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March 2011

Educational apps, kid bloggers, gadgets in the classroom and dads talk tech

You’re Booked Fun at the literary festival All Things Spice Add some avor to your recipes Good Gadgets Devices to keep your home healthy

PLUS Travel to Yangshuo Do brunch Play in Tiantan

beijingkids edition

March 2011


GO GEEK Educational apps, kid bloggers, gadgets in the classroom and dads talk tech

You’re Booked Fun at the literary festival All Things Spice Add some flavor to your recipes Good Gadgets Devices to keep your home healthy

PLUS Travel to Yangshuo Do brunch Play in Tiantan


March 2011 Contents





Features 55


Kid Bloggers



Wired Dads The Digital Student


Food for Thought Fragrant lamb stew

How technology is changing the classroom


Fast Food Simply delicious quesadillas

Three family men tell us their favorite kid gadgets


Top 5 Places to … Brunch

The next generation of online superstars

Top 10 Apps Educational games to get your kids thinking

Living 19

Playing 32

Walls that talk, temples that shine and a toy market to impress


Snapshot Almost Spring


Health Home Safe Home Gadgets to keep you healthy indoors


Ms. Nutrition Fun apps that teach nutrition to kids



Family Travels Scenic Yangshuo

Indulge A busy mom gets a makeover


Inside: The Bookworm International Literary Festival 2011 A complete guide to the Festival’s kid-friendly events

Noticeboard Updates, recommendations and interesting finds


What’s Fun In: Tiantan Park

The Doc is In How to find reliable medical advice online


Thailand travels

88 March 2011 Contents





Learning 44

When I Grow Up I want to be an explorer


Blank Canvas Artwork from WAB


Debate Club Are our role models living up to the task?

Parenting 50



Editor’s Note


March Calendar

12 14 18

Alternate Routes


New Arrivals The Circuit Happenings in the Beijing family scene


Family Favorites The Borer Family

A home-schooling mom talks tech


March Events Say hello to Beijing’s smallest

Repatriation nightmare


Top 10 Things to do in March

Beijing Baba


Taking the next step

66 70 72 73 74 77 84 86

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


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Age-by-Age Index Babies See the bazaar .................................................................. 12 Make Music ....................................................................... 15 Beijing’s newest arrivals ..................................................... 16 Learn about breastfeeding ................................................. 16 Get some new wheels........................................................ 20 Meet a talking wall ............................................................ 32 Try your fist app ................................................................ 63

Toddlers Sample Indian food ........................................................... 12 Create a garden ................................................................ 12 Fly a kite .......................................................................... 13 Explore a museum ............................................................ 13 Learn about nutrition the fun way ...................................... 26 Read, read, read ............................................................... 36 Discover a Beijing family’s favorites .................................... 96

Elementary School Kids Bike around town .............................................................. 13 Make quesadillas ............................................................... 29 Tour Tiantan ..................................................................... 32 Get into the Lit Fest ........................................................... 36 Meet and explorer ............................................................. 44 Have fun with apps ........................................................... 63 See who’s blogging............................................................ 55

Middle and High School Kids Hang with an artist ............................................................ 14 Go online for your health ................................................... 27 Cook a stew ...................................................................... 30 Put pen to paper ............................................................... 36 Start a blog....................................................................... 55 Test out tech in the classroom ............................................ 60 Check out the scene .......................................................... 88

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Editor's Note

The editor (age 4) pre-computer ownership


do not come from a tech-savvy household. My mother hates anything with batteries or the need for a phone line, and my father would still be playing his vinyl records if he could only find his turntable (rumor has it that it’s buried in the back of the shed after the last move). To put it simply: Technology is not my family’s area of expertise. My future husband and I went to high school together and it was he who installed my family’s very first PC. I remember standing in the computer store with my mother and Qiao, watching him as he selected the appropriate graphics card. Qiao would occasionally turn to my mother and ask what her budget for RAM or hard drives was. When he received a blank expression in return, he selected something “mid-range.” I think Qiao had more fun putting our computer together than we had using it. After a few months, our lovely hand-assembled computer got a virus. My brother and I could hear our mother screaming at the thing, pleading for her Word doc to load. For a family who only ever used this box of wires and plastic to write e-mails and English Lit essays, we’d managed to infect our PC with the full range of terminal bugs. Back came Qiao. “Did you run the virus protection software?” “The what? Shouldn’t it do that by itself” “I’ll fix it,” he sighed. And indeed Qiao did. Our computer was back to normal and our family resumed typing using only our index fingers (a poor writing habit I still have not managed to rid myself of). Two months later, the computer died again. Same reason. Same emergency call to Qiao. And in this way our PC trudged along its path of slow and steady decline, with only Qiao to help it along its way. Eventually, we left it by the side of the road for a kind-hearted geek to rescue. Fast forward to now and I am still technologically inept in many, many

My PC Had An Immune Deficiency Disorder ways. I don’t own a smartphone, I don’t use Twitter, and thanks to my mother, I’m very finicky about people calling me outside the hours of 9am and 5pm. However, I am now on to my third MacBook and could not imagine life without a laptop. I treasure the Internet, both for its usefulness and its ability to effectively drain my brain of any and all thoughts. My husband still fixes all of the gadgets in our little flat (for which I am eternally grateful), and he’s still the only person I trust to purchase any kind of electrical device other than a toaster oven. But I am trying to advance up the digital ladder. Maybe one day I’ll have my own iPhone and stop bugging my friends to use theirs. For those of you who have your own gadgets, gizmos and batterypowered toys: This issue is for you. Discover the latest in classroom technology and see how it’s changing the way schools teach (p60), make learning fun with our top ten educational apps (p63), read up on kid bloggers (p55) and find out what three of Beijing’s top tech dads have to say about managing their children’s screen time (p57). To make sure we covered all of our bases, you’ll find plenty more tech-related articles scattered throughout the issue. Now, where did all of my iPhone-owning friends go? I wanted to play another round of Angry Birds. I promise I’ll only be five minutes.

Imogen Kandel Managing Editor March 2011





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28 17 2 3 7 8 9 10 11 17 22 18 14 15 16 23 25 21 22 23 24 30 24 28 29 30 31 1 BSB Math Nursery Workshop

For adults. A workshop focused on helping your child with math in the Early Years. Free. 9am9.30am. BSB, Sanlitun Campus. RSVP at daisy.zou@britishschool.

BILF 2011: The Blue Planet by Andri Magnason

BILF 2011: Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rosoff

For ages 8-13. Icelandic writer Andri Magnason reads from his hit play The Blue Planet. RMB 50. 10-11am. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

For ages 4-8. Mischievous Meg Rosoff delights and disgusts with a read of her grisly and grotesque Wild Boar books. See Mar 8 listing.

BILF 2011: Making Magic by Xiong Liang

Young Inventors Club

For ages 0-3. Different exciting, developmentally appropriate activities each week. Ayis welcome. Every Wed and Fri. RSVP essential. RMB 50 per session. 10-11am. 3e International (6437 3344,

For ages 3+. Curious minds will enjoy weekly projects that explore, build, test and create. RMB 120. 5-7pm. The Familier (5869 2904, 138 1159 8903, www.

Come and Play Session

BILF: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

International Women’s Day Benefit 2011

For ages 10+. Award-winning Meg Rosoff presents her haunting and gripping novel How I Live Now. See Mar 10 listing.

For adults. A cocktail benefit comprised of a silent auction, keynote speakers, networking and women-to-women mentorship opportunities. See Mar 11 listing.

For ages 1-6. Come and join the story and song times, movement activities, indoor and outdoor play. See Mar 9 listing.

BILF 2011: Welcome to Writing! workshop with Shamini Flint

For ages 9-11. A fun workshop for children with Shamini Flint, author of The Seeds of Time and numerous picture books. See Mar 16 listing.

For expecting moms and mothers. Enjoy scrumptious delights bufThis month’s topic will fet-style to discussion commemorate the be increasing your milk supply. celebration. See Dec 31 listing. See Mar 25 listing.

For mothers. Learn breastfeeding techniques that work. See Mar 22 listing.

For ages 13+. Learn all about Guqin, China’s oldest stringed instrument. See Mar 29 listing.



March 2011

Don’t forget to wear green! See Top Ten (p12) for ideas on where to go.

La Leche League: March informal discussion Hilton Beijing Wangfujing meeting New Year’s Eve

Peapod Baby: Breastfeeding Success

Guqin Music and Poetic Songs

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Introduction to Tea

For adults. Tea master Jiang J i a n fe n g a n s w e r s a l l yo u r questions about tea. See Mar 30 listing.


For ages 4-8. Xiong Liang takes us on a journey through his magical, illustrated storybooks. In Chinese with English translation. See Mar 15 listing.

3e Playgroup

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



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Roundabout Charity Distribution Store Book Fair

Ian Whybrow: Hundreds of Stories

A huge range of books for sale in English, including children’s books. Free to attend. 10am-3pm. Beijing BISS International School (6443 3151)

For ages 4-8. Storytelling by bestselling author Ian Whybrow. 11am-12.30pm. Capital M (6702 2727)

Hiking Trip: Cuandixia Village

For ages 10+. Join Culture Yard on a trip to visit Cuandixia - a gorgeous Ming dynasty village to the west of Beijing. See Mar 12 listing.

BILF 2011: Panda Packs Her Bag & other stories by Shamini Flint

For ages 4-8. Join Shamini Flint as she takes you on an exciting adventure among the wild and wonderful creatures in her stories. See Mar 13 listing.

Hiking Trip: Great Wall and Silver Pagoda Forest

Music Together Spring Session - Central Park

For teens and adults. A beautiful hike to the wild Huanghua Great Wall and the Silver Pagoda Forest, and lunch at a local village. See Mar 19 listing.

Maracas Collection is full of fun! See Mar 20 listing.

Super Science Saturdays: Bash & Smash

Photography workshop with Peter Carney

For ages 4-10 and parents. Super Science Saturdays presented by Kexue Kids and House of Knowledge. See Mar 26 listing.

For teens and adults. An introduction to techniques followed by shooting and editing sessions in the surrounding hutongs and historic area. See Mar 27 listing.

Beijing Playhouse: Kids Spring Theatre Camp

For ages 6-14. Aspiring actors, singers, dancers, and musicians will perform Wizard of Oz with acting, song, and dance. See Apr 2 listing.

Harrowthon Little Jeep (in Chinese)

For ages 7+. fun 10km 3-12.Join Thea Little Jeep crossis the country mixed-terrain Chinese version of Thomascharity the Tank run Enin theInbeautiful countryside gine. Chinese only. See Jan 1around listin Grassetown. See Apr 3 listing.

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Essentials Events

March Top 10 How Bazaar

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The India-ICB Bazaar will be held on Sunday, March 13 at The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun campus. Grab a samosa, roll along with a mango lassi, and sample other culinary delights brought to you by Beijing’s finest Indian restaurants. No bazaar is complete without hand-embroidered goods, home décor items, eclectic jewelry, and of course, unbeatable bargains. Expect all this, dancing, singing and more. For more information, contact


Release Your Inner Bookworm

From March 4-18, Beijing will be in a reading and writing frenzy over The Bookworm International Literary Festival. From novels to picture books and poetry, the festival has something for everyone. Families should be sure to check out this year’s program, which is jam packed with storytelling and writing workshops with children’s authors from around the world. And read more about your favorite authors – Andri Magnason, Shamini Flint and Yang Hongying – in their interviews with beijingkids. See Playing Inside (p36).

Kiss Me, I’m Irish


Don your green apparel and share your shamrocks of good luck with friends and family on St. Patrick’s Day. On March 17, drinking buddies can head to Paddy O’Shea’s for Guinness merchandise or to Eudora Station for Irish food, green beer, drink specials and a live band (starts at 9.30pm). The Hutong will also have some homemade hutong brew, an Irish-themed competition and prizes. And on March 19, put on your dancing shoes for the St. Patrick’s Day Ball 2011. E-mail for tickets. RMB 1,000. 6.30pm-late. Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel (5863 8888). Families should also keep an eye on the Irish Embassy website ( for details of the Beijing Irish Festival – which will feature the best of traditional music and dance – to be celebrated on March 20.

Hello, Spring

Beijing Botanical Garden. Wofo Si Lu, Xiangshan, Haidian District (6259 1283) 海淀区香山北京植物园卧佛寺

Nurture Nature


Nothing says spring like a budding garden, so stock up at Laitai Flower Market, near Nüren Jie (Ladies Street). Potted or planted, Laitai Flower Market will have it. Better yet, seek out a household plant that purifies air at home: the areca palm (风尾竹), the money plant (绿萝), and “mother-in-law tongue” (虎皮兰), which releases oxygen at night. The money plant (pictured) costs as low as RMB 20. The areca palm starts at RMB 100 and a small “mother-in-law tongue” starts at RMB 40. Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-6.30 pm. 9 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District (6463 6145) 莱太花卉市场, 朝阳区麦子店西路9号



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The yingchunhua flower heralds in spring by being the first flower to blossom. Better known as the primrose, this dainty yellow flower is said to bring good luck to passerbyes. Greet their – and spring’s - arrival at the Beijing Botanical Garden.

Essentials Events Bring On the Heat


Temperatures still seem a bit more like winter than spring, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun outdoors without being bundled up. Beijing has plenty of hot spring resorts that are family-friendly and tons of fun. Try the Jiuhua Spa & Resort for a relaxing day with the kids. Xiaotangshan Town, Chaoping District (6178 2288) 九华山庄,昌平区小汤山镇

Science Spectacular


The concept of the Sony ExploraScience is simple: Take the height of technology and use it to explain basic scientific principles. The result: hours of discovery for you and your family. There’s robotic dogs that play soccer, interactive displays that explain how cell phones work, and more nerdy fun than you can hypothesize. Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6.30pm, closed on second Mon and Tue of each month. Inside Chaoyang Park (near the south gate), Chaoyang District (6501 8800) 朝阳区朝阳公园里(南门)


Pedal Power


The weather is picking up and it’s time to get biking. Beijing’s college campuses are home to family-friendly bike routes that won’t have taxis cutting you off. Bike around Beida’s pleasant university grounds for a leisurely ride. Also explore hutongs around Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and Houhai at a healthy rhythm. And here’s a little hint: if you ride around the Forbidden City, avoid the front – too many tourists – and head to the back area around Beihai or the west side, along Fuyou Jie.

A Slice of Heaven


Beijing might be big, but that certainly doesn’t mean you have enough space. Temple of Heaven is a sanctuary from the cacophony and clamor of the urban grind. This expansive site provides tranquility and some good excuses to shake out those winter legs. Plus, there some great shopping close by, and in one day you can breathe in early spring and gear up for hot summer days. For more details, see What’s Fun In (p32).

Up, Up and Away


Flying that first kite is an awe-inspiring moment in the life of every child, and China is a place that seems especially in love by the activity – after all, kites are another of China’s many inventions. Pretty much any park in the city will do, but if you feel like you need some more space, try Chaoyang Park or the north side of Temple of Heaven. All you need is a light breeze. For places to purchase a kite, see Directory under “Shopping.”

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Essentials Events Playing




Tue, Mar 8


British Club Coffee Morning For adults. Alaine, makeup artist will demonstrate her work. All foreign passport holders welcome. No jeans or sneakers. Members RMB 50, Nonmembers RMB 70. 10am-noon. The Capital Club. 50/F, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu (8486 2225 ext 260,

BILF 2011: Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rosoff For ages 4-8. Mischievous Meg Rosoff delights and disgusts with a read of her grisly and grotesque Wild Boar books. RMB 50. 10-11am. The Bookworm (6431 2108,

BILF 2011: Mis-shapes, Mistakes, Misfits with Paulo Giordano For adults. Italian author Paolo Giordano talks us through his debut novel The Solitude of Prime Numbers. RMB 50. 8-9pm. The Bookworm (6431 2108,

Wed, Mar 9 Come and Play Session

Photography talk with Peter Carney: Adobe Lightroom For ages 13 and up. An Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the leading photo management and editing software. Learn how to never loose photos again and how to manipulate images quickly and easily. Reservations required. RMB 35. 7.30-8.30pm. Culture Yard (, 8404 4166)

BILF 2011: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff For ages 13 and up. One of the finest and most challenging young adult authors writing today award-winning Meg Rosoff presents her haunting novel How I Live Now. RMB 50. 10am11am. The Bookworm (6431 2108,

Chinese Landscape Painting Beginner’s Course For adults. Chinese painting is one of the oldest traditions in the world. Come try your hand at ink and wash painting. RMB 160 per class, RMB 480/ four classes. Mar 10, 17, 24 and 31. 10am-noon. China Culture Centre (6432 934) www.

For ages 1-6. Fun activities include singing, movement activities, indoor and outdoor play. These sessions are run by parents and are open to all. Free. 910.30am. Dulwich Early Years Childhood Centre, River Garden Campus. (8046 5132,

Tai Chi Class: Beginner Level

BILF 2011: Poetry LIVE! with Omar Musa

Discussion: The Business Of Being Born

For ages 13+. Rapper Omar Musa leads a how-to talk on slam poetry. Learn about everything from Shakespeare to hip hop. RMB 50. 10-11am. The Bookworm (6431 2108,

For adults. How do American doctors make their choices regarding the way their patients give birth, and who is intended to benefit? Watch the film and join in the discussion about the pros and cons of natural birth. Free. 1-3pm. Peapod Baby. (150 1077 1929,

Thu, Mar 10

For adults.Practice tai chi, which draws from martial arts, Taoist philosophy and medicine. RMB 150; RMB 480 (4 consecutive classes). Mar 10, 17, 24 and 31. 10 -11.30am. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

CAI’s Fundraising Evening For adults. Enjoy a delicious Indian meal for a good cause. Original migrant student artwork will be displayed. Funds raised will go towards CAI’s empowerment programs for migrant children and migrant children training. RMB 200 (before March 7), RMB 220 (after March 7). RMB 110 of the ticket price will go towards CAI’s empowerment programs for migrant children. Two sittings available: 6pm-8pm, 8pm-onwards. Mughal’s restaurant, 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu. Contact Janel at 134 6640 3227. www.

BILF 2011: The Boys’ Club with Kate Jennings & Jessica Rudd For adults. Authors Kate Jennings and Jessica Rudd discuss their latest novels Moral Hazard and Campaign Ruby. Moderator Annie Wang takes us through their accounts of encounters with the glass ceiling. RMB 50. 1-2pm. The Bookworm (6431 2108,



Fri, Mar 11 Living in Beijing with Pets For adults. A presentation covering: living in Beijing with pets, rabies awareness and prevention and departing from China with pets. Free. 5pm-7pm. 11/F, Landmark Tower 2, German Centre Meeting Room. RSVP by March 8, session held on March 11. (6590 6919/20/21,

6th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration – “Mentoring Future Women Leaders” RMB 200. 7.30-10pm. Place TBD. Details at www.

Open Morning: BSB Shunyi For adults. See the British school in action. Look at the whole school: Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary and Sixth form and having a sneak

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Looking for more family-friendly events in Beijing? Visit us online at peek into the classrooms. Tea and coffee provided. Free. 8.45-10am. The British School of Beijing (desiree.

BILF 2011: Ready Steady Joke with Beijing Improv For ages 13 and up. Beijing Improv’s Mainstage English Players present a quick hands-on primer on the art of ad-libbing. Crack your comic timing, work with your partners onstage and create all shades of comedy. RMB 50. 10-11am. The Bookworm (6431 2108,

International Women’s Day Benefit For adults. International Women’s Day recognizes the achievements of women past, present and future. Enjoy a cocktail benefit comprised of a silent auction, keynote speakers, networking and women-to-women mentorship opportunities. Free. 7-10pm. Location TBD.

Sat, Mar 12 UCCA-Creative Studio Children’s Workshop Series: Exploring Nature with Great Artists For ages 4-6. In Chinese with English translation. Little ones explore nature through a variety of mediums. RMB 50, discounts for UCCA members. Mar 12 and 26. 10–11.30am. UCCA Loft (8459 9269)

Hike: Cuandixia Village For ages 6 and up and adults. Join Culture Yard on a trip to visit Cuandixia – a gorgeous Ming dynasty village to the west of Beijing. Reservation required. RMB 350 (includes transportation, guides, entrance fees and lunch) 8.30am-7pm. Culture Yard, Shique Hutong, 10 Beixin Qiao (8404 4166,

Sign Up for ClubFootball’s Spring Season For kids 4.5 and up and adults. ClubFootball’s spring season of junior coaching programs and league teams kicks off from April 2. Sign up in March to book a place. To book a free tester class and for details, call 5130 6893 or e-mail RMB 850 (9-week course) Mar 12, 13, 19, 20 and 27.

Bunny Care Basics at ICVS For ages 13 and up and adults. Come join ICVS veterinarians and rabbit care experts as they share information on rabbit health concerns, spay and neuter facts, diet and nutrition, setting up a rabbit kennel and litter training your bunny. Free. 11am-noon. International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS), Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou (8456 1939,

Playhouse Academy of Performing Arts announces open enrollment for the Wizard of Oz. Parents will be invited to participate in some of the classes. English proficiency is required. RMB 5,500. 2-3pm. The British School of Beijing, 5 Sanlitun Xiliu (8532 3088, desiree.

Cookery: hand-pulled noodles and dumplings For ages 6 and up and adults. Try pulling dough into Beijing-style thin longevity noodles, then make dumplings with two different fillings and flavors. RMB 200 per person, RMB 150 (kids under 12). 6-8.30pm. China Culture Center (CCC) (6432 9341) www.chinaculturecenter. org

Career Fundamentals Lecture For adults. Designed for Chinese graduates and those searching for work in international companies, the lecture will cover all the basics of preparing an English CV and a cover letter. Reservation required. RMB 70. 7.30-9pm. Culture Yard, Shique Hutong 10, Beixinqiao (8404 4166,

Weekend Jewelry Making Crash Course For ages 15-18 and adults. Learn how to put together a piece of necklace, bracelet, earrings and many more easy to assemble designs. RMB1,500. Mar 12 and 19. 2-5pm. Location TBD. ( www.

Sun, Mar 13 So You Think You Can Snap Workshop For ages 14-17. Artist Qiu will take teens on a tour his exhibition Inner Ear at UCCA followed by an interactive session to discover the art of photography. Bring your own camera and your favorite prints to make the most of it and discuss with the artist. In Chinese with English translation. RSVP by Mar 10. RMB 120, discounts for UCCA members. 2-4pm. UCCA (8459 9269)

Sign Up for ClubFootball’s Spring Season See Mar 12 listing.

India-ICB Bazaar Grab a samosa and sample other culinary delights brought to you by Beijing’s finest Indian restaurants. No bazaar is complete without hand-embroidered goods, eclectic jewelry, and of course, unbeatable bargains. Expect all this, dancing, singing and more. For more information, contact icb.beijing@gmail. com. The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun campus.

Mon, Mar 14

Beijing Playhouse: Enroll for Kid’s Family Stage Theatre Camp

BILF 2011: Panda Packs Her Bag & other stories by Shamini Flint

For ages 6-18. See Apr 2 listing. Beijing

For ages 4-8. Shamini Flint writes on

a menagerie of endangered animals. Join Flint as she takes you on an exciting adventure among the wild and wonderful creatures. RMB 50. 10-11am. The Bookworm (6431 2108,

Tue, Mar 15 Nutrition: Its Effects on Behavior & Overall Health For adults. Dr. Shieh, a family medicine physician, from Beijing United Hospitals (BJU) gives practical information about what you and your children should be eating at breakfast and throughout the day. RSVP required. Free. 10am-11am. Dulwich Early Years Childhood Centre, River Garden Campus (5927 7362, sharon.

BILF 2011: Making Magic by Xiong Liang For ages 4-8. Xiong Liang takes us on a journey through his magical, illustrated storybooks. In Chinese with English translation. RMB 50. 1011am. The Bookworm at The Yin Yang Community Center, the First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village (6431 2108,

WAB Speaker Series: Dr. Michael Thompson For adults. Michael G. Thompson is a psychologist, school consultant, and author . He will be speaking about “The Pressured Child: Helping Children Find Success in School and Life”. RSVP with Echo Cai at Free. 6-8pm. Western Academy of Beijing, 10 Laiguangying Donglu, WAB Elementary School

Wed, Mar 16 Come and Play Session For ages 0-4. Join story and song times, movement activities, indoor and outdoor play. These sessions are run by parents and are open to all. Free. 9-10.30am. Dulwich Early Years Childhood Centre, River Garden Campus. ( www.

Open Day: Harrow International School Beijing Upper School For ages 13 and up and adults. Tour the school, sit in on classes and talk to the staff. Register at Free. 9am-11am. Harrow International School Beijing,Grassetown, Zhengequ Village, Xuxin Zhuang

Open Day: Beijing World Youth Academy Fo r a d u l t s . P r o s p e c t i ve p a r e n t s learn more about BWYA. Register at Free. 10am4pm. Beijing World Youth Academy, 94 Huajiadi Beili

BILF 2011: The Seeds of Time by Shamini Flint For ages 9-14. Environmentalist and children’s writer Shamini Flint takes us through the ideas and message behind her ecological fantasy novel. RMB 50. 10am-11am. The Bookworm at The Yin Yang Center, the First Court-

yard, Hegezhuang Village (6586 9507,

Calligraphy Beginner’s Course For adults. Conducted in English. RMB 160, RMB 480 (4 classes). Mar 16, 23, 30 and Apr 6. 10-11.30am. China Culture Center (CCC) (6432 9341/1041,

Tying Chinese Knots For ages 7 and up and adults. Learn to make beautiful Chinese knots from CCC folk artist Ms. Wang. RMB 120. 1-3pm. China Culture Center (CCC) (6432 9341)

BILF 2011: Welcome to Writing! workshop with Shamini Flint For ages 9-11. A fun workshop for children with Shamini Flint, author of The Seeds of Time and numerous picture books. Flint will lead kids through writing a short story and ensure everyone leaves with something on paper that they can continue when they get home. RMB 250. 4pm-6pm. The Yin Yang Community Center, The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village (6431 2108)

Lecture: All about Courtyard House For adults. This illustrated presentation will introduce all categories and characteristics of courtyard houses, layout, exterior and interior architectural details. RMB 60. 7.30-9.30pm. China Culture Center (CCC) (6432 9341)

Photography talk with Peter Carney: Landscape Photography For ages 13 and up and adults. Learn how to improve your landscape photos. RSVP required. RMB 35. 7.30-8.30pm. Culture Yard, Shique Hutong 10, Beixinqiao (8404 4166, contact@cultureyard. net)

Music Together Spring Session Starts in Chaoyang Park For ages 1-6 and adults. Experience Music Together. RSVP required. 9am-5pm. Jingda Apartments (Chaoyang Park West Gate) (151 015 41674, michoedu@yahoo. com )

Thu, Mar 17 BILF 2011: Mo’s Mischief by Yang Hongying For ages 4-8. China’s best-selling children’s writer Yang Hongying will take you through her Mo’s Mischief series. In Chinese with English translation. RMB 50. 10-11am. The Bookworm (6431 2108,

Open House: Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) For adults. Free. 6.30-8pm. Canadian International School of Beijing. 38 Liangmaqiao Lu (6465 7788) www.cisb.

Chinese Landscape Painting Beginner’s Course See Mar 10 listing.

Tai Chi Class: Beginner Level See Mar 10 listing.

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Essentials Events Playing




Thu, Mar 18 BILF 2011: Red, Cherry Red by Jackie Kay For ages 13 and up. One of Scotland’s best-loved poets, Jackie Kay reads from her award-winning collection of poetry for children. RMB 50. 10am11am. The Bookworm. (6431 2108,

Making Chinese “Palace Pastry” For ages 5 and up and adults. Learn how to make Forbidden City style pastry from CCC’s chef and bake your own breads, cakes and little pyramids. RMB 150, RMB 120 (kids under 12). 10am-noon. China Culture Center (CCC) (6432 9341) www.

Meet the Grade 1 Buddies at BCIS For ages 5-6 and adults. A great opportunity for parents to learn about the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) at BCIS. Children can participate in class activities. Event held on March 23, register by March 18 at nancy.meng@bcis. cn. Free. 9.30am-11.30pm. Beijing City International School

Sat, Mar 19 Hiking: Great Wall and Silver Pagoda Forest For ages 13 and up and adults. Hike to the wild Huanghuacheng (Yellow Flower Great Wall) and the Silver Pagoda Forest, and have a lunch at a local village. Reservation required. RMB 220 (includes transportation, guides, entrance fees and lunch). 8am-7pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

For adults. Children In this session, your ayi will receive practical information on how to keep your child healthy. Reservations at Free. 9-11.30am. Dulwich Early Years Childhood Centre, River Garden Campus.

Workshop: Trap-Neuter-Return For adults. Are you living with an everexpanding colony of stray cats in your compound? Come learn about TrapNeuter-Return, the most humane and effective method available to end the severe feral and stray cat overpopulation crisis in Beijing. Reservations at Free. 11am12.30pm. International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS)

Kids Jewelry Making Workshops For ages 5-10. This course is designed to help inspire creativity and artistic talent in kids through handcrafted jewelry. Kids are taught basic skills in putting together necklaces, bracelets, earrings and hair accessories. RMB 600. 1-2pm. Location TBA. ( www.



For ages 13 and up and adults. A special two-day course designed to introduce yoga. Discuss yoga as a philosophy and practice, learn basic postures and focus on breathing techniques and principles of in vinyasa yoga. RMB 300 (includes materials). noon-1.30pm. Yoga Yard, 6/F, Bldg 17 Gongti Beilu (6413 0774,

Cooking: Floral Bread For ages 5 and up and adults. Learn to make steamed breads with colorful flour decorations. RMB 150, RMB 120 (kids under 12). 2-4pm. China Culture Center (CCC) (6432 9341)

Open House: Daystar Academy For adults. Visit Daystar’s campus and meet some of the administrators and teachers. To register, call 8430 2654 ext 8009 or e-mail info@daystarchina. cn. Free. 2pm-4pm. Daystar Academy, 2 Naidong Industrial Zone, Shunbai Lu.

Kids Jewelry Making Workshops For ages 5-10. This course is designed to help inspire creativity and artistic talent in kids through handcrafted jewelry. Kids are taught basic skills in putting together necklaces, bracelets, earrings and hair accessories. RMB 600. 1-2pm. Location TBA. ( www.

Weekend Jewelry Making Crash Course See Mar 12 listing.

Sign Up for ClubFootball’s Spring Season See Mar 12 listing.

Sun, Mar 20

Ayi Workshop: How to Bring up Healthy Children

Workshop: Introduction to Yoga


Children’s Reading Workshop Series 7: Art Museum in Picture Books For ages 4-8. In partnership with Poplar. In Chinese with English translation. Lin Jing, a literacy advocate and early childhood education specialist, shares her tips on reading and visiting art museums. RMB 50, discounts for UCCA members. 10–11.30am. UCCA La Suite (8459 9269)

Hands-on: Embroidered Shoes For adults. Learn to sew traditional embroidered shoes with a CCC teacher and do your own hand-made colorful shoes. RMB 150/person. 2pm-5pm. China Culture Center (CCC). 6432-9341 or check for details

Music Together Spring Session Starts in Central park Maracas Collection is full of fun! Come and experience Music Together & find out how important & how fun your role can be! Contact for pricing information. 3pm-3.45pm. Huijia House, No.24, Central Park. Contact us to schedule a visit to our class. 8113 8282, michoedu@yahoo. com.

March 2011

Looking for more family-friendly events in Beijing? Visit us online at Sign Up for ClubFootball’s Spring Season Sat, See Mar 12 listing.

Tue, Mar 22

will be offering a 2011/12 Scholarship Programme to outstanding students entering Grades 10 and 11. Application is open to students currently enrolled at BCIS or from other schools around the world. Free. 9am-5pm. Beijing City International School (8771 7171)

Peapod Baby: Breastfeeding Success

Career Development: Build your English CV

For moms. Breastfeeding techniques that Work with Kittie Frantz. Free. 13pm. Peapod Baby (150 1077 1929,

For teens and adults. Always wondered why you are not invited to interviews? In this 2-session personalized workshop, our career specialist Daniel Pots will help you build the perfect English CV. RSVP essential. RMB 500. Mar 26 and Apr 2. 9am-5pm. Culture Yard, 10 Shique Hutong, Beixinqiao (8404 4166,

Wed, Mar 23 Spiritual Healing For adults. An evening of insight into the Buddha. RMB 60. 7.30-9.30pm. China Culture Center (CCC) (6432 9341) www.

Wine Tour of the World: Spain For adults. Culture Yard and the 9 +1 Wine Club to bring you wines from Spain. Reservations required. RMB 150 (RMB 120 deposit required). 7.30-10pm. Culture Yard, Shique Hutong 10, Beixinqiao (8404 4166,

Meet the Grade 1 Buddies at BCIS See Mar 18 listing

Calligraphy Beginner’s Course See Mar 16 listing.

Thu, Mar 24 Chinese Landscape Painting Beginner’s Course

Super Science Saturdays: Bash & Smash For ages 4-10 and parents. Super Science Saturdays, presented by Kexue Kids and House of Knowledge. Children and parents will watch an animated science show, and then experience science together through safe, simple and fun science experiments. RSVP essential. RMB 180 for parent and child pair, RMB 50 for each additional child. 10am-11am. House of Knowledge International Kindergarten, Victoria Gardens, Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6538 2624,

Departing from China with Pets For adults. Join experts from ICVS as we share step-by-step instructions on the exit process and vaccination requirements to help you prepare for leaving the country. Free. 11am-noon. International Center for Veterinary Services (8456 1939/1940/1941, ICVS_CHINA@yahoo. com)

See Mar 10 listing.

Peking Opera Workshop

Tai Chi Class: Beginner Level

For adults. Understanding the history, background and unique art form enriches the pleasure of observing the performance. RMB 150, RMB 120 for children under 12. 2pm-4pm. China Culture Center (6432-9341)

See Mar 10 listing.

Fri, Mar 25 Discussion: La Leche League meeting For expecting moms and mothers. Discuss how to increase your milk supply. Nursing babies are welcome. Free. 1.30-3pm. Beijing United Family Hospital. St Regis Wellness Center, B1/F, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie (5927 7000/7120)

TNT Theatre Britain: Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing For ages 13+ and adults. Fast, furious and funny, with a careful attention to the poetry. RMB 60-380. Mar 25 and 26. 7.30-9pm. Chaoyang 9 Theaters. www.

Sat, Mar 26 Information Session: BCIS Scholarship Programme For ages 13 and up and parents. BCIS

TNT Theatre Britain: Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing See Mar 25 listing.

UCCA-Creative Studio Children’s Workshop Series: Exploring Nature with Great Artists See Mar 12 listing.

Sun, March 27 Photography Workshop with Peter Carney For teens and adults. Half-day photography workshops with award winning photographer Peter Carney. The workshop includes an introduction to techniques followed by shooting and editing sessions in the surrounding hutongs and historic area. Bring your SLR. RSVP essential. RMB 300. 1pm-6pm. Culture Yard, 10 Shique Hutong. (8404 4166,

Sign Up for ClubFootball’s Spring Season See Mar 12 listing.

Tue, Mar 29 Guqin Music and Poetic Songs For ages 13+. Learn all about Guqin, China’s oldest stringed instrument. RMB 60. 10.30am-noon. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

Wed, Mar 30

Sun, Apr 3 Harrowthon For ages 7+. Join a fun 10km cross country mixed terrain charity run in the beautiful countryside around Grassetown. RMB 100 adult, RMB 50 under 18. 10am-3pm. Harrow Lower School Campus, Grassetown, South Gequ Village, Tongzhou District (6444 8900 ext 650, www.

Wed, Apr 6

Come and Play Session

Calligraphy Beginner’s Course

For ages 0-4. Join story and song times, movement activities, indoor and outdoor play. Run by parents and open to all. Free. 9-10.30am. Dulwich Early Years Childhood Centre (8046 5132, www.

See Mar 16 listing.

Talk: All about Chinese Tea

For ages 5-14. Weekend programs that provide skills-based enrichment and support for students from preschool to high school. Contact The Learning Center for specific course fees. Mar 5-Jun 12. 9.30am-4.30pm. The Learning Center, Gahood Villas, Shunyi District (8046 3886,

For adults. Learn everything about Chinese tea: from plant variety to major types of tea and differentiation of quality, way of steeping and drinking. RMB 120 (including tea tasting and snacks). 7.30-9.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

Introduction to Tea For adults. Tea master Jiang Jianfeng answers questions about tea. RSVP essential. RMB 50, RMB 40 advance. 7.30-9.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Calligraphy Beginner’s Course See Mar 16 listing.

Thu, Mar 31 Chinese Landscape Painting Beginner’s Course See Mar 10 listing.

Tai Chi Class: Beginner Level See Mar 10 listing.

Sat, Apr 2 Beijing Playhouse: Kids Spring Theatre Camp For ages 6-14. See Mar 12 listing. Registration and open auditions are Saturday, March 12 at 2 pm. Students are encouraged to pre-enroll prior to this date to guarantee placement. Everyone will be cast. Participants will perform Wizard of Oz with acting, song, and dance. Aspiring actors, singers, dancers, and musicians are all welcome. Parents will be invited to participate in some of the classes which are specially designed for them. English proficiency is required. On Saturdays from Apr 2 to Jun 11 (9 am-4 pm), ending with a free performance for families and friends. RMB 5,500. The British School of Beijing. Contact Bejing Playhouse (performance@beijingplayhouse. com)

Career Development: Build your English CV See Mar 26 listing.

All Month The Learning Center Weekend Enrichment Programs

Massage Course For adults. Discover traditional Chinese Tuina massage, Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, body channeling and acupuncture points. English translation provided. English-language materials are available. RMB 1,200 (8 sessions, 2 hours each). Mar 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31. 7.30-9pm. China Culture Centre (6432 9341)

The Ritz-Carlton Seafood Extravaganza Dive into an oceanic meal of fresh oysters, lobsters, crabs, mussels, and prawns at the weekend seafood buffet dinner. RMB 388+, RMB 194+ for ages 6-12. It includes free-flowing soft drinks, fresh juices, house red and white wine, vodka from the caviar station as well as coffee or tea. Every guest will be served an individual serving of either a Boston lobster or Chilly Crab. Every Fri and Sat. 5.30-9.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton, Financial Street (6629 6990)

The Ritz-Carlton Malaysian “Selera” Visiting Malaysian chefs will be presenting their signature Malaysian dishes on a la carte. Alternatively, try the Malaysian “Selera” buffet lunch at RMB218+. Every day from Mar 17-27. The Ritz-Carlton, Financial Street (6629 6990)

The Ritz-Carleton Cepe Business Lunch A three-course business lunch. RMB 260+. Mon-Fri. 11.30am-2.30pm. Cepe, The Ritz-Carlton, Financial Street (6629 6996)

Tamarind’s New Indian Regional Cuisine Menus Regional Cuisine promotional a la carte menus will be available for dinner from March 1-May 31. Prices range from RMB 30 to RMB 358 per dish. 5.30-10.30pm. Tamarind, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast (5927 8328) March 2011



Essentials New Arrivals

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

Declan Leo M cNalty

Australian. Born on Oct 20 to Ja cqueline Hall-McNalty an d Bruce McNal ty at Beijing Unite d Family Hospita l.

Want to share your new arrival with our readers? E-mail a photo (at least 1MB in size) of your little one with his or her full name, nationality, birth date, hospital and parents’ names to Due to space constraints, we can only publish photos of babies born after June 1, 2010.

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Gabriel André Dias-Petit

American. Bo rn on Nov 18 to Claudia an Fabiano at Be d Kevin ijing United Family Hospi tal.

French/Brazilian. Born on Jun 17 to Keli Cristina Maciel Dias and Michel-Pierre Petit at Beijing United Family Hospital.

