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March 2014

The Bird Is the Word Spotting kingfishers and magpies at Olympic Forest Park A Worm’s Eye View MSB makes compost bins

Down to Earth

Gardening in small spaces, Beijing’s seasonal produce, and one dad’s quest to create chemical-free skincare

Upturn, Update, and Upcycle Transform an old shirt into a stylish necklace

March 2014 Contents




Features 52

Taking Root

Dining 26

How to plant your own veggies – and eat them too


Open Season

Sanliang Caiguan serves down-home Huaiyang dishes


A calendar of Chinese produce


The Ugly Truth

Dining Out Eaters’ Digest Our editors review green foods


Food for Thought The Standings shares a family recipe for tsukune

One dad’s quest to cut out chemicals in skincare

Living 17

On the Blog

Playing 30

Should you be worried about teachers dating students?


Eight parks and squares to fly your kite in


Noticeboard Talking Shop


Family Travels


Maker’s Corner

The Black Chook offers fresh, personalized catering


Birthday Bash Little mateys “arrr” welcome at baby international

Health 22

The Great Milk Debate Get the skinny on infant formula and breastfeeding


The Natural Path


The Doc Is In

Melissa Rodriguez looks at the facts about organics Watch out for endocrine disruptors, says Dr. Richard Saint Cyr

Playing Outside Bird watching with Terry Townshend

Community news and announcements


What’s Fun In

BWYA teacher Brendan Hogan helps after Typhoon Haiyan Atelier’s Irene Lu shares an easy-peasy upcycling project

March 2014 Contents




Learning 40

Schooled An MSB class becomes one with the worms


The Roundtable BIBA students weigh in on renewable energy


Blank Canvas Artwork from Beanstalk International Bilingual School

Directories 66 74 76 78 79 80 83 85

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

Parenting 48

Beijing Baba Christopher Lay and his daughter have too much homework


Alternate Routes Jennifer Ambrose embraces Chinese vegetables

Essentials 9 10 12 14 16

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


The Circuit

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


Family Favorites The Berkowitz family

ON THE COVER: Alexander Picton (age 6) attends the Western Academy of Beijing. Of Thai and English descent, he lived in Qatar for four years before moving to Beijing. Alexander enjoys swimming, soccer, dancing, playing with Legos, and riding his bike at Chaoyang Park. His favorite foods are chocolate ice cream and pepperoni cheese pizza, and his favorite subject is PE. Alexander lives in Wangjing with his dad Oliver, mom Panchalee, and little sister Grace (age 1). Photo by Mishka Family Photography. Special thanks to Too Too Organic Farm for providing the venue.


WOMEN OF CHINA English Monthly Sponsored and administrated by ALL-CHINA WOMEN’S FEDERATION Published by WOMEN’S FOREIGN LANGUAGE PUBLICATIONS OF CHINA Publishing Date: March 1, 2014

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25 Great Things We Have to Eat in Beijing Before We Die (or Choke to Death) ( Taking the idea from a light-hearted Huffington Post article, beijingkids editors compiled a list of 25 foods and drinks to try before you leave Beijing.



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Mother Nature


rowing up, my house was always a menagerie of cacti, orchids, African violets, bamboo palms, rubber plants, potted azaleas, devil’s ivy, and whatever else my mother decided to pick up at the local greenhouse. Every spring, she heaved heavy bags of mulch and topsoil into the yard to lay the foundation for a vegetable garden. Her dedication was rewarded with a summer bounty of hot peppers, tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, and radish. As a child, I ran wild trapping bumblebees to keep as pets (complete with tiny harnesses made of string), luring squirrels into the house with trails of peanuts, bringing home crayfish in styrofoam cups, and attempting to hatch store-bought chicken eggs. During my teenage years, Mom and I fought about everything – clothes, boys, grades, going out. Dad and Nancie stayed out of the fray as we slammed doors and roared at each other from different parts of the house – two people who were simultaneously so different and so alike, it must’ve seemed like an absurd dance to anyone on the outside looking in. Mom tended to her garden through it all – weeding, mulching, watering, composting, and turning over each leaf to check for blights and parasites. The most challenging vegetable to grow was loofah, an Asian plant that requires particular care in Montreal’s northern climes. Incidentally, sigua – the Chinese name for loofah – is a much-hated childhood pet name. My mom used to coax the seedlings from pots indoors when there was still snow on the ground, gently transplanting them at the foot of our porch in spring. Young plants were always in danger of being overrun by weeds, drowned by the rain, damaged by birds or slugs, or killed by a late frost, but she kept a watchful eye on them. They soon grew tall and strong, climbing over the trellis and around the porch in a thick tangle of vines. Large yellow flowers bloomed at the height of summer and were replaced by small green buds. By August,

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the first crop of plump, elongated gourds was ready for harvesting. When I moved out in university, that’s the image I retained of my mother: hunched over a flower bed with pruning shears in hand, wearing a brown wide-brimmed hat and the beat-up Adidas shelltoes I begged her to buy me in high school and promptly outgrew. Towards the end of my second year in Beijing, I found myself needing my mother’s presence but couldn’t find the words to tell her. She somehow knew. “I don’t care about the why of anything, I just care that you’re OK,” she wrote. That was the first time she expressed in writing what I already knew from the years of tacit apologies we willed to each other after every fight. I’ve come to associate my mother with spring, when she dusts off the gardening tools and makes the annual pilgrimage to the local home hardware store to inspect new plants. As I write the last sentences in this editor’s note, I realize that it’s her birthday. Here’s another weird coincidence: My mom’s first name is Chun (春), which means “spring.”

Sijia Chen Managing Editor March 2014





The Black Chook

All ages. Hosting a dinner party? Check out the new catering business started from the love of food. See Talking Shop (p20).

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Cooking Class: Imperial Chinese Dishes

For adults. Learn how to make imperial-style dishes while discovering their history and cultural context. See Mar 18 listing.

The Bookworm Literary Festival

Ages 13+. Harrow hosts a school tour for prospective students (ages 13-18) and their families. See Mar 6 listing.

All ages. The Bookworm’s literary festival has local and international authors for adult and children’s books. See Ongoing listing.

WAB Open House

WABX to the MAX: Spring Edition

For adults. WAB hosts a half-day Whole School Open House with tours led by parents and faculty members. See Mar 12 listing.

Ages 7+. This multi-sports event brings together badminton, tennis and soccer. See Mar 14 listing.

Urban Farming Tips

All ages. Get tips on how to tend your own small-space garden for a fresh supply of produce. See Features (p52).

The Motherhood Project at Atelier: A Course in Film for Beijing Moms

YCIS Beijing Parent Workshop: Reading at Home

For adults. Learn strategies on developing reading comprehension in kids. RSVP required. See Mar 27 listing.

For adults. Documentary filmmaker Anna Sophie Loewenberg teaches students how to produce a 5-10 minute video that reflects their parenting experiences in Beijing. See Ongoing listings.

Up, Up and Away

All ages. Spring is here! Break out your kite for a traditional Beijing activity. See What’s Fun In (p30).

2014 March

Harrow Open Day (Senior School and Sixth Form)

Pedicab Tour: Hutong Family Visit, National Museum, and Forbidden City

All ages. China Culture Center leads a culture-packed day tour through historical Beijing. See Apr 3 listing.

photos: Flickr users russteaches, lars ploughman; courtesy of the black chook, wikipedia comons, anna Sophie loewenberg, baby international; SUI, Ken.

For adults. DCB hosts an interactive workshop on the importance of play in early childhood development (ages 0-5) at both home and school. See Mar 11 listing.



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Caochangdi Tour

All ages. Forget 798 and head to Caochangdi to glimpse another – arguably more authentic – facet of Beijing’s art scene. See Mar 8 listing.

CIBA Spring Flea Market and Bazaar

All ages. Expect shopping, crafts, a bouncy castle, and more at CIBA’s flea market. See Mar 15 listing.

Departing from China with Pets: Step-by-Step Guidelines for Pet Owners

For adults. An information workshop to give departing expat advice and guidance on leaving Beijing with pets. See Mar 22 listing.

MAC Time Traditional Folk Art Workshop (Demonstration)

Ages 5+. In the second part of a two-day event, kite master Fei Baoling teaches kids how to make the colorful illustrations found on traditional Chinese kites. See Mar 9 listing.

Capital M Literary Festival

All ages. The Capital M Literary kicks of a week-long fix for book and film lovers with adult and children content. See Ongoing listing.

The Early Kid Gets the Bird

All ages. Did you know that Beijing lies along a bird migration route? Find out where to spot our fine-feathered friends in Playing Outside (p34).

Ahoy, Birthday Maties

Eat Meets West

Up to age 5. baby international hosts themed birthday parties in its new Pirate Bay restaurant. See Birthday Bash (p21).

All ages. Explore family-friendly Huaiyang cuisine at Sanliang Caiguan. See Dining Out (p26).

Beijing Ghost Tour

Players Junior Tour First Little Jeep (in Chinese) Tournament For ages 3-12. The Little Jeep

Ages 5+. Newman Tours explores the history of Beijing’s haunted hutongs around Houhai Lake. See Ongoing listings.

is the Chinese version ThomasPlayers the TankTour EnAges 7-17. Theof Junior gine. In Chinese Jan 1 listin features boys andonly. girls See of different ages competing for cash prizes in a 20-event golf tour. See Apr 6 listing.

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Essentials Top 10

March Top 10 !


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Literary Madness

Book lovers, you’re in luck! This month, the Bookworm Literary Festival runs from March 7-21 and the Capital Literary Festival from March 16-23. Both lineups include workshops and talks with authors of children’s and young adult books. For the full list of events, check out and


International Women’s Day

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day (March 8) is “Equality for Women Is Progress for All.” The event draws attention to the economic, social, and political accomplishments – and struggles – of women worldwide. The Bookworm will have special events centered on IWD and the feminist movement. If you are interested in joining a local women’s organization, look up VIVA, 85Broads, or Lean In Beijing.

Sky’s the Limit


Kite flying is a traditional activity associated with the arrival of spring. Find out where to buy and fly these colorful creations in What’s Fun In (p30).

Starting from the last week of March, the 26th annual Yuyuantan Park Cherry Blossom Festival will mark the arrival of spring. Every year, locals turn out in droves to sit under the blossoming red, pink, and white cherry trees – from Japan with love.


Birds of a Feather

Beijing boasts more than 450 species of birds thanks to its status as a major stop on avian migration routes. Birding enthusiast Terry Townshend takes us to Olympic Forest Park for an introduction to the art of spotting these diverse creatures. See Playing Outside (p34).



2014 March

Photos: flickr user wonderlane, tw chang; courtesy of Wikimedia commons; rolands Lakis


Stop and Smell the Cherry Blossoms

Top 10 Essentials

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Open Season

Some of you will have attended the beijingkids and JingKids Spring School Choice Fair on March 1-2 to find out more about Beijing’s education options. If not, several international schools – including WAB, Harrow, and YCIS Beijing – are holding open houses this month for prospective students and their families. For details, see Events (p14).

Reap What You Sow

Intimidated by gardening? Don’t think you have enough space in your apartment? Think again. Even urban dwellers can grow a basic vegetable garden. For pointers, check out Feature (p52).

Hit the Trail, Jack

Shake off those winter blues with an out-of-town hiking trip to the Great Wall and beyond. If you would like some guidance, look up hiking clubs like Beijing Hikers, China Travellers, Dandelion Hiking, and the Beijing Outdoor Adventure Club.

Respect Your Elders

Tomb Sweeping Festival, also known as Qingming Jie (清明节), falls on April 5 and is a time to pay one’s respects to departed family members. Observances include only serving cold dishes, sweeping and decorating an ancestor’s tomb, making offerings of food and flowers, strolling in the countryside to celebrate the arrival of spring, and flying kites.

Become a Locavore

Language barriers can make it hard to figure out those strange-looking fruits and vegetables at your local supermarket. Wonder no more – we put together a guide to Beijing’s seasonal calendar, complete with pictures and translations. See Feature (p56).

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Essentials Events Playing





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

Thu, Mar 6 Harrow Open Day (Senior School and Sixth Form) Ages 13+. Harrow hosts a school tour for prospective students (ages 13-18) and their families. Registration required. Free. 8.30am-noon. Harrow International School Beijing (6444 8900 ext 6900/6000, visit@

Fri, Mar 7 Baby and Toddler Playgroup Ages 0-3. Huijia Kindergarten hosts a monthly playgroup for moms, babies and toddlers. RSVP required. RMB 50. 10am-noon. Huijia Kindergarten, Sanyuanqiao Campus (6463 3252,

Sat, Mar 8 Caochangdi Tour All ages. Visit Caochangdi, home to artist Ai Weiwei, galleries, and artists’ studios. Includes transportation and English guide. RMB 220 (adults), RMB 160 (ages 6-12). 9.30am-12.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041,

MIK Child Psychology Seminar For adults. MIK International Kindergarten and Hong Kong International Medical Center co-host a seminar on learning a second language in early childhood. Free. 10-11am. MIK, Parkside Campus (5734 7085,

MAC Time Traditional Folk Art Workshop (Lecture) For adults. First part of a two-day event. Kite master Fei Baoling covers the history of kite-making using Chinese author Cao Xueqin’s illustrations. RMB 80 per person, RMB 60 per person for groups. 10.30am12.30pm. MAC Time Community Art Center (8046 1820, bj_mactime@

Sun, Mar 9 MAC Time Traditional Folk Art Workshop (Demonstration)

Workshop: Child Development and the Importance of Play For adults. DCB hosts an interactive


Wed, Mar 12 WAB Open House For adults. WAB hosts a half-day Whole School Open House with an introduction by Director Dr. J. Courtney Lowe and school tours given by parents, principals, and staff. Registration required. Free. 9.30amnoon.Western Academy of Beijing (5986 5588,

YCIS Beijing Parent Workshop: Higher-Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) All ages. This YCIS workshop touches on practical ideas, examples, and ways to encourage HOTS and critical thinking in children. RSVP required. Free. 10.30am-noon. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (eryn.

Fri, Mar 14 WABX to the MAX: Spring Edition

Tue, Mar 11


workshop on the importance of play in early childhood development (ages 0-5) at both home and school. The event explores the physical, intellectual, linguistic, emotional and social aspects of play. Free. 9-10am. Dulwich College Beijing (6454 9000,

2014 March

Ages 7+. This event encompasses the Tri-Cities Badminton Tournament, WABbledon Tennis Tournament, and the Tri-Cities Soccer Tournament. Free.

8.30am-7pm. Western Academy of Beijing (5986 5588,

Sat, Mar 15 CIBA Spring Flea Market and Bazaar All ages. Head to CIBA’s Spring Flea Market and Bazaar to pick up new and gently-used items. Highlights include a bake sale, a bouncy castle and playground, arts and crafts, and face painting. Free. 10am-2pm. Children’s International Bilingual Academy (

Puppy and Dog Obedience Training Basics Ages 7+. ICVS offers puppy and adult dog obedience training programs with an introduction and Q&A session. RSVP required. Free. 11am-noon. International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) (8456 1939/40/41,

WABX to the MAX: Spring Edition Ages 7+. See Mar 14 listing.

Sun, Mar 16 Which Camp Will You Attend this Summer? Ages 10+. TLC Founder Jennifer Hyde Sachs discusses summer program at home and overseas in two sessions. RSVP required. Free. 10am-11.30am (Mandarin), 1.30-3pm (English). The Learning Center (8046 3886/7085,

Tue, Mar 18 Cooking Class: Imperial Chinese Dishes For adults. Learn how to make imperial-style dishes like Pine Nut and Beef Stir-Fry, Fried Shiitake and Coriander Stir-Fry, and Traditional Sweet and Sour Pork. Registration required. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408,

Sat, Mar 22 YCIS Beijing Open Day: An International School Experience All ages. Tour, mingle, and dine with members of the YCIS Beijing community. RSVP required. Free. 9am-12.45pm. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (8583 3731,

Childbirth Preparation with HypnoBirthing For adults. Parents-to-be learn how to have a calmer and more relaxed birthing experience with HypnoBirthing over three weekly classes (March 22, 29 and April 5). Registration required. RMB 2,500 per couple. 9am-1pm. Beijing United Family Hospital (5927 7000)

Departing from China with Pets: Step-by-Step Guidelines for Pet Owners For adults. This session covers the 2014 regulations for China, EU countries, North America, Asia and Australia, as well as pet transportation, minimizing travel-related stress

Photo: Rumtea (flickr)

Ages 5+. In the second part of a two-day event, kite master Fei Baoling teaches kids how to make the colorful illustrations found on traditional Chinese kites. RMB 280. 10.30am12.30pm. MAC Time Community Art Center (8046 1820, bj_mactime@

Spring is in the air

Readers are encouraged to double-check event details with the organizers as dates and locations may change. for you and your pets, new airline regulations for cargo transport, and “winter blackout” and “summer blackout” periods affecting pet travel. RSVP required. Free. 11am-noon. International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) (8456 1939/40/41,

Olympic Swim Camp All ages. Sports Beijing offers a two-day swim program coached by Olympic medalists Aaron Peirsol, Jason Lezak, and Kim Vandenberg. The event features in-pool training, a Q&A session and photo opportunities. Registration required. RMB 1,000/per day. 2-6pm. Sports Beijing (6430 1370,

Sun, Mar 23 Olympic Swim Camp All ages. See Mar 22 listing.

Thu, Mar 27 YCIS Beijing Parent Workshop: Reading at Home For adults. Learn strategies on developing lower- and high-level reading comprehension in kids. RSVP required. Free. 10.30am-noon. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (8583 3731,

Sat, Mar 29 Childbirth Preparation with HypnoBirthing For adults. See Mar 22 listing.

Thu, Apr 3 Pedicab Tour: Hutong Family Visit, National Museum, and Forbidden City All ages. This day tour includes a glimpse of life in local hutongs, a visit to the National Art Museum of China, lunch at a Chinese restaurant, and a guided tour through the Forbidden City. RMB 300-500. 9am-4.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341 ext 18,

Fri, Apr 4 Picnic at Yuyuantan Park All ages. Renowned for its cherry blossoms, beats the crowds at Yuyuantan Park by bringing a picnic blanket and a good book on a weekday. See March Top 10.

Sat, Apr 5 Childbirth Preparation with HypnoBirthing For adults. See Mar 22 listing.

Sun, Apr 6 Players Junior Tour First Tournament Ages 7-17. The Junior Players Tour features boys and girls of different ages competing for cash prizes in a 20 event golf tour. Price TBC. 12.30-5pm. Beijing Junior Players Club (136 5112 7096,

Ongoing 2014 Bookworm Literary Festival All ages. The eighth annual Bookworm Literary Festival takes place from March 7-21 with talks from both local and international authors. Prices vary. 10am-6pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507,

Parentcraft: What to Expect When You’re Expecting For adults. Gynecologist Dr. Alejandra Mora offers tips for a healthy pregnancy on March 6. This is the first of a series of seminars to be held from March to May. Registration required. Free (International SOS members), RMB 100 per class or RMB 600 for all eight sessions (non-members). 10amnoon. International SOS (6462 9100,

Beijing Ghost Tour Ages 5+. Newman Tours explores the history of Beijing’s haunted hutongs around Prince Gong’s Palace. Includes native English-speaking guide, all admission tickets, and a supernatural RMB 80 million offering to a dead ancestor of your choice. Tours take place every Saturday and Sunday. RMB 260 (adults), RMB 130 (ages 14 and under). 7-9pm. Newman Tours (138 1777 0229,

The Motherhood Project at Atelier: A Course in Film for Beijing Moms For adults. Have you ever wanted to produce a meaningful video about your family’s life in Beijing? Atelier offers a six-week filmmaking course in which each student will produce a 5-10 minute video inspired by the sounds, conversations, and images that capture their parenting experience here. Instructor and filmmaker Anna Sophie Loewenberg will share her experience in video-reportage. Both mothers and fathers welcome. RMB 1,800. Tue 10am-noon (starting Mar 25). Atelier (annasophie@

Capital M Literary Festival All ages. The Capital M Literary Festival hosts panel discussions, q&A’s and children’s readings from March 16-23 with both local and international authors and film markers. RMB 75 (for each sessions); RMB 20 (kids & students); RMB 188 (literary lunches). Noon-8pm. Capital M (6702 2727).

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Essentials New Arrivals

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Cai Ningyue

Chinese. Born on Dec 4 to Liu Xiaofei and Cai Shouping at New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital.



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Aurela Symphony Cruz American/Colombian. Born on Jan 20 to Elizabeth Cruz and Daniel Cruz at Oasis International Hospital.

Hunter and R iver Zhang Australian. Bo rn on Aug 22 to Rebe Zhang at Oas is Internationa l

cca and Chi Hospital.

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Chinese. Born on Dec 25 to Yao Yuan and Li Xianzhe at New Centu ry Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

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From the Blog Living

Newspaper Alleges Teacher-Student Dating at Local International School

photo: lisa brewster (flickr)


n the wake of the infamous Neil Robinson case, the teacher jailed in the UK last month after being uncovered as a fugitive working at an international school in Beijing, concerns about schools’ vetting processes have never been far from the front pages. At first glance, a story published Sunday in The Global Times (“To Catch a Predator”) seems to simply rehash the issue of teacher background checks that many parents are now well-versed in. But amidst these concerns lies a very serious allegation from an unnamed source who the paper claims to be a British teacher currently employed at an international school in Beijing. The teacher said he found it “disgusting and astounding” when he learned some of his colleagues were in relationships with girls aged 16 to 18 at the school. “I am certain there are teachers … who may be a danger to children. In conversation with other teachers, several relationships between teachers and sixth-form girls were mentioned, but as a new teacher … I didn’t know specifics,” he said. The article only quotes one source on this specific claim (an unnamed one at that), so beijingkids feels that the validity of the accusation should not be taken at face value. However, in an environment where it’s not unusual for teachers and older teen students to turn up in the same Sanlitun watering holes on weekends, it’s not entirely surprising to hear these charges. Having said that, the article can also be read in the context of the largely anti-foreign agenda that emerged after the Robinson case,

despite there being scant evidence that Chinese teachers have to go through the same background checks as foreigners. Nonetheless, the issue of consensual relationships between teachers and older teens is one that has been widely ignored in the (sometimes scaremongering) debate on abuse in Beijing’s schools. While The Global Times’ report editorializes that schools are putting “the prestige of foreign faces above students’ safety,” evidence indicates that’s not the case – indeed, criminal background checks have become routine for most foreign hires in China. Since July 1 of last year, all applying for work (Z) visas have to provide a police clearance certificate from their home country. Having recently been through the visa process myself, I can confirm that this is well-enforced. But then it has not proven to be particularly difficult to teach in China without a work visa, as has been revealed by scandals involving schools employing teachers on tourist visas, for which no check is required. Furthermore, an Australian report on child sex offenses provides an interesting statistic which, although not specifically related to teachers, gives food for thought: less than a quarter of child sex offenders in its study had previous convictions for sexual assault. Background checks on teachers is something that beijingkids wholeheartedly supports, but this but one step in the process of keeping children safe. The onus is also on schools to implement close classroom monitoring and parents to remain vigilant participants, rather than distant observers, in their children’s education.

This article was adapted from a post on by Oscar Holland.

March 2014



Living Noticeboard

What’s Happening in Beijing BCIS Student Awarded Music College Scholarship A Grade 12 student at Beijing City International School (BCIS), Donghee Kim, has been awarded a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. The lead singer of schoolbased band Wasabi and a skilled pianist, Kim is the first-ever student from BCIS to receive a scholarship to an overseas music college.

UCCA Launches New Kids’ Classes UCCA Creative Studio in 798 Art District has introduced an education program for ages 2-11. Participants will learn about art in daily courses to be held in the studio’s brand-new classrooms.The sessions will be led by UCCA’s experienced teachers. Weekend workshops will continue as normal, often in conjunction with local and international artists. For more information, visit

House of Knowledge International Kindergarten will offer its spring and summer afterschool activities program starting in mid-March, with a range of sports and educational classes open to all at the school’s two campuses. From gymnastics and soccer to science and Tang Dynasty poetry, there is a wide variety of weekly programs available to kids up to age 8. In a new addition to the lineup, instructors from Music Together will run Wiggle Worms classes on Wednesdays for kids aged 10 months to 2 years. Detailed information can be found at



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HoK Activities Program Returns

Noticeboard Living Art Bug Welcomes New Teacher Art Bug recently added Ffion Jones to its team. Jones is a Cambridge University CELTA holder who has taught a variety of age groups. She holds a degree in Fine Arts and obtained a Diploma in Art and Design at Oxford Brookes University. Jones specializes in painting, drawing and photography.

ISB Welcomes New Assessment Coordinator The International School of Beijing has appointed Kristine Tesoriero to its office of learning, where she will be responsible for assessments related to student admissions and placement. Prior to her posting in Beijing, Tesoriero taught Spanish for eight years in New Jersey, where she earned both her graduate and post-graduate degrees in educational leadership.

photos: courtesy of isb, art bug and bsb shunyi

BSB Shunyi Joins BBC Journalism Program The British School of Beijing, Shunyi has become the first international school to be accepted into the BBC School Report, an educational journalism program set up by the world-renowned British broadcaster. The school will join more than 1,000 others in the UK in offering its students the chance to develop their journalistic skills with the help of lesson plans and materials provided by the BBC. Children will take on the role of school reporters by creating video, audio, and written reports for a “news day” on March 27. The best from across the program’s schools will appear on the BBC’s website and may even be aired on the broadcaster’s news shows. March 2014



Living Talking Shop

There’s a Chicken in the Kitchen The Black Chook caters to your every need by Dana Cosio-Mercado


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atherin Witbreuk’s love affair with food began as a student working at a sandwich shop in her native Sydney. Through the combination of preparing meals and interacting with customers, she knew this was what she wanted to do longterm. A stint at a Lebanese restaurant expanded her culinary repertoire. Over the years, she kept busy in the kitchen baking bread and desserts, all the while seeking opportunities to learn about different types of cuisine. When she moved to China, Witbreuk discovered black chickens whose health benefits are widely touted by locals. She decided to name her catering business “The Black Chook” – “chook” being Australian slang for chicken. So far, referrals have largely been through word-of-mouth. The company caters to groups both big and small; services include menu planning, clean-up, and extras like flowers, wine, or tableware. Customers can opt for a la carte or buffet setups and parties can be suited to any budget. The Black Chook also sells Witbreuk’s baked goods and will eventually offer Meals On Wheels, a private service for people who are too busy or unwilling to cook. The aim is to help customers avoid “flavor fatigue” by providing a variety of tastes and taking the guesswork out of what to make for lunch or dinner. Meals On Wheels aims to provide healthy food that is easy to reheat. Doing business in China has not come without its share of frustrations, however. Sourcing good ingredients is one of Witbreuk’s biggest concerns; to ensure the quality of the ingredients, she has taken to growing her own produce. Want to see if you can taste the difference? Give her a call.

Birthday Bash Living

Family Value baby international boasts three-in-one restaurant, shop, and play center by Dana Cosio-Mercado

photos: COURTESY OF baby international


hen Nils and Lynn van Doorn had a son, they wanted the best baby gear for him. They couldn’t find what they needed, so they decided to import it. Eventually, they also realized the need for a highquality family center with adjacent dining and playing areas, allowing adults to relax while their little ones kept busy. Their latest project, the Pirate Bay restaurant, fulfills this need with a threein-one shop, play center, and family dining spot. The center also hosts birthdays for kids aged 5 and under. Highlights include a pirate-themed soft play area, personalized activities, and catering from the restaurant. Past party themes include Mickey Mouse, dinosaurs, and fairies. For now, the restaurant mainly offers homemade pasta and pizza. Kids can make their own pizzas during the party using pre-kneaded dough, sauce, and toppings of their choice. Desserts and waffles are also available. The price of birthday packages includes

exclusive use of the restaurant, access to the play center, food and drinks (including pizza, pasta, French fries, salads, finger food, desserts, coffee, and juice). The menu can be tailored. Alcoholic beverages can be bought for an extra fee. The minimum party size is ten children. The center’s set-up encourages families to linger and mingle. There are clean toilets and diaper changing rooms with child-sized facilities and fun colors, as well as extensive storage for families with lots of baby and toddler gear. The restaurant is spacious, with booths and tables suited to big groups. It is no surprise, then, that play groups have sprung up at baby international. The inclusion of drinks for grownups – such as beer and wine – have made Nils popular among the European dads in particular. Though the name “baby international” initially denoted the brand’s imported baby merchandise, the van Doorns are increasingly proud of the fact that it has come to represent the mix of families who come together to play.

baby international 国际宝贝 Mon-Fri: RMB 199 per adult, RMB 168 per child for up to four hours. SatSun: RMB 299 per adult, RMB 268 per child. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing (8450 1189) www. 朝阳区将 台路2号

Optional: Themed birthday cake (RMB 600 for 8” or RMB 780 for 10”), treasure hunt at the play center (RMB 50 per child), pizza-making (RMB 69 per child, 50 percent discount for birthday parties only), additional services like face painting, balloon artists, clowns, magicians, arts and crafts, and games (RMB 900-3,680 depending on theme and content)

March 2014




The Great Milk Debate Can you trust infant formula – and should you need to? by Oscar Holland

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percent of the market in major Chinese cities. Given these uncertainties, many Beijing doctors now only recommend importing formula from other countries. But even then, how can parents choose between the countless options available? There might not be as much to the decision as you think. Claims of being “closer to breast milk,” “more complete,” and other assertions of quality should be treated with cynicism. If the formula you are using comes from a country with tight regulations such as those within the European Union, there will be very little difference in their nutritional value. There are some variations, including whether the formula is cow milk- or soy-based, but the core ingredients are closely controlled, leaving little room for manufacturers to justify their claims of superiority. Choosing between these products may simply come down to your

photos: courtesy of LLL

he dust – or powder – may have settled from the infant milk scandal that rocked China in 2008, but many parents remain concerned about whether the formula they feed their babies is safe. The incident, in which six children died and a further 300,000 experienced adverse effects from the presence of the chemical melamine, led to a raft of tough new measures for formula manufacturers. In December, the China Food and Drug administration announced a new licensing system in which milk powder producers will need to meet safety standards for the quality of its ingredients and production processes. Companies have until May 2014 to apply, after which the regulatory body will publish a list of producers approved for sale. But it remains frustratingly difficult for parents to know whether Chinese brands are safe. Imported products now make up almost 80

Health infant’s preferences, especially in cases where they are allergic to cow’s milk or lactose intolerant. In these instances there may have to be an element of trial and error in finding a brand that is most suitable for your child. Specialist formulas with various purported benefits are available. But an overview of research by UK consumer watchdog Which? found that these supplementary formulas, which claim to alleviate problems such as poor sleep, excessive crying (colic), or reflux, have no strong supporting evidence for their use and were deemed unnecessary.

But before worrying about how to find a suitable brand of milk formula, a more fundamental question needs to be asked: Is breastfeeding still an option? Breast Is Best But before worrying about how to find a suitable brand of milk formula, a more fundamental question needs to be asked: Is breastfeeding still an option? Most of the medical profession agrees that breast milk is preferable and the World Health Organization (WHO) explicitly favors breastfeeding, which it “actively promotes… as the best source of nourishment for infants and young children.” There are a number of compelling reasons for this, according to a pediatrician at New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Dr. Xiaohui Li. “Breast milk has rich unsaturated fatty acid and lactose, [which aid] infants’ digestion,” she says. “In addition, the ratio of calcium to phosphorus is two to one, making it easier for the absorption of calcium.” Breast milk also contains antibodies that can help protect from illness and reduce the likelihood of eczema, obesity, and diabetes later in life. The WHO cites further health benefits for the mother, which Dr. Li supports, saying that breastfeeding can help the mother’s uterus recover from childbirth and decreases chances of breast cancer. But according to UNICEF, only 28 percent of infants below 6 months of age in China are exclusively breastfed, compared with the global average of about 40 percent. While there will always be legitimate reasons why some mothers are unable to breastfeed such as a naturally low milk supply, serious illnesses, or the use of certain medications, these instances are rare. The discrepancy suggests that there are cultural factors at play. Embarrassment or stigma around breastfeeding in public and unsympathetic working environments may contribute to these figures, but many of these deterrents can be overcome, according to Ivy Makelin, a leader at the Beijing branch of the non-profit group, La Leche League (LLL). Her organization provides information, support, and encouragement to mothers who have difficulty breastfeeding. Pain, difficulty latching on, and concerns about milk supply are the most common concerns among new mothers. But Makelin says that LLL’s methods help a range of mothers, including those moving from mixed feeding (a combination of breast and formula milk) to exclusively breastfeeding. “With proper help, at least 95 to 99 percent of women can breastfeed successfully,” she says. “I really believe that every mom wants the best for her baby, and if every mom in the world could know the truth about the risks of formula feeding…almost nobody would willingly feed [it] to their baby.” People’s motivation to work past conquerable difficulties may be lessened by the formula industry’s marketing strategies. Makelin accuses producers of “more and more rampant” marketing and claims that they regularly breach laws against the promotion of breast milk

substitutes. She charges formula companies with paying doctors to promote their brands, influencing moms-to-be through pregnancy courses, and presenting formula as being as nutritious as breast milk despite only containing a fraction of the nutrients. Even those with genuine difficulties producing enough milk can still find ways to avoid formula. One such mom, Marie Hamilton, was initially unable to produce enough breast milk for her first daughter because doctors believed that her body was withholding large amounts of a milk-producing protein called prolactin to protect her body against a benign brain tumor. She was living in the US at the time and was able to find milk donors. But when she became pregnant six months after relocating to Beijing, Hamilton feared the situation might be more challenging. “I put an online ad in a parenting group I’m a member of seeking out donor milk. Within a few days, I’d already had several moms responding stating they’d love to be ongoing milk donors for our baby. I could barely believe that I was able to secure donor milk ahead of time in China.” But even though she was then able to breastfeed (thanks in part to the removal of her brain tumor), Hamilton’s second daughter’s weight fell dramatically. The lactation expert at the hospital observed good latch but was unable to ascertain the source of the problem. Hamilton once again turned to donors while she struggled to find a solution. Her story was even publicized on social media site Weibo, a move that solicited donations from as far afield as Shanghai. Despite a Beijing doctor initially dismissing the possibility of her daughter being tongue-tied (a condition in which thickened membrane connecting the tongue to the underside of the mouth prevents effective nursing), a chance discovery at a breastfeeding conference revealed that this was indeed the problem. Minor surgery rectified the problem and within minutes of the procedure she experienced pain-free nursing for the first time. “While there is a purpose for formula, I believe wholeheartedly that the risks of obtaining and using donor milk far outweigh [those] of short-term formula use,” she says. “One significant lesson I’ve learned from my experience is that breastfeeding is about more than just the milk. It’s about an attachment between a mother and her child.”

* The names of some featured in this article have been changed to protect their privacy.

Resources New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) 北京新世纪妇儿医院 Children’s healthcare specialist Dr. Xiaohui Li specializes in immunization, growth monitoring and assessment. She offers consultations in Chinese, with English- and Japanese-speaking doctors also available at New Century. As well as pediatrics, the hospital offers gynecology, obstetrics, and urgent care services for women, children, and teens up to 18 years of age. Daily 24hrs. 51 Wangjing Beilu (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) 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. For more information, contact Serena at or visit

March 2014



Health The Natural Path


Are Organics Really Better for You?

rganic or non-organic? That is the question. Or is it? I believe the more important question is: How do you like your cake? You might be wondering what cake has to do with organics. In recent years, there has been much debate about whether organics are really better. Some studies show that they have greater nutritional value; others don’t. Let’s put aside the issue of nutrition for now and look at what the studies do tell us. First, there’s a clear difference in pesticide content. Organics are less likely to contain pesticide residues than conventional produce. Their presence can be explained through wind blowing residue from nearby farms, or cross-contamination in the storage or transportation stages.

There is a correlation between the level of pesticides in a pregnant woman’s diet and residues found in the umbilical cord blood of their infants However, some scientists are quick to point out that the levels of pesticides in conventional produce are well within safe limits. But how do we know these levels are truly safe? After all, frequent pesticide exposure has proven harmful to farmers. What’s more, children who eat organic produce have fewer traces of pesticide in their urine. Studies also show there is a correlation between the level of pesticides in a pregnant woman’s diet and residues found in the umbilical cord blood. Recent studies followed for many years the children of pregnant women who were exposed to higher amounts of pesticides known as organophosphates. In elementary, these kids tested seven IQ points lower than their peers on average. In addition, organics tends to contain more compounds called polyphenols, which act as antioxidants and protect against inflammation. According to multiple studies, organic chicken and pork are less likely to be contaminated by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Buying organic benefits the planet too. The negative environmental impact of large-scale farming is a well-known phenomenon and can be offset in part through organic farming. Scientists also agree on the public health threat presented by antibiotic-resistant bacteria becoming more prevalent in the environment. In the end, it comes down to where you are on your wellness path. For some, the challenge may lie in making sure their diet contains enough fruits and vegetables. For others, it may be getting regular exercise or managing stress. Eating organic is like the icing on the cake. And who doesn’t love icing?

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



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Health The Doc Is In



y son Alex is almost 1, an age at which he puts everything in his mouth – especially his bath toys. When he happily munches away on a dayglo orange crab with big Bambi eyes, I’m always a bit nervous about microscopic plastic parts getting into his system. We know almost nothing about the safety of the 80,000 consumer chemicals created since World War II. As the World Health Organization (WHO) states in a 2012 report (, “the vast majority of chemicals in current commercial use have not been tested at all.” The chief concerns are endocrine disruptors, or chemicals with a molecular structure similar to our own hormones. They can alter normal endocrine activity by binding to the same receptors as the latter. Because the endocrine system controls just about every aspect of our health, children are at particular risk during their most sensitive growth periods – in the womb and at puberty.

We know almost nothing about the safety of the 80,000 consumer chemicals created since World War II JAMA Pediatrics published its own review of endocrine disruptors in 2012 (, which suggests that “efforts to reduce EDC exposure as a precaution among pregnant women and children are warranted.” Chemicals like BPA, PVC, and phthalates can contribute to infertility, obesity, cancer, and neuro-developmental problems such as behavioral issues and a lower IQ. Parents can consult guidelines set out by the Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety ( and the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (, which include: • Avoiding BPA, phthalates, and PVC. The Soft Landing, a professional childproofing company, has great product lists on its website, • Switching from plastic to glass food containers. • Using only polyethylene (or PE) wrap and never microwaving food with wrap on; it can easily leach into liquids, especially if they contain alcohol or vinegar. • Immediately transferring leftovers to glass containers, and never reheating or eating them directly from takeaway plastic containers. • Within the Plastic Coding System, choosing products with the numbers 1, 2, 4, or 5. • Using a vacuum cleaner outfitted with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. And Alex’s bath toys? The manufacturer assures that they are “BPAfree” and “phthalates-compliant.” That’s not super comforting, but the Soft Landing endorses them so I am letting him munch away – for now.

