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May 2011


Tie-dye a tee, plant an herb garden, make soy milk, churn butter, cultivate yogurt

Scaling Skills Climbing the walls at O’le Action Hero Rick Hansen dreams big Write On The scoop on Unit-E


Summer soup Mother’s Day brunch Art galleries

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Tie-dye a tee, plant an herb garden, make soy milk, churn butter, cultivate yogurt Scaling Skills Climbing the walls at O’le Action Hero Rick Hansen dreams big Write On The scoop on Unit-E

PLUS Summer soup Mother’s Day brunch Art galleries







Features 55


Little Sprouts



To Dye For Soy Good For You


Butter ’em Up


Food for Thought Chilled-out summer soup

Try an old school recipe


Top 5 Places to … Dine in the sunshine

Make fresh soy milk


Dining Out Turkish Mum

Have fun with tie-dye tees


Fast Food Fuel’s Hola Hola pizza

Grow an indoor herb garden

Get Cultured DIY yogurt

Playing Living



Explore Beijing’s creative hub





Health Ms. Nutrition Healthy alternatives


The Doc is In What to put in your first-aid kit

Family Travels Head to the Philippines

Updates, recommendations and interesting finds


Inside: O’le Sports Center Rock climbing, football and much, much more

Casual moms


What’s Fun In: 798

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Travel to Taipei

Day Tripper Visit the ancient cave dwellings of Guyaju

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Learning 42

When I Grow Up I want to be a kung fu master


Blank Canvas Artwork from Ivy Bilingual School


Debate Club Does testing work?

Parenting 48



Editor’s Note


May Calendar


Top 10 Things to do in May


May Events


New Arrivals Say hello to Beijing’s smallest



Close Up


Alternate Routes


DIY education in China


Beijing Baba The problem with pets

Family Favorites The Alboreggia Family

Rick Hansen dares to dream big


The Circuit Happenings in the Beijing family scene

The scoop on Beijing’s student-run magazine

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


WOMEN OF CHINA English Monthly Sponsored and administrated by ALL-CHINA WOMEN’S FEDERATION Published by WOMEN’S FOREIGN LANGUAGE PUBLICATIONS OF CHINA Publishing Date: May 1st, 2011 Adviser 顾 问 中华全国妇女联合会名誉主席

2011 年 5 月(下半月)

WOMEN OF CHINA English Monthly 中华全国妇女联合会主管/主办 中国妇女外文期刊社出版 本期出版时间: 2011年5月1日 陈慕华 CHEN MUHUA 全国人大常委会前副委员长

Honorary President of the ACWF and Former Vice-Chairperson of the NPC Standing Committee Adviser 顾 问 中华全国妇女联合会名誉主席

彭 云 PENG PEIYUN 全国人大常委会前副委员长

Honorary President of the ACWF and Former Vice-Chairperson of the NPC Standing Committee Adviser 顾 问

顾秀莲 GU XIULIAN 全国人大常委会前副委员长

Former Vice-Chairperson of the NPC Standing Committee Director & Editor-in-Chief 社长 · 总编辑 Chief Editor 主编 Managing Editor

YUN PENGJU 恽鹏举 WEI LIANG 位亮 Imogen Kandel

Deputy Managing Editor

Kara Chin

Editorial Assistant

Diana Dai

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Age-by-Age Index Babies Stroll through a museum ................................................... 12 Visit Summer Palace .......................................................... 13 Meet new moms and babies ............................................... 15 Learn the art of baby massage .......................................... 16 Have fun during playtime ................................................... 17 Practice yoga with Mom ..................................................... 17 See Beijing’s newest arrivals .............................................. 18

Toddlers Play on a sunny day .......................................................... 12 Sign up for summer fun ..................................................... 12 Listen to story time ........................................................... 14 Tumble around .................................................................. 17 Try a new cuisine .............................................................. 26 Dig an herb garden ........................................................... 55 Discover a Beijing family’s favorites .................................... 96

Elementary School Kids Spoil Mom ........................................................................ 12 Do a hutong street snack tour ............................................ 12 Check out IAB’s Family Spring Fair ...................................... 15 Think about third-culture ................................................... 16 Get vertical on the climbing wall ......................................... 34 Meet a kung fu master ...................................................... 42 Try tie-dye ........................................................................ 58

Middle and High School Kids Explore 798 with UCCA ...................................................... 12 Discover Guyaju ................................................................ 13 Find some new board games.............................................. 14 Dine outdoors ................................................................... 27 Join the testing debate ...................................................... 46 Make your own dairy ......................................................... 60 Meet a paralympic superhero ............................................. 63

The beijingkids Board Jacqueline Cohen

Advertising Agency

Immersion International Advertising (Beijing) Co., Limited 广告代理

A busy mom of two, Jacqueline has lived in Asia for over 12 years and in Beijing for the past five A socializing super-mom, Jacqueline knows every nook of this city and everyone in it.

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General Manager Michael Wester

Yuliya Mavletbaeva Yuliya has lived in Beijing for over eight years. When she’s not looking after her little girl, Yuliya runs parentchildren classes, including Kindermusik, Zumba, and infant massage. Visit her website for details,

Operation Director Toni Ma Editorial Planning Director Jerry Chan Managing Editorial Planner Imogen Kandel Deputy Managing Editorial Planner Kara Chin Editorial Assistant Diana Dai

Laura Johnson-Hill Longtime Beijinger Laura looks after her four girls, as well as helping her husband run Beijing’s famous Plastered T-shirt company. You can find her walking around Nanluogu Xiang.

Shunyi Correspondent Charlotte Moreau

Christopher Lay

Marketing Manager Skott Taylor Marketing Executives Cindy Kusuma, Cao Yue, Jiang Lei Art Director Susu Luo

Christopher’s many jobs include dad, writer, photographer and all-round nice guy. Catch him in beijingkids’ Beijing Baba column or visit his blog,

Principal Designer and Illustrator Li Xing

Charlotte Moreau

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An always-on-the-go mom of two active girls, Charlotte is beijingkids’ Shunyi correspondent. Hailing from the US, Charlotte and her family have been in Beijing for three years and are planning to stick around for several more. Read her blogs on

Hetal Hemnani Hetal is either busy running the Indian restaurant Ganges, or spending time with her son. If you want to trade recipes with Hetal, e-mail

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N 《中国妇女》


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Tie-dye a tee, plant an herb garden, make soy milk, churn butter, cultivate yogurt

Scaling Skills Climbing the walls at O’le Action Hero Rick Hansen dreams big Write On The scoop on Unit-E


May 2011

Summer soup Mother’s Day brunch Art galleries


Mom Federica is an Italian-born illustrator. Her artistic skills have certainly made an impression on her son Matteo (2). We let them loose in the studio with a few pots of paint. Photo by Mishka Family Photography.

Kathryn Tonges is a teacher, parenting expert, and mother of two grown boys. For more information on parent effectiveness training, contact Kathryn at

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Editor's Note

The editor (age 1.5) and her mum paint a pretty picture in their orchard

Jeeves, Where Did I Put My Nail Gun?


hat are your thoughts on children and power tools? Most parents would recoil in horror at the mention of their little cherub fiddling with an electric saw. What if we take it down a notch and talk about your run-of-the-mill tools like hammers. No? Still too much? Lucky you didn’t live in my household, then. For my father, no tool was too big and no child’s hands were too small to wield them. DIY was the aim of this man’s game and he utilized his children as free labor every chance he got. One notable occasion, my brother and I each received our own tool box for precisely such purposes, complete with nails, sandpaper and an adult-sized hammer. The other 6-year-olds were jealous. I spent the majority of my teenage years avoiding the holes in my dad’s floor. For some reason, he has maintained a manic urge to single handedly sand and varnish each and every floorboard in his California-style bungalow. When I wasn’t avoiding the various obstacles in his death trap of a house, I would watch TV in a protective facemask. This was partially because Dad liked to randomly select sections of the house to plaster and repaint, and partially because if my younger brother got in on the action, the house would be filled with dirty-teenage-boy smell. If my mother only knew of half the things Dad got us involved in; I’m fairly sure she wouldn’t approve of her children scouring through the local rubbish dump “Just in case we find any spare car doors.” While Mum could (and did) repaint an entire house inside and out getting those hard-to-reach corners with a tiny paintbrush normally reserved for drawing watercolors - her practical DIY skills were less of an immediate threat to our safety. She designed and made her own clothes, made jams using fruit from our little orchard and paved backyard patios. I watched on as my parents sweated, crafted and tinkered - and

I decided that there must be a better way. At the age of 9, I started espousing the phrase, “Why do something yourself when you can pay someone to do it for you?” I have no idea where this came from as my family was sorely lacking in servants and disposable income. I had never seen my parents hire a single tradesperson – even when they should have. For example: the time my father re-stumped our house. While my family toiled, I felt my time would be better spent giggling at the medical advice columns in teen magazines. Now, with a set of life skills not dissimilar to those of a fluffy puppy, I realize the error of my ways. Which is why I was so excited about this month’s feature. I finally had a reason to start developing some of those old school skills that I baulked at so long ago. For this issue, I got to make my own butter (p62), prepare soy milk from scratch (p60) and even make yogurt (p63). Other handy things in this month’s feature include making your own indoor herb garden (p55) and having fun with tie-dye (p58). My parents will be so proud.

Imogen Kandel Managing Editor May 2011





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Scones, Belgian waffles, jasmine tea and more for two. See May 1 listing.

A Treatment for Moms at The Ritz-Carlton Spa

Pamper mom with a remarkable neck and bust treatment, using traditional Chinese acupuncture. See All Month listing.

Children’s Sleep Issues

For adults. Dr. Melissa Varma offers some tips that may help your child sleep better. See May 10 listing.

Mother’s Day Cupcake

Show dearest mom your love and make her day memorable with a special cupcake. Apr 30-May 15. See All Month listing.

Hike: Mr. Mao’s Chestnut Orchard

For ages 7+. A nice easy walk following a trail through chestnut orchards, peaceful valleys, and along ridges with views of the Great Wall. See Apr 6 listing.

The Hutong and Kocoon Mother’s Day Special

4-Day Course - Baby Massage

Slurping Soup at The Bookworm

Mother’s Day is May 8, but treat mom all month. Give the gift of a facial and culinary workshop. See All Month listing.

For adults with babies 3 weeks to 1 year old. Learn how to mprove your baby’s sleep patterns, improve your baby’s digestion and create a deep bond between you and your baby. See May 17 listing.

Learn about how to use Slurping Soup and other confestions as a catalyst for crucial discussions that every expat family needs to have. See May 18 listing.



Workshop Series: Active Parenting

Harrow International School Beijing Table Top Sale

For adults. Open to the community. Learn how to raise responsible, cooperative children who are able to resist negative peer pressure. See May 5 listing.

For adults. Many household goods and personal items available at great prices. Food and drinks available. 2-7pm. Harrow International School Beijing (6444 8900,

Y1-Y3 Violin Concert

CFC Parent Mornings Dyslexia and Dyscalcula

Listen to the strings of YCIS Year 1 to Year 3 students. See May 12 listing.

Chinese Storytelling Show: Year 3-4

YCIS primary students will be presenting Chinese stories. See May 19 listing.

Maternity Massage

Happy Parents Hour

Expecting mothers relax with a 55-min treatment that relieves muscles and circulatory problems associated with pregnancy. See All Month listing.

Enjoy 2-for-1 specials. See May 5 listing.

BSB Tumble Tots

Children’s Day in China

Explore 798

Open to all families. A fun and exciting class for toddlers of all ages. See All Month listing.

Take your little one somewhere special. In celebration, Poly Theatre is hosting Clowns Carnival Beijing from May 31-Jun 1. RMB 80-380. (sales@theatrebeijing. com)

See what Beijing’s art district is all about. See What’s Fun In (p30).

May 2011

For adults. Understanding and helping your child with Dyslexia and Dyscalcula. See May 13 listing.

CFC Parent Morning - Primitive Reflex Integration

For adults. An informal discussion on primitive reflex integration and how it relates to sensory integration. See May 20 listing.

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing New Year’s Eve

Enjoy scrumptious delights buffet-style to commemorate the celebration. See Dec 31 listing.

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


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beijingkids Mother’s Day Extravaganza

Spend this Saturday brunching as a family at Parkside Grill. Next, Mom gets a foot massage and manicurewhile Dads learns kite-making with the little ones. See May 7 listing.

UCCA Hit the Streets Workshop

For teens. A hands-on urban art workshop. See May 14 listing.



Fizztastic Mother’s Day

For ages 6+ and adults. Mom is pampered with a champagne brunch while the kids enjoy Kidz Paradise. See May 8 listing.

Community Blood Drive

For adults. A community blood drive at the ISB Spring Fair. See May 15 listing.

YCIS Global Community Day

BSB Summer Splash Fair

Family fun in a carnival-style atmosphere. See May 21 listing.

For ages 4+. Enjoy a bouncy castle and water activities, such as boats and paddling pools. See May 22 listing.

Super Science Saturday

Mumm for Mum

For ages 3-8. Kids and parents craft their very own planes, trains and automobiles while learning about science. See May 28 listing.

Brunch with imported wines, beers and soft drinks. Kids play in a supervised playroom. See All Month listing.

Dragon Boat Festival

Little (in Chinese) CraftsJeep At Home

Chow down on some longzi (steamed rice wrapped in banana leaf) and watch those boats go! Try Longtan Park for some dragon boat racing action. Longtan Park. 8.30-9pm. 8 Longtan Lu, Chongwen District (6714 4336) 崇 文区龙潭路8号

For agestoo 3-12. The Little Jeep the Beijing hot already? Stay coolisinside Chinese versionyour of Thomas Tank Enwhile brewing own soythe milk, dyeing gine. In Chinese only.aSee Jan 1 listin a t-shirt and starting garden. For more info, see Feature (p54).

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Essentials Events

May Top 10 Happy Mother’s Day

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Make Sunday, May 8 a special day for Mom. Treat her to a luxurious Mother’s Day brunch at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, Beijing Marriott Northeast, The Ritz-Carlton (see May 8 listing), or Hilton Beijing Capital Airport (see All Month listing). Make her day extra special and send Mom off for some post brunch pampering (see All Month listing). Or make it a special Saturday on May 7 and sign up for beijingkids Mother’s Day Extravaganza (see May 7 listing). Moms get spoiled with a massage and mani, while dads and the kids fly their own kites.


Gear Up for Summer Camp

Be on the look-out for summer camp registrations. Sports Beijing offers summer sessions for basketball, soccer, taekwondo, tennis and rhythmic gymnastics (, www. From July 14 to August 15, The British School of Beijing will hold a variety of summer camps from break dancing to sailing (, www. Beijing Playhouse will hold a two-week theater camp, beginning June 27 ( Or send your child for a summer abroad in the US with Stateside Adventures - pictured left ( If you’d like your teens to brush up on their Mandarin, Beijing Language and Culture University RICH learning center will hold a three-week Chinese-language course (see May 10 listing).


Smart Art

Bring your little Monets out to Beijing’s art district, 798. Stroll the tree-lined streets while browsing through galleries and gazing up at the enormous outdoor sculptures. Mixed among the galleries and studios, you’ll find quaint shops, cafés and bookstores for the whole family to enjoy. For teens, UCCA is holding a special workshop on May 14 (See May 14 listing). For more on 798, see What’s Fun In (p30).

What better way to enjoy International Museum Day on May 18 than by taking the family to the Capital Museum. Browse through eleven exhibition halls and admire artwork and relics from years past. Don’t forget to check out the colorful Beijing opera costumes. Capital Museum: Tue-Sun 9am-5pm. RMB 30, free by appointment ( cn/en/02.htm). 16 Fuxingmenwai Street, Xicheng District (6337 0491/2) 首都博物馆,西城区 复兴门外大街 16号

Bountiful Blossoms


Escape the bustling city and venture out to the Beijing Botanical Garden. Take in the colorful array of flowers, rare trees and historic attractions. Have fun gazing into ponds, skipping across bridges, learning about bonsai trees and gawking at the 54-ton reclining Buddha in the Temple of the Sleeping Buddha. Bring a picnic lunch, sprawl out on the grass, and savor the fresh air. Wofosi Lu, Xiangshan, Haidan District (6259 1283) 北京植物园和卧佛寺,卧佛寺路,香山,海 淀区



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International Museum Day

Essentials Events Picnic in the Park


Enjoy a spring picnic in the old imperial garden at the Summer Palace. Relax among the temples and courtyards at this former summer resort to the emperors. It’s the perfect spot for energetic kids. There are numerous walks and trails to explore, caves to hide in, rocks to climb on and spaces to run around. Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Daily 6.30am-8pm (last ticket 6pm). RMB 30 (AprOct), students half price. Yiheyuan Lu, Haidian District (6288 1144) 颐和园, 海 淀区颐和园路

Explore Guyaju


Seeking adventure? Look no further than 90km northwest of Beijing. Guyaju, or Ancient Cave Dwellings, is a collection of rooms carved into a hillside. Little is known about the Xiyi minority group that lived there, making the trip even more mysterious. Combined with a visit to Longqing Gorge, Guyaju is the perfect day trip. For more, see Day Tripper (p40).

Delectable Dairy


Get back to the basics with do-it-yourself dairy. Churn your own butter and cultivate a batch of yogurt. Lactose intolerant? Try making soy milk – it’s easier than you think! This is a great exercise for learning about where food comes from and what goes into making it. Plus, the best part of this project is the eating! See Feature (p60).


Get a Green Thumb


Living in a metropolis doesn’t mean you have to forgo fresh herbs, straight from the garden. This month, beijingkids helps you hunt down all the tools you need to grow fresh basil and mint, among other fragrant herbs. See Feature (p55).

Hanging Around


Rock climbing is a fun workout that the whole family can get into – you won’t believe what you can ascend! O’le is home to a friendly team of rock climbing instructors (many English-speaking) and they’re happy to help everyone from first-timers through to those with Mission Impossible rock-hanging skills. If heights aren’t your thing, O’le also has soccer fields and a large indoor playroom. See Playing Inside (p34).

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Essentials Events Playing




Sat, Apr 30


Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Set See May 2 listing.

MIDI Music Festival Kids’ Art Project

Thu May 5

MIDI Music Festival Kids’ Art Project and UCCA have invited three young artists Yao Wei, Guo Lijun, Yuan Yuan - to hold an art workshop for children. Apr 30-May 2. 2pm-6pm. Mentougou Jinglangdao Park, 26-28 Xinqiao Dajie, Mentougou District.

Wushu for Kids For ages 5+. A fun martial arts class taught by an experienced instructor. Free. Apr 30, May 7, 14, 21 and 28. 11.30-noon. The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu (6162 6506, info@theschoolhou

Sun, May 1 Hike: Intelligence Valley For ages 7+. A flat hike with some shade. Includes late lunch. RSVP essential. RMB 320, RMB 170 for kids under 12. 8.30am-4pm Beijing Hikers (6432 2786,

Workshop Series: Active Parenting For adults. Open to the community. An exciting and educational series that uses activities and discussions to show parents ways to raise responsible, cooperative children who are able to resist negative peer pressure. Free. 10amnoon. Yew Chung International School of Beijing ( www.

Happy Parents Hour For adults. Celebrate parenthood and enjoy a 2 for 1 deal on all beverages. Every Thu and Fri. 4-8pm. The Familier (5869 2904,

FSC Interest Evening

MIDI Music Festival Kids’ Art Project

For adults. A focus on the role of physiotherapy in Special Education. Led by physiotherapist and trainer Jason Tam. In Chinese. Free. 6-7.30pm. The Centre, Beijing Riviera. RSVP at meryl.

See Apr 30 listing.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Set

Mon, May 2

See May 2 listing.

Fri, May 6

Yoga Yard Kids Session Little Sprouts For ages 2-3. A 45-minute toddler yoga class with age-appropriate breath work using feathers, pinwheels and balloons. Each session, beginning the week of April 18, will meet for six consecutive weeks. May 2, 9, 16 and 23. RMB 550 per session. 10.15-11am. Yoga Yard ( www.yogayard. com

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Set For Moms. Afternoon treats for two: finger sandwiches, scones, Belgian waffles and jasmine tea. Mothers receive a gift of 20g of Royal Orchid Tea to take home. RMB 88. May 2-8. 10am-7pm. Wild Honey Coffee & Tea Boutique (6530 9149,

MIDI Music Festival Kids’ Art Project See Apr 30 listing.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Set See May 2 listing.

CFC Parent Morning For adults. An informal environment to learn about how to identify and support gifted and talented children. Free. 10.30am-noon. The Centre, Beijing Riviera (meryl.bailey@careforchildrens

Harrow International School Beijing Table Top Sale For adults. Many household goods and personal items available at great prices. Food and drinks available. 2-7pm. Harrow International School Beijing (6444 8900,

For infants and toddlers. Story and song times and movement activities. Run by parents and open to all. Free. Every Wed. May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1. 9-10.30am. Dulwich Early Years Childhood Centre, River Garden Campus (8046 5132, www.

ext 8411)

AsiaObscura Trip to Beijing World Park

Spoil Mom with a Mother’s Day brunch at Senses, a dim sum brunch or a set dinner at Jewel, or a set dinner at Prego. Senses: RMB398 +15% (includes champagne, wine, beer, soft drinks and chilled juice), RMB 328 +15% (includes soft drinks and chilled juice). Jewel (dim sum brunch): RMB 398 +15% (includes champagne, soft drinks and chilled juice), RMB 268 +15% (includes soft drinks and chilled juice). Jewel (set dinner): RMB 228 +15% (six course menu). Prego: RMB 348 +15% (four courses tailor-made menu). Contact 6606 8866 (Senses ext 7810, Jewel ext 7820, Prego ext 7815) beijingfinancial

For ages 10+. Experience the skyscrapers of Manhattan, the pyramids of Cairo, and even the Taj Mahal of Agra at Beijing World Park (北京世界公园), the city’s quirkiest amusement park. E-mail for details. RMB 65-100 + taxi fare from Wukesong. 1-4pm. Wukesong, Haidian District ( www.

Pre-Natal Yoga For expecting mothers. Poses designed to support the body during pregnancy. Previous experience is not required. Women at all stages of pregnancy are welcome. RMB 150/class, RMB 420 (4 classes valid for 2 months), RMB 960 (10 classes valid for 3 months). 2-3.30pm. Yoga Yard (6413 0774, info@yogayard. com)

WAB Beijing In Bloom Gala For adults. A wellness-themed charity event to benefit the Jiashan School and WAB environmental priorities. Activities, entertainment, dinner, an auction, and dancing in ‘tuxes and tennies’ or ‘sequins and sneakers.’ High heels optional. RMB 900. 6pm-8pm Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel (tsmith@wab. edu) beijing-in-bloom-gala

Beijing Book Swap and Board Game A special 3-for-1 swap. Bring one book in and get three back! Hundreds of titles available to swap, in English, French, Dutch and Portuguese. No textbooks, classics, or Chinese-language titles. Free. 2-6pm. Sequoia Cafe. Details at bookswa

Qianmen to Liulichang Hutong Walk On this walk through one of Beijing’s oldest neighborhoods, discover the narrowest hutong in town, an old mosque, and where the Forbidden City’s tiles were produced. Our guide will tell you about the Beijing’s hutongs, folk traditions, as well as Chinese art history and philosophy. RSVP essential before May 5. Meet at Qianmen KFC (opposite Exit C). (8404 4166,

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Set

Happy Parents Hour

See May 2 listing.

Sat, May 7

Come and Play Session

for beijingkids Club members, and RMB 550 for non club members. RSVP before May 5. (5820 5407,

See May 2 listing. See May 5 listing.

Wed May 4


For toddlers. Listen to the tale of Three Little Pigs. Copies will be available for sale. Free. 9-9.30am. Dulwich Early Years Childhood Centre, River Garden Campus (8046 5132)

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Set

Tue May 3


Story Time for Young Children

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Wushu for Kids See Apr 30 listing.

Sun, May 8

beijingkids Mother’s Day Extravaganza

Fizztastic Mother’s Day

Brunch as a family at Parkside Grill. Next, Mom gets a Oriental Taipan foot massage and manicure, imported chocolates and a bouquet of flowers while Dads take the little ones to 3e International for a kite-making workshop and trip to the park. For a family of three: RMB 450

For ages 6+ and adults. Mom is pampered with a champagne brunch while the kids enjoy Kidz Paradise – their own buffet, movies and toys. RMB 388 + 15%, Half price for kids 6-12, free for kids under 6. 11.30-3pm. Vasco’s, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888

May 2011

Mother’s Day at Westin Beijing Financial Street

Pink Bubbalicious Bubbalicious brunch turns pink for Mother’s Day. Pink ribbon gifts for all ladies in attendance. All jumble sale proceeds and part of brunch proceeds will be donated to China Breast Cancer Foundation. RMB 368+ 15% (free-flow soft drinks, coffee, tea), 398+15% (free flow wine and local beer), 428+15% (free flow champagne). 11.30am-3.30pm. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888) www.westin. com/chaoyang

Mother’s Day at Familier For ages 4+. Family activities and a special Mother’s Day brunch. RMB 200, RMB 50 kids 5 and up, Free for kids 4 and under. 10am-6pm. The Familier (5869 2904, 138 1159 8903,

Mumm for Mum Brunch with imported wines, beers and soft drinks. Enjoy foie gras and lobster, accompanied by fine wines and champagne while the kids play in a supervised playroom. Kids can decorate a cookie for Mom. RMB 368+ (free flow champagne), RMB 338+, RMB 298+ (juices and soft drinks), RMB 149+ kids ages 6-11, free for kids 5 and under. Every Sun. 1-3pm. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport (6458 8888 ext 8001)

Crafted Especially for Mom For ages 4+. Treat Mom to American, Korean and Chinese cuisine. Reserve your table in advance and Mom receives a complimentary keepsake. RMB 328 +15%, half price for kids 6-10, Free for kids 5 and under. 10am-3pm. Beijing Bistro, Beijing Marriott Northeast (5927 8888,

Hopfenstube Mother’s Day Brunch For ages 5+. A farm-to-table country style brunch with free flow house brewed beer as well as amber ale. Mothers have a chance to win a one-night weekend stay in a Superior Room for two with breakfast at the new Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town. RMB 288, Free for kids under 12. 11am-2pm. Hopfenstube, 3 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District (5909 6683)

Sureño Mother’s Day Brunch For ages 6+. Bring your mother to Sureño

to enjoy a hearty brunch. Mothers eat for free. RMB 588 + 15% (includes one glass of champagne), Free for mothers. 11am3pm. Sureño (6410 5240)

Mother’s Day at Aroma For ages 5+. Mothers can enjoy an international brunch. Moms also receive a special gift. RMB 498 + 15% (includes free flow soft drinks, juice, local beer, house wine and champagne), RMB 228 kids 6-12. All prices are subject to 15% service charge.11.30am-3pm. Aroma, The Ritz-Carlton (5908 8777,

Lily’s Antiques Museum Collection and Belita’s Jewelry For ages 4+. Join Lily’s Antiques’ official opening of the Museum Collection and Belita’s Jewelry booth. Activities include a charity auction, a fashion show, VIP entertainment and dinner, music, performances, exhibitions and workshops. Note: The auction is silent and items will be prepared online. Craft classes for kids on the third floor start at 2pm. 4-10pm free drinks, 6-8pm standing dinner, 7pm fashion show of jewelry, 7.30pm auction. RSVP essential. Free. 2-10pm. Lily’s Antiques Furniture, Gaobeidian showroom (8579 2458,

BSB Charity Car Boot Sale For adults. An opportunity to de-clutter the house and support a good cause. Proceeds go to Little Flower Care Home for Children. Free. 9.30am-2pm. BSB, Shunyi District

Heyrobics – Chaoyang Park Heyrobics launches its outdoor sessions, perfect for families and kids. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Free. Every Sun. Chaoyang Park, big grass pitch from West Gate 3. Linus (135 8197 4260 English), Ding Jie (135 8198 7143 Chinese)

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Set See May 2 listing.

Mon, May 9 Yoga Yard Kids Session - Little Sprouts See May 2 listing.

Tue, May 10 Children’s Sleep Issues For adults. Dr. Melissa Varma offers some tips that may help your child sleep better. Free. 10-11am. Dulwich Early Years Childhood Centre, River Garden Campus (

Beijing Rego British School Coffee Morning For adults. Open to all. Come learn more about the newest international school in Beijing. Free. 10.30 am. Mrs. Shanens’s Bagels. RSVP to sarah.hancock@bjrego. org by May 8.

RICH Summer Camp – Deadline For teens. Teens improve their Chinese. The session runs from Jul 17-Aug 6. The deadline for signing up is May 10. RICH Learning Center of Beijing Language and Culture University. (139 1117 0039, www.

Wed, May 11 Healthy Living for Students Workshop For adults (with children ages 2-15). Dietitian Liu will talk about how parents can offer a healthy life style to their children through a healthy diet. RSVP essential. RSVP at before May 9. Free. 2.30-4pm. KinStar Bilingual School (8041 0390)

Come and Play Session See May 4 listing.

Thu, May 12 Y1-Y3 Violin Concert The concert will showcase the talents of the YCIS Year 1 to Year 3 students who have been learning the violin throughout the year as part of the Primary curriculum. Free. 1.15-2.15pm. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (

Happy Parents Hour See May 5 listing.

Fri, May 13 CFC Parent Mornings Dyslexia and Dyscalcula For adults. Topic: understanding and helping your child with Dyslexia and Dyscalcula. Free. 10.30am-noon. The Centre, Beijing Riviera (meryl.bailey@c

Happy Parents Hour See May 5 listing.

Sat, May 14 UCCA Hit the Streets Workshop For teens. A hands-on urban art workshop: Includes an art area walking tour, a painting session to create individual and group pieces and a screening of a film about legendary British graffiti artist Banksy. Led by local urban art specialists and pioneers. RMB 120 non members, discounts with UCCA membership. 25pm. UCCA. RSVP essential. RSVP at

IAB Family Spring Fair For ages 5+. Join this wonderful carnival atmosphere, complete with games, food, performances and IAB’s annual Cardboard Box Derby. Free. 11am-3pm. International Academy of Beijing (8493 8680)

BCIS Spring in the City Fair For ages 5+. A “One thousand and one nights” theme, featuring traditional Arabian dances, a magic show, and live music. There will also be plenty of games, a bouncy castle, a merry-go-round and food and drinks. Free. 11am-2pm. BCIS (8771 7171 ext 5007, jing.liang@bcis. cn)

Roundabout Charity Book Fair at The ISB Spring Fair Peruse a large selection of used books for sale. Paperbacks (RMB 10), hardcover (RMB 20), children’s books (starting at RMB 1). All proceeds will be used to help children in need. Visitors can also bring donate clothes and books. Free to attend. 10am-4pm. The International School of Beijing (137 1877 7761, May 2011




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Departing from China with Pets For ages 13+. Learn about the process of leaving the country or moving within China with your pets. Free. 11am-noon. RSVP to by May 12. International Center for Veterinary Services (8456 1939/1940/1941)

Share the Love For adults. Led by Psychologist Dr. Zhang Xusheng. Free. 2.30-4pm. United Family New Hope Oncology Center, 9-11 Fangyuanxi Lu, Chaoyang District (135 0108 0817,

La Leche League Meeting For mothers. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Nursing babies are welcome. Join this monthly informal discussion meeting organized by La Leche League. Chinese-language meetings: second Saturday each month, 10.30am. For directions, call 5927 7000. For La Leche League info, call Liora Pearlman 139 1030 6022. Free. 10.30am. The Yurt at BJU

Huanghua Great Wall and Silver Pagoda Forest Visit Huanghua Great Wall and Silver Pagoda Forest. RSVP essential before May 12. RMB 260 (including transportation, guides, entrance and lunch). 8am-6pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Wushu for Kids See Apr 30 listing.

