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ISSN 1672-8025

DECEMBER 2016

TFBoys Superfans

The adults obsessed with Mandopop teens

A Kick to the Face

Making air masks from Air Jordans

Better Call Soul Clap

The Boston funk duo bare all

Beijing’s Food Mecca The best Halal joints in the city


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Editor-in-Chief Oscar Holland Food & Drink Editor Noelle Mateer Staff Reporter Dominique Wong National Arts Editor Andrew Chin Digital Content Editor Justine Lopez Designers Li Xiaoran, Iris Wang Staff Photographer Holly Li Contributors Mia Li, Dominic Ngai, Tongfei Zhang, Emma Huang, Emma Marshall, Jens Bakker, Earl Robertson, Betty Richardson

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Editor’s Note President-elect Trump. Let those words sink in for a moment. Because just when you thought this annus horribilis couldn’t get any odder, America elected a reality TV star with the attention span of a senile carp to be its commander-in-chief. Just months earlier, I watched from afar as my own country (the ironically named United Kingdom) chose to distance itself from European neighbors and the world. And then there was Harambe. In sum, 2016 sucked. I acknowledge these events in my Editor’s Note because failing to do so in our annual Year in Review issue would feel negligent. But including them in our cover story (page 40) would take us beyond our Chinabased remit. For once, events here seemed prosaic. Things plodded along at their usual breakneck speed, with a stability and predictability that may become increasingly enviable to the rest of the world. Nonetheless, we’ve rounded up some of the happenings that made headlines in China this year. Frankly, 2016 will not be remembered for the events documented in this magazine. It will be remembered as the year in which the neoliberal world order began to tremble. The best we can offer is an entertaining distraction.

DECEMBER 2016

Elsewhere in the magazine: Dominique Wong meets the adult superfans of Mandopop teen sensations TFBoys (page 10); I find out how to make a pollution mask from expensive sneakers (page 22); Andrew Chin profiles two of the capital’s most unusual bands, Hoochie Coochie Gentleman and the reggae five-piece Long Shen Dao (pages 32 and 33); and Noelle Mateer goes in search of halal food in Beijing’s Muslim quarter, while bringing you her characteristically caustic roundup of the month’s food and drink openings (from page 52). And hey, we redesigned the magazine in time for the new year. I hope you like it. Here’s to 2017 being more normal,

Oscar Holland Editor-in-Chief

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6 CITY 7 DRIVE ON BY Why taxi shifus always

reject you

10 TFBOY WONDERS ... and the zealous fans who follow them

14 IMAGINE DRAGON We dissect the mystical Pangu Plaza

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16 LIFE & STYLE 17 FENG-TASTIC

Stylist Tera Feng on what’s hot and what’s not

18 PUT A RING ON IT A Zaha Hadid x Georg Jensen collab

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20 GOAT COATS Killer trenches for winter

28 ARTS 29 SOUND OF THE SURF We meet acclaimed synth-pop band The Big Wave

34 FOR FUNK’S SAKE Boston duo Soul Clap in their own words

36 BLAST FROM THE PAST A bluffer’s guide to Beijing history

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52 EAT & DRINK

53 STREET AND GREET Psychoanalyzing a Beijing snack seller

58 NOM NOM ‘NAM Crushin’ on Saigon Mama

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61 THE GRAPES OF WRATH It’s another That’s battle of the

wine bars


56 YOU OUGHTA NIU A culinary tour of Niu Jie, the heart of Beijing's Muslim quarter

64 PULSE

The best of what to hear, do, taste and see in Beijing this December

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CITY

ON THE BLOCK

“If Pangu Plaza were a person, it would be the annoying rich kid that wants to be noticed but hasn’t done anything worthy of attention,” p14

Laobeijing on 2016 p8

TFBoys Superfans p10

Urban Dictionary p15


TALES OF THE CITY

SCIENCE REVEALS WHY BEIJING TAXI DRIVERS TURN YOU DOWN by Justine Lopez, additional reporting by Dominique Wong

Sometimes finding a taxi in Beijing can be frustrating. It’s safe to say that we’ve all been turned down by drivers multiple times. We’ve had empty taxis pass us by, been inexplicably shunned by drivers and had countless Didi requests ignored. We’re decent paying customers (we think). So why are Beijing’s taxi drivers passing us by? Well, according to the first large-scale study of Beijing’s taxi drivers, being turned down isn’t just bad luck. In fact, there is a very good reason shifus reject us: profit. Over 12,000 taxi drivers in the capital volunteered to participate in the study, which was conducted by Sihai Zhang and Zhiyang Wang, computer scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei. Their goal was to identify the reasons why taxi drivers practice what they call “passenger avoidance.” The drivers handed over GPS records from a two-month period, resulting in over two billion lines of data. At first glance, the information revealed nothing more than the beginning and end points of taxis’ trips. However, after poring over the data, the researchers speculated that some drivers were picking

and choosing their customers very carefully. Unsurprisingly, drivers tend to gather in crowded places (e.g. train stations or stadiums) where there is a higher likelihood of someone needing a ride. However, the data also reveals that some shifus are picky about the destinations they were willing to take passengers to. Drivers were far more likely to take people from one crowded area to another, and far less likely to travel to an unpopulated part of town. From this, Zhang and Wang speculated that these drivers were actually forgoing paying customers in order to seek out those traveling to more popular areas. Personal convenience is another deciding factor. One Beijing taxi driver tells us: “Of course I turn people down sometimes. For example, if I’m almost finished my shift and someone wants me to drive to the other side of town – the opposite direction to my home – I wouldn’t accept them.” Understandable (we all dread the last customer who comes in just as we’re about to finish a shift), but pretty annoying for us passengers. So, is it a profitable strategy?

Well, it turns out these drivers might be on to something. The researchers calculated that the top 25 percent of Beijing taxi drivers were earning an average of USD80 a day – not too shabby. However, the bottom 25 percent were only making about USD8 a day. When comparing the journeys taken by these two groups, the researchers concluded that the highest-earning drivers were those who were selective about choosing customers. Drivers who mainly travel between crowded destinations rake in much more money than those who pick up any old customer. Top-earning taxi drivers in Beijing turn down one in every 12 potential customers. To put this in perspective, the researchers estimate that these drivers turn down USD0.75 with each rejected passenger. But this gamble appears to be paying off. Car-hailing apps weren't included in the study (which, although published this month, was conducted in 2012). But similar strategies are likely to apply, so we all better get used to the rejection.

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THE BUZZ ASK A LAOBEIJING We met Zhang, 66, keeping watch on Beiluoguxiang

Fitness enthusiasts display their parallel bar skills at a ‘bar and friends’ event in Beibinhe Park last month

What was most memorable about your 2016? “I’ve been a street-watch volunteer for about four or five years. I take great pride in the area – look around, you can see the hutong is very clean and peaceful. Plus, during my watch this year, I never saw fighting or disruption. This year was particularly good because the local government refurbished the street. The road was repaved and building fronts refreshed. I think hutong restoration is definitely a good thing because it maintains the buildings’ appearance and ensures they don’t become shabby. Nothing too exciting happened for my family this year. But regarding global news, I heard about the recent US presidential election. I don’t know that much about it but apparently Trump won’t be as good as Obama. And I’ve heard the relationship between our countries may not be as friendly. I hope the New Year will bring fortune and happiness.” As told to Dominique Wong

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In the Groove

A road in Fengtai district has been equipped with small grooves that ‘sing’ a patriotic song when cars drive over them at safe speeds. Found along a 300-meter-long stretch of a previously abandoned mountain road, the grooves are set 2 to 3 centimeters apart, meaning that drivers can enjoy a perfect rendition of ‘Ode to the Motherland’ by maintaining a constant speed between 35 and 40km/h.


E DI T E D B Y D OMINIQ UE W ONG / bj e di t o r @ ur b a n a t o m y.c o m

“The nearest neighbor is 50 kilometers away. That scene of barbequing with friends on a ranch only happens in movies” Beijing-resident-turned-farmer Lei Qing, 52, laments buying a ranch in the Australian Outback. Lei sold his 110sqm apartment in Beijing and bought a 323-hectare ranch in central Queensland, but the unexpected costs and loneliness of rural life left him and his family disillusioned. Lei’s wife even resorted to plowing the farm herself.

… is the number of multimillionaires (in RMB) for every 100 people in Beijing, according to a recent report published by the Hurun Research Institute and China CITIC Bank Private Banking.

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Although former UK boyband One Direction also d 46 had a pack of older followers (a survey showe percent of fans were aged 35 and above), its band the members were already well into their teens when d. band forme g “Most [TFBoys] fans are older,” Ma confirms durin gmana ial financ The lace. workp an a visit to her Haidi knows er has seen the band live in concert twice and . the lyrics to all of their songs lly “I’ve been a fan for the past year but I’d actua already heard about them before,” Ma explains, sipping on a watermelon juice. “I wasn’t interested in them back then because I don’t like young boys. all time. But last year it seemed they’d become nt Now aged 16 and 17, the teens were prepubesce young people, so I thought that was In tykes when they first started out professionally. more acceptable.” band , the spite of – or perhaps because of – their youth Married with a 10-year-old son, Ma wide. world and China in have amassed millions of fans gs to the TFBoys ‘mother fans’ belon (the These fans, officially named ‘four-leaf clovers’ subgroup, a title the followers use fans’ ‘leaves’ represent the three band members and online (another self-proclaimed subdisjoint relationship), are known for their excessive group is ‘girlfriend fans’ because they plays of passion. are of a similar age to the band). Older , It’s easy to see the band’s appeal. They are young supporters see themselves as sural cute and wholesome in every way possible; natur rogate mothers or sisters of the boys. poptalent has been sculpted and manufactured to According to Ma, “they’re the type of Fengjun perfection by entertainment behemoth Time kids all women want as their children.” to school Entertainment (TFent). As Ma says: “They go Indeed, Ma possesses a motherlike our and don’t dye their hair like Korean bands. We affection for the boys. She admits like ate or stars to seem ‘local,’ as if they could be a classm to crying at their concert and being neighbor.” moved by band members’ recent solo isMa’s devotion to a group of boys is a little surpr efforts (“this year [band leader] Karry y ing considering her age. However, a recent surve released his own solo songs for the nt of by Sina shows Ma is not alone. While 35 perce first time – it’s so nice to see”). A strain 20s TFBoys fans are 19 or under, the bulk are in their of longing, however diluted, persists. up a (42 percent). People aged 30 to 39 year olds make “Karry stood out to me because of his nt aged further 14 percent, with the remaining 9 perce cuteness. Seeing him brought back 40 or above.

inhree boys with matching bowl haircuts smile nocently from 37-year-old Ma Huiliang’s* work s computer screen. The same faces adorn photo these But desk. her s acros n strew and cards ers young boys aren’t Ma’s children. They are memb ng Fighti (‘The s TFBoy band: ar of China’s most popul . Boys’) Roy TFBoys are a trio of teenagers – Karry Wang, – hails name h Englis their use to Yi, n Wang and Jackso s debut ing from Chongqing and Hunan. Since the band’ rapping in 2013, the boys have been singing, dancing, s. heart se Chine into way their oxing beatb even and of band opop Mand st They are often cited as the bigge

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Meet the Devoted Superfans of China’s Biggest Boyband by Dominique Wong, additional reporting by Emma Huang

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“They’re the type of kids all women want as their children” PHOTO BY HOLLY LI

memories of a first love,” she says. “Like puppy love the band to trade cultural capital. feelings.” For university student and TFBoys supe Still, Ma is quick to differentiate herself rfan Zhang from the Qi (pictured below), it is neither. band’s other admirers. “At concerts, I just want to “Maybe it will help enrich the world’s persp listen to the boys sing but all the young ective girls shout of China, but I think it’s an exaggeration to ‘Marry me! Marry me!’” she says, annoyed. say it “I’m not elevates China’s power,” the self-titled TFBo that crazy.” ys’ ‘sister’ says. “It’s a personal choice [to spen Listening to our conversation, Ma’s male d moncolleague ey]. If fans feel happy to, and they can affor interjects. “I think you’re crazy.” d to, we can’t judge or even blame them for it. At least it On the scale of one to crazy, Ma would likely fall doesn’t harm anyone.” somewhere in the middle. But there’s anoth er C-word Whether birthday demonstrations cause that is often used in conjunction with the harm is band’s obdebatable – a train in Guilin was reportedly sessed fans: Cult. A Weibo message writt tempoen by Karry rarily shut down earlier this year due to on his birthday last year was reblogged TFBo ys fans’ almost 43 zealous poster-plastering. But some fan million times, breaking a Guinness Worl behavior does d Record for cause damage, such as the well-document the most reposts of a Weibo message. ed culture of bullying between fans. But fans pay tribute in a literal sense, too. Becoming Everybody has a favorite a paid-up ‘VIP’ member of the TFBoys’ official apps TFBo y. Karry’s devotees makes it easier to score the band’s limit ed-edition wear blue, while Roy’s merchandise. The ‘clovers’ also raised millio ns of US favor green and Jackson’s dollars to celebrate Karry’s 17th birthday with public red. The division is clearadvertisements, including 11 flashing billbo ards in est at the band’s concerts, New York’s Times Square. From Seoul to Iceland, ads where specks of red, wishing him a “happy 17th” appeared at subway stagreen and blue flicker tions and in major newspapers. Similar displays have from a sea of fans. But since been carried out for the other mem bers. sometimes the path of A teenage fan from Henan named Yuan Zhimin sees devotion can take a dark these acts as necessary, telling That’s Beijin g: “If fans turn, with hateful meshave the opportunity and want to help spread the sages about different message around specific areas, they shou ld respond to fans’ idols often hurled the call of action.” online and in real life. Outsiders – non-clovers, that is – declare these outZhang admits the comrageous expenditures a waste of money. The Times bativ e fan behavior is Square ads alone cost RMB10 million. Othe rs claim problematic. that it’s a reflection of China’s soft powe r, which uses “You can see [fans] PHOTO BY HOLLY LI

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l shows. They say ‘my ido fighting during the live I e tim e On really fierce. is the best one.’ It can get me t sen she but , ine onl tried to reason with a fan ges – really aggressive, a flood of personal messa rible. dirty words. It was hor between the various “But that’s the difference us er ones try to persuade groups of fans. The old to be more rational.” immaturity, then. And Call infighting a sign of boys themselves. The as fans mature, so do the pursue other interests to trio have already begun iness – alone. Both Roy in the entertainment bus films this year. Plus, deand Karry starred in big l, it’s clear the boys are stil ng spite appearing you So, what does this mean fast becoming TFMen. for TFBoys fans? itive. “[Sideline inZhang is trying to be pos elop and also satisfies terests] help the boys dev she says. “But it may re,” mo m our wish to see the from making better mu distract their attention d ban the o int got I son sic, which is the very rea in the first place. have new ideas “They are still young and er, they’ll be in their old I’m en every day. And wh t period of a man’s life.” prime, which is the bes ertain, though Zhang unc The band’s future is

mise” made between speaks of a “ten-year pro “Ten years after their the band and their fans: y have more mature the en wh debut – in 2023 – re for them.” songs, we’ll all still be the sn’t just abandon their doe We believe her. One ’s case), after all. Still, in brother (or child, in Ma l likely be another band ten years’ time there wil ention. These may att lic pub of kids vying for ‘TF trainees’ – a set of well emerge from TFent’s in training to be the y ead talented pre-teens alr next big thing. called second and According to Ma, the soes’ have already ine ‘tra of third generations on Weibo despite having racked up 700,000 fans ey’re too young for me “Th not officially debuted. though,” she adds. s can be reassured that Whatever happens, fan oys’ hit song ‘Heart’ – – as in the lyrics of TFB l bloom beautifully in the “the four-leaf clover wil ’t cerned mother, Ma can con future.” But, ever the rry wo “I s. hting Boy help but fret over The Fig says, singling out Roy’s she ,” ure fut ir the ut abo . pared to the other two noticeable shortness com .” ing act like ngs thi “It’s best to be taller for d

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PANGU PLAZA, NORTH FOURTH RING ROAD

Guidelines on urban planning issued earlier this year forbid the construction of “bizarre” and “oddshaped” buildings that are devoid of character or cultural heritage. Here, we gather opinions on some of the unusual architecture that remains, from both a design and civilian viewpoint.

The Building Bordering the North Fourth Ring Road, Pangu Plaza is made up of five adjacent towers connected lengthways through their respective third floors. The plaza encompasses offices, residential housing and a ‘7-star’ hotel. The top of the first (and, at 191 meters, the tallest) building is supposed to resemble a dragon’s head, with the other structures forming the rest of the ‘body.’ Designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners, the ‘Dragon Plaza’ was built around the time of the Olympics – and within sight of the Olympic Park. As such, its quirky shape is often mistaken for an Olympic torch flame. The Residents’ View We meet Peng, a visitor from Guangzhou, near the Bird’s Nest. Looking towards the plaza, he says: “It doesn’t stand out to me.” Meanwhile a reception assistant at Pangu Plaza, Wang, tells us there are courtyard houses (siheyuan) on the roofs of the buildings. “Only one is currently occupied – by the owner of Pangu,” she says. “They are really expensive.” Outside the hotel, a selfproclaimed “ordinary man” thinks the building is “magnificent.” The Architect’s View Project Architect Sebastian Loaiza, from Clou Architects, is less complimentary. “This project was envisioned in a very special time and place: Beijing, 2008 – a time when the ‘new modern China’ was going to be unveiled to the world,” he explains. “This building tries to be part of that same craze but fails because it tries too hard. “If this project were a person, it would be the annoying rich kid that wants to be noticed but hasn’t done anything worthy of attention. It’s a representation of the many ginormous developments across China. But the good news is that the trend for excess and perpetual fear of simplicity – as luxury – is passing.” Loaiza concludes: “Now that the global market is slowing down there is more time to make more conscious decisions that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.” DW

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CHINESE URBAN DICTIONARY | CITY

Shenshou Dang / shēnshǒu dǎng / 伸手党 n. someone who, instead of looking things up for themselves, insists on bothering others by asking them for information (and is never grateful when helped).

What does ‘nomenclature’ mean?

Come on, it takes three seconds to look it up in a dictionary. It’s kind of hard to explain.

You look it up and tell me.

You are such a shenshou dang.

There is a reason behind the popularity of the passive-aggressive website lmgtfy.com, or ‘let me Google that for you.’ Because we all have that friend who constantly asks for perfectly Googleable information as if you are his or her robot slave. They ask you for movie screening times when they could easily look them up. They ask you for restaurant addresses when they have Dianping at their fingertips. They ask you for the opening hours at the post office, knowing that you’ll do exactly the same thing they would – look it up online. Literally meaning ‘those who have their hands extended,’ shenshou dang are those who ask for hand-outs instead of working for something themselves. And they often feign weaknesses to get their way. “Oh I don't know how to do it,” they say, “and you are so techsavvy.” And, “oh I'll only get it wrong,” they say, “but you'll definitely get the right information.” Shenshou dang also lie about having tried it themselves. “I looked all day and I just can't find it anywhere on the Internet,” is the mantra of a shenshou dang. When you give in and look something

up for them, they are never thankful. “What took you so long?” they say, “Pingping sent it to me hours ago.” Or, "do you have a better version of this? The resolution is too low.” So are shenshou dang lazy or technically impaired? Are they so arrogant to believe your time is worth less than theirs? Or so manipulative that they get you to do their work for them? No matter the reason, you fall for it. You think: “I'm a helpful person and it doesn’t take long anyway.” You become an enabler. The most conservative estimates suggest that there are at least 12 enablers behind every shenshou dang. These are the people who convince them that their strategy is sustainable. The highest level of shenshou dang not only refuse to use the Internet, but also their brains. They ask: “How can I learn to speak English?” Then, when you recommend some textbooks and give a few tips, they come back and tell you: “I've been reading those books for a while now but I still can’t speak.” And as you contain your anger over their accusatory tone, they say: “I think you must be wrong.” Ugh. by Mia Li

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LIFE

CAN I KICK IT?

The Beijing designer making pollution masks from big-brand sneakers, p22

&

STYLE

SOHO-Inspired Jewelry p18 16 | DECEMBER 2016 | WWW.THATSMAGS.COM

New Plastered 8 p19

Trench Coats p20


SPOTLIGHT

TERA FENG

Fashion Buyer and Stylist by Dominic Ngai

Attending fashion shows around the world has been part of Tera Feng’s life since 2013, when the China-based fashion buyer and stylist founded Kuan Concept Showroom, a jewelry shop in Hong Kong. When did you fall in love with fashion?