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

March 2014



Dining Dining Out

One Cuisine to Feed them All New CBD restaurant serves crowd-pleasing Huaiyang dishes by Clemence Jiang


ith so many Chinese regional cuisines, how do you choose just one to fit everyone’s tastes? Late Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai faced the same problem in 1949 when organizing the country’s first state banquet to celebrate the founding of the PRC. In the end, he settled on Huaiyang cuisine: a well-balanced culinary tradition that originates from the middle and lower reaches of the Huai and Yangtze rivers, and is now popular in the provinces of Jiangsu and Anhui. Though it is one of the four major Chinese cooking styles, Huaiyang cuisine is not as popular as its Sichuanese and Cantonese counterparts. And yet, it has the potential to be a crowd pleaser with its emphasis on local ingredients, fresh seafood, mild flavors, and meticulous preparation methods. Some dishes take hours to prepare and are easily spoiled by mishandled ingredients. We were pleasantly surprised by Sanliang Caiguan, a recently-opened restaurant in the CBD. Standout kid-friendly dishes include a pork and crab meatball (翡翠 蟹粉狮子头, feicui xiefen shizitou, RMB 36) that featured in Premier Zhou’s state banquet. The tennis ball-sized dish is loosely-rolled, tender in texture, and served in a thick green pea soup. We also liked the tofu noodles in chicken soup (大煮干丝, dazhu gansi, RMB 48), soft strips of tofu, vegetables, and shrimp in chicken broth. Our model told us he hated tofu “a lot,” but was spotted wolfing down the entire dish after the shoot. To try some of the more time-consuming dishes such as Duck Stew with Eight Treasures (八宝葫芦鸭, babao hulu ya, RMB 218) and Lotus Leaf Tofu (莲蓬豆腐, lianpeng doufu, RMB 78), you will have to call and order at least one day in advance. The restaurant itself is modern in design, with a Japanese-style bar between the kitchen and seating area. Sanliang Caiguan say no MSG or food addictives are used in its food. Instead, a broth simmered from chicken, duck, and pork serves as the base for most dishes. The menu includes images for each item, as well as English and Japanese translations, and high chairs are available for kids. The only drawback is the bathroom, which is clean but contains squat toilets only. Reservations are strongly recommended.

beijingkids March 26 Camden Sabo (age 5, Beijing 2014 BISS International School) slurps down tofu noodles

photo: SUI

Sanliang Caiguan 叁两菜馆 Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 6 Langjiayuan, Tonghuihe Beilu, Chaoyang District (8589 6521, 137 1830 0499) 朝阳区通惠河北路郎家 园6号院

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

Green Curry Chicken Reviewed in: Sanlitun The color of green curry comes from fresh basil and green chilies. Blue Frog’s generous version features tender chicken chunks with a light kick. The lunchtime deal includes rice, salad, and a soft drink for RMB 65.

Teriyaki Chicken Salad Reviewed in: Sanlitun Gung Ho’s Teriyaki Chicken Salad (RMB 46) features a sherry honey vinaigrette made with teriyaki sauce that balances the dish’s sweet and savory flavors. A bed of romaine lettuce, watermelon radish, cherry tomatoes, poppy seeds, and walnuts make this a great choice for spring.

Asparagus Risotto Reviewed in: Sanlitun Now in its 15th year in Beijing, Annie’s longevity comes down to its consistently reliable selection of Italian classics. Pastas and pizzas may dominate the menu, but be sure to try the risotto dishes, which include this delicious asparagus and parmesan option (RMB 48).

Pea Soup with Carrot Foam Reviewed in: Sanlitun Who says you can’t have fun with your food? Served as part of Migas’ set lunch menu (RMB 95), setting up this dish is a two-step process. First, the server sets down a bowl of thick pea soup; then, they tip a tumbler of carrot foam into the mix. Your job is to stir and enjoy.

March 2014



Spring Chicken The Standings make Japanese-style meatballs with teriyaki sauce


www!” exclaims 8-year-old Emma Standing. Elbow-deep in chicken mince, the BSB Sanlitun student dissolves into giggles when her dad Jonathan tells her to watch out for “chicken juice.” It is Sunday afternoon in the Standing household. Emma, her 12-year-old brother Jimmy (who attends BSB Shunyi), and their mom Shigemi are making tsukune, or Japanese-style chicken meatballs. Tokyo native Shigemi recently contributed the recipe to BSB Sanlitun’s themed lunch program, which explores a different world cuisine each month. Once the shoot is over, our hosts ply us with the delicious skewers and serve English tea from a teapot covered in a hand-knitted rose bush cozy – fusion dining at its best. Sijia Chen photoS: Ken


beijingkids 2014 March Emma and Jimmy Standing (ages 8 and 12) with a plate of homemade tsukune

Food for Thought Dining

1 Ingredients 配料

Sauce 酱料

Meatballs 肉丸

6 tbsp mirin (Japanese rice wine that can be found at Jingkelong and Sanyuanli Market) 6汤匙米 林酒(一种日本米酒,京客隆或 三元里市场均有售) 6 tbsp soy sauce 6汤匙酱油 2 tbsp sugar 2汤匙白糖 2 tbsp sake 2汤匙日本清酒 1 tbsp cornstarch 1汤匙玉米 淀粉 1 tbsp water 1汤匙水

400-500g minced chicken 400-500克鸡肉馅 1 onion (finely-chopped) 1颗洋葱(剁碎) 1 egg 1支鸡蛋 2-3 tbsp cornstarch 2-3汤 匙玉米淀粉 Wooden skewers 木扦子


Put all the meatball ingredients in large bowl and mix well with hands until sticky. 把用来制作肉丸的配料全部 放在一个大碗中,用手将其 混合,直至粘稠。


In a saucepan, combine all the sauce ingredients except for the sugar and cornstarch. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, and add the latter. Start the heat again and simmer until thick. 把用来做酱的配料除了白糖 和玉米淀粉,其余的全都倒 入炖锅中。烧开关火,加入 白糖和玉米淀粉。再开火, 煨至粘稠。

Pour oil in a separate pan, drop in a few spoonfuls of the meatball mixture, and cook until brown on both sides. 平底锅中倒些油,勺子舀些 肉酱球球放在锅中,别放太 多,两面均需煎至金黄。

4 Drizzle some sake in the pan, cover, and steam cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat. Remove the meatballs and let cool. 平底锅中倒点清酒,盖上 锅盖,小火焖2-3分钟。之 后放凉。

5 Put two or three meatballs on a skewer. Pour the sauce over the tsukune, glazing with a brush if desired. 木扦子上插上两三个肉丸, 撒点酱,可以拿把刷子把酱 涂抹均匀,日式鸡肉串美 味呈现。

March 2014



Playing What's Fun In

Let Fly The sky’s the limit at these eight kite-friendly venues in Beijing by Clemence Jiang

photo: sea turtle (flickr)



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What's Fun In Playing


s temperatures rise this month and the sun stays out longer, Beijingers will be gearing up for an annual spring ritual. Kite flying, a popular seasonal custom, is said to get rid of bad luck. Tradition dictates that the string be cut when the kite is high in the sky in order to allow the wind to carry away illness and misfortune. In the past, parents would tell their children not to pick up a kite on their way home; if one landed on your property, the only way to avoid bad luck was to burn it. There are many stories surrounding the invention of kites, which are believed to have originated in China. The first kite was generally believed to have been conceived of by Chinese philosopher Mozi (墨子) during the Warring States Period (481-221 BC). His invention, which was shaped like a wooden hawk, was more accurately described as a kite-like flying machine. Years later, his apprentice – the legendary architect and carpenter Lu Ban (鲁班) – improved on his original design and made a kite that managed to stay in the sky for three consecutive days.

After the invention of paper in China around 2,000 years ago, kites were mainly used for carrying messages. It was not until the prosperous Tang Dynasty (618-906 AD) that these flying creations started to take on a recreational dimension and spread to Europe. Originally shaped like a simple flat rectangle, modern kites are categorized according to their materials, motifs (such as dragons, swallows, and eagles), and distinguishing features like 3D constructions and moveable eyes. In spring, kites are usually sold at the entrance to many parks. For a wider selection, try Sunhe Kite Market (孙河风筝市场) at the border of Chaoyang and Shunyi. South of Panjiayuan, Shilihe Tianjiao Culture City (十里河天娇文化城) is a bird and flower market that also has a small cluster of kite shops. For something unique, Sanshizhai (三石斋 风筝) on Di’anmen Xidajie is a 100-year-old family business that makes custom kites that can cost as much as RMB 4,000. Once you get yourself a kite, head on over to one of the following parks or squares.

Beijing Olympic Forest Park 奥体森林公园 Located just north of Fourth Ring Road, this spacious park is also a haven for birds (see What’s Fun In, p34). Free. Daily 6am-8pm (summer), daily 7am-7pm (winter). 15 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District (6452 9060) 朝阳区朝 阳区北辰东路15号‎

Chaoyang Park 朝阳公园 Though perhaps a little too popular, there is enough room at Chaoyang Park to accommodate all kite fliers. There is more room on the grassy fields to the north, and the kites for sale at the south gate of the park mean you can decide to do the activity spontaneously. RMB 5, RMB 2.5 (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 6am-10pm (last entry at 9pm). 1 Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6506 5409) 朝阳区农 展馆南路1号

China Millennium Monument 中华世纪坛 If you just need the bare minimum for kite flying – a square – you will find it outside the China Millenium Monument. Once you are done, consider touring the collections of artwork at Beijing World Art Museum next door.

photo: plind (flickr)

Free. Daily 8.30am-5.30pm. 9A Fuxing Lu, Haidian District (6852 7108) 海淀区 复兴路甲9号

Haidian Park 海淀公园 The large, grassy clearing at the center of Haidian Park is ideal for kite flying and is easily accessible to strollers. Families planning a day trip can also consider visiting the campuses of neighboring Tsinghua University and Peking University. Free. Daily 7.30am- 10pm. 2 Xinjiangongmen Lu, Haidian District (6285 0569) 海淀区新建宫门路2号 Kites aloft in Tian’anmen Square

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5. Rendinghu Park

What's Fun In Playing

Rendinghu Park人定湖公园 This small park was built in 1958 and given a European-style facelift in 1994 with an artificial pond, classical fountains, and sculptures. Free. Daily 6am-9pm. 11 Liupukang Jie, Deshengmenwai Ande Lu, Xicheng District (6202 3200) 西城区德胜门外安 德路六铺坑街11号

Taiyanggong Park 太阳宫公园 Nestled between big-block residential buildings and shopping malls, this quiet park only really gets going during kite flying season. For younger kids, there is also a playground with a merry-go-round and mountain biking available for RMB 5-10 a ride. Free. Daily 24hrs. 6 Taiyanggong Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8457 4426). 朝阳区太阳宫中路6号

A non-traditional 3D kite

Tian’anmen Square 天安门广场 At 440,00sqm, Tian’anmen Square is the fourth largest city square in the world – and the most traditional place to fly a kite in Beijing. When weather conditions are right, kites of all shapes and colors fill the sky and cause passersby to slow their pace.

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Free. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. Tian’anmen Square, Chang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. 东城区西长安街天安门广场

Yuandadu Relic Park 元大都城垣遗 址公园 Built on a section of the city wall left over from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 AD), Yuandalu is a low-profile escape without a trace of modern constructions. The park extends for 9km, bordered by water, trees, and hills. It is also an ideal place for a picnic; you will forget that you are actually within Fourth Ring Road. Free. Daily 24hrs. 24 Anwai Xiaoguanjie, Chaoyang District. (8464 8252) 朝阳 区安外小关街24号 (近育慧南路) Turtle kite

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Playing Outside

Beijing Olympic Forest Park is a paradise for both birds and bird watchers by Clemence Jiang

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n an age when tablets often seem to replace babysitters, many parents are making an effort to wean their kids off technology and plug them into nature instead. Many interests sparked during school years stay with us forever; that is why familiarizing your children with the great outdoors when they are young is vital. However, it is not always possible to get out of the city for the weekend. Luckily, bird watching is one of those activities that can be enjoyed wherever you live. You might be surprised to learn that Beijing is a birding hotspot. Over 450 different species of birds can be seen here, beating out other capital cities like London and Paris. That is because Beijing is an avian crossroads of sorts; an important stop on the way to breeding grounds in northern China, Siberia, and other places. Though birding is currently confined to a small but active community, the popularity of the pastime is growing. UK-born Terry Townshend has been bird watching since he was 4. He works at an environmental legislative group and has been interviewed by the BBC, Phoenix TV, the Wall Street Journal, and on Sinica. Recently, he took beijingkids on a field trip to Olympic Forest Park just north of Fourth Ring Road. We met at the park’s south gate on a snowy Saturday morning. Olympic Forest Park – ten times the size of Beihai Park – is particularly well-suited to birding. Its bird-friendly features include large reed beds, lakes, wooded areas, and clearings. The park opens daily at 6am and admission is free. Townshend explained that the best time to see birds is in the early morning, when they hunt for food – hence the idiom, “the early bird gets the worm.” When we visited, bird food was limited to dried berries, insects, and small fish from the parts of the artificial lake that were not frozen. Our host brought a large backpack containing the bird watcher’s essentials: a pair of binoculars, a field guide, a pocket notebook, and a pen. Townshend also brought a camera with a long-focus lens for pictures. His impressive notebook held records of each species spotted and how many of each were seen at each of the birding sites he visited. We started the outing by jotting down “Saturday, February 8, 2014. Olympic Forest Park. Cold, snowy, -4°C.” First, we walked clockwise around the large lake in front of the entrance to the park. After only a few steps, Townshend identified a magpie perched in the distance by its call alone. I could barely locate it. The relatively large black and white bird, which Townshend described as “aggressive” and “sociable,” is one the most common species in the park and can be observed with the naked eye. He recorded the sighting in his notebook: “common magpie, 3.” When asked about bird watching’s educational value, Townshend said: “It is fun to take notes of the birds one sees and research them when you get home, find out where they live and what they eat, where they migrate, what sort of habits they have, and whether their population is increasing or falling.” “It is also possible to make the trips more fun by having a healthy competition to see who can guess how many different birds will be seen that day,” he suggested.” For our own outing, Townshend set a goal of 20 species. Every time we spotted a new bird, he opened his guidebook (the highly-recommended Birds of East Asia by Mark Brazil) to show me a profile of the subject. For example, when we spotted

our first yellowbellied tit, I wrote in my notebook that they all had black heads, usually nested in mountains, and only ventured away from home to look for food. As we made our way through the trees with just the sound of our boots crunching on the heavy snow, it became apparent that we were not the only ones who came out to admire the feathered creatures. We frequently bumped into Chinese bird watchers with big, serious camera lenses. Surrounded by large group of photographers was a colorful kingfisher with a bright orange belly and blue plumage above a stream. It seemed to enjoy the spotlight. In the blink of an eye, it plucked a small fish from the water and swallowed it whole. Townshend managed to capture the moment when the fish was hanging from the kingfisher’s long beak. From the other photographers’ satisfied smiles, it was obvious they had too. To observe the more timid birds, it is necessary to entice them to come closer. Townshend’s strategy of choice is to imitate bird calls. He showed me different recordings on his phone, some of which he recorded himself and others downloaded from the Internet. “My favorite is the Chinese blackbird,” he said, playing a clear melody that evoked a spring morning. However, birders should never imitate calls during breeding season, which can create stress for nesting birds or mislead males into thinking they have a rival in the area. After a fruitful morning in which we spotted and recorded a total of 19 species and 93 birds, we slipped between the large reed beds to look for Cygnus bewickii (or Bewick’s Swan) – the only swan to be spotted in the park by Townshend so far. When we initially did not see the large white bird, he suggested we lay low and give her time. “Birding improves patience,” he explained. “Sometimes it is necessary to wait for a long time in one place to see a bird well enough to identify it. It also exercises concentration, fitness [because birdwatchers change location so much], and sharpens the senses.” In the end, we did not catch sight of the swan. It was possible she flew somewhere else because of the frozen lake. However, by the time you read this, it will be the beginning of the migration and breeding season, which runs until June. Grab your binoculars, show up early at Olympic Forest Park, and you may be rewarded with sightings of our beautiful feathered friends. Terry Townshend runs a blog called Birding Beijing ( to spread awareness of birding in Beijing. He regularly blogs about the birds he sees (complete with Chinese names) and is working on a field guide to the city’s main birding sites. Visitors can find all the latest birding news on his website and Townshend is happy to answer any questions about birds or bird watching in Beijing.

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Playing Family Travels

Logon Elementary School was left badly damaged by typhoon Haiyan

Before the Storm BWYA teacher’s island holiday inspires typhoon fundraiser by Brendan Hogan BWYA students help raise money for typhoon victims



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A spectacular sunset in Malapascua

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Travelers: Irishman Brendan Hogan, a geography teacher at Beijing Youth World Academy (BWYA), and his girlfriend Sandra Yuen from Hong Kong. Destination: Malapascua, Philippines Dates: September 28 to October 6, 2013 Travel plans: The couple traveled from Beijing to Manila and took a domestic flight to the island province of Cebu, both with Philippine Airlines. They stayed in Cebu for one night before catching a four-hour bus to the ferry, which took 45 minutes to reach Malapascua. When on the island, they stayed at Tepanee and Hippocampus beach resorts, booked through Cost: Approximately RMB 10,000 each. Flights RMB 3,000; hotel accommodations RMB 3,000; food RMB 2,000; one day of scuba diving RMB 1,000; gifts and other spending RMB 1,000.

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Brendan and his ‘little guides’ showing him the way to the lighthouse


he laid-back lifestyle and pace of island life in the Philippines are what attract many tourists to the country. It has been a regular holiday destination of mine, so after two enjoyable and adventurous trips in January 2011 and January 2013, I found myself back again last October. This time, we traveled to Malapascua, a small island of only 4,000 inhabitants, which is a 45-minute boat ride north of the province of Cebu. The main reason for visiting this remote beach destination was to relax and scuba dive, as it is one of the only places in the world to see thresher sharks. The creatures are not dangerous. They go to the same location in the island’s waters each day at 5am, so you can dive with them. There are also a number of other sites around the island with corals and tropical fish. The sunsets were amazing and the pace of life on the island was slow – perfect for unwinding and relaxing. There are also plenty of places to hike and, during one such trip to a lighthouse, my girlfriend and I became lost. A wonderful group of schoolchildren from nearby Logon Elementary School came to our rescue. They guided us to the lighthouse and in exchange for their kindness I treated them all to a bottle of Coke and a snack. The most heartwarming moment was when they selflessly shared their drinks and snacks with other children from the village. My little guides wore old, torn clothes and some did not even have a pair of flip-flops; yet they were generous enough to share what they had with their friends. When typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines just over a month later, my thoughts turned immediately to those children and how their lives must have been impacted. I contacted the owner of the guesthouse we had

stayed at and learned that 90 percent of buildings on the island had been destroyed, including the school which had its roof torn off. This inspired me to share my experience with the students of Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA), where I work as a middle school geography teacher, and we collaborated on a project to help the Philippines. The response was overwhelming. Our Grade 9 students held bake and crafts sales. The primary school also held a sale to contribute to the fundraising effort and a number of other school-wide initiatives contributed to the cause. The money raised was sent directly to a support the team repairing the school roof, providing the island’s students and teachers with materials to continue their education. While the islanders are still rebuilding their homes and businesses, their children can now focus on education and getting back to some sort of normality. This is thanks, in a small way, to the hard work and caring hearts of the staff and students at BWYA. Travel Tips • As well as scuba diving there are plenty of other activities including island-hopping, snorkel trips, hiking, and sailing. It is suitable for kids, but maybe not for a week. To enjoy the holiday, both you and your kids will need to have a sense of adventure and be prepared to relax a lot. • The weather is tropical with the rainy season between May and October, and the dry season between November and April. • There is no ATM on the island, so bring cash. There are places to exchange currency and most of the bigger resorts accept UnionPay cards, but you should check in advance.

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Playing Maker's Corner

New Collar

Irene Lu upcycles an old shirt into a stylish necklace

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onscious consumerism is close to Irene Lu’s heart. She has been known to dumpster dive, collect jars full of buttons and fake pearls, and recycle old clothes into new pieces in a practice known as “upcycling.” Lu also has her own line of made-to-order lingerie called Pillowbook. All products are handcrafted in Beijing by ethically-employed seamstresses. The New York native started the brand after working for two and a half years as an assistant costume designer for Yip Kam-tim, the Oscar-winning art director behind films like Red Cliff and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. However, Lu realized that she needed a more creative outlet to balance against the technically-demanding bespoke work; the catalyst was a spur-of-the-moment costume that she made out of yogurt caps for local indie band We Are Not Invited. After that, she successfully pitched the idea of an upcycling class to Atelier co-founder Marianne Daquet. Recently, Lu showed beijingkids how to transform an old button-down shirt into a tasteful collar necklace. To learn more about Lu or Pillowbook, visit To find out when her next class is, visit Sijia Chen

Estimated time: One hour Suitable for: Ages 12 and up

Materials: Old button-down shirt Scissors Needle and thread or sewing machine Pins (to keep fabric in place) Embellishments (ribbons, loose buttons, fake pearls, sequins, etc.)


Instructions: 1. Carefully cut out the shirt collar, leaving 2cm of fabric below the seam to fold and sew a cleaner edge. 2. Cut a length of ribbon in two (we used about 30cm, but there is no right or wrong). Using a sewing machine or a needle and thread, fasten one end of each ribbon half to the bottom of the collar. If you are using a sewing machine, secure the ribbon with a pin beforehand. (Alternatively, use safety pins instead for a more punk rock look.)



3. Hand sew embellishments of your choice on the collar. Lu opted for a cluster of fake pearls saved and recycled from a broken necklace. Replace the original button if you like. Iron the collar necklace and voila! You’re done. (Wear it buttoned with the ribbons tied or hanging loose – it’s up to you.)

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Worm Hearted Digging up dirt at MSB by Aisling O'Brien

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“I’m trying to give the kids a more holistic sense of where food comes from and what to value within the food chain”


anadian Robert Phillips teaches Science and IT at the International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB), and has been living in Beijing for two years. A farm boy from Nova Scotia, he introduced worm bins to his students as the first step in an educational journey he hopes will viscerally connect them to their food chain. I’m meeting with Phillips and his Grade 2 and 3 students to learn more about their worm bins in hopes of inspiring beijingkids readers to build their own. Phillips constructed the worm bins at the beginning of the term but rather than digging up crawlers himself, he ordered them from Taobao. “When it gets cold and the ground gets hard it’s difficult to find them,” he says. “These are from a fishing supply store and we put about 1,000 worms in each bucket when we started.” Having never dealt with a worm bin before, Phillips first set up a trial container at home. He wanted to ensure success in the classroom and provide himself with a backup environment if things went horribly wrong. At home and at MSB, the worms chow down on waste produce that would otherwise end up in the trash. “I’m teaching the kids about recycling through this project, so right now I’m feeding the worms a stack of fruits and vegetables that were about to go off in our refrigerator. I also use leftover scraps from the kids’ morning snack. Some of the students also bring in food from home – such as apple cores,” he explains. “It’s a good way to get rid of all of your waste from cooking. You can use a little bit of cooked food alongside raw, but bear in mind that oils and spices don’t suit the worms’ digestion.” He holds up two muddy-looking jars of water containing soil samples. “I put the soil in the jars with water, shake it, and let it settle. You can see that the soil we started with is poor quality and lacks any sort of structure. The particles at the top are fine, and at the bottom there’s a bit of sandiness, but there’s no organic material in there. A lot of Beijing soil is dead. The soil I bought, though really expensive, is garbage – like building rubble. I mixed a bit of potting compost into that, but the end result was still not very fertile.” The Beijing soil settled into two distinct strata – yellowish liquid and fine sand. By contrast, the worm-conditioned jar is frothing, murky and filled with thick clots of sludge. “After only a week with the worms you can see that there’s more organic material; the soil is alive. If I open the bottle it smells terrible because there’s stuff decomposing in it. The worms are changing the soil.” The worms need darkness to be comfortable. “I put a black top on the lid to keep the sun out,” says Phillips. “The worms don’t like light. They don’t like being eaten by birds either, so they hide during the day. They dry out quickly and don’t have lungs. Instead, they absorb oxygen through their skin; if they’re not kept moist they can’t breathe.”

The bottom of the bin is made of mesh. “If you don’t have a good airflow around the worm bin, it becomes anaerobic and starts to stink,” explains Phillips. “This is rotting food in a classroom, and yet it doesn’t smell. If you stick your head right in the bin, it smells like rainforest.” I gingerly lower my face toward the worm bin and take a quick sniff – it smells like fresh, clean earth. Smiling at my hesitation and surprise, Phillips goes on to explain the drainage system and one of the beneficial by-products of a worm bin. “The bin underneath has holes in it so that any liquid can drain out. The liquid is called ‘worm tea’ and it’s an amazing fertilizer. You can add it to water and use it to give your plants a blast of nutrients.” Having inhaled the bouquet of worms and dirt, it’s time to take a closer look at the wriggling critters themselves. The kids eagerly begin parting the earth with spoons. As we trawl through the bin, Phillips finds and removes a sticker from a banana peel. “They can’t break this down,” he says. “They love the bananas themselves, though; you can tell what foods they like, because they go for those first. Orange peels and onions are not so popular.” Pedro Febles (age 8) spots the mother lode – a writhing ball of fat, juicy worms – and gently encircles a handful. I ask him what he thinks of them: “I like them. Worms help us. I don’t think they’re gross or scary and I don’t mind picking them up.” Rather you than me, kid. Alongside the worms, we spot mites and a mosquito. “The bins are a complete ecosystem,” says Phillips. “There’s a really big bacterial component, as well as mould growth. Worms can’t bite food; it has to decompose until it’s soft so they can eat it. If you cut it up, it starts to decompose faster and the worms can work on it more easily.” “A worm can eat half its body weight a day,” Phillips explains. “Though we haven’t really tested their capacity yet. One of the experiments I’d like to have the kids do weigh all the food we put in over a month and see how many days it takes to break down.” We move onto feeding time. The kids chop and add the fruits and vegetables, sprinkling dirt over them. Soil covering encourages bacterial and mould growth. “It’s so dry in Beijing that the food dries out and becomes hard if it sits on top of the soil. Then it takes the worms a really long time to digest, so you want to keep it moist and covered in bacteria,” says Phillips. Because the ideal ratio of food for worms is 70 percent greens to 30 percent browns (greens are high in nitrogen and browns are a source of carbon), the students also add paper. “For browns, you can use paper, coffee grounds, leaves, or egg shells. Egg shells are an effective way to lower the acidity of the soil,” adds Phillips. “If the soil starts to smell or you get a lot of mites, that’s a sign that it’s becoming acidic. Over time, the worms’ castings March 2014



Learning Schooled

Pedro and teacher Robert Phillips cut up veggies to add to the worm bin



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Schooled Learning

From left: Caroline Jiang, Marcus Wang, Alison Han, Bright Deng, Nathalie Parker, and Maria Cherepanova

Mesh is essential to ensure good airflow in the bins

become increasingly acidic. It can become toxic if you leave them in too long. After three months, we’ll need to pull out a bunch of the soil that they’ve been working and introduce a lot more bedding material for them.” Having been served their two-course meal, it is time for the worms to enjoy a little drink. “Nice and slowly, we’re going to dribble water over all of it,” instructs Phillips. “You’re doing a great job,” he tells Bright Deng (age 8), who mans the watering can. “There’s a part of the worm called the saddle. It’s a different color and a little fatter. It produces mucus to help the worms move through the soil. When they’re mating, they create extra mucus that forms a cocoon for up to 20 eggs. We haven’t seen any cocoons yet,” says Phillips. In the future, he intends to use the worms to teach his students about the reproductive cycle. “When we got the worms, most of them weren’t mature. When a worm matures, the saddle becomes very distinct – thicker and with a distinctive coloration. Over the last three weeks, they’ve become closer to maturity. I would expect in the next couple of months they’ll start to have babies.” The worm bins provide many other teaching opportunities, as well as simply appealing to Phillips’ inherited love of dirt. “I appreciate any excuse to have worms in the classroom,” he jokes. As the kids wash their hands, Phillips explains that the worms are part of an ambitious larger-scale project that he is looking to develop at MSB. “My hope is to do a lot more gardening, have the kids dig through mud and be involved in dirt. I want to get them growing their own food and seeing the complete cycle. That’s really valuable for developing the notion of ecosystems and how we fit into them – fostering a sense of what’s worth protecting. I’m trying to give the kids a more holistic sense of where food comes from and what to value within the food chain.” In an ideal world, Phillips would garden outdoors on a grander scale and deal with all of the food waste from the school lunch program. However, Beijing’s air quality means that time outdoors is not always guaranteed. “Being able to do things inside has greater value here. I’d also like our indoor gardening to be replicable at home by interested families,” says Phillips. “We’ll start with tomatoes in buckets. They won’t be ripe by the summer holidays, but I can send a tomato bucket home with a kid and hopefully I’ll find another to look after the worm bin.” Phillips believes that helping kids make the connection between the tomato on their plate, the scraps in the worm bin, the conditioned soil, and the growing tomato plant, has the power to radically alter how they view food and the planet. “If I can get this soil into food that kids can eat – even if we just make a really simple salad and everyone gets a bite on a cracker – that forms a really strong connection between where our waste goes, how it can be recycled, and how we can use the recycled material for food production.” Phillips stresses that families can easily replicate the worm bins at home; see Resources below to get started.

Resources Complete How-To Complete step-by-step instructions on how to build and maintain a worm bin. pdf/materials/wormbin.pdf

The project aims to give students a more holistic understanding of how food is grown

Worm Bin IKEA Hack Instructions for a worm bin based on an IKEA storage container.

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Power Trip An energetic debate between students at Beijing International Bilingual Academy



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Clockwise from top: Justin Luo, 16, China, has lived in Beijing for 14 years Sally Paeck, 15, South Korea, has lived in Beijing for five years Sam Turner, 15, UK and China, has lived in Beijing all his life Alice Shi, 14, China, has lived in Beijing for ten years

The Roundtable Learning What are the main problems with renewable energy sources? Justin: The main problem is that most people don’t prioritize renewable energy because they don’t understand how important it is. People don’t understand the value. For example, with cars – although hybrids are available, people think they are slower and less convenient. There are gas stations everywhere, but no similar system for electric cars. Building up that sort of system is expensive. Sam: There’s a [perception] that existing energy sources are more powerful or reliable. The technologies around non-renewable energies are mature and developed. It will take time and money for green energy technologies to catch up. That increases the cost of renewable energy.

Do you care about how the electricity you use is produced? Alice: If a particular invention or advance is covered on television, that increases my awareness. But it’s complicated and most people don’t really understand. The average person needs to be educated about the benefits of green energy in order to care about it. Justin: In the case of manufacturing, the end consumer can’t control how each separate component is produced. There aren’t simple, clear choices in the market. Most people don’t care enough to research that kind of thing on their own. People don’t question how things are made. I don’t think the way to solve the energy crisis is to put the responsibility on consumers. They don’t really have the power to control manufacturing processes. You can’t go to the factory and demand they use green energy.

What are the ill effects of using non-renewable energy? Sam: Global warming is one of the main ill effects, causing [phenomena] like rapidly-rising sea levels. Alice: The seasons are really strange now. In America they’ve had heavier snowfalls than ever before, while in China this winter was not really that cold. It only snowed once in Beijing. Justin: In Inner Mongolia, coal mining has caused dangerous subsidence. It’s a really beautiful place, but they’ve destroyed it by mining fossil fuels. If we rely on non-renewable energy, it’s going to become very hard to live on planet Earth. Alice: Because coal is running out, miners have to [excavate] more and more dangerous areas, going deeper into the ground. When the [areas under excavation] are too weak, they collapse and the workers are trapped inside.

Do you think the world is on the verge of an energy crisis? Sam: I think the crisis will peak in our generation or in the next, but either way, it’s close. Sally: Maybe it will happen within this century. It depends on the rate of consumption.

What are the impacts of the energy crisis? Alice: As fossil fuels become rarer, the price increases. Every time Mom and I get gas for the car, the price is higher. Higher fuel prices have a negative impact on the economy. Justin: That increased cost means that poor people can’t afford fuel. It has the potential to cause societal breakdown. Maybe people will start to care about green energy when it’s too late. Alice: If energy becomes expensive and people can’t afford it, then

“Maybe people will start to care about green energy when it’s too late” there may be wars and [protests]. People will care when they are forced to. They’re just thinking about themselves and their economic situation. Sam: Poorer people care more about the cost of the energy they use. For wealthier people, if there’s an increase in energy pricing it doesn’t hurt as much. It’s not just about the cost of gasoline; the cost of transportation goes up in price and everything is affected.

What alternative energy sources could replace fossil fuels? Justin: You can see solar panels on the highways around Beijing. Those are quieter and more reliable than windmills. Lots of places don’t have wind, but sunlight is universal. Sally: Solar power is limited. You can’t charge the panels at night or if it’s cloudy. In Korea, there are windmills making electricity. People feel proud of them because they are benefitting the country.

What’s your opinion of nuclear energy? Sally: Most people would prefer not to use nuclear energy because they know it could seriously harm their health. After Japan’s nuclear crisis and associated cancer risks, people are nervous. When it goes wrong, it really goes wrong, so nuclear energy is really unpopular right now. Justin: I think nuclear energy is becoming safer and safer. For example, many car manufacturers are looking at nuclear-powered [prototypes]. Alice: I don’t trust nuclear energy. It’s not safe like solar or hydroelectric power. Nothing can totally hold back nuclear [fission]. There’s always a risk it will go out of control. It can really negatively affect human health, such as after the nuclear accident in Fukuoka. Justin: I just mean it’s much more stable than before, not that it’s absolutely without risk. When it’s safe and everyone knows it’s safe, I think it will become the most popular energy. Alice: I still don’t think nuclear energy is mature enough or stable enough for widespread use. Sam: It’s hard to convince people to accept nuclear energy, but I think it has a lot of advantages. Unlike wind and solar, it’s always available. It’s just a matter of developing the technology, controlling it and making it trustworthy.

Do you think consumers want to change to renewable energy sources? Sally: People won’t change to green energy if fossil fuels are still cheaper. When the cost of non-renewable energy becomes more expensive than green energy, people will switch. Alice: And the consequences of fossil fuels will motivate people too. Many of my friends in Beijing complain about the pollution – the issue will have to be resolved. Experts give a lot of advice, but it’s just talk. There are no popular movements to change things. The emphasis is on discussing the consequences and not on solving the problems. There’s no social pressure to conserve energy. Sam: People talk about how bad it is, but they don’t make changes and they still consume as much electricity as ever. But soon, they will have to change their minds.

March 2014



Learning Blank Canvas

Students from

Beanstalk International Bilingual School fill March’s Blank Canvas


Lisa Xiao, 6, China This hedgehog came outside to get food despite the cold weather.

Arthur Yu, 11, China It was the first time I drew a skeleton.

Lucy Jin, 11, China I drew this piece because my teacher challenged me to paint very thin lines. I drew flowers to practice making natural and pretty colors.

Yuting Marie Gademski, 9, Germany This picture was inspired by a story called “Small Tadpoles Looking for their Mom.” This picture represents the moment when the tadpoles finally find their mom near a red lotus flower.


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Ada Zhou, 17, China Oil painting is expressive and colorful. I used simplified colors to express emotion and examine the relationship between light and dark. Serena Shi, 13, China My inspiration for the “Pop Art” portrait was the iconic Jean Shrimpton, a famous 1960s model. I used camouflage to emphasize the shading and highlights. Her eyes are enlarged, and she looks very fashionable wearing flowers in her hair.

Julie Hong, 17, South Korea I got inspired by the Mona Lisa. Since it’s such a famous art piece, I wanted to recreate it using a unique style. I used complementary colors for the background to reference pop art.

Nicole Peñafiel, 17, Ecuador I was inspired by the beauty of my country, particularly the peacock – a famous native bird. I love the colors of their feathers and the way they fan them to make the female fall in love. I want the viewers of my painting to fall in love not only with the bird, but also with nature.

Green Guo, 8, China I like using colors.

Shailja Singh, 13, India My inspiration was Roy Lichtenstein and his painting “The Man.” I love the comic style.

March 2014



Parenting Beijing Baba

Grade 1 Blues Overworked and overscheduled (at age 6) by Christopher Lay


’m not a fan of homework for kids in elementary school, especially first graders. So I felt relieved when Beijing banned homework for Grades 1 and 2. During orientation at my daughter’s school, the head Chinese teacher acknowledged the new rule by stating that the amount of homework would be reduced. Then, she added that she and the other teachers felt the children still needed daily homework. Drats! Let’s face it – homework for young children is always work for the parents, an ayi, or a tutor. The homework from Reina’s English class is relatively simple: reading and practice writing in cursive. Cursive? I didn’t start learning cursive until I was 11 or 12. My nieces, who are

Cursive? I didn’t start learning cursive until I was 11 or 12

in their twenties, never even learned to write well in cursive due to the proliferation of computers and printed assignments. Yet, at age 6, Reina is already struggling to master the art of loopy writing. When it comes to her Chinese homework, however, things are not as simple. There are daily assignments for math, writing, and reading. On a good day, my daughter will complete most of her homework at school, but some nights there are four or five pages to contend with. Being illiterate in Chinese, I’m off the hook when it comes to helping out with language work (but I often cannot make sense of her math homework either). Until Reina is able to read the instructions to me, all I can do is hand the worksheets to her mother. Naturally, this is a problem for Savvy. How can she juggle dinner, quality time with the kids, the twins’ bedtime routine, and Reina’s homework? Often, it is simply impossible. Our ayi sometimes helps Reina with her assignments or reads to her in Chinese, but this is just a temporary solution to a growing problem. To spend more time on Chinese books, I organized a reading exchange with the mother of a student who needs to practice her English. Three times a week, we spend 30 minutes reading to each other’s child in their second language. This would be a brilliant solution were it not for the inevitable illnesses, work conflicts, and other assignments that get in the way. We consider it a success when we manage to meet twice a week. Of course, there is one factor that can make or break the homework routine on any given day. Sometimes, Reina races through a math assignment in ten minutes; other times, it can take her over an hour. It is not the difficulty of the assignment but rather her determination that is the deciding factor. I find it hard to hold it against her, though. Some days, she gets home at 5.30pm. By the time she eats dinner, takes a shower, practices piano, plays with her brothers, and reads, there isn’t much time left to do Chinese homework. If it comes down to sleep or homework, I usually let the homework slide. Childhood is fleeting enough without cramming for exams.



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illustration: sun zheng

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

Alternate Routes Parenting

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Chinese Vegetables Moving beyond broccoli by Jennifer Ambrose

illustration: sun zheng


have been a vegetarian for such a long time that, if this lifestyle choice were a person, it would be old enough to drive, vote, and drink alcohol in my home country. You would think then that moving to China, with its incredible variety of vegetables, would have been an ideal opportunity to expand my palate (and my family’s). Instead, I was intimidated. Eight years ago, we were living in Shenzhen. In the grocery store, I would examine all the strange produce and wonder what I could possibly do with any of it. I had no ayi to cook for us, and my Chinese friends were too busy with their own jobs and families to instruct me in the basics of cooking these new foods. I stared at the fresh vegetables – the bitter melon, the luobo (radish), and all the variations of bocai (spinach) – and ended up reaching for the familiar but significantly less attractive broccoli. Had I known the Chinese word for broccoli at the time (xi lanhua) and its translation (“western blue flower”), I would have skipped it too. Back home in the US, broccoli was strongly associated with Chinese restaurants. But as I learned later, it was about as Chinese as I was. Its relatively high price and frequently wilted condition at the supermarket should have served as a clue to the popularity of this veggie in our new environment. When it came to cooking for my family, I thought I was better off preparing foods I knew with less-than-optimal ingredients rather than failing with beautiful-yet-misunderstood vegetables. I did not want to turn my kids off luobo because I insisted on treating it like parsnip or bocai because I really wanted it to be escarole. On the plus side, we have no amusing bitter melon disaster story. Needless to say, we ate out frequently during our time in Shenzhen. These problems followed me to Beijing a few years later. I dearly wanted to follow a more locavore diet, but I was once again at a loss about how to take advantage of the city’s seasonal produce. It was around then that a cookbook unlike any other came into our lives: Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. My cookbook collection up to that point had reflected my years as a vegetarian. I had the almost complete canon of Moosewood Cook-

books, a definitive American anthology for the meat-free set. These were great resources, provided I already knew what I wanted to make and with what vegetables. With How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, I could start with the ingredient and search for a recipe that made use of it. Suddenly, I was excited to cook with the vegetables I had previously feared and – more importantly – my kids were eating them.

