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WELCOME HOME Everything you need to settle in and navigate the city

• Health insurance • Hiring an ayi and driver • Community organizations • Real estate • Driving in Beijing • Paying bills • Relocation companies • Moving with pets


Getting things in order before you leave the capital


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Beijing 101


Bills, Bills, Bills

The basics of life in the capital

A guide on setting up and paying for utilities


Better Safe Than Sorry


In Good Health

Staying healthy in Beijing

Navigating the wide world of health insurance


Adjusting to a New Life


All Play and No Work

Coping with culture shock

The best play centers in the city


Busin’ It


It’s All Chinese to Me

Sightseeing on Beijing’s major bus routes

Talk the (Mandarin) talk


License to Drive


To Be Mobile

Getting behind the wheel

Buying, connecting, and recharging a cell phone


Home, Sweet Home


Global Goodies

The pros and cons of different neighborhoods

Eat your way around the world


Happy Hiring


Honey, I’m Home

The search for the perfect ayi and driver

Where to buy home essentials in Beijing


Have Pet, Will Travel


Join the Fun

Bringing your furry friends to China

Clubs and organizations to get you out and about


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Moving Out

Relocation companies to get the job done


Countdown to Take-Off

A relocation timeline


Cleaning House

Give your items a second life


It’s Not Goodbye

The process of moving on


Chinese, Continued

Keeping the language alive after you leave


Homeward Bound

Exporting pets from the Middle Kingdom


One Final Hooray

Two families share their perfect day in Beijing

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WELCOME HOME Everything you need to settle in and navigate the city

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• Health insurance • Hiring an ayi and driver • Community organizations • Real estate • Driving in Beijing • Paying bills • Relocation companies • Moving with pets


Getting things in order before you leave the capital


Kylie (10) and Lance Newland (8) attend The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB). Using Santa Fe Relocation, the Newland family moved from California to Beijing in January of 2012. Their dog Daisy was brought from the US (read about her move on p36), while their cat Nellon was adopted in Beijing. One of the Newlands’ favorite places is Silver Mountain Pagoda Forest. Photo by Judy Zhou


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eijing huanying ni! You and your family are setting out on the adventure of a lifetime, and there will be many challenges along the way. One of the first things you’ll discover about living in Beijing is that you will need a helping hand – and that’s where beijingkids comes in. With this guide, learn how to navigate the city from top to bottom. You’ll find out how to settle into your perfect neighborhood, bring along your beloved pets, find your favorite treats from your home country, recharge your mobile phone, and pay your bills – among other necessities. Living here, while a challenge at times, is ultimately a rewarding experience. During your time here, your family will learn together, grow together, and perhaps discover your own hidden talents in this city of 22 million souls. Happy exploring!

Beijing 101 What you need to know before settling in


oving to a huge foreign metropolis like Beijing can be daunting. And no matter how much research you do, there are bound to be surprises. Some will be enjoyable, others surprising and frustrating. But with a bit of advice, you can hit the ground running. Jenny Lin

Brush Up on Your Bargaining You will soon learn a very important, yet tricky skill: bargaining. Except for goods with labeled prices in the supermarket, food vendors, and boutiques, bargaining with a seller can almost always be done, especially in markets like the Silk Market and Yashow Market. Get a tough skin though, because bargaining can be like waging a battle. As a general rule, your opening bid should be one-third of what the seller starts with and your final price should be no higher than half of the seller’s opening price. One of the best bargaining tricks is saying your highest price and walking away – if the price isn’t too low for them and they really want to sell it to you, they’ll run after you. If that happens, it is rude if you don’t buy it. If they let you walk away, it means your price was too low, and keep that in mind when you see a similar item at another stall. Before you head out, know how much goods and services should cost. Even if you don’t shop online, checking prices in advance at a site like Taobao.com will give you an idea of going rates. It’s possible to pay very little or a lot for most things, depending on the quality of the goods and where you buy them. But here’s a crib sheet for a few basic items: Bottle of water: RMB 1.5-2 in small stores Bottle of local beer: RMB 3 in a local shop, RMB 20 at a restaurant Coca-Cola: RMB 3 for a bottle, RMB 2 for a can Snickers bar: RMB 4-5 T-shirt: RMB 30 and up at a market. Plastic sunglasses: RMB 30 and up at a market. Umbrella: RMB 10 for a low-quality umbrella sold on the street, RMB 80 for a higher quality one from a supermarket.

In high-density expat areas like Sanlitun and Shunyi, expats can get by speaking only English. But hop in a cab or buy ice cream in a small shop and you’ll need to speak Chinese. Have no fear: There are plenty of places that offer Chinese lessons, from universities to private schools, group classes and private tutors. Beijing Language Culture University, Tsinghua University and Peking University (Beida) are popular choices for studying at a university. However, if you can’t commit to being a fulltime student in the Wudaokou area, consider a private language school in your area instead. For our recommendations, see p54.



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Getting around in Beijing is easy. You can take the subway, ride a bike, or hop on a bus. But sometimes, taking a cab is the most convenient mode of transport. New restaurants and malls are popping up in Beijing every day, so you can’t be sure that the driver knows the location of your destination. Even if you know how to say the address in Chinese, be sure to have it written down in Chinese characters, and, if possible, bring a map printout. Also, take the phone number of the destination or that of a Chinese-speaking friend who can give directions to the driver. There is a fuel surcharge of RMB 3 for distances over 3km, so don’t be surprised if the amount charged is RMB 3 more than what’s on the meter. Also, knowing just a few sentences in Chinese could save you a lot of trouble with your driver. Be courteous and polite, addressing him or her as shifù (师傅), which translates to “master.” Here are some phrases to get you started:

Shifu, hold on a moment. I’m calling for directions. Shī fù, děng yí xìa, wǒ dǎ dìan huà wèn dì zhǐ. 师傅,等一下,我打电话问地址。 Shifu, can you please take the phone (to get directions)? Shī fù, nǐ kě yǐ jiē yí xìa dìan huà mā? 师傅, 你可以接一下电话吗? Shifu, we’re going to this address. Shī fù, wǒ mén qù zhè gè dì zhǐ. 师傅,我们去这个地址。 Go straight. Zhí zǒu. 直走。 Turn left/right at the traffic light. Qían mìan hóng lǜ dēng zuǒ/yòu zhuǎn. 前面红绿灯左/右转。 Pull over after this intersection. Guò zhègè lùkǒu kàobīan tíng. 过这个路口靠边停。 Pull over here and let them out, then we’ll go on to ... Zaì zhè’r tíng yí xìa, ràng tā mén xìa chē, rán hòu jìxù dào … 在这儿停一下,让他们下车,然后继续到 … Please give me the receipt. Má fán nǐ geǐ wǒ fā pìao. 麻烦你给我发票。 Please turn on the meter. Má fán nǐ dá bǐao. 麻烦你打表。

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Speak the Local Tongue

Learn Cabbie Lingo

English Books Are Available The range might not be as broad as in your home country, but there is a nice selection of English-language books at The Bookworm, Page One (which is opening branches across the city), and Wangfujing Bookstore. For online shoppers that can read Chinese, there is an English selection on www.amazon.cn and www.taobao.com (China’s answer to eBay). If you’re an avid reader, consider loading up an e-reader with your family favorite reads.

The Bookworm 书虫书吧 Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (6586 9507) www.beijingbookworm.com 朝阳区工体北路4号院 Page One 1) Daily 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (8535 1055) www.pageonegroup.com 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城三 期地下2层; 2) Daily 10am-6pm. 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8426 0408) www.pageonegroup.com 朝阳区酒仙桥 路18号 Wangfujing Bookstore 王府井书店 Daily 10am-9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (6513 2842, 6525 2592) 东城区王府井大街218号

Stock Up on Selected Items Beijing is becoming a very cosmopolitan city, but there are still a few items that are difficult to find, like clothing that fits foreign sizes and shapes and bras and shoes in big sizes. Health and beauty products like tampons, shaving cream, deodorant and sunscreen can be found here, but they might not be the type or brand you prefer – or they come with a hefty price tag. Check beauty stores Watson’s or Manning’s around town for these toiletries. A wide array of medicines are available over the counter at most pharmacies, including liquid children’s pain relievers – but you’ll have a hard time finding things like antacids. If there is medicine – prescribed or over-the-counter – that you require, your best bet is to bring enough from your home country.

Cash Trumps Credit Beijing is a cash society and there is no tipping here. While almost all stores accept Chinese debit cards, only some take foreign credit cards, and all of them prefer cash. To apply for a Chinese debit card, take your passport to the bank. Most banks have at least one helpful English-speaking employee, but it doesn’t hurt to bring along a Chinesespeaking friend. ATMs have English-language options and are easy to find throughout the city. Finally, don’t tip your taxi driver or waitress. If you do try to give service staff a tip of any kind, it can result in some awkward smiling and confusion. Note, however, that upscale restaurants and hotels routinely charge a 15 to 20 percent service fee. An exception to tipping is if you have a regular ayi or driver; don’t forget to give him or her a hongbao (red envelope with cash) as an annual or Spring Festival holiday bonus.

Internet speed is slow in China, and there is limited access to specific social networks. You can’t do much about the speed, but to reach any and all websites, consider purchasing a virtual private network (VPN). Reliable VPNs include Viscosity (www.thesparklabs.com/viscosity) and Astrill (www.astrill.com). When Google isn’t running smoothly for searches, try Yahoo, Bing or local favorite Baidu. Home & Relocation Guide 2012-2013




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The Great (Fire)Wall of China

Affordable Goods and Spa Treatments

Expand Your Palate

Manicures, pedicures, facials and massages are an affordable luxury you should learn to embrace. Get a foot rub with free snacks (like toast or dumplings) at Oriental Taipan, Bodhi Sense, or Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat. Or have an out-of-body experience at Peninsula Spa, Hummingbird Spa, or Le Spa. The latter two offer manicure services as well as massages. Lily Nails in 3.3 Mall is the most popular destination for nails, and they also offer head and foot massages. Foreign-language films are available in almost any DVD store around town. Expect to pay an average of RMB 8 per disk or RMB 15 for a DVD-9 (highest quality). If you’re itching to get the complete experience, there are plenty of movie theaters around town that show movies in English with Chinese subtitles. Mega Box in Sanlitun even has salty popcorn (while most places carry only sweet popcorn) and a membership card for RMB 20, which gets you big discounts. If you can figure your way around the Chinese site Taobao.com, you can find almost any product at a reasonable price.

You can find almost any type of cuisine from around the world in Beijing; you can also pay almost any price. A bowl of noodles at your local hole-in-the-wall costs as little as RMB 10, while you can pay RMB 70-200 at a restaurant with foreign food. Whether you’re looking for cuisine from back home (p61) or want to explore new tastes, Beijing has it all. Be sure to test out the range of Chinese food, from In and Out’s Yunnan fare to hot pot from Haidilao. In and Out 一坐一忘丽江主题餐厅 Daily 11am-10pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie (next to Jenny Lou’s), Chaoyang District (8454 0086, 6467 5235) 三里屯北小街1号 (婕妮璐旁) Haidilao 海底捞 Daily 10am-3am. A2 Baijiazhuang Lu, Chaoyang District (6595 0079, 6595 2982) www.haidilaohuoguo.com/english 白家庄路甲A2号 See Directory for more locations.

Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa 东方大班保健休闲会所 Daily 12pm-midnight.1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District (8532 2177) 朝阳区新东路1号 See Directory for more locations. Lily Nails 美甲 Daily 11am-10.30pm Rm2049, 2/F, 3.3 Fashion Plaza, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District (5136 5829) 朝阳区三里屯3.3大厦2层2049 See Directory for more locations. Le Spa at River Garden 水漾会馆 Mon-Thurs 10am-10:30pm, Fri-Sun 10:30am-11pm. River Garden Villas Clubhouse, 7 Yuyang Lu, Xi Baixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District (8046 6558) 顺义区后沙峪西白辛庄榆阳路7号 裕京花园俱乐部 Peninsula Spa by ESPA 半岛水疗中心 Daily 10am-10pm. 3/F, The Peninsula, 8 Jinyuhutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District (8516 2888 ext 6090) 东城区 东城区王府井金鱼胡同8号2王府半岛酒店3层 The Wellness Spa by Hummingbird Daily 10am-12am (massages), daily 10am-10pm (all other services). Unit 103, Central Park Tower 26, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6533 6922) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号 新城国际26号楼103室 Bodhi Sense Daily 11am-12.30am. 2/F, Somerset Grand Fortune Garden, 46 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8440 1495) www.bodhi.com.cn 朝阳区亮马桥路46号盛捷副景苑公寓2层 Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat 菩提会所 Daily 11am-12.30am. 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (6417 9595) 朝阳区工体北路17号 Mega Box 美嘉欢乐影城 Daily 10am-12am. B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 6118) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 Village南区地下1层


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Stay Healthy Beijing isn’t known for having the cleanest air or water, so take the necessary precautions while living here. Here are a few guidelines: • Don’t drink the tap water. Purchase a water dispenser or reputable water filter. For more info, see p14. • Wash your hands frequently and carry hand sanitizer. Also carry tissues, as most public restrooms do not have toilet paper. • Scrub all vegetables under cold water with soap or even salt. Veggie wash can be found at Jenny Lou’s or Lohao City. Also, peel and discard outer layers of fruits. • Eat organic. Order from trusted farms, like Little Donkey Farm, De Run Wu, or Green Cow Organic Farm. For more info, see p14. • Keep an eye on pollution levels with the US Embassy’s data on the Beijing Air Quality app. Another good app is the China Air Pollution Index, or check the official Beijing site (Chinese only) at http://zx.bjmemc.com.cn. If the Air Pollution Index (API) is over 300, stay indoors. • Invest in an air purifier to combat air pollution at home and humidifiers to prevent cracked lips and dry throats in the winter. IQ Air, Blueair, and Alen offer effective air purifiers. • For face masks, look for the N95, Respro, or Totobobo masks, which can fit smaller faces. They are available from Torana Clean Air Center, World Health Store, and Jenny Lou’s. Jenny Lou’s 婕妮璐 Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District (6501 6249) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧 See Directory for more locations. Lohao City 乐活城 Daily 8am-10pm. B1/F, Yinzuo Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6415 0104) 朝阳区东城区东直门外大街48号 银座MALL地下1层 See Directory for more locations. Little Donkey Farm 小毛驴市民农园 West of Houshajian Village, Sujiatuo Town, Haidian District (138 1095 6036, 186 0102 2820, littledonkeyfarm@163.com) http://littledonkeyfarm.com 海淀区海淀区苏家坨镇后沙涧村西 De Run Wu 德润屋 Strawberry Fields, Xinzhuang, Xingshou Town, Changping District (8459 0809) 昌平区兴寿镇辛庄草莓园 Green Cow Organic Farm 绿牛有机农庄 Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, thelovelygreencow@gmail.com) www.greencowfarm.com 顺义 区后沙峪镇 IQ Air Daily 10am-11am. 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (158 0136 1601, info@iqair-china.com) www.iqair-china.com 朝阳区亮马桥路52 号燕莎友谊商城5层


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Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Offers Blueair and Alen filters, and Totobobo masks. Daily 10am-8.30pm. Unit L110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi (8459 0785) 顺义区天天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场L110 Alen Based in Shanghai, but air purifiers can be purchased online with free delivery in Beijing. (5979 8115, sales@alencorpasia.com) www.alencorpchina.com

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Better Safe than Sorry Necessary precautions to keep your little ones happy and healthy by Daisy Phillipson


ith such rapid technological change and economic growth in Beijing, an increasing number of families are opting to move here. From cosmopolitan restaurants and shopping malls to ancient temples, the city’s exciting and versatile options will guarantee that your family will never be bored. However, it may come as no surprise that there are some cautionary measures to take while living in such a unique city. Take heart; following a few simple rules will ultimately enhance rather than take away from your time in Beijing.

family sticks to bottled water. Bottled water is available everywhere at RMB 2 per bottle and the cost is around RMB 16-18 per unit when purchasing a large jug for your water dispenser. Another option is installing a water filter on your kitchen tap, which can extract any harmful chemicals and create a constant flow of healthy water. Aquasana is a trusted brand among expats; the company sells filters for the sink, as well as the shower.


Beijing is renowned for its food, being a cosmopolitan city that features famous dishes from all over China. But it is no secret that food safety should be looked out for, especially all-toofrequent scandals concerning meat, dairy products, and cooking oil. Many restaurants use MSG in their food, which has been known to cause allergic reactions in some. Fortunately, food safety is becoming a top priority for locals and expats alike. This year, Beijing’s local government promises to tighten up on food safety control, including a lifetime ban on working with food for any offenders. To avoid any averse reactions when eating out, ask for your food to be cooked without MSG. Qing bufang weijing (请不放味精) means “Please don’t add MSG.” When it comes to cooking at home, Zagury suggests washing and cooking veggies, pasta and rice with distilled water. He adds, “Be careful when you buy fish, meat and dairy products, as the [refrigeration process] is often not respected.” Michalak recommends sidestepping products you are unsure of by ordering imported organic meats and provisions online or through internationallyrecognized chains like Carrefour. There is also a range of organic farms in and around Beijing, including Green Cow Organic Farm and Little Donkey Farm, where vegetables are grown without pesticides. While some of Green Cow Organic Farm’s produce is reserved for its CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) members, about 50 percent is sent to its restaurant, Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels. There’s also De Run Wu, a local Buddhist farm and organic shop that stocks chemical-free juices and foods, along with natural healthcare products.

Beijing has notoriously high pollution levels, due to the dense traffic and large population. The World Health Organization ranks China as having the highest risk of air pollution in the world. However, there are preventative actions that can be taken to protect you and your family. When moving to Beijing, you should get into the habit of checking the Air Quality Index (AQI). If the levels are over 300, then stay indoors as much as possible. Children are particularly at risk, since their lungs are still developing. For a reliable reading, check the US Embassy website or the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center, whose readings both include PM2.5, or fine particulate matter. Guillaume Zagury, chief medical officer and head of family medicine at the newly-opened OASIS Healthcare, says the main sufferers are asthmatics. He suggests always carrying an inhaler and avoiding travel during peak hours, when pollution levels are at their highest. If you cannot avoid being out at times when the traffic is busy or you enjoy riding your bike, there are face masks that are effective air filters. “If somebody wants to wear a mask, then the N95 is suitable. [It] creates a barrier through which bacteria as small as one micron in diameter cannot pass,” says Zagury. These are available on websites such as Taobao, Beijing Home Delivery, and Amazon. Don’t assume that being indoors gives you the all-clear from air pollution. To combat indoor pollution, consider investing in an air purifier. Popular brands include IQ Air, Alen and, Blueair.

One of the first health concerns that foreigners will encounter is the issue of safe drinking water. There have been many complaints from local sources stating that pollution affects tap water in the form of chemicals such as fluoride and arsenic. In other words, tap water in China is not good for drinking. “International standards are usually not reached with the tap water and can lead to some infections,” says Zagury. Kaz Michalak has been living in Beijing since July 2003. When it comes to his 5-year-old daughter and 7-month-old son, he takes no risks with this issue and the



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Paint Many people moving to Beijing will be aware of the media attention highlighting the issue of lead-based paints in China. Research conducted in 2006 by health experts at the University of Cincinnati exposed China’s toy exports, as millions of toys were found to contain harmful levels

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of lead. Even though this issue has faded from public view over the years, there are still precautions that all families ought to take when purchasing toys for their young ones. Many of the cheaply produced toys have small parts that are easily breakable and can be swallowed by small children. Check the condition of the toy and look out for things like peeling paint and splintering wood. That said, Michalak says he has never had any problems when shopping for his two children. He advises: “To stay safe, buy brands that you are familiar with, like Chicco. In Beijing, these are all available [at] stores such as Mothercare, where you can trust what you are buying. You may be paying slightly more, but with young children, you can’t afford to take any chances.” The UC study also exposed ceramic dishes in China that contained lead-based paints. Though these findings are six years old, stick to places

like Ikea for kitchenware to be on the safe side (see Directory under Shopping for details).

Clothing When Michalak first arrived in Beijing, he would buy clothes from local markets, but he stopped when he realized the material was “like sandpaper.” Although Zagury has seen no instances of patients going to the hospital due to the quality of certain clothes, it doesn’t hurt to be wary. Prevent unexpected skin reactions by buying from trustworthy brands. Beijing has big retailers like Zara, Uniqlo, H&M, and Gap, the latter two of which have children’s sections (see Directory under Shopping for details). Taking these precautions might seem like a hassle, but they are important to ensure that your family has a fulfilling (and safe) experience in Beijing.

Resources Taobao www.taobao.com Beijing Home Delivery Daily 9am-6pm. (189 0126 9083, service@beijinghomedelivery.com) www.beijinghomedelivery.com

Aquasana (shop@aquasana-china.com)

Torana Clean Air Center
 Torana Clean Air Center is the official distributor of Blueair air filters in China, with prices ranging from RMB 1,888 to RMB 10,782. Torana also carries Alen air purifiers, Totobobo pollution masks, and humidifiers. Daily 10am-8.30pm. Unit L110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (8459 0785, chris@ toranahouse.com) www.toranacleanair.com 顺义区天天竺镇裕翔 路99号欧陆广场L110

US Embassy in Beijing beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/070109air.html

De Run Wu 德润屋
 Strawberry Fields, Xinzhuang, Xingshou Town, Changping District (8459 0809, jiyunliang@vip.163.com) 昌平区兴寿镇辛庄草莓园

Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center www.bjmemc.com.cn

Little Donkey Farm 小毛驴市民农园
 Houshajian Village West, Sujiatuo Town, Haidian District (138 1095 6036, shiyan4985@sina.com) 海淀区苏家坨镇后沙涧村西

Amazon www.amazon.cn

Alen US-based Alen Corp. offers two air purifier models (the Paralda HEPA Air Purifier for RMB 4,980 and the A375UV Multi-Gas HEPA Air Purifier for RMB 5,980), as well as whole-house packages and filter replacements.
(5979 8115) www.alencorpchina.com IQ Air IQ Air sells a wide range of residential and commercial air filters starting from RMB 12,800. Their best-selling model is the HealthPro 250, which retails for RMB 14,980.
1) 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (158 0136 1601, info@iqair-china.com) www.iqair-china.com 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 2) 4/F, Europlaza, 99

Green Cow Organic Farm 绿牛有机农庄
 Donggezhuang (10 min north of the International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920) 顺义区北京绿牛有机农场(北京京承高速与机场北线交汇 处的东北方向董各庄附近) Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels 单太太贝谷面包房
 Sun-Thu 7.30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District (8046 4301) 顺义区西白辛庄开发街5号 (紧邻名都园) For other listings, consult the Directory.

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Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (6457 1922, info@iqair-china. com) www.iqair-china.com 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场4层 See Directory for more locations.





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Adjusting to a New Life How to cope with your family’s culture shock by Kyle Mullin



Cooped Up with Homesickness “It’s the stay-at-home spouses who find it hardest to cope with being in a new culture. They unintentionally isolate themselves,” says Dr. Stephen-Claude Hyatt, a clinical health psychologist and head of mental health and counseling at Beijing International SOS Clinic. “The family breadwinners, the kids at school – they are interacting with peers on a daily basis. That means they have



support systems in place.” “People who have social supports in place thrive better than those who don’t,” he adds. “Friends recover more together than those who don’t have anyone after moving to a new country. Community is important. It could be church, a volunteer organization, it could be going to your child’s school and asking how you can volunteer.” That network can seem nonexistent for family members who have to stay home and raise infant children, or worse, send their kids off to school every day, only to be completely alone in their own homes. “If your motivation is down, you’re not going to be motivated to go out if you’re already sitting at home all the time,” Dr. Hyatt says. “If that happens you’re not accepting your new reality, the reality of your new home.” But for some families, the more domesticated parent ends up having all the fun.

Six-year-old Alexa Bo Gillon, who hails from the UK, has been living in Beijing for five years and attends The British School of Beijing Home & Relocation Guide 2012-2013

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o expat is immune to culture shock, but you may be surprised by which member of your family actually struggles the most. It’s often not the children, despite the fact that they have to fit in at a new school in a new country. The same goes with working parents struggling to understand the unwritten rules of a Chinese office. Their challenges are by no means easy to overcome, but those tough conditions actually help more than they hurt.

Growing Pains Jes Christensen and Susanne Svoger Have moved from Denmark to Beijing with their two adopted Chinese daughters, Astrid Yuan and Maria Hao, in 2008. Have says: “I think that there is some truth in what Dr. Hyatt is saying [about stay-at-home parents suffering from culture shock more than the rest of the family]. But when we lived in Denmark, I also stayed at home for longer periods of time, so coming to China didn’t change me that much. I would think if you are used to working before you move to China, and then you end up staying at home, it can be very frustrating with the husband and kids experiencing lot of things every day. But for me, I just got more time to do the things that I like. And with all the things that you can do in Beijing, the day sometimes just gets to be too short.” That freedom and spare time helped Have adjust better than any other member of her family, much to her dismay. “I think for the kids, it was really hard in the beginning, because they only spoke Danish and all they heard all day was English,” she says of her daughters’ culture pangs after enrolling in one of Beijing’s international schools. “They started in nursery and kindergarten and it was the first time they went to school, as they came from daycare in Denmark. But the kids are really strong and determined, so when Christmas came they were almost fluently speaking English. And when a new Danish boy arrived in January, Astrid became his buddy because her English was so good.” Regardless of which family members struggle the most, Dr. Hyatt says culture shock is not something we can just “snap out of.” He sees it as a real problem, but one that passes. He adds that the average expat goes through a natural culture shock cycle.

“We need each other to survive and thrive. Whether we want to accept it or not, we’re happiest when we are interacting” constantly after that, then victims may need to seek out professional help. Patience and persistence are no small part of coping according to Dr. Hyatt, and he adds that there are other, more fun ways to ensure that expats adjust. Out and About “We need to try the food we think is disgusting, try the strange new things that are a part of this culture,” Dr. Hyatt says with a chuckle, before adding that there’s another remedy which is all the more critical to digest. “You have to get out there and reconnect. Your social life is very important. We need each other to survive and thrive. Whether we want to accept it or not, we’re happiest when we are interacting. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of being out.” That may seem too simplistic as a solution, but in fact there is an abundance of psychological and biological evidence to support it. “If we’re talking about the emotional level, then we’re talking about

Stuck in a Rut Dr. Hyatt says the first phase is a honeymoon-style joyful feeling, where everything strange and exotic about the new locale is exciting. Then vast differences feel overwhelming, then unclear, and soon off-putting, leaving us in a phase of bitter rejection. That angry midway point is where we all struggle as expats, and where the less fortunate of us get stuck. Nationalism and denial can then set in, making us lock our doors, turn on our VPNs, stare at Facebook pages from back home, and ignore the strange new world outside that we traveled so far to live in. Even Dr. Hyatt is guilty of this strange habit.

“As a Jamaican adjusting to Beijing, I stuck my country’s flags on my car and blasted reggae music from the speakers. That’s something I’d never do back home, because I always thought some types of reggae music, especially dancehall, was too vulgar,” he says with a chuckle. The doctor adds this phase is natural, even essential, to remind us of where we’re from as we also try to adjust to a strange new land – exposing ourselves to a new culture, while indulging in the old one we miss, can be a fine balancing act. Dr. Hyatt says the key is to stick it out, even though it’s not easy. “Don’t go on vacation too soon after moving to Beijing. Stay here, live here, wait six months and you’ll see a difference,” the psychologist says, adding that if the feelings of depression and homesickness persist

Dr. Hyatt embraces his cultural differences as an expat in Beijing

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“When parents fail to really listen to their childrens’ upset feelings and concerns and overload them with advice, children can feel isolated and confused”

Kathryn Tonges (far left) with fellow co-authors of Slurping Soup and Other Confusions and their children at Ritan Park

A Conversation Is a Two-Way Street Teacher and Parenting Expert Kathryn Tonges, who co-authored the book Slurping Soup and Other Confusions: True Stories and Activities to Help Third Culture Kids During Transition, says that starting a dialogue at home can be just as effective as any professional therapy session. “Create many opportunities to have relaxed and non-judgmental conversations with your children about anticipated challenges and current concerns,” Tonges urges. “This can lead to meaningful discussions to encourage your children to problem solve ways of coping, and to share strategies that you use to cope.” Tonges adds that the discussion must be a two-way street, not a lecture or even a steady stream of gentle advice. “Children need a secure base and safe haven. When parents fail to really listen to their childrens’ upset feelings and concerns and overload them with advice, children can feel isolated and confused. Dealing with culture shock through listening and engaging conversations leads to curiosity rather than criticism, moving forward rather than getting stuck.” On top of that, Dr. Hyatt says the body, not only the mind and



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soul, has to be treated with care in order to properly cope with culture shock. A Healthy Outlook Hyatt warns, “Not getting regular recuperative sleep means you can’t adjust to the reality of things in a new country.” Jetlagged expats are prone to this physiological depression, along with long-term foreigners that have fallen out of proper routines. With enough sleep, we should take care of ourselves on all fronts. Hyatt continues: “Food and eating gives us a sense of happiness. Like exercise, it triggers chemicals in the brain that make us feel better. Those of us that are eating right and getting adequate exercise, who have a social life where they can interact with new neighbours and with friends back home. People who do all that, thrive better than people who aren’t in control of any of those areas.” Dr. Stephen-Claude Hyatt, clinical health psychologist at Beijing International SOS Clinic Call ahead for an appointment. Beijing International SOS Clinic, Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District (646 29112) 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室北京 国际救援中心

Slurping Soup and Other Confusions: True Stories and Activities to Help Third Culture Kids During Transition By Maryam Afnan Ahmad, Cherie Emigh, Ulrike Gemmer, Barbara Menezes, Kathryn Tonges, and Lucinda Willshire. Available at BabyGro, The Bookworm, the WAB PTA shop and monthly INN meetings. (kathryn.tonges@gmail.com, ulrike@gemmeronline.de) www.slurpingsoup.com

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the cognitive level as well, because how we think informs how we feel,” the doctor says of the depression that can be coupled with culture shock and homesickness. Cognitive behavior therapy can help victims cope when the culture shock becomes too much to bear. The one-on-one sessions offer, among other things, breathing exercises and social interaction techniques to help them relax and connect with their new neighbours. Dr. Hyatt explains that such steps are pretty drastic, and should only be taken when expats find themselves crippled by culture shock, unable to function at work or school, unable to maintain the healthy routines that will help them fit in and feel at home.

Busin’ It Beijing’s public four-wheeled transportation The Ahdiehs (clockwise from top left) Q, Monique, Theresa, and Ty wait patiently for the bus


f we’re talking strictly about public transportation, most local Beijingers prefer to take buses rather subways. In a way, Beijing’s bus system is much more developed than the subway system, so taking a bus can be more convenient. Below is a guide to tackling the buses, from purchasing a card to looking up stops. We’ve included some major lines with popular destinations, but note that only major bus stops have been included.

Cost RMB 1 for a paper ticket bought on the bus, RMB 0.40 using a swipe card.

will have the character shàng (上) and doors for exiting will have the character xià (下). • When traveling by subway or bus, try to avoid peak hours (8-9.30am, 5-7pm). For the uninitiated, it can be an overwhelming and uncomfortable experience. • Bus attendants do not speak English. It’s best to know the name of your stop in Chinese. If you cannot say it, make sure you have it written down. • If you can read Chinese or have a Chinese-speaking friend, check the website www.bjbus.com for bus routes. Baidu Maps (http://maps.baidu.com) is also useful.

Buying a Swipe Card Cards are available at all major subway stations. The card itself costs RMB 20 (you can reclaim the RMB 20 when you give back the card, but you need the original receipt). You can use this card to ride all of the subway and bus lines in Beijing.

Topping Up Your Card To top up your card, use the recharge machines inside all subway stations (instructions available in English). Alternatively, go to the ticket booth, give the recharge amount and your transportation swipe card to one of the staff and they’ll do it for you.

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• While Beijing is not well-known for pickpockets, they are out there. Keep your belongings close and your bags safely zipped up. • On buses, one door is for passengers boarding and the other one is for passengers getting off. Don’t enter via the exit doors, unless you want to get yelled at by the conductor. Doors for getting on

Does this bus go to … ? Zhè gè chē dào … ma? 这个车到 … 吗? I’m getting off. Wǒ yào xià chē. 我要下车。

Listen For Are you getting off? Xià ma? 下吗? At … change to bus number … Zài … dǎo chē zuò … lù. 在 … 倒车坐 … 路



Useful Phrases

Bus number … Lù chē … 路车 …

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Pinnacle Plaza: Bus 915

Sanlitun Village: Bus 113

Dongzhimen 东直门 Close to the Raffles City mall

Dabeiyao (Guomao) 大北窑(国贸) The CBD and Silk Street Market

Shunyi Nancai Qichezhan 顺义南彩汽车站 A major bus terminal Sanyuanqiao 三元桥 Get off here to catch the Airport Express subway line Jingshunlu Lidu Fandian 京顺路丽都饭店 Lido Hotel is a popular landmark and close to shops

Dongjiao Nongchang (close to Riviera Garden) 东郊农场 Close to well-known expat compounds

Dashanqiao Dong 大山桥东 Get off here to check out the art galleries and cafes at 798 Art District

Lasuying 喇苏营 Get off here to walk the short distance to Pinnacle Plaza

Sanlitun 三里屯 Find Sanlitun Village, Sanlitun SOHO, Yashow Market and other expatfriendly hangouts

Dongsishitiao 东十四条 Get off here for subway Line 2 and The Poly Theater

Gongren Tiyuchang (Worker’s Stadium) 工人体育场 A key landmark close to Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat, Yoga Yard, and many restaurants

Jiaodaokou Nan 交道口南 Explore Beijing’s hutongs, including Nanluogu Xiang

Minzuyuan Lu 民族园路 Close to the Chinese Ethnic Culture Park


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Chaoyang Park: Bus 682 Chengtie Beiyuan 城铁北苑 Close to Harrow International School

Dongzhimen: Bus 635 Erlizhuang 二里庄 Close to the Jingsheng Expressway

Gulou 鼓楼 Full of funky shops and cafes

Dongnei Xiaojie 东内小街 Red lanterns line Gui Jie (“Ghost Street”), a strip famous for its hot pot

Ciyunsi 慈云寺 Close to Yew Chung International School Beijing and various apartment compounds

Chaoyang Gongyuan (Chaoyang Park) 朝阳公园 Beijing’s biggest park, a great spot for family fun

Dongzhimen 东直门 Get off here to catch the Airport Express subway line

Chaoyang Gongyuan Ximen 朝阳公园西门 Have a family-friendly meal at Annie’s, Alio Olio, or Muse before seeing Beijing’s most expansive park

Zaoyinglu Beikou (Solana) 枣营路北口 Explore Solana, a haven of name-brand stores, great restaurants, and an ice skating rink

Honglingjin Gongyuan 红领巾公园 Honglingjin Park has a playground, boats, and friendly ducks

Liangma Chang 亮马场 Get off here to catch subway Line 13

Chunxiu Lu 春秀路 Many embassies call this tree-lined area home

Tuanjiehu 团结湖 Located on Second Ring Road, Tuanjiehu Park is a kid-friendly hangout


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Nongye Zhanlan Guan (Agricultural Exhibition Center) 农业展览馆 Close to Maizidian Jie, home to 258 Electronics Market and Schindler’s

Baochao Hutong (Nanluogu Xiang) 宝钞胡同 Great place to take visitors

Laitai Huahu (Laitai Flower Market) 莱太花卉 Pick up plants and pets, like fish and hamsters

Kangjiagou 康家沟 Near Joy City Chaoyang

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License to Drive What you need to know about getting behind the wheel in Beijing by Charlotte Moreau; photos by Small World Photo Studio Gus (5) and Diego Carrillo (13) take the family car for a spin



f you are new to Beijing and have finally managed to ride in a car without covering your face in fear, perhaps you’ll consider getting behind the steering wheel yourself one day. The process will be undoubtedly different from that of your home country, and there are many important details to know as you move forward. First and foremost: Are you allowed to drive here? If you’re in Beijing on a company package, you’ll need to check with your human resources department to see what is permitted, as liability is a true concern and accident insurance is required to drive in China. If your workplace does not cover this, can you get a rider (an additional service or option at an additional cost) on your existing home country insurance? Secondly, a few policies have been put in place to limit the amount of traffic in Beijing. One such limitation is the license plate rule. Rotating every 90 days or so, the last number on a vehicle’s license plate determines which day of the week the driver is forbidden to drive within the Fifth Ring Road. This information is available on the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau’s website; other sources include general word-of-mouth, as well as sign posts posted at the gates of some housing compounds and villas. During public holidays, traffic restrictions are lifted.



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Another traffic management tactic is the license plate lottery. You need to submit the following in order to enter the license plate lottery before receiving a valid license plate: driver’s license, valid visa or permanent resident permit, temporary registration form from the local police station, a minimum of one year living in Beijing, and no other cars in your name in the city. When license plates are available, it’s luck that determines if you can drive. You need to win the license plate lottery first before buying a car. It does little good to have a car if you don’t have the plates allowing you to drive it. Thus far, there are no transfer fees available that allow those leaving the country to sell their car and their plate to a person simultaneously, bypassing the lottery for the buyer altogether. However, if you already have a car and want to sell it to buy a new one, you may retain the right of having a license plate so that you don’t have to re-enter the lottery to plate your new car. Having an international driver’s license doesn’t count in China. You must submit the required paperwork and adhere to all of the steps in order to earn one. Regular driver’s licenses are only available to those between the ages of 18 and 70; some special licenses also have height requirements. If you’re here with an embassy, you might not have to take the test at all due to diplomatic reciprocity.

Clockwise from left: Gus, mom Xochitl Gonzalez Arce, Danny (10), and Diego are part of Beijing’s four-wheeled community

Now that you’re ready to apply for a driver’s license, prepare the following: • Original driver’s license from your home country and an official Chinese translation (RMB 200). If you do not already have a valid license, you must take a Chinese driver’s education course and pass both the road and written tests. • Passport, visa and resident permit. • Four square, one-inch passport photos with white background with both ears and glasses visible, if normally worn while driving (RMB 20). • Vision test from an approved Chinese provincial-level or higher public hospital (RMB 10). Beijing Friendship Hospital and China-Japan Friendship Hospital are two of the many available choices. • Application form and payment (RMB 50). • The official study book (RMB 90, available in nine languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Arabic). There are over a thousand sample questions that you will need to read, study and memorize. Do not assume you will pass if you do not study. • A trip to the Foreign Affairs Department of Beijing Motor Vehicle Administration to take the test.

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Once the test date is set, you need to arrive at the appointed time to take a computerized exam. To pass, you must correctly answer a minimum of 90 randomly selected computer questions out of 100. Results flash on the screen immediately. If you pass, you’ll receive your license in five business days (valid for six years); if you do not pass, you may re-take the test at another appointed time. The entire license process takes two to three weeks. When it’s time for renewal, only the

vision test is required; the renewal process needs to be completed 90 days before the license expires. Visitors can receive a Temporary Driving Permit, providing they hold a visa with a valid period of stay of no more than 90 days. This permit allows access to rental cars only. The process takes five working days to complete and will cost RMB 450 if you use a service provider to assist you. Those with limited Mandarin skills – and/or people who would simply prefer to pay for the convenience of having someone else deal with the bureaucracy – may elect to pay an auto service to help them through the process. While services vary, many include completing forms, translating licenses, providing transportation to and from the various steps, providing the test study book, and delivering the license to you. Some services offer an all-inclusive fee (ranging from RMB 650-960); others offer itemized services depending on your needs. These companies also assist with car purchases, leases, maintenance, and more. A great resource for all before-and-after information is the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau. Their website will tell you everything from when your restricted driving day is to how many points you could lose off your license for fines you may have acquired. Some sections (such as traffic fines) are currently only available in Chinese, but companies like ST Car Care Beijing Co., Ltd. can assist non-Chinese speakers. Do consider the risks before getting your license. According to the International Newcomers Network (INN), China has the highest number of traffic fatalities in the world, with about 30 percent involving cyclists. Over 50 percent of drivers do not wear seatbelts, while helmet use (for both motorbikes and bicycles) is virtually non-existent. And be aware that many motorists simply do not obey traffic laws. On the other hand, if you have what it takes to pass the test and are a capable driver, a Chinese driver’s license offers you a freedom like no other.

Renting a Car Renting a car in Beijing is relatively easy if you already have a Chinese driver’s license, a passport with valid visa, your household registration (Registration Form of Temporary Residence), and of course, a credit card. International credit cards are widely accepted, but not international debit cards. Local companies, such as China Auto Rental (www.zuche. com), offer a wider choice of cars and pick-up points. These places often require a customer registration, so make sure to start the process a few days in advance. Once you’re a registered customer, renting or leasing a car becomes straightforward, and if you use the online booking service, the process can take less than 20 minutes. Even when dealing with large firms like Hertz and Avis, be sure to check and see if auto insurance is included in the price and what additional charges may apply. Hefty deposits – ranging from RMB 3,000 to 10,000 – are required beforehand. In addition, around RMB 1,000 is kept as a deposit (on your credit card) for 30 days

to cover any traffic violations you may have incurred. If you do not have a Chinese driver’s license, it is still possible to get a temporary driving permit for a maximum of 90 days – but only those with a L visa (tourist) valid for 90 days or less. You must go either to the Foreign Affairs Department of Beijing Motor Vehicle Administration (the same place where people take a driver’s test), or to the Vehicle Management Service Station, at Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3. While you won’t need to take a driver’s test for a temporary permit, you still need to have a valid driver’s license from your own country, your household registration, an eye exam by an approved hospital, and four one-inch photos for the permit, which can then be processed within the same day. Afterwards, you may return to a rental car company and drive legally. If you’re only here for a short stay and aren’t familiar with the roads, this is a much more cumbersome way to get around. With so many cars and drivers for hire, it may be best to go that route for the duration of your visit.

Important phone numbers: Police (emergency assistance): 110 Traffic emergencies and accidents: 122 Ambulance: 120 or 999 Fire department: 119

Resources FESCO Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm. Suite 702, 7/F, Tower B, FESCO Bldg, 17 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District (6777 1091, 8561 6663, chenguangservice@fesco.com.cn) www.fescoservice.com 朝阳区西大望路17号Fesco大厦B 座7层702室 ST Car Care Beijing Co., Ltd. Daily 9am-6pm. 507 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District (8046 2075, stautoclub@yahoo.com.cn) www.stautoclub.com.cn 顺义区天竺镇荣祥广场507 Expat Car D a i l y 2 4 h o u r s . B e i g a o L u ko u , J i c h a n g fu L u , Chaoyang District (8152 3060, service@expatcar.com) www.expatcar.com 朝阳区机场附路北皋路口 Foreign Affairs Department of Beijing Motor Vehicle Administration Mon-Fri 8.30am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm. 18 Nansihuan Donglu (southwest of Shibalidian Nanqiao, Nansihuan Waihuan), Chaoyang District (8762 5150) 朝阳区南四环 东路18号(南四环外环十八里店南桥西南侧)

China Auto Rental (CAR) (400 616 6666) www.zuche.com



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Beijing Traffic Management Bureau 1 Fuchengmen Beijie, Xicheng District (Hotline: 122) www.bjjtgl.gov.cn/publish/portal1 西城区阜成门北街1号

Home, Sweet Home Surveying the lay of the land to find theperfect neighborhood by Charlotte Moreau

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Having lived in Shunyi for half of her 16 years in Beijing, May Cheng (center, with daughter Cassie Sim, 15, and son Christopher Sim, 17, both students at Yew Chung International School Beijing) found the suburbs to be a great place to raise kids. However, when she returned to the workforce, commuting became a hassle and she now embraces the positives of CBD living. Home & Relocation Guide 2012-2013




hen moving to a city the size of Beijing (22 million and counting), it’s overwhelming to process all of the living options available to you. It is also often compared to the city of Los Angeles for its numerous areas spread out across the city. After working out your priorities and a realistic budget (and perhaps enlisting the help of a real estate or relocation agent), options can be broken down based on specific needs. There are many great neighborhoods in Beijing, each with their own charm and familyfriendly attractions.

Sisters Espérance (age 6, left) and Maÿlis de Vismes (3) attend 3e International School. Their family has lived in Lido for the past four years and currently has a house with a yard in Greenland Garden. Mom Aliette (center) likes the neighborhood for its shops, restaurants, green spaces, and proximity to the city center. “We enjoy going to Si’de Park in the morning to [watch] people dancing, singing, playing music, and exercising,” she says. The kids also love the children’s section there and picnicking in the park.

Dongzhimen/Sanlitun Cons: • Cost of housing is high • No privacy – lots of people all the time, especially at night and on weekends • Not many places for young children to ride bikes/scooters • Biggest nightlife area



While a bit far from the business district, Gulou is a great place to get in touch with China’s past. Experience the sun setting over the Drum and Bell Tower, and watch people dancing and playing board games in the courtyard. Around Houhai Lake and Qianhai Lake, there is biking, boating, eating, and shopping galore – more than enough to keep everyone entertained.

Considered a major transport hub, Dongzhimen and neighboring Sanlitun offer endless opportunities to taste international cuisine and shop ‘til you drop. Sanlitun is also the most condensed area of bars, something to keep in mind if you have teens you want to keep an eye on. Dongzhimen is home to a long-distance bus station, the start of the airport express, and subway Line 2, making it a breeze to use Beijing’s public transportation. Sanlitun is easy to get to via Tuanjiehu subway stop on Line 10.