When I was young I used to practice Chinese calligraphy and traditional painting with my grandfather. It taught me how to appreciate the beauty of art, and those memories helped shape my style and fashion aesthetics. What types of jewelry do you select for your showroom?

I’m drawn to designers and labels that highlight age-old craftsmanship – especially contemporary, timeless pieces.

Where can people find jewelry pieces that you procure on behalf of Kuan Concept Showroom? We’re collaborating with museums like Shanghai’s Power Station of Art, as well as lifestyle concept platforms such as Zuczug and iliangcang.com. In the future we’d like to find more designers who specialize in traditional Chinese craftsmanship, and turn their work into wearable accessories that can double as modern art pieces. Who’s your favorite Chinese designer?

Uma Wang. I really like the artistic approach she takes with her design. It marries the subtlety and elegance of the East very well, not to mention her penchant for highquality Italian fabric.

How would you describe your personal style? I like to mix and match. For example, I often like putting Eastern and Western elements or vintage and contemporary styles together. I mostly buy clothes and accessories at outlets and boutique stores and I don’t usually go for things that are from the newest collection that season. Good design, regardless of whether it’s new or old, should be able to withstand the test of time. Jewelry pieces are also an important part of my look, and I think they’re a good indicator of one’s taste. Name one item that everyone should have in the closet.

White sneakers. They’re super multifunctional; you can wear them in many casual occasions or even to parties or fashion shows. Is there anything you’d never wear?

Miniskirts. I don’t think there’s a way to wear them in an elegant way.

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STYLE RADAR COVET

World Time Buddy

Wangjing Rings

The phrase “it’s five o’clock somewhere” sure comes in handy when you’re ready to pop a cork. But it’s a nuisance when trying to schedule an international Skype date (“My Sunday morning at 6am… no, 7am). You know the drill. Enter World Time Buddy, an app that lets you compare the time in cities across the world. Sure, your phone already does that, but Time Buddy also functions as a time zone converter, meeting scheduler and more, making it an invaluable tool for the adventurous traveler. Or, you know, Beijing expat.

In a coincidental convergence of Beijing-related designers, it transpires that the late Zaha Hadid (the woman behind some of the city’s most recognizable buildings) collaborated on a project with Georg Jensen (the designer behind upmarket hutong restaurant, The Georg) before the former passed away this year. The resulting collection, entitled Lamellae, features rings and cuff bracelets inspired by Hadid’s architecture. And if you think the double ring pictured here looks familiar, that’s because it is based on our very own Wangjing SOHO. Mall-inspired rings might seem odd to those of us living here, but the building’s sweeping curves translate nicely into fine jewelry. A fitting tribute. Prices range from USD895 for a sterling silver piece, to USD36,900 for an 18-karat gold one (with diamonds, naturally).

Available for both iOS and Android devices, World Time Buddy operates in English, German, Spanish and, for some reason, Northern Sami.

Space Out If you’ve strolled through Taikoo Li North lately, you may have noticed that Space Cycle has a dope, well, space. The massive, orange-hued complex is the biggest and flashiest fitness studio to hit Beijing for some time. But this is no vicious cycle – upon entering the fluorescent complex, you’ll find room upon room of high-tech cycling studios complete with DJ booths and massive LED screens lit up with trippy animations. The 45-minute spinning sessions are intense on your legs and ears, but we admit it’s a killer workout. It’s like biking in a nightclub-slash-IMAX theater – one hell of a ride. (Pro tip: You can book a free trial online.)

Daily, 10am-9pm; N4-40A, Taikoo Li North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里 屯路11号三里 屯太古里北区N4-40A; (for prices, reservations and class times visit www.spacecycle.cn)

www.georgjensen.com

OVERHEARD

“Hello Weibo – Yes it’s really me, I finally made it to China!” … wrote Madonna (or someone in her publicity team) in her first Weibo post. While there are no immediate plans for the queen of pop to perform a concert on the Chinese mainland, Madonna’s Weibo debut coincided with the Tmall launch of her skincare product line, MDNA. www.mdnaskin-cn.com

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SCENE&HEARD

Movie Art China Sale

Plastered 8 Beijing’s favorite T-shirt brand marks its 10th anniversary with a new brick-and-mortar outpost. In addition to the latest roster of printed tees, Plastered 8’s colorful third store also sells jumpers, totes, hats and socks. This place is perfect for finding Christmas presents that loved ones will actually want. But Plastered also has a wonderful knack for producing China-themed threads that steer clear of being kitsch, so get some for yourself while you’re there.

Daily, 10am-8pm; 60 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区安定门街道五道营胡同60号 (132 6157 8517)

A Beijing-based movie art collector is selling off some of his vintage poster collection in the build-up to Christmas. The sale features over 2,000 items, from lobby cards to fullsized posters. All are theater-used originals from around the world, and all have (some sort of) China connection. From Chen Kaige’s Together to The World of Suzie Wong, the artwork covers films made or set in China, as well as those featuring Chinese actors or directors. Prices range from RMB80 to RMB30,000, so there should be something for casual Christmas shoppers and movie aficionados alike. Frames are also available at the sale, which will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays until Christmas Eve.

Every Tue, (1-9pm) and Sat (10am-6pm), until Dec 24; 10-2-31, Sanlitun Diplomatic Residence Compound, 12 Sanlitun Dongsanjie, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯东三 街12号三里屯外交公寓10-2-31 (info@movieartchina. co.uk)

Madness Hong Kong streetwear label Madness (a.k.a. MDNS) is the newest addition to the ostentation that is Taikoo Li – yet it’s anything but mad. Pretty chill, in fact (apart from the lines outside). Inspired by founder Shawn Yue’s personal fashion, Madness is all about utilitarian jackets, fresh tees and caps in earthy tones. If the brand’s tagline is to be believed – ‘Madness Breeds Madness’ – it won’t be the last of its crazy-cool kind around here. Daily, 10am-10pm; S6-21b Taikoo Li South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19号太古里南 S6-21b (8440 4251)

MADE IN CHINA

Shokay ‘Artist in Residence’ Shawl Collection Since 2006, Shokay has been using yak fiber textiles from the Tibetan highland region of Qinghai to produce warming winter garments. Continuing and improving upon this decade-long tradition, the brand’s fall/winter 2016 collection uses a new dying technique to create colorful scarves and knitwear. Among several new lines, the ‘Artist in Residence’ Shawl Collection with multimedia artist Caitlin Reilly stands out with vibrant prints inspired by her watercolor paintings. www.shokay.com

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LIFE & ST YLE | F E AT URE

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F E AT URE | LIFE & ST YLE

THE BEIJING DESIGNER MAKING AIR MASKS FROM AIR JORDANS words by Oscar Holland images by Holly Li

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hen Wang Zhijun received his pair of limited edition Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2s in the mail from Chile, he didn’t try them on. Nor did he keep the RMB5,000, Kanye-designed sneakers safe in their box. Instead, the 34-year-old Beijinger sliced the shoes apart and sewed the pieces into a pollution mask. FootwearNews.com described the act as “the sort of thing that would make many sneaker enthusiasts cringe” (the article was titled ‘Chinese Designer Destroys Yeezy Boosts to Make a Face Mask’). But 124 eBay bids later and the new creation was worth RMB34,700 – almost seven times the price paid for the original shoes. The deal subsequently fell through, as eBay imposes price limits on first-time sellers. But Wang doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, by the time he arrives at That’s Beijing offices for a photo shoot a few weeks later, he has decided to keep the Yeezy mask in his collection. The project was never about money anyway, he says. “The masks are not normally for sale, they’re just ideas and collaborations,” Wang explains. “I make them to show people that they can change their thinking – and make creative things from basic stuff around them. “You can easily get these materials from a market or sneaker shop. Then you can combine it with your own ideas to create new possibilities. What I want to do is tell people that everyone can change their lives – their boring lives – from right now.” It’s a grand aim for a humble face mask. But the designs have been attracting global attention. Earlier this year, one of Wang’s products featured on the front cover of French magazine Shoes Up, and he recently collaborated with Puma on a global campaign (the brand now offers him “product support” – in other words, they send him free sneakers to dissect). Since starting the project in early 2014, Wang has produced almost 20 unique masks. Each takes between two and five days to hand-sew. Sneakers’ insoles, laces and tongues can all be used, and running shoes generally work best (“high-tops are too big”). 24 | DECEMBER 2016 | WWW.THATSMAGS.COM


F E AT URE | LIFE & ST YLE

Each design is unique and Wang doesn’t even sketch out his ideas before dismembering a pair of – sometimes very expensive – shoes. “It’s like I’m meditating,” he says of the design process. “I just sit there and look at the sneaker. Then I get an idea in my mind and start making it immediately. “This is my newest one,” he says, pulling out a mask made from Acronym x Nike Presto Mids (currently retailing at around RMB1,300 a pair). The design marks the first time he’s used the shape of the heel to fit over the wearer’s mouth and nose. Wang, who works as a graphic designer and has made custom sneakers for Usain Bolt, uses filter valves imported from the UK. The masks have never been tested for efficacy, though their creator believes that the filters’ eventual discoloration is evidence enough. “More and more people care about their health and are using masks in their daily lives,” says Wang, who has been a keen runner since 2010. “When I worked at an international advertising company, I noticed that my foreign colleagues cared more about their health than my Chinese colleagues. That made me re-think my life. I wanted to be different from my parents, my relatives and even my neighbors.” Wang started customizing sneakers in 2012 and began turning them into masks in early 2014. He wore one for a half marathon, though nowadays he’s more likely to be seen sporting a regular commercial face mask – his custom designs are saved for photo shoots and promotions. If the project is to raise environmental awareness, the products are more useful box fresh, he argues. “Maybe everyone hates the pollution outside but they can’t all shout about it,” he explains. “I want others to be aware of environmental change. I try to suggest to – not persuade – people that they can control what they do to other people, the environment and even to the next generation. We have to face the changes happening in our city, our environment, our air, our situation.” See more of Wang’s designs at www.zjdsn.com

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LIFE & STYLE | ADVERTORIALS

LOCAL TOUCH, INTERNATIONAL QUALITY JW Marriott’s Head Chef Does Cantonese with a Twist While many chefs preach the importance of locally-sourced produce, not all have the credentials to back it up. But when the Head Chef at JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central’s Chinese restaurant says he believes in fresh ingredients, we believe him – over 80 percent of Leo Cao’s produce comes from local suppliers. “Our Chinese kitchen team shuttles busily from local organic vegetable gardens to popular restaurants in Beijing to study locals’ and international diners’ taste buds,” explains Cao, who heads up both the hotel’s Chinese banquet kitchen and its signature restaurant, Man Ho. So it’s no surprise that fresh ingredients are the backbone of Cao’s latest signature chef’s menu. A passion for seasonal produce also shines through. Whether using summer fungus or autumn hairy crab, seasonal food reigns large in his kitchen. This ethos is fundamental to the Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisine at the heart of Man Ho’s menu, Cao explains. “For Cantonese fare, we only cook based on seasonal offerings with minimal sources,” Cao says. “Cantonese food is most famous for its flavor and taste, while Huaiyang cuisine distinguishes itself with fresh ingredients. I always love bringing out the best flavor of the Cantonese dishes by using Huaiyang cooking methods.” Add some of the chef’s own innovations, and we’re left with an authentic yet inventive selection for the coming winter. Cao recommends his Icelandic mussels with Weifang radish (“both ingredients are good for people’s health”) and the fish ball with coarse grain and pumpkin puree.

And if you still don’t believe his dedication to freshness, then look no further than the judges of the Marriott’s recent ‘Chef Battle,’ who awarded first place to Cao. Tasked with showcasing the best of Chinese cuisine, the cook beat chefs from across the hotel’s North China properties to claim the title. “Among the 12 courses presented by six finalists, my dishes stood out for their aroma, choice of healthy and organic ingredients – which was the concept of the Chef Battle – and the taste,” Cao explains, before honoring his employer for the win. “JW Marriott is a very personal brand. We have a lot of freedom to develop our skills, ideas and thoughts – even if they’re less conventional.”

Try Chef Cao’s new menu items at Man Ho, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central, 18 Xuanwumenwai Dajie, Xicheng 西城区宣外大街18号 (For reservations call 6391 6381, www.jwmarriottbeijingcentral.com)

A WHOLE NEW WORLD

New World Hotel’s GM Talks Travel, Hospitality and Culture New World Hotel Beijing’s General Manager is, well, new. But only new to New World Hotel Beijing, mind you – Eddy Sarton is bringing over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the renowned hotel. We chat with him to see what changes his tenure will bring. You have worked in the hotel industry across the globe. Which city most inspires you, and why?

Every city has its own individual magic, and Beijing, of course, is one of those special cities. Rich in culture, juxtaposing an international metropolis with ancient and modern architecture, off the beaten track hutongs offering diversity, art, design and some unique dining destinations – all of this richness continues to be played out in the diversity of the people who come to live or experience this fantastic city. This is my second time living and working in Beijing, and I am thrilled to be back with a great team in a great hotel in a great city. You come to Beijing from Dalian – what was that like? How are the two cities different?

Dalian is a seaport city offering great summer and winter escapes filled with natural scenery and some very good beaches. Beijing is the heart of the country and runs to a very different beat. As a traveler, both are must-see, but Beijing offers a diverse cultural journey that few cities across the world can boast of. 26 | DECEMBER 2016 | WWW.THATSMAGS.COM

What have you learned about China's hotel industry, now that you have lived in the country for a while? There are two points that stand out the most for me. One is the level of commitment from those people who have chosen hospitality as their career – there is some great talent in China. The second is the industry’s energy to grow, learn, change and aspire to more. What changes are you bringing to New World Hotel Beijing?

Change can be measured in inches or miles. I am fortunate to be working with a focused team and so much of the change will be subtle and geared towards better engaging our community, guests and associates. Therefore, my key focus is on where we can improve these relationships to deliver better experiences for all parties. New World Beijing Hotel, 8 Qinian Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区崇文门祈年大街8号 (www.newworldhotels.com)


ADVERTORIALS | LIFE & STYLE

RECOMMENDS Pachakutiq

Aaaand they’re back. Popular pop-up Pachakutiq shut down its Dawang Lu location this fall. But fans of ceviche will be excited to know that the pop-down was only temporary. We, and Stella Artois, are happy to announce they’ve returned. Last time around, Pachakutiq operated out of Café Flatwhite’s spot just outside SKP mall. So you won’t be surprised to learn that it’s again within the confines of Flatwhite – just this time in Sanlitun SOHO. At 5pm every night, the space transforms from New Zealand-style cafe to Peruvian party spot. Pachakutiq offers an authentic Peruvian food experience. On our visits last summer, we loved the succulent beef avocado rolls and the tangy ceviches. And while you will find the classics you came to love before – Pachakutiq 2.0 has a revamped offering. The menu, longer but still just as traditionally Latin American, features causas (starters), tiraditos, ceviches, soups, mains and desserts. The ceviches are where Pachakutiq truly shines, and five varieties are available. Try the Peruvian classic ceviche (RMB90) if you’re looking for a time-honored taste; sample the Japanese-influenced Nikkei ceviche (RMB87) if you want to try something new. The entree offerings have also been updated. For a bit of Chinese fusion, go for the glazed pork with taro puree (RMB60). There is also, of course, pisco – the grape-based liquor famous to

Peru and Chile. Pachakutiq makes a mean pisco sour. Or, we should say, pisco sours – choose from one of many flavors to compliment your meal. But when the liquor gets too heavy, we like to think a cold glass of Stella Artois is just as worthy a drink pairing. The sessionable, smooth finish of a Stella is the perfect antidote to Peruvian food’s bold flavors. Who says Peruvian and Belgian are an odd match? At Pachakutiq, there’s more than Peruvian vibes on tap. Daily, 5pm-late; B1/F, Unit 239, Bldg 2, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北路8号三里屯SOHO 地下1层B1-239号 (5785 3762)

A ROLLING STONE

Bodhi’s Hot Stone Massage Is The Perfect Winter Treat We can think of many ways to heat things up this winter. Mulled wine. Sunday roasts. Cozy sweaters. And yet, we can think of no way better than a hot stone massage. At Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat, the stones are hot and ready. The spa’s tranquil location near Gongti – renowned for its accommodating service, comforting environment and can’t-be-beat prices – is a favorite among longtime locals and new expats alike. And with good reason. Bodhi’s the sort of place where, if you visit once, you’ll immediately be clamoring to come back. On our recent visit, we’re ushered into a warm, quiet room up-

stairs. It’s winter, and winds outside are biting, so we’re happy to be in such a nicely heated – and scented! – space. Calming music plays lightly over the stereo. The massage begins slowly (read: sans stones) with some detoxifying essential oils. Then the smooth stones are introduced one by one. They are perfectly warmed – hot, but not too hot. The rest of the 90-minute massage passes blissfully, and we lose track of time as we slip deeper and deeper into hot-stone-induced nirvana. At the massage’s end, we even fall asleep for a bit on the table. We wake up a few minutes later to complimentary tea. (One of our favorite things about Bodhi? Free drinks and snacks.) We leave Bodhi feeling relaxed, replenished and, best of all, warm. So warm, in fact, that we have the gall to walk home in the freezing cold, completely impervious to winter’s effects. Now you can, too. Bodhi is offering a special discount to that’s Beijing readers during the month of December. Just as winter temperatures become harsher this month, you can enjoy 10 percent off a hot stone massage. That’s right – you can treat yourself guilt-free with the knowledge that you’re getting a deal. Winter is the perfect reason to go to Bodhi. As if you needed an excuse.

Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat; Daily, 11am-12.30am; 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北路17号 (6417 9595); Bodhi Sense; Daily, 11.30am-11.30pm; 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路46号 (8440 1495)

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ARTS SOUL CLAP

The funk DJ pair on collabs, vinyls and losing their virginities, p34

Poster Art We Heart p31

Hoochie Coochie Gentleman p33

Book Review p36


DRUMROLL

THE BIG WAVE by Andrew Chin

One of Beijing’s most talked-about new(ish) bands, The Big Wave, signed with indie label Modern Sky in 2014 before hitting the festival circuit and touring the country. Having released a full-length debut last month, the trio are on the road again. We chat to frontman Li Jian ahead of the band’s 35-city tour. So, when we saw you perform in Shanghai last year, you were all dressed in lab coats...

The white coats were inspired by our song ‘No Such Disease,’ where we describe fussiness as a kind of illness. For the show I’m the incarnation of the doctor telling the audience to follow my instructions.

Given that you hadn’t released an album at the time, were you surprised by how many people turned out for your tour? It was originally supposed to be an album release tour but after we delayed the album we still went ahead with it. It was a pretty good turnout. I also think that Strawberry Music Festival helped give us a bigger platform. How did your Strawberry experience influence the band?

I had performed at Strawberry with my previous bands, and those experiences had a big effect on the formation of The Big Wave in terms of how we approached performing and recording. Also, from early on, we made sure to be in control of the business side of things, based on the experiences of my past band. So how did this band come about?

At the end of 2012, I had the idea of forming The Big Wave. We’d gone through a couple of drummers and bassists, but even when the lineup wasn’t stable, it still included people who shared common values and outlooks on life. The band began to play shows in Beijing in August 2013. The drummer from Queen Sea Big Shark, Xiao Wu, often played with us

in those early days, which helped us improve much faster. Then things really took off after we recorded a single about Mainlanders living in Hong Kong and filmed a music video. And now you’ve released a debut album – it must feel like a long time coming. What was the process like? We began working on the album at the end of 2014 but most of the songs were created between 2012 and 2014. At the beginning of last year, we recorded with Xiao Wu at our home. The album was produced by Wu Tao, the former guitarist of The Dada. The album’s sound is deeply rooted in synth-pop. Who were some of your influences?

Classic bands like Joy Division, New Order, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, The B-52s and Gang of Four had a huge impact on me. Their music changed my life. In our songs, the synthesizer relies on a lot of hardware devices and computer-assisted recording. That equipment gives us unlimited inspiration, and thanks to the recording process, we can record anytime we’re inspired.

What’s the significance behind your tour’s name, ‘See the Sun’? When you see the sun, it means the start of a new day. Life isn’t easy – there is no birth without pain. It’s inspired by the Spanish poet Luis Cernuda, who said: “For some people, living is like walking barefoot on glass. For others, life is like being face to face seeing the sun. Everything is the same. I reach out my hand, no rain. I stepped on the glass, there was no sun. I look at the moon, there is no beach.” Are there any cities you’re most looking forward to playing on this tour? Tanggu! It’s my hometown.