Pre-Natal Yoga See May 7 listing.

Sun, May 15


Chinese Storytelling Show Year 1-2 In celebration of the Chinese Storytelling week at YCIS Beijing, Primary students present Chinese stories. All are invited. Free. 10.35-11am. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (8583 3731,

Wed, May 18 Slurping Soup at The Bookworm Slurping Soup and Other Confusions combines true stories and activities to help third culture kids during transition. Three of authors share how best to use this resource. Followed by Q & A. RMB 20-30. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

Reading Tips and Strategies Workshop - Grade 3 For parents with students from Kindergarten-Grade 3. Inspire your child’s love of reading and enhance reading comprehension. Followed by Q&A with The Learning Center. RSVP essential. Free. 3pm-3.50pm. KinStar Bilingual School Monet Garden Main Campus (80463886,

Reading Tips and Strategies Workshop - Grade 4-8 For parents with students from Grade 4-8. Inspire your child’s love of reading and enhance reading comprehension. Followed by a Q&A with The Learning Center. RSVP essential. Free. 4-4.05pm. KinStar Bilingual School Monet Garden Main Campus (80463886, registration@

Community Blood Drive

Come and Play Session

For adults. There will be a community blood drive at the ISB Spring Fair. Please bring a copy of your passport. Free. 10am-4pm. The International School of Beijing (

See May 4 listing.

Heyrobics – Chaoyang Park See May 8 listing.

Mon, May 16 Who & What: James McGregor A talk on the topic: “30 Years of China Being Open for Business and What Can We Expect for the Next 30.” Free. 7-8.30pm. The International School of Beijing

Yoga Yard Kids Session - Little Sprouts

For adults with babies 3 weeks-1 year old. Learn how to mprove your baby’s sleep patterns and digestion. RSVP essential. RMB 1,200 including materials. Four-day course: May 17, 19, 24 and 26. 9.30-11am. House of Knowledge International Kindergarten, Victoria Gardens Campus (6538 2624,


See May 5 listing.

Sat, May 21 YCIS Global Community Day All families are invited. Celebrate the 15th Year Anniversary of YCIS Beijing at the annual Global Community Day. Several booths will be setup with a carnival-style atmosphere. An AEA Summer Camp registration booth will be present. Free. 11am-2pm. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (rodneyl@bj.

See May 17 listing.

Thu May 19 Happy Parents Hour

Wed May 25 Come and Play Session See May 4 listing.

Thu, May 26 4-Day Course - Baby Massage See May 17 listing.

Happy Parents Hour See May 5 listing.

Fri, May 27

For ages 8+. Too many stray cats in your compound? Learn about TrapNeuter-Return (TNR), a method that humanely and effectively manages stray cats. Free. 11am-12.30pm. ICVS (8456 1939/1940/1941) RSVP essential. RSVP to by May 18. www.ICVSASIA.COM

See May 14 listing. English-language meetings: fourth Friday each month, 1.30pm. For directions, call 5927 7000. For La Leche League info, call Liora Pearlman 139 1030 6022. Free. 1.30pm. The Yurt at BJU

Vaccination Facts at Home and Abroad For adults. Presented by Pediatrician Dr. Cui Yutao. Free. 2.30-7pm. Banquet Hall, Futai Hotel, 33 Guangshunbei Dajie, Chaoyang District (135 0108 0817,

Animation Symphony Concert For ages 7+. Soundtrack composer Joe Hisaishi and Hayao Miyazaki of My Neighbor Totoro bring a symphony orchestra with animation. RMB 100-580. 7.30-9pm. Beijing Concert Hall (6605 7006/5812)

Pre-Natal Yoga Wushu for Kids

Sun, May 22 BSB Summer Splash Fair For ages 4+. Enjoy a bouncy castle and water activities: boats and paddling pools. Food and drinks available. Free. 8am-3pm. British School of Beijing, Shunyi Campus

Beijing Playhouse Audition - Love, Sex and the IRS For adults. Auditions and Q&A with the crew. Free. 6.30-7.30pm. Beijing Playhouse (137 1890 8922, performan

For adults. Discuss primitive reflex integration and how it relates to sensory integration. Free. 10.30am-noon. The Centre, Beijing Riviera (meryl.bailey@c

See May 8 listing.

YCIS Chinese Storytelling – Year 5-6

Yoga Yard Kids Session - Little Sprouts

Primary students present Chinese stories. All are invited. Free. 11-11.55am.

See May 2 listing.

May 2011

See May 17 listing.

La Leche League Meeting

See Apr 30 listing.

4-Day Course - Baby Massage

Tue, May 24 4-Day Course - Baby Massage

Trap-Neuter-Return Workshop

Primary students present Chinese stories. All are invited. Free. 10.35-11am. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (8583 3731,

CFC Parent Morning Primitive Reflex Integration

4-Day Course - Baby Massage

Fri May 20 Happy Parents Hour

See May 7 listing.

Fri, May 20

Tue, May 17

Yew Chung International School of Beijing (

Chinese Storytelling Show – Year 3-4

See May 5 listing.

See May 2 listing.


Thu, May 19

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Heyrobics – Chaoyang Park

Mon, May 23

CFC Parent Morning – Perfect Dad For adults. Parents talk about what makes a perfect dad. Free. 10.30amnoon. The Centre, Beijing Riviera (meryl.

Happy Parents Hour See May 5 listing.

Sat, May 28 Super Science Saturday For ages 3-8. Kids and parents craft their very own planes, trains and automobiles. RSVP essential. RMB 180 for one parents and child RMB 50 for each additional family member. 10-11am. House of Knowledge International Kindergarten (6538 2624, katie@house-of-knowledge. net)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs For ages 4+. Performed in Chinese for Children’s Day. Tickets start at RMB 80. May 28 and 29. 10.30-11.30am. Geology Auditorium Theatre, 30 Yangrou Hutong, Xicheng District (400 810 8080) www.

Wushu for Kids See Apr 30 listing.

Pre-Natal Yoga See May 7 listing.

Sun, May 29 Hilton Wangfujing Fizztastic Brunch For ages 3+. Children paint, draw and make a fantastic mess with The Familier while their parents enjoy a top-notch brunch. Noon-3pm. Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5869 2904, service@thefamilier. com)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs See May 28 listing.

Heyrobics – Chaoyang Park See May 8 listing.

Wed Jun 1 Come and Play Session See May 4 listing.

Fri, Jun 3 Story Time for Young Children For infants and toddlers. Listen to Some Dogs Do. Copies available for sale. Free. 9-9.30am. Dulwich Early Years Childhood Centre, River Garden Campus (8046 5132, elizabeth.nunan@dulwich-beijing. cn)

All Month The Hutong and Kocoon Mother’s Day Special For moms. A Mother’s Day Special includes one deluxe facial treatment at Kocoon and one culinary workshop at The Hutong, valid for the entire month of May. RMB 500. May 1-31. 9am-9pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Kocoon (5208 6068)

Mother’s Day Cupcake A special cupcake for Mom: strawberry butter cream with rose and vanilla cake base. Apr 30-May 15. 10am-8pm. Colibri Café (6417 0808, info@colibricupcakes. com)

Ribs and Bibs Rib lovers receive specially designed bibs before sitting down to a buffet with a wide selection of ribs. RMB 288+ 15%. May 10-31. Seasonal Tastes, Grange, Zen5es at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) www.westinbeijingdining. com

For ages 4-11. Led by an FA qualified coach. RMB 650-RMB 1600 depending on frequency. 4.50-5.50pm. Dulwich College Beijing (6454 9127,

BSB Tumble Tots

Adult Art Workshop

Open to all families. Toddler’s musical and physical expression will be encouraged. Free. Every Tue. 8.30-10am. The British School of Beijing (ella.

For adults. Express your creative side while your children play in a safe, indoor playground. RMB 35. Every Tue, Thu, Fri. 10am-4pm. The Familier (5869 2904, www.

BSB Toddler Group Moms chat while children play. Free. Every Tue. 8.30-10am. The British School of Beijing, Shunyi campus (ella.

BSB Baby Group Mom and child make new friends. Refreshments served. Free. Every Wed. 2-2.30pm. The British School of Beijing, Shunyi campus (ella.zhao@britishschool.

Tai Chi Class - Beginner Level Keep the body in motion and the mind tranquil. RMB 150 per class, RMB 480 (4 consecutive classes). Every Wed. 7.309pm. China Culture Center (CCC) (6432 9341)

Bollywood Dancing for Kids For ages 7-12. Limited to six students. RMB 300 (four weeks), pay a month in advance. Every Sun. 3.30-4.30 pm. Coco Moma apartments

Bollywood Dance Classes

Fizztastic Champagne Brunch

Jia You Football For ages 4-11. Led by FA qualified coach Gary Saunders. RMB 650–1,600 depending on frequency. Every Sun. 911.30am. Dulwich College Beijing (6454 9127, www.

For expecting moms. Relax with a 55-min treatment that helps relieve muscles and circulatory problems associated with pregnancy. RMB 600 + 15% surcharge. 10am-11pm. Peninsula Beijing (6510 6090, www.

A Treatment for Moms at The Ritz-Carlton Spa For moms. A Firm Neck & Bust Treatment, using traditional Chinese acupuncture RMB 550 +15%. May 1-31. 9am-9pm. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Financial Street. RSVP at 5908 8080 or

Summer Essential: At the Spa of Hilton Wangfujing For adults. A full body polish followed by a facial treatment or an aromatic body scrub finished with relaxing touch therapy. RMB 780 + 15% (regular: RMB 1,160). Until August 31. 10am-11pm. The Spa at Hilton Beijing Wangfujng, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888)

The Learning Center Weekend Enrichment Programs For ages 5-14. Skill-based enrichment

Music & Storytelling For ages 3-5. Activities with percussion instruments. 20 classes every Mon beginning Apr 18. No classes on May 2 or Jun 6. RMB 920 (eight week course). 3-4pm. Dulwich College Beijing River Garden Campus (6454 9127,

Flamenco Para Niños For ages 7+. Flamenco dance, guitar and drum classes designed for children. May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Jun 7. 9am-6pm. Casa Flamenco, 9 Jianwai Dajie (8532 1915,

Yoga for Mommy and Baby For mothers and babies. A safe playful environment. RMB 100 per class, package discounts available. Every Tue. Noon1.15pm. Yoga Yard (

Pre-Natal Yoga For expecting moms. Poses designed to support the body during pregnancy.

Previous experience not required. RMB 150/class, RMB 420 (4 classes valid for two months), RMB 960 (10 classes valid for 3 months). Every Tue and Thu. 10.1511.45am. Yoga Yard (info@yogayard. com)

Salsa Tots For 15 months old to 4 years of age and adults. 45 minutes of dancing. RMB 700 (eight weeks). 10-11am. The Familier Center. Family Fun with Yuliya (5869 2904,

Dulwich Tennis For ages 7+. Taught by GS Academy. RMB 1,600. May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1, 8, 15. 3.40-5pm. Dulwich College Beijing (6454 9127,

Dulwich Gymnastics For ages 6+. Improve physical fitness, self-discipline and team skills. RMB 960 (ages 5-7), RMB 1440 (ages 7-14). May 4, 11, 18, 25 and Jun 1 and 8. 3.40-6.15pm. Dulwich College Beijing (6454 9127,

EMTTA Montessori Teacher Training Academy Information Session For adults. Learn more about how to become a Montessori teacher. Join an information session about Etonkids internationally accredited Montessori teacher-training program for infants and toddlers (ages 0-3) or early childhood (ages 2.5–6). Free. May 6, 17, 28, Jun 2, 14 and 22. 9am-5pm. RSVP at 5962 3300 ext 1678 or

For adults. Dance like they do in Bollywood movies. RSVP essential. RMB 50 per session. Every Sat. 3.30-5pm, Coco Moma, Dongzhimen.

For ages 4+. A hip champagne brunch, where little ones also get creative with My Little Mozart, 3i Art and The Familier. 11.30am-3pm. Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888,

Maternity Massage

Jia You Football

and support for students from preschool to high school. Mar 5-Jun 12, every Sat and Sun. 9.30am-4.30pm. The Learning Center (8046 3886, www.

MultiSport Spring Term For ages 3-12. A range of sports programs from swimming, gymnastics, tennis to soccer. Taught by qualified coaches. RSVP online. (6507 2971, 136 8107 8446, admin@multisportbeijing.

Mr. Magic’s Sleeping Beauty For ages 3+. A bilingual magical puppet musical. Every day during May holiday and every Sat and Sun in May. Discount tickets through Mr. Magic at 139 1062 6059. 10-11am. China Puppet Theater (6425 4847, 6424 3698)

Kids Club at The Bookworm For ages 4+. Come along for reading, games, music and activities for little readers. RMB 30. Every Sun. 11am-noon. The Bookworm (6431 2108)

Oil Painting for Kids For ages 6+. Elena Qian, from 3i Art and Pikka Kids Library, teaches the basics. Starting at RMB 800 (members, four sessions), RMB 1,440 (non members, four sessions). Every Sun. 4-6pm. The Familier (5869 2904, service@thefamilier. com)

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Essentials New Arrivals

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Felix Ferdinand Ebert

Elijah Joseph Brightwell

German. Born on Dec 30 to Zhang Lvlv and Carsten Ebert at Beijing Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital.

British. Born on Nov 3 to Joa nne Pouncey and Tim Brightwell at Beijing United Family Hospita l.

Want to share your new arrival with our readers? E-mail a photo (at least 1MB in size) of your baby’s full name, baby’s nationality, birth date, hospital and parents’ names to Note: We can only publish photos of babies born in Beijing after Sep 1, 2010.

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Lucrezia Anna Orlando Italian. Born on Dec 11 to Luciana and Alessandro Orlando at Beijing United Family Hospital.

Living Snapshot

Casual Moms

Thanks to beijingkids Pizzapalooza

Interviews and photos by Kara Chin

Savvy Him

Ying Pan

Lea Yang Goodman

Roberta Bruhns

What do you do? I’m a solution manager at Microsoft. Where are you from? Portland, Oregon in the US. Tell us about your daughter. Reina is 4. She attends Venus. How long have you been living in Beijing? Almost three years. Where do you like to shop? Zara, Mothercare in Solana. And for my daughter, Yashow Market and the Zoo Wholesale Market. Where do you like to eat? We like Annie’s, Peter’s Tex Mex Grill. We also like Alio Olio, Muse and dry hot pot. Do you have a favorite spot in Beijing? Si’de Park. It has rides and lots of space for kids to run around. On the weekends, there are bookstands that carry children’s books. Describe your style. Time saving. Favorite outdoor activity: Riding bikes and rollerblading with Reina.

What do you do? I work for AmCham. Where are you from? The US Tell us about your child. I have a 4-year-old daughter. How long have you been living in Beijing? Three months Where do you like to shop? Close to my office, in the CBD area. Where do you like to eat? We like trying new restaurants. Last time, we went to Loving Hut. Do you have a favorite spot in Beijing? My daughter loves the China Science and Technology Museum. Describe your style. Casual Where is your outfit from? Victoria’s Secret and a boutique store in the US. Favorite outdoor activity: We like walking around Olympic Park.

What do you do? I work at Phillips. Where are you from? Chongqing, China. Tell us about your daughter. She’s 4 and a half years old. How long have you been living in Beijing? Almost 20 years. Where do you like to shop? For business, I like the brand Jessica. Usually I shop at Shin Kong Place and Silk Market. Where do you like to eat? Our favorite restaurant is Kro’s Nest. Most of the time, we go to Sanlitun. My daughter loves Blue Frog and Element Fresh. Do you have a favorite spot in Beijing? Sanlitun and The Place. Describe your style. Business-dress and casual on the weekends. Favorite outdoor activity: Rock climbing at Ritan Park. In the summer, going to the pool next to The Place. Favorite Park: We go to Chaoyang Park and Ritan Park quite often.

What do you do? I’m a full-time mom of two. Where are you from? Italy Tell us about your children. My daughter is 5 and my son is 2 years old. How long have you been living in Beijing? Just over a year. Where do you like to shop? I like Zara. For the kids, Yashow. Where do you like to eat? Hatsune Do you have a favorite spot in Beijing? Si’de Park, Ritan Park, and The Familier. Describe your style. Very easy and casual. Where is your outfit from? My shirt and jeans are from Zara. Favorite outdoor activity: We like going to the park when the weather is nice.

May 2011



Living Noticeboard

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Dulwich Year 6 Students Bring Hope

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On March 30, Dulwich Year 6 students visited The New Hope Foundation in Shunyi. The Foundation was established in 2000, and cares for sick and physically challenged babies who have been abandoned. Upon arrival, the students were greeted by Robin Hill, who founded New Hope with his wife, Joyce Hill. The students spent the day meeting and playing with the children. The students raised money during World Math Day in March and decided to use the funds to purchase educational toys for New Hope.

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KinStar International Bilingual School Keeps Growing



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KinStar’s latest addition KinStar recently added two more buildings to its growing campus. In the fall of 2011, the middle school will move to a new building in order to better meet middle school needs, as well as accommodate for increased enrollment. The new middle school building will boast a number of additions for the coming school year. Each core classroom will be equipped with SmartBoards, document cameras and projectors. Other additions include a brand-new science lab, a new library and wireless internet for student and parent access. The new building will also house drama, IT, and music rooms specifically for middle school classes. On top of all these upgrades will be a new, and healthy, lunch catering service for middle school students.

Prenatal Massage at The Peninsula

The Peninsula Spa now offers prenatal massages to soothe away the aches and pains of pregnancy. The mommy-to-be package also includes a mini facial and scalp treatment. Products used don’t contain essential oils, which can be bad for the baby. The spa is equipped with showers, a relaxation room and sauna for a complete indulgent experience. One mom who tried it added that the staff are very informative (though predominantly Chinese-speaking). Worth noting is that the massage is done while seated, as opposed to lying on a table. 3/F, The Peninsula, 8 Jinyuhutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District (8516 2888 ext 6090) 东城区东城区王府井金鱼胡同8号王府半岛酒店3层

Sit back and relax

F1 Shanghai Winners!

Brent Cohen and his son Brandon (12) were the lucky win ne rs of the Ca pri -Su n F1 we eken d in Sh an gh ai, sponsored by beijingk ids. The pair had a gre at time trackside, taking in the sights (and the speeds) of these amazing road rockets.


Father and son standi ng trackside

Is You Pet Registered?

Colorful offerings at Casa Pagoda

Win: A RMB 300 voucher for Casa Pagoda

Star ting May 1, regis ter your furry friends. Don’t procrastinate too long – the period to register is only open for a few months. Visit ww w.b eijin g-k ids. com and search “Peking Puppy” to find out how to register your dog.

This Belgian-run furniture company is giving away a RMB 300 voucher to a lucky beijingkids reader. Simply e-mail and tell us which piece of furniture in your home you’d most like to get rid of. Casa Pagoda. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-8pm. 6 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6591 3491) www. 朝阳区三里屯南路6号

May 2011



Health Ms. Nutrition

Nutrition Hacks

Simple tips for a healthy life Most commercially baked goods use cheap, hydrogenated fats to cut back costs

by Olivia Lee


here are lots of things you can do to ensure you eat more nutritiously; in fact, the list is potentially endless. Here are some simple suggestions that are actually worth putting into practice.

Baby Food Making your own baby food is not only more nutritious and economical, it’s also better for the environment. Homemade baby food is full of nutrients, especially vitamins A and B. Commercial foods require the use of very high heat under pressure during the bottling process. This destroys many of the vitamins and some of the minerals. No fancy equipment is required to make your own baby food. All you need is a steamer, a blender and covered ice trays to store the results of your hard work. Visit for tips and recipes. Peanut Butter By its very nature, peanut butter is a wonderful kids’ food. It is tasty, energy dense and full of nourishing fats for growing brains and bodies. However, regular supermarket peanut butters go through an industrial process that changes the nature of these life-giving oils, turning them into something called trans-fatty acids. Trans-fats are not good for your kids or even for you, as they have been linked to the development of heart disease and other health conditions. Making your own peanut butter is surprisingly easy with a strong blender or food processor. Homemade peanut butter provides a healthy dose of antioxidants and vitamin E, too. I have provided an easy way to make your own peanut butter on my website, peanut-butter-not-just-for-kids/. Baked Goods Most commercially baked goods use cheap, hydrogenated fats to cut back costs. Fast food restaurants also use these oils in their fryers for the same reasons. The health consequences of eating these foods far outweigh any pleasure you may get from them. So if anyone is hankering for a chocolate chip cookie, skip the boxed versions and try making your own. You get more control over the quality of materials you use, and by making some simple changes to most cookbook recipes you can actually make surprisingly healthy and tasty treats for your family. Baking Tips: • Most cookie recipes call for too much sugar. You can easily halve the sugar without compromising the taste. • Try substituting ground-up rolled oats for one-third of the plain white flour in the recipe, or substitute whole wheat flour for half of the white flour. • Half of the butter can be replaced by apple sauce (remember to adjust sugar levels for sweetness). • Don’t have an oven? Google “no-bake cookie recipes.” Note: Many involve the use of peanut butter. And you were planning to make some, right?



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Deep Fry If it is fried chicken your kids are after, you are much better off frying your own. The frozen chicken nuggets available in supermarkets are probably only 50 percent actual chicken meat. The rest of it is fillers, stabilizers and chemicals that read like they should be powering space stations rather than people. Furthermore, using your own fresh oil allows you to avoid dangerous by-products of the frying process that build up in commercial deep fryers. Aim For Homemade Weekday Meals The ultimate in DIY nutrition is to simply cook and eat at home as much as possible. Eating home-cooked meals means that you know the quality of the ingredients you have used, the amount of salt and even whether the vegetables have been properly washed. Now that, I hope, is food for thought.

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

Travel Bugs

The Doc Is In

What’s in your first-aid kit? by Richard Saint Cyr


any of us are planning summer vacations. I often hear stories from patients who had their vacations ruined from diarrhea or other illnesses, which is why it’s important for globe trotters to pack a first-aid kit. Every kit should have the basics, most of which are over the counter (OTC), although a couple are prescription-only. Here are my choices: Diarrhea medicines The number one cause of a ruined vacation is being stuck on a toilet for days with diarrhea. My favorite OTC medicine for this is loperamide (immodium), which is generally effective after age 2 to slow down watery, non-bloody diarrhea. It doesn’t cure the infection but it does cut down the frequency of bathroom visits, which can be a godsend if you are on a long plane or bus ride. Other OTC medicines that can help you recover more quickly include the charcoal powder Smecta as well as probiotic pills like Medilac. Both are available for infants and toddlers. In southern Asia, diarrhea is often caused by bacterial infections, so you should consider carrying antibiotics on your trip. Many doctors now prescribe azithromycin to travelers. Resist the temptation to buy antibiotics from local pharmacies during your trip. It is illegal and provided instructions are often incorrect.

Your local clinic may need a few weeks to order malaria medicines, which frequently run out and after your trip. If you go to Tibet you may want to bring medicine to prevent altitude sickness. In all these cases, you’ll need to plan at least one month in advance. This is because you may need to receive a series of vaccines (in the case of rabies and Japanese encephalitis vaccinations), or your local clinic may need a few weeks to order malaria medicines, which frequently run out just before national holidays. No matter where you travel, I always recommend checking US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel website: www. They provide detailed information for every country regarding which vaccines you need as well as other health and security concerns.

Needmoreinfo? Dr. Richard Saint Cyr is a family doctor at Beijing United Family Hospital, and the Director of Clinical Marketing and Communications. He runs the blog

Pain and fever medicines It’s common to get a headache or pain during vacations. To help with this, you should bring both child and adult pain medications. Tylenol (paracetamol) and Motrin (ibuprofen) are the two most common OTC medicines. I prefer ibuprofen due to its anti-inflammatory properties, although it can cause stomach problems. Most children’s syrups come in sizes under 100ml and are thus good for carry-on luggage. Prescription medicines If you take daily medicines for chronic diseases, don’t forget to bring enough to cover your trip - and maybe a bit more in case an elephant tramples on them. Also, keep a detailed list of your medicines somewhere safe, in case you lose your luggage and need to buy more. Other things to include Small bottles of alcohol hand sanitizer, bandaids, an antibiotic ointment, chewable antacid pills to cure heartburn, anti-itch cream such as hydrocortisone, and good anti-mosquito spray. DEET 10-30 percent and picaridin 5-10 percent are by far the most effective anti-mosquito sprays and are considered safe for children over 2 months old by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Don’t forget You may need special vaccines or other prescription medicines, depending on where you travel. Many Southeast Asian countries have malaria, so you may need to take prescription anti-malaria pills both during May 2011



Hola Back!

Fast Food

Fuel’s take on Hawaiian pizza



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Fuel chef Erik Ye demonstrates how to knead dough

Hola Hola Pizza Recipe courtesy of chef de cuisine Erik Ye at Fuel Serves 6-8 Pizza sauce Makes 2½ cups 5 tsp olive oil ½ onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 350g tomato, chopped 95g tomato paste A few sprigs of fresh basil Salt and pepper to taste Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the chopped onion. Reduce the heat to low, cover the frying pan and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onion has softened. Remove the cover and add the garlic. Increase the heat to medium/high. Cook the onion and garlic together for 30 seconds. Then, add the tomatoes (including the juice), the tomato paste and the basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a low simmer, and cook uncovered for around 15 minutes or until thickened. For an extra smooth consistency, blend the sauce using an immersion blender.

Pizza base 1 tsp dried yeast 375ml water 5 cups white flour 4 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt 1 tsp sugar In a bowl, dissolve the yeast in water and let stand for 10 minutes or until creamy. Then, add the flour, olive oil, salt and sugar into the yeast mixture. Stir well to combine. Cover the bowl with a cloth and leave the mixture to rise until the dough has doubled in size (about 30 minutes). Meanwhile, preheat oven to 275°C. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Form dough into a round and roll out into a thin pizza base. Toppings 40g ham 80g mozzarella 80g fresh pineapple, sliced and grilled 20g cheddar cheese Spoon the pizza sauce onto the base, forming a thin layer. Then, sprinkle on the cheeses, ham and pineapple. Place the pizza into the 275°C preheated oven. Bake until the base is crisp and the cheese has melted. Serve hot and crispy.

Try Fuel’s Pizza Party Saturdays Every Saturday, Fuel at Langham Place hosts pizza-making sessions. Get messy in the kitchen and when you’re done, you can eat your pizza creation. RMB 88 + 15% (ages 12+), RMB 50 + 15% (kids under 12). Every Sat 11.30am-10.30pm. 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)

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Dining Dining Out

Mum’s the Word

Turkish delights served with a mother’s care


Turkish Mum 土耳其妈妈 Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 3 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (8532 3979) 朝阳区工体北路3号 Slevin Sun (2) is all smiles



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long with French and Chinese, Turkish is considered one of the three great cuisines of the world. This might surprise you, but consider the following: Turkish cuisine lies at the heart of the Ottoman Empire, which covered three continents for 600 years – that’s 600 years of spice trade, by the way. Caravans of Western and Eastern seasonings found their way from the trade routes and into Turkish mother’s kitchens resulting in some masterful culinary creations. Sanlitun is home to a charming restaurant that respects the origins of Turkish cuisine. Aptly named, Turkish Mum provides an authentic and enjoyable dining experience. The food is unpretentious and hearty; our meal started with a selection platter of local staples: hummus, pickles, tabooli and a mashed vegetable salad (RMB 48). To follow, we sampled some teeny little lamb dumplings (mante) served in a yogurt and garlic sauce – perfect for kids. The alinazik (RMB 68) – char-broiled, smoked and spiced eggplant served with baby lamb and the dolma (RMB 45) – peppers stuffed with ground meat, rice and spices, were prepared with home-cooked charm. The ambience is rustic, with Turkish trinkets and art lining the walls. The restaurant doesn’t aim to amaze anyone as much as it does to comfort and please, making it a place that really takes its name to heart. Michael Connors

Top 5 Places to …

Dine in the Sunshine Navena Café

Orange Tree Bistro

Nestled in the café strip of Central Park you’ll find this modest coffee shop, complete with European-style sidewalk seating. This is an ideal location to let your kids run free on the grass while you kick back with a café latte. The menu is as kid-friendly as the location with a good selection of pizzas and sandwiches.

Fried fish with a squeeze of lemon and thick cut fries on the side: this and other comfort foods are awaiting you at one the Orange Tree Bistro’s roof-top tables. Watch as birds fly over hutong rooftops and crowds bustle along the funky Nanluogu Xiang shopping strip.

Daily 10am-11pm. Bldg 12, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6597 9106) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号 新城国际12号楼

Daily 11am-11.30pm. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near Yandai Xiejie, north of Houhai lake), Xicheng District (6401 7797) 西城区大石碑胡同27号(后海烟袋斜街附近)

Doubletree by Hilton, Beijing Here’s the barbeque you’ve been missing. Doubletree’s Sunday brunch buffet offers a king’s selection of salads and grilled items. With beanbags, patio tables and lounge chairs scattered about their inner city rooftop, the idea is eat and roam. There’s even a pool where you can swim to your heart’s content. Sundays 11am-3pm. RMB 178 +15%, half price (kids 6-12), free (kids under 6). 168 Guanganmenwai Dajie, Xuanwu District, Xuanwu District (6338 1999 ext 1628) 宣武区宣武区广安门外大街168号

Element Fresh, Lido This Shanghai-born chain is an easy sell for people looking for big brunches and huge, healthy salads. The outdoor patio at the Lido branch ups the experience, providing a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for sunny afternoons. Daily 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6433 5058) 朝阳区将太路6号

The Orchard


Ask someone who’s been to The Orchard what its like, and you’ll hear words like “wonderful” and “delicious.” Surrounded by fruit trees and picturesque walkways, the patio at the orchard is an oasis of simple pleasures - like good organic foods, fine wines and plenty of fresh air. Sunday brunch RMB 180, RMB 80-100 (kids). Tue-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6-9pm. Sunday brunch 12-3pm. 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) www. 顺义区崔各庄乡何各庄村(过何各 庄村路标往南转)

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Chill Out

A perfectly light summer soup text by Xiyun Yang; photos by Mishka Family Photography



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Dining Food For Thought


omato season never comes early enough or stays long enough. And for those who are still in the dark about the seasonal variations in a tomato, really, I weep for you. But hark! Finally it arrives. So here we have red, engorged fruits that really earn their label as fruits. When the tomato is really juicy and sweet, all you need is a bit of salt and a slice of thick, buttered bread for mind-blowing tomato sandwiches. Or try out my favorite childhood dish: ripe tomatoes sprinkled with sugar. The more sugar you sprinkle on there, the more likely a child is to slurp it up. Another Chinese tomato stand-by is tomatoes stir-fried with egg. The simple dish is known as an easy start for beginner cooks, but there can be great variations in quality. There are several tricks to it. One: really ripe tomatoes, cut in eighths. Two: really hot peanut oil to scramble the egg until just golden brown, not your usual creamy kind. Add a little more oil and stir together ginger, scallions, tomato and egg. Plunk that over some noodles or rice, and it’s a great meal. This got me thinking. My favorite thing to make with ripe tomatoes is soup. I’ve experimented all over the ball park with spices and roasting methods, but I’ve never merged the concentrated tomato flavors of a western soup with Chinese flavors. It’s time to remedy this oversight. This being a summery season, a chilled soup would hold up well against the impending heat. I like the surprising addition of chopped bok choy on top, which gives the otherwise smooth soup a mustardy crunch.

