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November 2012

Squish, Squash A pumpkin soup to warm the soul Fit for Kings Escape to Chengde for the weekend

To Your Health

Stock up on organic groceries, get the whole family moving, find support for juvenile diabetics, and understand Traditional Chinese Medicine

Not Just Horsing Around Developing confidence and teamwork through polo

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November 2012 Contents




21 Feature 53

Fitness Together

Living 21

Talking Shop


Birthday Bash



Exercise options for all ages


Pure and Simple


Mind, Body and Soul

Creative minds get artsy at Atelier

Opt for the healthiest food options in your local supermarket

Shoot and duck lasers at StarTrooper Laser Tag

Traditional Chinese Medicine in theory and practice


Hold that Teaspoon of Sugar

A fresh, new look for Vilma Busquets


One father’s journey with a diabetic toddler in Beijing

Noticeboard Updates, recommendations, and interesting finds

Dining 26

Dining Out

Playing 32

And Now for the Mane Attraction


What’s Fun In: Wangfujing

Yummy Yunnan at Southern Barbarian


Top 5 Places for …

An introduction to polo in Beijing

Mouth-watering pie


History and shopping on one of Beijing’s pedestrian-only streets

Food For Thought Coconut pumpkin soup with Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center

Health 30

Ms. Nutrition


The Doc Is In

Olivia Lee warns us of calories in comfort food Calming those coughs with Dr. Richard

38 40 42

Family Travels On the tracks with the Jacksons in Finland and Russia The Prince family mingles with zebras in Tanzania

Weekend Warrior Trekking through nature and temples in Chengde


Katja Becker and Sascha Silwa are the parents of Anton Sliwa, who was born naturally at Beijing United Family Hospital. In the October 2012 “Keeping It Natural” article, the caption misstated that Carla Khalsa was the mother.

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44 Learning 44

When I Grow Up I want to be an orthopedic surgeon


The Roundtable


Blank Canvas

Discussing body image at Dulwich College Beijing Artwork from Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School

Parenting 50

Directories 66 70 73 74 76 77 82 84

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

Beijing Baba Three’s company and five’s a crowd for Christopher Lay


The Echo Chamber Do grandmas know best?, wonders Ember Swift

Essentials 11 12 14 16 20

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


The Circuit

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


Family Favorites The Wu-Yu family

ON THE COVER: Isla McVeigh (5) attends the British School of Beijing and has been living in Beijing for over two years. She likes fairies, and animals – including dogs, horses, and elephants. Her favorite food is salad, and she likes painting, watching Tom & Jerry, and playing Swordigo and Pet Hotel on her mom’s iPad. She wants to be a pop star when she grows up. Photo by Mishka Family Photography. Special thanks to Vista Medical Center.


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Age-by-Age Index Babies Trawl through a charity bazaar for unique Christmas gifts .... 14 Get all bundled up for winter ............................................. 15 Attend one of International SOS’ Parentcraft classes ............ 16 Get a head start on lifelong optimal nutrition ...................... 17 Join tummy time ball fun at Eliott’s Corner........................... 19 Check out Beijing’s newest arrivals ..................................... 20

Toddlers Dine on turkey for Thanksgiving ......................................... 14 Have a delicious slice of pie................................................ 27 Discover markets and tea houses in Wangfujing................... 34 Take off to Chengde for the weekend ................................. 42 Join a support group for diabetic kids.................................. 61 Read about the Wu-Yu family’s favorite hangouts ................ 96

Elementary School Kids Get crafty with Atelier’s multilingual courses.......................... 21 Make a creamy pumpkin soup with coconut milk.................. 28 Team up with a pony friend for a game of polo ................... 32 Embark on a whirlwind tour of Finland and Russia ............... 38 Find out what it takes to be an orthopedic surgeon ............. 44 Try Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) . ............................. 62

Middle and High School Kids Celebrate your birthday at StarTrooper Laser Tag................. 21 Dig into authentic Yunnan eats at Southern Barbarian ......... 26 Stay in a tented camp in Tanzania ...................................... 40 Mull over pop culture’s effect on body image . ..................... 46 Start a new sport with Mom or Dad .................................... 53 Learn to recognize organics in a Chinese supermarket ......... 58

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Editor's Note

The editor and her friend Emily (both at age 8) on Field Day

Friends Since Split Pants


ithout question, my mom was always there when I was ill. When a fever struck or my throat ached, she was there to nourish me with her homemade jook (porridge) and colorful Jell-O squares. Beyond the comfort of Mom and her comfort food, I also had Emily (known as Miloo to her mother and myself), who I’ve known since I was 7. One of my earliest recollections of our friendship was in 2nd Grade when one day, Emily didn’t show up to Ms. Iamundo’s class. She was out sick, so I drew her a “Get Well” card and left it on her desk for when she eventually returned. Many years later in high school when I was sick, she crayoned a “Get Well” card for me – a card that still hangs on my bedroom wall in New York. In the 11 years of our schooling together, Emily and I only shared two classes, but we stuck together from the start. We chalked it up to our shared background of having a “loud dad” and a “cute, very chatty mom.” In the years following Ms. Iamundo’s class, we would swing on the tire swing in her front yard, walk her dog Socks around the block, swim in the town pool, and consume copious amounts of my mom’s macaroni and cheese. When high school came to an end, we co-hosted a graduation party for our family and friends in her backyard. High school graduation marked the last time we would live in the same city. Despite a flickering thought to attend the same college, we chose different schools: I moved to upstate New York, while she packed her bags for Ohio. Then I was bound for China, and she has since set up shop in Colorado, Chicago, and now Austin, Texas. As long-standing friendships go, we’ve always been there for one another, in sickness and in health. Fortunately, our afflictions have remained mild – the worst of which was the inevitable removal of our wisdom teeth. After the minor dental surgery, I returned home with puffy cheeks full of gauze, and Emily was the first to call. “I just called to say, ‘Hi’,” she said. “I know you can’t speak. I just wanted to see how you are doing.”

A few years ago when she visited me in China, we encountered many talkative strangers as one would when paired with a red-headed friend. We had just returned to Beijing after our Yunnan trip was cut short due to my pangs of food poisoning. As our conversation wrapped up with one particular Beijing neighbor, he concluded, “Ah, so you’ve been friends since split pants!” We laughed and laughed (or rather, giggled), which I’ve been told, is the best medicine; and true to its form, I cheered right up. Without a close friend to share a laugh, being sick can be utterly miserable – which is why living abroad when you’re ill can be a challenge. Staying in good health also gets tougher when the bitterness of winter hits. That’s why this month, we encourage you to stay healthy! Purchase the purest ingredients possible in your nearby supermarket (p58), consider the healing effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (p61), and keep your heart rate up with fitness for the whole clan (p53). Also learn about how one father has created a supportive network for other families facing diabetes (p64). I’ve fallen sick more than once in Beijing. During those times, while old friends and family wait in the wings across the world on a telephone wire, I’ve had many good Beijing friends escort me to the hospital, cook me warm soup, and drop by to see how I was doing. But of course, we have a place in our hearts for all of our friends, especially the ones we’ve known since split pants. Though our lives have drawn us to different corners of the world, I always know Miloo is just one giggly phone call away.

Kara Chin Managing Editor November 2012





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38 7 8 9 13141516 19 212223 2627 2930 5 6 7 WAB Distinguished Speaker Series: Jane Goodall

For adults. World-famous conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall lectures for the final presentation of WAB’s Distinguished Speakers series. See Nov 7 listing.

Hutong Bike Exploration

A State of Mind

All ages. Take a trip back in time and explore the lost treasures of the hutongs. See Nov 13 listing.

For teens and adults. This film follows two North Korean gymnasts for over eight months in the lead up to the Mass Games, the most elaborate human performance on earth. See Nov 14 listing.

All ages. Global Kitchen shows participants how to make three scrumptious pumpkin dishes: pie, stuffing, and cookies. See Nov 14 listing.

For adults. Speech Language Pathologist Melissa Pierce talks about speech and language development in bilingual and multilingual environments at Eliott’s Corner. See Nov 16 listing.

Tummy Time and Exercise Ball Fun

For adults. Dr. Stephanie Teoh discusses toilet training, including the signs of readiness, how to prepare your child for this milestone, and common challenges. See Nov 29 listing.

For ages 0-18 months. Physical Therapist Marc Innerhofer teaches parents how to use an exercise ball for playful exercises to help infants and toddlers. See Nov 30 listing.

Pick Up a Sport Together

Easy as Pie

Take Off for Chengde

All ages. There are plenty of kids-only activities, but why not exercise together and bond in the process? Find plenty of duofriendly suggestions in Feature (p53).

All ages. It’s the season for pies: apple pie, sugar pie, pumpkin pie, you name it. Check out Top 5 Places (p27) for the best slices in town.

All ages. Pack up the entire family for a weekend in Chengde, the former abode of emperors. See Day Tripper (p42).

Al ages. Join this informative and interesting workshop to learn more about what it is to be a TCK. See Nov 27 listing.

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Parentcraft Classes: Toilet Training

Third Culture Kids: Everything You Wanted to Know and More

November 2012

Multilingual Speech and Language Development Seminar

All ages. Enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner buffet and win lucky draw prizes. See Nov 22 listing.

All ages. From Nov 17 to Dec 15, Jiali Gallery exhibits the works of Charlotte Guibe. See Ongoing listings.


Thanksgiving Pumpkin Extravaganza

Aroma Thanksgiving Buffet

All ages. For the month of November, parents can get a haircut for RMB 188 and bring along their child (ages 10 and under) for RMB 90. See Ongoing listings.


All ages. For World Science Day for Peace and Development, Grade 6-10 students from BCIS participate in a special event with the theme of “human ingenuity.” See Nov 9 listing.

All ages. Celebrate traditional Thanksgiving with SALT’s contemporary twist, including foie gras and wild pigeon. See Nov 22 listing.

Wan Can-Dinner: Charlotte Guibe Solo Exhibition

For ages 7+. Tony-award winning Broadway musical Man of La Mancha returns to Beijing. See Ongoing listings.

Human Ingenuity

For teens and adults. This month, Dongjen Book Club focuses on anti-discrimination by bringing together activists and academics for discussion. See Nov 8 listing.

SALT Thanksgiving

Family Haircut Promotion at Hummingbird

Broadway Musical: Man of La Mancha

Anti-Discrimination Salons









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Chi Fan for Charity

Spend the Day in Wangfujing

For adults. Dine at one of Beijing’s 40 best restaurants and enjoy the company of well-known local personalities, all for a good cause. See Nov 10 listing.

All ages. Give this commercial area a chance! Wander through bookstores, tea shops, art markets, and more. See What’s Fun In (p34).

A League of their Own: From Top Prep Schools to the Ivy League

The Gift Charity Bazaar

For adults. Guests Rachael Beare and Karl M. Furstenberg offer insight into the application process for private secondary and Ivy League schools. See Nov 17 listing.

All ages. Drop by CISB for unique gifts, live music, great food, and DIY Christmas projects for kids and adults. See Nov 18 listing.

WAB Charity Bazaar

Elton John in Beijing

All ages. Find baked goods, entertainment, used books and toys, and more. Plus, childcare will be available to parents! See Nov 24 listing.

For teens and adults. The fabulous Elton John, one of the best-selling musicians of all time, comes to Beijing for a night of rock and pop. See Nov 25 listing.

Park Hyatt Christmas Tree Lighting with YCIS Choir

Story Time with Hannah

All ages. YCIS Beijing choir performs classic and modern Christmas tunes to commemorate the beginning of the festive season. See Dec 1 listing.

SOS Healthy Snacks

For teens and adults. This talk focuses on warming foods, spices and herbs, skin-related problems and healthy skin solutions, and healthy snacking in winter. See Dec 8 listing.

Ages 4+. Every Sunday, teacher Hannah reads children’s books and leads kids in games, music, and activities. See Ongoing listings.

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Jeep is the Chinese version Thomas the Tank EnFor adults. This of yoga movement workgine. Chinese only. See Jan 1 listin shop In aims to stimulate emotional release, bring the mind into stillness, and lead the body into a new state of energy. See Dec 9 listing.

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Essentials Top 10

November Top 10


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Gobble Up Turkey for Thanksgiving The season of thanks is upon us again! This year, American Thanksgiving falls on November 22, with many dining events extending into the weekend. In addition to roast turkey, traditional fare includes pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, and butternut squash soup. Count your blessings as you turn to our Events (p18) for celebration ideas.


Dine for a Good Cause

Now in its fourth year, Chi Fan for Charity (CFFC) brings together around 40 of the city’s best restaurants for one night of charity dining. On November 10, each participating restaurant will donate a table with a special menu and wine selection. Tables will be hosted by local personalities, associations, and groups of friends. This year’s edition will benefit Little Flower Projects and The Starfish Project. For more information, check out Events (p16).

This November is a great month for parenting-related health talks and seminars. International SOS returns with its popular Parentcraft series, featuring topics like food battles, toddler taming, toilet training, healthy snacking, and nutrition for babies and young children. Eliott’s Corner is also holding seminars on autism, multilingual speech and language development, and tummy time. Plus, Shanghai AWB Health Management is hosting a nutrition talk called Smart Food for Smart Kids at Swissotel Beijing. For full details, see Events (p16).


Get a Head Start on Christmas Shopping Christmas is still one month away, but schools and other organizations are already organizing seasonal bazaars for early shoppers. Look out for events organized by The Children’s House International Montessori, the Canadian International School of Beijing, Rotary Club of Beijing, Western Academy of Beijing, and British Embassy Beijing. For complete information, turn to Events (p16).


Wander Through Wangfujing Your first instinct may be to dismiss Wangfujing as a tourist trap, but there’s more to this area than you think. Apart from St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Wangfujing Bookstore, the area is also home to time-honored tea shops, arts and crafts markets, restaurants, movie theaters, and more. For a walking tour, check out What’s Fun In (p34).



November 2012

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Get Informed at Health Talks around Beijing

Essentials Top 10


Pick up a Mallet at a Polo Club Polo is one of the fastest-growing sports in China, and now you can get in on the action too! This “sport of kings” is offered at two clubs in Beijing – Sunny Time Polo Club and Tang Polo Club – and one in Tianjin: Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club. Polo is a great way for kids to develop communication skills, teamwork, and self-confidence. To find out more, read Playing Outside (p32).


Escape to Chengde

Formerly the summer abode of Emperor Kangxi and his grandson Qianlong, Chengde has a long history as an ideal weekend getaway. November is your last chance to visit Chenge before temperatures drop to freezing. Located only 200km away and a less than RMB 100 train ride, the mountain resort is the perfect place to take in the last of the autumn leaves. For details on how to get there, see Day Tripper (p42).


photos: (1) littleones kids & family portrait studio; (2) jacopo; (8) judy zhou; (9) oxfordian kussth; (10) gelatobaby

Make Creamy Coconut Pumpkin Soup Starting to feel that winter chill? Until the city turns on the heat on November 15, stay warm with a piping hot homemade batch of delicious pumpkin soup. Sous Chef Thomas Giese from Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center shares an easy but decadent recipe that includes fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, chicken stock, coconut milk, and whipping cream. For step-by-step instructions, flip to Food for Thought (p28).

Warm Up to a Bag of Chestnuts


The end of fall signals the arrival of fresh-roasted chestnuts! If you’ve never had these toothsome snacks before, you’re missing out; not only are they delicious, but chestnuts (called banli or 板栗 in Chinese) also contain no gluten, no cholesterol, and very little fat. They’re sold on street corners and market stalls for around RMB 10-15 per jin, depending on the size of the chestnuts; one jin is more than enough to share. Crack the shell with your front teeth, peel away the exterior, and bite into the firm, golden nut within.

Stock Up on Winter Gear


Brrrrr! It’s already getting blustery in Beijing. Steel yourself against the cold by picking up woollens, padded coats, mittens, hats, and scarves. Outfit the entire family at Decathlon, Reima, Uniqlo, Yashow Market, Silk Market, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Center, or Sunny Gold Market. If you’d prefer a custom fit, get a coat made at one of the stores beside Yashow Market or even at supermarket chain Jingkelong, which can tailor padded winter jackets.

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

Wed, Nov 7 WAB Distinguished Speaker Series: Jane Goodall For adults. The final presentation of WAB’s Distinguished Speaker Series feature world-famous conservationist, Jane Goodall Institute founder, and UN Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall. The talk will be followed by a reception. RSVP required. Free. 2-3pm. Western Academy of Beijing (8456 4155,

The Games of their Lives For teens and adults. Electric Shadows founder Vicky Mohieddeen traveled to the Pyongyang International Film Festival this year and brought back four films courtesy of the Koryo Group. The first is The Games of their Lives, a documentary about the seven surviving members of the North Korean national football team who participated in the 1966 Football World Cup. Its victory over the Italian team propelled the North Korean team into the quarterfinal: it was the first time an Asian squad had advanced so far in a World Cup. RMB 40. 7.30pm. Riverbank Cafe (

Thu, Nov 8

Dig into some roasted turkey at Greenfish (see Nov 22 listing)

Parentcraft Classes: Nutrition Requirements for Infants and Growing Children For adults. Dr. Lyn Wren gives a presentation on nutrition requirement for babies from 0-36 months of age, including introducing solids, food sensitivity and intolerances, and fussy eaters and mealtime battles. RSVP required. RMB 100/session or RMB 500/seven classes (non-members), free for International SOS members. 10.30am-noon. International SOS (

Anti-Discrimination Salons

Fri, Nov 9

For adults. AustCham Beijing organizes a special three-course lunch with Vogue China editor-in-chief, UniSA MBA graduate, and mom Angelina Cheung. RSVP required. RMB 650, RMB 600 (AustCham members). 12.30-2pm (registration starts at noon). EAST Beijing (

Human Ingenuity All ages. For World Science Day for Peace and Development, Grade 6-10 students from BCIS participate in a special event with the theme of Human Ingenuity. Students will rotate through four hands-on activities that highlight the ways in which science has contributed to the human capacity to create, transform, enjoy and improve quality of life. After lunch, the community is invited to watch the awards ceremony for the scientific photography contest and see important guest speakers, along with presentations. Free. 1.30pm. Beijing City International School (8771 7171)

Sat, Nov 10

Life on the Spectrum For adults. This seminar provides insight into autism, focusing on how this influences parenting and education when it comes to kids who are on the spectrum. Clinical psychologist Danielle Spreybrouck talks about why parents and caregivers must be creative with discipline and autism spectrum behavior. RMB 100. 10.30am-noon. Eliott’s Corner (6461 6283, jac@



Chi Fan for Charity For adults. Chi Fan for Charity (CFFC) is back for a fourth year! The city’s foremost charity dining event, bringing together around 40 of Beijing’s best restaurants to each donate a table with a custom menu and wine selection. Tables are hosted by some of wellknown personalities, associations, and groups of friends. This year’s proceeds will benefit Little Flower Projects and

November 2012

The Starfish Project. RMB 500-1,000/ seat (including ticket to after-party at Hatsune); RMB 250 (presale), RMB 300 (at the door) for after-party tickets only. 7.30pm-1am. Various locations (

Tue, Nov 13 Understanding the Realities and Solutions to Back Pain For adults. Physiotherapist Joel Key covers the pathology of back pain, common causes, signs and symptoms, and management of back pain. He also discusses recent back pain research and gives tips on what you can do to help prevent it. Topics include the benefits of proper back alignment, physiotherapeutic solutions to back pain, and correct workplace ergonomics. RSVP required. Free. 6-7pm. International SOS (seminar@

Hutong Bike Exploration All ages. Take a trip back in time and explore the lost treasures of the hutongs. An experienced guide will introduce you to the hidden spots and traditional culture of old Beijing. RSVP required. RMB 150. 1pm. Cycle China (6402 5653,

Wed, Nov 14 A State of Mind For teens and adults. This observational film follows two young

gymnasts and their families for over eight months in the lead up to the Mass Games – involving a cast of thousands in a choreographed socialist realism spectacular – the biggest and most elaborate human performance on earth. RMB 40. 7.30pm. Riverbank Cafe (

Thu, Nov 15 Parentcraft Classes: Toddler Taming, Part 1 For adults. Dr. Stephanie Teoh discusses issues that may arise when it comes to parenting young children aged 6-36 months. Topics covered include common milestones and behavioral issues, techniques to manage behavioral challenges, and how to be a positive parent and encourage emotional fitness. RMB 100/ session or RMB 500/seven classes (non-members), free for International SOS members. RSVP required. 10.30am-noon. International SOS (

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Extravaganza All ages. Global Kitchen travels to the US for an all-American Thanksgiving. Participants learn how to make three pumpkin dishes: pumpkin pie, pumpkin stuffing, and pumpkin cookies. RMB 280, RMB 220 (members). 7-9.30pm. The Hutong ( 6404 3355, info@

Anti-Discrimination Salons See Nov 8 listing.

photo: courtesy of the ritz-carlton beijing, financial street

For teens and adults. This special edition of Dongjen’s salons focus on anti-discrimination. Financed by the French Embassy in Beijing, the event brings activists and academics together to discuss and analyze specific issues and share experiences in social, economic, and cultural rights. Free. 7-9pm. Dongjen Book Club (

Lunch with Angelica Cheung

Fri, Nov 16 Multilingual Speech and Language Development Seminar For adults. Speech Language Pathologist Melissa Pierce presents on speech and language development in bilingual and multilingual environments, including types of bilingualism and multilingualism, strategies for maximizing children’s fluency in more than one language, and issues to consider. Parents also learn which errors and deviances are typical of dual language learners and which are possible red flags. RMB 100. 10.30am-noon. Eliott’s Corner (6461 6283,

Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony Concert For teens and adults. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony, one of the most adventurous and innovative arts institutions in the US. RMB 200-1,080. 7.30pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts (6655 0000)

Sat, Nov 17 Christmas Charity Bazaar For ages 3-6. Join Children’s House for a morning of festive bargain hunting and seasonal cheer. All profits will be donated to a local charity. Free. 10am-noon. The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten (6465 1305)

Atelier Open House For ages 4+. To mark the beginning of its English-language classes, new art school Atelier welcomes all for an open house. Discover the studio’s spaces, meet the teachers, and learn more about the multilingual classes on offer. There will be coffee, tea, cakes, and conversation. Free. 10am-1pm. Atelier ( www.atelier.

Smart Food for Smart Kids For adults. Based on renowned UK nutritionist Patrick Holford’s Food for the Brain Project and The Optimum Nutrition for Your Child’s Mind, this talk explains the benefits of eating healthy and nutritional food to build a child’s young mind and body. Organized by Shanghai AWB Health Management Ltd. RMB 250 (includes tea and snacks). 2-3pm. Swissotel (6553 2288,

A League of their Own: From Top Prep Schools to the Ivy League For adults. Special guests Rachael Beare (former Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for Hotchkiss, Lakeside, and Loomis Chaffee) and Karl M. Furstenberg (former Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for Dartmouth College) share their personal and professional experiences as admissions directors. They offer insight into the application process for top private secondary and Ivy League schools, and discuss these schools’ admission standards and philosophies. Hosted by Keystone Academy. Free (admission by invitation only). 3-4pm.

Beijing-Hong Kong Jockey Club House (

Beijing Playhouse Kids Theatre Camp: A Holly Jolly Robin Hood Ages 6+. Want to act, sing, dance, make props, paint sets, and design costumes? Your child can audition for Beijing Playhouse’s next production, where they’ll gain experience in auditioning, rehearsing, and performing. RMB 6,500 (5% discount for enrollments on or before Nov 8). 5-6pm. International School of Beijing (

Wild Great Wall Hike

trees. RMB 400. 8.30am-5pm. China Travellers (chinatravellers88@gmail. com)

Optimal Nutrition for Before, During, and After Pregnancy For adults. Based on UK nutritionist Patrick Holford’s book Optimum Nutrition for Before, During, and After Pregnancy, this seminar informs parents-to-be about pregnancy nutrition. RMB 280. 10am-noon. Swissotel Beijing (6553 2288, events@

The Gift Charity Bazaar All ages. Stage One Productions has searched high and low through the streets, art districts, and boutiques of Beijing to find gems for everyone on your shopping list. Plus, drop by for live music, great food for lunch, and DIY Christmas projects for kids and adults. All proceeds will benefit a charity. RMB 10, free for kids under 10. 11am-4pm. Canadian International School of Beijing (6465 7788)

All ages. Setting out from a small village, you’ll hike a section of the unrestored Great Wall while taking in the breathtaking views and fresh air before making your way to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. RSVP required. RMB 400. Time TBD. Cycle China (6402 5653, reserve@

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Huanghuacheng-Zhuangdaokou Great Wall Hiking

Hutong Bike Exploration

Ages 7+. Hikers visit the unrestored Huanghacheng Great Wall to admire mountain and water scenery, forts, passes, beacon towers, guard towers, and more. After a three-hour walk, participants will have lunch on the Wall, then follow the mountain trail down to the Zhuangdaokou Village to see dragon and phoenix pine

See Nov 17 listing.

Wed, Nov 21 Crossing the Line For teens and adults. This documentary is about a former US Army soldier, James J. Dresnok, who

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defected to North Korea on August 15, 1962. The film, narrated by actor Christian Slater, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Pyongyang International Film Festival. RMB 40. 7.30pm. Riverbank Cafe (

Thu, Nov 22 Aroma Thanksgiving Buffet All ages. Enjoy a lavish dinner buffet with classic Thanksgiving fare at Aroma, as well as a chance to win lucky draw prizes. RMB 518/person (including free flow soft drinks, juice, local beer, and house wine). 6-10.30pm. Aroma, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8161)

Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet All ages. Enjoy holiday flavors like puree of roasted butternut squash soup, roasted Thanksgiving turkey, and pumpkin pie with ice cream. The lunch buffet includes free flow soft drinks, beer, and house wine; a set menu is also available. RMB 358 (subject to 15% surcharge). 11.30am-2.30pm. Greenfish, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street (6601 6666)

SALT Thanksgiving All ages. Celebrate traditional Thanksgiving with SALT’s contemporary twist, including: foie gras, poached lobster, wild pigeon, glazed venison, white chocolcate, roasted turkey, and more. RSVP required. RMB 438 (four courses). 6pm. SALT (6437 8457)

Britain TNT Theatre: King Lear For teens and adults. The Britain TNT Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, King Lear. RMB 60-380. 7.30-9.45pm. TNT Theatre (6835 1383)

Parentcraft Classes: Toddler Taming, Part 2


Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet

St. Andrew’s Ball

See Nov 22 listing.

For adults. The Scottish event of the season is back! Enjoy pre-dinner drinks, a five-course meal, a live band from Scotland, and a 2am Scottish breakfast (if you survive that long). Four social dance evenings are included in the ticket price for participants to practice the dances. RMB 1,000. 7pm. The Capital Club Athletic Center (8486 2225 ext 136)

Sat, Nov 24 Unique Architecture Workshop: Build Your Dream House Ages 7+. A dream house is unlike an actual building; the difference lies in the fact that it exists in imagination only, and therefore it is open to endless possibilities. Sketch in two dimensions, choose from materials like wood, fabric, metal wires, strings, foam blocks and paper, then build and present a model that best illustrates your idea of a dream house. Led by Shengyi Pu of the City College of New York, this half-day workshop is split in two parts: morning for kids and afternoon for teens. RSVP required. RMB 250. 9.30am-4pm. Atelier (

WAB Charity Bazaar All ages. Vendors offer beautiful and unique gifts to suit even the most discriminating shopper. All proceeds will go towards paying for skin graft surgery for a boy from Shandong province who was born with melanocytic nevus (via New Hope Foundation), as well as sponsorship for one teacher to work for one year at Yearn to Learn, a school for mentallydisabled kids. In addition, The Gift with a Difference will support cataract surgeries and desks for migrant children. Babysitting services will be available to parents during the bazaar. Find baked goods, entertainment, used books and toys, and more. Free. 10.30am-3pm. Western Academy of Beijing (8456 4155,

2012 Rotary Club of Beijing Charity Bazaar All ages. Shop at over 90 booths selling Christmas gifts, healthy and beauty products, fashion, food, environmentally-friendly products, handicrafts, decorations, kids’ products, and more. Childcare will be available and all proceeds will benefit charity. Free. 11am-5pm. Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center (

See Nov 15 listing.

Anti-Discrimination Salons See Nov 8 listing.

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Facebook Live For adults. Determined to prevent the end of human interaction as we know it, The Hutong brings together lurkers, trolls, fans, self-promoters, gamers, drama queens, cynics, and more for Facebook Live. RMB 50 (includes one drink), free for members. 5.30pm. The Hutong ( 6404 3355, info@thehutong. com)

Intro to Yoga Weekend Workshop For adults. New to yoga or just want to brush up on the basics? Join Yoga Yard’s special two-day workshop. Teachers will talk a bit about yoga as a philosophy and practice, teach many of the basic postures (asanas), and focus on breathing techniques and sequences in vinyasa yoga. RMB 360 (includes both days, plus materials). Noon-1.30pm. Yoga Yard (6413 0774,

Aroma Thanksgiving Buffet See Nov 22 listing.

Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet See Nov 22 listing.

Sun, Nov 25

All ages. For Thanksgiving, The Brickyard offers a special rate that includes private transfers to and from Beijing for two people, a superior queen Great Wall view room, access to the Thanksgiving Reprise Feast at The Schoolhouse, and breakfast for two in the Lodge. RMB 1,988/night. The Brickyard Inn and Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall (6162 6506,

For teens and adults. British rocker Elton John brings his act to Beijing for what’s sure to be an evening of contemporary and classic rock and pop. No kids under 1.2m allowed. RMB 480-1,680. 7.30pm. Mastercard Center (6828 6386)



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Wed, Nov 28 For teens and adults. Set during the Japanese colonial rule of Korea, this film follows Jeong Taek – a master of Pyongyang Nalpharam, a form of the ancient Taekkyeon martial art perfected on Mount Taeseong near Pyongyang. He returns home one day to find his father poisoned by a Korean-born Japanese woman named Mieko, who claims that the elder was responsible for the death of her own father. At first mistaking the woman for his childhood sweetheart, So Gyeon, Taek is forced into action when Japanese forces lay claim to the sacred texts containing the secrets of Pyongyang Nalpharam. RMB 40. 7.30pm. Riverbank Cafe (

For teens and adults. Culture Yard screens Yang Jin’s The Black and White Milk Cow. At his father’s death, Jinsheng has to quit school to take care of his grandmother. He returns to his village to substitute for the teacher at the request of his uncle, who is the head of the village. But Yangjiagou is a poor region, and the officials have nothing better to offer the young man as salary than a milk cow and a school in ruins. But Jinsheng will not be discouraged. RSVP required. RMB 60, RMB 40 (students and presale). 8-10pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166, See Nov 22 listing.

For adults. The stressful effects of a busy workplace are an important cause of illness in men. Cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and depression are common in fastpaced work environments, along with the ill effects of too many business lunches and not enough exercise. Dr. Pieter Kersemakers discusses the aforementioned issues and other risks to men’s health, as well as explain preventative measures. RSVP required. Free. 6-7.30pm. International SOS (

For teens and adults. Catch a breath of fresh air with this intense one-day journey. After a 30km bike ride along the country roads surrounding the Great Wall, you’ll refuel with a rustic country lunch before tackling the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall. RSVP required. RMB 680/person, RMB 420/person for groups of five or more (includes lunch and bicycle rentals). Time TBD. Cycle China (6402 5653,

Thanksgiving at the Great Wall 2012

Aroma Thanksgiving Buffet

Men’s Health

Wild Great Wall Bike and Hike

Meet the Filmmaker: Yang Jin

All ages. Turkey lovers can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving set menu or take a turkey with sides and desserts for RMB 79/kg. RMB 109 (set menu). Lily’s American Diner (6592 5548,

Al ages. With increased globalization and more people living overseas, there has been more awareness of the challenges experienced by families living outside their own culture. Come to this informative and interesting workshop to learn more about what it is to be a TCK. RSVP required. Free. 10.30am-noon. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (eryn.

Pyongyang Nalpharam

Elton John in Beijing

Thanksgiving at Lily’s

Tue, Nov 27 Third Culture Kids: Everything You Wanted to Know and More

Aroma Thanksgiving Buffet See Nov 22 listing.

Intro to Yoga Weekend Workshop See Nov 24 listing.

Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet See Nov 22 listing.

Thu, Nov 29 Parentcraft Classes: Toilet Training For adults. Dr. Stephanie Teoh discusses toilet training, including the signs of readiness, how to prepare your child for this milestone, and common challenges. RSVP required. RMB 100/session or RMB 500/seven classes, free for International SOS members. 10.30am-noon. International SOS (

British Embassy Christmas Bazaar All ages. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine while doing some Christmas shopping, with fish and chips, jewelry, gift wrap, Christmas cards, decorations, chocolate, homemade cakes, gifts for men, tea, coffee, and won. Plus, visitors have a chance to

win Christmas hampers and prizes in the raffle tombola. All proceeds will go to local charities. Foreign passport holders only. Free. 10am-2pm. British Ambassador’s Residence (5192 4000

SALT Fifth Anniversary Charity Party All ages. Celebrate SALT’s fifth birthday with the restaurant’s annual charity party, featuring free flow canapes, bubbly, beer, wine, live music, and lucky draw prizes. All proceeds go to charity. RMB 250, RMB 200 (presale). 6-10pm. SALT (6437 8457)

Anti-Discrimination Salons See Nov 8 listing.

Fri, Nov 30 Tummy Time and Exercise Ball Fun For ages 0-18 months. Now that babies are encouraged to sleep on their backs, parents must make a special point of doing “tummy time” to help with physical development. Physical therapist Marc Innerhofer teaches parents how to use an exercise ball for playful exercises that help infants and toddlers strengthen muscles and improve balance and movement skills. RMB 100. 10.30am-noon. Eliott’s Corner (

Sat, Dec 1 Park Hyatt Christmas Tree Lighting with YCIS Choir All ages. For the third year in a row,

the YCIS choir will perform classic and modern Christmas tunes to commemorate the beginning of the festive season with a tree lighting service. The ceremony takes place on the 63rd floor of the tallest building in Beijing. Free. 5-6pm. Park Hyatt Hotel (8567 1234)

Sat, Dec 8 Your Next 50 Years: Breath and Balance Workshop For adults. Author and yoga teacher Max Strom teaches this special workshop on how to improve your balance and breathing to extend the quality and length of your next 50 years. The class begins with a lecture and moves into simple breathing exercises and gentle movement. This sequence is excellent for people with shallow breath or asthma. Next, learn how the habitual practice of balance postures can increase your longevity by many years. This workshop is ideal for everyone, including those who think of themselves as “clumsy.” RMB 350. 2-4pm. Yoga Yard (6413 0774,

SOS Healthy Snacks For teens and adults. Join health coach Alice and W-Land! founder Stacey for four talks on the theme of “Healthy Winter Journey.” The series focuses on warming food, spices and herbs; investigates skin-related problems and healthy skin solutions; and shares the best way to get healthy snacks during winter in Beijing. RSVP required.


