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Health Guide 2014

With information and resources on family health, maternity and pregnancy, healthy eating, mental health and counseling, and alternative therapies


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10 Things You Should Know about Health in Beijing


Where to buy maternity essentials and baby gear

Bad Breath Guarding against respiratory diseases


Rock-a-Bye Baby Dealing with common newborn issues

A primer on common health issues


Shop ‘Til You Pop

Eau Naturel The struggle to secure access to safe, clean water


Mind Over Platter Living a gluten-free, vegetarian, or Paleo lifestyle in Beijing




Organics and Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)


Born in Beijing Prenatal, birthing, and postnatal services in Beijing


Labor of Love Assessing delivery options


Reach for the Stars Five Chinese superfruits to include in your diet

A week-by-week pregnancy timeline


The Green Stuff

A Helping Hand Resources for expecting and new mothers


Beijing Blues An expat shares his experience with depression


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Talk Your Heart Out Overcoming relationship challenges abroad


Enough Is Enough Find help for common addictions

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Family Health Family Life Shopping


What Is Naturopathic Medicine? Getting to the root cause of a disease


Balancing Act A treatment-by-treatment introduction to TCM


No Time like the Presence Breathe easier with yoga and meditation


Editor’s Note Glossary Family Favorites


Uma Midzic (age 8) is a student at Dulwich College Beijing. Her mom Sani is from Bosnia and her dad Mirsad is from Germany. She has two sisters: Melissa (age 10), also at DCB, and Lana (age 4), who attends House of Knowledge International Kindergarten. She is pictured with Pediatric Surgeon Cheng Wei in one of Beijing United Family Hospital’s operating rooms. Photography by PIXstudio. Special thanks to BJU for providing the venue.


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much about TCM back then, I interpreted that to mean my intestines were on fire. However, I started to change my mind about Chinese medicine when our family cat came home injured from a fight. His white fur was stained with blood and raw skin showed underneath one ear. My mom took him to the vet, who said he would need a $600 shot. Taken aback by the cost, she brought him home and my grandmother got straight to work. She boiled pigs’ ears with a bunch of other ingredients I still don’t know about. She then blended the formula into the cat’s dry food for a couple of weeks. Almost miraculously, the skin underneath his ear started to mend and fur grew over it. He regained weight, his coat becoming lustrous and even again. After that, I regarded my grandmother as a kind of mystical folk hero who knew something the rest of us didn’t. She’s obviously doing something right; she’ll be turning 98 this September. Now living in Shanghai with my parents, Grandma definitely takes longer to get around and her hearing is even worse than I remember, but she still makes inappropriate jokes, gambles in her spare time, and startles others with casual auto-acupuncture sessions.

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hen I was around 6, my maternal grandmother came to live with us from Chongqing. She was a stately, no-nonsense lady who wore embroidered blouses, loose skirts, short silk stockings, and sensible shoes. One time, a cockroach shimmied up her trousers; without missing a beat, she whacked it against her leg and shook out its remains. On another occasion, she instructed my 4-year-old sister to fling a dead rat we’d found over the fence into my neighbor’s backyard. Then all three of us fled inside and washed our hands. She also kept the grownups in line, acting as a mediator between my parents and I during particularly heated disagreements. At social gatherings, Grandma regularly won games of mahjong and sipped shots of baijiu. But there was one area especially in which her wisdom and experience seemed to know no bounds: traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Before Grandma, my sister and I took children’s Tylenol; after Grandma, we forced down mysterious herbal pills and foul-smelling concoctions. The ones I hated the most were packets of tiny black pills – 40 or 50 of them in all – designed to bring down a fever. Grandma would pour them into my palm, hand me a glass of hot water, and watch until I choked down all the offending beads. I could never get them in my mouth in one shot; they rolled out of my hand, into my clothes, into the back of my throat where I coughed them back up again. “Good,” said Grandma. “Now take these three times a day.” Her favorite diagnostic tool was simple but effective: examining our poop. Whenever my sister or I got sick, she’d calmly stroll into the bathroom and peer at our efforts with the repose of a mountaintop guru. “You have excessive internal heat,” she might say. Not knowing

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sides from schooling, the biggest concern for families living in Beijing is health. Though many of us strive to live a healthier life, the struggle can be compounded by opaque regulations and language barriers. Covering topics ranging from organic foods to couples counseling, the annual beijingkids Health Guide is designed to help your family enjoy a safer and cleaner life in Beijing.


Things You Should Know about Health in Beijing

The good, the bad, and the weird by Sijia Chen


f you’re new to Beijing, there are some things you can’t take for granted when it comes to your family’s health. You might know about China’s air pollution woes but there are other facts of life to take into account here, such as food hygiene and water safety. Here’s a quick primer on what to watch out for.



4. You Are What You Eat

Let’s get this one out of the way: Air pollution is the chief health concern for most families living here. Expats here compare AQI (Air Quality Index) and air purifiers with the same gusto that cold climate dwellers discuss subzero temperatures and snow shovel models. You can’t change the smog, but you can be proactive by investing in air purifiers and pollution masks. To ensure student safety, many international schools also maintain cut-off points for outdoor activity. See p12 for more info.

Problems with food hygiene extend to the dinner table. Most newcomers experience at least one bout of the much-feared “Beijing belly,” a.k.a. food poisoning. In addition, Chinese restaurants tend to use liberal amounts of salt, oil, and MSG in their dishes. Vegans and vegetarians may find it difficult to make their dietary restrictions understood, as many servers interpret chi sude (“vegetarian”) to mean “eats seafood” or “consumes meat broth.”

Beijing’s climate is characterized by hot, humid summers and dry, cold winters. In the spring, severe dust storms sometimes blow into the city from western China. These weather conditions can wreak havoc on the body; many expats complain of dry skin and brittle hair. Stock up on soothing moisturizers, essential oils, and products like argan oil for hair.

3. Food for Thought China is plagued by regular food scandals, including dead pigs being dumped in Shanghai’s Huangpu River, pork passed off as beef with red dye and unscrupulous marketing, and cooking oil salvaged from gutters for re-use in local restaurants. Learn how to read labels, ask questions about your food, support organic farms, and do your groceries at reputable supermarkets. For more on organics, turn to p50.

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5. Taking Care of Business Get into the habit of carrying tissue paper on you at all times; most public bathrooms (and even some restaurant bathrooms) don’t provide toilet paper. What’s more, squat toilets are still the norm here; they’re considered more hygienic than western-style toilets since no contact is involved. Many hutong public bathrooms don’t have divided stalls, so you may find yourself squatting next to elderly Chinese casually reading their morning paper while answering the call of nature.

6. Come Hell or Hard Water After living here for a while, you might notice that clothes feel dingy and starchy after a wash and your dishes are often spotted with water stains. That’s because Beijing has hard water, which contains a significant amount of dissolved minerals like calcium and magne-

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You may find yourself squatting next to elderly Chinese casually reading their morning paper while answering the call of nature

sium. Hard water can take a toll on your skin and hair, as well as increase energy consumption for household appliances since soap doesn’t lather up as easily. As a result, many families install water filters on their showers and taps. See p16 for more on this.

According to a FAQ on their website, “the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) mandates that each single batch of vaccine has to pass rigorous testing before being released into the market.”

7. Drinking It In

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While we’re on the topic, you can’t drink the tap water in Beijing. Newer residential compounds sometimes have a separate tap for drinking water next to the kitchen faucet, but this isn’t the norm in China. Most people still get their drinking water from 19L bottled jugs mounted on a water cooler. The main brands are Wahaha, Nestle, Robust, and Yanjing. However, past investigations have found widespread cases of fake bottled water. Nestle actually allows consumers to check the authenticity of their water by going to a website ( and entering the serial number on a peel-off label.

There are no western-style drugstores outside of international hospitals in Beijing, only traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) pharmacies and apothecaries. Most Chinese pharmacies will carry basic western remedies like ibuprofen and allergy medication, but good luck finding Benadryl, Midol, or VapoRub. Most international hospitals have an attached drugstore, but be prepared to pay through the nose if you don’t have a prescription. Luckily, popular Chinese remedies can be substituted for minor aches and pains, such as pipa gao for a sore throat or cough and 999 Ganmaolin for colds.

8. Calling the Shots All imported vaccines in China must undergo clinical tests and be approved by the State Food and Drug Administration. Because the process can take several years, newer vaccines available overseas may not yet be available in China. Some question the trustworthiness of domestic vaccines, but many international hospitals – including Beijing United Family Hospital – say they’re perfectly safe.

10. Talking Shop Speaking of shopping, you’d be surprised how difficult it is to find some items here that you may take for granted back home: stick deodorant, women’s shaving cream, full-spectrum sunscreen, nonwhitening products, good moisturizer, and tampons. Whenever you do find them, they tend to be shockingly expensive. If you haven’t moved to Beijing yet or can rely on family and friends to bring you things, we recommend stocking up on some or all of these items. 2014 beijingkids Health Guide

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Bad Breath Coping with respiratory issues in Beijing by Nimo Wanjau


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t’s no secret that Beijing is plagued by frequent smog, which can block visibility and make it hard to breathe. The air quality index (AQI) in the capital has in recent years exploded to unprecedented heights, leading international news media to dub the phenomenon “airpocalypse.” Relocating here invariably means staying up-to-date on air pollution, and taking measures to prevent or manage respiratory diseases. Air pollution consists of natural and man-made substances suspended in the air that we breathe, such as the fine particles produced by burning fossil fuels like coal and petroleum, ground-level ozone (a reactive form of oxygen that is a primary component of smog), and noxious gases such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and chemical vapors. According to the US government’s AirNow website, the minuscule suspended substances called particular matter (PM) can cause various health issues when inhaled, including “coughing, wheezing, reduced lung function, asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes” as well as “early death.” While the larger PM are usually filtered through the nose and trachea, PM 2.5 (particles measuring 2.5 micrometers in diameter) can enter the bloodstream and cause cardiovascular complications. These particles can damage the respiratory system, lowering its resistance to infection and making it easier to contract respiratory diseases like sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Prolonged exposure to air pollution can also cause delayed lung development in children.

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Checking the AQI Get into the habit of regularly checking the AQI. This can help families make decisions about whether they should limit exposure to the outdoors, or use protective measures such as anti-pollution masks and air purifiers. There are websites and apps that residents can check before leaving the house. The most often-quoted source of AQI readings is the US Embassy’s Twitter feed (@BeijingAir), which publishes results from a monitoring station near the embassy in Liangmaqiao. The results might differ with other areas like Shunyi, which is located further outside the city. From 27 different monitoring stations around the capital, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center also publishes readings on that tend to differ slightly from the US Embassy readings. The most comprehensive app is the China Air Quality Index by Fresh-Ideas Studio available for iOS and Android systems. This free app gathers readings from 225 cities across China, so it’s also handy for traveling. It gathers AQI readings from the US Embassy and the local government, as well as a map of the monitoring sites around Beijing. The app also offers unique readings on different pollutants such as PM2.5, PM10, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Air pollution is of particular concern for families, as children and the elderly are more susceptible to respiratory diseases. Dr. Ruihong Yang, a pulmonologist from Hong Kong International Medical Clinic (HKIMC) in Beijing, shares insight on two common respiratory conditions: asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPA). Both of these can be caused or exacerbated by air pollution. She talks about how to manage the diseases as well as preventive measures that all Beijing residents can take.

Respiratory diseases affect the respiratory system, including the nose, throat, trachea, bronchi, lungs, and pleurae (the two membranes that protect the lungs). Symptoms include fever, sneezing, sore throat, cough, phlegm, shortness of breath, and chest pains. Respiratory diseases can be caused by viral or bacterial infections, allergies, physical and chemical damage (such as from air pollution), and hereditary factors. Since they tend to share similar symptoms, a visit to the doctor is essential for diagnosis. Asthma is caused by the narrowing of airways that swell and produce extra mucus, which makes breathing difficult. Asthma cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be managed; these include repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing (early morning or nighttime). The severity of asthma ranges from mild to life-threatening. Dr. Yang says that routine blood tests, pulmonary function tests, initial allergy screening tests such as serum immunoglobulin E (IGE), and chest X-rays are used to determine the seriousness of the disease. Asthma patients are normally prescribed a long-term bronchial dilator that can be bought at hospital pharmacies and a leukotriene receptor antagonist (which inhibits fatty compounds from inflaming and constricting the airways) such as Montelukast. Dr. Yang advises asthmatics to carry a Ventolin inhaler, which they must inhale immediately in case of an attack, then go see their doctor. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) actually refers to a group of diseases that block air flow and make breathing difficult. The two most common are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema occurs when the air sacs (alveoli) at the end of the smallest air passages (bronchioles) in the lungs are gradually

Tackling the Outdoors There are numerous brands of masks in the market. The most effective ones include a filter that can block out at least 99 percent of PM2.5 particles. That being said, Family Physician and beijingkids Columnist Dr. Richard St Cyr states that the masks are useless unless worn properly; they should fit snugly over the face to prevent leakage. In March, the China Consumers’ Association released a report grading 37 masks on filtration effectiveness, exhalation (how efficiently the mask expels exhaled air), and leakage. Some popular models like Vogmask and Respro weren’t included in the study, but Totobobo brand was. The US-made 3M N95 disposable mask scored a full five out of five stars for both filtration and leakage. Here is a breakdown of the following masks: Vogmask, Totobobo, 3M N95 and Respro.

Vogmask This is one of the more popular brands within the expat community, offering both child-sized and adult-sized masks (pictured below). A newer player in the industry, Vogmask produces comfortable HEPAfiltered cotton and non-woven microfiber masks for children age 1 and up. Due to high demand, however, children’s sizes are often sold out. Vogmasks cost RMB 180-225 on the brand’s online store ( with an additional RMB 20 shipping charge for orders of three masks and less. Vogmasks can also be bought at Torana Clean Air Center and on Taobao.

Totobobo Originally from Singapore, this reusable mask is made from a lightweight transparent material called SoftTech with replaceable filters. The company has two models, one that cover the nose and mouth (Classic) and one that covers the mouth only (SuperCool). They have different levels of filtration ranging from 92 percent to 96 percent effectiveness. 2014 beijingkids Health Guide

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destroyed. Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs. COPD cause irreversible damage to the lungs and, like asthma, their treatment focuses on symptom management. Emphysema requires routine blood tests, pulmonary function tests, chest X-rays, and chest CT scans. For bronchitis, routine blood tests, C-reactive protein tests, chest X-rays, and a tuberculosis skin test (also known as PPD are required. Dr. Yang says, “The main therapy for bronchitis is antitussive cough medicine, suppressants or expectorants. Antibiotics are needed when the patient is infected by bacterium. For COPD patients, the curative measures including long-term bronchial dilators and inhaled steroids. As exacerbation occurs, antibiotics are often necessary.” Dr. Yang says that families can prevent and manage respiratory diseases in Beijing by taking preventative measures such as using anti-pollution masks and air purifiers.

Depending on the model, straps can go over the wearer’s ears or head. Parents can trim the mask along the dotted lines to fit children 5 and over. In the March CCA report, Totobobo was found to have 3.5 out of 5 stars for filtration and 4 of 5 stars for breathing resistance (how easy it was to breathe), but did not get a smiley face for leakage. The main drawback is that the mask tends to form condensation when the wearer exercises or cycles, which can become quite uncomfortable. However, it’s relatively inexpensive and can be cut down to fit a child. The Classic costs RMB 195, the SuperCool costs RMB 202, and replacement filters cost RMB 249 for a box of ten pairs from I Just Wanna Buy and Torana Clean Air Center.

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Dr. Yang says that the US-based 3M N95 disposable masks (models 8210, 9010, 9005 and 9332) are good masks to start with. The USbased 3M company supplies protective gear for construction and heavy duty industries. These masks are the benchmark of quality after years of vigorous testing. In the CCA report, three 3M masks were tested and scored 5 out of 5 stars for filtration efficiency and breathing resistance, as well as a smiley face for leakage. The masks are comfortable, but there are only over-the-head straps and no over-the-ear option. The 9332 model includes a valve to make breathing easier. However, these masks have to be disposed of after a few days, as most of them tend to become grey very quickly from trapped particles. There is one child model, the 1860S that can only be found on Taobao for RMB 1-15 depending on the seller.

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Respro This company was established in 1993 in the UK for use by cyclists and outdoor sports lovers. Models available in Beijing include Techno, Sportsta, and Allergy. The Allergy mask is good for people who are prone to hay fever, asthma, or other respiratory diseases. Respro masks combine two filters: Dynamic Activated Charcoal (DACC) and HEPA. They feature two valves to improve airflow when exhaling and reduce trapping of heat around the wearer’s face. The masks also have Velcro fastening for a snug fit and neoprene for durability and ease of care. This mask’s filters have to be changed regularly for maximum efficiency. Respro does not have children’s sizes available; masks only come in medium and large sizes. Respro masks can be bought on e-commerce sites such as Taobao prices differs depending on seller, Natooke (a fixed-gear bike shop), and I Just Wanna Buy. The latter sells them for RMB 349 (Techno), RMB 389 (Sportsta), RMB 359 (Allergy), and RMB 220 (Techno filter two-pack).

Taking the Battle Indoors On heavily polluted days, most expat families stay indoors to minimize damage, but ironically indoor air quality can be as bad – or worse – than outdoors. Without proper ventilation and filtration, various pollutants can build up in houses and apartments. To pick out the most suitable air purifier for your home, com-

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The mask can be bought at selected supermarkets, convenience stores like 7 Eleven. Online e-commerce sites such as Taobao, I Just Wanna Buy, Airbusters, and Amazon China.

panies such as Pure Living and Torana Clean Air can come to your home and test for mold, air and water quality, lead, and other pollutants. Pure Living does not recommend any air purifier brand, but Torana recommends Blue Air and Alen Air purifiers since they’re sold in-store. The “big three” companies – IQAir, Blue Air and Alen Air – can also perform free air assessments, which involves measuring the PM levels in your house using a particulate scanner and repeating the task after turning an air purifier on for a few minutes. Filtration efficacy is the most important factor when considering air purifiers. Some, like the guys behind Smart Air, claim that you can make an efficient air purifier for around RMB 200 by strapping a HEPA filter to a fan. Others, like IQAir, Blue Air, and Alen Air, can cost upwards of RMB 10,000 per unit. Second-hand air purifiers are also an option, as long as there are no mechanical issues and the filter is changed often. Ads for secondhand air purifiers can often be found on forums like Beijing Café and Beijing Mamas. Windows must be closed while air purifiers are on and they should be run at the highest setting on polluted days to be effective. In addition, the filter must be changed frequently. Many manufacturers recommend every three months, but you’ll probably need to do it more frequently in a city as heavily polluted as Beijing. In addition, Dr. Yang recommends taking extra precautions such as keeping away from people infected with colds or flus, frequently washing your hands, avoiding touching your nose or mouth, and getting the influenza vaccination every year.

Resources Hong Kong International Medical Clinic (HKIMC) 北京港澳国际医务诊所 Daily 9am-9pm. 9/F, Office Tower, Hong Kong Macau Center Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District (6502 3426) 朝阳门北大街2号港澳中心办公楼9层

Torana Clean Air Centers 1) Daily 10am-8.30pm. Unit LB09, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District (8459 0785) 顺义区天竺镇 裕翔路99号欧陆广场LB09; 2) Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Sanlitun SOHO, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (8590 0511) 朝阳区工 体北路三里屯SOHO首层; 3) Daily 10.30am-7pm. Central Park, Chaoyang District (8459 0785) 朝阳区新城国际

My Health Beijing Dr. Richard Saint Cyr’s blog, where he frequently reviews air purifiers and masks.



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Securing access to safe water by Sijia Chen

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ccess to clean, safe drinking water is essential. Tap water in Beijing isn’t suitable for drinking; boiling will get rid of bacteria, but not toxins, heavy metals, or minerals like calcium. Most people get their drinking water from water coolers with 19L jugs mounted on top, but this isn’t a foolproof solution. In the past, some shops have been found to refill them with tap water. Brands like Nestle are trying to counteract the problem by including a scratch-off serial number with each bottle, which consumers can input into a website to check the authenticity of the water. Storage is also a potential problem, as plastic stored in direct sunlight can affect the integrity of the water. Perhaps more concerning is the fact that most people don’t clean their water dispenser often enough. Estimates vary from every six weeks to every six months, but Health Canada recommends cleaning and disinfecting the dispenser every time you change the bottle. Otherwise, it can lead to harmful bacterial growth. Some families resort to pitchers with a carbon filter from brands like Brita. Though easy to use, the filters need frequent changing and may not be practical for large households. In addition, the carbon filter won’t be able to handle the heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in Beijing’s municipal tap water.

Drinking Water Filters For these reasons and more, many expats are switching to water filtration systems. If you’re planning to be here for a while, it’s the most cost-effective and convenient way to ensure safe drinking water. It also ensures less waste and a smaller carbon footprint. The most common types of filters are reverse osmosis and distillation, which create completely mineral-free water. They’re relatively cheap and good for removing heavy metals and hardening agents, but neither can fully remove VOCs or chlorine. The process also takes up a lot of water (3L of tap water produce 1L of purified water), which is wasteful in a region plagued by drought. Besides, 100 percent pure water isn’t good for your health since water found in nature has a certain number of minerals. According to the World Health Organization, drinking pure water can actually leach minerals from your body and affect teeth and calcium levels. The best solution seems to be filtration systems that use carbon filters, which remove bacteria, chlorine, and VOCs from tap water. Brands like Aquasana produce both countertop and under-the-counter versions; the most complex filtration systems can even ionize water and correct its pH level. Prices vary widely, so do your research. For reference, an Aquasana countertop filter costs around RMB 1,500 at World Health Store while an under-the-counter filter costs around RMB 2,300. They’re also available straight from the distributor in Beijing, which can help you figure out the best filter for your needs. The filters must be changed around every six months and are in fact designed to clog when they reach capacity to ensure clean drinking water.

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Another consideration is shower water. According to Aquasana’s website, the average person “will absorb more common carcinogens created by chlorination via inhalation during one ten-minute shower than by drinking 4L of unfiltered water.” Contaminants can be absorbed directly into the body through the skin and lungs; in addition, they can be concentrated in enclosed shower stalls 20-30 times levels higher. To counteract this, filters can be installed directly onto the showerhead to reduce chlorine, VOCs, carcinogens, and chemicals. In Beijing, municipal authorities use chloramine instead of chlorine to disinfect the water. Chloramine is a combination of chlorine and ammonia and is harder to remove than chlorine. According to the World Health Organization, chloramine is actually “about 2,000 and 100,000 times less effective than free chlorine for the inactivation of E. Coli and rotaviruses, respectively.” This may impact people with weaker immune systems. Aquasana claims to be the only brand that can reduce chloramines thanks to a two-stage carbon filter. They cost around RMB 1,000 at the World Health Store.




Cheap, kills bacteria

Doesn’t remove VOCs, sediment, or chlorine, must keep a supply on hand if you don’t like drinking hot water

Delivered to your door, many brands available

Questionable quality, dispenser needs frequent cleaning and takes up space in the home

Simple, fits in fridge

Requires frequent filter replacement and water refills, inadequate filtration for Beijing

Gravity-powered, many brands

Takes up counter space, may not remove all VOCs, difficult to know which brand to trust

Soft water, long filter life

Takes up cupboard space, wastes water, removes natural minerals, system needs frequent cleaning

Out of sight, third party verification, removes VOCs, leaves minerals

Takes up cupboard space, filters are imported with additional tax

Boiled water

Bottled water (19L)

Pitcher filter (e.g. Brita)

Counter-top filter

Reverse osmosis filter

Under-the-sink filter (Aquasana)

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Resources Aquasana China 美国阿夸莎娜公司

World Health Store 世界健康品店

Rm 1271, Jinchao Building, Beijing Bureau of Environmental Protection, 5 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (400 000 8320, EN: 136 5128 5157, 朝阳区农展南路5号北京 市环境保护局京朝大厦1271

1) Mon-Fri 10.30am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm. Rm 2152, 1/F, Section A, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5900 2209) www. 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO尚都北塔A座一层2152; 2) MonThu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am-8.30pm, Sun 10.30am-8pm. Rm 09A, B1/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (8046 2524) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路 99号欧陆广场地下1层09A

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Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

After the egg is successfully fertilized, the ovum starts forming. Before you go to the doctor’s, you’ll need to note the date of your last period.

Conception starts here; you may experience mood swings.

The embryo attaches to the uterus. Congratulations, you’re pregnant!

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A timeline of pregnancy milestones and tests

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by Sijia Chen

Week 7 The left atrium and right ventricles have formed in the heart, which beats regularly at 150 beats per second. The early signs of pregnancy can be felt such as nausea, vomiting, and weakness.

Week 11 The fetus starts sucking, swallowing, and kicking inside the womb. Organs such as the liver, kidneys, intestine, brain, and lungs start functioning. You can hear the fetal heartbeat with some assistance. Because the fetus’ bones will develop quickly from here on, you should consume more calcium.

Week 15

Week 16

Week 17

The fetus measures 10-12cm long and weighs 50g. The ears develop, allowing the fetus to hear Mom for the first time. There will an obvious bulge 7.6-10cm below your belly button.

The fetus’ limbs have formed completely and it will start sucking its own fingers. The screening for Down’s syndrome can be done.

The fetus is growing fast, gaining weight rapidly, and starting to twist and kick within the womb. You may experience nasal congestion, nosebleeds, and prominent veins on your limbs. Don’t worry; these are caused by hormonal changes.

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Week 5

Week 6

The placenta, embryo, and amniotic sac continue developing.

The embryo is growing fast; the heart and circulatory system are developing. Your hCG hormone levels are high enough to confirm that you’re pregnant through a home test.

The fetal heartbeat can be detected through an ultrasound. You feel tired and may want to sleep a lot during the daytime.

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

The embryo is growing at a rate of about 1mm per day and the organs have formed. It’s recommended to get your first ultrasound.

The embryo grows into a fetus. The uterus becomes as big as a fist and starts to press against the bladder, causing frequent urination.

The fetus measures up to 40mm and weighs up to 10g. You may experience mood swings due to hormones.

Week 12

Week 13

Week 14

The fetus is about 6cm long. Its fingers and toes have completely separated. From this week on, you should get regular prenatal examinations, including blood tests and ultrasounds.

Congratulations, you’ve made it through your first trimester – the most precarious months of pregnancy. From now on, the fetus will grow at an accelerated rate and you’ll need to increase the amount of nutrients you consume.

The fetus is 8-9cm long. The hair and eyebrows have grown out. Your uterus will expand more and more, causing the belly to bulge. Your pregnancy is starting to show.

Week 18

Week 19

Week 20

The fetus is practicing its breathing by squeezing amniotic fluid out of its lungs. Your uterus will continue to grow, causing your center of gravity to constantly change. You’ll need to adjust yourself frequently to find a comfortable standing and sleeping position.