Gulou Pros: • Proximity to Houhai, Qianhai, and Shichahai Lakes • Lots of Western eating options, especially cafes • Artsy ambiance • History all around: Drum and Bell Towers, Lama Temple, hutongs, and more • Halfway point between east and west Beijing

Dongzhimen/Sanlitun Pros: • Within walking distance to great restaurants • Historical hutongs are a walk or bike ride away • Different cultural experiences around every corner • Lots of transportation options and taxis • Plenty of shopping opportunities: Ginza Mall, Raffles City, Yashow Market, Sanlitun Village, and more



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Gulou Cons: • Terrible traffic • Biking and walking not practical with kids (narrow streets) • Not conveniently located near a subway station

Central Business District (CBD) Can’t (or won’t) drive in the CBD area? You can always flag down a

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City versus suburbs is the obvious and initial choice to make, one that can immediately cut your options in half. After that, neighborhoods, are best explored to find the best fit for your family. Positive reasons for choosing city life include being within touching distance of great cultural experiences, from historical sites and restaurants to unique shopping. The subway system, taxis, and city buses make getting around easy, and the commute to work might be significantly shorter if your office is downtown. However, negatives include getting around, especially if you have more than one child or if you simply don’t care to deal with traffic. Air and noise pollution tend to be worse in the city, and only dogs shorter than 35cm at the shoulder can be registered within the Fifth Ring Road. For more on pets, see p36.

taxi, hop on the subway, ride the bus, or even hail a rickshaw to get where you need to go. With an abundance of places to hang out, it’s an obvious choice for living in the city and business networking. Many apartments offer grand views of landmarks like China World Summit or the CCTV tower. CBD Pros: • Lots of shopping and entertainment options • Easy to socialize with friends after work and still be home for a family dinner • Conveniently located along subway Line 1 and major bus routes CBD Cons: • Not extremely neighborly • Not many places to bike around leisurely; biking only suitable as transportation • Heavy traffic • Few cultural attractions • High rent prices

Wangjing Major firms like Microsoft and Siemens have offices in Wangjing, attractiong a wide variety of shopping and entertainment venues. The area is home to a large Korean community, so expect plenty of good Korean eats. Wangjing is becoming more upscale and will include the new Wangjing SOHO, which is slated for completion in a few years. Located close to Lido, the two neighborhoods complement one another; however, Wangjing’s roads can be confusing even for street-smart taxi drivers. Wangjing Pros: • Less expensive housing (although rent is increasing) • Major office buildings in the area • Western shopping and local markets • Lots of green space • Proximity to airport • Easy access to Fourth and Fifth Ring Roads, as well as the Airport Expressway • Line 15 now goes out to nearby Shunyi area • Large hospitals nearby Wangjing Cons: • Not enough parks for kids • Lots of construction in the neighborhood • Not as much history in the area, since it’s newer • Not as cosmopolitan as nearby neighborhoods • Not a lot of international food choices

Lido Located between Sanlitun/Dongzhimen and Shunyi District, Lido is an ideal location for families who want to be close to schools in Shunyi, but near the heart of the city. Within walking distance of local Chinese culture and Western conveniences, Lido has a cozy feel but offers much in art, shopping, healthcare, schools, and dining.


Lido Pros: • Nice compromise between living amidst Chinese culture and the greener suburbs • Easy to find international grocery stores • Great trendy restaurants nearby • Good weekend outings: 798 Art District, Si’de Park • Close to international hospitals and clinics • Twenty minutes from the airport • Plenty of good schools (from nursery to high school)

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Samuel Goodman, his wife Lea, and their daughter Sophie (age 5) really enjoy living in Shuangjing, what he claims is one of the “cooler places for families to live.” Not able to mention any negatives for the area, his only regret is that they didn’t buy property when they first moved to Shuangjing.

Lido Cons: • No subway station • Far from historical center of Beijing

Shuangjing New restaurants and stores are popping up all the time in this upand-coming neighborhood. While some residents that there’s room for improvement, others wish they had invested in property when the area first emerged a few years ago. As noted by one resident, it’s “a great place to live, providing ample comfort and Western creature comforts without feeling [like] we are living in a foreigner bubble.”

Shuangjing Cons: • Several abandoned factory buildings and lots that need work • Traffic is always bad • Subway Line 10 isn’t convenient for all living areas • Fewer Western restaurants and grocery stores



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Advantages of living in the suburbs include spacious single family homes and neighborhoods that allow children to safely roam and play. International school and housing options are within close distance from each another and traffic is less of an issue. However, it is easy to forget that there is an entire city to explore once rooted in the Shunyi bubble. Commutes aren’t always easy, due to heavy traffic in Beijing. Shunyi Pros: • Large expat population • Near Beijing Capital International Airport • Many international schools and single family housing choices • Less air and noise pollution; less traffic • Plenty of grassy areas for play • Subway Line 15 makes it easy to travel into the city Shunyi Cons: • Less immersion in Chinese culture and language • Taxis are unfamiliar with Shunyi addresses • Roads are becoming more congested, especially with International Expo Center nearby • International hospital emergency facilities not located nearby • Shopping less convenient (fewer markets and Western malls)

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Shuangjing Pros: • “Up-and-coming” vibe with new restaurants and shops • Just a few minutes south of Guomao • Easy access to culture, including 22 International Art Street and Today Art Museum • Reasonable rent rates • Several kindergartens in the area


Good to Know: • Landlords typically require a deposit (equivalent to one month of rent) and three months of rent at a time. • Apartments in China are usually furnished by the landlord, but if you are adverse to the landlord’s taste in furniture, ask him or her to remove it before you move in. They are generally happy to oblige. • Landlords of new apartments usually offer lower rent, as they are eager to lease them out as soon as possible. There is also the possibility of choosing the apartment’s furniture as the first tenant. The downside to new housing is the likelihood of ongoing construction noise, dust, and smells. • Gas, water, and electricity are usually paid for by the tenant. Radiators, if you have one, are usually paid by the landlord. • Rent tends to increase in July and August. The cheaper months to move are between January and April, when more houses are available and fewer tenants are looking. • If you speak Chinese, working directly with the compound management or landlord is the best way to go. They are often most willing to negotiate fairly. However, expats should expect to pay 20 to 40 percent more than locals for accommodation. • While many expats work in Haidian District and Financial Street, few families opt to live in western Beijing. • Many people suggest never using the “company-preferred” real estate agency, as they know your budget and maximum price. Lease negotiation is exactly that: a negotiation. You should explain what you’re looking for, not what your budget is. Consider using multiple agents and choose several houses

that fit your needs – you may need something to fall back on should one agent or apartment fall through. • Landlords in Shunyi are leaning towards two-year leases. While they do not want to change tenants often, landlords are now either selling their properties, or moving into them themselves. Long-term leases might prove beneficial for both parties: they provide security of occupancy for the landlord, while resulting in more attentiveness to tenant needs and requests. • Consider finalizing your school choice before finding where you want to live, as schools often have long waiting lists. Bus transportation is generally provided by for their students. • Find a realtor who understands your needs, and press for flexibility in your lease. Is there a furniture allowance? Can you paint? Can you sign a short-term lease?

Resources Beijing Goodview Property Agency Co., Ltd. 北京华嘉汇房地产经纪有限公司 Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. Rm 6A3, 6/F, East Wing, Hanwei Plaza, 7 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (Contact David Li, 6561 6166) www.goodviewpro.com 朝阳区光华路7号汉威大厦东区6层6A3 Midland Realty 美联物业 Daily 9.30am-9pm. B1/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District (Contact Huijing Xie/Barbara, 8046 3208) www.midland.com.cn 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆时尚购物 中心地下1层


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Happy Hiring Find the right ayi and driver for your family by Charlotte Moreau; photos by Small World Photo Studio From left: Andy, Ella (5), Katie and Madeline Benson (11) with their ayi Xiong Huaying (Cherry)



mploying an ayi is common within the expat world, as is hiring a driver. Domestic helpers are the unsung heroes of family life in Beijing – life without them would be unimaginable for many international households – small wonder they are in short supply nowadays. Two initial tips of utmost importance: First, go with your gut instinct when interviewing and hiring potential employees. They are, after all, responsible for your own well being as well as that of your children. Secondly, ask as many questions as you feel necessary to make the best decision.

Finding an Ayi The best time to find qualified help, if you have a choice, is around June or December, when many families leave Beijing to relocate elsewhere. Word-of-mouth is the best way to get a referral; otherwise, check the noticeboard in your nearby grocery store, or classified ads posted on websites like www.beijing-kids.com and Yahoo groups such as Beijing Cafe and Bejing Mamas. Customer service departments of housing compounds occasionally keep portfolios of former resident employees, and perhaps they can help with translation during an interview. There are many services available to assist you through this daunting task if you prefer to use them. Similar hiring an employee, you should also interview the potential agency you want to use before signing a contract. Agencies receive fees that have increased in recent years, and it’s important to know what your fee covers as well as how much your ayi or driver is receiving of this payment. There are agency services that can provide ayis, drivers, Mandarin classes, and more, and they frequently have discounts for multiple needs. This route can take some of the guesswork out of the process,



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with background and health checks completed and training offered. As a plus, if it doesn’t work out for you with one particular ayi, agencies will set you up with a new one right away. Agencies generally require clients to pay a membership or management fee for some of these extra assurances, but the monthly pay then goes directly to the ayi for the work she performs. Wary expats may be concerned that some of the ayi’s full pay goes to a third party, but both Beijing Ayi Housekeeping Service Company and Beijing EX-PATS Service assure customers that ayis do indeed get paid as contracted. Agency websites are a great source that clearly outlines pay ranges depending on qualifications, language ability, hours and more. To address the potential problem of agencies taking advantage of ayi pay, the Beijing Municipal Labor and Social Security Bureau issued standard wage rates and tied them to levels of service. Most agencies abide by this code and will refer ayis with different salaries based on their skill sets and experience levels. Problems do remain, however, considering the numbers of domestic helpers in Beijing and the high demands of employers. Regardless of how you hire your driver or ayi, present clear guidelines for what you expect the employee to do and what you are paying for. Will there be an automatic bonus for Chinese New Year, and if so, how much? Have you agreed to pay her during her time off? Without clear understanding and communication beforehand, issues such as poor childcare, lies about family illnesses, or blackmail are bound to occur. When new families come to Beijing, a lot of energy is spent on discussing the ayi situation here. Are ayis too demanding? Is inflation greatly affecting local residents? Arm yourself with the information you need, and make your decision accordingly. There is no right or

wrong answer. If you’re happy and your ayi is happy, it really isn’t a debate any longer. What’s important is making a decision based on what you’re comfortable with. It may take a try or two to get it right, but putting in the effort to find and train your ayi will yield positive results for all parties involved.

Questions to consider when hiring an ayi: • Does she speak English? • Has she worked with expat families before? • Does she know first aid? • What were the ages of the children she’s cared for in the past? How much experience does she have caring for babies? • Is she available for babysitting and/or on weekends? • Does she have any experience looking after animals? Does she have any pet allergies? • Do you want her to cook? Do you want her to cook Western food? • Do you want a live-in ayi? If so, what living requirements does your ayi have? • Do you want a trial period? This is normally a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of three months. • Is she trustworthy? Was she referred to you by a friend? If not, can you keep a copy of her ID card? • What exactly do you want your ayi to do? Make a list of the day-to-day jobs you require, as well as a list of odd jobs you may need her help with, such looking after the children at birthday parties. • Discuss all aspects of money and time: pay, overtime, raises, bonuses, holiday leave, sick leave, etc. If you are interested in a particular posting or referral from an acquaintance, contact the ayi immediately. Remember that ayis have different strengths and life experiences; don’t assume that they can read your mind about what you want done or how. Contact a previous employer if possible. Most importantly, you must train your ayi to meet your standards and expectations.

Here’s a glossary to help you understand the various terms and functions applied to the people who help make life easier: Ayi (阿姨) Although the term is typically used as a catch-all phrase for all forms of domestic helpers in China, it most specifically applies to domestic helpers (both live-in and part-time) who help with cleaning and housework. Gongcheng Shi (工程师) Roughly translated as repairmen or handymen, gongcheng shi are typically addressed as “shifu” (师傅, “master”) and can be found in most residential compounds as either independent contractors or on-staff maintenance men who are part of the building management (wuye, see below). These are the guys to call when you’re toilet clogs up or your sink stops working.

Cherry has been working as an ayi for foreigners for six years, and she currently works for two families: one on the weekdays and another on the weekends. One of the hardest parts of her job is when a family moves away and it’s time to say goodbye. She once moved to Kazakstan with a family for 18 months. When she returned, expat families that she knew helped her find work in Beijing again. Cherry says, “If you find a good family, you want to stay with them.”

compound wuye can refer domestic help agencies and repairmen.

Xiaoshigong (小时工) Refers to cleaners paid by the hour who usually work for an agency or building/compound management. Hourly wages vary from area to area – in the CBD the going rate has increased to around RMB 30 an hour – and task (xiaoshigong typically charge higher for things like floor waxing). Yuesao (月嫂) Yuesao specialize in caring for mothers and newborns, and typically do everything from cooking and cleaning to feeding and can even serve as lactation specialists. Most are contracted through agencies and demand premium prices due to the specialized nature of their work (which they make a of point of distinguishing from every day housework, so don’t expect them to iron dad’s shirts). The going rate in the CBD is current RMB 6,000 and up per month. You’er Sao (幼儿扫) Most directly translated as “nannies,” you’er sao are typically hired through agencies to help care for younger children and can also do housework, cooking and chores. Their monthly salaries are a little lower than those of yuesao, and typically range between RMB 4,000 to 8,000 in the CBD.

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Wuye (物业) The building management, or wuye, is there to manage your residential compound or neighborhood and are responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of the buildings, grounds, and facilities – for which they charge an annual fee to residents. Many

Cherry (Xiong Huaying)

Questions to consider when hiring a driver: • Do you need the driver to speak English? • Does he have experience with expat families? • Has he ever been involved in an accident? • What kind of car does he drive? • How much is his salary? Overtime? • How much will the annual bonus be? • What are his standard working hours?


The best way to get a driver is to go through a car rental company as they have certain certifications and requirements for

From left: Quinn (8), Tracy, and Bryce Zavodnick (13) with their driver, Peter Hou



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the drivers they employ. Car rental companies also have a pool of drivers to choose from and are your best chance of finding a bilingual driver. As a point of reference, car rental companies charge between RMB 4,000 and RMB 5,000 per month for an English-speaking driver. This does not include gas or tolls. Standard hours for drivers are 7am-6pm, from Monday to Saturday. If you need a driver outside those times, expect to pay overtime around RMB 10 per hour during the week, RMB 20 per hour on Sundays, and RMB 30 per hour on holidays.

Ayi Agencies

Car and Driver Agencies

Beijing Ayi Housekeeping Service Co. Ltd. 北京家福来劳务服务有限公司 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Rm 220, Sanxia Zhaoshang Dasha, 11 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6434 5647, 6434 5648, 139 1136 3252, service@bjayi.com) www.bjayi.com 朝阳区酒仙桥 路甲11号三峡招商大厦213A室

Beijing Top Rated Car Rental Service 北京首选顺达商务服务有限公司 Daily 24 hours. Rm 1012, B Tower, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu (6504 7266, car-rentl@live.com) www.sxsdcar.com 朝阳区东四 环中路39号B座1012室

Beijing EX-PATS Service 北京易杨家美信息咨询有限公司 Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. Rm.6003, 6/F, Ambassador Mansion, B21 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6438 1634) www.expatslife.com 朝阳区酒仙桥路乙21号国宾大厦6层6003 Beijing Sunnyhome Housekeeping Service 北京午后阳光家政服务有限公司 Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm. Rm3022, 3/F, Shiyi Hotel, 1 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5288 4727, 133 6636 9720) www.bjayiservice.com 朝阳区酒仙桥路1号世一休闲商务酒店3层3022室 Beijing Huijia Ayi Housekeeping Service Company 北京汇佳家政 Daily 8am-10pm. 16 Qianquhe, Gaoliying Zhen, Shunyi District (6040 9096) www.beijingayiservice.com 顺义区高丽营镇前渠 河16号

Beijing TOP-A Vehicle Service 途安汽车租赁 Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. Rm.6003, 6/F, Ambassador Mansion, B21 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6438 1634) www.expatslife.com 朝阳区酒仙桥路乙21号国宾大厦6层6003 Beijing North Star Car Rental Company 北京北辰汽车租赁公司 Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. 2/F, Bldg 14, Anyuan Beili, Chaoyang District (800 810 2280) 朝阳区安苑北里14号楼2层 Beijing North Car Rental 北京北方汽车租赁有限公司 Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. Rm 1031, New Fortune International, 71 Chaoyang Lu, Chaoyang District (5136 8096) 朝阳区朝阳路 71号锐城国际1031室 First Choice Car Rental Service 北京嘉驰商务服务有限公司 Daily 24 hours. Rm 507, Partview Center, 5 Fangyuan Xilu, Dongcheng District (6434 0778, 6433 7408) www.fccars.cn 东城区朝阳区芳园里西路5号丽园中心507室 AAA Expatcar Daily 9am-5pm. 18 Liyuan Beijie, Tongzhou District (8152 3060, sales@expatcar.com) www.expatcar.com 通州区梨园北 街18号院

Peter Hou (Hou Shenbin)

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Peter Hou has been a freelance professional driver for more than 20 years – first as a taxi driver, and then as an English-speaking driver for expats since 2002. He feels it’s easier for him as an English speaker than it might be for others – he gets to practice the language, often gets referrals from departing employers, and has no problems with overall communication. Hired to work 60 hours per week, Peter remains flexible with his hours and responsibilities. He remarks: “I love my job!”


Have Pet, Will Travel A primer on bringing pets to the Middle Kingdom by Sijia Chen



From left: Erica, Lance (8), Kylie (10), and Silas Newland are safe and sound in Beijing with their dog Daisy



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or many pet owners, leaving a cat or dog behind is akin to abandoning a family member. When separation is not an option, take comfort in the fact that it is possible to bring your pet to China, provided you’re ready to put in the hours of research and preparation. Many expats hire a pet relocation service to simplify the paperwork and alleviate language barriers, while others opt to save money and retain a higher degree of control by arranging everything themselves. No matter your approach, arm yourself with lots of patience and information – you’ll need both.

Before the Move First off, you’ll need a Z visa (work visa) to bring your pet into the country. There’s a limit of one pet per passport. Here’s what you’ll need: • Official proof of a recent rabies vaccination. The shot must be administered at least 30 days, but no more than 12 months before entry. These guidelines are subject to change at any time, so double-check with your veterinarian or relocation company as soon as you know you’re moving. • An official certificate from your country of origin to export your pet. Every country has different regulations; ask your vet or a relocation company to find out which government agency oversees this process. • A health certificate or letter written by your veterinarian in the country of origin attesting to the health of your pet.

Quarantine Pet owners, rejoice: As of January 1, 2012, the mandatory quarantine period for pets arriving in Beijing has been reduced to seven days (previously, it was 30 days). Animals are quarantined at a facility located near the airport and run by the Entry/Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. Pets are fed, watered, offered basic care, and treated humanely. However, owners aren’t allowed to see their pets while they’re in quarantine. In the past, when the quarantine period was 30 days, home quarantine was occasionally offered to diplomatic passport holders; however, the rules are now strictly enforced even for older pets and those with pre-existing health conditions. Kennel cough (bordetella) is extremely common in China. The International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS), a Beijing-based animal hospital, recommends vaccinating your pet at least two weeks before leaving. Bordetella is an infectious disease that can be passed along in kennels and boarding facilities, as well as during transit with other animals.

A Clean Bill of Health After quarantine, owners should bring their pets to a legally-registered animal hospital for a routine checkup. Beijing has more than 120 animal hospitals, but not all of them are approved by the Agricultural Bureau. Only registered hospitals are allowed to provide safe and legal vaccines imported from Europe and North America. Outside the hospital, look for a large gold plaque with red characters and a valid number. The plaque should read: 动物狂犬病免疫注射定点单位 (dòngwù kuángquǎnbìng miǎnyì zhùshè dìngdiǎn dǎnwèi). In addition, only Chinese veterinarians are licensed to practice and administer shots; foreign veterinarians may consult and do health checkups, but cannot physically give any vaccinations. We recommend ICVS and Beijing Guanshang Animal Hospital. To relocate within China or leave the country with your pet, you’ll need a booklet called the Beijing Animal Health and Immunity Certificate. This red booklet is issued by registered animal hospitals and keeps track of vaccinations. In China, dogs and cats are required by law to receive annual rabies vaccinations; three-year rabies vaccinations schedules from other countries are not recognized here. Animal health experts also recommend an annual canine distemper (DHPPi) vaccine for dogs and a feline distemper (FVRCP) shot for cats, which are administered every one to three years.

Registering Your Dog

Daisy Type: Dog (3 years old) Country of origin: US Owners: Erica, Lance, Kylie, and Silas Newland Date of relocation: December 2011 Relocation company: The Newlands arranged everything themselves. However, they used a pet relocation service called Pet in Shanghai to pick up Daisy from quarantine in Shanghai and deliver her to their house in Beijing. Cost: Approximately RMB 5,100 (USD 800). It cost RMB 2,000 for the quarantine in Shanghai, USD 125 for carry-on fees, USD 200 for the pet relocation service, and USD 100 for an airlineapproved carrier. Airline: United Airlines Timeline • One month before the family left San Francisco, they called the US Department of Agriculture to notify them of their move and found a USDA-certified veterinarian. • Ten days before their departure, their dog Daisy received a health check from the vet, who also ensured that her vaccination documents were in order. The paperwork was submitted to the USDA for approval; once certified, Daisy was ready to travel. • On the eve of the departure, Daisy got her “last” meal before embarking. • On the morning of travel, Erica got to the airport two extra hours early so that Daisy could have a long walk before the trip. Luckily, she was able to take Daisy aboard the plane as a carry-on because she was so small. The Quarantine Process The Newlands decided to put Daisy through the quarantine process in Shanghai, because the quarantine period at the time was seven days, as opposed to Beijing’s 30 days. (Note: The policy in Beijing has changed to seven days.) Erica flew to China with Daisy first, then the rest of the family followed three weeks later. Though Erica was reluctant to drop Daisy off at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Sabrina Feng from Pet in Shanghai called her several times during the week to reassure her that Daisy was doing Home & Relocation Guide 2012-2013




By law, all dogs must be registered in Beijing; other animals are exempt from this regulation. Registered dogs are provided with a dog license – an ID card that contains information about both the dog and the owner. If you’re caught without this ID while walking your dog, you could face a fine of RMB 2,000. Here’s what you need to know about the process:

• Only one dog can be registered per household address. If you own a second dog, it must be registered at a second address. • All dogs living within the Fifth Ring Road must measure no more than 35cm from floor to shoulder. • Your local public security bureau (PSB) is responsible for overseeing dog registrations. In Chinese, these are known as pàichūsuǒ (派出所). The registration process often varies according to district, so consult your local PSB for details. • The first time you register your dog, you must bring the dog, two passport-sized photos of your dog (front head shot), your ID (including your passport and residence permit), your lease agreement or property title document, written permission from your neighborhood watch committee or jūwěihuì (居委会), and money for the registration fee. • If you live in one of Beijing’s eight major districts (Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chongwen, Xuanwu, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai, and Shijingshan), the registration costs RMB 1,000 the first time around and RMB 500 for each annual renewal after that. • Newly-adopted or imported dogs can be registered any time after January 1. The registration will be valid from the date of registration until April 30, 2013. For dogs that are already registered, pet owners have a one-month registration renewal window from May 1 to 31.

fine in quarantine. In fact, Erica thinks that Daisy might have even gained a bit of weight. Hardest part: For Erica, the worst part was researching the pet relocation process by herself online, finding someone to help from afar, and becoming comfortable with the idea that something wouldn’t happen to Daisy. Easiest part: The process of flying and delivering Daisy to the quarantine office at Shanghai Pudong International Airport was much easier than Erica expected. The personnel spoke English and had English paperwork available. The entire process took no more than 20 or 30 minutes. Tips • Make sure your dog gets a long walk and many opportunities to “do its business” right before the flight. • Don’t assume that you have to use a pet relocation service. You can do a lot of the work yourself and just need someone who speaks Chinese to help pick up the pet from the quarantine office. If you have a driver or know someone who speaks the language, they can help you navigate the process. If Erica had to do the move all over again, she would still take care of it herself. • The key to a successful pet relocation process is using your network to find others who have gone through pet relocation on their own. Ask friends, co-workers, and people on the Internet to find success stories and suggestions.


Hardest part: There was a very long list of items that had to be checked off before the trip, including a certificate from the USDA, vet certificate, special check-ups, vaccinations, and flight arrangements for Sadie. Every airline has a different policy, so it was very frustrating trying to make sure that Sadie met the requirements for all of the flights. You can’t just book the cheapest flight; you have to call the airline and talk about paperwork, certificates, the dog’s weight and measurements, crate dimensions, and more. It took Callie about two weeks just to book the flights. Easiest part: Emotionally, none of it was easy. However, the “easiest” part was opening the door and seeing Sadie safe and sound in Beijing.

Timeline • Callie and Jeff contacted PetRelocation.com as soon as Jeff got a job offer for Beijing – about a year and a half before the move. • They got an initial quote and some information, but the real communication started three months before the move. • Although Sadie was up to date on her shots, she had to receive a rabies booster because the three-year rabies vaccine isn’t recognized in China – only the annual shot is accepted. Sadie also had to get microchipped and Callie had the vet give her another kennel cough vaccination because it’s so common here. • Within ten days of the departure date, Sadie got a required health checkup. Callie then took the vet’s stamped certificate to the USDA office for approval. • Two or three weeks before the move, Callie increased Sadie’s exercise to ensure that she met weight requirements for the plane. On the morning of the flight, she took her on a 5.6km run to get her good and tired. Callie then gave her a bit of water and a doggy treat with a low dose of anxiety medicine for the flight. The Quarantine Process The quarantine period was key for Callie and Jeff – they didn’t want



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From left: Jeff, Sadie, and Callie near their new home in Dongzhimen

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Type: Dog (5 years old) Country or origin: US Owners: Callie Randolph Schwinkendorf and Jeff Schwinkendorf Date of relocation: December 2011 Relocation companies: PetRelocation.com in the US and Newage Pet Tour (NAPT) in Shanghai Cost: Approximately RMB 24,000 (USD 3,800). It cost USD 3,000 for the pet relocation agencies, USD 370 for the flights, USD for an airline-approved carrier, USD 219 in vet visits (including microchipping), and USD 75 for the USDA certification. Airlines: Alaskan Airlines (Atlanta to Seattle) and Air Canada (Seattle to Shanghai)

Sadie in quarantine for any longer than absolutely necessary. They went through PetRelocation.com and Newage Pet Tour precisely because they assured them that their dog would spend no more than 24 hours in quarantine in China. James Zhuang from NAPT picked up Sadie when the plane landed in Shanghai and met Callie at baggage claim with the kennel. They went to customs together, where the officials took pictures of Sadie in her kennel and Sadie with Callie, and made copies of Callie’s passport. Then, James and his colleagues took Sadie to a private boarding facility. Callie taped food to Sadie’s kennel; she was assured that her dog would be fed, watered, and walked. She spent a little over 24 hours with NAPT and was seen by the vet for approval to go to Beijing. The following day, NAPT put Sadie on a plane to Beijing and local colleagues delivered her to Callie and Jeff’s front door. Altogether, Callie was separated from her for about 40 hours in total. When Sadie arrived, she was excited, but exhausted; Callie could tell that she’d been stressed out, but didn’t feel that she was mistreated. Sadie was also surprisingly clean. Within 24 hours, she was back to normal.

photo:nature courtesy of erica newland photo: zhang

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Daisy is all cuddles with Lance Newland

Tips • Plan ahead. Use an agency, but ask lots of questions – you’re paying a lot of money. In the end, you know your pet best. • Callie tried to save as much money as possible by booking her own flights and only using planes that would allow Sadie to travel as excess baggage. This was usually cheaper than cargo and gave Callie some peace of mind knowing that her dog was “with her” the whole way. • Avoid China Eastern or Air China. Callie called both of these airlines and had a bad feeling about the experience. She spoke to three different representatives at China Eastern and got three different answers about whether or not Sadie could fly. One employee told her that it would be fine “as long as she brought her own rope” to tie down Sadie’s kennel in the cargo hold. • Start kennel training at least three months before the departure. This is something Callie wished she had done earlier. • Because they had an early flight, Sadie got dinner the evening before. A pee accident is to be expected on such a long flight, but Callie wanted to make sure that Sadie wouldn’t be stuck standing in her own feces. She was successful.

Resources Beijing Guanshang Animal Hospital 北京观赏动物医院 Daily 8.30am-10.30pm, 24hr emergency services are provided after 5pm daily, including holidays. 7 Beisanhuan Zhonglu, Xicheng District (6237 1359, 6204 9631/9742 Chinese only, yuanzhang@chinapet.com.cn) www.chinapet.com.cn/en.asp 西城区北三环中路7号 Doctors Beck and Stone Pet Healthcare Center 思威(北京)国际动物医院 1) Shunyi Euro Plaza: 9am-7pm daily (by appointment only). LB05, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (8046 2886, info@drbns.com) www.doctorsbeckandstone.com 顺义区天竺镇裕祥路99号欧陆广场LB05; 2) Upper East Side: Mon-Sun 9am-7pm (consultation by appointment). 7-5, Bldg 7, Area 9, Fangyuan Nanli, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (8457 8233, info@drbns.com) www.doctorsbeckandstone.com 朝阳区将台路芳园南里9号院7号楼7-5 See Directory for more locations. International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) 北京新天地国际动物医院 Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment). 13-16 Rongke Ganlan Chengshang Jie, Futongxi Dajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, icvs_china@yahoo. com) www.ICVSASIA.com 朝阳区望京阜通西大街融科橄 榄城商街13-16号

Pet in Shanghai (PETIS) (137 6146 7251 Sabrina Feng, consultant.sabrina@yahoo.com.cn) www.petinshanghai.com PetRelocation.com (+1 877 PET MOVE, +1 512 362 6100, info@petrelocation.com) www.petrelocation.com



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Newage Pet Tour (NAPT) 钮艾宠物运输 Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm. Rm 402, Bldg 1, 1589 Zhangyang Lu, Pudong District, Shanghai (21 5852 1886 hotline, 21 1891 5707 James Zhuang, james@newagepettour.com) www.newagepettour.com 上海浦东新区张杨路1589号1号楼402

Bills, Bills, Bills A guide to paying utilities and services in Beijing by Sijia Chen and Diana Dai


etween the language barrier and the labyrinthine nature of China’s bureaucracy, paying bills can seem like an especially daunting task. When some are paid to a bank teller, others to an automated machine, and others still at your front door, what’s a stressed-out foreigner to do? Worry not; we show you the basics of paying bills. When in doubt, ask your landlord, management office, or a Chinese-speaking friend for help.

Electricity Your landlord or management office will give you a rechargeable electricity card. Don’t lose it; though technically replaceable, getting a new one is a huge hassle. There should be instructions on how to buy electricity written on the back in Chinese. Here’s a primer in English: • Electricity units are calculated in kilowatt-hour (kWh) and bought in advance. Bring your electricity card to the bank (see banks listed below) and ask an attendant to help you maidian (买电), or buy electricity. • The teller will hand you a number. When your number is called, go to the corresponding window. The bank teller will ask how much electricity you want to purchase. The rate is currently RMB 0.49 per kWh, so RMB 100 will buy you roughly 204 units. To specify a

Amount of electricty units left

number of units, say: chong [number of units you’d like] du (充 … 度). Or, you can specify a monetary amount by saying: mai [amount in RMB] kuai de dian (买 … 块的电). The bank teller will then top up your electricity card. • Back at your compound, locate your electricity meter box. It should be right outside your front door or on the same floor as your apartment. Some have a lock, in which case your landlord should give you a key. Insert the electricity card into the slot in the meter and keep it inserted for at least 30 seconds until the meter is done reading it. The number of recharged units should show up on the meter or at least blink after it’s done reading. You might need to flip back the breaker for your apartment, which is usually located right under the electricity meter.

Banks Go to any of the following banks to buy electricity from a bank teller: • Agricultural Bank of China 中国农业银行 • Rural Commercial Bank 农村商业银行 • Bank of Beijing* 北京银行 • Bank of China 中国银行 • Bank of Communications* 交通银行 • China Everbright Bank* 中国光大银行 • China Merchant Bank* 招商银行 • Hua Xia Bank 华夏银行 • Industrial Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)* 中国工商银行 • Postal Saving Bank of China 中国邮政储蓄银行 *These banks have automated machines for buying electricity. The menu is in Chinese, but relatively easy to follow for people with basic reading ability. You can also ask a bank attendant to show you how to use it. The process should take no more than 10 minutes.

Insert your electricty card here

A typical electricity meter box

• It’s best to top off your electricity when it starts falling below 50 units – or you risk being plunged in the dark when you least expect it. • Keep the electricity card away from strong electromagnetic devices like loudspeakers. • In case of loss: Take the electricity certificate (your landlord will have this) or your last electricity receipt and your housing contract to the bank. If you have neither of these, call Beijing Electric Power Corporation at 95598 and tell them the serial number on the meter. They will give you a number, which you will need to bring to the bank along with your housing contract to get a new card. • Got a question? Call Electric Power Corporation’s customer service line at 95598 (English service available).

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Start date of the billing period

Other Types of Water

Bill amount for water used

Some compounds charge separately for reclaimed water (water used for flushing toilets), hot water, and drinkable water dispensed through a second faucet. The latter isn’t very common; most people buy bottled drinking water or install a water filter. Reclaimed water and hot water are typically paid for through a top-up card. After recharging your card at the bank or the building management, insert your water card into the water meter. When the meter reaches two units, it’s a good idea to buy more water. As with the electricity card, keep it away from strong electromagnetic devices. Note that apartment compounds will have different systems for purchasing water. Some compounds require you to purchase water from them exclusively (banks are not an option) and only on certain days of the week. Contact your building management for specific details. Drinkable water is usually ordered and paid in cash directly at your door.

Gas A water bill may appear taped to your front door one day

Water There are two ways to pay a water bill: at the door or via a rechargeable card at the building management office. Water costs RMB 4 per cubic meter (m3). If you receive a water bill when you’re at home, it must be paid on the spot; if you’re not home, it will be taped to your door. You can pay the bill at one of the following banks: • Agriculture Bank of China 中国农业银行 • Bank of Beijing 北京银行 • Bank of China 中国银行 • Bank of Communications 交通银行 • China Citic Bank 中信银行 • China Construction Bank 中国建设银行 • China Everbright Bank 中国光大银行 • China Guangfa Bank 广东发展银行 • China Merchants Bank 招商银行 • China Minsheng Bank 中国民生银行 • Hua Xia Bank 华夏银行 • Industrial Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 中国工商银行 • Industrial Bank 兴业银行 • Postal Saving Bank of China 中国邮政储蓄银行 • Rural Commercial Bank 农业商业银行 • Shanghai Pudong Development Bank 上海浦东发展银行 • Shenzhen Development Bank 深圳发展银行




• Agriculture Bank of China 中国农业银行 • Bank of Beijing 北京银行 • Bank of China 中国银行 • China Citic Bank 中信银行 • China Everbright Bank 中国光大银行 • China Guangfa Bank 广东发展银行 • China Merchants Bank 招商银行 • Hua Xia Bank 华夏银行 • Industrial Bank 兴业银行 • Postal Saving Bank of China 中国邮政储蓄银行 • Shanghai Pudong Development Bank 上海浦东发展银行 • Shenzhen Development Bank 深圳发展银行 The top-up card system differs in each apartment compound, so it’s best to ask building management or your landlord about where to put money on your gas card, or tianranqi ka (天然气卡). After putting money on the card, find your gas meter (usually located in the kitchen) and insert the card for at least 30 seconds. The meter will read the card. One unit of gas (cubic meter) costs around RMB 2.

China Unicom 中国联通 The most common type of Internet service in Beijing is ADSL broadband Internet from China Unicom. It requires setting up a telephone line and a modem (provided free of charge by China Unicom). First, call the English hotline at 10010. After providing your address, you will be directed to the closest service office to apply for broadband service. Bring your passport and your address written clearly in Chinese. The broadband will be installed within seven working days. Depending on the package, fees can be paid at the end of each month or a full year in advance. Yearly payment can only be done at the China Unicom Service Office. There are several monthly payment options; you can buy a phone card and charge your home phone number, pay at an automated machine with your Chinese debit card, or pay by cash at any bank, the post office, and select ATMs.

Speed (bandwidth)




RMB 168 RMB 188

RMB 1680 RMB 1880

10MB (Only for optical fiber users)

RMB 168

RMB 1680

20MB (Only for optical fiber users)

RMB 188

RMB 1880

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Installation Fee

RMB 235 for monthly, free for yearly subscribers

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There are several types of Internet service in Beijing. The three major providers are China Unicom, China Telecom, and community Internet or xiaoqu kuandai (小区宽带). Wireless routers must be bought separately; they can be found at Wal-Mart, Carrefour, and electronics retailers like Bainaohui, Suning, and Gome. To pay for Internet at the bank, bring your bill and ask to fufei kuandai (付费宽 带) or pay for broadband Internet. If you subscribe to China Unicom or China Telecom, you can also pay at any of their service offices.

There are two ways to pay for gas, or tianranqi (天然气) in Beijing: through a monthly bill or via a top-up card. The rate is RMB 2.05 per cubic meter unit. As with water, someone from the company will knock on your door and present you with the monthly bill. If you aren’t home, the gas bill will be taped to the front of your door. To pay the bill, take it to one of the following banks:

Internet receipt

China Telecom 中国电信 Before anything else, call China Telecom’s English hotline at 10000 to check if the company offers broadband Internet in your community. The next step is applying for installation via phone or at their service office. Installation is typically done within seven working days of applying. If you apply for one year, they will give you a contract number, which you can bring to a bank teller to pay in advance. If you apply for a monthly service, the installation fee and first month of payment can be paid to any bank teller by the end of the first month. Speed (bandwidth)


Six Months

One year

1 MB

RMB 100

RMB 580

RMB 1,000

2 MB

RMB 150

RMB 780

RMB 1,200

Installation Fee RMB 250

Community Internet 小区宽带 Community broadband isn’t as fast as ADSL, but it’s a cheap option with at-your-door service. Building management in your apartment compound can provide the appropriate phone number to install this type of Internet. Payment is usually done per month or in advance for anywhere from three months to one year. When it’s time to renew the Internet service, an employee will come by your apartment and collect the payment in cash. Prices for each community vary, but below are some prices for your reference: Speed (Bandwidth)



Six Months



RMB 120

RMB 360

RMB 650

RMB 1100


RMB 150

RMB 480

RMB 810

RMB 1380


RMB 160

RMB 550

RMB 980

RMB 1550

Landlines Landlines (固定电话) can be set up with China Unicom or China Telecom. First, call the companies’ respective English hotlines at 100010 or 10000 (note that China Telecom landlines are only available for certain areas of Beijing). After providing your address, you will be directed to the closest service office. Bring your passport and follow the clerk’s instructions to apply for a landline; offices located near international compounds usually have a couple of employees who can speak English. Within seven working days, a technician will come to your house to set up the landline; they will call in advance to set up a date and time with you. Landlines are offered free of charge with one-year Internet packages at both China Unicom and China Telecom. Otherwise, the one-time installation fee is RMB 235 at China Unicom and RMB 300 at China Telecom. The user fee is RMB 21.6 per month at both companies.

Landline receipt

Installation Fee

RMB 100 for monthly, free for yearly subscribers

RESOURCES Bainaohui Computer Shopping Mall 百脑汇 Daily 9am-8pm. 10 Chaoyangmeiwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6599 5912) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街10号 Beijing Electric Power Corporation 北京电力公司 (95598, English service available) Carrefour (Shuangjing) 家乐福 Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District (5190 9508) 朝阳区广渠路31 See Directory under Supermarkets for more listings. China Unicom 中国联通 (10010, English service available) China Telecom 中国电信 (10000, English service available) Gome (Shuangjing) 国美 Daily 9am-9pm. Shungjing Qiao West, Chaoyang District (5862 3091) 朝阳区东三环双井桥西

Water bill

Wal-Mart (Wanda Plaza) 沃尔玛 Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. B1/F, Block B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5960 3566) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场 B座B1层

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Suning (Ciyunsi) 苏宁电器 Daily 9am-9pm. 5 Balizhuang Dongli, Chaoyang District (6557 9996) 朝阳区八里庄东里5号


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In Good Health Choosing the right healthcare for your family by Charlotte Moreau



ew of us would say that health insurance shopping is a fun experience, yet we might all agree that it’s a necessary undertaking. Grasping all of the can’t-miss details is a challenge; however, it’s important for Beijing expats to be fully informed before any healthcare needs actually arise. Expats on a company package typically have the initial homework taken care of. Companies usually have one or two insurers they partner with, and the final decision may be as simple as selecting the plan that is most appropriate for your family. However, expats without comprehensive packages will have to do most of the research themselves. So how do you go about getting insured in Beijing or change from one plan to another? If you’re already covered, your current insurer is the most logical place to begin exploring other service options. If you’re starting from scratch, ask doctors and clinics within China for recommendations first. Chris Hughes of Panoramic Insurance Brokerage, Beijing (PIBB) suggests finding a licensed insurance broker in China for advice and support when getting set up. While there are likely thousands of advisers and agents in Beijing, true licensed brokers are rarer: PIBB, Zurich, Continental, and Guan Ai are just a few. These companies are the only insurers allowed to sell China-licensed products to clients



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actually living in the country. Insurance company Chartis China agrees, noting that while there are many agents in Beijing, the insurer needs to confirm that the agents have been authorized and licensed before serving individual clients. Brokers are also in the best position to offer advice on securing coverage continuation. Hughes says: “All offshore insurance plans through companies like William Russell, IMG, and Medicare have no China premium tax added, so the plans you buy online with USD and euro are slightly cheaper. However, the support network in China for these plans is significantly [smaller] than those offered by licensed insurance products purchased in RMB.” If the policy is not offered by the broker in RMB, then it is not a product licensed in China. The only legal way to purchase such a product is directly online, and it is best done before you arrive in China. Considering the constant change of policies and regulations in China, local brokerage consulting might be the safest way to begin your health insurance search. Regardless of what assistance you use, here are some topics to discuss with potential insurers when it comes to your family’s health needs.

Annual Limit and Direct Billing Consider the overall annual limit you want for coverage. High-quality

medical care in China is expensive, so you need to be prepared for emergencies like surgeries and hospital stays, whether you actually use them or not. Limits range from USD 100,000 to several million per year. Direct billing can simplify the complex healthcare process. Many international hospitals and clinics have large lists of approved direct billing insurance companies, but many local hospitals may not process direct billing even if the treatment is covered. In these cases, be sure to get a official receipt (fapiao) in English for reimbursement; otherwise, you may pay out-of-pocket for even minor treatments. Insurance purchased through licensed brokers in China are all likely to have direct billing processed through international hospitals, as well as local Chinese hospitals.

Medical Evacuation and Travel Insurance

Outpatient Treatment, Pre-Existing Conditions, and Child Coverage

Extra Considerations

If you visit the doctor even just a couple of times a year, make sure your policy includes outpatient treatment. You may still pay out of pocket to reach your overall deductible, but not having this coverage will make those visits all the more painful. Often, outpatient care has to be added first before you can consider options such as dental or maternity. Pre-existing conditions, including pregnancy, can greatly increase your premiums – and that’s if they are even available for purchase. Be sure to check into the options available, should pre-existing conditions be of concern within your family. If there is a condition that has not been treated for a period of time, insurers may consider an added option at a lesser premium. Covered medical care for children is often a given within insurance policies, but don’t make any assumptions. Confirm that checkups and basic immunizations are covered. For families with older children who may or may not be living at home as dependents, ask about age caps and the specifics of the “global” part of global insurance coverage.

While living overseas, medical evacuation is an essential consideration. Does the insurer know that you are looking at covering these services? Before brushing that extra option aside, consider the cost of getting home on your own in case of health emergency. Medevac would cover an evacuation for essential surgery, medical treatments unavailable here, or a regional or national health epidemic. International travel, whether for business or pleasure, goes handin-hand with living in Beijing. Travel insurance is important as a backup on your rider. This is often available as a small package when you have visitors, either through your insurance plan or through an international hospital or clinic membership.

• Are you interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or other natural remedies? • Do you have children with special needs? • Are you considering adoption while abroad? • Can the insurer offer proficient English service? • Is there a waiting period for the policy? • Are there any exclusions or restrictions regarding the hospitals or clinics used? • What deductible and co-payment options are there? • What about continuous coverage? • Is locally purchased insurance global? • Are second opinions covered? • What is the protocol in an emergency?

In addition to health insurance, international hospitals (like Beijing United Family Hospitals and Clinics) or primary care clinics (such as Beijing International SOS Clinic) have memberships that offer patients additional discounts and extra services for an annual fee. Sometimes these memberships serve as a supplement for those company packages that may not cover as many expenses. These also work well for people who select their packages based on low upfront fees, or for those who pay out-of-pocket. Additionally, hospitals like OASIS Healthcare offer occasional promotions and health services packages, so be sure to check into what’s available wherever you look. One way to stretch your insurance coverage further is to visit a Chinese hospital, many of which are covered by global insurance plans. Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing Friendship Hospital, and Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital are Chinese-run hospitals with VIP wings and English-speaking doctors. While you may wait longer to see a doctor and facilities are less private, the medical care is still top-quality at a less expensive rate.

Home Insurance

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When living at home, people often own their own houses and have various forms of insurance to protect them and everything in them. Personal articles floaters covers personal property, while specific protection against theft or disaster may also be available for purchase. But what do we do here, when most of us are renting homes for anywhere from one year to ten? The first recommendation is to contact the existing insurance provider in your home country, be it for car, health, property, or otherwise. They may be able to assist you personally with additional riders (for temporary overseas living) or advise you on where to go. Finding such personal possession insurance while in China is not as common, however, so you may find that some insurance companies no longer even offer it. But of those that do, you can purchase peace of mind for your valuables in case of loss. Chartis offers four kinds of personal property insurance: Home Guard (valuables at home), ATM Assault Guard, E-Guard (personal electronics) and Wallet Guard. Determine the worth and replacement costs of your valuables, then tailor a plan to your specific insurance needs.

Below are some options and resources available in Beijing. Ultimately, you’ll have to decide what is best for you and your family. Weigh the pros and the cons of available options, talk to people who have gone through the process themselves, and get professional guidance before making a final choice. AXA-Minmetals Contact: Matthew Woloszuk, 21 6445 4592 ext 104, matthew@pacificprime.com Locally-licensed insurance provider AXA-Minmetals offers policy benefit limits ranging from USD 850,000 to 3,400,000 per person annually, depending on the options, co-pay and deductibles selected, number of family members, and age. Coverage benefits include outpatient care, dental, alternative therapies, and emergency evacuation. Maternity is covered under a supplemental policy. For large families, the company allows the inclusion of the second, third and fourth child under the policy for free. This is an attractive benefit for families willing to overlook the high costs of the plan’s maternity coverage. International SOS Contact: 6462 9112, www.clinicsinchina.com International SOS membership allows 24/7 access to International SOS’ worldwide infrastructure and resources, including its clinics, logistics coordinators, doctors, security professionals and network providers like hospitals, physicians, ambulances, aviation and evacuation resources. There are also a variety of different corporate membership options. Individual membership provides expert advice and medical assistance for international travel or immediate care while abroad, such as emergency and routine medical advice, clinic/doctor referrals, inpatient and out-patient care, guarantee of payment, medical monitoring, medical evacuation and repatriation. Annual fees vary depending on the coverage chosen. In addition, this membership offers discounted rates for clinic services at Beijing International SOS Clinic. International SOS members are eligible to purchase a Clinic Plan for unlimited access to routine clinic services and medications, during normal clinic hours, for a single fee. Covered services include unlimited GP consultations, as well as laboratory testing and some emergency services.


