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CULTURE IN THE CAPITAL Scour obscure markets, check out local schools, amble through local parks, and hit up the city’s best cultural centers

Berry-tastic Strawberry picking in Changping District The Heart of the Matter A guide to adopting a Chinese baby

Feeding Time Beijing Zoo and Aquarium May 2012



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CULTURE IN THE CAPITAL Scour obscure markets, check out local schools, amble through local parks, and hit up the city’s best cultural centers



May 2012

The Heart of the Matter A guide to adopting a Chinese baby Berry-tastic Strawberry picking in Changping District Feeding Time Beijing Zoo and Aquarium

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May 2012

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May 2012 Contents




55 Health

Features 55

To Be Immersed


Ms. Nutrition

A day in the life of international kids who attend local schools

Olivia Lee exposes the truth about fat


On the Hunt


The Doc Is In

Shopping at Beijing’s more obscure markets

Weighing the pros and cons of TCM with Dr. Richard


A Midpoint Called Malta

YCIS Beijing student Dion Dong stands between two worlds


From Canada with Love

CISB student Erika Richards adds Mandarin to the mix


Top Places to …


The Dragon’s Den

Treat Mom on Mother’s Day

BCIS student April Xiaoyi Xu waxes poetic about identity


Dining Out


A Micronesian in Beijing


BWYA student Sean Calvin Apis comes to the big city


Food For Thought


Don’t Dream It, Be It

Making bread from scratch with Jennifer Thomé

Take the plunge into the Beijing’s cultural life



Playing 30

What’s Fun In: Beijing Zoo and Aquarium


See pandas and jellyfish in Haidian District

In full bloom at Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park





Unleash fists of fury with martial arts

Updates, recommendations and interesting finds


Family Travels


The Spragues hang out with minorities in Guizhou

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The Lindsays get their kicks on Route 66 in the US

Pick-your-own strawberry farms in Changping

Day Tripper

May 2012 Contents




20 Learning 42

When I Grow Up

BIBA students meet paleontologist Amanda Falk


The Roundtable

International Academy of Beijing students talk racism


Blank Canvas

Artwork from The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten

Directories 70 72 76 77 78 79 84 86

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

Parenting 48

Beijing Baba

A case of too many extracurricular activities for Gareth Jones


Alternate Routes

Jenn Ambrose delves into “Small C” culture

A Match Made in China

Everything you need to know about Chinese adoptions




May 2012


Say hello to Beijing’s smallest


The Circuit

Happenings in the Beijing family scene


Family Favorites

The Thoreau Daquet family

CULTURE IN THE CAPITAL Scour obscure markets, check out local schools, amble through local parks, and hit up the city’s best cultural centers

Berry-tastic Strawberry picking in Changping District May 2012

Beijing’s essential international family resource

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


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The Heart of the Matter A guide to adopting a Chinese baby

Feeding Time Beijing Zoo and Aquarium

Eli Sheppard (7) attends 3e International School and practices kung fu with Jinghua Wushu (more info on p34) through his school. He enjoys building Lego temples and trucks, drawing, and reading; his favorite books are The Adventures of Tintin. He has been living in Beijing for seven months with his parents and his younger brother Finn (5). As a family, their goal is to learn Mandarin and kung fu. Eli’s favorite places in Beijing are the Summer Palace and the Great Wall. Photo by Mishka Family Photography.


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Age-by-Age Index Babies Talk about pregnancy nutrition with Olivia Lee...................... 16 Attend BISS’ annual spring carnival...................................... 17 Make baby friends at the BSB Baby Group........................... 19 Ooh and aah over Beijing’s newest faces.............................. 20 Find out how to adopt a baby from China............................ 50 Stroll through a traditional Chinese park.............................. 66 The Thoreau Daquet family dishes on hutong gems.............. 96

Toddlers Check out the Children’s House art exhibition....................... 16 Keep cool at the BSB Summer Splash.................................. 18 Have a burger at the Summer Sizzle Family Barbecue........... 19 Spend Children’s Day at MOMA Kids.................................... 19 Dig into a fresh crepe at Crêpanini...................................... 25 Watch pandas frolic at Beijing Zoo....................................... 30 Pick berries at an organic strawberry farm........................... 40

Elementary School Kids Catch a showing of Beijing Playhouse’s Oklahoma!............... 19 Try artisanal jam at a local farmer’s market.......................... 19 Spoil mom with a Mother’s Day brunch................................ 24 Uncover bird fossils with paleontologist Amanda Falk............ 42 Read about international kids in local schools....................... 55 Pick up hidden treasures at a lesser-known market............... 58 Take a dumpling-making class at Black Sesame Kitchen........ 66

Middle and High School Kids Knead bread loaves from scratch......................................... 26 Register for MMA, wushu, or Shaolin kung fu classes............ 34 Hang out with minorities in Guizhou.................................... 36 Drive from coast to coast on Route 66 in the US................... 38 Weigh in on the state of racism and prejudice...................... 44 Answer the question “Where do you come from?”................ 62 Play Chinese hacky sack at the park.................................... 66

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Editor's Note

The editor (at age 6) feeding ducks in Cape Cod


Star-Spangled Chinese Roots

he culture of my youth is best explained as the hyphen in Chinese-American. My parents were born and bred in New York City; my dad in Chinatown, my mom in the Bronx. We lived in the suburbs, a middle ground between the metropolitan city life and countryside of New York. I grew up with a limited Toisanese vocabulary, reserved for young children. I would funfun (nap), drink nainai (milk), throw out anything that was jaja (dirty), and answer to the nickname Noi Noi, which means small girl. On occasion, the home phone would ring and the caller would speak a distant language. “Hold on! Hold on! Hold on!” I would say loudly and clearly, while running with the receiver to my dad in the living room, terrified that the caller would hang up. With a sigh of relief, I would hand him the phone: “It’s for you, Dad.” Besides the occasional Toisanese word, we only spoke English at home; regardless, my life was woven with aspects of Chinese culture. My daily life was like that of any other suburban dweller during the week, but on the weekends, I was at elaborate Chinese banquets in Chinatown for weddings and birthdays. At a round table covered in red cloth and a lazy Susan, I would unabashedly dissect the crunchy shell of the bird’s nest dish, swallow giant shrimp drenched in sweet mayonnaise, bite into a warm chasiubao (steamed bun) and eagerly await the plate of almond cookies and orange slices that always came at the feast’s end. I also recall Chinese New Year as an intense day. Firecrackers boomed and crackled, their red paper guts blanketing the street. After parking the car, we would run down Mott Street and cram into my grandmother’s one-bedroom apartment with our extended family. From her window, we would see the dragon and lion dances below, and listen to the resounding boom of drums, overpowered only by the sharp bang of fireworks. Back in Rockland County, my friends were not trying to escape a fury of ear-splitting firecrackers. There were other shared occasions: Girl Scout

campouts at Camp Addisone Boyce, birthday parties on roller skates at The Rink, and sledding down the snow-covered hill behind Tappan Zee High School. My childhood cannot be classified as typically American or entirely Chinese; instead it was a blend of these two worlds – not unlike your child’s cross-cultural upbringing in Beijing. While I never imagined that I would move east to live as a Beijinger, here we all are, embracing the culture of decades past, walking through the city’s vibrant hutongs, sipping suannai out of ceramic jugs, and watching (and perhaps participating in) elegant taichi in the park. Explore the deepest corners of Beijing with us this month: from local markets (p58) to a variety of Chinese cultural activities (p66). Also gain perspective on life in local schools (p55) and what it is like for teenagers as third-culture kids (p62). One of the places I called home in Beijing was at the top of a six-floor walkup. It was a great apartment, but every morning, even on Saturday and Sunday, I was rudely awakened by loud cooing pigeons scratching on the roof at 6am. One day, I told the owner about his pigeons' disturbance. After an hour of explaining the situation to him, he reasoned that the root of this problem was that foreigners don’t like waking up early, while Chinese people do. “Early to bed, early to rise,” he said, agreeing to let them out of their cage at 7am instead of 6am. I didn't argue with his logic, and laughed along with him instead. Everyone knows that living in Beijing is what we make of it, so we might as well make the most of all of our experiences.

Kara Chin Managing Editor May 2012




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Temple of Heaven, Tai Chi, Tea, and Summer Palace Tour

All ages. This ambitious tour gives you the Temple of Heaven, tai chi in the park, tea ceremonies, the Summer Palace, and more. See May 15 listing.



For teens and adults. Learn how to play mahjong and pit yourself against seasoned locals in this two-part lesson. See May 9 listing.

All ages. Do some hiking at the Great Wall, then see the Ming Tombs in Changping. See May 10 listing.

All ages. Do like the French do and have a warm crepe on the sidewalk after work or school. See Dining Out (p25).

INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning: Chaoyang Park

Putong Hua: Crime and Punishment

All ages. This brand-new branch of the INN Neighborhood Coffee Mornings kicks off with a picnic in Chaoyang Park (if the weather’s nice). See May 16 listing.

For teens and adults. The theme of The Bookworm’s storytelling series for this month is Crime and Punishment. Sit back and listen, or take the stage yourself. See May 18 listing.

Strong Society, Smart State: China’s Foreign Policy

For adults. Dr. Stephanie Teoh of Beijing International SOS covers a variety of topics relating to menopause in women. See May 20 listing.

For adults. James Reilly of the University of Sydney speaks about contemporary Chinese politics as part of The Bookworm’s Book Talks. See May 23 listing.

Pedicab Hutong, Family Visit, Herbal Pharmacy, Forbidden City, and Porcelain Museum

For adults. Find hair stylists, makeup consultants, fashion vendors, stylists, jewelry designers, and more in one place, and treat yourself to a makeover. See May 28 listing.

For adults. Learn everything you need to know about going organic in China from a panel of guest speakers. See Apr 30 listing.

Enjoy a Crepe at Crêpanini

Women’s Health: Menopause and HRT

INN Monthly Meeting: Looking Great in Beijing

INN Monthly Meeting: Going Organic in Beijing

Great Wall Mutianyu and Ming Tombs

Ages 5+. Chat with locals, stroll through hutongs, see a pharmacy, and more. See May 16 listing.

BSB Baby Group

Ages 0-2. This informal biweekly event brings together parents, babies, and ayis for some social time. See Ongoing listings.

May 2012

Black Sesame Kitchen Wine n’ Dine

All ages. Every Wednesday and Friday, Black Sesame Kitchen offers a 10-course Chinese dinner paired with two New World wines. See Ongoing listings.

Electric Shadows Summer Cinema: The Artist

Be a Heyrobics Coach

Ages 14+. Catch a free screening of the Oscar-winning 2011 film The Artist on a rooftop terrace and enjoy cold drinks. See May 24 listing.

For adults. Want to be part of the Heyrobics team? Show off your stuff at a three-day training session with the sport’s founder, Johan Holmsater. See May 25 listing.

Parents As Learners (PAL) Workshop

Children’s Day Stars and Rain

For adults. BCIS’ Parents as Learners (PAL) workshop features a talk on building resiliency in children by Dr. Rob Blinn of Beijing United Family Hospital. See May 31 listing.

Ages 3+. For Children’s Day, enjoy prize draws, silent auctions, and family activities at MOMA Kids International Kindergarten. See Jun 1 listing.

Spot Nemo

Avoid the weekend crowds and visit the Beijing Zoo and Aquarium in Haidian District. See What’s Fun In (p30).

PHOTOs: queen of the desert, gigisko, uberculture, bjmnwood, jimmiehomeschoolmom, jonner, and alexandre prévot of flickr

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Spoil Mom Rotten

All ages. This year’s Spring in the City theme at BCIS is Imagine Africa, complete with performances, games, bouncy castles, raffle prizes, food, and more. See May 12 listing.

Today is Mother’s Day. Do you have anything prepared? If not, check out our roundup of Mother’s Day brunches for ideas (p24).

Interceltic Fest Noz 2012

BSB Summer Splash

All ages. This traditional Breton festival features live music, traditional dancing, cultural treats, and activities for the entire family. See May 19 listing.

All ages. The British School of Beijing’s annual Summer Fayre has water games, vendors, and activities for all. See May 20 listing.

Departing from China with Pets

For adults. Experts from the International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) give a comprehensive info session on leaving Beijing with pets. See May 26 listing.

Summer Sizzle Family BBQ

All ages. Kick off the summer with a barbecue hosted by OASIS Healthcare and AustCham, with food, drinks, raffle prizes, and games. See Jun 2 listing.

Stroll Through an Obscure Market

All ages. Take a walk on the local side of Beijing by visiting one of the city’s less touristy markets. See Feature (p58).

Go Strawberry Picking

All ages. Venture out to Changping District for some quality strawberry picking time with the whole family. See Day Tripper (p40).

Beijing Playhouse Presents Oklahoma!

All ages. Today is your last chance to catch Beijing Playhouse’s production of Oklahoma!, the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical. See Ongoing listings.

Visit the CFFM Farmer’s Little JeepMarket (in Chinese)

All ages. Daystar Academy hosts a For ages 3-12. The Little Jeep is the weekly farmer’s market with produce, Chinese version of Thomas the Tank Enartisanal goods, handicrafts, and more. gine. In Chinese only. See Jan 1 listin See Ongoing listings.

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Show Mom Some Love

On May 13, mothers everywhere will be spoiled with breakfast in bed, bouquets of carnations, and hand-drawn cards. Known as a blockbuster day for flower sales and greeting cards in the US, Mother’s Day is becoming more and more popular in China. In 2007, Communist Party member Li Hanqiu called for a “Chinese” Mother’s Day on the same date with lilies instead of carnations, which in ancient times were planted in sorrow by Chinese mothers when their children left home. For ideas on where to celebrate Mother’s Day, turn to Dining (p24).

Join a Summer Camp


Summer is almost here! Schools, organizations, and community centers are gearing up for the warm season with a variety of camps. Ranging from language camps to Waldorf-inspired wilderness camps, they offer toddlers, kids, and teens the chance to make new friends and hone a variety of skills. Don’t dawdle; many summer camps have early bird discounts or application deadlines in mid-May to early June. To see our updated list, check out and type “Roll Call: A Roundup of Upcoming Summer Camps” in the search bar.

Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’

Make Waves at the BSB Summer Splash

Pick Up Artisan Jam at a Farmer’s Market


Every Sunday, the Country Fair and Beijing Farmer’s Market (CFFM) takes place at two locations: one in Xicheng District and a brand-new edition at Daystar Academy in Shunyi. Meet the farmers who grow the seasonal, organic produce and buy homemade goods like jam, cheese, rice wine, herbal tea, and more. For the Shunyi address, see Noticeboard (p22). Free. Every Sun 10am-2pm. 1/F, Bldg 3, Hongshan Shijia Residential Complex, 305 Guang’anmenwai Dajie (500m of the National Theater of China), Xicheng District (134 0105 6422, 西城 区广安门外大街305号(中国国家话剧院往北500米路西)红山世家3号楼底商



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On May 20, the British School of Beijing is once again holding its annual Summer Fayre at the school’s Shunyi campus. The Summer Fayre is a day of fun and shopping where all the money raised goes to local charities. This year’s theme is “Summer Splash,” with lots of water to keep everyone cool on the day of the fair. For details, see Events (p18).

photos: courtesy of hok, cynthia he and tong xinhuo, bsb, and memuco; parvin of flickr


From May 18-June 2, Beijing Playhouse presents Oklahoma!, the beloved Broadway musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Starring a young cast of students aged 6-14, Oklahoma! tells the story of a cowboy named Curly McLain and his love for farm girl Laurey Williams. Famous songs include “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” and “Kansas City.” For details, see Events (p19).

Essentials Events


Relax at the Summer Sizzle Family Barbecue On June 2, OASIS Healthcare and AustCham host a fun-filled family barbecue to celebrate the hospital’s grand opening. Located just north of 798 Art District, OASIS Healthcare will have tasty eats, cool drinks, raffle prizes, and games for the kids. Doctors will also be there to chat with families and offer tips for staying healthy in Beijing. For details, see Events (p19).


Pick Your Own Strawberries in Changping Strawberry season is in full swing, so take advantage of the beautiful weather to pick your own berries with the entire family. Changping District in the northwest of Beijing is dotted with pick-your-own-berry farms that offer pricing packages by the jin and several varieties of strawberries to choose from. For ideas on where to go, read Day Tripper (p40).

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Enter the Dragon


Does your child quote Bruce Lee movies and perform jump kicks off the furniture? It might be time to sign them up for some martial arts lessons. Martial arts is a great way to build discipline and confidence while keeping fit, learning self-defense, and meeting new people. We profile three Beijing-based instructors and studios from different disciplines to give you a taste of what Beijing has to offer. To read more, see Playing Outside (p34).


Get in Touch with Your Inner Beijinger Are you afraid to venture beyond Yashow Market? Do your eyes glaze over when locals attempt conversation? Boy, have we got you covered. This month’s feature is all about culture, with guides to Beijing’s less-traveled markets and parks, as well as activities to get into the spirit of the city. To get started, turn to Feature (p66).


Visit Furry and Scaly Friends

Pack your sun block for a double feature day trip to the Beijing Zoo and Aquarium in Haidian District. Easily accessible through subway Line 4, Beijing Zoo is home to pandas, lions, tigers, monkeys, penguins, and more. The Beijing Aquarium, located just behind “Lion and Tiger Mountain,” boasts several varieties of freshwater and saltwater fish, as well as a dolphin and sea lion show. For the full story, see What’s Fun In (p30).

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Wed, May 9

cakes. RMB 438, RMB 188 for kids aged 6-12 (plus 15% service charge). Noon3pm. Kerry’s Kitchen, Kerry Hotel Beijing (6561 8833 ext 40)

Mahjong Workshop (Afternoon Sessions)

Mother’s Day Special at One East

For teens and adults. In this two-part lesson, you’ll learn the history and symbolism behind mahjong, then put your skills to the test against locals in a neighborhood hotspot. RMB 200 (both sessions), RMB 160 (students). 1-4pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Treat mom to delicious unlimited roast prime rib and a wide range of starter and side options. For an extra RMB 98, enjoy free flow wine and beer. RMB 198 (plus 15% service charge). 12pm-2.30pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030)

Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch at JW Marriott

Photography Talk: Light and Lighting

Indulge in some delicious Asian cuisine in a bright and cheery setting this Mother’s Day. RMB 498 (plus 15% service charge), free for kids under 6. 11.30am-3.30pm. AsiaBistro, JW Marriott (5908 8995)

For teens and adults. Professional photographer Peter Carney teaches participants how to maximize pictures using various SLR techniques. RMB 35. 7-8pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Growing Power and Alarm: Dr. George J. Gilboy on China-India Strategic Relations For adults. Dr. George J. Gilboy, author of Chinese and Indian Strategic Behavior: Growing Power and Alarm, addresses some of the most pressing issues in China-Indian policy. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

A Cookie Story All ages. The Hutong’s newest chef, Ali Reston, takes participants on a culinary journey through the humble cookie. From Mexican hot chocolate cookies to bingtang hulu cookies, the class covers the globe, one cookie at a time. RMB 280, RMB 220 (members). 10.30am-1pm (May 9), 7-9.30pm (May 30). The Hutong (

Thu, May 10 Great Wall Mutianyu and Ming Tombs All ages. This tour takes visitors to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall for some moderate hiking and the Ming Tombs in Changping. RMB 480, RMB 300 (kids under 12). 9am-6.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

Sat, May 12 Art Exhibition and Charity Auction

Building Baby and Beyond For adults. Nutritionist and beijingkids columnist Olivia Lee offers important nutrition knowledge for women in their second half of pregnancy to build a happy and healthy baby. Topics include how to avois excessive weight gain,



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ISB Spring Fair Ages 3+. The Parent-Teacher Association of the International School of Beijing has planned a day of fun, including carnival games, arts and crafts vendors, a raffle draw, international food court, and live entertainment. A free shuttle bus service will run continuously between various housing compounds and ISB during the day. Free. 10am-4pm. ISB (8149 2345)

Every Picture Tells a Story Ages 5-9. Artists Hou Wei and Stéphane Maggiacomo lead kids through Beyond Words: Photography in The New Yorker, an exhibition of more than 100 works by 65 photographers from around the world. Students will discover the stories behind the pictures. RSVP required. In Chinese with English translation. RMB 80, RMB 40 (UCCA members). 10-11.30am. La Suite, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (5780 0200)

Spring in the City All ages. Beijing City International School hosts the seventh annual Spring in the City. This year’s theme is Imagine Africa, with performances by Afrokokoroots Afrobeat Ensemble, the BCIS Elementary School, and this year’s BCIS Idol. There are also over 30 games for kids of all ages, bouncy castles, ball pits, a carousel, raffle prizes, and a selection of international food, drinks, and snacks. All proceeds will go towards charity. Free. 11am-2pm. BCIS (8771 7171)

Sun, May 13 Barolo Mother’s Day Lunch All ages. Chef Gianluca prepares Italian cuisine with a modern twist for Mother’s Day. The price covers a three-course set menu with free flow sparkling wine, red and white wine. Every mom will get

a flower and chocolate. RMB 388 (plus 15% surcharge), free for kids under 12. 11.30am-2pm. The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing (5908 8151)

FIZZtastic Mother’s Day Brunch Show just how much you appreciate mom at this award-winning brunch, where she will also receive a stylish scarf to take home. All prices are subject to a 15% service charge. RMB 368-458, RMB 184 (ages 6-12), free for kids under 6. 11.30 am-3pm. Vasco’s, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411)

Greenfish Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch Enjoy a wide selection of dishes at this special Mother’s Day buffet brunch at Greenfish. RMB 498 (plus 15% service charge), RMB 199 (kids). Noon-4pm. Greenfish, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street (6601 6666)

Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch at 360° Hilton Beijing Capital Airport has foie gras, lobster, wine, champagne, and more, as well as a kids’ playroom. RMB 298-368 (plus 15% service charge), RMB 149 (ages 6-12), free for ages 5 and under. 11.30am-3pm. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport (6458 8888 ext 8001)

Mother’s Day Lunch at SALT Treat mom to an indulgent lunch and add a spring cocktail from the new drinks menu, or choose free flow bubbly to compliment SALT’S seasonal best from the kitchen. RSVP essential. RMB 248 (two courses), RMB 278 (three courses), RMB 438 (two courses and free flow bubbly or beer), RMB 478 (three courses and free flow bubbly or beer). Noon3pm. SALT (6437 8457)

Mother’s Day at Monsoon Monsoon is offering a variety of seafood and sweet options to celebrate Mother’s Day. Price TBD. 11.30am-3.30pm. Monsoon, InterContinental Beijing Financial Street (5852 5888)

Mother’s Day Brunch at Kerry’s Kitchen Enjoy this delicious brunch, where kids can also make personalized decorated

Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch at VIC Enjoy one of the city’s best champagne brunches, where mom will also be given a special Mother’s Day gift to take home. RMB 408-498 (plus 15% service charge). Noon-3pm. VIC, Sofitel Wanda Beijing (8599 6666 ext 6521)

Pink Bubblicious at The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Creative pink food items such as pink chocolate fountain, pink desserts, and pink ribbon chocolate logos on cakes are on offer. Every mother will also receive a free glass of Moet Chandon Rose champagne. There will also be a tailor-made Mother’s Day set menu at Zen5es and a complimentary cocktail for very mom at MIX. All proceeds go towards helping the Beijing Ladies Golf charity. RMB 428-498 (plus 15% service charge). 11.30am-3.30pm. The Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888)

Mother’s Day at The Familier All ages. Bring mom to The Familier for a day of activities and dessert. RMB 70-100 (regular playground entrance). 10am-4pm. The Familier Chaowai (5869 2904,

HeyRunning For teens and adults. Heyrobics holds a speed training workshop for runners. Signup required. RMB 100 (non-members). 10.30am. Chaoyang Park (

Biking, Boating and Dumplings Tour All ages. Climb the Drum Tower north of Houhai Lake for a bird’s eye view of the imperial city, then ride a bike through the hutongs of Dongcheng and Xicheng Districts. Children’s bikes are not provided. RMB 380. 3-7.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

Aussie Day: Pies, Drinks, and The Castle For adults. The Hutong hosts an evening rooftop party with a screening of the classic Aussie film The Castle. Highlights include Australian ales from The Wine Republic and meat pieces from Two Guys

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Ages 3+. The Children’s House hosts an art exhibition and charity auction at all of its campuses. Parents and kids are invited to attend and admire beautiful works of art. Free. 10am-noon. The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten (8041 7083, 6465 1305, 6505 3869, 5202 0293)

managing health risks, and learning about allergies and intolerance. As a bonus, see BabyGro’s new line, get an intro to infant swimming, and learn about typical breastfeeding issue at the post-natal stage. RMB 200 (one person), RMB 300 (couple). 10amnoon. China Central Place Apartments (

and a Pie. Non-Aussies are very welcome. RSVP required. RMB 50 (includes one drink and movie screening). 5-9pm. The Hutong (

Tue, May 15 INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning: Sanlitun All ages. The International Newcomer’s Network (INN) hosts Neighborhood Coffee Mornings, social events in local cafes that allow you to get to know people who live close by and pick up a few tips and tricks from those who have been around the neighborhood for a while. Sanlitun Coffee Mornings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. Free. 10am-noon. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

Great Wall Hiking at Gubeikou Ages 14+. Start off this trip with a homemade lunch cooked by farmers, then set off on a hike to the Wild Great Wall. See the different building styles of watch and beacon towers, as well as bullet holes and pottery pieces. RMB 450. 9am. Dandelion Hiking (156 5220 0950,

Temple of Heaven, Tai Chi, Tea, and Summer Palace Tour All ages. Learn the history of the Temple of Heaven, practice tai chi in the park, watch a tea ceremony, and learn about Chinese tea. End your tour with a visit to the Summer Palace. A Chinese acrobat show is optional. RMB 450, RMB 300 (kids under 12). 9am5.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

Poucher and Big Guy: A Storytime Event Ages 3+. Poucher the Kangaroo and his friend Big Guy travel around Australia on adventures, meeting new friends and getting into mischief. Authors Arthur Charles and Kate Anderson read from the latest Poucher books and show off drawings of Poucher and friends. RMB 50. 11am-noon. The Bookworm (6586 9507,

BSB Phonics Workshop For adults. This British School of Beijing workshop is geared towards parents with kids in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, but can also be useful for families with EAL children. It helps parents support children in phonics and handwriting through practical activities that can be used at home. Free. 9-10am. BSB Shunyi Campus (8047 3588)

Wed, May 16 Pedicab Hutong, Family Visit, Herbal Pharmacy, Forbidden City, and Porcelain Museum Ages 5+. Visit peaceful hutongs and courtyard houses, experience the real life of Beijingers, drop by their homes for a chat, then visit Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. RMB 350, RMB 250 (kids aged 5-11). 9am-4.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning: Chaoyang Park

This spring, INN has a new Chaoyang Park Coffee Morning that will be held on the third Wednesday of each month. During the warmer months, Chaoyang Park Coffee Mornings will be held in Chaoyang Park. For this meeting, bring your own picnic lunch. RMB 5 (park admission). 10am-noon. Chaoyang Park South Gate (

Mahjong Workshop (Afternoon Sessions) See May 9 listing.

BCIS presents RAFT: A Transition Tool for Social and Emotional Closure For adults. Dr. Reed Rhodes of BCIS gives an interactive workshop on a multisensory tool that can help people achieve social and emotional closure before a transition. Called RAFT, it can be used to support third culture kids with unexpected moves and regular transitions like the end of a school year. Free. 10amnoon. The Familier Chaowai (5869 2904,

Thu, May 17 Great Wall Mutianyu and Ming Tombs See May 10 listing.

Fri, May 18 Putong Hua: Crime and Punishment For teens and adults. The Bookworm brings together some of the best storytellers in the city for its ongoing Putong Hua series. This month’s theme is Crime and Punishment. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 8pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

Sat, May 19 NGO and Charity Networking Day For adults. Each year, The Bookworm hosts the NGO and Charity Networking Day to help organizations spread awareness about their work and connect with the Beijing NGO and charity community. Drop by to find out how you can get involved. Free. 10am-noon. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

BIBA Family Fair and Talent Show All ages. Beijing International Bilingual Academy hosts a day of fun with a talent show, water games, a lucky draw, an international food court, a jumping castle, face painting, and soccer matches. All are welcome. Free. 10am-3pm. BIBA (8041 0390,

BISS Annual International Day and Spring Carnival All ages. Beijing BISS International School’s annual bash features food from all over the world, games, performances, and lots of other activities. All are welcome. Free. 8.30am-12.30pm. BISS (6443 3151,

Interceltic Fest Noz 2012 All ages. Zhongbreiz, the association of Bretons in Beijing, hosts a traditional festival from Brittany called Fest Noz. Highlights include a Breton live band from

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France, traditional dancing, and treats. RMB 20, RMB 15 (kids under 1.3m). 3.30pm-2am. Lycée Français International de Pékin (

Royal Canal Boat Tour to the Summer Palace Ages 5+. This boat ride and walking tour gives visitors the chance to see a bit of everything in Beijing. The price includes a chartered dragon boat, entry to the Summer Palace, a guided walk, transportation, all other entrance tickets, and drinks and snacks. RMB 420, RMB 280 (kids aged 5-11). 9am4pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

Global Community Day All ages. Yew Chung International School of Beijing hosts a Global Community Day with performances, vendors, and food from around the world. Highlights include a Bollywood dance group, barbecue, games, and country booths manned by YCIS parents. Free. 11am-2pm. YCIS Beijing (8583 3731,

Jamie Oliver-Inspired Organic Food Fair All ages. To mark Jamie Oliver’s May 19 Food Revolution Day, The Hutong is holding an organic food fair to ring in the spring. Visitors can talk to movers and shakers from Beijing’s budding organic movement – including the farmers and producers who grow the food. The day features talks, cooking demonstrations, and a roof-top fair with vendors like De Run Wu Farm, Le Fromager de Pékin, Green Yard Dairy, and more. RMB 50. 11am-2pm. The Hutong (

Sun, May 20 BSB Summer Splash All ages. The British School of Beijing once again hosts its Summer Fayre to get into the summer spirit. This year’s theme is “Summer Splash,” with lots of water to keep everyone cool, vendors, activities, and more. Free. 11am-3pm. BSB Shunyi Campus (8047 3588)

Eunuch Tombs, Mural, and Temple Tour All ages. See a 565-year old mural by Ming court artists, discover a eunuch graveyard, and visit a lively open-air market. The price includes a guided tour, interpreter, transportation, and tickets for all attractions. RMB 320, RMB 250 (kids under 12). 9.30am-3.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

Everyone Deserves to Write a Book For adults. Consultants and authors Yene H.K. Assegid and Anja Serfontein de-mystify the process of writing your first book. They talk about why writing in this age is not as difficult as it seems and how to make change happen in our lives. RSVP required. RMB 50 (includes one drink and tapas). 6.30-9pm. The



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Tue, May 22 Women’s Health: Menopause and HRT For adults. Dr. Stephanie Teoh gives a talk on menopause in women: physiological changes, symptoms and signs, and the impact on women’s health and wellbeing. She covers treatment options like hormone replacement therapy; the latest guidelines, controversies and issues; and health risks like breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis. RSVP essential. Free. 10-11.30am. Beijing International SOS Clinic (6462 9112,

Wan Lin Bicycle Tour All ages. Wan Lin takes cyclists on a tour of the “real” Beijing: its daily life, people, neighborhoods, alleyways, and more. The tour begins and ends at Jamaica Blue in Central Park. RMB 450. 10am3pm. Wan Lin Bicycle Tours (186 0112 6254)

Looking for more family-friendly events in Beijing? Visit us online at Electric Shadows Summer Cinema: The Artist Ages 14+. Every Thursday, The Bookworm and Electric Shadows Film Club present a film screening and serve up themed cocktails on the roof of The Bookworm. This month, see what all the fuss is about with the Academy Award-winning The Artist. Free. 8pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

Great Wall Mutianyu and Ming Tombs See May 10 listing.

Wan Lin Bicycle Tour See May 22 listing.

Fri, May 25 Be a Heyrobics Coach

Royal Canal Boat Tour to the Summer Palace

For adults. Heyrobics is looking for new talent to get Beijing sweating. The founder of Heyrobics himself, Johan Holmsater, will be flying in from Sweden to train up to 15 wannabe coaches in a three-day program. RSVP required by May 11. Free. 11am. Venue TBD. (

See May 19 listing.

Introduction to Green Tea

Wed, May 23 Strong Society, Smart State: China’s Foreign Policy For adults. James Reilly (University of Sydney) addresses how Chinese leaders have responded to popular demands for political participation with a strategy of tolerance, responsiveness, persuasion, and repression – a successful approach that helps explain how and why the Communist Party continues to rule China. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

Pedicab Hutong, Family Visit, Herbal Pharmacy, Forbidden City, and Porcelain Museum See May 16 listing.

Thu, May 24 INN Trekkie: Beihai Park All ages. One of INN’s most popular monthly events will take adventuresome Trekkers on a new destination every month. Join new friends and explore the secret gems of Beijing together during these fun and relaxed Trekkies. INN Trekkies are usually held during the second week of each month. This month’s destination is historic Beihai Park. RSVP essential. Price TBD. 9.30am-2pm. Beihai Park (

INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning: Lido All ages. Lido Coffee Mornings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Free. 10am-noon. Maan Coffee (6457 3470)

For teens and adults. The green tea used in this workshop is from the freshest harvest of the year from Zhejang province. Learn the values, history and health benefits of green tea and taste the some of the many varieties available in China today. RMB 70, RMB 50 (students). 7-9pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Sat, May 26 Second-Hand Book Sale All ages. The Bookworm is selling a whole bunch of its library stock of second-hand books as part of spring cleaning. Book start at RMB 10 for all genres. Free. 10am-2pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

Hiking and Hot Spring at Hengling Ages 14+. This two-day hike on the wild Great Wall passes through an abandoned village and gives hikers a glimpse of the desert. After dinner in the valley, participants get to rest their muscles at a local hot spring with several kinds of pools. RMB 1,100. 9am. Dandelion Hiking (156 5220 0950,

Full Day Photography Workshop For teens and adults. This full-day photography workshop takes participants to a historic Beijing hutong. It involves an introduction to techniques, followed by shooting and editing sessions in the surrounding area. RMB 500. 10am6 p m . C u l t u re Ya rd ( 8 4 0 4 4 1 6 6 ,

Departing from China with Pets For adults. Leaving China with pets? It’s never too early to start preparing. Join

experts from ICVS to get step-by-step instructions on the exit process and vaccination requirements for leaving Beijing or China with animals. Free. 11am-noon. ICVS (8456 1939/40/41,

Backstreet Beijing: Thousand-Year Pagoda and White Cloud Taoist Temple All ages. Visit the southwest part of old Beijing to see the 1,000-year old Tianning Temple and White Cloud Taoist temple. End the tour with a stroll through the local market and surrounding neighborhood. RMB 150. 9.30am1pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

Green Cow Farm Tour All ages. Green Cow Farm offers visitors a tour of its facilities, including organic veggie plots, chicken coops, pig pens, cow pens, geese, and more. RMB 50. 9.30-10.30am. Green Cow Farm (

Be a Heyrobics Coach See May 25 listing.