Your Beijing show will be the last stop of the tour. What’s next? At the end of December, we’ll begin working on our second album and hope to have it finished by next May.

Fri Dec 9, 8.30pm; RMB80; Modernsky Lab 5-108, Floor B1, Building D, Galaxy SOHO, Dongcheng 东城 区朝阳门银河SOHO D座B1层5-108

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COLLAGE WHAT’S NEW

30 SECONDS WITH...

David Guetta Just before going to print, we found out that David Guetta will play Beijing on New Year’s Day (after performing in Shanghai for New Year’s Eve). Here's a condensed version of our interview.

Award-winning actress Maggie Cheung is following through with her pledge to retire and pursue music. Having headlined the 2014 Strawberry Music Festival, she’s now released her first single ‘Look in My Eyes.’ Produced by London-based Chris Brown (no, not that Chris Brown), who has worked with Radiohead and Muse, the song has been dubbed “Eurotrash dance” by Reddit users.

Last month, Connor McGregor made history by becoming the first UFC fighter to simultaneously carry belts in two weight classes. And next year may be even bigger for the sport, with the much anticipated return of Ronda Rousey. The former bantamweight champion will try to reclaim her title from Amanda Nunes on December 31. Stream live in China at sports.pptv.com.

You must’ve had a lot of offers for these end-of-year parties, so why choose China? China is just an amazing country and they really know how to throw down a New Year’s Eve party. Chinese fireworks are colorful and I can’t wait to see them! Err… you might be thinking of the other New Year’s. So, what are you listening to these days? I’ve always liked hip-hop and R&B. Besides that, I’m very interested in the evolution in electronic music right now. A lot of DJs are adopting more creative ways of producing and I think Martin Garrix is a pioneer in this. Sun Jan 1, 8pm; RMB380-480; Jiuhua Convention & Exhibition Center, Xiaotangshan, Changping 昌平区小汤山镇九华山庄 (400 610 3721, en.damai.cn)

Hao Movie fans have caught a first glimpse of Asura, the film expected to become China’s most expensive domestic production to date. And early photos of the fantasy epic suggest that the film’s Oscar-winning costume and set designers have been busy. Shot in seven locations across China, Asura has a reported budget of USD100 million.

Bu Hao China has expanded its foreign film quota for the year, and Mel Gibson’s World War II epic Hacksaw Ridge has secured a December 8 release. The movie stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, a pacifist medic who became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The film received a 10-minute standing ovation at its Venice Film Festival premiere. 30 | DECEMBER 2016 | WWW.THATSMAGS.COM

Netflix has waved the white flag on its efforts to launch a China service. Citing a “challenging” regulatory environment, the company is now focusing on licensing its shows to the country’s existing online platforms. In related news, Amazon launched its Prime subscription service in China, but has stripped away its online music and video options.


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GIG POSTER OF THE MONTH 2016 taught us that the world is crazy, so we may as well get crunk and enjoy life while we can. Go nuts at artist Xiao Bei's School Bar birthday party, featuring punk rockers M.A.I., The Diders, Shave'N'Shut and Quick Shot.

Fri Dec 2, 9.30pm; RMB60 (advance), RMB80 (door); School Bar (see Listings for details)

... observed French actor Laura Weissbecker while discussing her new book, How I Became Chinese. Having recently starred in the Jackie Chan film Chinese Zodiac – and allegedly fallen in love with the country’s culture in the process – Weissbecker uses the book to reflect on the state of the film industry and her goal of becoming “more Chinese.”

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ARTS | MUSIC

“Music, like life, needs to keep developing. The new supersedes the old”

LONG SHEN DAO Tai Chi Reggae Masters by Andrew Chin

Chinese reggae may seem like an oxymoron, but for nine years, Beijing’s Long Shen Dao have been spreading the good word of Marley and friends. And the combination isn’t as incongruous as it seems, explains singer Guo Zhen. “There are quite a lot of similarities between reggae and traditional Chinese music, in terms of mood and spirit,” he says. “While they take different approaches, they both achieve the same results on the listener’s soul.” Although Guo admits that it can be difficult mixing traditional instruments like guzheng with the established sounds of reggae, he shrugs off the challenges. “Music, like life, needs to keep developing,” he says. “The new supersedes the old. So let’s just start and do it.” This can-do attitude led to the formation of Long Shen Dao in 2007. The six-member group were already established members of Beijing’s rock scene, though they came together when they saw a musical void. “We weren’t really digging what was popular. And as we began performing, we gained more fans and friends interested in understanding reggae,” Guo says. “Over the years, we’ve received a lot of support from other musicians encouraging us to do something so few people in the country were doing.” With a name that can be translated as ‘The Tao of Dragon God,’ the group instantly found fans in the capital. Their first show, eight years ago, was a sell-out. And soon they found critics eager to dub them

“China’s first real reggae band.” Their 2012 debut Tai Chi Reggae has secured numerous domestic music awards and touring opportunities abroad. And while the band make an instant impression on international audiences with their long dreadlocks, Long Shen Dao have earned respect by delivering the musical goods. “We’re playing Africa’s largest reggae musical festival next year,” Guo exclaims. “It’s going to be great being in an environment with so many cultures interacting and appreciating each other.” The singer credits touring experiences with helping the band evolve on their sophomore album, Freedom. “From playing so many shows, we’ve tightened up our rhythm and have new understandings of arrangements and lyrics,” Guo says. Released this year on China’s largest independent label, Modern Sky, Freedom sees the group collaborating with Dutch DJ crew PartySquad and UK collective Vibronics. Guo also notes, “I wanted to delve deeper into my feelings,” while hoping the album “paves [the way] for even more growth on the next album.” In addition to the trip to Africa, the band will be visiting fans across the country on a 21-city tour of China. “When you tour in a foreign country, there’s a sense that everything is fresh,” Guo says. “We hope we have that same relaxed, happy mood on this national tour. We look forward to bringing reggae fusion to the country and showing the world how all these different styles fit perfectly.” Sun Jan 1, 8.30pm; RMB100 (advance), RMB120 (door); ModernSky Lab, 5-108, Floor B1, Building D, Galaxy SOHO, Dongcheng 东城区朝阳门银河 SOHO D座B1层5-108 (5773 3620)

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THE BEIJING BLUES

The Strictly Old-School Sound of Hoochie Coochie Gentleman by Andrew Chin

China’s indie music scene may be dominated by wenqing (artistic youth or hipsters), but at least one self-described dashu (uncle) band is striking a chord. With a sound rooted in classic blues, the decidedly old-school Hoochie Coochie Gentleman have won Chinese Golden Music Awards, infiltrated a hit TV competition and are bringing their annual national tour to Beijing on Christmas Eve. “It’s very fun to go to different places, see friends and eat different things,” says the group’s frontman Chen Yafei. “Taking a break from our everyday life is always exciting.” With his raspy voice and a Great Depression-era uniform of suspenders and a newsboy cap, Chen channels the spirit of a seasoned blues man who somehow found himself in Beijing. “Like most of my peers, I grew up listening to music from Hong Kong and Taiwan. However, I was really hit hard by the rock bug when I discovered bands like Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses,” he explains. Having spent much of his 20s in rock and punk bands, Chen credits his blues conversion to a Beatles compilation. “I heard some of their blues-rock covers and went back to the store to buy a Buddy Guy record,” he says. “Immediately, I was fascinated. This was the first time I heard music that fit my ideas.” Taking their name from Willie Dixon’s blues standard ‘Hoochie Coochie Man,’ Hoochie Coochie Gentleman formed in 2009,

when they immediately began mixing blues with elements of jazz and folk. “As you get older there will always be a lot of changes in the world,” Chen notes. “The way you express your opinions will naturally change. And that will affect your music.” The group found critical acclaim soon after forming. Their 2012 albums Sky Blue and Sadly Dying With You won them Chinese Golden Music Awards in the ‘Best Blues and Jazz Musicians’ category.

aged to find a sizable audience, with sales for the disc proving particularly strong for an independent Chinese band. Chen fondly recalls selling out of copies following an impromptu street performance on Chengdu’s famed Kuanzhai Alley. “We found that audiences really dug deep into the album and listened to all of the songs,” Chen smiles. “Most importantly, we are very fond of it.” With the band’s growing profile, Chen proudly notes: “There are more and more blues bands, which we are very happy to see.” But the band are not content to rest on their laurels. Following a 13-city national tour, Chen says the group plans to “write more songs, then write some more.” While he teases that Hoochie Coochie Gentleman’s next album is still in the songwriting phase, and may not come out “for another 17 years,” Chen finally relents with some details. “We will likely add more brass because there are a lot of great musicians like [China Philharmonic Orchestra] trumpeters Lu Xiaolin and Zang Tianshuo, as well as saxophonist Hu Zhiliang, who are interested in collaborating with us,” he says. “But as is our custom, we will play the new songs to see audiences’ reactions before deciding whether to add them to the album.”

“I went to the store to buy a Buddy Guy record and immediately I was fascinated. This was the first time I heard music that fit my ideas” This acclaim, coupled with a hard-touring work ethic, brought the group to the attention of CCTV’s hit reality competition show, Sing My Song – a show designed to spotlight songwriters (Mongolian fusion innovators Hanggai took home the top prize that year). “As a band, we discussed it and thought it was a good way to promote ourselves,” Chen recalls. “It wasn’t that fun. We wanted to sing ‘Black and White’ but the program didn’t think it was suitable. In the end, we performed a song that we’d only spent about an hour on. But we met many friends during the process.” Their 2015 album Black & White has man-

Sat Dec 24, 8.30pm; RMB80 (advance), RMB100 (door); Jianghu Bar, 7 Dongmianhua Hutong (off Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie), Dongcheng 东城区交道口南大 街东棉花胡同7号 (6401 5269)

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ARTS | MUSIC

interview by Oscar Holland photo by Bill Kennedy

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Lately we’ve been talking about wanting to work with R. Kelly. He’s the best male R&B singer alive, he’s from Chicago so he understands house and we know he’s already been collaborating with legends like Maurice Joshua, Terry Hunter and Wayne Williams. We think we could flip something really special for him. Kells get at us! We haven’t been announcing the live sets, the crowd has just been showing up and seeing all of our synths and microphones set up. Then suddenly we’re mixing into a live performance and people are loving it. Eli lost his virginity in a dark corner at a rave when he was a teenager. Once you hear your music on vinyl it’s a true thrill. Vinyl is the best sounding, most tactile, most exciting and least convenient musical format. We each bring our own tastes to Soul Clap, but usually we agree on all of the music that we present as a duo. There are sometimes exceptions to the rule, like when Charlie goes way out into musical outer space or when Eli goes a little ‘Fred Flintstone’ with the DJ set. Fri Dec 16, 10pm; RMB70 (advance), RMB100 (door); The Bar at Migas (see Listings for details)

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ARTS | BOOKS

AN ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER’S HISTORY OF BEIJING

A Bluffer’s Guide to our City’s Past By Oscar Holland

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So why are we reviewing a Beijing travel guide when you live and work here? That’s a fair question. Well, despite appearances – and the visitor info in its final third – An Armchair Traveller’s History of Beijing is largely a concise history of our city. The book just isn’t marketed at you, which is a shame because the learned readers of That’s Beijing are the very people who might enjoy Jonathan Clements’ informative account the most. I’m sure there’s a cliche we could summon about books and their covers. Speaking of which, the book’s cover is genuinely awful. We’re not even certain that the picture shows Beijing, and if it does, the image has been photoshopped beyond recognition. But get past the cover’s galling blue, and you’ll find 105 pages of direct, well-written history, that travels at a steady pace from Peking Man to the ill-fated opening of a Starbucks inside the Forbidden City. Longer than the Wikipedia entry, but shorter than an academic tome, Clements’ condensed history is written without excess or pomp. Each sentence seems to carry weight. The only exception is the author’s poorly executed attempts to open each chapter with a personal anecdote (they are mostly about about his trips to Beijing subway stations). But the narrative soon dissolves into the straight history you’re here for. More compelling images of familiar places come from descriptions of the city’s past, such as Kublai Khan and his followers boating in Beihai Park at sunset. Sure, this account is short on dates, historiography and primary sources. But if you’re after some interesting facts to impress friends and visitors with, this is the book for you. And if that’s your goal, shouldn’t we just publish some of the best facts from the book right here? OK, here you go (all in Clements’ words):

On jiaozi… The dumpling travelled both east and west from Central Asia in the Middle Ages, along with the durum wheat that was a vital component of both it and noodles – neither is native to China. On north and south… In 938 Beijing was renamed Nanjing (‘South Capital’) in recognition of its relation to other urban centers of the Liao dynasty – a ruling elite of Khirtan tribesmen. On 12th-century building regulations… Although some temple pagodas might climb higher than a couple of stories, 99 feet was usually regarded as the maximum height allowable by the principles of feng shui. Good spirits, supposedly, flew through the air at a height of 100 feet, and any buildings in their airspace might impede the bestowal of good fortune. On Marco Polo… Marco himself never learned more than a few words of Chinese, leading to many supposed ‘errors’ in his account of his travels. In fact, his experience of China was akin to that of a foreign diplomat on a brief fact-finding mission, forced to regard everything though the limited opportunities afforded for actual local contacts. On Manchus and the sea… With a nomadic background and a love of horsemanship and the steppe life, the Manchu ruling house was pathologically afraid of the sea. In the 17th century, they briefly ordered the complete depopulation of the seacoast to a distance of some 30 miles, hoping to cut China off from the undue influence of the coastline. On hutongs… Strictly speaking, a street that runs east-west is called a hutong (‘alley’) while one that runs north-south is called a xiang (‘lane’).

An Armchair Traveller’s History of Beijing is published by Haus Publishing and is available on Amazon


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ARTS | PICK OF SIX

Yang Maoyuan, ‘Eidos’

Through Dec 10; Platform China Contemporary Art Institute

Wu Xiaowu, ‘Acquirement’ Through Jan 22, 2017; C-Space

Mark Nader, ‘Doublespeak’

Through Dec 21; Tong Gallery+Projects

Ding Yi and Elias Crespin, ‘Dialogue’ For gallery information visit www.thatsmags.com/beijing

Through Dec 31; Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery

You Diwen, ‘Matrix’

Through Dec 19; Hive Center for Contemporary Art

Wang Haiyang, ‘New Directions’

Through Jan 8, 2017; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)

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TOP STORIES BEIJING • Take a Look Inside Beijing’s Nanny University Diaper bags are the new book bags

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• T-Rex Spotted Terrorizing

Commuters on Beijing Metro Less frightening than that guy with a hacking cough standing right beside you

• Beijing Braces for Most Severe

COMMENTS OF THE MONTH

Blame it on La Niña (an ocean-atmosphere phenomenon, not a person)

"I don’t understand how people can just watch and not do anything. I would have rugby tackled the douchebag"

Cold Streak in 30 Years

• Beijing Buses Are Now Equipped

With Fast Free Wifi

A cheaper alternative to hitting up Starbucks

• Police Storm Beijing Nightclubs

in Drug and ID Crackdown

Be safe out there, lest you are made to pee in a cup

NATIONAL • Is China’s Booming Fitness

Industry a Blueprint to Follow?

VIDEO OF THE MONTH WATCH: Car Bursts into Flames in Central Shanghai An Audi A6 becomes a giant fireball on the streets of Shanghai, leading to a huge traffic jam.

– user Maria Kimsey on ‘Man Found Guilty of Infamous Beijing Hotel Attack’

Just in time for the holiday binge-eating season

• English Completely Removed from New China Uber App Didi’s first major change to Uber since acquiring it: make it harder for laowai to use

• China Tells Trump Climate

Change Isn’t a Chinese Hoax They also added that that’s not how you pronounce “China”

• Why Chinese Celebs are Leaving

Free Books on the Metro A novel idea indeed

• Marks & Spencer Shutting Down

All China Stores

Now where are we supposed to find prosecco-winterberry crisps?

“Still better than Tianjin” – user DK on ‘Revealed: Why Beijing’s Taxi Drivers Turn down Paying Customers’

“Anyone interested in a bet on when the first double-long-john day will be?” – Twitter user @simondavidclode on ‘Beijing Braces for Most Severe Cold Streak in 30 Years’

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R.I.P It was a sad year for fans of these Beijing institutions. Here are our obituaries. The Den

We’ll miss you, The Den. After all, where else can we go at 6am? (Bed, we should definitely go to bed.)

Old What? Bar

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THE NEW KUNLUN ON T H E B LO C K

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After Chinese freestyle swimmer and former gold medalist Sun Yang splashed Australian rival Mack Horton in the pool, Horton says, “I ignored him because I don’t have time for drug cheats” (a reference to Sun’s 2014 doping ban). The Internet (read: netizen commentators) hoped that Horton would be “killed by a kangaroo.” Yang responded with a classic Mariah Carey-inspired dig: “I don’t know him. I’m the king.”


HALL OF FAME & INFAMY Hero of the Year:

Swimmer Fu Yuanhui for her menstrual chat and LOL expressions at the Rio Olympics

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Ex-China national football coach Gao Hongbo, who resigned after China’s humiliating defeat to Uzbekistan in October

Attention-Seeker of the Year: Diver and

Olympic bronze medalist Qin Kai who proposed to fellow diver He Zi as she literally just received a (silver) medal of her own in Rio

Badass of the Year:

Nike-sponsored Yi Jianlian of Guangdong Southern Tigers was suspended for a game after replacing his CBA official Li-Ning kicks with Nikes during a game. Yi reportedly regrets “just doing it”

Goal of the Year:

Women’s football player Tan Ruyin, who scored a 40-yard screamer in a match between China and South Africa at the Rio Olympics

Coach of the Year: Women’s volleyball coach Lang Ping, who guided the national team to gold in Rio (her second; she also won gold as a player in Los Angeles in 1984)

Awkward Moment(s) of the Year:

An incorrect version of China’s national flag was displayed at not just one, but two Olympic medal ceremonies

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Emergency pensioner slide

PRO The quantum satellite

Passenger drone The world’s first passenger drone was unveiled by a Chinese firm. And while it may look like any old quadcopter, the Ehang 184 is an autonomous aerial vehicle. This means that passengers simply enter a destination and they’ll be whisked away by the drone. Let’s see how the testing sessions in Nevada go before getting too excited.

We’re struggling to explain this in just a few sentences. So, let’s hand over to the Xinhua news agency: “The satellite is designed to establish ultra-secure quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground […] It could also conduct experiments on the bizarre features of quantum theories, such as entanglement.” Got it?

Smog-eating tower Another year, another unlikely device for battling smog. But could this be the one to go beyond headline-making? The 7-meter tower cleans 30,000 cubic meters of air an hour and is already being tested in Beijing. The tower’s Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde hopes to collect the pollution particles and use them in jewelry. Good to see he’s got his priorities sorted.

Pensioner Zhou Miaorong was worried about how he and his elderly neighbors would escape their apartment block in an emergency. So the spritely Shanghai septuagenarian, who lives on the 35th floor, built an emergency slide that can take residents to safety at the breakneck speed of 0.33 floors per second.

Source: Trustdata mobile data platform, walkthechat.com

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While there’s never a bad time to send a WeChat hongbao, some times are better than others. The peaks represent Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival.

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DIY Anti-smoke device

Scarlett Johansson robot

Fed up with second-hand smoke in his dormitory, this Guangxi student took matters into his own hands. The resulting contraption uses trash bags and a cardboard box to pump fresh air directly towards his face. The young man uploaded pictures to Weibo alongside a chart to explaining how the device works (for the benefit of other frustrated roomsharers).

Hong Kong graphic designer Ricky Ma based his lifelike robot on a famous Hollywood actress, though he wouldn’t reveal which one. His USD50,000 investment paid off, as it is evidently Scarlett Johansson (right?). The humanoid, named Mark 1, can move its arms and legs, turn its head, bow and respond to compliments – just like Johansson. Uncanny.

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Top 3 Movies

The Mermaid RMB3.39 billion

Hong Kong comic legend Stephen Chow smashed the record for China’s highestgrossing film of all time, with this sci-fi romantic comedy that he directed, co-wrote and co-produced. Chow may soon repeat the record-breaking feat, as a follow-up to his 2013 adaptation of Journey to the West is slated for release next year.