Chilled tomato soup with ginger and scallions Serves 6 3 small dried chilis ¼ cup peanut oil 1kg very ripe tomatoes 1 clove garlic 1 small bunch scallions 1 small nub of ginger, the size of half your thumb 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted 1 tsp sesame oil Salt and pepper to taste 2 stalks bok choy

In a heat-proof bowl, break the dried chilies into small pieces. Be careful not to touch your eyes afterwards. In a pan, heat the peanut oil until just smoking. Pour oil into the bowl, the chilies will sizzle. Set the chilies and oil aside to cool. In a blender, add tomatoes, garlic, scallions, ginger and vinegar. Blend until smooth. Strain and drizzle the chilled oil into the blender mixture while keeping the blender on high. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill the soup in the refrigerator for at least an hour until cool. Serve with a drizzle of sesame oil, a sprinkle of chopped bok choy and sesame seeds.

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Playing What's Fun In


Explore Beijing’s most artistic neighborhood text by Michael Connors, photos by Michael Connors and Judy Zhou


ake your family to 798 (also known as Dashanzi) and visit the galleries that started Beijing’s artistic revival. Formerly home to some of Beijing’s largest factories, this area has been transformed into a vibrant neighborhood for artists and art lovers. Here, you can find works spanning from the traditional to the contemporary. By no means a stuffy museum environment, kids are welcome to wander through this labyrinth of artistic manifestations, dotted with casual cafés, boutiques and kitsch stores.



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his tour should take around four hours to complete, including a few café pit-stops. 798 is immense, so this tour is designed to take you to the best places with minimal walking. It’s best to arrive there hungry, as there are lots of opportunities for good eats. The easiest way to get to 798 is by taxi. Start at the gate with the conspicuous 798 sign (1). After about 120 meters, you’ll see a huge granite representation of Mao Zedong on your left. Laker’s (2) is a restaurant located right at Mao’s granite feet. Here, you can grab an outdoor table for a late breakfast or early lunch. You’ll find all the imports at decent prices, including an American breakfast, pizza, burgers, and pasta. Once fuelled, continue walking down 798’s central street. Take a right at the curved wall blanketed in graffiti (expect to see a lot of this, but all in good taste). This alley features an outdoor exhibition of caged beasts, twisted in design. After you stare fear in the face, break out into Originality Square up ahead. Behold an amazing sculpture garden where a sworded warrior fends off a pack of ferocious wolves. Continue along and enter the first doors on your right, just opposite the reflecting pool. Welcome to Pace Beijing gallery (3). This is an immense space for leading international contemporary artists. A free gallery, Pace Beijing is affiliated with the Pace Galleries of New York, and was the first major American gallery to set up in the capital. Continue walking and take a right at the T-intersection. Meander through the next intersection, pastDATUNLU the various EAST boutiques and OLYMPICcafés. GREENEnter if you dare: The boutiques are full of artsy impulse-buy items. On the right, you’ll




see a North Korean art gallery which is worth an inspection. Also note: This road has lots of statues that are perfect for photo-ops. At the next intersection, turn right and head along 798 Road. Past the statue of the large, obtuse man, there is Dong Books and Café (4), which features a wide variety of English coffee table books. Your kids might find something here that sparks their interest. Alternatively, head to Espace Pebeo (5) – the art supply shop located down the open-air corridor next to the bookstore. Continue along 798 Road. Notice those red caged velociraptors on the left? Thought you would. Just beyond is the entrance for the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA) (6). The RMB 15 admission is well worth it. This gallery thinks big, often displaying humongous artwork that is sure to grab your kids’ attention. The gallery’s store stocks various curios and arty knickknacks to tempt you on your way out. UCCA also hosts regular children’s events and workshops, so check in advance for any upcoming activities. Afterwards it’s time to eat, and opposite UCCA is Vantt Gallery and Café (7). Grab a table outside and enjoy a pleasant meal that goes a bit beyond the usual. Wasabi burgers (RMB 50), tuna fish salads with grilled black tuna and tuna tartar (RMB 48) and Korean favourites like bibimbap (RMB 38) fill this well-balanced menu. Now, head back towards the statue of the obtuse man and the Dong bookstore, but turn down the first alley on your left. This section of 798 feels more like a hutong than a re-appropriated factory space, filled with little 望京西 WANGJING XI shops and low-roofed studios. The road will turn right. At the next intersection, take a left.











Pace Beijing Tues to Sun 10am-6pm. 2 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, 798 Art District, Chaoyang District (5978 9781) 朝阳区798艺术区酒仙桥北路2号 Dong Books and Café Daily 10am-6pm. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 Art District, Chaoyang District (5978 9602) 朝阳区798艺术区酒仙桥路4号 Espece Pebeo Daily 10am-6pm. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 Art District, Chaoyang District 朝阳区798艺术区酒仙桥路4号 Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) 尤伦斯当代艺术中心 Daily 10am-7pm. RMB 15, free (students, seniors, children under 130cm), free on Thursdays. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 Art District, Chaoyang District (8459 9269) 朝阳区798艺术区酒仙桥路4号

Galleria Continua Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. 2 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, 798 Art District, Chaoyang District (5978 9505) 朝阳区798艺术区酒仙桥北路2号



Laker’s Daily 10am-late. Jiuxianqiao Beilu, 798 Art District, Chaoyang District (5762 3073) 朝阳区798艺术区酒仙桥北路2号




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Vantt Gallery and Café Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 Art District, Chaoyang District (8459 9143) 朝阳区798艺术区酒仙桥路4号



Keep going until you reach the second alley on your left. Turn here and head towards Galleria Continua (8). This massive three-story space specializes in large installations from Italy and around the world. Just next door is Tang Contemporary Gallery (9). Stroll amidst its large installations and come out the other side – you’re now back on the road you started on. To exit the labyrinth, simply take a left.

Tang Contemporary Gallery Daily 10.30am to 6pm. 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 Art District, Chaoyang District (6436 3518) 朝阳区798艺术区酒仙桥路2号




Action-Packed O’le Climb the walls and hit the pitch text and photos by Kara Chin


estled between Beijing’s East Third and Fourth Ring Roads lies the O’le Sports Center. Here, young athletes have their pick from an array of sports: rock climbing, football (soccer), badminton, basketball, skiing, children’s playgroups, and rollerblading. At 1,300sqm, the center’s main building was an old factory that has since been renovated. It is now home to the O’le Italian Football School, O’le Climbing, O’le Rollerblading and Fun Gym. Next door is O’le’s badminton and basketball courts. With high quality facilities, experienced coaches and a friendly atmosphere, your kids will be top athletes in no time.


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Jakob Führlinger (11) prepares the rope with his belayer Andreas Kiessling

O’le Climbing “We wanted to create this place for anyone interested in climbing,” says Takako Hoshi, Manager of O’le Climbing. Opened in November 2008, O’le Climbing has become a favorite spot for beginners and experienced climbers alike, including Poland’s Ola Przybysz, who is ranked the 13th best climber in the world. Within O’le Sports Center, O’le Climbing has a 12.5m high route wall, as well as a 150sqm horizontal bouldering wall. Safety is just as important to O’le Climbing as it is to parents. “We have a kouhao (slogan) here: Safety is our main objective. [Our] second is safety. And third is safety. And we remind each other every week,” says Hoshi. “We do everything in the safest way possible,” adds Przybysz. Indeed, all equipment meets international standards and is checked regularly. All staff members receive training, including first aid. And all climbers are taught how to select and use the equipment properly. For top roping, which is done on the route wall, climbers have the security of a harness, a rope and someone they trust belaying from the ground. Beneath the bouldering wall, where climbers have no rope, there is a custom-made mattress, thick and seamless, to break a fall. Given their precautions, it is no surprise that there have been no accidents, big or small, at O’le’s climbing facility. O’le Climbing welcomes all ages and levels. Currently, the youngest climber is 4 years old. When it comes to skill, kids make great climbers. “They can climb from a really early age, because they have an instinct to climb. Once you crawl on the ground, you can climb,” explains Hoshi. At O’le, climbing is most popular with children between 8 and 12 years old. Once a week, teacher Andreas Kiessling accompanies a few students

Lui Fuchs (11) makes bouldering look easy

from the German Embassy School of Beijing to O’le Climbing. Most students had no prior climbing experience but after three months, they were belaying each other and taking responsibility for one another’s safety. “It’s both scary and cool,” says 11-years-old Jakob Führlinger. While he only started climbing four months ago, he says he will keep climbing, concluding, “I love it.” His partner, 11-year-old Lui Fuchs, started climbing when he was just 3 years old and is one of the best climbers in the group. “He has the flow. He has a natural talent [for climbing],” says Kiessling. One class runs from an hour to 90 minutes and instruction is available in native English, Chinese, Polish, Japanese, German, Italian, French and Russian. Visitors can request one-on-one sessions (RMB 160 per hour), with discounts on package deals. O’le Climbing can also organize an activity day with your child’s school or hold your child’s upcoming birthday party. For climbers looking for great outdoor climbing, they can recommend places close to Beijing. O’le provides all the equipment, except shoes, which can be rented at RMB 10 per pair. Frequent climbers interested in purchasing their own gear can check out the adjacent shop. La Sportiva climbing shoes for kids start at RMB 245. They also stock crash pads, chalk bags and harnesses, including a full-body one for young children (RMB 550). For that timid child, climbing to the top can provide a real sense of self-accomplishment. For Hoshi, the best part about climbing is that “[it’s] really personal and it’s not a competition with other people.” Przybysz agrees, “You are always competing with the rock.”

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Playing Inside

Kids learn the importance of teamwork while having fun

O’le Italian Football School Now into its third year, O’le Italian Football School currently teaches over 100 kids and as Italian head coach Francesco Abbonizio says, “We have every country [represented].” The school has little football players from China, Japan, Italy, South Korea and even Palestine. Boys and girls from ages 4 to 14 can join. For advanced players seeking more competitive games, there is a development program. Classes are divided into age-appropriate groups: 4-6, 6-8 and 9-13 years old. Each class is around two hours long and is taught in English and Chinese. Training is typically held Monday to Saturday and friendly games are played on Sundays. In warmer months, classes are held outside on one

O’le Sports Center 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区东四环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号 O’le Climbing 奥莱攀岩 Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm. One-time climb: RMB 50. 10 climb discount card (expires after three months): RMB 380, RMB 280 (kids under 8); 20 climb discount card (expires after five months): RMB 680, RMB 500 (kids under 8); Unlimited monthly card: RMB 520, RMB 480 (kids under 8), Half year membership: RMB 1,500, RMB 1,300 (kids under 8); Year membership: RMB 2,000, RMB 1,750 (kids under 8). Shoe rental RMB 10. Refundable locker deposit: RMB 10 single use, RMB 50 one month use, RMB 150 year-long use. (6776 4705, O’le Italian Football School Starts at RMB 500 per child for one month, sessions once a week (four sessions total). Bus service available. (5128 2825,



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of O’le’s two outdoor pitches. During winter, players head indoors. Abbonizio runs the sessions with help from seven other coaches hailing from Italy, the UK, France, Ghana and China. Abbonizio has been playing football since he was 4 years old and has been at the school since it began in 2008. From the start, the school has placed a strong emphasis on fun. “We give the kids the choice to play, let them enjoy. They don’t have to become champions,” says Abbonizio. But winning doesn’t hurt either. Eight-year-old Quinn Stone started playing two years ago and loves scoring goals. He confesses, “I like doing a match, doing a goal and winning. If I score a goal, we think we’re going to win.”

Fun Gym Classes include “mom and toddler,” rhythmic gymnastics, adult yoga and more. (134 3978 8555, 152 1003 3896, www. O’le Rollerblading For ages 3+ and adult amateurs. The first session of classes run from June 16 to July 24, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The second session is from July 24 to September 5 and meets every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. (6776 4705, O’le Ski Club Skiing, snowboarding and telemarking (free heel skiing) for children and adults. Organizes weekend trips to various ski resorts in China. Contact Martina Merlet at 135 0109 1833 or

Playing Family Travels

Traveling for Two Mother and daughter hit the sandy beaches of the Philippines The Travelers Yuliya Mavletbaeva and her daughter Alessandra Correia (2). The Cost Return flights from Beijing to Caticlan via Manila were around RMB 7,000 for one adult and one child (not an infant ticket). Staying in three different hotels for a total of 11 nights came to about RMB 10,000. Other costs, including a private boat ride from Caticlan to Boracay and back, came to approximately RMB 3,500. The grand total of their 11 night, 13 day stay was approximately RMB 20,500.


The Plan Yuliya started searching for air tickets three weeks prior to her Chinese New Year trip, but suggests others to start even earlier. She compared prices on before booking flights through an agent. The flight from Beijing to Manila took just under six hours with Philippine Airlines. The flight from Manila to Boracay (Caticlan) was booked through www., but the flight was with Air Philippines. Be careful not to confuse the similiarly-named airlines. All of the hotel rooms were booked online through Accommodation They stayed for three nights at the Manila Diamond Hotel (www. A Superior Room with breakfast came to USD 450 after a 30 percent discount. Yuliya was very satisfied with her stay. The location was convenient, the staff were polite and attentive, and breakfast was great. In Boracay, they stayed at The Residences at Fairways and Bluewater New Coast Hotel ( After a 25 percent discount, a standard room including breakfast cost USD 869 in total. The hotel is far from the famous White Beach, which in retrospect was a good thing: White Beach is crowded and quite noisy in comparison to the tranquility of their hotel. The Residences also has a great view, an infinity pool, a kids pool and two private beaches. Though they didn’t like the food at the hotel, they were able to prepare their own in the kitchen of their one-bedroom suite. The hotel has a free shuttle bus that departs hourly to White Beach and D’Mall, where you can buy groceries. With daughter in tow, Yuliya made frequent trip to buy diapers, milk, and yogurt. A one-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Marriott Hotel Manila (www. cost USD 190. The price included tax, breakfast and a free hourly shuttle bus to and from the airport. The only advantage here is that it’s convenient to get to the airport. Even though the pillows and the huge glass shower were nice, Yuliya was not impressed with the hotel or its staff.

The Best Part Upon arrival at The Residences at Fairways and Bluewater New Coast Hotel in Boracay, they had to change rooms twice before they were finally satisfied with the third air-conditioned room. In spite of being full of guests, The Residences hotel in Boracay upgraded them to a one-bedroom suite at no extra cost. The suite had two TVs, meaning Yuliya could watch the foreign channels in peace while her daughter watched cartoons in the other room – a luxury they don’t have back in Beijing. Alessandra loves animals, which is great because the hotel in Boracay has horseback riding and a little pond with ducks. Alessandra also loved riding in the golf carts that carry hotel guests around the grounds. The Worst Part Traveling alone with a young child was somewhat inconvenient. Yuliya was unable to go for a swim on her own or enjoy a sunbathing session. While the hotel offered a babysitting service, Yuliya did not take advantage of it. Air Philippines’ service was quite slow and the pair sat in a very hot outdoor waiting area before boarding, due to construction at the Boracay airport. Family-Friendly Features People were friendly and Yuliya was at ease traveling on her own with her daughter. The staff at the Diamond Hotel and The Residences were great. Ocean Park in Manila is quite small, but Alessandra loved it just the same. And there were plenty of activities at The Residences in Boracay, from a boat ride around the island to go-karting. There were no problems with language, and there was no need for a tour guide. Yuliya took taxis everywhere with only a map in hand. Travel Tips If traveling during Chinese New Year, book plane tickets and hotels as early as possible, because the holiday is celebrated there as well. The family stayed in Manila for four days. Next time, they will head directly to the beaches and spend less time in the capital. Be aware of which airline you’re flying with and double-check you’re heading to the right airport. Air Philippines and Philippine Airlines, which sound similar, fly out of different airports. And if you’re flying with Air Philippines, leave ample time, as they are on the slow side. Also, they only allowed 10 kilos of free luggage from Manila to Caticlan. Expect a lot of taxes at hotels, airports and restaurants. Most cab drivers kept the small change as tip. Make sure your driver has turned their meter on, as most don’t like to comply with this rule.

May 2011



Tips for Taipei Six things to do in Taiwan’s capital

It’s easy to spot Taipei 101 towering above Taipei

The Travelers Allison Mou (10), her sister Antonia (8) and their mother Carol Chang traveled to Taipei for a five-day holiday before this year’s Chinese New Year. Enjoy a Delicious Meal The first stop for travelers in Taipei should be the original Din Tai Fung (鼎泰 ). It’s no surprise that this famous Taiwanese eatery has one of the city’s longest waiting lines. Dig into a petite xiaolongbao (小笼包), the best bun of its kind. Be careful of the bursting soup, though!

Check out the Shilin Night Fair Here, you can sample almost every imaginable variety of Taiwanese dim sum. Allison’s favorite treat is a shaved ice plate called “blackberry snowflake” at Xin Fa Ting (辛发亭). It looks like a pile of fresh, powdery snow. Eating it is an experience: It melts in your mouth with a taste of milk and blackberry syrup. Head to Taipei 101 Want to take a ride on one of the world’s fastest elevators? Go to the



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Allison and Antonia in front of the Palace Museum

fifth floor of Taipei 101 to buy tickets and step on board an elevator that takes you to the top in just 38 seconds! Also, check out the largest damper in the world: a mechanism that supports a building during earthquakes and typhoons. Taipei 101’s damper extends from the 92nd floor, down to the 88th floor. Kids will love walking down the ramp, admiring this impressive machinery. Browse the Eslite Bookstore Eslite Bookstore, one of the largest bookstore chains in Taiwan, is a great place if you want to stock up on good reads. There are multiple locations throughout Taipei, but the flagship store is worth a visit. It’s a six-story building located near Taipei 101. Shop at Taipei New World Mall (Underground Mall) This is a great place if you want to shop, or just to take a walk. There have plenty of cute stationery, accessories, and inexpensive shoes.


Visit the National Palace Museum Taipei’s National Palace Museum holds many ancient artifacts and paintings that were shipped from the Forbidden City in Beijing to Taiwan 60 years ago. While the museum has various masterpieces, the jadeite cabbage is notably astonishing. It is a single block of jade carved into the shape of a white colored cabbage with green leaves, both colors coming from the original layers and colors of the stone. Look for the cricket carved on top; you might spot it nibbling its way through the jade leaves. There’s also a kids center, where children can play at various work stations. Other kid-friendly highlights are two films in which cartoon characters introduce the museum’s artifacts through their adventures.

Playing Family Travels

Watch the cooks prepare xiaolongbao

Allison and her blissful iced treat

These Taipei tips were provided by California native Allison Mou (10). She attends Western Academy of Beijing.

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Playing Day Tripper

The mysterious mountain village

Cave Dwellers

Roaming the cavernous Guyaju




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drinks and snacks for the visit, as there are no vendors in the area. Upon reaching the top, climbers are rewarded with a view of the expansive Guanting Reservoir and the surrounding scenic area. Visiting the cliff dwellings should take no more than two hours, so visitors can pair the visit with a second destination, such as Longqing Gorge, before the day is done. Before leaving Guyaju area, hungry hikers should head to Huaiqing Farmyard for a home-cooked meal and some respite. The owners are willing to whip up countryside dishes at any hour and offer overnight accommodation for weary travelers. Longqing Gorge In the winter, Longqing Gorge is a mini-Harbin with its Ice Sculpture Arts Festival. But in the warmer months, it is a great place to take in the naturally beautiful surroundings. Hop on board a boat as it snakes down the waters of Longqing Gorge. Often referred to as “Little Three Gorges,” Longqing Gorge is reminiscent of the Yangtze River and Guilin’s unique mountains. A highlight for kids is the long chain of escalators, dressed up as a dragon, which scale to the top of northern China’s largest dam. Adventure-seekers can enjoy horseback riding and bungee jumping. Contact 6919 1020 or check

Adapted from the blog “A Great Day-Trip Only 90km Away” by Christopher Lay on


inety kilometers northwest of Beijing lies a collection of 174 caves tucked into a stony hill. Dubbed Guyaju, the name translated to English means Ancient Cliff Dwellings. Its proximity to the capital makes it a great destination for a day trip. With rooms as big as 20sqm and as small as cubbie spaces, kids will no doubt enjoy exploring this intriguing structure. It is estimated that these caves were created during the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) by the ethnic minority Xiyi, but little is known about these inhabitants and mystery about the caves in general remains. Supposedly, the dwellers lived on the upper levels while the lower caves housed animals. Further information may be deduced from observing these rooms up close and personal. Upon climbing the stairs, visitors should note the markers where two gates once stood. The first gate provided protection at night, while the second one protected the village’s supply of fresh water: a natural spring. Given its location in the hill, the village would have been nearly impossible to attack from the rear. And from the front, it remained protected by the aforementioned gates, as well as a ravine. Visitors are restricted to the lower caves, but they can peek at a typical three-room cave dwelling on the upper level. When using the narrow stairs and footholds, climbers should exercise extra caution with small children. On the way up, there are plenty of spots to sit down and rest, including a few benches and lots of stairs. Visitors should pack plenty of

A typical Guyaju home

Beautifully carved footholds

Guyaju 古崖居 Daily 8am-5.30pm. RMB 40, RMB 20 students, free for kids under 1.2m. Parking: RMB 10 bus, RMB 5 car. Dongmenying Village, Zhangshanying Town, Yanqing County (6911 0333) 延庆县张山营镇东门营村 By bus: Bus 919 from Deshengmen(德胜门) to Yanqing Nancaiyuan (延庆南菜园); Transfer to Bus 920 to Guyaju (古崖居). By car: From Madian Qiao on Bei Sanhuan, take Badaling expressway to Yanqing, follow Jingzhang Lu to Dongmenying Village (东门 营村), then follow signs for about 2km.

Rooms with a view

Longqing Gorge 龙庆峡 Winter 8am-9pm, Summer 8am-9pm. RMB 40 door, RMB 60 boat, half price (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Longqing Xia, Yanqing County (6919 1020) 延庆县龙庆峡 By bus: From Deshengmen, take Bus 919 (RMB 12, 90 minutes) to Yanqing Station. From there, take a Bus 920 to the Longqingxia Station.

Approx distance: 90km Huaiqing Farmyard 槐庆农家院 Offers home-cooked meals and accommodation. Daily 24 hours. Located 1km south of Guyaju. RMB 80/room, RMB 25/meal, RMB 10/breakfast. (137 0103 0670) 古崖居南1千米路边

By car: From Madian Qiao on Bei Sanhuan, take Badaling Expressway to the Yanqing Exit (one hour). Follow the signs to the gate (30 minutes). Approx distance: 85km

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I Want to Be a Kung Fu Master Liu Xiaoyan teaches the discipline of martial arts


iu Xiaoyun’s passion for martial arts began at a young age. Surrounded by martial arts practioners in his hometown of Dangshan in Anhui province, Liu began practicing wushu at the Shaolin Kung Fu School at the age of 7. At the age of 11, he moved to Shaolin Temple, where he lived for three years. Afterwards, he went to the Shaolin Tagou Kung Fu School, continuing his kung fu studies and learning sanda (Chinese boxing). After years of disciplined studying, Liu spent a few years in the entertainment side of martial arts, touring the world with the Shaolin Tagou International Kung Fu School. He has since returned to traditional training and has appeared on national television in the US, the UK, Japan, South Korea and Italy. Currently based in Beijing, Liu runs kung fu classes through Jinghua Wushu at various international schools and clubhouses. Bitten by the travel bug, Liu also makes regular overseas trips, teaching fung fu to students all over the world. Before conducting his next class, Liu visited The International Montessori School of Beijing to give the students a kung fu demonstration and talk about the importance of discipline. Kara Chin

“The power is not power from the muscle – it’s internal”




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Learning When I Grow Up

Helen Meng, 11, UK Why did you dream of doing kung fu, but not other things? Because my hometown is one of the Chinese martial arts towns, I started practicing kung fu when I was young. It became my dream.

Laurence Brahm, 9, US When you were learning in Shaolin, how come you never gave up? When I went to Shaolin temple, my parents said, “After one week, he will cry and come back home.” But I wanted to prove to them [I would not give up]. So one week became one month, half a year, one year, and then 15 years. Kung fu teaches you not give up easily. If you do not work hard, it’s not just you that will lose what you are doing; what you are doing will forget you.

Cailin Booth, 12, Canada When you were younger did you want to do something else besides kung fu? Yes. When I did three years of kung fu every day without studying at school, I realized that kung fu is not enough for me. Then I started studying at a Chinese martial arts college. I majored in English. Whatever you do, you need knowledge – it’s the most important thing.

Laurence Brahm, 9, US How do you keep your balance when you do difficult positions? I ran along a wall shaped like an “s.” It is not high, around 50cm. We ran on the wall every day to have good balance.

Jasmine Chui, 10, Australia Why does tai chi have lots of positions where you balance on high platforms? In tai chi, you have to be relaxed. Relaxing the body starts from the mind. The power is

not power from the muscle – it’s internal. If you’re tense, your body is very tense. Niklas Jaakola, 11, Finland When you were doing tai chi on the Great Wall, were you scared to fall off? I’m not afraid, because I trust myself and I’m full of confidence.

Daniel Walton, 11, Canada How do you jump so high? [Laughs.] The photographer is very good.

Niko Pehkonen, 13, Finland How many hours do you train a day? In Shaolin, I was training nine to 12 hours every day.

Erica Guo, 10, Canada How long does it take to learn how to do splits in the air? Everybody has a different kind of body. For me, my body is flexible. So it took me around one month, but it was a really hard month that felt like one year. At that time, there was only one way to do it: Two people hold your arms, one holds your leg and another one pushes. And if you cry, nobody cares. The most important thing is that you do it every day; even just two minutes every day.

Hugo Dujat, 12, France Do you ever train in the rain or snow? Yes we do. But when there is a very big rain and the floor is too slippery, we go back and read.

Owen Keogh, 9, US/Italy Can the swords cut or kill people? Sorry, they are for training only.

Daniel Walton, 11, Canada Can you do a front flip? I was doing jumps in my twenties. I stopped eight years ago, because they look fun but they’re also very dangerous.

Maikah Bulpitt, 11, US Do you think your son is going to carry on doing kung fu? It’s his choice, but I believe he would like to. Now he’s very excited. Last year, he competed in a Beijing competition for children and placed fifth.

Kirstine Melsen, 10, Denmark Do you travel a lot? I’ve been to about six different countries. About 12 years ago, I traveled with a team around the world doing performances while training teachers. My dream is to explain Chinese traditional martial arts to the world. I go to different countries to explain kung fu every year. Next month, I will go to London for two weeks to train some students.

Daniel Walton, 11, Canada How many people do you teach? At the moment, more than 300. Most of my students are children.

Owen Keogh, 9, US/Italy Can you break tables or math books in half? Johnny Hu, 11, China Have you ever shaved your head as a monk? Yes. This is one of the rules in Buddhism. Monks cannot eat meat or drink wine, and they have to shave their heads.

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Learning Blank Canvas

Students from

The Ivy Group fill May’s

Blank Canvas

Chiwemi Albert Chinji, 5, Zambia Maggie Huang, 5, Canada

Aude Unternahrer, Grade 9, Switzerland Noa Goarec, 4, France

Jason Guo, 5, US



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Learning Blank Canvas

Lynn Yang, 4, China

张丁月, 5, China

Helena Zima, 4, US

王琪安, 5, China

Noa Goarec, 4, France

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The Testin’ Question Do exams tell the whole story?


From left: Annabelle McCombe, 15, England Phoebe Woo Sze Lok, 15, China Augustin Grougeon, 14, France Hannah Kloek, 15, Singapore



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Learning Debate Club

“We need to know where we stand, where to improve and see if we are improving”

tandardized testing is the yardstick of the educational system and how we do on tests can determine where we go in life. Since the imperial examinations conducted in sixth century China, how one scores against their academic counterparts has surely been a nerve-racking experience. But considering the pressures placed on students and the knowledge-cramming rituals that most obey before test time, how effective are tests at measuring intelligence? We asked students from Yew Chung International School Beijing to weigh in on the importance of testing. Michael Connors


that they are a good student, getting a bad grade might motivate them to learn the subject better. But if it’s a teenager that gets bad grades often and just gets another one, then it’s not going to motivate them to get better.

Is a grading system in schools necessary?

What do you think of the Chinese testing system?

Augustin: It gives a checkpoint system to show where students are at, and I think that’s pretty important.

Annabelle: It seems way too harsh. I know some Chinese students and they study, like, a lot. They spend their entire weekends and free time studying because they know the teachers will yell at them if they don’t. I think there is so much pressure and it’s not necessarily a good thing for them.

Phoebe: I think grading makes us know where we stand on a scale. Hannah: We need to know where we stand, where to improve and see if we are improving.

Are exams a good measure of intelligence? Hannah: They put a lot of pressure on children to get good scores. I think there can be some odd mistakes made, like you forgot an equation. I think they should spread out your mark more then they do, rather than just one big exam in front of you. Phoebe: It just gives us a lot of pressure. A few weeks, a few days before the exam, people tense up. They cram and they don’t sleep a lot – it’s bad for your health. Teachers put a lot of pressure on [testing] because teachers are graded by how well their students do. Augustin: Tests are a useful tool in an education system, but they can be used incorrectly. I think if students were encouraged to study on a daily basis instead of right before [the exam], then exams would be useful because they would show what students actually know and not what they can memorize in two nights.

How do you think students would perform in a school with no grading? Annabelle: If the school lays out certain rules and if the teachers still encourage the students to do better – or give them a little push in the right direction – then I think a system without grades can work. It gives [students] more opportunity to improve rather than being disheartened by bad grades. Hannah: If there was no sense of a grading system there’d be no sense of direction – of what is right and wrong. The educational system would probably fail.