Sun, May 27 Be a Heyrobics Coach See May 25 listing.

Mon, May 28 INN Monthly Meeting: Looking Great in Beijing For adults. Treat yourself to a morning of beauty and pampering at the INN “Looking Great in Beijing” Monthly Meeting. This is one of the most popular INN events of the year, where hair and makeup consultants, fashion and accessories purveyors, fashion stylists, jewelry designers, and more to help you create a new look. Free. 10am-noon. The Capital Club Athletic Center (

Tue, May 29 INN Night Out For adults. INN Night Out events are held on the last Tuesday of each month. Meet up with other newcomers and long-terms residents in Beijing to share fun, friendship and tales of living in the nation’s capital. Free to attend. 7-9pm. Tadka Rasoi Indian Restaurant (

Temple of Heaven, Tai Chi, Tea, and Summer Palace Tour See May 15 listing.

Wan Lin Bicycle Tour See May 22 listing.

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

Wed, May 30 Pedicab Hutong, Family Visit, Herbal Pharmacy, Forbidden City, and Porcelain Museum See May 16 listing.

Thu, May 31 Parents As Learners (PAL) Workshop For adults. Beijing City International School presents the seventh Parents As Learners (PAL) workshop. Dr. Rob Blinn (BJU) talks about why building physical and psychological resilience is vital to a child’s ability to develop and cope with difficult situations. Games and exercises that foster resiliency will be demonstrated. RSVP essential. Free. 9-10.30am. BCIS (8777 1717 ext 5006,

Great Wall Mutianyu and Ming Tombs See May 10 listing.

Fri, Jun 1 Children’s Day Stars and Rain Ages 3+. For Children’s Day, MOMA Kids International Kindergarten is throwing a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to help raise funds for the Stars and Rain School for Autistic Children. Highlights include a prize draw, silent auction, and fun for the entire family. (Donations for the silent auction are still being accepted.) Free. 10am-4pm. MOMA Kids International Kindergarten (6464 7386,

Sat, Jun 2 Summer Sizzle Family BBQ All ages. Kick off the summer with a fun-filled family barbecue brought to you by OASIS Healthcare and AustCham. In honor of the hospital’s recent grand opening, there will be food, drinks, raffle drawings, and fun games for the kids. All are welcome. Free. 11am4pm. OASIS Healthcare (400 UR OASIS,

Sun, Jun 3 Fruit and Vegetable Carving and Chinese Summer Salads For adults. This cooking class focuses on the art of vegetable and fruit sculpting. Learn the basics of knife strokes and pressure control using a carving knife, then explore a Chinese cold summer salad menu that covers flavoring techniques, ingredient selection, and ingredient pairing. RMB 300. 11am-1.30pm. Hias Gourmet (

Ongoing Black Sesame Kitchen Wine n’ Dine All ages. Every Wednesday and Friday, Black Sesame Kitchen offers a 10-course Chinese dinner prepared in an open kitchen and paired with two New World wines. RSVP required. RMB 300. 7-10pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)

Black Sesame Kitchen Cooking Classes All ages. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, Black Sesame Kitchen’s master chefs teach participants the secrets of Chinese cooking in its courtyard kitchen. The lesson includes a demonstration and hands-on cooking, plus lunch. RSVP required. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)

BSB Baby Group Ages 0-2. The British School of Beijing’s Baby Group is back! Every Tuesday and Thursday, drop in with your baby to meet other parents and socialize. Ayis are welcome. Free. 2-3.30pm. BSB Shunyi Campus (8047 3588)

Beijing Playhouse Presents Oklahoma! All ages. From May 18 to June 3, the king of all Broadway musicals comes to China. Featuring classic songs like “Surrey with the Fringe on the Top,” Oklahoma! is presented by young actors from Beijing Playhouse. This huge show features 30 singers and dancers and a crew of 80 or more. RMB 300, RMB 260 (advance), RMB 150 (students and kids). 2pm (matinee), 7.30pm. Mako Theater (137 1890 8922,

CFFM Farmer’s Market All ages. Every Sunday, the Country Fair and Farmer’s Market (CFFM) brings together local farmers and artisans at Daystar Academy. Families can meet the farmers who grow their food, taste organic seasonal produce, and buy homemade jam, cheese, rice wine, tofu, baked goods, soap, herbal tea, essential oils, and more. Free. 10am-2pm. Daystar Academy (

10-Day Intensive Chinese Course for Beginners For teens and adults. This 10-day intensive course is suitable for anyone who wants a quick but in-depth introduction to Mandarin. A session starts on May 14 and another on May 28. RMB 1,500 (20 hours). 10am-noon. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

The Cuisine of Sichuan at Grand Millenium Beijing All ages. From May 7-20, Grand Millenium Beijing has invited guest chefs from its sister hotel in Chengdu to cook spicy delicacies from Sichuan as part of the hotel’s dinner buffet. RMB 288 (plus 15% surcharge). 6.30am-11pm. CBD International Cuisine, Grand Millenium Beijing (8587 6888 ext 3012)

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Arjen Stefan Ortman n German. Born on Fe b 8 to Andra Mielecke and Stefan Ortmann at Beijing United Fami ly Hospital.

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Welsh/Filipino. Born on Mar 7 to Edna and Alun Richards at Amcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

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Russian. Born on Dec 18 to Ekaterina Khomenko and Oleg Alekhin at Amcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital.



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Living Snapshot

photos: judy zhou

In Full Bloom

interviews by Phoebe Middleton

Liu Wei

Cassie Jin

Han Petry

Irmela Breitung

Where are you from? Beijing What do you do? I’m a housewife. How many kids do you have? One; he is 4 years old and attends Yuxiang Blue Sky Kindergarten. Best place to get hot weather treats: Haagen-Dazs When the weather’s gloomy, where is the best place to play indoors? Beyou World What about outdoors? Chaoyang Park What’s the most interesting shop you’ve come across? The small stall shops in Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park Where is your son’s outfit from? Solana and Sanlitun Village What’s the best and worst thing about spring in Beijing? The best thing is the lovely but unpredictable weather; the worst thing is never knowing what to wear because of the weather.

Where are you from? China What do you do? I’m a designer. How many kids do you have? One; he is 6 years old and attends Beijing Huijia Kindergarten. How long have you been living in Beijing? 10 years Where’s the best place to get hot weather treats? T.G.I. Friday’s Best place the play outdoors: Ritan Park What’s the most interesting shop you’ve come across? Any of the shops at The Place Where is your son’s outfit from? Adidas What’s the best thing about spring in Beijing? What’s the worst? The best are the plants and flowers blooming; the worst is the air quality.

Where are you from? Belgium What do you do? I’m a housewife and the co-founder of Mon Petit Magasin. How many kids do you have? Two: Alice (10) and Lucie (7), both students at the Canadian International School of Beijing. How long have you been living in Beijing? Almost four years Best place to play outdoors: The Great Wall at Huanghuacheng What’s your favorite gem in Beijing? Wuhao (5号) in Mao’er Hutong What’s the most interesting shop you’ve come across? My daughters love to go to Hongqiao Market. Where is your daughter’s outfit from? Her jacket and shoes are from Catimimi and Le Coq Sportif in Belgium.

Where are you from? Germany What do you do? I work for a multinational company. How many kids do you have? Two. They’re 8 and 3, and attend the German Embassy School. How long have you been living in Beijing? Three years Best place to get hot weather treats: Splash Recreation Club at the Sino-Swiss Hotel. When the weather’s gloomy, where is the best place to play indoors? At home or the indoor playground at Si’de Park. What’s the most interesting shop you’ve come across? We love to look around the shops in 798 Art District. Where is your son’s outfit from? His jacket is from Germany, his t-shirt is from H&M, and his jeans and shoes are from Sunny Gold Market.

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What’s Happening in Beijing Prestige Education Centre Opens Its Doors Prestige Education Centre (PEC) is a newly-opened school in the  heart of the villa community  of Beijing. The curriculum is based on the UK’s Independent English School system. Currently, all of PEC’s teachers are from the UK, including Headmaster Adrian Gobat, who has had almost 20 years of experience as a headmaster, in addition to 20 years of teaching experience. Despite a British-style curriculum, PEC offers an international education that includes math, English, geography, science, history, social studies, music, art, drama, design and technology. There are also specific topic-based activities for young learners. Half-day or full day weekend sessions are available, in addition to a few weekday classes. Children are taught in a multicultural setting, in classes of no more than eight students. Art Base One, Shunbai Lu, Hegezhuang, Chaoyang District (155 0120 8418, 朝阳区何各庄顺白路

Special Needs Support Group at Eliott’s Corner

The Fifth Avenue specializes in safe, high-quality, creative furniture for babies and kids, toys, and storybooks. The imported cribs, baby beds, dressing tables and wardrobes, and other furniture were manufactured and assembled in Italy. All the products meet both European and American provision regulations, with quality certificates issued by the European Commission of Quality. Toy brands include Dida from Italy, Gogo and Delsun from Taiwan, and Silver Fox from South Korea. The storybooks are from the UK.

In addition to the clinic’s expansion, Eliott’s Corner has started a weekly special needs support group. Families with special needs children and the professionals who work with them are welcome to join. The group is an opportunity to share stories, experiences, and resources with like-minded parents and professionals. The support group meets every Friday morning from 10am to 11am at Eliott’s Corner. (6461 6283,

Daily 10am-10pm. L3, 36 Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8426 0706, 朝阳 区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港3楼36单元



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photos: courtesy of pec, the fifth avenue, and eliott’s corner

The Fifth Avenue Children’s Furniture and Toys Shop

Living Noticeboard Weekly Farmer’s Market at Daystar Academy On the heels of its successful downtown farmer’s market (held at 305 Guang’anmenwai Dajie in Xicheng District), the Country Fair and Farmer’s Market (CFFM) is launching a weekly Shunyi edition in collaboration with Daystar Academy. This event gives families the chance to buy seasonal organic fruits and vegetables, meet the farmers who grow the produce, and pick up artisanal jam, cheese, rice wine, tofu, pastries, soap, fair trade tea, essential oils, handicrafts, and more. Free to attend. Every Sunday 10am-2pm. Daystar Academy, 2 Shunbai Lu, Shunyi District ( 启明星双语学 校,顺义区顺白路2号

Little Village Montessori School Opens in Shuangjing LVMS is a new Montessori-based kindergarten for children aged 18 months to 6 years old. Located in Shuangjing just south of Guomao, it occupies an indoor and outdoor space of over 1,000sqm. Built by a team with a strong passion to prepare an ideal environment for children, the school hopes to create a unique community experience. Until September, tuition is RMB 5,500 per month for full day and RMB 3,800 for half day. Experience two weeks of pure Montessori education at LVMS for free; this offer lasts until September or while spaces are still available. Rm 2310, 3/F Jinyunshengtong Building, 5 Huilin Lu, Fulicheng West, Shuangjing Chaoyang District (5876 6610, 北京蒙特梭 利小镇幼儿园,朝阳区双井富力城西惠林路5号京运盛通大厦3层2310

photos: courtesy of lvms, daystar and koala mini storage

Koala Mini Storage Opens in Beijing Koala Mini Storage is a professional self-storage provider founded by Tim Zhou and Sean Qin. You can rent by the week, the month, or the year – and stop renting or switch to a different container size at any time. Their first store site is located next to Joy City Chaoyang, with more locations to come in Wangjing, Shuangjing and Haidian District. Only customers have the key to their storage space, which they can access 24/7, and the premises are protected by a security guard as well as an anti-theft system. Until May 18, customers who bring in a copy of the Beijinger or beijingkids can enjoy a month of storage for free. In April and May, all customers receive one month free if they rent for three months or more. Units start at RMB 99 per month and promotions are stackable but limited to one unit per customer. Bldg 10, Unit 3, Qingnian Lu Xili, Chaoyang District. (5969 9390, 考拉 迷你仓, 朝阳区青年路西里2号院10号楼

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Treat Mom on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13 Barolo Mother’s Day Lunch Receive a flower and chocolate for mom with a three-course set lunch and free-flow wine. RMB 388 (plus 15% service charge), free for kids under 12. 11.30am-2pm. Barolo, The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing (5908 8151)

Mother’s Day Lunch at SALT Treat Mom to an indulgent lunch and a spring cocktail or free-flow bubbly. RSVP essential. RMB 248 (two courses), RMB 278 (three courses), RMB 438 (two courses and free-flow bubbly or beer), RMB 478 (three courses and free-flow bubbly or beer). Noon-3pm. SALT (6437 8457)

FIZZtastic Mother’s Day Brunch At this award-winning brunch, Mom will also receive a scarf. RMB 368-458 (plus 15% service charge), RMB 184 (ages 6-12), free for kids under 6. 11.30am-3pm. Vasco’s, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411)

Pink Bubblicious at The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Expect pink desserts, pink cakes, and a free glass of champagne. Plus, a Mother’s Day set menu at Zen5es and a complimentary cocktail for Mom at MIX. RMB 428-498 (plus 15% service charge). 11.30am-3.30pm. The Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888)

Greenfish Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch Enjoy a selection of dishes at this Mother’s Day buffet brunch. RMB 498 (plus 15% service charge), RMB 199 (kids). Noon-4pm. Greenfish, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street (6601 6666)

Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch at 360° Hilton Beijing Capital Airport has foie gras, lobster, wine, champagne, and more, as well as a kids’ playroom. RMB 298-368 (plus 15% service charge), RMB 149 (ages 6-12), free for ages 5 and under. 11.30am3pm. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport (6458 8888 ext 8001)

Mother’s Day at Monsoon Monsoon offers a variety of seafood and sweet options. Price TBD. 11.30am-3.30pm. Monsoon, InterContinental Beijing Financial Street (5852 5888) Mother’s Day Brunch at Kerry’s Kitchen Kids can also make personalized decorated cakes at this Mother’s Day brunch. RMB 438, RMB 188 for kids aged 6-12 (plus 15% service charge). Noon-3pm. Kerry’s Kitchen, Kerry Hotel Beijing (6561 8833 ext 40) Mother’s Day Special at One East Treat Mom to unlimited roast prime rib, starters, and sides. For an extra RMB 98, add free-flow wine and beer. RMB 198 (plus 15% service charge). Noon-2.30pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030)

Mother‘s Day at The Familier The Familiar has a day of activities planned for Mother’s Day, as well as a special dessert set. RMB 70-100 (regular playground entrance). 10am4pm. The Familier Chaowai (5869 2904,

All Month Beijing 21st Century Hospital Mother’s Day Promotion For May, Beijing 21st Century Hospital has discounts on two women’s health exams: mammograms for RMB 650 (a discount of RMB 1,200) and a gynecological test/consultation for RMB 400 (a discount of RMB 880). Mention the Mother’s Day promotion when booking and bring a copy of beijingkids when you go to the hospital. Beijing 21st Century Hospital (8444 6168)

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Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch at JW Marriott Indulge in some delicious Asian cuisine. RMB 498 (plus 15% service charge), free for kids under 6. 11.30am-3.30pm. AsiaBistro, JW Marriott (5908 8995) Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch at VIC At this champagne brunch, Mom will be given a special Mother’s Day gift to take home. RMB 408-498 (plus 15% service charge). Noon-3pm. VIC, Sofitel Wanda Beijing (8599 6666 ext 6521)

Find scrumptious chocolate eggs at Kempi Deli for Easter



May 2012

Dining Top Dining Places Out To ...

Crêpanini Tasty French bites in a charming cafe


photo: judy zhou

n the heart of Sanlitun is Crêpanini, a quaint eatery reminiscent of cafes that line the streets of Paris. Providing simple and healthy treats, the cafe has an array of imaginative combinations of sweet and savory crepes, paninis and waffles. Light lunch options include the Atlantic Panini with tuna and mozzarella cheese (RMB 32) and the Mediterranean Panini (RMB 45). For dessert, dig in to a sweet crepe or a Tutti Frutti waffle (RMB 38) with mango, banana, strawberry and chocolate sauce to top it all off. Diners also have breakfast options until 11.30am. For only RMB 38, the set includes a French croissant or sweet crepe, fresh juice and a tea or espresso. While there is little room for kids to run around inside with the side-to-side booths, there is seating in the large outdoor sidewalk patio in the warmer months – the perfect setting to enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon in the sun. Also worth noting: Crêpanini delivers via K. K. Rabbit and can organize childrens’ birthday parties. In addition to food and drinks, birthday packages include entertainment, such as a magician or clown and face painting. Phoebe Middleton

Crêpanini 可百尼尼 Sun-Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Unit A110, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District (5208 6092/93) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那里花园1层 A110

Aarya Shroff Drover (6) enjoys a strawberry crepe on the sidewalk patio May 2012



Raising Well-Bread Children Kneading your own loaves from scratch

recipe by Jennifer Thomé; photo by Mishka Family Photography


et’s face it: there is nothing nicer than biting into a warm piece of bread slathered with butter or fruit jam. Many people are intimidated about making bread, but it is incredibly hard to mess up. Not only that, but it’s a fantastic way to teach your kids about science and nutrition. Yeast is a fungus that responds to warm water. It starts by eating the sugars in the dough and then (excuse the expression) “farts” – filling the dough with little air bubbles that cause the bread to rise. Yeast would be nothing without gluten, the glue-like protein that captures those bubbles and lets the bread rise. To drive this science lesson home, tie it in with the movie Up!, since bread rising is similar to a hot-air balloon; yeast is like the hot air and gluten is the balloon part. Lessons aside, there are a couple of other great reasons to bake your own bread. Safety is one of them. A lot of store-bought bread in Beijing is made with tap water, which is laden with heavy metals, and many flours contain large amounts of pesticides and fungicides that will stay with your children for a lifetime. So yes, bread can be a little messy, but at the end of the day, wouldn’t you rather have a messy kitchen full of memories instead of heavy metals and chemicals? So roll up your sleeves and get kneading!

Margot Durfee (9) bites into the fruit of her labors



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Ingredients 配料 1 kg (about 7 cups) bread flour (plus extra, for dusting) 面包粉1千克(约7杯多一点) 30g (2 tbsp) yeast 酵母30克(2茶匙) 600-650ml (about 2 cups) warm water 温水600-650毫升 1 tbsp sugar 糖1茶匙 1 tsp salt 盐1茶匙 Flavor combinations: Freshly-grated cheese and garlic, your favorite Italian herbs, or cinnamon and raisins 调味组合:碎芝士和蒜,你最喜欢的意大利调味香草,或 肉桂和葡萄干

In a big bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix them thoroughly. 在大碗中将所有干的配料搅拌均匀。

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Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise in a dark, warm place until it doubles in size, and then punch it down. 用毛巾盖住面团,放置在阴暗温暖处直到 其发至原面团两倍大小,


Slowly add water and seasoning, first stirring, then kneading until the dough is thick enough to stick to itself. Turn the dough onto a slightly floured surface, and knead for five minutes. 慢慢加入水,先搅拌,然后将面揉 成面团。在面团表面撒上面粉,再 揉5分钟。

Form the dough into the shape you want. 然后把面团按成你想要的形状。

Let it rise until doubled, slash the top, and bake at 204°C (400°F). Breadsticks and cheese balls should take around ten to 15 minutes, and a loaf of bread will set you back 40 minutes. Tip: If you like a good crunch, pop open the oven every ten minutes and spray some water on the bottom. This will help it form a super-crunchy crust. 将按好的面团发至原大小两倍,将顶端切开一点,然后204°C (400°F)烘焙。面包棍和芝士球大概要15分钟,大面包要40分 钟。小贴士:如果你喜欢脆的表皮,每十分钟可以打开烤箱在 底部喷点水,面包的表皮会变得很脆。

Translation by Diana Dai

Jennifer Thomé loves food. Born in Germany, Jennifer spent her youth roaming her grandmother’s garden in search of new and delicious things to eat – a search she continues since moving to China. When she’s not hard at work at True Run Media, you’ll find her chopping and stirring away in her kitchen.

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Health Ms. Nutrition


The Truth About Fat

he other day at a children’s party, I was happily munching on a slice of birthday cake when another mom sidled up to me and complained that she was getting fat. The conversation turned to the topic of body image and what a healthy fat percentage looks like. Twenty-two percent body fat is at the low end of what is considered healthy for fertile females. Images of models in fashion magazines undergo touch-ups in Photoshop. In the final image, the models appear to be at about 18 percent body fat. With swimsuit season on the way, let’s uncover a few truths about body fat. Fat is an organ. The heart, lungs, skin, and fat cells are there for a reason: They help feed your body during lean times, store up energy when there’s an excess, and produce hormones, some of which influence your appetite. If you have fat cells physically removed from your mid-section and your diet does not change, your body will find other places to store the excess energy. Weight is not a good indicator of fat levels. People on diets often lose muscle, not fat. Losing muscle not only means less strength; it also means you do not burn as much energy when sitting still. With less muscle, your body is more likely to store that extra jiaozi as fat, rather than burn it off.

The heart, lungs, skin, and fat cells are there for a reason Fat needs to be lost slowly. People should only be losing a pound a week. You can lose muscle quickly, but you cannot lose fat quickly. Mother Nature has designed you to last through the winter, so forcing the issue will only make your fat cells dig in even more. Fat cells hate sudden change. It can take months for a woman to shed even 8 percent of her body fat. Done slowly (with the occasional plateau to let her body feel comfortable at a lower percentage), her body will not send the panic signals to regain what it has lost. Finally, chronic dieting is dangerous. It sounds paradoxical, but chronic dieting is a great way to get fatter. That brings me back to the cake. Yes, as a nutritionist, I eat very healthily six days a week, and once a week I have a “cheat day.” It satisfies my brain and helps me settle in for another week of healthy eating. So bring on the birthday cake, weekend pizza, or ice cream! Just keep it to the one day, make it with real butter and, oh yes, just a moderate piece will do. It is, after all, for the kids, right?

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



May 2012

Health The Doc Is In


Needles and Herbs

any of us have delved into China’s most famous traditions of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), but it’s difficult to know not only which treatments are effective and safe, but which are suitable for your condition. I practice allopathic Western-style family medicine, but I also trained with many alternative medicine doctors in the hippie enclaves around San Francisco, so I am familiar with these complementary medicines. In my family medicine clinic, I am most comfortable with using some TCM herbs for stomach problems or the common cold. In fact, Western medicine is ineffective for the world’s most common illness – the common cold – and many OTC Chinese herbals, like my favorite cough syrup pipagao, can help relieve these symptoms. I sometimes recommend acupuncture to my patients for pain or headaches, especially if they’ve exhausted Western medical approaches.

Everything we ingest can cause side effects I am more open-minded than other Western doctors – but only to a point. I am very strict about using only the strongest evidence-based treatments, both for Western medicine and for TCM. I’ve seen many patients approach alternative medicines with the false belief that TCM has no side effects and can do no harm. Everything we ingest can cause side effects such as allergic reactions or even toxic responses to the many heavy metals and chemicals often found in batches of herbal medicines and dried spices all over the world. Concerning acupuncture for children, last year the American Academy of Pediatrics published a review that found a mild adverse event rate of 12 percent and a serious complication rate of 1 percent. I don’t consider this a small risk, especially as the proven benefits of acupuncture treatments for children are poorly-documented. Fortunately, there are a handful of well-respected and objective websites with evidence-based data on TCM. My favorite is the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), which is sponsored by the US National Institute of Health. Anyone interested in TCM should first visit NCCAM’s website at and start researching. This same page also has an essential link to “Scientific Literature,” which takes you to all the top research papers listed on Pubmed, a database of all medical journal articles. The Pubmed group’s consumer version at MedlinePlus is also an excellent start for your research; you can find it at If you want to see a TCM doctor, a few international clinics in Beijing have TCM doctors that speak English. If you speak Chinese, you can also go to Tongrentan (同仁堂)for its supply of herbs, which is probably the safest in China.

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

May 2012



Playing What's Fun In

Beijing Zoo and Beijing Aquarium Visit weird and wonderful creatures of land and water by Phoebe Middleton

photo: nature zhang



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ear the Beijing Zoo subway station in Haidian District is an unexpected oasis of exotic animals and aquatic creatures. From pandas to giraffes and dolphins to stingrays, the Beijing Zoo and Beijing Aquarium are right next door to each other. Founded in 1906, the Beijing Zoo covers a massive 86 hectares and houses over 5,000 animals of around 450 different species; no wonder the zoo welcomes over 5 million visitors every year! Beijing Aquarium is just as impressive, being the largest inland aquarium in the world; it is home to over 1,000 marine species and freshwater fish. So take some time away from the hustle and bustle of Beijing’s busy streets to explore this amazing sanctuary with the whole family.

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o begin your animal adventure, take exit C at Beijing Zoo subway station (Line 4), which emerges right outside the east entrance of the zoo. To save trouble and money, buy a combined ticket for the zoo and aquarium from the ticket stand for RMB 130. Pick up one of the free maps located just inside the entrance to avoid missing out on any of the action. Begin your exploration of the zoo by taking the entrance to the left to spot some giraffes, amphibians, and reptiles. From there, proceed straight ahead across the moon bridge (月 桥) towards the Children’s Education and Conservation Center (1). The center provides an interactive environment for kids to learn more about the history of the zoo, as well as its many animals. There is also an arcade and on Saturdays, there are educational classes on animals for 4- to 6-year-olds (RMB 10 per person). After you’ve had a quick tour of the center, stop off at the gift shop before making your way out. Next, turn right and follow signs leading straight ahead to take you to the Giraffes 志 路 (2). Here, you can get up 新close and personal WUDAOKOU with these gentle giants as you watch them in their playpen, so don’t forget to bring your camera! If just watching the giraffes isn’t enough, you can feed them for RMB 5. HAIDIAN HUANGZHUANG XITUCHENG ZHICHUN LU Once you’ve finished feeding the giraffes, MUDANYUAN JIANDEMEN ZHICHUNLI carry on straight ahead for a short distance and on the right, you will see the Children’s DAZHONGSI

Zoo (3). For a charge of RMB 10, you can sturgeons in the Chinese Sturgeon Hall, to the explore the pony garden and feeding zone to adorable dolphins in the Whale and Dolphin get closer to some more of the fascinating Discovery. Once exploring has taken its toll, animals. There is also a farmhouse zone, a make a stop at the Food Court Area (7), bird garden, as well as a cat and dog zone – located between the Whale and Dolphin where you can even walk a dog (starting at Discovery and the Marine Mammal Pavilion. RMB 30). Indulge in some hearty fast food-style meals, including a variety of burgers (around RMB Continue your exploration with the Golden 12), fries, hot dogs, and drinks. Monkey House, Chimpanzee House, and the Penguin House. Follow the signs for the Giant Finally, end your underwater exploration at Panda (4) until you arrive at the ticket stand. the Marine Mammal Pavilion (8), where For RMB 5 per ticket, you can make your way you can catch one of the four daily dolphin and through the large area, which is home to a sea lion shows. Show times change daily, so variety of pandas. In the outdoor area, you check the performance schedule located just can watch pandas eating, playing, and lazing outside the arena. If you’re not quite ready to around in the sun. Make your way around the take in the full atmosphere of the sea at the panda area until you arrive at the exit, where show, then sit a few rows back from the front you will find another souvenir shop with panda to avoid getting splashed! Before heading teddy bears to take home. home, there is a gift shop downstairs if you still haven’t managed to pick up any souvenirs Next, follow signs for the Beijing Aquarium along the way. (5), past the Pheasant Garden and Nocturnal DATUNLU EASTsee the large Animals House, until you can 望京西 WANGJING XI OLYMPIC GREEN white building. Around this area, you can refuel with a hot dog (RMB 10) or popcorn at one of the snack stands by the entrance. Head into the aquarium, stopping first at the Rainforest Adventure (6). There are OLYMPIC CENTER HUIXINXIJIE BEIKOU some exotic types of fish, such as the South American freshwater stingray and catfish; you can feed the fish for RMB 10. BEITUCHENG SHAOYAOJU Make your way through seven areas HUIXINXIJIEthe NANKOU ANZHENMEN of the aquarium to take a look at the vast TAIYANGGONG array of aquatic life on display, from the huge GUANGXIMEN 北苑路北 BEIYUANLU North


SANYUANQIAO Beijing Zoo 北京动物园 RMB 15, RMB 8 (students). RMB 130 (includes aquarium). Daily 7.30am-6pm (summer), 7.30am-5pm (winter). 137 Baishiqiao Lu, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District (6839 0274) 海淀区西外大街白石 LIANGMAHE 桥路137号


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百子湾路 Beijing Aquarium 北京海洋馆 RMB 130 (includes zoo), RMB 60 (kids under 双井 18), freeSHUANGJING (kids under 广渠路 1.2m). Daily 9am-5pm 广渠门外大街 (6217 6655)

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NONGYEZHANLANGUAN Children’s Education and Conservation Centre 科普馆 Free. Additional RMB 10 for educational TUANJIEHU classes: Sat 11am-noon and 1-2pm.






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Playing Outside

Sisters Nadia (left) and Melani Carrie (both students at WAB) practice Muay Thai and MMA at Black Tiger Fight Club

Rumble in the ’Jing Crouch like a tiger with these martial arts instructors by Sijia Chen Black Tiger Fight Club Black Tiger Fight Club has roots in San Diego, California, where it was founded in 1992. The Beijing location was started by Muay Thai champion and veteran Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) coach Vince Soberano, trainer to China’s only UFC fighter, Zhang Tiequan. The studio bills itself as the only expat-driven and expat–focused martial arts and fitness club in China.



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photo: courtesy of black tiger fight club

Founding date: 2006 Martial arts taught: Primarily Muay Thai and Brazilian jiujitsu for the mixed martial arts (MMA) program, as well as supplemental classes in Western boxing and freestyle wrestling. Areas of operation: Shunyi South and Sanyuan Qiao Ages taught: Currently, students range in age from 4 to 67. Teacher certifications: The studio’s teachers come from the US, France, the Philippines, and more. They are all experienced pro fighters and coaches, and are certified by Black Tiger Worldwide . Most of them also have fitness trainer certifications from accredited organizations

like the US-based Institute of Human Performance. Size: 455 registered members in Beijing, as well as a location in Shanghai. Facilities: Full fitness facilities at the Hyundai Tower location, including showers, a sauna, weights, cardio machines, lockers, an equipment shop, and more. Cost: RMB 1,100/month; RMB 2,800/three months; RMB 4,500/six months Languages spoken: English Opening hours: Varies according to age group and discipline (check website for details). Contact: 1) Beijing Northeast (Main) Training Center, Suite 201, 2/F, Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District (139 1071 2576, 朝阳区来 广营东路5号尚古城2层201室; 2) Beijing City Training Center, B-101, Hyundai Motor Building, 38 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (139 1071 2576, 朝阳区霄云 路38号现代汽车大厦地下1层

Jinghua Wushu specializes in teaching Shaolin kung fu to kids

Jinghua Wushu 精华武术

photos: courtesy of marco lee and jinghua wushu

Jinghua Wushu was founded by Master Liu Xiaoyan, a 32nd generation Shaolin monk and fifth generation tai chi practitioner. The organization first taught Shaolin kung fu to kids, then branched out into classes for adults and tai chi classes. With roots in the Shaolin Fawang Temple, Jinghua Wushu has an approved teaching centers in New Zealand and Japan and an upcoming center in Germany. Master Liu is a certified national-level martial arts instructor; this makes him one of the few people allowed to train and certify both Chinese and international martial artists. He has also appeared in numerous documentaries and TV shows, the latest being Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s An Idiot Abroad. Founding date: 2002 Martial arts taught: Shaolin kungfu for kids and adults; tai chi, qigong, sanda (also known as sanshou), and qinna for adults. Areas of operation: Chaoyang and Shunyi Districts (venues include Beijing Riviera Villas, 3e International School, Daystar Academy, Dulwich College Beijing, and Yew Chung International School of Beijing) Ages taught: Ages 3 and up Teacher certifications: The organization’s teachers all come from Shaolin and are certified by the Henan Province Sports Bureau. Upon arrival in Beijing, they must follow a three-month training course with Master Liu. They then follow up with morning training twice a week. Size: Jinghua Wushu has 500 regular members in Beijing and 3,000 around the world. Facilities: The main studio is located in Kempinski Hotel Beijing; there are showers, lockers, and more. Cost: RMB 70-80/class (group); RMB 200/class (private); RMB 400/ class (semi-private class with 3-8 people) Languages spoken: English, French, and Chinese (Jinghua Wushu can also receive emails in German) Opening hours: There are no opening hours. The organization follows the needs of students, so classes can start as early as 6am. Contact: Pulse Health Club, B1/F, Kempinski Hotel Beijing, 40 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (131 4107 2677, 135 2228 3751,, 朝阳区亮马桥路40号凯宾斯基饭店都市脉搏

Instructor Marco Lee offer Wing Chun classes in four languages


Marco Lee 李冠华 Hong Kong native Marco Lee has been teaching Wing Chun kung fu in Beijing for five years. Created by a female Shaolin nun, Wing Chun kung fu focuses on deflecting and yielding to force; action star Bruce Lee originally learned and popularized this practice. In addition to English, Coach Lee also speaks German, Italian, and Chinese. Private classes are held at his home, while group classes take place at Oakwood Residence Beijing. Martial arts taught: Wing Chun kung fu Area of operation: Dongzhimen Ages taught: Ages 15 and up Teacher certifications: Coach Lee has studied the entire Wing Chun system under Master Lo Man Kam, the nephew of Grandmaster Yip Man (Bruce Lee’s teacher). He is the only representative of Lo Man Kam Wing Chun and Chinese Boxing Institute International in mainland China. Size: Classes vary in size, but are usually limited to 10 people. Facilities: One of the teaching venues is the Oakwood Residence Beijing, a five-star hotel apartment building with saunas, showers, towels, and more. Cost: RMB 1,280/month, RMB 2,880/three months (private group class); RMB 800/month, RMB 1,920/three months (public group class); Jinghua Wushu specializes in teaching Shaolin kungfu to kids RMB 250/hour for a minimum of 2 hours (private one-on-one class); RMB 1,920/month (special intensive course) Languages spoken: English, German, Italian, and Chinese Opening hours: Varies according to class type (call for details) Contact: Oakwood Residence Beijing, 8 Dongzhimenwai Xiejie, Chaoyang District (131 2655 3900, 朝阳区东直门外斜街8号 May 2012



A Village Retreat

The Sprague family’s road trip through the mountains of Guizhou

From left: Leah, Nathan, Stowe, and Martha receive a Datang Village welcome

The Travelers Leah Sprague (14), her mom Stowe, her brother Nathan (12), and her sister Martha (9). The Plan The Sprague family spent one week in Guizhou and Guangxi during the March break. They booked the travel package with their go-to service travel service TUI China ( The Spragues started at the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat (, where they saw a nighttime performance, toured villages on bike, and went on a bamboo raft ride. After that, the family worked their way through northeast Guangxi and ended up in Guiyang, Guangxi’s capital. They had a guide in Guangxi and another in Guizhou.