Zootopia

“Disney shouldn’t have entered the Chinese mainland. We have a strategy – one tiger is

no match for a pack of

R E K L A T SMACK R A E Y E H OF T wolves”

After years of anticipation, Shanghai Disneyland opened in June – and China’s richest man was less than impressed. Despite being spotted there in October on a mission to “inspect and learn,” Wanda Dalian boss Wang Jianlin talked plenty of smack about Mickey and co. in an interview with CCTV. He then boasted about his company’s plans to open 15-20 Wanda theme parks across China.

RMB1.53 billion

Following a same-day release in China and the US, Zootopia grossed RMB500 million more than Kung Fu Panda 3. In doing so, it became Disney’s biggest financial success – and the seventh highestgrossing film in China to date. Widespread hatred of Batman vs. Superman (also released in March) undoubtedly helped.

Warcraft

RMB1.47 billion

While America was less than charmed with Warcraft (which only grossed USD46 million on its opening day), the movie struck a major chord here thanks to a marketing push from its Chinese backer, Wanda. Despite negative reviews, the film edged out Avengers: Age of Ultron to be China’s most popular action film of the year.

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Scandal of the Year

#WangBaoQiang Divorce

Actor Wang Baoqiang broke the internet by posting plans to Man sells fish Hujialou subway station that he’s caught at divorce hisatwife on Weibo. The Lost nearby park star accused wife Ma Rong in Thailand of adultery, “destroying the family,” and hiding and transferring property. The plot thickened when Ma filed a defamation case against him. According to Weibo, 47 percent of netizens were Team Wang.


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GETTING MODERATELY DEEP WITH... A Roadside Snack Vendor interview by Noelle Mateer and Emma Marshall, photo by Holly Li

You can learn everything you need to know about someone by giving them the Proust Questionnaire. Or at least that’s what Proust said – seems legit. In our new series Getting Moderately Deep With…, we ask a food vendor tough questions. Well, sort-of tough. This month: Song Shiming, a dude selling lüdagun (a traditional Beijing gummy candy) on a street corner near Gui Jie. When we approach, Song is wearing Ugg boots, and something that is either a quirky hat or a cloth napkin wrapped around his head. He is shouting, incredibly loudly, at passersby about his lüdagun. At first he is reluctant to talk to us, but then we offer to buy some candy, and the interview commences. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning? Going out to make money.

What’s your idea of the perfect day? A peaceful day is the best day. Who’s your best customer?

I have too many great customers to count. Who’s your worst customer?

I basically don’t have any bad customers because the stuff I sell attracts good people. OK. What is your greatest success?

Living until today.   If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be and why? I would travel to the ends of the earth.

What is your most precious possession?

What is the quality you most value in a person?

My food cart.

Who is your hero?

Honesty and uprightness.

Lei Feng.

What makes you laugh?

Speaking foolishly or without purpose.

Jokes.

Financial talent.

At home eating.

You have to work for each day you live, until you have no more days to live.

Right. When and where are you happiest?

What era of Beijing’s history would you most like to have lived in? During the Cultural Revolution.

Who is the person you most admire? Mao Zedong.

What do you most dislike in a person?

What talent would you most like to have?

What is your personal motto?

What is the most surprising thing that has happened to you? Finding the love of my life.

Find Song at the corner of Dongzhimen Nei Dajie and Cangjia Lu. Hours vary… a lot. Follow the shouts.

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GRAPE VINE SNACKS IN THE CITY Welcome to our new food section. Isn’t it nice? It’s changed a lot. We thought about changing this column, too. I wondered, are readers sick of my snarky-yetself-deprecating tone? And then I realized how depressing that thought is, because I have to live with this tone, inside my brain, every day until I die. Anyway, we've now reached the part of my column where I transition from general life musings to food-and-drink news because I am required to do so for my job: November heralded the rolling out of hot drinks across the city! Particularly at Mimi e Coco, Modernista and The Tiki Bungalow. There is a new chef at TRB Bites, and also, Modo Urban Deli is closing. Only one of those news tidbits is sad; I’ll let you figure out which one (your hint is ‘Swedish meatballs’). In keeping with its vocabularic disposition towards eggrelated terms, Hatchery has a new brunch called Coop. You will not be surprised to learn that the base ingredient is eggs. You may be surprised, though, that a glass of cava or beer comes complimentary with any main. Atmosphere also has a new brunch, in which the key word is ‘Champagne,’ and the key strategy is booking on smog-free days so you can see the view. Next up, stay tuned for our Golden Fork Awards this December. I always say That’s Beijing throws the best awards in the city, but then again I’m always drunk at these things, so I would say that. NM

Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire Hai Di Lao may be in hot water. Pun intended, of course. The hot pot restaurant is one of thirteen chains in Beijing that were given warnings last month for not properly enforcing the capital’s smoking ban, according to the Global Times. Each warned restaurant had received at least five complaints – customers can call in to tip off authorities – and one restaurant had 48. The smoking ban was launched on June 1, 2015, and it applies to restaurants and bars, public transport and entertainment venues. But almost half of the 7,603 complaints received by the Beijing Tobacco Control Association since September of last year concerned restaurants. In the year-and-a-half since it went into effect, over 500 companies and 2,300 individuals have been punished for breaching the ban’s rules.

OFF THE BEATEN PLATE Drinking fresh coconut: Easy. Puncturing the shell of one with a power drill: Hard. Fortunately, the days of getting your coconut drilled at a roadside stand (or in Wangfujing) may now be over. Enter the pop-top coconut. It's as if a Coke can and a coconut had a baby. All you need to get deez nuts is pull the tab. When you do, you punch through a pre-drilled hole, and the remaining layer of flesh can be easily punctured with your straw. Granted, this isn’t the freshest of coconut milks – and its incredible sweetness has us thinking there must be sugar added. Nonetheless, it’s worth a try – especially if you're thinking of adding rum to it. Just say yezi. (That means ‘coconut.’)

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High Town Contrary to what its name might have you believe, High Town is merely on the second floor (that's ‘first floor’ for you non-Americans). The new brewery – one floor above Moka Bros, one below Mosto – might be the clearest sign yet that craft beer culture has gone mainstream. The large space, replete with industrial-chic trappings – because obviously – adds a little yeast to Nali Patio’s already boozy mix.ix. Daily, noon-late; D205, 2/F Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang 朝阳 区三里屯北街81号1幢那里花园二层D205 (5208 6095)

Lau Pa Sak Lau Pa Sak's brand-new Sanlitun SOHO location looks like it's been around for 30 years. This is not a compliment. The hefty chicken leg curry, meanwhile, is a dish worth both the money and the fluorescent yellow stains it made on our sweaters. That one is a compliment. Daily, 11am-10.30pm; Unit 3-117, Block E, Sanlitun SOHO, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三工体北路8号三里屯SOHO 3-117 (6417 0952)

Hatchery Hatchery's new location brings a dose of future-cool to the ancient hutongs of Dongsi. Food-wise, the dishes are of the moment: healthy Soul Bowls during the day, festive Peruvian food by Buena Onda at night. Daily, 8am-late; 88 Dongsi Jiutiao, Dongcheng 东城区东城区东四九条88号 (6594 0188)

Fú Tapas & Wine Bar Is Beijing finally turning from the grain to the grape? There’s been a bunch of new wine bars opened this year (see page 61 for a couple more), but Fú is the only one with a completely organic selection. As well as new- and old-world wines, this chic and unexpectedly intimate three-story hutong joint also serves tapas, salads and cold cuts. Fú opened just as we went to press, but the opening party hinted at good things to come. Tue-Sun, 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight; 25 Ju’er Hutong, Dongcheng 东城 区菊儿胡同25号 (188 0113 6781)

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Niu Jie's Halal Restaurants Have Some Serious Beef words by Noelle Mateer, images by Holly Li

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et’s get one thing straight right away: This story is not vegetarian-friendly. In Beijing, Halal food is all about the meat. The road named ‘Niujie,’ where Beijing’s best Halal food is found, means ‘Oxen Street,’ after all. The street is not named after cows because people here like ice cream. It is named after cows for the way people here slaughter, slice and serve them. Say ‘halal food’ in Beijing, and chuan’r or Lanzhou beef noodles may come to mind. But carnivores would be remiss to skip the variety of quality Hui foods on Niujie, Beijing’s meat, well… Mecca. Niujie was settled by Hui from before the Niujie Mosque, Beijing's largest mosque, was built in the 10th century. Today, Hui people make up just under 2 percent of Beijing’s population, and the Muslim quarter has a distinctly residential feel. The pace of life here feels slower than in other parts of the city – and not just because of long lines at the halal butcheries. Retirees in traditional Islamic caps linger outside the mosque. In pastry stores shopkeepers gab with each other as they work. Everywhere, people linger over food. The Niujie area plays host to Islamic schools and hospitals – but most of all, it plays host to restaurants. Here are a few worth checking out.

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Jubao Yuan

Jubao Yuan is one of Beijing’s most popular spots for hot pot. Period. So when it comes to halal hot pot, it was always going to be No. 1. While the dine-in experience is what you’d expect from a quality hot pot spot, what makes this restaurant stand out is its selection of to-go meats. Queues stretch from the butchers’ stalls at the shop’s exterior all the way around the street corner. While in line, we meet a man surnamed Wen. He lives on the other side of the city, but visits Niujie twice a year to stock up on beef. When we ask why, he looks at us like we’re stupid. “Because it tastes good,” he says. “Better than any other place in Beijing.” Daily, 11am-10pm; Shop 5-2, 1 Niu Jie Xili, Xicheng 西城区牛街西里商业1号楼 5-2号 (8354 5602)

Niujie Qingzhen Supermarket

There’s more to halal food than lamb. Much more. The Qingzhen Supermarket spans two floors and features everything from halal dumplings and lesser-known cow parts to freshly made desserts. Expect a long wait for the freshly made heye zenggao (steaming hot cake made of dates, RMB10) at the busy ground-floor stall


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"The beef tastes good, better than any other place in Beijing" within. The massive grocery attracts more than just local Hui people. After explaining some of the products to us, a shop saleswoman admits with a laugh: “I’m not Hui. I actually love pork.” Daily, 7am-9pm; 5 Niu Jie, Xicheng 西城区牛街5号 (8355 7354)

beef is sandwiched between two hearty sesame patties. The quality is so good, we even enjoy the boiled tripe (normally a big ask) when dunked in sesame paste (RMB36). When it comes to the soup of lamb innards, however, just know that… you’ve been warned. Daily, 8.30am-9.30pm; 98-1 Nanheng Xijie, Niu Jie, Xicheng 西城区牛街南横西街 98-1号 (6351 2443)

Si Lu Yi Lan

This noodle shop serves the classic Lanzhou beef noodles, sure. But as one of the most popular noodle joints on the street, that’s just one of a variety of hand-pulled noods on offer. Better still is the stall of traditional desserts and wheaten pastries just outside (sadly only available in the warmer months). Daily, 10am-9pm; 11 Niu Jie, Xicheng 西城区牛街11号 (182 1023 0173)

Lao Cheng Yi

Lamb spine might seem like a heavy lunch choice, but at 1pm on a Tuesday, this spot is packed. Chunks of spine meat swim in their own juices in bronze pots (RMB68). Gloves are necessary. With a gentle tug, meat falls off the bone in tiny, delectable shreds. The vegetables, well… we’ve had better. But hey – we’re not here for cabbage, are we?

Daily, 11am-10pm; 11 Niu Jie, Xicheng 西城区牛街11号 (5837 3556)

La Baodu Man

The first time we try to visit this beef shaobing spot, there are no seats. But we return after the lunch rush, and our diligence is rewarded. “This place is over 45 years old,” says our server (a teenager, evidently not a founder) as he hands us our shaobing (RMB5 each). The juicy

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SAIGON MAMA Viet Noms

words by Noelle Mateer, images by Betty Richardson

In the words of rapper Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges: Took yo mama nine months to make ya / Might as well shake what ya mama gave ya (‘Money Maker,’ Def Jam Records, 2006). Beijing restaurateur Kevin Chu is indeed shaking what his mother gave him. As he should be. (Note: This is an extended metaphor. Kevin Chu does not, to our knowledge, dance for the affections of mid-00s rappers.) Because when it comes to Vietnamese food, Chu got it from his mama – and she can occasionally be spotted training cooks in his restaurant’s kitchen. But despite its name, Saigon Mama is no humble mom-and-pop shop. The Taikoo Li outlet is a sleek splash of bright colors and patterns. Perhaps this is the first sign that Saigon Mama was imported from our equally sleek and splashy sister city to the south. Even in Shanghai, where quality Vietnamese options far outnumber those in Beijing, lines wrap around the block for Saigon Mama’s pho. So will lines form in Beijing? Quite possibly. While the capital excels in regional Chinese cuisine, pan-Asian fare is where it lacks. In short: There aren’t nearly enough Southeast Asian options in this city. And Saigon Mama, well – it’s a solid option. Its expansive menu features generous portions of Vietnamese comfort food at bargain prices. Take the classic beef pho (RMB58), for example – a massive bowl of what is quite possibly the best pho we’ve had yet in Beijing. The Vietnamese spring rolls are bursting with fresh shrimp, and the fried egg rolls are close to perfect (RMB45). As Bridges once said: Luda, I’m at the top of my game. Chu is too. The Vietnamese chicken salad is refreshing with house seafood dressing on top (RMB45), and the fish-tofu pancakes (RMB45) are a delightful snack to go along with all of the above. There are some minor disappointments – the seafood soup (RMB68) underwhelms, while the banh mi (RMB55) is not for the faint of heart. And we mean this quite literally: You may experience an aneurysm after consuming all the banh mi’s pâté. The following is 58 | DECEMBER 2016 | WWW.THATSMAGS.COM

a sentence we never imagined we’d write: There is such a thing as too much pate. This, however, is easily rectified. Just ask for less pâté. Fortunately, you’ve got serious options to wash all that pâté down. The Vietnamese coffee is on-point, but we like the fresh coconut best. Trendy bottled coconut waters be damned. Saigon Mama may not offer the same food authenticity as, say, actual Saigon would. But it’s pretty darn close. And with rockin' Northern Thai joint Cacha Cacha under construction until after Chinese New Year, Saigon Mama just might be the best option for Southeast Asian in town. After all, Kevin's mama didn't raise no fool.

Daily, 10.30am-10pm; S6-32, 3/F, Taikoo Li, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里 屯路19号太古里南区三层S6-32号 (6461 3261)


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SULYI

Hot Spot for Pots by Noelle Mateer

Korean chefs have always known how to turn the boring (cabbage) into the exciting (kimchi). But then Sulyi took things one step further: It got us excited about soup. Let us explain. Soup is not sexy. It is not hip. It is not cool. And yet Sulyi’s Korean soups can be described by all three of those adjectives, and many more – cheesy, hearty, spicy, fun. Lest we’ve now made Sulyi sound like a soup kitchen, let's back up for a second. Sulyi is a modern Korean restaurant in Sanlitun’s Topwin Center, and it is as chic as its address might suggest. Accents of blue and lemon yellow surround us, and huge windows look over Nan Sanlitun Lu. Dare we say this is the nicest spot in town with a K-Pop playlist? Sulyi serves all manner of dishes – bitesized tofu quesadillas, fluffy potato pancakes with daikon, jumbo prawns drizzled with house-made sauce. And while all those are fine, good even, it’s just that we really liked the soup. And therefore it is now our turn, reader, to get you just as excited about soup

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as Sulyi made us about theirs. Here goes. Our first black cauldron of seafood soup (RMB158) overflows with shrimp, mussels and girthy octopus tentacles, sliced with scissors before our own eyes (this is indeed the authentic Korean way of doing things, if scissors strike you as DIY). The second, clay pot toppoki (RMB88), is a firecracker of spicy peppers, melted cheese and chewy rice cakes. All four of us slurp quickly, then go back for more as soon as we finished our bowls. Even when all the suction-y tentacles, mushrooms and seaweed bits are gone, we slurp up the broth plain. It goes without saying: We leave full. May we suggest then, that you view other dishes at Sulyi as merely preludes to the main event. Sulyi offers a variety of small plates, Korean tapas if you will, but do not let them distract you. Here’s how we best suggest you tackle this place: Go with a group. Order small plates to share. And, as is the Korean way, toast soju as many times as your liver

can handle. (The grapefruit variety is dangerously good.) And once your stomach and liver are sufficiently warmed, get the stews going. Then stay a while. This is some exciting soup.

Tue-Sun 11am-10pm; 3-1, 3/F Topwin Center, 1 Nan Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯南路一号通盈中心 3楼 3-1 (186 1408 8685)

Spanish Food Heads South (of Sanlitun) by Oscar Holland

‘Revolution’ may be too strong a word. But there’s certainly something afoot along Sanlitun’s great north-south divide. Until recently, dining options below Gongti Beilu were outnumbered and outclassed by those above. The north had Taikoo Li, Shimao Department Store and Nali Patio. The south – while not without its gems – was lumbered with office blocks, mediocre buskers and another struggling SOHO. Regrettably, the buskers remain. But otherwise this is an area transformed. Hell, even the SOHO is coming to life. For this, credit must go to the new InterContinental and its tenants, Mercedes and the Topwin Center. They have realigned the power balance of Beijing’s most cosmopolitan locale. And now the hotel looks to further upset the old order with an iconoclastic swipe at Nali Patio’s Spanish food monopoly. Sacrilege, you may cry. But the InterContinental’s third-floor restaurant, Top Tapas, is a genuine contender; a higher-end offering of small bites and hearty mains, com-

plete with the lofty view one now expects in south Sanlitun. Sure, there is a hint of casual here (you can dine on a sofa, after all). But these tapas also come with all the sleek and shine of a new international hotel. Opposite the smart bronze bar at the entrance, a charcuterie station obliges us to start with cold cuts, featuring two varieties of ham (Ibérico and Parma) and two of salami (Napoli and Milano), alongside bresaola, sundried tomatoes and the works (RMB149 for one person, RMB223 for two). These are fine imports, certainly. But what of the chef’s own creations? Well, the tapas menu favors focus over breadth. It centers on croquettes (RMB66RMB90), terrines (RMB69-RMB106) and a selection of ornate bread snacks marked ‘Crusty & Tender.’ Toppings on the latter hint at the class of cuisine on offer – think mushroom ragout with black truffle (RMB78), tuna belly tartar and oyster mayo (RMB113) and smoked eggplant with sea urchin (RMB93). By and large, these bold combinations work

excellently. The tapas here are creative and far more filling than their delicate presentation would suggest. OK, so ‘revolution’ was too strong a word. But Sanlitun is evolving. And if you want good Spanish food, then it’s time to try your luck on the other side of the lukou. Daily, 11.30am-10pm; 3/F InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun, 1 Nan Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区南三里 屯路1号北京三里屯通盈中心洲际酒店3层 (8516 0067)

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STEAMRHINO

Is This Brewpub as Weird as Its Name? words by Noelle Mateer, image by Holly Li

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First order of Steamrhino business: Why is Steamrhino called Steamrhino? Is the owner just really into steampunk and rhinos? we wonder. Because that would be bizarre. So we ask him. Turns out, the owner is just really into steampunk and rhinos. Also: “Everyone likes rhinos.” OK. The interior of Steamrhino isn’t steampunk as much as it is some flashy 1960s-era vision of the future. Some sort of perverted Wonka Factory playing top 40 hits and the occasional rock ballad. A physical embodiment of the word ‘groovy,’ with the occasional rhino embellishment thrown in. The decor is either really strange or really cool, depending on your feelings toward the color orange. Anyway, the Guardian IPA (RMB40) is good – and the rest of the beers are mostly solid as well. The key words there are “mostly solid” – Steamrhino is no Slow Boat. But it’s more than some dude’s side project (trust us, we’ve seen a lot of hobbyist breweries pop up over the past year). At Steamrhino, we learn that professional-level craft beer can be pro-

duced outside the confines of industrial-chic spaces with alt-rock soundtracks. Play that funky music, rhino. Food, meanwhile, is a series of amateurish attempts at Western pub grub. Our burger isn’t a burger but rather a dry steak between two buns (pictured here). Crazy, right? We feel blessed simply to have witnessed such a sublime example of ineptitude. Let it be known, however, that the fries are dope. Here’s what this all boils down to: Whether or not you’re into rhinos is irrelevant. You live in Beijing, so you’re probably into beer. Steamrhino brews some good beer, and is therefore worth checking out, no matter if you’re from the 1960s, the future, or some groovy combination of both. After all, everyone loves rhinos, right? Daily, 11am-midnight; Tayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound, 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区新东路1 号塔院外交公寓免税商店左手院内 (8532 6995)


B A R S | E AT & DR INK

IN THE GRIP OF THE GRAPE (PART DEUX)

PHOTO BY HOLLY LI

by Noelle Mateer

Wine bars: Still a thing! In our September issue, we put two of ‘em to the test, and now, we’re doing the same in part deux of this petit article. This time: new openings Vin Vino and Vesuvio. For the record, we didn’t choose these two bars for their alliterative qualities. It’s just that Vesuvio versus Vin Vino vying for viticulture victory was veritably... OK, you get it.