How do students react to a bad grade? Annabelle: I think it depends on the student. If a student considers

Hannah: I think it definitely depends on the parents. A lot of teachers tell us to bring our tests back to our parents to be signed. If the parents have a negative view on the test they might look down on the child. Therefore, the child will feel more insecure. But if they do good, their parents might reward them.

Phoebe: I was actually in the Chinese system so I kind of know. It’s not all that different. It’s just a matter of getting used to it really. Hannah: I think the Chinese educational system is good for some children because it pushes their limits and brings out the best that they can be. It’s good for child development because it kind of prepares them for the real world, which is important for adulthood and finding a job.

Do you think there’s a big difference between an A and a B student? Phoebe: Your grade does not show everything about you. Maybe you’re just weak at studying, or maybe you just do badly at art. Annabelle: I think B students get just as much out of school as any A student does, but maybe they can’t be bothered to do the work that’s necessary to get a good grade.

Are there any subjects you think shouldn’t require grades? Annabelle: I don’t think artistic students should have a grading system and it’s not because I don’t do well! It’s because one person might see what they’ve done in one way, while the teacher will see it in another way, so it’s unfair. Phoebe: I think the language subjects and the art subjects shouldn’t be graded at all. I think [grading] art is more of an opinion. You can’t really say – well, unless you totally like screwed up the painting, “Oh, this is a bad painting.” Augustin: I think there definitely is a subjective side to the arts. But I think the way we are graded in our school is really good. The teachers don’t grade us on whether they like it, or the quality of our art, but grade it on the effort put in and I think that’s what it should be.

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Parenting Spotlight

From top left (counter-clockwise): Eugene Ling, Katherine Tsen, Amelia Zhang, Ernest Li, Heather Budimilia, Chloe Xsia, Dan Zhang, Helen Leung

United They Stand The scoop on Beijing’s only multi-school student magazine by Christopher Lay


n a beautiful Sunday in late March, while the trees were starting to bloom and most sane people were out in the city’s parks enjoying the season of renewal, 20 or so high school students – a cross section of Beijing’s international schools – crammed themselves into a stuffy, windowless conference room to hammer out the details of the next UNIT-E magazine. Fueled by spent plates of giant waffles and mugs of caffeine-laced beverages, this all-volunteer student crew forsook their free time to ensure that the latest issue reached production and that the precious few 1,000 copies of UNIT-E got to those schools fortunate enough to receive them. Co-founder and editor-in-chief Katherine Tsen, a senior at the



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International School of Beijing (ISB), explained that they don’t have nearly enough copies to meet demand. “At ISB, if I put out 200 copies in the morning, they are gone by the next day. All I can do is send people to the website.” Tsen added, “I’m always surprised that people want to read the magazine and use the articles.” If you don’t attend high school, it’s not surprising that you’ve never heard of this in-demand publication. UNIT-E was first published one year ago, after two students at Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) had the idea of a publication that connects international school students. Not just their school or a few schools, but all of the schools. Co-founders Amelia Zhang and Ernest Li (now seniors at BWYA) could have

A selection of UNIT-E’s past cover designs

created a page on Facebook, started a website, or tried a host of other options that would have been far simpler to accomplish, but instead, they settled on the idea of a non-profit magazine dedicated to helping students reach their potential while providing a means of communication for the Beijing international student community. Not satisfied with just a magazine, they also decided to plow any profits from the upstart publication into a school for migrant workers’ children where UNIT-E staff and readers are also encouraged to volunteer their time. Considering how busy Beijing’s high school students are with classes, homework and afterschool activities, it would not have been unusual for the idea to fizzle. Instead, the UNIT-E team has continued to grow and develop with each hurdle that they have faced. Zhang explained that since they produced their first issue in May of 2010, UNIT-E has involved around 70 students, 30 of whom are regularly active. Amid those involved is a dedicated core team of nine who ensure that the content, advertising, finances and distribution happen on time. Well, nearly on time. Tsen has had to use some extreme measures to get content written by even her own editorial staff, going so far as to have a mutual friend contact a column editor who was avoiding a deadline and not picking up her phone. Like any seasoned editor, Tsen has learned to pad her deadlines and have contingency plans if someone fails to deliver on a story. Despite the trials of filling the content of each issue, both Tsen and Zhang agree that the biggest hurdle they face is an ongoing financial one. “In the beginning, we went to Lucky Street and talked to the managers and asked them if they wanted to advertise in our magazine. Of course, none of them did, but we learned a lot from those encounters,” says Zhang. They went home, created an advertising pack, worked on their sales pitches and eventually landed their first sponsor. Zhang’s school, BWYA has also been a regular sponsor, but the financial cost of even an all-volunteer publication with a mere print run of 1,000 is still substantial. Zhang explained that until they got their marketing collateral down pat, they would play rock-paper-scissors to decide who was going to make cold calls to potential advertisers. One student got so good at selling ad space that a business owner accused him of not being part of a student magazine and of trying to swindle money out of her company.

Simply getting a magazine published is already a bigger feat than most high school students would contemplate, but the UNIT-E founders didn’t stop there. They believe that the international student community in Beijing should not merely be cultural interlopers, but should also be involved in contributing to society. Consequently, the decision was made to help fund the school for migrant workers’ children in Shunyi. Since money alone does not solve problems (and the magazine has little of it), they also began volunteering their time to help tutor the kids. For many of the volunteers, the experience has been rewarding, but it is a challenge to get downtown students to commit to traveling to Shunyi on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the goal of supporting the school has taken longer to develop as the needs of the magazine itself command the lion’s share of the team’s resources. But things continue to improve and Zhang and Tsen foresee a time when UNIT-E will be able to increase its distribution, bring on more sponsors and raise more funds for the school. Zhang would like to expand the printing to at least 5,000 copies. Tsen explained that a print run of 5,000 is the lowest number of copies most advertisers are willing to purchase advertising space in. The problem is that the magazine cannot afford to expand printing yet, so for now they are still working on reaching that goal. “We also have thought about taking the magazine to other cities in China, but for now we are focused on Beijing,” adds Zhang. The other hurdle fast approaching the founders is one of succession. Zhang, Tsen and Li will all graduate soon and are already making plans for life beyond high school. Within the dedicated core members of the UNIT-E staff, the next editor-in-chief has been identified, but the founders still need to decide how to delegate the tasks and responsibilities that they have been managing until now. They are still looking for those talented and dedicated souls that will take the baton and keep clearing hurdles as UNIT-E continues its goal of uniting to empower; a goal they have managed without any adult supervision.

Tsen has had to use some extreme measures to get content written

UNIT-E is available at YCIS, Harrow, Dulwich, ISB, WAB, BWYA, ISS, Huijia, BISS, BCIS, BSB, CIS and IAB. Contact editors-in-chief Eugene Ling and Katherine Tsen and sales executive Jun Ting at

May 2011



Meet the Man In Motion Rick Hansen returns to the Great Wall by Charlotte Moreau

“You can believe that anything is possible, but not everything”

Rick Hansen on the Great Wall, circa 1986


o describe Rick Hansen as larger-than-life would not be an overstatement. At the age of 15, Hansen sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) in a car crash, paralyzing him from the waist down. Not one to let disability hamper his dream of being a professional athlete, Hansen underwent months of rehabilitation and went on to win 19 international wheelchair marathons, including six medals as a Paralympian. In 1985, at the age of 27, Vancouver native Hansen took his Man In Motion World Tour (MIMWT) through 34 countries, including China, where he famously traveled across the Great Wall. The MIMWT led to the establishment of the Rick Hansen Foundation, which has generated over USD 200 million for quality of life projects, awareness programs and SCI research. As part of the MIMWT’s 25th anniversary, Hansen took a group of Western Academy of Beijing students and teachers to the same spot on the Great Wall that he wheeled across decades earlier. beijingkids met with the man who doesn’t give up to find out what keeps him motivated. What was it like interacting with some of Beijing’s international students? The insight that they have! Questions as profound as “Would you walk again if you had the choice to do it?” Wow. I also had a 10-year-old ask me on the Wall yesterday, “If the accident hadn’t happened, I wonder what would have happened to your life. It probably wouldn’t have been as enriched, would you think so?” And then he said, “It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you.” This from a 10-year-old who looks me straight in the eye.



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You famously traveled across the Great Wall during your MIMWT, 25 years ago. What was your experience of China back then? Back then, coming to China was a milestone. I’d been on the road quite a while and had moments of success but was wondering if my journey was going to have a lasting impact. When I came here, China opened up. People were so supportive and encouraging and it truly was inspirational – transformational in many ways. At a time when a foreigner wasn’t usually accepted or allowed to come in [to the country], to meet people like Deng Pufang, son of the Chairman at the time, and see his legacy unfold over 25 years. Being on the Wall was also a profound moment because it was such a struggle getting up to the Wall, wheeling to the highest point and then to be there with the kids, to be there with my team and share it – it was very special. It was really neat yesterday to be back up there again and seeing the changes – a Wall that now has a wheelchair accessible ramp and mini lift, and that people with disabilities are going up there on a regular basis. It’s really neat. How has China’s perception of disabled people changed since then? If you think about the things that have happened: [China has] invented rights for people with disabilities, they’ve started to create a new infrastructure, and there are more levels of accessibility. There have been some very significant movements like hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2008. I think there’s been a very significant change in China and it’s an encouragement because there are 80 million

Parenting Close Up

Rick Hansen on the Wall, surrounded by WAB students

people with disabilities here – it’s a massive number and a huge challenge. They have a long way to go, and so do other countries around the world, but it’s progress. What do you hope to achieve during this China tour? I’d like to say “Thank you,” express my gratitude for the original journey, and recognize local champions – individuals and organizations who have made amazing differences in that long journey. And then, sign agreements and form partnerships for the future: to create a global network of collaborators for a cure for SCI and for accessibility. Nothing seems impossible or insurmountable for you. What’s your secret? To me, it’s about growth – constantly learning and stretching myself. Not being afraid to make errors and learn from mistakes. The bigger the goal, the bigger and more capable the team needs to be. If you want to continue to set the bar higher and expand the scope of your vision, then you also need to learn and grow – and every day is a chance. You have three daughters. What do you hope they’ll learn from your achievements? I’m incredibly honored. Actually, my oldest daughter is here in China with me. She’s 21 and has finished her first year at university. She’s been traveling the world modeling. She wanted to learn a little bit more about what we do and will be traveling to Hong Kong and Shanghai, after Beijing. So your kids are actively involved in the things that you do … Well, I’m involved in what they do, for sure, because I’m their father and I’m also their coach in a lot of sports. They know me as Dad, and they know a little bit about my story. We try not to over-present it in their life because we want them to find their own path. If they want to come and join my path that’s great; if they don’t, I’m as proud as ever because I know they’re going to find their way. How do you manage your foundation, your athletics and your family? You have to balance. I can’t say it’s always been perfect. I’ve sometimes had to hit the wall to know where the line is, but I’ve really focused on establishing what my priorities are: it’s health first, then family, then it’s my work. And I’ve learned that the hard way. I’ve recognized that if you want to be there for your family you need to take care of

yourself. If you’re not healthy it can all fall apart so quickly. Being there for your family isn’t just about talking about it; it’s embedding [family] into your life and your schedule. My assistant works with my wife and myself, and the three of us are constantly engaged in ensuring I can be there [for my family]. One of your passions is funding and bringing awareness to SCI research. What developments can you see in this area in the near future? In the last 25 years there’s been a shift from 30 percent chance of recovery, or any kind of recovery like improved sensation, to now 70 percent. So 70 percent of people who have had a spinal injury, if they are treated in the most effective way, have some kind of recovery. Neuroprotective strategies will be coming down the pipeline over the next ten years, which means more newly injured will walk. For neuroregeneration, there are all kinds of cell replacement strategies that are offering new hope. There are even biotech solutions that are being considered as well. We’ve also proven that the spinal cord actually can re-grow. The biggest hope for me is that we see research and clinical sites around the world work together. That’s one of our big strategies – to create a global clinical trial platform, with 100 sites around the world. Finally, if you could offer one piece of advice to people who dream big, what would it be? The big thing that I’ve been taught is that you can believe that anything is possible, but not everything. The key is focus, hard work, and making sure you surround yourself with a great team. And follow your heart: If you’re not aligned with the things that you care deeply about, chances are you’ll probably find a reason to quit. That’s where your strength often comes from: aligning your goals with your passion. Every time I haven’t done that [I ask myself] why did I end up failing or quitting at this juncture? It’s usually because I’ve been living an old dream. Like when I came back from the Tour, I wanted to regain my world title in wheelchair marathoning. Here’s a guy who’s wheeled around the world and showed ultimate determination, and I couldn’t even finish a workout in preparation for my return. It wasn’t because my motivation and strength had disappeared, but because it wasn’t aligned [with my dream] anymore.

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May 2011



Parenting Alternate Routes

DIY Education Taking your children’s schooling into your own hands The best part of DIY schooling in China is, well, China

by Jennifer Ambrose




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As with any DIY project, it’s good to know when to call in a professional. Myles’ interest in drawing and painting has long since surpassed my own capabilities. It’s been amazing to me, someone with little artistic ability, to watch how he flourishes under the right teacher’s guidance. His Chinese-language instruction, too, I have outsourced to a tutor a few evenings a week. He won’t achieve fluency at the same rate as if he were at a local school, but his interest is piqued. The important thing is that he wants to learn. And sometimes that is half the battle.

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


f all the unconventional paths our family has followed these past few years, none have been as much work, and yet as rewarding, as our decision to DIY our children’s education. It wasn’t our original plan, but not much about our life in China has been. I was not opposed to home-schooling when we first started discussing it. I have several friends in the US who home-school, some of whom have even written books about it. I always thought that we would give it due consideration, and then conveniently discern it was not for us. That was, however, not what happened. Our relocation to this remote corner of Beijing left us unable to access many of the educational choices other foreigners have. Most international schools are far away, and local schools are unable to accommodate our holiday schedules. The next logical option was home-schooling. After taking this first step, we had to confront an overwhelming number of curricula choices. A packaged curriculum would have been easier, but we elected to DIY. In pursuing our own course of study, we have found ourselves tasked with every minute detail. I was dumbfounded to discover that there are so many competing educational theories behind spelling lists, and that for penmanship there is apparently a point of no return after crossing the Zaner-Bloser/D’Nealian divide. Beyond the minutiae, though, it has been a fascinating challenge. Home-schooling is so well-established in the US that many museums, zoos, and even parks have regular programs specifically for these students. Beijing certainly has these attractions in abundance, but there has not been a push for similar programs. So, we designed them ourselves. We take what could otherwise be a tourist visit and transform it into a school lesson. For instance, another home-schooling mom and I have escorted our children to a few museums in the city. Rather than just walk them through the exhibits, we encourage them to break out their sketchbooks and take their time to study and draw. Of course, the best part of DIY schooling in China is, well, China. Even if Myles were enrolled in a conventional school, our family would want to take advantage of every travel opportunity. Home-schooling allows us greater flexibility. If my husband has a mid-week business trip, we can accompany him without worrying about missed school days. We have also connected with other DIY-schooling families to take field trips outside of Beijing. Last fall, a group of us went to the Yizhou Fossil and Geology Park in Liaoning province for a few days. Digging for fossils in a real dinosaur quarry was, for parents and kids alike, an unparalleled experience.

Parenting Beijing Baba

The Trouble With Tu Zi A rabbit by any other name by Gareth Jones



he size 50 shoes of Martin Adams, the previous occupant of this column, are ample ones to fill. Indeed, as I looked under my desk at my stubby little 42s, I feared they may struggle in their quest to tread the same track. Inspiration arose however, when noticing the gnawed edges of these leather shoes. Their assailant goes by the name of Zoudi, Xiaobai (Little White) or simply Rabbit, depending on whom in the Jones/Wong household you talk to. I hope that by presenting the plight of this four legged, diminutive destroyer and latest addition to my clan, that I might be able to introduce to you four of Sanyuan Qiao’s slightly more upright residents. My wife, Xiao Qing and I had had the conversation, and decided getting a pet was a bad idea for all of the obvious reasons. Who knows when we might go back home for good and what about when we make the annual pilgrimage to the UK to see my parents? We agreed that while leaving a fuzzy creature alone with just a can opener, while sporting, was ultimately inhumane. And thus the pet debate was put to bed. I awoke late the following Saturday. Upon opening the bedroom door and pawing at my eyes still half filled with sleep, I immediately saw that, as is almost always the case, I had been ignored. A seemingly lovable ball of snowy fluff with added antennae was cowering in a corner under a chair, just out of the reach of 3-year-old Elin (aka Hua Yang). Six-year-old Ariana (aka Hua Rong) rushed to inform me that while this wasn’t the dog that she’d actually wanted, this was “good practice for a proper pet in case Elin kills it.” Ariana then explained that she’d christened the rabbit “Zoudi.” I inquired whether this was due to the fact that rabbits walk on the ground (走地) before being quickly chastised for a) getting my tones wrong and b) forgetting that since most Western names don’t have meaning, “It’s not fair to make all Chinese names have one too, silly.” And so, Xiao Qing and her daughters spent the morning idyllically, stroking and chasing Zoudi, impervious to the pellets she offered up at a rate more regular than an M&M production line. Ariana swore (and then quickly forgot) that she would “take responsibility,” a buzz phrase in school at present. Equally cute was Zoudi’s tendency to nibble at socks, chair legs and school bags. As I lumbered to the kitchen to make myself a coffee, I heard the crescendo of giggling from my three girls followed by the familiar collective sigh, “Silly Baba.” It is often the case that I find Ayi to be my closet ally and as I poured the hot water upon my instant granules. Noticing my distress, she nudged me, adding in all seriousness, that in three months time Rabbit would make a lovely meal. While tempting as it is to eat one’s adversaries, I find myself now secretly wishing that my Cantonese wife will fulfill the stereotype of southerners eating anything with four legs except the table, and take care of this problem for me. Relations hit a temporary low last week when Little White adorably urinated all over the sockets connected to our desktop computer, rendering it unusable, and until now, irreparable. Somehow Zoudi managed to get the girls back on side, leaving me to accept that the creature that seems hell bent on eating its way through all of the fixtures in our home, is now a permanent fixture within it.

Leaving a fuzzy creature alone with just a can opener, while sporting, was ultimately inhumane Gareth Jones has lived in China for five years and teaches English, Theory of Knowledge and Thinking Skills at YCIS Beijing. When he’s not teaching, he spends his time trying to keep up with his two daughters. Gareth also runs a small health and development charity, find out more at

May 2011



Get Your Hands Dirty


s the world keeps spinning and time rolls on, we’ve learned lots of amazing new skills. But we’ve forgotten some, too. How many of us grow our own food or make our own clothes? Once considered essential to our day-to-day lives, these practices are quickly heading the way of the dodo. Sure, you can go out and buy herbs, milk and T-shirts, but sometimes it’s fun to create things from scratch, which is what this whole feature is about: making a mess, getting into the kitchen and trying something new. PHOTO: MISHKA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY



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Little Sprouts Cultivating your own herb garden by Kara Chin

Materials Pots 花盆 Soil 土壤 Plastic wrap 保鲜膜 Seeds 种子

Seeds available at Laitai Market Basil 大叶罗勒 Japanese basil (Perilla) 紫叶苏 Chinese basil 七里香 Tomato 红果番茄 Lavender 小姑娘薰衣草 Mint 意大利薄荷 Thyme 百里香 Rosemary 迷迭香 Edible sunflower 法国食用葵

DIY Tips: • With the exception of rosemary (which should not be moved), plants should be repotted into larger pots to allow the roots to grow. Frequency of repotting varies for each plant. • All seeds need plenty of water and moist soil. Also, after planting the seeds, cover the pot with plastic wrap until they sprout. • Be aware that some plants are best grown separately, while some benefit from growing in proximity of one another.


Basil Varieties: 60 Exposure: Full sun Soil: Moist Difficulty level: Easy • Requires direct sunlight and warmth. • Loves heat: Daytime temperature should be around 21°C and nighttime temperature should be above 10°C. • Requires rich soil, which should be kept moist. • Can be grown indoors and outdoors. • Feed monthly; leaves turn pale green when underfed. • Grows well with tomatoes. Use three basil plants to each tomato plant. • Repels flies and mosquitoes. • Pinch off leaves to increase the plant’s production. • Keep the plant under 15cm tall by removing leaves and stems. • Plucking leaves will also help delay blooming. Once it blooms, the leaves are not as flavorful.

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Thyme Varieties: 300 Exposure: Full sunlight Soil: Sandy, well-drained Difficulty level: Easy • Seeds can take up to 12 weeks to sprout. • If growing from the seed, wait a few months before cutting. • Avoid excess moisture, which will rot the plant. • Grows well indoors by a bright, sunny window, but may need to be relocated outside for longer harvesting. • Thrives when neglected. Poor soil and little water will actually help it grow better. • Plant near cabbage, as thyme attracts bees and deters cabbage worm. • Has a beneficial effect on plants growing nearby. • Just before the plant blooms, cut sprigs and hang them upside down to dry. Then, strip the leaves and store in a jar. • Harvest minimally during its first growing season. • In late fall, mulch the plant, but be sure to remove the mulch in the spring.

Lavender Varieties: 200 Exposure: Full sun (or partial shade) Soil: Sandy, well-drained Difficulty level: Moderately hard • Growing from seeds can be difficult. Starting with the plant or from cuttings is recommended. • Needs lots of sun and air circulation. • Generally does not need fertilizing. • Only water when the soil is dry. • Avoid heavy soil, excess water and excess humidity. • Attracts butterflies. Repels mice, ticks and moths. • Best harvested when the plant blooms. Snip the stalks at the base. • In the fall, prune the plant by one-third, which will help it grow fuller and will encourage blooming. • Needs to be repotted into a larger pot every spring.




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Mint Varieties: Thousands Exposure: Full sun (or partial shade) Soil: Slightly dry Difficulty level: Easy • Likes full, hot sun. • Water regularly and feed with fish emulsion each month. • Growing from seeds is difficult and requires dedication. It is best to start with a mint plant. • Thrives in a container. If growing outside, contain your mint plant in its own clay pot. Otherwise, it will take overtake other herbs in the garden. • Repels fleas, ants and mice. Also repels cabbage butterfly, so grow near cabbage or tomatoes. • When growing mint, keep the plant away from parsley. • Keep the soil moist until the plant is established. • Each spring, remove the stems to keep it bushy. • Towards the end of the season, prune it down to ground level and cover with compost. • Divide the plant every two to three years.


Varieties: Over 50 Exposure: Full sun Soil: Sandy, well-drained Difficulty level: Moderately hard • Start with a nursery grown plant if possible. • Plant rosemary where you intend to keep it; do not disturb the roots. • Requires full sun, good drainage and good air circulation. • Needs six to eight hours of sunlight per day. • Best grown in a clay pot. • Keep the soil moist and mist the plant twice a week with warm water. • Water only when the compost is completely dried out, keeping the soil moist but not wet. • In spring and early summer, feed the plant some compost tea. • April is the ideal time to plant rosemary outside. • It can be difficult to grow indoors. If there is no danger of frost, it’s best to move the plant outdoors. • If growing indoors, be careful the plant does not dry out in the summer.

Feature Find more gardening supplies at: B&Q 百安居 Stocks hardware and tools. Daily 8am-10pm. 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District (8776 8811) 朝阳区广渠路31号 Carrefour 家乐福

Edible Sunflower Exposure: Full sun Soil: Moist (rich, fertile) Difficulty level: Easy • Requires direct sunlight and rich, fertile soil. • Seeds can be planted as early as February and as late as April. • Plant the seeds 2.5cm deep and about 15cm apart. • Most sunflowers face east. • When the back of the bloom turns brown, it is ready to harvest. Cut the head off and rub the seeds out by hand. If the seeds are difficult to remove, they are not ready. • Keep the seeds in a paper bag and store in a dry place. • The seeds may be cooked, roasted or eaten raw. • Sunflower seeds are packed with vitamin E, iron, zinc and B vitamins. • Cooking: Mix one cup seeds with two teaspoons of vegetable oil and a teaspoon of salt. Roast in a frying pan over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes or place in an oven at 140°C.

Stocks plants, pots, tools and more. Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区广渠 路31号 (5190 9508) See directory under Supermarkets for more listings. Ikea 宜家家居 Stocks a small range of plants and pots. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号(四元 桥西北角) Imart 创意市集 Stocks pre-planted pots. Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 2275) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南 区B1楼 Liangmahe Flower Market 亮马河花卉交易市场 Stocks plants, seeds and pots. Daily 8.30am-6pm. B8 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6504 2443) 朝阳区东三环北路乙8号 Shilihe Tianjiao Wenhuacheng 十里河天娇文化城 Stocks flowers, seeds, pots, pets (rabbits, fish, birds, hamsters), and pet products. Daily 9am-5pm. Shilihe Qiao South, Dongnan Sanhuan, Chaoyang District 朝阳区东南三环十里河桥南侧

We found our supplies at:

Tianyi Market 天意市场 Stocks flowers, seeds, pots, and craft materials (ribbons, papers, scissors, glitter). Daily 7.30am-5.30pm. 1/F west bldg, 2/F east bldg, 259 Fuchengmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District (6832 9332) 西城区阜成门外大街259号


Laitai Flower Market 莱太花卉市场 Has seeds, soil and pots. Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-6.30pm. Xin Da Flower Shop, Stall 105, Aisle 7 (135 2212 3403, Chinese only). 9 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District (6463 6145) 朝阳区麦子店西路9号 Wal-Mart 沃尔玛超市 Sells full-grown mint plants, pre-planted lavender and sunflowers. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. B1/F, Block B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5960 3566) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场 B座 B1层 See directory under Supermarkets for more listings.

May 2011



To Dye For A plain tee gets a groovy splash of color by Kara Chin

DIY Tips: • Protect your clothes and hands by wearing a smock (a plastic garbage bag will do) and thick rubber gloves. • Most dyes found in Beijing are not typically used for tie-dye, so the colors will run after the first wash. • Teach your kids about mixing colors: combine red and blue dyes to create purple. • When dosing the white shirt with color, be sure the dye fills the creases. More is better here; the whites of the shirt should not be visible.

We found our supplies at:

Materials White cotton T-shirt 白色纯棉T恤 Plastic garbage bags 垃圾塑料袋 Rubber bands 橡皮筋 Rubber gloves 橡胶手套 Dye packets (1 packet per 2m of material) 直接袋色: red 红色, blue 蓝色, green 绿色 Squirt bottles 番茄酱瓶子 Salt 盐 Zip-lock plastic bag 塑料自封袋

Quanshunhang 全顺行 Sells dye packets. Daily 9am-9pm. 8 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District (136 1108 1192) 东城区五四大街8号



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Dongjiao Market 东郊市场 Sells squirt bottles Daily 8am-5pm. A12 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区西大望路甲12号

Wal-Mart 沃尔玛超市 Stocks Plain white T-shirts and household items. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. B1/F, Block B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District (5960 3566) 朝阳区 建国路93号万达广场B座 B1层 See Directory for more listings.


Difficulty level: Medium


Find other craft supplies at:

Directions 1. Before starting the tie-dye process, wash the T-shirt. 2. Cut open a few garbage bags and lay them out like a sheet, covering your intended work area. 3. Lay the T-shirt on a flat surface.

Figure A

4. For a spiral design, pinch a section in the middle of the T-shirt and twist the fabric into a spiral (it will look like a messy ball, but that’s okay). Hold the spiral in place with at least two rubber bands. For a circle design, pinch the T-shirt in the center and then twist it into a long worm shape, keeping the center of the T-shirt as the “head” of the worm (see Figure A). Wrap rubber bands in evenly spaced sections down the length of the “worm” (see Figure B). Search online for other funky tie-dye designs. 5. Wearing gloves, carefully prepare the dye in a squirt bottle. Combining the dye with hot water and 50g of salt.

Figure B

6. When the dyes are ready, squirt them oneby-one onto the T-shirt. Start with the lightest color before moving on to the darker ones. 7. Make sure the T-shirt is thoroughly covered with dye and make sure you get dye in the folds of the shirt (see Figure C). 8. Place the dyed shirt in a re-sealable zip-lock bag and let it sit for at least an hour. This will help the colors set. 9. Next, take the T-shirt out and lay it flat on a clean plastic garbage bag. Let the shirt dry, avoiding direct sunlight. The drying process takes around one day. 10. Once the T-shirt is dry – setting the dye into the cotton – you’ll need to wash it again. The colors may bleed during the first few washes, so hand washing or washing separately is recommended. The first wash should be done in cold water.

Figure C

Daxin Fangzhi 大新纺织 Stocks fabric and ribbons. Daily 9am-8pm. 251 Chaoyangmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District (southwest corner of Dongsi crossroad) (6559 7584) 东城区朝 阳门内大街251号(东四十字路口西南角) Dongjiao Market 东郊市场 Stocks construction and craft materials, as well as kitchenware, clothing and food. Daily 8am-5pm. A12 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区西大望路甲12号 Gehua Baihua Art Equipment Store 歌华百花美术用品店 Stocks paint, dye, and other art supplies. Summer: daily 9am-5.30pm. Winter: daily 9am-6.30pm. 12 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District (6513 3177) 东城区五四大街12号

Hobby Town 合璧堂 Stocks DIY materials, tools and clothing. Daily 10am-10pm. Stall 10, B1/F, Joy City, Xidan, Xicheng District 西城区西单大悦城 B1层10室 (5970 4778) Hongzhong Art Equipment Store 红中美术用品商店 Stocks dye and art supplies. Daily 9am-9pm. 9 Meishuguan Dongjie, Dongcheng District 东城区美术馆东街9号 Jinwuxing City 金五星百货城 Stocks craft supplies (visit hall 3), construction materials, clothes and food. Daily 8.30am-6pm. Xueyuannan Lu (next to Dazhong Si Subway Station) 海淀区学 院南路(近大钟寺地铁站) Tianyu Market 天宇小商品批发市场 Stocks craft materials such as ribbon, glitter and colored paper. Daily 9am-6pm. 10 Tuanjiehu Dongli, Chaoyang District (8598 9292, 8598 9422) 朝阳区团结湖路东里10号 Wantong Market 万通商城 Stocks craft materials such as ribbon and paper. Daily 9am-8.30pm. 2/F, 2 Fuchengmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District (6858 8145) 西城区 阜成门外大街2号 2楼

11. After your T-shirt has had its inaugural wash, it’s now ready to wear!

May 2011



Soy Good For You A healthy, lactose-free alternative by Imogen Kandel



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Ty Ahdieh (5) substitutes milk for soy with his Oreos

Soy Milk makes 1lt Difficulty level: Easy Ingredients 150g whole soy beans, 150克黄豆 2lt water, 2升水 Salt or sugar (optional) 盐或糖(可选) Materials Mixing bowl 搅拌碗 Blender 搅拌机 Cheese cloth or mesh bag 白纱布或者网纱袋 Large pot 大锅

DIY Tips: • Don’t take your eyes off the pot as it will bubble and overflow very quickly if you’re not careful. • Instead of using salt or sugar to flavor your soy milk, try vanilla extract or high quality maple syrup. • Okara (the bean pulp that’s left after you’ve strained the soy milk) can be used as a flour substitute in bread and cake recipes. Simply spread it evenly on a baking tray, heat in an oven on low for 15 to 20 minutes. Once it’s completely dry, give the okara a whiz in the blender then store in a dry place to use next time. Alternatively, add a cup of okara to your smoothie – you won’t even notice it’s there but your body will thank you for it.