The Best Part The Sprague’s favorite villages include Zhaoxing (Dong), Biasha (Miao), Datang (Dong), Xijiang (Miao), Tianlong for the Ground Opera (a style of masked opera that was performed by the military during the Ming Dynasy), and Shiqiao for its ancient papermaking.



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The Worst Part It was rainy or overcast almost every day in Guizhou, except for the very last day. It made visiting villages less interesting when the locals stayed inside with the doors closed. Also, driving so much made the trip a little tiring; it was generally one to two hours between each village. Unexpected Moments There were many unexpected moments during the trip. For example, one family in Zhaoxing Village threw a huge feast in front of the drum tower to celebrate their son’s first 100 days. All their clan members stood at long tables stacked with food and gobbled it up within 15 minutes. There were fireworks and the local kids had a great time running around. Guests gave bottles of liquor and received uncooked and glutinous rice in return – which they stored in the baskets they brought.

photos: courtesy of the sprague family

The Cost The entire package cost RMB 34,900 and included a full-time Englishspeaking guide, a driver with a van, all admission fees, hotels and village inns (with breakfast), and airfare with Air China. Lunches, dinners, tips, and the Yangshuo show were extra.

The best part was breaking away from the hordes of Western tourists and discovering the daily lives of the different minorities at each of the villages. The Spragues saw a father give a traditional haircut to his son with a scythe in the Miao village of Biasha, a man build a coffin for an elder villager, and saw how a traveling salesman would pitch new kitchen appliances in Leli Village. Leah and her family particularly enjoyed the welcoming ceremony of Datang’s Miao people, whose women are famous for their 10cm mini-skirts. It is a thrill to see the villagers greet visitors at the gate, offer them multiple cups of rice wine, and then give an hour-long song and dance performance.

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The Spragues in front of a covered wind and rain bridge

A Biasha man gives his son a close shave

Family-Friendly Features This trip is great for families that want to explore areas that not many tourists know about. All of the local people in the villages were extremely friendly and were curious to talk to the Spragues. Having a lot of free time to explore the villages and hang out are great for kids who don’t like going to museums or listening to long tour guide explanations. Travel Tips • This trip requires a lot of driving and isn’t action-packed, so it is best for families that have older kids with more patience. • Guizhou does not have as many tourists due to its remoteness and dirt road access. This is good because so much minority culture has been preserved, but at the same time, few people speak English and Chinese food is usually the only option. • The best time to visit is April or May, when rice fields are at their best. In addition, most festivals occur in April, like the Sisters Festival – a Miao festival also known as Miao Valentine’s Day, when single women find men to marry or date. • It is important to ask your tour agent to arrange village ceremonies in advance; the village usually charges a fee of RMB 600. Also, don’t touch the cups of offered rice wine unless you’re ready to finish them.

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Get Your Kicks on Route 66 The Lindsays drive from coast to coast

Violet (17) and Julie take in the Grand Canyon in Arizona

The Travelers Julie and John Lindsay, and their daughter Violet (17). The Plan Last July, the Lindsays drove from Chicago, US to Santa Monica in California along the original Route 66. Over two weeks, they traveled through eight different states and covered roughly 4,180km (2,600 miles). The family booked their accommodations through Expedia (, and stayed in inexpensive hotels and motels. They also stayed in two different Kampgrounds of America cabins. KOA is an American campground chain with nearly 470 locations throughout North America. The Cost Roundtrip airfare cost approximately RMB 6,500 per person; the family flew from Beijing to Chicago, then returned to Beijing from San Francisco. Accommodations averaged around RMB 800 per night. The rental car cost around RMB 9,500 for 15 days, plus a one-way drop off charge of RMB 3,200. Meals were relatively cheap; the Lindsays ate good quality food in family restaurants along the way.



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Unexpected Moments The family got to meet the real-life person who inspired the character of Mater the broken-down pickup truck from Pixar’s Cars. This happened at a former 1930’s Phillips 66 gas station in Kansas (now the Baxter Springs Visitor Center). Family-Friendly Features Because Route 66 is a tourist attraction, children were well cared for along the entire route. Restaurants had kid-friendly options and souvenir shops had extensive children’s sections. The motels had swimming pools and the KOA campgrounds had great facilities for families, including pools, laundry services, small shops for food and souvenirs, and playgrounds. Travel Tips • It’s really worth doing the full trip, as the scenery changes dramatically across the eight states. • Even though the Lindsays stayed in a self-catering cabin with a fridge and a microwave, the limited cutlery, plates, and cooking utensils made it difficult for them to actually make their own meals. KOA campgrounds also tend to be in more isolated places, which can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. • The family relied on a MiFi wireless router to connect to the Internet for GPS navigation and to research upcoming towns or restaurants. • To read more, visit Violet’s blog at She wrote a detailed project about Route 66 for one of her classes at Beijing BISS International School.

photos: courtesy of the lindsay family

The Best Part The trip allowed the Lindsays to experience a geographical, social, historical, and musical cross-section of the US as symbolized by Route 66. Highlights included: • Stopping at historical locations along the way and getting a sense of what life was like in the 1950s and 1960s • Visiting museums, such as the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center and Museum in Amarillo, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque • Seeing the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was surrounded with beautiful red rocks and multicolored landscapes • Taking a side trip to Oatman, Arizona, a former gold mining town that now features roaming donkeys, ice cream shops, and cold beer at the bar

The Worst Part The Lindsays had a smooth trip for the most part. The most demanding part was the final leg from San Bernardino to Santa Monica, which meant driving on busy freeways. The section contrasted with the wide expanses of landscape that they had experienced up to that point.

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The Lindsays (complete with matching gear) at their final destination in Santa Monica, California

Julie poses with the Gemini Giant in Wilmington, Illinois

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Several strawberry cultivars are on offer in Changping’s pick-your-own berry farms

A Berry Good Day A selection of pick-your-own strawberry farms in Changping District by Sijia Chen




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Beijing Jiande Hongqun Caomei Caizhai Zhongxin 北京建德红群草莓采摘中心 This center produces three main strawberry cultivars: heat-resistant Sweet Charlie, sweet and flavorful Zhangji, and Japanese newcomer Hongyan. Beijing Hongqun was a supporter of this year’s International Strawberry Symposium, a conference that brought strawberry experts from all over the world to Beijing in February. Picking season: Apr-May Price: RMB 20 or 30/jin (weekdays), RMB 25 or 35/jin (weekends) Getting there: From Tiantongyuan Bei subway station on Line 5, take Bus 537 and get off at Xiangtun station. Address: 600m west of the Xiangtun north exit, Xingshou Town, Changping District 昌平区兴寿镇香屯北口西600米 Contact: 6172 0288, 135 5215 5575,,

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trawberry season may have started in March, but it’s not too late to enjoy the fruits of your own labor. Packed with antioxidants, flavonoids, and vitamin C, strawberries are a great addition to any dessert, breakfast cereal, or afternoon jam-making session. Lucky for us, Changping District abounds with organic pick-your-ownstrawberry farms, particularly around the areas of Xiaotang Shan and Xingshou Town. Brush up on your Chinese or take a friend with you – most of them speak minimal to no English. The varying prices reflect different strawberry varieties. Happy picking!

Playing Day Tripper Beijing Nankou Farm 北京市南口农场 Since its foundation in 1958, Nankou Farm has received more than 30 municipal and national prizes. This popular agritourism center allows visitors to pick their own fruit, dig up wild herbs, buy organic produce, and “adopt” a tree. To finish off your day on a delicious note, Nankou recommends having a home-style meal or mutton hotpot in a restaurant by the farm. Picking season: Jan-May Other products: Apples, dates, star fruit, guava, papaya, grapefruit, loquat, nectarines, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, and pears Price: RMB 50/jin (20 percent discount on quantities of 2.5kg or more) Getting there: From Deshengmen, take Bus 919 to Nankou, then transfer to Bus 20 or 914 to Gecun Village; walk west about 800m to Nankou Farm. Address: South Nankou, Changping District 昌平区南口镇南 Contact: 6075 5064 Mr. Liu, 139 1031 5570 Wang Pengfei,,

Dingding Caomei Caizhai Yuan 丁丁草莓采摘园 This quiet farm has extensive fruit orchards, accommodations, and activities like sports and chess. Besides fruit picking, Dingding also rents out 1,000sqm plots of lands for families to grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The farm also raises chickens, ducks, and geese. Picking season: Dec-Jun Other products: Cherries, apples, peaches, mulberries, pears, watermelon, raspberries, and apricots Price: RMB 25, 30, or 40/jin (depends on strawberry variety) Getting there: On the Changping line, take Bus 870 from Nanshao subway station. Get off at Taolin Village and walk 300m south, then call one of the owners when you get to the farm entrance. Address: Xingshou Town, Changping District 昌平区兴寿镇 Contact: 136 9317 0992 Ms. Yu, 134 3958 0670 Mr. Yu,,

Tianyi Strawberry Ecology 天翼草莓园 Founded in 2001, Tianyi is one of the best-known strawberry producers in Beijing. The company provides seeds and seedlings to farmers and agricultural enterprises around the country, as well as providing free technical services to farmers who want to set up their own strawberry greenhouses. Their base in Xiaotang Shan covers 24sqkm.

Picking season: Dec-Jun Other products: Cherries, peaches, blueberries, plums, dragon fruit, corn, raspberry, apricots, and vegetables Price: RMB 25, 40, 80/jin (depends on strawberry variety) Getting there: Take Subway Line 5 to Tiantongyuan Bei (天通苑 北), then take Bus 537 to Xingshou Caomei Yuan (兴寿草莓园) and keep on walking for 200m. Address: Xingshou Town, Changping District 昌平区兴寿镇 Contact: 6172 1718/9,

Yulin Tangquan Nongzhuang 御林汤泉农庄 This agritourism resort encompasses an outdoor hot spring pool, rental villas, a “floating” restaurant, and a spa. Among the many varieties of strawberries are Hongyan, Zhangji, Mikado Queen, Tianxiang, and Sweet Charlie. Picking season: Dec-May Other products: Cherries, Chinese dates, peaches, apricots, pears, plums, and mulberries Price: RMB 40-60/jin Getting there: From Tiantongyuan Bei subway station on Line 5, take Bus 643 to China Aviation Museum. Walk 300m north; the farm will be on the left side of the road. Address: West Area, Xiaotang Shan National Agricultural Science and Technology Park, China Aviation Museum West Road, Changping District 昌平区中国航空博物馆路路西小汤山国家农业科技园西区 Contact: 6178 4288, 6179 5124, 136 6111 7755 Mr. Wang, 136 8300 9021 Mr. Zhang,,

Tips for picking and storing strawberries: • Farms will usually provide you with specialized strawberry containers. If you bring your own, don’t heap strawberries higher than 13cm (5in) to avoid bruising the lower ones. • If you plan to use the strawberries later, try to pick them in the early morning or on a cool, cloudy day. Strawberries picked on a hot day are prone to bruising and don’t keep well. • Cool the strawberries as soon as possible after picking. They can be stored uncovered in the fridge for three days or more, but the fruit tends to lose its color and flavor after that. • When you get home, sort the strawberries, but don’t clean them until they’re ready be eaten. Wash them quickly in cold water and drain well before eating.

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Pick strawberries on a cool, cloudy day to prevent bruising

May 2012



I Want to Be a Paleontologist Amanda Falk uncovers million-year-old (and billion-year-old) secrets


manda Falk is an American paleontologist who specializes in the study of ancient and modern bird tracks. She did her undergraduate degree at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. From 2007 to 2009, she built a working model of Microraptor, a feathered four-winged dinosaur, with her team at KU. Now a PhD candidate at the University of Kansas, Falk is in China on a 10-month Fulbright student grant. She is currently based in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, where she studies bird fossils from the Yixian and Jiufotang Formations. During a recent visit to Beijing, Falk spoke to students at Beijing International Bilingual Academy about her work. Sijia Chen

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Learning When I Grow Up

Phoebe Turner, 10, UK Are dinosaurs animals? Yes, they are. They’re a special kind of reptile called an archosaur; the only archosaurs left are crocodiles and birds.

Sherry Kwon, 11, Korea What was the first fossil ever found? The first dinosaur ever found was Iguanodon in England; it was just a tooth.

Jack Lin, 11, China What is the oldest fossil you ever found? It was an Oligocene fossil, which is quite young, maybe 25 million years old. Helena Huang, 10, Canada Did you go to a cave and see cavemen? I don’t work on human evolution, but in China there’s a very famous human fossil called Peking Man. Rodrick Kim, 12, South Korea How do you know where the fossils are? We can go to places where people have found fossils before, or we can look for rocks of a certain age.

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Steven Liu, 11, China How do you dig up the fossils? We have to use shovels, big pickaxes, or even backhoes to excavate the fossil. Helena Liu, 11, Netherlands/China How much time does it take to dig up fossils? If it’s very small, we can collect it in one day. If we find something like one of those long-necked dinosaurs, it can take months or even years. Himang Park, 10, South Korea What are some tools that you use to find fossils? Our eyes, mostly. We don’t do anything like you see in Jurassic Park.

“We don’t do anything like you see in Jurassic Park” Nicole Song, 10, China Where do the fossils go? People who find fossils on their property can own them, but a lot of the time they go to a museum or university. Benjamin Liu, 10, Canada What is your exact job on the team? As a graduate student, I do all kinds of work: I prepare the fossils, copy them, make models of them, and write papers on them. Savannah Fadling, 11, US How do you know which fossils go with which animal? That is something we call “comparative anatomy,” which is looking at the bones and muscles of modern animals and comparing them to fossils. Kevin Lim, 12, South Korea How can you tell bird tracks from dinosaur tracks? A lot of the time, bird tracks will have a very large angle between their toes; that means the toe width will be much larger than the toe length. In dinosaurs, you get a much narrower toe so that foot width will be much smaller than foot length.

Vincent Cai, 11, US How do you know what time period the fossil is from? We have something called radiometric dating; when a volcano erupts, it forms rock immediately; we can take out crystals to know exactly how old that rock is.

Lisa Ni, 10, China Why do you make models? Obviously we can’t go around chucking the microraptor fossil off a cliff; it would break. But if we build a model based on modern data, then we can test how well Microraptor could fly.

Josh Li, 11, US What’s the closest animal to Microraptor? The flying lemur; it glides from tree to tree much like Microraptor, but it’s a mammal. Benjamin Liu, 10, Canada How did the asteroid make dinosaurs go extinct? When an asteroid hits the Earth, it doesn’t just affect that one little area. A lot of stuff gets thrown up into the atmosphere, so it changes the weather. You start losing the animals that eat the plants, then the animals that eat the animals that eat the plants.

Evelyn Wong, 11, US Has anything surprising or scary ever happened to you? When I was going out to do research in South Dakota, I walked out to these big slabs of rock. The grass was up to my waist; all of a sudden I heard a “bzzz” – it was a rattlesnake sliding right past my leg. Chris Ding, 10, Canada Where was the most dangerous place you found a fossil? I usually stay out of trouble, but people have gone into places where there were bands of marauding bandits. There are also places with dangerous levels of radiation.

Shania Fadling, 10, US What’s the best thing you found in Kansas? A really neat bird called Hesperornis; it was like the penguin of the Cretaceous, with long legs, webbed feet, and tiny wings.

Tate Liang, 10, Canada Do you like your job? I love my job. I get to mix up mud, play with more mud, wait for the mud to dry, and go home.

May 2012



Beyond Black and White Discussing the intricacies of stereotyping and racism



May 2012

photo: sui

From left: Sarah Tang, 17, Hong Kong, has been living in Beijing for six years Jenna Serstad, 15, US, has been living in Beijing for 11 years Josiah Lay, 16, US, has been living in Beijing for six years Jason Burrows, 18, US, has been living in Beijing for two years

Learning The Roundtable


acism is alive and well, as evidenced by news headlines from across the world. On February 26, a 17-year-old black teenager named Trayvon Martin was shot to death under uncertain circumstances in Florida, US. The killer was 28-yearold George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain who initially walked free after claiming self-defense. In southern France, an attack in March on a Jewish school resulted in four deaths – three of them young children. Recently, beijingkids sat down with students from the International Academy of Beijing to talk about the complicated issues surrounding racism today. Sijia Chen

Jeremy Lin recently made waves for being the first Chinese-American basketball player in the NBA, but he has also been the subject of racist headlines. What does this say about the state of racism? Sarah: I don’t think it’s so much discrimination as it is stereotyping. It’s not like they’re not letting him play basketball, they just assume that all Asians come from the same background. Jason: A big part of it is just American ignorance. If there’s anyone from China, we expect them to eat out of a rice bowl and work in rice fields. Or if you’re Indian, you must be that guy from Slumdog Millionaire. Because many Americans have such a small world view, they jump to conclusions that they’ve heard from the media. Josiah: If I were [Jeremy Lin], I wouldn’t care. If I’m part of the stereotype, then so be it; if I’m not, then it’s [the other person’s] problem.

How does your experience of racism in your home country compare with China? Sarah: There are terms like gweilo [a Cantonese slur for Caucasians] that were used in Hong Kong in the past and that people keep using – not because they discriminate against [Caucasians], but because it’s a habit. But other than that, Hong Kong is very international and racism isn’t a problem there. Jenna: In China, when I say I’m from America, people always say: “Oh, so you’re really rich.” They make the assumption that money grows on trees and that it’s a beautiful paradise [in the US]. Jason: In the States, it’s such a hodge-podge of different people. I lived in Arkansas; my high school was half black, half white. They mixed well because they’d been together so long. [China is] just starting to get that interaction between the races and there’s a lot of that stuff that we don’t like talking about. Josiah: There’s a huge Asian community in Houston – at least at my church – and I didn’t experience much racism there. Because I’m Asian, I don’t experience much discrimination at all here. The only difference is that I speak Mandarin with people, whereas in the States I’d speak English with my Asian friends.

How do you feel about affirmative action? Sarah: I think when [affirmative action] first started, the point was to help minorities move towards the middle or upper class. But now, because the US has developed to a point where everyone is equal, I don’t think it’s necessary anymore. Jason: I’ve heard of a lot of situations in the States where [the school] tries to fill a quota to get a diverse campus. I do think it’s a good idea

Maybe it’s possible to have a person who’s not racist, but definitely not one without prejudice or bias because you don’t want all the white people in one school and all the minorities in another school, but there needs to be a very delicate balance between letting people in and not just getting to a point of “Let’s just get these people in no matter what.” Jenna: I wouldn’t be OK with [benefiting from affirmative action]. I would want to know that I was chosen for having good grades and working hard; otherwise, I would feel like I was cheating. Josiah: I would agree. Entrance to a college by merit is much more satisfying. If I was accepted to Harvard based on affirmative action, I wouldn’t say no, but I wouldn’t feel good about it in the short run.

Should people be blind to race in situations like an international work setting? Jenna: I think it’s good to be color blind, unless you’re working in a big group. You might want to put the same races together to reduce language barriers. Sarah: People who come to China would probably expect to work with other races. Though it’s great to be able to look past color, different cultures have a different way of working. Chinese people see the goal, whereas [Americans] care about the process. Though it might be rough, there are good things you can learn from each other. Josiah: Having different cultures could be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on what the company is trying to accomplish. If you were in game design, it would be nice to have different ideas because [the product] doesn’t have to conform to anything specific. Jason: I met a really cool Indian guy once. If you forget the fact that he’s Indian and just converse with him, then it really opens up a lot more doors.

Is there any such thing as a completely non-racist person? Jenna: I don’t think so. If I were just some American girl and had only been to the Chinese restaurants, I might think – without even knowing it – that everyone in China eats fortune cookies. Sarah: I think it depends where you draw the line between stereotypical and racist. A lot of people have a mindset imprinted in them even though they’re not trying to offend anyone. If it’s someone who has lived internationally and knows more through education and experience than what they hear on TV, I think there could be a non-racist person. Josiah: Even if the person hasn’t been educated or hasn’t traveled, they could also be completely not racist. The more you learn and the more you see things, [those experiences] could potentially make you put the people you meet into boxes. Jason: Even if you study every single culture in the world, you probably wouldn’t understand enough to have zero prejudice against each one. Maybe it’s possible to have a person who’s not racist, but definitely not one without prejudice or bias. May 2012



Learning Blank Canvas

Students from

The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten fill May’s Blank Canvas

Alice Sullivan, 2, US

Indigo Whitehead, 3, Australia Elina Zhang, 5, US

Mariya Podgayko, 2, Russia



May 2012

Max Wong, 5, Hong Kong

Oliver Whitehead, 5, Australia

Lewis Mayer, 2, US

Merle Novak, 3, Germany

Nicol Gummennaya, 2, Russia

May 2012



Parenting Beijing Baba

Artistic Differences

Investing in extracurricular activities for Ariana by Gareth Jones


or many of us waiguoren, the closest we’ve gotten to encountering Chinese culture before setting foot here was a chicken fried rice and chips on a Saturday night (forgive me, I’m British!). Fast forward a few years, after the early onset of middle-aged spread and the addition of a couple of kids. Many of us who’ve stuck around the Middle Kingdom find ourselves embroiled daily in the midst of the much feared culture clash. Flashpoints range from the moment during a meal at which one should be slurping soup (and in fact whether or not said soup should be slurped at all) to heated discussions about to whether a kid is run down or is, in fact, reqi (热气, a TCM term that translates to “inner heat”) - the required course of action for the latter, going far beyond the conventional “lie down and you’ll feel be better in the morning, darling.” An area that Xiao Qing and I have come to differ has been on education, and more specifically, weekend classes. As a young lad, I recall this time being spent investing in my future, maneuvering Cardiff City to the top of the football league on my computer game console or, on warmer days, attempting to reenact the moves of my favorite footy stars on the nearby field. I have since become a teacher, however, and while belatedly realizing that my youth may have been better spent, I was startled to learn recently that Chinese families spend on average 15 percent of their income on education. I had always found it difficult not to be judgmental when I saw some of our Chinese friends’ children moving

along a conveyor belt of weekend classes, playdates having to be fit weeks in advance into the busy schedules of 7-year-olds. Surely it won’t be long before I hear my daughter and her friends discussing the relative merits of ballet over fencing vis a vis the requirements of the respective universities that they intend on applying to in 10 years time. Despite my outdated overtures to let the kids roam freely in our xiaoqu, Ariana has been bolstering her CV through painting classes, piano classes, and a homeschool teacher whom I assume was recruited to keep her calculus up to scratch. And last weekend, my wife took her to a singing class. Although I’ve found some of the classes a tad superfluous, I am beginning to be a believer. Whereas I’d previously feared that we were trying to live through our kids, I’m seeing that the creative activities that Xiao Qing has lined up for Ariana are having positive effects. While she doesn’t have a sufficient sack of troubles, she is starting to choose artistic outlets over electronic ones after dinner. In fact, there have been completely unforeseen consequences: Not only has her four year old sister taken to the ivories with “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” but her slightly older father has jumped on the bandwagon in an attempt to make up for his misspent youth. While it seems that the giddy heights of F major may be as far as my rigid digits will allow me to advance, I can’t help but admit that the wife got this one right. As Xiao Qing had predicted and intended, the number of classes has been cut, Ariana having quickly let us know which ones were or were not “rubbish,” leaving her to find her path and her dad attempting to get out of the mud in which he was stuck!

I was startled to learn recently that Chinese families spend on average 15 percent of their income on education

illustration: li xing



May 2012

Parenting Alternate Routes

A Combination of “Big C” and “Small C”

Embracing all cultural aspects of living in China by Jennifer Ambrose


illustration: li xing

iving in Beijing, especially as a homeschooling family, we often feel like we could be on a perpetual field trip. I, more than the kids even, would love to abandon the structure of textbooks and worksheets, as well as the confines of our apartment to seize every cultural opportunity this city has to offer. National Art Museum today, Lama Temple tomorrow, Peking opera the next day. I wonder how long we could go on like that before we would finally see all of the important sites in Beijing. On the other hand, attempting this would be an overly ambitious endeavor. We would exhaust ourselves, maybe even fall asleep halfway through the Peking opera on the third day. Coming from the outer reaches of Changping, any trip into the city can be an ordeal, involving hours in transit whether we go by car, metro, or bus. Then, there is the equally long journey back to Changping in time to eat a proper family supper and the mounting costs of such a field trip. Museums, galleries, performances, and the like fall into the category of “Big C” culture. These are occasions to engage our host country at its most artful and inspirational. There is also another type of culture, called “Small C.” “Small C” culture is simply what we encounter every day living in a country that is not our own. Taking advantage of these cultural opportunities include watching my kids play with other kids in the park, negotiating with street venders, and snacking on jianbing from their favorite cart.

On holidays and the occasional weekend, we spend a considerable amount of time ambling around the Great Wall. The end-ofthe-hike reward for the kids on chilly afternoons is a chance to warm up on our friends’ kang. Myles and Brigid race each other to occupy the warmest spot. After a small amount of bickering, both find there is more than enough heat to share. I will never find a kang comfortable, but my children happily sprawl out on the brick platform, lamenting that our own apartment is not so well equipped. They may not realize it, but I certainly see how they have come to appreciate this Chinese invention and unique aspect of “Small C” culture. “Small C” culture also has an inevitable food component. Sometimes for my kids it means helping their playmates’ grandparents in the kitchen roll dumplings, even when those same playmates have deserted them for something more exciting, like video games. Other times it means eating something, like fish, in the local preparation. Myles always sighs that Americans are missing out on the best part of the fish when they do not serve it with the head. It has also come to mean discovering the regional differences between foods served just inside the city limits. Dishes found in Changping, for instance, may be unheard of in Yanqing, and vice versa. Investigating this further showed us that these two neighboring counties do not even speak the same dialect. And on one occasion, exploring Beijing’s “Small C” culture has even meant saying yes to a donkey burger. Our homeschooling lifestyle has allowed us to have a great deal of flexibility in being able to complement our studies with outings in Beijing, though not as frequently as we might like. But the real lasting cultural lessons for our family have happened far from the museums and performance halls in the city. Merely living in Beijing is a cultural opportunity of its own.

Exploring Beijing’s “Small C” culture has even meant saying yes to a donkey burger

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

May 2012



Parenting Spotlight

A Match Made in China What parents need to know about adopting from China by Jessica Pan


From left: Maria (7), Susanne Svoger Have, Astrid (9) and Jes Christensen



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waited 14 months in 2005 for Astrid and eight months in 2009 for Maria, but they count themselves as lucky. They say that other Danish parents are now considering other options due to an increasingly long wait time for a Chinese adoption. Intercountry adoption is often tedious and expensive, but these setbacks are often eclipsed by one pressing factor: Time. How long will couples wait to be matched with a child? It helps if you already live in China. For an American couple that resides in China and has lived here for more than one year, the waiting time for a Chinese baby typically drops to approximately a two-year wait. Expats living in China qualify for the expedited process. China has an intercountry adoption agreement with 17 countries, but only citizens from the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Spain, and Italy can adopt as expats in China. Each country has specific guidelines, and the process varies greatly.

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abriella Wortmann is a Hungarian-American who is fluent in Chinese and studied Chinese literature in college. She and her Chinese-American husband Derek Chin reside in Boston and had their hearts set on adopting a Chinese child. After finishing the preliminary adoption paperwork (needed regardless of the country you want to adopt from), the wait time for a Chinese child increased to seven years from the time China-specific paperwork was submitted. Due to the extended wait, the adoption agency they were using has stopped accepting new applications for China. Since then, the couple widened their search to South Korea. Now, within a year of applying, they are finalizing the adoption of a baby from Seoul. Like Wortmann, many couples are looking into other options when faced with an average wait of seven to 10 years to be matched with a Chinese baby. Danish parents Jes Christensen and Susanne Svoger Have adopted twice from China from within their native country. They

photo: courtesy of the johnson-hill family

Four peas in a pod (from left): Rosemary (at age 4), Winifred (6), Prudence (10) and Betsy Johnson-Hill (12 months)

For instance, Canada was recently added to the list and couples looking to adopt must go through a local adoption agency approved by the Hague Convention Adoption Treaty or the International Social Service in Hong Kong. Another hurdle for prospective adoptive parents are the adoption requirements. New restrictions from the China Center for Child Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) came into effect in 2007 and disqualify couples on variables ranging from the size of their bank accounts to the size of their bodies (couples with a body mass index of more than 40 are ineligible). For a complete list of requirements, see the list on page 53. The Paper Chain Laura and Dominic Johnson-Hill are long-time China expats who were looking to expand their combined family of three biological children. After deciding to adopt from China, Laura (a Canadian) and Dominic (a UK citizen) discovered that their situation at that time failed to meet three requirements. Two of these obstacles would resolve themselves

within one year: Laura was a year shy of 30, the minimum age for adopting, and she and Dominic had only been married for four years. An adoptive couple must be married for at least five years if it is one spouse’s second marriage, which was the case for Dominic. Back in 2008, neither Canadians nor UK citizens were allowed to adopt from China as expats living in China. But in January 2009, they received good news: British expats living in China were now allowed to adopt from China. The Johnson-Hills began gathering the paperwork, a process that took an entire year. “You have to go back to your home country to get your criminal record checks. We were married in Hong Kong and had to travel there to pick up our marriage certificate in person and have it authenticated by the Chinese embassy in Hong Kong,” Laura says. Every document had to be authenticated by Chinese embassies in each country, meaning trips to Canada, the UK, and Hong Kong for the Johnson-Hills. For most families, relatives in their home countries can assist with this process. The Johnson-Hills also needed to obtain their May 2012



Parenting Spotlight declared income statements, and compile every passport and Chinese visa they had between the two of them. Although they are both fluent in Mandarin, the process was still daunting. “We didn’t know how to navigate the system. We didn’t know how to get a notarized document authenticated by the Chinese embassy, so we hired lawyers,” explains Laura. The Johnson-Hills were one of the first British expat families to adopt from China, and adoption experts in Beijing say the process is easier now – very few families need to return to their home country or hire lawyers to complete the process. Tick Tock The Johnson-Hills applied for a healthy girl who was between 18 months and 3 years of age. After submitting their dossier (a compilation of the required paperwork), they were told that the wait could be up to three years long. Laura frequently called the CCCWA to find out about the status of their application, but also sought information from other couples who were also waiting to be matched with a child from China. “Yahoo groups exist for every single sub-group of China adoption you can imagine: Toddler Adoption China, China Adoption, etc. I was a member of many! I would jump between groups looking for signs of hope that our referral was close,” Laura says. She also frequented China Adopt Talk forum. But couples should be aware that forums can be rife with misinformation. Seeing other couples being matched with children gave them some perspective on typical waiting times, but the process is far from consistent. “It’s one of these impossible equations. Before, people were waiting two to three years, but then suddenly we saw people on forums who only had to wait a little more than a year to get their kids. But you just don’t know. You’re continuing to try to do all this research and make sense of what’s going on but there is no sense,” says Dominic. In March 2011, 13 months after they submitted their paperwork, they found out they were matched with Betsy, a 6-month-old girl from Wuhan province.

“People who literally submitted their paperwork two weeks after us are still waiting” obligatory donation fee to the orphanage: RMB 35,000. In total, fees amounted to RMB 130,000 (about USD 20,000), which was inclusive of travel to Wuhan (and a week’s stay there), agency fees, the mandatory donation fee, and gathering the paperwork. But families who travel less to chase down paperwork, can expect to pay between USD 13,000-14,000. A Slowdown in Chinese Adoptions According to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, the number of Chinese adoptions from within the US peaked at nearly 8,000 in 2005. Last year, that number dropped by one third to 2,587 adoptions. As a result, waiting times are increasing for both expats adopting from within China and those adopting from their home countries. China Adoption Forecast’s website helps predict the wait time for an adoption; it estimates that couples in the US who apply today will wait at least 10 years before they are matched with a child. Expats typically have shorter wait times, but they are also feeling the lagging rate of matches (also known as referrals). “A group of 15 couples applied at the same time as us and were matched with children. But there haven’t been any expat adoptions since,” Dominic says. “People who literally submitted their paperwork two weeks after us are still waiting.” Dr. Rob Blinn, who conducts adoption home studies in Beijing through Beijing United Family Hospital and A Helping Hand Adoption Agency, has also witnessed the trend of longer waits for adoption. “The authorities are clearly limiting the number of adoptions by foreigners and the clearest indication is that they want more Chinese to adopt domestically,” Dr. Blinn says. CCCWA reports that over 60 percent of adoptions go to local families. Dr. Blinn says many of the families he works with in Beijing are opting to adopt from other countries, such as Ethiopia, where the wait time for a child is currently less than one year. But the time lag in China diminishes significantly for foreigners or Chinese citizens willing to adopt a special needs child. “A lot of expat parents are able to adopt special needs kids and the government moves those along very quickly,” Dr. Blinn says. Many of these special needs children have birth defects that can be corrected through minor surgery, such as cleft palates. In addition, Americans are eligible for the Waiting Children Program, which places children who are over 6 and/or have special needs. The program offers a shorter wait time and a cheaper application fee. There are different rules for different countries, and while long wait times and bureaucratic red tape may discourage some couples, restrictions in the adoption process can change at any time. In 2008, Dominic and Laura were told that their nationalities prevented them from adopting a Chinese baby; this March they celebrated Betsy’s second birthday in Beijing.