VESUVIO

VIN VINO

Location: Upstairs at Bottega. Think of Vesuvio as Bottega’s hip little loft – a great place to go before a meal at Bottega, or after a meal at Bottega or, you know, in between meals at Bottega.

Location: Maizidian. Pro tip for the ambitious: There is an entire street of tiny Japanese restaurants just outside. An entire street!

Selection: Maybe this isn’t a wine bar, per se – Vesuvio also specializes in customizable Negronis. But the hefty wine options, presented alongside an adorable map of Italian wine regions, offer something for almost every budget and palette. Atmosphere: Moderately-swank-date-night spot meets learned 19thcentury man’s attic. Also, is it just us, or do the marbled maroon floor tiles look like Italian cold cuts?

Selection: Solid, curated selection meant to please and not overwhelm.

Atmosphere: This aesthetically pleasing, wood-paneled little shop wouldn’t be out of place in New York City. Food: The French-Japanese tapas are so delightful that the wine almost takes a backseat. Try the octopus carpaccio (RMB58). Or don’t, it’s your life.

Food: Italian cold cuts. But also – do not leave without trying the delectable little cheese pillows (‘Pane Parmigiano,’ RMB40). And did we mention Bottega is downstairs?

Price range: Glasses from RMB48, bottles from RMB200; small plates range from RMB30-RMB100.

Takeaway: The decor may scream ‘date night,’ but the Negronis say ‘let’s party.’

Tue-Sun, 9am-5pm (cafe), 6pm-1am (bar); Ichiban Street, 15 Zaoying Beili, Nongzhanguan Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区农展馆北路枣营北里15号 (186 1196 8069)

Price range: RMB70-RMB100 for wines by the glass, bottles from RMB300.

Takeaway: Not to be confused with InVino – seriously, don’t confuse them, we did at first – Vin Vino is the Liangmaqiao hangout we didn’t know we needed.

Daily, 6pm-late; inside Bottega, 18 Sanlitun Beilu (down the alley opposite PageOne), Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯北路18号 (6416 1752)

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BOTTEGA FRATELLI SALVO | K4 6pm-midnight, 18 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang (6416 1752)

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HOOTER'S | I6 Daily 11am-1am, Rm. 201, Bldg 1, China View Plaza, Chaoyang (6585 8787)

BBG RESTAURANT AND BAR | B7 Daily 10am-2am, RE108, World City, 9 Jinhui Lu, Chaoyang (8590 6364)

FEZ BAR | J4 5pm-late, 6F Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang (5208 6138)

PARKSIDE BAR & GRILL | A3 9am-late, 6-9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang (6444 6555)

HEAVEN | I4 Daily 11am-4am, 14 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang (6415 6513)

THE TREE | I4 noon-2am, A4 Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang (6592 6290)

EUDORA STATION | A2 9am-2pm, 6 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang (6437 8813)

REVOLUTION | H6 Daily noon-1am, West side of Yashow, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang (6415 8776)

MUST GUETTE | K5 11am-midnight, S2-11, 3/F, Taikoo Li South, Chaoyang (6417 8202) IRISH VOLUNTEER | C3 Daily 9am-2am, 311 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang (6438 5581)

DURTY NELLIE'S | N1 Daily 10am-2am, 1/B Liangmaqiao Flower Market, Chaoyang (6415 8776) FRANK'S PLACE AT TRIO | B3 Daily 24hrs, West of the Rosedale Hotel, Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang (6437 8399)


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PADDY O'SHEA'S | F3 Daily 10am-late, 28 Dongzhimen Wai Dajie, Chaoyang (6415 6389)

1ST FLOOR | J4 Sun-Thu 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-4am, 6F 1/F Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang (6413 0587) LET’S BURGER PLUS | J3 Mon-Thu 10am-11pm, Fri-Sun 11ammidnight, Basement floor, Taikoo Li North, Chaoyang (6415 2772)

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TIAGO HOME KITCHEN | C1 11am-10pm, L173, 1/F Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang (8558 3892)

ELEMENT FRESH (SLT) | K6 Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am11pm, 833, Building 8, Taikoo Li South, Chaoyang (6417 1318)

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Toe Gig Sitting somewhere between post rock and math rock, Japanese quartet Toe return to Beijing. Since last playing here in 2014, the band have begun incorporating vocals into their previously instrumental-only sound. Fri Dec 2, 9pm; RMB220 (presale), RMB260 (door); Yugong Yishan (see Listings for details)

Jason Chung, aka Nosaj Thing, is a star of the L.A. scene that produced acts like Flying Lotus, Tokimonsta and Daedelus (who himself plays Dada on December 3). With the city’s hip-hop influences shaping his approach, Nosaj Thing makes glitchy electronic soundscapes littered with skittery beats and chopped-up vocals. Chung’s latest album features a guest appearance from Chance the Rapper, and he’s also produced tracks for Kendrick Lamar. Prepare to dance, but in a more thoughtful way than usual. Nosaj will be traveling to Beijing with DJ Holodec who provides support alongside DJ Dokedo, Jason Hou and Shackup. Fri Dec 16, 10pm-late; Price TBD; Dada (see Listings for details)

Beijing’s favorite DIY vinyl label Genjing Records is putting on a display of international friendship by bringing together punk bands from France and the Republic of Korea (as well as acts with members from both countries). The lineup includes Le Crabe, Digou, Klaus Legal and the frankly terrifying one-man-band Octopoulpe (pictured). Hold on to your kimchi baguette. Sat Dec 17; RMB50; School Bar (see Listings for details)

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Rie Fu / Gig

Bill Evans Band Gig

A member of Miles Davis’ band in the 1980s, American saxophonist Bill Evans has released almost 20 solo albums – and won two Grammy nominations in the process. The New York-native is renowned for his dynamic and diverse style, which spans bluegrass, jazz and funk. Evans’ band is completed by guitarist Bryan Baker, bass player Dave Anderson and drum whizz Derico Watson. And finally, don’t confuse this Bill Evans with Miles Davis’ pianist of the same name. Cos he’s dead, silly. Fri 9 Dec-Sat 11 Dec, from 6pm; RMB280-RMB560; Blue Note Beijing, 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区前门东大街23号 (6527 0288, www.bluenotebeijing.com)

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If you’re into Japanese singer-songwriters, then you’ll know all about Rie Fu. But if you’re not, don’t let this put you off the RMB200 ticket price. Try something new, yo. A deft guitarist with an endearing, borderline-melancholic voice, Rie Fu injects healthy doses of pop into delightful snippets of folk. She’s been a mainstay in Japan since 2004, though appearances here in China are all too rare. A frequent visitor to the UK (where she often plays and records), the Tokyo native is fluent in Japanese and English, with most of her songs performed bilingually. Sun Dec 18, 8-10pm; RMB200-RMB580; Tango 3F / Hit FM Live (see Listings for details)

The founder of influential electronic label Hotflush arrives in Beijing to promote his new mix album, Fabric 90. The mix was released to raise funds for the legal challenge to reopen London nightclub Fabric. But, as we went to print, the venue secured a new license. This shouldn’t stop techno rebel Scuba from playing at Dada (and we presume that additional money raised for the #savefabric campaign will be put to good use). Expect a bass-heavy set from the man whose label brought us genre-defining music from the likes of Joy Orbison, Mount Kimbie and Boxcutter. Support comes from Zhiqi and Mickey Zhang. Fri Dec 9, 10pm-late; Price TBD; Dada (see Listings for details)


Great Wall Snow Festival / Party

Great Wall New Year Hike

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Chinese Landscape Painting Class Landscape painting is one of the hallmarks of the Chinese classical aesthetic. Defined by mountains, rivers and peaceful villages, this art form has delighted generations of viewers. Whether you’re a total art newbie or a practiced hand, try your skills at this tricky art and create your very own masterpiece. Wednesdays through Dec, 10am; RMB200: China Culture Centre, The Victoria Gardens D4, Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳公园西路 维多利亚花园D4; (6432 9342)

Spittoon Literary Discussion

Spittoon has been giving Beijing writers a stage since 2015, and this November it released its first literary magazine. Sit down with five Spittoon writers from the US, China and Singapore to hear them read their works and participate in a Q&A about writing in China, the expatriate experience and anything else you’re curious about. Sun Dec 4, 8pm; free; The Bookworm, 4 Nan Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区南三里屯路4号楼 (6586 9507)

There’s nothing more epic than a music festival on the Great Wall of China… except perhaps a music festival on the Great Wall of China in a winter wonderland. Get in on the action at Boom and WTown’s Great Wall Snow Festival, held at the Simatai Great Wall near Beijing Water Town. Boom and WTown are known for their sick line-ups and experiences, and the Snow Festival is no exception. Hear top acts from China and the world as you dance, party and sing along atop the Great Wall. Look out towards snowcapped mountains and frosted forests, and ride the high of the music and the setting. After a long chill day, unwind at the ‘Hot Spring After Party’ and enjoy natural hot springs at 3,376-meter-high altitudes. Yeah, it’s cold out. But, snow party! At the Great Wall! We figure the music’s bound to keep you moving and warm, anyway. Fri Dec 16-Sat Dec 17, 1-10pm; RMB200 (RMB100 advance); Simatai Great Wall (tickets available at greatwallrun.com.cn)

If you just can’t get enough of the Great Wall, join Beijing Hikers on its trek to see the last sunset of 2016. Climb from a Ming Dynasty village through orchards and along the Great Wall until you summit the wall itself. Bring warm clothes and good shoes, and bid the year farewell (good riddance?) with the wind at your back and the sun on your face. Happy New Year. Sat Dec 31, 11am; RMB420 (RMB380 for BH members; dinner included, book your place via beijinghikers. com)

Zen Meditation Workshop

Zen is a fusion of Chinese, Tibetan and Southeast Asian philosophies intended to evoke greater understanding of universal truths. Sounds intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Buddhist laymen and monks will guide you as you practice Zen in its myriad forms. You’ll learn something about Buddhism, and you might learn something about yourself, too. Thursdays, Dec 1-29, 7.30-9.30pm; RMB200; China Culture Centre, The Victoria Gardens D4, Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳公园西路 维多利亚花园D4 (6432 9342)

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New Menu at Tiger Pancake House Dining

Budweiser Recommends / Changying Sanxiongdi

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Hot Drinks at blue frog Dining The cold is encroaching and the days are getting shorter. But more hours of darkness means more hours in which drinking is socially acceptable, and you can capitalize on that this winter at blue frog. They’re serving up hot Mulled Wine (RMB35) as well as the popular Italian Bombardino cocktail (RMB35), a creamy chocolate concoction sure to warm you from the inside out. There’s also a classic hot chocolate (RMB35) on the menu. Cozy up with a steamy mug of something delicious at blue frog this holiday season. Through March 6, not valid with happy hour deals; blue frog (see Listings for details)

Pancakes aren’t just for breakfast; they’re delicious any time of the day. ‘Even dinner?’ you may ask. Well, obviously. Get a taste for yourself down at Shuangjing’s Tiger Pancake House. Plus, they’ve got more than flapjacks: a warm and casual environment, attentive service and, most importantly, hearty mains. The restaurant goes large in both portion size and offerings: Try the Texas barbecue roast chicken (RMB72) or Texas pork ribs (RMB138). Or just go straight for the pancakes. Daily, 9.30am-11.30pm; 24 Guanghua Beiyi Jie, 105 Shuanghuayuan Nanli San Qu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华北一街双花园 南里三区24号楼105 (6770 5882)

Diada de Sant Esteve Dining

Xmas Brunch at NUO Dining

There’s always that Christmas afternoon lull after the gifts are opened, when everyone is pleasantly warm and sleepy… but also, hungry. NUO Hotel has the solution – visit N’Joy restaurant for an epic all-you-caneat Christmas brunch buffet. Enjoy everything from hearty traditional mains to festive desserts, plus freeflow juice, beer and house wine. It’s an easy way to bring everyone together for a meal on Christmas day – and no one has to cook. Sun Dec 25; RMB588, add RMB268 for free-flow Champagne; N’Joy, NUO Hotel (see Listings for details)

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The day after Christmas can often feel a little blue – the guests are gone, the gifts are open, the impending workweek looms. But you can get one extra day out of the holiday season with Migas’ Diada de Sant Esteve traditional Catalan lunch. Mark the post-Christmas Catalan festival with all-you-caneat ‘Christmas leftover’ cannelloni, Escudella soup, Catalan cream and sparkling wine, all for just RMB150. Squeeze the last few drops of indulgence out of the holiday season. Mon Dec 26; RMB150; Migas (see Listings for details, for reservations call 5208 6061)

Winter is coming, so its time for long meals huddled around a hot pot. But forget your standard spicy Sichuanese hot pot (mala broth is overrated, right?) and embrace the traditional Beijing variety. For one, the Beijing-style clear broth lets the ingredients take center stage. But perhaps more importantly, the centrally heated bronze pots send heat in every direction – perfect for the coming (four!) months of cold. With locations across the city, Changying Sanxiongdi (常赢三兄弟) is our new favorite spot for Beijing hot pot. Seriously, we’re not sure how we lived without this place for so long. On a brisk November lunchtime, we checked out the Sanyuanqiao branch and found it buzzing with locals (always a good sign). The quality of the meat really stands out, and the vegetables are arguably fresher than the ones down the road at Sanyuanli market. The restaurant chain also specializes in BBQ, so don’t leave without trying the huge juicy chuan’r. The lamb ones are genuinely out-of-this-world, meltin-the-mouth stuff. And Budweiser may be as American as they come, but there’s nothing better for washing down a taste of old Beijing. This might be the best surprise food-drink pairing of 2016. Changying Sanxiongdi, Building 21, Sanyuanli Xiaoqu, Sanyuan Dongqiao, Chaoyang 朝阳区三元东桥三源里小区21号楼 (8448 1266)


Burn the Floor / Dance

Maxim Art

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A Christmas Carol Theater A family-friendly event, Beijing Playhouse’s performance of A Christmas Carol: A Twisted Musical Comedy is set to warm your cold winter hearts with wacky laughs and fun performances. Plus, spectators are encouraged to cheer (or hiss) during the play. Basically, your kids will love it. Performed in English with Mandarin subtitles. Dec 2-18, 7.30pm; RMB112-260; Beijing Playhouse, 77 Theatre, 77 Meishuguan Houjie, Dongcheng 东城区美术馆后街77号 (tickets via broadway@beijingplayhouse.com)

Comedy Night Entertainment

Beijing’s comedy scene is positively thriving and it only gets better, thanks to a new comedy night called... ‘Comedy Night’ (we can only hope the jokes are more imaginative). Brought to us by the seasoned jokers at Comedy Club China, expect outrageous laughs, funny people and – thanks to East Beijing – killer drinks and grub. Tue Dec 6 (first Tue of every month), 7pm; Xian Bar, East Beijing, 1/F, 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳 区酒仙桥路22号东隅北京酒店1层 (for more info add East_Beijing on We Chat, 8414 9810)

Things are about to get lit at Burn the Floor – but don’t worry, no actual fires are going to get started (except for perhaps the fire in your heart or pants). Since 1997 the live dance show has been performed around the world, including Broadway and London’s West End. The show features professional dancers, including alumni from various international versions of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, so rest assured the choreography and execution will be on point. Look out for sexy, thrilling renditions of all your favorite dances such as the Cha Cha, Tango, Rumba and Jive. A must for dance lovers, or lovers in general. Wed Dec 28-Fri Dec 30, 7.30pm; RMB100-880; Beijing Exhibition Theater, 135 Xizhimen Waidajie, Xicheng 西城区西直门外大街135号 (tickets via en.damai.cn, 400 610 3721)

Artist Liu Yue is a seeker of truth. He does this by transforming everyday items into different forms, forcing viewers to consider the true spirit behind each object. In Liu’s latest exhibition, ‘Maxim,’ angles of perspective are altered to shift preconceived thinking and established norms. Discovery awaits. Through Feb 15, 2017; Tue-Sun, 11am-6pm; ShanghART Gallery, 261 Caochangdi, Jichang Fulu, Chaoyang 朝阳区机场辅路草场地261号 (6432 3202)

Carmen Opera

Shakespeare in Love / Concert

The year has been many things – good and bad (see p40 for our 2016 roundup). A more triumphant aspect of the year was the countless events held in remembrance for the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. There’s just one more yet and it comes courtesy of Chamber orchestra The English Concert. The rare program, titled Shakespeare in Love, features music inspired by the beloved Bard, such as Purcell’s The Fairy Queen – a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We suggest you go, close your eyes and pretend you’re Gwyneth Paltrow in the concert’s namesake film. Sat Dec 17, 7.30pm; RMB80-500; Concert Hall of NCPA, 2 Xi Chang’an Jie, Xicheng 西城区西长安街2号 (tickets via en.damai.cn, 400 610 3721)

Ballet Flamenco de Madrid turns Georges Bizet’s classic opera Carmen into a Flamenco-filled performance of song, dance and music. Carmen tells a tragic love story set in Seville, Spain. This means passion, desertion, betrayal and… death. Typical themes, though the performance should be anything but, thanks to Ballet Flamenco de Madrid (“one of the most sought after Spanish Flamenco ballet performances today”). Tue Dec 27-Wed Dec 28, 7.30pm; RMB160-880; Opera House of NCPA, 2 Xi Chang’an Jie, Xicheng 西城区西 长安街2号 (tickets via sales@theatrebeijing.com)

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WEEKLY SPECIALS

Happy hours Meal deals Brunch

Food and Drink

Ladies' nights

The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing This month, the Ritz-Carlton, Beijing is teaming up with the RitzCarlton Tokyo and the Ritz-Carlton Osaka to bring the finest flavors of Japan to Beijing. The ICHI-GO ICHI-E festival will be held in the RitzCarlton, Beijing’s Aroma restaurant (a space which has played host to a pretty solid sushi and sashimi bar for years now). During the festival, guest chefs Tadaaki Nomura and Shintaro Nakajima from the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo will be preparing a wide array of sushi made from the highest-quality ingredients. Meanwhile, chefs Mitsutoshi Saito and Hideaki Tanaka of the Ritz-Carlton Osaka will be highlighting seasonal ingredients, as well as demonstrating proper tempura technique. During the food festival, diners will receive special deals, which include an RMB318 gourmet lunch and an RMB386 dinner. From true Japanese food nuts to those who just appreciate a good sushi roll, the Ritz-Carlton is the place to be this November. Nov 10-24; RMB318 for lunch 11.30am-12.30pm, RMB368 for dinner 6-10pm; Aroma, The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing (see Listings for details; for reservations call 5908 8161)

M O N DAY to FR I DAY MONDAY Mai Bar Buy two cocktails, get one free. > 40 Beiluoguxiang, Dongcheng 东城区 北锣鼓巷40号 (138 1125 2641)

MONDAY TO THURSDAY XIU Buy-one-get-one-free on selected drinks, 6-9pm. > 6/F, Park Hyatt Beijing, 2 Jianwai Dajie, Chaoyang 北京柏悦酒店, 朝阳区建国门外 大街2号6楼 (8567 1108)

MONDAY TO FRIDAY One East Two-course set lunch: RMB118/ per person, 12:00-2:30pm. 2/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dong Fang Road, North Dong Sanhuan Road, Chaoyang 朝阳区东三环北路东方路一号北京希尔顿 酒店2层 (5865 5030) Great Leap Brewing 11.30am-2pm, free soft drink or juice with any burger or salad or add RMB5 for a Pale Ale #6. > At Xinzhong Lu branch only, (see Listings for details) Hagaki Set lunch, 11.30am-3pm, Bento style lunch set from RMB58 with no service charge. 5-10pm, Daiginjo Sake promotion, RMB550 / 150 Bottle / Carafe. > 1/F, 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳 区酒仙桥路22号1层 (8414 9815) Agua Agua’s new set lunch menu is RMB118/ person for three courses. 68 | DECEMBER 2016 | WWW.THATSMAGS.COM