“Back home in the US, broccoli was strongly associated with Chinese restaurants. But as I learned later, it was about as Chinese as I was” It turned out I was right not to treat a luobo as a parsnip; Bittman had plenty of Asian-inspired recipes that made more effective use of this giant white radish. And while bocai was still not escarole, a few recipes suggested using it as an appropriate substitute for my favorite Italian vegetable. Beyond vegetables, I found ways to use Beijing’s incredible autumn fruit harvest without resorting only to desserts. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian introduced us to the savory possibilities of apples and kidney beans, and an herbed peach gratin that has become a fall family tradition. We eat less broccoli than before, but we don’t even miss it. Sesame luobo soup, anyone?

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

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photo by Mishka Family Photography


igns of spring are emerging everywhere in Beijing. Trees are sprouting new leaves, birds are returning to the city, and kites are soaring in the sky. As the days get warmer, we are turning our thoughts to nature and renewal. This month, we offer tips for growing your own herb and vegetable garden, explore Beijing’s seasonal calendar, and interview an expat father who embraced a chemical-free life.


March Grace Pictonbeijingkids (age 1) and her big2014 brother Alex (age 6) hang out in one of the greenhouses at TooToo Organic Farm

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How to start your own herb or vegetable garden by Steven Schwankert



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uaranteeing fresh produce for your family means taking over the means of production – or at least the soil in which food is grown. While not every family is able or interested in going back to the land, many kinds of herbs and vegetables can be grown in spaces as small as window boxes. For families with a backyard, the possibilities grow wider with every additional square meter. Do it yourself (DIY) gardening is a fun and easy way not only to have more control over what is served on the dinner table, but gets kids involved while teaching them about basic concepts in biology, meteorology, along with responsibility. It’s a win-win: families get better, healthier produce and everyone learns something in the process. Younger children especially will benefit from observing the lifecycle of what is being grown. Plants that mature aboveground usually first produce flowers before perhaps changing color, growing in size, and finally ending up as part of a salad or cooked dish. Seeing how long it takes to grow just one plant or plateful of vegetables may also give children a greater appreciation for the farmers who grow the produce that we eat. A word about organic gardening: While the intent of many home growers is to provide “organic” produce for the dinner table, some definitions of organic stipulate that the soil must first lie fallow for five years to diminish or remove the impact of any previously-used chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides. Practically speaking, the fallow bit is probably too impractical for most families, but the use of chemical fertilizers or insecticides should certainly be avoided to grow the herbs or vegetables.

‘Tis the Season There are three important factors to consider when choosing items to grow at home: locality, seasonality, and space. Trying to grow corn in winter in a flowerpot, for instance, may not be the best place to start. Planting – and eating – in this way is most sustainable. Locality: Look first to common ingredients for local Chinese dishes. These vegetables are readily available, meaning they are suited not only Beijing’s climate but also to its soil. Seasonality: There is a reason we associate certain foods with specific holidays and occasions, such as mandarin oranges with Chinese New Year. While some veggies thrive in the heat of summer, others prefer the cooler temperatures in spring or autumn. Space: While the above-mentioned factors will affect growing success and selection, space is the primary factor for the amateur farmer. Some vegetables, like cucumbers, are easy to grow but require a large enough area for the vines to climb and take hold. Others, like carrots, need to be planted in rows with sufficient separation between each plant. That said a corner of a backyard or back garden can be used to grow a significant number of – dare we say? – crops. Other factors include shade and water. That being said, do not let any of those considerations discourage you from giving gardening a try. Here are a number of suggestions based on different types of spaces.

they will grow readily indoors, are easy to maintain, and many have the added benefit of their own pleasant scent, which can be used to deodorize a room or simply make it more fragrant. Children can be given simple responsibilities such as watering (but not over-watering) the plants and monitoring their growth, either by measuring them or by taking photos on a daily or weekly basis. After the herbs are harvested, they will enjoy seeing them end up flavoring their lunch or dinner. The best herbs to grow in Beijing, both for their availability and suitability, are basil, lemongrass, mint, rosemary, and thyme. All require direct sunlight, so pick a well-lit window sill or balcony. They also prefer cooler temperatures (mid-20°C). Herbs are best grown from cuttings, not seeds; one of the best places to look for them is Laitai Flower Market in Liangmaqiao. Laitai is also a good place to find gardening tools and other basic supplies like flower pots and window boxes. Choose ones with drainage to prevent over-watering.

One Square Meter A single square meter will not feed a family, but it does allow for a larger variety of things to grow. Late spring and early autumn may allow for the inclusion of herbs alongside vegetables, but summer will likely be too hot and the spring and autumn shoulder seasons too cool at night. So what works best in a square meter? Tomatoes. Just buy the plants and start by replanting them in your space. Tomatoes will do well in Beijing’s hot summer and need direct sunlight. Also for the small garden, green beans work well if planted from seeds. They will sprout in stalks (yes, beanstalks) which need to be held upright, first with popsicle sticks or tongue depressors and later with taller poles. They also need direct sunlight and grow well alongside tomatoes. Another good option would be carrots. Carrots are easy to grow, but are not always ideal for children since they are often tempted to pull them up to check their progress. Grown from seeds in non-rocky soil, they require careful and regular watering. Their green tops will poke out of the soil first, but carrots should not be harvested until the top bit of orange actually breaks the surface. A garden plot this size will require just enough maintenance for children to have regular responsibilities, such as weeding, watering, aerating the soil, and – when the time comes – harvesting.

Larger Spaces With more space, the biggest concern will be planting according to available conditions. A corner of a yard may offer both space and shade, allowing for the planting of an even more diverse selection of plants. Any space near a wall or fence can easily accommodate cucumbers or zucchini, both of which are essentially plug-and-play vegetables. Buy some vines, plant them, and watch them climb. Just remember that future occupants of the house will inherit your garden. Pumpkins are popular but harder to maintain, requiring more cover during the growing period, and rarely turning out as bright and orange as American pumpkins.

The Window Box This is a great gardening project for even young children that can be started almost any time of year in very limited amount of space. It is also inexpensive and will essentially yield produce for as long as it is maintained. Herbs are the best choice for this type of project, as

Gardening in Beijing is easy and fun, both for apartment dwellers and suburban residents. Use the tips above to craft a growing space that suits what is available for you, and enjoy the fruits – er, vegetables – of your labor.

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photo: Mishka Family Photography

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How Do I Say…? Black soil 黑土 hēitǔ Flower pot 花盆 huā pén Seed packet 种子包 zhǒngzi bāo Shovel 铲子 chănzi Trowel 小铲子 xiăo chănzi Watering can 喷壶 pēn hú Window box 窗盒 chuāng hé Basil 罗勒 luó lè Carrot 胡萝卜 hú luóbo Cucumber 黄瓜 huáng guā Green beans 四季豆 sìjì dòu Mint 薄荷 bo he Pumpkin 南瓜 nán guā Thyme 麝香草 shèxiāng cǎo Tomato 番茄 fānqié or 西红柿 xī hóngshì Zucchini 西葫芦 xī húlu

Resources Beidong Floriculture Garden Daily 8.30am-6.30pm (summer); 9am-5.30pm (winter). 150m south of Sundahe Qiao, Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8459 3093) 孙和大北东花艺苑, 顺 义区京顺路孙大河桥南150米 Laitai Flower Market Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-6.30 pm. 9 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6463 6145) 莱太花卉市场, 朝阳区麦子店西路9号 Liangma Flower Market Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. South bank of Liangma River, 758 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6504 2446) 亮马花卉市场, 朝阳区东三环北路758号, 燕 莎商城南, 亮马河南岸

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Discovering the diversity of China’s fruits and vegetables by Nimo Wanjau


he first time I walked into a grocery store in Beijing, I had two thoughts. The first was “I’m going to die,” the second was “I’m definitely going to die.” It was not the smell that evoked such feelings, but the lack of recognition. Many of us arrive with the preconceived notion that you can get anything and everything in China, but that did not seem to apply to the fruits and vegetables I had so often taken for granted back home. I lived, of course, and now happily explore Beijing’s varied produce, often challenging my taste buds in the process. Beijing’s temperate climate is characterized by an arid spring, hot and rainy summer, sunny autumn, and a cold and dry winter. These seasonal features are responsible for a bounty of local fruits and vegetables. Eating locally is an environmentally-friendly choice, since it causes less air pollution from transporting foods over long distances and supports small-scale farms. In Beijing, the bulk of these are located in Miyun, Shunyi, and Changping. In the process of discovering local foods, I aso learned that many of them are tied to concepts in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM theorizes that different foods should be consumed each season to maintain the body’s vital energy, or qi. If you are intimidated by the often unfamiliar items on offer at local supermarkets, do not worry; we put together a roundup of Beijing’s seasonal calendar to ease you into your own journey of culinary discovery.



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Feature SPRING


TCM says that the liver should be the focus of your diet in spring because the body requires cleansing to adapt to changing climatic conditions and keep ailments at bay.

Rhubarb (大黄, dàhuáng) Rhubarb will be familiar to many westerners, as its slight tartness makes it a common ingredient in pie fillings and jams outside of China. This perennial vegetable is easily recognized by its bright pink stalks and dark green leaves. The latter are mildly poisonous and should not be consumed.

Uses: The roots can be used to make herbal medicine to treat constipation, while the stalks are delicious in rhubarb and plum jam (大黄李 子酱, dahuang lizi jiang).

Ginger (姜, jiāng) Originally from southeast Asia, this root has knobbly brown skin that must be peeled to get to the aromatic insides. A freshly harvested plant is juicy but one that has stayed on the shelf for some time is nearly dry and rubbery.

Uses: Prized in China for its fragrant and medicinal properties, ginger is used extensively as a kitchen spice and cold remedy. It can also be candied and eaten as a sweet.

Celtuce (莴笋, wōsǔn) This odd-looking Chinese vegetable features a thick stem with a celery-like flavor. Its English name is a portmanteau of the words “celery” and “lettuce.” It can be eaten raw, sliced and used in soups or with meat dishes.

Uses: Stir-fried celtuce (清炒莴笋, qīngchăo wōsǔn) is a simple Sichuanese dish that features the crunchy vegetable, celery, and mushroom-infused water.

Taro (芋头, yùtou) Taro is a native to southern India and Southeast Asia. This root vegetable has a large pear-shaped tuber that looks similar to cassava. Taro cannot be eaten raw because the vegetable contains calcium oxalate, which can contribute to the formation of kidney stones.

Uses: Taro is widely used in dishes that call for a starchy vegetable. The “big harvest” (大丰收, dafengshou), for example, is a plate of steamed grains and vegetables with taro.

Loquat (芦橘, lújú) Native to south-central China, this is a small, pear-shaped fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. It has light orange or yellow flesh, with a sweet and slight tangy flavor.

Uses: Loquat syrup is a common ingredient in Chinese cough medicine such as pipa gao (枇杷膏). It can also be used to make wine.

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Feature SUMMER (June-August)

The vigorous activities that take place in summer make the heart the focal point of TCM prescriptions.

Lychee (荔枝, lìzhī) Lychee is native to Guangdong and Fujian. Covered in a dark, leathery peel, the fruit itself is soft, sweet, and hides a large pit.

Uses: Eaten on its own, lychee is a popular summer snack. It can also be distilled into lychee wine, which is served cold and goes well with meat dishes and shellfish.

Bitter Melon (苦瓜, kǔguā) Bitter melon is a polarizing vegetable; you either love it or hate it. Originating from southeast Asia, it can be instantly recognized by its pebbly, ridged peel. As its name might suggest, the flesh is quite bitter.

Longan (龙眼, lóngyǎn) Somewhat similar in appearance to lychee (but with a smoother peel), longan grows in bunches and has sweet, translucent flesh. It is native to southern China.

Uses: The dried version is known as guiyuan (桂圆) and is used in dessert soups. As a TCM ingredient, it should be avoided by those who suffer from excessive internal heat.

Uses: Bitter melon is usually pickled or stir-fried.

Dragon fruit (火龙果, huǒlóng guǒ) Also known as pitaya, dragon fruit is a flamboyant-looking fruit with a spiked pink and green peel. The sweet flesh is white or sometimes pinkish red, sweet and many edible black seeds. The fruit is associated with strength in Chinese culture.

Uses: Dragon fruit is usually eaten by itself and features prominently in fruit platters.

Japanese Eggplant (茄子, qiézi) Asian eggplant is longer and thinnerskinned than its western cousins, which are often round and bulbous. China is the largest eggplant consumer in the world, with countless dishes featuring the nutrient-packed vegetable.

Uses: One of the most common dishes featuring this purple vegetable is “fishfragrant eggplant” (鱼香茄子, yuxiang qiezi), which does not actually contain fish.

Apricot (杏, xìng) Often confused with nectarines, apricots have a soft, fuzzy skin ranging in color from deep orange to pale yellow.

Uses: Apricots can be enjoyed fresh or dried. They are closely associated with medicine and learning in China, as the pit has wide applications in TCM and Confucius was said to have taught his students in an apricot grove.



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(September-November) The body is in transition in autumn due to temperature changes, making us more susceptible to colds and flus. TCM recommends eating foods that aid the lungs and skin.

Chinese Broccoli (芥蓝, jiè lán) Also known as Chinese kale or kai-lan (its Cantonese name), Chinese broccoli does not in fact look anything like western broccoli. It has longer stalks with wide and flat leaves.

Uses: Chinese broccoli holds up well to a variety of cooking methods. The most common dish is the simple, stir-fried baizhuo jielan (白灼芥蓝).

Peaches (桃, táo) Native to northwestern China, peaches have a huge symbolic significance here. Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, was said to have gained immortality after stealing peaches from heaven.

Uses: Usually eaten on their own. Peach kernels (桃仁, taoren) are also used in TCM to reduce inflammation.

Asian Pear (梨, lí) Unlike their western counterparts, Asian pears are round, crispy, and juicy. It is said that couples should not share pears because it will cause disunity.

Uses: Pears are eaten on their own, or candied and added to desserts.

Butternut Squash (南瓜, nánguā) Known in Chinese as “pumpkin,” butternut squash is a large pear-shaped vegetable with orange or yellow flesh. Squash is associated with the fall and recommended by dieticians for managing cholesterol levels.

Uses: Butternut squash features prominently in soups and stews in the north. A sweet southern specialty, the steamed sponge cake (南瓜发糕, nangua fagao) can also be found in local bakeries and supermarkets.

Golden Needle Mushroom (金针菇, jīnzhēngū) These mushrooms are easily distinguishable by their long, thin stalks and tendency to grow in clumps. They have a slightly sweet flavor and are sold in bundles in supermarkets.

Uses: These feature mainly in dry and wet hot pot dishes, but cannot be cooked for very long due to their delicate nature.

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Feature WINTER

(December to March) According to TCM, the kidneys are the source of all qi. Foods that benefit kidney function are emphasized during the winter months in order to conserve energy and fend off illness. The focus is on rest, reflection, and mindfulness.

Kumquat (金桔, jīnjú) These olive-sized citrus fruits are characterized by their edible peel. Kumquat trees can be bought at flowers market and make popular gifts during Chinese New Year to be used for house decorations.

Mandarins (桔子, júzi) Also marketed as tangerines in the West, mandarins are thought to have originated from China and southeast Asia. These little citrus fruits possibly gained the name “mandarin” when they were introduced to England from China in 1805. China is currently the largest producer of mandarin oranges, with an annual yield in the tens of thousands of tonnes. They are small, sweet, and easy to peel.

Uses: Kumquat tea (金桔茶, jīnjú cha) is good for fighting off colds and can be enjoyed hot or cold. In addition, kumquat is often candied or used in preserves.

Uses: Eaten by itself and given as a gift during Spring Festival for its association with good luck.

Napa Cabbage (大白菜, dà báicài ) Also known rather vaguely as “Chinese cabbage” in the West, da baicai is one of the popular vegetables in mainland China and is prized for its ability to keep well in cold weather. It was said that learning how to cook napa cabbage was an essential skill for all good Beijing housewives. The vegetable has large, rippled leaves that take on sauce well.

Bok Choy (小白菜, xiăo báicài) “Bok choy” is used interchangeably in the West to refer to two types of Chinese cabbage: Brassica pekinensis (大白菜) and Brassica chinensis (小白菜). Xiao baicai is the smaller of the two, with dark green leaves and smooth white stalks that hold up well during cooking.

Uses: Bok choy can be found in a variety of Chinese dishes, stir-fried bok choy with shiitake mushrooms (香菇油菜, xianggu youcai) being one of the most common.

Chestnuts (栗子, lìzi ) Chestnuts are nuts with glossy dark brown shells. They are usually roasted to reveal a starchy, golden kernel. Chestnuts are native to the hilly forests of China, Japan, Europe, and North America.

Uses: In addition to being roasted, chestnuts are often used in savory dishes like chestnut chicken (栗子鸡, lizi ji) in winter.

Uses: Napa cabbage is often pickled, stirfried, and used in hotpots or soups.

Daikon (白萝卜, bái luóbo) Also known as white radish or Japanese radish, daikon is a large root vegetable with a very mild flavor. Not to be confused with hu luobo, or carrot.

Uses: Daikon is excellent in soups. A common dish is daikon lamb soup (萝卜羊肉汤, luobo yangrou tang), which can be found in most Chinese restaurants.



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Persimmons (柿子, shìzi) Native to China, this fruit varies in color from light yellow-orange to dark orange-red. Persimmons come in many shapes, including round or flattened. They are soft (almost mushy), with a thin skin that comes off easily.

Uses: Fried persimmon cake (柿子饼, shìzibǐng) is a popular street snack in Xi’an. In Beijing, it is more common to find packaged dried persimmons.


Where to Buy Local Fruits and Vegetables by Clemence Jiang Though popular with expats, Sanyuanli Market is not the be-all and end-all of food markets. Here are four other places to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables in the capital.

Chaonei Nanxiaojie Vegetable Market 朝内南小街菜市场 Located within East Second Ring Road, this two-storey market stocks everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to spices, dried fruits, drinks, cooked food, meat, and eggs. Grains can be delivered to home if you purchase them in bulk. There is also a pharmacy on the second floor. Daily 7am-7pm. Gate 14, Bldg 12, Chaoyangmen Nanxiaojie, Dongcheng District (8402 4788) 东城区朝阳门南小街 12号楼14门

Chongwenmen Market 崇文门市场 This popular local market is known for its quality meat, reasonable prices, and many stalls selling Muslim products and desserts. There is also a Wu Mart and Daoxiangcun bakery, where you can get lao Beijing snacks. Daily 8am-9pm. 1 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Chaoyang district (6701 8014) 朝阳区广渠 门外大街1号

Wangjing Comprehensive Market 望京街道综合菜市场 Now the biggest market in Wangjing, this market combines the former Nanhu Market and another open-air market. From kimchi to Korean coffee, this is the place to buy Korean products. Daily 7am-6pm. Intersection of Hongchang Lu and Hongtai Xilu (exit A of Wangjing Station), Chaoyang District (5127 6265) 朝阳区望 京宏昌路与宏泰西街交叉处 (地铁望京站A口)

Xinfadi Wholesale Market 北京新发地农产品批发市场 Located in Fengtai District, Xinfadi is the biggest wholesale food market in the city and one of the key fruit and vegetable trading centers in Beijing. The 24-hour market contains about 5,000 stalls and is not the place for a quick visit. The market is big enough to be divided into areas that sell specific products, such as mushrooms and bananas. Daily 24 hours. Nanyuan Xilu, west of Xinfadi Bridge on the Jingkai Expressway, Fengtai District (8372 2689) 丰台区京开高速公路花乡 新发地桥西侧

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photoS: mitchell pe masilun

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companies are “ These playing games with your health. They’ve taken away the right of the consumer to know what they are putting in or on their bodies


arren Moore is, by his own admission, allergic to everything. Nicknamed “the snake” at school for his continuously dry and peeling skin, the Canadian native’s problems only worsened when he moved to China 17 years ago. His self-made solution sits on the desk before him – a brown, odorless bar of soap adorned with teeth marks. Moore took a bite of his own product during an appearance on CCTV 4 to prove that it was 100 percent natural. “It’s all edible – these ingredients have been around for thousands of years,” he explains, though he rebuffs a challenge to repeat the act. “It didn’t taste that great. I wouldn’t do it again.” Moore is bright, passionate, and – as one might expect of a man who eats soap on national television – unashamedly eccentric. He speaks at a blistering pace between sharp intakes of breath, sometimes inadvertently merging two words into a single new one, such is his urgency to share what he has learned making organic body products over the past 13 years. After struggling to allay his ongoing skin problems, Moore began experimenting with his own homemade remedies. He soon vowed to make a complete lifestyle change, cutting out all synthetic ingredients – in food, body products, and wherever else he could. From humble beginnings in the kitchen of his former apartment in downtown Beijing, the 49-year-old’s company, Organic Earth, now has retail stores in Xizhimen and Chaoyang’s Joy City mall. It also supplies hotels, spas, and private customers with its all-natural products. Soap makes up just 10 percent of output, with facial creams for wrinkles and a purported “pollution barrier” cream among the more popular offerings.

The company now inhabits a sizeable production plant in Tongzhou District, where a team of Chinese employees handmake, cut, and package Organic Earth’s wares. A cold storage room packed with essential oils and waxes contains – amongst countless other organic ingredients – clays from France, Bulgarian rose, and Ghanaian cocoa butter. Moore claims that every component of his body products is “active” and carefully selected for its therapeutic functions. He has seemingly tapped into a growing trend. Over the last decade, Chinese consumers have become increasingly swayed by the perceived benefits of organic produce. Increases in disposable income and rising concerns over food and product safety have contributed to a surging market for chemical-free goods of all types. Between 2003 and 2008, the value of China’s organic production increased from just over RMB 2 billion to approximately RMB 16 billion, according to a report by the International Trade Centre. Although the vast majority of this manifests as food sales, the shift has been reflected in the cosmetics market, according to Moore. “When we started, people didn’t know what these were,” he says, motioning to the tooth-dented soap. “They thought they were moon cakes. But in the last seven or eight years there’s been a movement. In the early days we were 90 percent export but now we’re about 80 percent domestic.” Organic Earth’s customer base is almost entirely Chinese and sees surprisingly little interest from Beijing’s expat population. Many foreigners still rely on familiar western brands, but this may be no guarantee of quality. Moore’s charge sheet against the industry’s major players is long and damning. He cites the use of animal fats, chemicals, and heating processes that (although lowering production costs) reduce

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Some of the most “common chemicals

found in cosmetics have been shown to be detrimental to fish, algae, and other wildlife

the efficacy of natural ingredients. In addition to this cornercutting, he also accuses larger producers of misrepresenting the products they sell. Supposed essential oils are often adulterated and extracted (making them not essential oils by definition) and, he alleges, well-known brands claim to be made from French products when they in fact share one of Organic Earth’s Bulgarian suppliers. “These companies are playing games with your health. They’ve taken away the right of the consumer to know what they are putting in or on their bodies,” he says. “Customers are starting to question their claims.” Such allegations could be dismissed as the agenda of a businessman with a vested interest in putting people off mainstream brands. Indeed, being all-natural is no guarantee of quality or effectiveness either. But there is a growing body of evidence showing the damaging, even carcinogenic, effects of the chemicals used in body products. Analysis of almost 80,000 cosmetic ingredients by the nonprofit research organization, Environmental Working Group, found that 80 percent of personal care products were made from ingredients that commonly contain hazardous impurities, and one in five contained a chemical linked to cancer. The organization is US-based, and the chances of dangerous contents may be even higher in a country like China due to comparatively low levels of product regulation and testing. While the research group’s methodology has come under attack from industry representatives (who also claim that low dosages of these chemicals can cause no harm), a lack of conclusive information on the long-term effects makes consumers’ position difficult. Even the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, one of the leading voices on body product safety, falls short of explicitly saying cosmetics directly cause health damage. The problem, it claims, is that even at low doses, “most peo-



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ple are being exposed to scores of hazardous chemicals every day, from personal care products and many other sources.” Synthetic ingredients used to add scent to soaps, creams, and shampoos are also some of the most common aggravators of skin and respiratory allergies, it suggests. But beyond the harm these products may cause our bodies, damage to the environment is a factor that few consumers take into account. Some of the most common chemicals found in cosmetics have been shown to be detrimental to fish, algae, and other wildlife in the streams and rivers where our washing water ends up. Contaminants in body products can also affect soil, not to mention the well-documented problems of our over-reliance on plastic bottles and packaging. The environmental impact of production is something that Organic Earth takes as seriously as the contents of its products. As well as remaining chemical-free, the production plant “recycles everything” and only uses glass or aluminum packaging (save for a single product containing alcohol, which must be distributed in plastic for safety reasons). Moore pulls out a lip balm that took over five years to perfect, though it sells poorly due to the fact it comes in an aluminum tub. To package the balm in the more popular stick form would require the use of plastic, a matter on which he refuses to compromise. “I’m not a great businessman,” he muses. “I could be, but I choose not to be. Whether people buy from me or someone else – it doesn’t matter. I just want people to think about what they’re putting on their bodies. This is not a marketing thing; we do it because we believe in it.” Given that Moore tests all of his products on his family, has a private organic farm, and seems contented with a self-professed “cabin lifestyle” in his quiet corner of Tongzhou, it would take a hardy cynic to doubt his sincerity.

Feature Only Skin Deep? Here are five of the so-called “dirty dozen” – potentially harmful chemicals regularly used in cosmetic products. For a more complete list of chemicals to watch out for, see the links in the resources box. The evidence surrounding their correlation to health problems may not always be conclusive but there are real concerns about their use. Many are also linked to the contamination of wildlife and the environment.

While being aware of them is a good start, looking at the ingredient list is not always enough. Legal loopholes often mean that manufacturers do not need to list these chemicals. If you are worried about what may be in products that you and your family use, consult one of the cosmetics databases also featured in the resources box.

1, 4-dioxane This carcinogen may be found in over 20 percent of cosmetics featured in the Skin Deep database. Commonly used in products with lathery suds, the chemical is linked to cancer and organ toxicity, and is now banned in cosmetics in European Union and other countries.

What may appear on the label: Sodium laureth sulfate, PEG compounds, chemicals that include the clauses xynol, ceteareth and oleth.

DEA DEA (diethanolamine) and its related compounds are used to create suds and give cosmetics a creamy texture. As well as being shown to be hepatocarcinogenic (causing liver cancer) in female mice, men should also be particularly concerned. Studies have shown DEA to affect the structure of sperm cells, as well as their ability to swim and fertilize eggs.

What may appear on the label: Triethanolamine, DEA, TEA, diethanolamine, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, lauramide DEA, oleamide DEA, linoleamide MEA, myristamide DEA, stearamide MEA, TEA-lauryl sulfate. Formaldehyde (and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives) Often used in baby shampoo and a variety of other cosmetics, this potential skin irritant may not feature on the label as it is often released by other ingredients after packaging. Although studies into the links between formaldehyde and cancer have focused on inhalation rather than skin contact, it is a known carcinogen.

What may appear on the label: Quaternium-15, imidazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol).

Coal Tars Experimental studies of these petroleum derivatives, found in dyes and other hair products, link them to skin cancer. The chemical mixture may also cause neurological damage, as well as being harmful to aquatic life.

Parabens Commonly used in shampoos, scrubs, and other more watery cleansing products, parabens are responsible for hormone disruption and have been linked with breast cancer in a variety of studies. They do appear naturally in some foods such as barley, though there are fears that by entering through the skin, parabens will bypass the metabolic system and cause harm.

What may appear on the label: Tar, coal, carbo-cort, coal tar solution, coal tar solution USP, crude coal tar, estar, impervotar, KC 261, lavatar, picis carbonis, naphtha, high solvent naphtha, naphtha distillate, benzin B70, petroleum benzin [3,4].

What may appear on the label: Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, ingredients ending in –paraben. Source: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics/David Suzuki Foundation

RESOURCES Organic Earth Organic Earth sells a range of organic and 100 percent natural cosmetics and body products from its two Beijing stores. www. (Chinese-only) 1). Daily 10am-10pm, 2/F, CapitaRetail Mall, Xizhimen (5830 2859) 西直门嘉茂购物中心2层; 2) .Daily 10am-10pm, B1-30 Joy City, 101, Chaoyang North Road (8551 1388) 朝阳北路101号 朝阳大悦城B1-30 Many of the stores’ products do not come with English labels, so for more information in English, email

Skin Deep Database ( The world’s largest searchable database of cosmetic contents, the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database allows consumers to see which products contain harmful chemicals. Although it is US-based, many of the brands appearing in the database are global and have products available in China. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics ( Home of the global campaign to draw awareness to the use of chemicals in cosmetics and body products, the group’s website features a wealth of research papers and regulatory information.

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Directories Family Dining American Blue Frog This popular Shanghai-based restaurant chain has a menu rooted in burgers. The “Blue Frog Burger” ranks right up there among the best in the city, and there are a host of other patty-based options available. Drinks are buy-one-get-one-free during the 4-8pm daily happy hour; on Mondays, that also includes a buy-one-get-one-free burger deal. And American style breakfast is available all week. Other culinary possibilities include Italianstyle pasta dishes and Mexican options – a reflection of the American melting pot. Decent Wi-Fi. Voted “Outstanding American” and “Outstanding Burger” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10ammidnight. 167, 1/F, Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0017, info@bluefrog.; 2) Daily 10am-late. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030, info@bluefrog.; 3) Daily 10am-late. 1/F, Bldg 1, U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8561 2665, www.bluefrog. 蓝蛙, 1) 朝阳区颐堤港店酒仙桥路18号1 层167号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯Village 南区4号楼3层S4-30; 3) 朝阳区三丰北里悠唐生 活广场1号楼1层 Chef Too No kids menu but they’ll love the penne meatballs. With a little help from mom and dad, kids can share one of Chef Too’s famous steaks with a side of mash. If you’re happy for them to get their hands messy, try the BBQ ribs. Sunday Brunch (RMB 68-98, served until 3pm, try the poached eggs with a side of spinach and mushrooms, pancakes, huevos rancheros and more) is where the real kid-friendliness kicks in, though. For dinner kids will love the bruschetta or any of their yummy pasta options. All staff speak good English; providing they’re not super busy, they are very attentive. Indoor seating with some booth-style seats as well as the standard table and chair setup. Voted “Outstanding American” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm, TueSat 5.30-10pm. Opposite of West gate ( the 3rd gate) of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6591 8676, 美西西餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳公园西门(3号门)对面 Element Fresh This sunny Shanghai import showcases a healthier side of American food, with elaborate salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Popular weekend brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” “Best Brunch (Affordable)” and “Outstanding Family Friendly Atmosphere” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm. S8-33, Bldg 8, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318); 2) Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-11pm. Solana Lakeside Dining Street, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 1908); 3) MonFri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. 1/F, Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8420 0565); 4) Sun-Thu 8am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8am-midnight. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058) 新元 素, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号院三里屯Village 3 层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园6号蓝色港湾湖畔美食 街; 3) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港1层; 4) 朝阳 区将台路6号 Fatburger This famous American diner offers premium Australian lean beef burgers freshly grinded daily and cooked to order the way you like it. Juicy burgers comes in singles, doubles or triples accompanied by skinny fries, fat fries or homemade onion rings and hot wings, hot dogs, and imported ice cream shakes all set amidst a warm and comfortable ambience of 80’s music playing in the background. Voted “Outstanding Burger” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. B1/F, 1-LB01, The Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound (in the same building as Tavola and Starbucks, across the street and 300 m north of the Kempinski Hotel’s main



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entrance), 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1878, leelee@fatgburgerlover. com,; 2) Daily 8am9pm. B1/F, EB103, China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 7789,, jwu@; 3) Daily 11am-9pm. B1/F, B105A, Gemdale Plaza Tower C, 91 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8571 2797, leelee@, www. 1) 朝阳区朝阳区东方东路19号亮 马桥外交公寓1号楼会所1层1号铺; 2) 朝阳区朝 阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城地下一层EB103; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区建国路91号金地中心C座B105A。 Grandma’s Kitchen Tuck into hearty Yankee tucker at any of the five cozy locations of this franchise started by an actual American Grandma. Enjoy sandwiches, burgers, steaks and shakes (banana variety known to be addictive). Voted “Outstanding American” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong, Beixin Qiao, Dongcheng District. (8403 9452,; 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 0103, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/6, com); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou U Center, 28 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6266 6105,; 4) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893, http:// 祖母的厨房, 1) 东城区 北新桥石雀胡同28号; 2) 朝阳区东三环中路39号 建外SohoB座0103; 3) 海淀区成府路28号五道口购 物中心5层; 4) 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街甲11号 (友谊商店后面) Home Plate Bar-B-Que 1) 11am-10pm. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu Chaoyang District(100m past The Bookworm on the right; 800m west of Tuanjiehu station (Line 10)), Chaoyang District. (400 096 7670, seth@; 2) Daily 11am-10pm. 35 Xiaoyun Lu courtyard (from Dongsanhuan Beilu, head 20m north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection and take the first right), Chaoyang District. (5128 5584, http:// 本垒美国餐, 1) 朝阳区朝 阳区 工体北路4号院; 2) 朝阳区霄云路35号院( 东三环北路,过霄云路路口,往北走20米,到第一 个路口右转) Hungry Horse You won’t go hungry at this Pinnacle Plaza eatery in Shunyi. Besides the bountiful offerings of burgers, salads, breakfast plates, pastas and pizzas, we can recommend the satisfying Reuben and French dip sandwiches – just don’t go expecting pure authenticity. Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, SatSun 8.30am-10pm. Stall 609, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5519) 红马美国餐厅, 顺义区天竺 开发区荣祥广场609 Let’s Burger 1) Daily 11am-11pm. B1/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu (opposite Colibri Cafe), Chaoyang District. (6415 2772); 2) Unit L-RS-206, Bldg 11, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Daily 10am-9pm. 29-102, Pinnacle Avenue, Liyuan Jie, Shunyi District. (8416 7803) 1) 朝阳区三里 屯路11号三里屯Village北区地下1层 (Colibri Cafe 对面); 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商 区11号楼L-RS-20层; 3) 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣 和商业中心29-102 Lily’s American Diner The owner of this Shuangjing restaurant cut her teeth at Steak & Eggs; she’s now created a menu of her own offering a sizeable selection of classically greasy North American and Tex-Mex fare like cheeseburgers, roast beef melt subs and chicken or beef fajitas. All-day breakfast specials including buttermilk pancakes with two eggs, plus bacon, sausage or ham. Generously sized beef burritos come wrapped in suitably soft, yet resilient tortillas, with assorted vegetables and “Lily’s spices.” The beef nachos aren’t quite like those in Texas, but they’re entirely edible by Beijing standards. 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 200m east from north gate of Jindi Mingjing Xiaoqu, exit E of Sihui subway station, Chaoyang District. (lilysdelivery@yahoo.

com); 2) Daily 8am-midnight. Unit 2-18, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6592 5548, www. 1) 朝阳区四惠地铁北E出口金地 名京小区北门对面往东200米; 2) 朝阳区双井桥 东北角广渠路31号院天之骄子2号楼底商2-18 Park Square Featuring a creative take on Western cuisine, Park Square’s menu options include everything from grilled options (think your standard steaks and sauces) to seafood and salads. Patrons can sample a trio of crab cakes with small berets of mango and pink peppercorn salsa, codfish on a pedestal of lack rice, or the signature Park Square ribs, braised in Guinnes for eight hours and served with garden vegetables and mashed potatoes laced with cheddar. The dining room itself is a cross between vaguely stuffy and Sino-flashy: white tablecloths and thin-stemmed wine glasses lead out to an expansive courtyard with low-slung furniture for sinking into. Daily 10am-11pm. 9-3 Jiangtai Lu (west of the Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6823 8880) 园庭, 朝阳区将 台西路9-3号(珀丽酒店西) Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill Texas-sized portions at this long running Lone Star State-inspired restaurant originally founded by a splinter group from Grandma’s Kitchen. Enjoy serviceable burritos, fajitas and burgers and wash it all down with a frozen margarita. The St. Regis branch does brisk workday lunch business, while the Lido branch is more family oriented with a play area for kids. Voted “Outstanding Mexican” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 8.30am-11pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449); 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. Jiangtai Xilu (next to SALT and Frank’s Place), Chaoyang District. (6435 3509) 彼德西餐, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐 部88A; 2) 朝阳区将台西路 (SALT/Frank’s旁边) Stadium Dog Stadium Dog, beside Gate 10 of the Workers’ Stadium, is a purveyor of America’s best-loved blue-collar snack. Decked out in a saucy livery of mustard yellow and ketchup red, the tidy restaurant features stool seating and a no-nonsense menu of meat in bread (RMB 20), soft drinks, and beer. The dogs – American beef, Italian, bratwurst or veggie – are a breed above your regular frank, and can be slathered with a bewildering range of toppings like onions, sauerkraut, grated cheese, coleslaw, jalapeños, olives and about a dozen imported mustards, including Bavarian sweet and Dijon. For the ravenous, RMB 65 gets you a three-dog combo plus a soft drink or bottle of Yanjing. Conveniently located near Gongti 100 bowling alley, Blue Zoo, and Fundazzle, Stadium Dog makes for a great pit-stop on a family day out. Daily 10am-2am. Gate 10, Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6546 8364) 朝阳区朝阳区工体东路工人体育场 东门内10号进口 The Texan Bar and Grill Cowboys and cowgirls serve a variety of Australian rib eye, sirloin and T-bone steaks fresh from the grill. A selection of burgers and Mexican dishes are also available. Weekday set lunches (11.30am2pm, two-courses) are RMB 98 plus 15% service charge. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.3010.30pm. 1/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jichang Lu, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688 ext 1971/1975) 德克萨斯扒房, 朝阳区机场路将台路 丽都大酒店1层 TGI Friday’s This American casual dining chain serves standard Western fare, such as hot wings, salads, soups, steaks, ribs, pasta, burgers, and pizza. Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 1) 1/F, Grand Skylight CATIC Hotel, 18 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8497 0650); 2) 9-2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0880); 3) 1F VIP Building, Friendship Hotel, 1 Zhongguancun Nanlu, Haidian District. (6849 8738); 4) 1st Floor, Mansion D, World Town, 9 Jinhui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8590 3033); 5) Block C, Beijing International Mansion, 19 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (8526 3388) 星期五餐厅, 1) 朝阳区 北辰东路18号凯迪克格兰云天大酒店1层; 2) 西 城区金城坊街9-2号; 3) 海淀区中关村南大街1

号友谊宾馆贵宾楼1楼; 4) 朝阳区金汇路9号世 界城D座1楼; 5) 朝阳区建国门外大街19号北京 国际大厦C座 The Filling Station An American dinerstyle joint serving burgers, steaks and other classics. The adult menu features a selection of burgers (RMB 58-98) – which includes a side fries dusted with chili pepper – and hotdogs (RMB 38-58); while the ample kids menu has “Sausage Spiders” (hot dog sausages with spaghetti legs, RMB 35), “Easy Peasy Mac n Cheese” (RMB 35) and other offbeat selections like banana pancakes (RMB 35) and virgin cocktails called “mocktails” (RMB 20) designed especially for kids. The playroom comes complete with slides and older kids can test out the retro selection of video games or give the foosball table a try, making Filling Station a great place for a family meal or lazy afternoon lunch. Daily 11am-9.30pm. Beside Western Academy of Beijing, Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Shunyi District. (8470 3821) 揣着, 顺义区来广营东路(北京京西学 校旁边) Tony Hamburger Features burgers ranging from beef, bacon and satay-flavored options. Chinese and Western offerings at reasonable prices (RMB 29-35). Delivery is available. Daily 10am-9pm. 899-2 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Development Zone, Shunyi District. (5842 6175; 5703 5933) 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广 场899-2 Union Bar & Grille Reliable American favorites like steak, burgers, wings, brunch, and more. The bottomless coffee and ice tea are a nice touch, and kid-friendly brown paper coverings on every table invite doodling. Mon-Fri 11am11pm,Sat-Sun 11am-midnight. S6-31, 3/F, Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 9117) 优年美式餐 厅, 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区6号 楼3层S6-31