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Shi Zishan

Chinese. B orn to Lisa Li and Stone Shi o n Sep 6 at Beijing United Fam ily Hospital .

Samuel Zh eng Meles Chinese/Am se erican. Born to Lin an a Zheng d Michael M elesse on N ov 17 at Beijing Unit ed Family Hospital.

Living Snapshot

Almost Spring!

Interviews and photos by Kara Chin

Liu Lie Chin

Irfan Akhtar

Carolyn Wu

Joseph Kappel

What do you do? I’m an accountant. Where are you from? Indonesia Tell me about your kids. I have two sons, ages 9 and 12. I’m also expecting. How long have you been living in Beijing? Four years. Where do you like to shop? Zara Where do you like to eat? Crystal Jade Describe your style. Casual Where is your outfit from? My red coat is from Mexx, my pants from Taobao and my boots from Taiwan. Favorite outdoor activity: Skiing at Nanshan Ski Village. Favorite indoor activity: My sons like playing handball and going swimming.

What do you do? I work for the UN. Where are you from? India How many kids do you have? My daughter is 8 months old. What brings you to Beijing? We live and work in Pyongyang, North Korea. We’re here for a holiday. Where do you like to shop? Around Sanlitun Village. Where do you like to eat? We like Indian food. We just came from Ganges. Describe your style. Very trendy. Where is your outfit from? My coat and pants are from India. Favorite indoor activity: We like playing pool and ping-pong.

What do you do? I work in public relations. Where are you from? From California, in the US. How many kids do you have? My daughter is 3 and goes to 3e International. My son is 18 months old. How long have you been living in Beijing? Almost six years. Where do you like to shop? At Uniqlo and H&M. Where do you like to eat? We go to Din Tai Fung a lot and Chef Too. Describe your style. Professional chic. Where is your outfit from? Everything I’m wearing today is Nike. Favorite outdoor activity: Taking my kids to the playground. Favorite indoor activity: Knitting What is your favorite park? Si’de Park

What do you do? I’m the pastor of an international church called Beijing Baptist Church. Where are you from? The US How many kids do you have? My son is 7 months old. How long have you been living in Beijing? Four years. Where do you like to shop? Uniqlo and Gap. We’re on our way to Yashow now. Where do you like to eat? We like Element Fresh, Annie’s and Peter’s Tex-Mex. And we just came from Bittapita. Favorite spot in Beijing: Houhai. I proposed to my wife there. Where is your outfit from? My jacket is from Uniqlo and my pants from Silk Market. Favorite outdoor activity: We love going to the park and Starbucks to read a book. What is your favorite park? Beijing Botanical Gardens

March 2011



Living Noticeboard

What’s Happen ing in


What’s New: Gear for moms-to-be

Founded by Shanghai-based moms Isabelle Pambianchi and Juliette Barkan, Road 39 offers moms-to-be a range of stylish and comfortable maternity wear. We’re still waiting for them to open a store in Beijing, but in the meantime you can visit their showroom located near Chaoyang Park (call Frederique for details, 136 9310 2330 or e-mail Alternatively, visit their online shop at While you’re surfing the web, check out Hong Kong-based Nine Months Maternity Boutique; their online shop ( is beautiful and delivery is easy. Are you in the market for a new set of wheels? Mothercare China has just started stocking the chic Mothercare Urbanite stroller (RMB 2,499). Swing by their Solana location to take one for a test drive (see Directory under Shopping).

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Give Back Coal for Kids is a fun d-raising project desig ned to help the children of Daming Orp hanage stay warm du ring winter. To raise much-needed funds for Coal for Kids, ISB ’s Grade 3 students donated both their time and money. On e student donated savings worth RMB 20 0, one conducted a ba ke sale that raised RMB 900, while anothe r donated all of the mo ney she had earned babysitting. Their eff orts helped raise a tot al of RMB 12,975 which the orphanage can use to buy 15 ton s of coal. Roundabout Book Sa

le at BSB Last month, the Ro undabout book sa le raised over RMB charity. While book 49,000 for s were flying off the shelves, volunteers the British School of Beijing sold delic from ious home-baked coffee, adding RM cakes and B 785 to the total.



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BCIS: Five Years and Counting by Michael Wester


ive years ago, a new international school arose in a downtown neighborhood that was previously known to most expats only as a place to venture to when you needed to shop at Carrefour. Now, a half-decade later, The Beijing City International School (BCIS) is in the center of the thriving downtown neighborhood of Shuangjing. With the Line 10 subway station, modern real estate developments and other diverse community assets such as a coming-to-life art district, Shuangjing has become a conveniently-located, livable neighborhood that offers families almost all they need in a compact environment. With its 631 students and 160 faculty and staff, BCIS is one of only four schools in Beijing offering the International Baccalaureate degree, and the only one of the four that is Chinese-owned. This Chinese/foreign structure percolates into the very core mission of the school, which is to take the best from both Chinese and Western educational systems. Whereas some schools focus on being “international,” BCIS has a slightly different take. “We prefer to call ourselves cosmopolitan rather than international,” said Nick Bowley, the Head of School with experience across 11 schools in eight countries. Bowley is all

about learning and sharing from the unique environment of Beijing. “Education is not a competitive process. If there is something we can share, we are happy to share it.” To that end, BCIS is on the forefront of educational reform in China, serving as the headquarters of the Yuecheng Educational Innovation Center. The center’s mission, funded by BCIS’s parent company, is to bring differentiation, creativity and innovation to the Chinese educational system, while learning from the best the Chinese educational system has to offer. Teachers and staff of BCIS frequently visit with local schools, both to share their teaching techniques as well as to learn from local educators. A key challenge for a new school anywhere is to establish a reputation for itself, and that only comes with time. With five years under its belt, BCIS has accomplished the goals it set out for itself during its formative years. Foremost among them was achieving formal accreditation from both the Council for International Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. However, BCIS Board Executive An Wei says there’s still a long way to go. “We’ve spent the first five years finding out who we really are and establishing a group of people that can work together.” Let’s see what the next five years bring.


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Living Indulge

Code Red

A busy nurse and mother of two gets a new look text by Imogen Kandel; photos by Mishka Family Photography



March 2011

Living Indulge

Get The Look:


Senior stylist David kept Kylie’s length but added some shaggy layering for a funky change. Using her natural hair color as a base, stylists added highlights and lowlights in a range of deep reds, blondes and caramels.

Kylie before


cardiac nurse hailing from Adelaide, Australia, Kylie Munce moved to Beijing with her husband over five years ago to work at the Western Academy of Beijing. While her husband taught English and humanities, Kylie was busy healing wounds and giving kids a friendly shoulder to lean on as one of WAB’s full-time nurses. Now with two children of her own, Caleb (2.5 years) and Liam (3 months), this busy mom needed an afternoon off to relax. “I can’t remember the last time I got my haircut,” says Kylie a tad ashamedly. Toni and Guy at the Hilton stepped in to give Kylie a makeover worthy of a superstar, or in this case, a supermom.

Toni & Guy, Hilton Beijing Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6461 8368) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环北路东方路1号希尔顿酒店大堂1层


Make-up artist Simon used moisturizer and Bobbi Brown crème foundation as a base, followed by concealer and powder. For her eyes, Simon used MAC eye shadows in smoky blue, silver and purple. A touch of silver eyeliner on the upper and lower lids added a fresh shimmer, followed by black liquid eyeliner and mascara. MAC coral blush and bronzer was used sparingly on her cheekbones. Red “Miracle” lipstick from Babali was the final touch.


To finish off Kylie’s new ’do, David straightened her hair using a straightener. To give Kylie a messy look, he added hair wax, being sure to work his fingers through from bottom to top. Tip: Warm the wax first by placing a small amount on your palms and rubbing them together.

March 2011




Home Safe Home

Five gadgets to keep you healthy by Nikolaus Fogle and Jennifer Thomé


ur homes are our sanctuaries, but in this city, a truly healthy home requires a bit more than just walls and a roof: We need something to keep our air clean and water pure. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean we have to completely redesign our lives. With the right tools, a healthy home requires a minimal investment of time and energy. Here are some of the best gadgets for maintaining a healthy environment at home.

Air purifier Nobody needs a lecture on the dangers of air pollution. But while many of us rightly stay indoors on excessively gray days, it would be wrong to assume that our walls and windows do much to protect us from the sinister mist. That’s because Beijing boasts a full range of airborne pollutants, from big visible dust to ultrafine particulate matter. When choosing an air purifier, it’s best to select one with multiple filtration mechanisms to catch as many contaminants as possible. IQAir makes a purifier that combines four distinct filtering technologies: microparticle filtration for common allergens like pet dander and pollen, activated carbon for volatile organic compounds from industrial materials, pelletized chemisorption for other chemical pollutants, and “HyperHEPA” for fine particulates. Models range from RMB 11,000 to RMB 25,000 for a whole-house system.

The IQAir HP250 will keep you breathing easy

Water Filter



March 2011


It ain’t pretty, but the Berkey water filter will provide you with the cleanest water this side of the Alps

There are numerous options for tap water filtration (jingshuiqi 净水器 or chunshuiqi 纯水器 in Chinese), each with their own pros and cons. Some families opt for the under-the-sink systems (RMB 2,200 and up, plus RMB 600-1,000 for replacing the filters every six months) that are durable and feature multi-step filtration which can be adjusted to your family’s needs – whether it’s heavy metals, chemicals, parasites, or agricultural run-off you’re worried about. For those who want more mobility from their water filter, there are also units that can be placed directly into a water dispenser called jingshuitong (净水桶) and filled manually (RMB 500 and up). Another option is the stainless steel gravity-fed Berkey filter (USD 200 and up) used by the British royal family, Peace Corps and Red Cross, which comprehensively eliminates water contamination and whose filters last a lifetime. The only downside of this model is that it can be damaged during shipping, so it’s crucial to run a food-coloring test to make sure filters are working properly. Under-the-sink and water cooler filtration systems are available at major retailers, such as Carrefour, Dazhong, and B&Q. Gravity-fed filters are only available from overseas retailers and require international shipping. Try Big Berkey Water Filters at www.bigberkeywaterfilters. com or Berkey Water at Companies like can help you get them to China as well.


It would be wrong to assume that our walls and windows do much to protect us

The Neti Pot. Trust us, it won’t hurt you

Neti Pot Low-tech, yes, but for those with sore throats and sinus infections the neti pot is a lifesaver. To use it, you gracefully stick the teapot-like spout into one nostril and tilt it, sending a stream of saline solution rushing in one side and out the other. Performing this ritual feels strange the first time, but it really helps clear out allergens, dust, and all manner of assorted refuse that ends up in your head. This little godsend will only set you back around RMB 125. If the folks you’ll be sharing it with like to play in the dirt or have bacterial infections, you might want to get more than one. Neti pots are available from the World Health Store.

Shower Filter The shower, our haven from the gritty streets of Beijing, is the most overlooked site of health risks in most people’s homes. Sure, it gets you clean, but it also exposes you to waterborne contaminants, both through your pores and through your lungs in the form of water vapor. In addition to chemical baddies, unfiltered water also contains a shocking amount of chlorine, which dries out our skin and hair and has been linked to asthma in children and adults. Effective shower filters

Resources Carrefour Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9.30pm. 1) Laiguangying Store, 66 Xiangbin Lu, Chaoyang District (8490 4848); 2) Nine Dragons Store (1km east of Shuangjingqiao), Chaoyang District (8776 8811); 3) Jianxiang Store (200m south of Jianxiangqiao), Chaoyang District (6235 6611). 1) 朝阳区来广营店, 香宾路 66号; 2)朝阳区九龙店, 双井桥往东1公里; 3) 朝阳区健翔桥 往南200米路

Dazhong Daily 9.30am-7pm. Jianguo Lu (200m west of Dawang Qiao, opposite Wanda Plaza), Chaoyang District (8884 9522) 朝阳区大望桥店,建国路大望桥往西200米万达广场对面

The IQAir Store 1) Rm 2201-02, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (8447 5800, 400 650 1266); 2) 2LY1-05, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Center, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District

are inexpensive (around RMB 400) and dramatically improve the quality of your hair, skin, and lugs. An added benefit is reducing the time you spend scrubbing calcium deposits that form in your shower. Most shower filters use vitamin C, or weishengsu C (维生素C), activated carbon or huoxingtan (活性炭), or KDF 55, also known as kaidefei (凯得菲) as the filtering medium. Filters using vitamin C take care of chlorine only, while the others also filter out chemical contaminants. KDF 55 is probably the best option, since it’s more effective at high temperatures than activated carbon. Shower filters can be found at the World Health Store and Carrefour.

Ultrasonic humidifier Speaking of dried-out skin and hair, running a humidifier in your home is a sheer necessity, especially in winter. Although there are a lot of models out there and you might be tempted by the cute apple and polar bear shapes, your best bet is to go ultrasonic. The rationale here is that if you leave one of these plugged in for a long period of time, you won’t end up with a cooked layer of calcium stuck to the bottom. Do use filtered water with these, since the high-frequency oscillations that produce the water vapor won’t eliminate bacteria like the water-boiling ones will. Yadu has a sleek model that we quite like (the YC-D700), with a definite iPod-esque design sensibility for around RMB 300. The Yadu ultrasonic humidifier is available at many local retailers, including the ubiquitous Dazhong Electronics and Wal-Mart.

(5905 6768). 1) 朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦2201-02室; 2) 朝阳区 朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾购物中心2LY1-05

Wal-Mart 1) Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. B1/F, Block B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5960 3566); 2) Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. Fuzhuohuayuan Plaza, Xuanwai Dajie, Xuanwu District (6316 8905); 3) Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. B1-2/F A48 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District (5873 3666) 1) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场B座地下 1层; 2) 宣武区宣外大街富卓花园广场; 3) 海淀区知春路甲48号 地下1-2层

World Health Store 1) Rm 2152, 1/F, Section A, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5900 2209); 2) R09A, LB1, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District (8046 2524) 1) 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO尚都北塔A座1层2152; 2) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下1层09A

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Health Ms. Nutrition

Play With Your Food Tech that teaches healthy habits by Olivia Lee


y entire family loves electronic gadgets. From smartphones to AppleTVs, our lives are thoroughly wired. I often remind my busy clients and my own family about the importance of being present with your kids at mealtimes. By this I mean not just physically present, but also mentally present. This is a huge factor in teaching your kids about better nutrition through social interaction and enjoying healthy meals together. Admittedly, even I find it hard to pry myself away from these devices sometimes, but we try our best to keep them out of mealtimes. Ultimately, it’s far more gratifying to see the rewards of staying engaged: language development in young children and cognitive development in older kids. While technology can be a damaging distraction, it also provides health-conscious parents with a wealth of resources, including fun, interactive ways for children to learn about nutrition. There are plenty of nutrition apps and websites for adults but only a few notable ones designed for the younger set. One great app is Smash Your Food ( This is a guessing game where your child gets see and hear ten commonly eaten junk foods explode while revealing the amounts of sugar, salt and oil in them. The vivid sounds and gooey mess left behind certainly leaves an impression on kids and helps provide a platform for you to further discuss food and healthy food choices. For example: “Remember how much sugar was in that milkshake that exploded? Do you think we can choose something better?” For older school-age kids, PickChow ( is an empowering, hands-on website that let kids pick their own nutritious dinners and then e-mail their choices to their parents. Designed by registered dieticians, pediatricians and exercise physiologists, this website can help get your kids more involved in the meal decision process. For the time being, mobile devices still tend to be aimed toward parents. One such useful tool is Tactio’s collection of BMI (body mass index) calculators for iPhone. This ranges from the adult BMI app to the baby BMI calculator. There are similar apps made for Android and other platforms as well. A comprehensive tool for parents that spans the web, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and iPad is MyNetDiary. This is a very simple and intuitive program that allows you to track what you eat. I have found that for some individuals, using this app helps them to stay honest about their food choices. There is also an exercise function to calculate how many calories you burned with your exercise. Even the classic food-refusal story, Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham, is on the iPhone and iPad (although the companion Fun with Food cookbook has yet to reach the electronic age). Whatever the format, the lessons learned in Green Eggs and Ham remain the same: Stay persistent but have fun at the same time. Sam-I-Am tried 13 times before the creature gave it a try. The lesson for us parents could be that old-fashioned persistence plus some inspired zaniness is all we need to fight the nutrition battle.

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



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The vivid sounds and gooey mess left behind certainly leaves an impression

The Doc Is In

On-Call Online

Family health websites you can trust by Richard Saint Cyr


here are literally thousands of websites offering medical advice, but a huge proportion of them simply don’t provide evidence-based recommendations. To help you find credible information online, here are my favorite health advice websites. My number-one favorite parent-friendly website is www.familydoctor. org, run by my medical board, the American Academy of Family Physicians. This user-friendly website has hundreds of tips and downloadable PDF files. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a new website (www. focusing mostly on wellness and prevention at different ages. The Pediatric Academy’s main website ( also has a big list of “Health Topics” which provide authoritative answers on many basic questions. If you’re looking for information on vaccines, avoid all distracting websites and go straight to the source. In the US, that is the Centers for Disease Control ( Here, you can find the latest official schedules for vaccines at all ages, as well as valuable information on vaccine safety. All European vaccine schedules can be found at Those of you from other countries can simply Google-search for your child’s vaccine schedules. The Centers for Disease Control is also an outstanding and credible source for all general health information, including their special “Parents” section ( You can also find official, evidence-based articles from another US governmental site, sponsored by the National Ministry of Health, called MedlinePlus, at childrenshealth.html. There are very few large commercial websites that I recommend for general health due to their commercial slant, but I often like the Mayo Clinic’s website ( They provide well-written articles, videos and slide shows about thousands of topics. Parents who want more in-depth articles can find outstanding patient handouts from the UpToDate group ( This website is, by far, my most valuable website for my practice. Their patient handouts are free and very detailed but not very user-friendly. Parents can also find free detailed articles at the physician website, which is an umbrella group of the consumer-oriented Those of you who want the top-level evidence may be interested in paying a bit of money to use the physician-oriented websites at www., or peruse the world’s top collection of evidence-based reviews at the Cochrane Collaboration’s website (www.cochrane. org/cochrane-reviews). UpToDate offers free 30-day trials. Does your favorite website pass screening by its medical peers? There is one famous international non-profit organization called Health on the Net Foundation which screens all popular medical sites and has their own certificate of validity. Visit their website ( for details. Those of you looking for Beijing-specific health and wellness information can check out my own website at www. I’m proud to say that my website is officially certified by the above-mentioned NGO Health on the Net Foundation.

Does your favorite website pass screening by its medical peers?

Need more info? American Dr. Richard Saint Cyr works at International Medical Center Beijing and runs a blog, March 2011



Dining Top 5 Places to …

Brunch It Up Bubbalicious Brunch at The Westin Chaoyang You won’t go hungry with over 100 unique dishes served at this benchmark brunch buffet, consistently ranked as one of the best in the city. From sushi to made-to-order pasta, there is truly something for everyone. The fresh seafood station is worth repeat visits but make sure you save room for their selection of bite-sized desserts, including our favorites: macaroons and chocolate-covered strawberries. Kids will have a blast in their own private area, replete with kid-friendly entertainment and nibbles. RMB 398 (free-flow champagne), RMB 368 (free-flow beer and wine), RMB 328 (soft drinks and juices), half price (kids 6-12), free (kids 0-6). All prices subject to a 15% service fee. Sundays 11.30am-3pm. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Xicheng District (5922 8888 ext 8102) 西城区朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

Bubbly Sundays at The Westin Beijing Financial Street From seafood delights such as whole salt-crusted salmon and fresh oysters, to a Beijing duck station and Indian favorites, it’s the variety of food separates this brunch from the others. The kids have their own separate area, which includes a cupcake decorating station, a popcorn machine and even a magician. For the adults: Bright environs offer views of a Zen-style garden. RMB 398 (free-flow champagne), RMB 328 (soft drinks and juices), RMB 168 (kids under 12). All prices subject to a 15% service fee. Sundays 11.30am-3pm, 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District (6606 8866 ext 7810) 西城区金融大街乙9号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层

The Place Restaurant at Langham Hotel Just 10 minutes from the villas in Shunyi, families can enjoy the buffet-licious spreads while the open kitchen experience lets you observe master chefs at work. A great Sunday afternoon out, kids are kept entertained with the latest PS3 and arcade games. And for dessert? Nobody in the family should pass up the ice cream wok. While not technically a brunch, this lunch buffet is still a great way to spend a Sunday. Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport, 1 Er Jing Lu, Terminal 3, Capital International Airport (6451 4911) 二经路1号, 首都国 际机场T3

360° Restaurant at Hilton Capital Airport

RMB 368 (free-flow champagne), RMB 338 (free-flow beer and wine), RMB 298 (soft drinks and juices), RMB 149 (kids 6-11), free (kids 5 and under). All prices subject to a 15% service fee. Sundays 11.30am-3pm, 360° Restaurant, Hilton Capital Airport, next to Terminal 3 on the left (6458 8888 ext 8001) 首都机场T-3旁边



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Western and Asian delicacies meet at the Fizztastic brunch, where diners can delight in fresh seafood while enjoying the hotel’s resident jazz band. Chef Yu Xiang Gu emphasizes fresh food at the many live cooking stations, tempting many visits. Creative Kids Programs include classes by My Little Mozart and 3i Art Centre, and the Kidz Paradise features its own buffet. RMB 388 (free-flow champagne), RMB 348 (free-flow wine and beer), RMB 308 (soft drinks and juices), RMB 154 (kids 6-12), free (kids 5 and under). All prices subject to a 15% service fee. Sundays 11.30am-3pm, 5/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District (5812 8888 ex 8411) 东城区王府井东街8号希尔顿北京王 府井酒店5层


No longer must Shunyi-siders travel to the city for a superb brunch experience. Visit 360° Restaurant and assemble a feast from the numerous fresh food stations. A staffed kids’ playroom includes a ball pit, adventure playground, Nintendo Wiis and peace of mind for you – your mobile phone will ring when children want to return to the table. You must try the incredible homemade ice creams by executive pastry chef David Liu, with flavors like decadent chocolate, classic vanilla, ravishing raspberry and mango, mango, mango!

Fizztastic Brunch at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing

Fast Food

Snack Time A deliciously easy kid-favorite

by David Mitford Chicken quesadillas and sweet corn salsa Serves 4 Salsa 150g sweet corn 1 lime, juice only 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped 20g jalapeno chilies, roughly chopped (optional) 1 green chili, finely chopped (optional) salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse to combine. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. The salsa can be made one day in advance and stored in the fridge until the quesadillas are ready to serve. Quesadilla 8 ready-made flour tortillas 250g mature cheddar, grated 300g cooked chicken breast or tenders, thickly sliced ½ red onion, finely sliced 1 small bunch coriander leaves and roots 4 tbsp sour cream 2 tbsp olive oil 60g jalapeno chilies, roughly chopped (optional)


Place four of the tortillas onto a board and cover each with the grated cheese. Divide the chicken, red onion, jalapeno chilies and coriander equally over the cheese-covered tortillas. Spread the sour cream onto one side of each of the remaining four tortillas and place them sour cream-side down onto the filled tortillas. Heat a frying pan and add the oil. Carefully place a quesadilla into the frying pan and cook over a medium heat for three to four minutes, until crisp and golden and the cheese filling is melting. Carefully turn the quesadilla over and cook on the other side for a further two minutes, or until crisp and golden. Remove from the pan and set aside to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas. Cut the quesadillas into quarters and enjoy hot and fresh.

David Mitford is the head chef of Grange at The Westin Beijing Chaoyang. He’s pictured with daughter Emily (2), enjoying a fresh quesadilla at home. Lunch Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm (last food order 2.30pm); Dinner daily 5.30-11pm (last food order 10.30pm). Grange, 2/F, The Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (5922 888) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环北路 7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

March 2011



All Ground Up A fragrant lamb stew

text by Xiyun Yang; photos by Mishka Family Photography



March 2011

Dining Food For Thought


am a kitchen purist. Having never worked in a restaurant and diced onions for hours on end, I revere chopping the same way that yuppies are charmed by poverty - so authentic and atmospheric! When my grandmother told me that her mother used to ferment her own soy sauce, I gasped and gurgled with excitement. Amazing! So artisanal! When I suggested that we try a batch, my grandmother looked at me as if I had grown another head. “Are you insane? Why don’t you focus on getting into a better law school.” So I have always turned my nose up at the use of anything electronic in the kitchen other than the blender to puree soup. After a day at work, sitting in front of the computer, I enjoy the rhythm of the knife against the chopping board and I’m proud of my daogong (dao as in knife, and gong as in totally freaking awesome skills). When I started encouraging my fiancé’s nascent cooking talents, I heavily project my own disdain for technological corner-cutting. I made him chop and grind and mince everything by hand, pleading our transient settlement in Beijing as a reason for not wanting to invest in anything we can’t stuff in a suitcase. He learned to pick up my own kitchen haughtiness. “Oh, I roast and grind my own garam masala mix. How can you stand the supermarket stuff?” My heart swelled with love and pride. But however much he bragged in public, I would still come home and find him sweating, his palms irritated and red from hand-grinding spices in the mortar and pestle, looking at me with puppy-dog eyes: Why have you doomed me to this kind of sweatshop misery? I gave in and bought a coffee/spice grinder on Taobao for a mere 80 kuai. Whole spices that are freshly ground just before adding them to a dish are so much more flavorful than store-bought spices, which lose most of their flavor and pick up a musty smell in the cupboard. I routinely spend a few seconds inhaling the intense, brilliant aromas of freshly ground spices

whenever I use them. There is no reason you shouldn’t either. Whole spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, cloves, bay leaves - are easily bought in Chinese supermarkets for much less than their pre-ground, imported counterparts. A spice grinder (which cannot double for your coffee grinder) is so cheap and effortless. You can clean the blade by grinding some stale bread, making spiced breadcrumbs.

Spiced lamb stew with pumpkin and chickpeas Serves 3-4 Spices ½ tsp cumin seeds ½ tsp coriander seeds 1 tbsp dried chillis ½ tsp cloves 1 bay leaf Ingredients 3 tbsp olive oil 500g lamb shoulder, cut into large chunks 1 large onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced Salt to taste Pepper to taste 1 tbsp tomato paste 1 small pumpkin, cut into large chunks 1 can chickpeas (or 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked) 1 16 oz can of tomatoes (or 3 ripe tomatoes) 1 small piece of ginger, minced 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar Fresh cilantro, green onion, toasted almonds and yogurt to serve if desired

Place spices in a small dry pan. Roast over medium fire until fragrant, being careful not to burn them. Cool the spices, then grind them to a fine powder in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. In heavy pot, heat the olive oil, then brown the lamb chunks well. Add onion and garlic with salt and pepper and cook until translucent. Add spice mix and cook for 30 seconds. Add tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the vinegar), along with any juices from the tomatoes. Bring to a boil then lower to simmer. After 45 minutes, add the vinegar and leave to simmer for another 15 minutes. Ladle the stew into bowls and serve with couscous or crusty bread. Sprinkle with minced cilantro, green onion, and toasted almonds. Top with yogurt.

March 2011



Playing What's Fun In

Tiantan Park

Embrace China’s history of emperors and shop ‘til you drop text and photos by Michael Connors


t's time to stretch those legs, shake off the chills, gear up for spring and fall in love with Beijing once again. We have just the place for that: Tiantan Park, also known as the Temple of Heaven. This peaceful park can be splendid as long as you come prepared. The immensity of the grounds demands a battle plan, especially if little legs are on the march. Allot for about four hours, dividing your equally time among absorbing Chinese history, snacking on delightful baked goods and shopping for new clothes and toys.



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tart your day at the South Gate of back up and head through the next set of environment awaits. Tiantan Park. From this point, you'll gates to find the Hall of Prayer of Good After you’re done snacking, walk north be entering the site just as China's Harvest (4). ThisEAST magnificent example of towards the Hongqiao Pearl Market DATUNLU 望京西 emperors did in times past. Once in,GREENMing dynasty architecture sits atop a threeWANGJING XI (7). In the alley just beside the market OLYMPIC the chaos of Beijing evanesces and serenity tiered mantle, reaching for the heavens. It is you’ll find Toy City (8), which houses sets in. You'll be greeted by the Circular opulently decorated with colorful patterns four floors of - you guessed it - toys. Mound Altar of Heaven (1), a threeand wood carvings. On this spot, for 1,500 There’s everything from arts and crafts 志 新 路 tiered platform upon which emperors would years of Chinese history, emperors would supplies to sporting equipment. Once meditate before proceeding to pray to the pray for good harvest. The original hall done, head back next door to Hongqiao OLYMPIC gods for good harvest. The view from theCENTER HUIXINXIJIE was built in 1420, BEIKOU but in 1889 the skies Pearl Market, famous for its three floors top is impressive, making it a great photo unleashed a lightning bolt that burnt it to of jewelry stalls, to do some shopping spot for your own little emperors. a crisp in an act that was declared divine of your own. Walking down the other side of the altar, punishment. It was promptly rebuilt and At the front of Hongqiao Pearl Market is BEITUCHENG XITUCHENG continue through the imperial-red gates no divine interventions have struck the a hodgepodge of eateries, including a Xiabu SHAOYAOJU HUIXINXIJIE NANKOU towardsMUDANYUAN the north.JIANDEMEN The next stop is theANZHENMEN hall since. Xiabu for individual hot pot and a KFC. Just Imperial Vault of Heaven (2), where Leave the hall via the east exit. TAIYANGGONG You behind the market and right beside Toy City the ceremonial tablets were stored. A faint GUANGXIMEN are now entering the aptly named Long is a slightly fancy café and restaurant called HEPINGXIQIAO whispering can be heard on along the Corridor (5). This corridor connects the SANYUANQIAO Refreshing Hours Coffee (9) that has ground's circular wall. Nicknamed “The Animal Killing Pavilion, the Divine Kitchen some Western favorites on the menu such as Echo Wall,” its shape allows for sound to and the Divine Warehouse. Underneath pizza and steak. The prices are reasonable LIUFANG travel much farther than is normal. Stand its sky-blue beams you'll find a medley and the atmosphere is conducive to a comfy North St.  at each end facing opposite directions andHEPINGLI of locals playing cards and handcrafting unwind after a long day’s adventure. Once talk politics (okay, you can pick your own curios. It might be fun to pick up a Chinese finished, the subway is only a few steps subject). YONGHEGONG feather shuttlecock to kick around with away. GULOUDAJIE ANDINGMEN Lama Temple Exit this JISHUITAN site the way you came in, and LIANGMAHE other parkgoers, of which you’ll find aplenty continue north. In the shimmering distance on the grounds just south of the corridor. at the end of the Vermilion Steps Bridge Afterwards, exit the park via the East (3) stands the Hall of Prayer for Good Gate. DONGZHIMEN NONGYEZHANLANGUAN Temple of Heaven BEIXINQIAO XIZHIMEN Follow in the footsteps of ancient Harvest. Just across the street, beside the subway 天坛 ceremonial processions along this stone station, is Weiduomei Bakery (6) with Apr-Oct: RMB 15 (main gate), RMB 35 (all bridge. Or take the side road - simply take Café Monet located on the floor above. This TUANJIEHU ZHANGZIZHONG LU access); Nov-Mar: RMB 10 (main gate), RMB the ramp down on the right side of the DONGSI SHITIAO is the perfect place to recharge; the smell CHEGONGZHUANG 30 (all access). Daily 6am-9pm (last ticket bridge and proceed to walk alongside. You'll of fresh bread will perk you up, and your 8pm); halls 8am-5.30pm (Mar-Jun), 8am-6pm find yourself under a canopy of trees, filled kids are sure to love their selection of baked (Jul-Oct), 8am-5pm (Nov-Feb). Yongdingmen with the sound of chirping birds. goods. Grab some cheese melts and head DONGSI CHAOYANGMEN FUCHENGMEN HUJIALOU When you spot the next ramp, jump upstairs where a cozy, clean and smoke-free朝 Dajie, Chongwen District (6702 8866/6062) 阳 天坛公园, 路崇文区永定门大街 学 院 路


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百子湾路 Café Monet Daily 7am-9pm. 12 Tiyuguan Lu, Chongwen District 双井 广渠路 SHUANGJING 崇文区体育馆路12号

Hongqiao Market Daily 8.30am-7pm. 46 Tiantan Donglu, Chongwen 南磨房路 路 District劲松 (6713 3354) JINSONG 崇文区东天坛路46号 大 望




路 Toy City (Hongqiao Tianle Toy Market) Daily 8.30am-7pm. 136 Fahuasi Street, 双龙路 松榆南路 Chongwen District (6711 7499) 崇文区法华寺街136号

Refreshing Hours Coffee Daily 9.30am-7pm. 1/F, Tianya Hongyi Plaza, 136 Fahuasi Jie, Chongwen District (8710 5017) 崇文区法华寺街136号天雅红椅大厦首层1层



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Little Bookworms

The kids program at The Bookworm International Literary Festival by Kara Chin



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Icelandic Andri Magnason is a writer and father of four


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he Bookworm International Literary Festival has been Beijing’s major literary event for the past four years and it gets bigger every year. “Every year we try and include more and more voices – not just American voices, not just British voices,” says Festival Director Kadi Hughes. “This year, [the festival will] have writers from places like Iceland, Nigeria, Italy and Argentina, [in addition to] Australia, the US, the UK, Scotland and of course, China,” she adds. But beyond bringing writers from all backgrounds to Beijing, one of the most rewarding parts at the festival is the positive impact on young writers. Hughes recalls, “Last year, one of the slam poets was very inspiring to older kids and they started writing poetry. It’s so great to have kids partake in these events [and] continue writing themselves.” This year’s festival runs from March 4 to 18 and their jam-packed children’s program makes this event more family-friendly than ever before. Three of the festival’s featured children’s authors - Andri Magnason, Shamini Flint and Yang Hongying - took time out to chat with beijingkids about their latest books.

Andri Magnason Magnason, the father of four, hails from Iceland and is a writer of novels, poetry, plays and short stories. Published in 18 languages and performed in five countries, his 1999 work, The Story of the Blue Planet, tells of a world where there are only children and no adults. It was the first children’s book to win the Icelandic Literary Prize. His nonfiction book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation, about current issues faced by Iceland, is now a feature-length documentary film. His most recent novel is the award-winning LoveStar. Tell us about your children. I have three girls: Hulda (3), Elín (5), Kristín (9) and a son, Hlynur (13). What were your favorite books as a child? My favorite books were by Astrid Lindgren – books about lizards and dinosaurs – and Icelandic folklore, very dark stories of elves and trolls. Tell us about your children’s story, The Story of The Blue Planet. Did the idea come from your own desire to live in a land without adults? The idea came from many directions – not essentially a dream of living in a world of eternal youth, but rather using that as a stage to invite the villain. He comes to a happy place, offers [more] happiness, and everything goes wrong. It’s a small version of our own world. What inspired you to write Dreamland, a more political adult book, after writing a children’s book? I traveled in the highlands of Iceland when I was a child – pristine places with waterfalls and beautiful valleys. Then [I learned] the government planned to destroy these places for a metal not properly recycled in the world. I thought it symbolized how we destroy nature not for need, but laziness and greed. Do you have advice for young writers? Read and write – and write about things you are interested in. What’s your next project? I have another children’s book coming up. It’s already 300,000 characters with spaces, according to my computer’s word count. That must mean that it’s very good!

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What were your favorite books as a child? I grew up in a small fishing village in Malaysia that didn’t have a bookshop. As a result, I just read everything I could beg or borrow and wasn’t too fussy – as long as it was a book. My all-time favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird, which I found so inspirational [that] I grew up to be a lawyer just like Atticus Finch. What inspired you to become a writer? How did you find the transition coming from corporate law? Actually, I quit my job as a lawyer to become a stay-at-home mom. Unfortunately, it soon became evident that I was the worst stay-at-home mom. I decided to try to find some part-time work, and eventually turned to writing.

Shamini Flint After retiring from corporate law, Shamini Flint became a writer and part-time lecturer. Drawing on her travels in Asia, she writes children’s books with cultural and environmental themes, including Jungle Blues, Turtle Takes a Trip and her Sasha series. A dedicated environmental activist, Flint donates proceeds from some of her books to the World Wildlife Fund. She also writes an adult crime fiction series featuring Inspector Singh. Flint currently lives in Singapore with her husband and two children. How old are your children? My daughter Sasha is 9 and my son Spencer is 6.

The Bookworm International Literary Festival: Kids Program

The Bookworm, Courtyard 4, Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District (134 2636 6855,



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How do you balance being a mother and a full-time writer? In terms of hours spent with the kids, it works very well because I write when they’re in school or in bed. Unfortunately, even when I am with them, they often notice that my mind is elsewhere, wrestling

What role do your children play in your writing process? I’m currently writing the sequel to The Seeds of Time, my environmental fantasy. Every evening at bedtime, I tell the kids the latest developments in the plot I’ve written and listen to their feedback. It’s very useful – although they’re much more bloodthirsty than I would be! As an environmental activist, what issues interest you most? Individual issues like species extinction, air and water quality, that are subsumed by the general crisis of global warming. Where do you find ideas for your Inspector Singh crime fiction series? As I like to write about racial and religious issues, terrorism and drugs, there’s no shortage of source material in Asia. The difficulty is finding the time to write! Do you have advice for aspiring writers, both young and old? Don’t give up even when it seems hard. Read a lot of books. Practice! What’s next for you? The fourth Inspector Singh novel, A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree, and a new children’s novel, Diary of a Cricket God, are both out soon. I’ve just finished a draft of Singh in India and am now beavering away at The Seeds of Time, Part 2.



The Blue Planet: Andri Magnason For ages 8-13. Icelandic writer Andri Magnason performs an interactive reading from his hit play The Story of The Blue Planet, a story where children live wild without adults and without anyone telling them what to do! RMB 50. 10am. Event code BK07A

Meet Wild Boars: Meg Rosoff For ages 4-8. Mischievous Meg Rosoff delights and disgusts with a reading of her grisly and grotesque Wild Boar books. RMB 50. 10am. Event code BK08A

Panda Packs Her Bag and other stories: Shamini Flint For ages 4-8. Join Shamini Flint as she takes you on an exciting adventure among wild and wonderful creatures through her stories. RMB 50. 10am. Event code BK14A

Making Magic: Xiong Liang For ages 4-8. Xiong Liang takes us on a journey through his magical, illustrated storybooks, transporting children into their beautiful watercolors. In Chinese with English translation. RMB 50. 10am. Event code BK15A

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All events are at The Bookworm unless stated otherwise. Tickets can be purchased in-person at The Bookworm. For a full list of festival events, visit www.

As the author of books for adults and children, what are the biggest differences in catering to the two audiences? In many ways, writing children’s and adult novels is quite similar. You still need convincing characters, a sense of time and place and, of course, a plot. The hardest thing I find is maintaining an appropriate “voice” for the age group.

with a plot twist. It’s become easier now that they are older because I can involve them more in the writing process.

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Yang Hongying

What inspired you to become a writer? My writing has a lot to do with my experience. I started teaching at 18, and writing at 19. I’ve mostly worked with children, so that really inspired me to write for them.

Best-selling children’s author Yang Hongying is frequently referred to as China’s J.K. Rowling, due to her success and popularity among young Chinese readers. Previously a teacher and currently an editor at a children’s literary magazine, Hongying writes from her experience with children. In fact, it was her daughter who inspired her to write Girl’s Diary, the novel that first brought her fame. Hongying continues to charm millions with mischievous Ma Xiaotiao from the Mo’s Mischief series.

How has your experience as a teacher, a children’s book editor and working with a children’s newspaper affected your writing? Being a teacher helped me learn and understand how children feel and think. Working as an editor and with a newspaper helped me understand what they like to read.

