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May 2014

Create a Stir

Community crafting groups, art supplies, and contemporary art for kids

Mad about Mama Crafts, brunches, and bespoke gifts for Mother’s Day

Where the Grass Grows Greener A tour of Caochangdi


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Features 58

Three-Ring Circus

Health 26

Discovering art through Calder, Banksy, and Delacroix

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Feeling Crafty

What is homeopathy? Melissa Rodriguez can tell you

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Hunting for art supplies in Dongsi and Wangjing

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The Natural Path The Doc Is In Dr. Richard Saint Cyr wants you to wear a helmet

Spinning Yarns Crafting groups that are giving back to the community

Living 17

From the Blog

Dining 28

Dining Out

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Food for Thought

Kriss Baskevic mexes it up at Chi-Chi’s Tex-Mex Restaurant

Digging up dining deals in Indigo Mall and EAST Beijing

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Noticeboard

Nadja, Alicia, and Valentin Kammerer indulge their sweet tooth

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Talking Shop

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Birthday Bash

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A Feast Fit for a Queen Five Mother’s Day brunches to surprise mom with

Community news and announcements Victoria Kong is back with all-natural Yellow Pumelo lotion bars Happy Land offers one-stop shopping for birthday parties Jessica Bajohrs-Sabaté does the catwalk, yeah

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Playing 34

What’s Fun In

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Family Travels

A trip to Caochangdi, the artist’s art village

Mum’s the Word Personalized Mother’s Day gifts

The Lay-Him family makes a surprise escape to Phuket

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Day Tripper Sunshine, strawberries, and Russian dumplings at Sun Village

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Maker’s Corner A classic Mother’s Day craft with La Maison Montessori de Pékin


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Learning 44

Schooled BSB Shunyi students become BBC reporters for a day

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The Roundtable Harrow students discuss their relationship with art

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Blank Canvas Student artwork from the second annual Kaleidoscope Festival

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

Parenting 54

Beijing Baba Christopher Lay wrestles with an ever-growing mass of drawings

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Alternate Routes Jennifer Ambrose confronts her fear of art

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

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The Circuit

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

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Family Favorites The Cui family

BB Kim (age 3) is of South Korean and Chinese descent; his dad is from Seoul and his mom is from Hong Kong. He attends the Korean kindergarten in Wangjing, where he lives with his parents. BB enjoys eating, watching his dad draw, and taking photos on his dad’s camera. During the cover shoot, he took great pride in painting his own palms and making handprints on a large piece of paper. Photo by Mishka Family Photography. Special thanks to Art Bug Beijing for providing the venue.


《中国妇女》英文刊

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

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hen we immigrated to Montreal, I went to daycare while my parents were at work. My mom or dad would pick me up after lunch and we’d walk down the hill to our apartment. During those long afternoons, I spent hours doodling on stacks of paper with a juice box in one hand and a crayon in the other. I barely remember a life without art. At age 4 or 5, I asked my father to draw Mickey Mouse. “OK kiddo,” he said with his usual swagger. After ten minutes, he showed me what appeared to be a badly-mangled cat. I looked at him askance; I had the uncanny feeling that I was better than him at something. Eventually, art became my way of working through various phases. When I wanted to be fashion designer, I sketched hundreds of outfits; when I wanted to be an architect, I mapped out crude blueprints on construction paper. When I ran out of coloring books, I filled in the lines of Life in Hell, The Far Side, and Calvin and Hobbes anthologies that my parents had ordered in the mail, thinking they were for children (oh, how wrong they were). My first teachers were not Dr. Seuss and Robert Munsch, but rather Matt Groening, Gary Larson, and Bill Watterson. I learned to read by connecting the words and pictures inside the panels, but wouldn’t fully understand or appreciate the depth of their work until I was much older. In Grade 6, Mom enrolled me in formal art lessons. They took place every Saturday at the same school where my sister and I suffered through Chinese classes. I chafed at the restrictions, making splotchy messes in watercolor and sketching bug-eyed aliens in portrait drawing. It didn’t help that the teacher spoke only Chinese, so the only piece of advice I retained was to “blur the drawing.” What? One year later, Mom signed me up for private art classes. I slaved away on meticulous still lifes of apples, pears, eggs, cloth, and wine

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glasses that were, well, devoid of life. I had an inkling that I might not become an artist after all, especially if it meant years of perfecting the texture of orange peel before you were “allowed” to make anything creative. Predictably, I didn’t last very long. For a while, I stopped drawing. Art had become a competition with other kids, a reminder of what I couldn’t achieve on paper. Sometimes there’d be the odd flash of inspiration when I had to illustrate a project for school, but attempts to make art in my spare time resulted in a string of crumpled-up drafts. I began the long road back when I saw how happy art could make others – especially children. Often, all it takes for a child to come out from their shell is an invitation to draw. I find they make the best audience and collaborators, sitting rapt with attention as you transform a square into a football field, a football field into a music stand, a music stand into a lightbulb, and a lightbulb into a woman putting on her girdle. That mildly inappropriate artistic trick is courtesy of Far Side creator Gary Larson, by the way, who learned it from his father when he was a boy. I never mastered the texture of orange peel, but I can make a kid laugh with a drawing of a bunny with crab legs who craves love from other, normal bunnies. So that’s pretty good.

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All ages. Help raise funds for Operation Smile by buying special cakes at The Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street. See Ongoing listings.

YCIS Beijing Parent Workshop: Computers and Your Children

Parentcraft: Pregnancy and Post-Partum Physiotherapy

For adults. Learn how to balance screen time and protect your child’s online privacy. See May 6 listing.

For adults. Learn how to stay fit and healthy during and after your pregnancy. See May 8 listing.

Artistic Development in Children Workshop

For adults. Learn how to nurture artistic talent in kids at this YCIS workshop. See May 13 listing.

Basics of Photography

Ages 12+. Got a DSLR but still can’t figure out all those buttons? Join Atelier’s three-part class to learn how to use your camera. See May 19 listing.

A Dragon’s Tale

All ages. For Duanwu Jie, cheer on dragon boats at Longtan Park or Houhai. See Directories under Parks & Gardens (p76).

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For adults. Foster communication and trust with your baby by learning basic principles of infant massage. See Ongoing listings.

For adults. Make your own lotion bars with Yellow Pummelo founder Victoria Kong. See Talking Shop (p20).

Spin Class

For adults. Tell yarns and tall tales with community crafting groups like the Beijing Guild. See Feature (p68).

Shake Up Your Tastebuds

Ages 6+. Before it gets too hot, enjoy outdoor rock climbing with O’le Climbing. See Directories under Sports (p85).

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Ages 13+. Learn how to make tasty soup dumplings at The Hutong. See May 20 listing.

For adults. Learn how to support your tween or teen and identify unhealthy habits. See Jun 3 listing.

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Baroque to Basics: Justin Kim

Ages 10+. Enjoy an evening at DCB with a performance by countertenor Justin Kim. See May 23 listing.

And Then There Was Caochangdi

All ages. Give your taste buds a treat at family-friendly Tex-Mex restaurant Chi-Chi’s. See Dining Out (p28).

Nutrition, Healthy Body Image, and Self-Esteem: How To Guide Tweens/Teens

All ages. Stop by Shunyi-based Happy Land for birthday supplies and activities. See Birthday Bash (p21).

All ages. Stroll through galleries and cafes at Caochangdi, home of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. See What’s Fun In (p34).

One with Nature

How the Cake Crumbles

Ages 6+. For World Environmental Day, take the family out to pasture. See Directories under Organic Goods (p84).

All ages. Make a delicious German crumble cake with the Kammerers’ family recipe. See Food for Thought (p30).

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Cooking Class: Xiaolongbao

Baby Massage Course

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Spring in the City 2014

Mother’s Day Star Treatment

All ages. Gather the troops for eating, shopping, and entertainment at BCIS’s ninth annual spring fair. See May 10 listing.

All ages. Roll out the red carpet for Mother’s Day by buying Mom a personalized present (p24), taking her out to brunch (p32), making her a gift card (p42) – or all of the above.

BWYA May Fair 2014

An Oldie But Goodie

All ages. BWYA’s tropical-themed spring fair promises food, fun, and live entertainment for families. See May 17 listing.

All ages. Celebrate International Museum Day by heading down to Shijia Hutong Museum to learn about the disappearing siheyuan. See Directories under Museums & Education (p79).

BCA Spring Fair

BSB Shunyi Summer Fair

All ages. Food, music, and fun in the sun awaits families at Beijing Collegiate Academy’s spring fair. See May 24 listing.

All ages. Kick start the summer with barbecue, kid-friendly activities, and laughs at BSB Shunyi. See May 25 listing.

Chenjiapu Wild Great Wall Hiking

Art Bug Anniversary Celebration

Ages 7+. Take part in a three-hour hike and lunch with a local family in Yanqing County. See May 31 listing.

All ages. Art Bug’s anniversary celebration coincides with International Children’s Day, featuring games, snacks, and arts and crafts activities. See Jun 1 listing.

Where Art Though, Painting Supplies?

Play Forward LittleItJeep (in Chinese)

All ages. Whether you need non-toxic finger paint for a toddler or high-grade oil paint for a budding Rembrandt, we’ve got you covered. See Feature (p64).

All Head The to Sun Village For ages. ages 3-12. Little Jeep to is see the what a version self-sustaining farm Chinese of Thomas theand TankNGO Enlooks In like. See Day Tripper (p40). gine. Chinese only. See Jan 1 listin

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Once a year, moms around the world get the royal treatment for Mother’s Day on May 11. Get her something from our special bespoke wish list with unique, made-to-order gifts (p24). Younger kids can make a classic Mother’s Day craft (see Maker’s Corner on p42). On Mother’s Day itself, treat her to an unforgettably family brunch (p32).

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Float Your Dragon Boat

This year, Dragon Boat Festival – also known Duanwu Jie (端午节) – falls on June 2. Eat zongzi (粽子) – glutinous rice balls steamed in reed or bamboo leaves with various fillings – and watch dragon boat races at Longtan Park or Houhai. Find the addresses in Directories under Parks & Gardens (p78).

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Who’s the Fair-est of Them All? Whether to celebrate the peak of spring or the beginning of summer, there are several fairs to choose from in May. Host schools include The British School of Beijing Shunyi, Beijing Collegiate Academy, Yew Chung International School of Beijing, Dulwich College Beijing, and more. For details, see Events (p14).

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The Hiking Is on the Wall

Venture onto the lesser-known and wilder sections of the Great Wall, such as Zhuangdaokou, Chenjiapu, and Huanghuacheng to climb near-vertical ruins, take breathtaking photos, and lunch with the locals. Hiking groups such as China Travellers can guide you; see Events (p14) for details.

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June 1 marks International Children’s Day, established in 1949 by the Women’s International Democratic Federation to raise awareness of children’s issues. Sun Village is a non-profit organization that fosters and teaches the children of Chinese prisoners. Their farm and greenhouses are open to the public for strawberry picking on weekends (see Day Tripper on p40 to read an account of our editor’s visit).


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Once Upon a Time in Beijing

You might enjoy wandering through the hutongs, but how much do you really know about them? Learn about history and conservation through the lens of Shijia Hutong Museum, a restored siheyuan once owned by a literary family with roots in China and the UK. According to The Wall Street Journal, the museum’s renovation was made possible with a RMB 5.3 million grant from a charity started by Prince Charles. See Directories under Museums & Education (p79).

Art with Heart

This month, our Feature section looks at all things arty in Beijing. We hang out with some of the city’s community crafting groups, pick up paintbrushes and sketchpads at art supply markets, and develop an interest in modern art by discovering the works of three prominent figures (Banksy, Delacroix, and Calder). To get started, turn to p58.

Run a Tight Ship

Allow your kids to feel the wind in their hair with sailing lessons. Sign up for individual or group classes at Beijing Aofan Sailing Club or the newly-formed O’le Afloat. Classes for both will take place at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park. See Directories under Sports (p85) for contact for Aofan Saling Club and Noticeboard (p18) for information about O’Le Afloat.

Out with the Old, In with the Slightly Newer

Next month will be summer; if you haven’t done your spring cleaning yet, now is the time. Donate unwanted clothes to Roundabout, which has a drop-off point at Links Moving Beijing for downtown dwellers. You can also sell your belongings at the House of Knowledge yard sale (see Events on p14 for details).

Digging for Dirt

June 5 marks World Environmental Day. Teach your kids about the life cycle of plants by planting your own vegetable garden or visiting an organic farm such as De Run Wu, TooToo Organic Farm, or Green Cow Organic Farm. For addresses, see Directories under Organic Goods (p84).

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Tue, May 6 YCIS Beijing Parent Workshop: Computers and Your Children For adults. This workshop covers how children use social media and computers, appropriate screen time, signs of computer addiction, and how to deal with cyber bullying. Registration required. Free. 10.30amnoon. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (8583 3731, eryn.vanwinden@bj.ycef.com)

Thu, May 8 Parentcraft: Pregnancy and Post-Partum Physiotherapy For adults. Presented by the International SOS physiotherapy team, the seminar covers exercises for pregnant women, post-partum physiotherapy, and baby massage. Registration required. Free for members, RMB 100 for non-members. 10am-noon. International SOS (seminar@internationalsos.com)

Sat, May 10 ISB Spring Fair All ages. A fun-filled family day with carnival games, artisan vendors, a raffle draw, food from a wide variety of restaurants, and live entertainment. Free. 10am-4pm. International School of Beijing (5149 2345)

Spring in the City 2014 All ages. BCIS’ ninth annual Spring in the City invites families for a day of shopping and entertainment. This year’s theme, “Flourish,” celebrates the school’s overall growth. Free. 11am3pm. Beijing City International School (8771 7171)

Make Mother’s Day a hoot with Sunday brunches (see May 10 and 11 listings)

RMB 400 (10% discount for members and students). 8.30am-4.30pm. China Travellers (chinatravellers88@ gmail.com)

Sun, May 11 Earth Day FUNraiser

Ages 3-12. This workshop allows kids to create a special Mother’s Day gift using multiple arts and crafts techniques, followed by child-parent games. Registration required. Free for members, RMB 100 per child (nonmembers). 3-5pm (May 10), 10amnoon (May 11). Art Bug (5900 0270)

All ages. Daystar Academy teams up with the Beijing Farmers’ Market to host the Earth Day FUNraiser. Students will sell goods like potted herbs as well as provide FUN services and entertainment to raise money for environmental causes. The farmer’s market will run concurrently and donate a percentage of its sales. Free. 10am-1pm. Daystar Academy (8430 2654)

Founder’s Day

Delectable Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Workshop: The Best Gift for My Mom

All ages. Enjoy foie gras, lobster, fine wines, champagne and more. RMB 398 (includes champagne, wine, cocktails, and soft drinks), RMB 338 (includes juice and soft drinks), RMB 169 for ages 6-11, free for kids under 6. 11.30am-3pm. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport (6450 4788)

Huanghuacheng-Zhuangdaokou Great Wall Hiking

Super Value Mother’s Day Fusion Menu

Ages 7+. Hike an unrestored section of the Great Wall, explore lakes off the beaten path, admire mountain scenery, take photographs, then lunch with a local Chinese family at a farmer’s guest house. Registration required.

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All ages. A Mother’s Day menu for tables of eight to ten people features eastern and western fusion dishes. Kids can play at the Kids’ Corner. Reservation required. RMB 988 per table (includes free flow of local beer,

and international cuisine booths. Registration required. Free. 10am-2pm. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (8583 3731, info@bj.ycef.com)

Mother’s Day Workshop: The Best Gift for My Mom

BCIS Charity Event: Banana Art Exhibition

See May 10 listing.

All ages. The inaugural student-run Banana Art Exhibition brings together students from various international schools to provide a platform for their artwork. Held at 1725 Center next to BCIS, the exhibition works with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) to support communities and individuals living in poverty. All proceeds will be donated to CFPA. Free. 10am4pm. Beijing City International School (WeChat ID: bananaexhibition)

Tue, May 13 YCIS Beijing Parent Workshop: Artistic Development in Children For adults. This workshop covers how assist, inspire and comment on children’s artistic development. RSVP required. Free. 10.30am-noon. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS) (eryn.vanwinden@bj.ycef.com)

Sat, May 17 BWYA May Fair 2014 All ages. Experience a day of food, games, performances, and fun based around a tropical theme. Proceeds will go to Roundabout. Free. 10am-2pm. Beijing World Youth Academy (6461 7787)

YCIS Beijing Global Community Day All ages. “Celebrating the Beijing Community” is this year’s Global Community Day theme. The fair will have games, performances, vendors,

Country Fair Jamboree and Picnic Enjoy a day of American country and roots music with family activities starting at 2pm, including a family square dance and children’s singalong led by the Hutong Yellow Weasels. At 4pm, grownup musicians and singers can join a jam with the Beijing Pickers and a folk circle in which everyone can sing along. At 5pm, there will be live performances by the Confectionaires, the Hutong Yellow Weasels, the Honky Tonk Angels, the Randy Abel Stable, and the Beijing Dead. Jing A, Cuju, Home Plate Bar-B-Que, and other vendors will be on hand to provide food and drinks. The children’s events will be led by the Bookworm. Free. 2-10pm. Three Shadows Gallery (6432 2663)

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All ages. DCB celebrates its school community with international food, music and drama performances, art displays, science-based activities, and sports at the Legend Garden Campus. Free. 2.45-9pm. Dulwich College Beijing (6454 9000, info@dulwich-beijing.cn)

juice, soft drinks, and tea; subject to 15% surcharge). 11.30am-2pm. Traders Upper East Hotel (5907 8406, wulixiang.thue@tradershotels.com)


Sun, May 18 BCIS Charity Event: Banana Art Exhibition See May 17 listing.

Mon, May 19 Basics of Photography Ages 12+. This workshop focuses on mastering a DSLR camera and understanding basic photography techniques. It is divided into three theory-based classes and one field outing. Registration required. RMB 1,400. 9.30am-noon (May 19, 20, 23) and 2-4:30pm (May 23). Atelier (atelier@atelier.cn.com)

Tue, May 20

night featuring Korean-American countertenor Justin Kim, who will perform his song from the recent Les Azuriales Young Artists Programme and Competition in Nice, France. Registration required. RMB 60 (adults), RMB 40 (students). 7-9pm. Dulwich College Beijing (6454 9000, info@dulwich-beijing.cn)

features activities for kids, a variety of food and drink vendors, a Grand Charity Raffle and tombola, bouncy castles, and live music. Free. 10.30am3pm. The British School of Beijing Shunyi (8047 3558)

Basics of Photography

Chenjiapu Wild Great Wall Hiking

See May 19 listing.

Sat, May 24 Beijing Collegiate Academy Spring Fair All ages. BCA’s Spring Fair offers a day of food, music, games, shopping, and lucky draw prizes for families. Free. 10am-4pm. Beijing Collegiate Academy (5681-2555, info@bj.ccaschools.cn)

Cooking Class: Xiaolongbao

HoK Community Yard Sale

Ages 13+. Learn how to make delicate xiaolongbao (also known as soup dumplings) from scratch. Registration required. RMB 220 (members), RMB 280 (non-members). 2.30-5pm. The Hutong (159 0104 6127, info@the-hutong.com)

All ages. HoK’s Community Yard Sale invites buyers and sellers to its Quanfa Campus for a day of haggling and eating cake (for charity, of course). Sellers are asked to reserve a table in advance and make baked goods. All proceeds from the bake sale will go to charity. Free. 10am-1pm. House of Knowledge International Kindergarten (6431 8452, qf@hokschools.com)

Basics of Photography See May 19 listing.

Fri, May 23

Sun, May 25

Baroque to Basics: Justin Kim

BSB Shunyi Summer Fair

Ages 10+. DCB hosts a Baroque music

All ages. The BSB Shunyi Summer Fair

Sat, May 31 Ages 7+. Do a three-hour hike at Chenjiapu Great Wall in Yanqing County, then lunch with a local family. Registration required. RMB 400 (10% discount for members and students). 8am-6pm. China Travellers (chinatravellers88@gmail.com)

Open Day at Atelier All ages. Have you ever wondered what Atelier is like? Meet the art school’s team as they open their doors for a day. Visitors are also eligible for a discount on the next semester’s classes if they register on the spot. Free. 3-6pm. Atelier (atelier@atelier.cn.com)

Sun, Jun 1 Art Bug Anniversary Celebration Ages 3-12. This two-in-one party celebrates both Art Bug Beijing’s birthday and International Children’s Day. There will be themed art activities, parent-child games, and snacks and drinks. Free. 10am-5pm. Art Bug (5900 0270)

Tue, Jun 3 Nutrition, Healthy Body Image, and Self-esteem: How To Guide Tweens and Teens For adults. This seminar touches on nutrition tips for teens, bad eating habits, eating disorders, and how parents can help. The talk will be given by International SOS Nutritionist Stella Chan Marinaro. Registration required. International SOS (seminar@internationalsos.com)

Ongoing Smile Week Asia All ages. Have your cake and eat it too for a good cause at this year’s Smile Week Asia. From May 5-11, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street is selling special cakes to raise funds for Operation Smile. Prices vary. 11am9pm. The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street (6601 6666)

Baby Massage Course For adults. Learn the basic principles and techniques of infant massage. Every Wednesday from May 14 to June 4. The price includes materials. Registration required. RMB 175 per class per baby with up to two caretakers (total of RMB 700 to be paid at first class). 9.45-10.45am. House of Knowledge International Kindergarten, Victoria Gardens Campus (6538 2624 annette@ aobodywork.com)

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Essentials New Arrivals

o t o l l e H Say t s e l l a m S Beijing’s

erressen Emmelijn G on Feb 14 to Dutch. Born rressen at Bas and Dieuwertje Ge spital. Ho nal atio ern Int Oasis

Constantine Luca Lindberg German/Chinese. Born on Apr 3 to Thomas Lindberg and Elaine Yu at the Military General Hospital of Beijing PLA.

Adam Ziani

on Mar 4 to Algerian-German. Born ni at Zia bil Maren and Na spital. Ho nal atio Oasis Intern

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Want to share your new arrival with our readers? Email a photo (at least 1MB in size) of your little one with his or her full name, nationality, birth date, hospital, and parents’ names to editor@beijing-kids.com. Due to space constraints, we will only publish photos of babies born in Beijing after January 1, 2014.

Sofia Gruppo

Brazilian. Born on Feb 13 to Leticia Aranda and Pet er Gruppo at Beijing United Family Hospital.

Emma Yinuo Heckman n German/Chinese. Born Nov 25 to Zhang Yanhui and Fra nk Heckmann at Amcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital.


From the Blog Living

Deal Hunting: Money Saver Roundup for Dining at Indigo Mall and EAST Beijing

photos: christopher lay, courtesy of blue frog, wikimedia commons

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ver the past year, Indigo Mall has become a popular family hangout – especially for food. Restaurant options are ample and decent, but who doesn’t love more choices? A bit dwarfed by Indigo, restaurants in the nearby EAST Beijing hotel (also part of Swire Properties) offer generous promotions for casual dining too. As a Wangjing dweller, I am a frequent diner at both locations. After tipping off friends here and there, I decided to put this listing together. If I’ve missed any of your favorites, help me out and leave a comment. On Mondays, if the Sanlitun location is too crowded, the popular two-for-one Blue Frog burger deal is also available at Indigo. If you are not in the mood for burgers, walk to the neighboring East hotel’s bar and restaurant Xian for buy one get one free selected drinks and pizzas (daily, 5-8pm). On Tuesdays, head to Flamme on the third floor of Indigo for its two-for-one steak. If you can fit in desert, pick up some cupcakes or pies (RMB 6-20) at half price (after 7pm, daily) from T Republic on the first floor. In the middle of the week, treat yourself a nicer after-work dinner on Wednesday at East hotel’s Feast restaurant on the second floor. A two-course menu (daily, RMB 168, 5.30-10.30pm) comes with a glass of wine or soft drink. Before you go home, drop by Domain on the same floor to get some two-for-one cakes (daily, 6pm until sold out). Moms, please take note: Don’t assume that you are too grown-up for ladies’ night until you check out East hotel’s classy bar and restaurant Xian. Hang out with your girl friends and enjoy free selected martinis and other cocktails (Thursdays, 9-12pm), accompanied by live jazz music. Not a fan of staying up late? Try the two-for-one burgers (Thursdays, 10.30am-2pm) at Domain on a lunch date. And what better way to start your weekend than with a glass of champers? Xian offers buy one get one free on Moet Chandon Champagne bottles (RMB 750) and glasses (RMB 120) every Friday night. On weekends, kids eat from the children’s menus for free at Blue Frog Indigo, for every two brunches/main courses purchased by parents. Japanese food lovers should head to East hotel’s Hagaki for the buy-two-get-one sashimi that’s only available on Saturdays and Sundays.

As a food explorer, I spend most of my time looking for food deals around town. This also happens to play into my role as Dining Editor for beijingkids. Thanks to the capital’s buzzing dining scene, I am constantly surprised to discover less-publicized deals like Quanjude’s RMB 88 duck buffet. An idea popped into my head, “Why not write about it in a blog series?” So now we have Deal Hunting. If you are a reader with a food deal to share, email me at c.jiang@truerun.com. If you are a restaurant, hotel, or organization that wants to promote your dining event, post it directly on our website (www.beijing-kids.com/events).

This article was modified from a post on www.beijing-kids.com by Clemence Jiang

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What’s Happening in Beijing BIBA Meets Dr. Kraczar from EARCOS On March 12, Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA) received Dr Richard Krajczar, executive director of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS). Dr. Krajczar met with the staff as well as middle and high school students to discuss culture, the school’s vision, and the school’s mission. BIBA recently became a provisional EARCOS member. EARCOS is an association of international schools in East Asia that use English as the primary instruction medium. It has over 100 members schools.

DCB Students and Teacher Perform with the Rolling Stones in Shanghai Four students – Bjorn Shen, Risako Katsumata, Pratcha Sananvantanont, and Jason Yuan – and Head of Music Mark Stingle from Dulwich College Beijing performed with the Rolling Stones in Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena. The choir performed “You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ with Mick Jagger in front of a crowd of 15,000 people for the only stop in China on the group’s “14 on Fire” world tour. Stingle and the students were joined by other pupils and faculty from the Dulwich China network.

ISB Celebrates Smile Week The International School of Beijing (ISB) community celebrated Smile Week from April 14-18. The Middle School Student Council and mentor Jim Fidler led the week-long fundraiser. Now in its ninth year, this year’s Smile Week had an added dimension of experience-based learning. Fidler is the author of a book called Looking In, a compilation of photographs from his travels around China. Proceeds from the sale of the book and all money raised during Smile Week will be donated to the Holt Ping An Medical Foster Home. Smile Week pays for medical care for babies with cleft palates and other conditions. The book can be purchased directly from ISB’s PTA Store starting from April 21. It costs RMB 200.

The people behind O’le Ski and O’le Music have launched a new program called O’le Afloat focusing on water sports for kids at Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park. The organization offers activity days for large international school groups as well as small private groups. Sports include sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and rafting. The courses include practical and theoretic elements and are taught by English-speaking coaches. O’le Afloat also offers pirate-themed birthday parties with treasure hunts and floating battles. Schools should keep an eye out for the Boat Race of Internationals Schools in China (BRISC), set to take place for the first time this October. Visit www.ole-sports.org/afloat for more information.

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Introducing O’le Afloat


Noticeboard Living

New Advanced Maths Teacher Joins TLC The Learning Center (TLC) welcomes mathematics teacher Matt Lenton. Originally from the UK, he completed his mathematics BSc and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at King’s College London. Upon graduation, Lenton joined American Express as a database developer. From March 2011 to March 2013, he worked as a mathematics teacher at an international school in South Korea. Lenton has experience teaching numerous curricula, including General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), A-Levels, Standard Assessment Tests (SAT), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced Placement (AP).

IMTI Professional Development Workshop with Brittany Dunn On March 29, teacher Brittany Dunn conducted a workshop called “Using Outdoor Time Proactively, Positively and Creatively” at the International Montessori Teaching Institute (IMTI). Participants roamed around the room acting out the animal puppets they were given. IMTI will continue to provide parent and teacher workshops. For more info, visit www.imti-china.com.

WAB Students Hang Out with Aaron “Wheelz” Fortheringham As part of the Distinguished Speakers Series program, the Western Academy of Beijing welcomed Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham from the US. Fortheringham was born with spina bifida, a condition of the spinal cord that limits his ability to walk. Despite his physical condition, he is an extreme wheelchair athlete who performs BMX skateboard adapted tricks. During assemblies with elementary, middle school and high school students, he charmed everyone with his charisma, sense of humor, and relaxed attitude, posing for photos, posting on Instagram, and signing autographs throughout the day.

YCIS Seeds of Hope Concert Raises RMB 160,000 for Charity

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The annual Yew Chung International School (YCIS) Seeds of Hope Charity Gala Concert was held on March 22 at the Da Ning Theatre in Shanghai. In attendance were more than 370 students, parents, and faculty from YCIS schools around the world. The event raised more than RMB 160,000 to construct a school for children in rural China. Funds were generated through ticket sales and donations, and by a silent auction in the theatre lobby, with artwork created by YCIS students and artists-in-residence.

Prof. Yi Speaks on Chinese Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction at 3e On March 14, Beijing Normal University Professor Yi Jin from the Faculty of Education gave a talk to parents from 3e International School. The talk was about China’s 2011 curriculum standards and its implications for Chinese Language Arts instruction. Prof. Yi talked about how parents could support their children’s Chinese learning in a fun and meaningful ways in both local and international schools. May 2014

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Living Talking Shop

Play It Again, Vic Yellow Pummelo founder returns to Beijing by Nimo Wanjau

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ou might have heard of Yellow Pummelo before, a line of all-natural lotion bars founded by Victoria Kong. The San Francisco native was a fixture at charity bazaars and ran DIY lotion bar workshops before a knee injury took her out of China for the latter part of 2013. Now back in Beijing, Kong is once again ready to share her passion for chemical-free cosmetics. She started Yellow Pummelo nearly two years ago when she couldn’t find a moisturizer to soothe the all-too-common problem of dry skin. Kong makes the lotion bars in her apartment from 95 percent organic raw materials and 5 percent nonorganic materials, most of them imported. The main ingredient in Kong’s lotion bars is fresh, unprocessed beeswax, which she obtains from a university in China that specializes in the byproducts of bees. Lotion bars designed for normal and dry skin also contain nutty oils such as shea butter, virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, essential oils, olive oil, jojoba oil and organic vitamin E. For those who are allergic to nuts or have sensitive skin, Kong uses organic mango butter and apricot kernel oil as substitutes. The process is pretty straightforward. Kong measures out the raw ingredients, melts them separately, combines them in their molten form, shakes the mixture, then leaves it to solidify. There are scented lotions available such as the signature pomelo, lavender, and natural honey cocoa lotion bars. One bar retails for RMB 100. Unlike liquid lotions, Kong’s solid bars contain no preservatives or additives. The inclusion of beeswax ensures a shelf life of two years. If used daily, one bar can last up to three months. To use the lotion, simply rub the bar on your skin and allow the lotion to melt with your natural body heat. If you’re interested in making your own lotion bars, Kong is planning to restart her workshops at her apartment, Kocoon’s Sanlitun branch, and at private residences (group signups only). In each two-hour session, Kong teaches participants about the ingredients used in her bars and covers topics such as methodology and differences in lotion textures. The bars are tailored to each person’s needs. The workshop costs RMB 200 per participant and includes materials.

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Yellow Pummelo For more information or to place an order, call 186 1833 0900 or email victoria@yellowpummelo.com or info@yellowpummelo.com. To find out more about the workshops, visit the website at www.yellowpummelo.com.


Birthday Bash Living

Where the Happy Meets the Birthday Happy Land Arts and Crafts offers one-stop shopping for kids’ parties by Nimo Wanjau

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hunyi-based Happy Land Arts and Crafts is easy to overlook due to the dilapidated buildings around it. However, behind the grim exterior lies a charming little shop housing pottery wheels and other DIY arts and crafts. At the front, the walls are adorned with photos of birthday services and products while the back store contains a play area. Husband-and-wife duo Zhu Fenghua and Wang Junying started Happy Land in 2000 as a paint-your-own-pottery center. The business has since grown to offer a wide range of birthday supplies and services for different age groups. Happy Land can serve as a venue for arts and crafts-themed birthday parties, which costs RMB 80 per child per hour. Onsite activities include pottery, weaving,

paper sanding, making sand candles, jewelry, soap, paper or nylon flowers, and painting for both kids and adults. There’s a maximum capacity of 30 people. The center also offers offsite birthday services for all ages, including bouncy castles, angry birds throwing setups, trains for kids aged 3 and under, and carnival-themed equipment such as a cotton candy machine, pick-up toy machine, and photo booth. We were struck by the different sizes of bouncy castles, from basic castles (5m*4m) to huge (12m*6m*6.5m) castles with slides and pools at the bottom. Rental prices vary according to size, and they charge a flat fee rather than hourly rates. Happy Land can also provide live entertainment in the form of magicians, clowns, and traditional Chinese performers. There are also

face painting and balloon services available, and tables and chairs for hire. Prices include English-speaking staff members to help with preparations, hosting, and cleanup. Note that there will be a delivery fee tacked onto the original quote depending on the location of the party.

Happy Land Arts and Crafts Center 乐土工艺坊 Daily 9am-5pm (winter), 9am-6pm (winter). Xibaixinzhuang (near Capital Paradise on the Tianbei Lu side), Houshayu, Shunyi District (8046 4055, 136 6104 5892) 顺义区后沙峪白辛庄 村东(名都园的附近)

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Living Indulge

Das Model, Revamped Jessica Bajohrs-SabatĂŠ is ready to take on the catwalk again text by Nimo Wanjau, photos by Littleones Kids & Portrait Studio 22

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Indulge Living

Get the Look:

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Stylist Jim Wang opted to use a light brown color as a base and add caramel blonde highlights, producing an overall honey color. Using the foil method, Wang applied alternated the colors and worked his way to the top of the head. He then heated her hair for 30 minutes.

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Wang took two inches off the back of Bajohrs-Sabaté’s hair and cut it shorter around the sides. The result was a visibly layered look. After blow-drying her hair, Wang scrunched it up to add volume at the front.

Bajohrs-Sabaté, before

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essica Bajohrs-Sabaté’s journey from modeling to becoming a mother of three has been a gradual move from three-hour makeup sessions to taking less than ten minutes to get ready every morning. A Beijing resident for over 11 years, BajohrsSabaté is mother to 8-year-old Elias, 6-year-old Adélaïde, and 2-year-old Abel. She currently teaches at the German Embassy School and the French International School of Beijing. The German native rarely gets her hair done in Beijing because of some negative past experiences that made her disavow both local salons and foreign hairdressers. Prior to this makeover, her last haircut and color were done last August in Germany. However, Bajohrs-Sabaté was ready to entrust her hair to the folks at Toni and Guy Indigo Mall.

Tony and Guy 托尼英盖 Daily 10am-9pm. Shop 41, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8426 0688) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场 地铁层店铺号LG41

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Makeup artist Kenny Li started by applying liquid foundation around Bajohrs-Sabaté’s eyes using a sponge puff. Secondly, he used gel eyeliner and several eyeshadows to create a subtle smoky eye, opening her eyes further with an eyelash curler and mascara. Then, Li applied more liquid foundation using a brush, starting at the T-zone and working his way around Bajohrs-Sabaté’s face. For a touch of color, he swept peach blush over her cheekbones. To make the lips really pop, Li traced liquid foundation around them using a thin brush after applying lipstick. For the last step, he dusted powder foundation over Bajohrs-Sabaté’s entire face except her eyes to avoid smudging the gel eyeliner.