RMB 150. 3-5pm. World Health Store (

Broadway Musical: Man of La Mancha

How to Function in a Dysfunctional World For adults. This 2.5-hour workshop starts with a talk by yoga instructor Max Strom, followed by a concise course in essential internal technologies for transformation. He will ask seven questions that will illuminate your inner life. Bring writing materials (no recording equipment allowed). RMB 350. 5.30-8pm. Yoga Yard (6413 0774,

Sun, Dec 9 Opening the Chest: A New State of Energy For adults. This movement workshop begins very, then builds momentum. At the apex, participants will move into a special sequence of postures that open the chest. This induces an emotional sense of release, brings the mind into stillness, and the body into a new state of energy. Appropriate for all levels, except for absolute beginners. RSVP required. RMB 350. 1-3pm. Yoga Yard (6413 0774,

The Healing Power of Forgiveness For adults. The first part of this seminar is a lecture on forgiving others; the second part addresses forgiving oneself. Bring writing materials. Appropriate for all levels. RSVP required. RMB 350. 1-3pm. Yoga Yard (6413 0774,

For ages 7+. From Nov 28-January 20, hilarious Tony-award winning Broadway musical Man of La Mancha comes to Beijing for the first time. Performed in English with Chinese subtitles. RMB 50880. Wed-Sun 7.30pm. Nine Theater (400 828 2577)

Family Haircut Promotion All ages. For the month of November, one parent can get a haircut for RMB 188 and bring along their child along (ages 10 and below) for RMB 90. In order to enjoy this promotion, customers must bring a copy of beijingkids and book the appointment in advance. RMB 188 + RMB 90. Daily 10am-8pm. Hair and Beauty by Hummingbird (6597 9119)

Story Time with Hannah Ages 4+. Every Sunday, Hannah reads new and classic children’s books with the help of storytellers. Kids can join games, music, and activities. RMB 50. 11am-noon. The Bookworm (6503 2050,

Wan Can-Dinner: Charlotte Guibe Solo Exhibition All ages. From Nov 17 to Dec 15, Jiali Gallery exhibits the works of Charlotte Guibe. The exhibition is made up of about 30 works, all 120x120cm. Drawing on real life, the pieces invite viewers to “taste” the still life. Free. Thu-Sat 2-7pm and by appointment. Jiali Gallery (8402 5613)

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Make Art, Not War It’s an art attack at Atelier


ucked away in an apartment complex across from April Gourmet, there’s a large, airy space filled with art supplies, children’s books, and sewing materials. It may look tranquil now, but Atelier (French for “workshop”) has taken off like a rocket since opening on September 15. Founded by French artists Marianne Daquet and Anaïs Martane, Atelier offers art classes for kids, teens, and adults. All programs are led by professionals with their own artistic practice, including visual artists, theater directors, seamstresses, museum curators, and more. Though single classes are available, Atelier encourages students to commit for an entire semester; the idea is to develop a passion for art through regular practice. There are no more than eight students for art lessons and 10-12 for theater workshops. For now, most courses are taught in English, French, and Italian, but the school will offer more languages as new teachers join the roster. Looking ahead, Daquet and Martane envision Atelier as an art school, community center, and event venue all wrapped into one. “Our real goal is to become an unavoidable institution in Beijing,” Daquets says with a smile. From the looks of things, they are well on their way. Sijia Chen Atelier 啊特黎尔 RMB 250/class, RMB 240/class (kids); RMB 2,400/semester, RMB 2,200/semester (kids). Discounts available for each additional member of a family or individuals taking multiple courses. RMB Rm 202, Bldg C, Jinxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6416 1614, 132 4018 4908, 朝阳区幸福村中路 锦绣园C座202室

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away photos: sui, courtesy of startrooper laser tag, illustration by sun zheng

Channel your inner Jedi at StarTrooper Laser Tag

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f you’ve never played laser tag before, you’re missing out. The premise is simple: Two teams, wearing vests embedded with different-colored sensors, attempt to score points by “shooting” their opponents with laser guns. When someone gets hit, the vest flashes, vibrates, and deactivates for a few seconds, putting that team member temporarily out of commission. Laser tag is a great birthday activity for older kids and teens; StarTrooper Laser Tag in Wangjing is geared towards kids 1.3m and over. The huge arena is made up of two large rooms with different obstacles and objects to hide behind; the games’ difficulty levels are augmented by special effects like fog and different-colored lighting. There are several game modes: team, free-for-all, simpler games for kids, and more. Laser tag is best enjoyed in groups of 10 or more; If you’re a big group, the entire venue can be rented out for RMB 1,680 an hour (weekdays only). After a 15-minute bout, each player gets a printout with the number of hits they made and the number of times they got hit. Participants can then kick back, enjoy a complimentary soda, and compare scores. Suit up! Sijia Chen and Josefine Rein

StarTrooper Laser Tag 激 光 搏 击 Tue-Sun 9am-8pm (Tue and Fri by appointment only). RMB 40/person (single game), RMB 1,680/hour (entire venue). Wangjing West Garden, Bldg 316, Wangjing, Chaoyang D i s t r i c t ( 6 4 7 5 8 3 2 9 , i n f o @ s t a r t r o o p e r. n e t ) w w w. s t a r t r o o p e r. n e t 朝阳区望京新城西园3区316楼 November 2012



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Vibrant Vilma Vilma Busquets pumps up the volume photos by Mishka Family Photography 22


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Moussaoui decided to dramatically shorten Busquet’s hair. “Are you sure?” he asked, scissors poised over her ponytail. “I’m sure!” she answered. He snipped most of her hair off in one fell swoop. Moussaoui then trimmed her bangs and added layers to the back. He used a razor to keep most of the volume on top – a great technique for curly hair that doesn’t get blow dried regularly.


Vilma, before


ilma Busquets can be described as a “firecracker.” Gregarious and loving, this mom-of-two has called Beijing her home for the last two years. Her sons, Armando (age 15) and Salomon (13), both attend Beijing No. 55 Middle School, while her husband works as an editor for China Daily. Originally from Venezuela, Busquets lived in the US for 17 years before relocating to China with her family. When she arrived at Catherine de France Hair and Beauty Salon, it was obvious that her hair needed a lift. “My hair used to be very rich and heavy, but two thirds of it fell out when I hit menopause,” she says. Busquets admitted to only cutting her hair twice in the two years she’s been in Beijing. She gave Salon Manager Mehdi Moussaoui free rein to do whatever he wanted, but asked him to stay close to her natural hair color. When he was done, she had a fresh new look! Sijia Chen

Catherine de France Hair and Beauty Salon Tue-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun-Mon 11am-6pm. B1/F, East Avenue Apartments, 10 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District (8442 5120, 135 2147 3492, 法式美容美发沙龙,朝阳区新东路10号逸盛阁地下1层

Moussaoui respected Busquet’s wishes to stay close to her natural hair color. However, he opted to add lighter highlights for shine and definition. He used L’Oréal Light Brown for the base color and Touch of Sunlight for the ends. After shampooing, Moussaoui applied a small amount of TIGI Bed Head 3-in-1 (Thickifier, Energizer, Stylizer) and Bed Head Superstar Volumizing Leave-In Conditioner, then blow dried Busquet’s hair using a radial brush.


Makeup Artist Lina opted to bring out Busquet’s eyes and cheekbones. To start off, she prepped Busquet’s skin with Maybelline Superstay Soie in 16H. Using a powder puff, Li then applied a liberal dose of Vivianus loose powder onto her cheeks. While it was setting, she used a purple eyeshadow from MAC’s 5 Color Dazzle Shining 09 set, blending it into Busquet’s eye crease and brow line with brush and fingers. Li gave a bit more definition to her eyebrows by tweezing and applying black gel eyeliner and Estée Lauder Nourishing Mascara to her eyes.

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Living Noticeboard

What’s Happening in Beijing

Russian Children’s Education Center Currently Enrolling First Grade Students Russian Children’s Education Center opened its doors for the first time to students entering first grade. Smeshariki Beijing Children’s Center launched in 2011 as a kindergarten and has grown into the Russian Children’s Education Center. The center familiarizes children with Russian culture and instills traditional values through Russian language immersion. Classrooms are furnished with stateof-the-art equipment and countless learning materials. Lessons are conducted in accordance with the Russian Federal State Education Standard for primary school.

Harrow Student Earns Top Score In China

Young Starters Academy Opens Its Doors

On Pointe Dance Studio Opens at BSB Founded by Chloe Brydges in August, this dance studio is located at the British School of Beijing’s Shunyi Campus. Classes take place at BSB from Monday to Saturday and at the East Lake Villas clubhouse on Sundays. The school accepts ages 3 and up, focusing on dance styles such as tap, jazz, and RAD syllabus ballet classes. Win family tickets for their upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland on December 8 and 9 at the International School of Beijing; stay tuned at Learn more about On Pointe at



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Opened on November 1, Young Startes Academy is a bilingual kindergarten that is part of Beijing2Fun Academy. The campus is located on Nvren Jie (Ladies Street) and accepts kids aged 2 to 4, and up to 6 for continuing students. The individualized program includes piano and reading. With a low student-to-teacher ratio, Young Starters strives to understand every child and guide their development. For more info, contact or Kristin Koh at 135 2256 3767.

photos: courtesy of RCEC, harrow, on pointe dance studio, and beijing2fun

David Zhang, a Year 13 student at Harrow International School Beijing, achieved the highest mark in China in the University of Cambridge Thinking Skills AS-Level examination. Dr. John Moore, Head of the Harrow Upper School, says: “This is a great achievement and it is no mean feat. Thinking Skills is an extra AS-Level which students studied alongside all their other commitments. It is designed to stretch more able students. It requires high-level logical-mathematical thinking and an ability to analyze and critique written arguments. Seventy percent of the class gained A grades on this difficult AS-Level, so well done to the whole class. Especially well done to David though, who should be very proud of this achievement.”

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BSB Pirate Ship Sets Sail On Wednesday, October 10, Year 3 students at the British School of Beijing (BSB) transformed into a crew of pirates. The students, who dressed and talked like pirates, were charged with launching “The British Buccaneer.” The students were the first to play on the new pirate ship, one of the new pieces of brand-new play equipment at BSB’s primary school. All the new playgrounds age-appropriate for specific year groups have been carefully designed and planned out by experienced educationalists. The playground boasts six pieces of new equipmen: two artificial turf football pitches, painting easels, and Wendy houses for imaginative role play. All the equipment is made by Lappset and imported from Scandinavia.

Registration Kicks Off at ClubFootball

photos: courtsy of bsb, wab, dcb, and clubfootball

ClubFootball winter indoor soccer coaching programs kick off throughout December, and run at ISB, BCIS, CISB, MSB, BSB, Lido, YCIS, Zhongguancun and Wangjing. Courses run for boys and girls of all playing levels aged 4 to 14 and are taught by FA/UEFA qualified coaching staff. For full details including schedules, registration info and coaches’ profiles, please see, call 5130 6893/4/5/6 or email coaching@wanguoqunxing. com.

WAB Welcomes Assistant Principal The Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) is pleased to introduce one of its new assistant principals to the Beijing community. Originally from Australia, Murray Polglase has been teaching at WAB for the past four years. He brings over 20 years of teaching experience to his new role as high school assistant principal, including time as a head of department and grade level leader. Polglase is convinced that WAB is truly a unique school that has the best interests of its students at heart. He looks forward to the challenges successes in the years to come. Murray has a son who is a teacher in Tianjin, and a daughter who studies at WAB.

Five Dulwich Students Receive Top Marks in the World Awards Dulwich College Beijing is delighted to announce that five students have received an Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award. These awards celebrate the academic achievements of Secondary School learners in the November 2011 and June 2012 Cambridge examination series. For the first time, Dulwich College Beijing students have received four Top in the World awards for achieving the highest marks in (I)GCSE Foreign Language Mandarin Chinese. Rebecca Zhu, Samuel Tang (pictured, left and center), as well as Matilde Xiao and Kevin Li are all to be congratulated for this achievement. Congratulations also to Livia Boer (pictured, right) who has received an Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for gaining the highest mark in China in (I)GCSE First Language German. November 2012



Dining Dining Out

Sophisticated Yunnan Delectable favorites at Southern Barbarian photo by The Bloom Family Photography


outhern Barbarian, which originated in Shanghai, serves tasty Yunnan food in a hip, intimate atmosphere. The restaurant has a great collection of artwork hanging on the walls, and the servers are friendly and speak decent English. As for the food, you really can’t go wrong. The menu features delectable dishes that both kids and adults will love. Popular items include a variety of mushroom dishes (ranging from RMB 45 to 88) and shredded potato pancakes (RMB 25). For kids, the restaurant has recommendations such as fried potato balls with dipping sauce (RMB 28), barbecued chicken wings (RMB 32), lightly-salted goat cheese squares (RMB 32), and smashed broad beans with Yunnan ham (RMB 40). Southern Barbarian also makes a great date night destination; pair authentic Yunnan barbecue with one of the many beers, red wines, teas, and fresh fruit juices on offer. Elsie Mort

Daily 11am-11pm. 107 Baochao Hutong, Dongcheng District (6401 3318) 东城区鼓楼东大 街宝钞胡同107号


Marlena Gailis (age 15, attends Beijing BISS2012 International School) savors potato balls and goat cheese beijingkids November

Dining Top 5 Places for …

Mouth-Watering Pie

A slice of banana pie from Pantry’s Best

Pantry’s Best Pantry’s Best, formerly known as Pie House, has a specialty in baking scrumptious pies. This proud bakery is the brainchild of American pie connoisseur Mark Huetsch. Pies range from RMB 149-249, and they taste magnificent. Call five hours in advance to place an order. The bakery also delivers to your home. There’s even a pie blog in English and Chinese on their website. Daily 9am-9pm. (5166 4464) Bread of Life Bakery You can feel good about yourself every time you take a bite of the delicious desserts from this special bakery. The Bread of Life Bakery creates jobs and provides a stable, healthy environment for older orphans. The apple pie perfectly blends tart and sweet, and the crusts are just right. (137 2262 2865 Cheryl, 031 6608 3407) Kooka Pies This bakery originated in Shanghai and carries not only sweet, but also savory pastries for delivery. You can choose from a wide variety of scrumptious morsels ranging from sausage roles and curry pies to lemon and apple pastries. Depending on size, prices range from RMB 50-80. (137 0122 1958)

photo: courtesy of pantry’s best

Padding Puddings and Pies Started by UK natives Lottie and Wendy in October 2011, Paddington Puddings and Pies specializes in cakes, biscuits, and other baked goods. The company makes delectable fruit mince pies, which can be spotted at charity bazaars around town. They also deliver. (135 2101 4945 Wendy, 137 1857 5931 Lottie, paddingtonpies@ Two Guys and a Pie This Australian-run pie bakery offers hearty, savory pies that are reasonably-priced and make a great meal. Try meaty classics “Slow Loving Aussie” and the “Shepherd’s Wife.” Though the delivery service is currently out of operation, you can visit their Sanlitun store to taste your perfect pie. Daily 9am-9pm. Xingfu Sancun Sanxiang (30m west of Nearby the Tree), Chaoyang District (186 1105 3912) 朝阳区幸福三村三巷(树旁边酒吧西30米)

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Spice Up Your Life Beat the chills with Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center’s creamy coconut pumpkin soup recipe by Thomas Giese

Ingredients 配料 Serves four 四人份 600g pumpkin 600克南瓜 1 onion, sliced thinly 一个洋葱,切成细片 ½ head of garlic 半头大蒜 1 thumb of ginger 一根生姜 1 can of coconut milk 一罐椰奶 Chili 干辣椒 Chicken stock, 1 liter 鸡高汤一升 100g butter 100克黄油 100g fresh whipping cream 100克搅打奶油 Ground cinnamon 肉桂粉 Fresh coriander 新鲜香菜 Salt and pepper 盐和胡椒

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Mariella Trias (9, attends Dulwich College Beijing) adds fresh coriander as the finishing touch

Peel the pumpkin, and dice it into pieces. 将南瓜去皮并切成 丁。



Deglaze with the chicken stock and cook until tender (about 20 minutes). Add the coconut milk, season with salt and pepper and blend with a hand blender or kitchen food processor. 加入鸡高汤,加热至 结块溶解(约20分 钟)。加入椰奶,用 盐和胡椒调味。用搅 拌器或搅拌机搅匀。

Saute the pieces of pumpkin in butter with the sliced onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. 将南瓜丁在黄油中 炒,加入洋葱片,大 蒜,姜和干辣椒。

Whip the cream until it reaches a soft peak and add the ground cinnamon. 将奶油搅拌至发泡, 加入肉桂粉。


4 Serve the soup, put the cream on top, and garnish with coriander. 汤出锅,在上面浇 上奶油,撒上香 菜。

5 German native Thomas Giese is a sous chef at Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center. He has over 10 years of experience cooking in kitchens across the globe, from the UK to Switzerland and now, China. When he’s not cooking up a storm, he can be found traveling around Asia, diving, and skateboarding.

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Health Ms. Nutrition


Habits for Hibernation

he quick decrease in temperature can make winter appetites increase just as quickly. When we encounter cold temperatures, our bodies seek out foods that yield heat, resulting in increased cravings for quick energy in the form of sugars and starches. Unfortunately, that sets up your body for a vicious cycle of sugar spikes and crashes that keep your appetite in constant turmoil. The impending surge of holiday treats does not help either. For others, the decrease in daylight can cause problems, like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This type of depression, caused by lack of light, can sometimes lead to an increased desire for carbohydrates, because it triggers a surge of serotonin. Even those of us without full-blown SAD can find ourselves spending more time on the couch with a handful of munchies. To avoid the winter calorie trap, here are some tips: Get physical. Exercise raises and sustains serotonin levels. Think ahead about a winter workout plan. I like to spend more time with the dumbbells in the gym or doing short sprints outside that limit my exposure to the winter chill. Remember your kids, too! They might need more time at indoor playgrounds and activity centers.

[Modify] comfort food recipes to reduce the calorie impact Snack well. I reach for winter snacks that are high in protein or fiber, such as nuts, eggs, a slice of low-fat cheese, or yogurt with apple or cantaloupe. It is important to have both protein and a touch of fat in your snacks to help temper the carbohydrate cravings. Healthy snacking will help control your blood sugar levels, fuel your body’s heat mechanisms, and keep you warmer in the winter. Reach for low-calorie comfort. Try modifying comfort food recipes to reduce the calorie impact. Cauliflower is my favorite potato replacement in thick soups or dishes. In the evenings, a warm, ginger-infused herbal tea with masala powder, milk and cinnamon for sweetness is my go-to drink for comfort. Ginger is a small calorie hit and circulation builder. Keep your vitamin D levels up. Although it is still up for debate, there is evidence that bringing up vitamin D levels can help alleviate some of the typical depressive symptoms for a subset of SAD sufferers. If you are dark-skinned or have genetic links to sunnier parts of the world, living in Beijing can certainly shortchange your levels of this very important vitamin that acts as a hormone in many body systems. Get out, especially on a blue sky day. Swap that post-dinner walk for a post-lunch walk, when the sun is at its highest, even if that means pulling your wooly hat low and winding the scarf around several times to keep your nose warm. Five to ten minutes of sunlight streaming through your eyes can help balance those brain chemicals and chase the blues away, so you’re less likely to seek comfort from the fridge.

Got a question? Olivia Lee (olivianutrition@gmail. com) has an MSc in nutrition and provides nutrition counseling.



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Health The Doc Is In


Cough Syrup Safety

oughing is one of winter’s inevitable symptoms for all families. As viruses are passed back and forth, the usual runny nose and cough can be very disruptive, especially if it’s keeping both you and your child awake all night. For cough relief, we all have our favorite cough syrups, but which ones actually work? Unfortunately, there is no over-the-counter cough syrup that is heartily-endorsed by pediatric and family medicine academy recommendations! There is actually a growing consensus that not only do most syrups not help, but the side effects outweigh the benefits. For example, many syrups contain fever medicine, such as Tylenol (acetaminophen). If parents will combine a syrup with fever-reducing pills like Tylenol, the child could overdose. Thousands of children each year are in emergency rooms, sometimes with life-threatening symptoms, from a cough syrup overdose. In 2008, the US FDA ordered all companies to stop offering any OTC syrups to any child under 2 years old, and emphasized strict limitations for kids ages 2-6.

The most useful cough syrup may be in your home right now All the popular major ingredients – dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, and others – really have shown little to no benefit in studies. A few syrups in China may contain clenbuterol or ephedrine, which theoretically may help clear the airway, but actually doesn’t help and has major side effects at low doses. In the US, my favorite for kids was Delsym, as it contained a higher concentration of dextromethorphan and seemed to work well for some. Other people liked Benadryl syrup, but as with Delsym, it isn’t available in China. The bright side to all this is that the most useful cough syrup may be in your home right now: Honey! Quite a few good studies have shown that a bit of honey for a child over 1 year old (not before, due to risk of botulism) has some benefit for most people, with minimal side effects. Due mostly to its thick coating, honey has some anti-inflammatory properties. Some feel that manuka honey is more effective; but manuka is extremely expensive, and I don’t think the evidence justifies the cost. For children under 5 years old, try half a teaspoon; one teaspoon for ages 6-11; and two teaspoons for kids over 12. Adding some lemon also helps with throat swelling and loosening up of mucus. Remember to brush teeth afterward. My favorite Chinese medicine is a honey-based cough syrup called pipagao (枇杷膏). I’ve found this very tasty, thick syrup with minimal side effects to be more effective than Tylenol Cold and Robitussin. Pipagao’s main ingredient is honey, along with many Chinese herbs including loquat fruit (pipa). Of course, a cough can mean many things: Is it pneumonia, asthma, or a bacterial infection? If your child’s cough seems much worse than the usual viral illness, check in with your doctor.

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

November 2012



Playing Outside

And Now for the Mane Attraction An ancient sport experiences a modern rebirth text by Sijia Chen; photos by Littleones Kids & Family Portrait Studio

Players from China and the UK duke it out on Tang Polo Club’s outdoor lawns


hese days, China may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of polo, but the sport actually goes back here much further than you expect. Polo is widely considered to have originated in Persia around 2,500 years ago, and eventually spread to China and the Indian subcontinent. It was originally a military training game that tested soldiers’ ability to hit a moving target while on horseback. In China, polo was popularized during the Tang dynasty as a pastime for royalty and other elites. Now, the sport is enjoying a modern rebirth in China, a phenomenon that is largely fueled by the country’s financial elite. According to a May 2012 article by John O’Sullivan in The Financial Times, China didn’t have a single polo club before the mid-1960s. But in the past eight years alone, the country has opened four. These include Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, and two in Beijing: Sunny Time Polo Club (opened in 2000), and Tang Polo Club (opened in 2010). The latter has hosted a number of international tournaments since its foundation. Now, alone and in collaboration with Sports Beijing, Tang Polo Club offers polo programs for kids and teens. The rules of the game are relatively simple. Each team is composed of four people mounted on horses called “polo ponies.” The objective of the game is to score into the opposing team’s goal, using a mallet. Outdoor polo takes place on a full-sized grass field with upright boarding along the perimeter that stops the ball from rolling out of play. A period of play is called a “chukka” and typically lasts seven minutes. A full game lasts eight chukkas, but club matches often include only



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Tang Polo Club founder and chairman Liu Shilai

four to six chukkas. There is an interval of three minutes between chukkas and five minutes at halftime. To avoid exhausting their mounts, players must switch ponies at each interval. Fun fact: Polo ponies are almost exclusively female, because they are considered to be less aggressive.

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A polo pony waits to be hosed down after a match

Polo is also distinguished by its handicap system. Each player is given a handicap rating of -2 to 10 goals; the latter is limited to only the top polo players. The combined handicap of four polo players on a team is called a “team handicap.” The idea is to balance out the two teams as much as possible; if the two teams do not have an equal team handicap, then the weaker team is given a specific number of goals to start with. Billing itself as the only polo club in China with international-standard lawns, Tang Polo Club’s programs are open to any interested parties, but full membership is by invitation only. This measure is designed to ensure that only those who are serious about the sport join the club’s ranks. A member of the International Polo Association and the Hurlingham Polo Association, Tang Polo Club’s 35,000sqm facilities include two polo lawns, stables that can accommodate up to 110 horses, a hotel with 14 suites/rooms and an international restaurant, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and an equipment and souvenir shop. According to Tang Polo Club, kids can start learning the sport as young as 4 or 5. Younger riders spend most of their time practicing polo techniques on the wooden horse and in the indoor arena. The club staffs English-speaking, internationally-certified coaches. However, parents should note that polo is neither a cheap nor casual pastime. It takes significant resources to train, house, and look after polo ponies. The extensive grass fields – approximately the size of nine American football fields – must be carefully and regularly mowed, and the equipment itself (including helmets, gloves, kneepads, polo mallets, riding boots, and more) can run into the thousands of RMB. That being said, polo is a great way for kids to learn the value of communication. Liu Shilai is the founder and chairman of Tang Polo Club, as well as China’s first internationally-recognized polo player. He says: “Normally, people think that you are the horse’s boss or owner. But that’s wrong; the horse is your friend. You can’t use your power to make them do anything, so you have to communicate with them.” This is a lesson that Liu tries to instill in his own 5-year-old son. When they go riding together, Liu hands the reins to his son and directs the horse’s movements using only his legs. “This builds confidence in my son, who learns to trust the horse,” he says. Beyond that, Liu believes that equestrian sports are suitable for the entire family. “When I was in Australia, I saw [one] dad [whose] kids would help him warm up the horse before [a polo] game. It’s like teamwork [within] the family.”

Resources Tang Polo Club 唐人马球俱乐部 Wu g e z h u a n g L u , G e q u V i l l a g e , S o n g z h u a n g To w n , Tongzhou District (8051 9200/1, 通州区宋庄镇葛渠村吴各庄路 Sunny Time Polo Club 阳光时代马球俱乐部 Sunny Time Polo Club is a part of Sunny Time Holiday Manor. They accept polo players of any level and offer regular riding lessons as well. The staff’s English is limited, but they are friendly and helpful. Accommodations are available for overnight stays. Helmet, mallet, and other riding equipment can be rented. Call ahead before visiting; the website has a map of how to get there. Take the fast bus 919 (919 快) from Deshengmen (德胜门) to Yanqing (延庆); then, a black cab will take you to Sunny Time (average fare is RMB 40). RMB 450/hour of polo instruction (Chinese only). Memberships are available for RMB 50,000-150,000 per year. Alternatively, participants can prepay set amounts of RMB 4,300; RMB 20,500; or RMB 37,000 on a card. Xiaocaoying Village, Kangzhuang Town, Yanqing County (6913 4283/3078, 8464 8201 English, 延庆康庄小曹营阳光时 代庄园 Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club 天津环亚国际马球会 Based in Tianjin, this polo club welcomes young and adult polo players. Throughout the year, they offer training camps for ages 10-18. Eight-day junior equestrian and polo programs include accommodations and start from RMB 30,000. Students learn stable management, basic riding skills, and mallet techniques. 16 Haitai Huake Jiulu, Binhai Gaoxin District, Tianjin (22 8372 8888) 天津滨海高新区海泰华 科九路16号

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Wangfujing The hidden side of a commercial hub by Elsie Mort


photo: lova

n Wangfujing, you can purchase anything from writhing, skewered scorpions to glowing ivory tusks carved into fine, silky ribbons of light. Here, Buddhist monks walk in clusters past poetic logos in French and Italian. Among shops like Gucci and Cartier, sink your teeth into candied hawthorne. Though shopping is clearly the main attraction here, Wangfujing is also rich in history, culture, and fun things to do. Wangfujing has its own subway stop at the southern end of Wangfujing Dajie by the Malls at the Oriental Plaza. From the subway stop, head north along Wangfujing Dajie until you reach St. Joseph’s Cathedral (1) between Baishu and Ganyu Hutong. This beautiful church has been torn down and rebuilt countless times, and it is one of the few rare historic churches that remain in Beijing. Its small outdoor square is often an unofficial stage for aspiring hip-hop dancers and skateboarders; kids are certainly free to join in the fun. At night, visitors can also admire the floodlights that bathe the church in a soft glow.

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Playing What's Fun In treats, head to Wangfujing Snack Street Further south on Wangfujing Dajie is the (4) to see and taste some truly extraordinary Foreign Bookstore (2), not to be confused street food. On this crowded, noisy side street, with the Wangfujing Bookstore, located on try the candied fruit kebabs and date-stuffed the southern end of the Wangfujing Dajie. hawthorns – taking your senses on an advenBoth have an extensive collection of books ture that you will not soon forget. There are in English. You can spend hours meandering also a few alleyways with souvenir shops that through the pages of fine literature, children’s stem off snack street. Every night between 6 classics, picture books, and even music. to 9pm, there is Donghuamen Night Market At the corner of Wangfujing Dajie and (just north of Wangfujing Dajie). It is aimed Jinyu Hutong is the Beijing APM mall, which at tourists, which is apparent from the slightly houses clothing stores like Gap, Zara, and hiked prices, but it is worth it to pose with a Forever 21. If you are interested in browsing scorpion or beetle on a stick. the latest computers, tablets, or other glorious Walk off the meal by heading 50m south. technological tools, it is also definitely worth Standing at the corner of Wangfujing and a visit to the Apple Store. At 4,000sqm, this Dongdan Santiao is your next destination: the Apple Store is not only the largest in Beijing; Wangfujing Arts and Crafts Building (5). it’s supposedly the biggest in all of Asia. Apple This place is worth breezing through, even if fans and techies of all ages will love testing DATUNLU EAST you aren’t looking to buy any artwork. The out the latest versions of Apple computers, 望京西 XI OLYMPIC GREEN building is a virtualWANGJING museum of Chinese crafts iPods, iPads, and iPhones. and folk art; you’ll find everything from fine Continue heading south on Wangfujing jade and amber to ceramic vessels of garganDajie. You will eventually reach the New 路 tuan proportions. For quality crafts, prices are China Children’s Store (3), which can be reasonable but by no means cheap. easily recognized by itsOLYMPIC colorful CENTERstorefront. HUIXINXIJIE BEIKOU At the very south end of Wangfujing are Anything you could possibly need for your the Malls at Oriental Plaza, where you can little ones lies within these three floors. You shop to your heart’s content at Lacoste, can shop around orBEITUCHENG just have fun walking Adidas,SHAOYAOJU Sony Style – among other stores. through aisles of yipping robotic dogs, Lego HUIXINXIJIE NANKOU ANZHENMEN MUDANYUAN JIANDEMEN Most of restaurants and food stalls are on sets, puzzles, blocks, and dolls. TAIYANGGONG the lower level, including authentic Cantonese If you’re belly is starting to moan for an GUANGXIMEN HEPINGXIQIAO restaurant Crystal Jade (6). Be sure to try afternoon snack, you don’t have much longer SANYUANQIAO the barbecued pork and seafood noodles for to walk. For a cool treat, head south to the a delicious and satisfying meal. Wuyutai Tea Shop for some green tea or LIUFANG HEPINGLI Northexotic St.  End your night with a popular blockbuster jasmine ice cream. For even more

movie in English at Star City Cinema (7) on the lower level of the mall. If you are up to it, try to explore some of the mall afterward and maybe do a bit of shopping. If you’re not, the Wangfujing subway stop is below the mall. This is your best bet to get home, since the Wangfujing area is notorious for being a difficult location to get cabs.

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Wangfujing Bookstore Daily 10am-9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (6513 2842, 6525 2592) 东城区王府井大街218号 Apple Store Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, APM, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District东城区王府井大街 138号北京APM New China Children’s Store 168 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District (6528 1774) 东城区王府井大街168号 Wuyutai Tea Shop 北京吴裕泰茶业 Daily 8.30am-9pm. 186 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (6525 4961) 东城区王府 井大街186号







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

Wangfujing Snack Street 王府井小吃街 Next to Haoyou Emporium, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District 东城区王府井大街





St. Joseph’s Cathedral 74 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (6524 0634) 东城区王府井大街74号

Wangfujing Arts and Crafts Building Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 200 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (6528 8866) 东城区王府 井步行街200号 四惠 SIHUI

Crystal Jade Daily 11am-4pm, 5-10pm. Store BB82, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District (8515 0238) 东城区东长 安街1号东方广场地铁层BB82店铺 Star City Cinema Daily 9am-10pm. B1/F, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District (8518 6778) 东城区东方广场地下1层


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All Aboard The Jacksons embark on a whirlwind train trip through Russia and Finland

The Jacksons at the circus in St. Petersburg

Johanna and 6-year-old Siena inside the Kremlin in Moscow

The Travelers Lachlan Jackson, Johanna Selth, and their two kids: Siena (6) and Tadgh (3). The Plan We went to Russia and Finland from August 5-19. We flew from Beijing to Moscow with Aeroflot (we were surprised at how much it has improved as an airline) and spent three days at Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya. The hotel is located inside one of the old Stalin skyscrapers and is very close to the subway and the international train station. We thought it was a brilliant location and the hotel was really beautiful. We then took an overnight train to Helsinki, Finland, and spent one day and one night there. After that, we drove into the Finnish Lakeland and stayed for three days at a small town near the Finnish-Russian border called Savonlinna. Then, we took the fast train to St. Petersburg, where we spent the remaining six days of the trip. Finally, we took the night train again to Moscow to catch our return flight to Beijing. We organized the trip ourselves using Trip Advisor (, and booked tickets using eLong (



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The Best Part Seeing the Russian Ballet at Olavinlinna, a 15th century medieval castle in Finland, was a highlight. Every year after the Opera Festival in July, Savonlinna hosts stars from the Bolshoi Ballet and Marinsky Theatre. Our children would say the best part was going to the Russian circus in St. Petersburg. It wasn’t as cringe-worthy as we expected in terms of animal rights; there were no lions, tigers, or elephants – much to the kids’ dismay. For the grownups, another highlight was the Hermitage Museum at St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace. We took our time enjoying the collection of mainly European art from various historical periods, since we were able to leave the kids at home with our friends. Moscow was surprisingly beautiful and easy to get around; the metro is brilliant. The Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral were real eye-poppers. The newly-refurbished Gorky Park in Moscow was a wonderful respite for the kids. There are great expanses of lawn you can sit on, playgrounds, an amusement area, hammocks, cafes, a lake with boats, and loads of ducks and swans. In Helsinki, the harborside market was really interesting, with traditional Finnish clothing and handicrafts. It had lots of little outdoor restaurants, where you can get a plate of salmon, chips, and veggies for EUR 7 and eat in a gorgeous setting. The Worst Part Although they were brilliant once you got on them, the process of actually boarding the trains was harder than we expected. We ordered

photos: courtesy of the jackson family

The Cost The total cost was around RMB 35,000 for a family of four. It includes: • Roundtrip flights for two adults and two children with Aeroflot (RMB 15,000) • Accommodations for approximately RMB 5,400 per night at the Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya, Best Western Helsinki, and Perhehotelli Hospitz ( in Savonlinna • Three train trips for RMB 10,000 (Note: Kids under 5 travel for free) • A three-day car rental for RMB 1,700 • Food for around RMB 7,000

• It cost a bit extra for sightseeing and souvenirs. We also stayed with friends in St. Petersburg for six nights, which significantly reduced accommodation costs. Hotels in Moscow are normally very expensive, but we found some great deals in August during the off-season.

Playing Family Travels our tickets online, but Russia is still behind in terms of getting things done on the Internet. Even though we had a printout of our booking and were told we could print our tickets at the station, this proved to be false and we nearly didn’t get on the train. Luckily, a hotel staff member had come to the station with us at 10pm and sorted everything out with five minutes to spare. Almost no one speaks English, so it would have been impossible to resolve this on our own. The kids were exhausted by the time we boarded the train! Unexpected Moments • Finnish trains are amazing! Imagine our surprise when our “super fast” three-hour train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg came fullyequipped with a children’s play area, bottle warmer, huge familyfriendly bathrooms, and incredibly clean surroundings. • In Helsinki, we were surprised to find that our hotel used to be a jail. The entire hotel was prison-themed, from the staff uniforms to the authentic jail cells in the basement. There was even a fully-stocked children’s playroom next to the cells. • In Moscow, Siena was delighted when the vendor poured a ladle of liquid chocolate all over the bucket of fresh berries that we bought at Gorky Park. • We were taken to a fabulous Georgian restaurant in Moscow and were amazed by the quality, freshness, and flavor of the food. There were loads of grilled meat, salads, and other healthy options. It was also reasonably priced, costing around USD 120 for eight people. Most restaurants in Russia are frightfully expensive (USD 50 for Burger King, anyone?). Family-Friendly Features In general, Russia is not a great destination for young children. Kids aged 6 and up will start to appreciate the architecture and museums; Siena enjoyed many of the activities, but Tadgh was bored a lot of the time and slept in his pram for hours each afternoon. We were very lucky to be able to leave the kids with our friends, their children, and their nanny in St. Petersburg. This made the holiday relaxing and enjoyable for everyone. Finland is great for children. Everyone speaks English, the food is excellent, and there’s good pram access everywhere. The Best Western Katajanokka in Helskinki had an excellent children’s playroom, a lovely garden, lawns to run around on, and fabulous breakfast. Savonlinna was also family-friendly, with boat trips, walking areas around the lake, places for picnics and fishing, and a huge playground on the waterfront. Travel Tips • It can be difficult to get a Russian visa. Leave plenty of time and be prepared to give your entire life story. • Most Russians don’t speak any English; we felt quite helpless several times during the trip. • In Finland, save money on food by shopping for lunch supplies at supermarkets. You’ll find picnic food like smoked salmon, cheese, pickled herring, and bread rolls for cheap. Eating at restaurants is generally very expensive. • If you’re visiting a church or a museum, let the kids decide on how to proceed – they are much more interested in it all if they can “lead the way.” • There is lots to see and do in every place and it’s tempting to try and fit it all in, but it just makes for grumpy children, so take it slow. Do stay in a nice hotel with a swimming pool – we found this made all the difference. The kids could have a swim in the morning and then our 3-year-old would crash in the pram for two to three hours in the early afternoon while we walked all over the city. November 2012



Born to Be Wild The Princes come face-to-face with zebras, lions, and cheetahs in Tanzania From top left: Sophie (age 8), Eleanor (9), and Belinda Prince with their jeep and driver in Tarangire

The Travelers David and Belinda Prince, and their daughters, Eleanor (9) and Sophie (8).