The fetus’ hearing continues to develop. You and your partner should talk to it often to help it recognize your voices.

The fetus’ limbs have developed completely. The hair is also growing fast and the kidneys start producing urine. Congratulations! You are halfway through pregnancy.

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Week 21

Week 22

Week 23

A film of fat called vernix will start covering the fetus, providing protection for its skin. As the growing uterus starts pressing against your lungs, you may find yourself a bit short of breath.

The fetus’ eyebrows and eyelids can be clearly seen. Nails have formed on its tiny fingers. Pregnancy discomfort starts to recede; this phase is considered the most pleasant.

The fetus’ five sense organs are detectable and its retinas have formed, granting it limited vision. You may experience increased vaginal discharge, which is normal during the second trimester. If the discharge is sticky or yellow, consult your doctor.

Week 26

Week 27

Week 28

The fetus’ hearing has developed completely and it may be more sensitive to sound. Your belly is growing bigger and bigger. You may experience slight pain in your waist and abdomen as well as numbness in your legs. Your partner can help by massaging them to relieve swelling and discomfort.

Fetal sleep patterns are becoming increasingly regular. During late pregnancy, your uterus is closer to the edge of your ribs. As the fetus grows, you may experience more back and leg pain.

The fetus is able to turn around in the uterus. From this week on, you should get prenatal examinations every other week. It’s also recommended to attend a prenatal class to prepare for delivery and breastfeeding.

Week 31

Week 32

Week 33

The fetus’ lungs and digestive system are almost fully-formed. The base of your uterus has risen to the diaphragm, leading to shortness of breath.

The fetus starts to practice urinating. This week, your prenatal care should include routine examinations and an ultrasound.

The fetus measures around 48cm and weights about 2kg. The development of its reproductive organs is almost complete. You may need to urinate more frequently, as the head of the fetus is descending and pressing against the bladder.

Week 36

Week 37

Week 38

The fetus’ circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and reproductive organs are fully developed. Time for another routine prenatal examination.

By the end of this week, the fetus can be considered a full-term baby. Prenatal care for this week includes routine examinations and an ultrasound.

The fetus is fully-developed and can survive outside of the womb. During this week, you should pay close attention to your body’s changes and prepare for delivery. There will be another routine examination.

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Week 25

Fetal movement becomes frequent, active, and regular. Prenatal care for this week should include a blood glucose test.

The taste buds on the fetus’ tongue start to form. You may experience dry eyes and sensitivity to light; this is normal.

Say What ? Here are some of the prenatal tests you’ll encounter and what they screen for.

PT/PTT: Both of these tests determine how quickly your blood clots, which is important for the doctor to know before any potential surgery.

Week 29

Week 30

Your fetus’ vision has fully developed. If any light comes through the uterine wall, the fetus will open its eyes and turn its head towards the light. You may experience occasional false contractions; this is normal.

The fetus responds more and more to sound. Your belly is so big that you can’ t see your feet, and it becomes more and more difficult to move. You need regular prenatal exams.

Week 34

Week 35

The head of the fetus has descended to the pelvis; it’s getting ready for birth. It’s time for a routine prenatal examination.

The fetus’ lungs and central nervous system are fully developed. It continues to grow and descend. You may feel heavy in the belly, slight pain in your waist, numbness in the muscles behind the pelvis, and difficulty moving.

Week 40

The fetus’ weight is increasing and the vernix will help regulate its body temperature. You may experience irregular contractions, a sign that your body is ready for delivery. And you guessed it – yet another routine examination.

Before the birth, you’ll get one last examination. When the baby is ready to come out, you’ll experience stronger and stronger contractions. When they happen every five minutes and last one minute each, get to the hospital for delivery. Congratulations! You have a brand-new baby.

Screening for Down’s syndrome: The first screening is usually done in the first trimester, between 11 and 13 weeks of pregnancy. The results are given as a percentage of likelihood that you’ll have a baby with Down’s syndrome. If the likelihood is high, the doctor will order a diagnostic test to confirm the results.

Fetal heart doppler: This monitors fetal heartbeat, which varies in rate depending on the phase of the pregnancy.

Group B streptococcus screening: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a normal bacterium found in the intestinal tract; around 30 percent of women have it. However, it can cause complications like sepsis, pneumonia, or meningitis when transmitted from mother to baby. This screening determines whether the mother is a GBS carrier.

Special thanks to New Century Women and Children’s Hospital for providing the timeline

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Week 39

Blood group (ABO+RH): This test determines your blood type (O, A, B, or AB) and Rh antigen (Rh-positive or Rh-negative). If an Rh-negative mother carries a Rh-positive baby, it can result in a serious condition called hemolytic disease in which the red blood cells break down. This can be prevented by giving Rh-negative mothers RhoGAM after delivery.

Born in Beijing Profiles of the city’s maternity hospitals by Nimo Wanjau

mation on prenatal, delivery, and postnatal services. Here are some of the most popular hospitals among expats, along with a smattering of newer players. The prices and facilities listed here are meant as a guide only; consult each hospital for the most up-to-date information.

BAODAO Healthcare 宝岛妇产医院

Delivery services: “Painless Childbirth” and C-section birth packages.

BAODAO Healthcare’s services include obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, infertility, assisted re-productive and a maternity center. Inpatient and outpatient, surgery and NICU are available, along with a 24-hour telephone service.

Postnatal services: Pelvic floor rehabilitation, zuo yuezi facilities.

Facilities: NICU, infertility clinic, “Taiwan-style” maternity center, obstetrics and gynecology center, and LDR suites.

Cost: RMB 10,192 for a prenatal package; RMB 58,888 for natural delivery (four nights); RMB 78,888 for C-section (seven nights). Patients who have a membership card are eligible for a discount.

English-speaking staff? Yes.

Direct billing? Yes.

Prenatal services: Prenatal screenings, “Mommy Week” courses, health counseling and education, special testing.

Contact: 1 Xinjiekouwai Dajie, Haidian District (6200 6666) 海淀区新街口外大街1号

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ver the years, Beijing’s international health scene has seen several newcomers join the club while the old standards have continued to diversify their services. This is all good news for expecting couples, but the growing list of options can make it more difficult to sift through the wealth of infor-

American-Sino OB/GYN/Pediatrics Services (ASOG) 北京东方美华妇儿医院 Founded in Shanghai in 2003, the Beijing branch of American-Sino provides an array of services for women and children by specialists from China, US, Australia, Sweden, Poland, Israel, and Taiwan. The hospital has US DNV’s National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations Accreditation, which assures quality and reliability in performances, processes, and organizations. Facilities: State-of-the-art medical equipment and technology, including 4D Ultrasound Diagnostic Equipment, photography, and a NICU. English-speaking staff? Yes. Prenatal services: Ultrasounds and fetal heart rate monitoring, prenatal psychological counseling. Delivery services: Natural deliveries and C-sections. Postnatal services: Immunization, postpartum psychological counseling. Cost: RMB 20,000 for a prenatal package; RMB 35,000 for natural delivery (four nights); RMB 39,000 for VIP natural delivery suite; RMB 55,000 for C-section (seven nights); and RMB 59,000 for VIP C-section suite. Patients who have a membership card are eligible for a discount. Direct billing? Yes.

Amcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital 北京美中宜和 妇儿医院

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The popular Amcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital has recently opened a second branch in the Olympic Village area to provide more families with international-standard medical services. Departments include obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, family planning, and psychology.

Postnatal services: Post-partum uterus recovery, health examinations up to 42 days, breastfeeding consultation and training, newborn care, baby massage, post-partum psychology, nutrition, and exercise.

Facilities: The original Lido branch has 36 home-style private suites and two surgery rooms, a recreation center and gym, and a courtyard garden. The Olympic Village branch has 50 suites, a private gynecological clinic, a Labor Delivery Room (LDR) ward, two operating rooms and VIP wards, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). English-speaking staff? Yes. Prenatal services: Clinical consultations from 12 weeks, highrisk pregnancy management, tailor-made maternity plans, delivery rehearsal and planning, and prenatal education, exercises, nutrition, and psychology. Delivery services: Labor delivery room (LDR) birth services, labor pain management, doula services, C-sections, and forceps or

Optional services: Outpatient appointments, night service, transportation, house calls, and body shaping. Cost: RMB 15,600 for prenatal package (13 visits); RMB 40,000 for natural delivery (including three nights’ stay at the hospital); RMB 55,000 for C-section (five nights). Patients who book at least four months in advance are eligible for a 12 percent discount on all packages. The prices stated above include the 12 percent discount. Direct billing? Yes, Amcare has direct billing for over 20 insurance providers. Contact: 1) Daily 8am-4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (6434 2388, 800 610 6200, 朝阳区芳园 西路9号; 2) Bldg 5, Anhui Beili Yiyuan, Chaoyang District (400 100 0016) 朝阳区安慧北里逸园5号楼 2014 beijingkids Health Guide

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Contact: 1) Clinic: 18 Anyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (8443 9666) 朝阳区安苑路18号; 2) Hospital: 218 Anwai Xiaoguan Beili (8443 9595) 朝阳区安外小关北里218号

Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital 北京安太妇产医院 Founded in 2003, Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital is known for its water birth services, having delivered over 500 since 2004. It also claims to be the first hospital in China to meet World Health Organization (WHO) standards. In addition to obstetrics and gynecology departments, Antai also offers internal medicine, surgery, and urology services. Facilities: Water birthing pools, private rooms and suites with bathroom and shower. English-speaking staff? Some doctors speak English. In addition, Antai’s website has a helpful live chat function that allows potential patients to ask basic questions in English. Prenatal services: Ultrasounds, blood tests, remote fetal heart monitoring, and premature birth prognosis. Delivery services: Water births, doulas, natural vaginal births, C-sections.

Cost: Prenatal care costs approximately RMB 6,900. Natural birth packages cost RMB 10,000 for a standard room, RMB 15,000 for a one-bedroom, RMB 20,000 for a two-bedroom, and RMB 25,000 for a three-bedroom. Water birth packages cost RMB 20,000 for a standard room, RMB 25,000 for a one-bedroom, RMB 30,000 for a two-bedroom, and RMB 35,000 for a three-bedroom. C-section packages cost RMB 15,000 for a standard room, RMB 20,000 for a one-bedroom, RMB 25,000 for a two-bedroom, and RMB 30,000 for a three-bedroom. All prices are for a five-night stay. Prescribed medicine after being discharged is not included in the package. Direct billing? Yes, but limited. Antai only offers direct billing for three insurance providers: Vanbreda International, Allianz, and Assistance Online. Contact: Bldg 18, 1 Xinghecheng, Jiayuan Lu, Fengtai District (6773 5551, 6753 7768, 丰台区嘉园路星河城1号院18号楼

Postnatal services: Breastfeeding consultation, personalized baby care, zuo yuezi facilities.

sary. C-sections are done in a sterile operating room with imported equipment and materials. English-speaking staff? Yes, but the hospital has to arrange for English translation upon request. Prenatal services: Thirteen prenatal checkups from weeks 12-40, 4D ultrasound, testing for Down’s syndrome, childbirth planning, labor management, high-risk pregnancy management, nutrition counseling, TCM, a NICU, and health guidance. Delivery services: Natural deliveries, C-sections, midwifery services, pain management with water or birth ball, Lamaze breathing, anesthesia, and independent blood bank for transfusions if necessary. Postnatal services: Medical treatment and counseling, postpartum and newborn care, breastfeeding guidance, pelvic restoration, imported vaccines, development monitoring, screening for abnormalities, and more.

Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) 北京和美妇儿医院 HarMoniCare is a hospital dedicated to the needs of women and children, with gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, postpartum recovery, and stomatology departments. It advocates the medical philosophy of 5 “Hs”: Hospital, Health, Hotel, Home, and Happiness. HarMoniCare aims to offer international-standard, people-oriented medical services in a home-like environment. Facilities: Natural deliveries takes place in an ward where the patient can be accompanied by her family at all times. The LDR ward features a newborn warming table and anesthesia for labor, if neces-

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Cost: RMB 17,820 for prenatal examinations package (above 12 weeks); RMB 42,800 for natural delivery (three nights); RMB 59,200 for C-section (five nights). Additional fees apply for pro-gestational examinations, infant vaccines, and other services. Direct billing? Yes, HarMoniCare offers direct billing with Cigna, MSH China, ICBC-AXA, Medilink-Global, Axa-Assistance, Aetna, Chartis, and more. Contact: Daily 8am-5pm (hospital hours), daily 5-10pm (pediatrics evening hours). A2 Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (6499 0000, 朝阳区北苑路小 关北里甲2号

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Optional services: Prenatal yoga and dance, fetal education, and access to specialists.

Beijing Mary’s Hospital 北京玛丽妇婴医院 Beijing Mary’s Hospital offers international-standard gynecology and obstetrics services, including prenatal packages, minimally-invasive procedures, high-risk pregnancy management, and support for firsttime mothers. In addition, the pediatrics department offers an early education program that is open to newborns. Facilities: ISO9000 and ISO14000 standard facilities, including modern diagnostic equipment and private rooms with a sofa and baby cot. English-speaking staff? No, but translators are available upon request. Prenatal services: Color Doppler ultrasounds, syphilis serum, hepatitis C antigen, gynecology consultations and clinical examinations, leucorrhea routine + BV, high-risk pregnancy management, nutrition consulting, and more. Delivery services: Doula, vaginal births, C-sections, musical analgesia for natural births. Postnatal services: Postnatal rehabilitation centers, educational support for first-time mothers. Optional services: Private doctors, classes for new parents, and musical therapy. Cost: Approximately RMB 17,000 for prenatal package; RMB 29,860 for natural delivery (three nights); RMB 39,860 for a C-section package (five nights). Direct billing? Generally yes, but it’s best to check with the hospital ahead of time about your specific insurance provider. Contact: 5 Hepingli Beijie, Chaoyang District (6421 6666) 朝阳区和平里北街5号

Beijing New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) 北京北京新世纪妇儿医院 In the two years since it opened, NCWCH has offered internationalstandard pediatrics, obstetrics, and gynecology services at its Wangjing location. The facility covers approximately 10,000sqm and is the sister hospital of Beijing New Century International Hospital for Children in Fuxingmen and Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic in Shunyi. The hospital recently added more suites to its LDR ward. Facilities: Modern diagnostic equipment, and private post-delivery rooms and suites with bathroom and shower. English-speaking staff? Yes. The doctors speak English and some of the support staff speak basic English. Prenatal services: Urine analysis, ultrasounds, blood tests, screening for genetic abnormalities, fetal heart monitoring, and more. Delivery services: Scheduled and unscheduled C-sections, vaginal birth, and pain management.

Cost: RMB 15,000 for a prenatal package; RMB 35,000-40,000 for a natural delivery (three nights); RMB 48,000-55,000 for an unscheduled C-section (five nights); RMB 55,000-65,000 for emergency or scheduled C-section (five nights). Patients who pay for the prenatal package in full ahead of time are eligible for a 10 percent discount. Single prenatal checkups cost RMB 300 per visit. Direct billing? Yes, New Century offers direct billing for about a dozen insurance providers. Contact: Daily 24hrs. 5/F, 51 Wangjing Beilu (inside Wanghu Park South Gate), Chaoyang District (5178 3366) 朝阳 区望京北路51号院 望湖公园南门5层 2014 beijingkids Health Guide

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Postnatal services: Breastfeeding help, and individualized care for mother and baby.

GlobalCare Women’s and Children’s Hospital 北京五洲 妇儿医院 Formerly known as Beijing Wuzhou Women’s Hospital, this private clinic is affiliated with Peking University People’s Hospital Medical Group. It offers gynecology and obstetrics treatments in addition to a wide range of other women’s health services in a clean and modern environment. Facilities: 12,000sqm facilities with 100 inpatient beds. English-speaking staff? Yes, but it depends on the nurse or doctor. Request can be made for English-speaking doctor. Prenatal services: Pregnancy classes and club, remote fetal heart monitoring, premature birth prognosis, ultrasounds, birthing rehearsal, and pre-admission preparation (VIP members). Delivery services: Water births, C-sections, natural vaginal births, pain management, doula service. Postnatal services: Post-partum rehabilitation, direct rooming-in (DRI), and breastfeeding help. Optional services: Doulas, newborn swimming, and touch therapy.

Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) 北京和睦家医院 An expat favorite for maternity services, BJU offers internationalstandard medical services, including a western-style LRDP (labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum) birthing suite and a multinational team of doctors, nurses, and midwives. Facilities: Adjacent operating rooms for caesarean births, neonatal intensive care unit with advanced neonatal emergency equipment, neonatologists, a College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited blood bank, and a CAP-accredited laboratory for on-site testing.

Cost: Prenatal care package starting from RMB 11,898; starting from RMB 36,800 for natural delivery (three nights); starting from RMB 41,800 for a water birth package (three nights); starting from RMB 49, 800 for C-section (five nights). Direct billing? Yes, direct billing relationship with at least ten insurance providers. Contact: 24 Xi Dawang Lu (south of Shuangjing Carrefour), Chaoyang District (400 8900 789) 朝阳区 西大望路23号(双井家乐福南)

English-speaking staff? Yes. Prenatal services: Well-woman care, pregnancy, postpartum and childbirth classes, and prenatal yoga. Delivery services: International-standard LDRP birthing suite, family-centered birthing services, childbirth and prenatal packages, vaginal birth after caesarean, labor pain management (including 24-hour anesthetic services).

Optional services: For expecting moms, there’s afternoon tea, candlelight dinners, nail treatments, and other auxiliary services. Cost: RMB 13,600 for a prenatal package; RMB 56,000 for natural delivery; RMB 101,875 for C-section. The prenatal package will be upgraded in August 2014 to include ultrasound at 37 weeks, and the price will be adjusted accordingly. Direct billing? Yes. Contact: Daily 9am-5pm. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (5927 7000, 24hr emergency: 5927 7120) 朝阳区将台路2号

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Postnatal services: Free postpartum workshops, postpartum recovery services, breastfeeding support services, voucher for various combinations of baby items from gift shop.

English-speaking staff? Yes. Prenatal services: The prenatal package covers all required and recommended tests, including 14 consultations, five ultrasounds, and Down’s syndrome screening. There are no extra costs. The pregnancy support program includes prenatal classes, relaxation classes (yoga, meditation, massage and TCM), and mental counseling. Delivery services: Twenty-four hour medical treatment, optional epidural, individual support and choice, and Birth Kangaroo Care (skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby immediately after birth). Postnatal services: 24-hour call service to midwives, breastfeeding classes and counseling, and postpartum support. Optional services: OASIS can organize postnatal gatherings to provide a platform for new mothers to exchange experiences and concerns. Postpartum pelvic floor training can also be arranged.

Oasis International Hospital 北京明德医院 Oasis offers international-standard inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital is located near 798 Art District and covers 15,000sqm with 60 inpatient rooms and maternity suites.

Direct billing? Yes, for over 25 insurance providers. Contact: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30am, daily 24hr emergency care. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District (400 UR OASIS) 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号

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Facilities: Home-like maternity suites that support labor, delivery, postpartum, and recovery in the same room, high resolution MRI and CT scanning equipment, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Cost: RMB 11,800 for prenatal packages; RMB 53,800 for natural delivery; RMB 78,000 for C-sections. Prices valid until the end of 2014.

Labor of Love Delivery options in Beijing by Sally Wilson

Water Births In a water birth, the woman spends the final stages of labor in a birthing pool, with delivery taking place in the water. Unlike home births, water births are legal in China. Water births and birthing pools are OK to use as long as there are no complications and the baby doesn’t need monitoring. They must be ruled out if certain

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forms of pain relief are used. GlobalCare Women’s and Children’s Hospital has been offering water births for ten years and became licensed as an international hospital in 2012. Antai Maternity Hospital specializes in water births; while they have English translators available, it’s best to speak Chinese or have a Chinesespeaking friend go with you. Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) and HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital can provide labor tubs for relaxation and pain relief during labor, but do not offer delivery via water birth.

“We went through my entire prenatal and birth at HarMoniCare, which has a focus on natural delivery. They have birth balls and jacuzzi tubs in the delivery suite. Currently, they don’t offer water births, but you can labor in the tub until it’s time to start pushing. A midwife is with you from start to finish.”

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here are many different types of birthing and delivery options available for expectant moms in Beijing. It is important to have as much information as possible on the choices available so that you can make an informed decision on what type of birth you would like to have. When it comes to childbirth in Beijing, both local and international hospitals now provide birthing options on par with the western world. We also spoke to a few new moms to get insight into their birthing experiences. For privacy, their names are not published here.

“I had a natural delivery at New Century and chose not to have any pain relief, instead using breathing, visualization, and meditation techniques learned in my hypnobirthing classes. The labor and delivery staff was unfamiliar with the hypnobirthing techniques and insisted on coaching me through labor. My experience would have been more positive if there wasn’t a language barrier.”

“At Amcare, I had a natural birth with no intervention or drugs, and with a Chinese-speaking midwife. The rest of the staff had never experienced a natural birth before. My experience was magical, but only because I fought for it, requesting the one midwife who had experience of delivering bigger babies naturally and having a doula as support.”

“At Harmonicare, my birth plan was supported as much as it was able to be, even though things didn’t turn out like I wanted. They didn’t push for induction at all until I was almost 42 weeks, and then my doctor was very gentle in telling me it was time. I agreed that it was.”

A natural birth is a vaginal birth that does not involve medical intervention or drugs. Many hospitals in Beijing are very supportive of a woman’s choice to have a natural birth. BJU is seeing an increasing number of natural births, and there are similarities between how BJU organize its delivery team and the UK model of midwifery care. This is where a midwife – a person trained to assist women in childbirth – handles the delivery, with the obstetrician standing by in case of an emergency. As well as water births, Antai fully supports moms who decide to have a natural birth. Oasis International Hospital, Beijing Mary’s Hospital, American-Sino OB/GYN/Pediatric and New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital are also dedicated to helping moms achieve a natural birth. Delivery suites at international hospitals are often impressive, with all the equipment needed to support labor and delivery. Each room will have a delivery bed; if you need an IV and have to be regularly monitored, it is likely you will give birth lying down. If you don’t need monitoring, your best friend in bringing labor along is gravity, which can help your baby settle down in the birth canal. Standing or walking, kneeling, or squatting, the best advice is to try and switch between different positions to whatever suits you best during the different stages of labor. There are many options for relieving labor pains. The standard methods of pain relief during labor is Entonox “gas and air,” transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), intramuscular injections such as Pethidine, and epidural (or spinal) anesthetic. If you’d like a natural birth, it is important to make a birth plan detailing how you would like to deliver your baby and be supported during labor. Unfortunately, this is still quite a new concept to some hospitals in Beijing. Make sure your doctor and key labor and delivery staff are fully aware of your birth plan, and are committed to supporting your requests. At the same time, be conscious of the fact that not all deliveries go according to plan and be flexible enough to accept that you may need to deviate from the birth plan.

“Oasis provides a ‘tick the box’ birth plan with options ranging from full intervention to hands-off and natural. But during labor, the midwives asked me several times if I had a birth plan so it seems it wasn’t kept on file. The baby wasn’t placed on to me immediately, which I had specified in the plan, so unfortunately it wasn’t followed completely.”

“At Amcare, it seemed to depend on the doctor. One mom used a birth plan written in both Chinese and English, which was very much respected by all staff while another mom felt she had to fight her way through almost every step.”

“I had a vaginal delivery at BJU and chose to have an epidural. At no point was I pushed to have any pain relief; I had to ask for it, so I felt completely in control. My experience during labor and after birth was excellent – a really positive and memorable experience.”

“At Oasis, I was induced at 41 weeks more out of routine than any medical reason. After the induction, it was a vaginal delivery with no pain relief, but they kept asking if I wanted it. Being strapped to all the induction and monitoring equipment meant I couldn’t move around, which would have helped with managing my pain. It was, however, really peaceful, and the nurses and doctors had plenty of time for me.”

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“I had a birth plan for New Century written in both Chinese and English. Initially, my request not to have an IV and to labor in various positions was not supported. It was due to my own insistence to labor without coaching or drugs that I was able to give birth after only 2.5 hours of labor.”

Cesareans (or C-sections) are extremely common in China. Due to crowding and time constraints, the World Health Organization estimates that nearly half of all babies here are delivered via this procedure. If you’re giving birth at a Chinese hospital, be aware that your OB/GYN may very well pressure you to get a C-section. Some women need cesareans due to complications during labor; these are called emergency C-sections. If you have given birth before by caesarean and wish to try for a vaginal birth, your endeavor will be termed a “trial of labor after caesarean” (TOLAC). Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) is when the successful vaginal delivery takes place. A woman’s medical and prenatal history are important factors to take into account when considering TOLAC. Things that will impact the likely success of TOLAC include where the uterine incision was made in the initial C-section, when you had your last pregnancy, your age and body mass, and the likely birth weight of the baby. Beijing United Family Hospital emphasizes that their patients’ choice is always respected, and doctors will consult with each patient regarding the risks and benefits of TOLAC. This is

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also the case at GlobalCare, where staff say your choice will be supported as long as the risks are deemed acceptable.

“I was induced at 41 weeks and five days, but after two days without progress, the baby’s heart rate slowed and an emergency C-section became necessary. I felt HarMoniCare respected my decisions and wishes throughout, and the level of care I got was better than I would have got even in the hospitals in the US. HarMoniCare is a great option for people who are comfortable with Chinese.”

“When considering my options and my desire to try for a VBAC, BJU was incredibly thorough in explaining all of the risks and helping me weigh them against the benefits. I felt supported throughout and went on to have a successful VBAC.”

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Breastfeeding Support The impact that medical interventions can have on breastfeeding success is significant, which is why organizations such as La Leche League (LLL) work hard to educate women and medical providers on the advantages of natural labor and birth. If you know you are having a cesarean, getting an epidural for pain relief rather than a general anesthetic can help you remain alert so that you can breastfeed immediately after birth. There is also ongoing research into thepotential effects of epidural analgesia and other drugs used during labor on the subsequent success of breastfeeding. “Some women choose not to have a natural birth, but LLL feels it’s a woman’s right to be empowered and educated about how birth can be without medical intervention,” says Rebecca Taylor, an LLL Leader.

“At New Century there was support for breastfeeding postdelivery. During my hospital stay, the breastfeeding support women gave some much-needed advice. They showed me how to wake my baby up, get a proper latch, position my baby, and keep my baby awake.”

“Oasis gave great breastfeeding support, and my baby was put on to the breast soon after birth. I was given a great deal of information about massaging my breasts, pumping, positions to try, and how to deal with cracked and sore nipples. I was told I could come back or call at any time should I need assistance.”

