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February 2014 The A Team Amateur choirs for your inner performer String Theory A day in the life of a musical prodigy Play It by Ear Chinese instruments, demystified

Rebel Rebel Parents who take their kids to live shows


February 2014 Contents




Features 52

The Family that Gigs Together…

Health 22

Take your kids to live shows, say two Beijing parents


In Tune

How to prevent a bout of the dreaded food poisoning


Community choirs for amateur singers


Back to the Old School

Beijing Belly The Natural Path The healing power of music


Forget piano and violin, it’s all about erhu and bamboo flute

The Doc Is In Who exercises more, Chinese or Americans?

Living 17

From the Blog

Dining 26

Five must-try Beijing winter snacks



Zeit Berlin brings German comfort food to Beijing


Talking Shop


Little Chic lands at Indigo Mall


Eater’s Digest Our editors review soups and stews

Community news and announcements


Dining Out

Food for Thought Hwa Wu and her daughter Penelope horse around

Birthday Bash Make some noise with O’le Music Trash Bash

Playing 30

What’s Fun In A rundown of private hot springs in Changping District


Playing Outside beijingkids does Genting Resort Secret Garden


Family Travels The Armstrongs take an Australian road trip

February 2014 Contents




Learning 40

Schooled Encouraging and supporting musicality in kids


When I Grow Up Children’s book author Eric Litman visits WAB


Blank Canvas Artwork from House of Knowledge International Kindergarten

Directories 68 74 75 77 78 79 82 84

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

Parenting 48

Beijing Baba The evolving musical diet of a family


The Echo Chamber A family is more like a band than you think

Essentials 9 10 12 14 16

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


The Circuit

Say hello to Beijing’s smallest Happenings in the Beijing family scene


Family Favorites The Jones-Wu family

ON THE COVER: Twelve-year-old Alyssa Lam goes to Dulwich College Beijing (DCB). Born in Hong Kong, she moved to Beijing as a baby. Alyssa plays piano, cello, guitar, and trumpet. Her favorite artists include Justin Bieber and Emblem 3, as well as Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical. Alyssa also plays dodgeball, netball, and basketball at DCB. She lives in Shunyi with her mom, dad, and older brother Aaron (age 14). Photo by Mishka Family Photography. Hair and makeup by Meghan Evely of Nina Griffee Face and Body Painting Services.


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s children, my sister and I had nothing in common musically. I managed to escape violin and piano classes in favor of doodling and stoically perfecting my rollerblading technique (with two left-footed skates that I refused to let my mom return to Canadian Tire). When Nancie turned 6, our parents decided she would take up the mantle of the good Asian kid. As I listened to the sounds of my sister crying and fighting over piano practice with my mom every afternoon, I couldn’t help feeling like I’d dodged a bullet. Over time however, I started to envy my sister. While my friends and I were busy swapping Incubus, Deftones, and Linkin Park CDs, Nancie was steadily plodding through Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin. I developed an interest in playing the guitar but promptly abandoned the endeavor because I didn’t have the ability to read music or the self-discipline to practice. By the time Nancie passed her Secondary II (or Grade 8) piano exam at the McGill Conservatory, I’d accepted that my little sister was not only better, but much better at something than I was (but I was still a superior artist and left-footed rollerblader, I told myself smugly). In the early 2000s, Montreal exploded onto the international music scene with the emergence of indie bands like Arcade Fire, Plants and Animals, and Wolf Parade. These artists became the sound of our late teens and early 20s. My friends and I began to measure life events against new albums, live shows, and music festivals. One day, Nancie piped up: “I know Arcade Fire! My violin teacher went on tour with them.” I was stunned that my sister had not only heard of Arcade Fire, but was a single degree of separation from them. Our relationship to music – and to each other – changed after that. It turned out we liked many of the same bands, including Muse, Radiohead, and the White Stripes. I took Nancie to the XX when


to a schoo l concert in Grade 2

she was 16 and I was 23. I had a beer; she had a soda. We stood awkwardly next to each other at first, but the age difference meant little when the band got on stage. Unfortunately, the demands of university got in the way and we didn’t get to repeat the experience for another four years. Last July, Nancie visited me in Beijing. We had a whirlwind weekend of manicures (a first for her), scuba diving at the Blue Zoo, home-cooked brunches, and long evenings of sisterly gossip in the courtyard. On her first night here, we ditched her suitcase at my house and headed around the corner to Yugongyishan. The live music venue was packed to the rafters for homegrown indie act Queen Sea Big Shark. Along with some friends, we squeezed through row after row of sweatsoaked T-shirts and slippery limbs, and emerged panting near the stage. It was quite possibly the hottest we’d ever been, but we didn’t care – the night was a blur of frenetic dancing, soap bubbles, and ruined clothing. And this time, my sister got to have a beer too.

Sijia Chen Managing Editor February 2014





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Ages 3-12. Kids discover Lewis Carroll’s famous book through the lens of art. See Feb 10 listing.

Chinese Dietary Therapy

Pediatric First Aid

Happy Valentine’s Day

For adults. Learn about the therapeutic uses of food in China. See Feb 12 listing.

For adults. Get informed on how to identify, treat, and prevent medical emergencies. See Feb 13 listing

For adults. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two around town. See Feb 14 listing.

HoK Elementary Open House and Information Evening

NBA Yao School Program Launch

Ages 3+. Take at tour of House of Knowledge’s soon-to-be-open elementary school. See Feb 18 listing.

Ages 6-16. China’s sporting icon, Yao Ming, launches his new basketball school for kids. See Feb 21 listing.

YCIS Beijing Parent Workshop: Phonics and Handwriting

International Schools Snow Sports Championships

Ages 7-16. The ISSCC crowns new champions in several winter sports. See Feb 28 listing.

For adults. Learn how to help your child improve their spelling and handwriting. See Feb 25 listing.

Harrow International School Open Day (Senior School and Sixth Form)

A Hot Relaxation Experience

Ages 5+. Loosen up tight muscles at a private hot spring. See What’s Fun In (p30).

Ages 13+. Tour Harrow to find out more about its curriculum. See Mar 6 listing.

A Little Élan

All ages. Add a bit of glamour to the kids’ bedrooms at Little Chic. See Talking Shop (p20)



2014 February

photos: courtesy of hok, harrow and little chic; elf kids photography, ken; flickr users zanastardustryan_fung, robert s. donovan, matt biddulph

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ISB Charity Fashion Show

All ages. The International School of Beijing hosts a fashion show with both original student designs and established brands. See Feb 15 listing.

ISCMS Festival

Ages 7+. DCB hosts international school students from all over Asia for a gala concert at the Forbidden City Concert Hall. See Feb 22 listing.

beijingkids and JingKids 2014 Spring School Choice Fair, sponsored by RGF AIR Purifiers

Ancient Chinese Secrets to Living Out Your True Potential

For adults. Learn about the philosophy behind Asian health practices. See Feb 16 listing.

UCCA Travel Series: Go for an Outing with Us

Ages 13+. Learn about various outdoor camping activities. See Feb 23 listing.

German Specialties

All ages. Head to the recently-opened Zeit Berlin to explore German cuisine. See Dining Out (p26).

All ages. Done your research but still not sure what’s up with Beijing’s schooling scene? Get all the nformation you need at the beijingkids and JingKids School Choice Fair. See Mar 1 listing.

Striking Gold (and Pots)

Quintessential Chinese

All ages. O’le Music hosts noise-tastic kids’ birthday parties with instruments made from household materials. See Birthday Bash (p21) for details.

All ages. Learn what it takes to play a traditional Chinese instrument. See Features (p50).

A Mother’s Touch

The LittleLast JeepSlide (in Chinese)

All ages. Hwa Wu shares an easy, colorful recipes in Food for Thought (p28).

All trip to Genting Forages. ages Take 3-12.a The Little Jeep Resort is the Secret one lastthe skiing ChineseGarden version for of Thomas Tanktrip. EnSee Playing Outside gine. In Chinese only.(p34). See Jan 1 listin

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February Top 10 !


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Love Is in the Air

Whether you are a romantic or a cynic, Valentine’s Day is almost here. No matter your stance on the holiday, showing how much you appreciate your partner never goes out of style. See Events (p14) for candlelit dining ideas.


Let There Be Light

Cap off the lunar New Year by visiting one of the numerous temples around town for the Lantern Festival. Kids can make their own paper lanterns or simply catch lantern shows at Yuanmingyuan, Beihai Park, or Zizhuyuan Park. For addresses, see Directories under Parks and Gardens.

Four to the Floor

Yao or Never


Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming has partnered with NBA China to open the NBA Yao School, which will offer bilingual after-school programs for ages 6-16. Coaches from the US will teach classes alongside Chinese coaching assistants at the Wukesong Basketball Park. See Events (p14) for more details.


Compare Notes

Ever wonder what learning a traditional Chinese instrument like the guzheng or the erhu is like? Wonder no more as beijingkids checks out a music program specializing in English-language lessons for expat kids. For the whole story, see Feature (p50).



2014 February

Photos: flickr users stewart, tw chang; courtesy of yao school; lova , mitchell pe masilun


The fourth edtion of the beijingkids School Choice Guide is out this month, covering everything you need to know about picking a school in Beijing. With listings for 70 schools, this annual supplement contains features on funding your child’s education, finding the right curriculum, and more. There is still time to pre-register for the free beijingkids and JingKids 2014 Spring School Choice Fair, sponsored by RGF AIR Purifiers, on March 1-2. For details, see Events (p14).

Top 10 Essentials

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Sugarcane, Spice and Everything Nice Thick stalks of sugarcane are now available on many a Beijing street corner. Vendors will help you hack away the bamboo-like black skin to reveal a fibrous yellow interior. Gnaw on the sugarcane, suck out the juice, and spit out the pulpy bits. Your kids will love this tactile eating experience.

Turn Up the Heat

To ward off the last of the winter chill, book a hot spring getaway Changping District. The best part? You do not have to share, as the area offers lots of private pools – sometimes right on your balcony. For more information, check out What’s Fun In (p30).

For the Love of Pets

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, so take a moment to think about the four-legged members of your family. Are they microchipped, spayed or neutered, and vaccinated against rabies? If not, consider taking them to a registered animal hospital like the International Center for Veterinary Services.

Break the Ice

Spring is just around the corner, so hit the slopes before it is too late. Located three hours from Beijing, Genting Resort Secret Garden offers a number of runs for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers or snowboarders. Find out more in Playing Outside (p34).

Catch the 2014 Winter Olympics Cheer on your compatriots from February 6-23 as they compete in 15 winter sports at the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Head to any number of Beijing’s non-smoking bars to watch this sporting event with your kids, including Great Leap Brewing, Cu Ju, Plan B, and Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q.

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Essentials Events Playing





Readers are encouraged to double-check event details with the organizers, as dates and locations may change. Story Winter Camp: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Mon, Feb 10 Story Winter Camp: Alice in Wonderland

See Feb 17 listing.

Ages 3-12. Art Bug’s winter camp uses various art techniques and drama activities to re-create the popular children’s story, Alice in Wonderland. Registration required. RMB 2,680. 8.30am-3pm. Art Bug CBD Centre (5900 0270)

Wed, Feb 19 HoK Elementary Open House and Information Evening See Feb 18 listing.

Story Winter Camp: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Tue, Feb 11

See Feb 17 listing.

Story Winter Camp: Alice in Wonderland

Thu, Feb 20

See Feb 10 listing.

HoK Elementary Open House and Information Evening

Wed, Feb 12

See Feb 18 listing.

Chinese Dietary Therapy For adults. View food through the lens of Chinese therapies by learning about “cool” and “warm” natures, and tailoring dishes to the seasons. RSVP required. RMB 180. 3-4.30pm. The Hutong (159 0104 6127, info@

Story Winter Camp: Alice in Wonderland

RMB 499/person (subject to 15 percent surcharge). 6-11pm. Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel (5957 5184)

Valentine’s Day at 29 Grill For adults. Enjoy a romantic five-course dinner with champagne and oysters. RSVP required. RMB 1,314/couple. 6-11pm. Conrad Beijing (6584 6300)

Story Winter Camp: Alice in Wonderland

See Feb 10 listing.

See Feb 10 listing.

Thu, Feb 13

Sat, Feb 15

Pediatric First Aid For adults. Family Physician Dr. Stephanie Teoh explains how to identify, react to, and prevent emergency issues. RSVP required. Free. 10-11.30am. International SOS (

Story Winter Camp: Alice in Wonderland See Feb 10 listing.

Fri, Feb 14 Candlelight Valentine’s at FACTORY For adults. The newly-opened FACTORY serves a four-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Camila Betin, along with a glass of bubbly. RSVP required. RMB 450/person. 4-10pm. FACTORY (156 1108 0348,

Romantic Surprise at InterContinental Beijing Financial Street

Feast Love All-You-Can-Seafood Dinner Buffet For adults. Dine on a selection of Asian, Japanese, and western dishes for Valentine’s Day. RSVP required.



All ages. ISB students host the annual Charity Fashion Show. Proceeds go to Hope Healing Home, a home for sick and physically-disabled children. The show features designs from both students and established clothing brands. RSVP recommended. RMB 70 (adults), RMB 50 (students). 6pm. International School of Beijing (8149 2345,

The Children’s House Lantern Festival Temple Fair Ages 2-6. Celebrate Lantern Festival with performances and arts and crafts at The Children’s House Temple Fair. Free. 10am-noon. The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten Liangmaqiao Campus (6465 1305/3388 ext 4477)

Festival of Sport All ages. Sports Beijing takes over one of ISB’s recreation domes for a day of sports, music, and entertainment. Lace up for a day of team sports, wushu, and dancing to live music. Attendees can also sign up for Sports Beijing’s 2014 programs. Free. 10am-3pm. International School of Beijing (6430 1370,

Harbin Ice Lantern Festival and Snow Sculpture Expo All ages. Travel to frigid Harbin with China Culture Center to catch the Ice

2014 February

Sun, Feb 16 Ancient Chinese Secrets to Living Out Your True Potential For adults. Uncover the ideas and philosophy behind Asian health and lifestyle practices by investigating eastern and western models of health. RSVP required. Free. 10-11.30am. The Hutong (159 0104 6127, info@

Harbin Ice Lantern Festival and Snow Sculpture Expo See Feb 15 listing.

Mon, Feb 17 Story Winter Camp: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Ages 3-12. Kids can discover the magic of Roald Dahl’s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory through art and drama. RSVP required. RMB 2,680. 8.30am-3pm. Art Bug CBD Centre (5900 0270)

Tue, Feb 18 HoK Elementary Open House and Information Evening Ages 3+. HoK’s open house and information session introduces prospective families to the new elementary school’s English Stream and German Stream over three days in three languages, along with a tour of the school. Feb 18 (English), Feb 19 (Chinese) and Feb 20 (German). RSVP required. Free. 7-8.30pm. House of Knowledge International Kindergarten Quanfa Campus (6431 8452,

Story Winter Camp: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory See Feb 17 listing.

Fri, Feb 21 NBA Yao School Program Launch Ages 6-16. Chinese basketball icon Yao Ming launches the NBA Yao School, a new basketball training school in partnership with NBA China. The school provides bilingual afterschool basketball training and fitness programs for boys and girls up to age 16 from all skill levels. Students will learn about teamwork, leadership, and communication in a fun basketball environment. RSVP required. RMB 3,900/semester (13 weeks). Times vary. Wukesong Basketball Park (

Harrow International School Open Day (Elementary) Ages 3+. Harrow hosts an open day with tours of the schools for prospective students (ages 2-18) and their families. RSVP required. Free. 8.45am-noon. Harrow International School of Beijing (

Story Winter Camp: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory See Feb 17 listing.

Sat, Feb 22 ISCMS Festival Ages 7+. DCB once again hosts the International Schools Choral Music Festival, culminating in a gala concert with Grammy Award-winning video game composer Christopher Tin and others. Ticket prices TBA. 7.309.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (

Zajia Lab Film Screening: Spray Paint Beijing For teens and adults. Spray Paint Beijing is the first documentary about graffiti art in China. It captures the art

Photo: aforestfrolic (flickr)

For adults. InterContinental Beijing Financial Street offers a four-course set menu with a selection of wine and free-flow soft drinks. RSVP required. RMB 1,288. 6-10pm. Steak Exchange Restaurant and Bar (5852 5888)

ISB Charity Fashion Show

Lantern Festival at night, a daytime Snow Sculpture Expo on Sun Island, and a visit to the Siberian tiger reserve. RSVP required. RMB 5,000-7,000/person. 7am-9pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041,

Readers are encouraged to double-check event details with the organizers as dates and locations may change. form’s development in the capital over the course of one year and spotlights Chinese graffiti artists. There will be a Q&A with the director after the screening. RSVP required. RMB 20. 5-7pm. Zajia Lab (156 0112 2252)

FACTORY Cooking Class For adults. FACTORY offers a threecourse gourmet cooking class followed by a lunch and wine pairings. The class, recipes, apron, meal and wine included in the price. RSVP required. RMB 450. 9.30am-1pm. FACTORY (156 1108 0348, info@

Atelier’s Fashion Design Workshop See Feb 15 listing.

Sun, Feb 23 UCCA Travel Series: Go for an Outing with Us Ages 13+. This workshop prepares teens for camping, from pitching a tent to using climbing gear and administering first aid. Instructors will even teach students how to make their own neckerchief. RSVP required. RMB 100 (adults), RMB 80 (students), RMB 70 (UCCA members). 2-4.30pm. Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (5780 0200,

Tue, Feb 25 YCIS Beijing Parent Workshop: Phonics and Handwriting For adults. Learn how to support your child with phonics and handwriting skills. RSVP required. Free. 1-3pm. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (

Fri, Feb 28 International Schools Snow Sports Championships Ages 7-16. The second annual International Schools Snow Sports Championships China (ISSCC) features ski and snowboard events for several age categories, including a timed giant slalom and head-to-head parallel slalom. Open to international school students. Transport, accommodations, ski passes, and rentals included in price. RSVP required. See O’le website for prices. 4.30pm-7pm. O’le Ski (186 1846 1002,

Sat, Mar 1 beijingkids and JingKids 2014 Spring School Choice Fair, sponsored by RGF AIR Purifiers All ages. The third annual beijingkids and JingKids 2014 Spring School Choice Fair, brought to you by RGF AIR Purifiers, brings together international and local schools to help parents figure out their family’s education

options. There will also be education lectures, panel discussions, a special brunch buffet price at Hilton Beijing’s Elements, and two play areas for different age groups. Free. 10am-4pm. Hilton Beijing (5779 8877 ext 3243,

Roundabout Book Fair at BCIS All ages. Gently-used books in different languages (but mostly English) are on sale, with children’s books starting from RMB 1, paperbacks from RMB 10 and hardbacks from RMB 20. All proceeds go to Roundabout. Free. 10am-3pm. Beijing City International City (8771 7171)

International Schools Snow Sports Championships See Feb 28 listing.

Atelier’s Fashion Design Workshop See Feb 15 listing.

Sun, Mar 2 beijingkids and JingKids 2014 Spring School Choice Fair, sponsored by RGF AIR Purifiers See Mar 1 listing.

International Schools Snow Sports Championships See Feb 28 listing.

Thu, Mar 6 Harrow International School Open Day (Senior School and Sixth Form) Ages 13+. Harrow International School Beijing will host potential high school students for open morning tours through the Senior School (age 13-18) focusing the areas relevant to your children. Registration required. Free. 8am-noon. Harrow International School Beijing (6444 8900 ext 6900/6000,

Ongoing YCIS Beijing Active Parenting for Teens For adults. YCIS Beijing offers a six-week program from February 18 to March 25 for parents, teens, and teachers, as well as schools, hospitals, social organizations, churches, and the corporate market. This program is designed to open lines of communication and understand how to deal with teens. Free. 10am-noon. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (

Atelier’s Fashion Design Workshop For adults. Upcycle your closet at Atelier’s exclusive workshop with Irene Lu, a fashion designer. This three-week course lasts from February 15 to March 1. RSVP required. Enquire for prices. 10am12.30pm. Atelier (

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From the Blog Living

Cold and Hungry? 5 Must-Try Beijing Winter Snacks


hen temperatures take a dip, look to Beijing’s classic winter snacks, which we seldom get to eat during other seasons. You might have already noticed the following five picks on your neighborhood streets, vegetable markets, or local supermarkets. Next time you come across these snacks, be sure to sample them before spring comes.

Stir-Fried Chestnuts 糖炒栗子 Chestnuts start appearing in autumn after the harvest season, with oversized woks popping up on street corners and in markets. Stir-fried with coarse sand and maltose syrup, the ideal chestnut should be shiny and brown in color, easy to peel, crispy on the outside, and sweet and soft on the inside.

photos: clemence jiang and flickr users cooyutshing, gsz

Tanghulu 糖葫芦 Crystalline sugar-coated fruits on a skewer, tanghulu is a popular snack with Beijing locals, especially children. The sweet-and-sour Chinese hawthorn is traditionally used, but more recent additions include strawberries, cherry tomatoes, kiwi slices, bananas, and grapes to add variety and color. The snack can be found on mobile vendor bikes, supermarkets, and Wangfujing Snack Street. It is a common sight at Beijing’s temple fairs, where both locals of all ages can be seen taking a stroll while enjoying tanghulu.

Sugar Ear 糖耳朵 This twisted and honeyed dough is called tang’erduo (literally “sugar ear”) because its shape resembles a human ear. Though not as popular as tanghulu and chestnuts, this traditional snack can be super satisfying if you do not mind the over-sugared texture. Sugar ears are not a street snack; you can find them in supermarkets.

Roasted Sweet Potato 烤红薯 These ubiquitous snacks can be found in barrelshaped mobile ovens on vendors’ tricycles. Roasted and sold on the streets, the soft, hot sweet potato is the winter comfort snack par excellence. Eat it plain, or take it home and use it in a recipe.

Dried Persimmon 柿饼 To make this snack, fresh persimmons are peeled and dehydrated whole in the cold and dry winter air for weeks, until the natural sugars form a white frost-like covering on the fruit. Tender and moist, the good thing about dried persimmons is that they do not lose their flavor and aroma. You can buy them at most local supermarkets.

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

February 2014



Living Noticeboard

What’s Happening in Beijing Danish Clothing Brand Launches in Beijing Danish children’s outdoor clothing label Ticket Outdoor marked its arrival in China with a grand opening at Top Toys in Solana. The event featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a kids’ fashion show, and an address from the Danish ambassador. Customers can find the brand’s products at Top Toys or on its Taobao store at ticketoutdoor.

BNU Professors Join 3e Research Team

Art Bug Appoints Lead Teacher for Teen Classes

Two professors from Beijing Normal University (BNU) have joined 3e International School’s curriculum research and development team as senior consultants. Continuing a longstanding affiliation between the two institutions, Dr. Yi Jin (pictured) and Dr. Liu Jingli will use their experience to help develop the school’s curriculum.

Art Bug recently welcomed teacher Jan Rogalo, who will lead its “Teens Portfolio” classes for ages 12 to 18. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Photography and a Master’s in Art Education from University of the Arts London, and will work at both the school’s CBD and Lido locations.

photos: courtesy of ticket outdoor, 3e and, art bug



2014 February

Noticeboard Living MIK Launches New Bilingual Kindergarten Program Muffy’s International Kindergarten (MIK) is accepting applicants for its new bilingual curriculum. Launching on March 3, the school’s Dual Immersion Program offers children aged 2 to 4 of all nationalities the chance to advance their English skills alongside a foundation in Chinese language and culture. For more information, call 5734 7085 or email

School Counselor Joins DCB Dulwich College Beijing recently welcomed Dr. Catherine Hsu, a school counselor with over 17 years of clinical experience. With a doctorate from New York University, Dr. Hsu has lived in Beijing for 13 years and has worked at various international clinics. She has helped children and their families address conditions such as depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders, as well as behavioral and developmental issues.

Deadline Approaches for Keystone Academy’s Early Application

photos: courtesy of dcb, mik, biba, and keystone

Time is almost up for early bird applications to Keystone Academy, with entries for Foundation to Grade 5 required by February 20. Though applications for Grades 6 to 9 closed in January, late entries will be considered on a rolling basis starting from April. Note that applications are not considered complete until all materials are received by the admissions office.

BIBA Teacher Wins Education Award An ESL teacher at Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA), Jeffrey Hansen, has won the Ming Yuan award for adopting the education organization EduChina’s philosophy of “gather[ing] good people to do good deeds.” A teacher at BIBA for seven years, Hansen was praised by the school for his hard work and dedication. February 2014



Living Talking Shop

Dapper by Design Little Chic opens new branch at Indigo Mall by Gurkriti Singh


ike most parent-owned businesses, Little Chic was conceived from an unmet need. “Our children are the real force behind Little Chic,” says Emily Cheng, one half of the duo behind the children’s furniture brand. “We couldn’t find any stylish and reasonably-priced furniture in Beijing, so we decided to design and make our own.” Hou and former colleague Emily Cheng, who have a combined 10 years’ experience in design, started Little Chic in November 2010. Characterized by clean lines, bright colors, and Chinese influences, the brand’s products first appeared on Taobao and at children’s retailer Counting Sheep. Little Chic has since expanded with a new flagship store at Indigo Mall. Designed for ages 3 and up, popular products include the Ming Dynastyinspired Tian Tian Quan series (RMB 80-1,200 per piece), Watercolor Magic Cube (RMB 2,080), Tetris bookshelves (RMB 2,400-3,800 per piece), and customizable Chinese hanzi cushions (RMB 320 each). The store also stocks a range of art supplies, bedding sets, accessories, and gift boxes.

Little Chic 乐诗童 Daily 10am-9pm. Shop L281, 2/F, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8426 0486, 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港2层 L281

photos: courtesy of little chic



2014 February

Birthday Bash Living

Make Some Noise O’le Music’s Trash Bash celebrates birthdays with a bang by Dana Cosio-Mercado

photos: ken


sn’t it every child’s dream to to make as much noise as they want without their parents telling them to keep it down? Well, now they can. O’le Music is now offering Trash Bash birthday parties, a music program where kids are told “the louder, the better.” But instead of just making a din, they will learn that each activity is geared towards making a particular kind of noise. First the instructor plays a piece, which everyone takes turns replicating with their “instruments” – an assortment of everyday objects like brooms, toilet plungers, empty five-gallon water bottles, a giant marimba made of PVC pipes, homemade drums, glasses filled with different quantities of water, and even a bathtub. Then, the

birthday boy or girl gets a turn at creating a “song” that their friends have to copy. As the session progresses, the tasks become a little more complicated. One activity involves children being assigned a particular sound, which they have to make when pointed at. Another activity calls for two kids to create a conversation without using any words, only their instruments. Participants have to pay close attention to avoid missing their turn or losing the rhythm. Trash Bash is suitable for ages 6 to 10, with a maximum group size of 16. Activities are not only great for private birthday parties but also for class outings. Parties can be hosted at O’le Climbing in Shuangjing or The English Tearoom in Shunyi. Alternatively, those with a large enough space at home (at least

5x5m) can have the Trash Bash team over, complete with instruments. Just make sure to warn the neighbors beforehand. As an extra-friendly gesture, give them a pair of ear plugs too.

O’le Music Trash Bash 奥莱音乐 RMB 2,500 for a two-hour session. Parties can be divided into two onehour sessions with a snack break in between. Does not include the cost of food and room rental at the English Tearoom. To reserve, contact 186 1045 3101 or bookings@ For more info, visit

February 2014




Chuan’r vendors ply their wares in Wangfujing

Beijing Belly How to treat and prevent food poisoning in the capital by Oscar Holland




2014 February

have been trained,” he says. “A lack of education [about] bacteria and food-handling practices is most likely. The temperatures at which bacteria grow are quite unknown in Chinese kitchens.” Improper hygiene, poor ingredient storage, or insufficient cooking time can all foster the conditions favored by the bacteria responsible for most cases of food poisoning. Other factor is cross-contamination from knives and chopping boards used to handle raw meat. Common culprits include salmonella and Escherichia coli (better known as E. coli). But many upset stomachs in Beijing are the result of some less familiar foes, according to Dr. Joseph Bush, director of family medicine at Beijing’s Bayley and Jackson Medical Center. “A lot of the cases I see are [the result of] Bacillus cereus, which comes from rice that’s been standing around for too long, or Staphylococcus aureus from things like potato salad,” he explains. “These bacteria produce a toxin that causes the stomach to secrete extra fluid.” The source of suffering may also be viral, especially if caused by raw shellfish. Dr. Bush says that there are 100 to 200 enteroviruses that can have a similarly devastating impact on your digestive system.

photo: clara-maya (flickr)

long with lingering smog and the threat of second-hand smoke, the omnipresent specter of food poisoning is something all Beijingers have to deal with. Even those who shun backstreet eateries in favor of upmarket restaurants and organic produce are never far from a bout of the dreaded Beijing belly. The good news is, by virtue of living in the capital (even if just for a short while), your stomach should acclimatize to the local bacteria. Expat families are far less likely to fall afoul of questionable food than new arrivals. But by staying in the city long enough, even those with the sturdiest of constitutions are (almost) guaranteed a dodgy stomach at some point. Despite the abundance of horror stories about poison-laced rat chuan’r and hole-in-the-wall restaurants siphoning gutter oil into the deep fryer, most cases of food poisoning result from ignorance rather than malicious corner-cutting, according to a Beijing-based chef who used to own a popular western restaurant. He spoke to beijingkids on condition of anonymity. “I think a lot of it isn’t intentional – it’s just the way [kitchen staff]

Health But while doctors and kitchen workers know the dangers of cheap eats, many take their own calculated risks and encourage sensible precautions rather than abstinence. “I dine [at low-end restaurants] frequently but I know the possible repercussions each time I eat at a hole-in-the-wall establishment,” says our unnamed chef. “You get what you pay for.” “Restaurants with too-big menus that aren’t busy may also be guilty of upsetting bowels. Lots of the products will not be rotated or fresh, [so you’re] playing Russian roulette.” As well as looking for undercooked meat, diners should check for warning signs such as food that has taken on a fizzy, soda-like quality due to carbonation, or a sour or gamy smell. Similar caution should be applied to food bought and prepared at home. Peeling fruit and vegetables, and avoiding cross-contamination are some of the best ways to protect your family, as is discussing hygiene and food safety with your ayi if she is responsible for making your meals. When Disaster Strikes Even the utmost caution is not always enough. So now that you find yourself with the classic symptoms of diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, and vomiting, what next? In August 2012, the Beijing Health Inspection Institute published a set of guidelines for sick diners, which includes keeping the meal receipt for food safety authorities to investigate the offending restaurant. According to one of the city’s officials, we are also advised to “keep any leftovers, or vomit and feces as evidence.” But while hanging on to your orificial emissions may be a priority for some, your main concern should be hydration, according to Dr. Bush. “Staying hydrated with drinks like Gatorade or Pocari Sweat will replace the electrolytes, sodium and potassium that you lose,” he says. “But getting any type of fluid down is what’s most important, though milk is a bad idea because it’s hard to digest.”

do, that your belly will get swollen, that you’ll have a bit of pain, and that you’d better be close to a toilet.” “The worst ones for me are coffee, milk, and dairy products (mainly soft cheeses) and vegetables like beans, peas, chickpeas, and so on.” But while cases like Rossi’s are rare, it is not always easy to distinguish between a routine case of food poisoning and something more serious. Medical attention is not usually necessary, but if vomiting lasts for more than two days, you are unable to keep liquids down for more than a day, have a fever, or there is blood in your stool, then it could be a sign of a more serious condition or even a parasitic infection. An inability to urinate, or urine that is unusually dark, can also indicate a worrying level of dehydration and should be cause for a trip to a clinic or hospital. Babies and small children should always see a doctor for suspected food poisoning, regardless of the severity of their symptoms. Pregnant women should do the same due to potential health complications for mother and child. Ultimately, it is unjustified to live in fear and deny yourself the city’s many culinary treats. Applying simple precautions to your eating habits can help keep Beijing belly at bay.

*Name changed to protect privacy

photo: ninaide (flickr)

In many cases, the symptoms will clear within a day or two but not all are so lucky Rehydration salts, available from most good pharmacies, can also be taken orally to replace glucose and minerals. Antibiotics may be useful after three or four days in some instances, but they are often needlessly over-prescribed with little discernible effect. Instead, Dr. Bush recommends the BRAT diet, consisting of bananas, rice, apple sauce, and toast (which can extend to BRATTY with the inclusion of tea and yogurt). Although the regime does not necessarily have to be followed to the letter, the implication is that plain, low-fiber foods are the wisest choice. And for many, avoiding food altogether until the symptoms clear is a viable option given that “most of us a little overweight anyway,” he muses. In many cases, the symptoms will clear within a day or two, but not all are so lucky. Although Italian Chiara Rossi* contracted food poisoning in China over seven years ago, she still lives with the consequences today. The initial symptoms of fever, diarrhea, and a swollen belly eased after a few days, but persisted intermittently for a month before she saw a doctor and was diagnosed with chronic colitis, an inflammation of the large intestine. “The problem with chronic colitis is that once you have it, you have to stick with it; there is no real cure,” she explains. “You know that there are certain things that you cannot (or should not) eat and if you

RESOURCES Bayley and Jackson Medical Center After working in private practice and emergency medicine in the US, Dr. Joseph Bush has spent the last 12 years practicing internal and general medicine in China. He now holds the position of director of family medicine at Bayley and Jackson, where he offers consultations in English and other languages via translators. He operates from the Ritan Park branch alongside experts in family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, dentistry, optometry, and nutrition, among others. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5.30pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District (8562 9990) 朝阳区日坛东路7号

February 2014



Health The Natural Path

Hitting the Right Note “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato


any of us can attest to the power of music. Listening to a particular song can make us feel happy or sad, at times even bringing on tears. Music can move us in more ways than one, as Plato so eloquently described it. Music can even have a spiritual effect, helping us to meditate and reflect. Music also has a tangible physical effect. It has been used therapeutically throughout history by shamans, healers, and medicine men. Hippocrates, widely considered the father of modern medicine, is said to have played music to his patients. Nowadays, music therapists have taken this form of healing to a whole new level. If all of this sounds airy fairy, it’s not; music therapy is evidence-based. Therapists receive special training to assess each patient and determine the best form of treatment. The healing power of music can be tapped through composition, song, movement, and dance. Simply listening to specific types of music can also be beneficial.

Hippocrates, widely considered the father of modern medicine, is said to have played music to his patients Music therapy has many practical uses; it can decrease heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate. This form of therapy can be used for pain management and to alleviate depression, insomnia, and anxiety. It can be especially helpful for those who have difficulty communicating, such as people with Alzheimer’s, autism spectrum disorders, and patients experiencing the after-effects of stroke. One doesn’t need to seek professional help to enjoy the healing power of music. An easy way is to listen to alpha relaxation music, which is recorded at a frequency of 7-13 Hz. This matches the frequency of brain waves produced when a person is in a relaxed state with closed eyes, sometimes called an “alpha state.” Try this simple exercise: Set aside a quiet time in the day when you will not be disturbed. Play some alpha relaxation music and close your eyes. Take slow, deep breaths through your abdomen. Place a hand on your belly and take a deep breath in. Your hand should move away from your body as your lungs fill with air. As you exhale, your hand will naturally fall back down towards your body. Try exhaling for twice as long as you inhale; if you breathe in for a count of four, breathe out for a count of eight. Do this for as long as you feel comfortable. This exercise can decrease stress, the harmful effect of which is well-documented. Alpha relaxation music can also help meal or bedtime routines run more smoothly.

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



2014 February

Health The Doc Is In


Get a Move On

used to think that Chinese people were healthier than Americans, mostly from observing the social lives of Beijingers. Every night, you can see locals dancing en masse, singing along to classic tunes, and chatting while walking (often backwards). This fits in with a well-known Chinese proverb: 饭后百步走,活到九十九 (“take 100 steps after eating, live to be 99”). However, the data doesn’t reflect this casual observation. Only 6 percent of Chinese between the ages of 20 and 39 get at least 90 minutes a week of moderate exercise. In the US, the proportion is 26 percent among ages 19 to 44. Chinese youth also exercise less than their elders. Ten percent of people aged 50 to 69 engage in regular exercise compared to 6 percent among their children and grandchildren. In the US, only 14 percent of people aged 65 to 74 got enough exercise.

“Pupils are being assigned too much homework, leaving no time for exercise” Exercise rates tend to be better among Chinese primary students and teens thanks to school activities, but quickly tail off after middle school. Among Hong Kong teens, 64 percent of boys and 40 percent of girls meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily after-school exercise. These rates are higher than in the US, with 46 and 30 percent respectively. So why does activity drop off so quickly for Chinese kids after middle school? One theory attributes it to the incredible amount of studying. Grade 4 to 8 students in Shanghai and Hangzhou spend an average of 150 to 160 minutes doing homework on weekdays and more than 200 minutes on weekends. By comparison, 9- to 11-year-olds in the UK do only 30 minutes of homework per day, increasing to 90-150 minutes in high school. Chinese children also consume, on average, over 60 minutes of screen time per day. A China Daily article from 2010 quotes Deputy Director of the China Youth and Children Research Center Sun Yunxiao: “The emphasis is on test scores, not physical well-being. Pupils are being assigned too much homework, leaving no time for exercise.” What provides better long-term health, a good education or good exercise habits? Many studies show that higher education improves long-term health, but others say that exercise is crucial to lowering lifetime risks of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses. There is no strong evidence to suggest that more homework equals more lifetime success. In fact, many experts feel quite the opposite. The American Academy of Pediatrics released a report in 2006 stressing that “the most valuable and useful character traits that will prepare children for success arise not from extracurricular or academic commitments, but from a firm grounding in parental love, role modeling, and guidance.”