“You’re continuing to try to do all this research and make sense of what’s going on, but there is no sense”

After You’re Matched After couples are matched with a child, families must wait for written permission to travel to the province to pick up their child. “Once you see that picture of your child, you have to get there. We were just so excited,” says Laura. They flew to Wuhan two weeks after they received the notification. The Johnson-Hills chose to use the CCCWA facilitation service, Bridge of Love Adoption Service (BLAS), although this is optional. Bridge of Love helped them arrange a pick-up time, book a hotel in Wuhan, get Betsy a passport, and provided them with a list of paperwork to bring. BLAS also gave them details about Betsy’s current situation. The Johnson-Hills speak Mandarin, but BLAS can provide translators for non-Chinese speakers. “We recommend using a facilitator. It allows you to focus on meeting your new son or daughter, as opposed to making hotel bookings, looking for taxis, going in and out of numerous government offices, arranging paperwork, passports and notarized copies,” Laura says. There were a few surprises along the way. The Johnson-Hills had expected to be matched with a toddler, but were matched with a 6-month-old girl. Also before their arrival, there is an



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Guidelines for Chinese Adoptions

China Center for Child Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA)

Currently, adoptive parents must meet the following requirements:

China Adopt Talk Forum

• Over 30, but under 50 years old (exception for special needs children and older children, then age limit is 55) • Married for at least two years (five years if either spouse has been previously divorced) • Minimum education: High school certificate • No more than four children under the age of 18 at home • Youngest child at home must be older than 12 months • Steady income of no less than USD 10,000 for each person in the family including the adopted child. For example, a family of two must net USD 20,000 per year, while a family of four must net USD 40,000 per year. • Net assets of at least USD 80,000 • Body Mass Index (BMI) of under 40 • No criminal record (this includes DUIs) • No recurring psychiatric or mental health prescriptions • Expats adopting in China must have lived and worked in China for at least one year before submitting their dossier

China Adoption Forecast A Helping Hand Adoption Agency Karen Friedman Karen Friedman is a US licensed social worker who has conducted home studies and consulted on adoption  dossiers for  expats in China since 1999. She works with families from most of the countries that have expat agreements with China. (134 3900 9391,


The Johnson-Hill family (from left): Betsey (2), Laura, Winifred (7), Dominic, Prudence (11) at home May 2012 beijingkids

Beijing At Its Best photo by Mishka Family Photography


he street has the occasional odd smell of stinky tofu, the sky is more often than not a shade of gray, and the buses and subways are overcrowded. Why would we want to live in Beijing? Because there is so much more to it than that: It is immensely rich in culture. Beijing was the seat of ancient emperors and the birthplace of the People’s Republic. This is the city of exploration: from hidden markets, kung fu classes to parks and make-your-own dumpling classes. So what are you waiting for? Beijing is your oyster.

Eli Sheppard (7) shows off his kung fu moves at Ritan Park



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To Be Immersed International families with children enrolled in local Chinese schools by Aubrey Stout; photo by The Bloom Family Photography


than and Isaac Lin are bouncing off the walls - literally. Their 2-year-old brother Joshua attempts to join them in jumping on the bed, but it ends in disaster, with him wailing inconsolably in his mom’s arms after a traumatic collision and fall. His older twin brothers are momentarily stilled, sheepish at having caused the emotional meltdown. Soon the crying ceases and they’re back to business, throwing paper airplanes off the balcony in soaring trajectories. It’s a beautiful golden afternoon, perfect for playing outside in the garden. They’ve earned their playtime too. Sunlight streams onto the walls of their room, where a poster from Beijing Xiyi Elementary School (北京西颐小学) declares them both “Outstanding Foreign Students.” The boys are both in first grade at Xiyi, and thriving. “I wouldn’t say they’re on par with their peers,” mom Jenny Lin admits, acknowledging the pool of candidates for the award might have been pretty small. Still, it’s impressive for kids who, less than two years ago, were placed in a local kindergarten with extremely limited Chinese.

In the US, their dad spoke some Chinese with them, but it wasn’t enough, so the family moved to Beijing. “They picked up everything pretty easily. They never complained about the experience,” Lin recalls. The transition might have been eased by the presence of a built-in playmate. Without each other, the language barrier might have caused some adjustment trouble. “They speak Chinese when they play together,” Lin smiles. However, now that they’re in elementary school, it’s not all play. There’s a lot of homework - much more than they would have in the US. But Lin points out, the pressure is off to make perfect grades. The family plans to return to the US in the near future, so the boys don’t have pressure to produce flawless scores to get them into local high schools and universities one day. It’s exactly this lack of pressure that makes some local schools reluctant to accept foreigners. The local kids who stay within the Chinese education system for the duration of their academic careers

Jenny Lin and her husband Jack Lin with their sons: twin 6-year-old boys Ethan and Isaac, and 2-year-old Joshua May 2012



Feature “The way the world is changing right now, it’s negligent not to teach your kids [about] foreign languages and culture”

Zaren Hormzudiar with a friend at Fangcaodi International School

are the ones upholding academic standards. Still, there are quotas for accepting foreign students, and local schools have to allow them in. Famous for it’s Peking opera program, Xiyi was one of the first schools in Beijing to accept foreign students. Ethan and Isaac enjoy the opera courses, though Isaac claims physical education, especially jump rope, is his favorite subject. Ethan prefers art, as evidenced by the fastidious sketches at his desk. One fear the Lins have is that the boys’ English will suffer during their time in China. “I try to keep it up with books and [iPad] apps,” says Jenny Lin. “But when we go back to the US, they might be a little behind.” You win some, you lose some. Their Chinese has improved drastically, while perhaps their English has lapsed for the time being. It’s the tension of a cross-cultural, bilingual life. When they return to the US, Lin and her husband would like to put the boys in a Mandarin immersion program, if they can find one. “It depends on where we move,” she says. Keeping their kids’ Mandarin strong is also a must for Jenny Chang and Charlie Lu, whose 7-year-old daughter Britney attends Shijia Hutong Elementary School (史家胡同小学). Chang and Lu spoke Mandarin at home with their children when they lived in California, but, like the Lin family, they felt it wasn’t enough. “We didn’t want to lose our roots,” Chang says. “We wanted to come back to China so the kids could speak Chinese fluently and experience living in China.” It wasn’t easy at first. Britney started at Shijia in September 2011,

and the total immersion was a bit of a shock. “She was crying a lot,” Chang recalls. “They are very strict. You have to write the characters perfectly.” Chang is originally from Taiwan, so she couldn’t help her daughter with the simplified characters. And even if she could, the teachers were very exacting. “Britney thought her work was very good, but the teachers said, ‘No. Do it again,’” Chang remembers. “It was very difficult.” Her younger son, Aaron, attends preschool at the Canadian International School of Beijing. She says for him, at his age, the more relaxed, freestyle approach to learning is good. Creativity and flexibility are encouraged. When he reaches Britney’s age, though, it’s off to a local school. According to Chang, the local schools have much higher academic standards, and the teachers are more experienced and qualified. And of course, Britney’s Mandarin is improving by leaps and bounds. With these benefits come the trappings of traditional Chinese education: strict teachers, no flexibility, and hours and hours of homework. “In her school, you must sit very straight, face the front, and repeat after the teacher,” Chang relates. “Even if you have to use the bathroom, you have to wait until class is over.” Once Britney adjusted to the strict system, and her Chinese improved, she settled in well. She has lots of friends at Shijia, with

“The way the world is changing right now, it’s negligent not to teach your kids [about] foreign languages and culture”


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“I think it would be difficult for parents if they didn’t speak Chinese at all”

whom she speaks Chinese. “She likes it now. She’s settled,” Chang says. “She has a tutor to help her with homework.” The teachers are very communicative with the parents, giving frequent updates on a student’s progress. “Sometimes it’s hard for me to read the text messages they send,” laughs Chang. “I can’t understand the characters. I think it would be difficult for parents if they didn’t speak Chinese at all.” Chang and her husband chose Shijia because it’s conveniently located near their home on the east side of the city, and because of its excellent reputation. There seem to be even fewer foreign students enrolled at Shijia than Xiyi, though; Britney has no foreign friends in her class. The family wants to move back to the US eventually, so like the Lin family, the pressure for perfect grades is low. Britney makes good grades anyway, Chang says, but the important thing is that her Chinese has improved so much in just one school year. For these families, the decision to place their kids in local schools to improve their Mandarin are, at least partially, culturally-based. Whether to return to their lingual roots or to ensure the kids can speak the native tongue of one parent, it’s a choice that is personal – practicality is a bonus. For Jim and Natasha Hormzudiar, practicality rather than personal ties led them to Beijing, where both their sons attend local schools. “We always wanted to live abroad, and we had the opportunity, so we took it,” Jim says. Their elder son Zaren is in second grade at Fangcaodi International School (芳草地小学), arguably the best elementary school in Beijing, and their younger son Sohan is at Venus Kindergarden (启明双语幼 儿园). Zaren was in a Mandarin immersion program in his California public school for two years before they moved to Beijing. Though Natasha speaks fluent Hindi, and Spanish is still a top choice for language study in the US, the Hormzudiars feel Chinese is

the way forward. “The way the world is changing right now, it’s negligent not to teach your kids [about] foreign languages and culture,” Jim insists. The experience of studying Chinese in China has opened the kids’ eyes. Before, Zaren didn’t really understand the importance of learning Chinese. But now, he realizes kids play and speak in this language. Before, Natasha would try to teach him some Hindi words, and he’d say, “Mom, talk normal!” Jim says. But now, he’s more receptive to languages in general. There are a good number of other international students in his class, and though he’s naturally gravitated toward the other Americans, he has friends of all nationalities. Zaren says it was hard at first, but it got easier the second term. “I’m better with tones, but my friend is better with speaking,” he says. For Sohan, the adjustment was harder. He didn’t know any Chinese, and it was incredibly frustrating for him. “Normally he’s the joker in the family, but at first he was kind of angry,” Natasha says. “He didn’t understand why he had to speak Chinese.” Now he uses lots of expressions and vocabulary. On a recent vacation to South Korea, he insisted on speaking Chinese to the Korean waiters in restaurants, despite his parents’ protests. “We said, ‘Honey, they don’t speak Chinese,’” Jim laughed. “But they did! He asked them for a spoon instead of chopsticks, and then he said, ‘See! They know Chinese.’” Neither of the parents speak fluent Chinese, so a tutor helps the boys with their homework. Despite the adjustment and the initial difficulty for their littlest, the Hormzudiars think this is an invaluable experience for their boys. When they return to the US, they’ll keep the boys in a Mandarin immersion program. Whether for affordability, family background, or the growing importance of Chinese in the world, local schools are the perfect fit for these families.

Jenny Chang sends her daughter Britney (7) to Shijia Hutong Elementary School May 2012




On the Hunt

A guide to shopping local in Beijing by Ember Swift


ewcomers to Beijing usually find themselves hunting for bargains at three main shopping spots: Hongqiao (Pearl) Market, Silk Street Market and Yashow Market. They feature, among other items, clothing and accessories, shoes, silk, jewelry, and of course Chinese souvenirs. While those markets have their merits, here are several off-thebeaten-path markets worth exploring. Shoppers should brush up on their Chinese language skills before heading there, and bring plenty of cash (no credit cards accepted here).

Tianyi Market 天意市场 (阜外店) Located off of West Second Ring Road, it’s best to think of this market as a “little things” wholesale market. It’s not an apparel market (though there are some clothes) but every other little thing you can imagine seems to be sold here, from Christmas decorations (at any time of year), to bags, silk flowers, toys and more. Bargaining is key and buying in larger quantities ensures cheaper prices. They have a considerable selection of red heart-shaped wedding paraphernalia, which is also a great way to stock up for next year’s Valentine’s Day. You may very well need to go back too; it is impossible to peruse this market in its entirety in a single day.

Guanyuan Bird and Fish Market carries an impressive selection of small pets - including crickets



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Guanyuan Bird and Fish Market 官园花鸟鱼虫市场 Ever wanted to know where they sell those walnuts that Chinese people spin in their palms that are purportedly good for circulation? Well, this small but reputable market is located just west of Zizhu Yuan (Purple Bamboo Park). Accessible by descending a flight of stairs from the sidewalk, it features several sellers of the famous walnuts, thus guaranteeing competitive prices. Look for a pair that are as close to the same size and shape as your eye can ascertain and then bargain ruthlessly. This market also has an impressive selection of aquarium fish, birds, and even a cricket seller with his own small glassed-in shop that sings with cricket calls as soon as you enter.

Jiuxian Qiao Building Materials and Decorations Market 酒仙桥建材装饰市场 Just past the 798 Art District, hugging the Airport Expressway, is a market that could be the indoor/outdoor equivalent to China’s Home Depot. Remove the “big box” element and all the rest is there: renovation materials, building supplies, furniture, paint, wood, glass and light fixtures, metal pipes, etc. There’s even a fabulous tape vendor with stacks of colorful duct tape from floor to ceiling. Tucked in the same building lot at the back is a separate fruit and vegetable market with inexpensive fresh foods; you can stock up on your household refinishing goods and still get what you need for dinner.

Jiuxian Qiao is Beijing’s answer to Home Depot

Sift through the Zoo Market for some of the cheapest threads in the city

photo and ofand greenpeace photo: judychart: zhou, courtesy emily yang, nature zhang

Ladies’ Street is adjacent to the Laitain Flower Market

Zoo Market 动物园服装批发市场 One street south of Beijing Zoo and Xizhimen Waidajie, just behind the bus station, there are several wholesale clothing markets, collectively known as the Zoo Market. The most popular markets are Julong, Dong Ding, Tianlegong and Shiji Tianle. All carry slightly different wares but equally great bargains. Collectively, this is touted as the largest wholesale clothing market in northern China. The prices are cheap and generally non-negotiable, but there’s no option to try anything on. It could take you a whole afternoon to peruse just one building, so don’t go expecting to see it all. This is the kind of market in which you rarely see the same item twice and it pays to buy what you like immediately rather than imagining you’ll go back for it. You simply may never find it again! Ladies’ Street 女人街市场 Laitai Flower Market 莱太花卉市场 After “Lucky Street” was torn down a couple years ago, many people assumed the markets of this part of town had moved. The big electronics market has dispersed (there’s still a small one on Maizidian Jie called 258 Electronics Market), but on the adjacent Ladies’ Street, there’s still a market that features clothing and small boutique fashions. There’s also a small mobile phone section and some electronics shops upstairs. This market is in the same structure as the indoor Laitai Flower Market, a huge hangar-style building with house plants, garden gear, specialty furniture, small pets (like fish, hamsters and turtles), and some dishware and home decorations, including pottery and prints to hang on your wall. Huaxiang Wholesale Plants Market 花乡花卉批发市场 On the southeast side of the city near South Fourth Ring Road, there’s a wholesale plants market that is truly worth the journey. There are three airport-sized hangars filled with every type of house plant you can imagine at more than half the prices found at Lai Tai. If you’re stocking up to fill your house with many natural air filtering plants, this is the place to go. The outdoor area features stacks of extremely cheap pots and yard decorations. You can also negotiate drivers to deliver your goods right to your door. Just be warned: The bathrooms are rural-style latrine pits that might turn your stomach! Huaxiang has every house plant imaginable

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Feature Dazhong Sijin Wuxing Market 大钟寺金五星市场 Located on the south side of the Northwest Third Ring Road, this enormous market is tucked away behind fancy furniture stores that line the Third Ring Road. Here you’ll find renovation materials, household supplies (pots and silverware), hardware, kids’ and adult clothing (albeit a limited selection), toys, stationery, electronics, tea services, and more. If you’re looking for inexpensive camping gear, this is the market for you. They sell tents and roll-up sleeping mats, all obtainable (through bargaining) for under RMB 150. This is one of those “hard-to-classify” markets, however, as there’s even a musical instrument dealer tucked in one of the back corners. On the journey out, note the service providers for doors, windows, painting, air conditioner installation, and more lining the roadway. They’re all geared for your renovation dreams. Panjiayuan Market 潘家园旧货市场 A very popular market among collectors and antique dealers is located over on East Third Ring Road. This market features furniture and knickknacks in dazzling displays with over 3,000 individual stalls covering 48,500sqm. New items mixed in with old items, it’s the outdoor Chinese version of a flea market. This is also where Chinese ethnic minority artisans sell their wares. On nice days, the uncovered outdoor area features goods laid out in neat rows on blankets. Sometimes you can find valuables here, but don’t be fooled by the assurance of an item’s authenticity; imitations are rampant. Through an archway, behind the covered stalls, is a used books and magazines section. They have a healthy collection of foreign language titles as well, and sellers are also happy to point out their waiyu selection.

Dazhong Sijin Wuxing is a one-stop shopping haven Panjiayuan is replete with fakes and hidden gems alike

Sanyuanli Market 三元里市场 Located inside the Third Ring Road at Sanyuandong Qiao lies this popular food market along a narrow corridor set diagonally across a city block. The market sells fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, grains, and Chinese-style breads. There are also some individual little shops that sell dairy, cheeses and imported foreign goods at great prices. Especially exciting is the availability of fresh herbs like thyme, dill and rosemary, as well as some hard-to-find fruits and vegetables like avocadoes and artichokes for reasonable prices. This market also has a few household goods stalls and a pet food stall at the end. Its appeal is its compact nature, as opposed to other fresh food markets that are often overwhelming in terms of sheer size. What’s more, it’s nice to get some foreign goods in a market-style environment. Sanyuanli offers fresh meats, produce and imported goods

photo: nature zhang and judy photo: Judy zhou



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Feature Resources Tianyi Market 天意市场 (阜外店) Mon-Sun 7am-6pm. 259 Fuchengmen Waidajie, Xicheng District (6831 7199) 阜成门外大街259号 Guanyuan Bird and Fish Market 官园花鸟鱼虫市场 Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-6.30pm. 5 Zizhuyuanlu, Guangyuan Dasha, Guangyuan Zha (northeast corner of Purple Bamboo Park) 海淀区紫竹院路广源闸5号广源大厦 (紫竹桥东北角) Jiuxian Qiao Building Materials and Decorations Market 酒仙桥建材装饰市场 Mon-Sun 8am-5.30pm. Jiuxian Qiao Beilu (800m east of Dashanzi), Chaoyang District (6431 3240/3241) 朝阳区酒仙桥北路 Zoo Market 动物园服装批发市场 Mon-Sun 5am-4.30pm. Xizhimenwai Dajie (south of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District (8837 8056) 西城区西直门外大街(北京动物园路南) Julong 动物园聚龙 Directions: Take subway Line 4 to Beijing Zoo Station. Take exit C, walk east about 100m in the direction of KFC and McDonald’s. Dong Ding 动物园东鼎 Directions: From Beijing Zoo subway station exit C, head towards east towards Julong and Dong Ding will appear on the right-hand side.

photo: Judy zhou

Tianlegong 动物园天乐宫 Directions: From Julong, head east and turn left (south) at the crossroad; walk 50m.

Shiji Tianle 动物园世纪天乐 Directions: From Beijing Zoo subway station exit C, head east towards Julong. Shiji Tianle is on the right-hand side, just west of Dong Ding. Ladies Street Market 女人街服装市场 Mon-Sun 9am-7pm. Tianze Road, Chaoyang District 朝阳区天泽路 Laitai Flower Market 莱太花卉市场 Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-6.30 pm. 9 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District (6463 6145) 朝阳区麦子店西路9号 Huaxiang Wholesale Plants Market 花乡花卉批发市场 Hua Xiang Yuquanying Lijiaoqiao (southwestern corner), Fengtai District 丰台区花乡玉泉营立交桥西南角 Dazhong Sijin Wuxing Market 大钟寺金五星市场 Daily 8.30am-6pm. 118 Zhongguancun Donglu, Haidian District 海淀 区中关村东路118号(近联想桥) Panjiayuan Market 潘家园旧货市场 Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 4.30am-6pm. Off of Southeast Third Ring Road, West of Panjiayuan Qiao, Chaoyang District (6775 2405) 朝阳区潘家园桥西边 Sanyuanli Market 三元里市场 Mon-Sun 6am-5pm. 2 Xindongli, Chaoyang District 朝阳区新源里2号

Panjiayuan’s dazzling displays cover a total of 48,500sqm

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A Midpoint Called Malta Bridging two sides of the world as a Chinese-American by Dion Dong


here do I come from? Good question. This is a great issue nowadays, with a large group of cross-cultural kids like me who cannot identify their “roots.” When your teacher asks where you are from, it might be cool to answer: “One-quarter South African, one-eighth Spanish, one-eighth Italian” and so on. But in reality, the question of where you come from can really bother you as you grow up. If I had been asked that question 10 years ago, I would have pointed to the stars and stripes and said, “Duh! The United States of America!” with a flourish of the hand. After all, I was born in America. When I was 5, my parents decided to move back to Beijing not only because of the increasing business opportunities, but also to reunite with their family. After my parents’ decision, I was full of resentment towards Beijing when I first arrived. My first thoughts were “lousy, lousy and more lousy” – a typical example of how little kids exaggerate things that they dislike to make them sound worse than they actually are. The buildings were flimsy and needed reconstruction, the sky was gray, cars were everywhere (but not those fancy exotic sports cars with rumbling engines), the food was terrible, and the list goes on. I could pick out a million shortcomings if I wanted to. Even though I look Asian, I just felt like an American kid. Being a stubborn 5-year-old, I believed I was one of those “hidden immigrants” who looked like everyone else but thought differently and did not believe that he was from China. Having now lived in Beijing for almost

11 years, my Chinese is already way better than my English. Dwelling in the suburbs of Shunyi as a typical Shunyi-er, I brace myself to face the “sea of humans” waiting for the subway just like everyone else. In fact, I actually quite enjoy the Beijing lifestyle now. Besides the occasional days where the sky is gray and blurry and the air smells like chemicals, the city’s food, music, art, and culture please me. Being born in the US, holding an American passport, and still longing for an American lifestyle – do these things necessarily mean that I am from the States? Likewise, is living in China for two-thirds of my life and having Chinese parents enough to prove that I am truly Chinese? If I was simply an American kid, I would probably be preparing for the SATs at this point in my life; if I were a true Chinese boy, I would be working very hard to fight for a better ranking at the standardized university exams. Either way, I would at least be able to have a sense of social identity and a clear cultural background. Right now, I am in a permanent state of bewilderment: Am I Chinese, or am I American? I feel I am not yet able to fully answer the question: “Where are you from?” This is a question that will require a lifetime to discover. But if we were to solve it mathematically by drawing a line between America and China and finding the midpoint, then I could proudly say that the closest place to where I am from is probably … in the Mediterranean Sea, on a small island called Malta.

I am in a permanent state of bewilderment: Am I Chinese, or am I American?


May 2012

photo: Judy zhou


Dion Dong is 16 years old and attends Yew Chung International School of Beijing.

From Canada with Love Experiences in China are not soon forgotten by Erika Richards


y grandparents moved to Canada from England with their children to give them a better life. Fortunately, when both sets of grandparents arrived, they each had one Canadian child who would later become my parents. My dad has a job that requires our family to move every few years. This is the reason my two sisters and I were born in different provinces in Canada. My older sister was born in Manitoba like my dad, and my younger sister and I were born in Ontario like my mom. I lived in four cities in Canada before moving to China, but none of them can compare to life in Beijing. Before coming to China, I had never left Canada apart from a family vacation to Florida in the US. Living in such a diverse setting, I have been given the opportunity to learn several languages. Although I consider myself a “typical Canadian,” I have three languages under my belt and I’m currently working towards my fourth. Though I speak English, French, and Spanish, I am now trying to learn Mandarin to fully immerse myself into Chinese culture. I feel lucky to identify with these different cultures, because this diversity helps me feel a lot more unique in the world. Like any homesick teenager, I miss home; after all, home is where the heart is. Part of my heart lies here in China with my family, and the other half lies back in Ottawa. I’m enjoying my time here to the fullest, but I look forward to returning home, where my close friends and my boyfriend are waiting for me. As a senior, I only have a year

to go until I see them again – but it seems so far away. As I’m graduating this year from high school, I can only dream about what my future will hold. I plan to attend university in Canada’s capital city in the field of linguistics. With this degree, I can fulfill a promise to represent Canada to the best of my ability while trying to make the world a more united place. To me, being Canadian is a great thing. We get along with other nations, we have citizens who come from all around the world, and we have a beautiful country. Poutine (French fries with cheese curds and gravy) is a must-try for anyone who comes to Canada and a trip to a Tim Hortons is in order to experience the taste of real coffee (I recommend the oh-so-popular Double Double or iced cappucino). They are an absolute delight – and I’m not just saying that because they’re Canadian treats. It is safe to say that I also love China. I love the food, I love the atmosphere, and I love the historical landmarks. The friendships I have made here will last a lifetime and I am so thankful for the time I have been given in this beautiful country I’m allowed to call home. China is something I have never had the opportunity to experience before and may never have the opportunity to experience again. If any of you reading this happen to visit Canada in the future, be sure to note the astonishing contrast between the two countries. And lastly, don’t forget to support Canada’s best hockey team: the Toronto Maple Leafs. Go, Leafs, go!

photo: Judy zhou

Before coming to China, I had never left Canada apart from a family vacation to Florida

Erika Richards is 17 years old and attends the Canadian International School of Beijing.

May 2012




The Dragon’s Den A spiritual exploration of one’s “true self” by April Xiaoyi Xu; photo by The Bloom Family Photography


s someone who confesses to be an international citizen, I cannot help but reflect on my origins while also meditating on certain features of culture and its related issues. Often metaphorized as a dragon, China has providing me with food and shelter for the past 16 years. The fact that the country is a rising dragon that has woken up from a humiliated slumber might be perceived as relevant, since our daily living standards are constantly improving. In China’s modern society, we can see that technology assists in preserving culture. Yet, certain issues also arise along with China’s growing modernity, as I observed when tracing my family history. Surely I can be categorized as a Beijinger, for I was born and raised in this city. Yet, I also belong to Hong Kong, where my family members work. In general, these two mega cities are highly developed and westernized; it is arguable that though innovative measures have been taken to reassess and mollify cultural loss, modernity has also resulted in the loss of traditions like hutongs in B e i j i n g a n d t h e d i ve r s i ty o f restaurants in Hong Kong, which are mostly Cantonese. Let us take a look at another location that I ethnically belong to: Zhejiang province, which has witnessed the glory of some of China’s most famous writers and where the beautiful West Lake resides. In small towns serenely encompassed by rivers, people’s favorite pastime has shifted from reading the daily paper to watching television. Culture has become less identifiable in urban areas, though still well-preserved in smaller towns and villages, where cultural richness continues to edify generations. Though from the “dragon’s den,” I am sometimes regarded as a third-culture kid, for I have long been in an international environment, especially after I enrolled in Beijing City International School two years ago. Last summer, I seized the opportunity to travel to Oxford, Stratford-

upon-Avon, and Haworth in the UK. The experience was so engaging that I see myself as someone who “comes from” those places, since I’ve returned to the dragon’s den with broadened perspectives. Yes, I come from the moors. Please do not arrest my imagination, for I am the apparition of Emily Bronte, just as Catherine is Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. Soaring above the moors, which appear barren yet contain lively tales of passionate love and wild revenge, the phantom of Bronte spoke – a language unknown to mankind, yet comprehensible to spirits! All hail, fantastical imaginations, sacred ecstasy! Yes, I once came from the peaceful town of Stratford-upon-Avon. The cultural identity of this tranquil town in Warwickshire is almost wholly shaped by William Shakespeare, the famous bard who proposed that “all the world is a stage.” Perhaps we are indeed all involved in the dramatic plays of the world, and that is simply our origins. But if we are all controlled by powerful individuals such as Shakespeare, then is it even pragmatic for us to discover our authentic cradles? Perhaps only Shakespeare’s lonely ghost-like figure can respond to this musing. And indeed, I returned to China from Oxford, the “city of dreaming spires,” where rigid customs splendidly blend with contemporary symbols. Dreaming spires savor their sensations in the dawning darkness, as the scholars’ breaking discoveries continue to empower and inspire the world. This is a unique form of culture, whose windows are constructed of firm academic rigor and vigor. Inspiration comes out of tranquility, in my own case. Thus, the two trips to England last year enabled me to be more globalized as a third-culture kid, who nevertheless cautiously keeps tradition in mind. As paradoxical as it may sound, I earnestly convey one single message: Dear readers, please contemplate your own origins fully and critically.

In small towns serenely encompassed by rivers, people’s favorite pastime has shifted from reading the daily paper to watching television



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April Xiaoyi Xu is 16 years old and attends Beijing City International School.


A Micronesian in Beijing From an island of 34,000 to a city of 19 million by Sean Calvin Apis


ne early morning in May 2007, I was sitting on a small canoe floating off the shores of Pohnpei. I felt the cool sea breeze as I sat there, peacefully enjoying the sunrise. With my back to the small, mountainous green island, I looked out over the horizon and saw orange rays beaming through the clouds. This was my world; I did not know what was beyond the horizon. I took a deep breath to enjoy my last morning in Pohnpei as I readied myself for a long voyage. I would soon leave for Beijing with my family; my father had been asked to establish the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) there. Now, as I stand on my balcony from the 15th floor of the Jianguomenwai Diplomatic Residence Compound, I am amazed at how my world has changed. Just a few years ago, I was sitting in a canoe in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and enjoying some fresh tuna sashimi. Today, I am in Beijing interacting with people from all over the world and having great Chinese cuisine – like my favorite, Peking duck. My name is Sean Calvin Apis. I am from the FSM, an island country located in the Pacific Ocean, just east of the Philippines. While the distance between Micronesia and China is relatively small, the two countries are completely different worlds. A typical day in Pohnpei involves waking up and finishing my chores, raking and burning the

photo: Judy zhou

Truly, our experiences shape who we are leaves from our front yard, then picking up fallen apples and coconuts from the backyard to feed the pigs. I would pick up all the garbage around the house and drive it out to the dump to throw it away, then cut the grass in the backyard. Once that was done, friends would gather at my house, and we would drive around the island, stopping at waterfalls, rivers, and beaches along the way. One childhood memory that stands out is when the whole family would go to a smaller island outside Pohnpei for a picnic. The men would take small boats to go spear fishing; when they came back with all the colorful varieties of fish, the ladies would fry, grill, or simply boil them in coconut soup. Although I swam with the other kids, I would always want to go fishing. I bounced from wave to wave, and when I finally reached the edge of the reef, I could see fish everywhere. I felt like I could just put my hands down and catch one. Moving from family and friends, from an island with buildings that are only four stories high to a city with a whole skyline full of skyscrapers pushed me to come to grips with a different life.

Throughout my five years in China, the experiences that I have had have changed me as a person – not only in how I think, dress, speak, but also in how I see the world. I am more open-minded and ready to engage with different cultures. I now understand the phrase “global village” better. While we come from different ethnicities, heritages, or simply places of birth, we are people who have a lot in common and live a global community. We need to better understand each other and work together for the sustainable development of our world. This will be my last year in China. My plan is to go to Hawaii for university. Growing up on an island, I have learned that it is my duty as a citizen of the FSM to go out into the world to gain experience, learn more than what is at home, experience a different lifestyle, gain knowledge, and – when it is time to head home – apply everything I learned to help make my country a better place. Truly, our experiences shape who we are.

Sean Calvin Apis is 18 years old and attends Beijing World Youth Academy. May 2012




Look ma, no chemicals: Milan (9) and Zane Rosen (6)

Don’t Dream It, Be It Where to get your cultural fix in Beijing by Sijia Chen



May 2012

photo: photobobil of flickr


re you stuck in a cultural rut? Do you feel disconnected from local life? Don’t fret – there is life beyond Chaoyang Park and jazzy Sunday brunches. Beijing is a city rich in history and culture, which can often be accessed at often dirt-cheap prices. We forego the usual suspects to bring you a roundup of cultural activities, centers, classes, and parks that bring you closer to finding your inner Beijinger.


A dumpling-making session in full swing at Black Sesame Kitchen

Cultural Centers and Cooking Schools


Black Sesame Kitchen What better way to get into the culture of a country than through its food? Black Sesame Kitchen is a cooking school and private dining venue founded by Jen Lin-Liu, chef and author of Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China. The school was born out of Lin-Liu’s experiences interning at several restaurants in Beijing and Shanghai, and hosting cooking classes in friends’ homes. Black Sesame Kitchen’s regular events include weekly cooking classes and a Friday Wine n’ Dine featuring a 10-course gourmet Chinese dinner prepared right in front of you. Note that all visits are by appointment only.

Fly an Iconic Kite Kite flying is a seasonal tradition in China and signals the arrival of spring. The kite of choice for many locals is called yashayan (崖沙燕) or sand martin, a migratory bird that closely resembles a swallow. The legend goes that Cao Xueqin, author of Dream of the Red Chamber, taught poor villagers how to make a living from making this simple kite. In Beijing, it’s tradition to cut the kite string to symbolize that bad luck is – quite literally – gone with the wind. Try Sanshizhai Kite Store, or make your own at China Culture Center.

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China Culture Center China Culture Center (CCC) is a travel service, educational organization, and cultural center all rolled into one. It provides a platform for the English-speaking community to discover everything about China, “from Confucius to calligraphy, Genghis Khan to green tea, foot binding to feng shui.” Their services fall into three categories: guided tours, classes and events, and corporate travel services. Classes cover a wide range of topics, including practical Chinese, tuina massage, business culture, mahjong, cooking, calligraphy, seal-carving, and more. The Hutong 树之灵 The Hutong is a cultural center that connects expats, visitors, and locals in a convivial learning environment. It was recently the subject of a 30-minute CCTV documentary that stars co-founders Stacey Shine and Mark Thirlwall. Their programs include tea journeys, arts and crafts, tours, youth classes, cooking events, and health workshops. Facilities include The Hutong Kitchen, where a variety of cuisines are taught. In addition, the center often partners with organizations like Heyrobics, The Bookworm, Chi Fan for Charity, and Bespoke Beijing for special events.

Make a Traditional Chinese Handicraft Test your dexterity (and patience) with one of China’s many traditional handicrafts. No good at knot-tying? Then try your hand at painting clay figurines, fashioning iron lanterns, building your own kite, blowing a delicate sugar sculpture, egg carving, papercutting, or calligraphy. The beauty of this variety is that there’s something for everyone. To book a class, try Gift of Hope, Shuiguiqi Traditional Cultural Workshop, or China Culture Center. Seek Out Birds of a Feather At various parks around Beijing, old men in faded Mao suits gather to indulge a curious hobby: showing off their pet birds. They hold clothcovered bamboo cages with tiny robins, sparrows, finches, and more. Some can perform elaborate tricks, which their owners show off with pride. Strike up a conversation with one of these bird tamers, bring your own feathered friend, or simply take in the scene. Birds, cages, and other accessories can be found at Guanyuan Bird and Fish Market (see p58 for more info).

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Feature Activities (continued) Play Jianzi at the Park If you know how to play hacky sack, then you know how to play jianzi (毽子). Also known as “Chinese hacky sack” in English, this popular folk game features a weighted shuttlecock with four feathers attached to a stack of plastic disks. The goal is to keep the jianzi from touching the ground using various body parts, but not the hands. Want to make friends fast? Show off your fancy footwork by joining a “circle kick” at the park or on the street. Jianzi are widely available at markets (see p58 for a list) and the sporting section of major supermarket chains.

Parks Jingshan Park 景山公园 Located just north of the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park has the distinction of being both part of Xicheng District and Dongcheng District. The most prominent feature of this former imperial garden is its 46mhigh artificial hill, which was built during the Ming Dynasty from soil excavated from Imperial Palace moats and neighboring canals. The hill was built according to the rules of fengshui; palaces built to the south of a hill were considered especially auspicious. Jingshan is made up of five individual peaks, each with its own pavilion; these peaks were used by officials as gathering places for both work and leisure. The park is particularly popular with elderly locals, who can be can be seen socializing, dancing, singing, or performing kuaiban (a form of oral storytelling) on any given evening. For a truly memorable day, be sure to stop by Beihai Park right next door.