“At HarMoniCare, a nurse came in and gave me skin-to-skin contact as soon as I came out of C-section recovery. She then came every two hours overnight to help me nurse my daughter since I still couldn’t move. She was an angel, part of the Chinese LLL.”

Resources Amcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital 北京美 中宜和妇儿医院 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (6434 2388, 800 610 6200, 朝阳区芳园西路9号

American-Sino OB/GYN/Pediatric 北京东方美华妇 儿医院 1) Clinic: 18 Anyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (8443 9666) 朝阳区安苑路18号门诊部; 2) 218 Anwai Xiaoguan Beili (8443 9595) 朝阳区安外小关北里218号

Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital 北京安太妇产医院 Bldg 18, 1 Xinghecheng, Jiayuan Lu, Fengtai District (6753 7758/7768, 丰台区北京丰台嘉园路星河城1号院18号楼

Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital 和美妇儿医院 A2, Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Road, Chaoyang District (6499 0000) en.hmcare.net朝阳区北苑路小关北里甲2号

Beijing Mary’s Hospital 北京玛丽妇婴医院 5 Hepingli Beijie, Chaoyang District (6421 6666) 朝阳区和平里北街5号 (东土城路北口)

Beijing New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital 北京新世纪妇儿医院 5/F, 51 Wangjing Beilu (inside Wanghu Park South Gate), Chaoyang District (5178 3366) 朝阳区朝阳 区望京北路51号院(望湖公园东门南)

Beijing United Family Hospital 北京和睦家医院 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (Hotline: 5927 7000, Emergency: 5927 7120) 朝阳区将台路2号

GlobalCare Women’s and Children’s Hospital 北京 五洲妇儿医院 24 Xi Dawang Lu (south of Shuangjing Carrefour), Chaoyang District (400 8900 789, 6770 5558 for appointments) 朝阳区望路西大24号

Oasis International Hospital 明德医院

Beijing English La Leche League holds meetings every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, led by LLL leaders Bec Taylor and Serena Johnson. 2067 Gahood Villas, Shunyi District (186 0062 8481, 顺义区嘉浩别墅2067栋(名都园对 面) Chinese La Leche League group is every second Saturday of the month at Beijing United Family Hospital at 10.30am. For more information, visit

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9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District (400 876 2747) 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号

A Helping Hand Support for new and expectant mothers in Beijing by Aisling O’Brien

Brian Hindman, his wife Hai Ying, and their son Vaughan (15 months)

talking to people and informing them, giving them good information so that they know what to expect,” says Lecleir. The group is normally between six to nine couples in size, and Lecleir says attendees often form an informal support group after the workshop ends. Lecleir also provides continued support postpartum, and for breastfeeding support.

The Pre-Natal Workshop

When: One weekend each month, from 9am to 1pm, on Saturday and Sunday Contact: See also: For details of the childbirth workshop at Oasis International Hospital, contact

American Jennifer Lecleir is the women’s health educator and lactation consultant at Beijing United Family Hospital, and runs the prenatal workshop there. The latter helps pregnant women and new mothers deal with all of the common issues that they experience, looks at how they can work through them and how their husbands can support them. Lecleir covers topics like the anatomy and physiology of labor, positions to labor in, breathing exercises, pain management options, what to expect if you get a C-section, breastfeeding, and adjusting to and caring for a newborn baby. Usually, moms attend with their partners in their third trimester, between 28 to 32 weeks of pregnancy, so they still have time to practice the skills covered in class. “I really encourage people to go home and practice,” says Lecleir. “Labor is not a walk in the park. The more the couple practice and the more in sync they are together, then the better they’ll do.” With so much covered in the workshop, it’s natural that parents have a lot of questions. “I really try to take the fear of labor away by

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The Doula Through labor coaching, doulas assist women through labor with minimal medical intervention, reducing the likelihood of procedures such as inductions, epidurals and C-sections. American-born bilingual doula Robyn Wexler supports mothers during pregnancy, delivery, and post-partum, and she also offers support to new fathers. While doulas don’t have a specific medical role, they should be professionally-trained and experienced in childbirth and childcare. Wexler has over ten years of experience, having completed her doula training in her hometown of San Francisco in 2003. In China, having a doula that is fluent in both Mandarin and English can be crucially important to mothers who wish to have as natural a birth as

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he birth of a baby is an occasion for great joy and celebration, but there’s no doubt that pregnancy, labor and caring for a newborn can all place extreme demands on new mothers. We look at some of the supports available in Beijing to help you meet and surmount the challenges along the way.

possible. This is true even in international hospitals, as not all staff members will be fully fluent in English. China holds the top-spot for caesarian section rates at around 40 percent, according to the World Health Organization. The doula’s familiarity with Chinese language and culture as well as the birth process means she can mediate with staff, and translate and advocate for the couple’s birth plan during labor. Contact:

La Leche League (LLL) LLL is an international non-profit dedicated to promoting and encouraging breastfeeding. Membership is only RMB 160 a year, and members have access to monthly meetings, mother-to-mother support, telephone assistance from accredited Leaders, and a lending library. Meetings deal with issues such as the benefits of breastfeeding, how to get started, family adjustments, overcoming difficulties, nutrition, and weaning. Rebecca Taylor, an Australian mother of two, turned to LLL in Beijing when her first child was 5 weeks old and she was struggling to breastfeed because of a painful latch. When she was pregnant with her second child, she began hosting LLL meetings in her home, and has since become a fully-accredited LLL Leader in February of this year. Taylor recommends that moms attend their first LLL meeting while still pregnant. The local chapter can provide up-to-date and realistic information from mothers who have been there and can share the realities of a breastfeeding relationship, including how your birth plans can help you get off to the best start, what’s normal, what you should watch out for, and how to overcome any problems you might run into. Local Leaders like Taylor can be a helpful resource after your baby is born, and meetings are also a place to develop a supportive network of other breastfeeding mothers. “It’s important to know that some mothers experience challenges in the early days of breastfeeding,” says Taylor, “but almost every problem can be overcome with good information and support.” When: Monthly meetings on the second and last Tuesday of each month at 9.30am Where: Shunyi and Tianjin – contact LLL for detailed directions. Contact: Rebecca or Serena at or 186 0062 8481 (text or WeChat only, will return calls)

The Yuesao

Resources Bumps2Babes (B2B) An in-person support group for pregnant and new mothers that meets weekly. B2B and Beyond (for parents of children aged 6-12 months) runs on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to noon. The meetings on Friday mornings (same time) are suitable for pregnant women or mothers with nonmobile babies. Both meetings take place at SOHO Shangdu (beside The Place and Central Park). For more information, contact

Beijing Mamas A Yahoo Group for parents to share information, and post and answer questions about family life in Beijing. To apply for free membership, visit

Infant Massage Annette Oevermann, a certified massage therapist and instructor at AO Bodywork for Babies, teaches new parents about the benefits and techniques of infant massage. Classes take place at House of Knowledge International Kindergarten’s Victoria Gardens campus (see Directories under Schools for address). For more information, contact

Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Yoga Classes Yoga Yard runs Pre-Natal, Post-Natal Mommy and Baby, and Post-Natal Integration Yoga classes. For the full schedule, see For more information, contact

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A yuesao is a Chinese live-in post-natal helper, assisting the new family in all chores and tasks associated with the care of a newborn baby. Brian Hindman, an American entrepreneur and real estate developer, and his wife Hai Ying a stay-at-home mother, decided to hire a yuesao to care for their son Vaughan, now 15 months, after his birth. “We were nervous as first-time parents,” he says, “and most of our friends and relatives had one or highly recommended it.” The yuesao was employed for six weeks and lived with the family 24/7, taking care of both Hindman’s wife and newborn son. Among other duties, she cooked five to six meals a day, handwashed the baby’s clothes, and fed and washed Vaughan. “The yuesao in theory has much experience in all things baby,” says Hindman. “She will generally have a resume full of credentials, chops and certificates, including how many babies she has cared for. Hindman and Ying went to numerous companies in search of

a yuesao and eventually settled on one from a local hospital. Their yuesao was paid around RMB 16,000 for six weeks. Typically a yuesao stays for 26 days and is with the family constantly during that period. The yuesao had many benefits: The Hindman-Yings were able to sleep better than they perhaps would’ve without a third pair of hands, and it was a stress relief for Ying to have someone there at all times to talk to and answer questions. On the other hand, there were times when the yuesao ’s views and presence were an imposition. “My wife washed her hair before the traditional month was up and the yuesao warned her that although it might take 10-20 years, a headache would be the inevitable direct result of the errant shampooing,” says Hindman. “To have a flatulent, slurping, burping stranger – the yuesao , not the newborn – move into our home and take up residence was at times challenging for me as a new dad.” Another potential obstacle was the possibility of becoming overreliant on the yuesao . “When it came time for her to leave, my wife didn’t want her to go,” Hindman says. If the couple was to have another child, they say they would hire a yuesao again. They recommend taking extra time and energy to find the best possible help, even if that means launching an extended search. “The first month is a most precious and important time [of a baby’s life]. Finding the right person to share that month or more with will have a profound influence on your newborn’s start in life. Choose well,” says Hindman.

Shop ‘Til You Pop Where to buy maternity and newborn essentials in Beijing by Sally Wilson


f you’re expecting a baby, you’ll be itching to start buying all those newborn items, plus a few important things for you. It’s an exciting time and you want to be ready for when baby arrives. But how do you know what’s essential and what isn’t? If you’re unsure about what you need to buy or where you can find those maternity products, here are some suggestions for getting your shopping list together.


Baby Clothes Babies grow very quickly. All you need for the first few weeks are enough clothes to make sure that your baby will be warm and clean. Onesies, cardigans, vests, hats, can all be found at Mothercare, Mamas & Papas, Babies ‘R Us, and Leyou. For organic clothing try BabyGro, which sells brands such as Wobaby, Organic Family, Snug-a-licious, and Bonds, or Nature Colored. To clean the clothes, avoid washing powders with enzymes (bio powders) or fabric conditioner, as they may irritate your baby’s skin. Counting Sheep and baby international stock the BabyGanics range of safe laundry detergent.

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For the first few months, you’ll need a crib, a carry cot, or a Moses basket (a light, portable bassinet). If you are borrowing a crib or a cot, or using a secondhand one, you should ideally buy a new mattress. Ikea has a good range of affordable cots and mattresses, some of which convert to toddler beds. If you’re looking for something more unique, Counting Sheep has some lovely nursery furniture. You will need sheets to cover the mattress, but don’t use pillows and duvets as they are not safe for babies who are less than 1 year old due to the risk of suffocation. Baby sleeping bags (e.g. Grobags) are perfect, with different thicknesses so that baby doesn’t get too hot or too cold in any given season. They are pediatrician-approved and can be found at most of the stores mentioned here.

Breastfeeding If you are planning on breastfeeding, the main thing you’ll need at the start is nipple cream – and plenty of it. Products by brands such as Lansinoh Lanolin can be found at BabyGro or Medela Purelan at baby international. Nursing pillows will help you establish a good breastfeeding position and ensure your comfort; find them at Mothercare, baby international, Counting Sheep, and BabyGro. If you decide to pump milk, you’ll need a breast pump, BPA-free bottles for storage and feeding, and sterilizing equipment. Medela pumps and accessories are available at most of these stores.

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Infant Formula There are restrictions in most countries now as to the number of tins of formula you can purchase in a single transaction. Gone are the days of filling your suitcase (or those of visiting friends and family) the day before you fly back to Beijing. We all know about the scares over tainted infant formula, so it really isn’t worth taking the risk with local products. Imported formula can be purchased at baby international, which stocks the imported Happybellies brand. For bottle feeding, you’ll need bottles, nipples, cleaning brushes, and sterilizing equipment. BPA and phthalate-free brands, such as Philips Avent, Petit Terraillon, MAM and Pura, are available at most of the international stores, including Mamas & Papas, Leyou, Mothercare, and Babies ‘R Us.

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For belly wraps, support belts, and maternity tights, head over to BabyGro Beijing, which also stocks oils and creams to help reduce stretch marks. Comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras if you’re planning to breastfeed, and front-opening or loose-fitting nighties or tops are all available from Mothercare, Mamas & Papas, BabyGro and Counting Sheep. You’ll need some super-absorbent sanitary pads for after the birth, which you can get from Watsons or hospital pharmacies.

Keeping Baby Clean

When Baby Is Sick

To keep baby clean, you’ll need baby wipes, top-to-toe wash, baby shampoo, and cotton buds. Watsons now has its own range of baby toiletries, which are incredibly good value and a great competitor to the better-known Johnson’s brand. BabyGro, baby international and Counting Sheep stock babyfriendly skincare ranges and wipes, including BabyGanics, Bella B, Weleda, and California Baby.

Unfortunately, babies may at some point need to take medicine. Motherswork stocks the pediatrician-approved Munchkin the Medicator, an easy and safe way to administer medicine to your little ones. The store also sells a range of thermometers and nasal aspirators. Baby sun cream can be purchased from most of these stores from brands such as Ego Sunsense, Banana Boat, and BabyGanics.

Out and About Baby carriers (also called slings) are attached with straps and/ or buckles, and your baby is carried either in front of you, or on your hip. Older babies who can hold up their heads and whose backs are stronger (around 3 months) can be transported in carriers that go on your back. Brands such as Baby Bjorn and Ergo can be found in most of these stores. Whatever the carrier, make sure that your baby remains in a comfortable “frog” position, with knees higher than their bum.

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The hospital will provide disposable diapers for the duration of your stay, but you may wish to use washable cloth diapers when you get home. There are several types available with or without removable liners. BabyGro stocks the Bambino Mio and Charlie Banana brands of reusables. Disposables are available at most supermarkets, Jenny Lou, DDs, April Gourmet, but can get very expensive. It’s best to go to the larger supermarkets like Carrefour or baby shop Leyou, and look for bulk buy offers. BHG has its own brand of disposables, which are fantastic and great value. BabyGro stocks the eco-friendly Danish brand of disposables called Bambo. If you have limited space for storing dirty nappies, Motherswork offers the Munchkin Nappy Disposal System, a compact and hygienic bin for storing dirty diapers before throwing them out. If your baby was premature or had a low birth weight, you will not be able to find suitable diapers in Beijing. The hospital would provide you with a small supply, but your best option is online at Amazon China or Taobao. For swim diapers, head to baby international for Huggies Little Swimmers.

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Car Seats If you’ve got a car, you must have a car seat. Your baby must always go in their seat, including when you bring them home from the hospital. It’s very dangerous to carry your baby in your arms in a vehicle. Do not buy a second-hand car seat, as it may have been damaged in an accident. Mothercare, Mamas & Papas, Baby Land, and Motherswork stock a large range of car seats.

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Resources Babyland Daily 10am-9pm. Shop L3-37, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxiangqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8426 0437) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商 场3层店铺号337

BabyGro Beijing 慧宝 1) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm. Shop 5058, Bldg A, 5/F, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaowai Lu (across from Central Park), Chaoyang District (5900 0601) 朝阳区朝外路6号 朝外 SOHO5 层 A 座 5058 店铺(新城国际对面) ; 2) Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Cathay View Plaza, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District (8470 1690) 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观唐广场二期商铺

baby international 国际宝贝 Daily 10am-7pm. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (8450 1189) 朝阳区将台路2号

Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique 洋洋宝宝店 1) Sun-Thu 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (6417 7622, ask@countingsheepboutique. com) 朝阳区工体北路17号; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. L3-38, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8420 0451) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港3层 38店铺

Mamas & Papas 1) Shop L-SMM-68 and L-VDM-10, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (5905 6032) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路6号蓝色港湾L-SMM-68和L-VDM-10 店铺; 2) Rm 4076CD, 4/F, Jinyuan New Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District (8889 3385) 海淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎 MALL4层4076CD室

Motherswork Daily 10am-10pm. Store L-VDM-20, Block 2, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6905) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号院蓝色港湾国际商区2 号楼L-VDM-20号店铺

Nature Colored 本色棉 Daily 10am-10pm. L3-35, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxiangqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (186 1842 1423) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港3层35店铺

Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us 玩具反斗城

Mothercare, Leyou, BHG Marketplace, and Watsons have multiple store locations. For a complete list of addresses, see Directories under Shopping.

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1) Daily 10am-10pm. Rm 52, B1/F, CapitaMall Taiyanggong, 12 Taiyanggong Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (8429 7072) www. 朝阳区朝阳区太阳宫中路12号凯德广场B1层52 号; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. Rm 10, 5/F, Joy City Chaoyang, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District (8552 2898) 朝阳区朝阳区 朝阳北路101号朝阳大悦城5F-10

Rock-a-Bye Baby Tackling common newborn issues


ue to their vulnerable immune systems, the first few months of a baby’s life can be beset by health issues. How are new parents to know the difference between a normal and an abnormal cold? We sought the advice of ER Physician Dr. Mijke Vankan from Oasis International Hospital to make sense of common symptoms, focusing on self-help measures and when to seek treatment from a doctor. The following information is meant as a guideline only; always consult your pediatrician when in doubt.

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by Sijia Chen


Ear Infections

Infant colic is a frustrating and ill-understood condition marked by predictable bouts of excessive crying. According to the Mayo Clinic, babies with colic “cry more than three hours a day, three days a week for three weeks or longer.” Infants with this condition seem inconsolable and their crying may seem louder or more intense than usual. However, colic tends to be short-lived and is extremely common among newborns.

After the common cold, ear infections are the second mostcommon condition affecting newborns. If your baby tugs or pulls at their ears, seem more fussy than usual, and develop a fever, there’s a good chance they have an ear infection. There may also be loss of appetite, diarrhea or vomiting, or a yellowish or white discharge coming from their ears.

Self-help measures: • Use a bottle that keeps your baby from swallowing too much air • Have your baby sit up during feedings • Carry your baby in your arms, a sling, or a front carrier • Go for a car ride • Give your baby a warm bath • Put your baby in a baby swing • Swaddle your baby • Put your baby near a clothes dryer or other source of white noise • Massage your baby’s belly • Change your baby’s formula or avoid eating certain foods (such as coffee, broccoli, and spicy foods) if you breastfeed

Self-help measures: • Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids • If your baby is at least 6 months old, medicine to treat pain and fever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help (check with your doctor first) • Keep your child’s head elevated to relieve pressure. If they’re older than 2, it’s OK to use a pillow to support their head when they sleep • Apply a warm, moist towel to your child’s face near the ear • Swallowing can drain fluid from the middle ear, so children 4 years and older can try chewing sugarless gum. When to see the doctor: You should always see the doctor if you think your child has an ear infection. They may prescribe antibiotics depending on the severity of the infection.

When to see a doctor: • Your baby cries for longer than two hours without stopping • Your baby is vomiting, refuses to eat or drink, or has blood in their bowel movements • Your baby does not respond to you or acts abnormally

Common Cold A cold is a viral infection of the nose and throat, the primary symptoms being nasal congestion and a runny noise. Because they have weak immune systems and are often around other children, babies are especially vulnerable to colds. There is no cure for a cold, so treatment lies in relieving their symptoms. That being said, very young infants should see a doctor immediately because they’re at greater risk of conditions like croup and pneumonia.

Self-help measures:

When to see a doctor: • Your child has difficulty breathing or is breathing rapidly • Nasal congestion does not improve or worsens over the course of 14 days • Your child’s eyes become red or leak yellow discharge • There are signs or symptoms of an ear infection (pain, ear pulling, and fussiness)

A fever indicates that the body is trying to fight off infection. The American Academy of Pediatrics defines a normal temperature for a healthy baby as being between 36.1°C and 37°C. If their rectal temperature is higher than 38°C, they have a fever. A fever is more serious for babies 3 months and younger; call your doctor immediately if this is the case. If they’re over 3 months, the most important thing is how they look and behave. If they’re taking fluids normally, there’s no cause for concern unless it’s very high or lasts longer than 24 hours.

Self-help measures: • Make sure your child drinks lots of fluids • Medicine, such as acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) for children older than 3 months or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Motrin) for children older than 6 months can help bring down a fever, but they’re not always necessary. Never give aspirin to a child younger than 18 years; it can cause a dangerous condition called Reye syndrome.

When to see a doctor: • Your child is younger than 3 months and has an oral, rectal, ear, or forehead temperature of 38ºC or higher. • The fever persists for more than three days • The fever is coupled with another ongoing medical condition or a new skin rash • Your child seems very sick, fussy, or refuses to drink fluids for a prolonged period • Your child has a seizure caused by a fever • Your child experiences recurrent fevers, even if they last only a few hours

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• The treatment for an infant or child with a cold is different than treatment recommended for adults. Antihistamines, decongestants, cough medicines, and expectorants, alone and in combination, are all marketed for the symptoms of a cold, but no studies demonstrate any benefit in infants or children. • Humidify the air around your child • Use a saltwater nose spray • Make sure your child drinks enough fluids




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How are new parents to know the difference between a normal and an abnormal cold?

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)


GERD is basically acid reflux in babies and children. Most of the time, it’s caused by a poorly-functioning intestinal tract; most babies grow out of it by their first birthday. In older kids, GERD is often caused by issues with the lower esophageal sphincter, just like in adults. Contributing factors include obesity, overeating, eating spicy or fried foods, and specific medications.

Self-help measures:

A baby’s bowel movements vary widely depending on their age and diet. They may have constipation if they have hard, pelletlike stools or appear to be in pain when trying to pass bowel movements. Your baby may arch their back, tighten their buttocks, or cry if that’s the case. Infants often experience constipation when they switch to solid foods; constipation in older babies can possibly be corrected with simple changes to their diet.

• Keep your baby upright after feeding. They might spit up less often if you hold them up on your shoulder for 20 to 30 minutes after a feeding instead of putting them in a sitting or lying position. Also, don’t try to get your baby to eat when they don’t want to. • Quit smoking. If you or anyone else in your house smokes, this can make your baby’s reflux worse and cause other health problems. • Switch to a milk-free and soy-free diet. • Thicken your baby’s milk by adding rice baby cereal to the bottle. There are also special thick formulas available. • Medication (proton pump inhibitors) prescribed by your doctor

• If your infant is at least 4 months old, try giving them prune, apple, or pear juice; other juices are not as helpful. They can have 60-120ml of 100 percent fruit juice per day for (ages 4-8 months) and up to 180ml of fruit juice per day if they’re 8-12 months old. • If your baby has started eating solid foods, try substituting barley cereal for rice cereal. Feed them other high-fiber fruits and vegetables (or purées), including apricots, sweet potatoes, pears, prunes, peaches, plums, beans, peas, broccoli, or spinach. You can mix fruit juice (apple, prune, pear) with cereal or the fruit/vegetable purée.

Self-help measures:

When to see the doctor:

When to see the doctor:

• Whenever you think your child has acid reflux, symptoms of which include bloody stools, severe diarrhea, recurrent vomiting, or vomiting blood • Delayed weight gain • The infant cries for more than two hours • Your baby refuses to eat or drink anything for a prolonged period • The infant is under 3 months of age and has forceful vomiting after each feed, but still appears hungry • Behavior changes, including lethargy or decreased responsiveness

• Your child experiences severe abdominal or rectal pain • Your child has not had a bowel movement within 24 hours of starting constipation treatment • Your infant (younger than 4 months) has not had a bowel movement within 24 hours of their normal pattern (e.g. if an infant who normally has a bowel movement every two days goes three days without a bowel movement) • Your infant or child does not want to eat or starts losing weight • You see blood in your child’s bowel movements or diaper

Resources The following international hospitals and clinics offer complete pediatric and family health services in English.

International SOS 北京国际救援中心

Daily 24hrs (emergency care), Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm, Sun 8.3012.30am. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District (400 UR OASIS) 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥北 路9号

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, www., 朝阳区新源里16号 琨莎中心一座105室

Beijing United Family Hospital 北京和睦家医院 Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (400 891 9191) 朝阳区将 台路2号

Vista Medical Center 维世达诊所 Daily 24hrs. 3/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (8529 6618, 朝阳区 光华路1号嘉里中心3层

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Oasis International Hospital 明德医院

Mind Over Platter Following a restricted diet in Beijing by Aisling O’Brien


Dallas Tokash (US), Student of Chinese Medicine at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) Dallas Tokash moved to Beijing in 2010 to study Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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n China, eating healthily can sometimes seem like a formidable undertaking for the best of us; the unending slew of food scandals leave many overwhelmed. Then, there are those who have an added layer of complication to their diets, for whom certain foods or food groups are restricted. Dallas Tokash, Ewan MacDougall, and Laura Fanelli tell us what’s on their plates.

Gluten for Punishment Dallas Tokash defies flour power

Why did you go gluten-free? I had the symptoms of celiac disease for a long time, but they built up gradually and so I tolerated them. Eventually I found out I had celiac disease because I ate a lot of gluten steaks at vegetarian places, which increased the symptoms that I had gotten used to.

What foods are restricted by your diet? I avoid all gluten-based flours, which means most breads and many kinds of noodles and pastas are off the menu. In China, I’m lucky in that it’s relatively easy to find oat and rice noodles.

Is it difficult to be gluten-free in China? I don’t find it difficult at all. Obviously I don’t have the breadth of gluten-free dining choices I would have in the States; I don’t expect to find gluten-free pancakes or flatbreads on the menu. Having lived here for a few years, I know what I can and cannot eat in China. It’s not always possible to find a main dish I like because I am also vegetarian, which complicates things further. In that case I usually choose a few sides.

What’s your favorite restaurant to eat out in Beijing and what do you typically order? My top three picks would be Hatsune, Bellagio, and Frost. I think the most innovative and exciting dish for gluten-free diners in Beijing is Jeff Powell’s gluten-free, vegetarian lasagna at Frost. Instead of pasta, he

Is your diet healthy? Overall I eat a balanced diet, but without gluten in my diet my body is absorbing nutrients properly, which means it’s easy or me to gain weight now. I’m trying to lose a few kilos and reduce my blood sugar. I aim to eat what nurtures me and not just give into my cravings for mozzarella, jelly beans, and kettle chips. I still indulge in treats occasionally, but only splurge on the bestquality carbs on special occasions – think crème brûlée at Mosto rather than an ice cream sundae at McDonalds.

Do you use supplements? I use TCM herbs prescribed by a doctor at Beijing Guoyitang clinic, which is attached to BUCM. I’m on a student budget, so they take that into account when designing my treatment. What they prescribe costs about RMB 120 per week.

Do you miss wheat flour? Are there any gluten-free approximations that you recommend? Overall I don’t really miss bread, except at Assagi when they bring fresh focaccia to the table. I haven’t found gluten-free bread in Beijing, but April Gourmet and Jenny Lou’s both stock Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flours, so you can bake cakes and breads at home. They also stock corn tortillas and chips. However, gluten-free products from western supermarkets are quite expensive so I suggest shopping at Chinese supermar-

kets and trying local buckwheat flours, rice flours, and potato starches. You can also mill your own flours in your food processor. Otherwise, I recommend stocking up when you’re overseas; for instance, I bring back gluten-free pasta back from Italy.