Directions 1. Clean the soy beans by placing them under running water, ensuring any loose hulls have been washed away. 2. Put the clean soy beans in a mixing bowl, cover with water and leave to soak overnight (10 to 16 hours). 3. If you don’t like the beany flavor of fresh soy milk, place your soaked soy beans in the microwave and heat on high for two minutes. This step is optional. 4. Place the soaked soy beans and 1lt of water together in a blender and grind until it forms a slurry. 5. Put the slurry into a large pot and boil for ten minutes, stirring constantly. Lower the

heat and let it simmer for another ten to 15 minutes. Keep stirring. 6. If you like flavored soy milk, now’s the time to add either salt or sugar. 7. Pour the mixture through a cheese cloth or mesh bag. We opted for a Japanese brand of mesh bag normally used for garbage disposal units – they have a handy elastic rim that you can stretch over the mouth of a jug. Just make sure your soy mixture has cooled for a few minutes, as you shouldn’t put anything over 120°C into this particular brand of bag. 8. You now have fresh, hot soy milk and soy bean pulp called okara. 9. Keep the soy milk refrigerated. It will stay fresh up to three days.

We found our supplies at: Enjoy Easy 一伍一拾 Sells Japanese brand mesh bags. Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, Legend Center, 20 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (4008 867 867) 朝阳区东三环中路20号乐成中心地下一层 World Health Store 世界健康品店 Sells glass blenders. See Directory for listing. Carrefour 家乐福 Sells organic and regular soy beans. See Directory for listing. We didn’t add sugar to our soy milk, that’s what the cookies are for!

May 2011



Butter ’em Up An easy old school favorite by Imogen Kandel

Directions 1. Pour the whipping cream into the blender. 2. Blend on high until the cream starts to form peaks (this is whipped cream). Turn the blender down to medium and keep blending. 3. You should start to see the cream separating into yellow clumps on the top and liquid at the bottom (this is butter milk). 4. Once the cream has separated into butter milk and butter, stop blending and leave to rest for a minute.

We found our supplies at: Jenny Lou’s 婕妮璐 Sells whipping cream and salt. See Directory for listing. World Health Store 世界健康品店 Sells glass blenders. See Directory for listing. Carrefour 家乐福 Sells household items. See Directory for listing.

5. Drain the butter milk away.

Butter Makes 1 tub (the amount of cream you use will result in an equal amount of butter) Difficulty level: Easy Ingredients 1 tub double cream, room temperature 全脂忌廉奶油,室温 ½ tsp sea salt (optional) 半茶匙海盐(可选) Iced water 冰水 Materials Blender 搅拌机 Large wooden spoon 大木勺 Bowl 晚 Cling wrap 保鲜膜

6. You now need to wash the butter. Add some iced water to the butter and blend for one minute. Drain the water from the butter and repeat this process until the water comes away clear – this means there’s no more butter milk left. 7. Decant the butter into a bowl and use a cold wooden spoon and your hands (making sure they’re as cold as possible) to press out any remaining liquid. 8. If you’d like to salt or flavor the butter, do it now. Make sure you mix any additional ingredients evenly.

DIY Tips: • Don’t throw away the butter milk! It can be used in many recipes. Try replacing standard milk with butter milk when making your next batch of pancakes. You can also drink butter milk; it’s more easily digestible than whole milk and has less fat. • It’s very important that you get as much butter milk out as possible because it causes butter to turn rancid. • For herbed butter, use around 2 tbsp of dried herbs per ½ cup of butter. Try dried basil, parsley, tarragon or crushed rosemary.

9. To shape the butter, place it onto a sheet of cling wrap and roll it into a log. Keep refrigerated.




May 2011

Get Cultured Make sugar-free yogurt from scratch


by Imogen Kandel

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Yogurt Makes 1lt Difficulty level: Hard Ingredients 1lt milk, room temperature (fat free milk is fine but avoid UHT) 一升牛奶,室温 3tbs plain yogurt, room temperature 3茶匙酸奶,室温

Materials 8lt pot, 8 升的锅 4lt pot with lid, 4 升带盖得锅 Metal or plastic spoon 不锈钢或者塑料勺 Dial thermometer with clip 带挂钩的刻度盘温 度计 Electric heating pad 电热小毯子 Large bowl 大碗

Directions 1. Create a water jacket by placing the small pot inside the larger one. from the cold water. Fill the large pot with water until it reaches half way up the side of the 11. Stir the milk to make sure the starter yogurt is distributed evenly. small pot. 12. Put the heating pad on a heat-proof surface and set it to medium. Place the pot on top of the heating pad. We cheated and used a Japanese brand of heating pad normally used for muscle aches. The pads reach 53°C and last for 12 hours. They weren’t entirely effective and required us to leave the yogurt out much, much longer in order for it to cultivate. Stick to electric heating pads. An electric blanket would 3. Once the water has boiled, take the small pot off of the top of the also work, but be careful. larger one and fish out the spoon and the thermometer. 13. Put the lid on the pot and cover with a towel. Leave undisturbed 4. Carefully place the smaller pot into the larger pot of boiling water. for a minimum of seven hours. 2. Sterilize all of your equipment by boiling the thermometer and spoon in the large pot of water. Sterilize the small pot at the same time by placing it upside down over the larger pot as the water boils. This step is very important as it will ensure your yogurt is free from unwanted bacteria.

5. Slowly pour your milk into the smaller pot and clip the thermometer 14. Remove the pot from the heating pad and uncover the yogurt. It should have liquid on the top – if it’s slightly green or yellow, don’t to the rim of the smaller pot. worry, this is normal. 6. Keep the water boiling until it heats the milk to 85°C. Stir constantly. For thicker yogurt, keep the milk at 85°C for 30 minutes and remember 15. Use a flat spoon or spatula and run it across the surface of the yogurt to see that milk has curdled. to keep stirring. 7. While you are waiting for the milk to reach 85°C, fill your sink about 16. Stir the yogurt vigorously to mix the curds in with the liquid. one-quarter of the way with cold water. 17. Pour the yogurt into a container with a tight fitting lid – old yogurt 8. When the milk has reached 85°C, or after it’s reached 85°C and containers work well. The yogurt will be runnier than the store bought you’ve waited 30 minutes for a thicker consistency, take the small pot variety. out of the larger one and place it carefully into the cold water. 18. Place the yogurt in the coldest part of your fridge (this is normally 9. Cool the milk to 45°C, stirring occasionally. This is the temperature at the back) and leave overnight. at which yogurt cultures reproduce themselves. 19. The yogurt should have thickened overnight and is now ready to 10. Pour the starter yogurt into the 45°C milk and remove the pot eat.



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Find other food and kitchen supplies at:

We found our supplies at: Mannings 万宁 Sells makeshift heating pads. Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, Viva Plaza, Northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao, by Fuli City, Chaoyang District (5903 7478) 朝阳区东三环双井桥东北角 Dongjiao Market 东郊市场 Sells dial thermometers. Daily 8am-5pm. Shop: Jinju No. 24-25, 12 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District (131 6109 8607, Chinese only) 朝阳区西大望路甲12号金菊厨房用品 24-25号 Jenny Lou’s 婕妮璐 Sells milk and yogurt. See Directory for listing. Carrefour 家乐福 Sells household items. See Directory for listing.

DIY Tips: • Different milks and starter yogurts work differently together. You may need to try some variations until you get a pair that provides the consistency and flavor you like. Dannon brand yogurt comes highly recommended as a starter. • Reserve 3tbs of your yogurt to use as a starter for you next batch. • Remember, there is no sugar in this yogurt so you may want to add berries or honey.

Dazhong ( Dawangqiao) 大中电器连锁店 Find soy milk makers, bread makers, juicers and electrical goods. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 200 meters west of Dawang Qiao, Jianguo Lu (across from 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 Suning (Ciyunsi) 苏宁电器 Purchase soy milk makers, juicers and electrical goods. Daily 9am-9pm. 5 Balizhuang Dongli, Chaoyang District (6557 9996) 朝阳区八里庄东里5号 Carrefour (Shuangjing) 家乐福 Stocks reasonably priced organic food, including organic soy beans. Also, find all manner of home appliances. Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District (5190 9508) 朝阳区广渠路31 See directory under Supermarkets for more listings. Gome (Shuangjing) 国美 Find electrical goods including soy milk makers and rice cookers. Daily 9am-9pm. Shungjing Qiao West, Chaoyang District (5862 3091) 朝阳区东三环双井桥西 Wal-mart 沃尔玛 This hyper-mart stocks all of the basics including organic grains and produce and home appliances. Their selection isn’t as exhaustive as one may suspect. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. B1/F, Block B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District (5960 3566) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场 B座 B1层 Fuhongyu Baking Store 府红宇烘焙店 Sells electric ovens, cheese, cake mixes, baking trays and cooking equipment. Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 718, Moma Dasha, 199 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District(8598 5803) 朝阳区朝阳北路199号摩码大厦 718室 Jiayou Zhubi 家有猪鼻 Sells electric ovens, cake mixes, baking trays and cooking equipment. This store is hard to find, but serves as the wholesale distributor to many local bakeries. Daily 8.30am-8pm. 26 Jintaili A, Jintai Lu, Chaoyang District (133 6641 8325) 朝阳区金台路金台里甲26号院 Dongjiao Market 东郊市场 The go-to market for Beijing’s high-end hotels. Here, you’ll find Egyptian cotton sheets, coffee machines, baking equipment and many Western and European favorites. Daily 8am-5pm. 12 Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区西大望 路甲12号 Ikea 宜家家居 Stocks a range of measuring cups, mixing bowls and kitchen gear. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District (800 810 5679) 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号(四元桥西北角)

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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 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. Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm, Tue-Sat 5.30-10pm. Opposite of West gate ( the 3rd gate) of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6591 8676, 美西西餐 厅, 朝阳区朝阳公园西门(3号门)对面 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 Daily 11am-late. 1/F, Langham Place, 1 Er Jing Lu, Beijing Capital International Airport (southwest of Terminal 3), Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) http://beijingairport. 朝阳区首都机场二经 路1号朗豪酒店(T3航站楼西南) Grandma’s Kitchen Tuck into hearty Yankee tucker at any of the five cozy locations of



this franchise started by an actual American Grandma. Enjoy sandwiches, burgers, steaks and shakes (banana variety known to be addic-tive). Voted “Outstanding American” and “Outstanding Family Friendly” restaurant in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 8am-10.30pm. 47-2 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2790,; 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 0103, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/6, com); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou U Center, 28 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6266 6105, com); 4) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893, com); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong (across from Beixinqiao subway exit C), Dongcheng District. (8403 9452, http:// 祖母的厨房, 1) 东城 区南池子大街47-2号; 2) 朝阳区东三环中路 39号建外SohoB座0103; 3) 海淀区成府路28号五 道口购物中心5层; 4) 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街 甲11号(友谊商店后面); 5) 东城区北新桥石雀 胡同28号(地铁五号线北新桥站C出口) 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 Let’s Burger Daily 11.30am-midnight. D101A, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5208 6036) 朝阳区三里屯 北街81号那里花园D101a Moss Coffee & Bagels Mon-Fri 7.30am10pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-10pm. 0171 (inside Cicada Hutong), Bldg C, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 3348) 摩卡咖啡, 朝阳区朝外大街乙6号 C座 0171(知了胡同内 Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill 1) Daily 7.30am11.30pm. Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu (southeast of Holiday Inn Lido), Chaoyang District. (5135 8187, 8627 3734); 2) Mon-Fri 9.30am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am11.30pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449) 彼德西餐, 1) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国 际公寓公建2号(丽都假日酒店东南边); 2) 朝 阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐部88A The Kro’s Nest Mon-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sun 10-1am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu (Opposite Renaissance Beijing Chaoyang Hotel, next to Kou Fu Ju restaurant), Chaoyang District. (8391 3131) 乌巢, 朝阳区霄云路35号(国航大 厦万丽酒店对面, 口福居旁) 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 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

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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 138-276), 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,; 2) Daily 9am-9.30pm. Bldg 2, Carrefour Shopping Center, Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District. (5172 2511, cn); 3) Daily 10am-9pm. Rm 108, Bldg 2, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 5826, beijing@awfullychocolate. 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) CCSweets Artisanal cupcakes, cakes, cookies.CC is an artist, jewelry designer,chocolatier & cakedesigner. She uses only the best gourmet, imported ingredients to make her cupcakes, cakes and cookies. CC Sweets also custom designs cupcakes, cakesand wedding cakes to order. Try their Crazy forChocolate Six-Pack, containing sixvarieties of chocolate cupcakes. Check their website for details and rotating flavors. Daily 10am-8pm. Unit 109, Bldg 11, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6973, 喜喜饼房, 朝阳区朝阳门外 大街6号新城国际11号楼109号 Cold Stone Creamery Imported from America, this ice cream haven customizes its concoctions with fruits, nuts and chocolates, all mixed on a marble slab. Many locations in major malls, including Solana, The Village, Joy City, China World Shopping Mall, Zhongguancun Shopping Center and Europlaza. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) B1/F, China World Tower 1, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 8588); 2) Shop C1-2a, Solana Shopping Park, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6058); 3) Shop 1016, Bldg C, Yansha Outlets Tower, 9 Dongsihuan (East Fourth Ring at Gongda Qiao), Chaoyang District. (8738 3266); 4) Floor M, New Gate City Mall, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6368, 8248 6358); 5) L108-109 Europlaza, Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6323); 6) B1-25 Joy City, 131A Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6399) www.coldstonecreamery. com, 酷圣 石冰淇淋, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸1座 B1层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路1号Solana蓝色港 湾C1-2a店铺; 3) 朝阳区东四环工大桥燕莎奥 特莱斯二期C座1016店铺; 4) 海淀区中关村大街 19号新中关购物中心M层; 5) 顺义区天竺镇裕 翔路99号欧陆广场L108-109; 6) 西城区西单北 大街甲131大悦城B1-25号店铺 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, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0808) 蜂鸟, 朝阳区三里屯路 11号三里屯Village北区地下1层 Comptoirs de France 1) Daily 7am8.30pm. Daily 7am-8.30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 1, Chaoyang District. (5927 7597); 2) Daily 7am-8.30pm. (opening soon) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 2, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Daily 7am8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 4) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853); 5) Daily 7am-10.30pm. Door 102, Pacific Century Place Department Store, 2A Gongti BeiLu, Chaoyang District. (6539 2005); 6) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 2/F Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 7) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 8) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 9) Daily 7am-8.30pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 10) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5480) www.comptoirsdefrance. com 法派, 1) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家 医院店; 2) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家医院 2店; 3) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓商业 5号楼1层; 4) 朝阳区幸福村中路55-1号; 5) 朝阳区工体北路甲2号盈科中心商场102单元; 6) 朝阳区来广营东路5号2楼东侧; 7) 东城区 东直门外大街35号东湖俱乐部1层; 8) 朝阳区 日坛北路4号; 9) 顺义区裕翔路99号天竺镇欧 陆广场L111室; 10) 朝阳区建国路89号华贸中 心15号楼102 Mondo Gelato Canadian brand of Italianstyle ices and gelatos for your gourmet sweet tooth. Daily 10am-10pm. B1, Huamao Shopping Center, 81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. ( http://www. php 聚乐多意大利艺术冰淇凌, 朝阳区华贸购 物中心B1 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. 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) cn 派悦坊 Romana Ice Cream Phenomenally smooth and creamy Italian gelato and sorbet made on the premises with fresh ingredients. Super-friendly staff let you try every flavor before buying (1 scoop RMB 15). Vanilla is delicately flavored, hazelnut rich, and chocolate borderline sinful 1) Daily 10am-10pm. SMM102, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6229, romana_; 2) Daily 9am-10pm. Store 146, B1/F, Beijing APM Mall, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6522 1161,; 3) Daily 9.30am-10pm. LG FF01, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 0201, 罗马娜, 1) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区1栋 广场层SMM102店; 2) 东城区王府井大街138号 新东安市场LG B-146; 3) 东城区东长安街1号 东方广场LG FF01 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


*listings in orange are new to Directories 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 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

Buffets 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 Kranzler’s This Kempinski venue’s claim to fame is their classy East-meets-West buffet, featuring a daily lunch buffet (RMB 198, plus 15% service charge), semi-open kitchens in the evenings and the Sunday Family Brunch (RMB RMB 288, includes unlimited fruit juices and soft drinks; RMB 338 includes unlimited bubbly, white or red wine and Paulaner Beer, plus 15% service charge, 11.30am-3pm) with a range of German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese specialties, as well as New Zealand oysters, live lobster, foie gras and Swiss cheese fondue. Live jazz band and the Kempinski’s Kids Club round out the offerings. Daily 6am-midnight. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 4222) RESTAURANTS%20AND%20BARS/RESTAURANTS/Pages/restaurant2.aspx 客来思乐餐 厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店1层 The Orchard An institution among residents of residents of out-of-town expat hideout Shunyi, The Orchard comes highly recommended for its affordable menu of western food and emphasis on organic produce, with ample provision for little ones making it an ideal spot for family dining. The restaurant’s remoteness from the city center lends it added appeal as a retreat from the rough and tumble of urban life (although the surrounding village of Hegezhuang, which is also home to Green T. Living and the Yin Yang Community Center, is quickly gentrifying), but does make transportation something of a headache – finding a taxi back into town can be a challenge, so come equipped with a plan. The well-known Sunday brunch (11am3pm) 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) Seasonal Tastes On Sundays from 11.30am-3pm, Seasonal Tastes hosts “Bubbalicious,” the highlights of which include a shellfish bar, luscious sushi and sashimi, Indian curries and a fresh pasta bar. There’s a fry-up counter for Brits abroad, and dim sum for Cantonese exiles. Perhaps best of all are the fresh ice creams and vast selection of desserts of all shapes and sizes, arranged like a candy store. Best of all for RMB 328 rmb + 15% service charge including soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea, RMB 368 + 15% service charge including soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea, beer and wine, or RMB 398 + 15% service charge including soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea, beer, wine and Moet & Chandon Champagne. Readers voted Bubbalicious at Taste as the co-winner of “Best Hotel Brunch” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-11pm. 2f, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环北 路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店 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 Vasco’s and Chynna FIZZtastic Brunch 5/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) 东城区王府井东8号 希尔顿北京王府井洒店5层 VIC Sofitel’s VIC (standing for “Voyage of International Cuisine”) offers virtually round-the-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. lunch buffets cost RMB 198 and dinner buffets are RMB 268 (both plus 15% service charge) from Mon-Sat, while the Magnifique Sunday Brunch goes for RMB 298 per person (plus 15% service charge, with free flow of fresh juices, French wine, international beer and soft drinks), or RMB 398 per person (with 15% service charge, with a free flow of Perrier-Jouët Champagne). 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 Mrs Shanen’s Bagels This Shunyi staple run by a Chinese-American native of Brooklyn, New York offers Beijing’s best bagels (in a variety of flavors, including jalepeno cheddar, sesame and cinnamon raisin), as well as burgers, sandwiches(served on a choice of pita, ciabatta or bagels) salads, artisan pizza, cheeses, breads, cakes, cookies, ice cream and an extensive breakfast menu. Produce and other organic products from the owner’s other venue Green Cow Farm are also available. The venue also includes a large children’s playroom is equipped with toys, kid-sized chairs and tables and an entire Chinese kitchen in miniature. Sun-

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Thu 7.30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District. (8046 4301) 单太 太贝谷面包房, 顺义区西白辛庄开发街5号 (紧 邻名都园)

Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Sanlitun Beijie (beside the Nali Mall), Chaoyang District. (6417 8084, 朝阳区三里屯北街

Nasca Cafe 10am-11pm. F/1, Great Hyatte Int’l Apt, 38 Zaoyingbeili, Chaoyang District. (6592 4537) 朝阳区枣营北里38号海悦名门 公寓1层

Brazilian Barbeque Gauchos Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm. Gate 3, inside Chaoyang Park (by the lake), 20 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8595 2661) 卡乌秀巴西烤肉, 朝阳区朝阳公 园西路20号 (朝阳公园3号门内)

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, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 4916) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区8503 The Swiss Deli Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288 ext. 2127, publicrelation. beijing 东城区潮阳门北大街2号

Catering A Food Affaire 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 CCSweets Daily 10am-8pm. Unit 109, Bldg 11, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6973, 喜 喜饼房, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际11号 楼109号 Culinary Capers With 22 years of experience, this catering company holds corporate and high end social events. They also have an exclusive one-table restaurant for taste testing. Booking needed. 44 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 5905/139 1121 1343) 朝阳区光华 路44号 Rent a German Cook German chef for hire able to create authentic German meals in your own home or office. Can cook in several regional styles and will leave your kitchen as he found it. Dishes include soups, hearty chicken, veal and beef platters, dessert pastries and authentic German alcoholic beverages. Prices range from RMB 55-120 with a total minimum spend of RMB 500 plus round trip taxi fare on top. (133 9175 9955,

Central & South American Alameda As the three-time TBJ “Restaurant of the Year,” this Sanlitun restaurant continues to dazzle with market fresh menus and innovative, modern Euro-Brazilian cuisine. Set menus for lunch and dinner. Traditional Brazilian dishes making gratifying appearances include the black bean and smoked meat stew – feijoada – served every Saturday. Voted “Best Business Lunch” in the

Brazilian Churrascos Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 1/F Crowne Plaza Park View Wuzhou, 8 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 2288 ext 6178) 巴西烤 肉, 朝阳区北四环中路8号五洲皇冠假日酒店1层 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 Bellagio See and be seen at these Taiwanese hipster eateries, perfect for late night sweet treats (shaved ice with mango, anyone?), divine claypot tofu, and the splendidly numbing Chongqing lazi ji. The Gongti branch’s compelling people-watching offers a tasty respite from a long evening of dancing at the nightspots nearby. And any place that gives all its staff a compulsory basin haircut has to be worth a visit, right? Voted “Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-4am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 9988); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. Rm 6, 5/F, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 8075); 3) Daily 11am-4am. 6 Gongti Xilu, south of the Gongti 100 Bowling Alley, Chaoyang District. (6551 3533); 4) Daily 11am-10pm. R-25 Zhongguancun Plaza, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1340); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 6F-19, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6529); 6) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Bldg 1, 16 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8476 4645); 7) Daily 11am-2am. Bldg 4, Area 2 Anhui Beili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6489 4300); 8) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5658) 鹿港小镇, 1) 朝阳区霄云 路35号; 2) 东城区东直门南大街1号5层6号; 3) 朝阳区工体西路6号(工体100南边); 4) 海淀区 中关村大街15号中关村广场商业步行街R-25号; 5) 西城区西单北大街131号6F-19号; 6) 朝阳区 广顺大街16号院1号楼1层; 7) 朝阳区亚运村安 慧北里2区4号楼(炎黄艺术馆斜对面); 8) 朝阳 区建国路87号新光天地6层 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

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Family Dining

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. (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 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 Hua Jia Yi Yuan Kids dig the excitement of Guijie, and this restaurant with two locations on the street serves up dependably delicious Beijing and Sichuan fare in a swanky setting with comfortable private rooms. Popular favorites include the spareribs, kao mantou (roasted buns) and mala xie (spicy crayfish). The west branch offers a choice between a large rowdy tarp-topped dining room with nightly acrobatic performances, or intimate courtyard merriment. 1) Daily 24 hours. 235 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6405 1908); 2) Daily 10.30am-2.30am. 5 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8407 8281/88); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 3 Dangxiao Lu, Jing’anli, Chaoyang District. (8451 8809); 4) Daily 10.30am-11pm. 5/F, West Tower, Shangdu Soho, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 3055); 5) Daily



10am-10pm. Shimao Tower, 92A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 9010) 花家怡园, 1) 东城区东直门内大街235号; 2) 东城区东直门 内大街5号; 3) 朝阳区静安里党校路3号(家乐 福对面); 4) 朝阳区东大桥路8号Soho尚都西塔 5层; 5) 朝阳区建国路甲92号世贸大厦 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 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 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 Zen5es Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30. 4/F, the Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880, 朝阳区朝阳区东三 环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

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

May 2011

Mosto Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6030) 摸石头, 朝阳 区三里屯路81号那里花园3层 The Orchard Daily noon-3pm, 6-9pm. From Jingshun Lu, turn left (west) at Shunbai Lu Intersection, (turn at the driveway just west of the Hegezhuang Village Sign), 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) 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 Seasons Caters to Shunyi residents’ wide swath of tastes with a juice bar, dining room and a Chairman Mao-themed cigar lounge. Complimentary shuttle service available. Mon-Thu 9.30am-9pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am9.30pm. W-01, Sky Place, 38 Fuqian Yijie, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8234) 时 尚之味, 顺义区天竺镇府前1街38号天韵广场 W-01店 Sureño Daily noon-3.30pm, 6-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240) 朝阳区三 里屯路11号三里屯Village瑜舍地下1层 Vineyard Cafe This hutong cafe, specializing in comfort food and comfy couches, is both hip and sensible, and their hearty English breakfasts are excellent weekend brunch fare. Good pizza and excellent beer selection. Voted “Outstanding 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 W Dine & Wine Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 22-1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie (next to Jingkelong), Dongcheng District. (6416 9838) 万杰福咖啡 厅, 东城区东直门外大街22-1

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 highgrade 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 checkered-tablecloth setting or, in season, on the curbside patio. Daily 9am-8pm. 1/F, Jiezuo Dasha, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0489, 米歇尔肉店, 朝阳区幸福村中路杰座大厦底层 Brasserie Flo Superb, if pricey, French cuisine (the chateaubriand, in particular, is outstanding, and the wine list is good). This restaurant also has a pleasant playroom for children, complete with toys, arts and crafts, and, on weekends, an ayi keeping things real. Voted “Outstanding French” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards.

Daily 11am-3pm, 5.30-11pm. Rainbow Plaza (Longbo Guangchang), 16 Dongsanhuan Beilu (south of the Great Wall Sheraton), Chaoyang District. (6595 5135/9) www.flo. cn 北京福楼餐厅, 朝阳区东三环北路16号隆 博广场二层 Cafe de la Poste Daily noon-2:30pm, 6pm12am. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 7047) 云游驿, 东城区雍和宫大街58号 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 Seasons Cafe/Creperie Madeleines are overrated; French children fill up on crepes. What’s not to like about a thin pancake wrapped around a favorite filling? And get this: You can expose your kid to art in one of the neighboring galleries before or after your meal. How’s that for a combo? Tue-Sun 10.30am-6.30pm. 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu (beside China Art Seasons), Dashanzi Art District, Chaoyang District. (8456 4823) 北京季节咖啡 店, 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号院内

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 Cafe Lakeside This casual-luxe place, serving a mixture of European and Southeast Asian fare, is versatile enough for a family meal or a romantic night by the lake. Kids will love the open kitchen and play room while the parents will love the fact that they can eat their meal in peace and quiet while keeping an eye on their kids through the surveillance screen. Great wine selection as well. CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS UNTIL MAY 2010. Daily 11.30am-10pm. 15 Luoma Dajie, Luogezhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8048 3466) 湖畔之家, 顺义 区后沙峪罗各庄罗马大街15号 Piazza Cafe On a sunny day parents can enjoy pleasant outdoor seating in the garden piazza, while the kids spend time in the well-stocked playroom. Families can expect a cozy, homey atmosphere, perfect for relaxing and enjoying a good meal while browsing books or using their free Wi-Fi. Great kid options including the Do It Yourself (DIY) margarita pizza, and avocado and cucumber roll. Healthy menu options include cucumber and carrot sticks with yogurt dip, and sautéed chicken with sweet corn and pine nuts. Daily 11am-9.30pm. South gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi District. (8046 7788/2020) 翰风餐厅, 顺义区名都园南门外

German 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. Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao


*listings in orange are new to Directories Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5732) 普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾 斯基饭店 Schindler’s Tankstelle A very traditional German restaurant, right in Ritan Park. This casual, fun eatery will appeal to the whole family, with excellent service and exceptionally kid-friendly food. Highchairs are available, but we recommend sitting outside on long benches, Bavarian beer hall-style so it doesn’t matter how much food gets on the floor. As far as the menu is concerned, it’s sausages, sausages, sausages. There are many different types that are generally healthy, low-fat and imported. 1) Daily 10ammidnight. 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) 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

Indian & Pakistani

Ganges Indian Restaurant This is a good restaurant for the gastronomically adventurous. Spicy dishes can be cooked without the heat upon request (probably a good idea for the young ones). There’s a play area with two kids’ tables and chairs, plus books and crayons mixed in with other toys. For smaller diners, there are a few highchairs available. In a nutshell, this is delicious Indian food in a comfortable environment that won’t break your budget. 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. 2/F, C-8 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0221/23) 本 杰比, 朝阳区朝阳公园路1号好运街C-8号2层 The Taj Pavilion This is a great place for a family meal and would make for a wild birthday experience for teens – a visit to the Cosmic Bowling Alley next door followed by

a classic Indian meal. Lille kids Kids unfamiliar with Indian cuisine might find certain dishes a bit too exotic, though many dishes can be prepared with less fiery spice. Try the Chicken tikka, tandoori gobi (cauliflower kebabs), or dal palak (yellow lentils cooked with spinach). As a side note, the bathrooms are located outside the restaurant in the hallway. Co-winner of “Best India/Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 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 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 Elisa’s Italian Restaurant Fine Italian dining it ain’t, but that’s part of Elisa’s appeal if you ask us – decent food, decent prices. Instead of a romantic evening à la Lady and the Tramp, you’d best save Elisa’s for a casual group of family or friends. Menu features dishes ranging from capricciosa pizza to gnocchi and saltimbocca, a patrician meal of tender grilled veal escallops with fresh Parma ham and sage. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) 100m south of the Yansha Shopping Center, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6500 6407); 2) C6, 29 Zaoying Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0291/0292) 爱丽莎意大利餐厅, 1) 朝阳区东三环北路(燕莎商场往南100米); 2) 朝阳区枣营路29号好运街C6 Il Casale Agrilandia’s restaurant serves homestyle Italian fare like pizza, lasagna, fresh pesto pasta and more for Lido residents. The bright dining room is welcoming and warm, but the food and menu is probably overdue a refresh. Daily 11am-11pm. Jiangtai Xilu at Si’de Gongyuan (opposite the Japanese International School), Chaoyang District. (6436 8778) 家园意大利餐厅, 朝阳 区将台西路四得公园(日本人国际学校对面) 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 wood-fired 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. 小意大利, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场813号 Meeting Point Airy, friendly neighborhood Italian restaurant specializes in cucina Italia with an Abruzzese touch. Suitable for dinner dates and family meals, with delivery and takeout available. Daily 11am-10pm. B103, Landgent Center, 20 Dongsanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6775 8063) 朝阳区朝阳 区东三环中路20号(双井桥)乐成中心美食 广场B103 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 10.30am10.30pm. 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) Tavola Italian Dining Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. 2/F, The Grand Summit, Section B, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Mansion, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 5068) 塔 沃拉意大利餐厅, 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马桥 外交公寓会所2层

