing.com秦皇岛市海港 区文体路22号

Swimming Splash Recreation Club Boasts a large outdoor/indoor pool, a sand volleyball court, a playground, a gym, pingpong tables, a poolside bar and restaurant. The hotel also has squash and tennis courts as well as a sauna. Mon-Fri: RMB 80, RMB 40 (children); Sat-Sun: RMB 130, RMB 65 (children). RMB 35 (Oct 1-Apr 31). Free for children under 4. Daily 6am-10pm. Sino-Swiss Hotel, 9 Xiao Tianzhu Nanlu, Shunyi District. (6456 5588 ext 1217) 浪花俱 乐部, 顺义区小天竺南路9号国都大饭店 Water Cube (Happy Magic Water Cube Waterpark) 10am-9pm. Olympic Green, Beichen Lu, Chaoyang District. (8437 0125) 朝阳区北辰路奥林匹克公园内 Dragon Fire Swim Team Nearly 130 international students receive training in competitive swimming under the tutelage of founder and head coach Kevin Hua. Instruction is offered for kids ages 4-18 at the beginning (able to swim 10m), intermediate and advanced levels. The team has competed in races in Singapore and Hong Kong, and also competes with local Chinese teams. RMB 60-90 per lesson, RMB 1,200-4,500 per season (depends on the level, number of times a week, etc), plus RMB 300 registration fee. Training is offered at various times and locations, seven days a week.To register, contact Coach Hua. (136 0106 4534, www. Friendship Hotel To many swimmers’ regret, this former outdoor pool has a newly erected roof – but that means it’s now open


all year long. RMB 100, RMB 50 (kids under 1.2m). Daily 7am-11pm. 1 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District. (6849 8888 ext 32) 北京友谊宾 馆, 海淀区中关村南大街1号 Holiday Inn Lido Health Club Jacuzzi, pool, sauna, gym included in ticket price. RMB 16,800 for a year round membership. Daily 4.30am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688 ext 1871, bc@hilb. 北京丽都假日饭店游泳馆, 朝阳区将 台路6号

Tennis 6th Sense Tennis Academy International tennis camp franchise offers lessons for adults and kids in a facility that includes the Potters-Wheel center, a swimming pool, fitness room, numerous courts and more. 1 Langxinzhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8538 1073/3269, 朝阳区郎辛庄路1号 GS Academy GS Academy is a High Performance Tennis Academy. Their unique Tennis program combine the best of the American, Australian, and European national tennis programs bringing to you a truly unique program. Their experienced and passionate coaches provide a perfect blend of serious commitment and a positive teaching style to enhance your tennis development. They will help build your on-court selfconfidence and give you enough valuable instruction to last a lifetime. 1) Huakang T&B Fitness Center: Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Town, Chaoyang District. (8459 1367/0156,; 2) Summit Tennis Club: 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 5118,; 3) Crab Island Indoor Tennis Center (Xie Dao): 1 Xiedao Road, Chaoyang District. (8433 5608,; 4) Golden Luck Age Tennis Center, 2 Dongwei Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8431 8217, 1) 朝 阳区华康羽网健身中心:孙河乡顺黄路; 2) 朝 阳区外交网球俱乐部:东方东路19号; 3) 朝阳 区蟹岛室内网球中心:蟹岛路1号; 4) 朝阳区金 运时代网球中心:东苇西路2号

Yoga Alona Pilates Studio Specializing in both Mat Pilates and Reformers Pilates classes with experienced and talented English speaking instructors. Reformers and other Pilates equipment are available for private and semi-private instruction sessions in Westin Studio. 7.30am – 9.30pm. F/5, Heavenly Spa, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (139 1029 0260, voselena@hotmail. com) 朝阳区新 源南路一号5层 Incy Wincy Yoga Founded in 2006 by two mothers looking for activities for their kids, Incy Wincy Yoga has ten fully trained caring instructors providing preschool activities in Beijing (Yoga from baby to 12 years old). Rm 1909, Bldg A, U-Space Building, 8 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5861 3809, www. 朝阳区广渠门外大街8号优 士阁A座,1909室 Yoga Yard Yard Vinyasa (flow) yoga classes offered daily, mornings and evenings, at various levels. offers pre- and postnatal yoga, introduction to yoga, restorative yoga, and other workshops. Yoga books, mats and wellness products also available. Kids yoga for ages 4 and above. RMB 400 for a fourweek session. Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. Mon-Thu 7.15am9.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. 6/F, Bldg 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0774, www.yogayard. com 瑜珈苑, 朝阳区工体北路17号楼6层工人体 育场北门对面

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The Circuit The Circuit is a chance to sneak a peek at what’s happening on the family and school scene. Want to see your event on these pages? Send an e-mail with the date of your past event and a brief description to by August 15.

beijingkids Father’s Day Pool Party On Saturday June 18 beijingkids celebrated an early Father’s Day at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang. Dads and kids splashed in the pool with beach balls, water guns, and more. For a post-pool energy boost, families headed off to the Seasonal Tastes buffet.