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The Cost It’s hard to give a cost for the flights, because we flew to Tanzania to and from the UK, not Beijing. According to Emirates’ website, it cost approximately RMB 30,000 for two adults and two kids to fly roundtrip from Beijing to Dar es Salaam in July of 2013. The overall cost of the holiday (excluding international flights) was around RMB 76,000, including eight domestic flights. The Best Part For the grownups, the best part was the fabulous wildlife within Serengenti National Park. We saw a female cheetah with two cubs, a pair of cheetahs no more than a few feet away, five leopards (one of which was carrying an impala up a tree), lions, and more. The kids would probably say the same, but they also enjoyed paragliding in Zanzibar. It was 15 minutes of adrenaline rush, followed by a request to do it again – which we duly vetoed.

photos: courtesy of the prince family

The Plan We traveled to Tanzania over the summer holidays. We flew from London, UK to Dar es Salaam via Dubai with Emirates, then caught a domestic flight to Arusha. We stayed for two nights at the Kibo Palace Hotel ( before going to the safari in Tarangire. We organized our safari trip through Bobby Tours (, which included a jeep and an English-speaking driver/guide. During the safari, we stayed in a tent at the Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge ( We also spent time at the Ngorongo Forest Tented Lodge ( outside the Ngorongoro Crater. This gave the kids a great opportunity to roam around the coffee estate, learn how coffee is made, and see how local African families live. On the rim of the crater, we stayed at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge ( Then, we went to Serengeti National Park and stayed for two nights at Ikoma Tented Camp ( Our last day on the mainland took us to Migunga Tented Camp at Lake Manyara. The next

day, we took a plane to the island of Zanzibar. We spent six nights at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Zanzibar enjoying warm turquoise waters and clean, sandy beaches. Lastly, we relocated for a couple of nights to the Dhow Palace Hotel ( in the center of Stonetown, the capital of Zanzibar.

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Belinda exploring the sea in Zanzibar

David and Sophie have a picnic with the local wildlife

The Worst Part The only thing we found disappointing was the dive we did off the coast of Zanzibar. While it was by no means bad, we were spoiled from diving in some of the best locations in the world. Unexpected Moments We were really surprised by the level of service, which has improved tremendously since the last time David traveled in Africa. The people have always been extremely friendly, but this time they really knew how to look after others. Family-Friendly Factors The entire trip was very child-friendly. Our kids were happy with all the food, got to explore safely, and were treated well by everyone we met. In Zanzibar, the resort was intimate enough for them to run around unsupervised with newfound friends. Travel Tips • Stay in a tent. The ones in Tanzania are large safari tents with solid foundations, verandas, modern toilets, and showers. They were quieter and more relaxing than a hotel, while giving visitors the opportunity to spot wildlife from the porch. • Carry both US dollars and Tanzanian shillings, as items in different places offer better value for money in either currency. Ask for prices in both USD and TZS, and choose the best one. • Don’t carry any USD 100 bills dated from before the year 2000, as they will either not be accepted or you’ll be offered a much lower exchange rate. This is because shopkeepers are worried that older notes may be forgeries. • The best tip of all? Go! You will have a truly memorable time. November 2012



The Emperor’s New Digs Escape to Chengde’s Mountain Resort by Ellis Friedman




November 2012

The front of the palace was the court, where state functions were held, and where the emperor greeted visiting dignitaries, nobles, and officials, while living quarters were at the back of the palace. Palace rooms have now been turned into museum exhibits, one of which contains a wax exhibit detailing the history of the Qing Dynasty, which feature decent English translations. Save yourself a trip to Southern China and take a moment to admire the Tower of Mists and Rain on Green Lotus Island, which is a dead ringer for the tower at Nanhu Lake in Zhejiang Province. The Shang Di Ge, which sits on Shang Lake, might also remind you of Beijing’s Summer Palace. The grounds are also home to one of China’s tallest stone pagodas, which stands an astounding 70m high. Originally, the grounds contained 12 temples; however, four of them fell into disrepair and were not restored. Of the eight that were restored, the most famous is the Putuo Zongcheng Temple, which resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Don’t let the Putuo Zongcheng Temple replace any trip to Tibet; while it’s the largest and perhaps the most impressive of the temples, it pales in comparison to the real thing, and those with a keen eye may spot false walls or constructional flaws. The most popular of all the temples may be the Puning Temple, which is based on another Tibetan landmark, the Samye Monastery. The Puning Temple was constructed with the intent to unite Tibetan Buddhists, and devotees still practice within the temple today. While inside Puning Temple, be sure not to miss the 23m-tall wooden statue of Guanyin Buddha. Stick your head into Puyou Temple, a small,

photos: jacopo

ntil it was plucked from obscurity in 1703, the city of Chengde was not oft-visited. But when Qing emperor Kangxi visited on a fated early 18th-century hunting trip, he saw so much potential in the area that he chose it as the location of his summer palace. Thus began an 89-year construction project that turned the area into a sprawling imperial compound now known as Mountain Resort, which features lakes, plains, hills, temples, halls, and a hunting area. Kangxi’s grandson, Emperor Qianlong, benefitted especially from the resort, spending extended periods of time there. Little did they know that, 200 years later, their palace would become a popular tourist attraction and an idyllic trip for families looking to escape the clamor of Beijing. Located about 200km from Beijing, Chengde’s Mountain Resort is best seen over a weekend. The Mountain Resort is an extensive, walled-off complex that comprises 5.64 million sqm, almost half the area of urban Chengde. In Chinese, the Mountain Resort is called bishu shanzhuang, literally “mountain villa for avoiding the heat.” While lateautumn visitors run no risk of getting heatstroke, November is the ideal time to visit before temperatures drop below freezing. Completed in 1790, Mountain Resort is a UNESCO World Heritage site divided into districts or “areas”: the lake area, the plains area, and the mountain area (the largest of the three). The palace and its surrounding temples are known for their architecture, but not because they are original. In fact, most everything in the entire complex is checkerboard of copies of famous landmarks or riffs on the traditional architectural styles of different ethnic groups.

Playing Weekend Warrior

Chengde Mountain Resort 承德避暑山庄 RMB 90 (Nov.1- Feb.28), RMB 120 (Mar.3-Oct.31) Daily 8am5.30pm. 20 Lizhengmen Lu, Chengde, Hebei Province (0314 202 3771) 河北省承德市丽正 门路20号 Chengde Hotel 承德宾馆 19 Nanyingzi Dajie, Chengde (0314 208 8808) 承德市双桥区南 营子大街19号 Chengde Tianbao Holiday Hotel 承德天宝假日酒店 Bldg A, XinhuaYuan, Chengde( 400 601 1595) 河北省承德市 新华园A座 Mongolian Yurts Hotel 承德避暑山庄蒙古包度假树 Wanshu Yuan Scenic District (near Shanzhuang Donglu), Bishu Shanzhuang, Shuangqiao District, Chengde (0314 216 3094) 承德市双桥区避暑山庄内万树园景区(近山庄东路)

oft-overlooked Manchu-style temple that has a collection of dark green Buddhas clustered within a hallway. When you step into Pule Temple, you might mistakenly believe you’re back in Beijing. It pays obvious homage to both the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City, but it does, however, have one thing neither of the Beijing landmarks do: pictures of multiple-armed gods participating in acts reminiscent of the Kama Sutra. The city of Chengde itself doesn’t have much to distinguish itself from other cities around China, but there are plenty of comfortable places to stay. The Chengde Hotel is a popular and comfortable choice and at about RMB 300 per night, it won’t shatter a budget. Another hotel choice is the Chengde Tianbao Holiday Hotel, which starts around RMB 500 per night. There is also the Mongolian Yurt Hotel on the grounds of the Mountain Resort, which will satisfy those with an adventurous streak without scaring away those who seek creature comforts. The concrete yurts, which have modern flourishes like television sets and comfortable living spaces, start at about RMB 900 per night. Booking ahead can be tricky, so try going through Ctrip’s hotels section or call them directly if you speak Chinese. Chengde is big on dumplings, which you can find at most local restaurants when meal time comes around. A dumpling restaurant famous among both locals and visitors is Da Qing Hua. For tasty Xinjiang food, try Lao San Yang Tang, which features delicious lamb soups and roasted, meat-filled buns to fortify you for your return trip to Beijing.

Da Qing Hua Dumpling Restaurant 大清华饺子馆 1) 19 Lizheng Lu (across from Mountain Resort), Chengde (0314 203 6111) 承德市双桥区丽正路19号(避暑山庄对面); 2) 241 Chezhan Lu (across from City Five Hospital), Shuangqiao District, Chengde (0314 777 7707) 承德市双桥区车站路214号 (市五医院正对面; 3) 2 Zhongxing Lu (near China Unicom), Shuangqiao District, Chengde (0314 210 8878) 承德市双桥区 中兴路2号(近中国联通) Lao San Yang Tang 老三洋汤 Shangye Bldg 8, 1 Xinglong Jie Xiaoqu, Shangzhuang Donglu, Shuangqiao District, Chengde (0314 227 2283) 双桥区山庄东路 北兴隆街小区1号商业楼8

Getting There By public transportation: Take train K7711 from Beijing Station (8.05am) to Chengde (12.31pm). Tickets cost under RMB 100 one way. By car: Get on the Jingcheng Expressway from Wanghe Qiao on Fourth Ring Road. Continue along the Jingcheng Expressway for 130km. Pass the tollbooth and enter Dagao Expressway. Follow this for 74km; about a kilometer after the tollbooth, turn left on Huanbin Lu and follow the sings to Chengde.

November 2012



I Want to Be an Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Ren Gang makes no bones about his joint adventures




November 2012

photos: mitchell pe masilun

r. Ren Gang, an orthopedic surgeon at Beijing United Family Hospital, spent 17 years studying to become a doctor. A native of China, Dr. Ren received his medical degree from Capital Medical University in Beijing, and later ventured to Denmark, where he completed his PhD in minimally-invasive spine surgery. Recently, Dr. Ren spoke with Canadian International School of Beijing students about surgery, diagnosis, and the human body’s 207 bones. Ellis Friedman

Learning When I Grow Up Jumpei Honda, 10, Japan How many years of learning did it take for you to be a doctor? It took me 17 years of education to become a doctor.

Justin Ju Hyoung Rhee, 9, South Korea How many years have you worked as a doctor? And were you a surgeon at first? Thirteen. And no. First, after graduating from medical school, you have to rotate to different medical departments in different hospitals. In China, you have to rotate for at least three years. So after I graduated, I was not an orthopedic surgeon. After the rotation, you can choose to be an orthopedic surgeon, a cardiologist, a neurosurgeon, or [so on].

Seung Min Kim, 10, South Korea Why did you want to become a doctor and do you think it’s a good job? I think it’s a good job, but it’s a very hard job because it takes such a long time and you have to read a lot of books. But I think having an interest [helps]. If you do something you think is very interesting, you are forced to keep learning and [then] the years go by very fast.

Angela Hwang, 9, South Korea How many people do you fix in one day? If I’m in the clinic, at least 10 patients will come to me. If I’m working in the operation theater, I can [see] just one or two patients in the same day.

Danah Farhan Alrashed, 9, Saudi Arabia Do you help kids? Yes. Last week, I had a 13-year-old girl who broke her toe. She went to another hospital and unfortunately the doctor in the other hospital applied the wrong cast. And then the girl came to me with a toe [that was] painful and swollen. I [helped her] change the cast.

“If you do something you think is very interesting, you are forced to keep learning” Marsha Feng, 9, US How many kinds of doctors work in the hospital? A lot; more than ten [kinds].

especially for kids. It depends on the type of fracture. Generally speaking, it takes three or four weeks to heal. Maybe you will need a cast after you have broken your elbow, but after three or four weeks, you have to do exercises on your elbow joint, otherwise your elbow joints become very stiff. It’s very hard to get it back to normal function again.

Guy Hayardeny, 9, US What other things do you do in the hospital? Every day, I have three different places I have to work. One is the ward: If a patient is seriously ill, he has to stay in the hospital. Second part is outpatient and emergency, when the patient comes to the hospital then they feel sick. And the third place is the operation theater.

Renee Zhang, 9, Canada What’s the most serious injury you ever treated? It was a multiple trauma. I will not describe it [fully], but [it was] multiple trauma after a very serious motorcycle accident. Lung injury, brain injury; it was very serious.

Jason Ku, 9, Malaysia How do you fix trauma? Trauma could be just a fracture in one finger. A multiple trauma might happen after a traffic accident. A multiple trauma would be a head injury, lung injury, and fractures in several parts. So traumas are all different. A simple fracture is [easier to fix]; a multiple fracture means admission to the ward, several operations, and intensive care. Saraa Aishe Ndahangwakelao Iita, 9, Namibia Q1: The spine is delicate, so how do you fix it without breaking it? Spinal damage is a very special case. Usually a spinal cord injury means surgery, and we put screws inside the bone and or put a metal implant into the bone to fix the fracture. Q2: Why do people have bones? If you have no bones, what happens? [Falls to the floor]

Marina Rybinskaya, 10, Russia If you break your elbow, how long does it take to fix it? An elbow fracture is a very complicated case,

Jacob Ruben Levin, 9, US Do you ever fix blood lines? Yes. A blood line is called an artery or a vein. The blood goes from the heart to the artery to the finger, and then goes back to the heart through a vein. Yes, I have repaired those.

Victoria Gong, 9, US What’s the weirdest case you ever saw? I don’t think I have had a weird case or disease. Weird is always very rare, and my experience [with rare cases] is limited.

Abdul-Rahman Khan, 8, Pakistan Did you ever have a time when you couldn’t understand what was wrong with a patient? Yes, it has happened. We have high-quality, manmade technology, but we cannot [replicate the complexity of a] human being, even though modern medicine has more that 100 years of history. Doctors and scientists cannot make 100 percent sure that we can manage [ourselves]. So sometimes, there is no correct answer. I cannot always give you a 100 percent [accurate] answer with an uncommon disease, but for a common disease [I can].

November 2012



More than Meets the Eye Dulwich students mull over the impact of culture and media on physical perceptions photo by Small World Photo Studio



November 2012

photo: judy zhou

From left to right: Pratcha Sananvatananont, 17, Thailand, has lived in Beijing for four years Anna-Sophie Kleber, 17, Germany, has lived in Beijing for 10 years Sam Ross, 16, New Zealand, has lived in Beijing for five years Kyoka Kosugi, 15, Japan/China, has lived in Beijing for four years

Learning The Roundtable


n recent years, there has been an explosion of attention directed at bodies. There remains a pressure to maintain a certain body weight and aesthetic. While aesthetic ideals vary from culture to culture, the pressure to be beautiful is fierce for everyone. We asked four students at Dulwich College Beijing to provide insight into the pressure their generation feels to look a certain way and where those demands come from. Ellis Friedman

Is there such thing as an ideal body? Anna-Sophie: A lot of teenagers think there is because of the media. What people here in Beijing perceive as an ideal body or what is beautiful is completely different to Europe. Pratcha: I think it’s always changing. If we imagine 70 years ago, the image of the perfect man would be a soldier, short military hair, big guy. But now, guys are portrayed in the media as more feminine, [they use] more beauty and hair products. Kyoka: I think there always is [an ideal] for the time or the place that you are. I think media [plays] a big part. Sam: Movies and TV shows generally cast beautiful people. So the more often they do that the more often I think, “Oh, that person’s beautiful,” because that’s the way I’ve been brought up.

Where else does the idea of an ideal body come from? Kyoka: I heard that in India, married women were expected to be bigger because it shows that they are rich and well-fed. Pratcha: In Thailand, especially for women, if you have tan skin you’re considered low-class, because you’re seen to spend more time outside working. In the Western world, if you have pale skin that means you don’t have time to go on vacation and get a tan. In Thailand, there are a lot of advertisements for products to make the skin fairer. Anna-Sophie: Beauty is perceived differently between race and culture. It also depends on how you’re brought up. I’ve always been told, “Don’t think too much about what other people think, because that’s just not important.” Sam: In Year 8, we did a section on body image. They were trying to promote having confidence in your own body, and I think the way the school does that changes the way people feel about their body.

Do teenagers feel pressure to conform to a body ideal? Kyoka: I think there is more pressure for teenagers than for some adults. Some of it has to do with peer pressure and people our age can be more easily influenced by media. Anna-Sophie: When you’re an adult, you know who you are, you’re leading your own life. Right now, we’re still building this pathway to where we’re going. We’ve been brought up internationally so we’ve seen all kinds of people. We might be confused about what the ideal body is, because we have so many different opinions floating around in our head. Sam: I‘ve found internationally that people care less about [body image and peer pressure], whereas in New Zealand people cared a lot and bullying really affected people. Pratcha: It depends on the environment. Dulwich is an environment that’s really safe, and the fact that we have uniforms takes away that ridicule of people wearing what some might consider cool clothes or not-so-cool clothes.

“We know that what we see is only what we see” How do you think body image and pressure differs for men and women? Sam: When girls are younger, they play with dolls, and they get that image of the perfect woman from that. Whereas if I played with toy trucks, I can’t aspire to be a truck. But girls can be Barbie. I feel like girls want to be beautiful. But now, guys really care about their clothes, and their hair; it just seems like they care about everything now.

Is it hard to keep pace with that? Sam: It’s an ongoing battle. I think soon it will be completely equal between the two genders. Pratcha: I do feel the pressure sometimes to get to this perfect body. I think for men it’s more about physical stuff, even though now it’s changing.

Do you think it’s physical for women too? Pratcha: In a different way. For models, you see some who [are] unhealthily skinny, and some girls might want to be like that. Kyoka: In Japan, you’re a good person if you’re similar to the people around you. People of the same age group usually have the same clothes or makeup. That really influences when they decide to start to dress in a certain way or put on certain types of makeup.

In what ways does body image vary for China and your country of origin? Anna-Sophie: At a more superficial level, I think the whole idea of body image is less extreme here than in Germany. In Germany, it’s so evident that they’re different in the sense that they use hair dye, cream, makeup; they take a lot more risks. Sam: In Melbourne, the fact that you are different is celebrated. Kyoka: In Japan, people try to stay white and my parents tell me to not get tanned because they think it’s not acceptable. But I come here and my friends are like “Look at this tan that I’ve managed to achieve!” I started trying not to care about either way, because it is a bit confusing.

Are people judged by their bodies? Anna-Sophie: I think so. It has to do with first impressions. I think it’s the easiest way of judgment, but not necessarily the correct one. Sam: I think people try to say “I don’t judge people by how they look,” but they do. Pratcha: There’s no way around it, it’s the visual that you see first. But I don’t think that should get in the way of you trying to get to know who they really are. Kyoka: When I was smaller, the judgment was just simple judgment. You look at one person and think they are pretty or handsome, but I feel like we’re able to differentiate more now; we know that what we see is only what we see. November 2012



Learning Blank Canvas

Students from

Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School fill November’s Blank Canvas

Fan Qianyu, 17, China

Gao Xuan, 17, China

Huang Zhujing, 18, China

Niu Kaiyi, 17, China Huang Zhujing, 18, China



November 2012

Liu Ke, 18, China

Tang Xiaoqi, 17, China

Zhang Liang, 18, China

Wu Shiyuan, 18, China

Xie Shengjie, 16, China

Chen Yanxin, 17, China

Tan Shiqing, 17, China

Zhang Yuyao, 17, China

Zhang Yuyao, 17, China November 2012



Parenting Beijing Baba

Change, Change, Change Life in the Lay household isn’t the same after twins by Christopher Lay




November 2012

two months, we also hired a part-time ayi to help out in the evenings to ensure that Reina received sufficient face time with her parents beyond, “Be a dear, run and get another diaper for me.” Compared to July, my home office never has a moment of peace and probably won’t for the next three years or so until the twins are old enough to start school. For the baba that previously opted to downsize the household staff (i.e. fire the ayi) and take on the housework himself in order to have more privacy, this has been a very sudden change. Aside from the increase in our domestic head count, daily foot traffic, and the emotional toll of no longer being an only child, there is one more change that Savvy and I are both feeling and that is the physical aches and lack of sleep from caring for two hungry babies. To be fair, whatever I am feeling must pale in comparison to what Savvy goes through. Feeding, changing, soothing, and coaxing one baby to sleep is bad enough at 2 in the morning, but the task is all the more daunting when a second baby is waiting in the wings. Many friends have told us that having twins is a special blessing. That may well be, but I’ll bless the day when I’ve changed the last diaper for this pair of lads. I just hope my back holds up long enough to see it through.

Christopher Lay comes from the small town of Ashland, Oregon, US. Father to 5-year-old Reina and twins Bryson and Ryder (born September 2012), Christopher has worked in Beijing for four years as a freelance photographer. Visit his photo blog at

illustration: sun zheng

here’s no doubt about it, a new baby in a family’s life changes everything, and that goes double for twins. When Reina was born in Shenzhen, our domestic solar system had to realign to accommodate a shining new orb in our growing body of familial planets. It was an epic change to our existence that, in hindsight, seems almost quaint compared to the blunt chaos that introducing two new babies has wrought upon our lives. In the weeks before Bryson and Ryder were born, I took Reina to many of her favorite places in Beijing, such as Fundazzle, Beyou World, and Si’de Park. Although I’m certain it was not the last time we will frequent these places one-on-one, I know she will not get nearly as much individual time with her Baba and Mama anymore. For months, we discussed with Reina the changes going on with her unborn siblings, considered what life would be like after they arrived, and even sought her opinion to include her in family decisions; it was Reina who eventually decided which brother would get which name. However, just as reading a driver’s manual doesn’t make a person a perfect driver, no amount of planning could quite prepare a 5-year-old (or her parents) for the magnitude of change that a pair of siblings brings. Reina loves her brothers, but clearly the adjustment process will be measured in months, rather than days or weeks. Seemingly inconsequential things can set off an epic emotional response, but thankfully none of it has been directed at her brothers and it seems that Reina may not yet fully recognize the cause of her recent emotional angst and frustration. In addition to adjusting to the presence of the boys themselves, we all suddenly found our quiet three-person home under siege with a fulltime ayi and a legion of friends all pitching in to help care for the boys, keep the house in order, and make certain we were fed. For the first

Parenting The Echo Chamber

What’s for Dinner? One mother’s adventure in maintaining a balanced diet for her baby by Ember Swift

illustration: sun zheng


ur daughter, Echo, is now at the “eating solids” stage. We’ve been taking it easy and introducing one thing at a time to screen for allergies. After all, what’s the rush? Perspectives vary. The Chinese side of my family (namely my mother-in-law) began to make noise about feeding Echo egg yolks when she was only 4 months old. Most Western food introduction charts put eggs in the over 12 months category. At around the same time, my Canadian mother urged that adding rice cereal to my daughter’s nighttime bottle of pumped breast milk would help her sleep longer. I then learned that adding cereal that early could upset her digestive system, making her sleep less! So, I hesitated. For each assertion, both grandmas used the age-old defense: “That’s what we did with you kids and it worked fine!” Do they really remember, though? Isn’t it possible that they may be remembering our “baby days” bulked together, confusing the subtle details? Each time they asserted their opinions, I tried to smile peacefully and deflect. This tactic carried me along for two more months. Finally, at 6 months old, I decided to honor my daughter’s complete ethnicity and start with both foods. First, the cereal, which she spat it out repeatedly. I switched to egg yolks and like a ravenous baby bird, she gobbled it up and wanted more. That was a victory for the Chinese side, or so said my mother-in-law’s sparkling eyes. The next six weeks were spent on vacation in Canada, where I slowly introduced foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, avocado, bananas and the cereal again (that she subsequently enjoyed). I froze the cooked foods in ice cube trays for convenient portions ready to thaw. My mother was impressed that I wasn’t buying baby food in a jar. I just smiled. I felt like a Super Mom. Then I came back to China. My mother-in-law protested the frozen portioning, claiming freshness was being compromised. Then I came home one day to find Echo being fed steamed egg, complete with egg whites, the proven allergen. It was already too late. I

held my breath and my daughter had no adverse reaction, thankfully. The defense? “All Chinese kids eat this way!” When I discovered that my MIL had been adding soy sauce to the steamed egg “for flavor,” I turned on the sirens. Not only is soy an incredibly common allergen, but I quickly looked up the word for “sodium.” My husband backed me up. This practice has now been outlawed in our house. The sirens sounded again when I walked in on my MIL feeding her lotus root powder, which when mixed with water becomes a thick, transparent, almost gelatinous porridge. Echo was lapping it up. “What’s in that stuff?” I asked while reaching for the box. It contained WHITE SUGAR! Needless to say, “white death” is now off the menu too. To ward off future arguments, Echo’s cuisine is now pre-negotiated daily. Both grandmas think I am being too strict. I just smile. While they may not quite remember all the details of our infancies, the discourse on food safety has certainly changed dramatically over two generations. Processed food and allergies are more prevalent and food security is a newly relevant social issue. So when my own mother nearly put a spoonful of dairy ice cream in Echo’s mouth before I dove across the table crying “No-o-o-o-o-o!” I knew I was dealing with a generational divide as much as the usual cultural one. Grandmas all mean well, but let’s let Mommy make the menu, okay? And that, of course, is being said with a smile.

Ember Swift is a Canadian musician and writer who has been living in Beijing since late 2008. She and her husband Guo Jian (国 囝 ) , who is also a musician, have expanded their family to include a daughter born on January 2, 2012. Her name is Echo Swift (国如一).

November 2012




A Clean Bill of Health photo by Mishka Family Photography


here’s a famous saying that goes: “Without your health, you are nothing.” Nothing could be truer – especially in Beijing. Stories about air pollution and food scares are as common as cats and dogs here, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy your time in the nation’s capital. To keep your family hale and hearty, we offer suggestions for exercising together, scouring Chinese supermarkets for common organic products, getting support for diabetes, and uncovering the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).



November 2012

Isla McVeigh (age 5, attends BSB) checks up on her sister Fiona (age 9, attends BSB)

photos: lova, littleones kids & family portrait stuido, the bloom family photography, courtesy of bike beijing and sinoscuba

Fitness Together Sports to keep you active when chilly weather sets in by Charlotte Moreau


f you worry that the cooler days might turn you into a couch potato, never fear – there are many opportunities for your entire family to remain active all winter long. Venture outdoors for skiing and ice skating, or go for an invigorating bike ride. Indoor activities also abound: Scale a rock wall, take an exercise class, or go for a swim. Just keep moving!

November 2012



Biking and Spinning Bike Beijing

Eileen Vickery and Todd Lundgren with their kids Rainier (8) and Zooey (9) experiencing life on two wheels with Bike Beijing

Bike Beijing, part of Bicycle Kingdom Rentals and Tours Company, has fantastic half-day and full-day tours that explore the city and surrounding areas. Riding through classic hutong neighborhoods and by the Great Wall are two of the most popular options. Bike rentals include the option for child seats, tandem bikes, tagalongs and more. Half-day trips are RMB 300-400 per person, depending on the number of people in your group. Children under 12 receive a 10-50 percent discount; a child in a baby seat is free. Groups of 10 or more receive a 20 percent discount. Eileen Vickery, her husband Todd Lundgren and their children Zooey (age 9) and Rainier (8), recently took the hutong tour using tandem bikes. Vickery says: “It was a great family outing and perfect for our kids. The children really enjoyed seeing traditional architecture and glimpsing Beijing culture, but never felt bogged down by a long tour. It was certainly an active and extremely fun way to tour Beijing.”

Mother & Daughter Spin+

Moms and daughters pedal hard in Stella’s class

Mother & Daughter Spin+ is a special program designed by Stella Chan Marinaro for moms and girls to enjoy together. Held on Mondays from 4.30 to 5.30pm at Human in Motion in Shunyi, this upbeat and energetic workout includes 30-40 minutes of spin followed by 20-30 minutes of strength conditioning exercises and nutrition counseling tips. Girls should be 12 years old or older in order to safely use the bike. A five-class series is RMB 1,250 per mother/daughter team. Donna-Marie Jorgensen was encouraged by her 11-year-old daughter Kathrine to suggest starting up this type of course to Stella. Jorgensen, who now attends the spin class with her daughter, says: “My son plays football with his dad, and this is a great health-related activity my daughter and I can do together. It motivates us and we understand what we’re each going through.”

Scuba Diving SinoScuba

Hiking and Rock Climbing Beijing Hikers Beijing Hikers offers numerous day trips during the week and on


The Westberg family (clockwise from left: Keith, Kelly, Kyle) suits up for a dive with SinoScuba beijingkidsKathryn, November 2012

photos: lova, courtesy of bike beijing and sinoscuba

For 10 years and counting in Beijing, dive operator SinoScuba has offered safe, fun courses for divers who are just beginning and those with experience. Courses include Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver, Night Diver and more. The Open Water Diver certification takes two to three weeks to complete, but can be done more quickly or slowly depending on each diver’s ability and schedule. The course fee of RMB 2,800 includes all materials, instruction, equipment rental, pool fees, and necessary paperwork. Divers wishing to complete their four open water dives in Beijing will be charged RMB 1,000 (in total), but outside of Beijing, th price is set by the operator. All divers, especially beginners, will be interested in a one-time fun dive via the Shark Interaction program, where you can swim at Blue Zoo Beijing amongst six different species of sharks! The all-inclusive cost is RMB 650 (RMB 600 for students); underwater cameras are permitted for an additional fee. Divers must be at least 10 years of age to participate. Mother-of-two Kathryn Westberg says: “It felt like being on vacation. [Founder] Steven [Schwankert] was so good with the kids, making them at ease with everything. The whole experience was very positive.” Her 11-year-old daughter, Kelly Westberg recounts: “I got to [swim with] a turtle and pet sharks during the dive. My favorite part was being so close to all the tropical fish, and watching them swim away quickly when startled. It was fun to see all of the marine life up close […] and it was fun to wave at the visitors of Blue Zoo through the glass!”

Feature weekends. Difficulty of hikes, duration, and prices vary. In November, experts take hikers to the unrestored Jiankou area of the Great Wall, the ancient village of Cuandixia, and Changping District – timed right to collect some wild persimmons along the way. Day trips range from RMB 300-400 (RMB 200-360 for children under 12). Long-distance trips are offered for serious hikers.

Dandelion Hiking Dandelion Hiking offers treks that are slightly off the beaten track. Day trips, camping trips, and longer-term excursions are available; some even include a cycling portion. Most day trips range from RMB 400-450.

O’le Climbing

hybrid of swimming, dance and gymnastics, and as members progress through the levels, they have the opportunity to compete. They will also be able to meet Olympic professionals. Junior Synchronized Swimming Course I is suitable for children (ages 5 to 15), who have mastered at least two swimming styles. Classes are 90 minutes long and are held on Saturday and Sunday from 12.30 to 2pm. Sixteen classes cost RMB 1,600.

Yoga and Pilates While the techniques of yoga and Pilates differ, both use controlled movements of the body that flow from one into another, resulting in improved strength and flexibility.

O’le Climbing welcomes climbers of all ages and abilities. Scale a 13m indoor climbing wall and a bouldering wall. Harnesses and shoes are available for rent. A day pass costs RMB 60. For repeat visitors, there are multiple pass cards and memberships, as well as discounts for children under the age of 12. Birthday boys and girls receive a free climb on their birthday! If you’re itching to get outdoors, they have group day trips to Hebei for RMB 550 (all-inclusive price) per person (minimum of four people in a group).

Alona Pilates


Fit Pilates

Encourage student swimmers to maximize their potential in competitive swim clubs: Aqua Warriors Swimming Club and Dragon Fire Swimming. Students of all levels learn to perfect their strokes and speed. Training with both clubs is open to adults, too; you’re never too old to learn or improve your swimming skills! There is also Mookey Swim Club, suitable for babies from 2 months to children 6 years of age.

Fit Pilates is a fully-equipped private studio that follows the Stott Pilates method. In addition to its regular mat work and private equipment training, Fit Pilates studio also offers private pre-natal, post-natal and rehabilitation programs. Prices range from RMB 400-600 for private training.

Aqua Warriors Swimming Club Aqua Warriors Swimming Club has grown from 100 members to over 300, and participates in several swim meets per year. Student member price at their two swim locations (Zhongjia Palace Hot Spring Hotel and The British School of Beijing – Shunyi campus) costs RMB 1,500 for 11 sessions. Adult lessons are available for RMB 100/hour for nonmembers (entry fee not included), or free with a student member (entry fee not included).

Dragon Fire Swimming

Prenatal and postnatal classes are combined in one-hour sessions at Alona Pilates, held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am. Children from age 6 often join parents for weekend and holiday classes (11am and 5pm) – there are classes for all levels. Prices range from RMB 200 for a single class to RMB 1,600 for 10 classes. If you download an application online and e-mail it with a reservation, your first class is free.

Incy Wincy Yoga Incy Wincy Yoga was founded in 2006 by mom Angelina Liu. They offer prenatal yoga, baby yoga (from 1-month-old) and kids yoga (ages 3-12) classes. The 45-minute classes are taught entirely in English. Exercises are child-safe and focus on breathing, visualization, trust and co-operation games, modified and age-appropriate Hatha yoga poses, and relaxation games. Fees start from RMB 95 per class; free trial classes are available.

Yoga Yard

Mookey (or Mu Qi) Swim Club is a professional baby swimming center founded by Sunny and Shane Novak. In operation since 2010, this parent-child swim program is designed to create a clean and safe water environment for babies. From 2 months to 2 years of age, children can advance through four levels of Dolphin courses (30 minute classes). From ages 2 to 6, they can advance through Shark courses (45 minutes classes). All classes are conducted with a parent or guardian guiding their child in the pool. The customized swimming pool uses salt chlorine to avoid eye and skin irritation commonly associated with chorine water. New classes will be offered at Crowne Plaza International Airport Hotel Beijing by the end of 2012.

Yoga Yard offers a variety of yoga classes, including weekly prenatal classes suitable for all stages of pregnancy (Mon and Thu 10.30amnoon, Tue 6.15-7.35pm, Sat 2-3.30pm). Postnatal course Mommy & Me (Mon 12.30-1.30pm) offers a safe and playful environment for new mothers and babies (from 4 weeks to crawling age) together. A Postnatal Integration class (Thu 12.15-1.30pm) helps new mothers alleviate common places of ache and strain. Prices range from RMB 420 for a four-class pass to RMB 960 for a 10-class pass. Single drop-in classes and other options are also available. Wan-Ho Got attends the Mommy & Me course with her 7-month-old daughter Lan Kuntze in order to strengthen her body after birth and get her former shape back. “It’s also good to have a regular activity with my daughter and spend some quality time together,” says Got, “and it’s a good place to meet other moms and their babies.” Akemi Sakaki also attends Mommy & Me, because it’s “doing something not only for me, not only for [my 2-month-old son Leon], but it’s a happy time for both! We often share our own experiences, ideas and information exchange with other moms. It’s a unique experience!”

Xiqishuiyang Synchronized Swimming Club


Xiqishuiyang Synchronized Swimming Club was founded in 2008 by former China synchronized swimmer Zhang Xi. Students learn this

One of the most energetic, exciting ways to get into an exercise regimen is with Heyrobics – a program that began in Sweden in 1978. Sessions

Since 1996, Dragon Fire Swimming has competed locally and internationally and now has over 300 swimmers in their club. Swimming lessons and competitive training are available, and camps are offered during the summer and winter holidays. Options for adults are available.

Mookey Swim Club

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Linus leads a Heyrobics class at the Swedish Embassy in Beijing

are accompanied by upbeat music, and are typically 45 minutes of active exercise and 10 minutes of stretching. Levels vary and classes are held throughout Beijing in 10 different locations. Joining is easy; simply come when you can and pay as you go (RMB 20 per session). Language isn’t an issue for instruction; look around and follow the instructor or your peers. They also host other outdoor exercise events. Alan and Janice Morrell, and their teens Leigh (age 18), and Siobhan (16), who started up with Heyrobics during the long summer break, have found that there is something for everyone. Alan Morrell says: “My daughter has found something that’s fun in a great non-competitive workout, while my son finds it complements his other sporting interests nicely. I find it a great way to work off the stress of a full-on job, and my wife is delighted to find an activity that caters to all our different interests, but is something we can all do together.”