Beijing United Family Hospitals and Clinics (BJU) Contact: 5927 7360 for membership information, 5927 7120 for BJU emergency hotline, www.ufh.com.cn Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics offer three types of membership: individual, corporate and lifetime. All memberships offer discounts on health services at all United Family Healthcare (UFH) facilities as well as UFH-sponsored events. Individual members have receive one free health checkup per year. Corporate membership is free for organizations or businesses with 10 employees or more. Lifetime members can extend their UFH membership to family members. Direct billing services are also available with around 30 international insurance companies. UFH members in Beijing have access to BJU’s 24-hour emergency Room and comprehensive international-standard healthcare services offered by the hospital and its partner facilities.



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Chartis Insurance Company China Contact: 5969 2966, echo-j.xu@chartisinsurance.com, www.chartisinsurance.com Chartis has launched a revamped product for expatriates called Global Health Advantage. This high-end medical insurance offers annual premiums per person ranging from USD 500 to several thousand USD, based on coverage scope, deductible, options and age of the insured person. For example, if an expatriate family of four (two adults, 35 years old; two kids, 10 years old) chooses the middling plan of Global Health Advantage plans, the cost will be USD 9,000 for the annual premium for the family. This provides worldwide coverage (excluding Cuba, Burma, Iran and Sudan) with maximum benefit as high as USD 3,000,000 per person per year without deductible, including hospitalization, out-patient surgery, private nursing, organ transplant and emergency benefits. Comprehensive plans can provide direct billing in foreign hospitals and clinics. Expat Solutions Consulting Limited Contact: Paige Mushinsky, 130 0123 6963, paige@expatsolutions. com, expat.solutions (Skype) Expat Solutions provides two options for consideration: 1) A cost-saving budget option for worldwide coverage (excluding North America) which includes cover mainly for hospitalization treatment, as well as for outpatient treatment for cancer treatment, with a USD 1 million maximum per year, with a USD 0 co-pay for those covered charges. Any non-hospital treatment would not be covered by this plan, thus the lower premium compared to Plan 2. Direct payment is normally arranged at the hospital of the policyholder’s choice, within the geographic area of cover. The premiums for a family of four, if parents are age 25-29: USD 345.67 per month, USD 3,951.27 per annum; if parents are age 30-34: USD 4,703/ yr: USD 386 per month, or USD 4,411.81 per year. 2) A popular “bells and whistles” option for worldwide coverage (excluding North America) offers a USD 0 deductible and a USD 3 million lifetime cap. Coverage includes 100 percent hospitalization, outpatient, prescriptions, and annual check-ups with 10 percent copay and no deductible up to USD 750. Vision benefits are covered up to USD 300 every 24 months, including exams, lenses, and contacts. Routine dental is included and covered up to USD 1,500. Annual child preventative care prices: Birth-12 months: USD 350; 13 months-1 year: USD 200; until age 18: USD 200. Direct billing at most international and Chinese facilities in major cities. Cost for a family of four, if parents aged 25-29: USD 7,147; if parents aged 30-34: USD 7,869. To include North America, the premium would be as follows: Family of four, if parents aged 25-29: USD 11,116; if parents aged 30-34: USD 12,239. Oasis Healthcare Contact: 400 UR OASIS (400 87 62747), www.oasishealth.cn Located just north of 798 Art District, this full-service private hospital with an international medical team. Currently the only international hospital with a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) department, OASIS offers patients top-quality western medicine and TCM with English speaking doctors. Additionally, OASIS offers one of the most advanced MRI and CT scans. A membership program will roll our later in the year; however, there are many healthcare packages in areas such as TCM, OB/GYN,

standard health checkups and more. Direct billing is available for most insurance providers. Pacific Prime Insurance Brokers Contact: 21 6445 4592 (China office), 852 3588 2926 (Michael Lamb), michael@pacificprime.com, www.pacificprime.com BUPA/AIC (part of the BUPA group, the world’s largest provider of IPMI policies) provides a Worldwide Health Options package that offers up to USD 2,550,000 in benefits per policy year, including coverage for in-patient, out-patient, maternity, newborn care, cancer treatments, psychology, transplant services and TCM (including acupuncture and homeopathy). There are also options for dental and emergency evacuation. Policy premiums are calculated based on the number and ages of family members and optional coverage benefits chosen, with a range of deductible options. Per-person annual premiums range from USD 1,000 to 10,000. Policy holders can receive treatment at facilities like Beijing United Family Hospital or seek treatment overseas.

Resources Beijing Friendship Hospital Mon-Fri 7am-4.30pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11am, 24hr emergency. 95 Yong’an Lu, Xuanwu District (6301 4411 ext 3482) www.bfh.com.cn 宣武区永安路95号 International SOS Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm, 24hr emergency. Suite 105, Tower 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District (6462 9112) www.clinicsinchina.com 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎大 厦1座105室 Beijing United Family Hospitals and Clinics Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm, 24hr emergency. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (5927 7000) www.unitedfamilyhospitals.com 朝阳区将台路2号 Chartis Insurance Company China 9A15-16, Hanwei Plaza, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (5969 2888) www.chartisinsurance.com.cn 朝阳区光华路华威大厦 9A15-16 OASIS Healthcare Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sun 8.30-12.30am, daily 24hr emergency. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District (400 876 2747) (5985 0227) www.oasishealth.cn 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号 Panoramic Insurance Brokerage (Beijing) Daily 9am-6pm. O-324, 3/F, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6437 3510, 3226 0702 inquiries and technical support, 138 1669 7428) www.pibb.com.cn 朝阳区将台路6号丽都饭店3层0-324室 Peking Union Medical College Hospital Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. 1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the international wing is located behind and to the left of the main entrance), Dongcheng District (6529 5284/69, 24hr) www.pumch.ac.cn 东城区王府井帅府园1号(接待外国人的区域在主楼的左后方)


Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital Mon-Fri 8am-noon, 1.30-5pm, Sat 8-11.30am. 24hr emergency care. Yinghua Dongjie, Heping Jie Beikou, Hepingli, Chaoyang District (6422 2952 international department, 8420 5122) 朝阳 区和平里和平街北口樱花东街

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All Play and No Work Play centers where your kids can run wild by Diana Dai and Sijia Chen


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o you’ve settled into your new digs and enrolled your kids at a local school. But where do you go for fun? If you’re not quite ready to take on a day trip, play centers are a great way to indulge in structured, age-appropriate fun. Usually geared towards younger children, play centers come in a variety of shapes and sizes: Some feel more like community centers, while others are essentially a giant playground. Try them all out until you find your family’s favorite!



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A-Z Kids 英伦世纪 Ages: 1-12 Focus: Educational play One of the few play centers located in Shunyi, A-Z Kids is all about hands-on fun. The center’s friendly learning environment includes an art corner, maze, and play supermarket. A-Z Kids offers several types of classes at RMB 150 per lesson: language (English, French, Spanish, and Russian), ballet, kung fu, and arts and crafts. The center rents out its facilities for a number of events, including birthday parties, parent gatherings, back to school parties, farewell parties, and more. Though classes are held in English, the reception staff itself has limited English proficiency. RMB 100 per child (no time limit, good for five game tokens), RMB 50 for adults, free for kids under 12 months (Mon-Fri); RMB 120 per child, RMB 50 per adult, free for kids under 12 months (weekends). Daily 9.30am-6pm. Pinnacle Avenue, Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (8559 2883/6/9) www.a-zkids.cn 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和广场

Beyou World 比如世界 Ages: 3-12 Focus: Role play This huge educational center gives children the chance to participate in role play through real-world job simulations. Young visitors can dress up and test their skills as a police officer, teacher, nurse, construction worker, doctor, and more. Beyou World even contains a simulation city, which the kids must manage themselves – provided they stick to the social rules, of course. Your child will have a range of settings to choose from, including a supermarket, post office, and hospital. The goal of Beyou World is to teach kids how society works and give them an idea of how they can succeed within it. Parents are able to monitor their children at all times and even join the fun. The staff speaks English. RMB 200 (child), RMB 20 (adult, Tue-Fri), RMB 80 (adult, Sat-Sun and holidays). Tue-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-2.30pm, holidays 3.308pm. Bldg A-3F, China Career International Center, 39 Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (8571 1199) www.beyou.cn 朝阳区东四 环中路39号

EE City 蓝天城 Ages: 3-15 Focus: Role play Much like Beyou World, EE City focuses on job simulation for kids – but on a much bigger scale. This sprawling 18,600sqm mini-community offers hands-on learning experience about careers. Kids can dress up in the uniform of their choice; with 84 jobs in total, trying to wear them all will keep you busy for the better part of a day. There’s a bank, theater, TV studio, fire department, hospital, hotel, restaurant, airplane, submarine, and much, much more. To avoid disappointment on the weekends, book your tickets in advance. RMB 150 for kids and teens, RMB 50 for adults (weekdays); RMB 200 for kids and teens, RMB 100 for adults (weekends), free for kids under 3 (if accompanied by an adult and another child over 3). Tue-Sun 10.30am-3pm, 4-8.30pm. 10/F, Joy City Chaoyang, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District (8569 6688 Information, 5705 0707 Reservations) www.eecity.cn 朝阳区朝阳北路101大悦城10层


The Familier Ages: 0-5 Focus: Play This light-filled center has two floors for safe and friendly family play. The emphasis is on self-directed fun. Kids are encouraged to use the Home & Relocation Guide 2012-2013



EE City is a dream playground for aspiring ... well, anything

ball pit, gym equipment, and crafts at their own pace. The Familier also offers classes in art, science, languages, and more. Parents with busy schedules can take advantage of the half-day drop-off service to leave their kids with the center’s professional staff. To maintain quality, the center keeps a child to educator ratio of 3 to 1. Another highlight is the family cafe, which has a healthy menu designed by nutritionist and beijingkids columnist Olivia Lee. The center has two locations: one in CBD and one at 798 Art District. (Note that, as of June 2012, The Familier’s Chaowai SOHO location is closed until further notice.) RMB 70 (3 hours for one kid and one adult), RMB 100 (full day for one kid and one adult), half price for additional kids, free for kids under 12 months and one parent. 1) Daily 9am-8pm. Suite 0753, Tower A, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (5869 2904) 朝阳区朝外大街乙6号朝外SohoA-0753; 2) D05 Zhong’er Jie, 798 Art District, Chaoyang District (5762 6017) 朝阳区798艺术区中 二街D05

Ages: 0-12 Focus: Educational play Family Box is a British family center combining education and recreation. Children and their families have more than enough space to play in the 6,000sqm, three-storey building. Kids will enjoy the large scale climbing frame, Mickey Mouse play area, swimming pool (classes only), Sensory Room, Soft Island and Craft Room. They also run courses and activities based on the UK early years curriculum. Other facilities include party hosting, catering, coffee shop, and daycare facility. RMB 2,500 (five-day access for two adults and one child, doesn’t include



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Fundazzle 翻斗乐 Ages: 2-10 Focus: Play This cavernous warehouse has been a favorite with Beijing families for nearly 16 years. Since undergoing a facelift one year ago, the play center is still going strong. Highlights include the massive jungle gym and ball pit. For an extra charge, kids can also enjoy video games, an inflatable climbing wall, a sand pit, and a fishing pool. There’s a line of stools near the play area for parents who want to watch their kids without joining the action, and private rooms can be rented for birthday parties. Fundazzle has few frills; the staff speaks limited English and the bathrooms leave much to be desired, but the center offers a cheap way to hide from the heat and wile away the afternoon. RMB 35 for two hours (kids); free for adults (Mon-Fri), RMB 15 for adults (Sat-Sun). Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun and holidays 9am-7pm. 14 Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6593 6208) 朝阳区工体南路14号

Gymboree Beijing 金宝贝 Ages: 0-5 Focus: Music Gymboree is an international chain with locations in 30 countries. This play center focuses on music, with an emphasis on parent participation, free play, and art education. The music classes get kids to play instruments, sing songs and practice basic vocabulary in English. After class, participants are welcome to play on the gym equipment installed in each classroom. The most popular class is The Gymboree Play and Learn, a seven-level, age-appropriate program designed to support

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Family Box Educational and Recreational Center 家盒子

access to the pool). Bldg 4, 51 Wangjing Beilu, Chaoyang District (6478 6163) www.familyboxes.com.cn 朝阳区望京北路51号4号楼

your child’s growth at his or her own individual pace. Gymboree also holds birthday parties; just pick a theme and the staff will create a personalized private party. All classes are held in English and children must be accompanied by an adult. However, the reception staff speaks limited English so you may need to seek out an instructor for help. RMB 280 per class. 1) Daily 9am-6pm. Guanghua SOHO, 7/F, Bldg 3, 22 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (5900 6186) 朝阳区光华路22 号光华路SOHO 3单元7层; 2) Daily 9am-6pm. 2/F, Bldg E, Wangjing International Commercial Center, 9 Wangjing Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District (5166 0516) www.gymboree.com.cn 朝阳区望京街 9号望京国际商业中心E座2层01

KindyROO International Early Childhood Development 菁童启育咨询中心 Ages: 0-5 Focus: Developing skills Catering more to Chinese parents, KindyROO offers music and dance classes to foster spatial awareness, balance, and coordination. Parent participation is a vital aspect of KindyROO classes, with the aim of teaching parents how their toddler’s brain develops. In addition, parents are encouraged to follow a home-based therapy program with their kids. The center’s programs include BabyROO (6 weeks and up), Kindy GymbaROO (toddlers), and classes for kids up to age 5. Each program includes evening information sessions for parents, an initial parent interview, and a child assessment. Based on the interview, a personalized program will be developed for both parent and child. The friendly staff speaks decent English and the facilities are clean – albeit smaller than some international play centers in Beijing. Program prices are available upon application.

strength, balance, coordination, agility, and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence, and self-esteem. Parents are encouraged to get involved with parent participation classes. The staff speaks English and the low student/teacher ratio means kids enjoy individual attention. For older kids (ages 8-13), My Gym has a program that combines a cardio workout with strength and flexibility exercises. Birthday party packages are available, as well as camp programs with rotating themes. Prices vary according to class (average RMB 3,000/12 classes). Mon-Sun 8am-8pm. 15/F, Bldg 1, Blue Castle International Center, 3 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District (6582 0092/72) www.my-gym.com 朝阳区西大 望路蓝堡国际中心1座15层

The New City Center Ages: 3-7 Focus: Community classes The New City Center is a community center in Wangjing with classes and a cafe with a closed-in playroom that includes a ball pit and slide. There are programs for all ages, including Mommy and Me classes, phonics, math, art, language, and more. Or simply drop in for a coffee and let the kids run wild in the playroom. The cafe has free Wi-Fi access and admission to the playroom is included in food or drink purchases of RMB 30 or more. The playroom can be rented for birthday parties; a 170-seat conference room is also available. The staff speaks English. Prices vary from RMB 80-120/class (discounts available for purchases of 10 classes or more). Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. 112 Lize Xiyuan, Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District (6475 1066, info@thenewcitycenter.com) www.thenewcitycenter.com 朝阳区望京广顺北大街丽泽 西园112号

Wed-Sun 9am-5pm. 10/F, Bldg 18, West Area, Jianwai SOHO, Chaoyang District (5869 8002/3, 800 810 0052) www.kindyroo.com 朝阳区建外SOHO西区18楼10层

The Magic Bean House 豆豆家科技馆 Ages: 0-8 Focus: Educational play The Magic Bean House bills itself as the first American-designed children’s museum in Beijing. There are eight different play areas for kids to explore: Tale of the Magic Bean, Toddler Land, Green Foods, World of Water, Bricks and Blocks, Car Services, Experimental Hall, and the Art Gallery. Each area encourages children to think creatively and independently of parents. Kids will relish the opportunity to role play as ancient kings, browse a variety of Chinese and English picture books, and attend regular storytelling sessions (in both Chinese and English) in the Art Gallery. The facilities are safe, clean, and shoe-free (all visitors are required to put disposable nylon booties over their footwear). The staff is friendly and speaks English. Discounts are available for purchases of 10 visits or more.

My Gym Early Childhood Development Center 美吉姆国际儿童教育中心 Ages: 0-13 Focus: Physical activity My Gym is a chain with locations in 25 countries. They offer structured and age-appropriate weekly classes that combine music, dance, games, gymnastics, and sports. The goal is for kids to have fun as they develop

Ball pits, slides and toys abound at Fundazzle

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RMB 30 (adults), RMB 120 (kids 2-8), RMB 60 (kids 6-24 months), free (0-6 months). Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm (closed every last Tue of the month for maintenance). 7 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (400 888 0722) www.magicbeanhouse.com 朝阳区朝阳公园西路7号

It’s All Chinese to Me Mandarin classes for every age and budget


by Sijia Chen and Elizabeth Wu photos by The Bloom Family Photography

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Beijing Mandarin School 北京瀚泽润国际教育咨询有限公司 Flexible classes that focus on speaking skills Area: CBD Recommended for: Conversational learners and full-time workers Cost: RMB 5,400 (private classes), RMB 2,700 (small group classes) for 60 hours Contact: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm. Units 904-905, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (6508 1026, beijingmandarinschool@yahoo.com.cn) www.beijingmandarinschool.com 朝阳区光华路12号数码01大厦904905 Beijing Mandarin House is based in Guomao, ideal for CBD business types looking for an after-work Chinese course. The center emphasizes oral skills, with more than 60 percent of class time geared towards learning how to speak. Classes are small, flexible, and varied. Mandarin House’s customers include stay-at-home moms, kids, and employees from embassies and international companies.

Berlitz 北京贝立兹语言培训有限公司 Internationally-recognized language courses Area: CBD Recommended for: Diplomats and business professionals Cost: RMB 220 (weekday), RMB 240 (weekend) per 45-minute class Contact: Rm 801, 8/F, Xinzu Tower, 6 Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District (6593 0478) www.berlitz.com.cn 朝阳区日坛路6号新族大厦8层801 Founded in September of 2000, Berlitz Beijing was the first Berlitz language training center in China. All courses are modeled after the famous Berlitz Method, a teaching approach that focuses on speaking and listening skills rather than grammar. The center offers Mandarin courses both online and in-person to kids, teens, and adults, as well as workers in the diplomatic and corporate fields. So far, Berlitz has partnerships with over 100 international companies, including General Motors, IBM, Daimler, Pfizer, and Siemens. However, courses don’t come cheap – consider them an investment.

Bridge School 北京市朝阳区桥汉语言培训学校 Targeted Chinese classes from a reputable chain Areas: Dongzhimen, Shunyi, Sanlitun, Liangma Qiao, CBD Recommended for: Expats from all backgrounds Cost: RMB 85 (beginner), RMB 95 (intermediate), RMB 105 (advanced) per hour Contact: 1) Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. 8013 Tongguang Tower, 12, Nongzhanguan Nanli, Chaoyang District , Beijing, China (6538 9422, info@bridgeschoolchina.com) www.bridgeschoolchina.com 朝阳区农 展馆南里12号通广大厦8013; 2) Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. Rm 503, 5/F, Guangming Hotel, Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8451 7605, info@bridgeschoolchina.com) www.bridgeschoolchina.com 朝阳区亮 马桥路光明饭店5层503 See Directory under Learning Centers for more locations.

Civil Aviation Management Institute of China (CAMIC) 中国民航管理干部学院国际文化交流中心 Intensive Chinese programs

Though technically located in Wangjing, CAMIC is only a five-minute walk from Lido Place. Don’t be put off by the technical name – CAMIC offers excellent Mandarin lessons ranging from total beginner to HSK Level 6. Since it is located in a predominately Korean neighborhood, English will never be used as a fallback language in class. Students must commit 20 hours per week and 20 weeks per semester.

China Culture Center (CCC) Culture courses and beginner Mandarin classes Area: Liangma Qiao Recommended for: Beginners and culture lovers Cost: RMB 2,200 for 30 hours (survival Chinese), RMB 3,850 for 60 hours (regular and intensive classes), RMB 120 per hour (private classes) Contact: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 101, Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6432 9341, info@chinaculturecenter.org) 朝阳区亮马桥路29号安家楼肯特中心中国文化中心 Billing itself as China’s premier cultural education organization, China Culture Center offers three Mandarin courses that focus on basic communication skills and a fourth that emphasizes culture. The center also organizes a host of cultural workshops, including mahjong, paper lantern making, Zen tea rituals, traditional Chinese medicine, Beijing opera, and feng shui.

Culture Yard 天井越洋 Language and culture courses with a community feel Area: Beixinqiao Recommended for: Total beginners and twentysomethings Cost: RMB 200/per class, RMB 600/per workshop (four-part) Contact: Culture Yard, no. 10 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District (8404 4166, contact@cultureyard.net) http://cultureyard.net 东城区 北新桥石雀胡同10号 Nestled in a picturesque hutong, Culture Yard lives up to its name. Not only does the center provide immersive language courses, it also hosts social events like hiking trips, movie nights, Thanksgiving dinner, mahjong workshops, and more. Culture Yard offers a four-part Chinese workshop that teaches basic vocabulary for everyday situations. More general courses are also available for building reading, writing, and listening skills. Recently, the center started an intensive HKS Level 1 and 2 class on weekdays.

The Frontiers School 北京富隆特文化有限公司 Language courses with a focus on business Area: Dongzhimen Recommended for: Young professionals and office workers Cost: RMB 95 per hour (general business Chinese course), RMB 115 per hour (short-term intensive business course) Contact: Mon-Fri 8.30am-9pm. 3/F, Blg 30, Dongzhong Lu, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District (6413 1547/8) www.frontiers.com.cn 朝阳区东直门外东中街30号30座3层 When doing business in China, your language skills should be spot on. The Frontiers School teaches language and practical skills for conducting business in China, including business writing, current affairs,

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Accredited with the Chinese Ministry of Education, this established chain of Chinese schools has recently opened a new branch in Sanlitun. Their classes are adapted for a variety of students, including HSK test takers, office workers, kids, and expat spouses. Courses typically run 60 to 72 hours in total, but the individual schedules can be tailored to fit students’ needs. Chinese calligraphy courses and other culture classes are also offered.

Area: Wangjing Recommended for: Advanced learners Cost: RMB 8,000 (morning session), RMB 6,500 (afternoon session) per semester Contact: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm. 3 Huajiadi Donglu, Chaoyang District (6472 1653, icec@camicec.cn) www.camicec.cn/english/main.asp 朝阳区花家地东路2号

A private Mandarin lesson at Culture Yard

and Chinese law. Teachers attend weekly training meetings to ensure they’re up to date on the latest curricula and teaching methods. The school can even help organize internships with local companies to put students’ language skills to the test.

HLCC Culture Center Regular and children’s Chinese courses Area: Shunyi Recommended for: Shunyi expats Cost: RMB 60 per hour (all levels) Contact: Rm 2751, 5/F, Bldg 27, Capital Paradise, Shunyi District (8046 3328) www.hlcc.asia 顺义区名都园27座5层2751


Newly relocated near the back entrance of Capital Paradise, HLCC is a culture center with language courses, art classes, tea workshops, cooking classes, and feng shui. The center was founded in 2005 by Halida, a young university graduate who started out by tutoring foreign students. Over time, she built herself a reputation in the Shunyi area and opened her own culture center. HLCC’s Chinese courses are divided into three levels and include kids’ programs, corporate lessons, and intensive classes. At RMB 60 an hour, prices are low compared to other schools.

Live the Language Mandarin School (LtL) More than a language class Area: CBD Recommended for: Busy professionals and serious learners



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Cost: RMB 126-145 for private lessons (varies according to the number of hours bought), RMB 190-215 for executive classes, RMB 2400 for group lessons at 4 hours/week, RMB 3,600 for group lessons at 6 hours/week. Contact: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 1611, Tower C, Sunshine 100, 2 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (5100 1269, info@livethelanguage.cn) www.livethelanguage.cn 朝阳区光华路2号阳光100国际公寓C座1611 LtL prides itself on its staff of certified teachers who hold university degrees in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. One-on-one classes feature a personalized curriculum and immersion opportunities outside the classroom. Lessons can be held at a location of the student’s choice within the Fourth Ring Road; teacher transportation is included in the course fees. Executive classes are tailored to business professionals; sessions can be canceled two hours in advance for free. For group classes, there’s a maximum of six students per group. Classes usually run for 12 weeks.

New Concept Mandarin 明德新意咨询服务深圳有限公司 Flexible private lessons and group classes Area: Sanyuan Qiao Recommended for: Serious learners and on-the-go professionals Cost: RMB 120 per hour (small group class), RMB 400 per hour (private class). Prices vary widely according to level and program type. Contact: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 1903, Bldg B, Ocean Express, 66 Xiaguang Li, Sanyuan Dongqiao, Chaoyang District (8446 6455, beijing@newconceptmandarin.com) www.newconceptmandarin.com 朝阳区三元东桥霞光里66号远洋新干线B座1903

New Concept Mandarin offers a variety of Mandarin programs planned completely around your schedule, language level, and location. Their lessons concentrate on three different settings: survival Chinese, social Chinese, and business Chinese. There’s also the center’s Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP), which is something like a language boot camp; students are housed in one of New Concept Mandarin’s Immersion Centers and put in real-life situations from day one. There are six Immersion Centers in mainland China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, and Shenzhen.

TailorMade Chinese Center 北京泰莱梅德文化交流有限公司 Practical and affordable Mandarin lessons Area: CBD Recommended for: Stay-at-home parents and people who work from home Cost: RMB 115-135 per hour (private lessons), RMB 39-78 per hour (private group lessons). Contact: Daily 7am-10pm. Rm 810, North Tower B, Shangdu SOHO, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5900 5420) www.tailormadechinese.com 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO尚都北塔810 For learners who need the classroom brought to their doorstep, TailorMade Chinese Center offers classes online or at a location of the student’s choice. Students can choose from one of the center’s two streams or combine the approaches: the core method (consisting of five Mandarin levels) and business Chinese. If you live in the same compound as other foreigners who want to learn Chinese, save money by putting together your own learning group. The more students and number of hours you purchase, the less you pay.

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) 对外经济贸易大学 Intensive Chinese university courses Area: Huixin Xijie Recommended for: Serious learners Cost: RMB 9,900 (first semester), RMB 9,100 (each subsequent semester), RMB 660 (application fee) Contact: 10 Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District (6449 2131, sie@uibe.edu.cn) www.uibe.edu.cn 朝阳区惠新东街10号 Unlike most universities, UIBE is located in Chaoyang District, near Huixin Xijie Nankou subway station on Line 10. The school’s intensive Mandarin courses are suitable for those who want to improve their language skills as rapidly as possible. UIBE’s programs include regular Chinese classes and business Chinese classes that take two to three semesters to complete. Both involve a heavy workload, so prepare to buckle down and do a lot of self-studying.

Xinhanji Chinese Language International College 新瀚吉汉语国际学院 One-on-one and small group learning Area: Sanlitun Recommended for: Sanlitun residents Cost: RMB 85 per hour (intensive private lessons), RMB 120 (conversational private lessons), RMB 100 (business Chinese beginner classes). Discounts available for small group classes. Contact: Rm 1502B, Bldg A, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District (400 888 2368) 朝阳区三里屯SOHO A座1502B室


Xinhanji provides intensive and conversational Chinese language courses at different levels, with classes for kids, business professionals, and regular students. Class sizes are limited to one-on-one private lessons and small group lessons of three to five people. In addition, Xinhanji offers culture courses and music courses in traditional Chinese instruments like the erhu and pipa.

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To Be Mobile Acquiring and recharging a cell phone by Kara Chin and Diana Dai


“Wei?” says five-year-old Kalia Kau, a student at The Canadian International School of Beijing



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photo: sui


aving a mobile phone in Beijing makes life easier. More often than not, you’ll find yourself in a taxi with a driver who isn’t familiar with the destination; in which case, you’ll need to call up the venue or a Chinese-speaking friend.

Purchasing a Mobile Phone We suggest going to an established chain to buy your first phone. Places like Dazhong, Gome, Wal-Mart, and Suning offer legitimate guarantees and prices are reasonable (see Directory for listings). A very basic Nokia should cost no more than RMB 300. Standalone stores like Nokia and Apple have more advanced options. Silk Street and Yashow Market carry cheap mobile phones, but there are no guarantees if you purchase anything from these markets. Zhongguancun is the largest electronics market in Beijing, offering genuine products. But be warned: Zhongguancun is a maze, requiring a lot of patience and a good sense of direction. Use your judgment when purchasing, but usually they are honest when something is real or fake. If you want to go straight to the source (China Mobile, China Unicom or China Telecom) to buy a phone, remember to bring your passport for verification. If your main concern is practicality, then a trusty Nokia or Motorola handset will do. For something more advanced, HTC, Blackberry, Apple, and other big-name brands are available in China. For the fancier phones, expect to pay in the region of RMB 1,500 to RMB 6,000 for the handset alone. You can also buy the phone as part of a price plan. If you are bringing a mobile phone from overseas, make sure it’s “unlocked” so you can easily interchange SIM cards.

SIM Cards Within China, you can choose from three major providers: China Unicom, China Mobile, and China Telecom. After calling each provider’s English-language customer hotline and testing their tolerance for the phrase “My Chinese is very bad,” we found that China Telecom’s customer service was the worst out of the bunch. Prepaid SIM cards are available from newspaper stalls on the street, tobacco stores and snack stores, as well as branches of China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom. SIM cards generally cost RMB 100 or less and come with credit. Prepaid SIM cards usually charge RMB 0.60 per minute for incoming and outgoing calls and RMB 0.10 per SMS.

Topping Up Top-up cards (RMB 30, 50 and 100) can be bought at local tobacco and snack shops. Remember to ask for a card that matches your network provider. If you are paying monthly for a price plan, most networks provide an online service where you can buy call credit with your bank or credit card. Most local Chinese cards are accepted, but check to see if you can use a foreign card.

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Vocabulary I want to buy one … Wǒ yāo mǎi yī gè … 我要买一个...

Do you have… Yǒu méi yǒu ... 有没有...

How much does it cost? Duōshǎo qián? 多少钱?

Cell phone Shǒujī 手机

RMB 50 Wǔshí yuán 五十元

SIM card SIM kǎ SIM 卡

RMB 100 Yībǎi yuán 一百元

IP Card IP kǎ IP 卡

RESOURCES Apple Store 苹果专卖店 Daily 10am-10pm. Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6419 8900) www.apple.com.cn 朝阳区 三里屯路19号院三里屯Village南区6号楼 China Mobile 中国移动 Daily 9am-7pm. Near Guomao Subway Station Exit D, B1/F, Guoyi Guangchang, Jianguomenwei Dajie, Chaoyang District (6566 0399, 10086, 24 hour service) 朝阳区建国门外大街国宜 广场B1国贸地铁D口 China Telecom 中国电信 Daily 9am-7pm. 21 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Chaoyang District (5950 3000, 10000, 24 hour service) 朝阳区朝阳门北大街21号 China Unicom 中国联通 Daily 9am-5pm. B1/F, Tower 1, Guomao Dasha, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (10010, 24 hour service) 朝阳区建国门 外大街1号国贸大厦1座B1层 Zhongguancun E-Mall 中关村E世界1数码广场 Daily 9am-7pm. 11 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District (6268 1888) 海淀区中关村大街11号

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To call overseas, go into any of the large China Mobile, China Unicom or China Telecom centers with your phone and passport. Once you have registered with them, they will activate your SIM so it can make calls abroad. Note that you will need to pay a deposit of around RMB 500. International calls range from RMB 0.30 to RMB 4 per minute, depending on your location in China. Another option for making calls abroad is Skype (www.skype.com). The software is free and downloads to your computer. On their website, they provide details on a variety of calling plans, including unlimited calling between two countries for a reasonable monthly fee. You may also call abroad is using IP cards. These can be bought at newspaper stalls, tobacco shops and snack shops. IP cards usually cost RMB 30-40, or you can purchase three for RMB 100. Call the number on the card. Press “2” for English and follow the instructions. Prices range from RMB 0.30 to RMB 4 per minute, depending on your location within China.

China Unicom can provide compatible 3G services. Go to your service provider (again, with your passport) and upgrade then and there. You can normally find an English-speaking assistant to help you. 3G prices at China Unicom start at RMB 46 per month and go up to RMB 1,000 per month, depending on which services you want. As a rough guide, RMB 96 per month with China Unicom will get you 300MB of data and 240 minutes. SIM cards for iPhones cost RMB 45 and can be purchased at any China Unicom service office. To obtain a SIM card compatible for an iPhone, you will need to bring your passport (ID card) to any service office, a fee will occur according to different offices. If you have a compatible SIM card, but need it to be cut, select Unicom service centers will cut a regular size SIM card into a micro-SIM card for free. For 3G and payment plans, you will have to pay a deposit and register with your passport. Just get past all the form-signing and before you know it, you’ll be free as a bird (attached to a very reasonable price plan).

Global Goodies Discover new flavors or find your favorites from home by Kara Chin and Diana Dai


ow that you’re in Beijing, there may be a few things from home that you’re sure to miss. With all that Beijing has to offer, the capital can be your home away from home or your window into another culture. Reminisce or simply explore by digging into an American breakfast, biting into an Aussie burger, watching a French film, reading Japanese manga, or swaying to the beat of Bollywood music.

The US Head to American Steak and Eggs, Chef Too, or Grandma’s Kitchen for a hearty American breakfast. If it’s bagels you’re after, try Moss Coffee and Bagels, Rug Bagel and Cafe, or Mrs Shanen’s Bagels. Grab a piping hot slice of pizza at kid-friendly Kro’s Nest or Hutong Pizza. Nothing says U-S-A like a piece of sweet apple pie – head to Alba or order one from Pie House. All-American threads are sold at American Apparel (all clothing is made in Los Angeles), Levi’s, and Gap. Thrifty spenders who miss Goodwill and the Salvation Army should drop by the second-hand stores at the north entrance of Nanluogu Xiang or pick up treasures from Roundabout Charity Store in Shunyi. Check out Kidsland for American toys like Barbie, Transformers and Matchbox cars.

Indonesia Beijing lacks an authentic Indonesian restaurant, but there are two ThaiIndonesian eateries that might satisfy your Indo fix: Bali Thai and Bali Papaya. To stock up for home, head to Jenny Lou’s, BHG, or Sanyuanli Market. Alternatively, place an order at Indocentre, then stop by to collect your goodies. Some of Indonesia’s best treats include Indomie and Mie Sedap instant noodles, Teh Sosro bottled tea, Indocafe coffee mix, Kecap Bango and ABC sweet soy sauce, as well as Indofood and ABC chili sauce. Indocentre can also help you book plane tickets to Indonesia.



Indian grocery store Qi Yuan in Sanlitun stocks fragrant spices and can deliver to your door. Dip into a delicious curry with homemade naan at one of Beijing’s finest Indian restaurants: Ganges Indian Restaurant, The Taj Pavilion, or Indian Kitchen. Ganges also has live Bollywood dance performances every Thursday to Sunday (7-9.30pm) at its location in The Place And if you’d like henna done for a special occasion (RMB 50 per hand), contact Ms. Sangeeta or Rakesh at 130 5145 8559, 152 1067 2975, or 151 1007 1151. They also do Indian trimming, waxing, and facials.

Canada The Box serves poutine (fries with cheese curds and gravy), while April Gourmet and Jenny Lou’s stock maple syrup. Boucherie Michel, while French, has tasty smoked salmon for hungry, nostalgic Canadians. Those itching to hit the ice should lace up at All Star Champion Skating Rink (All Star) or Le Cool. Ice skating and hockey



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gear can be found at All Star. Hiking enthusiasts should contact Beijing Hikers or Dandelion Hiking for hikes around the capital.

Australia Jenny Lou’s, April Gourmet, and BHG have Australian goodies like Tim Tams, Arnott’s Mint Slices, and Vegemite. Shop on Taobao if it’s Minties you crave. Chow down on a true Aussie burger with egg and beetroot at Let’s Burger or Blue Frog. Or, make your own burger on the barbie with a Villa Lifestyles grill. Australian Meilian Tan bakes lamingtons, Tim Tam cheesecakes, and pavlova to perfection – all available for delivery via Sweet Tooth. Cafe Flatwhite has long blacks and flat whites (Americano and milky cafe latte respectively). The Wine Republic sells a wide variety of Australian wines. Aunew stocks Australian and New Zealand goods ranging from Ugg boots to imported milk powder and vitamins. Amazon sells books by popular Australian children’s author Mem Fox. For sport enthusiasts, Beijing Bombers has both Australian Rules (AFL) and cricket leagues. Cricket players can also check out Beijing Cricket Club.

Japan Dig in to fresh seafood or grilled skewers at Japanese restaurant Suzumei or try yakitori at Tori Tei. Sake Manzo makes delectable fresh tofu daily. Stop by Sanyuanli Market to purchase fresh seafood and Japanese produce, or try Japanese supermarket chain Freshness. For more things Japanese, shop at Uniqlo for fashionable threads or Muji for stationary, furniture, homewares, kitchenware, clothing and shoes. And if you can’t find manga at Wangfujing Foreign Bookstore or Xidan, try Taobao.

The UK Dive into fish and chips at Let’s Seafood or enjoy bangers and mash at Parkside Bar and Grill. In the afternoons, Raffles Beijing offers a delightful tea set, complete with finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and sparkling wine for adults. For Marmite and HP sauce, stop by Jenny Lou’s, April Gourmet, or BHG. Stock up on harder-to-find items like Kendal mint cake, Tetley tea, and scones at Sanyuanli Market. Wangfujing Foreign Bookstore carries Peter Rabbit books and Amazon has Paddington Bear, the Spot series, and Kipper the dog books. For British Beano comics, search Taobao.

Brazil Get your Brazilian grill on at Latin Grillhouse, Brazilian Barbeque Gauchos, or Brazilian Churrascos. Adults can try Brazilian martial arts at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club, which offers

Brazilian jiujitsu as well as Thai boxing, Western boxing, judo, and wushu. Instructors are internationally-trained and certified. Contact Capoeira Beijing for capoeira or move your body to authentic Brazilian Samba with SambAsia Beijing Club. They also teach Samba drumming.

Sweet Tooth (150 1121 7173 Meilian Tan, contact@sweettoothbeijing.com, order@sweettoothbeijing.com) http://sweettoothbeijing.com


The Wine Republic Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Call ahead, pick-up only. Rm 303, Bldg 11, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5869 7050) 朝阳区东三环路39号建外 Soho11座303室

For all things French, head to the French Cultural Centre, which has a library full of French books, movie viewing stations, a kids’ corner, a movie theater, a cafe, and a bookstore. Check www.ccfpekin.org for movie listings. Jacadi carries French clothes for babies and children, and Lacoste has French apparel for adults. Pick up a fresh baguette or croissants at Comptoirs de France or Paris Baguette. For French cheeses and wines, stop by Jenny Lou’s and April Gourmet. Parents can have a romantic dinner for two at Maison Boulud or Café de la Poste. Satisfy your crepe craving at Crêpanini or Jaya Cafe.

South Korea There is plenty of tasty Korean hot pot and grilled barbeque meats and veggies to be found at one of Wudaokou’s or Wangjing’s many Korean restaurants. But if the trek is too far, try Ai Jiang Shan in Lido, Saveurs de Corée in Nanluogu Xiang, or Han Na Shan – a popular chain restaurant with various locations. Check the Korean Culture Center website (http://china.korean-culture.org/welcome.do, Chinese only) for Korean art-centric events, such as photo exhibits, art auctions and film screenings. For the latest Korean trends, head to the Korean Fashion Market in Haidian and don’t forget to bargain hard.

Resources Amazon (China) www.amazon.cn April Gourmet Daily 8am-midnight. 1/F Jiezuo Mansion, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District (6417 7970)朝阳区三里屯幸福村中 路杰作大厦1层 See Directory under Family Life for more locations. BHG Market Place 北京华联超市 Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6808) 朝阳区蓝色港湾地下1层 See Directory under Family Life for more locations. Jenny Lou’s Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District (6501 6249)朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧 See Directory under Family Life for more locations. Sanyuanli Market 三源里市场 Daily 5am-7pm. Shunyuan Jie (west of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District 朝阳区顺源(三元东桥西侧) Taobao www.taobao.com

Aunew 澳纽之窗 Daily 10am-8.30pm. 1501, Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (8589 3893) 朝阳区建国路88号SOHO现代城C 座底商1501号 Beijing Bombers RMB 20 for club members (RMB 200 per membership), RMB 30 for non-members per session. Every Sat 3-5pm, Beijing City International School (outback. esl@gmail.com) Beijing Cricket Club RMB 300 for social membership, RMB 100 per match (league game), RMB 30 per match (Twenty20 game) www.bjcricketclub.org Blue Frog 蓝蛙 Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 4030) 朝阳区三里屯北路 19号三里屯Village南区4号楼3层 S4-30 Cafe Flatwhite 仙英咖啡 Daily 8am-9pm. Unit 2, Bldg 6, Tayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound, 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District (8532 1992) 朝阳区新东路1号6号楼2门12室 Let’s Burger 1) Daily 10.30am-11pm. B1/F, Sanlitun Village North, Chaoyang District (6415 2772) 朝阳区三里屯 Village北地下1层; 2) Daily 10am9pm. 29-102, Pinnacle Avenue, Liyuan Jie, Shunyi District (8416 7803) 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和 商业中心29-102 Villa Lifestyles 别墅生活方式 Daily 9am-6pm. 4/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District (6457 1922, 8046 1260) www.villalifestyles.cn 顺义区顺义区天竺镇裕祥路99号 欧陆广场4层

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Brazilian Barbeque Gauchos 卡乌秀巴西烤肉 Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.309.30pm. 20 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (inside third gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District (8595 2661) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路20号 (朝阳公园3号门内) Brazilian Churrascos 巴西烤 肉自助餐厅 Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3010pm. RMB 118-268 (plus 15% surcharge). 1/F Crowne Plaza Park View Wuzhou, 8 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (8498 2288 ext 6178) 朝阳区北四环中 路8号五洲皇冠假日酒店1层 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club 北京巴西柔术俱乐部 Mon, Fri, Sun 6.30-8pm, Tue-Thu 8-9.30pm, Sat 4-6pm. RMB 680/ month. 17 Hepingli Zhongjie, Dongcheng District (5129 5028, 138 0137 8214, 139 0110 2019, andypi@mmachina.com) www.beijingbjj.com 东城区和平 里中街17号 Capoeira Beijing RMB 400 (10 lessons), RMB 60 per lesson. E-52 Total Fitness: Mon-Wed and Fri 8.15-9.45pm, Tue 8.15-9.45pm; Shichahai Sports School: Every second Thu 7.30-9.30pm; BLCU: Sun 3.306pm. 1) E-52 Total Fitness Gym, 5F, Tianyuan Heping Dasha, Hep-




Wangfujing Foreign Bookstore 外文书店 Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 235 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (6512 6903) 东城区王府井大街235号


ingli Zhongjie, Dongcheng District 东城区和平里中街天元和平大 厦5层卓为阳光健身俱乐部; 2) Beijing Shichahai Sports School, 57 Di’anmen Xidajie, Xicheng District 西城区地安门西大街57 号 北京什刹海体育运动学校; 3) Beijing Language and Culture University, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District 海淀区成福路北京语言 大学 (186 1170 5854 Morena) www.capoeirabeijing.com

World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 5776, lecool@cwtc.com) www.lecoolicerink.com 朝阳区 建国门外大街1号国贸地下2层 国 贸溜冰场 The Box Daily 11am-midnight. 5A Qianmachang Hutong (opposite Café Sambal), Jiugulou Dajie, Xicheng District (6401 3293) 西城区旧鼓 楼大街前马厂胡同甲5号

Latin Grillhouse 拉丁餐厅 Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 5-11pm. SatSun 11am-3.30pm, 5-11pm. C111, Block 1, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6126/8) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6 号蓝色港湾国际商区1号楼C1-11


Cafe de la Poste 云游驿 Daily noon-2.30pm, 6pm-midnight. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District (6402 7047) 东城区雍和宫大街58号

All Star Champion Skating Club 全明星滑冰俱乐部 Daily 10am-9:40pm. RMB 30 (before 6 pm), RMB 40 (after 6pm), RMB 50 (holidays and weekends) for admission. 1/F, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu., Chaoyang District (5905 6328) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6 号蓝色港湾国际商区首层 Beijing Hikers (6432 2786, info@beijinghikers. com) www.beijinghikers.com


Boucherie Michel 米歇尔肉店 Daily 9am-8pm. 1/F, Jiezuo Dasha, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6417 0489) 朝阳区幸福 村中路杰座大厦底层 Dandelion Hiking (156 5220 0950 , info@chinahiking.cn) http://chinahiking.cn Le Cool Daily 10am-10pm. B2/F, China



Jaya Cafe 三轩茶屋 Mon-Thu 11.30am-11pm, Fri-Sun 11.30am-midnight. SLG53, B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6416 2966) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里 屯Village南区地下一层SLG53 Lacoste 鳄鱼 Daily 10am-10pm. S8-12, 22, Sanlitun Village, Chaoyang District (6416 8301) www.lacoste. com 朝 阳 区 三 里 屯 北 路 8 号 楼 12-22商铺 Maison Boulud 布鲁宫法餐厅 Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm, Sat-Sun (brunch) 11am-4pm, 6-10pm. 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (6559 9200) 东城区前门东大街23号

SambAsia Beijing Club (sambasiabeijing@gmail.com) www.sambasiabeijing.com


朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城 地下1层NB135-137

Paris Baguette 巴黎贝 Daily 7am-11pm. B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 4277) 朝阳区建国 门外大街1号国贸商城地下1层

Comptoirs de France 法派 Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (5135 7645) 朝阳区将台路乙2号 海润国际公寓商业5号楼1层 See Directory under Family Dining for more listings. Crêpanini 可百尼尼 Sun-Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Unit A110, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District (5208 6092/93) 朝阳区 三里屯北路81号那里花园1层酒 吧街对面 French Cultural Centre 法国 文化中心 Library: Wed 10.30am-8.30pm, Thu-Tue 10.30am-6.30pm. Library fees: RMB220/year, RMB100/year (students), RMB80/season. 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District (6553 2627) www.ccfpekin.org 朝阳区工体西路18号 Jacadi 亚卡迪 Daily 10am-9.30pm. NB135-137, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 0766) Home & Relocation Guide 2012-2013

(opposite Korean embassy), Chaoyang District (6462 7255) 朝阳区三里屯北小街2号2楼 The Taj Pavilion 泰姬楼印度 餐厅 Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District (8046 3238) 顺义区天竺 镇裕翔路99号欧陆时尚购物中 心L222室. See Directory under Indian for more listings. Qi Yuan Daily 9am-9pm. 8 Sanlitun Nanxiaojie (opposite Sanlitun PSB), Chaoyang District (6415 0392) 朝阳区三里屯南小街8号 (三里屯派出所对面)


Bali Papaya Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District (5208 6029) 朝 阳区三里屯路81号那里花园2层


Bollywood Classes with Irit For adults. RMB 60 per class. Every Tue at 2.30-3.30pm and every Thu at 2.30-3.30pm. River Garden Clubhouse studio, Shunyi District (iritmike@gmail.com)

Bali Thai 巴厘泰 Daily 11am-10pm. 5/F, Raffles City Mall, 1 Dongzhimennan Dajie, Dongcheng District (8409 4356) 东城区东直门南大街1号 福 士中心5层 Indocentre Pick up only, no delivery. Rm 1204, Bldg1, Huaqing Jiayuan Apartments, Haidian District (159 1077 6675 Bobo, Chinese only) 海淀区华清家园1号楼1204室

Ganges Indian Restaurant 恒河印度餐厅 Daily 10am-11pm. 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (6587 2999) www.ganges-restaurant.com 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地下 1层138A See Directory under Indian for more listings. Indian Kitchen 印度小厨 Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3011pm. 2/F, 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie


Freshness 生鲜馆 1) Daily 9am-10pm. 2/F, Longbao

Dasha, 36 Maizi Dian, Chaoyang District (6591 9262) 朝阳区麦 子店36号龙宝大厦2楼; 2) Daily 9am-10pm. Inside of Longtou Gongyu, 8 Nanxinyuan Lu (behind Nation Library), Chaoyang District (8732 8650)朝阳区南新园西路8 号龙头公寓内(首图后) Muji 无印良品 1) Daily 10am-10pm. SMM7379, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, (5905 6848) www.muji. net 蓝色港湾国际商区1号楼M层 SMM73-79; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. L322-330, Xin Kong Place, 6 Xidawanglu (5969 5948) 西大望路甲6 号华贸购物中心L322-330店铺 Sake Manzo Daily 6pm-midnight. 7A Tuanjiehu Beisantiao, Chaoyang District (6436 1608) www.manzo-dining.com 朝阳区团结湖北三条甲7号

Korean Fashion Market 韩国 服饰城 Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Dongsheng Dasha, Chengfu Lu (east of Wudaokou Cinema), Haidian District 海淀区成府路东升大厦 1楼韩国服饰城(五道口电影院 东侧) Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆 Daily noon-10.30pm. 29 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District (6401 6083) 东城区南锣鼓巷29号

Uniqlo 优衣库 Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. Bldg 10, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6413 1320) 朝 阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village 南区10号楼

The UK

Let’s Seafood 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 Orange Tree Bistro 橘子树 西餐 Daily 11am-11.30pm. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near Yandai Xiejie, north of Houhai lake), Xicheng District (6401 7797) 西城区大石碑胡同27 号(后海烟袋斜街附近) Park Side Bar and Grill 园景 Daily 10am-late. 9-6 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District (6444 6555) 朝阳区将台西路9-6号(珀丽酒 店对面)

South Korea

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 American Apparel Daily 11am-10pm. Room C101, First Floor, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District (5208 6022) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那 里花园1层C101

Raffles Beijing RMB 268+ per afternoon tea set. Daily 2.30-5.30 pm. Writers Bar, Raffles Beijing (6526 3388 ext 4181)

Chef Too 美西西餐厅 Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm, Tue-Sun 5-10pm. Opposite of West gate (Gate 3) of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District (6591 8676) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门 (3号门)对面 Gap Daily 10am-10pm. 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (5817 7150) 东城区王府井大街 138号 Grandma’s Kitchen 祖 母 的 厨房 Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong (across from Beixinqiao subway exit C), Dongcheng District (8403 9452) 东城区北 新桥石雀胡同28号(地铁五号线 北新桥站C出口) See Directory under Family Dining for more locations. Hutong Pizza 胡同比萨 Daily 11am-10.30pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District (8322 8916) 西城区银锭 桥胡同9号

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Kro’s Nest 乌巢 Mon-Thu 10am-midnight, FriSun 10-1am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu (oppposite Renaissance Beijing Chaoyang Hote), Chaoyang District (8391 3131) 朝阳区霄云路35 号(国航大厦万丽酒店对面) See Directory under Family Dining for more locations. Levi’s Daily 10am-10pm. Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6416 2216) 朝阳区三里 屯路19号 Moss Coffee and Bagels 摩 卡咖啡 Mon-Fri 7.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-10pm. 0171, Bldg C, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (5900 3348) 朝阳区朝外大街乙6 号朝外SohoC座0171 Mrs Shanen’s Bagels 单太太 贝谷面包房 Sun-Thu 7.30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District (8046 4301) 顺义区西白辛庄开 发街5号 Pie House 派悦坊 Daily 9am-9pm. Delivery only, five hours in advance. Dongcheng District (5166 4464) 东城区 Roundabout Distribution Center Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm. 10 Anhua Jie (behind Yosemite), Shunyi District (137 1877 7761 English, 137 1805 3814 Chinese) www.roundaboutchina.com 顺义 区安华街10号(优山美地后面) Rug Bagel and Cafe Tue-Fri 11.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-8pm. 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(朝阳公园南门对面)




Ai Jiang Shan 爱江山 Daily 11am-10pm. North Gate of Si’de Park, 39 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District (8456 9511) 朝阳区将台西路四德公园北门

The US

American Steak and Eggs 喜 来中北美西餐 Daily 7am-midnight. Xiushui Nanjie (north of the Friendship Store), Chaoyang District (6592 8088/8788) 朝 阳 区 建 国 门 外 秀水南街(友谊商店北面) See Directory under Family Dining for more listings.