Makeup List Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Shimmer Black Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink Giorgio Armani Liquid Foundation in Nude MAC Amplified Lipstick in Morange Bourjois Paris Ombre a Paupières Eyeshadow Colour 17 in Prune Intense • MAC Sheertone Blush in Tenderling • Maxfactor Mascara in Black • • • • •

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Living Mother's Day Special Bouquets and Flowers Considering a bouquet of carnations can easily cost $40 or more in the US, we’re lucky to have so many cheap florists and flower markets in Beijing. At Liangma Flower Market, for example, vendors can custom-make a bouquet with different cut flowers, leaves, sprigs, ribbons, baskets, and wrapping paper. Bouquets can cost anywhere between RMB 100 and 300 depending on the size, flower selection, and complexity of the arrangement. Alternatively, you can buy a potted flowering plant that will bloom throughout the summer. Good choices include African violets (紫罗兰, ziluo lan), geraniums (天竺葵, tianzhu kui), and chrysanthemums (菊花, juhua). Sijia Chen Liangma Flower Market 亮马花卉市场 Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. South bank of Liangma River, 758 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6504 2446) 朝阳区东三环北路758号亮马河南岸

Mum’s the Word

Bespoke Mother’s Day gifts for unique women

Custom-Made Shoes As far as we’re concerned, everyone should have a pair of personalized leather shoes in their wardrobe. They’re sturdy, comfortable, and last for decades if cared for properly. Local cobbler Lao Yu makes beautiful, handmade leather shoes from his tiny workshop in Gulou. He only does flat, heel-less shoes made from cow leather and measures each customer’s feet to ensure the best fit. You can pick one of the styles displayed on the wall or bring a reference picture to emulate. A pair of women’s shoes starts at RMB 1,200 depending on color, size, style, and leather quality. It takes about a month to fill an order. Sijia Chen

Made-to-Order Chocolate Cake Every day is a good day for chocolate – who says sweets are only for kids? Treat Mom to a decadent, handcrafted creation such as the Ritz-Carlton Cake containing Valrhona dark chocolate from France, candied orange pieces, and Grand Marnier. This intense and multilayered cake weighs in at a dense 400g; you might want to cut it into smaller slices. Though preservative-free, it will keep for seven days at room temperature. But who are we kidding? It won’t last that long. The cake is available at any Ritz-Carlton branch and must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance. Clemence Jiang

For Ritz-Carlton addresses, see Directories under Hotels, Hostels and Resorts (p76).

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photos: ronald saunders (flickr), courtesy of the ritz-carlton, and judy zhou

Lao Yu 老余手工鞋店 Daily 10am-9pm. 37 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (6404 1406) 东城 区鼓楼东大街37号


Natural Skin and Hair Care

Listen up, dads. Between pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, many new moms feel insecure about their bodies. Gift your partner quality lingerie – and not that tacky polyester stuff, either. Homegrown label Pillowbook specializes in handmade, customfitted silk lingerie with a Chinese twist. Founder Irene Lu recommends the capelet, bralet, and dudou from her Shhh… collection. The dudou (RMB 1,088) is a diamond-shaped chemise historically worn by Chinese women. “This is by far my most versatile piece,” she says. “Not only is it great and buttery soft as sleepwear, but once I slip into blazer or jacket it looks deceptively like a top.” She recommends the capelet (RMB 980) for women with wider, heavier shoulders and as a substitute for bulky shawls to dress up an outfit. Lastly, Lu suggests the underwirefree bralet (RMB 930, pictured above) for moms who put comfort first. “One of my seven-month pregnant clients only wears this now,” she says. Sijia Chen

Beijing’s dry air, hard water, temperature extremes, and air pollution are tough on the skin. Irina Glushkova of Vedic Life Style uses Ayurvedic theory to design natural, organic skincare products tailored to her customers’ specific needs. After a free skin consultation and Ayurvedic reading by appointment, Glushkova creates a product range including face creams, toners, tonics, serums, shampoos and conditioners, hair masks, body creams – everything necessary for a complete beauty routine. The consultation takes around 20 minutes and all products are handmade from raw, unrefined ingredients sourced from all over the world. Glushkova hand carries many of the ingredients on frequent trips overseas. Because the ingredients are fresh and the products contain no additional stabilizers or preservatives, they must be refrigerated and have a shelf life of only three months. Prices range from RMB 100 for shampoos and conditioners to RMB 300 for face creams, though prices vary according to the specific oils and plant extracts used. Glushkova has been studying the Ayurvedic tradition for five years, and can also provide nutrition advice and life coaching. (Be sure to also check out Victoria Kong’s natural Yellow Pummelo lotion bars on p20.) Aisling O’Brien

Pillowbook To find out more, visit www.love-pillowbook.com or email i.lu@lylpillowbook.com.

Irina Glushkova For a free consultation, call 139 1180 9671 or email irina_bj@yahoo.com.

Lingerie

photos: courtesy of irene lu and antonia sampson, and irina glushkova

Jewelry Nothing says “I love you” quite like a personalized piece of jewelry. Beijing has no shortage of designers who can custom-make pieces with different metals and precious stones. Both Nicolas Favard – who, incidentally, appears in this issue with his son Amos on p42 – and Paloma Sanchez have their own shops in Sanlitun, where customers can browse their creations and get a free consultation. Prices vary widely depending on the materials used; Favard’s pieces range from RMB 300 to RMB 40,000 while Sanchez’s range from RMB 1,000 to RMB 150,000 (note that Sanchez only makes custom pieces for special occasions like Mother’s Day). Antonia Sampson also makes custom jewelry. She frequently has a booth at bazaars and school fairs, with pieces ranging from RMB 300 to RMB 2,000 each. Her ready-made jewelry can also be found at Biorck & Co at Tai Koo Li South and Indigo Mall (pictured left). Nimo Wanjau Nicholas Favard Daily 11am-8pm. 28 Sanlitun Lu (in the alleyway just west of Tai Koo Li North), Chaoyang District (6413 0818) www.nicolasfavard.com 朝阳区三里屯路28号 (三里屯太古里北区西侧) Paloma Sanchez Daily 10.30am-9pm. Shop A115, Nali Patio, 85 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (5208 6050, 186 1227 2638) www.palomasanchez.com 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园A115店铺 Antonia Sampson Call 135 1100 4204 for a quote or consultation. To see her work, visit antoniasampsonjewellery. blogspot.com (VPN required). May 2014

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Health The Natural Path

Demystifying Homeopathy

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eople often ask me, “Are you a naturopath or a homeopath?” to which I reply “Both!” I often use homeopathy in my practice to help restore health and balance. I like to using homeopathic remedies with children because they are very gentle, effective, and virtually free of side effects. For those who’ve never heard of it, homeopathy is the practice of diluting substances of herbal, mineral, or animal origin to help healing. The principle of “like cures like” is vital to homeopathic treatment. Using snake venom as an anti-toxin to a poisonous bite is an example of this concept in action. In some ways, vaccination works according to a similar principle; a microorganism can be used in small doses to prevent the very illness it causes. In homeopathy, we use medicines with a specific “symptom picture.” The latter can be described as the specific characteristics of a remedy. For example, one symptom picture can be described as a right-sided headache with severe throbbing pain made worse by movement or jarring. Another may have be a left-sided headache felt at the back of the head, extending to the left eye, and made worse by looking down. A third may present as a headache in the forehead brought on by exposure to heat or sun. In order to find the correct remedy, the homeopathic practitioner must determine the symptom picture that best matches the patient.

The principle of “like cures like” is vital to homeopathic treatment When we get sick, our body has the ability to naturally heal itself. In most cases, we’re able to recover from a cold or flu without medical intervention. We may take something to ease the symptoms, but there is no cure for a cold. However, there are times when we get “stuck.” There are many different reasons for this; it could be that we are experiencing strong emotions like fear or grief. If you get ill shortly after someone you loved passed away, there is perhaps an emotional component to your sickness. It is well-known that certain conditions like lupus can be precipitated by personal stress. Another example of getting “stuck” in an illness is when the body is physically weak. If there is a nutritional deficiency, you may have a difficult time recovering naturally. In a sense, homeopathy helps “push” the body forward to break free from that negative pattern of illness. The way homeopathy works is not exactly clear, but what is clear are its effects. If you’ve been treated using homeopathy, you know it works. And if you haven’t, it’s definitely worth a try.

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

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Health The Doc Is In

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Where’s Your Head At?

n Beijing, many students live within walking or biking distance from their school. Readers might take inspiration from Walk and Bike to School Day (May 7). This annual event sponsored by the US Department of Transportation has two goals: to encourage exercise and educate the public about bike safety. Many parents are worried about road safety and air pollution, and your kids should certainly know the rules of the road when cycling – especially if they’re riding on the street and not in a bike lane. A handful of studies directly compared the health effects of biking versus driving to school or work. They concluded that the benefits outweighed the risks from air pollution or accidents. The largest study of this kind followed 67,000 female cyclists in Shanghai over five years and found lower incidences of heart disease, cancer, and premature death. It’s encouraging to read these findings about another city experiencing air pollution.

“BHSI ... found that a USD 10 helmet and a USD 200 helmet achieved the same results” A good helmet is crucial to protect yourself in a bike accident. The foam padding can absorb most of the impact; unprotected cyclists are twice as likely to sustain brain or head trauma and four times more likely to die from their injuries. The right fit is crucial. A quick glance reveals that many people wear their helmets perched up too high, too low, or worse – unbuckled. Here are some basics: • Wear your helmet flat on your head. If it moves when you shake your head, you need to tighten your helmet or get a smaller one. • The helmet should sit low on your forehead, about two finger widths above your eyebrows. • With the helmet buckled, the straps should meet just below the ears. • When the helmet is fastened, you should be able to fit no more than two fingers between the buckle and chin. Buy a brand with a good safety reputation. In the US, every model must be approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission; look for the CPSC sticker inside the helmet. You may also see other stickers inside your helmet, including EN 1078 or EN 1080 – the European Union safety standard. You can find specifics on brands on websites like the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute (www.bhsi.org) and Consumer Search (www.consumersearch.com). More expensive does not mean safer; BHSI performed their own tests and found that a USD 10 helmet and a USD 200 helmet achieved the same results.

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 www.myhealthbeijing.com.

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Tex-Mex for Kids Beijing’s first Chi-Chi’s has young diners in mind by Clemence Jiang

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Nachos with beef and cheese (RMB 49)

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hen we contacted our model Kriss Baskevics’ mom for this dining shoot, he asked her to tell us “please not to order spicy food.” “Uh-oh,” we thought. Mexican food is known for its spicy kick and a rich variety of chili sauces, while American Tex-Mex incorporates the meatier and greasier side of Texan cuisine. Fortunately, the new Chi-Chi’s Tex-Mex Restaurant and Bar is designed with young diners in mind, including the menu, nutrition, tableware, and restaurant facilities. Some American readers may have already heard of Chi-Chi’s; the Mexican chain opened its first location in Beijing’s Joy City Chaoyang just six months ago, making it the 50th branch worldwide. Although located in a mall, the restaurant’s atmosphere is as exotic as its food. There’s even a fenced-in outdoor dining area with a flower garden. Seven-year-old Kriss arrived right after school with his mom and two sisters (ages 4 and 9). It didn’t take long for the kids to make themselves comfortable in one of the booths. Chi-Chi’s has a kids’ menu with four set meals, which all three of the Baskevics children helpfully investigated for us: Hawaiian pizza, spaghetti Bolognese, grilled chicken wings (RMB 59 each), and grilled fish filet (RMB 69). All set meals are served on a wooden board with fruit salad and yogurt, cartoon-themed cookies, and nachos or fries. By the end of the shoot, the kids had polished off all four. Set meals from the kids’ menu can also satisfy adults with small appetites. Otherwise, Chi-Chi’s has a wide selection of traditional Mexican food and classics for meat lovers, including nachos, fajitas, ten flavors

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of burrito, handmade tortillas, burgers, and more. The restaurant is especially proud of its 12 homemade chilli sauces without any preservatives, corn flour and chili imported from Mexico, and organic produce sourced from a local farm. To drink, kids can enjoy a fresh juice (RMB 29-35) or low-fat milk shake (RMB 35) while grownups try out the rather intimidatingsounding Mexico Chili Milkshake (RMB 35). Take a small sip of the milky and spicy mixture topped with a red chilli, and you might find yourself gradually falling in love. The restaurant has four highchairs available as well as plastic cups, knives, and forks for younger kids. There’s a low children’s sink in the corner so that families don’t have to go all the way to the mall bathroom to wash their hands. The public bathroom has both squat and western toilets, but no changing table. Smoking isn’t allowed at Chi-Chi’s. When you’re done eating, walk down to the fourth floor of the mall and shop at the various children’s stores, including adidas Kids, Lego, Paw in Paw, and babyland. Joy City Chaoyang also houses the gigantic EE City, a role-playing center in which kids can try out different careers.

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efore becoming parents, Nadja and Arthur Kammerer were competitive ballroom dancers. “When we met, he was an ice hockey player,” says Nadja. “I told him that if he didn’t learn how to dance, I’d find myself another!” Arthur obliged, they got married, had two kids, and moved from Stuttgart to Beijing nearly two years ago. Arthur currently works for Daimler while Nadja teaches part-time at the German Embassy Kindergarten. At their apartment in Park Avenue, Nadja and the kids – Alicia and Valentin, now 5 and 2 respectively – showed us how to make her grandmother’s crumble cake recipe. “We always make this when we have unexpected guests,” says Nadja. “It’s great because everyone has cans of fruit in the kitchen. I don’t like to cook but I like to bake; I’ve been doing it with the kids since they were babies.” While Alicia earnestly followed her mother’s instructions, Valentin wriggled out of her grasp to dip his hands in the batter, indiscriminately licking egg whites, flour, and large gobs of butter off his fingers. The photographer and I stuck around to enjoy the rich, crumbly creation – Julia Child would approve. Sijia Chen


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First, make the cake by combining the softened butter, sugar, and vanilla sugar in a large mixing bowl. Nadja and the kids used an electric mixer, but a bit of elbow grease is just fine. 先做蛋 糕,拿个大碗混合 温热黄油、白糖、 香草 砂糖。Nadja 和孩子们用的是电 动搅拌器,用手 搅拌费点力气也没 问题。

For the cake 蛋糕: 150g softened butter 150克温黄油 150g sugar 150克白糖 250g flour 250克面粉 2tsp vanilla sugar (can be found at City Shop) 2汤匙香草砂糖 (城市超市有售) 2tsp baking powder 2汤匙发酵粉 1tsp lemon juice 1汤匙柠檬汁 4 eggs 4颗鸡蛋 1/2tsp salt 1/2汤匙食盐 2 cups of pitted cherries OR 3-4 apples, thinly sliced OR 1-2 cans of peaches 2杯去核樱桃或3-4个苹果切成薄片,再或者 1-2罐桃子 For the crumble 蛋糕碎屑: 150g flour 150克面粉 100g cold butter 100克冷黄油 75g sugar 75克白糖 2tsp vanilla sugar 2汤匙香草砂糖

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Add the eggs, salt, lemon juice, flour, and baking powder. Mix well. 放 入鸡蛋、食盐、柠 檬汁、面粉和发酵 粉。充 分搅拌。

To make the crumble, combine the remaining flour, sugar, vanilla sugar, and cold butter in another bowl. Knead the mixture with your hands until crumbles form. 在另一个碗 里放入:剩下的面 粉、白糖、香草砂 糖、冷的黄油,然 后用手揉捏,碎屑 越来越多。

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Grab another family and head to Wulixiang, which is designing a special Mother’s Day menu for tables of eight to ten people. The RMB 988 price tag includes free flow of local beer, juice, soft drinks, and tea. Grownups can enjoy the fusion of eastern and western cooking styles while the children play in Wulixiang’s Kid Corner. RMB 988/table (subject to 15 percent surcharge). May 11, 11.30 am-2pm. Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (5907 8406, wulixiang.thue@ tradershotels.com) 朝阳区东四环北 路2号北京上东盛贸饭店

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What's Fun In Playing For a cheaper and more scenic alternative, take one of the many buses from the city (402, 851, 909, 955, and 973) and get off at Caochangdi (草场地) or Nangao (南皋). Buses 851 and 973 also pass by 798 Art District in case you haven’t been there. However, note that Caochangdi can easily occupy an afternoon by itself and it’s probably not wise to attempt both in one day. After getting off the bus at Caochangdi station, we visited Three Shadows Photography Art Centre first. Located about 300m from the main gallery area on the other side of Nangao Lu (南皋路), Caochangdi is the first private art gallery dedicated exclusively to showing photography. To get there, cross Nangao Lu, head right (east) and walk about 200m until you see a big grey, red, and green sign that says “Caochangdi.” Turn left and walk into the side street until you see a big grey building block. The 4,600sqm compound consists of a courtyard, gallery, library, and cafe. It was founded by pioneering Chinese photographer Rong Rong and his Japanese wife Inri in 2007. At the time of our visit, the gallery was holding a public experimental exhibition in which photographers were invited to display any of their works on the two floors. The library on the second floor houses an impressive collection of over 4,000 books on photography, mostly in English. Visitors can browse books for free around the big table in the room. The staff was proud to tell us that this library is the best in mainland China for photography books. You can find more about Rong Rong, Inri and Ai Weiwei (who designed the compound) at the cafe and bookstore on the first floor,

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where the artists’ limited-edition books are on offer. Grab a coffee (RMB 20-30), have a seat, and the staff will be happy to talk to you about the center’s English photography lessons for kids. When you’re done, walk back to where you came from. Get ready; it’s a bit of a maze in here. Perhaps it’s time to stop for some lunch first. About 20m into the small street behind the Chinese sign that says “Welcome to Caochangdi” (草场地欢迎你), you’ll come across Badaocai Home Style Restaurant. You’ll recognize it by the big red wooden door on its right. The menu is in Chinese only, but don’t worry; the female manager speaks English. We ordered a set lunch for two (RMB 49, available daily from noon-2pm) with a generous combination of soup, veggies, steamed egg, and fried peanuts that was more than enough for us. (In fact, we might return just for the food.) Once you’re full, the best way to access the galleries is to set your smart phone GPS to Chambers Fine Art, a relatively easy-to-find landmark. The first half of the walk was a bit disappointing, as we passed many businesses that had nothing to do with art: barbers, restaurants, produce stalls, and more. As we made our way north, our skepticism evaporated when we spotted a group of red brick compounds. You can also look for the Ai Weiwei-style concrete brick buildings if you’re not using a GPS. Named after famed British architect William Chambers, Chambers Fine Art is a contemporary art gallery that exhibits works by many Chinese artists. When we visited, the gallery was showing Wu Jianan’s Transformation, a

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Galerie Urs-Meile 麦勒画廊 Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 104 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District (6433 3393, beijing@galeriesursmeile.com) 朝阳区 草场地104号

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CCD 300 CCD 300现代艺术与设计中心 Daily 10am-6pm. 300 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District (6432 9300) 草场 地300号

White Space Beijing 空白空间 Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 255 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District (8456 2054, info@ whitespace-beijing.com) 朝阳区草场 地255号

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monkey face composed of 72 tiger paintings that recall the Monkey King from Journey to the West. We couldn’t tell what it was at first, but you have until May 18 – the exhibition’s closing date – to see it. Neighboring galleries that are worth visiting include White Space Beijing, Galerie Urs-Meile, and Pekin Fine Art. The next place we stopped by was Caochangdi 300, a three-story compound encompassing a bar, cafe, and gallery. The cinema on the top floor was under renovation when we visited, but visitors will be able to watch indie and art house films once it’s finished in late May. Here, you can recharge with a drink and an afternoon snack. For those who want something more substantial, head to A+ Café left of Caochangdi 300. Reminiscent of Maan Coffee style, this café/restaurant offers coffee (RMB 20-32), fresh juice (RMB 38), pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and cakes. The owner also has a clothing shop next door. If the day is young and you’d like to keep exploring, take the bus (418/688) from Caochangdi for four stops and get off at Zhangwanfen (张万坟) at Black Bridge Village (黑桥 村), yet another hotspot for artists who cannot afford the prohibitively high rents at 798. Get off the bus and you will see Guanfu Museum, the first private art museum in China, known for its antiques from the late Ming and Qing dynasties. Take time to appreciate the fine and classic Chinese porcelain, embroideries and furniture. For dinner, take buses 418 or 688 back to civilization for 11 stops and get off at Jiuxianqiao (酒仙桥) station. Indigo Mall is on the other side of the street (see p17 for dining deals).

Pekin Fine Art 北京艺门画廊 Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 241 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District(5127 3220, info@ pekinfinearts.com)朝阳区草场地241 号

Guanfu Museum 观复博物馆 Tue-Sun 9am-5pm. 18 Jinnan Lu, Zhangwanfen, Dashanzi, Chaoyang District (6433 888) 朝阳区大山子张万 坟金南路18号

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Playing Family Travels

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A Place in the Sun The Lay-Him family lets it all hang out in Phuket by Christopher Lay

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Travelers: Christopher Lay, his wife Savvy Him, and their daughter Reina (age 7), who attends Daystar Academy. Destination: Phuket, Thailand Dates: February 2014 Travel plans: When Savvy found out that she had to attend a business conference in February at the Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa in Thailand, she suggested that Chris and Reina go along to escape the winter blues. The family left their 18-month-old twins behind in Beijing with their “extremely capable” ayis. They booked their tickets through Him’s office to ensure they would be seated together on the same direct Air China flight. For Chris and Reina, the plan was simple: chill by the pool and do whatever sounded good each day. This amounted to not doing much at all except sleeping, swimming, relaxing, and eating. Cost: The cost was reduced because the family piggybacked on Savvy’s business trip. They didn’t have to pay for her airfare, hotel and airport transfers, or four nights’ stay at the Westin. Airfare for Chris and Reina amounted to RMB 10,670. They also spent RMB 2,000 on food, a few taxis, and shopping. The total expense for the trip was about RMB 12,670.


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e felt the relief from Beijing’s cold winter and polluted air from the moment we stepped off the plane. Since we’ve visited Phuket before, we were not surprised to be greeted with hot tropical days and warm nights. The Westin Siray is an impressive hillside resort. Although we arrived in the middle of the night, the lights around the resort gave it a fairy tale-like glow. We had a room near the lobby, restaurant, and pool so that we could easily walk down there every day, but we were grateful to be able to take the golf cart up to our room. We had a beautiful two-storey room with a stunning view of the bay. Even though Reina and I enjoyed relaxing at the pool, for me the best part was surprising Reina with the trip. We did not mention anything to her about it beforehand. As we left for the airport, she thought we were only going to see Mama off. After Savvy checked in, she handed Reina a ticket with her name on it and asked if she would like to come too. It took Reina a minute to get over the shock, but she described it as “the best surprise ever.” Besides playing in the pool and making new friends, she enjoyed the Westin Kids’ Club, where she did art projects when she wanted a break from the sun. We didn’t really visit any major attractions. Even though the Westin has a small beach of its own that is good for finding seashells, we never made it below the pool. We did visit the Central Festival Mall in search of floaties, as we forgot to bring Reina’s and ended up with a new pair

of Sketchers shoes – but that was the extent of our exploring. It was shocking how much better I felt in Phuket. The day after we arrived, my neverending Beijing cold evaporated and I felt more energetic. We enjoyed our time so much that we started checking property prices and school costs in Thailand. The best thing we discovered was Mr. Wate, a local driver who knows every inch of the island and loves sharing its beauty and culture with visitors. On the final day, he took Savvy and I to the best local restaurant with homestyle Thai cooking that is a favorite of the locals. He also took us to a couple of places to buy gifts for people back home. Mr. Wate can be contacted at prawate-2005@hotmail.com. Travel Tips • Phuket is not the best island in Thailand for a secluded beach holiday, but it is the easiest to get to and perfect for families with kids of all ages. Besides the usual water-based activities, there are also elephant safaris, jungle trekking, dinner shows, shopping, and more. We used TripAdvisor to come up with a list of things to do, though we ignored the list this time and opted to hang out at the resort instead. • If you have a late-night flight, request as late a checkout as possible and the use of a shower in the evening. The hotel staff booked a time for us to use the spa showers at 9pm so we could freshen up after swimming and eating dinner. May 2014

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Rain or Shine Sun Village opens its doors to children of incarcerated parents text and photos by Clemence Jiang

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Day Tripper Playing a nearby sink, and ended up finishing the whole box on the spot. I don’t remember the last time I had such soft, sweet, juicy, and yet ordinary-looking strawberries. Like Zhang Meng, all the children above age of 6 at Sun Village attend public school. Most go to Banqiao, which is within walking distance. When they turn 18, Sun Village no longer supports them. However, the organization ensures that they’re well-equipped to support themselves by supplementing their regular education with practical life skills. It was obvious that many of the children learned how to care for the trees, flowers, and vegetables on the farm. Every weekend, entire stands of beautiful potted plants (RMB 20-30) are on sale. If you have access to your own transportation, consider taking some of them home. The farm is located around 200m away from the dorms; this is where most of the children work on weekends. If you didn’t spot the farm on your way to Sun Village, ask Zhang Meng for written directions. By the time we reached the nearest greenhouse, it was almost time for lunch. The canteen is located at the end of the first greenhouse, which houses vegetables such as spinach and cherry tomatoes. We also passed a small vegetable market where two children were serving as cashiers. We bough a half kilo of tomatoes (RMB 5) and ate them during lunch. There were ripe and delicious. When we reached the canteen, we saw more children working on various tasks, such as making dumplings, washing vegetables, and transferring food to plates. At one of the stands, a young girl was working with an elderly man whom she called “Grandpa Chen” to fry different types of dumplings. Grandpa Chen called the big flat dumplings chiburekki, a Russian dish whose name I had to ask twice. The 66-year-old retired chef had worked more than ten years in Moscow and spoke fluent Russian. “Why did you come to Sun Village?” we asked. He said he felt happy around the children. Half-full after having fresh tomatoes and chiburekki, we decided on the bun set meal (RMB 10 per person) with cold noodles. The buns tasted great, but their sizes varied a lot. Our best guess was that the different children had their own, idiosyncratic ways of making them. After lunch, we went to another greenhouse to pick strawberries (RMB 30 per box). It wasn’t crowded since there were more than ten greenhouses dedicated to strawberries alone. We also discovered Sun Village’s “creative market” on the other side of the vegetable market, which sells excess donated items at very low prices to visitors. The items included toothpaste, stationery, bags, clothes, and shoes, most of which were brand-new. Oddly, there were many large-size shoes (RMB 30) for adults. Judging from the price tags in euros on the label, they were donated from overseas and far too large for the Chinese staff. After we arrived home, I found Zhang Meng’s story on Sun Village’s website. Several years after her mother abandoned the family, her father went to prison. Zhang Meng never went to school because her father had homeschooled her before he was incarcerated. Like the rest of the children, Zhang Meng visits her father at least once a year and phones him every month with Sun Village’s help. However, this intelligent girl caught up in a short period of time and started junior high while living at Sun Village. She’s hardworking and positive, and has since taken up many responsibilities such as organizing the children to rehearse for various performances. May 2014

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Amos Favard (age 3) and his dad Nicolas at La Maison Montessori de Pékin

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Materials: • Two pieces of plain white paper (pre-cut into two heart shapes of the same size) • One piece of red construction paper (pre-cut into a slightly larger heart shape) • Non-toxic paint (any color) • White yarn • Blunt darning needle • Scissors • Glue stick • Paintbrush

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4. Now that it’s dry, glue the white paper heart with the handprint on one side of the red paper heart. 5. On the other side, glue the second white paper heart. Help the child write “Happy Mother’s Day” in the language of your choice. If they’re able, have them sign underneath their handprint; otherwise, help them write their name. May 2014

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Learning Schooled

“We hope that we’ll be a forerunner for other international schools”

Newsworthy This is the British School of Beijing Shunyi reporting for BBC News by Aisling O’Brien

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further reduced by Spring Festival vacation. To compensate, the kids have been meeting at lunch, after school, and even on weekends to develop the necessary journalistic skills for the project. BSB Shunyi Principal Andy Puttock praises Cundall for persevering until the BBC’s legal department gave her the green light, and explains that the school was ultimately successful in its application because of its accreditation. “We’re so excited because we’re the only school the BBC has ever allowed to do this,” he says. “We are a governmentaccredited BSO inspected by the UK government – as opposed to just calling ourselves a British school – and that is what made the difference in the end.” A meeting room next to the ICT lab serves as a makeshift news studio and “war room.” With everyone crowded around the boardroom table, the first order of business is divvying up tasks for the day. While researching and writing skills are a core part of the experience, students must also grapple with the technical aspects of assembling, ordering, and broadcasting the news. Cundall checks in with each student team to ascertain the amount of work remaining on each story, and listens to their allocation of responsibilities and plan for completing their newsreels. On top of their commitments to the BBC, students must also maintain a news blog for the school website by posting hourly updates for their schoolmates, so photography and blogging responsibilities are also assigned. With targets and timelines agreed upon, a running order of tasks is posted on the whiteboard. The meeting draws to a close and pupils scurry off to edit their stories, prepare voiceovers, and in some cases even do some last-minute filming. In February, the school ran a trial News Day to help the students prepare for the main event. Puttock allowed the kids out of class to do a dummy run. Their main takeaway was that it wasn’t possible to

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very year, BBC News gives students a chance to be newsmakers for a day in front of a global audience. Through their School Report program, the BBC provides student journalists and their teachers with plans, materials and support to help them set up their own newsrooms. It’s an opportunity for students to hone their writing, researching, presenting, and editing skills as well as craft their own news stories, all while working for one of the most respected news organizations in the world. Each spring, thousands of students across the UK participate in News Day. Previously only a nationwide event, this year participants from the British School of Beijing’s Shunyi campus (BSB Shunyi) are making history by being the first-ever students from a British School Overseas (BSO) to take part. It’s March 27, 2014. BSB Shunyi reporters arrive at 8.30am for a day without classes; instead, they’ll be putting together a BBC newsreel for a 2pm deadline. beijingkids is on hand to follow the reporters and their teachers Laure Cundall and Sean Hickman as they progress through the highs and lows of their inaugural news day. Cundall first started pursuing the BBC School Report project because she had seen it in operation in the UK and knew it would be beneficial for the school, the students, and the teachers. Hickman dropped by Cundall’s After School Activity (ASA) class one day, became intrigued, and never left. The BBC team at BSB Shunyi is made up of 14 Year 7 to 9 students between the ages of 11 and 14. Because of the school’s status as the first international school to participate in the program, extra red tape meant that BSB Shunyi didn’t receive the go-ahead along with everyone else in September 2013. Instead, after much back and forth, the school was accepted into the program in late January of this year. This left students with only a two-month window in which to get ready, a period


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film and edit on the same day, so today the teams will be working with pre-filmed footage. “Things are running a lot smoother than they did previously,” says Cundall with a smile. “A lot of their skills are coming directly from the curriculum,” says Hickman. “We make and edit videos in the ICT program, so its second nature to most of them by now.” Cundall explains that the project is almost completely run end-to-end by the students: “We’ve tried to teach them how to do various things and then stand back and let them get on with it. A lot of the work they do in school is self-based learning. Ideally, in about three years’ time if the project keeps going, it’ll be run purely by students with minimal adult supervision. It makes it so much more interesting if students can mentor students and do it all themselves.” Over the course of the day, it becomes clear that the School Report team runs on equal parts communication and Oreos. There are bloopers, technical errors, tense moments over lost files, goofing around in front of the green screen, and lots of snacking. Throughout, the students make steady self-directed and collaborative progress through their list of tasks. Before lunch, the main focus for most groups is editing to reduce length, and adding music, sound, and subtitles. Pizza arrives at noon, and it’s a testament to the kids’ commitment (and all those Oreos) that it sits cooling and untouched until Cundall practically drags them out of the editing suite to eat. After a hurried slice, the race is on to finish filming presenter cues – short sound bites that introduce each clip. On one wall of the boardroom, there’s a mosaic of bright green, matte craft paper – a homemade green screen used to make student reporters appear as though they are standing in front of photos or video. Normally, background images are added in postproduction. Hickman and Cundall found an iPad app which enables them to

combine images on the fly in a single take, cutting down on the editing work substantially. They have mounted an iPad running Green Screen by Do Ink on a tripod, and the students take turns being the camera person. Another student holds a separate iPad running Teleprompter Pro Lite, which displays the students’ scripts in large white-on-black text. A microphone designed to work with the iPad and covered with the BBC logo completes their super light kit. As each sub-section is finished, the students begin handing off their completed stories and presenter cues to the editor-in-chief – 13year-old Sophia Konovalova –responsible for splicing together the final video. Exhibiting grace under pressure, they finish in the nick of time. At 2pm, the students drop any unfinished tasks and troop back to the boardroom to watch their footage. Sophia begins uploading their report to the BBC’s servers as Cundall leads the students through a review of the day. They are tired but happy and fired up to continue; BSB Shunyi will be part of the BBC School Report project for the remainder of 2014, and students will continue to create stories during ASA. These will be uploaded to the BBC website throughout the year. The kids play a special role because of the eight-hour time difference between Beijing and London. “When the students wake up in Britain and start their reports, ours is already done,” says Hickman. “The first report they’ll look at is our end-of-day report.” Puttock is highly impressed with the students and optimistic for the future of School Report at BSB Shunyi. “They’re confident, serious, professional, and focused,” he says. “They really love doing it and they’re perfectionists. It’s fantastic that they’ve developed their own stories. For many of them, English isn’t even their first language, and yet they don’t bat an eyelid. We hope the BBC will work with us again next year, and we hope that we’ll be a forerunner for other international schools.” May 2014

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Back row: (left to right) Sean Hickman, Alec Veit, Cathleen Loh, Emma Le, Helen Kim, Sophia Konovalova, Giovana Nicoli, Sunny Hwang, Laure Cundall. Front row (left to right) Edward Kok, Alex Kroepfl, Arpit Pandey, Ishita Gupta, Leoni Reusing, Aditi Singh, and Serena Liu

Emma Le, age 14, Vietnam and Cathleen Loh, age 14, Malaysia Cathleen: Our story is a comparison of the Chinese and British school systems. We went to Beijing New Talent Academy and interviewed the principal, one of the teachers, and a few students. We were comparing aspects of each system – for example why their math is better than ours. We found that they study more complicated math than us early on. Their curriculum is a cross between international systems and the Chinese system, and they are taught in Chinese. Emma: Having looked at both schools, I still prefer the British system because we get a lot of support and help whereas the Chinese students mostly learn independently.

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Cathleen: I really enjoyed talking to students who were the same age as me from a Chinese school. I found it especially interesting because I had never done that before.