Need more info? Dr. Richard Saint Cyr is a family doctor at Beijing United Family Hospital, and the director of clinical marketing and communications. He runs the blog

February 2014



Dining Dining Out


ou might have tried bratwurst (German for “sausage”) in the past, but chances are you do not know the signature dish of Berlin is a humble street food called currywurst – or bratwurst with curry sauce. It is as popular in the German capital as hot dogs in the US or fish and chips in Britain. Each year, about 800 million portions of currywurst are consumed in Germany – 70 million in Berlin alone (a city of 3.4 million people). There is even a German Currywurst Museum dedicated entirely to the snack. It is believed that currywurst was invented by Berliner Herta Heuwer in 1949 after obtaining curry powder, Worcester sauce, and ketchup from British soldiers. She mixed the ingredients with other spices and slathered them on to a boiled and fried sausage. The snack soon became popular all over the city and it became tradition for every Berlin mayoral candidate to have a photo taken next to a currywurst stand. Served with French fries and bread rolls, the satisfying, hearty, and down-to-earth snack is now available at Beijing’s Zeit Berlin, a spacious restaurant opened three months ago by a Chinese family from Berlin. The Berliner currywurst with fries (RMB 78) comes as a main course and is heavy on sauce. Upon first look (and first bite), the flavors in the dish may taste unusual. On paper, curry and sausage should not be natural allies. But soon, you and your young diners will find yourselves finishing the whole plate, down to the mayonnaise on the side. It is not as spicy as it looks. On Sundays, the restaurant offers a family-friendly German brunch (RMB 99, free for children under 5 and half price for ages 5-12). Zeit Berlin also offers dishes from other parts of Germany such as grilled pork knuckle with sauerkraut and potato (RMB 168), a variety of German beers (including Erdinger, Warsteiner and Franziskaner), and regular western fare such as pizza and pasta. There is little chance of you and your family walking out of the restaurant still feeling hungry. If you overeat, make use of the foosball and pool table to work off the calories. They even have shorter pool cues for children.

Currywurst? More like Currybest New German restaurant pays tribute to Berlin specialties

beijingkids 26 Alanna Parrott (age 4, attends2014 Yew February Chung International School of Beijing) takes on Berlin’s signature currywurst

photo: Ken

Daily 11am-10pm. 1/F, Royal Palace Hotel, 6 Xiaoyunli, Chaoyang District (6461 8842) 朝阳区霄云里6号城宝 饭店1层

by Clemence Jiang

Dining Eaters’ Digest: Soups and Stews Dishes tried-and-tested by Clemence Jiang, Morgan Shang, Oscar Holland, and Sijia Chen. Want to take a bite for yourself? See Directories for restaurant listings. Got a suggestion? Send us a photo and description to

Lamb Stew Reviewed in: Wangjing Lamb is the king of winter eats in China because it is believed to have an intrinsically warm nature. The lamb stew at Sichuan Jianyang Yangtoutang (四川简 阳羊肉汤) contains lamb and vegetables for a hearty and healthy mix (RMB 80-150 per pot). Your blood will be flowing faster in no time.

Shakshuka Reviewed in: Sanlitun The Rug’s airy new location features heartier fare, including the Middle Eastern shakshuka (RMB 98) with vegetables and eggs in a cast iron skillet. This visuallystunning vegetarian dish is perfect for winter and comes with two slices of bread to sop up all that tomato sauce.

Pork Stew with Pickled Chinese Cabbage Reviewed in: Andingmen Shuang Fu, located at the east gate of Ditan Park, is one of the most authentic Dongbei restaurants in Beijing. Pork stew with pickled Chinese cabbage (RMB 48) is a typical dish. The cabbage is quite sour, mingling nicely with the slightly fatty texture of tender pork. The broth is nothing to sneeze at, either.

Boiled Chicken with Tamarind Pulp Reviewed in: Sanlitun This warming chicken and tamarind stew (RMB 45) comes fresh from the newly-opened second branch of Yunnan restaurant In and Out. The dish’s eponymous ingredients balance well against garlic, lemongrass, and cherry tomatoes, which are seldom combined in Chinese cuisine.

February 2014



Eat Like a Horse Hwa Wu makes equine-inspired gingerbread cookies Photos by ELF Kids Photography


wa Wu is one busy woman. Raised in Los Angeles, this Chinese-American mom has three kids: 3-year-old Marcello, 2-year-old Penelope, and 1-year-old Maurizio. Though her background is in PR, Hwa’s two great passions are baking and drawing. Four months ago, she started a bilingual cooking club called ABC Kids Club for parents and kids aged 2-10. The sessions take place weekly and are held at Hwa’s apartment near Chaoyang Park. Class sizes range from four to 20 students and include built-in play time to give young bakers a break. Just in time for the Year of the Horse, Hwa shares a recipe for colorful and fragrant gingerbread horse cookies with help from her daughter Penelope. To find out more about ABC, contact Hwa at Sijia Chen


February Hwa Wu andbeijingkids daughter Penelope2014 Ortiz (age 2) display their colorful creations

Food for Thought Dining

Ingredients 配料 Makes approximately 20 cookies 大约可做20块饼干 3 cups of plain flour 3杯面粉 1/2tsp of baking soda 1/2茶匙小苏打 1/2tsp of baking powder 1/2茶匙发酵粉 1/2 cup of butter 1/2杯黄油 1/2 cup of brown sugar 1/2杯红糖 2tsp of cinnamon powder 2茶匙肉桂粉


1 Preheat oven to 175°C. Mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl. 烤箱加热到175摄氏度。把 面粉、小苏打、发酵粉倒 入大碗中混合。

2tsp of ginger powder 2茶匙姜粉 1 egg 1颗鸡蛋 75ml of honey 75毫升蜂蜜 75ml of molasses 75毫升糖浆 Dash of nutmeg (optional) 少许肉蔻(可选) Dash of cloves (optional) 少许丁香(可选)


In another large bowl, mix room temperature butter, brown sugar, and spices. Add the egg, honey, and molasses. Gradually mix in the flour. 再拿一个大碗,把黄油( 室温)、红糖、香料混 合。加入鸡蛋、蜂蜜、糖 浆,然后慢慢在面粉中搅 拌均匀。


Bake the dough for about eight minutes until it turns just a bit golden. 把面团放入烤箱,烤差不 多8分钟,此时面团应该烤 至金黄。

Knead the dough into a ball and refrigerate for one to two hours. Roll out the chilled dough, then cut out horse shapes using a cookie cutter or a homemade template. Hwa recommends finding a horse shape you like, tracing it, cutting it out of wax paper or normal paper, placing it on the dough, and cutting around the shape with a knife. 把面粉揉成球,放入冰箱 冷藏1至2个小时。然后把 面团拿出来,用小马形状 的饼干模具或自做的饼干 模具刻好面团。吴华推荐 大家找一个喜欢的小马形 状,在蜡纸或普通纸上描 下来,然后放在面团上, 剪出个小马形状。

5 Let cool, then decorate the cookies with icing using piping bags. 取出冷却后,用裱花袋稍 作装点。

February 2014



Playing What's Fun In

Hot ‘n’ Cold Book a private hot spring getaway in Changping by Clemence Jiang

photo: Clemence Jiang


beijingkids 2014 February Beijing Meishen Palace Castle Spa features private hot spring pools on the balcony

What's Fun In Playing

photo: courtesy of yiquan hot spring resort


here is nothing quite like being immersed in a 40°C water while feeling below-freezing air on the skin of your shoulders. But while we can appreciate the therapeutic effects of hot water gushing from beneath the earth, a major drawback of traditional hot springs is the fact that you have to share a pool with strangers. Luckily, many hotels and resorts in Beijing’s suburbs now offer private hot springs on balconies and courtyards. Most of these are located approximately 40km north of Beijing in Changping District. The small town of Xiaotangshan may have a somewhat unfortunate reputation as a former SARS treatment site, after the government hastily built a hospital there in 2003 to deal with the outbreak, but it is traditionally known for its rich geothermal resources. It is said that whenever you dig a hole deep enough in the town, hot water will appear. This may be an exaggeration, but all the spas we called claimed to use natural hot spring water from more than 3,000m underground. We visited one of these hot spring resorts, Beijing Meishen Palace Castle Spa. This western-style destination offers rooms with both an ensuite hot spring pool and a private outdoor pool on the balcony. From Wangjing (where we started), the drive took around 40 minutes. Take the Jingcheng Expressway north until you reach the North Sixth Ring Road. Follow the ring road to Changping District and head west for ten minutes until you see the Xiaotangshan exit. Turn off and take a left at the first set of traffic lights, then drive along for 2km to Beijing Changping National Agricultural Science Park, where the hotel is located. The four-story hotel has 54 rooms, all of which come with 24 hour access to hot spring water. Our cavernous room on the top floor (RMB 880 per night), reached through a spiral staircase and an elevator, was very spacious, and came with a king-size bed, large flat screen TV, a small fridge, shower, and toiletries for after your soak. There were no water-based games in sight, no shrieking children running around, and no cheesy Chinese pan flute music playing from the speakers. There is nothing to disturb the peace of our private two by two meter pool on balcony – a perfect retreat for a couple or a family of three or four. The hot spring water in Xiaotangshan is rich in sulfur, a naturally-occurring mineral that can also be found near volcanic craters. Sulfur hot springs are known to have soothing properties for the skin and arthritic pain. Some also believe that the iron content in hot springs may boost the body’s immune system and improve its ability to fight infections. You can identify sulfur in water from the

strong “rotten egg” smell caused by the sulfur dioxide gas released into the air, though you get used to it surprisingly quickly. The temperature of natural hot spring water can reach as high as 60°C, so it is often mixed with tap water to balance the heat. At the first resort we visited, the water pipe leading into the pool seemed to have already turned red from rust, despite the fact that the hotel opened only a few months ago. We noticed the same phenomenon at other resorts however, and realized it was because of residue left by the brownish mineral water. There were two taps in the pool – one for hot spring water and one for cold tap water. The water pressure is strong; within ten minutes, the pool was 90 percent full. To keep the water temperature just right, try limiting the hot spring tap to a very small stream and leaving it on for the duration of your dip. The hotel was very quiet at night. The pool seemed miles away from the din of cars on North Sixth Ring Road. For a truly decadent

experience, bring your own candles, milk, essential oils, or bath salts. However, there are precautions to take. It is not recommended to stay in a hot spring pool for more than half an hour; the sudden decrease in blood pressure can cause dizziness. Be sure to drink plenty of water to replace the fluids being lost through perspiration. That being said, it is normal to feel a bit dizzy after the dip. Kids should take a shower afterwards to wash away the minerals in the hot spring water, paying special attention to their hair. Have snacks on hand to replenish their energy. It is also worth taking a look around the resort. Next door, Yiquan Hot Spring Resort, a farmhouse-style compound with individual courtyards (starting from RMB 680/ night), features its own hot springs enclosed in a bamboo fence. Yiquan also has a restaurant (the nearest place to dine if you are staying at Meishen Palace Castle Spa) and a zoo with peacocks, ostriches, and goats that

Private courtyard at Yiquan Hot Spring Resort

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1. Beijing Meishen Palace Castle Spa

3. Jiuhua Resort and Convention Center 4. Hot Spring Leisure City 5. Longmai Hot Spring Village




2014 February


photos: Clemence Jiang, Jihua resort and convention center, hot spring leisure city, and longmai hot spring village

2. Yiquan Hot Spring Resort

What's Fun In Playing remains open even in winter. There were also a number of dogs in the garden, but not to worry – they were all friendly and quiet. Bigger groups or families looking for a livelier atmosphere and water-based fun might enjoy Jiuhua Resort and Convention Center, located about 4km north of Beijing Meishen Palace Castle Spa. The spacious resort, which can host around 2,000 guests, was built on the site where the Qianlong Emperor and Empress Dowager Cixi used to bathe. Known for its luxury, popularity with businesspeople, different types of herbal baths, saunas, massages, and water games, Jiuhua has also started to offer hotel rooms with ensuite hot spring pools.

Beijing Meishen Palace Castle Spa 北京美神宫温泉城堡 Daily 24hrs. East District, Beijing Changping National Agricultural Science Park, Changping District (6179 0203) 昌平区小汤山现代科技 农业园东区内 A pool at Longmai Hot Spring Village

Yiquan Hot Spring Resort 益泉休闲会所 Daily 24hrs. East District, Beijing Changping National Agricultural Science Park, Changping District (5166 8564) 昌平区小汤山现代科技农 业园东区内 Jiuhua Resort and Convention Center 九华山庄 Daily 8am-10pm (public hot springs). Jiuhua Shanzhuang, Xiaotangshan, Changping District (400 882 1696) 昌平区小汤山九华山庄


photo: courtesy of Longmai hot spring village

For resorts that are easily accessible by public transportation, try Hot Spring Leisure City (bus 966 from Tiantongyuan Bei and bus 996 from Xi’erqi subway station) or Longmai Hot Spring Village (bus 912 from Andingmen and bus 949 from Deshengmen).


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Hot Spring Leisure City 温都水城 Daily 24hrs. Zhenggezhuang Village, Qijia Town, Changping District (8178 8888) 昌平区北 七家镇郑各庄村 Longmai Hot Spring Village 龙脉温泉 Daily 24hrs. Xiaotangshan, Changping District (6178 7676) www.longmaiwenquan. com 昌平区小汤山镇


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Playing Weekend Warrior

beijingkids editors chime in on Hebei ski resort by Clemence Jiang



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photos: courtesy of genting

Secret Garden


A view beijingkids of the lodge and main ski lift February 2014

Playing Weekend Warrior Chair lifts with pull-down covers to protect from the wind

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t the time of this article’s writing in mid-January, Beijing had yet to receive its first bout of snow. Luckily, families can escape to a winter resort to ski and snowboard on man-made runs. Non-skiers can join the fun too, with activities like sleighing, tubing, hiking, or simply kicking back at the lodge. The capital is not short on places to ski, but there is a more serious destination about 200km northwest of Beijing in Chongli, a county in Hebei Province trying to establish itself as the “Davos of China” in reference to the famous ski resort in the Swiss Alps. Also nicknamed the “Backyard of Beijing,” Chongli’s average temperature is about 7°C lower than in the capital. The area’s heavy snowfall and better snow quality make the county a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. Spanning 3,000sqkm, Genting Resort Secret Garden is the newest addition to the ski market in Chongli. Opened in late 2012, the mega-complex encompasses a five-star hotel, a restaurant and bar, and more than 30 trails on a mountain with a 2,500m peak. Activities include sightseeing, skiing, and snowboarding for children and adults of all skill levels. The resort is built at the bottom of the mountain and many of the hotel rooms have a view of the ski runs. The standard accomodation is a four-person family room (starting from RMB 658 per night) with a king-size bed, a bunk bed, an open kitchen, and two toilets. There is a children’s slope with a wide and smooth run serviced by a magic carpet lift for kids and beginners who need skiing or snowboarding lessons. English-speaking instructors can be booked through the resort. The ski center rents out Salomon and Volkl ski equipment, ski suits, helmets, sleds, and accessories. Non-skiers can buy a one-time sightseeing ticket (RMB 60) to take the cable car, while veteran skiers and snowboarders can take on the maximum drop of 345m and maximum angle of 24° on the advanced runs. A ski lodge can be found at the peak of the mountain in which visitors can rest or enjoy a hot drink. There are two ways to get up the mountain: using chair lifts with a retractable cover to protect from biting winds or four-person cable cars. In the evening, guests can keep entertained with pool tables, foosball, an indoor swimming pool, and a bar. There is also a kids’ play area and a toy store with candy for sale. Recently, a number of beijingkids editors had the opportunity to stay overnight at Genting Resort Secret Garden. Here is our take on the ski runs, facilities, service, and accommodations.

Genting Resort Secret Garden 密苑云顶乐园 Daily 8am-4pm. Chongli County, Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province (400 1681 234, 河北省张家口市崇礼县四台嘴乡梧桐大道 for rent Ski outfits

Room prices: Starting from RMB 658 per night Ski prices: Day pass (does not include equipment rental): RMB 288 per person (Mon-Fri), RMB 380 (Sat-Sun), RMB 588 (holidays). Equipment rental: RMB 218 (MonFri), RMB 280 (Sat-Sun), RMB 420 (holidays). Free for kids under 1.2m and half price for kids under 1.4m. Getting there: A daily shuttle bus is available between Beijing and the resort. The bus leaves Guomao (国贸) at 7:30am, stops in Sanyuanqiao (三元桥) at 7:50am, and reaches the resort at 11am. There is also a night shuttle on Friday evenings. The bus leaves the resort for Beijing at 4pm daily.

Retire to the bar after a hard day on the slopes



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The addition of hot springs would be nice.


Many of the hotel rooms come with bunk beds, which makes them very family-friendly.

Family rooms are spacious and well-equipped, easily sleeping four adults. The hotel is warm and cozy despite frigid outside temperatures.

The beds were the best part; my painful tailbone had a cushy surface to rest on for the night. The duvet was cozy, heavy, and warm.


At the top of the mountain, it’s easy to accidentally ski into the nearby Wanlong Resort. However, your passes will not work on their chair lifts and you’ll need to fork out extra renminbi to make it back to Genting. So pay close attention to trail markers!


There are a variety of runs, so the advanced skier or snowboarder has options. There is definitely enough variety to spend a couple of days at the resort and not feel as though you’re doing the same routes over and over again. The black runs were challenging but not too busy, so there was some space for error.


The rooms were spacious and well-maintained. We had two toilets! There’s a floor reserved for smokers, so families don’t have to worry about secondhand smoke.




There was lots of space to move, which is especially good for snowboarders as we love making long curves across the piste to the displeasure of skiers. There were, however, some arrogant types with lots of expensive equipment (but no skill) cutting across everybody.


Given that there was no natural snowfall I thought the snow coverage was really good. It got a little icy towards the end of the day (especially in the shade), but for the most part I thought the pistes were decent.



Although the resort wasn’t completed when we visited, the areas that were finished such as the rooms and common areas were warm enough to keep the biting cold at bay.


Be sure to note your locker number at the ski center. The lockers use a system in which you have to insert a card into a slot at the back of the door to activate the locking mechanism, like getting power in a hotel room. However, many of the lockers didn’t work properly and I had to switch three times. The staff forgot to enter my locker number in the computer system for the last change, which means I had no idea where my locker was once I returned from snowboarding.

Apparently, having a UK size 7 shoe size falls into the ‘big feet’ department and I had to wear men’s ski boots for snowboarding. The physics of having a heavier snowboard and not enough body mass to lift, twist, turn and stop the board ensured gravity had the upper hand throughout my snowboarding experience.


The resort should open the spa as soon as possible, because many of us were desperate for a massage after taking a tumble (or two) on the slopes.

There is room for improvement, as most of the staff does not speak English and it takes time to get assistance. The front desk staff offers service with a smile, but the rental ski staff is in need of a refresher course on customer service.

It could be very cold and windy on the chair lifts, so it was a relief to have the option of a cable car.

Service was efficient and personable. Although most employees did not speak English, there were sufficient English-speaking team members available at each location (reception, restaurants, ski school, etc.) to help.

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Very helpful staff. On a couple of occasions, my skiing companion dropped her things (such as a ski pass and a ski pole) and they were very quick to chase us to return them.

February 2014



Playing Family Travels

Christmas at Fingal Bay

Christmas in the Sun Festive road trip on Australia’s east coast by Christine Armstrong



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Jack (5) gets up close with kangaroos in Brisbane

Blue Mountain views in Katoomba

photos: courtesy of Christine Armstrong

Travelers: Deputy Head Teacher at the British School of Beijing (BSB) Sanlitun, Christine Armstrong, and her two kids Sophie (age 7) and Jack (age 5), who both attend the school. Destination: East coast of Australia Dates: December 14, 2013 to January 4, 2014 Travel plans: The family flew from Beijing to Sydney with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong, where they spent a day in the city between flights. After staying one night at the Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport, the three travelers flew to Brisbane with Qantas and hired a car from Thrifty Car Rental. They then worked their way down Australia’s east coast, passing through Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Port Stephens, Shoal Bay, and Katoomba before returning to stay in the north Sydney suburb of Manly for four days. The trip was mostly organized by Christine, with the help of Australian friends and the websites (flights) and (hotels). Cost: International flights RMB 17,000; internal flights RMB 1,500; hotels RMB 4,000; house rental RMB 2,200 for the family’s share; car hire RMB 6,000, spending money RMB 16,000; visas were free for British passport holders. Approximate total RMB 47,000.

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The family at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary


wanted to take a night flight to Australia, so I booked an early morning ticket to Hong Kong and an evening onward flight so we could spend the day in the city. Fortunately, the children were tired out after the day trip and slept the whole way to Sydney – success! We flew on to Brisbane, where we stayed with friends for three days and saw some of the sights the city has to offer, including a fantastic (and free) man-made urban beach and a koala sanctuary where we got up close to the animals and fed kangaroos. With a rental car arranged beforehand, our road trip down to Sydney began with stops in Coffs Harbour, famous for a giant walk-through banana, and Port Macquarie, which has beautiful beaches. The east coast of Australia has plenty to offer, and we really enjoyed making our holiday beach-focused. I was not convinced I would enjoy being “sandy” every day but it was fantastic. The kids had a great time body boarding and loved the big waves. We drove on, but a nightmare situation arose two days before Christmas when I realized that I had left two hidden shopping bags, filled with Santa’s shopping, in Coffs Harbor. I called the motel and a courier, and thanks to some truly amazing generosity of spirit the items were boxed and delivered back to us in time for Christmas. Our next stop was Shoal Bay, where we rented a five-bedroom house with some friends. We used the house as a base to visit some well-known bays and more amazing beaches. We also drove through the famous Lemon Tree Passage where you can see koalas in trees and ended up on a cozy little peninsula called Tilligerry. We neared our final destination, Sydney, but had time for one more stop-off in the Blue Mountains to the west of the city. Here, while staying in a town called Katoomba, we visited Scenic World where you can take a cable car across a ravine, offering great views of the mountains

and the Three Sisters rock formation. The last stretch of the road trip took us back to Sydney to spend four days with friends in the northern suburb of Manly. The ferry into the city afforded amazing views, without the costly price tag of tourist boats, providing one of the best places to look out over the skyline at a fraction of the price. Overall, our trip to Australia gave us a bit of everything. We had city, suburbia, beaches, and mountains and balanced time with friends and independent exploration. Travel Tips • Eastern Australia is a great destination for all ages, and the weather is lovely and hot at this time of year. It was summer when we went, so we had temperatures of between 20 and 37°C (68 to 98°F). • We are spoiled for good hotels in Asia, so you will need to lower your expectations about what you can get for the same price in Australia. • My Chinese UnionPay card did not work with the ATMs, despite my research suggesting that NAB (National Australia Bank) would accept it. The bank could not explain the problem, although fortunately I had other cards. I recommend going to your bank to check whether the magnetic strip is intact and making sure you have some back-up options. • Long-sleeved swim tops for the kids were invaluable in the scorching sun and I would suggest stocking up on SPF 50 sun cream. • If you go to Scenic World in the Blue Mountains, get there early. We arrived at 8.45am and got early bird discount tickets, but by midday the queues were snaking down the road. February 2014



Pitch Perfect by Aisling O'Brien


Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jason Fung (age 9) with teacher Vera Mitford at the British School of Beijing, Sanlitun beijingkids 2014 February

photo: mitchell pe masilun

How to encourage musicality in kids

Schooled Learning

“If you want your child to approach music with love and enthusiasm, you need to be their role model” A Teacher’s Perspective Hungarian Vera Mitford began learning the cello at the tender of age of 6 and took her love of music through to university. She graduated first from the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Budapest, then obtained her cello teaching certificate and performed as a chamber musician at Szechenyi Istvan University in Gyor. Mitford moved to China six years ago when her husband relocated to Beijing for work. The relocation meant an end to playing professionally, so she became a teacher and started working at the British School of Beijing (BSB) Sanlitun in 2007, subsequently qualifying as a primary music teacher at the University of Buckingham in the UK. As well as teaching music classes at the school, she leads the choir and orchestra, and in her spare time plays cello for the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra. Mitford has two children, Emma (age 5) and Benjamin (age 2), both of whom attend BSB Sanlitun. As a music teacher and a mother, she is well-placed to understand how to encourage musicality in children. We recently caught up with Mitford to get her take on music education at home. Why is music an important part of a child’s education? The number one [benefit] of music is its recreational value. If people have been brought up with music, they find it so much easier to enjoy a concert. It also has strong benefits for literacy, math, and creativity. I have a large selection of percussion instruments at school and I can just throw the kids into it. They discover they can create something, whereas previously they may not have believed musical creativity was their forte. What steps should parents follow if they want their children to be musical? Early and regular exposure to music is key. Parents should offer a wide variety of engaging music at home, and make music part of everyday play and routine. You can play percussion instruments (even bang on pots and pans) to your favourite tunes. I recommend dancing, singing, and listening to live music whenever possible.

with regular training in a friendly environment. Children with less courage to sing or the ones who get carried away with the excitement of singing and lose control over their voices are often classified as non-musical or tone deaf. Children are often assessed on their musicality based on their singing skills, but I would be very careful about doing that. You really don’t have to be able to sing to be good at music. I went to music college with students who didn’t have the vocal control necessary to sing in tune, yet turned out to be excellent performing instrumentalists. Rhythm is a very important part of music as well. There are kids who have no sense of control or pitch. Piano is the best instrument for children with less singing ability; I wouldn’t start children with less of an ear for pitch on the violin. With the piano, there’s a feedback loop; you learn to recognize pitch because you are playing a perfect note [unlike violin]. At what age should parents introduce their kids to a musical instrument? Learning an instrument requires a minimum concentration spurt of 20 to 30 minutes and good coordination. Children typically reach that level by the age of 5 or 6 depending on the individual. We offer instrumental tuition at BSB Sanlitun starting from Year 1 based on that principle. What are your top tips for parents? If you want your child to approach music with love and enthusiasm, you need to be their role model. Without your active participation, they’re unlikely to get excited about music-making. Encouraging your children to share their instrumental skills with you gives meaning to their hard work and makes them proud about doing something you probably can’t (unlike all the other school stuff you’re better than them at). At BSB Sanlitun, pupils are encouraged to share their instrumental skills at every level with their peers during music lessons, assemblies, and recitals.

What kinds of music should parents listen to with their kids? I’m a classically trained-musician, so when I started my teaching career I was way too rigid and rigorous when it came to choosing the “right” piece of music. I learned the hard way that you can’t reach certain children unless you throw something popular in the mix; you can gradually introduce them to better-quality music over time.

What kind of children take to playing an instrument? Most children can learn an instrument to a certain level; to become a musician is a different story. That takes talent, passion, and a lot of hard work. The Primary Instrumental Programme at BSB Sanlitun provides every child with an opportunity to explore an instrument in small groups and this is something the children really enjoy. After the initial exposure, some of them choose to take individual lessons and learn more about playing that instrument.

Is there such a thing as “tone deaf”? What if a child has no ear for music? Anyone can distinguish between different pitches to a certain extent

How much time should a child practice an instrument? I would suggest short but regular practice sessions. Ten minutes daily for beginners, which can be gradually increased as the child gets older February 2014



Learning Schooled Jason and his mom, Phoebe Fung



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photoS: mitchell pe masilun and courtesy of phoebe fung

Jason attending a specialist class at Yamaha at age 5 1/2

Schooled Learning and practising becomes part of their routine. What’s the best way to encourage kids to practice? Each child responds best to a different approach; however, most children enjoy working towards little goals, such as a small performance or sharing a session with family or friends. Praising and occasionally rewarding good work also gives children confidence and encourages them to keep going. What should parents do if their kid wants to stop learning an instrument? Learning an instrument requires hard work, dedication, and resilience. Many children reach a point when they want to quit or switch to another instrument. In some cases it is fine, depending on their talent, the length of time they have learned the instrument for, and their reasons for giving up. Is it better to take exams or learn for fun? Some children respond well to pressure and some enjoy working towards smaller goals. The right tutor should be able to tell you if taking exams is the approach for your child. Some exams can also be fun, providing a nice selection of pieces to choose from. Would you recommend a career as a professional musician? It’s brilliant to play for fun, but becoming a professional musician is not a good career choice. I was brought up in a communist country where classical music was culturally important. It was a competitive environment and not many of us made it as professional musicians. My brother is a professional – a violinist for an opera house orchestra – and life is a struggle. Where do you recommend buying instruments? Most music shops in Beijing are either on Xinjiekou Nanjie or Gulou Dajie. They offer a huge selection of instruments and accessories for every level and price.

A Student’s Perspective Nine-year-old Jason Fung (from Hong Kong) is an accomplished multiinstrumentalist, performer, and composer – a little boy bubbling over with enthusiasm for music. Head of Music Vera Mitford explains: “Teaching Jason is amazing. He can do anything. It’s really challenging because it’s hard to stretch his skills within a normal music class. His piano skills are way above average, and he is extremely musical.” Jason and his mom Phoebe Fung arrive to our interview fresh from a musical assembly where he sang “My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean” with other students singers at BSB Sanlitun. Soon, it becomes apparent that Jason is in the process of losing one of his baby teeth. “My tooth is bleeding,” he announces and grins to display a wobbly incisor. “I don’t believe in the tooth fairy,” he adds, “so I don’t think I’m going to get any money for this.” While he may not succeed in trading his ivories for renminbi, Jason is highly successful at tinkling the ivories. He excels not only at piano and organ, he plays at least one instrument from every family of the orchestra: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. “I play flute, trumpet, violin, ukulele, piano, organ, and the drums,” he says with a smile. “I’ve been playing music for longer than I can remember. The first instrument I learned was the organ; I started when I was 3.” Phoebe Fung interjects, “When he was in Hong Kong, we started Yamaha organ courses and added piano when he was 3 1/2. We realized he was really talented when he was around 6 years old. He was one of a couple of children selected for a specialist class at Yamaha. He began composing songs and performing them, and then we understood that he was gifted and had a unique talent.” Jason’s musicality came as a surprise to his parents. “Neither I nor

my husband Willy are musically-gifted,” Fung adds, “though his brother Kayden (age 5) is musical too.” Mitford witnessed firsthand Jason’s ability to master new instruments in a short period of time. “He learned the violin at BSB and picked it up so quickly. Now he has started learning the flute. All I can do to stretch him is give him an instrument he’s not that confident at and try to get him out of his comfort zone.” Jason works hard, receiving Distinctions and Merits in all of his Associated Boards of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) grades. This year, he is studying for his Grade 8 piano exam, which is more commonly taken by children twice Jason’s age. To achieve this advanced level, he practices piano and organ every day for an hour and a half. “I enjoy practicing,” he says. “I tell myself that if I keep going I will get really good at music, and maybe one day I could even become famous! First, I play the piece slowly a few times and then I play it faster until I get to the right tempo. Never giving up is the most important thing.” He is currently learning Chopin’s “Minute Waltz,” but the piece he dreams of learning one day is Mozart’s “Rondo Alla Turca.”

“I think a world without music would be boring and negative” Jason was introduced to composition through advanced classes at Yamaha. “I write all types of music,” he explains. “I composed my first song when I was 6 1/2. I listen to different types of music and get ideas from it. Then I improvise a motif and add to it. I repeat the melody, improvise and play with it, making variations until I hear something I like, and then I develop that.” Jason’s extraordinary gift had a knock-on educational effect on his mom. Phoebe Fung explains that she learned musical theory by following his progress. “I am gradually becoming more informed about his process. I can’t do what he does but I’m learning about it through Jason. When he was doing Grade 2 and Grade 4, I sat beside him when he was practicing, but at Grade 6 and Grade 8 I couldn’t help him anymore. The notation is so complex; I can’t read the music or follow the part he is playing. Now I just let him learn by himself.” To date, Jason has composed three songs: “What a Wonderful World,” “Praise for the Great Wall,” and “The Sound of Northern China,” which he performed at the China National Junior Original Concert in 2013 hosted by Yamaha. He is currently working on a new piece. “He is very creative when he writes his own music,” says Mitford. “I can give him a bassline and ask him to go next door, and he comes back with a piece. He really understands music; it’s not that he has just picked it up by repetition.” In addition to performing his own compositions, Jason plays a key role as accompanist for the school choir. “He’s been [accompanying the choir] for two years now, since he was in Year 3,” says Mitford. “I can give him a piece of music and tell him ‘There’s a concert in two weeks’ and leave him to get on with it.” As assured as Jason is backing up the assembled voices of BSB Sanlitun, he prefers playing by himself. “Playing with a choir is harder,” he says. “Sometimes they sing faster or slower than they should, and I have to change my speed to keep up.” Given his commitment and passion, it is not surprising that Jason dreams of a career in music. “When I grow up I’d like to be a composer or work for an orchestra. Music is fun, and it makes me feel relaxed, happy, and good. I love music because I can enjoy it every day, and I can make music whenever I like. I think a world without music would be boring and negative.” February 2014




ric Litwin needs no introduction to parents of young children. Performer, educator, and author of the first four Pete the Cat books, his works have sold more than a million copies and he is a number one New York Times best-selling author. Litman recently visited the Western Academy of Beijing to deliver his renowned storytelling workshops. Between informing, singing, storytelling, and playing guitar, he answered questions from Grade 4 and 5 students. Aisling O’Brien

I Want to Be a Children’s Book Author Eric Litman lets the cat out of the bag Photos by VivaXiao Photography Studio



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When I Grow Up Learning Josefina Boschero, 10, Argentina Do you only write books with a song to them? My interest is in interactive musical stories with positive messages; music helps make reading easier. One day, I may write a poetry book or a book for grown-ups on teaching techniques.

Ollie Chugg, 9, UK How did you get inspired to write Pete the Cat? I was ready to publish a story called The Little Girl and Her White Shoes when I saw Pete the Cat in an art gallery. Pete is a folk art character created by James Dean. I thought my writing and his character would be a good pairing, so we decided to collaborate on four Pete the Cat books.

Vignesh Sundaram, 10, India/Australia What inspires you to write books? I’m a teacher who became a writer. I’m interested in how a child feels the first time they pick up a book. I want children to say “I love reading.” That happens if it’s fun and empowering – if they can sing it, rhyme it, and have fun with it.

Lykke Gowran, 10, Ireland/Sweden Were you interested in writing when you were younger? I wrote poems in elementary school and songs in high school. I played in bands and forced people to listen. I kept trying until I found what worked, [until] I’d pick up a guitar and instead of people hightailing it out of the room, they stayed.

Alexandra Lee, 10, US How do you get your ideas? I take walks. I drink a lot of coffee. I go to art galleries. I dream up things in my sleep and write them down. I keep my notepads with me at all times, and if you saw my notes they’d make no sense to you. I often have an idea I’m trying to work through, like how to be positive or that it’s OK to be a little nutty. I’m always looking for inspiration and creativity in the world around me.

“You have to find the good in things because the alternative is cynicism” Gideon Ross, 11, US Why did you want to put songs in your books? I studied folk music and blues. If this interactive stuff – call and response, repetition, and rhythm – works so well for songs, why not books? Ingvild Strand Osen, 9, Norway What inspired your choice of career? I have Master’s degrees in both Education and Administration. I was originally interested in becoming a principal, but I was so driven toward creativity that I decided to try and make my living that way. I worked on my skills for probably ten to 15 years before I self-published my [first] book. I wrote something that excited teachers and librarians and they started blogging about it, and it took off from there. Imme Koolenbrander, 10, Netherlands Do you use your old students as inspiration for your books? I use all students as inspiration for my books. I’m very interested in why some children go to school and love it, and some children don’t. Alyssa Chan, 10, New Zealand Which of your books is your favorite? Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes because it’s my breakthrough book. It has a message that we all need – you have to find the good in things because the alternative is cynicism. I try to live that way, and I hope the book inspires people – if not to live that way, then at least to think about it.

Helaine Vaneyk, 9, Australia When you started writing Pete the Cat, did you know how many books you were going to do? No, I didn’t. I wrote the first four Pete the Cat picture books. Now I’ve moved on to new characters and new books.

Ignus Aleksandras Draugels, 10, Argentina/Lithuania Was there an author who inspired you to write? Oh yes, many. I like Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), Moe Willem (especially Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus), Eric Carle, and Bill Martin Jr. These are all writers who have influenced me.

Maxwell Lin, 9, US Where do you usually get your ideas from? Ideas can come from anywhere. Being in Beijing is very inspiring. The other day, I met a Chinese folk painter and found his art inspiring. I’m in the process of looking for my next book right now.

Hugo Quinlivan, 10, US I know it can be hard to get words and music to match. How do you start writing your songs? If I have a tune that doesn’t work 100 percent, I just keep rewriting until it’s perfect. I don’t feel bad if an idea or melody doesn’t work. I put my ideas out there; I don’t mind if they’re not successful.

Aria Maree Cowell, 9, China/New Zealand Which Pete the Cat book took the longest to write? A book can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. I Love My White Shoes was written over five to six years. It took the longest time to develop. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas was probably my most challenging book. I had originally written Pete the Cat’s Holiday Party but in the end it [was not published]. I sat down in a coffee shop and put Pete in the famous poem, “The Night before Christmas.” I submitted the idea and got a call ten minutes later saying: “That’s the book we want, please write it.” I only had a few months.

February 2014



Learning Blank Canvas

Students from

House of Knowledge German Pre-School Quanfa Campus fill February’s Blank Canvas



Caroline, 5, Germany My wish tree has diamonds and chocolate.

Brayden, 5, Germany I put my wish for kung fu every day inside my tree.

Anna, 5, Germany I wished for chocolate and sugar.

Enja, 5, Germany I drew a real horse in my wish tree.

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Henrik, 5, Germany I wished for gold, monsters, money, and cannon balls.

Phillipp, 6, Germany I drew spaceships and rockets on my tree.

Luis, 5, Germany There are books, a T-shirt, a box of gold, and a toy car on my wish tree. Marvin, 5, Germany I wished for taekwondo every day.

Jack, 5, China My tree has a lot of things: a star, an apple, grapes, and a monster with many hands.