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Muffy’s Education Annual Sports Day On June 1, Muffy’s Education held their sixth Annual Sports Day in Haidian Park. Over 350 students from their kindergarten and after school program participated in team building activities against their friends in their “house colors”.

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Prize Giving at BSB On July 1, the British School of Beijing celebrated the achievements of all of their students in the Prize Giving ceremony at both the Shunyi and Sanlitun campuses. Awards were given to students who excelled at their schoolwork and to those who have been model school citizens.




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Aofan Sailing Club Summer Camp From July 3 to 9, Aofan Sailing Club held their ďŹ rst summer sailing camp at Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park.


BCIS Graduation On June 4, 16 seniors from seven countries graduated from the Beijing City International School at an intimate ceremony held near the Shuangjing campus. A reception was held immediately after.

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The Circuit CISB Graduation CISB high school seniors graduated on June 21. Students celebrated with some cake and a buffet meal.

Etonkids Graduation Etonkids graduates took the stage on June 19 to receive their diplomas.




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The Circuit Arts and Math at Harrow On June 24, Harrow’s Upper School held their annual Dawes Day celebration of mathematics. This year’s mystery number was the school’s new postcode: 100102. Also on June 24 was the Year 7 production of The Demon Head Master.


HoK Lemonade Stand On June 16, House of Knowledge’s middle age and preschool classes held a lemonade stand at their kindergarten.

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The Circuit IAB Graduates On June 2, Seniors at IAB celebrated in style at the China World Hotel with family and faculty. All students took the mic and shared their experiences of studying at IAB.

Beijing Playhouse Academy of Performing Arts Presents Three Musketeers On July 9, student actors of Beijing Playhouse Academy of Performing Arts presented Three Musketeers to an audience of over 100. The 30 student actors, ages 6-14, rehearsed for two weeks to put on the hour-long performance.




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The Circuit Summer at My Little Mozart On April 17, over 100 people attended My Little Mozart’s Spring Recital at the Westin Chaoyang. They also held a Lego Mindstorms Camp in June. Kids worked in teams to build robots and programmed them to perform various tasks.


WAB Water Days June 7 and 8 provided great weather for the WAB Early Childhood Center’s “Water Days.” Nursery and Pre-kindergarten children splashed around in enjoyed a variety of outdoor games and activities.

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Family Favorites

The Hoch Family

photo by Mishka Family Photography German Jens Hoch and his Australian wife Susan have been living in Beijing for the past three years. They love exploring the city with their 2-year-old daughter Frieda and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of baby number two. Here they share some of their favorite spots around the capital. Kara Chin Would you like to share your Beijing Favorites? E-mail Best Place to Celebrate Capital M if it’s a party of two, or Sunday brunch at Westin Chaoyang with Frieda.

Best Date Night Mosto at Nali Patio.

Favorite Neighborhood Nanluogu Xiang – but it has changed a lot.



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Favorite Family Restaurant Element Fresh. The highchairs, crayons, and varied menu make it kid-friendly.

Favorite Shop Spot United Colors of Benetton – Susan likes their accessories. For children’s clothes, they head to Yashow Market. For kids shoes: Naturino at Kempinski and Decathlon. Weekend Fun We head out on our bikes to Laitai Flower Market or just wander through the hutongs. For a weekend away, we like the Village View Resort in Huairou. It’s a nice place to stay overnight, enjoy some greenery and go swimming.

Favorite Snack The cupcakes at Colibri are pretty good. They also have nice food, plenty of space, good coffee and highchairs.

Favorite Way to Relax Having a take-away coffee at an outdoor playground, watching Frieda go down the slides and play in the sandpit with her friends.

Best Playground When the weather is good, we go to Ritan Park. Otherwise, indoor options include The Familier and You You Club (优游镇小英才俱乐部) on the second floor of The Place.

beijingkids August 2011 issue  

The Extra Edge: Extracurriculars to get you thinking, playing and contributing.