Schooled Learning Alex Kroepfl, age 11, Austria/China My report is on Portable Magic, a book festival that took place in March. I interviewed two authors and our Head of English here at the school. This piece has been roughly eight hours of work. I started preparing around two weeks ago; that’s when I did the interviews. I researched the authors on the Internet to learn their backgrounds and then I wrote questions for them. I wasn’t nervous interviewing them; I was actually more excited about the process. Speaking to famous people is a privilege. They were very friendly and understanding, and they were intrigued by the questions. I learned that it’s really important to rehearse and to be prepared and to solve problems quickly. My favorite part of today was filming in front of the green screen. When I stood in the wrong position it looked like the person behind me was eating my head! Alex films his presenter cues

Sophia Konovalova, age 13, Russia I’m the main editor and I want to be a journalist when I grow up. The most challenging part of the whole thing has been getting people to give me their files on time. I remind people to pass them over by asking them, “Have you done it yet?” I’d recommend other students to try BBC School Report. It’s like a model newsroom, a chance to feel as though you’re out in the real world. Plus it’s been fun to hang out with everyone and get to know people, and to have no classes all day. Sophia cuts it up

Resources BSB Shunyi News Day Blog www.nordangliaeducation.com/ our-schools/beijing/shunyi/ article/2014/3/27/news-day--thefinal-report BBC News School Report www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport Green Screen by Do Ink itunes.apple.com/us/app/ green-screen-by-do-ink/ id730091131?mt=8 Teleprompter Pro Lite itunes.apple.com/us/app/ teleprompter-pro-lite/ id578104295?mt=8 Serena edits her script on the teleprompter

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“Every time I go to 798 I see pink pigs and pink Mao Zedong everywhere – what is that?”

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Clockwise from back left: Ben Ju, 16, South Korea, has lived in Beijing for two years Andrew Wei, 17, China, has lived in Beijing his whole life Yoyo Wang, 17, China, has lived in Beijing her whole life Sian Robarts, 15, UK, has lived in Beijing her whole life


The Roundtable Learning What is art? Yoyo: How we communicate and express ideas to one another visually. Art can be personal or address bigger subjects. When the subject is more personal, there’s often more honesty and clarity on the purpose of the project. Sian: A major aspect of art is the individual’s interpretation of it. For some, a piece may be amazing; others may hate it. There can be political or social meanings rather than just emotional ones. Society needs art; it’s the basic building block of culture.

Do you think you can feel when art is “honest”? Ben: I can tell when it’s made to impress the audience, and not for the artist themselves. Some work looks direct, free, and original, and some constrained. If the piece is tight, planned, and controlled or imitates the work of others – like a reproduction – I can’t get anything from it. Andrew: Every time I go to 798, I see pink pigs and pink Mao Zedong everywhere – what is that? That’s not Chinese art; it’s a lack of individuality, artists obviously recreating the same old images.

What makes good art?

Yoyo: Art exists to communicate an idea, not just to be aesthetically pleasing. Society is more secular than the artist. The artist stands on a higher level. It’s important for artists to communicate with each other. Artists [can] minimize the gap in communication between the audience and the work by observing the lives of ordinary people, and using ideas and imagery that are familiar and [relatable].

Do you think art should tell a story? Sian: The artist doesn’t have to start off with an idea or a story. But inevitably they are going to leave a part of themselves in each piece. There is a footprint you can’t get rid of. They may not want it or notice it, but it will still be there: a time in their life, an event they were going through. Andrew: When I create a piece, I personally think about the topic, theme, and ideas, but art doesn’t have to have a narrative. Many pieces are untitled.

Can any image take on meaning if you look at it for long enough?

Ben: A baby’s drawing is the purest: careless and carefree. They express what they are feeling. What is the difference between robots and humans? I think the crux of it is art – creating and evoking emotion, thought, and self-awareness. Yoyo: Yes, innocence within the picture. But it’s also about how it resonates with the audience. If you express something and people don’t receive it, then you’ve lost the point of the whole project.

Andrew: Anything in life, if taken and placed in a gallery can be artistic. Installation artist Laure Prouvost, the Turner Prize winner, showed a table with tea things. I don’t get it, but if I visited the gallery I would understand it more. Sometimes in art, you have to break the structure or the rules to succeed. Yoyo: [Marcel] Duchamp’s toilet was the first piece to provoke that kind of reaction. People were shocked and horrified. If you don’t get emotionally attached, there is no time for meaning to develop.

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Yoyo: The Chinese system focuses on realism taught step-by-step. My mother was against putting me into academic drawing classes before high school because she thought that system was counteractive to imagination. When you’re older and your mind is formed, training can release creativity. Andrew: I used to attend Tsinghua Middle School until my parents, who are both artists, switched me to an international school. Artists are trained in all traditional techniques in Chinese schools. Harrow’s art program is different – you can just jump to oil if that’s what you want. Chinese students are trained to copy their teacher; it can suck up and destroy imagination if they stay within the limits. When my father [Tsinghua professor Wei Xiaoming] first visited Harrow, he found the art rooms fascinating. He said the ideas – though not necessarily the quality – were better than those of some Master’s students. Sian: I don’t think creativity can be taught, but you can help with the inspiration that leads to creativity. Ben: Training is the brush, creativity is the paint. You cannot take them apart.

Should art be realistic or beautiful? Ben: A stone in isolation is ugly. But what if you saw it on the mountain? People viewing art don’t think about context. They see the stone; they don’t see what it can achieve when it’s in its right place. Modern art needs a different kind of reading. If an artist changes their mind because of the audience’s criticism … it is catastrophic for art. Andrew: Modern art is conceptual; mostly it’s not about technique. People talk about ideas, not methods. It’s a significant break from the past. Sian: Society makes fun of modern art: “Splash paint on a desk and you can call it modern art.” Mocking is a reaction to not understanding. But it’s the artist’s job to convey their idea; it’s not the audience’s fault for not understanding.

Yoyo: They’re equally important. In our discussion so far, we have tended to favor ideas, but actually if you can’t achieve visually then you’ve failed. Sian: I think the execution is slightly more important. Anybody can have ideas; an artist controls the way they put it out there. There’s interplay between technique and idea; each technique gives a different meaning. For example, a delicate, fragile technique versus wide brush strokes.

Which is more important when deciding on meaning, the artist’s intention or the viewer’s response? Andrew: One of my father’s works is second on a list of the top ten ugliest sculptures in China. He was irritated at first, but he moved past it and now he ignores people’s comments. I think that’s what an artist should do in the face of criticism: continue being true to yourself. Ben: Ignore both the artist and the audience. It’s good if their interpretations meet, but it’s not necessary.

When you go to an exhibition, do you read the exhibition notes? Ben: I like to see the exhibition before I read anything. Once I’ve read the notes, I have expectations and my interpretation is limited. Who determines if an artist is good or not? It’s all subjective. Sian: I’m like Ben; I look at the art and play a guessing game. I don’t want to forget what I’m thinking, but I like to know what the artist intended. Sometimes the beauty of art is the contrast of interpretations. Yolo: I ignore the bio completely. I don’t care where the artist was born. I look at the central thesis first. Usually I won’t understand it, so I’ll go see the work and come back to read it again. Ideally [my interpretation and the artist’s intention] meet. By myself, I might be slightly off-track.

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Learning Blank Canvas

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Vivian Yang, 17, Hong Kong ‘Man Meets Nature’ We are often overloaded by technology and man-made products. Even though our age is technologically advanced, we should never lose sight of nature. With that message in mind, I synthesized man and nature.

Jennifer Zheng, 18, China ‘Good Fortune Is Here!’ Inspired by Liu Bolin’s camouflage pieces, the red poster is significant in traditional Chinese culture. The character “福” hung backwards creates a pun which means “good fortune is here.” This piece investigates the idea of the individual conforming to social standards.

Margaret Wang, 18, Singapore ‘Ms Bitty’ A self-portrait that only includes the self peripherally, composed of 1,344 photos of other people. The work reflects the self in society, thereby diminishing the value of the self.

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Jessica Hwang, 18, South Korea ‘The Moment’ My encounter with Heaven’s Lake was one of the memorable moments of my life in China. The lake is sacred in Korean history, as it is the site of Korea’s legendary first kingdom, Gojoseon.

Cherie Li, 16, China ‘Grandfather Portrait’ My grandfather spent his entire life in China and watched it transform over the decades. He epitomizes the past and all that was lost with time. Simultaneously, he represents optimistic perseverance; he continued to adapt to the changing environment without neglecting the old traditions of China. I want to convey his incredible life experience and illustrate the importance of preserving history and culture. May 2014

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Yoyo Yang, 17, Germany

Freda Zhao, 17, Canada

‘Sunrise in the Mountains’ This piece captures the 4am sunrise during a camping trip. It wasn’t warm or golden like the sunrise at sea level, but cold and dim. There was only contrast enough in the color of the night sky to make out the contour of the mountains.

“Fourth Level and Eighth Circle” This diptych inspired by Hieronymus Bosch and Francis Bacon represents a dichotomy in the human state. Sloth makes the self retreat and avoid reality, adopting a mask to remain faceless; greed fills the human heart with insatiable desire while supporting the self by creating a purpose to exist.

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Jeeah Eom, 19, South Korea

Kristy Cheung, 18, Canada ‘Through the Looking Glass’ An ominous presence creates a surreal and manipulated perspective. Altering the photograph into fragments, the viewer’s eye is forced to bounce back and forth as if they were being led into an alternate world.

‘Mother’ The drawing of the hands grabbing a trash bag represents my mother’s daily repetitive routines. Trash bags often have negative connotations, just as chores are seen as insignificant. I wanted to appreciate these ordinary tasks and the work behind them. The overlapping faces suggest the connection between mother and daughter.

Kevin Wu, 17, US ‘Reminiscence’ This piece explores the relationship between individuals and the universe. May 2014

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Parenting Beijing Baba

Stacking the Deck How to convince a budding hoarder to part with old creations by Christopher Lay

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All was well until Reina inquired about some missing doodads. I couldn’t lie to her, so I ended up repurchasing some of the very things I tossed out. Recently, in a fit of frustration, I negotiated a two-pronged plan of attack. First, I declared her room officially full; nothing new could go in unless something old came out. We also agreed on boxing up bits and pieces of arts and crafts projects for later consideration. Because Reina was reluctant to toss out even her rough drafts, I figured we could store them in her closet until she came to her senses or we decide to move. We went through heaps of stuff – including her toys – and decided what to keep, what to give away to Roundabout, and what to put into deep storage. Most of the artworks ended up in one of the boxes, but she decided to donate several stuffed animals and Barbie dolls. Not being a fan of Barbie, I enthusiastically supported her eviction. The result? Her room is still a challenge, but things are improving. After Reina’s seventh birthday recently, I marched in with a large bag and said we had to make way for the new. Things she refused to part with before ended up in the bag and an entire drawer lay empty under her bed. I still cannot get her to put everything away, but at least everything now has a place.

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

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atching a child engaging in the creative process can leave a parent with feelings of awe and wonder. You can almost see the links forming between synapses as she makes connections with textures, color, form, and light. Unfortunately, the result is often less inspiring than the process itself and can leave parents wondering about the original intent. Regardless, we praised Reina’s efforts and happily displayed her work on the refrigerator. However, this created the problem of what to do with drawings once they were displaced by newer work. For my daughter, the answer was simple: keep it all. In the case of paintings or drawings, this was easy enough as they stacked nicely. Not so with craft projects. Despite promises of tidiness, she crammed her drawers full of paper tangles that couldn’t be teased apart without damaging the “artworks” inside. The mess expanded beyond her desk. Reina’s room overflowed with odd boxes, old masks, science experiments, cardboard models, costumes, and enough bits and pieces of jewelry to fill a store. It didn’t matter if something was broken; perhaps it would be recycled for another project. More often than not, it just sat amid dust bunnies in the bottom of a drawer. When faced with getting rid of something, Reina declared that it held fond memories of her earlier childhood, or looked pretty, or she could not bear to part with it. This all added to the challenge of keeping her room tidy, especially if her little brothers got into her stuff. Once, I tried to deal with her room by combing through the flotsam and jetsam on my own. I collected bagfuls of items neglected for months and stored them out of sight. After six months, I gleefully disposed of everything.


Alternate Routes Parenting

The Art of Parenting How one homeschooling mom overcame her fear of painting and drawing by Jennifer Ambrose

“I didn’t want my kids to be short-changed, especially if – unlike me – they had any aptitude for art”

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hen other parents learn that we homeschool, they often express doubt in their own ability to do the same. They say that certain subjects – usually math or science – would be their undoing. I once would’ve shrugged at that; I was a math major in college and worked as an engineer after that. Recently, I have changed my response; I point out that the math and science are still pretty basic at my kids’ ages. There is one subject, though, that I am insecure about: art. Yes, art. I grew up in a small town where we sometimes lacked the educational opportunities of our peers in suburbs or big cities. Due to cutbacks in the 1980s, my elementary school lost its art, music, and gym programs. By the time I once again had a dedicated art teacher in middle school, I froze in front of every project. Most kids found art class liberating; I found it terrifying. Unlike my other classes, where I happily took a place in the front row, I longed to be invisible in the art room. High school brought relief; I was no longer required to take visual arts. Twenty years later, my anxiety resurfaced while sorting out my children’s art lessons. First, I made sure that they had access to quality materials. As preschoolers, both Myles and Brigid had plenty of pencils, brushes, paints, good paper, and clay. I set these out for them to use, but couldn’t help them to produce anything beyond the most basic scribbles. By the time they reached school age, I needed another solution. I didn’t want my kids to be short-changed, especially if – unlike me – they had any aptitude for art. I considered evening and weekend programs at several art cent-

ers in Changping. While popular, they were difficult to work into our schedule. Homeschooling friends living in the city co-oped with us instead, booking art classes in studios and even in their apartments. Most recently, we worked with Atelier; these options are quite far from home, but have been worth the trip. Myles now has four years of art instruction under his belt and it has been incredible to see him progress with the right guidance. When he’s not combining art with his first love of paleontology by endlessly sketching dinosaurs, he aspires to write comic books. Brigid patiently watched her brother take art classes while she waited for her turn to enroll. Last fall, she asked me on the eve of her first class: “Do you really think I can do it?” Had she inherited my art phobia, I wondered? However, her fears were assuaged when I reminded her that she already knew how to draw and paint. By the end of her first class, Brigid was happy, chatty, and eager to show me her work; there was no sign of the uncertainty from the night before. I’ve delighted in her growing confidence as I’ve watched her sessionto-session. At age 5, she has already surpassed me in artistic ability.

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 jenambrose.blogspot.com.

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raditionally, art has been treated like a second-class subject in schools both in China and the West. And yet, many early childhood experts agree that art has powerful benefits for children, including the development of fine motor skills, language, decision making skills, creativity, inventiveness, visual learning, and cultural awareness. A report by Americans for the Arts showed that students who regularly engaged in art were four times more likely to achieve recognition for their academic performance, participate in a math and science fair, or win an award for writing an essay or poem. With that in mind, we spotlight ways to get involved in Beijing’s arts and crafts scene this month. Our editors hang out with community groups the Beijing Guild and Starfish Project, and scour Wangjing and Dongsi for places to pick up art supplies. In addition, Marianne Daquet from Atelier spotlights three contemporary artists to introduce to kids and teens with related art activities to try.

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Fostering passion and creativity through contemporary art by Marianne Daquet, translation by Sijia Chen

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Feature Alexander Calder Beyond the Canvas Suitable for: Teens and kids (with parental supervision) • T . o make your own circus, pick up the following materials, which can be found at any hardware store: a spool of wire fine enough for cutting, a pair of cutting pliers, nylon string, scissors, and gardening gloves if you have sensitive hands. • Gather a collection of bits and bobs to make your characters: chopsticks, corks, colored scrap paper, pieces of fabric, springs, or even damaged toys. Have fun improvising little acrobats and animals, suspend them to nylon strings, animate them with wire, and more. . or the circus backdrop, find a cardboard box, paint • F it with bright colors, and make a sign with letters cut out of cardboard or shaped with wire. • L. ight your circus with a bulb or a lamp, and you’re done! Take photos of your creation or make a short stop motion animated film by playing with the shadows, color, framing, and soundtrack. Like Calder, you’re the ringmaster.

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was an American sculptor and painter best-known as the inventor of the mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture composed of shapes that move in response to air movements. An artist-engineer and a consummate tinkerer, he devised clever mechanisms to bring his creations to life. Calder’s fascination for the circus started when he was around 25 after the publication of circus-themed illustrations in a New York newspaper. It was in 1927 in Paris that he created his famous circus miniature featuring characters made of finely-wrought metal, ingeniously articulated to walk across a tightrope, dance, lift weights, or perform acrobatics in the ring. The Parisian avant-garde gathered in Calder’s workshop to watch the circus in action. It was described as “a laboratory in which he would develop some of the most original characteristics of his future work.” The artist would continue to work on Cirque Calder for the rest of his life, constantly adding new elements. His characters were created from a motley assortment of the most basic materials. Their heads, arms, and paws were made of wire while the bodies were made of bottle caps, wine corks, spools, tin cans, clothespins, and all kinds of fabrics. Cirque Calder is a central piece in Calder’s body of work. It fits into a continuity with his drawings based on observations of animal movements and, with its setting in motion of 3D objects, foreshadows his animated mobiles. Circus Calder is currently part of the Whitney Museum’s collection in New York. On YouTube, you can find a film of Calder activating the miniature while his wife operates the gramophone on the sidelines: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=iG6cP2VA0Bg.

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Banksy Banksy’s real identity is unknown. He is a British artist probably born in 1974 who is a product of the Street Art movement. He started doing graffiti towards the end of the 1980s in Bristol, an English town renown at the time for its active underground music and arts scene. Banksy is famous for his often provocative “interventions” in public places across the world. He uses stencils, graffiti, mural paintings, wallpaper, sculpture, and installations in public spaces. He also a director. Banksy’s work draws heavily on irony and social engagement, denouncing consumerism, intolerance, and war by attacking symbolic locations, political conflict and decisions, and the superficiality of celebrity culture. Among his best-known works are the enormous, poetic stencils on the “security wall” that separates Israel and Palestine, his doctoring of 500 Paris Hilton CDs, his graffiti images within several animal enclosures in an English zoo, and his sculpture of a London phone booth slumped over the sidewalk. Banksy is currently in Syria working alongside NGOs to stop art collectors from speculating on his works, which were torn from walls to be sold on the art market. In 2013, he had someone else set up a pop-up stand in New York’s Central Park. The man sold eight signed canvases for USD 60 each, which were later valued at USD 160,000 apiece by auction houses. The sky’s the limit for Banksy. In 2005, he managed to slip into some of the most famous art museums in the world and replace some of the paintings with his own creations. Most of them were altered reproductions of famous artworks by artists such as Monet, Millet, and Van Gogh. He transformed them into advertising billboards, tagged them with spray paint, or added characters and objects. Some curators took days to realize that something was off. Some removed them on the spot while others opted to leave them on the walls for a few days longer.

Beyond the Canvas Suitable for: Teens and older kids • Arm yourself with magazines, scissors, glue, a computer, and a printer. • Pick a piece of art that you’ve seen before, that you like, that you’re familiar with, or that inspires you. • Print it out and introduce objects, words, or images that alter its meaning. Like Banksy, you can imbue them with criticism and irony, or add poetry and personal memories. Let your inspiration guide you.

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Feature Beyond the Canvas Suitable for all ages • Like Delacroix, pack a travel journal when you go on vacation. It should be small enough to fit in your bag and take everywhere. • Try making your own by buying sheets of paper in different colors and materials, and sewing or stapling them together. • Take pencils, markers, pens (it’s up to you) and an eraser if desired. You can also pack a a watercolor or acrylic set and two to three paintbrushes of different sizes, as well as scissors and glue. • This travel journal should act as a witness to your trip. Collect admission stubs, plane tickets, newspapers, candy wrappers – anything you encounter that interests you. • Sit down at a street corner and sketch out a scene or take a photo. When you get back to the hotel, finish your work like Delacroix: glue the photo in your scrapbook and caption it, complete your drawing, and write down an account of your day. • Don’t hesitate to draw on your collages, making links between drawings and writing, and laying out the pages of your notebook in different ways. • When you get home, you might think about reviewing your impressions and elaborating on the stories and starting nee works of art. Why not begin a collection of travel journals?

Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix

Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) was a French painter and an important figure in the Romantic movement, which arrived in France at the beginning of the 19th century. It’s November 21, 1831. Members of French high society are rushing to the opera to catch a premiere. Among the crowd is a 28-year-old aristocrat, Count Charles de Mornay. He’s there with his mistress, a famous theater actress who goes by the name Mademoiselle Mars. The young count is preoccupied by an official mission conferred on him by the king of France that will take him to Morocco the following month. He’s looking for a painter and illustrator to accompany him on the trip, someone to act as the official “photographer.” While chatting with his friends during a break, his mistress says: “I know someone who would be perfect! He’s a young painter with talent, spirit, a worldly quality and an excellent character.” She presents Delacroix, who also happens to be at the premiere. On the spot, Mornay asks him: “Do you want to accompany me as painter on my mission to Morocco?” Delacroix, who is 33 and in search of fresh inspiration, accepts. The trip would have an immeasurable effect on the life and work of the painter. This simple conversation during an opera intermission started one of the most important periods in the history of European art. Mornay and Delacroix departed on January 1, 1832. They indulged in New Year’s Eve festivities and left Paris at 3 o’clock in the morning. They traveled to Morocco, Algeria, and Spain. During the trip, Delacroix was rapt with wonder. He displayed an insatiable curiosity, constantly taking notes and sketching. He even scribbled on horseback, notebook swinging from his saddle and filled with shaky handwriting. In the evenings, he filled in the empty spaces, finished his sentences, and put the finishing touches on drawings. Strangely enough, he didn’t believe in the usefulness of these notes. “I am certain that the information I have recorded will only be of mediocre use,” he wrote at the beginning of the expedition. He would fill seven journals during the trip with his drawings, watercolors, and notes. However, the six months that Delacroix spent traveling would leave an indelible mark on his spirit. Modern art historians estimate that the drawings, sketches, and watercolors brought back from his voyage in 1832 formed the basis of approximately 80 paintings created up until his death, including the famous Women of Algiers (1834) and Jewish Wedding in Morocco (1841). These canvases were only completed after his return to France. During his travels, Delacroix built a rich repertoire of images, landscapes, colors, and lights that he would draw on for the rest of his life. He wanted to forget nothing, recording everything and annotating drawings. Had he been alive today, he might have filmed everything or taken thousands of photos with his smart phone.

Marianne Daquet is the co-founder of Atelier, an art school in Sanlitun that offers classes for kids, teens, and adults. A graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, she has exhibited in France, Beijing, and New York, and her drawings have been published in numerous international magazines. Daquet has lived in Beijing since 2006 and started Atelier with photographer Anaïs Martane after she became mother to two girls.

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t can be challenging to find quality art supplies in Beijing, especially if you don’t speak much Mandarin. So, we set out on a mission to uncover the best art stores the city has to offer. Whether you’ve got a toddler who loves to doodle or a teenage

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Van Gogh on your hands, Beijing has the tools to foster your child’s artistic growth. We round up the good, the great, the mom-approved, and the environmentally friendly. Challenge accepted.

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Gehua Baihua, one of the oldest art supply stores in Beijing


Feature The Good: Beijing Gehua Baihua It’s appropriate that one of the oldest art suppliers in town, Beijing Gehua Baihua is located close to one of its oldest landmarks, the Forbidden City. Located directly across the street from the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Beijing Gehua Baihua is nestled within a row of art stores that are easily overlooked given their slightly rundown appearance. However, Gehua and its neighbors seem to stock everything. From obscure paint-it-yourself tree models to thick sketchbooks, Gehua Baihua has it all. Paintbrushes take up an entire wall of the store. Depending on quality, they range from RMB 85 per item to RMB 120 for a set of five. Entire aisles are dedicated to tubes, jars, and cans of paint. Acrylic, spray paint, powdered paint, oil paint, fabric paint, watercolors, glass paint, and ceramic paint are available individually or in sets. A 250ml jar of basic acrylic paint costs RMB 31. There are a variety of easels, modeling clay, sketchbooks, varnish, and non-toxic paint with brands such as Pebeo, Windsor, and Newton. While the stores here are geared more toward art students and serious artists, you can still find products for kids like pastels, markers, stencils, finger paint, and more. There are decorating sets with airplanes, treasure boxes, piggy banks, or wind chimes with paint and brushes included (RMB 60 each). For some inspiration, head across the street to NAMOC or take a 15minute stroll to Jingshan Park after you’re done picking up supplies. The Great: Beijing International Art Material Center Near the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Wangjing lies a threestory art supply haven called Beijing International Art Material Center. Once you enter the building, take the stairs to the second level, where you’ll find a slew of shops solely dedicated to art supplies. Whether your child is a serious painter in search of the perfect canvas (or even a beginner gardener), you’ll find supplies here at competitive prices. Watercolors, varnish, and sketchpads are some of the many items priced in the single digits, with brands like Marie, Sakura, and FaberCastell. Large canvas bags range from RMB 58 to 68 while canvases themselves range from RMB 34 to RMB 146 depending on the size. A set of eight Voltaire paintbrushes costs RMB 68. There’s an entire aisle dedicated to kid-friendly washable, dermatologically-tested, and non-toxic supplies. Zenith and Crayola make up the majority of the selection, with products like a six-piece face paint set (RMB 48 including pencils and a picture guide), sidewalk chalk (RMB 48), and a basic eight-piece Crayola marker set (RMB 32). Some coffee shops and a bookstore make up the first floor of the International Art Material Center. We only came across one English magazine at the bookstore, which mainly carries Chinese art books.

reusable coloring place mats (RMB (99 each) are BPA-free, lead- and latex-free, and come with four “kid-safe” dry erase markers. With themes like alphabet animals, cartoon city settings such as Paris and New York, and occupations, it’s perfect for young children just starting to develop their motor skills. For slightly older kids, we like the stamp markers with activity books (RMB 69-99) and the Decorate Your Own line by Melissa and Doug, which includes a foam tiara with glitter glue and stick-on jewels (RMB 69), or a wooden flower chest (RMB 69). Motherswork is a good place to start if you’re looking to give your baby a base for art appreciation and self-expression.

Resources Beijing Gehua Baihua 北京歌华百花 Daily 9am-6pm. 12 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District (6559 2147) www. baihuaart.cn 东城区五四大街12号 Beijing International Art Material Center 北京国际画材 中心 Daily 10am-6pm. Bldg 15 (across from Central Academy of Fine Arts), Huajiadi Beili, Wangjing, Chaoyang District (6475 7370/2959) www.im-art-art.cn 朝阳区花家地北里15号楼 (中央美术学院对面) Toys “R” Us 玩具反斗城 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Rm 52, B1/F, CapitaMall Taiyanggong, 12 Taiyanggong Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (8429 7072, star@toysrus.com.cn) 朝阳区朝阳区太阳宫中路12号凯德广场 B1层52号; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. Rm 10-5F, Chaoyang Joy City, Chaoyang Beilu 101, Chaoyang District (8552 2898) 朝阳区朝 阳北路101号朝阳大悦城5F-10 Motherswork Daily 10am-10pm. Store L-VDM-20, Block 2, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6905, info@motherswork.cn) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园路6 号院蓝色港湾国际商区2号楼L-VDM-20号店铺

Mom-Approved: Toys “R” Us Toys “R” Us is a great resource for younger kids, with aisle upon aisle of art supplies best suited for ages 5 and under. Parents can find Crayola’s travel-friendly Mess-Free line; each package contains a washable dry erase board with markers, an erase cloth, and carrying bag for RMB 134. We also like the 23-piece floor puzzle (RMB 94) and the glow-inthe-dark 3D mural art (RMB 99), an airbrush craft art tattoo kit (RMB 149), and a set of foam stamps with an anti-drip paint palette (RMB 158). You will also find a plethora of Play-Doh products and an entire section dedicated to Disney. Let’s just say you might have trouble convincing the kids to leave. The Environmentally-Friendly: Motherswork Though the majority of its products consist of maternity and baby gear, popular Singaporean retailer Motherswork offers a small but high-quality art selectionFeaturing recycled materials, their line of

Non-toxic Crayola paints at Beijing International Art Material Center in Wangjing

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Crafting groups offer more than just knitting advice by Sijia Chen photo: ken

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Beijing Guild It’s a hazy Tuesday afternoon and I’m stepping through the heavy glass doors of Maan Coffee in Gongti. The cafe is packed with Korean students working on their laptops, bored middle-aged women playing on their phones, and couples sharing waffles and shaved ice. I spot a table of women with balls of yarn, half-formed knitted rabbits, and sheafs of patterns sprawled out in front of them. This is the Beijing Guild, the city’s foremost gathering of knitters, crocheters, and crafters. “Hello darling,” calls out Vilma Busquets, a long-time member. I’d met Busquets through a friend a couple of years ago. Since then, she has participated in a mom makeover for beijingkids and we have featured her son Salomon for a restaurant photo shoot. However, this was my first time seeing her in her element. I sit down at one end of the table. Next to me, there’s a middle-aged woman knitting a brown bunny. Across from her, a younger woman is crocheting flower-shaped cozies to assemble into a hippopotamus plush toy. The older woman, Miriam Arbyn, peers over her glasses at the half-finished toy. “He has a nice, big butt,” she deadpans. I conduct a quick straw poll to get a feel for the group’s membership. Originally from Brussels, Arbyn has lived in Beijing for 17 years, works as a freelance tour guide for a Dutch travel company, and has been attending Beijing Guild meetings since last October. She doesn’t consider herself a knitter and makes jewelry in her spare time. The younger woman, Jutta Antonnen, started hanging out with the group last November when she and her husband moved to Beijing from Helsinki for his job. They are only here for a sixmonth contract and will be leaving next month.

Sitting next to Arbyn is Dawn Chang, one of the Beijing Guild’s long-time members. Originally from New York City, she has been with the group for four years. Today, Chang is wearing a coral, cable-knit sweater that she made herself and is knitting a pair of fuschia-colored socks for a competition. The conversation flows easily; before long, it feels just like hanging out with a group of girlfriends. We talk about tour groups, fabric markets, working at beijingkids, the difficulty of getting cabs, and my own bumbling attempts at knitting. I hear a lot of words I’ve encountered before but don’t understand: gauge, decrease, slip stitch, moss pattern, magic loop method, and so on. Soon, another member of the group arrives. I recognize her as Shoshanna Budzianowski, whom I’d met before at dinner with a mutual friend. She plops down across from me and pulls out a half-finished blue-and-green striped sweater from her bag. True to her roots as a Microsoft program manager, Budzianowski harnessed Excel for her latest project. “The sweater is based on a free pattern from [the knitting website] Ravelry,” she says. “But I recalculated the gauge size to suit my needs. I’ll show you.” Sure enough, she pulls out her Windows phone to proudly display an Excel sheet full of numbers and formulas I nod at and pretend to understand. The Beijing Guild provides more than just crafting advice. To the women in the group, it’s also a platform for language exchange and resource sharing, stress relief, and a safe space to share your problems and find support. “I actually knew about Beijing Guild before I moved here,” says Budzianowski. “I found out about it when I first came to Beijing [on a look-see trip] in December 2012. I moved here the following April and have been going ever since.”

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“For me, [attendance is] almost a religious thing because I love the people who come here,” adds Vilma Busquets. “I’ve never had a group of friends like this before, and I don’t know if I’d find the same thing in the States.” Busquets started attending the meetings three years ago on a friend’s recommendation. She has always been a crafter but left most of her supplies in the US when she moved to Beijing with her family. At the time, there were only five or six women in the Beijing Guild; today, there’s a loose “membership” of 15-20 spread over twice-weekly sessions. The women maintain an active WeChat group and periodically organize trips to the wool market. The Beijing Guild often hosts workshops on needle felting, sock knitting, beginner crochet, quilting, and other skills. Workshop leaders volunteer their time; the RMB 150 to 200 fee covers the cost of materials and the excess is donated to charity. Past projects include knitting 54 baby hats for an orphanage in Xi’an.

Starfish Project Those who appreciate arts and crafts but are hopeless at crafting should take heart; there are other ways to be involved and give back to the community. Starfish Project is an organization that aims to empower exploited women in Asia through employment, skill acquisition, and a variety of support services such as counseling. In 2007, Starfish Project started a jewelry business to give the women in their shelter an alternative source of income. The women learn how to make jewelry, run a business, and achieve financial independence in the process. Shannon Allen first encountered the Project at the Western Academy of Beijing’s Charity Bazaar, where it had a booth selling the women’s creations. “Upon leaving Starfish’s table that day with new jewelry in hand, my heart was stirred,” she says. She soon found out that one of the best ways for her to support the organization’s mission was to host a jewelry party. “I really had no idea what to expect at that first party,” she recalls. Armed with an information pack about how to host a party, Allen invited people from her neighborhood, the school community, and church. She set out coffee and snacks in her dining room and living room, advertising the event as a drop-in party. “Friends came and went all morning long, browsing the jewelry displays, trying on pieces, and enjoying the opportunity to catch up with neighbors and meet new people,” she says. “Everyone – and I cannot stress this enough – everyone was impressed with the quality of the Starfish jewelry.” She also spoke about the organization’s mission and screened a video about one of the women from Starfish. The staff member who volunteered that day also shared personal experiences of working with the organization. Allen stresses that you do not have to be good at crafting to help out. “Besides basic arts and crafts projects with my children when they were younger, I would not claim to be a crafter,” she says. “But my time volunteering for Starfish has changed me some in that regard. I’m pretty sure I don’t have a future in jewelry design, but I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to express myself

and can now appreciate excellence when I see it.” That being said, the organization welcomes any volunteers who are willing to share their knowledge with the women in “extracurricular” workshops. Allen herself has referred several friends to Starfish. Past workshop topics include collage, scrapbooking, sewing, photography, and baking. Emily Remillard, the human resources manager at Starfish Project, says that these workshops provide emotional healing as well as a tangible new skill. “One really wonderful thing is that over the past several months, two women have been taking classes in photography and graphic design – artistic domains for which they both show a talent,” she says. “They are very practical skills that they are currently putting to use within Starfish, assisting in product photography, and preparing things for our website. In addition, they are skills that they would be able to use in jobs beyond Starfish.” Though volunteers get a discount on Starfish jewelry and invitations to exclusive events, it’s the more intangible benefits that have stayed with Allen the most. “It’s opened my eyes to the crushing realities of exploitation and has educated me on effective ways to empower women and pursue freedom,” she reflects. “Years ago, as I sat in that workroom peeling and sticking those price tags, I listened to the ladies giggle, sing and talk. I found myself greatly admiring their courage to walk away from one life and put their trust in Starfish for another, their commitment to their new jewelry work, and to personal healing and growth.”

Resources The Beijing Guild Email contact@beijingguild.com to get in touch. Visit the group’s website at www.beijingguild.com for the latest meeting venues and times. Starfish Project To browse jewelry, learn more about Starfish, or find out how you can help, visit www.starfish-project.com.