Horseback Riding and Polo Equuleus International Riding Club Founded in 1999, Equuleus International Riding Club provides instruction and training for riders as young as age 4. Classes are grouped by ability level with two to five riders. The youngest riders begin with 25-minute lead rein lessons (RMB 200); children from six years old and older participate in groups. Annual fees for members come in individual, family or corporate levels starting at RMB 2,000; membership lessons are in packages and range from RMB 300-360, excluding training fees and equipment rental. Pay-as-you-go for non-members is RMB 570.

Sheerwood Beijing Equestrian Country Club

Moms and babies at a Mommy and Me class at Yoga Yard

Located in downtown Beijing, the Sheerwood Beijing Equestrian Country Club offers both indoor and outdoor arenas, in addition to Chinese- and English-speaking instructors. A basic lesson costs RMB 400, and rental equipment is an additional RMB 50. Riding packages range from 10-20 lessons for RMB 3,100-5,600 (discounts for riders under the age of 17). During the winter, they are open Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm. For more information on where to play polo, turn to p32.

Fenxing Fencing Club Beijing Fencing is an intellectual sport of strategic decision making, making it a great character building activity for children and adults alike. While the entry threshold for fencing is not too challenging, it is a competitive sport taught in a tailored one-on-one lesson. Introductory and developmental saber fencing lessons for those from age 10 and up are available by appointment only at RMB 300 per session. All equipment is included. Children and adults can join; and due to the need for agility and speed, the children often win!

Ice Skating You don’t have to be a hockey player or graceful figure skater to enjoy some time on the ice. Plenty of indoor rinks around Beijing offer rink time and equipment rental. Le Cool and All Star Champion Skating Club both offer classes. Outdoor rinks that open up in the winter for ice skating and ice bikes include Qianhai Lake in Houhai and Dragon Bay in Shunyi.

Other Sports Beijing is well known for offering a multitude of sports for kids of all ages. Sports offered include soccer, baseball and rugby – as well as polo, ice hockey and ballet. While these team sports are geared for kids (ages 4-18), parents can also get involved via volunteering.



Trotting along at Equuleus International Riding Club November 2012

photos: kara chin, the bloom family photography, littleones kids & family portrait studio



Resources Aqua Warriors Swimming Club (136 8352 7243 Arthur, 136 0110 2151 Sandy, 134 8877 8089 Amanda) All Star Ice Rink Mon-Thu: RMB 30/90 min (10am-6pm), RMB 40/90min (6-10pm); Fri-Sun (and holidays): RMB 50 for 90 min. Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6328) 全明星滑冰俱乐部,朝阳区朝阳公 园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区首层 Alona Pilates Heavenly Spa by Westin, 5/F, The Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (139 1029 0260, alona@alonapilates. com) 朝阳区新源南路1号 Bike Beijing 34 Donghuangchenggen Nanlu, Beiheyan Dongdajie (6526 5857, 133 8140 0738, 东城区东皇城根南街34号自行车店 Beijing Hikers (6432 2786, Dandelion Hiking (156 5220 0950, Dragon Fire Swimming (136 0106 4534 Kevin Hua,, Equuleus International Riding Club Tue-Sun 8am-noon, 2-6pm. Tack Shop: Tue-Sun 8am-noon, 2-6pm. 91 Shunbai Lu, Sunhe Town (north of and parallel to Xiang Jiang Beilu), Chaoyang District (8459 0236 Chinese, 6432 4947 English, 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 Fenxing Fencing Club Beijing 2/F, Capital Paradise Clubhouse, Shunyi District (Song Han 139 1171 0845) 顺义区名都园南门二层 Fit Pilates Mon, Tue, Thu 10am-4pm and 6pm-9pm, Fri 10am-4pm, SatSun 10am-4pm. Across from Shin Kong Place, Chaoyang District ( 朝阳区 新光天地对面 Heyrobics (

Incy Wincy Yoga Rm 1909, Bldg A, U-Space Building, 8 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (5861 3809, www. 朝阳区广渠门外大街8号优士阁A座,1909室 Le Cool Mon-Fri: RMB 30 for 90 min (10am-6pm), RMB 40 for 90 min (6-10pm). Sat-Sun: RMB 50 for 90 min. Skate rental included. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5776, 朝阳区建国门外大街1 号国贸地下2层 Mookey Swim Club Tue-Sun 9am-6pm. H101 Chateau Regency, Chaoyang District (next to Beijing United Family Hospital) (400 879 9086, 朝阳区芳园西路和乔丽晶H101 Mother & Daughter Spin+ Cathay View Garden Plaza next to Beijing Riviera, 2 Xiangjiang Bei Lu, Chaoyang District (186 0127 4767, stella@achievingbalance. asia) 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观唐广场 O’le Climbing Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6776 4705, 奥莱攀 岩, 朝阳区东四环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号 Sheerwood Beijing Equestrian Country Club West coast of Wenyu River, Chaoyang District (8433 2217) 朝阳 区温榆河西岸 SinoScuba (1861 113 3629 Steven Schwankert, Sports Beijing (6430 1370/1176, Xiqishuiyang Synchronized Swimming Club National Administration of Sports, 2 Tiyuguan Lu, Chongwen District (500 meters east of Temple of Heaven). (Ms. Zhang: 186 1109 6783,; Mr. Wang: 139 1023 5840, 崇文区体育馆 路甲2号(天坛东门向东300米路南,国家体育训练局内) Yoga Yard 6/F, Bldg 17, Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District (6413 0774, www. 朝阳区工体北路17号楼6层工人体育场北门对面

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Pure and Simple Scouring common supermarkets for healthy, organic groceries by Ember Swift


o a foreigner with limited Mandarin skills, a Chinese supermarket can seem daunting, especially if you’re specifically looking for healthy, organic products. Many expats give up before even embarking on the journey, instead choosing foreign supermarkets for the sake of familiar brands or product labels they can read. Yet, many healthy choices for standard products are, indeed, available locally and may well be cheaper than foreign imports. The following list is designed to help you navigate a Chinese supermarket for some safe staples*. We searched high and low for staple brands to trust in these common supermarkets: Lotte (Tianle Mate 乐天玛特), Carrefour (Jialafu 家乐福), BHG Market Place (Hualian 华联), and Vanguard (Huarun Wanjia 华润万家). Cooking Oils: 食油 (shíyóu) Organic oil is still difficult to find in local grocery stores. Many of the sesame oils are 100 percent sesame oil with no added ingredients, however. Extra virgin olive oil is also plentiful in Chinese grocery stores. For organic oils, BHG Market Place offers a line of the American brand Spectrum Oils, of which one is organic Sunflower Oil. A 473ml bottle is priced at RMB 126.

Soy Sauce: 酱油 (jiàngyóu)

Supermarkets in China carry a head-spinning array of soy sauces. In the jumble of bottles, you’ll find one distinct organic brand available at Lotte, Carrefour and Jinkelong called, Hona Organic (禾然). Its labels are written very distinctly in both English and Chinese. Large bottles of 500ml sell for approximately RMB 35. BHG Market Place also features another brand of soy sauce: Huxi Island (湖西岛). For a 300ml bottle, however, it’s considerably more money at RMB 62 per bottle.

Eggs: 鸡蛋 (jīdàn)

Two brands of organic eggs are available in these shops, the most common being Bai Nian Li Yuan (百 年栗园) in cartons or boxes of six, 12, 24, 40 and 60. Jinkelong, Vanguard, BHG Market Place and Carrefour all stock them, but prices vary considerably. For a box of 40, you’ll find them priced at approximately RMB 60 at Carrefour and Vanguard, RMB 70 at Jinkelong and RMB 80 at BHG Market Place. Another brand of organic eggs are from Sun Daily Farm or Sheng Di Le (圣迪乐) are considerably more price-wise, but are available at both Lotte and BHG Market Place. A case of nine sells for RMB 29.

Vinegar: 醋 (cù)

Huxi Island (湖西岛) also makes an organic vinegar available at BGH Market Place at RMB 31.80 per 300ml bottle. Liora Pearlman, founder of BOCA (Beijing Organic Consumer Association) additionally recommended the brand Bei Gu Mountain (北固 山). While it isn’t organic, it is a local brand that doesn’t include sodium benzoate and it is produced by age-old practices in Shanxi Province. It can be found at Lotte, Carrefour and Vanguard at approximately RMB 11 for a 550ml bottle.

Milk: 牛奶 (niúnăi)

A readily available brand of organic milk sold in all of the above stores is called Te Lun Su (特仑苏). In small snack-side tetra packs, 12 to a box, the packaging reads: “youji nai”(有机奶), but the only English are the words “Milk Deluxe.”

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Grains: 粮食 (liàngshi) Key Words Organic = 有机的 (yŏujīde) Organic product = 有机食品 (yŏujīshípĭn) Is there any organic “X” here? = 这里有没有有机的 “X” ? (Zhèlĭ yŏuméiyŏu yŏujīde “X”?)

*This article is intended as a guide only. beijingkids cannot guarantee the authenticity of these products as certified organic. For a guide to recognizing Chinese organic labels, see p60.

Soybeans: 黄豆 (huángdòu)

In a country where both soybeans and soymilk makers are available locally, it’s easy and economical to make fresh soymilk at home! Of course, in an era in which soybeans are one of the most commonly found genetically modified foods, seeking organic beans is especially important. Both a brand and a specialty health food store with eight locations across the city, Lohao City (乐活城) carries both black and yellow organic soybeans. They are also available at BHG Market Place and sold there for about RMB 43 per 580g box. The larger bags are available at Lohao City.

Flour: 面粉 (miànfěn)

As foreigners, many of our basic staples start with flour. Both Lotte and Carrefour carry a brand of organic flour that, while more expensive, is still manageably priced at RMB 42.50 and 32.20 per 2.5kg, respectively. The brand is “BDHQM” and it says “Organic Flour” in big English letters on the front.

Mung beans, millet, red beans, white beans, and whole grain oats are all common ingredients in zhou (Chinese porridge). While foreigners may not be in the habit of brewing up this watery porridge to accompany meals, the health benefits are too plentiful to list. Most of the stores carry organic versions of these grains, usually set off in a separate corner from the conventional grains. The most common brand is Jing Zhen(晶珍). Lotte, Carrefour, and BHG Market Place all carry this brand and the small bags of the various grains range between RMB 13 and 18 each. With similar packaging colors as Jing Zhen, the “Organic Town” brand is also available at BHG Market Place at similar prices. This grocery chain also features grains in small boxes or zip-locked bags by Lohao City (乐活城). This brand’s prices are considerably more, ranging from RMB 20-40 per box or bag.

Peanuts: 花生 (huāshēng)

As peanuts are often an ingredient in zhou, Lotte carries some organic peanuts tucked in with the organic grains. They’re RMB 33 for a 1kg bag by the brand, Lvse Fangshan (绿色芳山). BHG Market Place also stocks a Lohao City brand box of 460g whose labels reads “Peanut Meat (Raw)” for RMB 40.

Rice: 大米 (dàmĭ)

In China where rice is plentiful, only one organic brand is available in the giant Lotte grocery store. The brand is called “Jing Guan,” written in pinyin as well as characters “粳冠” on the bag. The 5kg container is priced at RMB 80.50. BHG Market Place also carries organic rice, both in white and brown varieties. For white rice, look for “Organic Town” (生态小镇有机大米) in the large and small packages. A 2.5 kg bag goes for RMB 48. This store also carries a large selection of grainrelated products, including organic brown rice supplied from “Lohao City” (乐活城). A 2.5kg box of their organic brown rice sells for RMB 98. Organic versions of mixed rice and black rice are also available at Lotte, Carrefour and BHG Market Place. They are all in the section marked by “粥” (zhou).

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Feature Resources BHG Market Place 华联 1) Daily 10am-10pm. SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District (6415 8226) 朝阳区三里屯VillageSLG00号商铺; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. B2/F, Legend Center, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区东三环中路乐成中心地下二层 For more locations, see Directory. Carrefour 家乐福 1) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 6B Beisanhuan Donglu (beside the International Exhibition Center), Chaoyang District (8460 1043) 朝阳区北三环东路乙6号(中国国际展览中心正门旁); 2) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District (5190 9508) 朝阳区广渠路31号 For more locations, see Directory. Lohao City 乐活城 1) Daily 8am-10pm. B1/F, Yinzuo Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6415 0104) 朝阳区东城 区东直门外大街48号银座MALL地下一层; 2) Daily 8am-9pm. 608 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu, Shunyi District (8046 6242 ext 801) 顺义区天竺荣祥广场608号 For more locations, see Directory. Lotte 乐天玛特 1) Daily 8am-9:30pm. 17 Guangshun North Dajie, Chaoyang District, (64378008);朝阳区广顺北大街17号 2) Daily 8am-9:30pm. 12 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District (64378008) 朝阳区酒仙桥路12号 Vanguard 华润万家 1) Daily 8am-9:30pm. B1 Kerry Center, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District, (8529-9410);朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心地 下1层 2) Daily 8am-9:30pm. No.2 Northeast 4th Ring Road, Chaoyang District (5130-3259) 朝阳区东四环北路2号

Organic Food Labels It’s easy to stick the word “organic” on a food label, but here is a key to organic certifications. The Fangyuan Organic Food Certification Center (FOFCC) 辽宁方园有 机食品认证有限公司 The Fangyuan Organic Food Certification Center (FOFCC) is one of the earliest organic certification agencies to be approved by CNCA and CNAS, and can be used to certify organic farming, breeding, production and processing. FOFCC is a member of the China Certification and Accreditation Association and member of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). FOFCC now cooperates with the European Union, the American Natural Organic Program (NOP), and is recognized by the Italian QC&I, the Brazilian IBD and other international certification bodies. Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) 中 国有机产品 The Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) is the authority that has been set up and authorized by the State Council to perform administrative functions, unify management, supervise and coordinate the national certification and accreditation processes. CNCA established the unified logo for organic prod-



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ucts, so consumers can easily identify organic products. They also published the “Organic Product Certification Management Regulations.” China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) 中国合格评定 国家认可委员会 The China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) is the national accreditation body of China, and is universally responsible for the accreditation of certification bodies, laboratories and inspection bodies. It was established under the approval of the CNCA and is authorized in accordance with the regulations of the PRC. In short, CNAS is responsible for the accreditation of organic certification organizations, so you will often find their logo next to the organic logo. The Organic Food Development Center (OFDC) 南京国环有机产品认证中心 Founded in 1994, the Organic Food Development Center (OFDC), is the oldest and largest specialized organic research, inspection and certification organization and the only organic certifier in China that has been accredited by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and ISO65. Their logo is formed by two concentric circles, and the center represents the plant and animal products that have been certified by the OFDC. The logo is strictly controlled, and while the size of the logo can be changed according to the needs of users, the shape and color cannot be changed. OFDC provides organic certification services to the National Organic Product Standard of China and OFDC Organic Certification Standard. China Organic Food Certification Center (COFCC) 中绿华夏有机食品认证中心 The China Organic Food Certification Center (COFCC) is a professional organization responsible for organic food certifications and management under the Ministry of Agriculture of the PRC. As the first organic certification organization accredited by CNCA in China, COFCC has been registered by the Bureau of Industry and Commerce, and has also been approved by CNAB. Their logo uses green leaves and hands, which indicates the importance of a harmonious relationship between nature, humans, and sustainable development. Beijing Wuyue Huaxia Management and Technology Center (CHC) 北京五岳华夏管理技 术中心 (中国有机产品认证机构) The Beijing Wuyue Huaxia Management and Technology Center (CHC), is one of the first organic food certifications in the history of organic food development in China, and has been managed by CNCA since 2004. As a member of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and the China Certification and Accreditation Association (CCAA), CHC is also accredited by CNAS. CHC manages to provide high-quality organic products certification services and by being “fair, objective, rigorous, and realistic.” Conversion Organic 中国有机转换产品 It takes one to three years of transition for a farm to obtain the official organic product certification after its initial application. During these three years, the farm must process the production in full accordance with the organic certification standards and requirements. During this time, the Conversion Organic logo is used.

Mind, Body, and Spirit Understanding the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine text by Kyle Mullin; photos by Mishka Family Photography

Mattie Morris (age 9, attends ISB) gets her vitals checked by Dr. Wu Jiaqi at OASIS Healthcare


eedles are nothing to fear. At least, that’s what Dr. Wu Jiaqi tells younger patients when their treatment at OASIS Healthcare requires acupuncture. “If the doctor is experienced, there will be no pain, because he will have practiced enough that his hand won’t shake,” explains Wu, who has performed acupuncture for more than five decades and received the National Prize in Chinese medicine in 1989. The 2,000-year-old discipline of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is attracting many once skeptical foreigners, who now long for natural healing alternatives. Wu says these laowai patients are more open to ancient holistic treatments, be it qi (aka life force energy) balancing advice or herbal treatments, cupping or acupuncture.

Alex Tan, a practitioner at The Hutong’s Straight Bamboo TCM Clinic, says the discipline’s true lure lies in its philosophy as much as its practices. He explains: “We treat the main imbalance, not the signs and symptoms. This is the main difference between TCM and Western style biomedicine. People come to TCM because they also want to learn more about how their lifestyle is part of their imbalance, and what they can do about it on a practical, daily choices level.” It’s a far subtler, more nuanced approach than many may realize. Natural remedies can ease everything from common colds and stomach issues, to more severe problems like liver imbalances. OASIS’s TCM clinic features a room stacked with drawers full of over 330 herbs. The hospital’s most frequent prescription is the Hong Hua (Red Flower) herb that, among other benefits, invigorates blood flow. Beijing United Family Hospital also offers a variety of TCM services, including acupuncture, reflexology, and cupping, as well as herbal remedies and moxibustion therapy. Quality vs. Qualifications First time TCM patients are often troubled most by whether or not their practitioner is properly qualified, or how those credentials are even measured. A colleague of Dr. Wu’s at OASIS Healthcare, and former November 2012



chief physician of acupuncture at Dongzhimen Hospital, Dr. Tang Lixin says concerned patients should always ensure that their practitioners have a university degree (which requires at least five years of study), or a doctorate (which requires eight years) - along with at least one year of experience treating patients. International SOS Beijing Clinic - which offers a range of TCM services from acupuncture to massage therapy - maintains a strict process in place to ensure that their medical professionals are highly credentialed and experienced in their specialized fields. Tan obtained a TCM Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Sydney Australia, and has studied and practiced for more than 10 years. He feels practicality far outweighs theory, adding: “Some of the practitioners I met that have no degree, [but have worked] with a master for 15 years without formalization in China, are fantastic practitioners.” While he feels certification and theory are essential for practitioners, he can’t say the same for extensive university degrees, let alone doctorates. Think about a good carpenter: Is it more important that he went to the best school, or that he has lots of experience and a great mentor?” Dr. Tang says demanding higher qualifications are by no means elitist, given today’s TCM climate, where more and more practitioners work without a license. “In a big hospital, it’s no problem, because without a license, no one can work there. But with smaller places, you should ask to see [their credentials].” Tan says: “If you’re going to your local massage guy down the road and they are going to do acupuncture, then yeah, you want to make sure of [their qualifications].” He adds that patients might be pleasantly surprised by the smallest scale facilities, which though may not look pristine, may feature qualified TCM massage practitioners. Often, Chinese physiotherapists specializing in bodywork healing, open their own clinics and work independently with good results. Nutrition as Medicine Many first time patients may fret over whether their practitioner has enough diplomas to properly wield a needle. But Tan says that outlook is a bit misguided – at the best of times, he says TCM patients shouldn’t even have to worry about painful looking treatments. Patients at Tan’s clinic can expect not to be prodded by needles or heated cups right away. Instead, they should field basic questions about their eating and sleeping habits. “Only when diet and lifestyle fail, should we use herbal medicine and acupuncture,” Tan says. Many patients visit him for nutritional and wellness advice as the foundation for changing their underlying imbalances. “We’re looking at what can help you get the most out of your lifestyle choices using the ancient wisdom of Daoism. We should be using Chinese medicine philosophy preventatively as well as clinically.” Recently, those ancient practices have been adapted to contemporary issues. “Obesity is a big problem with young people today, more than ever before,” Dr. Wu says. Indeed, acupuncture can help stem such appetites. “And I’ve also used acupuncture to help people quit smoking, or stop drinking too much vodka.” Tan encourages TCM’s preventative nutrition disciplines, especially for youngsters struggling with dietary issues. But often, the root of the problem is lifestyle. He explains, “Unless their imbalance is quite severe, it goes back to dietary problems and talk about changes in lifestyle that get the body back to a more positive self-healing state.”



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Basic TCM Practices When diet and lifestyle adjustments aren’t enough, TCM’s more famous practices are called for. Here is a list of the basics. Body Acupuncture When it’s used: For a variety of ailments that are often painrelated; everything from headaches to arthritis. How it works: Dr. Tang of OASIS Healthcare says: “Needles, which stimulate the nervous system and modulate the flow of energy, are carefully inserted in the skin according to the condition being treated. Acupuncture is a safe and often painless way to invigorate the body’s natural healing abilities.” Where to get it done: Beijing United Family Hospital, International SOS Beijing Clinic, OASIS Healthcare, Beijing’s Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, and other TCM centers Auricular Acupuncture When it’s used: Insomnia, joint pains, addictions, digestion or fertility issues How it works: Think of it as mini acupuncture for the ear. Dr. Tang of OASIS Healthcare says, “The ear is a miniature map of the body, containing over 200 pressure points corresponding to different parts of the anatomy.” Where to get it done: OASIS Healthcare, Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, and other TCM centers Cupping When it’s used: Muscle soothing, pain and stress relief, removal of body toxins. How it works: Heated cups are applied to the skin (usually on the back) and soon provide suction. The resulting stretching boosts circulation and drains toxins. Where to get it done: Beijing United Family Hospital, The Hutong’s Straight Bamboo TCM Clinic, OASIS Healthcare, Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Joyful Bliss Wellness Center, and other TCM centers Guasha/Scraping When it’s used: Muscle tension, inflammation, nerve pain, menstrual cramps. How it works: After oil is applied to the skin, practitioners use a slice of jade or other blunted tools to scrape at the skin with “smooth, pressured strokes,” explains Dr. Tang. As a result, qi and blood flow are boosted. Where to get it done: OASIS Healthcare, The Hutong’s Straight Bamboo TCM Clinic, The Meridian, Joyful Bliss Wellness Center Foot Reflexology When it’s used: For everything from sore soles and toes, to improved blood pressure and reduced stress. How it works: Like the TCM “mini map” theory for the ears, practitioners believe applying pressure to different parts of the feet can help heal corresponding parts of the body. Where to get it done: OASIS Healthcare and a variety of TCM facilities and massage spas

Resources Beijing United Family Hospital 北京和睦家医院 Mon-Sat 8.30am-7pm (individual clinic and department hours may vary), 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (5927 7000, 5927 7120 ER) 朝阳区将台路2号 The Hutong’s Straight Bamboo TCM Clinic Call ahead for an appointment. Straight Bamboo TCM Clinic hours: Mon-Thu, Sat 8am-6pm. 1 Jiu Dao Wan Zhong Xiang Hutong, Dongcheng District (159 0104 6127, 北京 东城区九道湾中巷1号 Hong Kong International Medical Clinic Call ahead for an appointment. 9/F, Office Tower, Hong Kong Macau Center Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District (6502 3426) 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号港澳中心办公楼9层

International SOS Beijing Clinic Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-6pm, 24-hour emergency care. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building No.16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District 6462 0333) 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室 Joyful Bliss Wellness Center Tue-Sun 10am-10pm. 3/F, 32 Liangma Qiao Lu, next to Golden Land Office Building, Chaoyang District (6433 6232) 朝阳区亮马 桥路32号 高澜大厦附楼三层 The Meridian Call ahead for an appointment. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 9-10-A, Si’de Park, Fangyuan Xilu, Dongsihuan, Chaoyang District (8456 7010) 朝阳区东四环芳园西路四得公园9-10-A Oasis Healthcare Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-noon. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District (400 876 2747) 北京市朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号

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Hold that Spoonful of Sugar One Beijing dad reaches out to support other families with diabetic children


n 2010, researchers announced that over 90 million people in China were suffering from some form of diabetes (BBC News, March 2010) – a figure that does not account for the hundred of millions more showing early symptoms or unreported cases. Currently, it is estimated that around 10 percent of the world population will be diabetic by 2030 ( Because diabetes affects so many lives, awareness amongst the general public and support from the community is vital - which is where Dr. Gerald Anthony comes in. Originally from the US, Dr. Gerald Anthony first came to China in 2002 for a one-year assignment in the port city of Tianjin. One year turned into multiple years. He now works at Yew Chung International School of Beijing as senior admissions officer, and resides in Beijing with his wife Julia and 2-year-old son Javan, who has Type I diabetes. beijingkids spoke with Dr. Anthony about the reality of caring for a diabetic child and how he came about forming the support group, Diabetics Changing the World. Jerry Chan How did you find out Javan had diabetes? Dr. Gerald Anthony: I should have recognized the symptoms, because my family has a recent history of diabetes, but to be honest, I didn’t realize my son was displaying them. The diagnosis process began when my son [who was 1 year old at the time] and wife had gone to see the grandparents for a few weeks. When the two of them returned from their visit, the first concern of mine was how much weight my son had lost. [I initially thought] this was due to differences in Eastern and Western diets. This hypothesis proved to be incorrect as time continued. [In] the following days, my son [became] skeletal, had a high fever and vomited. My male ego waited a few days to see if my son’s body could take care of itself, but after the fever did not break, we decided to take my son to the hospital. A blood test was completed, and the results were confirmed after a glucose analysis was run: Javan had diabetes. Is diabetes hereditary? GA: This is debatable. Some doctors will say that Type I diabetes mellitus (juvenile diabetes) is hereditary. In my family, my uncle and my brother both have Type I. [However], my opinion is that of the minority in the medical field. I believe that the condition is not hereditary, but the increased likelihood of the condition is. Additionally, I believe it is not a hereditary condition, because my brother has Type I and I do not. We are identical, not fraternal twins. What lifestyle adjustments have you and your family had to make to deal with her condition? GA: To be honest, the news was very difficult to accept, especially for my wife. Growing up with diabetes in my family, I didn’t have too many mental adjustments. My wife, on the other hand, is adjusting to the reality that planning is an important component to our family’s lifestyle. Each day, we [prepare] insulin injections, test [his] blood sugar, prepare well-balanced and accurately measured meals and [maintain an] active exercise regimen. As a diabetic, it is important to prepare yourself. While diabetes cannot be cured, it can be controlled. Real freedom does not come from lack of rules, but from consistency and an understanding of your



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environment. [My brother] has had Type I diabetes for over 20 years and is still happy and healthy. How has living in Beijing affected all this? GA: Living in Beijing has been a blessing for our family, because it is a nice balance between traditional and contemporary, East and West. With diabetes, there are three main areas you must keep in balance for a healthy lifestyle: diet, exercise and insulin. One advantage of living in Beijing, compared to the US, is that walking and cycling are more natural. Living in Beijing has also opened my eyes to the underserved families with diabetes. So many resources could be developed. How did you come to decide to form the support group? What is the main idea of the group? What can prospective group members expect from joining the group? GA: [As] I learned more and more about diabetes and developed relationships with more families, I noticed a huge need that had to be filled. My thought process is similar to a morning reflection I once read: “What is the difference between a thermostat and a thermometer?” A thermometer simply tells you the temperature in an environment. A thermostat adjusts the temperature in an environment. I wanted my family to be a thermostat in Beijing. The support group I formed is called, Diabetics Changing the World (DCW) – [its] goal is to provide growth and support to diabetics and their families [in English] in a confidential, safe setting through teaching and sharing at social gatherings by partnering with various community channels. Prospective members should expect a full support network for themselves and their families both on and offline. As the group grows, we will begin having education and mentoring sessions. What role did Beijing United Family Hospital have in forming the group? GA: Beijing United Family (BJU) is a great organization. I truly believe one of the reasons it is so successful is because it is a part of the Beijing community, and not just a medical service. Originally I thought about working with BJU, because I volunteer at the United Foundation for Children’s Health, a foundation they strongly support. After arrangements were made to present the idea to their hospital administrative staff, they warmly received the idea of championing a support group for diabetes. They have offered their facilities for all meetings along with medical staff to give information sessions to the group. I am truly thankful for their generosity.

Diabetics Changing the World (DCW) Meetings take place on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6-8pm at Beijing United Family Hospital. For more information, contact Dr. Gerald Anthony at Beijing United Family Hospital 北京和睦家医院 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (5927 7000) 朝阳区将台路2号

photo: courtesy of dr. gerald anthony


beijingkids Dr. Gerald Anthony November with his wife2012 Julia and their 2-year-old son Javan


Family Dining

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

American Blue Frog Daily 10am-late. 1) S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030, info@; 2) 1/F, Bldg 1, U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8561 2665,; 3) 167, 1/F, Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0017, www.bluefrog. 蓝蛙, 1) 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯 Village南区4号楼3层S4-30; 2) 朝阳区三丰北里 悠唐生活广场1号楼1层; 3) 朝阳区颐堤港店酒 仙桥路18号1层167号 Chef Too No kids menu but they’ll love the penne meatballs. With a little help from mom and dad, kids can share one of Chef Too’s famous steaks with a side of mash. If you’re happy for them to get their hands messy, try the BBQ ribs. Sunday Brunch (RMB 68-98, served until 3pm, try the poached eggs with a side of spinach and mushrooms, pancakes, huevos rancheros and more) is where the real kid-friendliness kicks in, though. For dinner kids will love the bruschetta or any of their yummy pasta options. All staff speak good English; providing they’re not super busy, they are very attentive. Indoor seating with some booth-style seats as well as the standard table and chair setup. Voted “Outstanding American” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm, Tue-Sat 5.30-10pm. Opposite of West gate ( the 3rd gate) of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6591 8676, 美西西餐 厅, 朝阳区朝阳公园西门(3号门)对面 Element Fresh This sunny Shanghai import showcases a healthier side of American food, with elaborate salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Popular weekend brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” “Best Brunch (Affordable)” and “Outstanding Family Friendly Atmosphere” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Unit LG2-01, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) MonFri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. S8-33, Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058) 新元素, 1) 朝阳区东大桥路9号LG2-01层; 2) 朝阳区三 里屯路19号三里屯Village南区8号楼S8-33; 3) 朝 阳区将台路6号 Fatburger This famous American diner offers premium Australian lean beef burgers freshly grinded daily and cooked to order the way you like it. Juicy burgers comes in singles, doubles or triples accompanied by skinny fries, fat fries or homemade onion rings and hot wings, hot dogs, and imported ice cream shakes all set amidst a warm and comfortable ambience of 80’s music playing in the background. Voted “Outstanding Burger” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-9pm. B1/F, Bldg C, Gemdale Plaza, 91 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8571 2797,,; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai



Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 7789, leelee@,; 3) Daily 11am-9pm. 1-LB01 The Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound (in the same building as Tavola and Starbucks, across the street and 300 m north of the Kempinski Hotel’s main entrance), 19 East Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1878,, jwu@fatburger. com) 1) 朝阳区建国路91 号金地中心C座B1楼; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街1 号国贸商城B1楼; 3) 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马 桥外交公寓1号楼会所1层1号铺 Home Plate Bar-B-Que Daily 11am-10pm. 35 Xiaoyun Lu courtyard (from Dongsanhuan Beilu, head 20m north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection and take the first right), Chaoyang District. (5128 5584, seth@homeplatebbq. com) 本垒美国餐, 朝阳区霄云路35号院(东三环北路,过霄云路路 口,往北走20米,到第一个路口右转) Let’s Burger 1) Unit L-RS-206, Bldg 11, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 10.30am-11pm. B1/F, Sanlitun Village North, Chaoyang District. (6415 2772); 3) Daily 10am-9pm. 29-102, Pinnacle Avenue, Liyuan Jie, Shunyi District. (8416 7803) 1) 朝 阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区11号楼 L-RS-20层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯Village北地下一层; 3) 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业中心29-102 Lily’s American Diner The owner of this Shuangjing restaurant cut her teeth at Steak & Eggs; she’s now created a menu of her own offering a sizeable selection of classically greasy North American and Tex-Mex fare like cheeseburgers, roast beef melt subs and chicken or beef fajitas. All-day breakfast specials including buttermilk pancakes with two eggs, plus bacon, sausage or ham. Generously sized beef burritos come wrapped in suitably soft, yet resilient tortillas, with assorted vegetables and “Lily’s spices.” The beef nachos aren’t quite like those in Texas, but they’re entirely edible by Beijing standards. 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 200m east from north gate of Jindi Mingjing Xiaoqu, exit E of Sihui subway station, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Daily 8am-midnight. Unit 2-18, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6592 5548, www. 1) 朝阳区四惠地铁北E出口金 地名京小区北门对面往东200米; 2) 朝阳区双井 桥东北角广渠路31号院天之骄子2号楼底商2-18 The Filling Station An American dinerstyle joint serving burgers, steaks and other classics. The adult menu features a selection of burgers (RMB 58-98) – which includes a side fries dusted with chili pepper – and hotdogs (RMB 38-58); while the ample kids menu has “Sausage Spiders” (hot dog sausages with spaghetti legs, RMB 35), “Easy Peasy Mac n Cheese” (RMB 35) and other offbeat selections like banana pancakes (RMB 35) and virgin cocktails called “mocktails” (RMB 20) designed especially for kids. The playroom comes complete with slides and older kids can test out the retro selection of video games or give the foosball table a try, making Filling Station a great place for a family meal or lazy afternoon lunch. Daily 11am-9.30pm. Beside Western Academy of Beijing, Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Shunyi District. (8470 3821) 顺 义区来广营东路(北京京西学校旁边)

Bakeries, Delis & Desserts A Food Affaire Inside April Gourmet, this deli is a convenient spot for grocery shoppers looking to grab ready-prepared salads, pies, veggies and more for a quick lunch or dinner. Daily 8am-11pm. 1/F, 5 Xingfuyicunxili (on the ground floor of Lianbao Apartments next to Yu Xin restaurant), Chaoyang District. (135 0107 1114) 朝阳区绿叶子食品店, 幸福一村 西里5号一层 Bread of Life Bakery Bread of Life Bakery creates jobs for older disabled orphans by baking and selling their own homemade

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breads, pies and cakes. Order by phone or online at their website. (137 2262 2865, 031 6608 3407, CCSweets Artisanal cupcakes, cakes, cookies.CC is an artist, jewelry designer,chocolatier & cakedesigner. She uses only the best gourmet, imported ingredients to make her cupcakes, cakes and cookies. CC Sweets also custom designs cupcakes, cakesand wedding cakes to order. Try their Crazy forChocolate Six-Pack, containing sixvarieties of chocolate cupcakes. Check their website for details and rotating flavors. Daily 9am-8pm. Unit 109, Bldg 11, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6973, 喜喜饼房, 朝阳区朝阳门外 大街6号新城国际11号楼109号 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. 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 Milly’s Cakes The shop combines three of owner Emily Long’s loves: sweets, alcohol and brunch. The gourmet menu prepared by the chef is admittedly no match for its Nali Patio neighbors. However, the all-day brunch

is a draw, with well-prepared classics like eggs benedict (RMB 68) and corned beef hash (RMB 72) alongside champagne-based cocktails (coming soon). The sweet and savory afternoon tea set (RMB 98) is also worth trying. The carrot cake and tiramisu cupcakes (RMB 25) were sublime on our most recent try, but moistness has varied between visits.Milly’s custom cakes will likely be the main attraction. They don’t come cheap (RMB 600 and up), but the look on your friend’s face when you bring out an edible rendering of her head on a panda body will be priceless. Oh yeah, good for weddings too. 11am-10pm Daily. Nali Patio C308,Sanlitun North Street, Chaoyang District. (5208 6071, 朝阳区三里屯路81号 那里花园C308 Sweet Tooth Founded by Meilian Tan, an Australian with a strong passion for all things sweet, this bakery aims to satisfy your sweetest cravings with made-to-order specialty desserts. They use high-quality local and imported ingredients to produce a range of cakes, cupcakes, muffins, cookies and bars. Favorites include Australian Pavlova and Lamingtons, as well as mini Oreo cheesecakes, cake pops and cake balls. Delivery only. There is a RMB 15 delivery fee within the Fourth Ring Road, including Wudaokou. Additional surcharge applies to addresses outside these areas. Check the website for details and latest desserts. (150 1121 7173, contact@sweettoothbeijing. com, http:// The Lollipop Bakery UK Cupcake connoisseur bakes her sweet creations and delivers by the dozen. Choose from chocolate, vanilla and other flavors. Custom cakes upon request. Also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café, and Secrets From Africa. Reserve 24 hrs in advance. also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café, and Secrets From Africa, Chaoyang District. (135 5277 2683, 朝阳区可百尼尼,鱼眼 咖啡和亦有售