Do you cheat and eat restricted foods occasionally? Having lived in Italy for ten years, it’s inevitable that once every two to three months I crack and go to La Pizza for a margherita. After I eat gluten, I take the herbal formula baohe wan ( 保和丸 ). It’s a treatment for gluten intolerance rather than for celiac disease per se, but it helps. I still develop some minor symptoms afterwards, but it’s worth it. I’m on a mission to develop good gluten-free pizza dough, but I think studying medicine is probably an easier pursuit.

Typical Daily Menu: Breakfast: • • • •

Three or four egg cheese omelet Cup of coffee Juice Protein shake

Lunch: Sushi Dinner: • Hummus • Cheese Salad • Falafel

Having lived in Italy for ten years, it’s inevitable that once every two to three months I crack and go to La Pizza for a margherita

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uses tofu skin between the sauce layers.

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Ewan MacDougall is pleased to meat you

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Ewan MacDougall (US), CrossFit Trainer at Middle Kingdom Fitness

cake – those things are delicious. I usually substitute a natural sugar like honey or maple syrup for refined sugar, and almond or coconut flour for wheat flour.

American (despite his Scottish name and UK passport), Ewan MacDougall has lived in Beijing for just under two years. He came here to witness the rise of China from the inside and works as a public servant.

Why did you adopt the Paleo diet? A sedentary grad student lifestyle combined with a diet high in carbohydrates resulted in a raised cholesterol count and some weight gain. I ran into an old friend who convinced me that humans were evolutionarily designed to eat meat, and that calorie-dense foods were more satiating and therefore less likely to induce overeating than less calorie-dense foods, particularly carbohydrates. So I switched to the Paleo diet over a period of three months. Each month, I took a notch off my belt without working out. Even without exercise I can maintain body fat below 10 percent on this diet, whereas with other diets I cannot.

What foods are restricted by your diet? I eat veggies, meat, nuts, and fruit – in that order. I try to avoid anything that comes out of a box or can. I don’t eat pasta, bread, rice, cereal, grain, wheat, pizza, white potatoes, processed sugars, beans, legumes, or dairy. Basically, I eat the foods our earliest ancestors ate when we emerged as a species. These foods are what we are evolutionarily designed to eat for optimal genetic expression – they’ve enabled us to survive and thrive as a species.

Is it difficult to be Paleo in China?

Do you cheat and eat restricted foods occasionally?

In the States I’d buy grass-fed beef – known to have much higher Omega-3 fatty acid content than grain, soy, or corn-fed beef, which is very high in inflammation-inducing omega-6s – for roughly USD 4-6 per pound, including roasts, Delmonico steaks, sirloin, and filet mignon. In Beijing, I have to spend roughly USD 20 per pound; it’s not sustainable.

I find that it’s easier to just stay on the diet rather than allow myself to cheat here and there. Cheating has a tendency to creep. If you cut out sweet, salty, carby foods, your body and your palate adjust and the cravings go away. When they return, you’re able to satisfy them with something healthier such as berries and coconut milk with cinnamon, instead of double chocolate devil’s food cake with deep-fried ice cream. Many of the ingredients in processed foods are designed to overstimulate our palates and keep us craving more. If you cut them out, you’ll be surprised how your body finds a new equilibrium. Return to them, and you’ll be surprised how unhealthy they make you feel.

What’s your favorite restaurant to eat out in Beijing and what do you typically order? If I’m trying to be strict about diet and eat out – which often don’t go hand-in-hand – I’ve found Frost to be a big winner. Modo has some good salads and Element Fresh is a good, safe bet too. I’ll order meat and veg and substitute the starchy sides out, though food substitutions are not always possible. One more reason I like Frost is because they’re almost always accommodating. I cook most of my own food, but when I eat out I enjoy it. I don’t order heaps of jiaozi and baozi , but I’m not a stickler either.

Is your diet healthy? This diet is nutrient-rich. You’re only eating whole foods and never eating empty calories like French fries or chocolate cake. This is a relatively low-carb, high-fat diet. Carbs, while they may be recommended on the food pyramid, aren’t necessary for healthy living. I can get sufficient calories from other sources in a safe and healthy way more conducive to low blood sugar and lean body mass – in a way that prevents obesity, diabetes, inflammation, and heart disease.

Do you use supplements?

Typical Daily Menu: Morning: • Three sweet potato and almond butter-based pancakes. • Fruit and veggie shake made from frozen berries, frozen leafy greens, nuts or nut butter, seasoning and spices, coconut milk, and protein powder. • Sausage and veggie flourless quiche.

Mid-morning: • A few chicken breasts with roasted veggies

Early afternoon: • Usually something from the slow cooker

I use fish oil to maintain the right Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio. Omega-6 fatty acids are found widely in vegetable cooking oils and in grain-fed animals. They are far more abundant today than they were in the days of our earliest ancestors, so supplementing with Omega-3s in fish oil helps keep the ratios in balance. It helps reduce inflammation, which has a host of health benefits for heart, brain, and skin.

Late afternoon:

Do you miss carbs? Are there any Paleo-friendly approximations that you recommend?

Evening Meal:

• Norwegian salmon plus green veggies

After work: • Protein shake

Post-gym: • Protein shake • Sweet potato

• A hunk of leg of lamb plus some veggies

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I find it very difficult to stick to the diet here. Trying to explain these dietary restrictions in restaurants usually results in utter confusion. The notion of not eating rice or soy sauce (which contains soy and wheat, both proscribed by the diet) results in waiters who seem genuinely concerned that something is seriously wrong with my eating process. Paleo people also pay close attention to how their foods were raised and prepared. Many cooking oils and techniques are proscribed. Buying and cooking my own food resolves some of these issues, but not all. But it’s a fool’s errand to try to eat organic in China because of all the pollutants that seep into the soil and water. There’s often no telling how animals were raised, and these factors can have a huge impact on the nutrition profile of the food that winds up on your plate. Beyond ingredients, there’s no telling what’s in the cooking oils. It’s tough not to be a bit cynical after all the gutter oil scandals.

Is it expensive to follow a strict Paleo diet in Beijing?

Laura Fanelli (US), Chef and Former Restaurateur

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Laura Fanelli first came to Beijing six years ago to do an advanced Mandarin course at Tsinghua University. She has lived here on and off since then. A chef and former restaurateur, she is an active promoter of the organic food movement in China.

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Vegan Make It Work

Laura Fanelli ruminates on a plant-based diet

Why did you adopt a vegan diet? I was vegetarian first for about 15 years, for all of the usual reasons – slaughterhouse cruelty, environmental concerns, and health. I realized that by the same logic I should avoid dairy and eggs, so six years ago I did a one-month trial with veganism. I predicted I would feel bored and deprived, but conversely I felt amazing; it just worked for me.

What foods are restricted by your diet? I avoid all animal parts and by-products – no meat, seafood, dairy products, or eggs. Like most vegans, I also don’t eat honey.

Is it difficult to be vegan in China? It’s a piece of cake if you speak Chinese, harder if you don’t. It’s almost impossible for vegans who are strict about contamination. I warn servers that if I find meat, I will have to send it back without paying, which generally does the trick. Qingzhen ( 清真 ) or Chinese halal restaurants are especially understanding since staff are familiar with Muslim dietary restrictions. Eating vegan is relatively expensive in western restaurants here. You’re generally charged comparable prices for vegan food as for imported meat. I will pick the vegetables out of meat dishes if I have to. You don’t get very far being self-righteous in China or anywhere else. Once people discover your preferences, they will generally try to accommodate. Certain people feel that simply by avoiding

animal products you are judging their food preferences, so it can be a touchy subject.

What’s your favorite restaurant to eat out in Beijing and what do you typically order? I like eating at any of the Gulou-area Yunnan restaurants. I order the fried kidney beans, mint salad, spicy mashed potatoes, doumiao (pea shoots), rice noodles, tofu wrapped in lotus leaves, and a mushroom dish or two.

Is your diet healthy? I eat a wide variety of whole foods and my protein needs are met. Vegetarians and vegans are sometimes grilled about nutrition, but really anyone can end up with vitamin or mineral deficiencies. It’s about eating healthy, no matter what kind of diet you follow. If you eat instant noodles or baozi all day every day, you can’t expect to be healthy whether you’re vegan or an omnivore.

me that my vegan chocolate cake is better than non-vegan chocolate cake. Lots of vegans miss meat, and there are a few stores that sell mock meat, such as Zheng Long Zhai Vegetarian Goods on Baochao Hutong.

Do you cheat and eat restricted foods occasionally? I allow myself to have something verboten whenever I want it, which isn’t very often. Eight years into my vegetarianism, I craved steak so I ate a rib eye. In 23 years, I have purposefully eaten meat on two occasions. I have no regrets. Some kinds of meat taste OK, but being vegan is not about the taste. I have no taboos with food, and so I don’ t feel deprived. The big picture is what counts; it’s OK to be a plant-eater who sometimes eats cheese on a pizza or has a piece of cake made with eggs if that helps you sustain your diet. I think we need to be forgiving of ourselves.

Do you use supplements? I take vitamin B12 – it is recommended for vegans.

Do you miss animal products? Are there any vegan-friendly approximations that you recommend?

Typical Daily Menu:

I sometimes miss cheese and eat vegan cheese, but only occasionally because it’s so processed. I love fake jerky for the spices. I cook, so of course egg and dairy-free baked sweets are never an issue. People often tell

• Black tea with soymilk • Tofu scramble with homemade whole-grain bread



It’s about eating healthy no matter what kind of diet you follow. If you eat baozi all day every day, you can’t expect to be healthy whether you’re vegan or an omnivore

Dinner: • Vegetable fajitas • Red or white wine

Snacks: • Liangpi (cold noodles with chili, sesame paste and garlic) • Vegan oatmeal cookies • Foccacia and hummus • Mixed nuts

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• Organic vegetable curry with mixed grains • Fresh-squeezed juice

The Green Stuff Buying organic in Beijing by Sijia Chen

Produce for sale at a recent Beijing Organic Farmers’ Market

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there are currently two official national seals for organic foods approved by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA). The first denotes organic products and the second signals soon-to-be-organic products, meaning the facilities are in the process of being converted to organic standards. But here’s the tricky part: There are 23 organizations authorized to certify products with the CNCA’s organic seals. “This means that most organic products from China would have at least two different seals,” says the Bergstrom Group report. “This is only for products from China for China, additional seals connoting exportability or different countries of origin or organizational approval notwithstanding.” In addition, it’s unclear what organic standards the CNCA is working from. Beijing residents are fortunate to have access to many organic farms and at least one regular farmers’ market. Here’s a rundown of where to buy organic products.

Organic Farms Several organic farms allow visitors to pick their own produce, but consider community-supported agriculture (CSA) if you agree with the farm’s vision. In a nutshell, the CSA model means the consumer invests a larger lump sum upfront to finance the farm’s operations; in return, they receive regular deliveries of fresh, seasonal produce throughout the growing season. They share the farmer’s risks and rewards, whether it’s a good harvest year or a bad harvest year. Most are located in Pinggu and Changping District. One of the most transparent is the Green Cow Organic Vegetable CSA Club. Located near Shunyi, Green Cow Farm was started in

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hina is rife with food scandals, so it’s no surprise that many families – both expat and local – are turning to organic products. The organic industry is still a fledgling one, but growing concerns over sustainability and environmental issues is pushing many Beijing residents to make the switch. According to an October 2012 report by market research firm Mintel, 80 percent of urban Chinese think organic products are worth paying more for. “Some 56 percent of urban Chinese consumers claim to have upped their spend on organics,” says the report. The most popular products were fresh milk, cooking oil, pork, beef, and chicken. “Organic” foods are defined as those grown or derived from organic farming, which emphasizes soil and water conservation as well as pollution reduction. Usually, organic farmers don’t use chemical fertilizers or pesticides, choosing instead to manage weeds and parasites through low-impact practices like natural pest control. Studies have shown there’s no real evidence to support the claim that organics are better for your health or taste better than traditionally-grown crops. However, many make the transition because organics contain fewer pesticide residues and food additives, and have a lower environmental impact. But there’s much confusion over what constitutes “organic,” especially in China. In the US, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) enforces strict government standards for how food is grown, processed, and handled. In China, however, there’s no real government oversight despite the proliferation of seals and labels on packaged foods. According to marketing and branding firm the Bergstrom Group,

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possible, speak to the farmers directly and visit the farm to find out more about their practices.

Farmers’ Markets The first Beijing Organic Farmers’ Market (also known as the Country Fair) first took place in 2009 outside The Orchard, a Shunyi-area restaurant, as part of the Hegezhuang Village Fair. This “floating” market is held at different locations two to three times per week, including Chongwenmen, Sanlitun, Indigo Mall, Sanyuanqiao, and Shunyi. At the market, farmers sell organic fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, honey, cheese, jam, baked goods, and dried fruits. “We have witnessed increasing interest in organic produce in the past three years,” says organizer Tianle Chang. “Here, people can get organic – though uncertified – produce. More importantly, they can buy it from farmers directly. The sense of trust and mutual support gives the Farmers’ Market more charm than supermarkets. People can put a face on their food; it feels like visiting old friends every week.” The Farmers’ Market opened its first community center and grocery store in Phoenix City (Sanyuanqiao) last December, with plans to continue raising awareness of sustainability issues through corporate and public events such as speaker series, organized farm visits, and children’s activities. In addition, Chang says that the Beijing Farmers’ Market is working with the International Federation for Organic Food Movements (IFOAM) this autumn to develop a Participatory Guarantee System in China, which is “more democratic, transparent, and small producerfriendly than the third-party verification system.” 2014 beijingkids Health Guide

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2004 by Lejen Chen, the owner of Mrs. Shanen’s restaurant. The farm claims four greenhouses, 80 additional acres of land, ten cows, 30 pigs, and over 300 chickens and geese. The soil and water are contaminant-free, and the farm doesn’t use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Baskets are delivered once a week for 50 weeks and usually contain at least ten kinds of vegetables. The amount of produce is appropriate for a household of two to three people. Any waste is taken back for composting at the next delivery. Organic eggs are also available but at an extra cost. A CSA family membership for 2014-2015 costs RMB 20,000 per year for 50 deliveries of large boxes or RMB 12,000 for 24 deliveries. An individual membership costs RMB 12,000 per year for 50 deliveries of small boxes. Sample boxes are available for RMB 400 each (family size) or RMB 250 each (individual size). The farm also has a new restaurant in Jiuxianqiao called the Green Cow City Cafe. If you’d rather not make such a big commitment, there are other options. TooToo Organic Farm is a well-run outfit in Changping with numerous greenhouses. TooToo has an English website where customers can order their produce as well as organic products from other suppliers. Though the farm doesn’t offer a CSA model, its membership program grants a discount of 3-5 percent on the entire purchase if customers spend a certain amount of money within six months. All orders are processed within 24 hours, arrive in refrigerated vans, and delivery is free of charge if the order totals RMB 98 or more. There are many other organic farms around Beijing, including De Run Wu, Little Donkey, and Shared Harvest. Many of them are part of the Beijing Organic Farmers’ Market (see below). Whenever

Sticker Shock: Organic Labels You’ll find a dizzying array of organic labels and stickers in Chinese supermarkets. We decipher a sample here.

Resources Supermarkets

China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) 中国合格评定国家认可委

Most of the supermarkets that sell organics are major chains, including April Gourmet, Ito Yokado, Jenny Lou, Jenny Wang, Carrefour, and more. For a complete list of addresses, see Directories under Shopping.

员会 The governmental body that authorized two organic seals for use in China: certified organic and conversion organic.

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Organic Certification 中国有机产品 认证 This is the CNCA’s seal for certified organic products.

Conversion Organic 中国有机转换产 品认证 This CNCA seal is used during the three years it takes to convert to organic standards.

Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) 中国有 机产品 Consumers can visit the CNCA’s website at to verify the authenticity of their organic products.

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Green Food 绿色食品 Though not strictly an organic label, “Green Food” denotes foods that weren’t produced with any chemical or synthetic substances.

Organic Food Development and Certification Center of China (OFDC) 南京国环有机产品认证中心

TooToo Organic Farm 沱沱工社 Machangying Village, Machangying Town, Pinggu District (8610 6589, 135 5214 2991, shop. 平谷区马昌营镇马昌营村 De Run Wu Organic Farm 德润屋 Strawberry Fields, Xinzhuang, Xingshou Town, Changping District (8459 0809, 153 0002 8686, 昌 平区兴寿镇辛庄草莓园 Green Cow Organic Farm 绿牛有机农庄 Donggezhuang Village North, Houshayu, Shunyi District (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, www. 顺义区后沙峪蕫各庒 Green Cow City Cafe Courtyard behind Bldg 13, San Jie Fang, Jiuxianqiao, Chaoyang District (6435 9561) 朝阳区酒仙桥三街坊13号楼后平房 (酒仙桥社区服务中心左侧)

Farmers’ Markets Beijing Organic Farmers Market (Country Fair) This farmers’ market takes place two to three times per week and is held in different locations. To join the mailing list, email Veg*n Bash This monthly market held at CISB brings together farmers, restaurants, small business owners, and designers to sell vegan and vegetarian products, fresh produce, green clothes and accessories, and more. For more information, email

A certification body registered with CNAS.

Other China Organic Food Certification Center (COFCC) 北京中绿华夏 有机食品认证中心 Another certification body registered with CNAS.

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Beijing Organic Consumers Association (BOCA) This Yahoo group allows Beijing residents to exchange information about nutrition, health, and organic resources. health.

Reach for the Stars Five Chinese superfruits to put in your shopping basket by Clemence Jiang


Mulberry 桑葚 Because silk worms primarily live on the leaves of mulberry plants, China is also a major producer of mulberries (sangshen ). The fruits are white and sour before ripening into a dark reddishpurple color. The mature berries are rich in anthocyanidins, natural antioxidants effective for improving cardiovascular health and preventing cancer. Find them fresh in local fruit markets and supermarkets during the summer.

Chinese Wolfberry 枸杞 Also known as goji berry in the West, Chinese wolfberry (gouqi ) is often dried and added to soups. Mainly produced in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of north-central China and Xinjiang, the redorange berries are a great source of antioxidants and dietary fiber. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), dried goji berries can also relieve visual fatigue. If you drink chrysanthemum tea (juhua cha ) in summer, we recommend adding a handful of goji berries to enhance both the taste and nutritional value.

Chinese Sea-Buckthorn 沙棘 This flowering wild plant (shaji ) grows in cold, high-altitude climates, and its fruits are valued for their rich vitamin content and fatty acids. The Chinese sea-buckthorn has also been extensively planted across northern China to slow soil erosion. Sour and mildly bitter, the little, golden fruits are usually processed as bottled beverages and capsules as a medicinal remedy.

Loquat 枇杷 Loquat (pipa ) is the main ingredient in a popular cough syrup called pipa gao found in local pharmacies. Grown primarily in southeastern China, the golden egg-sized fruits are available fresh during the summer. You’ll know they’re ripe when the skin easily peels off.

Chinese Kiwi 野生猕猴桃 Although most people associate kiwis with New Zealand, you might not be aware that kiwi seeds were actually carried to New Zealand by missionaries from China in the early 20th century. Wild kiwis (yesheng mihoutao ) still grow in certain regions of China. They are harvested in the mountains of Henan and Shaanxi as well as in forests along the border of Hunan. Kiwis are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They can also help prevent clot formations within the blood vessels. Fresh, wild kiwis can be found in markets in autumn. 2014 beijingkids Health Guide

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e all know we should eat more fruits, but which ones? Most fruits are low in calories and high in fiber, but some contain higher-than-average levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients to boost health and counteract the effects of aging. In 2005, the marketing term “superfruit” was coined in the US to describe a fruit perceived to have health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Superfruits are usually brightly-colored, as this characteristic is associated with different kinds of antioxidants. However, it’s also crucial to eat local. With its vast territory, China is endowed with a variety of native fruits, many of which are considered superfruits but may be relatively unknown to newcomers. Here’s a roundup of the more common ones.

Beijing Blues An expat shares his experience with depression by Yvette Ferrari

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Hitting Rock Bottom James Phillips (not his real name) is no stranger to the debilitating effects of depression. After living in Beijing for eight years, the father of two was depressed for almost six months last year after his affair led his wife to move back to their home country, leaving in secret with their children. “It all started one night when I just came home and my family wasn’t there. I didn’t know what to do anymore. It felt like the whole world had crashed in on me,” he says. Phillips’ symptoms began with mood swings and eventually led to withdrawal from friends and social activities. “I’d feel so happy at work because I had to put up this face like everything was OK. It was like being two different people. But then I’d get home and I just didn’t know what to do. I’d just cry.” Feelings of hopelessness eventually led to distrust in friends. “I thought everyone was talking behind my back about what happened. You know, you have this perfect family and saying how I just destroyed it. I thought everyone was saying I was a bad dad. It just all hit me.” Similarly, depression and SAD sufferers also experience feelings of helplessness, though specific symptoms will differ according to the individual and circumstances. “I have seen a lot of people who are worn out and hopeless because of the weather and smog here,” says Sohigian. “It can affect someone who has never had an issue with depression.” Dr. Rolle explains many of her patients also report mood shifts and severe difficulty coping with daily activities when the AQI is

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t some point on an expat’s journey, it’s not at all uncommon to fall victim to a bout of the “Beijing blues.” The onset of depression symptoms can occur suddenly, with many reporting feelings of loneliness, sadness, and feeling like they no longer fit in or have the ability to connect with others as they did in their home country. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a subset of depression in which the sufferer experiences recurring depressive symptoms with seasonal patterns often peaking in winter. Symptoms may include sleep irregularities, irritability, and extreme fatigue. The emotional and physical stress of adjusting to a foreign environment is often the root of the problem for expats in Beijing. Depression is most prevalent among female trailing spouses and teens. Trailing spouses whose husbands may spend significant time traveling often say their relationships suffer because of difficulty with communication and a lack of support (for more on couples counseling, see p54). Adolescents, however, often feel overwhelmed and disconnected from busy parents. According to Clinical Psychologist Dr. Beverly Rolle from International SOS Beijing Clinic, both groups say they miss extended family members, friends, and the comfort zone of their home countries. But men are also not immune to depression or SAD; in some particular cases, the cause of depression may be self-inflicted. We speak with Dr. Rolle and Marriage and Family Therapist Aram Sohigian, and one long-term Beijing expat about his battle with depression.

high. That being said, family history is most telling of whether depression symptoms will arise. “For those who may have a family history of depression, the expat environment may only heighten the inevitable occurrence,” she says. Identifying the difference between depression and SAD can be difficult because many of the symptoms are the same. According to Sohigian, SAD is specifically linked to seasonal change while depression is primarily a disorder caused by distorted thoughts. Some of these distortions include jumping to conclusions, self-blame as well as blaming others for depressed feelings, and black-and-white thinking. In addition, SAD symptoms are usually experienced at the same time(s) of year for at least two years; in the summer months, SAD is often more similar to anxiety than depression. Adults, children, and teens experience similar symptoms with SAD or depression, though adults generally tend to have more coping strategies. “Children and teens may withdraw or become angrier than most adults because they don’t know how to deal with the issue,” says Sohigian. “They may also become less playful and less willing to go on trips. Teens may spend more time in their rooms alone, not want to be around their friends, or even stop talking to their friends back home. Grades may start dropping and they may start using alcohol or drugs to relieve the pain they are feeling. Teens may also start cutting as a way to deal with the feelings they can’t express.” With severe cases of depression, adults can also have thoughts of self-harm. Though Phillips never had such thoughts, he knew it was time to seek help after he fell while rock climbing. “It felt good. I actually liked the pain,” he says. “There was something really wrong about that and that’s when I realized maybe I should talk to someone.”

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Resources Eliott’s Corner 胡宝小屋 This multidisciplinary pediatric therapy center has three licensed clinical psychologists with expertise dealing with children’s issues, including depression. Mon- Fri 9am-6pm, Unit 19-05, Block 2, Kandu International, No. 10 North East 4th Ring Road, Chaoyang District (6461 6283, 13511006282, www. 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)

Small Steps Coaching Classes are designed for enhanced personal growth and selfawareness. Two-hour sessions cover topics such as using emotions for personal growth and making major decisions while keeping mind-body-emotions in balance. Small groups and one-on-one sessions available only. Sat 3-5pm. 44 Qian Yongkang Hutong (near Lama Temple), Dongcheng District (6416 6125, dalida@small-steps-coaching. com) 东城区前永康胡同44号(近雍 和宫)

International SOS Beijing Clinic 北京国际救援中心 SOS has doctors and therapists with experience working with men, women, and teens including Clinical Health Psychologist Dr. Stephen-Claude Hyat, Dr. Beverly Rolle, and Marriage and Family Therapist Aram Sohigian. 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, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心 一座105室

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Phillips reluctantly visited a therapist referred to him by a friend, though he found opening up very difficult at first. “For me, it’s not the kind of thing we do, [talking] about your really deep personal issues.” He continued to see his therapist, however, and throughout his nine sessions, he began his own research about depression and was able to start the healing process. Despite his initial hesitation, by the last few visits Phillips started opening up. “I started spilling, though it was really hard for me. I remember in one of our last visits [my therapist] said, ‘Wow, now I know you. This is you.’” It can be difficult for some people to talk about their personal problems, but doing so is crucial to the recovery process. “The stigmas often tied to taking better care of our emotional and mental health needs must be dismantled, as early intervention is the next best thing to prevention,” says Dr. Rolle. She stresses that emotional well-being is just as important as physical well-being. Sohigian encourages parents seeking treatment for their children to realize that many people get depressed and therapy offers a chance for patients to learn more skills for dealing with depression and becoming a stronger person. “Remind them of times they’ve shown strength and resiliency,” he says. Dr. Rolle says that unconditional love and encouragement for family members experiencing depression or SAD is a must, as well as seeking professional help for them as soon as possible. “Take whatever steps necessary,” she says. “You don’t have to suffer silently.” For Phillips, getting help was key. “A lot of the things [the therapist] said, I already knew, but it’s so different when it comes from someone else. They put things in another perspective for you – that’s what I appreciate the most, the nuggets of wisdom.”