February 2014



Parenting Beijing Baba

From KISS to the Philadelphia Chickens The evolution of music in one dad’s life by Christopher Lay


y whole life, I have been surrounded by musical influences beyond my own control. I grew up in a small town called Ashland nestled between two mountain ranges in southern Oregon, USA. Music in my household was controlled by two major forces: my father and two older brothers. My father, out of a love for high fidelity, ensured that our home was equipped with enough quality components and speakers to test my mother’s patience whenever he or one of the boys turned the thing on. A founding member of the band The Four Teens, Dad enjoyed genres ranging from classical to jazz and fusion. It was largely music without lyrics, often straining my capacity to understand what the big deal was when it came to Pat Matheny and 16-minute songs. Meanwhile, Brad (the middle brother) was a fan of KISS-style heavy metal and later country western. The oldest brother, Geoff, listened to slightly less metallic rock and roll, though I do recall Boston being a unifying force in the brotherhood.

Reina gravitated towards standard kid fare that was easy to sing along to, with a penchant for some seriously hardcore gangsta rap from time to time



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

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Outside our humble abode, I encountered fewer musical alternatives. In southern Oregon, there were really only three kinds of music at the time: rock and roll, country western, and pop. If it wasn’t on the US Top 40, it didn’t get much airtime. Consequently, I was ear-deep in Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Journey, Mötley Crü, the Police, Cindy Lauper and whatever else blared on the local FM station and MTV. Still, I could not have anticipated the huge influence my father’s record collection would have on my musical tastes as I began to attend live performances after returning from abroad and relocating to Portland, Oregon. Somehow, I even became the first music director

of my university’s inaugural radio station, KPSU. Over the years, albums and tapes gave way to CDs and MP3s. This has eliminated the need to haul stereo components from place to place. Still, the influence of music continued to grow in my life until about seven years ago with the birth of my daughter in Shenzhen. Music and its influence – as with many other things – subsided when we brought that little child home. Like any good parent at the time, we considered Baby Beethoven but settled on a child-friendly musical diet of real bands. Unfortunately Reina gravitated towards standard kid fare that was easy to sing along to, with a penchant for some seriously hardcore gangsta rap from time to time. Fortunately, she is also a fan of more kid-friendly albums by accomplished musicians like They Might Be Giants and the Barenaked Ladies. Had we stopped at just one child, we might have done away with bands with names like the Philadelphia Chickens. However, our twin boys have ensured that we will be tuning in to them and their ilk for quite some time. These days, when listening to iTunes Radio or just browsing our music collection, I am told to play songs from a category called “Kindergarten Sing-Alongs.” I could argue but there wouldn’t be much point. The boys will shake their little booties to nearly anything, but really tear up the dance floor to music with a catchy beat that sounds like it was engineered for them. So, I crank up Red Grammer and join in the fun. What choice do I have? They will no doubt outgrow it before I know.

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A family marches to the beat of its own drum by Ember Swift

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wo musicians meet and fall in love. They don’t speak the same language but they “speak music,” so early conversations take place through instruments, jamming, laughing, accenting each other’s rhythms, and harmonizing with each other’s melodies. Their love grows, and so does the woman’s Mandarin (as opposed to the man’s English). They get married and settle in Beijing, the city in which they met. Two years later, they have a daughter whom they name “Echo” as an echo of their love, an extension of their original musical conversation. With Echo’s arrival, the harmonious duo suddenly becomes a trio, which results in some transitional cacophony. Specifically, a spontaneous guest player (a.k.a. mother-in-law) also comes onstage to support the family song. Her instruments are childcare and the luxury of time – two things that musicians with rehearsals and performance schedules have in short supply. Her role quickly becomes essential. The audience applauds and everyone onstage smiles; they know a good thing when they hear it. When Echo is nearly 2, a second child arrives. This one, born in Canada, is a boy named Topaz (“Paz” for short) who is the family’s “precious yellow jade,” transforming the band into a four-piece. Guest player (MIL) is waiting in the wings in China, anxious to meet him, but they will spend Paz’ first two months warmly tucked away in Canada’s winter embrace. Rehearsing with the expanded lineup takes finesse and gentle coaxing, especially for the little Echo in the group. Just like a band, a family must go through a transition with every new member. Room must be made in the song arrangements to accommodate the new player, who brings a new instrument, additional melody lines, and exciting new rhythms. Meeting the needs of a new member must never be done at the expense of existing players, however. It’s the striking of a new balance against the arrival of a new sonic layer – a process. As the mother, I am the initial welcoming committee. I provide sustenance for our new member and, while breastfeeding takes up much of my time, I must also be conscious of Echo’s needs for her mom’s cuddles and kisses.

Daddy is the backup; when Mommy is busy with the newest member, he must give increased attention to the third. It’s a call and response, like a bassline leading into a drum fill. Slowly we’ll find that the song has become richer, its tonal colors painting a new family portrait.

Slowly we’ll find that the song has become richer, its tonal colors painting a new family portrait Soon, back in Beijing, our famous guest player’s (MIL’s) open arms will bring our song back onto the stage of our daily lives. Spring will unfold, alive with inherent creativity and potential. A family and a band have more similarities than differences. Both require creativity, time, focus, devotion, loyalty and, most of all, patience. Love between the members is often unspoken, but assumed. We must work together to learn each other’s ways, to communicate, to help each other develop. As time passes, what we create can be pure beauty – a performance of life unfolding for a family, a performance of sound woven into composition by a band. The latter is via musical instruments in the arms of talent; the former is via guidance in the arms of love. Both bring song. Ours has risen. We may be within the music, but we mustn’t forget to listen.

Ember Swift is a Canadian musician and writer who has been living in Beijing since late 2008. She and her husband Guo Jian (国 囝 ) , who is also a musician, have a daughter called Echo (国如一) and a newborn son called Topaz.

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beijingkids 2014 Beijing) February Alyssa Lam (age 12, Dulwich College strums a Taylor Swift song

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ithout music, life would be a mistake,� wrote German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in Twilight of the Idols. Music has the ability to bridge cultural differences, bring kids out of their shells, enhance learning, and even heal, according to some. In this issue, we visit a class of American high school students learning traditional Chinese instruments, speak to two dads who regularly take their kids to live shows, and profile community singing groups.

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The Family that Gigs Together… Why music lovers say you shouldn’t shelter your kids from the stage by Kyle Mullin


t first glance, live music shows may not seem the most family-friendly of places. Crowds, loud noises, and smoking keep many parents and kids at bay. However, as music lovers grow older and start families, they need not fear abandoning the shows they love just because they now have little ones in tow. “They don’t want to settle down, so it’s understandable,” says Pierre Brahin, a Beijingbased composer and musician from France who plays world music, jazz, and flamenco. He is also father to 6-year-old Lucien. While many musicians and die-hard fans worry about how having a family may impede their chances of catching gigs, those gripes are usually unfounded. “I have a lot of friends who are musicians, and nearly all of them have kids,” he says. Ian Burns has a similar outlook. The lead

singer of The Beijing Beatles, this Brit is also an avid music lover who still regularly attends shows. His 10-year-old son, Max, does not impede Dad’s regular gigging around town. On the contrary, father and son have been bonding over live shows for years. “I constantly talk to him about the music I listened to while growing up, the influence my dad and brothers had on me as a child with their records, how important it is to know and love music,” Burns says, adding that those heart-to-hearts led Max to become a fan of vintage acts like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Kinks. “Max also loves to sing and listen to classic songs from my dad’s era. He’s a little nostalgic, just like me.” “Unfortunately, he does also like Justin Bieber,” Burns adds with a laugh. “I’m trying to get him out of this phase. Just kidding. Well, not really.” When it comes to live music, however,

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French composer Pierre Brahin and his son, 6-year-old Lucien


“I constantly talk to him about the music I listened to while growing up, the influence my dad and brothers had on me as a child with their records, how important it is to know and love music”

Burns is much more deliberate about being a good influence. He was careful to not only expose his son to studio recordings of his favorite songs, but to live renditions as well. “I spoke to Max in advance to make sure he knew what to expect at the concert,” Burns says of the first live performance they attended together. “I took him to a quiet classical concert in Qingdao when he was 5. Once he said he wanted to come along, [I told him] it wouldn’t be possible to leave in the middle of the performance [if he didn’t like it]. It would be inconsiderate – not to mention I didn’t have a babysitter.” Pierre Brahin encourages parents not to worry about the volume level or potential rowdiness of a live performance. The real risk lies in depriving children of the chance to see talented performers, he believes. The subject matter of certain songs is not always appropriate for kids, however, and should parents shoud not disregard crowd control and volume levels. The distinction is that families should not feel intimidated by these factors. In the end, the advantages outweigh the risks, Brahin argues. “The benefits are the same as going to an art gallery or any cultural event,” he says. “It’s about being aware of and able to enjoy different types of artistic expression. It’s also about learning how to [form] an opinion by yourself. Any kind of musical performance is good for your children to see, even if it’s Justin Bieber.” Burns agrees. “Max has been to many live gigs and volume hasn’t been an issue so far. We can always leave if it is,” he says. “Obviously I wouldn’t take Max to an extremely crowded event, but usually there’s somewhere to stand or sit if the place gets too busy.”

In addition, families should look into taking children to age-appropriate shows, where many of the issues that parents stress over do not tend to crop up. “I am often asked by friends if the Beijing Beatles ever play daytime or kidfriendly gigs so they can bring their kids,” explains Burns. “We have tried it and would like to do [more] in the future.” “I would be careful to not bring the kid to a loud concert indoors,” Brahin says. “But as long as it’s not too late at night, I really don’t think there is an age limit to bring your kids to shows.” To minimize potential problems, Burns gave Max lessons in gig etiquette and concert safety. With these guidelines in place, father and son’s musical bond got stronger, with the younger Burns overtaking his dad at times. “He performed at Mao Livehouse before I did!” Burns exclaims of his son’s early performance at one of Beijing’s most renowned live music venues. “At the age of 7, he sang ‘Highway to Hell’ with some friends of mine at a birthday party.” Burns loves sharing music with his son. But the whole experience runs deeper than father and son simply having a common interest. Letting your children in on your fixations, obligations, pursuits, and passions can help them better understand when those commitments keep you apart – be it a business trip, night shift, or a gig. “Being flexible and spending time with your children is very important, but sometimes you just have to be a little bit creative,” he says. After all, his regular shows with The Beijing Beatles play tend to eat into his spare time. “I am sad when I have to leave the house and go play at a gig. But on the other hand, Max gets it. He knows that I love [what I am] doing and that I will make it up to him in other ways.”

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In Tune Beijing’s amateur singers make beautiful music together by Dana Cosio-Mercado


he first time that a group of people stood together and sang in unison, a captive audience was born. Through that performance, early humans realized that multiple voices produced a much richer sound than a single one could. Throughout history, developments in musical notation led to different forms of group singing: in harmony (as seen in European choral music), backed by musical instruments, or within a church. The latter is the origin of the phrase “a capella” (Italian for “in the manner of the church”), which has come to mean singing without musical accompaniment. The most common type of arrangement is a mixed choir of male and female singers, usually consisting of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices. Choirs can be categorized by the kind of institution that directs them – for example, a church, a school, or a community organization – or the kind of music they perform, such as a classical choir, a barbershop quartet, a gospel choir, or a show chorus. But no matter the form, the objective of all choral singing is the same: to produce a highly textured sound that cannot be achieved through one voice alone. Singers reap the social rewards of being part of a group, as well as creating music for their own and others’ enjoyment. Perhaps it is time to finally break out of humming quietly to yourself or singing in the shower and make some new friends in the process. Or if you are content with being part of the audience, check out some of the following choirs.


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Shout! by O’le Music The name “O’le” will be familiar to many families in the Beijing expat community for its popular indoor climbing center in Shuangjing or the many ski and snowboard programs led by O’le Ski. Now, O’le is expanding into pursuits beyond sports by taking on the world of music. O’le Music offers several platforms for those who want to explore their musical side. Programs for kids consist of Trash Bash (see p21 for details) and World Percussion, while grownups can join the Shout! choir, which started last December. Shout! is open to all singing levels and experiences. The main repertoire is made up of rock and pop songs specially arranged and easily divided between any number of participants. You do not have to be a good singer nor even to able to read music. For now, O’le Music holds regular sessions downtown but will start up in Shunyi once enough people sign up.


Interview with Pete Tupper, co-founder of O’le Music How did Shout! come about? After providing musical activities for kids, my co-founder Alejandro and I decided it would be only fair to give the parents and other adults a chance to do something fun too. A “rock choir” seemed like the ideal solution. What is the aim? To give adults the chance to experience the feeling of singing popular rock and pop songs in a group (sometimes for the first time), to develop their skill from whatever level they are at, and to create a regular social occasion to foster friendships and give people a great time. What has it been like so far? The choir is picking up momentum and

attracting an even mix of foreigners and English-speaking locals, both men and women. What is the professional experience of the people leading the choir? The arrangements are created especially for Shout! and guided by Mariana Savchenko, a professional singing coach from Ukraine. Her experience teaching musical theater also adds a lively twist, and she uses a teaching method that works for both those who do and do not read sheet music. What do your members want to get out of the choir? Many have always had a niggling urge to

take their singing further but haven’t had an opportunity, or are curious to see if they could develop their singing in a fun and sociable format rather than through private singing lessons. Others just come for the good feeling! Any plans for the future? Once each regular group gets established in downtown and Shunyi, the aim is for those groups to perform at the end of the course. We are now developing new choirs specifically for schools and companies. When each group has learned the same songs, they will rock out together in a joint performance, which will no doubt be great for everyone involved.

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Interview with Ching-Ping Lin, IFC operations manager How was IFC formed? We started when a group of expats found that they had enough friends with a passion for singing to form a high-quality choir. And so it was that in March 2002 the IFC burst onto the Beijing classical music scene with a sold-out performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” at the Forbidden City Concert Hall. The IFC very quickly set about becoming a truly international organization with many Chinese singers – now typically [making up] over a third – and aiming to appeal to Chinese audiences as well as western.

What is IFC’s aim? Our overall objective is to perform great music from all choral traditions to the highest possible standard. We focus on large-scale choral works, which allows us to work with our sister organizations, the Peking Sinfonietta ( and the IFC Children’s Chorus ( What is the professional training and experience of the people leading the choir? The IFC is 100 percent volunteer-run. Our management team consists of people from all professional backgrounds and nationalities,

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International Festival Chorus For the past 11 years, International Festival Chorus (IFC) has been performing large-scale choral works with an orchestra. The IFC features both well-established western repertoires and Chinese choral pieces in view of introducing a wide variety of music to a mixed audience. As an extension of the main choir, the International Festival Children’s Choir was formed in 2006 to give younger singers a chance to participate in choral music. The IFC’s artistic director is Nicholas Smith, who has led the choir for the last ten years. He holds a degree in music from Cambridge University and has experience working with music groups worldwide. In 2011, Smith became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his services to music in China and to SinoBritish relations.


foreign and Chinese. Not all staff members are singers, as we have a strong core of non-singing volunteers who believe in the IFC’s mission. How has it been so far? Going into our twelfth season, we have learned that the festival rehearsal format (fewer, more intense rehearsals with high expectations for personal preparation) is well-suited to Beijing’s fast-paced living and ever-changing international community of singers. We are always working to include more Chinese singers. We make sure that rehearsals, emails, and concert programs are all in Chinese and English.

We are also on the lookout for good tenors; we find ourselves [listening for] dulcet high notes as we go about our daily lives in Beijing. What do your members want to get out of IFC? Common threads include a love of music, the desire to perform major choral works not sung by other groups in Beijing, and [the opportunity to sing] with a diverse set of people who are committed to quality. What are your plans for the future? We are still in it for the quality. That said,

we have seen Beijing change a great deal since we started. We remain open to new opportunities, having established a solid platform and reputation for classical music between the IFC, IFC Kids musical education program, IFC Children’s Chorus, and Peking Sinfonietta. While sustainability is one of the goals of any arts organization, a changing membership also allows us to continue evolving. For instance, we recently initiated a community sing series to allow anyone to sing with us regardless of musical experience. The series provides a fun musical opportunity, and we like to think it is opening doors to this kind of music. for the first time to some.

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Feature Beijing Shining Jazzy Chorus The Beijing Shining Jazzy Chorus dares to go where a lot of choirs do not by virtue of its identity as an LGBT group. The majority of its members are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, but the choir is also open to straight singers who are supportive of sexual diversity. The last five years have been an uphill battle for this group, which has struggled with acceptance in a society that does not readily embrace homosexuality. Some members of the choir have not yet come out to their family and friends, and sing with masks on during concerts. There is still a long way to go but the group hopes to break down barriers and inspire a more open society through song.

Interview with Wang Ruoyu, founding member and publicity director How did Beijing Shining Jazzy Chorus get its start? Several of us got together and started it. We believed there was nothing more inclusive than joining in song, and thought that a choir could create a community spirit. What is the choir’s objective? To entertain, enlighten, heal, and unify our audience and choir members with words and music.

What is the professional training and experience of the people leading the choir? We have two regular directors. One studied piano and theory at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine; the other took chorus music courses at China Conservatory of Music. What has the reception been like? We have one or two concerts every year and the audience responds very enthusiastically. We usually hold our concert at a theater with 150 seats, and each time it gets fully booked.

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During our last performance, the ratio of Chinese to international audience members was around 5:1. For now, we have more men than women in the choir, but women are very important to us. We hope that more will join. We receive a lot of support from the international community; the rehearsal venue is provided for free by the German Centre for Industry and Trade, and we get most of our donations from foreigners. What do your members look to get out of the choir? Aside from sending a message about

acceptance, we share the joy of creating music and a sense of belonging. Any plans for the future? We would like to recruit more members and hold more concerts in Beijing to let people – especially straight people – know about us. We would also like to travel to other cities to perform and help people build their own LGBT choirs. We’re planning to attend an international LGBT chorus festival in the future to learn from others.

Shout! by O’le Music 奥莱音乐 Contact: 186 1045 3101,, 1) Every Tue, 7.30-9.30pm. Sanyuanqiao group: Champion Bar, 7 Jing’anli, Chaoyang District 朝阳区朝阳党校路 静安里甲7号千品酒吧; 2) Every Sat 10am-noon. Shunyi meeting: The English Tearoom, inside Chuangyi Yuan, 1A Shunhuang Lu (near Scitech Outlets), Sunhe Township, Shunyi District 顺义 区孙河乡顺黄路甲1号创意园内(近赛特 奥特莱斯). International Festival Chorus 国际节日合唱团 Every candidate who applies to join IFC is given an audition date. Contact:, Beijing Shining Jazzy Chorus Rehearsals and recruitment held each Saturday afternoon. Applicants should be LGBT-friendly, and accept the group’s mission of enlightening, healing, and unifying through words and music. Sight reading of musical notation is a big plus. Contact:

Other Opportunities for Community Singing in Beijing German Kantorei Weekly meetings aimed at amateur singers. The majority of songs are in German, with some in English and Italian. Rehearsals are conducted in German, but translation is available for the Chinese, English, and French speakers in the group. Contact: Katja SchmidtWistoff, Beijing International Christian Fellowship Gospel choir that meets every Sunday morning for English services. Contact: Tang Haiyin, 139 1021 8004 Our Lady of China Beijing Various times and locations for Catholic Mass in English on Saturdays and Sundays. Contact: Choral Training Choir Master Wang Jie and her team can train groups like companies and schools to perform choral pieces. Contact: 189 1113 7665

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Even if the tunes of old live on, the ancient instruments that performed them are playing an increasingly marginalized role in modern society

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Andrew Medina (center) and Alison Kubick (right), both 16, practice the bamboo flute while a beijingkids 2014 February CNethnic teacher and past Chinese leaders look on


Back to the Old School US exchange students try their hand at traditional Chinese instruments by Oscar Holland


raditional Chinese music faces a tough battle for the hearts, minds, and iPods of a new generation. Amidst the rise of western imports and home-grown C-pop, there seems to be less and less space for the songs that provided a soundtrack to Chinese history for centuries. Even if the tunes of old live on, the ancient instruments that performed them are playing an increasingly marginalized role in modern society. Classical western instruments are now more widely taken up by Chinese children, some of whom may only see their ancestral music performed in the name of tourist donations. One person hoping to buck the trend is Helena Yang who founded CNethnic six years ago, an organization offering lessons with traditional instruments to local and expat children alike. It currently provides classes for Study Year Abroad (SYA), an exchange program in which international students live with local families and study at Beijing Normal University High School No. 2. Although many of them had never even heard of instruments like guzheng and erhu before coming to Beijing, they are now in their second term of lessons, having just performed a Christmas concert to parents and other students. So how difficult is Chinese music for young western ears? And how many of the students will keep up their newfound skill when they return home? CNethnic and SYA invited beijingkids to find out.

Resources CNethnic CNethnic is an organization dedicated to providing training, demonstrations, and exhibitions of Chinese folk music and dancing. Students aged 5 and above can take part in programs in a variety of traditional Chinese instruments. Currently, lessons take place at a number of international schools, including CIS, ISB, BCIS, and WAB, although private lessons will soon be available. CNethnic also produces a range of DVD and book sets to help self-learners. For more information, visit, email, or call the hotline on 6526 8132. Study Year Abroad (SYA) SYA China is a cultural exchange program in which international students spend a year in Beijing living with a local family and taking part in a special curriculum at Beijing Normal University High School No. 2. As well as advancing their Chinese language skills, the exchange students enjoy a wide variety of extracurricular activities which, in addition to traditional music, include theater, cooking, dancing, and more. For more information on the program or the admissions process, visit

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Guzheng 古筝 Fitted with anything from 12 to 26 strings and available in a variety of sizes, the guzheng is played with finger picks taped to the instrumentalist’s hands. The lingering, mystical tone of a plucked guzheng produces one the most archetypal Chinese sounds (to western ears at least). This is one of the reasons 17-yearold Audrey Fritz from Washington DC and 16-year-old Anika Huq (pictured right) from Boston chose to learn the instrument after being presented with a range of options at the beginning of term. “It’s a really typical sound,” says Fritz. The pair was modest about the Christmas concert and Huq thinks that one of the qualities of the instrument is that it can carry you through a performance. “If you make a mistake it still sounds wonderful,” she jokes. This may make the instrument a good choice for beginners but there is a steep learning curve, according to the girls’ teacher Shi Lin. “Maybe it’s a little bit easier to begin with, but to take it to the next level needs a lot of hard work,” she says. Experience with the piano can be useful and Huq says that knowing some guitar made it a little easier, but the girls agree that they find the instrument challenging. Nonetheless, the two young students play the guzheng deftly and are working towards more advanced pieces that require multiple strings to be plucked at once.

Type: String History: Believed to have been invented in either the warring states period of 475 to 221 B.C. or the Qin Dynasty (897-221 B.C.). Historians suggest that it was the country’s most popular instrument during the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618 to 907). Technique: The strings on the right hand side are plucked, with those on the left pressed down to produce new notes and a vibrato effect. Similar western instruments: Guitar, piano, xylophone, and harp



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Erhu 二胡 The erhu is a two-stringed Chinese fiddle played with a bow. Unlike a violin, the horse hair bow is attached to the instrument and slides against the inside of the strings, which are traditionally tuned to D and A. There are certainly similarities with western string instruments. Experience playing violin helped 17-year-old Michael Bite make strides with the instrument, although it requires “a completely different movement” when playing, he says. But it was not simply the familiarity of the instrument that that led him to taking up the erhu in Beijing. “I saw a video of a famous erhu song and it was a really intense piece,” he explains. “So when I came to China I thought: ‘I’m going to roll with this.’” Erhu teacher Wang Yun stresses that the instrument is “difficult,” although she appears impressed with the ability of the class, which performed carols alongside a popular Chinese folk song, “Jasmine Flower,” at the recent Christmas concert. “The students’ musical knowledge is higher than that of Chinese students of the same age,” she says. “Most have experience playing other instruments, which is advantageous.” Whether the instrument has captured the student’s imaginations enough to see them continue upon returning home to the US is uncertain, though they seem enthusiastic enough. “I’ve already bought one,” says 18-year-old Wisconsin native Meghan Murphy, although all the students agree that they might find it a little difficult to find good teachers back home.

Type: String History: Understood to have developed from string instruments brought into China from central Asia in the tenth century. Technique: Played with a horse hair bow, using the left hand to press on the strings and alter the tone. Similar western instruments: Violin, viola

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Chinese Bamboo Flute 笛子 There is a huge range of Chinese flutes that vary depending on the playing technique, the material used, and the way in which the sound is produced. The instrument that the SYA class uses is of the nine-holed bamboo variety. While it may appear to have similarities with a recorder, the lack of a fixed mouthpiece or reed makes prior experience playing a western flute or piccolo most useful, according to teacher Wang Yun. “To make the sound stronger or weaker you must control your breath and mouth shape,” she says. “The fingering technique [of flute and recorder] is the same though.” Nonetheless, the bamboo flute’s relative simplicity may make it a good choice for beginners like 16-year-old Alison Kubick, who has never played an instrument before and has “absolutely no musical background,” in her own words. She remarks that her classmate is “much better” than her, but plays a credible rendition of a simple traditional song, the notes of which are drawn out on the whiteboard at the front of the class. “I think I’ll try and keep it up when I get back home,” she says. If she does, she will be taking back a piece of Chinese history. The instrument stretches far back in time and Yun says that, along with the early reed instrument sheng, the Chinese bamboo flute is “one of the most ancient instruments.”

Type: Woodwind History: Images of flute-like wooden instruments in China date back as far 1100 B.C. Technique: Players alter the tone using the finger holes and the volume and cadence with the shape of the mouth and breathing technique. Similar western instruments: Flute, piccolo photos: courtesy of dcb and harrow



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Peking Opera 京剧 Although not an instrument in the physical sense, the unique singing used in Chinese opera is as distinctive as the mystical twang of a guzheng. The stark differences in the vocal technique used, not to mention the fact that words are sung in Mandarin, were a challenge for 16-year-old Andrew Medina, whose initial interest in the art form stemmed from his experience singing in the US. “It’s completely different,” he says. “Singing a song in Chinese is also about elevating your voice at certain points and sometimes you have to hold a note for 20 or 30 seconds, going up and down.” But as with opera in the West, this art form is not simply about the music, but also storytelling and dramatic performance, explains CNethnic’s founder, Helena Yang. “It’s a mixture of singing, acrobatics, and movement,” she says. “Peking opera has its background in historical stories.” Having spent the first term working on the singing technique, we joined Medina as he practiced the dramatic side of Peking opera with a tasseled baton that traditionally represents a horse. Having taken part in musical theater back in the US, the performance element may not be entirely new for him, though his first public display at the Christmas concert presented some cultural surprises. “I had to wear a costume and dress like an old man with a fake beard made of horse hair,” he recalls. “The story was about a man who wants to fight for his country but keeps falling asleep.”

Type: Singing/dance/performance History: Peking opera evolved from Anhui opera that arrived in Beijing in 1790 and exploded in popularity throughout the 1900s. Technique: Notes are produced along a sliding scale to allow seamless transition between speech and song, while visual performance comprises dance-acting with acrobatics and fight scenes. Similar western art forms: Opera, musical theater, mime

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Directories Family Dining African Pinotage Probably the only South African restaurant in town, Pinotage is in the Lane Bridge Compound on northeast Fifth Ring Road and offers dishes like Cape Malay bobotie (a type of casserole made from meat and rice) and South African wines. 1) Sun-Thu 12am9pm, Fri-Sat 12am-10pm. Lane Bridge Villa Compound, Laiguangying Donglu (Take the Airport Expressway and exit at Beigao (Exit 4). At the first light, turn left and keep going until the next light, where you turn right into a complex. The restaurant is across the bridge in the Clubhouse.), Chaoyang District. (6430 7010); 2) Sun-Thu 12am-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 12am-11.30pm, bar opening hours: daily 12am-2am. Unit 2-105, Bldg 2, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5785 3538/9) 1) 朝阳区来广营东路9号; 2) 朝阳区工体北路8 号三里屯Soho2号商场2-105室 Secrets from Africa Daily 9am-6pm. Complex 3, Jingmi Lu, Shunyi District. (137 1795 5973) 顺义区京密路来广营东路路口东大容汽修旁红木 大院内A-1号 Turay’s Africa House Turay’s tribute to the food, culture and music of Africa. Daily 11ammidnight. 2/F, Unit 5, International Wonderland, 39 Xingfu Ercun, Chaoyang District. (8444 4169) 图瑞非洲之家, 朝阳区幸福二村39号首开 广场5号单元2层

American Blue Frog This popular Shanghai-based restaurant chain has a menu rooted in burgers. The “Blue Frog Burger” ranks right up there among the best in the city, and there are a host of other patty-based options available. Drinks are buy-one-get-one-free during the 4-8pm daily happy hour; on Mondays, that also includes a buy-one-getone-free burger deal. And American style breakfast is available all week. Other culinary possibilities include Italian-style pasta dishes and Mexican options – a reflection of the American melting pot. Decent Wi-Fi. Voted “Outstanding American” and “Outstanding Burger” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 167, 1/F, Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0017, cn); 2) Daily 10am-late. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030, info@; 3) Daily 10am-late. 1/F, Bldg 1, U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8561 2665, 蓝蛙, 1) 朝阳区颐堤港 店酒仙桥路18号1层167号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北 路19号三里屯Village南区4号楼3层S4-30; 3) 朝 阳区三丰北里悠唐生活广场1号楼1层 Dog On Fire Daily 10am-10pm. Stall 13, 1/F, Bldg 3, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 8568) 热狗店, 朝阳 区三里屯路19号院三里屯Village3号楼1层13号店 Element Fresh This sunny Shanghai import showcases a healthier side of American food, with elaborate salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Popular weekend brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” “Best Brunch (Affordable)” and “Outstanding Family Friendly Atmosphere” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 10am11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm. S8-33, Bldg 8, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318); 2) MonThu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-11pm. Solana Lakeside Dining Street, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 1908); 3) Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, SatSun 10am-10pm. 1/F, Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8420 0565); 4) SunThu 8am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8am-midnight. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058) 新元素, 1) 朝阳区三 里屯路19号院三里屯Village 3层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳 公园6号蓝色港湾湖畔美食街; 3) 朝阳区酒仙桥 路18号颐堤港1层; 4) 朝阳区将台路6号



El Nido Bistro Xiao Shuai expands the El Nido brand with a restaurant serving pizza, salads, sandwiches and other comforting Western fare. 64 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District. (8403 5004) 东城区东城区 方家胡同64号 Fuel Live music and sports on the big screens, along with two private rooms equipped with TVs, KTV and Playstation 3 games. Take their rib-eating challenge, share an enormous burger or try one of the tasty pizzas along with one of Fuel’s six beers. 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 addictive). Voted “Outstanding American” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong, Beixin Qiao, Dongcheng District. (8403 9452,; 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 0103, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/6, com); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou U Center, 28 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6266 6105,; 4) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893, http:// 祖母的厨房, 1) 东城区 北新桥石雀胡同28号; 2) 朝阳区东三环中路39号 建外SohoB座0103; 3) 海淀区成府路28号五道口购 物中心5层; 4) 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街甲11号 (友谊商店后面) Lily’s American Diner The owner of this Shuangjing restaurant cut her teeth at Steak & Eggs; she’s now created a menu of her own offering a sizeable selection of classically greasy North American and Tex-Mex fare like cheeseburgers, roast beef melt subs and chicken or beef fajitas. All-day breakfast specials including buttermilk pancakes with two eggs, plus bacon, sausage or ham. Generously sized beef burritos come wrapped in suitably soft, yet resilient tortillas, with assorted vegetables and “Lily’s spices.” The beef nachos aren’t quite like those in Texas, but they’re entirely edible by Beijing standards. 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 200m east from north gate of Jindi Mingjing Xiaoqu, exit E of Sihui subway station, Chaoyang District. (lilysdelivery@yahoo. com); 2) Daily 8am-midnight. Unit 2-18, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6592 5548, www. 1) 朝阳区四惠地铁北E出口金地 名京小区北门对面往东200米; 2) 朝阳区双井桥 东北角广渠路31号院天之骄子2号楼底商2-18 The Texan Bar and Grill Cowboys and cowgirls serve a variety of Australian rib eye, sirloin and T-bone steaks fresh from the grill. A selection of burgers and Mexican dishes are also available. Weekday set lunches (11.30am2pm, two-courses) are RMB 98 plus 15% service charge. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.3010.30pm. 1/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jichang Lu, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688 ext 1971/1975) 德克萨斯扒房, 朝阳区机场路将台路 丽都大酒店1层 TGI Friday’s This American casual dining chain serves standard Western fare, such as hot wings, salads, soups, steaks, ribs, pasta, burgers, and pizza. Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 1) 1/F, Grand Skylight CATIC Hotel, 18 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8497 0650); 2) 9-2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0880); 3) 1F VIP Building, Friendship Hotel, 1 Zhongguancun Nanlu, Haidian District. (6849 8738); 4) 1st Floor, Mansion D, World Town, 9 Jinhui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8590 3033); 5) Block C, Beijing International Mansion, 19 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (8526 3388) 星期五餐厅, 1) 朝阳区 北辰东路18号凯迪克格兰云天大酒店1层; 2) 西

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城区金城坊街9-2号; 3) 海淀区中关村南大街1 号友谊宾馆贵宾楼1楼; 4) 朝阳区金汇路9号世 界城D座1楼; 5) 朝阳区建国门外大街19号北京 国际大厦C座 The Filling Station An American dinerstyle joint serving burgers, steaks and other classics. The adult menu features a selection of burgers (RMB 58-98) – which includes a side fries dusted with chili pepper – and hotdogs (RMB 38-58); while the ample kids menu has “Sausage Spiders” (hot dog sausages with spaghetti legs, RMB 35), “Easy Peasy Mac n Cheese” (RMB 35) and other offbeat selections like banana pancakes (RMB 35) and virgin cocktails called “mocktails” (RMB 20) designed especially for kids. The playroom comes complete with slides and older kids can test out the retro selection of video games or give the foosball table a try, making Filling Station a great place for a family meal or lazy afternoon lunch. Daily 11am-9.30pm. Beside Western Academy of Beijing, Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Shunyi District. (8470 3821) 揣着, 顺义区来广营东路(北京京西学 校旁边) 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 9am-midnight. 14 Dongdaqiao Lu (on the corner of Guanghua Lu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9161) www. 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 Black Swan Luxury Cakes This nationwide chain offers European style gourmet cakes delivered to your home or office. Order online at their website or by phone. (400 700 1399) 黑天鹅蛋糕 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 Francisco-based 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. Daily 9am-10pm. LG51, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0808) 蜂鸟, 朝阳区 三里屯路11号三里屯Village北区地下1层 Comptoirs de France 1) Daily 8.30am9pm. Stalls 1 & 2, 1/F, Silk Market (east side), 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (5169 9298); 2) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Daily 7am-8.30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 1, Chaoyang District. (5927 7597); 3) Daily 7am-8.30pm. (opening soon) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 2, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 5) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853); 6) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 2/F Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 7) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 8) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 9) Daily 7am-8.30pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 10) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5480) www.comptoirsdefrance. com 法派, 1) 朝阳区秀水东街8号秀水大厦东区 一层1,2号; 2) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家医 院店; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家医院2店; 4) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓商业5号楼 1层; 5) 朝阳区幸福村中路55-1号; 6) 朝阳区 来广营东路5号2楼东侧; 7) 东城区东直门外大 街35号东湖俱乐部1层; 8) 朝阳区日坛北路4号; 9) 顺义区裕翔路99号天竺镇欧陆广场L111室; 10) 朝阳区建国路89号华贸中心15号楼102

Helen Sun Bakery and Cake Shop In addition to its French pastries, cookies and pralines, the shop also bakes custom-made cakes in any flavor or shape imaginable (electric guitar perhaps?) and can top them with your kid’s favorite cartoon character and some amazing icing art. Daily 7am-8pm. 806 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. 阳光海伦 蛋糕店, 顺义区天竺开发区日祥广场806号 Honeymoon Desserts This Hong Kong chain has been serving addictive HK-style desserts since 1995. Choose from creative and classic combinations of mango, black sticky rice, papaya, coconut milk, black sesame, almond soup and even durian. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. B1-13B, B1/F, Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 4228); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. B120 in the basement of Huamao Shopping Center, 81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5436); 3) Daily 10am9.30pm. 2/F, Beijing Department Store, 253 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8529 1634) en_us/ 满记甜品, 1) 东城区东直门南大街1号 来福士购物中心B1层B1-13B商铺; 2) 朝阳区华 贸购物中心B120; 3) 东城区王府井大街253号北 京百货大楼2层 Morphy Online cake delivery service offers a variety of flavors (tiramisu, cheesecake, chocolate truffle, linzer tart, pistachio mousse etc.), imported coffee beans and hand-crafted chocolates. Delivery is guaranteed within three hours. Order by phone or online. (4006 272 727) 莫菲 Pantry’s Best 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 Pantry’s Best (formerly 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, Pantry’s Best delivers rich, heavenly pastry free within the Fourth Ring Road or to Wudaokou. Their pie lineup includes 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 9am9pm. (5166 4464) cn 派悦坊 The Fat Bunny Bakery The Fat Bunny Bakery offers Western-style cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. Cake fiends can customize their own cakes by picking a size (S, M, L), sponge, and filling. Cupcake flavors include lemon meringue, red velvet, chocolate raspberry, chocolate ganache, and more. Cakes and cupcakes can be delivered for RMB 20 and more depending on distance. ( Tous Les Jours 1) 1/F Viva Mall, Fulicheng, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F, New International Plaza, 3 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8458 0255); 3) Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F, China View, 2A Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6501 1275); 4) Daily 7am-mignight. 35 Chengfu Lu (opposite Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (6256 0783) 多乐之日, 2) 朝阳区麦子店西路3 号新恒基国际大厦1层; 3) 朝阳区工体东路甲2 号中国红街1层; 4) 海淀区成府路35号城铁五道 口站北出口

Beijing Duck Da Dong Roast Duck Kids love getting their fingers dirty when crafting pancake after pancake of delicious duck at this Beijing favorite. Aside from the duck, they also have a large selection of homestyle standards. Voted best “Chinese Restaurant of the Year,” “Beijing Duck” and “Best for Impressing Visitors” in the 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 5/F, Jinbao Dasha, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1234); 2) 1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (5169