Suzumei Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight. 1/F, Bldg 6, Sanyuanli Residential Compound (north side), 2 Xinyuan Jie, Chaoyang District (6466 0204) 朝阳区新源街2号三源里小区6号 楼1层北侧 Tori Tei Daily 11am-midnight. 8 Xinyuanli Zhongjie, Chaoyang District (6461 4513) 朝阳区新源里中街8号

Kidsland Daily 10am-10pm. L407, South Place, The Place. 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District(6587 1481, 6448 2105 ext 128) 朝阳区光华 路9号世贸天阶南街四层L407. See Directory under Family Dining for more locations.

Han Na Shan 汉拿山 Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 8/F, Viva Shopping Mall, Fuli City, 65 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District (5903 7358) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路65号富 力广场8楼

Honey, I’m Home Where to pick up home essentials in Beijing


ne of the best things about moving is the process of turning a new house into home, sweet home. Beijing has a huge selection of decoration and renovation stores, not to mention sprawling local markets. To get you started, we’ve picked out the best places to buy home essentials like bedding, houseplants, drinking water, appliances, and more. Happy nesting! British School of Beijing students Fiona (8) and Isla McVeigh (5) duke it out



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by Sijia Chen

Air Purifiers


Air pollution is arguably the biggest concern for expat families living in Beijing. Rather than getting bogged down with scary figures, here’s what you can do to combat poor air quality: Wear a face mask like the N95, Respro, or Totobobo (available at Jenny Lou’s, World Health Store, and Torana Clean Air Center). When you cycle, select houseplants from NASA’s list of best greenery for improving indoor air quality (see below for more information), and consider investing in a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arresting) air purifier for the house.

Your skin rests against the bed sheets every night, so consider investing in higher quality materials for comfort and peace of mind. In Chinese, bed sheets are called chuangdan (床单), pillows are zhentou (枕头), comforters are beizi (被子), duvet covers are beitao (被套), mattresses are chuangdian (床垫), and cushions are dianzi (垫子).

Alen US-based Alen is one of three main brands of air purifiers bought by expat families in Beijing, the others being Blueair (sold at Torana Clean Air Center) and IQAir. The company has two air purifier models: the Paralda HEPA Air Purifier for RMB 4,980 and the A375UV MultiGas HEPA Air Purifier for RMB 5,980. Alen’s products conform to the European Union’s RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directive and carry a lifetime warranty. IQAir The flagship line of Switzerland’s IQAir is its HealthPro series. The company’s best-selling model is the HealthPro 250 (which retails for RMB 14,980), but offers a wide range of models for both residential and commercial use. Torana Clean Air Center Torana Clean Air Center is the official distributor for Sweden’s Blueair air purifiers; units range from RMB 1,888 for single-room models to RMB 10,782 for large-scale models. Torana also sells Stadler Form humidifiers, Totobobo cycling masks, and replacement filters.

Appliances and Electronics With so many electronics and home appliance chains around the city, you won’t miss Western retailers like Best Buy for a second. Given Beijing’s arid climate, it’s a good idea to invest in a decent quality humidier (加水器). Most apartments aren’t equipped with an oven, so consider getting a larger toaster oven (电烤箱) if you like to bake. Bainaohui Bainaohui is a one-stop shopping destination (a cluster of buildings) for all things electronic: printers, game consoles, cameras, phones, laptops, accessories – you name it. Prices will be a bit higher than at Zhongguancun E-Mall in Haidian District, but the selection is pretty much the same and the mall is more conveniently located. Dazhong Electronics Along with Suning and Gome, Dazhong is one of the biggest appliance and electronics retailers in the city. You’ll find TVs, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, mobile phones, digital cameras, computers, speakers, desk lamps, waffle irons, and everything in between. Gome In addition to home appliances, Gome stocks big-ticket electronics like computers and digital cameras, as well as toys, home textiles, portable barbecues, cleaning supplies, gym equipment, and car accessories. Order directly from Gome’s website or stop by one of their stores.

Ikea Twenty-five percent of the cotton used for Ikea’s textiles is grown through the Better Cotton Initiative, which helps farmers in India and Pakistan maximize profits while conserving resources. It’s not organic, but it’s a step in the right direction. Ikea sells bed linen, quilts, pillows, bedspreads, blankets, and throws. A queen size duvet cover set will run you about RMB 249 to RMB 399. Muji This stylish Japanese chain sells duvet blankets, towels, pillows, and duvet covers in neutral brown, beige, navy, gray, taupe, and white. Bedding materials include washed cotton (水洗棉), Xinjiang cotton (新疆棉), a cotton linen mix (混纺柔软棉), and cotton jersey (柔软拉 毛). A 210cm x 210cm duvet cover (slightly smaller than queen size) at Muji costs RMB 325 to RMB 550 depending on the material. Muxiyuan Fabric Market The area south of Muxiyuan Qiao in Fengtai District abounds with fabric markets; one of the biggest is Jingdu Qingfangcheng (京都轻纺城). Muxiyuan’s labyrinthine stalls sell a huge array of fabrics (including silk, cashmere, lace, and cotton), but it might take you a while to find the nice stuff. You can also get clothing or bedding made on the spot. To get a queen size duvet cover made, you’ll need about 6.5 to 7m of fabric. Don’t forget to haggle.

Bicycles Because of the city’s flatness, few places are better-suited to cycling than Beijing. Weaving between the reckless bengbengche (motorcycle taxis) and honking city buses is a bit intimidating at first, but you’ll soon find yourself zipping along happily on your bike. Save your voice and buy yourself a bike bell; the strident ringing is surprisingly effective for clearing crowds. And stay safe: wear a helmet! BikesBeijing BikesBeijing is an English language website dedicated to bicycles and scooters. The site includes a small online shop, a forum, and a classifieds section where members can post “for sale” and wanted ads. BikesBeijing delivers all its wares within five days, and customers can choose to pay at the door or via bank transfer. Alternatively, you can pick up your order at their Wangjing office. Currently, the website offers Dahon, Giant, and Oyama bicycles for RMB 999 to RMB 4,449, as well as electric and gas scooters for RMB 2,299 to RMB 8,999. Giant Giant is a Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer with more than 10,000 stores in 50 countries. High-performance road bicycles and mountain bicycles make up the bulk of its selection (ranging from RMB 4,198 to above RMB 10,000), but some shops also carry “lifestyle” bicycles starting from RMB 1,598.

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Suning You’ll find everything you need here, from steam cleaners to toaster ovens and HDMI cables to mobile phones. To buy from Suning, you’ll have to become a member; simply bring your passport and go to the service desk (usually located at the back of the store on the ground floor), then fill out the necessary paperwork.

Aussino With 400 stores throughout China, US-based bedding retailer Aussino boasts a high-profile brand partnership with actress Vicky Zhao (赵薇). Their product lines include Aussino Kids, Aussino Babies, and Aussino Inspire with bold patterns that are perfect for teens.

Decathlon This French sports chain carries affordable gear for a wide variety of sports: cycling, hiking, swimming, basketball, mountaineering, rock climbing, judo, and more. Decathlon carries leisure, mountain, and folding bicycles ranging from RMB 599 to RMB 3,499. To preview the store’s wares, visit its website at www.decathlon.com.cn.

Furniture Whether your taste runs to Western-style pieces from Ikea or Chinese antiques, Beijing’s got a furniture market for you. A word of caution when it comes to antiques: China abounds with fakes, so consult a reputable dealer like Lily Quan of Lily’s Antiques if it’s the real deal you’re after. Aika This warehouse-style chain sells affordable modern furniture from a variety of domestic brands, including trundle beds and bunk beds for kids. The showroom is somewhat haphazardly divided by brand, so set aside plenty of time for shopping. Gaobeidian Furniture Street Just east of Sihui, Gaobeidian Furniture Street is rife with warehouses that contain Qing and Ming reproductions. Formerly known as the antiques village of Beijing, Gaobeidian is now a more commercialized area. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the huge selection of

bed frames, chairs, benches, tables, drums, and more, the vendors can custom build furniture for you. QM Furniture QM Furniture (also known as Qumei) offers modern Danish-designed furniture at Chinese prices. Recently, the company introduced a line of contemporary Chinese furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom, and home office. Lily’s Antiques Founded in 1999, Lily’s Antiques has built a reputation as the furniture dealer with the best service in town. In addition to high-quality Chinese antique reproductions, Lily’s Antiques carries Pakistani rugs, Indian trunks, Italian sofas, Brazilian coffee tables, and more. The centerpiece of the store is a 6,000sqm showroom in Gaobeidian Furniture Street. There’s also “Lily’s Museum,” a showcase of real antique furniture for serious buyers, and “Lily’s Cafe,” a place for shoppers to take a welldeserved break. Furniture generally ranges from RMB 1,000 to RMB 5,000 and includes a one-year guarantee. Panjiayuan Market This “antiques” market definitely leans to the touristy side, with Qingstyle furniture, life-sized terracotta warriors, vintage photographs, porcelain ware, wall scrolls, curios, and more. The vast majority of the items on offer are fakes, so haggle accordingly. The best bargains can be found early on weekend mornings, between 6am and 8.30am. Radiance Radiance is a classy Shunyi-based retailer that sells Chinese furniture, porcelain ware, gifts, lamps, and linen. Their selection of classical Chinese furniture includes both reproductions and real pieces made from elm, camphor, willow, fir, pine, and more. Find screens, boxes, trunks, cabinets, tables, chairs, and curios.

Houseplants Houseplants are a cheap and easy way to cleanse indoor air of toxins like ammonia, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and benzene. According to NASA, the top ten plants are areca palm (槟榔树), peace lily (和平百 合), Boston fern (波士顿蕨), dwarf date palm (矮海枣), dracanea (龙血 树), rubber plant (橡胶树), philodendron (蔓绿绒), bamboo palm (雪佛 里椰子), ficus alii (亚里垂榕), and lady palm (筋头竹). Look for them at any of Beijing’s huge flower markets, such as the Liangma Flower Market, Laitai Flower Market, or Huaxiang Flower Market. Haggle for a lower price if you’re buying in bulk and pick up black soil, fertilizer, gardening tools, and seed packets while you’re at it. Some, like the Liangma Flower Market, deliver straight to your door and offer home decoration items as well.

Paint Is your house looking a bit “blah”? Repainting the walls is an easy way to transform the look and feel of a room. If you don’t feel like re-doing the whole apartment, paint some eye-catching color accents instead. Look for zero-VOC (零VOC) or low-VOC (低VOC) paints, which contain fewer or no volatile organic compounds harmful to the environment and human health.

Fiona pours herself a tall glass of clean drinking water



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Leroy Merlin French-owned Leroy Merlin has a huge warehouse store that carries decoration, building, renovation, and gardening supplies. Its selection of imported low-VOC paints includes brands like Dulux (Netherlands), Tikkurila (Sweden), and PPG (US).

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Easy Home This home renovation chain has a huge selection of paint, tiles, doors, windows, wallpaper, wood flooring, carpeting, light fixtures, and more.

The McVeigh girls with their Beijing bicycles

Orient Home In addition to painting supplies, Orient Home carries both foreign and domestic brands of furniture, bedding, gardening equipment, kitchen appliances, household cleaners, lamps, and more. It sells the low-VOC Master’s Mark paint line from PPG, which retails for RMB 550 for a 5.42L can.

Water Filters Clean drinking water is another going concern in Beijing; tap water is fit to brush your teeth and wash dishes with, but not much else. Most people buy large bottled jugs of water from Nestle, Wahaha, or Yanjing (available at your local convenience store), but many families also resort to water filters installed on kitchen taps. Some apartment

Aquasana Aquasana is a home water filtration company from the US. They make drinking water filters, shower filters, and whole house filtration systems. The company’s countertop water filter costs RMB 1,550, the undercounted version costs RMB 2,320, and a shower filter costs RMB 1,100. You’ll also periodically need to buy replacement cartridges, which cost RMB 550-580 depending on the water filtration system. World Health Store This health store chain offers one-stop shopping for green products like soap nuts, organic food, and natural health cleaners. You’ll also find Blueair indoor air filters; Respro, Sportsta, and Techno pollution masks; gym equipment; protein mixes and vitamins; and Aquasana drinking water and shower filters. Home & Relocation Guide 2012-2013




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Sihui Jiancai Cheng This massive renovation market is filled with shops selling doors, tiles, paints, stone slabs, kitchen counters, electric wires, and everything you need for remodelling.

compounds offer the option of having a separate drinkable water tap for a monthly fee. Since Beijing’s water tends to be on the hard side, you might also consider getting a water filter for your showerhead.

Resources Aika 爱家家具 1) Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-6.30pm. 36A Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6432 1125) www.china-ajjj.com 朝阳区亮 马桥路36A号; 2) Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-7pm. 66 Beixiangbin Lu, Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District (8490 4969) www.china-aijjj.com 朝阳区广顺北大街香宾路66号 Alen (5879 8115) www.alencorpchina.com Aquasana Rm 1271, Beijing Bureau of Environmental Protection, Jingchao Building, 5 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (400 000 8320 Chinese, 136 5128 5157 English, shop@aquasana-china.com) www.aquasana-china.com 朝阳区农展南路5号北京市环境保护局 Aussino 奥西奴 1) B1/F, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 2328) www.aussino.com.cn 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village地下 1层; 2) T119, 1/F, Carrefour, Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District (5190 9459) www.aussino.com.cn 朝阳区广渠路31号家乐福1楼T119室 See Directory under Shopping for more locations. Bainaohui 百脑汇 Daily 9am-8pm. 10 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6599 5912) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街10号 BikesBeijing Auzhou Kangdu North Gate, Pingcui Xilu, Chaoyang Disrict (info@bikesbeijing.com) www.bikesbeijing.com 朝阳区朝阳区屏 翠西路澳洲康都北门 Dazhong Electronics 大中电器 1) Langjia Yuan, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (8884 9522) www.dazhongdianqi.com.cn 朝阳区建国门外大街郎家园甲10 号; 2) 2 Jiuxian Qiao Lu (next to 798 Art District), Chaoyang District (6431 0883) www.dazhongdianqi.com 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号(798艺 术区旁边 See Directory under Shopping for more locations. Decathlon 迪卡浓 1) Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-9pm. 195 Dongsihuan Lu (southwest corner of Yaowahu Qiao), Chaoyang District (8777 8788) www.decathlon.com.cn 朝阳区东四环北路195 号(窑洼湖桥西南角); 2) Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-9pm. 66-1 Xiangbin Lu, Laiguangying, Shunyi District (6779 8886) www.decathlon.com.cn 顺义区来广营香香宾路66-1号 See Directory under Shopping for more locations.


Easy Home 居然之家 1) Daily 10am-9pm. 65 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District (8463 9988) www.juran.com.cn 朝阳区北四环东路65号; 2) Daily 10am-9pm. 106 Dayangfang Lu, Shibali Dian, Chaoyang District (6730 5322) www.juran.com.cn 朝阳区十八里店大羊坊路106号 See Directory under Shopping for more locations. Giant 捷安特 1) 1 Tianshui Yuan, Chaoyang District (6500 2967) www.giant.com.cn



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朝阳区甜水园甲1号; 2) 4 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District (6511 5490) www.giant.com.cn 东城区崇文门外大街4号 Gaobeidian Furniture Street 高碑店古典家具一条街 Outside Dongsihuan (turn right at the Gaobeidian exit of the Jingtong Expressway, then go south), Chaoyang District 朝阳区东 四环外京通快速路高碑店出口处出来右转往南走 Gome 国美电器 1) Daily 9am-9pm. 17-1 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6507 7112) www.gome.com.cn 朝阳区东三环北路17-1号; 2) Daily 9am-9pm. 1 Anding Lu (inside the furniture market at the Olympic Park’s East Gate), Chaoyang District (6492 7734) www.gome.com.cn 朝阳区安定路1号奥体东门家具市场 Huaxiang Flower Market 花乡花卉市场 South of the Yuquanying Roundabout, Fengtai District (8367 9939) 丰台区玉泉营环岛南侧 Ikea 宜家家具 Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyanygong Lu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District (800 810 5679) 朝阳区东坝河 太阳宫路1号(四元桥西北角) IQAir 1) 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (158 0136 1601, info@iqair-china. com) www.iqair-china.com 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 2) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (6457 1922, info@iqair-china.com) www.iqair-china.com 顺义区天竺镇 裕翔路99号欧陆广场4层 See Directory under Shopping for more locations. Laitai Flower Market 莱台花卉市场 Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-6.30pm. 9 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District (6463 6145) 朝阳区麦子店西路9号 Leroy Merlin 乐华梅兰 Daily 9am-6pm. 1 Linfeng Lu, Fengtai District (6573 8393) www.leroymerlin.cn 丰台区邻枫路1号 Liangma Flower Market 亮马花卉市场 Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. South bank of Liangma River, 758 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6504 2446) 朝阳区东三环北路 758号, 燕莎商城南, 亮马河南岸 Lily’s Antiques 华伦古典家具 Daily 8.30am-6pm. 69 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District (8579 2458) www.lilysantiques.com 朝阳区高碑店家俱一 条街69号 Muji 无印良品 1) Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-10pm. 3/F, Joy City Xidan, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District (5971 6248) www.muji.com.cn 西城区西单北大街131号 大悦城3层; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 3/F, China Central Place, 79 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5969 5948) www.muji.com.cn 朝阳区建国路79号华贸购物中心3层

See Directory under Shopping for more locations. Muxiyuan Fabric Market 木樨园纺织品市场 Dahongmen Lu (south of Muxiyuan long-distance bus station), south of Muxiyuan Qiao on South Third Ring Road, Fengtai District 丰台区南三环木樨园桥往南大红门路木樨园长途汽车站 南侧 Orient Home 东方家园 1) Daily 9am-9pm. 28 Chaoyang Lu, Chaoyang District (6547 6880) www.ohome.cn 朝阳区朝阳路28号; 2) Daily 9am-9pm. 55 Laiguangying Xilu, Chaoyang District (8495 0800) www.ohome.cn 朝阳区来广营西路55号 See Directory under Shopping for more locations. Panjiayuan Market 潘家园旧货市场 Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 4.30am-6pm. West of Panjiayuan Qiao, Chaoyang District (6775 2405) 朝阳区潘家园桥西边 QM Furniture 曲美现代家具 Daily 9am-8pm. 29 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (6464 6301) www.qumei.com 朝阳区霄云路29号 Radiance 瑞民东方家居灯饰 Tue-Sun 9am-6pm. 9 Kaifa Jie, Xi Baixinzhuang, Shunyi District (8049 6400, rey_huang518@hotmail.com) www.radiancechina.com 顺义区西白辛庄开发街9号 Sihui Jiancai Cheng 四惠建材城 Daily 8am-5.30pm. Southeast corner of Sihui Qiao, Chaoyang District (6774 5216) 朝阳区四惠桥东南角 Suning 苏宁电器 1) Daily 9am-9pm. 12 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (8561 8068) www.suning.com 朝阳区朝阳门外大街12号; 2) Daily 9am-9pm. 5 Balizhuang Dongli, Chaoyang District (6557 9996) www.suning.com 朝阳区八里庄东里5号 See Directory under Shopping for more locations. Torana Clean Air Center Daily 10.30am-6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District (8046 1091, chris@toranahouse.com) www.toranacleanair.com 顺义区天竺镇花梨坎村南荣祥广场308室; 2) Daily 10am8.30pm. Unit L1-110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District (8459 0785, chris@toranahouse.com) www.toranacleanair.com 顺义区 天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场L1-110


World Health Store 维衡生 1) Daily 10am-8.30pm (May-Oct), Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm (Nov-Apr). Rm 2152, North Tower, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongda Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5900 2209) www.worldhealthstore.com.cn 朝阳区东大桥路8号尚都北塔首层2152; 2) Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am-8.30pm. Rm 9A, B1/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (8046 2524) www.worldhealthstore.com.cn 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号

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A dumpling-making class in session at Black Sesame Kitchen

Join the Fun Community clubs and organizations for the whole family by Ember Swift


eijing has much to offer in terms of activities and recreation. Whether you’ve just arrived here from overseas or you’ve been holed up in your Beijing apartment for months, these organizations will help you explore this colorful city and make new friends and connections. You’ll be surprised at the diversity of things to do here!


Beijing Hikers is a group that organizes weekend and mid-week hikes throughout the surrounding Beijing area, often on remote sections of the Great Wall or through neighboring villages. Hikes are ranked by difficulty on their website and price is approximately RMB 350 per person, but be sure to book in advance. The easier hikes such as those to Intelligence Valley or the countryside stroll to Longevity Village are great for the wee ones. Dandelion Hiking describes itself as an organization “for the dreamers among us.” Focusing on small groups of no more than ten hikers at a time and less-traveled destinations in search of “real culture



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and nature,” this group will help you experience China like a local. In pursuit of adventure, you’ll eat, drink, sleep and travel on the cheap, without any fancy bells and whistles. If you’re interested in team sports, Club Football offers soccer for the whole family. Classes are taught in both English and Chinese by a diversity of qualified coaches. They offer both men’s and women’s teams, as well as a junior league for kids. Practices and games are scheduled for evenings and weekends and run from late May to October. In addition to regular matches and club tournaments, they also cooperate with partner organizations to stage special events. Membership is required. Dragon Fire International Swim Team is an international swim team with high-level training geared for competition. Swimmers range in age from 4 to 17. Adults wishing to improve their swimming skills can also enroll in their master classes. There’s also a Baby Swim class for 3- to 4-year-old swimmers. Another option is the Aqua Warrior Swimming Club. Kids are divided according to age and ability, with no

more than 10 swimmers per coach. Cost per session is RMB 150. Black Tiger Fight Club is an expat-owned organization with fitness and self-defense classes taught exclusively in English. These include Muay Thai, boxing, mixed martial arts, jiujitsu, wrestling, kickboxing, and more. All levels are welcome, and there are some classes geared for kids, such as karate and mixed martial arts. In the warmer months, Ritan Park’s outdoor climbing wall is a viable option for rock climbing. Otherwise, head to O’le Sports for O’le Climbing, which has a 12.5m high wall and a 150sqm horizontal bouldering wall. From the custom-made safety mattress to staff training, it is clear that safety is as important to them as it is to you. Discount and membership cards are available, or test it out with a one-time climb for RMB 60. Shoe rental costs RMB 15. If climbing isn’t your thing, the 1,300sqm center also has soccer programs (RMB 500 per month per child), badminton, basketball, skiing (offering weekend trips to local ski resorts), children’s play groups, and rollerblading (for ages 3 and up). Designed specifically for kids, O’le Fun Gym offers Mom and Toddler classes, English learning through activity classes, and much more. Sports Beijing is perhaps the most comprehensive sports organization in the city. Primarily geared towards kids and teens, they offer no less than 25 different sports, from baseball, soccer, ice hockey to netball, cricket, and rhythmic gymnastics. Sports Beijing also has women’s tennis, yoga, and Pilates classes so that parents can get in shape too. For all activities, seasonal membership is required.

Blowing candy figurines at China Culture Center

The Hutong, The Schoolhouse, and China Culture Center also have activities geared towards health and wellness.

Culinary Craftiness If you’re keen on learning the art of Chinese cooking, Black Sesame Kitchen provides English-language cooking classes as well as private dining opportunities. Located in a cozy courtyard in central Beijing, they offer classes throughout the week, as well as demonstration-only dining at their Friday “Wine and Dine” nights. All events cost RMB 300 per person. If the idea of giving back appeals to you, Hias Gourmet offers culinary activities with a conscience. Founded in 2007, this social enterprise specializes in food and market tours, cooking classes, and corporate team building. Profits are used to fund educational, environmental, and health projects.

The Hutong and China Culture Center also offer cooking classes.

The delicate art of making traditional Chinese fans and kites with CCC

It goes without saying that those interested in the world of visual arts in China should make regular visits to 798 Art District. One of the largest and most popular galleries is the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA). Every month, the center offers a variety of weekend events suitable for kids in both Chinese and English. The schedule is posted online every month on UCCA’s website (www.ucca.org.cn) and beijingkids’ website (www.beijing-kids.com/events). Do you wish you had a better art supplies cupboard? If so, take your kids to MAC Time Community Art Center. Develop your family’s artistic skills through the center’s art classes for both children and adults. They also offer an extensive summer camp program for kids. My Little Mozart is a music studio that integrates child development into music and movement classes. Toddler courses are designed for ages 6 months to 3 years, and encourage parental involvement. The studio also offers private or group lessons (ages 4 and up) in keyboard, violin and guitar as drop-off classes. Prices range from RMB 120 to 300.

Visual art and photography classes are also available at The Hutong, Culture Yard, and China Culture Center.

Fan dancing with the locals

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Beijing Playhouse invites all levels of actors and aspiring thespians to participate in one of their theater camps. Depending on the play, they cast children and adults in a variety of roles. Past shows include Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Guys and Dolls, You Can’t Take It With You, Oklahoma! and Romeo and Juliet. On the second last Friday of every month, Beijing Improv hosts English and bilingual improvisational shows. Often sold-out, these hilarious performances feature a range of games and skits that require audience participation. You can also join one of the troupe’s weekly bilingual workshops, which are taught by Beijing Improv’s international cast of regular players. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from events are donated to China-based NGOs.

One of the most diverse organizations in the city, The Hutong offers an array of activities, including TCM training, cooking classes, market tours, photography, life drawing, Heyrobics, yoga, Chinese herbology, and even a drink mixing session called Mixology. The center also hosts a literary series, movie screenings, and frequent guest speakers who lecture on a wide variety of topics. What’s more, their hutong space is beautifully restored and worth visiting for architectural interest alone. For training and activities related to Chinese culture, head to China Culture Center (CCC). CCC courses include calligraphy, landscape painting, herbal medicine, Zen meditation and tai chi, among others. Dumpling and hand-pulled noodle-making classes might be suitable



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In the Spotlight

slow food movement. Other popular activities include Sunday morning yoga on the Great Wall as well as glass-blowing demonstrations at their workshop. Overnight lodging is available and they often host weekend packages for Western holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. INN, or the International Newcomers’ Network, meets every month to help newcomers meet friends and orient themselves in the city. They hold an INN Monthly Meeting (topics and speakers change each month), an INN Trekkie (exploring a secret gem of Beijing), an INN Night Out, and INN Neighborhood Coffee Mornings in different locations around town.

Resources Aqua Warriors Swimming Club Paralympic Swimming Pool, 321 Tianbei Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District (136 8352 7243 Arthur, 136 0110 2151 Sandy, 134 8877 8089 Amanda) www.aquawarriorsbj.com 顺义区后沙峪镇天北路 Beijing Hikers (6432 2786, info@beijinghikers.com) www.beijinghikers.com Beijing Improv (info@beijingimprov.org) www.beijingimprov.org Beijing Playhouse (performance@beijingplayhouse.com) www.beijingplayhouse. com Black Sesame Kitchen 3 Black Sesame Hutong, Dongcheng District (136 9147 4408, blacksesamekitchen@gmail.com) www.blacksesamekitchen.com 东城区黑芝麻胡同3号 Black Tiger Fight Club 1) 1/F, Park Apartments, 17 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (131 2121 9317, info@blacktigerclub.com) www.blacktigerclub.com 朝阳公园西路17号; 2) 2/F, 5 Laiguangying Donglu (near WAB, west of Lane Bridge Villa), Shunyi District (131 2121 9317, info@blacktigerclub.com) www.blacktigerclub.com 顺义区 莱广营东路5号(离京西学校对面很近,长岛澜桥西侧)

A young group of adventurers take a break with Dandelion Hiking

Club Football Unit A212, Door 3, Zone A1, Zhaowei Huadeng Plaza, Zhaowei Building 51, 14 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District (5130 6893/4/5/6) www.clubfootball.com.cn 朝阳区酒仙桥路14号兆 维51号楼兆维华灯大厦A1区3门A212房间 Dandelion Hikers (156 5220 0950, info@chinahiking.cn) www.chinahiking.cn Dragon Fire International Swim Team ( 1 3 6 0 1 0 6 4 5 3 4, d ra g o n f i r e s w i m m i n g @ g m a i l . c o m ) www.dragonfire.com.cn

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for young children, while paper cutting is suggested for older children and adults. This center also offers many half-day and full-day tours in and around Beijing, as well as overnight trips to the Great Wall. Culture Yard is a language school and cultural center located in the center of Dongcheng District. They offer classes in English, Chinese, Russian, Portguese, French, Hebrew, Dutch and Spanish. Other events and courses include mahjong, Chinese tea and calligraphy – as well as photography, art history, and cinema arts. They also hold visual art exhibitions on the premise. The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu is a sustainable tourist destination based near Mutianyu Great Wall and named according to the building in which it is housed, a former village school. They offer regular Saturday evening fine dining sourced from local farms – the ethos of the

China Culture Center (CCC) Rm 101, Kent Center, 29 Anjialou Lu, Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6432 9341 Mon-Fri, 6432 1041 Sat-Sun, info@chinaculturecenter.org) www.chinaculturecenter.org 朝阳区亮马桥路 29号安家楼肯特中心中国文化中心

Fun Gym (at O’le Sports) Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (8482 5891, 134 3978 8555, 152 1003 3896, kidsfun@163.com, fungym@163.com) www.fungym.com.cn 朝阳区东四环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号

O’le Rollerblading Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6776 4705, oleskating@gmail.com) www.ole-sports.com 朝阳区东四环中路百 子湾桥东石门村路5号

Hias Gourmet By appointment only. 7 Xinsi Hutong, Dongcheng District (info@ hiasgourmet.com) www.hiasgourmet.com 东城区辛寺胡同7号

O’le Skiing Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (Martina Merlet at 135 0109 1833, oleskiing@gmail.com) www.ole-sports.com 朝阳区东四环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号

International Newcomers Network (INN) (innbeijing@hotmail.com) www.innbeijing.org MAC Time Community Art Center Tue-Sun 10am-6.30pm. L5-507A, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District (8046 1820) www.mactimeart.com.cn 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场L5-507A My Little Mozart Apartment 108, 5 Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang District (135 2256 3767, kristinkoh@yahoo.com) www.mylittlemozart.com 朝阳区六 里屯丽水嘉园5号楼108室 O’le Climbing Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6776 4705, oleclimbing@gmail.com) www.ole-sports.com 朝阳区东四环中路百 子湾桥东石门村路5号

Members of Beijing Playhouse rehearse for a production of Cinderella



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The Culture Yard 10 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District (8404 4166, contact@cultureyard.net) www.cultureyard.net 东城区北新桥石雀胡同10号 The Hutong 1 Jiudao Wanzhongxiang Hutong, Dongcheng District (159 0104 6127, info@thehutong.com) www.thehutong.com 东城区九道湾中巷1号 The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. 12 Mutianyu Village, Huairou District (6162 6506/6287, info@theschoolhouseatmutianyu.com) www.theschoolhouseatmutianyu.com 怀柔区慕田峪村12号 Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5780 0200, visitor@ucca.org.cn) www.ucca.org.cn 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺 术区

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O’le Italian Football School Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (5128 2825, olefootballschool@gmail.com) www.ole-sports.com 朝阳区东四环 中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号

Sports Beijing 2/F, Lido Country Club, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6430 1370/1176, activities@sportsbj.com) www.sportsbj.org 朝阳区将 台路6号丽都乡村俱乐部3层

A Fond Farewell Y

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our bags are packed and a cab is waiting to take you to the airport. The time has come for you to leave Beijing. At first, you expected Beijing to be this polluted, crowded, noisy city that is freezing in the winter and sweltering in the summer. You can’t argue against those descriptions, but during your time in the capital, you also grew to love it – for its culture, art, food, and languages. What’s more, the singing, dancing and good eats hail from all corners of the world, not just China. The other good news is that, in Chinese, we don’t truly say goodbye. The phrase Zaijian means, “I’ll see you again.” And that’s the thing about Beijing: Even when you’re gone, you never really leave the place, and it will never leave you. You’ll always remember the challenges, the victories, and you’ll never forget the first time you biked down the street, avoiding the haphazard traffic – or the first time you slurped down noodles from spicy hot pot. So chin up, take heart, and we’ll see you again someday.

Moving Out Companies to help you pack up, pick up, and go by Charlotte Moreau


elocation. Even seasoned global nomads endure the enormous process of moving out with a bit of stress. With procedures completely different from place to place, you must ask the right questions to follow the rules and regulations of your new country in order to make a smooth transition.


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Relocation companies assist in this entire process, making a tough task easier. They can do as much of the thinking and work as you need them to do, at a price you must be willing to pay. Many large companies, embassies, schools and other employers include a relocation package in their employment contract, some with an already-approved short list of agents to use. But sometimes you’re left to do a little research on your own. There is a difference between a relocation company and a moving company. A relocation company offers a wide range of services, including finding a place to live, locating schools, and helping you become acclimated to a new culture. A moving company provides professional packing and shipment of household goods. Some companies are full-service, covering all aspects of a move from start to finish – easier, but more expensive. For the purpose of this article, both options will be referred to as relocation companies. If you’re researching companies on your own, there are some essential basics to cover. First, choose a member of FIDI (Federation of International Furniture Removers), the largest global alliance of independent quality international removal companies. Additionally, a company’s association with FAIM (FIDI Accredited International Movers) is an asset. Even when your employer handles the majority of the relocation, you often must get quotes to compare. Quotes will give you a good idea of what services can be provided and their cost, so that you can add to or subtract from your list of relocation needs. It also gives you a good feel for the company and the service you might receive. Because pricing is such a complex process, most companies require an in-home survey to give you the most accurate quote. Some will provide online quotes, but these are only for small shipments of a few household goods. However, price shouldn’t necessarily be the determining factor for hiring – or not hiring – a relocation company. More important are their reputation, experience, worldwide locations and track record. We’re talking about all of your household items being packed tightly into a container and shipped to the other side of the world, make

Below is some advice garnered from Allied Pickfords and Bri Smith (the mom pictured on the left).

• Do you need complete relocation services, such as storage, repatriation needs, or specialty transport (pets, cars)? Or is your shipment straightforward enough to contract for moving only? • The agency needs to be the point of contact for all other elements of the move (movers, freight forwarding company, customs, destination). • The agency needs to know the rules of the country you are in, as well as the country you are going to. Do they know what can and cannot be shipped? Do they know all documents that must be provided at each step? • Are they FIDI/FAIM members? • Does the agency have an office at the destination country?

Good to Know:

• A sea shipment takes around three months, including customs clearing. An agency may quote four to six weeks, but

many things can add to a delay. Air shipments are usually around one to two weeks. • Summer is the busiest time to move. • You’ll need receipts for any major purchases made in China. Also, hold on to any original customs forms you had when you first moved to China, so that items brought into China will not be taxed. • Antiques dating from less than 150 years ago are legal to export. If made before 1949, items are subject to customs inspection and fees. Anything of museum quality (Tibetan artifacts, rare woods, or anything made before 1794) is not permitted for export. • Play it safe. If your furniture or other large items look antique, get appraisals and/or certificates for them. The customs officials going through your container may hold up your entire shipment if they are left to make the judgment on whether or not a certain piece of furniture is an antique. • Transit insurance policies are based on today’s replacement value. Consider the value of your personal effects and other insurance options. • Anything listed as “bedroom furniture” might result in a 100 percent tax, whereas other furniture usually avoids this fee. Be careful if you plan to ship back more bedroom furniture than you brought with you to China.

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Relocation Company:

sure the company values those items as much as you do. The basic shipping of your possessions from one location to another is pretty straightforward. The overall shipping rates are based on the volume and destination. The moving industry works in volume as opposed to weight for sea shipments; air freight typically calculates by weight, but it’s rare to have household goods shipped this way. Volume can be expressed in cubic feet or cubic meters (to convert, divide cubic feet by 35.3148 to get cubic meters). Some employers provide a weight allowance for household goods rather than a volume allowance, so be sure you understand what is being calculated. As explained by James Sanderson of Links Moving Beijing, it’s helpful to understand your shipping options and terms. Three common shipping terms that you will come across are FCL (full container load), LCL (less than container load), and GPG (groupage or consolidated load). FCL refers to the exclusive use of a 20-foot or 40-foot steel shipping container that holds 30 cubic meters to 60 cubic meters, respectively. LCL is an exclusive shipment, but the personal effects are encased in wood. The volume is typically a maximum of 10 cubic meters, and this type of shipment is rare out of Beijing. GPG is a cost-effective way to ship, typically containing less than 15 cubic meters headed for popular destinations (Europe, the US, Australia). Shipments are consolidated into a 20- or 40-foot container before being shipped. Because of consolidation, transit time is increased, but it’s a great option if you have a smaller amount to ship, if you have time to receive it, and if you only want to pay for your portion of freight. Luckily, most reputable relocation companies have websites with thorough explanations of the entire process. There are links to other sites for more helpful information, downloadable forms, checklists and contact information. The online FAQs are particularly helpful. Do adequate research, get referrals from people you trust, and make your own judgment call on whom to hire. It’s your relocation, and it’s important to make the decision that’s right for your family.


Expert Advice

Twins Maja and Gustav Kjellson (11) take five from packing



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as burdensome as she expected. With a little help, your move doesn’t have to be a source of stress and worry. Just remember to get several quotes, make sure communication is clear (even if you have an interpreter), and plan ahead whenever possible. Very little is negotiable in the relocation business, so knowing exactly what you want up front makes the process move more smoothly.

Tips: • If you have the opportunity, observe other moves in your neighborhood early on – drop by to see their packing standards and crew. If you know a family that has moved recently, ask for positive and negative feedback. • Advise the crew of items you’ll need immediately when your shipment arrives so they can load it last and unpack it first. • Don’t cut the timing too close. Leave at least one day for buffer, just in case the packing and loading takes longer than expected. • Most relocation companies insist on it, but you should request a physical survey to understand estimated volume, costs, and anything additional such as crating, stairs, handling pianos, etc. • Try to plan in advance where you want your furniture and major appliances to go in your new home by mapping out a floor plan and giving it to your crew leader. This can save on frustration during on moving day. • Set aside full sets of bedding and make beds first thing upon unloading/unpacking. At the end of the day, you’ll be tired and won’t want to hunt down the sheets before getting some rest. • Be specific about what type of packing you want, especially when contracting companies on your own. From China, some typical practices include crating (there are sometimes bugs in the wood, which can ruin your furniture), or packing certain items in dirt. Insist on cardboard and bubble wrap if that’s what you want.

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Swede Anna Kjellson and her family are planning a move back to Stockholm from Beijing this summer. While her husband’s employment contract states that families should start discussions about staying or moving six months before a contract ends, reality makes it very difficult to plan ahead. This makes all of the practical parts of the move even more challenging, from finding schools and housing to the shipment of household goods. Having experienced previous international moves, Kjellson has learned to rely on the relocation companies and their expertise. She found that most companies were quite helpful with streamlining the process. This is their business, after all, and sometimes we tend to assume the worst and create undue pressure on ourselves. She ended up hiring K2 Corporate Moving Systems, a company with headquarters in the UK, as well as offices in the US, Sweden and Singapore. She worked with the Singapore office. Even if contracting agencies on your own, these companies are designed to take on the burden. “Of course it’s a tough time,” says Kjellson, “but if you want to remain an expat abroad, it’s worth the trouble.” In addition to having a complete relocation for family household goods, Bri Smith has the unique moving experiencing of contracting a second container on her own. From her own research, she learned that piggybacking on a work relocation package isn’t necessarily the best way to ship goods internationally for her future furniture business in the US. Excess weight on a shipment can cost up to USD 3 per pound, whereas sometimes a second container works out to be less expensive. The most important piece of advice she can offer is to go through a broker. Start by asking companies you do business with; otherwise, all major relocation agencies have brokers, which are often listed on their website. In Smith’s case, she had bought furniture through several dealers, one of which had a broker they used for their own international shipments. Among other things, they helped her with any language problems that arose. As a pleasant surprise, it wound up costing less that she expected, and it is going to take less time to receive the shipment of furniture than her household goods shipment (which will take 30 days port-to port; approximately two months overall). Also, the paperwork wasn’t

Resources Asian Tigers FIDI/FAIM members with 1,500 full-time dedicated staff members. Offers the largest fleet of trucks and the most warehouse space of any mover in East Asia. Provides post move follow-up. With every shipment, Asian Tigers makes a donation to a support program. (6415 1188) www.asiantigers-china.com Asian Express International Movers Founded in 1979 with four locations in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. FIDI/FAIM accredited. Employs over 250 people. Offers downloadable information from their website, including customs hints, duty calculator and insurance forms. (8580 1471) www.aemovers.com.hk Allied Pickfords With more than 800 locations worldwide in over 40 countries, Allied Pickfords has eight China offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dalian, Chengdu, Suzhou and Shenyang. Offers international, domestic, local and office moving services, with a Move Coordinator to assist throughout the process from door-to-door. (800 988 6683) www.alliedpickfords.com.cn K2 Corporate Moving Systems Visit their website for contact details; they have offices in the UK (headquarters), the US, Sweden and Singapore. www.k2moving.com Links Moving Beijing Wholly-owned moving company established in Hong Kong in 1997 with full range of household moving services and storage options. Now handles over 3,000 international moves worldwide each year. Website offers information including freight container sizes and details; online quotes available for smaller shipments. Keep an eye out for specials, such as free air freight with certain container sizes or percentage discounts for early booking during peak seasons. (8447 7496) www.linksmoving.asia Crown Relocations, Beijing Crown Relocations’ services include domestic and international transportation of household goods, home and school search, storage, expense management, policy consulting and program administration, online tracking tools, transit protection and intercultural services. The company provides services for corporations, diplomats and private customers. Crown Relocations, a division of the Crown Worldwide Group, serves over 10,000 customers in over 250 locations in 55 countries. (5801 8088) www.crownrelo.com


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Countdown to Take-Off Cover all your bases before moving day


oving to another country is one of the most stressful things you will do in your lifetime. But with a detailed checklist and a lot of preparation, you should be able to keep stress levels at a minimum - you might even enjoy the process! Okay, we’re stretching the truth a little with that last bit, but at least, a plan will help keep you sane. When compiling our moving timeline, we talked to relocation companies and Beijing residents who have gone through multiple moves. If they can do it, so can you.