Purple Bamboo Park 紫竹院公园 Consisting of three interconnected lakes, Purple Bamboo Park’s most striking features are its lush bamboo groves. Around 50 species of bamboo are on display, as well as classical landscaped gardens, canals, foot bridges, islands, and hillocks. Be sure to visit the northeastern part of the park to glimpse tour boats from the Summer Palace meandering down the Changhe River. Once you’re done browsing the park’s small crafts market or art museum, drop by one of the many teahouses for a well-deserved break. If you’ve got energy to spare, make it a double or a triple with a trip to the Beijing Zoo or Beijing Aquarium (both are about a 20-minute subway ride or 10-minute cab ride away). See What’s Fun In (p30) for a guide on this area. Taoranting Park 陶然亭公园 Taoranting Park has a storied past as a gathering place for members of the Qing Dynasty elite. Scholars would assemble to recite and compose poetry or simply to admire the beauty of the moon. The park takes its name from a poem by Tang poet Bai Juyi: 更待菊黄家酿熟,与君一 醉一陶然 (Translation: Wait till the chrysanthemums are yellow and homemade wine is ripe, I’ll drink with you and be carefree). Show up early to hear locals bellowing jingju at Taoran Pavilion, take a boat to the middle of the lake, or enjoy a leisurely stroll. Wee ones will like the Mini-Golf Center, Water Wonderland, and Peacock Garden.

Stay lithe and limber like this old man by playing jianzi

photo: insouciance of flickr



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Plum blossoms in full bloom at Jingshan Park

RESOURCES Black Sesame Kitchen 3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District (136 9147 4408, 东城区黑芝麻胡同3号 China Culture Center (CCC) A-101, Kent Center, Anjialou, 29 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6432 9341, 朝阳区亮马桥路29号安家楼肯特中心院内

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Gift of Hope A social enterprise owned and managed by people with disabilities. The group provides handmade gifts and crafts, leadership training, team building, folk art workshops, trips, and more. ( Guanyuan Bird and Fish Market 新官园花鸟鱼虫市场 Daily 9am-5.30pm. Guanyuan Dasha (northeast corner of Zhizhu Qiao), Xisanhuan Lu, Haidian District 海淀区西三环路广源大厦 (近 紫竹桥东北角) The Hutong 树之灵 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong, Dongcheng District (159 0104 6127, 东城区九道湾中 巷胡同1号

Jingshan Park 景山公园 RMB 10 (Apr 1-Oct 31), RMB 5 (Nov 1-Mar 31). Daily 6.30am-8pm (Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec), daily 6am-9pm (Apr-May, Sep-Oct), daily 6am10pm (Jun-Aug). 44 Jingshan Xijie, Xicheng District (6404 4071) 西城区景山西街44号 Purple Bamboo Park 紫竹院公园 Free. Daily 6am-9pm (summer), daily 6am-8pm (winter). 35 Zongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District (8841 2800) 海淀区中关村南大街35号 Sanshizhai Kite Store 三石斋风筝店 Daily 10am-8.30pm. 25 Di’anmen Xidajie, Xicheng District (8404 4505, 6403 0393) 西城区地安门西大街甲25号 Shuiguiqi Traditional Cultural Workshop 水归器传统文化手工坊 Unit 6A, 6 Xisi Beiliutiao, Xicheng District (6618 6482) 西城区西四北 6条6A号 Taoranting Park 陶然亭公园 RMB 2. Daily 6am-10pm (summer), daily 6.30am-9pm (winter). 19 Taiping Jie, Xuanwu District (6353 2385) 宣武区太平街19号

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Family Dining

Family Dining African Pinotage Probably the only South African restaurant in town, this restaurant is located in the Lane Bridge Compound on the northeast Fifth Ring Road and offers distinctive dishes like Cape Malay bobotie (a type of casserole made from meat and rice) and South African wines. Tue-Fri noon-2pm, 6-9pm, Sat-Sun 12-10pm. Lane Bridge Villa Compound, Laiguangying Donglu (Take the Airport expressway and exit at the fourth exit at Beigao. At the first traffic lights turn left, and carry onto the next traffic lights where you turn right into the complex. The restaurant is situated across the bridge in the Clubhouse), Chaoyang District. (6430 7010, 136 1120 7396) 朝阳区朝阳区来广营东路9号

American Blue Frog 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 1/F, Bldg 1, U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8561 2665,; 2) Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030, 蓝蛙, 1) 朝阳区三丰北 里悠唐生活广场1号楼1层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北 路19号三里屯Village南区4号楼3层S4-30 Element Fresh This sunny Shanghai import showcases a healthier side of American food, with elaborate salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Popular weekend brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” “Best Brunch (Affordable)” and “Outstanding Family Friendly Atmosphere” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058); 2) Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. S8-33, Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318) www. 新元素, 1) 朝阳区将台路6 号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区 8号楼S8-33 Grandma’s Kitchen Tuck into hearty Yankee tucker at any of the five cozy locations of this franchise started by an actual American Grandma. Enjoy sandwiches, burgers, steaks and shakes (banana variety known to be addic-tive). Voted “Outstanding American” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 8am-10.30pm. 47-2 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2790,; 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 南池子大街47-2号; 2) 朝阳区东三环中路39号 建外SohoB座0103; 3) 海淀区成府路28号五道口 购物中心5层; 4) 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街甲11 号(友谊商店后面) 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. (; 2) Daily 8am-midnight. Unit 2-18, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao),



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Chaoyang District. (6592 5548, lilysdelivery@ 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 Nola Sip on wine and eat Cajun dishes including boudin balls, po-boys and gumbo at this bar and eatery near Xuishui Jie. Mon-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (8563 6215, 朝阳区秀水 南街11号 The Filling Station An American diner-style joint serving burgers, steaks and other classics. The adult menu features a selection of burgers (RMB 58-98) – which includes a side fries dusted with chili pepper – and hotdogs (RMB 38-58); while the ample kids menu has “Sausage Spiders” (hot dog sausages with spaghetti legs, RMB 35), “Easy Peasy Mac n Cheese” (RMB 35) and other offbeat selections like banana pancakes (RMB 35) and virgin cocktails called “mocktails” (RMB 20) designed especially for kids. The playroom comes complete with slides and older kids can test out the retro selection of video games or give the foosball table a try, making Filling Station a great place for a family meal or lazy afternoon lunch. Daily 11am-9 .30pm. Beside Western Academy of Beijing, Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Shunyi District. (8470 3821) 顺义区来 广营东路(北京京西学校旁边)

Bakeries, Delis & Desserts Sweet Tooth Founded by Meilian Tan, an Australian with a strong passion for all things sweet, this bakery aims to satisfy your sweetest cravings with made-to-order specialty desserts. They use high-quality local and imported ingredients to produce a range of cakes, cupcakes, muffins, cookies and bars. Favorites include Australian Pavlova and Lamingtons, as well as mini Oreo cheesecakes, cake pops and cake balls. Delivery only. There is a RMB 15 delivery fee within the Fourth Ring Road, including Wudaokou. Additional surcharge applies to addresses outside these areas. Check the website for details and latest desserts. (150 1121 7173, contact@, The Lollipop Bakery UK Cupcake connoisseur bakes her sweet creations and delivers by the dozen. Choose from chocolate, vanilla and other flavors. Custom cakes upon request. Also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café, and Secrets From Africa. Reserve 24 hrs in advance. also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café, and Secrets From Africa, Chaoyang District. (135 5277 2683, 朝阳区可百 尼尼,鱼眼咖啡和亦有售

Breakfast and Brunch Bubbalicious Brunch Sunday 11.30am-3pm. 2/F Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8102) 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北京威 斯汀大饭店 The Den Daily 24hrs. 4 Gongti Donglu (next to City Hotel’s main entrance), Chaoyang District. (6592 6290) 敦煌, 朝阳区工体东路4 号城市宾馆正门旁边

Cafes & Sandwiches Alba Daily 8am-2am. 70 Gulou Dongdajie (east of Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6407 3730) 东城区鼓楼东大街70号 Maan Coffee Korean-run cafe specializing in waffles, desserts and other snacks. 1) Daily 9am-midnight. 7 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8457 3470); 2) Rm 110, Bldg 103, Baiziwan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8795 0870) 漫咖啡, 1) 朝阳区将台西路7号; 2) 朝阳区百子湾西里103 号楼110室

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) Rug Bagel & Cafe 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)

Cantonese and Dim Sum 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, 5pm-10pm. 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 Gala This 24-hour eatery aimed at the Gongti Xilu clubbing set serves dim sum and Cantonese specialties prepared by a Hong Kong chef. Daily 24 hours. 8 Gongti Xilu (behind Gongti 100), Chaoyang District. (6551 9048) 朝阳区工体西路8号 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 Herbal Cafe This Hong Kong cafe doesn’t drench their food in oil, MSG and salt, serves herbal teas, soups, dim sum, and stir-fries in a comfortable atmosphere. Dishes RMB 1058. 1) Daily 8am-midnight. B02, 17 Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 4679); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. S6-33, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0618) 泰和草本工 坊, 1) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场10号楼B02; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区6号 楼3层s6-33 Jin Ding Xuan Daily 24hrs. 1) D122 B/1 Huamao Shopping Center, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111); 2) 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District. (6429 6888); 3) 16 Pufang Lu, across from Carrefour, Fengtai District. (6761 7161); 4) 1/F, Entrance B03, north corner of Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 1155); 5) Yiyuan No.15, Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6497 8978); 6) 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8596 8881) 金鼎轩酒楼, 1) 朝阳区建国路87号华贸 购物中心B1楼D122号; 2) 东城区和平里西街77 号; 3) 丰台区方庄蒲芳路16号 (家乐福对面); 4) 海淀区远大路1号金源时代购物中心北侧1层 B03入口; 5) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里逸园15号; 6) 朝阳区团结湖南路15号 Tang Palace Seafood Boat Those in the know name this chain as haveing some of the best dim sum in town. The a la carte options aren’t half bad either - try the roast pigeon, manadarin fish and durian puffs. Reservations recommended. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. 1)

1/F, Haoyue Jianguo Hotel, 17 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (65131288); 2) 1/F, Xizang Dasha, 118 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6498 5543); 3) Store 2, Bldg 9, Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8552 9488); 4) 1/F, Minzu Hotel, 51 Fuchengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6605 9327); 5) 3/F Novotel Xinqiao Hotel, Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District. (6512 9603) 唐宫海鲜坊, 1) 东城区建国门内 大街17号好苑建国商务酒店1楼; 2) 朝阳区北四 环东路118号西藏大厦1楼; 3) 朝阳区朝阳北路 101号朝阳大悦城9楼2号(青年路口); 4) 西城区 复兴门内大街51号民族饭店1楼; 5) 东城区东交 民巷新侨饭店3楼

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

Chinese Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu Daily 11am-10pm. North of 6 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6586 4967) 宝源饺子屋, 朝阳区麦子店街6 号楼北侧 Da Dong Roast Duck Kids love getting their fingers dirty when crafting pancake after pancake of delicious duck at this Beijing favorite. Aside from the duck, they also have a large selection of homestyle standards. Voted best “Chinese Restaurant of the Year,” “Beijing Duck” and “Best for Impressing Visitors” in the 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 5/F, Jinbao Dasha, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1234); 2) 1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (5169 0329); 3) 3 Tuanjiehu Beikou, Dongsanhuan Lu (southeast corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 2892/4003) 北京大 董烤鸭店, 1) 东城区金宝街金宝大厦5层; 2) 东城区东四十条甲22号南新仓国际大厦1~2楼(立 交桥西南角); 3) 朝阳区团结湖北口3号楼东三 环路(长虹桥东南角) Green Bites Dumpling Bar Daily 10.30am8.30pm. Unit 5-106, 1/F, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8590 0475) 绿盒子蒸饺, 朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho1层 5-106室 Hai Di Lao Daily 9-2am. 1) 4/F Wangjing International Commercial Center, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (6595 0079); 2) A2 Baijiazhuang Lu, Sanlitun (west of Beijing No. 80 Middle School), Chaoyang District. (6595 2982) 1) 朝阳区望京衔9号望京国际商业中心4 楼; 2) 朝阳区白家庄路甲二号第80中学西侧 Shanghai Min (Xiao Nan Guo) 1) 2/F, Jinbao Plaza, 89 Jingbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (40 0820 9777); 2) Rm 301, 3/F, China Life Center, 17 Jinrong Dajie, Xicheng District. (40 0820 9777); 3) Stall CC16, B1/F, Oriental Plaza, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (40 0820 9777); 4) 5/F, Raffles City Beijing Shopping Center, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (40 0820 9777); 5) Stall 401-A, 4/F, IFC Mall, 1-3 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (40 0820 9777); 6) 3/F, Bldg 1, Sanlitun SOHO, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (40 0820 9777) 小南国, 1) 东城区金宝街89号金宝大厦2楼; 2) 西城区金融 大街17号中国人寿中心3楼301; 3) 东城区王府 井大街东方新天地广场地下一层CC18号铺; 4) 东城区东直门南大街1号北京来福士购物中心5楼 04-05号铺; 5) 朝阳区新源南路1-3号都汇天地 商场4层401-A号铺; 6) 朝阳区工体北路8号三

Directories 里屯SOHO一栋3楼 Xibei Youmiancun Restaurant Daily 11.30am-2pm 5.30-9pm. 1) 10 Liuliqiao Beili, Fengtai District. (6331 6888); 2) B1/F, Xinhua Hangkong Dasha, Sanyuanqiao, Chaoyang District. (6345 3535) 西北莜面村, 1) 丰台区 六里桥北里10号院; 2) 朝阳区三元桥大新华航 空大厦B1楼


50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5732) http://paulanerbrauhaus. com/beijing/home 普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区 亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店 Villa Castanea 6272 0130. 266, Pu An Dian, Wan’an Donglu, Haidian District. (Daily 11am-10.30pm) 七叶香山, 海淀区万安东路 普安店266号

Indian & Pakistani

The Orchard Daily noon-3pm, 6-9pm. From Jingshun Lu, turn left (west) at Shunbai Lu Intersection, (turn at the driveway just west of the Hegezhuang Village Sign), Chaoyang District. (6433 6270) 果园, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何 各庄村(过何各庄村路标往南转) SALT Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) www. 盐, 朝阳区将台西路 9号2层(珀丽酒店西边) Sureño Daily noon-3.30pm, 6-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240) 朝阳区三里 屯路11号三里屯Village瑜舍地下1层 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, 葡萄院儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号

French Brasserie Flo Superb, if pricey, French cuisine (the chateaubriand, in particular, is outstanding, and the wine list is good). This restaurant also has a pleasant playroom for children, complete with toys, arts and crafts, and, on weekends, an ayi keeping things real. Voted “Best French (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. 北京福楼餐厅, 朝阳区霄云路18号 Crepanini Sun-Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Unit A110, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5208 6092/93) 可百尼尼, 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园1层 酒吧街对面

Fusion Bei Artistically presented North Asian cuisine in a peaceful, minimalist setting. Choose among three tasting menus and a page of a la carte dishes. Daily 5.30-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5230, 北, 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯 Village1号楼瑜舍地下1层

German Paulaner Brauhaus This long-running restaurant is one of Beijing’s best choices for authentic, if pricey, Bavarian-style German food (think sausages and sauerkraut). Located next to the Kempinski hotel, the venue features a 429-square-meter beer garden that can seat up to 290 and its own microbrewery that brews Paulaner’s own beer (including light and dark wheat beers), with prices ranging from RMB 46 for a small glass to RMB 114 for steins. Schnapps, liquers, digestifs and aperitifs are also served and a la carte items include pork knuckle and hog roast served on traditional cast iron pans, and a range of Bavarian snacks served on wooden boards. Daily lunch specials go for RMB 112 and includes dishes ranging from lamb shanks to Viennese chicken. Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel,

and milkshakes served in colorful kid-sized dishes. Daily 10am-10pm. 813 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4679) http://www. 小意大利, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场813号 Michael’s Place Italian Ristorante Despite the comfortable decor, brick pizza oven, kiddie corner and decent selection of imported wines, Michael’s free-n-quick home delivery might just be its strongest asset. Pizzas and pastas range RMB 48-75. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. L112, Euro Plaza, (Opposite the Exhibition Hall), Central Villa District, Shunyi District. (8042 4457, 8046 3359) 北京 明天意大利餐厅, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆 时尚购物中心一层112号(国展对面)


Ganges Indian Restaurant This is a good restaurant for the gastronomically adventurous. Spicy dishes can be cooked without the heat upon request (probably a good idea for the young ones). There’s a play area with two kids’ tables and chairs, plus books and crayons mixed in with other toys. For smaller diners, there are a few highchairs available. In a nutshell, this is delicious Indian food in a comfortable environment that won’t break your budget. Winner of “Best India/Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-11pm. 1) 6/F, Wudaokou U-Center, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District.; 2) 2/F, Paddy O’Shea’s, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6417 0900); 3) 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 2999); 4) 5/B, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8353) www.ganges-restaurant. com 恒河印度餐厅, 1) 海淀区成府路五道口 U-Center6层; 2) 朝阳区东直门外大街28号爱 尔兰酒吧2层; 3) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地 下1层138A; 4) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公 寓底商5号

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 Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1) 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3939); 2) S8-30 (opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 3939) 隐泉日本料理, 1) 朝阳区光 华路甲8号和乔大厦C座2层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路 19号三里屯Village南区8号楼S8-30

Family Dining

Korean Han Na Shan Daily 10.30am-11pm. 1) B118A Huamao Shopping Center, 79 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5086); 2) 8/F Viva Shopping Mall, Fuli City, 65 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (5903 7358); 3) 8 Huayuan Donglu (near the Guo’an Theater), Haidian District. (8203 7888/6886) 汉拿山, 1) 朝阳区建国路79号华 贸购物中心B1楼B118A号; 2) 朝阳区东三环中 路65号富力广场8楼; 3) 海淀区花园东路8号(国 安剧院附近)

Mediterranean Argo Daily 11.30am-11pm. 59 Wudaoying Hutong (100 meters west of Vineyard Café), Dongcheng District. (8403 9748) 东城区五道 营胡同59号 Taverna Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1949 – The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (behind Pacific Century Place), Chaoyang District. (6501 8882, 朝阳 区工体北路4号院 (盈科中心南面)

Middle Eastern Dini’s Kosher Restaurant Sun-Thu 11am-10pm (available for private functions Saturday nights). Inside Bet Yaakov Chabad Community Center, 9-12 Fangyuan Xilu (near south gate of Si’de Park), Chaoyang District. (139 1074 0109) 蒂 妮犹太餐厅, 朝阳区芳园西路9-12号(四得公 园南门) Rumi Beijing’s only purveyor of Persian cuisine in a stylish minimalist setting. The owners’ daughter helped design and outfit the small playroom. Let your kids judge her interior design choices while you chow down on the city’s best hummus. Children can pick from the children’s menu and park themselves in highchairs. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in the Beijinger’s 2011

The Taj Pavilion This is a great place for a family meal and would make for a wild birthday experience for teens – a visit to the Cosmic Bowling Alley next door followed by a classic Indian meal. Lille kids Kids unfamiliar with Indian cuisine might find certain dishes a bit too exotic, though many dishes can be prepared with less fiery spice. Try the Chicken tikka, tandoori gobi (cauliflower kebabs), or dal palak (yellow lentils cooked with spinach). As a side note, the bathrooms are located outside the restaurant in the hallway. Voted “Outstanding Indian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1) F2-03, 2/F, North Tower, China Overseas Plaza, 8 Guanghua Dong Li, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5866); 2) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Shoudu Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7678, 6437 6688 ext 3811); 3) L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 3238) http:// 泰姬楼印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街光华东里8号中海广场北楼2 层F2-03; 2) 朝阳区首都机场路将台路丽都假日 酒店广场缤纷廊3层; 3) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99 号欧陆时尚购物中心L222室

Italian Alio Olio West gate of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6594 0938) 朝阳区朝阳 公园西门 Little Italy This Shunyi standby features a children’s play area enclosed in soundproof glass. Grownups can indulge in quiet conversation over pizza and salad while their kids shout and screech with abandon. The children’s menu includes pasta, chicken nuggets

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Family Health Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30ammidnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) www. 入迷, 朝阳区工体北路甲1号兆 龙饭店对面

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

Southeast Asian 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 11am-10pm. On the banks of Luoma lake, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 8902) 马六 甲传奇, 1) 朝阳区东四环路58号远洋国际中心B 座1层; 2) 顺义区后沙峪镇罗马湖畔

Thai Bali Papaya Bali Papaya offers authentic Indo-Thai cuisine in a venue sporting wooden décor paired with bright colors, contemporary Gamelan music and Indonesian and Thai art. The flavors on offer are akin to the real deal - try the refreshing Thai Beef Salad with its zing of lemongrass and cilantro and the Indonesian Fried Rice set, which includes fried egg and chicken, along with tender peanut sauced chicken satay. The Thai Green Curry comes with a kick (rice, however, is not included). Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5208 6029) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那 里花园2层 Bali Thai Specialized in handling event needs, including catering meals, arrangements and decoration, and bar services. Also offers Indonesian and Thai food. Daily 10am10pm. 5/F, Raffles City Mall, 1 Dongzhimennan Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 4356) 巴厘泰, 东城区 东直门南大街1号來福士中心5层 Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar Thai cuisine served amongst purple hues. Books, coffee and Wi-Fi create the perfect atmosphere for a lazy afternoon. Wednesday night jazz at the China View location. Consistent winner of Best Thai/Southeast Asian in the Beijinger Restaurant Awards. Daily 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, www. 紫苏庭, 朝阳区工体北门对 面胡同工商银行后

Vegetarian Baihe Vegetarian Daily 11am-10pm. 23A Caoyun Hutong, Dongzhimennei Beixiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6405 2082) 百合素食, 东城区东直门内北小街,草园胡同甲23号 Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar Elaine’s quaint little garden supplies generous portions of Chinese vegetarian fare. The selection of over 100 well-portioned dishes, including the requisite imitation meat dishes



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(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

Family Health Clinics & Hospitals AmAsia International Medical Center Formerly known as American-Sino Hospital, AmAsia International Medical Center focuses on meeting women’s and children’s healthcare needs in a warm and relaxing environment. AmAsia uses the latest international medical technology and is staffed by English-speaking doctors experienced in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology. Nurses and midwives also speak English and the center can provide language services in both Japanese and Russian. Provides direct billing with most major international insurance providers, as well as allowing direct payments. Daily 24hrs. 218 Xiaoguan Beili, Anwai Dajie, east of Olympic Center, Chaoyang District. (6496 8888/5151) 东 方美华医院, 朝阳区安外大街小关北里218号 (
奥体中心东) Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital This newly opened hospital near the Lido focuses on maternity services, women’s health and pediatrics. Foreign language support is available upon request.24-hr appointment service. 1) Daily 8am-4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2399 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200); 2) 9-9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. 北京 美中宜和妇儿医院, 1) 朝阳区芳园西路9号; 2) 朝阳区将台西路9-9号

Bayley & Jackson Medical Center Founded in Hong Kong in 1958, Bayley & Jackson has grown into a comprehensive health care provider that accepts over 40 major international insurance plans. Services include (but are not limited to) Family Medicine, Dental, Health Checkups, Pediatrics, Obgyn, General Surgery, Staff Dietician and TCM. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8562 9998, www. 庇利积臣医疗中心, 朝阳区 日坛东路7号 Beijing 21st Century Hospital Beijing 21st Century Hospital is a comprehensive healthcare facility, providing health screening services, medical care and health management for the international community in Beijing. This hospital’s team of internationally experienced physicians and nurses provides world-class medical care in a comfortable, clean and quiet setting. The hospital uses a Japanese management style, modern medical equipment and supporting electronic data systems to continuously improve quality and efficiency of health care services. Beijing 21st Century Hospital also works closely with different hospitals and their medical specialists in China and Japan, providing tele-medicine and international medical transfer. Direct billing with international insurers is provided. Languages spoken: English, Japanese, Ko-

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

Beijing Aier-Intech Eye Hospital 15 years of eye care experience, including emergency treatment, telephone consultations, laser vision corrective surgery and preventative care. On-site shop sells frames and lenses. The VIP clinic has English-speaking staff, many trained overseas. Can direct bill to many international insurance companies. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 1,4,5/F Panjiayuan Plaza, 12 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6773 2700, 英智眼科医院, 朝阳区潘家园南里12号潘家园 大厦1,4,5层 Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital Founded in 2003, Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital is the first hospital in Beijing with a water birth center to allow natural births. The hospital also researches male and female infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, and more. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Building 18, Court 1, Xingheyuan, Jiayuan Road, Fengtai District. (67735551, 67537768) www.antaihospital. com 北京安太妇产医院, 丰台区北京丰台嘉园 路星河城1号院18号楼 Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) offers medical services both Chinese and western families with JCI (Joint Commission International) standard. HMC is strategic partner of PHMI and cooperates with Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School—Boston Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital. Located next to Olympic Forest Park, HMC covers an area of 13,000 square meters. HMC is a medical center in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics. Daily 8am-5pm. A2 Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6499 0000, 和美 妇儿医院, 朝阳区北苑路小关北里甲2号

Beijing International SOS Clinic One of the world’s leading international healthcare, medical and security assistance company with 66% of the world’s Fortune 500 companies choosing International SOS. Since 1989, International SOS has led international-standard medical care in China, with a 24/7 alarm center hotline, a dedicated air ambulance, four international quality clinics staffed with

expat and foreign doctors and 200+ network of medical service partners. International SOS Beijing clinic is the city’s leading family practice and specialist services clinic, represented by 15 nationalities, including English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese-speaking doctors. Offers 24/7 Emergency Services, GP, Pediatrics, Gynecology, specialists, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Optometry. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100,, 北京国际救援中心, 朝 阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室

华体检中心, 崇文区天坛南里12号 Beijing United Family Jianguomen Health & Wellness Center Offers family medicine, counseling services, stress management, health screening, a dental clinic, and radiology, laboratory and cosmetic services. Mon-Fri 8.30am-12pm,1pm-3.30pm. B1/F, the St. Regis Residence, the St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1678) 北京和睦家健康 中心, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号北京国际俱乐部 饭店公寓楼地下一层

Beijing Orient Care Clinic Offering international families high quality medical services, including family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, TCM, pediatrics, Emergency Room services, specialist consultation, radiology and ultrasonography, laboratory and pharmacy services with English-speaking staff. Provides direct billing services with international insurance providers. Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. Unit 102, Business Building 16, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (Chi/Eng 6598 1887, Jpn 6598 1823, service@rentaimedical. com) 北京仁泰门诊 部, 朝阳区建国路89号华贸中心16号商务楼102 Beijing Puhua International Clinic Beijing Puhua International Clinic’s unique services include orthopedic and trauma surgery conforming to European standards. They also offer physical rehabilitation, an eye clinic with certified US ophthalmologist, a chiropractic clinic, comprehensive family medical services, a Western-style pharmacy, and emergency services. The clinic offers services in English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Filipino, Amharic, and Taiwanese. Conveniently located in Jinsong, the center has free parking available for customers. Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. 54 Wusheng Beilu, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (8773 5522, 5245 2585 (24hr hotline)) www. 北京普华门诊, 朝阳区东三环 武圣北路54号 Beijing Puhua International Hospital Beijing Puhua International Hospital is the first International-Standard Hospital in Beijing, and has been open in Beijing since 1994. Inpatient, Outpatient, Surgery, Inpatient Care and ICU Services. Englishspeaking staff on 24/7 call. Wide range of Medical, Surgical and Consulting Services. Direct-billling with International Insurance Companies. The reference-level Medical Facility in Beijing for all Neurology, Neurosurgery and Rehabilitation Issues. World leader & Pioneer in Regenerative Medicine. Member of Asia Pacific Medicine (APMG) the leading, and the largest, International-Standard Medical Services Group in Asia. 12 Tiantan Nanli (800m west of the South Gate of the Temple of Heaven), Chongwen District. (8911 6665 (24hr hotline)) 崇文区 天坛南里12号(天坛南门往西800米) Beijing Tiantan Puhua International Hospital A private, international-standard hospital offering a range of emergency services and out patient care. Beijing Tiantan Puhua Hospital has a full, English speaking staff on call 24-hours. Medical services include: neurology and neurosurgery, Beijing’s only international standard podiatric center, occupational and physical theraphy, plastic surgery and and non-surgical cosmetic services, hand surgery, orthopedics, ENT, oncology, full physical check-ups starting at RMB 900, on-site imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services. Specialist consultations are RMB 200-800 and direct billing is available for more than 20 international insurance companies. 24-hour emergency care. 7am-10pm(Mon-Fri). 8am-10pm(Sat-Sun). 12 Tiantan Nanli, Chongwen District, 800m west of the south gate of the temple of heaven, Chongwen District. (67020836, puhuachina@, www. 北京天坛普华医院, 北京天坛普

Beijing United Family Hospital Beijing’s only private, international-standard hospital offering the full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services. BJU has a team of over 60 certified expatriate and internationally trained physicians and surgeons. Clinics include pediatrics, OB/GYN, dental, ophthalmology, counseling, ENT, physiotherapy, TCM chiropractics and dermatology. It’s the first choice for many expatriates giving birth in China, and is the choice for referral from other hospitals without in-house birthing units. Wide range of medical and surgical specialties provided. The ICU and emergency room are open 24hrs. An independent blood bank operates on site. Direct billing is available with a range of insurance providers. Consultation fees for first-time patients are RMB 323-1,294. Fees for return patients are RMB 174-971. 1) Mon-Fri9.30-7.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432); 2) Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. DRC, Liangma Qiao, Chaoyang District. (5927 7005); 3) Mon-Sun8.30am-3.30pm. St Regis Wellness Center. B1/F, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1678); 4) Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu (in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (5927 7000, 5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) 北 京和睦家医院, 1) 顺义区顺义区天竺房地产开 发区日荣祥广场818号; 2) 朝阳区亮马桥外交公 寓; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱 乐部饭店地下1层; 4) 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic Offers family medicine, a pediatric clinic, women’s health services, travel medicine, family counseling, physiotherapy and pediatric physiotherapy. Mon-Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) 北京和睦家医院诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场806号 Beijing Yuyuantang Clinic of TCM Mon-Fri

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9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. 1/F, North Bldg, Longtou Apartment, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6463 2883, yuyuantang@, about.php 北京御源堂中医诊所, 朝阳区南新园 西路8号龙头公寓北栋一层 Care for Children Family Services Clinic The Family Services Clinic is one of the only Centers in Beijing offering multidisciplinary services to help families with their child’s development, cognition, education, socialemotional and/or behavioral functioning of a child. We offer consultations, screening assessments, comprehensive assessments, interventions, training and therapy. Our services include:In-school Behavior Support, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Support, Family Counseling, Speech and Language Therapy, Professional Development training for teachers and schools, Chinese family support. MonFri 8.30am-5pm. Bldg 101 River Garden, 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 3306,, www. 关爱(北京) 儿童咨询中心, 顺义区后沙峪榆阳路7号裕京 花园101栋 Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Dr. David Zhang is an American National Board Exam Certificated chiropractic doctor, a Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and a specialist in Chinese medicine. He provides chiropractic, physiotherapy, and other manual therapies for back pain, sciatica, and other conditions, as well as acupuncture and natural medicine treatments. Medical services 24hrs; Dental services 8.30am-6pm (MonFri), 8.30am-12pm (Sat); Integrated medical service 8.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Fri). S106, 1/F, Beijing Internal Medical Center, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3) 北京国 际医疗中心, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写 字楼1层 S106 Eliott’s Corner A therapy center, offering speechtherapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for children from 0-12 years of age. Experienced therapists work with children, helping a wide range ofissues - from communication and articulation to handwriting to balance and coordination. Eliott’s Corner is a division of Olivia’s Place, Shanghai’s premier pediatric therapy clinic. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 19 05, Block 2, Condo 360, 10 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 6283, www.oliviasplace. org 胡宝小屋, 朝阳区东四环北路10号瞰都国际 2号楼19-05室 (东风北桥东北角) Global Care Formally know as the famous Beijing Wuzhou Women’s Hospital. Global Care, now provides a full range of health care services from gynecology, pediatrics, obstetrics, dentistry, general practice, dermatology, basic medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine. With over 12,000 square meters and 80 beds, the hospital provides first class comprehensive health care services to expatriates and internationals. Being one of the first hospitals in Beijing to offer membership healthcare programs, Global Care Women and Children’s Hospital also offers luxury VIP services at its beauty boutique and healthcare facilities at an affordable price. If your new in Beijing or still don’t have your health insurance taken care of; the hospital can provide you with a free insurance consultation. Currently, Global Care, has direct billing relationships with many international insurance providers. The hospital provides healthcare for women, children, and men. Special offers are given for group packages. 24 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 8900 789) 朝阳区 西大望路24号 Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system, highlevel medical staff, and warm service. A 24hr

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helpline offers medical support in English, Chinese and Japanese, and other languages on request. A basic consultation costs RMB 680. Direct billing with over 50 international insurers. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm nurse on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissôtel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (65532288 ext 2345/6/7, 65023426) www. 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

Hospital 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) www. 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)

International Medical Center (IMC) Foreign doctors on-site offering a wide range of medical services, including family medicine, psychological services, dental, Ob/ Gyn, pediatrics and TCM. Drop-in services for travelers; x-rays and ultrasounds available on-site. English, Chinese, Arabic and Russian spoken. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, markeing@ 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

OASIS Healthcare OASIS is a full-service private hospital. Their international medical team provides patient-centered care in a modern facility designed for comfort, safety and privacy. OASIS offers attentive service in a soothing environment and expert medicine backed by leading technology, including the most advanced MRI and CT scans available from a private hospital in China. The hospital currently provides services in family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and dentistry. Direct billing is available for many insurance providers. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) 朝阳区朝阳区酒 仙桥北路9号

Marys Hospital for Women and Infants 8am-5pm. 5 Hepingli Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6421 6666) 北京玛丽妇婴医院, 朝阳区和平里北街5号 (东 土城路北口) Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Melissa Rodriguez is a licensed, board certified Naturopathic Doctor from Ontario, Canada. She uses homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition, and other natural therapies that are effective and safe, to help her patients prevent illness and treat disease. Dr. Rodriguez is committed to working with you and your family to achieve your goals of optimal health. International Medical Center-BeijingRm S106, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561) www.drmelissarodriguez. com 朝阳区朝阳区亮 马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106 New Century International Children’s