Directories 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) Duck de Chine Located away from street view just behind Pacific Century Place in Sanlitun, Duck de Chine is part of the 1949The Hidden City dining and nightlife complex. The restaurant’s industrial chic decor creates a relaxed, classy ambiance, while the menu incorporates both Chinese and French duckroasting traditions. Sets ranging RMB 188-388 per person feature an impressive variety of duck and non-duck dishes to sample. Of course, the classic Peking duck combo – crisp roast duck to roll in pancakes with plum sauce, spring onion and cucumber – is also available as a standalone dish. Other dishes worth trying are the plum-infused pumpkin and braised oyster mushroom wrapped in tofu skin. 10 percent service charge. English menu, major credit cards accepted. Voted “Outstanding Beijing Duck” in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1949 – The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (opposite the south gate of Pacific Century Place Mall), Chaoyang District. (6501 8881); 2) Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 98 Jinbao Jie (inside 1949), Dongcheng District. (6521 2221) 全鸭季, 1) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (太平洋百货南门对面); 2) 东城区金宝街98号( 励骏酒店与金宝汇购物中心之间马路向南) Jingzun Peking Duck Restaurant This urbane kaoya dian on Chunxiu Lu comes with traditional furniture, soigné presentation, and a tasteful jazz soundtrack (think Nina Simone, not Kenny G). On the menu are Beijing and Shandong specialties, including delicious soft “cloud ears” and sweet, crunchy peppers in a nose-tingling wasabi sauce. The reasonably priced duck (RMB 128) is skillfully carved and juicy, its skin crisp, the portion generous with a good meat-skin ratio - be wary of the pancakes are slightly stodgy, however. Additional branches on Guanghua Lu and in Shuangjing just north of Fuli Cheng. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 11 Section 2, Shuangjing Huayuan, Chaoyang District. (8751 6058); 2) 1/F Bldg 6, east intersection of Guanghua Lu (across from Winterless Center), Chaoyang District. (6595 6924); 3) Bldg 6, Taipingzhuang Nanli, Chunxiu Lu (north of Xingfucun Zhonglu), Chaoyang District. (6417 4075) 京尊烤鸭, 1) 朝阳区朝阳 区双井双花园南里二区11号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区光 华路东口6号楼1楼; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区春秀路太平 庄南里6号楼北侧

Breakfast and Brunch American Steak & Eggs Daily 7am-midnight. Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai (directly north of the Friendship Store, one traffic light west of Silk Market), Chaoyang District. (6592 8088/8788) 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) Asia Bistro Mon-Sat 6am-midnight, Sun 11.30am-3pm. 1/F, JW Marriott Hotel, 83 Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 8511) 朝阳区建国路83号JW万 豪酒店 CupofChino 6am-11pm. 5/F The Intercontinental Beijing, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5888 ext. 5920, dining@ http://www.ichotelsgroup. com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/ hotel-features/dining/restaurants/beijingfinancialstreet 品吧, 西城区金融街11号位于北京 金融街洲际酒店5层 Garden Court 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 Grand Cafe Daily 24hrs (buffet 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm). Grand Hyatt, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234 ext 3628) 凯菲厅, 东城区 东长安街1号东方广场东方君悦大酒店

Greenfish Daily 6.30am-11pm. Ritz-Carlton 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 Hungry Horse Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, SatSun 8.30am-10pm. Stall 609, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5519) 红马美国餐厅, 顺义区天竺 开发区荣祥广场609 Jin Ding Xuan 1) Daily 24hrs. 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111); 2) Daily 24hrs. Yiyuan No.15, Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111); 3) Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Entrance B03, north corner of Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (40067 66111); 4) Daily 24hrs. 16 Pufang Lu, across from Carrefour, Fengtai District. (40067 66111); 5) Daily 24hrs. 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District. (40067 66111); 6) D122, B/1, Huamao Shopping Center, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111) 金鼎轩酒楼, 1) 朝阳区团结湖南 路15号; 2) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里逸园15号; 3) 海淀区远大路1号金源时代购物中心北侧1层B03入 口; 4) 丰台区方庄蒲芳路16号 (家乐福对面); 5) 东城区和平里西街77号; 6) 朝阳区建国路87号华 贸购物中心地下1层D122号 Maison Boulud Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm; Sat-Sun (brunch) 11am-4pm, 6-10pm. Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 9200, reserve@ 布鲁宫法餐厅, 东城区前门 东大街23号 Mrs Shanen’s Bagels Sun-Thu 7.30am8pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District. (8046 4301) 单太太贝谷面包房, 顺义区西白辛庄开发街5号 (紧邻名都园) Navena Cafe 10am-11pm. Bldg 12, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际12号楼 Noble Court Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3010pm; Sat-Sun brunch 10.30am-2.30pm. B1/F, Grand Hyatt Beijing Hotel, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234 ext 3822) hotels/entertainment/restaurants/index.jsp 悦 庭, 东城区东长安街1号东方广场北京东方君悦 大酒店地下1层 The Orchard Daily noon-3pm, 6-9pm. From Jingshun Lu, turn left (west) at Shunbai Lu Intersection, (turn at the driveway just west of the Hegezhuang Village Sign), Chaoyang District. (6433 6270) 果园, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各 庄村(过何各庄村路标往南转) Royal Cafe Daily 6am-3pm. Radisson SAS Hotel, 6A Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5922 3388) http://www.radissonblu. com/hotel-beijing/dining/royal-cafe 皇家咖啡厅, 朝阳区北三环东路甲6号北京皇家大饭店 Scene a Cafe Daily 6am-1am. China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 35, fbreservations. http://www.shangri-la. com/en/property/beijing/chinaworld/dining/ restaurant/sceneacafe 咖啡苑, 朝阳区建国门外 大街1号中国大饭店 Senses Daily 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 7810; 6606 8866 ext 7810) http://www.starwoodhotels. com/westin/property/dining/index. html?propertyID=1704 味, 西城区金融大街乙9 号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层 South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube Daily 9am-10pm (restaurant), 7am-10pm (bakery). 27 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0201, sales@germanbakery., www. 德南面包房, 朝阳区朝阳 公园路1号好运街27号 Sun Palace Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3010pm. 4/F, Crowne Plaza Sun Palace (inside Yunnan Dasha at the northeast corner of Taiyanggong and Xibahe) Dongsanhuan Beilu,

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Directories Chaoyang District. (6452 1708) http://www. dining?start=1 太阳宫, 朝阳区东北三环新云南 皇冠假日酒店4层 The Hardware Shop An eight-seat spot that serves as both an early morning and evening space. Grab a quick coffee and piece of toast to start your day or a glass of wine and some cheese to wind down in the evening. Mon-Fri 7.30-10.30am, Wed-Thu 5.30-9.30pm. 38 Jianchang Hutong (next to Arrow Factory), Dongcheng District. 五金咖啡葡萄酒吧书店, 东 城区箭厂胡同38号(近国子监街) The Yard Daily 11am-10pm. 3/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8049 9449 / 135 2188 6500, theyardbeijing@ 庭院餐 厅, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场3层 Vasco’s Daily 6.30-10am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 5/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) 东城区王府井东街 8号希尔顿北京王府井酒店5层 Village Cafe Daily 24hrs. 1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5210, villagecafe@ www.theoppositehouse. com/ 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village1号楼 瑜舍1层 Vineyard Cafe Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, info@ 葡萄院 儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号 Zen5es Daily 11amï¼ 2.30pmï¼›5.3010.30. 4/F, the Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880, 朝阳区东三环北路7 号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店 Zha 9.30am-11pm. 1) 101 Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District. (8402 4851); 2) 76 Guozijian Jie, Dongcheng District. (6406 6493) 喜鹊咖啡, 1) 东城区东城区南锣鼓巷 101号; 2) 东城区东城区国子监街76号

Cafes & Sandwiches At Cafe Whimsically designed with two “bombed out” holes in a brick wall and a tree trunk bench, At Cafe provides a peaceful retreat for late-night chatting and lazy reading. Daily 11am-midnight. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Dashanzi art district, Chaoyang District. (5978 9942) 爱特咖 啡, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798大山子艺术区 Beiluo Bread Bar This bread bar’s motto is “mean beans and bad-ass bread.” All the more reason for whiling away an afternoon here. Mon-Sun 10am-12am. 70A Beiluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (8408 3069) 东城区北锣鼓 巷甲70号(近南锣鼓巷) 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 The Bookworm English language books to borrow or buy. Book larvae can graze in the library’s Kiddies’ Corner, which houses childsize chairs and toys in addition to books. A family library membership (RMB 500) allows your family to borrow up to six books for two weeks at a time. A growing selection of for-sale books includes favorites like Wicked Chickens and The Gruffalo’s Child. In addition, The Bookworm’s Kids Club offers both young children and teens opportunities to share books with their peers. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507,, kidsclub@ www.chinabookworm. com 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 Cafe Alba Daily 8am-2am. 70 Gulou Dongdajie (east of Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6407 3730) 东城区鼓楼东大街70号



Cafe Flatwhite All locations serve up a fine assortment of coffee (including macchiato, espresso, iced coffees and the signature “Flat White”), desserts (including homemade carrot cake) and simple Western fare (panini, burgers, pastas, salads and sandwiches). 1) Daily 8.30am -8pm. B1/F, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5785 3762); 2) Unit 2, Bldg 6, Tayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound, 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1992); 3) Daily 8.30am-9pm. 4 Dashanzi art district, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 2798); 4) Daily 9am-10.30pm. Shop 365, 1/F, Silk Street Market, Chaoyang District. (5169 9156) 仙英咖 啡, 1) 朝阳区工体北路8号三里屯SOHO 地下1层 B1-239号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区新东路1号6号楼2门 12室; 3) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区; 4) 朝阳区秀水大厦一层东侧商铺356号 Cafe New York Sandwich 7.30am-8pm. 1) 1/F (across from Khajuraho), Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Unit 1361A, Bldg 13, West Zone, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5900 3368) 1) 朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho; 2) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外SOHO西区13号楼 1361A号铺 Cafe Zarah A popular gem on picturesque Gulou Dongdajie, this German cafe serves cakes, soups, salads, and sandwiches from the owner’s personal recipe book. Currently under renovation. Daily 9.30am-midnight. 42 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8403 9807) 东城区鼓楼东大街42号 Drum and Bell Daily 1pm-2am. 41 Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8403 3600) 鼓钟咖啡馆, 东城区钟楼湾胡同 41号 Hercules Served on freshly baked bread with a side of tortilla chips and sweet salsa, sandwiches run the gamut of traditional deli favorites, from pastrami on rye, bacon, eggs, lettuce and tomato, and ham and cheese and share the menu with a handful of soups, salads and entrees. The space is warm and bright, and a great place to spend an afternoon surfing the internet or lounging with a friend. 1) Mon-Fri 9.30am-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-11.30pm. 55-2 Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 156, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0411) 荷加斯, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区幸福村中路 55-2号; 2) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商业中 心1层156号 Maan Coffee Korean-run cafe specializing in waffles, desserts and other snacks. 1) Gongti Beilu (west of the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Sanlitun, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 7am-1am. 1/F Chaoyang Joy City, 29 Qingnian Lu Bldg 20, Chaoyang District. (5877 7521); 3) Daily 8am12am. Guangqu Jiayuan, 7 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8751 3628); 4) Daily 8am-12am. 2A Qijia Huozi, Chaoyang District. (6236 0639); 5) Daily 8am-2am. 37 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6771 5670); 6) Daily 8am-2am. Jinyuan Shangwu Zhongxin Bldg B, 2 Landianchang, Haidian District. (8889 3029, 8889 1329); 7) Daily 9am-12am. Jiangfu Park North Gate, Jiangtai Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8431 1899); 8) Daily 10am-2am. 3 Wangjing Heyin Zhonglu Shangyejie, Chaoyang District. (8471 7027); 9) Daily 8am-12am. 10 Xitucheng Lu (inside Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunication), Haidian District. (6228 6398); 10) Daily 8am-2am. Qinghua Tongfang Keji Guangchang Bldg D, 15 Wangzhuang Lu, Haidian District. (8236 6016); 11) Daily 8am-10pm. 1/F, People’s University, 59 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8250 3236); 12) Daily 9am-midnight. 7 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8457 3470); 13) Rm 110, Bldg 103, Baiziwan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8795 0870) 漫咖啡, 1) 朝阳区三里屯工体北路工体北门西; 2) 朝阳区 青年路29号 院20号楼1层; 3) 东城区广渠门外大 街广渠家园7号 楼底商; 4) 朝阳区祁家豁子甲2 号; 5) 朝阳区百子湾路37号; 6) 海淀区蓝靛厂 2号 金源商务中心B座1b; 7) 朝阳区将台东路将 府公园北门; 8) 朝阳区望京河荫中路商业街3号; 9) 海淀区西土城路10号 邮电大学内; 10) 海淀

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区王庄路15号 清华同方科技广场D座; 11) 海淀 区中关村大街59号 人民大学教学楼1层; 12) 朝 阳区将台西路7号; 13) 朝阳区百子湾西里103 号楼110室 Moka Bros The third venue from the team behind Mosto and Modo Urban Deli, this is the fast-casual version of Daniel Urdaneta in the kitchen. Menu options have a healthy focus and include salads, wraps, sandwiches, crepes (savory and sweet) and power bowls (noodles and rice varieties). Sun-Thu 11am-10.30pm, FriSat 11am-11.30pm. 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6079) 朝阳区三里 屯路81号那里花园1层 Moss Coffee & Bagels Authentic bagels in plain, whole wheat, blueberry and cinnamon raisin varieties. Can be filled with smoked salmon, teriyaki chicken, feta cheese, salad or any number of other sandwich ingredients. Big mugs of coffee and free Wi-Fi are two very valid reasons to work outside the office for an afternoon. A weekday lunch special includes a sandwich, soup and hot drink for RMB 38. MonFri 7.30am-10pm, 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 Nasca Cafe 1) Daily 10am-11pm. F/1, Great Hyatte Int’l Apt, 38 Zaoyingbeili, Chaoyang District. (6592 4537, infor@nascacafe. com); 2) Daily 8.30am-10pm. 109 Chateau Edinburgh Apartment Building, 1 Baijiazhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5967 0966, infor@ 纳 斯卡咖啡, 1) 朝阳区枣营北里38号海悦名门公 寓1层; 2) 朝阳区白家庄路1号富丽爱丁堡公馆 底商109号 O’Briens An Irish sandwich bar offering classic thick bread toasted sandwiches, salads, soups, gourmet coffee, smoothies and fresh juices all in a relaxed, airy setting. Additional features include Carlsberg and Guinness on tap, wireless Internet and delivery options. 1) Daily 8am9pm. Silk Market, 8 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5169 8870); 2) Daily 8am9pm. 1/F Clubhouse, Building 1, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1681); 3) Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-8.30pm. 6 Riverville Square, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8588) 奥拜恩三明治吧, 1) 朝阳区秀水街建国门外大街 8号; 2) 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马桥外交公寓1号 楼会所1层; 3) 顺义区天竺温榆广场06号商铺 Piazza Café Daily 11am-9.30pm. South gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi District. (8046 7788 / 2020) 翰风餐厅, 顺义区名都园南门外 Puddha Book and Tea Shop Sample an eclectic menu of specialty teas while browsing the extensive selection of English andChinese books. Daily 10am–11pm. 4 Mao’er Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (8403 6168) 朴道草堂, 东城区南锣鼓巷帽儿胡同4号 Pure Smoothies Small chain of smoothie stand serves healthy blended smoothies (i.e. The Detoxifier, Mango Soy Smoothies), juices, teas and other beverages. The Sanlitun stand is perfect for a hot summer’s day. Daily 10am10pm. 1) B1/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) North side of The Orange exhibition hall, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8660 7588) 1) 朝阳区健国路87号 新光天地下一层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 Village南区The Orange北边 The Café at Palette Vino The Café at Palette Vino offers wine and “bistro-style” Mediterranean fare in a pleasant environment featuring a rooftop deck, two courtyards, a lounge ad bar. 10am-6pm. 701 Pinnacle Plaza, Euro Village, Shunyi District. (8046 4463) 顺义 区天竺开发区日样广场701号 The Rug Bagels, outdoor seating and free WiFi make this a welcome addition to Chaoyang Park. TTue-Fri 11.30am-10pm (last order 9.30pm), Sat-Sun 10.30am-8pm (last order 7.30pm). Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite South Gate of

Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District. (8550 2722) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路丽水嘉园4号楼(朝阳 公园南门对面) The Swiss Deli Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288 ext. 2127, www. 东城区潮阳门北大街2号 T Republic Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 157, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0426) 茶国, 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号 颐堤港商业中心1层157底商 Village Cafe Offers international cuisine and pan Asian classics with a fresh twist. Welldesigned interior and kids-friendly environment. Baby chairs and cutleries, and children’s menu’s on the offer. The Sticky Date Pudding dessert comes highly recommended. Daily 24hrs. 1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5210, www. 朝阳区三里屯路11号三 里屯Village1号楼瑜舍1层 Wagas Specializing in healthful offerings such as sandwiches, salads, wraps, and pastas, Wagas offers fresh, appetizing fare that’s sure to appeal to a wide audience. Daily 8am10.30pm. S833, Bldg 8, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 5829) 沃歌斯, 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village 南区8号楼S8-33 Wild Honey Daily 10am-9.30pm. 01-19, 1/F, Fortune Mall, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6530 9149) 吉乐瑞, 朝阳区 东三环中路7号财富购物中心一层01-19 Zap Urban Eatery Serves a selection of coffee and teas along with toast, sandwiches and sweets. M-F 8am-10pm S&S 10am-10pm. Xingfu 3 Cun, 5-1-103, Chaoyang District. (6409 4748, www. 朝阳区幸福三村四巷5-1103 (婕妮璐逸盛阁店旁边)

Dongbei Cun Li Ren Jia Known for their sizzling griddle plates (tie ban shao, 铁板烧) - try the catfish, kung pao chicken and meatballs. 10am10pm. 15 Beisihuan Xilu (opposite Bei Hang University), Haidian District. (6234 7133) 村里 人家, 海淀区北四环西路15号(北航北门对面) Da Dong Bei Good for hearty Dongbei meals i.e. stews, dongbei la pi, dumplings and baijiu. 9am-11pm. Bldg 32, Zhixincun Xiaoqu, Haidian District. (6231 8888, 6231 9988) 大东北, 海淀 区志新村小区32号楼 Dong Bei Hu Homestyle Dongbei food with down-to-earth service and big portions. Try the pork knuckle, pickled cabbage and vermicelli and la pi. 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm. 1) 1 Panjiapo Hutong (across from Zhigong Daxue), Dongcheng District. (6552 6411); 2) 9 Jinsong Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6771 4152); 3) 42 Anwai Waiguan Xiejie, Chaoyang District. (6421 1679); 4) Bldg 6, Dongsanhuan Nanxiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6468 5258) 东北虎, 1) 东 城区东城区朝阳门外潘家坡胡同1号职工大学对 面; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区劲松南路9号; 3) 朝阳区 朝阳区安外外馆斜街42号; 4) 朝阳区东三环南 小街6号楼 Dongbei Nongjia Yuan A good place for pazhulian, soy-braised pig’s face, and xuechang, blood sausages. A dish traditionally served during Chinese New Year, the sausages are more tender than tofu. 8 Huayuan Lu, Haidian District. (6237 8394) 东北农家院, 海 淀区花园路8号 Liulaogen Founded by Dongbei native and Chinese sketch comedian Zhao Benshan, Liulaogen serves Dongbei favorites in a refined theater-inspired setting. Be sure to try the sweet n’ sour pork or shazhu huicai (RMB 69 each). Daily 11am-9pm. 34 Xiaojiang Hutong, Qianmen Donglu, Dongcheng District. (6702 6666) 刘老根东北菜, 东城区前门东路小江胡 同34号 Shuang Fu This chain of Dongbei restaurants is known for its authentic, homestyle Dongbei

Directories dishes - try the pickled cabbage, rib stew and la pi. 11am-11pm. 1) 42 Wai Guan Xiejie (Anhuali Bus Station, south side of the street), Chaoyang District. (6421 6377); 2) 139 Beilishi Lu, Xicheng District. (8837 2063, 8838 0427); 3) 9 Area 5 Heping Li,Yonghegong (east gate of Ditan Park), Dongcheng District. (8422 2388, 8422 2688) 双福, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区外馆斜街42 号(安华西里公交车站路南); 2) 西城区西城区北 礼士路139号(阜外医院北); 3) 东城区地坛东门 和平里五区9号地坛公园东门

European Alfie’s Beijing A restaurant specializing in English comfort food, this venue features eats ranging from cottage pie with port wine to braised veal rump with carrots and creamy mash. Also sports a great drink menu with both creative and classic cocktails. Try a Cool Beijing (Absolut, grapefruit juice, creme de cassis, and ginger beer) or choose a selection from the well-stocked wine and scotch list. Daily 10am-10pm. L1-22, 1/F, Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5662 8777) 朝阳区东大桥路9号侨福芳草地大厦1层L1-22 Capital M Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, 6-10.30pm (afternoon tea between 2.30-5pm). 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen), Chongwen District. (6702 2727) 崇文区前门步行街2号3层 Class by Stephanie A decent mid-range Western restaurant whose core audience is curious, outward-looking locals as much as the regular expat crowd. Try the spinach, bacon, and blue cheese salad (RMB 35) or the roast duck breast with port sauce and Tuscan beans (RMB 55). Daily 7.30am10pm. 1/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Center, 36 Beisanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5825 6778, 朝阳区北三环路 36号环球贸易中心D座1层 Fish Nation Hearty servings of chunky chips and the largest piece of boneless fish you may encounter in China. Also has salads, tempura prawns and imported beer (including Hoegaarden and Abbots Ale) and wine. The Sanlitun branch draws a late night crowd, while the Nanluoguxiang branch serves brunch, salads, and pizza in addition to fish and chips. Available for catering and events. Sun-Thu 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-4am. Sanlitun Houjie (around the corner from Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District. (6415 0119) http://www. 鱼邦, 朝阳区三里屯后街 (青年酒吧附近) Fourteen Bistro Lounge Daily 11am11pm (reg. hours), Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. 14 Jiaodaokou Beisantiao, Dongcheng District. 东 城区交道口北三条14号 Hello Kitty Dreams Daily 10am-10pm. F408, Shimao Department Store, northwest corner of Gongti Beilu and Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8405 9021) Hello Kitty梦 幻主题餐厅, 朝阳区Hello Kitty 主题梦幻西餐 厅, 朝阳区工体北路和新东路路口西北角世贸 百货F408室 Let’s Seafood Mussels, whole fish, seafood salads and bouillabaisse at the sister restaurant of Let’s Burger. Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6038) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那里花园1层 MODO Urban Deli The former Modo has been revamped in a new space with seating for all-day dining and a deli counter featuring lunch boxes and dinner options for take-away. They offer delivery through Sherpa’s and Jinshisong, in addition to catering for office and home events. The dine-in menu encompasses the delicatessen range (soups, salads, cheese plates, sandwiches and burgers, a few pasta and main options). Daily 10.30am-10pm (last order). 3/F, Bldg 3, Taikoo Li South, 19 Sanlitun Rd, Chaoyang District. (6415 7207) www. 朝阳区三里屯路19号太古里南区3 号楼S10-31 New Verandah This chic Shunyi eatery serves a fusion of Western fare, with an emphasis on

Dutch fare (the owner hails from Holland), from classic pizzas and pastas to extravagant seafood and meat mains while dining on the banks of the Wenyu River. Dishes include Zuurkool met Rozijntjes (sauerkraut with raisins stewed in white wine), bitterballen (a Dutch and Belgian fried appetizer) and Nasi Goreng. Choose from an extensive selection of wines and desserts. Lunch set menus are RMB 68 or 85 per person. Best of all, it has a huge play area for kids to enjoy, and is a great place for birthday parties. Tue-Sun 10am-9.30pm. 8 Laiguangying East Road (50m west of WAB international school), Chaoyang District. (8470 3821) http:// 长廊西餐厅, 朝阳区来广营东 路8号(京西国际学校往西50米) Orange Tree Bistro Daily 11am-11.30pm. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near Yandai Xiejie, north of Houhai lake), Xicheng District. (6401 7797) 橘 子树西餐, 西城区大石碑胡同27号(后海烟袋 斜街附近) The Orchard An institution among residents of residents of out-of-town expat hideout Shunyi, The Orchard comes highly recommended for its affordable menu of western food and emphasis on organic produce, with ample provision for little ones making it an ideal spot for family dining. The restaurant’s remoteness from the city center lends it added appeal as a retreat from the rough and tumble of urban life (although the surrounding village of Hegezhuang, which is also home to Green T. Living and the Yin Yang Community Center, is quickly gentrifying), but does make transportation something of a headache – finding a taxi back into town can be a challenge, so come equipped with a plan. The well-known Sunday brunch (11am-3pm) is RMB 210 a person. Children can relax with a video and enjoy the cushy chairs in the kids’ room, or head outside for a stroll around the lake with mom and dad. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3pm, 6-9pm. From Jingshun Lu, turn left (west) at Shunbai Lu Intersection, (turn at the driveway just west of the Hegezhuang Village Sign), Chaoyang District. (6433 6270) 果园, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各 庄村(过何各庄村路标往南转) 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, info@ 园景, 朝阳区将台西路9-6号(珀丽酒店对面) Seasons Caters to Shunyi residents’ wide swath of tastes with a juice bar, dining room and a Chairman Mao-themed cigar lounge. Complimentary shuttle service available. MonThu 9.30am-9pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-9.30pm. W-01, Sky Place, 38 Fuqian Yijie, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8234) 时尚之味, 顺义区 天竺镇府前1街38号天韵广场W-01店 Swiss Restaurant and Bar The sister restaurant of the adjacent Cafe Bellissimo, Swiss Bar has a Canadian head chef with over 40 years’ experience and offers a wide selection of Western food ranging from European, Australian and South American cuisines, as well as Muller beer from Switzerland. Daily 10am2am. Stall 567, Bldg 15, Bar Street, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan XiluChaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5905 1780 ext 804) 瑞士吧 西餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号SOLANA蓝色港湾 酒吧街15号楼567商铺 Temple Restaurant Beijing 23 Songzhusi Temple, Shatan Beijie, Dongcheng District. (8400 2232) 东城 区沙滩北街嵩祝寺23号 The English Tearoom Located behind Shunyi’s Beidong Flower Market, The English Tearoom is a quintessentially British, familyfriendly tearoom. The cafe prides itself on serving real tea in traditional English-style teapots, including black teas, green tea, rooibos, herbal and fruit teas (all imported from

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Directories the UK). Visitors will also find gourmet coffee, fresh fruit juices, and smoothies. For food, there are traditional fresh-baked English scones and a selection of British cakes and biscuits. The light lunch menu includes sandwiches, salads, and specials like sausage rolls and Scotch eggs. There’s also an English afternoon tea and a generous English breakfast. The English Tearoom strives to use organic, local, and free-range produce whenever possible. The space is divided into the Main Tearoom and the Children’s Tearoom; the latter contains a large play area for tots to run around in. Parking is available outside the restaurant within the Chuangyi Yuan compound. Daily 10am-7pm. Inside Chuangyi Yuan, 1A Shunhuang Lu (near Scitech Outlets), Sunhe Township, Shunyi District. (8459 4407, 158 1099 8410 (English and Chinese)) 英国茶房, 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路甲1号创意园内( 近赛特奥特莱斯) The Pavillion Grill Azerbaijani-style kebabs and barbecue is the hallmarks of this fine dining restaurant from Chef William Bolton. There’s a good wine selection, and the bar offers a wellconsidered cocktail list combining classic drinks and the venue’s own appealing signatures. The dining room can be adapted to host events, and the outdoor garden is gorgeous. Daily 11am-11pm. Gongti Xilu (opposite west gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6551 6680) 朝阳区工体西路(工体西门对面) Time Cafe Five-star food at three-star prices. The menu includes everything from Singapore fried noodles to fish and chips, but the twocourse business set lunch is one of the best deals in town. Daily 10am-3pm, 6-9pm. 1038, 3/F, Bldg 10, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3488) 食客 满源咖啡厅, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho10 号楼3层1038 Vineyard Cafe This hutong cafe, specializing in comfort food and comfy couches, is both hip and sensible, and their hearty English breakfasts are excellent weekend brunch fare. Good pizza and excellent beer selection. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, info@ 葡萄院 儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号 Vineyard Cafe on the River Waijiao Apartment, 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区新东路1号外交公寓亮马河南岸

French Crepanini Run by two Bretons, this small cafe features a variety of savory and dessert crepes (including a buckwheat Breton Crepe and the ever-popular Nutella and Banana Crepe). In addition, they offer a selection of paninis and waffles and drinks include coffee, smoothies, cider and pastis. Set breakfast and lunch menus on offer. Local delivery available. Sun-Thu 9ammidnight, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Unit A110, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6093) 可百尼尼, 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园 1层酒吧街对面 Epicerie Daily 9.30am-11pm. 29 Sanlitun Lu (opposite the French School), Chaoyang District. (6416 9381) 朝阳区三里屯路29号(北 酒吧街) La Provence This French restaurant is one of the only ones of its kind in the greater Shunyi area. Offers a selection of wine and a French chef in the kitchen. 2/F Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 3536) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场二层 Maison Boulud Famous New York chef Daniel Boulud brings his take on French food to the swanky premises of the old American Legation. Expensive, but brunch is better value at RMB 98-238. Voted “Best French (High End),” “Best Wine List,” “Best Service,” “Outstanding for Impressing Visitors,” “Outstanding Decor,” “Outstanding Brunch,” and “Non-Chinese Restaurant of the Year” in the Beijinger’s 2011



Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am2pm, 6-10pm; Sat-Sun (brunch) 11am4pm, 6-10pm. Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 9200, 布鲁宫法餐厅, 东城 区前门东大街23号 MRL 6.30am-10.30pm. 1/F, Qianxi Gongyu,Bldg 6 Caifu Zhongxin,7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8588 2668) 朝阳 区东三环中路7号院6号楼财富中心千禧公寓1楼 O’Steak The people behind Cafe de la Poste have come up with this French bistro haunt, which serves fare ranging from “guillotines” (brown slabs of toast with a variety of sweet and savory toppings) to “petit steak” served with sides of fries and salad. Also offers a wide selection of bottled and on-tap beers, as well as wine. Sun-Thu 11am-2pm, 6-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2pm, 6pm-late. 55 Xingfucun Zhonglu (opposite April Gourmet), Chaoyang District. 朝 阳区幸福村中路55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. Winner of “Best India/Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-11pm. 1) Stall 202, 2/F, Bldg 1, Shimao Department Store, 13 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0181); 2) 6/F, Wudaokou U-Center, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District.; 3) 2/F, Paddy O’Shea’s, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6417 0900); 4) 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 2999); 5) 5/B, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8353) 恒河印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区工体 北路13号世贸百货1号楼2层202; 2) 海淀区成府 路五道口U-Center6层; 3) 朝阳区东直门外大街 28号爱尔兰酒吧2层; 4) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸 天阶地下1层138A; 5) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国 际公寓底商5号 Harry’s Kitchen Catering services in the Shunyi area featuring South Asian, Middle Eastern and Western food, including seasonal specialties. Also provides catering related items and services. 11-2pm, 5pm-9.30pm. Inside Wanke City Garden, Shunyi District. (139 1169 0944, 8049 7941, 北京巴顺海力餐厅, 顺义区万科城市花园内 Indian Courtyard 11am-9.30pm. West of Baixinzhuang (near ISB), Shunyi District. (8046 2884) 顺义区西白辛庄北京顺义国际学校附近 Indian Kitchen Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm. 2/F, 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie (opposite Korean embassy), Chaoyang District. (6462 7255) 印度小厨, 朝阳区三里屯北小街2号2楼 Khajuraho This cozy Indian restaurant menu includes some interesting dishes like Goanese prawn and pork vindaloo. The Bengali fish curry and the dal makhani are both creamy and pleasant. Seven combination meals are also available, offering significant saving options. Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Unit 1122-1-2, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8527 0464) 克久拉霍印度餐厅, 朝阳区工体北 路三里屯Soho 1122-1-2室 Mirch Masala Serves Indian cuisines ranging from the “exotic Mughlai” to those of the north and eastern regions of the subcontinent. Choose from kebabs, mango lassi, butter chicken, aloo paratha, tandoori grill, Rajasthan hukkas, desserts and more. Vegetarian and vegan friendly options are available and the bar serves a selection of “bollywood cocktails.” Daily 11am-10.30pm. Ritan Highlife, North Gate of Ritan Park, (near the North Korea Embassy)., Chaoyang District. (8563 6304, www. 马沙拉之香, 朝阳区

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朝阳区神路街39号院日坛公园北门日坛上街2号 楼130号 Mughal’s Friendly staff serve up Halal food like authentic Indian and Pakistani tandoori and curry dishes in this nicely decorated restaurant. Their tikka masalas are especially worth trying. Also offers weekdays set lunch (RMB 45) and summertime terrace seating. Voted “Outstanding Indian/Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am3pm, 6-11pm. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6082/134 , 6638 2160, www. 莫卧尔印度餐厅, 朝阳区 三里屯路81号那里花园4层 Punjabi Indian Restaurant The Beijing branch is the seventh store of this nationwide chain and serves up tasty Punjabi cuisine with a focus on tandoor-roasted meats. Buffet specials on Tue, Fri and Sat nights. Daily 11.15am11.15pm. 2/F, C-8 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0221/23) 本杰比, 朝 阳区朝阳公园路1号好运街C-8号2层 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 Shree Kanchan’s Kitchen This Shunyi area restaurant serves authentic Indian food, including chicken tandoor, chicken tikka and a good range of curries, at decent prices. 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 8 Laiguangying Donglu (next to Western Academy of Beijing), Chaoyang District. (8470 1306/8, 136 0107 3978) 朝阳区来广营东路8号北京京西学校旁 Tadka Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 2/F, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888/8328) 朝阳区霄云路甲26号海航大厦万豪酒店2层 The Taj Pavilion This is a great place for a family meal and would make for a wild birthday experience for teens – a visit to the Cosmic Bowling Alley next door followed by a classic Indian meal. Lille kids Kids unfamiliar with Indian cuisine might find certain dishes a bit too exotic, though many dishes can be prepared with less fiery spice. Try the Chicken tikka, tandoori gobi (cauliflower kebabs), or dal palak (yellow lentils cooked with spinach). As a side note, the bathrooms are located outside the restaurant in the hallway. Voted “Outstanding Indian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 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://www. 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F203; 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

Japanese Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Watch and listen to your food as it sizzles and cooks to your preference. Haru impresses with sleek decor and the quality of the food. Kids will be entertained by the chefs flaming hot plates, and the large portion servings mean this is a great place to spend a few extra kuai on a family night out. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 1) Unit N4-30, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6415 2112); 2) 902 Pinnacle Plaza, Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 5112) 尚

水长廊铁板烧餐厅, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路11号院 (Village北区)能号楼三层N4-30单元; 2) 顺义区 天竺镇开发区荣祥广场902

Mediterranean Ammo Daily 11am-2am. Units 16-17, Bldg 11, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6812) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色 港湾11号楼16-17号 Athena Daily 11am-11pm. 1 Sanlitun Xiwujie, Chaoyang District. (6464 6036) 雅典娜希腊餐 厅, 朝阳区三里屯西五街1号 Greek Delicacy Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6380) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾 国际商区 Nomads Kitchen & Bar Daily 10am-10pm. 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8448 6886) 朝阳区三里屯北小街2号 Sureño The sleek Opposite House venue has a popular Sunday brunch (RMB 268-398 plus 15 percent) inspired by the fine Mediterranean tradition of getting all the family together to relax and bond over a big old meal - bring the kids along for pizza, pasta and the play area. Voted “Best Italian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3.30pm, 6-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240) 朝阳 区三里屯路11号三里屯Village瑜舍地下1层 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) The Woods This handsome cafe in Central Park has fare ranging from black truffle filet mignon to white truffle parmigiano fries to spaghetti primavera. The food tends towards the Mediterranean and Spain, and diners can pair their savory selections with something from the bar--a glass of wine, a Singha beer, or a sangria, perhaps. For dessert, customers can try the espresso chocolate mousse or the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding. Be sure to make a reservation, though, as the cafe setting is very intimate--inside seating includes just around ten tables--and with food this good, there’s sure to be a high demand. Daily (closed on Tue) noon-10pm. Unit 1010, Bldg 1, Central Park6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (65336380) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新 城国际1号楼101室

Pizza Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory Pizza delivery service that positions itself as a cut above the competition, offering ten “gourmet” toppings featuring wine-soaked blackcurrants, fresh pesto and New Zealand mozzarella. Voted “Outstanding Pizza” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) 10-9 Fuli City Xingguang Avenue(West of the Beijing Capital Renaissance Hotel), Chaoyang District. (5876 5262); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. Shop 2, Hairun International Apartments, corner Jiangtai Lu and Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8557); 3) Daily 11am-midnight. Bldg. 3, China View, (rear side, opposite City Hotel), Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1404/1370) www.gunghopizza. com 叫板披萨, 1) 朝阳区富力城, 星光大道 10-9(富力大酒店网西走); 2) 朝阳区将台路 2号海润国际公寓(将台路和方园西路的十字路 口); 3) 朝阳区工体东路中国红街3号楼 Pizza Plus Pizza sold by the slice (or “al taglio” as the Italians say), and made by a world champion pizzamaker. Try their signature “forest” pizza, with sausage, cherry tomato and drizzles of black truffle sauce. Daily 11am10pm. 112/115 Bojinghaoting, 8 Shizipo Jie, Dongcheng District. (6413 0991) 东城区十字坡 街8号铂晶豪庭底商112/115室 The Kro’s Nest Run by Olaf Kristoffer “The Kro” Bauer, the new edition of this Beijing pizza