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Directories Family Dining Bakeries, Delis & Desserts American Baking & Crafts Club for Kids 9am-5pm. Rm 2502, Unit 2, Bdg 2,Green Lake Apt,88 East 4th Ring North Road, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (13910584862, hwawuortiz@qq.com) 儿童俱 乐部, 朝阳区朝阳区东四环北路88号观湖国际小 区2号楼2单元2502 Black Swan Luxury Cakes This nationwide chain offers European style gourmet cakes delivered to your home or office. Order online at their website or by phone. (400 700 1399) www.blackswancake.com 黑天鹅蛋糕 Colibri Cafe Nestled in the trendy entertainment destination alongside creative labels and high end boutiques, this Café offers more than 20 flavors of cupcakes (RMB 23), all handcrafted with fine ingredients and topped with soft butter cream, designed by award-winning San Francisco-based studio Eight Inc, who embodies the vibrant spirit of the Hummingbird to Colibri. Sandwiches and coffee would complement the colorful spread of mid-day snack. Daily 9am-10pm. LG51, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0808) 蜂鸟, 朝阳区 三里屯路11号三里屯Village北区地下1层 Comptoirs de France 1) Daily 8.30am9pm. Stalls 1 & 2, 1/F, Silk Market (east side), 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (5169 9298); 2) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Daily 7am-8.30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 1, Chaoyang District. (5927 7597); 3) Daily 7am-8.30pm. (opening soon) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 2, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 5) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853); 6) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 2/F Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 7) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 8) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 9) Daily 7am-8.30pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 10) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5480) www.comptoirsdefrance. com 法派, 1) 朝阳区秀水东街8号秀水大厦东区 一层1,2号; 2) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家医 院店; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家医院2店; 4) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓商业5号楼 1层; 5) 朝阳区幸福村中路55-1号; 6) 朝阳区 来广营东路5号2楼东侧; 7) 东城区东直门外大 街35号东湖俱乐部1层; 8) 朝阳区日坛北路4号; 9) 顺义区裕翔路99号天竺镇欧陆广场L111室; 10) 朝阳区建国路89号华贸中心15号楼102 Honeymoon Desserts This Hong Kong chain has been serving addictive HK-style desserts since 1995. Choose from creative and classic combinations of mango, black sticky rice, papaya, coconut milk, black sesame, almond soup and even durian. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. B1-13B, B1/F, Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 4228); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. B120 in the basement of Huamao Shopping Center, 81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5436); 3) Daily 10am-9.30pm. 2/F, Beijing Department Store, 253 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8529 1634) http://www. honeymoon-dessert.com/en_us/ 满记甜品, 1) 东城区东直门南大街1号来福士购物中心B1层 B1-13B商铺; 2) 朝阳区华贸购物中心B120; 3) 东城区王府井大街253号北京百货大楼2层 Morphy Online cake delivery service offers a variety of flavors (tiramisu, cheesecake, chocolate truffle, linzer tart, pistachio mousse etc.), imported coffee beans and hand-crafted chocolates. Delivery is guaranteed within three hours. Order by phone or online. (4006 272 727) http://www.mofei001.com/ 莫菲

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Pop Deli Silk No.2, 11 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (138 1054 8702) 派可滋食品 店, 朝阳区东大桥路11号秀水2号 The Fat Bunny Bakery The Fat Bunny Bakery offers Western-style cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. Cake fiends can customize their own cakes by picking a size (S, M, L), sponge, and filling. Cupcake flavors include lemon meringue, red velvet, chocolate raspberry, chocolate ganache, and more. Cakes and cupcakes can be delivered for RMB 20 and more depending on distance. (ida@fatbunnybakery.com) fatbunnybakery.com Tous Les Jours 1) 1/F Viva Mall, Fulicheng, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F, New International Plaza, 3 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8458 0255); 3) Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F, China View, 2A Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6501 1275); 4) Daily 7am-mignight. 35 Chengfu Lu (opposite Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (6256 0783) 多乐之日, 2) 朝阳区麦子店西路3 号新恒基国际大厦1层; 3) 朝阳区工体东路甲2 号中国红街1层; 4) 海淀区成府路35号城铁五道 口站北出口

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

Cafes & Sandwiches The Bookworm English language books to borrow or buy. Book larvae can graze in the library’s Kiddies’ Corner, which houses childsize chairs and toys in addition to books. A family library membership (RMB 500) allows your family to borrow up to six books for two weeks at a time. A growing selection of for-sale books includes favorites like Wicked Chickens and The Gruffalo’s Child. In addition, The Bookworm’s Kids Club offers both young children and teens opportunities to share books with their peers. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507, books@beijingbookworm.com, kidsclub@ beijingbookworm.com) www.chinabookworm. com 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 Cafe Alba Daily 8am-2am. 70 Gulou Dongdajie (east of Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6407 3730) 东城区鼓楼东大街70号 Comptoirs de France Offers a variety of freshly baked rolls, baguettes, and loaves of bread alongside tempting pastries and chocolates. Voted “Outstanding Sandwiches” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 8.30am-9pm. Stalls 1 & 2, 1/F, Silk Market (east side), 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (5169 9298); 2) Daily 7am8.30pm. Daily 7am-8.30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 1, Chaoyang District. (5927 7597); 3) Daily 7am8.30pm. (opening soon) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 2, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 5) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853); 6) Daily 7am8.30pm. 2/F Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 7) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 8) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 4 Ritan

Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 9) Daily 7am-8.30pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 10) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5480) www.comptoirsdefrance.com 法 派, 1) 朝阳区秀水东街8号秀水大厦东区一层1,2 号; 2) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家医院店; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家医院2店; 4) 朝阳区 将台路乙2号海润国际公寓商业5号楼1层; 5) 朝 阳区幸福村中路55-1号; 6) 朝阳区来广营东路5 号2楼东侧; 7) 东城区东直门外大街35号东湖俱 乐部1层; 8) 朝阳区日坛北路4号; 9) 顺义区裕 翔路99号天竺镇欧陆广场L111室; 10) 朝阳区建 国路89号华贸中心15号楼102 Maan Coffee Korean-run cafe specializing in waffles, desserts and other snacks. 1) Gongti Beilu (west of the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Sanlitun, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 7am-1am. 1/F Chaoyang Joy City, 29 Qingnian Lu Bldg 20, Chaoyang District. (5877 7521); 3) Daily 8am12am. Guangqu Jiayuan, 7 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8751 3628); 4) Daily 8am-12am. 2A Qijia Huozi, Chaoyang District. (6236 0639); 5) Daily 8am-2am. 37 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6771 5670); 6) Daily 8am-2am. Jinyuan Shangwu Zhongxin Bldg B, 2 Landianchang, Haidian District. (8889 3029, 8889 1329); 7) Daily 9am-12am. Jiangfu Park North Gate, Jiangtai Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8431 1899); 8) Daily 10am-2am. 3 Wangjing Heyin Zhonglu Shangyejie, Chaoyang District. (8471 7027); 9) Daily 8am-12am. 10 Xitucheng Lu (inside Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunication), Haidian District. (6228 6398); 10) Daily 8am-2am. Qinghua Tongfang Keji Guangchang Bldg D, 15 Wangzhuang Lu, Haidian District. (8236 6016); 11) Daily 8am-10pm. 1/F, People’s University, 59 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8250 3236); 12) Daily 9am-midnight. 7 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8457 3470); 13) Rm 110, Bldg 103, Baiziwan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8795 0870) 漫咖啡, 1) 朝阳区三里屯工体北路工体北门西; 2) 朝阳区 青年路29号 院20号楼1层; 3) 东城区广渠门外大 街广渠家园7号 楼底商; 4) 朝阳区祁家豁子甲2 号; 5) 朝阳区百子湾路37号; 6) 海淀区蓝靛厂 2号 金源商务中心B座1b; 7) 朝阳区将台东路将 府公园北门; 8) 朝阳区望京河荫中路商业街3号; 9) 海淀区西土城路10号 邮电大学内; 10) 海淀 区王庄路15号 清华同方科技广场D座; 11) 海淀 区中关村大街59号 人民大学教学楼1层; 12) 朝 阳区将台西路7号; 13) 朝阳区百子湾西里103 号楼110室 O’Briens An Irish sandwich bar offering classic thick bread toasted sandwiches, salads, soups, gourmet coffee, smoothies and fresh juices all in a relaxed, airy setting. Additional features include Carlsberg and Guinness on tap, wireless Internet and delivery options. 1) Daily 8am9pm. Silk Market, 8 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5169 8870); 2) Daily 8am9pm. 1/F Clubhouse, Building 1, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1681); 3) Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-8.30pm. 6 Riverville Square, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8588) http://www.obriensonline.com/stores/beijing/ 奥拜恩三明治吧, 1) 朝阳区秀水街建国门外大街 8号; 2) 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马桥外交公寓1号 楼会所1层; 3) 顺义区天竺温榆广场06号商铺 Sculpting in Time Coffee, pasta dishes and desserts amid shelves of books and crafts. 1) 22 Meishuguan Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (8403 6986); 2) Daily 7.30am-midnight. Shop 3A, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu (near the Lido Hotel), Chaoyang District. (5135 8108); 3) Daily 9am-12pm. 50 Xiangshan Maimai Jie, Haidian District. (8259 8296); 4) Daily 8.30am-1am. 7 Weigongcun Lu (south gate of Beijing Institute of Technology), Haidian District. (6894 6825) 雕刻时光, 1) 东城区美术 馆东街22号; 2) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公 寓3A; 3) 海淀区香山买卖街50号; 4) 海淀区魏 公村路7号北京理工大学南门 Wagas Specializing in healthful offerings such as sandwiches, salads, wraps, and pastas, Wagas offers fresh, appetizing fare that’s sure to appeal to a wide audience. Daily 8am10.30pm. S833, Bldg 8, 3/F, Sanlitun Village

South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 5829) 沃歌斯, 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village 南区8号楼S8-33

European Capital M Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, 6-10.30pm (afternoon tea between 2.30-5pm). 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen), Chongwen District. (6702 2727) www.capitalm-beijing.com 崇文区前门步行街2号3层 Park Side Bar & Grill This family-friendly restaurant featuring a pleasant garden terrace is ideal for both dating or family dining. Burgers, steaks, wings, salads, sandwiches, steaks and other Western fare, complemented by a healthy wine list. Daily 10am-late. 9-6 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6444 6555, info@ parksidebeijing.com) www.parksidebeijing.com 园景, 朝阳区将台西路9-6号(珀丽酒店对面) Seasons Caters to Shunyi residents’ wide swath of tastes with a juice bar, dining room and a Chairman Mao-themed cigar lounge. Complimentary shuttle service available. MonThu 9.30am-9pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-9.30pm. W-01, Sky Place, 38 Fuqian Yijie, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8234) 时尚之味, 顺义区 天竺镇府前1街38号天韵广场W-01店 The English Tearoom Located behind Shunyi’s Beidong Flower Market, The English Tearoom is a quintessentially British, familyfriendly tearoom. The cafe prides itself on serving real tea in traditional English-style teapots, including black teas, green tea, rooibos, herbal and fruit teas (all imported from the UK). Visitors will also find gourmet coffee, fresh fruit juices, and smoothies. For food, there are traditional fresh-baked English scones and a selection of British cakes and biscuits. The light lunch menu includes sandwiches, salads, and specials like sausage rolls and Scotch eggs. There’s also an English afternoon tea and a generous English breakfast. The English Tearoom strives to use organic, local, and free-range produce whenever possible. The space is divided into the Main Tearoom and the Children’s Tearoom; the latter contains a large play area for tots to run around in. Parking is available outside the restaurant within the Chuangyi Yuan compound. Daily 10am-7pm. Inside Chuangyi Yuan, 1A Shunhuang Lu (near Scitech Outlets), Sunhe Township, Shunyi District. (8459 4407, 158 1099 8410 (English and Chinese)) www.englishtearoombeijing.com 英国茶房, 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路甲1号创意园内( 近赛特奥特莱斯)

Indian & Pakistani Ganges Indian Restaurant This is a good restaurant for the gastronomically adventurous. Spicy dishes can be cooked without the heat upon request (probably a good idea for the young ones). There’s a play area with two kids’ tables and chairs, plus books and crayons mixed in with other toys. For smaller diners, there are a few highchairs available. In a nutshell, this is delicious Indian food in a comfortable environment that won’t break your budget. Winner of “Best India/Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-11pm. 1) Stall 202, 2/F, Bldg 1, Shimao Department Store, 13 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0181); 2) 6/F, Wudaokou U-Center, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District.; 3) 2/F, Paddy O’Shea’s, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6417 0900); 4) 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 2999); 5) 5/B, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8353) www.gangesrestaurant.com 恒河印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区工体 北路13号世贸百货1号楼2层202; 2) 海淀区成府 路五道口U-Center6层; 3) 朝阳区东直门外大街 28号爱尔兰酒吧2层; 4) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸 天阶地下1层138A; 5) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国 际公寓底商5号 Indian Courtyard 11am-9.30pm. West of Baixinzhuang (near ISB), Shunyi District. (8046 2884) 顺义区西白辛庄北京顺义国际学校附近


Directories Indian Kitchen Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm. 2/F, 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie (opposite Korean embassy), Chaoyang District. (6462 7255) 印度小厨, 朝阳区三里屯北小街2号2楼 Mughal’s Friendly staff serve up Halal food like authentic Indian and Pakistani tandoori and curry dishes in this nicely decorated restaurant. Their tikka masalas are especially worth trying. Also offers weekdays set lunch (RMB 45) and summertime terrace seating. Voted “Outstanding Indian/Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am3pm, 6-11pm. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6082/134 , 6638 2160, mughalrestaurant@vip.163.com) www. mughalsrestaurant.net 莫卧尔印度餐厅, 朝阳区 三里屯路81号那里花园4层

Japanese Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Watch and listen to your food as it sizzles and cooks to your preference. Haru impresses with sleek decor and the quality of the food. Kids will be entertained by the chefs flaming hot plates, and the large portion servings mean this is a great place to spend a few extra kuai on a family night out. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 1) Unit N4-30, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6415 2112); 2) 902 Pinnacle Plaza, Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 5112) 尚 水长廊铁板烧餐厅, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路11号院 (Village北区)能号楼三层N4-30单元; 2) 顺义区 天竺镇开发区荣祥广场902 Hatsune Reservations recommended at this American-style Japanese joint with a hip, minimalist decor. Standouts include the multitextured butterfly roll, as well as the popular “Motorola,” drizzled with wasabi mayonnaise. Weekday lunch bento box set meals are a fine deal at RMB 75. Voted “Best Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1) B31, Kerry Center Shopping Mall, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6591 3939); 2) S8-30 (opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 3939); 3) 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3939) 隐泉日本料理, 1) 朝阳区光华路一号嘉里中心商场地下一 B31; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区8号楼 S8-30; 3) 朝阳区光华路甲8号和乔大厦C座2层 Obentos Healthy, fresh bento delivery service. 106/107, Bdg 9, Central Park, Chaoyang District. (6597 0085/0223) www.obentos.com/ 朝阳区新城国际,9号楼 106/107铺

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

Sichuan Haidilao Hot Pot As famous for its hospitality as it is for its authentic Sichuan cuisine: get your nails done and enjoy a fruit plate while you wait in the long queue. Don’t forget to ask for the noodle show – an energetic waiter will pull noodles right at your table. Voted “Best Hot Pot,” “Outstanding Service” and “Outstanding Chinese Restaurant of the Year” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) 2 Dahuisi Lu, Haidian District. (6213 3511); 2) 26-2 Pufang Lu, Fengtai District.; 3) 2/F, 11 Majiapu Lu, Fengtai District. (6757 7027); 4) Unit C, Bldg 4, Wanda Plaza, 18 Shijingshan Lu, Shijingshan District. (8868 9559); 5) 4/F Hulian Wanliu Shopping Center, 2 Bagou Lu, Haidian District. (8258 9332); 6) 4/F Jiamao Shopping Center, 5 Cuiwei Lu, Haidian District. (6821 8532); 7) 2/F Donghua Shang Dasha, 2 Yanjing Xili, Hongmiao, Chaoyang District. (6506 0403); 8) 29 Nanmofang Lu Pingle Yuan, Chaoyang District. (8779 8911); 9) 8/F Tianyingtai Dept Store, 88 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5762 0153); 10) 4/F Suning Electrical Appliance Store, Section 1, 4 Beiwa Lu, Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6871 6676); 11) 4/F Wangjing Guoji Shangye Zhongxin, 9 Wangjing Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (5920 3512); 12) 1-2/F Zhongjian Er Ju Dasha, 42 Guanganmen Nanjie, Xuanwu District. (5181 6880); 13) Daily 24hrs. Bldg 7, Xixi Friendship Store (just north of Xidan Shopping Mall), 109 Xidan Dajie, Xicheng District. (6617 4043); 14) 10.30am-11pm. 31 Huayuan Donglu (north of Peony Hotel), Haidian District. (6203 3112); 15) Daily 24hrs. 2A Baijiazhuang Lu (next to No. 80 Middle School), Chaoyang District. (6595 2982); 16) Daily 10.30am-3am. 3/F, Beiyue Dasha, 2A Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (8463 9300) www.haidilaohuoguo. com 海底捞火锅, 1) 海淀区海淀区大慧寺路2 号; 2) 丰台区丰台区蒲芳路26-2号; 3) 丰台区 丰台区马家堡西路11号2楼; 4) 石景山区石景山 区石景山路乙18号万达广场c栋4楼; 5) 海淀区 海淀区巴沟路2号华联万柳购物中心4楼; 6) 海 淀区海淀区翠微路5号嘉购物中心4楼; 7) 朝阳 区朝阳区红庙延静西里2号东华商大厦2楼; 8) 朝阳区朝阳区南磨房路平乐园29号; 9) 东城区 东城区王府井大街88号乐天银泰百货8楼; 10) 海淀区海淀区紫竹院路北洼路4号1区195号楼苏 宁电器4楼; 11) 朝阳区朝阳区望京街9号望京国 际商业中心4楼; 12) 宣武区宣武区广安门南街 42号中建二局大厦1-2楼; 13) 西城区西单北大 街109号西西友谊商场7楼西单商场北边; 14) 海 淀区花园东路31号牡丹宾馆北; 15) 朝阳区白家 庄路甲2号 (八十中学西侧); 16) 朝阳区惠新东 街甲2号北奥大厦3层 Meizhou Dongpo This unpretentious restaurant specializes in traditional Sichuanese cuisine which offers something for diners of all ages. In a bid to ensure authenticity, the chain flies certain Sichuanese ingredients to branches all over China. The house specialty is the Dongpo rou, a braised fatty pork dish which is said to have been created by Song dynasty poet Su Shi, also known as Su Dongpo. Indeed, the restaurant’s name is a combination of the names of the poet and his Sichuanese hometown. Other dishes to try include the excellent yuxiang qiezi (stir-fried eggplant with chilli, RMB 15) and the tea-flavored roasted duck. 1) Daily 11am-2am. 111 Huizhong Beili, Chaoyang District. (5968 3316); 2) Daily 11am-midnight. 7 Chunxiu Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1566) 眉州东坡, 1) 朝阳区慧忠北里111号楼; 2) 朝阳区春秀路7号 South Beauty More a brand than a restaurant chain, South Beauty specializes in upscale locations and gorgeous, snooty staff. The Sichuan-influenced menu include the house specialty spicy stone grilled beef, dan dan mian, crystal shrimp and more. Voted “Best Sichuan” and “Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken” in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. A dozen locations round town. 1) Daily 11am10pm. 2/F, West Wing, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 0809); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. B1, Kerry Centre Mall, 1 Guanghua Lu,

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Directories Chaoyang District. (8529 9458); 3) Daily 11am-10pm. 1/F, Henderson Shopping Mall Center, Jiangguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6518 7603); 4) Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Manhattan CNT Building Beijing (south of Swissotel), Dongcheng District. (8528 2330); 5) Daily 11am-10pm. Across from the International Hotel, Chaoyang District. (6518 7603); 6) Daily 11am-10pm. 7-1, 7 Huayuan Lu, Xidan (west of Bank of China Tower), Xicheng District. (5851 8498/9); 7) Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. Sunshine Plaza (east door), 68 Anli Lu, Chaoyang District. (6495 1201); 8) Daily 11am-10pm. 4/F, Oriental Kenzo (Ginza Mall), 21 Dongzhimenwai Zhongjie, Dongcheng District. (8447 6171); 9) Daily 11am-10pm. BB88, B1/F, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6971); 10) Daily 6am10.30pm. 1/F, Shuncheng Hotel, 16 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6622 8989); 11) Daily 11am-11pm. 3/F, Pacific Century Place, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3502); 12) Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 1/F, Tower A, Raycom Info-Tech Park, 2 Kexue Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1698) 俏江南, 1) 朝阳 区建国门外大街1号国贸西楼2层; 2) 朝阳区光 华路1号嘉里商场B1北侧; 3) 东城区建国门内大 街恒基中心商场首层; 4) 东城区首创大厦2层( 港澳中心瑞士酒店南侧); 5) 朝阳区国际饭店对 面; 6) 西城区华远路7号7-1(西单中国银行总 部西测); 7) 朝阳区安立路68号漂亮阳光广场 东侧门; 8) 东城区东直门外中街21号东方银座 广场4层; 9) 东城区东长安街1号东方广场地下 1层BB88; 10) 西城区金融大街甲16号顺成饭店( 平安大厦东侧对面顺成酒店南门); 11) 朝阳区 工体北路太平洋百货3层; 12) 海淀区中关村融 科资讯中心A座北侧(海淀区科学院南路2号)

Shanxi Yellow River Restaurant 1) 10am 8pm. B1/F ShinKong Plaza, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (400-097-1180); 2) 10am-10pm. 15 Baishu Hutong, Dongcheng District. (400-097-1180) 黄河水陕西小吃, 1) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地B1楼; 2) 东城区柏 树胡同15号

Vegetarian Baihe Vegetarian More than the sum of its parts, Lily Vegetarian (formerly Vanilla Garden) is a great place to enjoy vegetarian cuisine, sip imported organic coffees and herbal teas, or just hang out. Also boasts helpful and attentive staff, an English menu, desserts, and wireless Internet access. Since Lily does not follow monastic traditions, diners are not forbidden the pungency of onion and garlic in these pleasant restaurants. Try the suchang “sausage”; baochao sanding, a stir-fry of diced carrots, “meat” and cashews; jiangxiang candou, a stir-fry of lima beans with minced “meat”; and qianceng bing, layered pancake with thyme. Don’t miss the hot plum tea. Daily 11am-10pm. 23A Caoyun Hutong, Dongzhimennei Beixiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6405 2082) 百合素食, 东城区东直门内北小 街,草园胡同甲23号 King’s Joy Daily 10am-10pm. 2 Wudaoying Hutong, Yonghegong, Dongcheng District. (8404 9191) 京兆尹, 东城区雍和宫五道营 胡同2号 The Veggie Table The shiitake mushroom burger would bully many of Beijing’s beefy sandwiches out of the ballpark. Sesame studded, stodgy whole-wheat bread encloses a fat, herby ‘shroom patty, served with deliciously crispy “baked” home fries and coleslaw cut by someone who understands the stuff. Other big hitters included a shocking pink beet salad spiked with crunchy walnuts, hummus thick like nearly-set cement, and ajvar, a paste of eggplant, onion and red pepper spread on dark rye bread. The dal bhat, served with organic brown rice, is another gutsy, flavor-packed dish, best washed-down with one of the well-chosen craft beers. Daily 10.30am to 11.30pm (last order 10.30pm).. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6446 2073) 吃素的, 东 城区五道营胡同19号

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Yunnan Dali Courtyard With atmospheric decor, soothing music and easy-going hospitality, Dali Courtyard gets an “A” for ambiance especially during warm weather months. The prix fixe features an assortment of Yunnan standards (grilled fish, fried goat cheese, crossing bridge noodles etc.). Voted “Outstanding Chinese Restaurant of the Year,” “Outstanding Outdoor Dining” and “Outstanding Yunnan” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am9.30pm. 67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 1430) 大里院子, 东城区鼓楼东大街小经厂胡同67号 Dali Renjia It’s what restaurants taste like in Yunnan. It’s humble and cheap. Try their meaty jizong mushrooms fried with chilli (RMB 22), unfurled jasmine flowers with egg (RMB 18), and the hei sanduo (RMB 18) and the tilapia fish (RMB 36). No English menu (yet). Daily 10.30am-11pm. Baochao Hutong (100m north of Gulou Dongdajie), Dongcheng District. (8402 2479) 大理人家, 东城区东城区 宝钞胡同80号(鼓楼东大街往北走100米) In & Out Staffed by various ethnic minorities of Yunnan decked out in their traditional costumes, this airy three-floor Lijiang-themed restaurant is popular with locals and Sanlitun embassy-area foreigners alike. The seasonally rotating menu boasts Dai favorites such as fried potato balls and rice with pineapple, along with a mish-mash of Naxi, Bai, and Wa minority staples including Xishuangbanna roast fish bundled with lemongrass, and rich, leathery Shangri-La dried beef. Voted “Outstanding Yunnan” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8454 0086/6467 5235) 一坐一忘, 朝阳区三里屯 北小街1号 Little Yunnan Located in a well-preserved courtyard near the old imperial wall, this restaurant offers Yunnan dishes with a cozy setting, perfect for friendly gatherings or a romantic night out. They also serve great home-brewed rice wine. Voted “New Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-midnight. 28 Donghuangchenggen Beijie, Dongcheng District. (6401 9498, littleyunnan@gmail.com) http://www. littleyunnan.com, http://blog.sina.com.cn/ littleyunnan, http://t.sina.com.cn/littleyunnan 小云南, 东城区东黄城根北街28号 Lost Heaven A hip new Yunnan restaurant and bar that’s set to liven up Chi’enmen 23 with crowd-pleasing ethnic minority cuisine and great drinks. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-1am (kitchen closes at 10.30pm). Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8516 2698) 花马天堂, 东城区前门东大街23号 Middle 8th Restaurant Comfortable, hip Yunnan restaurant. Try the Yunnan-style spare ribs and the dragon beans. There is also a separate and slightly down-market barbecue section diagonally opposite the Sanlitun store. Voted “Best Yunnan” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 11am-11pm. L404A, South Tower, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1431); 2) Daily 11am-10.30pm. R17, Zhongguancun Pedestrian Mall, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1728); 3) Daily 11am-11.30pm. Zhongba Lou, Sanlitun Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 0629) 中八楼, 1) 朝阳区光化路9号, 世贸天阶南楼L404A; 2) 海淀区中关村大街15 号中关村广场步行街R17; 3) 朝阳区三里屯中 街中八楼 No Name Restaurant Hidden within Houhai’s hutongs, this stylish Yunnan outfit offers a delectable menu and a great rooftop terrace – an ideal haven from Yinding Qiao’s neon, noise and tourists. Daily 10.30am2am. 1 Dajinsi Hutong, Xicheng District. (8328 3061) 无名云南餐吧, 西城区大金丝 胡同1号

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Beijing Friendship Hospital This public hospital has direct billing arrangements with some insurers. The basic consultation fee is RMB 70, 100, or 200 according to the doctor’s level of expertise. Daily 6.30am-4.30pm, 24hr emergency care. 95 Yong’an Lu, Xuanwu District. (6301 4411 ext 3482) www.bfh.com. cn 北京友谊医院, 宣武区永安路95号

Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital Amcare Women’s and Children’s hospital provides families international medical services in Chinese cultural background. Services include obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, family planning, and psychological consulting. The new 6,000 sqm Yayuncun branch has 50 wards, private gynecological clinic and a neonatal intensive care unit. 1) Daily 24 hours. Bldg 5 Anhui Beili Yiyuan, Chaoyang District. (400 100 0016, contact@ amcare.com.cn); 2) Daily 8am-4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2399 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200, contact@amcare. com.cn); 3) 9-9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (contact@amcare.com.cn) www. amcare.com.cn 北京美中宜和妇儿医院, 1) 朝 阳区朝阳区安慧北里逸园5号楼; 2) 朝阳区芳园 西路9号; 3) 朝阳区将台西路9-9号 Bayley & Jackson Medical Center Founded in Hong Kong in 1958, Bayley & Jackson has grown into a comprehensive health care provider that accepts over 40 major international insurance plans. Services include (but are not limited to) Family Medicine, Dental, Health Checkups, Pediatrics, Obgyn, General Surgery, Staff Dietician and TCM. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8562 9998, billing@ikang.com) www.bjhealthcare.com 庇 利积臣医疗中心, 朝阳区日坛东路7号 Beijing 21st Century Hospital Beijing 21st Century Hospital is a comprehensive healthcare facility, providing health screening services, medical care and health management for the international community in Beijing. This hospital’s team of internationally experienced physicians and nurses provides world-class medical care in a comfortable, clean and quiet setting. The hospital uses a Japanese management style, modern medical equipment and supporting electronic data systems to continuously improve quality and efficiency of health care services. Beijing 21st Century Hospital also works closely with different hospitals and their medical specialists in China and Japan, providing tele-medicine and international medical transfer. Direct billing with international insurers is provided. Languages spoken: English, Japanese, Korean, German, Chinese. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24-hr house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8444 6168 (English/ Chinese), 8444 6169 (Japanese/Korean)) http://www.21-hospital.com 朝阳区亮马桥路 甲40号21世纪大厦1-2楼 Beijing Aier-Intech Eye Hospital 15 years of eye care experience, including emergency treatment, telephone consultations, laser vision corrective surgery and preventative care. On-site shop sells frames and lenses. The VIP clinic has English-speaking staff, many trained overseas. Can direct bill to many international insurance companies. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 1,4,5/F Panjiayuan Plaza, 12 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6773 2700, customerservice@intecheye. com) www.intecheye.com 英智眼科医院, 朝 阳区潘家园南里12号潘家园大厦1,4,5层 Beijing Chaoyang Hospital Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Affiliate of Capital University of Medical Sciences, was established on February 25, 1958. The Hospital, subordinated to Beijing Bureau of Public Health, is the third clinical college of Capital University of Medical Sciences. As a hospital officially identified to be at the top grade in China, it conducts medical treatment, teaching, scientific research and disease prevention. 8 Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8523 1000, http://www.bjcyh.com.cn/ english/) 北京朝阳医院, 朝阳区工体南路8号 Beijing Children’s Hospital Daily 6.30am10.30pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu, Xicheng District.

Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Multilingual services are offered on a 24hr basis, consultations 9am-9pm. Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) www.ncich.com.cn 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊 部, 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业中心 Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital (NCICH) This hospital provides affordable pediatric care at international standards: qualified doctors and nurses, private and safe family rooms and imported equipment. English speaking staff offers a full range of children’s health care services on a 7/24 basis. Mon-Sun 8am-5pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu (next to the East Gate of the Beijing Children’s Hospital), Xicheng District. (6802 5588) www.ncich.com.cn 北京新世纪 国际儿童医院, 西城区南礼士路56号 (北京儿童 医院东门南侧) Beijing New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) With stateof-the-art park side facility, New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) is established to operate with international standards. Backed by strong ties to Beijing Children’s Hospital and Beijing Obstetrics & Gynecology Hospital, the experienced and friendly medical staff of NCWCH provide fi¬rst-class gynecology, obstetrics, pediatric, NICU and urgent care services for women and children (0-18 years old). 51 Wangjing Beilu (Wanghu Park south gate), Chaoyang District. (5178 3366) www.ncich.com.cn 北京 新世纪妇儿医院, 朝阳区朝阳区望京北路51号院 (望湖公园东门南) Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics (BJU) offers international-standard care to thousands of Beijing’s expatriate and Chinese families. BJU features an international team of doctors from more than 20 countries and since 2005, it has been consistently reaccredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Since 1997, BJU’s multilingual staff has provided professional expertise with heartfelt care. The hospital and clinics offer a full range of medical services. In addition to departments of family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and dentistry, BJU has attracted top medical professionals in cardiology, neurology, internal medicine, dermatology, psychological health, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, integrative medicine, ophthalmology and ENT. Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (4008919191 (24hr Service Center)) www.ufh.com. cn 北京和睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital Beijing United Family Hospital’s newest facility offers everything from physical and occupational therapy to pediatric, neurological, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and TCM in a state-of-the-art facility featuring hydrotherapy facilities, an ICU, individual therapy rooms, hyperbaric and atmospheric oxygen chambers and an international team of specialists. 24 Hours. 1 Yaojiayuan Bei Erlu (South gate of Dongfeng Park, northwest corner of Yaojiayuan North 2nd Road and Qingnian North Road intersection), Chaoyang District. (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center), bju.rehab@ufh.com.cn) beijing.ufh.com.cn/


Directories en/locations/rehabilitation-hospital/ 北京和睦 家康复医院, 朝阳区朝阳区姚家园北二路1号( 姚家园北二路与青年北路交叉口西北角,东风 公园南门)

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

Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30pm.. Oasis International Hospital, 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 87 62747) 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号明德医院 OASIS International Hospital OASIS is a full-service private hospital. Their international medical team provides patient-centered care in a modern facility designed for comfort, safety and privacy. OASIS offers attentive service in a soothing environment and expert medicine backed by leading technology, including the most advanced MRI and CT scans available from a private hospital in China. The hospital currently provides services in family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and dentistry. Direct billing is available for many insurance providers. Daily 24hrs (emergency care), Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm, Sun 8.30-12.30am. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) www. oasishealth.cn 明德医院, 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号 ParkwayHealth Medical and Rehabilitation Center Parkway Health provides a wide range of medical services: family medicine, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and pain care management services with a bilingual staff. 24 Hours. 1 and 2/F, Vantone Center, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (4000-662-882 (24-hour), karen. zhang@parkwayhealth.cn) http://www. parkwayhealth.cn/ 百汇医疗, 朝阳区朝阳门外 大街甲六号万桶中心AB座一层和二层 Peking Union Medical College Hospital This state-run hospital has a reputable foreigners’ wing with departments including ENT, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, dental, ophthalmology and OB/GYN. Most doctors are trained overseas and speak good English. Services and medicines are much cheaper than in private clinics, but expect longer waiting times. The birthing unit is considered to be the best in any of the Chinese hospitals and is popular among expats. Registration costs RMB 100-300, and the minimum consultation fee is RMB 200. Inpatient services require a minimum deposit of RMB 10,000/day. Direct billing is available with some Asian insurance providers. Mon-Fri 8am5pm. 1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the foreigners’ wing is located behind and to the left of the main hospital entrance), Dongcheng District. (6529 5284, 24hr em, 6529 5269) www.pumch.ac.cn 北京协和医院, 东城区王府井帅府园1号(接待外 国人的区域在主楼的左后方) Peking University Third Hospital This hospital affiliated with Peking University houses 22 clinical departments and 945 beds. Specialty departments include OB/GYN, sports medicine, cardiovascular, orthopedic, in vitro fertilization and reconstructive surgery. A consultation costs RMB 5-200. No credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri 8-noon, 1.305.30pm, Sat 8-11.30am. 24hr emergency care. 51 Huayuanbeilu (100m west of Peking University Third Hospital), Haidian District, Haidian District. (8226 6699) www.bysy.edu. cn 北医三院, 海淀区花园北路49号 United Family CBD Clinic The United Family CBD Clinic is United Family Healthcare’s (UFH’s) sixth satellite clinic in Beijing and will be staffed by bilingual doctors and nurses who are committed to providing the high-quality, international-standard care unique to United Family. Mon-Sat 9.30am-6.30pm. Suite 3017, Bldg AB, Vantone Center, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center)) www.ufh.com.cn 和睦家朝外诊所, 朝 阳区朝阳门外大街6号万通中心AB座2层3017室 United Family Home Health United Family Home Health is one of the first home careservices in China with a medical focus, and its vision is to provideclients and their families with United Family Healthcare’s worldclassmedical care from the comfort of their homes. Daily 8:30am-5:00pm. New Hope Oncology Center, 2/FNo. 9-11 Jiangtai W. RdNear Fangyuan W.Rd, Chaoyang District. (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center), 5927 7333 (UFHH), homehealth@ufh.com.cn)