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Peking Union Medical College Hospital This state-run hospital has a reputable foreigners’ wing with departments including ENT, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, dental, ophthalmology and OB/GYN. Most doctors are trained overseas and speak good English. Services and medicines are much cheaper than in private clinics, but expect longer waiting times. The birthing unit is considered to be the best in any of the Chinese hospitals and is popular among expats. Registration costs RMB 100-300, and the minimum consultation fee is RMB 200. Inpatient services require a minimum deposit of RMB 10,000/ day. Direct billing is available with some Asian insurance providers. Mon-Fri 8am5pm. 1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the foreigners’ wing

is located behind and to the left of the main hospital entrance), Dongcheng District. (6529 5284, 24hr em, 6529 5269) www.pumch. 北京协和医院, 东城区王府井帅府园1号 (接待外国人的区域在主楼的左后方) Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital A state-run hospital with a foreigners’ wing that’s very pleasant. Medical staff speak English, but don’t always have overseas training. Registration is RMB 100-300. Inpatient services require a minimum RMB 10,000 deposit. Mon-Fri 8am-noon, 1.30-5pm, Sat 8-11.30am. 24hr emergency care. Yinghua Dongjie, Heping Jie Beikou, Hepingli, Chaoyang District. (6428 2297, 8420 5122 (both numbers are valid for International Dept.)) 北京中日友好医 院, 朝阳区和平里和平街北口樱花东街 Tongrentang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic Tongrentang dates back to the Qing dynasty and is one of the most famous TCM pharmacies and clinics in China. No appointment necessary. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Jianwai Soho, Guomao, Chaoyang District. (5869 1171/2, 135 2287 3781) 同仁堂施小墨 中医馆, 朝阳区国贸建外SOHO7号楼底商 Vista Medical Center Medical services including family and internal medicine, OB/ GYN, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, TCM, physiotherapy, psychiatry, imaging laboratory and pharmacy service. Also offers pre- and postnatal care and infant health check-ups. English-speaking staff onsite 24hrs a day. A consultation with a GP costs RMB 660. Direct billing with more than 40 international insurance providers. Daily 24hrs. 3/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, 维世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里 中心3层 Yanhuang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic Highly qualified TCM doctors specializing in a range of areas including pediatrics,

gynecology and disease. Call for appointment. A consultation costs RMB 50-100. A healthy food center connected to the clinic offers functional food and herbal cuisine. Daily 8am-8pm. 1 Dayabao Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6513 3046/49) cn 北京炎黄国医馆, 东城区金宝街1号

Dentists Arrail Dental Clinic Offers the full spectrum of non-surgical dentistry. All dentists speak English and some have overseas training. The Haidian branch specializes in cosmetic dentistry and implants. A basic consultation costs RMB 100 (first-time registration including a check-up and consultation costs RMB 100). 1) Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm A205, CITIC Bldg, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 6472/3); 2) MonThu 9am-5.30pm. Rm 308, Raycom Infotech Park, Tower A, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1956, 24hr: 139 1100 1367); 3) Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Rm 201, The Exchange-Beijing, B118 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6567 5670); 4) MonThu 9am-5.30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1926/7/8) www. 瑞尔齿科, 1) 朝阳区建国门 外大街19号国际大厦A205; 2) 海淀区科学院南 路2号融科资讯中心A座308室; 3) 朝阳区建国路 乙118号京汇大厦201室; 4) 朝阳区亮马桥路46 号盛捷福景苑1层 Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry provides general dentistry (cleaning, crowns, fillings, etc.), periodontal disease treatment, children’s dental care, implants, orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Experienced, multilingual specialists from Japan and China provide world-class care, consultations and treatment for various dental problems, using imported and modern dental equipment. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24-hour house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Cen-

Directories tury Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (84446168(English/Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) http:// 朝阳区亮马桥路甲40号 21世纪大厦1-2楼 Beijing International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) 北京国 际SOS齿科,畸齿矫正诊所, 朝阳区新源里16号琨 莎中心一座105室 Beijing United Family Dental, Orthodontics and Implant Center Provides comprehensive dental services for families, including cleaning, crown and bridges, dental implants, fillings, tooth whitening and more. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 3960, 8532 1221, 6433 2345 Emergency) www.ufh. 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic in Shunyi is a satellite clinic of Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics. Services include: oral hygiene instruction, fissure sealant, and topical fluoride as well as restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call for appointment. The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic is located around the corner in the same shopping center as the Beijing United Family Clinic. This convenient location in Pinnacle Plaza provides high quality family-oriented dental care including preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in a modern office. Mon-Thu 9am-7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 1102) 北京和睦家医院牙科诊所, 顺 义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818 Beijing Vista Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services including teeth

cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Daily 8.30am-6pm. Level 3, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. ( net 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉里中心三层 IDC Dental Standing for International Standards, Dedicated Professionals and Compassionate Care, IDC is a multi-specialty clinic offering a broad spectrum of family and restorative dental care. Experts in cosmetic makeovers and CT-guided implant surgeries. A certified clinic with Progressive Orthodontics and Beijing’s only 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@ DC国 际齿科中心, 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7号楼209室 IMC Dental Clinic IMC dental clinic has the longest history of any expatriate dental service in Beijing. Provides general, cosmetic and restorative treatment. English, Chinese, Russian are spoken. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1384, 6465 1328, 北京国际医疗中 心牙科诊所, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写 字楼1层S111 Joinway Dental Clinic Provides a full range of dental services at international standards, including preventative dental care, oral and teeth treatments (such as teeth cleaning and whitening), restorative treatment and orthodontics. 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

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

Spas Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat A range of luxuriant massage options in stylish, minimalist surroundings. Offers aromatherapy massage, Thai massage, foot massage and Chinese body massage. Bodhi’s Chinese therapist is trained in TCM. Daily 11am-12 .30am. 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9595) 菩提会所, 朝 阳区工体北路17号 Doing Spa 6/F, Bldg 7, Xincheng Guoji, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6641, 6533 6642) 东 英经典, 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国际7号楼6层 Hummingbird Therapeutic Retreat Daily 10am-midnight. Unit 103, Bldg 3, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9119) 一体保健会所, 朝阳区朝外大街6 号新城国际3号楼103 Kocoon Tue-Sun 10.30am-8.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5016) 朝阳区三里屯路11 号三里屯Village北区The Opposite HouseB1层 Le Spa at River Garden Mon-Thu 10am-10 .30pm, Fri-Sun 10.30am-11pm. Le Spa, River Garden, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6558) 水漾会馆, 顺义区后沙峪镇裕京花园水 漾会馆7号

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Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa This massage and spa combines relaxation and kid entertainment. Private rooms with dvd players allow children to watch a film as adults receive foot massages. RMB 168 buys you 90 minutes of fabulous foot massage, with healthy fruit juices and snacks included. Daily noon-midnight. 1) 2/F, Block 9, Lido Place, 2A Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6299); 2) Sunjoy Mansion, 6 Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6502 5722); 3) B1/F, 1 Xindong Lu (next to Shenji Best Soup), Chaoyang District. (8532 2177); 4) Rm 101, Bldg B, Winterless Center, 1 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6538 8086); 5) B/1-3F, Shuncheng Hotel, 26A Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6621 8622); 6) Bldg 25, Central Park Third Phase, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0015) www. 东方大班保健休闲会所, 1) 朝 阳区芳园西路甲2号丽都广场9号公寓2层; 2) 朝 阳区日坛路6号新族大厦院内; 3) 朝阳区新东路 1号沈记靓汤旁; 4) 朝阳区西大望路1号温特莱 中心B座101; 5) 西城区西城区金融街甲26号顺 成饭店地下1-3层; 6) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城 国际公寓三期25号楼 Origin Spa Daily noon-midnight. 2/F, Bldg AB, Lan Chou Ming Zuo, Jiqingli, Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6552 9599) www. 本源, 朝阳区朝外大街吉庆 里蓝筹名座AB座2层 Peninsula Spa by ESPA Daily 10am-10pm. 3/F, The Peninsula, 8 Jinyuhutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888 ext 6090) 半岛水疗中心, 东城区东城区王府井金鱼 胡同8号2王府半岛酒店三层 The Ritz-Carlton Spa (Financial Street) Weary moms should visit this spa for a day of decadence and beauty treatments. Lounge in the rooms devoted entirely to relaxation, try the suite with Aquatherapy and a Vichy shower, and sample the 11 rooms of treatment. A variety of massages and an exclusive couples suite available. Daily 6am-12pm. B1/F, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial

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Family Life Street, Xicheng District. (6629 6907) www. 丽思卡尔顿水疗中心, 西城区金城坊 东街1号楼丽思卡尔顿酒店地下一层 The Wellness Spa by Hummingbird Bldg 26, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6922) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城 国际26号楼

Support Groups Baby Cafe Baby Cafe is opened by an experienced UK midwife to support parents with feeding in the early weeks and months following birth. Baby Cafe follows a model from the UK in providing a drop in centre where new parents can spend an hour or two on a regular basis meeting with other new parents to share their feeding advice. Attendance is by email confirmation only. There is a minimal charge to cover the cost of the refreshments. ( The Yin Yang Community Center Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village (across from The Orchard; call for directions), Chaoyang District. (6431 2108) 易• 阴阳社区中心, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各庄村 一号院(果园对面)

Family Life Adoption Bridge of Love Adoption Service This government-run agency facilitates travel to the adoption site, as well as consulting, document translation and travel arrangements within China. Zhongmin Mansion, 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6357 5792, 6358 9988 ext 1207) 爱之桥收养中 心, 宣武区白广路7号中民大厦

Community Groups and Organizations Bethel China Foundation Doudianzhen Jiaodao, Liugu Daocun, Fangshan District. (8031 0383, 8031 0683 (guest house), 8031 0483 (medical house), 房山区房山区窦店镇交 道六股道村 International Newcomers’ Network A networking and information resource for all newcomers to Beijing. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except December. Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, innbeijing@ 朝阳区新源 南路6号京城大厦康乐中心3层

Domestic Help Beijing Ayi Housekeeping Service A family membership in this housekeeping service will give you access (with an additional fee) to a large pool of ayis who perform services such as babysitting, cooking and cleaning. English-speaking ayis available. Lifetime membership: RMB 300; price range: RMB 1,000-3, 000 per month. (6434 5647/48) 北京家福来劳务服务 Beijing Ayi Service Company Beijing Ayi Service Company provides the experienced and professional ayis, drivers and western chefs for expatriate families. Western cooking lessons are also available. (6040 9096, 136 4113 7690 (24 hours), Beijing Ex-pat Housemaid Service Serving over 500 families in Beijing, this service offers a supply of English-speaking ayis trained to cook, clean, babysit and more. Price range: RMB 1,600 per month for 8-10 hours per day, 5-6 days per week. (6438 1634) 北京易杨家美信 息咨询有限公司 China Youth Union This service hires out



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ayis for both one-time service as well as regular service. Live-in ayis are also available. Ayis can all speak simple English. One-time service requires reservations. Price range: RMB 6-15 per hour; live-in up to RMB 2,000 per month.(6732 4406/2353) 北京华夏中青家政服务有限公司

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

Supermarkets April Gourmet Chain of stores purveying imported cheeses, olives and cold cuts, as well as staples like dried pasta, canned tomatoes (and beans) and cereal. Prices can be high for goods that can seem a bit shopworn. The Shunyi branch offers a small but constant “specials” section, which often features imported cookies and filter coffee. 1) Bldg 7, Richmond Park, 9 Fangyuan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8457 8116); 2) 8am-9pm. Outside South Gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi District. (8046 4132); 3) Daily 8am-midnight. 1/F Jiezuo Mansion, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6417 7970); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8455 1245) 绿叶子食品店, 1) 朝阳 区芳园西里9号院丽都水岸会所7号楼; 2) 顺义 区后沙峪乡白辛庄名都园南门外; 3) 朝阳区三 里屯幸福村中路杰作大厦1层; 4) 朝阳区三里 屯北小街1号 BHG Market Place Taiwan chain of upscale supermarkets has an extensive, albeit pricey, selection of goods and produce, including alcohol and organic products. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5888); 2) SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 8226); 3) SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District.; 4) B2/F, Legend Center, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 1) 朝阳区建国路87号新光 天地B1层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯VillageSLG00号商铺; 3) 朝阳区蓝色港湾国际商区SMM06号; 4) 朝阳 区东三环中路乐成中心地下二层 Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs … we could go on and on. 1) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District. (6533 6792); 2) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 5) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 7) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) 婕妮璐, 1) 朝阳区新 城国际17号楼101; 2) 朝阳区来广营东路和平医 院对面; 3) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho4号 楼; 4) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所里; 5) 朝阳区日坛 北路4号(芳草地小学对面); 6) 朝阳区三里屯 北小街6号; 7) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧 Sanyuanli Market Daily 5am-7pm. Shunyuan Jie (opposite Jingkelong Supermarket, west of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. 三源里市场, 朝阳区顺源街(三元东桥往 西京客隆超市对面)

Directories Veterinarians Doctors Beck & Stone Pet Health Care Center Get full, international standard, pet care with open Western and highly trained Chinese veterinarians, nurses and medical technicians. Hospitals are also emergency crisis centers. Ambulances available for collection and drop off of pets. Daily, 24 hours. 1) Unit 104, Tower B, Bldg 3, Hou Xiandai Cheng, BaiziwanLu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8774 8653, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies),; 2) Daily 9am-7pm. Shop 0153, Tower B, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5869 6401, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies),; 3) Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 104, Bldg 7, Compound 9,Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8457 8233, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies),; 4) Shop LB05, Euro Plaza,99 Yu Xiang Lu, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 2886, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies), 思威(北京)国际动物医院有限 公司, 1) 朝阳区百子湾路后现代城3栋B座104底 商; 2) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号朝外SohoB号楼 0153; 3) 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7号楼104; 4) 顺 义区顺义区天竺镇 裕祥路99号欧陆广场LB05 International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) ICVS is a professionally managed and affordable full service international standard animal hospital and pet care facility. All doctors are legally licensed in the PRC. Services include internal medicine, hospitalization, spay/neuter, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, dentistry, dermatology, blood tests, laboratory diagnostics, X-rays, ultrasound, legal vaccinations, prescription pet foods, behavior counseling and obedience training, import/export advice, pet adoption counseling and more. Boarding kennel, grooming salon, SAFE pet foods & pet shop available. All services in Mandarin and English. Licensed rabies vaccinations for export.

Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment). Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou (shares a courtyard with China Culture Center), Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/1940/1941, 北京新天地国际动物医院, 朝阳区安家楼亮马桥路29号肯特中心院子内

Family Travel Directory Hotels, Hostels and Resorts China World Hotel With bragging rights to being the first super luxury hotel in town, the 716 room China World is an oldie but still a goodie thanks to its attentive service, location in the heart of the CBD and quality food outlets - especially Aria. The lobby is opulent and marble-laden enough for even the most discriminating Carraran and it leads, via an escalator, to the restaurants, offices and luxury retailers of the China World Trade Center. The main conference hall will be closed for renovation from January to March of 2007. Also, the affiliated Traders Hotel (Guomao Fandian) just behind the China World Hotel is a less-expensive alternative for business travelers. RMB 3,000-31,000. Daily 6am-11pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 33, 中国大饭店, 朝阳区建国 门外大街1号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Popular with tourists and foreigners adopting kids in China, the recently renovated Crowne Plaza’s appeal lies chiefly in its location just north of the main Wangfujing drag and within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen. Rooms overlooking the streets are preferable to those on the atrium. RMB 2,760-6,610. 48 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6513 3388) 国际艺苑皇冠假日酒 店, 东城区王府井大街48号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U Town boasts over 3000 square meters of flexible event

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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) cp/1/en/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

Center. Also has five restaurants and bars, including Pan-Asian cooking at Elements restaurant, contemporary American cuisine in One East or creative cocktails in Zeta Bar. Daily 24hrs.. 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000) http://www1. 北京希尔顿酒店, 朝阳 区东三环北路东方路1号

Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun “Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun is surrounded by the universities and technology companies of Haidian, Beijing’s intellectual and scientific hub” ... Features 293 guest rooms and ten suites, as well as f&b venues like Mixs Italian Grill and Rouge Chinese Restaurant. 16 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (5993 8888, 400 886 2255) cp/1/en/hotel/pegzg?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/ cp/1/en/hotelsearchresults 北京中关村皇冠假 日酒店, 海淀区北京中关村皇冠假日酒店

Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Just minutes after clearing Customs you could be taking a snooze in your room, attending a business meeting or relaxing in the spa. This stylish departure from typical airport hotels offers five-star comforts and unique convenience for people in transit, business travelers, trade fair visitors and event organizers. One minute away from Terminal 3 by 24-hour hotel free airport shuttle bus, the city center just 16 minutes away by direct rail, and the most popular tourist sites within a 40-minute drive, it’s also the perfect base for tourists. Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District. (6458 8888) http://www1. 朝阳区北京首 都机场三号航站楼

Grand Millennium This 521-room luxury hotel in the shadow of the CCTV Tower boasts contemporary rooms, a residential complex (Millenium Residences), a Cantonese restaurant (Yao Chi), brasserie and two jazz bars. 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 6888) 北京千禧大酒店, 朝阳区东三环中路7号 Great Wall Box Hostel 18A, Dongguan, Gubeikou Cun, Gubeikou Zhen, Miyun County, Miyun County. (mailto:greatwallbox@gmail. com) 团园古北口长城 客栈, 密云县密云县古北口镇古北口村东关 甲18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

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing “Recently voted the ‘World’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’ for the second year running at the prestigious World Travel Awards, the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel offers some of the largest hotel rooms in the city.Set in the heart of Beijing’s shopping district, indulge in some retail therapy or visit nearby Beijing attractions. The iconic Tiananmen Square is just a ten minute walk from the hotel. After a busy day sightseeing, treat yourself to a holistic massage in the hotel’s Spa, swim laps of the rooftop pool or work out in the fitness center.Hold a conference in one of the 8 fully equipped meeting rooms then relax and enjoy stunning city views in the Executive Lounge or take advantage of the hotel’s Business Center. Sample delicious Macanese cuisine at Vasco’s restaurant or sip an expertly mixed cocktail in stylish Flames

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bar at the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel.” 89 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) hi/hotel/BJSWFHI-Hilton-Beijing-Wangfujing/ 东城区北京王府井希尔顿酒店 Kempinski Hotel Located in the heart of Beijing’s central diplomatic and business district, the Kempinski Hotel Beijing boasts a blend of European style with elements of Beijing’s rich cultural history. In addition to 526 guestrooms and suites, including four executive floors and eight no-smoking floors, the hotel also has eight fully equipped banqueting/conference facilities accommodating up to 1,300 people. The hotel also has seven restaurants and bars, including the Paulaner Bräuhaus boasting the city’s finest Bavarian food and micro-brewed beer, and Kempi Deli, renowned for its gourmet European cakes and pastries. On the 18th floor overlooking Beijing’s skyline is the swimming pool of Pulse Health Club, which also includes a fitness centre, tennis courts and squash courts.The Kempinski also manages a neighbouring eight-storey complex offering 12,500 square metres of office space, 42 shops and showrooms and 170 fully furnished one to four bedroom apartments. Facing the Liang Ma River, the complex also contains a 24-hour serviced international medical centre, dental clinics and fully equipped children’s park and nursery. Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388) 凯宾斯基饭 店, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号 Raffles Hotel Beijing Ideally situated at the crossroads of famous Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, Raffles Beijing Hotel is in the heart of the prestigious business and commercial districts and a few minutes from the mystical Forbidden City, historical Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other famous sights. It is also a short 15-minute walk from Beijing railway station and less than five minutes from Wangfujing subway station. Raffles Beijing Hotel epitomises elegance and exclusivity, as guests luxuriate in 171 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, which are some of the most expansive and decadent in Beijing. The inimitable Raffles experience is taken a step further with sumptuous culinary creations to delight every palate, state-ofthe-art meeting and banquet facilities and a Fitness Centre complete with its own indoor swimming pool. Raffles’ afternoon tea service was voted “Outstanding Afternoon Tea” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 33 Dong Chang’an Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388) rbj, 东城区东长安大街33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) com/hotels/travel/bjsbc-renaissance-beijingcapital-hotel/ 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.



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RMB 1,500-48,000. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) 北 京丽嘉饭店, 西城区金融街金城坊东街1号 The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Daily 7-10am, 3-5pm. Mutianyu Village (for detailed directions see website), Huairou District. (6162 6506) 慕 田峪小园餐厅, 怀柔区慕田峪 (具体路线请查 看网站信息) Shangri-La Hotel Haidian District’s most upscale hotel is distinguished by its gorgeous garden, spacious rooms and arguably the west side’s fanciest bar (Cloud 9). Cafe Cha serves a bountiful buffet, with an accent on pan-Asian specialties – wear your stretch pants. RMB 1,208-15,000. 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, at Xisanhuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211) www. 北京香格里拉饭店, 海淀区西 三环紫竹院路29号 Sofitel Wanda Despite an ominous exterior, Sofitel’s new Asia flagship hotel is sure to dazzle with its sophisticated blend of modern comfort and classical Chinese elegance. Floor-to-ceiling windows profit iconic CBD skyline views from west side rooms, specially designed feather beds, Wi-Fi, broadband and flat screen TVs complete a high-tech vision of luxury. The hotel’s F&B outlets include Le Pré Lenôtre and Farm House (see Restaurants). Rooms RMB 1,088-4,986. Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 北京万达索菲特大饭店, 朝阳区建国路 93号万达广场C座 Spaview Hot Spring World Shunjing Wenquan Jiu Dian (across from Ikea), 2 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5827 1888, 5865 3888) 顺景 温泉酒店, 朝阳区北四环东路2号顺景温泉酒店 The Ritz-Carlton Old World elegance, plush comfort – everything you’d expect from this hallowed name, including impeccable restaurants such as the internationally themed Aroma and Yu (Cantonese/Sichuan). An in-house wedding chapel sets this hotel apart, but the 109sqm executive suites with innovatively partitioned living and entertaining quarters are where the Ritz really shines. Rooms RMB 1,650-2,650. China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8888) 北京丽嘉 酒店, 朝阳区华贸中心建国路甲83号 The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Fantastic location and first class amenities make the Westin Chaoyang one of Beijing’s premiere luxury hotels. All 550 guest rooms and suites are oversized and feature quality contemporary furnishings including the signature Heavenly Bed® and rainforest shower as well as wireless High Speed Internet Access. The Westin Executive Club Floor guest rooms and suites provide the ultimate comfort and convenience.The Heavenly Spa by Westin™ offers a range of treatments for the renewal of the body, soul, and mind. Facilities include an indoor pool, hydrotherapy centre, and WestinWORKOUT® gym. The business centre, located on Level 3, provides secretarial and business support while the gift shop features a selection of premium souvenirs and gift items. Find a journey of culinary delights and moments to savor in our restaurants, bars, and lounges as you enjoy offerings from China, Europe, and Asia. With a total of 1,100 square meters of function space, our hotel has the capacity to accommodate events of various sizes. The Jinmao Ballroom and seven meeting rooms feature the latest in audiovisual technology and five-star service. 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 金茂北 京威斯汀大饭店, 朝阳区东三环北路7号

Travel Agencies Beijing Citybus Tour Service Daily 9am-8pm. Rm 1207, Scitech Tower, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 650 0760) 北京赛笛芭诗城市观 光旅行社, 朝阳区建国门外大街22号赛特大 厦1207室

Beijing Easy Travel Travel service with a decade of experience offering domestic and international packages to foreigners in Beijing. 1/F, Boutique 17, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5126 7266,, easytravelbj@ 朝阳区将台路 乙2号海润国际公寓商业1-17 China Holidays Tour operator with over 13 years’ experience in dealing exclusively with China. Specializes in creating itineraries that are tailored to show you the very best that China has to offer. A1108, Nanxincang Business Tower, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (6409 6567, contact@chinaholidays. com) 东城区东四十条 甲22号南新仓商务大厦A1108 China Peace International Tourism Co. Ltd. (FESCO Travel) Fesco travel specializes in individual and group tours, they also offer specials on international and domestic air tickets and hotels. Room 502, 46 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (8563 6720/30, info@ 外企服务集团, 东城区东 城区东中街46号鸿基大厦502室 China Travel Service CTS, has over 100 branches around the world and has ranked first in China’s Top 100 International Travel Agencies for successive years. 28-31/F Bldg A, 38 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 811 6666) 中国旅行社总社有限公司, 朝阳区东三环北路 38号院1号楼28-31层 Free N Easy Travel Full service international travel agency provides air ticketing, hotel reservations and holiday packages. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm. Rm 1905, Bldg A, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7754, 朝阳区东三环 中路39号建外SohoA座1905室 Global Easy Tour A professional and reliable travel agency. Offering travel and ticketing consultation services, tailored tour packages, leisure trips, cruise bookings, special ticketing, hotel deals, and more. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. A611, Freetown Center, 58, Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5867 2900/1/2/3, 135 0115 6019, travel@ 和平国旅, 朝阳区东三环南路58号富顿中心 A座611室 Happy Holiday Travel Service Happy Holiday Travel Service offers personalized service. Specialists in providing domestic/international air tickets, hotel reservations, and business travel and family trip arrangements. Rm 1702, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 1747, 6595 8819, 137 0102 8301, 朝阳区光华路12号 数码01大厦1702室 Mercurius World Travel Services 16G, Bldg B, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5139 6161, www.m-worldtravel. com 东城区东城区东直门外大街48号东方银 座B座16G Travel-Stone A travel agency catering specifically for foreigners, they offer services in English, Chinese and French. Travel-Stone organize everything from flights & hotels to tailored packages and large group trips. 1) Daily 9am-7pm. Rm 2001, Tower A, Chaowaimen Xiezi Zhongxin, 26 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8565 8008, booking@; 2) Inside April Gourmet, 55 Xinfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. ( 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街26号朝外门写字中心A 座2001室; 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路55号杰座大厦 底楼对面 (绿叶子食品店) Trekiz | DIY Travel Site is a one stop shop for all things travel. Create and book DIY travel itineraries online with Trekiz’s patented trip planner. Choose from hundreds of activities (and tours and treks and classes and cruises!) in countries and cities around the world. Book China flights and China hotels,

too! Trekiz takes the headache out of travel planning with its great prices, wide selection and user-friendly interface. ((+86) 4001873549) TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. With its extensive international network, this German-Chinese joint venture can arrange personalized tours to destinations both domestic and worldwide. Unit 921-926, Bright China Chang An Bldg, Tower 2, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8519 8800, 途易, 东城区建国门内大街7号光 华长安大厦2座921-926

Fun Stuff Directory Animal Attractions Beijing Aquarium Modern, well-equipped and recently restocked, the aquarium features thousands of freshwater and saltwater fish from around the world, including huge Amazonian arapaima, giant sturgeon and many sharks. The piece de resistance may be the enormous tank containing an entire coral reef – with sea turtles, manta rays and garoupa. There are also several Sea World-style shows every day, featuring seals and dolphins. RMB 120 (includes zoo), RMB 60 (kids less than 18 years old), free (kids under 1.2m). Daily 9am-5pm (Apr-Oct), 9am-5.30pm (Nov-Mar), last ticket sold at 4.30pm. 18B Gaoliangqiao Xiejie, Haidian District. (6217 6655) 北京 海洋馆, 海淀区高粱桥斜街乙18号 Beijing Zoo The conditions for the animals in the zoo and the behavior of some local patrons may upset animal lovers. However, things are improving, as the new chimpanzee and panda houses testify, and most kids will be oblivious to the zoo’s shortcomings and enjoy the vast collection of animals and the leafy compound, which was the former private garden of a Qing dynasty aristocrat. Apr-Oct: RMB 15, RMB 8 (students). Nov-Mar: RMB 10, RMB 5 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). RMB 5 for Panda House. Daily 7.30am-5pm (winter), 7.30am-6pm (summer). 137 Baishiqiao Lu, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District. (6831 4411) www. 北京动物园, 海淀区西外大街白 石桥路137号

Concert Hall & Theaters Mega Box 1) B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6118); 2) 3/F, Area C, Zhongguancun Mall (West of Dinghao Mall), Haidian District. (5986 3777) 美嘉欢乐 影城, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南 区地下1层; 2) 海淀区中关村广场购物中心C区 三层(鼎好西侧) Saga Cinema SA-42, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6868) 传奇时代影城, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾商业区SA-42

Cooking Lessons and Schools French Cooking Class at Hutong Cuisine French chef Julie gives French cooking class at Hutong Cuisine every Saturday from 10.30am-12.30pm. Both simple and traditional French dishes will be taught in her classes in English, Chinese, Japanese and French. 35 Dengcao Hutong, Dongsi Nandajia, Dongcheng District. (cookinginbeijing@ http://www.hutongcuisine. com/frenchcooking.html 东城区东四南大街 灯草胡同35号

Excursions Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan) Daily 6am-6pm (winter), 6am-6.30pm (summer). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). Xiangshan, Haidian District. (6259-1155) 香山公园, 海 淀区香山

Directories Museums & Education Beijing Natural History Museum Exhibits include animatronic dinosaurs, fossils, a rusting aquarium and an enormous taxidermy collection. Free. Tue-Sun 9am-5pm (last ticket 4pm). 126 Tianqiao Nandajie (near the west gate of Temple of Heaven), Chongwen District. (6702 4431, 6702 3096) 北京自然博物馆, 崇文区 天桥南大街126号 Butterfly Valley The Seven-Color Butterfly Park has prepared many spring and summer activities for citizens in the capital, including a scientific exhibition about butterflies, a “butterfly valley” where visitors can see butterflies up close, even with them resting on their shoulders, and activities designed for children to make pictures using butterfly wings. Daily 9am-4.30pm. North of Baima Lu, Nanlangzhong Village, Gaoliying Town, Shunyi District. (8942 2400/2119) http:// 七彩蝶, 顺义区高丽营镇南 郎中村,白马路北侧

Parks & Gardens Chaoyang Park Kitschy but fun. Kids can kick or throw a ball on the big grass field near the entrance, and the concrete podiums beyond are tree-free kite flying zones. There’s lots of room to stroll, a range of boating options, a handsome merry-goround and many rides including a roller coaster, flying dinosaurs, bumper cars, sky swings and several large inflatable castles. On top of all this, Sony ExploraScience is also located in the park. The outdoor pool is a great place to while away a summer afternoon and winters see a makeshift ski slope go up near the west gate – thrill seekers can rent skis and inter tubes onsite. The delightful northwestern section of the park includes a lake, flower beds and grassy expanses where families can enjoy a picnic. RMB 5, RMB 2.5 (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 6am-10pm (last entry at 9pm). 1 Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6506 5409) 朝阳公园, 朝阳区农展馆南路1号

Sunday 9am-8pm. 1) Zhong’er Jie, 798, Chaoyang District. (5762 6017, service@; 2) Stall 0753, Tower A, Chaowai SOHO, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5869 2904, 1) 朝阳区798艺术区; 2) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街乙6 号朝外SohoA座0753

District. (6738 9898 ext 0, 6205 0088, http://bj.happyvalley. 北京欢乐谷, 朝阳区东四环路 小武基北路

The New City Center The New City Center has a coffee shop with a closed in playroom that includes a ball pit and slide. Programs available for all ages, including “Mommy and Me”, Phonics, Math and Art Classes as well as language lessons for adults. It also offers services including food, games and access to the playroom for birthday parties. A conference room is available to be rented. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. 112, Lize Xiyuan, Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing (Opening Jan 2), Chaoyang District. (6475 1066, www. 朝阳区望京广顺北大街 丽泽西园112号

Hamilton Gregg International Educational Consulting (HGIEC) Consultancy works with students (Chinese and expat) who wish to attend boarding school and university in the US, Canada and the UK. Mr. Gregg has over 15 years of academic advising experience, placing students in the best schools around the world. He is one of the few Independent Educational Consultants in China who belongs to either the Independent Education Consulting Association ( or the Higher Education Consulting Association (, both of which require strict ethical standards to be upheld by members. (135 5204 1603,

Playgroups & Activities

KCS Education KCS Education offers mandarin language and Chinese culture summer camps for teenagers in China and Taiwan. Camps open to students aged 13-17, combine language lessons with cultural visits, DIY workshops and adventure sports in some of Asia’s national parks. (137 9532 5410) www.