Directories institution features enormous pizzas, deep-fried jalapenos and other pizza innovations like pizza sliders. You’ll even find hyper-caloric desserts like funnel cake and Rocky Road Rice-Krispy Pie. The beverage offerings have expanded to wines, cocktails, soda floats, smoothies and milkshakes. All this, plus video games and WiFi. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)” and “Outstanding Pizza” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-midnight. 1) Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District. (8523 6655); 2) 35 Xiaoyun Lu (opposite Renaissance Beijing Chaoyang Hotel, next to Kou Fu Ju restaurant), Chaoyang District. (8391 3131) 乌巢, 1) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (卡利宾 拉丁舞俱乐部对面); 2) 朝阳区霄云路35号(国航 大厦万丽酒店对面, 口福居旁)


Dacha Located near Ritan Park, Dacha serves features truly global cuisine, from sushi to pizza. Try Russian classics like borscht and traditional beet salad, or opt for European standards such as pasta Carbonara and rack of lamb. Most entrees range from RMB 45-100, while appetizers and salads are in the 20-60 RMB range. The restaurant caters to families with a smoke-free environment and kids’ playroom with toys. Shisha is also available. Daily 10am-3am. 1 Ritan Lu (on the north side of Ritan Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8563 5765, 别墅西餐 厅, 朝阳区日坛路1号(日坛宾馆北侧)

Sichuan Ba Guo Bu Yi Chengdu-based chain restaurant serves reasonably authentic Sichuan cuisine. Classy, understated decor looks like a traditional Chinese Inn. The menu has the usual offerings like Dandan noodles and the obligatory shuizhuyu , as well as more unusual fare like cold turtle and spicy intestines. Nightly performances include dances, “face-changing” and puppet theater. 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 11am2.30pm, 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 Chengdu Representative Office Restaurant Cheap and tasty, this little restaurant provides genuine Sichuan food without the Chuanban crowds. Try the shuizhuyu. Shudu Hotel, 30 Shatan Houjie, Dongcheng District. (6403 4440 ext 2241) 成都 驻京办餐厅, 东城区沙滩后街30号蜀都宾馆 Chuan Ban Its location in the Sichuan province’s Beijing rep office fuels its reputation as the most authentic Sichuan eatery in town. Reasonable prices but often crowded, so expect a wait during peak dinner hours. Voted “Outstanding Sichuan” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 7-9am, 10.50am2pm, 4.50-9.30pm; Sat-Sun 7am-10pm. 5 Gongyuan Toutiao, Jianguomennei Dajie,

Dongcheng District. (6512 2277 ext 6101) 川办 餐厅, 东城区建国门内贡院头条5号 Haidilao Hot Pot As famous for its hospitality as it is for its authentic Sichuan cuisine: get your nails done and enjoy a fruit plate while you wait in the long queue. Don’t forget to ask for the noodle show – an energetic waiter will pull noodles right at your table. Voted “Best Hot Pot,” “Outstanding Service” and “Outstanding Chinese Restaurant of the Year” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) 2 Dahuisi Lu, Haidian District. (6213 3511); 2) 26-2 Pufang Lu, Fengtai District.; 3) 2/F, 11 Majiapu Lu, Fengtai District. (6757 7027); 4) Unit C, Bldg 4, Wanda Plaza, 18 Shijingshan Lu, Shijingshan District. (8868 9559); 5) 4/F Hulian Wanliu Shopping Center, 2 Bagou Lu, Haidian District. (8258 9332); 6) 4/F Jiamao Shopping Center, 5 Cuiwei Lu, Haidian District. (6821 8532); 7) 2/F Donghua Shang Dasha, 2 Yanjing Xili, Hongmiao, Chaoyang District. (6506 0403); 8) 29 Nanmofang Lu Pingle Yuan, Chaoyang District. (8779 8911); 9) 8/F Tianyingtai Dept Store, 88 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5762 0153); 10) 4/F Suning Electrical Appliance Store, Section 1, 4 Beiwa Lu, Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6871 6676); 11) 4/F Wangjing Guoji Shangye Zhongxin, 9 Wangjing Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (5920 3512); 12) 1-2/F Zhongjian Er Ju Dasha, 42 Guanganmen Nanjie, Xuanwu District. (5181 6880); 13) Daily 24hrs. Bldg 7, Xixi Friendship Store (just north of Xidan Shopping Mall), 109 Xidan Dajie, Xicheng District. (6617 4043); 14) 10.30am-11pm. 31 Huayuan Donglu (north of Peony Hotel), Haidian District. (6203 3112); 15) Daily 24hrs. 2A Baijiazhuang Lu (next to No. 80 Middle School), Chaoyang District. (6595 2982); 16) Daily 10.30am-3am. 3/F, Beiyue Dasha, 2A Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (8463 9300) 海底捞火锅, 1) 海淀 区海淀区大慧寺路2号; 2) 丰台区丰台区蒲芳路 26-2号; 3) 丰台区丰台区马家堡西路11号2楼; 4) 石景山区石景山区石景山路乙18号万达广场 c栋4楼; 5) 海淀区海淀区巴沟路2号华联万柳购 物中心4楼; 6) 海淀区海淀区翠微路5号嘉购物中 心4楼; 7) 朝阳区朝阳区红庙延静西里2号东华 商大厦2楼; 8) 朝阳区朝阳区南磨房路平乐园29 号; 9) 东城区东城区王府井大街88号乐天银泰百 货8楼; 10) 海淀区海淀区紫竹院路北洼路4号1区 195号楼苏宁电器4楼; 11) 朝阳区朝阳区望京街9 号望京国际商业中心4楼; 12) 宣武区宣武区广安 门南街42号中建二局大厦1-2楼; 13) 西城区西单 北大街109号西西友谊商场7楼西单商场北边; 14) 海淀区花园东路31号牡丹宾馆北; 15) 朝阳区白 家庄路甲2号 (八十中学西侧); 16) 朝阳区惠新 东街甲2号北奥大厦3层 Meizhou Dongpo This unpretentious restaurant specializes in traditional Sichuanese cuisine which offers something for diners of all ages. In a bid to ensure authenticity, the chain flies certain Sichuanese ingredients to branches all over China. The house specialty is the Dongpo rou, a braised fatty pork dish which is said to have been created by Song dynasty poet Su Shi, also known as Su Dongpo. Indeed, the restaurant’s name is a combination of the names of the poet and his Sichuanese hometown. Other dishes to try include the excellent yuxiang qiezi (stir-fried eggplant with chilli, RMB 15) and the tea-flavored roasted duck. 1) Daily 11am-2am. 111 Huizhong Beili, Chaoyang District. (5968 3316); 2) Daily 11ammidnight. 7 Chunxiu Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1566) 眉州东坡, 1) 朝阳区慧忠北里111 号楼; 2) 朝阳区春秀路7号 South Beauty More a brand than a restaurant chain, South Beauty specializes in upscale locations and gorgeous, snooty staff. The Sichuan-influenced menu include the house specialty spicy stone grilled beef, dan dan mian, crystal shrimp and more. Voted “Best Sichuan” and “Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken” in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. A dozen locations round town. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, West Wing, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 0809); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. B1, Kerry Centre Mall, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 9458); 3) Daily 11am-10pm. 1/F, Henderson Shopping Mall Center, Jiangguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6518 7603); 4) Daily

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Directories 11am-11pm. 2/F, Manhattan CNT Building Beijing (south of Swissotel), Dongcheng District. (8528 2330); 5) Daily 11am-10pm. Across from the International Hotel, Chaoyang District. (6518 7603); 6) Daily 11am-10pm. 7-1, 7 Huayuan Lu, Xidan (west of Bank of China Tower), Xicheng District. (5851 8498/9); 7) Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. Sunshine Plaza (east door), 68 Anli Lu, Chaoyang District. (6495 1201); 8) Daily 11am-10pm. 4/F, Oriental Kenzo (Ginza Mall), 21 Dongzhimenwai Zhongjie, Dongcheng District. (8447 6171); 9) Daily 11am-10pm. BB88, B1/F, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6971); 10) Daily 6am-10.30pm. 1/F, Shuncheng Hotel, 16 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6622 8989); 11) Daily 11am-11pm. 3/F, Pacific Century Place, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3502); 12) Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 1/F, Tower A, Raycom Info-Tech Park, 2 Kexue Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1698) 俏江南, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸西楼2层; 2) 朝阳区 光华路1号嘉里商场B1北侧; 3) 东城区建国门内 大街恒基中心商场首层; 4) 东城区首创大厦2层( 港澳中心瑞士酒店南侧); 5) 朝阳区国际饭店对 面; 6) 西城区华远路7号7-1(西单中国银行总 部西测); 7) 朝阳区安立路68号漂亮阳光广场东 侧门; 8) 东城区东直门外中街21号东方银座广 场4层; 9) 东城区东长安街1号东方广场地下1层 BB88; 10) 西城区金融大街甲16号顺成饭店(平安 大厦东侧对面顺成酒店南门); 11) 朝阳区工体北 路太平洋百货3层; 12) 海淀区中关村融科资讯中 心A座北侧(海淀区科学院南路2号) Yuxiang Renjia Consistently good Sichuanese food in a pleasant, rustic environment. Reasonable prices ensure constant crowds. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, 5-9pm; Sat-Sun 10am9pm. Hepingli Nankou, across from the Guojia Linye Ju, Chaoyang District. (8422 0807); 2) Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 1011, Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 0653); 3) Daily 10.30am-9pm. 6/F, Parkson Shopping Center, Fuxingmen, Xicheng District. (6602 3706); 4) Daily 11am2pm, 5-9pm. 5/F, Lianhe Dasha (Union Plaza), 20 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6588 3841); 5) Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, SatSun 11am-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm. 3/F, Bldg A, TYG Center, 2C Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. (8441 7068) 渝乡人家, 1) 朝阳区和平里南口国家林业 局对面; 2) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho4号 楼1011; 3) 西城区复兴门百盛购物中心6层; 4) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街20号联合大厦五层; 5) 朝 阳区东三环北路丙2号天元港中心A座3层(三元 东桥北侧)

Vegetarian Amazing A vegetarian option in Shunyi. Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. 顺义区荣祥广场 Baihe Vegetarian More than the sum of its parts, Lily Vegetarian (formerly Vanilla Garden) is a great place to enjoy vegetarian cuisine, sip imported organic coffees and herbal teas, or just hang out. Also boasts helpful and attentive staff, an English menu, desserts, and wireless Internet access. Since Lily does not follow monastic traditions, diners are not forbidden the pungency of onion and garlic in these pleasant restaurants. Try the suchang “sausage”; baochao sanding, a stir-fry of diced carrots, “meat” and cashews; jiangxiang candou, a stir-fry of lima beans with minced “meat”; and qianceng bing, layered pancake with thyme. Don’t miss the hot plum tea. Daily 11am-10pm. 23A Caoyun Hutong, Dongzhimennei Beixiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6405 2082) 百合素食, 东 城区东直门内北小街,草园胡同甲23号 Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar Elaine’s quaint little garden supplies generous portions of Chinese vegetarian fare. The selection of over 100 well-portioned dishes, including the requisite imitation meat dishes (including imitation “duck,” recreated soy “chicken” and sizzling bogus “beef”) are popular with both vegetarian and carnivorous diners. Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar. Walk 800m along the banks of Luoma Lake, 100m north of Luoma Roundabout, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8048 5088/5566) 素心小筑, 顺义区后沙峪镇罗 马环岛向北100米左转, 沿罗马湖畔800米



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 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. 东城区东城区雍和宫大 街30号 Natural Vegetarian Lohas This large Buddhist-themed vegetarian restaurant serves mock meat renditions of pepper steak, hui guo rou (twice cooked pork), fried dumplings, papaya cake and more made from all-natural ingredients and no MSG. 14-9, District 1, Anhui Li, Chaoyang District. (6492 7559) 博味堂自然 素食, 朝阳区朝阳区安慧里1区14-9号 The Veggie Table The shiitake mushroom burger would bully many of Beijing’s beefy sandwiches out of the ballpark. Sesame studded, stodgy whole-wheat bread encloses a fat, herby ‘shroom patty, served with deliciously crispy “baked” home fries and coleslaw cut by someone who understands the stuff. Other big hitters included a shocking pink beet salad spiked with crunchy walnuts, hummus thick like nearly-set cement, and ajvar, a paste of eggplant, onion and red pepper spread on dark rye bread. The dal bhat, served with organic brown rice, is another gutsy, flavor-packed dish, best washed-down with one of the wellchosen craft beers. Daily 10.30am to 11.30pm (last order 10.30pm).. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6446 2073) 吃素的, 东城 区五道营胡同19号 Xu Xiang Zhai Vegetarian Restaurant Daily 10am-9pm; lunch buffet 11.30am-2pm, dinner buffet 5.30-9pm. 26 Guozijian Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6404 6568) 叙香斋, 东城 区国子监大街甲26-1号

Yunnan In & Out Staffed by various ethnic minorities of Yunnan decked out in their traditional costumes, this airy three-floor Lijiang-themed restaurant is popular with locals and Sanlitun embassy-area foreigners alike. The seasonally rotating menu boasts Dai favorites such as fried potato balls and rice with pineapple, along with a mish-mash of Naxi, Bai, and Wa minority staples including Xishuangbanna roast fish bundled with lemongrass, and rich, leathery Shangri-La dried beef. Voted “Outstanding Yunnan” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8454 0086/6467 5235) 一坐一忘, 朝阳区三里屯 北小街1号 Little Yunnan Located in a well-preserved courtyard near the old imperial wall, this restaurant offers Yunnan dishes with a cozy setting, perfect for friendly gatherings or a romantic night out. They also serve great home-brewed rice wine. Voted “New Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-midnight. 28 Donghuangchenggen Beijie, Dongcheng District. (6401 9498, http://www., littleyunnan, 小云南, 东城区东黄城根北街28号

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Xiangcao Xiangcao Yunnan Hotpot This Yunnan-style hot pot chain specializes in Junwangqi hotpot (菌王奇香锅) and tofu platters (豆腐拼盘). The Haidian store is called the “Dali branch,” while the large, 1,000-sqm CBD store is called the “Lijiang Branch.” 10am11pm. 1) 2/F Mingshang Building, 55 Suzhou Jie (near west gate of People’s University) , Haidian District. (8262 1976, 8261 8299); 2) 2/F Xiashing Guoji Zhongxin (below Tumaris), 237 Chaoyang Beilu (south of and across the street from Chaoyang Hospital East Gate), Chaoyang District. (6585 1976) 香草香草云南原 生态火锅, 1) 海淀区海淀区苏州街55号名商大厦 2楼(近人民大学西门); 2) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳北 路237号复星国际中心2楼(朝阳医院东门斜对面)

Family Health Clinics & Hospitals Bayley & Jackson Medical Center Founded in Hong Kong in 1958, Bayley & Jackson has grown into a comprehensive health care provider that accepts over 40 major international insurance plans. Services include (but are not limited to) Family Medicine, Dental, Health Checkups, Pediatrics, Obgyn, General Surgery, Staff Dietician and TCM. Mon-Sat 9am6pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8562 9998, www.bjhealthcare. com 庇利积臣医疗中心, 朝阳区日坛东路7号 Beijing Chaoyang Hospital Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Affiliate of Capital University of Medical Sciences, was established on February 25, 1958. The Hospital, subordinated to Beijing Bureau of Public Health, is the third clinical college of Capital University of Medical Sciences. As a hospital officially identified to be at the top grade in China, it conducts medical treatment, teaching, scientific research and disease prevention. 8 Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8523 1000, english/) 北京朝阳医院, 朝阳区工体南路8号 Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Multilingual services are offered on a 24hr basis, consultations 9am-9pm. Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊部, 顺义区天竺镇丽苑 街荣和商业中心 Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital (NCICH) This hospital provides affordable pediatric care at international standards: qualified doctors and nurses, private and safe family rooms and imported equipment. English speaking staff offers a full range of children’s health care services on a 7/24 basis. Mon-Sun 8am-5pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu (next to the East Gate of the Beijing Children’s Hospital), Xicheng District. (6802 5588) 北京新世纪国 际儿童医院, 西城区南礼士路56号 (北京儿童医 院东门南侧)

Beijing New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) With state-ofthe-art park side facility, New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) is established to operate with international standards. Backed

by strong ties to Beijing Children’s Hospital and Beijing Obstetrics & Gynecology Hospital, the experienced and friendly medical staff of NCWCH provide fi¬rst-class gynecology, obstetrics, pediatric, NICU and urgent care services for women and children (0-18 years old). 51 Wangjing Beilu (Wanghu Park south gate), Chaoyang District. (5178 3366) www. 北京新世纪妇儿医院, 朝阳区朝阳 区望京北路51号院(望湖公园东门南) Beijing Puhua International Clinic Beijing Puhua International Clinic’s unique services include orthopedic and trauma surgery conforming to European standards. They also offer physical rehabilitation, an eye clinic with certified US ophthalmologist, a chiropractic clinic, comprehensive family medical services, a Western-style pharmacy, and emergency services. The clinic offers services in English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Filipino, Amharic, and Taiwanese. Conveniently located in Jinsong, the center has free parking available for customers. Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. 54 Wusheng Beilu, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (8773 5522, 5245 2585 (24hr hotline)) www.puhuaclinic. com 北京普华门诊, 朝阳区东三环武圣北路54号 Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics (BJU) offers international-standard care to thousands of Beijing’s expatriate and Chinese families. BJU features an international team of doctors from more than 20 countries and since 2005, it has been consistently re-accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Since 1997, BJU’s multilingual staff has provided professional expertise with heartfelt care. The hospital and clinics offer a full range of medical services. In addition to departments of family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and dentistry, BJU has attracted top medical professionals in cardiology, neurology, internal medicine, dermatology, psychological health, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, integrative medicine, ophthalmology and ENT. Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7000, 5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) www. 北京和睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital Daily 24hrs. 1 Yaojiayuan Bei’er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8558 1800) cn 北京和睦家康复医院, 朝阳区姚家园北二 路1号 International Medical Center (IMC) IMC was the first expatriate medical institution in Beijing. A multilingual clinic with a full range of medical services including Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Endoscopy and Surgery & Orthopedics. Other services include Dental Services, TCM & Acupuncture, Physiotherapy and Psychological services. The department of Emergency Care at IMC is open 24/7 with all board certified foreign doctors on site. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, marketing@imcclinics. com) 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 International SOS One of the world’s leading international healthcare, medical and security assistance company with 66% of the world’s Fortune 500 companies choosing International SOS. Since 1989, International SOS has led international-standard medical care in China, with a 24/7 alarm center hotline, a dedicated air ambulance, four international quality clinics staffed with expat and foreign doctors and 200+ network of medical service partners. International SOS Beijing clinic is the city’s leading family practice and specialist services clinic, represented by 15 nationalities, including English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese-speaking doctors. Offers 24/7 Emergency Services, GP, Pediatrics, Gynecology, specialists, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Optometry. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16

Directories Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100, china.inquiries@ www.internationalsos. com, 北京国际救援中 心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室 OASIS Family Counseling Center OASIS International Hospital’s Family Counseling Center offers counseling services for anxiety, depression, child development, life transitions, parenting, personal growth, premarital and marital issues, stress management, and trauma. There are two counselors: Regina Ho (Australia) and Dr. Catherine Hsu (US), whose specialties are relationship counseling and childhood and pediatric counseling respectively. Services are available in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30pm.. Oasis International Hospital, 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 87 62747) 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号明德医院 OASIS International Hospital OASIS is a full-service private hospital. Their international medical team provides patient-centered care in a modern facility designed for comfort, safety and privacy. OASIS offers attentive service in a soothing environment and expert medicine backed by leading technology, including the most advanced MRI and CT scans available from a private hospital in China. The hospital currently provides services in family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and dentistry. Direct billing is available for many insurance providers. Daily 24hrs (emergency care), Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm, Sun 8.30-12.30am. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) www. 明德医院, 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号 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) United Family CBD Clinic The United Family CBD Clinic is United Family Healthcare’s (UFH’s) sixth satellite clinic in Beijing and will be staffed by bilingual doctors and nurses who are committed to providing the high-quality, international-standard care unique to United Family. Mon-Sat 9.30am-6.30pm. Suite 3017, Bldg AB, Vantone Center, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5907 1266) cn 和睦家朝外诊所, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号万 通中心AB座2层3017室 United Family Home Health Daily 8:30am5:00pm. New Hope Oncology Center, 2/FNo. 9-11 Jiangtai W. RdNear Fangyuan W.Rd, Chaoyang District. (5927 7333, homehealth@ 和睦家家 庭医疗, 朝阳区和睦家家庭医疗和睦家启望肿瘤 中心二层地点:丽都将台西路9-11号近芳园西路 United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center is a satellite clinic of BJU located in the St. Regis complex in the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District. The clinic makes high-quality healthcare accessible to CBD residents and employees. It offers integrative medicine, family counseling services, and provides health checkups for immigration purposes. Mon-Fri 8.30am-12pm,1pm-3.30pm. B1/F, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.

(8532 1221; 8532 1678 (immigration clinic)) 和睦家建国门保健中心, 朝阳 区建国门外大街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店公寓 楼地下1层 United Family Liangma Clinic United Family Liangma Clinic serves Beijing’s diplomatic area, providing internationally-accredited Family Medicine services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. 2/F, Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7005) www. 和睦家亮马诊所, 朝阳区东方东路19 号1号楼会所27号(外交人员公寓B区官舍16号) United Family New Hope Center The United Family New Hope Center offers a unique new concept in international-standard cancer treatment. New Hope’s goal is to provide patients with the most up-to-date treatment options from a multidisciplinary team of oncologists, specialist physicians, and healthcare professionals. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. 9-11 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7008) 和睦家启望中心, 朝阳 区朝阳区将台西路9-11 United Family Shunyi Clinic United Family Shunyi Clinic serves Beijing’s suburban area and international school district with internationally-accredited family medicine, pediatrics, rehabilitation (physical therapy), psychological counseling, Traditional Chinese Medicine, laboratory, and pharmacy services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. The Shunyi Clinic is a satellite facility of BJU. Like other BJU satellite facilities, the Shunyi Clinic strictly adheres to Joint Commission International (JCI) and international infection control standards. MonThu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) 和睦家顺义诊 所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场806号

1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (84446168(English/ Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) 朝 阳区亮马桥路甲40号21世纪大厦1-2楼

RMB 1,600 per month for 8-10 hours per day, 5-6 days per week. (6438 1634) www. 北京易杨家美信息咨询有限公司

Beijing United Family Hospital Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for families, including cleaning, crown and bridges, dental implants, fillings, tooth whitening and more. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7058) 北京和睦 家医院牙科, 朝阳区将台路2号

IMC Dental Clinic IMC-Beijing has the longest history of expatriate dental service in Beijing, state of the art equipment, and certified welltrained dentists. Services include: cleaning, filling, fluoride treatment, implants, canal therapy, orthodontics, crowns and bridges, tooth extraction, Invisalign, periodontics, space maintainers, and X-ray. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1384, 6465 1328, http://www., 北京 国际医疗中心牙科诊所, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕 莎中心写字楼1层S111 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 9am5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) www. 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

Dentists Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry provides general dentistry (cleaning, crowns, fillings, etc.), periodontal disease treatment, children’s dental care, implants, orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Experienced, multilingual specialists from Japan and China provide worldclass care, consultations and treatment for various dental problems, using imported and modern dental equipment. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24-hour house call service.

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

Family Life Ayi Services Beijing Ayi Housekeeping Service A family membership in this housekeeping service will give you access (with an additional fee) to a large pool of ayis who perform services such as babysitting, cooking and cleaning. Englishspeaking ayis available. Lifetime membership: RMB 300; price range: RMB 1,000-3, 000 per month. (6434 5647/48) 北京 家福来劳务服务 Beijing Ex-pat Housemaid Service Serving over 2,000 families in Beijing, this service offers a supply of English-speaking ayis trained to cook, clean, babysit and more. Price range:

Beijing Merry Home Consulting (service@ 北京其美嘉咨询服务有 限公司 Beijing Nanny Domestic Service This company helps Beijing-based families find nannies, housekeepers, drivers, and tutors. Its areas of service include Sanlitun, Guomao, Central Park, Chaoyang Park, Dongzhimen, and Shunyi. Rm 208, Bldg 104, Qingnian Hui, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. ( www. 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳北路青年 汇104楼208室

Beijing Vista Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services including teeth cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Daily 8.30am6pm. Level 3, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉 里中心三层

OASIS Dental Clinic OASIS Dental provides complete dental care for families through internationally-trained dentists. Services include routine cleaning, fillings, root canals, crowns and bridges, veneers, whitening, orthodontics, prevention orthodontics, periodontics, and implants. Mon-Sat 6am-9pm. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5985 0305) 朝阳区酒 仙桥北路9号

Vista Medical Center Medical services including family and internal medicine, OB/ GYN, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, TCM, physiotherapy, psychiatry, imaging laboratory and pharmacy service. Also offers pre- and postnatal care and infant health check-ups. English-speaking staff onsite 24hrs a day. A consultation with a GP costs RMB 660. Direct billing with more than 40 international insurance providers. Daily 24hrs. 3/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, vista@ 维世达诊 所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心3层

Beijing Huijia Ayi Housekeeping Service Company Daily 8am-10pm. 16 Qianquhe, Gaoliying Zhen, Shunyi District. (136 4113 7690) 北京汇 佳家政, 顺义区高丽营镇前渠河16号

China Youth Union This service hires out ayis for both one-time service as well as regular service. Live-in ayis are also available. Ayis can all speak simple English. One-time service requires reservations. Price range: RMB 6-15 per hour; live-in up to RMB 2,000 per month. (6732 4406/2353) 北京华夏中青 家政服务有限公司 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. 朝阳区劲松富顿中心D座220 Easy Life-Maid service Professional, reliable English speaking ayis (maids) available for full- or part-time work: housecleaning, babysitting, ironing, Chinese and Western cooking. Customer satisfaction guaranteed. Rm 1301, Bldg 5-2, Huacai International, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (138 1122 7395, info@ 朝 阳区望京华彩国际公寓5-2-1301 Good Life Domestic Services Each ayi represented by this firm can speak simple English and perform a variety of services, including childcare, elderly care and house cleaning. Can be hired for live-in or by the hour. Price range: RMB 8 per hour; live-in RMB 1,800-1,900 per month. (8449 4341/5462, 8168 1244) 北京好生活 家政服务有限公司

Driver Services & Car Rentals Beijing TOP-A Car Service Co., Ltd. Rents a range of new and second-hand car models – with or without driver – including Audi A6, Buick GL8, VW Passat, Toyota Crown and Hyundai Elantra. Prices range from RMB 8,300-20,000 per month with deposits of RMB 5,000-50,000. Rm 6F-2/3, Ambassador Mansion, B21, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6438 1634, 139 1008 2709) 北京途安 汽车租赁有限责任公司, 朝阳区酒仙桥路乙21号 国宾大厦6F-2/3室 Expat Car Daily 24 hours. Beigao Lukou, Jichangfu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8152 3060, 朝阳 区机场附路北皋路口 Long Fei Xiang Ye Automobile Leasing Co. Ltd Providing new and returning customers with salons, SUV’s and tour-buses for short, medium and long term leasing. We offer an international car-renting model so as to provide a reliable service with after sales services applied. Since its establishment we provide cars to individuals, companies both foreign and domestic. In line with our company value of putting the customer first, we have a smooth managing system as to provide quality services. Rm 1454, Bldg 5, Shoucheng Guoji, 36 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (6775 2002, 北京 龙飞祥业汽车租赁有限公司, 朝阳区广渠路36号 院首城国际5号楼B座1454室

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Directories Hair & Beauty Salons Hair & Beauty by Hummingbird Formerly Hummingbird spa, this revamped boutique hair salon will continue to provide beauty and spa treatments, but now also specializes in haircuts and styling, with celebrity stylist Tom Yuen at the helm. Daily 10am-8pm. Unit 103, Bldg 3, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9119) www. 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新 城国际3号楼103 Majesty Hair Salon The longest-standing African salon in Beijing offering a full range of services, from braiding to relaxing. Daily 10am-9.30pm. Shop A116, Bldg A, One World Apartments (next to International SOS), 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (5946 7177, 8453 1527, www.majestyint. com 朝阳区新源里16号世方豪庭A座A116室(近 International SOS) MyStudio A full service beauty salon offering hair removal via sugaring (instead of waxing) to safely and less painfully remove hair. Haircuts go for about RMB 300 for women and a full leg wax is similarly priced. Daily 10am-8.30pm. Bldg 811, Zone 8, Jinsong, Chaoyang District. (6771 4375, 137 0125 3148) 朝阳区劲松八区 811号楼 TicTac An international hair salon and studio with stylists from England, Sweden and China. Daily 10am-9pm. Suite 2-06, Tower AB, The Office Park, 10 Jintong Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8590 6899) 朝阳区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际 AB座2层06单元 Toni & Guy Beijing branches of the worldrenowned UK hair salon. If you want to give your locks the five-star treatment, book a cut with director Frankie (RMB 780). His assistants charge considerably less (RMB 120 and up). Perms and colorings cost RMB 380 to 580. Surprisingly little English spoken. 1) Daily 11am-8pm. Shop 41, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0688); 2) Daily 10am-9pm. Unit 303, Tower C Office Bldg, Yintai Center, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8517 1292); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 404-405, 4/F, ECMall, 1A, Danling Jie, Haidian District. (8248 3435); 4) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, Seasons Place Shopping Centre, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0316); 5) Daily 10am9pm. 1/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 8368); 6) Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 2646) 托尼英盖, 1) 朝阳区酒 仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG41; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街2号银泰中心写字楼C座3层 303商铺; 3) 海淀区丹棱街甲1号欧美汇购物中 心4层404-405; 4) 西城区金城纺街2号金融街购 物中心四层L404; 5) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环北路 东方路1号希尔顿酒店大堂1层; 6) 东城区东长 安街1号东方广场汇贤豪庭一层 VivaXiao Kids’ Hair Salon Located in the same venue as VivaXiao Photography Studio, this Shunyi-based hair salon specializes in children’s haircuts from infants and above. The salon’s patient hairstylists know what it takes to get kids’ cooperation, with special haircut car seats videos they can watch while getting their hair cut. Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Rm 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 1603 (Chinese), 138 1160 2673 (English)) 小小 世界美发沙龙, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广 场五层509-510

Organic Farms Agrilandia Italian Farm Fireplace Restaurant Fresh ingredients are grown on site at this Italian organic farm in Shunyi. Its great suburban locale ensures lots of room for the kids and dogs to scamper, as well as opportunities to tour the green house where fresh fruit and vegetables are grown. The main dining hall is available for group functions, and the farm produces its own wine, along with pizza, pasta and garden salads. Daily 9am-9pm. Baigezhuangcun, Mapozhen, Shunyi District.



(6940 7700, 130 0127 1094) 意大利农场壁炉餐厅, 顺义区马坡镇白各庄村 朝阳区朝阳门外大街

Fishtail Garden Organic Farm Located next to Maquanying subway station, Fishtail Garden Organic Farm features a familyfriendly buffet-style brunch made from seasonal and organic ingredients from the garden. Dish examples include poached sugared sliced pears; sweet and sour prawn with kiwi, dragon fruit and lychee; braised tilapia with mushrooms; and yak meat steak with steamed vegetables. As of June 2013, weekend brunch cost RMB 200 per person. Sat-Sun 10am-5pm (by reservation only). Across the street from Scitech Outlets, Hegezhuang, Chaoyang District. (400 018 0096, Weibo: 曳尾园家庭农场, 朝阳区崔各庄赛特奥莱对面


Relocation Services Asian Express Started in 1979 in mainland China, Asian Express is an international company that offers household goods, office moving, storage and a full range of relocation services. Quotes available upon request in several languages. Rm 1612, Tower D, SOHO New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 1471, hk) 朝阳区建国路88号 SOHO现代城D座1612室 CityWise Property Solutions CityWise Property Solutions provides tailored relocation services for expats. The company has access to a large real estate database that includes houses, apartments, serviced apartments, courtyard homes, and villas. Services include airport pick-up, orientation, housing search, contract negotiation, tenancy management, PSB registration, and more. Service is available in English and French. Rm C203, Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5353, 186 0192 9308, 朝阳区亮马桥路50 号燕莎购物中心C203室 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 Globy Pet Relocation The leading pet transportation service company in China, Globy Pet Relocation has five domestic offices and a widespread agent network. Globy is equipped to help transport pets anywhere in the world, arrange pet relocation planning (including required papers), international airline arrangements and door-to-door pick-up and delivery. Rm 26B, Block 2, Bauhinia Court, 30 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8762 5020, www. 朝阳区东三环北路30号紫荆 豪庭2座26B Move One Relocations Rm 1208, Bldg 2, Zhubang 2000 Mansion, 100 Balizhuang Xili, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区朝阳区八里庄西里100 号住邦2000大厦2号楼1208室 Santa Fe 2 Ba Jie, Beijing Capital Airport Logistics Zone, Shunyi District. (6947 0688) 顺义区顺义区首都机场物 流中心8街2号 Sirva Relocation A812, The Spaces Shangdu International Center, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 0866) www. 朝阳区朝阳区东大桥路8号尚 都国际中心A812室 World Care Pet Transport (8459 3008/2858, www. Writers Relocasia International Movers Daily 8am-6pm. Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (130 3103 3413, bejing@

2014 February

April Gourmet Chain of stores purveying imported cheeses, olives and cold cuts, as well as staples like dried pasta, canned tomatoes (and beans) and cereal. Prices can be high for goods that can seem a bit shopworn. The Shunyi branch offers a small but constant “specials” section, which often features imported cookies and filter coffee. 1) Bldg 7, Richmond Park, 9 Fangyuan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8457 8116); 2) 8am-9pm. Outside South Gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi District. (8046 4132); 3) Daily 8am-midnight. 1/F Jiezuo Mansion, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6417 7970); 4) Daily 8am9pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8455 1245) 绿叶子食品店, 1) 朝阳区芳园西里 9号院丽都水岸会所7号楼; 2) 顺义区后沙峪乡白 辛庄名都园南门外; 3) 朝阳区三里屯幸福村中路 杰作大厦1层; 4) 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 BHG Market Place Taiwan chain of upscale supermarkets has an extensive, albeit pricey, selection of goods and produce, including alcohol and organic products. Daily 10am10pm. 1) Shop 1, B1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0299); 2) B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5888); 3) SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 8226); 4) SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District.; 5) B2/F, Legend Center, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 北京华联高级超市, 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥 路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG01; 2) 朝阳 区建国路87号新光天地B1层; 3) 朝阳区三里屯 VillageSLG00号商铺; 4) 朝阳区蓝色港湾国际商 区SMM06号; 5) 朝阳区东三环中路乐成中心地 下二层 Friendship Supermarket Stock up on cheese, lunchmeat and peanut butter. The selection of coffee, olive oil, chocolate and other Western imports is comparable to Haidian’s Carrefour, minus the mobs. Daily 8.30am8.30pm. 7 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 1871) 友谊超市, 朝阳区三里屯路7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) Daily 8.30am-9pm. Pinnacle Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (8046 2500); 2) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District. (6533 6792); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 4) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 5) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 6) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 7) Daily 8am-10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 8) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) 婕妮璐, 1) 顺义 区荣祥广场,天竺开发区裕翔路99号; 2) 朝阳区 新城国际17号楼101; 3) 朝阳区来广营东路和平 医院对面; 4) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho4 号楼; 5) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所里; 6) 朝阳区日 坛北路4号(芳草地小学对面); 7) 朝阳区三里 屯北小街6号; 8) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧 Lotte Mart 1) Daily 8am-9:30pm. 12 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 8008); 2) Daily 8am-9:30pm.. 17 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6437 8008) 乐天玛特, 1) 朝阳区 朝阳区酒仙桥路12号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区望京广 顺北大街17号 Olé Supermarket French chain sells groceries, wine and household items at premium prices. 1) 10am-10pm. B203, B2/F, Beijing Shoudu Shidai Guangchang, 88 Xichang Anjie, Xicheng District. (8391 5006); 2) 10am-10pm. Xindongan Guangchang,

135 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 4855); 3) 10am-9pm. B1/F, Jinrongjie Gouwu Zhongxin, 2 Jincheng Fangjie, Xicheng District. (6622 0461); 4) 10am10pm. B1/F, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8447 7668); 5) 10am-10pm. B101,B1/F,Shimao Tianjie, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1509); 6) 9am-9pm. B1/F, Donghuan Guangchang, 29 Dongzhongjie, Dongcheng District. (6418 1006); 7) 东方新天地商场地 铁层BB01A号, Dongcheng District.; 8) B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, Jianwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 9) B1, Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0389/0491) 1) 西城 区西长安街88号北京首都时代广场地下二层B203 室; 2) 东城区王府井大街135号新东安广场; 3) 西城区金城坊街2号金融街购物中心地下一层; 4) 东城区东直门外大街48号银座Mall地下一层; 5) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地下一层B101; 6) 东城区东中街29号东环广场B座地下一层; 7) 东 城区BB01A, The Malls at Oriental Plaza; 8) 朝阳 区建外大街国贸商城地下一层; 9) 西城区金城 坊街2号金融街购物中心B1 Sanyuanli Market This excellent market is where many western restaurants and international grocery stores buy wholesale; it is also a dear friend to many amateur chefs. Many of the items available at Sanyuanli are difficult to find elsewhere in Beijing. There are exotic fruits and vegetables like mangoes, star fruit, lemongrass, brussel sprouts and porcini; fresh seafood; cheeses; fresh herbs and imported condiments like herbs, thyme, oregano, rosemary, parsley and fish sauce; frozen goods like burritos, pies and berries; and dry goods like coffee, beans, spices and pasta, bulk chocolate. The prices can be very wholesale-like, but these vendors know they are popular with foreigners and quote their prices accordingly. A half kilo of mint only costs RMB 7, and RMB 30 can get you a good-sized bag of basil. Daily 5am7pm. Shunyuan Jie (opposite Jingkelong Supermarket, west of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. 三源里市场, 朝阳区顺源街 (三元东桥往西京客隆超市对面)