Cafes & Sandwiches The Bookworm English language books to borrow or buy. Book larvae can graze in the library’s Kiddies’ Corner, which houses childsize chairs and toys in addition to books. A family library membership (RMB 500) allows your family to borrow up to six books for two weeks at a time. A growing selection of for-sale books includes favorites like Wicked Chickens and The Gruffalo’s Child. In addition, The Bookworm’s Kids Club offers both young children and teens opportunities to share books with their peers. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507,, kidsclub@ www.chinabookworm. com 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 Central Perk The enduring popularity of the 1990s sitcom Friends lives on this Chaowai Soho cafe that has recreated the cafe setting from the show right down to the last detail – the handwritten menu on the wall, the brick interior, and of course, the iconic orange couch. TV screens continually show episodes of Friends and coffee is at equally friendly prices (the most expensive on the menu is RMB 20). Ste 0616, Bldg A, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区朝阳门外大街, 朝外SOHO,A区0616室 Cheese Home Cheese Home has a wide selection of cheesecakes, with new cakes added regularly. Now serving Rickshaw Roasters coffee (hot and iced), the cafe’s other drinks include flavored teas, homemade sodas, fresh juices, and Belgian and German beers. They have a light menu with big bowl salads and “cheese rice,” or rice topped with sauce and cheese and baked to order. The cafe has three floors (including a rooftop deck) with lots of greenery, couches, and armchairs. Free Wi-Fi and ongoing discounts and promotions. Daily 11am-11pm. 257 Dongsi Beidajie (150m south of Zhangzizhonglu subway station, Exit D), Dongcheng District. (150 109 44703, 186 1033 5610) 起司家, 东城区东四北大街257号(张自忠 路地铁站D口150米向南)

Directories Cosy Café This cafe chain offers a comfortable environment, as well as a variety of coffee drinks and homemade pastries and cakes. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 30-31, 40-41, Bldg N3, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6186); 2) 1/F, Leisure Fitness Center, Bldg 7, Richmond Park, Yard 9 Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8457 8359) 1) 朝阳区三里屯路11号院三里屯Village北区N3楼 30-31, 40-41号; 2) 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7号楼 丽都水岸会所1层 De Chocolate Coffee Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 349, 3/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0593) 迪巧克咖啡, 朝 阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场3层店铺号349 Lazzy cafe It may have a spelling mistake in the name, but that doesn’t detract from the cheery vibe of this cafe in Wuadaoying Hutong. Large windows line the shop front, giving it a bright and spacious feel, and an intimate loft area for more solitary surfing. This cafe likes variety, which is reflected in the assortment of second hand CDs on sale and the extensive food menu. You can grab a reasonable brunch (RMB 52) while you work or sample a wide range of hot drinks (RMB 20-35). Mon-Fri 8am-12am, Sat-Sun 9am-2am. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6446 2073) 闲 散光音, 东城区东城区雍和宫桥南路五道营胡 同甲19号 Maan Coffee Korean-run cafe specializing in waffles, desserts and other snacks. 1) Gongti Beilu (west of the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Sanlitun, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 7am-1am. 1/F Chaoyang Joy City, 29 Qingnian Lu Bldg 20, Chaoyang District. (5877 7521); 3) Daily 8am12am. Guangqu Jiayuan, 7 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8751 3628); 4) Daily 8am-12am. 2A Qijia Huozi, Chaoyang District. (6236 0639); 5) Daily 8am-2am. 37 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6771 5670); 6) Daily 8am-2am. Jinyuan Shangwu Zhongxin Bldg B, 2 Landianchang, Haidian District. (8889

3029, 8889 1329); 7) Daily 9am-12am. Jiangfu Park North Gate, Jiangtai Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8431 1899); 8) Daily 10am-2am. 3 Wangjing Heyin Zhonglu Shangyejie, Chaoyang District. (8471 7027); 9) Daily 8am-12am. 10 Xitucheng Lu (inside Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunication), Haidian District. (6228 6398); 10) Daily 8am-2am. Qinghua Tongfang Keji Guangchang Bldg D, 15 Wangzhuang Lu, Haidian District. (8236 6016); 11) Daily 8am-10pm. 1/F, People’s University, 59 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8250 3236); 12) Daily 9am-midnight. 7 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8457 3470); 13) Rm 110, Bldg 103, Baiziwan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8795 0870) 漫咖啡, 1) 朝阳区三里屯工体北路工体北门西; 2) 朝阳区 青年路29号 院20号楼1层; 3) 东城区广渠门外大 街广渠家园7号 楼底商; 4) 朝阳区祁家豁子甲2 号; 5) 朝阳区百子湾路37号; 6) 海淀区蓝靛厂 2号 金源商务中心B座1b; 7) 朝阳区将台东路将 府公园北门; 8) 朝阳区望京河荫中路商业街3号; 9) 海淀区西土城路10号 邮电大学内; 10) 海淀 区王庄路15号 清华同方科技广场D座; 11) 海淀 区中关村大街59号 人民大学教学楼1层; 12) 朝 阳区将台西路7号; 13) 朝阳区百子湾西里103 号楼110室 Modernista Modernista has settled down as a relaxed, artsy hipster joint, with checkerboard flooring and a smoky 1930s vibe. Like other bars in the locale it has a DIY feel, and the owners have prepared a varied program of live music and cultural events including talks, screenings and book exchanges. They have a decent absinthe selection, with cheap draft Yanjing and bottled import beers. A selection of sweet wines and aperitifs lends the place a bit of Old World glamour. Tues-Sun 12pm-2am. 44 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (136 9142 5744, modernistabj@yahoo. com) 东城区鼓楼东大街宝钞胡同44号 Moka Bros The third venue from the team behind Mosto and Modo Urban Deli, this is the fast-casual version of Daniel Urdaneta in the kitchen. Menu options have a healthy focus

and include salads, wraps, sandwiches, crepes (savory and sweet) and power bowls (noodles and rice varieties). Sun-Thu 11am-10.30pm, FriSat 11am-11.30pm. 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6079) 朝阳区三里 屯路81号那里花园1层 Moss Coffee & Bagels Authentic bagels in plain, whole wheat, blueberry and cinnamon raisin varieties. Can be filled with smoked salmon, teriyaki chicken, feta cheese, salad or any number of other sandwich ingredients. Big mugs of coffee and free Wi-Fi are two very valid reasons to work outside the office for an afternoon. A weekday lunch special includes a sandwich, soup and hot drink for RMB 38. MonFri 7.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-10pm. 0171 (inside Cicada Hutong), Bldg C, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 3348) 摩卡咖啡, 朝阳区朝外大街乙6号C 座 0171(知了胡同内) Mr. Baguette 144 Xinjiekou Nandajie, Xicheng District. 西城区新街口南大街144号 Mrs Shanen’s Bagels This Shunyi staple run by a Chinese-American native of Brooklyn, New York offers Beijing’s best bagels (in a variety of flavors, including jalepeno cheddar, sesame and cinnamon raisin), as well as burgers, sandwiches(served on a choice of pita, ciabatta or bagels) salads, artisan pizza, cheeses, breads, cakes, cookies, ice cream and an extensive breakfast menu. Produce and other organic products from the owner’s other venue Green Cow Farm are also available. The venue also includes a large children’s playroom is equipped with toys, kid-sized chairs and tables and an entire Chinese kitchen in miniature. Sun-Thu 7.30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District. (8046 4301) 单太 太贝谷面包房, 顺义区西白辛庄开发街5号 (紧 邻名都园) O’Briens An Irish sandwich bar offering classic thick bread toasted sandwiches, salads, soups, gourmet coffee, smoothies and fresh juices all

in a relaxed, airy setting. Additional features include Carlsberg and Guinness on tap, wireless Internet and delivery options. 1) Daily 8am9pm. Silk Market, 8 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5169 8870); 2) Daily 8am9pm. 1/F Clubhouse, Building 1, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1681); 3) Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-8.30pm. 6 Riverville Square, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8588) 奥拜恩三明治吧, 1) 朝阳区秀水街建国门外大街 8号; 2) 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马桥外交公寓1号 楼会所1层; 3) 顺义区天竺温榆广场06号商铺 Penghao Theatre Cafe Daily 10am-11pm. 35 Dongmianhua Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6400 6472, 蓬蒿剧场 咖啡, 东城区东棉花胡同35号 Piazza Café Daily 11am-9.30pm. South gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi District. (8046 7788 / 2020) 翰风餐厅, 顺义区名都园南门外 Picture My Cup Following the huge success of Kro’s Nest, owner Marty Handley is taking a step back from the world of pizza, and adding sandwiches, hot dogs, all-day breakfast and delectable lunch specials to this new venture. Coupled with a satisfying drinks menu – especially for those who enjoy the odd alcoholic beverage – Picture My Cup is a welcome innovation to Wangjing. Mon-Sat 8am-8.30pm. Unit 158, Bldg A5, U-Lo Park,Guangshunnan Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5361 6770) 朝阳区广 顺南大街悠乐汇A5座158商铺 Puddha Book and Tea Shop Sample an eclectic menu of specialty teas while browsing the extensive selection of English andChinese books. Daily 10am–11pm. 4 Mao’er Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (8403 6168) 朴道草堂, 东城区南锣鼓巷帽儿胡同4号 Pure Smoothies Small chain of smoothie stand serves healthy blended smoothies (i.e. The Detoxifier, Mango Soy Smoothies), juices, teas and other beverages. The Sanlitun stand

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Directories is perfect for a hot summer’s day. Daily 10am10pm. 1) B1/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) North side of The Orange exhibition hall, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8660 7588) 1) 朝阳区健国路87号 新光天地下一层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 Village南区The Orange北边 Sculpting in Time Coffee, pasta dishes and desserts amid shelves of books and crafts. 1) 22 Meishuguan Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (8403 6986); 2) Daily 7.30am-midnight. Shop 3A, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu (near the Lido Hotel), Chaoyang District. (5135 8108); 3) Daily 9am-12pm. 50 Xiangshan Maimai Jie, Haidian District. (8259 8296); 4) Daily 8.30am-1am. 7 Weigongcun Lu (south gate of Beijing Institute of Technology), Haidian District. (6894 6825) 雕刻时光, 1) 东城区美术 馆东街22号; 2) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公 寓3A; 3) 海淀区香山买卖街50号; 4) 海淀区魏 公村路7号北京理工大学南门

designed interior and kids-friendly environment. Baby chairs and cutleries, and children’s menu’s on the offer. The Sticky Date Pudding dessert comes highly recommended. Daily 24hrs. 1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5210, www. 朝阳区三里屯路11号三 里屯Village1号楼瑜舍1层 Vineyard Cafe on the River Waijiao Apartment, 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区新东路1号外交公寓亮马河南岸 Wagas Specializing in healthful offerings such as sandwiches, salads, wraps, and pastas, Wagas offers fresh, appetizing fare that’s sure to appeal to a wide audience. Daily 8am10.30pm. S833, Bldg 8, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 5829) 沃歌斯, 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village 南区8号楼S8-33

Seasons Cafe/Creperie Tue-Sun 10.30am6.30pm. 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu (beside China Art Seasons), Dashanzi Art District, Chaoyang District. (8456 4823) 北京季节咖啡店, 朝阳区 酒仙桥路2号院内

Wednesday Coffee and Bar A cafe selling burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips. Beverages include Australian beers like Tooheys, Cascade and Pure Blonde and coffee from Vittoria beans. Daily 10am-1am. 8 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (8400 4699) 朝阳区新东路8号

The Box Daily 11-12am. 5 Qianmachang Hutong (opposite Cafe Sambal), Jiugulou Dajie, Xicheng District. (6401 3293) 聚乐盒子, 西城区 旧鼓楼大街前马厂胡同5号

Wild Honey Daily 10am-9.30pm. 01-19, 1/F, Fortune Mall, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6530 9149) 吉乐瑞, 朝阳区 东三环中路7号财富购物中心一层01-19

The Café at Palette Vino The Café at Palette Vino offers wine and “bistro-style” Mediterranean fare in a pleasant environment featuring a rooftop deck, two courtyards, a lounge ad bar. 10am-6pm. 701 Pinnacle Plaza, Euro Village, Shunyi District. (8046 4463) 顺义 区天竺开发区日样广场701号

Youpin Teahouse The teahouse has very typical traditional Chinese style decoration. Serve all kinds of Chinese tea such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea, Puerh tea and some kinds of herbal medicine tea. People gather here for chatting, socializing, dating and enjoying tea.We also serves dim sum and snakes for enjoying alongside the tea. 9am12pm. 3 Tuanjiehu Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6582 2280) 幽品茶楼, 朝阳区团结湖北路3号

The Rug Bagels, outdoor seating and free WiFi make this a welcome addition to Chaoyang Park. TTue-Fri 11.30am-10pm (last order 9.30pm), Sat-Sun 10.30am-8pm (last order 7.30pm). Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite South Gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District. (8550 2722) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路丽水嘉园4号楼(朝阳 公园南门对面) The Swiss Deli Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288 ext. 2127, www. 东城区潮阳门北大街2号 The Woodhouse S2-14A-B (next to Page One), 2/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9582) 朝阳区三 里屯路19号三里屯Village南区2号楼2层S2-14A-B 室(叶一旁边) The Woods This handsome cafe in Central Park has fare ranging from black truffle filet mignon to white truffle parmigiano fries to spaghetti primavera. The food tends towards the Mediterranean and Spain, and diners can pair their savory selections with something from the bar--a glass of wine, a Singha beer, or a sangria, perhaps. For dessert, customers can try the espresso chocolate mousse or the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding. Be sure to make a reservation, though, as the cafe setting is very intimate--inside seating includes just around ten tables--and with food this good, there’s sure to be a high demand. Daily (closed on Tue) noon-10pm. Unit 1010, Bldg 1, Central Park6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (65336380) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号 新城国际1号楼101室 Traitor Zhou’s Kaifeng Nonkosher Delicatessen No. 10 Compound, 798 Art Zone, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5762 6098, 朝阳区酒 仙桥路2号798艺术园区10号院内 (偏锋艺术空 间后面) T Republic Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 157, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0426) 茶国, 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号 颐堤港商业中心1层157底商 Village Cafe Offers international cuisine and pan Asian classics with a fresh twist. Well-



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Zap Urban Eatery Serves a selection of coffee and teas along with toast, sandwiches and sweets. M-F 8am-10pm S&S 10am-10pm. Xingfu 3 Cun, 5-1-103, Chaoyang District. (6409 4748, www. 朝阳区幸福三村四巷5-1103 (婕妮璐逸盛阁店旁边)

Cantonese and Dim Sum Asia Bistro A place to go for Asian fusion, this hotel-restaurant specializes in cuisine from Thailand and Vietnam, with the key event being the RMB 388/288 brunch buffet (with flowing champagne and wine/with beer) 11.30am-3pm on Sunday afternoons. Mon-Sat 6am-midnight, Sun 11.30am-3pm. 1/F, JW Marriott Hotel, 83 Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 8511) 朝阳区建国路83号JW万 豪酒店 Causeway Bay Serves a combination of Hong Kong’s Western and Cantonese cuisine, as well as dim sum from 7am-10pm. Try the congee, rice dishes and noodles. 11am-2pm, 5pm10pm. B1 Level, Prosper Center, 5 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6562 8555) 铜锣湾茶餐 厅, 朝阳区朝阳区光华路5号院世纪财富中心B1层 Celestial Court The St. Regis’s Celestial Court serves Cantonese-style seafood and dim sum prepared by Hong Kong chef To Ming Lau in a luxurious setting for those on an expense account. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, St Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2460 or 2462) 天宝阁, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号北京国 际俱乐部饭店2层 Choy’s Seafood The Marriott Northeast’s “trend-setting restaurant specializes in Cantonese and Sichuan flavors with six individually designed private dining rooms.” Daily: 11.30am–2.30pm, 5.30pm–10.30pm. 2/F, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) i?marshaCode=bjses&pageID=HWRAL&imageI D=2 朝阳区海航大厦万豪酒店, 霄云路甲26号 Crystal Jade Reaching from Singapore to Seoul, the Crystal Jade group offers high quality

Cantonese food, good service, and opulent atmosphere. Voted “Outstanding Cantonese (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1150/70); 2) Daily 11am4pm, 5-10pm. Store BB82, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8515 0238) 翡翠皇宫酒家, 1) 朝阳区建国路87号新 光天地6层; 2) 东城区东长安街1号东方广场地 铁层BB82店铺 Fuli Gong Jiu Jia This restaurant attached to the premium health club at the Fuli Cheng complex serves straightforward Hong Kongstyle Cantonese cuisine and dim sum, as well as a few Hunan dishes. Weekends are usually bustling and a ten percent service charge applies. Bldg 1-3 Fuli City, Shuangjing, 5 Donsanhuan Zhonglu,, Chaoyang District. (5876 7273) 富力宫酒家, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路5 号富力城1-3楼 Full Moon Though its Huadu hotel location has seen better days, Full Moon still reels ‘em in for their daily dim sum from 11am-4.30pm. Daily 11am-midnight. Huadu Hotel, 8 Xinyuan Nanlu (Inside Huadu Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6597 1237) 福满楼, 朝阳区新源南路8号华都饭店内 Golden Jaguar Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm,510.30pm,Sat-Sun 10.30am-4pm,5-10.30pm. 1) 4/F, North Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6553 8888); 2) 2/F, Wangfu Shiji Dasha, Donganmen Dajie (opposite China Children’s Art Theater), Dongcheng District. (6559 8888 ext 1); 3) 2/F, Building 214, Huizhong Beili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (5128 1888) 金钱豹, 1) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸 天阶大厦北楼4层; 2) 东城区东安门大街王府世 纪大厦2层(儿童剧场对面); 3) 朝阳区亚运村惠 忠北里小区214号楼2层 Greenfish Daily 6.30am-11pm. Ritz-Carlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6601 6666 ext 6255) 四季汇, 西城区金城坊东街1号北京金融街 丽思卡顿酒店 Guanghe Chaxuan Part of the Guangdong Provincial Government Beijing Office, this is the only place in Beijingthat serves dim sum from Hong Kong-style wheel carts (before 11am), although the real Hong Kong buzz is missing. A la carte dishes are served in the afternoons and the kitchen is open until midnight. Daily 7ammidnight. 5/F, Guangzhou Dasha, 3A Heng Er Tiao, Xidan, Xicheng District. (5855 9988) 广和 茶轩, 西城区西单横二条甲3号广州大厦5层 Happy Valley The Swissotel’s Cantonese restaurant features the culinary creations of Hong Kong Chinese Chef Jacky Chan. Lunch times feature dim sum and business lunch sets, and a la carte items are available for both lunch and dinner. The Dim Sum Weekend Buffet goes from 11.30am–2pm. 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 1/F, Swissotel Beijing, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288) http:// Swissotel+Beijing/HOTEL+HOME/Gallery/ Dining/Happy+Valley+Restaurant.htm 快活谷, 东城区东四十条瑞士酒店1层 Hengshan Hui Serving authentic dim sum, milk tea and stir-fried noodles, this affordable Cantonese eatery draws both businessmen and families. Daily 10.30am-11.30pm. 1/F, Kerry EAS Logistics Building (entrance at back of building), 21 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 1211) 衡山汇, 朝阳区霄云路21号嘉里大 通附楼1楼 Hong Kong Food City Dim sum at this long-running Wangfujing restaurant goes from 11.30am-2pm daily. 11am-midnight. 18 Dong’anmen Dajie (south of Xindongan), Dongcheng District. (6525 7349) 香港美食城, 东城区东安门大街18号新东安南 Huoqilin Tea Restaurant Daily 24 hours. 1) 2/F Fudun Zhongxin, 58 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5867 4188); 2) 4/F 3.3 Mall, Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5136 5259) 火麒麟查餐 厅, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环南路58号富顿中心 B座2楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区三里屯南路酒吧街3.3 服饰大厦四层

Jade Garden Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine in a sophisticated setting. The place gets particularly convivial on the weekends with Cantonese families gathering for dim sum feasts. Daily 11am-10.30pm. Bldg 6, Jiqingli, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6552 8688) 苏浙汇, 朝阳区朝外大街吉庆里 6号楼 Jin Ding Xuan Dim sum fun for all. Let your kids guess the contents of the fresh, steaming baskets that arrive at your table and reward correct guesses by letting them order the next round of treats. And if Junior’s still not sleeping through the night, don’t worry, the restaurant is open 24 hours. Readers voted it “Best Cantonese” and “Outstanding Dim Sum” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 24hrs. 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111); 2) Daily 24hrs. Yiyuan No.15, Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111); 3) Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Entrance B03, north corner of Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (40067 66111); 4) Daily 24hrs. 16 Pufang Lu, across from Carrefour, Fengtai District. (40067 66111); 5) Daily 24hrs. 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District. (40067 66111); 6) D122, B/1, Huamao Shopping Center, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111) 金鼎轩酒楼, 1) 朝阳区 团结湖南路15号; 2) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里逸园 15号; 3) 海淀区远大路1号金源时代购物中心北 侧1层B03入口; 4) 丰台区方庄蒲芳路16号 (家乐 福对面); 5) 东城区和平里西街77号; 6) 朝阳区 建国路87号华贸购物中心地下1层D122号 La Galerie This Ritan Park area restaurant serves decent Cantonese dim sum/yum cha in spacious surroundings. Good for outdoor dining in the spring and summer. Daily 10am10.30pm. 100m west of Ritan Park South Gate, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8562 8698, 8563 8698, 中国艺苑, 朝 阳区光华路日坛公园南门向西100米 Lei Garden Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.309.30pm. 3/F, Jinbao Tower, 89 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1212) http://ihs. html 利苑, 东城区金宝街89号金宝大厦3楼 Li Hao Like the very popular Macau Street down the hall, Li Hao serves Cantonese specialties to Guangdong-heavy clientele. Try their specialty la wei bao zai fan (蜡味煲仔 饭,sausage rice casserole, RMB 32) and the Duck and chicken rice (ya shuang pin fan 鹅 双拼饭, RMB 36). There is also a selection of sweet desserts. 10am-10pm. B1 The Place (next to Ganges), 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1399, 6587 1488) www. 丽豪, 朝阳区朝阳区光华路9号 世贸天阶商贸城B1楼 Macau Chinese Restaurant The opulent settings of the Legendale Hotel provide the backdrop for this Cantonese restaurant that serves a la carte dishes and dim sum. 90-92 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8511 3388 ext. 8968) restaurants-B1-MacaoChinese.htm 东城区北京 市东城区金宝街 90-92号 Macau Street 1) Unit A108, Heqiao Dasha (north of Wanda Plaza), 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3058); 2) B02, B/1F, U-Town Shopping Center, 2 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5977 5633) 澳门街茶餐厅, 1) 朝阳区光华路甲 8号和乔大厦A108(万大广场对面); 2) 朝阳区朝 外大街三丰北里2号优唐生活广场地下1层B02 Macau Taste The kitsch décor belies a menu that reads like a Hong Kong teahouse with a few Portuguese surprises. Daily 11am-11pm. L-15A, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1399) 澳门味道, 朝阳 区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区L-15A Ming Yuan The signatures dishes at this recommended Cantonese restaurant include crispy skin chicken and clear steamed fish in special broth, along with its authentic dim sum. 19 Dongdaqiao Lu (across from The Place), Chaoyang District. (8561 9040) 明园, 朝阳区朝阳区东大桥路19号楼北( 世贸天阶对面)

Directories Repulse Bay True to its name, Prosper Bay is a Hong Kong style Canto-eatery that does dim sum as well (11.30am-2pm, and 5.30-10pm). Their “double boiled” soups are a specialty as well. 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm. B1 Level, Prosper Center, 5 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6562 8555) 浅水湾粤菜餐厅, 朝阳区光华路5号 院世纪财富中心B1层

“Outstanding Service,” “Best for a Romantic Meal” and “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm; Fri-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6030) 摸石头, 朝阳区 三里屯路81号那里花园3层

Tang Yuan This chain of restaurants serving Cantonese and other regional dishes is known for its crispy chicken, bao zai fan (rice casseroles) and decent dim sum. 11am-11pm. 209 Jixiangli, Chaoyang District. (6553 0198) 唐缘, 朝阳区唐缘朝阳区吉祥里209号

Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill Texas-sized portions at this long running Lone Star State-inspired restaurant originally founded by a splinter group from Grandma’s Kitchen. Enjoy serviceable burritos, fajitas, breakfast plates and burgers and wash it all down with a frozen margarita. The St. Regis branch does brisk workday lunch business, while the Lido branch is more family oriented with a play area for kids as well as a Kid’s Menu at the Lido branch. 1) Daily 8.30am-11pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449); 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. Jiangtai Xilu (next to SALT and Frank’s Place), Chaoyang District. (6435 3509) 彼德西餐, 1) 朝阳区建国 门外大街21号国际俱乐部88A; 2) 朝阳区将台西 路 (SALT/Frank’s旁边)

The Peak Hong Kong Cafe LG-2, Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao, Chaoyang District. (8563 1675) 峯港茶餐厅, 朝阳区东大桥路9号芳草 地LG-2 Wu Li Xiang Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. 1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (southeast of Xiaoyun Qiao), Chaoyang District. (5907 8406) 屋里香, 朝阳区东四环北路2号 (霄云桥东南角)上东盛 贸酒店 Zen5es Daily 11am- 2.30pm, 5.30-10.30. 4/F, the Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880, www. 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂 北京威斯汀大饭店

Central & South American Brazilian Barbeque Gauchos Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm. Gate 3, inside Chaoyang Park (by the lake), 20 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8595 2661) 卡乌秀巴 西烤肉, 朝阳区朝阳公园西路20号 (朝阳公园 3号门内) Brazilian Churrascos Latin American diplomats meet up at this carnivore’s delight for charcoal-grilled chicken, beef or lamb piled high on metal skewers. Buffet table with unlimited salads and soups to complement the meat feast. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 1/F Crowne Plaza Park View Wuzhou, 8 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 2288 ext 6178) 巴西烤肉, 朝阳区北四环中路8号五洲皇冠假日 酒店1层 Casa Brasil 44 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. 巴西之家, 朝阳区光华路44号 Che Diego! Billing itself as the only place in Beijing to sample authentic Argentine cuisine, Che Diego! features a chef and a barbecue master brought directly from Buenos Aires. Covering an area of 200sqm, the restaurant includes barbecued items, empanadas, locro stew, and fine wines. B1-217, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. 切迭戈, 朝阳区 工体北路8号三里屯Soho B1-­217 El Gran Bocado From the brains behind the cozy Wudaoying Hutong haunt, Sand Pebbles, comes El Gran Bocado, a Mexican restaurant that is full of flavors from the American Midwest. Daily noon-midnight. 1/F, Just Make Bldg, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 1715) 朝阳区幸福村中路杰作大厦1层 Latin Grillhouse Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 5-11pm, Weekend 11am-3.30pm, 5-11pm. C1-11, Block 1, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6126/8) 拉丁餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳公 园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区1号楼C1-11 Lucky Lopez Mexican Grill Similar to the North American Chipotle chain, Lucky Lopez serves burritos, tacos (including barbacoa and fish), tamales and chili in a swish Southwesternthemed setting. Daily 11am-8pm. Rm 0827, 1/F, Bldg 8, Jianwai Soho, Henghui Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5900 0820) 朝阳区恒惠东路 建外Soho8号楼1层0827号 Mosto Mosto offers inventive, exciting contempo-rary food with a South American touch. The hacienda façade leads to a smart interior with an open kitchen and bar. Set lunch RMB 70. Excellent wine list, friendly staff. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch,”

Q Mex Hip, confident Mexican food and drinks by Chef Carla from Mexico City and mixologist Paul Mathew, brought to you by Echo Sun of Q Bar. 6585 3828. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (nearby The Bookworm and d lounge, under Kro’s Nest; see map on their website for more detailed directions), Chaoyang District. www. 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (近老书虫与滚 石,下乌巢;如需更详细解释请看Q Mex网站) Sand Pebbles Lounge Small restaurant located on trendy Wudaoying hutong. Serves up Tex-Mex food as well as wraps and sandwiches. Daily noon-11pm. 74 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8404 0767) 沙卵 石, 东城区五道营胡同74号

European Alfie’s Beijing A restaurant specializing in English comfort food, this venue features eats ranging from cottage pie with port wine to braised veal rump with carrots and creamy mash. Also sports a great drink menu with both creative and classic cocktails. Try a Cool Beijing (Absolut, grapefruit juice, creme de cassis, and ginger beer) or choose a selection from the well-stocked wine and scotch list. Daily 10am-10pm. L1-22, 1/F, Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5662 8777) 朝阳区东大桥路9号侨福芳草地大厦1层L1-22 Capital M Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, 6-10.30pm (afternoon tea between 2.30-5pm). 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen), Chongwen District. (6702 2727) 崇文区前门步行街2号3层 Class by Stephanie A decent mid-range Western restaurant whose core audience is curious, outward-looking locals as much as the regular expat crowd. Try the spinach, bacon, and blue cheese salad (RMB 35) or the roast duck breast with port sauce and Tuscan beans (RMB 55). Daily 7.30am10pm. 1/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Center, 36 Beisanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5825 6778, 朝阳区北三环路 36号环球贸易中心D座1层 Fennel Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-midnight. Inside Grace Beijing (next to D-Park), 706 Houjie, 798 Art District, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 1818) 朝阳区酒仙桥 路2号798艺术区后街706号格瑞斯北京内(D-Park 旁边) Fish Nation Hearty servings of chunky chips and the largest piece of boneless fish you may encounter in China. Also has salads, tempura prawns and imported beer (including Hoegaarden and Abbots Ale) and wine. The Sanlitun branch draws a late night crowd, while the Nanluoguxiang branch serves brunch, salads, and pizza in addition to fish and chips. Available for catering and events. Sun-Thu 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-4am. Sanlitun Houjie (around the corner from Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District. (6415 0119) http://www.

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Directories 鱼邦, 朝阳区三里屯后街 (青年酒吧附近) Fourteen Bistro Lounge Daily 11am11pm (reg. hours), Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. 14 Jiaodaokou Beisantiao, Dongcheng District. 东 城区交道口北三条14号 Hello Kitty Dreams Daily 10am-10pm. F408, Shimao Department Store, northwest corner of Gongti Beilu and Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8405 9021) Hello Kitty梦 幻主题餐厅, 朝阳区Hello Kitty 主题梦幻西餐 厅, 朝阳区工体北路和新东路路口西北角世贸 百货F408室 Let’s Seafood Mussels, whole fish, seafood salads and bouillabaisse at the sister restaurant of Let’s Burger. Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6038) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那里花园1层 MODO Urban Deli The former Modo has been revamped in a new space with seating for all-day dining and a deli counter featuring lunch boxes and dinner options for take-away. They offer delivery through Sherpa’s and Jinshisong, in addition to catering for office and home events. The dine-in menu encompasses the delicatessen range (soups, salads, cheese plates, sandwiches and burgers, a few pasta and main options). Daily 10.30am-10pm (last order). 3/F, Bldg 3, Taikoo Li South, 19 Sanlitun Rd, Chaoyang District. (6415 7207) www. 朝阳区三里屯路19号太古里南区3 号楼S10-31 New Verandah This chic Shunyi eatery serves a fusion of Western fare, with an emphasis on Dutch fare (the owner hails from Holland), from classic pizzas and pastas to extravagant seafood and meat mains while dining on the banks of the Wenyu River. Dishes include Zuurkool met Rozijntjes (sauerkraut with raisins stewed in white wine), bitterballen (a Dutch and Belgian fried appetizer) and Nasi Goreng. Choose from an extensive selection of wines and desserts. Lunch set menus are RMB 68 or 85 per person. Best of all, it has a huge play area for kids to enjoy, and is a great place for birthday parties. Tue-Sun 10am-9.30pm. 8 Laiguangying East Road (50m west of WAB international school), Chaoyang District. (8470 3821) http:// 长廊西餐厅, 朝阳区来广营东 路8号(京西国际学校往西50米) Orange Tree Bistro Daily 11am-11.30pm. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near Yandai Xiejie, north of Houhai lake), Xicheng District. (6401 7797) 橘 子树西餐, 西城区大石碑胡同27号(后海烟袋 斜街附近) The Orchard An institution among residents of residents of out-of-town expat hideout Shunyi, The Orchard comes highly recommended for its affordable menu of western food and emphasis on organic produce, with ample provision for little ones making it an ideal spot for family dining. The restaurant’s remoteness from the city center lends it added appeal as a retreat from the rough and tumble of urban life (although the surrounding village of Hegezhuang, which is also home to Green T. Living and the Yin Yang Community Center, is quickly gentrifying), but does make transportation something of a headache – finding a taxi back into town can be a challenge, so come equipped with a plan. The well-known Sunday brunch (11am-3pm) is RMB 210 a person. Children can relax with a video and enjoy the cushy chairs in the kids’ room, or head outside for a stroll around the lake with mom and dad. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3pm, 6-9pm. From Jingshun Lu, turn left (west) at Shunbai Lu Intersection, (turn at the driveway just west of the Hegezhuang Village Sign), Chaoyang District. (6433 6270) 果园, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各 庄村(过何各庄村路标往南转) Park Side Bar & Grill This family-friendly restaurant featuring a pleasant garden terrace is ideal for both dating or family dining. Burgers, steaks, wings, salads, sandwiches, steaks and other Western fare, complemented by a healthy wine list. Daily



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10am-late. 9-6 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6444 6555, info@ 园景, 朝阳区将台西路9-6号(珀丽酒店对面) Rosewood Bar and Grill Daily 8am-3am. 25-101 Pinnacle Avenue, Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (1043 4540, booking@ www.rosewoodbeijing. com Stuff’d This tiny British-style gastropub has a few tables on one end and a bar at the other, over which the boss chalks up the dishes on a giant board. The cottage pie with buttery green peas is the perfect comfort food, but if you want a light lunch try the Scotch egg served with homemade piccalilli pickles. Fish and chips comes with a trio of sauces and hand-cut, twice-cooked chips of distinction. BrewDog’s 77 Lager is available on draft and beer fans can sup a rare pint of English ale Pedigree. Daily (closed on Tuesdays) 11.30am-2.45pm, 6-10pm. 9 Jianchang Hutong (east of Yonghe Villas), Dongcheng District. (6407 6308) 东城区 箭厂胡同9号(近五道营胡同) Swiss Restaurant and Bar The sister restaurant of the adjacent Cafe Bellissimo, Swiss Bar has a Canadian head chef with over 40 years’ experience and offers a wide selection of Western food ranging from European, Australian and South American cuisines, as well as Muller beer from Switzerland. Daily 10am2am. Stall 567, Bldg 15, Bar Street, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan XiluChaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5905 1780 ext 804) 瑞士吧 西餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号SOLANA蓝色港湾 酒吧街15号楼567商铺 Temple Restaurant Beijing 23 Songzhusi Temple, Shatan Beijie, Dongcheng District. (8400 2232) 东城 区沙滩北街嵩祝寺23号 The English Tearoom Located behind Shunyi’s Beidong Flower Market, The English Tearoom is a quintessentially British, familyfriendly tearoom. The cafe prides itself on serving real tea in traditional English-style teapots, including black teas, green tea, rooibos, herbal and fruit teas (all imported from the UK). Visitors will also find gourmet coffee, fresh fruit juices, and smoothies. For food, there are traditional fresh-baked English scones and a selection of British cakes and biscuits. The light lunch menu includes sandwiches, salads, and specials like sausage rolls and Scotch eggs. There’s also an English afternoon tea and a generous English breakfast. The English Tearoom strives to use organic, local, and free-range produce whenever possible. The space is divided into the Main Tearoom and the Children’s Tearoom; the latter contains a large play area for tots to run around in. Parking is available outside the restaurant within the Chuangyi Yuan compound. Daily 10am-7pm. Inside Chuangyi Yuan, 1A Shunhuang Lu (near Scitech Outlets), Sunhe Township, Shunyi District. (8459 4407, 158 1099 8410 (English and Chinese)) 英国茶房, 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路甲1号创意园内( 近赛特奥特莱斯) The Local Bar & Grill This Belgian-inspired bar offers drinks like the Hendricks Tonic and Old Fashioned, which come with a 50mlplus pours. The beer selection is large and predominantly Belgian. Daily 11am-2am. Courtyard 4 (opposite west entrance of 1949 - The Hidden City), Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6591 9525, 134 8880 4794 (Kenn Bermel)) 朝阳区工体北路4号院(1949西门对面) The Pavillion Grill Azerbaijani-style kebabs and barbecue is the hallmarks of this fine dining restaurant from Chef William Bolton. There’s a good wine selection, and the bar offers a wellconsidered cocktail list combining classic drinks and the venue’s own appealing signatures. The dining room can be adapted to host events, and the outdoor garden is gorgeous. Daily 11am-11pm. Gongti Xilu (opposite west gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6551 6680) 朝阳区工体西路(工体西门对面) Time Cafe Five-star food at three-star prices.

The menu includes everything from Singapore fried noodles to fish and chips, but the twocourse business set lunch is one of the best deals in town. Daily 10am-3pm, 6-9pm. 1038, 3/F, Bldg 10, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3488) 食客 满源咖啡厅, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho10 号楼3层1038 Vineyard Cafe This hutong cafe, specializing in comfort food and comfy couches, is both hip and sensible, and their hearty English breakfasts are excellent weekend brunch fare. Good pizza and excellent beer selection. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, info@ 葡萄院 儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号 Vineyard Cafe on the River Waijiao Apartment, 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区新东路1号外交公寓亮马河南岸

French Boucherie Michel Opened by a young French butcher of the old school, this artisanal shop and restaurant has gained a wide following with its selection of high-grade beef, veal, lamb, and pork (50-110 RMB per kg). Patrons also recommend the pates, sausages (including merguez) and Parisian-style hams. Freshly roasted chicken, quiches, frozen dishes such as coq au vin, as well as a range of well priced French wines are also for sale. The small French restaurant upstairs delivers the same meat, now cooked, in a cozy checkeredtablecloth setting or, in season, on the curbside patio. Daily 9am-8pm. 1/F, Jiezuo Dasha, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0489, 米歇尔 肉店, 朝阳区幸福村中路杰座大厦底层 Brasserie Flo Superb, if pricey, French cuisine (the chateaubriand, in particular, is outstanding, and the wine list is good). This restaurant also has a pleasant playroom for children, complete with toys, arts and crafts, and, on weekends, an ayi keeping things real. Voted “Best French (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. 北京福楼餐厅, 朝阳区霄 云路18号 La Provence This French restaurant is one of the only ones of its kind in the greater Shunyi area. Offers a selection of wine and a French chef in the kitchen. 2/F Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 3536) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场二层 O’Steak The people behind Cafe de la Poste have come up with this French bistro haunt, which serves fare ranging from “guillotines” (brown slabs of toast with a variety of sweet and savory toppings) to “petit steak” served with sides of fries and salad. Also offers a wide selection of bottled and on-tap beers, as well as wine. Sun-Thu 11am-2pm, 6-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2pm, 6pm-late. 55 Xingfucun Zhonglu (opposite April Gourmet), Chaoyang District. 朝 阳区幸福村中路55号 Ouest Mon-Fri 6-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. 1) Inside Feihuayuan Qiche Dianyingyuan (Feihuayuan drive-in movie theatre), opposite North Gate of Chaoyang Park, 21 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6431 8165); 2) Inside Feihuayuan Qiche Dianyingyuan (Feihuayuan drive-in movie theatre), opposite North Gate of Chaoyang Park, 21 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6431 8165) 西 餐厅,法国美食, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路21号,朝阳 公园北门枫花园汽车电影院内; 2) 朝阳区亮马桥 路21号,朝阳公园北门枫花园汽车电影院内 Seasons Cafe/Creperie Madeleines are overrated; French children fill up on crepes. What’s not to like about a thin pancake wrapped around a favorite filling? And get this: You can expose your kid to art in one of the neighboring galleries before or after your meal. How’s that for a combo? Tue-Sun 10.30am6.30pm. 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu (beside China Art

Seasons), Dashanzi Art District, Chaoyang District. (8456 4823) 北京季节咖啡店, 朝阳区 酒仙桥路2号院内 Xiaoju Courtyard This Asian-French fusion restaurant located just off Dongzhimen Nanxiaojie serves French and Chinese cuisines and features a tapas bar and a wine bar. In the heart of Beijing’s hutong, Xiao Ju is the place where east meets west in the most exquisite yet down-to-earth form. They’ve also launched a sister venue, Xiaoju Bar, which shares a space with Irresistible Cafe on Mao’er Hutong. Tue-Sun, 11am-10pm. 40 Xiao Ju Hutong, Dongcheng District. (135 2008 9967) 东城区 小菊胡同40号

German Der Landgraf Based on the famous German restaurant dating back to 1639, this longrunning restaurant in Fangzhuang opened in 1999 and serves a range of German cuisine and a variety of imported German beers, from Pilsner, Lager and Weizen beer to Cologne Kölsch. The 700-sq-meter interior is designed to resemble a typical German pub with a barcounter in the middle of the restaurant and a large copper beer cooling system hanging from the ceiling serving fresh draft beer. Menu items include Munich sausage with sweet mustard, bockwurst, baked pork knuckle and more (full menu online). A second location is at The Great Wall at Badaling and features a 100-squaremeter dining room and terrace, as well as a German buffet. Available for special events and by reservation only (see website and contact the Fangzhuang store for more details). Daily 11am-1am. 2A Pufang Lu, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District. (6768 2664, landgraf@der-landgraf. com) 兰特伯爵, 丰台区方庄蒲芳路甲2号 Schindler’s Tankstelle A very traditional German restaurant, right in Ritan Park. This casual, fun eatery will appeal to the whole family, with excellent service and exceptionally kid-friendly food. Highchairs are available, but we recommend sitting outside on long benches, Bavarian beer hall-style so it doesn’t matter how much food gets on the floor. As far as the menu is concerned, it’s sausages, sausages, sausages. There are many different types that are generally healthy, low-fat and imported. Parents claims the mashed potato is the best in Beijing. Daily 10am-midnight. 15A Guanghua Lu (200m east of Ritan Park South Gate), Chaoyang District. (8562 6439) 申德勒德加油 站, 朝阳区光华路甲15号(日坛南门往东200米) South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube Provides over 20 varities of German and European rye, wheat and white breads (Alpenschpitz, Mohn Stange, Kaese Stange, toast bread and baguettes), along with tasty homemade cakes and sweets. Upstairs you’ll find Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube, a south German restaurant that offers great weekend breakfasts (Sat-Sun, 8.30am-3pm), business lunches, dumplings, sausages, sauerkraut, cheese noodles and hearty German dinners. Sandwiches and quality coffee also available. Available for private parties and events. Daily 9am-10pm (restaurant), 7am10pm (bakery). 27 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0201,, michael@ www.germanbakery. 德南面包房, 朝阳区朝阳公园路1号好 运街27号 Zeit Berlin Zeit Belin has an attractive menu complicated by an obscure address on the first floor of an unremarkable hotel. The owners are Chinese natives who lived in Berlin since the early 1970s and now intend to bring Berlin specialties into their German restaurant. Daily 11am-10pm. 1/F Royal Palace Hotel, 6 Xiaoyunli, Chaoyang District. (6461 8842) 朝阳 区霄云里6号诚宝饭店

Indian & Pakistani Ganges Indian Restaurant This is a good restaurant for the gastronomically adventurous.