Tell us about your family. I have a daughter studying abroad in graduate school. She inspired me to write one of the first books that made me famous, called Girl’s Diary (女生日记). What were your favorite books as a child? At the time, there weren’t a lot of books available [in China] and people weren’t allowed to read a lot. So, I didn’t read a lot of books when I was young, but the books I read, I read thoroughly. These three are my favorite children’s books and have influenced my writing: Grimm’s fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, and Journey to the West. How do you feel about being compared to the author of the Harry Potter series? The media started calling me the Chinese J.K. Rowling ten years ago. I think the reason is that we were both best-sellers, but there is

What influence do Chinese children have on your writing? The unique aspect about Chinese children is that they are only children. There are more expectations and pressure [placed on] them than in other countries. So, making sure they have a happy childhood is a theme in my writing. really nothing comparable between myself and J.K. Rowling. Your books have been translated into many languages. What do you think gives your books such universal appeal? My books are available in Chinese, English, French, German, Korean and Japanese. We’re talking about translating them into Italian. The imagination, humor, and appreciation for

Do you have advice for other children’s writers? Be devoted to writing. Spend a lot of time learning about kids – how they think and feel. What’s next for you? I’m working on The Diary of a Smiling Cat (笑猫日记). I’ve published 13 books in this series and feel it’s the most important of all my writing.

Interview translated by Amy Wang



How I Live Now: Meg Rosoff For ages 13-18. Award-winning young adult author Meg Rosoff presents her gripping novel How I Live Now, a profound meditation on death and bereavement. RMB 50. 10am. Event code BK10A

Ready Steady Joke: Beijing Improv For ages 13-18. Beijing Improv’s Mainstage English Players present a quick hands-on primer on the art of ad-libbing. RMB 50. 10am. Event code BK11A

Mo’s Mischief: Yang Hongying For ages 4-8. China’s bestselling children’s writer Yang Hongying reads from her Mo’s Mischief series. In Chinese with English translation. RMB 50. 10am. Event code BK17A

Red, Cherry Red: Jackie Kay For ages 13-18. One of Scotland’s best-loved poets, Jackie Kay reads from her award-winning collection of poetry for children, Red, Cherry Red . RMB 50. 10am. Event course BK18A

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Poetry Live: Omar Musa For ages 13-18. Rapper Omar Musa leads a how-to talk on slam poetry: from writing and rhyming to performing. RMB 50. 10am. Event code BK09A



The Seeds of Time: Shamini Flint Environmentalist and children’s writer Shamini Flint takes us through the ideas and message behind her ecological fantasy novel. RMB 50. 10am. Event code BK16A

Welcome to Writing Kids Workshop: Shamini Flint For ages 9-11. Shamini Flint leads kids through writing a short story. RMB 250. 4pm. The Yin Yang Community Center, The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District (6431 2108) Event code YY16B.

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Playing Family Travels

Back to Nature Two families travel to scenic Yangshuo

The motto here is peace, love and nature

Misty mountains abound

The spectacular Liu Sanjie Light Show

The Travelers Ida Thuesen Pedersen, her husband Rasmus Sten Mortensen, their daughter Fiona (6) and son Theodor (3). Their friends: Peter Lav, his wife Zosia, their son Villads (5) and daughter Ida (3), also came along for the trip.

RMB 2,500 per family. The total cost of the week-long vacation came to RMB 21,700 per family.

The Cost Airplane tickets for a family of four (two adults and two children) came to RMB 11,200. Accommodation for six nights (including breakfast) cost RMB 8,000. Other expenses (including a guide, entrance fees, rental of a minibus for the two families and bicycle rental) cost approximately



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The Plan The family arranged the trip themselves, ying Air China from Beijing to Guilin. They hired a local guide, who met them at the airport. After a bus ride to Yangshuo, they arrived at the eco-hotel Yangshuo Mountain Retreat. The guide arranged all of the following activities: bamboo rafting along the Yulong River, private rafting on Li River from Yangdi to Xingping,

Playing Family Travels

Tandem bikes for all

watching cormorants fishing at night, the Liu Sanjie Light Show and cycling in the countryside. The Best Part For these two city-dwelling families, the best part was getting back to nature and taking in the spectacular scenery of the region. The Worst Part The families traveled during peak tourist season. The crowds were difficult, with many situations bordering on chaotic.


Most Unexpected Event While biking in the countryside, Fiona wounded her knee. The local guide suggested a traditional Chinese doctor, whose “office” was located on the side of a road. The doctor prescribed a cream, which helped heal Fiona’s wound quite nicely. Family-Friendly Features Picky eaters can choose between Western and Chinese food. Fun activities include bamboo rafting and biking. There is a nice, varied selection of cozy hotels and restaurants with friendly English-speaking staff. Yangshuo Mountain Retreat is quaint with a pleasant lawn in front for the kids to run around and a ping-pong table. The two families got rooms next to each other and were even able to talk to one another from the balcony, giving their stay a “homey” feel. Travel Tips Avoid the holiday seasons. When the families traveled during the October holiday, it was very crowded and they found themselves waiting in line for everything. Be sure to go with the proper vaccinations and bring mosquito repellent.

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Playing Family Travels

Take Me to Thailand The Schulze-Permentier family visits Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai The Travelers Petra Schulze-Permentier, her husband Volker, and their sons: Vincent (12), Patrick (10), and Frederik (8). The Plan Instead of going home to Germany and the Netherlands for Christmas, the family opted for some fun in the sun. Their direct flight with Air China from Beijing to Bangkok was booked online via Ctrip ( They flew Bangkok Airlines between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and Air Asia between Bangkok and Krabi.



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Ayutthaya On Monday morning, the river-cruise boat set off from Bangkok to the old kingdom of Ayutthaya. There, the family stayed at Lopburi Inn Hotel for one night. During their travels along the river, the family passed time by spotting temples dotted throughout the countryside. For dinner, they enjoyed an evening meal prepared by the boat crew. On Tuesday morning, the Schulze-Permentiers met up with Ms. Yui again, who took them on a tour of the ancient capital. Starting at Bang Pa, the former Royal Summer Palace, they then continued traveling by long-tail boat to Wat Sri Sanphet,


The Cost Roundtrip flights from Beijing to Bangkok with Air China cost approximately RMB 15,000 for a family of five. Online, they discovered a German tour operator called Thailand Tours ( From the various options, the family chose a trip that combine the best of culture and beach from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Krabi and Koh Jum Island. The tour included plane tickets between their various destinations within Thailand, entrance tickets, full- and half-day tours, a Christmas Gala dinner, hotel stays (including five nights at Koh Jum Lodge) and breakfast. The family of five booked two rooms each night, but families with two children could do with one room. The all-inclusive trip was priced at approximately RMB 14,000 for adults, RMB 8,000 for children 8 years old and under and RMB 12,500 for children 10-12. The grand total for the family’s Thailand trip was RMB 76,700 for 13 days and 12 nights. Extra costs included dinner, tips and souvenirs.

Bangkok They stayed three nights in Bangkok at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok, a wonderful hotel located on the Chao Phraya River. On the first day, they took the hotel shuttle boat to the Skytrain station and went to the Chatuchak weekend market, supposedly the largest market in the world with over 9,000 stalls. Then they hit the malls at Siam Square. In the evening, the Schulze-Permentie family walked through Chinatown and stopped for a lovely dinner at Samsara, a small riverfront restaurant. On Sunday morning, their German-speaking guide - Ms. Yui from Siam Tours Bangkok ( - picked them up for a full day of Bangkok highlights, including: the flower market Pakklong Talad, Royal Grand Palace, the golden 45-meter long reclining Buddha, a long-tail boat journey through Thonburi (“the Venice of the East”), and last but not least the Jim Thompson House - a collection of traditional Thai-style houses preserved as a museum containing valuable works of art and Thai silk. It was a full day of new impressions and lots of Buddhas.

All aboard a longtail boat in Bangkok

Vincent, Patrick and Frederik at a Bangkok palace

a monastery used as a residential palace by King Ramathibodi I. Among the many temples visited on the tour was Phra Kan (monkey temple) in Lopburi. As its name suggests, monkeys live throughout this temple city and have no qualms about grabbing whatever else they can get their hands on. Chiang Mai After a night in the Lopburi Inn Hotel, a simple but clean hotel, they rode first-class on a train to Chiang Mai. The ride took almost 12 hours and although it was very comfortable, the air conditioning made things a little too chilly. Once at Chiang Mai, the family stayed at Banthai Village Hotel (www. in the city center for two nights. It is within walking distance from the old city wall, temples, as well as the night market. With tour guide Ms. Pong, they rode in a trishaw (cycle rickshaw) through the old town and visited various temples including the famous Wat Phra That Doi Suthep that sits atop a mountain with a bird’s eye view of the city. Krabi After plenty of sightseeing and temples, it was time for the beach. They flew to Krabi with a stopover in Bangkok. In Krabi, they stayed at Koh Jum Lodge ( Managed by Frenchman Jean Michel and his Thai wife, the lodge has 19 small Thai-style houses, each suitable for up to four people. A driver from the lodge picked the family up from the airport and drove them 40 minutes to Luam Kruat Pier, where a long-tail boat took them to the beautiful island of Koh Jum. They booked a one-day private snorkelling tour through Koh Jum Lodge. They went snorkeling in five different locations around Phi Phi Island and the kids got the chance to swim with the colorful tropical fish.

Underwater exploring near Phi Phi Island

The Best Part The trip was a perfect combination of culture, history, city, beach and relaxation. Taking a boat trip down the river was a highlight and the kids loved having their own cabin. The Worst Part The Eastin Hotel Makkasan was the family’s first choice for accommodation in Bangkok, but the service was unfriendly and rooms were not ready when they arrived, so they opted instead for the Millennium Hilton Bangkok, which turned out to be a wise choice. Family-Friendly Features The Koh Jum Lodge is extremely family-friendly. The cooks made the kids’ favorite foods (pancakes, spaghetti) at any time of the day. The staff spoke several languages including English and French, and they were all very helpful. Travel Tips This trip is suitable for kids ages 6 and up. Opt for a flight instead of a train ride to Chiang Mai and make sure there is an extra day to take an elephant tour. March 2011



I Want To Be An Explorer Mountaineer Lei Wang inspires others to climb their Everest


iven Lei Wang’s petite frame, one would never suspect her to be an avid adventurer who has climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. Wang was born in Jiangsu, grew up in Beijing, and later moved to the US where she lived for 14 years. She earned an MBA from Wharton, but set aside her career in computer programming and asset management to pursue a deeper passion: climbing. Last year, Wang was the first Chinese woman to complete the 7+2 quest: to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents, along with skiing to the North and South Poles. Even after achieving her lofty goals, Wang still climbs – and she hopes that others will be motivated by her achievements to pursue their own dreams. Recently, she visited students at the International Academy of Beijing, recounting details of her exhilarating mountain adventures, revealing what drives her, and explaining how self-motivation is the key to success in any endeavor. Kara Chin PHOTOS: JUDY ZHOU



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Learning When I Grow Up

“When you really want to do something, you have all the motivation you need”

Andrew Jeon, 11, South Korea How did you feel when climbed up Everest? Actually when you get to the top, you are only halfway there. Going up is actually easier; going down is harder. So when you get to the top, you can’t jump up and down and say “Oh, let’s celebrate!” You have to think, “I have to get back safely. I have to get down the mountain alive.” That’s the hardest part.

Olivia Choi, 11, South Korea Who inspired you? In 2004, I was watching a documentary about mountaineering. There was one story about a climber who survived by himself for three days and three nights. He had broken his leg and fallen into a crevasse. He crawled out without food, drink or sleep. I was so inspired by him. I thought, “Wow, he is superhuman! That is so brave.”

Ella Um, 11, South Korea When you climb, what are the biggest problems? The biggest problem is always cold. Altitude sickness [is another problem] – you have headaches, you want to throw up, you can’t sleep or eat and you may have problems breathing and thinking.

Josh Perrett, 10, UK Did you see any interesting organisms? Most of the places I go to are so cold there are no animals, nothing other than the people who climb. There is no life.

Abby Lesh, 11, US What keeps you motivated when you’re climbing? I think motivation comes from desire. When you really want to do something, you have all the motivation you need. Motivation comes from yourself.

Katie Wong, 10, Canada Was there a time when your life was in danger? When you are climbing a mountain, you are always in danger. You have to be very alert all the time. When you hear noise like thunder, that’s the noise of an avalanche and if an avalanche comes, you cannot run away.

Sharon Baek, 12, South Korea Why do you climb even though it is dangerous? In the beginning, I was looking for a challenge. [Now] it’s so beautiful and I really enjoy it. I don’t feel scared. I train really hard, so I know how to handle the situation.

Andy Kim, 11, South Korea What kind of tools do you use? Crampons are metal claws under your boots to help you grab the ice. We also use a pickaxe and we attach a rope most of the time. You have to cover yourself fully with proper clothes. For Everest, there is an extra thing: a supplemental oxygen bottle.

Jibeom Kim, 10, South Korea What kind of food do you eat? You have to carry everything on your back. So you have [condensed] food in a packet. When you get to the higher parts [of the mountain], you can melt the snow and put water back into the packet; it expands to become food you can eat.

Jeffrey Kang, 11, South Korea How do you afford to climb? I had some savings and that’s how I got started. Later on, I started doing fundraising. A lot of friends helped me and I talked to a lot of companies. Some people also gave me loans.

David Sapp, 11, US Which mountain cost the most to climb? Mt. Everest. You have to pay USD 40,000 to the guiding company alone. Normally, it costs between USD 30-40,000 to USD 70-80,000. You also have to buy your equipment, flights, insurance and [pay for] training. It’s the most expensive mountain [to climb].

Jack Kang, 11, South Korea Is it your goal to keep climbing? When I climb all these mountains, I am so happy and feel I can overcome any problems. I want to climb mountains in the future, so that I can inspire and motivate more people.

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Learning Blank Canvas

Students from

Western Academy of Beijing fill March’s

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Imme, 7, Netherlands

Oliver, 7, Canada



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Masks by WAB’s Grade 2 class

Sidney, 7, US

Masks by WAB’s Grade 2 class

Zhou Anna, 8, China

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Role Modeling Are our idols living up to the task?

Clockwise from top left: Yuan Yuan Kelly, Canada, 13 – has lived in Beijing for 13 years Kanchana Gaishankar, India, 13 – has lived in Beijing for over two years Sally Kwon, Korea, 14 – has lived in Beijing for two years Sana Samad, India, 14 – has lived in Beijing for two years


ole models – whether they are celebrities, community leaders, or even our own parents – act as sources of inspiration to both young and old. But our role models are not superheroes. Scandals involving public figures regularly come to light and sometimes people fail where we wish they’d succeed. Students from Beijing BISS International School spoke about their idols, whether they are living up to their expectations, and if we even need them at all. Annie Huang

Sally: There is a very famous Korean author called Han Bi-ya. She had a stable life but all of a sudden she decided to leave everything behind to travel the world and pursue her dreams.

Do you have any role models?

Sana: A positive attitude is the main foundation. Also, hard work and commitment.



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What qualities do you find inspirational?

Sally: Risk-taking. I’m a very realistic person, I want to go to a great college and get a great job, but on my deathbed I don’t want to look back and think “I should have done that.”


Sana: Yes, definitely. Without them I wouldn’t know what’s right or wrong. Role models give me an idea of how I should act in life. My role model is my dad. He’s very responsible and organized and that’s what I’m always trying to do.

Yuan Yuan: I actually don’t have a role model. Instead, I look at the people in my life and there are always certain qualities to them which I admire and I try to follow those.

Learning Debate Club

“Other people who are not celebrities may have those faults but nobody will ever know”

Do role models really influence our beliefs and behaviors? Sana: Isn’t that what role models are for? I would be influenced by my role model if he had qualities that were realistic and could easily relate to me. Kanchana: It depends on the level of your maturity. You have to take what you get from [your role model], make it your own, and then work hard at it. Sally: At the end of the day, if I look back at my decisions and beliefs, I don’t think [role models] influence me that greatly. I’m the one who is making the choices.

Why do you think some people look up to celebrities and athletes? Yuan Yuan: Because they are famous and talented. Kanchana: First of all, you’ve got to admit that you want to be one. Another reason is that celebrities are there to be looked upon. Their journey and how they overcame their difficulties are inspirational.

Do you think celebrities should be role models? Sana: If their actions and way of living are positive. But a lot of celebrities have a dark side, and we don’t know about it because the media doesn’t show it. Kanchana: It depends on who you are and what inspiration you need. For example, Eminem would not be a good inspiration for a suburban kid. Yuan Yuan: I don’t judge a role model as much by their personality as by their actions and the way they respond to certain situations.

Do you look for different qualities in female and male role models? Yuan Yuan: I don’t think the qualities are different. When I was younger, I always liked the movie Mulan, because Mulan was strong and she was the one who rescued herself. I think it’s good for women to have strength and men to have sensitivity. Sally: I’m not stereotyping but there are different qualities to each sex that I’d like to adopt. Kanchana: For role models, I believe that no matter male or female, they should have courage and confidence. If you don’t believe in yourself, how do you expect other people to believe in you?

Yuan Yuan: It depends on who the celebrity is. They should be role models only if they deserve it.

Are famous people failing as role models? Kanchana: It depends on what they do with their fame. For example: Angelina Jolie, I don’t like her at all, but she’s adopted many children and I admire her charity work. Sana: It depends on the celebrity but overall, yes [they are failing]. Athletes and celebrities are two different things. Celebrities are in this totally made-up world, whereas athletes have to put in a lot of work. Sally: In general, I think they are failing. But they are at a disadvantage because gossip magazines are there to expose all their dirty little secrets. Other people who are not celebrities may have those faults but nobody will ever know.

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Returning to Disaster Former beijingkids columnist reports from ood-ravaged Queensland by Sonia Cahill



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Brisbane residents watch as the water rises

Parenting Spotlight

The shed that was supposed to safeguard a life’s worth of treasures was completely submerged


fter two-and-a-half fun-filled years in Beijing, my family and I decided to return to Australia at the end of 2010. Despite my best intentions, things have not gone smoothly. Plans for the perfect repatriation were shelved within days of our arrival as a natural disaster unfolded around us. We are from Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city and the capital of Queensland – a picturesque subtropical metropolis built along the snaking Brisbane River. When we left Brisbane in 2008, the city was enduring its sixth consecutive year of drought. The city’s combined dam levels were less than 20 percent. Four-minute showers, dirty cars and dusty backyards filled with dead grass were the norm. And then ... the worst drought in living memory was broken by the worst flood Australia has ever seen. Three-quarters of Queensland has been declared a disaster zone. To give you an idea of the scale of the devastation, the state of Queensland is two-and-a-half times the size of Texas and nearly seven times larger than the United Kingdom. It started with intense rainfall in the center of the state causing entire regional towns to evacuate. The crisis then shifted southwards to areas already sodden after months of steady rainfall. The real horror for Brisbane began on January 11 with heavy rain in Toowoomba, a city high on the Great Dividing Range about 130km west of the capital. The downpour caused horrific flash-flooding that swept people off their feet, cars down city streets and houses off their foundations. Usually rainfall from Toowoomba flows to the west, yet on this fateful day, the sheer volume of water spilled over the range to the east and thundered down the valley towards Brisbane. The tiny town of Grantham, 114km west of Brisbane, bore the brunt when it was devastated by a seven-meter-high wall of water that tore through the community, killing 20 people. In the midst of the destruction, there were miraculous tales of survival, as people who sought refuge high on the roofs of cars and houses were rescued in dramatic fashion by helicopter. Within the next few days, Brisbane was inundated with floodwaters. Yet still more rain was forecast. The city’s largest dam was already dangerously close to capacity. At this time, we had been back in Brisbane just one week, staying in transit accommodation close to the Brisbane River that dissected the capital. As the flood risk loomed, we deliberated over whether to stay in our fifth-floor apartment that contained the few possessions we had brought with us from Beijing, or make for higher ground. The decision was taken out of our hands early next morning with a fire alarm and mandatory evacuation. A storm surge had flooded the

basement where the electrical substation was located. Without power, the building was deemed uninhabitable. So with little more than a change of clothes, we moved to a friend’s house, all the while transfixed by graphic round-the-clock TV coverage of rising water levels. Entire suburbs were awash and some of the city’s most iconic sites enveloped in chocolate-brown sludge. Preparing our home as soon as possible became our priority. With our main shipment of household items from China still a month away, we retrieved old furniture from storage, bought a new fridge and washing machine, and stocked up on plastic cutlery. As the waters receded, low-lying suburbs ravaged by floodwaters began the heartbreaking clean-up. The worst-affected areas faced trampolines stuck in trees, two-story houses caked with mud to their roof lines and caravans tossed on top of each other like discarded cartons. Residents were left with little choice but to gut their houses, stripping them back to the hardwood timber frames and hosing away layer by toxic layer of sticky, stinking mud. The Army was called in to control the streets as more than 55,000 volunteers registered to help the clean-up and thousands more wandered the muddy streets with gumboots and mops. Former Beijing expat and fellow Brisbane resident Libby Rose was one of the walking wounded. The Roses had rented a storage shed several kilometers away as a short-term solution to housing some of their most precious possessions. The shed that was supposed to safeguard a life’s worth of treasures was completely submerged by the floodwaters. When the Roses finally began the painstaking task of recovering a few salvageable belongings, their most vivid memory was the smell, a cloying stench that lingered in the neighbourhood for weeks afterwards. Across the state, 35 people died in the floods and a further nine people are listed as missing. In Brisbane, an estimated 36,000 properties were inundated and 2,100 streets affected across 35 suburbs. I’d like to say it ended there but in the weeks that followed, Australia endured more flooding in other eastern states, as well as cyclones in the north and raging bushfires on the west coast. More homes lost, more grief and even more communities called to action. Despite our repatriation coinciding with these natural disasters, I was glad to be home during this period, to gain a real appreciation for the hardship suffered by others and to help the flood recovery effort where I could. Tragedy brings out the best in communities and the voluntary efforts of so many individuals makes me proud to be Australian. While we miss our friends in Beijing dearly, it’s good to be home.

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Parenting Alternative Routes

iWant Becomes iNeed How apps helped a home-schooling mom by Jennifer Ambrose

I was drawn in by apps, those cute, fuzzy bunnies of the otherwise-serious gadget world




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


or years our family has resisted the gravitational pull of the Apple product phenomena. It hasn’t been easy, watching everyone with their brightly-colored iPods, super-slick iPhones, and description-defying iPads. However, with two young kids, and my own notorious clumsiness, we have never been able to justify a purchase of that magnitude for something we considered to be a fragile toy. This changed recently when I was exposed to some of the latest apps. Yes, I was drawn in by apps, those cute, fuzzy bunnies of the otherwise-serious gadget world. My first exposure to apps was through a high school friend who wrote a trivia game app called Categuru. It was modeled after the sorts of nerdy, wordish party games we would play every weekend while the cooler kids were doing cooler kid things in places without parental supervision. From the demo video, the game looked simple yet challenging, a perfect time-waster. However, I wasn’t inclined to spend several hundred dollars on a new iTouch just to play one little game. Then as the iProducts multiplied, so did the app users in my life. I began to hear from friends and family how they loaded up their iStuff with life-changing apps. They had apps that maintained their daily schedules, delivered their news, and kept them informed on the health status of every player on the Steelers roster. I was beginning to get a little more curious, but still, I waited. And then one of my friends recently demonstrated for me the educational apps she had been putting on her new iPhone for her own children. Math games, word games, storytelling – the list is endless.

Finally, I was seeing the full potential of an iThingie. It wasn’t just a shiny game unit – it could actually be a valuable learning tool. As a home-schooling mother, I often feel the proverbial weight of the world on my shoulders. Not only am I the primary caregiver, but I am also the primary teacher. Though I have willingly assumed this mantle, I am happy to find anything that makes any part of my job a little easier. An iSomething would actually be a fantastic supplement to our school day. After our Christmas trip to the US, we now own an iTouch (a good introductory device). My son Myles is, as any 7-year-old boy would be, delighted by it. I do have a few apps for him that are purely for fun (like Mythbusters), but what I’ve been seeking are enrichment activities. Time-telling, spelling, Greek myths, and – for my young paleontologist – dinosaur apps of every kind have all reinforced material he’s learned while giving me a much-needed break. My daughter Brigid is just starting to assert her desire for her own turn on the iTouch. I’ve found a few toddler apps, giving her a nice diversion for when I really need to focus on Myles’ lesson. Indeed, I have bought a few apps for myself, too, since the gadget is technically mine. Among the first is Categuru. I can be found playing it for a few stolen moments here and there. It isn’t a total time-suck, like Angry Birds, to which I am now redirecting what’s left of my resistance. If I can just avoid that temptation we will all be able to take turns.

Parenting Beijing Baba

Heading South

A long-time columnist bids farewell to the ’Jing by Martin Adams


t was the best of times. In this, his final missive, it pains this columnist to report that, after more than seven years in the Big Smog, he and his are moving on. Well, to be honest, I’m actually quite chuffed to be off: I have landed a job that promises to be fascinating down in Hong Kong, which will be a welcome change of scene and pace. Parenting-wise, being able to put Daniel into an English-language nursery and then school – common and relatively affordable as they are down there – will cure one of my greatest headaches as a laowai baba in Beijing: ensuring my little one absorbs English as well as Putonghua. Now it’s up to his Chinese mum to make sure he keeps his Mandarin. Admittedly, leaving Beijing will be a wrench in some ways, not least for Daniel, as he will have to part with his beloved ayi and grandmother, for which I feel guiltily sad on his behalf. But, let’s be honest, in some ways, Beijing stinks. Getting my son’s lungs into (somewhat) cleaner air has been another priority. We won’t miss the winters, either. In a few limited senses, it was the worst of times. Ours will nonetheless remain a tale of two cities. We will pop back frequently, no doubt – for business, in my case (I will be writing about energy in China and East Asia for the Economist Intelligence Unit) and for pleasure. Apart from friends and my wife’s family, I have a good idea about what we will miss most about Beijing: proper Sichuanese cooking (whatever the objections of Sichuanese residents, Beijing beats Hong Kong in the mala department); chuan’r and Yanjing from the bottle; the phlegmatic-sardonic hutong sense of humor; and the lazy, eryin-riddled

My son, and baba-hood itself, have been all they are cracked up to be, and more burr of Beijinghua. The hutongs and the parks where we have walked and played, with and without our boy, will be good for a trip down memory lane when we breeze through. I’m sure that absence will make the heart grow fonder. But at the moment, I admit that my mind is on our new life down south. When I wrote my first column four years ago, we were still expecting Daniel. The intervening years have been a full, exhausting and exhilarating time. My son, and baba-hood itself, have been all they are cracked up to be, and more. Ah, what little my former self suspected of the small joys and sleepless nights; thank you for putting up with my eulogies and rants in these pages. Neatly, as I write my last column, we have recently learnt that Su Jing, my wife, is expecting again. The child will be born in Hong Kong in the late summer. Battle-hardened baba that I now am, this time round I have a much better idea what is ahead of us. Yet, especially since I saw the first ultrasound pictures just today, my excitement is mounting. Being a Hong Kong baba of two will be a fresh experience in a new place – with an expanded job description.


For a rest from raising his son, Martin researches clean technology for China Confidential, a Financial Times publication, and works as a pen-for-hire. During his seven years in Beijing, he has also been a warm-weather kung fu practitioner.

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here’s no doubt about it, technology has had an amazing impact on our lives. It’s in our homes, our schools and our workplaces. With so many gadgets and so many avenues for digital interaction, it’s hard to imagine life without them. Technology has allowed us to keep in touch with friends and family – to see their faces, hear their voices and look through their photo albums. You don’t even need to have the latest and greatest gear to appreciate how far we’ve come. The humble word processor and e-mail have changed the way we work, learn and communicate. While doing things the old-fashioned way still has its place, it is indeed a brave new world out there where thinking inside the box is a thing of the past.

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Kid Bloggers The next generation of online superstars by Marla Fong and Michael Connors


Tavi Gevinson (VPN required) Tavi Gevinson is a 14-year-old fashion blogger from New York. Her site is brimming with well-written insight regarding both indie and high-end wear and some pretty decent self-shot photography. Gevinson looks like a junior hipster: eclectic clothes topped off with wide-rimmed glasses and a wry smile. She describes herself as “a tiny dork that sits inside all day wearing awkward jackets and pretty hats.” Her parents found out about her blog when she surprised them by asking for permission to be interviewed by the New York Times. Her blog now has

around 50,000 daily readers. Gevinson is an inspiration for many, and not just the young and quirky – she has been described as the muse for the Rodarte sisters’ line of clothes retailing at Target. Currently, Gevinson has a publicist and is working on monetizing her site through collaborative posts with fashion designers. Some fashion gurus look down on this mini-fashionista, claiming she doesn’t have the maturity to write a serious style blog, but we think this teen has more style than most adults could hope for.

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His blog hit the big time when Google ranked him number-one for the keyword search “make money online”

Lourdes Leon Lourdes Leon (or Lola) blogs about her teenage life in a way that’s cute and relatable to other 14-year-old girls. Leon also has a fashion line called Material Girl for teenagers that retails internationally. One more thing: she’s Madonna’s kid. Yeah, that might have something to do with her fame and fortune, but don’t hold it against her; Leon’s Material World blog, which is part of the marketing campaign for Material Girl, has some serious sass and tons of teenage vernacular that won’t be found in Webster’s dictionary. There’s nothing too deep or insightful from Leon, but you do get the impression that she is a smart and fun girl who doesn’t gripe over life’s more difficult elements. You might also get the impression that this is clever marketing at its finest. Either way, her blog is worth a look, if only out of sheer curiosity.

Carl Ocab “Kidblogger” Carl Ocab is somewhat of a blogging sensation. A 16-year-old boy from the Philippines, Ocab created at the age of 13 so he could shares his tips on making money online. His blog hit the big time when Google ranked him number-one for the keyword search “make money online.” Ocab is one of the smartest kids of his generation and even the experts are taking notice. With posts such as “5 Tips You Can’t Miss to Make Money Online Faster” and his blog series “My Best Blog Tip,” we can see why he’s so popular. He is a self-proclaimed mediocre high school student but his blog is certainly an interesting read. Well-organized, packed with posts, and dotted with some self-deprecating humor, there’s nothing “kiddy” about this blogger.

Gloson Teh Gloson Teh is a 12-year-old blogger from Malaysia. He uses his blog to update fellow bloggers (kid and adult alike) on the latest technology and social media advancements. In his home country, Teh is more widely known for his poetry and he has dedicated his second blog Poetry Talents ( to the topic. With the encouragement of his mother, Teh began blogging in 2008



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and has since become a television and media hit in Malaysia. Teh’s most popular posts include “22 Reasons For You to Blog” and “A Beginner’s Guide to Getting the Most Out of Twitter.” Tech savvy, relevant and a great social media resource, offers wonderful entry-level advice. We find it particularly useful for kids as the language is simple and the layout is user-friendly. And for those of us wishing we had the hits this kid does: “Blogging teaches us to be patient and tells us not to give up.” That’s good advice from a 12-year-old.

National Geographic Kids Blogs Instead of just reading one blog, why not read multiple blogs from kids around the world? Hosted by National Geographic Kids, this blog pulls in the most recent posts from kid bloggers the world over. Bloggers are selected and monitored by NG Kids staffand while all the blogs are English-language, that doesn’t seem to limit the locations kids can report from. Australia, Guatemala and Beijing are just a few countries on their blogroll. See what different kids eat, what languages they speak, what games they play and find out about their hometowns. The blog also hosts contests, so be sure to check back regularly to see the latest. We’d recommend this blog to any globe-trotting family.

David Fishman Fourteen-year-old David Fishman is an aspiring food critic who is extraordinarily dedicated to his craft. His reputation as a gourmand got a big boost in 2008 when the New York Times wrote an article about this up-and-coming foodie. Blogging since 2009, Fishman’s Middle School Food Critic is stylishly presented and packed with restaurant reviews largely from New York City but also from around the world. Fishman’s reviews describe his dining experiences in detail, from portion sizes to the restaurant’s choice of music. His critiques and posts are as mature as many experienced food writers, but his perspective as a young diner is what makes this blog so interesting. Fishman has certainly raised the bar in terms of kid bloggers – even the grown-ups can take a few tips from this knowledgeable teen.


Wired Dads

Three family men recommend top tech for kids by Kara Chin

Richard Robinson and his two boys are tangled in tech


hree of Beijing’s top tech dads put their iPhones down for a few minutes to speak to beijingkids about how they balance digital life with family life. They reveal which gadgets their kids love to use - from educational tools like LeapFrog and TeachMe: Kindergarten to just-for-fun games on the Wii and the iPad. And we ask the important question: Where do you draw the line when it comes to screen time?


merican Richard Robinson is the co-founder and President of Youlu, a start-up company in the mobile social networking space. He has two sons, Declan (6) and Aidan (4).

What role does technology play in your family? We embrace technology since our businesses are both in the tech space but for the kids, tech plays an ancillary role.


Do you share tech with your kids or do they have their own gadgets? Both. The kids have their own PCs which have kid-friendly mice. They also have some cool Leapfrog stuff that I wish I had as a kid, but unsurprisingly they love to use the grownups’ iPad and iPhone. How do you balance tech time at home? House rules are a maximum of two hours of screen time per day, which includes TV, PC or any other interactive screen. We limit [screen time] to after lunch only, so on weekends the mornings are for toys or reading only.

What products do you recommend for kids? We love LeapFrog products. On their PCs, we’ve installed some oldschool interactive CD-ROM material, like Living Books and JumpStart, which are standing the test of time very well. Which gadgets do your children love the most? As much as we try to steer the boys to other items, I have to say that the iPad and iPhone have trumped everything else. The intuitive swiping motion has got them hooked. What’s your favorite educational tech for your children? The LeapPad by LeapFrog rocks. It’s an electronic children’s book platform with a pen to interact with the books in audio. Do you and your kids explore new tech together? Mostly on the weekend, but to be honest, even though I’ve been a tech entrepreneur in China for 14 years, it’s usually the lil’ guys who are teaching me half the time!

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Check out this band: (from left) Hannah, dog Ali, Wendy, Brandon and Brent


merican Brent Cohen is the Managing Director and General Manager for Ybrant Digital, a digital marketing company offering solutions to brands, agencies and publishers worldwide. His son Brandon is 12 years old, and his daughter Hannah is 10.

What role does technology play in your family? Our family is extremely digital. We have friends who joke that Brandon was born with a mouse in his hand. It’s an occupational hazard, I suppose, since I’ve been working in the tech sector since 1995 and the Internet has always been “on” in our household. My kids have grown up surfing the Web for information and playing games online. We’ve also got the usual assortment of iPads, iPod Touches, Kindles, Wii and other tech-driven toys to occupy our time. Do you share your gadets or do your kids have their own? We have a family computer that is shared by everyone. Until this year, the family computer was the only way our kids were allowed to go online. With Brandon entering Grade 6 at WAB this year, he was required to get his own MacBook. He’s now primarily on that computer while Hannah still uses the family computer. We bought them an iPod Touch because they wanted to have their own [music] play-lists and games. When we moved to Beijing, we bought Brandon a Kindle so he could stuff it full of English-language books. My wife and I each have our own iPads, which we let the kids use when we travel … sometimes.



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What gadgets do you recommend for kids? When it comes to gaming systems – which can also be quite educational – I’m a big fan of Nintendo’s Wii system as it gets the kids up off the couch. The iPad is a fantastic educational tool for very young kids as they quickly learn how it works and will have hours of fun interacting with the virtually unlimited supply of programs available. Which tech do your kids love the most? We can’t live without an Internet connection. We watch TV from the US, Skype with family and friends, and use it to look things up all of the time. What’s your favorite educational tech for kids? For younger kids, I’d strongly recommend the iPad. It’s great! Do you take time out to teach your kids about tech? We learn tech things together all of the time. Projects from school require learning how to use presentation (Apple Keynote or Microsoft PowerPoint), design (Adobe Photoshop) and word processing software (Microsoft Word). Each new assignment seems to bring with it new learning opportunities. WAB’s teachers integrate technology into every subject and the kids pick up these tools so quickly. It’s only a matter of time before my children will be teaching me new tricks!


How much tech is too much? When the kids were younger we used to talk about “screen time” which included TV, computers and gaming. We would limit them to a few hours a day. But we seem to have gotten away from this as the kids became older and needed to go online for homework or to Skype or e-mail their friends. Besides, I’m the last person to talk to them about setting limits as I’m online pretty much 24/7.

Do you place any restrictions on tech time? We have a family rule that the kids can only go online in a public area (usually our family room) where an adult can supervise. We’ve had a number of discussions about what is – and is not – proper online behavior and the kids have heard a number of lectures about the dangers lurking in cyberspace. No Skype sessions or [Internet] surfing is to take place behind closed doors.



anadian Victor Wong is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of SmarTots, a kids’ education app for mobile devices. He has two boys: Victor (11) and Ethan (6).

What role does technology play in your family? As a tech entrepreneur, software developer and hardcore geek, I am surrounded by technology all the time and this means my family ultimately has access to it as well. For me, technology is my job, but it’s also my passion, and this has definitely rubbed off on my kids (but not my wife, yet). One of my proudest moments as a father was when my older son asked me, “Could we make a game together, Dad?” Do you share your gadgets or do your kids have their own? Mostly we share technology - I need a lot of it for work, so sometimes I need to take some devices away for a while so I can test things on it. My oldest son Victor has a cell phone, but not a smartphone. Also, one thing we do is make sure that all of our technology is in a shared area. We don’t allow our kids [to have] their own computers in their room to make sure they are seeing content that is appropriate for them.

What gadgets do you recommend for kids? Of all gadgets we have in our house (and we have a lot), the one that everyone wants to use is the iPad. I’m amazed at how easy it is to use – I’ve seen kids who can barely walk pick it up and start playing right away. What tech items do your children love the most? We like games that we all can play together, especially music games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and stuff that gets you moving around like Wii Fit. My oldest son liked Guitar Hero so much that he started learning how to play real guitar. On the iPad, my younger son loves a puzzle game called Cut the Rope. What’s your favorite educational tech for kids? My oldest son loves English comic books, but we had a hard time finding them here. Now, with the iPad and the Marvel app, he can get almost any comic he wants right away. My younger son likes the TeachMe: Kindergarten app. We’re also big fans of the Laz Reader series, which are graded readers for younger kids. It’s like having access to English bookstores any time we want. Do you take time out to teach your kids about tech? All the time! I really believe that technology can be used to bring families together as long as you find things that you can share and you manage it properly. One of the great things about technology is we are all learning about it together.


How do you balance tech time at home? I think my wife and I would have two different answers about this. For me, there’s never too much tech, [while] my wife would probably prefer to have less than a dozen gadgets and power chargers on our dinner table all the time. But even though I love tech, I do believe it’s very important to learn how to manage your time with it. Just because you have a TV or a computer, doesn’t mean it should be [on] all the time. I think that as parents we have to try set a good example. I had a nightmare moment about a year ago when I looked up at the dinner table after typing a “quick” e-mail on my phone and realized all of us were staring at a gadget of some sort and not paying any attention to each other. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommend children get no more than two hours of screen time a day, and we’ve adopted this rule in our house - for all of us.

Do you place any restrictions on your kids’ tech time? Absolutely, I think one of our key roles as parents is help kids learn how to manage technology. We set limits on how much time they can play [with tech], and also finding content that is appropriate for them. We have pretty strict rules about the level of violence that the games can have. On the other hand, we don’t set limits when they are using devices for productive purposes, like homework or reading.