Cafes and Sandwiches

Switch! Cafe This family friendly café seats 38 with additional seating on the large terrace and specially designed play areas for the children. An extensive kids’ menu will offer favorites such as mac’n cheese, chicken fingers, grilled cheese sandwiches and house-made gelato. For adult guests we offer an all day menu consisting of breakfast items, a large assortment of fresh baked pastries; sandwiches and paninis presented on artisan daily baked breads, salads, pastas, burgers, daily featured specials and desserts. In the evening, a changing selection of seasonally inspired comfort foods such as Chicken Marbella, Seafood Newburg and Beef Bourguignon will be available to either eat in or take out. Catering services with staff for in-home entertaining will also be available from this location. 10am-9pm. 1/F, No 1 Bldg, 6 Xiangjiang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8430 8682) 朝 阳区香江路6号(观唐广场)1号楼1层 The Bookworm Bright, airy and filled with books. Offers light sandwiches, salads

Directories and pastas as well as heartier fare. Wine list features 40 options. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507,, www. 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体 北路4号院 Moss Coffee & Bagels Authentic bagels in plain, whole wheat, blueberry and cinnamon raisin varieties. Can be filled with smoked salmon, teriyaki chicken, feta cheese, salad or any number of other sandwich ingredients. Big mugs of coffee and free Wi-Fi are two very valid reasons to work outside the office for an afternoon. A weekday lunch special includes a sandwich, soup and hot drink for RMB 38. Mon-Fri 7.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-10pm. 0171 (inside Cicada Hutong), Bldg C, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 3348) 摩卡咖啡, 朝阳区朝外大 街乙6号C座 0171(知了胡同内 Mrs Shanen’s Bagels This Shunyi staple run by a Chinese-American native of Brooklyn, New York offers Beijing’s best bagels (in a variety of flavors, including jalepeno cheddar, sesame and cinnamon raisin), as well as burgers, sandwiches(served on a choice of pita, ciabatta or bagels) salads, artisan pizza, cheeses, breads, cakes, cookies, ice cream and an extensive breakfast menu. Produce and other organic products from the owner’s other venue Green Cow Farm are also available. The venue also includes a large children’s playroom is equipped with toys, kid-sized chairs and tables and an entire Chinese kitchen in miniature. Sun-Thu 7.30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District. (8046 4301) 单太太贝谷面包房, 顺义区西白辛 庄开发街5号 (紧邻名都园) Rug Bagel & Cafe TTue-Fri 11.30am-10pm (last order 9.30pm), Sat-Sun 10.30am-8pm (last order 7.30pm). Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite South Gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District. (8550 2722) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路丽水嘉园4号 楼(朝阳公园南门对面) 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 Jiayi Haoyuan compound. Jiayi Haoyuan, Shunhuang Lu (behind Beidong Flower Market), Shunyi District. (158 1099 8410 (English and Chinese)) www. 顺义区顺义区顺黄 路(北东花卉后面)甲一号远 TreeHouse Cafe and Playground TreeHouse offers a variety of organic, healthy dishes for adults and children. The cafe also features coffee, soft drinks, freshly-squeezed juices and Wi-Fi. TreeHouse has speciallydesigned classes for kids every week. Tue-Sun 10am-8pm. B1/F, B1-115, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District. (8590 0746, www. 朝阳区三里屯Soho1号楼地 下1层B1-115

Cantonese and Dim Sum Asia Bistro A place to go for Asian fusion,

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this hotel-restaurant specializes in cuisine from Thailand and Vietnam, with the key event being the RMB 388/288 brunch buffet (with flowing champagne and wine/with beer) 11.30am-3pm on Sunday afternoons. Mon-Sat 6am-midnight, Sun 11.30am-3pm. 1/F, JW Marriott Hotel, 83 Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 8511) 朝阳区建国路83号JW万豪酒店 Greenfish Daily 6.30am-11pm. Ritz-Carlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6601 6666 ext 6255) 四季汇, 西城区金城坊东街1号北京金融 街丽思卡顿酒店 Jin Ding Xuan 1) Daily 24hrs. 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District.; 2) Daily 24hrs. 16 Pufang Lu, across from Carrefour, Fengtai District.; 3) Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Entrance B03, north corner of Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District.; 4) Daily 24hrs. Yiyuan No.15, Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District.; 5) Daily 24hrs. 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District.; 6) D122 B/1 Huamao Shopping Center, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111) 金鼎轩酒 楼, 1) 东城区和平里西街77号; 2) 丰台区方庄 蒲芳路16号 (家乐福对面); 3) 海淀区远大路1 号金源时代购物中心北侧1层B03入口; 4) 朝阳 区亚运村安慧北里逸园15号; 5) 朝阳区团结湖 南路15号; 6) 朝阳区建国路87号华贸购物中心 B1楼D122号

Central & South American The Mexican Kitchen Mexican food for Beijing’s gringos. The small ones will be kept happy with the tasty treats on the kids’ menu. The restaurant provides a convenient babychanging table in its bathroom, and is also happy to host your kid’s next birthday party. Daily 10.30am-9.30pm. 705 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4558/59, catering@ http://www. 墨西 哥厨房, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场705号

Chinese Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu Daily 11am-10pm. North of 6 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6586 4967) 宝源饺子屋, 朝阳区麦子店街6 号楼北侧 Chynna Serving Northern Chinese cuisine and a range of other regional classics with a modern twist. An extensive wine list and in-house tea master round out the offerings. Daily 10.30am-2pm.5.30-11pm. 5/F Hilton Hotel Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888, http://www., 秦唐中餐厅, 东城 区王府井希尔顿酒店王府井东街8号 Din Tai Fung Taste just one hand-rolled dumpling and you’ll know why they’re famous around the world (and a big hit with the kids). Playrooms available. Voted “Best Dim Sum” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Unit LG2-20, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6462 4502); 3) Mon-Fri 11.30am-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 7/F, Dangdai Shangcheng, 40 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6269 6726); 4) Daily 11.30am-9.30pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1536) www. 鼎泰丰, 1) 朝阳区东大桥路 9号LG2-20层; 2) 朝阳区新源西里中街24号; 3) 海淀区中关村大街40号当代商城7层; 4) 朝阳区 建国路87号华贸中心新光天地6层 Wu Li Xiang This restaurant serving Cantonese dishes and other Chinese regional cuisines boasts sweeping city views and elegant decor but it’s Chef Kam’s delectable dim sum – masterpieces of texture and taste – that lingers longest in our memories. Items include braised sliced pork in oyster sauce, poached mandarin fish, asparagus topped

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with white fungus and more. Other specialties include “Monk Jump Over the Wall,” Princess Fried Rice, Sweetened Rice Pearl with Mango and dishes with shark’s fin, abalone and lobster. A few Sichuan dishes are on the menu as well and Hong Kong style dim sum (featuring steamed red rice flour rolls stuffed with shrimps and chives and home-made Beijing-style deep-fried bread sticks)is served at lunch and private rooms are available. Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, 5-10pm,Sat-Sun 9am4pm,5-10pm. 1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (southeast of Xiaoyun Qiao), Chaoyang District. (5907 8406) www. 屋里香, 朝阳区东四环北路2 号 (霄云桥东南角)上东盛贸酒店 Zen5es Daily 11am-2.30pmï¼›5.3010.30. 4/F, the Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880, 朝阳区东三环北路 7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

European Capital M Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, 6-10.30pm (afternoon tea between 2.305pm). 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen), Chongwen District. (6702 2727) 崇文 区前门步行街2号3层 Hello Kitty Dreams Daily 10am-10pm. F408, Shimao Department Store, northwest corner of Gongti Beilu and Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8405 9021) Hello Kitty梦幻主题餐厅, 朝阳区Hello Kitty 主题梦幻西餐厅, 朝阳区工体北路和新东 路路口西北角世贸百货F408室 The Orchard Daily noon-3pm, 6-9pm. From Jingshun Lu, turn left (west) at Shunbai Lu Intersection, (turn at the driveway just west of the Hegezhuang Village Sign), Chaoyang District. (6433 6270) 果园, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何 各庄村(过何各庄村路标往南转) 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, www. 园景, 朝阳区将台西路9-6 号(珀丽酒店对面) Schoolhouse Canteen The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall serves casual Western food and affords great views of the Great Wall from its outdoor terrace. The menu focuses on lite Italian fare and kid-friendly options, as well as homemade ice cream and desserts. Available for overnight stays, parties and events. On-site activities include glass blowing and art classes for kids. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. 12 Mutianyu Village, Huairou District. (6162 6506/6287) 小园, 怀柔区慕田峪村12号 Vineyard Cafe This hutong cafe, specializing in comfort food and comfy couches, is both hip and sensible, and their hearty English breakfasts are excellent weekend brunch fare. Good pizza and excellent beer selection. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, info@ 葡萄院 儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号

6092/93) 可百尼尼, 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里 花园1层酒吧街对面 Le Petit Gourmand Sun-Thu 9.30ammidnight, Fri-Sat 9.30am-1am. 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 6095, fax 6413 0765) www. 小美食家, 朝阳区三 里屯后街同里3层

German Paulaner Brauhaus This long-running restaurant is one of Beijing’s best choices for authentic, if pricey, Bavarian-style German food (think sausages and sauerkraut). Located next to the Kempinski hotel, the venue features a 429-square-meter beer garden that can seat up to 290 and its own microbrewery that brews Paulaner’s own beer (including light and dark wheat beers), with prices ranging from RMB 46 for a small glass to RMB 114 for steins. Schnapps, liquers, digestifs and aperitifs are also served and a la carte items include pork knuckle and hog roast served on traditional cast iron pans, and a range of Bavarian snacks served on wooden boards. Daily lunch specials go for RMB 112 and includes dishes ranging from lamb shanks to Viennese chicken. Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5732) http:// 普拉那啤 酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店 Schindler’s Tankstelle A very traditional German restaurant, right in Ritan Park. This casual, fun eatery will appeal to the whole family, with excellent service and exceptionally kid-friendly food. Highchairs are available, but we recommend sitting outside on long benches, Bavarian beer hall-style so it doesn’t matter how much food gets on the floor. As far as the menu is concerned, it’s sausages, sausages, sausages. There are many different types that are generally healthy, low-fat and imported. Parents claims the mashed potato is the best in Beijing. Daily 10am-midnight. 15A Guanghua Lu (200m east of Ritan Park South Gate), Chaoyang District. (8562 6439) http:// 申德勒加油站, 朝阳区 光华路甲15号(日坛南门往东200米) South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube Provides over 20 varities of German and European rye, wheat and white breads (Alpenschpitz, Mohn Stange, Kaese Stange, toast bread and baguettes), along with tasty homemade cakes and sweets. Upstairs you’ll find Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube, a south German restaurant that offers great weekend breakfasts (Sat-Sun, 8.30am-3pm), business lunches, dumplings, sausages, sauerkraut, cheese noodles and hearty German dinners. Sandwiches and quality coffee also available. Available for private parties and events. Daily 9am-10pm (restaurant), 7am-10pm (bakery). 27 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0201, sales@germanbakery., 德南面包房, 朝阳 区朝阳公园路1号好运街27号

Indian & Pakistani

French Cafe de la Poste Daily noon-2:30pm, 6pm12am. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 7047) 云游驿, 东城区雍和宫大街58号 Crepanini Sun-Thu 9am-midnight, FriSat 9am-2am. Unit A110, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208



Ganges Indian Restaurant This is a good restaurant for the gastronomically

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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) 恒 河印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区工体北路13号世贸百货1 号楼2层202; 2) 海淀区成府路五道口U-Center6 层; 3) 朝阳区东直门外大街28号爱尔兰酒吧2 层; 4) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地下1层138A; 5) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓底商5号 Khajuraho Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Unit 1122-1-2, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8527 0464) 克久拉霍印度 餐厅, 朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho 1122-1-2室 The Taj Pavilion This is a great place for a family meal and would make for a wild birthday experience for teens – a visit to the Cosmic Bowling Alley next door followed by a classic Indian meal. Lille kids Kids unfamiliar with Indian cuisine might find certain dishes a bit too exotic, though many dishes can be prepared with less fiery spice. Try the Chicken tikka, tandoori gobi (cauliflower kebabs), or dal palak (yellow lentils cooked with spinach). As a side note, the bathrooms are located outside the restaurant in the hallway. Voted “Outstanding Indian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1) F2-03, 2/F, North Tower, China Overseas Plaza, 8 Guanghua Dong Li, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5866); 2) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Shoudu Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7678, 6437 6688 ext 3811); 3) L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 3238) 泰姬楼印度餐 厅, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街光华东里8号中海广 场北楼2层F2-03; 2) 朝阳区首都机场路将台路 丽都假日酒店广场缤纷廊3层; 3) 顺义区天竺镇 裕翔路99号欧陆时尚购物中心L222室

Italian Agrilandia Italian Farm Fireplace Restaurant A farm, a rustic restaurant, an agri-tourism destination – Agrilandia is many things to many people. On a warm spring day, your kids will run around its green lawn, pet small furry creatures, go swimming and eat hearty Italian dishes made from locally grown ingredients. Dogs are also welcome. Daily 9am-9pm. Baigezhuangcun, Mapozhen, Shunyi District. (6940 7700, 130 0127 1094) 意大利农场壁炉餐厅, 顺义 区马坡镇白各庄村 Annie’s Serves trattoria favorites like antipasto, soups, pastas and pizza. Parents give the restaurant gold stars for its numerous highchairs, while kids enjoy making their own small pizzas and playing in the well-stocked toy corners. Voted “Most Family Friendly” and “Best Italian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 1/F Ruisai Business Building (opposite Ascott Beijing), Chaoyang District. (6568 5890); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F Daimler Tower, 8 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (8476 0398); 3) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Tower AB, The Office Park (Yuanyang Guanghua International), 10 Jintong Xilu (near Central Park/The Place), Chaoyang District.; 4) 105, Bldg 3, China View, 2C Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1469); 5) Daily 11am-11pm. West Gate of Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang

District. (8589 8366); 6) Daily 11am-11pm. Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (next to Chaoyang Park West Gate), Chaoyang District. (6591 1931); 7) Daily 11am-11pm. Across from Western Academy Beijing, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4768); 8) 11am-11pm. Unit 2-3-93, Ritan Highlife, (opposite north gate of Ritan Park), 39 Shenlu Jie, Chaoyang District. (8569 3031); 9) Daily 11am-11pm. Jiuxianqiao, Jiangtai Lu, Shangye Jie, Chaoyang District. (6436 3735) 安妮意大利餐厅, 1) 朝阳区瑞赛大厦商务楼一层(北京雅诗阁服务公 寓对面); 2) 朝阳区望京街8号利星行广场奔驰 展厅2层; 3) 朝阳区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际 AB座1楼(近新城国际/世贸天阶); 4) 朝阳区工 体东路丙2号中国红街大厦3号楼105室; 5) 朝阳 区建国路88号Soho现代城西门; 6) 朝阳区朝阳 公园西路(朝阳公园西门); 7) 朝阳区来广营 东路5号京西学校对面; 8) 朝阳区神路街39号日 坛公园北门对面日坛上街2-3-93号; 9) 朝阳区 酒仙桥将台路商业街 Michael’s Place Italian Ristorante Despite the comfortable decor, brick pizza oven, kiddie corner and decent selection of imported wines, Michael’s free-n-quick home delivery might just be its strongest asset. Pizzas and pastas range RMB 48-75. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. L112, Euro Plaza, (Opposite the Exhibition Hall), Central Villa District, Shunyi District. (8042 4457, 8046 3359) 北京明天意大利餐厅, 顺义区天竺镇裕 翔路99号欧陆时尚购物中心一层112号(国展 对面) Panino Giusto Panino Giusto’s eerie similarity to Panino Teca is not coincidental. The Italian father-son team behind Panino Giusto were the original creators of Panino Teca, and struck out on their own with a new name but similar concept (sounds a bit familiar to us). With Italian deli delights like Parma ham and spicy salami stuffed between a variety of breads like ciabatta, bruschetta, and French rolls, Giusto’s sandwiches are a tasty and substantial meal, and the fresh salads are satisfyingly filling - they also do some pastas (including lasagna) and soups. Coffee (espresso, cappucino, americano) and desserts, include panna cotta and homemade ice cream, are available. Daily 9am-12pm. 1/F, 55 Jiezuo Dasha, Xingfu Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 7515/7531, 朝阳区幸福中街 杰座大厦55号1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 Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1) 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3939); 2) S8-30 (opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 3939) 隐泉日本料理, 1) 朝阳 区光华路甲8号和乔大厦C座2层; 2) 朝阳区三里 屯路19号三里屯Village南区8号楼S8-30 Matsuko Serving up one of Beijing’s best known buffets since 1992, this chain of Japanese restaurant feeds hungry white collar types with its bountiful spread of sushi, sashimi, noodles and more. The daily lunch buffet (RMB 98, Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, RMB 108 Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm) features over 60 kinds of dishes, ranging from eel with teriyaki sauce and tempura shrimp to sushi rolls and desserts. Children under 110 cm eat for free.

Directories Be forewarned that the different branches charge different prices for the buffet. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm,5-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 1) 78 Anli Lu (Subway Line 5 Datun Lu East Station), Haidian District. (5963 6663, li_juan1997@sina. com); 2) 1/F, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8731 9890,; 3) 2/F, Jinglong Dasha, 225 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6509 8999, li_juan1997@; 4) Baijiazhuang (south east corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 5208,; 5) 39 Liangmaqiao Lu (opposite 21st Century hotel), Chaoyang District. (8453 4062, http://www.matsuko. 松子, 1) 海淀区 安立路78号(5号线大屯地铁站东); 2) 朝阳区 南新园西路8号龙头公寓南栋一层; 3) 朝阳区 朝阳北路225号京龙大厦2层; 4) 朝阳区星期五 餐厅对面松阪屋; 5) 朝阳区亮马桥39号(21世 纪饭店对面)

Korean Ai Jiang Shan 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 2 Zhengfusi Lu, Haidian District. (5190 6655, 5272 1020); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. North Gate of Si’de Park, 39 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8456 9511); 3) Daily 11am-10pm, Sat & Sun until 9:30pm. 5/F, LG Twin Towers (East Tower), 12 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5109 6036/6037) 爱江山, 1) 海淀区正福寺2号; 2) 朝阳区将台西路四德 公园北门; 3) 朝阳区建国门外大街乙12号双子 座大厦东塔5层 Saveurs de Corée Mon - Fri 11:30am3:00pm / 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sat - Sun 11:30am - 10:30pm. 128-1 Xiang’er Hutong, Dongcheng District. (5741 5753) www. 韩香馆, 东城区香饵 胡同128-1号

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

Middle Eastern Biteapitta Falafels, hummus, sandwiches and shawarma. Set meals available. Good value for money. Voted “Best Middle Eastern” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Tongli Studio (same block as Le Petit Gourmand), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6467 2961, 吧嗒饼, 朝阳区三 里屯后街同里2层 Dini’s Kosher Restaurant Sun-Thu 11am10pm (available for private functions Saturday nights). Inside Bet Yaakov Chabad Community Center, 9-12 Fangyuan Xilu (near south gate of Si’de Park), Chaoyang District. (139 1074 0109) 蒂妮犹太餐厅, 朝阳区芳园西路9-12号(四得公园南门) Rumi Beijing’s only purveyor of Persian cuisine in a stylish minimalist setting. The owners’ daughter helped design and outfit the small playroom. Let your kids judge her interior design choices while you chow down on the city’s best hummus. Children can pick from the children’s menu and park themselves in highchairs. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30ammidnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) www. 入迷, 朝阳区工体北路甲1号兆 龙饭店对面

Pizza Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory 1) 10-9 Fuli City Xingguang Avenue(West of the Beijing Capital Renaissance Hotel), Chaoyang District. (5876 5262); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. Shop 2, Hairun International

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Apartments, corner Jiangtai Lu and Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8557); 3) Daily 11am-midnight. Bldg. 3, China View, (rear side, opposite City Hotel), Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1404/1370) www. 叫板披萨, 1) 朝阳区富力 城, 星光大道10-9(富力大酒店网西走); 2) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓(将台路和方 园西路的十字路口); 3) 朝阳区工体东路中国 红街3号楼 Hutong Pizza With a quaint, cozy atmosphere, this pizza joint located just off the beaten track of Houhai offers arguably the best pizza (RMB 60-120) in Beijing. The veggie burgers are also hugely popular. Daily 11am-11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District. (8322 8916) 胡同比萨, 西城区银锭 桥胡同9号 Nearby the Tree De Koninck and Hoegaarden on tap. Upstairs is a childfriendly restaurant serving pasta, pizza, sandwiches and Belgian waffles. Daily 11am11pm; bar is open until 2am. Xingfu Sancun 3 Xiang (behind Yashow, west of Tongli), Chaoyang District. (6413 1522/87) www. 树旁边酒吧, 朝阳区幸福三 村三巷三里屯南33号院内(雅秀后边同里西边) New York Style Pizza The Shunyi branch of this Shanghai-based chain started by a native New Yorker serves pizza pies, NYC style, with frsh toppings and homemade crusts and sizes ranging from 16 to 20 inches (prices range from around RMB 100 and up). Pizza by the slice available. Free delivery within a 3-km radius. 11am-9pm. 7 Riverville Square, Shunyi District. (6450 8790) 顺义区温榆广场7号 The Kro’s Nest Daily 11am-midnight. 1) Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District. (8523 6655); 2) 35 Xiaoyun Lu (opposite Renaissance Beijing Chaoyang Hotel, next to Kou Fu Ju restaurant), Chaoyang District. (8391 3131) 乌巢, 1) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (卡利宾拉丁舞 俱乐部对面); 2) 朝阳区霄云路35号(国航大厦 万丽酒店对面, 口福居旁)

Russian Traktirr Pushkin Pick the right time (lunch, early dinner) and you’ll understand why so many Russian families are loyal patrons. Who can argue with hearty portions of well-priced kid-friendly fare like chicken Kiev, steaks, pork schnitzel and mashed potatoes? Thanks to the heavy mayo application, even the salads make it down most kids’ throats. Voted “Best Russian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 10am-midnight. 1A Xiyangguan Hutong, Beizhongjie, Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6403 1690); 2) Daily 10am-midnight. 5-15 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8407 8158, 6403 1896) 彼得堡俄餐厅, 1) 东 城区东直门内大街北中街西羊管胡同甲1号; 2) 东城区东直门内大街5-15号

Southeast Asian Malacca Legend This elaborate Malaysian restaurant boasts serene water views and zesty Southeast Asian cuisine. Also offers catering services and delivery in the Shunyi area. 1) Daily noon-10pm. 1/F Building B, Ocean International Center, 58 Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 0075); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. On the banks of Luoma lake, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 8902) 马六 甲传奇, 1) 朝阳区东四环路58号远洋国际中心B 座1层; 2) 顺义区后沙峪镇罗马湖畔 Nyonya Kitchen Nyonya Kitchen devotes an entire page of the menu to the introduction of Peranakan cuisine and clearly describes each of their dishes. In an effort to keep it authentic, they import their spices and curry pastes from Malaysia. The Nyonya specialty curries are essential. 1) 6505 0376. B1/F (near the Line 10 Subway entrance), China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 11am-9.30pm. Across from Gaojiayuan Middle School, opposite the Lido Hotel, Chaoyang District.

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(6433 7377) customize/mlkitchen/index.php 娘惹厨房, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城B1楼; 2) 朝阳 区高家园中学丽都饭馆对面

Thai Bali Papaya Bali Papaya offers authentic Indo-Thai cuisine in a venue sporting wooden décor paired with bright colors, contemporary Gamelan music and Indonesian and Thai art. The flavors on offer are akin to the real deal try the refreshing Thai Beef Salad with its zing of lemongrass and cilantro and the Indonesian Fried Rice set, which includes fried egg and chicken, along with tender peanut sauced chicken satay. The Thai Green Curry comes with a kick (rice, however, is not included). Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5208 6029) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园2层 Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar Thai cuisine served amongst purple hues. Books, coffee and Wi-Fi create the perfect atmosphere for a lazy afternoon. Wednesday night jazz at the China View location. Consistent winner of Best Thai/Southeast Asian in the Beijinger Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11.30pm. Opposite the north gate of the Workers’ Stadium (in the small alley behind the ICBC Bank), Chaoyang District. (6413 0899, 8774 6387, purplehaze@ 紫苏庭, 朝阳区工体北门对面胡同工商银行后

Vegetarian Baihe Vegetarian Daily 11am-10pm. 23A Caoyun Hutong, Dongzhimennei Beixiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6405 2082) 百合素食, 东城区东直门内北小街,草园胡同甲23号 Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar Elaine’s quaint little garden supplies generous portions of Chinese vegetarian fare. The selection of over 100 well-portioned dishes, including the requisite imitation meat dishes (including imitation “duck,” recreated soy “chicken” and sizzling bogus “beef”) are popular with both vegetarian and carnivorous diners. Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar. Walk 800m along the banks of Luoma Lake, 100m north of Luoma Roundabout, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8048 5088/5566) 素心小筑, 顺义区后沙峪镇罗 马环岛向北100米左转, 沿罗马湖畔800米 The Veggie Table The shiitake mushroom burger would bully many of Beijing’s beefy sandwiches out of the ballpark. Sesame studded, stodgy whole-wheat bread encloses a fat, herby ‘shroom patty, served with deliciously crispy “baked” home fries and coleslaw cut by someone who understands the stuff. Other big hitters included a shocking pink beet salad spiked with crunchy walnuts, hummus thick like nearly-set cement, and ajvar, a paste of eggplant, onion and red pepper spread on dark rye bread. The dal bhat, served with organic brown rice, is another gutsy, flavor-packed dish, best washed-down with one of the wellchosen craft beers. Wed-Mon 11am-11pm. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6446 2073) 吃素的, 东城区五道营胡同19号

Family Health Clinics & Hospitals AmAsia International Medical Center Formerly known as American-Sino Hospital, AmAsia International Medical Center focuses on meeting women’s and children’s healthcare needs in a warm and relaxing environment. AmAsia uses the latest international medical technology and is staffed by English-speaking doctors experienced in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology. Nurses and midwives also speak English and the center can provide language services in both Japanese and Russian. Provides direct billing with most major international insurance providers, as well as



allowing direct payments. Daily 24hrs. 218 Xiaoguan Beili, Anwai Dajie, east of Olympic Center, Chaoyang District. (6496 8888/5151) 东方美华医院, 朝阳区 安外大街小关北里218号(奥体中心东) Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital This newly opened hospital near the Lido focuses on maternity services, women’s health and pediatrics. Foreign language support is available upon request.24-hr appointment service. 1) Daily 8am-4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2399 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200); 2) 9-9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. 北京美中宜和妇儿医院, 1) 朝阳区芳园西路9 号; 2) 朝阳区将台西路9-9号 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) 英智眼科医院, 朝 阳区潘家园南里12号潘家园大厦1,4,5层 Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital Founded in 2003, Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital is the first hospital in Beijing with a water birth center to allow natural births. The hospital also researches male and female infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, and more. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Building 18, Court 1, Xingheyuan, Jiayuan Road, Fengtai District. (67735551, 67537768) www.antaihospital. com 北京安太妇产医院, 丰台区北京丰台嘉园 路星河城1号院18号楼 Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) offers medical services both Chinese and western families with JCI (Joint Commission International) standard. HMC is strategic partner of PHMI and cooperates with Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical

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School—Boston Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital. Located next to Olympic Forest Park, HMC covers an area of 13,000 square meters. HMC is a medical center in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics. Daily 8am-5pm. A2 Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6499 0000, contact@ 和美妇儿医院, 朝阳区北苑路小关北里甲2号 Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Multilingual services are offered on a 24hr basis, consultations 9am-9pm. Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊 部, 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业中心 Beijing United Family Jianguomen Health & Wellness Center Offers family medicine, counseling services, stress management, health screening, a dental clinic, and radiology, laboratory and cosmetic services. Mon-Fri 8.30am-12pm,1pm-3.30pm. B1/F, the St. Regis Residence, the St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1678) 北京和 睦家健康中心, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号北京国 际俱乐部饭店公寓楼地下一层

Beijing United Family Hospital Beijing’s only private, international-standard hospital offering the full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services. BJU has a team of over 60 certified expatriate and internationally trained physicians and surgeons. Clinics include pediatrics, OB/ GYN, dental, ophthalmology, counseling, ENT, physiotherapy, TCM chiropractics and dermatology. It’s the first choice for many expatriates giving birth in China, and is the choice for referral from other hospitals without in-house birthing units. Wide range of medical and surgical specialties provided. The ICU and emergency room are open 24hrs. An independent blood bank operates on site. Direct billing is available with a range of insurance providers. Consultation fees for first-time patients are RMB 323-1,294. Fees for return patients are RMB 174-971. 1) Mon-Fri9.307.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432); 2) Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. DRC, Liangma Qiao, Chaoyang District. (5927 7005); 3) Mon-Sun8.30am3.30pm. St Regis Wellness Center. B1/F, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532

1678); 4) Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu (in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (5927 7000, 5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) 北京和睦家医院, 1) 顺义区顺义区天竺房地产开 发区日荣祥广场818号; 2) 朝阳区亮马桥外交公 寓; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐 部饭店地下1层; 4) 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic Offers family medicine, a pediatric clinic, women’s health services, travel medicine, family counseling, physiotherapy and pediatric physiotherapy. Mon-Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, FriSun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) www.ufh. 北京和睦家医院诊所, 顺义区天竺开发 区荣祥广场806号 Children Counseling Services Dr. Mike Mehrvarz, PhD, is a child and adult psychologist trained in the US and licensed to practice in China since 1998. He uses a holistic approach to evaluate and treat children and teens. His specialties include eating difficulties, learning and behavior problems, anger, depression, bedwetting, ADD/ADHD, and more. Dr. Mehrvarz speaks English, Chinese, Farsi, and Japanese. International Medical Center (IMC), Rm S106, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0131 9796, 6465 1561/2) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼 1层S106 Eliott’s Corner A therapy center, offering speechtherapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for children from 0-12 years of age. Experienced therapists work with children, helping a wide range ofissues - from communication and articulation to handwriting to balance and coordination. Eliott’s Corner is a division of Olivia’s Place, Shanghai’s premier pediatric therapy clinic. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 19-05, Block 2, Condo 360, 10 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 6283, jac@ 胡宝小 屋, 朝阳区东四环北路10号瞰都国际2号楼19-05 室 (东风北桥东北角) Global Care Formally know as the famous Beijing Wuzhou Women’s Hospital. Global Care, now provides a full range of health care services from gynecology, pediatrics, obstetrics, dentistry, general practice, dermatology, basic medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine. With over 12,000 square meters and 80 beds, the hospital provides first class comprehensive health care services to expatriates and internationals. Being one of the first hospitals in Beijing to offer membership healthcare programs, Global Care Women and Children’s Hospital also offers luxury VIP services at its beauty boutique and healthcare facilities at an affordable price. If your new in Beijing or still don’t have your health insurance taken care of; the hospital can provide you with a free insurance consultation. Currently, Global Care, has direct billing relationships with many international insurance providers. The hospital provides healthcare for women, children, and men. Special offers are given for group packages. 24 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 8900 789) 朝阳区西大望路24号

Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture

Directories medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system, highlevel medical staff, and warm service. A 24hr helpline offers medical support in English, Chinese and Japanese, and other languages on request. A basic consultation costs RMB 680. Direct billing with over 50 international insurers. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm nurse on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissôtel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (65532288 ext 2345/6/7, 65023426) www. 北京港澳国际医务诊所, 东城区北 京港澳国际医务诊所,朝阳门北大街2号港澳中 心瑞士酒店办公楼9层 International Medical Center (IMC) Foreign doctors on-site offering a wide range of medical services, including family medicine, psychological services, dental, Ob/ Gyn, pediatrics and TCM. Drop-in services for travelers; x-rays and ultrasounds available on-site. English, Chinese, Arabic and Russian spoken. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, markeing@ 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 internationalstandard medical care in China, with a 24/7 alarm center hotline, a dedicated air ambulance, four international quality clinics staffed with expat and foreign doctors and 200+ network of medical service partners. International SOS Beijing clinic is the city’s leading family practice and specialist services clinic, represented by 15 nationalities, including English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese-speaking doctors. Offers 24/7 Emergency Services, GP, Pediatrics, Gynecology, specialists, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Optometry. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100, www., 北京国际救援中心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中 心一座105室 Natecia Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital Affiliated with Natecia clinic in Lyon, Natecia is a French-Sino hospital with a focus on maternal healthcare. The hospital provides international care and service for women in a warm environment. Fathers are permitted in the delivery rooms. A French midwife provides prenatal classes (with the option of classes in baby swimming pool). Languages spoken are French and English. Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 8am-noon.. Yanda International Health City, Sipulan Lu, Yanjiao Economic and Technology Development Zone, Tongzhou District. (156 3062 2562) http:// 通州区京东燕郊经济开 发区思菩兰路 Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Melissa Rodriguez is a licensed, board certified Naturopathic Doctor from Ontario, Canada.