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Directories homehealth.ufh.com.cn 和睦家家庭医疗, 朝阳 区和睦家家庭医疗和睦家启望肿瘤中心二层地 点:丽都将台西路9-11号近芳园西路 United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center is a satellite clinic of BJU located in the St. Regis complex in the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District. The clinic makes high-quality healthcare accessible to CBD residents and employees. It offers integrative medicine, family counseling services, and provides health checkups for immigration purposes. Mon-Fri 8.30am-12pm,1pm-3.30pm. B1/F, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center)) www.ufh. com.cn 和睦家建国门保健中心, 朝阳区建国门外 大街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店公寓楼地下1层 United Family Liangma Clinic United Family Liangma Clinic serves Beijing’s diplomatic area, providing internationally-accredited Family Medicine services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. 2/F, Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center )) www.ufh.com.cn 和睦家亮马 诊所, 朝阳区东方东路19号1号楼会所27号(外交 人员公寓B区官舍16号) United Family New Hope Center The United Family New Hope Center is a LEED-certified satellite clinic of Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics (BJU) housing BJU’s pioneering New Hope Oncology Center, Psychological Health Center, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) services.The United Family New Hope Oncology Center offers a unique new concept in international-standard cancer treatment. Our Oncology services provide patients with the most up-to-date treatment options from a multidisciplinary team of oncologists, specialist physicians, and healthcare professionals. MonFri 9am-5pm. 9-11 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center)) www.ufh.com.cn 和睦家启望中心, 朝阳区朝阳 区将台西路9-11 United Family Shunyi Clinic United Family Shunyi Clinic serves Beijing’s suburban area and international school district with internationally-accredited family medicine, pediatrics, rehabilitation (physical therapy), psychological counseling, Traditional Chinese Medicine, laboratory, and pharmacy services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. The Shunyi Clinic is a satellite facility of BJU. Like other BJU satellite facilities, the Shunyi Clinic strictly adheres to Joint Commission International (JCI) and international infection control standards. MonThu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (4008919191 (24hr Service Center)) www.ufh.com. cn 和睦家顺义诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广 场806号

infant health check-ups. English-speaking staff onsite 24hrs a day. A consultation with a GP costs RMB 660. Direct billing with more than 40 international insurance providers. Daily 24hrs. 3/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, vista@ vista-china.net) www.vista-china.net 维世达诊 所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心3层 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 8am8pm. 1 Dayabao Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6513 3046/49) www.yanhuang.com.cn 北京炎 黄国医馆, 东城区金宝街1号 Yuhe Healthcare and Wellness Center Founded by married couple Mr. and Mrs. Guo, this center provides massage, acupuncture, acupressure, qi gong, cupping, and rehabilitation services. Past customers include diplomats and VIPs from over 30 countries. Areas of specialization include joint pain, neck and back pain, and arthritis. The center can also treat insomnia, gastrointestinal problems, irregular or painful menstruations, urinary track infections, breast lumps (hyperplasia), skin problems, and more. 1/F, Door 2, Bldg A, Global Trade Mansion, 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (136 9136 9411) 御和扶正养生堂, 朝阳 区光华路甲9号世贸国际公寓A座2门1楼

Dentists Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry provides general dentistry (cleaning, crowns, fillings, etc.), periodontal disease treatment, children’s dental care, implants, orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Experienced, multilingual specialists from Japan and China provide worldclass care, consultations and treatment for various dental problems, using imported and modern dental equipment. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24-hour house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (84446168(English/ Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) http://www.21-hospital.com 朝 阳区亮马桥路甲40号21世纪大厦1-2楼 Beijing United Family Hospital Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for families, including cleaning, crown and bridges, dental implants, fillings, tooth whitening and more. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center)) www.ufh.com.cn 北京和睦家医院牙科, 朝阳区 将台路2号 Beijing Vista Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services including teeth cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Daily 8.30am6pm. Level 3, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (vista@vista-china.net) www.vista-china.net 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉 里中心三层 GlobalCare Dental Clinic Located in the left wing of GlobalCare Women and Children’s Hospital, this dental clinic provides a wide range of dental, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental services. The clinic is certified to provide both local and imported dental and orthodontic solutions. Service available in English and Chinese. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. 24 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6770 5558 (English hotline)) http://www.globalcarecn.com/ 朝阳区 西大望路24号

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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@ idcdentalbj.com) www.idcdentalbj.com IDC国际 齿科中心, 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7号楼209室

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IMC Dental Clinic IMC-Beijing has the longest history of expatriate dental service in Beijing, state of the art equipment, and certified welltrained dentists. Services include: cleaning, filling, fluoride treatment, implants, canal therapy, orthodontics, crowns and bridges, tooth extraction, Invisalign, periodontics, space maintainers, and X-ray. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1384, 6465 1328, marketing@imcclinics.com) http://www. imcclinics.com, http://www.imcclinics.com 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

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International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers. Mon-Sat 9am5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) www. clinicsinchina.com 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 OASIS Dental Clinic OASIS Dental provides complete dental care for families through internationally-trained dentists. Services include routine cleaning, fillings, root canals, crowns and bridges, veneers, whitening, orthodontics, prevention orthodontics, periodontics, and implants. Mon-Sat 6am-9pm. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5985 0305) 朝阳区酒 仙桥北路9号 United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic is located in Pinnacle Plaza, just around the corner from the United Family Shunyi Clinic. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality dental care available. Like other BJU satellite facilities, the Shunyi Dental Clinic strictly adheres to Joint Commission International (JCI) standards, which enables the Shunyi Dental Clinic to be officially recognized as an internationalstandard dental clinic. Mon-Thu 9am-7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (4008-919191 (24hr Service Center)) www.ufh.com.cn 和睦家顺义牙科诊所, 顺义区 天竺开发区荣祥广场818

Support Groups Beijing Mamas Yahoo Group Yahoo support group where you can “share resources, ask questions and grow as women and moms ... It does not matter what age your children are, if you are a mama who wants a safe place to ask parenting questions, make other mama friends, hang out, start playgroup meetings or mama nights out, ask for gear recommendations, sell your used gear, etc....come and join.” http:// groups.yahoo.com/group/Beijing_Mamas/ Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance Support Group An informal meeting for those diagnosed with Celiac Disease or with gluten intolerance - or their friends and family. The support group aims to provide an exchange of information on where to get gluten-free products; ideas for good recipe substitutions, a group-compiled gluten-free restaurant list, and emotional support and sharing of experiences. The Yurt, Beijing United Family Hospital, 2 Jiang Tai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5927 7061) 朝阳区蒙古包,北京和睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号 La Leche League Information and support for breastfeeding mothers. Chinese-language meetings held the second Saturday of each month at 10.30am. (LLLinQingdao@gmail.com) www.llli.org, http://muruhui.org/ Special Child Support Group This Yahoo group offers a meeting place for Beijing parents with special-needs children. Call 5130 3931

Family Life 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) www. china-blas.org 爱之桥收养中心, 宣武区白广路 7号中民大厦 China Center of Adoption Affairs The government agency responsible for adoptions. The agency usually prefers to work with adoption agencies rather than with individual applicants, and does not talk to adoptive parents directly. Their website, however, is a good resource. 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6357 5785) www.china-caa. org/frames/index_unlogin_en.jsp 中国收养中 心, 宣武区白广路7号中民大厦 Sheperd’s Field Children’s Village Established by Americans Tim and Pam Baker, this orphanage in Anwei on the outskirts of Beijing near Tianjin houses 100 orphans on a six-acre facility and helps arrange medical services, surgery and adoptions for their charges. http://www.chinaorphans.org 放 羊地儿童村

Ayi Services Beijing Ayi Housekeeping Service A family membership in this housekeeping service will give you access (with an additional fee) to a large pool of ayis who perform services such as babysitting, cooking and cleaning. English-speaking ayis available. Lifetime membership: RMB 300; price range: RMB 1,000-3, 000 per month. (6434 5647/48) www.bjayi.com 北京家福来 劳务服务 Beijing Ex-pat Housemaid Service Serving over 2,000 families in Beijing, this service offers a supply of English-speaking ayis trained to cook, clean, babysit and more. Price range: RMB 1,600 per month for 8-10 hours per day, 5-6 days per week. (6438 1634) www.expatslife.com 北京易杨家美信息 咨询有限公司 Beijing Nanny Domestic Service This company helps Beijing-based families find nannies, housekeepers, drivers, and tutors. Its areas of service include Sanlitun, Guomao, Central Park, Chaoyang Park, Dongzhimen, and Shunyi. Rm 208, Bldg 104, Qingnian Hui, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (beijingnanny@hotmail.com) www. beijingnanny.com 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳北路青年 汇104楼208室 Beijing Sunnyhome Housekeeping Service Co., Ltd 5288 4727, 133 6636 9720. Rm3022, 3/F, Shiyi Hotel, 1 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm) http://www.bjayiservice.com/en/Index.asp 北 京午后阳光家政服务有限公司, 朝阳区酒仙桥路 1号世一休闲商务酒店3层3022室 Good Life Domestic Services Each ayi represented by this firm can speak simple English and perform a variety of services, including childcare, elderly care and house cleaning. Can be hired for live-in or by the hour. Price range: RMB 8 per hour; live-in RMB 1,800-1,900 per month. (8449 4341/5462, 8168 1244) http://hsh.bjbs.net. cn/ 北京好生活家政服务有限公司

Community Groups and Organizations A Bridge for Children A Bridge for Children (ABC) is dedicated to serving orphans and migrant children by providing them with


Directories family and education. ABC operates three programs:1. The CONNECT Program allows corporations, organizations, university students, and local residents to directly impact the communities served by the Dream and Talent programs through structured projects. 2. The TALENT program empowers underprivileged migrant kids through creative arts, music, and sports. It also helps teachers through rural and migrant school training. 3. The DREAM program provides orphans with homes and stable family environments through fostering and education opportunities (English, Chinese, computer education, life and job skills training) for teen orphans. Rm 1705, Bldg B, Xin Hualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (info@abridgeforchildren.org) www. abridgeforchildren.org 朝阳区酒仙桥中路26号 新华联丽港B座楼1705室 Beijing Improv Not to be confused with the well-known Beijing Actors workshop, though they perform together often, Beijing Improv holds weekly workshops. (132 4077 5936, beijingimprov@gmail.com) www. beijingimprov.com Beijing Playhouse China’s English community theater presents contemporary live semi-professional theater productions, performed in English with Chinese subtitles. Professional acting experience not necessary and nationality not important, though ability to perform in English is required. Balizhuang (E 4th Ring Rd)100025 Chaoyang5 Houbalizhuang, Yew Chung Int’l School, East gate of Honglingjin Park, Chaoyang District. (13718908922, performance@ beijingplayhouse.com) www.beijingplayhouse. com 北京剧场, 朝阳区八里庄东四环中路后 八里庄5号 International Newcomers’ Network A networking and information resource for all newcomers to Beijing. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except December. Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, innbeijing@ hotmail.com) www.innbeijing.org 朝阳区新源 南路6号京城大厦康乐中心3层 Roundabout Roundabout is a non-profit organization run by volunteers that accepts donations from the community and distributes them to people in need. They accept donations of almost anything: clothing, furniture and much more. Any items that are not needed by the charities, such such as handbags, paintings, home decor, surplus furniture and toys, are sold in their store. All proceeds fund their operation: truck hire, rent etc.The new building location is directly beside/behind Yosemite (the side towards Dragon Bay). Directions: Drive past ISB, with ISB on your left (this is Anhua Jie going west). Pass the intersection where BSB is on your right. Take the next left (leading to the back gate of Yosemite), and it is just down the road on the right past the blue and white migrant worker buildings. Mon-Sat 9.30am5.30pm. Yuyang Road West,Off An Hua Road (Behind Yosemite Villa Compound), Shunyi District. (137 1877 7761 (English), 137 1805 3814 (Chinese only), roundaboutchina@ gmail.com, thecharitystore@gmail.com) www. roundaboutchina.com 顺义区众爱商店,顺义 区榆阳路(优山美地别墅后街,从安华路转入) The Starfish Project Founded in 2006, this socially responsible jewelry business developed in order to provide exploited women in Asia with alternate employment. Besides helping them to build sustainable livelihoods, the Starfish Project also offers them counseling, vocational training, language acquisition, family education, healthcare access as well as housing. Support the cause by buying their jewelry or donating on their website. (volunteer@starfish-project.com) www.starfishproject.com Vegan Social Club Organizes social networking events (including a regular Thursday dinner) to promote a healthy and ecologically

responsible lifestyle. (vegansocialclub@gmail. com) vegansocialclub.com

Hair & Beauty Salons Hair & Beauty by Hummingbird Formerly Hummingbird spa, this revamped boutique hair salon will continue to provide beauty and spa treatments, but now also specializes in haircuts and styling, with celebrity stylist Tom Yuen at the helm. Daily 10am-8pm. Unit 103, Bldg 3, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9119) www. hummingbird.net.cn 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新 城国际3号楼103 Melonhead Melonhead is an innovative hair care and branded entertainment concept designed specifically for kids. Whether you come to Melonhead for a fantastic kid’s hair cut ,special event hairstyle, SPA treat, fun birthday party, photography, afternoon outing, or just to browse the cute games & toys, Melonhead offers a safe, comfortable and entertaining environment that will make you want to go back again. Daily 10am-10pm. Rm 412, 4/F, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1599) 朝阳区光华路9 号世贸天阶南街四层412号商铺 Toni & Guy Beijing branches of the worldrenowned UK hair salon. If you want to give your locks the five-star treatment, book a cut with director Frankie (RMB 780). His assistants charge considerably less (RMB 120 and up). Perms and colorings cost RMB 380 to 580. Surprisingly little English spoken. 1) Daily 11am-8pm. Shop 41, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0688); 2) Daily 10am-9pm. Unit 303, Tower C Office Bldg, Yintai Center, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8517 1292); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 404-405, 4/F, ECMall, 1A, Danling Jie, Haidian District. (8248 3435); 4) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, Seasons Place Shopping Centre, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0316); 5) Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 8368); 6) Daily 10am9pm. 1/F, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 2646) 托尼英盖, 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号 LG41; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街2号银泰中心写字 楼C座3层303商铺; 3) 海淀区丹棱街甲1号欧美汇 购物中心4层404-405; 4) 西城区金城纺街2号金 融街购物中心四层L404; 5) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环 北路东方路1号希尔顿酒店大堂1层; 6) 东城区东 长安街1号东方广场汇贤豪庭一层 VivaXiao Kids’ Hair Salon Located in the same venue as VivaXiao Photography Studio, this Shunyi-based hair salon specializes in children’s haircuts from infants and above. The salon’s patient hairstylists know what it takes to get kids’ cooperation, with special haircut car seats videos they can watch while getting their hair cut. Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Rm 509510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 1603 (Chinese), 138 1160 2673 (English)) www.vivaxiao.com 小小世界美发 沙龙, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场五层 509-510

Religious Organizations & Places of Worship Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF) BICF (Beijing International Christian Fellowship) is an international nondenominational church in Beijing China with people from over 70 nations. It is Multicultural, Bible-centered gathering for foreign passport holders. Services are conducted in 9 different languages including Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, English, Chinese, Frech, etc. Visitors can attend Sunday services and classes in multiple locations. (8454 3468, information@bicf.org) www.bicf.org 北京国际 基督教联合会 Capital Community Church An interdenominational church gathering for foreign passport holders. Sunday morning services at 10am at the Art Center next to Beidong Flower Market on Shunhuang Lu. Small

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Directories groups meet throughout the week and we have mid week student activities. 1A Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Xiang, Shunyi District. (capital@ securenym.net) www.capitalcommunitychurch. net 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路甲1号 St. Michael’s (Dongjiaomin Church) Built in 1902 as the French embassy church in the foreign Legation Quarter, St. Michael’s now welcomes Chinese and foreigners to its Chinese-language service.Service hours: Sun 7, 8am, 6pm. Contact Father Gao Yang (8511 5405, 137 0130 5933) 13A Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District. (8511 5405, 137 0130 5933) 东交民巷天主教堂, 东城区东城区东交 民巷甲13号

Relocation Services Asian Express Started in 1979 in mainland China, Asian Express is an international company that offers household goods, office moving, storage and a full range of relocation services. Quotes available upon request in several languages. Rm 1612, Tower D, SOHO New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 1471, beijing@aemovers.com.hk) www. aemovers.com.hk 朝阳区建国路88号SOHO现代 城D座1612室 CityWise Property Solutions CityWise Property Solutions provides tailored relocation services for expats. The company has access to a large real estate database that includes houses, apartments, serviced apartments, courtyard homes, and villas. Services include airport pick-up, orientation, housing search, contract negotiation, tenancy management, PSB registration, and more. Service is available in English and French. Rm C203, Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5353, 186 0192 9308, corentin.jegou@citywiseproperty.com) www. citywiseproperty.com 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎 购物中心C203室 Links Moving Beijing Wholly owned moving company established in Hong Kong in 1997 with full range of household moving services and storage options. Now handles over 3,000 international moves worldwide each year. Great website, offering information including freight container sizes and details, online quotes available for smaller shipments. Keep an eye out for specials, such as free air freight with certain container sizes or percentage discounts for early booking during peak seasons. (8447 7496) www.linksmoving.asia Santa Fe 2 Ba Jie, Beijing Capital Airport Logistics Zone, Shunyi District. (6947 0688) www.santaferelo.com 顺义区顺义区首都机场物 流中心8街2号 Writers Relocasia International Movers Daily 8am-6pm. Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (130 3103 3413, bejing@ writerrelocasia.com) www.WriterRelocasia.com 朝阳区朝阳门外大街

Supermarkets BHG Market Place Taiwan chain of upscale supermarkets has an extensive, albeit pricey, selection of goods and produce, including alcohol and organic products. Daily 10am10pm. 1) Shop 1, B1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0299); 2) B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5888); 3) SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 8226); 4) SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District.; 5) B2/F, Legend Center, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 北京华联高级超市, 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥 路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG01; 2) 朝阳 区建国路87号新光天地B1层; 3) 朝阳区三里屯 VillageSLG00号商铺; 4) 朝阳区蓝色港湾国际商 区SMM06号; 5) 朝阳区东三环中路乐成中心地 下二层 Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs … we could go on and on. 1) Daily 8.30am-9pm. Pinnacle

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Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (8046 2500); 2) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District. (6533 6792); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 4) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 5) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 6) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 7) Daily 8am10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 8) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) www.jennylou.com.cn 婕妮璐, 1) 顺义区荣祥广场,天竺开发区裕翔路 99号; 2) 朝阳区新城国际17号楼101; 3) 朝阳区 来广营东路和平医院对面; 4) 朝阳区东三环中 路39号建外Soho4号楼; 5) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所 里; 6) 朝阳区日坛北路4号(芳草地小学对面); 7) 朝阳区三里屯北小街6号; 8) 朝阳区朝阳公 园西门南侧 Lohao City This organic goods and health food store sources most of its produce from its organic ranch in Miyun County, with the remainder (tropical fruits) imported from Taiwan. Highlights include 100% organic homemade soymilk, pickled vegetables and imported dry goods, including muesli, cookies and pasta, as well as organic and dairy-free chocolates. Check out the flower and plant shop with cute baby cacti and bonsai, as well as a corner devoted to an assortment of hitech Japanese pillows. 1) Daily 8am-10pm. B1/F, Yinzuo Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6415 0104); 2) Daily 9am10pm. 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) www. lohaocity.com 乐活城, 1) 朝阳区东城区东直门 外大街48号银座MALL地下一层; 2) 朝阳区好运街 乙1-19; 3) 顺义区天竺荣祥广场608号; 4) 顺义 区京顺路52号(靠近孙河桥); 5) 朝阳区西大望路 甲6号华贸公寓15号楼103号; 6) 朝阳区朝外大街 6号新城国际二期17号楼101; 7) 朝阳区百子湾南 二路76号5号楼10A; 8) 朝阳区北辰东路8号院北 辰生活广场131-04B Olé Supermarket French chain sells groceries, wine and household items at premium prices. 1) 10am-10pm. B203, B2/F, Beijing Shoudu Shidai Guangchang, 88 Xichang Anjie, Xicheng District. (8391 5006); 2) 10am-10pm. Xindongan Guangchang, 135 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 4855); 3) 10am-9pm. B1/F, Jinrongjie Gouwu Zhongxin, 2 Jincheng Fangjie, Xicheng District. (6622 0461); 4) 10am-10pm. B1/F, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8447 7668); 5) 10am-10pm. B101,B1/ F,Shimao Tianjie, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1509); 6) 9am-9pm. B1/F, Donghuan Guangchang, 29 Dongzhongjie, Dongcheng District. (6418 1006); 7) 东方新天 地商场地铁层BB01A号, Dongcheng District.; 8) B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, Jianwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 9) B1, Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0389/0491) http://www.crv.com.cn 1) 西城区 西长安街88号北京首都时代广场地下二层B203室; 2) 东城区王府井大街135号新东安广场; 3) 西城 区金城坊街2号金融街购物中心地下一层; 4) 东 城区东直门外大街48号银座Mall地下一层; 5) 朝 阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地下一层B101; 6) 东城 区东中街29号东环广场B座地下一层; 7) 东城区 BB01A, The Malls at Oriental Plaza; 8) 朝阳区建外 大街国贸商城地下一层; 9) 西城区金城坊街2号 金融街购物中心B1

Sanyuanli Market This excellent market is where many western restaurants and international grocery stores buy wholesale; it is also a dear friend to many amateur chefs. Many of the items available at Sanyuanli are difficult to find elsewhere in Beijing. There are exotic fruits and vegetables like mangoes, star fruit, lemongrass, brussel sprouts and porcini; fresh seafood; cheeses; fresh herbs and imported condiments like herbs, thyme, oregano, rosemary, parsley and fish sauce; frozen goods like burritos, pies and berries; and dry goods like coffee, beans, spices and pasta, bulk chocolate. The prices can be very wholesale-like, but these vendors know they are popular with foreigners and quote their prices accordingly. A half kilo of mint only costs RMB 7, and RMB 30 can get you a good-sized bag of basil. Daily 5am-7pm. Shunyuan Jie (opposite Jingkelong Supermarket, west of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. 三源 里市场, 朝阳区顺源街(三元东桥往西京客隆 超市对面)

500 companies and the city’s premier office towers, including LG Twin Tower, SK Group Tower, Beijing Yintai Centre and China World Trade Centre. Daily 24hrs. 8 Yong’an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8511 7777, beijing@fairmont.com) http://www. fairmont.com/beijing/ 北京华彬费尔蒙酒店, 朝 阳区建国门外大街永安东里8号

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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) www.grandmillenniumbeijing.com 北京千禧大酒店, 朝阳区东三环中路7号

Aikang Veterinary Hospital Daily 9am10pm. 45 Tianshuiyuan Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6501 8605) 爱康动物医院, 朝阳区甜水 园东里45号楼底商 Baolaifu Animal Hospital Daily 9am-9pm. Inside the swimming venue (200m east of the south gate of Worker’s Stadium), Worker’s Stadium, Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6074/6593 1344) 宝来富动物医院, 朝 阳区工体南路工人体育馆游泳场(工体南门向 东200米) Chaoyang District Center for Animal Disease Control 1) Daily 9am- 9pm. Nan Hejiafen, Shuangqiao, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8536 1301); 2) Daily 9am9pm. Nongguang Nanli, Dongsanhuan Fulu, Chaoyang District. (6735 8970); 3) Daily 24 hours. A8 Tuanjiehu Beisantiao, Chaoyang District. (8597 5507); 4) Daily 9am-9pm. Administration office: 150m southwest of Chaoyang Gongyuan Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6508 3873, 6500 2890) 朝阳区动物疫病预防控 制中心, 1) 朝阳区双桥南何家坟; 2) 朝阳区东 三环辅路农光南里; 3) 朝阳区团结湖北三条甲八 号; 4) 朝阳区朝阳公园桥西南150米 International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) ICVS is a professionally managed and affordable full service international standard animal hospital and pet care facility. All doctors are legally licensed in the PRC. Services include internal medicine, hospitalization, spay/neuter, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, dentistry, dermatology, blood tests, laboratory diagnostics, X-rays, ultrasound, legal vaccinations, prescription pet foods, behavior counseling and obedience training, import/export advice, pet adoption counseling and more. Boarding kennel, grooming salon, SAFE pet foods & pet shop available. All services in Mandarin and English. Licensed rabies vaccinations for export. Soft opening hours: 9am-8pm Tue&Thu, 9am-6pm Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun. 13-16 Rongke Ganlan Chengshang Jie, Futongxi Dajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, ICVS_ CHINA@yahoo.com) www.ICVSASIA.com 北京 新天地国际动物医院, 朝阳区望京阜通西大街, 融科橄榄城商街13-16号 K.K. Animal Hospital Daily 9am-7pm. 801802 Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 2358, 133 1129 3008) 康康宠物医院, 顺义区荣祥广 场801-802

Family Travel Hotels, Hostels and Resorts Beijing Four Seasons Hotel 48 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5695 8888) http:// www.fourseasons.com/ 北京四季酒店, 朝阳区 亮马桥路48号 Fairmont Beijing Hotel Fairmont Beijing is a luxury hotel located in the heart of the CBD. The hotel is surrounded by Fortune

Grand Hyatt Though it will always be overshadowed by the more glamorous Grand Hyatt Shanghai (in the Jinmao Tower), this hotel remains one of the most upscale in China - with prices to match. Great for shopping, business and sightseeing, with comfortable, sleekly lit and furnished rooms, the Grand Hyatt now also has a stunning new meeting venue, The Residence, in addition to their award-winning Chinese restaurant (Made in China) and indoor pool done up like a tropical grotto. RMB 3,500-34,200. 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234) www.beijing. grand.hyatt.com 东方君悦大酒店, 东城区东 长安街1号

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing “Recently voted the ‘World’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’ for the second year running at the prestigious World Travel Awards, the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel offers some of the largest hotel rooms in the city.Set in the heart of Beijing’s shopping district, indulge in some retail therapy or visit nearby Beijing attractions. The iconic Tiananmen Square is just a ten minute walk from the hotel. After a busy day sightseeing, treat yourself to a holistic massage in the hotel’s Spa, swim laps of the rooftop pool or work out in the fitness center.Hold a conference in one of the 8 fully equipped meeting rooms then relax and enjoy stunning city views in the Executive Lounge or take advantage of the hotel’s Business Center. Sample delicious Macanese cuisine at Vasco’s restaurant or sip an expertly mixed cocktail in stylish Flames bar at the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel.” 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/ BJSWFHI-Hilton-Beijing-Wangfujing/index.do 东 城区北京王府井希尔顿酒店 InterContinental Beijing Beichen Recognized as the only award-winning international luxury hotel in the northern part of Beijing, InterContinental Beijing Beichen is connected to the China National Convention Center (CNCC), one of Asia’s largest convention centers. The hotel stands out for its scenic location next to the National Stadium and the Water Cube, with easy access to Beijing International Capital Airport, the Great Wall, historical sightseeing spots, and major business centers. Bldg 4, 8 Beichen Xilu, Chaoyang District. www.intercontinental.com/bjbeichen 北京北辰洲际酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰西路8号 院4号楼 JW Marriott Standard rooms are elegantly appointed and super luxurious. Downstairs, the loungy Loong Bar aspires to the metro-chic networking set, while restaurants Asia Bistro and CRU Steakhouse maintain a high standard. Rooms RMB 1,500-2,500. 83 Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 6688) 北京JW万豪酒店, 朝阳区华贸中心建国路83号 Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center Located in the heart of Beijing’s central diplomatic and business district, the Kempinski Hotel Beijing boasts a blend of European style with elements of Beijing’s rich cultural history. In addition to 526 guestrooms and suites, including four executive floors and eight no-smoking floors, the hotel also has eight fully equipped banqueting/conference facilities accommodating up to 1,300 people. The hotel also has seven restaurants and bars, including the Paulaner Bräuhaus boasting


Directories the city’s finest Bavarian food and microbrewed beer, and Kempi Deli, renowned for its gourmet European cakes and pastries. On the 18th floor overlooking Beijing’s skyline is the swimming pool of Pulse Health Club, which also includes a fitness centre, tennis courts and squash courts.The Kempinski also manages a neighbouring eight-storey complex offering 12,500 square metres of office space, 42 shops and showrooms and 170 fully furnished one to four bedroom apartments. Facing the Liang Ma River, the complex also contains a 24-hour serviced international medical centre, dental clinics and fully equipped children’s park and nursery. Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388) www.kempinski.com/beijing 凯宾斯基饭 店, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号 Kerry Hotel Beijing This Shangri-La property is noted for its modern design, business-friendly amenities, kid-friendly restaurant (Horizon) as well as the city’s most popular cocktails (at Centro). The Horizon Club’s executive floor will be upgraded in the coming months The Kerry’s sports center wins kudos for its big pool, two indoor tennis courts, basketball court and rooftop track. RMB 1,300-23,000. 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833) www.shangri-la.com 北京嘉里大饭店, 朝阳区 光华路1号 The Opposite House This chic boutique hotel owned and operated by Swire properties (the same group behind adjacent Village at Sanlitun) boasts a prime location, cuttingedge contemporary architecture by Kengo Kuma, creative units ranging from studios to penthouses fitted with rain showers, LCD TVs and nespresso coffee machines, chic bars, lounges and restaurants (Sureno, Punk, Mesh), and much more. Taikoo Li Sanlitun North, Building 1, No. 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240, answers@ theoppositehouse.com) www.theoppositehouse. com 瑜舍, 朝阳区三里屯路11号太古里北区1号楼 Pentahotel The Pentahotel is located in Chongwenmen and provides a number of services. 3-18 Chongwenmen Waidajie, Dongcheng, Beijing, Dongcheng District. (010 6708 1188) 贝特尔酒店, 东城区北京市东城区崇 文门外大街3-18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) http://www.marriott.com/ hotels/travel/bjsbc-renaissance-beijing-capitalhotel/ 北京富力万丽酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环 中路 61 号 Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street Another top-range hotel on Beijing’s “Wall Street.” With a striking glass and chrome exterior, the hotel boasts 253 guest rooms appointed with flat screen TVs, cordless phones and high-speed Internet and fax connections. The hotel features three restaurants (including the award-winning Cepe) and a lounge and bar serving Chinese, Italian and all-day cuisines. RMB 1,500-48,000. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) www.ritzcarlton.com 北京 丽嘉饭店, 西城区金融街金城坊东街1号 The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu This renovated elementary school proves there is more to Mutianyu than just the Great Wall. Located 90mins northeast of Beijing (via Jingcheng expressway) and offering a restaurant with fresh local ingredients, art glass studio and art room and is a creative way for the family to escape the city. Daily 9am-9pm. Mutianyu Village (for detailed directions, see website), Huairou District. (6162 6506) www.

theschoolhouseatmutianyu.com 慕田峪小园餐 厅, 怀柔区慕田峪 (具体路线请查看网站信息) Shangri-La Hotel Haidian District’s most upscale hotel is distinguished by its gorgeous garden, spacious rooms and arguably the west side’s fanciest bar (Cloud 9). Cafe Cha serves a bountiful buffet, with an accent on pan-Asian specialties – wear your stretch pants. RMB 1,208-15,000. 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, at Xisanhuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211) www.shangrila.com 北京香格里拉饭店, 海淀区西三环紫竹 院路29号 Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel Opening in July of 2011, the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel features 441 contemporary guest rooms, suites ranging from 43 to 240 square meters, four restaurants, spa and fitness center, swimming pool and meeting facilities. 36 Dongcheng Beilu, Global Trade Center, Dongcheng District. (5957 5184) www. sheraton.com/beijingdongcheng 北京金隅喜 来登酒店, 东城区东城区北三环路36号,环球 贸易中心 Sofitel Wanda Beijing Despite an ominous exterior, Sofitel’s new Asia flagship hotel is sure to dazzle with its sophisticated blend of modern comfort and classical Chinese elegance. Floorto-ceiling windows profit iconic CBD skyline views from west side rooms, specially designed feather beds, Wi-Fi, broadband and flat screen TVs complete a high-tech vision of luxury. The hotel’s F&B outlets include Le Pré Lenôtre and Farm House (see Restaurants). Rooms RMB 1,088-4,986. Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 北京万达索 菲特大饭店, 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座 The St. Regis Beijing With more marble than an Italian quarry and more wood than an old growth forest, the St. Regis is one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. At any hour round the clock, guests can summon their personal butler or a professional masseur; to fight jetlag, there is always the gorgeous pool, spa or putting green. The restaurants, notably the Astor Grill, will sat-isfy discriminating palates, and the buzz around town is that the bartender whips up a mean tequila Bloody Mary at the Press Club Bar. RMB 1,750-51,170. 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688) www.stregis. com/beijing 北京瑞吉酒店, 朝阳区建国门外 大街21号 Swissotel Beijing Though the rooms are fairly small, the large swimming pool, the diverse dining options and central location of this fivestar hotel appeal to both leisure and business travelers. RMB 2,755-7,180. 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288) www.swissotel.com 北京港澳中心瑞 士酒店, 东 城区朝阳门北大街2号 Tangla Hotel Tianjin 219 Nanjing Lu, Heping District, Tianjin, Outside Beijing. (022-2321 5888 / 4000-380-666, sales@tanglahoteltianjin. com) www.tanglahoteltianjin.com 天津中心唐拉 雅秀酒店, 北京市外天津市和平区南京路219号 The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing Old World elegance, plush comfort – everything you’d expect from this hallowed name, including impeccable restaurants such as the internationally themed Aroma and Yu (Cantonese/Sichuan). An in-house wedding chapel sets this hotel apart, but the 109sqm executive suites with innovatively partitioned living and entertaining quarters are where the Ritz really shines. 83A Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 8888) 北京丽 思卡尔顿酒店, 朝阳区建国路甲83号华贸中心 Traders Hotel, Beijing Well situated and connected to the China World Mall, the Traders Hotel (Guomao Fandian) is a less-expensive alternative for business travelers than its sister establishment, the China World Hotel. Traders Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2277) 国贸饭店, 朝阳区建国门 外大街1号 Traders Upper East Hotel Traders Upper East Hotel: With a modern, contemporary design, this Shangri-La-managed hotel has 409 guest rooms inclusive 22 suites and a large,

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Directories luxurious Traders Suite. With a Grand Ballroom suitable for up to 400 persons supported by a boardroom and 15 breakout rooms of varying sizes, the hotel is also ideally suited for meetings and banquet events. 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (southeast of Xiaoyun Qiao), Chaoyang District. (5907 8888) www.tradershotels.com 朝 阳区东四环北路2号 (霄云桥东南角) Wenjin Hotel Stepping from hot, dusty Chengfu Lu and into the expansive lobby of this hotel is like being baptized into luxury. Opened in May 2007, the hotel features bright rooms, ranging from very comfortable to opulent, all with glass-walled bathrooms and deep bathtubs. RMB 808- 33,200. Tsinghua Science Park, along Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6252 5566 ext 5506) www.wenjin.com.cn 文津国际酒 店, 海淀区成府路清华科技园 The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Fantastic location and first class amenities make the Westin Chaoyang one of Beijing’s premiere luxury hotels. All 550 guest rooms and suites are oversized and feature quality contemporary furnishings including the signature Heavenly Bed® and rainforest shower as well as wireless High Speed Internet Access. The Westin Executive Club Floor guest rooms and suites provide the ultimate comfort and convenience. The Heavenly Spa by Westin™ offers a range of treatments for the renewal of the body, soul, and mind. Facilities include an indoor pool, hydrotherapy centre, and WestinWORKOUT® gym. The business centre, located on Level 3, provides secretarial and business support while the gift shop features a selection of premium souvenirs and gift items.Find a journey of culinary delights and moments to savor in our restaurants, bars, and lounges as you enjoy offerings from China, Europe, and Asia. With a total of 1,100 square meters of function space, our hotel has the capacity to accommodate events of various sizes. The Jinmao Ballroom and seven meeting rooms feature the latest in audiovisual technology and five-star service. 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 金茂北京威斯汀大饭店, 朝阳区东三环 北路7号 The Westin Beijing Financial Street This mega-hotel on Financial Street (West Second Ring Road) has spared no expense in meeting the high expectations of its well-heeled clientele, from its vast lobby and elegantly appointed rooms to its opulent spa and pool. The Westin also boasts seven restaurants and bars – including Senses, which offers what many cognoscenti consider to be Beijing’s most decadent Sunday brunch. RMB 1,500-21,100. 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District. (6606 8866) 北京金融街威斯汀大酒店, 西城区金融街乙9号

Travel Agencies Beijing Sideways (Gael: 139 1133 4947, booking@beijingsideways.com) www. beijingsideways.com China Culture Center (CCC) From its Beijing headquarters, the Chinese Culture Club plans and organizes a diverse range of trips and cultural events (lectures, tours, courses, etc.) for those who wish to better understand and experience China, including a range of familyfriendly programs. Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, info@chinaculturecenter.org) www. chinaculturecenter.org 朝阳区亮马桥路29号安家 楼肯特中心院内 Planet Travel Planet Travel provides quality service for leisure family holidays and business trips at reasonable prices. Rm 2090, Bldg 5, Shoukaibojun, Yard 8, Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (6409 4255, info@planettravel.cn) www.planettravel.cn 星球旅行社, 朝阳区新东路 8号院首开铂郡5号楼2090 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.