Directories Spicy dishes can be cooked without the heat upon request (probably a good idea for the young ones). There’s a play area with two kids’ tables and chairs, plus books and crayons mixed in with other toys. For smaller diners, there are a few highchairs available. In a nutshell, this is delicious Indian food in a comfortable environment that won’t break your budget. Winner of “Best India/Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-11pm. 1) Stall 202, 2/F, Bldg 1, Shimao Department Store, 13 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0181); 2) 6/F, Wudaokou U-Center, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District.; 3) 2/F, Paddy O’Shea’s, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6417 0900); 4) 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 2999); 5) 5/B, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8353) 恒河印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区工体 北路13号世贸百货1号楼2层202; 2) 海淀区成府 路五道口U-Center6层; 3) 朝阳区东直门外大街 28号爱尔兰酒吧2层; 4) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸 天阶地下1层138A; 5) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国 际公寓底商5号 Khajuraho This cozy Indian restaurant menu includes some interesting dishes like Goanese prawn and pork vindaloo. The Bengali fish curry and the dal makhani are both creamy and pleasant. Seven combination meals are also available, offering significant saving options. Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Unit 1122-1-2, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8527 0464) 克久拉霍印度餐厅, 朝阳区工体北 路三里屯Soho 1122-1-2室 Moti Mahal Daily 11am-3pm, 5-10.20pm. Ritan Highlife, North Gate of Ritan Park, (near the North Korea Embassy), Chaoyang District. (8569 4554) 朝阳区朝阳区神路街39号院日坛公 园北门日坛上街2号楼130号 Royal Boat Offers typical Indian tea by cup or pot (three cups), made from different flavors of Assam, Darjeeling premium, CTC and Leaf Tea imported from India. Snacks vary from Soan Papri, Rosogolla, Marthri to Navrattan and Papad. A range of lassis and freshly-made natural fruit juice are available as well. Delivery available. Daily 11am-7pm. Rm 202, B1/F, Tower B, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District. (5935 9463) 星船印度吧, 朝阳区三里屯Soho B 座地下1层202号 Shree Kanchan’s Kitchen This Shunyi area restaurant serves authentic Indian food, including chicken tandoor, chicken tikka and a good range of curries, at decent prices. 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 8 Laiguangying Donglu (next to Western Academy of Beijing), Chaoyang District. (8470 1306/8, 136 0107 3978) 朝阳区来广营东路8号北京京西学校旁

Italian Annie’s Serves trattoria favorites like antipasto, soups, pastas and pizza. Parents give the restaurant gold stars for its numerous highchairs, while kids enjoy making their own small pizzas and playing in the well-stocked toy corners. Voted “Most Family Friendly” and “Best Italian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. Jiuxianqiao, Jiangtai Lu Shangye Jie, Chaoyang District. (6436 3735); 2) 1/F Ruisai Business Building (opposite Ascott Beijing), Chaoyang District. (6568 5890); 3) Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F Daimler Tower, 8 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (8476 0398); 4) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Tower AB, The Office Park (Yuanyang Guanghua International), 10 Jintong Xilu (near Central Park/The Place), Chaoyang District.; 5) 105, Bldg 3, China View, 2C Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1469); 6) Daily 11am-11pm. West Gate of Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8589 8366); 7) Daily 11am-11pm. Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (next to Chaoyang Park West Gate), Chaoyang District. (6591 1931); 8) Daily 11am-11pm. Across from Western Academy Beijing, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4768); 9) 11am-11pm. Unit 2-3-93, Ritan Highlife, (opposite north gate of Ritan Park),

39 Shenlu Jie, Chaoyang District. (8569 3031) 安妮意大利餐厅, 1) 朝 阳区酒仙桥将台路商业街; 2) 朝阳区瑞赛大厦 商务楼一层(北京雅诗阁服务公寓对面); 3) 朝 阳区望京街8号利星行广场奔驰展厅2层; 4) 朝 阳区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际AB座1楼(近新城 国际/世贸天阶); 5) 朝阳区工体东路丙2号中国 红街大厦3号楼105室; 6) 朝阳区建国路88号Soho 现代城西门; 7) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路(朝阳公 园西门); 8) 朝阳区来广营东路5号京西学校对 面; 9) 朝阳区神路街39号日坛公园北门对面日坛 上街2-3-93号 Elisa’s Italian Restaurant Fine Italian dining it ain’t, but that’s part of Elisa’s appeal if you ask us – decent food, decent prices. Instead of a romantic evening à la Lady and the Tramp, you’d best save Elisa’s for a casual group of family or friends. Menu features dishes ranging from capricciosa pizza to gnocchi and saltimbocca, a patrician meal of tender grilled veal escallops with fresh Parma ham and sage. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) 100m south of the Yansha Shopping Center, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6500 6407); 2) C6, 29 Zaoying Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0291/0292) 爱丽莎意大利餐厅, 1) 朝阳区东三 环北路(燕莎商场往南100米); 2) 朝阳区枣营路 29号好运街C6 La Dolce Vita Like its studied “Villa”-interior surroundings (white table cloths, cozy nooks, Mediterranean color scheme), the food at this long running Gongti area restaurant aims for authenticity. The pizza is prepared in a woodfired brick oven and the no-nonsense pasta gets rave reviews. Salads, brochette, fish dishes and beef filets (Bisteca Fiorentina) and desserts (tiramisu), among other items, round out the menu, and the venue is quite kid friendly (high chairs, friendly service). Voted “Outstanding Italian” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Free delivery within a 3km radius. Daily 10.30am10.30pm. 8 Bei Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (6468 2894) 甜蜜生活, 朝阳区新东路北段8号 Little Italy This Shunyi standby features a children’s play area enclosed in soundproof glass. Grownups can indulge in quiet conversation over pizza and salad while their kids shout and screech with abandon. The children’s menu includes pasta, chicken nuggets and milkshakes served in colorful kidsized dishes. Daily 10am-10pm. 813 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4679) http://www. 小意大利, 顺 义区天竺开发区荣祥广场813号 Napoli/Casablanca Despite its basement location, Napoli’s sunny, Mediterranean decor (white stucco walls and marine blue hues) should have you lighten your mood even before you’ve ordered. Friendly, thoughtful service and warm bread keep the optimism ticking over until your food arrives. Pizzas (large sizes RMB 58-85) account for around half of the menu, which also offers a range of Middle Eastern dishes. A cracker-thin base and fine balance of toppings versus cheese distinguished the Quattro Stagioni, but there are over ten other choices. Alternatives to pizza include penne and spaghetti (RMB 38-75), antipasti, lasagna and ravioli – just don’t go expecting a huge selection. A generous weekday lunch buffet includes an ample antipasti spread, salad, a choice of three mains (lasagna, pizza margherita or the daily special), a glass of wine, beer of soft drink and dessert served with coffee or tea goes for a most agreeable RMB 88. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-11pm. B1/F, Prosper Center, 5 Guanghua Lu (west of Kerry Centre), Chaoyang District. (6562 8576) 意大利那布勒 斯比萨, 朝阳区朝阳区光华路5号世纪财富中心 地下1层 Opera Bombana Lunch: 12:00am - 2:30pm, Afternoon Tea, Snacks & Aperitivo: 3pm - 10:30pm, Dinner: 6:00am ­10:30pm. LG2-21, B2/F, Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5690 7177,,, infobeijing@ 朝阳区东大桥路9号芳草地 底下2层LG2-21

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Directories Peter Pan This long-running restaurant does salads, pizza, pasta, homemade mozarella and barbecue. Three-course business set lunches go for RMB 58. 6465 1661. 5 Sanlitun Xiwujie, Chaoyang District. (11am-10.30pm, info@ 意大利餐厅, 朝阳区三里屯 西五街5号 Pie Squared 1/F, Bldg 1 (next to SWITCH! Cafe), Cathay View Plaza, 6 Xiangjiang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8430 8859) 朝阳区香江路6 号观唐广场1号楼1层 Shree Kanchan’s Pizza, Pasta and BBQ The name pretty much says it all about this place. River Garden Villa, Chaoyang District. (8046 1738, 8046 1739) 朝阳区裕京花园内 Tavola Italian Dining Excellent Neapolitanstyle Italian cuisine in a setting that works equally well for intimate dinners or group events. Business set lunch RMB 108-138. Voted “Outstanding Italian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. 2/F, The Grand Summit, Section B, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Mansion, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 5068) 塔沃拉意大利餐厅, 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马桥外交公寓会所2层

Japanese Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Watch and listen to your food as it sizzles and cooks to your preference. Haru impresses with sleek decor and the quality of the food. Kids will be entertained by the chefs flaming hot plates, and the large portion servings mean this is a great place to spend a few extra kuai on a family night out. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 1) Unit N4-30, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6415 2112); 2) 902 Pinnacle Plaza, Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 5112) 尚 水长廊铁板烧餐厅, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路11号院 (Village北区)能号楼三层N4-30单元; 2) 顺义区 天竺镇开发区荣祥广场902 Hatsune Reservations recommended at this American-style Japanese joint with a hip, minimalist decor. Standouts include the multitextured butterfly roll, as well as the popular “Motorola,” drizzled with wasabi mayonnaise. Weekday lunch bento box set meals are a fine deal at RMB 75. Voted “Best Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11:30-2:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM. B31 Kerry Center Shopping Mall, Guanghua Lu Rd, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6591 3939); 2) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. S830 (opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 3939); 3) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3939) 隐泉日本 料理, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区光华路一号嘉里中心商 场地下一 B31; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 Village南区8号楼S8-30; 3) 朝阳区光华路甲8号 和乔大厦C座2层 Koyama Japanese Cuisine Mon-Fri 11:30am1:30pm, 5:30-11pm; Sat-Sun, 11:30am-11pm. NLG16B-17, B1/F, Taikoo Li Sanlitun North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 5952) 小 山日本料理, 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯太古里 北区地下1层NLG16B-17 Mai The latest dining addition to The Westin Beijing Chaoyang offers traditional Japanese kaiseki ryori along with an exclusive selection of sake. There is a teppanyaki live cooking counter, where one can watch chefs preparing sizzling Japanese Wagyu beef, chicken, fresh vegetables and seafood. Mai also offers a sushi bar with sushi and sashimi. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, Sat-Sun 5.30pm-10.30pm. THE WESTIN BEIJING CHAOYANG 7 North Dongsanhuan Road, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880, Mai.chaoyang@ 舞日本料理, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环 北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店 Matsuko Serving up one of Beijing’s best known buffets since 1992, this chain of Japanese restaurant feeds hungry white collar types with its bountiful spread of sushi, sashimi, noodles and more. The daily lunch



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buffet (RMB 98, Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, RMB 108 Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm) features over 60 kinds of dishes, ranging from eel with teriyaki sauce and tempura shrimp to sushi rolls and desserts. Children under 110 cm eat for free. Be forewarned that the different branches charge different prices for the buffet. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am2pm,5-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 1) 78 Anli Lu (Subway Line 5 Datun Lu East Station), Haidian District. (5963 6663,; 2) 1/F, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8731 9890,; 3) 2/F, Jinglong Dasha, 225 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6509 8999,; 4) Baijiazhuang (south east corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 5208, li_juan1997@; 5) 39 Liangmaqiao Lu (opposite 21st Century hotel), Chaoyang District. (8453 4062, http://www.matsuko. 松子, 1) 海淀区 安立路78号(5号线大屯地铁站东); 2) 朝阳区 南新园西路8号龙头公寓南栋一层; 3) 朝阳区朝 阳北路225号京龙大厦2层; 4) 朝阳区星期五餐 厅对面松阪屋; 5) 朝阳区亮马桥39号(21世纪 饭店对面)

西走); 2) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓(将 台路和方园西路的十字路口); 3) 朝阳区工体东 路中国红街3号楼 Monster Pizza Daily 11am-10pm. 215, Wangxin Business Center, Lize Xijie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6478 5529) 蒙斯特比萨, 朝 阳区望京利泽西街望馨商业中心215号 New York Style Pizza The Shunyi branch of this Shanghai-based chain started by a native New Yorker serves pizza pies, NYC style, with frsh toppings and homemade crusts and sizes ranging from 16 to 20 inches (prices range from around RMB 100 and up). Pizza by the slice available. Free delivery within a 3-km radius. 11am-9pm. 7 Riverville Square, Shunyi District. (6450 8790) 顺义区温榆广场7号


Obentos Healthy, fresh bento delivery service. 106/107, Bdg 9, Central Park, Chaoyang District. (6597 0085/0223) 朝阳区新城国际,9号楼 106/107铺 Suzuki Kitchen Serving Western-influenced Japanese fare cooked by chefs from Tokyo. Try the homemade burger steak, fried pork rib rice and chicken Nanban. Tue-Sun 11am-10pm. 77 Xiao Ju’er Hutong (near Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6403 1518) 铃木食堂, 东 城区小菊儿胡同77号(近南锣鼓巷) Tairyo Teppanyaki The “Benihana of Beijing” specializes in all-you-can eat teppenyaki (RMB 150 for lunch, RMB 168 dinner) served up by knife-wielding chefs who slice and dice everything from beef and lambchops to cod filets and shrimp in front of you. Also serves sashimi and other assorted eats. The Sanlitun venue aims for a more upscale clientele and charges RMB 198 for all-you-can-eat-and-drink. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. 15 Wanliu Zhonglu, Haidian District. (8256 6044); 2) Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-11pm. S2-32, 3/F The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 8075, 6416 0075); 3) Daily 10am-1pm, 5-11pm. 305 China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1180/1); 4) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-11pm. 2/F, Yaxing Mansion, Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6461 2336); 5) Mon-Fri 10am-1pm, 5-11pm. Building E, Shenggu Jiayuan, Anzhen Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6444 8855/66) 大渔 铁板烧, 1) 海淀区万柳中路15号; 2) 朝阳区 三里屯路19号The Village at Sanlitun 南区,三层 S2-32; 3) 朝阳区工体东路中国红街305号; 4) 朝阳区麦子店街亚星大厦2层; 5) 朝阳区安贞 桥胜古家园E座 Takenosuke Mon-Fri 5-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am11pm. 5081, 5/F, Bldg D, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyang Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5869 1323) 武之助, 朝阳区朝外大街乙6号朝外Soho大 厦D座5楼5081室

Pizza Gung Ho! Pizza delivery service that positions itself as a cut above the competition, offering ten “gourmet” toppings featuring wine-soaked blackcurrants, fresh pesto and New Zealand mozzarella. Voted “Outstanding Pizza” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) 10-9 Fuli City Xingguang Avenue(West of the Beijing Capital Renaissance Hotel), Chaoyang District. (5876 5262); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. Shop 2, Hairun International Apartments, corner Jiangtai Lu and Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8557); 3) Daily 11am-midnight. Bldg. 3, China View, (rear side, opposite City Hotel), Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1404/1370) 叫板披萨, 1) 朝阳区富力城, 星光大道10-9(富力大酒店网

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

Singaporean & Malaysian Lau Pa Sak Bustling Singaporean outlet that serves “hawker” street food indoors. Fans rave about the beef rendang, laksa noodles, spicy nasi goreng fried rice and condensed milk coffee. Oh, and the curry puffs! Daily 11am10.30pm. Xindong Lu (opposite Canadian Embassy), Chaoyang District. (6417 0952) 老巴 刹, 朝阳区新东路加拿大使馆对面 Malacca Legend This elaborate Malaysian restaurant boasts serene water views and zesty Southeast Asian cuisine. Also offers catering services and delivery in the Shunyi area. 1) Daily noon-10pm. 1/F Building B, Ocean International Center, 58 Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 0075); 2) Daily 11am10pm. On the banks of Luoma lake, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 8902) 马六甲传奇, 1) 朝 阳区东四环路58号远洋国际中心B座1层; 2) 顺义 区后沙峪镇罗马湖畔 Nyonya Kitchen Peranakan cuisine at its finest, and if you don’t know what that is, no problem. The owners seek to instruct and offer up spices and curry pastes fresh from Malaysia. 1) 6505 0376. B1/F (near the Line 10 Subway entrance), China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 11am9.30pm. Across from Gaojiayuan Middle School, opposite the Lido Hotel, Chaoyang District. (6433 7377) customize/mlkitchen/index.php 娘惹厨房, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城B1楼; 2) 朝阳 区高家园中学丽都饭馆对面 Orient Kitchen This large, split-level restaurant delivers crowd-pleasing Chinese and South-Asian food in a classy environment. The contemporary interior fuses traditional elements like pillars hand-painted in attractive Chinese style with sleek, jet-black tables and chairs. The

open kitchen adjacent to the entrance turns out tasty plates at reasonable prices, from a Hainan chicken rice set to Thai style shrimp salad, lemongrass chicken wings, curry noodle soups, laksa and more. The Orient Kitchen is a family friendly restaurant, with a Juniors Club that hosts regular events for little ones. 1) 10am11pm. 3 Jinrong Jie (Across from the Financial Street Shopping Center), Xicheng District. (6622 0072); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. S4-31, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4070) 小城知味, 1) 西城区金融街3号,金融街购物中心对面; 2) 朝阳 区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区4号楼S4-31 The Niah The Niah’s elegant wooden dining room and open-air porch sit between the lake and the fountain at Dragon Bay, allowing diners to enjoy the sight and sound of the water. The menu offers Quality Malaysian food at reasonable prices. Try the Thai chicken salad and curry laksa mee noodles, as well as their lemon soda, and finish your meal with mango sago – a nice treat that won’t leave you stuffed. Daily 10am-10pm. Unit 2, Bldg 7, Lakeview Place, Dragon Bay Villa, Shunyi District. (8042 2263) 旎亚那, 顺义区后沙峪镇沙浴环路7号 楼2单元 The Yard This sister restaurant of Nyonya Kitchen oozes elegance and charm. Its menu satisfies even the most traditional of Malaysian palates. With service as refined as the setting, this is a truly affordable culinary pleasure. Daily 11am-10pm. 3/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8049 9449 / 135 2188 6500, http:// 庭院餐厅, 顺义区天竺镇 裕翔路99号欧陆广场3层

Spanish Migas Restaurant & Lounge Headed by chefs from Spain and decorated with Miro-esque paintings, this stylish restaurant serves up a wide selection of modern Spanish tapas with a good wine selection. Enjoy the views from the terrace on white egg-shaped seats surrounded by green cactus. Voted “Outstanding Spanish” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-3pm, 5-11pm. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6061) 米家思, 朝阳区 三里屯路81号那里花园6层

Taiwanese Bellagio See and be seen at these Taiwanese hipster eateries, perfect for late night sweet treats (shaved ice with mango, anyone?), divine claypot tofu, and the splendidly numbing Chongqing lazi ji. The Gongti branch’s compelling people-watching offers a tasty respite from a long evening of dancing at the nightspots nearby. And any place that gives all its staff a compulsory basin haircut has to be worth a visit, right? Voted “Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken” and “Best for Late Night Dining” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-4am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 9988); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. Rm 6, 5/F, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 8075); 3) Daily 11am-4am. 6 Gongti Xilu, south of the Gongti 100 Bowling Alley, Chaoyang District. (6551 3533); 4) Daily 11am-10pm. R-25 Zhongguancun Plaza, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1340); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 6F-19, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6529); 6) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Bldg 1, 16 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8476 4645); 7) Daily 11am2am. Bldg 4, Area 2 Anhui Beili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6489 4300); 8) Daily 11am10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5658) 鹿港小镇, 1) 朝阳区霄云路35号; 2) 东城区东直门南大街1号 5层6号; 3) 朝阳区工体西路6号(工体100南边); 4) 海淀区中关村大街15号中关村广场商业步行街 R-25号; 5) 西城区西单北大街131号6F-19号; 6) 朝阳区广顺大街16号院1号楼1层; 7) 朝阳区亚运 村安慧北里2区4号楼(炎黄艺术馆斜对面); 8) 朝 阳区建国路87号新光天地6层 Chamate Taiwanese dim sum chain serves lunch specials and afternoon tea in branches

Directories all over town. 10am-10pm. 1) Jianwai Soho, 39 Donsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5900 0758); 2) SB127B, B1 China World Trade Center, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 6278); 3) 3/F Jia Mao Shopping Center, Xihuan Guangchang, 1 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (5830 2335); 4) B1 Juntai Baihuo Shopping Center, 133 Xidan Bei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6615 7040); 5) B1 Dongfang Xintiandi, 1 Dong Chang’an Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6067); 6) B2-07 Oriental Kenzo, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8447 6250); 7) 3/F Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1428); 8) B1 Beijing apm, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 0295) 一茶一坐, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路39 号建外SOHO; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区建国门外大街1号 国贸商城B1楼SB127B; 3) 西城区西城区西直门外 大街1号西环广场嘉茂购物中心3楼; 4) 西城区西 城区西单北大街133号君太百货B1楼; 5) 东城区 东城区东长安街1号东方新天地B1楼; 6) 朝阳区 朝阳区东直门外大街48号东方银座B2-07号; 7) 朝阳区朝阳区建国路87号新光天地3楼; 8) 东城 区东城区王府井大街138号北京apmB1楼 Golden Spoon Taiwanese Food If you like Bellagio, then you’ll like this place too. Crystal chandeliers and velvet plush chairs, greattasting dishes and an extensive desert menu, all at a reasonable price. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. 5/F, South Place, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1472); 2) B104-105 (basement level of Mei Mei shopping center), Bldg C, Goldfield Center, 91 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8571 2398) 金汤匙私房菜, 1) 朝阳区光华路9 号世贸天阶南街5层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区建国路91 号金地中心C座地下一层B104-105 Shin Yeh Long-established Taiwanese chain that expanded to Beijing in 2005. Menu runs the gamut from budget to blowout, and the authentic ingredients from Taiwan keep people coming back. Try the five-flavor squid (wuwei youyu) or the salty-crisp chicken (yansu ji) – tempura chicken strips sprinkled with salt and pepper. Daily 11am-10pm. 4/F, Xinzhongguan Shopping Center (The Gate City Mall), 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6288) 欣叶, 海淀区中关村大街19号新中关购 物中心4层 Taipei Kitchen This small and humble eatery blends the down home atmosphere of a Taiwanese cafe with a French bistro set to a Brazilian soundtrack. The menu offers solid Taiwanese cuisine ranging from Taiwanese sausage, braised oyster with black bean and Hakka stir-fry. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 9 Yonganli Xijie (behind the New China Insurance Building), Chaoyang District. (5717 4863) 台北 厨坊, 朝阳区永安里西街9号(新华保险后) Yammy Restaurant This restaurant serves Taiwanese dishes using light flavors and in a delicate setting, with attentive and considerate service. 1) Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F, Furama Hotel, 39 Maizidian Xijie, Chaoyang District. (6584 8008); 2) Daily 11-10. 1 Tianyunge, Tianzhu Garden, Chaoyang District. (6458 3218) 小红番 薯, 1) 朝阳区麦子店西街39号富驿时尚酒店1楼; 2) 朝阳区天竺花园天韵阁1号

Thai Baan Chokdee Authentic Thai home cooked dishes served in a comfortable, relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. Daily 10am-10pm. Basement floor, Jiamao Shopping Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (6471 2638) 泰韵, 朝阳区广顺北大街33号嘉茂购物中 心地下一层 Bali Papaya Bali Papaya offers authentic Indo-Thai cuisine in a venue sporting wooden décor paired with bright colors, contemporary Gamelan music and Indonesian and Thai art. The flavors on offer are akin to the real deal try the refreshing Thai Beef Salad with its zing of lemongrass and cilantro and the Indonesian Fried Rice set, which includes fried egg and chicken, along with tender peanut sauced chicken satay. The Thai Green Curry comes with a kick (rice, however, is not included). Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun

Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5208 6029) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园2层 Bali Thai Specialized in handling event needs, including catering meals, arrangements and decoration, and bar services. Also offers Indonesian and Thai food. Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Raffles City Mall, 1 Dongzhimennan Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 4356) http://www. 巴厘泰, 东城区东直门南大街1 号來福士中心5层 Cafe Lakeside Versatile enough for a family meal or romantic night by the lake, this colorful cafe serves a mixture of European and Southeast Asian fare. Kids – and their parents – will love the playroom. Great wine selection as well. Daily 11.30am-10pm. 15 Luoma Dajie, Luogezhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8048 3466) 湖畔之家, 顺义区后沙峪罗各庄罗马大 街15号 Lan Ting Wed-Sun noon-10pm. 78 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6403 3472) 蘭, 东城区五道营胡同78号 Lemongrass Thai and Indian Restaurant This restaurant is conveniently located near China World Mall and serves good Thai and Indian food at relatively cheap prices, and the friendly wait staff makes the dining experience easier for families with young children. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) 17 Jianguomenwai Dajie, behind the Friendship Store, Chaoyang District. (6591 3100, 6586 3150); 2) 1/F, Jinzhiqiao Dasha, 1A Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 3855) 柠檬叶泰印餐厅, 1) 朝阳 区建国门外大街17号友谊商店后; 2) 朝阳区建国 门外大街甲1号金之桥大厦1层 Pak Pak Thai Kitchen Susu’s Amy Li has done it again with Pak Pak, which specializes in simple, classic Thai cuisine like pad thai, shrimp dragon bean salad, Thai milk tea, and more. Prices are fair, and the location is perfect for the business lunch or after-hours work crowd. Features ample, comfortable seating and good service. Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.309.30pm. 2/F Daimler Tower, 8 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (8476 0166) 喜悦泰餐, 朝 阳区望京街8号利星行广场奔驰展厅裙楼2楼 Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar Thai cuisine served amongst purple hues. Books, coffee and Wi-Fi create the perfect atmosphere for a lazy afternoon. Wednesday night jazz at the China View location. Consistent winner of Best Thai/ Southeast Asian in the Beijinger Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11.30pm. Opposite the north gate of the Workers’ Stadium (in the small alley behind the ICBC Bank), Chaoyang District. (6413 0899, 8774 6387, purplehaze@ 紫 苏庭, 朝阳区工体北门对面胡同工商银行后 Serve the People This long-running Thai restaurant has a loyal crowd and the Sanlitun branch has a pleasant terrace. Menu items include mango salad, green chicken curry, pad thai and tom kha gai (coconut chicken soup, a blend of spicy, sour and sweet). The more spacious Shunyi location is elegantly decorated and overlooks a small lake, with a small lawn and kid’s playground equipment on the grounds, making it suitable for families and private parties. Voted “Outstanding Thai” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. Feijiacun Yuan, 8 Laiguangying Donglu (near the Cuigezhuang police station), Chaoyang District. (8470 4792); 2) Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 1 Sanlitun Xiwujie (next to Athena), Chaoyang District. (8454 4580) 为人民服务, 1) 朝阳区来广营东路8号 费家村院(近崔各庄派出所); 2) 朝阳区三里屯 西五街1号 Sukhothai Daily 11am-11pm. 41 Ju’er Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (8402 6940) 东城区南锣鼓巷菊儿胡同41号 Thai Express Daily 11am-10.30pm. 1/F, International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1073) 心心泰厨, 朝阳 区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐部1层 Thyme Space Shunyi restaurant features a lawn, multiple floors, funky decor (i.e. hanging oversized birdcages) and a menu serving

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Directories Thai-style rice noodles, beef satay, curries and Western dishes. 3 Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe, Shunyi District. (8459 5868) 顺义区孙河乡顺 黄路3号

chosen craft beers. Daily 10.30am to 11.30pm (last order 10.30pm).. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6446 2073) 吃素的, 东城 区五道营胡同19号

Very Siam Treat yourself to Thai at this exquisite establishment. Capacity to host parties of up to 30 people. English menu available. Voted “Outstanding Thai” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 10A Xinyuan Xili Dongjie (in the alley northwest of Yuyang Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8451 0031); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 4/F Yihai Hongze Shopping Mall, northeast corner of Dongdaqiao Intersection, Chaoyang District. (6586 8248) www.verysiam. com 非常泰, 1) 朝阳区新源西里东街甲10号渔阳 饭店西北胡同内; 2) 朝阳区东大桥十字路口东北 角易海宏泽商场4层

Tianchu Miaoxiang Vegetarian Tianchu Miaoxiang, which opened in 2003, is dedicated to making meat-free dishes to promote healthy diets and humanitarianism. The menu is well-organized and extensive. The menu mainly focuses on Chinese dishes, but also serves vegetarian pizza, “steak” and pasta made from beancurd, gluten, and mushrooms. Suzhong sanwei (素中三味) – a “three flavor” combination of sausage, fish and duck – is a perfect example of Buddhist mock meat dish. Another one is heijiao niuliu (黑椒牛柳), the most popular dish. This is a fillet of “beef” sauteed with green and red bell peppers with a wonderful black pepper sauce. We were curious about the South Pole algae salad (姜 汁南极藻 jiangzhi nanjizao) tossed in balsamic dressing, and found that the seaweed has a crunchy texture akin to jellyfish. There are numerous other dishes worth trying: pumpkin steamed with lilies and ginko (福果百合蒸南瓜 fuguo baihe zheng nangua), taro with pumpkin casserole (香芋南瓜煲 xiangyu nangua bao), seared mushrooms with hot chilies on hot iron plate (铁板米椒杏鲍菇 tieban mijiao xingbaogu), and dry-wok bamboo shoots (干锅青笋 ganguo qingsun).English menu available. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Chuangye Bldg, Qinghua Keji Yuan, Haidian District. (6279 7078, tianchubj@; 2) 10am-10pm. Ste 260, 2/F, Tower D, Chaowai SOHO, Chaoyang District. (5900 1288, www. 天厨妙香素食, 1) 海淀区清华科技 园创业大厦一层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区朝外大街乙6 号朝外SOHO大厦D座2楼0260号

Vegetarian Amazing A vegetarian option in Shunyi. Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. 顺义区荣祥广场 Baihe Vegetarian More than the sum of its parts, Lily Vegetarian (formerly Vanilla Garden) is a great place to enjoy vegetarian cuisine, sip imported organic coffees and herbal teas, or just hang out. Also boasts helpful and attentive staff, an English menu, desserts, and wireless Internet access. Since Lily does not follow monastic traditions, diners are not forbidden the pungency of onion and garlic in these pleasant restaurants. Try the suchang “sausage”; baochao sanding, a stir-fry of diced carrots, “meat” and cashews; jiangxiang candou, a stir-fry of lima beans with minced “meat”; and qianceng bing, layered pancake with thyme. Don’t miss the hot plum tea. Daily 11am-10pm. 23A Caoyun Hutong, Dongzhimennei Beixiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6405 2082) 百合素食, 东 城区东直门内北小街,草园胡同甲23号 Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar Elaine’s quaint little garden supplies generous portions of Chinese vegetarian fare. The selection of over 100 well-portioned dishes, including the requisite imitation meat dishes (including imitation “duck,” recreated soy “chicken” and sizzling bogus “beef”) are popular with both vegetarian and carnivorous diners. Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar. Walk 800m along the banks of Luoma Lake, 100m north of Luoma Roundabout, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8048 5088/5566) 素心小筑, 顺义区后沙峪镇罗 马环岛向北100米左转, 沿罗马湖畔800米 Jing Fun Veggie Cafe Serves international cuisine using no artificial ingredients or MSG in a clean and sleek environment. The menu features dishes made from mushrooms and other pure and natural ingredients. They also make their own tempeh and eggless cake. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Bishui Yuntian, Wanliu Zhonglu, Haidian District. (8256 5205, jingfancafe@ 净饭, 海淀区万柳中路碧水云天 底商1号楼(海淀国税局西) King’s Joy Daily 10am-10pm. 2 Wudaoying Hutong, Yonghegong, Dongcheng District. (8404 9191) 京兆尹, 东城区雍和宫五道营胡 同2号 Natural Vegetarian Lohas This large Buddhist-themed vegetarian restaurant serves mock meat renditions of pepper steak, hui guo rou (twice cooked pork), fried dumplings, papaya cake and more made from all-natural ingredients and no MSG. 14-9, District 1, Anhui Li, Chaoyang District. (6492 7559) 博味堂自然 素食, 朝阳区朝阳区安慧里1区14-9号 The Veggie Table The shiitake mushroom burger would bully many of Beijing’s beefy sandwiches out of the ballpark. Sesame studded, stodgy whole-wheat bread encloses a fat, herby ‘shroom patty, served with deliciously crispy “baked” home fries and coleslaw cut by someone who understands the stuff. Other big hitters included a shocking pink beet salad spiked with crunchy walnuts, hummus thick like nearly-set cement, and ajvar, a paste of eggplant, onion and red pepper spread on dark rye bread. The dal bhat, served with organic brown rice, is another gutsy, flavor-packed dish, best washed-down with one of the well-



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Yunnan Dali Renjia It’s what restaurants taste like in Yunnan. It’s humble and cheap. Try their meaty jizong mushrooms fried with chilli (RMB 22), unfurled jasmine flowers with egg (RMB 18), and the hei sanduo (RMB 18) and the tilapia fish (RMB 36). No English menu (yet). Daily 10.30am-11pm. Baochao Hutong (100m north of Gulou Dongdajie), Dongcheng District. (8402 2479) 大理人家, 东城区东城区宝钞胡同80号( 鼓楼东大街往北走100米) Hani Gejiu From the robust, no-nonsense wooden tables of its interior to its fresh and simple fare, this Yunnan spot features eats made with a mother’s care. The menu sprouts Hani minority classics like tofu skin dishes and fried goat cheese, with a focus on rice noodle entrees coupled with a variety of soups and toppings. Daily 11am-10pm. 48 Zhonglouwan Hutong (east of the Bell Tower), Dongcheng District. (6401 3318) 哈尼个旧餐厅, 东城区钟 楼湾胡同48号 In & Out Staffed by various ethnic minorities of Yunnan decked out in their traditional costumes, this airy three-floor Lijiang-themed restaurant is popular with locals and Sanlitun embassy-area foreigners alike. The seasonally rotating menu boasts Dai favorites such as fried potato balls and rice with pineapple, along with a mish-mash of Naxi, Bai, and Wa minority staples including Xishuangbanna roast fish bundled with lemongrass, and rich, leathery Shangri-La dried beef. Voted “Outstanding Yunnan” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8454 0086/6467 5235) 一坐一忘, 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 Little Yunnan Located in a well-preserved courtyard near the old imperial wall, this restaurant offers Yunnan dishes with a cozy setting, perfect for friendly gatherings or a romantic night out. They also serve great home-brewed rice wine. Voted “New Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-midnight. 28 Donghuangchenggen Beijie, Dongcheng District. (6401 9498,,, littleyunnan 小云南, 东城区东黄城根北街28号

Lost Heaven A hip new Yunnan restaurant and bar that’s set to liven up Chi’enmen 23 with crowd-pleasing ethnic minority cuisine and great drinks. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-1am (kitchen closes at 10.30pm). Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8516 2698) 花马天堂, 东城区前门东大街23号 Xiangcao Xiangcao Yunnan Hotpot This Yunnan-style hot pot chain specializes in Junwangqi hotpot (菌王奇香锅) and tofu platters (豆腐拼盘). The Haidian store is called the “Dali branch,” while the large, 1,000-sqm CBD store is called the “Lijiang Branch.” 10am11pm. 1) 2/F Mingshang Building, 55 Suzhou Jie (near west gate of People’s University), Haidian District. (8262 1976, 8261 8299); 2) 2/F Xiashing Guoji Zhongxin (below Tumaris), 237 Chaoyang Beilu (south of and across the street from Chaoyang Hospital East Gate), Chaoyang District. (6585 1976) 香草香草云南原 生态火锅, 1) 海淀区海淀区苏州街55号名商大厦 2楼(近人民大学西门); 2) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳北 路237号复星国际中心2楼(朝阳医院东门斜对面)

Family Health Clinics & Hospitals 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 New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Multilingual services are offered on a 24hr basis, consultations 9am-9pm. Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊部, 顺义区天竺镇丽苑 街荣和商业中心 Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital (NCICH) This hospital provides affordable pediatric care at international standards: qualified doctors and nurses, private and safe family rooms and imported equipment. English speaking staff offers a full range of children’s health care services on a 7/24 basis. Mon-Sun 8am-5pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu (next to the East Gate of the Beijing Children’s Hospital), Xicheng District. (6802 5588) 北京新世纪 国际儿童医院, 西城区南礼士路56号 (北京儿童 医院东门南侧) Beijing New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) With 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 1) 8am-4pm. 17 Qihelou, Dongcheng District. (6525 0731); 2) 251 Yaojiayuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8597 6699) 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 Puhua International Clinic Beijing Puhua International Clinic’s unique services include orthopedic and trauma surgery conforming to European standards. They also offer physical rehabilitation, an eye clinic with certified US ophthalmologist, a chiropractic clinic, comprehensive family medical services, a Western-style pharmacy, and emergency services. The clinic offers services in English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Filipino, Amharic, and Taiwanese. Conveniently located in Jinsong, the center has free parking available for customers. Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. 54 Wusheng Beilu, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (8773 5522, 5245 2585 (24hr hotline)) www.puhuaclinic. com 北京普华门诊, 朝阳区东三环武圣北路54号 Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics (BJU) offers international-standard care to thousands of Beijing’s expatriate and Chinese families. BJU features an international team of doctors from more than 20 countries and since 2005, it has been consistently re-accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Since 1997, BJU’s multilingual staff has provided professional expertise with heartfelt care. The hospital and clinics offer a full range of medical services. In addition to departments of family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and dentistry, BJU has attracted top medical professionals in cardiology, neurology, internal medicine, dermatology, psychological health, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, integrative medicine, ophthalmology and ENT. Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7000, 5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) www. 北京和睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Hospital Rehabilitation Hospital Beijing United Family Hospital’s newest facility offers everything from physical and occupational therapy to pediatric, neurological, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and TCM in a state-of-the-art facility featuring hydrotherapy facilities, an ICU, individual therapy rooms, hyperbaric and atmospheric oxygen chambers and an international team of specialists. 24 Hours. 1 Yaojiayuan Bei Erlu (South gate of Dongfeng Park, northwest corner of Yaojiayuan North 2nd Road and Qingnian North Road intersection), Chaoyang District. (8558 1800, 北京和睦家康复医院, 朝阳区朝阳区姚 家园北二路1号(姚家园北二路与青年北路交叉口 西北角,东风公园南门) Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital Daily 24hrs. 1 Yaojiayuan Bei’er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8558 1800) cn 北京和睦家康复医院, 朝阳区姚家园北二 路1号 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@, 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

Directories 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 8am8pm, 24h emergency services. 24 Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8776 9899, 800 810 8911, 6770 5558) www. 北京五洲妇儿医院, 朝阳区望 路西大24号, 朝阳区 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 Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system, high-level medical staff, and warm service. A 24hr helpline offers medical support in English, Chinese and Japanese, and other languages on request. A basic consultation costs RMB 680. Direct billing with over 50 international insurers. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm nurse on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissôtel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (65532288 ext 2345/6/7, 6553 9752) 北 京港澳国际医务诊所, 东城区北京港澳国际医 务诊所,朝阳门北大街2号港澳中心瑞士酒店办 公楼9层 International Medical Center (IMC) IMC was the first expatriate medical institution in Beijing. A multilingual clinic with a full range of medical services including Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Endoscopy and Surgery & Orthopedics. Other services include Dental Services, TCM & Acupuncture, Physiotherapy and Psychological services. The department of Emergency Care at IMC is open 24/7 with all board certified foreign doctors on site. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, marketing@imcclinics. com) 北京国际医 疗中心, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼 1层S106 International SOS One of the world’s leading international healthcare, medical and security assistance company with 66% of the world’s Fortune 500 companies choosing International SOS. Since 1989, International SOS has led international-standard medical care in China, with a 24/7 alarm center hotline, a dedicated air ambulance, four international quality clinics staffed with expat and foreign doctors and 200+ network of medical service partners. International SOS Beijing clinic is the city’s leading family practice and specialist services clinic, represented by 15 nationalities, including English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese-speaking doctors. Offers 24/7 Emergency Services, GP, Pediatrics, Gynecology, specialists, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Optometry. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100, china.inquiries@ www.internationalsos. com, 北京国际救援中 心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室 OASIS Family Counseling Center OASIS International Hospital’s Family Counseling Center offers counseling services for anxiety, depression, child development, life transitions, parenting, personal growth, premarital and marital issues, stress management, and trauma.