• Start looking for a relocation company. Ask your friends and neighbors for referrals and references. • Ask at least three different companies for evaluations and quotes before you decide on which company to hire. Make sure you ask all the relevant questions. If you’re here on a relocation package, check which expenses are covered by your company and if you’ll have to pay for anything out of pocket. • Open a moving file where you can keep all the estimates and move-related documents. Also, it’s good to create a dedicated folder in your email account to save your inbox being flooded with relocation information. • Start getting rid of your things. Sell your unwanted stuff online or give it away to charity. Roundabout Charity Distribution Center does house pickups. You can also give your stuff away via Yahoo groups Freecycle or Beijing Cafe, or sell them online at beijingkids’ or the Beijinger’s classifieds section. For more details, see p78. • If you are heading back to your home country, find resources to help you cope with repatriation. You might be surprised how tricky reverse culture shock can be. • If you are heading to another country, educate yourself about your next destination. Compare the cost of living on Expatistan.com, find expat groups in the area, check schools and start looking for an apartment or temporary accommodation. • Transport your pets. Contact pet relocation services, your moving company or your animal hospital for the lowdown. Some countries are very strict on pet imports, especially from China. For details on how to move with your pets, see p88. • Are you planning to transport Chinese antiques out of the country?



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Five Months Before the Move • Ask for help. Most of the people you know have been through several international moves already, and they will be more than willing to share their experiences with you. Ask your friends to spare a few hours to help you pack or look after the kids while you run moving-related errands. • You’ve done the research and now it’s time to pick a relocation company. If you are planning to transport any “controlled goods,” let your relocation company know. Different countries have different definitions for what exactly constitutes “controlled goods,” so make sure your relocation company has it covered. • Talk to your bank about the easiest way to transfer funds to another country. • Find out how to get rid of your car – it has been hard to sell cars in Beijing due to the recent lottery policy for plates. Check with local car dealers if they can help you sell your car outside of Beijing, and start the process.

Four Months Before the Move • Inform your kids’ school about the move and prepare all of the necessary documents. • Make a trip to the doctor to collect all of you and your family’s medical certificates and records. • If you already haven’t already, begin the consular procedure. Find out how to obtain your visa and work permits in the country you are moving to. This can take months, so don’t put this off. • Think of all the things you want to do one last time in Beijing and start doing them! See p94 for ideas of what to do before you leave the capital. • Take a break! Moving can be stressful; make sure you eat and sleep well to avoid getting sick.

Three Months Before the Move • Confirm your moving date with the relocation company.

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Six Months Before the Move

You will need antique export certificates before shipping. • Book your flights and make sure that your passports are upto-date.

• Book temporary accommodations in Beijing - you will probably need somewhere to stay in between moving all of your things out of your house and leaving Beijing, even if it’s just for a few days. • Notify all your friends about your move and start planning farewell parties for you and your kids. • Cancel any memberships you have, as well as your cable TV. Also, transfer your health insurance. • Start eating the food from the freezer and any canned food.

Two Months Before the Move • Return borrowed books from the library (or friends) and any other rentals. • Check your house one more time for items you might want to sell or give away. Give away your plants. • Reconfirm your arrangements with the movers. • Help your ayi find new employment by recommending her to friends or posting an ad on the beijingkids classifieds or on the Yahoo groups Beijing Cafe or Beijing Mamas.

One Month Before the Move • Make sure you empty school, work and club lockers. • Pick up your dry cleaning.

Resources Freecycle Beijing Yahoo Group The Freecycle Beijing group is open to all who want to recycle household items rather than throw them away. There’s only one rule: Everything posted must be free. This group is part of the Freecycle Network, a non-profit organization and a movement of people interested in keeping stuff out of landfills. Check out freecycle.org for more information. groups.yahoo.com/group/FreecycleBeijing Roundabout Charity Store Roundabout is a not-for-profit charity distribution store in Beijing. They accept good quality, unwanted goods, which they then distribute to Beijing residents in need. www.roundaboutchina.com

• Inform property management of your moving date and arrange parking for the moving van. • Make a survival box for the move: copies of required documents, money, tickets, passports, small toys for the kids, as well as candy and granola bars for that all-important energy boost. • Make sure you have enough electricity in the house and that your phone is functional - you will need it to direct the movers to your home or to make other arrangements. • Arrange for kids and pets to be looked after on the day of the move. • Make a detailed list of all the things that will be shipped, mark them (e.g. storage, air, sea), and divide the things that you plan to take with you on the plane. Take photos of your things (including pets) before packing for insurance purposes. • Clearly label items not to be packed. • Clean and dry kitchen appliances and garden tools. Drain water hoses and if you have a grill, empty the gas bottles. • Set money aside to pay for the driver, ayi and moving company. • Check your rooms and closets one more time. • Refill medicine prescriptions. • Empty and defrost your freezer. • A week before the move, clean all of the furniture that is supposed to be shipped.

The Day of the Move Keep passports, tickets, money and documents safe. Keep the kids and pets out of the way. Check every room one last time. Make sure any deposits are given back to you. Turn off all appliances. Lock doors and windows. Make sure meters are read and the service disconnected after the move. • Let the movers know which things you’ll need right away, so they can load them last. • • • • • • •

Expatistan Expatistan is a collaborative database of prices from around the world, made by expats for expats. www.expatistan.com

beijingkids Classifieds beijingkids’ family-focused online classifieds. Perfect for families looking to buy, sell and find everything from pet supplies to toddler goods. www.beijing-kids.com/classifieds

Beijing Cafe Yahoo Group This site is dedicated to sharing information about life in Beijing. Membership by invitation only. groups.yahoo.com/group/beijingcafe Beijing Mamas Yahoo Group This open group focuses on all things parenting in Beijing. groups.yahoo.com/group/beijing_mamas

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the Beijinger Classifieds Buy and sell anything from a toaster oven to a motorbike. www.thebeijinger.com/classifieds

Cleaning House Responsibly donating or disposing of your items by Kara Chin and Elizabeth Wu


t’s amazing how easily we accumulate stuff, especially in Beijing, where it’s hard to pass up a good bargain. Yet, when the time comes to move on, it is sometimes better to leave some things behind. The easiest way to get rid of your belongings is to leave them by the dumpster, where someone is bound to pick them up – but this isn’t the most responsible method. Instead, here is a guide to passing along your items in a more sustainable way before you take off.

Donate, Don’t Dump You may also choose to give some of your belongings a new lease on life by donating them. Roundabout Charity Distribution Store accepts toys, clothes, home electronics, and kitchen supplies – pretty much anything that can be carried. The charity asks that everything be in good, clean, working condition. Freecycle Beijing, a Yahoo group open to all, is for those who want to pass on their goods to others in the community. Everything posted must be available for free.

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The Small (to Medium) Stuff Getting rid of the little things in your life (toys, clothes, gadgets) will really take the weight off your shoulders. It’s recommended that you start this process two months in advance. There’s nothing wrong with going the old-fashioned route and hosting your own garage sale. If it’s convenient, you can host one from your apartment or compound garden. Otherwise, many schools have their own yard sales. To find out about the latest events or to list your own online, visit beijingkids or the Beijinger’s websites.

Regarding recyclable items, people will actually pay you for your excess cardboard, paper and plastics. They won’t pay much, but at least they’ll take it off your hands. They’ll even pay for your old appliances and furniture. They can also move furniture for you. This will cost you, but you can negotiate a fair price. Simply seek out one of those people on the street with a bike trailer and arrange for them to pick up your stuff, or ask your management office if they can help arrange a collection for you.



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Tongxin Huhui is a charity organization that helps migrant workers in Beijing. They accept donations that can help migrant workers, such as clothes and home electronics as well as funding. With eight spots located at different areas in Beijing, the organization welcomes people to drop off any donations at their spots as well apply online for getting donations picked up by the organization workers. Sun Village is an organization that helps children whose parents are in prison. They welcome donations, such as clothes, books, toys, home electrics and anything that is suitable for children aged 1 to 18.

Resources the Beijinger Classifieds www.thebeijinger.com/classifieds beijingkids Classifieds www.beijing-kids.com/classifieds Roundabout Charity Distribution Store Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm. Opposite East Gate of the International School of Beijing, 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District (137 1801 1124 English, 137 1805 3814 Chinese only) www.roundaboutchina.com 顺义区安华街10号(北京顺义国际 学校东门对面)

Car Complex Be warned: The toughest thing in Beijing to make a clean break from will be your car, especially since the license lottery has taken effect. Nowadays, person-to-person sales can only take place when the buyer already has a car permit. Don’t let this discourage you though. It’s worth trying to find someone for a person-to-person sale, as you will have a better chance of selling your car for the price you want. Put your car on the market as soon as possible. You can advertise the sale on the Beijinger and beijingkids classifieds. Another alternative is going through a used car dealership. Huaxiang Used Car Market is Beijing’s largest used car market with over 300 dealers and over 3,000 cars on any given day. Places like this are both good and bad; you will probably sell your car, but you’ll have to negotiate like crazy and in the end, will probably end up selling at a less than desirable price. If you do end up at a used car lot, bring a translator and don’t give off the impression that you’re desperate to sell. AAA Expatcar offers car and driver services, in addition to being a second hand car dealership – with English service. If you are intimidated by the market, bring your car to them. Whether you donate them, or simply pass them along to friends or strangers, getting rid of your unwanted belongings can lessen the burden of a big move. Slowly, but surely, you’ll feel lighter as you move on to your next destination.

Tongxin Huhui Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Bldg 8, Huajiadi Nanli, Chaoyang District (6473 2513 Chinese only) www.tongxinhuhui.org 朝阳 区花家地南里8号楼 See Directory under Community and Organizations for more locations. Sun Village Daily 8am-5pm. Banqiao Village, Zhaoquanying Town, Shunyi District (6044 3523, ertongcun@163. com) cn.sunvillage.com.cn 顺义区赵全营镇板桥村 Freecycle Beijing Yahoo Group www.freecycle.org www.groups.yahoo.com/group/ FreecycleBeijing/ Huaxiang Used Car Market 花乡二手车交易市场 111B, Nansihuan Zhonglu, Fengtai District (135 2050 6800) 丰台区南四环中路B区111

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AAA Expatcar Daily 9am-5pm. 18 Liyuan Beijie, Tongzhou District (8152 3060, sales@expatcar.com) www.expatcar.com 通州区梨 园北街18号院

It’s Not Goodbye The art of saying “see you later” by Sijia Chen Harry (4) and Tom (5) Snowball-Mengler soak in the sun in Perth, Australia


Breaking the News Yurika and Travis Waites have two kids: Tyler (15) and Sora (9), both former students at The International School of Beijing. Yurika and the kids lived in Beijing for three years, while Travis lived there for two; he spent the last year away for work. Over a year before the family relocated to India in July of 2011, the Waites found out that Travis was reassigned to the US Embassy in New Delhi. According to Yurika, Tyler and Sora didn’t take the news well. “We casually told the kids over dinner that we might be moving to India within a year. They didn’t know anything about India and just couldn’t imagine saying goodbye to their friends in Beijing.” Tyler was stressed about moving, but perked up as soon as he started making friends at American Embassy School New Delhi. As for Sora, moving on wasn’t



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so easy. “She still complains about not living in Beijing anymore,” says Yurika, a fact that she attributes to the ease of living in Shunyi. However, Sora is now doing better; Yurika and Travis are helping their daughter focus on the good things about living in India instead of the things she had to give up when they left Beijing. At the Snowball-Mengler household, things couldn’t have been more different. In October of 2010, the family returned to Perth in Western Australia after six years in Beijing in order to be closer to family and nature. When Angela Snowball and Stuart Mengler told their sons – Tom (5) and Harry (4) – about the move, the boys were largely unfazed due to their young age. However, that doesn’t mean young children are immune to the stresses of moving. “Infants are more sensitive to climactic conditions, diet, and [their] parents’ emotional responses,” says Dr. Qiao Hong, a psychiatrist at Beijing 21st Century Hospital. On the other hand, teens and adults must deal with interpersonal relationships in addition to physiological issues. The Big Goodbye In the months leading up to the move, the Waites spent a lot of time getting rid of old things, shopping for souvenirs, and making preparations to export their dog, Sirius, to New Delhi. Yurika and the

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s expats, we’ve all experienced it: a chance meeting that turns into a lasting friendship, only to have the person move away a couple of years (or maybe even months) later. It hurts, but the pain lessens over time as you learn that saying goodbye is an integral part of the expat experience. But what happens when you’re the one leaving? Even if you’re a career expat, no two relocations are alike – especially when kids are involved. Here, two families share their stories of saying goodbye to the capital.

Landing on Your Feet When Yurika Waites and her kids first got to New Delhi, she was struck by the little things, like doing groceries. “In Beijing, many of the things we needed were available in our neighborhood,” she says. “Here in New Delhi, the expat community is [more] spread out, and it’s not always easy to find things.” In addition, the Waites now live on the ground floor of an apartment building – a far cry from the two-storey house they had in Shunyi. Luckily, English is the secondary language in India. For the Snowball-Mengler family, the initial months in Perth were a whirlwind of activity. “It was bit like camping because we had very little stuff and had to rely on family,” she says. Because they moved during the summer holidays, the family spent quite a bit of time in parks and at the beach to keep busy. Stress levels went up another notch with the arrival of their third son, Charlie (now 1). Tom and Harry had little problem adjusting; if anything, Snowball and Mengler felt the effects of reverse culture shock more keenly than their kids did. Regardless, Snowball and Mengler make it a point to maintain ties with China. A Chinese student babysits the boys twice a week; during that period, the entire family tries to communicate only in Mandarin. “Look at the positives,” says Snowball. “If you are moving back to your home country, make an effort to seek out new experiences – be it work, projects, hobbies, or new places to visit.” Families can expect to face both physical and psychological issues in the initial months after arriving at their new destination, says Dr. Qiao Hong. “The first things families should be aware of are the medical facilities around them, including the type of medical facility, payment methods, location, and more.” He urges families to ground themselves in their immediate living environment by finding out useful information like traffic conditions and nearby shopping locations.

It was so difficult to let go that “it was almost a relief to be on the plane” In addition, it’s very common for newly-relocated families to experience excessive attention, which may cause anxiety, tension, or unhappiness. “In this situation, it’s important to patiently explain to children the reason for all of the attention,” adds Dr. Qiao. Help your kids realize that asking questions is the locals’ way of showing that they care. If the tension or anxiety becomes too much to handle, consult a psychiatrist.

Tyler (15) and Sora Waites (9) getting acquainted with local fauna in New Delhi

Returning Home as an Expat For those moving back to their home countries, reverse culture shock is a common issue. Reverse culture shock (also known as “re-entry shock”) refers to the difficulty that many expats experience when returning to their home culture after becoming used to a different one. Luckily, reverse culture shock is usually temporary; the adaption period typically varies between two to six months. To combat reverse culture shock, Dr. Qiao recommends that individuals start by recalling fond memories that remove the “strangeness” of their not-so-new environment. Secondly, it’s important to surround yourself with familiar people who can give sincere advice. Third, don’t rush back to work – allow your body to adjust from the inside out. Fourth, spend time listening to the radio, watching TV, and reading newspapers to re-familiarize yourself with local voices, laws, and news. Lastly, build trust and communication with co-workers and classmates. Though she still sorely misses Beijing, Yurika’s 9-year-old daughter Sora is starting to show signs of improvement in New Delhi. “[She] already knows how to ask the school cafeteria workers to give her bigger scoops of ice cream,” says Yurika. Home & Relocation Guide 2012-2013




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kids watched a lot of movies and TV shows about India to familiarize themselves with their future home. “I think that actually helped us get more interested in [India],” she says. “By the time we left Beijing, we were actually looking forward to some of the things we saw on TV.” “It’s important to discuss the move with the kids on a regular basis,” says Dr. Qiao. “[Topics can be] the reason for the move, the duration of the stay in the new place, and possible difficulties that the family may face.” Parents should address practical points like which school the kids will attend, the courses they’ll be required to take, what kind of water is safe to drink, what kind of foods to avoid, [climactic] differences, and more. For both families, the hardest part was saying goodbye. For Angela Snowball, it was so difficult to let go that “it was almost a relief to be on the plane.” Waites and her kids arranged many social outings and visited their favorite places, such as Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing duck restaurants. However, Yurika and her daughter Sora got so homesick that they ended up taking a quick trip to Beijing months after moving to New Delhi. Yet, too many goodbyes can actually do more harm than good, according to Dr. Mickie Xu, a psychiatrist at Beijing Vista Medical Center. As economies become more international, it’s better to say “I’ll be back” rather than organize emotionally-draining goodbye parties. Dr. Xu found this out from first-hand experience. Before settling in Beijing, she lived in Japan and Canada with her husband and daughter Amy. “When we moved to Canada, [Amy] was 4 years old and didn’t speak any English,” recalls Dr. Xu. “The teacher told me she was really quiet. After three weeks, she asked the class a question and my daughter answered in Japanese!” Eventually, the family returned to Beijing. After going through elementary at a local school (Fangcaodi), Amy switched to Dulwich College Beijing for secondary school. At age 16, she published a bilingual Chinese and English book called I’m 16. Consisting of a memoir, travel journal, and article, the book was based on Amy’s experiences as a multicultural teen. Now 18 and a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley, she speaks English, Japanese, and Chinese fluently, and is currently working on her French.

Chinese, Continued … Keeping up the language after you depart by Daisy Phillipson


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andarin is the most spoken language in the world, with an estimated 1.12 billion speakers worldwide. Given China’s increasingly powerful stature and economic growth, it’s no wonder that Mandarin has become a desirable language to learn. But what happens after you leave China? Chinese can be quite a tricky language to grasp, and if you and your family are relocating, it can prove even harder to continue your learning.

Zachary (6) and Dru Bolesta live the language at Jingshanling Great Wall



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Dru Bolesta and her family were faced with these issues when moving to Thailand, after living in Beijing for over four years. During their time in China, both Dru and her son Zachary were learning Mandarin. Zachary certainly took to the language and was eager to retain it after they moved to Thailand in December of 2011. “I think he enjoys knowing it is quite an important language” says Bolesta. But arriving in Thailand wasn’t as simple as they thought. Although he is able to learn Thai at school, Mandarin lessons are not offered. Luckily, Zachary made friends with a native Mandarin speaker at a chess competition. “Once we sort out when they are free, they’ll be meeting up for play dates,” explains Bolesta. Bolesta is interested in keeping up her Chinese, too. After taking lessons in Beijing, she found an ideal intermediate course with Berlitz Language School in Bangkok. “The only problem has been getting there. The school is in the city center and we live miles from there. When I enrolled, it was with the intention of going every day, but I can only go about twice a week,” says Bolesta. To supplement her classes, she has kept in touch with her friends. She schedules regular Skype calls and emails her Chinese teacher in Beijing. “There are opportunities everywhere you look,” she says. “You just need to be disciplined.” Caroline Croxford and her daughter Emma moved back to their native country, Australia, after living in Beijing for over three years. At Year 5, Chinese lessons were incorporated into Emma’s curriculum at The British School of Beijing. No longer surrounded by the language in Australia, Emma is determined to remain at the same level she was at when she left China. Luckily, Caroline’s teacher in Beijing recommended a friend, who is a Chinese tutor and happened to live close to their home in Australia. With her notes and textbook from Beijing, Emma has been able to continue her

Chinese studies with her new tutor. For Caroline and her husband Murray, things have not been as simple. Regarding her time in Beijing, Caroline says: “My husband got lessons for about two years. I probably only [studied] for about six months [before] I started working full-time. But I loved learning the language; I thought it was fascinating.” However, juggling full-time jobs in Australia has meant that both Caroline and her husband have not been able to sustain their lessons. “I would have been keen to sit in on Emma’s lessons, but she is so much more advanced than I am. I think I’d just land back at square one,” Caroline says. To carry on your Chinese language skills outside of China, Caroline suggests practicing with fellow expats. Make sure your children stay in touch with friends they’ve made in Beijing. Bolesta feels different forms of learning suit different families. For her, the sake of enjoyment was enough motivation to keep learning Chinese. If this is the case, then there are Chinese communities around the world where you can go and strike up a conversation with groups of native speakers. If you just want to keep up casual conversation, then seek out a language school to suit your language ability. “One of the main things I would suggest is to look up groups of people your family can connect with who are Chinese speakers. It’s like the immersion theory,” she says. Being able to find someone with similar interests makes the learning all the more fun and easier to remember. Getting started is half the battle and if you can find native speakers or teachers near your new home, then seize the opportunity. With so many Chinese speakers across the globe, you just might be surprised at what resources are available at your new destination.

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Caroline, Emma (11), and Murray Croxford at Fragrant Hills

Homeward Bound Leaving Beijing with pets by Sijia Chen

From left: Harald and Stephanie Toifl with their cats Phoebe (gray and black) and Pepe (white and brown) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


very year, thousands of pets are abandoned worldwide when their owners decide to relocate. The problem tends to be magnified in areas with large expat populations, such as Beijing. However, many people don’t realize that exporting pets from China is actually a relatively simple process; the tricky part is figuring out the prerequisites for entering your destination country. Depending on the level of difficulty, you should start preparing for your pet’s relocation at least six months in advance. For the latest entry requirements, consult your destination country’s embassy, department of agriculture, or quarantine bureau. The following information is intended as a guide; rules and regulations are subject to change on short notice, so do your homework.


The cost of relocating your pet is significant, but it’s worth every penny

Step 1: Rabies Vaccination and Official Vaccination Certificate All pets exiting from China must be vaccinated against rabies at an animal hospital registered with the Agricultural Bureau. The shot must then be documented in the official Beijing Animal Health and Immunity Certificate (little red book). These two steps must be completed at least 30 days – but no more than 12 months – before departure.

ICVS recommends going to Guanshang early in the morning. Appointments are not accepted, so it can get quite busy later in the day. If you’re not comfortable in Mandarin, bring a Chinese-speaking friend to facilitate the process. Be sure to bring your pet, the red vaccination booklet, your passport (one passport per pet), and at least RMB 800 – you’ll be charged for the checkup and any additional health tests.

Step 2: Health Examination and Certificate All pets must undergo a health checkup no more than seven days

Step 3: Animal Health Certificate for Exit The certificate must be exchanged for an Animal Health Certificate



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Exit Requirements from Beijing

before the departure date at Beijing Guanshang Animal Hospital, the official animal hospital of the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. Once the health exam is complete, you should receive the Beijing International Companion Animal Health Inspection Certificate within two business days. Note that the health certificate is valid for only seven days after the issue date; if you don’t exchange it for an exit permit all over again within the allotted time, your pet will have to repeat the health exam.

for Exit (or exit permit) to export your pet. This can be done at a separate office located on the second floor of Beijing Guanshang Animal Hospital. You’ll need the red vaccination booklet, the health certificate, and your passport, and around RMB 100 for the exit permit fee – no need to bring your pet for this part. The exit permit is usually processed within two business days and is valid for 14 days after the issue date.

Entry Requirements for Destination Countries Even before completing the three-step exit process for China, you’ll need to figure out specific entry regulations for your destination country. Depending on where you’re going, the entry process can range from very simple to painfully difficult. Either way, you’ll want to allow yourself plenty of time before the departure date – at least six months, and more if you’re moving to a country with strict regulations like Australia or New Zealand. Here are entry requirements for selected destination countries. Canada and US (excluding Hawaii) Difficulty: Easy • Rabies vaccination required at least 30 days, but no more than 12 months before entry. • No microchipping, RNATT, or quarantine required if all other conditions are met. • Regulations for pets being imported to Hawaii are different from continental US. For the most up-to-date Hawaiian regulations, visit the US Department of Agriculture or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites. Malaysia Difficulty: Easy • Microchipping not required. • Rabies vaccination required. • No RNATT required. • Mandatory seven-day quarantine period for all incoming pets. European Union Countries and Japan Difficulty: Moderate • Rabies vaccination and RNATT required at least three to six months before the animal’s arrival. • Tattoo and/or microchip with EU ISO 11784/11785 standard required, depending on the destination country. • No quarantine is required if the above conditions are met. • The UK now follows standard EU entry requirements. In other words, no quarantine is required if the pets meet all other requirements. • Japan requires two rabies vaccinations within six months of the pet’s arrival date. Hong Kong Difficulty: Moderate • Microchipping required. • Rabies vaccination required. • No RNATT required. • Mandatory four-month quarantine period for all pets arriving from mainland China.

Microchipping As of November 2011, Beijing Guangshang Animal Hospital requires that all animals be microchipped by the time they receive their exit health check. The microchip must conform to the European Union ISO 11785/11785 standard or other ISO-compliant standard. This is not a national, municipal, or Entry/Exit Quarantine and Inspection Bureau requirement, only a requirement of Beijing Guangshang Animal Hospital. This new rule is intended to allow accurate identification of pets during the exit health exam. In Beijing, ISO-compliant and EU-approved microchips are sold by Globy Pet Relocation. However, insertion is a surgical procedure that must be overseen by a certified veterinarian. ICVS is equipped to both insert and scan microchips. In addition, the animal hospital can scan microchipped pets for free to ensure that the chip is in good working order.

Rabies Vaccination Rabies vaccinations must be performed at legally-approved animal hospitals in China, such as ICVS or Beijing Guanshang Animal Hospital. Only registered hospitals can provide safe vaccines imported from Europe and North America. At the hospital entrance, look for a large gold plaque with an inscription that says: 动物狂犬病免疫注射定点单位 (dòngwù kuángquǎnbìng miǎnyì zhùshè dìngdiǎn dǎnwèi). By law, all dogs and cats are required to receive an annual rabies shot. Two-year or three-year rabies vaccinations from other countries aren’t recognized in China. For pets that require the RNATT, the rabies shot must be done at least 30 days before blood is drawn for the test.

Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titre Testing (RNATT) Rabies neutralizing antibody titre testing (RNATT) is required by European Union countries, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii (among others) before entry. Typically, countries and territories that require the RNATT specify that pets should be vaccinated against rabies at least four to seven months before departure. In the EU, the blood sample must be drawn at least three to six months before the pet’s arrival and pets must be microchipped before or on the rabies vaccination date. For pets traveling to the EU, a blood sample must be taken from the animal one month after the rabies shot is administered. On the following day, the separated serum is taken to an authorized laboratory in the EU for testing. For a list of authorized labs, visit the European Commission’s website at ec.europa.eu/food/animal/approved_establishments/other_laboratories_en.htm. Currently, China has no EU-approved labs. Globy Pet Relocation can help transport the serum sample to the EU. Owners must download the EU CE 998/2003 form (available at ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/nocomm_third_ en.htm) for non-commercial movement of pets. The form must be filled out by a veterinarian at Beijing Guanshang Animal Hospital and checked by customs at the destination country in the EU. Most EU countries require a 90-day wait after the blood is drawn for the pet to enter the EU, but it’s best to confirm with the authorized laboratory. Home & Relocation Guide 2012-2013




Singapore Difficulty: Hard • Microchipping required. • Rabies and other vaccinations required. • RNATT required. A second rabies vaccination is required after drawing blood for the RNATT. • Mandatory 30-day quarantine period for all pets arriving from mainland China.

Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan Difficulty: Hard • Microchipping required. • Rabies and other vaccinations required. • RNATT required. • No direct importing of animals from mainland China; animals must stay in another “rabies-free” approved country for at least six months before entering Australia, New Zealand, or Taiwan. • Mandatory 30-day quarantine period upon arrival in Australia, New Zealand, or Taiwan.

Easiest part: Following the export process was relatively simple because ICVS had downloadable instructions on their website.

Kitty takes a well-deserved nap

Kitty Type: Cat (10 years old) Birthplace: Tempe, US Owners: Jennifer Thomé and Nikolaus Fogle Destination: New York City, US Date of relocation: February 2012 Relocation company: None Cost: Around 3,500 RMB (RMB 400 for the microchip, RMB 500 for the exit examination, RMB 200 for the certification, and RMB 1,500 for Kitty to fly as carry-on). Airline: Korean Air. It paid to travel light; since Kitty and her carrier weighed in at under 13lb, she was able to fly in the cabin for about RMB 1,500.


The Quarantine Process The US doesn’t have a quarantine period for incoming pets. You simply check in at the airport, the vet looks at them, and – if your pet is healthy – sends you on your merry way. Hardest part: The hardest part was dealing with the paperwork at Guangshang, as the staff speaks only Chinese.



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Phoebe (top right) and Pepe sittin’ pretty in Malaysia

Phoebe and Pepe Type: Cats (4 and 5 years old) Birthplace: Beijing, China Owners: Stephanie and Harald Toifl Destination: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Date of relocation: February 5, 2012 Relocation company: Globy Pet Relocation Cost: Approximately RMB 12,000 (included flights, pet relocation fees, and medical expenses). Airline: Malaysia Airlines. The crates arrived in good condition, but the attached water bottles were lost or broken during transit. However, the airline personnel was helpful and the excess luggage fees were quick and easy to pay for.

photo: courtesy of jennifer thomé and harald toifl

Timeline • One or two months before Kitty left, Thomé and Fogle researched the pet relocation process. Thomé had taken an animal to the US in the past, so she was already familiar with the process; however, the couple looked up ICVS’ website just in case. Sure enough, they found out that microchipping is now an exit requirement. • Once Kitty was microchipped at ICVS, she was taken to Beijing Guangshang Animal Hospital to get all the necessary tests (which have to be done within ten days of the animal’s exit date). • After two days, Fogle went back to the hospital to pick up Kitty’s results and took them upstairs to the representative branch of the Extry-Exit Quarantine Bureau. The document was processed on the spot, which meant Kitty was ready for her big adventure. • On departure day, Fogle took Kitty to security within 30 minutes of arriving at the airport. He took her out of her cage and walked her through the metal detector, while her carrier went through the X-ray machine. Much to his dismay, security officers ran Kitty through the machine once he put her back in the cage – which is not what was supposed to happen – but Kitty didn’t seem to mind too much. Once they were scanned, Fogle and Kitty kicked back for a few more hours and enjoyed a smooth flight to the Big Apple.

Tips • Do your research. Moving an animal can cost you an arm and a leg, but if you’re willing to invest some time, you can save enough money to bring your pet back. • Confirm your trip and get to the airport early. Once you arrive, two things will happen: Everyone will be confused, and everyone will want to play with the cute kitty. Both things take time, so make sure you give yourself plenty of it. • The tricky part was finding out which airlines would be the most cost-effective and allow Kitty to travel in the cabin. Many Chinese airlines and Japan Air do not allow animals in the cabin, so it’s crucial to do your research beforehand. Many hours of online research and one Excel spreadsheet later, Fogle decided to go with Korean Air, which had the best price for carrying small animals on the plane – as well as relatively reasonable ticket prices. • Airlines have strict temperature restrictions for both the departure and arrival locations, usually between 21°C and 32°C. Since Kitty was traveling in the winter, her only option was to fly in the cabin. • Stay calm. Animals pick up on your stress, so the calmer you are, the more relaxed they will be during the trip. • Pack snacks, water, and litter. If you’re taking a long flight with a layover, your pet will get a chance to stretch its legs at the airport. Fogle packed a bottle of water, snacks, a disposable pie pan, and some litter, then blocked off one of the bathroom stalls at Seoul Airport so that Kitty could have a rest stop.

Timeline • First, the Toifls attended a monthly seminar called “Leaving Beijing with Pets” at ICVS, where they learned general information on transportation and specific country regulations. • In September of 2011, they contacted an agent from Globy Pet Relocation. • In October, they got the cats microchipped and vaccinated for rabies. • On January 30, the agent picked up their cats for a health check at Beijing Guangshang Animal Hospital. This was a crucial part of the timeline; the animals had to be checked no more than seven days before the departure date. The Quarantine Process The quarantine period in Kuala Lumpur lasted seven days. The quarantine was located near the airport and made up of guarded and fenced buildings divided by type of animal. Each building had separate rooms and windows with wire cages, and each room held one “delivery.” In other words, Phoebe and Pepe had a room to themselves (albeit in separate cages). Stephanie visited the cats every day; she was even allowed to open Phoebe and Pepe’s cages and let them stretch their legs. Overall, the buildings were well-ventilated and the cats always had access to water and the dry food that the Toifls provided.

Tips • Before relocating your pets, check to see if you can take them aboard the plane as carry-on, or if you must check them in as excess luggage or cargo. In the latter case, the airline needs to make sure that the plane model has pressurized and air-conditioned cargo compartments. In the former case, only one pet is allowed per passenger. • The Toifls found that Thai Airways allows small pets onboard, but they ended up going with Malaysia Air because the flight from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur had a seven-hour layover in Bangkok. • Even though ICVS gave the Toifls lots of advice, the couple still checked the Internet for ideas. Stephanie says, “Don’t stress yourself too much over the situation – if you keep cool, your pet will keep cool as well.” • It’s recommended to secure your pet’s favorite dry food in small bags on the crate prior to travel and then bring an additional one to the quarantine facility. • Pet owners can manage the pet relocation process themselves if they have the time. However, an agency’s support can be invaluable because there’s so much to organize during a move. Still, be aware that the service comes at a price.

Mimi Type: Cats (1 year old) Birthplace: Tianjin, China Owners: Melanie and Michael Hartlef Destination: Buxtehude, Germany Date of relocation: March 2012 Relocation company: Globy Pet Relocation Cost: Around RMB 11,800. It cost RMB 7,500 to perform medical procedures and board Mimi at ICVS, RMB 2,800 for Globy’s services, and RMB 1,500 for the flight to Frankfurt. Airline: Lufthansa. The flight went very smoothly; the Hartlefs would recommend this airline to others. Timeline • The Hartlefs left Tianjin in December 2011. By that time, they had already had two other cats, Hong and Bai for two years. About five or six weeks before their departure to Germany, they decided to also take a stray cat called Mimi that they found outside their apartment. Mimi (a male) had to stay behind to complete all the health checks and vaccinations required to enter the EU. • A month before the Hartlefs left, Mimi received all the necessary shots and medical procedures to enter Germany: rabies and feline distemper vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, blood tests, and serum preparation for the RNATT. • Four weeks after the couple returned to Buxtehude, a German friend brought Mimi’s blood samples from ICVS to Hamburg, where they were tested by a veterinary lab. After the results came out, the friend brought the paperwork and Mimi’s new EU Pet Passport back to Tianjin. He handed them off to the Hartlef’s Chinese friend, Yang Xiaogang, who brought them to ICVS. Home & Relocation Guide 2012-2013




photo: courtesy of michael hartlef

Hardest part: The hardest part was leaving Phoebe and Pepe at the excess luggage check-in counter at the airport. Easiest part: The pet relocation company helped a lot with the formalities, but the easiest part was definitely picking up the cats from the quarantine station.

Mimi (center) with owners Melanie and Michael Hartlef, and furry friends Hong and Bai in Germany

• Then, Mimi bided his time at ICVS for the next three months to fulfill a specific EU requirement: the RNATT had to be done at least three to six months before a pet’s arrival in Germany. • The rest was done by Globy Pet Relocation. One week before Mimi left, the relocation service took her for the final health examination. At Beijing Capital International Airport, they handed him off to another one of the Hartlefs’ friends; he brought Mimi to Frankfurt, where he was finally reunited with Melanie and Michael. The Quarantine Process There is no quarantine period for most EU nations (except for Malta, Ireland, Sweden, and the UK) as long as all other requirements are fulfilled. Hardest part: The hardest part was the three-month wait for Mimi. Easiest part: It was an interesting – even fun – logistical exercise to organize Mimi’s relocation with friends, ICVS, and Globy. Tips • The logistics can be tricky, but don’t hesitate to relocate your pet. ICVS and Globy Pet Relocation love to help and are very professional. As long as they’re by your side, nothing can go wrong. • The cost of relocating your pet is significant, but it’s worth every penny; your pet will reward your investment in full with unconditional love and affection.

• One month before the departure, blood was drawn from each cat for the RNATT; the samples had to be tested to prove that Iggy and Angus were vaccinated for rabies. After getting the rabies documentation, Suhre contacted the Singapore AVA (Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority) to reserve a space in quarantine for her cats and apply for an import license. • One week before leaving China, each cat underwent an export physical exam. • Three days before leaving, Suhre confirmed with her relocation company that there was cargo space on the plane for Iggy and Angus. The Quarantine Process Iggy and Angus had to spend 30 days in quarantine once Suhre arrived in Singapore. She was initially worried about them, because they wouldn’t eat the first couple of days. The quarantine facility wasn’t easily reachable by public transport, so she had to take a taxi three times a week to see the cats. After Iggy and Angus got to the apartment, they were back to normal within a few days. Hardest part: The hardest part was figuring out what needed to be done and when, especially since Singapore has strict guidelines for importing cats and dogs. Also, China has its own set of export regulations that need to be followed. Lastly, the airline wouldn’t reserve a space in cargo for the cats until three days before the departure date. Easiest part: Since Suhre doesn’t speak Mandarin, using a pet relocation company helped with getting the Chinese documentation. In addition, a representative accompanied her to Guanshang to help with language barriers. A minor problem came up with one of the documents required by Singapore AVA, but the pet relocation company quickly sent her the right ones. Tips • Research the exporting and importing process early. Get more than one quote from a pet relocation company if you’re using one. Talk to your local vet about the relocation process. • Don’t feed your cats on the day of travel in case they get sick. Stay calm, because the animals can sense anxiety. • Make sure you have copies of all the paperwork, just in case.

Iggy (bottom) and Angus enjoy the view in Singapore


Timeline • First, Suhre contacted her veterinarian at ICVS to review what was needed to export her cats to Singapore. Two months before she left, she received quotes from two different pet relocation services.



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In a month or so, Tree will be home free in Australia

photo: courtesy of kim suhre and qiao li

Iggy and Angus Type: Cats (both 3.5 years old) Birthplace: US Owner: Kim Suhre Destination: Singapore Date of relocation: February 2012 Relocation company: Globy Pet Relocation Cost: RMB 20,000-26,000 Airline: Singapore Airlines

Tree Type: Cat (3 years old) Birthplace: Beijing, China Owners: Qiao Li and Imogen Kandel (former managing editor of beijingkids) Destination: Melbourne, Australia via Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Date of relocation: December 2011 Relocation company: None. Kandel and Li decided not to use a relocation company because of the high cost, but they hired someone to manage Tree’s paperwork and health checkups in Malaysia. Cost: Approximately RMB 18,000 in total. Up to Tree’s arrival in Malaysia, Kandel and Li spent roughly RMB 2,000 on health checks and paperwork. Tree’s six-month quarantine in Malaysia and export fees to Australia will cost about RMB 16,000. Airline: Malaysia Airlines (Beijing to Kuala Lumpur); Not yet determined for Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne Timeline • No more than 12 months before her departure, Tree received the rabies shot at ICVS. The animal hospital recorded the vaccination in her Beijing Animal Health and Immunity Certificate (a red booklet). • After booking the flight to Kuala Lumpur, Li checked if there was space on the plane for Tree around two months before departure. • Three weeks before departure, Li went through a pet relocation agent in Kuala Lumpur to submit all the paperwork necessary for the Malaysia import permit and found an official government veterinarian to administer the RNATT (Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titre Test). Once the import permit was approved, the agent scanned and emailed it to Li. • Two weeks before departure, Tree got a full health checkup and microchip from ICVS. Li also got copies of her medical records. • One week before the flight, Tree got an official health examination from Beijing Guanshang Animal Hospital. Two days later, they went back to pick up Tree’s official health certificate and exit permit. • Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, Li picked up Tree from the oversized baggage counter and handed her to customs for the quarantine process. • One week later, Tree left quarantine, underwent the RNATT test, and was taken to the boarding house. • A week after that, Li received the RNATT declaration from a government-approved veterinarian. He was then able to apply for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) import permit online. • Ten days later, Li received the approved import permit and Veterinary Certificates A and B (to be filled out later) from AQIS. He also booked tentative quarantine accommodations for Tree in Melbourne. After everything was done, Li flew back to Beijing.

Hardest part: Australia is by far one of the hardest countries to export animals to. “The paperwork alone is enough to push your stress levels through the roof,” writes Kandel. That said, she strongly urges anyone moving internationally to invest the time and money to bring their pets with them. Easiest part: The export process for China is actually quite simple once you understand all the required steps; ICVS was instrumental in providing all the necessary information. The Malaysian portion of the relocation, on the other hand, was much more complicated and expensive. Tips • Three days before Tree’s departure, Li started using an herbal cat relaxation remedy recommended by ICVS. It worked like a charm; Tree was calm and relaxed throughout her flight to Kuala Lumpur. • For the flight, stick the following onto the cat carrier: a photo of your pet, your Chinese address, your destination address, phone number, and email. Secure frozen water to the cage for your pet to slowly drink and include an old item of clothing in the carrier so that your pet has something that smells like you.

Tips for Safe Air Travel Time of Year: Consider the time of year you are traveling and contact your airline in advance to make appropriate arrangements for your pet. Each airline imposes travel restrictions for pets in periods of extreme temperature. “Blackout” months typically last from May to October. When ground temperatures exceed 30˚C, pets are usually not permitted as excess baggage. This is to avoid the risk of dehydration should the flight be delayed and the animals have to sit on the hot tarmac. Certain breeds – such as boxers, pugs, bulldogs, and Pekingese – have difficulty breathing in hot weather and may be restricted from flying during those months. For cold climates, Air Canada has a blackout period in the winter when ground temperatures are close to freezing. Feeding: Do not feed your pet any food at least six hours before the flight. If it is a morning flight, feed your pet the night before. Your pet is allowed small amounts of water. To make sure they’re hydrated, use a water dish that attaches to the door of the crate. Fill it up halfway with water and freeze it the night before. Do not use ball-bearing water bottles as they tend leak water, leaving your pet wet and uncomfortable during the trip. Potty before Departure: Walk your dog as you normally would in the morning, but try to fit in an extra walk at least 30 minutes to one hour before you leave for the airport. For cats, make sure the litter box is clean and accessible until right before the cat is crated. Pet Identification: Provide your pet with a collar that will not get caught on the door of the crate. Attach two forms of identification to the pet’s collar: one ID with your name, address, and contact number of your country of origin, and another ID with your name, address, and contact number of your destination country. Tape a photo of your pet and a travel label to your pet carrier with your name, permanent address, telephone number, and email address. Write down your final destination and flight numbers. In transit, owners should carry a current photograph of their pet. If your pet is lost during the trip, a photograph will help airline employees search more effectively. Tranquilizers and Sedatives: Animals should not be given sedatives unless specifically prescribed by a veterinarian. If you’re interested in Home & Relocation Guide 2012-2013




The Quarantine Process Because China is not an AQIS-approved country, Kandel and Li were only able to export Tree indirectly to Australia via an approved country – in this case, Malaysia. Their cat had to stay in Kuala Lumpur for a minimum of six months prior to her departure for Australia. There are no exceptions to this regulation. At the time this article was written, Tree was coming to the end of her quarantine period in Kuala Lumpur. Thirty days before she is slated to arrive in Melbourne in early July, she’ll be tested for the Nipah virus and the blood work will be sent to the Australian Animal Health Laboratory for approval. Tree will also need to get vaccinations for feline distemper, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus, as well as parasite treatments and a final checkup. Once all the medical procedures are done, the vet

will fill out a veterinary certificate provided by AQIS. On the day of Tree’s flight to Melbourne, the vet will scan her microchip, check and stamp all her documents, and seal Tree into her crate. All the documents should be attached to the latter. Upon arrival in Melbourne, AQIS staff will pick up Tree from the airport for quarantine. After a 30-day quarantine period, Tree will finally be able to go home.

homeopathic calming remedies for pets, contact ICVS. Carry-on vs. Check-in (Excess Baggage): Some airlines allow pets as carry-onand others insist on checking in your pet as excess baggage, which goes in the cargo hold. Airlines that allow carry-on usually require a soft carrier in which your pet would remain under the seat in front of you. Be aware of the airline’s rules and restrictions regarding bringing pets as carry-on. Ask about their weight restrictions and whether you’re required to book cargo space in advance. Air Crates: Your air crate must be approved by your airline in advance. Many crate manufacturers claim that their crate designs are approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). However, your airline will have the final say on whether your crate is acceptable. IATA-approved crates are available at ICVS. Crate Contents: Give your pet at least one month to get used to the crate to minimize stress. On the day of travel, line the floor of the crate with a small or folded cotton towel that already has your scent or your pet’s scent. This will provide familiar smells and cushioning for your pet during the journey. The towel also helps to absorb any spilled water, urine, or other fluids. Finally, never lock the doors of the crate with an additional lock as this impedes the ability to release or remove your pet from the crate in the event of an emergency. Food for Travel: In the event of flight delays, some airlines may instruct their staff to provide food for any animals onboard. Ask first, but some airlines allow owners to securely tape a small sealed bag

of dry dog or cat food directly onto the crate. Be sure to include directions. For example: “Feed half a bag for one meal.” Leash for Dogs: Some airlines may arrange for dogs to be walked in the event of a flight delay. Some airlines allow owners to tape a leash packaged inside a small clear plastic bag to the outside of the crate. Dog owners should also bring a leash with them in their carry-on luggage in case the leash taped to the crate is no longer attached after arrival. Litter Box or Cats upon Arrival : Pack a small, clean litter box or plastic tub and some fresh cat litter in a double zip-lock bag in your check-in luggage. This will allow your cat to use the litter box immediately after arriving at your destination and reduces the stress of having to purchase a litter box and cat litter, especially if you are in an unfamiliar city or if you arrive after the shops have closed.