Almost a year later, Phillips feels like his old self again and is able to talk about his experience openly. “Having a therapist did help, but I also think it’s a 50/50 effort. I had to do more than just get up and go to a psychologist; I also had to make the personal choice to want to be over this depression. I also made the decision to be involved in positive things again, doing things in the community and eventually going back and doing all the things I loved doing.” Many hospitals, clinics, and private practice therapists in Beijing have a range of experienced clinicians with diverse backgrounds who can help with individual and family therapy. Psychological assessments are also a tool to help more clearly diagnose and treat depression, SAD, and other mental illnesses. English-speaking support groups as well as doctors and counselors with experience dealing with a particular group are great resources for the expat community. “If someone wants to get help, it is definitely here in Beijing,” says Sohigian. He uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) methods with his patients instead of more traditional talk therapy approaches. Therapists who use CBT select specific strategies to help patients cope with their issues. “It is like learning a new language and you can learn to use it very quickly if you work at it. You don’t have to be in pain and feel alone. There is support out there – you just have to ask for it.”

Talking Your Heart Out Coping with common relationship problems abroad by Yvette Ferrari Psychologist Dr. Wei Chang from BJU’s Family Counseling Center


or couples who decide to move to Beijing, the appeal often has to do with the opportunity to experience another culture, travel, and save money. But when the rose-colored glasses come off and the facts of life outside one’s home country set in, the reality ain’t always pretty. We speak with Psychologist Dr. Wei Chang from the Family Counseling Center at Beijing United Family Hospital about the challenges that couples most often face when they come to China.

Specializing in couples counseling, Dr. Chang has been living in Beijing for eight years and mainly sees expat and mixed-nationality couples. She says that adjustment is a huge issue for expat couples because moving abroad often changes the dynamic in a relationship. “Often, long hours for the working spouse are a big problem because it takes the spouse away from the family,” she says. “It turns into mom and kid without dad. Just about every couple tells me that the amount of travel was never ‘this bad’ before moving here.” In terms of adjustment, another problem couples encounter is when one spouse must often be overseas while the trailing spouse – defined as the person who follows their partner to another city for a work assignment – does not. “Very often, the working spouse really likes the work here because it’s easier for them to get promoted, they have higher value, and they feel it’s more exciting while the trailing spouse has to deal with things like pollution, traffic, and food

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Coming to Terms with Conflict The majority of couples that Dr. Chang sees attend therapy because of infidelity. “Working with a lot of western men who have had affairs in China, it seems there is an instinct for survival and to feel

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safety,” she says. Another common problem for expat couples is infidelity. “When expats come overseas, there’s often a mixed package of needs,” she says. “Part of those needs is wanting to know the country, culture, people, language, and … feeling attracted to the local culture, including [people] of the opposite sex.” “I don’t want to generalize but I think it can have a lot to do with the foundation of the marriage,” she continues. “If a marriage before coming abroad has issues that haven’t been dealt with, it makes the marriage more vulnerable when coming overseas.” Mixed-nationality couples are quite interesting, says Dr. Chang. They often face the same difficulties as other expat couples in terms of adjustment and infidelity, but with unique cultural differences that can cause even greater conflict. She uses the hypothetical example of an American husband and a Chinese wife who met and married abroad to illustrate her point. “If the Chinese wife has parents or siblings in China, coming back to Beijing feels like coming home again. But it can feel hard to fit in for the western husband, and over time he can eventually lose interest in participating. It seems what’s happening is that there’s been a definite shift in the cultural balance of the marriage.”

secure in this foreign country,” she says. “Having a Chinese girlfriend complements that; they almost feel like they can learn Chinese better, get around easier, or get to know the customs [better].” How do these relationships develop? Though the number one reason is a shaky relationship foundation, Dr. Chang cites factors like constant travel and social media apps like WeChat. The changing culture in China also contributes.

We gain some, we lose some, but the decisions we make should be a balance

She says, “From a traditional family values perspective, infidelity is still not accepted, but because of economic change in the last 20 years, cities like Beijing and Shanghai are more global, cosmopolitan, and it’s no longer as taboo. No one thinks it’s a good idea, but the thinking often seems to be, ‘What’s the big deal if I have an affair with a married man?’” For trailing spouses, the root of the problem is often loneliness. The working spouse, especially those employed at international companies, must travel more while the trailing spouse is left to deal with issues like finding a school, managing the ayi , and getting around their new environment. “It can be hard to make the best out of the condition they’re in and focus on the good things, like the opportunity to travel more and having more free time because of cheap labor,” says Dr. Chang. Mixed-nationality couples most often cite distance as the reason for unhappiness in the partnership. During therapy, Dr. Chang often asks them to compare their lives before and after moving to China. She returns to the example of a western husband and Chinese wife. “When living at home where they met, they had activities and gatherings with family and mutual friends, and language barriers and culture weren’t an issue,” she says. “When they come to China, the spouse with Chinese heritage dives right into the culture and is able to reconnect with relatives and old friends in a situation in which she is already familiar. This sometimes creates a strange situation that makes the expat partner feel like an outcast with his wife’s social circle.” This is the point when the western partner often starts socializing more with other expats and co-workers, creating a divide in the relationship.

Recognizing and understanding the primary problem is the key to couples therapy. Only then can Dr. Chang begin to help couples work toward their goals. “In the case of one partner wanting to keep the marriage going but the other wants out, several sessions are needed to work toward and re-evaluate more shared goals. If there aren’t common goals, I can’t help them in couples therapy; I would have to refer them to individual therapy.” Dr. Chang uses the Family Systems Therapy approach, which is based on the idea that people are best understood through their upbringing. Using information about each partner’s family as a basis, she focuses on the dynamics of the relationship and the role of each partner in creating relationship problem(s). Dr. Chang finds that the root of many issues can be traced back to a person’s upbringing. Though many couples work their issues out in couples counseling, many decide to divorce, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “As

Resources The following hospitals have doctors and counselors that offer services in marriage and family therapy for foreign couples, among other mental health services.

United Family New Hope Center 和睦家启望肿瘤中心 Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm. 9-11 Jiangtai Xi Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7008, 朝阳区将台西路9-11号

International SOS Beijing Clinic 北京国际救援中心 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, www.clinicsinchina.com朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心 一座105室

Vista Medical Center 威斯达 Daily 24 hours. 3/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心3层

Oasis International Hospital 明德国际医院 Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30pm. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District (400 UR OASIS) 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号明德医院

Agape Counseling and Training Center (ACFTC) 爱在人间朝阳区 Daily 9am-5pm. Rm C906, Eastern Tulip Building, 216 Tangli Lu, Chaoyang District (5947 2056, 150 1013 5804, 朝阳区汤立路 216号院 东方郁金香大厦C座906室

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a therapist, my job is not to keep a couple together or to split them [up]; the final decision is theirs. My job is to help them see if it’s possible to work through their problems together. If not, maybe they are better off split.” Of the couples Dr. Chang sees, she estimates that 35-40 percent separate. On the other hand, couples can view living overseas as a great chance to strengthen their connection. “You really only have each other, but you need to be conscious of that,” she says. She suggests having shared social groups, making travel plans with other families, and – most importantly – being proactive in maintaining a connection by scheduling time together without the kids. “Be aware that as a couple, you do need time and space to yourselves. I strongly encourage couples to make time for dates and nights out, especially here where they have the advantage of having an ayi ,” she urges. Eventually, there will be a point when couples need to mutually prioritize what’s best for themselves and their families, whether that means staying together or even leaving Beijing. Ultimately, communication is key. Dr. Chang says, “You have to discuss your relationship as any other issue in your life including health, education, or finances. There are many things to consider and we can’t always get what we wanted in coming here. We gain some, we lose some, but the decisions we make should be a balance.”

Enough Is Enough Finding support for sex and alcohol addiction by Yvette Ferrari

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Expat women often also turn to drinking, though their reasons may be different than those of their male counterparts. “It’s not uncommon for expat wives who have children in school and husbands that travel often to find comfort in it, because they are feeling lonely,” says Dr. Hyatt. The rise of sex addiction in recent years can also be blamed in part on Chinese business culture. It’s not unheard of for deals to be made at clubs or bars where women are often hired as the evening’s “entertainment.” It’s also common for foreign men to receive phone calls to their hotel room during a business trip with the offer of a “massage.” Access to sex services is easier in Beijing, as in other major cities around the world. In addition to the abovementioned factors, moving overseas – and out of familiar territory – makes people more likely to experiment. “There are checks and balances in our home countries in terms of family, friends, and social standing,” says Dr. Hyatt. “In Beijing, no one is really taking you in that much. [Expats] feel free to take risks. Guards are down; there is a sense of ‘I can do what I want.’” While some aspects of Chinese culture coupled with a more carefree attitude obviously don’t “create” addicts, those with a tendency for addictive behaviors will probably have a harder time here. As Dr. Hyatt puts it, “in any culture that is more relaxed in that it that

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or many, the word “addiction” brings to mind images of sallow faces, empty pill bottles, and suspicious powdery substances. In Beijing, however, it’s actually alcohol consumption – a generally-accepted social behavior – that makes up the reason most people seek treatment for addiction. We speak with Clinical Health Psychologist Dr. Stephen-Claude Hyatt from International SOS Beijing clinic about alcoholism and another lesser-acknowledged but common addiction: sex addiction. Dr. Hyatt has been living in China for eight years and is currently head of the Mental Health Department at International SOS, where he primarily treats expat patients. He specializes in chronic mental illnesses and family counseling. It’s no secret that a strong drinking culture exists in Beijing. Walk past any chuanr restaurant on a weekend night and you’ll find the proof on the ground in the form of countless beer and baijiu bottles. This culture extends to the business world, where alcohol is commonly passed around the dinner table to strengthen ties, a practice known as ying chou (应酬). “Like so many other international cities, the reality is that Beijing is very much a pro-drinking environment,” says Dr. Hyatt. “Many feel they can’t avoid it, that they have to drink to be able to engage. People tend to experience a lot more pressure in a foreign environment.” The pressures of a foreign environment are not gender-exclusive.

embraces drinking or has easier access to sex, there is a likelihood that persons with addictive personalities will succumb to it.”

Who’s at Risk for Addiction? To determine who is vulnerable to addiction, it’s important to understand what is considered an actual addiction and not just a tendency toward addictive behaviors. An addiction is anything that alters a person’s state of mind, behavior, or creates a pull that they find difficult to control. “Glue, eating chalk, pornography, online gaming – anything that is preventing you from being in control is an addictive item,” explains Dr. Hyatt. While this definition is simple enough, what causes people to be susceptible to addiction is more complex. Current research recognizes that addiction as a disease similar to any other chronic or progressive condition like cancer or cardiovascular disease. It’s also generally accepted in the scientific community that some people are born with predisposition for addiction. “As a disease, there’s something biological about it,” says Dr. Hyatt. “A lot of addicts will tell you that before they began exhibiting addictive tendencies, they had a void – something missing – just as many who have been diagnosed with depression or an anxiety disorder would say.” When introduced to a particular drug or addictive action, the person experiences pleasure and the void is filled – at least temporarily. Besides hereditary factors, addiction is influenced by a person’s environment. Not surprisingly, those exposed to addictive environments from an early age are more likely to develop a propensity for addiction. While genetics and environment are the main factors that cause a person to be more vulnerable to developing addiction, it doesn’t always mean that they will become a full-blown addict. “Some people just have an easier time breaking the habit,” says Dr. Hyatt. “For some, a drug addiction can lead to death from overdose while others can go on for years. It doesn’t matter the substance or the practice though – all addictions are potentially equally dangerous because they can destroy lives.”

It doesn’t matter the substance or the practice though. All addictions are potentially equally dangerous because they can destroy lives

Luckily, expats seeking treatment for mild to moderate forms of addiction can find help in Beijing. Some hospitals have treatment programs available, such as the outpatient program at International SOS in which patients meet with doctors twice weekly. A new program at the clinic also offers treatment for alcoholism. It starts with a physical and mental health check; based on the patient’s specific issues, the doctor then tailor-makes a program by looking at both physical and psychological challenges, and works with the patient to meet treatment goals. For most addicts, it is very difficult to control addictive behaviors without appropriate treatment. Group work is considered an essential component to recovery, which can be problematic despite the presence of both Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Sex and Love

10 Signs of Addiction 1. Obsession with obtaining the addictive substance or compulsive behavior 2. Problems performing at work or doing normal daily activities like cooking or grocery shopping 3. Loss of interest in activities and hobbies 4. Keeping activities secret from friends and family 5. Changes in demeanor, including risk-taking behavior like driving or operating machinery 6. Changes in appetite, sleeping habits, and appearance including weight loss/ gain or bloodshot eyes. 7. Borrowing or stealing money 8. Using substance or activity as a way to “relax” 9. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when user tries to stop Addiction continues despite awareness of health problems. 10. Person still uses it (or engages in the addictive activity) though they recognize the negative effect

Source: WebMD

Resources Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Beijing Chapter Rm 2308, Bldg 4, 18 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District (152 1003 3757, 朝阳区新中街18号4号楼2308室 Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) Email for information on meeting times and venues. International SOS Beijing Clinic 北京国际救援中心 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, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室

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Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) in Beijing. “People tend to shy away from group meetings,” says Dr. Hyatt. “The expat community is small, so some worry about who they might see.” Residential programs, which feature extended stays, are considered to be the most effective method of treatment by many doctors – Dr. Hyatt included. Unfortunately, there are currently no residential facilities that exist for foreigners in Beijing. Expats with chronic addiction are often referred to other facilities in Asia and some return to their home countries to seek help. Dr. Hyatt encourages those who may have a friend or family member battling addiction to find help for that person. “People need to recognize addiction is a disease, not a choice. People don’t choose to be an addict,” he says. “You have to patient and realize that people are struggling with getting their lives back in order. Like any other sickness, they can’t do it by themselves. They need love and support from their loved ones.”

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What Is Naturopathic Medicine? Getting to the root cause of a disease by Melissa Rodriguez


hen your home has a leaky roof, you can use buckets to catch the leaks or patch up the ceiling – but that won’t solve the problem. Instead, the best thing to do is to get up on the roof and see where the leak is coming from. In the process, you may have to remove the shingles to see exactly where the problem lies. Maybe the problem isn’t really the roof, but the plumbing that goes through the attic. In any case, finding the root cause is the key to solving the problem permanently. The same is true of medicine. It’s important to find the root cause of disease in order to treat it effectively. This is a fundamental principle of naturopathic medicine. The Roots of Naturopathy Naturopathy was once an ancient form of healing in which plants as well as crude animal and mineral substances were used as medicine. However, modern-day naturopaths bridge the gap between old and new by using traditional healing methods and modern scientific medical knowledge. To treat disease and prevent illness, naturopaths can resort to botanical medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathy, and lifestyle counseling to treat their patients. Learning the art and practice of naturopathic medicine is not easy. Naturopathic doctors (referred to as “NDs”) must first obtain a university degree before applying to an accredited naturopathic school. Only after completing an intensive four-year program and passing all their board exams can they can apply for their naturopathic license. This is the North American process. The profession is not regulated in all countries, so when looking for a naturopath, ask about their training. Someone can do a few weekend courses and refer to themselves as a naturopath. In China, the field is relatively unknown and there are no local practitioners. Individualized treatment is a cornerstone of naturopathic practice, which is why the first visit can take an hour to an hour and a half. Hippocrates, known as the founder of modern medicine, once said it is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has. Getting to know the patient is an important part of finding the root of the problem. Once the diagnosis has been made, the naturopath shares the treatment plan that often requires the patient to take the lead; they may need to implement dietary changes, take supplements, or practice self-help measures. The body has the ability to heal itself, but the process needs to be supported – and that requires effort. Naturopathy can treat many conditions, from purely physical illnesses such as high cholesterol and diabetes to mental and emotional ones like anxiety and depression. Naturopathic medicine can also be used to prevent disease. It is great for people of all ages and stages of life, from infants to the elderly. It can also help those who have no options from a medical point of view; perhaps their symptoms are too

strange or there is no conventional diagnosis for them. In these, cases naturopathic medicine can also help. A Naturopathic Journey I once had a patient who came to me with abdominal cramping that only took place while exercising. Her GP had referred her to an OB/GYN because she described the pain as being similar to the pain she experienced years ago when she had an ovarian cyst. When an ultrasound proved this was not the case, the doctor could not explain her abdominal pain and referred her to a physiotherapist. Before following up with that appointment, she came to see me. After asking many detailed questions about the pain, her current health status, and her supplementation regime, I learned that she selfprescribed with calcium. The supplement she used was of poor quality and not balanced with magnesium. Because these minerals work in synergy, I suspected the pain was likely due to an imbalance in calcium and magnesium. A deficiency in magnesium can lead to constipation, muscle cramps, tension, and sometimes anxiety. After recommending magnesium in high doses for one week, she started to see improvement. Her pain took longer to appear and wasn’t as severe. After two weeks, the pain was almost gone and by week three she was pain-free.

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This comes back to the most fundamental principle of naturopathy: treating the root cause. In the abovementioned case, how helpful would it have been to take pain medication? It may have taken away the pain, but wouldn’t have solved the problem of why the pain was there in the first place. This is the critical question. Our body has a way of communicating with us through the symptoms we experience. If we don’t listen, how can we hope to be healthy? So next time you experience an odd pain, get digestive discomfort, or feel absolutely exhausted by 4pm, pause and take the time to listen to your body. It’s trying to tell you something. And if you’re having trouble understanding what the symptoms mean, see a naturopath. They might just be able to help you get to the root of the problem. Melissa Rodriguez is a certified naturopath, mom-of-two, and regular columnist for beijingkids. Contact her at

Balancing Act An introduction to TCM, one treatment at a time by Clemence Jiang

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doctor will merely treat the illness itself. Here’s an introduction to basic TCM principles and techniques.

Food Therapy In TCM, it is believed that food and medicine are derived from the same natural sources, which can all be used to treat illness. Ancient practitioners classified foods according to their effects on the balance of factors like cold and warmth or moisture and dryness within the body. For example, it’s recommended to drink green tea (which has “cold” properties) in the summer and black tea (which has “warm” properties) in the winter. Generally, foods that take longer to grow have a “warmer” nature (温, wen ) while foods that require less growing time have a “colder” nature (寒, han ). Most root vegetables, including potatoes, ginger, garlic and carrots, are considered “warm.” Cooling foods include cucumber, eggplant, apples, and watermelons, which are all good to eat in the summer. Eating both kinds of foods in balance is the key to good health.

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nce they’re a bit more settled in, many newcomers become curious about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM can seem as inaccessible as it is exotic, but at its core revolves around a very simple tenet: balance. TCM views the body as a whole. Within this system, positive and negative elements – the yin (阴) and yang (阳) – should be in equilibrium in order to maintain good health. It is when the body is besieged by external factors like wind, heat, cold, and dampness that this balance can be destroyed. The idea is that the body can not only avoid illness, but also heal itself by following the rules and rhythm of nature. This is why TCM practitioners prefer natural treatments (i.e. medicinal foods) rather than manufactured drugs. TCM doctors diagnose imbalance by carefully examining factors ranging from a patient’s pulse to the sound of their breathing and the coating on their tongue. They also interview the patient about their symptoms, regular diet, and medical history. In this way, it is said that a good doctor can treat illness before its onset while a bad

It is said that a good doctor can treat illness before its onset while a bad doctor will merely treat the illness itself



Acupressure or tuina (推拿) is as relaxing as it is therapeutic, so even a healthy person would benefit from this ancient healing art. This massage technique can help rid the body of accumulated toxins. The resulting blockages are thought to cause everyday aches and pains, which can lead to illness or injury if left untreated. By applying consistent pressure to meridians and pressure points, a tuina expert can eliminate blockages and speed up the body’s ability to heal. Tuina is also used to treat chronic ailments like neck pain and sports injuries. Bear in mind that it is considerably more intense than your average spa massage and can result in some pain and discomfort.

Acupuncture Acupuncture (针, zhen ) is probably the most recognized TCM practice in the West and was included on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in 2010. In acupuncture, needles are inserted into the

patient’s skin along meridians and pressure points. Some patients liken the insertion pain to a mosquito bite while others find it very uncomfortable; you are the best judge of your own pain threshold, so proceed accordingly. Acupuncture is commonly used to relieve acute pain and chronic conditions, but it’s also increasingly used to treat insomnia and obesity.

Moxibustion If the needles still put you off, consider moxibustion (灸, jiu ). The latter stimulates the same points as acupuncture, but using sticks of moxa made from dried mugwort burned above the patient’s skin. The heat generated by the combustion stimulates these pressure points and warms the meridians to boost energy (气, qi ) and blood circulation. Due to its warming properties, moxibustion is often used in the winter to treat ailments like arthritis, poor digestion, and menstrual pain. Moxa smells somewhat like cheap tobacco, so avoid this technique if you’re sensitive to cigarette smell. 2014 beijingkids Health Guide

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Ear Acupressure Perhaps you’ve spotted strangers with tiny squares of plaster on their ears and wondered what that was all about. The plasters are filled with small pellets that make contact with the ears at different acupressure points. It is believed that each point corresponds to an internal organ, so applying pressure on it can relieve symptoms associated with that internal organ. For example, the earlobe is linked to the mouth and face while the middle ear is linked to digestive organs. The pellets often consist of millet, mung beans, or cowherb seeds, which are stuck on the ear for a few days. Ear acupressure is said to be effective for treating headaches, insomnia, menstrual pain, and kidney disorders.

Cupping In a cupping (拔罐, baguan ) session, the doctor creates a vacuum by burning oxygen in a lightbulb-shaped glass bottle that is then placed over the skin, usually the back. The process stimulates circulation by drawing blood to the surface of the skin, leaving round red or purple marks that disappear after a week or two. Cupping is often performed in the winter to treat back and shoulder ailments.

Scraping Scraping (刮痧, guasha ), on the other hand, is mostly performed in the summer to eliminate excess “heat” (火, huo ) in the body as a result of conditions like fever or heatstroke. A smooth-edged instrument is used to repeatedly rub the back until the skin turns red or purple. It’s recommended not to shower for 24 hours after cupping or scraping, as the skin is very sensitive from the treatment. Bear in mind that both cupping and scraping can be quite painful.

Herbal Medicine There’s no two ways around it – Chinese medicine tastes pretty awful, a sentiment echoed in the proverb “good medicine tastes bitter” (良药苦口 , liangyao kukou ). But thanks to modern technology, many of these bitter compounds can now be ingested in powdered and pill form. In the past, herbal remedies were almost exclusively consumed in liquid “soup” form, which would make your entire apartment smell like a TCM pharmacy. Most hospitals and clinics can now process TCM herbs into individual portions of ready-todrink liquid packages for your convenience. You can also find over-the-counter TCM remedies at neighborhood pharmacies. Most Chinese families have a medical kit filled with go-to balms, tinctures, pills, and syrups. Just be sure to consult your doctor before taking anything, especially if you have a medical history of diabetes; many TCM remedies contain sugar to counteract bitterness and improve taste. Here are some common remedies: A popular cough medicine is called Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa (京都念 慈庵蜜炼川贝枇杷膏, RMB 23), a pleasant herb-based remedy that contains honey and is effective for relieving sore throats.

Hongyitang 弘医堂 Affiliated with the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, this well-respected TCM hospital offers treatments ranging from moxibustion to herbal medicine and bone setting. Registration fee is RMB 10-300. No English service, but most doctors speak some English. Daily 8am-noon, 1.30-9pm. 2 Tuanjiehu Beilu, Chaoyang District (6582 7961/63) 朝阳区团结湖北 路2号

Beijing Tongrentang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital 北京同仁堂中医医院 RMB 5 for ordinary registration and RMB 30-200 for senior specialists. Good with traditional treatments and best with herbal medicine. Daily 7.30-11am, 1-4.30pm. 46 Xidamochang Jie, Chongwen District (6701 9022/0215) 崇 文区西打磨厂街46号

Oasis International Hospital 明德医院 This international hospital has a comprehensive TCM clinic that accepts both appointments and walk-in patients. All the staff speak English and direct billing is available. MonFri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30pm (TCM clinic). 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District (400 UR OASIS) www. 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号

The Meridian 明经堂中医馆 This clinic is known for its friendly service and efficient treatment, with acupuncture and tuina particularly recommended. No registration fee for general treatments, RMB 300-400 for senior specialists. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 9-10-A, Si’de Park, Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (139 1136 1184, 8456 7010) 朝阳区芳园西路四得公园9-10-A (近东四环霄 云桥)

Joyful Bliss Wellness Center 金佰健康中心 Offers medical massage therapies, skincare, weight control help, and stress relief. Reasonable prices and English service. Tue-Sun 10am-10pm. 3/F, 32 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6436 4576, 136 1125 2085) 朝阳 区亮马桥路32号高澜大厦附楼3层 Beijing Dongwen Integrative Clinic 北京东文中医诊所 This international clinic provides TCM treatments in Chinese, English, Japanese, French, German, and Arabic. Most of the practitioners are graduates of the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and have worked overseas. Help is also available for stress, depression, and weight management. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. Rm 107, Palace Hotel Beijing, 8 Xiaoyun Li, Chaoyang District (5613 7619) 朝阳区霄云里8号酒店107室

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• If you have indigestion and need a replacement for Pepto-Bismol, try the Chinese equivalent: jiangzhong jianwei xiaoshi pian (江中 健胃消食片, RMB 8.8). These chewable, milky tablets are made from hawthorn, roasted barley, orange peel, and ginseng, and don’t taste bad at all. • To relieve cold symptoms, try 999 Ganmaoling (999感冒灵, RMB 11). Simply dissolve a packet of power in boiling water and drink the solution three times a day. • Made from six herbs, liuwei dihuang wan (六味地黄丸, around RMB 10) is widely taken to relieve the back pain, fatigue, low energy, and hair loss associated with kidney deficiencies.


No Time like the Presence Finding an om away from home in Beijing by Aisling O’Brien

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eijing is a challenging city; millions of lives intermingle in a constant jumble of noise, traffic, and pollution. Expats face the additional stress of being far away from loved ones and familiar support systems. We speak to Theresa Pauline and William Bi, two yoga teachers who guide Beijingers on how to slow down and just be.

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How can beijingkids readers get started with yoga?

Go with the Flow Pauline moved to Tianjin in 2007 for her studies, and has been in and out of China ever since with a total of four years in Beijing. She recently returned to bring her love of yoga to the community here. Pauline is also fundraising for the Yoganda Project, which enables Ugandan widows to become self-supporting by teaching them how to make yoga bags.

I have studied yoga all over the world with many of the planet’s best yoga teachers, but reading a variety of yoga books on a daily basis has been my greatest teacher. There are also amazing online yoga resources available. You can take streaming classes with incredible teachers at the click of a button. I advise people to try a few different classes or styles before choosing what type of practice to include consistently. Readers can contact me directly. I’m always happy to talk about yoga.

How did you come to practice yoga?

Is yoga suitable for children?

I started in university in Boulder, Colorado and immediately felt it was something that would become a lifetime passion. The balance my yoga practice makes me feel is incentive enough to continue exploring a decade after my first class.