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Grade 6 student Yvonne Chen logs on with Rob Cormack, ISB’s ICT Facilitator

The Digital Student How technology is changing the way schools teach by Charlotte Moreau

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What new forms of technology is ISB currently using in their classrooms? Russell Layton: Classrooms are outfitted with interactive white boards, document cameras which allow teachers to put a page under them and then project the [page] onto a large screen, an LCD projector, voice projection systems which teachers hang around their necks to make it easier for them to engage the class (it’s not about volume, but presence). All classrooms have access to a mix of multimedia equipment through a multimedia mixer – primarily it’s a laptop or computer. Also, people retain DVDs, VCRs, iPods, which can then be integrated into [the classroom]. Planning is underway to move towards a true one-to-one [student-laptop ratio] program.


echnology is advancing rapidly with everything from maps to photo albums now having a digital equivalent. Schools are feeling the push to modernize and think outside the classroom box. The students of today are utilizing far more than the simple word processor – their assignments combine a range of multimedia, the Internet makes locating primary sources easier than ever, and downloading lectures from the world’s most prestigious university professors is a mere click away. Education has indeed gone global. beijingkids sat down with Russell Layton, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Director and Rob Cormack, ICT Facilitator, Middle School from the International School of Beijing (ISB) to find out how they’re using technology in the classroom and what they envisage for the schools of 2020.

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already been vetted. That’s something we have to emphasize in class: What’s your source? Who put it there? What’s this person’s angle? Do teachers have difficulties keeping up with the technology? Especially since kids adapt so quickly, it can be a case of the student becoming the teacher. RL: Technology is changing rapidly and to a certain extent the opportunities offered by the technology are also changing. I think the major issue for teachers - as well as keeping up with technology - is assessing it. Does this offer meaningful and relevant opportunities in the context of what I’m trying to achieve with students? We have new technology that we’re experimenting with in school all the time, and it’s a very time-consuming and somewhat ill-defined process. There’s been plenty of waste particularly in the field of technology, and we don’t want to jump on every bandwagon when they come along. How does this [technology] add value? Is this really in line with what we’re trying to achieve? RC: Where the teacher really comes in is not that they even have to be an expert in that [computer] program, but they bring the experience of being the trained professional. They can ask questions that make kids think more deeply. Yeah, kids can get on Google but they often need the teacher’s guidance to sift through and find the quality sources of information. And that’s the value of the thinking process of the teachers. Is there a limit to how much technology you’d like to see in the classroom? RL: I think there’s definitely a limit and it takes professional judgment of the teachers and the administrators, and the parents’ consent. There have to be limits, otherwise you don’t get a return on investment, you don’t get appropriate levels of use. RC: We try not to jump on every bandwagon, as Russell said. There’s a danger of getting the latest gadget and that would be when there’s too much technology. We have to think it through. RL: I can’t think of any occasion where students and teachers have suffered dramatically because we didn’t pick up the latest technology as soon as it was released. What do you think the classroom of 2020 will look like?

Has technology changed what and how you teach? Rob Cormack: In some ways the “what” is always the same: basic processes of reading and writing. RL: And global awareness, other cultures, history - all of those basic principles and tenets remain. The student before might write a piece but their only audience was their teacher and maybe their classmates. Now their audience can be much wider, and in a structured environment [the student] can actually receive feedback about their piece from a much wider audience. RC: Kids now have to be very thoughtful about what their sources are, whereas before, you’d go down to the library and the sources have

RL: A lot of learning, I hope, won’t be centered around classrooms. It’s not about the room, it’s not about the building, it’s about a place for people to meet. I’m hoping that a lot of things will happen away from that location by using technology out in the field. RC: Because of the social stuff we see, because of Facebook and Google Docs and some of these collaborative things, collaboration is going to be needed no matter what. You can [currently download] lectures from MIT and other great universities around the planet - I think that’s just going to continue. RL: It’s about human interaction and the technology will hopefully enhance - maybe even change - the nature or the way that people interact. Hopefully, particularly from an international perspective, that interaction will actually become richer; more varied and face-to-face [interaction] will not be at the expense of the electronic media. If I’ve got something to talk about, I don’t use e-mail; I’d rather go down and talk to the person. Maybe I’m old-fashioned. Laptops and smart boards are expensive and come at a cost to students and schools. Do you think a gap will quickly appear between the “have” and the “have not” schools? RL: The gap is growing now in all sorts of dimensions, and technology is just another one of those factors. If you look at public schools

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in various countries around the world and you look at international schools, that gap is growing. The flip side of that is: Which are the most important gaps to focus on? And I don’t think technology is the most important gap. If you don’t have books in your classroom library, you shouldn’t be putting your money into technology. I’ve been saying that for a long, long time. What forms of technology do you consider essential for every student? RC: This is really boring - the word processor. It’s changed the way we write. It’s so much easier for kids to learn and improve their writing skills. And [following] that closely, it’s the Internet. RL: With the right guidance, I believe the Internet is incredibly powerful in terms of the opportunities it offers. So, that is the most essential.

Laptops give you access to [the Internet]. And the word processor, particularly as they move up in school. Have you encountered problems with parents not being able to keep up-to-speed with the technology? RL: We’re very fortunate; most of our families have multiple computers at home. From what I understand, the Internet is accessible [at home and] reasonably powerful. RC: Understandably, parents sometimes feel that they can’t keep up. Teenagers have perplexed parents for generations – technology just adds a new dimension. Kids are naturally social; I remember my mom yelling at me to get off the phone. Now kids are [socializing] in a different, online kind of way, and there are some implications of that. It comes up every year in middle school.

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Top 10 Apps Games to get your kids thinking by Imogen Kandel

Kid Art Price: USD 0.99 For ages: 2-6 This parent-designed app is great for younger tech-heads. The super-simple controls are designed with little hands and first-time users in mind. Kids can draw a range of school- or sea-themed scenes. They can also drop, move, and resize animals in their drawings. Saving pictures is easy and to erase - just shake your iPhone.

Animalia Price: USD 3.99 For ages: 4-8 Based on the beautifully illustrated children’s book by the same title, the Animalia app brings this classic into the digital era. Just like in the original storybook, the aim of the game is to find Graeme, a little boy who spends his time hiding amidst the highly detailed scenes of this animal wonderland. Learn the names of the animals and hear them roar, squeak and squawk. Zoom in on illustration details, and spend hours searching for Graeme - he’s never in the same spot twice!

abc PocketPhonics Price: USD 1.99 For ages: 3-7 Parents and educators alike love PocketPhonics. Designed and reviewed by teaches in the US and UK, it teaches kids the basics of reading and writing using the synthetic phonics teaching method. Children will learn 30 letter sounds such as letter-combos like “sh” and “ch,” while honing their writing and spelling skills. Best of all, it’s fun to use and the positive feedback keeps kids progressing through the program.

eliasZOO Price: USD 1.99 For ages: 0-2 We all remember flash cards, don’t we? Well, this is a flash card app for the next generation. Babies and toddlers can flip through 22 illustrated animal cards, poke them to hear what noise they make as well as see what each animal is called. To help maintain their interest, each animal is animated (without being too over-the-top). A good vocabulary builder for little ones, and a great way to keep them occupied whenever you’re waiting in line somewhere.

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Virtuoso Piano Free Price: Free For ages: 3-8 Virtuoso Piano Free is a great app for kids who are learning the piano – or for those who just like to make noise. Offering six octaves, the quality of the grand piano sound makes you feel like you’re playing the real deal. Kids can also practice five different chords. If you’re looking for more features like tuning, adjustable reverb, advanced metronome and recording, the full version (Virtuoso Piano) is available for USD 0.99.

Story Patch Price: USD 4.99 For ages: 5-10 This picture story app is an excellent choice for elementary school children. Kids can design and write their own masterpieces from scratch or use a themed template (a good option for younger kids) to help them. Over 800 images are included and kids can even import their own photos. When they’re done, they can e-mail friends and family their story as a PDF file. Definitely worth the comparatively high price tag.

Math Drills Lite Price: Free For ages: 5-10 It’s not the prettiest or most colorful, but for actual teaching ability this app ranks highly. The Lite version (full version USD 1.99) teaches basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills using number lines, wooden blocks, facts and hints. There’s also a feature that allows kids to solve problems using their fingers (or at least a digital representation of them). The review mode is particularly helpful and allows parents to see where their kids are struggling and succeeding.

Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History Collections Price: Free For ages: 7+ The first official app from the American Museum of Natural History allows you to explore the Museum’s giant fossil collection. Delve into the archives and uncover hundreds of interactive photos and renderings. You can also read up on where each fossil was found as well as the paleontologist who discovered it. Dino-enthusiasts of all ages will love this app.

Montessori Crosswords Price: USD 2.99 For ages: 3-8 Designed by two home-schooling parents, this app is easy to use, well-illustrated and has lots of opportunity for interaction. Great for kids who are learning how to read and spell, this app offers 300 word-image-audio combinations, which are in turn classified into three levels of phonetic difficulty. The possibility for repeat play is endless and the increasingly difficult puzzles give this app a long shelf life.



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Feature TeachMe: Kindergarten Price: USD 0.99 For ages: 3-5 With this app, kids can learn sight words, addition, subtraction and spelling under the guidance of Mimi Mouse, an animated teacher character. The coin reward system is very effective: For every three correct answers, kids earn a coin, and they then use their coins to “buy” stickers. Once they’ve collected enough stickers to make a scene, kids can e-mail their creation to Mom and Dad or use it as wallpaper. Bright, colorful and intuitive, this app makes learning fun. Parents will appreciate the extra customization and performance history review features.

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Cut the Rope Price: USD 0.99 For ages: 5+ Description: A seriously fun, seriously addictive puzzle game. The aim is to get Om Nom to the candy but it won’t be easy.

Pictureka! Price: USD 1.99 For ages: 6+ Description: Find hidden objects fast within wonderfully crazy cartoons scenes. It’s a race against time. Multi-player available. Ages: 5-12 Description: This is a virtual playground for your kids. In this world, your online pet needs to be fed and played with, and there are games and educational quizzes to be played and items to be bought. Ages: 4-12 Description: Elmo, Clifford, Curious George – they’re all here ready to teach your kids in an extremely well-designed and playful way.

Angry Birds Price: 0.99 For ages: 5+ Description: No apps list is complete without this addictive favorite. 225 levels of brute force, it’s birds versus green pigs and the birds are set to come out on top.

Adora Dear

Price: USD 0.99 Ages: 3-10 Description: Dress up Adora Dear, choosing from 100 different patterns and 150 different clothing items. You can also print out your creations to make paper dolls.

Depict Price: USD 0.99 Ages: 6+ Description: Depict is an online Pictionary game played with friends or strangers. This app provides users with a fun mental workout.

Ages: 10+ Description: This site takes questions like “How evolution works” or “How daredevils work” and answers them using clear and concise language. It’s a great site for curious minds.

Ages: 12+ Description: A site packed with colorful videos that enthusiastically explain anything from the law of conservation of mass to how Dickens came to be famous. Younger kids can check out www. Ages: 8-14 Description: A vocabulary quiz in which for each right answer given, ten grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme. It gets harder as you go along.

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Family Dining

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

American The American Cafe No-nonsense American-style diner serves up hearty burgers, a selection of Tex-Mex favorites, sizeable salads and breakfast plates in a cozy environment. Free delivery. Daily 7am-10.30pm. 1/F (behind Ozone Fitness), Blue Castle Apartments, 3 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 7428) 博平咖啡, 朝阳区西大望路3号蓝 堡国际公寓1层 American Steak & Eggs Affordable meals, from classic American diner breakfasts to fancier dinner specials. They have a kids’ menu, books, toys and patience. Daily 7ammidnight. Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai (directly north of the Friendship Store, one traffic light west of Silk Market), Chaoyang District. (6592 8088/8788) www.steakeggs. 喜来中北美西餐, 朝阳区建国门外秀 水南街(友谊商店北面, 秀水西边第一个红绿灯) Blue Frog 1) Daily 10am-11pm. L312, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6337,; 2) Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030, 蓝蛙, 1) 顺义区天竺 镇欲翔路99号北京欧陆时尚购物中心(欧陆广 场)L312室; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯 Village南区4号楼3层S4-30 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,” “Outstanding Brunch,” “Outstanding Steak,” “Outstanding Burger” and “Outstanding Chef (William Bolton)” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm, Tue-Sat 5.30-10pm. Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (north of Block 8), Chaoyang District. (6591 8676, 美西西餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳公园西路(八号公 馆北) Cici’s This Canadian burger joint packs a lot into a small space, with just four tables. The menu is fairly basic with hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and greasy onion rings featuring as the main stars. Cici’s also make a mean to-order burger for fussy eaters. Daily 10am-6.30pm. 3 Jingmi Lu, Homeware and Lifestyle Village, Shunyi District. (138 1194 6806) 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 Non-Hotel Brunch,” “Outstanding Family-Friendly” and “Best Sandwiches” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. S8-33, Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318); 2) Daily 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058) 新元素, 1) 朝阳区三 里屯路19号三里屯Village南区8号楼S8-33; 2) 朝阳区将太路6号 Fuel Live music and sports on the big screens, along with two private rooms equipped with TVs, KTV and Playstation 3 games. Take their rib-eating challenge, share an enormous burger or try one of the tasty pizzas along with one of Fuel’s six beers. Daily 11am-late. 1/F, Langham Place, 1 Er Jing Lu, Beijing Capital International Airport (southwest of Terminal 3), Chaoyang District (6457 5555) 朝阳区首都机场二经路1号朗豪 酒店(T3航站楼西南) Hungry Horse You won’t go hungry at this Pinnacle Plaza eatery in Shunyi. Besides the bountiful offerings of burgers, salads, breakfast plates, pastas and pizzas, we can recommend the satisfying Reuben and French dip sandwiches – just don’t go expecting pure authenticity. Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am-10pm. Stall 609, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5519) 红马美国餐厅, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场609 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. Daily 8am-midnight. 2-18 Tianzhijiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (6592 5548, http://www. 朝阳区广渠路31号院天之骄 子2号楼2-18 Olio This Singaporean chain is simple and classy, without being burdened with a fussy, upscale dining atmosphere. Lunch specials range from RMB 69-89. Coffee (espresso, cappucino, mocha and more), tea, gelato and smoothies are also served. Daily 10am9pm. B124, B1/F, China Central Place (basement of Shin Kong Place), 77-79 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 7882) 欧流餐厅, 朝阳区建国路77-79号华贸购物中心 地下1层124号 Smallville This cafe invokes the name of that hallowed Midwestern town where Superman was raised on wholesome food and family values – two things Smallville offers in abundance. Young comic book fans will get a kick out of the jumbo comic book posters and dishes named “The Avenger” and “The Hulk.” A kids’ menu offers child-friendly versions of North American comfort food, but we bet the biggest lure will be the Oreo milkshake. Mon-Thu 7.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.30am-8pm. 3 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 5448) index.php?intModulePK=A0012_19&tagorder =0&isinner=0&mmenu=2353庭院咖啡厅, 顺 义区后沙峪西白辛庄开发街3号 Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q Little cowboys and cowgirls can chow down on hearty portions of carnivore fare, all served in a restaurant packed with authentic high-plains kitsch flown in from the Lonestar State. Daily 9ammidnight. 14 Dongdaqiao Lu (on the corner of Guanghua Lu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9161) Tim’s 熏烤房, 朝阳区东大桥路14号贵友大厦正北200米

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Tony Hamburger Features burgers ranging from beef, bacon and satay-flavored options. Chinese and Western offerings at reasonable prices (RMB 29-35). Delivery is available. Daily 10am-9pm. 899-2 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Development Zone, Shunyi District. (5842 6175; 5703 5933) 顺义区天竺开发区 荣祥广场899-2

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 Awfully Chocolate Scrumptious chocolate cakes are to die for – rich in taste yet moist and light. Three flavors: original (RMB 138276), banana (RMB 168-336) and rum and cherry (RMB 178-356). 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Rm 05A Bldg 1, Raffles City, Dongcheng District. (8409 8452, beijing@awfullychocolate.; 2) Daily 9am-9.30pm. Bldg 2, Carrefour Shopping Center, Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District. (5172 2511,; 3) Daily 10am-9pm. Rm 108, Bldg 2, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 5826, 1) 东城区东直门来福士 广场B1-05a (Raffles City); 2) 海淀区中关村家 乐福购物中心B2楼(肯德基旁); 3) 朝阳区建国 路93号万达广场2号楼108 Boulangerie Nanda A European-style bakery, the selection of muffins rotates daily, with orange, blueberry, and almond wholewheat in hot demand (RMB 10). A mini cheesecake (RMB 15) hits the spot without bringing on guilt. If you’re craving something savory, the 6-inch bacon and spinach quiche makes for a hearty lunch (RMB 40). Take home a multigrain foccacia (RMB 16) or sour rye bread (RMB 15); the loaves will keep fresh for up to two days. Those with allergies needn’t fear; every single ingredient used in the baking process is carefully listed on the packaging. Daily 9.30am-7.30pm. 1/F, 52 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区朝阳区京顺路52号乐活城1层 (在Giant自行车店旁边) Bread of Life Bakery Bread of Life Bakery creates jobs and a good working environment for older orphans who are disabled by baking and selling their own homemade breads, pies, specialty cakes and cinnamon rolls. Order by phone or online at their website. (137 2262 2865, 031 6608 3407, http://www. 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. 10am-8pm. Central Park, Tower 11, Shop 109, CBD, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. ( www.ccsweets. cn 喜喜饼房, 朝阳区朝外大街6号,新城国际 T11.109店 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. 10am-10pm. LG51, Sanli-

tun 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 7am8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 2) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853); 3) Daily 7am-10.30pm. Door 102, Pacific Century Place Department Store, 2A Gongti BeiLu, Chaoyang District. (6539 2005); 4) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 2/F Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 5) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 6) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 7) Daily 7am-8.30pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 8) 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) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际 公寓商业5号楼1层; 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路551号; 3) 朝阳区工体北路甲2号盈科中心商场 102单元; 4) 朝阳区来广营东路5号2楼东侧; 5) 东城区东直门外大街35号东湖俱乐部1层; 6) 朝 阳区日坛北路4号; 7) 顺义区裕翔路99号天竺 镇欧陆广场L111室; 8) 朝阳区建国路89号华贸 中心15号楼102 The Fig Tree This grand two-floor pastry school and café offers informal and fun classes where you can learn to make a supremely indulgent chocolate cake, delectable rum truffles or a savory quiche. RMB 350 gets you a two-and-a-half hour baking lesson from classically trained chef Lin Zhong, who uses proper old-fashioned “full-fat” ingredients. And of course you get to take the fruits of your labor home with you. The bright and airy café that overlooks the school kitchens is a pleasant spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and carrot cake or a light lunch. Cakes can be ordered bespoke for all occasions, at prices ranging from RMB 150-1,000 depending on the ingredients, intricacy and size. 202, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (139 1056 6742, 朝阳区朝阳区朝外大街朝外 Soho702室A座 German Food Center Daily 9.30am-7pm. 105 Binduyuan Mansion, 15 Zaoying Beili, Maizidian (800m east of Nongzhanguan Beilu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9370) 德 国食品店, 朝阳区麦子店枣营北里15号宾都苑 公寓105号(长城饭店南侧,农展馆北路往东走 800米路北) Pie House Despite what a generations of people raised by cartoons might believe, the proper destination for a banana cream pie is not in your opponent’s face. The divine vanilla custard from Pie House deserves to be in no one’s face but your own. Born of American pie enthusiast Mark Huetsch’s inability to bear a pie-less lifestyle in Beijing, Pie House delivers rich, heavenly pastry free within the Fourth Ring Road or to Wudaokou. Their pie lineup including pumpkin, French cream, key lime, and blueberry (RMB 149249), and extends to mousses and tartlets. Delivered to your door on time, still warm and full of gooey fruit filling, these pies could solve a domestic dispute. Daily 9am-9pm. Delivery only, order five hours in advance. Daily 9am-9pm. (5166 4464) http://www. 派悦坊 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 The Swiss Deli The Swissotel’s bakery and deli is a popular stop for Dongsishitiao

*listings in orange are new to Directories commuters and offers an extensive range of cakes, bakery items, freshly prepared sandwiches and salads, homemade Swiss chocolate, as well as with a full range of beverages and delicious coffee. Great for a quick takeaway breakfast or snack. Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288 ext. 2127, publicrelation.beijing@swissotel. com) 东城区潮阳 门北大街2号 The Whole Soul Bakery The Whole Soul Bakery is based in Beijing and “dedicated to the idea of feeding your body as well as your soul.” Their desserts are “preservative, added sugar, wheat, and dairy-free;” and their “goal is to enable the citizens of the world to live well by eating well. Based on community, responsibility, and blending together.” All Brownies, Cookies, and Bars are made in batches of six, and each batch is priced at RMB 80. Cakes and Pies are priced at RMB 100, and include a re-usable glass pie pan. At the time of your second pie order, you may return this glass pan and receive a RMB 10 discount. More info and ordering form on their website. (137 1890 5194 (ask for Scott), http://

Buffets 360̊A solid selection of international cuisines available around the clock at this buffet restaurant by the airport. On Sundays, the regular selection is complemented by special cooking stations for a great champagne brunch. Daily 24hrs Hilton Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 3, Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District (6458 8888) 朝阳区首 都机场3号航站希尔顿酒店 Bubbalicious Brunch Sunday 11.30am3pm. 2/F Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Xicheng District. (5922 8888 ext 8102) 西城区朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北 京威斯汀大饭店 Cafe Noir The sunlight radiates through the high glass walls of Café Noir, where specialties from curry laksa to beef rendang and Hainan chicken represent Southeast Asian fare admirably. Alongside that, dishes such as lobster tail with caviar, and oyster with Champagne emulsion, demonstrate the sophistication of Western cuisine. Daily 6.30am-midnight. Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5907 8888) 朝阳区东四环北路2号上东盛贸酒店 Golden Hans Beer & Roast This chain of buffet restaurants serves all-you-can eat salads and meats (everything from Brazilian barbecue and chicken hearts to German-style sausage and prawns - although some of the more expensive items are served only once). They also brew their own beer on site. 1) 1/F Bldg D, Chen Ming Dasha, 2 Xizhimennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6600 2566); 2) 1/F Huapu Guoji Dasha, 19 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6580 2259); 3) Bldg 420, Wangjing Xiyuan Siqu (Opposite China Mobile Building), Chaoyang District. (6471 1490)金汉斯啤 酒烤肉, 1) 西城区西城区西直门内南大街2号成 铭大厦D座1楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区朝外大街19号 华普国际大厦1楼; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区望京西园 四区420楼2楼 Golden Jaguar This buffet restaurant of both Western and Chinese food offers mountains to choose from. Lunch is RMB 198 and dinner is RMB 238; kids under 120cm are half-price and those under 70cm eat free. There are plenty of chairs on hand for youngsters. Place mats at the Golden Jaguar’s buffet greet you with the advice: “For the sake of your health, please do not binge eat and drink.” Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm,5-10.30pm,SatSun 10.30am-4pm,5-10.30pm. 1) 4/F, North Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6553 8888); 2) 2/F, Wangfu Shiji Dasha, Donganmen Dajie (opposite China Children’s Art Theater), Dongcheng District. (6559 8888 ext 1); 3) 2/F, Building 214,

Huizhong Beili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (5128 1888) 金钱豹, 1) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸 天阶大厦北楼4层; 2) 东城区东安门大街王府世 纪大厦2层(儿童剧场对面); 3) 朝阳区亚运村惠 忠北里小区214号楼2层 InspiRED Brunch Sunday 11am-3pm. 1/F Westin Beijing Financial Street, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (6629 7810) 西城区西城区金融街乙9号 Matsuko Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm,5-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 1) 1/F, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8731 9890,; 2) 78 Anli Road (Subway Line 5 Datun Road East Station), Haidian District. (5963 6663,; 3) 2/F, Jinglong Dasha, 225 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6509 8999,; 4) Baijiazhuang (south east corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 5208,; 5) 39 Liangmaqiao Lu (opposite 21st Century hotel), Chaoyang District. (8453 4062, 松子, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区南新园西路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) The Orchard An institution among residents of residents of out-of-town expat hideout Shunyi, The Orchard comes highly recommended for its affordable menu of western food and emphasis on organic produce, with ample provision for little ones making it an ideal spot for family dining. The well-known Sunday brunch (11am-3pm) is RMB 180 a person. Children can relax with a video and enjoy the cushy chairs in the kids’ room, or head outside for a stroll around the lake with mom and dad. 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), Shunyi District. (6433 6270) 果园, 顺义区崔各庄乡何各 庄村(过何各庄村路标往南转) Senses The kids will marvel at the open plan kitchen and live cooking stations where your food is prepared before your very eyes. The unique combination of international and Asian style cuisine makes this place a popular venue for a family meal. Breakfast buffet is RMB 208 (plus 15% service charge), lunch is RMB 228 (plus 15% service charge) and dinner is RMB 328 (no service charge). Co-winner of “Best Brunch” for its Bubbly Sunday brunch in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.3010.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 7810; 6606 8866 ext 7810) property/dining/index.html?propertyID=1704 味, 西城区金融大街乙9号北京金融街威斯汀 大酒店1层 VIC Sofitel’s VIC (standing for “Voyage of International Cuisine”) offers virtually roundthe-clock buffet dining; think of it as the ultimate midnight snack. The spread covers all the expected bases – Cantonese, Japanese sushi, French cheeses, Italian cold cuts and an Indian curry station. Bring the kids along for games, toys, bouncy castle, ball pool, Wii animation game, DVD corner and special activities under the supervision of the in-house nanny. Daily 12am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 6/F, Sofitel Beijing, Bldg C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666, VIC国际美食, 朝阳 区建国路93号万达广场C座索菲特酒店6层

Cafes & Sandwiches Bocata Lunch favorite for embassy staff. The white rock terrace and well-made paninis (RMB 23-50) make this sandwich cafe a pleasant retreat when the climate is congenial. Daily 10am-midnight. 3 Sanlitun Lu (opposite 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6417 5291) 朝阳区三里屯路3号 3.3大厦对面

Directories Fisheye Café This blue and white, 70sqm coffee shop serves up quality coffee made from seasonal coffee beans that are sourced from eight countries in Central America and Africa, including El Salvador, Kenya, Costa Rica and Colombia, which are delivered straight from Ritual Coffee Roasters’ coffee, San Francisco. 10am-10pm. S1-18, 1/F Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District; 鱼眼咖啡.朝阳区三里屯路S1-18, 1/F三里屯 Village 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 7am-7.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7.30pm. 0171 (inside Cicada Hutong), Bldg C, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 3348) 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. SunThu 7.30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District. (8046 4301) 单太 太贝谷面包房, 顺义区西白辛庄开发街5号 (紧 邻名都园) O’Briens An Irish sandwich bar offering classic thick bread toasted sandwiches, salads, soups, gourmet coffee, smoothies and fresh juices all in a relaxed, airy setting. Additional features include Carlsberg and Guinness on tap, wireless Internet and delivery options. 1) Daily 8am-9pm. Silk Market, 8 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5169 8870); 2) Daily 8am-9pm. 1/F Clubhouse, Building 1, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1681); 3) Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun 8am8.30pm. 6 Riverville Square, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8588) 奥拜恩三明治吧, 1) 朝阳区秀水街建国门外大街8号; 2) 朝阳区东方 东路19号亮马桥外交公寓1号楼会所1层; 3) 顺 义区天竺温榆广场06号商铺 Panino Teca This casual-chic cafe bakes its own bread daily on the premises for an exhaustive variety of sandwiches. Outdoor seating is available, but even if you don’t nab a spot, the light streaming through the floorto-ceiling windows means that wherever you sit, you’ll be in the sun. Delivery available. Voted “Outstanding Sandwiches” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 8.30am-midnight. S2-11, Bldg 2, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 1416, paninoteca@yahoo.; 2) Daily 8am-11pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8454 1797, 品味店, 1) 朝阳 区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区2号楼S2-11; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 Switch! With its mod furnishings, lofted floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden deck, and street-facing entrance, this café caters to the gallery-hopping crowds. The owners also operate the catering company Culinary Capers, and the menu offers a number of sandwiches, salads, and pizza as well as a cheerful selection of fried appetizers. A great stop for anyone who wants a nibble or a drink on the gallery circuit. Tue, Wed, Sun 11am-6pm; Thu-Sat 11am-9pm. #8503, 798 Art District,

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4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 4916) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区8503 Village Cafe Offers international cuisine and pan Asian classics with a fresh twist. Well-designed interior and kids-friendly environment. Baby chairs and cutleries, and children’s menu’s on the offer. The Sticky Date Pudding dessert comes highly recommended. Daily 24hrs. 1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5210, villagecafe@theopposite 朝 阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village1号楼瑜舍1层

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 baby-changing 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, cater http://www. 墨 西哥厨房, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场705号

Chinese Ba Guo Bu Yi Chengdu import serves authentic Sichuan cuisine. Classy, understated decor looks like a Chinese inn movie set. 1) Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm. 68 Xizhimen Nanxiaojie, Xicheng District. (6615 2230); 2) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. Xinzhi Dasha, 28 Fucheng Lu, Haidian District. (8819 0088); 3) Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm. 2/F, Nanhang Hotel, 10 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6567 2188); 4) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 89-3 Di’anmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6400 8888) 巴国布衣, 1) 西城区西直门南小街68号; 2) 海淀区阜成路 28号新知大厦; 3) 朝阳区东三环中路10号南航 酒店2层; 4) 东城区地安门东大街89-3号 Crystal Jade Reaching from Singapore to Seoul, the Crystal Jade group offers high quality Cantonese food, good service, and opulent atmosphere. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/ F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1150/70); 2) Daily 11am4pm, 5-10pm. Store BB82, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8515 0238) 翡翠皇宫酒家, 1) 朝阳区建国路87号新 光天地6层; 2) 东城区东长安街1号东方广场地 铁层BB82店铺 Da Dong Roast Duck Kids love getting their fingers dirty when crafting pancake after pancake of delicious duck at this Beijing favorite. Aside from the duck, they also have a large selection of homestyle standards.Won best “Beijing Duck” in 2008 tbj awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 5/F, Jinbao Dasha, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1234); 2) 1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (5169 0329); 3) 3 Tuanjiehu Beikou, Dongsanhuan Lu (southeast corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 2892/4003) 北京大 董烤鸭店, 1) 东城区金宝街金宝大厦5层; 2) 东城区东四十条甲22号南新仓国际大厦1~2楼(立 交桥西南角); 3) 朝阳区团结湖北口3号楼东三 环路(长虹桥东南角) Ding Ding Xiang You’d be nuts to bring a toddler to a hot pot joint, but Ding Ding Xiang’s individual hot pots make it easy even for picky eaters to satisfy their own tastes. And who doesn’t like playing with fire? Let the flames begin! Voted “Outstanding Hot Pot” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Yuanjia International Apartments, Dongzhimenwai, Dongzhong Jie (opposite East Gate Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6417 9289); 2) 1/F West Tower, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 3137/3079); 3) Daily 11.30am-11pm. 1/F, 14 Dongzhong Jie, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District. (6417 2546); 4) Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg 7, Guoxing Jiayuan, Shouti Nanlu, Haidian District.

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(8835 7775/7779); 5) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5997/7172) 鼎鼎香, 1) 东城区东直门 外东中街东环广场对面元嘉国际公寓2层; 2) 朝 阳区东大桥路8号SOHO尚都西塔一层; 3) 东城 区东直门外东中街14号1层; 4) 海淀区首体南路 国兴家园7号楼1-2层; 5) 朝阳区建国路87号新 光天地6楼D6006号 Din Tai Fung The internationally renowned chain has a home in Beijing – 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 “Outstanding Chinese Restaurant of the Year” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6462 4502); 2) Mon-Fri 11.30am9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 7/F, Dangdai Shangcheng, 40 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6269 6726); 3) Daily 11.30am9.30pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1536) 鼎泰丰, 1) 朝阳区新源西里中街24号; 2) 海淀区中关村 大街40号当代商城7层; 3) 朝阳区建国路87号华 贸中心新光天地6层 Grand Mansion Chinese Restaurant For a real lao Beijing experience, this three-story restaurant is an ideal place to go. The decor is magnificent like an imperial palace, the staff dress in traditional Beijing clothes, and the opera stage on the second floor offers entertaining performances every night. The food consists mainly of Sichuan, Cantonese and Beijing cuisines. The performances (6.45pm-8.15pm) include Sichuan Opera with its special face-changing and fire-spurting stunts, traditional Chinese dance and music, magic shows, and kung fu. Your kids will not be bored! Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm. Wanliuxing Bldg, Wanliu Donglu, 28 Wanquanzhuang, Haidian District. (5872 0188) 大 宅门中式餐饮会所, 海淀区万泉庄28号万柳东 路万柳新贵大厦 Hai Di Lao 9am-10pm. 1)4/F Wangjing International Commercial Center, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District; 2) A2 Baijiazhuang Lu, Sanlitun (west of Beijing No. 80 Middle School), Chaoyang District. (6595 0079/2982) 朝阳区1)朝阳区望衔9号望京国际 商业中心4楼; 2)白家庄路甲二号第80中学西侧 Jin Ding Xuan Dim sum fun for all. Let your kids guess the contents of the fresh, steaming baskets that arrive at your table and reward correct guesses by letting them order the next round of treats. And if Junior’s still not sleeping through the night, don’t worry, the restaurant is open 24 hours. Readers voted it “Best Dim Sum” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 24hrs. 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District. (6429 6888); 2) D122 B/1 Huamao Shopping Center, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111); 3) Daily 24hrs. 16 Pufang Lu, across from Carrefour, Fengtai District. (6761 7161); 4) Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Entrance B03, north corner of Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 1155); 5) Daily 24hrs. Yiyuan No.15, Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6497 8978); 6) Daily 24hrs. 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8596 8881) 金鼎轩酒楼, 1) 东城 区和平里西街77号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区建国路 87号华贸购物中心B1楼D122号; 3) 丰台区方庄 蒲芳路16号 (家乐福对面); 4) 海淀区远大路 1号金源时代购物中心北侧1层B03入口; 5) 朝 阳区亚运村安慧北里逸园15号; 6) 朝阳区团结 湖南路15号 Noodle Loft While this upscale joint serving homestyle Shanxi dishes is not expressly kidfriendly, the whole family will get a kick out of watching the noodle chefs in action. Ask for a seat at the noodle “bar” to get really up close. Daily 10am-10pm. 2/F Fuma Dasha, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 4700) 面酷, 朝阳区广顺北大街33号福码 大厦2楼(近望京嘉茂) Wu Li Xiang This Cantonese/Huaiyang



restaurant 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 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 homemade Beijing-style deep-fried bread sticks)is served at lunch and private rooms are available. Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, 5-10pm,Sat-Sun 9am-4pm,5-10pm. Traders Upper East Hotel, Beijing, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (intersection of Xiaoyun Qiao and Fangyuan Xilu near Upper East Side), Chaoyang District. (5907 8406) 屋里香, 朝阳区东四环北路2号 (霄云桥和芳园西十字路口)北京上东盛贸饭 店 2-3 层 Xi He Ya Ju Foreigners and Chinese alike flock to this upscale restaurant set in a traditional courtyard that borders Ritan Park. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. Northeast corner of Ritan Park, Chaoyang District. (8561 7643) 羲和雅居, 朝阳区日坛公园东北角 Xiao Wang Fu Chinese homestyle is comfort food for your family, and this bustling place is great to initiate the younger members of your crew into the tradition of delicious Beijing duck. The Ritan Park venue, which is swankier, is probably better for a mom and pop only night out. Voted “Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am2pm, 5-9.30pm. 2/F of Crown Plaza Hotel, 48 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5911 9985/6); 2) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Inside the North Gate of Ritan Park, Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8561 5985); 3) Daily 11am-10.30pm. Bldg 2, Guanghua Lu Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6591 3255); 4) Daily 5.30pm-1am. 15 Qianhai Beiyan, Xicheng District. (6617 5558) 小王府, 1) 东城区王府 井大街48号国际艺苑皇冠假日酒店二层; 2) 朝 阳区日坛路日坛公园北门内; 3) 朝阳区光华路 东里2号楼; 4) 西城区前海北沿15号 Xihe Yaju Foreigners and Chinese alike flock to this upscale restaurant set in a traditional courtyard that borders Ritan Park. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. Northeast corner of Ritan Park, Chaoyang District. (8561 7643) 羲和雅居, 朝阳区日坛公园东北角 Zen5es Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.30pm10.30pm. 4/F, the Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880, fbreservation.chaoyang@westin. com) 朝阳区朝阳 区东三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

Cooking Lessons and Schools Be a Chinese Chef (BACC) BACC teaches expats in the vicinity of Chaoyang park how to make numerous Chinese traditional dishes, including all-time favorites such as kungpao chicken and peppered beef. Room 102, Unit 4, Building 3, North Part of Chao Yang Park Xi Li, Chaoyang District. (65384069, Beijing Foodies Meets on the first Sunday of each month. Locations subject to change every month, Chaoyang District. ( bjfoodies.blogspot. com Beijing Wine Club Organization of wine enthusiasts hosts monthly wine events ranging from blind tasting to wine quizzes, all with manageable snippets of wine education thrown in. Events are RMB 150. (137 1787 1229,

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ChocoJing: The Chocolate Appreciation Society of Beijing Meets about once a month to hold chocolate tastings, explore different types of chocolates and their origins and in general have an excuse to gorge themselves silly. (chocojing@iheartbeijing. com) 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. (159 0104 6127, info@the-hutong. com) 东城区九道湾中巷 胡同1号(北新桥地铁站东南边) The Fig Tree 202, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (139 1056 6742, 朝阳区朝阳区朝外大街朝外Soho702室A座

European The Bookworm Bright, airy and filled with books. Offers light sandwiches, salads and pastas as well as heartier fare. Wine list features 40 options. 1) Mon-Sat 8am-8pm,Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108, books@beijingbookworm. com, kidsclub@beijingbookworm. com); 2) Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507,, 书虫书吧, 1) 顺义区崔各庄 乡,何各庄村一号院; 2) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 Capital M Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 610.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, 6-10.30pm (afternoon tea between 2.30-5pm). 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen), Chongwen District. (6702 2727) 崇文区前门步行 街2号3层 New Verandah This chic Shunyi eatery serves a fusion of Western fare, with an emphasis on Dutch fare (the owner hails from Holland), from classic pizzas and pastas to extravagant seafood and meat mains while dining on the banks of the Wenyu River. Dishes include Zuurkool met Rozijntjes (sauerkraut with raisins stewed in white wine), bitterballen (a Dutch and Belgian fried appetizer) and Nasi Goreng. Choose from an extensive selection of wines and desserts. Lunch set menus are RMB 68 or 85 per person. Best of all, it has a huge play area for kids to enjoy, and is a great place for birthday parties. Tue-Sun 10am-9.30pm. 8 Laiguangying East Road (50m west of WAB international school), Chaoyang District. (8470 3821) 长廊 西餐厅, 朝阳区来广营东路8号(京西国际学 校往西50米) 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, 园景, 朝阳区将台西 路9-6号(珀丽酒店对面) SALT Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) www. 盐, 朝阳区将台西路 9号2层(珀丽酒店西边) 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 Non-Hotel Brunch” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, 葡萄院儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号

French Boucherie Michel Opened by a young French butcher of the old school, this artisanal shop and restaurant has gained a wide following with its selection of high-grade beef, veal, lamb, and pork (50-110 RMB per kg). Patrons also recommend the pates, sausages (including merguez) and Parisian-style hams. Freshly roasted chicken, quiches, frozen dishes such as coq au vin, as well as a range of well priced French wines are also for sale. The small French restaurant upstairs delivers the same meat, now cooked, in a cozy checkeredtablecloth setting or, in season, on the curbside patio. Daily 9am-8pm. 1/F, Jiezuo Dasha, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0489, 米歇尔 肉店, 朝阳区幸福村中路杰座大厦底层 La Provence This French restaurant is one of the only ones of its kind in the greater Shunyi area. Offers a selection of wine and a French chef in the kitchen. 2/F Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 3536) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场二层