There are two counselors: Regina Ho (Australia) and Dr. Catherine Hsu (US), whose specialties are relationship counseling and childhood and pediatric counseling respectively. Services are available in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30pm.. Oasis International Hospital, 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 87 62747) 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号明德医院 OASIS International Hospital OASIS is a full-service private hospital. Their international medical team provides patient-centered care in a modern facility designed for comfort, safety and privacy. OASIS offers attentive service in a soothing environment and expert medicine backed by leading technology, including the most advanced MRI and CT scans available from a private hospital in China. The hospital currently provides services in family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and dentistry. Direct billing is available for many insurance providers. Daily 24hrs (emergency care), Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm, Sun 8.30-12.30am. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) www. 明德医院, 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号 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. MonFri 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) 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 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 9.30am6.30pm. Suite 3017, Bldg AB, Vantone Center, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5907 1266) 和睦家朝外诊所, 朝阳 区朝阳门外大街6号万通中心AB座2层3017室 United Family Home Health Daily 8:30am5:00pm. New Hope Oncology Center, 2/FNo. 9-11 Jiangtai W. RdNear Fangyuan W.Rd, Chaoyang District. (5927 7333, homehealth@ 和睦家家

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Directories 庭医疗, 朝阳区和睦家家庭医疗和睦家启望肿瘤 中心二层地点:丽都将台西路9-11号近芳园西路 United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center is a satellite clinic of BJU located in the St. Regis complex in the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District. The clinic makes high-quality healthcare accessible to CBD residents and employees. It offers integrative medicine, family counseling services, and provides health checkups for immigration purposes. Mon-Fri 8.30am-12pm,1pm-3.30pm. B1/F, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1221; 8532 1678 (immigration clinic)) 和睦家建国门保健中心, 朝阳 区建国门外大街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店公寓 楼地下1层 United Family Liangma Clinic United Family Liangma Clinic serves Beijing’s diplomatic area, providing internationally-accredited Family Medicine services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. 2/F, Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7005) www. 和睦家亮马诊所, 朝阳区东方东路19 号1号楼会所27号(外交人员公寓B区官舍16号) United Family New Hope Center The United Family New Hope Center offers a unique new concept in international-standard cancer treatment. New Hope’s goal is to provide patients with the most up-to-date treatment options from a multidisciplinary team of oncologists, specialist physicians, and healthcare professionals. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. 9-11 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7008) 和睦家启望中心, 朝阳 区朝阳区将台西路9-11 United Family Shunyi Clinic United Family Shunyi Clinic serves Beijing’s suburban area and international school district with internationally-accredited family medicine, pediatrics, rehabilitation (physical therapy), psychological counseling, Traditional Chinese Medicine, laboratory, and pharmacy services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. The Shunyi Clinic is a satellite facility of BJU. Like other BJU satellite facilities, the Shunyi Clinic strictly adheres to Joint Commission International (JCI) and international infection control standards. MonThu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) 和睦家顺义诊 所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场806号

Dentists Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry provides general dentistry (cleaning, crowns, fillings, etc.), periodontal disease treatment, children’s dental care, implants, orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Experienced, multilingual specialists from Japan and China provide worldclass care, consultations and treatment for various dental problems, using imported and modern dental equipment. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24-hour house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (84446168(English/ Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) 朝 阳区亮马桥路甲40号21世纪大厦1-2楼 Beijing United Family Hospital Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for families, including cleaning, crown and bridges, dental implants, fillings, tooth whitening and more. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7058) 北京和睦 家医院牙科, 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing Vista Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services including teeth cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Daily 8.30am6pm. Level 3, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉 里中心三层 IDC Dental Standing for International Standards, Dedicated Professionals and Compassionate Care, IDC is a multi-specialty clinic offering a broad spectrum of family and restorative dental care. Experts in cosmetic makeovers and CT-guided implant surgeries. A certified clinic with Progressive Orthodontics and Beijing’s only Western-trained root canal specialist. Multi-tier pricing. IDC is a Preferred Provider with CIGNA, Allianz, and MediLink. Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 209, Bldg 7, Yard 9, Richmond Park Clubhouse, Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6538 8111, info@ IDC国际 齿科中心, 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7号楼209室 IMC Dental Clinic IMC-Beijing has the longest history of expatriate dental service in Beijing, state of the art equipment, and certified welltrained dentists. Services include: cleaning, filling, fluoride treatment, implants, canal therapy, orthodontics, crowns and bridges, tooth extraction, Invisalign, periodontics, space maintainers, and X-ray. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1384, 6465 1328, http://www., 北京 国际医疗中心牙科诊所, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕 莎中心写字楼1层S111 International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers. Mon-Sat 9am5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) www. 国际SOS齿科,畸齿矫正诊所, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室

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



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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 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

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. (135 2199 1702, www.

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

Special Child Support Group This Yahoo group offers a meeting place for Beijing parents with special-needs children. Call 5130 3931 for info. (special_child_beijing-subscribe@ group/special_child_beijing/

Support Groups Beijing Homeschoolers A support network, information source and social hub for families homeschooling their children. http://groups. 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.” http:// 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. Contact Liora (139 1030 6022, http://health.groups. 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 “An open forum for parents of kids 8 yrs old and older living in China to share and connect on the challenges and joys of raising older kids here. A place where you can come and and get answers to questions unique to kids that are in between (tween) childhood and teenage-hood, and those interesting teen years.Share an experience; a place you’ve been to recently with your tween/teen that they loved; shops that actually carry clothes that are the right size and aren’t branded with a character; how to handle first crushes? It’s all open!” (ChinaMamas_tweensnteens@yahoogroups. com, ChinaMamas_tweensnteens-subscribe@ group/ChinaMamas_tweensnteens/ Families with Children from China Network of foreign families who have adopted or seek to adopt orphans in China. (janeliedtke@yahoo. com, La Leche League Information and support for breastfeeding mothers. Chinese-language meetings held the second Saturday of each month at 10.30am. (,

Family Life Community Groups and Organizations Beijing Foodies The self-professed motive of this group is to “eat a nice meal and catch up with real people and friends outside the clubbing-disease people all suffer from called Vics/Mix.” One will find some of the savviest and most interesting Beijingers at this this open group that meets the first Sunday of the month. Food and charity themes change each month Meets on the first Sunday of each month. Locations subject to change every month, Chaoyang District. (bjfoodies@gmail. com) International Newcomers’ Network A networking and information resource for all newcomers to Beijing. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except December. Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, 朝阳区新源南路6号京城大 厦康乐中心3层 InterNations Beijing Billing itself as the biggest expat community in the world, InterNations has more than 10,000 members and organizes 30 monthly activities in Beijing. These include family-friendly events, outdoor trips, cultural activities, sport clubs, and social gatherings. (131 6155 1870, 131 6186 4904, www. Russian Cultural Center Interested in russian language and culture? Searching for a piece of Russia in Beijing? Russian Cultural Center is a right place to start your “way to Russia”!Established in September 2010, Russian Cultural Centre in Beijing is the first one opened by Russian officials in China with the express aim of bringing the best of Russian culture to China and Beijing. The cultural centre is housed in a modern building at Dongzhimen equipped with all the latest equipment and technology, its facilities include a multipurpose concert and exhibition hall, library, and information and multimedia centre.In the meantime we are happy to announce that new sessions of Russian Language Courses to start shortly!- We teach any level from total beginner to advanced;- All our teachers are highly qualified and hold a degree in Russian as a foreign language;Flexible time schedule and 4-8 students in a group;- All classes for beginners are conducted through the intermediary language: English or Chinese;Besides the language courses our students can enjoy additional benefits of using our library, multimedia sourses, watch films in Russian and take part in all the activities which are conducted by the Center.The course cost is 2400 RMB per 60 academic hours.We arrange a presentation and free trial session on a regular basis once there are enough applications. Dongcheng district, Dongzhimennei street, 9 (NAGA), building 2., Dongcheng District. (8406 0224, 俄罗斯文化中心, 东 城区北京市东城区东直门内大街9号院(NAGA 上院)2号楼 SinoRescue Sister company of highly-rated SinoScuba, SinoRescue is dedicated to serving and providing the Beijing community with the very best in emergency preparation, be it

Directories training in emergency first response, primary and secondary care, care for children, safety training, home proofing, and offering the most up-to-date information on being ready to care for your family when the need arises. (186 1113 3629)

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Tongxin Huhui Tongxin Huhui is a charity organization that helps migrant workers in Beijing, they accept donations that can help migrant workers such as clothes, home electronics as well as funding. With 8 spots located at different areas in Beijing, the organization welcome people to drop out their donations at their spots as well as to apply online for getting donations picked up by the organization workers. 1) Tongxin Experimental School, Picun, Jinzhai Xiang, Chaoyang District. (8433 2170, 400 659 0098); 2) Hongguan, 21 Houmao Hutong, Zhaodengyu Lu, Xicheng District. (6615 0924 Chinese only); 3) Yuanyang Tiandi Neighborhood Committees, Southeast Corner of Ciyun Si, Dongsihuan, Chaoyang District. (8586 6626 Chinese only); 4) Rm 705, Block 2, Tower E, Lanchou Mingzuo, Chaowai Beijie, Chaoyang District. (65515670, 6553 3618 ext 510 Chinese only); 5) Stall 7, B1/F, Bldg 2, Yuanyang Shanshui, Shijingshan District. (6868 8363 Chinese only); 6) Call in advance. 6p, Tower B, Bldg 1, Science Exhibition Center, 48 Beisanhuan Xilu, Haidian District. (5162 7564 Chinese only); 7) Mon-Fri, 7.30-9.30pm. Rm 401, Door 5, Bldg 22, Block 3, Tiantongyuan Xi, Changping District. (151 0109 3640 Chinese only); 8) Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. 8, Huajiadi Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6473 2513 Chinese only) 同 心互惠, 1) 朝阳区金盏乡皮村同心实验学校; 2) 西城区赵登禹路后帽胡同21号红馆; 3) 朝阳区东 四环慈云寺立交桥东南角远洋天地居委会; 4) 朝 阳区朝外北街蓝筹名座E座二区705室; 5) 石景 山区远洋山水底商2号楼7号; 6) 海淀区北三环 西路48号院科技会展中心1号楼B座6p; 7) 昌平区 天通苑西三区22号楼5单元401室; 8) 朝阳区花家 地南里8号楼

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

Driver Services & Car Rentals Long Fei Xiang Ye Automobile Leasing Co. Ltd Providing new and returning customers with salons, SUV’s and tour-buses for short, medium and long term leasing. We offer an international car-renting model so as to provide a reliable service with after sales services applied. Since its establishment we provide cars to individuals, companies both foreign and domestic. In line with our company value of putting the customer first, we have a smooth managing system as to provide quality services. Rm 1454, Bldg 5, Shoucheng Guoji, 36 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (6775 2002, 北京 龙飞祥业汽车租赁有限公司, 朝阳区广渠路36号 院首城国际5号楼B座1454室

Organic Farms Agrilandia Italian Farm Fireplace Restaurant Fresh ingredients are grown on site at this Italian organic farm in Shunyi. Its great suburban locale ensures lots of room for the kids and dogs to scamper, as well as opportunities to tour the green house where fresh fruit and vegetables are grown. The main dining hall is available for group functions, and the farm produces its own wine, along with pizza, pasta and garden salads. Daily 9am-9pm. Baigezhuangcun, Mapozhen, Shunyi District. (6940 7700, 130 0127 1094) 意大利农场壁炉餐厅, 顺义区马坡镇白各庄村 Fishtail Garden Organic Farm Located next to Maquanying subway station, Fishtail Garden Organic Farm features a family-friendly buffetstyle brunch made from seasonal and organic ingredients from the garden. Dish examples include poached sugared sliced pears; sweet and sour prawn with kiwi, dragon fruit and lychee; braised tilapia with mushrooms; and yak meat steak with steamed vegetables. As of June 2013, weekend brunch cost RMB 200 per person. Sat-Sun 10am-5pm (by reservation only). Across the street from Scitech Outlets, Hegezhuang, Chaoyang District. (400 018 0096, Weibo: weibo.

Religious Organizations & Places of Worship

Beijing Men’s Prayer Breakfast Ecumenical Christian prayer group meets every Wed 7.30-8.30am, Capital Club. RMB 75. (beijingmensprayer-subscribe@yahoogroups. com.) Bet Yaakov Chabad House and Community Center 1) Bet Yaakov Chabad Community Center, Fangyuan Xilu, next to the south gate of Si De Park, Chaoyang District. (; 2) 1/F, King’s Garden Villa, 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 8238 ext 200, www. 1) 朝阳区芳园西路,四得 公园南门旁; 2) 朝阳区霄云路18号京润水上 花园1层 Capital Community Church An interdenominational church gathering for foreign passport holders. Sunday morning services at 10am at the Art Center next to Beidong Flower Market on Shunhuang Lu. Small groups meet throughout the week and we have mid week student activities. 1A Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Xiang, Shunyi District. (capital@ www.capitalcommunitychurch. net 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路甲1号 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (South Cathedral) Catholic Mass in English at 10am and 4pm (singing Mass). 141 Qianmen Xidajie, 10 meters from Xuanwumen subway station, Xicheng District. (6602 6538) 南堂, 西 城区前门西大街141号 Chongwenmen Church (Ashbury Methodist) Originally built in 1870, the first American Methodist church and the largest existing Protestant church in Beijing holds services in Chinese with English translations. Tue-Wed 6-8pm, Thu-Fri 8amnoon, Sun 8, 10.30am.. 2 Hougou Hutong, 4 Chongwenmennei Dajie (near Chongwenmen subway station), Dongcheng District. (6513 3549) 亚斯立堂, 东城区崇文门内大街4号后钩 胡同丁2号

and even faint street noise drifts through the air. Several friendly Buddhist shops next door sell incense, books, CDs and statues. Daily 6am-4.30pm, guest center 9-11.30am and 2-3.50pm.. Xisi, Fuchengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6616 0907) 广济寺, 西城区西四阜成 门内大街 North Cathedral (Xishiku) The largest and one of the most beautiful churches in Beijing, Xishiku is obscurely located on the bend of a small road north of Xi’anmen Dajie, west of Beihai Park. All services in Chinese. Mon-Sat 8-11am, 2-5pm; Sun 6, 7, 8, 10am, 6pm. 33 Xishiku Dajie, Xicheng District. (6617 5198) 西 什库天主堂, 西城区西什库大街33号 St. Joseph’s Wangfujing Church (Dongtang Cathedral) Originally built in 1655, this centrally located cathedral offers services in Chinese and Latin for Chinese citizens and foreigners. 74 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6524 0634) 东堂, 东城区 王府井大街74号 St. Michael’s (Dongjiaomin Church) Built in 1902 as the French embassy church in the foreign Legation Quarter, St. Michael’s now welcomes Chinese and foreigners to its Chinese-language service.Service hours: Sun 7, 8am, 6pm. Contact Father Gao Yang (8511 5405, 137 0130 5933) 13A Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District. (8511 5405, 137 0130 5933) 东交民巷天主教堂, 东城区东城区东交 民巷甲13号

Supermarkets BHG Market Place Taiwan chain of upscale supermarkets has an extensive, albeit pricey, selection of goods and produce, including alcohol and organic products. Daily 10am10pm. 1) Shop 1, B1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0299); 2) B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5888); 3) SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 8226); 4) SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District.; 5) B2/F, Legend Center, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 北京华联高级超市, 1) 朝阳区酒仙 桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG01; 2) 朝 阳区建国路87号新光天地B1层; 3) 朝阳区三里 屯VillageSLG00号商铺; 4) 朝阳区蓝色港湾国际 商区SMM06号; 5) 朝阳区东三环中路乐成中心 地下二层 Carrefour French hypermarket offers a vast selection of imported wine, cheese, coffee, canned goods and much more. Wonderful variety – especially at the Guangqumenwai location – but the crowds can be thick. The Sanyuan Qiao store offers free delivery for purchases over RMB 500 – order by email 1) Daily 8.30am10.30pm. 56A Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District. (5172 1516/7); 2) B1/F, Bldg 3, Dinghui Jiayuan (southeast of Dinghuibei Qiao), Xisihuan Zhonglu, Haidian District. (5296 3511); 3) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (5190 9508); 4) 8.30am-10pm. 48 Jiukeshu Xilu, Tongzhou District. (5167 8911 ext.55); 5) Daily 8.30am10.30pm. 6B Beisanhuan Donglu (beside the International Exhibition Center), Chaoyang District. (8460 1043); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 15, 2 Zone, Fangchengyuan, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District.; 7) Daily 8am-10pm. 54A Baishiqiao Lu (east of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District. (8836 2729); 8) Daily 8am-10pm. 11 Malian Dao, Xuanwu District., e-shop. 家乐福, 1) 海淀区中关村广场甲 56号; 2) 海淀区家乐福, 海淀区西四环中路定 慧家园3号楼地下1层 (定慧 北桥东南角); 3) 朝 阳区广渠路31号; 4) 通州区九棵树西路48号; 5) 朝阳区北三环东路乙6号(中国国际展览中心正门 旁); 6) 丰台区方庄芳城园二区15号; 7) 西城区 白石桥路甲54号; 8) 宣武区马连道11号 Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs … we could go on and on. 1) Daily 8.30am-9pm. Pinnacle Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (8046 2500); 2) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District. (6533 6792); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 4) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 5) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 6) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 7) Daily 8am10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 8) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) 婕妮璐, 1) 顺义区荣祥广场,天竺开发区裕翔路99号; 2) 朝 阳区新城国际17号楼101; 3) 朝阳区来广营东路 和平医院对面; 4) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 Soho4号楼; 5) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所里; 6) 朝阳 区日坛北路4号(芳草地小学对面); 7) 朝阳区 三里屯北小街6号; 8) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧 Olé Supermarket French chain sells groceries, wine and household items at premium prices. 1) 10am-10pm. B203, B2/F, Beijing Shoudu Shidai Guangchang, 88 Xichang Anjie, Xicheng District. (8391 5006); 2) 10am-10pm. Xindongan Guangchang, 135 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 4855); 3) 10am-9pm. B1/F, Jinrongjie Gouwu Zhongxin, 2 Jincheng Fangjie, Xicheng District. (6622

Congregation of the Good Shepherd Diverse, interdenominational Christian congregation that welcomes all foreign passport holders. Liturgically-based worship Sunday mornings at 10am at the Capital Club Athletic Center. 3/F, Athletic Club, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (cogs@ 朝阳区新源南路 京城俱乐部3层 Dongsi Mosque The city’s second largest mosque is the headquarters of the Beijing branch of the China Islamic Association and houses valuable Islamic manuscripts in its library. 13 Dongsi Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 7824) 东四清真寺, 东城区东南大街13号 Guangji Temple Though somewhat overshadowed by neighboring Baita Temple, Guangji boasts some serious credentials as the headquarters of the Chinese Buddhist Association. In the two beautiful tree-filled courtyards, worshippers and monks kneel sideby-side in prayer. The relatively new temple halls, rebuilt after a huge fire in 1934, are closed to the public. Although there is a guest center, this active temple is comfortably free from tourists and maintains the austerity of a place of worship. Somber does not imply silent, though, as the sound of prayer bells, chanting

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Directories 0461); 4) 10am-10pm. B1/F, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8447 7668); 5) 10am-10pm. B101,B1/ F,Shimao Tianjie, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1509); 6) 9am-9pm. B1/F, Donghuan Guangchang, 29 Dongzhongjie, Dongcheng District. (6418 1006); 7) 东方新天 地商场地铁层BB01A号, Dongcheng District.; 8) B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, Jianwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 9) B1, Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0389/0491) 1) 西城区 西长安街88号北京首都时代广场地下二层B203室; 2) 东城区王府井大街135号新东安广场; 3) 西城 区金城坊街2号金融街购物中心地下一层; 4) 东 城区东直门外大街48号银座Mall地下一层; 5) 朝 阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地下一层B101; 6) 东城 区东中街29号东环广场B座地下一层; 7) 东城区 BB01A, The Malls at Oriental Plaza; 8) 朝阳区建外 大街国贸商城地下一层; 9) 西城区金城坊街2号 金融街购物中心B1 Sanyuanli Market This excellent market is where many western restaurants and international grocery stores buy wholesale; it is also a dear friend to many amateur chefs. Many of the items available at Sanyuanli are difficult to find elsewhere in Beijing. There are exotic fruits and vegetables like mangoes, star fruit, lemongrass, brussel sprouts and porcini; fresh seafood; cheeses; fresh herbs and imported condiments like herbs, thyme, oregano, rosemary, parsley and fish sauce; frozen goods like burritos, pies and berries; and dry goods like coffee, beans, spices and pasta, bulk chocolate. The prices can be very wholesale-like, but these vendors know they are popular with foreigners and quote their prices accordingly. A half kilo of mint only costs RMB 7, and RMB 30 can get you a good-sized bag of basil. Daily 5am-7pm. Shunyuan Jie (opposite Jingkelong Supermarket, west of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. 三源 里市场, 朝阳区顺源街(三元东桥往西京客隆 超市对面) Wal-Mart The big box retailer you know and love (or know and hate). Drum up a little odium as you cruise the uncharacteristically wide aisles looking for low, low prices on home decorating items along with groceries, clothing, electronics, sporting goods and more. Daily 7.30am10.30pm. 1) B1-2/F A48 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (5873 3666); 2) Fuzhuohuayuan Plaza, Xuanwai Dajie, Xuanwu District. (6316 8905); 3) B1/F, Block B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (5960 3566) 沃尔玛超 市, 1) 海淀区知春路甲48号地下1-2层; 2) 宣武 区宣外大街富卓花园广场; 3) 朝阳区建国路93号 万达广场B座 B1层 Watson’s This Western-style drugstore sells health and beauty products, diapers, confectionery, stationery, condoms, over-thecounter medications and more. Several other outlets in Beijing including Oriental Plaza, China World and Full Link Plaza. Daily 9.30am9.30pm. Jiangtai Lu (in Lido Place), Chaoyang District. (6436 7651) 屈臣氏, 朝阳区将台路( 丽都内)

Veterinarians Beijing Entry/Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau Mon-Fri 8.30-11.30am, 1.30-4pm. 2/F, 7 Beisanhuan Zhonglu (300 meters West of An Hua Qiao, on the north side of the street), Chaoyang District. (6204 9631, 6237 1359, callers should ask to be transferred) 北京出入境检验检疫局, 朝阳区北三环中路7 号 二层(安华桥往西三百米路北) Chaoyang District Center for Animal Disease Control 1) Daily 9am- 9pm. Nan Hejiafen, Shuangqiao, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8536 1301); 2) Daily 9am9pm. Nongguang Nanli, Dongsanhuan Fulu, Chaoyang District. (6735 8970); 3) Daily 24 hours. A8 Tuanjiehu Beisantiao, Chaoyang District. (8597 5507); 4) Daily 9am-9pm. Administration office: 150m southwest of Chaoyang Gongyuan Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6508 3873, 6500 2890) 朝阳区动物疫病预防控 制中心, 1) 朝阳区双桥南何家坟; 2) 朝阳区东 三环辅路农光南里; 3) 朝阳区团结湖北三条甲八 号; 4) 朝阳区朝阳公园桥西南150米



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International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) ICVS is a professionally managed and affordable full service international standard animal hospital and pet care facility. All doctors are legally licensed in the PRC. Services include internal medicine, hospitalization, spay/neuter, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, dentistry, dermatology, blood tests, laboratory diagnostics, X-rays, ultrasound, legal vaccinations, prescription pet foods, behavior counseling and obedience training, import/export advice, pet adoption counseling and more. Boarding kennel, grooming salon, SAFE pet foods & pet shop available. All services in Mandarin and English. Licensed rabies vaccinations for export. Soft opening hours: 9am-8pm Tue&Thu, 9am-6pm Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun. 13-16 Rongke Ganlan Chengshang Jie, Futongxi Dajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, ICVS_ 北京 新天地国际动物医院, 朝阳区望京阜通西大街, 融科橄榄城商街13-16号

Family Travel Hotels, Hostels and Resorts Crowne Plaza Beijing Popular with tourists and foreigners adopting kids in China, the recently renovated Crowne Plaza’s appeal lies chiefly in its location just north of the main Wangfujing drag and within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen. Rooms overlooking the streets are preferable to those on the atrium. RMB 2,760-6,610. 48 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6513 3388) www. 国际艺苑皇冠假日酒店, 东城 区王府井大街48号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U Town boasts over 3000 square meters of flexible event space with 11 fully-equipped meeting rooms, including the Crowne ballroom with 1,029 square meters of space. OPENING JANUARY, 2011. 3 Sanfeng Beili, U-Town, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5909 6688, 400 886 2255) hotel/pegut?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/cp/1/en/ hotelsearchresults 北京朝阳悠唐皇冠假日酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区三丰北里3号 Fairmont Beijing Hotel Fairmont Beijing is a luxury hotel located in the heart of the CBD. The hotel is surrounded by Fortune 500 companies and the city’s premier office towers, including LG Twin Tower, SK Group Tower, Beijing Yintai Centre and China World Trade Centre. Daily 24hrs. 8 Yong’an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8511 7777, http://www. 北京华彬费尔蒙酒店, 朝 阳区建国门外大街永安东里8号 Grand Hyatt Though it will always be overshadowed by the more glamorous Grand Hyatt Shanghai (in the Jinmao Tower), this hotel remains one of the most upscale in China - with prices to match. Great for shopping, business and sightseeing, with comfortable, sleekly lit and furnished rooms, the Grand Hyatt now also has a stunning new meeting venue, The Residence, in addition to their award-winning Chinese restaurant (Made in China) and indoor pool done up like a tropical grotto. RMB 3,500-34,200. 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234) www.beijing. 东方君悦大酒店, 东城区东 长安街1号 Grand Millennium This 521-room luxury hotel in the shadow of the CCTV Tower boasts contemporary rooms, a residential complex (Millenium Residences), a Cantonese restaurant (Yao Chi), brasserie and two jazz bars. 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 6888) 北京千禧大酒店, 朝阳区东三环中路7号 Hilton Beijing Located along the east Third Ring Road, the Hilton Beijing offers easy access to Sanlitun, the CBD and the embassy district, as well as the Airport Expressway. Experience a higher realm of pampering and prestige with

exclusivity, personalized service and upgraded amenities in the newly built nine-story Executive Tower and relax in the Executive Lounge. There are also 12 meeting rooms, as well as a fully equipped Business Center. Also has five restaurants and bars, including Pan-Asian cooking at Elements restaurant, contemporary American cuisine in One East or creative cocktails in Zeta Bar. Daily 24hrs.. 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000) en_US/hi/hotel/BJSHITW-Hilton-Beijing-hotel/ 北京希尔顿酒店, 朝阳区东三环北路 东方路1号 InterContinental Beijing Beichen Recognized as the only award-winning international luxury hotel in the northern part of Beijing, InterContinental Beijing Beichen is connected to the China National Convention Center (CNCC), one of Asia’s largest convention centers. The hotel stands out for its scenic location next to the National Stadium and the Water Cube, with easy access to Beijing International Capital Airport, the Great Wall, historical sightseeing spots, and major business centers. Bldg 4, 8 Beichen Xilu, Chaoyang District. 北京北辰洲际酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰西路8号 院4号楼 Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center Located in the heart of Beijing’s central diplomatic and business district, the Kempinski Hotel Beijing boasts a blend of European style with elements of Beijing’s rich cultural history. In addition to 526 guestrooms and suites, including four executive floors and eight no-smoking floors, the hotel also has eight fully equipped banqueting/conference facilities accommodating up to 1,300 people. The hotel also has seven restaurants and bars, including the Paulaner Bräuhaus boasting the city’s finest Bavarian food and microbrewed beer, and Kempi Deli, renowned for its gourmet European cakes and pastries. On the 18th floor overlooking Beijing’s skyline is the swimming pool of Pulse Health Club, which also includes a fitness centre, tennis courts and squash courts.The Kempinski also manages a neighbouring eight-storey complex offering 12,500 square metres of office space, 42 shops and showrooms and 170 fully furnished one to four bedroom apartments. Facing the Liang Ma River, the complex also contains a 24-hour serviced international medical centre, dental clinics and fully equipped children’s park and nursery. Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388) 凯宾斯基饭 店, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号 Kerry Hotel Beijing This Shangri-La property is noted for its modern design, business-friendly amenities, kid-friendly restaurant (Horizon) as well as the city’s most popular cocktails (at Centro). The Horizon Club’s executive floor will be upgraded in the coming months The Kerry’s sports center wins kudos for its big pool, two indoor tennis courts, basketball court and rooftop track. RMB 1,300-23,000. 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833) 北京嘉里大饭店, 朝阳区 光华路1号 Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport boasts “372 spacious, stylish guest rooms and suites;” dining options, including Ming Court and Fuel Bar and Grill; a location just one minute from Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3; a 24-hour gym and cardio studio; 22 function rooms, including a ballroom and various multipurpose rooms; and the 24-hour private Club L Lounge offering “two floors of sleek luxury and an intimate, upscale vibe.” 1 Er Jing Lu, Terminal 3 Capital International Airport, Shunyi District. (6457 5555) http://beijingairport. 顺义区首都机场1号 航站楼 The Peninsula Beijing Located near Wangfujing and Tian’anmen Square, this award-winning hotel has rooms with hardwood floors, Chinese rugs, elegant furniture and 42-inch plasma TVs. Its fusion cuisine and

funky open-plan design have won Jing, one of the hotel’s restaurants, favorable reviews. The Peninsula’s shopping arcade is home to such fashion royalty as Dior, Chanel and Hermes. The hotel can also arrange hutong tours with a Tsinghua University professor and visits to unrestored sections of the Great Wall. RMB 1,388-50,000. 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888) www. 王府半岛酒店, 东城区王府井金 鱼胡同8号 Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel The five star hotel in the Shuangjing area south of the China World Trade Center (Guo Mao) “offers 2,300 sqm of modern, innovative and well equipped meeting space and 531 stylish and spacious guest rooms, including 41 luxuriously appointed suites, each equipped with a plug-in connectivity panel that allows guests to turn their 42-inch flat-screen LCD into a personal entertainment center.” Wining and dining options include Fat Duck, Fratelli Fresh, The Lounge and D Bar. 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu (north of Viva Mall by Fuli City), Chaoyang District. (5863 8888) hotels/travel/bjsbc-renaissance-beijing-capitalhotel/ 北京富力万丽酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区东三 环中路 61号 Renaissance Hotel Expect luxury service in a classy, reserved setting at the top-flight Renaissance Hotel. RMB 1,600 per night. 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6468 9999) 国 航万丽酒店, 朝阳区霄运路36号 Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street Another top-range hotel on Beijing’s “Wall Street.” With a striking glass and chrome exterior, the hotel boasts 253 guest rooms appointed with flat screen TVs, cordless phones and high-speed Internet and fax connections. The hotel features three restaurants (including the award-winning Cepe) and a lounge and bar serving Chinese, Italian and all-day cuisines. RMB 1,500-48,000. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) 北京 丽嘉饭店, 西城区金融街金城坊东街1号 Shangri-La Hotel Haidian District’s most upscale hotel is distinguished by its gorgeous garden, spacious rooms and arguably the west side’s fanciest bar (Cloud 9). Cafe Cha serves a bountiful buffet, with an accent on pan-Asian specialties – wear your stretch pants. RMB 1,208-15,000. 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, at Xisanhuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211) 北京香格里拉饭店, 海淀区西三环紫竹 院路29号 Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel Opening in July of 2011, the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel features 441 contemporary guest rooms, suites ranging from 43 to 240 square meters, four restaurants, spa and fitness center, swimming pool and meeting facilities. 36 Dongcheng Beilu, Global Trade Center, Dongcheng District. (5957 5184) www. 北京金隅喜 来登酒店, 东城区东城区北三环路36号,环球 贸易中心 Sofitel Wanda Beijing Despite an ominous exterior, Sofitel’s new Asia flagship hotel is sure to dazzle with its sophisticated blend of modern comfort and classical Chinese elegance. Floorto-ceiling windows profit iconic CBD skyline views from west side rooms, specially designed feather beds, Wi-Fi, broadband and flat screen TVs complete a high-tech vision of luxury. The hotel’s F&B outlets include Le Pré Lenôtre and Farm House (see Restaurants). Rooms RMB 1,088-4,986. Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 北京万达索 菲特大饭店, 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座 The St. Regis Beijing With more marble than an Italian quarry and more wood than an old growth forest, the St. Regis is one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. At any hour round the clock, guests can summon their personal butler or a professional masseur; to fight jetlag, there is always the gorgeous pool, spa or putting green. The restaurants, notably the Astor Grill, will sat-isfy discriminating palates, and the buzz around town is that the bartender whips up a

Directories mean tequila Bloody Mary at the Press Club Bar. RMB 1,750-51,170. 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688) www.stregis. com/beijing 北京瑞吉酒店, 朝阳区建国门外 大街21号

free (kids under 1.2m). Daily 9am-5pm (AprOct), 9am-5.30pm (Nov-Mar), last ticket sold at 4.30pm. 18B Gaoliangqiao Xiejie, Haidian District. (6217 6655) 北京海洋 馆, 海淀区高粱桥斜街乙18号

The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing Old World elegance, plush comfort – everything you’d expect from this hallowed name, including impeccable restaurants such as the internationally themed Aroma and Yu (Cantonese/Sichuan). An in-house wedding chapel sets this hotel apart, but the 109sqm executive suites with innovatively partitioned living and entertaining quarters are where the Ritz really shines. 83A Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 8888) 北京丽 思卡尔顿酒店, 朝阳区建国路甲83号华贸中心

Beijing Zoo The conditions for the animals in the zoo and the behavior of some local patrons may upset animal lovers. However, things are improving, as the new chimpanzee and panda houses testify, and most kids will be oblivious to the zoo’s shortcomings and enjoy the vast collection of animals and the leafy compound, which was the former private garden of a Qing dynasty aristocrat. Apr-Oct: RMB 15, RMB 8 (students). NovMar: RMB 10, RMB 5 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). RMB 5 for Panda House. Daily 7.30am-5pm (winter), 7.30am-6pm (summer). 137 Baishiqiao Lu, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District. (6831 4411) www. 北京动物园, 海淀区西外大街白石 桥路137号

Traders Hotel, Beijing Well situated and connected to the China World Mall, the Traders Hotel (Guomao Fandian) is a less-expensive alternative for business travelers than its sister establishment, the China World Hotel. Traders Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2277) 国贸饭店, 朝阳区建国门 外大街1号 The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Fantastic location and first class amenities make the Westin Chaoyang one of Beijing’s premiere luxury hotels. All 550 guest rooms and suites are oversized and feature quality contemporary furnishings including the signature Heavenly Bed® and rainforest shower as well as wireless High Speed Internet Access. The Westin Executive Club Floor guest rooms and suites provide the ultimate comfort and convenience. The Heavenly Spa by Westin™ offers a range of treatments for the renewal of the body, soul, and mind. Facilities include an indoor pool, hydrotherapy centre, and WestinWORKOUT® gym. The business centre, located on Level 3, provides secretarial and business support while the gift shop features a selection of premium souvenirs and gift items.Find a journey of culinary delights and moments to savor in our restaurants, bars, and lounges as you enjoy offerings from China, Europe, and Asia. With a total of 1,100 square meters of function space, our hotel has the capacity to accommodate events of various sizes. The Jinmao Ballroom and seven meeting rooms feature the latest in audiovisual technology and five-star service. 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 金茂北京威斯汀大饭店, 朝阳区东三环 北路7号 The Westin Beijing Financial Street This mega-hotel on Financial Street (West Second Ring Road) has spared no expense in meeting the high expectations of its well-heeled clientele, from its vast lobby and elegantly appointed rooms to its opulent spa and pool. The Westin also boasts seven restaurants and bars – including Senses, which offers what many cognoscenti consider to be Beijing’s most decadent Sunday brunch. RMB 1,500-21,100. 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District. (6606 8866) 北京金融街威斯汀大酒店, 西城区金融街乙9号

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

Fun Stuff Animal Attractions Beijing Aquarium Modern, well-equipped and recently restocked, the aquarium features thousands of freshwater and saltwater fish from around the world, including huge Amazonian arapaima, giant sturgeon and many sharks. The piece de resistance may be the enormous tank containing an entire coral reef – with sea turtles, manta rays and garoupa. There are also several Sea World-style shows every day, featuring seals and dolphins. RMB 120 (includes zoo), RMB 60 (kids less than 18 years old),

Blue Zoo Beijing Not to be confused with either the Beijing Aquarium or the Beijing Zoo, the Blue Zoo is actually an aquarium with an enormous coral reef tank containing eels, tuna, shark, stingrays and (we swear we’re not making this up) the occasional underwater marriage ceremony. RMB 90, RMB 60 (kids under 12 years old), free (kids under 1m). Daily 8am-7.30pm (summer), daily 8.30am-6.30pm (winter). Workers’ Stadium South Gate, Chaoyang District. (6591 3397) 富国海底世界, 朝阳 区工人体育场南门

Art Schools Art Bug Singaporean art center ArtBug aims to make art accessible for everyone, with programs catering to children from ages 2-12. ArtBug focuses on nurturing a child’s creativity, communication skills, and self-confidence through the arts. The center offers courses in a wide variety of subjects, including drawing, sculpture, photography, speech and drama, and performance arts. 1) Rm 102, Unit 4, Bldg 3, Upper East Side, Chaoyang District. (5947 2275); 2) Rm 753, Tower A, Chaowai SOHO (north of Central Park), 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 0270) 1) 朝阳区 阳光上东3号楼4单元102; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区朝 外大街乙6号朝外SOHO写字楼A座753 (新城 国际北侧) Atelier Created by two French artists, Atelier is a school dedicated to the study of the visual, literary and performing arts. Located in the heart of Sanlitun, Atelier is a space designed for creativity. The center offers high-quality courses led by professionals in their field for children, adolescents, and adults. Current courses include drawing, painting, sculpture, sewing, as well as courses in writing and theater. Atelier also offers courses specifically designed to help students who are preparing a Bachelor of Arts and/or admission to an art school. Atelier courses are taught in French and English; courses taught in Chinese will be offered in the near future. Atelier courses run throughout the year. Rm 202, Building C, Jinxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 1614, 132 4018 4908, 啊特黎尔, 朝阳区朝阳区幸福村中路锦绣园C 楼202室

Concert Hall & Theaters Beijing Concert Hall 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District. (6605 7006/5812) 北京音乐厅, 西城区 北新华街1号 Beijing Exhibition Theater Opened in 1954, this Russian-style building has direct connection to the rail system at Xizhimen. The Cinema Hall’s 500 seats and production facilities are designed for motion picture showings, live stage productions and a range of general meetings and seminars. A 2,700-seat bi-level amphitheater has up to date sound and lighting systems suitable for large musical productions.