Japanese Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Watch and listen to your food as it sizzles and cooks to your preference. Haru impresses with sleek decor and the quality of the food. Kids will be entertained by the chefs flaming hot plates, and the large portion servings mean this is a great place to spend a few extra kuai on a family night out. 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 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 11.30am2.30pm, 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. The daily lunch buffet (RMB 98, Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, RMB

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108 Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm) features over 60 kinds of dishes, ranging from eel with teriyaki sauce and tempura shrimp to sushi rolls and desserts. Children under 110 cm eat for free. Be forewarned that the different branches charge different prices for the buffet. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm,5-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 1) 1/F, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8731 9890, li_; 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 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) Tairyo Teppanyaki The “Benihana of Beijing” specializes in all-you-can eat teppenyaki (RMB 150 for lunch, RMB 168 dinner) served up by knife-wielding chefs who slice and dice everything from beef and lambchops to cod filets and shrimp in front of you. Also serves sashimi and other assorted eats. The Sanlitun venue aims for a more upscale clientele and charges RMB 198 for all-you-can-eatand-drink. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) S2-32, 3/F The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 8075, 6416 0075); 2) 15 Wanliu Zhonglu, Haidian District. (8256 6044); 3) Building E, Shenggu Jiayuan, Anzhen Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6444 8855/66); 4) 305 China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1180/1); 5) 2/F, Yaxing Mansion, Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6461 2336) http:// 大渔铁板烧, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区 三里屯路19号The Village at Sanlitun 南区,三层 S2-32; 2) 海淀区万柳中路15号; 3) 朝阳区安 贞桥胜古家园E座; 4) 朝阳区工体东路中国红街 305号; 5) 朝阳区麦子店街亚星大厦2层

Korean Ai Jiang Shan Daily 11am-10pm. North Gate of Si’de Park, 39 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8456 9511) 爱江山, 朝阳区将台西路四德公园北门 Han Na Shan Daily 10.30am-11pm. 1) 8/F Viva Shopping Mall, Fuli City, 65 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (5903 7358); 2) B118A Huamao Shopping Center, 79 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5086); 3) 8 Huayuan Donglu (near the Guo’an Theater), Haidian District. (8203 7888/6886) 汉拿山, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区 东三环中路65号富力广场8楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区 建国路79号华贸购物中心B1楼B118A号; 3) 海淀 区花园东路8号(国安剧院附近)

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

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Middle Eastern 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 11.30ammidnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) www. 入迷, 朝阳区工体北路甲1号兆 龙饭店对面

Pizza Hutong Pizza With a quaint, cozy atmosphere, this pizza joint located just off the beaten track of Houhai offers arguably the best pizza (RMB 60-120) in Beijing. The veggie burgers are also hugely popular. Daily 11am-11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District. (8322 8916) 胡同比萨, 西城区银锭 桥胡同9号 Nearby the Tree De Koninck and Hoegaarden on tap. Upstairs is a child-friendly restaurant serving pasta, pizza, sandwiches and Belgian waffles. Daily 11am-midnight (restaurant closes at 10pm). Xingfu Sancun 3 Xiang (behind Yashow, west of Tongli), Chaoyang District. (6413 1522/87) www. 树旁边酒吧, 朝阳区幸福 三村三巷三里屯南33号院内(雅秀后边同里西边)

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

Southeast Asian 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 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 Orient Kitchen 1) 10am-11pm. 3 Jinrong Jie (Across from the Financial Street Shopping Center), Xicheng District. (6622 0072); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. S4-31, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4070) 小城知味, 1) 西城区金融 街3号,金融街购物中心对面; 2) 朝阳区三里屯 路19号三里屯Village南区4号楼S4-31 The 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

Thai Baan Chokdee Authentic Thai home cooked dishes served in a comfortable, relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. Daily 10am10pm. Basement floor, Jiamao Shopping Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (6471 2638) 泰韵, 朝阳区广顺北大街33号嘉茂 购物中心地下一层 Bali Papaya Bali Papaya offers authentic Indo-Thai cuisine in a venue sporting wooden décor paired with bright colors, contemporary Gamelan music and Indonesian and Thai art. The flavors on offer are akin to the real deal - try the refreshing Thai Beef Salad with its zing of lemongrass and cilantro and the Indonesian Fried Rice set, which includes fried egg and chicken, along with tender peanut sauced chicken satay. The Thai Green Curry comes with a kick (rice, however, is not included). Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5208 6029) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那 里花园2层 Bali Thai Specialized in handling event needs, including catering meals, arrangements and decoration, and bar services. Also offers Indonesian and Thai food. Daily 11am10pm. 5/F, Raffles City Mall, 1 Dongzhimennan Dajie, Dongcheng District. http://www. 巴厘泰, 东城区东直门南大 街1号福士中心5层 Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar Thai cuisine served amongst purple hues. Books, coffee and Wi-Fi create the perfect atmosphere for a lazy afternoon. Wednesday night jazz at the China View location. Consistent winner of Best Thai/Southeast Asian in the Beijinger Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11.30pm. Opposite the north gate of the Workers’

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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 10.30am10.30pm. 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 11am-2pm, 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 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) Natural Vegetarian Lohas This large Buddhist-themed vegetarian restaurant serves mock meat renditions of pepper steak, hui guo rou (twice cooked pork), fried dumplings, papaya cake and more made from all-natural ingredients and no MSG. 14-9, District 1, Anhui Li, Chaoyang District. (6492 7559) 博味堂自然素食, 朝阳区朝阳区安慧里 1区14-9号

Family Health Directory Clinics & Hospitals 21st Century Health Care- Beijing Glory Clinic Glory Clinic was established in 1998 and offers high standard, integrative preventive health screenings and medical care in a quiet and comfortable environment. Internationally trained doctors and nurses provide care for internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, dentistry, pediatrics, ENT, immunization, ophthalmology, Traditional Chinese Medicine and specialist appointment. The health screening department offers comprehensive customized health screenings for individuals and corporate clients. Direct billing with international insurers is provided. Languages spoken: English, Japanese, Korean, German, Chinese. Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am - 6pm; 24 hour house call service. 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (84446168(English/Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) 朝阳区 亮马桥路40号 AmAsia International Medical Center Formerly known as American-Sino Hospital, AmAsia International Medical Center focuses on meeting women’s and children’s healthcare needs in a warm and relaxing environment.

AmAsia uses the latest international medical technology and is staffed by English-speaking doctors experienced in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology. Nurses and midwives also speak English and the center can provide language services in both Japanese and Russian. Provides direct billing with most major international insurance providers, as well as allowing direct payments. Daily 24hrs. 218 Xiaoguan Beili, Anwai Dajie, east of Olympic Center, Chaoyang District. (6496 8888/5151) 东方美华医院, 朝阳区 安外大街小关北里218号(奥体中心东) Amcare Women's & Children's Hospital This newly opened hospital near the Lido focuses on maternity services, women’s health and pediatrics. Foreign language support is available upon request.24-hr appointment service. 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 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 Intech Eye Hospital 15 years of eye care experience, including emergency treatment, telephone consultations, laser vision corrective surgery and preventative care. On-site shop sells frames and lenses. The VIP clinic has English-speaking staff, many trained overseas. Can direct bill to many international insurance companies. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 1,4,5/F Panjiayuan Plaza, 12 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6773 2700, customerser 英 智眼科医院, 朝阳区潘家园南里12号潘家园大 厦1,4,5层 Beijing 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, 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 New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Multilingual services are offered on a 24hr basis, consultations 9am-6pm. K-01, Building No. 19, Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊 部, 顺义区北京市顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业 中心19号楼K-01 Beijing Puhua International Clinic Beijing Puhua International Clinic is an InternationalStandard Facility, dedicated to providing the best in Western-Model Health-Care. Puhua International Clinics include Family Medicine, OB&GYN, Internal Medicine, Eye Clinic, ENT, TCM, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychological Counseling, Cosmetic and Plastic, Podiatry, Pediatric, Dental, Integrative Medicine. MonSun 9am-6pm. 54 Wusheng Beilu, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (8773 5522) www. 北京普华门诊, 朝阳区东三环 武圣北路54号 Beijing Tiantan Puhua International Hos-

Directories pital 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 checkups 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 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) MonThurs 9.30-7.30pm, 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 (Mon-Fri), 8.30am-12pm (Sat); Integrated medical service 8.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Fri). S106, 1/F, Beijing Internal Medical Center, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3) 北京国际医疗中心, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层 S106

Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system, high-level medical staff, and warm service. A 24hr helpline offers medical support in English, Chinese and Japanese, and other languages on request. A basic consultation costs USD 58. Direct billing with 14 international insurers. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm nurse on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissôtel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (65532288 ext 2345/6/7, 65023426) 北京港澳国际医 务诊所, 东城区北京港澳国际医务诊所,朝阳门 北大街2号港澳中心办公楼9层

International 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 Center-BeijingRm S106, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561) www.drmelissarodriguez. com 朝阳区朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕

莎中心写字楼1层S106 New Hope Oncology Center (Beijing United Family Hospital) Led by Dr Philip Brooks, this LEED-certified cancer center stresses an international approach and standard of treatment. Facilities include eight consultation rooms, eight comfortable areas to give chemotherapy and two other private rooms. Specializes in breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers and lung cancer, but can treat all diagnoses. Treatments include chemotherapy and biologic therapy, as well as screening, prevention, diagnoses, surgical biopsies and imaging, staging, significant surgical procedures, and they plan to introduce chemotherapy and radiation therapy regimens. The downstairs two floors will be for radiation therapy and house a linear accelerator. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Beijing United Family Hospital,9-11 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7021) 朝阳区朝阳区将 台西路9-11 Peking Union Medical College Hospital This state-run hospital has a reputable foreigners’ wing with departments including ENT, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, dental, ophthalmology and OB/GYN. Most doctors are trained overseas and speak good English. Services and medicines are much cheaper than in private clinics, but expect longer waiting times. The birthing unit is considered to be the best in any of the Chinese hospitals and is popular among expats. Registration costs RMB 100-300, and the minimum consultation fee is RMB 200. Inpatient services require a minimum deposit of RMB 10,000/day. Direct billing is available with some Asian insurance providers. Mon-Fri 8am5pm. 1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the foreigners’ wing is located behind and to the left of the main hospital entrance), Dongcheng District. (6529 5284, 24hr em, 6529 5269) 北京 协和医院, 东城区王府井帅府园1号(接待外国人 的区域在主楼的左后方) Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital A state-run hospital with a foreigners’ wing that’s very pleasant. Medical staff speak English, but don’t always have overseas training. Registration is RMB 100-300. Inpatient services require a minimum RMB 10,000 deposit. Mon-Fri 8am-noon, 1.30-5pm, Sat 8-11.30am. 24hr emergency care. Yinghua Dongjie, Heping Jie Beikou, Hepingli, Chaoyang District. (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

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comprehensive dental services including teeth cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5.30pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8562 9998, after-hours emergencies 8562 9990) 庇利积臣医疗中心, 朝 阳区日坛东路7号 Beijing International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) 北京国际SOS齿科,畸齿矫正诊所, 朝阳区新源里 16号琨莎中心一座105室 Beijing United Family Dental, Orthodontics and Implant Center Provides comprehensive dental services for families, including cleaning, crown and bridges, dental implants, fillings, tooth whitening and more. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 3960, 8532 1221, 6433 2345 Emergency) 朝阳 区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic in Shunyi is a satellite clinic of Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics. Services include: oral hygiene instruction, fissure sealant, and topical fluoride as well as restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call for appointment. The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic is located around the corner in the same shopping center as the Beijing United Family Clinic. This convenient location in Pinnacle Plaza provides high quality family-oriented dental care including preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in a modern office. Mon-Thu 9am7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 1102) cn 北京和睦家医院牙科诊所, 顺义区天竺开发 区荣祥广场818 Beijing Vista Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services including teeth cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Daily 8.30am-6pm. 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 IDC Dental Standing for International Standards, Dedicated Professionals and Compassionate Care, ICD is a multi-specialty clinic offering a broad spectrum of family and restorative dental care. Experts in cosmetic makeovers and CT-guided implant surgeries. A certified clinic with Progressive Orthodontics and Beijing’s only Western-trained root canal specialist. Multi-tier pricing. IDC is a Preferred Provider with CIGNA, Allianz, and MediLink. Open 9:30am-6:30pm MonFri 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

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, 维 世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心B29

Dentists Bayley & Jackson Medical Center Provides

IMC Dental Clinic IMC dental clinic has the longest history of any expatriate dental service in Beijing. Provides general, cosmetic and restorative treatment. English, Chinese, Russian are spoken. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1384, 6465 1328, 北京国际医疗中心 牙科诊所, 朝阳区朝阳区亮马桥路50 号燕莎中心 写字楼1层S111 Joinway Dental Clinic Provides a full range of dental services at international standards, including preventative dental care, oral and teeth treatments (such as teeth cleaning and whitening), restorative treatment and orthodontics. Daily 9am-8pm. 11D, Bldg D, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8447 6092/93,

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*listings in orange are new to Directories 132 6181 6708/139 0109 6692 English, 久汇齿科, 东城区东直门外大街48号银座大厦 D座11D

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Fine Yoga Kids’ yoga on Sundays 2-3pm. Daily 7am-9pm. Kids’ yoga on Sundays 23pm. 16/F, Tower 2, Blue Castle International Center, 3 Xi Dawang Lu,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8599 9566, 153 0008 6931) 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

Support Groups La Leche League Information and support for breastfeeding mothers. English-language meeting held the fourth Friday of every month at 1.30pm. Chinese-language meetings held the second Saturday of each month at 10.30am. The Yurt at Beijing United Family Hospital. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. Contact Liora Pearlman 139 1030 6022 朝阳区北京和睦家医院,将台路2号 Special Child Support Group This Yahoo group offers a meeting place for Beijing parents with special-needs children. Call 5130 3931 for info. ( http://groups. The Nutritioneer Nutritionist Olivia Lee helps make eating better easier for you and your family. She provides a variety of personal and group nutrition counseling and coaching services, including: Group counseling workshops, corporate wellness nutrition talks; and helping individuals and families cope with the nutritional challenges of living in Beijing through counseling, supermarket familiarization tours and ayi coaching. (1581 082 2296, 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 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 Century Sunshine Domestic Services Provides both hourly and live-in ayis; different ayis can provide different services. Englishspeaking ayis are available, although for a higher price. Price range: RMB 10-15 per hour (RMB 7-8 per hour with a yearly RMB 120 membership); live-in RMB 500-4,000 per month. (6845 4005/6871 5549, 133 6627 3898) 北京世纪阳光 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 Chabad Lubavitch of Beijing 1/F, King’s Garden Villa, 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 8238 ext 200, www.chabadbeijing. com 朝阳区霄云路18号京润水上花园1层 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.

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( 朝阳区 新源南路京城俱乐部3层 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

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. 1) 8am-9pm. 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 Carrefour French hypermarket offers a vast selection of imported wine, cheese, coffee, canned goods and much more. Wonderful variety – especially at the Guangqumenwai location – but the crowds can be thick. The Sanyuan Qiao store offers free delivery for purchases over RMB 500 – order by email 1) Daily 8.30am10.30pm. 6B Beisanhuan Donglu (beside the International Exhibition Center), Chaoyang District. (8460 1043); 2) 8.30am-10pm. 48 Jiukeshu Xilu, Tongzhou District. (5167 8911 ext.55); 3) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (5190 9508); 4) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 56A Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District. (5172 1516/7); 5) Daily 8am-10pm. 15, 2 Zone, Fangchengyuan, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District.; 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 54A Baishiqiao Lu (east of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District. (8836 2729); 7) Daily 8am-10pm. 11 Malian Dao, Xuanwu District., 家乐福, 1) 朝阳区北三环东路乙6号(中国国际 展览中心正门旁); 2) 通州区九棵树西路48号; 3) 朝阳区广渠路31号; 4) 海淀区中关村广场甲 56号; 5) 丰台区方庄芳城园二区15号; 6) 西城 区白石桥路甲54号; 7) 宣武区马连道11号 Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs … we could go on and on. 1) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District. (6533 6792); 2) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 5) Daily 8am-midnight.

4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 7) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) php?gOo=Jenny.dwt 婕妮璐, 1) 朝阳区朝阳 区新城国际17号楼101; 2) 朝阳区来广营东路 和平医院对面; 3) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 Soho4号楼; 4) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所里; 5) 朝阳 区日坛北路4号(芳草地小学对面); 6) 朝阳区 三里屯北小街6号; 7) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧 Lohao City 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. 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 Sanyuanli Market Daily 5am-7pm. Shunyuan Jie (opposite Jingkelong Supermarket, west of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. 三 源里市场, 朝阳区顺源街(三元东桥往西京客 隆超市对面) Wal-Mart The big box retailer you know and love (or know and hate). Drum up a little odium as you cruise the uncharacteristically wide aisles looking for low, low prices on home decorating items along with groceries, clothing, electronics, sporting goods and more. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. 1) B1-2/F A48 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (5873 3666); 2) Fuzhuohuayuan Plaza, Xuanwai Dajie, Xuanwu District. (6316 8905); 3) B1/F, Block B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (5960 3566) 沃尔玛超市, 1) 海淀 区知春路甲48号地下1-2层; 2) 宣武区宣外大 街富卓花园广场; 3) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广 场B座 B1层 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) Unit 104, Tower B, Bldg 3, Hou Xiandai Cheng, BaiziwanLu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8776 6346, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies)); 2) Shop LB05, Euro Plaza,99 Yu Xiang Lu, Shunyi District, Shunyi


*listings in orange are new to Directories District. (8046 2886, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies)) 思威(北京) 国际动物医院有限公司, 1) 朝阳区百子湾路后 现代城3栋B座104底商; 2) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇 裕祥路99号欧陆广场LB05 International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) ICVS is a professionally managed and affordable full service international standard animal hospital and pet care facility. All doctors are legally licensed in the PRC. Services include internal medicine, hospitalization, spay/neuter, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, dentistry, dermatology, blood tests, laboratory diagnostics, X-rays, ultrasound, legal vaccinations, prescription pet foods, behavior counseling and obedience training, import/export advice, pet adoption counseling and more. Boarding kennel, grooming salon, SAFE pet foods & pet shop available. All services in Mandarin and English. Licensed rabies vaccinations for export. Mon-Sat 8am8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment). Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou (shares a courtyard with China Culture Center), Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/1940/1941, www.ICVSASIA. com 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. The hotel also offers an on-site health club, heated indoor pool, a full-service spa, and your choice of five restaurants in the middle of China’s Chaoyang CBD. 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) com/hotels/travel/bjses-beijing-marriotthotel-northeast/ 朝阳区霄云路甲26号海航大 厦万豪酒店 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. While eleven villas – with fanciful names like “Bamboo Wall” – may only be rented in full, 190 rooms and suites are also available. Before a day of hiking, parents can drop off their kids at the Commune of the Children, which offers full- and half-day programs featuring swimming, storytelling, crafts and more (RMB 150-290). 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 Crowne Plaza Hotel Chaoyang U-Town Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U Town boasts over 3000 square meters of flexible event space with 11 fully-equipped meeting rooms, including the Crowne ballroom with 1,029 square meters of space. OPENING JANUARY, 2011. 3 Sanfeng Beili, U-Town, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5909 6688, 400 886 2255) http://www. pegut?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/cp/1/en/hotelsearchresults 北京朝阳悠唐皇冠假日酒店, 朝阳 区朝阳区三丰北里3号 Hilton Beijing Located along the east Third Ring Road, the Hilton Beijing offers easy access to Sanlitun, the CBD and the embassy district, as well as the Airport Expressway. Also has five restaurants and bars, including Pan-Asian cooking at Elements restaurant, contemporary American cuisine in One East or creative cocktails in Zeta Bar. Daily 24hrs.. 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000) http://www1. 北京希尔顿酒店, 朝阳区 东三环北路东方路1号

Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Just minutes after clearing Customs you could be taking a snooze in your room, attending a business meeting or relaxing in the spa. Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District. (6458 8888) http://www1. 朝阳区北京首 都机场三号航站楼 Hilton Beijing Wangfujing Treat yourself to a holistic massage in the hotel’s Spa, swim laps of the rooftop pool or work out in the fitness 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. 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 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. 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. 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 dining options, including Ming Court and Fuel Bar and Grill; a location just one minute from Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3; a 24-hour gym and cardio studio; 22 function rooms, including a ballroom and various multi-purpose rooms; and the 24-hour private Club L Lounge. 1 Er Jing Lu, Terminal 3 Capital International Airport, Shunyi District. (6457 5555) Peninsula Beijing Located near Wangfujing and Tian’anmen Square, this award-winning hotel has rooms with hardwood floors, Chinese rugs, elegant furniture and 42-inch plasma TVs. Its fusion cuisine and funky open-plan design have won Jing, one of the hotel’s restaurants, favorable reviews. The Peninsula’s shopping arcade is home to such fashion royalty as Dior, Chanel and Hermes. The hotel can also arrange hutong tours with a Tsinghua University professor and visits to unrestored sections of the Great Wall. RMB 1,388-50,000. 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888) www. 王府半岛酒店, 东城区王府井 金鱼胡同8号 Raffles Hotel Beijing Ideally situated at the crossroads of famous Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, Raffles Beijing Hotel is in the heart of the prestigious business and commercial districts and a few minutes from the mystical Forbidden City, historical Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other

famous sights. 33 Dong Chang’an Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388) http://www., http://www. 东城区东城区 东长安大街33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 Ritz-Carlton Old World elegance, plush comfort – everything you’d expect from this hallowed name, including impeccable restaurants such as the internationally themed Aroma and Yu (Cantonese/Sichuan). An in-house wedding chapel sets this hotel apart, but the 109sqm executive suites with innovatively partitioned living and entertaining quarters are where the Ritz really shines. Rooms RMB 1,650-2,650. China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8888) 北京 丽嘉酒店, 朝阳区华贸中心建国路甲83号 The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Fantastic location and first class amenities make the Westin Chaoyang one of Beijing’s premiere luxury hotels. 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 金茂北京威斯 汀大饭店, 朝阳区东三环北路7号 Westin Beijing Financial Street This mega-hotel on Financial Street (West Second Ring Road) has spared no expense in meeting the high expectations of its well-heeled clientele, from its vast lobby and elegantly appointed rooms to its opulent spa and pool. The Westin also boasts seven restaurants and bars – including Senses, which offers what many cognoscenti consider to be Beijing’s most decadent Sunday brunch. RMB 1,50021,100. 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District., Xicheng District. (6606 8866) 威斯汀大酒店, 西城区金融街乙9号

Travel Agencies 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, 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,

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etc.) for those who wish to better understand and experience China, including a range of family-friendly programs. Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, info@chinaculturecenter. org) 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 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, 太和旅行社, 东城区东滨河路甲1号大 象投资大厦208-F Country Holidays Travel English-speaking tour consultants specializing in travel to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan and other areas of Asia. Also specialize in providing tours suitable for families with children. Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm, Sat 9.30am-1pm. Rm 2804, Bldg 11, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1781/82, 5869 1769, 朝阳区东三环中 路39号建外Soho11号楼2804 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

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B座16G 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 外门写字中心A座2001室; 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路 55号杰座大厦底楼对面 (绿叶子食品店) 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 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) 富国海底世界, 朝阳区工人 体育场南门

Concert Hall & Theaters China Puppet Theater The theater puts on shows every Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am. RMB 50-100/show. 1A Anhua Xili, Beisanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6425 4847, 6424 3698) 中国木偶剧院, 朝阳区北 三环路安华西里甲1号 Mega Box 1) B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6118); 2) 3/F, Area C, Zhongguancun Mall (West of Dinghao Mall), Haidian District. (5986 3777) www. 美嘉欢乐影城, 1) 朝阳区三里屯 路19号三里屯Village南区地下1层; 2) 海淀区中关 村广场购物中心C区三层(鼎好西侧) Penghao Theater 35 Dongmianhua Hutong (south gate of the Central Academy of Drama, between Nanluogu Xiang and Jiaodaokou Nandajie), Dongcheng District. (6400 6452/72) 蓬蒿剧场, 东城区东棉花胡同35号(中央戏剧学院 南门, 南锣鼓巷和交道口南大街之间)

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. (chengxixi@gmail. com) Black Sesame Kitchen Food writer Jen-Lin Liu’s cooking school is housed in a renovated courtyard with an open kitchen and dining room where students can “cook, socialize, dine and wine.” Offers weekly classs, wine tastings, as well as caters to corporate functions, birthday parties, book readings and other events. 3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District. (136 9147 4408, 东城区东城区黑 芝麻胡同3号 Fangjia Kitchen Offers lessons in Chinese cooking and traditional culture with local people in what was once Prince Xunjun’s Mansion, first built in 1760. Fangjia Kitchen invites top chefs in Beijing to teach cooking and each class focuses on a regional classic cuisine and introduces Chinese food culture with cooking demonstrations, hands-on sessions and meals. Cooking classes are Thur–Sun, 11am–2pm, RMB 300 per person (cash only), seating capacity is eight. Includes an eight-course gourmet dinner with free flow of wine. Friday & Saturday, 6.30pm–9.30pm, RMB 300 per person (cash only), seating capacity is 20. You also can book for your own private class or event here. RMB 400 per person(minimum four people) Thu-Sun 11am-2pm. 13 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District. (159 1096 2965, fangjiakitchen@yahoo. 方家美食工作室, 东城区方家胡同13号 The Hutong Set in an attractive courtyard, this is one of Beijing’s best informal cooking schools with classes on everything from regional Chinese cuisine to pizza making and Pakistani curries. Also offers a variety of meetings, clubs and workshops focused on intercultural friendship and learning. 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (6404 3355; 159 0104 6127, www.thehutong. com 东城区九道湾中巷胡同1号(北新桥地铁站 东南边)

Excursions Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan) Daily 6am6pm (winter), 6am-6.30pm (summer). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). Xiangshan, Haidian District. (6259-1155) 香山公园, 海淀区香山 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) 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 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. 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 9.30am3.30pm (last ticket 3pm), Sat-Sun 9.30am4.30pm (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

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外大街138号 Capital Museum Two hundred meters east of Muxidi subway station lies the Capital Museum. This six-story building houses 11 exhibition halls displaying ancient Chinese art: bronze statues, jade utensils, ancient calligraphy and paintings, restored old Beijing city views and precious relics of old Beijing operas. Two temporary exhibition halls on the first floor and basement level display artistic and cultural exhibits from around the world. Free. Reservation is necessary. Temporary exhibitions are charged. Audio selfguided 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 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 8.30am3.30pm). 1 Beisanhuan Zhonglu (Beisanhuan at Anhua Qiao – look for the geodesic dome), Xicheng District. (6237 1177 ext 3216) www. 中国科技馆, 西城区北三环中路1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, 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) cn 索尼探梦, 朝阳区朝阳公园里(南门) The Magic Bean House The Magic Bean House is the first American-designed Children’s Museum in China. Exhibits include Tale of Magic Bean, Fantasy Forest, Green Foods, Bricks and Blocks, Car Service, World of Water, Experimental Hall, Toddler Land, Art Gallery and more. RMB 80 (kids aged 2 to 8), RMB (babies from 6 to 24 months) RMB 40 (adults). Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; San-Sun 9am-8pm. 7 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. 豆豆家科技馆, 朝阳 区朝阳区朝阳公园西路7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

Parks & Gardens 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) www. 地坛公园, 东城区安定门外大街甲2号 Ritan Park The CBD’s “lungs,” Ritan Park packs a surprising amount of child-friendly stuff into a limited space: the playground area includes an inflatable playhouse, large trampolines, a mechanical bull, a merry-go-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

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 French Cultural Centre Wed 10.30am8.30pm, Thu-Tue 10.30am-6.30pm. 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6553 2627) www.ccf-

Directories 法国文化中心, 朝阳区工体西路18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, FriSun 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 The Brickyard Inn and Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall Owned and operated by the same people behind the Schoolhouse at Mutianyu, The Brickyard is self described as a “a run-down, smoke-belching glazed tile factorywithout a blade of grass [that] has been transformed into a lush and private eco-retreat at the Great Wall,” The premises features 16 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and terraces facing the Great Wall. Landscaped grounds contain a lodge with a fireplace and cafe, public rooms in the Old Kiln, and a fully-equipped conference center, as well as the Xiaolumian (see restaurants directory under ‘Dumplings’) restaurant located in a stone farmhouse. RMB 1,280 per night for a roomfor up to two people, including breakfast in the lodge. There’s also a spa with an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, tennis court, fitness center and treatment rooms. 100m South of Yingbeigou Cun, Huairou District. (6162 6506, www. 瓦厂, 怀柔区怀柔区营 北沟村南100米

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, 3iartcenter@gmail. com) 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 Family Box Educational & Recreational Center Family Box is a British family centre 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) www. 朝阳区朝阳区望京北路51号 院4号楼 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 age-appropriate 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 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 triggerhappy 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.