Veterinarians Aikang Veterinary Hospital Daily 9am10pm. 45 Tianshuiyuan Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6501 8605) 爱康动物医院, 朝阳区甜 水园东里45号楼底商 Beijing KPK Veterinarian Hospital World Offers vaccinations and emergency care. 8.30am-9pm. 34 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 5829) 北京KPK动物医院, 朝阳 区朝阳区工体北路34号 Guan Shang Animal Hospital Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 1/F, 7 North Third Ring Road (300 meters West of An Hua Qiao, on the north side of the street), Chaoyang District. (6237 1359 ext 8037, 6205 1944 ext 8037 Chinese only) 北京观赏动物医院, 朝 阳区北三环中路7号一层(安华桥往西三百米 路北) 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. Soft opening hours: 9am-8pm Tue&Thu, 9am-6pm Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun. 1316 Rongke Ganlan Chengshang Jie, Futongxi Dajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, www. 北京新天地国际动物医院, 朝阳 区望京阜通西大街, 融科橄榄城商街13-16号

Directories Family Travel

BJSWFHI-Hilton-Beijing-Wangfujing/ 东 城区北京王府井希尔顿酒店

Hotels, Hostels and Resorts

InterContinental Beijing Beichen Recognized as the only award-winning international luxury hotel in the northern part of Beijing, InterContinental Beijing Beichen is connected to the China National Convention Center (CNCC), one of Asia’s largest convention centers. The hotel stands out for its scenic location next to the National Stadium and the Water Cube, with easy access to Beijing International Capital Airport, the Great Wall, historical sightseeing spots, and major business centers. Bldg 4, 8 Beichen Xilu, Chaoyang District. 北京北辰洲际酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰西路8号 院4号楼

Beijing Four Seasons Hotel 48 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5695 8888) http:// 北京四季酒店, 朝阳区 亮马桥路48号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U Town boasts over 3000 square meters of flexible event space with 11 fully-equipped meeting rooms, including the Crowne ballroom with 1,029 square meters of space. OPENING JANUARY, 2011. 3 Sanfeng Beili, U-Town, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5909 6688, 400 886 2255) hotel/pegut?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/cp/1/en/ hotelsearchresults 北京朝阳悠唐皇冠假日酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区三丰北里3号 Fairmont Beijing Hotel Fairmont Beijing is a luxury hotel located in the heart of the CBD. The hotel is surrounded by Fortune 500 companies and the city’s premier office towers, including LG Twin Tower, SK Group Tower, Beijing Yintai Centre and China World Trade Centre. Daily 24hrs. 8 Yong’an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8511 7777, http://www. 北京华彬费尔蒙酒店, 朝 阳区建国门外大街永安东里8号 Grand Hyatt Though it will always be overshadowed by the more glamorous Grand Hyatt Shanghai (in the Jinmao Tower), this hotel remains one of the most upscale in China - with prices to match. Great for shopping, business and sightseeing, with comfortable, sleekly lit and furnished rooms, the Grand Hyatt now also has a stunning new meeting venue, The Residence, in addition to their award-winning Chinese restaurant (Made in China) and indoor pool done up like a tropical grotto. RMB 3,500-34,200. 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234) www.beijing. 东方君悦大酒店, 东城区东 长安街1号 Grand Millennium This 521-room luxury hotel in the shadow of the CCTV Tower boasts contemporary rooms, a residential complex (Millenium Residences), a Cantonese restaurant (Yao Chi), brasserie and two jazz bars. 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 6888) 北京千禧大酒店, 朝阳区东三环中路7号 Great Wall Sheraton One of Beijing’s oldest five-star establishments, the Sheraton has seen a lot of history from its location near the business and diplomatic districts. For RMB 1,500 per night, guests enjoy standard luxury with Internet access and fitness facilities, including an indoor pool. While the lobby and hallways seem a bit dim, the restaurants and multilingual staff liven the atmosphere. Suites and Starwood Preferred Guest rooms available. 10 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6590 5566) GreatWall 喜来登长城饭店, 朝阳区东三环北 路10号 Hilton Beijing Wangfujing “Recently voted the ‘World’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’ for the second year running at the prestigious World Travel Awards, the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel offers some of the largest hotel rooms in the city.Set in the heart of Beijing’s shopping district, indulge in some retail therapy or visit nearby Beijing attractions. The iconic Tiananmen Square is just a ten minute walk from the hotel. After a busy day sightseeing, treat yourself to a holistic massage in the hotel’s Spa, swim laps of the rooftop pool or work out in the fitness center.Hold a conference in one of the 8 fully equipped meeting rooms then relax and enjoy stunning city views in the Executive Lounge or take advantage of the hotel’s Business Center. Sample delicious Macanese cuisine at Vasco’s restaurant or sip an expertly mixed cocktail in stylish Flames bar at the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel.” 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888)

star hotel appeal to both leisure and business travelers. RMB 2,755-7,180. 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288) 北京港澳中心瑞 士酒店, 东 城区朝阳门北大街2号 The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing Old World elegance, plush comfort – everything you’d expect from this hallowed name, including impeccable restaurants such as the internationally themed Aroma and Yu (Cantonese/Sichuan). An in-house wedding chapel sets this hotel apart, but the 109sqm executive suites with innovatively partitioned living and entertaining quarters are where the Ritz really shines. 83A Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 8888) 北京丽 思卡尔顿酒店, 朝阳区建国路甲83号华贸中心

Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center Located in the heart of Beijing’s central diplomatic and business district, the Kempinski Hotel Beijing boasts a blend of European style with elements of Beijing’s rich cultural history. In addition to 526 guestrooms and suites, including four executive floors and eight no-smoking floors, the hotel also has eight fully equipped banqueting/conference facilities accommodating up to 1,300 people. The hotel also has seven restaurants and bars, including the Paulaner Bräuhaus boasting the city’s finest Bavarian food and microbrewed beer, and Kempi Deli, renowned for its gourmet European cakes and pastries. On the 18th floor overlooking Beijing’s skyline is the swimming pool of Pulse Health Club, which also includes a fitness centre, tennis courts and squash courts.The Kempinski also manages a neighbouring eight-storey complex offering 12,500 square metres of office space, 42 shops and showrooms and 170 fully furnished one to four bedroom apartments. Facing the Liang Ma River, the complex also contains a 24-hour serviced international medical centre, dental clinics and fully equipped children’s park and nursery. Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388) 凯宾斯基饭 店, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号

The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Fantastic location and first class amenities make the Westin Chaoyang one of Beijing’s premiere luxury hotels. All 550 guest rooms and suites are oversized and feature quality contemporary furnishings including the signature Heavenly Bed® and rainforest shower as well as wireless High Speed Internet Access. The Westin Executive Club Floor guest rooms and suites provide the ultimate comfort and convenience.The Heavenly Spa by Westin™ offers a range of treatments for the renewal of the body, soul, and mind. Facilities include an indoor pool, hydrotherapy centre, and WestinWORKOUT® gym. The business centre, located on Level 3, provides secretarial and business support while the gift shop features a selection of premium souvenirs and gift items.Find a journey of culinary delights and moments to savor in our restaurants, bars, and lounges as you enjoy offerings from China, Europe, and Asia. With a total of 1,100 square meters of function space, our hotel has the capacity to accommodate events of various sizes. The Jinmao Ballroom and seven meeting rooms feature the latest in audiovisual technology and five-star service. 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 金茂北京威斯 汀大饭店, 朝阳区东三环北路7号

Kerry Hotel Beijing This Shangri-La property is noted for its modern design, business-friendly amenities, kid-friendly restaurant (Horizon) as well as the city’s most popular cocktails (at Centro). The Horizon Club’s executive floor will be upgraded in the coming months The Kerry’s sports center wins kudos for its big pool, two indoor tennis courts, basketball court and rooftop track. RMB 1,300-23,000. 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833) 北京嘉里大饭店, 朝阳区 光华路1号

The Westin Beijing Financial Street This mega-hotel on Financial Street (West Second Ring Road) has spared no expense in meeting the high expectations of its well-heeled clientele, from its vast lobby and elegantly appointed rooms to its opulent spa and pool. The Westin also boasts seven restaurants and bars – including Senses, which offers what many cognoscenti consider to be Beijing’s most decadent Sunday brunch. RMB 1,50021,100. 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District. (6606 8866) 北京金融街威斯 汀大酒店, 西城区金融街乙9号

The Peninsula Beijing Located near Wangfujing and Tian’anmen Square, this award-winning hotel has rooms with hardwood floors, Chinese rugs, elegant furniture and 42-inch plasma TVs. Its fusion cuisine and funky open-plan design have won Jing, one of the hotel’s restaurants, favorable reviews. The Peninsula’s shopping arcade is home to such fashion royalty as Dior, Chanel and Hermes. The hotel can also arrange hutong tours with a Tsinghua University professor and visits to unrestored sections of the Great Wall. RMB 1,388-50,000. 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888) www. 王府半岛酒店, 东城区王府井金 鱼胡同8号

Travel Agencies Bespoke Beijing Anti-package-tour to its core, Bespoke Beijing offers an a la carte menu of high-quality, high-value travel services so you can pick and choose the components that are relevant to you. These include car hire, tour guides and airport transfers - or take it to the next level with their expert-led signature experiences. B510, 107 Dongsi Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District. (6400 0133, info@ www.bespoke-beijing. com 东城区东城区东四北大街107号天海商务 大厦B座510号 China Culture Center (CCC) From its Beijing headquarters, the Chinese Culture Club plans and organizes a diverse range of trips and cultural events (lectures, tours, courses, etc.) for those who wish to better understand and experience China, including a range of family-friendly programs. Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, www. 朝阳区亮马桥路29号安 家楼肯特中心院内 Kingdom Travel This bilingual outfit arranges domestic and business air tickets, family vacation packages and weekend escapes. Suite 601, Bldg A, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 0033, fit@ www.kingdomtravel. 中侨国旅, 朝阳区东大桥路8号尚都国际 中心A座601 Planet Travel Planet Travel provides quality service for leisure family holidays and business trips at reasonable prices. Rm 2090, Bldg 5, Shoukaibojun, Yard 8, Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (6409 4255, 星球旅行社, 朝阳区新东路 8号院首开铂郡5号楼2090 Trekiz is a one stop shop for all things travel. Create and book DIY travel itineraries online with Trekiz’s patented trip planner. Choose from hundreds of activities (and tours and treks and classes and cruises!) in countries and cities around the world. Book China flights and China hotels, too! Trekiz takes the headache out of travel planning with its great prices, wide selection and user-friendly interface. ((+86) 4001-873549) http://www. TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. With its extensive international network, this German-Chinese joint venture can arrange personalized tours to destinations both domestic and worldwide. Unit 921-926, Bright China Chang An Bldg, Tower 2, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District.

The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu This renovated elementary school proves there is more to Mutianyu than just the Great Wall. Located 90mins northeast of Beijing (via Jingcheng expressway) and offering a restaurant with fresh local ingredients, art glass studio and art room and is a creative way for the family to escape the city. Daily 9am-9pm. Mutianyu Village (for detailed directions, see website), Huairou District. (6162 6506) www. 慕田峪小园餐 厅, 怀柔区慕田峪 (具体路线请查看网站信息) Swissotel Beijing Though the rooms are fairly small, the large swimming pool, the diverse dining options and central location of this five-

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Fun Stuff Art Schools ArtBug Singaporean art center ArtBug aims to make art accessible for everyone, with programs catering to children from ages 2-12. ArtBug focuses on nurturing a child’s creativity, communication skills, and self-confidence through the arts. The center offers courses in a wide variety of subjects, including drawing, sculpture, photography, speech and drama, and performance arts. 1) Rm 102, Unit 4, Bldg 3, Upper East Side, Chaoyang District. (5947 2275); 2) Rm 753, Tower A, Chaowai SOHO (north of Central Park), 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 0270) www.artbug. 1) 朝阳区阳光上东3号楼4单元102; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区朝外大街乙6号朝外SOHO写字楼A座 753 (新城国际北侧) Atelier Rm 202, Building C, Jinxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 1614, 132 4018 4908, 啊特黎尔, 朝阳区朝阳区幸 福村中路锦绣园C楼202室 Yosemite Art Center Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or 8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-8pm. Shangye Jie, 5 Wanke Gongyuan, Tianshui Yuan Jie, Chaoyang District. (8571 4258/30) www. 音琴美诗艺术生活中心, 朝阳区甜水西园街万科公园五号商业街

Concert Hall & Theaters Beijing Chaoyang Theater Not the most authentic of the city’s acrobatic offerings, but definitely the flashiest! The standard plate spinning, hoop jumping and yo-yo tossing gets amped up a notch by the extra dramatic lights and music. Your kid will be wiggling in her seat in a happy, adrenaline-induced frenzy. RMB 180, 280, 380, 580, 680 (half-price for kids under 1.1m). Shows daily 7.15pm (call for additional show times). 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6507 2421/1818) 北京朝阳剧场, 朝阳区东三环 北路36号 Beijing Concert Hall 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District. (6605 7006/5812) 北京音乐厅, 西城区 北新华街1号 Beijing Exhibition Theater Opened in 1954, this Russian-style building has direct connection to the rail system at Xizhimen. The Cinema Hall’s 500 seats and production facilities are designed for motion picture showings, live stage productions and a range of general meetings and seminars. A 2,700-seat bi-level amphitheater has up to date sound and lighting systems suitable for large musical productions. 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6835 4455) 北京展览馆剧场, 西城区西直门外大街 135号 Beijing Seven-Color Light Children’s Theater 14A, Ju’er Hutong, Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng District. (8402 2285) 北京七色光儿 童剧院, 东城区交道口菊儿胡同甲14号 Central Ethnic Orchestra Concert Hall Located near the Olympic complex, this concert hall holds concerts, dance, acrobatics, and opera and drama performances, and houses a recording studio and 500-seat concert theater. 15 Xiaoying Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0058) 中央民族乐团音乐厅 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) Chang’an Grand Theater 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6510 1309/1310) 长安大戏院, 东城区 建国门内大街7号 China Children’s Art Theater Situated 1,500 meters northwest of Dongdan Station, this four-



story playhouse presents plays and musicals for children in Chinese all year long. Every weekend, the Holiday Classic Theatre Hall on the fourth floor puts on plays starting at 10am, and performers even talk to the audience after each play. Performances include the Chinese classic Ma Lan Hua, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and A Journey With Hans Christian Andersen, among others. The Ma Lan Hua Art School that connects to the theater offers acting, recitation and dance classes for kids ages 5-12. Daily 9am-9pm. 64 Donganmen Dajie, west of Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (6521 1425) 中国儿童艺术剧 场, 东城区东安门大街64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 East Gate Cinema This accessible theater has a garage that provides free two-hour parking. It’s small and expensive, but with four well-equipped halls showing the newest in foreign and Chinese celluloid, East Gate is one of Beijing’s best. RMB 60-70. B1/F, Bldg B, East Gate Plaza (behind the Poly Theatre), 9 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (6418 5931) 东环影城, 东城区保利大厦 北侧东环广场B座地下一层 National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) Adjacent to the monolithic Great Hall of the People, French architect Paul Andreu’s space-age conception attracted a fair amount of criticismfor its cost (RMB 490,000 a seat) and dust-gathering capabilities (maintenance of the glass dome and surrounding moat is said to run up to hundreds of thousands of RMB daily). Since its opening in December 2007 though, praise for the stunning design, particularly beautiful at sunset, and the superb in-house acoustics has drowned out these criticisms. Continuing the trend of giving monikers to new monuments, the NCPA has been dubbed the ‘Egg’. Entrance to the three performance venues housed under the dome is via a passageway running under the moat, and the vast central atrium features stones from every region in China. Presently, attracting a string of world-class performers appears to be less of a problem than finding the appreciative local audiences that this venue deserves. 2 Chang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6655 0000) www.chncpa. org 国家大剧院, 西城区西长安街2号 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

Major Attractions Drum and Bell Towers Buildings similar to the Drum Tower have stood in this vicinity for over 700 years, but the current structure dates back to 1800, when hours of the day were beaten on 24 drums. Today, the tower houses 25 drums that are beaten for visitors everyhalf-hour between 9-11.30am and 2-5pm. Just north of the Drum Tower is the Bell Tower, named after the 500-year-old bronze beast with 10cm thick walls. Daily 9am-5pm. 9 Linzi(near Zhuyuan Hotel), Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng District. (RMB 30 (through ticket to both Drum and Bell Towers)) 钟鼓楼, 东城区钟 楼湾胡同临字9号(竹园宾馆附近) Houhai The area commonly referred to as “Houhai” actually covers two lakes: Houhai and Qianhai. Popular with families, Houhai is worth visiting especially in winter, when the frozen lake looks like a scene by some modern-day Brueghel, with families and couples skating, playing ice hockey, and jubilantly riding on ice chairs and other fantasmagoric contraptions. There’s an old school amusement area with trampolines, electric cars and a dragon train on the southwest bank, near Kong Yiji. Dianmenwai Dajie (aka Ping’an Dadao), across from the north gate of Beihai Park, Xicheng District. 后海地区, 西城区地安门外大街(北海 公园北门对面)

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Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) Take a daytrip to the place once described as the “Versailles of the East.” Its grounds blend typical Chinese landscaping and Western architecture. Famous scenic spots include the Grand Waterworks, the Immense Ocean Observatory and the Labyrinth. RMB 10, plus RMB 15 (ruins and labyrinth), students halfprice. Free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 7am-7pm (May-Aug); 7am-5.30pm (Nov-Mar); 7am-630. pm (Apr, Sep-Oct). 28 Qinghua Xilu, Haidian District. (6262 8501) www.yuanmingyuanpark. com 圆明园, 海淀区清华西路28号 Yonghegong Lama Temple Daily 9am4.30pm. RMB 25, audio tour RMB 20. 12 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6404 4499, www. 雍和宫, 东城区雍和宫大街12号

Parks & Gardens Beihai Park This park is a good example of a classic Yuan dynasty imperial garden and has the benefit of being good to visit in all seasons. Ticket: RMB 10 (April-Oct); RMB 5 (Nov-March). Half-price for students. Daily 6.30am-8pm (Nov-March); 6am-9pm (April, May, Sept, Oct); 6am-10pm (June-Aug). 1 Wenjin Jie, Xicheng District. (6403 1102) 北海公园, 西城区文津街1号 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, merry-go-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 Grand View Garden Modeled on the grounds described in Dream of the Red Chamber, the park (Daguanyuan in Chinese) makes for a very pleasant afternoon stroll. Although the park is not specifically geared towards children, there is a small enclosure where you can feed deer, cockatoos and a multitude of peacocks. Also fun for kids is a ride in the bridal sedan chair next to the Archway (the white marble gate in the north of the park). RMB 40, half price for students. Animal enclosure: RMB 5. Daily 7.30am-5.30pm (last ticket 5pm). 12 Nancaiyuan Jie, Xuanwu District. (6354 4993) 大观园, 宣武区南菜园街12号 Longtanhu Park The park boasts a popular outdoor playground with many slides and swings, as well as a trampoline, an indoor playground and several rides including hovercraft-type bumper cars. There’s a roller skating area on the island, lots of gym equipment, badminton courts and boats in which you can explore the lake. Older kids may enjoy the climbing wall in the park’s southwest corner. Other things to discover include an old MiG fighter jet. Fun to visit during Chinese New Year, when the park becomes a giant fairground. RMB 2 for park entry, additional fees for rides. Daily 6am-10pm. 8 Longtanhu Lu, Chongwen District. (6714 4336) 龙潭湖公园, 崇文区龙潭湖路8号 Olympic Forest Park Beijing’s Olympic Forest Park is a large, man-made nature park at the north end of the Olympic Green. Built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the park is oval in shape and features lake Wa Biancun in the center. The park features many walking and jogging paths. Several small islands in the lake are linked by bridges. The southeast end of the lake has a handful of carnival rides for children. The south gate of Olympic Forest Park is accessible through South Gate of Forest Park station (森林公园南门) on Line 8. Daily 6am8pm (summer), daily 7am-7pm (winter).. 15 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (Southern

Garden: 6452 9060, Northern Garden: 6452 9090) 奥林匹克森林公园, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰 东路15号‎ Taoranting Park Why schlep the kids all the way down to Taoranting? Here are six reasons: 1) Its intelligently designed and clean playground, with padding on the ground, tall covered slides, swings, trampolines and more; 2) Water Land, an enormous water park; 3) Peacock Park, a weird, Yunnan-themed retreat with Dai-style buildings, the eponymous birds, monkeys and rabbits; 4) The symphony of colors that is the rose garden; 5) Car-shaped paddleboats; 6) Priceless signage: “No hunting animals in park,” “Transparent swimming suits are not allowed,” “Those swimming while drunk will be fined RMB 10-50.” RMB 2, RMB 1 (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 6am-9.30pm (last ticket at 9pm). 19 Taiping Jie (near National Ballet of China), Xuanwu District. (6353 2385) 陶然亭公园, 宣 武区太平街19号 Yuyuantan Park Enormous Yuyuantan Park attracts families and student groups on full-day outings. They bring tents, hammocks and blowup mattresses and kick back with sausages, tea, eggs and sunflower seeds. Kids ride bikes, blow soap bubbles (check out the Toucan Sam-shaped bubble “guns”) and fill the two large, well-stocked playgrounds. There’s plenty of room here to fly kites, and a big aquatic park with many slides and an area for younger children. You can catch the boat to the Summer Palace near the park’s south gate. RMB 2, RMB 1 (students). Daily 6am-9.30pm (summer), daily 6.30am-7pm (winter). Xisanhuan Lu (across from CCTV Tower). East entrance on Sanlihe Lu (just south of Diaoyutai); south entrance (with parking lot) behind China Millennium Monument., Haidian District. (8865 3804/6) 玉渊潭公园, 海淀区西三环中央电视塔对面 (东门在三里河路, 南门在世纪坛后面) Zizhuyuan Park Daily 6am-8pm (winter), 6am-9pm (summer). 45 Baishiqiao Lu, Haidian District. (6842 5851) 紫竹院公园, 海淀区白石 桥路45号

Play Centers Kerry Adventure Zone The Kerry Hotel’s new play center features top-of-the-line vertical drop slides, swinging ropes, ball pools, a tree house, tiny town and birthday party theme areas. RMB 5,000 for half-year memberships and RMB 7,500 for a full year. Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm. 3/F, in the Kerry Sports Center, Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 3388) adventure_zone.html 朝阳区朝阳区光华路1号 北京嘉里中心饭店3层 Beijing Youth Palace Offering music lessons and dance classes, as well as a multilingual cinema. 68 Xizhimen Nanxiaojie, Xicheng District. (6615 2211) www.bjqng. 北京青年宫, 西城区西直门南小街68号 Cheer Kids Play Park Manufactured by American teachers, child psychologists and engineers, Cheer kids Play Park provides kids a motion and body-building environment and relieves parents from worries about kids safety. 1) 2/F, Fangheng Shopping Mall, Bldg 4, 6 Futong Dongdajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (5119 3019); 2) West Gate of International Sculpture Park, Yuquan Lu, Shijingshan District. (159 1108 3533); 3) West Gate of International Sculpture Park, Yuquan Lu, Shijingshan District. (159 1108 3533); 4) 3/F, Bldg C, Wanda Plaza, Shijingshan, Shijingshan District. (8869 6929); 5) 4/F, Beidianshidai Plaza, Huilongguan, Haidian District. (8075 0939); 6) Stall 135, B2/F, 136 Huashi Dajie, Glory Mall, Chongwenmen, Chongwen District. (8755 5250); 7) 3/F, Huolidongfang Outlets, 1 Yaojiayuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5119 3019) 奇乐儿儿童主题 公园, 1) 朝阳区望京阜通东大街6号院4号楼方恒 购物中心2楼; 2) 石景山区玉泉路国家雕塑公园 西门; 3) 石景山区玉泉路国家雕塑公园西门; 4) 石景山区石景山万达广场C座3层; 5) 海淀区回龙 观北店时代广场四层; 6) 崇文区崇文门花市大街

Directories 136号国瑞购物中心B2-135; 7) 朝阳区姚家园路1 号活力东方奥特莱斯三层 Fundazzle This cavernous, indoor playground has a huge two-story jungle gym, trampolines and a toddler area with small cars, swings, seesaws, toy houses and so on. On weekends, counselors put on shows, lead the kids in song and dance, and teach arts and crafts. RMB 50/ child (weekend or weekday), three-hour limit. RMB 15/adult (weekends), free on weekdays. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun and holidays 9am-7pm. Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6208) 翻斗乐, 朝阳区工体南路 Let’s Go Let’s Go is a three-storey climbing frame that tests kids’ physical and mental skills. After children are outfitted with safety helments and harnesses, they must make their way to the top by completing a series of challenges. Let’s Go can host birthday parties for groups of six to eight children and two to three adult chaperones. One-off prices: RMB 80/child (ages 3-12), RMB 30 for five minutes of bungee. Member prices: RMB 1,190 (RMB 60/child for two hours on the climbing frame, RMB 22.50 for five minutes of bungee) or RMB 2,000 (RMB 44/child for two hours on the climbing frame, RMB 16.50 for five minutes of bungee) Daily 10am-4.30pm (winter), 9am-8.30pm (summer). 19 Guangshun Beidajie (south part of Liulaiben Shopping Street, next to Dazhong Electronics), Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (152 1137 1992, 135 5286 2400) 乐仕堡, 朝阳区望京广顺北大街 19号(六佰本商业街南侧大中电器旁边) Ricky Duck Kids Club Based out of Beijing Purple Jade Country Club, Ricky Duck Kids Club is slated to open in June 2013 and will offer various activities for kids. These include gardening, interacting with animals such as deer and peacocks, sports (swimming, skating, badminton, and tennis), and summer camps. 6492 5551 ext 6011. 1 Ziyu Donglu, Haidian District. 紫玉儿童 俱乐部, 海淀区紫玉东路1号 Who Am I – Family Play Center Located across from Sanlitun Village, this bright and airy two-floor play center features themed areas and rooms. Bilingual, qualified teachers lead free activities throughout the day, including Kindermusik sessions, soft gym, climbing wall, arts and crafts, drama sessions, storytelling, cooking, role play with dress-up, sand pits, and a big tree house filled with balls. Drop-off service is available, along with an onsite cafe. The schedule is uploaded on a weekly basis onto Who Am I’s website. Tue-Sun 9am-7pm. 5-128, Bldg 5 (street level), Sanlitun SOHO, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 068 5855) 朝阳区工体北路三里屯 SOHO5号商城楼5-128室 Yu Kids Island The Place’s well-kitted indoor play area boasts a palm tree carousel, a bouncy slide, waterfall tunnel and a wind room filled with huge balloons – all well-padded for maximum safety. Come and go as you like with a RMB 50 day pass; frequent funners will benefit from discount cards (RMB 500/30% discount; RMB 1000/50% discount). Daily 10am-10pm. 4/F, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (no phone) 爱乐游园地, 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶南楼4层

Schools Educational Services Dragon Show Dragon ShowFounded in 2004, Beijing Dragon Show Culture and Arts Exchange Co. Ltd. designs culture-related school assembly programs, educational trips, and extracurricular activities for international schools. E-805/806 Shang8 Culture Zone, Gaobeidian, Chaoyang District. (65447057/58, 朝阳区高碑店陈家林甲2 号尚巴里文创园E座805-806 Eliott’s Corner A therapy center, offering speechtherapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for children from 0-12 years of age. Experienced therapists work with children, helping a wide range ofissues - from communication and articulation to handwriting

to balance and coordination. Eliott’s Corner is a division of Olivia’s Place, Shanghai’s premier pediatric therapy clinic. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 19-05, Block 2, Condo 360, 10 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 6283, jac@ 胡宝小 屋, 朝阳区东四环北路10号瞰都国际2号楼19-05 室 (东风北桥东北角) Mandarin House This chain of Mandarin schools has branches in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Mandarin House’s junior courses are specially designed for kids, with a selfdeveloped curriculum based in an immersive environment. Programs include junior summer camps, tailor-made study tours, and gap year courses for ages 16 and up. Rm 317, Bldg 16, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5203 6550, info@mandarinhouse. com) 美和, 朝阳区建 国路89号华贸中心16号楼317室 Renee Learning Center Renee Learning Center is an extracurricular learning center that provides classes in dancing, taekwondo, and English as a Second Language (ESL). 1) British School of Beijing, South Side, 9 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (139 1041 5475 Tom Chan,; 2) Swedish School Beijing, Gahood Villa, Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (139 1041 5475 Tom Chan, 1) 顺义区 安华街9号北京英国国际学校; 2) 顺义区后沙峪 镇西白辛庄嘉浩别墅北京瑞典学校 Side by Side Side by Side provides support for individuals with special needs and learning difficulties through music therapy, learning support, and a daytime special education program. Side by Side’s team members are fully qualified and experienced professionals who conduct services in English. Music therapy is also available in German. We also offer community support such as workshops for schools, community groups, parents and other members of the community, arranging vocational training within the community, support with life skills such as basic finances, shopping, cooking, personal hygiene or social skills, support with parenting skills, advocacy, family and school support with transition and/ or behaviour issues, support for those dealing with a new diagnosis and work experience for high school students or new graduates. We also provide support with finding organizations and professionals to assist in the development, diagnosis and assessment of children with special needs, or suspected special needs. MonFri 8am-6pm (after hours by appointment). Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District. (8046 3858, info@sidebysidebeijing. com) 顺义区后沙浴 名都园3336号 The Edge (Beijing) Now in mainland China, The Edge is Hong Kong’s premier educational counseling service. The company provides students and families with insider knowledge of the overseas college and boarding school admissions process, as well as customized and comprehensive educational services. 14/F, 2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 608 3070) 朝阳区朝阳区工体北路2号14层 The Learning Center (TLC) The Learning Center opened in 2004 to meet the specific educational needs of local and expatriate students in Beijing. It aims to address the individual challenges of each student by offering a nurturing environment with small classes or 1:1 tutoring, and experienced, specialized teachers who design tailor-made programs. By helping them realize their academic potential, The Learning Center cultivates not only students’ skills but also their confidence and self-esteem. So far, TLC has worked with over 2,000 students in Beijing. As the only professional tutoring service in Beijing, TLC prides itself on helping students of all ages and levels find the support they need in the subjects they need. Services are targeted to ages 5 to 18. Parenting programs are also available, including adult education and child development workshops. TLC tutors are native English-speaking professional educators with an understanding of international school curricula

across Beijing. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Gahood Villa 2108 (next to Yosemite and Capital Paradise), Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 3886/7085, registration@ 顺义区后沙峪嘉浩别墅2108(新国展与ISB之间) Xinhanji Chinese Language International College A Chinese language and culture training institution, which provides courses at various levels specially designed for foreigners and overseas Chinese. Rm 1502B, Bldg A, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District. (400 888 2368, www.xinhanji. 新瀚吉汉语国际学院, 朝阳区三里屯 SohoA座1502B室

Language Schools Beijing Mandarin School Established in 1998, Beijing Mandarin School has students speaking 60 percent of the time in class and focuses on communication for everyday life. Over the years, thousands of students from over 50 countries and over 70 companies and embassies have studied at the school. Beijing Mandarin School offers weekly Chinese cooking classes (RMB 150/two hours) and other cultural activities. Visa help and accommodations are also available. Call for a free trial lesson. 1) Rm 709, 7/F, 42 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (8441 8391 /186 1052 0622, info@; 2) Room 904-905, 9/F, E-Tower, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (6508 1026/1126, info@beijingmandarinschool. com) 北京普 通话学校, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路42号光明饭店709 室; 2) 朝阳区光华路12号数码01大厦9层904 Culture Yard Culture Yard is an international culture center, located in a traditional Chinese courtyard in the heart of Beijing. Created and run by a multi-national team of young and enthusiastic individuals, Culture Yard aims to promote language and culture learning among the local and expat communities by offering various workshops, cultural exchange activities and language training courses. Daily 9amlate. 10 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8404 4166, www. 越洋, 东城区石雀胡同10号 Dynamic Mandarin Dynamic Mandarin is a privately owned Chinese language school based in Tuanjiehu, Beijing. At Dynamic Mandarin we take pride in catering to all types of students, from those desiring an intensive learning regimen and aiming to achieve their HSK as quickly as possible to those who are looking for a more casual learning environment. Whoever you are and no matter what learning pace you desire, Dynamic Mandarin has the program to suit your needs. 9am - 5:30pm. English Street Address: Suite 301,Richen International Center,No.13,Nongzhanguan South Road, Chaoyang District. (6500 5755, www. 大美汉语, 朝阳区农展馆 南路13号瑞辰国际中心301 FLAM Pékin FLAM Pékin offers French classes designed for bilingual or French-speaking students aged 4-15 who attend school in a non-French environment. The association’s courses combine French language and culture, take place on Saturday mornings, and are divided into six difficulty levels. Younger learners learn to read, write, and express themselves, while older learners apply their language skills through interactive methods like music and theater. French School, 30 Sanlitun Dongsijie, Chaoyang District. (Isabelle Fournier (president): 138 0108 2506, Florrie Frederiksen (secretary/treasurer): 136 9911 5504 or 188 1081 4406, www. 朝阳区三里屯东四街30号法国学校 That’s Mandarin Featuring a loft-style space in Dongzhimen, That’s Mandarin was established in 2005 and features friendly, qualified staff with experience teaching kids and teens. Language learning is tailored to each individual, whether it’s basic survival level, exam preparation, or just a desire to learn. There are

one-on-one and small group options (arranged by age and level) for each program. Students can also take the Intensive Chinese Program, which includes morning lessons or part-time classes to fit around their schedule. That’s Mandarin has its own curriculum and has an inhouse team of education researchers who work on the latest teaching methodologies. Support is available for students working towards the YCT and other overseas examinations. In addition to classes, there are tailor-made group packages for individuals and institutions and the Chinese Summer Camp, which runs from June to August (open for registration as of April). Age range: 7-18. Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 8am-7pm. 1/F, Office Bldg B, Xinzhong Yuan, Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (5218 6432, www.thatsmandarin. com 东城区新中街新中园写字楼B座1层

Schools School fees listed are for one academic year unless otherwise. Specified.Abbreviations: IB = International Baccalaureate; ESOL = English as a Second or Other Language 3e International School Founded in 2005, 3e International School has grown into an institution of over 200 studentsfrom Nursery to Grade 4. The school aims to develop critical thinkers through a specially-developed, research-based curriculum. Classes are taught inEnglish and Chinese with half of the day devoted to each language. Within this inquirybased program, a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activity is provided to supportchildren’s development across the entire curriculum. Age range: 2-10. Tuition fees (2012-2013 academic year): RMB 93,800 (Half-day Nursery); RMB 103,800 (Full-day Nursery); RMB 136,900 (Pre-K); RMB 140,600 (Kindergarten); RMB 150,700 (Grades 1-4) 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 100, 3e国际学校, 朝 阳区将台西路9-1号 Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) Over the past 20 years, BIBS has grown from one campus to four and from a kindergarten-only curriculum to a full-fledged K-12 school. Students represent 36 countries and local Chinese students are also accepted. BIBS’ curriculum combines Eastern and Western educational philosophies. The nutritionistapproved lunch men includes vegetarian, Muslim, Chinese and Western options made with organic produce. Age range: 2-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 academic year): 1) 21st Century Kindergarten: RMB 1,600 (application fee), RMB 78,000/year (half day), 100,000/year (full day); 2) Wanda Kindergarten: RMB 1,200 (application fee); RMB 55,000/year (full day); 3) Primary School: RMB 1,600 (application fee), RMB 30,000 (capital levy fee); RMB 100,000/ year (reception class); RMB 135,000/year (Grades 1-6); 4) Senior School: RMB 1,600 (application fee), RMB 30,000 (capital levy fee), RMB 135,000/year (Grades 7-12) 1) Primary School: Area 2, Upper East Side, 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 7951, 21s Century Kindergarten:, Primary School:, Wanda Kindergarten:, Senior School:; 2) Senior School: 38 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang District. (8456 6019, 21s Century Kindergarten: bikoffice@, Primary School: cn, Wanda Kindergarten: cn, Senior School:; 3) 21st Century Kindergarten: 1/F, Bldg B, 40 Liangmaq Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 9255, 21s Century Kindergarten: bikoffice@, Primary School: cn, Wanda Kindergarten: cn, Senior School:; 4) Wanda Kindergarten: Bldg 7, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5960 3887, 21s Century Kindergarten: cn, Primary School:, Wanda Kindergarten:, Senior School: www.bibs. 青苗国际双语学校, 1) 朝阳区东四环北

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Directories 路6号阳光上东二区; 2) 朝阳区南十里居38号; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路40号B座1层; 4) 朝阳区建国 路93号万达广场7号楼 Beijing BISS International School (BISS) With a diverse student body, Beijing BISS International School’s mission is to foster international relationships to educate and empower students to attain personal excellence and positively impact the world. BISS offers the IB Diploma Program, serves as an SAT Test Center, caters to children with learning needs, and offers counseling, student enrichment programs, universitysearches, and transitional education services to third-culture kids and their parents. Age range: 3-17. Tuition fees (20122013 Academic Year): RMB 18,000-23,000 (refundable deposit); RMB 3,800 (registration); RMB 99,000 (Kindergarten); RMB 146,400177,500 (Grades 1-12); RMB 20,000 (ESOL) Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, www. 北京BISS国际学校, 朝阳区安贞西 里四区17号楼 Beijing City International School (BCIS) The school motto of BCIS is “Empowering and inspiring throughchallenge and compassion.” This non-profit, independent co-educational day school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Associationof Schools and Colleges (WASC). BCIS offers an international curriculum for Nursery through Grade 12 students under the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and isauthorized to teach all three IB programs (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma). The campus culture is characterized by a warm and inclusive nature and an emphasis on personalized rigorousacademic inquiry through the extensive use of information technology in the classroom. Age range: 3-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 2,000 (registration fee); RMB 5,000 (new student fee); RMB 132,600 (Nursery); RMB 144,500 (Pre-K); RMB 154,000 (Kindergarten); RMB 186,300 (Grade 1-2); RMB 188,700 (Grade 3-5); RMB 195,300 (Grade 6-8); RMB 199,100 (Grade 9-10); RMB 206,600 (Grade 11-12) 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8771 7171, 北京乐 成国际学校, 朝阳区百子湾南二路77号 Beijing Collegiate Academy (BCA) Beijing Collegiate Academy is committed to building China’s leading international bilingual school by combining the strengths of the Canadian and Chinese curricula. With licensed Canadian and Chinese teachers, students have the opportunity to become fluent in both Chinese and English, allowing them to enjoy a unique perspective and advantageous starting point to their college and professional careers. Conveniently located on the east side of Chaoyang Park, BCA is purpose-built with state-of-the-art classrooms, sports facilities and world-class teachers. Beijing Collegiate Academy aims to educate future global leaders. Grades offered: K-12 (currently accepting K-4). Tuition fees (2013-2014): RMB 142,000175,300 10 Upper East Side, Dongfeng Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5681 2555, admissions@ Beijing Huijia Kindergarten Part of a nationwide chain, Huijia Kindergarten has 17 campuses and early childhood centers around Beijing. The curriculum combines advanced international educational ideas, modern teaching methods and Chinese traditional culture and focuses on nurturing children to become international citizens. The coursework, which emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, is designed to help students become “lifelong learners” and take responsibility for themselves, their studies others.Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Huijia Central Park Experiential Early Childhood Education Center RMB 72,000/year; Tuition for other centers vary from RMB 25,000-72,000/year (contact school administration for details) 1) Shangdi MOMA campus: MOMA, Anning Zhuang, Haidian