> RMB118/person, Mon-Fri, 12pm2:30pm, Agua, 4/F Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那 里花园4楼D308号 (5208 6188 ) Greyhound Café Only RMB28 for a Tsingtao or Bud, and RMB38 for a mojito or dry martini, 5-7pm. > Greyhound Cafe (see listings for details) Village Café Set Lunch, RMB98+15% (3 courses), RMB88+15% (2 courses) > 11.30am-2.30pm, Bldg 1, The Opposite House, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳 区三里屯路11号瑜舍酒店1号楼 (6410 5210) MEI All cocktails 50-percent off from 6-9pm. > 5F Rosewood Beijing, Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang 朝阳区呼家 楼一号京广中心北京瑰丽酒店3层 (6536 0083)

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SIZZLER After 4pm, get 29 percent off your bill. > 3/F Shimao Plaza, 12 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北路12号楼世茂广 场3楼 (8400 4773)

Domain Happy Burger’s Day, 2 for 1 Burger promotion. > 10.30am-2pm, 2/F, 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号2层 (8414 9830)

Mao Mao Chong Cocktails RMB35, 7-11pm. > 12 Banchang Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区交道口南大街板 厂胡同12号 (6405 5718) MEI ‘Modern 80s’ themed music all night alongside 50-percent off deals on bottles of Belvedere vodka. > 5F Rosewood Beijing, Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang 朝阳区呼家 楼一号京广中心北京瑰丽酒店3层 (6536 0083)

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Elements Free mojitos, champagne and cosmos, 9pm-1am. > 58 Gongti Xi Men, Chaoyang 朝阳区工 体西门58号 (6551 2373)

Twilight Mon-Sat before 8pm and all day Sun, RMB20 off cocktails. > 0102, 3/F, Bldg 5, Jianwai SOHO, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhong Lu, Chaoyang 朝 阳区东三环39号建外SOHO5号3层0102室 (5900 5376)

4Corners Ladies get 15 percent off red wine. cheap shots and drink deals at 4Corners’ weekly celebration of KTV. > Dashibei Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区石 杯胡同7号 (6401 7797)

TUESDAY Pebbles Just RMB10 per taco – order as many as you want. > Midday to midnight; 74 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区五道营胡同74 号 (8404 0767)

Xian Whiskey night, discounts on special selected whiskeys. > All night, 1/F, 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号1层 (8414 9810)

Opus Terrace Ladies enjoy free cocktails; on Fridays, it’s bachelors night, where chaps get 50 percent off beer and burgers at the same times, 5-8pm. > Opus Bar & Terrace, 48 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路48号 (5695 8888) MEI Free martinis for ladies from 9-11pm followed by a midnight lucky draw. > 5F Rosewood Beijing, Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang 朝阳区呼家 楼一号京广中心北京瑰丽酒店3层 (6536 0083) Tiago 5.30-8.30pm, RMB100 for free flow on selected alcoholic beverages. > Shop L173, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港 购物中心L173商铺 6438 8772

FRIDAY Mesh House Champagne buy 1 bottle get 1 free. > Bldg 1, The Opposite House, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11 号瑜舍酒店1号楼 (6410 5220)


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E V ERY DAY Parlor Daily 6-8pm, buy one get one for free. > 39-8 Xingfuercun, Chaoyang 朝阳区幸 福二村39-8 (8444 4135 ) The Big Smoke Daily 4-7pm, 20 percent off all cocktails, house wines and beers. > 57 Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang 朝阳 区幸福村中路57号楼利世楼 (6416 2683) Blue Frog Daily 4-8pm, buy-one-get-one-free all drinks. > Daily 10.00am-late. Sanlitun: Level 3, S2 Tower, S2-30 Taikoo Li, Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区三里屯路太 古里3层S2-30 (6417 4030) Additional branches in Jiuxianqiao and U-Town (see www.bluefrog.com.cn for details) Centro Daily 5-8pm, two-for-one deals. > Shangri-la’s Kerry Centre Hotel Beijing, 1/F, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光 华路1号香格里拉北京嘉里中心大酒店1层 (6561 8833 ext. 42) Feast (Food by East) Works for dinner, 2 course RMB168+15% with a glass of wine or soft drinks. > 5.30-10.30pm, 2/F, 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号2层 (8414 9820)

Flamme Cocktail, beers and wine by the glass are 50 percent off from 3-7.30pm daily. > S4-33, 3/F, Sanlitun Taikooli, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 太古里南区3层S4-33 (6417 8608) Modo Urban Deli 4-7pm cocktails and house wine RMB25 and beer RMB15. > S10-31, 3/F, Bldg 8, Sanlitun Taikooli South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区 三里屯路19号三里屯太古里南区8号楼S1031 (6415 7207) Mosaic 4-8pm daily happy hour. > Daily 12pm-2am; 32 S. Sanlitun St (Behind/North of Yashow Silk Market), Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯南32号楼临街店 (137 1883 7065) Mosto 6-7pm discounts on cocktails, wine and beer. > 3/F Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花 园3层 (5208 6030) NOLA 3-8pm. Sun-Thu, half price on Pabst Blue Ribbon, Tsingtao and all cocktails including daiquiris. > A-11 Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外大街秀水

南街A-11 (8563 6215) R Lounge Daily 6-9pm, two-for-one standard drinks and cocktails. > 4/F, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang 朝 阳区东三环中路61号北京富力万丽酒店4 层 (5863 8112) Transit Daily 6pm-7:30pm, two-for-one. > N4-36, Sanlitun Taikooli North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11 号三里屯太古里北区N4-36号 (6417 9090) Isola 11:30am-3pm. Lunch for RMB138. 3-6pm Fashion high tea 5-8pm Happy hour, two-for-one on selected drinks 6-10:30 Dinner set menu, 2-course RMB238, 3-course RMB258. > N3-47, 3/F, Building 3, Taikoo Li North, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11号院太古里 北区N3-37和 47商铺 (6416 3499) Bene Restaurant Daily 11.30am-2pm. RMB98 includes antipasto with main course, pizza or pasta. > Sheraton Dongcheng, 36 Beisanhuan Donglu, Dongcheng 东城区北三环东路 36号 (5798 8888) Cafe Sambal Nasi Campur Malaysian set: two meats

and vegetables each, varying daily. With soup, appetizer for RMB78. Curry sets from RMB55-65 > See Listings for details Beijing Marriott Hotel Daily 11.30-2pm, dumplings, noodles and desserts, including juice or tea, RMB118. Sun/Sat 11.30-2pm, dim sum, lobster and unlimited beer, RMB168. > 26A Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang 朝阳区霄 云路甲26号 北京海航大厦万豪酒店(5927 8888) Vivid Daily, 6pm-10pm, two-for-one drinks. > Vivid, Level 5, Conrad Beijing, 29 North Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东 三环北路29号北京康莱德酒店5层 (6584 6310) Transit Daily 12pm-2.30pm. Choice of appetizers, mains, rice or noodles with dessert for RMB88. > N4-36/37 Sanlitun Taikooli North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11 号三里屯太古里北区N4-36号 (6417 9090) Tiago Buy one, get from free refill during happy hour, 4-8pm. > Shop L173, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港 购物中心L173商铺 6438 8772

WEEK EN D SATURDAY Great Leap Brewing All day Tuesday and Sunday, one select beer at RMB25. >At Xinzhong Lu branch, (see listings for details) R Lounge Selection of drinks for free all night. > 61 Dongsanhuan Zhong Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东三环中路61号北京富力万丽酒店 4层 (5863 8241)

SUNDAY Great Leap Brewing All day Tuesday and Sunday, one select beer at RMB25. >At Xinzhong Lu branch, (see listings for details) The Village Cafe Sun 3:30pm-sold out. Sunday roast RMB98 (+15%; 50% off for kids under 12) > The Opposite House, Building 1, No. 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路 11 号院 1 号楼瑜舍酒店 Qi Sun 11.30am-2pm, all-you-can-eat dim sum including one double-boiled soup for RMB288 per person. Add a bottle of

Dom Perignon for RMB1988 for two. > Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street, Jinchengfang Dong, 1 Jinrong Jie, Xicheng 西城区金城坊东金融街1号 (6601 6666) Senses and Prego Sun 11.30am-3pm, Retrolicious Champagne Brunch, international and Asian specialties with free flow champagne, wines, cocktails and juices for RMB 458. Prices subject to 15 percent service. > The Westin Beijing Financial Street, 9B Financial Street, Xicheng 西城区金融大街 乙9号(6629 7810) Seasonal Tastes Sun 11.30am-3pm Unlimited buffet for RMB428-498 per person plus 15 percent surcharge. > Westin Chaoyang, 7 North Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东 三环北路7号(5922 8880) Sureño RMB228 for 2 courses, RMB328 for 3 courses. Supplement RMB150 for free flow cocktails; supplement RMB200 for free flow Champaign (all prices subject to 15% service charge) > Bldg 1, The Opposite House, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11 号瑜舍酒店1号楼 (6410 5240)

Vasco’s Sun 11.30am-3pm, international buffet with free-flow champagne for RMB458 plus 15 percent service charge. > Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng 东城区 王府井东街8号(5812 8888 ext. 8411)

SATURDAY TO SUNDAY Agua Sat-Sun, Agua’s Infinity Weekend Brunch is RMB298 for infinite food, plus RMB168 for free flow drinks. > 12-2:30pm (free flow until 3pm), Agua, 4/F Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花 园4楼D308号 (5208 6188) Aroma Sat-Sun 11.30am-3pm, international buffet starting at RMB518 plus 15 percent service charge. > Ritz-Carlton Beijing, 83A Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang 朝阳区建 国路83甲(5908 8161) Café Sambal Sat-Sun, RMB98, Café Sambal is rolling out weekend brunch. Three courses plus coffee, tea or fruit punch. > 43 Doufuchi Hutong, Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区旧鼓楼大街豆腐池胡同 43号 (6400 4875)

Eudora Station Sat-Sun 10am-3pm, breakfast buffet with one main and free flow juice or coffee for RMB98. > Opposite Lido Palace, 6 Fangyuan Xi Lu. Chaoyang 朝阳区芳园西路6号(6437 8331) Migas Migas rocks two different brunch options: Saturday, grilled meat heavy; and Sunday, paella heavy (both RMB210, +RMB138 for 2hrs free flow cava, coffee, tea soft drinks). > Daily 12pm-3pm; Migas 6/F Nali Patio, Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯 北街那里花园6层 Sui Yuan Sat-Sun and public holidays 10.30am2.30pm, unlimited dim sum for RMB128 plus 15 percent surcharge. > Hilton Double Tree, 168 Guang’anmen Waidajie, Xicheng 西城区广安门外大街 168号 (6338 1999 ext. 1726) Tiago Weekend brunch from noon-4pm. > Shop L173, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港 购物中心L173商铺 6438 8772

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how wonderful you are, as much as the food. Duck De Chine does that in spades, with fantastic presentation of its crispy, succulent duck (RMB188). > Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm; Courtyard 4, 1949 The Hidden City, Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang 朝 阳区工体北路4号院 (6501 8881) ; 98 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng 东城区金宝街98号 (6521 2221)

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CHINESE Contemporary & Mixed Cuisine 8 Qi Nian 祈年8号 (Cantonese/Sichuan) The New World Hotel’s flagship restaurant has classic Chinese cuisine in abundance, as well as some vitality-restoring medicinal soups. (Their decent wine list is just as effective.) > Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:15pm, 5:30-9:30pm, Sat/Sun 12-2:45pm, 5:30-9:30pm; 2/F, New World Hotel, 8 Qinian Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区祈年大街8号新世界 酒店2层 (5960 8822)

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰 ¥ (Taiwanese) This Taipei-based franchise impressed Ken Hom enough to call it one of the best 10 eateries in the world, back in 1993. Famous for its dependably delicious xiaolongbao or little steam buns. Book ahead, there’s always a long wait. > Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm, weekends 11.30am-10pm; 24 Middle Street, Xinyuanxili, Chaoyang 朝阳区新源西里中街24号 (近渔阳饭店) (6462 4502) > Additional branches in Shin Kong Place; Parkview Green; Grand Pacific Mall Xidan; Modern Plaza Zhongguancun; see www.dintaifung. com.cn for details

Jing Yaa Tang 京雅堂 (Chinese, Peking Duck) Resembling something between a nightclub and a theater, the Opposite House’s basement restaurant proves to be more than just style over substance with their range of expertly prepared classic dishes.

> Daily 12-10:30pm, B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Bei Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11号院1号 楼瑜舍酒B1楼 (6410 5230)

Wu Li Xiang 屋里香 (Cantonese, Sichuan) * Impressive views don’t detract from the exquisitely presented cuisine of Chef Kam, especially the dim sum. Swanky classics from all the main culinary regions of China, including, of course, “Monk Jump Over the Wall” – braised pork in oyster sauce.

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> Daily 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm; 2-3/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, Beijing, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东四环北路2号北京上东盛贸饭店二三层 (5907 8406)

MIDDLE 8 A Taste of Paradise Middle 8 could fittingly be called Middle Earth, given its lush surroundings and fantastical decor (such as a wall covered in pots). And as winter sets in, we pop in for lunch to see what’s fresh at Taikoo Li’s top-floor Yunnan restaurant. Upon recommendation, we savor traditional dishes such as grilled tofu (RMB36) and Dali seaweed with Yunnan ham (RMB35), all between slurps of clay pot chicken and ginseng soup (RMB79). Other popular choices are the minced beef rice noodles (RMB28) and mushroom braised rice in copper pot (RMB49) – perfect soul food for a chilly afternoon. However, the absolute must-try – and try we did – is the baked river eel and perch (RMB158). The white flesh is elevated to all sorts of greatness by the liberal use of punchy seasonings. In short, the dish is – much like the restaurant itself – a revelation. > Middle 8 (see Listings for details) 70 | DECEMBER 2016 | WWW.THATSMAGS.COM

> Mon-Fri Lunch: 11am-2.30pm; Dinner: 5-9pm; Sun: 11am-9pm, S9-33, 3/F, South Area of Sanlitun Taikooli, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19 号三里屯太古里南区三层S9-33(6417 6082)

Shanghai Shanghai Min 小南国 Many swear this chain has the best Shanghai-style hongshaorou north of the Yangtze. The jury’s out, but its popularity remains. > 0505, 5/F Raffles City Mall, 1 Dongzhimen Nan Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区东直门南大街1号来福士 购物中心5楼0505号铺 (400 820 9777)> Additional branches in Financial Street; Jinbao Jie; Oriental Plaza; Sanlitun Soho; Xinyuan Nan Lu (see www. online.thatsmags.com for details)

Wang Jia Sha 王家沙 Modern Shanghai cuisine – popular with Hong Kong celebrities – famed for its crabmeat dumplings. Try the spiced-salt ribs (RMB62) for a bit of Adam action. > Daily, S1-30a Taikoo Li Sanlitun (on the third floor of i.t shop) 朝阳区三里屯路19号院太古里1号楼3层 S1-30a号商铺 (6416 3469)

Sichuan/Hunan Chuan Ban 川办 * This bright, modestly decorated dining hall is frequently cited as Beijing’s best Sichuan restaurant.

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> Mon-Fri 7-9am, 10.50am-2pm, 4.50-9.30pm; SatSun 7am-10pm; 5 Gongyuan Toutiao, Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区建国门内贡院头条5号 (6512 2277, ext. 6101)

The Horizon 海天阁 (Cantonese Beijing Duck) ** Kerry Hotel’s Chinese restaurant has widened its predominantly Cantonese and Sichuan horizons to include dim sum, double-boiled soups and Peking duck – and the roast bird here really is fabulous.

Karaiya Spice House 辣屋 * Bold and fiery Hunan cuisine in the most serene of restaurant interiors. Don’t miss the dry roasted duck with a dozen spices and stir fried bullfrog with shiso leaves and ginger. Peanut milk is there to soothe the palate: you’ll need it.

> Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5:30pm-10pm 1/F, Beijing Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华路 1号嘉里中心1层 (8565 2188)

Country Kitchen The name ‘Country Kitchen’ may sound like a diner, but a diner this is not. Rosewood Beijing’s resplendent Northern Chinese restaurant serves elegant Hebei fare unlike you’ve ever had. Excellent peking duck is on offer as well. > Daily 11.30am-2.30pm and 5.30-10:30pm; 3F Rosewood Beijing, Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang 朝阳区呼家楼一号京广中心北京瑰丽酒店 3层 (6597 8888)

Da Dong 大董 Among the city’s most famous haunts, Da Dong guarantees slick cuts of Beijing-style roast duck and delectable wrap fillings. The venue’s a class act and the plum sauce is hard to follow.

> Daily 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm; 3/F, Sanlitun Taikoo Li South, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯太古里19号 院南区三层S9-30 (6415 3535)

South Memory 望湘园 This restaurant chain is the Hunan staple in the capital. The trademark shilixiang niurou (fragrant beef), duojiao shuangse yutou (dual-colour spiced fish head) and meltingly tender frog dishes are among the favorites with locals. > Daily 11am-10pm; 2/F, 230-232, Fenglian Plaza, 18 Chaoyangmen Wai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝外大街 18号丰联广场2楼230-232号 (6588 1797); see www. southmemory.com for more locations

> Daily 11am-10pm; 22 Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng 东城区东四十条甲22号 (5169 0328); see www.dadongdadong.com for more locations

Yu Xin 渝信川菜 Open since 1993, Yu Xin’s authentic Sichuan dishes have earned a loyal fanbase. Their liangfen – a jelly-like substance cut into chunky strips and dressed in an addictive spicy sauce – hits the spot. The rustic, intimate setting of bamboo cubicles and swift, friendly service complete the experience.

Duck de Chine 全鸭季 ¥ * Good duck is meant to show your guests

> Daily 11am-10pm; 5A Xingfu Yicun Xili, Chaoyang 朝阳区幸福一村西里甲5号 see www.yuxin1997.com for other locations.


LISTINGS Transit 渡金湖 ¥¥ ** Sichuan is known for its blazing spices and hot climate. While the latter isn’t able to be replicated, the creative minds at Transit have made some fiery additions to the classical, chili-thumping canon, and they will charge you for that knowledge. But unlike many equally expensive joints, this is highend Chinese dining at its best.

> Daily 12-2.30pm, 6 -10pm; N4-36, Sanlitun Taikoo Li North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11 号三里屯太古里北区N4-36号 (6417 9090)

Yunnan Dali Courtyard 大里院子 * If you like authentic Yunnanese food, you’ll have to trust the staff: there’s no menu, it all just arrives in an intimate courtyard setting. The price (RMB120/person) matches the rustic ingredients. > Daily 12-2pm, 6-10.30pm; Gulou Dong Dajie, 67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区鼓楼东大 街小经厂胡同67号 (8404 1430)

Lost Heaven 花马天堂 (Yunnan, SE Asian) An emphasis on Yunnan characterizes this menu’s fresh journey through the SE Asia passage, with a grandiose yet dark teak interior.

> Daily noon-2pm, 5pm-10.30 (bar open till 1am). Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng 东城区前门东大街23号(8516 2698)

Middle 8 Restaurant 中8楼 *

tled into a charming traditional alleyway. Munch happily into pickled greens and don’t miss the salty-sweet deep-fried black sesame balls. They’re sensational.

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> Daily 10am-2pm, 5-10pm; 69 Daxing Hutong, Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng 东城区交道口大兴胡同69 号 (6407 1800)

Jia Chinese Restaurant禾家中餐厅 (Cantonese) Featuring modern Ming elements with inspired paintings from Xu Wei, a painter, calligrapher and food and wine connoisseur, the quintessentially authentic house of agriculture produces, Jia Chinese restaurant serves exquisite traditional Cantonese specialties in their purest form with chefs hailing from Hong Kong. Using the freshest ingredients from NUO’s very own green farms, NUO Hotel Beijing provides an alternative green gourmet option in town.

>Mon-Fri: 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm; Sat-Sun: 11am2.30pm, 5.30-10pm; 1/F, NUO Hotel Beijing, 2A Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区将台路甲2号北京诺金酒 店一层(5926 8281)

Makye Ame (Tibetan) Determined to prove that Tibetan cuisine consists of more than just yak-butter tea, the Beijing branch of this nationwide chain serves up nomadic classics such as curried potatoes and roast lamb.