Playgroups & Activities 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 50200/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,

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, www. 朝阳区六里屯丽水嘉 园5号楼108室

Water Parks Crab Island It’s no Ibiza, but it’s closer than Qingdao and the substantial fake beach boasts real, well-maintained sand and comes dotted with free sun umbrellas and chairs. When the wave pool gets turned on, families charge into the huge pool – the docile waves are best enjoyed while perched on an inner tube (RMB 10, RMB 50 deposit). When your kids get tired of the wave pool there are two sets of waterslides, an extremely lazy river, and a human-powered waterwheel that dumps buckets of water on eager heads. A shallow water play area draws in families with little kids. All in all, a pretty good day at the “beach”! Daily 8am-1am. 1 Xiedao Lu (take the Weigou exit off the Airport Expressway and follow the signs), Chaoyang District. (8433 5566/5588) 蟹岛绿色生态度假 村, 朝阳区蟹岛路1号 Merry Water World Itching for a dip? This indoor pool emporium located in the Tulip Hot Spring Garden Resort allows for year-round swimming fun. Adventurous swimmers will


rush for one of the six tall waterslides, while the less energetic family members can stick to the lazy river. There’s also a large wave pool, a children’s area, a lap pool and several hot tubs. Weekdays: RMB 98, RMB 60 (kids under 1.4m), free (kids under 1.2m). Weekends: RMB 138, RMB 60 (kids under 1.4m), free (kids under 1.2m). Mon-Fri 1.30-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am10.30pm. Jinzhan, Dongweilu (Take the Airport Expressway to the Weigou exit. Turn left at the first stoplight, right at the second, and then go straight), Chaoyang District. (8433 0606 ext 5104) 摩锐水世界, 朝阳 区东苇路金盏 Splash Recreation Club Boasts a large outdoor/indoor pool, a sand volleyball court, a playground, a gym, pingpong tables, a poolside bar and restaurant. The hotel also has squash and tennis courts as well as a sauna. Mon-Fri: RMB 80, RMB 40 (children); Sat-Sun: RMB 130, RMB 65 (children). RMB 35 (Oct 1-Apr 31). Free for children under 4. Daily 6am-10pm. Sino-Swiss Hotel, 9 Xiao Tianzhu Nanlu, Shunyi District. (6456 5588 ext 1217) 浪花俱乐部, 顺义区小天竺南路9号国都大饭店

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 3e International began in 2005 and has grown into an institution catering for more than 150 students from Nursery through to Grade 3, with a Grade 4 soon to come. The school aims to develop “critical thinkers and passionate learners who move confidently and fluidly across cultures”, through a research based curriculum developed especially for this education model. Classes are conducted in English and Chinese with half of every day devoted to each language. Within this inquiry based program a balance

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 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. ( 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) 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

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Schools of child-initiated and teacher directed activity is provided to support children’s development across the entire curriculum. Age range: 2-9. Application Fee RMB 1, 500. Tuition fees: Full-day nursery RMB 84,000; Half-day nursery RMB 69,800; Pre-K through kindergarten RMB 118,000; Elementary RMB 118,800. 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 100, www.3eik. com 3e国际学校, 朝阳区将台西路9-1号 Asia-Pacific Experimental School of Beijing Normal University Asia-Pacific Experimental School of Beijing Normal University is located on the south bank of the Wenyu River on Litang Lu, to the north of the Olympic Village. It has both primary and middle schools and provides for both day school students and boarders. The campus covers 80,000 square meters and includes middle and primary school classroom buildings, laboratory building, science and technology building, library, gym, student residence halls, various types of special classrooms, counseling room, and electronic reading room. There are 51 classes, 1,600 students, more than 200 teaching staff. The school’s administration is managed by Beijing Normal University and the teaching staff by Beijing Xicheng District Educational Committee. Age range: 6-15 years. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Chinese nationals: Primary school boarder RMB 24,000/year, day student RMB 20,000/year; Middle school boarder RMB 33,000/year, day student RMB 27,000/year;Foreign nationals pay the same as Chinese nationals, plus RMB 6,000/year for management fees Dong San Qi, Changping District. (5109 4888, 6975 9602) 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) In its 17 years of existence BIBS has grown from one campus to three and from a kindergarten-only curriculum to a full-fledged K to grade 11 school with plans for grade 12 in the 2010-2011 school year. The school boasts a unique program that combines the best of Eastern and Western education philosophies to provide students a greater appreciation of the arts and humanities through the study and celebration of different countries, cultures and languages. The cross-cultural environment offers children greater cultural sensitivity and the ability to speak multiple languages. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Kindergarten: Application fee RMB 1,600 (one-off payment, non-refundable), Capital levy RMB 8,000 (one-off payment, non-refundable), RMB 62,000 (half day)-80,000 (full day)/year; Primary school: Application fee RMB 1,600 (one-off payment, non-refundable), Capital levy RMB 30,000 (one-off payment, non-refundable); Reception RMB 100,000/year; Grades 1-6 RMB 135,000/ year; Middle and high school: Application fee RMB 1,600, Capital levy RMB 30,000; Grades 7-12 RMB 135,000 1) 1/F, Bldg B, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu (at the 21st Century Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6466 9255,, cn),; 2) 38 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang District. (8456 6019,, office@bibs., cn); 3) 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 7951, bikoffice@bibs.,, www.bibs. 青苗国际双语学校, 1) 朝阳区亮马 桥路40号B座1层; 2) 朝阳区南十里居38号; 3) 朝阳区东四环北路6号阳光上东二区 Beijing BISS International School With a diverse student body, Beijing BISS International School’s mission is to foster international relationships to educate and



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empower students to attain personal excellence and positively impact the world. BISS not only boasts a strong IB Diploma Program with strong academic results – graduates have been accepted to top universities like Harvard, Columbia and Stanford – it is a SAT Test Center, caters to children with learning needs, offers counseling, student enrichment programs, university searches and transition education services and orientation for Third Culture Kids and their parents. Age range: 4-17 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 18,00023,000 (refundable); Registration RMB 3,800; Pre-K-kindergarten RMB 100,800; Grades 1-12 RMB 149,000-180,600; ESOL RMB 16,600 Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili (just off Beisanhuan), Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, 北京BISS国际学校, 朝阳 区安贞西里四区17号楼 Beijing City International School Located in Shuangjing, BCIS lives by its school motto: “Inspire, Achieve, Create.” This nonprofit, independent, co-educational day school accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) offers an international curriculum for Nursery to Grade 12 students under the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and is authorized to teach all three IB programs (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma). The campus culture is characterized by a “warm and inclusive nature” and an emphasis on rigorous academic enquiry through the extensive use of information technology in the classroom. Age range: Nursery through Grade 12. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 2,000; New Student fee RMB 5,000; Nursery RMB 104,980; Pre-K RMB 120,960; Kindergarten RMB 129,000; Grades 1-2 RMB 158, 600; Grades 3-5 RMB 160,600; Grades 6-8 RMB 167,800; Grades 9-10 RMB 174,680; Grades 11-12 RMB 185,600 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8771 7171, 北京乐 成国际学校, 朝阳区百子湾南二路77号 Beijing Hantong Test Training School Hantong is an after-class school which offers IB, A-level, IGCSE, SAT tutoring in both English and Chinese, with the aim of improving students’ learning skills. The school provides one-to-one and small group classes. The school uses the same textbooks as the International Schools. Price range from RMB 150-550/hour Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat&Sun 9am-5pm. 1) D2065 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8599 7183, info@chinamcedu. com); 2) Rm 2611-2612,1 Blue Castle International Center, Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8599 7183, www.chinamcedu. com 1) 顺义区白辛庄嘉浩别墅2区D2065; 2) 朝阳区蓝堡国际中心1座2611-2612室 Beijing Homeschoolers A support network, information source and social hub for families homeschooling their children. homeschoolers 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) 北京第五十五中 学, 东城区新中街12号

*listings in orange are new to Directories Beijing Rego British School One of the newest schools in the city, Beijing Rego British School follows on the heels of two successful schools in Tianjin and Shanghai and caters to students from the surrounding Shunyi area with its array of educational facilities and age-appropriate resources on campus. Coursework is based on the UK national curriculum with the addition of Chinese Culture and Mandarin courses for all year groups. Rego places strong emphasis on close cooperation between parents, students and teachers and aims to create an educationally comfortable but truly challenging atmosphere for students to “be their best” and explore their talents and abilities to the fullest. Age range: 3 ½-18 years old. Tuition:Registration Fee RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 15,000; Reception Full Day RMB 123,500/year; Years 1-6 RMB 152,000/ year; Years 7-9 RMB 161,500/year; Years 10-11 RMB 182,400/year; Years 12-13 RMB 191,900 1) (Admissions office) Rm C317 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465-4487 ext 107 or 134 3939 3342, sarah.hancock@bjrego. org); 2) 15 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu County, Shunyi District. (8416 7718, sarah. 北京瑞金英国学校, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区亮马桥路50号C317室; 2) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇丽苑街15号 Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) A student-centered approach with an emphasis on academics and the arts. Now in its tenth year, Beijing World Youth Academy is an IB world school offering both English and Chinese programs for local and overseas students aged 9 to 18. BWYA values holistic education, inquiry-based learning and strives to offer students ample opportunity to develop as globally aware critical thinkers. The faculty hails from over 15 countries and allows for a favorable student-to-teacher ratio that creates a more personalized learning environment. BWYA emphasizes creativity and teamwork using a curriculum that incorporates standards from North America, Europe and Asia and the school has a strong track record of preparing students for both Chinese and overseas universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua, Fudan, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley and Stanford. Age range: 9-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Application fee RMB 1,600; Capital levy RMB 30,000 (one-time fee); Chinese Middle School Program (grades 79) RMB 50,000/year; Chinese High School Program (grades 10-12) RMB 54,000/ year; International Primary (grades 4-5) RMB 90,000/year; IB MYP (grades 6-9) RMB 100,000/year; IB MYP (grade 10) / IB DP (grades 11-12) RMB 110,000/year; Chinese as an Additional Language intensive course RMB 25,000/semester; English as an Additional Language intensive course RMB 51,000/semester. 18 Huajiadi Beili, Chaoyang District. (6461 7787, 北 京世青国际学校, 朝阳区花家地北里18号 The British School of Beijing The British School of Beijing provides a traditional education based on the English National Curriculum and prepares pupils for GCSE and A Levels. The school is part of the Nord Anglia family of British-style international schools and its educational approach arises out of the best practices found in British schools around the world, emphasizing high academic results and mutual respect. The diverse academic and extra-curricular program is designed to challenge students to excel in music, arts and sport and allow them to develop and mature into young adults equipped with the qualifications and skills to enter universities worldwide. Age range: 1-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Pre-Nursery RMB 87,419-131,140Nursery RMB 131,140;



Reception RMB 141,450; Years 1-2 RMB 157,436; Year 3 RMB 168,072; Years 4-6 RMB 170,572Years 7-9 RMB 185,611; Years 10-11 RMB 191,264; Years 12-13 RMB 200,490 1) 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8532 5320); 2) South Side, 9 Anhua Lu, Shunyi District. (8047 3588); 3) 5 Sanlitun Xiliujie, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088) www.britishschool. 北京英国学校, 1) 朝阳区三里屯北小 街7号; 2) 顺义区安华路9号南院; 3) 朝阳 区三里屯西六街5号 Canadian International School of Beijing CISB campus is centrally located in a world-class facility in the Third Embassy Quarter on Liangmaqiao Lu. Accredited by the New Brunswick Department of Education in Canada, CISB offers a Canadian style curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students, as well as a Montessori Preschool. CISB is also an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at the high school level and is a member of UNESCO Beijing Branch and ACAMIS. Age range: 18 months-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Application Fee RMB 1,600 (or USD 240); Montessori infant/toddler half-day (3 hours) RMB 59,900; Montessori infant/toddler half-day (4 ½ hours) RMB 69,600; Montessori infant/toddler full-day (7 hours) RMB 96,300; Montessori primary half-day (4 ½ hours) RMB 74,900; Montessori primary full-day (7 hours) RMB 102,700; Pre-elementary RMB 102,700; Elementary Grades 1-5 RMB 138,800; Middle Grades 6-8 RMB 139,900; High Grades 9-12 RMB 156,500 Admissions Office: 38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, www.cisb. 北京加拿大国际学校, 朝阳区招生 部:亮马桥路38号 Care for Children School CfCS is the only Special Needs School for foreign families in Beijing. They work closely with the international school community to provide educational and therapeutic support to staff and families for students with mild to severe impairments and learning differences. Drawing upon the vast expertise of their staff of certified educators and therapists, they have designed individualized programs within the school in addition to successful dual programs with other mainstream international schools. A high teacher/student ratio gives students access to specialized and individual academic support, and provides an environment in which students can work and achieve at their maximum potential. Age range: 2-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year):Application fee (non-refundable fee covers assessment by panel of therapists) RMB 7,500; Development fee (one time only) RMB 15,000; Full day RMB 160,000; Half Day RMB 105,000 Beijing Riviera,1 Xiang Jiang Beilu, Jing Shun Lu,, Chaoyang District. (8470 2735, 朝阳区京顺路香 江北路1号香江花园 Daystar Academy Daystar Academy, a Kindergarten-Grade 6 school, offers a balance of Montessori-based English education and the Chinese National Curriculum – students spend half of their day in each language environment. The curriculum also focuses on establishing students’ good habits and supports the development of the child through the progressive “Virtues in Us” character education program which emphasizes nobility of character and service to humanity. This innovative approach brings together two cultures and combines the strongest attributes of both Western and Eastern teaching methodologies. Age range: 3-12years old. Tuition Fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Kindergarten RMB 86,000; Registration RMB 2,000 (one time fee); Elementary RMB

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Schools 92,000; Registration RMB 3,000 (one-time fee) 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8610 2654,, 启明星双语学校, 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 One of the four Dulwich schools in Asia (alongside Shanghai, Suzhou and Seoul), Dulwich College Beijing opened in 2005 and is affiliated with Dulwich College London as well as a member school of Council of International Schools. The curriculum is based on the best practices of British and international systems leading up to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Year 11 (Grade 10) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) in Year 13 (Grade 12). The three DCB campuses are characterized by a strong sense of community where every student is placed under the care of a form teacher or tutor who is the first point of contact for families. Students also join one of five houses for competition, which is the basis for class groups in the Senior School – in so doing they are both supported and challenged to excel in a community based environment. Age range: 1-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 18,000; Application Fee RMB 2,000; Toddler 1 RMB 27,200-60,500; Toddler 2 RMB 87,100; Nursery RMB 132,400; Reception RMB 132,400; Years 1-2 RMB 153,400; Years 3-6 RMB 163,700; Years 7-9 RMB 172,900; Years 10-11 RMB 183,800; Years 12-13 RMB 191,100 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 The culmination of two former schools, Der Kingergarten and Jin Yi Kingergarten, Eduwings Kindergarten is divided into English/Chinese and German departments that are each split into three age groups (2-3, 3-4, 5-6 years) and one infant group (2 years and under). All of the lead and language teachers are native-speakers and educate children individually following the school’s philosophy: “Every child needs to have roots and wings – roots to know where they are from and wings to explore the world.” Eduwings also offers Montessori education, swimming, music and art activities, a library, climbing facilities, as well as an outdoor playground and yard. All afternoon activities are included in the tuition fee. Age range: 2-6 (infant group for under 2 years old). Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): Half-day RMB 52,000; Full-day RMB 72,000 (afternoon activities and lunch included in the tuition fee) Merlin Champagne Town, 6 Liyuan Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8384, http:// 顺义区天竺镇丽 苑街6号美林香槟小镇



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Etonkids Bilingual Kindergarten Part of the Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens’ division of the Etonkids international education group, the Central Park campus features a bilingual Montessori program designed to develop “independence, initiative and creativity.” The school caters to children from 1 to 6 years of age and are divided into nursery school (18 months-3 years) and “Casa” (a.k.a. “Early Childhood Community,” 3-6 years) divisions with lessons promoting intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth (nursery) as well as coursework in language arts, mathematics, everyday living skills, sensory awareness exercises and culture (Casa stage). Check the website for additional EtonKids Bilingual Park Campuses. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year):Monthly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 6,250; Full-day session (8.30am4.30pm) RMB 8,500; Yearly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 62,500; Full-day session (8.30am4.30pm) RMB 85,000 1) Central Park Campus, Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. ((6533 6620/6931, cpadmin@etonkids. com); 2) Midtown Campus, Guangqujia Yuan, Bldg 21, Guangqumenwai, Chongwen District, Chongwen District. (6749 5008,; 3) Olympic Village Campus, Southwest Corner of Beichen Xilu and Kehui Lu,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8437 1006,; 4) Datunli Campus, Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8480 5538,; 5) Palm Springs Campus, Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Park Nanlu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6539 8967,; 6) Arcadia Campus, Block 1, Arcadia villas, Houshayu, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8047 2983,; 7) Dawang Lu Peking House Campus, 20 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5870 6779, cpadmin@etonkids. com); 8) Eastern Provence Campus, Eastern Provence, 88 Dingsi Lu, Beiqijia, Changping District, Changping District. (8176 0828, 伊顿双语幼儿园, 1) 朝 阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际19号楼; 2) 崇文区崇文区广渠门外广渠家园21号楼; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区北辰西路与科荟路交汇处西南 角; 4) 朝阳区朝阳区科荟路大屯里社区; 5) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈泉国际公 寓; 6) 顺义区顺义区后沙峪罗马环岛北侧天 北路,阿凯笛亚庄园1座; 7) 朝阳区朝阳区 西大望路甲20号首府社区里; 8) 昌平区昌平 区北七家镇定泗路88号 Etonkids International Kindergarten CBD Global Trade Mansion Etonkids International Kindergarten is one of the oldest schools in Beijing’s Etonkids franchise (a nationwide educational group). The school provides a community-centered Americanstyle education led by Montessori-certified teachers and an educational philosophy based on the Three C’s – Creativity, Character and Culture. Coursework includes lessons in practical life, “sensorial,” math, language, culture and science. A variety of programs are also available including Reggio Baby and Kindermusik. The staff meets regularly for training under the EXCELS school improvement planning program, which is designed to share new teaching practices, the Montessori method and current educational trends. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): Annual Registration fee RMB 2,000 Yuan (inclusive the materials and uniforms)RMB71,800-112,000/ year 3/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805, 伊顿国际 学校, 朝阳区光华路世贸国际公寓D座3层 The Family Learning House Recognized as a model kindergarten by the Chaoyang

*listings in orange are new to Directories Ministry of Education, The Family Learning House is a virtues-based, bilingual preschool dedicated to “acquiring knowledge and good character for the purpose of serving humanity.” In addition to its “Virtues in Us” character education program, the school aims to provide an academically stimulating Montessori and Chinese curriculum. The Jianwai Soho campus includes a petting farm, organic produce and a child directed recycling program, and the curriculum places strong emphasis on art and music and includes daily piano lessons for all 4 1/2 and 5-year-old children. Students also participate in monthly educational outings, community service projects and multicultural celebrations. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Full Day Session – RMB 69,500/year; Half Day Session (under 4 years old) – RMB 46,500/ year Beside Bldg 14, Jianwai SOHO West Area,39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7540 ext 800, administra www. 家育苑, 朝阳 区东三环中路39号 建外SOHO西区14号楼旁 Frontiers Offering classes from beginning to advanced levels, as well as business Chinese and HSK prep. Group classes are offered during the day and during the night (RMB 2,200/44 hours). Individuals pay RMB 85-95 per hour depending on level of instruction. 3/F Bldg 30 Dongzhong Jie, Dongzimenwai, Dongcheng District. (6413 1547) www. 东城区东直门外东中街 30号楼3层 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 Montessori-style 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 Harrow International School Beijing Harrow International School Beijing prides itself on high academic standards that are maintained within a close-knit school community. Harrow is one of the smaller international schools; each student is assigned a personal tutor who looks after their overall welfare and serves as a liaison between the school and home. High academic standards and leadership skills are promoted school-wide, with a range of enrichment activities to help students develop teamwork and creative thinking skills, as well as independence and responsibility. The school is divided into different sections with specialist teachers teaching each subject from the Prep Phase (Years 5 to 7) onwards. There is a wide range of outdoor pursuits

Directories available to students, including a small school garden where younger children learn to grow their own vegetables. Other highlights include, top-notch learning facilities, talented choirs, the annual “Expeditions Week ” with visits to overseas countries, and regular exchanges with Harrow Bangkok and Harrow UK. Students graduating from Harrow Beijing have won places at a range of universities across the world including Oxford, London School of Economics, Bayreuth Law Faculty, Cornell, Australia National University. Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Pre-School RMB 101,700; Reception (45 years) RMB 129,800; Years 1-2 RMB 147,100; Years 3-6 RMB 153,600; Years 7-9 RMB 168,700; Years 10-11 RMB 175,200; Years 12 -13 RMB 188,300 1) Grassetown, Zhengequ Village, Xuxin Zhuang, Tongzhou District. (6444 8900,; 2) 5 Anzhen Xili, Block 4, Chaoyang District. (6444 8900, www. 北京哈罗英国学校, 1) 通 州区徐新庄镇葛渠村格拉斯小镇; 2) 朝阳区 安贞西里四区5号 House of Knowledge International Kindergarten House of Knowledge (HoK) boasts its own unique curriculum that includes aspects of the Montessori and Reggio Emilia programs, with special emphasis placed on the latter approach. Students are treated as competent learners with boundless potential, who are capable of infinite discovery. With this in mind, the curriculum trains them to acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn.” Age range: 10 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 5,000-15,000 (refundable according to withdraw policy); RMB 53,500-122,800


(depending on choice of program and campus) 1) Administrative Office, C511, Lufthansa Centre, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 or 6538 2624,; 2) Liyuan Campus, East Gate of Liyuan Compound, Maquanying Street, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 (English, Chinese and German),; 3) Chaoyang Park Campus, Victoria Gardens, 15 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 0088 (English, German, Mandarin), 1) 朝阳区亮 马桥路50号燕莎中心C511; 2) 朝阳区香江北 路丽苑小区东门A11; 3) 朝阳区朝阳公园西 路15号维多利亚花园公寓 Huijia Kindergarten Part of a nationwide chain, Huijia Kindergarten has 17 campuses and early childhood centers around Beijing. The curriculum combines advanced international educational ideas, modern teaching methods and Chinese traditional culture and focuses on nurturing children to become international citizens. The coursework, which emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, is designed to help students become “lifelong learners” and take responsibility for themselves, their studies others.Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/ year; Huijia Central Park Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Tuition for other centers vary from RMB 25,000-72,000/year (contact school administration for details) 1) 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

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Schools Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9358, 汇佳幼 儿园, 1) 顺义区汇佳龙湾体验式早教中心. 顺义区后沙峪镇裕园路龙湾商业街; 2) 朝阳 区汇佳新城国际体验式早教中心.朝阳区朝外 大街6号新城国际公寓24号楼 International Academy of Beijing A nurturing school community equipping students to make a positive difference in the world by challenging them to seek truth, acquire wisdom and pursue academic excellence. Founded in 1999 IAB offers an American curriculum from kindergarten through grade 12. PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP exams provide students the opportunity to be well positioned for college entry. IAB is accredited by ACSI, WASC and NCCT. Age range: 5-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): One-time non-refundable application fee RMB 1,620; Kindergarten RMB 89,600 (RMB 22,400 capital fee); Grades 1-5 RMB 112,000 (RMB 28,000 capital fee); Grades 6-8 RMB 120,000 (RMB 30,000 capital fee); Grades 9-10 RMB 125,600 (RMB 31,400 capital fee); Grade 11-12 RMB 132,800 (RMB 33,200 capital fee); 1) Middle School/High School Campus: Olympic Forest Park East, 2 Yangshan Road, Chaoyang District. (8493 8680,; 2) Elementary School Campus and Admissions Office: Lido Office Tower 3, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District. (6430 1600, www. IAB国际学校, 1) 朝阳区仰山 路2号奥林匹克公园东侧; 2) 朝阳区将台路 6号丽都广场丽都3号办公楼 The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) MSB has been serving expatriate children, from pre-school to elementary, for 20 years and is an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society (AMS), which upholds the MACTE Montessori educational standards on an international level. The school is affiliated with the International Montessori Teaching Institute which provides continual professional training and development to all MSB lead teachers and assistant teachers. Today MSB is comprised of three campuses – two in Shunyi (River Garden and Champagne Cove) – and one in the Cherry Tree Lane area. Age range: 2-12 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 1,600 (application fee credited towards school fees); Morning Kindergarten (Ages 3 and 4) RMB 81,000; Full Day Kindergarten (Ages 3 and 4) RMB 122,000; Reception (Age 5) RMB 136,000; Elementary (Ages 6 to 12)



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RMB 142,000 1) River Garden Campus, Houshayu, Baixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (8046 3935,; 2) Cherry Tree Lane Campus, Xiangjiang Beilu, 18 Maquanying Lu, Shunyi District. (6432 8228,; 3) Champagne Cove Campus, 2 Shunfu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8945 2591, cn 北京蒙台梭利国际学校, 1) 顺义区裕京 花园校园, 顺义区后沙峪白辛庄; 2) 顺义区 樱桃园校区,香江北路马泉营18号; 3) 朝阳 区金碧湖畔校区,顺福路2号 The International School of Beijing (ISB) The International School of Beijing (ISB) traces its roots back to the early 1970s when a small foreign school was established by the United States Liaison Office, the precursor to the US Embassy, and was little more than a simple “classroom that was wedged into a hallway in a diplomatic apartment compound in Sanlitun.” In the 1980s the school was merged with the schools of the British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand embassies and was eventually moved to its presentday 50,000sqm purpose-built facility near Capital Paradise in Shunyi. Over the years ISB has gained an international reputation for its solid academic programs (it was the first school in Beijing to offer the full IB Diploma), comprehensive facilities and full curriculum catering to all age levels. Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): EC3 (half day) RMB 65,490 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); EC4 (full day) RMB 119,690 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); Kindergarten RMB 140,330 (RMB 13,180 capital fee); Grades 1–5 RMB 140,330 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 6–8 RMB 150,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 9-12 RMB 165,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee) 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (8149 3245, admissions@isb. 北京顺义国 际学校, 顺义区安华街10号 Ivy Academy Ivy Academy is a preschool and kindergarten created in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers that accepts students of ages two through six. The school offers an English environment with a “specialized focus on the customized development of every child” based on Harvard Professor Dr Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory and a convenient Dongzhimen area location. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 8,000 (non-refundable, to be credited toward tuition); Registration fee RMB 800; Half-

*listings in orange are new to Directories day RMB 86,000; Full day RMB 127,900 Suite C101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380, www. 艾毅幼儿园, 东城区东直门 外大街35号东湖别墅C101室 Ivy Bilingual School Like its sister school Ivy Academy, Ivy Bilingual School (IBS) enrolls children from two to six years of age and offers a curriculum designed in the spirit of the Multiple Intelligences theory. The goal of Ivy Bilingual School is to provide children with the most current research-based practices coupled with the knowledge of the unique Chinese culture. Children graduating from IBS are comfortable speaking in both English and Chinese. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 800; Deposit RMB 6,000 (non-refundable, credited toward tuition); RMB 42,600–57,000/year (Ocean Express Campus); RMB 39,000– 52,400 per year (Orchid Garden Campus) 1) Orchid Garden Campus, 18 Xinjin Lu, Cui Ge Xiang (Airport Expressway, Beigao Exit), Chaoyang District. (8439 7080, (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), info-og@ivyschools. com (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)); 2) Ocean Express Campus, Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Kempinski), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287, (Ocean Express Bilingual Campus), (Orchid Garden Bilingual Campus)) www.ivyschools. com 艾毅双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区崔各乡新锦 路18号卓锦万代小区内; 2) 朝阳区东三环北 路2号远洋新干线E座 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. KinStar Bilingual School KinStar International Bilingual School was founded by KinStar Education Organization. KinStar provides local and international communities with affordable, high quality English/Chinese bilingual education and a balanced Eastern/Western cultural environment. Both ESL and Chinese support classes are also available. Located in the middle of Shunyi’s villa area, KinStar School includes a kindergarten, elementary and middle school campus located next to a spacious park. The school building includes music, art and dance studios, science labs, a spacious library, a running track, a tennis court, an indoor gymnasium and a basketball field. Grades: Pre-K to 7. Price range: RMB 55,000-100,000 (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 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. Sub-



jects 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 10am8pm, Sat 9.30am-4.30pm. 1) 1/F, West Wing, Wenjin International Hotel, Haidian District, Haidian District. (6265 1920,; 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 5,58010,010 (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) cn/ 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-Montessori Kindergarten Located next to the Beijing Riviera compound, Mammolina Children’s Home opened in 2005 and offers a strictly Montessori style education to children from 1 to 7 years old. Classes are taught in English and Chinese in “uniquely integrated, open-space classrooms where children learn and thrive following their own natural needs and rhythm, and each child’s progress is monitored individually.” Mammolina touts its one-on-one assistance and detailed record keeping system that allows detailed tailored focus on each child’s interests and progress, as well as its “spacious, carefully prepared child-sized environments,” high safety and hygiene standards. Age range: 1-7 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): 1-3 years - RMB 96,000 (half day)-124,000 (full day)/year; 3-6 years - RMB 100,200 (half day)134,000 (full day)/year 36 Maquanying Siqu , Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 5128, 三为园蒙德梭利托幼中 心, 朝阳区香江北路马泉营四区36号 Mandarin Connections Improve your spoken or business Chinese. Also holds HSK & BCT preparation courses. Classes also available for kids and teenagers. 1) D2065 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8599 7183, info@chinamcedu. com); 2) 26/F, Rm 11-12, 1 Blue Castle International Center, Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8599 7183, 1) 顺义区白辛庄嘉浩别墅 2区D2065; 2) 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 Located in Fulicheng just south of the China World Trade Center, New Garden International Kindergarten has both Chinese and native English-speaking teachers on staff and a fun-based, enriching curriculum that will enable your child to flourish in both Chinese and Western education systems. Equipped with a children’s kitchen, library, inside and outside play areas, the school offers a warm and peaceful child-centered environment for students to develop and learn. New Garden accepts children from the ages of 2-6, with extracurricular classes available for

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School children up to 12. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): RMB 33,600/year (for all children from ages 2-6) Bldg 61, Area D,Fulicheng (north of Shuangjing Qiao), Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5876 1319, 新园双语幼儿园, 朝 阳区富力城新园双语幼儿园,东三环双井桥 北富力城D区西门 Pakistan Embassy College This embassy-run school offers two types of curricula: the Pakistan national curriculum, and an English curriculum associated with London University that offers GCSE and A-level qualifications. Both curricula are taught in English, but a number of ESOL students are accepted, and remedial English classes are provided. Chinese language classes are mandatory for all except senior-level students. An enrollment of 400 students from more than 40 different countries makes for an excellent student-teacher ratio and a diverse student body. School facilities include science, computer and language laboratories, and a gymnasium and indoor basketball court. Ages: 4 to 18. Price range: RMB 2,5005,400/month 1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6532 1905) 朝阳区三里屯东直门外大街1号 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) www.pentagram-chinese. com 朝阳区朝阳农展馆南路13号瑞辰国际 中心301室 Positive Foundations School Highly experienced teachers provide education that stresses the importance of self-development and life skills as well as the academic fundamentals that provide the foundation for further education and cognitive development. All classes are taught by foreign teachers in their native English, with the option of a Chinese class in the afternoon. Offers Nursery and Kindergarten, with both full and half-day Montessori-based curriculum. Application fee: RMB 1,000. Tuition fees: RMB 46,800-105,000. 3006 Gahood Villa, Houshayu, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 6302, www. 顺义区北京市顺义区后沙峪 西白幸庄嘉浩别墅城3006栋 Renda Middle School and High School The combined middle school and high school attached to Renmin University, Renda Fuzhong is known in Chinese circles for its high standards and gaokao results. The school’s language of instruction is Chinese, and it offers A-level qualifications. International students take a Chinese assessment exam that determines whether they are placed directly into regular classes with Chinese students or into an intensive Chinese program. A total of 4,000 students attend this large school, of which approximately 180 are international students. Ages: 12 to 16. Price range: RMB 50,000 (standard program), RMB 21,800/semester (intensive Chinese program). 37 Zhonguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6251 3962/2094) www. 人大附中, 海淀区中关村 大街37号 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



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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) 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, www. 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) Springboard International Bilingual School Opening in August 2011, Springboard will offer international and Chinese primary school students the best of an East meets West education. Foreign trained teachers combine elements from the UK, US and Canadian education systems together with daily Chinese-language maths classes and Chinese-language lessons. The Chinese curriculum was designed together with professors from Beijing Normal University. Springboard also offers ESL courses and a range of after school activities. Boasting modern facilities, students have access to specialist art and music rooms, as well as expansive outdoor areas. Following their time at Springboard, students are able to progress to either a Chinese or international middle school. 15 Gucheng Duan, Huosha Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District (8049 0307/2460/2450, 顺义区后沙峪镇火沙路古城段15号 St. Cyril & Methodius (Bulgarian School of Beijing) Established in 2003, this school is a great place for Bulgarian kids of all ages and backgrounds to get together and learn more about Bulgaria.