Fusion Bei Daily 5.30-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5230, www.beirestaurant. com 北, 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village1号 楼瑜舍地下1层

German Der Landgraf Based on the famous German restaurant dating back to 1639, this longrunning restaurant in Fangzhuang opened in 1999 and serves a range of German cuisine and a variety of imported German beers, from Pilsner, Lager and Weizen beer to Cologne. Daily 11am-1am. 2A Pufang Lu, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District. (6768 2664, 兰特伯爵, 丰台区方庄蒲芳 路甲2号 German Food Center The answer to all your sandwich needs can be found at this long-running Maizidian deli selling domestic and imported meats, sausages, bread, coffee, cakes and other imported items. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 105 Binduyuan Mansion, 15 Zaoying Beili, Maizidian (800m east of Nongzhanguan Beilu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9370) 德国食品店, 朝阳区麦子店枣营北里15号宾都苑公寓105号(长 城饭店南侧,农展馆北路往东走800米路北) 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. Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5732) beijing/home 普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥 路50号凯宾斯基饭店


*listings in orange are new to Directories 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. 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 15A Guanghua Lu (200m east of Ritan Park South Gate), Chaoyang District. (8562 6439); 2) Daily 11am-midnight. 1 Houshayu Zhen, Shayu Lu, Shunyi District. (8042 2291) http:// 申德勒加油站, 1) 朝阳 区光华路甲15号(日坛南门往东200米); 2) 顺义 区沙峪路后沙峪镇1号

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Ganges Indian Restaurant This is a good restaurant for the gastronomically adventurous. Spicy dishes can be cooked without the heat upon request (probably a good idea for the young ones). There’s a play area with two kids’ tables and chairs, plus books and crayons mixed in with other toys. For smaller diners, there are a few highchairs available. In a nutshell, this is delicious Indian food in a comfortable environment that won’t break your budget. Co-winner of “Best India/Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-11pm. 1) 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 2999); 2) S93-3, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0181/6121); 3) 5/B, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8353); 4) Sancaitang Xiezi Lou, 160 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6262 7944) 恒河印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地下1层138A; 2) 朝 阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区S93-3; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓底商5号; 4) 海淀 区成府路160号三才堂写字楼1层13号 Harry’s Kitchen Catering services in the Shunyi area featuring South Asian, Middle Eastern and Western food, including seasonal specialties. Also provides catering related items and services. 11-2pm, 5pm-9.30pm. Inside Wanke City Garden, Shunyi District. (139 1169 0944, 8049 7941, 北京巴顺海力餐厅, 顺义区万科城市花园内 Punjabi Indian Restaurant The Beijing branch is the seventh store of this nationwide chain and serves up tasty Punjabi cuisine with a focus on tandoor-roasted meats. Buffet specials on Tue, Fri and Sat nights. Daily 11.15am-11.15pm. C-8, 2/F, Lucky Street, Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0221/23) 本杰 比, 朝阳区朝阳公园路好运街2楼C-8号 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 out-

side the restaurant in the hallway. Co-winner of “Best India/Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1) 1/F, West Wing, China World Shopping Mall (next to KFC), Chaoyang District. (6505 5866; 6505 2288 ext 8016); 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) 朝阳区国贸西楼1层肯德基旁 边; 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) www.agrilandia. cn 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,” “Best Italian” and “Outstanding Pizza” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 105, Bldg 3, China View, 2C Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1469); 2) 1/F Ruisai Business Building opposite ascott beijing , Chaoyang District. (6568 5890); 3) Daily 11am-11pm. West Gate of Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8589 8366); 4) Daily 11.30am-11pm. 16 Dongsanhuan Lu (next to CD Blues Cafe), Chaoyang District. (6503 3871); 5) Daily 11am-11pm. Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (next to Chaoyang Park West Gate), Chaoyang District. (6591 1931); 6) Daily 11am-11pm. Across from Western Academy Beijing, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4768); 7) 11am-11pm. Unit 2-3-93, Ritan Highlife, (opposite north gate of Ritan Park), 39 Shenlu Jie, Chaoyang District. (8569 3031); 8) Daily 11am-11pm. Jiuxianqiao, Jiangtai Lu, Shangye Jie, Chaoyang District. (6436 3735) 安妮意大利餐厅, 1) 朝阳区工 体东路丙2号中国红街大厦3号楼105室; 2) 朝阳 区瑞赛大厦商务楼一层(北京雅诗阁服务公寓对 面); 3) 朝阳区建国路88号Soho现代城西门; 4) 朝阳区东三环路16号(农展馆正门南侧); 5) 朝 阳区朝阳公园西路(朝阳公园西门); 6) 朝阳 区来广营东路5号京西学校对面; 7) 朝阳区神路 街39号日坛公园北门对面日坛上街2-3-93号; 8) 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. 1) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 902 Pinnacle Plaza, Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 5112); 2) Unit N430, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6415 2112) 尚水长廊铁板烧餐厅, 1) 顺义区天竺镇

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开发区荣祥广场902; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区三里屯路 11号院(Village北区)能号楼三层N4-30单元 Kuki Small, tastefully designed and equipped with the ever-popular rotary sushi belt (items priced from RMB 6-28), this Shuangjing-area restaurant could do with an on-site bathroom (as it is, you’ve got to hike across the plaza) but scores points for its contemporary design, subdued service and partially open kitchen with sushi chefs clad in Hawaiian shirts. Daily 11am-9pm. B101 Landgent Shopping Center, 22 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (6778 8980) 久喜, 朝阳区 朝阳区东三环中路22号乐城中心下沉广场B101 Kurazen With bamboo trees and a cross-laid slate and pebble floor, Kurazen’s foyer resembles a Japanese garden and leads to an open kitchen where teppanyaki chefs display their knife and grill skills. The menu is extensive, with fish all offered raw or as teppan-options. The RMB 68 lunch buffet includes noodles, sauteed vegetable dishes, sushi and more.The preponderance of Japanese customers is a sign of its authenticity. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 21 Haoyun Jie, Zaoying Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0281/2) 藏善日本料 理店, 朝阳区枣营路好运街21号 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. Children under 110 cm eat for free. Be forewarned that the different branches charge different prices for the buffet. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm,5-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 1) 1/F, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8731 9890,; 2) 78 Anli Road (Subway Line 5 Datun Road East Station), Haidian District. (5963 6663, li_juan1997@sina. com); 3) 2/F, Jinglong Dasha, 225 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6509 8999, li_; 4) Baijiazhuang (south

La Dolce Vita Like its studied “Villa”-interior surroundings (white table cloths, cozy nooks, Mediterranean color scheme), the food at this long running Gongti area restaurant aims for authenticity. The pizza is prepared in a woodfired brick oven and the no-nonsense pasta gets rave reviews. Salads, brochette, fish dishes and beef filets (Bisteca Fiorentina) and desserts (tiramisu), among other items, round out the menu, and the venue is quite kid friendly (high chairs, friendly service). Voted “Outstanding Italian” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Free delivery within a 3km radius. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 8 Bei Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (6468 2894) 甜蜜生活, 朝 阳区新东路北段8号 Little Italy This Shunyi standby features a children’s play area enclosed in soundproof glass. Grownups can indulge in quiet conversation over pizza and salad while their kids shout and screech with abandon. The children’s menu includes pasta, chicken nuggets and milkshakes served in colorful kid-sized dishes. Daily 10am-10pm. 813 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4679) http://www.globalcuisinebeijing. com/littleitaly 小意大利, 顺义区天竺开发区荣 祥广场813号

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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) 朝阳区 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)



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 11am11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District. (8322 8916) 胡同比萨, 西城区银锭桥胡同9号

Shanggu City Korea Village BBQ Your usual Korean BBQ staples – beef, lamb, pork, vegetables – served by waitresses in ethnic dresses who speak limited English but do have a picture menu. Daily 10am-9.30pm. Adjoining the Jenny Lou’s near Lane Bridge, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 3016) 尚古城韩国烧烤, 朝阳区来广营东路5号 Thanks Giving This Korean barbecue restaurant on Lucky Street boasts an extensive menu or grillable goodies, as well as healthy soups, porridge and bibimbap. A8 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0286) 千手予健康烤肉专门店, 朝阳区朝 阳区朝阳公园路1号A8(近好运街)

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 The Olive Cafe Salads, sandwiches, dinner, health food, juice and desserts. Outdoor dining on warm days. Also serving weekend brunch. Voted “Outstanding Mediterranean” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (opposite north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 9669) 朝阳区工体北路17号 Taverna Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1949-The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (behind Pacific Century Place), Chaoyang District. (6501 8882, 朝阳区工 体北路4号院 (盈科中心南面)

Alameen This unassuming but welcoming Middle Eastern haven behind the German embassy is owned and managed by a Palestinian/Lebanese pair. Arabic staples like hummus and baba ghanoush (both RMB 20) are good, and the kibbeh (RMB 25 – fried croquettes stuffed with minced beef) is absolutely delightful. These appetizers are quite filling, so nibble strategically if you plan to take on the whole stuffed lamb (RMB 1,100; order 12 hours ahead). Customers here tend to stick around after meals chatting and sipping coffee, which fosters a warm atmosphere, especially convivial with the sweet smell of hookah smoke (RMB 40) wafting through the dining room. Daily 9am-midnight. 2 Sanlitun Xiwu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 7489) 朝阳区朝阳区 三里屯西五街西2号 Biteapitta Falafels, hummus, sandwiches and shawarma. Set meals available. Good value for money. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in the Beijinger’s 2010 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 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 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) 入迷, 朝阳区工体北路甲1号兆龙饭店对面


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 Tube Station Pizza The 700-sqm Gongti branch appeals to families craving tabletipping NYC-style pizzas (i.e. the Greek Mama, Plain Jane, Margritte etc.) and other kid-friendly favorites including onion rings, fries, wings and plenty of beer for dad. Voted “Outstanding Pizza” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Thu 11am-10.30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-midnight. Inside Workers’ Stadium North Gate (next to Vics), Chaoyang District. (6553 5253); 2) Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-midnight. 1 Fuyuanmen (400 meters north of Beijing University West Gate, on the northwest corner of the intersection), Haidian District. (6252 8057); 3) Tue-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Bldg B, Youyan Dasha, 2 Beitaiping Zhuang Qiao, Xicheng District. (8201 4899) www.thekrosnest.com乌巢, 1) 朝阳区 工体北门内; 2) 海淀区福缘门1号 (从北大西门 往北走400米,在路口的西北角); 3) 西城区北 太平庄桥2号有研大厦B座


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Cherish Pizza Order your pizza online and get it delivered promptly. Check the website ( for details. 10am-10.30pm. 66 Xia Guangli (Behind Gateway), Chaoyang District. (4008 990 990, 8446 6834, 珍味时比萨, 朝阳区 霞光里66号

Queen’s Cafe Daily 12am-11pm. 3/F, S9, Sanlitun Village South close to Karaiya Spice House , 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 1928, http:// 皇后饭店, 朝阳区三里 屯路19号三里屯Village南区3层(近辣屋)

laksa is among the most authentic in town and regulars rave about the beef rendang, nasi goreng fried rice and condensed milk coffee. Don’t forget the pandan cake for dessert. The forgiving staff are happy to let your kids check out the fish tank. Daily 11am-11pm. Xindong Lu (opposite Canadian Embassy), Chaoyang District. (6417 0952) 老巴刹, 朝阳区新东路加 拿大使馆对面 Malacca Legend This elaborate Malaysian restaurant boasts serene water views and zesty Southeast Asian cuisine. Also offers catering services and delivery in the Shunyi area. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 1/F Building B, Ocean International Center, 58 East 4th Ring Road, Chaoyang District. (5908 0075); 2) On the banks of Luoma lake, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 8902) 马六甲传奇, 1) 朝阳区朝 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. Both branches are a 15- to 20-minute taxi ride away from the main expat haunts, but you won’t regret the trip. The Fuchengmen branch is the larger of the two and features an attractive covered courtyard and a weekend buffet, although you might prefer Lido purely for door-to-door convenience. The Nyonya specialty curries are essential. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 1/F, Beijing Downtown Holiday Inn, 98 Beilishi Lu, Xicheng District. (6833 3669); 2) Daily 11am-9.30pm. Across from Gaojiayuan Middle School, opposite the Lido Hotel, Chaoyang District. (6433 7377) 娘惹厨房, 1) 西城区西城区北礼士路98号北 京金都假日饭店1层; 2) 朝阳区高家园中学丽 都饭馆对面 The Niah The Niah’s elegant wooden dining room and open-air porch sit between the lake and the fountain at Dragon Bay, allowing diners to enjoy the sight and sound of the water. The menu offers Quality Malaysian food at reasonable prices. Try the Thai chicken salad and curry laksa mee noodles, as well as their lemon soda, and finish your meal with mango sago – a nice treat that won’t leave you stuffed. Daily 10am-10pm. Unit 2, Bldg 7, Lakeview Place, Dragon Bay Villa, Shunyi District. (8042 2263) 旎亚那, 顺义区后沙峪镇 沙浴环路7号楼2单元

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. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 1 Xiyangguan Hutong, Dongzhimennei Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6403 1690); 2) 5-15 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8407 8158, 6403 1896) 彼得堡俄餐厅, 1) 朝阳区东直门内北中街西羊管胡同1号; 2) 东 城区东直门内大街5-15号

The Yard This sister restaurant of Nyonya Kitchen oozes colonial elegance and polished charm. The menu, featuring specailty dishes like ki hokkien mee (yellow noodles in hokkien dark sauce with seafood and pork) and yam kueh (steamed yam cake garnished with minced pork and fried shallots) satisfies even the most traditional of Malaysian palates, and weekends feature an all-you-can-eat brunch (RMB 68 for adults, RMB 48 for kids, free for tots under 3). Daily 11am-10pm. 3 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 9449, 庭院餐厅, 顺义 区后沙峪西白辛庄开发街3号

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Food Republic 10am-10pm. 1) 33 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6472 0998); 2) 15 Zhonguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1429); 3) CC36, B/1 Oriental Plaza, 1 Chang’an Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6182); 4) B02 Viva Shopping Mall, Fuli City, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (5903 7050) 大时代, 1) 朝阳区朝 阳区广顺北大街33号; 2) 海淀区海淀区中关村大 街15号中关村; 3) 东城区东城区东长安街一号东 方广场CC36; 4) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路65号 富力广场B02号

Baan Chokdee Authentic Thai home cooked dishes served in a comfortable, relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. Daily 10am-10pm. Basement floor, Jiamao Shopping Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (6471 2638) 泰韵, 朝阳区广顺北大街33号嘉茂购物 中心地下一层

Lau Pa Sak On weekdays, this Singaporean joint is packed with diplomats and professionals, but at lunch on weekends it’s taken over by kid-toting huaqiao feasting on nasi goreng, curry puffs and Hainan chicken (surprisingly, they serve a pretty satisfying hamburger). The

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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, www. 紫苏庭, 朝阳区工体北门对 面胡同工商银行后 Serve the People This long-running Thai restaurant has a loyal crowd and the Sanlitun branch has a pleasant terrace. Menu items include mango salad, green chicken curry, pad thai and tom kha gai (coconut chicken soup, a blend of spicy, sour and sweet). The more spacious Shunyi location is elegantly decorated and overlooks a small lake, with a small lawn and kid’s playground equipment on the grounds, making it suitable for families and private parties. Voted “Outstanding Thai” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. Feijiacun Yuan, 8 Laiguangying Donglu (near the Cuigezhuang police station), Chaoyang District. (8470 4792); 2) Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 1 Sanlitun Xiwujie (next to Athena), Chaoyang District. (8454 4580) 为人民服务, 1) 朝阳区来广营东 路8号费家村院(近崔各庄派出所); 2) 朝阳区三 里屯西五街1号

Vegetarian 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. Daily 11am2pm, 4.30-9.30pm. Walk 800m along the banks of Luoma Lake, 100m north of Luoma Roundabout, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8048 5088) 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 Fairy Su Presumably, Fairy Su is named for the light, virtuous sensation attained after a vegetarian meal prepared according to Buddhist precepts. The first floor offers simple but nutritious set meals and fresh juices for a quick stop after a Lama Temple tour. Even the cheapest set (RMB 21) comes with pickled radish, stir-fried pea sprouts, tofu slivers, and tomato and mushroom soup. Daily 10am-10pm. 30 Yonghegong Dajie (across the street from Xu Xiang Zhai a few doors down from the Confucius Temple), Dongcheng District. 东城区东城 区雍和宫大街30号 Jing Fun Veggie Cafe Serves international cuisine using no artificial ingredients or MSG in a clean and sleek environment. The menu features dishes made from mushrooms and other pure and natural ingredients. They also make their own tempeh and eggless cake. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Bishui Yuntian, Wanliu Zhonglu, Haidian District. (8256 5205, 净饭, 海淀区海淀 区万柳中路碧水云天底商1号楼(海淀国税局西)

Family Health Directory 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 pro-

*listings in orange are new to Directories viders, 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. Daily 8am-4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2399 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200) 北京美 中宜和妇儿医院, 朝阳区朝阳区芳园西路9号 Bayley & Jackson Medical Center Provides families with a wide range of services, including routine cleanings, x-ray, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5.30pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8562 9998, after-hours emergencies 8562 9990) www. 庇利积臣医疗中心, 朝阳区 日坛东路7号 Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital Founded in 2003, Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital is the first hospital in Beijing with a water birth center to allow natural births. The hospital also researches male and female infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, and more. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Building 18, Court 1, Xingheyuan, Jiayuan Road, Fengtai District. (67735551, 67537768) 北京安太妇产医院, 丰台区北 京丰台嘉园路星河城1号院18号楼 Beijing Friendship Hospital This public hospital has direct billing arrangements with some insurers. The basic consultation fee is RMB 70, 100, or 200 according to the doctor’s level of expertise. Mon-Fri 7am-4.30pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11am, 24hr emergency care. 95 Yong’an Lu, Xuanwu District. (6301 4411 ext 3482) 北京友谊医院, 宣武区永安路95号 Beijing International SOS Clinic International standard clinic providing the full spectrum of medical services including family medicine, dental services, OB/GYN, ENT, ophthalmology, psychiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and TCM. Staff is made up of highly trained professionals from all over the world. A 24hr call center provides medical assistance over the phone in English, Chinese and Japanese. The clinic has direct billing arrangements with all major insurance providers. Consultations cost USD 90. Daily 24hrs. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 9112, 24hr: 6462 9100, china.inquiri 北京国际救援中心, 朝阳区新源里 16号琨莎中心一座105室 Beijing Puhua International Clinic Beijing Puhua International Clinic is an International-Standard Facility, dedicated to providing the best in Western-Model HealthCare. Puhua Clinics include Family Medicine, OB&GYN, Internal Medicine, Eye Clinic, ENT, TCM, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychological Counseling, Cosmetic and Plastic, Podiatry, Pediatric, Dental, Integrative Medicine. MonSat 9am-6pm. East Gate of Huatengyuan, Jinsong, Chaoyang District. (8773 5522) 北京普华门诊, 朝阳区 劲松华腾园东门 Beijing Tiantan Puhua International Hospital A private, international-standard hospital offering a range of emergency services and out patient care. Beijing Tiantan Puhua Hospital has a full, English speaking staff on call 24-hours. Medical services include: neurology and neurosurgery, Beijing’s only international standard podiatric center, occupational and physical theraphy, plastic surgery and and non-surgical cosmetic services, hand surgery, orthopedics, ENT, oncology, full physical check-ups starting at RMB 900, on-site imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services. Specialist consultations are RMB 200-800 and direct billing

is available for more than 20 international insurance companies. 24-hour emergency care. 7am-10pm(Mon-Fri). 8am-10pm(SatSun). 12 Tiantan Nanli, Chongwen District, 800m west of the south gate of the temple of heaven, Chongwen District. (67020836, www.puhuachina. com, 北京天坛普华医院, 北京天坛普华体检中心, 崇文区天坛南里12号 Beijing United Family 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-Sat 8.30am-5pm; Sun 8.30am-midnight. St Regis Wellness Center. B1/F, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1678); 2) Mon-Thurs 9.307.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432); 3) Mon-Fri noon-8.30pm. 2/F Grand Summit, Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7005); 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) 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; 2) 顺义区顺义区天竺房地产开发区 日祥社区818号; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区第三使馆区 二层; 4) 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic Offers family medicine, a pediatric clinic, women’s health services, travel medicine, family counseling, physiotherapy and pediatric physiotherapy. Mon-Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) 北 京和睦家医院诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥 广场806号 Capital Children's Clinic (Ritan) Pediatrics hospital offers a complete range departments, including respiratory, stomatology, internal medicine and TCM. Daily 24 hours. 2 Yabao Lu (across from west gate of Ritan Park), Chaoyang District. (8569 5755/5756/5757 (registration)/5555 (main switchboard)/5352) 首都儿科研究, 朝阳区朝 阳区雅宝路2号 Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Dr. David Zhang is an American National Board Exam Certificated chiropractic doctor, a Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and a specialist in Chinese medicine. He provides chiropractic, physiotherapy, and other manual therapies for back pain, sciatica, and other conditions, as well as acupuncture and natural medicine treatments. Medical services 24hrs; Dental services 8.30am-6pm (MonFri), 8.30am-12pm (Sat); Integrated medical service 8.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Fri). S106, 1/F, Beijing Internal Medical Center, Lufthansa

Directories Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3) 北京国 际医疗中心, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写 字楼1层 S106 Haidian Hospital Cheap and conveniently located for university students, this general hospital specializes in internal medicine and neurosurgery. Registration fee RMB 3.5-13; cash only. Clinic hours Mon-Fri 7.30-11.30am and 1-4.30pm, Sat-Sun 7.30-11.30am. 24hour emergency. 29 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6258 3042, emergency 6258 3093) 海淀医院, 海淀区中关村大街29号 Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system, 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 USD 58. Direct billing with 14 international insurers. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm minimal staff on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6501 4260, 6553 2288 ext 2345/6/7) www. 北京港澳国际医务诊所, 东城区 朝阳门北大街2号港澳中心瑞士酒店办公楼9层

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therapy 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) 朝阳区朝阳 区将台西路9-11 Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital A state-run hospital with a foreigners’ wing that’s very pleasant. Medical staff speak English, but don’t always have overseas training. Registration is RMB 100-300. Inpatient services require a minimum RMB 10,000 deposit. Mon-Fri 8am-noon, 1.30-5pm, Sat 8-11.30am. 24hr emergency care. Yinghua Dongjie, Heping Jie Beikou, Hepingli, Chaoyang District. (6422 2952, 8420 5122 (both numbers are valid for International Dept.) 北京中日友好医院, 朝阳区 和平里和平街北口樱花东街 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. B29, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, vista@vista-china. net) 维世达诊所, 朝阳区 光华路1号嘉里中心B29


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, 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 Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Melissa Rodriguez is a licensed, board certified Naturopathic Doctor from Ontario, Canada. She uses homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition, and other natural therapies that are effective and safe, to help her patients prevent illness and treat disease. Dr. Rodriguez is committed to working with you and your family to achieve your goals of optimal health. International Medical CenterBeijingRm S106, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561) www.drmelissarodriguez. com 朝 阳区朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106 New Century International Children's Hospital This hospital provides affordable pediatric care at international standards: qualified doctors and nurses, private and safe family rooms and imported equipment. English speaking staff offers a full range of children’s health care services on a 7/24 basis. Mon-Sun 8am5pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu (next to the East Gate of the Beijing Children’s Hospital), Xicheng District. (6802 5588) 北京新 世纪国际儿童医院, 西城区南礼士路56号 (北京 儿童医院东门南侧) 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 chemo-

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-8pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm 201, The Exchange-Beijing, B118 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6567 5670); 2) Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm 208, CITIC Bldg, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 6472/3); 3) Mon-Thu 9am-5.30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1926/7/8); 4) Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Rm 308, Raycom Infotech Park, Tower A, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1956, 24hr: 139 1100 1367) 瑞尔齿科, 1) 朝阳区建国路乙 118号京汇大厦201室; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街 19号国际大厦208; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路46号盛捷 福景苑1层; 4) 海淀区科学院南路2号融科资讯 中心A座308室 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 Clinic The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic in Shunyi is a satellite clinic of Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics. Services include: oral hygiene instruction, fissure sealant, and topical fluoride as well as restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call for appointment.The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic is located around the corner in the same shopping center as the Beijing United Family Clinic. This convenient location in Pinnacle Plaza provides high quality family-oriented dental care including preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in a modern office. Mon-Thu 9am-7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real

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Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 1102) 北京和睦家医院牙科诊所, 顺义区 天竺开发区荣祥广场818 Beijing 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 Vista Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services including teeth cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Daily 8.30am-6pm. Kerry Centre B29, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区维世达诊所,朝阳区光华路1号 北京嘉里中心B29 Elite Dental Clinic Dr. Arnulf-Reimar Metzmacher provides dental care in Wangjing. English, German and French all spoken. A basic consultation costs RMB 100. Mon-Sat 9am5pm. Rm 205, Boya International Center, 1 Lize Zhongyi Lu, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8256 2568) 精致口腔, 朝阳区望京利泽中一路1号博雅国际中心205室 IDC Dental Among their broad spectrum of family and restorative dental care, IDC offers dental cosmetic makeovers, orthodontics, painless one-visit root canals, and dental implants. A Preferred Provider with CIGNA and Allianz. Open 9:30am-6:30pm Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:00pm Sat-Sun. Rm.208, Bldg B,Winterless Center, No.1 West Dawang Lu CBD/Guomao, Chaoyang District. (65388111, IDC国际齿科中心, 朝阳区 北京市西大望路1号温特莱中心B-208 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, marketing@imcclinics. com) 北京国际医疗中心牙科诊所, 朝阳区朝阳 区亮马桥路50 号燕莎中心写字楼1层S111

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Fine Yoga Kids’ yoga on Sundays 2-3pm. Daily 7am-9pm. Kids’ yoga on Sundays 2-3pm. 16/F, Tower 2, Blue Castle International Center, 3 Xi Dawang Lu,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8599 9566, 153 0008 6931) www. 梵音瑜珈, 朝阳区西大望路蓝堡 国际中心会所 The Yurt at BJU Body libria is a new form of exercise that combines tai chi, yoga and pilates and replaces prenatal and mother-baby yoga classes at Beijing United Family Hospital. Instruction is in English. Call for details about class times. 2 Jiangtai Lu (at Beijing United Family Hospital, in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (Contact 139 1050 3032) 北京和睦家医院, 朝阳 区将台路2号

Spas Beijing Fengshan Hot Spring Resort Located in the mountains of Changping, Fengshan Hot Springs is equipped with 200 standard guest rooms, hot springs, sauna, swimming pool, karaoke and exercise facilities. Entrance fee: RMB 139. East side of Changping Reservoir, Changping District. (6071 1188) www.fsdj. 昌平区昌平水库东边 Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat The two locations offer a variety of massage therapies, facials treatments and spa packages provided by skilled and experienced Chinese and Thai therapists. Prices range from RMB 100 to RMB 880. Daily 11am-12.30am. 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9595) www.bodhi. 菩提会所, 朝阳区工体北路17号 Catherine de France Hair and 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. 1) Daily 10am-8pm. Nali Mall, Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 3029,; 2) 2/F, Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4639, 150 1081 6856, C美发沙龙, 1) 朝阳区 三里屯路那里商城内; 2) 朝阳区来广营东路5号 香江广场2层


Eric Paris Salon Well-trained international stylists and colorists provide hair styling and a wide-range of beauty products. Also offer beauty, nails, waxing and tanning services. Daily 10am-8pm. 1) 43 Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (135 0137 2971); 2) Stall 123, Kerry Centre Shopping Mall, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1179 8376); 3) Lido Hotel, 112 Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (135 0107 5843) 爱丽克美容美发, 1) 朝阳区三 里屯后街43号; 2) 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心商 场123; 3) 朝阳区机场路112号丽都饭店

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,

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. 1) Daily 12pm12am. Rm 101, Bldg B, Winterless Center, 1 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6538 8086); 2) Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. B/1-3F, Shuncheng Hotel, 26A Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6621 8622); 3) Daily 12pm-12am. Sunjoy Mansion, 6 Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6502 5722); 4) Daily 12pm-12am. B1/F, 1 Xindong Lu (next to Shenji Best Soup), Chaoyang District. (8532 2177); 5) Daily 12pm-12am. 2/F, Block 9, Lido Place, 2A Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6299); 6) Daily 12pm-12am. Bldg 25, Central Park Phase 3, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0015) 东方大班保健 休闲会所, 1) 朝阳区西大望路1号温特莱中心B座 101; 2) 西城区西城区金融街甲26号顺成饭店地 下一层; 3) 朝阳区日坛路6号新族大厦院内; 4) 朝阳区新东路1号沈记靓汤旁; 5) 朝阳区芳园西 路甲2号丽都广场9号公寓2层; 6) 朝阳区朝外大 街6号新城国际公寓三期25号楼 The Ritz-Carlton Spa (Financial Street) Weary moms should visit this spa for a day of decadence and beauty treatments. Lounge in the rooms devoted entirely to relaxation, try the suite with Aquatherapy and a Vichy shower, and sample the 11 rooms of treatment. A variety of massages and an exclusive couples suite available. Daily 6am-11pm. B1/F, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6629 6907) 丽思卡尔顿水疗中心, 西城区金城坊东街1号楼一层和底商

Support Groups Beijing Mamas Yahoo Group Yahoo support group where you can “share resources, ask questions and grow as women and moms ... It does not matter what age your children are, if you are a mama who wants a safe place to ask parenting questions, make other mama friends, hang out, start playgroup meetings or mama nights out, ask for gear recommendations, sell your used gear, etc....come and join.” http:// Beijing Organic Consumers Association (BOCA) A Yahoo Group for Beijing residents interested in organic produce and consuming responsibly. Members share resources, ideas and information on how to shop and live responsibly in the city. Contact Liora (139 1030 6022, http://health. Families with Children from China Network of foreign families who have adopted or seek to adopt orphans in China.

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La Leche League Information and support for breastfeeding mothers. Monthly meetings are held in English, Chinese and French. Call for more information on meeting schedules or for breastfeeding help. (8559 1237, 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 Yin Yang Community Center Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village (across from The Orchard; call for directions), Chaoyang District. (6431 2108) 易 阴阳社 区中心, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各庄村一号院(果 园对面)

Family Life Adoption Bridge of Love Adoption Service This government-run agency facilitates travel to the adoption site, as well as consulting, document translation and travel arrangements within China. Zhongmin Mansion, 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6357 5792, 6358 9988 ext 1207) 爱之桥收养中 心, 宣武区白广路7号中民大厦 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) index_unlogin_en.jsp 中国收养中心, 宣武区白 广路7号中民大厦 Karen Friedman Karen Friedman works with expats from around the world to facilitate adoption within China, conducting home study evaluations and assisting families throughout the adoption process. (5130 3107, 134 3900 9391, OCDF Adoption This division of Our Chinese Daughters Foundation provides initial consultation, assistance throughout the process, and help with travel plans and proceedings at the time of adoption.(8403 4979,,

Community Groups and Organizations Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF) BICF (Beijing International Christian Fellowship) is an international non-denominational church in Beijing China with people from over 70 nations. It is Multicultural, Bible-centered gathering for foreign passport holders. Services are conducted in 9 different languages including Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, English, Chinese, Frech, etc. Visitors can attend Sunday services and classes in multiple locations. (8454 3468, 北 京国际基督教联合会 International Newcomers’ Network A networking and information resource for all newcomers to Beijing. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except December. Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital

Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, innbeijing@hotmail. com) 朝阳区新源南路6号 京城大厦康乐中心3层 Vegan Social Club Organizes social networking events (including a regular Thursday dinner) to promote a healthy and ecologically responsible lifestyle. (vegansocialclub@gmail. com)

Domestic Help Beijing Ayi Housekeeping Service A family membership in this housekeeping service will give you access (with an additional fee) to a large pool of ayis who perform services such as babysitting, cooking and cleaning. Englishspeaking ayis available. Lifetime membership: RMB 300; price range: RMB 1,000-3, 000 per month. (6434 5647/48) 北京 家福来劳务服务 Beijing Ex-pat Housemaid Service Serving over 500 families in Beijing, this service offers a supply of English-speaking ayis trained to cook, clean, babysit and more. Price range: RMB 1,600 per month for 8-10 hours per day, 5-6 days per week. (6438 1634) 北京易杨家美信息咨询有限公司 Good Life Domestic Services Each ayi represented by this firm can speak simple English and perform a variety of services, including childcare, elderly care and house cleaning. Can be hired for live-in or by the hour. Price range: RMB 8 per hour; live-in RMB 1,800-1,900 per month. (8449 4341/5462, 8168 1244) cn/ 北京好生活家政服务有限公司 JNY Home Service A professional housekeeping service company, they provide placement services for foreign families seeking full-time or part-time ayis in Beijing. Ayis are available for cleaning, ironing, cooking and babysitting. Some basic English-speaking ayis are available. Reference letters available. Part time RMB15-25 per hour,full time RMB2,500-3,500 per month. Rm 909A, Hua Shang Bldg,2 Yanjing Xili,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区 朝阳区延静西里2号华商大厦909A室

Religious Organizations & Places of Worship Beijing Baptist Church Sunday school begins at 10am and is followed by 11am service. Sunday evening service begins at 5.30pm. Meet on the third floor of the CTS Plaza. Foreign passport holders only. 3/F, CTS Hotel, 2 Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. Contact Joe Kappel (8721 7449, 北京浸信会教堂, 朝阳区北三环 东路2号中旅大厦3层 Beijing Gangwashi Church Gangwashi Church is a Protestant church built during the 1860s under the sponsorship of the London Missionary Society. In 1900, the church was destroyed during the Boxer Uprising and was rebuilt in 1903. In 1922, the church merged with the China Christian Church. The Gangwashi Church regularly performs Sunday services in English and Korean, as well as Chinese. 57 Xisi Nandajie, Haidian District. (6617 6181, 北 京缸瓦市教堂, 海淀区西四南大街57号 Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF) BICF (Beijing International Christian Fellowship) is an international non-denominational church in Beijing China with people from over 70 nations. It is Multicultural, Bible-centered gathering for foreign passport holders. Services are conducted in 9 different languages including Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, English, Chinese, Frech, etc. Visitors can attend Sunday services and classes in multiple locations. (8454 3468, 北 京国际基督教联合会 Capital Community Church An interdenomi-

*listings in orange are new to Directories national church gathering for foreign passport holders. Sunday morning services at 10am. For help with directions, call Marcia at 136 1100 5842. 1A Shunhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝 阳区顺黄路甲1号 Congregation of the Good Shepherd Diverse, interdenominational Christian congregation that welcomes all foreign passport holders. Liturgically-based worship Sunday mornings at 10am at the Capital Club Athletic Center. 3/F, Athletic Club, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区 新源南路京城俱乐部3层 Dongsi Mosque The city’s second largest mosque is the headquarters of the Beijing branch of the China Islamic Association and houses valuable Islamic manuscripts in its library. 13 Dongsi Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 7824) 东四清真寺, 东城区东 南大街13号 Kehillat Beijing Members are predominantly Con-servative, Reform or Reconstructionist, but this lay-led, egalitarian Jewish congregation welcomes all Jews to its services on Fridays at 7pm. RSVP for the community dinners afterwards at 8pm. Also runs weekly discussions. 3/F Ballroom, Capital Club Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225) www. 一赐乐业犹太社团, 朝阳区新 源南里6号京城大厦(华都饭店对面)京城俱乐部 康身中心3层 The River of Grace Church Sunday Services begin at 10am and are open to all foreign passport holders. 2/F, Great Hotel, 1 Zuojiazhuang, Chaoyang District. (6466 1680, 朝阳区左家庄1号北京贵国酒店二层 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foreign passport-holders only. A separate branch for Chinese citizens meets in the afternoon. Sun 9.30am-12.30pm. 4/F, Golden Tower, Hepingli Beijie (near the Liufang light rail station), Chaoyang District. 朝阳区和平里 北街金泰大厦4层

Supermarkets April Gourmet Chain of stores purveying imported cheeses, olives and cold cuts, as well as staples like dried pasta, canned tomatoes (and beans) and cereal. Prices can be high for goods that can seem a bit shopworn. The Shunyi branch offers a small but constant “specials” section, which often features imported cookies and filter coffee. 1) 8am9pm. Outside South Gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi District. (8046 4132); 2) Bldg 7, Richmond Park, 9 Fangyuan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8457 8116); 3) Daily 8am-midnight. 1/F Jiezuo Mansion, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6417 7970); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8455 1245) 绿叶子食品店, 1) 顺义 区后沙峪乡白辛庄名都园南门外; 2) 朝阳区朝 阳区芳园西里9号院丽都水岸会所7号楼; 3) 朝 阳区三里屯幸福村中路杰作大厦1层; 4) 朝阳区 三里屯北小街1号 BHG Market Place Taiwan chain of upscale supermarkets has an extensive, albeit pricey, selection of goods and produce, including alcohol and organic products. 1) SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District.; 2) SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 8226); 3) B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5888) 1) 朝阳区蓝色港湾国际商区 SMM06号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯VillageSLG00号商铺; 3) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地B1层 Lee Pet PetSmart, America’s largest retailer of pet products and services, operates on this side of the globe under the name Lee Pet. Its Chaowai Soho branch is now Beijing’s largest pet store, offering not only a diverse range of imported products, but also in-house grooming (RMB 20-50), photography (from RMB 100) and kennel services (from RMB 50/day). Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm.