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Directories 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6835 4455) 北京展览馆剧场, 西城区西直门外大街 135号

audiences that this venue deserves. 2 Chang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6655 0000) www.chncpa. org 国家大剧院, 西城区西长安街2号

Beijing Seven-Color Light Children’s Theater 14A, Ju’er Hutong, Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng District. (8402 2285) 北京七色光儿 童剧院, 东城区交道口菊儿胡同甲14号

Peking University Hall Inside Peking University, 5A Yiheyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6275 1278) 北大百年纪念礼 堂, 海淀区颐和园路甲5号北京大学内

Central Ethnic Orchestra Concert Hall Located near the Olympic complex, this concert hall holds concerts, dance, acrobatics, and opera and drama performances, and houses a recording studio and 500-seat concert theater. 15 Xiaoying Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0058) 中央民族乐团音乐厅

Penghao Theatre This privately owned theater and cafe is a well-kept secret in Beijing. Hard to find in a remodeled hutong, the atmosphere makes up for what it lacks in accessibilty. Has a rooftop bar for a drink after the show. 35 Dongmianhua Hutong (south gate of the Central Academy of Drama, between Nanluogu Xiang and Jiaodaokou Nandajie), Dongcheng District. (6400 6452/72) 蓬蒿剧场, 东城区东棉花胡同35号(中央戏剧学院南门, 南锣 鼓巷和交道口南大街之间)

Chang’an Grand Theater 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6510 1309/1310) 长安大戏院, 东城区 建国门内大街7号 Chaoyang Culture Center/TNT Theater This center hosts over 500 performances, exhibitions and movies per every year — it’s the biggest cultural center in China. Nine Theatre, Chaoyang Art Showing Hall, Phoenix Theatre, and Puppet Museum are all located in the main building. The secondary building houses arts training: music, dancing, calligraphy, painting, and English courses. Corner of Jintai Xilu and Chaoyangmenwai Dajie (east of Jingguang Qiao), Chaoyang District. (8599 6011) www. 朝阳文化馆, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街 和金台西路的路口 China Children’s Art Theater Situated 1,500 meters northwest of Dongdan Station, this fourstory playhouse presents plays and musicals for children in Chinese all year long. Every weekend, the Holiday Classic Theatre Hall on the fourth floor puts on plays starting at 10am, and performers even talk to the audience after each play. Performances include the Chinese classic Ma Lan Hua, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and A Journey With Hans Christian Andersen, among others. The Ma Lan Hua Art School that connects to the theater offers acting, recitation and dance classes for kids ages 5-12. Daily 9am-9pm. 64 Donganmen Dajie, west of Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (6521 1425) 中国儿童艺术剧 场, 东城区东安门大街64号 China Puppet Theater The theater puts on Chinese language puppet shows every Saturday and Sunday. Times vary. RMB 50-100/show. 1A Anhua Xili, Beisanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6425 4847, 6424 3698) 中国木偶剧院, 朝阳区北三环路安华西里甲1号 Dayin Theater A theater located in The Place with different plays on. 5/F, C Tower, The Place, 9 Guanghualu, Chaoyang District. (6589 5559) 大隐剧院, 朝 阳区光华路9号世贸天阶C座(时尚大厦)5层 Forbidden City Concert Hall Located inside the beautiful Zhongshan park, this small concert hall hosts mainly classical concerts and performances. Inside Zhongshan Park, Xichang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6559 8285) 中山公园音乐堂, 西城区西长 安街中山公园内 National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) Adjacent to the monolithic Great Hall of the People, French architect Paul Andreu’s space-age conception attracted a fair amount of criticismfor its cost (RMB 490,000 a seat) and dust-gathering capabilities (maintenance of the glass dome and surrounding moat is said to run up to hundreds of thousands of RMB daily). Since its opening in December 2007 though, praise for the stunning design, particularly beautiful at sunset, and the superb in-house acoustics has drowned out these criticisms. Continuing the trend of giving monikers to new monuments, the NCPA has been dubbed the ‘Egg’. Entrance to the three performance venues housed under the dome is via a passageway running under the moat, and the vast central atrium features stones from every region in China. Presently, attracting a string of world-class performers appears to be less of a problem than finding the appreciative local



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Poly Theatre Holds music performances all year round. Poly Plaza, 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6500 1188 ext 5126/5127) 保利剧院, 东城区东直门南大街14号保利大厦1层

Museums & Education Beijing Planetarium Thanks to a RMB 300 million facelift, the once retro planetarium now boasts state of the art facilities. The SGI Digital Universe Theater takes patrons on a tour of the cosmos with six Carl Zeiss laser projectors that simulate the movement of stars and constellations. You can also travel through time in the 4-D theater, where you strap on a pair of goggles and watch a multidimensional film about the creation of the solar system and evolution of life on earth, replete with snarling T-Rexes and saber-toothed tigers. Other draws include the 3D space shuttle simulator and a cool exhibit about the sun. The new exhibition hall: RMB 10 (RMB 7 for students); GI Digital Universe Theater: RMB 45, RMB 35 (students); 4-D Theater: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students); 3D Space Shuttle Simulator: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). Wed-Fri 9.30am-3.30pm (last ticket 3pm), Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm (last ticket 4pm). 138 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6835 2453, 6831 2517) 北京 天文馆新馆, 西城区西直门外大街138号 Capital Museum Two hundred meters east of Muxidi subway station lies the Capital Museum. This six-story building houses 11 exhibition halls displaying ancient Chinese art: bronze statues, jade utensils, ancient calligraphy and paintings, restored old Beijing city views and precious relics of old Beijing operas. Two temporary exhibition halls on the first floor and basement level display artistic and cultural exhibits from around the world. Free. Reservation is necessary. Temporary exhibitions are charged. Audio self-guided tours in Chinese and English available for rent at the entrance. Tue-Sun 9am5pm. 16 Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6337 0491/2) 首 都博物馆, 西城区复兴门外大街16号 China Science and Technology Museum Mammoth 48,000 sqm facility features five themed exhibition rooms (the Children’s Science Paradise, The Glory of China, Exploration and Discovery, Science, Technology and Life and Challenges and the Future) and an array of hands-on scientific exhibitions, a science playground and displays of Chinese exhibitions. Also boasts four state-of-the-art “4D” and 3D cinemas, and an array of dining options. TueSun 9am-4.30pm, extended hours for special events (ticket selling 8.30am- 3.30pm). 5 Beichen Donglu (ten minutes east of the south gate of the Olympic Forest Park), Chaoyang District. (5904 1188) 中国科 技馆, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰东路5号 Chinese Military History Museum Tired of jungle gyms? Try tanks! Tykes can clamber over an array of sturdy metal military gear or take turns sitting on an anti-aircraft gun or in the pilot’s seat of a combat aircraft (RMB 2). To board the Chinese 024 Missile-Equipped Boat (RMB 5) you don’t even need to enter the museum – it’s docked in the front courtyard. Parents and older kids can marvel at the

socialist realist artwork. All this only a step away from the Military Museum subway stop on Line 1. Free. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 9 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. (6686 6244) www.pladaily., 中国军事 博物馆, 海淀区复兴路9号 Chinese Museum of Women and Children As the first women and children themed national museum, Chinese Museum of Women and Children opened on Oct 1, 2010 with an area of 35,000 square meters. It includes 11 exhibition halls containing more than 30,000 exhibits depicting ancient, modern and contemporary women, celebrating international friendship and women’s art, and showing changes and contrasts through the ages in women’s apparel. Daily 9am-5pm. 23 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 9678, 6526 9456) 中 国妇女儿童博物馆, 东城区建国门内大街23号 Huguang Guild Hall Opera Museum The Hu Guang Grand Opera House hosts daily evening performances ranging from Farewell, My Concubine to Story of the Red Lanterns. The gift shop has some spectacular opera masks, fancy tiaras and wooden swords. There are Chinese and English captions for most exhibited items. RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). Mon-Fri 9-11am, 1.30-5pm (opera performance 7.30-8.40pm). Hu Guang Culture Center, 3 Hufang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6351 8284) www. 北京戏曲博物馆, 宣武区北 京湖广会馆内,虎坊路3号 National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) Located in Dongsi, the National Art Museum of China holds large-scale revolving exhibitions of mostly Chinese classical and contemporary art. Right across from the museum, there’s a row of popular art supplies stores that sell paints, brushes, frames, canvases, stationary, and more. Daily 9am-4pm. 1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 2252/7076) www. 中国美术馆, 东城区五四大街1号 Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) UCCA frequently holds kid-friendly exhibitions, classes, and workshops with local and international artists. Check the events listings and their website for details. RMB 10, free on Thursdays and for students, members, kids under 1.3m, disabled visitors, and seniors. Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. 798 Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5780 0200, 尤伦斯当代艺术中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山 子艺术区

Schools Educational Services Eliott’s Corner A therapy center, offering speechtherapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for children from 0-12 years of age. Experienced therapists work with children, helping a wide range ofissues - from communication and articulation to handwriting to balance and coordination. Eliott’s Corner is a division of Olivia’s Place, Shanghai’s premier pediatric therapy clinic. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 19 - 05, Block 2, Condo 360, 10 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 6283, jac@ 胡宝小 屋, 朝阳区东四环北路10号瞰都国际2号楼19-05 室 (东风北桥东北角) Hantong Education Training School Hantong is an after-class school, which offers IB, A-Level, IGCSE, SAT & Ap tutoring in English, with the aim of improving students’ learning skills. The school provides 1 on 1 and small group classes. The school uses the same textbooks as the International Schools. Hantong also provides school choice guide for parents for free. Price range from RMB180-480/ hour 1) Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm 905,Bldg 4,Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 5090, 152 0166 9114,, cbd@chinamcedu. com); 2) Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat&Sun 9am5pm. D2065 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 2765,,; 3) Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat&Sun 9am-5pm. Rm 705, Zuo’an Gongshe, 68 Beisihuan Xilu, Haidian District. (5155 3601,, 1) 朝阳区建国路93号万 达广场4号楼905室; 2) 顺义区白辛庄嘉浩别墅2 区D2065; 3) 海淀区北四环西路68号左岸工社705 室(中关村图书大厦楼上) Happy Chinese Class Designed for ages 2.5-6, Happy Chinese Class is run by Teacher Wu, who has 15 years of experience teaching Chinese to children in private kindergartens. Teacher Wu has been teaching Chinese to expat children in Beijing for the last five years. Classes are 2.5 hours long and held on weekday mornings at the Guangming Villas Clubhouse. Class sizes are limited to 8 students. A teaching assistant will provide support if the class reaches six students. 3/F, Guangming Villas Clubhouse, 42 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (186 1010 0332, hijacqueline@gmail. com) 朝阳区亮马桥路42号光明公寓俱乐部3层 Mandarin Connections Focus on Chinese lessons for international school students, Improve students’ comprehensive Chinese in an effective way. Member of The International Society for Chinese Language Teaching (世 界汉语教学学会). Mon-Fri 8am-8pm,Sat&Sun 9am-5pm. 1) 26/F, Rm 11-12, 1 Blue Castle International Center, Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8046 2765,; 2) D2065 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 2765,; 3) Rm 705, Zuo’an Gongshe, 68 Beisihuan Xilu, Haidian District. (5155 3601, info@chinamcedu. com) 1) 朝 阳区西大望路3号院蓝堡国际中心1座2611-2612 室; 2) 顺义区白辛庄嘉浩别墅2区D2065; 3) 海 淀区北四环西路68号左岸工社705室(中关村图 书大厦楼上) Mandarin Plus Provides high quality and customized education together with unique cultural opportunities. Experienced teachers will make tailor-made study plans for you. B1-535, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5785 3361, www. 卓一汇众, 朝阳区工体北路三 里屯Soho, B1-535 Side by Side Side by Side provides support for individuals with special needs and learning difficulties through music therapy, learning support, and a daytime special education program. Side by Side’s team members are fully qualified and experienced professionals who conduct services in English. Music therapy is also available in German. We also offer community support such as workshops for schools, community groups, parents and other members of the community, arranging vocational training within the community, support with life skills such as basic finances, shopping, cooking, personal hygiene or social skills, support with parenting skills, advocacy, family and school support with transition and/ or behaviour issues, support for those dealing with a new diagnosis and work experience for high school students or new graduates. We also provide support with finding organizations and professionals to assist in the development, diagnosis and assessment of children with special needs, or suspected special needs. MonFri 8am-6pm (after hours by appointment). Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District. (8046 3858, info@sidebysidebeijing. com) 顺义区后沙浴 名都园3336号 Sunrise International 9am-5pm. F303 Phoenix City Shopping Arcade, Chaoyang District. (5866 7409, 5612 3578, 晨希国际, 朝阳区凤凰商街F303 The Edge (Beijing) Now in mainland China, The Edge is Hong Kong’s premier educational counseling service. The company provides students and families with insider knowledge of the overseas college and boarding school admissions process, as well as customized and comprehensive educational services. 14/F, 2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 608 3070) 朝阳区朝阳区工体北路2号14层

Directories The Learning Center (TLC) The Learning Center opened in 2004 to meet the specific educational needs of local and expatriate students in Beijing. It aims to address the individual challenges of each student by offering a nurturing environment with small classes or 1:1 tutoring, and experienced, specialized teachers who design tailor-made programs. By helping them realize their academic potential, The Learning Center cultivates not only students’ skills but also their confidence and self-esteem. So far, TLC has worked with over 2,000 students in Beijing. As the only professional tutoring service in Beijing, TLC prides itself on helping students of all ages and levels find the support they need in the subjects they need. Services are targeted to ages 5 to 18. Parenting programs are also available, including adult education and child development workshops. TLC tutors are native English-speaking professional educators with an understanding of international school curricula across Beijing. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Gahood Villa 2108 (next to Yosemite and Capital Paradise), Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 3886/7085, registration@ 顺义区后沙峪嘉浩别墅2108(新国展与ISB之间) UCCA Creative Studio This art center brings a fresh family element to 798. It offers daily classes to young artists ages 2-11, with the goal to not only teach them art but also give them the confidence to approach problems creatively. UCCA, 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5780 0202/03) www. 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区

Language Schools Beijing Mandarin School Established in 1998, Beijing Mandarin School has students speaking 60 percent of the time in class and focuses on communication for everyday life. Over the years, thousands of students from over 50 countries and over 70 companies and embassies have studied at the school. Beijing Mandarin School offers weekly Chinese cooking classes (RMB 150/two hours) and other cultural activities. Visa help and accommodations are also available. Call for a free trial lesson. 1) Rm 709, 7/F, 42 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (8441 8391 /186 1052 0622, info@; 2) Room 904-905, 9/F, E-Tower, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (6508 1026/1126, info@beijingmandarinschool. com) 北京普 通话学校, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路42号光明饭店709 室; 2) 朝阳区光华路12号数码01大厦9层904 FLAM Pékin FLAM Pékin offers French classes designed for bilingual or French-speaking students aged 4-15 who attend school in a non-French environment. The association’s courses combine French language and culture, take place on Saturday mornings, and are divided into six difficulty levels. Younger learners learn to read, write, and express themselves, while older learners apply their language skills through interactive methods like music and theater. French School, 30 Sanlitun Dongsijie, Chaoyang District. (Isabelle Fournier (president): 138 0108 2506, Florrie Frederiksen (secretary/treasurer): 136 9911 5504 or 188 1081 4406, www. 朝阳区三里屯东四街30号法国学校 That’s Mandarin Featuring a loft-style space in Dongzhimen, That’s Mandarin was established in 2005 and features friendly, qualified staff with experience teaching kids and teens. Language learning is tailored to each individual, whether it’s basic survival level, exam preparation, or just a desire to learn. There are one-on-one and small group options (arranged by age and level) for each program. Students can also take the Intensive Chinese Program, which includes morning lessons or part-time classes to fit around their schedule. That’s Mandarin has its own curriculum and has an inhouse team of education researchers who work on the latest teaching methodologies. Support is available for students working towards the

YCT and other overseas examinations. In addition to classes, there are tailor-made group packages for individuals and institutions and the Chinese Summer Camp, which runs from June to August (open for registration as of April). Age range: 7-18. Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 8am-7pm. 1/F, Office Bldg B, Xinzhong Yuan, Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (5218 6432, www.thatsmandarin. com 东城区新中街新中园写字楼B座1层

Schools School fees listed are for one academic year unless otherwise. Specified.Abbreviations: IB = International Baccalaureate; ESOL = English as a Second or Other Language 3e International School Founded in 2005, 3e International School has grown into an institution of over 200 studentsfrom Nursery to Grade 4. The school aims to develop critical thinkers through a specially-developed, research-based curriculum. Classes are taught inEnglish and Chinese with half of the day devoted to each language. Within this inquirybased program, a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activity is provided to supportchildren’s development across the entire curriculum. Age range: 2-10. Tuition fees (2012-2013 academic year): RMB 93,800 (Half-day Nursery); RMB 103,800 (Full-day Nursery); RMB 136,900 (Pre-K); RMB 140,600 (Kindergarten); RMB 150,700 (Grades 1-4) 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 100, 3e国际学校, 朝 阳区将台西路9-1号 American International Academy of Beijing (AIAB) Founded in 2012, AIABprovides a bilingual Montessori-based teaching approach to preschool that also incorporates elements of the Chinese National Curriculum. School facilities include Montessori classrooms, adance studio, library, music room, baking room, meeting room, clinic, and outdoor playground. Age range: 18 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2013-2014 academic year): RMB 82,500/11 months (full day); RMB 50,600/11 months (half day); RMB 5,000 per Session (optional summer camp, Session 1: Jul 15-26, Session 2: Jul 29-Aug 9) Bldg 5, 78 Baiziwan Nan’erlu, Chaoyang District. (8776 0606, A 派国际双语幼儿园, 朝阳区百字湾南二路78 号院5号楼 AnRic Little Montessori Room (AnRic LMR) AnRic Little Montessori Room (AnRic LMR) was founded by two moms in 2012. It is a multicultural classroom that caters to children aged 2.6 - 6 years, with an equal mix of children from local and foreign backgrounds. The school aims to help children develop into self-directed learners, flexible thinkers, creative problem-solvers, empathetic citizens and resilient individuals. While the foundation of Anric LMR was built on the Montessori method, it is a classroom that also draws from other educational philosophies. The school offers a fully bilingual curriculum so that children are immersed in an environment where both English and Chinese are consistently used all day. Children learn in a warm, close-knit environment with a true sense of community, maintained by a low student to teacher ratio and special attention to things such as personalized support for separation issues. 6 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6591 8169) 安杨蒙台梭利小屋, 朝阳 区光华路9号 Beijing BISS International School (BISS) With a diverse student body, Beijing BISS International School’s mission is to foster international relationships to educate and empower students to attain personal excellence and positively impact the world. BISS offers the IB Diploma Program, serves as an SAT Test Center, caters to children with learning needs, and offers counseling, student enrichment programs, universitysearches, and transitional education services to third-culture kids and their parents. Age range: 3-17. Tuition fees (2012-

2013 Academic Year): RMB 18,000-23,000 (refundable deposit); RMB 3,800 (registration); RMB 99,000 (Kindergarten); RMB 146,400177,500 (Grades 1-12); RMB 20,000 (ESOL) Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, www. 北京BISS国际学校, 朝阳区安贞西 里四区17号楼 Beijing City International School (BCIS) The school motto of BCIS is “Empowering and inspiring throughchallenge and compassion.” This non-profit, independent co-educational day school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Associationof Schools and Colleges (WASC). BCIS offers an international curriculum for Nursery through Grade 12 students under the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and isauthorized to teach all three IB programs (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma). The campus culture is characterized by a warm and inclusive nature and an emphasis on personalized rigorousacademic inquiry through the extensive use of information technology in the classroom. Age range: 3-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 2,000 (registration fee); RMB 5,000 (new student fee); RMB 132,600 (Nursery); RMB 144,500 (Pre-K); RMB 154,000 (Kindergarten); RMB 186,300 (Grade 1-2); RMB 188,700 (Grade 3-5); RMB 195,300 (Grade 6-8); RMB 199,100 (Grade 9-10); RMB 206,600 (Grade 11-12) 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8771 7171, 北京乐 成国际学校, 朝阳区百子湾南二路77号 Beijing Huijia Kindergarten Part of a nationwide chain, Huijia Kindergarten has 17 campuses and early childhood centers around Beijing. The curriculum combines advanced international educational ideas, modern teaching methods and Chinese traditional culture and focuses on nurturing children to become international citizens. The coursework, which emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, is designed to help students become “lifelong learners” and take responsibility for themselves, their studies others.Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Huijia Central Park Experiential Early Childhood Education Center RMB 72,000/year; Tuition for other centers vary from RMB 25,000-72,000/year (contact school administration for details) 1) Shangdi MOMA campus: MOMA, Anning Zhuang, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8275 9510 / 8274 1391,; 2) Changping campus: Huijia Vocational College, 20 Chuangxin Road, Zhongguancun Kejiyuan, Changping District, Changping District. (5163 1603, hjkids@263. net); 3) Sanyuan Qiao campus: 6 Jing’an Dongli, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6463 5251,; 4) Wanquan campus: 35 Xinxin Jiayuan, Wanquanyuan, Bagou nanlu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8255 1751,; 5) CBD campus: 24 Xincheng International Apartment, 6 Chaowai Dajie (6597 9358), Chaoyang District. (6597 9358, 汇佳幼儿园, 1) 海淀区安宁庄上地MOMA小区; 2) 昌平区中关村科技园创新路20号汇佳职业学院 内; 3) 朝阳区静安东里6号; 4) 海淀区巴沟南路 35号小区万泉新新家园; 5) 朝阳区朝外大街6号 新城国际公寓24号楼 Beijing Huijia Private (IB) School Beijing Huijia Private (IB) School is comprised of a kindergarten, primary school, junior high school and senior high school. It is a day and boarding school where Chinese and foreign students study together, and it is the first member school of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in China that admits Chinese students. With a mix of Chinese and foreign students (from 15 countries) and more than 500 Chinese and foreign teachers and staff, it is one of the largest private schools in Beijing. Age range: 3-18. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 1,000 (application fee); RMB 20,000 (deposit); RMB 146,600/year (Grade 1-2); RMB 148,200/year (Grade 3-4); RMB 152,500/year (Grade 5-6) 157 Changping Lu, Changping

District. (400 889 1993, admissions@huijiaedu. org) 北京汇佳私立学校, 昌 平区昌平路157号 Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA) Founded in 2006, we comprise of Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle and High Schools and located in Shunyi about 5 minutes from Europlaza. BIBA follows an international US standards based curriculum, but also incorporates strong Chinese language and mathematics programs. While it’s KG Department is 50%/50% bilingual, the percentage of English instructional time increases as students progress up the grade levels. BIBA is also passionate about education of the “whole child” via a wide array of sporting, music and performing arts programs. A sibling discount of 20% applies for second and subsequent children. Age range: 2.5 – 15. Tuition Fees 2013-14: Application Fee – 1600 RMB. Capital Levy KG – 10,000 RMB, ES, MS & HS – 20,000 RMB. Fees per year: Pre-K – 70,000 RMB, Reception – 80,000 RMB, G1-G5 - 120,000 RMB, G6-8 - 130,000 RMB, G9-10 – 140,000 RMB. Monet Garden, 5 Yumin Dajie, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8041 0390, info@ 海嘉国际双 语学校, 顺义区后沙峪裕民大街5号 Beijing No. 4 High School Beijing No. 4 High School is a pilot middle school and high school, a member of UNESCO,and one of the oldest key schools in Beijing. Since it was founded more than 100 yearsago, the school has taught 35,000 Chinese and foreign students. The internationaldivision was established in 2002 and currently has more than 200 students from SouthKorea, Japan, the US, the UK, Canada, and more. The department offers Chinese languagecourses, diploma courses, and prep courses for higher education. Foreign students who passHSK level 6 have the option of integrating into the schools Chinese curriculum.Age range: 12-18. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 25,000/ semester (tuition); RMB 10,000/semester (accommodations). For other fees (lodging deposit, weekend management fee, insurance, etc.), contact the school. A2 Xihuangchenggen Beijie, Xicheng District. (6653 9752, 6617 3886, 北京市第四中学, 西城区西皇城根北街申2号 Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) Beijing World Youth Academy is an IB World School offering both English and bilingual (Chinese/English) programs for local and overseas students. BWYA values holistic education and inquiry-based learning, and offers students opportunity to develop as globally aware critical thinkers. The faculty hails from over 15 countries. BWYA emphasizes creativity and teamwork using a curriculum that incorporates standards from North America, Europe and Asia. The school has a strong track record of preparing students for top universities around the world, including Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley and Stanford. Age range: 6 – 18Tuition fees (2014– 2015Academic Year) Application fee: 1,800 Capital Levy fee: 30,000 New Student fee: 2,500 International Primary School (Grade 1-5):120,000IB Middle Year Programme (Grade 6-9): 140,000 IB Middle Year Programme (Grade 10): 160,000IB Diploma Programme (Grade 11–12): 160,000 18 Huajiadi Beili, Chaoyang District. (6461 7787, 北京世青国际学校, 朝阳区花家地北里18号 Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) Opened in September 2006, CISB offers a Montessori Nursery and PreKindergarten program, as well as a Canadianstyle curriculum for K-12 students. CISB is a three-program IB World School: IB Primary Years Program, IB Middle Years Program and the IB Diploma Program. The student body currently represents over 60 nationalities and has the capacity for 1400 students. Age range: 18 months to 18 years. Tuition fees (20132014 Academic Year): RMB1,800 (Application Fee); RMB76,600 (Half-Day Montessori Nursery); RMB121,800 (Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten); RMB158,800 (Grade 1-5);

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Directories RMB160,400 (Grade 6-8); RMB179,800 (Grade 9-12) 38 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, www. 北京加拿大国际学校, 朝阳区亮马 桥路38号 Daystar Academy Daystar Academy, a Kindergarten-Grade 6 school, offers a balance of Montessori-based English education and the Chinese National Curriculum. Students spend half of their day in each language environment. As part of their curriculum, they are developingan integrated, capabilitiesbased character education program that unites all areas of the school and community. This approach connects two cultures and implements the strongest attributes of both Western and Eastern teaching methodologies. Sibling discounts availabe. Age range: 3-12. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 105,000 (Kindergarten full day); RMB 57,000 (half-day, for 3-year-olds only); RMB95,000 (3 years old); RMB 105,000 (4-5 years old) RMB 110,000 (Elementary, Grade 1-6); RMB 10,000-30,000 (additional one-time entry fee) 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8430 2654 ext 8009 or 5603 9446 (Heather Zhao in Admissions), www. 启明星双语学校, 朝阳区顺 白路2号 Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) Dulwich College first opened its doors to students in Beijing in August of 2005. Since then, the school has grown to include approximately 1,400 students ranging in age from 12 months to 18 years. DCB is a 21st-century school that couples outstanding ICT facilities with a modern approach. The school features a one-to-one laptop policy for students in Year 8 and above and utilizes a Virtual Learning Environment for the entire faculty. DCB is accredited by the Council of International Schools and Western Association of School and Colleges, and was named International School of the Year in 2011. The school aims to provide students with a well-rounded environment to grow, develop, and learn in. Ages: 12 months – 18 years. Application Fee: RMB 2000 – non-refundable; Placement Deposit: RMB 18,000 – refundable subject to terms and conditions; Early Years: RMB 66,200-168,000; Grades 1-12: RMB 168,000-219,200 1) Legend Garden Campus and Legend Early Years Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District. (6454 9000,; 2) Beijing Riviera Campus: 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676, www.dulwich-beijing. cn 北京德威英国国际学校, 1) 顺义区机场路 89号丽京花园; 2) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号 香江花园 Eduwings Kindergarten The culmination of two former schools, Der Kingergarten and Jin Yi Kingergarten, Eduwings Kindergarten is divided into English/Chinese and German departments that are each split into three age groups (2-3, 3-4, 5-6 years) and one infant group (2 years and under). All of the lead and language teachers are native-speakers and educate children individually following the school’s philosophy: “Every child needs to have roots and wings – roots to know where they are from and wings to explore the world.” Eduwings also offers Montessori education, swimming, music and art activities, a library, climbing facilities, as well as an outdoor playground and yard. All afternoon activities are included in the tuition fee. Age range: 2-6 (infant group for under 2 years old). Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): RMB 52,000 for half day program; RMB 72,000 for full day program (afternoon activities and lunch included in the tuition fee). Merlin Champagne Town Clubhouse, 6 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8384, www. 金翼德懿幼儿园, 顺义区天竺 镇丽苑街6号美林香槟小镇俱乐部 Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens Part of the Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens’ division of the Etonkids international education group, the Central Park campus features a bilingual Montessori program designed to develop



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“independence, initiative and creativity.” The school caters to children from 1 to 6 years of age and are divided into nursery school (18 months-3 years) and “Casa” (a.k.a. “Early Childhood Community,” 3-6 years) divisions with lessons promoting intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth (nursery) as well as coursework in language arts, mathematics, everyday living skills, sensory awareness exercises and culture (Casa stage). Check the website for additional EtonKids Bilingual Park Campuses. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year):Monthly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 6,250; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 8,500; Yearly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 62,500; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 85,000 1) Central Park Campus: Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6995, Peking House Campus: xuyan@ or, Central Park Campus:, Palm Springs Campus:, Midtown Campus:; 2) Midtown Campus: Bldg 21, Guangqujia Yuan, Guangqumen Waidajie, Chongwen District. (6749 5008, Peking House Campus: xuyan@ or, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids. com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@; 3) Palm Springs Campus: Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 5967, Peking House Campus: xuyan@etonkids. com or, Central Park Campus:, Palm Springs Campus:, Midtown Campus:; 4) Peking House Campus: 20 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 6778/9, Peking House Campus: or zhoudan@etonkids. com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids. com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@ 伊顿双语幼儿 园, 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际19号楼; 2) 崇文区广渠门外大街广渠家园21号楼; 3) 朝 阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈泉国际公寓; 4) 朝阳 区西大望路20号 Etonkids International Kindergarten CBD Global Trade Mansion Etonkids International Kindergarten is one of the oldest schools in Beijing’s Etonkids franchise (a nationwide educational group). The school provides a community-centered American-style education led by Montessori-certified teachers and an educational philosophy based on the Three C’s – Creativity, Character and Culture. Coursework includes lessons in practical life, “sensorial,” math, language, culture and science. A variety of programs are also available including Reggio Baby and Kindermusik. The staff meets regularly for training under the EXCELS school improvement planning program, which is designed to share new teaching practices, the Montessori method and current educational trends. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Annual Registration fee RMB 2,000 Yuan (inclusive the materials and uniforms)RMB71,800-112,000/ year 1) CBD Campus: 3/F, Block D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805, Lido Campus: lidoadmin@etonkids. com, CBD Campus:; 2) Lido Campus: Rm C103, Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7368, Lido Campus:, CBD Campus: www. 伊顿国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区光华 路世贸国际公寓D座3层; 2) 朝阳区机场路丽都 广场C103室 The French International School of Beijing (LFIP) The French International School of Beijing (LFIP) is part of a network of 480 French schools established in 130 countries. It is administered in accordance with the official guidelines established by the French Ministry of Education, while remaining open to the Chinese language and culture and promoting the use of English in an international

context. The LFIP offers its education in 3 languages (French, English, Chinese), from Kindergarten to the final year of High School. Non-native French-speaking students will have their language abilities assessed, and are given special support according to their results. Located in Sanlitun, the LFIP welcomes around 1000 students from about 50 different nationalities. Ages : 3-18 years old. Tuition fees for the 2013-2014 academic year: one time registration fee EUR 850; Kindergarten and elementary School EUR 7,020 – 8,770; Middle School: EUR 8,100 – 9290; High School: EUR 12,590 – 14,440 1) High school: Chaoyang Community College, 17, Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang Shequ Xueyuan, Chaoyang District. (6444 1136,; 2) Elementary school and Middle school: 13 Sanlitun Dongsijie, Chaoyang District. (6532 3498,; 3) Kindergarten: 4 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 7881, 北京法 国国际学校, 1) 朝阳区朝阳社区学院, 北三环东 路17号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯东四街13号; 3) 朝阳 区三里屯路4号 Harrow International School Beijing Harrow International School Beijing prides itself on high academic standards that are maintained within a close-knit school community. All students are assigned a personal tutor who looks after their overall welfare and serves as a liaison between school and home. High academic standards and leadership skills are promoted schoolwide, with a range of enrichment activities to help students develop teamwork and creative thinking skills, as well as independence and responsibility. Graduates from Harrow Beijing have been accepted at universities across the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, and Princeton.Harrow Beijing follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales, culminating in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE and IGCSE’s), and A Levels. Its curriculum is fully accredited by all British Examination Authorities and it is an accredited SAT center. Harrow Beijing is also a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and, like all Harrow International Schools, undergoes regular accreditation visits by CIS and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the US. Harrow Beijing is also a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Southeast Asia and East Asia (FOBISSEA), which enables students to collaborate in music and sports with other schools across Southeast Asia. Age Range: 3-18. Tuition Fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Nursery: RMB 119,800; Reception: RMB 149,300; Years 1-2: RMB 177,700; Years 3-6: RMB 189,100; Years 7-9: RMB 207,600; Years 10-11: RMB 217,600; Years 12-13: RMB 231,700. 287 Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang County, Chaoyang District. (6444 8900, enquiries@ 北京 哈罗英国学校, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各庄村287号 The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China (RDFZ) Founded in 1950, the education philosophy of RDFZ is to respect individuality and develop the students’ personal development. Led by Liu Pengzhi, RDFZ boasts more than 50 international faculty members and over 200 international students. Students can choose to study Mandarin as part of the Chinese language program or take classes with regular middle and high school students. More than 85 percent of the student body has been accepted to top universities like Peking University and Tsinghua University. RDFZ has launched reforms that combine traditional Chinese education and international curricula, including elements of A-Levels, the IB program, and AP classes. RDFZ has a network of 46 partner schools worldwide, including Escola-Hamelin Laie Internacional, Spain; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Phillips Academy Andover; Raffles Intitute; Eton College; and Mahidol Wittayanusorn. Department of International Students, The High School Affiliated to Renmin

University of China, 37 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6251 3962, guojibu3962@ 中国人民大学附属中学 (简称人大附中), 海淀区中关村 大街37号人 大附中国际部 House of Knowledge International Kindergarten (HoK) House of Knowledge (HoK) boasts a unique curriculum that includes aspects of Montessori and Reggio Emilia, with special emphasis placed on the latter approach. Students are treated as competent learners with boundless potential. With this in mind, the curriculum helps kids acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn” in a multilingual environment (English, German, Chinese). Age range: 10 months to 6 years. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 2,000 (registration fee); RMB 5,000-15,000 (refundable deposit based on withdrawal policy); RMB 66,780-136,680 (school fees based on choice of program). 1) Quanfa Campus: North gate of Quanfa compound, 15 Maquanying, Chaoyang District. (6431 8452,; 2) Victoria Gardens Campus: 15 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6538 2624, info@ 好思 之家国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区马泉营15号泉发花 园北门; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路15号维多利亚 花园公寓 The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) As the first and only fullyregistered international Montessori school in Beijing, MSB has been serving the city’s expatriate children since 1990. During that time, it has earned a glowing reputation for its steady commitment to the growth, education, and well-being of its pupils. The school is both an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society(AMS), which upholds the MACTE Montessori education standards on an international level, and the International Montessori Teaching Institute, which provides ongoing training to all of MSB’s lead teachers and teaching assistants. In August 2012, the school expanded its Riviera campus to cover all of its prekindergarten through elementary programs, and counts spacious classrooms, an indoor pool, and a multi-purpose auditorium among its facilities. Parents, in particular, are fond of the campus’s twoCoffee Stops, where they can mingle with a cup of coffee and a freshly-baked treat, courtesy of the school’s dedicated parent association. Age range: 1-12. Tuition fees (2012 Academic Year): 3 Day Toddler (Age 1): RMB 41,000; 5 Day Toddler (Age 1): RMB 65,000; Morning Nursery (Age 2): RMB91,000; Full-day Nursery (Age 2): RMB 135,000; Morning Kindergarten (Ages 3-4): RMB 95,000; Fullday Kindergarten (Ages 3-4): RMB 140,000; Reception (Age 5): RMB 157,000; Elementary (Ages 6-12): RMB 163,000. Bldg 8, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6432 8228, www.msb. 北京蒙台梭利国际学校, 朝阳区朝阳区 香江北路2号院8号楼 International School of Beijing (ISB) Building on its 33-year tradition of academic excellence, ISB is embracing the challenges and rewards of the future of education. Through a tailored, connected, real-world curriculum known as Learning21@ISB, the experienced and passionate teachers provide students with opportunities to grow as individuals, scholars, and contributing members of the community. The school’s curriculum and culture are grounded in the core values of global-mindedness, integrity, respect, balance, creativity, and service. ISB has superior facilities and offers opportunities in sports, service, and the arts. In the school’s welcoming community, students find a balance of rigorous academics and enriching personal growth. Tuition fees (2013-2014 academic year): RMB 75,860 (EC3 half day); RMB 138,710 (EC4 full day); RMB 162,560 (K-Grade 5); RMB 174,430 (Grade 6-8); RMB 191,840 (Grade 9-12). Application fees and capital levy fees also apply. 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (5149