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She uses homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition, and other natural therapies that are effective and safe, to help her patients prevent illness and treat disease. Dr. Rodriguez is committed to working with you and your family to achieve your goals of optimal health. International Medical Center-BeijingRm S106, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561) www. drmelissarodriguez. com 朝阳区朝阳区亮马桥 路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106 New Hope Oncology Center (Beijing United Family Hospital) Led by Dr Philip Brooks, this LEED-certified cancer center stresses an international approach and standard of treatment. Facilities include eight consultation rooms, eight comfortable areas to give chemotherapy and two other private rooms. Specializes in breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers and lung cancer, but can treat all diagnoses. Treatments include chemotherapy and biologic therapy, as well as screening, prevention, diagnoses, surgical biopsies and imaging, staging, significant surgical procedures, and they plan to introduce chemotherapy and radiation therapy regimens. The downstairs two floors will be for radiation therapy and house a linear accelerator. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Beijing United Family Hospital,9-11 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7021) www.ufh. 朝阳区朝阳区将台西路9-11

OASIS Healthcare OASIS is a full-service private hospital. Their international medical team provides patient-centered care in a modern facility designed for comfort, safety and privacy. OASIS offers attentive service in a soothing environment and expert medicine backed by leading technology, including the most advanced MRI and CT scans available from a private hospital in China. The hospital currently provides services in family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and dentistry. Direct billing is available for many insurance providers. Daily 24hrs (emergency care), Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm, Sun 8.30-12.30am. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) 明德医院, 朝阳区 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号 Peking Union Medical College Hospital This state-run hospital has a reputable foreigners’ wing with departments including ENT, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, dental, ophthalmology and OB/GYN. Most doctors are trained overseas and speak good English. Services and medicines are much cheaper than in private clinics, but expect longer waiting times. The birthing unit is considered to be the best in any of the Chinese hospitals and is popular among expats. Registration costs RMB 100-300, and the minimum consultation fee is RMB 200. Inpatient services require a minimum deposit of RMB 10,000/day. Direct billing is available with some Asian insurance providers. MonFri 8am5pm. 1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the foreigners’ wing is located behind and to the left of the main hospital entrance), Dongcheng District. (6529 5284, 24hr em, 6529 5269) 北京协和医院, 东城区王府井帅府园1号(接待外国人的区域在 主楼的左后方)

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

dental care including preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in a modern office. Mon-Thu 9am-7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 1102) 北京和睦家医院牙科诊 所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818

Dentists Arrail Dental Clinic Offers the full spectrum of non-surgical dentistry. All dentists speak English and some have overseas training. The Haidian branch specializes in cosmetic dentistry and implants. A basic consultation costs RMB 100 (first-time registration including a check-up and consultation costs RMB 100). 1) Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, FriSun 9am-5pm. Rm A205, CITIC Bldg, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 6472/3); 2) Mon-Thu 9am-5.30pm. Rm 308, Raycom Infotech Park, Tower A, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1956, 24hr: 139 1100 1367); 3) Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Rm 201, The Exchange-Beijing, B118 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6567 5670); 4) MonThu 9am-5.30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1926/7/8) www. 瑞尔齿科, 1) 朝阳区建国门 外大街19号国际大厦A205; 2) 海淀区科学院南 路2号融科资讯中心A座308室; 3) 朝阳区建国路 乙118号京汇大厦201室; 4) 朝阳区亮马桥路46 号盛捷福景苑1层 Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry provides general dentistry (cleaning, crowns, fillings, etc.), periodontal disease treatment, children’s dental care, implants, orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Experienced, multilingual specialists from Japan and China provide world-class care, consultations and treatment for various dental problems, using imported and modern dental equipment. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24hour house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (84446168(English/Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) http:// 朝阳区亮马桥路甲40号 21世纪大厦1-2楼 Beijing International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) 北京国际SOS齿科, 畸齿矫正诊所, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一 座105室 Beijing United Family Dental, Orthodontics and Implant Center Provides comprehensive dental services for families, including cleaning, crown and bridges, dental implants, fillings, tooth whitening and more. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 3960, 8532 1221, 6433 2345 Emergency) 朝阳区将台 路2号 Beijing United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic in Shunyi is a satellite clinic of Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics. Services include: oral hygiene instruction, fissure sealant, and topical fluoride as well as restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call for appointment. The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic is located around the corner in the same shopping center as the Beijing United Family Clinic. This convenient location in Pinnacle Plaza provides high quality family-oriented



Beijing Vista Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services including teeth cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Daily 8.30am6pm. Level 3, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉 里中心三层 IDC Dental Standing for International Standards, Dedicated Professionals and Compassionate Care, IDC is a multi-specialty clinic offering a broad spectrum of family and restorative dental care. Experts in cosmetic makeovers and CT-guided implant surgeries. A certified clinic with Progressive Orthodontics and Beijing’s only Western-trained root canal specialist. Multi-tier pricing. IDC is a Preferred Provider with CIGNA, Allianz, and MediLink. Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 209, Bldg 7, Yard 9, Richmond Park Clubhouse, Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6538 8111, info@ IDC国 际齿科中心, 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7号楼209室

Dental has established a high-end brand known for its quality dental care in Beijing. May Flower is a multi-functional dental care office that provides services including dental implants, crowns, bridges, root canals, gum surgery, oral surgery, braces, teeth whitening, and cosmetic dentistry. All dental procedures are done by a dentist specializing in that type of procedure. 1) Rm 03-06, 3/F, Tower 2, China World Office, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 8033, cn); 2) 3/F, Bldg 2, Yingtai Business Center, 28 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6657 8833, www. 五月花口腔诊所, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街国贸写字楼2座3层03-06; 2) 西城区金融大街28号盈泰中心2号楼3层 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 6am9pm. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5985 0305) 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Fine Yoga Kids’ yoga on Sundays 2-3pm. 1) Mon-Fri 7am-8.30pm, Sun-Sat 8am-6pm. 16/F, Tower 2, Blue Castle International Center, 3 Xi Dawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 9566, 139 1120 9563); 2) 2/F, East Tower, Van Palace Apartment, 1 Jinghua Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (139 1120 9563) 梵音瑜珈, 1) 朝阳区西大 望路蓝堡国际中心会所2号楼16层; 2) 朝阳区景 华南街1号旺座中心东塔2层 The Yurt at BJU Body libria is a new form of exercise that combines tai chi, yoga and pilates and replaces prenatal and motherbaby yoga classes at Beijing United Family Hospital. Instruction is in English. Call for details about class times. 2 Jiangtai Lu (at Beijing United Family Hospital, in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (Contact 139 1050 3032) 北京和 睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号

Spas Bodhi Sense Like the original branch of Bodhi on Gongti, Bodhi Sense draws inspiration from both Thai and Chinese culture, but boasts an added touch of luxury. There are ten foot-massage rooms and an additional ten treatment rooms, all exquisitely decorated Daily 11am-12.30am. 2/F, Somerset Grand Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1495) 朝阳区亮马桥路46号盛捷副景苑公寓2层

IMC Dental Clinic IMC dental clinic has the longest history of any expatriate dental service in Beijing. Provides general, cosmetic and restorative treatment. English, Chinese, Russian are spoken. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1384, 6465 1328, 北京国际医疗中 心牙科诊所, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写 字楼1层S111

Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat A range of luxuriant massage options in stylish, minimalist surroundings. Offers aromatherapy massage, Thai massage, foot massage and Chinese body massage. Bodhi’s Chinese therapist is trained in TCM. Daily 11am12.30am. 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9595) 菩提会所, 朝 阳区工体北路17号

Joinway Dental Clinic Provides a full range of dental services at international standards, including preventative dental care, oral and teeth treatments (such as teeth cleaning and whitening), restorative treatment and orthodontics. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 11D, Bldg D, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8447 6092/93, 132 6181 6708/139 0109 6692 English, joinway@ 久汇齿科, 东城区东直门外大街48号银座大厦D座11D

Catherine de France Hair & Beauty Salon The C. de France team of international and local stylists, colorists and beauticians offer an holistic hair and beauty experience. The salon mixes French chic with modern simplicity to create a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere offering a wide range of hair services and beauty treatments, including manicures and pedicures, waxing and tanning. Referral and VIP programs available. Tue-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun-Mon 11am-6pm. B1/F, East Avenue Apartments, 10 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1097 1473, 8470 4639, 法式美容美发沙 龙, 朝阳区新东路10号逸盛阁地下1层

May Flower Dental Through the integration of expertise and technique, advanced facilities, and excellent service, May Flower

Hair & Beauty by Hummingbird Formerly Hummingbird spa, this revamped boutique hair salon will continue to provide beauty

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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) 朝阳区 朝阳门外大街6号新城国际3号楼103 Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa This massage and spa combines relaxation and kid entertainment. Private rooms with dvd players allow children to watch a film as adults receive foot massages. RMB 168 buys you 90 minutes of fabulous foot massage, with healthy fruit juices and snacks included. Daily noon-midnight. 1) 2/F, Block 9, Lido Place, 2A Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6299); 2) Sunjoy Mansion, 6 Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6502 5722); 3) B1/F, 1 Xindong Lu (next to Shenji Best Soup), Chaoyang District. (8532 2177); 4) Rm 101, Bldg B, Winterless Center, 1 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6538 8086); 5) B/1-3F, Shuncheng Hotel, 26A Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6621 8622); 6) Bldg 25, Central Park Third Phase, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0015) www. 东方大班保健休闲会所, 1) 朝 阳区芳园西路甲2号丽都广场9号公寓2层; 2) 朝 阳区日坛路6号新族大厦院内; 3) 朝阳区新东路 1号沈记靓汤旁; 4) 朝阳区西大望路1号温特莱 中心B座101; 5) 西城区西城区金融街甲26号顺 成饭店地下1-3层; 6) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城 国际公寓三期25号楼 The Wellness Spa by Hummingbird Hummingbird Therapeutic Retreat’s second branch. The Wellness Spa’s facilities are twice as big as they are at the original location, boasting a 32 customer capacity, a custom-made Ayurvedic massage bed and Hummingbird’s first-ever VIP suite. Bldg 26, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6922) www. 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号 新城国际26号楼

Support Groups Baby Cafe Baby Cafe is opened by an experienced UK midwife to support parents with feeding in the early weeks and months following birth. Baby Cafe follows a model from the UK in providing a drop in centre where new parents can spend an hour or two on a regular basis meeting with other new parents to share their feeding advice. Attendance is by email confirmation only. There is a minimal charge to cover the cost of the refreshments. (anne. Beijing Mamas Yahoo Group Yahoo support group where you can “share resources, ask questions and grow as women and moms ... It does not matter what age your children are, if you are a mama who wants a safe place to ask parenting questions, make other mama friends, hang out, start playgroup meetings or mama nights out, ask for gear recommendations, sell your used gear, etc....come and join.” http:// Beijing Organic Consumers Association (BOCA) A Yahoo Group for Beijing residents interested in organic produce and consuming responsibly. Members share resources, ideas and information on how to shop and live responsibly in the city. Contact Liora (139 1030 6022, http:// organic_consumers 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

Directories China Mamas of Tweens & Teens Yahoo group “An open forum for parents of kids 8 yrs old and older living in China to share and connect on the challenges and joys of raising older kids here. A place where you can come and and get answers to questions unique to kids that are in between (tween) childhood and teenage-hood, and those interesting teen years.Share an experience; a place you’ve been to recently with your tween/teen that they loved; shops that actually carry clothes that are the right size and aren’t branded with a character; how to handle first crushes? It’s all open!” (ChinaMamas_tweensnteens@yahoogroups. com, ChinaMamas_tweensnteens-subscribe@ group/ChinaMamas_tweensnteens/ Families with Children from China Network of foreign families who have adopted or seek to adopt orphans in China. (, 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), Selective Mutism Virtual Support Network A network for parents of children who suffer from or may be suffering from this complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a fear of speaking in social settings. (135 2199 1702, www. Special Child Support Group This Yahoo group offers a meeting place for Beijing parents with special-needs children. Call 5130 3931 for info. ( http://groups. The Nutritioneer Nutritionist Olivia Lee helps make eating better easier for you and your family. She provides a variety of personal and group nutrition counseling and coaching services, including: Group counseling workshops, corporate wellness nutrition talks; and helping individuals and families cope with the nutritional challenges of living in Beijing through counseling, supermarket familiarization tours and ayi coaching. (1581 082 2296, thenutritioneer@ The Yin Yang Community Center MonSat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village (across from The Orchard; call for directions), Chaoyang District. (6431 2108) www.yinyangbeijing. com 易• 阴阳社区中心, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各 庄村一号院(果园对面) Beijing Homeschoolers A support network, information source and social hub for families homeschooling their children. http://groups.

Family Life Adoption Bridge of Love Adoption Service This government-run agency facilitates travel to the adoption site, as well as consulting, document translation and travel arrangements within China. Zhongmin Mansion, 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6357 5792, 6358 9988 ext 1207) www. 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

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Families with Children from China Network of foreign families who have adopted or seek to adopt orphans in China. (,

Community Groups and Organizations Bethel China Foundation Doudianzhen Jiaodao, Liugu Daocun, Fangshan District. (8031 0383, 8031 0683 (guest house), 8031 0483 (medical house), 房山区房山区窦店镇交 道六股道村 The Capital Club This private club caters to Beijing’s senior business community and is a frequent site of International Newcomers Network meetings. 50/F, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 260, 朝阳区新源南路6号 京城大厦50层 International Newcomers’ Network A networking and information resource for all newcomers to Beijing. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except December. Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, innbeijing@ 朝阳区新源 南路6号京城大厦康乐中心3层

Domestic Help Beijing Ayi Service Company Beijing Ayi Service Company provides the experienced and professional ayis, drivers and western chefs for expatriate families. Western cooking lessons are also available. (6040 9096, 136 4113 7690 (24 hours), service@ www.beijingayiservice. com 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) 北京易杨家美信息 咨询有限公司 Beijing Huijia Ayi Housekeeping Service Company Daily 8am-10pm. 16 Qianquhe, Gaoliying Zhen, Shunyi District. (136 4113 7690) 北京汇佳家 政, 顺义区高丽营镇前渠河16号 First Choice Car Rental Service Co., Ltd Short or long term automobile leasing service of cars/vans with English/Chinese speaking driver. Prices range from RMB 6,000-17,500 per month. Room 507, Partview Center, 5 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0778) 北京嘉驰汽车租赁有限公 司, 朝阳区芳园里西路5号丽园中心507室

Religious Organizations & Places of Worship Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF) BICF (Beijing International Christian Fellowship) is an international non-denominational church 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@ 北京国际基督教联合会 Bet Yaakov Chabad House and Community Center 1) Bet Yaakov Chabad Community Center, Fangyuan Xilu, next to the south gate of Si De Park, Chaoyang District. (; 2) 1/F, King’s Garden Villa, 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 8238 ext 200, info@ 1)

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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 Relocasia A business to assist in moving with personalized service at a competitive rate. Helps to make successful and costeffective moves across Asia and the rest of the world. Consultants are available from the start of the move right through the finish. See website for schedules and prices. 24 hours available. (5820 6413)

Congregation of the Good Shepherd Congregation of the Good Shepherd (COGS) is an active faith community of expatriate Christians. They offer Christcentered, liturgical worship. Weekly worship is complemented by Sunday school for children, along with opportunities for participation through service projects, small groups, choir, and other activities. 3/F, Athletic Club, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (cogs@fastmail. fm) 朝阳区新源南路京城俱 乐部3层 The River of Grace Church Sunday Services begin at 10am and 2pm and are open to all foreign passport holders. 2/F, Bldg 112, Yuan Art Museum, Lize Xiyuan, Wangjing Guangshunbei Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6466 1680, www. 朝阳区望京广顺北大街丽 泽西园典艺术馆112号楼2层元

Relocation Services Allied Pickfords (021 6332 0088) www. Asian Express International Movers Started from 1979 in mainland China, Asian Express is an international domestic company which offers local household goods, office moving, storage and full relocation services. Quotations will be offered in different languages upon the request. Rm 1612, Tower D, Soho Xiandaicheng, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 1471, www.aemovers. 朝阳区建国路88号Soho 现代城D座 1612室 Asian Tigers K.C. Dat (China) Ltd. 19 Shunchi Lu, Konggang Wuliu Jidi, Shunyi District. (6415 1188) www.asiantigersgroup. com 顺义区空港物流基地顺驰路19号 Crown Relocations, Beijing Crown Relocations services include domestic and international transportation of household goods, home and school search, storage, expense management, policy consulting and program administration, online tracking tools, transit protection and intercultural services. We provide services for corporations, diplomats and private customers. Crown Relocations, a division of the Crown Worldwide Group, serves over 10,000 customers from over 200 locations in 50 countries. (5801 8088) Globy Pet Relocation The leading pet transportation service company in China, Globy Pet Relocation has five domestic offices and a widespread agent network. Globy is equipped to help transport pets anywhere in the world, arrange pet relocation planning (including required papers), international airline arrangements and door-to-door pickup and delivery. Rm 26B, Block 2, Bauhinia Court, 30 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8762 5020, mary@globypetrelo. com) 朝阳区东三环北 路30号紫荆豪庭2座26B Links Moving Beijing Wholly owned moving company established in Hong Kong



Services China World Apartments Nestled within the China World Trade Center, China World Apartments are located close to an exhibition hall, three luxury hotels, office towers, restaurants, shops, supermarkets, and a cinema. China World Trade Center, 1 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6505 2288/3891, 国贸公 寓, 朝阳区朝阳区建国路1号中国国际国贸中心

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) B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5888); 2) SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 8226); 3) SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District.; 4) B2/F, Legend Center, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 1) 朝阳区建国路87号新光 天地B1层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯VillageSLG00号商铺; 3) 朝阳区蓝色港湾国际商区SMM06号; 4) 朝阳 区东三环中路乐成中心地下二层 Carrefour French hypermarket offers a vast selection of imported wine, cheese, coffee, canned goods and much more. Wonderful variety – especially at the Guangqumenwai location – but the crowds can be thick. The Sanyuan Qiao store offers free delivery for purchases over RMB 500 – order by email 1) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 6B Beisanhuan Donglu (beside the International Exhibition Center), Chaoyang District. (8460 1043); 2) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (5190 9508); 3) 8.30am-10pm. 48 Jiukeshu Xilu, Tongzhou District. (5167 8911 ext.55); 4) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 56A Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District. (5172 1516/7); 5) Daily 8am-10pm. 15, 2 Zone, Fangchengyuan, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District.; 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 54A Baishiqiao Lu (east of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District. (8836 2729); 7) Daily 8am-10pm. 11 Malian Dao, Xuanwu District., 家乐福, 1) 朝阳区北三 环东路乙6号(中国国际展览中心正门旁); 2) 朝 阳区广渠路31号; 3) 通州区九棵树西路48号; 4) 海淀区中关村广场甲56号; 5) 丰台区方庄芳 城园二区15号; 6) 西城区白石桥路甲54号; 7) 宣武区马连道11号 Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs … we could go on and on. 1) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District. (6533 6792); 2) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 5) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626);

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6) Daily 8am-10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 7) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) 婕妮璐, 1) 朝阳区新 城国际17号楼101; 2) 朝阳区来广营东路和平医 院对面; 3) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho4号 楼; 4) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所里; 5) 朝阳区日坛 北路4号(芳草地小学对面); 6) 朝阳区三里屯 北小街6号; 7) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧 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 hi-tech Japanese pillows. 1) Daily 8am10pm. B1/F, Yinzuo Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6415 0104); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. 1-19 Haoyun Jie, Chaoyang District. (5867 0270/0265); 3) Daily 8am9pm. 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, FriSun 8am-11pm. Bldg 5, 10A, 76 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8772 4133 ext 806/807); 8) Daily 10am-9.30pm. 13104B, Beichen Lifestyle Plaza, No.8 courtyard, Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 5950) 乐活城, 1) 朝阳区 东城区东直门外大街48号银座MALL地下一层; 2) 朝阳区好运街乙1-19; 3) 顺义区天竺荣祥广 场608号; 4) 顺义区京顺路52号(靠近孙河桥); 5) 朝阳区西大望路甲6号华贸公寓15号楼103号; 6) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国际二期17号楼101; 7) 朝阳区百子湾南二路76号5号楼10A; 8) 朝阳 区北辰东路8号院北辰生活广场131-04B Lotte Mart 1) Daily 8am-9:30pm. 12 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 8008); 2) Daily 8am-9:30pm.. 17 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6437 8008) 乐天玛特, 1) 朝阳区 朝阳区酒仙桥路12号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区望京广 顺北大街17号 Vanguard Daily 8am-9:30pm.. 1) 2 Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5130 3259); 2) B/1F, Kerry Center, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 9410) cn 华润万家, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区东四环北路2号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心地下1层 Wal-Mart The big box retailer you know and love (or know and hate). Drum up a little odium as you cruise the uncharacteristically wide aisles looking for low, low prices on home decorating items along with groceries, clothing, electronics, sporting goods and more. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. 1) B1-2/F A48 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (5873 3666); 2) Fuzhuohuayuan Plaza, Xuanwai Dajie, Xuanwu District. (6316 8905); 3) B1/F, Block B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (5960 3566) 沃尔玛超市, 1) 海淀 区知春路甲48号地下1-2层; 2) 宣武区宣外大 街富卓花园广场; 3) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广 场B座 B1层

Veterinarians Doctors Beck & Stone Pet Health Care Center Get full, international standard, pet care with open Western and highly trained Chinese veterinarians, nurses and medical technicians. Hospitals are also emergency crisis centers. Ambulances available for collection and drop off of pets. Daily, 24 hours. 1) Unit 104, Tower B, Bldg 3, Hou Xiandai Cheng, BaiziwanLu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8774 8653, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies), info@drbns.

com); 2) Daily 9am-7pm. Shop 0153, Tower B, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5869 6401, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies),; 3) Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 104, Bldg 7, Compound 9,Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8457 8233, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies),; 4) Shop LB05, Euro Plaza,99 Yu Xiang Lu, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 2886, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies), info@drbns. com) 思威( 北京)国际动物医院有限公司, 1) 朝阳区百子 湾路后现代城3栋B座104底商; 2) 朝阳区朝阳 门外大街6号朝外SohoB号楼0153; 3) 朝阳区芳 园南里9号院7号楼104; 4) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇 裕祥路99号欧陆广场LB05 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: 10am-5pm daily. 13-16 Rongke Ganlan Chengshang Jie, Futongxi Dajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, ICVS_CHINA@yahoo. 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

Family Travel Hotels, Hostels and Resorts Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun “Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun is surrounded by the universities and technology companies of Haidian, Beijing’s intellectual and scientific hub” ... Features 293 guest rooms and ten suites, as well as f&b venues like Mixs Italian Grill and Rouge Chinese Restaurant. 16 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (5993 8888, 400 886 2255) http:// pegzg?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/cp/1/en/ hotelsearchresults 北京中关村皇冠假日酒店, 海淀区北京中关村皇冠假日酒店 EAST Beijing 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6688) 北京东隅, 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号 Grand Hyatt Beijing 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 awardwinning 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. 东方君悦大酒店, 东 城区东长安街1号 Hilton Beijing Located along the east Third Ring Road, the Hilton Beijing offers easy access to Sanlitun, the CBD and the embassy district, as well as the Airport Expressway. Experience a higher realm of pampering and prestige with exclusivity, personalized service and upgraded amenities in the newly built nine-story Executive Tower and relax in the Executive Lounge. There are also 12 meeting rooms, as well as a fully equipped Business Center. Also has five restaurants and bars, including Pan-Asian cooking at Elements restaurant, contemporary American cuisine in One East or creative cocktails in Zeta Bar. Daily 24hrs.. 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000) http://

Directories 北京希尔顿酒店, 朝阳区东三环北路东方路1号 Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Just minutes after clearing Customs you could be taking a snooze in your room, attending a business meeting or relaxing in the spa. This stylish departure from typical airport hotels offers five-star comforts and unique convenience for people in transit, business travelers, trade fair visitors and event organizers. One minute away from Terminal 3 by 24-hour hotel free airport shuttle bus, the city center just 16 minutes away by direct rail, and the most popular tourist sites within a 40-minute drive, it’s also the perfect base for tourists. Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District. (6458 8888) http://www1. 朝阳区北京首 都机场三号航站楼 Hilton Beijing Wangfujing “Recently voted the ‘World’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’ for the second year running at the prestigious World Travel Awards, the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel offers some of the largest hotel rooms in the city.Set in the heart of Beijing’s shopping district, indulge in some retail therapy or visit nearby Beijing attractions. The iconic Tiananmen Square is just a ten minute walk from the hotel. After a busy day sightseeing, treat yourself to a holistic massage in the hotel’s Spa, swim laps of the rooftop pool or work out in the fitness center.Hold a conference in one of the 8 fully equipped meeting rooms then relax and enjoy stunning city views in the Executive Lounge or take advantage of the hotel’s Business Center. Sample delicious Macanese cuisine at Vasco’s restaurant or sip an expertly mixed cocktail in stylish Flames bar at the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel.” 89 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) hi/hotel/BJSWFHI-Hilton-Beijing-Wangfujing/ 东城区北京王府井希尔顿酒店 JW Marriott Standard rooms are elegantly appointed and super luxurious. Downstairs, the loungy Loong Bar aspires to the metrochic 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 the city’s finest Bavarian food and microbrewed beer, and Kempi Deli, renowned for its gourmet European cakes and pastries. On the 18th floor overlooking Beijing’s skyline is the swimming pool of Pulse Health Club, which also includes a fitness centre, tennis courts and squash courts.The Kempinski also manages a neighbouring eight-storey complex offering 12,500 square metres of office space, 42 shops and showrooms and 170 fully furnished one to four bedroom apartments. Facing the Liang Ma River, the complex also contains a 24-hour serviced international medical centre, dental clinics and fully equipped children’s park and nursery. Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388) 凯宾斯基 饭店, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号 Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport boasts “372 spacious, stylish guest rooms and suites;” dining options, including Ming

Court and Fuel Bar and Grill; a location just one minute from Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3; a 24-hour gym and cardio studio; 22 function rooms, including a ballroom and various multi-purpose rooms; and the 24-hour private Club L Lounge offering “two floors of sleek luxury and an intimate, upscale vibe.” 1 Er Jing Lu, Terminal 3 Capital International Airport, Shunyi District. (6457 5555) http://beijingairport. 顺义区首都机场1 号航站楼 Raffles Hotel Beijing Ideally situated at the crossroads of famous Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, Raffles Beijing Hotel is in the heart of the prestigious business and commercial districts and a few minutes from the mystical Forbidden City, historical Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other famous sights. It is also a short 15-minute walk from Beijing railway station and less than five minutes from Wangfujing subway station. Raffles Beijing Hotel epitomises elegance and exclusivity, as guests luxuriate in 171 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, which are some of the most expansive and decadent in Beijing. The inimitable Raffles experience is taken a step further with sumptuous culinary creations to delight every palate, state-of-the-art meeting and banquet facilities and a Fitness Centre complete with its own indoor swimming pool. Raffles’ afternoon tea service was voted “Outstanding Afternoon Tea” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 33 Dong Chang’an Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388), 东 城区东长安大街33号

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. 北京瑞吉酒店, 朝阳区建 国门外大街21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

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(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 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

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 1,50048,000. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) 北京丽嘉饭 店, 西城区金融街金城坊东街1号 The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Daily 7-10am, 3-5pm. Mutianyu Village (for detailed directions see website), Huairou District. (6162 6506) 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) 北京香格里拉饭 店, 海淀区西三环紫竹院路29号 Sofitel Wanda Despite an ominous exterior, Sofitel’s new Asia flagship hotel is sure to dazzle with its sophisticated blend of modern comfort and classical Chinese elegance. Floor-to-ceiling windows profit iconic CBD skyline views from west side rooms, specially designed feather beds, Wi-Fi, broadband and flat screen TVs complete a high-tech vision of luxury. The hotel’s F&B outlets include Le Pré Lenôtre and Farm House (see Restaurants). Rooms RMB 1,088-4,986. Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 北京万达索菲特大饭店, 朝阳区建 国路93号万达广场C座 The 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

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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 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 1,50021,100. 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District., Xicheng District. (6606 8866) 威斯汀大酒店, 西城区金融街乙9号

Travel Agencies Kingdom Travel This bilingual outfit arranges domestic and business air tickets, family vacation packages and weekend escapes. Apt 718, Bldg 2, Guanghualu Soho, 22 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 3388, www. 中侨国旅, 朝阳区光华 路22号光华路SOHO 2号楼718室 Sunflower Travel 22D, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie(8447 6361, tours@, Dongcheng District. (8447 6361) 东城 区东直门外大街48号东方银座B座22D) Trekiz | DIY Travel Site is a one stop shop for all things travel. Create and book DIY travel itineraries online with Trekiz’s patented trip planner. Choose from hundreds of activities (and tours and treks and classes and cruises!) in countries and cities around the world. Book China flights and China hotels, too! Trekiz takes the headache out of travel planning with its great prices, wide selection and user-friendly interface. ((+86) 4001-873549) TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. With its extensive international network, this German-Chinese joint venture can arrange personalized tours to destinations both domestic and worldwide. Unit 921-926, Bright China Chang An Bldg, Tower 2, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8519 8800, 途易, 东城区建国门内大街7号光华 长安大厦2座921-926

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


National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) 2 Chang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6655 0000) 国家大剧院, 西 城区西长安街2号 Penghao Theater 35 Dongmianhua Hutong (south gate of the Central Academy of Drama, between Nanluogu Xiang and Jiaodaokou Nandajie), Dongcheng District. (6400 6452/72) 蓬蒿剧场, 东城区东棉花胡 同35号(中央戏剧学院南门, 南锣鼓巷和交道口 南大街之间) Mega Box 1) B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6118); 2) 3/F, Area C, Zhongguancun Mall (West of Dinghao Mall), Haidian District. (5986 3777) 美嘉欢乐影城, 1) 朝阳区 三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区地下1层; 2) 海 淀区中关村广场购物中心C区三层(鼎好西侧) Saga Cinema SA-42, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6868) 传奇时代影城, 朝阳区 朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾商业区SA-42 Star City The best movie snacks in town! Star City offers some of the latest commercial releases, including mainstream foreign films. Foreign films RMB 60-70 (adults), RMB 45-50 (students); local films RMB 25-50 (adults), RMB 35 (students). Daily 9am-10pm. B1/F, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng District. (8518 6778) 新世纪影城, 东城区东方广场地下一层 UME International Cineplex Built by wellknown Hong Kong filmmaker See-Yuen Ng, this five-floor building is known for its stateof-the-art equipment, clean environment, and screenings of the latest foreign movies. Its biggest claim to fame, literally, is a 430 square meter screen. RMB 30-120. 1) 5th floor, Fuli Plaza, Shuangjing Qiao Bei, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5903 7171); 2) 44 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Shuangyushu, Haidian District. (8211 5566) 华星影院, 1) 朝阳区东三环 中路双井桥北富力广场5层; 2) 海淀区双榆树科 学院南路44号

Cooking Lessons and Schools Hias Gourmet Founded in 2007, Hias Gourmet is a social enterprise that specializes in food and market tours, cooking classes, and corporate team building events. The company’s profits go towards educational, environmental, and health projects. 7 Xinsi Hutong, Dongcheng District. (info@ 东 城区辛寺胡同7号 The Hutong Set in an attractive courtyard, this is one of Beijing’s best informal cooking schools with classes on everything from regional Chinese cuisine to pizza making and Pakistani curries. Also offers a variety of meetings, clubs and workshops focused on intercultural friendship and learning. 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (6404 3355; 159 0104 6127, info@ 东城区 九道湾中巷胡同1号(北新桥地铁站东南边)

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Beijing Planetarium Thanks to a RMB 300 million facelift, the once retro planetarium now boasts state of the art facilities. The SGI Digital Universe Theater takes patrons on a tour of the cosmos with six Carl Zeiss laser projectors that simulate the movement of stars and constellations. You can also travel through time in the 4-D theater, where you strap on a pair of goggles and watch a multidimensional film about the creation of the solar system and evolution of life on earth, replete with snarling T-Rexes and saber-toothed tigers. Other draws include the 3D space shuttle simulator and a cool exhibit about the sun. The new exhibition hall: RMB

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10 (RMB 7 for students); GI Digital Universe Theater: RMB 45, RMB 35 (students); 4-D Theater: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students); 3D Space Shuttle Simulator: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). Wed-Fri 9.30am-3.30pm (last ticket 3pm), Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm (last ticket 4pm). 138 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6835 2453, 6831 2517) www.bjp. 北京天文馆新馆, 西城区西直门外大 街138号 China Science and Technology Museum Mammoth 48,000 sqm facility features five themed exhibition rooms (the Children’s Science Paradise, The Glory of China, Exploration and Discovery, Science, Technology and Life and Challenges and the Future) and an array of hands-on scientific exhibitions, a science playground and displays of Chinese exhibitions. Also boasts four state-of-the-art “4D” and 3D cinemas, and an array of dining options. Tue-Sun 9am4.30pm, extended hours for special events (ticket selling 8.30am- 3.30pm). 5 Beichen Donglu (ten minutes east of the south gate of the Olympic Forest Park), Chaoyang District. (5904 1188) 中国科技馆, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰东路5号 Sony ExploraScience Kids of all ages are sure to love this technologically sophisticated museum’s host of interactive displays, including robotic dogs who play soccer, musical sculptures, sound and light distortion machines, soap bubble rings and much more. The staff regularly host live science shows in Chinese. RMB 30 (adults), RMB 20 (students), free (kids under 1.2m); buy your tickets at the museum booth outside the park’s south or east gates and you won’t have to buy park tickets as well. Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, SatSun 9am-6.30pm, closed on second Mon and Tue of each month. Inside Chaoyang Park (near the south gate), Chaoyang District. (6501 8800) 索 尼探梦, 朝阳区朝阳公园里(南门) The Magic Bean House The Magic Bean House is the first American-designed Children’s Museum in China. Exhibits include Tale of Magic Bean, Fantasy Forest, Green Foods, Bricks and Blocks, Car Service, World of Water, Experimental Hall, Toddler Land, Art Gallery and more. RMB 80 (kids aged 2 to 8), RMB (babies from 6 to 24 months) RMB 40 (adults). Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; San-Sun 9am-8pm. 7 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District. 豆豆家科 技馆, 朝阳区朝阳公园西路7号

Parks & Gardens Chaoyang Park Kitschy but fun. Kids can kick or throw a ball on the big grass field near the entrance, and the concrete podiums beyond are tree-free kite flying zones. There’s lots of room to stroll, a range of boating options, a handsome merry-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) 朝阳公园, 朝阳区农展馆南路1号 Ritan Park The CBD’s “lungs,” Ritan Park packs a surprising amount of child-friendly stuff into a limited space: the playground area includes an inflatable playhouse, large trampolines, a mechanical bull, a merrygo-round with Technicolor unicorns and an infrequently washed indoor playhouse. Other attractions include the fishing pond, climbing wall and mini-golf – the latter attracts few customers, so don’t worry about triple-

bogeying each hole. The altar is a great place to watch weathered gentlemen fly kites. If you need a snack, Schindler’s Filling Station, the Stone Boat Bar and Xiheyaju all have terraces opening onto the park. Free. Daily 6am-8pm (summer), daily 6.30am-8pm (winter). 6 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8561 6301) 日坛公园, 朝阳区日坛北路6号 Si’de Park This Lido-area park boasts plenty that will keep the young’uns amused, including an inflated castle, indoor funhouse, outdoor playground, merry-go-round, football pitches, a rollerblading rink, and fishing pond. A circular walking track is popular with morning walkers – if you can get the crew out the door early enough, have fun watching the tai chi practioners. Free. Daily 6am-9pm. Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6438 6093) 四得公园, 朝阳区将台西路

Places i3 Art Studio i3 Art Studio is an “innovationimagination-inspiration-orientated” artstudio that offers a series of experiential art for kids aged 4-10. The facilities include four studios: pottery, painting, handicraft, and animation. Kids are provided with an interactive learning environment to strengthen their skills in exploration, imagination, creativity, and expression. Participants can work as a team to create artwork that follows a particular theme and have fun in the process. Rm 1808, Bldg 4, Dongqu Guoji Gongyu, 1 Ciyunsi, Chaoyang District. (8591 3294, 130 4123 8445, 创艺工坊, 朝阳区慈云寺1号院东 区国际公寓4号楼1808室 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. ( www.atelier. 啊特黎尔, 朝阳区朝阳区幸福村中路锦 绣园C楼202室 MAC Time Community Art Center MAC Time Community Art Center provides art programs for all ages, children and adults. Courses include pre-school art class, little artist’s studio, oil painting, pottery program, Chinese Calligraphy and art appreciation. MAC Time also holds holiday art activities, exhibition tour and artist studio tour for members & community. Birthday art party service is available. Tue-Sun 10am-6.30pm. L5-507A. Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1820, bj_ www.mactimeart. 游艺时光小区艺术中心, 顺义区天竺镇 裕翔路99号欧陆广场L5-507A

Play Centers A-Z Kids A cleaner, pricier version of Fundazzle, A-Z features a multitude of play equipment including a maze, an art corner, a play supermarket as well bilingual staff and entertainers to ensure your kids are never bored. Best suited for kids ages 0-12, it also features a restaurant where parents can keep a watchful eye on their little ones. They also host birthday parties. 9am-8pm. Room 102, Bldg 3, Pinnacle Avenue, Linyin Lu, Shunyi District. (8559 2883/6) 英伦 创意园, 顺义区A-Z英伦创意园,顺义区林荫路 荣和广场3号楼102 Fundazzle This cavernous, indoor playground has a huge two-story jungle gym,

Directories trampolines and a toddler area with small cars, swings, seesaws, toy houses and so on. On weekends, counselors put on shows, lead the kids in song and dance, and teach arts and crafts. RMB 35 for 2 hrs (kids); adults free (Mon-Fri), RMB 15 (Sat-Sun). Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun and holidays 9am-7pm. Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6208) 翻斗乐, 朝阳区工体南路 Star Trooper Laser Tag Indulge your trigger-happy inner child in a very trippy atmosphere. Each game lasts 15mins. Kids must be taller than 1.3m. RMB 40 (per game). Groups of six or more can rent the entire venue for RMB 1680/hour (weekdays only). Tue-Fri reservations only, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. B1, 316 Wangjing Xiyuan Sanqu, Chaoyang District. (6475 8329, info@ 激光搏 击, 朝阳区望京西园三区316号楼,地下一层 The Familier This two-level, indoor family centre provides age-appropriate and kidfamily play rooms and classes for children of all ages. Includes an expanded soft play area for babies and toddlers and a full-service cafe with a Western-trained chef and healthy menu options for the entire family. 2 hour: RMB 50 (1 adult, 1 child); all day: RMB 88 (1 adult, 1 child). Zhong’er Jie, 798, Chaoyang District. (5762 6017, service@thefamilier. com) 朝阳区 798艺术区 The New City Center The New City Center has a coffee shop with a closed in playroom that includes a ball pit and slide. Programs available for all ages, including “Mommy and Me”, Phonics, Math and Art Classes as well as language lessons for adults. It also offers services including food, games and access to the playroom for birthday parties. A conference room is available to be rented. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. 112, Lize Xiyuan, Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing (Opening Jan 2), Chaoyang District. (6475