District, Haidian District. (8275 9510 / 8274 1391,; 2) Changping campus: Huijia Vocational College, 20 Chuangxin Road, Zhongguancun Kejiyuan, Changping District, Changping District. (5163 1603, hjkids@263. net); 3) Sanyuan Qiao campus: 6 Jing’an Dongli, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6463 5251,; 4) Wanquan campus: 35 Xinxin Jiayuan, Wanquanyuan, Bagou nanlu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8255 1751,; 5) CBD campus: 24 Xincheng International Apartment, 6 Chaowai Dajie (6597 9358), Chaoyang District. (6597 9358, 汇佳幼儿园, 1) 海淀区安宁庄上地MOMA小区; 2) 昌平区中关村科技园创新路20号汇佳职业学院 内; 3) 朝阳区静安东里6号; 4) 海淀区巴沟南路 35号小区万泉新新家园; 5) 朝阳区朝外大街6号 新城国际公寓24号楼 Beijing Huijia Private (IB) School Beijing Huijia Private (IB) School is comprised of a kindergarten, primary school, junior high school and senior high school. It is a day and boarding school where Chinese and foreign students study together, and it is the first member school of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in China that admits Chinese students. With a mix of Chinese and foreign students (from 15 countries) and more than 500 Chinese and foreign teachers and staff, it is one of the largest private schools in Beijing. Age range: 3-18. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 1,000 (application fee); RMB 20,000 (deposit); RMB 146,600/year (Grade 1-2); RMB 148,200/year (Grade 3-4); RMB 152,500/year (Grade 5-6) 157 Changping Lu, Changping District. (400 889 1993, admissions@huijiaedu. org) 北京汇佳私立学校, 昌 平区昌平路157号 Beijing No. 4 High School Beijing No. 4 High School is a pilot middle school and high school, a member of UNESCO,and one of the oldest key schools in Beijing. Since it was founded more than 100 yearsago, the school has taught 35,000 Chinese and foreign students. The internationaldivision was established in 2002 and currently has more than 200 students from SouthKorea, Japan, the US, the UK, Canada, and more. The department offers Chinese languagecourses, diploma courses, and prep courses for higher education. Foreign students who passHSK level 6 have the option of integrating into the schools Chinese curriculum.Age range: 12-18. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 25,000/ semester (tuition); RMB 10,000/semester (accommodations). For other fees (lodging deposit, weekend management fee, insurance, etc.), contact the school. A2 Xihuangchenggen Beijie, Xicheng District. (6653 9752, 6617 3886, 北京市第四中学, 西城区西皇城根北街申2号 Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) Beijing World Youth Academy is an IB World School offering both English and bilingual (Chinese/English) programs for local and overseas students. BWYA values holistic education and inquiry-based learning, and offers students opportunity to develop as globally aware critical thinkers. The faculty hails from over 15 countries. BWYA emphasizes creativity and teamwork using a curriculum that incorporates standards from North America, Europe and Asia. The school has a strong track record of preparing students for top universities around the world, including Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley and Stanford. Age range: 6 – 18Tuition fees (2014– 2015Academic Year) Application fee: 1,800 Capital Levy fee: 30,000 New Student fee: 2,500 International Primary School (Grade 1-5):120,000IB Middle Year Programme (Grade 6-9): 140,000 IB Middle Year Programme (Grade 10): 160,000IB Diploma Programme (Grade 11–12): 160,000 18 Huajiadi Beili, Chaoyang District. (6461 7787, 北京世青国际学校, 朝阳区花家地北里18号 Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) Opened in September 2006, CISB offers a Montessori Nursery and PreKindergarten program, as well as a Canadian-

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style curriculum for K-12 students. CISB is a three-program IB World School: IB Primary Years Program, IB Middle Years Program and the IB Diploma Program. The student body currently represents over 60 nationalities and has the capacity for 1400 students. Age range: 18 months to 18 years. Tuition fees (20132014 Academic Year): RMB1,800 (Application Fee); RMB76,600 (Half-Day Montessori Nursery); RMB121,800 (Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten); RMB158,800 (Grade 1-5); RMB160,400 (Grade 6-8); RMB179,800 (Grade 9-12) 38 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, www. 北京加拿大国际学校, 朝阳区亮马 桥路38号 Daystar Academy Daystar Academy, a Kindergarten-Grade 6 school, offers a balance of Montessori-based English education and the Chinese National Curriculum. Students spend half of their day in each language environment. As part of their curriculum, they are developingan integrated, capabilitiesbased character education program that unites all areas of the school and community. This approach connects two cultures and implements the strongest attributes of both Western and Eastern teaching methodologies. Sibling discounts availabe. Age range: 3-12. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 105,000 (Kindergarten full day); RMB 57,000 (half-day, for 3-year-olds only); RMB95,000 (3 years old); RMB 105,000 (4-5 years old) RMB 110,000 (Elementary, Grade 1-6); RMB 10,000-30,000 (additional one-time entry fee) 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8430 2654 ext 8009 or 5603 9446 (Heather Zhao in Admissions), www. 启明星双语学校, 朝阳区顺 白路2号 Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) Dulwich College first opened its doors to students in Beijing in August of 2005. Since then, the school has grown to include approximately 1,400 students ranging in age from 12 months to 18 years. DCB is a 21st-century school that couples outstanding ICT facilities with a modern approach. The school features a one-to-one laptop policy for students in Year 8 and above and utilizes a Virtual Learning Environment for the entire faculty. DCB is accredited by the Council of International Schools and Western Association of School and Colleges, and was named International School of the Year in 2011. The school aims to provide students with a well-rounded environment to grow, develop, and learn in. Ages: 12 months – 18 years. Application Fee: RMB 2000 – non-refundable; Placement Deposit: RMB 18,000 – refundable subject to terms and conditions; Early Years: RMB 66,200-168,000; Grades 1-12: RMB 168,000-219,200 1) Legend Garden Campus and Legend Early Years Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District. (6454 9000,; 2) Beijing Riviera Campus: 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676, www.dulwich-beijing. cn 北京德威英国国际学校, 1) 顺义区机场路 89号丽京花园; 2) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号 香江花园 Eduwings Kindergarten The culmination of two former schools, Der Kingergarten and Jin Yi Kingergarten, Eduwings Kindergarten is divided into English/Chinese and German departments that are each split into three age groups (2-3, 3-4, 5-6 years) and one infant group (2 years and under). All of the lead and language teachers are native-speakers and educate children individually following the school’s philosophy: “Every child needs to have roots and wings – roots to know where they are from and wings to explore the world.” Eduwings also offers Montessori education, swimming, music and art activities, a library, climbing facilities, as well as an outdoor playground and yard. All afternoon activities are included in the tuition fee. Age range: 2-6 (infant group for under 2 years old). Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): RMB 52,000 for half day program; RMB 72,000 for full day program (afternoon activities and lunch included in the tuition fee).

Merlin Champagne Town Clubhouse, 6 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8384, www. 金翼德懿幼儿园, 顺义区天竺 镇丽苑街6号美林香槟小镇俱乐部 Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens Part of the Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens’ division of the Etonkids international education group, the Central Park campus features a bilingual Montessori program designed to develop “independence, initiative and creativity.” The school caters to children from 1 to 6 years of age and are divided into nursery school (18 months-3 years) and “Casa” (a.k.a. “Early Childhood Community,” 3-6 years) divisions with lessons promoting intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth (nursery) as well as coursework in language arts, mathematics, everyday living skills, sensory awareness exercises and culture (Casa stage). Check the website for additional EtonKids Bilingual Park Campuses. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year):Monthly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 6,250; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 8,500; Yearly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 62,500; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 85,000 1) Central Park Campus: Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6995, Peking House Campus: xuyan@ or, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids. com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@; 2) Midtown Campus: Bldg 21, Guangqujia Yuan, Guangqumen Waidajie, Chongwen District. (6749 5008, Peking House Campus: or, Central Park Campus:, Palm Springs Campus:, Midtown Campus:; 3) Palm Springs Campus: Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 5967, Peking House Campus: or, Central Park Campus:, Palm Springs Campus:, Midtown Campus:; 4) Peking House Campus: 20 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 6778/9, Peking House Campus: or zhoudan@etonkids. com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@, Palm Springs Campus:, Midtown Campus: 伊顿双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新 城国际19号楼; 2) 崇文区广渠门外大街广渠家园 21号楼; 3) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈泉国际 公寓; 4) 朝阳区西大望路20号 Etonkids International Kindergarten CBD Global Trade Mansion Etonkids International Kindergarten is one of the oldest schools in Beijing’s Etonkids franchise (a nationwide educational group). The school provides a community-centered American-style education led by Montessori-certified teachers and an educational philosophy based on the Three C’s – Creativity, Character and Culture. Coursework includes lessons in practical life, “sensorial,” math, language, culture and science. A variety of programs are also available including Reggio Baby and Kindermusik. The staff meets regularly for training under the EXCELS school improvement planning program, which is designed to share new teaching practices, the Montessori method and current educational trends. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Annual Registration fee RMB 2,000 Yuan (inclusive the materials and uniforms)RMB71,800-112,000/ year 1) CBD Campus: 3/F, Block D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805, Lido Campus: lidoadmin@etonkids. com, CBD Campus:; 2) Lido Campus: Rm C103, Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7368, Lido Campus:, CBD Campus: www. 伊顿国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区光华

Directories 路世贸国际公寓D座3层; 2) 朝阳区机场路丽都 广场C103室 Fangcaodi International School Fangcaodi is a state-run primary school that has been accepting foreign students for over 40 years. Classes are in Chinese, with the exception of English language classes. The school uses the same textbooks as other Chinese schools in the municipality and places a strong emphasis on math and Chinese. Fee-based after-school activities include badminton, arts and crafts, wushu and rollerblading. Grades: 1 to 6. Price range: RMB 16,000-48,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy. 1 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8563 9140, www.fcd. 芳草地国际学校, 朝阳区日坛北路1号 The French International School of Beijing (LFIP) The French International School of Beijing (LFIP) is part of a network of 480 French schools established in 130 countries. It is administered in accordance with the official guidelines established by the French Ministry of Education, while remaining open to the Chinese language and culture and promoting the use of English in an international context. The LFIP offers its education in 3 languages (French, English, Chinese), from Kindergarten to the final year of High School. Non-native French-speaking students will have their language abilities assessed, and are given special support according to their results. Located in Sanlitun, the LFIP welcomes around 1000 students from about 50 different nationalities. Ages : 3-18 years old. Tuition fees for the 2013-2014 academic year: one time registration fee EUR 850; Kindergarten and elementary School EUR 7,020 – 8,770; Middle School: EUR 8,100 – 9290; High School: EUR 12,590 – 14,440 1) High school: Chaoyang Community College, 17, Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang Shequ Xueyuan, Chaoyang District. (6444 1136,; 2) Elementary school and Middle school: 13 Sanlitun Dongsijie, Chaoyang District. (6532 3498,; 3) Kindergarten: 4 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 7881, 北京法 国国际学校, 1) 朝阳区朝阳社区学院, 北三环东 路17号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯东四街13号; 3) 朝阳 区三里屯路4号 Harrow International School Beijing Harrow International School Beijing prides itself on high academic standards that are maintained within a close-knit school community. All students are assigned a personal tutor who looks after their overall welfare and serves as a liaison between school and home. High academic standards and leadership skills are promoted school-wide, with a range of enrichment activities to help students develop teamwork and creative thinking skills, as well as independence and responsibility. Graduates from Harrow Beijing have been accepted at universities across the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, and Princeton.Harrow Beijing follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales, culminating in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE and IGCSE’s), and A Levels. Its curriculum is fully accredited by all British Examination Authorities and it is an accredited SAT center. Harrow Beijing is also a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and, like all Harrow International Schools, undergoes regular accreditation visits by CIS and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the US. Harrow Beijing is also a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Southeast Asia and East Asia (FOBISSEA), which enables students to collaborate in music and sports with other schools across Southeast Asia. Age Range: 3-18. Tuition Fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Nursery: RMB 119,800; Reception: RMB 149,300; Years 1-2: RMB 177,700; Years 3-6: RMB 189,100; Years 7-9: RMB 207,600; Years 10-11: RMB 217,600; Years 12-13: RMB 231,700. 287 Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang County, Chaoyang District. (6444 8900, www. 北京哈罗英国学校, 朝阳区崔 各庄乡何各庄村287号

The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China (RDFZ) Founded in 1950, the education philosophy of RDFZ is to respect individuality and develop the students’ personal development. Led by Liu Pengzhi, RDFZ boasts more than 50 international faculty members and over 200 international students. Students can choose to study Mandarin as part of the Chinese language program or take classes with regular middle and high school students. More than 85 percent of the student body has been accepted to top universities like Peking University and Tsinghua University. RDFZ has launched reforms that combine traditional Chinese education and international curricula, including elements of A-Levels, the IB program, and AP classes. RDFZ has a network of 46 partner schools worldwide, including Escola-Hamelin Laie Internacional, Spain; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Phillips Academy Andover; Raffles Intitute; Eton College; and Mahidol Wittayanusorn. Department of International Students, The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, 37 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6251 3962, guojibu3962@ 中国人民大学附属中学 (简称人大附中), 海淀区中关村 大街37号人 大附中国际部 House of Knowledge International Kindergarten (HoK) House of Knowledge (HoK) boasts a unique curriculum that includes aspects of Montessori and Reggio Emilia, with special emphasis placed on the latter approach. Students are treated as competent learners with boundless potential. With this in mind, the curriculum helps kids acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn” in a multilingual environment (English, German, Chinese). Age range: 10 months to 6 years. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 2,000 (registration fee); RMB 5,000-15,000 (refundable deposit based on withdrawal policy); RMB 66,780-136,680 (school fees based on choice of program). 1) Quanfa Campus: North gate of Quanfa compound, 15 Maquanying, Chaoyang District. (6431 8452,; 2) Victoria Gardens Campus: 15 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6538 2624, info@ 好思 之家国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区马泉营15号泉发花 园北门; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路15号维多利亚 花园公寓 The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) As the first and only fullyregistered international Montessori school in Beijing, MSB has been serving the city’s expatriate children since 1990. During that time, it has earned a glowing reputation for its steady commitment to the growth, education, and well-being of its pupils. The school is both an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society(AMS), which upholds the MACTE Montessori education standards on an international level, and the International Montessori Teaching Institute, which provides ongoing training to all of MSB’s lead teachers and teaching assistants. In August 2012, the school expanded its Riviera campus to cover all of its pre-kindergarten through elementary programs, and counts spacious classrooms, an indoor pool, and a multi-purpose auditorium among its facilities. Parents, in particular, are fond of the campus’s twoCoffee Stops, where they can mingle with a cup of coffee and a freshly-baked treat, courtesy of the school’s dedicated parent association. Age range: 1-12. Tuition fees (2012 Academic Year): 3 Day Toddler (Age 1): RMB 41,000; 5 Day Toddler (Age 1): RMB 65,000; Morning Nursery (Age 2): RMB91,000; Full-day Nursery (Age 2): RMB 135,000; Morning Kindergarten (Ages 3-4): RMB 95,000; Full-day Kindergarten (Ages 3-4): RMB 140,000; Reception (Age 5): RMB 157,000; Elementary (Ages 6-12): RMB 163,000. Bldg 8, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6432 8228, 北京蒙台梭利国际学校, 朝阳 区朝阳区香江北路2号院8号楼 International School of Beijing (ISB) Building on its 33-year tradition of academic

excellence, ISB is embracing the challenges and rewards of the future of education. Through a tailored, connected, real-world curriculum known as Learning21@ISB, the experienced and passionate teachers provide students with opportunities to grow as individuals, scholars, and contributing members of the community. The school’s curriculum and culture are grounded in the core values of global-mindedness, integrity, respect, balance, creativity, and service. ISB has superior facilities and offers opportunities in sports, service, and the arts. In the school’s welcoming community, students find a balance of rigorous academics and enriching personal growth. Tuition fees (2013-2014 academic year): RMB 75,860 (EC3 half day); RMB 138,710 (EC4 full day); RMB 162,560 (K-Grade 5); RMB 174,430 (Grade 6-8); RMB 191,840 (Grade 9-12). Application fees and capital levy fees also apply. 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (5149 2345, www. 北京顺义国际学校, 顺义区安华 街10号 Ivy Academy Ivy Academy is a pre-school and kindergarten created in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers that accepts students of ages two through six. The school offers an English speaking environment taught by a team of highly qualified early childhood educators who customizes the Multiple Intelligences theory influenced curriculum according to the children’s interests. Age range: 2-6 years old. Website: 1) Central Park Campus: Bldg 24, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (5738 4599, East Lake Villas Campus:, Central Park Campus:; 2) East Lake Villas Campus: Rm C101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimen Waidajie, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380, East Lake Villas Campus:, Central Park Campus: www.ivyschools. com 艾毅国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区新城国际校 园:大街6号新城国际公寓24号楼; 2) 东城区东 湖校园:东直门外大街35号东湖别墅C座101室 Jack & Jill Children’s Center Jack & Jill Children’s Center is a full-day child care and education service provider. The child-focused teaching practices are the cornerstone of a dynamic learning process designed to build up children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for knowledge. The curriculum used is designed and implemented by a professional teaching team based on various curricula, including HighScope, Reggio Emilia and Chinese culture. In an environment where children are the “real owners”, they will develop in mind, body and spirit as they explore the world around them, develop communication and social skills, and learn to proactively and independently think, judge and solve problems. Rm 105-108, Bldg 1, Chevalier Apt, 2 Shangjialou Lu, Chaoyang District. (8436 1861, 139 1188 6574, 嘉杉嘉华儿童之家, 朝阳区尚 家楼路2号院裘马都1号楼105-108室 Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten is located in one of the most beautiful residential compounds in the CBD area of Beijing, with convenient transportation and city parks amidst. Jiade combines Chinese culture with an international blend of English classes and an international faculty team. The vision of Jiade is to be a community in which the education of the child in its fullest sense is nurtured and the child’s potential is realized. We emphasize the development of basic skills and the strong foundation in language, mathematics and cultural subjects which are essential for higher learning. At the same time, we foster the development of the child as a happy, responsible, motivated, confident, thinking person who is well equipped for life. Bldg 221 Balizhuang Beili, Chaoyang District. (8591 8288, Tinatoh@ 北 京市朝阳区嘉德蒙台梭利双语幼儿园, 朝阳区八 里庄北里221号楼

Keystone Academy Keystone Academy will open in Shunyi District in the fall of 2014. Keystone promises to be a unique and exciting school option for families in China – offering Chinese and American instructional techniques of inquiry-based learning, critical-thinking, and creative problem solving in a rigorous intellectual environment. The academic program will be international in scope, with a central curriculum thread that focuses on Chinese identity, language, culture, and history. Keystone will serve students grades 1 through 12, with a bilingual curriculum in the primary years and more intensive instruction in English as students progress through the program. There will be a boarding school option for Grade 7 and 8, and mandatory boarding in Grade 9-12. Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (5825 6008, 北京鼎石国际学校, 顺义区后沙峪镇 La Maison Montessori de Pékin La Maison Montessori de Pékin is a new bilingual FrenchChinese Montessori kindergarten. It accepts students between 2 and 5 years of age. Children learn in a Montessori environment taught by French and Chinese teachers. The small class structure enables teachers to track the children’s development and answer to their individuals needs. The kindergarten also has after-school activities open to all, including art, music, cooking classes and more in French, Chinese, and English (for the initiation classes). Mon-Sat 8.30am-6.30pm. 50, Dongsi Shisi Tiao, Dongcheng District. (131 2025 0341, 东城区东 四十四条50号 La Petite Crèche de Beijing Billing itself as a “jazzy preschool for gifted children,” La Petite Crèche de Beijing provides a one teacher, one language approach to help children naturally develop English, French, or Chinese as a mother tongue. Students are allowed to learn at their own pace, gradually developing independence and self-esteem through meaningful play. The school maintains strict control over food quality and safety by preparing meals in its own kitchen. Age range: 1-3 (must be able to walk) Mon-Fri 8am-6pm (opening hours), Mon-Fri 6-8pm (late care). Gloria Garden (Jinxiu Yuan), Xinfu Zhonglu (across from April Gourmet), Chaoyang District. (6417 3931, 130 3119 9923, jazzy@ 中美法小小托儿所, 朝阳区锦绣园幸福中路(绿 叶子超市对面) MIK International Kindergarten MIK is a Beijing based International Kindergarten founded in 2004, which is located next to Beixiaohe Park in Wangjing. MIK offers English Immersion and Chinese Immersion programs based on best practices of early childhood education. The school’s curriculum uses Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence theory as a guide for child development in areas of reasoning, motor and social skills, musicality and linguistics. 1) Xiangshan Qingqin Villa, Sijiqing Zhen, Haidian District. (8259 5093,; 2) North Club, Fengshuyuan Yangchun Guanghua Community, Wanliu Donglu, Haidian District. (8257 2575, admissions@mikinternational. com); 3) East gate of Beixiaohe Gongyuan, Wangjing Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5734 7085, www. 博识梦飞国际幼儿园, 1) 海淀区四季青乡香山琴山庄儿童会所; 2) 海淀区 万柳东路阳春光华枫树园北会所; 3) 朝阳区望京 西路北小河公园东门 PKU College International Bilingual Preschool (PKUC) PKU College International Bilingual Preschool is the kindergarten affiliated with PKU College, itself administered under Peking University. The school combines both Chinese and Western educational philosophies to shape future leaders and world citizens, focusing on students’ physical and psychological health, helping them find their interests, and developing their skills and independence. PKU College’s Panoramic Pedagogy consists of school education, family education, parent

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Directories education and social education. The proprietary preschool curriculum is administered in a safe and friendly learning environment based on multimedia and bilingual teaching methods. Classes include Chinese, English, math, music and art, science, physical education, virtue education, and social skills. Violin, traditional Chinese painting, or kung fu is also incorporated into the weekly curriculum. School facilities include a library and a kitchen. Age range: 18 months to 6 years. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 60,00090,000. 9 Xinbei Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 609 2598, en.pkucollege. com/preschool 北大公学北苑国际双语幼儿园, 朝阳区新北路9号 Springboard International Bilingual School Springboard offers kindergarten through 6th grade in a 75% English, 25% Chinese bilingual environment. The newly renovated building sports brightly-colored classrooms designed for no more than 15 students per class flanked by large common areas that are dotted with toys on the first floor and well-stocked bookshelves on the second. Behind the school there’s a large football pitch and basketball courts, plus indoor play areas, a ballet studio, and art studio and a library in an adjoining building. Springboard’s annual tuition for grades 1 through 6 is RMB 90,000 annually. Gucheng, 15 Houshayu Lu, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. ( http:// 君诚国际双语学校, 顺义区后 沙峪镇火沙路古城段15号 Sunwaykids International Kindergarten South Yile Road, LiYuan, Tongzhou District. (6052 3333, 尚慧国际幼儿园, 通州区 梨园怡乐南路 Swedish School Beijing Established in 1994, Swedish School Beijing is open for all Scandinavian students. The teaching language of the school is Swedish with Swedish Curriculum where students work towards “Nationellaprov” while the school is also offering Chinese and English classes. Classes are taught in small groups, so each student can be monitored progressively. There are also after school activities such as sport, dance, cooking and crafts available. Age range: 2-12; tuition fee (2012/13): pre-school 50000-110000RMB, elementary school 120000-130000RMB. Lunch and snacks are included. School bus service is available. Gahood Villa, Xi baixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (6456 0826, info@ 瑞典 小学, 顺义区后沙峪镇西白辛庄嘉浩别墅 The British School of Beijing (BSB) The British School of Beijing, established in 2003, has campuses in Shunyi (primary & secondary) and Sanlitun (primary). It is the only school in Beijing approved by the UK’s Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). BSB offers an enhanced English National Curriculum to 1,500 expatriate students from more than 60 countries. Our Shunyi campus currently offers IGCSE and A-level examination programmes and from August 2014 will offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme. Families are eligible for a 5% discount by paying yearly tuition fees in full. Age range: 2-18. Tuition fees 2013-2014 Academic Year: RMB 1,600 (Application fee); RMB 16,000 (Security deposit, payable upon acceptance); RMB 107,286 (Pre-Nursery & Nursery mornings); RMB 160,944 (Pre-Nursery & Nursery full day); RMB 173,600 (Reception); RMB 193,217 (Year 1-2); RMB 206,273 (Year 3); RMB 209,339 (Year 4-6); RMB 227,796 (Year 7-9); RMB 234,734 (Year 10-11); RMB 246,057 (Year 12-13). 1) Sanlitun Foundation Stage: 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8532 5320, cn); 2) Sanlitun Primary: No.5 XiLiuJie Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088, admissions@; 3) Shunyi Campus: 9 Anhua Lu (south side), Shunyi District. (8047 3558, www. 北京英国学校, 1) 朝阳区三 里屯北小街7号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯西六街5号; 3) 顺义区安华路9号南院



Western Academy of Beijing Western Academy of Beijing is an International Baccalaureate World School that boasts a “challenging and caring educational environment in which students are active participants in the learning process.” WAB provides a learner-centered atmosphere that nurtures a strong sense of community among its 1,550 students from 55 countries, with the mission to “Connect, Inspire, Challenge: Make a Difference.” Campus facilities are extensive and include a lake and model wetlands that are the foundation of its environmental science center.Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year, combined total includes capital levy and tuition): Nursery RMB 85,000; Pre-Kindergarten RMB 141,000; Kindergarten RMB 165,000; Grades 1-5 RMB 165,000; Grades 6-8 RMB 181,000; Grades 9-10 RMB 198,000; Grades 11-12 RMB 204,000 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5986 5588, 北京京西学校, 朝阳区来广营东路10号 Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS) Situated next to the scenic downtown Honglingjin Park since 1995, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) is officially registered as a school for foreign nationals, providing bilingual education for students aged 2-18. YCIS Beijing adheres to the National Curriculum for England (NCE) and also integrates an extensive Chinese Language and Culture programme, featuring a unique Co-Teaching model in Kindergarten and Primary school that combines one Western teacher and one Chinese teacher in every class. Within Secondary school, Yew Chung International School of Beijing follows the IGCSE and IB programmes and is accredited by NCCT, CIS and NEASC.YCIS Beijing has a 100 percent pass rate and 100 percent university acceptance rate to universities such as Oxbridge Universities, Princeton and MIT. YCIS is the only international school in China to have received the ‘Cambridge Award for Excellence in Education’ from Cambridge International Examinations. Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 3731, 北京耀 中国际学校, 朝阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门

Shopping Arts & Crafts Gaobeidian Folk Cultures Street In association with the Gaobeidian tourist office and Lily’s Antiques, this school offers classes on a variety of traditional Chinese handicrafts, from paper-cutting to calligraphy. 725 Gaobeidian Village, Chaoyang District. (8575 5557, 136 5134 8956, www., http://www.lilysantiques. com/traditionalchinesecrafts.htm 高碑店民俗文 化街, 朝阳区高碑店725号 Gehua Baihua After deriving some inspiration from the China Art Museum, cross the street and get the fixins to make your own masterpiece. With a huge selection of art supplies for drawing and painting – paint (RMB 25), easels (starting at RMB 25), canvas (RMB 8 to 72) – this store is more organized and more spacious than others nearby (although you should look through those too). It sells some international brands like Prismacolor. Daily 9am6.30pm. 10 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6522 2511) 北京歌华百花美 术用品, 东城区五四大街10号 Kids Land You’ll find all sorts of toys, gifts, and art supplies for kids at this colorful store, including a variety of Lego and Crayola sets. 1) Daily 10am-10pm.. 411-412 Xindong’an Plaza, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 8624); 2) Daily 10am-10pm.. Rm 0423, Jiamao Shopping Center, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 9412); 3) Daily 9.30am-9.30pm.. Rm 206, 1/F, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6908); 4) Daily 10am-10pm.. L407, Building 1, The Place, 9 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District. (6587 1481) 智乐家园,

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1) 东城区东城区王府井大街138号新东安411412; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区广顺北大街33号嘉茂购物 中心4层0423号店铺; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区将台路6号 丽都商业广场1层206号商铺; 4) 朝阳区朝阳区光 华路9号世贸天阶1号楼4层L407 Lao Beijing Handmade Paper-Cut This shop provides delicate multi-colored Chinese traditional and modern paper-cuts that are hand-made 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 The Bookworm English language books to borrow or buy. Book larvae can graze in the library’s Kiddies’ Corner, which houses childsize chairs and toys in addition to books. A family library membership (RMB 500) allows your family to borrow up to six books for two weeks at a time. A growing selection of for-sale books includes favorites like Wicked Chickens and The Gruffalo’s Child. In addition, The Bookworm’s Kids Club offers both young children and teens opportunities to share books with their peers. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507,, kidsclub@ www.chinabookworm. com 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 Foreign Languages Bookstore The mother lode for kids’ books in English, the store has classic picture books by Dr. Seuss, plus many series like Junie B. Jones, The Famous Five, Arthur and more. Older kids will find a slew of must-read books as well. Also offers books on tape and loads of photo-illustrated, hardbound series on science, nature and animals. The selection keeps getting better, but prices remain Western. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 235 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 6903, www.bpiec. 外文书店, 东城区王府井大街235号 Page One This addition to Beijing’s bookstore scene offers the best selection under one roof (in art/design, food & wine, bestsellers, classics, etc.), with competitive prices for English-language material. 1) Daily 24hrs. S2, 1-2/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6626,,; 2) Daily 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, page1_cwtc@pageonegroup. com,; 3) Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. Shop 50, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0408, page1_cwtc@, page1_indigo@ 叶一堂, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南 区2楼1-2层; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商 城三期地下2层; 3) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港 地铁层50号 Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore Fabulous Chinese-language selection of kids’ books, including lavishly illustrated kids’ encyclopedias, tons of easy-readers and brightly illustrated books for kids just learning Chinese, plus posters, fun interactive books and myriad learning aids. The English selection is slim, but a budget-stretching option is to pick up the super cheap, green-bound, China published softcover editions of classics like Kidnapped and Tom Sawyer. Daily 10am-9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 2592) 王府井 新华书店, 东城区王府井大街218号

Home Accessories and Gear BabyGro Beijing BabyGro is Beijing’s one-stop shop for imported maternity, baby and toddler gear. Run by moms for moms, BabyGro stocks safe, innovative and high quality products. They have a large selection of maternity items and pregnancy clothes, as well as breast pumps, bottles, formula, safety items and toys for babies and kids. Brands include ERGObaby, Grobag, Medela, EGG Maternity, Sono Vaso, Crayola, Mini Micro, Recaro, Micralite, Trunki, Skip Hop, Playgro and Organic Family. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm. Shop 5058, Bldg A, 5/F, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaowai Lu (across from Central Park), Chaoyang District. (5900 0601,; 2) Wed-Sun 10am5pm. Cathay View Garden Shopping Mall (next to Beijing Riviera Villas), 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 1690, johanna@ 慧宝, 1) 朝阳区朝外路6号朝外SOHO5层A座5058店铺( 新城国际对面); 2) 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观唐 广场二期商铺 baby international Started by parents for parents, this Shanghai-based online store offers Chinawide shipping for its quality baby products, which include strollers, car seats, clothing, organic baby food and toiletries. Daily 10am-7pm. Rm 2371, 3/F, North Tower, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 1476, 国际宝贝, 朝阳区 东大桥路8号SOHO商都3层2371店铺 Babyland Daily 10am-9pm. Shop 337, 3/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0437) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港 商场3层店铺号337 Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) Daily 10am-8.30pm. Unit LB09, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785); 2) 10.30am-6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091) www. 1) 顺义区天竺镇 裕翔路99号欧陆广场LB09; 2) 顺义区天竺镇花梨 坎村南“荣祥广场308室 Boshiwa 365 This China-based retailer aims to be the one-stop shopping place forall your baby- and child-related needs. Girls will love the extensive selection of pretty pink dresses and comfy hoodies. Boys will have no shortage of selection in t-shirts and shorts. In addition to baby clothing, they carry lines for children from 3 to 14 years old. Brands include Disney, Harry Potter, and Thomas the Tank Engine. Dresses start around RMB 199, and t-shirts average about RMB 150 apiece. Daily 10am-10pm.. 1) 1/F, Kids Land, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park,6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6287); 2) L413-417, 4/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1306) 博士蛙365, 1) 朝 阳区朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾儿童城1层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区光华路甲9号世贸天阶413-417 Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique Counting Sheep offers gear for moms, dads and kids. From maternityclothes, baby furniture, baby shower gifts to party items. International brands include Stokke, Bloom, Boob, Baby Bjorn, Ergo Carriers, Hotslings, Bravado, Chicobello, Fleurville, BamBam, Big Bobby Cars, and Trunki. Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (1/F of Bodhi bldg, directly across from north gate of Workers Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 7622, www. 洋洋宝宝店, 朝阳 区工体北路17号(工体北门对面) 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,

Directories Sogo, Ito Yokado, New World Department Store and Wangfujing Department Store. To get a good deal, try ordering from Goodbaby’s Chinese-language online shop. (800 820 2880, 8353 7775) mallmng/mainpage.aspx Home Depot This US home improvement chain is a one-stop shop for lovers of DIY. Find high quality products for your garden, home or garage. They also provide professional design and installation service. Daily 9am-9pm. 1) 78 Xisihuan Zhonglu, Fengtai District. (6822 0606); 2) 2 Chengshousi Lu, Fengtai District. (8761 0606) 1) 丰台区西四环店,丰台区西四 环中路78号; 2) 丰台区分钟寺店,丰台区成寿 寺路甲2号 Ikea Stocks a wide range of children’s gear, including extendable beds, high chairs, changing tables, cupboard units and Patrull safety equipment (cabinet/door locks, safety gates, corner bumpers, window catches, etc.). Save your skin by paying to have Ikea technicians assemble your purchases at home. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District. (800 810 5679) 宜 家家居, 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号(四元桥 西北角)

IQAir While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, you can certainly make a difference with the air you breathe in your home or office. IQAir has been the top-rated air purifier brand for more than a decade. The Health Pro 250 is their most popular product and is considered by most to be the best allaround air cleaning system available. With their HyperHEPA technology, you are guaranteed near perfect levels of efficiency for the life of your machine. IQAir China specializes in bringing clean air solutions to both residential and commercial users. 1) B1/F, 03A Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922,; 2) Daily 10am10pm. 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601, info@iqair-china. com); 3) 10am-8pm. 6/F, Parkson Plaza, 101 Fuxingmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (157 1286 8485,; 4) Daily 10am10pm. B1/F, Parkson Plaza Taiyanggong, Bldg 1, 12 Qi Sheng Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (157 1286 8454,; 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401,; 6) Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 1801-03, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800,; 7) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 8) Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. B1/F, Golden Resources New Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (157 1286 9044,; 9) 10am-10pm. B2/F, Scitech Plaza, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (188 1020 5987, 1) 顺义区天 竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下一层03A; 2) 朝阳 区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 3) 西城区复 兴门内大街101号6层百盛复兴门店家电部; 4) 朝 阳区七圣中街12号院1号楼B1百盛太阳宫店生活家 电区; 5) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地5层生活家 电区; 6) 朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦1801-03室; 7) 西城区金城坊街金融街417号四层; 8) 海淀区 远大路1号金源新燕莎商城地下1层; 9) 朝阳区建