1) Bldg 4, Landgent Chateau, Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8776 9602); 2) Rm 4119, 4F, Golden Resources Shopping Mall,1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8887 0706); 3) Unit 3097, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 5499) www. 乐宠, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区广渠路33号 石韵浩庭04号楼04底商; 2) 海淀区乐宠金源新 燕莎MALL店,海淀区远大路1号金源燕莎购物中 心4层西侧4119(停车楼4层E28口); 3) 朝阳区 朝阳门外大街6号朝外SOHO A座3层3097 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 8am-9pm. 608 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (8046 6242 ext 801); 2) Daily 8am-10pm. 52 Jingshun Lu (Near Sunhe Qiao), Shunyi District. (8459 0134); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. 103, Building 15, China Central Place, 6A Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5181); 4) Daily 8am-10pm. Shop 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6465); 5) MonThu 8am-10pm, Fri-Sun 8am-11pm. Bldg 5, 10A, 76 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8772 4133 ext 806/807); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 1/F, 108 Dongwaigongguan, Xinzhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6415 0104); 7) Daily 9am-10pm. 4B Haoyun Jie, Chaoyang District. (5867 0270/0265); 8) Daily 10am9.30pm. 131-04B, Beichen Lifestyle Plaza, No.8 courtyard, Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 5950) 乐活 城, 1) 顺义区天竺荣祥广场608号; 2) 顺义区 京顺路52号(靠近孙河桥); 3) 朝阳区西大望路 甲6号华贸公寓15号楼103号; 4) 朝阳区朝外大 街6号新城国际二期17号楼101; 5) 朝阳区百子 湾南二路76号5号楼10A; 6) 朝阳区东直门外新 中街东外公馆底商108; 7) 朝阳区好运街乙4号; 8) 朝阳区北辰东路8号院北辰生活广场131-04B Organic Farm Home Delivery Service Organic Farm has its own shuttles which deliver 100% certified organic groceries directly to your doorstep. Besides fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs and dairy products, there is also a high-quality selection of organic import foods. Just call 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (English and Chinese) or visit their website to place an order. Free delivery from Monday to Saturday. (400 886 9166 ext 8001, http://www. 有机农庄 World Health Store 1) Mon-Fri 10.30am8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm. Rm 2152, 1st Floor, Section A, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 2209, info@worldhealthstore.; 2) Mon-Thur 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10.30am.8.30pm, Sun 10.30am-8pm. R09A, LB1, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 2524, 世界健康品店, 1) 朝阳区 东大桥路8号SOHO尚都北塔A座一层2152; 2) 顺 义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下一层09A

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) Shop LB05, Euro Plaza,99 Yu Xiang Lu, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 2886, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies)); 2) Unit 104, Tower B, Bldg 3, Houxiandaicheng, BaiziwanLu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8776 6346, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies)) 思威(北京)国际动物

Directories Family Travel 医院有限公司, 1) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇 裕祥路 99号欧陆广场LB05; 2) 朝阳区北京市朝阳区百 子湾路后现代城3栋B座104底商 International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) ICVS is a professionally managed, full service international standard veterinary hospital. Services include internal medicine, hospitalization, spay/neuter and all other surgeries, dentistry, dermatology, blood tests, laboratory diagnostics, X-rays, ultrasound, legal vaccinations, prescription pet foods, obedience training, import/export advice, pet adoption counseling and more. Boarding kennel, grooming salon and pet shop available. All services in Mandarin and English. Licensed rabies vaccinations. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment). Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou (shares a courtyard with China Culture Center), Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/1940/1941, 北京新天地国际动物医院, 朝阳区安家楼亮马桥路29号肯特中心院子内

Family Travel Directory Hotels, Hostels and Resorts Beijing Marriott Northeast The Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast is a 5 star luxury hotel ideally situated in the heart of Beijing’s Chaoyang CBD and in close proximity to the city’s Third Embassy District. 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) http://www. 朝阳区霄云路甲26号海航 大厦万豪酒店 China World Hotel With bragging rights to being the first super luxury hotel in town, the 716 room China World is an oldie but still a goodie thanks to its attentive service, location in the heart of the CBD and quality food outlets - especially Aria. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 33, 中 国大饭店, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号 Commune by The Great Wall Kempinski Surrounded by verdant mountains and the Shuiguan Great Wall, the Commune blends natural beauty with modern art and architecture – twelve leading Asian artists designed the 42 villas. Rooms RMB 2,340-3,200; villas RMB 12,500-23,380. Daily 9.30am-4.30pm. The Shuiguan Great Wall exit on the Badaling Expressway, Yanqing County. (8118 1888 ext 5706) 长城脚下的公社, 延庆县八达岭高速路水关长城出口 Grand Hyatt Though it will always be overshadowed by the more glamorous Grand Hyatt Shanghai (in the Jinmao Tower), this hotel remains one of the most upscale in China - with prices to match. 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234) www.beijing. 东方君悦大酒店, 东城区东 长安街1号 Hilton Beijing The Hilton allows non-members to use its tennis courts and squash courts from 6.30-10.30am. Free (members), RMB 200 per hour (non-members), RMB 20 (lighting fee for night tennis). Daily 6.30am10.30pm. 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6466 2288) http://www1. 希尔顿酒店, 朝阳区东三 环北路东方路1号 Hilton Beijing Wangfujing “Recently voted the ‘World’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’ for the second year running at the prestigious World Travel Awards, the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel offers some of the largest hotel rooms in the city.Set in the heart of Beijing’s shopping district, indulge in some retail therapy or visit nearby Beijing attractions. The iconic Tiananmen Square is just a ten minute walk from the hotel. After a busy day sightseeing, treat yourself to a holistic massage in the hotel’s Spa, swim laps of the rooftop pool or work out in the fitness center.Hold a conference in one of the 8 fully equipped meeting rooms then relax and enjoy stunning city views in the

Executive Lounge or take advantage of the hotel’s Business Center. Sample delicious Macanese cuisine at Vasco’s restaurant or sip an expertly mixed cocktail in stylish Flames bar at the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel.” 89 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) do 东城区北京王府井希尔顿酒店 Holiday Inn Lido If you were so inclined, you could live for days cloistered within the suburban Lido compound that is home to a supermarket, Watson’s drugstore, ATM, restaurants, Starbucks, hair salon, bowling center, tennis courts, apartments and corporate offices. Its proximity to the airport makes it an obvious choice for business travelers and airline crews, but it is a bit far from most tourist sites. RMB 1,250-2,030. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688) 北京丽都假日酒店, 朝阳区 机场路将台路6号 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 Located in the heart of Beijing’s central diplomatic and business district, the Kempinski Hotel Beijing boasts a blend of European style with elements of Beijing’s rich cultural history. In addition to 526 guestrooms and suites, including four executive floors and eight no-smoking floors, the hotel also has eight fully equipped banqueting/conference facilities accommodating up to 1,300 people. The hotel also has seven restaurants and bars, including the Paulaner Bräuhaus boasting the city’s finest Bavarian food and micro-brewed beer, and Kempi Deli, renowned for its gourmet European cakes and pastries. On the 18th floor overlooking Beijing’s skyline is the swimming pool of Pulse Health Club, which also includes a fitness centre, tennis courts and squash courts.The Kempinski also manages a neighbouring eight-storey complex offering 12,500 square metres of office space, 42 shops and showrooms and 170 fully furnished one to four bedroom apartments. Facing the Liang Ma River, the complex also contains a 24-hour serviced international medical centre, dental clinics and fully equipped children’s park and nursery. Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388) 凯宾斯基饭 店, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号 Kerry Centre Hotel This Shangri-La property is noted for its modern design, businessfriendly amenities, kid-friendly restaurant (Horizon) as well as the city’s most popular cocktails (at Centro). The Horizon Club’s executive floor will be upgraded in the coming months The Kerry’s sports center wins kudos for its big pool, two indoor tennis courts, basketball court and rooftop track. RMB 1,30023,000. 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833) 嘉里中心酒 店, 朝阳区光华路1号 Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport boasts “372 spacious, stylish guest rooms and suites;” dining options, including Ming Court and Fuel Bar and Grill; a location just one minute from Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3; a 24-hour gym and cardio studio; 22 function rooms, including a ballroom and various multipurpose rooms; and the 24-hour private Club L Lounge offering “two floors of sleek luxury and an intimate, upscale vibe.” 1 Er Jing Lu, Terminal 3 Capital International Airport, Shunyi District. (6457 5555) http://beijingairport. Legendale Hotel Located on Jingbao Jie near Wangfujing, the opulent Legendale boasts a 390-room hotel, 79 full service apartments and 126 private residential apartments. F&B

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venues include Camoes Portuguese restaurant, Le Pont wine bar, Macau Chinese Restaurant and Petrus French restaurant. 90-92 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8511 3388, reserv http://www. 励骏酒店, 东城区东城区金 宝街90-92号 Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street Another top-range hotel on Beijing’s “Wall Street.” With a striking glass and chrome exterior, the hotel boasts 253 guest rooms appointed with flat screen TVs, cordless phones and high-speed Internet and fax connections. The hotel features three restaurants (including the award-winning Cepe) and a lounge and bar serving Chinese, Italian and all-day cuisines. RMB 1,500-48,000. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) 北京 丽嘉饭店, 西城区金融街金城坊东街1号 The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Daily 710am, 3-5pm. Mutianyu Village (for detailed directions see website), Huairou District. (6162 6506) 慕田峪小园餐厅, 怀柔区慕田峪 (具体路线请查 看网站信息) The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Fantastic location and first class amenities make the Westin Chaoyang one of Beijing’s premiere luxury hotels. 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 金茂北京威斯汀大饭店, 朝阳区东三环北路7号

Travel Agencies Beijing Baosheng Air Service Co. Ltd. Professional and full travel service company. Well-known as largest air ticket wholesaler in China, offer domestic and international tickets and packages not only to corporate clients, but also tailor-made to meet individual needs. Floor 9, Tower B, Jia Hui International Center Jiqingli, Chaoyang District. (400 888 0589, www.baosheng-air. com 北京保盛易行航空服务有限公司, 朝阳区朝 外吉庆里6号佳汇中心B座901室 Beijing Citybus Tour Service Daily 9am8pm. Rm 1207, Scitech Tower, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 650 0760) 北京赛笛芭诗城市观光旅 行社, 朝阳区建国门外大街22号赛特大厦1207室 Beijing Easy Travel Travel service with a decade of experience offering domestic and international packages to foreigners in Beijing. 1/F, Boutique 17, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5126 7266,, 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓商业1-17 Beijing Hikers Hikes in rural villages near Beijing. Call for info on hikes and what to bring. Prices may vary for overnight hikes; weekend hikes are RMB 250/300 (adult), half price for children under 12, including round-trip transport, snacks and beverages after the hike, detailed map of the route and professional guides. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 601, Bldg 2, Xinhualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6432 2786, www.beijinghikers. com 朝阳区酒仙桥中路26号新华联丽港2号楼 601室 BJS Holiday Daily 9.30am-6.30pm. Shop 800, Pinnacle Plaza (opposite to the Euro Village), Shunyi District. (8046 3199, cn) 顺义区荣祥广场800号(欧 陆小镇对面) China Culture Center (CCC) From its Beijing headquarters, the Chinese Culture Club plans and organizes a diverse range of trips and cultural events (lectures, tours, courses, etc.) for those who wish to better understand and experience China, including a range of familyfriendly programs. Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, 朝阳区亮马桥路 29号安家楼肯特中心院内 China Holidays Tour operator with over 13



years’ experience in dealing exclusively with China. Specializes in creating itineraries that are tailored to show you the very best that China has to offer. A1108, Nanxincang Business Tower, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (6409 6567, contact@chinaholidays. com) 东城区东四十条 甲22号南新仓商务大厦A1108 China Peace International Tourism Co. Ltd. (FESCO Travel) Fesco travel specializes in individual and group tours, they also offer specials on international and domestic air tickets and hotels. Room 502, 46 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (8563 6720/30, 外企服务集团, 东城 区东城区东中街46号鸿基大厦502室 China Travel Service CTS, has over 100 branches around the world and has ranked first in China’s Top 100 International Travel Agencies for successive years. 28-31/F Bldg A, 38 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 811 6666) 朝阳区中国旅行社总社有限公司, 东三环北路 38号院1号楼28-31层 CnAdventure Offer treks to K2, Mt. Everest and Mt. Muztag-Ata, Great Wall Hiking/Camping, Inner Mongolia Horse-riding, Silk Road, 4WD Tibet and adventure tours all over China. Sightseeing tours to Xian, Pingyao, Datong, Guilin and Chengde. Room 208-F, Daxiang Touzi Building, 1A Dongbinhe Lu, Dongcheng District. (5166 9102, assistant@cnadventure. com) 太和旅行社, 东城 区东滨河路甲1号大象投资大厦208-F Free N Easy Travel Full service international travel agency provides air ticketing, hotel reservations and holiday packages. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm. Rm 1905, Bldg A, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7754, 朝阳 区东三环中路39号建外SohoA座1905室 Global Easy Tour A professional and reliable travel agency. Offering travel and ticketing consultation services, tailored tour packages, leisure trips, cruise bookings, special ticketing, hotel deals, and more. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. A611, Freetown Center, 58, Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5867 2900/1/2/3, 135 0115 6019, 和平国旅, 朝阳区东三环南路58号富顿 中心A座611室 Happy Holiday Travel Service Happy Holiday Travel Service offers personalized service. Specialists in providing domestic/international air tickets, hotel reservations, and business travel and family trip arrangements. Rm 1702, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 1747, 6595 8819, 137 0102 8301, 朝阳区光华路 12号数码01大厦1702室 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, 中侨国旅, 朝阳区光华路22号光华 路SOHO 2号楼718室 Mercurius World Travel Services 16G, Bldg B, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5139 6161, www.m-worldtravel. com 东城区东城区东直门外大街48号东方银座 B座16G PixieAdventures PixieAdventures organizes tailor-made outdoor activities including hiking, trekking and biking trips around Beijing. This service also hosts opera-mask painting lessons, kite-making and lantern-making. Tours offer hikes to unrestored Great Wall areas. Schedule an appointment for hutong exploring any day or partake in the set departure times each weekend. For more information, check or send an e-mail to 7-2 Jingshan Dongjie, Dongcheng District. 东城区景山东街

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7-2号(景山公园东门斜对面200米) Sunflower Travel 22D, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie(8447 6361,, Dongcheng District. (8447 6361) 东城区东直门外大街48号东方银座B座22D) Travel-Stone A travel agency catering specifically for foreigners, they offer services in English, Chinese and French. Travel-Stone organize everything from flights & hotels to tailored packages and large group trips. 1) Daily 9am-7pm. Rm 2001, Tower A, ChaowaiMEN Xiezi Zhongxin, 26 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8565 8008,; 2) Inside April Gourmet, 55 Xinfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. ( www. 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街26号朝 外MEN写字中心A座2001室; 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路 55号杰座大厦底楼对面 (绿叶子食品店) TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. With its extensive international network, this German-Chinese joint venture can arrange personalized tours to destinations both domestic and worldwide. Unit 921-926, Bright China Chang An Bldg, Tower 2, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8519 8800, 途易, 东城区建国门内大街7号光华 长安大厦2座921-926

Fun Stuff Directory Animal Attractions Beijing Aquarium Modern, well-equipped and recently restocked, the aquarium features thousands of freshwater and saltwater fish from around the world, including huge Amazonian arapaima, giant sturgeon and many sharks. The piece de resistance may be the enormous tank containing an entire coral reef – with sea turtles, manta rays and garoupa. There are also several Sea World-style shows every day, featuring seals and dolphins. RMB 120 (includes zoo), RMB 60 (kids less than 18 years old), free (kids under 1.2m). Daily 9am5pm (Aug-May), 9am-5.30pm (Jun-Jul), last ticket sold at 4.30pm. 18B Gaoliangqiao Xiejie, Haidian District. (6217 6655) 北京海洋馆, 海淀区高粱桥斜街乙18号 Beijing Zoo The conditions for the animals in the zoo and the behavior of some local patrons may upset animal lovers. However, things are improving, as the new chimpanzee and panda houses testify, and most kids will be oblivious to the zoo’s shortcomings and enjoy the vast collection of animals and the leafy compound, which was the former private garden of a Qing dynasty aristocrat. Apr-Oct: RMB 15, RMB 8 (students). Nov-Mar: RMB 10, RMB 5 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). RMB 5 for Panda House. Daily 7.30am-5pm (winter), 7.30am-6pm (summer). 137 Baishiqiao Lu, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District. (6831 4411) 北京动物园, 海 淀区西外大街白石桥路137号 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) com 富国海底世界, 朝阳区工人体育场南门

Excursions Badaling Wild Park Wolves, lions, tigers, bears and assorted other large animals roam (not quite) free here, but certainly with a great deal more liberty than you’ll see elsewhere in China. Tour the park from the comfort of a vehicle (your own or one of the buses available at the park). RMB 90, RMB 45 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). Mon-Fri 7am-5pm and Sat-Sun 8.30am-5.30pm (summer), daily 9am4pm (winter). South across the highway from

Badaling Great Wall Center, Yanqing County. (6912 1842/2591) 八达岭 野生动物园, 延庆县八达岭长城南 Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan) Daily 6am-6pm (winter), 6am-6.30pm (summer). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). Xiangshan, Haidian District. (6259-1155) 香山公园, 海淀区香山 Kangxi Grasslands A fine spot to go horseback riding, paint balling, hunting and camping in warm months. There is plenty of exotic schmaltz, too, including fake Mongolian yurts and locals dressed in Mongol garb crooning and wrestling. West of Badaling Great Wall. (Take tourist trains from Beijing North Railway Station or Beijing South Railway Station to Kangzhuang or take bus 919 from Deshengmen to Kangxi Grassland. Driving: take Badaling Expressway to the end, and then drive west and follow the signs.), Yanqing County. (6913 1601/1638) 康西草原, 延庆县 八达岭长城西 The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu This renovated elementary school proves there is more to Mutianyu than just the Great Wall. Located 90mins northeast of Beijing (via Jingcheng expressway) and offering a restaurant with fresh local ingredients, art glass studio and art room and is a creative way for the family to escape the city. Daily 7-10am, 3-5pm. Mutianyu Village (for detailed directions see website), Huairou District. (6162 6506) www. 慕田峪小园餐 厅, 怀柔区慕田峪 (具体路线请查看网站信息)

Museums & Education Art Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy The first and second floors exhibit more than 4,000 watercolor paintings from the Song dynasty to modern times, including such greats as Xu Beihong, Zhang Daqian, Fu Baoshi, Li Kuchan, Wu Guanzhong and Huang Zhou. The museum also hosts fine arts events and lectures throughout the year. Daily 9am-4pm. 1 Liulitun, Chaoyang District. (6502 5171) 北 京画院美术馆, 朝阳区六里屯北里1号 Beijing Planetarium Thanks to a RMB 300 million facelift, the once retro planetarium now boasts state of the art facilities. The SGI Digital Universe Theater takes patrons on a tour of the cosmos with six Carl Zeiss laser projectors that simulate the movement of stars and constellations. You can also travel through time in the 4-D theater, where you strap on a pair of goggles and watch a multidimensional film about the creation of the solar system and evolution of life on earth, replete with snarling T-Rexes and saber-toothed tigers. Other draws include the 3D space shuttle simulator and a cool exhibit about the sun. The new exhibition hall: RMB 10 (RMB 7 for students); GI Digital Universe Theater: RMB 45, RMB 35 (students); 4-D Theater: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students); 3D Space Shuttle Simulator: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). Wed-Fri 9.30am-3.30pm (last ticket 3pm), Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm (last ticket 4pm). 138 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6835 2453, 6831 2517) 北京 天文馆新馆, 西城区西直门外大街138号 Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall Sounds desperately boring, but this place has a lot to offer for kids. The biggest draw is a huge scale model of Beijing that spreads across the floor for more than 300 square meters of exquisite, light-up detail – Godzilla fantasies must be reined in. Bring a pair of binoculars and head to an upstairs floor so you can view the model from above and see if your kids can spot your house. Also features interactive games for kids and a multitude of miniature models. RMB 30, RMB 15 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). Tue-Sun 9am-5pm (last ticket at 4pm). 20 Qianmen Dongdajie (just east of the old railroad station), Chongwen District. (6702 4559) 北京市城市规划展览馆, 崇 文区前门东大街20号 Beijing Police Museum This isn’t your typical kid hangout – most of the exhibits are of the hands-off variety and much of the subject matter wil go over the heads of grade school


*listings in orange are new to Directories kids. That said, the museum’s vast collection of police tools of the trade (some dating back to the Han dynasty) will appeal to gear, gadget and gun freaks of all ages. RMB 5, free (students). Tue-Sun 9am-4pm. RMB 5. 36 Dongjiamin Xiang, Dongcheng District. (8522 5018) 北京警察博物馆, 东城区东交民巷36号

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) RMB 15 (adults). Free on Thursdays. Free for students and children under 1.3 meters Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. 798 Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9269) 尤伦斯当代艺术 中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区

Capital Museum Two hundred meters east of Muxidi subway station lies the Capital Museum. This six-story building houses 11 exhibition halls displaying ancient Chinese art: bronze statues, jade utensils, ancient calligraphy and paintings, restored old Beijing city views and precious relics of old Beijing operas. Two temporary exhibition halls on the first floor and basement level display artistic and cultural exhibits from around the world. Free. Reservation is necessary. Temporary exhibitions are charged. Audio self-guided tours in Chinese and English available for rent at the entrance. Tue-Sun 9am-5pm. 16 Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6337 0491/2) 首都博物馆, 西城 区复兴门外大街 16号

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China Science and Technology Museum An oasis of educational fun. Featuring hands-on exhibits, robots, optical illusions, IMAX films (in Chinese only) and more, this museum is popular with school-age kids, but is not as cutting edge as the planetarium or ExploraScience. There’s a vast, well-equipped indoor play area on the third and fourth floors of Building B, which can be mobbed by rugrats, so exercise common sense about when to visit. RMB 30, RMB 15 (students), free (kids under 1.2m); Building B: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). Tue-Sun 9am-4.30pm, extended hours for special events (ticket selling 8.30am- 3.30pm). 1 Beisanhuan Zhonglu (Beisanhuan at Anhua Qiao – look for the geodesic dome), Xicheng District. (6237 1177 ext 3216) cn 中国科技馆, 西城区北三环中路1号 Confucius Temple and Guozijian The Confucius Temple is located 400 meters to the southwest of Yonghegong Station. It was first built in 1302 and served as an altar where intellectuals from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties offered their respects to Confucius. Now it has become a museum exhibiting engraved stones, old Chinese doorbells and drums, bronze and jade utensils, paintings and calligraphic works, antique musical instruments and ancient Chinese currencies. Every September, a ritual celebrating Confucius’s birthday takes place here, in which a music and dance ceremony from the Qing dynasty is performed. Daily 8am-5pm (last ticket 4.30pm). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). 13 Guozijian Jie (near the Lama Temple’s main gate), Dongcheng District. (8401 1977) 孔庙和 国子监, 东城区国子监街13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 9am8pm. 7 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. 豆豆家科技馆, 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园西路7号

Beihai Park This park is a good example of a classic Yuan dynasty imperial garden and has the benefit of being good to visit in all seasons. Ticket: RMB 10 (April-Oct); RMB 5 (Nov-March). Half-price for students. Daily 6.30am-8pm (Nov-March); 6am-9pm (April, May, Sept, Oct); 6am-10pm (June-Aug). 1 Wenjin Jie, Xicheng District. (6403 1102) 北海公园, 西城区文 津街1号 Botanical Garden and Wofosi With a state-of-the-art green-house and the largest plant collection in China, the Beijing Botanical Garden, located in western Beijing next to the Frangrant Hills, has a whole day’s worth of flora. The highlight is the artificial jungle inside the greenhouse, with orchids, tropical trees and cacti. The sprawling grounds also contain Wofo Si, the Reclining Buddha Temple. RMB 5 (addional RMB 5 for Wofo Si). Gardens: Daily 6am-7pm (summer); 7am-5pm (winter). Temple and greenhouse: Daily 8am-4.30pm (summer); 8.30am-4.30pm (winter). Wofo Si Lu, Xiangshan, Haidian District. Wofo Si Lu, Xiangshan, Haidian District. (6259 1283) 北京 植物园和卧佛寺, 海淀区海淀区香山卧佛寺路 Chaoyang Park Kitschy but fun. Kids can kick or throw a ball on the big grass field near the entrance, and the concrete podiums beyond are tree-free kite flying zones. There’s lots of room to stroll, a range of boating options, a handsome merry-go-round and many rides including a roller coaster, flying dinosaurs, bumper cars, sky swings and several large inflatable castles. On top of all this, Sony ExploraScience is also located in the park. The outdoor pool is a great place to while away a summer afternoon and winters see a makeshift ski slope go up near the west gate – thrill seekers can rent skis and inter tubes onsite. The delightful northwestern section of the park includes a lake, flower beds and grassy expanses where families can enjoy a picnic. RMB 5, RMB 2.5 (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 6am-10pm (last entry at 9pm). 1 Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6506 5409) 朝阳公园, 朝阳区农 展馆南路1号 Ditan Park When it’s not being used as an exhibition space, the park’s centenarian cypress provide nice shade in summer, making it a pleasant destination for an urban picnic. The children’s activities are concentrated in the north end and include a go-cart track, bouncy castle, merry-go-round and abrasively loud electronic games. There’s also a fishing stream with magnetic fish for toddlers and a goldfish pond. Note that the Ditan Ice Arena, where you can teach your brood how to curl, is just east of the park’s north gate. The area outside the south gate is popular with kite masters. RMB 2, RMB 1 (students). Daily 6am-9pm. A2, Andingmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6421 4657) 地坛公园, 东城 区安定门外大街甲2号 Haidian Park A large park just south of Yiheyuan, featuring a lake, fishing canal, a large kite-flying field, and a modest kids’ amusement area. RMB 2. Daily 7.30am- 10pm. 2 Xinjiangongmen Lu, Haidian District. (6285 0569) 海淀公园, 海淀区 新建宫门路2号 Houhai Okay, so it isn’t a park. And we’ve taken the liberty of referring to two lakes (Qianhai and Houhai) with the name of the latter. These provisos aside, Houhai merits inclusion because of its family-friendly atmosphere, especially in winter, when the frozen lake looks like a scene by some modern-day Brueghel, with families and couples skating, playing ice hockey, and jubilantly riding on

ice chairs and other phantasmagoric contraptions. There’s an old school amusement area with trampolines, electric cars and a dragon train on the southwest bank near Kong Yiji. Dianmenwai Dajie (aka Ping’an Dadao), across from the north gate of Beihai Park, Xicheng District. 后海地区, 西城区地安门外大街(北海 公园北门对面) 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 Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) The crowds that cluster predictably around the buildings and ruins in this imperial abode may dissuade you from visiting with the kids, especially on a spring day in cherry blossom season. The key to a happy family outing is to explore the little known corners of this vast park. Walk around the far lakes, rent a boat and then sit in the shade of a weeping willow and enjoy a picnic. RMB 30 (Apr-Oct), RMB 20 (Nov-Mar), students half price. Daily 6.30am-8pm (last ticket 6pm); 7am-7pm (Nov-Mar: last ticket 5pm). Yiheyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6288 1144) 颐 和园, 海淀区颐和园路 Tiantan Park Although Tiantan has no rides, it offers ample room to run around, throw a frisbee and get away from the crowds. The rose garden is worth a look when in season. And there’s superior people-watching to be had in the covered galleries east of the Altar of Heaven. Get a kick out of visiting the park at dawn, when practitioners of arcane and mystifying forms of exercise come out in force. Combine a stroll through Tiantan with a visit to the Natural Science Museum. April-Oct: RMB 15 (main gate), RMB 35 (all access); Nov-March: RMB 10 (main gate), RMB 30 (all access). Daily 6am-9pm (park: last ticket 8pm); halls 8am-5.30pm (Mar-Jun), 8am-6pm (July-Oct), 8am-5pm (Nov-Feb). Yongdingmen Dajie, Chongwen District. (6702 8866) www. 天坛公园, 崇文区永定门大街

Places Beidong Floriculture Garden Find plants, seeds, garden ornaments, pots and related curios. Daily 8.30am-6.30pm (summer); 9am5.30pm (winter). 150m south of Sundahe Qiao, Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8459 3093) 孙和大北东花艺苑, 顺义 区顺义区京顺路孙大河桥南150米 God’s Grace Garden Seasonal, local organic produce available to order from Beijing’s first farm with a self-sustaining ecosystem, and the first organic farm certified both in cultivation and animal feeding in China. Get delivery (RMB 20 delivery fee) every Monday (inside Third Ring Road) and Friday (outside Third Ring). Order 3 days in advance and pay RMB 1000 upfront, then all orders are deducted from this prepayment. All food is free of chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or any other nasty things. Order from

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a variety of luscious fruits: apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, prunes and more, grains and vegetables in rotation too. (1370 1277 398, 天福园有机农庄 Green Cow Organic Farm Founded and run by Lejen Chen (of Mrs Shanen’s bagels fame), this six-hectare, closed-system organic farm in Shunyi boasts 70 chickens, six geese, seven cows and a pig that produce all the manure for the compost needed to grow more than 25 types of fruit and vegetables. Donggezhuang (10 min north of the International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, 6433 4435 (fax), 绿牛有机农庄, 顺义区北京绿牛有机农场(北京京承高速与机场 北线交汇处的东北方向董各庄附近) Haidian Children’s Palace This library contains over 2,000 English language books. Although it’s targeted towards Chinese families with kids ages 4-14, the library is still a great resource for native English-speaking children. Limited study space is also available for over achieving kiddies, though they must be accompanied by a parent. 6 Wanliu Xingbiao Jiayuan, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8256 7306) 海淀少年宫, 海淀区 海淀区万柳星标家园甲6号 Laitai Flower Market The cut bunches and potted plants in the basement will brighten anyone’s day. Expect to pay around RMB 40 for a trailing ivy and RMB 50 for a small bonsai tree. And you can also pick up some tropical fish on the first floor. Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-6.30 pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 9 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6463 6145) 莱太花卉 市场, 朝阳区麦子店西路9号 Liangma Flower Market This store sells almost every variety of cut flower or potted plant you could want at very reasonable prices and is also great for craft materials. There are loads of individual vendors, so variety is good and bargaining is the norm. You can buy organza at RMB 5 a meter, ribbon, cards, stickers, cello bags, printed wrapping paper. Delivery by flatbed bicycle costs between RMB 10-30, depending on the distance and your haggling skills. Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. South bank of Liangma River, 758 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6504 2446) 亮马花卉市场, 朝阳区东三环北路758号, 燕莎商 城南, 亮马河南岸 Workers’ Stadium With an estimated seating capacity of 72,000, the Workers’ Stadium is the first choice for spectator-busting events like Manchester United-Guo’An exhibition matches. Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6655 ext 5033) 工人体育场, 朝阳区 工体北路

Play Centers 3iart Center Offers a range of art classes for children, teenagers and adults such as drawing, painting, clay modeling, needlework, Chinese calligraphy, knot making and paper cutting. 1) 2/F, Block A, Hairun International Apartment, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (186 0135 0776,; 2) 1/F, Bldg 3, Shidai Zhiguang Xiaoqu, 45 Xizhimen Beidajie, Haidian District. (134 3983 3280, cn 爱立方艺术中心, 1) 朝阳区将台海润国际公 寓A座2层; 2) 海淀区西直门北大街45号时代之 光小区3号楼一层 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 Family Box Educational & Recreational Center Family Box is a British family centre

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combining education and recreation. Children ages 0-12 and their families have more than enough space to play in the 6,000sqm, threestorey building. Kids will enjoy the large scale climbing frame, Mickey Mouse play area, swimming pool, Sensory Room, Soft Island and Craft Room. They also run courses and activities based on the UK early years curriculum. Other facilities include: party hosting, catering, coffee shop, and crèche facility. RMB 320 (2 adults, 1 child). Bldg 4, 51 Wangjing Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6478 6163) 朝阳区 朝阳区望京北路51号院4号楼 Fundazzle Fundazzle makes young kids squeal with delight, while it makes their parents wince (because it smells of feet), then gasp (at the size of the plastic-ball-filled pool) and finally sigh (as they realize that for a few precious hours, the furniture in their home is safe). This cavernous, indoor playground has a huge two-story jungle gym, trampolines and a toddler area with small cars, swings, seesaws, toy houses and so on. On weekends, counselors put on shows, lead the kids in song and dance, and teach arts and crafts. RMB 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 Gymboree Beijing Gymboree (the Soho location is the largest in the world) offers music, play and art classes in English. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are encouraged to consult the experts at Gymboree about enrolling their kids in ageappropriate classes. RMB 3,120 (12 classes) or RMB 14,976 (96 classes). Daily 9am-6pm. 1) Guanghua SOHO, 7/F, Bldg 3, 22 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 6186); 2) 5/F, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 4087); 3) 2/F, Bldg E, Wanjing International Commercial Center,9 Wangjing Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5166 0516) 金宝贝, 1) 朝

阳区北京市朝阳区光华路22号光华路SOHO三单 元7层; 2) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外SohoB座 5层; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区望京街9号望京国际商业 中心E座二层01号 Happy Land Arts and Crafts Center Let your children discover their inner Picasso. Happy Land offers pottery, painting, paper folding, jewelry making and much more. Kids and parents love this spot, especially in the dead of winter. The staff is patient, knowledgeable and able to speak functional English. Birthday parties can also be arranged. RMB 80/hr. Daily 9am-5pm (winter), 9am-6pm (summer). Xibaixinzhuang (near Capital Paradise), Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 4055, 136 6104 5892) 乐土工艺坊, 顺义区后沙峪白 辛庄村东(名都园的附近) My Gym Early Childhood Development Center This early childhood development center provides age-appropriate programs for kids age 6 weeks to 13 years. Parent-kid classes are for kids age 6 weeks-3.5 years; independent learner classes are for kids 3.5–13 years. Also offers birthday parties, special events and summer and winter break camps. Price Range: RMB 156-RMB 268 per class. Mon-Sun 9am-7pm. F/15, 1 Blue Castle International Center, Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6582 0092, 6582 0072, 135 1105 8129, www. 美吉姆国际儿童教育中心, 朝阳区 西大望路蓝堡国际中心1座15层 Peapod Baby A place to gather with other moms, dads, caregivers, and children that offers Kindermusik, Baby art classes, and playgroups for babies from newborn through age 4. Also offers dance for ages 2-6, and English classes from ages 3-13, as well as prenatal yoga. Class sizes are small, with a maximum of 8 students in a class and semesters range from 4 weeks to 16 weeks, depending on the class. Apt 209, Bldg 1, China Central Place Apartments, Chaoyang District. (150 1077 1929, 朝阳区朝阳区华 贸1号楼209室

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 (first game), RMB 30 (additional games). Groups of six or more can rent the entire venue for RMB 1680/hour. Tue-Fri reservations only, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. B1, 316 Wangjing Xiyuan Sanqu, Chaoyang District. (6475 8329, 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 kid-family 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). Monday-Sunday 9am-8pm. Ste 0753, Tower A, Chaowai SOHO, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5869 2904, http://www. Yu Kids Island The Place’s well-kitted indoor play area boasts a palm tree carousel, a bouncy slide, waterfall tunnel and a wind room filled with huge balloons – all well-padded for maximum safety. Come and go as you like with a RMB 50 day pass; frequent funners will benefit from discount cards (RMB 500/30% discount; RMB 1000/50% discount). Daily 10am-10pm. 4/F, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (no phone) 爱乐游园地, 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶南楼4层

Playgroups & Activities Beijing International Festival Chorus This group of highly talented amateur singers performs Western classical music three times a year at the Forbidden City Concert Hall. Also has a children’s choir and a chamber choir. The Clubhouse at Qijiayuan Qijiayuan Parents (mostly moms) gather to socialize while their offspring roam the padded playroom. Age range currently eight weeks to about 4 years old. Fri-Wed 7am-9pm, Thu 10am12pm. Qijiayuan Diplomatic Compound (The Clubhouse is situated at the left of the lawn, next to the tennis courts), 9 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1782) 朝阳区 齐家园服务楼, 朝阳区建国门外大街9号 (网球 场旁边,草坪的左边) DreamArts Center This center provides art, piano, ballet, modern dance, Pilates and yoga lessons. Adult and children classes are taught in English, Korean, and Mandarin. RMB 50-200/lesson. Daily 9am - 5pm. Classes are 10am - 9pm. A1905, Lead International Building, A2 Wangjing Zhonghuang Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8472 0257, 8472 0357) 筑 梦艺术中心, 朝阳区望京中环南路甲2号佳境 天城A1905 Family Fun with Yuliya Offers a variety of classes and events for kids ages 0-14 years old and adults. Classes include Kindermusik, Salsa Babies, Zumba Fitness, Infant Massage Courses and special monthly events. Also hosts birthday parties. (136 2135 4114, Kexue Communications Provides science shows, workshops, parties and functions forchildren and adults. Apt 1262, Door 1, Bldg 1, 7Hao Yuan, Taiyanggong Nanlu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8415 5034, 134 3938 8329, 朝阳区朝阳区 太阳宫南街7号院1号楼1单元26层1262 Kindermusic with Sarah Through the joy of music and age-appropriate activities, Kindermusik brings parents and children closer together while helping each child develop a lifelong love of music and learning. In a Kindermusik class, licensed educators lead a group of parents and their children through joyful activities, using music and movement. Join us to sing, dance and play your way to a



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brighter future for your child. Saturday classes with Sarah and Ruth are offered at the Canadian International School of Beijing. Call 8832 0818 ext 8803 and 139 1062 5893 for more info. ( Kindermusik with Lily’s Partners A program where moms and their children can play, listen, and dance to music. Activities are specifically designed to stimulate early childhood development. For children ages 5 months-6 years. 1) Teletubbies Children’s Entertainment Centre, 3F Hua Mao Shopping Mall (East section), 6A Xi Da Wang Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (babypioneer@vip.,; 2) 10F Chaoyang Joy City, Chaoyang Beilu (on the corner of Qing Nian Lu), Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5903 7114,,; 3) I Love Gym Children’s Fitness Centre, 4F Viva Shopping Mall, East Third Ring Road, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5903 7163,, cn 1) 朝阳区朝阳区西大望路甲6号,华贸购物 中心东区3层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳大悦城购物中心 10层,东西环红领巾桥向东3公里,朝阳北路与 青年路交口的东北角; 3) 朝阳区爱乐国际儿童 运动馆内, 朝阳区东三环双井桥西北角Viva富力 城购物广场4层 KindyROO International Early Childhood Development Centre KindyROO offers music, dance and play classes designed to encourage spatial awareness, balance and coordination. Its facilities are clean and bright at a very reasonable price. Most of the instructors go through a corporate training program to learn the organization’s teaching philosophy, and they speak English. Free trial class. 1) 3C Unit B, Bldg 2 Jinyuan Shidai Business Center, 2 Landianchang Donglu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (88876541/2); 2) 3/F, Xinlong Plaza, Xisanqi Donglu, Changping District, Changping District. (6294 8888/6295 5555); 3) Daxiong Tulip, North Gate, Lane 6, Tianbaoyuan, BDA, Daxing District. (6782 0600); 4) 2/F, Bldg A Wangjing International Commercial Center, 9 Wangjing Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (59203867/8); 5) 21 Liangmaqiao Lu, Fenghuayuan Drive-in Movie Theater, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8457 4797/3); 6) 10/F, 18 Jianwai Soho (west area), Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5869 8002/3) 菁童启育咨询中 心, 1) 海淀区金源中心.海淀区蓝靛厂东路金 源时代商务中心2号楼B座3C; 2) 昌平区新龙中 心.昌平区西三旗东路新龙大厦三层; 3) 大兴 区亦庄中心.北京亦庄天宝园六里大雄郁金香 舍北门会所; 4) 朝阳区望京中心.朝阳区望京 街9号望京国际商业中心A座二层214; 5) 朝阳 区朝阳区亮马桥路21号枫花园汽车电影院内; 6) 朝阳区国贸中心.北京市朝阳区建外SOHO西 区18楼10层 LaFaFa Music Through age-appropriate music and movement activities, Kindermusik brings parents and children closer together while helping children develop a lifelong love of music and learning. Sarah Peel and her team have been recognized since 2007 as Maestro educators, offering the finest in English language developmental music programs to children ages 0-7 in Beijing. Saturday classes are hosted by the Canadian International School of Beijing. Free, no obligation preview classes are available by reservation. 24/F, Bldg A, Vantone New World Plaza, 2 Fuchengmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (8832 0818, peel. 西城区阜成 门外大街2号万通新世界A座24层 Lego Education Department These lego programs are designed to help children of different ages to discover their creativity, develop problem solving ability and language skills. Classes are one hour long for 3-6 years, RMB 180; two hours long for ages 7-16, RMB 200. 207, Bldg 529, The Atlantic City’s Chamber , Nanhu Nan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6471 2077, 6471 7585) 乐高工作室, 朝阳区南湖南路10号 大西洋新城中心会所二层207室(529号楼)

Directories Music Together of MiCho Education Offers weekly 45-minute classes for 0-6-year-old children and their parents or caregivers. Activities include songs, rhythm chants, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance oriented musical experiences - developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers. 1) 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, River Garden Villa, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (; 2) 2 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Jingda International Apartments, Chaoyang District. ( 1) 顺义区裕京花园, 顺义区后沙峪榆阳路7号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园西 门京达国际公寓 My Little Mozart Studio Comprehensive music program offering keyboard, violin, guitar, vocal and other instrumental lessons. Group and private classes taught by qualified and experienced teachers. Music and movement classes for ages 0-4. Curriculum focuses on providing a well balanced music education for every student. Harmony Road music course is offered at the studio. Musical birthday parties can also be arranged. Room 108, Building 5, Lishui Jiayuan, Liulitun, Chaoyang District. (135 2256 3767, Kristinkoh@mylittlemozart. com) www. 朝阳区六里屯 丽水嘉园5号楼108室