> Daily 10-midnight; 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街 甲11号 (6506 9616)

Xinjiang Red Rose (Xinjiang) * One of Beijing’s most famous Xinjiang restaurant, Red Rose serves some of the tenderest lamb skewers around, matched by enormous servings of classics like dapanji (a chicken, potato and pepper stew), latiaozi (noodles with a spicy tomato sauce) and nang (baked flatbrea). > Daily 10.30am-11pm; Inside 7 Xingfuyicun, opposite Workers’ Stadium North Gate, Chaoyang 朝阳区 工人体育场北门对面幸福一村7巷内 (6415 5741)

WESTERN Fine Dining An oasis at the top of Taikoo Li, Middle 8 is the go-to destination for fresh authentic Yunnan cuisine. The restaurant, stylish yet understated, has plenty of flavorsome wellpriced dishes and a killer view to boot.

> Sanlitun: Daily 11am-10pm, Taikoo Li Sanlitun South South Area F4, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯太古 里南区4层(6415 8858); Indigo: Daily 11am-10pm, Jiuxianqiao Road No.20 Indigo F2 , Chaoyang 朝阳区 酒仙桥路20号颐堤港2层(8420 0883); Zhongguancun: Daily 11am-10pm, Zhongguancun Plaza Pedestrian Street, No.R17, Haidian海淀区中关村广场步行街R17 号(5172 1728); Fenglan: Daily 11am-10pm, Xizhimen North Street No.32 Maples International Center Blok B, 1 Floor, Haidian海淀区西直门大街32号枫蓝国际中 心B座1层(6223 5583)

Yun’er Small Town 云洱小镇 Folksy and affordable Yunnanese fare on Beiluoguxiang. Fragrant dishes including the jasmine bulbs with scrambled eggs, lemongrass shrimp and banana leaf wrapped bolete mushrooms will keep us crawling back.

> Daily 10am-11pm, 84 Beiluoguxiang, Dongcheng 东城区北锣鼓巷84号 (8404 2407)

Dumplings Baoyuan Jiaoziwu 宝源饺子屋 Famous for their rainbow of dyed dumplings, Baoyuan have their jiaozi (six, under RMB10) wrapped in a larger yuanbao silver-ingot shape, with creative vegetarian options and authentic Sichuan food. > Daily 11am-10pm; north of 6 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang 朝阳区麦子店街6号楼北侧 (6586 4967)

Mr Shi’s Dumplings 老石饺子馆 Since recieving a Lonely Planet recommendation the prices have risen and the walls are covered in backpackers’ scribbles, but the fantastic dumplings – boiled and fried – are still fantastic. > 74 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区鼓楼东大街宝钞胡同74号 (8405 0399, 131 6100 3826)

Regional Crescent Moon (Xinjiang) * Roast mutton enthusiasts go over the moon at this reputable Xinjiang Muslim restaurant. Eastern European and Central Asian influences are evident throughout, with peppery and cumin-spiced dishes livening up traditional Chinese favorites. > Daily 10am-11:30pm; 16 Dongsi Liutiao, Dongcheng 东四六条16号 (6400 5281)

Da Gui (Guizhou) Guizhou’s famed hot-and-sour cuisine nes-

Barolo ¥¥ (Italian) * Average Italian abounds in Beijing: not here, though. Quite the opposite, in fact, meaning Barolo is as well-regarded as the Piedmont wine it is named after.

> Mon-Sun 11.30am-2pm, 6pm-10pm. Ritz Carlton Hotel, China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国路甲83号华贸中心丽思卡尔顿 酒店内 (5908 8151) 

Brasserie Flo ¥¥ (French) * Marble slabs, mosaic floors and brass fittings establish the Parisian bona fides; dishes like snails (RMB78), oysters (RMB48 each) and steak tartare (RMB158) confirm. The grandeur is matched only by the service, and the prices reflect the authenticity of the experience.

> Daily 11am-midnight; 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang 朝 阳区霄云路18号 (6595 5135)

The Georg ** This hutong mansion has an elegant restaurant, leather-couched lounge area, sleek bar and sick location near Houhai. But most importantly, it has some of the most thoughtful, innovative cuisine in town. Go for a dinner you won’t forget. >10.30am-midnight (dinner 6-10.30pm), closed Mondays; 45 Dongbuyaqiao Hutong, Dongcheng 东 城区东不压桥胡同45号 (8408 5300)

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Capital M ¥ (Contemporary Western) ** The Art Deco interior, swish staff and breathtaking views over the archery towers from Qianmen ensures the pinnacle of al-fresco dining, with world-class modern European stylings and deliciously posh afternoon tea.

Barbecue, Burgers, Brunch

> Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Floor 3, 2 Qianmen Buxingjie, Dongcheng 东城区前门步行街2号3层 (6702 2727)

Héritage ¥¥ A French country-style chateau in the heart of Beijing. A chef de cuisine with Michelin star restaurant experience and an extensive wine cellar make this Sofitel Hotel restaurant one of the best French dining experiences in town. > 6F Sofitel Wanda Beijing, Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场 C座索菲特酒店6层 (8599 6666)

Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB) ¥¥ ** Setting is everything here, especially if it’s fashioned inside a restored Buddhist temple. The bold contemporary European cuisine is fitting in majesty and the service alone is worthy of worship.

> Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm; 23 Songzhusi Temple, Shatan Beijie, Dongcheng 东城区沙滩北街嵩

You know blue frog already: its smoky flavors, fresh ingredients and authentic American preparation. But this winter, the team at blue frog would like to reintroduce itself – over brunch. Blue frog has added three new Benedicts and a Florentine to its brunch menu, and their chefs are hard at work preparing the perfect Hollandaise. If you’re a big eater, you might try the Scrambled Eggs with Shrimp (RMB68), which is flavored with cheese and stuffed with veggies, and is sure to power you through the day. With new menu items and some fresh takes on classic dishes, there’s more to be discovered at this old favorite. For the grill lovers, blue frog has turned out several dishes infused with charcoal smoke. Try the Seafood Mixed Grill (RMB158) if you’re looking for variety, or the BBQ Beef Sliders (RMB92) if you’re craving deep flavor. If you’re after something on the lighter side, the Sesame Chicken Salad (RMB82) is made up of 15 fresh ingredients, while the Thai-Style Shrimp Salad (RMB88) is a mix of fresh, salty, sweet and spicy. Check out what’s new at blue frog this winter. From rib-sticking classics to exciting fresh options, everyone can find a new favorite on this menu. > blue frog (see Listings for details) WWW.THATSMAGS.COM | DECEMBER 2016 | 71


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Mio ¥¥ Glitzy Italian fare at the Four Seasons, with a mobile Bellini cart, wheeled straight to your table.The Chef crafts a superb squash tortellini by hand, and pampers diners with desserts like the deconstructed tiramisu. >Daily lunch 11.30am - 2.30pm, dinner 5.30pm -10.30pm, Four Seasons Hotel, 48 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang, 朝阳区亮马桥路48号北京四季酒店 (5695 8888)

Grange Grill ** Located in the Westin Beijing Chaoyang, Grange Grill serves up some of the city’s best steak, seafood and grill offerings. The restaurant’s welcoming decor provides a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a cocktail or a glass of fine vintage from the extensive wine collection. Be sure to try the ‘luxurious oyster feast,’ where you can enjoy the delicacy raw, grilled or with cheese. > Lunch: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, Sat and Sun 11.30am-3.pm; Dinner: Daily 5.30-10.30pm; The Westin Beijing Chaoyang 7 North East Third Ring Road, Chaoyang 东三环北路7号 (5922 8888)

Contemporary Western Alfie’s ¥ (British) What’s all this about, then? British gastropub classics, (like pukker fish and chips, RMB188), a swanky gentleman’s club interior, and located in a chic modern art gallery-cum-mall. That’s what, mate. > Daily, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm, brunch served on weekends; Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东大桥路9号芳草地L1-22 (5662 8777)

Bistrot B Rosewood Beijing’s exquisite French restaurant is the sort of place chefs like to eat. Expect lavish luxury. > Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm and 5.30-10:30pm; 1F Rosewood Beijing, Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang 朝阳区呼家楼一号京广中心北京瑰丽酒店 3层 (6536 0066)

Caribeño (Latin) Heavy Cuban influence, but there are dishes from all over the Latin continent here. The Ropa Vieja (shredded beef on potato) is excellent – as are the Mojitos. > Daily 11:30am-9:30pm, 1/F, China Overseas Plaza, 8 Guanghua Dongli, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华东里8号中 海广场北楼1层 (5977 2789)

Chi (Organic, Fusion) Hutong set-menu dining par-excellence, with organic ingredients all locally sourced. From the owners of neighboring Saffron. > Daily, opens 10:30am, last order 9:30pm, 67 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区五道营胡同 67号 (6445 7076)

C Pearl (Oysters, Seafood) ¥ * This slick oyster restaurant imports fresh shells from Canada, South Africa, France, USA and more – and they are well worth the price. The fries are the best we’ve had in Beijing, beer and wine selection also excellent. > Tue-Sun 5.30pm-2am; 14-2, Bldg 14, Shunyuanli, Xinyuan Jie, Yansha Qiao, Chaoyang 朝阳区燕莎桥新 源街顺源里14号楼14-2号 (5724 5886)

Grill 79 (Steak) With views this good, Grill 79 would probably make it onto the list even if the food was terrible. It’s something of a bonus then that the kitchen is superb, and supported by one of the most extensive wine lists in town.

> Daily 6.30-10.30am, noon-2pm, 6-10pm. 79/F, China World Trade Center Phase 3, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大酒店 79楼 (6505 2299 ext 6424)

CAFÉ ON THE 6 TH A Lot of Hot Pot We love a good deal, and the Crown Plaza’s Café on the 6th offers just that with its all-day dining buffet featuring Asian and Western cuisine favorites. The open kitchen and dining area attract both hotel guests and casual diners, thanks to its delicious food and warm atmosphere. Plus, the buffet recently added a hot pot option to warm our winter bellies. Broth in the seasonal hot pot comes in four flavors including mushroom, spicy Sichuan, pig trotter and silky fowl soup. The pot may be hot, but Café on the 6th caters to all with other dishes including fresh seafood, sushi and dim sum, Peking duck and malatang. Plus given its location next to U-Town Mall, the buffet is a great spot for refreshment post- or pre-shopping. > Café on the 6th, Daily, 6am-10pm, Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town, No. 3 Sanfeng North Area, Chaoyang 朝阳区三丰北里3号 (5909 6688)

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JF Royal Teahouse

>Daily 10am-9:30pm;B215 China World Trade Center Tower 3, Jintong East Road,Chaoyang Beijing 北京市朝阳区国贸商城区域3 地下二层B215(8535 1625)

Miss K Cafe (Xing Fu Cafe) Whether it’s a rainy morning or a sunny afternoon, relax with your favorite novel and a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Experience a quiet moment of serenity amid the hustle and bustle of Beijing. >Daily, 8am-8.30pm; 1/F, Tower A, East Gate Plaza, Dongzhimen, Dongcheng 东城区东直门东环广场A座 一层幸福咖啡馆 (6418 1096)

Mosto (European, South American) ¥ * A perpetually busy lunch and evening spot, thanks to chef Daniel Urdaneta’s skill for modernising South American-style dishes like ceviche and risotto in his open kitchen. > Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm; Fri-Sat noon2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园3层 (5208 6030)

Sizzler Sizzler invented ‘casual dining’ in Australia when it introduced the first soup, salad, pasta and fresh fruit concept. Since those pioneering days, it has expanded its ‘classic grill’ to include, not only steak and seafood, but also delicious chicken dishes, BBQ ribs, combination meals and burgers. ‘Variety’ and ‘freedom to choose’ set Sizzler apart from other dining experiences. At Sizzler customers are free to control the volume, nutritional balance and variety of each meal by ordering from the grill and helping themselves to our famous soup, salad, pasta and fruits. >All stores open daily, 10am-10pm ;Wangfujing Oriental Plaza Store 王府井东方广场店 (8518 6315); Chongwenmen Glory Mall Store 崇文门国瑞购物中 心店 (6714 0399); Wangjing Capital Mall 望京凯德购 物中心店 (6471 3876); Wanliu BHG 万柳华联商场店 (8258 9405) Wan Shoulu Crystal Capital Mall 万寿路 凯德晶品店 (6826 086); Xizhimen Capital Mall 西直 门凯德购物中心店Mall (5830 2199); Sanlitun Shimao Gongsan 三里屯世茂工三店 (8400 4014); Changying Paradise Walk 常营龙湖天街店 (8539 0438); Tianjin Joy City 天津大悦城店 (8728 1620)

The English Tearoom英国茶房

>Daily 10am-9.30pm; 101, Bldg 10, North area of Xiangyun Town, 9 Antai Dajie, Shunyi 顺义区安泰 大街9号院中粮祥云小镇北区10号楼101(8047 9661 / 8047 9661); Daliy 10am-7pm Creativity Garden,1 Shunhuang Lu,Sunhe xiang,Chaoyang 朝阳区孙河 乡顺黄路甲1号创意园内(8459 4407)

Tomacado Tomacado is indeed a mash-up of ‘tomato’ and ‘avocado’ – and while you’ll certainly find these ingredients on the menu, you can also expect pleasant drinks, light soups and heartier main courses from this charming cafe. Fowers are also available for sale.

> Daily 10am-10pm (Lunch start from 11am, Only afternoon tea served on Mon-Fri 2.30-5pm), No. 19/20, B1/F, Jia Ming Center, 27 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东三环北路27号嘉铭中心地下一层 19/20号(6500 3354)

VIC Not to be confused with the notorious nightclub of the same name, this VIC is the Sofitel Beijing’s casual dining restaurant. All the major world cuisines are in attendance here – make sure you pay special attentions to the French-inspired breads and pastries – as is the customary Sunday champagne brunch. > Sofitel Wanda Beijing, Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C 座索菲特酒店6层 (8599 6666)

Yi House (Contemporary Western) Nestled in the confines of 798, Yi’s great tasting brunch is bettered only by their wide range of cocktails. Sundays offer jazz brunches with lobster and champagne.

> Daily 11am-3pm, 6pm-12am; 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 Yishu Qu, No.1 706 Houjie, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥 路2号院798艺术区706后街1号 (6436 1818)

Wood

>Daily 10.30am-11pm, Lakeside Gourmet Street, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区 朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾南边湖畔美食街 近南边地面 停车场 5726 8255

Stuff’d (Contemporary Western) The concept of Stuff’d is to simply stuff one kind of food in another. From sausage calzone pizzas (RMB68) to scotch eggs – it all works. On-site micro brewery a bonus.

> Wed-Mon, 11:30am-2:45pm, 6-10pm, 9 Jianchang Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区箭厂胡同9号 (6407 6308)

Café/Deli/Sandwich Café Zarah (Café) * A smart new interior and menu for this longstanding cafe has propelled it from hipster hangout to Gulou institution. Large, airy and with a terrace for summer, the only downside is it’s always packed. > Daily 9.30am-midnight,42 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng 东城区鼓楼东大街42号 (8403 9807)

Café Flatwhite Hailing from New Zealand, Café Flatwhite uses fresh and healthy ingredients in its tasty selection of sandwiches, pizzas, salads and brunch options, all served alongside some of the best coffee in Beijing. > Open Daily, Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm; 798 Dashanzi Art District Store: D09-1, No.4, 798 Dashanzi Art District, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号 798艺术区D09-1 (5978 9067 / 13051771436); Jianguomenwai DRC Store: Building 7-1-11, 1 Silk Street, Chaoyang 朝阳区秀水街1号建 国门外外交公寓7-1-11 (8532 2633 / 18701092189); FFCStore:-107,B1/F,Fortune Financial Center,5 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu,Chaoyang District朝阳区东三 环中路5号楼财富金融中心1层107 (6596 9108); China Central Mall Store:L315,China Central Mall,Chaoyang District朝阳区华贸中心写字楼三层L315单元 (8588 7978)www.cafeflatwhite.com, cafeflatwhite@hotmail.com, WeChat username: Cafe-Flatwhite


LISTINGS awfullychocolate

stylish, no-fuss Shanghai rival to Element Fresh offers some of the best and most affordable Western lunch options in town. The zesty carrot-and-zucchini cake is a crowd pleaser.

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> Daily 8am-10pm; S8-33, 3/F, Bldg 8, Taikoo Li South, 19 South Sanlitun Street, Chaoyang 朝阳区三 里屯太古里南区三层 (6416 5829) > Additional locations in The Kerry Centre, Raffles Mall Dongzhimen (see www.thatsmags.com for details)

American/BBQ/Grill Eudora Station 亿多瑞站

> (Near Lidu place))No 6,Fangyuanli Chaoyang 朝 阳区 芳园西里6号(丽都广场对面)(6437 8331, 6437 8334)

This place is anything but awful. The cakes, ice creams and pastries are enough to satisfy any sweet tooth.

>Daily 9am-10.30pm, 1) Sanlitun: Opposite to BHG, B1/F, Southern area of Taikooli, Sanlitun, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯太古里地下一层华联超市对面 (8468 3802); 2) Indigo: B1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港地下一 层 (8426 0917); 3) Joy City Chaoyang: 5/F Joy City Chaoyang, Qingnian Lu, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳北路青年路朝阳大悦城5楼悦界区 (8582 2677); 4) Raffles City: B1/F, Raffles City, Dongzhimen, Dongcheng 东城区东直门来福士地下一层 (8409 8038)

Element Fresh (Contemporary Western) Chain of restaurants and one of the longest running with quality ingredients and good service. One of the mainstays in Beijing. > Daily Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. 833, Building 8, 19 Sanlitun Taikoo Li South, Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯太古里南区 8号楼833 (6417 1318)

Maan Coffee漫咖啡文化体验馆

>Daily 9am-20:00pm;The south gate of Jiangfu Park,Half tower road,Chaoyang 朝阳区半截塔路将府 公园南门西侧(5949 8336)

MODO Urban Deli (Contemporary Western) * Yates Wine Lodge this is not. Unconventional and great fun, this compact eatery was designed around an ever-changing selection of fine wines. Serves up fresh tapas style food and original finger food.

> Sun-Thu noon-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-10.30pm; 3/F, Sanlitun Taikoo Li South (close to Element Fresh), 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯太 古里南区3楼(近新元素) (6415 7207)

MOKA Bros (Contemporary Western) * Power bowls, salads and wraps are the kind of fare on offer at this trendy Nali Patio space, which also has a great selection of cakes and pastries if you’re feeling more indulgent. > Sanlitun: Sun-Thu 11am-10:30pm, Fri/Sat 11am11:30pm, B101b Nali Patio South, 81 Sanlitun Beilu Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路81号B101B南楼 (5208 6079) ; Solana: Solana Lakeside Dining Street, 6 Chaoyang Park Road, Chaoyang 朝阳区湖畔美食街 朝阳公园路6号院蓝色港湾 (5905 6259)

Ricci Named after a 17th century Italian Jesuit (duh), this creative café has a funky, kookymeets-organic vibe and serves up some of the best casual western food in town, and a great brunch at the Wudaokou location (Chaoyang branch closed weekends).

> 1/F, Building D, Tsinghua Science Park, 1 Zhongguancun Donglu, Haidian 海淀区中关村东路1 号院清华���技园D座1楼 (8215 8826 )

TRIBE * Salads, wraps and sandwiches, and noodle and grain bowls are as tasty as they are holistic, and there are more superfoods in one single dish than we even knew existed. Come hungry, leave basking in the warm glow that comes from knowing that you are eating well. Kombucha is the icing on the (organic, locally-sourced) cake. > Daily 8am-10.30pm, 1/F, Building 3, China View Plaza, 2A Gongti Dong Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工 体东路甲2号中国红街大厦3号楼1层大厅入口南侧 (8587 1899)

The Rug (Contemporary Western, Organic) * With ingredients supplied by local organic farms like Dahe and De Run Wu, and an emphasis on sustainability, this café’s wide ranging menu has something for everyone, especially green types, bored foreign moms and freelance Macbook types. > Mon-Fri 7.30am-10:30pm, Sat/Sun 9:30am10:30pm; Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite Chaoyang Park South Gate), Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳公园南路丽水嘉园4 号楼(朝阳公园南门对面) (8550 2722) > Additional location in Sanlitun Nan Jie (see online.thatsmags. com for details)

Wagas (Contemporary Western) Quality eats with minimal pretension. This

Home Plate BBQ * Scruffy looks and laid-back staff belie the popularity of this entry-level brick-smoker barbecue joint, that blossoms in the sunny months. Pulled-pork sandwiches are the favorites, followed by baby-back rib racks. Beer and bourbons are taken care of, too. > Daily 11am-10pm. 35 Xiaoyun Lu courtyard (20m north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection, first right), Chaoyang District 朝阳区霄云路35号院过霄云路路口, 往北走20米,到第一个路口右转(5128 5584) > Additional location in Sanlitun Nan Jie (see www. thatsmags.com for details)

NOLA N’Orleans finds a dark-wood home in the leafy embassy area, with a jazz soundtrack, shrimp and grits, gumbo, fried chicken, jambalaya and decent-enough po’boys – yes’m. Excellent Cajun snacks, craft beers and cocktails also make NOLA a popular watering hole. > Mon-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Chaoyang 朝阳区秀水南街11号 (8563 6215)

The Big Smoke * Taking the Home Plate BBQ concept and upscaling was a gourmet masterstroke. Full menu evenings only (also delivers rotisserie chicken via Uncle Otis).