Directories 2345, www.isb. 北京顺义国际学校, 顺义区安华街 10号 Jack & Jill Children’s Center Jack & Jill Children’s Center is a full-day child care and education service provider. The child-focused teaching practices are the cornerstone of a dynamic learning process designed to build up children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for knowledge. The curriculum used is designed and implemented by a professional teaching team based on various curricula, including HighScope, Reggio Emilia and Chinese culture. In an environment where children are the “real owners”, they will develop in mind, body and spirit as they explore the world around them, develop communication and social skills, and learn to proactively and independently think, judge and solve problems. Rm 105108, Bldg 1, Chevalier Apt, 2 Shangjialou Lu, Chaoyang District. (8436 1861, 139 1188 6574, 嘉杉 嘉华儿童之家, 朝阳区尚家楼路2号院裘马都1号 楼105-108室 Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten is located in one of the most beautiful residential compounds in the CBD area of Beijing, with convenient transportation and city parks amidst. Jiade combines Chinese culture with an international blend of English classes and an international faculty team. The vision of Jiade is to be a community in which the education of the child in its fullest sense is nurtured and the child’s potential is realized. We emphasize the development of basic skills and the strong foundation in language, mathematics and cultural subjects which are essential for higher learning. At the same time, we foster the development of the child as a happy, responsible, motivated, confident, thinking person who is well equipped for life. Bldg 221 Balizhuang Beili, Chaoyang District. (8591 8288, www.jdmontessori. com 北京市朝阳区嘉德蒙台梭利双语幼儿园, 朝 阳区八里庄北里221号楼 Keystone Academy Keystone Academy will open in Shunyi District in the fall of 2014. Keystone promises to be a unique and exciting school option for families in China – offering Chinese and American instructional techniques of inquiry-based learning, critical-thinking, and creative problem solving in a rigorous intellectual environment. The academic program will be international in scope, with a central curriculum thread that focuses on Chinese identity, language, culture, and history. Keystone will serve students grades 1 through 12, with a bilingual curriculum in the primary years and more intensive instruction in English as students progress through the program. There will be a boarding school option for Grade 7 and 8, and mandatory boarding in Grade 9-12. Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (5825 6008, admission@ www.keystoneacademy. cn 北京鼎石国际学校, 顺义区后沙峪镇 MIK International Kindergarten MIK is a Beijing based International Kindergarten founded in 2004, which is located next to Beixiaohe Park in Wangjing. MIK offers English Immersion and Chinese Immersion programs based on best practices of early childhood education. The school’s curriculum uses Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence theory as a guide for child development in areas of reasoning, motor and social skills, musicality and linguistics. 1) Xiangshan Qingqin Villa, Sijiqing Zhen, Haidian District. (8259 5093, admissions@mikinternational. com); 2) North Club, Fengshuyuan Yangchun Guanghua Community, Wanliu Donglu, Haidian District. (8257 2575, admissions@; 3) East gate of Beixiaohe Gongyuan, Wangjing Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5734 7085, admissions@ www.mikinternational. com 博识梦飞国际幼儿园, 1) 海淀区四季青 乡香山琴山庄儿童会所; 2) 海淀区万柳东路阳 春光华枫树园北会所; 3) 朝阳区望京西路北小 河公园东门

National Institute of Technology (NIT) Founded in 1997, NIT is composed of three schools: NIT (Grades 10-12), the Australian International School of Beijing (Grades 1-6), and Beijing International School (Grades 1-9). As a joint project of the Chinese and Australian governments, NIT is the only school to offer courses provided by the Australian educational curriculum council. The school now has over 2,300 students, including more than 150 foreign students. NIT and BIS accept both local and foreign students, while AISB accepts expats only. Age range: 2-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Kindergarten: RMB 150,000; Primary school (Grades 1-6): RMB 94,100; Middle school (Grades 7-9): RMB 102,100; High school (Grades 10-12): RMB 139,500; Accommodations: RMB 8,000/year (primary school students); RMB 16,000/year (middle school students); RMB 20,000/year (high school); English training (high school): RMB 42,500/semester (14 weeks); Piano class: RMB 9,600; Health check and insurance (kindergarten): RMB 300. 7 Louzizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8439 0808, jinyumei@nitbj. com) 北京爱迪国际学校, 朝阳区楼梓庄路7号 Springboard International Bilingual School Springboard offers kindergarten through 6th grade in a 75% English, 25% Chinese bilingual environment. The newly renovated building sports brightly-colored classrooms designed for no more than 15 students per class flanked by large common areas that are dotted with toys on the first floor and well-stocked bookshelves on the second. Behind the school there’s a large football pitch and basketball courts, plus indoor play areas, a ballet studio, and art studio and a library in an adjoining building. Springboard’s annual tuition for grades 1 through 6 is RMB 90,000 annually. Gucheng, 15 Houshayu Lu, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. ( http:// 君诚国际双语学校, 顺义区后 沙峪镇火沙路古城段15号 St. Paul American School (SPAS) Saint Paul American School (SPAS) is a private residential school, part of the Nacel International School System, dedicated to meeting the educational needs of international students at the middle and high school level. Located near the Olympic Village Park, and partnered with Number Two High School attached to Beijing Normal University, SPAS offers both an American curriculum, as well as intensive study in Chinese language and culture. This arrangement provides a unique dual diploma system that is fully accredited by the NCA (North Central Association on Accreditation and School Improvement). Saint Paul American School’s intercultural program now serves students from 23 countries around the world, and is truly dedicated to providing a new concept of high school for future leaders in the global community. CurriculumSaint Paul American School provides a full US curriculum, with over 40 courses offered, ranging from the introductory to AP level. Students also take courses in Chinese language, culture, history, and art.For students needing more academic support there is a peer tutoring program, as well as a nightly study hall in which certified teachers provide additional help. All students participate in an after school activity or club of their choosing. Emphasis is given to the fine arts. 18 Guan’aoyuan, Longgang Lu, Qinghe, Haidian District. (8273 8613, david.krieger@ 北 京师范大学第二附属中学, 海淀区清河宝胜里 观澳园18号 Sunwaykids International Kindergarten South Yile Road, LiYuan, Tongzhou District. (6052 3333, 尚慧国际幼儿园, 通州区 梨园怡乐南路 The British School of Beijing (BSB) The British School of Beijing, established in 2003, has campuses in Shunyi (primary & secondary) and Sanlitun (primary). It is the only school in Beijing approved by the UK’s Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

BSB offers an enhanced English National Curriculum to 1,500 expatriate students from more than 60 countries. Our Shunyi campus currently offers IGCSE and A-level examination programmes and from August 2014 will offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme. Families are eligible for a 5% discount by paying yearly tuition fees in full. Age range: 2-18. Tuition fees 2013-2014 Academic Year: RMB 1,600 (Application fee); RMB 16,000 (Security deposit, payable upon acceptance); RMB 107,286 (Pre-Nursery & Nursery mornings); RMB 160,944 (Pre-Nursery & Nursery full day); RMB 173,600 (Reception); RMB 193,217 (Year 1-2); RMB 206,273 (Year 3); RMB 209,339 (Year 4-6); RMB 227,796 (Year 7-9); RMB 234,734 (Year 10-11); RMB 246,057 (Year 12-13). 1) Sanlitun Foundation Stage: 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8532 5320, cn); 2) Sanlitun Primary: No.5 XiLiuJie Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088, admissions@; 3) Shunyi Campus: 9 Anhua Lu (south side), Shunyi District. (8047 3558, www. 北京英国学校, 1) 朝阳区三 里屯北小街7号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯西六街5号; 3) 顺义区安华路9号南院 The Learning Center (TLC) The Learning Center opened in 2004 to meet the specific educational needs of local and expatriate students in Beijing. It aims to address the individual challenges of each student by offering a nurturing environment with small classes or 1:1 tutoring, and experienced, specialized teachers who design tailor-made programs. By helping them realize their academic potential, The Learning Center cultivates not only students’ skills but also their confidence and self-esteem. So far, TLC has worked with over 2,000 students in Beijing. As the only professional tutoring service in Beijing, TLC prides itself on helping students of all ages and levels find the support they need in the subjects they need. Services are targeted to ages 5 to 18. Parenting programs are also available, including adult education and child development workshops. TLC tutors are native English-speaking professional educators with an understanding of international school curricula across Beijing. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Gahood Villa 2108 (next to Yosemite and Capital Paradise), Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 3886/7085, registration@ 顺义区后沙峪嘉浩别墅2108(新国展与ISB之间) Western Academy of Beijing Western Academy of Beijing is an International Baccalaureate World School that boasts a “challenging and caring educational environment in which students are active participants in the learning process.” WAB provides a learner-centered atmosphere that nurtures a strong sense of community among its 1,550 students from 55 countries, with the mission to “Connect, Inspire, Challenge: Make a Difference.” Campus facilities are extensive and include a lake and model wetlands that are the foundation of its environmental science center.Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year, combined total includes capital levy and tuition): Nursery RMB 85,000; Pre-Kindergarten RMB 141,000; Kindergarten RMB 165,000; Grades 1-5 RMB 165,000; Grades 6-8 RMB 181,000; Grades 9-10 RMB 198,000; Grades 11-12 RMB 204,000 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5986 5588, 北京京西学校, 朝阳区来广营东路10号 Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS) Situated next to the scenic downtown Honglingjin Park since 1995, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) is officially registered as a school for foreign nationals, providing bilingual education for students aged 2-18. YCIS Beijing adheres to the National Curriculum for England (NCE) and also integrates an extensive Chinese Language and Culture programme, featuring a unique Co-Teaching model in Kindergarten and Primary school that combines one Western teacher and one Chinese teacher in every

class. Within Secondary school, Yew Chung International School of Beijing follows the IGCSE and IB programmes and is accredited by NCCT, CIS and NEASC.YCIS Beijing has a 100 percent pass rate and 100 percent university acceptance rate to universities such as Oxbridge Universities, Princeton and MIT. YCIS is the only international school in China to have received the ‘Cambridge Award for Excellence in Education’ from Cambridge International Examinations. Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 3731, 北京耀 中国际学校, 朝阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门

Shopping Bookstores Beijing Book Building Take the escalator to the basement to find a large but eclectic range of English-language books. The staff is fluent in English and happy to help you search for a particular title. Dictionaries and books related to learning Chinese language can also be found on the third floor. Daily 9am-9pm. 17 Xichang’an Jie, (right near Xidan subway station), Xicheng District. (6607 8477) 北京图书 大厦, 西城区西长安大街17号 The BookMark The BookMark offers a wide range of books for the whole family, in English and other languages, including a sizable selection of children’s literature. Children can enjoy regular book club gatherings and a weekly thematic story hour with integrated art activities. A family membership (RMB 500) gets you and your crew the chance to borrow five books for up to two weeks at a time. Wed-Sat 10am-4pm. Inside Piazza Cafe, across from side gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi, Shunyi District. (136 0105 4566, shunyilibrary@aol. com) 顺义区顺义区 名都园南门外 The Bookworm English language books to borrow or buy. Book larvae can graze in the library’s Kiddies’ Corner, which houses childsize chairs and toys in addition to books. A family library membership (RMB 500) allows your family to borrow up to six books for two weeks at a time. A growing selection of for-sale books includes favorites like Wicked Chickens and The Gruffalo’s Child. In addition, The Bookworm’s Kids Club offers both young children and teens opportunities to share books with their peers. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507,, kidsclub@ www.chinabookworm. com 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 Page One This addition to Beijing’s bookstore scene offers the best selection under one roof (in art/design, food & wine, bestsellers, classics, etc.), with competitive prices for English-language material. 1) Daily 24hrs. S2, 1-2/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6626,,; 2) Daily 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, page1_cwtc@pageonegroup. com,; 3) Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. Shop 50, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0408, page1_cwtc@, page1_indigo@ 叶一堂, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南 区2楼1-2层; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商 城三期地下2层; 3) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港 地铁层50号 Wangfujing Bookstore 10am-9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6513 2842, 6525 2592) 王府井书店, 东城区王府井大街218号

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Directories safe, innovative and high quality products. They have a large selection of maternity items and pregnancy clothes, as well as breast pumps, bottles, formula, safety items and toys for babies and kids. Brands include ERGObaby, Grobag, Medela, EGG Maternity, Sono Vaso, Crayola, Mini Micro, Recaro, Micralite, Trunki, Skip Hop, Playgro and Organic Family. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm. Shop 5058, Bldg A, 5/F, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaowai Lu (across from Central Park), Chaoyang District. (5900 0601,; 2) Wed-Sun 10am5pm. Cathay View Garden Shopping Mall (next to Beijing Riviera Villas), 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 1690, johanna@ 慧宝, 1) 朝阳区朝外路6号朝外SOHO5层A座5058店铺( 新城国际对面); 2) 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观唐 广场二期商铺 Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) Daily 10am-8.30pm. Unit LB09, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785); 2) 10.30am-6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091) www. 1) 顺义区天竺镇 裕翔路99号欧陆广场LB09; 2) 顺义区天竺镇花梨 坎村南“荣祥广场308室 Boshiwa 365 This China-based retailer aims to be the one-stop shopping place forall your baby- and child-related needs. Girls will love the extensive selection of pretty pink dresses and comfy hoodies. Boys will have no shortage of selection in t-shirts and shorts. In addition to baby clothing, they carry lines for children from 3 to 14 years old. Brands include Disney, Harry Potter, and Thomas the Tank Engine. Dresses start around RMB 199, and t-shirts average about RMB 150 apiece. Daily 10am-10pm.. 1) Fourth Floor, Focus Mall, 6 Futong Dong Dajie, Chaoyang district, Chaoyang District.; 2) 1/F, Kids Land, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park,6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6287); 3) L413-417, 4/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1306) 博士蛙365, 1) 朝阳区朝 阳区阜通东大街6号方恒购物中心2层; 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 阳区朝阳区光华路甲9号世贸天阶413-417 Ikea Stocks a wide range of children’s gear, including extendable beds, high chairs, changing tables, cupboard units and Patrull safety equipment (cabinet/door locks, safety gates, corner bumpers, window catches, etc.). Save your skin by paying to have Ikea technicians assemble your purchases at home. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District. (800 810 5679) 宜 家家居, 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号(四元桥 西北角)

IQAir While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, you can certainly make a difference with the air you breathe in your home or office. IQAir has been the top-rated air purifier brand for more than a decade. The Health Pro 250 is their most popular product and is considered by most to be the best allaround air cleaning system available. With their HyperHEPA technology, you are guaranteed near perfect levels of efficiency for the life of your machine. IQAir China specializes in bringing clean air solutions to both residential



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and commercial users. 1) B1/F, 03A Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922,; 2) Daily 10am10pm. 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601, info@iqair-china. com); 3) 10am-8pm. 6/F, Parkson Plaza, 101 Fuxingmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (157 1286 8485,; 4) Daily 10am10pm. B1/F, Parkson Plaza Taiyanggong, Bldg 1, 12 Qi Sheng Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (157 1286 8454,; 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401,; 6) Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 1801-03, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800,; 7) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 8) Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. B1/F, Golden Resources New Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (157 1286 9044,; 9) 10am-10pm. B2/F, Scitech Plaza, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (188 1020 5987, 1) 顺义区天 竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下一层03A; 2) 朝阳 区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 3) 西城区复 兴门内大街101号6层百盛复兴门店家电部; 4) 朝 阳区七圣中街12号院1号楼B1百盛太阳宫店生活家 电区; 5) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地5层生活家 电区; 6) 朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦1801-03室; 7) 西城区金城坊街金融街417号四层; 8) 海淀区 远大路1号金源新燕莎商城地下1层; 9) 朝阳区建 国门外大街22号赛特购物中心地下二层 Lily’s Antiques Furniture Lily’s Antiques is the most famous furniture dealer in Beijing, offering quality Chinese antiques, but also imported traditional and modern styles from all over the world, from Ming chairs and Tibetan rugs to Indian trunks, Spanish design and Italian sofas. The service is the best in town, with a one-year guarantee and delivery. 1) Daily 8.30am-6pm. Gaobeidian Showroom, 69 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (8579 2458); 2) Visit by Appointment. Factory and Warehouse Address, Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang town, Tongzhou District. (138 0139 6309) 华伦古典家 具, 1) 朝阳区高碑店家俱一条街69号; 2) 通州 区工厂地址,通州区宋 Mothercare Mothercare, the acclaimed British brand, is a global specialist retailer of clothing, home and travel and toys for mothers to be, babies and young children. Sells hard-to-find clothes for kids age 6 and younger, as well as a wide range of nursery furniture and nursery equipment. Find maternity clothes, strollers, bedding, car seats, playpens, baby monitors, children’s clothes and other elusive products at this chain. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) Stall B2122, 1 Senlingongyuan Lu, Jingzhan Xiang, Shunyi District.; 2) Stall 121-123, Beyou World, 111 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) 5/F, Wangfujing Baihuo, 255 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8529 1777); 4) Stall 41284130, 4/F, Jinyuan Xinyansha Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 5506); 5) SMM-42, 1/F, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6134) 1) 顺义区 金盏乡森林公园路1号B21-22商铺; 2) 朝阳区京 顺路111号比如世界1F121-123商铺; 3) 东城区王 府井大街255号王府井百货5层; 4) 海淀区远大路 1号金源新燕莎购物中心4层第4128-4130商铺; 5) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区SMM-42 RGF Pro-active Air Purification System The RGF-DESKTOP system is small, compact, lightweight, easy to install and use in any place. PHI Cell reduces not only germs, viruses. And bacteria but also harmful gases, VOCs, odors, tobacco smoke, suspended airborne particulates as small as 0.01 mm, which are common indoor air pollutants in modern buildings and home. Many air purifiers only purify the air that passes through the device. This results in a large percentage of the room left untreated and unprotected. PHI Cell not only treats the air that passes through the device, but it also sends the friendly oxidizers into the entire room for a complete coverage. Traditional air purifiers often require regular maintenance,

which results in high operational cost. The Desktop requires no cleaning and maintenance. It consumes no more than 10W and operates with low-pressure drop. This provides a great way to save energy for building operators and home owners. F11, North Tower, Daheng Technology Towers, 3 Suzhou Street, Haidian District. (400 818 6660, 美国艾洁弗主动式空气净化器, 海淀区苏州街大 恒科技大厦北座11层

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

Organic Goods Beijing Dream Farm 5255 0910, www. 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 Donggezhuang (10 min north of the International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, 6433 4435 (fax), http://www. 绿牛有机农庄, 顺义区北京 绿牛有机农场(北京京承高速与机场北线交汇处 的东北方向董各庄附近) Green Yard Organic Milk and Yogurt Regular weekly/bi-weekly deliveries of fresh organic milk (including goat’s milk) and organic yogurt produced on an organic dairy farm. English speaking ordering hotline and e-mail ordering available. (800 810 9903, 6506 5855, 139 0128 2292, Helekang Branding itself as “The Largest Organic and Healthy Online Store in China,” Helekang provides a comprehensive selection of organic food and other product brands from all over China, such as Zhenyuan Organic Milk from Anhui Province. The website also provides more eccentric products, such as alter­native cigarettes. php 和乐康 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 1,440-2,800

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 Organic Farm Home Delivery Service Organic Farm has its own shuttles which deliver 100% certified organic groceries directly to your doorstep. Besides fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs and dairy products, there is also a high-quality selection of organic import foods. Just call 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (English and Chinese) or visit their website to place an order. Free delivery from Monday to Saturday. Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 101, 1/F, Park Avenue, 6 Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6530 6641; 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (delivery), http://www. 有机农庄, 朝阳区北京朝阳 公园南路6号公园大道商业大厦1层101号 Phyt’s Organic Beauty Center 10am10pm. 101 villas, 11 floor,Zhuyujiayuan, 9 Rd Shoulinan road, Haidian district, Haidian District. (+86 68790924, +86 64635108) www.., 菲茨有机美丽 中心, 海淀区海淀区首体南路9号主语家园11号 楼101别墅 Shangrila Botanicals Shangrila Farms produces items made in Yunnan, including organic coffee, honey, and some botanical beauty products. Proceeds help to support the Yunnan Mountain Heritage Foundation. Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, EC Mall, Bldg 1 (east entrance), 1 Danlingjie, Zhongguancun, Haidian District. (8454 9514, info@ www.shangrilafarms. com 海淀区中关村丹棱街1号欧美汇购物中心3 层(地铁4号线和10号线海淀黄庄站直达) Sunlin Farm Sunlin Farm is one of Beijing’s best-known Community Supported Agri­ culture (CSA) farms, and specializes in poultry and egg delivery. The organic vegetables grown on the farm go mostly towards feeding the chickens, ensuring that the meat and eggs that come from this farm are safe and healthy. 100 Lüzhang Lu, Zhangzhen Lübu Tun, Shunyi District. (6148 8091, 圣林生态农庄, 顺义区顺义 区张镇吕布屯吕张路100号 Theresa’s Farm This organic farm offers free delivery inside the 5th ring road, every Friday (orders must be made three days in advance).A prepayment of RMB 1,000 is required in advance, and orders are then deducted from your original prepayment. As soon asyour account goes below RMB 200, they ask if you’d like to top it up. Simple! (1370 1277 398, 天福园 Tianfuyuan Farm Owner Zhang Zhiming has operated this farm for nine years, and provides chemical-free vegetables and produce to members for a RMB 1000 deposit. The site is also home to a wide array of animals who help out with fertilizer and weed control, and who are fed with the organic produce grown here. Jiang village, Liangxiang Town, Fangshan District. (137 0127 7398) 北京天福园种植中 心, 房山区房山区良乡镇江村 Tongchu Organics Though based in Shanghai, Tongchu Organics’ website carries the popular organic personal care brands Weleda and Nature’s Gate. They also deliver a wide selection of other non-perishable organic brands to Beijing, such as coffee.

Photography Studios & Services ELF kids Photography Daily 9.30am-5.30pm. 5-2-101, 33 Shiyun Haoting, Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8776 9877, 152 0110 0176, 爱儿菲亲子 摄影工作室, 朝阳区广渠路33号石韵浩庭5-2-101

Directories Littleones Kids & Family Portrait Studio This Western photography studio specializes in newborn, children, family, and maternity photos. Photo shoots are tailored to each family. Daily 9am-6pm. Swan Bay Building 16, suite 2203, Chao Yang Bei Lu, Chaoyang District. (8577-9987, 美国乐童万色儿童摄影机 构, 朝阳区朝阳北路天鹅湾南区16号楼2203 Mishka Family Photography This husband and wife team speak Russian, English and Chinese. Offers professional portraits, actions shots, and specializes in photographing children. 1) C3, Fuli City, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Rm 1910, CAMEO Center, Guangshunnan Dajie, Chaoyang District. (maxim@mishka. pro), 1) 朝 阳区双井桥富力城C3; 2) 朝阳区广顺南大街嘉 美中心1910 Smile Photography Studio Smile Photography Studio does commercial shoots, advertising, product shoots, events, portraits, video, and more. Rm 101, Unit 1, Bldg 1, Qingfeng Huajinyuan, Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (183 0104 7315) 永乐摄影, 海淀区海 淀区学院路青枫华锦园1号楼1单元101室 The Bloom Family Photography Recently relocated to Sihui East, frequent beijingkids collaborator The Bloom Family Photography provides high-quality photography services to families. Featuring candid and customized photography, Bloom aims to capture the uniqueness and personality of its subjects. The studio is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and is also available for local and domestic travel. Daily 10am-6pm. Rm 28A, Bldg 4, Chaoyang Yuan, Qingnian Lu, Chaoyang District. (8559 1851, 155 1061 6900, www. 花开摄影机构, 朝阳区青年路朝 阳园4号楼28A室 VivaXiao Photography Studio Formerly known as Small World Photo Studio, VivaXiao is a professional photography studio based in Shunyi. Providing services both in and out of the studio, VivaXiao aims to create memorable photos that evoke emotions, capture memories, and awaken the imagination. Tue-Sun 10am7pm. Rm 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. (80461603 (Chinese), 13691091046 (English)) 小 小世界专业摄影, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆 广场五层509-510

Services China Mobile 1) Daily 9am-7pm. Near Guomao Subway Station Exit D, B1/F, Guoyi Guangchang, Jianguomenwei Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6566 0399); 2) 29 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (10086) 中国移动通信, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街国宜广场 B1国贸地铁口D; 2) 西城区西城区金融街29号 China Unicom Regular landlines cost RMB 235 to install, and ISDN lines cost RMB 315. If you already have a regular phone line, then you can add an ISDN line for RMB 95. 1) Daily 8.30am6pm. 65 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (10010); 2) Daily 9am-5pm. B1/F, Tower 1, Guomao Dasha, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 中国 联通北京公司, 1) 东城区建国门内大街65号; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大厦1座B1层 La Leche League (LLL) (xiaohua68847@

Sports Dance Beijing Academy of Performing Arts In operation since 2006 by Beijing Playhouse, Beijing Academy of Performing Arts’ theater camps run for two weeks during most school holidays. Over the course of the camp, students will be exposed to all facets of theater, engaging in acting, music, dance, costume design, prop making and set painting. Mon -Sat

4am-4pm. Baiziwan, Chaoyang District. (134 6638 8333, performance@beijingplayhouse) 朝 阳区百子湾 CapoeiraBeijing We are an affiliate school of Capoeira Mandinga under guidance and supervision of Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha. Our mission is to raise awareness about Capoeira as an effective martial art through teaching and promoting its techniques, philosophy, and Afro-Brazilian roots. We study a mix of capoeira styles including Angola, Regional, Miudinho, and Maneira, and place strong emphasis on the music, dances and rituals that enrich our art form. We actively promote Brazilian culture by engaging local and foreign communities in Beijing at events, workshops and performances. B1. East Gate Plaza Block B. 29 Dongzhong Street. Subway Line 2, Dongsishitiao or Dongzhimen, Dongcheng District., Dongcheng District. (135 8163 2516) 东城区B1, B 座, 东环广场, 东中街29号, 2号线地铁东直门/ 东四十条. Children’s Academy of Artistic Dance (CAAD) CAAD is committed to nurturing and expanding dance education and creativity for children aged 3-12 and offers carefullycrafted professional courses by specialty which included ballet, Chinese folk dance, Latin dance and musical theater.Parent-child classes and beginner’s dance classes for pre-school children aged 3-4 emphasizes the development of a child’s natural sense of dance and aims to inspire their inherent dance potential in a creative and fun way. CAAD is the only dance education institution in China with a 1,200sqm studio including 6 professional dance rooms, multimedia teaching system, dedicated rest areas for parents, a music and film appreciation zone, locker rooms, water bar, entertainment area for children and comprehensive supporting facilities. Upon enrolment, each student is provided with FREE specially tailored dance apparel for their specific courses including stretch, velvet stockings/leggings, a CAAD dance bag, soft sole shoes, dance props etc Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Office Bldg 1, 10/F, Greenlake Place, Chaoyang District. (59282170, cn 似翼儿童舞蹈, 朝阳区观湖国际公寓1号办 公楼10层 J-Ballet School Formerly the Western Ballet School, J-Ballet offers instruction in Chinese, Japanese or English to children and adults. Courses are divided into fall (Sept-Dec), spring (Feb-July) and summer (July-Aug) terms. Children’s lessons are in six levels (RMB 60-80 per class). Adult classes are RMB 80 each, with packages of 10 lessons for RMB 700 and 20 lessons for RMB 1200. Students get 10% discount on adult classes. 1) Pulse Health Club, Kempinski Hotel, Lufthansa centre, 50 Liangmaqiao lu., Chaoyang District.; 2) 1/F, Bldg D, Jingxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8453 3003; 138 0103 6364 (Ms. Takeda); 138 0113 5877 (Ms. Tang)) J-芭蕾教室, 2) 朝阳区幸福 村中路景绣园D座一层西侧 On Pointe Dance Studio On Pointe Dance Studio is an innovative dance school catering mainly to expat children. The school offers a full and varied teaching program that covers ballet, jazz, and tap. The ballet syllabus follows the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi and holds accredited RAD examinations annually. The jazz and tap work that is taught is nonsyllabus, focusing on an array of styles from commercial to Broadway. The school focuses on excellence in teaching while encouraging students to achieve their full potential. All instructors are fully-trained and experienced within their own fields. Classes are held at the British School of Beijing’s Shunyi campus from Monday to Saturday and at East Lake Villas on Sundays. 1) East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (; 2) British School of Beijing (Shunyi Campus), 9 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. ( 1) 东城区东城区东直

门外大街35号东湖别墅; 2) 顺义区顺义区安华街 9号南院北京英国学校 The Conservatory of International Style and Cultural Arts (CISCA) The benefits of learning ballet at an early age aims to nurture young children’s instinctive joy of movement with music and freedom of expression to increase self control and co-ordination, discipline, confidence and self esteem. Programs tailored to people who want to develop a hobby as well as who want to prepare for future programs as a professional dancer. 1) Quan Fa Garden Club House, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 5657, 139 1103 2760); 2) 208, Lido Country Club, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6438 1677, 137 1643 3908) 1) 朝阳区香江北 路2号泉发花园会所; 2) 朝阳区将台路6号丽都广 场丽都乡村俱乐部C208室

Fencing Fenxing Fencing Club The Fenxing Fencing Club uses the Olympic Stadium inside the Asian Games Complex for regular club meetings. Tue-Sun 9am - 9pm. Bldg. 2050, Gahood Villa 5 Yunyang Rd., Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. ( 北京奋星击剑俱乐部, 顺义区西白辛庄榆阳路5 号嘉浩别墅2050 Wanghaibin International Fencing The Wanghaibin International Fencing Club runs classes for adults and children in the three disciplines of sabre, épée and foil. The club hosts regular competitions, beginners sessions and corporate events across in its 4-storey clubhouse. Bldg 2, Block 21, Xiaoying Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8499 0075) 王海滨国际击剑 俱乐部, 朝阳区小营北路21号院2号楼

Golf Anselmo Golf Academy Based at Direct Link Golf, Anselmo Golf Academy offers PGA professional coaching programs, clinics, and individual lessons for ages 5 and up. The academy combines years of experience, advanced analysis software, superior equipment, and theory study. Junior golf programs foster social skills, values, life skills, and physical fitness. Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) is one child-centered approach through which kids can learn about golf and develop skills within a game context. Daily 9am-6pm. Direct Link Golf, 89 Capital Airport Expressway, Shunyi District. (Jasmine Wilson: 136 9150 5009,, www.anselmogolfacademy. com 阿索默高尔夫学院, 顺义区首都机场路89号 北京德霖高尔夫旗舰店 Beijing Ladies Golf Beijing Ladies Golf is comprised of enthusiastic ladies of different nationalities who share a passion for golf. They also organize fun events such as games, luncheons, dinners, golf clinics and workshops. All lady golf enthusiasts are welcome to play every Thursday at courses around Beijing. Join for awards, prizes and (of course) lots of fun. Email or visit for more information. (

Martial Arts Beijing Jiujitsu Academy Offers classes in Brazilian jiujitsu, as well as mixed martial arts taught by internationally trained and certified instructors. Age 14 and up only.Price range:RMB 680-3200 depending on different packages of training period. E-52 Boxing and Fitness Club, 5-6/F, Tianyuan Heping Shangsha, 17 Hepingli Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8421 6385, 182 1002 8619, 北京安 迪柔术馆, 朝阳区朝阳区和平里中街17号天元和 平商厦5、6层北京E-52俱乐部 BLCU Muay Thai Club Based at Beijing Language and Culture University, this Muay Thai club is led by a Thai trainer with 20 years of experience. Group classes cost RMB 500 per

month and private classes cost RMB 100 per hour. Daily 2-5pm. BLCU, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (159 1077 7158, 语言大学泰拳, 海淀区海淀区成府路北京语言大学 Boxing Fusion Boxing Fusion is a group fitness training system. The first of its kind in Beijing, it blends HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), Muay Thai, boxing, CrossFit, Kettlebell-inspired concepts, and body weight drill progressions. Programs include boot camps designed for office workers, women, kids, and teens. All boot camps cost RMB 1,000, run for one month and include three sessions per week, full dietary advice, and professional guidance. Rm 233, Block B, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaoyangmen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (136 5126 1826, 朝阳 区朝阳门外大街6号朝外SOHO B座233室 Capoeira Mandinga Beijing (18611705854 - Morena, 18610022050 - Van, 18600056983 Jun) China Baby Kung Fu Hall China Baby Kung Fu Hall combines traditional Chinese culture and martial arts. As the designated teaching base of the Chinese Wushu Association, the school has more than 100,000 students training in kung fu, sanda, taichi, and self-defence. There are group classes (maximum of eight students), one-toone classes, and family packages available. Rm S108B, Guangcai International Mall, 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (186 0098 8666 Registration, 6551 3108 or 6553 7689 Hotline, www. 中华宝贝功夫会馆, 朝阳 区朝阳区工体西路18号光彩国际底商S108B Flips & Kicks Plus Formerly known as Beijing Sports Plus, Flips & Kicks Plus specializes in providing gymnastics and martial arts coaching to Beijing’s international community. Kids can improve their physical condition, co-ordinaton, concentration, self-esteem and confidence in a stimulating, challenging, safe and fun environment. Programs are taught in English by qualified international staff. (Kai: 151 1021 8649, Fredrik: 183 1146 2632, www. The Legend Muay Thai & Fitness Located in CBD, The Legend Muay Thai and Fitness is the only pure Muay Thai gym in Beijing. All of its trainers are elite Muay Thai champions from Thailand. “Train like a Thai, fight like a Thai” is the core concept of The Legend. Classes follow the authentic training system practiced by the most distinguished Muay Thai gyms in Thailand. There welcome both adults and children. Classes for kids are good for developing motor skills, discipline, and determination. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am -6pm. S-B02, Bld 2, South Blue Castle Int’l Apartment, 3 Xi Dawang Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (info@ 泰弈泰拳(CBD)会馆, 朝阳区朝阳 区西大望路3号院蓝堡国际公寓2号楼S-B02 Wushu School of Beijing Sport University If you’re interested in Chinese kung fu and would like to pick up Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan’s moves in a short period of time, Wushu School may be your answer. They claim to be the most equipped and prestigious martial arts institution in China, capable of displaying and teaching the quintessence of Chinese martial arts to students within 10 lessons. Their courses are also unique in that they incorporate specific styles, i.e. the fists method, an ancient weapons show, taichi, lion dancing, qigong and more. 48 Xinxi Lu, Haidian District. (151 0108 9808, xiatian1017@gmail. com) 北京体育大学武术学院, 海淀区信息路48号

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

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The Circuit The Circuit is a chance to check out what’s happening on the Beijing family scene. Want to see your event on these pages? Send an email with the date of your event, a brief description, and at least three high-resolution photos (1MB and over) to by March 10. Keystone Academy Chinese New Year Celebration On January 25, 630 parents and children celebrated Chinese New Year with Keystone Academy. “A New Year, A New Beginning, and A New World” featured lion dancing, rolling lamps, Peking opera, a symphony performance of “Peter and the Wolf,” activities with Olympic fencers, and a variety of traditional Chinese games, arts, and crafts.

photos: courtesy of keystone



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The Circuit Without a Shadow of a Doubt In December, the International School of Beijing’s “Communication and Collaboration Project” culminated in a visit from the Beijing Shadow Puppet Troupe, which helped students incorporate shadows into music, movement, and storytelling activities.

photos: courtesy of ISB and WAB

WAB Opens New Sports Dome Last month,Western Academy of Beijing students enjoyed the Tiger L’Air – the school’s new 3,200sqm air-supported structure with five tennis courts and a cushioned performance surface.

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The Circuit Snow Place like HoK On January 22, youngsters from House of Knowledge International Kindergarten’s Chaoyang campus went on a field trip to Nanshan Ski Resort.

Horse Around at YCIS Beijing On January 22, the YCIS Beijing community joined to welcome in the Year of the Horse with a host of performances and a temple fair. Younger students performed a combination of dance and singing, including both traditional and modern songs, while Year 12 students organized the activities and refreshments at the temple fair.

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The Circuit A Spring in 3e’s Step On January 24, students, parents, and staff at 3e International School celebrated Spring Festival with a temple fair, dragon parade, performances, and traditional Chinese treats, crafts, and activities.

photos: courtesy of 3e and eduwings

CNY Fun at Eduwings On January 24, Eduwings Kindergarten celebrated Chinese New Year with activities and games based around local culture. The students made lucky cards, Chinese lanterns, and jiaozi.

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The Circuit Atelier Reaches out to Local Orphans On December 15, Atelier organized an art class for blind children from Bethel China. As part of a new drive to engage with local charities, the art school worked with the students to make faces out of clay using food spices as decorations.

Temple Fair at BCIS On January 18, BCIS held its sixth annual temple fair. Community members were treated to traditional arts and crafts, as well as food, drink, and an array of items for sale. More than 2,000 people came to enjoy the fair, which also featured performances from BCIS students and demonstrations in Chinese martial arts and shadow puppetry.

photos: courtesy of atelier and bcis



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The Circuit New Year Activities at Daystar On January 24, students, families, and staff at Daystar Academy celebrated Chinese New Year with traditional games, arts and crafts, and dumpling making.

photos: courtesy of daystar and etonkids

Etonkids Students Perform on National TV On January 2, over 40 young performers from Etonkids International Children’s Art Troupe took part in CCTV’s Children’s Channel where they performed the song “Jasmine Flower.”

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The Circuit Temple Fair Fun at Dulwich To celebrate the Year of the Horse, Dulwich College Beijing held a temple fair featuring arts and crafts, performance, and ice sculpting.

BIBA Ushers in New Year with a Roar On January 24, Beijing International Bilingual Academy celebrated Chinese New Year with acrobatic shows, traditional costumes, red market fairs, and a red lion to meet students at the school gate.

photos: courtesy of sdcb and bibs



2014 March

The Circuit Wasabi Eating Contest Raises Charity Funds at Harrow In late January, students from Ju Ching house at Harrow International School Beijing organized a week of fundraising activities for charity. The series of events, which included a wasabi eating contest, helped raise more than RMB 12,000 for the Sun Village Foster Home.

photos: courtesy of harrow and huijia

Snow Joking Around at Huijia Students at Huijia’s Sanyuanqiao campus made the most of the year’s first snowfall with range of activities, including painting, building snowmen and snow castles, and excavating dinosaurs from ice. They wrapped up the day with the all-important snowball fight.

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The Circuit Back to Class for BCA Parents On January 17, Beijing Collegiate Academy held the second of four family lesson days in which parents are invited to experience their children’s classes. Afterwards, the students divided into their house teams for a relay competition.

RDFZ Students Put On Talent Show On November 27, international students at the High School Affiliated to Renmin University took part in a talent competition. A song and dance performance entitled “Paims” took first prize in the contest.

photos: courtesy of bca and rdfz



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The Circuit The Baldwin School Admission Reception On January 22, the Baldwin School held a reception at the Grand Hyatt Beijing. Organized by Century Glory, Baldwin Head of School Sally Powell and Assistant Head Mindy Hong spoke about admissions, the curriculum, and campus of the US-founded allgirls school.

photos: courtesy of century glory and art bug

Art Bug Storyland Winter Camp Art Bug held an Alice in Wonderland-themed winter camp in which children created artworks through sculpting, clay modeling, painting, arts and crafts, and papier machĂŠ. They also took performed an Alice in Wonderland play on the last day of the camp.

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Family Favorites Favorite Family Restaurant South Beauty at Europlaza in Shunyi and the Guomao branch of Grandma’s Kitchen. The kids also love the awesome burgers The Garage.

Favorite Snacks Candied hawthorn berries, fried vegetablefilled pies from a street vendor, and curly potato on a stick. Actually, pretty much anything on a stick.

Best Way to Relax At-home foot massage by Le Spa

Favorite Neighborhood Nanluoguxiang. We love the shopping, snacks, and just wandering around the hutongs taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of Beijing.

Best Places to Play Fundazzle on pollution-heavy days, Tuanjiehu Park for a cool-off in the summer, and Beijing Zoo and Aquarium, where the beluga whale was a huge hit (especially the call it makes).

Weekend Activities We love hiking at least once a month with Beijing Hikers.

Favorite Day Trip We love going to Mutianyu Great Wall to hike in the fall, having an early dinner at The Schoolhouse and watching the glass blowing demonstration, followed by some fruit picking at a local orchard.

Favorite Places to Shop Wangfujing and Panjiayuan. The kids also love to practice the Chinese art of bargaining at the Silk Market.

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2014 March

photo: ken

US-born Robert Berkowitz, a director at technology company Lenovo, has lived in Beijing for seven months with his wife Julie and their three kids Wyatt (age 9), Seth (6), and Ada (20 months). Wyatt and Seth attend the International School of Beijing. The family also has a pet pug called Gargoyle, whom they got from a Beijing pet market. We caught up with Robert to find out the family’s favorite spots in Beijing and beyond. Oscar Holland

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