Directories Lessons are offered in Bulgarian language, history, customs & crafts. Classes are held every Monday and Tuesday from 4.30-6pm. For more information contact Mira Yanishevskaya (139 1059 4131, or Teodora Lazarova (150 6623 5580). Bulgarian Embassy Library, 4 Xiushui Beijie, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区朝阳区秀水北街4号匈牙利大使馆 St. Paul American School (SPAS) St. Paul American School (SPAS) is a member of the Nacel International School Systems with its headquarter school located in St. Paul, Minnesota and consists of a middle and high preparatory school offering a dual language diploma in English and Chinese. It incorporates an American curriculum that includes AP courses taught by certified American staff, as well as Chinese language, physical education and music courses. SPAS is a residential campus that is attached to the second high school connected to Beijing Normal University and shares with it a picturesque campus with an activity field, track, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, pool, and more. Age range: 13-19 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year, prices available in USD only): Enrollment Fee USD 100; Entrance Fee USD 850; Tuition for 2010-2011 USD 11,000 18 Guan’aoyuan, Qinghe, Haidian District. (8070 3420) 北京 师范大学第二附属中学, 海淀区清河宝胜里 观澳园18号 Sunny Kids Garden International Kindergarten (SKG) SKG offers bilingual nursery, kindergarten and pre-school classes based on the internationally recognized HighScope teaching approach. Professionally trained, highly experienced and dedicated foreign and Chinese teachers all have over five years international teaching experience. Warm, nurturing and

creative environment in which children can experience a range of different activities including art, science, music, drama, dancing, cooking, physical education and much more. Modern, state-of-the-art facilities and toys, spacious classrooms spread over 3 levels and large garden/playground area. Nursery classes for children aged 19 months to 3 years, kindergarten classes for children 5-6 years of age and pre-school classes for children 3-5 years of age. SKG also offers facilities for children events, including birthday parties. 103, Bldg 302, Xiangsong Nanhu Xiyuan, Nanhuqu Xilu, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8476 5353 or 138 1070 7354, www.skgedu. com北京阳光童馨国际幼儿园, 朝阳区望京 南湖渠西路香颂南湖西园302楼103号 The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten Beijing’s first Montessori Kindergarten, The Children’s House opened its China World Trade Center campus in 1992 and has since established schools at the Lufthansa Center, Yosemite Villas in Shunyi and in Yayuncun’s Yayunxinxin Gardens. Today the franchise serves over 300 international students in its four campuses, which are characterized by their small, friendly down-home atmospheres, English only and bilingual curriculums that adhere to the world-renowned Montessori system.Age range: 0-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Nursery/ Pre-Primary (1-3 years) 37,000 RMB (8.30-11.30am course), RMB 46,500 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 27,000 (1-3.20pm), RMB 57,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Primary (3-6 years) 40,000 RMB (8.30-11.30am course), RMB 49,000 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 32,500 (1-3.20pm), RMB 61,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Primary Reception Class (4.5-6 years) RMB 63,000 (full day, 8.30-

3.20pm); Bilingual (3-6 years, Kempinski and Yosemite only) 27,000 RMB (8.3011.30am course), RMB 30,000 (half-day, 8.30am-1pm), RMB 43,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm); Bilingual Reception Class (4.5-6 years, Kempinski and Yosemite only) RMB 48,000 (full day, 8.30-3.20pm) 1) Unit S114, Lufthansa Center Tower, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1305/3388 ext 4477); 2) C Area Clubhouse, Yosemite Villa 4 YuYang Rode, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (8041 7083); 3) Yayunxin Jiayuan, 1 Xindian Lu, Chaoyang District. (5202 0293); 4) Level 1 North Lodge, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 3869/2288 ext 81299) 巧智 博仁国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕 莎中心大厦S114单元; 2) 顺义区后沙峪镇 榆阳路4号; 3) 朝阳区辛店路1号亚运新新 家园社区; 4) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸 北公寓一层 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 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 part-time (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. Age range: 18 months–5 years. Tuition Fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration Fee (Non Refundable) RMB 1,500; Nursery (18-24 months) RMB 35,000; Junior Pre-School (2-3 yrs) RMB 49,300; Senior Pre-School (3-4 yrs) RMB 61,000; Junior Kindergarten (4-5 yrs) RMB 63,500; 3056 Gahood Villa, Baixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 7082, administration@clcbkids. com) 爱嘉励儿童 双语培训学校, 顺义区名都园6811号 The Princeton Review This test preparation company helps students cope with

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standardized tests and school admissions processes. Test preparation courses available for SSAT, SAT, and TOEFL. Classes (less than 10 people) and 1-to-1 tutoring available. Price Range: RMB 3,00050,000. Daily 9am-9pm. 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 8.30am-6pm. 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, cn) 海淀区海淀区中关村



北路清华大学西北侧 Western Academy of Beijing Western Academy of Beijing is an International Baccalaureate World School that boasts a “challenging and caring educational environment in which students are active participants in the learning process.” WAB provides a learner-centered atmosphere that nurtures a strong sense of community among its 1,550 students from 55 countries, with the mission to “Connect, Inspire, Challenge: Make a Difference.” Campus facilities are extensive and include a lake and model wetlands that are the foundation of its environmental science center.Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year, combined total includes capital levy and tuition): Nursery RMB 85,000; Pre-Kindergarten RMB 141,000; Kindergarten RMB 165,000; Grades 1-5 RMB 165,000; Grades 6-8 RMB 181,000; Grades 9-10 RMB 198,000; Grades 11-12 RMB 204,000 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8456 4155, 北京京西学校, 朝阳区来广 营东路10号 Windsor Bilingual Kindergarten With two campuses in the Beijing area, Windsor Bilingual Kindergarten positions itself as a “premium kindergarten built on a synthesis of the strongest elements from both Western and Chinese educational traditions.” The school strives to foster the holistic development of young children, and prides itself on its spacious facilities (encompassing 5,500 sqm at the Vancouver Forest campus), state-of-the-art facilities and carefully crafted curriculum based on three main components – the EYFS Statutory Framework (UK), Beijing Curriculum Authority Happiness and Development Guidance, and the Integrated Theme Study Programme (Nanjing) – taught by staff that trains regularly in

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conjunction with that of Dulwich College. A foreign teacher is in class all day at the Legend Garden Campus and for half of the day at the Vancouver Forest Campus. Age range: 18 months–6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): RMB10,000 deposit; RMB 500 application fee; Legend Gardens Campus - RMB 80,000/year (full day); RMB 43,800 per year (half day); Vancouver Forest Campus – RMB 58,000 per year (full day); RMB 30,000 per year (half day) 1) 89 Legend Garden, Shunyi District. (6456 0020); 2) Vancouver Forest, Beiqijia Town, Litang Lu, Changping District. (6975 6579) www., 温莎双 语幼儿园, 1) 顺义区温莎丽京园,首都机场 路89号丽京花园别墅; 2) 昌平区温莎温哥华 森林园,立汤路北七家镇温哥华森林别墅 Yew Chung International School of Beijing Located within the scenic Honglingjin Park in the heart of downtown Beijing, Yew Chung International School of Beijing celebrates its 15th year of educating students of the Beijing expatriate community. YCIS Beijing, an IB World school, is fully accredited by CIS, NEASC and NCCT, and is a part of the Yew Chung Education Foundation with over 5,000 students across campuses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Qingdao, and Silicon Valley, US. Providing K2 – Year 13 students with a quality curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England and a research-based Chinese Language Program that equips students to be bilingual, competitive, and globally-minded citizens. Age range: 2-18 years old. TTuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year): Application Fee RMB 1,660 (non-refundable); Placement Deposit RMB 5,000–14,000 (year level dependent); K2 (half day) RMB 59,000; K2 (full day) RMB 99,000; K3 &K4 RMB 132,000; Year 1-6 RMB 157,000; Year 7-9 RMB 168,000; Year 10-11 RMB

179,000; Year 12-13 RMB 185,000 Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 3731, enquiry@bj.ycef. com) 北京耀中国际学校, 朝阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门

Shopping Directory Bookstores 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. A family membership (RMB 500) gets you and your crew the chance to borrow five books for up to two weeks at a time. Wed-Sat 10am-4pm. 1 Kaifa Jie (between Ms. Shanen’s Bagels and Smallville Café), Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 9175, www.bookmarkbeijing. com 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 child-size 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

Directories 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,,; 2) Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507, books@beijingbookworm. com, 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 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

Clothing Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique 1) 10am-6pm. Pinnacle Avenue, Linyin Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1480, ask@cou; 2) Sun-Thurs 10am7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 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) Lufthansa Center In addition to the brands individually listed in this section (like Kingkow, Garfield and Chicco), Lufthansa carries threads and footwear by Lawlandee, Montagut Paris, Nike Kids and Mashi Maro. A pricey, but convenient, one-stop shopping destination. Daily 10am10pm. 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1188 ext 675) 燕莎购物中心, 朝阳区 亮马桥路52号 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 Nali Mall Mediterranean-style mall selling unique women’s clothing, food and daily use products. Sanlitun Lu (entrance is halfway up Bar Street), Chaoyang District. 那里市场, 朝阳区 三里屯路酒吧街

0-8. Created by two French designers, they find inspiration in yesterday’s China. Handcrafted details characterize Tang’ Roulou’s colorful limited edition blankets, quilted jackets, qipao dresses and accessories. Here, you’ll be sure to find unique, high quality made-in-Beijing pieces. Daily 10.30am-8.30pm. 30 Sanlitun Beilu (inside Phoenix Design), Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6416 9761) 朝阳 区北京朝阳区三里屯北街路口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, tot-to-teen@hotmail. com); 2) Daily 10am-7pm. Stall 102, 30 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9640, 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) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Shop 105, Tower 9, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6597 0717, cn/ 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. (

Sanlitun Village An open-air shopping complex. Sanlitun Village South includes Adidas, Apple, Fossil, Nautica, Quiksilver, Steve Madden and Timberland. Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6110) 三里屯Village, 朝阳区三里屯路19号

Tang’ Roulou This tiny shop stocks gorgeous, tasteful Chinese outfits for kids ages

to access foreign products from US and Europe online retailers. SWS provides three services. One, package forwarding so expats can receive packages from any online retailer. Two, package consolidation so expats can purchase from multiple retailers, but the items can be placed in one international shipment. Three, purchasing agent so expats can shop from sites that only accept credit cards with US billing addresses, or so expats can enjoy Oregon’s tax-free status.

Ikea Stocks a wide range of children’s gear, including extendable beds, high chairs, changing tables, cupboard units and Patrull safety equipment (cabinet/door locks, safety gates, corner bumpers, window catches, etc.). Save your skin by paying to have Ikea technicians assemble your purchases at home. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District. (800 810 5679) 宜家家居, 朝阳区东坝河太 阳宫路1号(四元桥西北角) Leyou Sells all the essentials, like thermometers, breast pumps, breast pads, diapers, 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203-204; 4) 海淀区北土城西路143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 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) www.lilysantiques. com 华伦古典家具, 1) 朝阳区高碑店家俱 一条街69号; 2) 通州区工厂地址,通州区宋 庄镇白庙村工业大院 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 10am-10pm. 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1188) 世贸天 阶, 朝阳区光华路甲9号

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 9am9pm. 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) 蓝色港湾, 朝阳区朝阳公 园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区

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 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


Beijing Debonair Design Studio Offers design consultation and manufacturing. With overseas educated designers, they provide clients with Chinese, American, modern, European and rustic interior decorating solutions. Services include interior design, interior accessories design, sale of curtain fabrics and sofa fabrics, upholstered furniture making, sale of ornaments. B1-18 Diplomatic Residence Compound, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District (8459 3667, 北京轻松元 素艺术设计工作室. t朝阳区东方东路19号官舍 (外交公寓会所)B1-18

Roundabout Charity Distribution Store is a non-profit organization run by volunteers that accepts donations from the community and distributes them to people in need. They accept donations of almost anything: clothing, furniture and much more. Any items that are not needed by the charities, such 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) 顺义区开发街后沙峪顺义区

Gome In its 14 stores across the city, GOME stocks a wide range of home appliances as is the primary tool for expatriates and Asian consumers

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. 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

Organic Goods De Run Wu Translating as “House of Virtue,” this family-run organic farm consists of a greenhouse growing over 100 types of crops yearround. 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, jiyunliang@vip.163. com) 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 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, 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 highquality selection of organic import foods. Just call 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (English and Chinese) or visit their website to place an order. Free delivery from Monday to Saturday. Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 101, 1/F, Park Avenue, 6 Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6530 6641; 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (delivery), cn) 有机农庄, 朝阳区北京朝阳公园南路6号公园大道商业 大厦1层101号

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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, www.shangrilafarms. com 海淀区中关村丹棱街1号欧美汇购物中 心3层(地铁4号线和10号线海淀黄庄站直达)

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, maxim@mishka. pro) 朝阳区朝阳区双井桥 富力城C3


Photography Studios & Services The Age of Innocence Photo Studio Photography studio specializing in kids and families. Daily 9am-6pm. 21 LiangmaqiaoLu,Fenghua yuan Drive-in Movie Theater, Chaoyang District. (6438 7680,130 5108 3601) www.mycznd. com 纯真年代摄影工作室, 朝阳区亮马桥路 21号, 枫花园汽车电影院 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. 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 GIB Photo Studio Provides high-quality, professional photos for portraits of kids, families, even fashion. Also offers services in graphic design and printing, like photo books, catalogs, calendars and albums (with photo edition included).The international staff can speak English, Chinese and Spanish. 241 Xiaopu Beijie, Songzhuang, Chaoyang District. (186 0127 5025, 朝阳区宋庄镇小堡村北街241号 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, info@imaginestudio. cn) 顺义区西百辛庄开 发街14号 Lynn’s Photography Studio Shunyi based boutique photography studio offering westernstyle family, kid and maternity portraits. Sat-Thu, 9.30am-5.30pm. 9 Riverville Square, 1 District One, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8674) www. 北京印象摄影, 顺义区天竺

CoffeeArtCafe This catering service offers coffee and tea Classics, fruit milk shakes, homemade baked goods, fruit and vegetable salads, ice-cream, popcorn, hot-dogs and soft drinks for birthday parties, shop openings, workshops, festivals and more. Also has gift and picnic baskets. (Call Bianca on 137 0102 4509, www. 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) 朝阳区东三环北 路2号南银大厦2509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, www.bigdogparty. cn 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)

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, ninagriffee@hotmail. Hamilton Gregg International Educational Consulting Hamilton Gregg International Educational Consulting (HGIEC) assist families and their children find the right schools, whether they are boarding schools or universities, in the US and Canada. HGIEC is not an agent but works with families in their best interest. Mr. Gregg has a long standing background in education with over 26 years working in schools and is a member of IECA (, HECA ( in China. 9am-5pm (by appointment). Rm. 18C, Bldg 7, Lian Bao Apartments, Xinfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (hamiltongregg@hamilto 朝阳区朝 阳区幸福村中路联宝公寓7号楼18C

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-toperformance 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, 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. 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; 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 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, Partybox Formerly Maggie’s this party planning company organizes parties for all occasions: birthdays, bachelorette, holidays and much more. There are many themes to choose from such as animal, princess, pirate, Neverland, dance and CSI detective. Parties can be indoors or outdoors. (134 0111 0031, Relocasia 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 sched-



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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 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 Chinese-only 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 9am7.30pm. Shunyuan Jie, 12 Sanyuanli Nanxiaojie (just west of east third ring road, on the north side of the road), 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 9.30am7pm. 46 Hongqiao Lu, Chongwen District. (6713 3354) 红桥市场, 崇文区红桥路46号

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), www.

ules and prices. 24 hours available. (5820 6413)

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 9am7pm. 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 Lego Enthusiasts can buy classic sets of 30 to 1,000 pieces, while those with less imagination can purchase themed Lego sets, such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Alpha Team and Jack Stone. 1) B/1 Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) 10am-10pm. Rm 4100, Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8886 4036); 3) Daily 9am-10pm. Lufthansa Shopping Center, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 9am9pm. NB134A, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F Pacific Century Place, A2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6448 2105) 乐 高, 1) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区 B1层; 2) 海淀区海淀区远大路一号金源购物中 心4100; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎购物中心; 4) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城NB134A; 5) 朝阳区工体北路甲2号太平洋百货5楼 MUMA Smart Toys 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.Daily 10am-10pm. SMM-20, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6115) 木马智慧玩 具, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区一 栋广场层SMM-20 Panjiayuan Antique Market The mother of all “antique” markets is home to over 3,000 dealers who scour the countryside in search of antiques, family heirlooms and curios. This is the place to go for life-size terracotta warriors, vintage photographs, porcelain vases and figurines, Qing-style furniture and much, much more. The best bargains are offered early on weekend mornings, between 6 and 8.30am. Best on weekends, 4.30am-6pm (but open on weekdays as well). Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 4.30am6pm. West of Panjiayuan Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6775 2405) 潘家园旧货市场, 朝阳区 潘家园桥西边

Directories 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. Mon-Fri 10am6pm, 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, 30 players or fewer), RMB 15/person (outdoor courts, 15 players or fewer), 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 Sports Beijing Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Lido Country Club 2/F, Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, 6 Jiang Tai Road, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6430 1370)

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

Climbing O’le Climbing 10am-10pm Mon-Fri, 10am8pm Sat & Sun. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6776 4705, 奥莱攀岩, 朝阳区东四 环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号

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.danzcentre. com 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 Ding’s RAD Ballet Studio Founded by Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) instructor, JinCheng Ding in 1997, Ding’s RAD Ballet Studio follows the original RAD Graded syllabus while still giving students the freedom to develop their individual style. This studio is one of the few places in Beijing where students can learn the original RAD syllabus, take the RAD graded examinations and awarded the RAD Certificate from the RAD headquarters UK. Classes available from age 4 to adult and range from beginner to advanced. Instruction in Chinese and English. 2A, Tiyuguan Lu, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District. (151 1020 0236, 东城区东城区体育 馆路甲2号 J-Ballet School Formerly the Western Ballet School, J-Ballet offers instruction in Chinese, Japanese or English to children and adults. Courses are divided into fall (Sept-Dec), spring (Feb-July) and summer (July-Aug) terms. Children’s lessons are in six levels (RMB 60-80 per class). Adult classes are RMB 80 each, with packages of 10 lessons for RMB 700 and 20

lessons for RMB 1200. Students get 10% discount on adult classes. 1) Pulse Health Club, Kempinski Hotel, Lufthansa centre, 50 Liangmaqiao lu., Chaoyang District.; 2) 1/F, Bldg D, Jingxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8453 3003; 138 0103 6364 (Ms. Takeda); 138 0113 5877 (Ms. Tang)) www. J-芭蕾教室, 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路 景绣园D座一层西侧

Diving SinoScuba Offers PADI Open Water and advanced scuba courses, with trips to the Blue Zoo Aquarium arranged for ages 10 and up. Classes available in Chinese and English. (135 0116 3629, www.

Football (Soccer) ClubFootball This organization runs soccer coaching programs at 20+ locations in Beijing and Tianjin for boys and girls of all levels aged 4 to 18. Held after school, at weekends and during holidays, courses are designed and delivered in a fun environment by ClubFootball’s English FA-qualified coaching staff. A nine week course averages RMB 750 and includes kit, beverages, player profile, certificate and team photo. 9am-6pm. Unit A212, Door 3, A1 Zone, Huadeng Building, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5130 6893/4/5/6, 万国群星足球俱乐部, 朝阳区酒 仙桥路14号兆维华登大厦A1区3门212室 Sports Beijing Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Lido Country Club 2/F, Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, 6 Jiang Tai Road, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6430 1370)

Golf SGA Junior Golf Coaching Offers one-onone golf coaching for children ages 5 and up, from SGA-qualified, Australian PGA-certified golf coaches. Lessons can be designed for children at beginner or intermediate levels. Instruction covers everything from the full grip and swing technique to golf etiquette and handicap calculation. Clubs are provided for the duration of a purchased package. RMB 7,500 (10 lessons), RMB 13,000 (20 lessons) (does not include ball and green fees). Coaching center is located at Chaoyang Kosaido Golf Club, Shangsilu Cun, Tuanjiehu Xiaoqu, Chaoyang District. (6507 7389, 400 650 5169) 朝阳广济堂高尔夫俱乐部, 朝阳区团结湖小区上四路村

Hiking Beijing Hikers Hikes of varying difficulty in villages near Beijing. Open to everyone. Call for info on hikes and what to bring. Prices vary for overnight hikes; weekend hikes are RMB 250/300 (adult), half price for children under 12, including round trip transport, snacks and drinks after the hike, detailed map of the hike and professional guidance. Advance reservations necessary. RMB 200/yr membership gets a 10% discount on regular hikes. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 601, Bldg 2, Xinhualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6432 2786, www. 朝阳区酒仙桥中路26号新华联 丽港2号楼601室 China Culture Center The hyperactive stepchild of the Chinese Culture Club, the Amblers head out almost every weekend, usually to locations with historical or cultural significance in addition to their natural beauty. RMB 150-400 for day trips, more for overnight excursions. 20% discount for kids. Online registration usually required. Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341) 朝阳 区亮马桥路29号安家楼肯特中心

Horse Riding Equuleus International Riding Club This accredited horse riding club houses 95 horses,

12 bilingual trainers with CHS (based on BHS) horse instructor’s certificate and a dog agility area. Different riding packages available (insurance included). Tue-Sun 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, 天星调良国际马术俱乐部, 朝阳区孙河 镇顺白路91号香江北路北 Sheerwood Beijing Equestrian Country Club

Martial Arts Beijing Black Tiger @ Club Hero Black Tiger Kids Jiu-Jitsu and Karate is a martial art offered at Black Tiger @ Club Hero, located in the Cable 8 park Guo Mao area. We provide a large, safe and professional environment equipped with a 400 square meter training floor and a 100 square meter jiu-jitsu room. Learn martial arts skills and self-discipline in a fun and safe environment. Black Belt instructors in Beijing’s best martial arts academy. RMB 3.600/30 lessons. Full year (RMB 7,800) and half year (RMB 4,800) unlimited memberships available. Mon-Fri 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,, 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 Jinghua Wushu Shaolin kung fu taught by kung fu master Liu Xiaoyan and his experienced teachers. Beijing Riviera: Mon 4.30-5.30pm (ages 4-7), Wed 5-6 pm (ages 4-7). Kempinski Pulse Club: Thu 5-6.30pm (ages 7-9), Sat 3-4.30pm (ages 7-9), Sat 4.30-6pm (ages 7-9), Sun 4-5.30pm (ages 4-6). Adult classes and private lessons also available. RMB 700/ten classes. (135 2228 3751 English/French, 131 4107 2677 English/Chinese,, www.

Sailing Beijing Sailing Centre Located 90mins from Beijing by train, the Beijing Sailing Club provides a range of dinghy sailing boats to suit all abilities and age groups, from Optimists for kids fun, Topper Topaz for adult learners through to the Topper Omega for spinnaker and trapezing experience. Qualified English and Chinese instructors offer weekend courses for those wanting to gain experience (RMB 1,900) and the 1 hour Sailing Experience (RMB 240) is a gentle introduction to dinghy sailing and features of each sailing boat. Open May-Oct. 22 Wenti Road, Haigang District, Qinhuangdao. (0335 856 0916, www. (15 00 118 9580, 335 856 0916, www. 秦皇岛市海港区文体路22号

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


clubs around Beijing.MultiSport’s foreign coaches are specialists in their fields and all lessons are conducted in English. Children may progress from Parent and Baby classes through to swimming confidently in the four principal strokes and to eventually advance through the Amateur Swimming Association badge award scheme. Lessons are available for adults upon request. RMB 240/30min, 300/45min, 360/1hr for private lessons (136 8107 8446, 6507 2971, admin@multisport. Splash Recreation Club Boasts a large outdoor/indoor pool, a sand volleyball court, a playground, a gym, pingpong tables, a poolside bar and restaurant. The hotel also has squash and tennis courts as well as a sauna. Mon-Fri: RMB 80, RMB 40 (children); Sat-Sun: RMB 130, RMB 65 (children). RMB 35 (Oct 1-Apr 31). Free for children under 4. Daily 6am-10pm. Sino-Swiss Hotel, 9 Xiao Tianzhu Nanlu, Shunyi District. (6456 5588 ext 1217) 浪花俱乐部, 顺义区 小天竺南路9号国都大饭店

Tennis 6th Sense Tennis Academy International tennis camp franchise offers lessons for adults and kids in a facility that includes the Potters-Wheel center, a swimming pool, fitness room, numerous courts and more. 1 Langxinzhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8538 1073/3269, http:// 朝阳区郎辛庄路1号 Hot Shot Tennis Tennis lessons and camps for youth and adults at locations throughout Beijing. Classes taught in English by foreign coaches. All skill levels welcome. Chaoyang Gongyuan Tennis Center (Chaoyang Park South Gate) No. 1, Chaoyang Gongyuan South Road, Chaoyang District. (136 8318 9305, 朝阳区亮马桥路40号, 中日青年 交流中心

Yoga Alona Pilates Studio Specializing in both Mat Pilates and Reformers Pilates classes with experienced and talented English speaking instructors. Reformers and other Pilates equipment are available for private and semi-private instruction sessions in Westin Studio. 7.30am - 9.30pm. F/5, Heavenly Spa, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (139 1029 0260, 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) 梵音瑜珈, 朝 阳区西大望路蓝堡国际中心会所 Incy Wincy Yoga Founded in 2006 by two mothers looking for activities for their kids, Incy Wincy Yoga has ten fully trained caring instructors providing preschool activities in Beijing (Yoga from baby to 12 years old). 1) River Gardens Clubhouse, Shunyi District. (5952 7001,; 2) Rm 1606, Zhujiang DijingXi Dawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5952 7001, info@incywincyyoga. com) 2) 朝阳 区朝阳区西大望路珠江地精1606室 Yoga Yard Yard Vinyasa (flow) yoga classes offered daily, mornings and evenings, at various levels. offers pre- and postnatal yoga, introduction to yoga, restorative yoga, and other workshops. Yoga books, mats and wellness products also available. Kids yoga for ages 4 and above. RMB 400 for a four-week session. Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 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

May 2011



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 May 16. beijingkids Pizzapalooza at Kro’s Nest On April 16, Beijing’s junior pizza masters showed their pizzamaking skills at Pizzapalooza – brought to you by beijingkids and Kro’s Nest! Judged by four of Beijing’s culinary personalities, twelve teams competed to become Kro’s Nest’s pizza of the month in May. Kids had fun kneading and tossing pizza dough and had their faces painted by Nina Griffee.




May 2011

The Circuit YCIS Beijing Green Day On March 17, Early Childhood Education students made a Dr. Seuss-inspired meal of “green eggs and ham” on the annual YCIS Beijing Green Day.


WAB in March Throughout March, WAB elementary students enjoyed the spirited competition of the 60m sprint.

May 2011



The Circuit Fun at MSB On March 25, The International Montessori School of Beijing held a Nursery Transportation Parade. On April 31, Lower Elementary students participated in a poetry reading.

BCIS Great Wall Adventures On March 26 and 27, eight students, accompanied by staff members, participated in the ďŹ rst BCIS Adventurous Journey for the International Award. They climbed two challenging sections of the Great Wall and camped there overnight.




May 2011

Beanstalk International Bilingual School On March 16, kindergarten students visited Beanstalk International Bilingual School to see what it’s like to be at Primary School.


Music at BSB On March 24, students displayed their musical talents at The British School of Beijing’s Music Circus event.

May 2011



The Circuit ISB Second Grade Circus On March 11, Grade 2 students at the International School of Beijing mixed science, physical education, art, technology, innovation and creativity for a festive circus.

Harrow in March On April 3, Harrow students joined over 150 people for a Heyrobics session before running the 10km Harrowthon. Spectators enjoyed a barbeque and a bouncy castle. On April 7, Year 5 and 6 drama students performed Roald Dahls’ Cindy & Jacks Misadventure.




May 2011

The Circuit Charity at BWYA On April 1, BWYA student band Hot Noise organized a lunchtime concert to raise over RMB 2,500 in support of relief efforts in Japan.


Roald Dahl Performance at Dulwich From March 29 to 31, over 100 Dulwich students were involved in a production of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

May 2011



The Circuit HoK Visits Chaoyang Park On April 13, House of Knowledge took over Chaoyang Park with their annual Easter family picnic. Over 150 people showed up to hunt for Easter eggs and play under the sun.

3e March Madness In March, Grade 2 and 3 students at 3e International held a March Madness fundraising event, managing a school store in support of the local charity Roundabout.




May 2011

The Circuit KinStar Library Life In March, students got cozy in the library for KinStar’s Reading Month.


IAB’s Talent Competition On March 18, the International Academy of Beijing held IAB’s Got Talent and More competition. Congratulations to Daniel Ki who won for the second year running. On March 11, IAB’s elementary campus celebrated Reading Day.

May 2011



Family Favorites

The Alboreggia Family photo by Mishka Family Photography Alberto Alboreggia hails from Italy and is the owner and executive chef at Tavola Italian Dining. He lives in Beijing with his wife Marina Ekaterina from Russia, their 2-year-old daughter Cristina and 2-month-old son Ivan. They have been living in the capital for the past four years. Here are their Beijing favorites. Kara Chin Would you like to share your Beijing Favorites? E-mail

Date Night Grange at Westin Chaoyang is a good place to have a night out for two.

Favorite Neighborhood Lido is perfect for everything. We love Si’de Park.



May 2011

Family Rituals Sunday is family day. Whatever we do, we stay together all day.

Favorite Way to Relax Watching cartoons together.

Weekend Fun We invite friends to our home, and cook lunch or dinner.

Favorite Family Restaurant For Chinese cuisine, Xiang Man Lou and Din Tai Fung. Sofitel’s VIC Brunch is also kid-friendly.

Favorite Shopping Spot In Beijing, we like Mothercare or

Favorite Sports Alberto plays soccer with the International Friendship Football Club (IFFC) and likes skiing at Wanlong Ski Resort.

Best Day Trip Miyun – to walk around the small lake, have a picnic and see some greenery.

beijingkids May 2011 issue  

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