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(8519 8800, private-tours@tui.cn) www.tui. cn 途易, 东城区建国门内大街7号光华长安大厦 2座921-926 WildChina Wild China’s family travel experts can help you craft a unique, personalized family vacation and are happy to program kid-centric activities like visits to schools or family homes, and arts and crafts workshops. Or, sign up for one of their family-friendly standard tours (trips to the Sichuan panda reserve are a popular choice). Rm 801, Oriental Place, 9 Dongfang Donglu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6465 6602, info@wildchina.com) www. wildchina.com 中旅特种旅游部, 朝阳区东三环 北路东方东路9号东方国际大厦801室

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

Cinemas Broadway Cinematheque MOMA (BC MOMA) Beijing’s first art house cinema hosts screenings by independent Chinese filmmakers, with a young filmmaker series to support up-and-coming artists. Often filmmakers are present for Q+A. Also screens pictures for general release. North area of Dongzhimen MOMA, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongzhimen, Chaoyang District. (8438 8258) http://www. bc-cinema.cn/ 当代MOMA百老汇电影中心, 朝 阳区东直门香河园路1号, 万国城北区(二环路 东北角) CGV Xingxing International Cinema Mon-Fri 10.30am-12.30pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am12.30pm. 4/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0800) 希界维星星国际 影城, 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场4层 Drive-in Cinema Car-less? Rent a vehicle for RMB 100. International and domestic movies show on five screens nightly after 7pm. 2 Liangmaqiao Lu (1,500m east of Yanshaqiao), Chaoyang District. (6431 9595, 5165 2832) www.drive-in.net.cn 汽车影院, 朝阳区燕莎桥东 1500米路北, 亮马桥2号 Mega Box One of the more popular cinemas in Beijing, Mega Box screens both the latest Hollywood blockbusters and Chinese films. For RMB 20 per year, their membership program is well worth it. Non-members pay RMB 80 for regular tickets and RMB 120 for 3D tickets. With the discount, members get 50 percent off

on weekdays and 30 percent off on weekends and holidays. 1) B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6118); 2) 3/F, Area C, Zhongguancun Mall (West of Dinghao Mall), Haidian District. (5986 3777) www.imegabox.com 美嘉欢乐影城, 1) 朝阳区 三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区地下1层; 2) 海淀 区中关村广场购物中心C区三层(鼎好西侧) Saga Cinema SA-42, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6868) www.sagacinema.com 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 Wanda International Cinema Screening the most up-to-date films from both China and Hollywood, this cinema is set apart from others by its awesome video game arcade and children’s play area (parental supervision and ticket purchase required). RMB 50-150. Kids’ tickets are 50% off and like all cinemas in Beijing, it’s half-price on Tuesdays. 1) Bldg 3, Wanda Entertainment Plaza, 18 Shijingshan Lu, Shijingshan District. (68663399); 2) Daily 9am10pm. 3/F, Bldg B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5960 3399); 3) Daily 10am-9pm. 5/F, Longde Square, 186 Litang Lu, Changping District. (8484 4742) www. wandafilm.com 万达国际电影城, 1) 石景山区石 景山区石景山路乙18号万达广场娱乐3楼; 2) 朝 阳区建国路93号万达广场B座三层; 3) 昌平区立 汤路186号龙德广场5层

Concert Hall & Theaters Beijing Concert Hall 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District. (6605 7006/5812) 北京音乐 厅, 西城区北新华街1号 China Children’s Art Theater Situated 1,500 meters northwest of Dongdan Station, this four-story playhouse presents plays and musicals for children in Chinese all year long. Every weekend, the Holiday Classic Theatre Hall on the fourth floor puts on plays starting at 10am, and performers even talk to the audience after each play. Performances include the Chinese classic Ma Lan Hua, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and A Journey With Hans Christian Andersen, among others. The Ma Lan Hua Art School that connects to the theater offers acting, recitation and dance classes for kids ages 5-12. Daily 9am-9pm. 64 Donganmen Dajie, west of Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (6521 1425) www.ccat. name 中国儿童艺术剧场, 东城区东安门大 街64号 Dayin Theater A theater located in The Place with different plays on. 5/F, C Tower, The Place, 9 Guanghualu, Chaoyang District. (6589 5559) http://www.dayinyuanxian.com/ 大隐剧院, 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶C座(时 尚大厦)5层 National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) Adjacent to the monolithic Great Hall of the People, French architect Paul Andreu’s space-age conception attracted a fair amount of criticismfor its cost (RMB 490,000 a seat) and dust-gathering capabilities (maintenance of the glass dome and surrounding moat is said to run up to hundreds of thousands of RMB daily). Since its opening in December 2007 though, praise for the stunning design, particularly beautiful at sunset, and the superb in-house acoustics has drowned out these criticisms. Continuing the trend of giving monikers to new monuments, the NCPA has been dubbed the ‘Egg’. Entrance to the three performance venues housed under the dome is via a passageway running under the moat, and the vast central atrium features stones from every region in China. Presently, attracting a string of world-class performers appears to be less of a problem than finding the appreciative local audiences that this venue deserves. 2 Chang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6655 0000) www.chncpa. org 国家大剧院, 西城区西长安街2号 Poly Theatre Holds music performances all year round. Poly Plaza, 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6500 1188 ext 5126/5127) www.polytheatre.com 保利剧院, 东城区东直门南大街14号保利大厦1层

Excursions Badaling Wild Park Wolves, lions, tigers, bears and assorted other large animals roam (not quite) free here, but certainly with a great deal more liberty than you’ll see elsewhere in China. Tour the park from the comfort of a vehicle (your own or one of the buses available at the park). RMB 90, RMB 45 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). Mon-Fri 7am-5pm and Sat-Sun 8.30am-5.30pm (summer), daily 9am4pm (winter). South across the highway from Badaling Great Wall Center, Yanqing County. (6912 1842/2591) www.bdlsw.com.cn 八达岭野 生动物园, 延庆县八达岭长城南 Kangxi Grasslands A fine spot to go horseback riding, paint balling, hunting and camping in warm months. There is plenty of exotic schmaltz, too, including fake Mongolian yurts and locals dressed in Mongol garb crooning and wrestling. West of Badaling Great Wall. (Take tourist trains from Beijing North Railway Station or Beijing South Railway Station to Kangzhuang or take bus 919 from Deshengmen to Kangxi Grassland. Driving: take Badaling Expressway to the end, and then drive west and follow the signs.), Yanqing County. (6913 1601/1638) 康西草原, 延庆县 八达岭长城西

Parks & Gardens Beihai Park This park is a good example of a classic Yuan dynasty imperial garden and has the benefit of being good to visit in all seasons. Ticket: RMB 10 (April-Oct); RMB 5 (Nov-March). Half-price for students. Daily 6.30am-8pm (Nov-March); 6am-9pm (April, May, Sept, Oct); 6am-10pm (June-Aug). 1 Wenjin Jie, Xicheng District. (6403 1102) www.beihaipark.com.cn 北海公园, 西城区文津街1号 Botanical Garden and Wofosi With a state-of-the-art green-house and the largest plant collection in China, the Beijing Botanical Garden, located in western Beijing next to the Frangrant Hills, has a whole day’s worth of flora. The highlight is the artificial jungle inside the greenhouse, with orchids, tropical trees and cacti. The sprawling grounds also contain Wofo Si, the Reclining Buddha Temple. RMB 5 (addional RMB 5 for Wofo Si). Gardens: Daily 6am-7pm (summer); 7am-5pm (winter). Temple and greenhouse: Daily 8am-4.30pm (summer); 8.30am-4.30pm (winter). Wofo Si Lu, Xiangshan, Haidian District. Wofo Si Lu, Xiangshan, Haidian District. (6259 1283) 北京植 物园和卧佛寺, 海淀区海淀区香山卧佛寺路 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-go-round and many rides including a roller coaster, flying dinosaurs, bumper cars, sky swings and several large inflatable castles. On top of all this, Sony ExploraScience is also located in the park. The outdoor pool is a great place to while away a summer afternoon and winters see a makeshift ski slope go up near the west gate – thrill seekers can rent skis and inter tubes onsite. The delightful northwestern section of the park includes a lake, flower beds and grassy expanses where families can enjoy a picnic. RMB 5, RMB 2.5 (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 6am-10pm (last entry at 9pm). 1 Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6506 5409) www.sun-park.com 朝阳公园, 朝阳区农 展馆南路1号 Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan) Daily 6am6pm (winter), 6am-6.30pm (summer). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). Xiangshan, Haidian District. (6259-1155) 香山公园, 海淀区香山 Houhai The area commonly referred to as “Houhai” actually covers two lakes: Houhai and Qianhai. Popular with families, Houhai is worth visiting especially in winter, when the frozen lake looks like a scene by some modern-day Brueghel, with families and couples skating, playing ice hockey, and jubilantly riding on ice chairs and other fantasmagoric contraptions.


Directories There’s an old school amusement area with trampolines, electric cars and a dragon train on the southwest bank, near Kong Yiji. Dianmenwai Dajie (aka Ping’an Dadao), across from the north gate of Beihai Park, Xicheng District. 后海地区, 西城区地安门外大街(北海 公园北门对面) Longtanhu Park The park boasts a popular outdoor playground with many slides and swings, as well as a trampoline, an indoor playground and several rides including hovercraft-type bumper cars. There’s a roller skating area on the island, lots of gym equipment, badminton courts and boats in which you can explore the lake. Older kids may enjoy the climbing wall in the park’s southwest corner. Other things to discover include an old MiG fighter jet. Fun to visit during Chinese New Year, when the park becomes a giant fairground. RMB 2 for park entry, additional fees for rides. Daily 6am-10pm. 8 Longtanhu Lu, Chongwen District. (6714 4336) 龙潭湖公园, 崇文区龙潭湖路8号 Olympic Forest Park Beijing’s Olympic Forest Park is a large, man-made nature park at the north end of the Olympic Green. Built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the park is oval in shape and features lake Wa Biancun in the center. The park features many walking and jogging paths. Several small islands in the lake are linked by bridges. The southeast end of the lake has a handful of carnival rides for children. The south gate of Olympic Forest Park is accessible through South Gate of Forest Park station (森林公园南门) on Line 8. Daily 6am8pm (summer), daily 7am-7pm (winter).. 15 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (Southern Garden: 6452 9060, Northern Garden: 6452 9090) 奥林匹克森林公园, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰 东路15号‎ Qingnianhu Park Park: Daily 6am-10pm (summer), 6am-9pm (winter); Water World: Daily 9am-5pm (summer). Andingmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8411 6321; Beijing Youth Lake Intl. Golf Club: 8411 6911; Water World: 8411 6321 ext 8032) 青年湖公园, 东城 区安定门外大街 Rendinghu Park Rendinghu is shielded from the city’s bustle and noise. You’ll find indoor and outdoor playgrounds. The swimming pool is good for younger children since it has small slides, a water jungle gym and a sizeable shallow end. Daily 6am-9pm. 11 Liupukang Jie, Deshengmenwai Ande Lu, Xicheng District. (6202 3200) 人定湖公园, 西城区德胜门外安德 路六铺坑街11号 Taoranting Park Why schlep the kids all the way down to Taoranting? Here are six reasons: 1) Its intelligently designed and clean playground, with padding on the ground, tall covered slides, swings, trampolines and more; 2) Water Land, an enormous water park; 3) Peacock Park, a weird, Yunnan-themed retreat with Dai-style buildings, the eponymous birds, monkeys and rabbits; 4) The symphony of colors that is the rose garden; 5) Car-shaped paddleboats; 6) Priceless signage: “No hunting animals in park,” “Transparent swimming suits are not allowed,” “Those swimming while drunk will be fined RMB 10-50.” RMB 2, RMB 1 (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 6am-9.30pm (last ticket at 9pm). 19 Taiping Jie (near National Ballet of China), Xuanwu District. (6353 2385) www.trtpark.com 陶然亭公园, 宣 武区太平街19号 Tiantan Park Although Tiantan has no rides, it offers ample room to run around, throw a frisbee and get away from the crowds. The rose garden is worth a look when in season. And there’s superior people-watching to be had in the covered galleries east of the Altar of Heaven. Get a kick out of visiting the park at dawn, when practitioners of arcane and mystifying forms of exercise come out in force. Combine a stroll through Tiantan with a visit to the Natural Science Museum. April-Oct: RMB 15 (main gate), RMB 35 (all access); Nov-March: RMB 10 (main gate), RMB 30 (all access). Daily 6am-9pm (park: last ticket 8pm); halls 8am5.30pm (Mar-Jun), 8am-6pm (July-Oct), 8am-

5pm (Nov-Feb). Yongdingmen Dajie, Chongwen District. (6702 8866) www.tiantanpark.com 天 坛公园, 崇文区永定门大街 Yuyuantan Park Enormous Yuyuantan Park attracts families and student groups on full-day outings. They bring tents, hammocks and blowup mattresses and kick back with sausages, tea, eggs and sunflower seeds. Kids ride bikes, blow soap bubbles (check out the Toucan Sam-shaped bubble “guns”) and fill the two large, well-stocked playgrounds. There’s plenty of room here to fly kites, and a big aquatic park with many slides and an area for younger children. You can catch the boat to the Summer Palace near the park’s south gate. RMB 2, RMB 1 (students). Daily 6am-9.30pm (summer), daily 6.30am-7pm (winter). Xisanhuan Lu (across from CCTV Tower). East entrance on Sanlihe Lu (just south of Diaoyutai); south entrance (with parking lot) behind China Millennium Monument., Haidian District. (8865 3804/6) www.yuyuantanpark.com 玉渊潭公园, 海淀区西三环中央电视塔对面 (东门在三里河路, 南门在世纪坛后面)

Museums & Education Shijia Hutong Museum The first facility in Beijing specifically established to preserve hutong history. Displays are presented in English and Chinese. Tue-Sun, 9.30am-4.30pm. 24 Shijia Hutong, Dongcheng District. 史家胡同 博物馆, 东城区东城区史家胡同24号

Play Centers Kerry Adventure Zone The Kerry Hotel’s new play center features top-of-the-line vertical drop slides, swinging ropes, ball pools, a tree house, tiny town and birthday party theme areas. RMB 5,000 for half-year memberships and RMB 7,500 for a full year. Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, SatSun 9am-10pm. 3/F, in the Kerry Sports Center, Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 3388) http://www.beijingkerrycentre. com/adventure_zone.html 朝阳区朝阳区光华路 1号北京嘉里中心饭店3层 Beijing Youth Palace Offering music lessons and dance classes, as well as a multilingual cinema. 68 Xizhimen Nanxiaojie, Xicheng District. (6615 2211) www.bjqng.com.cn 北京青 年宫, 西城区西直门南小街68号 Fundazzle This cavernous, indoor playground has a huge two-story jungle gym, trampolines and a toddler area with small cars, swings, seesaws, toy houses and so on. On weekends, counselors put on shows, lead the kids in song and dance, and teach arts and crafts. RMB 50/ child (weekend or weekday), three-hour limit. RMB 15/adult (weekends), free on weekdays. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun and holidays 9am-7pm. Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6208) 翻斗乐, 朝阳区工体南路 Happy Land Arts and Crafts Center Let your children discover their inner Picasso. Happy Land offers pottery, painting, paper folding, jewelry making and much more. Kids and parents love this spot, especially in the dead of winter. The staff is patient, knowledgeable and able to speak functional English. Birthday parties can also be arranged. RMB 80/hr. Daily 9am-5pm (winter), 9am6pm (summer). Xibaixinzhuang (near Capital Paradise), Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 4055, 136 6104 5892) 乐土工艺坊, 顺义区后沙 峪白辛庄村东(名都园的附近)

Water Parks Crab Island It’s no Ibiza, but it’s closer than Qingdao and the substantial fake beach boasts real, well-maintained sand and comes dotted with free sun umbrellas and chairs. When the wave pool gets turned on, families charge into the huge pool – the docile waves are best enjoyed while perched on an inner tube (RMB 10, RMB 50 deposit). When your kids get tired of the wave pool there are two sets of waterslides, an extremely lazy river, and a human-powered waterwheel that dumps buckets of water on eager heads. A shallow water play area draws in families with little

kids. All in all, a pretty good day at the “beach”! Daily 8am-1am. 1 Xiedao Lu (take the Weigou exit off the Airport Expressway and follow the signs), Chaoyang District. (8433 5566/5588) www.xiedao.com 蟹岛绿色生态度假村, 朝阳 区蟹岛路1号 Water Cube (Happy Magic Water Cube Waterpark) Next door to the Bird’s Nest, and affectionatelyreferred to as the “Water Cube”, this USD 200 million Australian-designed structure is regarded as the perfect yin to the Bird’s Nest’s yang – a comforting “curvy” contrast to the rigidity of the stadium. Drawing inspirationfrom nature, the bubble-wrapped exterior answers an old physics problem about how to fill space most efficiently (the answer: two bubbles of equal volume but different shape). Bubbles also make for sleek earthquake-proofconstruction, without the need for obtrusive concrete or structural beams. Presuming that they get their daily wipes, this translucent covering of plastic “pillows” (100,000 square meters in total) helps reduce the amount of energy needed for interior heating and lighting, while allowing in more light and heat than glass would. Other green features include the recycling of 10,000 tons of rainwater collected by the outer surface and roof. Post-Olympics, the Cube has opened the warm-up pool for public swims, while renovations will dismantle temporary seats to create an aquatic center and water theme park. RMB 30 (tour only), RMB 50 (swimming), RMB 200 (water park) locker rental RMB 30 Daily 10am-9pm. Olympic Park, 11 Tianchen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8437 8086) http:// waterpark.water-cube.com/english/index. aspx 朝阳区奥林匹克公园天辰东路11号水立方 嬉水乐园

Schools Language Schools Beijing Mandarin School Established in 1998, Beijing Mandarin School has students speaking 60 percent of the time in class and focuses on communication for everyday life. Over the years, thousands of students from over 50 countries and over 70 companies and embassies have studied at the school. Beijing Mandarin School offers weekly Chinese cooking classes (RMB 150/two hours) and other cultural activities. Visa help and accommodations are also available. Call for a free trial lesson. 1) Rm 709, 7/F, Guangming Hotel (near US Embassy), 42 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (8441 8391, info@beijingmandarinschool.com); 2) Rm 904-905, 9/F, E-Tower Bldg, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (6508 1026/1126, info@beijingmandarinschool.com) www. beijingmandarinschool.com 北京普通话学校, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路42号光明饭店7层709室; 2) 朝阳 区光华路12号数码01大厦9层904-905室 Culture Yard Culture Yard is an international culture center, located in a traditional Chinese courtyard in the heart of Beijing. Created and run by a multi-national team of young and enthusiastic individuals, Culture Yard aims to promote language and culture learning among the local and expat communities by offering various workshops, cultural exchange activities and language training courses. Daily 9amlate. 10 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8404 4166, contact@cultureyard.net) www. cultureyard.net 越洋, 东城区石雀胡同10号 Dynamic Mandarin Dynamic Mandarin is a privately owned Chinese language school based in Tuanjiehu, Beijing. At Dynamic Mandarin we take pride in catering to all types of students, from those desiring an intensive learning regimen and aiming to achieve their HSK as quickly as possible to those who are looking for a more casual learning environment. Whoever you are and no matter what learning pace you desire, Dynamic Mandarin has the program to suit your needs. 9am - 5:30pm. English Street Address: Suite 301,Richen International Center,No.13,Nongzhanguan

South Road, Chaoyang District. (6500 5755, enquiries@dynamicmandarin.com) www. dynamicmandarin.com 大美汉语, 朝阳区农展馆 南路13号瑞辰国际中心301 FLAM Pékin FLAM Pékin offers French classes designed for bilingual or French-speaking students aged 4-15 who attend school in a non-French environment. The association’s courses combine French language and culture, take place on Saturday mornings, and are divided into six difficulty levels. Younger learners learn to read, write, and express themselves, while older learners apply their language skills through interactive methods like music and theater. French School, 30 Sanlitun Dongsijie, Chaoyang District. (Isabelle Fournier (president): 138 0108 2506, Florrie Frederiksen (secretary/treasurer): 136 9911 5504 or 188 1081 4406, flambeijing@gmail.com) www. flampekin.net 朝阳区三里屯东四街30号法国学校

Schools School fees listed are for one academic year unless otherwise. Specified.Abbreviations: IB = International Baccalaureate; ESOL = English as a Second or Other Language 3e International School Founded in 2005, 3e International School has grown into an institution of over 200 studentsfrom Nursery to Grade 4. The school aims to develop critical thinkers through a specially-developed, research-based curriculum. Classes are taught inEnglish and Chinese with half of the day devoted to each language. Within this inquirybased program, a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activity is provided to supportchildren’s development across the entire curriculum. Age range: 2-10. Tuition fees (2014-2015 academic year): RMB 108,300 (Half-day Nursery); RMB 113,300 (Full-day Nursery); RMB 149,400 (Pre-K); RMB 153,500 (Kindergarten); RMB 164,500 (Grades 1-4) 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 100, admissions@3einternationalschool.org) www.3einternationalschool.org 3e国际学校, 朝 阳区将台西路9-1号

AnRic Little Montessori Room (AnRic LMR) AnRic LMR is a full international member school of the American Montessori Society. The multicultural classroom aims to help children develop into self-directed learners, flexible thinkers, creative problem solvers, empathetic citizens and resilient individuals. The school offers a fully bilingual curriculum so that children are immersed in an environment where both English and Chinese are consistently used all day. Children learn in a warm, close-knit environment maintained by a low student to teacher ratio. Special needs children are welcome and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Age range: 1.5–6 years 2014-2015 Tuition Fees: RMB78,800/year (half-day), RMB 92,800/year (full day) Global Trade Mansion, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6591 8169, admissions@anricedu.com) www.anricedu. com 安杨蒙台梭利小屋, 朝阳区光华路9号安杨 蒙台梭利小屋 American International Academy of Beijing (AIAB) Founded in 2012, AIABprovides a bilingual Montessori-based teaching approach to preschool that also incorporates elements of the Chinese National Curriculum. School facilities include Montessori

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Directories classrooms, adance studio, library, music room, baking room, meeting room, clinic, and outdoor playground. Age range: 18 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2013-2014 academic year): RMB 82,500/11 months (full day); RMB 50,600/11 months (half day); RMB 5,000 per Session (optional summer camp, Session 1: Jul 15-26, Session 2: Jul 29-Aug 9) Bldg 5, 78 Baiziwan Nan’erlu, Chaoyang District. (8776 0606, apaiacademy@gmail.com) www.aiab.com.cn A 派国际双语幼儿园, 朝阳区百字湾南二路78 号院5号楼 Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) Over the past 20 years, BIBS has grown from one campus to four and from a kindergarten-only curriculum to a full-fledged K-12 school. Students represent 36 countries and local Chinese students are also accepted. BIBS’ curriculum combines Eastern and Western educational philosophies. The nutritionistapproved lunch men includes vegetarian, Muslim, Chinese and Western options made with organic produce. Age range: 2-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 academic year): 1) 21st Century Kindergarten: RMB 1,600 (application fee), RMB 78,000/year (half day), 100,000/year (full day); 2) Wanda Kindergarten: RMB 1,200 (application fee); RMB 55,000/year (full day); 3) Primary School: RMB 1,600 (application fee), RMB 30,000 (capital levy fee); RMB 100,000/ year (reception class); RMB 135,000/year (Grades 1-6); 4) Senior School: RMB 1,600 (application fee), RMB 30,000 (capital levy fee), RMB 135,000/year (Grades 7-12) 1) Primary School: Area 2, Upper East Side, 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 7951, 21s Century Kindergarten: bikoffice@bibs.com.cn, Primary School: office@bibs.com.cn, Wanda Kindergarten: bbkoffice@bibs.com.cn, Senior School: senioroffice@bibs.com.cn); 2) Senior School: 38 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang District. (8456 6019, 21s Century Kindergarten: bikoffice@ bibs.com.cn, Primary School: office@bibs.com. cn, Wanda Kindergarten: bbkoffice@bibs.com. cn, Senior School: senioroffice@bibs.com.cn); 3) 21st Century Kindergarten: 1/F, Bldg B, 40 Liangmaq Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 9255, 21s Century Kindergarten: bikoffice@ bibs.com.cn, Primary School: office@bibs.com. cn, Wanda Kindergarten: bbkoffice@bibs.com. cn, Senior School: senioroffice@bibs.com.cn); 4) Wanda Kindergarten: Bldg 7, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5960 3887, 21s Century Kindergarten: bikoffice@bibs.com. cn, Primary School: office@bibs.com.cn, Wanda Kindergarten: bbkoffice@bibs.com.cn, Senior School: senioroffice@bibs.com.cn) www.bibs. com.cn 青苗国际双语学校, 1) 朝阳区东四环北 路6号阳光上东二区; 2) 朝阳区南十里居38号; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路40号B座1层; 4) 朝阳区建国 路93号万达广场7号楼 Beijing BISS International School (BISS) With a diverse student body, Beijing BISS International School’s mission is to foster international relationships to educate and empower students to attain personal excellence and positively impact the world. BISS offers the IB Diploma Program, serves as an SAT Test Center, caters to children with learning needs, and offers counseling, student enrichment programs, universitysearches, and transitional education services to third-culture kids and their parents. Age range: 3-17. Tuition fees (20122013 Academic Year): RMB 18,000-23,000 (refundable deposit); RMB 3,800 (registration); RMB 99,000 (Kindergarten); RMB 146,400177,500 (Grades 1-12); RMB 20,000 (ESOL) Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, admissions@biss.com.cn) www. biss.com.cn 北京BISS国际学校, 朝阳区安贞西 里四区17号楼 Beijing City International School (BCIS) The school motto of BCIS is “Empowering and inspiring throughchallenge and compassion.” This non-profit, independent co-educational day school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Associationof Schools and Colleges (WASC). BCIS offers an international curriculum for Nursery through Grade 12 students under the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and isauthorized to teach all three IB

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programs (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma). The campus culture is characterized by a warm and inclusive nature and an emphasis on personalized rigorousacademic inquiry through the extensive use of information technology in the classroom. Age range: 3-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 2,000 (registration fee); RMB 5,000 (new student fee); RMB 132,600 (Nursery); RMB 144,500 (Pre-K); RMB 154,000 (Kindergarten); RMB 186,300 (Grade 1-2); RMB 188,700 (Grade 3-5); RMB 195,300 (Grade 6-8); RMB 199,100 (Grade 9-10); RMB 206,600 (Grade 11-12) 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8771 7171, admissions@bcis.cn) www.bcis.cn 北京乐 成国际学校, 朝阳区百子湾南二路77号 Beijing Collegiate Academy (BCA) Beijing Collegiate Academy (BCA) aims to educate future global leaders and build China’s leading international bilingual school by combining the strengths of the Canadian and Chinese curricula. With licensed Canadian and Chinese teachers, students have the opportunity to become fluent in both Chinese and English, allowing them to build a unique perspective and foundation to their university and professional careers. Located on the east side of Chaoyang Park, BCA features purpose-built classrooms and sports facilities, as well as world-class teachers. Age Range: 5-18 years. Tuition Fees (2013 – 2014) RMB 142,000 – 175,300 10 Upper East Side, Dongfeng Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5681 2555, admissions@bj.ccaschools. cn) www.ccaschools.cn 常春藤国际学校, 朝阳 区东风南路阳光上东10号 Beijing Huijia Kindergarten Part of a nationwide chain, Huijia Kindergarten has 17 campuses and early childhood centers around Beijing. The curriculum combines advanced international educational ideas, modern teaching methods and Chinese traditional culture and focuses on nurturing children to become international citizens. The coursework, which emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, is designed to help students become “lifelong learners” and take responsibility for themselves, their studies others.Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Huijia Central Park Experiential Early Childhood Education Center RMB 72,000/year; Tuition for other centers vary from RMB 25,000-72,000/year (contact school administration for details) 1) Shangdi MOMA campus: MOMA, Anning Zhuang, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8275 9510 / 8274 1391, hjkids@263.net); 2) Changping campus: Huijia Vocational College, 20 Chuangxin Road, Zhongguancun Kejiyuan, Changping District, Changping District. (5163 1603, hjkids@263. net); 3) Sanyuan Qiao campus: 6 Jing’an Dongli, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6463 5251, hjkids@263.net); 4) Wanquan campus: 35 Xinxin Jiayuan, Wanquanyuan, Bagou nanlu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8255 1751, hjkids@263.net); 5) CBD campus: 24 Xincheng International Apartment, 6 Chaowai Dajie (6597 9358), Chaoyang District. (6597 9358, hjkids@263.net) www.hjkids.com 汇佳幼儿园, 1) 海淀区安宁庄上地MOMA小区; 2) 昌平区中关村科技园创新路20号汇佳职业学院 内; 3) 朝阳区静安东里6号; 4) 海淀区巴沟南路 35号小区万泉新新家园; 5) 朝阳区朝外大街6号 新城国际公寓24号楼 Beijing Huijia Private (IB) School Beijing Huijia Private (IB) School is comprised of a kindergarten, primary school, junior high school and senior high school. It is a day and boarding school where Chinese and foreign students study together, and it is the first member school of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in China that admits Chinese students. With a mix of Chinese and foreign students (from 15 countries) and more than 500 Chinese and foreign teachers and staff, it is one of the largest private schools in Beijing. Age range: 3-18. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 1,000 (application fee); RMB 20,000 (deposit); RMB 146,600/year (Grade 1-2); RMB 148,200/year (Grade 3-4); RMB 152,500/year (Grade 5-6) 157 Changping Lu, Changping

District. (400 889 1993, admissions@huijiaedu. org) www.huijiaedu.org 北京汇佳私立学校, 昌 平区昌平路157号 Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA) Founded in 2006, we comprise of Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle and High Schools and located in Shunyi about 5 minutes from Europlaza. BIBA follows an international US standards based curriculum, but also incorporates strong Chinese language and mathematics programs. While it’s KG Department is 50%/50% bilingual, the percentage of English instructional time increases as students progress up the grade levels. BIBA is also passionate about education of the “whole child” via a wide array of sporting, music and performing arts programs. A sibling discount of 20% applies for second and subsequent children. Age range: 2.5 – 15. Tuition Fees 2013-14: Application Fee – 1600 RMB. Capital Levy KG – 10,000 RMB, ES, MS & HS – 20,000 RMB. Fees per year: Pre-K – 70,000 RMB, Reception – 80,000 RMB, G1-G5 - 120,000 RMB, G6-8 - 130,000 RMB, G9-10 – 140,000 RMB. Monet Garden, 5 Yumin Dajie, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8041 0390, info@ bibachina.org) www.bibachina.org 海嘉国际双 语学校, 顺义区后沙峪裕民大街5号 Beijing No. 25 Middle School Originally named Yu Ying School, Beijing No. 25 Middle School was founded by the American Congregational Church in 1864. The Canadiancertified high school program at Beijing No. 25 Middle School was founded in 2005 as one of the earliest establishments approved by the Beijing Municipality. The Canadian curriculum is delivered entirely in English by Canadian-certified teachers. Graduates receive dual diplomas issued by both countries and can choose to enter universities in Canada, the US, or other English-speaking countries. No. 4 also has sister-school relationships with middle schools in Sweden, Korea, Canada, Germany and Japan.Age range: 14-18.Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 50,000/ year 55 Dengshikou Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8511 5150, guojibu25zhong@126.com) bj25schooledu.com.cn 北京市第二十五中学, 东 城区灯市口大街55号 Beijing No. 4 High School Beijing No. 4 High School is a pilot middle school and high school, a member of UNESCO,and one of the oldest key schools in Beijing. Since it was founded more than 100 yearsago, the school has taught 35,000 Chinese and foreign students. The internationaldivision was established in 2002 and currently has more than 200 students from SouthKorea, Japan, the US, the UK, Canada, and more. The department offers Chinese languagecourses, diploma courses, and prep courses for higher education. Foreign students who passHSK level 6 have the option of integrating into the schools Chinese curriculum.Age range: 12-18. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 25,000/ semester (tuition); RMB 10,000/semester (accommodations). For other fees (lodging deposit, weekend management fee, insurance, etc.), contact the school. A2 Xihuangchenggen Beijie, Xicheng District. (6653 9752, 6617 3886, guojb@bhsf.cn) www.bhsf.cn 北京市第四中学, 西城区西皇城根北街申2号 Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) Beijing World Youth Academy is an IB World School offering both English and bilingual (Chinese/English) programs for local and overseas students. BWYA values holistic education and inquiry-based learning, and offers students opportunity to develop as globally aware critical thinkers. The faculty hails from over 15 countries. BWYA emphasizes creativity and teamwork using a curriculum that incorporates standards from North America, Europe and Asia. The school has a strong track record of preparing students for top universities around the world, including Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley and Stanford. Age range: 6 – 18Tuition fees (2014– 2015Academic Year) Application fee: 1,800 Capital Levy fee: 30,000 New Student fee: 2,500 International Primary School (Grade 1-5):120,000IB Middle Year