Family Fun with Yuliya Offers a variety of classes and events for kids ages 0-14 years old and adults. Classes include Kindermusik, Salsa Babies, Zumba Fitness, Infant Massage Courses and special monthly events. Also hosts birthday parties. 136 2135 4114. Rm 2302, Bldg 9, MOMA compound, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongzhimen Wai, Dongcheng District. ( www.familyfunwithyuliya. com 东城区东直门外香河园路1号当代MOMA9 号楼2302室

School Directory Educational Services

Schools School fees listed are for one academic year unless otherwise. Specified.Abbreviations: IB = International Baccalaureate; ESOL = English as a Second or Other Language 3e International School 3e International began in 2005 and has grown into an institution catering for 180 students from Nursery through to Grade 3, with a Grade 4 soon to come. The school aims to develop “critical thinkers and passionate learners who move confidently and fluidly across cultures”, through a research


based curriculum developed especially for this education model. Classes are conducted in English and Chinese with half of every day devoted to each language. Within this inquiry based program a balance of child-initiated and teacher directed activity is provided to support children’s development across the entire curriculum. Age range: 2-9. Application Fee RMB 1, 600. Tuition fees: Full-day nursery RMB 98,000; Pre-K RMB 129,000; Kindergarten RMB 132,800; Elementary RMB 142,000 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 100, 3e国际学校, 朝 阳区将台西路9-1号 Asia-Pacific Experimental School of Beijing Normal University Asia-Pacific Experimental School of Beijing Normal University is located on the south bank of the Wenyu River on Litang Lu, to the north of the Olympic Village. It has both primary and middle schools and provides for both day school students and boarders. The campus covers 80,000 square meters and includes middle and primary school classroom buildings, laboratory building, science and technology building, library, gym, student residence halls, various types of special classrooms, counseling room, and electronic reading room. There are 51 classes, 1,600 students, more than 200 teaching staff. The school’s administration is managed by Beijing Normal University and the teaching staff by Beijing Xicheng District Educational Committee. Age range: 6-15 years. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Chinese nationals: Primary school boarder RMB 24,000/year, day student RMB 20,000/year; Middle school boarder RMB 33,000/year, day student RMB 27,000/year;Foreign nationals pay the same as Chinese nationals, plus RMB 6,000/year for management fees Dong San Qi, Changping District. (5109 4888, 6975 9602) http://www. 昌平区地铁5号线天通苑北站, 换乘643或537路,到北京太阳城站,路口向东直 走,穿过北京服装学院即到

Places Beyou World Kid’s indoor role-playing center. 2/F, Beyou World Shopping Mall, 111 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8571 1199) 朝阳区京顺路111号比 如世界购物中心2层 EE city Tue-Sun 10.30am-3pm, 4-8.30pm. 10/F, Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. (8569 6688 (information)) www.eecity. cn 蓝天城, 朝阳区朝阳北路101,青年路口东 北角,大悦城10层 Laitai Flower Market The cut bunches and potted plants in the basement will brighten anyone’s day. Expect to pay around RMB 40 for a trailing ivy and RMB 50 for a small bonsai tree. And you can also pick up some tropical fish on the first floor. Mon-Thu 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 Workers’ Stadium With an estimated seating capacity of 72,000, the Workers’ Stadium is the first choice for spectatorbusting events like Manchester UnitedGuo’An exhibition matches. Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6655 ext 5033) 工 人体育场, 朝阳区工体北路

Play Centers The Familier This two-level, indoor family centre provides age-appropriate and kidfamily play rooms and classes for children of all ages. Includes an expanded soft play area for babies and toddlers and a fullservice cafe with a Western-trained chef and healthy menu options for the entire family. 2 hour: RMB 50 (1 adult, 1 child); all day: RMB 88 (1 adult, 1 child). Monday-

Incy Wincy Yoga Children learn to walk like a dog, buzz like a bee, and moo like a barnyard cow while developing their motor skills and building their self-confidence. Founded in 2006 by a mother and experienced yoga instructor Angelina Liu, Incy Wincy Yoga is a yoga company dedicated to Children’s and Baby yoga. Classes are 45-minute for muscular and bone development, balance and coordination, focus and concentration as well as fun. The programs are suitable for children 3-12 years old, babies, and teens. All classes are taught in English with over 15 centers around Beijing. Rm 1909, Bldg A, U-Space Building, 8 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5861 3809, 朝阳区广渠门外大 街8号优士阁A座,1909室

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

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Schools Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) In its 17 years of existence BIBS has grown from one campus to three and from a kindergarten-only curriculum to a full-fledged K to grade 11 school with plans for grade 12 in the 2010-2011 school year. The school boasts a unique program that combines the best of Eastern and Western education philosophies to provide students a greater appreciation of the arts and humanities through the study and celebration of different countries, cultures and languages. The cross-cultural environment offers children greater cultural sensitivity and the ability to speak multiple languages. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Kindergarten: Application fee RMB 1,600 (one-off payment, nonrefundable), Capital levy RMB 8,000 (one-off payment, non-refundable), RMB 62,000 (half day)-80,000 (full day)/year; Primary school: Application fee RMB 1,600 (one-off payment, non-refundable), Capital levy RMB 30,000 (oneoff payment, non-refundable); Reception RMB 100,000/year; Grades 1-6 RMB 135,000/year; Middle and high school: Application fee RMB 1,600, Capital levy RMB 30,000; Grades 7-12 RMB 135,000 1) 1/F, Bldg B, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu (at the 21st Century Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6466 9255,, office@,; 2) 38 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang District. (8456 6019,, cn),; 3) 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 7951,,, cn 青苗国际双语学校, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路40号B 座1层; 2) 朝阳区南十里居38号; 3) 朝阳区东四 环北路6号阳光上东二区 Beijing BISS International School With a diverse student body, Beijing BISS International School’s mission is to foster international relationships to educate and empower students to attain personal excellence and positively impact the world. BISS not only boasts a strong IB Diploma Program with strong academic results – graduates have been accepted to top universities like Harvard, Columbia and Stanford – it is a SAT Test Center, caters to children with learning needs, offers counseling, student enrichment programs, university searches and transition education services and orientation for Third Culture Kids and their parents. Age range: 4-17 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 18,000-23,000 (refundable); Registration RMB 3,800; Pre-Kkindergarten RMB 100,800; Grades 1-12 RMB 149,000-180,600; ESOL RMB 16,600 Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili (just off Beisanhuan), Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, admissions@ 北京BISS国际学 校, 朝阳区安贞西里四区17号楼 Beijing City International School Located in Shuangjing, BCIS lives by its school motto: “Empowering and inspiring through challenge and compassion.” This nonprofit, independent, co-educational day school accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) offers an international curriculum for Nursery to Grade 12 students under the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and is authorized to teach all three IB programs (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma). The campus culture is characterized by a “warm and inclusive nature” and an emphasis on rigorous academic enquiry through the extensive use of information technology in the classroom. Age range: Nursery through Grade 12. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 2,000; New Student fee RMB 5,000; Nursery RMB 104,980; Pre-K RMB 120,960; Kindergarten RMB 129,000; Grades 1-2 RMB 158, 600; Grades 3-5 RMB 160,600; Grades 6-8 RMB 167,800; Grades 9-10 RMB 174,680; Grades 11-12 RMB 185,600 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8771 7171, 北京乐成国际 学校, 朝阳区百子湾南二路77号 Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA) BIBA provides an education that is strong in both English and Chinese within a stimulating and creative international environ-



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ment. US national education standards are followed for most subjects, including English, mathematics, social studies, science, music, and PE. Chinese national standards are followed for Chinese language arts and mathematics. ESL and CSL classes are also available. BIBA’s newly-expanded campus in Shunyi includes kindergarten, elementary and middle schools with extensive facilities and specialist teachers for sports, arts, science, and more. BIBA is also the host school in Shunyi for the International Piano Academy of China (IPAC). Age range: 2.5-14. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Kindergarten RMB 60,000 (plus capital levy of RMB 5,000); Elementary School: RMB 100,000 (plus capital levy of RMB 20,000); Middle School RMB 110,000 (plus capital levy of RMB 20,000). 5 Yumin Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8041 0390, info@ 海嘉国际双 语学校, 顺义区后沙峪裕民路5号 Beijing New Talent Academy 9 Anhua Street, Tianzhu Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8041 3037 (English)/3001, 8046 7117, 北京市新英才学校, 顺义区天竺开发区安华街9号 Beijing Rego British School One of the newest schools in the city, Beijing Rego British School follows on the heels of two successful schools in Tianjin and Shanghai and caters to students from the surrounding Shunyi area with its array of educational facilities and ageappropriate resources on campus. Coursework is based on the UK national curriculum with the addition of Chinese Culture and Mandarin courses for all year groups. Rego places strong emphasis on close cooperation between parents, students and teachers and aims to create an educationally comfortable but truly challenging atmosphere for students to “be their best” and explore their talents and abilities to the fullest. Age range: 3 ½-18 years old. Tuition:Registration Fee RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 15,000; Reception Full Day RMB 123,500/ year; Years 1-6 RMB 152,000/year; Years 7-9 RMB 161,500/year; Years 10-11 RMB 182,400/ year; Years 12-13 RMB 191,900 1) (Admissions office) Rm C317 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465-4487 ext 107 or 134 3939 3342, neil.macfarlane@bjrego. org); 2) 15 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu County, Shunyi District. (8416 7718, neil.macfarlane@bjrego. org) 北京瑞金英国学校, 1) 朝 阳区朝阳区亮马桥路50号C317室; 2) 顺义区顺义 区天竺镇丽苑街15号 Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School As the only K12 independent coeducational bilingual boarding and day school in Tongzhou District, Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School is housed in a 16 acre campus located in the Artists’ Village 20km east of the China World Trade Center (Guomao) and consists of a closed and secure garden community. Started as a private school in 1993, BSRPS is dedicated to offering students a well rounded education which leads to academic excellence and personal success. Over the years, it has integrated an American- curriculum from the lower to upper school, which has led to the formation of the American high school where students receive an “American-overseas education as they embrace the essence of Chinese culture and literature.” Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition Fees (2010-2011 school year - room and board, all fees included): Kindergarten RMB 11,500/ semester; 1-6 grades RMB 34,000/semester; 7-9 grades RMB 35,500/semester South 1A, Xiaopu, Songzhuang,, Tongzhou District. (8085 6318 Bilingual, 8085 6787 Chinese, inquiry@ 北京市私立树人瑞贝学校, 通州区宋庄镇小堡 南甲一号 Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) A student-centered approach with an emphasis on academics and the arts. Now in its tenth year, Beijing World Youth Academy is an IB world school offering both English and Chinese programs for local and overseas students aged 9 to 18. BWYA values holistic education, inquiry-based learning and strives to offer students ample opportunity to develop as globally

Directories aware critical thinkers. The faculty hails from over 15 countries and allows for a favorable student-to-teacher ratio that creates a more personalized learning environment. BWYA emphasizes creativity and teamwork using a curriculum that incorporates standards from North America, Europe and Asia and the school has a strong track record of preparing students for both Chinese and overseas universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua, Fudan, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley and Stanford. Age range: 9-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Application fee RMB 1,600; Capital levy RMB 30,000 (one-time fee); Chinese Middle School Program (grades 7-9) RMB 50,000/year; Chinese High School Program (grades 10-12) RMB 54,000/year; International Primary (grades 4-5) RMB 90,000/ year; IB MYP (grades 6-9) RMB 100,000/year; IB MYP (grade 10) / IB DP (grades 11-12) RMB 110,000/year; Chinese as an Additional Language intensive course RMB 25,000/semester; English as an Additional Language intensive course RMB 51,000/semester. 18 Huajiadi Beili, Chaoyang District. (6461 7787, admissions@ 北京世青国际学校, 朝阳区花家地北里18号

The Bridge School This established school offers group classes (3-10 students) in the mornings and evenings at RMB 3,950 for 72 hours. Intensive classes are offered for RMB 9,500 for 180 hours. Individual classes are offered anytime, anywhere (including home or office) and cost RMB 85-105 per hour, minimum two hours. 1) Dongzhimen: Rm 901, 9/F, Yufei Dasha, 42 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6416 3990, info@bridgeschoolchina. com); 2) Reviera Plaza: Rm 701 Furniture Building, Reviera Plaza, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8430 8068,; 3) Capital Paradise Club: 1/F, Capital Paradise Club, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6114, info@bridgeschoolchina. com); 4) Rm 903, 9/F, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6503 5193,; 5) Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. 8013 Tongguang Tower12 Nongzhanguan Nan Li, Chaoyang District. (6538 9422,; 6) Rm 503, 5/F, Guangming Hotel, Liangmaquiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 7605, 桥学校, 1) 东城 区东直门外大街42号宇飞大厦9层901室; 2) 朝阳 区来广营东路尙古城7层701室; 3) 顺义区后沙峪 名都园会所1层; 4) 朝阳区光华路12号数码01大 厦9层903; 5) 朝阳区农展馆南里 12号 通广大厦 8013; 6) 朝阳区亮马桥路光明饭店5层503室 The British School of Beijing The British School of Beijing provides a traditional education based on the English National Curriculum and prepares pupils for GCSE and A Levels. The school is part of the Nord Anglia family of British-style international schools and its educational approach arises out of the best practices found in British schools around the world, emphasizing high academic results and mutual respect. The diverse academic and extra-curricular program is designed to challenge students to excel in music, arts and sport and allow them to develop and mature into young adults equipped with the qualifications and skills to enter universities worldwide. Age range: 1-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Pre-Nursery RMB 87,419-131,140Nursery RMB 131,140; Reception RMB 141,450; Years


1-2 RMB 157,436; Year 3 RMB 168,072; Years 4-6 RMB 170,572Years 7-9 RMB 185,611; Years 10-11 RMB 191,264; Years 12-13 RMB 200,490 1) 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8532 5320, cn); 2) South Side, 9 Anhua Lu, Shunyi District. (8047 3588,; 3) 5 Sanlitun Xiliujie, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088, www. 北京英国学校, 1) 朝阳区三 里屯北小街7号; 2) 顺义区安华路9号南院; 3) 朝 阳区三里屯西六街5号 Canadian International School of Beijing The Canadian International School of Beijing opened in 2006. It is located in the Third Embassy Quarter of Beijing. CISB offers a Montessori Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten program from 18 months to 5 years old and a worldwide recognized Canadian-Style curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students. CISB is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorized to provide the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at the High School level and a Candidate School for the Primary Years (PYP) and Middle Years (MYP) Programmes. The student body currently represents over 50 nationalities. Non-native English-speaking students will have their language abilities assessed, and are given ESL support according to their results. Chinese, French and Korean are offered as additional languages. A member of ACAMIS and UNESCO, CISB features 90 classrooms equipped with the SmartBoard Technology, seven computer labs, 2 large well equipped libraries, designated fine arts floor including specialized visual art and music labs, a 500-seat theatre, three large gymnasiums, an athletic field and outdoor playground, and a 25-meter swimming pool and a dance studio. Grades: Preschool to G12. Price range: 76,600 – 179,800 RMB (RMB 1,600 application fee and RMB 4,600-6,700 ESL fee). 38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, admissions@ 北京加拿大国 际学校, 朝阳区亮马桥路38号 Care for Children Special Needs School CfCS is the only Special Needs School for foreign families in Beijing. They work closely with the international school community to provide educational and therapeutic support to staff and families for students with mild to severe impairments and learning differences. Drawing upon the vast expertise of their staff of certified educators and therapists, they have designed individualized programs within the school in addition to successful dual programs with other mainstream international schools. A high teacher/student ratio gives students access to specialized and individual academic support, and provides an environment in which students can work and achieve at their maximum potential. Age range: 2-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year):Application fee (non-refundable fee covers assessment by panel of therapists) RMB 7,500; Development fee (one time only) RMB 15,000; Full day RMB 160,000; Half Day RMB 105,000 Daily 8.30am5.30pm. Unit 101, River Garden, 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 3306, www. 关爱(北京)特 殊教育学校, 顺义区顺义区后沙峪榆阳路7号裕 京花园101室 Daystar Academy Daystar Academy, a Kindergarten-Grade 6 school, offers a balance of Montessori-based English education and the Chinese National Curriculum – students spend half of their day in each language environment. The curriculum also focuses on establishing students’ good habits and supports the development of the child through the progressive “Virtues in Us” character education program which emphasizes nobility of character and service to humanity. This innovative approach brings together two cultures and combines the strongest attributes of both Western and Eastern teaching methodologies. Age range: 3-12years old. Tuition Fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Kindergarten RMB 86,000; Registration RMB 2,000 (one time fee); Elementary RMB 92,000; Registration RMB 3,000 (one-time fee) 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8610

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2654,, 启明星双语学校, 朝阳区顺白路2号 Dulwich College Beijing Dulwich College Beijing is a British International school offering a curriculum based upon the English National Curriculum up to Year 9, IGCSE courses for students in Years 10 and 11, and the full International Baccalaureate Diploma for our senior students in Years 12 and 13. Our curriculum is suitaby adapted to reflect the needs of students in an international school and extends well beyond the formal classroom with a strong empasis on the development of the individual. Dulwich College Beijing is affliated with Dulwich College London and also is a sister school to Dulwich College’s in Shanghai, Suzhou and Seoul. Ages: 12 months – 18 years. Application Fee: RMB 2000 – nonrefundable; Placement Deposit: RMB 18,000 – refundable subjuect to terms and conditions; Toddler 1 (Half Day) 2/3/5 days a week: RMB 27,200/38.500/60,500; Toddler 2 (Half Day): RMB 87,100; Nursery /Reception: RMB 132,400; Years 1-2: RMB 153,400; Years 3-6: RMB 171,600; Years 7-9: RMB181,200; Years 10-11: RMB192,600; Years 12-13: RMB200,200 1) Riviera Main Campus: Beijing Riviera, 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676,; 2) Legend Garden Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Shunyi District. (6454 9000,; 3) Legend Early Years Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Shunyi District. (6454 9000, 北京德威英 国国际学校, 1) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号香江花 园; 2) 顺义区机场路89号丽京花园; 3) 顺义区机 场路89号丽京花园 Eduwings Kindergarten The culmination of two former schools, Der Kingergarten and Jin Yi Kingergarten, Eduwings Kindergarten is divided into English/Chinese and German departments that are each split into three age groups (2-3, 3-4, 5-6 years) and one infant group (2 years and under). All of the lead and language teachers are native-speakers and educate children individually following the school’s philosophy: “Every child needs to have roots and wings – roots to know where they are from and wings to explore the world.” Eduwings also offers Montessori education, swimming, music and art activities, a library, climbing facilities, as well as an outdoor playground and yard. All afternoon activities are included in the tuition fee. Age range: 2-6 (infant group for under 2 years old). Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Half-day RMB 52,000; Full-day RMB 72,000 (afternoon activities and lunch included in the tuition fee) Merlin Champagne Town, 6 Liyuan Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8384, http:// 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街6

号美林香槟小镇 Etonkids Bilingual Kindergarten Part of the Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens’ division of the Etonkids international education group, the Central Park campus features a bilingual Montessori program designed to develop “independence, initiative and creativity.” The school caters to children from 1 to 6 years of age and are divided into nursery school (18 months-3 years) and “Casa” (a.k.a. “Early Childhood Community,” 3-6 years) divisions with lessons promoting intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth (nursery) as well as coursework in language arts, mathematics, everyday living skills, sensory awareness exercises and culture (Casa stage). Check the website for additional EtonKids Bilingual Park Campuses. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year):Monthly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 6,250; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 8,500; Yearly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 62,500; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 85,000 1) Eastern Provence Campus, Eastern Provence, 88 Dingsi Lu, Beiqijia, Changping District. (8176 0828,; 2) Dawang Lu Peking House Campus, 20 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 6779,; 3) Arcadia Campus, Block 1, Arcadia villas, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8047 2983,; 4) Palm Springs Campus, Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Park Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 8967,; 5) Datunli Campus, Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8480 5538,; 6) Olympic Village Campus, Southwest Corner of Beichen Xilu and Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8437 1006,; 7) Midtown Campus, Guangqujia Yuan, Bldg 21, Guangqumenwai, Chongwen District. (6749 5008,; 8) Central Park Campus, Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. ((6533 6620/6931, www. 伊顿双语幼儿园, 1) 昌平区北七家 镇定泗路88号; 2) 朝阳区西大望路甲20号首府社 区里; 3) 顺义区后沙峪罗马环岛北侧天北路,阿 凯笛亚庄园1座; 4) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈 泉国际公寓; 5) 朝阳区科荟路大屯里社区; 6) 朝 阳区北辰西路与科荟路交汇处西南角; 7) 崇文区 广渠门外广渠家园21号楼; 8) 朝阳区朝阳门外大 街6号新城国际19号楼 Etonkids International Kindergarten CBD Global Trade Mansion Etonkids International Kindergarten is one of the oldest schools in Beijing’s Etonkids franchise (a nationwide educational group). The school provides a community-centered American-style education led by Montessori-certified teachers and an educational philosophy based on the Three C’s – Creativity, Character and Culture. Course-

work includes lessons in practical life, “sensorial,” math, language, culture and science. A variety of programs are also available including Reggio Baby and Kindermusik. The staff meets regularly for training under the EXCELS school improvement planning program, which is designed to share new teaching practices, the Montessori method and current educational trends. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Annual Registration fee RMB 2,000 Yuan (inclusive the materials and uniforms)RMB71,800-112,000/ year 1) Lido Campus:Rm C103 Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jiangtailu, Chaoyang District. (; 2) 3/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805, 伊顿国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区蒋台路机场路丽都广 场; 2) 朝阳区光华路世贸国际公寓D座3层 The Family Learning House Recognized as a model kindergarten by the Chaoyang Ministry of Education, The Family Learning House is a virtues-based, bilingual pre-school dedicated to “acquiring knowledge and good character for the purpose of serving humanity.” In addition to its “Virtues in Us” character education program, the school aims to provide an academically stimulating Montessori and Chinese curriculum. The Jianwai Soho campus includes a petting farm, organic produce and a child directed recycling program, and the curriculum places strong emphasis on art and music and includes daily piano lessons for all 4 1/2 and 5-year-old children. Students also participate in monthly educational outings, community service projects and multicultural celebrations. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): Full Day Session – RMB 69,500/year; Half Day Session (under 4 years old) – RMB 46,500/year Beside Bldg 14, Jianwai SOHO West Area,39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7540 ext 800, www. 家育苑, 朝阳区东 三环中路39号 建外SOHO西区14号楼旁 Harrow International School Beijing Harrow International School Beijing prides itself on high academic standards that are maintained within a close-knit school community. Harrow is one of the smaller international schools; each student is assigned a personal tutor who looks after their overall welfare and serves as a liaison between the school and home. High academic standards and leadership skills are promoted school-wide, with a range of enrichment activities to help students develop teamwork and creative thinking skills, as well as independence and responsibility. The school is divided into different sections with specialist teachers teaching each subject from the Prep Phase (Years 5 to 7) onwards. There is a wide range of outdoor pursuits available to students, including a small school garden where younger children learn to grow their own vegetables. Other highlights include, top-notch learning facilities, talented choirs, the annual “Expeditions Week ” with visits to overseas countries, and regular exchanges with Harrow Bangkok and Harrow UK. Students graduating from Harrow Beijing have won places at a range of universities across the world including Oxford, London School of Economics, Bayreuth Law Faculty, Cornell, Australia National University. Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Pre-School RMB 101,700; Reception (4-5 years) RMB 129,800; Years 1-2 RMB 147,100; Years 3-6 RMB 153,600; Years 7-9 RMB 168,700; Years 10-11 RMB 175,200; Years 12 -13 RMB 188,300 1) Grassetown, Zhengequ Village, Xuxin Zhuang, Tongzhou District. (6444 8900, enquiries@harrowbeijing. cn); 2) 5 Anzhen Xili, Block 4, Chaoyang District. (6444 8900, 北京哈罗英国学校, 1) 通 州区徐新庄镇葛渠村格拉斯小镇; 2) 朝阳区安贞 西里四区5号 House of Knowledge International Kindergarten House of Knowledge (HoK) boasts its own unique curriculum that includes aspects of the Montessori and Reggio Emilia programs, with special emphasis placed on the latter approach. Students are treated as competent



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learners with boundless potential, who are capable of infinite discovery. With this in mind, the curriculum trains them to acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn.” Age range: 10 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 5,000-15,000 (refundable according to withdraw policy); RMB 53,500-122,800 (depending on choice of program and campus) 1) Chaoyang Park Campus, Victoria Gardens, 15 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 (English, German, Mandarin), info@, 400 650 7747); 2) Liyuan Campus, East Gate of Liyuan Compound, Maquanying Street, Shunyi District. (6434 0088 (English, Chinese and German),, 400 650 7747); 3) Administrative Office, C511, Lufthansa Centre, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 or 6538 2624,, 400 650 7747) 北京好思之家幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路15 号维多利亚花园公寓; 2) 顺义区香江北路丽苑小 区东门A11; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心C511 Huijia Kindergarten Part of a nationwide chain, Huijia Kindergarten has 17 campuses and early childhood centers around Beijing. The curriculum combines advanced international educational ideas, modern teaching methods and Chinese traditional culture and focuses on nurturing children to become international citizens. The coursework, which emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, is designed to help students become “lifelong learners” and take responsibility for themselves, their studies others.Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/ year; Huijia Central Park Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Tuition for other centers vary from RMB 25,00072,000/year (contact school administration for details) 1) Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center. Longwan Business Street, Yuyuan Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8042 2245,; 2) Huijia Central Park Experimental Early Childhood Education Center. Bldg 24, Central Park Apartments, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9358, 汇佳幼儿园, 1) 顺义区汇佳龙湾体验式早教中心. 顺义区后沙峪镇裕园路龙湾商业街; 2) 朝阳区汇 佳新城国际体验式早教中心.朝阳区朝外大街6号新 城国际公寓24号楼 International Academy of Beijing A nurturing school community equipping students to make a positive difference in the world by challenging them to seek truth, acquire wisdom and pursue academic excellence. Founded in 1999 IAB offers an American curriculum from K through to G12. PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP exams provide students the opportunity to be well positioned for college entry. IAB is accredited by ACSI, WASC and NCCT. Age range: 5-18 years old. Tuition fees (2011-2012 Academic Year): One-time non-refundable application fee RMB1,700; Kindergarten RMB84,000 (RMB21,000 capital fee); Grade 1-5 RMB117,600 (RMB29,400 capital fee); Grade 6-8 RMB126,000 (RMB31,500 capital fee); Grade 9-10 RMB134,400 (RMB33,600 capital fee); Grade 11 RMB142,400 (RMB35,600 capital fee); Grade 12 RMB145,000 (RMB36,000 capital fee); 1) Elementary School Campus and Admissions Office: Lido Office Tower 3, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6430 1600,; 2) Middle School/ High School Campus: Olympic Forest Park East, 2 Yangshan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8493 8680, IAB国际学校, 1) 朝阳区将台路6号丽都广场丽都3 号办公楼; 2) 朝阳区仰山路2号奥林匹克公园东侧 The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) MSB has been serving expatriate children, from pre-school to elementary, for 20 years and is an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society (AMS), which upholds the MACTE Montessori educational standards on an international level. The school is affiliated with the International Montessori

Directories Teaching Institute which provides continual professional training and development to all MSB lead teachers and assistant teachers. Today MSB is comprised of four campuses – two in Shunyi (River Garden and Champagne Cove) – and two located very close to the Beijing Riviera, Grand Hills, Quanfa and Lane Bridge housing compounds. The new Riviera campus will house the Reception and Elementary classrooms up to Grade 6. Age range: 1-12. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 1,600 (application fee credited towards school fees); 3 Day Toddler (Age: 1) RMB 38,000; 5 Day Toddler (Age: 1) RMB 60,000; Morning Nursery (Age: 2) RMB 85,000; Full Day Nursery (Age: 2) RMB 126,000; Morning Kindergarten (Age: 3 and 4) RMB 88,000; Full Day Kindergarten (Age: 3 and 4) RMB 130,000; Reception (Age: 5) RMB 146,000; Elementary (Age: 6 to 12) RMB 152,000. 1) Riviera Campus,Bldg 8, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6432 8228,; 2) River Garden Campus, Houshayu, Baixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8046 3935, cn); 3) Cherry Tree Lane Campus, Xiangjiang Beilu, 18 Maquanying Lu, Shunyi District. (6432 8228,; 4) Champagne Cove Campus, 2 Shunfu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8945 2591, 北京蒙台梭利国际学校, 1) 朝 阳区香江校园,香江北路甲2号院8号楼; 2) 顺义区 裕京花园校园, 后沙峪白辛庄; 3) 顺义区樱桃园 校区,香江北路马泉营18号; 4) 朝阳区金碧湖畔 校区,顺福路2号 The International School of Beijing (ISB) The International School of Beijing (ISB) traces its roots back to the early 1970s when a small foreign school was established by the United States Liaison Office, the precursor to the US Embassy, and was little more than a simple “classroom that was wedged into a hallway in a diplomatic apartment compound in Sanlitun.” In the 1980s the school was merged with the schools of the British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand embassies and was eventually moved to its present-day 50,000sqm purpose-

built facility near Capital Paradise in Shunyi. Over the years ISB has gained an international reputation for its solid academic programs (it was the first school in Beijing to offer the full IB Diploma), comprehensive facilities and full curriculum catering to all age levels. Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): EC3 (half day) RMB 65,490 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); EC4 (full day) RMB 119,690 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); Kindergarten RMB 140,330 (RMB 13,180 capital fee); Grades 1–5 RMB 140,330 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 6–8 RMB 150,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 9-12 RMB 165,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee) 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (8149 2345, 北京顺义国际学校, 顺义区安华街10号 Ivy Academy Ivy Academy is a pre-school and kindergarten created in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers that accepts students of ages two through six. The school offers an English environment with a “specialized focus on the customized development of every child” based on Harvard Professor Dr Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory and a convenient Dongzhimen area location. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 8,000 (non-refundable, to be credited toward tuition); Registration fee RMB 800; Half-day RMB 86,000; Full day RMB 127,900 Suite C101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380, www. 艾毅幼儿园, 东城区东直门外大 街35号东湖别墅C101室 Ivy Bilingual School Like its sister school Ivy Academy, Ivy Bilingual School (IBS) enrolls children from two to six years of age and offers a curriculum designed in the spirit of the Multiple Intelligences theory. The goal of Ivy Bilingual School is to provide children with the most current research-based practices coupled with the knowledge of the unique Chinese culture. Children graduating from IBS are comfortable speaking in both English and Chinese. Age

range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 800; Deposit RMB 6,000 (non-refundable, credited toward tuition); RMB 42,600–57,000/year (Ocean Express Campus); RMB 39,000–52,400 per year (Orchid Garden Campus) 1) Orchid Garden Campus, 18 Xinjin Lu, Cui Ge Xiang (Airport Expressway, Beigao Exit), Chaoyang District. (8439 7080, (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), info-og@ (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)); 2) Ocean Express Campus, Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Kempinski), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287, (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)) 艾毅双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳 区崔各乡新锦路18号卓锦万代小区内; 2) 朝阳区 东三环北路2号远洋新干线E座 Ivy MI Kindergarten Ivy MI Kindergarten offers a quality Chinese-focused program designed to meet the needs of children who will attend Chinese elementary schools. It is designed for Chinese families who would like their children to experience a curriculum inspired by the Harvard-based Multiple Intelligences theory. This program offers a top-notch education for children with an international bent. RMB 33,600 per year (Lijing Campus) RMB 36,998 per year (Tianshi Campus) 1) Tianshi Campus, 52 Beiyuan Lu, Tongzhou District. (8159 6406/7,,; 2) Lijing Campus, 28 Shilipu Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8446 4189, Info-LJ@ivyschools. com, http://www. 艾毅多元智能幼儿园, 1) 通州区 北苑路52号; 2) 朝阳区十里堡北路28号 Little Village Montessori School of Beijing Little Village Montessori School of Beijing (LVMS) is a Montessori-based kindergarten with over 1,000sqm of space. LVMS’ team strives to create a community experience with parents and other family members. Age range: 18 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2011-2012 academic year): 3-6 years Full Day: RMB 6,800;


18-months-3 years Half Day: RMB 5,200; Monthly meal plan: RMB 500. 2310, 3/F, Jinyun Shengtong Building, 5 Huilin Road, Fulicheng Xi, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (5876 6610, 北京蒙特梭利小镇幼儿园, 朝 阳区双井富力城西惠林路5号京运盛通大厦3层2310 Muffy’s Education Founded in 2003, Muffy’s Education provides English immersion kindergartens, seasonal camps and after-school programs that impart “Knowledge Through English”. Using English as the medium for learning, students receive a high quality education and a strong foundation of English skills. Muffys has an educational program that includes all core subjects in an English immersion environment. Educators use a variety of teaching methods to help each student with their unique learning needs. Muffy’s also uses internationally known curriculum from the University of Chicago, Columbia Teachers College and Pearson Education. Muffy’s teachers are from Canada, United States, England and Australia. Before students enroll, assessments and placement will be arranged. 1) 1 Yangchun Guanghua Jiayuan, Wanliu Donglu, Haidian District.; 2) Shijicheng Location (Opening in Aug): 5/F, Bldg B, Huibo Dasha, Landianchang Lu, Haidian District.; 3) Wangjing Location: East gate of Beixiaohe Gongyuan, Wangjing Xilu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Xiangshan Location: Xiangshan Qingqin, Mentou Cun, Sijiqing Town, Haidian District. 儿童英语之家, 1) 海淀区万柳东路阳春光华家园1号; 2) 海淀区 蓝靛厂路(人大附小对面)汇博大厦西侧5层; 3) 朝阳区望京北小河公园东门; 4) 海淀区香山清琴 别墅儿童会所 New Bamboo International Kindergarten New Bamboo International Kindergarten is an English language school based on the US High/ Scope pre-school education structure. With the intention of becoming an influential pre-school education organization in China’s fundamental education, they have a curriculum that incorporates the American education system with the core essence of the Chinese education. This allows us to give our Children the best of the

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two cultures. The kindergarten officially opens on October 10, 2011, and welcomes all parents of babies aged one to six for consultation and registration. Tuition fees (2011-2012 academic year): RMB 1,000 application fee, RMB 5,000 per month. Qiao 133 0401 8987, Shi 186 1172 9923. Tower W-1 (east of Scitech Hotel, west door of Dongdang Ruijing), 16 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 新竹幼儿园, 朝阳区建 国门外大街16号W-1座(建国门赛特饭店东面,东 方瑞景小区西门) Side by Side Side by Side provides support for individuals with special needs and learning difficulties through music therapy, learning support, and a daytime special education program. Side by Side’s team members are fully qualified and experienced professionals who conduct services in English. Music therapy is also available in German. We also offer community support such as workshops for schools, community groups, parents and other members of the community, arranging vocational training within the community, support with life skills such as basic finances, shopping, cooking, personal hygiene or social skills, support with parenting skills, advocacy, family and school support with transition and/or behaviour issues, support for those dealing with a new diagnosis and work experience for high school students or new graduates. We also provide support with finding organizations and professionals to assist in the development, diagnosis and assessment of children with special needs, or suspected special needs. Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District. (8046 3858, info@ www.sidebysidebeijing. com/ 顺义区后沙浴,名都园3336, 顺义区 Sino Bright School Located on the grounds of Beijing No. 25 Middle School, SBS offers a curriculum taken from British Columbia, Canada, and taught by B.C.-certified teachers, with the aim of preparing students for higher education in Canada or other Western countries. Founded in 2005, the school previously focused on Chinese students but is now enrolling international students. The school’s language of instruction is English, but Chinese language classes are offered. 1) Cambridge Middle School, Taihu, Tongzhou District. (6553 7171); 2) Yihai Huayuan, 129 Nansihuan Xilu, Fengtai District. (6553 7171) 中加高中学校, 1) 通 州区台湖北京剑桥中学; 2) 丰台区南四环西路129 号,怡海花园 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

for children aged 19 months to 3 years, kindergarten classes for children 3-5 years of age and pre-school classes for children 5-6 years of age. SKG also offers facilities for children events, including birthday parties. 103, Bldg 302, Xiangsong Nanhu Xiyuan, Nanhuqu Xilu, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8476 5353 or 138 1070 7354, 北京阳光童馨国际幼儿园, 朝 阳区望京南湖渠西路香颂南湖西园302楼103号

St. Cyril & Methodius (Bulgarian School of Beijing) Established in 2003, this school is a great place for Bulgarian kids of all ages and backgrounds to get together and learn more about Bulgaria. Lessons are offered in Bulgarian language, history, customs & crafts. Classes are held every Monday and Tuesday from 4.30-6pm. For more information contact Mira Yanishevskaya (139 1059 4131, mira_yanis@ or Teodora Lazarova (150 6623 5580). Bulgarian Embassy Library, 4 Xiushui Beijie, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳 区秀水北街4号匈牙利大使馆