Some yoga philosophies believe practice is about returning to the inner child; because this is one of the main aims of yoga, chldren make excellent practicioners. Practicing together is a beautiful way to create unity and a nurturing, fun environment – perfect for families right? As long as the practice isn’t super serious, it’s suitable for kids. First, parents can get an idea of what type of yoga works best for them as individuals; after they develop a practice, they’ll be better-equipped to involve the family. In the summer time, there is free yoga every Sunday in Chaoyang Park – it’s a great place to bring children to experiment and play.

Theresa Pauline (US), Yoga Teacher and Founder of Taozi Tree Yoga

What is yoga? This question is funny because yoga is everything! Yoga is awareness, being present, being in the body, the spirit and out of the mind. It is movement and it is stillness; it’s about creating balance. There are many ways to practice, the most common way, and what most people think of when they hear “yoga,” is the physical asana practice: making postures with the body while incorporating breath and perhaps movement. A physical yoga practice is a great tool to quiet the mind and to restore balance and health to the individual.

Can anyone practice yoga? There are so many misconceptions about what yoga is. People may think they have to be able to kick up into handstand or put their legs over their head, and this is simply not the case. If a person is breathing, they can practice yoga. Anyone who is capable of setting aside some time from their daily routine with the intention of bettering their health and their state of mind can practice yoga. Sometimes the willingness to get on the yoga mat alone (even for five minutes) is enough to start a slight shift in behaviors that make lasting life changes possible.

Practicing at a young age gives kids a head start on mature concepts such as mindfulness, confidence, and balance while also introducing them to a lighthearted and joyful understanding of their body. Until children have full body awareness, I avoid putting them into poses where they could be prone to hurting themselves. Keep it playful and fun; there’s no need for Ashtanga or Bikram with young kids!

Life in Beijing can be busy and stressful. What are the benefits of yoga? The benefits of yoga are endless: a more relaxed and calm state of mind, a better physical body, more awareness about the environment, and increased intuition, among many more. Two of the chief benefits of yoga in relation to living in Beijing are firstly its calming properties. Beijing is a big, crazy city and taking the time to be on a mat and focus on the self is a wonderful way to restore much needed balance. Secondly, yoga can be detoxifying. Continual twists and movements of the spine remove energy blockages, gentle compression on the internal organs flushes out toxins in the body, and deep breathing helps clean out and increase the capacity of our hardworking lungs.

Many parents experience worry and self-reproach related to their parenting choices. How can yoga help them? A healthy yoga practice helps us accept ourselves as we are. With consistent practice, we drop the rambling monkey mind of judgment that most of us are afflicted with, and grow in compassion toward ourselves and others. Worry and self-reproach can be transformed into acceptance and self-love, and then passed onto the rest of the family. 2014 beijingkids Health Guide

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Children of all ages can practice if yoga is approached as a time to play together. Playing with yoga involves telling stories while mimicking different animals through asanas devoted to animals, such as the crane, cobra, eagle, camel, horse, and frog.

Do you have to follow a particular religion to practice or benefit from yoga?

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At what age can children begin to practice yoga?

Just Breathe William Bi (Canada), Journalist and Yoga Teacher Bi moved to Beijing eight years ago to work as a journalist. He leads a bi-weekly meditation class at the Yoga Yard.

How did you come to practice meditation? About 15 years ago, I traveled to Thailand and visited a friend who was spending a year as a novice Buddhist monk there. I picked up some books on mindfulness of the breath, and later started practicing back in Canada. I was drawn to the sense of silence, stillness and renewal that came following a meditation session. In the following years, wherever I went, I sought places to practice. I visited monasteries in Canada, India, the UK, and Thailand.

What is meditation? Meditation is an exercise of one’s pure consciousness, pure awareness, and pure attention, as opposed to the engagement of the thinking,

judging, wandering, or lazy mind. We come to see things as they are in this moment; not what we think they should be, in the past or future. When we don’t see things as they are, we may pursue aims which may be short-sighted or confuse us. Careful reflection helps us recognize actions whose aims are violent, deceitful or intoxicating. Meditation gives us a good aim: to be clear and attentive to what we are doing and how we’re being affected in a moment-by-moment way. In my tradition, the tool we use is breathing, but it doesn’t need to be the breath.

Can anyone meditate? Yes, anyone with a functional brain can do it; in fact, it may be of more benefit to someone with a slightly dysfunctional brain!

Do you have to follow a particular religion to practice or benefit from meditation? I am a Buddhist and the method that I practice is deeply rooted in Buddhism. However, our tradition doesn’t require the practitioner to be a Buddhist or follow any form of devotion to any deities. We discourage attachment to the supernatural or blissful states some traditions promise; we even discourage attachment to silence and calmness.

Life in Beijing can be busy and stressful. What are the benefits of meditation? For a good part of the day, we see and act in a world that requires us to constantly evaluate and make decisions; you need that to earn a living and support a family. But the critical mind is also a source of unrest and angst; pollution, corruption, traffic congestion, and difficult landlords create tremendous amount of stress and unhappiness. When we lose our inner balance, we rely on external support and sensual stimulation: we watch a DVD, get on Facebook, or have drinks with friends – pleasant distractions which can make our lives more bearable. But they don’t solve the root of our problem, which is that we are looking at this world with intolerance. Meditation helps me set aside my critical judgment and focus on moment-to-moment awareness. By sharpening awareness, we understand things more clearly and apply our rationality only after having thoroughly understood this moment. The tool of our practice is breathing, and we develop a keener sense of awareness by observing the breaths. A side benefit is that we breathe better, which improves our psychological health, respiratory system, and physical health. When we remove ourselves from phone calls, emails, WeChat messages and go into silence, our mind gets better rest, we sleep better, we learn to be friends with silence, with boredom, and with less stuff. As a result, we have less need for fancy food or entertainment, and we save money.

Many parents experience worry and self-reproach related to their parenting choices. How can meditation help them?

How can beijingkids readers get started with meditation? Readers can attend my classes at Yoga Yard. There is also a lot of teaching material online. When [readers] holiday in Southeast Asia, Europe or North America, they could make a trip to the many Zen or other Buddhist monasteries and retreat centers. Meditation is a prac-

Is meditation suitable for children? At a school where I volunteered in Southern India, children from preschool ages to young adults sit together, once in the morning and once in the evening. It’s amusing to watch some small children sitting serenely cross-legged, while others gyrate, shift, and try to distract their friends. But all the children learn to be patient, to observe rules, and to be still. They may run away to play cricket as soon as they file out of the meditation hall, but at least for twice a day, they learn to be quiet and to sit, oblivious to the mosquitoes and blaring motorcycles outside the school. In India or Thailand, families go to a temple or monastery on weekends and everyone sits down and meditates; it seems completely natural, no different from having a picnic.

At what age can children begin to meditate? Children can benefit immensely from meditation, but they won’t likely have initiative or understand why they need it. An adult figure can introduce meditation to them. From my observation, children age 4 or 5 are already old enough to learn to sit patiently. Some will only tolerate ten minutes or so. They need persistent parents who know the value of meditation. They learn the best by watching older children and the adults who meditate with them.

Yoga Resources The Yoga Yard 瑜伽苑 6/F, 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (6413 0774, info@ 朝阳区工体北路17号6层

Yihe 42 Hot Yoga Various locations. For more info, call 8405 9996/98 or email

Websites: China Yoga Online: YogaGlo: Black Swan: Taozi Tree Yoga:

Meditation Resources The Yoga Yard Contact William Bi at to find out more about his bi-weekly meditation class.

China Culture Center (CCC) CCC offers both Zen meditation and a class called Music and Sound Meditation for Stress Reduction. Bldg 9, Maple Drive-in Movie Theater Park, 21 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm: 6432 9341, Sat-Sun: 8420 0671, 朝阳区亮马桥路21号枫花园汽车电影院内湖边红色房子

Websites: Dharma Net: Dhamma: (find a monastery or a retreat center to visit)

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Meditation helps us to be fully awake and maintain a level of detachment. Parents are under a lot of pressure, and they can often be too emotionally invested in their children to keep their mind in balance. A regular meditation practice can help parents develop patience. It gives them a space to breathe, to forgive the past, to set aside what will happen in the future, and just to be OK in this inescapable moment.

tice; reading up a bit helps – but if you’re reading and talking a lot, or discussing Zen over cocktails, you are just seeking more distractions.

1 Basics

• Nǎr téng? 哪儿疼 ? Where does it hurt? • Zhèyàng duōjiǔ le? 这样多久了? How long have you had this

Say this:


• Where is the nearest… 最近的 ... 在哪儿 ? Zuìjìn de…zài nǎr? (1) emergency room 急救室 jíjiùshì (2) pharmacy 药房 yàofáng (3) optometrist 眼镜店 yǎnjìng diàn

• Is there an English-speaking physician here? 这儿有会说英语的医 生吗? Zhèr yǒu huì shuō yīngyǔ de yīshēng ma? • I would like to find an English-speaking doctor. 我想要一个会讲英 • 语的医生 Wǒ xiǎngyào yígè huì jiǎng yīngyǔ de yīshēng

• I have health insurance 我有医保 Wǒ yǒu yībǎo • I have BUPA insurance 我有 BUPA 保险 Wǒ yǒu BUPA bǎoxiǎn • I work for ... company 我在 ... 公司上班 Wǒ zài ... gōngsī shàngbān • My company will pay for the costs 我的公司会负责医疗费 Wǒde gōngsī huì fùzé yīliáofèi

2 Making an Appointment Say this: • I need to make an appointment for a ... 我想预约 ... Wǒ xiǎng yùyuē …

(1) general checkup 综合体检 zōnghé tǐjiǎn

(2) dentist 牙医 yáyī (3) pediatrician 儿科医生 érkē yīshēng (4) gynecologist 妇科医生 fùkē yīshēng

(5) obstetrician 产科医生 chǎnkē yīshēng

(6) female doctor 女医生 nǚ yīshēng (7) psychologist 心理医生 xīnlǐ yīshēng

(8) traditional Chinese medicine doctor 中医大夫 zhōngyī dàifū (9) acupuncturist 针灸师 zhēnjiūshī

(10) specialist 专家 zhuānjiā (11) x-ray 照 X 光 zhào x guāng

• Can the doctor make a house call? 医生可以出诊吗 ? Yīshēng kěyǐ chūzhěn ma?

• Do I need … ? 我需要 ... 吗 ? Wǒ xūyào… ma? (1) to pay with cash 付现金 fù xiànjīn (2) a credit card 信用卡 xìnyòngkǎ (3) insurance 买保险 mǎi bǎoxiǎn

• How much is the registration fee? 挂号多少钱 ? Guàhào duōshao qián?


3 Seeing the Doctor Listen for this: • Nǐ nǎr bù shūfu? 你哪儿不舒服? What’s the problem?

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• Yǐqián yǒuguò zhèzhǒng qíngkuàng ma? 以前有过这种情况吗? Have you had this before?

Say this: • I think I have ... 我觉得我 ( 得了 )... Wǒ juéde wǒ (dé le) … (1) a flu 感冒 gǎnmào (2) a headache 头疼 tóuténg (3) a stomachache 胃疼 wèiténg (4) insomnia 失眠 shīmi án (5) constipation 便秘 biànmì (6) pneumonia 肺炎 fèiyán

(7) a respiratory tract infection 呼吸道感染 hūxīdào gǎnrǎn (8) a broken bone 骨头断了 gǔtou duàn le (9) a sexually-transmitted disease 性病 xìngbìng

• Here are my symptoms 我有这些症状 Wǒ yǒu zhèxiē zhèng zhuàng (1) dizziness 头晕 tóuyūn (2) fever 发烧 fāshāo (3) poor stomach 胃不好 wèi bù hǎo (4) dry skin 皮肤干燥 pífū gānzào (5) excess phlegm 多痰 duō tán

(6) diarrhea 拉肚子 lādùzi (7) fatigue 乏力 fálì

(8) migraine 偏头疼 piān tóu téng (9) blurred vision 视力模糊 shìlì móhú

• I ... 我 ... Wǒ …

(1) was stung by a bee 被蜜蜂蛰了 bèi mìfēng zhē le (2) was in a fight 跟人打架了 gēn rén dǎjià le (3) have asthma 有哮喘 yǒu xiàochuǎn

(4) am diabetic 有糖尿病 yǒu tángniào bìng (5) am on medications 在接受药物治疗 zài jiēshòu yàowù zhìliáo (6) (think I) am pregnant(想我)怀孕了 (xiǎng wǒ) huáiyùn le • I am allergic to ... 我对 ... 过敏 Wǒ duì … guòmǐn (1) anti-inflammatories 消炎药 xiāoyányào (2) antibiotics 抗生素 kàngshēngsù (3) bee stings 蜜蜂蛰 mìfēng zhē (4) codeine 可待因 kědàiyīn (5) eggs 鸡蛋 jīdàn (6) nuts 坚果 jiānguǒ

(7) sedatives 安眠药 ānmiányào (8) painkillers 止疼药 zhǐténgyào (9) penicillin 青霉素 qīngméisù

(10) shellfish 贝类 bèilèi (11) sulfa drugs 磺胺药 huáng’ān yào

(12) pollen 花粉 huāfěn

• I’ve been vaccinated against ... 我已经打过 ... 预防针了 Wǒ yǐjīng dǎ guò … yùfángzhēn le (1) hepatitis A 甲型肝炎 jiǎxíng gānyán

(2) hepatitis B 乙型肝炎 yǐxíng gānyán (3) rabies 狂犬病 kuángquǎnbìng

• Dermatology 皮肤科 pífūkē • Optometry 验光 yànguāng

(4) tetanus 破伤风 pòshāngfēng (5) typhoid 伤寒 shānghán

• Radiology 放射科 fàngshèkē • Psychiatric care 精神病科 jīngshénbìngkē

(6) the flu 流感 liúgǎn

(7) Japanese encephalitis 乙型脑炎 yǐxíng nǎoyán (8) malaria 疟疾 nuèji

4 At the Pharmacy

Listen for this:

Say this:

• Fāshāo ma? 发烧吗 ? Do you have a fever? • Nǐ … ma? 你 ... 吗 ? Do you ... ?

• Do you have … ? 你们有没有 ... ? Nǐmen yǒu méiyǒu … ? (1) Chinese medicine 中药 zhōngyào

(1) hējiǔ 喝酒 drink alcohol (2) chōuyān 抽烟 smoke

(2) western medicine 西药 xīyào (3) herbal medicine 草药 cǎoyào

(3) xīdú 吸毒 take drugs

(4) antacids 抗酸剂 kàngsuānjì (5) ibuprofen 布洛芬 bùluòfēn

• Nǐ …? 你 ...? Are you ... ?

(1) duì shénme guòmǐn ma 对什么过敏吗 allergic to anything

(2) zài jiēshòu yàowù zhìliáo ma 在接受药物治疗吗 on medication (3) xìngshēnghuó zhèngcháng ma 性生活正常吗 sexually active

(4) lái lìjià le ma 来例假了吗 on your period

• Qǐng tuō diào … 请脱掉 ... Please remove your … (1) shàngyī 上衣 top

(2) kùzi 裤子 pants (3) xié zi 鞋子 shoes

• Qǐng tǎng zhèr 请躺这儿 Please lie down here • Shēn hūxī 深呼吸 Breathe deeply

• Niǔtóu késòu 扭头咳嗽 Turn your head and cough

• Wǒ děi kàn nǐ de … 我得看你的 ... I need to take your … (1) X guāngpiàn X 光片 X-ray (2) dàbiàn yàngběn 大便样本 stool sample (3) xuěyàng 血样 blood sample (4) niàoyàng 尿样 urine sample

• Nǐ děi zuò jìnyíbù jiǎnchá 你得做进一步检查 You will need further tests.

• Wǒ yào bǎ nǐ zhuǎn gěi zhuānjiā yīshī 我要把你转给专家医师 I’m going to refer you to a specialist.

Look for this: • Emergency ward 急救病房 jíjiù bìngfáng • Operating (room) 手术(手术室) shǒushù (shǒushùshì) • Internal medicine 内服药 nèifú yào • External medicine 外用药 wàiyòng yào

• Traditional Chinese medicine 中医 zhōngyī • Surgery 外科 wàikē

• Pediatrics 儿科 érkē • Obstetrics 产科 chǎnkē

• Orthodontics 畸齿矫正 jīchǐ jiàozhèng

(8) inhaler 吸入器 xīrùqì (9) aspirin 阿司匹林 āsīpīlín (10) laxatives 泻药 xièyào (11) Tylenol 泰诺 tàinuò (12) vitamins 维他命 wéitāmìng

(13) malaria tablets 疟疾药 nuèjiyào (14) eyedrops 眼药水 yǎnyàoshuǐ

(15) syringes 注射器 zhùshèqì (16) thermometer 体温计 tǐwēnjì

(17) iodine 碘酒 diǎnjiǔ (18) condoms 避孕套 bìyùntào (19) birth control pills 避孕药 bìyùnyào

(20) re-hydration salts 盐水 yánshuǐ (21) pregnancy tests 妊娠测试 rènshēn cèshì (22) cough medicine 止咳药 zhǐkéyào

(23) rubbing alcohol 外用酒精 wàiyòng jiǔjīng (24) sleeping pills 安眠药 ānmiányào

(25) acetaminophen 退热净 tuìrèjìng (26) Throat losenges 金嗓子喉宝 jīnsǎngzi hóubǎo

(27) plasters 创可贴(邦迪) chuàngkětiē (bāngdí) (28) calamine lotion 炉甘石液 lúgānshí yè • I need something for my ... 我要开点治 ... 的药 Wǒ yào kāi diǎn zhì

… de yào

(1) stomachache 胃疼 wèi téng (2) cold 感冒 gǎnmào (3) diarrhea 拉肚子 lādùzi (5) constipation 便秘 biànmì

(6) headache 头疼 tóu téng (7) flu 流感 liúgǎn

• How often should I take it? 多久吃一次 ? Duōjiǔ chī yí cì? • For how long should I take it? 要吃多久 ? Yào chī duōjiǔ?

• Can I drink alcohol while on this medication? 吃药期间能喝酒吗 ?

Chī yào qījiān néng hējiǔ ma?

• How do I take this? 这个药怎么用? Zhègè yào zěnme yòng?

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• Gynecology 妇科 fùkē • Dentistry 牙科 yákē

(6) Immodium 易蒙停 yìméngtíng (7) desinfectant 消毒剂 xiāodújì

Listen for this: • kǒufú 口服 take orally • wàiyòng 外用 external use • Nǐ yǒu chǔfāng ma? 你有处方吗? Do you have a prescription? • Mǎi zhègè yào xūyào yǒu chǔfāng 买这个药需要有处方 You need a prescription to buy this medicine.

• Tóu wǎng hòu yǎng 头往后仰 Tilt your head back • Zhāng dà diǎnr 张大点儿 Open wider • Yǎo hé 咬合 Bite down • Wǒmen lái zhào zhāng X guāng piàn 我们来照张 X 光片 We need to take an x-ray

• Rúguǒ téng de huà gàosu wǒ 如果疼的话告诉我 Let me know if it


• Nǐ hái děi zàilái yícì 你还得再来一次 You need to come back again


At the Optometrist

Say this: • I need new ... 我想要一副新的 ... Wǒ xiǎng yào yī fù xīnde … (1) glasses 眼镜 yǎnjìng (2) contact lenses 隐型眼镜 yǐnxíng yǎnjìng (3) frames 眼镜框 yǎnjìng kuàng (4) prescription lenses 镜片 jìngpiàn

• My prescription is … 我的眼睛 … 度 Wǒ de yǎnjing … dù • Can I take an eye test? 我能测一下视力吗 ? Wǒ néng cè yí xià shìlì


• How much does it cost? 多少钱 ? Duōshǎo qián? • When can I pick them up? 我什么时候来取 ? Shénme shíhou lái qǔ? • Can I have a receipt for my insurance? 能给我一张保险的发票吗 ?

Néng gěi wǒ yì zhāng bǎoxiǎn de fāpiào ma?

Listen for this: • Zuǒyǎn hǎo háishì yòuyǎn hǎo? 左眼好还是右眼好 ? Which one is

better, left or right? • sǎnguāng 散光 astigmatism

6 At the Dentist Say this: • My tooth hurts 我牙疼 Wǒ yá téng • I want my teeth cleaned 我想洗牙 Wǒ xiǎng xǐyá

7 Babies & Kids Vocabulary • baby thermometer 婴儿体温计 yīngʼér tǐwēnjì • vaccine 疫苗 yìmiáo

• pediatrician 儿科医生 érkē yīshēng • children’s cold medicine 儿童感冒药 értóng gǎnmàoyào

• children’s vitamins 儿童维他命 értóng wéitāmìng • children’s cough syrup 儿童止咳糖浆 értóng zhǐké tángjiāng • band-aids 邦迪创可贴 bāngdí chuàngkětiē • baby toilet 婴儿厕所 yīngʼér cèsuǒ

• baby monitor 婴儿监听器 yīngʼér jiāntīngqì • nasal aspirator 鼻腔吸管 bíqiāng xīguǎn • baby shampoo 婴儿洗发水 yīngʼér xǐfàshuǐ • bath tub 婴儿浴盆 yīngʼér yùpén • breast pads 乳垫 rǔdiàn • breast pump 吸乳器 xīrǔqì

• breast milk storage bottles 母乳储存瓶 mǔrǔ chǔcún píng • nursing bras 哺乳内衣 bǔrǔ nèiyī

• sterilizer kit 杀菌套装 shājūn tàozhuāng • bottle/nipple brush 奶瓶/奶嘴儿刷 nǎipíng / nǎizuǐr shuā

8 Emergencies Say this:

• I want my teeth whitened 我想美白牙齿 Wǒ xiǎng měibái yáchǐ • I need a filling 我可能得补牙 Wǒ děi bǔ yá

• Help! 救命! Jiùmìng! • Call an ambulance! 叫救护车 ! Jiào jiùhùchē!

• Can I get … ? 我能用 ... 吗 ? Wǒ néng yòng … ma? (1) anesthetic 麻醉 mázuì

• Take me to the nearest international hospital 送我到最近的国际医 院 Sòng wǒ dào zuìjìn de guójì yīyuàn

(2) novocaine 局部麻醉 júbù mázuì (3) nitrous (oxide) 笑气 ( 一氧化二氮 ) xiàoqì (yīyǎnghuà’èrdàn)

(4) a porcelain filling 陶瓷补牙 táocí bǔ yá

• It hurts/doesn’t hurt 好疼 !/ 一点儿也不疼 Hǎo téng!/Yì diǎnr yě bù


• Stop! 停一下 ! Tíng yí xià!


(for another appointment)

Listen for this:

• Call my ... 打电话给我的 ... Dǎ diànhuà gěi wǒde ... (1) boss 老板 lǎobǎn (2) company 公司 gōngsī (3) husband 丈夫 zhàngfu (4) wife 妻子 qīzǐ

(5) spouse 爱人 àiren (6) driver 司机 sījī

(7) insurance company 保险公司 bǎoxiǎn gōngsī

• Wǎng hòu tǎng 往后躺 Lie back • Shùkǒu 漱口 Rinse and spit

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• Get a doctor! 叫医生! Jiào yīshēng!

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Emergency Card (Fill this form out and photocopy as needed)

1. My name is _______________. 我叫 _______________。 Wǒ jiào _______________.

2. My home telephone number is _______________. 我家电话是 _______________。 Wǒ jiā diànhuà shì _______________.

3. I am affiliated with _______________ (fill in with company, school, or organization). 我是 _______________ 成员(添公司,学校或组织)。 Wǒ shì _______________ chéngyuán.

4. My insurance provider is _______________. 我购买了的保险是 _______________。 Wǒ gòumǎi lèdè bǎoxiǎn shì _______________.

5. My policy number is _______________ and the company will pay all my bills. 保险号码为,他们会支付所有费用。 Bǎoxiǎn hàomǎ wéi _______________, tāmen huì zhīfù suǒyǒu fèiyòng.

6. I have allergies to _______________. I am currently on _______________ medications 我对_______________过敏。我现在在服用 _______________药。 Wǒ duì _______________ guòmǐn. Wǒ xiànzài zài fúyòng

_______________ yào.

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Family Health Clinics & Hospitals Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital Amcare Women’s and Children’s hospital provides families international medical services in Chinese cultural background. Services include obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, family planning, and psychological consulting. The new 6,000 sqm Yayuncun branch has 50 wards, private gynecological clinic and a neonatal intensive care unit. 1) Daily 8am4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (6434 2399 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200, 2) 9-9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District (, 3) Daily 24 hours. Bldg 5 Anhui Beili Yiyuan, Chaoyang District (400 100 0016, contact@ 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 3) 朝阳区, 朝阳区安慧 北里逸园5号楼 American-Sino OB/GYN/Pediatrics Services (ASOG) American-Sino OB/GYN/ Pediatrics Services provides a comprehensive array of services for women and children by certified specialists from overseas and China. The hospital’s multicultural healthcare team consists of staff members from Chinese, the US, Australia, Sweden, Poland, Israel, and Taiwan. They are dedicated to providing value-added and custom-tailored healthcare for women and children. ASOG cooperates with Harvard University in order to better understand and accommodate cultural differences, as well as improve safety and quality of care. In a nutshell, the hospital is committed to high-quality, compassionate, and personalized care that meets international standards. 1) Daily 24hrs. Outpatient Service: 18 Anyuan Lu,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District (8443 9666) 2) Daily 24hrs. Inpatient Service: 218 Xiaoguan Beili, Anwai, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District (8443 9595) www. 北京东方美华妇儿医院 1) 朝 阳区, 安苑路18号门诊部 2) 朝阳区, 安外小 关北里218号 BAODAO Healthcare The first MainlandTaiwan joint hospital registered in Beijing, BAODAO Healthcare combines four components – research, healthcare, education and clinical assessment – into its services, which include obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, infertility, assisted re-productive and a maternity center. Inpatient and outpatient, surgery and ICU are available, along with a 24-hour telephone service. Daily 24 hours. 1 Xinjiekouwai Dajie, Haidian District (6200 6666) 宝岛妇产医院海 淀区, 海淀区新街口外大街1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, www. 庇利积臣医疗中心朝阳区, 日 坛东路7号 Beijing 21st Century Hospital Beijing 21st Century Hospital is a comprehensive healthcare facility, providing health screening services, medical care and health management for the international community in Beijing. 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.