Theme Parks Happy Valley Amusement Park Beijing’s best amusement park sprawls out across a square kilometer of land outside the East Fourth Ring Road and offers 40 rides, an IMAX theater, more than 100 games and seven cinemas. The park is divided into a number of themed areas inspired by such civilizations as Mayan Central America, Minoan Greece and Shangri-la – the little kiddies play in Ant Kingdom. The roller coasters are world class, the park is well maintained, and the lines for rides are fairly reasonable. RMB 160 (April 1-Nov 14); RMB 120 (Nov 15-March 31). Half price for kids 1.2-1.4m, free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 8.30am-10pm. Wuji Beilu, Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6738 9898 ext 0, 6205 0088, http:// 北京欢乐谷, 朝阳 区东四环路小武基北路

School Directory 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 This Lido-area school offers a bilingual, bicultural curriculum that fuses Western and Eastern approaches to teaching and focuses on the development of the child as a whole. Preschool, kindergarten, and elementary students spend half the day in an English classroom with Western teachers and the other half in a Chinese classroom with Chinese teachers. The Nursery program is a play-based, active learning program taught by Chinese and Western teachers in bilingual classrooms. The aim is to help children build fluency in speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin and English. 3e features well-designed classrooms, an outdoor space with natural surroundings, a multipurpose field, Chinese/English lending library, indoor dance/gym space, and an art studio. Visit the school to learn more about its research-based curriculum covering English and Mandarin Language Arts, Cognitive Development, Creative Arts, Global and Cultural Competence, Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Knowledge, and Physical Development. Ages: 2-9. Price range: RMB 69,800-118,800. 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 127) 3e国际学校, 朝阳区将台西 路9-1号 Asia-Pacific Experimental School of Beijing Normal University Asia-Pacific Experimental School of Beijing Normal University is located on the south bank of the Wenyu River on Litang Lu, to the north of the Olympic Vil-


lage. It has both primary and middle schools and provides for both day school students and boarders. The campus covers 80,000 square meters and includes middle and primary school classroom buildings, laboratory building, science and technology building, library, gym, student residence halls, various types of special classrooms, counseling room, and electronic reading room. There are 51 classes, 1,600 students, more than 200 teaching staff. The school’s administration is managed by Beijing Normal University and the teaching staff by Beijing Xicheng District Educational Committee. Dong San Qi, Changping District. (5109 4888, 6975 9602) http:// 昌平区地铁5号线天通苑 北站,换乘643或537路,到北京太阳城站,路口 向东直走,穿过北京服装学院即到 Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) Beanstalk International Bilingual School offers a unique bilingual program combining the strengths of Western and Eastern educational philosophies. In the Elementary School 70% of classes are taught in English and 30% are taught in Chinese. BIBS accept students from pre-kindergarten to Grade 10 and will soon have a grade 11 class. BIBS have created a loving, caring and supportive learning environment to foster creativity, drive and a love of learning. They instill a passion for academic achievement and encourage behavioral and social responsibility. BIBS students are encouraged to embrace multiculturalism and international awareness. Beanstalk Kindergarten and Elementary schools currently deliver the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) program. At our High school we teach a North American curriculum and have begun the process of adopting the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years and Diploma Programs. 1) Upper East Side, 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 7951); 2) 1/F, Bldg B, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu (at the 21st Century Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6466 9255); 3) 38 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang District. (8456 6019) 青苗 国际双语学校, 1) 朝阳区东四环北路6号阳光上 东; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区亮马桥路40号21世纪饭店 院内B座1层; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区南十里居38号 Beijing BISS International School Founded in 1994, BISS offers the IB program (PYP, MYP and DP) to about 340 students from 40 countries. BISS is located in the heart of one of the most dynamic, historical and culturally rich cities in the world. This prime location is favorable to families who prefer to live and work in the city. As a small school, BISS offers the advantage of a personalized & safe environment where the students can develop self-confidence and take on leadership roles. The whole campus is wireless-enabled with a library, dance cum drama studio, design and technology lab and sports facilities to enhance the learning experience. Classes offered from Early Childhood to High School (Pre-K to Grade 12). Fees from RMB100,800 to RMB180,600. ESOL fees of RMB15,800 if required. 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 Founded in 2005, BCIS is an authorized school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program and IB Diploma. All students attend daily Chinese language and culture lessons. BCIS has an inclusive admissions policy and any students with ESOL needs are supported by the ESOL department. The school’s 51,000 square meter campus boasts an indoor swimming pool and rock-climbing wall, a design and technology studio, a 300-seat theater and other facilities for the visual and performing arts, state-of-the-art IT equipment, and over 50 classrooms. Grades: Nursery to G12. Price range: RMB 97,160-176,760 (plus RMB 2,000 registration fee and RMB 5,000 new student fee). 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8771 7171) 北京乐成国际 学校, 朝阳区百子湾南二路77号

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Schools Beijing Homeschoolers A support network, information source and social hub for families homeschooling their children. http://groups. Beijing Huijia Kindergarten Run in conjunction with Huijia Private College (see below), Huijia Kindergarten currently has 20 different campuses across Beijing. The school follows a Multiple Intelligences curriculum and instruction is in Chinese. Currently, about one quarter of the students are international students. Ages: 2 to 6.Price Range: RMB 20,000-60,000. Head Office: 33C, Bldg B, Huating Jiayuan, 6 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (400 886 1993) www. 北京汇佳幼儿园, 朝阳区北四环中 路6号华亭嘉园B座33C 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 2,000 Chinese students. Facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium and science labs. Grades: 1 to 12. Price range: RMB 69,000-75,800. 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 Beijing New Talent Academy 9 Anhua Street, Tianzhu Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8041 3036 (English)/3001, 8046 7117, 北京市新英才学校, 顺义区顺义区天竺 开发区安华街9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) www.bj55. cn/international 北京第五十五中学, 东城区 新中街12号 Beijing Rego British School Beijing Rego British School follows on the heels of two successful schools in Tianjin and Shanghai and caters to students from the surrounding Shunyi area with its array of educational facilities and age-appropriate resources on campus. Coursework is based on the UK national curriculum as well as classes in Mandarin Chinese up to and including Year 9 student (13-14 years of age). Rego places strong emphasis on close cooperation between parents, students and teachers and aims to create an educationally comfortable but truly challenging atmosphere for students to “be their best” and explore their talents and abilities to the fullest. The school will open in 2011 and will be accepting enrollments starting February 2011. 1) 15 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu County, Shunyi District. (8416 7718, sarah.; 2) (Admissions office) Rm C317 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465-4487 ext 107, 北京瑞金英国学 校, 1) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇丽苑街15号; 2) 朝 阳区朝阳区亮马桥路50号C317室 Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School A K-12 independent coeducational boarding & day school founded in 1993 that blends Eastern and Western educational methods and ideals. Our K-8 Bilingual curriculum entails 45 percent courses taught in Chinese according to guidelines set by the Chinese Bureau of Education, 45 percent American courses based on the California content standards, and 10 percent of intensive language courses



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as needed to ensure students become fully bilingual. Grades 9-12 teach a completely American curriculum following guidelines of the University of California admission standards, with additional courses on Chinese and Sinology. Tuition RMB 20,600-88,000 (age 2-18). South 1A, Xiaopu, Songzhuang, Tongzhou District. (6959 8400, 139 0102 1655 (English)), Tongzhou District. (6959 5103, 139 0102 1655 (English)) http://www. 北京市私立树人瑞贝学校, 通 州区通州区宋庄镇小堡南甲一号 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 months-6years 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, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环南路大路园2号(富力城 内)国贸往南第一路口 Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) BWYA is an international school for local and overseas students ages 9 to 18, offering both English and Chinese programs. An IB World School since 2001, the school is fully authorized to offer the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programs. BWYA values holistic education and seeks to offer students ample opportunity to develop as globallyaware critical thinkers. Facilities include projectors in every classroom, computer labs, library, full science labs, well-stocked art & design technology workspaces, athletic facilities. A wide variety of clubs and after school activities are also offered. 1) High School: 94 Huajiadi Beili (inside No. 94 Middle School), Chaoyang District. (6461 7787,; 2) Middle School 210 Gaojiayuan Xiaoqu, Chaoyang District. (6461 6054/4476, 北京世青国际学校, 1) 朝阳 区高中部:花家地北里18号(94中学内); 2) 朝阳区初中部:高家园小区210号 The British School of Beijing The British School of Beijing now part of the British-based Nord Anglia family of British style international schools, offers the English National Curriculum taught by UK qualified teachers, and supported by native English-speaking teaching assistants. BSB prepares pupils for the IGCSE and A and AS Levels while emphasizing high academic results and respect for one another. In addition to our excellent downtown Sanlitun campus, The British School of Beijing is excited to announce the relocation and opening of its new Shunyi campus. This newly custom-built campus, located in the residential and educational area of Beijing, has first class sports and recreational facilities, six Science and four IT labs, specialist Art, Music, Dance and Physical Education facilities, two theaters, a 25mswimming pool and a spacious dining hall. The outdoor facilities include a football pitch, tennis court, basketball courts and a 100m running track. BSB has strict admission requirements, including entrance exams and a limit on the number of students requiring English Language support (EAL) - no more than 20% in each class. Ages: 2-18. Price range: RMB76,940 to RMB179, 700. 1) 15 Anhua Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8047 3588, desiree.; 2) 5 Sanlitun Xiliujie, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088, cn) 北京英国学 校, 1) 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街; 2) 朝阳区三里 屯西六街5号 Canadian International School of Beijing Opened in September 2006, CISB

*listings in orange are new to Directories offers a Montessori Preschool and a Canadian-Style curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students. CISB is an International Baccalaureate World School authorized to provide the IB Diploma Programme at the High School level and a Candidate School for the Primary Years and Middle Years Program. The student body currently represents over 50 nationalities. Non-native English-speaking students will have their language abilities assessed, and are given ESL support according to their results. Chinese, French and Korean are offered as additional languages. A member of ACAMIS and UNESCO, CISB features 90 classrooms equipped with the SmartBoard System, seven computer labs, a 500-seat theatre, three large gymnasiums, a 25-meter swimming pool and a dance studio. Grades: Preschool to G12. Price range: 59,900 – 169,600 RMB (RMB 1,600 application fee and 4,300-6,300 ESL fee). 38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, 北京加拿大国际 学校, 朝阳区亮马桥路38号 Care for Children Special Needs School The CFCS is currently the only international school offering an educational program specifically tailored to meet the needs of children with learning differences. CFCS provides an individualized, multidisciplinary approach to the English National Curriculum for expatriate children with special educational needs. The school caters for children with a wide range of educational difficulties. Student enrollment and tuition is calculated according to the individual child’s needs, and dual programs in partnerships with other international schools are also available. The School runs both half and full day classes for students ages 2-19 years. The foreign lead staff are all highly skilled special needs educators, who receive therapy support from our on-site clinicians. Operating from The Centre in the Beijing Riviera, the facilities are specially designed for all aspects of a special needs curriculum including: music and art rooms, padded rumpus room for physical activities, dance and drama; multi-sensory room/physiotherapy room with equipment for brain gym and PT; observation rooms for play assessment; play grounds, football fields and jungle gyms on-site, access to clubhouse swimming facilities and more. A non-refundable application fee of RMB 7,500 is payable at the start of the application process. Beijing Riviera,1 Xiang Jiang Beilu, Jing Shun Lu, Chaoyang District, Shunyi District. (8470 2735, meryl.bailey@careforchildrenservices. com) 顺义区朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号香 江花园

College Search Expert Dr. Rachelle Wolosoff works with students internationally via the Internet. She assists with selection of U.S. universities, the college application, resume, and essays. She will share her expertise with students and parents who are interested in getting an inside view on the entire US college process. Free College Seminars will be held in Beijing in April. Reserve your seat via email. (001 516 208 7835, Rachelle@Colleg Daystar Academy Daystar is the only school



in China that offers a balance of Montessoribased English Education and the Chinese National Curriculum. The students spend half of their day in each language environment covering two curricula every day. This innovative approach brings together two cultures, and combines the strongest attributes of both Western and Eastern teaching methodologies. A progressive “Virtues in Us” character education program emphasizes nobility of character, academic excellence and parallel development in both English and Chinese. Facilities include a library, ICT lab, science lab, music rooms, dance studio, workshop with cooking facilities, indoor gymnasium, and performance stage. Ages 3-12. K-Grade 6. RMB 86,000 (RMB 2,000 non-refundable registration fee). 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8430 2654, 启明星双语学校, 朝阳 区朝阳区顺白路2号 Deutsche Botschaftsschule Peking The German Embassy School offers instruction in German and uses a curriculum and textbooks that adhere to standards set by the German Board of Education. Approximately 90 students are enrolled in the kindergarten classes, and 430 in the elementary and upper school. Grades: Kindergarten to grade 13. Price range: EUR 5,150-7,800 (plus a EUR 2,600 admission fee, EUR 900 bus fee). 49A Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 2535) 北京德国使馆学 校, 朝阳区亮马桥路甲49号 Dulwich College Beijing At its three suburban campuses, Dulwich delivers an academic programme based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales but adapted for international education. In Foundation Stage (1 – 5 years), Dulwich follows the standards set in the English Early Years Foundation Stage framework through a play-based curriculum based on active learning, encouraging independence, problem solving and creative thinking. From Year 1 onwards, we offer the English National Curriculum leading into IGCSE in Years 10 and 11. The IB Diploma Programme is offered in Years 12 and 13. The school emphasizes four core areas: academic excellence; sport; the arts; and commitment to the community. Facilities include a 230 seat theatre, a black box theatre, 3 studios, 5 music practice rooms, a midi suite with recording studio, design and technology suites, drama studios, interactive LCD screens or SMARTboards, libraries, squash courts, tennis courts, two full sized football pitches, a cricket pitch, swimming pool, dance studio, rugby pitch, and a golf centre. Ages: 1 to 18. International students: Over 1,300. Price range: RMB 25,900-182,000. 1) Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Shunyi District. (6454 9000); 2) Beijing Riviera, 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676); 3) River Garden Villas Kindergarten, Houshayu, Baixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8046 5132) 北京德 威英国国际学校, 1) 顺义区机场路89号丽京花 园; 2) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号香江花园; 3) 顺义区后沙峪白辛庄裕京花园别墅 Eduwings Kindergarten Eduwings Kindergarten has two departments: One English/ Chinese, the other is German. Each department is split into three age groups (ages 2-3, ages 3-4, ages 5-6) and one infant group (ages 2 and below). All of the lead teachers and language teachers are native speakers and are able to provide individual support to each child. The kindergarten’s philosophy is: Every child needs to have roots and wings. Roots to know where are they from and wings to explore the world. Programs and facilities include: swimming, saunas, music, art, a Montessori area, a library, P.E. classes and climbing, as well as an out door playground and yard. All afternoon activities are included the tuition fee: RMB 52,000-72,000 per yearly. Merlin Champagne Town, 6 Liyuan Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8384) 顺 义区天竺镇丽苑街6号美林香槟小镇 Etonkids Bilingual Kindergarten Etonkids

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Schools Bilingual Kindergarten’s nurturing and handson Montessori environments energize your child’s natural love of learning and exploring. Your child benefits from native English and Chinese speaking teachers in each classroom, an accredited academic program, and premiere educational facilities designed to harness your child’s independence, initiative and creativity. With classes taught 70% in English and 30% in Chinese, Etonkids Bilingual Kindergarten provides a warm multicultural Montessori environment with special focus on community, and strong links between home and school. Customized weekly and monthly reports allow you to follow your child’s continuing process. Ages 1.5-6, Price range: RMB 62,000-85,000. 1) Central Park Campus, Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6620); 2) Eastern Provence Campus, Eastern Provence, 88 Dingsi Lu, Beiqijia, Changping District. (8975 1102); 3) Dawang Road Peking House Campus, 19 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 6778); 4) Arcadia Campus, Arcadia Villas, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8047 2983); 5) C103, Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7368); 6) Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5338); 7) Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 8967) 伊顿双 语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际 19号楼; 2) 昌平区昌平区北七家镇定泗路88号; 3) 朝阳区大望路首府校园,朝阳区西大望路19号 首府社区; 4) 顺义区顺义区后沙峪阿凯笛亚 庄园内; 5) 朝阳区首都机场路丽都广场俱乐部 C103; 6) 顺义区天竺房地产开发区荣祥广场; 7) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈泉国际公寓

activities include badminton, arts and crafts, wushu and rollerblading. Grades: 1 to 6. Price range: RMB 16,000-48,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy. 1 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8563 5120 ext 2005) 芳草 地小学, 朝阳区日坛北路1号

Etonkids International Kindergarten Etonkids International Kindergarten is the oldest school under the Etonkids umbrella. Etonkids International Kindergarten classrooms feature authentic Montessori materials and are led by full-time caring and professional native English speaking teachers. With full or half-day options, Etonkids international Kindergarten prepares your child for the challenges ahead through strong foundations in the essential areas for young learners and the Etonkids Three C’s of Creativity, Character and Culture. At Etonkids International Kindergarten your child experiences the joy of learning through ongoing intellectual discoveries in unique hands-on environments. Ages: 1.5 to 6. Price range: RMB 83,500-RMB 125,000. 1) Rm C103, Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7368); 2) 3/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805); 3) Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5338) 伊顿国际学校, 1) 朝阳区北京首都机场路丽都广场俱乐部C103室; 2) 朝阳区光华路世贸国际公寓D座3层; 3) 顺义 区天竺房地产开发区荣祥广场

Harrow International School Beijing Harrow provides a British-style education to students from the age of three. Offering qualifications at GCSE, AS and A level, it aims to provide progression routes into British and international universities. Individual programs of study and tutorials are available. The Lower School campus is situated in the countryside near Shunyi, on a campus that boasts interactive whiteboards, a library/media centre, a science lab, an art and design room, a computer lab, performing arts facilities as well as a gym and playing field and even a farm. The Upper School campus is in downtown Anzhenxili and offers courses as diverse as Latin and Philosophy. Ages: 3 to 18. Price range: RMB 96,000-179,300 inclusive of lunches and expeditions and all performances (plus RMB 3,000 application fee and RMB 4,000 for all uniforms). 1) Grassetown, Zhengequ Village, Xuxin Zhuang, Tongzhou District. (6444 5900,; 2) 5 Anzhen Xili, Block 4, Chaoyang District. (6444 8900, 北京哈罗英国学校, 1) 通州区徐新庄镇 葛渠村格拉斯小镇; 2) 朝阳区安贞西里四区5号

The Family Learning House This bilingual preschool integrates a character education program focused on instilling and developing virtues (such as responsibility, service and truthfulness) with a Montessori curriculum. In its campus, lead teachers in each classroom speak English with students, while all Chinese staff speak to students in Chinese; older students receive daily Chinese pinyin lessons. Extracurricular activities include art, ballet and yoga. The campus has eight classrooms, a kitchen, a library, and an outdoor area. Ages: 1.5 to 6. Price range: RMB 68,00085,050. Jianwai SOHO West Ward (in front of Bld. 14)., Chaoyang District. (5869 7540, 家育苑, 朝 阳区东三环中路39号建外SOHO西区

House of Knowledge International Kindergarten This Beijing kindergarten offers multilingual programs in English, German and Chinese. Open to international and local students, HoK incorporates leading philosophies, such as Reggio Emilia and Montessori, to build a unique curriculum designed to raise children into global citizens with excellent social and academic competencies. Classes are available Mon-Fri for children ages 12 months to six years. School facilities are designed by German engineers to be big and bright and equipped with a full gym, climbing wall, trilingual library, music room, art areas, parent and child room, parents corner, heated floors, natural lighting, outdoor playground and an in-house kitchen. 1) Victoria Gardens, Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6538 2624 (English, Chinese and German),; 2) East Gate of Liyuan Compound, Maquanying Street, Chaoyang District. (139 1127 2029, 6434 0088, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园西路维多利亚花园小区; 2) 朝阳区香江北路丽苑小区A11

Fangcaodi International School Fangcaodi is a state-run primary school that has been accepting foreign students for over 40 years. Classes are in Chinese, with the exception of English language classes. The school uses the same textbooks as other Chinese schools in the municipality and places a strong emphasis on math and Chinese. Fee-based after-school



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Ganeinu International School Follows a Montessori curriculum and aims to “provide a warm, secure, Jewish environment where children can feel comfortable exploring and learning.” Coursework consists of math, sensorial, language, art and music, geography, Jewish studies and special events. Nursery, kindergarten and elementary classes available. Tuition ranges from RMB 66,000-130,000 a year. Bus and lunch service available. 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 8238) 朝阳区朝阳 区霄云路18号 Happy Baby Kindergarten At two separate campuses, Happy Baby offers a Montessoristyle curriculum delivered predominantly in Chinese. English classes are provided several times a week. Facilities include playgrounds, a library, and piano, reading, birthday and computer rooms. Currently, around half the students are international students. Special classes for children under 2 accompanied by a parent are offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Note: Enrollment is full for 2009-10 academic year. Ages: 2.5 to 5. Price range: RMB 36,000 (RMB 450 transportation fee). 1) 23 Yiyuan Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6498 1518); 2) 22 Zhongli Xibahe, Chaoyang District. (6462 0449 ext 806) 至尊宝宝幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区亚 运村安慧北里逸园23号楼; 2) 朝阳区西坝河 中里22号楼

*listings in orange are new to Directories 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. Coursework emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors to enable and encourage students to become lifelong learners, taking responsibility for themselves, their studies, others, and the environment, and to take correct actions. Visit the website for more campus locations. 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) 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



Secondary campus: 2 Yangshan Lu, Olympic Park East, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8493 8680); 2) Elementary campus: Lido Place, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6430 1600) IAB国际学校, 1) 朝阳区北京市朝阳区奥 林匹克公园东侧仰山路2号; 2) 朝阳区中国北京 市朝阳区将台路6号丽都饭店3号办公楼

Indian Embassy School Located in and operated by the Indian Embassy, this school offers an Indian-style curriculum to 100 students from 36 different countries. Instruction is in English. Chinese classes are part of the curriculum, and extracurricular activities such as music, tennis, and tai chi are offered. Ages: 4 to 11. Price range: available upon inquiry. 13 Guanghua Lu (inside the Indian Embassy), Chaoyang District. (6532 1827, 朝 阳区光华路13号(在印度大使馆内)

The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) MSB has been educating expatriate children for over 20 years in an environment designed to cultivate intellectual abilities, self-esteem, imagination and critical thinking. The school offers a half-day Toddler program and half- and full-day Nursery programs. Parents can enroll their older children in either a traditional English language Montessori curriculum (which features regular Chinese language classes) or a dual language Montessori program, taught in Chinese and English. The school has three suburban campuses which feature spacious classrooms, lending libraries, art rooms and big outdoor play areas – the main Cherry Tree Lane campus also boasts a science lab, computer lab, dedicated music room, football pitch and running track. Extracurricular activities include language clubs, Chinese painting, baking, wushu, football and swimming. Ages: 2-12. Price range: RMB 79,300-142,000. 1) Champagne Cove Campus, 1 Shunfu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8945 2591); 2) Cherry Tree Lane Campus, Xiangjiang Beilu, 18 Maquanying Lu, Shunyi District. (6432 8228); 3) River Garden Campus, Houshayu, Baixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8046 3935) 北京蒙 台梭利国际学校, 1) 朝阳区金碧湖畔校区顺福 路1号; 2) 顺义区樱桃园校区马泉营路18号; 3) 顺义区后沙峪白辛庄裕京花园附近

International Academy of Beijing International Academy of Beijing began in 1999, it has gained accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). IAB offers an American curriculum built upon the principles of truth and character. Their extensive academic program is enhanced by their popular optional after school program, giving students the opportunity to further develop their potential. ESL support is offered up to Grade 8 with daily Chinese instruction provided at all levels for non-ESL students. Their high school follows an American college-prep curriculum offering various AP courses. IAB is a registered testing center for the PSAT, SAT and AP tests. Grades:K-12 (aged 5-18). Price range: RMB 112,000-166,000 incld. Capital fee (application fee RMB1620; ESL Program 12,500). 1)

The International School of Beijing (ISB) Beijing’s largest English-language school has more than 1,800 students from 50 nations and a history of more than 25 years. ISB’s Standards-based curriculum is drawn from the best international standards and benchmarks. It offers both the IB diploma program and select Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and graduates earn a US high school diploma. All students study a foreign language and ESOL support is available. The 32-acre campus boasts a 600-seat high-tech theater, swimming pool, indoor rock climbing wall, large art department, computer facilities and well-equipped science labs as well as a big “Outdoor Learning Environment.” Accreditations and affiliations include NEASC, CIS, NCCT; IB World School. Ages: 3-Grade 12. Price range: USD 18,350-27,760. 10 Anhua Jie (near Capital Paradise), Shunyi District. (8149 2345) 北京顺义国际 学校, 顺义区安华街10号(名都园附近)

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Schools Ivy Academy Ivy Academy boasts a team of foreign teachers trained at the world’s top universities, who teach a curriculum based on the Multiple Intelligences theory developed at Harvard. The teacher-to-student ratio is 1:5. Parents receive customized weekly and monthly reports allowing them to follow their child’s development. Classes are conducted in English and only children with previous exposure to English are admitted after the age of 4. School facilities include a kids’ kitchen, a playground and sports courts. Ages: 2 to 6. Price range: RMB 78,000116,000 (plus RMB 200 registration fee). Suite C101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380/1381, www. 艾毅幼儿园, 东城区东直门外 大街35号东湖别墅C101室 Ivy Bilingual School Ivy Bilingual School teaches a curriculum informed by the Multiple Intelligences theory. Both Chinese- and English-speaking teachers are present in the classroom at the same time in order to offer a truly bilingual environment. Students are expected to understand, speak, read and write basic characters by the time they graduate from the program; about 60% of the children enrolled at Ivy Bilingual graduate into local elementary schools, while about 40% move on to international schools. Ages: 2 to 6. Price range: RMB 35,600-52,500 (plus RMB 200 registration fee). 1) 18 Xinjin Lu, Cuige Xiang (near WAB), Chaoyang District. (8439 7080, Info-OE@ivyschools. com (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)); 2) Ocean Express, Bldg E, 2 Dongsanhuan Lu (north of the Kempinski Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287, (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)) 艾毅双语幼儿园, 1) 朝 阳区崔各乡新锦路18号(临近京西学校); 2) 朝 阳区东三环北路丙2号远洋新干线E座 (凯宾斯 基饭店往北) K12 International Academy Asia Targeted at home schoolers, this company offers online home schooling materials and a “professional team” of teachers, counselors and advisers to work with your child on an individualized learning plan. http://www. KEer Apple International Kindergarten (Pingod) Monthly tuition starts at RMB 3,500, with a RMB 5,000 deposit and initial payment of RMB 10,000. Offers some English instruction and limited Montessori curriculum in the afternoons (with an “international” section) and open year round. Baiziwan Nan Er Lu (next to BCIS), Chaoyang District. (5876 9605, http:// 苹果幼儿园 KinStar Bilingual School In addition to a bilingual kindergarten, KinStar also runs a bilingual elementary school. The school follows curriculum guidelines issued by the Chinese Ministry of Education for instruction in Chinese and a US-style curriculum for instruction in English. Both ESOL and Chinese support classes are available. Facilities at the elementary school building include music, art and dance studios, a spacious library, a running track, a tennis court and a basketball field, and the campus is equipped to accommodate handicapped children. Grades: Pre-K to 7. Price range: RMB 42,000-80,000 (plus RMB 1,600 registration fee and RMB 5,000-10,000 capital levy). Kindergarten and Elementary School: 5 Yumin Road, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8041 0390) 海嘉双语国际学校, 顺义 区后沙峪裕民大街5号 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



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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-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 9.30am4.30pm. 1) 1/F, West Wing, Wenjin International Hotel, Haidian District, Haidian District. (6265 1920, registration@learningcenter.; 2) 2108 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8046 3886, www. 1) 海淀区海淀TLC,文津 国际酒店西侧一层; 2) 顺义区后沙峪西白辛庄 嘉浩别墅2108号 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 6,39011,430 (non-French children). 1) Primary and Secondary School: 13 Sanlitun Dongsijie, Chaoyang District. (6532 3498); 2) Kindergarten: 4 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 7881) 1) 朝阳 区三里屯东四街13号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路4号 Mammolina Children’s Home A bilingual kindergarten that opened its doors in August 2005, Mammolina offers a Montessori curriculum covering practical life, language, math, cultural studies, art and music, and more. The school boasts a huge classroom, limited enrollment of 30 children, a kitchen area, a spacious garden/playground area, as well as a library for parents. Ages: 1 to 7. Price range: RMB 96,750-134,865 (plus RMB 4,860 lunch fee, RMB 6,480-8,100 bus fee). 36 Maquanying Siqu , Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 5128) 三为园幼儿园, 朝阳区香江北路马 泉营四区36号 Mandarin Connection Improve your spoken or business Chinese. Also holds HSK & BCT preparation courses. Classes also available for kids and teenagers. 26/F, Rm 11-12, 1 Blue Castle International Center, Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District (8599 7183, www.mandarin-connections.com朝阳区朝阳区西大望路3号院蓝堡 国际中心1座2611-2612室 New Garden International Kindergarten This bilingual school combines in Fuli Cheng features Western and Eastern teaching styles with Chinese and native English speaking teachers. Equipped with a children’s kitchen, library, inside and outside play areas. For ages 1.5-6, 6-12 years. Area D, Fu Li Cheng (North of Shuang Jing Bridge),East 3rd Ring RD, Chaoyang District. (5876 6675 / 1319) 新园双语幼儿园, 朝阳区富力城新园双语幼儿 园. 朝阳区东三环双井桥北富力城D区西门 Pentagram Chinese Kids learn Chinese in a fun environment. Classes start at the beginning of each month. And are available in two age groups, 5-7 and 8-10 years old. Spoken Chinese and business Chinese courses are also offered. Rm 301, Rui Chen International Center, 13 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6500 5755) 朝阳区朝阳农展馆南路13号瑞辰国 际中心301室

*listings in orange are new to Directories 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. ( 顺义区北京市顺义区后沙峪西白幸 庄嘉浩别墅城3006栋 Ritan School This public school has four separate divisions open to international students: an elementary school, two middle schools and a high school. A bilingual program is offered at the elementary school, but the middle and high school divisions follow the Chinese national curriculum and instruction is in Chinese only. In addition to academics, students participate in a range of electives and extracurricular activities, including the celebrated school band. Grades: 1 to 12. Price range: RMB 17,000-36,800. 1) High School: 4 Guanghua Xili, Chaoyang District. (6503 1815); 2) Middle School: Inside Beijing No. 80 Middle School, 2 Baijiazhuang Xili, Chaoyang District. (6500 4609); 3) High School (senior year only): 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu (south of Tsinghua University’s Central Academy of Fine Arts), Chaoyang District. (6581 4083); 4) Elementary and Middle School: 38 Nanshiliju (south of Jiuxian Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6438 2945) http://rtzx. 北京日坛中学, 1) 朝阳区光华西 里4号; 2) 朝阳区白家庄西里2号白家庄中学里 面; 3) 朝阳区东三环北路36号清华大学美术学 院南; 4) 朝阳区南十里居38号(酒仙桥南) Sanlitun Kindergarten This local kindergarten enrolls international students. Instruction is in Chinese and the school places a strong focus on physical exercise. Special classes for children ages 2.5 and accompanied by a parent are offered every week; the standard kindergarten program runs daily. Ages: 2 to 6. Price Range: RMB 500-1000/ month (children under 3), RMB 5000-10,000 (plus RMB 450/month childcare fee) (children ages 3-6). 3 Jiqingli, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6551 0877) 三里屯幼儿 园, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街吉庆里3号 Side by Side Side by Side is a wholly foreign owned and run center providing support for children with special needs and learning difficulties. They offer special education and learning support as well as special needs support such as social skills, music therapy and vocational training opportunities. 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 Sino Bright School (Beijing No. 25 Middle School) Located on the grounds of Beijing No. 25 Middle School, SBS offers a curriculum taken from British Columbia, Canada, and taught by B.C.-certified teachers, with the aim of preparing students for higher education in Canada or other Western countries. Founded in 2005, the school previously focused on Chinese students but is now enrolling international students. The school’s language of instruction is English, but Chinese language classes are offered. Grades: 7-12. Price: RMB 69,000 (plus RMB 4,000 for boarding students). 55 Dengshikou Dajie (at Beijing No. 25 Middle School), Dongcheng District. (65537171) 中加 高中学校, 东城区灯市口大街55号 (在北京第 二十五中学内) St Paul American Preparatory School, Beijing This is a private school for grades 7-12 leading to an accredited American and Chinese dual diploma. The curriculum, social studies, science, math, English, music, IT, PE, Art is American, but students also re-

ceive Chinese language, culture and history courses. Also offers TOEFL and SAT classes to non-American students. Teaching Staff is all American in addition to Chinese language instructors. Student size: 140 international students. Facilities include an IT Library, theatre, assembly hall, music and fine arts rooms, labs, gymnasium- indoor gym, pool, outdoor track, soccer field, dormitories and a large cafeteria. The school has a full time nurse on campus. Price range: USD 14,000-18,000 (includes room and board), plus USD 100 for application and USD 850 for enrollment. 18 Guan’aoyuan, Qinghe, Haidian District. (8273 8612, 150 1141 1265, 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) Located in Wang Jing Center area. SKG International Kindergarten has Nursery classes for children aged 19 months to 3 years, and Kindergarten classes for children 5-6 years of age. Preschool classes for children 3-5 years of age. 103, Bldg 302, Xiangsong Nanhu Xiyuan, Nanhuqu Xilu, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8476 5353, 135 0121 5404, mli@sunnykidsgarden. com)www.sunnykidsgarden.com朝阳区朝阳区 望京南湖渠西路香颂南湖西园302楼103号 The Children’s House Montessori Kindergarten Established in 1991, The Children’s House offers baby group, nursery, preschool and kindergarten programs taught in English by certified Montessori teachers. In addition, the Lufthansa Center campus, Yosemite campus and the new Yayuxin campus offer a bilingual program. Extracurricular activities offered include Chinese, piano, ballet, music, kung fu, swimming,ice skating, cooking, English as an additional language, arts and crafts, art and music appreciation and culture classes. Mathematics and English Reception Classes, intended to secure the fundamentals of numbers, reading and writing before primary school, are offered to students ages 4 and up. Ages: 0 to 6. Price range: RMB 23,000-60,000 (plus RMB 1,600 registration fee). 1) Yosemite Villas, 4 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8041 7083); 2) Unit 114, Lufthansa Center Tower, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1305); 3) 1/F, North Lodge, China World Trade Center, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 3869); 4) Yayun Xinxin Kindergarten, Yayun Xinxin Jiayuan, 1 Xindian Lu, Chaoyang District. (5202 0293) 北京巧智博仁国 际幼儿园, 1) 顺义区后沙峪镇榆杨路4号优山美 地别墅区; 2) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基写 字楼114室; 3) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸北 公寓1层; 4) 朝阳区辛店路1号亚运新新家园林 澜园2号楼1单元102室

Directories for SSAT, SAT, and TOEFL. Classes (less than 10 people) and 1-to-1 tutoring available. Price Range: RMB 3,000-50,000. Daily 9am9pm. 1501 Bldg A, Disanji Creative Zone, 66 Xi Nansihuan Lu, Haidian District. (6268 4481/82/83) 北京普 林斯顿教育咨询, 海淀区北四环西路66号第三极 创意天地A座1501 Touchdown! This education consulting firm provides help to Chinese and expat parents in choosing and applying to the US undergraduate programs, private high schools, and boarding schools. Offers extensive training, including essay writing, interviewing, and career planning. Highly experienced and dedicated consultants work directly with parents and students throughout the entire application process. Achieved recognition for successfully coaching applicants to get accepted top US universities. Daily 8.30am6pm. 15/F, Rm 8, Bldg B, The Gate Building, 19 Zhongguancun Lu, Haidian District. (8447 7020/6422) 海淀区 拓达周华咨询. 海淀区中关村大街19号新中关 大厦B座1508室 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. Zhong Guan Cun Beilu (Northwest of Tsinghua University), Haidian District, Haidian District. (6279 7000, this@mail.tsinghua. 海淀区海淀区中关村 北路清华大学西北侧 Western Academy of Beijing WAB students follow the International Baccalaureate programs (PYP, MYP, DP) in a nurturing


atmosphere that fosters a strong sense of community among its 1,500 students from over 50 countries. WAB’s lake and model wetlands on campus are the foundation of its environmental science center. WAB’s extensive resources and beautiful facilities also include three libraries, computer labs, gymnasiums, state-of-the-art sports fields, dance and art studios, a swimming pool and climbing wall, and an off-campus outdoor experiential education center. Across WAB’s wireless campus, Nursery-Grade 12 students use technology as a tool to enhance learning, with a 1:1 laptop-to-child ratio beginning in Grade 3. Grades: Nursery (age 3) to 12. Price range: RMB 85,000-204,000 (with capital levy). 10 Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Chaoyang District. (8456 4155) 北京京西学校, 朝阳区来广营东路10号 Yew Chung International School YCIS Beijing offers a distinctive bilingual program designed to equip students to be bilingual, caring and globally minded citizens. The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England and leads to the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and IB Diploma Programme. Facilities include state-of-the-art computer labs, interactive whiteboards, science labs, music suites, a gymnasium, performing arts centre, and auditorium. With over 800 students from 40 nationalities, YCIS Beijing has been in operation since 1995 and is a part of the Yew Chung Education Foundation that also runs schools in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Qingdao as well as in California. Grades: K2 to Year 13. Price range: RMB 52,290-138,000 (RMB 1,660 application fee, plus optional: RMB 9,300-10,960 bus fee and approx. RMB 5,800 lunch fee). East gate of Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbali Zhuang (near East Fourth Ring Road), Chaoyang District. (8583 3731, 北京耀中国际学校, 朝 阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门

The Children’s Learning Center of Beijing The Children’s Learning Center of Beijing, a nursery-through-kindergarten learning center located in Shunyi District’s Gahood Villas compound, dates back to 2002 and provides flexible and affordable early childhood experiences as well as a variety of extra-curricular programs. Classes are taught in Chinese and English, with German mother-tongue instruction also available. CLCB offers flexibility for families through its half- and full-day classes, as well as parttime (minimum two days per week) and full-time (5 days per week) schedules. From the play-based nursery school curriculum on up to the advanced language and mathematics kindergarten coursework, CLCB strives to ensure children are provided with a warm and comforting atmosphere in which to learn and grow. 3056 Gahood Villa, Baixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 7082, http://www. 爱嘉励儿童双语培训学校, 顺义 区顺义区名都园6811号 The Princeton Review This test preparation company helps students cope with standardized tests and school admissions processes. Test preparation courses available

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Shopping Directory 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) 朝阳区朝阳区望京西园222号星 源国际公寓D座1205室 Big and Little Books Specializes in imported English children’s books, including a range of books in creative formats that are great for younger readers, such as pop-up books, books with sound, and cloth books. 1) 10 am-10pm. Shop 4001N, 5/F, Golden Resource Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (135 5237 3200); 2) 9.30am-8pm. 102A,Beiing Lido Holiday Inn, Jiangtai Lu, Airport Expressway, Chaoyang District. (6437 6338); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. F4, Wangjing Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8478 0428) 小逗号儿童书店, 1) 海淀区远大路1号金源 新燕莎五层4001N; 2) 朝阳区首都机场路将 台路丽都假日饭店102A; 3) 朝阳区望京广顺 北大街33号嘉茂(望京华联)购物中心四层 The BookMark The BookMark offers a wide range of books for the whole family, in English and other languages, including a sizable selection of children’s literature. Children can enjoy regular book club gatherings and a weekly thematic story hour with integrated art activities. A family membership (RMB 500) gets you and your crew the chance to borrow five books for up to two weeks at a time. Wed-Sat 10am4pm. 1 Kaifa Jie (between Ms. Shanen’s Bagels and Smallville Café), Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 9175, 顺义区后沙峪西白辛庄开发街1号 The Bookworm English language books to borrow or buy. Book larvae can graze in the library’s Kiddies’ Corner, which houses childsize chairs and toys in addition to books. A family library membership (RMB 500) allows your family to borrow up to six books for two weeks at a time. A growing selection of for-sale books includes favorites like Wicked Chickens and The Gruffalo’s Child. In addition, The Bookworm’s Kids Club offers both young children and teens opportunities to share books with their peers. 1) Mon-Sat 8am-8pm,Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108, books@beijingbookworm. com, kidsclub@beijingbookworm. com); 2) Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507,, www. 书虫书吧, 1) 顺义区 崔各庄乡,何各庄村一号院; 2) 朝阳区工 体北路4号院 Chaterhouse Booktrader The kids’ book selection is fabulous and includes a vast number of Dr Seuss books as well as Maisie, Thomas & Friends, Dora the Explorer, Clifford, the Judy Blume series, the Chronicles of Narnia, Tintin, many kids’ encyclopedias, Madlibs and even Kaplan review books for older kids preparing to take the SATs or GREs. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop B107, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu (Dongdaqiao Lu), Chaoyang District. (6587 1328,; 2) Daily 10.30am-7.30pm. River Garden Clubhouse, 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6211, cn) 1) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶中心地库 B107; 2) 顺义区后沙峪乡榆阳路7号



Lufthansa Center This Chaoyang area favorite features classic children’s tomes in English like the Random House Step Reader series, creative activity books and shelves of encyclopedias. The store’s stock has recently grown a little, and books for kids up to middle school age are on offer. Daily 10am-10pm. 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1188 ext 675) 燕莎购物中心, 朝阳区亮马桥路52号 Poplar Kids Republic Bookstore A children’s bookstore with a comfortable play area inside. Daily 10am-7pm. Rm 1362, Bldg 13, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3032) 蒲蒲兰绘本馆, 朝阳区 东三环中路39号建外Soho13号楼1362

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, 1) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业中心 21号楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区工体北路17号(工 体北门对面) Embroidered Shoes Exquisitely embroidered with floral motifs, the pink, hot red and pure white slippers sold here will have your daughter feeling like Cinderella. Moms with small feet can join in the fun; sizes go up to woman’s 39 (starting at RMB 50). Daily 10am-8pm. Jinjie, Laitai Flower Market, Nuren Jie, Chaoyang District. 女人街绣 花鞋, 朝阳区莱太花卉市场女人街金街

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 9am7pm. 1B1-35-37 Solana, 1 Nonzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6377,; 2) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 2/F, Westside of Aisedun, Haidian District. (8265 2711,; 3) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 4/F, north side, of the Jinyuan Xin Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 5318/9,; 4) WedFri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. F3-08, 3/F, Hualian Shangsha, Shangdi (at the south intersection), Haidian District. (6266 7734/94,; 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, cpalowitch@scholastic.; 8) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7 pm. 3/F, Section E, Wangjing International Shopping Center, Chaoyang District. (5920 3790, cpalowitch@scholastic. 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,

Jiayi Vogue Square Patrolled by diva moms on a budget, Jiayi offers a more upscale and relaxing shopping experience than Yaxiu but with similar bargains on designer brands. Don’t forget to haggle. Daily 10am-8.45pm. 3A Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8451 1810) 佳艺时尚广场, 朝阳区 新源南路3号


Road 39 Established in Shanghai by two moms with a love for fashion, Road 39 is a maternity label for fashion conscious moms and moms-to-be. The label uses high-quality materials with a focus on vintage colors. Their website and online shop is available in English, Chinese and French. Alternatively, contact Frederique to arrange a visit to their showroom located near Chaoyang Park. (136 9310 2330 (Frederique),

BabyGro Beijing 1) Tue-Sat 10am - 5pm. Shop 1, Complex 3, Jingmi Lu, (close to WAB School), Chaoyang District. (8470 1690,; 2) MonFri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Shop 105, Tower 9, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6597 0717, www. 慧宝, 1) 朝阳区北京市朝 阳区京密路来广营东路路口东 3号红木大院 B-01 (京西学校附近); 2) 朝阳区朝外街 6号新城国际9号楼105 Chang & Biorck This modern Scandinavian home accessories store is stocked with colorful, environmentally-friendly products made by well-known designers who blend Scandinavian and Chinese concepts of style. In addition to their home wares, find a small range of beautifully made kids clothes. Daily 10am-10pm. 2-19A, 1/F, Bldg 2, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8400 2296) 朝阳区三 里屯南路19号三里屯Village南区2号楼1层 2-19A单元 Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique 1) 10am-6pm. Pinnacle Avenue, Linyin Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1480,; 2) Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm.