Programme (Grade 6-9): 140,000 IB Middle Year Programme (Grade 10): 160,000IB Diploma Programme (Grade 11–12): 160,000 18 Huajiadi Beili, Chaoyang District. (6461 7787, admissions@ibwya.net) www.ibwya.net 北京世青国际学校, 朝阳区花家地北里18号 Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) Opened in September 2006, CISB offers a Montessori Nursery and PreKindergarten program, as well as a Canadianstyle curriculum for K-12 students. CISB is a three-program IB World School: IB Primary Years Program, IB Middle Years Program and the IB Diploma Program. The student body currently represents over 60 nationalities and has the capacity for 1400 students. Age range: 18 months to 18 years. Tuition fees (20132014 Academic Year): RMB1,800 (Application Fee); RMB76,600 (Half-Day Montessori Nursery); RMB121,800 (Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten); RMB158,800 (Grade 1-5); RMB160,400 (Grade 6-8); RMB179,800 (Grade 9-12) 38 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, admissions@cis-beijing.com) www. cisb.com.cn 北京加拿大国际学校, 朝阳区亮马 桥路38号 Children’s International Bilingual Academy (CIBA) Founded in 2002, and formerly known as Children’s Learning Center of Beijing, CIBA has served the local and expat community in Shunyi for over a decade. CIBA uses an international curriculum based on American and British national standards. Both “Head Start Child and Development and Early Learning Framework” and “Early Years Foundation Stage” (EYFS) guide the planning, implementation, and reflection of learning programs. Both frameworks focus on on playbased learning. The frameworks also recognize the importance of communication and language, includingearly literacy and numeracy, and social and emotional development. Tuition includes ballet, Kindermusik, andkungfu. Early bird, group, and embassy discounts available. Age range: 15 months-7 years. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 1,500 (nonrefundable application fee); RMB 49,500 (PreNursery and Nursery half day); RMB 55,000 (Pre-Nursery and Nursery full day); RMB 65,000 (Foundation Stage 1); RMB 67,500 (Foundation Stage 2 and Reception); RMB 72,000 (Year 1-2) 3052-3056 Gahood International Villas, Shunyi District. (8046 7082 (English and Chinese), 8046 3122 (English only), administration@ clcbkids.com (English), wendy@clcbkids.com (Chinese)) www.clcbkids.com 顺义区嘉浩别墅 3052-3056号 Daystar Academy Daystar Academy, a Kindergarten-Grade 6 school, offers a balance of Montessori-based English education and the Chinese National Curriculum. Students spend half of their day in each language environment. As part of their curriculum, they are developingan integrated, capabilitiesbased character education program that unites all areas of the school and community. This approach connects two cultures and implements the strongest attributes of both Western and Eastern teaching methodologies. Sibling discounts availabe. Age range: 3-12. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 105,000 (Kindergarten full day); RMB 57,000 (half-day, for 3-year-olds only); RMB95,000 (3 years old); RMB 105,000 (4-5 years old) RMB 110,000 (Elementary, Grade 1-6); RMB 10,000-30,000 (additional one-time entry fee) 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8430 2654 ext 8009 or 5603 9446 (Heather Zhao in Admissions), heatherz@daystarchina.cn) www. daystarchina.cn 启明星双语学校, 朝阳区顺 白路2号 Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) Dulwich College first opened its doors to students in Beijing in August of 2005. Since then, the school has grown to include approximately 1,400 students ranging in age from 12 months to 18 years. DCB is a 21st-century school that couples outstanding ICT facilities with a modern approach. The school features a one-to-one laptop policy for students in Year 8 and above and utilizes a Virtual Learning Environment


Directories for the entire faculty. DCB is accredited by the Council of International Schools and Western Association of School and Colleges, and was named International School of the Year in 2011. The school aims to provide students with a well-rounded environment to grow, develop, and learn in. Ages: 12 months – 18 years. Application Fee: RMB 2000 – non-refundable; Placement Deposit: RMB 18,000 – refundable subject to terms and conditions; Early Years: RMB 66,200-168,000; Grades 1-12: RMB 168,000-219,200 1) Legend Garden Campus and Legend Early Years Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District. (6454 9000, info@dulwich-beijing.cn); 2) Beijing Riviera Campus: 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676, info@dulwich-beijing.cn) www.dulwich-beijing. cn 北京德威英国国际学校, 1) 顺义区机场路 89号丽京花园; 2) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号 香江花园 Eduwings Kindergarten The culmination of two former schools, Der Kingergarten and Jin Yi Kingergarten, Eduwings Kindergarten is divided into English/Chinese and German departments that are each split into three age groups (2-3, 3-4, 5-6 years) and one infant group (2 years and under). All of the lead and language teachers are native-speakers and educate children individually following the school’s philosophy: “Every child needs to have roots and wings – roots to know where they are from and wings to explore the world.” Eduwings also offers Montessori education, swimming, music and art activities, a library, climbing facilities, as well as an outdoor playground and yard. All afternoon activities are included in the tuition fee. Age range: 2-6 (infant group for under 2 years old). Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): RMB 52,000 for half day program; RMB 72,000 for full day program (afternoon activities and lunch included in the tuition fee). Merlin Champagne Town Clubhouse, 6 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8384, mariaseemel.eduwings@gmail.com) www. eduwingskids.com 金翼德懿幼儿园, 顺义区天竺 镇丽苑街6号美林香槟小镇俱乐部 Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens Part of the Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens’ division of the Etonkids international education group, the Central Park campus features a bilingual Montessori program designed to develop “independence, initiative and creativity.” The school caters to children from 1 to 6 years of age and are divided into nursery school (18 months-3 years) and “Casa” (a.k.a. “Early Childhood Community,” 3-6 years) divisions with lessons promoting intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth (nursery) as well as coursework in language arts, mathematics, everyday living skills, sensory awareness exercises and culture (Casa stage). Check the website for additional EtonKids Bilingual Park Campuses. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year):Monthly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 6,250; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 8,500; Yearly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 62,500; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 85,000 1) Central Park Campus: Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6995, Peking House Campus: xuyan@ etonkids.com or zhoudan@etonkids.com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids.com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@etonkids.com, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@etonkids.com); 2) Midtown Campus: Bldg 21, Guangqujia Yuan, Guangqumen Waidajie, Chongwen District. (6749 5008, Peking House Campus: xuyan@ etonkids.com or zhoudan@etonkids.com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids. com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@ etonkids.com, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@ etonkids.com); 3) Palm Springs Campus: Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 5967, Peking House Campus: xuyan@etonkids. com or zhoudan@etonkids.com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids.com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@etonkids.com, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@etonkids.com); 4) Peking

House Campus: 20 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 6778/9, Peking House Campus: xuyan@etonkids.com or zhoudan@etonkids. com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids. com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@ etonkids.com, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@ etonkids.com) www.etonkids.com 伊顿双语幼儿 园, 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际19号楼; 2) 崇文区广渠门外大街广渠家园21号楼; 3) 朝 阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈泉国际公寓; 4) 朝阳 区西大望路20号 Etonkids International Kindergarten CBD Global Trade Mansion Etonkids International Kindergarten is one of the oldest schools in Beijing’s Etonkids franchise (a nationwide educational group). The school provides a community-centered American-style education led by Montessori-certified teachers and an educational philosophy based on the Three C’s – Creativity, Character and Culture. Coursework includes lessons in practical life, “sensorial,” math, language, culture and science. A variety of programs are also available including Reggio Baby and Kindermusik. The staff meets regularly for training under the EXCELS school improvement planning program, which is designed to share new teaching practices, the Montessori method and current educational trends. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Annual Registration fee RMB 2,000 Yuan (inclusive the materials and uniforms)RMB71,800-112,000/ year 1) CBD Campus: 3/F, Block D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805, Lido Campus: lidoadmin@etonkids. com, CBD Campus: gtmadmin@etonkids.com); 2) Lido Campus: Rm C103, Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7368, Lido Campus: lidoadmin@etonkids.com, CBD Campus: gtmadmin@etonkids.com) www. etonkids.com 伊顿国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区光华 路世贸国际公寓D座3层; 2) 朝阳区机场路丽都 广场C103室 Fangcaodi International School Fangcaodi is a state-run primary school that has been accepting foreign students for over 40 years. Classes are in Chinese, with the exception of English language classes. The school uses the same textbooks as other Chinese schools in the municipality and places a strong emphasis on math and Chinese. Fee-based after-school activities include badminton, arts and crafts, wushu and rollerblading. Grades: 1 to 6. Price range: RMB 16,000-48,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy. 1 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8563 9140, fcdyy@hotmail.com) www.fcd. com.cn 芳草地国际学校, 朝阳区日坛北路1号 The French International School of Beijing (LFIP) The French International School of Beijing (LFIP) is part of a network of 480 French schools established in 130 countries. It is administered in accordance with the official guidelines established by the French Ministry of Education, while remaining open to the Chinese language and culture and promoting the use of English in an international context. The LFIP offers its education in 3 languages (French, English, Chinese), from Kindergarten to the final year of High School. Non-native French-speaking students will have their language abilities assessed, and are given special support according to their results. Located in Sanlitun, the LFIP welcomes around 1000 students from about 50 different nationalities. Ages : 3-18 years old. Tuition fees for the 2013-2014 academic year: one time registration fee EUR 850; Kindergarten and elementary School EUR 7,020 – 8,770; Middle School: EUR 8,100 – 9290; High School: EUR 12,590 – 14,440 1) High school: Chaoyang Community College, 17, Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang Shequ Xueyuan, Chaoyang District. (6444 1136, secretariat@lfip.net.cn); 2) Elementary school and Middle school: 13 Sanlitun Dongsijie, Chaoyang District. (6532 3498, secretariat@ lfip.net.cn); 3) Kindergarten: 4 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 7881, secretariat@ lfip.net.cn) www.lfip.net.cn 北京法国国际学 校, 1) 朝阳区朝阳社区学院, 北三环东路17 号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯东四街13号; 3) 朝阳区 三里屯路4号

German Embassy School (Deutsche Botschaftsschule Peking) The German Embassy School offers instruction in German and uses a curriculum and textbooks that adhere to standards set by the German Board of Education. Approximately 150 students are enrolled in the kindergarten classes, and 560 in the elementary and upper school. Grades: Kindergarten to grade 12. Price range: EUR 7,300-10,100 (plus a EUR 2,600 admission fee, EUR 1000 bus fee). 7.55 am-5.15 pm. 49A Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 2535, info.dsp@dspeking.net.cn) www. dspeking.net.cn 北京德国使馆学校, 朝阳区亮 马桥路甲49号 Harrow International School Beijing Harrow International School Beijing prides itself on high academic standards that are maintained within a close-knit school community. All students are assigned a personal tutor who looks after their overall welfare and serves as a liaison between school and home. High academic standards and leadership skills are promoted school-wide, with a range of enrichment activities to help students develop teamwork and creative thinking skills, as well as independence and responsibility. Graduates from Harrow Beijing have been accepted at universities across the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, and Princeton.Harrow Beijing follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales, culminating in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE and IGCSE’s), and A Levels. Its curriculum is fully accredited by all British Examination Authorities and it is an accredited SAT center. Harrow Beijing is also a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and, like all Harrow International Schools, undergoes regular accreditation visits by CIS and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the US. Harrow Beijing is also a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Southeast Asia and East Asia (FOBISSEA), which enables students to collaborate in music and sports with other schools across Southeast Asia.Age Range: 9 weeks-18. Tuition Fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Nursery: RMB 119,800; Reception: RMB 149,300; Years 1-2: RMB 177,700; Years 3-6: RMB 189,100; Years 7-9: RMB 207,600; Years 10-11: RMB 217,600; Years 12-13: RMB 231,700. 287 Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang County, Chaoyang District. (6444 8900, enquiries@harrowbeijing.cn) www. harrowbeijing.cn 北京哈罗英国学校, 朝阳区崔 各庄乡何各庄村287号 The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China (RDFZ) Founded in 1950, the education philosophy of RDFZ is to respect individuality and develop the students’ personal development. Led by Liu Pengzhi, RDFZ boasts more than 50 international faculty members and over 200 international students. Students can choose to study Mandarin as part of the Chinese language program or take classes with regular middle and high school students. More than 85 percent of the student body has been accepted to top universities like Peking University and Tsinghua University. RDFZ has launched reforms that combine traditional Chinese education and international curricula, including elements of A-Levels, the IB program, and AP classes. RDFZ has a network of 46 partner schools worldwide, including Escola-Hamelin Laie Internacional, Spain; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Phillips Academy Andover; Raffles Intitute; Eton College; and Mahidol Wittayanusorn. Department of International Students, The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, 37 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6251 3962, guojibu3962@ sina.com) www.rdfz.cn 中国人民大学附属中学 (简称人大附中), 海淀区中关村 大街37号人 大附中国际部 House of Knowledge International Kindergarten (HoK) House of Knowledge (HoK) boasts a unique curriculum that includes aspects of Montessori and Reggio Emilia, with special emphasis placed on the latter approach. Students are treated as competent learners

with boundless potential. With this in mind, the curriculum helps kids acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn” in a multilingual environment (English, German, Chinese). Age range: 10 months to 6 years. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 2,000 (registration fee); RMB 5,000-15,000 (refundable deposit based on withdrawal policy); RMB 66,780-136,680 (school fees based on choice of program). 1) Quanfa Campus: North gate of Quanfa compound, 15 Maquanying, Chaoyang District. (6431 8452, info@hokschools.com); 2) Victoria Gardens Campus: 15 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6538 2624, info@ hokschools.com) www.hokschools.com 好思 之家国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区马泉营15号泉发花 园北门; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路15号维多利亚 花园公寓 The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) As the first and only fullyregistered international Montessori school in Beijing, MSB has been serving the city’s expatriate children since 1990. During that time, it has earned a glowing reputation for its steady commitment to the growth, education, and well-being of its pupils. The school is both an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society(AMS), which upholds the MACTE Montessori education standards on an international level, and the International Montessori Teaching Institute, which provides ongoing training to all of MSB’s lead teachers and teaching assistants. In August 2012, the school expanded its Riviera campus to cover all of its pre-kindergarten through elementary programs, and counts spacious classrooms, an indoor pool, and a multi-purpose auditorium among its facilities. Parents, in particular, are fond of the campus’s twoCoffee Stops, where they can mingle with a cup of coffee and a freshly-baked treat, courtesy of the school’s dedicated parent association. Age range: 1-12. Tuition fees (2012 Academic Year): 3 Day Toddler (Age 1): RMB 41,000; 5 Day Toddler (Age 1): RMB 65,000; Morning Nursery (Age 2): RMB91,000; Full-day Nursery (Age 2): RMB 135,000; Morning Kindergarten (Ages 3-4): RMB 95,000; Full-day Kindergarten (Ages 3-4): RMB 140,000; Reception (Age 5): RMB 157,000; Elementary (Ages 6-12): RMB 163,000. Bldg 8, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6432 8228, admissions@msb.edu.cn) www.msb.edu.cn 北京蒙台梭利国际学校, 朝阳 区朝阳区香江北路2号院8号楼 International Montessori Teaching Institute (IMTI) The International Montessori Teaching Institute ( IMTI ) provides training for new and experienced teachers. The Early Childhood Montessori Teacher training course is designed for teaching 2 and a half to 6 year olds and is affiliated with the American Montessori Society ( AMS ) with accreditation by MACTE, therefore it is an internationally recognized qualification. We offer a flexible year-round training schedule designed with Adult learners in mind. It is delivered with Chinese/ English bilingual synchronous translations and includes English or Chinese manuals. Our training facilities are well equipped with Montessori materials to ensure ‘hands on’ experience is delivered. IMTI offers a suite of Professional Development workshops to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers and parents. They include Art, Music and Movement , Infant and Toddlers, Preparing for Chinese New Year and Designing Classroom materials just to new a few. 688 Glory Palace, No.2 Shunfu Road, Renhe Town, Shunyi District. (8949 6877 ext 288, snowzhang@ imti-china.com) www.imti-china.com 蒙台梭利 教学法国际交流中心, 顺义区仁和镇顺福路2号 御墅688号 International School of Beijing (ISB) Building on its 33-year tradition of academic excellence, ISB is embracing the challenges and rewards of the future of education. Through a tailored, connected, real-world curriculum known as Learning21@ISB, the experienced and passionate teachers provide students with opportunities to grow as individuals, scholars, and contributing members of the

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Directories community. The school’s curriculum and culture are grounded in the core values of global-mindedness, integrity, respect, balance, creativity, and service. ISB has superior facilities and offers opportunities in sports, service, and the arts. In the school’s welcoming community, students find a balance of rigorous academics and enriching personal growth. Tuition fees (2013-2014 academic year): RMB 75,860 (EC3 half day); RMB 138,710 (EC4 full day); RMB 162,560 (K-Grade 5); RMB 174,430 (Grade 6-8); RMB 191,840 (Grade 9-12). Application fees and capital levy fees also apply. 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (5149 2345, admission@isb. bj.edu.cn) www.isb.bj.edu.cn 北京顺义国际学 校, 顺义区安华街10号 Ivy Academy Ivy Academy is a pre-school and kindergarten created in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers that accepts students of ages two through six. The school offers an English speaking environment taught by a team of highly qualified early childhood educators who customizes the Multiple Intelligences theory influenced curriculum according to the children’s interests. Age range: 2-6 years old. Website: www.ivyschools.com. 1) Central Park Campus: Bldg 24, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (5738 4599, East Lake Villas Campus: Infoel@ivyschools.com, Central Park Campus: Info-CP@ivyschools.com); 2) East Lake Villas Campus: Rm C101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimen Waidajie, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380, East Lake Villas Campus: Infoel@ivyschools.com, Central Park Campus: Info-CP@ivyschools.com) www.ivyschools. com 艾毅国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区新城国际校 园:大街6号新城国际公寓24号楼; 2) 东城区东 湖校园:东直门外大街35号东湖别墅C座101室 Ivy Bilingual School (IBS) Ivy Bilingual School offers a curriculum based on the Multiple Intelligences theory and provides an immersion bilingual program in which both Chinese and Western teachers interact with children throughout the day. IBS’ goal is to provide children with the most current research-based practices coupled with knowledge of Chinese culture. Upon graduation, children will be comfortable speaking in both English and Chinese. Age range: 2-6. Tuition fees for Orchid Garden Campus (2013-2014 Academic Year): Deposit is one month tuition (non-refundable, to be credited toward tuition); Material fee RMB 1,500; Half-day RMB 5,810/month; Full day RMB 7,750/month. Tuition fees for Ocean Express Campus (2013-2014 Academic Year): Deposit is one month tuition (nonrefundable, to be credited toward tuition); Material fee RMB 1,500; Half-day RMB 6,080/ month; Full day RMB 8,100/month. 1) Orchid Garden Campus: 18 Xinjin Lu, Cuigexiang (Airport Expressway, Beigao Exit), Chaoyang District. (8439 7080, Ocean Garden Campus: info-og@ivyschool.com, Ocean Express Campus: info-OE@ivyschools.com); 2) Ocean Express Campus: Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Kempinski), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287/6, Ocean Garden Campus: info-og@ivyschool.com, Ocean Express Campus: info-OE@ivyschools. com) www.ivyschools.com 艾毅双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区卓锦校园:崔各乡新锦路18号卓锦万 代; 2) 朝阳区远洋校园: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, Info-LJ@ivyschools.com, Info-TS@ivyschools. com); 2) Lijing Campus, 28 Shilipu Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8446 4189, Info-LJ@

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ivyschools.com, Info-TS@ivyschools.com) http://www.ivyschools.com 艾毅多元智能幼 儿园, 1) 通州区北苑路52号; 2) 朝阳区十里 堡北路28号 Jack & Jill Children’s Center Jack & Jill Children’s Center is a full-day child care and education service provider. The child-focused teaching practices are the cornerstone of a dynamic learning process designed to build up children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for knowledge. The curriculum used is designed and implemented by a professional teaching team based on various curricula, including HighScope, Reggio Emilia and Chinese culture. In an environment where children are the “real owners”, they will develop in mind, body and spirit as they explore the world around them, develop communication and social skills, and learn to proactively and independently think, judge and solve problems. Rm 105108, Bldg 1, Chevalier Apt, 2 Shangjialou Lu, Chaoyang District. (8436 1861, 139 1188 6574, shuang.p@jacknjill.cn) www.jacknjill.cn 嘉杉 嘉华儿童之家, 朝阳区尚家楼路2号院裘马都1号 楼105-108室 Keystone Academy Keystone Academy will open in Shunyi District in the fall of 2014. Keystone promises to be a unique and exciting school option for families in China – offering Chinese and American instructional techniques of inquiry-based learning, critical-thinking, and creative problem solving in a rigorous intellectual environment. The academic program will be international in scope, with a central curriculum thread that focuses on Chinese identity, language, culture, and history. Keystone will serve students grades 1 through 12, with a bilingual curriculum in the primary years and more intensive instruction in English as students progress through the program. There will be a boarding school option for Grade 7 and 8, and mandatory boarding in Grade 9-12. Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (5825 6008, admission@keystoneacademy.cn) www.keystoneacademy.cn 北京鼎石国际学校, 顺义区后沙峪镇 Pakistan Embassy College This embassyrun school offers two types of curricula: the Pakistan national curriculum, and an English curriculum associated with London University that offers GCSE and A-level qualifications. Both curricula are taught in English, but a number of ESOL students are accepted, and remedial English classes are provided. Chinese language classes are mandatory for all except senior-level students. An enrollment of 400 students from more than 40 different countries makes for an excellent student-teacher ratio and a diverse student body. School facilities include science, computer and language laboratories, and a gymnasium and indoor basketball court. Ages: 4 to 18. Price range: USD 250-600/month 1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6532 1905) 朝阳区三里屯东直门外 大街1号 PKU College International Bilingual Preschool (PKUC) PKU College International Bilingual Preschool is the kindergarten affiliated with PKU College, itself administered under Peking University. The school combines both Chinese and Western educational philosophies to shape future leaders and world citizens, focusing on students’ physical and psychological health, helping them find their interests, and developing their skills and independence. PKU College’s Panoramic Pedagogy consists of school education, family education, parent education and social education. The proprietary preschool curriculum is administered in a safe and friendly learning environment based on multimedia and bilingual teaching methods. Classes include Chinese, English, math, music and art, science, physical education, virtue education, and social skills. Violin, traditional Chinese painting, or kung fu is also incorporated into the weekly curriculum. School facilities include a library and a kitchen. Age range: 18 months to 6 years. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 60,00090,000. 9 Xinbei Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 609 2598, info@pkucollege.com) en.pkucollege.

com/preschool 北大公学北苑国际双语幼儿园, 朝阳区新北路9号 Positive Foundations School Highly experienced teachers provide education that stresses the importance of self-development and life skills as well as the academic fundamentals that provide the foundation for further education and cognitive development. All classes are taught by foreign teachers in their native English, with the option of a Chinese class in the afternoon. Offers Nursery and Kindergarten, with both full and half-day Montessori-based curriculum. Application fee: RMB 1,000. Tuition fees: RMB 46,800-105,000. 3006 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 6302, pfsschool@126.com) www.pfsmontessori.com 北京灵睿国际学校, 顺义区北京市顺义区后沙峪 西白幸庄嘉浩别墅城3006栋 Springboard International Bilingual School Springboard offers kindergarten through 6th grade in a 75% English, 25% Chinese bilingual environment. The newly renovated building sports brightly-colored classrooms designed for no more than 15 students per class flanked by large common areas that are dotted with toys on the first floor and well-stocked bookshelves on the second. Behind the school there’s a large football pitch and basketball courts, plus indoor play areas, a ballet studio, and art studio and a library in an adjoining building. Springboard’s annual tuition for grades 1 through 6 is RMB 90,000 annually. Gucheng, 15 Houshayu Lu, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (office@sibs.com.cn) http:// www.sibs.com.cn 君诚国际双语学校, 顺义区后 沙峪镇火沙路古城段15号 St. Paul American School (SPAS) Saint Paul American School (SPAS) is a private residential school, part of the Nacel International School System, dedicated to meeting the educational needs of international students at the middle and high school level. Located near the Olympic Village Park, and partnered with Number Two High School attached to Beijing Normal University, SPAS offers both an American curriculum, as well as intensive study in Chinese language and culture. This arrangement provides a unique dual diploma system that is fully accredited by the NCA (North Central Association on Accreditation and School Improvement). Saint Paul American School’s intercultural program now serves students from 23 countries around the world, and is truly dedicated to providing a new concept of high school for future leaders in the global community. CurriculumSaint Paul American School provides a full US curriculum, with over 40 courses offered, ranging from the introductory to AP level. Students also take courses in Chinese language, culture, history, and art.For students needing more academic support there is a peer tutoring program, as well as a nightly study hall in which certified teachers provide additional help. All students participate in an after school activity or club of their choosing. Emphasis is given to the fine arts. 18 Guan’aoyuan, Longgang Lu, Qinghe, Haidian District. (8273 8613, david.krieger@ saintpaulamerican.org) www.stpaulschool.cn 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 Swedish School Beijing Established in 1994, Swedish School Beijing is open for all Scandinavian students. The teaching language of the school is Swedish with Swedish Curriculum where students work towards “Nationellaprov” while the school is also offering Chinese and English classes. Classes are taught in small groups, so each student can be monitored progressively. There are also after school activities such as sport, dance, cooking and crafts available. Age range: 2-12; tuition fee (2012/13): pre-school 50000-110000RMB, elementary school 120000-130000RMB. Lunch and snacks are included. School bus service is available. Gahood Villa, Xi baixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (6456 0826, info@ ssbchina.com) www.swedishschool.org.cn 瑞典 小学, 顺义区后沙峪镇西白辛庄嘉浩别墅 The British School of Beijing (BSB)

The British School of Beijing, established in 2003, has campuses in Shunyi (primary & secondary) and Sanlitun (primary). It is the only school in Beijing approved by the UK’s Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). BSB offers an enhanced English National Curriculum to 1,500 expatriate students from more than 60 countries. Our Shunyi campus currently offers IGCSE and A-level examination programmes and from August 2014 will offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme. Families are eligible for a 5% discount by paying yearly tuition fees in full. Age range: 2-18. Tuition fees 2013-2014 Academic Year: RMB 1,600 (Application fee); RMB 16,000 (Security deposit, payable upon acceptance); RMB 107,286 (Pre-Nursery & Nursery mornings); RMB 160,944 (Pre-Nursery & Nursery full day); RMB 173,600 (Reception); RMB 193,217 (Year 1-2); RMB 206,273 (Year 3); RMB 209,339 (Year 4-6); RMB 227,796 (Year 7-9); RMB 234,734 (Year 10-11); RMB 246,057 (Year 12-13). 1) Sanlitun Foundation Stage: 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8532 5320, admissions@britishschool.org. cn); 2) Sanlitun Primary: No.5 XiLiuJie Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088, admissions@ britishschool.org.cn); 3) Shunyi Campus: 9 Anhua Lu (south side), Shunyi District. (8047 3558, admissions@britishschool.org.cn) www. britishschool.org.cn 北京英国学校, 1) 朝阳区三 里屯北小街7号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯西六街5号; 3) 顺义区安华路9号南院 The Children’s International Bilingual Academy Formerly The Children’s Learning Center of Beijing, The Children’s International Bilingual Academy is a bilingual preschool: nursery – through to– preparatory (18 month – 6 ½ years). It 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. The theme-based programs 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. They offer flexibility for families through their 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@clcbkids.com) http://www. clcbkids.com 顺义区后沙峪白辛庄嘉浩别墅3056 The Family Learning House Recognized as a model kindergarten by the Chaoyang Ministry of Education, The Family Learning House is a virtues-based, bilingual pre-school dedicated to “acquiring knowledge and good character for the purpose of serving humanity.” In addition to its “Virtues in Us” character education program, the school aims to provide an academically stimulating Montessori and Chinese curriculum. The Jianwai Soho campus includes a petting farm, organic produce and a child directed recycling program, and the curriculum places strong emphasis on art and music and includes daily piano lessons for all 4 1/2 and 5-year-old children. Students also participate in monthly educational outings, community service projects and multicultural celebrations. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Full Day Session – RMB 69,500/year; Half Day Session (under 4 years old) – RMB 46,500/year Beside Bldg 14, Jianwai SOHO West Area,39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7540 ext 800 (reception) or 801


Directories (office), info@thefamilylearninghouse.com) www.thefamilylearninghouse.com 家育苑, 朝阳 区东三环中路39号 建外SOHO西区14号楼旁 Western Academy of Beijing Western Academy of Beijing is an International Baccalaureate World School that boasts a “challenging and caring educational environment in which students are active participants in the learning process.” WAB provides a learner-centered atmosphere that nurtures a strong sense of community among its 1,550 students from 55 countries, with the mission to “Connect, Inspire, Challenge: Make a Difference.” Campus facilities are extensive and include a lake and model wetlands that are the foundation of its environmental science center.Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year, combined total includes capital levy and tuition): Nursery RMB 85,000; Pre-Kindergarten RMB 141,000; Kindergarten RMB 165,000; Grades 1-5 RMB 165,000; Grades 6-8 RMB 181,000; Grades 9-10 RMB 198,000; Grades 11-12 RMB 204,000 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5986 5588, wabinfo@wab.edu) www.wab.edu 北京京西学校, 朝阳区来广营东路10号 Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS) Situated next to the scenic downtown Honglingjin Park since 1995, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) is officially registered as a school for foreign nationals, providing bilingual education for students aged 2-18. YCIS Beijing adheres to the National Curriculum for England (NCE) and also integrates an extensive Chinese Language and Culture programme, featuring a unique Co-Teaching model in Kindergarten and Primary school that combines one Western teacher and one Chinese teacher in every class. Within Secondary school, Yew Chung International School of Beijing follows the IGCSE and IB programmes and is accredited by NCCT, CIS and NEASC.YCIS Beijing has a 100 percent pass rate and 100 percent university acceptance rate to universities such as Oxbridge Universities, Princeton and MIT. YCIS is the only international school in China to have received the ‘Cambridge Award for Excellence in Education’ from Cambridge International Examinations. Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 3731, enquiry@bj.ycef.com) www.ycis-bj.com 北京耀 中国际学校, 朝阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门

Shopping Bookstores Foreign Languages Bookstore The mother lode for kids’ books in English, the store has classic picture books by Dr. Seuss, plus many series like Junie B. Jones, The Famous Five, Arthur and more. Older kids will find a slew of must-read books as well. Also offers books on tape and loads of photo-illustrated, hardbound series on science, nature and animals. The selection keeps getting better, but prices remain Western. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 235 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 6903, bxwjsjb@public.bta.net.cn) www.bpiec. com.cn 外文书店, 东城区王府井大街235号 Page One This addition to Beijing’s bookstore scene offers the best selection under one roof (in art/design, food & wine, bestsellers, classics, etc.), with competitive prices for English-language material. 1) Daily 24hrs. S2, 1-2/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6626, page1_cwtc@pageonegroup.com, page1_indigo@pageonegroup.com); 2) Daily 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, page1_cwtc@pageonegroup. com, page1_indigo@pageonegroup.com); 3) Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. Shop 50, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0408, page1_cwtc@ pageonegroup.com, page1_indigo@ pageonegroup.com) www.pageonegroup.com 叶一堂, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南 区2楼1-2层; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商

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Scholastic Children’s Library Stocks English books that young children can borrow. Library cards available at the centers. 1) Wed-Fri 9am6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 1B1-35-37 Solana, 1 Nonzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6377, cpalowitch@scholastic.com.cn); 2) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 2/F, Westside of Aisedun, Haidian District. (8265 2711, cpalowitch@scholastic.com.cn); 3) WedFri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 4/F, north side, of the Jinyuan Xin Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 5318/9, cpalowitch@ scholastic.com.cn); 4) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, SatSun 9am-7pm. F3-08, 3/F, Hualian Shangsha, Shangdi (at the south intersection), Haidian District. (6266 7734/94, cpalowitch@scholastic. com.cn); 5) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 3/F Glory Mall, 18 Xihuashi Dajie, Chongwen District. (6711 8059, cpalowitch@ scholastic.com.cn); 6) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, SatSun 9am-7pm. , Fengtai District. (8767 0865, cpalowitch@scholastic.com.cn); 7) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7 pm. 1/F Bldg B, Anzhen, Shenggu Jiayuan, Chaoyang District. (6443 8186, cpalowitch@scholastic.com.cn); 8) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7 pm. 3/F, Section E, Wangjing International Shopping Center, Chaoyang District. (5920 3790, cpalowitch@scholastic.com.cn) www.scholastic. com.cn 学乐儿童教育集团, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区农 展馆南路1号朝阳公园西侧蓝色港湾国际商业区 1栋广场层1B1-35-37号; 2) 海淀区海淀区海淀 南路34号艾瑟顿公寓二层西侧(海淀妇幼保健院 对面); 3) 海淀区海淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎 四层北; 4) 海淀区海淀区上地南口 华联商厦三 层F3-08; 5) 崇文区崇文区西花市大街18号 北 京国瑞购物中心三层; 6) 丰台区Block 1, Bldg 28 (Tong Run Hui Guan Building), Fangzhuang, Fangguyuan,

Biorck & Co Mon-Thur 11am-6pm; Fri-Sun 11am-9pm. Shop 250, 2/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0415) biorckandco.com 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商 场2层店铺号250

Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore Fabulous Chinese-language selection of kids’ books, including lavishly illustrated kids’ encyclopedias, tons of easy-readers and brightly illustrated books for kids just learning Chinese, plus posters, fun interactive books and myriad learning aids. The English selection is slim, but a budget-stretching option is to pick up the super cheap, green-bound, China published softcover editions of classics like Kidnapped and Tom Sawyer. Daily 10am-9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 2592) 王府井 新华书店, 东城区王府井大街218号

Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique Counting Sheep offers gear for moms, dads and kids. From maternityclothes, baby furniture, baby shower gifts to party items. International brands include Stokke, Bloom, Boob, Baby Bjorn, Ergo Carriers, Hotslings, Bravado, Chicobello, Fleurville, BamBam, Big Bobby Cars, and Trunki. Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (1/F of Bodhi bldg, directly across from north gate of Workers Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 7622, ask@countingsheepboutique.com) www. countingsheepboutique.com 洋洋宝宝店, 朝阳 区工体北路17号(工体北门对面) 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) www.hola.com.cn 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) www.ikea.com.cn 宜 家家居, 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号(四元桥 西北角)

Home Accessories and Gear BabyGro Beijing BabyGro is Beijing’s one-stop shop for imported maternity, baby and toddler gear. Run by moms for moms, BabyGro stocks safe, innovative and high quality products. They have a large selection of maternity items and pregnancy clothes, as well as breast pumps, bottles, formula, safety items and toys for babies and kids. Brands include ERGObaby, Grobag, Medela, EGG Maternity, Sono Vaso, Crayola, Mini Micro, Recaro, Micralite, Trunki, Skip Hop, Playgro and Organic Family. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm. Shop 5058, Bldg A, 5/F, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaowai Lu (across from Central Park), Chaoyang District. (5900 0601, johanna@babygro.com.cn); 2) Wed-Sun 10am5pm. Cathay View Garden Shopping Mall (next to Beijing Riviera Villas), 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 1690, johanna@ babygro.com.cn) www.babygro.com.cn 慧宝, 1) 朝阳区朝外路6号朝外SOHO5层A座5058店铺( 新城国际对面); 2) 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观唐 广场二期商铺 Babyland Daily 10am-9pm. Shop 337, 3/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0437) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港 商场3层店铺号337 Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) Daily 10am-8.30pm. Unit LB09, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785); 2) 10.30am-6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091) www. toranacleanair.com/index.html 1) 顺义区天竺镇

HealthPro® Swiss Made by IQAir AG With record levels of air pollution, families need an air purifier now more than ever. Protect your health with one of HealthPro®’s top-rated air cleaning systems. HealthPro® Swiss Made by IQAir AG promises near-perfect levels of clean air with zero loss of efficiency between filter changes. The type HyperHEPA filter technology is certified to capture 99.97% on particles down 0.3 microns, and 99.5% on particles down to 0.003 microns – 800 times smaller than PM2.5. 1) B1/F, 03A Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, info@ iqair-china.com); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601, info@iqair-china.com); 3) 10am8pm. 6/F, Parkson Plaza, 101 Fuxingmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (157 1286 8485, info@ iqair-china.com); 4) Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, Parkson Plaza Taiyanggong, Bldg 1, 12 Qi Sheng Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (157 1286 8454, info@ iqair-china.com); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401, info@iqair-china.com); 6) Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 1801-03, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800, info@iqair-china.com); 7) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179, info@iqair-china.com); 8) Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. B1/F, Golden Resources New Yansha Mall, 1

Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (157 1286 9044, info@iqair-china.com); 9) 10am-10pm. B2/F, Scitech Plaza, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (188 1020 5987, info@iqairchina.com) www.iqair-china.com 1) 顺义区天 竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下一层03A; 2) 朝阳 区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 3) 西城区复 兴门内大街101号6层百盛复兴门店家电部; 4) 朝 阳区七圣中街12号院1号楼B1百盛太阳宫店生活家 电区; 5) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地5层生活家 电区; 6) 朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦1801-03室; 7) 西城区金城坊街金融街417号四层; 8) 海淀区 远大路1号金源新燕莎商城地下1层; 9) 朝阳区建 国门外大街22号赛特购物中心地下二层 Lily’s Antiques Furniture Lily’s Antiques is the most famous furniture dealer in Beijing, offering quality Chinese antiques, but also imported traditional and modern styles from all over the world, from Ming chairs and Tibetan rugs to Indian trunks, Spanish design and Italian sofas. The service is the best in town, with a one-year guarantee and delivery. 1) Daily 8.30am-6pm. Gaobeidian Showroom, 69 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (8579 2458); 2) Visit by Appointment. Factory and Warehouse Address, Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang town, Tongzhou District. (138 0139 6309) 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 Mothercare Mothercare, the acclaimed British brand, is a global specialist retailer of clothing, home and travel and toys for mothers to be, babies and young children. Sells hard-to-find clothes for kids age 6 and younger, as well as a wide range of nursery furniture and nursery equipment. Find maternity clothes, strollers, bedding, car seats, playpens, baby monitors, children’s clothes and other elusive products at this chain. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) Stall B2122, 1 Senlingongyuan Lu, Jingzhan Xiang, Shunyi District.; 2) Stall 121-123, Beyou World, 111 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) 5/F, Wangfujing Baihuo, 255 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8529 1777); 4) Stall 41284130, 4/F, Jinyuan Xinyansha Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 5506); 5) SMM-42, 1/F, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6134) 1) 顺义区金 盏乡森林公园路1号B21-22商铺; 2) 朝阳区京顺 路111号比如世界1F121-123商铺; 3) 东城区王府 井大街255号王府井百货5层; 4) 海淀区远大路1 号金源新燕莎购物中心4层第4128-4130商铺; 5) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区SMM-42 Motherswork Daily 10am-10pm.. Store L-VDM-20, Block 2, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Weibo: @ motherswork_中国 (5905 6905, info@ motherswork.cn) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园路6号院 蓝色港湾国际商区2号楼L-VDM-20号店铺 Muji 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Joy City Chaoyang, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8552 6752); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 2/F, Phase 2, Beijing U-Town, 5 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8563 5386); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F and 2/F, Beijing Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmen Dajie, Chongwen District. (6715 6880); 4) Daily 10am-10pm. 2/F, Wangfujing Department Store, 251-253 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2148); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. L322-330, China Central Place, 6 Xidawanglu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5948); 6) Daily 10am-10pm. SMM73-79, M/F, Bldg 1, Solana Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6848); 7) Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-10pm. 1/F, Joy City, 131A Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6248) www.muji.com.cn 无印良品, 1) 朝阳区朝阳北路101号朝北大悦城1层; 2) 朝阳区 三丰北里5号悠唐生活广场2期2层; 3) 崇文区崇 外大街18号国瑞城1F-2F; 4) 东城区王府井大街 251-253号王府井百货2层; 5) 朝阳区西大望路甲 6号华贸购物中心L322-330; 6) 朝阳区朝阳公园 路6号蓝色港湾国际商区1号楼M层SMM73-79; 7) 西城区西单北大街甲131号大悦城1层 Paloma Sanchez Run by a certified gemologist and jewelry designer who produces high-quality pieces out of white and yellow gold. A115, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (136 6130 0554) www.