1066, www. 朝阳区望京广顺北大街 丽泽西园112号 The Wiggly Tots Founded by licensed Kindermusik educator Alice Tan, The Wiggly Tots offers Kindermusic and toddler ballet classes to make learning fun for both parents and kids. Bond with your children as you play, sing, dance, and giggle together. Kids will learn and grow through activities that stimulate brain growth, build motor skills, enhance social and emotional development, and more. In addition, the center hopes to build a community of moms in the Shuangjing area who can provide support to one another and build lasting friendships. Studio, 1/F, Fuli Club (R&F Club), 59 Dongsanhuan Lu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (183 0158 8133, www. 朝阳区朝阳区双井东三环路 59号富力会健身俱乐部1层

Schools Educational Services Beijing Mandarin School Beijing Mandarin School offers a range of courses for Chinese learners of all levels. Also has children’s lessons, HSK lessons, and specialty classes focusing on character learning and business vocabulary. Beginners and intermediate level students pay RMB 3,600/60 hours. Intensive lessons are RMB 5,600/120 hours. Private lessons start at RMB 80/ hour. 1) Rm 709, 7/F, 42 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8441 8391, 186 1173 6419, cn); 2) Rm 904, 9/F, E-Tower, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6508 1026, www. 北京普通话学校, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路42号光明饭店709室; 2) 朝 阳区光华路数码01大厦9层904

The Learning Center The Learning Center opened in 2004 to meet the specific educational needs of local and expatriate students in Beijing. They aim to address the individual challenges of students by offering a nurturing environment, small classes or 1:1 tutoring, and experienced, specialized teachers who design tailor-made programs for each child. By helping them realize their academic potential, The Learning Center cultivate not only students’ skills, but also their confidence and self-esteem. The Learning Center has worked with more than 1,000 local and expatriate students in the Shunyi and Haidian areas. As the only professional tutoring service in Beijing, they pride themselves on offering a nurturing environment in which students of all ages and levels can find the support they need in the subjects they need. Subjects for students ages 5 to 18. Parenting programs are also available, including adult education and child development workshops. TLC tutors are native English speaking professional educators with an understanding of the international school curricula across Beijing. Mon 10am-6pm, Tue-Fri 10am-8pm, SatSun 9.30am-4.30pm. 2108 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8046 3886, cn) 顺义区后沙峪西 白辛庄嘉浩别墅2108号 Side by Side Side by Side provides support for individuals with special needs and learning difficulties through music therapy, learning support, and a daytime special education program. Side by Side’s team members are fully qualified and experienced professionals who conduct services in English. Music therapy is also available in German. We also offer community support such as workshops for schools, community groups, parents and other members of the community, arranging vocational training within the community, support with life skills such as basic finances,


shopping, cooking, personal hygiene or social skills, support with parenting skills, advocacy, family and school support with transition and/ or behaviour issues, support for those dealing with a new diagnosis and work experience for high school students or new graduates. We also provide support with finding organizations and professionals to assist in the development, diagnosis and assessment of children with special needs, or suspected special needs. Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District. (8046 3858, info@sidebysidebeijing. com) 顺义区后沙 浴,名都园3336, 顺义区 Hamilton Gregg International Educational Consulting (HGIEC) Consultancy works with students (Chinese and expat) who wish to attend boarding school and university in the US, Canada and the UK. Mr. Gregg has over 15 years of academic advising experience, placing students in the best schools around the world. He is one of the few Independent Educational Consultants in China who belongs to either the Independent Education Consulting Association ( or the Higher Education Consulting Association (www., both of which require strict ethical standards to be upheld by members. (135 5204 1603, New Vision Education Consulting Foreign owned and operated, New Vision provides results-oriented private international education services to students who wish to study abroad. Offers SAT and TOEFL iBT training, IB/AP subject tutoring, and college application consulting services to help each individual student reach their goals and create opportunities for their future. B218, 4/F, Bldg 1, CCTD Center, 15 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 0139 134) www. 朝阳区光华路15号院1号楼 泰达时代中心四层B218室

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Renee Learning Center Renee Learning Center is an extracurricular learning center that provides classes in dancing, taekwondo, and English as a Second Language (ESL). 1) British School of Beijing, South Side, 9 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (139 1041 5475 Tom Chan,; 2) Swedish School Beijing, Gahood Villa, Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (139 1041 5475 Tom Chan, www.reneelc. com 1) 顺义区安华街9号北京英国国际学校; 2) 顺义区后沙峪镇西白辛庄嘉浩别墅北京瑞典学校

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 3e International began in 2005 and has grown into an institution of 180 students from Nursery through to Grade 4. The school aims to develop “critical thinkers and passionate learners who move confidently and fluidly across cultures,” through a research-based curriculum developed especially for this education model. Classes are conducted in English and Chinese with half of every day devoted to each language. Within this inquiry-based program, a balance of childinitiated and teacher directed activity is provided to support children’s development across the entire curriculum. Age range: 2-10. Application Fee RMB 1,600. Tuition Fee: Half-day nursery RMB 93,800; Full-day nursery RMB 103,800; Pre-Kindergarten RMB 136,900; Kindergarten RMB 140,600; Grade1-4 RMB 150,700. 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 100, a 3e国际学校, 朝阳区将台西路9-1号 Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) In its 17 years of existence BIBS has grown from one campus to three and from a kindergarten-only curriculum to a full-fledged K to grade 11 school with plans for grade 12 in the 2010-2011 school year. The school boasts a unique program that combines the best of Eastern and Western education philosophies to provide students a greater appreciation of the arts and humanities through the study and celebration of different countries, cultures and languages. The crosscultural environment offers children greater cultural sensitivity and the ability to speak multiple languages. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Kindergarten: Application fee RMB 1,600 (one-off payment, nonrefundable), Capital levy RMB 8,000 (one-off payment, non-refundable), RMB 62,000 (half day)-80,000 (full day)/year; Primary school: Application fee RMB 1,600 (one-off payment, non-refundable), Capital levy RMB 30,000 (one-off payment, non-refundable); Reception RMB 100,000/year; Grades 1-6 RMB 135,000/year; Middle and high school: Application fee RMB 1,600, Capital levy RMB 30,000; Grades 7-12 RMB 135,000 1) Bldg 7, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5960 3997, cn,, mshsadmissions@; 2) 1/F, Bldg B, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu (at the 21st Century Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6466 9255,,, mshsadmissions@bibs.; 3) 38 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang District. (8456 6019,, office@,; 4) 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 7951,, office@, 青苗国际双语学校, 1) 朝阳 区建国路93号万达广场7号楼; 2) 朝阳区亮马桥 路40号B座1层; 3) 朝阳区南十里居38号; 4) 朝 阳区东四环北路6号阳光上东二区 Beijing BISS International School With a diverse student body, Beijing BISS International School’s mission is to foster international relationships in order to educate and empower students to attain personal excellence and



positively impact the world. BISS not only boasts a strong IB Diploma Program with strong academic results – graduates have been accepted to top universities like Harvard, Columbia and Stanford – it is also a SAT Test Center, caters to children with learning needs, and offers counseling, student enrichment programs, university searches, and transition education services and orientation for Third Culture Kids and their parents. Age range: 3-17 years old. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Pre-K-Kindergarten RMB 99,000; Grade 1-12 RMB 146,400-177,500; Deposit RMB 18,000-23,000 (refundable); Registration RMB 3,800; ESOL RMB 20,000. Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili (just off Beisanhuan), Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, 北京BISS国际学校, 朝阳区安 贞西里四区17号楼 Beijing City International School Located in Shuangjing, BCIS lives by its school motto: “Empowering and inspiring through challenge and compassion.” This nonprofit, independent, co-educational day school accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) offers an international curriculum for Nursery to Grade 12 students under the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and is authorized to teach all three IB programs (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma). The campus culture is characterized by a “warm and inclusive nature” and an emphasis on rigorous academic enquiry through the extensive use of information technology in the classroom. Age range: Nursery through Grade 12. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 2,000; New Student fee RMB 5,000; Nursery RMB 104,980; Pre-K RMB 120,960; Kindergarten RMB 129,000; Grades 1-2 RMB 158, 600; Grades 3-5 RMB 160,600; Grades 6-8 RMB 167,800; Grades 9-10 RMB 174,680; Grades 11-12 RMB 185,600 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8771 7171, admissions@ 北京乐成国际学校, 朝阳 区百子湾南二路77号 Beijing Huijia Kindergarten Part of a nationwide chain, Huijia Kindergarten has 17 campuses and early childhood centers around Beijing. The curriculum combines advanced international educational ideas, modern teaching methods and Chinese traditional culture and focuses on nurturing children to become international citizens. The coursework, which emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, is designed to help students become “lifelong learners” and take responsibility for themselves, their studies others.Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Huijia Central Park Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Tuition for other centers vary from RMB 25,00072,000/year (contact school administration for details) 1) Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center. Longwan Business Street, Yuyuan Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8042 2245,; 2) Huijia Central Park Experimental Early Childhood Education Center. Bldg 24, Central Park Apartments, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9358, hjkids@263. net) 北京汇佳幼儿园, 1) 顺 义区汇佳龙湾体验式早教中心. 顺义区后沙峪 镇裕园路龙湾商业街; 2) 朝阳区汇佳新城国际 体验式早教中心.朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国际 公寓24号楼 Beijing Huijia Private College This combined boarding and day school offers an IB curriculum taught in English and a Chinese curriculum taught in Chinese. Students who wish to follow the Chinese curriculum but don’t have the requisite Chinese ability will first be enrolled in an intensive Chinese course. About 200 students from various countries study (and live, if they choose to board) alongside approximately

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2,000 Chinese students. Facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium and science labs. Grades: 1 to 12. Price range: RMB 69,00075,800. Zhongguancun Kejiyuan, Changping Yuan, Huijia Kejiaoyuan, Changping District. (6078 5555/1) 北京汇 佳私立学校, 昌平区中关村科技园昌平园汇佳 科教园

IB DP (grades 11-12) RMB 110,000/year; Chinese as an Additional Language intensive course RMB 25,000/semester; English as an Additional Language intensive course RMB 51,000/semester. 18 Huajiadi Beili, Chaoyang District. (6461 7787, 北京世青国际学校, 朝阳区花 家地北里18号

Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA) BIBA provides an education that is strong in both English and Chinese within a stimulating and creative international environment. US national education standards are followed for most subjects, including English, mathematics, social studies, science, music, and PE. Chinese national standards are followed for Chinese language arts and mathematics. ESL and CSL classes are also available. BIBA’s newly-expanded campus in Shunyi includes kindergarten, elementary and middle schools with extensive facilities and specialist teachers for sports, arts, science, and more. BIBA is also the host school in Shunyi for the International Piano Academy of China (IPAC). Age range: 2.514. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Kindergarten RMB 60,000 (plus capital levy of RMB 5,000); Elementary School: RMB 100,000 (plus capital levy of RMB 20,000); Middle School RMB 110,000 (plus capital levy of RMB 20,000). 5 Yumin Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8041 0390, info@bibachina. org) 海嘉国际双语学校, 顺义区后沙峪裕民路5号

The British School of Beijing The British School of Beijing provides a traditional education based on the English National Curriculum and prepares pupils for GCSE and A Levels. The school is part of the Nord Anglia family of British-style international schools and its educational approach arises out of the best practices found in British schools around the world, emphasizing high academic results and mutual respect. The diverse academic and extra-curricular program is designed to challenge students to excel in music, arts and sport and allow them to develop and mature into young adults equipped with the qualifications and skills to enter universities worldwide. Age range: 1-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Pre-Nursery RMB 87,419131,140Nursery RMB 131,140; Reception RMB 141,450; Years 1-2 RMB 157,436; Year 3 RMB 168,072; Years 4-6 RMB 170,572Years 7-9 RMB 185,611; Years 10-11 RMB 191,264; Years 12-13 RMB 200,490 1) 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8532 5320,; 2) South Side, 9 Anhua Lu, Shunyi District. (8047 3588,; 3) 5 Sanlitun Xiliujie, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088, www. 北京英国学校, 1) 朝阳区 三里屯北小街7号; 2) 顺义区安华路9号南院; 3) 朝阳区三里屯西六街5号

Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School As the only K12 independent coeducational bilingual boarding and day school in Tongzhou District, Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School is housed in a 16 acre campus located in the Artists’ Village 20km east of the China World Trade Center (Guomao) and consists of a closed and secure garden community. Started as a private school in 1993, BSRPS is dedicated to offering students a well rounded education which leads to academic excellence and personal success. Over the years, it has integrated an American- curriculum from the lower to upper school, which has led to the formation of the American high school where students receive an “American-overseas education as they embrace the essence of Chinese culture and literature.” Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition Fees (2010-2011 school year - room and board, all fees included): Kindergarten RMB 11,500/semester; 1-6 grades RMB 34,000/ semester; 7-9 grades RMB 35,500/semester South 1A, Xiaopu, Songzhuang,, Tongzhou District. (8085 6318 Bilingual, 8085 6787 Chinese, http:// 北京市私立树人瑞贝学 校, 通州区宋庄镇小堡南甲一号 Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) A student-centered approach with an emphasis on academics and the arts. Now in its tenth year, Beijing World Youth Academy is an IB world school offering both English and Chinese programs for local and overseas students aged 9 to 18. BWYA values holistic education, inquiry-based learning and strives to offer students ample opportunity to develop as globally aware critical thinkers. The faculty hails from over 15 countries and allows for a favorable student-to-teacher ratio that creates a more personalized learning environment. BWYA emphasizes creativity and teamwork using a curriculum that incorporates standards from North America, Europe and Asia and the school has a strong track record of preparing students for both Chinese and overseas universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua, Fudan, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley and Stanford. Age range: 9-18 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): Application fee RMB 1,600; Capital levy RMB 30,000 (one-time fee); Chinese Middle School Program (grades 7-9) RMB 50,000/year; Chinese High School Program (grades 10-12) RMB 54,000/year; International Primary (grades 4-5) RMB 90,000/year; IB MYP (grades 6-9) RMB 100,000/year; IB MYP (grade 10) /

Canadian International School of Beijing Located in the third embassy quarter of Beijing, The Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) opened in 2006. CISB offers a Montessori nursery and pre-kindergarten program for ages 18 months to 5 years, as well as an internallyrecognized Canadian-style curriculum for kindergarten through Grade 12. CISB is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorized to provide the IB Diploma Program (IBDP) at the high school level and a candidate school for the Primary Years (PYP) and Middle Years (MYP) Programs. Non-native English-speaking students will have their language abilities assessed, and are given ESL support according to their results. Chinese, French, and Korean are offered as additional languages, with over 50 nationalities represented in the student body. A member of ACAMIS and UNESCO, CISB features 90 classrooms equipped with SmartBoard technology, seven computer labs, two libraries, a designated fine arts floor (including specialized visual arts and music labs), a 500-seat theater, three gymnasiums, a sports field, an outdoor playground, a 25mlong swimming pool, and a dance studio. Age range: 18 months-18 years. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 1,600 (application fee); RMB 4,600-6,700 (ESL fee at Main Campus); RMB 76,600-179,800 (Main Campus); RMB 59,000-121,800 (Shunyi Campus). 1) Main Campus (Preschool to Grade 12): 38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, admissions@cis-beijing. com,; 2) Shunyi Campus (Preschool): 7 Yuyang Lu (across River Garden Villas), Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6191,, admissions_shunyi@cis-beijing. com) 北京加拿大国际学校, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路38号; 2) 顺义区后沙峪榆阳 路7号(裕京花园对面) Daystar Academy Daystar Academy, a Kindergarten-Grade 6 school, offers a balance of Montessori-based English education and the Chinese National Curriculum – students spend half of their day in each language environment. The curriculum also focuses on establishing students’ good habits and supports the development of

Directories the child through the progressive “Virtues in Us” character education program which emphasizes nobility of character and service to humanity. This innovative approach brings together two cultures and combines the strongest attributes of both Western and Eastern teaching methodologies. Age range: 3-12years old. Tuition Fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Kindergarten RMB 86,000; Registration RMB 2,000 (one time fee); Elementary RMB 92,000; Registration RMB 3,000 (one-time fee) 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8610 2654, kristinl@daystarchina. cn, 启明星双语学校, 朝阳区顺白路2号 Dulwich College Beijing Dulwich College first opened its doors to students in Beijing in August of 2005. Since then, the school has grown to include approximately 1,400 students ranging in age from 12 months to 18 years. DCB is a 21st-century school that couples outstanding ICT facilities with a modern approach. The school features a one-to-one laptop policy for students in Year 8 and above and utilizes a Virtual Learning Environment for the entire faculty. DCB is accredited by the Council of International Schools and Western Association of School and Colleges, and was named International School of the Year in 2011. The school aims to provide students with a well-rounded environment to grow, develop, and learn in. Ages: 12 months – 18 years. Application Fee: RMB 2000 – non-refundable; Placement Deposit: RMB 18,000 – refundable subject to terms and conditions; Early Years: RMB 66,200-168,000; Grades 1-12: RMB 168,000219,200 1) Riviera Main Campus: Beijing Riviera, 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676,; 2) Legend Garden Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Shunyi District. (6454 9000, info@dulwich-beijing. cn); 3) Legend Early Years Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Shunyi District.

(6454 9000, www. 北京德威英国国际学校, 1) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号香江花园; 2) 顺义 区机场路89号丽京花园; 3) 顺义区机场路89 号丽京花园 Eduwings Kindergarten The culmination of two former schools, Der Kingergarten and Jin Yi Kingergarten, Eduwings Kindergarten is divided into English/Chinese and German departments that are each split into three age groups (2-3, 3-4, 5-6 years) and one infant group (2 years and under). All of the lead and language teachers are nativespeakers 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, 6 Liyuan Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8384, http:// 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街 6号美林香槟小镇 Etonkids Bilingual Kindergarten Part of the Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens’ division of the Etonkids international education group, the Central Park campus features a bilingual Montessori program designed to develop “independence, initiative and creativity.” The school caters to children from 1 to 6 years of age and are divided into nursery school (18 months-3 years) and “Casa” (a.k.a. “Early Childhood Community,” 3-6 years) divisions with lessons promoting intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth (nursery) as well as coursework in language arts,

mathematics, everyday living skills, sensory awareness exercises and culture (Casa stage). Check the website for additional EtonKids Bilingual Park Campuses. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year):Monthly payment plan - Morning session (8.3011.30am) RMB 6,250; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 8,500; Yearly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 62,500; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 85,000 1) Eastern Provence Campus, Eastern Provence, 88 Dingsi Lu, Beiqijia, Changping District. (8176 0828, cpadmin@; 2) Dawang Lu Peking House Campus, 20 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 6779, cpadmin@etonkids. com); 3) Arcadia Campus, Block 1, Arcadia villas, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8047 2983,; 4) Palm Springs Campus, Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Park Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 8967, cpadmin@; 5) Datunli Campus, Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8480 5538, cpadmin@; 6) Olympic Village Campus, Southwest Corner of Beichen Xilu and Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8437 1006, cpadmin@; 7) Midtown Campus, Guangqujia Yuan, Bldg 21, Guangqumenwai, Chongwen District. (6749 5008, cpadmin@; 8) Central Park Campus, Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. ((6533 6620/6931, 伊顿双语幼儿园, 1) 昌平区北七家镇定泗路88 号; 2) 朝阳区西大望路甲20号首府社区里; 3) 顺义区后沙峪罗马环岛北侧天北路,阿凯笛亚庄 园1座; 4) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈泉国际 公寓; 5) 朝阳区科荟路大屯里社区; 6) 朝阳区 北辰西路与科荟路交汇处西南角; 7) 崇文区广 渠门外广渠家园21号楼; 8) 朝阳区朝阳门外大 街6号新城国际19号楼 Etonkids International Kindergarten CBD Global Trade Mansion Etonkids International Kindergarten is one of the


oldest schools in Beijing’s Etonkids franchise (a nationwide educational group). The school provides a community-centered Americanstyle 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)RMB71,800112,000/year 1) Lido Campus:Rm C103 Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jiangtailu, Chaoyang District. (gtmadmin@etonkids. com); 2) 3/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805, 伊顿国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区蒋台路机场路丽都广场; 2) 朝阳区光 华路世贸国际公寓D座3层 Harrow International School Beijing Harrow International School Beijing prides itself on high academic standards that are maintained within a close-knit school community. All students are assigned a personal tutor who looks after their overall welfare and serves as a liaison between school and home. High academic standards and leadership skills are promoted schoolwide, with a range of enrichment activities to help students develop teamwork and creative thinking skills, as well as independence and responsibility. Graduates from Harrow Beijing have been accepted at universities across the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, and Princeton.Harrow Beijing follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales, culminating in the General Certificate of

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Secondary Education (GCSE and IGCSE’s), and A Levels. Its curriculum is fully accredited by all British Examination Authorities and it is an accredited SAT center. Harrow Beijing is also a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and, like all Harrow International Schools, undergoes regular accreditation visits by CIS and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the US. Harrow Beijing is also a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Southeast Asia and East Asia (FOBISSEA), which enables students to collaborate in music and sports with other schools across Southeast Asia. Age Range: 3-18. Tuition Fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Nursery: RMB 119,800; Reception: RMB 149,300; Years 1-2: RMB 177,700; Years 3-6: RMB 189,100; Years 7-9: RMB 207,600; Years 10-11: RMB 217,600; Years 12-13: RMB 231,700. 1) Grassetown, Zhengequ Village, Xuxin Zhuang, Tongzhou District. (6444 8900, enquiries@; 2) 5 Anzhen Xili, Block 4, Chaoyang District. (6444 8900, enquiries@ 北京 哈罗英国学校, 1) 通州区徐新庄镇葛渠村格拉 斯小镇; 2) 朝阳区安贞西里四区5号 House of Knowledge International Kindergarten House of Knowledge (HoK) boasts its own unique curriculum that includes aspects of the Montessori and Reggio Emilia programs, with special emphasis placed on the latter approach. Students are treated as competent learners with boundless potential, who are capable of infinite discovery. With this in mind, the curriculum trains them to acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn.” Age range: 10 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 5,000-15,000 (refundable according to withdraw policy); RMB 53,500-122,800 (depending on choice of program and campus) 1) Chaoyang Park Campus, Victoria Gardens, 15 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 (English, German, Mandarin),, 400 650 7747); 2) Liyuan Campus, East Gate of Liyuan Compound, Maquanying Street, Shunyi District. (6434 0088 (English, Chinese and German), info@, 400 650 7747); 3) Administrative Office, C511, Lufthansa Centre, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 or 6538 2624, info@, 400 650 7747) 好思之家, 1) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路15号维多利亚花园公寓; 2) 顺义区香江北路丽苑小区东门A11; 3) 朝阳区亮 马桥路50号燕莎中心C511 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 for 22 years. During that time, it has earned a glowing reputation for its steady commitment to the growth, education, and well-being of its pupils. The school is both an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society(AMS), which upholds the MACTE Montessori education standards on an international level, and the International Montessori Teaching Institute, which provides ongoing training to all of MSB’s lead teachers and teaching assistants. In August 2012, the school expanded its Riviera campus to cover all of its prekindergarten through elementary programs, and counts spacious classrooms, an indoor pool, and a multi-purpose auditorium among its facilities. Parents, in particular, are fond of the campus’s twoCoffee Stops, where they can mingle with a cup of coffee and a freshly-baked treat, courtesy of the school’s dedicated parent association. Age range: 1-12. Tuition fees (2012 Academic Year): 3 Day Toddler (Age 1): RMB 41,000; 5 Day Toddler (Age 1): RMB 65,000; Morning Nursery (Age 2): RMB91,000; Full-day Nursery (Age 2): RMB 135,000; Morning



Kindergarten (Ages 3-4): RMB 95,000; Fullday Kindergarten (Ages 3-4): RMB 140,000; Reception (Age 5): RMB 157,000; Elementary (Ages 6-12): RMB 163,000. Bldg 8, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6432 8228, www.msb. 北京蒙台梭利国际学校, 朝阳区朝阳区 香江北路2号8号楼 The International School of Beijing (ISB) The International School of Beijing (ISB) traces its roots back to the early 1970s when a small foreign school was established by the United States Liaison Office, the precursor to the US Embassy, and was little more than a simple “classroom that was wedged into a hallway in a diplomatic apartment compound in Sanlitun.” In the 1980s the school was merged with the schools of the British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand embassies and was eventually moved to its presentday 50,000sqm purpose-built facility near Capital Paradise in Shunyi. Over the years ISB has gained an international reputation for its solid academic programs (it was the first school in Beijing to offer the full IB Diploma), comprehensive facilities and full curriculum catering to all age levels. Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): EC3 (half day) RMB 65,490 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); EC4 (full day) RMB 119,690 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); Kindergarten RMB 140,330 (RMB 13,180 capital fee); Grades 1–5 RMB 140,330 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 6–8 RMB 150,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 9-12 RMB 165,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee) 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (8149 2345, admissions@ 北京顺义国 际学校, 顺义区安华街10号 Ivy Academy Ivy Academy is a pre-school and kindergarten created in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers that accepts students of ages two through six. The school offers an English environment with a “specialized focus on the customized development of every child” based on Harvard Professor Dr Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory and a convenient Dongzhimen area location. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 8,000 (nonrefundable, to be credited toward tuition); Registration fee RMB 800; Half-day RMB 86,000; Full day RMB 127,900 Suite C101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380, Info-EL@ 艾毅幼 儿园, 东城区东直门外大街35号东湖别墅C101室 Ivy Bilingual School Like its sister school Ivy Academy, Ivy Bilingual School (IBS) enrolls children from two to six years of age and offers a curriculum designed in the spirit of the Multiple Intelligences theory. The goal of Ivy Bilingual School is to provide children with the most current research-based practices coupled with the knowledge of the unique Chinese culture. Children graduating from IBS are comfortable speaking in both English and Chinese. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 800; Deposit RMB 6,000 (non-refundable, credited toward tuition); RMB 42,600–57,000/year (Ocean Express Campus); RMB 39,000–52,400 per year (Orchid Garden Campus) 1) Orchid Garden Campus, 18 Xinjin Lu, Cui Ge Xiang (Airport Expressway, Beigao Exit), Chaoyang District. (8439 7080, (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), info-og@ (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)); 2) Ocean Express Campus, Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Kempinski), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287, (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), info-og@ (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)) 艾毅双 语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区崔各乡新锦路18号卓锦 万代小区内; 2) 朝阳区东三环北路2号远洋新 干线E座

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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@,; 2) Lijing Campus, 28 Shilipu Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8446 4189, Info-LJ@ivyschools. com, http://www. 艾毅多元智能幼儿园, 1) 通州 区北苑路52号; 2) 朝阳区十里堡北路28号 Little Village Montessori School of Beijing Little Village Montessori School of Beijing (LVMS) is a Montessori-based kindergarten with over 1,000sqm of space. LVMS’ team strives to create a community experience with parents and other family members. Age range: 18 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2011-2012 academic year): 3-6 years Full Day: RMB 6,800; 18-months-3 years Half Day: RMB 5,200; Monthly meal plan: RMB 500. 2310, 3/F, Jinyun Shengtong Building, 5 Huilin Road, Fulicheng Xi, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (5876 6610, 北京蒙特梭利小镇幼儿 园, 朝阳区双井富力城西惠林路5号京运盛通 大厦3层2310 MOMA Kids International Kindergarten MOMA Kids caters to students aged 18 months to 6 years. They are committed to holistic and pastoral care as China’s first carbon neutral kindergarten. They offer the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in a bilingual environment, as well as extracurricular activities ranging from taekwondo to contemporary art and dance are available five days a week from 8am to 5pm. Annual tuition fees are RMB 66,100 (MOMA Resident), RMB 69,700 (non-resident). Dongzhimen MOMA, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongcheng District. (6464 7386, 东城区香河园路 1号当代MOMA Muffy’s Education Founded in 2003, Muffy’s Education provides English immersion kindergartens, seasonal camps and afterschool programs that impart “Knowledge Through English”. Using English as the medium for learning, students receive a high quality education and a strong foundation of English skills. Muffys has an educational program that includes all core subjects in an English immersion environment. Educators use a variety of teaching methods to help each student with their unique learning needs. Muffy’s also uses internationally known curriculum from the University of Chicago, Columbia Teachers College and Pearson Education. Muffy’s teachers are from Canada, United States, England and Australia. Before students enroll, assessments and placement will be arranged. 1) Shijicheng Location: 5/F, Bldg B, Huibo Dasha, Landianchang Lu, Haidian District.; 2) 1 Yangchun Guanghua Jiayuan, Wanliu Donglu, Haidian District.; 3) Wangjing Location: East gate of Beixiaohe Gongyuan, Wangjing Xilu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Xiangshan Location: Xiangshan Qingqin, Mentou Cun, Sijiqing Town, Haidian District. 儿童英 语之家, 1) 海淀区蓝靛厂路(人大附小对面) 汇博大厦西侧5层; 2) 海淀区万柳东路阳春光 华家园1号; 3) 朝阳区望京北小河公园东门; 4) 海淀区香山清琴别墅儿童会所 National Institute of Technology (NIT) Founded in 1997, NIT is composed of three schools: NIT (Grades 10-12), the Australian International School of Beijing (Grades 1-6), and Beijing International School (Grades 1-9). As a joint project of the Chinese and Australian governments, NIT bills itself as the largest international school in China and the first and only school to offer courses provided

by the current Australian educational curriculum council. The school now has over 2,300 students, including more than 150 foreign students. NIT and BIS accept both local and foreign students, while AISB accepts expats only. Age range: 2-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Kindergarten: RMB 150,000; Primary school (Grades 1-6): RMB 94,100; Middle school (Grades 7-9): RMB 102,100; High school (Grades 10-12): RMB 139,500; Accommodations: RMB 8,000/ year (primary school students); RMB 16,000/ year (middle school students); RMB 20,000/ year (high school); English training (high school): RMB 42,500/semester (14 weeks); Piano class: RMB 9,600; Health check and insurance (kindergarten): RMB 300. 7 Louzizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8439 0808, 北 京爱迪国际学校 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 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 46,800105,000. 3006 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 6302, 顺义区北京市顺义区后沙 峪西白幸庄嘉浩别墅城3006栋 Russian Children’s Education Center The Russian-centered program seeks to nurture children’s cognitive activity, curiosity, and desire for self-knowledge while stimulating their imagination and developing creativity, speech, and intellectual abilities. The school focuses on increasing children’s selfawareness and establishing an environment of emotional support. 8.30am-6.30pm. Rm 101, Bldg 2, Qiumadu, 2 Sanyuan Qiao Taiyang Gong Shangjialou, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8436 1864) 朝阳区朝阳 区三元桥太阳宫尚家楼路2号裘马都公寓2号楼 商铺101 Smile International Kindergarten (Smile IK) This international, multilingual kindergarten features a three-year program designed to foster students’ social, intellectual, emotional, and physical development. The curriculum focuses on practical life skills, sensorial development, and basic knowledge of math, geography, science, art, and music. Foreign languages (English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Italian) are taught by qualified native speakers, and the recently-renovated facilities include two teaching buildings and an outdoor playground. Additional features include extended day care, after school activities, and regular field trips. The kindergarten also hosts birthday parties, seasonal celebrations, and an English summer camp that runs from June to August. Each week of the summer camp explores a different topic and is open to

Directories both expats and locals. The school welcomes new students at any point during the year; families can register during the week at Smile IK’s main office. Age range: 3-6 years old. Unit 29-30, King’s Garden Villa, 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6468 1227/1012, 182 0122 3702, http://blog. 朝阳区霄云路18号 京润水上花园别墅29-30号 Springboard International Bilingual School Springboard offers kindergarten through 6th grade in a 75% English, 25% Chinese bilingual environment. The newly renovated building sports brightly-colored classrooms designed for no more than 15 students per class flanked by large common areas that are dotted with toys on the first floor and well-stocked bookshelves on the second. Behind the school there’s a large football pitch and basketball courts, plus indoor play areas, a ballet studio, and art studio and a library in an adjoining building. Springboard’s annual tuition for grades 1 through 6 is RMB 90,000 annually. Gucheng, 15 Houshayu Lu, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. ( http://www. 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) St. Paul American School (SPAS) is a member of the Nacel International School Systems with its headquarter school located in St. Paul, Minnesota and consists of a middle and high preparatory school offering a dual language diploma in English and Chinese. It incorporates an American curriculum that includes AP courses taught by certified American staff, as well as Chinese language, physical education and music courses. SPAS is a residential campus that is attached to the second high school connected to Beijing Normal University and shares with it a picturesque campus with an activity field, track, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, pool, and more. Age range: 13-19 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year, prices available in USD only): Enrollment Fee USD 100; Entrance Fee USD 850; Tuition for 2010-2011 USD 11,000 18 Guan’aoyuan, Qinghe, Haidian District. (8070 3429) www. 北京师范大学第二附属中学, 海淀区清河宝胜里观澳园18号 Sunny Kids Garden International Kindergarten (SKG) SKG offers bilingual nursery, kindergarten and pre-school classes based on the internationally recognized HighScope teaching approach. Professionally trained, highly experienced and dedicated foreign and Chinese teachers all have over five years international teaching experience. Warm, nurturing and creative environment in which children can experience a range of different activities including art, science, music, drama, dancing, cooking, physical education and much more. Modern, stateof-the-art facilities and toys, spacious classrooms spread over 3 levels and large garden/playground area. Nursery classes for children aged 19 months to 3 years, kindergarten classes for children 3-5 years of age and pre-school classes for children 5-6 years of age. SKG also offers facilities for children events, including birthday parties. 103, Bldg 302, Xiangsong Nanhu Xiyuan, Nanhuqu Xilu, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8476 5353 or 138 1070 7354, info@ 北京 阳光童馨国际幼儿园, 朝阳区望京南湖渠西路香 颂南湖西园302楼103号 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) 瑞典小学, 顺义区后沙峪镇西白辛庄嘉浩别墅 The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten Beijing’s first Montessori Kindergarten, The Children’s House opened its China World Trade Center campus in 1992 and has since established schools at the Lufthansa Center, Yosemite Villas in Shunyi and in Yayuncun’s Yayunxinxin Gardens. Today the franchise serves over 300 international students in its four campuses, which are characterized by their small, friendly down-home atmospheres, English only and bilingual curriculums that adhere to the world-renowned Montessori system. Age range: 0-6 years old. Tuition fees (20122013 Academic Year): Nursery/ Pre-Primary RMB 114,000 (full day), RMB 93,000 (half day); Primary RMB 126,000 (full day), RMB 98,000 (half day); Bilingual RMB 115,000 (full day), RMB 72,000 (half day) 1) Unit S114, Lufthansa Center Tower, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1305/3388 ext 4477); 2) C Area Clubhouse, Yosemite Villa 4 YuYang Rode, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (8041 7083); 3) Yayunxin Jiayuan, 1 Xindian Lu, Chaoyang District. (5202 0293); 4) Level 1 North Lodge, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 3869/2288 ext 81299) 巧智 博仁国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎 中心大厦S114单元; 2) 顺义区后沙峪镇榆阳路4 号; 3) 朝阳区辛店路1号亚运新新家园社区; 4) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸北公寓一层 Tsinghua International School Tsinghua International School students follow an American Curriculum program in a nurturing atmosphere. Tsinghua International School located on Tsinghua University campus, allowing students access to the university’s extensive resources and facilities, including libraries, computer labs, gymnasiums, sports fields, dance and art studios, a swimming pool, fitness center and outdoor experiential education center. Accepts students Grades 1 to 12. Grades 1-5: 89,000 RMB per year, Grades 6-12: 99,000 RMB per year Zhong Guan Cun Beilu (Northwest of Tsinghua University), Haidian District. (6279 7000, 海淀区中关村北路清华大学西北侧 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; PreKindergarten RMB 141,000; Kindergarten RMB 165,000; Grades 1-5 RMB 165,000; Grades 6-8 RMB 181,000; Grades 9-10 RMB 198,000; Grades 11-12 RMB 204,000 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8456 4155, www.wab. edu 北京京西学校, 朝阳区来广营东路10号 Yew Chung International School of Beijing Located within the scenic Honglingjin Park in the heart of downtown Beijing, Yew Chung International School of Beijing celebrates its 15th year of educating students of the Beijing expatriate community. YCIS Beijing, an IB World school, is fully accredited by CIS, NEASC and NCCT, and is a part of the larger network of schools with over 5,000 students across campuses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Qingdao, and