These tips are excerpted from the 2011-2012 Home & Relocation Guide and are courtesy of Mary Peng, co-founder of the International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS). Originally from New York City, Mary has been living in China since 1991. She has never lived a day in her life without pets and currently owns one cat, a dog, and a very large rabbit. Having relocated a cat from Beijing to New York and back to Beijing again, she understands the concerns of fellow pet owners. For more advice, drop by one of ICVS’ free monthly seminars, “Departing from China with Pets.” To find out when the next session takes place, visit www.beijing-kids.com/events.

Resources Animal Hospitals and Pet Relocation Services Beijing Guanshang Animal Hospital 北京观赏动物医院 Daily 8.30am-10.30pm, 24hr emergency services. 7 Beisanhuan Zhonglu (northwest corner of Anhua Qiao), Xicheng District (400 700 1542, 6205 1944, 6204 9631, 6237 1359) www.chinapet.com.cn 西城区北三环中路7号(安华桥西北角) Exit/Entry Quarantine and Inspection Bureau Mon-Fri 9-11.30am, 1.30-4.30pm (closed on all public and national holidays). 2/F, Beijing Guanshang Animal Hospital, 7 Beisanhuan Zhonglu (northwest corner of Anhua Qiao), Xicheng District (8202 4181) 西城 区北三环中路7号(安华桥西北角)北京观赏动物医院2层 Doctors Beck and Stone Pet Healthcare Center 思威(北京)国际动物医院 1) Shunyi Euro Plaza: 9am-7pm daily (consultation by appointment). LB05, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (8046 2886, info@drbns.com) www.doctorsbeckandstone.com 顺义区天竺镇裕祥路99号欧陆广场LB05; 2) Upper East Side: Mon-Sun 9am-7pm (consultation by appointment). 7-5, Bldg 7, Area 9, Fangyuan Nanli, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (8457 8233, info@drbns.com) www.doctorsbeckandstone.com 朝阳区将台路芳 园南里9号院7号楼7-5See Directory for more locations.


WorldCare Pet Transport (8459 3008/2858, kiki.chen@worldcarepet.com.cn) www.worldcarepet.com Globy Pet Relocation Rm 26B, Block 2, Bauhinia Court, 30 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (8762 5020, 400 883 8011 toll free, 138 0101 5647 Cindy Song, beijing@globypetrelo.com) www.globypetrelo.com 朝阳区 东三环北路30号紫荆豪庭2单元26B



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International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) 北京新天地国际动物医院 Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment). 13-16 Rongke Ganlancheng Shangjie, Futongxi Dajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District (8456 1939/40/41, icvs_asia@yahoo.com) www.icvsasia.com 朝阳 区望京阜通西大街融科橄榄城商街13-16号

Entry Regulations Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) www.ava.gov.sg Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) (+612 2 6272 3933) www.daff.gov.au/aqis Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) (+1 800 442 2342, +1 613 225 2342 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm Eastern Time) www.inspection.gc.ca Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (800 CDC INFO, cdcinfo@cdc.gov) www.cdc.gov Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (European Commission) (+32 3 299 111) ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/ index_en.htm Malaysian Department of Veterinary Services www.malaysia.gov.my/en US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) (+1 301 851 3300 National Center for Import and Export call center) www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals

One Final Hooray Two families share their perfect day in Beijing by Kyle Mullin


eaving Beijing for good can leave you with mixed feelings. There’s the excitement of heading to new frontiers, but also the loneliness of leaving your soon-to-be former home. So be sure to bid Beijing a proper farewell by spending one last perfect day here. You can take cues from two families below, who both have very different ideas on how to create a perfect day in Beijing. Rod and Jojo Sabourin (Zhou Yinli) are the parents of little Allison, who was born in September 2011. Rod is a Canadian expat who has been teaching at Beijing Concord College of Sino-Canada, the same Canadian/Chinese private high school as his wife. They have been living on the outskirts of Tongzhou for several years. Twelve years ago, Scott Cline married his wife, Janet Zhong. Cline is a beijingkids board member, and the founder of the summer and winter camp organization Broad Horizons Camping. Janet is an executive with Gap. Their son Matthew is 7 years old, and enrolled at Daystar Academy.

Scott Cline, Janet Zhong, and their son Matthew (7) enjoy a day hike at the Great Wall

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Scott Cline: Whether it’s a perfect day or not, my family and I spend most of our time with the local Beijing community. So for our perfect day, I’d start early with a couple of jogs around Tuanjiehu Park. It is in the heart of the business district, but it still feels like “real Beijing,” because it’s vibrant with lots of music. There are many calligraphy experts out there, including one that teaches my son how to write elegant characters. On any day, at any time, there are sword danc-

ers, speed skating roller skaters, ballroom dancers, Chinese drum and dance troupes and numerous erhu musicians and earnest Beijing Opera vocal soloists. In the summer, there is an outdoor pool and beach that is fun for really small kids, even though the changing rooms and locker facilities are poor or non-existent. From there, we’d go out the east gate of the park and take a walk through the street veggie and fruit market for some snacks. We also pick up some steamed buns at one of the small hole-in-the-wall baozi shops. The price is great because you can get your fill on less than RMB 5 per person. They also have fresh soy milk. After that, we’d load up the car and head out to the plot we rent at Shire Organic Farm. The owner is a nice young woman named Sarah who is great with kids and has created a real working organic farm that welcomes families to get their hands dirty planting, weeding and harvesting their own veggies. They will also pick and deliver your veggies to your door if you don’t have time to visit “your” garden. After that, we’d have lunch at a Nongjiayuan Homestays. Our family has had great luck stopping along the road at farmer style family inns for meals served at a low rate. These small mom and pop shops have sprung up in lots of places in the suburbs of Beijing. Generally, we look for clean yards and an open kitchen. That way, you can really see what you’re eating and how it is cooked. We usually stay away from the fish that is sometimes pushed on you, or the exotic animals that are “house specials.” Instead, choose simple, hearty dishes that you might see the host eating.

You could spend an entire hiking at the Great Wall. It’s so beautiful, especially at Gubeikou, because it’s so old and authentic. On an absolute ideal day, I’d find a way to fit that in, even though in reality, you could spend your whole day there. Later on, we’d drive out to the northwest outskirts of town, and unload bikes in the outskirts around Yanqing, where there’s few big trucks, lots of newly paved roads, and bike lanes that drivers respect. The area north and east of the Yanqing town site, near the Song Shan Forest Area is one of my favorites. If I wasn’t going back to the city, I might pack a tent and take a hike in the hills and camp out under the stars and clean air. The hills are open for camping from May 1 to September 1. Upon returning, we would go to the National Performing Arts Centre, or “the Egg” in time for an evening concert. I recently saw an international school chorus of more than 500 young performers packed on the stage at the Forbidden City Concert Hall. On my perfect day, I would like to hear a performance like that again - voices of foreign and Chinese youth performing Chinese and Western music in harmony. After that, a late night snack at Jin Ding Xuan. It’s open 24 hours and has pretty good dim sum. The price is reasonable and the service is fast. Menus have lots of pictures, so it’s easy to order. They have good congee and plastic bowls and spoons if you’ve got a baby eating with you. Then we’d find our way back to home next to Tuanjiehu Park and look forward to another adventure tomorrow.

Rod Sabourin, his wife Jojo, and their daughter Allison love playing in the parks of Beijing



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Rod Sabourin: For the time being, my ideal day in Beijing involves carrying a well-stocked diaper bag. Because my daughter Allison is only 10 months old, my wife JoJo and I are always aware that most

washrooms here aren’t like they are in the West—they’re freezing cold, with wet floors and no soap, so we have to be prepared. Having a baby here means you have to bring your changing room with you. It also means that the best way to have a cheap, fun day is to go somewhere like Ritan Park. It’s perfect for us, because it’s right off the subway, clean, and quiet with no big crowds. We wander around, maybe fly a kite. Because Allison’s so young, she loves seeing new things. That means just walking her around in her stroller is fun. She loves when I fly kites for her because they’re colorful, as long as I fly them pretty low so that she can still see them. I dream of taking Allison on a rollercoaster at Happy Valley Amusement Park someday, but honestly I’d have to wait five or 10 years before she’d enjoy it. Jojo dreams of taking her to a play zone for kids, once she grows a little bigger. There’s one in Tongzhou BHG Center. They’ve got padded playhouses and lots of games. Jojo will probably keep taking Allison there a while before I get to take her on a roller coaster. Other places I dream of taking her when she gets a little older include Cold Stone Creamery and Dairy Queen in Sanlitun. I really want to share an ice cream with her someday. Sanlitun Village generally looks fun; I’m sure she’ll love playing in the fountain. I also want to take her to the Beijing Zoo and American Steak and Eggs when it’s a Western holiday to show her all the turkey and trimmings and fixings that you can’t normally get in Beijing. For now, the best thing is just taking everyone to the park. My perfect day in Beijing was a lot different before we had Allison. As an adult, I definitely lost sight of how fun going to the park can be. Seeing how much fun she has makes these simpler things so much more enjoyable.

Resources Tuanjiehu Park 团结湖公园 Daily 6.30am-9pm. 16 Tuanjiehu Nanli, Chaoyang District (8597 3603) 朝阳区团 结湖南里16号 Local Baozi 特色包子 Several hole-in-the-wall baozi restaurants can be found near the East Gate of Tuanjiehu Park. One of the more popular ones is called Shanghai Guantang Bao, which neighbors Xinhua Bookstore at 44 Tuanjiehu Lu. 店名为 上海灌汤包,团结湖路44号南20 米,近新华书店 Song Shan Forest Area 松山林区 Transportation: Bus 919 from Desheng Gate and transfer to 920 at Yanqing. RMB 50 admission. Daily 8am-6pm. Zhangshanying Township, Yanqing County (6911 2634) 北京市延庆县张山营镇松 山自然保护区 National Performing Arts Centre (NCPA) 国家大剧院 2 West Chang’an Avenue, Xicheng District (6655 0000) www.chncpa.org 西城区西长安街2号

ing around town; tour packages available. (134 264 35769, greatwalltour2008@163.com, greatwalltour2008@163.com) greatwalltour.weebly.com Jin Ding Xuan 金鼎轩 Daily 24hrs. 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District (8596 8881)朝 阳区团结湖南路15号

Shire Farm 晒晒爱农庄 Jinzhan, Xiaodian Village (Audi Golden Port car park opposite the south gate), Chaoyang District. (136 8125 9524, 159 0154 5736, shirefarm2009@sina.com) http://blog.sina.com.cn/shirefarm (Chinese only) 朝阳区金盏乡小店村 (奥迪金港汽车公园南门对面)

Ritan Park 日坛公园 Daily 6am-8pm (summer), daily 6.30am-8pm (winter). 6 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District (8561 6301) 朝阳区日坛北路6号

Nongjiayuan Homestays 农家乐家庭旅馆 (6259 4175, services@nongjiayuan.org) www.nongjiayuan.org

Happy Valley Amusement Park 北京欢乐谷 Daily 8.30am-10pm. Wuji Beilu, Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District (6738 9898 ext 0, 6205 0088) bj.happyvalley.cn (Chinese only) 朝阳区东四环路小武基北路

Gubeikou Great Wall 古北口长城 RMB 42 per person. Miyun County, 125 kilometers away from Beijing By Car: Start from Siyuanqiao Bridge, take Jingshun Lu. At the Kuliushu Roundabout, head towards Miyun. At Niulanshan Roundabout, drive along the National Highway 101, pass Miyun County and Taishitun, and you will arrive at Gubeikou Town. By Bus: Take a bus to Chengde City or Luanping County at Sihui long-distance bus station. Buses leave every half an hour between 5.10am and 4.05pm. Get off at Gubeikou Tunnel. By Train: Train 449 leaves Beijing North Longhua station at 4.43pm and arrives at Gu Bei Kou at 8.41pm. Train 2559 leaves Beijing North Chifeng station at 8.59pm and arrives at Gu Bei Kou at 4.07am. Train 2189 leaves Beijing Wulanhaote station at 3.30pm and arrives at Gu Bei Kou at 6.10pm. *Times are subject to change, so check with your ticket seller before purchasing. Great Wall Adventure (138 1154 5162, greatwal l@greatwal ladventure.com) www.greatwalladventure.com

Great Wall Tour Beijing Tours Guides available for a trip to the Great Wall or sightsee-

Cold Stone Creamery 酷圣石 Daily 10am-10pm. 19 Sanlitun Lu, Sanlitun Village South, Chaoyang District (6416 8538) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区S9-1920号 Dairy Queen DQ冰雪皇后 Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Yingke Pacific Department Store, 2 Gongti Beijie, Chaoyang District 朝阳区工体北路甲2号盈科太平洋百货1 楼(近工人体育场) American Steak and Eggs 喜来中北美西餐 Daily 7am-midnight. Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai (directly north of the Friendship Store, one traffic light west of Silk Market), Chaoyang District (6592 8088/8788) 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) Beijing Zoo 北京动物园 Daily 7.30am-5pm (winter), 7.30am-6pm (summer). 137 Baishiqiao Lu, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District (6831 4411) 海淀区西外大 街白石桥路137号

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Beijing Feeling Private Tour Operator Hire a guide that can pick you up. (6428 1841, 139 1160 4646, bjf@beijingfeeling.com) www.private-beijing-tour.com

Kids’ Play Area (padded playhouse with slides) Daily 8.30am-9.30pm. 3/F, Tongzhou BHG Center, across from Tongzhou Beiyuan station, Bldg B1, 14 Tianshi Mingyuan, Yang Zhuang Beili, Tongzhou District (5635 1988 mall) 通州北京华联 超市购物中心, 通州区杨庄北里天时名苑14号楼B1楼(通州北苑地 铁站南侧)


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Family Dining Family Dining American American Steak & Eggs Affordable meals, from classic American diner breakfasts to fancier dinner specials. They have a kids’ menu, books, toys and patience. Daily 7ammidnight. Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai (directly north of the Friendship Store, one traffic light west of Silk Market), Chaoyang District. (6592 8088/8788) www.steakeggs. com.cn 喜来中北美西餐, 朝阳区建国门外秀 水南街(友谊商店北面, 秀水西边第一个红绿灯) Blue Frog 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 1/F, Bldg 1, U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8561 2665, gregory@bluefrog.com.cn); 2) Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030, gregory@bluefrog.com.cn) www.bluefrog.com.cn 蓝蛙, 1) 朝阳区三丰北 里悠唐生活广场1号楼1层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北 路19号三里屯Village南区4号楼3层S4-30 Element Fresh This sunny Shanghai import showcases a healthier side of American food, with elaborate salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Popular weekend brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” “Best Brunch (Affordable)” and “Outstanding Family Friendly Atmosphere” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058); 2) Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. S8-33, Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318) www.elementfresh.com 新 元素, 1) 朝阳区将台路6号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯 路19号三里屯Village南区8号楼S8-33


Fatburger This famous American diner offers premium Australian lean beef burgers freshly grinded daily and cooked to order the way you like it. Juicy burgers comes in singles, doubles or triples accompanied by skinny fries, fat fries or homemade onion rings and hot wings, hot dogs, and imported ice cream shakes all set amidst a warm and comfortable ambience of 80’s music playing in the background. Voted “Outstanding Burger” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 7789, leelee@fatgburgerlover.com, jwu@fatburger.com); 2) Daily 11am-9pm. 1-LB01 The Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound (in the same building as Tavola and Starbucks, across the street and 300 m north of the Kempinski Hotel’s main entrance), 19 East Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1878, leelee@fatgburgerlover. com, jwu@fatburger.com) www.fatburger. com 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城B1楼; 2) 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马桥外交公寓1号楼 会所1层1号铺 Grandma’s Kitchen Tuck into hearty Yankee tucker at any of the five cozy locations of this franchise started by an actual American Grandma. Enjoy sandwiches, burgers, steaks and shakes (banana variety known to be addic-tive). Voted “Outstanding American” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 8am-10.30pm. 47-2 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2790, bj.grandmas.kitchen@hotmail.com); 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 0103, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/6, bj.grandmas.kitchen@hotmail. com); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou U Center, 28 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6266 6105, bj.grandmas.kitchen@hotmail.com); 4) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893, bj.grandmas.kitchen@hotmail.com) http:// grandmasbeijing.com/ 祖母的厨房, 1) 东城区 南池子大街47-2号; 2) 朝阳区东三环中路39号 建外SohoB座0103; 3) 海淀区成府路28号五道口 购物中心5层; 4) 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街甲11 号(友谊商店后面) Let’s Burger 1) Daily 10.30am-11pm. B1/F, Sanlitun Village North, Chaoyang District. (6415 2772); 2) Daily 10am-9pm. 29-102, Pinnacle Avenue, Liyuan Jie, Shunyi District.

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(8416 7803) 1) 朝阳区三里屯Village北地下 一层; 2) 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业中心 29-102 Lily’s American Diner The owner of this Shuangjing restaurant cut her teeth at Steak & Eggs; she’s now created a menu of her own offering a sizeable selection of classically greasy North American and Tex-Mex fare like cheeseburgers, roast beef melt subs and chicken or beef fajitas. All-day breakfast specials including buttermilk pancakes with two eggs, plus bacon, sausage or ham. Generously sized beef burritos come wrapped in suitably soft, yet resilient tortillas, with assorted vegetables and “Lily’s spices.” The beef nachos aren’t quite like those in Texas, but they’re entirely edible by Beijing standards. 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 200m east from north gate of Jindi Mingjing Xiaoqu, exit E of Sihui subway station, Chaoyang District. (lilysdelivery@yahoo.com); 2) Daily 8am-midnight. Unit 2-18, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6592 5548, lilysdelivery@ yahoo.com) www.lilysbeijing.com 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 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) 顺 义区来广营东路(北京京西学校旁边)

Bakeries, Delis & Desserts German Food Center Daily 9.30am-7pm. 105 Binduyuan Mansion, 15 Zaoying Beili, Maizidian (800m east of Nongzhanguan Beilu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9370) 德国食品店, 朝 阳区麦子店枣营北里15号宾都苑公寓105号(长城 饭店南侧,农展馆北路往东走800米路北) Sweet Tooth Founded by Meilian Tan, an Australian with a strong passion for all things sweet, this bakery aims to satisfy your sweetest cravings with made-to-order specialty desserts. They use high-quality local and imported ingredients to produce a range of cakes, cupcakes, muffins, cookies and bars. Favorites include Australian Pavlova and Lamingtons, as well as mini Oreo cheesecakes, cake pops and cake balls. Delivery only. There is a RMB 15 delivery fee within the Fourth Ring Road, including Wudaokou. Additional surcharge applies to addresses outside these areas. Check the website for details and latest desserts. (150 1121 7173, contact@ sweettoothbeijing.com, order@sweettoothbeijing.com) http://sweettoothbeijing.com The Lollipop Bakery UK Cupcake connoisseur bakes her sweet creations and delivers by the dozen. Choose from chocolate, vanilla and other flavors. Custom cakes upon request. Also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café, and Secrets From Africa. Reserve 24 hrs in advance. also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café, and Secrets From Africa, Chaoyang District. (135 5277 2683, cupcakes@lollipopbakery.cn) www. lollipopbakery.cn 朝阳区可百尼尼,鱼眼咖啡 和亦有售 Wondermilk Wondermilk’s frozen yogurt store serves a range of delicious dairy products including milk and yogurt shakes, Wonderwobbles, cream puddings, iced coffee,

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milk tea, ice cream, Wonderslushes and of course its signature frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors. You’re free to mix and match your own sweet temptations. Everything is made from milk sourced from the US-owned Wondermilk dairy farm located just outside Beijing. 1) Daily 9.30am-5.30pm. Bldg23, Jingyuan, 3 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8721 5126); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. Stall E411, 4/F, Shimao Department Store, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6417 6581) www. wondermilk.cn 1) 朝阳区广渠路3号竞园图片产 业基地28B; 2) 朝阳区三里屯世茂百货四层E411

Breakfast and Brunch 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)

a variety of flavors, including jalepeno cheddar, sesame and cinnamon raisin), as well as burgers, sandwiches(served on a choice of pita, ciabatta or bagels) salads, artisan pizza, cheeses, breads, cakes, cookies, ice cream and an extensive breakfast menu. Produce and other organic products from the owner’s other venue Green Cow Farm are also available. The venue also includes a large children’s playroom is equipped with toys, kid-sized chairs and tables and an entire Chinese kitchen in miniature. Sun-Thu 7.30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District. (8046 4301) 单太太贝谷面包房, 顺义区西白辛 庄开发街5号 (紧邻名都园)

SALT Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) www. saltrestaurantbeijing.com 盐, 朝阳区将台西路 9号2层(珀丽酒店西边)

Sculpting in Time Coffee, pasta dishes and desserts amid shelves of books and crafts. 1) Daily 7.30am-midnight. Shop 3A, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu (near the Lido Hotel), Chaoyang District. (5135 8108); 2) Daily 9am-12pm. 50 Xiangshan Maimai Jie, Haidian District. (8259 8296); 3) Daily 8.30am-1am. 7 Weigongcun Lu (south gate of Beijing Institute of Technology), Haidian District. (6894 6825) 雕刻时光, 1) 朝阳 区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓3A; 2) 海淀区香 山买卖街50号; 3) 海淀区魏公村路7号北京理 工大学南门


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360 Casual Dining A solid selection of international cuisines available around the clock at this buffet restaurant by the airport. On Sundays, the regular selection is complemented by special cooking stations for a great champagne brunch. Daily 24hrs. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 3, Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District. (6458 8888) 朝阳区首都机场3号航站希尔顿酒店

Jin Ding Xuan Daily 24hrs. 1) D122 B/1 Huamao Shopping Center, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111); 2) 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District. (6429 6888); 3) 16 Pufang Lu, across from Carrefour, Fengtai District. (6761 7161); 4) 1/F, Entrance B03, north corner of Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 1155); 5) Yiyuan No.15, Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6497 8978); 6) 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8596 8881) 金鼎轩酒楼, 1) 朝阳区建国路87号华贸 购物中心B1楼D122号; 2) 东城区和平里西街77 号; 3) 丰台区方庄蒲芳路16号 (家乐福对面); 4) 海淀区远大路1号金源时代购物中心北侧1层 B03入口; 5) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里逸园15号; 6) 朝阳区团结湖南路15号

Seasonal Tastes Lively, cool, clean and fresh, this buffet restaurant comes with interactive cooking stations and healthful “super foods” corners that help jump start your day. On Sundays, Seasonal Tastes hosts the ever popular “Bubbalicious” champagne brunch, voted “Best Hotel Brunch” by readers in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-11pm. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880) 朝阳区 东三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店2层 Senses The Westin Beijing Financial Street’s Senses offers a contemporary buffet and a la carte options in a unique combination of Asian and international cuisines in an airy space featuring open plan kitchens and bright, sunlit views of a Zen-style garden. Breakfast buffet is RMB 208 (plus 15% service charge), lunch is RMB 228 (plus 15% service charge) and dinner is RMB 328 (no service charge). Co-winner of “Best Brunch” for its Bubbly Sunday brunch in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 7810; 6606 8866 ext 7810) 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 Vasco’s International cuisine with highlights of both Western and Chinese fare. The Fizztastic Sunday Brunch was winner of “Outstanding Hotel Brunch” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.3010am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 5/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) www.pentabeijing.com 东城区王府井东街8号希尔顿北京 王府井酒店5层

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Catering A Food Affaire Daily 8am-11pm. 1/F, 5 Xingfuyicunxili (on the ground floor of Lianbao Apartments next to Yu Xin restaurant), Chaoyang District. (135 0107 1114) 朝阳区绿 叶子食品店, 幸福一村西里5号一层

Central & South American Brazilian Barbeque Gauchos Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm. Gate 3, inside Chaoyang Park (by the lake), 20 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8595 2661) 卡乌秀巴西烤肉, 朝阳区朝阳公园 西路20号 (朝阳公园3号门内) Brazilian Churrascos Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 1/F Crowne Plaza Park View Wuzhou, 8 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 2288 ext 6178) www.crowneplaza.com/beijingwuzhou 巴西烤 肉, 朝阳区北四环中路8号五洲皇冠假日酒店1层 Latin Grillhouse Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 5-11pm, Weekend 11am-3.30pm, 5-11pm. C1-11, Block 1, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6126/8) 拉 丁餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商 区1号楼C1-11 Terra Tue-Sun, 11-1am. 1 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6591 9148) 朝阳区三里 屯南路1号


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

Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu Daily 11am-10pm. North of 6 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6586 4967) 宝源饺子屋, 朝阳区麦子店街6 号楼北侧

Mrs Shanen’s Bagels This Shunyi staple run by a Chinese-American native of Brooklyn, New York offers Beijing’s best bagels (in

Hai Di Lao Daily 9-2am. 1) 4/F Wangjing International Commercial Center, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (6595 0079); 2) A2

Family Dining Baijiazhuang Lu, Sanlitun (west of Beijing No. 80 Middle School), Chaoyang District. (6595 2982) 1) 朝阳区望京衔9号望京国际商业中心4 楼; 2) 朝阳区白家庄路甲二号第80中学西侧

Cooking Lessons and Schools French Cooking Class at Hutong Cuisine French chef Julie gives French cooking class at Hutong Cuisine every Saturday from 10.30am12.30pm. Both simple and traditional French dishes will be taught in her classes in English, Chinese, Japanese and French. 35 Dengcao Hutong, Dongsi Nandajia, Dongcheng District. (cookinginbeijing@hotmail.com) http://www. hutongcuisine.com/frenchcooking.html 东城区 东四南大街灯草胡同35号


New Gate City Mall, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6368, 8248 6358); 5) L108-109 Europlaza, Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6323); 6) B1-25 Joy City, 131A Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6399) www.coldstonecreamery. com, http://www.coldstone-china.com/ 酷圣 石冰淇淋, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸1座 B1层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路1号Solana蓝色港 湾C1-2a店铺; 3) 朝阳区东四环工大桥燕莎奥 特莱斯二期C座1016店铺; 4) 海淀区中关村大街 19号新中关购物中心M层; 5) 顺义区天竺镇裕 翔路99号欧陆广场L108-109; 6) 西城区西单北 大街甲131大悦城B1-25号店铺 Dairy Queen Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Yingke Pacific Department Store, 2 Gongti Beijie, Chaoyang District. DQ冰雪皇后, 朝阳区工体北 路甲2号盈科太平洋百货1楼(近工人体育场)

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Mosto Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm; FriSat noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6030) www.mostobj.com 摸石头, 朝阳区三里 屯路81号那里花园3层 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)

Le Petit Gourmand Sun-Thu 9.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9.30am-1am. 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 6095, fax 6413 0765) www.lepetitigourmand.com.cn 小美食家, 朝阳区三里屯后街同里3层

German Paulaner Brauhaus This long-running restaurant is one of Beijing’s best choices for authentic, if pricey, Bavarian-style German food (think sausages and sauerkraut). Located next to the Kempinski hotel, the venue features a 429-square-meter beer garden that can seat up to 290 and its own microbrewery that brews Paulaner’s own beer (including light and dark wheat beers), with prices ranging from RMB 46 for a small glass to RMB 114 for steins. Schnapps, liquers, digestifs and aperitifs are also served and a la carte items include pork knuckle and hog roast served on traditional cast iron pans, and a range of Bavarian snacks served on wooden boards. Daily lunch specials go for RMB 112 and includes dishes ranging from lamb shanks to Viennese chicken. Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5732) http://paulanerbrauhaus. com/beijing/home 普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区 亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店

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Alio Olio Daily 11am-10.30pm. West gate of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6594 0938) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门 Little Italy This Shunyi standby features a children’s play area enclosed in soundproof glass. Grownups can indulge in quiet conversation over pizza and salad while their kids shout and screech with abandon. The children’s menu includes pasta, chicken nuggets and milkshakes served in colorful kid-sized dishes. Daily 10am-10pm. 813 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4679) http://www. globalcuisinebeijing.com/littleitaly 小意大利, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场813号

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 UCenter, 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) www.ganges-restaurant.com 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 Indian Kitchen The menu is divided into an assortment of spicy subcontinent specialties, but the indecisive can check out the buffet lunch, served weekdays. 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 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

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 Takenosuke Mon-Fri 5-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm. 5081, 5/F, Bldg D, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyang Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5869 1323) 武之助, 朝阳区朝外大街乙6号朝 外Soho大厦D座5楼5081室

Korean Han Na Shan Daily 10.30am-11pm. 1) B118A Huamao Shopping Center, 79 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5086); 2) 8/F Viva Shopping Mall, Fuli City, 65 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (5903 7358); 3) 8 Huayuan Donglu (near the Guo’an Theater), Haidian District. (8203 7888/6886) 汉拿山, 1) 朝阳区建国路79号华 贸购物中心B1楼B118A号; 2) 朝阳区东三环中 路65号富力广场8楼; 3) 海淀区花园东路8号( 国安剧院附近) Saveurs de Corée Mon - Fri 11:30am3:00pm / 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sat - Sun 11:30am - 10:30pm. 128-1 Xiang’er Hutong, Dongcheng District. (5741 5753) www. saveursdecoree.com.cn 韩香馆, 东城区香饵 胡同128-1号

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

Middle Eastern Biteapitta Falafels, hummus, sandwiches and shawarma. Set meals available. Good value for money. Voted “Best Middle Eastern” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Tongli Studio (same block as Le Petit Gourmand), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6467 2961, ilovepitta@biteapitta.com) 吧嗒饼, 朝阳区三 里屯后街同里2层 Dini’s Kosher Restaurant Sun-Thu 11am10pm (available for private functions Saturday nights). Inside Bet Yaakov Chabad Community

Center, 9-12 Fangyuan Xilu (near south gate of Si’de Park), Chaoyang District. (139 1074 0109) www.kosherbeijing.com 蒂妮犹太餐厅, 朝阳区 芳园西路9-12号(四得公园南门) Rumi Beijing’s only purveyor of Persian cuisine in a stylish minimalist setting. The owners’ daughter helped design and outfit the small playroom. Let your kids judge her interior design choices while you chow down on the city’s best hummus. Children can pick from the children’s menu and park themselves in highchairs. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) www.rumigrill.com 入迷, 朝阳区工体北路甲1号兆龙饭店对面

Pizza Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory 1) Daily 11am-11pm. Shop 2, Hairun International Apartments, corner Jiangtai Lu and Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8557); 2) Daily 11am-midnight. Bldg. 3, China View, (rear side, opposite City Hotel), Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1404/1370) www. gunghopizza.com 叫板披萨, 1) 朝阳区将台路 2号海润国际公寓(将台路和方园西路的十字路 口); 2) 朝阳区工体东路中国红街3号楼 The Kro’s Nest Daily 11am-midnight. 1) Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District. (8523 6655); 2) 35 Xiaoyun Lu (opposite Renaissance Beijing Chaoyang Hotel, next to Kou Fu Ju restaurant), Chaoyang District. (8391 3131) 乌巢, 1) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (卡利宾拉丁舞俱乐部 对面); 2) 朝阳区霄云路35号(国航大厦万丽酒 店对面, 口福居旁)

Southeast Asian Lau Pa Sak On weekdays, this Singaporean joint is packed with diplomats and professionals, but at lunch on weekends it’s taken over by kid-toting huaqiao feasting on nasi goreng, curry puffs and Hainan chicken (surprisingly, they serve a pretty satisfying hamburger). The laksa is among the most authentic in town and regulars rave about the beef rendang, nasi goreng fried rice and condensed milk coffee. Don’t forget the pandan cake for dessert. The forgiving staff are happy to let your kids check out the fish tank. Daily 11am10.30pm. Xindong Lu (opposite Canadian Embassy), Chaoyang District. (6417 0952) 老 巴刹, 朝阳区新东路加拿大使馆对面 Malacca Legend This elaborate Malaysian restaurant boasts serene water views and zesty Southeast Asian cuisine. Also offers catering services and delivery in the Shunyi area. 1) Daily noon10pm. 1/F Building B, Ocean International Center, 58 Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 0075); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. On the banks of Luoma lake, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 8902) 马六甲传奇, 1) 朝阳区东四 环路58号远洋国际中心B座1层; 2) 顺义区后沙 峪镇罗马湖畔 Nyonya Kitchen Nyonya Kitchen devotes an entire page of the menu to the introduction of Peranakan cuisine and clearly describes each of their dishes. In an effort to keep it authentic, they import their spices and curry pastes from Malaysia. The Nyonya specialty curries are essential. 1) 6505 0376. B1/F (near the Line 10 Subway entrance), China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 11am-9.30pm. Across from Gaojiayuan Middle School, opposite the Lido Hotel, Chaoyang District. (6433 7377) http://www.nyonyakitchen.com/customize/mlkitchen/index.php 娘 惹厨房, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城B1 楼; 2) 朝阳区高家园中学丽都饭馆对面

Thai Bali Papaya Bali Papaya offers authentic Indo-Thai cuisine in a venue sporting wooden décor paired with bright colors, contemporary Gamelan music and Indonesian and Thai

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Cold Stone Creamery Imported from America, this ice cream haven customizes its concoctions with fruits, nuts and chocolates, all mixed on a marble slab. Many locations in major malls, including Solana, The Village, Joy City, China World Shopping Mall, Zhongguancun Shopping Center and Europlaza. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) B1/F, China World Tower 1, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 8588); 2) Shop C1-2a, Solana Shopping Park, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6058); 3) Shop 1016, Bldg C, Yansha Outlets Tower, 9 Dongsihuan (East Fourth Ring at Gongda Qiao), Chaoyang District. (8738 3266); 4) Floor M,



French Brasserie Flo Superb, if pricey, French cuisine (the chateaubriand, in particular, is outstanding, and the wine list is good). This restaurant also has a pleasant playroom for children, complete with toys, arts and crafts, and, on weekends, an ayi keeping things real. Voted “Best French (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. www.flo.cn 北京福楼餐厅, 朝阳区霄云路18号

District. (6436 7678, 6437 6688 ext 3811); 3) L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 3238) http:// www.thetajpavilion.com 泰姬楼印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街光华东里8号中海广场北楼 2层F2-03; 2) 朝阳区首都机场路将台路丽都假 日酒店广场缤纷廊3层; 3) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路 99号欧陆时尚购物中心L222室

Family Health art. The flavors on offer are akin to the real deal - try the refreshing Thai Beef Salad with its zing of lemongrass and cilantro and the Indonesian Fried Rice set, which includes fried egg and chicken, along with tender peanut sauced chicken satay. The Thai Green Curry comes with a kick (rice, however, is not included). Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5208 6029) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那 里花园2层 Bali Thai Specialized in handling event needs, including catering meals, arrangements and decoration, and bar services. Also offers Indonesian and Thai food. Daily 10am10pm. 5/F, Raffles City Mall, 1 Dongzhimennan Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 4356) http://www.balithaicafe.com/ 巴厘泰, 东城区 东直门南大街1号來福士中心5层

Vegetarian Baihe Vegetarian Daily 11am-10pm. 23A Caoyun Hutong, Dongzhimennei Beixiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6405 2082) 百合素食, 东城区东直门内北小街,草园胡同甲23号 Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar Elaine’s quaint little garden supplies generous portions of Chinese vegetarian fare. The selection of over 100 well-portioned dishes, including the requisite imitation meat dishes (including imitation “duck,” recreated soy “chicken” and sizzling bogus “beef”) are popular with both vegetarian and carnivorous diners. Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar. Walk 800m along the banks of Luoma Lake, 100m north of Luoma Roundabout, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8048 5088/5566) 素心小筑, 顺义区后沙峪镇罗马环岛向北100米左转, 沿罗 马湖畔800米 The Veggie Table The 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 well-chosen craft beers. WedMon 11am-11pm. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6446 2073) 吃素的, 东 城区五道营胡同19号

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Agape Counseling and Training Center Daily 9am-5pm. Suite 2702, Unit 1, Bldg 3, 201 Tangli Lu, Chaoyang District. (6467 2362) www.aizairenjian.com 爱在人间, 朝阳 区汤立路201号院3号楼1门2702室 AmAsia International Medical Center Formerly known as American-Sino Hospital, AmAsia International Medical Center focuses on meeting women’s and children’s healthcare needs in a warm and relaxing environment. AmAsia uses the latest international medical technology and is staffed by English-speaking doctors experienced in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology. Nurses and midwives also speak English and the center can provide language services in both Japanese and Russian. Provides direct billing with most major international insurance providers, as well as allowing direct payments. Daily 24hrs. 218 Xiaoguan Beili, Anwai Dajie, east of Olympic Center, Chaoyang District. (6496 8888/5151) www.asog-beijing.com 东 方美华医院, 朝阳区安外大街小关北里218号( 奥体中心东) Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital This newly opened hospital near the Lido focuses on maternity services, women’s health

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and pediatrics. Foreign language support is available upon request.24-hr appointment service. 1) Daily 8am-4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2399 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200); 2) 9-9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. www.amcare.com.cn 北 京美中宜和妇儿医院, 1) 朝阳区芳园西路9号; 2) 朝阳区将台西路9-9号 Bayley & Jackson Medical Center Founded in Hong Kong in 1958, Bayley & Jackson has grown into a comprehensive health care provider that accepts over 40 major international insurance plans. Services include (but are not limited to) Family Medicine, Dental, Health Checkups, Pediatrics, Obgyn, General Surgery, Staff Dietician and TCM. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8562 9998, billing@ ikang.com) www.bjhealthcare.com 庇利积臣 医疗中心, 朝阳区日坛东路7号 Beijing 21st Century Hospital Beijing 21st Century Hospital is a comprehensive healthcare facility, providing health screening services, medical care and health management for the international community in Beijing. This hospital’s team of internationally experienced physicians and nurses provides world-class medical care in a comfortable, clean and quiet setting. The hospital uses a Japanese management style, modern medical equipment and supporting electronic data systems to continuously improve quality and efficiency of health care services. Beijing 21st Century Hospital also works closely with different hospitals and their medical specialists in China and Japan, providing tele-medicine and international medical transfer. Direct billing with international insurers is provided. Languages spoken: English, Japanese, Korean, German, Chinese. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24-hr house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8444 6168 (English/ Chinese), 8444 6169 (Japanese/Korean)) http://www.21-hospital.com 朝阳区亮马桥路 甲40号21世纪大厦1-2楼 Beijing Aier-Intech Eye Hospital 15 years of eye care experience, including emergency treatment, telephone consultations, laser vision corrective surgery and preventative care. On-site shop sells frames and lenses. The VIP clinic has English-speaking staff, many trained overseas. Can direct bill to many international insurance companies. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 1,4,5/F Panjiayuan Plaza, 12 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6773 2700, customerservice@intecheye.com) www.intecheye.com 英智眼科医院, 朝阳区潘 家园南里12号潘家园大厦1,4,5层 Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital Founded in 2003, Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital is the first hospital in Beijing with a water birth center to allow natural births. The hospital also researches male and female infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, and more. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Building 18, Court 1, Xingheyuan, Jiayuan Road, Fengtai District. (67735551, 67537768) www.antaihospital.com 北京安太妇产医院, 丰台区北京丰台嘉 园路星河城1号院18号楼 Beijing Chaoyang Hospital Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Affiliate of Capital University of Medical Sciences, was established on February 25, 1958. The Hospital, subordinated to Beijing Bureau of Public Health, is the third clinical college of Capital University of Medical Sciences. As a hospital officially identified to be at the top grade in China, it conducts medical treatment, teaching, scientific research and disease prevention. 8 Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8523 1000, http://www.bjcyh.com.cn/english/) 北京朝阳 医院, 朝阳区工体南路8号 Beijing Children’s Hospital Daily 6.30am10.30pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu, Xicheng District. (59616161) 北京儿童医院, 西城区南礼士 路56号 Beijing Friendship Hospital This public hospital has direct billing arrangements with some insurers. The basic consultation fee is

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RMB 70, 100, or 200 according to the doctor’s level of expertise. Daily 6.30am-4.30pm, 24hr emergency care. 95 Yong’an Lu, Xuanwu District. (6301 4411 ext 3482) www.bfh. com.cn 北京友谊医院, 宣武区永安路95号 Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) offers medical services both Chinese and western families with JCI (Joint Commission International) standard. HMC is strategic partner of PHMI and cooperates with Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School—Boston Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital. Located next to Olympic Forest Park, HMC covers an area of 13,000 square meters. HMC is a medical center in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics. Daily 8am-5pm. A2 Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6499 0000, contact@hmcare.org) www.hmcare.net 和美妇儿医院, 朝阳区北苑 路小关北里甲2号 Beijing Hongyitang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Daily 7am-9pm. 2 Tuanjiehu Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6582 7961) www.guoyitang.com 北京弘医堂中医医 院, 朝阳区团结湖北路2号 Beijing International SOS Clinic One of the world’s leading international healthcare, medical and security assistance company with 66% of the world’s Fortune 500 companies choosing International SOS. Since 1989, International SOS has led internationalstandard medical care in China, with a 24/7 alarm center hotline, a dedicated air ambulance, four international quality clinics staffed with expat and foreign doctors and 200+ network of medical service partners. International SOS Beijing clinic is the city’s leading family practice and specialist services clinic, represented by 15 nationalities, including English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese-speaking doctors. Offers 24/7 Emergency Services, GP, Pediatrics, Gynecology, specialists, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Optometry. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100, china.inquiries@internationalsos.com) www. internationalsos.com, www.clinicsinchina.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 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) www. ncich.com.cn 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 Orient Care Clinic Offering international families high quality medical services, including family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, TCM, pediatrics, Emergency Room services, specialist consultation, radiology and ultrasonography, laboratory and pharmacy services with English-speaking staff. Provides direct billing services with international insurance providers. Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. Unit 102, Business Building 16, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (Chi/ Eng 6598 1887, Jpn 6598 1823, service@ rentaimedical.com) www.rentaimedical.com 北京仁泰门诊部, 朝阳区建国路89号华 贸中心 16号商务楼102 Beijing Puhua International Clinic Beijing Puhua International Clinic’s unique services include orthopedic and trauma surgery conforming to European standards. They also offer physical rehabilitation, an eye clinic with certified US ophthalmologist, a chiropractic clinic, comprehensive family medical services, a Western-style pharmacy, and emergency

services. The clinic offers services in English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Filipino, Amharic, and Taiwanese. Conveniently located in Jinsong, the center has free parking available for customers. Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. 54 Wusheng Beilu, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (8773 5522, 5245 2585 (24hr hotline)) www. puhuaclinic.com 北京普华门诊, 朝阳区东三环 武圣北路54号 Beijing Puhua International Hospital Beijing Puhua International Hospital is the first International-Standard Hospital in Beijing, and has been open in Beijing since 1994. Inpatient, Outpatient, Surgery, Inpatient Care and ICU Services. Englishspeaking staff on 24/7 call. Wide range of Medical, Surgical and Consulting Services. Direct-billling with International Insurance Companies. The reference-level Medical Facility in Beijing for all Neurology, Neurosurgery and Rehabilitation Issues. World leader & Pioneer in Regenerative Medicine. Member of Asia Pacific Medicine (APMG) the leading, and the largest, International-Standard Medical Services Group in Asia. 12 Tiantan Nanli (800m west of the South Gate of the Temple of Heaven), Chongwen District. (8911 6665 (24hr hotline)) www.puhuachina.com 崇文区 天坛南里12号(天坛南门往西800米) Beijing Tiantan Puhua International Hospital A private, international-standard hospital offering a range of emergency services and out patient care. Beijing Tiantan Puhua Hospital has a full, English speaking staff on call 24-hours. Medical services include: neurology and neurosurgery, Beijing’s only international standard podiatric center, occupational and physical theraphy, plastic surgery and and non-surgical cosmetic services, hand surgery, orthopedics, ENT, oncology, full physical check-ups starting at RMB 900, on-site imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services. Specialist consultations are RMB 200-800 and direct billing is available for more than 20 international insurance companies. 24-hour emergency care. 7am10pm(Mon-Fri). 8am-10pm(Sat-Sun). 12 Tiantan Nanli, Chongwen District, 800m west of the south gate of the temple of heaven, Chongwen District. (67020836, puhuachina@ gmail.com) www.puhuachina.com, www. puhuachina.cn 北京天坛普华医院, 北京天坛 普华体检中心, 崇文区天坛南里12号 Beijing United Family Jianguomen Health & Wellness Center Offers family medicine, counseling services, stress management, health screening, a dental clinic, and radiology, laboratory and cosmetic services. Mon-Fri 8.30am-12pm,1pm-3.30pm. B1/F, the St. Regis Residence, the St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1678) www.ufh.com.cn 北京和 睦家健康中心, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号北京 国际俱乐部饭店公寓楼地下一层 Beijing United Family Hospital Beijing’s only private, international-standard hospital offering the full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services. BJU has a team of over 60 certified expatriate and internationally trained physicians and surgeons. Clinics include pediatrics, OB/GYN, dental, ophthalmology, counseling, ENT, physiotherapy, TCM chiropractics and dermatology. It’s the first choice for many expatriates giving birth in China, and is the choice for referral from other hospitals without in-house birthing units. Wide range of medical and surgical specialties provided. The ICU and emergency room are open 24hrs. An independent blood bank operates on site. Direct billing is available with a range of insurance providers. Consultation fees for first-time patients are RMB 323-1,294. Fees for return patients are RMB 174-971. 1) Mon-Fri9.30-7.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432); 2) Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. DRC, Liangma Qiao, Chaoyang District. (5927 7005); 3) Mon-Sun8.30am-3.30pm. St Regis Wellness Center. B1/F, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1678); 4)