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Kong De Cai Great selection of kids’ pants, shirts, skirts and more from toddler up to size 14, with “brand names” such as Gap, Barbie, OshKosh, Polo, Nike and Burberry. Please help to fight inflation by refusing to pay over RMB 70 for any item (unless it’s a cashmere coat with solid gold buttons!). Daily 9.30am-9pm. Stall 3072, 3/F, Yashow Market, 58 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (136 0129 4508) 孔德才, 朝阳区工体北路 58号雅秀服装市场3楼3072室 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. SMM-42, 1/F, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6134) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾 国际商区SMM-42 Nine Months Maternity Boutique Brain-child of ex-model Karen Page, this Hong Kong boutique specializes in fashionforward maternity wear and lingerie. Their online store stocks a wide range of pieces for stylish moms and moms-to-be. (852 2868 5988, www.

Silk Street Market Rows upon rows of toddler and baby-sized clothing stalls can be found on the fourth floor. Choose from bibs, parkas, warm-ups, T-shirts, hats and more. Daily 9am-9pm. 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5169 8800) 秀水街, 朝阳区建国门外大街 秀水东街8号 Solana Located inside Chaoyang Park, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park has a fine collection of shops, restaurants, cafes and sporting facilities. Venues include British baby shop Mothercare, the perfect place to stock up on all things related to kids, pregnancy and moms. Other highlights include Banana Leaf Thai Restaurant, Romana Ice Cream, Cold Stone Creamery, a cinema, an ice rink and much more. Daily 10am-10pm. 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6565/68) http://www.solana. 蓝色港湾, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区 Tang’ Roulou This tiny shop stocks gorgeous, tasteful Chinese outfits, such as festive padded scholars’ jackets and pants (split-pants, of course). Other good buys include bright pink A-line dresses and flowery baby blankets. Daily 10.30am-8.30pm. 30 Sanlitun Lu (inside Phoenix Design shop), Chaoyang District. (6416 9761; 131 2138 7938) 朝阳区三里屯路口30号风栖店内 Tot to Teen Moderately priced children’s clothing, including a quality selection of infant layette, toddler pajamas and preteen everyday wear. 1) Daily 9am-7pm. 703 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4419,; 2) Daily 10am7pm. Stall 102, 30 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9640, tot-to-teen@hotmail. com) 红马车儿童用品商店, 1) 顺义区天竺 房地产开发区荣祥广场703号; 2) 朝阳区三 里屯路30号102商店

Home Accessories and Gear BabyGro Beijing BabyGro specializes in high quality, safe and creative baby and kids products, as well as some pregnancy and maternity items, imported from around the world. Owned by Beijing mum of 2, Johanna Selth, the range is tried and tested by herself and other Beijing mums. Stocking brands including Grobag, Ergo, Baby Carriers, Earth Mama, Angel Baby, Boon and Bezoar Kids Cashmere, and now Cotton Candy Kids clothing. 1) Tue-Sat 10am - 5pm. Shop 1, Complex 3, Jingmi Lu, (close to WAB School), Chaoyang District. (8470 1690,; 2) MonFri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Shop 105, Tower 9, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6597 0717, 慧宝, 1) 朝阳区北京市朝阳区京 密路来广营东路路口东 3号红木大院 B-01 ( 京西学校附近); 2) 朝阳区朝外街6号新城 国际9号楼105 Started by parents for parents, baby international has an emphasis on quality and design, as well as offering professional advice. Whether you’re looking for a cool stroller or a safe car seat, fashionable baby clothing, organic baby food and toiletries, or just the latest must have item from the West, baby international has it. China-wide shipping with English and Chinese customer service. ( Gome In its 14 stores across the city, GOME stocks a wide range of home appliances as well as PCs and DVD players from the cheap to the mind-blowingly expensive. The sales assistants are very capable. If taking your player to another country, ask if it has encoding restrictions. See cn/upload/2005/8/18/20050818053557142. jpg for all addresses. Daily 9am-7pm. 1) 1/F, Zhongxin Digital Building, 8 Zhongguancun Xiqu, Haidian District. (8287 1276, 8287 1259); 2) 31 Beisanhuan Xilu, Haidian District. (8211 8637, freephone 800 990 6600) 国美电器商城, 1) 海淀区中关村西区8号中芯数码商城1层; 2) 海淀区北三环西路31号 Ikea Stocks a wide range of children’s gear, including extendable beds, high chairs, changing tables, cupboard units and Patrull safety equipment (cabinet/door locks, safety gates, corner bumpers, window catches, etc.). Save your skin by paying to have Ikea technicians assemble your purchases at home. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District. (800 810 5679) www.ikea. 宜家家居, 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号 (四元桥西北角) Leyou Sells all the essentials, like thermometers, breast pumps, breast pads, diapers,

Directories spoons, bottles, formula, baby food and cribs. Prices are competitive and you can order online. 1) Daily 9am-8pm. 111 Jiaodaokou Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6405 6406); 2) Daily 9am-8pm. East gate of Sanyuanli Community, opposite Silver Tower (between Sanyuan Qiao and Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. (6463 8880); 3) Daily 9.30am-9pm. 203-204 Section A, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (5920 3191); 4) Daily 9am-8pm. 143, Beituchen Xilu, Haidian District. (6201 7536) 乐友儿童 用品, 1) 东城区交道口大街111号; 2) 朝阳 区南银大厦对面三源里社区东门(三元桥和三 元东桥之间); 3) 朝阳区望京街9号A区203204; 4) 海淀区北土城西路143号 Lily’s Antiques Furniture 1) Daily 8.30am6pm. Gaobeidian Showroom, 6 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. Contact Lily Quan (138 0139 6309) (8579 2458, 6572 9746); 2) Visit by Appointment. Factory and Warehouse Address, Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang town, Tongzhou District. Contact Lily Quan (138 0139 6309) (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 Pacific Century Place Go to the basement of this upscale mall for extra-large diapers, sterilizing equipment, Braun hand blenders (great for pureeing food) as well as a pharmacy with baby cough syrup. Daily 10am-10pm. 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3888) 太平洋百货, 朝阳区工 体北路甲2号 Pantry Magic Hong Kong based kitchenware shop is your one-stop source for all kinds of Western cooking equipment - blenders, baking ware, ceramics, cookbooks and more. Over 300 items in stock. No. 81, Nali Patio, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (5208 6001, http:// 朝阳区朝阳区三里屯 北路81号那里花园 The Place Home to Spanish fashion chain Zara and Canadian shoe retailer Aldo’s flagship store. Other outlets include Potato & Co., Folli Follie, Miss Sixty, Energie, Adidas, MAC makeup, Promod, Jessica, Chaterhouse and the Swiss Perfumery Shop. Daily 10am10pm. 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1188) 世贸天阶, 朝阳区光华路甲9号 Roundabout Charity Distribution Store A non-profit organization run by volunteers that accepts donations from the community and distributes them to people in need. They accept donations of almost anything: clothing, furniture and much more. Any items that are not needed by the charities, such as handbags and jewelery, are sold in their store. All proceeds fund their operation: truck hire, rent etc. Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm. Roundabout,Kaifa Jie, Xi Baixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi, near Mrs Shannen’s Bagels, Shunyi District. (13718 777 761 ( English ) 13718 053 814 (Chinese) www. 顺义区开发街后沙峪 顺义区

F/4, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (8046 1260, 6457 1922, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场四层

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Organic Farm Home Delivery Service Organic Farm has its own shuttles which deliver 100% certified organic groceries directly to your doorstep. Besides fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs and dairy products, there is also a high-quality selection of organic import foods. Just call 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (English and Chinese) or visit their website to place an order. Free delivery from Monday to Saturday. (400 886 9166 ext 8001, vip_bj@organicfarm. 有机农庄

Ao Yue Piano Center Offers all kinds of pianos for sale and rent, lessons, and practice space. For RMB 180/month you can rent a locally made piano; an import can temporarily grace your living room for RMB 500/month. The center’s tutors, all hailing from the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music, can schedule lessons onsite (RMB 100/hour) or at your home. Practice rooms can be rented by the hour (RMB 10), or buy a monthly card (RMB 300/month for two hours of practice a day, RMB 450/month for three hours of practice a day). Daily 9am-7.30pm. Northeast corner of Jianxiang Qiao, Beisihuan Lu (300m east of Zhongguo Yinyue Xueyuan), Chaoyang District. (6492 4835) 奥乐钢琴中心, 朝阳区北四环路健翔 桥东北角中国音乐学院往东300米

Organic Goods Agrilandia Italian Farm Fireplace Restaurant 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 BHG Market Place 1) SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District.; 2) SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 8226); 3) B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5888) 1) 朝阳区蓝色港湾国际商区 SMM06号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯VillageSLG00号 商铺; 3) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地B1层 De Run Wu Translating as “House of Virtue,” this family-run organic farm consists of a greenhouse growing over 100 types of crops year-round. Visitors can purchase produce for RMB 20 per kilo (minimum 4 kilos) and they deliver for an additional RMB 20 on two runs a week. They also sell organic detergents, soap nuts, natural cleaners and more. (8459 3093, 德润屋, 昌平区兴 寿镇辛庄草莓园 God’s Grace Garden Members pay a onetime RMB 1,000 deposit to subscribe to the produce from this self-sustaining organic farm. Seasonal produce (RMB 10 per kilo), eggs, soy milk, tofu and more are available. Orders are a minimum RMB 100 with free delivery (orders less than RMB 100 come with a RMB 10 delivery fee). Jiang Village, Liangxiang, Fangshan District. (137 0127 7398, www. 有机农庄, 房山区房 山区良乡江村

Shangrila Botanicals Shangrila Farms produces items made in Yunnan, including organic coffee, honey, and some botanical beauty products. Proceeds help to support the Yunnan Mountain Heritage Foundation. Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, EC Mall, Bldg 1 (east entrance), 1 Danlingjie, Zhongguancun, Haidian District. (8454 9514, 海淀区中关村丹棱街1号欧美 汇购物中心3层(地铁4号线和10号线海淀黄 庄站直达)

Photography Studios & Services The Age of Innocence Photo Studio Daily 10am-6pm. Bldg 1, 15 Shiyuyuan, Shijichengsan, Haidian District. (8887 8477, 130 5108 3601) 纯真年 代摄影工作室, 海淀区世纪城三期,时雨园 1 号楼15号 Dkids Photography Studio Tue-Sun 9.30am-6pm. Rm 1102, Bldg 12, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (400 8811 096, dkids@dkidsphoto. com) 守望者儿童摄影 空间, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho12号 楼1102 Imagine Photography Studio 10am6pm. 14 Kaifajie, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8472 7478, info@imaginestudio. cn) 顺义区西百辛庄 开发街14号 Mishka Family Photography C3, Fuli City, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District. (5876 4088, 150 1089 9969, 朝阳 区朝阳区双井桥富力城C3 Nova Photo Studio Daily 10am-6.30pm. W-1317, 3/F, West Tower, Soho Shangdu,


8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 3107) 尚都摄影, 朝阳 区东大桥路8号Soho尚都西塔3层W-1317

Services The Age of Innocence Photo Studio Haidian photography studio specializing in kids and families. Daily 10am-6pm. Bldg 1, 15 Shiyuyuan, Shijichengsan, Haidian District. (8887 8477, 130 5108 3601) www. 纯真年代摄影工作室, 海淀区 世纪城三期,时雨园 1 号楼15号 Austen Morris Associates Austen Morris provide independent financial advice for expatriates, including finance planning for children’s education. Call for an initial consultation. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm. Ste 2509, Beijing Silver Tower, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6410 7030) www. 朝阳区东三环北路2号南 银大厦2509室 Baby Angel Photography 9am-5.30pm. Rm. 0102, 2/F, 2 Jianwai SOHO, 39 Donsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3503, 宝贝天使 专业儿童摄, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路39号 建外SOHO 2号楼2层0102室 BabyPioneer Baby Hands and Feet Casting Studio Open since November 2006, BabyPioneer Baby Hands and Feet Casting Studio is popular with new parents looking to create special keepsake gifts for their kids. High-quality and non-toxic molding gel is used to collect 3-D impression molds of infant palms and soles; 100% hardwood frames and acid-free mat boards are provided to package the gifts. House calls available, or go to the studio for a 10% discount and a free Kindermusik preview. Prices range from RMB 558-1,600. Rm 1603, Bldg 1, Zhujiang Luoma Jiayuan, 107 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (139 1018 5735, com) 朝阳区朝阳北路107号院珠江罗马嘉园 1号楼1603室 BigDog’s Kids Party A professional company for kids’ party planning and organizing in Beijing, BigDog’s Kids Party provides party essentials such as party theme and game, balloon decoration, party supplies, performances and clowns. Balloons, invation cards, arts and crafts, goodie bags, and pinatas are also available in BigDog’s Party Shop. Tue-Sun 9am-6pm. 2/F 205, East Park International Apts, Tower 45, Fuangyuan Li, Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (400 8960 608, 朝阳区芳园西路芳园 里45号楼丽东国际公寓2层205室(美中宜和 医院旁边)

Green Cow Organic Farm Donggezhuang (10 min north of the International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, 6433 4435 (fax), 绿牛有机农庄, 顺义区北京绿牛有机农场( 北京京承高速与机场北线交汇处的东北方向 董各庄附近) Green Yard Organic Milk and Yogurt Regular weekly/bi-weekly deliveries of fresh organic milk (including goat’s milk) and organic yogurt produced on an organic dairy farm. English speaking ordering hotline and e-mail ordering available. (800 810 9903, 6506 5855, 139 0128 2292,

Villa Lifestyles Villa Lifestyles has been serving Beijing communities for four years. Discover a wide selection of BBQs and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQAir Air Purifiers and more.

Little Donkey Farm Beijing’s only government supported Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm delivers produce to your door once or twice a week (depending on your preference). Memberships range from RMB 2,000-4,000 for delivery, or RMB 1,440-2,800 for pick-up orders. You can also farm your own small 30-meter plot for RMB 1,200 a year. West of Houshajian Vil-

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Bouceabout The perfect place for everything inflatable. Rent bouncy castles, climbing walls and other fun activities perfect for parties or community events. 60 Guangqu Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8770 4047, 133 1139 1468) 天仁达莱, 朝 阳区广渠东路60号 Crown Relocations 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), Dkids Photography Studio A professional photography studio specializing in family portraits and high quality shots of your wee ones. Tue-Sun 9.30am-6pm. Rm 1102, Bldg 12, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (400 8811 096, www.dkidsphoto. com 守望者儿童摄影空间, 朝阳区东三环中 路39号建外Soho12号楼1102 Face Painting by Nina Griffee Provides face painting services for children’s parties and events. Highest level of safety and hygiene is met and only water-based face paints are used. Up to 12 children per hour can be painted and all materials are provided by the artist. Parties RMB 200 per hour plus travel expenses. Face painting day workshops are also available for adults. Workshops run the whole day and includes hygiene and safety training, skin irritant testing, brush and sponge techniques, face paint design structure and color combination study. Workshops are RMB 225 per hour plus travel expenses. (152 1001 7548, Imagine Photography Studio If your kids never come out as cute as they really are in the photos you shoot yourself, deliver them into the hands of the professionals at this Shunyi-based photography studio that focuses on capturing children on film. A range of albums, calendars, greeting cards and frames let you get creative with the final products. Packages run from RMB 1,500-5,000; the Happy Together plan lets you gather your kid’s friends, siblings and classmates for a free session and a free 10-inch photo. 10am-6pm. 14 Kaifajie, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8472 7478, 顺义区西百辛庄开发街14号

6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6768,; 3) 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 4) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, www.iqair-china. com 1) 朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦220102室; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾购 物中心2LY1-05; 3) 西城区金城坊街金融 街417号四层; 4) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号 欧陆广场4层 Lynn’s Photography Studio Shunyi based boutique photography studio offering western-style family, kid and maternity portraits. Sat-Thu, 9.30am-5.30pm. 9 Riverville Square, 1 District One, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8674) 北京印象摄影, 顺义区天竺丽宫别墅一区一 号温榆广场9号 Mishka Family Photography This husband and wife team speak Russian, English and Chinese. Offers professional portraits, actions shots, and specializes in photographing children. C3, Fuli City, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District. (5876 4088, 150 1089 9969, www. 朝阳区朝阳区双井桥富力城C3 Mr. Magic A Mr. Magic Party includes one hour with a clown, magician or superhero and face painting, an interactive magic show, a treasure hunt, circle games, crazy dances and more (RMB 2,000, RMB 1,600 (kids), discount rates for schools and charities). Prize bags, balloon art and a DVD of the event are also available for additional charges. (139 1062 6059, Mythfoto Photography Studio Mythfoto believe there is a myth every photo, which gives it a unique spiritual value. Provide art photography services, and on-site photography is also available. 9am-6pm. Rm 3319, Runfeng Jiashang Building, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5703 5813, 855 65219, www. 北京绚烂馆摄影, 朝阳区 朝阳区朝阳北路润枫嘉尚3-319 Relocasia A business to assist in moving with personalized service at a competitive rate. Helps to make successful and cost-effective 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) www. Vorwerk Vorwerk is the market leader in premium quality household appliances. With continuous technical development, Vorwerk products are efficient and offer high-standard filtration. Clean is not their aim, hygiene is. (400 820 7711)

Toys Alien Street Market The building is occupied by individual stall owners who sell all kinds of toys for indoor and outdoor use, including kiddie pools. Quality is uneven, so inspect toys carefully before buying and be sure to haggle. Laofanjie Shichang, Yabao Lu (south of Fulllink Plaza), Chaoyang District. 老番街市场, 朝阳区雅宝路

IQ Air While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, we can certainly have an impact on the air we breathe inside our homes and offices. IQAir has been providing air-cleaning solutions since 1963. Swiss precision and technology go into every unit, creating an excellent price-to-performance ratio. 1) Rm 2201-02, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800, 400 650 1266,; 2) 2LY1-05, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Center,



Giant Bicycles Be sure to buy a sturdy lock if you purchase one of the bicycles on offer at Giant’s flagship store. Inside the cavernous shop is a wide range of mountain and racing bikes, components, accessories and frames including the TCR Team Alu series (RMB 12,800-21,000). Their Chineseonly website lists other branches in Beijing. Note that the store does not sell little bikes, so you can only shop here for your teenagers. 1) Daily 9am-6.30pm. Rm 101, Bldg E, Guoheng Jiye Mansion, 7 Beitucheng Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8227 5718); 2) Daily 9am-7.30pm. Shunyuan Jie, 12 Sanyuanli Nanxiaojie (just west of east third ring road, on the north side of the road),

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Chaoyang District. (8448 9271) 捷安特自行车专卖店, 1) 朝阳 区北土城西路7号国恒基业大厦E座101室; 2) 朝阳区顺源街三元里南小街12号,与东三环北 路路口西北侧 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 Kids Plus Is your child looking for something to go with her magic wand? Many a Beijing parent has made an emergency trip to this Shunyi toy store to pick up a fairy or Batman costume (RMB 190) to reward junior for staying dry all night. Wide selection for a small shop but toys can be a bit pricey. If you are looking for Little Tikes gear, Kids Plus can order from an extensive catalogue with a turnaround of a few weeks. Daily 9am-7pm. 701 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4572) 顺义区天竺房 地产开发区荣祥广场701号 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 10am10pm. 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 San Shi Zhai Kite Store Each of the store’s kites is handmade, using bamboo, silk or paper, and painted by the owners themselves. Daily 8am-7pm. 25A Di’anmen Xidajie, east of Lotus Lane, Xicheng District. (8404 4505, 6403 0393) 三石斋风筝店, 西 城区地安门西大街甲25号 Steiff This Steiff store, the first of its kind in China, stocks an assortment of the classic mohair teddy bears and animals, famous worldwide for being firm childhood favorites. Adults will be enchanted by the adorable limited edition bears, including one playing violin in a purple dress (RMB 3,980), a bear in a pilot’s outfit (RMB 3,880), and one in full bridal attire (RMB 1,480). Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. EB 106, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 9875) 泰迪熊, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城 地下1层EB106

Sports Directory Sports Beijing is a non-profit organization that provides sports and recreational activities to the children of Beijing. Modeled after the North American and European sports organizations, Sports Beijing offers more than 15 sports and recreations 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. MonFri 10am-6pm, Lido Country Club 2/F, Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, 6 Jiang Tai Lu, Chaoyang District (6430 1370)

Basketball Dongdan PE Center You and the rest of the crew can rent indoor or outdoor, full- or half-courts here. RMB 500/hr (full-court), RMB 300/hr (half-court), RMB 15/person (outdoor courts), RMB 10/person/hr (indoor courts). Daily 8am-10pm. 108 Chongwenmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 9377) 东单体育中心, 东城区崇文门内大街 108号 East Gate Plaza Fitness Center RMB 50

will get you an hour on a half-court and one basketball (to be returned!). Daily 8am10pm. B1/F, Bldg A, East Gate Plaza, 29 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (6417 1188 ext 5070) 东环广场健身中心, 东城区东 中街29号东环广场A座B1

Biking Mountain-bikers of Beijing (The MOB) (

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

Dance DanZ Centre Offering a range of classes in English for kids and teenagers, in styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and Latin. RMB 80 for a lesson. RMB 1,600 for 20 lessons. The school has both Shunyi and downtown campuses. 1) 10am-8pm. C/F, East Lake Villa, Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) 2/F, Children’s Clubhouse, Yosemite Villas, 4 Yuyang Lu (West Gate of ISB), Chaoyang District. (8041 7745/7746) www. 丹安丝舞蹈培训中心, 1) 东 城区东直门外大街东湖别墅; 2) 朝阳区榆阳路 4号优山美地别墅儿童俱乐部2层 J-Ballet School Formerly the Western Ballet School, J-Ballet offers instruction in Chinese, Japanese or English to children and adults. Courses are divided into fall (SeptDec), spring (Feb-July) and summer (JulyAug) terms. Children’s lessons are in six levels (RMB 60-80 per class). Adult classes are RMB 80 each, with packages of 10 lessons for RMB 700 and 20 lessons for RMB 1200. Students get 10% discount on adult classes. 1) Pulse Health Club, Kempinski Hotel, Lufthansa centre, 50 Liangmaqiao lu., Chaoyang District.; 2) 1/F, Bldg D, Jingxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8453 3003; 138 0103 6364 (Ms. Takeda); 138 0113 5877 (Ms. Tang)) www.j-ballet. com J-芭蕾教室, 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路景绣 园D座一层西侧

Equestrian Asgard Horsemanship Club Shunhuang Lu, just west of Danshui Restaurant, Chaoyang District. (8459 5908) 亚萨园乡村俱乐部, 朝阳区 顺黄路淡水餐厅西边 Equuleus International Riding Club TueSun 7am-noon, 2-6pm. 91 Shunbai Lu, Sunhe Town (north of and parallel to Xiang Jiang Beilu), Chaoyang District. (Chi 8459 0236, Eng 6432 4947, cn) 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

Football ClubFootball 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

Directories 酒仙桥路14号兆维华登大厦A1区3门212室 French l’Equipe Football Club Contact Mickael Perpoil (135 0102 4447, O’le Football Daily 9am-11pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6776 0608) 朝 阳区东四环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号 Sports Beijing Soccer Kids have fun while learning important team skills in a safe, friendly environment. Courses include indoor soccer and development programs. Available for kids ages 9 and older. For details, contact the Sports Beijing office. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Lido Country Club 2/F, Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, 6 Jiang Tai Lu, Chaoyang District (6430 1370) Women’s Football Contact Wenhui (8526 2420 ext 111,

Gyms & Fitness Centers Beijing YMCA Fitness Center Nolita Branch Daily 10am-9.30pm. Bldg 13, Nolita Center, Guangqumennei Dajie, Chongwen District. (6719 5151) 幸福 家园YMCA生活会所, 崇文区广渠门内大街幸 福家园13号楼 HA-Sports Fitness Center Mon-Fri 8am10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm. B2/F, Bldg 7, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 7788) 朝阳区建国路93号万达 广场7号楼地下2层 Kerry Sports Daily 6am-11pm. Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 6465, kerrysportscentre@s 嘉里健身, 朝阳区光华路1号 嘉里中心酒店 Powerhouse Gym 1) Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. 3/F, West Tower, LG Twin Towers, Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5828 7718,; 2) MonFri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. C/F, Oriental Kenzo Office Bldg, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8447 6980, www. 宝力豪健身, 1) 朝 阳区建外大街乙12号LG双子座西塔3楼; 2) 东城 区东直门外大街48号东方银座写字楼C层

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 135300/90min. RMB 30, 50 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 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, 国贸溜冰场, 朝阳区建 国门外大街1号国贸地下2层 New World Champion Skating Rink An excuse to go to Chongwen District. All fees include 90 mins of ice time and skate rentals. Weekdays: RMB 40 (10am-5pm), RMB 50 (5-9.30pm).Weekends: RMB 50. Daily 10am-9.30pm. B1/F, New World Shopping Mall, Chongwen District. (8887 4899) 新世界 冠军溜冰场, 崇文区新世界商场地下1层 The Ice Zone Small ice rink in the center of Shunyi offers skating classes for beginners and intermediates, private lessons, 3-on-3 ice hockey programs, and beginners hockey for adults and children. Unlimited time on the ice is RMB 50 (weekends) and RMB 30 (weekdays) and includes skate rental. Daily noon-4pm. River Garden Clubhouse, 2/F (access from Yuyang Lu), 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6092, www.icezonechina. com 冰点地带, 顺义区裕京花园会所2楼(入口 在裕京路)北京顺义榆阳路7 号

Martial Arts & Boxing Beijing Black Tiger @ Club Hero MonFri 8am-9.30pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. Club Hero,Suite 110, Bldg D, Cable 8, 8 Langjiayuan, Jianguo Lu (West of Wanda Plaza), Chaoyang District. (8706 1940, 8656 7818, 8918 3249, 6581 5570,, chet@graciechina. com) 朝阳区建国路郎家园 8号尚8创意产业园D座110英雄馆万达广场西侧 Beijing Milun School of Traditional Kung Fu (139 1072 4987, daoist_ www.kungfuinchina. com 北京弥纶传统武术学校 Capoeira Aché Brasil (China) Classes teach the art from and self defense technique of Capoeira, in Portuguese, English and Mandarin. Tue & Thu 20:00-21:30, Sat 13:00-14:30. Bally Total Fitness, B1, Chang’an Grand Theater, No.7, Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (135 8176 8558, 巴西战舞中国, 东城区建国门内大 街7号长安大剧院地下一层中体倍力健身俱乐部


8am-9.30pm. 548 Hefangkou Cun, Huaibei Zhen, Huairou District. (8969 6677) www. 怀北国际滑雪场, 怀柔区怀北镇河 防口村548号 乔波冰雪世界, 顺义区马坡潮 白河国家森林公园内6号

Nanshan Ski Village One of the area’s top ski resorts, Nanshan has ten well-groomed trails for skiers of all levels and a snowboard park (Nanshan Mellow Park) with a halfpipe, four kickers and six rails - all served by a quadruple chairlift, a double chairlift and nine T-bars. Nanshan has many ski and snowboard instructors - some trained by the Austria Snowboard Association - and it is also home to snowboarding camps organized by the Icon X store, which uses only Burton gear. Visit this all-season facility in summer for water skiing, grass skiing and paragliding. Entrance RMB 20. RMB 100/2 hrs (Mon-Fri) RMB 150/2 hrs (Sat-Sun), RMB 140/4 hrs (Mon-Fri) RMB 200/4 hrs (SatSun), RMB 220/ full day (Mon-Fri) RMB 360/ full day (Sat-Sun). Sledding is RMB 50/30 mins. Lodging available (RMB 320-360). Daily 8.30am-5.30pm. Shengshuitou Cun, Henanzhai Town, Miyun County. (8909 1909) 北京南山滑雪滑水度假 村有限公司, 密云县河南寨镇圣水头村

Splash Recreation Club Daily 6am-10pm. Sino-Swiss Hotel, 9 Xiao Tianzhu Nanlu, Shunyi District. (6456 5588 ext 1217) www. 浪花俱乐部, 顺义区小天 竺南路9号国都大饭店

Qiaobo Ice and Snow World The first and only indoor ski resort in Beijing, Qiaobo has a 150m bunny slope and a 260m long slope. Great place to cool off from the summer heat. Experienced skiers should keep their expectations low. Kids 3 and up only. Rates for Qiaobo Ice and Snow World2 hours, weekdays: RMB 180 per person (entry and ski or snowboard hire)2 hours, weekends: RMB 230 (entry and ski or snowboard hire)4 hours and over, weekdays: RMB 240 (entry and ski or snowboard hire)4 hours and over, weekends: RMB 330 (entry and ski or snowboard hire)Ski suit hire: RMB 30 (jacket and trousers)Locker hire: RMB 10. Daily 9am10pm. Inside Chaobai River National Forest Park, Mapo, Shunyi District. (8497 2568)


Yoga & Pilates Alona Pilates Studio 7.30am - 9.30pm. F/5, Heavenly Spa, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (139 1029 0260, 朝阳区新源南路一号5层 Fine Yoga Daily 7am-9pm. Kids’ yoga on Sundays 2-3pm. 16/F, Tower 2, Blue Castle International Center, 3 Xi Dawang Lu,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8599 9566, 153 0008 6931) www.fine-yoga. com 梵音瑜珈, 朝阳区西大望路蓝堡国际中 心会所 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) Yoga Yard Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, FriSun 7.15am-8pm. 6/F, Bldg 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0774, 瑜 珈苑, 朝阳区工体北路17号楼6层工人体育场 北门对面 Yogi Yoga Daily 9am-8pm. Mini-golf center, North gate of Ritan Gongyuan, Chaoyang District. (8561 5506/5507) 悠季瑜珈, 朝阳区日坛公园南门, 迷你高尔夫中心

Racquet Sports 6th Sense Tennis Academy 1 Langxinzhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8538 1073/3269, 朝阳区郎辛庄路1号 Beijing International Badminton Club Contact John Ho ( GS Tennis 1) Golden Luck Age Tennis Center, 2 Dongwei Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8478 6866,; 2) 1 Xiedao Road, Chaoyang District., Chaoyang District. (010 8433 5608, info@gs-academy. com) Kerry Sports Daily 6am-11pm. Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 6465, kerrysportscentre@s 嘉里健身, 朝阳区光华路1号 嘉里中心酒店

Ski Resorts Badaling Ski Resort Badaling has two 800m long ski runs and a 2,300m snowmobile run. It also has sledding runs and a ski lodge with accommodation, food and drinks, stores and a gym. Any kid over 3 is welcome to take a shot at the slopes! RMB 220 (weekdays), RMB 260 (weekends). Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. Badaling Town, Yanqing County. (6501 0335) 八达岭滑雪场, 延庆县 八达岭镇 Hebei Saibei Ski Resort Daily 8am9pm. North of Xiqueliang, Chongli County, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei province. (0313 477 2012, 477 2053) 河北塞北滑雪场, 河北省张 家口市崇礼县喜鹊梁北 Huaibei International Ski Resort Daily

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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 e-mail with the date of your past event and a brief description to by March 14.

beijingkids School Choice Guide Launch On February 12, beijingkids launched its first annual School Choice Guide at Marriott Beijing Northeast. More than 70 guests, among them representatives from international schools, parents and contributors, enjoyed snacks and drinks provided by Tamarind Restaurant and Beijing Bistro. Guests also took home a copy of the School Choice Guide 2011, Cote D’or chocolate and a ski pass to Nanshan.




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Chinese New Year at MSB On January 26, The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) held a Chinese New Year Bazaar, organized by the Chinese department.


Beijing Playhouse Performs The Nutcracker On January 8, Beijing Playhouse Academy of Performing Arts theatre students performed The Nutcracker.

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The Circuit Mother Tongue Collection at ISB The International School of Beijing (ISB) opened a Mother Tongue collection of books in their Elementary School Library, representing over 15 different languages from around the world.

3e Spring Festival Parade During the Chinese Spring Festival, 3e International enjoyed a dragon parade, as well as traditional Chinese crafts, drums and snacks before heading off for the holidays.




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The Circuit Chinese New Year at IAB To celebrate the year of the rabbit, students from Bethel Home for the Blind joined IAB students in a day full of festivities, including petting rabbits and a huge feast of Chinese specialties.


APAC Basketball at WAB From January 24 to 26, WAB hosted APAC Basketball, where students and visitors cheered on teams from China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

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The Circuit CISB’s Fifth Year Anniversary The Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) is celebrating its fifth anniversary with events to be held throughout the year. Chinese New Year at CISB On January 25, CISB held its annual Chinese New Year Family Fun Night with an exhibition on Chinese culture, dumpling making and games.

Girl Scouts Beijing Someone Special and Me Snowflake Ball On January 22, Girl Scouts Overseas Beijing hosted its third annual “Someone Special and Me” Snowflake Ball at ISB’s Upper Gallery. Over 100 Girl Scouts ages 5 to 18 and their parent escorts flaunted feather boas, batted balloons and boogied the night away.




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Chinese New Year at Harrow On January 28, Harrow School Beijing celebrated Chinese New Year with a temple fair run by parents and Chinese games run by the House Captains.

An Architect Visits BWYA In early January, Beijing-based Canadian architect Joe Carter dropped by the Grade 8 Design Technology class at Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA). After introducing the Central Academy of Drama, he gave each student professional feedback on their cardboard chair designs.

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The Circuit Chinese New Year at Dulwich From January 24 to 28, Dulwich celebrated Chinese New Year with various workshops and performances.

Music at British School of Beijing The British School of Beijing held a KS2 Music concert at its Sanlitun campus, celebrating music from around the world.




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The Circuit Chinese New Year at BISS From January 24 to 27, Beijing BISS International School celebrated Chinese New Year by making dumplings and paper cuttings, practicing Chinese dance and painting rabbits.


Chinese New Year at YCIS Beijing A time for charity and celebration, YCIS Beijing donated hats, gloves, and coats to orphans affected by the Yushu earthquake. Also at YCIS Beijing, Primary students performed traditional Chinese songs and dances at the schools’ annual temple fair.

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Family Favorites

The Borer Family

Best Day Trip Fragrant Hills and the Great Wall.

photo by Mishka Family Photography Fairmont Beijing chef Reto Borer is from Switzerland while his wife Ulrike hails from Germany. Together they live in Beijing with their son Christopher (15). After three years in Dubai, this international family moved to Beijing a year ago, making the most of what this city has to offer. Kara Chin Would you like to share your Beijing Favorites? E-mail

Favorite Family Restaurant Din Tai Fung in Shin Kong Plaza, but it is noisy.

Kids Beg to Go Christopher is a big fan of The Cut Grill (the Fairmont’s steakhouse).

Best Shopping Spot Best Buy for Reto, who is a gadget freak and loves electronics, especially Apple products. Christopher is also turning into quite a computer whiz.

Favorite Way to Relax as a Family Long breakfasts.

New Discoveries in Beijing Sanlitun and the embassy district, which are great for walking around.

Snow Days If it snows, we go for walks. We haven’t lived with four seasons for the past ten years.

Favorite Beijing Neighborhood Beijing in general is very interesting: There is something new and exciting on every corner.

Best Date Night Date nights are at home with a good bottle of wine and a movie.



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