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Languages spoken: English, Japanese, Korean, German, Chinese. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24-hr house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8444 6168 (English/Chinese), 8444 6169 (Japanese/Korean)) 朝阳区, 亮马桥路甲40号21世纪 大厦1-2楼

Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Multilingual services are offered on a 24hr basis, consultations 9am-9pm.Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District (6456 2599) 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊部顺义区, 天竺镇丽苑 街荣和商业中心

Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital Founded in 2003, Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital is the first hospital in Beijing with a water birth center to allow natural births. The hospital also researches male and female infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, and more. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Building 18, Court 1, Xingheyuan, Jiayuan Road, Fengtai District (67735551, 67537768) 北京安太妇产医院丰台区, 北京丰台嘉园路星河 城1号院18号楼

Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital (NCICH) This hospital provides affordable pediatric care at international standards: qualified doctors and nurses, private and safe family rooms and imported equipment. English speaking staff offers a full range of children’s health care services on a 7/24 basis. Mon-Sun 8am-5pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu (next to the East Gate of the Beijing Children’s Hospital), Xicheng District (6802 5588) 北京新世纪国 际儿童医院西城区, 南礼士路56号 (北京儿童医 院东门南侧)

Beijing Chaoyang Hospital Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Affiliate of Capital University of Medical Sciences, was established on February 25, 1958. The Hospital, subordinated to Beijing Bureau of Public Health, is the third clinical college of Capital University of Medical Sciences. As a hospital officially identified to be at the top grade in China, it conducts medical treatment, teaching, scientific research and disease prevention.8 Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District (8523 1000, english/) 北京朝阳医院朝阳区, 工体南路8号 Beijing 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 Dongwen TCM Clinic Beijing Dongwen TCM Clinic takes a holistic approach to health, offers TCM procedures like acupuncture, massage, moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine, bagua, and more. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. Rm 107, 8 Xiaoyunli, Chaoyang District (5613 7619, 133 3104 0363, www. 北京东文中医诊所朝阳区, 霄云 里8号107室 Beijing Friendship Hospital This public hospital has direct billing arrangements with some insurers. The basic consultation fee is 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) 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) is a strategic partner of PHMI and cooperates with Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School, Boston Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Located in a 13,000 sqm facility next to the Olympic Forest Park it offers JCI (Joing Commission International)-standard medical services to Chinese and Western families. Also offers Gynecology and Pediatric services. Daily 8am-5pm. A2 Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (6499 0000, 和美妇 儿医院朝阳区, 北苑路小关北里甲2号 Beijing Hongyitang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital Daily 7am-9pm. 2 Tuanjiehu Beilu, Chaoyang District (6582 7850, www.guoyitang. com 北京弘医堂中医医院朝阳区, 团结湖北 路2号 Beijing Massage Hospital Specializes in tui na therapy (about half of the massage doctors are blind) for necks, shoulders, backs and arthritis. Also performs acupuncture, cupping, scraping, moxibustion, physiotherapy and X-rays.7 Baochan Hutong, Xicheng District (6616 8880, www. 北京按摩医院西城区, 宝产胡同7号 Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric

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Beijing New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) With stateof-the-art park side facility, New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) is established to operate with international standards. Backed by strong ties to Beijing Children’s Hospital and Beijing Obstetrics & Gynecology Hospital, the experienced and friendly medical staff of NCWCH provide fi¬rst-class gynecology, obstetrics, pediatric, NICU and urgent care services for women and children (0-18 years old).51 Wangjing Beilu (Wanghu Park south gate), Chaoyang District (5178 3366) 北京新世纪妇 儿医院朝阳区, 朝阳区望京北路51号院(望湖 公园东门南) Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital (BOGH) 1) East Hospital: 17 Qihelou, Dongcheng District (5227 6666) 2) West Hospital: 251 Yaojiayuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5227 7666) 北京妇产医院 1) 东城区, 骑河楼17号 2) 朝阳区, 姚家园路251号 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, www. 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)) 北京普华门诊朝阳区, 东 三环武圣北路54号 Beijing Tiantan Puhua International Hospital A private, international-standard hospital offering a range of emergency services and out patient care. Beijing Tiantan Puhua Hospital has a full, English speaking staff on call 24-hours. Medical services include: neurology and neurosurgery, Beijing’s only international standard podiatric center, occupational and physical theraphy, plastic surgery and and non-surgical cosmetic services, hand surgery, orthopedics, ENT, oncology, full physical check-ups starting at RMB 900, on-site imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services. Specialist consultations are RMB 200-800 and direct billing is available

for more than 20 international 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@ 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 Hospital (BJU) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics (BJU) offers international-standard care to thousands of Beijing’s expatriate and Chinese families. BJU features an international team of doctors from more than 20 countries and since 2005, it has been consistently re-accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Since 1997, BJU’s multilingual staff has provided professional expertise with heartfelt care. The hospital and clinics offer a full range of medical services. In addition to departments of family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and dentistry, BJU has attracted top medical professionals in cardiology, neurology, internal medicine, dermatology, psychological health, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, integrative medicine, ophthalmology and ENT. 1) Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center)) 2) United Family Financial Street Clinic, 109 Taipingqiao Avenue, Xicheng District (4008919191 (24hr Service Center)) cn 北京和睦家医院 1) 朝阳区, 将台路2号 2) 西城区, 和睦家复兴门诊所, 太平桥大街109号 Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital Beijing United Family Hospital’s newest facility offers everything from physical and occupational therapy to pediatric, neurological, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and TCM in a state-of-the-art facility featuring hydrotherapy facilities, an ICU, individual therapy rooms, hyperbaric and atmospheric oxygen chambers and an international team of specialists. 24 Hours. 1 Yaojiayuan Bei Erlu (South gate of Dongfeng Park, northwest corner of Yaojiayuan North 2nd Road and Qingnian North Road intersection), Chaoyang District (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center), en/locations/rehabilitation-hospital/ 北京和睦 家康复医院朝阳区, 朝阳区姚家园北二路1号( 姚家园北二路与青年北路交叉口西北角,东风 公园南门) Beijing Yuyuantang Clinic of TCM Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. 1/F, North Bldg, Longtou Apartment, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (6463 2883, yuyuantang@ about.php 北京御源堂中医诊所朝阳区, 南新园 西路8号龙头公寓北栋一层 Capital Children’s Clinic (Ritan) Pediatrics hospital offers a complete range departments, including respiratory, stomatology, internal medicine and TCM. Daily 24 hours. 2 Yabao Lu (across from west gate of Ritan Park), Chaoyang District (8569 5755/5756/5757 (registration)/5555 (main switchboard)/5352) 首都儿科研究朝阳区, 朝阳区雅宝路2号 GlobalCare Women & Children’s Hospital 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 relationships with many international insurance providers. The hospital

provides healthcare for women, children, and men. Special offers are given for group packages. Mon-Sun 8am-8pm, 24h emergency services. 24 Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District (8776 9899, 800 810 8911, 6770 5558) 北京五洲 妇儿医院朝阳区, 望路西大24号, 朝阳区

throughout the years. The website has a decent English version and a handy live-chat function for those who are able to read and type basic Chinese. Daily 8am-5pm. 5 Hepingli Beijie, Chaoyang District (6421 6666) www. 北京玛丽妇婴医院朝阳区, 和平里 北街5号 (东土城路北口)

Haidian Hospital Cheap and conveniently located for university students, this general hospital specializes in internal medicine and neurosurgery. Registration fee RMB 3.5-13; cash only. Clinic hours Mon-Fri 7.30-11.30am and 1-4.30pm, Sat-Sun 7.30-11.30am. 24-hour emergency. 29 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District (6258 3042, emergency 6258 3093) 海淀医院海淀区, 中关 村大街29号

Oasis Family Counseling Center OASIS International Hospital’s Family Counseling Center offers counseling services for anxiety, depression, child development, life transitions, parenting, personal growth, premarital and marital issues, stress management, and trauma. There are two counselors: Regina Ho (Australia) and Dr. Catherine Hsu (US), whose specialties are relationship counseling and childhood and pediatric counseling respectively. Services are available in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Mon-Fri 8.30am5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30pm.. Oasis International Hospital, 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District (400 87 62747) 朝阳区, 酒 仙桥北路9号明德医院

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, 6553 9752) www. 北京港澳国际医务诊所东城区, 北 京港澳国际医务诊所,朝阳门北大街2号港澳中 心瑞士酒店办公楼9层 Horizon Sports Medicine Clinic Beijing Horizon Sports Medicine Clinic is a medical clinic specializing in sports medicine and rehabilitation. Offers orthopedic medicine, sports medicine and rehabilitation, surgical referral services, as well as conservative treatment and rehabilitation services. Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm. 4/F, Bldg A, 40 Xingfu Er Cun, Chaoyang District (8438 9966) http://www. 北京弘道运动医学诊所朝 阳区, 朝阳区幸福二村40号A座4层g International Medical Center (IMC) IMC was the first expatriate medical institution in Beijing. A multilingual clinic with a full range of medical services including Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Endoscopy and Surgery & Orthopedics. Other services include Dental Services, TCM & Acupuncture, Physiotherapy and Psychological services. The department of Emergency Care at IMC is open 24/7 with all board certified foreign doctors on site. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, marketing@ 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

Mary’s Hospital for Women and Infants This relatively affordable local hospital has been used by many expecting expat couples

ParkwayHealth Medical and Rehabilitation Center Parkway Health provides a wide range of medical services: family medicine, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and pain care management services with a bilingual staff. 24 Hours. 1 and 2/F, Vantone Center, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (4000-662-882 (24-hour), karen. http://www. 百汇医疗朝阳区, 朝阳门外 大街甲六号万桶中心AB座一层和二层 Peking Union Medical College Hospital This state-run hospital has a reputable foreigners’ wing with departments including ENT, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, dental, ophthalmology and OB/GYN. Most doctors are trained overseas and speak good English. Services and medicines are much cheaper than in private clinics, but expect longer waiting times. The birthing unit is considered to be the best in any of the Chinese hospitals and is popular among expats. Registration costs RMB 100-300, and the minimum consultation fee is RMB 200. Inpatient services require a minimum deposit of RMB 10,000/day. Direct billing is available with some Asian insurance providers. Mon-Fri 8am5pm. 1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the foreigners’ wing is located behind and to the left of the main hospital entrance), Dongcheng District (6529 5284, 24hr em, 6529 5269) 北京协和医院东城区, 王府井帅府园1号(接待外 国人的区域在主楼的左后方) Peking University Third Hospital This hospital affiliated with Peking University houses 22 clinical departments and 945 beds. Specialty departments include OB/GYN, sports medicine, cardiovascular, orthopedic, in vitro fertilization and reconstructive surgery. A consultation costs RMB 5-200. No credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri 8-noon, 1.30-5.30pm, Sat 8-11.30am. 24hr emergency care. 51 Huayuanbeilu (100m west of Peking University Third Hospital), Haidian District, Haidian District (8226 6699) 北医三 院海淀区, 花园北路49号 Ping Xin Tang Clinic One of Beijing’s best TCM clinics. Specializes in cancer, brain tumors

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International SOS One of the world’s leading international healthcare, medical and security assistance company with 66% of the world’s Fortune 500 companies choosing International SOS. Since 1989, International SOS has led international-standard medical care in China, with a 24/7 alarm center hotline, a dedicated air ambulance, four international quality clinics staffed with expat and foreign doctors and 200+ network of medical service partners. International SOS Beijing clinic is the city’s leading family practice and specialist services clinic, represented by 15 nationalities, including English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese-speaking doctors. Offers 24/7 Emergency Services, GP, Pediatrics, Gynecology, specialists, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Optometry. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100, www. 北京国际救援中心朝阳区, 新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室

OASIS International Hospital OASIS is a full-service private hospital. Their international medical team provides patient-centered care in a modern facility designed for comfort, safety and privacy. OASIS offers attentive service in a soothing environment and expert medicine backed by leading technology, including the most advanced MRI and CT scans available from a private hospital in China. The hospital currently provides services in family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and dentistry. Direct billing is available for many insurance providers. Daily 24hrs (emergency care), Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm, Sun 8.30-12.30am. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) 明德医院朝阳区, 酒仙桥北路9号

and a range of chronic problems, including diabetes and neck problems. A consultation costs RMB 110-410. Mon-Sun 8am-5.30pm. 3,4/F, 218-2 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (6523 5566) 平心堂诊所东城区, 王府 井大街218-2号3-4层 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, 1.305pm, Sat 8-11.30am. 24hr emergency care. Yinghua Dongjie, Heping Jie Beikou, Hepingli, Chaoyang District (6428 2297, 8420 5122 (both numbers are valid for International Dept.)) 北京中日友好医院 朝阳区, 和平里和平街北口樱花东街 Smart Health Medical & Dental Center Offers medical services ranging from general consultations, family medicine and cardiology to pediatrics and more. Dental services available include: family dentistry, orthodontics, implant dentistry and teeth whitening. Also provides inpatient referral, mobile medical services and overseas consultations. Daily 9am-6pm.. Rm 102/215, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6437 6898, 136 9921 5851) www. 北京维健医疗中心朝阳区, 将台 路6号丽都广场102/215室 Tongrentang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic Tongrentang dates back to the Qing dynasty and is one of the most famous TCM pharmacies and clinics in China. No appointment necessary. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Jianwai Soho, Guomao, Chaoyang District (5869 1171/2, 135 2287 3781) 同仁堂施小墨 中医馆朝阳区, 国贸建外SOHO7号楼底商 United Family CBD Clinic The United Family CBD Clinic is United Family Healthcare’s (UFH’s) sixth satellite clinic in Beijing and will be staffed by bilingual doctors and nurses who are committed to providing the high-quality, international-standard care unique to United Family. Mon-Sat 9.30am-6.30pm. Suite 3017, Bldg AB, Vantone Center, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center)) 和睦家朝外诊所朝阳 区, 朝阳门外大街6号万通中心AB座2层3017室 United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center is a satellite clinic of BJU located in the St. Regis complex in the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District. The clinic makes high-quality healthcare accessible to CBD residents and employees. It offers integrative medicine, family counseling services, and provides health checkups for immigration purposes. Mon-Fri 8.30am12pm,1pm-3.30pm. B1/F, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center)) 和睦家建国 门保健中心朝阳区, 建国门外大街21号北京国际 俱乐部饭店公寓楼地下1层


United Family Liangma Clinic United Family Liangma Clinic serves Beijing’s diplomatic area, providing internationallyaccredited Family Medicine services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. 2/F, Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center )) 和睦家亮马诊所朝 阳区, 东方东路19号1号楼会所27号(外交人员公 寓B区官舍16号) United Family New Hope Center The United Family New Hope Center is a LEEDcertified satellite clinic of Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics (BJU) housing BJU’s pioneering New Hope Oncology Center, Psychological Health Center, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) services. The United Family New Hope Oncology Center offers a unique new concept in international-

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standard cancer treatment. Our Oncology services provide patients with the most up-todate treatment options from a multidisciplinary team of oncologists, specialist physicians, and healthcare professionals. Mon-Fri 9am5pm. 9-11 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center)) www. 和睦家启望中心朝阳区, 朝阳区将 台西路9-11 United Family Shunyi Clinic United Family Shunyi Clinic serves Beijing’s suburban area and international school district with internationally-accredited family medicine, pediatrics, rehabilitation (physical therapy), psychological counseling, Traditional Chinese Medicine, laboratory, and pharmacy services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. The Shunyi Clinic is a satellite facility of BJU. Like other BJU satellite facilities, the Shunyi Clinic strictly adheres to Joint Commission International (JCI) and international infection control standards. MonThu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District (4008919191 (24hr Service Center)) cn 和睦家顺义诊所顺义区, 天竺开发区荣祥 广场806号 US-Sino Heartcare US-Sino HeartCare focuses on the prevention of heart attacks and strokes. Their experienced cardiologists are US-trained, and work together with leading Chinese cardiologists. This team of heart experts can identify cardiovascular disease potential long before symptoms start – when there is still time to halt or even reverse heart disease through lifestyle changes and/ or medications, preventing heart attacks, strokes, early disability and premature death. LG Twin Tower, Second floor 12B Jian Guo Men Wai Street Chaoyang District,Beijing 100020,China, Chaoyang District (01065660709, http://www. 朝阳区, 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, 维 世达诊所朝阳区, 光华路1号嘉里中心3层 Yanhuang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic Highly qualified TCM doctors specializing in a range of areas including pediatrics, gynecology and disease. Call for appointment. A consultation costs RMB 50-100. A healthy food center connected to the clinic offers functional food and herbal cuisine. Daily 8am-8pm. 1 Dayabao Hutong, Dongcheng District (6513 3046/49) www. 北京炎黄国医馆东城区, 金 宝街

Dental Services 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-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Rm 201, The Exchange-Beijing, B118 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (6567 5670) 2) MonThu 9am-5.30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8440 1926/7/8) 3) MonThu 9am-5.30pm. Rm 308, Raycom Infotech Park, Tower A, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District (8286 1956, 24hr: 139 1100 1367) 4) Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm

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A205, CITIC Bldg, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6500 6472/3) 瑞尔齿科 1) 朝阳区, 建国路乙118 号京汇大厦201室 2) 朝阳区, 亮马桥路46号盛 捷福景苑1层 3) 海淀区, 科学院南路2号融科资 讯中心A座308室 4) 朝阳区, 建国门外大街19号 国际大厦A205 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; 24hour house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (84446168(English/Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) http:// 朝阳区, 亮马桥路甲40号 21世纪大厦1-2楼 Beijing United Family Hospital Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for families, including cleaning, crown and bridges, dental implants, fillings, tooth whitening and more.2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center)) 北京和睦家医院牙科朝阳区, 将台路2号

Beijing Vista Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services including teeth cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Daily 8.30am6pm. Level 3, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (, 朝阳区, 光华路1号北京 嘉里中心三层 Care Dental Center of Beijing Rm 215, 2/F, Guanghua Lu SOHO, Chaoyang District (6561 7949, 6561 8748) 北京凯佳口腔诊疗中心朝阳 区, 光华路SOHO大厦二层215 Elite Dental Clinic Dr. Arnulf-Reimar Metzmacher provides dental care in Wangjing. English, German and French all spoken. A basic consultation costs RMB 100. Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. Rm 205, Tower A, Boya International Center, 1 Lize Zhongyi Lu, Wangjing, Chaoyang District (8256 2568) 精 致口腔朝阳区, 望京利泽中一路1号博雅国际中 心A座205室 GlobalCare Dental Clinic Located in the left wing of GlobalCare Women and Children’s Hospital, this dental clinic provides a wide range of dental, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental services. The clinic is certified to provide both local and imported dental and orthodontic solutions. Service available in English and Chinese. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. 24 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District (6770 5558 (English hotline)) http://www.globalcarecn. com/ 朝阳区, 西大望路24号 IDC Dental Standing for International Standards, Dedicated Professionals and Compassionate Care, IDC is a multi-specialty clinic offering a broad spectrum of family and restorative dental care. Experts in cosmetic makeovers and CT-guided implant surgeries.

A certified clinic with Progressive Orthodontics and Beijing’s only Western-trained root canal specialist. Multi-tier pricing. IDC is a Preferred Provider with CIGNA, Allianz, and MediLink. Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 209, Bldg 7, Yard 9, Richmond Park Clubhouse, Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District (6538 8111, info@ IDC国际 齿科中心朝阳区, 芳园南里9号院7号楼209室 IMC Dental Clinic IMC-Beijing has the longest history of expatriate dental service in Beijing, state of the art equipment, and certified well-trained dentists. Services include: cleaning, filling, fluoride treatment, implants, canal therapy, orthodontics, crowns and bridges, tooth extraction, Invisalign, periodontics, space maintainers, and X-ray. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District (6465 1384, 6465 1328, http:// 北京国际医疗中心牙科诊 所朝阳区, 亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S111 International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District (6462 0333) 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 JD Dental If you speak some Chinese, it’s worth looking into this local dental clinic chain that offers friendly and affordable service in a clean environment. No direct billing, but reception staff will give you everything you need to make a claim. 1) Apt 108, Bldg A, Sunshine 100, 2 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (5100 1133) 2) Unit 4U, Apartment Tower A, Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6530 8088) 3) Chaoyang Jiaoyu Fenyuan, 1 Tianshuiyuan Jie, Liulitun Nan, Chaoyang District (6591 1321) 精德口腔 1) 朝阳区, 光华路2号阳光100 A座108室 2) 朝阳区, 东三环 中路7号财富中心翼楼4U室 3) 朝阳区, 六里屯南 甜水园街1号朝阳教育分院 Joinway Dental Clinic Joinway Dental is a leading dental clinic in Beijing. Proficient in cosmetic dentistry and implants; services include preventive dental care, oral and teeth treatments. Striving for perfection from the treatment design to the treatment procedure, and following up patients after all treatments. Also providing more than 20 different international insurance companies direct billing service. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 11D, Bldg D, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District (8447 6092/93, 132 6181 6708/139 0109 6692 English, joinway@ 久汇齿科东 城区, 东直门外大街48号银座大厦D座11D King’s Dental Offers general, laser, cosmetic and pediatric dentistry, including crowns for baby teeth. Orthodontic work also available. Daily 9am-9pm. Shop 118, 1/F, Beijing Towercrest Plaza, 3 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District (8458 0388, fax: 8458 0603) www. 京典口腔朝阳区, 麦子店西路3 号新恒基大厦1层118室 May Flower Dental Through the integration of expertise and technique, advanced facilities, and excellent service, May Flower Dental has established a high-end brand known for its quality dental care in Beijing. May Flower is a multi-functional dental care office that provides services including dental implants, crowns, bridges, root canals, gum surgery, oral surgery, braces, teeth whitening, and cosmetic dentistry. All dental procedures are done by a dentist specializing in that type of procedure. 1) 3/F, Bldg 2, Yingtai Business Center, 28 Financial Street, Xicheng District (6657 8833, 2) Rm 03-06, 3/F, Tower 2, China World Office, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 8033, www. 五月花口腔诊所 1) 西 城区, 金融大街28号盈泰中心2号楼3层 2) 朝阳 区, 建国门外大街国贸写字楼2座3层03-06

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 SDM Dental Teeth cleaning, root canals, restorative dentistry, porcelain crowns, dental implants, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. A basic consultation costs RMB 50, with a first-time registration fee of RMB 50. 1) 2层 NB210. NB 210, B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 9439) 2) Daily 9am-8pm. East of the Basement, Sunshine Plaza, 68 Anli Lu, Chaoyang District (6497 2173, 6498 2173) 3) Daily 9am-8pm. FC222, 21st Century Hotel, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6466 4814, 6461 2745) 4) Daily 9am-8pm. Rm 106, Bldg 11, 22 Yuanda lu (near Golden Resources Department Store), Haidian District (8859 6912/13) 5) LB107, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District (8046 6084) 固瑞齿科 1) 朝阳区, 建 国门外大街1号国贸商场地下2层NB210 2) 朝 阳区, 安立路68号阳光大厦东侧底商 3) 朝阳 区, 亮马桥路40号二十一世纪饭店FC222 4) 海 淀区, 远大路22号11号楼106室(金源时代购物 中心斜对面) 5) 顺义区, 天竺镇裕祥路99号欧 陆广场LB107 United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic is located in Pinnacle Plaza, just around the corner from the United Family Shunyi Clinic. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality dental care available. Like other BJU satellite facilities, the Shunyi Dental Clinic strictly adheres to Joint Commission International (JCI) standards, which enables the Shunyi Dental Clinic to be officially recognized as an international-

standard dental clinic. Mon-Thu 9am-7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center)) 和睦家顺义牙科诊 所顺义区, 天竺开发区荣祥广场818Optometrists & Eye Hospitals Alexis Optical English-speaking optometrist on staff, Ms. Jin Ning. 1) Daily 9.30am9.30pm. 1/B, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District (8518 6551) 2) Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. Rm 122B, B1/F, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 5567) 星岛雅视 1) 东城区, 东长安街1号东方广 场商场地铁层 2) 朝阳区, 建国门外大街1号国贸 地下店铺SB122B号 Baodao Optical If you don’t trust your eyesight to the markets, visit this reliable operation, which has a big selection and can craft lenses in about 24 hours. Frames (not including lenses) start at RMB 180. Many locations around town. Daily 9am-9.30pm. Rm 105, Bldg 3, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (5869 2608) www. 宝岛眼镜朝阳区, 东三环中路39 号建外Soho3号楼105 Beijing Aier-Intech Eye Hospital 15 years of eye care experience, including emergency treatment, telephone consultations, laser vision corrective surgery and preventative care. On-site shop sells frames and lenses. The VIP clinic has English-speaking staff, many trained overseas. Can direct bill to many international insurance companies. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 1,4,5/F Panjiayuan Plaza, 12 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District (6773 2700, www. 英智眼科医院朝阳区, 潘家园南 里12号潘家园大厦1,4,5层 Beijing Huade Eye Hospital Boasts eye specialists from Tongren Hospital and Peking Union Medical College Hospital. Offers full range of opthomology and eye care. 8amnoon, 1-5pm. 179 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang

District (6502 5061) 北京华德眼科医院朝阳区, 朝阳北路179号

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Beijing Mihe Eye Hospital Research and eye treatment hospital has been treating patients since 1992. Daily 24 hours. 11 Yongle Dongxiaoqu, Lugu Lu, Shijingshan District (6866 9720; 137 0108 9390, 米赫眼科医院石景山区, 石景山鲁谷路永乐东小区11号楼

Tongren Optical English-speaking optometrist on staff, Mr. Zhang Hua Xiang. 1) Daily 8am-5pm. 2 Chongwenmen Dajie, Chongwen District (5826 9911) 2) Daily 9.30am-6.30pm. 61 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District (6526 2543) 同仁眼镜店 1) 崇文区, 崇文门大街2号 2) 海淀区, 中关村 大街61号

Best Vision Taiwanese run eye clinic and optometrist that specializes in treating myopias and boasts cutting edge laser surgery. Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-5pm. 8/F, Blue Castle International Center Bldg 2, Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District (8599 9110, 133 7015 7172) 好好眼科朝阳区, 朝阳区西大望路蓝堡国际中 心2座8层 James Charles Optometrist Australian optometrist providing international optometry service to adults and children. He was the first expatriate optometrist to be registered in China, as well as the first to operate a private optometry practice. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. Room 105, Kunsha Center, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District (6410 5850, 139 1080 0717) www. 验光配镜服务朝阳区, 新 源里16号琨莎中心105室 Jia Yue Eye Surgery Centre This eye clinic offers an affordable and comprehensive range of eye screenings and treatments in a luxurious setting. Services include eye exams, myopia treatments, cataract surgery, Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL), and treatment of pediatric eye problems.Rm 306A, 3/F, Bldg B, Gateway Plaza, 18 Xiaguangli, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (8447 4747, www. 嘉悦眼科朝阳区, 东三环北路霞 光里18号佳程广场 B座3层 306A LensCrafters Offer prescriptions in-store, as well as a number of name-brand frames.4-113 Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 6293) 亮视点

Other Health Services Agape Counseling and Training Center (ACFTC) The Agape counseling team offers professional counseling services to help deal with difficulties in life. Cross-cultural adjustment, relationship struggles (such as parenting, communication, confrontation, trust, betrayal issues), interpersonal struggles (personal development, stress, depression, grief, addictions). Daily 9am-5pm. Rm C906, Eastern Tulip Building, 216 Tangli Lu, Chaoyang District (5947 2056, aizairenjian@ 爱在人间朝 阳区, 汤立路216号院 东方郁金香大厦C座906室 Beijing Dental Beijing Dental is a reservation service to help patients make appointments with dentists, including bookings for dental fillings, teeth cleaning, whitening, teeth correction, implants, and dentures. Beijing Passion International Medical Center This medical center, located just northwest of Tuanjiehu Park, specializes in family medicine, pediatrics, traditional Chinese medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology and dentistry.B1/F, Borui Dasha, 26 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6516 7667, service@ www.passion-medical. com 北京帕森国际医疗中心朝阳区, 东三环北路 甲26号博瑞大厦B1 Children Counseling Services by Dr. Mike Mehrvarz Dr. Mike Mehrvarz, PhD, is a child and adult psychologist trained in

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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 with Dr. David Zhang Dr. David Zhang is an American National Board Exam Certificated chiropractic doctor, a Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and a licensed Chinese Medical Doctor in China. Dr. David Zhang has developed postchildbirth recovery program for conditions such as back pain, heel pain, weight-loss, C-session scar reduction, etc. Medical services 24hrs; Dental services 8.30am-6pm (Mon-Fri), 8.30am-12pm (Sat); Integrated medical service 8.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Fri). 3/F, 32 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6433-6232) 北京国际医 疗中心朝阳区, 金佰健康会馆, 亮马桥路32号高 斓大厦附楼三层 Counseling with Chris Williams Chris Williams is a British trained counselor with 12 years of experience and over 1,500 hours of training. He is available for counseling and psychotherapy in Beijing for couples, families, and individuals of all ages. Fees: RMB 600/ hour for individuals, RMB 800/hour for couples and families.