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Directories palomasanchez.com 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里 花园A115 RGF Pro-active Air Purification System The RGF-DESKTOP system is small, compact, lightweight, easy to install and use in any place. PHI Cell reduces not only germs, viruses. And bacteria but also harmful gases, VOCs, odors, tobacco smoke, suspended airborne particulates as small as 0.01 mm, which are common indoor air pollutants in modern buildings and home. Many air purifiers only purify the air that passes through the device. This results in a large percentage of the room left untreated and unprotected. PHI Cell not only treats the air that passes through the device, but it also sends the friendly oxidizers into the entire room for a complete coverage. Traditional air purifiers often require regular maintenance, which results in high operational cost. The Desktop requires no cleaning and maintenance. It consumes no more than 10W and operates with low-pressure drop. This provides a great way to save energy for building operators and home owners. F11, North Tower, Daheng Technology Towers, 3 Suzhou Street, Haidian District. (400 818 6660, www.dahengit.com) 美国艾洁弗主动 式空气净化器, 海淀区苏州街大恒科技大厦 北座11层 Sundan Nationwide chain of electronics stores sells laptops, cameras, mobile phones, home appliances, DVDs, camcorders and more. Free delivery included. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 13, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0462); 2) 10am-10pm. F4, Beijing Raffles City, Dongcheng District. (8409 8962); 3) 10am-9pm. SLG36, S2-10,20, Sanlitun Village, Chaoyang District. (400 6788 688) http://www.sundan.com/ 顺电, 1) 朝阳区酒 仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG13; 2) 东城区东城区东直门南大街1号来福士广场四层; 3) 朝阳区三里屯Village南区 Villa Lifestyles Villa Lifestyles has been serving the Beijing community for more than five years. Providing you with quality name brand products backed by great service, they have the widest selection of BBQs and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQAir air purifiers, Bissell Vacuums and more. Stop by their Shunyi showroom or visit their website to have a look at what’s new. Daily 10am-9pm. B1/F, 03A Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, info@ villalifestyles.cn) www.villalifestyles.cn 顺义区 天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下1层03A

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

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Markets Hongqiao Market Here you’ll find T-shirts, silk pajamas, Chinese tchotchkes, beads, shoes, and some electronics, as well as a great fish market in the basement. But under daily siege from foreigners eager to share their wealth, this landmark market is seriously overpriced – for everything. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. If you nevertheless find yourself there with your camera, head up to the fifth floor balcony for an amazing view of the Temple of Heaven. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 46 Hongqiao Lu, Chongwen District. (6713 3354) 红桥市场, 崇文区红桥 路46号 Liangma Flower Market This store sells almost every variety of cut flower or potted plant you could want at very reasonable prices. There are loads of individual vendors, so variety is good and bargaining is the norm. Delivery by flatbed bicycle costs between RMB 10-30, depending on the distance and your haggling skills. Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. South bank of Liangma River, 758 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6504 2446) 亮马花卉市 场, 朝阳区东三环北路758号, 燕莎商城南, 亮 马河南岸 Panjiayuan Antique Market The mother of all “antique” markets is home to over 3,000 dealers who scour the countryside in search of antiques, family heirlooms and curios. This is the place to go for life-size terracotta warriors, vintage photographs, porcelain vases and figurines, Qing-style furniture and much, much more. The best bargains are offered early on weekend mornings, between 6 and 8.30am. Best on weekends, 4.30am-6pm (but open on weekdays as well). Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 4.30am-6pm. West of Panjiayuan Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6775 2405) 潘家园旧货市 场, 朝阳区潘家园桥西边 Silk Street Market Although this six-story market is overwhelmingly touristy (and therefore overpriced, even with bargaining), it is filled with everything imaginable – clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, electronics, and fabrics – each with its own section. Be prepared for loud and pushy sellers who are accustomed to dealing with foreigners. Daily 9am-9pm. 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5169 8800) 秀水街, 朝阳区 建国门外大街秀水东街8号 Yashow Market Spoiled by the gaggles of free-spending tourists who come for bargain shopping, the stall owners here are less amenable to offering deep discounts to residents than their counterparts in other markets. Nevertheless, teen after teen told us they enjoy shopping here for copies of recent fashionable clothes: low-slung jeans, branded T-shirts, baggy pants and oversized athletic wear. Daily 9.30am-9pm. 58 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1726) 雅秀市场, 朝阳 区工体北路58号 Zoo Clothing Market This incredible indoor market, and the similarly laid out buildings around it (Jinkaili and Tianqi), have mazes of shops and stalls with wonderfully inexpensive clothes, shoes, and accessories (with heavy haggling, of course). You can find “brand name” goods, but also tons of non-branded trendy Chinese styles. A favorite of the locals, and apparently unknown to tourists, the shopping experience here is hectic but exciting, and with such low prices it’s hard not to walk away with something ... or a whole new wardrobe. 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)

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, jiyunliang@vip.163.com) 德润屋, 昌平区兴寿镇辛庄草莓园 Green Cow Organic Farm Donggezhuang (10 min north of the International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, 6433 4435 (fax), thelovelygreencow@gmail.com) http://www. greencowfarm.com/ 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) Little Donkey Farm Beijing’s only government supported Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm delivers produce to your door once or twice a week (depending on your preference). Memberships range from RMB 2,000-4,000 for delivery, or RMB 1,440-2,800 for pick-up orders. You can also farm your own small 30-meter plot for RMB 1,200 a year. West of Houshajian Village, Sujiatuo Zhen, Haidian District. (138 1095 6036, 186 0102 2820, littledonkeyfarm@163.com) www. littledonkeyfarm.co海淀区海淀区苏家坨镇后 沙涧村西

Photography Studios & Services ELF kids Photography Daily 9.30am-5.30pm. 5-2-101, 33 Shiyun Haoting, Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8776 9877, 152 0110 0176, 1824019404@qq.com) www.ielf.cn 爱儿菲亲子 摄影工作室, 朝阳区广渠路33号石韵浩庭5-2-101 Littleones Kids & Family Portrait Studio This Western photography studio specializes in newborn, children, family, and maternity photos. Photo shoots are tailored to each family. Daily 9am-6pm. Swan Bay Building 16, suite 2203, Chao Yang Bei Lu, Chaoyang District. (8577-9987, service@littleones.com.cn) www.littleones.com.cn 美国乐童万色儿童摄影机 构, 朝阳区朝阳北路天鹅湾南区16号楼2203 Mishka Family Photography This husband and wife team speak Russian, English and Chinese. Offers professional portraits, actions shots, and specializes in photographing children. 1) C3, Fuli City, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District. (maxim@mishka.pro); 2) Rm 1910, CAMEO Center, Guangshunnan Dajie, Chaoyang District. (maxim@mishka.pro) www. mishka.pro, www.mishka.cn 1)朝阳区双井桥富 力城C3; 2)朝阳区广顺南大街嘉美中心1910 Moxue Zhang Photography Trained at the Hallmark Institute of Photography in the US, Moxue Zhang is a portrait photographer with a studio in Central Park. While her focus lies on children and female solo portraits, Moxue has experience with a wide range of subjects – from weddings to executive portraits – and welcomes challenging assignments. Rather than mass production, the outcome of each shoot is an individual piece of art. For on-location shoots, Moxue is relatively flexible within or around Beijing. Appointments are best booked one month in advance to guarantee availability; walk-in clients are not accepted. (156 0056 6329, moxue@moxuezhang.com) www. moxuezhang.com 默雪映像 Nova Photo Studio Daily 10am-6.30pm. W-1317, 3/F, West Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 3107) www.novaphoto.cn 尚都摄影, 朝阳区东大桥路8 号Soho尚都西塔3层W-1317 Smile Photography Studio Smile Photography Studio does commercial shoots, advertising, product shoots, events, portraits, video, and more. Rm 101, Unit 1, Bldg 1, Qingfeng Huajinyuan, Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (183 0104 7315) www. moko.cc/speedwide 永乐摄影, 海淀区海淀区学 院路青枫华锦园1号楼1单元101室 The Bloom Family Photography Recently relocated to Sihui East, frequent beijingkids collaborator The Bloom Family Photography provides high-quality photography services to families. Featuring candid and customized photography, Bloom aims to capture the uniqueness and personality of its subjects.

The studio is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and is also available for local and domestic travel. Daily 10am-6pm. 361#-2-2502, RunZe Mansion, Qingyuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (8559 1851, 155 1061 6900, hello@bloompic.com) www.BloomPic.com 花 开摄影机构 VivaXiao Photography Studio Formerly known as Small World Photo Studio, VivaXiao is a professional photography studio based in Shunyi. Providing services both in and out of the studio, VivaXiao aims to create memorable photos that evoke emotions, capture memories, and awaken the imagination. Tue-Sun 10am7pm. Rm 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. (80461603 (Chinese), 13691091046 (English)) www.vivaxiao.com 小 小世界专业摄影, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆 广场五层509-510

Shopping Centers & Malls Indigo Mall Swire Properties’ new mega-mall located right by 798 is home to a massive supermarket and a cinema, as well as a trendy array of popular shops (including bla bla bra, GAP) and local eateries (Blue Frog, Element Fresh). Daily 10am-10pm. 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0898) www. indigobeijing.com 颐堤港, 朝阳区酒仙桥路18 Joy City Chaoyang Xidan’s Joy City has just opened a second branch in Chaoyang, with a number of popular brands including Sephora, Hugo Boss and H&M, plus a two-floor supermarket and plenty of restaurants. Daily 10am-8pm. 10/F, 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. (8557 9888) 朝阳北路大悦城, 朝阳区朝阳北路 101,青年路口东北角 Pinnacle Plaza 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. 荣祥广场, 顺义区天竺开发区 裕翔路99号 Sanlitun Village One of Beijing’s biggest expat attractions, this combination indoor/ outdoor shopping and food center is home to the Uniqlo, Adidas and Apple flagship stores, Element Fresh, Hatsune, Blue Frog, Ganges, Union Bar and Grille and more. The basement level has a Megabox cinema and toy stores. The outdoor fountain is a hit with the kids in the summer. Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6110) 三里屯Village, 朝阳区三里屯路19号 Solana Located inside Chaoyang Park, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park has a fine collection of shops, restaurants, cafes and sporting facilities. Venues include British baby shop Mothercare, the perfect place to stock up on all things related to kids, pregnancy and moms. Other highlights include Banana Leaf Thai Restaurant, Romana Ice Cream, Cold Stone Creamery, a cinema, an ice rink and much more. Daily 10am-10pm. 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6565/68) http://www. solana.com.cn/english/web/index.asp 蓝色港 湾, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区

Toys Kids Land You’ll find all sorts of toys, gifts, and art supplies for kids at this colorful store, including a variety of Lego and Crayola sets. 1) Daily 10am-10pm.. 411-412 Xindong’an Plaza, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 8624); 2) Daily 10am-10pm.. Rm 0423, Jiamao Shopping Center, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 9412); 3) Daily 9.30am-9.30pm.. Rm 206, 1/F, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6908); 4) Daily 10am-10pm.. L407, Building 1, The Place, 9 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District. (6587 1481) www.kidslandchina.com 智乐家园, 1) 东城区东城区王府井大街138号新东安411412; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区广顺北大街33号嘉茂购物 中心4层0423号店铺; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区将台路6号 丽都商业广场1层206号商铺; 4) 朝阳区朝阳区光 华路9号世贸天阶1号楼4层L407 Lego Enthusiasts can buy classic sets of 30 to 1,000 pieces, while those with less imagination


Directories can purchase themed Lego sets, such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Alpha Team and Jack Stone. 1) 10am-10pm. Rm 4100, Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 4036); 2) B/1 Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Daily 9am-10pm. Lufthansa Shopping Center, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 9am-9pm. NB134A, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F Pacific Century Place, A2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6448 2105) 乐 高, 1) 海淀区远大路一号金源购物中心4100; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区B1层; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎购物中心; 4) 朝阳区建 国门外大街1号国贸商城NB134A; 5) 朝阳区工体 北路甲2号太平洋百货5楼 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.com.cn 头大原创玩具房, 1) 朝阳区望京大 街33号嘉茂大厦4层; 2) 东城区王府井大街168号 新中国儿童用品商店一楼 Toys R Us The stores are stocked with over a thousand types of toys, including Lego, Gundam, Transformers. Educational toys, covering language and geography as well as other subjects, are also available.Toys “R” Us, headquartered in New Jersey, made its foray into the China market in 2006 by opening the flagship store in Super Brand Mall in the Shanghai Pudong New Area. It now has 38 stores in 24 cities on the Chinese mainland and two online stores, among its 1,600 stores around the globe. The retailer plans to further expand the mainland market by having 50 stores by the end of 2013, and 100 stores by 2015. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 52-B1, Kaide Mall, Taiyanggong Zhonglu 12, Chaoyang District. (8429 7072); 2) 10-5F, Chaoyang Joy City, Chaoyang Beilu 101, Chaoyang District. (8552 2898); 3) L4716, 4F, Huarun Dreamland, 68 Qinghe Zhongjie, Haidian District. (8281 0750); 4) C12-B1, Golden Resource Shopping Mall, Yuanda Lu 1, Haidian District. www.toysrus. com.cn/ 玩具反斗城, 1) 朝阳区太阳宫中路12 号楼凯德广场B1层52号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳北路101 号朝阳大悦城5F-10; 3) 海淀区清河中街68号华 润五彩城购物中心二期4层L4716号商铺; 4) 海 淀区远大路1号北京世纪金源购物中心地下1层 C12号商铺

Sports Climbing O’le Climbing O’le Climbing is the city’s premier indoor climbing gym, as well as the meeting place and events center for the Beijing climbing community. Opened in 2008, they are one of China’s longest-running climbing centers. Whether it’s your family’s first time or not, O’le’s friendly, nationally-certified, and bilingual staff will “show you the ropes.”O’le’s top-roping and lead climbing wall is 12.5m high and features 7 roped climbing stations with numerous professionally-set routes suitable for novices and experts alike. Staff members frequently change the holids and routes, so there’s something new every time. The center also has one of the best indoor bouldering rooms in China, with 150sqm of verticals, slabs, bulges, and a 45° overhanging wall.O’le Climbing offers private lessons for children or groups and has an O’le Kids Climbing Club that meets every Saturday morning to train and have fun.O’le Climbing also hosts birthday parties, offering climbing and other activities for kids, like box climbing, slacklining, and indoor soccer.Directions: If you’re coming from Baiziwan Lu, turn south on Shimencun Lu and walk around 200m until you see a hotel on your right. There will be a toll booth with a traffic gate; walk around the gate and head down the small road behind it. After about 100m, take

the first left; O’le Sports will be on the righthand side. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am8pm. 5 Shimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao Dong, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (186 1846 1002, oleclimbing@gmail.com) www. oleclimbing.com 奥莱攀岩, 朝阳区朝阳区东四环 中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号

Dance Capoeira Beijing We are an affiliate school of Capoeira Mandinga under guidance and supervision of Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha. Our mission is to raise awareness about Capoeira as an effective martial art through teaching and promoting its techniques, philosophy, and Afro-Brazilian roots. We study a mix of capoeira styles including Angola, Regional, Miudinho, and Maneira, and place strong emphasis on the music, dances and rituals that enrich our art form. We actively promote Brazilian culture by engaging local and foreign communities in Beijing at events, workshops and performances. B1. East Gate Plaza Block B. 29 Dongzhong Street. Subway Line 2, Dongsishitiao or Dongzhimen, Dongcheng District., Dongcheng District. (135 8163 2516) http://www.capoeirabeijing.com/ 东城区B1, B 座, 东环广场, 东中街29号, 2号线地铁东直门/ 东四十条. Children’s Academy of Artistic Dance (CAAD) CAAD is committed to nurturing and expanding dance education and creativity for children aged 3-12 and offers carefullycrafted professional courses by specialty which included ballet, Chinese folk dance, Latin dance and musical theater.Parent-child classes and beginner’s dance classes for pre-school children aged 3-4 emphasizes the development of a child’s natural sense of dance and aims to inspire their inherent dance potential in a creative and fun way. CAAD is the only dance education institution in China with a 1,200sqm studio including 6 professional dance rooms, multimedia teaching system, dedicated rest areas for parents, a music and film appreciation zone, locker rooms, water bar, entertainment area for children and comprehensive supporting facilities. Upon enrolment, each student is provided with FREE specially tailored dance apparel for their specific courses including stretch, velvet stockings/leggings, a CAAD dance bag, soft sole shoes, dance props etc Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Office Bldg 1, 10/F, Greenlake Place, Chaoyang District. (59282170, info@caadance.com.cn) www.caadance.com. cn 似翼儿童舞蹈, 朝阳区观湖国际公寓1号办 公楼10层 J-Ballet School Formerly the Western Ballet School, J-Ballet offers instruction in Chinese, Japanese or English to children and adults. Courses are divided into fall (Sept-Dec), spring (Feb-July) and summer (July-Aug) terms. Children’s lessons are in six levels (RMB 60-80 per class). Adult classes are RMB 80 each, with packages of 10 lessons for RMB 700 and 20 lessons for RMB 1200. Students get 10% discount on adult classes. 1) Pulse Health Club, Kempinski Hotel, Lufthansa centre, 50 Liangmaqiao lu., Chaoyang District.; 2) 1/F, Bldg D, Jingxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8453 3003; 138 0103 6364 (Ms. Takeda); 138 0113 5877 (Ms. Tang)) www.j-ballet.com J-芭蕾教室, 2) 朝阳区幸福 村中路景绣园D座一层西侧

Football (Soccer) ClubFootball ClubFootball runs football coaching programs at 20+ locations across Beijing for boys and girls aged 4 to 14. Held after school, on weekends and during holidays, courses range from fun skill development courses to competitive league teams and are taught by ClubFootball’s experienced FA-qualified soccer coaching staff. 9am-6pm. Unit A316, Door 3, Zone A1, Zhaowei Huadeng Plaza, Zhaowei Building #51, 14 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District. (5130 6893/4/5/6, coaching@wanguoqunxing.com, activities@ wanguoqunxing.com) www.clubfootball.com. cn, www.wanguoqunxing.com 万国群星足球俱

乐部, 朝阳区万国群星办公室位于朝阳区酒仙桥 路14号兆维华灯大厦A1区3门A316,工作时间为 上午9点至下午6点。联系方式为 Jia You Football Club Jia You Football clubs offers children the opportunity to take their first steps into football. Players Jia You F.C. come from around the world and are led by FA-qualified coach Gary Saunders and his coaching team, whose have over 15 years of football experience in China. From Saturday morning toddler sessions to Sunday Youth League matches, Jia You aims to have something for every age group. Training sessions take place both during the week and on weekends at Dulwich College Beijing’s campuses. The club also hosts football camps in Beijing over school holidays. Dulwich College Beijing (Legend Garden Campus), 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District. (6454 9019/9127, gary.saunders@ dulwich-beijing.cn) www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ page.cfm?p=442 顺义区机场高速路89号北京德 威英国国际学校(丽京花园校园)

Gymnastics Flips & Kicks Plus Formerly known as Beijing Sports Plus, Flips & Kicks Plus specializes in providing gymnastics and martial arts coaching to Beijing’s international community. Kids can improve their physical condition, co-ordinaton, concentration, self-esteem and confidence in a stimulating, challenging, safe and fun environment. Programs are taught in English by qualified international staff. (Kai: 151 1021 8649, Fredrik: 183 1146 2632, info@ flipsandkicksplus.com) www.flipsandkicksplus. com

Hiking Beijing Hikers Hikes of varying difficulty in villages near Beijing. Open to everyone. Call for info on hikes and what to bring. Prices vary for overnight hikes; weekend hikes are RMB 250/300 (adult), half price for children under 12, including round trip transport, snacks and drinks after the hike, detailed map of the hike and professional guidance. Advance reservations necessary. RMB 200/yr membership gets a 10% discount on regular hikes. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 601, Bldg 2, Xinhualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6432 2786, info@ beijinghikers.com) www.beijinghikers.com 朝 阳区酒仙桥中路26号新华联丽港2号楼601室 China Travellers China Travellers offers a variety of walking, hiking, trekking, and camping tours on the Great Wall. Participants step off the beaten path to witness the remote, historic and unspoiled Great Wall. The group also offers historical and ecological trips to all corners of rural Beijing. Explore the pristine beauty of high mountains, ancient temples, and rural villages. Hikes are non-invasive and non-exploitative, preserving these natural sites for generations to come. Other events include cultural activities like hutong explorations, Chinese cuisine, Chinese philosophy, Tao-Te Ching, Chinese tea culture, and more (chinatravellers88@gmail.com) http://www.chinatravellers.com/

Horse Riding Asgard Horsemanship Club Tues-Sun 7am-5pm. Shunhuang Lu, just west of Danshui Restaurant, Chaoyang District. (8459 5908) www.asgardacres.com.cn 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, which is the only British Horse Society Approved Riding Center and Livery Yard in mainland China, houses 117 horses, 13 bilingual trainers with CHS (based on BHS) horse instructor’s certificate. 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. (135 2233 9691, equuleushorse88@ aliyun.com) www.equriding.com 天星调良

国际马术俱乐部, 朝阳区孙河镇顺白路91号香 江北路北 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

Martial Arts Black Tiger Fight Club Founded in 2006, Black Tiger Fight Club is the only complete MMA training center that caters primarily to expats and Beijing’s international community. The center’s coaching team consists of world champions, UFC veteran coaches and fighters, and certified conditioning coaches. Facilities include fitness training equipment, martial arts and boxing gear, showers, steam room, and lockers (Xiaoyun Lu location), and an equipment shop. With two locations in Beijing, Black Tiger Fighting Club Beijing offers martial arts and fitness classes for women, kids, teens, and adults, including Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian jiujitsu, wrestling, boxing, and weekend self-defense workshops. 1) 2/F, 5 Laiguanying Donglu (across from WAB, west of Lane Bridge Villa), Chaoyang District. (info@ blacktigerclub.com); 2) 1/F, Park Apartments, 17 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (139 1071 2576, info@blacktigerclub.com) www.blacktigerclub.com 1) 朝阳区莱广营东路5 号2层(京西学校对面,长岛澜桥西侧); 2) 朝 阳区朝阳公园西路17号天安家园1层 BLCU Muay Thai Club Based at Beijing Language and Culture University, this Muay Thai club is led by a Thai trainer with 20 years of experience. Group classes cost RMB 500 per month and private classes cost RMB 100 per hour. Daily 2-5pm. BLCU, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (159 1077 7158, mailto:mattbody69@yahoo.com) 语言大学泰拳, 海淀区海淀区成府路北京语言大学 China Baby Kung Fu Hall China Baby Kung Fu Hall combines traditional Chinese culture and martial arts. As the designated teaching base of the Chinese Wushu Association, the school has more than 100,000 students training in kung fu, sanda, taichi, and self-defence. There are group classes (maximum of eight students), one-toone classes, and family packages available. Rm S108B, Guangcai International Mall, 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (186 0098 8666 Registration, 6551 3108 or 6553 7689 Hotline, chinababykungfu@163.com) www. chinababykungfu.com 中华宝贝功夫会馆, 朝阳 区朝阳区工体西路18号光彩国际底商S108B Xie’s Martial Arts Academy (XMA) Xie’s Martial Arts Academy (XMA) was founded in 2005 by Master Xie, a 32nd generation disciple of the Shaolin Temple with a Masters of Education from Beijing Sport University. Xie’s Shaolin Kung Fu Style is a unique mixed martial arts system that combines traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, Karate and Western martial art styles. XMA’s wide range of self-defense styles creates a well-rounded, disciplined martial art. Age: 3 and above. Classes are offered after school and on weekends. Private classes are available. Venue: Beijing City International School, Western Academy of Beijing, The British School of Beijing (Sanlitun) and International School of Beijing. (131 4676 0944, xmamasterxie@gmail. com) www.xmabj.com

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

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The Circuit The Circuit is a chance to check out what’s happening on the Beijing family scene. Want to see your event on these pages? Send an email with the date of your event, a brief description, and at least three high-resolution photos (1MB and over) to webeditor@beijing-kids.com by May 9. There’s Something Cooking at LMR In March, students from AnRic Little Montessori Room made their own afternoon snack of stir-fried eggs with garlic sprouts which they had grown themselves. Under the supervision of their teachers, the kids prepared the whole meal from scratch and enjoyed the fruits of their labor.

Art Bug’s St. Patrick’s Day Workshop On March 16, around 20 families celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at Art Bug’s Chaowai SOHO location with storytelling and arts of crafts activities involving leprechauns and pots of gold.

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The Circuit Vive La France! On March 17 and 18, Atelier held workshops for five elementary school classes from the International School of Beijing to celebrate La semaine de la francophonie. The children made posters with French words or expressions using screen printing and painting.

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BCA Has Fun in the Sun On April 4, saw students and teachers from Beijing Collegiate Academy headed to Olympic Forest Park for a scavenger hunt, relays, and a picnic.

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The Circuit BCIS Hosts ACAMIS Speech and Debate Tournament On March 22, Beijing City International School hosted the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) Speech and Debate Tournament. BCIS Middle School debaters took the top prizes in both the novice and experienced debate categories, second in original oratory, and third in duet acting.

BSB’s Marshmallow Challenge The British School of Beijing Shunyi’s Year 8 Design and Technology students took on a Marshmallow Challenge on April 1. They tried to build the tallest freestanding structure using 20 pieces of dried spaghetti, 1 meter of tape, 1 meter of string and a marshmallow placed on top. The winning team created a 56cm tall structure.

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The Circuit BWYA Holds IB Visual Art Exhibition On April 1, art students from Beijing World Youth Academy welcomed parents, teachers, and friends to their IB Visual Art Exhibition at the Wangjing campus.

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CISB Students Soak Up History in Datong From March 21-23, Grade 3-5 students from the Canadian International School of Beijing traveled to Datong to visit such historical sites as Yungang Grottoes, the Nine Dragon Wall, and the Hanging Monastery.

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The Circuit Dulwich Distilled: 4 Pillars in 1 Night On March 21, Dulwich College Beijing held an evening called “Dulwich Distilled: 4 Pillars in 1 Night” to celebrate the four pillars of academics, sports, arts, and service. There were speeches by American Olympic swimmers Jason Lezak, Aaron Perisol, and Kim Vandenberg; an IB art exhibition; a performance from a cappella group the Yale Alley cats; and refreshments provided by IB students.

Secret Garden On April 4, elementary school students from Daystar Academy toured Beijing Garden of World’s Flowers to learn about climate zones, sketch plants, and take potted seedlings home.

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The Circuit Eduwings Open House On March 22, Eduwings Kindergarten’s Shunyi campus held an Open House Day for prospective parents and students to learn about the school’s philosophy, tour the premises, and meet teachers.

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Playing by the House Rules During the last week of the spring term, students at Harrow International School Beijing organized three days of house events including Kongzi House Mufti Day, the House Dance Competition, and Kongzi House Fashion Show.

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The Circuit Around the World in 80 Paces On April 4, students from House of Knowledge’s Victoria Gardens campus visited China World Park to learn about different international landmarks.

ISB Students Perform their Own Creations On March 6-7, Grade 4 students from the International School of Beijing performed seven original plays based on folk tales from around the world. They worked with Readers’ Theater and iMovie to compose original themes. The students took on the role of actors, musicians, choreographers, and directors to bring the stories to life. They got help from songwriter and storyteller Courtney Campbell; Ms. Chloe and Ms. Megan from On Pointe Dance Studio; and videographer Stephy Chung.

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The Circuit Drop Everything and Read Day On April 2, Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten held the “Drop Everything and Read” Day in which the principal dressed up as The Cat in the Hat and read Dr. Seuss’ classic story to the children.

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Nice Weather We’re Having Today On March 21, international students from the High School Affiliated to Renmin University toured the Beijing Meterological Bureau, including the Meteorological Science Museum, weather forecast production center, and Meteorological observatory. Students learned about how a weather forecast is produced and took turns playing a weather reporter.

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The Circuit Side by Side Welcomes New Student Last month, Side by Side’s day program welcomed a new student called Eli. Eli was very excited about getting his own wooden storage house, which he painted orange. He also enjoyed playing ping pong in his Physical Education class with his new classmates.

Students Inspire at TEDx Youth at WAB On March 1, TEDx Youth returned to the Western Academy of Beijing this year under the theme “PATHWAYS: How pathways connect us to a network of possibilities.” Student speakers shared short stories about different pathways they’ve chosen to take action, get involved, and inspire others to make a difference.

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The Circuit YCIS Students Perform Aladdin On March 27, Yew Chung International School of Beijing primary students performed a one-hour musical rendition of Aladdin to a full house.

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Appreciating Science and Technology On March 13, students from Young Starters Academy visited Beijing Science and Technology Museum to explore and experiment with the various exhibits, from understanding how milk is produced to bubble formation.

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Family Favorites New Discoveries We discovered Happy Magic Water Cube last summer and we’re excited to go back as soon as it gets warm. They have an artificial wave pool, so it’s a good alternative to surfing; there are also waterslides and a “lazy river” for the kids.

Favorite Summer Activity The Jingshanglin section of the Great Wall is the best place for camping. We pack up all our gear and spend the night on the wall with the kids and friends.

Favorite Day Trip In winter, we go to Nanshan Ski Resort at least a couple of times during the snowboarding season. We also like to Ritan Park for rock climbing in the spring.

Favorite Family Restaurant Being in Beijing as long as we have, eating out is a big part of our lives. We always end up resorting to Phrik Thai when we cannot decide where to go for birthdays. Blue Frog is where we would go when we cannot decide where to go for lunch. And of course, there’s the trusty Peter’s Tex-Mex, where we always feel at home.

Family Rituals Paula’s mother, aunt, brother, and cousin live in the same building as us in Lido, so every night we takes turns cooking for the entire family.

Best Places to Play For outdoor activities, Miyun is a good place for camping and rock climbing. For indoor activities, Dom plays basketball on Sundays at WAB.

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Favorite Places to Shop We love Zara and H&M for clothes and accessories, Tai Koo Li for Vans shoes, and the Zoo Market for cheap finds.

Date Night We like Indigo Mall because it’s close, there are lots of restaurants to choose from, and there’s a movie cinema.

Weekend Activities Sometimes, when the weather permits, we go camping or drive to Qingdao to surf.

Favorite Neighborhood In our 12 years here, we have moved about ten times. Our first apartment in Beijing was in Lido. We also lived in Wangjing and Shunyi, but we keep coming back to Lido.

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igh school classmates and college sweethearts Domingo Cui and Paula Reyes met in their hometown, Manila. Reyes moved to Beijing in 2002 to be close to her family, and Cui came shortly after. They have two children: Ethan (age 12) and Elle (age 5), both students at Hope International School (HIS). Cui is a program trainer in early childhood sensory motor development at Kindyroo and the founder of Lincprojects surf accessories. Cui is an art teacher at HIS and is currently designing the women’s counterpart to Lincprojects, MsQueen. We caught up with Reyes recently to find out about their favorite hangouts in the city. Yvette Ferrari

Favorite Way to Relax Since there isn’t a beach here, we like to have picnics in Ritan Park instead. We bring skateboards and make a day of it.


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