Family Health Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu (in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (5927 7000, 5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) www.ufh.com.cn 北 京和睦家医院, 1) 顺义区顺义区天竺房地产开 发区日荣祥广场818号; 2) 朝阳区亮马桥外交 公寓; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际 俱乐部饭店地下1层; 4) 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic Offers family medicine, a pediatric clinic, women’s health services, travel medicine, family counseling, physiotherapy and pediatric physiotherapy. Mon-Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) www.ufh.com.cn 北京和睦家医院诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场806号 Beijing Yuyuantang Clinic of TCM MonFri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. 1/F, North Bldg, Longtou Apartment, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6463 2883, yuyuantang@longtou.net) blog.sina.com.cn/ yuyuantangTCM, http://gogendo.longtou. net/en/about.php 北京御源堂中医诊所, 朝阳 区南新园西路8号龙头公寓北栋一层 Children Counseling Services Dr. Mike Mehrvarz, PhD, is a child and adult psychologist trained in the US and licensed to practice in China since 1998. He uses a holistic approach to evaluate and treat children and teens. His specialties include eating difficulties, learning and behavior problems, anger, depression, bedwetting, ADD/ADHD, and more. Dr. Mehrvarz speaks English, Chinese, Farsi, and Japanese. International Medical Center (IMC), Rm S106, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0131 9796, 6465 1561/2) 朝阳区亮马桥路50 号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106 Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Dr. David Zhang is an American National Board Exam Certificated chiropractic doctor, a Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and a specialist in Chinese medicine. He provides chiropractic, physiotherapy, and other manual therapies for back pain, sciatica, and other conditions, as well as acupuncture and natural medicine treatments. Medical services 24hrs; Dental services 8.30am-6pm (Mon-Fri), 8.30am-12pm (Sat); Integrated medical service 8.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Fri). S106, 1/F, Beijing Internal Medical Center, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3) 北京国际医疗中心, 朝阳区亮马桥 路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层 S106 Eliott’s Corner A therapy center, offering speechtherapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for children from 0-12 years of age. Experienced therapists work with children, helping a wide range ofissues - from communication and articulation to handwriting to balance and coordination. Eliott’s Corner is a division of Olivia’s Place, Shanghai’s premier pediatric therapy clinic. Mon-Fri 9am6pm. Rm 19-05, Block 2, Condo 360, 10 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 6283, jac@oliviasplace.org) www.oliviasplace.org 胡宝小屋, 朝阳区东四环北路10号瞰 都国际2号楼19-05室 (东风北桥东北角)

Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system, highlevel medical staff, and warm service. A 24hr helpline offers medical support in English, Chinese and Japanese, and other languages on request. A basic consultation costs RMB 680. Direct billing with over 50 international insurers. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm nurse on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissôtel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (65532288 ext 2345/6/7, 65023426) www.hkclinic.com 北京港澳国际医务诊所, 东 城区北京港澳国际医务诊所,朝阳门北大街2号 港澳中心瑞士酒店办公楼9层 International Medical Center (IMC) Foreign doctors on-site offering a wide range of medical services, including family medicine, psychological services, dental, Ob/Gyn, pediatrics and TCM. Drop-in services for travelers; x-rays and ultrasounds available on-site. English, Chinese, Arabic and Russian spoken. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, markeing@imcclinics.com) http:// www.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 Marys Hospital for Women and Infants 8am-5pm. 5 Hepingli Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6421 6666) http://www.mary.net.cn/ 北京玛丽妇婴医院, 朝阳区和平里北街5号 (东 土城路北口) Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Melissa Rodriguez is a licensed, board certified Naturopathic Doctor from Ontario, Canada. She uses homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition, and other natural therapies that are effective and safe, to help her patients prevent illness and treat disease. Dr. Rodriguez is committed to working with you and your family to achieve your goals of optimal health. International Medical Center-BeijingRm S106, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561) www.drmelissarodriguez. com 朝阳区 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106 New Hope Oncology Center (Beijing United Family Hospital) Led by Dr Philip Brooks, this LEED-certified cancer center stresses an international approach and standard of treatment. Facilities include eight consultation rooms, eight comfortable areas to give chemotherapy and two other private rooms. Specializes in breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers and lung cancer, but can treat all diagnoses. Treatments include chemotherapy and biologic therapy, as well as screening, prevention, diagnoses, surgical biopsies and imaging, staging, significant surgical procedures, and they plan to introduce chemotherapy and radiation therapy regimens. The downstairs two floors will be for radiation therapy and house a linear accelerator. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Beijing United Family Hospital,9-11 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7021) www.ufh.com.cn 朝阳 区朝阳区将台西路9-11 OASIS Healthcare OASIS is a full-service private hospital. Their international medical team provides patient-centered care in a modern facility designed for comfort, safety and privacy. OASIS offers attentive service in a soothing environment and expert medicine backed by leading technology, including the most advanced MRI and CT scans available from a private hospital in China. The hospital currently provides services in family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and dentistry. Direct billing is available for many insurance providers. 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.oasishealth.cn 明德医院, 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号 Peking Union Medical College Hospital This state-run hospital has a reputable foreigners’ wing with departments including ENT, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, dental, ophthalmology and OB/GYN. Most doctors are trained overseas and speak good English. Services and medicines are much cheaper than in private clinics, but expect longer waiting times. The birthing unit is considered to be the best in any of the Chinese hospitals and is popular among expats. Registration costs RMB 100-300, and the minimum consultation fee is RMB 200. Inpatient services require a minimum deposit of RMB 10,000/day. Direct billing is available with some Asian insurance providers. Mon-Fri 8am5pm. 1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the foreigners’ wing is located behind and to the left of the main hospital entrance), Dongcheng District. (6529 5284, 24hr em, 6529 5269) www.pumch.ac.cn 北 京协和医院, 东城区王府井帅府园1号(接待外 国人的区域在主楼的左后方) Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital A state-run hospital with a foreigners’ wing that’s very pleasant. Medical staff speak English, but don’t always have overseas training. Registration is RMB 100-300. Inpatient services require a minimum RMB 10,000 deposit. Mon-Fri 8am-noon, 1.30-5pm, Sat 8-11.30am. 24hr emergency care. Yinghua Dongjie, Heping Jie Beikou, Hepingli, Chaoyang District. (6428 2297, 8420 5122 (both numbers are valid for International Dept.)) www.zryhyy.com.cn 北京中日 友好医院, 朝阳区和平里和平街北口樱花东街 Tongrentang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic Tongrentang dates back to the Qing dynasty and is one of the most famous TCM pharmacies and clinics in China. No appointment necessary. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Jianwai Soho, Guomao, Chaoyang District. (5869 1171/2, 135 2287 3781) 同仁堂施小墨 中医馆, 朝阳区国贸建外SOHO7号楼底商 Vista Medical Center Medical services including family and internal medicine, OB/ GYN, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, TCM, physiotherapy, psychiatry, imaging laboratory and pharmacy service. Also offers pre- and postnatal care and infant health check-ups. English-speaking staff onsite 24hrs a day. A consultation with a GP costs RMB 660. Direct billing with more than 40 international insurance providers. Daily 24hrs. 3/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, vista@vista-china.net) www.vista-china.net 维世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心 3层 (As of May 2012, Vista Clinic has moved to the third floor of the Kerry Center Mall)

Dentists Arrail Dental Clinic Offers the full spectrum of non-surgical dentistry. All dentists speak English and some have overseas training. The Haidian branch specializes in cosmetic dentistry and implants. A basic consultation costs RMB 100 (first-time registration including a check-up and consultation costs RMB 100). 1) Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm A205, CITIC Bldg, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 6472/3); 2) Mon-Thu 9am-5.30pm. Rm 308, Raycom Infotech Park, Tower A, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1956, 24hr: 139 1100 1367); 3) Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Rm 201, The Exchange-Beijing, B118 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6567 5670); 4) Mon-Thu 9am-5.30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1926/7/8) www. arrail-dental.com 瑞尔齿科, 1) 朝阳区建国门 外大街19号国际大厦A205; 2) 海淀区科学院南 路2号融科资讯中心A座308室; 3) 朝阳区建国

路乙118号京汇大厦201室; 4) 朝阳区亮马桥路 46号盛捷福景苑1层 Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry provides general dentistry (cleaning, crowns, fillings, etc.), periodontal disease treatment, children’s dental care, implants, orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Experienced, multilingual specialists from Japan and China provide world-class care, consultations and treatment for various dental problems, using imported and modern dental equipment. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24-hour house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (84446168(English/Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) http:// www.21-hospital.com 朝阳区亮马桥路甲40号 21世纪大厦1-2楼 Beijing International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) www.clinicsinchina.com 北京国际SOS齿科,畸齿矫正诊所, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室 Beijing United Family Dental, Orthodontics and Implant Center Provides comprehensive dental services for families, including cleaning, crown and bridges, dental implants, fillings, tooth whitening and more. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 3960, 8532 1221, 6433 2345 Emergency) www.ufh.com.cn 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic in Shunyi is a satellite clinic of Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics. Services include: oral hygiene instruction, fissure sealant, and topical fluoride as well as restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call for appointment.The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic is located around the corner in the same shopping center as the Beijing United Family Clinic. This convenient location in Pinnacle Plaza provides high quality family-oriented dental care including preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in a modern office. Mon-Thu 9am7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 1102) www.ufh. com.cn 北京和睦家医院牙科诊所, 顺义区天 竺开发区荣祥广场818 Beijing Vista Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services including teeth cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Daily 8.30am-6pm. Level 3, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (vista@vista-china.net) www.vistachina.net 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉里中心三层 IDC Dental Standing for International Standards, Dedicated Professionals and Compassionate Care, IDC is a multi-specialty clinic offering a broad spectrum of family and restorative dental care. Experts in cosmetic makeovers and CT-guided implant surgeries. A certified clinic with Progressive Orthodontics and Beijing’s only Westerntrained root canal specialist. Multi-tier pricing. IDC is a Preferred Provider with CIGNA, Allianz, and MediLink. Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 209, Bldg 7, Yard 9, Richmond Park Clubhouse, Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6538 8111, info@idcdentalbj.com) www. idcdentalbj.com DC国际齿科中心, 朝阳区芳 园南里9号院7号楼209室 IMC Dental Clinic IMC dental clinic has the longest history of any expatriate dental service in Beijing. Provides general, cosmetic and restorative treatment. English, Chinese, Russian are spoken. Mon-Sat 9am5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1384, 6465 1328, marketing@imcclinics.com) 北京国际

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Global Care Formally know as the famous Beijing Wuzhou Women’s Hospital. Global Care, now provides a full range of health care services from gynecology, pediatrics, obstetrics, dentistry, general practice, dermatology, basic medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine. With over 12,000 square meters and 80 beds, the hospital provides first class comprehensive health care services to expatriates and internationals. Being one of the first hospitals in Beijing to offer membership healthcare programs, Global Care Women and Children’s Hospital also offers luxury VIP services at its beauty boutique and healthcare facilities at an affordable price. If your new in Beijing or still don’t have your health insurance taken care of; the hospital can provide you with a free insurance consultation. Currently, Global Care, has direct billing rela-

tionships with many international insurance providers. The hospital provides healthcare for women, children, and men. Special offers are given for group packages. 24 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 8900 789) 朝阳 区西大望路24号

Family Life 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

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May Flower Dental May Flower Dental offers comprehensive, multilingual dental services for families, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and implants. 1) Rm 03-06, 3/F, Tower 2, China World Office, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 8033, info@mayflowerdental. com.cn); 2) 3/F, Bldg 2, Yingtai Business Center, 28 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6657 8833, info@mayflowerdental.com.cn) www. mayflowerdental.com.cn 五月花口腔诊所, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街国贸写字楼2座3层03-06; 2) 西城区金融大街28号盈泰中心2号楼3层

The Nutritioneer Nutritionist Olivia Lee helps make eating better easier for you and your family. She provides a variety of personal and group nutrition counseling and coaching services, including: Group counseling workshops, corporate wellness nutrition talks; and helping individuals and families cope with the nutritional challenges of living in Beijing through counseling, supermarket familiarization tours and ayi coaching. (1581 082 2296, thenutritioneer@gmail.com) nutritioneer.net

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

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

Support Groups Baby Cafe Baby Cafe is opened by an experienced UK midwife to support parents with feeding in the early weeks and months following birth. Baby Cafe follows a model from the UK in providing a drop in centre where new parents can spend an hour or two on a regular basis meeting with other new parents to share their feeding advice. Attendance is by email confirmation only. There is a minimal charge to cover the cost of the refreshments. (anne.Hemsley@ gmail.com)


Beijing Mamas Yahoo Group Yahoo support group where you can “share resources, ask questions and grow as women and moms ... It does not matter what age your children are, if you are a mama who wants a safe place to ask parenting questions, make other mama friends, hang out, start playgroup meetings or mama nights out, ask for gear recommendations, sell your used gear,

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

Family Life Community Groups and Organizations Beijing Improv (132 4077 5936, beijingimprov@gmail.com) www.beijingimprov.com International Newcomers’ Network A networking and information resource for all newcomers to Beijing. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except December. Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, innbeijing@ hotmail.com) www.innbeijing.org 朝阳区新源 南路6号京城大厦康乐中心3层

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

Relocation Services Asian Express International Movers

Started from 1979 in mainland China, Asian Express is an international domestic company which offers local household goods, office moving, storage and full relocation services. Quotations will be offered in different languages upon the request. Rm 1612, Tower D, Soho Xiandaicheng, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 1471, beijing@aemovers.com. hk) www.aemovers.com.hk 朝阳区建国路88 号Soho 现代城D座1612室 Links Moving Beijing Wholly owned moving company established in Hong Kong in 1997 with full range of household moving services and storage options. Now handles over 3,000 international moves worldwide each year. Great website, offering information including freight container sizes and details, online quotes available for smaller shipments. Keep an eye out for specials, such as free air freight with certain container sizes or percentage discounts for early booking during peak seasons. (8447 7496) www.linksmoving.asia

Supermarkets April Gourmet Chain of stores purveying imported cheeses, olives and cold cuts, as well as staples like dried pasta, canned tomatoes (and beans) and cereal. Prices can be high for goods that can seem a bit shopworn. The Shunyi branch offers a small but constant “specials” section, which often features imported cookies and filter coffee. 1) Bldg 7, Richmond Park, 9 Fangyuan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8457 8116); 2) 8am-9pm. Outside South Gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi District. (8046 4132); 3) Daily 8ammidnight. 1/F Jiezuo Mansion, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6417 7970); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. 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 Carrefour French hypermarket offers a vast selection of imported wine, cheese, coffee, canned goods and much more. Wonderful variety – especially at the Guangqumenwai location – but the crowds can be thick. The Sanyuan Qiao store offers free delivery for purchases over RMB 500 – order by email customer@carrefour.com. 1) Daily 8.30am10.30pm. 6B Beisanhuan Donglu (beside the International Exhibition Center), Chaoyang District. (8460 1043); 2) Daily 8.30am-10 .30pm. 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (5190 9508); 3) 8.30am-10pm. 48 Jiukeshu Xilu, Tongzhou District. (5167 8911 ext.55); 4) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 56A Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District. (5172 1516/7); 5) Daily 8am-10pm. 15, 2 Zone, Fangchengyuan, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District.; 6) Daily 8am10pm. 54A Baishiqiao Lu (east of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District. (8836 2729); 7) Daily 8am10pm. 11 Malian Dao, Xuanwu District. www. carrefour.com.cn, e-shop.carrefour.com家乐 福, 1) 朝阳区北三环东路乙6号(中国国际展览 中心正门旁); 2) 朝阳区广渠路31号; 3) 通州 区九棵树西路48号; 4) 海淀区中关村广场甲56 号; 5) 丰台区方庄芳城园二区15号; 6) 西城 区白石桥路甲54号; 7) 宣武区马连道11号 Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs … we could go on and on. 1) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District. (6533 6792); 2) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 5) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 7) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang

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Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) www.jennylou.com.cn 婕妮璐, 1) 朝 阳区新城国际17号楼101; 2) 朝阳区来广营东 路和平医院对面; 3) 朝阳区东三环中路39号 建外Soho4号楼; 4) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所里; 5) 朝阳区日坛北路4号(芳草地小学对面); 6) 朝阳区三里屯北小街6号; 7) 朝阳区朝阳 公园西门南侧 Lohao City This organic goods and health food store sources most of its produce from its organic ranch in Miyun County, with the remainder (tropical fruits) imported from Taiwan. Highlights include 100% organic homemade soymilk, pickled vegetables and imported dry goods, including muesli, cookies and pasta, as well as organic and dairyfree chocolates. Check out the flower and plant shop with cute baby cacti and bonsai, as well as a corner devoted to an assortment of hi-tech Japanese pillows. 1) Daily 8am-10pm. B1/F, Yinzuo Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6415 0104); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. 1-19 Haoyun Jie, Chaoyang District. (5867 0270/0265); 3) Daily 8am-9pm. 608 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (8046 6242 ext 801); 4) Daily 8am-10pm. 52 Jingshun Lu (Near Sunhe Qiao), Shunyi District. (8459 0134); 5) Daily 8am-10pm. 103, Building 15, China Central Place, 6A Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5181); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. Shop 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6465); 7) Mon-Thu 8am-10pm, Fri-Sun 8am-11pm. Bldg 5, 10A, 76 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8772 4133 ext 806/807); 8) Daily 10am9.30pm. 131-04B, Beichen Lifestyle Plaza, No.8 courtyard, Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 5950) www.lohaocity.com 乐 活城, 1) 朝阳区东城区东直门外大街48号银 座MALL地下一层; 2) 朝阳区好运街乙1-19; 3) 顺义区天竺荣祥广场608号; 4) 顺义区京 顺路52号(靠近孙河桥); 5) 朝阳区西大望路 甲6号华贸公寓15号楼103号; 6) 朝阳区朝外 大街6号新城国际二期17号楼101; 7) 朝阳区 百子湾南二路76号5号楼10A; 8) 朝阳区北辰 东路8号院北辰生活广场131-04B Qi Yuan Indian Grocery Daily 9am-9pm. Beside Sanlitun Police Station, 100m north of Yashow Market, Chaoyang District. (6415 0392) 起源超市, 朝阳区三里屯骓秀大厦往 北100米 Sanyuanli Market Daily 5am-7pm. Shunyuan Jie (opposite Jingkelong Supermarket, west of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. 三源里市场, 朝阳区顺源街(三元东桥 往西京客隆超市对面) World Health Store 1) Mon-Fri 10.30am8pm, Sat-Sun 10am–7.30pm. Rm 2152, 1st Floor, Section A, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 2209, info@worldhealthstore. com.cn); 2) Mon-Thur 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10.30am.8.30pm, Sun 10.30am-8pm. R09A, LB1, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 2524, info@ worldhealthstore.com.cn) www.worldhealthstore.com.cn 世界健康品店, 1) 朝阳区东大 桥路8号SOHO尚都北塔A座一层2152; 2) 顺义 区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下一层09A

Veterinarians China Inspection and Quarantine C11 Jianxiang Villa, A1 Huayanbeili, Chaoyang District. (english@ciq.org.cn) http://en.ciqcid. com/ 朝阳区华严北里甲1号健翔山庄C11座 Doctors Beck & Stone Pet Health Care Center Get full, international standard, pet care with open Western and highly trained Chinese veterinarians, nurses and medical technicians. Hospitals are also emergency crisis centers. Ambulances available for collection and drop off of pets. Daily, 24 hours. 1) Unit 104, Tower B, Bldg 3, Hou Xiandai Cheng, BaiziwanLu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8774 8653, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies), info@drbns.com); 2) Daily 9am-7pm. Shop 0153, Tower B, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie,

Family Travel Chaoyang District. (5869 6401, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies), info@drbns.com); 3) Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 104, Bldg 7, Compound 9,Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8457 8233, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies), info@drbns. com); 4) Shop LB05, Euro Plaza,99 Yu Xiang Lu, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 2886, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies), info@ drbns.com) www.doctorsbeckandstone.com 思威(北京)国际动物医院有限公司, 1) 朝 阳区百子湾路后现代城3栋B座104底商; 2) 朝 阳区朝阳门外大街6号朝外SohoB号楼0153; 3) 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7号楼104; 4) 顺义区顺 义区天竺镇 裕祥路99号欧陆广场LB05 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. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment). 13-16 Rongke Ganlan Chengshang Jie, Futongxi Dajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, ICVS_ CHINA@yahoo.com) www.ICVSASIA.com 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 K.K. Animal Hospital Daily 9am-7pm. 801-802 Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 2358, 133 1129 3008) 康康宠物医院, 顺义区荣祥广场801-802

Family Travel Hotels, Hostels and Resorts Hilton Beijing Located along the east Third Ring Road, the Hilton Beijing offers easy access to Sanlitun, the CBD and the embassy district, as well as the Airport Expressway. Experience a higher realm of pampering and prestige with exclusivity, personalized service and upgraded amenities in the newly built nine-story Executive Tower and relax in the Executive Lounge. There are also 12 meeting rooms, as well as a fully equipped Business Center. Also has five restaurants and bars, including Pan-Asian cooking at Elements restaurant, contemporary American cuisine in One East or creative cocktails in Zeta Bar. Daily 24hrs.. 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000) http:// www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BJSHITWHilton-Beijing-hotel/index.do 北京希尔顿酒 店, 朝阳区东三环北路东方路1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.” 89 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/ hi/hotel/BJSWFHI-Hilton-Beijing-Wangfujing/ index.do 东城区北京王府井希尔顿酒店 Kempinski Hotel Located in the heart of Beijing’s central diplomatic and business district, the Kempinski Hotel Beijing boasts a blend of European style with elements of Beijing’s rich cultural history. In addition to 526 guestrooms and suites, including four executive floors and eight no-smoking floors, the hotel also has eight fully equipped banqueting/conference facilities accommodating up to 1,300 people. The hotel also has seven restaurants and bars, including the Paulaner Bräuhaus boasting the city’s finest Bavarian food and micro-brewed beer, and Kempi Deli, renowned for its gourmet European cakes and pastries. On the 18th floor overlooking Beijing’s skyline is the swimming pool of Pulse Health Club, which also includes a fitness centre, tennis courts and squash courts. The Kempinski also manages a neighbouring eight-storey complex offering 12,500 square metres of office space, 42 shops and showrooms and 170 fully furnished one to four bedroom apartments. Facing the Liang Ma River, the complex also contains a 24-hour serviced international medical centre, dental clinics and fully equipped children’s park and nursery. Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388) www.kempinski.com/beijing 凯宾斯基饭店, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号 Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport boasts “372 spacious, stylish guest rooms and suites;” dining options, including Ming Court and Fuel Bar and Grill; a location just one minute from Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3; a 24-hour gym and cardio studio; 22 function rooms, including a ballroom and various multi-purpose rooms; and the 24-hour private Club L Lounge offering “two floors of sleek luxury and an intimate, upscale vibe.” 1 Er Jing Lu, Terminal 3 Capital International Airport, Shunyi District. (6457 5555) http:// beijingairport.langhamplacehotels.com/顺义 区首都机场1号航站楼 Raffles Hotel Beijing Ideally situated at the crossroads of famous Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, Raffles Beijing Hotel is in the heart of the prestigious business and commercial districts and a few minutes from the mystical Forbidden City, historical Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other famous sights. It is also a short 15-minute walk from Beijing railway station and less than five minutes from Wangfujing subway station. Raffles Beijing Hotel epitomises elegance and exclusivity, as guests luxuriate in 171 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, which are some of the most expansive and decadent in Beijing. The inimitable Raffles experience is taken a step further with sumptuous culinary creations to delight every palate, state-ofthe-art meeting and banquet facilities and a Fitness Centre complete with its own indoor

swimming pool. Raffles’ afternoon tea service was voted “Outstanding Afternoon Tea” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 33 Dong Chang’an Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388) http://www.raffles.com/en_ra/property/ rbj, http://www.raffles.com/en_ra/property/rbj 东城区东长安大街33号 Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street Another top-range hotel on Beijing’s “Wall Street.” With a striking glass and chrome exterior, the hotel boasts 253 guest rooms appointed with flat screen TVs, cordless phones and high-speed Internet and fax connections. The hotel features three restaurants (including the award-winning Cepe) and a lounge and bar serving Chinese, Italian and all-day cuisines. RMB 1,500-48,000. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) www.ritzcarlton.com 北京丽嘉饭店, 西城区金融街金城 坊东街1号 The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Daily 7-10am, 3-5pm. Mutianyu Village (for detailed directions see website), Huairou District. (6162 6506) www.theschoolhouseatmutianyu.com 慕田峪小园餐厅, 怀柔区慕田 峪 (具体路线请查看网站信息) Shangri-La Hotel Haidian District’s most upscale hotel is distinguished by its gorgeous garden, spacious rooms and arguably the west side’s fanciest bar (Cloud 9). Cafe Cha serves a bountiful buffet, with an accent on pan-Asian specialties – wear your stretch pants. RMB 1,208-15,000. 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, at Xisanhuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211) www.shangri-la.com 北京香格里拉饭 店, 海淀区西三环紫竹院路29号 Sofitel Wanda Despite an ominous exterior, Sofitel’s new Asia flagship hotel is sure to dazzle with its sophisticated blend of modern comfort and classical Chinese elegance. Floor-to-ceiling windows profit iconic CBD skyline views from west side rooms, specially designed feather beds, Wi-Fi, broadband and flat screen TVs complete a high-tech vision of luxury. The hotel’s F&B outlets include Le Pré Lenôtre and Farm House (see Restaurants). Rooms RMB 1,088-4,986. Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 北京万达索菲特大饭店, 朝阳 区建国路93号万达广场C座 The Ritz-Carlton Old World elegance, plush comfort – everything you’d expect from this hallowed name, including impeccable restaurants such as the internationally themed Aroma and Yu (Cantonese/Sichuan). An in-house wedding chapel sets this hotel apart, but the 109sqm executive suites with innovatively partitioned living and entertaining quarters are where the Ritz really shines. Rooms RMB 1,650-2,650. China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8888) 北京丽嘉酒店, 朝阳区华贸中 心建国路甲83号 The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Fantastic location and first class amenities make the Westin Chaoyang one of Beijing’s premiere luxury hotels. All 550 guest rooms and suites are oversized and feature quality contemporary furnishings including the signature Heavenly Bed® and rainforest shower as well as wireless High Speed Internet Access. The Westin Executive Club Floor guest rooms and suites provide the ultimate comfort and convenience.The Heavenly Spa by Westin™ offers a range of treatments for the renewal of the body, soul, and mind. Facilities include an indoor pool, hydrotherapy centre, and WestinWORKOUT® gym. The business centre, located on Level 3, provides secretarial and business support while the gift shop features a selection of premium souvenirs and gift items. Find a journey of culinary delights and moments to savor in our restaurants, bars, and lounges as you enjoy offerings from China, Europe, and Asia. With a total of 1,100 square meters of function space, our hotel has the capacity to accommodate events of various sizes. The Jinmao Ballroom and seven meeting rooms feature the latest in audiovisual

technology and five-star service. 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 金 茂北京威斯汀大饭店, 朝阳区东三环北路7号

Travel Agencies Kingdom Travel This bilingual outfit arranges domestic and business air tickets, family vacation packages and weekend escapes. Apt 718, Bldg 2, Guanghualu Soho, 22 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 3388, fit@kingdomtravel.com.cn) www.kingdomtravel.com.cn 中侨国旅, 朝阳区光华路 22号光华路SOHO 2号楼718室 TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. With its extensive international network, this German-Chinese joint venture can arrange personalized tours to destinations both domestic and worldwide. Unit 921-926, Bright China Chang An Bldg, Tower 2, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8519 8800, privatetours@tui.cn) www.tui.cn 途易, 东城区建国 门内大街7号光华长安大厦2座921-926

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

Concert Hall & Theaters Mega Box 1) B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6118); 2) 3/F, Area C, Zhongguancun Mall (West of Dinghao Mall), Haidian District. (5986 3777) www.imegabox.com 美嘉欢乐影 城, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区 地下1层; 2) 海淀区中关村广场购物中心C区三 层(鼎好西侧) Wanda International Cinema Screening the most up-to-date films from both China and Hollywood, this cinema is set apart from others by its awesome video game arcade and children’s play area (parental supervision and ticket purchase required).

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Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Just minutes after clearing Customs you could be taking a snooze in your room, attending a business meeting or relaxing in the spa. This stylish departure from typical airport hotels offers five-star comforts and unique convenience for people in transit, business travelers, trade fair visitors and event organizers. One minute away from Terminal 3 by 24-hour hotel free airport shuttle bus, the city center just 16 minutes away by direct rail, and the most popular tourist sites within a 40-minute drive, it’s also the perfect base for tourists. Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District. (6458 8888) http:// www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BJSCAHI-

Hilton-Beijing-Capital-Airport/index.do 朝阳区 北京首都机场三号航站楼

Fun Stuff RMB 50-150. Kids’ tickets are 50% off and like all cinemas in Beijing, it’s half-price on Tuesdays. 1) Bldg 3, Wanda Entertainment Plaza, 18 Shijingshan Lu, Shijingshan District. (68663399); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. 3/F, Bldg B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5960 3399); 3) Daily 10am-9pm. 5/F, Longde Square, 186 Litang Lu, Changping District. (8484 4742) www.wandafilm.com 万 达国际电影城, 1) 石景山区石景山区石景山 路乙18号万达广场娱乐3楼; 2) 朝阳区建国路 93号万达广场B座三层; 3) 昌平区立汤路186号 龙德广场5层

Museums & Education Butterfly Valley The Seven-Color Butterfly Park has prepared many spring and summer activities for citizens in the capital, including a scientific exhibition about butterflies, a “butterfly valley” where visitors can see butterflies up close, even with them resting on their shoulders, and activities designed for children to make pictures using butterfly wings. Daily 9am-4.30pm. North of Baima Lu, Nanlangzhong Village, Gaoliying Town, Shunyi District. (8942 2400/2119) http:// www.7cbp.com/ 七彩蝶, 顺义区高丽营镇南郎 中村,白马路北侧 Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) RMB 15 (adults). Free on Thursdays.Free for students and children under 1.3 meters Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. 798 Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9269) www.ucca.org.cn 尤伦斯当代艺 术中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区

Parks & Gardens Chaoyang Park Kitschy but fun. Kids can kick or throw a ball on the big grass field near the entrance, and the concrete podiums beyond are tree-free kite flying zones. There’s lots of room to stroll, a range of boating options, a handsome merry-goround and many rides including a roller coaster, flying dinosaurs, bumper cars, sky swings and several large inflatable castles. On top of all this, Sony ExploraScience is also located in the park. The outdoor pool is a great place to while away a summer afternoon and winters see a makeshift ski slope go up near the west gate – thrill seekers can rent skis and inter tubes onsite. The delightful northwestern section of the park includes a lake, flower beds and grassy expanses where families can enjoy a picnic. RMB 5, RMB 2.5 (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 6am-10pm (last entry at 9pm). 1 Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6506 5409) www.sun-park.com 朝阳公园, 朝阳区农展馆南路1号 Si’de Park This Lido-area park boasts plenty that will keep the young’uns amused, including an inflated castle, indoor funhouse, outdoor playground, merry-go-round, football pitches, a rollerblading rink, and fishing pond. A circular walking track is popular with morning walkers – if you can get the crew out the door early enough, have fun watching the tai chi practioners. Free. Daily 6am-9pm. Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6438 6093) 四得公园, 朝阳区将台西路



Laitai Flower Market The cut bunches and potted plants in the basement will brighten anyone’s day. Expect to pay around RMB 40 for a trailing ivy and RMB 50 for a small bonsai tree. And you can also pick up some tropical fish on the first floor. Mon-Thu 9am6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-6.30 pm. 9 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6463 6145) 莱太花卉市 场, 朝阳区麦子店西路9号 Lucky Flower House This flower shop owned by bilingual florist Toni is probably the first of its kind in Beijing. Lucky Flower House offers interest and professional flower design classes administered by Toni who is certified by the American Floral Art School and has 20 years of experience in the floral business

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in Canada. The shop also sells a variety of flowers and intricately designed hand-made flower arrangements. Daily 9.30am-6.30pm. Unit 1007, Chaoyang Flower Center, Door 2, Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (186 1139 2883, toni.yuan@gmail.com) 花, 朝阳区朝阳 公园西2门超员花卉1007号

Play Centers Fundazzle This cavernous, indoor playground has a huge two-story jungle gym, trampolines and a toddler area with small cars, swings, seesaws, toy houses and so on. On weekends, counselors put on shows, lead the kids in song and dance, and teach arts and crafts. RMB 35 for 2 hrs (kids); adults free (Mon-Fri), RMB 15 (Sat-Sun). Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun and holidays 9am-7pm. Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6208) 翻斗乐, 朝阳区工体南路 The Familier This two-level, indoor family centre provides age-appropriate and kidfamily play rooms and classes for children of all ages. Includes an expanded soft play area for babies and toddlers and a full-service cafe with a Western-trained chef and healthy menu options for the entire family. 2 hour: RMB 50 (1 adult, 1 child); all day: RMB 88 (1 adult, 1 child). Monday-Sunday 9am-8pm. 1) Zhong’er Jie, 798, Chaoyang District. (5762 6017, service@thefamilier.com); 2) Stall 0753, Tower A, Chaowai SOHO, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5869 2904, service@thefamilier.com) http://www. thefamilier.com/ 1) 朝阳区798艺术区; 2) 朝 阳区朝阳门外大街乙6号朝外SohoA座0753

Playgroups & Activities DreamArts Center This center provides art, piano, ballet, modern dance, Pilates and yoga lessons. Adult and children classes are taught in English, Korean, and Mandarin. RMB 50-200/lesson. Daily 9am - 5pm. Classes are 10am - 9pm. A1905, Lead International Building, A2 Wangjing Zhonghuang Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8472 0257, 8472 0357) 筑梦艺术中心, 朝阳区望京中环南路甲2号佳 境天城A1905 Incy Wincy Yoga Children learn to walk like a dog, buzz like a bee, and moo like a barnyard cow while developing their motor skills and building their self-confidence. Founded in 2006 by a mother and experienced yoga instructor Angelina Liu, Incy Wincy Yoga is a yoga company dedicated to Children’s and Baby yoga. Classes are 45-minute for muscular and bone development, balance and coordination, focus and concentration as well as fun. The programs are suitable for children 3-12 years old, babies, and teens. All classes are taught in English with over 15 centers around Beijing. Rm 1909, Bldg A, U-Space Building, 8 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5861 3809, info@incywincyyoga. com) www.incywincyyoga.com 朝阳区广渠门 外大街8号优士阁A座,1909室 Kinderdudou Art Center Originating from western style art classes for kids, Kinderdudou encourages children to explore and experience new ideas in class and provides an interactive channel to develop childrens language skills with native English & Chinese speakers. All courses are available in English and Chinese with guidance. Mon-Fri: 2pm-7pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-7pm. 1) Beiyuan Center: Rm 3816, Times Manor, 18 Hongjunying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8496 0095, kinderdudou@126.com); 2) Wangjing Center: Rm 707, LOFTEL Plaza, 1 Huguangzhong Jie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6470 3505, kinderdudou@126.com) http://www.kinderdudou.com 肚兜美术中心, 1) 朝阳区北苑校区:红军营东路18号时代庄园 3816; 2) 朝阳区望京校区:望京湖光中街1号 LOFTEL大厦707

Water Parks Crab Island It’s no Ibiza, but it’s closer than Qingdao and the substantial fake beach

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boasts real, well-maintained sand and comes dotted with free sun umbrellas and chairs. When the wave pool gets turned on, families charge into the huge pool – the docile waves are best enjoyed while perched on an inner tube (RMB 10, RMB 50 deposit). When your kids get tired of the wave pool there are two sets of waterslides, an extremely lazy river, and a human-powered waterwheel that dumps buckets of water on eager heads. A shallow water play area draws in families with little kids. All in all, a pretty good day at the “beach”! Daily 8am-1am. 1 Xiedao Lu (take the Weigou exit off the Airport Expressway and follow the signs), Chaoyang District. (8433 5566/5588) www.xiedao.com 蟹岛绿色 生态度假村, 朝阳区蟹岛路1号 Merry Water World Itching for a dip? This indoor pool emporium located in the Tulip Hot Spring Garden Resort allows for year-round swimming fun. Adventurous swimmers will rush for one of the six tall waterslides, while the less energetic family members can stick to the lazy river. There’s also a large wave pool, a children’s area, a lap pool and several hot tubs. Weekdays: RMB 98, RMB 60 (kids under 1.4m), free (kids under 1.2m). Weekends: RMB 138, RMB 60 (kids under 1.4m), free (kids under 1.2m). Mon-Fri 1.30-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-10.30pm. Jinzhan, Dongweilu (Take the Airport Expressway to the Weigou exit. Turn left at the first stoplight, right at the second, and then go straight), Chaoyang District. (8433 7403) www.yujinxiang.com 摩 锐水世界, 朝阳区东苇路金盏

Schools Educational Services Hamilton Gregg International Educational Consulting (HGIEC) Consultancy works with students (Chinese and expat) who wish to attend boarding school and university in the US, Canada and the UK. Mr. Gregg has over 15 years of academic advising experience, placing students in the best schools around the world. He is one of the few Independent Educational Consultants in China who belongs to either the Independent Education Consulting Association (www. IECAonline.com) or the Higher Education Consulting Association (www.HECAonline. com), both of which require strict ethical standards to be upheld by members. (135 5204 1603, hsgregg45@gmail.com) www. hamiltongregg.com The Learning Center The Learning Center opened in 2004 to meet the specific educational needs of local and expatriate students in Beijing. They aim to address the individual challenges of students by offering a nurturing environment, small classes or 1:1 tutoring, and experienced, specialized teachers who design tailor-made programs for each child. By helping them realize their academic potential, The Learning Center cultivate not only students’ skills, but also their confidence and self-esteem. The Learning Center has worked with more than 1,000 local and expatriate students in the Shunyi and Haidian areas. As the only professional tutoring service in Beijing, they pride themselves on offering a nurturing environment in which students of all ages and levels can find the support they need in the subjects they need. Subjects for students ages 5 to 18. Parenting programs are also available, including adult education and child development workshops. TLC tutors are native English speaking professional educators with an understanding of the international school curricula across Beijing. Mon 10am-6pm, Tue-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. 2108 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8046 3886, registration@learningcenter. com.cn) www.thelearningcenter.cn 顺义区后 沙峪西白辛庄嘉浩别墅2108号 New Vision Education Consulting Foreign owned and operated, New Vision provides results-oriented private international educa-

tion services to students who wish to study abroad. Offers SAT and TOEFL iBT training, IB/AP subject tutoring, and college application consulting services to help each individual student reach their goals and create opportunities for their future. B218, 4/F, Bldg 1, CCTD Center, 15 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 0139 134) www.newvisionedu.com 朝阳 区光华路15号院1号楼泰达时代中心四层B218室

Schools School fees listed are for one academic year unless otherwise. Specified.Abbreviations: IB = International Baccalaureate; ESOL = English as a Second or Other Language 3e International School 3e International began in 2005 and has grown into an institution of 180 students from Nursery through to Grade 4. The school aims to develop “critical thinkers and passionate learners who move confidently and fluidly across cultures,” through a research-based curriculum developed especially for this education model. Classes are conducted in English and Chinese with half of every day devoted to each language. Within this inquiry-based program, a balance of child-initiated and teacher directed activity is provided to support children’s development across the entire curriculum. Age range: 2-10. Application Fee RMB 1,600. Tuition Fee: Half-day nursery RMB 93,800; Full-day nursery RMB 103,800; Pre-Kindergarten RMB 136,900; Kindergarten RMB 140,600; Grade1-4 RMB 150,700. 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 100, admissions@3einternationalschool. org) www.3einternationalschool.org 3e国际学 校, 朝阳区将台西路9-1号 AnRic Little Montessori Room (AnRic LMR) AnRic Little Montessori Room (AnRic LMR) was founded by two moms in 2012. It is a multicultural classroom that caters to children aged 2.6 - 6 years, with an equal mix of children from local and foreign backgrounds. The school aims to help children develop into self-directed learners, flexible thinkers, creative problem-solvers, empathetic citizens and resilient individuals. While the foundation of Anric LMR was built on the Montessori method, it is a classroom that also draws from other educational philosophies. The school offers a fully bilingual curriculum so that children are immersed in an environment where both English and Chinese are consistently used all day. Children learn in a warm, close-knit environment with a true sense of community, maintained by a low student to teacher ratio and special attention to things such as personalized support for separation issues. 6 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6591 8169) www.anricedu.com 朝阳区光华路9号 Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) In its 17 years of existence BIBS has grown from one campus to three and from a kindergarten-only curriculum to a full-fledged K to grade 11 school with plans for grade 12 in the 2010-2011 school year. The school boasts a unique program that combines the best of Eastern and Western education philosophies to provide students a greater appreciation of the arts and humanities through the study and celebration of different countries, cultures and languages. The crosscultural environment offers children greater cultural sensitivity and the ability to speak multiple languages. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Kindergarten: Application fee RMB 1,600 (one-off payment, nonrefundable), Capital levy RMB 8,000 (one-off payment, non-refundable), RMB 62,000 (half day)-80,000 (full day)/year; Primary school: Application fee RMB 1,600 (one-off payment, non-refundable), Capital levy RMB 30,000 (one-off payment, non-refundable); Reception RMB 100,000/year; Grades 1-6 RMB 135,000/year; Middle and high school: Application fee RMB 1,600, Capital levy RMB 30,000; Grades 7-12 RMB 135,000 1) Bldg 7, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5960 3997, bikoffice@bibs.com. cn, office@bibs.com.cn), mshsadmissions@

Schools bibs.com.cn); 2) 1/F, Bldg B, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu (at the 21st Century Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6466 9255, bikoffice@bibs.com. cn, office@bibs.com.cn), mshsadmissions@ bibs.com.cn); 3) 38 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang District. (8456 6019, bikoffice@bibs.com.cn, office@bibs.com.cn), mshsadmissions@bibs. com.cn); 4) 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 7951, bikoffice@bibs.com.cn, office@bibs.com.cn), mshsadmissions@bibs. com.cn) www.bibs.com.cn 青苗国际双语学校, 1) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场7号楼; 2) 朝阳区 亮马桥路40号B座1层; 3) 朝阳区南十里居38号; 4) 朝阳区东四环北路6号阳光上东二区 Beijing BISS International School With a diverse student body, Beijing BISS International School’s mission is to foster international relationships to educate and empower students to attain personal excellence and positively impact the world. BISS not only boasts a strong IB Diploma Program with strong academic results – graduates have been accepted to top universities like Harvard, Columbia and Stanford – it is a SAT Test Center, caters to children with learning needs, offers counseling, student enrichment programs, university searches and transition education services and orientation for Third Culture Kids and their parents. Age range: 4-17 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 18,000-23,000 (refundable); Registration RMB 3,800; Pre-Kkindergarten RMB 100,800; Grades 1-12 RMB 149,000-180,600; ESOL RMB 16,600 Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili (just off Beisanhuan), Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, admissions@ biss.com.cn) www.biss.com.cn 北京BISS国际学 校, 朝阳区安贞西里四区17号楼 Beijing City International School Located in Shuangjing, BCIS lives by its school motto: “Empowering and inspiring through challenge and compassion.” This nonprofit, independent, co-educational day school accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) offers an international curriculum for Nursery to Grade 12 students under the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and is authorized to teach all three IB programs (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma). The campus culture is characterized by a “warm and inclusive nature” and an emphasis on rigorous academic enquiry through the extensive use of information technology in the classroom. Age range: Nursery through Grade 12. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 2,000; New Student fee RMB 5,000; Nursery RMB 104,980; Pre-K RMB 120,960; Kindergarten RMB 129,000; Grades 1-2 RMB 158, 600; Grades 3-5 RMB 160,600; Grades 6-8 RMB 167,800; Grades 9-10 RMB 174,680; Grades 11-12 RMB 185,600 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8771 7171, admissions@bcis.cn) www.bcis.cn 北京乐成 国际学校, 朝阳区百子湾南二路77号 Beijing Huijia Private College This combined boarding and day school offers an IB curriculum taught in English and a Chinese curriculum taught in Chinese. Students who wish to follow the Chinese curriculum but don’t have the requisite Chinese ability will first be enrolled in an intensive Chinese course. About 200 students from various countries study (and live, if they choose to board) alongside approximately 2,000 Chinese students. Facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium and science labs. Grades: 1 to 12. Price range: RMB 69,000-75,800. Zhongguancun Kejiyuan, Changping Yuan, Huijia Kejiaoyuan, Changping District. (6078 5555/1) www.huijia2000.com 北京汇佳私立学校, 昌平 区中关村科技园昌平园汇佳科教园