The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten Beijing’s first Montessori Kindergarten, The Children’s House opened its China World Trade Center campus in 1992 and has since established schools at the Lufthansa Center, Yosemite Villas in Shunyi and in Yayuncun’s Yayunxinxin Gardens. Today the franchise serves over 300 international students in its four campuses, which are characterized by their small, friendly down-home atmospheres, English only and bilingual curriculums that adhere to the world-renowned Montessori system.Age range: 0-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Nursery/ PrePrimary (1-3 years) 37,000 RMB (8.30-11.30am course), RMB 46,500 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 27,000 (1-3.20pm), RMB 57,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Primary (3-6 years) 40,000 RMB (8.30-11.30am course), RMB 49,000 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 32,500 (1-3.20pm), RMB 61,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Primary Reception Class (4.5-6 years) RMB 63,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Bilingual (3-6 years, Kempinski and Yosemite only) 27,000 RMB (8.30-11.30am course), RMB 30,000 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 43,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Bilingual Reception Class (4.5-6 years, Kempinski and Yosemite only) RMB 48,000 (full day, 8.30-3 .20pm) 1) Unit S114, Lufthansa Center Tower, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1305/3388 ext 4477); 2) C Area Clubhouse, Yosemite Villa 4 YuYang Rode, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (8041 7083); 3) Yayunxin Jiayuan, 1 Xindian Lu, Chaoyang District. (5202 0293); 4) Level 1 North Lodge, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 3869/2288 ext 81299) 巧智博 仁国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心 大厦S114单元; 2) 顺义区后沙峪镇榆阳路4号; 3) 朝阳区辛店路1号亚运新新家园社区; 4) 朝阳区建 国门外大街1号国贸北公寓一层

St. Paul American School (SPAS) St. Paul American School (SPAS) is a member of the Nacel International School Systems with its headquarter school located in St. Paul, Minnesota and consists of a middle and high preparatory school offering a dual language diploma in English and Chinese. It incorporates an American curriculum that includes AP courses taught by certified American staff, as well as Chinese language, physical education and music courses. SPAS is a residential campus that is attached to the second high school connected to Beijing Normal University and shares with it a picturesque campus with an activity field, track, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, pool, and more. Age range: 13-19 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year, prices available in USD only): Enrollment Fee USD 100; Entrance Fee USD 850; Tuition for 2010-2011 USD 11,000 18 Guan’aoyuan, Qinghe, Haidian District. (8070 3420) www. 北京师范大学第二附属中学, 海 淀区清河宝胜里观澳园18号 Sunny Kids Garden International Kindergarten (SKG) SKG offers bilingual nursery, kindergarten and pre-school classes based on the internationally recognized HighScope teaching approach. Professionally trained, highly experienced and dedicated foreign and Chinese teachers all have over five years international teaching experience. Warm, nurturing and creative environment in which children can experience a range of different activities including art, science, music, drama, dancing, cooking, physical education and much more. Modern, state-of-the-art facilities and toys, spacious classrooms spread over 3 levels and large garden/playground area. Nursery classes

The Children’s Learning Center of Beijing The Children’s Learning Center of Beijing is a bilingual preschool: nursery – through to– preparatory (18 month – 6 ½ years). CLCB was established in 2002 and offers a high standard and diverse educational program to foreign expatriates in the heart of Shunyi District at the Gahood Villa’s Compound. CLCB’s theme-based program let children learn through structured play and activities in a caring, secure and child-centered environment in order to develop social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills. Children also learn through daily lessons to communicate in two languages, classes include: Math, Science, Computer & Technology, PE, Drama, Cooking, Arts & Crafts plus much more. The school’s curriculum has been drawn from Canadian, US and British Curriculums. CLCB offers flexibility for families through its half and full day classes, as well as part time (minimum 2 days per week) and full time (5 days per week) schedules. The school also has an afterhour’s dance center that runs daily with a variety of dance classes for children beginning from age 3 years old and up until 12 years old. Tuition Fees: (2011 -2012 Academic Year) Registration (non-refundable): RMB 1500; Nursery – Junior Class (18 months – 3 years) RMB 49500; Senior Class (3 – 4 years) RMB 61200; Kindergarten Class (4 – 5 years) RMB 63700; Preparatory Class (5 – 6 ½ years) RMB 69700. 3056 Gahood Villa, Baixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 7082, administration@ 爱嘉 励儿童双语培训学校, 顺义区后沙峪白辛庄嘉浩 别墅3056 Tsinghua International School Tsinghua International School students follow an American Curriculum program in a nurturing atmosphere. Tsinghua International School located on Tsinghua University campus, allowing students



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access to the university’s extensive resources and facilities, including libraries, computer labs, gymnasiums, sports fields, dance and art studios, a swimming pool, fitness center and outdoor experiential education center. Accepts students Grades 1 to 12. Grades 1-5: 89,000 RMB per year, Grades 6-12: 99,000 RMB per year Zhong Guan Cun Beilu (Northwest of Tsinghua University), Haidian District. (6279 7000, 海 淀区中关村北路清华大学西北侧 Wellington College International Tianjin Wellington College International Tianjin is the partner school of Wellington College in the UK, the highly prestigious independent school founded by Queen Victoria in 1859, as the national monument to one of the country’s greatest military leaders, the Duke of Wellington. Wellington provides a unique learning opportunity due to the breadth and depth of the education offered, which goes beyond academic success into every sphere of extra-curricular and pastoral school life. Age range: 3-18 1 Yidedao, Hongqiao District, Tianjin. (187-2248 7836, 天津惠灵顿国际学校,天津市 红桥区义德道1号 Western Academy of Beijing Western Academy of Beijing is an International Baccalaureate World School that boasts a “challenging and caring educational environment in which students are active participants in the learning process.” WAB provides a learner-centered atmosphere that nurtures a strong sense of community among its 1,550 students from 55 countries, with the mission to “Connect, Inspire, Challenge: Make a Difference.” Campus facilities are extensive and include a lake and model wetlands that are the foundation of its environmental science center.Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year, combined total includes capital levy and tuition): Nursery RMB 85,000; Pre-Kindergarten RMB 141,000; Kindergarten RMB 165,000; Grades 1-5 RMB 165,000; Grades 6-8 RMB 181,000; Grades 9-10 RMB 198,000; Grades 11-12 RMB 204,000 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8456 4155, wabinfo@wab. edu) 北京京西学校, 朝阳区来广 营东路10号 Yew Chung International School of Beijing Located within the scenic Honglingjin Park in the heart of downtown Beijing, Yew Chung International School of Beijing celebrates its 15th year of educating students of the Beijing expatriate community. YCIS Beijing, an IB World school, is fully accredited by CIS, NEASC and NCCT, and is a part of the larger network of schools with over 5,000 students across campuses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Qingdao, and Silicon Valley, US. Providing K2 – Year 13 students with a quality curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England and a research-based Chinese Language Program that equips students to be bilingual, competitive, and globally-minded citizens. Age range: 2-18 years old. Tuition fees (2011/2012 Academic Year): Application Fee RMB 1,660 (non-refundable); Placement Deposit RMB 5,000–14,000 (year level dependent); K2 (half day) RMB 60,800; K2 (full day) RMB 102,000; K3 RMB 136,000; K4 RMB 142,000; Year 1-3 RMB 168,000; Year 4-6 RMB 172,000; Year 7-9 RMB 191,000; Year 10-11 RMB 204,000; Year 12-13 RMB 210,000 Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 3731, www. 北京耀中国际学校, 朝阳区后八里庄5 号红领巾公园东门

Shopping Directory Arts & Crafts Miller/Reis Art Studios 5 Xiyuan, Yishu Gongshem, Xianggelila, Feijia Cun, Cuigezhuang Xiang, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区崔各庄乡 费家村香格里拉艺术公社西园5号 The Beijing Guild An informal crafts group which welcomes people of all nationalities in-

Directories terested in knitting, crochet and other crafts, coming together to share their passion and to meet others. Meets weekly; see website for times and locations. (contact@beijingguild. com)

Bookstores 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,, www. 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体 北路4号院 Mackids Bookstore Mackids Bookstore started from1995. Over four thousand types of books are in display in the store. Rm 911, Gaolan Dasha, 32 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (3454 2767) http://www.mackids. 麦克儿童外文北京展示中心, 朝阳区 亮马桥路32号高斓大厦911室

阳区亮马桥路52号北京燕莎友谊商城6层; 8) 海淀区花园东路2号北京金源燕莎购物中心4层; 9) 顺义区天竺房地产开发区荣祥广场; 10) 朝 阳区建国门外大街北京赛特购物中心5层 Zoo Clothing Market Daily 6am-5pm. Xizhimenwai Dajie (south of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District. (8837 8056) 动物园服装批发市场, 西城区西直门外大街(北京动物园路南)

Home Accessories and Gear Hola Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 117 Xisihuan Beilu, Jinsiji Shopping Center, Haidian District.; 2) 66 Xiangbinbu, Shunyi District.; 3) 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6772 8007) 特力屋, 1) 海淀区西 四环北路117号金四季购物中心; 2) 顺义区香 宾路66号; 3) 东城区东直门南大街1号 Ikea Stocks a wide range of children’s gear, including extendable beds, high chairs, changing tables, cupboard units and Patrull safety equipment (cabinet/door locks, safety gates, corner bumpers, window catches, etc.). Save your skin by paying to have Ikea technicians assemble your purchases at home. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District. (800 810 5679) 宜 家家居, 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号(四元桥 西北角)

Page One 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, page1_cwtc@ 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城三期地下2层

baby international No. 2371, 3.F North Tower, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 1476, com 国际宝贝, 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO商都 3层2371店铺 Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (1/F of Bodhi bldg, directly across from north gate of Workers Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 7622, 洋洋宝宝店, 朝阳区工体北路17 号(工体北门对面) Naturino From pretty sandals to gumboots, this unpretentious kids’ store is all about quality. Prices start at RMB 300. 1) Beijing Office: 7H, Tower A, Star City, A10 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8456 0710, 139 1175 4650); 2) 2/F Beijing Yansha Outlet Shopping Center 9 Dongsihuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District.; 3) 5/F, Shuang’an Shopping Plaza, 23 Beisanhuan Lu, Haidian District.; 4) 5/F, Cuiwei Baihuo, 33 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District.; 5) 4/F, Modern Plaza, 40 Zhongguancun Lu, Chaoyang District.; 6) 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo lu, Chaoyang District.; 7) 6/F, Beijing Yansha Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 8) 4/F, Beijing Jinyuan Yansha Shopping Center 2, Huayuan Donglu, Haidian District.; 9) Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District.; 10) 5/F, Beijing Scitech Plaza, 22, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 那都乐, 1) 朝阳区北京办公室:酒仙桥路甲10 号星城国际大厦A座7H; 2) 朝阳区东四环南路 9号燕莎奥特莱斯购物中心2层; 3) 海淀区北三 环路23号双安广场5层; 4) 海淀区复兴路33号 翠微百货5层; 5) 朝阳区中关村路40号当代商 城; 6) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地5层; 7) 朝

Villa Lifestyles Villa Lifestyles has been serving the Beijing community for more than five years. Providing you with quality name brand products backed by great service, they have the widest selection of BBQs and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQAir air purifiers, Bissell Vacuums and more. Stop by their Shunyi showroom or visit their website to have a look at what’s new. 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1260, 6457 1922, info@villalifestyles. cn) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路 99号欧陆广场4层

Organic Goods 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

Clothing BabyGro Beijing 1) Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Cathay View Garden Shopping Mall (next to Beijing Riviera Villas), 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 1690, johanna@; 2) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Shop 105, Tower 9, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6597 0717, johanna@ 慧宝, 1) 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观唐广场二期商铺; 2) 朝阳区朝外街6号新城国际9号楼105

Mall, Shunyi District. (8549 0785) 图兰纳 手工地毯, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广 场,L1-110.

Lily’s Antiques Furniture Lily’s Antiques is the most famous furniture dealer in Beijing, offering quality Chinese antiques, but also imported traditional and modern styles from all over the world, from Ming chairs and Tibetan rugs to Indian trunks, Spanish design and Italian sofas. The service is the best in town, with a one-year guarantee and delivery. 1) Daily 8.30am-6pm. Gaobeidian Showroom, 69 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (8579 2458); 2) Visit by Appointment. Factory and Warehouse Address, Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang town, Tongzhou District. (138 0139 6309) www.lilysantiques. com 华伦古典家具, 1) 朝阳区高碑店家俱一 条街69号; 2) 通州区工厂地址,通州区宋庄镇 白庙村工业大院

Green Cow Organic Farm Donggezhuang (10 min north of the International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, 6433 4435 (fax), 绿牛有机农 庄, 顺义区北京绿牛有机农场(北京京承高速 与机场北线交汇处的东北方向董各庄附近) Lohao City 1) Daily 8am-10pm. B1/F, Yinzuo Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6415 0104); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. 1-19 Haoyun Jie, Chaoyang District. (5867 0270/0265); 3) Daily 8am-9pm. 608 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (8046 6242 ext 801); 4) Daily 8am-10pm. 52 Jingshun


Lu (Near Sunhe Qiao), Shunyi District. (8459 0134); 5) Daily 8am-10pm. 103, Building 15, China Central Place, 6A Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5181); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. Shop 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6465); 7) Mon-Thu 8am-10pm, Fri-Sun 8am-11pm. Bldg 5, 10A, 76 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8772 4133 ext 806/807); 8) Daily 10am-9 .30pm. 131-04B, Beichen Lifestyle Plaza, No.8 courtyard, Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 5950) 乐活城, 1) 朝阳区东城区东直门外大街48号银座MALL地下 一层; 2) 朝阳区好运街乙1-19; 3) 顺义区天 竺荣祥广场608号; 4) 顺义区京顺路52号(靠 近孙河桥); 5) 朝阳区西大望路甲6号华贸公寓 15号楼103号; 6) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国 际二期17号楼101; 7) 朝阳区百子湾南二路76 号5号楼10A; 8) 朝阳区北辰东路8号院北辰生 活广场131-04B 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), 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

Photography Studios & Services The Age of Innocence Photo Studio Daily 9am-6pm. 21 LiangmaqiaoLu,Fenghuayuan Drive-in Movie Theater, Chaoyang District. (6438 7680, 130 5108 3601) www.mycznd. com 纯真年代摄影工作室, 朝阳区亮马桥路21 号, 枫花园汽车电影院 Children’s Photo Art Space A new boutique children’s photography service offering unique fantasy and dream-themed shoots versus more conventional portraits. Currently located in Beijing, China, the office is in the Chaoyang District with an additional location convenient to the Shunyi Villas. Shoots mainly on-location but has a full service studio in 798 Art District. 3388 Capital Paradise, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (155 1030 4776) 梦游童年摄影, 顺义区顺义区名 都圆3388号 GIB Photo Studio Provides high-quality, professional photos for portraits of kids,

Linfeng Tibetan Artistic Firm Sells authentic Tibetan furnitures, carpets and handicrafts, with antique pieces and reproductions. Showroom opens everyday for visiting. To visit the warehouse for more selections, call for reservation. 1) Daily 8.30am-8.30 pm. Stall 1, Row B, Panjiayuan Market, Chaoyang District. (139 1173 9981,; 2) 158 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (139 1173 9981, 北京灵峰藏艺古典家具店, 1) 朝阳区潘家园市场乙排1号; 2) 朝阳区高碑 店家具街158号 Pantry Magic Under new management and newly relocated, this Hong Kong based kitchenware shop is your one-stop source for all kinds of Western cooking equipment blenders, baking ware, ceramics, cookbooks and more. Hundreds of items in stock. 17 Gongti Beilu (across from north gate of Workers’ Stadium in the same building as Bodhi), Chaoyang District. (6413 0223) Torana Tibetan Rugs Handmade rugs and custom rugs from the owners own workshop in Lhasa. Antique rugs and textiles. Daily 10.30am-8.30pm. Unit L1-110, 1/F, Europlaza

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families, even fashion. Also offers services in graphic design and printing, like photo books, catalogs, calendars and albums (with photo edition included).The international staff can speak English, Chinese and Spanish. 241 Xiaopu Beijie, Songzhuang, Chaoyang District. (186 0127 5025, 朝阳区宋庄镇小堡村北 街241号


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Global Photographic Studio 9am-6pm. 2/F, East Wing, Tower A, 10 Zuoanmennei Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6718 2308, cn 联合世纪数码影印有限公司, 朝阳区左安门 内大街10号A座2层东翼 Imagine Photography Studio 10am-6pm. Unit 503, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8472 7478, www. 顺义区荣祥广场503室 Lynn’s Photography Studio Sat-Thu, 9.30am-5.30pm. 9 Riverville Square, 1 District One, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8674) 北京印象摄影, 顺义区天竺丽宫别墅一区一号温榆广场9号 Mishka Family Photography (5876 4088, 150 1089 9969, www. Small World Photo Studio Professional photography services for families, kids and pregnant women, costumes can be offered to kids under 3. Stall 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1603, 138 1160 2673) 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 StudioStruttura Studiostruttura offers creative photography and video solutions. Our goal is to become pioneers in the brave new world of creative visual communication. Which makes Studiostruttura clients pioneers as well. They have the visions to enrich, excite and challenge our artistic expertise. Together we succeed in breaking new ground, exploring new possibilities of photo and video interaction media technology. www.studiostruttura. com The Bloom Family Photography Owned and run by professional and enthusiastic photographer Irene, member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Bloom Family Photography studio provides highquality photography services. The studio is based in Beijing, but is also available for local and domestic travel. Daily 10am-6pm. 6 Xinjiekouwai Dajie (opposite the east gate of Beijing Normal University), Xicheng District. (6202 7745, 155 1061 6900, hello@bloompic. com) 花开摄影机构, 西 城区新街口外大街6号(北京师范大学东门马 路对面)

Services Baodao Optical Megastore Daily 9.30am9pm. B52 Dongsanhuan Nanlu (northeast corner of Jinsong Qiao, near Jinsong Subway Station B exit), Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5767 0999) 宝 岛眼镜百货, 朝阳区东三环南路乙52号劲松桥 东北角顺迈金钻大厦 Bike Beijing Trips to the Great Wall start at RMB 950 (adult) and RMB 600 (child). 34 Donghuangchenggen Nanjiewww., Dongcheng District. (133 8140 0738) 东 城区东皇城根南街34 Highparty’s Kids Party Highparty’s Kids Party can provide party essentials, such as games, balloons, clowns and other performers, for your next kids’ party in Beijing. Balloons, invitations, arts and crafts, goodie bags, and pinatas are also available in the Highparty’s party shop. 18 Toufa Hutong, Xidan, Xicheng District. (6238 6392, 西城 区西单头发胡同18号 Huaxiang Used Car Market 111B, Nansihuan Zhonglu, Fengtai District. (135 2050 6800) 花乡二手车交易市场, 丰台区南四环



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IQ Air While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, you can certainly make a difference with the air you breathe in your home or office. IQAir has been the top-rated air purifier brand for more than a decade. The Health Pro 250 is their most popular product and is considered by most to be the best allaround air cleaning system available. With their HyperHEPA technology, you are guaranteed near perfect levels of efficiency for the life of your machine. IQAir China specializes in bringing clean air solutions to both residential and commercial users. 1) 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601,; 2) 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401, info@; 3) Rm 2201, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800, 400 650 1266,; 4) 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 5) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕 莎友谊商城5层; 2) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地 5层生活家电区; 3) 朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦 2201-02室; 4) 西城区金城坊街金融街417号四 层; 5) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场4层 Nina Griffee Body Art and Face Painting Service Nina Griffee Body art and Face Painting Services offers a variety of services including face painting at childrens birthday parties, Face Painting Workshops, Body Painting, Halloween Fancy dress painting, Corporate Body art services, Henna and more. (152 1001 7548, 135 0177 7714, Small World Kids’ Hair Salon Kids’ hair salon will offer a kid friendly environment for kids when they are getting their hair to be done. Stall 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1603, 138 1160 2673) 小小 世界美发沙龙, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广 场五层509-510

Toys Alien Street Market The building is occupied by individual stall owners who sell all kinds of toys for indoor and outdoor use, including kiddie pools. Quality is uneven, so inspect toys carefully before buying and be sure to haggle. Laofanjie Shichang, Yabao Lu (south of Fulllink Plaza), Chaoyang District. 老番街市场, 朝阳 区雅宝路 Hongqiao Market One entire floor is filled with cheap toys, from stuffed animals to Barbie sets, kites and remote controlled cars. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 46 Hongqiao Lu, Chongwen District. (6713 3354) 红桥市场, 崇文区红桥路46号 T.O.T.S. This is the place to visit for “intelligent” wooden toys from abroad like building blocks, rocking horses, boats, playhouses and seagull mobiles. T.O.T.S. also stocks items like Teletubbies dolls, wax crayons and xylophones. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. F4, Wangjing Mall, 33 Wangjing Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 9898); 2) Daily 9am-9.30pm. F1, New China Children’s Store, 168 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District. (6528 1774) www.tots. 头大原创玩具房, 1) 朝阳区望京大街33

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

(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


Basketball Dongdan PE Center You and the rest of the crew can rent indoor or outdoor, full- or halfcourts here. RMB 500/hr (full-court), RMB 300/ hr (half-court, 30 players or fewer), RMB 15/ person (outdoor courts, 15 players or fewer), RMB 10/person/hr (indoor courts). Daily 8am10pm. 108 Chongwenmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 9377) 东单体育中心, 东城区崇文 门内大街108号

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

Climbing Beijing Climbing Club Beijing Climbing Club runs regular weekend rock-climbing trips for aspiring climbers of all abilities to scenic locations around Beijing. They offer a safe and hassle free way for anyone based in Beijing to get out and experience this amazing sport first hand. They use qualified western/bilingual guides and operate to western safety standards. They also meet regularly during the week at climbing walls in the city, and operate a website at which provides information about our services, and information about the climbing scene in general, for independent climbers in Beijing. 北京攀岩俱乐部

Dance Ding’s RAD Ballet Studio Founded by Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) instructor, JinCheng Ding in 1997, Ding’s RAD Ballet Studio follows the original RAD Graded syllabus while still giving students the freedom to develop their individual style. This studio is one of the few places in Beijing where students can learn the original RAD syllabus, take the RAD graded examinations and awarded the RAD Certificate from the RAD headquarters UK. Classes available from age 4 to adult and range from beginner to advanced. Instruction in Chinese and English. 2A, Tiyuguan Lu, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District. (151 1020 0236, balletdeluxe@gmail. com) 东城区东城区体育馆路甲2号 J-Ballet School Formerly the Western Ballet School, J-Ballet offers instruction in Chinese, Japanese or English to children and adults. Courses are divided into fall (Sept-Dec), spring

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. (135 0116 3629, www.

Fencing Beijing Sports University If you are just beginning to learn the art of the sword, BSU is the best place to pick up your first weapon. Fencing is taught to students and community members as young as 12. Classes are taught in Chinese only and are RMB 100/hr. Beijing Sports University, Zhongguancun Beidajie, Haidian District. (Contact Mr. Tao Jinhan: 6298 9568) 北 京体育大学, 海淀区中关村北大街

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

Golf SGA Golf Coaching Center The SGA Golf Academy offers one-on-one golf coaching for children ages 5 and up from SGA-qualified, professional golf coaches. Lessons can be designed for children at beginner or intermediate levels. Instruction covers everything from the full grip and swing technique to golf etiquette and handicap calculation. Clubs are provided with a purchased package. RMB 6,500 (total 15 half-hour lessons). Other packages and lessoncombinations are available. 8am-8pm (summer); 9am-6pm (winter). Chaoyang Kosaido Golf Club, 9A Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6507 7389, 400 650 5169, 朝阳区农展馆 南路甲九号 SGA Junior Golf Coaching Offers one-on-one golf coaching for children ages 5 and up, from SGA-qualified, Australian PGA-certified golf coaches. Lessons can be designed for children at beginner or intermediate levels. Instruction covers everything from the full grip and swing

Directories technique to golf etiquette and handicap calculation. Clubs are provided for the duration of a purchased package. RMB 7,500 (10 lessons), RMB 13,000 (20 lessons) (does not include ball and green fees). Coaching center is located at Chaoyang Kosaido Golf Club, Shangsilu Cun, Tuanjiehu Xiaoqu, Chaoyang District. (6507 7389, 400 650 5169) 朝阳广济堂 高尔夫俱乐部, 朝阳区团结湖小区上四路村

Hiking Beijing Hikers Hikes of varying difficulty in villages near Beijing. Open to everyone. Call for info on hikes and what to bring. Prices vary for overnight hikes; weekend hikes are RMB 250/300 (adult), half price for children under 12, including round trip transport, snacks and drinks after the hike, detailed map of the hike and professional guidance. Advance reservations necessary. RMB 200/yr membership gets a 10% discount on regular hikes. Mon-Fri 9am6pm. Rm 601, Bldg 2, Xinhualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6432 2786, 朝阳区酒仙桥中路26号新华联丽港2号 楼601室 Dandelion Hiking (13124788581, buqunzi@ 蒲公英远足

Horse Riding Asgard Horsemanship Club Tues-Sun 7am5pm. Shunhuang Lu, just west of Danshui Restaurant, Chaoyang District. (8459 5908) www. 亚萨园乡村俱乐部, 朝阳区 顺黄路淡水餐厅西边 Equuleus International Riding Club This accredited horse riding club houses 95 horses, 12 bilingual trainers with CHS (based on BHS) horse instructor’s certificate and a dog agility area. Different riding packages available (insurance included). Tue-Sun 7am-noon, 2-6pm. 91 Shunbai Lu, Sunhe Town (north of and parallel to Xiang Jiang Beilu), Chaoyang District. (Chi 8459 0236, Eng 6432 4947, equuleushorse@ 天星调良 国际马术俱乐部, 朝阳区孙河镇顺白路91号香江 北路北 Sheerwood Beijing Equestrian Country Club Over 60 horses with English trainers available. Lessons available for all ages. Single tryout sessions start at RMB 400, RMB 2600/10 lessons or 4800/20 lessons for riders under 17; RMB 3100/10 lessons or RMB 5200/20 lessons for adults. Annual membership with unlimited riding sessions also available. Call ahead of time for directions. English spoken. Summer: Tue-Sun 7am-11am, 2pm-6pm; Winter: TueSun 8am-5pm. West coast of Wenyu River, Chaoyang District. (8433 2217) 西坞北京马术俱 乐部, 朝阳区温榆河西岸

Sailing Beijing Aofan Sailing Club Located in Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, this exclusive sailing club in Beijing offers two-day and fiveday training courses throughout the season with a wide range of sailing boats for both kids and for adults. Regular events are held for members (for free) and visitors. Discounted packages including courses and membership are available. Interested parties can attend one of their bi-monthly open sessions before signing up. Inside Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Shunyi District. (5949 4599) 北京奥帆帆船俱乐部, 顺义区白马路19号奥林匹 克水上公园内 Beijing Sailing Centre Located 90mins from Beijing by train, the Beijing Sailing Club provides a range of dinghy sailing boats to suit all abilities and age groups, from Optimists for kids fun, Topper Topaz for adult learners through to the Topper Omega for spinnaker and trapezing experience. Qualified English and Chinese instructors offer weekend courses for those wanting to gain experience (RMB 1,900) and the 1 hour Sailing Experience (RMB 240) is a gentle introduction to dinghy sailing and features of each sailing boat. Open May-Oct. 22 Wenti Road, Haigang District, Qinhuangdao. (0335

856 0916, www. 秦皇岛市海港区文体路22号

Swimming Dragon Fire Swim Team Nearly 130 international students receive training in competitive swimming under the tutelage of founder and head coach Kevin Hua. Instruction is offered for kids ages 4-18 at the beginning (able to swim 10m), intermediate and advanced levels. The team has competed in races in Singapore and Hong Kong, and also competes with local Chinese teams. RMB 60-90 per lesson, RMB 1,200-4,500 per season (depends on the level, number of times a week, etc), plus RMB 300 registration fee. Training is offered at various times and locations, seven days a week.To register, contact Coach Hua. (136 0106 4534,

Tennis GS Academy GS Academy is a High Performance Tennis Academy. Their unique Tennis program combine the best of the American, Australian, and European national tennis programs bringing to you a truly unique program. Their experienced and passionate coaches provide a perfect blend of serious commitment and a positive teaching style to enhance your tennis development. 1) Central Forest Tennis and Badminton Center: Houshayu County, 200meters east of Sugar Bay Community, Chaoyang District. (5727 9817,; 2) Huakang T&B Fitness Center: Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Town, Chaoyang District. (8459 1367/0156,; 3) Crab Island Indoor Tennis Center (Xie Dao): 1 Xiedao Road, Chaoyang District. (8433 5608, info@; 4) Golden Luck Age Tennis Center, 2 Dongwei Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8431 8217, 1) 朝阳区顺义区中央林间网羽中 心:顺义区后沙峪镇香蜜湾东侧200米; 2) 朝阳区


华康羽网健身中心:孙河乡顺黄路; 3) 朝阳区蟹 岛室内网球中心:蟹岛路1号; 4) 朝阳区金运时代 网球中心:东苇西路2号 Rainbow Tennis Garden Established in 2010, Rainbow Tennis Garden offers recreational and professional tennis classes in English, Chinese and Japanese. (8467 0193, 186 1038 4347,

Yoga Alona Pilates Studio Specializing in both Mat Pilates and Reformers Pilates classes with experienced and talented English speaking instructors. Reformers and other Pilates equipment are available for private and semi-private instruction sessions in Westin Studio. 7.30am – 9.30pm. F/5, Heavenly Spa, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (139 1029 0260, voselena@hotmail. com) 朝阳区新源 南路一号5层 MOMA Yoga MOMA Yoga is a community yoga studio with varying levels of Hatha, Ashtanga, and mixed forms of yoga taught in English and Chinese by experienced yoga teachers in an open and inspiring space. Rm 1204, Bldg 12, MOMA Wanguocheng, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5629 1605 ext 803) www. 朝阳区东直门当代万国城1 香河园路12号楼1204室 Yoga Yard Yard Vinyasa (flow) yoga classes offered daily, mornings and evenings, at various levels. offers pre- and postnatal yoga, introduction to yoga, restorative yoga, and other workshops. Yoga books, mats and wellness products also available. Kids yoga for ages 4 and above. RMB 400 for a four-week session. Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. 6/F, Bldg 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0774, info@yogayard. com) 瑜珈苑, 朝阳区工体北 路17号楼6层工人体育场北门对面

May 2012



The Circuit The Circuit is a chance to sneak a peek at what’s happening on the family and school scene. Want to see your event on these pages? Send an email with the date of your past event and a brief description to by May 14. beijingkids Hosts First-Ever School Fair On March 25, more than 500 people turned out for the first beijingkids School Choice Fair, a live version of the 2012-2013 School Choice Guide. Parents chatted with representatives from 35 local and international schools at the Kempinski Hotel’s Jade Ballroom, as well as hospitals, play centers, and other groups.

beijingkids Presents Skate Beijing 2012 From April 6-8, the seventh Skate Beijing ice skating competition took place at Le Cool in China World Trade Center. The event was sponsored by beijingkids and featured a variety of solo, partnered, and group skating categories.

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The Circuit YCIS Students Take World Classroom Trip From March 30 to April 7, students from YCIS network schools in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Qingdao, and Chongqing took a World Classroom trip to Hawaii, US for learning through service and culture.

PHOTOs: courtesy of ycis beijing and daystar

Daystar Visits the Great Wall On March 28, elementary students, parent volunteers, and staff from Daystar Academy spent the day exploring the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.

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The Circuit Side by Side Celebrates Student’s Birthday On April 6, Side by Side celebrated student Dominic Côté’s 12th birthday with a barbecue and a chocolate mountain cake topped with lollipop shavings.

BWYA Students Perform Alice in Wonderland On March 22-23, Grade 10 and 11 students from Beijing World Youth Academy performed a rock version of Alice in Wonderland, with costumes designed by students.

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The Circuit Easter at 3e On March 24, 3e International School’s Parent Council organized spring and Easter-themed activities for students and their families.

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WCIT Stages Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat On March 24, 25, and 27, Wellington College International Tianjin held its first major student production with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the school’s Seldon Theatre.

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The Circuit ISB Holds Second Grade Circus On March 9, the International School of Beijing held a Second Grade Circus for primary students, family members, and friends.

BSB Students Perform at FOBISSEA On March 22, 13 primary students from the British School of Beijing traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia to perform in the FOBISSEA Primary Performing Arts Carnival. Â

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IAB School Dance On March 30, the International Academy of Beijing’s Student Council held “Midnight in Paris,” its first-ever student-organized dance at the school’s Ya’ao Campus.

PHOTOs: courtesy of iab and biba

Easter at BIBA On March 29, kindergarten students at Beijing International Bilingual Academy enjoyed egg hunting, Easter snacks, games, and an Easter Bonnet Competition.

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The Circuit Dress Up Day at BISS On March 23, teachers and students from Beijing BISS International School took part in a dress up day, where each grade represented a literary genre for Book Week.

Migrant Children Celebrate Easter at Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhonguancun On April 8, Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun hosted an Easter Day celebration for migrant children from Chaoyang First New Citizen School, with egg painting, a hotel tour, and book and stationary donations.

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May 2012

Easter at Children’s House On March 30, The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten held Easter celebrations.

PHOTOs: courtesy of children’s house and cisb

CISB Hosts First Youth Leadership Summit On April 2 and 3, Year 11 students from the Canadian International School of Beijing welcomed students and staff members from Calgary, Canada for a two-day leadership summit to develop international awareness and skills.

May 2012



Family Favorites

The Thoreau Daquet Family photo by Mishka Family Photography French expats Marianne Daquet and Gaël Thoreau have been living in Beijing for six and 12 years respectively. Marianne is an artist and Gaël is the general manager of Beijing Sideways, a tourism business that allows visitors to experience Beijing from a motorcycle sidecar. The couple first met at a friend’s wedding in France; ten days later, Marianne was on a plane to join Gaël in Beijing. Now, they have two daughters: Madeleine (21 months) and Ninon (5 months). Sijia Chen Share your Family Favorites with us at

Favorite Place to Play The family loves Tiantan Park because it’s huge and a bit “wilder” than other parks. Also, Ritan Park has a kids’ playground.


Favorite Neighborhood For walking, the family likes the Gulou and Dongsi areas. As for living, they love their neighborhood of Xinfucun.

Date Night Spot Maison Boulud, because of the cozy atmosphere and great service. They also like Le Little Saigon for Vietnamese food with a French touch, as well as the terrace in summer. Favorite Weekend Activities Walking through “old” Beijing, including Houhai, Gulou, the area around the Confucius and Lama Temples, the Forbidden City, and Jingshan Park. Before they moved to their current apartment, Marianne could be found at the CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport’s outdoor swimming pool.

Favorite Dessert Homemade cake and ice cream made with Marianne’s ice cream maker from France


Favorite Day Trip The Great Wall at Huanghuacheng

New Discoveries Marianne recommends the brunch at Temple Restaurant. Gaël recently discovered a concept design shop called Wuhao (5号) on Mao’er Hutong.

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beijingkids May 2012  

Scour obscure markets, check out local schools, amble through local parks, and hit up the city’s best cultural centers

beijingkids May 2012  

Scour obscure markets, check out local schools, amble through local parks, and hit up the city’s best cultural centers