Yuhe Healthcare and Wellness Center Founded by married couple Mr. and Mrs. Guo, this center provides massage, acupuncture, acupressure, qi gong, cupping, and rehabilitation services. Past customers include diplomats and VIPs from over 30 countries. Areas of specialization include joint pain, neck and back pain, and arthritis. The center can also treat insomnia, gastrointestinal problems, irregular or painful menstruations, urinary track infections, breast lumps (hyperplasia), skin problems, and more.1/F, Door 2, Bldg A, Global Trade Mansion, 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (136 9136 9411) 御和扶正养 生堂朝阳区, 光华路甲9号世贸国际公寓A座2门1

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Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Melissa Rodriguez is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic doctor from Canada. She uses homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition, and other natural therapies to help patients prevent illness and treat disease. She also writes the monthly Natural Path column in beijingkids magazine.Rm S106, International Medical Center-Beijing, 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

Beijing Homeschoolers A support network, information source and social hub for families homeschooling their children.

Now Health International (Asia Pacific) Limited Now Health International is a specialist international health insurance provider, offering access to healthcare for Family around the world. With its Asian offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, it is one of the region’s top providers of international medical insurance with licensed products available in both 21 cities in China including Hong Kong. Suite B, 33/F, 169 Electric Road, North Point, Hong Kong, Shijingshan District (+852 2279 7310,, 时康国际(亚太)有限公司石景山 区, 香港北角电气道169号33楼B室

Beijing Organic Consumers Association (BOCA) A Yahoo Group for Beijing residents interested in organic produce and consuming responsibly. Members share resources, ideas and information on how to shop and live responsibly in the city.

The Yurt at BJU Body libria is a new form of exercise that combines tai chi, yoga and pilates and replaces prenatal and mother-baby 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. 北京和睦家医院朝阳 区, 将台路2号 Tony Clinic Dr. Tony works as a psychological consultant, a traditional Chinese medicine doctor as well as a general practitioner. V313, East Lake Villas, Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (135 2018 8386) 朝阳区, 东 直门外大街北京东湖别墅V313


Younida Orthotics Service Younida is a foreign-owned business offering German technology and personalized orthotics in Beijing. The founder, Avi Engler and his staff aim to help Beijingers suffering from poor foot function caused by sports-related injuries, as well as those experiencing long-term pain and discomfort, and children with special needs (cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other conditions). Experts use experience and advanced equipment to test for abnormalities, then generate a prescription for corrective insoles.Bldg 6-1701, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5960 4156 (Chinese, some English); 186 1170 0452 English and Hebrew, www.younida. com/en 优尼达(北京)国际矫形技术有限公司朝 阳区, 建国路93号万达广场6号楼1701

United Family Home Health United Family Home Health is one of the first home care services in China with a medical focus, and its vision is to provide clients and their families with United Family Healthcare’s world-class medical care from the comfort of their homes. Daily 8.30am-5pm. New Hope Oncology Center, 2/F, 9-11 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District (5927 7333, 和睦家家庭医疗朝阳 区, 将台西路9-11号和睦家启望肿瘤中心2层

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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, etc....come and join.”

Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance Support Group An informal meeting for those diagnosed with Celiac Disease or with gluten intolerance - or their friends and family. The support group aims to provide an exchange of information on where to get gluten-free products; ideas for good recipe substitutions, a group-compiled gluten-free restaurant list, and emotional support and sharing of experiences. The Yurt, Beijing United Family Hospital, 2 Jiang Tai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District (5927 7061) 朝阳区, 蒙古包,北京和睦家医 院,朝阳区将台路2号 China Mamas of Tweens & Teens Yahoo group This Yahoo Groups is aimed at parents of kids aged 8 and up to share the challenges and joys of raising older kids in Beijing. FORKISS Pregnancy Club FORKISS Pregnancy Club is a members-only club that offers services for pregnant women and new mothers. Established in 2008, the club is a platform for information exchange, networking, and pregnancy support. As of 2011, the club had more than 1,500 members. Services include courses for all stages of pregnancy (including postpartum recovery), advice on birth plans, breastfeeding support, and family planning. Activities include Christmas parties, yoga classes for mom and baby, summer parties, and more. FORKISS also has partnerships with health providers such as United Family Healthcare and Amcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Daily 10am6pm.. Shop 102, Bldg F, Phoenix Street, Sanyuanqiao, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang

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District (5866 7766/99) 妈 妈的吻朝阳区, 朝阳区三元桥凤凰商街F102 La Leche League (LLL) La Leche League is a non-profit organization that promotes breastfeeding through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education. Monthly meetings are open to all interested in breastfeeding (including nursing babies) and take place in a variety of locations across the city. 母乳会 Selective Mutism Virtual Support Network A network for parents of children who suffer from or may be suffering from this complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a fear of speaking in social settings. Special Child Support Group This Yahoo group offers a meeting place for Beijing parents with special-needs children. Call 139 1030 6022 for info.

Family Life Organic Farms De Run Wu Translating as “House of Virtue,” this family-run organic farm consists of a greenhouse growing over 100 types of crops year-round. Visitors can purchase produce for RMB 20 per kilo (minimum 4 kilos) and they deliver for an additional RMB 20 on two runs a week. They also sell organic detergents, soap nuts, natural cleaners and more. Strawberry Fields, Xinzhuang, Xingshou Town, Changping District (8459 0809, 德润屋昌平区, 兴寿镇辛庄草莓园 Green Cow Organic Farm Founded and run by Lejen Chen (of Mrs Shanen’s bagels fame), this six-hectare, closed-system organic farm in Shunyi raises farm animals, corn, tomatoes, soybeans, fruit and other crops and works with volunteers and paying members to operate the farm in exchange for fresh, organic produce. Dongkezhuang Village North, Houshayu, Shunyi District (thelovelygreencow@gmail. com) 绿牛有机农庄, 顺义区后沙峪蕫各庒 Little Donkey Farm Beijing’s only government supported Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm delivers produce to your door once or twice a week (depending on your preference). Memberships range from RMB 2,000-4,000 for delivery, or RMB 1,4402,800 for pick-up orders. You can also farm your own small 30-meter plot for RMB 1,200 a year.West of Houshajian Village, Sujiatuo Zhen, Haidian District (138 1095 6036, 186 0102 2820, www. 海淀区, 海淀区苏家坨镇 后沙涧村西 TooToo Organic Farm TooToo encompasses a farm in Pinggu and an online organic food delivery service established in 2008. Certified by both China’s COFCC and Europe’s ECOCERT, TooToo has a 70-acre organic farm near Pinggu open to visitors. Hotline: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun and holidays 9am-7pm. Ma Changying Village, Ma Changying Town, Pinggu District (400 898 9797) 沱沱工社平谷区, 马昌营镇马昌营

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) Daily 8am-9pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District (8455 1245) 2) Daily 8am-midnight. 1/F Jiezuo Mansion, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District (6417 7970) 3) Bldg 7, Richmond Park, 9 Fangyuan Xili, Chaoyang District (8457 8116) 4) 8am-9pm. Outside South Gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi District (8046 4132) 绿叶子食品店 1) 朝阳区, 三里屯北小街1号 2) 朝阳区, 三里屯幸福村中

路杰作大厦1层 3) 朝阳区, 芳园西里9号院丽都 水岸会所7号楼 4) 顺义区, 后沙峪乡白辛庄名 都园南门外 BHG Market Place Taiwan chain of upscale supermarkets has an extensive, albeit pricey, selection of goods and produce, including alcohol and organic products. 1) Daily 10am10pm. B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (6530 5888) 2) Daily 10am-10pm. SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District (6415 8226) 3) Daily 10am10pm. SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District () 4) Daily 10am10pm. B2/F, Legend Center, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District () 5) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 1, B1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8426 0299) 北京华联高级超市 1) 朝阳区, 建国路87号新光 天地B1层 2) 朝阳区, 三里屯VillageSLG00号商铺 3) 朝阳区, 蓝色港湾国际商区SMM06号 4) 朝阳 区, 东三环中路乐成中心地下二层 5) 朝阳区, 酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG01 Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs … we could go on and on. 1) Daily 8am-10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District (6461 6928) 2) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District (6501 6249) 3) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District (8563 0626) 4) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District (8470 1557) 5) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District (6467 8018) 6) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (5869 2253) 7) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District (6533 6792) 8) Daily 8.30am-9pm. Pinnacle Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (8046 2500) www. 婕妮璐 1) 朝阳区, 三里屯北 小街6号 2) 朝阳区, 朝阳公园西门南侧 3) 朝 阳区, 日坛北路4号(芳草地小学对面) 4) 朝 阳区, 来广营东路和平医院对面 5) 朝阳区, 东 湖别墅会所里 6) 朝阳区, 东三环中路39号建外 Soho4号楼 7) 朝阳区, 新城国际17号楼101 8) 顺义区, 荣祥广场,天竺开发区裕翔路99号 Jenny Wang Grocery chain run by Jenny Lou’s sister. 1) Bldg 5, Grasse Town, Songzhuang, Tongzhou District (8951 6858) 2) Beijing Euro Village Branch, Shunyi District (8046 2316, 8046 3302) 3) Yosemite Branch, Shunyi District (8041 7063) 4) 8am-9.30pm. 丽高王府别墅区, Shunyi District (6450 8108) 5) Daily 9am-8pm. River Garden, Shunyi District (8046 5109) 6) Daily 7.30 am-10pm. Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District (8046 2316/3302) 7) Daily 8am-midnight. Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (5135 8338) 1) 通州 区, 通州区宋庄镇葛渠村格拉斯小镇5号楼底商 2) 顺义区, 欧陆苑别墅区对面 3) 顺义区, 优山 美地别墅区 4) 顺义区, Chateau Regalia Branch 5) 顺义区, 裕京花园别墅区内 6) 顺义区, 荣祥广 场 7) 朝阳区, 将台路2号海润国际公寓底商 Lohao City This organic goods and health food store sources most of its produce from its organic ranch in Miyun County, with the remainder (tropical fruits) imported from Taiwan. Highlights include 100% organic homemade soymilk, pickled vegetables and imported dry goods, including muesli, cookies and pasta, as well as organic and dairy-free chocolates. Check out the flower and plant shop with cute baby cacti and bonsai, as well as a corner devoted to an assortment of hitech Japanese pillows. 1) Daily 9am-10pm. 1-19 Haoyun Jie, Chaoyang District (5867 0270/0265) 2) Daily 8am-9pm. 608 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (8046 6242 ext 801) 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Shop 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6533 6465) 4) Daily 8am-10pm. 52 Jingshun Lu (Near Sunhe Qiao), Shunyi District (8459 0134) 5) MonThu 8am-10pm, Fri-Sun 8am-11pm. Bldg 5, 10A, 76 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District

(8772 4133 ext 806/807) 6) Daily 10am9.30pm. 131-04B, Beichen Lifestyle Plaza, No.8 courtyard, Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District (8498 5950) 7) Daily 8am-10pm. 103, Building 15, China Central Place, 6A Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District (6530 5181) 8) Daily 8am-10pm. B1/F, Yinzuo Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6415 0104) 乐活城 1) 朝阳区, 好运街乙1-19 2) 顺义区, 天竺荣祥广场608号 3) 朝阳区, 朝外大街6号新城国际二期17号楼101 4) 顺义区, 京顺路52号(靠近孙河桥) 5) 朝阳 区, 百子湾南二路76号5号楼10A 6) 朝阳区, 北 辰东路8号院北辰生活广场131-04B 7) 朝阳区, 西大望路甲6号华贸公寓15号楼103号 8) 朝阳区, 东城区东直门外大街48号银座MALL地下一层 Olé Supermarket French chain sells groceries, wine and household items at premium prices. 1) B1, Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District (6622 0389/0491) 2) B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, Jianwai Dajie, Chaoyang District () 3) 东方新天地商场地铁层BB01A号, Dongcheng District () 4) 9am-9pm. B1/F, Donghuan Guangchang, 29 Dongzhongjie, Dongcheng District (6418 1006) 5) 10am-10pm. B101,B1/ F,Shimao Tianjie, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (6587 1509) 6) 10am-10pm. B1/F, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District (8447 7668) 7) 10am9pm. B1/F, Jinrongjie Gouwu Zhongxin, 2 Jincheng Fangjie, Xicheng District (6622 0461) 8) 10am-10pm. Xindongan Guangchang, 135 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (6512 4855) 9) 10am-10pm. B203, B2/F, Beijing Shoudu Shidai Guangchang, 88 Xichang Anjie, Xicheng District (8391 5006) http://www.crv. 1) 西城区, 金城坊街2号金融街购物 中心B1 2) 朝阳区, 建外大街国贸商城地下一 层 3) 东城区, BB01A, The Malls at Oriental Plaza 4) 东城区, 东中街29号东环广场B座地下一层 5) 朝阳区, 光华路9号世贸天阶地下一层B101 6) 东城区, 东直门外大街48号银座Mall地下一 层 7) 西城区, 金城坊街2号金融街购物中心地 下一层 8) 东城区, 王府井大街135号新东安广 场 9) 西城区, 西长安街88号北京首都时代广场 地下二层B203

Shopping Air Purifiers Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair, pollution masks from Totobobo and Vogmask. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) 10.30am6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District (8046 1091) 2) Daily 10am-8.30pm. Unit LB09, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District (8459 0785) html 1) 顺义区, 天竺镇花梨坎村南“荣祥广 场308室 2) 顺义区, 天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆 广场LB09

1801-03, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (8447 5800, 2) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District (6622 0179, 3) B1/F, 03A Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (6457 1922, info@iqair-china. com) 4) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5738 2401, 5) Daily 10am10pm. 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (158 0136 1601, info@iqair-china. com) 6) 10am-10pm. B2/F, Scitech Plaza, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing, Chaoyang District (188 1020 5987, info@iqair-china. com) 7) 10am-8pm. 6/F, Parkson Plaza, 101 Fuxingmennei Dajie, Xicheng District (157 1286 8485, 8) Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, Parkson Plaza Taiyanggong, Bldg 1, 12 Qi Sheng Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District (157 1286 8454, 9) Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. B1/F, Golden Resources New Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District (157 1286 9044, 1) 朝阳区, 霄云路36号国航大厦1801-03室 2) 西城区, 金 城坊街金融街417号四层 3) 顺义区, 天竺镇裕 翔路99号欧陆广场地下一层03A 4) 朝阳区, 建 国路87号新光天地5层生活家电区 5) 朝阳区, 亮 马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层 6) 朝阳区, 建国 门外大街22号赛特购物中心地下二层 7) 西城 区, 复兴门内大街101号6层百盛复兴门店家电部 8) 朝阳区, 七圣中街12号院1号楼B1百盛太阳宫 店生活家电区 9) 海淀区, 远大路1号金源新燕 莎商城地下1层 Renaud Lifestyle Products Ltd. Englishlanguage online store that sells BBQ grills, air purifiers (Alen Air), water filters and mosquito traps. Free delivery.18 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District (5979 8115, sales@ 雷诺精品购 物东城区, 新中街18号 RGF Pro-active Air Purification System Relative newcomer to the air purifier market.11/F, North Tower, Daheng Technology Towers, Suzhou Dajie, Haidian District (400 818 6660, 美国艾洁弗主 动式空气净化器海淀区, 苏州街大恒科技大厦 北座11层

Home Accessories and Gear Aquasana Aquasana is a home water filtration company from the US. They manufacture 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 550580 depending on the water filtration system. Rm 1271, Jingchao Building, 5 Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (400 000 8320 Chinese, 136 5128 5157 English, shop@ www.aquasana-china. com 朝阳区, 农展南路5号北京市环境保护局 京 朝大厦1271 baby international This three-in-one family restaurant, play center, and baby gear store caters to the needs of international families in Beijing. The store stocks strollers, car seats, mom essentials, cribs, toys, and more from imported brands like Bugaboo, Ergo Baby, and Ecobibi. 国际宝贝

Boshiwa 365 This China-based retailer aims to be the one-stop shopping place for all your baby- and child-related needs. Girls will love the extensive selection of pretty pink dresses and comfy hoodies. Boys will have no shortage of selection in t-shirts and shorts. In addition to baby clothing, they carry lines for children from 3 to 14 years old. Brands include Disney, Harry Potter, and Thomas the Tank Engine. Dresses start around RMB 199, and t-shirts average about RMB 150 apiece. 1) Daily 10am-10pm.. L413-417, 4/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (6587 1306) 2) 1/F, Kids Land, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6287) 3) Fourth Floor, Focus Mall, 6 Futong Dong Dajie, Chaoyang district, Chaoyang District () www.boshiwa365. com 博士蛙365 1) 朝阳区, 朝阳区光华路甲9号 世贸天阶413-417 2) 朝阳区, 朝阳区朝阳公园 路6号蓝色港湾儿童城1层 3) 朝阳区, 朝阳区阜 通东大街6号方恒购物中心2层

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. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. SMM-42, 1/F, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6134) 2) Stall 4128-4130, 4/F, Jinyuan Xinyansha Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District (8886 5506) 3) 5/F, Wangfujing Baihuo, 255 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (8529 1777) 4) Stall 121-123, Beyou World, 111 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District () 5) Stall B21-22, 1 Senlingongyuan Lu, Jingzhan Xiang, Shunyi District () 1) 朝阳区, 朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾 国际商区SMM-42 2) 海淀区, 远大路1号金源新 燕莎购物中心4层第4128-4130商铺 3) 东城区, 王府井大街255号王府井百货5层 4) 朝阳区, 京 顺路111号比如世界1F121-123商铺 5) 顺义区, 金盏乡森林公园路1号B21-22商铺 Motherswork Daily 10am-10pm.. Store L-VDM-20, Block 2, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6905, info@ 朝阳区, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6 号院蓝色港湾国际商区2号楼L-VDM-20号店铺

Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique Counting Sheep offers gear for moms, dads and kids. From maternity clothes, baby furniture, baby shower gifts to party items. International brands include Stokke, Bloom, Boob, Baby Bjorn, Ergo Carriers, Hotslings, Bravado, Chicobello, Fleurville, BamBam, Big Bobby Cars, and Trunki. Sun-Thu 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (1/F of Bodhi bldg, directly across from north gate of Workers Stadium), Chaoyang District (6417 7622, 洋洋宝宝店 朝阳区, 工体北路17号(工体北门对面) Leyou Sells all the essentials, like thermometers, breast pumps, breast pads, diapers, spoons, bottles, formula, baby food and cribs. Prices are competitive and you can order online. 1) Daily 9am-8pm. East gate of Sanyuanli Community, opposite Silver Tower (between Sanyuan Qiao and Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District (6463 8880) 2) Daily 9am-8pm. 143, Beituchen Xilu, Haidian District (6201 7536) 3) Daily 9.30am-9pm. 203-204 Section A, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District (5920 3191) 4) Daily 9am-8pm. 111 Jiaodaokou Dajie, Dongcheng District (6405 6406) 乐友儿童用品 1) 朝阳 区, 南银大厦对面三源里社区东门(三元桥和三 元东桥之间) 2) 海淀区, 北土城西路143号 3) 朝阳区, 望京街9号A区203-204 4) 东城区, 交 道口大街111号 Lijia Baby Domestic retailer Lijia Baby stocks goods for children between the ages 0 and 5. You’ll find diapers, clothing, car seats, infant formula, milk bottles, baby wipes, bibs, and more. Physical branches are located throughout Beijing, including Wangjing and Yaojiayuan, but the website is much easier to use. Products are delivered a day after purchase. 1) Mon-Fri 9.30am8pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8.30pm.. B1/F, Dacheng Guoji Zhongxin, 12 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District (5962 6318/26) 2) Daily 9am9pm.. Shop A06, B1/F, Liubaiben Shopping Street, 19 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District (6472 5526/5400) 3) Daily 10am-10pm.. Shop VD1-29, 1/F, Kids Land, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (59051921/36) 丽家宝 宝 1) 朝阳区, 朝阳区百子湾路12号大成国际中 心地下1层 2) 朝阳区, 朝阳区望京广顺北大街 19号六佰本商业街地下1层A06 3) 朝阳区, 朝 阳区朝阳公园路6号院蓝色港湾国际商区活力城 1层VD1-29 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

Vogmask® China Vogmask is the leading anti-pollution mask available in China. Using a revolutionary microfiber filtration fabric, it filters an average of 99.978% of particulate matter (PM) – including tiny PM2.5 particles. Vogmask meets US FDA requirements for N99 rating, meaning it outperforms standard N95 masks. Vogmask comes in sizes suitable for babies, young children, teens and adults. They require no filter changes and can be used for hundreds of hours without replacement. Vogmask designs can also be customized for businesses and schools. Rm 1801, Air China Plaza, No.36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (400 650 1253, info@ 威隔口罩朝阳 区, 霄云路36号国航大厦1801室

Other Services China Self-Storage Co., Ltd. The name says it all; China Self-Storage provides custom-sized storage units at affordable prices and flexible storage terms. Customers have access to their storage unit for free 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The company is part of US and UK self-storage associations. Daily 24hrs. Jin’an Building, Tianzhu Huayuan Xijie, Shunyi District (400 600 6378, www. 北京万福金安自助仓储 服务有限公司顺义区, 天竺花园西街金安大厦 Koala Mini Storage Koala Ministorage is the first professional self-storage provider in Beijing. Its expat-friendly services are ideal for moving, renovating or travel; freeing up space in your home; keeping art and valuables in a safe and temperaturecontrolled environment; and storing files and equipment for companies outgrowing their offices. Currently they have one store open at Joy City Chaoyang, and are in the process of opening additional locations in Wangjing, Shuangjing and Haidian.Bldg 10, 3 Qingnian Lu Xili, Chaoyang District (5206 2430, www. 考拉迷你仓朝阳区, 青 年路西里3号院10号楼

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HealthPro® Swiss Made by IQAir AG With record levels of air pollution, families need an air purifier now more than ever. Protect your health with one of HealthPro®’s top-rated air cleaning systems. HealthPro® Swiss Made by IQAir AG promises near-perfect levels of clean air with zero loss of efficiency between filter changes. The type HyperHEPA filter technology is certified to capture 99.97% on particles down 0.3 microns, and 99.5% on particles down to 0.003 microns – 800 times smaller than PM2.5. 1) Daily 9am-6pm. Rm

BabyGro Beijing BabyGro is Beijing’s one-stop shop for imported maternity, baby and toddler gear. Run by moms for moms, BabyGro stocks safe, innovative and high quality products. They have a large selection of maternity items and pregnancy clothes, as well as breast pumps, bottles, formula, safety items and toys for babies and kids. Brands include ERGObaby, Grobag, Medela, EGG Maternity, Sono Vaso, Crayola, Mini Micro, Recaro, Micralite, Trunki, Skip Hop, Playgro and Organic Family. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm. Shop 5058, Bldg A, 5/F, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaowai Lu (across from Central Park), Chaoyang District (5900 0601, johanna@ 2) Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Cathay View Garden Shopping Mall (next to Beijing Riviera Villas), 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District (8470 1690, johanna@ 慧宝 1) 朝阳区, 朝外路6号朝外SOHO5层A座5058店铺 (新城国际对面) 2) 朝阳区, 香江北路甲2号观 唐广场二期商铺

Favorite Family Restaurant Lately, my two older children’s favorite options are Modo and Moka Bros, but an old-time favorite is Let’s Burger.

Favorite Place to Shop I enjoy going to the supermarket with my wife to pick up fresh vegetables and fruits, and talk to the sellers. We go once a week to Xinyuanli Market.

Favorite Dessert/Snack My favorite dessert is quesillo; it’s very Venezuelan. It’s similar to flan or custard, with an extraordinary texture and flavor. My wife makes it at home occasionally. One that I can buy in Beijing is the apple cake with nuts at Grandma’s Kitchen.

Family Rituals For dinner on weekends, my wife cooks typical Venezuelan food. The long list includes arepa (a kind of bread made from corn flour), empanadas (fried pastries filled with beef, cheese, black beans, and more), pastelitos, and tequenos.

Weekend Activities After working Monday to Friday, my wife and I like to rest and watch movies, but regularly we have friends over for lunch or dinner. On Sundays, we always go to church.

Best Places to Play We sometimes go to Chaoyang Park if the weather’s good. However, Solana offers a great chance to be indoor and outdoor while having a walk, finding a place to eat, and enjoying the surroundings.

Favorite Neighborhood The hutongs around the Forbidden City

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enezuelan-born Dr. Douglas Colina is a family doctor at Vista Medical Center. His wife, Wai Belen Shung Fung de Colina, was born in Hong Kong but moved to Venezuela with her parents as a baby. Trained as a biochemist, she has been working as a Spanish translator and editor for CCTV Spanish. They have a daughter and two sons: Belen Cecilia (age 25), Joel Abraham (23), and Gabriel Isaac (16). They have lived in Beijing for 11 years. We recently caught up with Dr. Colina to find out his family’s favorite hangouts in Beijing. Sijia Chen

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