Beijing Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten Beijing Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten is a nursery and kindergarten school under Wisdom International Education Group. To meet the different developmental needs of children (2 to 6 years old) from both international and local communities, both campuses are equipped with outdoor playground facilities, libraries, art rooms, gymnasiums, dance and music rooms. Exploring Montessori bilingual education under Chinese culture, more than 95 percent of the kindergarten teachers have participated the International Montessori teacher certification training and hold the posts of international certification. 1) Bldg 42, Yushu, 2 Shunfu Lu, Renhe Town, Shunyi District. (8945 2591); 2) Bldg 221, Bailizhuang Beili, Chaoyang District. (8591 8288) 1) 顺义区仁和镇顺福路2号御墅42 栋; 2) 朝阳区八里庄北里221号楼 Beijing No. 55 Middle School and High School Unlike other public schools in the city, No. 55 has an international student department specifically tailored to foreign students. High school classes are offered in Chinese (meant for students with no Chinese background) or English, and prepare students for the IB exam or China’s college entrance exam. Middle school classes are in Chinese only; a half-year of intensive Chinese training is available if needed. Ages: 11 to 17. Price range: RMB 28,000-44,600. 12 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (6416 9531) http://www. bj55iss.cn/default.asp?pg=main 北京第五十五 中学, 东城区新中街12号 Beijing Rego British School One of the newest schools in the city, Beijing Rego British School follows on the heels of two successful schools in Tianjin and Shanghai and caters to students from the surrounding Shunyi area with its array of educational facilities and ageappropriate resources on campus. Coursework is based on the UK national curriculum with the addition of Chinese Culture and Mandarin courses for all year groups. Rego places strong emphasis on close cooperation between parents, students and teachers and aims to create an educationally comfortable but truly challenging atmosphere for students to “be their best” and explore their talents and abilities to the fullest. Age range: 3 ½-18 years old. Tuition:Registration Fee RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 15,000; Nusery (Full Day) RMB 130,000/year; Reception(Full Day)RMB 130,000/year; Years 1-6 RMB 160,000/year; Years 7-9 RMB 170,000/year; Years 10-11 RMB 192,000/year; Years 12-13 RMB 202,000 1) (Admissions office) Rm C317 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465-4487 ext 107 or 134 3939 3342, neil. macfarlane@bjrego.org); 2) 15 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu County, Shunyi District. (8416 7718, neil.macfarlane@bjrego.org) www.bjrego.org 北京瑞金英国学校, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区亮马桥路50 号C317室; 2) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇丽苑街15号 Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School As the only K12 independent coeducational bilingual boarding and day school in Tongzhou District, Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School is housed in a 16 acre campus located in the Artists’ Village 20km east of the China World Trade Center (Guomao) and consists of a closed and secure garden community. Started as a private school in 1993, BSRPS is dedicated to offer-

ing students a well rounded education which leads to academic excellence and personal success. Over the years, it has integrated an American- curriculum from the lower to upper school, which has led to the formation of the American high school where students receive an “American-overseas education as they embrace the essence of Chinese culture and literature.” Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition Fees (2010-2011 school year - room and board, all fees included): Kindergarten RMB 11,500/semester; 1-6 grades RMB 34,000/ semester; 7-9 grades RMB 35,500/semester South 1A, Xiaopu, Songzhuang,, Tongzhou District. (8085 6318 Bilingual, 8085 6787 Chinese, inquiry@shurenribet.org) http://www. shurenribet.org/ 北京市私立树人瑞贝学校, 通 州区宋庄镇小堡南甲一号 Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) A student-centered approach with an emphasis on academics and the arts. Now in its tenth year, Beijing World Youth Academy is an IB world school offering both English and Chinese programs for local and overseas students aged 9 to 18. BWYA values holistic education, inquiry-based learning and strives to offer students ample opportunity to develop as globally aware critical thinkers. The faculty hails from over 15 countries and allows for a favorable student-to-teacher ratio that creates a more personalized learning environment. BWYA emphasizes creativity and teamwork using a curriculum that incorporates standards from North America, Europe and Asia and the school has a strong track record of preparing students for both Chinese and overseas universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua, Fudan, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley and Stanford. Age range: 9-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Application fee RMB 1,600; Capital levy RMB 30,000 (one-time fee); Chinese Middle School Program (grades 7-9) RMB 50,000/year; Chinese High School Program (grades 10-12) RMB 54,000/year; International Primary (grades 4-5) RMB 90,000/year; IB MYP (grades 6-9) RMB 100,000/year; IB MYP (grade 10) / IB DP (grades 11-12) RMB 110,000/year; Chinese as an Additional Language intensive course RMB 25,000/semester; English as an Additional Language intensive course RMB 51,000/semester. 18 Huajiadi Beili, Chaoyang District. (6461 7787, admissions@ibwya.net) www.ibwya.net 北京世青国际学校, 朝阳区花 家地北里18号 British Columbia International School Located on the east side of Chaoyang Park, BC School caters to both local and international students with a blend of Canadian and Chinese curricula. This gives students a bilingual education and knowledge of world cultures, while also conferring a dual diploma. The school features a team of certified British Columbian and native Chinese teachers, as well as brand-new, purpose-built facilities located on 60,000sqm of space. BC School’s sports facilities are offered via a joint venture with Arsenal youth Academy. Extracurricular courses include major league sports. For ages 2.5-5, the school has a program modeled after the Montessori method. Age range: 2.5 to 18 years old. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 132,500-197,100. 10 Dongfeng Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5962 3288, admission@bcschoolchina.com) www.bcschoolchina. com 常春藤国际学校, 朝阳区东风南路10号 The British School of Beijing The British School of Beijing provides a traditional education based on the English National Curriculum and prepares pupils for GCSE and A Levels. The school is part of the Nord Anglia family of British-style international schools and its educational approach arises out of the best practices found in British schools around the world, emphasizing high academic results and mutual respect. The diverse academic and extra-curricular program is designed to challenge students to excel in music, arts and sport and allow them to develop and mature into young adults equipped with the qualifications and skills to enter universities worldwide. Age range: 1-18 years old. Tuition

fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Pre-Nursery RMB 87,419-131,140Nursery RMB 131,140; Reception RMB 141,450; Years 1-2 RMB 157,436; Year 3 RMB 168,072; Years 4-6 RMB 170,572Years 7-9 RMB 185,611; Years 10-11 RMB 191,264; Years 12-13 RMB 200,490 1) 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8532 5320, admissions@britishschool.org.cn); 2) South Side, 9 Anhua Lu, Shunyi District. (8047 3588, admissions@britishschool.org.cn); 3) 5 Sanlitun Xiliujie, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088, admissions@britishschool.org.cn) www. britishschool.org.cn 北京英国学校, 1) 朝阳区 三里屯北小街7号; 2) 顺义区安华路9号南院; 3) 朝阳区三里屯西六街5号 Canadian International School of Beijing The Canadian International School of Beijing opened in 2006. It is located in the Third Embassy Quarter of Beijing. CISB offers a Montessori Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten program from 18 months to 5 years old and a worldwide recognized CanadianStyle curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students. CISB is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorized to provide the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at the High School level and a Candidate School for the Primary Years (PYP) and Middle Years (MYP) Programmes. The student body currently represents over 50 nationalities. Non-native English-speaking students will have their language abilities assessed, and are given ESL support according to their results. Chinese, French and Korean are offered as additional languages. A member of ACAMIS and UNESCO, CISB features 90 classrooms equipped with the SmartBoard Technology, seven computer labs, 2 large well equipped libraries, designated fine arts floor including specialized visual art and music labs, a 500-seat theatre, three large gymnasiums, an athletic field and outdoor playground, and a 25-meter swimming pool and a dance studio. Grades: Preschool to G12. Price range: 76,600 – 179,800 RMB (RMB 1,600 application fee and RMB 4,600-6,700 ESL fee). 38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, admissions@ cis-beijing.com) www.cisb.com.cn 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. The curriculum also focuses on establishing students’ good habits and supports the development of the child through the progressive “Virtues in Us” character education program which emphasizes nobility of character and service to humanity. This innovative approach brings together two cultures and combines the strongest attributes of both Western and Eastern teaching methodologies. Age range: 3-12years old. Tuition Fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Kindergarten RMB 86,000; Registration RMB 2,000 (one time fee); Elementary RMB 92,000; Registration RMB 3,000 (one-time fee) 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8610 2654, kristinl@ daystarchina.cn, lijunl@daystarchina.cn) 启明 星双语学校, 朝阳区顺白路2号 Dulwich College Beijing Dulwich College Beijing is a British International school offering a curriculum based upon the English National Curriculum up to Year 9, IGCSE courses for students in Years 10 and 11, and the full International Baccalaureate Diploma for our senior students in Years 12 and 13. Our curriculum is suitaby adapted to reflect the needs of students in an international school and extends well beyond the formal classroom with a strong empasis on the development of the individual. Dulwich College Beijing is affliated with Dulwich College London and also is a sister school to Dulwich College’s in Shanghai, Suzhou and Seoul. Ages: 12 months – 18 years. Application Fee: RMB 2000 – non-refundable; Placement Deposit: RMB 18,000 – refundable subjuect to terms and conditions; Toddler 1 (Half Day) 2/3/5 days a week: RMB 27,200/38.500/60,500;

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Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA) BIBA provides an education that is strong in both English and Chinese within a stimulating and creative international environment. US national education standards are followed for most subjects, including English, mathematics, social studies, science, music, and PE. Chinese national standards are fol-

lowed for Chinese language arts and mathematics. ESL and CSL classes are also available. BIBA’s newly-expanded campus in Shunyi includes kindergarten, elementary and middle schools with extensive facilities and specialist teachers for sports, arts, science, and more. BIBA is also the host school in Shunyi for the International Piano Academy of China (IPAC). Age range: 2.5-14. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Kindergarten RMB 60,000 (plus capital levy of RMB 5,000); Elementary School: RMB 100,000 (plus capital levy of RMB 20,000); Middle School RMB 110,000 (plus capital levy of RMB 20,000). 5 Yumin Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8041 0390, info@ bibachina.org) www.bibachina.org 海嘉国际双 语学校, 顺义区后沙峪裕民路5号

Schools Toddler 2 (Half Day): RMB 87,100; Nursery / Reception: RMB 132,400; Years 1-2: RMB 153,400; Years 3-6: RMB 171,600; Years 7-9: RMB181,200; Years 10-11: RMB192,600; Years 12-13: RMB200,200 1) Riviera Main Campus: Beijing Riviera, 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676, info@dulwich-beijing.cn); 2) Legend Garden Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Shunyi District. (6454 9000, info@dulwichbeijing.cn); 3) Legend Early Years Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Shunyi District. (6454 9000, info@dulwich-beijing.cn) www.dulwich-beijing.cn 北京德威英国国际学 校, 1) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号香江花园; 2) 顺义区机场路89号丽京花园; 3) 顺义区机场路 89号丽京花园


Etonkids Bilingual Kindergarten Part of the Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens’ division of the Etonkids international education group, the Central Park campus features a bilingual Montessori program designed to develop “independence, initiative and creativity.” The school caters to children from 1 to 6 years of age and are divided into nursery school (18 months-3 years) 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) Eastern Provence Campus, Eastern Provence, 88 Dingsi Lu, Beiqijia, Changping District. (8176 0828, cpadmin@etonkids.com); 2) Dawang Lu Peking House Campus, 20 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 6779, cpadmin@ etonkids.com); 3) Arcadia Campus, Block 1, Arcadia villas, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8047 2983, cpadmin@etonkids.com); 4) Palm Springs Campus, Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Park Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 8967, cpadmin@ etonkids.com); 5) Datunli Campus, Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8480 5538, cpadmin@ etonkids.com); 6) Olympic Village Campus, Southwest Corner of Beichen Xilu and Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8437 1006, cpadmin@etonkids.com); 7) Midtown Campus, Guangqujia Yuan, Bldg 21, Guangqumenwai, Chongwen District. (6749 5008, cpadmin@ etonkids.com); 8) Central Park Campus, Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. ((6533 6620/6931, cpadmin@etonkids.com) www.etonkids.com 伊顿 双语幼儿园, 1) 昌平区北七家镇定泗路88号; 2) 朝阳区西大望路甲20号首府社区里; 3) 顺义 区后沙峪罗马环岛北侧天北路,阿凯笛亚庄园1 座; 4) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈泉国际公寓; 5) 朝阳区科荟路大屯里社区; 6) 朝阳区北辰西 路与科荟路交汇处西南角; 7) 崇文区广渠门外 广渠家园21号楼; 8) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新 城国际19号楼 Etonkids International Kindergarten CBD Global Trade Mansion Etonkids International Kindergarten is one of the oldest schools in Beijing’s Etonkids franchise (a nationwide educational group). The school provides a community-centered 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)

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RMB71,800-112,000/year 1) Lido Campus:Rm C103 Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jiangtailu, Chaoyang District. (gtmadmin@etonkids. com); 2) 3/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805, gtmadmin@etonkids.com) 伊顿国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区蒋台路机场路丽都广场; 2) 朝阳区光华路 世贸国际公寓D座3层 The Family Learning House Recognized as a model kindergarten by the Chaoyang Ministry of Education, The Family Learning House is a virtues-based, bilingual pre-school dedicated to “acquiring knowledge and good character for the purpose of serving humanity.” In addition to its “Virtues in Us” character education program, the school aims to provide an academically stimulating Montessori and Chinese curriculum. The Jianwai Soho campus includes a petting farm, organic produce and a child directed recycling program, and the curriculum places strong emphasis on art and music and includes daily piano lessons for all 4 1/2 and 5-year-old children. Students also participate in monthly educational outings, community service projects and multicultural celebrations. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Full Day Session – RMB 69,500/year; Half Day Session (under 4 years old) – RMB 46,500/year Beside Bldg 14, Jianwai SOHO West Area,39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7540 ext 800, administrator@thefamilylearninghouse.com) www.thefamilylearninghouse. com 家育苑, 朝阳区东三环中路39号 建外SOHO 西区14号楼旁 Harrow International School Beijing Harrow International School Beijing prides itself on high academic standards that are maintained within a close-knit school community. Harrow is one of the smaller international schools; each student is assigned a personal tutor who looks after their overall welfare and serves as a liaison between the school and home. High academic standards and leadership skills are promoted schoolwide, with a range of enrichment activities to help students develop teamwork and creative thinking skills, as well as independence and responsibility. The school is divided into different sections with specialist teachers teaching each subject from the Prep Phase (Years 5 to 7) onwards. There is a wide range of outdoor pursuits available to students, including a small school garden where younger children learn to grow their own vegetables. Other highlights include, top-notch learning facilities, talented choirs, the annual “Expeditions Week ” with visits to overseas countries, and regular exchanges with Harrow Bangkok and Harrow UK. Students graduating from Harrow Beijing have won places at a range of universities across the world including Oxford, London School of Economics, Bayreuth Law Faculty, Cornell, Australia National University. Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Pre-School RMB 101,700; Reception (4-5 years) RMB 129,800; Years 1-2 RMB 147,100; Years 3-6 RMB 153,600; Years 7-9 RMB 168,700; Years 10-11 RMB 175,200; Years 12 -13 RMB 188,300 1) Grassetown, Zhengequ Village, Xuxin Zhuang, Tongzhou District. (6444 8900, enquiries@harrowbeijing.cn); 2) 5 Anzhen Xili, Block 4, Chaoyang District. (6444 8900, enquiries@harrowbeijing.cn) www.harrowbeijing.cn 北京哈罗英国 学校, 1) 通州区徐新庄镇葛渠村格拉斯小镇; 2) 朝阳区安贞西里四区5号 House of Knowledge International Kindergarten House of Knowledge (HoK) boasts its own unique curriculum that includes aspects of the Montessori and Reggio Emilia programs, with special emphasis placed on the latter approach. Students are treated as competent learners with boundless potential, who are capable of infinite discovery. With this in mind, the curriculum trains them to acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn.” Age range: 10 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 5,000-

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15,000 (refundable according to withdraw policy); RMB 53,500-122,800 (depending on choice of program and campus) 1) Chaoyang Park Campus, Victoria Gardens, 15 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 (English, German, Mandarin), info@houseof-knowledge.net, 400 650 7747); 2) Liyuan Campus, East Gate of Liyuan Compound, Maquanying Street, Shunyi District. (6434 0088 (English, Chinese and German), info@ house-of-knowledge.net, 400 650 7747); 3) Administrative Office, C511, Lufthansa Centre, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 or 6538 2624, info@house-ofknowledge.net, 400 650 7747) www.houseof-knowledge.net 北京好思之家幼儿园, 1) 朝 阳区朝阳公园西路15号维多利亚花园公寓; 2) 顺义区香江北路丽苑小区东门A11; 3) 朝阳区亮 马桥路50号燕莎中心C511 Huijia Kindergarten Part of a nationwide chain, Huijia Kindergarten has 17 campuses and early childhood centers around Beijing. The curriculum combines advanced international educational ideas, modern teaching methods and Chinese traditional culture and focuses on nurturing children to become international citizens. The coursework, which emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, is designed to help students become “lifelong learners” and take responsibility for themselves, their studies others.Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Huijia Central Park Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Tuition for other centers vary from RMB 25,000-72,000/year (contact school administration for details) 1) Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center. Longwan Business Street, Yuyuan Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8042 2245, hjkids@263.net); 2) Huijia Central Park Experimental Early Childhood Education Center. Bldg 24, Central Park Apartments, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9358, hjkids@263.net) www.hjkids.com 汇佳幼儿园, 1) 顺义区汇佳龙湾体验式早教中 心. 顺义区后沙峪镇裕园路龙湾商业街; 2) 朝阳 区汇佳新城国际体验式早教中心.朝阳区朝外大街 6号新城国际公寓24号楼 The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) MSB has been serving expatriate children, from pre-school to elementary, for 20 years and is an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society (AMS), which upholds the MACTE Montessori educational standards on an international level. The school is affiliated with the International Montessori Teaching Institute which provides continual professional training and development to all MSB lead teachers and assistant teachers. Today MSB is comprised of four campuses – two in Shunyi (River Garden and Champagne Cove) – and two located very close to the Beijing Riviera, Grand Hills, Quanfa and Lane Bridge housing compounds. The new Riviera campus will house the Reception and Elementary classrooms up to Grade 6. Age range: 1-12. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 1,600 (application fee credited towards school fees); 3 Day Toddler (Age: 1) RMB 38,000; 5 Day Toddler (Age: 1) RMB 60,000; Morning Nursery (Age: 2) RMB 85,000; Full Day Nursery (Age: 2) RMB 126,000; Morning Kindergarten (Age: 3 and 4) RMB 88,000; Full Day Kindergarten (Age: 3 and 4) RMB 130,000; Reception (Age: 5) RMB 146,000; Elementary (Age: 6 to 12) RMB 152,000. 1) Riviera Campus,Bldg 8, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6432 8228, schooloffice@msb.edu.cn); 2) River Garden Campus, Houshayu, Baixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8046 3935, schooloffice@ msb.edu.cn); 3) Cherry Tree Lane Campus, Xiangjiang Beilu, 18 Maquanying Lu, Shunyi District. (6432 8228, schooloffice@msb.edu. cn); 4) Champagne Cove Campus, 2 Shunfu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8945 2591, schooloffice@msb.edu.cn) www.msb.edu.cn 北京蒙台 梭利国际学校, 1) 朝阳区香江校园,香江北路甲 2号院8号楼; 2) 顺义区裕京花园校园, 后沙峪白

辛庄; 3) 顺义区樱桃园校区,香江北路马泉营18 号; 4) 朝阳区金碧湖畔校区,顺福路2号 The International School of Beijing (ISB) The International School of Beijing (ISB) traces its roots back to the early 1970s when a small foreign school was established by the United States Liaison Office, the precursor to the US Embassy, and was little more than a simple “classroom that was wedged into a hallway in a diplomatic apartment compound in Sanlitun.” In the 1980s the school was merged with the schools of the British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand embassies and was eventually moved to its present-day 50,000sqm purpose-built facility near Capital Paradise in Shunyi. Over the years ISB has gained an international reputation for its solid academic programs (it was the first school in Beijing to offer the full IB Diploma), comprehensive facilities and full curriculum catering to all age levels. Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): EC3 (half day) RMB 65,490 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); EC4 (full day) RMB 119,690 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); Kindergarten RMB 140,330 (RMB 13,180 capital fee); Grades 1–5 RMB 140,330 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 6–8 RMB 150,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 9-12 RMB 165,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee) 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (8149 2345, admissions@ isb.bj.edu.cn) www.isb.bj.edu.cn 北京顺义国 际学校, 顺义区安华街10号 Ivy Academy Ivy Academy is a pre-school and kindergarten created in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers that accepts students of ages two through six. The school offers an English environment with a “specialized focus on the customized development of every child” based on Harvard Professor Dr Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory and a convenient Dongzhimen area location. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 8,000 (non-refundable, to be credited toward tuition); Registration fee RMB 800; Half-day RMB 86,000; Full day RMB 127,900 Suite C101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380, Info-EL@ivyschools.com) www. ivyschools.com 艾毅幼儿园, 东城区东直门外 大街35号东湖别墅C101室 Ivy Bilingual School Like its sister school Ivy Academy, Ivy Bilingual School (IBS) enrolls children from two to six years of age and offers a curriculum designed in the spirit of the Multiple Intelligences theory. The goal of Ivy Bilingual School is to provide children with the most current research-based practices coupled with the knowledge of the unique Chinese culture. Children graduating from IBS are comfortable speaking in both English and Chinese. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 800; Deposit RMB 6,000 (non-refundable, credited toward tuition); RMB 42,600–57,000/year (Ocean Express Campus); RMB 39,000–52,400 per year (Orchid Garden Campus) 1) Orchid Garden Campus, 18 Xinjin Lu, Cui Ge Xiang (Airport Expressway, Beigao Exit), Chaoyang District. (8439 7080, info-OE@ivyschools. com (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), info-og@ivyschools.com (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)); 2) Ocean Express Campus, Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Kempinski), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287, info-OE@ivyschools.com (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), info-og@ ivyschools.com (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)) www.ivyschools.com 艾毅双语 幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区崔各乡新锦路18号卓锦万代小 区内; 2) 朝阳区东三环北路2号远洋新干线E座 Ivy MI Kindergarten Ivy MI Kindergarten offers a quality Chinese-focused program designed to meet the needs of children who will attend Chinese elementary schools. It is designed for Chinese families who would like their children to experience a curriculum inspired by the Harvard-based Multiple

Shopping Intelligences theory. This program offers a top-notch education for children with an international bent. RMB 33,600 per year (Lijing Campus),RMB 36,998 per year (Tianshi Campus) 1) Tianshi Campus, 52 Beiyuan Lu, Tongzhou District. (8159 6406/7, Info-LJ@ ivyschools.com, Info-TS@ivyschools.com); 2) Lijing Campus, 28 Shilipu Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8446 4189, Info-LJ@ivyschools. com, Info-TS@ivyschools.com) http://www. ivyschools.com 艾毅多元智能幼儿园, 1) 通州 区北苑路52号; 2) 朝阳区十里堡北路28号 Little Village Montessori School of Beijing Little Village Montessori School of Beijing (LVMS) is a Montessori-based kindergarten with over 1,000sqm of space. LVMS’ team strives to create a community experience with parents and other family members. Age range: 18 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2011-2012 academic year): 3-6 years Full Day: RMB 6,800; 18-months-3 years Half Day: RMB 5,200; Monthly meal plan: RMB 500. 2310, 3/F, Jinyun Shengtong Building, 5 Huilin Road, Fulicheng Xi, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (5876 6610, lvmsbj@sina. com) 北京蒙特梭利小镇幼儿园, 朝阳区双井富 力城西惠林路5号京运盛通大厦3层2310 Muffy’s Education Founded in 2003, Muffy’s Education provides English immersion kindergartens, seasonal camps and after-school programs that impart “Knowledge Through English”. Using English as the medium for learning, students receive a high quality education and a strong foundation of English skills. Muffys has an educational program that includes all core subjects in an English immersion environment. Educators use a variety of teaching methods to help each student with their unique learning needs. Muffy’s also uses internationally known curriculum from the University of Chicago, Columbia Teachers College and Pearson Education. Muffy’s teachers are from Canada, United States, England and Australia. Before students enroll, assessments and placement will be arranged. 1) 1 Yangchun Guanghua Jiayuan, Wanliu Donglu, Haidian District.; 2) Shijicheng Location (Opening in Aug): 5/F, Bldg B, Huibo Dasha, Landianchang Lu, Haidian District.; 3) Wangjing Location: East gate of Beixiaohe Gongyuan, Wangjing Xilu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Xiangshan Location: Xiangshan Qingqin, Mentou Cun, Sijiqing Town, Haidian District. www.muffys.cn 儿童 英语之家, 1) 海淀区万柳东路阳春光华家园1 号; 2) 海淀区蓝靛厂路(人大附小对面)汇博 大厦西侧5层; 3) 朝阳区望京北小河公园东门; 4) 海淀区香山清琴别墅儿童会所 Side by Side Side by Side provides support for individuals with special needs and learning difficulties through music therapy, learning support, and a daytime special education program. Side by Side’s team members are fully qualified and experienced professionals who conduct services in English. Music therapy is also available in German. We also offer community support such as workshops for schools, community groups, parents and other members of the community, arranging vocational training within the community, support with life skills such as basic finances, shopping, cooking, personal hygiene or social skills, support with parenting skills, advocacy, family and school support with transition and/or behaviour issues, support for those dealing with a new diagnosis and work experience for high school students or new graduates. We also provide support with finding organizations and professionals to assist in the development, diagnosis and assessment of children with special needs, or suspected special needs. Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District. (8046 3858, info@ sidebysidebeijing.com) www.sidebysidebeijing.com/ 顺义区后沙浴,名都园3336, 顺义区

The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten Beijing’s first Montessori Kindergarten, The Children’s House opened its China World Trade Center campus in 1992 and has since established schools at the Lufthansa Center, Yosemite Villas in Shunyi and in Yayuncun’s Yayunxinxin Gardens. Today the franchise serves over 300 international students in its four campuses, which are characterized by their small, friendly down-home atmospheres, English only and bilingual curriculums that adhere to the worldrenowned Montessori system.Age range: 0-6 years old. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Nursery/ Pre-Primary RMB 114,000 (full day), RMB 93,000 (half day); Primary RMB 126,000 (full day), RMB 98,000 (half day); Bilingual RMB 115,000 (full day), RMB 72,000 (half day) 1) Unit S114, Lufthansa Center Tower, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1305/3388 ext 4477); 2) C Area Clubhouse, Yosemite Villa 4 YuYang Rode, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (8041 7083); 3) Yayunxin Jiayuan, 1 Xindian Lu, Chaoyang District. (5202 0293); 4) Level 1 North Lodge, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 3869/2288 ext 81299) www.montessoribeijing.com 巧智博仁国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳 区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心大厦S114单元; 2) 顺义 区后沙峪镇榆阳路4号; 3) 朝阳区辛店路1号亚 运新新家园社区; 4) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国 贸北公寓一层 Western Academy of Beijing Western Academy of Beijing is an International Baccalaureate World School that boasts a “challenging and caring educational environment in which students are active participants in the learning process.” WAB provides a learner-centered atmosphere that nurtures a strong sense of community among its 1,550 students from 55 countries, with the mission to “Connect, Inspire, Challenge: Make a Difference.” Campus facilities are extensive and include a lake and model wetlands that are the foundation of its environmental science center.Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year, combined total includes capital levy and tuition): Nursery RMB 85,000; Pre-Kindergarten RMB 141,000; Kindergarten RMB 165,000; Grades 1-5 RMB 165,000; Grades 6-8 RMB 181,000; Grades 9-10 RMB 198,000; Grades 11-12 RMB 204,000 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8456 4155, wabinfo@wab. edu) www.wab.edu 北京京西学校, 朝阳区来 广营东路10号 Yew Chung International School of Beijing Located within the scenic Honglingjin Park in the heart of downtown Beijing, Yew Chung International School of Beijing celebrates its 15th year of educating students of the Beijing expatriate community. YCIS Beijing, an IB World school, is fully accredited by CIS, NEASC and NCCT, and is a part of the larger network of schools with over 5,000 students across campuses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Qingdao, and Silicon Valley, US. Providing K2 – Year 13 students with a quality curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England and a research-based Chinese Language Program that equips students to be bilingual, competitive, and globallyminded citizens. Age range: 2-18 years old. Tuition fees (2011/2012 Academic Year): Application Fee RMB 1,660 (non-refundable); Placement Deposit RMB 5,000–14,000 (year level dependent); K2 (half day) RMB 60,800; K2 (full day) RMB 102,000; K3 RMB

136,000; K4 RMB 142,000; Year 1-3 RMB 168,000; Year 4-6 RMB 172,000; Year 7-9 RMB 191,000; Year 10-11 RMB 204,000; Year 12-13 RMB 210,000 Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 3731, enquiry@bj.ycef.com) www.ycis-bj. com 北京耀中国际学校, 朝阳区后八里庄5号红 领巾公园东门

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PMT Art Shop Interesting Chinese photos, original wood furniture, leather goods and ceramics. 1) Daily 10am-7pm. 2 Zhongjie, 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5762 6364); 2) Daily 10am-11pm. 75 Nanluogu Xiang, Chaoyang District. (6400 8520) www.pmtphoto.com, http://site.douban.com/163407/ 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798 艺术街区中街2号; 2) 朝阳区南锣鼓巷75号

Bookstores Page One 1) 10am-6pm. Shop LG50, Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0408, page1_cwtc@pageonegroup. com, page1_indigo@pageonegroup.com); 2) 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, page1_cwtc@pageonegroup.com, page1_indigo@pageonegroup. com) www.pageonegroup.com 1) 朝阳区酒 仙桥路18号颐堤港地铁层50号; 2) 朝阳区建 国门外大街1号国贸商城三期地下2层 Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore Fabulous Chinese-language selection of kids’ books, including lavishly illustrated kids’ encyclopedias, tons of easy-readers and brightly illustrated books for kids just learning Chinese, plus posters, fun interactive books and myriad learning aids. The English selection is slim, but a budget-stretching option is to pick up the super cheap, green-bound, China published softcover editions of classics like Kidnapped and Tom Sawyer. Daily 10am9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 2592) 王府井新华书店, 东城 区王府井大街218号

Clothing BabyGro Beijing 1) Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Cathay View Garden Shopping Mall (next to Beijing Riviera Villas), 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 1690, johanna@ babygro.com.cn); 2) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Shop 105, Tower 9, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6597 0717, johanna@ babygro.com.cn) www.babygro.com.cn/ 慧宝, 1) 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观唐广场二期商铺; 2) 朝阳区朝外街6号新城国际9号楼105 baby international No. 2371, 3.F North Tower, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 1476, info@babyinternational.com) www.baby-international. com 国际宝贝, 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO商都 3层2371店铺 Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (1/F of Bodhi bldg, directly across from north gate of Workers Stadium),

Chaoyang District. (6417 7622, ask@countingsheepboutique.com) www.countingsheepboutique.com 洋洋宝宝店, 朝阳区工体北路17号 (工体北门对面) Mothercare Mothercare, the acclaimed British brand, is a global specialist retailer of clothing, home and travel and toys for mothers to be, babies and young children. Sells hard-to-find clothes for kids age 6 and younger, as well as a wide range of nursery furniture and nursery equipment. Find maternity clothes, strollers, bedding, car seats, playpens, baby monitors, children’s clothes and other elusive products at this chain. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) Stall B21-22, 1 Senlingongyuan Lu, Jingzhan Xiang, Shunyi District.; 2) Stall 121-123, Beyou World, 111 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) 5/F, Wangfujing Baihuo, 255 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8529 1777); 4) Stall 4128-4130, 4/F, Jinyuan Xinyansha Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 5506); 5) SMM-42, 1/F, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6134) 1) 顺义区金盏乡森林 公园路1号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 Tang’ Roulou Created by two French designers inspired by yesterday’s China, Tang’ Roulou tiny shop stocks gorgeous, tasteful outfits for kids (ages 0-8). Their unique, high quality, made-in-Beijing blankets, quilted jackets, dresses and accessories come in a variety of patterns, including dots, stripes and flowers, spotted with dragons, phoenix and goldfishes. Daily 10.30am-8.30pm. 30 Sanlitun Beilu (inside Phoenix Design), Chaoyang District. (6416 9761) www.tangroulou.com 朝阳区三里 屯北街路口30号“风栖”店内 Uniqlo Bldg 10, South District, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 1320) www.uniqlo.com 朝阳区三里屯路19号 三里屯Village南区10号楼 Yashow Market The stall owners here are spoiled by the gaggles of free-spending tourists who come for bargain shopping, and so are less amenable to offering deep discounts to residents than their counterparts in other markets. Nevertheless, teen after teen told us they enjoy shopping here for copies of recent fashionable clothes: low-slung jeans, branded T-shirts, baggy pants, oversized athletic kids. Daily 9.30am-9pm. 58 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1726) 雅秀市 场, 朝阳区工体北路58号 Zoo Clothing Market Daily 6am-5pm. Xizhimenwai Dajie (south of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District. (8837 8056) 动物园服装批发市场, 西 城区西直门外大街(北京动物园路南)

Home Accessories and Gear Aika 1) Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-7pm. Wangjing outlet, 66 Beixiangbin Lu, Guangshun Qiao, Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8490 4696); 2) Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6.30pm. Yansha outlet, 36A Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 1125); 3) Daily 9am-9pm. Xisihuan outlet, 119 Xisihuan Beilu, 200m south of Sijiqing Qiao, Haidian District. (8845 7900/2); 4) Mon-Fri 9am-6.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. Nansanhuan outlet, 75 Chengshousi Lu, Fengtai District. (6765 7187) www.china-ajjj.com 爱家家居, 1) 朝阳区望京店, 广顺北大街香 宾路66号; 2) 朝阳区燕莎店, 亮马桥路 甲36 号; 3) 海淀区西四环路店, 西四环北路119号 (四季青桥南200米); 4) 丰台区南三环店, 成 寿寺路75号 Alen (5879 8115) www.alencorpchina.com Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) 10.30am-6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091); 2) 10am-8.30pm. Unit L1-110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785) www.

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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. (office@sibs.com.cn) http://www. sibs.com.cn/index.html 君诚国际双语学校, 顺义区后沙峪镇火沙路古城段15号

Shopping toranacleanair.com/index.html 1) 顺义区天竺 镇花梨坎村南“荣祥广场308室; 2) 顺义区天 竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场L1-110 Easy Home Daily 10am-9pm. 1) Golden Resources Outlet, Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 3398); 2) Yuquanying outlet, 58 Nansanhuan Xilu, Fengtai District. (8367 9622); 3) Shilihe Outlet, 106 Dayangfang Lu, Shibali Dian, Chaoyang District. (6730 5322); 4) Beisihuan Outlet, 65 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8463 9988) www.juran. com.cn 居然之家, 1) 海淀区金源店, 远大路 1号; 2) 丰台区玉泉营店, 南三环西路58号; 3) 朝阳区十里河店, 十八里店大羊坊路106 号; 4) 朝阳区北四环店, 北四环东路65号

District. (139 1173 9981, lf@lftibetanart.cn); 2) 158 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (139 1173 9981, lf@lftibetanart.cn) www.lftibetanart.cn 北京灵峰藏艺古典家具 店, 1) 朝阳区潘家园市场乙排1号; 2) 朝阳 区高碑店家具街158号

tal@yahoo.cn) www.beijing-dental.com CoffeeArtCafe This catering service offers coffee and tea Classics, fruit milk shakes, home-made baked goods, fruit and vegetable salads, ice-cream, popcorn, hot-dogs and soft drinks for birthday parties, shop openings, workshops, festivals and more. Also has gift and picnic baskets. (Call Bianca on 137 0102 4509, www.thecoffeeartcafe.com) FESCO 1) 14 Chaoyangmen Nandajie, Chaoyang District. (8561 8888 ext 66143); 2) Beijing Employee Service Center 187 Andingmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6452 1477/88); 3) 6/F, Bldg B, FESCO, 15 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6777 1021) www.fesco-training.com.cn/english/ english_index.asp, www.fesco.com.cn, www.bjrc.com 北京外企服务集团有限公司, 1) 朝阳区朝阳门南大街14号; 2) 东城区安 定门外大街187号; 3) 朝阳区西大望路15号 外企大厦B座6层

Gaobeidian Furniture Street Outside Dongsihuan, turn right at the Gaobeidian exit of the Jingtong expressway then drive south, Chaoyang District. www.gaobeidian. com.cn 高碑店家具一条街,阳区东四环外京 通快速路高碑店出口处出来右转往南走 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. 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1260, 6457 1922, info@villalifestyles.cn) www.villalifestyles.cn 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场4层

Heather’s Furniture Warehouse Sells imported traditional furnitures for children. Daily 9am-6pm. 1) In the yard of Haidian Taxation Bureau (north of the METROsupermarket), Wanquanhe Lu, Xiyuan, Haidian District. (138 1191 4478, heather_zhuang@yahoo. com); 2) Stall F1-02, 1/F, Bldg 10, 3 Guomei Diyicheng, Qingnianlu Xili, Chaoyang District. (138 1191 4478, heather_zhuang@yahoo. com) 小不点家居样品间, 1) 海淀区西苑万 泉河路海淀区地税局院内; 2) 朝阳区青年路 西里国美第一城3号院10号楼底商F1-02

Photography Studios & Services Mishka Family Photography (5876 4088, 150 1089 9969, maxim@mishka.pro) www. mishka.pro Small World Photo Studio Professional photography services for families, kids and pregnant women, costumes can be offered to kids under 3. Stall 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1603, 138 1160 2673) www.smallworldkidsland.com 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 The Bloom Family Photography Owned and run by professional and enthusiastic photographer Irene, member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Bloom Family Photography studio provides highquality photography services. The studio is based in Beijing, but is also available for local and domestic travel. Daily 10am-6pm. 6 Xinjiekouwai Dajie (opposite the east gate of Beijing Normal University), Xicheng District. (6202 7745, 155 1061 6900, hello@ bloompic.com) www.BloomPic.com 花开摄影 机构, 西城区新街口外大街6号(北京师范大 学东门马路对面)


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) www.lilysantiques.com 华伦古典家具, 1) 朝 阳区高碑店家俱一条街69号; 2) 通州区工厂地 址,通州区宋庄镇白庙村工业大院 Linfeng Tibetan Artistic Firm Sells authentic Tibetan furnitures, carpets and handicrafts, with antique pieces and reproductions. Showroom opens everyday for visiting. To visit the warehouse for more selections, call for reservation. 1) Daily 8.30am-8.30 pm. Stall 1, Row B, Panjiayuan Market, Chaoyang

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IQ Air While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, you can certainly make a difference with the air you breathe in your home or office. IQAir has been the top-rated air purifier brand for more than a decade. The Health Pro 250 is their most popular product and is considered by most to be the best all-around air cleaning system available. With their HyperHEPA technology, you are guaranteed near perfect levels of efficiency for the life of your machine. IQAir China specializes in bringing clean air solutions to both residential and commercial users. 1) 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601, info@ iqair-china.com); 2) 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401, info@iqair-china.com); 3) Rm 2201, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800, 400 650 1266, info@ iqair-china.com); 4) 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179, info@iqair-china.com); 5) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, info@iqair-china.com) www.iqair-china.com 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路52 号燕莎友谊商城5层; 2) 朝阳区建国路87号 新光天地5层生活家电区; 3) 朝阳区霄云路 36号国航大厦2201-02室; 4) 西城区金城坊 街金融街417号四层; 5) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔 路99号欧陆广场4层

The Wine Republic Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 303, Bldg 11, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7050, info@thewinerepublic.com) www. thewinerepublic.com 朝阳区东三环路39号建 外Soho11座303室

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Alien Street Market The building is occupied by individual stall owners who sell all kinds of toys for indoor and outdoor use, including kiddie pools. Quality is uneven, so inspect toys carefully before buying and be sure to haggle. Laofanjie Shichang, Yabao Lu (south of Fulllink Plaza), Chaoyang District. 老番街市场, 朝阳区雅宝路

Sports Sports Beijing Sports Beijing is a non-profit organization that provides sports and recreational activities to the children of Beijing. Modeled after North American and European community sports organizations, Sports Beijing offers more than 15 sports and recreational programs, including baseball, basketball, flag football, floor ball, gymnastics, ice hockey, martial arts, rugby, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field/athletics. Available for young athletes (ages 4-18) and their families. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Lido Country Club 2/F, Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, 6 Jiang Tai Road, Chaoyang District. (6430 1370) www.sportsbj. org 朝阳区将台路6号丽都饭店丽都乡村俱乐部2层


Small World Kids’ Hair Salon Kids’ hair salon will offer a kid friendly environment for kids when they are getting their hair to be done. Stall 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1603, 138 1160 2673) www.smallworldkidsland.com 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

Beijing Dental Beijing Dentail is a reservation service to help patients make appointments with dentists, including bookings for dental fillings, teeth cleaning, whitening, teeth correction, implants, and dentures. (186 1846 3696, 8581 8320 weekdays only, beijingden-


Vantone Commercial Center Tower D 26 F, Vantone Center, Jia 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5905 5905) vantonecommercialcenter.com 万通商务中心, 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳门外大街 甲6号万通中心D座26楼

Basketball World Basketball World is a program that aims to develop the skills of young basketball players within Beijing and throughout China. Sharing a facility with the International School of Beijing, BW’s training programs for ages 7 to 15 focuses on both individual and team skills. The club’s programs are offered at three different levels: ASAs (after school activities), community programs, and developmental teams. Programs are available in English. (186 0717 4318, hui@ basketballworld.cn)

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

Climbing O’le Climbing Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6776 4705, oleclimbing@gmail.com) www. ole-climbing.com 奥莱攀岩, 朝阳区东四环中路 百子湾桥东石门村路5号

Dance 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)) www.jballet.com J-芭蕾教室, 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路景 绣园D座一层西侧

Football (Soccer) ClubFootball This organization runs soccer coaching programs at 20+ locations in Beijing and Tianjin for boys and girls of all levels aged 4 to 18. Held after school, at weekends and during holidays, courses are designed and delivered in a fun environment by ClubFootball’s English FA-qualified coaching staff. A nine

Sports week course averages RMB 750 and includes kit, beverages, player profile, certificate and team photo. 9am-6pm. Unit A212, Door 3, A1 Zone, Huadeng Building, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5130 6893/4/5/6, coaching@wanguoqunxing.com) www.clubfootball. com.cn 万国群星足球俱乐部, 朝阳区酒仙桥路14 号兆维华登大厦A1区3门212室

May-Oct. 22 Wenti Road, Haigang District, Qinhuangdao. (0335 856 0916, enquiries@ beijingsailing.com) www.beijingsailing.com 秦 皇岛市海港区文体路22号 (15 00 118 9580, 335 856 0916, enquiries@beijingsailing.com) www.beijingsailing.com


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, steven@sinoscuba.com) www.sinoscuba.com

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@beijinghikers.com) www. beijinghikers.com 朝阳区酒仙桥中路26号新华联 丽港2号楼601室 China Culture Center The hyperactive stepchild of the Chinese Culture Club, the Amblers head out almost every weekend, usually to locations with historical or cultural significance in addition to their natural beauty. RMB 150-400 for day trips, more for overnight excursions. 20% discount for kids. Online registration usually required. Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341) www.chinaculturecenter.org 朝阳 区亮马桥路29号安家楼肯特中心 Dandelion Hiking (13124788581, buqunzi@ gmail.com) www.chinahiking.cn 蒲公英远足

Horse Riding Equuleus International Riding Club This accredited horse riding club houses 95 horses, 12 bilingual trainers with CHS (based on BHS) horse instructor’s certificate and a dog agility area. Different riding packages available (insurance included). Tue-Sun 7am-noon, 2-6pm. 91 Shunbai Lu, Sunhe Town (north of and parallel to Xiang Jiang Beilu), Chaoyang District. (Chi 8459 0236, Eng 6432 4947, equuleushorse@yahoo.com.cn) www.equriding. com 天星调良国际马术俱乐部, 朝阳区孙河镇顺 白路91号香江北路北

Martial Arts Fenxing Fencing Club Tue-Sun 9am - 9pm. Bldg. 2050, Gahood Villa 5 Yunyang Rd., Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (fenxing. fencing@gmail.com) www.fenxing.com 北京 奋星击剑俱乐部, 顺义区西白辛庄榆阳路5号嘉 浩别墅2050

Sailing Beijing Aofan Sailing Club Located in Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, this exclusive sailing club in Beijing offers two-day and five-day training courses throughout the season with a wide range of sailing boats for both kids and for adults. Regular events are held for members (for free) and visitors. Discounted packages including courses and membership are available. Interested parties can attend one of their bi-monthly open sessions before signing up. Inside Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Shunyi District. (5949 4599) www.aofansail.com 北京奥帆帆船俱乐部, 顺义区白马路19号奥林匹克水上公园内

Fine Yoga Mon-Fri 7am-8.30pm, Sun-Sat 8am-6pm. 16/F, Tower 2, Blue Castle International Center, 3 Xi Dawang Lu,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8599 9566, 153 0008 6931) www.fine-yoga.com 梵音瑜珈, 朝 阳区西大望路蓝堡国际中心会所

Yoga Yard Yard Vinyasa (flow) yoga classes offered daily, mornings and evenings, at various levels. offers pre- and postnatal yoga, introduction to yoga, restorative yoga, and other workshops. Yoga books, mats and wellness products also available. Kids yoga for ages 4 and above. RMB 400 for a fourweek 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, info@yogayard.com) www.yogayard.com 瑜珈苑, 朝阳区工体北路 17号6层工人体育场北门对面

Swimming Dragon Fire Swim Team Nearly 130 international students receive training in competitive swimming under the tutelage of founder and head coach Kevin Hua. Instruction is offered for kids ages 4-18 at the beginning (able to swim 10m), intermediate and advanced levels. The team has competed in races in Singapore and Hong Kong, and also competes with local Chinese teams. RMB 60-90 per lesson, RMB 1,2004,500 per season (depends on the level, number of times a week, etc), plus RMB 300 registration fee. Training is offered at various times and locations, seven days a week. To register, contact Coach Hua. (136 0106 4534, dragonfireswimming@gmail.com) www.dragonfire.com.cn MultiSport This organization is wellestablished in Shanghai and Hong Kong and operate theirgymnastics, trampolining and swimming coaching programs at various schools and clubs around Beijing. MultiSport’s foreign coaches are specialists in their fields and all lessons are conducted in English. Children may progress from Parent and Baby classes through to swimming confidently in the four principal strokes and to eventually advance through the Amateur Swimming Association badge award scheme. Lessons are available for adults upon request. RMB 240/30min, 300/45min, 360/1hr for private lessons (6507 2971, admin@multisport.com.cn)

Tennis GS Academy GS Academy is a High Performance Tennis Academy. Their unique Tennis program combine the best of the American, Australian, and European national tennis programs bringing to you a truly unique program. Their experienced and passionate coaches provide a perfect blend of serious commitment and a positive teaching style to enhance your tennis development. They will help build your on-court self-confidence and give you enough valuable instruction to last a lifetime. 1) Central Forest Tennis and Badminton Center: Houshayu County, 200meters east of Sugar Bay Community, Chaoyang District. (5727 9817, info@gs-academy.com); 2) Huakang T&B Fitness Center: Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Town, Chaoyang District. (8459 1367/0156, info@gs-academy.com); 3) Crab Island Indoor Tennis Center (Xie Dao): 1 Xiedao Road, Chaoyang District. (8433 5608, info@ gs-academy.com); 4) Golden Luck Age Tennis Center, 2 Dongwei Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8431 8217, info@gs-academy.com) www. gs-academy.com 1) 朝阳区顺义区中央林间网羽 中心:顺义区后沙峪镇香蜜湾东侧200米; 2) 朝阳 区华康羽网健身中心:孙河乡顺黄路; 3) 朝阳区 蟹岛室内网球中心:蟹岛路1号; 4) 朝阳区金运时 代网球中心:东苇西路2号 Rainbow Tennis Garden Established in 2010, Rainbow Tennis Garden offers recreational and professional tennis classes in English, Chinese and Japanese. (8467 0193, 186 1038 4347, info@rt-garden.com)

Yoga Alona Pilates Studio Specializing in both Mat Pilates and Reformers Pilates classes with

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Beijing Sailing Centre Located 90mins from Beijing by train, the Beijing Sailing Club provides a range of dinghy sailing boats to suit all abilities and age groups, from Optimists for kids fun, Topper Topaz for adult learners through to the Topper Omega for spinnaker and trapezing experience. Qualified English and Chinese instructors offer weekend courses for those wanting to gain experience (RMB 1,900) and the 1 hour Sailing Experience (RMB 240) is a gentle introduction to dinghy sailing and features of each sailing boat. Open

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experienced and talented English speaking instructors. Reformers and other Pilates equipment are available for private and semi-private instruction sessions in Westin Studio. 7.30am – 9.30pm. F/5, Heavenly Spa, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (139 1029 0260, voselena@hotmail.com) www.alonastudiobeijing.com 朝阳区新源南路一号5层


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Everything you need to settle in and navigate the city, getting things in order before you leave the capital.

beijingkids Home & Relocation Guide 2012-2013  

Everything you need to settle in and navigate the city, getting things in order before you leave the capital.