Lijia Baby Domestic retailer Lijia Baby stocks goods for children between the ages 0 and 5. You’ll find diapers, clothing, car seats, infant formula, milk bottles, baby wipes, bibs, and more. Physical branches are located throughout Beijing, including Wangjing and Yaojiayuan, but the website is much easier to use. Products are delivered a day after purchase. 1) Daily 10am-10pm.. Shop VD1-29, 1/F, Kids Land, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (59051921/36); 2) Daily 9am-9pm.. Shop A06, B1/F, Liubaiben Shopping Street, 19 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6472 5526/5400); 3) Mon-Fri 9.30am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8.30pm.. B1/F, Dacheng Guoji Zhongxin, 12 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5962 6318/26) 丽家宝宝, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园路6号院蓝色港湾国际商区 活力城1层VD1-29; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区望京广顺北 大街19号六佰本商业街地下1层A06; 3) 朝阳区朝 阳区百子湾路12号大成国际中心地下1层 Lily’s Antiques Furniture Lily’s Antiques is the most famous furniture dealer in Beijing, offering quality Chinese antiques, but also imported traditional and modern styles from all over the world, from Ming chairs and Tibetan rugs to Indian trunks, Spanish design and Italian sofas. The service is the best in town, with a one-year guarantee and delivery. 1) Daily 8.30am-6pm. Gaobeidian Showroom, 69 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (8579 2458); 2) Visit by Appointment. Factory and Warehouse Address, Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang town, Tongzhou District. (138 0139 6309) 华伦古典家 具, 1) 朝阳区高碑店家俱一条街69号; 2) 通州 区工厂地址,通州区宋庄镇白庙村工业大院 Mothercare Mothercare, the acclaimed British brand, is a global specialist retailer of clothing, home and travel and toys for mothers to be, babies and young children. Sells hard-to-find clothes for kids age 6 and younger, as well as a wide range of nursery furniture and nursery equipment. Find maternity clothes, strollers, bedding, car seats, playpens, baby monitors, children’s clothes and other elusive products at this chain. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) Stall B2122, 1 Senlingongyuan Lu, Jingzhan Xiang, Shunyi District.; 2) Stall 121-123, Beyou World, 111 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) 5/F, Wangfujing Baihuo, 255 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8529 1777); 4) Stall 41284130, 4/F, Jinyuan Xinyansha Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 5506); 5) SMM-42, 1/F, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6134) 1) 顺义区 金盏乡森林公园路1号B21-22商铺; 2) 朝阳区京 顺路111号比如世界1F121-123商铺; 3) 东城区王 府井大街255号王府井百货5层; 4) 海淀区远大路 1号金源新燕莎购物中心4层第4128-4130商铺; 5) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区SMM-42 Motherswork Daily 10am-10pm.. Store L-VDM-20, Block 2, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Weibo: @ motherswork_中国 (5905 6905, info@ 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园路6号院 蓝色港湾国际商区2号楼L-VDM-20号店铺 RGF Pro-active Air Purification System The RGF-DESKTOP system is small, compact, lightweight, easy to install and use in any place. PHI Cell reduces not only germs, viruses. And bacteria but also harmful gases, VOCs, odors, tobacco smoke, suspended airborne particulates as small as 0.01 mm, which are common indoor air pollutants in modern buildings and home. Many air purifiers only purify the air that passes through the device. This results in a large percentage of the room left untreated and unprotected. PHI Cell not only treats the air that passes through the device, but it also sends the friendly oxidizers into the entire room for a complete coverage. Traditional air purifiers often require regular maintenance, which results in high operational cost. The Desktop requires no cleaning and maintenance. It consumes no more than 10W and operates with low-pressure drop. This provides a great way to save energy for building operators and home owners. F11, North Tower, Daheng

Technology Towers, 3 Suzhou Street, Haidian District. (400 818 6660, 美国艾洁弗主动式空气净化器, 海淀区苏州街大 恒科技大厦北座11层

fashionable clothes: low-slung jeans, branded T-shirts, baggy pants and oversized athletic wear. Daily 9.30am-9pm. 58 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1726) 雅秀市场, 朝阳 区工体北路58号

Villa Lifestyles Villa Lifestyles has been serving the Beijing community for more than five years. Providing you with quality name brand products backed by great service, they have the widest selection of BBQs and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQAir air purifiers, Bissell Vacuums and more. Stop by their Shunyi showroom or visit their website to have a look at what’s new. Daily 10am-9pm. B1/F, 03A Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, 顺 义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下1层03A

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

Photography Studios & Services ELF kids Photography Daily 9.30am-5.30pm. 5-2-101, 33 Shiyun Haoting, Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8776 9877, 152 0110 0176, 爱儿菲亲子 摄影工作室, 朝阳区广渠路33号石韵浩庭5-2-101 Littleones Kids & Family Portrait Studio This Western photography studio specializes in newborn, children, family, and maternity photos. Photo shoots are tailored to each family. Daily 9am-6pm. Swan Bay Building 16, suite 2203, Chao Yang Bei Lu, Chaoyang District. (8577-9987, 美国乐童万色儿童摄影机 构, 朝阳区朝阳北路天鹅湾南区16号楼2203

Vogmask® China Vogmask is a fusion of fashion and function. The leading antipollution mask available in China Vogmask uses a revolutionary microfiber filtration fabric to remove 99.978% of damaging particulate matter (PM) such as tiny PM 2.5 particles. Vogmask meets US FDA Requirements for N99 testing; meaning Vogmask outperforms standard N95 masks. Vogmask fits babies, young children, teens and adults. They require no filter changes, and can be used for hundreds of hours without replacement. Rm 1801, Air China Plaza, No.36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6477 7300, www. 威隔口罩, 朝阳区霄云路36号国航 大厦1801室

Markets Guanyuan Wholesale Market This Chinese wholesale market features over 2,000 vendors. The first floor features mainly clothing, while the second sells trinkets of all sorts. Daily 9am5pm. 4 Chegongzhuang Dajie, Xicheng District. (6501 1282) 北京官园批发市场, 西城区车公庄 大街甲4号 Hongqiao Market Here you’ll find T-shirts, silk pajamas, Chinese tchotchkes, beads, shoes, and some electronics, as well as a great fish market in the basement. But under daily siege from foreigners eager to share their wealth, this landmark market is seriously overpriced – for everything. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. If you nevertheless find yourself there with your camera, head up to the fifth floor balcony for an amazing view of the Temple of Heaven. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 46 Hongqiao Lu, Chongwen District. (6713 3354) 红桥市场, 崇文区红桥 路46号 Silk Street Market Although this six-story market is overwhelmingly touristy (and therefore overpriced, even with bargaining), it is filled with everything imaginable – clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, electronics, and fabrics – each with its own section. Be prepared for loud and pushy sellers who are accustomed to dealing with foreigners. Daily 9am-9pm. 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5169 8800) 秀水街, 朝阳区 建国门外大街秀水东街8号 Yashow Market Spoiled by the gaggles of free-spending tourists who come for bargain shopping, the stall owners here are less amenable to offering deep discounts to residents than their counterparts in other markets. Nevertheless, teen after teen told us they enjoy shopping here for copies of recent

Mishka Family Photography This husband and wife team speak Russian, English and Chinese. Offers professional portraits, actions shots, and specializes in photographing children. 1) C3, Fuli City, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Rm 1910, CAMEO Center, Guangshunnan Dajie, Chaoyang District. ( www., 1) 朝阳区双井桥富 力城C3; 2) 朝阳区广顺南大街嘉美中心1910 Smile Photography Studio Smile Photography Studio does commercial shoots, advertising, product shoots, events, portraits, video, and more. Rm 101, Unit 1, Bldg 1, Qingfeng Huajinyuan, Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (183 0104 7315) www. 永乐摄影, 海淀区海淀区学 院路青枫华锦园1号楼1单元101室 The Bloom Family Photography Recently relocated to Sihui East, frequent beijingkids collaborator The Bloom Family Photography provides high-quality photography services to families. Featuring candid and customized photography, Bloom aims to capture the uniqueness and personality of its subjects. The studio is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and is also available for local and domestic travel. Daily 10am-6pm. Rm 28A, Bldg 4, Chaoyang Yuan, Qingnian Lu, Chaoyang District. (8559 1851, 155 1061 6900, www. 花开摄影机构, 朝阳区青年路朝 阳园4号楼28A室 VivaXiao Photography Studio Formerly known as Small World Photo Studio, VivaXiao is a professional photography studio based in Shunyi. Providing services both in and out of the studio, VivaXiao aims to create memorable photos that evoke emotions, capture memories, and awaken the imagination. Tue-Sun 10am7pm. Rm 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. (80461603 (Chinese), 13691091046 (English)) 小 小世界专业摄影, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆 广场五层509-510

Shopping Centers & Malls China World Shopping Mall Offers a yummy array of choice brand names like Moschino, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry and Shanghai Tang. Daily 9.30am-10pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2288) 国贸商城, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号 Indigo Mall Swire Properties’ new mega-mall located right by 798 is home to a massive supermarket and a cinema, as well as a trendy array of popular shops (including bla bla bra, GAP) and local eateries (Blue Frog, Element

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Directories Fresh). Daily 10am-10pm. 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0898) www. 颐堤港, 朝阳区酒仙桥路18 The Malls at Oriental Plaza Oriental Plaza has proved an unmitigated hit, with shoppers drawn to brands like Burberry, Givenchy, Sisley, H2O, Soda, TSE, Max Mara, Bally, Valentino and Esprit. If you’re looking for a flamboyant striped tie and a vintage edition of the Ramones’ Rocket to Russia, then you should pop by the new Paul Smith shop. Don’t forget to drop by Watson’s pharmacy and the mega CRC supermarket. 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6363) 东方新天地, 东城区东长安街1号 Pinnacle Plaza 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. 荣祥广场, 顺义区天竺开发区 裕翔路99号 Sanlitun Village One of Beijing’s biggest expat attractions, this combination indoor/ outdoor shopping and food center is home to the Uniqlo, Adidas and Apple flagship stores, Element Fresh, Hatsune, Blue Frog, Ganges, Union Bar and Grille and more. The basement level has a Megabox cinema and toy stores. The outdoor fountain is a hit with the kids in the summer. Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6110) 三里屯Village, 朝阳区三里屯路19号

Toys Aokiya This veritable menagerie of stuffed animals goes beyond teddy bears and bunny rabbits, purveying a wealth of less hackneyed cuddly critters. Find the furry friend of your dreams here among the exotic selection of purple sting rays, sea turtles, and the exotic denizens of the rainforest (fancy a lemur?). Disney and Pixar characters are also represented, but it’s the creative animals that really catch the eye. Toys start at RMB 30, and a larger-than-life version of Miyazaki’s Totoro goes for RMB 1,338. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 426 Dongsi Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 3096) 青木屋, 东城区北四北大街426号 Jack Toys Jenny-of-the-suburbs continues to expand her empire. In her flagship store, beyond the bedding, the flowers, the DVDs, the clothing and the cosmetics, you can find a medium-sized selection of moderately priced (but often cheaply made) toys. Also provides balloon delivery service for birthday parties (RMB 3-5 per balloon). Daily 9am-8pm. Inside Jenny Lou’s Supermarket, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (136 8330 0568) 顺义区天竺房地产开 发区荣祥广场Jenny Lou’s超市内 Jingcheng Baixing Sells traditional, handcrafted toys, games and puzzles. 10am8pm. 44 Guozijian, Dongcheng District. (136 9328 4443) 京城百姓, 东城区东城区国子监 街44号 Kidsland Offers a wide range of toys brands such as Lego, Hasbro (Monopoly, Transformers, Star wars, Playdoh, Playskool, My little pony, Little pet shop and Baby Alive), Chicco (italian baby toys), Schleich (small plastic animals) and Siku (small vehicles). 1) Daily 10am-9pm. 酒仙 桥路18号颐堤港商场3层店铺号383, Chaoyang District. (8426 0438); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. L407, South Place, The Place. 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1481, 6448 2105 ext. 128); 3) 206, F/1, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6908); 4) Rm 0423 ,Jiamao Shopping Center, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 9412); 5) 411-412 Xindong’an Plaza, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 8624) www. 1) 朝阳区Shop 383, 3/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu; 2) 朝阳区光华路9 号世贸天阶南街四层L407; 3) 朝阳区将台路6号 丽都商业广场一层206号店铺; 4) 朝阳区广顺北 大街33号嘉茂购物中心四层0423号店铺; 5) 东城 区王府井大街138号新东安411-412 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 Lego Enthusiasts can buy classic sets of 30 to 1,000 pieces, while those with less imagination can purchase themed Lego sets, such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Alpha Team and Jack Stone. 1) 10am-10pm. Rm 4100, Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 4036); 2) B/1 Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Daily 9am-10pm. Lufthansa Shopping Center, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 9am-9pm. NB134A, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F Pacific Century Place, A2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6448 2105) 乐高, 1) 海淀区远大路一号金源购物中心4100; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区B1层; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎购物中心; 4) 朝阳 区建国门外大街1号国贸商城NB134A; 5) 朝阳区 工体北路甲2号太平洋百货5楼 Lovely Lace “In an English-inspired setting filled with the rustic charm of an English countryside, Lovely Lace is a treasure trove filled with Pot Pourri, fragrance gifts, ceramics, lace creations, wedding gifts and teddy bears you could cuddle and adore.” 1) 10am-10pm. 12, 5/F, CapitaRetail Mall, Xicheng District. (5830 1008); 2) 10am-10pm. B118, The Gate City Mall, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6688); 3) B106 , South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1188) 乐礼轩, 1) 西城区西直门外大街1西环广场嘉茂购物中心5层 12号; 2) 海淀区中关村大街19号新中关购物中心 B118; 3) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶南座B106 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 New China Children’s Store This store is bursting with all manner of toys, including outdoor gear and bikes. Daily 10am-9.30pm. 168 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District. (6528 1774) 新中国儿童用品商店, 东城区王府 井大街168号 Sanrio Bringing Japanese “cute” culture to Beijing, one Hello Kitty at a time. 1) 1 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 6350); 2) 133 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6616 6498); 3) Beijing APM, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. 1) 朝阳 区朝阳门外大街1号; 2) 西城区西单北大街133 号; 3) 东城区王府井大街138号北京新东安广场 Tot to Teen This clothing store also stocks a small selection of board games (RMB 4570), art supplies, wands, butterfly wings and temporary tattoos (RMB 48). Daily 9am-7pm. 703 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4419, 红马车儿童用品商店, 顺义区天竺房地产开发区荣祥广场703号 Toys “R” Us Toys “R” Us, the world’s leading toy and baby products retailer, has opened its first stores Beijing in both CapitaMall Taiyanggong and Chaoyang Joy City. The Beijing stores will feature one of the most comprehensive collection of educational toys in the city. Daily 10am-10pm.. 1) Rm 52, B1/F, CapitaMall Taiyanggong, 12 Taiyanggong Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8429 7072); 2) Rm 10, 5/F, Joy City Chaoyang, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8552 2898) www. 玩具反斗城, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区太

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Sports Dance Ballet Pro Dance Studio Taking place every Wednesday at Qijiayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound, Ballet Pro’s classes combine well-known ballet syllabi from around the world. These include Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Russian Vaganova Ballet Academy, and Dance Academy of China. The goal is to provide fun, stimulating, and friendly ballet classes as education dance residency programs around Beijing. Teachers come from RAD, National Ballet of China, and Dance Academy of China. The programs are suited to ages 4.5 to 18 years and cost RMB 2,880 for one year (24 classes). 1) Qijiayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound Clubhouse, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Lido Place Clubhouse, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (; 3) Rm 301, Unit 2, Bldg 6, Zone 1, Qijiayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound, Tiantongyuan, Changping District. ( www.theballetpro. com 1) 朝阳区朝阳区建国门外大街齐家园外交 公寓会所; 2) 朝阳区丽都乡村俱乐部 将台路6 号; 3) 昌平区昌平区天通苑1区6号楼2单元301室 Beijing Academy of Performing Arts In operation since 2006 by Beijing Playhouse, Beijing Academy of Performing Arts’ theater camps run for two weeks during most school holidays. Over the course of the camp, students will be exposed to all facets of theater, engaging in acting, music, dance, costume design, prop making and set painting. Mon -Sat 4am-4pm. Baiziwan, Chaoyang District. (134 6638 8333, performance@beijingplayhouse) 朝 阳区百子湾 CapoeiraBeijing We are an affiliate school of Capoeira Mandinga under guidance and supervision of Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha. Our mission is to raise awareness about Capoeira as an effective martial art through teaching and promoting its techniques, philosophy, and Afro-Brazilian roots. We study a mix of capoeira styles including Angola, Regional, Miudinho, and Maneira, and place strong emphasis on the music, dances and rituals that enrich our art form. We actively promote Brazilian culture by engaging local and foreign communities in Beijing at events, workshops and performances. B1. East Gate Plaza Block B. 29 Dongzhong Street. Subway Line 2, Dongsishitiao or Dongzhimen, Dongcheng District., Dongcheng District. (135 8163 2516) 东城区B1, B 座, 东环广场, 东中街29号, 2号线地铁东直门/ 东四十条. 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 (Sept-Dec), spring (Feb-July) and summer (July-Aug) 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)) J-芭蕾教室, 2) 朝阳区幸福 村中路景绣园D座一层西侧 On Pointe Dance Studio On Pointe Dance Studio is an innovative dance school catering mainly to expat children. The school offers a full and varied teaching program that covers ballet, jazz, and tap. The ballet syllabus follows the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi and holds accredited RAD examinations annually. The jazz and tap work that is taught is nonsyllabus, focusing on an array of styles from commercial to Broadway. The school focuses

on excellence in teaching while encouraging students to achieve their full potential. All instructors are fully-trained and experienced within their own fields. Classes are held at the British School of Beijing’s Shunyi campus from Monday to Saturday and at East Lake Villas on Sundays. 1) East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (; 2) British School of Beijing (Shunyi Campus), 9 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. ( 1) 东城区东城区东直 门外大街35号东湖别墅; 2) 顺义区顺义区安华街 9号南院北京英国学校

Football (Soccer) ClubFootball ClubFootball runs football coaching programs at 20+ locations across Beijing for boys and girls aged 4 to 14. Held after school, on weekends and during holidays, courses range from fun skill development courses to competitive league teams and are taught by ClubFootball’s experienced FAqualified soccer coaching staff. 9am-6pm. Unit A316, Door 3, Zone A1, Zhaowei Huadeng Plaza, Zhaowei Building #51, 14 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District. (5130 6893/4/5/6,, activities@, 万国群星足球俱乐 部, 朝阳区万国群星办公室位于朝阳区酒仙桥路 14号兆维华灯大厦A1区3门A316,工作时间为上 午9点至下午6点。联系方式为 Jia You Football Club Jia You Football clubs offers children the opportunity to take their first steps into football. Players Jia You F.C. come from around the world and are led by FAqualified coach Gary Saunders and his coaching team, whose have over 15 years of football experience in China. From Saturday morning toddler sessions to Sunday Youth League matches, Jia You aims to have something for every age group. Training sessions take place both during the week and on weekends at Dulwich College Beijing’s campuses. The club also hosts football camps in Beijing over school holidays. Dulwich College Beijing (Legend Garden Campus), 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District. (6454 9019/9127, gary.顺义区机场高速路89 号北京德威英国国际学校(丽京花园校园)

Hiking Beijing Hikers Hikes of varying difficulty in villages near Beijing. Open to everyone. Call for info on hikes and what to bring. Prices vary for overnight hikes; weekend hikes are RMB 250/300 (adult), half price for children under 12, including round trip transport, snacks and drinks after the hike, detailed map of the hike and professional guidance. Advance reservations necessary. RMB 200/ yr membership gets a 10% discount on regular hikes. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 601, Bldg 2, Xinhualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6432 2786, info@ 朝阳 区酒仙桥中路26号新华联丽港2号楼601室 China Travellers China Travellers offers a variety of walking, hiking, trekking, and camping tours on the Great Wall. Participants step off the beaten path to witness the remote, historic and unspoiled Great Wall. The group also offers historical and ecological trips to all corners of rural Beijing. Explore the pristine beauty of high mountains, ancient temples, and rural villages. Hikes are non-invasive and non-exploitative, preserving these natural sites for generations to come. Other events include cultural activities like hutong explorations, Chinese cuisine, Chinese philosophy, TaoTe Ching, Chinese tea culture, and more ( http://www. Great Wall Hikers Great Wall Hikers is a licensed travel agency that provides catered adventure tours to the best sections of the Great Wall. Their Great Wall tours include half-day and full-day hiking tours, as well as

Directories trekking with overnight stays and camping on the Great Wall. Biking tours are also available. Mon-Sun 9am-8pm. (139 1188 6524,

Ice Skating All Star Champion Skating Club Lace up your skates and do a Kim Yu-Na of South Korea (Kim’s the current world champion in ladies figure skating, couch potatoes). - All Star Ice Rink was founded by Wang Rui, figure skating gold medalist in the 1999 Asian Winter Games, and Li Ning, the legendary gymnast who lit the torch during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. Located on the first floor of Solana mall, the ice rink covers 800 square meters and uses equipment that meets international standards, creating a rink fit for both entertainment and professional competition. For adolescents new to the sport, All-Star offers classes. Especially precocious athletes can request coaches from the Chinese national skating team. Private lessons (Chinese only) are priced at RMB 135-200/40min. RMB 30 (Before 6 pm), 40 (After 6pm), 50 (Holidays & Weekends) for admission. Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu., Chaoyang District. (5905 6328) 全明星滑冰俱乐部, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港 湾国际商区首层 Ice Breaker ICE BREAKERS figure skating classes, synchronized skating, team building on ice. Provided by Camilla Ojansivu, a Swedish former professional figure skater. Times: flexible for both groups, team building and private classes. Levels: ages 6 years to adults. Beginners all the way to advanced. Team building programs on ice for companies – it is not about learning to skate! Taught in English All Star Ice Rink, Solana shopping mall, Chaoyang District. (camilla@team-icebreakers. com) 朝阳区全明星 滑冰场,蓝色港湾 Le Cool Chills and spills for skaters and shoppers at this small indoor rink in the World Trade Center. Be warned that the rink can get seriously crowded with ice princesses on holidays and weekend afternoons. Weekdays: RMB 30 for 90 min (10am-6pm), RMB 40 for 90 min (6-10pm). Weekends: RMB 50 for 90 min. Skate rental included. Daily 10am-10pm. B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5776, lecool@ 国贸溜冰场, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸地下2层 New World Champion Skating Rink An excuse to go to Chongwen District. All fees include 90 mins of ice time and skate rentals. Weekdays: RMB 40 (10am-5pm), RMB 50 (5-9.30pm).Weekends: RMB 50. Daily 10am9.30pm. B1/F, New World Shopping Mall, Chongwen District. 新世界冠军溜冰场, 崇文区 新世界商场地下1层

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

BLCU Muay Thai Club Based at Beijing Language and Culture University, this Muay Thai club is led by a Thai trainer with 20 years of experience. Group classes cost RMB 500 per month and private classes cost RMB 100 per hour. Daily 2-5pm. BLCU, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (159 1077 7158, 语言大学泰拳, 海淀区海淀区成府路北京语言大学 Capoeira Mandinga Beijing (18611705854 - Morena, 18610022050 - Van, 18600056983 Jun) Flips & Kicks Plus Formerly known as Beijing Sports Plus, Flips & Kicks Plus specializes in providing gymnastics and martial arts coaching to Beijing’s international community. Kids can improve their physical condition, co-ordinaton, concentration, self-esteem and confidence in a stimulating, challenging, safe and fun environment. Programs are taught in English by qualified international staff. (Kai: 151 1021 8649, Fredrik: 183 1146 2632, info@ www.flipsandkicksplus. com The Legend Muay Thai & Fitness Located in CBD, The Legend Muay Thai and Fitness is the only pure Muay Thai gym in Beijing. All of its trainers are elite Muay Thai champions from Thailand. “Train like a Thai, fight like a Thai” is the core concept of The Legend. Classes follow the authentic training system practiced by the most distinguished Muay Thai gyms in Thailand. There welcome both adults and children. Classes for kids are good for developing motor skills, discipline, and determination. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am -6pm. S-B02, Bld 2, South Blue Castle Int’l Apartment, 3 Xi Dawang Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (info@ www.thelegendmuaythai.com泰弈泰拳(CBD)会馆, 朝阳区朝阳 区西大望路3号院蓝堡国际公寓2号楼S-B02 Xie’s Martial Arts Academy (XMA) Xie’s Martial Arts Academy (XMA) was founded in 2005 by Master Xie, a 32nd generation disciple of the Shaolin Temple with a Masters of Education from Beijing Sport University. Xie’s Shaolin Kung Fu Style is a unique mixed martial arts system that combines traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, Karate and Western martial art styles. XMA’s wide range of self-defense styles creates a well-rounded, disciplined martial art. Age: 3 and above. Classes are offered after school and on weekends. Private classes are available. Venue: Beijing City International School, Western Academy of Beijing, The British School of Beijing (Sanlitun) and International School of Beijing. (131 4676 0944,

Scuba Diving SinoScuba Offers safe, family scuba diving services! Kids aged 10 and up Underwater activities, including swimming with dolphins and full certification courses for ages 10 and up. Classes available in Chinese and English. (186 1113 3629, www.

Skiing & Snowboarding Badaling Ski Resort Badaling has two 800m long ski runs and a 2,300m snowmobile run. It also has sledding runs and a ski lodge with accommodation, food and drinks, stores and a gym. Any kid over 3 is welcome to take a shot at the slopes! RMB 220 (weekdays), RMB 260 (weekends). Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. Badaling Town, Yanqing County. (6912 9911) 八达岭滑雪场, 延庆县八达岭镇 Genting Resort Secret Garden Located three hours northwest by car from Beijing, Genting Resort Secret Garden is a resort that offers all-year activities, including summer sports in the warmer months and skiing in the winter. Wutong Dadao, Taizi City, Chongli County, Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, Outside Beijing. (400 168 1234) www. 密苑云顶乐园, 北京 市外河北省张家口市崇礼县太子镇梧桐大道

Jundushan Ski Resort The Beijing Jundushan ski resort is located 34km from the city and covers an area of nearly 330 acres. Equipped for skiers and snowboarders, the resort features seven ski runs, a slalom run, double seat cableway and cross-country path (for snowmobiles). Jundushan’s southern exposure means the snow can get slushy. Sleds, inner tubes and snowmobiles are available for rent. Admission RMB 20 or RMB 30(holidays). Rental RMB 100/2hr, RMB 150/2hr (weekend) or RMB 160/2hr (holidays). Accommodation options include “Russian style villas” and Mongolian tents. Take the subway (line 13) to Longze station and transfer to bus 21. Daily 8am-10pm. 588 Zhenshun Cun, Cuicun Zhen (5 km north of the Xiaotangshan Hot Spring Holiday Village), Changping District. (6072 5888, bjskiweb@ 军都山滑雪场, 昌 平区崔村镇真顺村588号 Nanshan Ski Village One of the area’s top ski resorts, Nanshan has ten well-groomed trails for skiers of all levels and a snowboard park (Nanshan Mellow Park) with a halfpipe, four kickers and six rails - all served by a quadruple chairlift, a double chairlift and nine T-bars. Nanshan has many ski and snowboard instructors - some trained by the Austria Snowboard Association - and it is also home to snowboarding camps organized by the Icon X store, which uses only Burton gear. Visit this all-season facility in summer for water skiing, grass skiing and paragliding. Entrance RMB 20. RMB 100/2 hrs (Mon-Fri) RMB 150/2 hrs (SatSun), RMB 140/4 hrs (Mon-Fri) RMB 200/4 hrs (Sat-Sun), RMB 220/ full day (Mon-Fri) RMB 360/full day (Sat-Sun). Sledding is RMB 50/30 mins. Lodging available (RMB 320-360). Daily 8.30am-5.30pm. Shengshuitou Cun, Henanzhai Town, Miyun County. (8909 1909) www. 北京南山滑雪滑水度假村有限公 司, 密云县河南寨镇圣水头村 Nike 6.0 Summer Lab As the summer training venue for our snowboarding offseason, the Nike 6.0 Summer Lab is the perfect venue for riders wanting to refresh and develop their trick formulas. Featuring a range of fun jump and jib features, the park also boasts the unique Airbag training jump – an air-filled landing bag allowing you to experiment and progress on a soft landing before taking it to the real thing. Host to a number of grassroots events this summer and accessible daily by bus from the center Beijing, what are you waiting for? Daily 9am10pm. 6 Shunan Lu, Inside Chaobai River National Forest Park, Mapo, Shunyi District. (8497 2568) 顺义区马坡 潮白河国家森林公园内6号 O’le Ski O’le Ski has been offering a variety of winter sports to the international community since 2008. The company specializes in organizing and running ski trips for international schools, with Englishspeaking, qualified ski and snowboard instructors. O’le Ski offers private lessons at any level and corporate team-building events. Winter trips take place at any ski resort in China, typically Genting Secret Garden, Duolemeidi, Wanlong, or Nanshan Ski Village. During the summer, coaches can be booked for English-language ski instruction indoors at Qiaobo Ice and Snow World. O’le Ski also founded the annual International Schools Snow Sports Championships China (ISSCC) and International Schools Indoor Snow Sports Championships China (ISISCC). 5 Shimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao Dong, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (186 1846 1002, 朝阳 区朝阳区东四环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号 Qiaobo Ice and Snow World The first and only indoor ski resort in Beijing, Qiaobo has a 150m bunny slope and a 260m long slope. Great place to cool off from the summer heat. Experienced skiers should keep their expectations low. Kids 3 and up only. Workdays RMB 150/hour, RMB 30/ additional hour, Holidays RMB 180/hour, RMB 50/additional hour, Ski suit hire: RMB 30 (jacket and trousers), Locker hire: RMB 10 Daily 9am-

10pm. 6 Shunan Lu, Shunyi District. (6941 1991) 乔波冰雪世界, 顺义区 顺安路6号 Shijinglong Ski Resort Located 80km from Beijing, west of Longqing Gorge and east of Guanting Lake, this resort boasts some of Beijing’s longest trails, a snowboard park (built and maintained by French professionals) and a good snowboard shop. Recent additions include a new intermediate run, two new lifts and a widened advance run as well as a beginner trail. Dog sledding, snow biking and hot springs also available. Admission RMB 20 or RMB 30 (holidays). Rental RMB 100/2hr or RMB 150/2hr (weekends). Lodging starts from RMB 200. Take the 919 from Deshengmen to Yanqing and change to the 920. Daily 8am-5pm. Zhongyangfang, Zhangshanying Zhen, Yanqing County. (5905 9088) 石京龙滑 雪场, 延庆县张山营镇中羊坊 Snow World Ski Park The grandly named Snow World, located near the Ming Tombs, is a mere 30 minutes by car from downtown Beijing. It has only two ski runs – one for advanced and one for intermediate skiers. Entrance RMB 20. Skiing: RMB 50/hr (MonFri), RMB 70/hr (Sat-Sun), RMB 120/4 hrs (Mon-Fri), RMB 190/4 hrs (Sat-Sun), RMB 200/ fall day (Mon-Fri) RMB 340/full day (Sat-Sun). Snowboarding: RMB 70/hr, RMB 180/4 hrs, RMB 320/full day. Sledding RMB 20/round. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Xiaogongmen, Shisanling, Changping District. (8976 1886/ 1899) 雪世界 滑雪场, 昌平区十三陵小宫门

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, 朝阳区新源南 路一号5层 Fine Yoga 1) Mon-Fri 7am-8.30pm, SunSat 8am-6pm. 16/F, Tower 2, Blue Castle International Center, 3 Xi Dawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 9566, 139 1120 9563); 2) 2/F, East Tower, Van Palace Apartment, 1 Jinghua Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (139 1120 9563) www.fine-yoga. com 梵音瑜珈, 1) 朝阳区西大望路蓝堡国际中 心会所2号楼16层; 2) 朝阳区景华南街1号旺座 中心东塔2层 Incy Wincy Yoga Children learn to walk like a dog, buzz like a bee, and moo like a barnyard cow while developing their motor skills and building their selfconfidence. Founded in 2006 by a mother and experienced yoga instructor Angelina Liu, Incy Wincy Yoga is a yoga company dedicated to Children’s and Baby yoga. Classes are 45-minute for muscular and bone development, balance and coordination, focus and concentration as well as fun. The programs are suitable for children 3-12 years old, babies, and teens. All classes are taught in English with over 15 centers around Beijing. Rm 1909, Bldg A, U-Space Building, 8 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5861 3809, 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 four-week session. Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. 6/F, 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0774, www. 瑜珈苑, 朝阳区工体北路17号6 层工人体育场北门对面

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The Circuit The Circuit is a chance to check out what’s happening on the Beijing family scene. Want to see your event on these pages? Send an email with the date of your past event, a brief description, and at least three high-resolution photos (1MB and over) to by February 10. LFIP Students Explore Job Options On December 7, the French International School of Beijing (LFIP) held a job discussion forum to explore professional career opportunities in nine different business sectors. The half-day session saw 240 students aged 15 to 18 interact with expert guests.

Special Guest at BCA Christmas Party On December 20, Beijing Collegiate Academy hosted its second annual family Christmas party. Members of the BCA community made gingerbread men, watched a student concert, and finished off the event by meeting Santa himself.

photos: courtesy of LFIP and BCA



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The Circuit ISB Hosts Basketball Meet On November 28-30, the International School of Beijing hosted its tenth annual basketball extravaganza, the Great Wall Shootout. Along with five other international schools, the ISB team battled it out in front of a crowd of parents and students.

photos: courtesy of ISB and ywitec

YWITEC Holds New Year Concert On December 30, Yew Wah Infant and Toddler Education Center held a New Year’s Concert involving all of its students. Parents were invited to enjoy children’s displays of dancing, singing, and drama.

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The Circuit WAB Teachers Play Panto On December 12, teachers at Western Academy of Beijing continued the school’s tradition of sending elementary students off for winter holidays by taking part in a pantomime.

CISCA Students Perform The Nutcracker On December 14, students from the Conservatory of International Style and Cultural Arts performed The Nutcracker at the International School of Beijing. The event included performances by children from the Bright Love Orphanage, Little Dance Shoes, and AoArt Down Syndrome group.

photos: courtesy of wab and cisca



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The Circuit Winter Party Fun at 3e On December 20, students at 3e International School celebrated at an annual winter party with songs, dance, and drama performances, as well as joining parents to design gingerbread men.

photos: courtesy of 3e and daystar

Daystar Parents Taught a Lesson On the final day of classes in 2013, parents of children in Ms. Chelsea’s lower elementary class at Daystar Academy participated in student-led lessons, presentations, and a party.

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The Circuit A Dulwich Christmas On December 11, families at Dulwich School Beijing joined in the holiday spirit at the school’s open house. Parents and students took photos with Santa, watched performances, and enjoyed festive food and drinks.

YCIS Festive Concert Season Throughout December, YCIS Beijing students from kindergarten to secondary performed in a series of Christmas concerts. All classes sang traditional and modern Christmas songs, with older students from the jazz band, rock band, and orchestra also performing at the school.

photos: courtesy of dulwich and ycis



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The Circuit Huijia Gets Potty Young Huijia students had a messy time making clay sculptures as part of a program on 3D art at the Kindergarten’s Sanyuanqiao campus.

photos: courtesy of huijia and taolesi

Taolesi Gets into the Spirit of Giving In December, education group Taolesi arranged a Christmas gift drive for disadvantaged children. The “Big Brothers and Sisters” program saw presents, donated from students and staff, delivered to children at Shepherd’s Field Orphanage during their Christmas Party.

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The Circuit Side by Side Welcome Back Youngster In January, Side by Side student James returned to learning support with staff member Anita. He had fun practicing counting by throwing a ball, working with large numbers on the blackboard, and solving math problems.

Parenting Expert at BWYA On January 9, Canadian education consultant Shiva Yan held a parent workshop at Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA). Parents shared their experiences, took part in brainstorming sessions, and learnt ways to help their children overcome bad habits.

photos: courtesy of side by side and bwya



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The Circuit BCIS Students Take to the Stage for Winter Concerts In early December, Beijing City International School (BCIS) hosted its annual winter concert series, with year groups taking on different themes for the shows. Older students in the school’s choirs, orchestra, and bands played for over two hours to a packed theater.

photos: courtesy of bcis and biba

Winter Wonderland at BIBA On January 10, middle and high school students attended BIBA’s school dance.

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The Circuit Winter Wonderland at Jiade On December 20, Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten marked Christmas with winter wonderland themed celebrations.

Ladybug Making at Keystone Observation Sessions Keystone Academy held four group observations for Foundation Year and Grade 1 applicants. As well as giving children an opportunity to have fun and learn through play-based games and activities, the observations allowed prospective families and Keystone staff to get to know one another better.

photos: courtesy of jiade and keystone



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The Circuit Christmas Workshop at Art Bug In late December, kids at Art Bug took part in a Christmas sculpture workshop, with their artwork falling under the themes “myths and legends” and “Alice in Wonderland”.

photos: courtesy of art bug and cisb

CISB’s Talent on Display at Winter Concert On December 18 and 19, CISB marked the end of a successful school term with a winter concert showcasing students’ talents. Kids from Kindergarten to Grade 5 performed to a packed house, with acts ranging from music and dancing, to a magic show and dramatic skits.

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Family Favorites Favorite Family Restaurant Blue Frog at Indigo Mall. We love the vibe of the winter garden and the kids’ menu is great. Kenny and his staff always ensure a very warm welcome.

Favorite Neighborhood We couldn’t imagine living anywhere else but the Jiuxianqiao/Lido area. There is a great mix of local and western life and it can be as lively or as quiet as you want it to be.

Best Places to Play Si’de Park is a firm favorite of ours and probably one of the best kept secrets in Beijing.

Family Rituals We try to get some exercise at least once a month by walking from home through Chaoyang Park to Solana and back. Calories burned during the walk are normally repaid with interest at Tube Station or Let’s Burger.

Favorite Day Trip Jiuhua Hot Spring is where we head when we’re in need of a staycation.

Best Way to Relax We often visit Tai Mei Li opposite Indigo for a massage, especially on weeknights. We find the calming environment settles Mia down and guarantees us all a good night’s sleep.

New Discoveries Jiangfu Park in Jiuxianqiao – I had no idea such a quiet and secluded place existed in Beijing. Plans are afoot for the opening of a school that will specialize in outdoor education and utilize the potential of the place.

Favorite Places to Shop When Viv is not buying things on Taobao, she is returning things she has bought on Taobao. In the real world, we like to browse Solana and welcome the recent arrival of Mammas & Pappas.

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2014 February

photo: ken

Peter Jones, the British director of education at Taolesi Kindergarten Group, has lived in Beijing for four years. His Chinese wife, Vivian Wu, is a project manager for Amsted Rail. They live in Jiuxianqiao with their 18-month-old daughter, Mia, who attends Taolesi Baby Spa in Tongzhou. We caught up with Peter to find out the family’s favorite things to do in and around the capital. Oscar Holland

Date Night Viv has a profound talent for unearthing abysmal straight-to-TV disaster movies starring Robert Loggia. We occasionally manage to watch half of one in between Mia falling asleep and one of us starting to snore.

beijingkids Feb 2014  

Parents who take their kids to live shows

beijingkids Feb 2014  

Parents who take their kids to live shows