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Silicon Valley, US. Providing K2 – Year 13 students with a quality curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England and a research-based Chinese Language Program that equips students to be bilingual, competitive, and globally-minded citizens. Age range: 2-18 years old. Tuition fees (2011/2012 Academic Year): Application Fee RMB 1,660 (non-refundable); Placement Deposit RMB 5,000–14,000 (year level dependent); K2 (half day) RMB 60,800; K2 (full day) RMB 102,000; K3 RMB 136,000; K4 RMB 142,000; Year 1-3 RMB 168,000; Year 4-6 RMB 172,000; Year 7-9 RMB 191,000; Year 10-11 RMB 204,000; Year 12-13 RMB 210,000 Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 3731, enquiry@ 北京耀中国际学 校, 朝阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门 Yew Wah Infant and Toddler Education Centre (YWITEC) YWITEC’s reputation is founded upon decades of experience offering international education in Hong Kong and mainland China through the Yew Chung Education Foundation. YWITEC offers a childfriendly, nurturing, and multicultural setting for learning and development, which allows students to experience different cultures from both Chinese and Western teachers. The curriculum draws from advanced research, as well as local and international early childhood education practices. YWITEC adheres to a child-centered philosophy, values the individual development and interests of each child, and plans a fun but challenging experience with age-appropriate learning goals. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fee (20122013 Academic Year): RMB 53,000. Block F, Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8581 9223/8466 ext 817, itec@ 耀华婴幼儿教育 中心, 朝阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门F楼 Young Starters Academy Taking a holistic approach to early childhood education, this bilingual kindergarten accepts kids aged 2-4. The curriculum makes learning fun; students will learn to exercise empathy, reason, and curiosity, and will not be afraid to solve problems. Young Starters’ values program teaches future citizens to care about humanity and the environment. Teachers practice responsive nurturing to build self-confidence in each child. The academy features a small campus for up to 36 students, with low student-to-teacher ratio of 6-1. It practices right brain training, reading, and individualized piano lessons as part of its curriculum. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 7,000/month (full day); RMB 4,900/month (half day). Rm 102, Unit 6, Block 4, 8 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区朝阳区麦子店西路9号,华远九都汇4号 楼6单元102室 AnRic Little Montessori Room (AnRic LMR) AnRic Little Montessori Room (AnRic LMR) was founded by two moms in 2012. It is a multicultural classroom that caters to children aged 2.6 - 6 years, with an equal mix of children from local and foreign backgrounds. The school aims to help children develop into self-directed learners, flexible thinkers, creative problem-solvers, empathetic citizens and resilient individuals. While the foundation of Anric LMR was built on the Montessori method, it is a classroom that also draws from other educational philosophies. The school offers a fully bilingual curriculum so that children are immersed in an environment where both English and Chinese are consistently used all day. Children learn in a warm, close-knit environment with a true sense of community, maintained by a low student to teacher ratio and special attention to things such as personalized support for separation issues. 6 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6591 8169) 朝阳区光华路9号 Beijing2Fun School House Beijing2Fun School House is a school for children aged 2-4. Its bilingual program is based on the



belief that kids learn best in an environment that will stimulate their brains. The qualified teaching staff is made up of native English and Chinese speakers, who alternate between the two languages every day. Full day and half day programs are available. Apt 101, Block 5, Unit 5, Upper East Side, Area 2, 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区东四环北路6 号2区阳光上东5号楼5单元101

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 5,450-7,800 (plus a EUR 2,600 admission fee, EUR 1000 bus fee). 7.55 am-5.15 pm. 49A Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 2535, www. 北京德国使馆学校, 朝阳区亮 马桥路甲49号

Beijing Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten Beijing Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten is a nursery and kindergarten school under Wisdom International Education Group. To meet the different developmental needs of children (2 to 6 years old) from both international and local communities, both campuses are equipped with outdoor playground facilities, libraries, art rooms, gymnasiums, dance and music rooms. Exploring Montessori bilingual education under Chinese culture, more than 95 percent of the kindergarten teachers have participated the International Montessori teacher certification training and hold the posts of international certification. 1) Bldg 42, Yushu, 2 Shunfu Lu, Renhe Town, Shunyi District. (8945 2591); 2) Bldg 221, Bailizhuang Beili, Chaoyang District. (8591 8288) 1) 顺义区仁和镇顺福路2号御墅42栋; 2) 朝阳区八里庄北里221号楼

Lycée Français International de Pékin (The French School) The LFIP is administered in accordance with the guidelines established by the French Ministry of Education. Classes are taught in French, but non-French-speaking children are admitted into the kindergarten (which is on a separate campus), and the elementary school. This school has full sports and extracurricular programs. Ages: 2 to 18. Price range: EUR 5,580-10,010 (French children), EUR 6,390-11,430 (non-French children). 1) Primary and Secondary School: 13 Sanlitun Dongsijie, Chaoyang District. (6532 3498); 2) Kindergarten: 4 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 7881) cn/ 1) 朝阳区三里屯东四街13号; 2) 朝阳区 三里屯路4号

Beijing No. 55 Middle School and High School Unlike other public schools in the city, No. 55 has an international student department specifically tailored to foreign students. High school classes are offered in Chinese (meant for students with no Chinese background) or English, and prepare students for the IB exam or China’s college entrance exam. Middle school classes are in Chinese only; a half-year of intensive Chinese training is available if needed. Ages: 11 to 17. Price range: RMB 28,000-44,600. 12 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (6416 9531) http://www. 北京第五十五 中学, 东城区新中街12号 Beijing Telford Bilingual and International Pre-school Part of the Telford Education Institute of Hong Kong. Classes are fully bilingual with one Western and four Chinese teachers in every classroom. All subjects are taught 50% in English and 50% in Chinese. Facilities include a multipurpose auditorium and performing arts center, two piano rooms, two sports fields and a big garden. Ages: 6 months6years old. RMB 32,000-35,040 (plus RMB 400-500 per month meal fee). 2 Daluyuan, Dongsanhuan Nanlu (inside R&F City), Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5876 6221/7811, www. 北京德福双语国际幼儿 园, 朝阳区东三环南路大路园2好号(富力城内) 国贸往南第一个路口 British Columbia International School Located on the east side of Chaoyang Park, BC School caters to both local and international students with a blend of Canadian and Chinese curricula. This gives students a bilingual education and knowledge of world cultures, while also conferring a dual diploma. The school features a team of certified British Columbian and native Chinese teachers, as well as brand-new, purpose-built facilities located on 60,000sqm of space. BC School’s sports facilities are offered via a joint venture with Arsenal youth Academy. Extracurricular courses include major league sports. For ages 2.5-5, the school has a program modeled after the Montessori method. Age range: 2.5 to 18 years old. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 132,500-197,100. 10 Dongfeng Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5962 3288, admission@ 常春藤国际学校, 朝阳区东风南路10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

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Yew Wah Infant and Toddler Education Centre (YWITEC) Block F, Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8581 9223/8466 ext 817, www. 耀华婴幼儿教育中心, 朝阳区后八 里庄5号红领巾公园东门F楼

Shopping Arts & Crafts Gehua Baihua After deriving some inspiration from the China Art Museum, cross the street and get the fixins to make your own masterpiece. With a huge selection of art supplies for drawing and painting – paint (RMB 25), easels (starting at RMB 25), canvas (RMB 8 to 72) – this store is more organized and more spacious than others nearby (although you should look through those too). It sells some international brands like Prismacolor. Daily 9am-6.30pm. 10 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6522 2511) www. 北京歌华百花美术用品, 东城区 五四大街10号 PMT Art Shop Interesting Chinese photos, original wood furniture, leather goods and ceramics. 1) Daily 10am-7pm. Zhong Erjie (across from UCCA Design Store), 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5762 6364); 2) Daily 10am-11pm. 75 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6400 8520), http://site. 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号 798艺术街区中二街; 2) 东城区南锣鼓巷75号 Samantha Crafts Located close the Lama Temple, Samantha Crafts sells handmade knitwear and crochet products, including children’s products, hats, bags, gloves, dolls, and plush animals. The shop also carries knitting supplies: yarn, wool, buttons, needles, and more. The owner, Samantha, offers knitting and crochet classes for beginners at RMB 200 per hour (materials not included). Mon-Fri 9.30am-1pm, 2-6pm, weekends and holidays by appointment. 12 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6405 8098, http://weibo. com/samanthacrafts, http://samanthacrafts. 珊米织物, 东城区方家胡同12号 Zian Print and Graphics Tue – Sun, 14.30pm – 20.30pm. Fangjia Hutong, No 30 ( Subway Line 5, Beixinqiao Station, Exit A, 300m North), Dongcheng District. (131 4649 3917,, 子安方家胡同店, 东城区方 家胡同30号

Bookstores Beijing Star Kids Children’s Bookstore This children’s bookstore sells a range of

soft- and hard-cover English-language books from big-name publishers in the US, Canada, Australia, Italy and the UK. Kids up to age 16 should be able to find something that tickles their fancy. Francophiles will be interested in the store’s small selection of French-language study materials. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Rm 1205, Bldg D, Xingyuan International Apartments, 222 Wangjing Xiyuan, Chaoyang District. (8472 7131) 北京 市佳星孩趣儿童书店, 朝阳区朝阳区望京西园 222号星源国际公寓D座1205室 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) Sanlitun Village South, Chaoyang District. (, page1_; 2) 10am-6pm. Shop LG50, Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0408, page1_cwtc@, page1_indigo@; 3) 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, page1_, page1_indigo@ 1) 朝阳区三里屯路(三里屯Village对面); 2) 朝 阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港地铁层50号; 3) 朝阳 区建国门外大街1号国贸商城三期地下2层 Scholastic Children’s Library Stocks English books that young children can borrow. Library cards available at the centers. 1) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 1B1-35-37 Solana, 1 Nonzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6377, cpalowitch@; 2) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 2/F, Westside of Aisedun, Haidian District. (8265 2711, cpalowitch@; 3) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, SatSun 9am-7pm. 4/F, north side, of the Jinyuan Xin Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 5318/9, cpalowitch@scholastic.; 4) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am7pm. F3-08, 3/F, Hualian Shangsha, Shangdi (at the south intersection), Haidian District. (6266 7734/94, cn); 5) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 3/F Glory Mall, 18 Xihuashi Dajie, Chongwen District. (6711 8059, cpalowitch@scholastic.; 6) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. , Fengtai District. (8767 0865,; 7) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7 pm. 1/F Bldg B, Anzhen, Shenggu Jiayuan, Chaoyang District. (6443 8186, cn); 8) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7 pm. 3/F, Section E, Wangjing International Shopping Center, Chaoyang District. (5920 3790, www. 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,

Clothing BabyGro Beijing 1) Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Cathay View Garden Shopping Mall (next to Beijing Riviera Villas), 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 1690, johanna@; 2) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, SatSun 10am-6pm. Shop 105, Tower 9, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6597 0717, johanna@ 慧 宝, 1) 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观唐广场二期商 铺; 2) 朝阳区朝外街6号新城国际9号楼105 baby international No. 2371, 3.F North Tower, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 1476, com 国际宝贝, 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO商都 3层2371店铺

Directories Boshiwa 365 This China-based retailer aims to be the one-stop shopping place forall your baby- and child-related needs. Girls will love the extensive selection of pretty pink dresses and comfy hoodies. Boys will have no shortage of selection in t-shirts and shorts. In addition to baby clothing, they carry lines for children from 3 to 14 years old. Brands include Disney, Harry Potter, and Thomas the Tank Engine. Dresses start around RMB 199, and t-shirts average about RMB 150 apiece. Daily 10am-10pm.. 1) 2/F, Fangheng Mall, Bldg 4, 6 Futong Dajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District.; 2) 1/F, Kids Land, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park,6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6287); 3) L413-417, 4/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1306) 博士蛙365, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区望京通东大街6号 院4号楼方恒购物中心2层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区朝 阳公园路6号蓝色港湾儿童城1层; 3) 朝阳区朝 阳区光华路甲9号世贸天阶413-417 Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am8pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (1/F of Bodhi bldg, directly across from north gate of Workers Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 7622, www. 洋洋宝宝店, 朝 阳区工体北路17号(工体北门对面) Decathlon This popular French company now has outlets throughout China. The store supplies equipment for tons of different athletic activities – individual and team sports, land and water sports – from running to sailing, from squash to volleyball. Daily 9am to 9pm. Friday & Saturday open till 10pm. 195 Dongsihuan Zhonglu (near Dajiaoting), Chaoyang District. (8777 8788) 迪卡侬运动 超市, 朝阳区东四环中路195号(靠近大郊亭) Lijia Baby Domestic retailer Lijia Baby stocks goods for children between the ages 0 and 5. You’ll find diapers, clothing, car seats, infant formula, milk bottles, baby wipes, bibs, and more. Physical branches are located throughout Beijing, including Wangjing and Yaojiayuan, but the website is much easier to use. Products are delivered a day after purchase. 1) Daily 10am-10pm.. Shop VD1-29, 1/F, Kids Land, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (59051921/36); 2) Daily 9am-9pm.. Shop A06, B1/F, Liubaiben Shopping Street, 19 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6472 5526/5400); 3) Mon-Fri 9.30am-8pm, SatSun 9am-8.30pm.. B1/F, Dacheng Guoji Zhongxin, 12 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5962 6318/26) 丽家 宝宝, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园路6号院蓝色 港湾国际商区活力城1层VD1-29; 2) 朝阳区朝 阳区望京广顺北大街19号六佰本商业街地下1层 A06; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区百子湾路12号大成国际 中心地下1层 Mothercare Mothercare, the acclaimed British brand, is a global specialist retailer of clothing, home and travel and toys for mothers to be, babies and young children. Sells hard-to-find clothes for kids age 6 and younger, as well as a wide range of nursery furniture and nursery equipment. Find maternity clothes, strollers, bedding, car seats, playpens, baby monitors, children’s clothes and other elusive products at this chain. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) Stall B21-22, 1 Senlingongyuan Lu, Jingzhan Xiang, Shunyi District.; 2) Stall 121-123, Beyou World, 111 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) 5/F, Wangfujing Baihuo, 255 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8529 1777); 4) Stall 4128-4130, 4/F, Jinyuan Xinyansha Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 5506); 5) SMM-42, 1/F, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6134) 1) 顺义区金盏乡森林公园路1号B21-22商铺; 2) 朝阳区京顺路111号比如世界1F121-123商铺; 3) 东城区王府井大街255号王府井百货5层; 4) 海 淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎购物中心4层第41284130商铺; 5) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国 际商区SMM-42

Motherswork Motherswork is a one-stop shopping experience for mothers, babies, and kids (and fathers, too). The store features maternity fashion and quality baby wear collections, as well as baby furniture and other needs. There is something to suit every parent’s lifestyle, from lightweight strollers for those who frequent shopping malls to three-wheel joggers for active parents. There are also multifunction bathtubs, dressers, booster chairs, adjustable high chairs, and more. Motherswork carries an exclusive range of products from Bugaboo, Boori, Stokke, and other brands. 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) 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 Reima Finland’s Reima specializes in highquality children’s outdoor clothing. The company creates clothing for all seasons, but is especially known for its winter clothing. Suitable for ages 0-12, Reima’s clothing is made for moving and playing in. All products are chemical-free, easy to care for, waterproof, and windproof. Daily 10am9.30pm.. 4/F, Charter Shopping Center, Wukesong, Haidian District. 海淀区海淀区五棵松卓展购物中心四4层 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) 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 Tang’ Roulou Created by two French designers inspired by yesterday’s China, Tang’ Roulou tiny shop stocks gorgeous, tasteful outfits for kids (ages 0-8). Their unique, high quality, made-in-Beijing blankets, quilted jackets, dresses and accessories come in a variety of patterns, including dots, stripes and flowers, spotted with dragons, phoenix and goldfishes. Daily 10.30am-8.30pm. 30 Sanlitun Beilu (inside Phoenix Design), Chaoyang District. (6416 9761) 朝阳区三里屯北 街路口30号 “风栖” 店内

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Chaoyang District. (8579 2458); 2) Visit by Appointment. Factory and Warehouse Address, Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang town, Tongzhou District. (138 0139 6309) 华伦古典家具, 1) 朝 阳区高碑店家俱一条街69号; 2) 通州区工厂地 址,通州区宋庄镇白庙村工业大院

IQ Air While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, you can certainly make a difference with the air you breathe in your home or office. IQAir has been the top-rated air purifier brand for more than a decade. The Health Pro 250 is their most popular product and is considered by most to be the best allaround air cleaning system available. With their HyperHEPA technology, you are guaranteed near perfect levels of efficiency for the life of your machine. IQAir China specializes in bringing clean air solutions to both residential and commercial users. 1) Daily 10am10pm. 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601, info@iqair-china. com); 2) 10am-8pm. 6/F, Parkson Plaza, 101 Fuxingmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (157 1286 8485,; 3) Daily 10am10pm. B1/F, Parkson Plaza Taiyanggong, Bldg 1, 12 Qi Sheng Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (157 1286 8454,; 4) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401,; 5) Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 1801-03, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800,; 6) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 7) Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. B1/F, Golden Resources New Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (157 1286 9044,; 8) 10am-10pm. B2/F, Scitech Plaza, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (188 1020 5987,; 9) B1/F, 03A Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District.. (6457 1922, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 2) 西 城区复兴门内大街101号6层百盛复兴门店家电 部; 3) 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; 4) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天 地5层生活家电区; 5) 朝阳区霄云路36号国航大 厦1801-03室; 6) 西城区金城坊街金融街417号 四层; 7) 海淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎商城地下 1层; 8) 朝阳区建国门外大街22号赛特购物中心 地下二层; 9) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广 场地下一层03A

Aquasana Aquasana is a home water filtration company from the US. They manufacture drinking water filters, shower filters, and whole house filtration systems. The company’s countertop water filter costs RMB 1,550, the undercounted version costs RMB 2,320, and a shower filter costs RMB 1,100. You’ll also periodically need to buy replacement cartridges, which cost RMB 550580 depending on the water filtration system. 5 Nongzhan South Rd, Beijing, China Jingchao Building 1271, Chaoyang District. (400 000 8320 Chinese, 136 5128 5157 English, shop@ www.aquasana-china. com 朝阳区北京市朝阳区农展南路5号北京市环 境保护局 京朝大厦1271 Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) 10.30am-6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091); 2) 10am-8.30pm. Unit L1-110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785) www. 顺义区天竺镇花 梨坎村南“荣祥广场308室; 2) 顺义区天竺镇裕 翔路99号欧陆广场L1-110


Motherswork Motherswork is a one-stop shopping experience for mothers, babies, and kids (and fathers, too). The store features maternity fashion and quality baby wear collections, as well as baby furniture and other needs. There is something to suit every parent’s lifestyle, from lightweight strollers for those who frequent shopping malls to three-wheel joggers for active parents. There are also multi-function bathtubs, dressers, booster chairs, adjustable high chairs, and more. Motherswork carries an exclusive range of products from Bugaboo, Boori, Stokke, and other brands. Daily 10am-10pm.. Store L-VDM20, Block 2, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Weibo: @motherswork_中 国 (5905 6905) 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

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@ 顺义区 天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下1层03A

Photography Studios & Services 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, 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 1) C3, Fuli City, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Rm 1910, CAMEO Center, Guangshunnan Dajie, Chaoyang District. ( www.mishka. pro, 1) 朝阳区双井桥富力城 C3; 2) 朝阳区广顺南大街嘉美中心1910

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,

Not An Illusion Photography Not an Illusion Photography is a professional photography service that focuses on capturing the beautiful moments in life using natural lighting rather than studio setups. The studio specializes in portraits (including kids and families), and exhibition openings. Photographers can work out specially tailored plans for customers and do house calls for photo shoots. Collectable prints are also available from their website. Special offers are available for holidays like Mother’s Day, Children’s Day, and Father’s Day. (

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Small World Photo Studio Professional photography services for families, kids and pregnant women, costumes can be offered to kids under 3. Stall 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1603, 138 1160 2673) www. 小小世界专业摄影, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场五层509-510 The Bloom Family Photography Owned and run by professional and enthusiastic photographer Irene, member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Bloom Family Photography studio provides highquality photography services. The studio is based in Beijing, but is also available for local and domestic travel. Daily 10am-6pm. 6 Xinjiekouwai Dajie (opposite the east gate of Beijing Normal University), Xicheng District. (6202 7745, 155 1061 6900, hello@bloompic. com) 花开摄影机构, 西 城区新街口外大街6号(北京师范大学东门马 路对面)

Toys Chicco Colorful mobiles, infant gyms, activity tables, baby phones and toy cars that are purportedly designed to foster your child’s mental development. The store has more than 15 branches around town; just a few are listed below. 1) Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. NB136, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 6721); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. Lufthansa Shopping Center, 6/F, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1188 ext 675); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3888) 智高儿童用 品, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城地下1 层NB136; 2) 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎购物中心6 楼; 3) 朝阳区工体北路甲2号太平洋百货5楼 Hongqiao Market One entire floor is filled with cheap toys, from stuffed animals to Barbie sets, kites and remote controlled cars. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 46 Hongqiao Lu, Chongwen District. (6713 3354) 红桥市场, 崇文区红桥路46号 Kidsland Offers a wide range of toys brands such as Lego, Hasbro (Monopoly, Transformers, Star wars, Playdoh, Playskool, My little pony, Little pet shop and Baby Alive), Chicco (italian baby toys), Schleich (small plastic animals) and Siku (small vehicles). 1) Daily 10am-10pm. L407, South Place, The Place. 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1481, 6448 2105 ext. 128); 2) 206, F/1, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6908); 3) Rm 0423. Jiamao Shopping Center, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 9412); 4) 411-412 Xindong’an Plaza, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 8624) www. 1) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天 阶南街四层L407; 2) 朝阳区将台路6号丽都商业 广场一层206号店铺; 3) 朝阳区广顺北大街33号 嘉茂购物中心四层0423号店铺; 4) 东城区王府 井大街138号新东安411-412 MUMA Smart Toys What could be better than toys that promote intelligence? MUMA Smart Toys, the Beijing-based toy maker, creates high quality and colorful toys fashioned out of wood, and tailored to specific age groups. Toys are designed and packaged with the goal of environmental protection. These toys promote creativity, visual perception, and motor coordination -- not to mention plain old fun. Daily 10am-10pm. SMM-20, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6115) 木马智慧玩具, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾 国际商区一栋广场层SMM-20

Sports Sports Beijing Sports Beijing is a nonprofit organization that provides sports and recreational activities to the children of Beijing. Modeled after North American and European community sports organizations, Sports Beijing offers more than 15 sports and recreational programs, including



baseball, basketball, flag football, floor ball, gymnastics, ice hockey, martial arts, rugby, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field/athletics. Available for young athletes (ages 4-18) and their families. Mon-Fri 10am6pm. Lido Country Club 2/F, Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, 6 Jiang Tai Road, Chaoyang District. (6430 1370) 朝阳区将台路6 号丽都饭店丽都乡村俱乐部2层

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

Bowling Cosmic Bowling Strike! Whoever said silence is golden clearly never experienced the ten-pin joys of Cosmic Bowling’s 20-lane alley. Prices vary throughout the day, but start from RMB 120/hour. Daily 6pm-2am. 3/F, Lido Hotel, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688 ext 3801) 保龄球馆, 朝 阳区将台路6号丽都饭店三层

Dance Ballet Pro Dance Studio Hong Kong based dance company offering ballet courses for ages 4-18 in locations across Beijing, including Lido, Qijiayuan Diplomatic Compound nr Ritan park, Tiantongyuan (North Beijing), Wanliu (West Beijing). Classes are in English and Chinese, and taught by experienced ballet teachers who are trained in teaching the techniques of the National ballet of China, the Royal Academy of Dance (UK) and the Russian Vaganova Ballet Academy. (135 2034 7722, http://www. Ding’s RAD Ballet Studio Founded by Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) instructor, JinCheng Ding in 1997, Ding’s RAD Ballet Studio follows the original RAD Graded syllabus while still giving students the freedom to develop their individual style. This studio is one of the few places in Beijing where students can learn the original RAD syllabus, take the RAD graded examinations and awarded the RAD Certificate from the RAD headquarters UK. Classes available from age 4 to adult and range from beginner to advanced. Instruction in Chinese and English. 2A, Tiyuguan Lu, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District. (151 1020 0236, 东城区东城区体育 馆路甲2号

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

Sunshine Dance Studios One of the Europe’s largest dance studios, Sunshine Dance Studios offers dance classes led by US and European professionals who have danced for stars like Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and more. The school offers street dance courses for beginners to advanced dancers aged 3-12 and will eventually be based near Chaoyang Park. For now, the temporary location is Raydance Studio at Room 5-120 in Sanlitun SOHO. (mail@



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

Freediving China Freediving China teaches and promotes freediving, a form of underwater diving that does not involve the use of scuba gear or other external breathing devices, but rather relies on a diver’s ability to hold his or her breath until resurfacing. The school teaches in several locations across Beijing, but focuses mostly on the Xizhimen area. Freediving China is located in Beijing, but also organizes trips inside and outside China. Courses are held Sat-Sun 9am-5pm. Private classes can be arranged. ( www. 中国自由潜水

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, nationallycertified, 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. Mon-Sat 10am10pm, Sun 10am-8pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6776 4705, oleclimbing@ 奥莱攀岩, 朝阳区东四环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号

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Fencing Fenxing Fencing Club The Fenxing Fencing Club uses the Olympic Stadium inside the Asian Games Complex for regular club meetings. Tue-Sun 9am - 9pm. Bldg. 2050, Gahood Villa 5 Yunyang Rd., Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. ( 北京奋星击剑俱乐部, 顺义 区西白辛庄榆阳路5号嘉浩别墅2050

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

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@ 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 ( Dandelion Hiking (13124788581, buqunzi@ 蒲公英远足

Horseback Riding Equuleus International Riding Club This accredited horse riding club houses 95 horses, 12 bilingual trainers with CHS (based on BHS) horse instructor’s certificate and a dog agility area. Different riding packages available (insurance included). Tue-Sun 7amnoon, 2-6pm. 91 Shunbai Lu, Sunhe Town (north of and parallel to Xiang Jiang Beilu), Chaoyang District. (Chi 8459 0236, Eng 6432 4947, www. 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: Tue-Sun 8am5pm. 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

Ice Skating All Star Champion Skating Club Lace up your skates and do a Kim Yu-Na of South Korea (Kim’s the current world champion in ladies figure skating, couch potatoes). - All Star Ice Rink was founded by Wang Rui, figure skating gold medalist in the 1999 Asian Winter Games, and Li Ning, the legendary gymnast who lit the torch during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. Located on the first floor of Solana mall, the ice rink covers 800 square meters and uses equipment that meets international standards, creating a rink fit for both entertainment and professional competition. For adolescents new to the sport, All-Star offers classes. Especially precocious athletes can request coaches from the Chinese national skating team. Private lessons (Chinese only) are priced at RMB 135-200/40min. RMB 30 (Before 6 pm), 40 (After 6pm), 50 (Holidays & Weekends) for admission. Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu., Chaoyang District. (5905 6328) 全明星滑冰俱乐部, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6 号蓝色港湾国际商区首层 Champion Rink Due to its low patronage, it’s the best bet for a sparsely occupied rink. Offers basic and private private lessons for

Directories RMB 200 and up (RMB 1000/five private 45-minute classes).Entry-level group lessons RMB 350/five 90-minute classes, but group sizes vary. Daily 10am-9.30pm. Golden Resources Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 4899) 冠军溜冰场, 海淀区远大路1号 金源新燕莎 Le Cool Chills and spills for skaters and shoppers at this small indoor rink in the World Trade Center. Be warned that the rink can get seriously crowded with ice princesses on holidays and weekend afternoons. Weekdays: RMB 30 for 90 min (10am-6pm), RMB 40 for 90 min (6-10pm). Weekends: RMB 50 for 90 min. Skate rental included. Daily 10am-10pm. B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5776, lecool@cwtc. com) 国贸溜冰场, 朝 阳区建国门外大街1号国贸地下2层

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, 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

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Krav Maga Israeli martial art that gives self protection training. Based on simple principles and instinctive movements, this reality-based system is designed to teach real self defense in the shortest possible time. Mon-Thu 7-9pm. Tera Wellness: 15 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (18710190150) 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, 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-to-one 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, 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

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,

Swimming Dragon Fire Swim Team Instruction is offered for kids ages 4-18 at the beginning (able to swim 10m), intermediate and advanced levels. RMB 60-90 per lesson, RMB 1,200-4,500 per season (depends on the level, number of times a week, etc), plus RMB 300 registration fee. Training is offered at various times and locations, seven days a week.To register, contact Coach Hua. (136 0106 4534,

Tennis GS Academy GS Academy is a High Performance Tennis Academy. Their unique Tennis program combine the best of the


American, Australian, and European national tennis programs bringing to you a truly unique program. Their experienced and passionate coaches provide a perfect blend of serious commitment and a positive teaching style to enhance your tennis development. 1) Central Forest Tennis and Badminton Center: Houshayu County, 200meters east of Sugar Bay Community, Chaoyang District. (5727 9817,; 2) Huakang T&B Fitness Center: Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Town, Chaoyang District. (8459 1367/0156,; 3) Crab Island Indoor Tennis Center (Xie Dao): 1 Xiedao Road, Chaoyang District. (8433 5608, info@; 4) Golden Luck Age Tennis Center, 2 Dongwei Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8431 8217, www. 1) 朝阳区顺义区中央林间网 羽中心:顺义区后沙峪镇香蜜湾东侧200米; 2) 朝阳区华康羽网健身中心:孙河乡顺黄路; 3) 朝阳区蟹岛室内网球中心:蟹岛路1号; 4) 朝阳 区金运时代网球中心:东苇西路2号

Yoga Incy Wincy Yoga Rm 1909, Bldg A, U-Space Building, 8 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5861 3809, info@ 朝阳区广渠门外大街8号优士阁A座,1909室 Yoga Yard Yard Vinyasa (flow) yoga classes offered daily, mornings and evenings, at various levels. offers pre- and postnatal yoga, introduction to yoga, restorative yoga, and other workshops. Yoga books, mats and wellness products also available. Kids yoga for ages 4 and above. RMB 400 for a four-week session. Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. 6/F, 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0774, www. 瑜珈苑, 朝阳区工体北路17号6 层工人体育场北门对面

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The Circuit The Circuit is a chance to sneak a peek at what’s happening on the family and school scene. Want to see your event on these pages? Send an email with the date of your past event and a brief description to by November 12. New Brunswick Premier Visits CISB On September 13, David Alward – the premier of New Brunswick – toured the Canadian International School of Beijing and spoke to students and faculty.

WAB Students Make Mooncakes On September 28, elementary school students from the Western Academy of Beijing got ready for MidAutumn Festival by making – and eating – their own mooncakes.

photos: courtesy of cisb and wab



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BCIS Hosts Early Childhood Workshop On October 12, the early childhood team at Beijing City International School invited parents for a workshop and open morning about “investigation time” (where students make their own decisions) at each grade level.

photos: courtesy of bcis and msb

MSB’s Annual Fall Harvest Fest On September 22, friends and family of The International Montessori School of Beijing carved pumpkins, bobbed for apples, and enjoyed barbecued fare.

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The Circuit MOMA Kids Visit Agrilandia On September 21, students from MOMA Kids International Kindergarten went on a field trip to Agrilandia Italian Farm to learn about the organic fruits and vegetables that were recently introduced to the school’s menu.

3e Visits Nanluogu Xiang On September 26, Grade 3 students from 3e International School went on a field trip to Nanluogu Xiang to learn about traditional architecture and culture, interviewing local residents in the process.

photos: courtesy of moma kids and 3e



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Mid-Autumn Festival at Children’s House On September 27, students from The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival with arts, music, and mooncake making.

photos: courtesy of children’s house and ywitec

YWITEC Autumn Outing On September 29, Yew Wah Infant and Toddler Education Centre organized an autumn field trip for students and parents to Xiangjulou.

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The Circuit Mid-Autumn Festival at ISB On September 21, students from the International School of Beijing celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival with activities in and out of the classroom, including an outing to the Confucius Temple in honor of Confucius Day.

DCB Grads Organize Charity Auction In September, Dulwich College Beijing IB Art students, recent graduates, and sisters Kim Jin Na and Kim Jin Lee put together a charity auction at the Ritz-Carlton Beijing to auction off their own art pieces to benefit the Tongzhou Care Centre.

photos: courtesy of isb and dcb



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Daystar Gets Cultural On October 12, elementary students from Daystar Academy went on a cultural field trip to Beihai Park and Jingshan Park.

photos: courtesy of daystar and bsb

BSB Hosts Soccer Tournament On October 10, the British School of Beijing hosted the Under 9 JISAC soccer tournament. The boys finished first place in the A Division, first in the B Division, and fifth in the C Division; the girls finished third in their division, winning their final game (5-0).

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The Circuit BWYA Attends Roots and Shoots Summit On September 18, teachers and student leaders from Beijing and Tianjin international schools’ Roots and Shoots chapters shared ideas and presented their projects at a summit held at Beijing World Youth Academy.

National Day Celebrations at Eduwo On September 29, Eduwo Baby in Wangjing had a pre-National Day celebration with dumpling making and other traditional activities.

photos: courtesy of bwya and eduwo



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BISS Students Visit Goose and Duck Ranch From September 18-20, Grade 5 students from Beijing BISS International School camped overnight at the Goose and Duck Ranch in Huairou District. They participated in team-building and leadership games, including trekking and horseback riding.

photos: courtesy of biss and harrow

Harrow Students Travel Across Asia During the week of September 24, students from Harrow International School Beijing went on expeditions across Asia to help develop their leadership skills.

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Family Favorites

The Wu-Yu Family photo by Littleones Kids & Family Portrait Studio Michael Wu and Stephanie Yu are both from China and work in investment. They are also active in early childhood education; Yu runs an art school for kids called Yosemite Art Center, while Wu manages a traditional Chinese culture club with friends, called Ding Li Club. The couple has been living in Beijing for eight years and their 3-year-old daughter Wu Yutong attends Jiade International Bilingual Kindergarten. Sijia Chen

Family Ritual Every two weeks, we make dumplings together at home. Favorite Neighborhood Lido



Favorite Family Restaurant We often go to restaurants near Block 8 Hotsprings; there is a lot to choose from, including Haiku by Hatsune (Japanese), Yuanjing (Chinese), Qixiangju (Sichuanese), and the newly-opened Hui Ge (hotpot).

Date Night Wu Tong in Lido. It has a nice environment and we love the name, because it sounds similar to our daughter’s. Favorite Way to Relax Going to the hot springs at Block 8 or Shunjing Hot Springs and traveling.

New Discoveries CJ Foodworld in Lido is a food complex that offers steak, pastries, coffee, and Korean dishes.

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Favorite Dessert We all love the cheesecakes and pies from Pantry’s Best.

Favorite Places to Shop Stephanie visits the Sci-Tech Outlets every two months for clothes; otherwise, she goes to Shin Kong Plaza and Solana. For Yutong, we usually go to Solana for Zara, H&M, Rookie, and Mothercare. Sometimes, we shop on Taobao for convenience.

Favorite Day Trip Jingshan Park. The view over the Forbidden City is amazing.

Weekend Activities We normally spend Saturday morning at Yosemite Art Centre, where Yutong has dance and art classes. Then, we might arrange a field trip to Huairou District or the Great Wall, or enjoy some Chinese tea at Ding Li Club.

Best Places to Play Outdoors, it would be Chaoyang Park, Honglingjin Park, or Tuanjiehu Park. If you have time to get out of the city, we recommend Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

Best Place for Special Occasions Yosemite Art Center! We celebrated Yutong’s third birthday there; it has ample space for kids to play in and the facilities are suitable for events.

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beijingkids Nov 2012  

Stock up on organic groceries, get the whole family moving, find support for juvenile diabetics, and understand Traditional Chinese Medicine

beijingkids Nov 2012  

Stock up on organic groceries, get the whole family moving, find support for juvenile diabetics, and understand Traditional Chinese Medicine