> Daily Mon-Sat 11am-midnight, Sun 11am-10pm. First Floor, Lee World Building (opposite Frost Nails), 57 Xingfucun Zhong Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区幸福村 中路 57号楼利世楼 (6416 5195, 6416 268, www. uncle-otis.com)

The Woods * New York native-owned, Manhattan-style restaurant, tucked in amongst the skyscrapers of CBD: you can’t get more Big Apple than that. > Daily 12pm-10pm, Central Park Tower 1, Suite 101, No. 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝外大街6号 新城国际1号搂101 (6533 6380)

Mexican/Tex Mex Cantina Agave (Tex-Mex) Great selection of burritos, tacos and 80+ imported tequilas. Spice up dishes with the walk-up salsa bar and don’t leave without a bite of the custardy flan. >Sun-Thurs 11am to midnight. Fri–Sat 11am to 2am, S4-32 South Block, Sanlitun Taikoo Li, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里太古里南区 (6416 5212)

Taco Bar Rising from the ashes of its deceased hutong location, the new Taco Bar is hip, popular and able to produce some of the most authentic Mexican fare in town. Only RMB45 for three and great cocktails to complement.

> Tue-Thu 5.30pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-2.30am, Sun 11am-1am; 1/F, Unit 10, Electrical Research Institute, Sanlitun Nan Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯南路机电研 究院内10号1层 (6501 6026)

Palms L.A. Kitchen and Bar * (KoreanMexican fusion) Tucked away near Gulou, this hip little hutong concept is truly one of a kind in Beijing. Quesadillas with kimchi and bibimbaps with melted cheese and hot sauce. Guess what? It works. Killer range of classic Cali’ cocktails, too. > Daily 11:30am-midnight (closed Mondays); 14 Zhangwang Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区旧鼓楼大街 张旺胡同14号 (6405 4352)

Burgers Blue Frog Blue Frog is pleased to introduce a creative new Drinks Menu. As the new year begins, this new menu will wake up everyone’s taste buds with a bevy of specialty and original cocktails, mocktails, shots, beer, wine and healthy drinks inspired by popular ingredients.

> All open Daily 10am-late; S2-30, Level 3, S2 Tower, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19号三 里屯太古里南区三楼S2-30 (6417 4030) ; No.167, 1/F, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路 18号1层167号 (8426 0017) ; No.125, 1/F, Bldg 1,

CHAT ROOM Meat Lollipops... Why Not? There are few places better for a chat than, well, Chat Room. Found in Joy City’s garden-esque Joy Yard, the casual restaurant’s setting mimics that of a park. This seems rather appropriate given that Chat Room is a concept by the folks at The Rug – a restaurant that soared to popularity at its original Chaoyang Park location. But this is no standard picnic-basket fare. Case in point: The highlight of our latest visit is undoubtedly the Raj-Wellington & UK Bone Marrow (RMB268) – a veritable feast of English and Indian flavors. But if you’re craving a lighter bite – or simply something unusual – the Deep Fried Sausage Meat Lollipop (RMB58) is a fun, tasty snack. We also love the Spicy Bang Bang Chicken Salad (RMB52) and the BEA Avocado Bacon & Fried Egg Hash (RMB85). And if you’re looking for something healthy, you can’t beat the Pudding & Pistachio Organic Greek Yogurt (RMB58). But hey, we could rattle off tasty Chat Room dishes all day, but the best way to learn about them? Go taste them yourself. > Chat Room: Daily, 10am-10pm; Unit 31, Joy Yard, 6/F, Chaoyang Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu 朝阳区朝阳北路101号朝阳大悦城6F-31 (8585 2411) Sanfeng(North), Chaoyang 朝阳区三丰北里1号楼1层 125号 (8561 2665) ; Unit 15-16, 1/F, Bldg AB, Ocean International Center, 10 Jintong Xilu, Chaoyang 朝阳 区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际中心AB座一层15 16单 元 (8590 3168)

Chef Too ¥ With its crisp white tablecloths and service, this upscale New York diner serves up some of the classiest burgers in town. > Tue-Fri 11am-1pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm; Tue-Sat 5.30pm-10pm. Opposite the West gate, Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳公园西门 (6591 8676)

Steak Morton’s of Chicago (American) ¥¥ * Meat so tender the knife falls through it: ritzy Morton’s deserves the worldwide praise. Expensive, but where else are you going to get steak this good? (Try the RMB550 set menu if you want to save cash) > Mon-Sat 5:30-11pm, Sun 5-10:30pm; 2/F, Regent Hotel, 99 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng 东城区金宝街99号 丽晶酒店二层 (6523 7777)

Steak Exchange Restaurant+Bar (Contemporary Western) ¥¥ * The bill is hopefully on the company kuai at this opulent eatery, where charcoal-grilled cuts of 250-day, grain-fed Australian Angus start from around RMB428 and merrily spiral. But the meat is unquestionably succulent, and cooked exactly to order.

> Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10.30pm. InterContinental Beijing Financial Street, 11 Jinrong Jie, Xicheng 西 城区金融街11号北京金融街洲际酒店 (5852 5921)

O’Steak A well-cooked steak in Beijng isn’t all that rare anymore, and here we have affordable but quality cuts. Don’t be fooled by the Irish sounding name, it’s an authentic French bistro – not a Guinness in sight.

> Daily midday-midnight, Xingfu: No.55-7 Xingfucun Zhonglu, opposite of April courmet, Chaoyang 朝 阳区幸福村中路55-7杰作大厦底商绿叶子超市斜对 面 (8448 8250) ; Central Park: No.o103 building 20, Central Park, No.6 Chaowai Avenue, Chaoyang 朝 阳区朝外大街6号新城国际20号楼103 (6533 6599); shunyi: No.11-102 Shine Hills, No.9 Antai Avenue, Shunyi 顺义区后沙峪安泰大街9号祥云小镇南门 11号 楼102 (8048 5080)

29 Grill (Contemporary Western) * Top-notch steak, along with just about every other cut of meat found in the barnyard in this well-priced meat-eaters’ mecca.

> Mon-Fri lunch: 11.30am-2.30pm; Mon-Sat dinner: 6-10.30pm (closed Sundays); Conrad Beijing, 2/F, 29 North Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang 朝阳区东三环北路9 号2层 (6584 6270)

Italian Annie’s ¥ * Now a certified Beijing institution, Annie’s serves up the city’s most reliable Italian fare. Delivery is free anywhere between Line 5 and the the Fifth Ring Road (call for delivery prices outside this area), and can be ordered in English between 10.30am and 10.30pm from www.annies.com.cn. Alternatively, drop in to your local branch.

> All open Daily,10.30am-11pm; Beijing Riviera: opposite west gate of Lane Bridge Villa, Shunyi 朝 阳区来广营东路5号长岛澜桥别墅西门对面尚古城一 楼 (8470 4768); Lido: Jiangtai Lu, opposite United Family Hospital 朝阳区将台商业街4号楼2楼和睦家 医院对面 (6436 3735); Wangjing: 2F, beside the Daimler Tower, LSH Plaza, 8 Wangjing Jie 朝阳区利星 行广场A座戴勒姆大厦裙楼2层近望京商业中心 (8476 0398); Chaoyang Park: West Gate of Chaoyang Park 朝阳区朝阳公园老西门南侧 (6591 1931); Sanlitun: China View Building, opposite East Gate of Workers’Stadium 朝阳区工体东门对面中国红街一楼 (8587 1469); Ritan Park: Ritan High Life, 3F, north of Ritan Park 朝阳区神路街39号日坛上街3-108号 (8569 3031); The Place: East of the Place, south of Central Park 朝阳区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际中心AB座1 层 (8590 6428); Guomao: Ruisai Business Building (southest of Guomao subway) 朝阳区东三环南路2 号瑞赛大厦商务楼1层 (6568 5890); Sunshine 100: Guanghua Lu, opposite Sunshine 100 Building 朝阳 区光华路阳光100公寓对面首经贸南门 (858 98366)

Assaggi ¥ * This fine Italian spot in the leafy embassy district has one of Beijing’s best terraces for summer dining. The tagliata steak is worth a return visit.

> Daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-11:30pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 (8454 4508)

Bene ¥ * Chef Ricci will have you singing like a soprano with his pork ravioli and prize-winning tiramisu. Excellent set menus (RMB588) and extensive wine selection. > Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng, 36 Northeast Third Ring Road, Dongcheng District 东城区北三环东路36号(5798 8995)

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> Closed on Monday; Dinner: 5-10pm; Lunch: 10am3pm; 3/F, 277 Dongzhimen Nei Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区东直门内大街277号三楼 雍和宫大街和北新 桥头条交叉处的四层商业楼三楼 (6455 3832, 1391 0969 240)

Cepe ¥ In a city inundated with Italian offerings, Cepe manages to stand out thanks to its attention to the smallest detail – everything from the vinaigrette to the Parma ham is import quality, and the wine is superb. > Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The RitzCarlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng 西城区金城坊东街1号北京金融街 丽思卡顿酒店大堂 (6601 6666)

Florentina 翡冷翠意大利餐厅

Hacker-pschorr Brauhaus If you’re looking for authentic German fare and, most importantly, German-style beer, then you can’t go wrong with HackerPschorr Brauhaus. Made from centuries-old recipes – and in accordance with the 1516 German Beer Purity Law – the brews here are some of the finest in Beijing. Prost! > Room 3, Building 3, No 12 ,Xindonglu Chaoyang 朝阳区 新东路12号院3号楼3门(5323 3399)

Paulaner Brauhaus The grand old man of Beijing brauhauses, Paulaner delivers the Teutonic goods in the hands of lederhosen-clad staff from the provinces. It can be pricey but is usually worthwhile, especially during Oktoberfest.

> Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店 (6465 3388 ext. 5732)

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant 博璨德国啤酒餐厅

> Sanlitun 3.3 Branch: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat/Sun 10am-11pm, delivery Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri-Sun 11:30am-11pm 3/F, 3.3 Building, No. 33 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang 三里屯北街33号3.3服 装大厦3层3008号 ( 5136 5571, delivery 8989 177) > Additional branches in Gongti, Beida, Beitai, Yayancun, Solana and Weigongcun, see www.online.thatsmags.com for details)

African/Middle Eastern 1001 Nights There’s no missing this beast of a Middle Eastern on the way into Sanlitun. The whole Arabic dining package is on offer here, from kebabs, to shisha to belly dancing shows between courses.

> Daily 11am-2am, 3-4 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳 区工体北路3-4号 (6532 4050)

Pinotage ¥ (South African) * A seasonal blend of Dutch, English and regional African influences, this contemporary and stylish eatery has an impressive selection of fine import-quality meats, and wines to match. The traditional borewor ground beer-sausage (RMB100) is tender and sweet, while the red-wine pork tenderloin makes the trip out to their Shunyi branch worth it. > Dongmen Building, 12 Dongzhimen Wai, Chaoyang 朝阳区东直门外大街12号东门下楼 (5785 3538) > Additional location in Shunyi (see online. thatsmags.com for details)

Florentina serves authentic Italian fare in low-key, yet elegant surrounds. Cuisine is high-end, the environment is relaxed. A beautiful outdoor terrace makes this place a godsend for Lido residents.

> Daily 11-late (Kitchen serves until 10pm), 1/F, Bldg 2, No. 6 Yard, Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区芳园 西路6号院2号楼1层(8431 0027)

Mercante ¥ * Old World family charm in an intimate hutong setting. Time (and, occasionally, service) slows with a rustic menu from Bologna offering an assortment of homemade pastas and seasonal mains. > Tue-Sun 6-10.30pm. 4 Fangzhuanchang Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区方砖厂胡同4号 (8402 5098)

Opera Bombana ¥ Head chef Umberto Bombana boasts three Michelin stars to his name, earned at his wildly successful Hong Kong restaurant Otto e Mezzo. He’s the only Italian chef to do so outside of his native land, and certainly the only to have opened a restaurant in Beijing. > Daily, 12pm-10:30pm; LG2-21 Parkview Green Fangcaodi, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东大 桥路9号侨福芳草地地下2层21号 (5690 7177)

Tiago Home Kitchen

Biteapitta * Enjoyed by vegetarians (hummus, falafel) and 58 kuai kebab-lovers alike, Biteapitta has the Middle-East mid-range market all wrapped up in a fluffy pitta. Brotzeit offers its customers a unique experience with authentic German cuisine and world famous German beers in a casual environment. Coupled with its contemporary setting and unique brand appeal, Brotzeit is distinct from the traditional-style German restaurants still seen in Germany and other parts of the world. > Daily 11am-late; F109, Grand Summit, bldg 5, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东方东路19号 楼(DRC外交办公大楼)一层F109 (8531 5166, www. brotzeit.co)

Spanish Agua ¥ * Occupying the high end of Nali’s Spanish invasion, Agua excels with reasonably priced classics like suckling pig, chorizo and jamon. Winner of the 2014 Golden Fork Editors’ Pick for best restaurant. > Daily Midday-2pm, 6pm-10pm. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花 园 (5208 6188)

Casa Talia by Tiago

>Daily 11.30am-9pm, 01B, 4/F, Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nan Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区东直门南大街1 号来福士购物中心4层01B 8409 4009

> Daily 11am-11pm, Second Floor, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯后街同里2 层 (6467 2961)

Asian Indian Raj Tucked away in musty old building just underneath the drum tower, this curryhouse may look Chinese but everything on the menu is authentic Indian, espcially the rather fine naan.

>Indigo: Daily 11.30am-10pm, Shop L173, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路 18号颐堤港购物中心L173商铺(6438 8772); Chaoyang Joy City: Daily 11am-10pm, 5F50/6F, Chaoyang Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳北路 101号朝阳大悦城5F50/6F(8558 3892)

German Drei Kronen 1308 * Authentic (truly – when they say 1308 they mean it) displays of armour and brewing kits draw regular evening crowds for the superb pork knuckle and heavy-duty helles (pale lager), wheat and dark beer (brewed on-site). > Daily 11am-2am. 1/F, Bldg 5, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体东路中国红街5号楼1 层(6503 5555)

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La Pizza Among the upper echelons of Beijing pizzerias is this Sanlitun goldfish bowl with a wood-fired oven and Neapolitan manners. Further branches in Solana and pasta/salad/mains-buffet restaurant in Sanlitun 3.3

> Sanlitun Branch: daily 10.30am-3pm, 6-11pm. 1/F, 3.3 Mall, 33 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯 路33号3.3服装大厦西北角底商(5136 5582); Solana Branch: SA-48, 1/F, Bldg 3, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Park Road, Chaoyang 朝阳公园西路6号蓝色港 湾3号1层 SA-48 ( 5905 6106) > SOHU Shangdu Branch: SH1112, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO尚都 SH1112号(5900 3112); La Pizza Buffet: 4F, Sanlitun 3.3 Mall, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯3.3服装大厦4层 (5136 5990)

Tube Station Nowhere does gigantic toppen-laden pizza quite like Beijing, and these guys claim to be the biggest in town.

> Daily 11am-midnight. 43 Doufuchi Hutong (just east of Jiugulou Dajie), Xicheng 西城区豆腐池胡同43 号 旧鼓楼大街往东走(6400 4875)

Purple Haze (Thai) Given Beijing’s lack of white sand beaches and backpacker bars, Purple Haze has to make do for the best Thai experience in town. Has all the classics like veggie spring rolls (RMB40), papaya salad (RMB46) and curries (RMB44-180) – but our pick’s the seafood pad Thai (RMB45). > Daily 11am-11pm, 55 Xingfu Yicun, Chaoyang 朝 阳区幸福一村55号 (6413 0899)

Greyhound Café (Modern Thai/Fusion) Greyhound Café originated in Bangkok offering Thai food with a twist and served in a fashionable surrounds. Perfect for Taikoo Li Sanlitun then.

> Daily 11am-11pm, S1-30B, Building 1, Sanlitun Road 19, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19号1号楼 S1-30B (6416 3439)> Additional branch in Shin Kong Place (see online.thatsmags.com for details)

Nyonya Kitchen (Malaysian, Nyonya) This chain specializes in Nyonya style cooking – ostensibly Malaysian but with a mix of Chinese, South-East Asian and European influences resulting in lots of bold flavors and bright colors. > CBD: EB105, B1/F, China World Mall Phase 1, 1 Jianguomen Wai, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门 外大街1号国贸商城一期地下一层EB105 (6505 0376); Taiyanggong: Unit 10-11, 4/F, CapitaMall Taiyanggong, Chaoyang 朝阳区凯德Mall太阳宫4层 10/11号 (8415 0863,www.nyonyakitchen.com)

Malacca Legend

> Daily 11am to 10.30pm; Dongzhimen Branch: 2/F, 28 Dongzhimen Wai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区东直门 外大街28号2层 (6417-0900) > Additional branch in Sanlitun, see online.thatsmags.com for details.

Indian Kitchen Malaysian food with a view, this spacious and airy restaurant sits on the banks of Shunyi’s Roma Lake and at a new unit in the heart of the city at The Place, making a great spot for their beef rendang or green curry prawns.

> Daily 11am-10pm; 6 Roma Lake: 6 Luodong Lu, Luogezhuang Village, Hoshayu Town, Shunyi 顺义 区后沙峪镇罗各庄村罗马湖东北三路6号C院 (8049 8902); Signature: Shop L203, 2/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶2 层L203 (6587 1393)

Migas ¥ * The boys at Migas have turned a concept bar into a thriving Mediterranean restaurant, bar and party venue, and one of summer’s rooftop destinations.

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Cafe Sambal (Malaysian) When it comes to Malay-style food in a hutong, nowhere does it better. Admittedly, it’s something of a niche category, but then so is the food on offer. The spicy Kapitanstyle chicken is pricey, but worth it.

Ganges Conveniently located above popular Irish sports bar Paddy O’Sheas, this solid Indian curry house provides the perfect post-match culinary accompaniment. Or put another way: it’s what you’ll be craving after eight pints of beer.

> Daily noon-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园3层 (5208 6052)

> Daily 10am-3pm, 5pm- late. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园 6层 (5208 6061)

> Mon-Sat 9.30am-9.30pm, Sunday 2-7pm. 266 Yaohong Lu by Hongsong Dong Lu, Minhang Shanghai, 上海闵行区姚虹路266号, 近红松东路 (021 2428 3400)

> Daily 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm, 31 Gulou Xidajie Dongcheng 东城区鼓楼西大街31号 (6401 1675)

Niajo ¥ * With homely Mediterranean influences and a charming management, Niajo is prime Sanlitun smart-casual dining. Order the paella (their star dish) together with some tapas and be automatically transported to Spain (minus the constant sunshine).

Even the most exacting palettes are delighted by TIAGO, whose team prepares globally sourced ingredients and sustainably grown produce. TIAGO’s dining experience is distinctly Italian, but its menu also offers such classics as Australian steaks and Boston lobster - plus a wide selection of salads, pizza, pasta and desserts.

a wide range of Philippines food products are served.

The go to curry house among Beijing’s homesick Indian community, this ever popular no-nonsense restaurant has built up a solid reputation thanks to its wide range of quality dishes and particularly friendly service. Looking good after a recent rennovation and very available on JinShiSong online delivery. > Daily 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm, 2/F 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯北小街2号2楼 (6462 7255)

South-East Asian 4Corners (Vietnamese, Fusion) The definitive hutong bar/restaurant? Chef Jun Trinh took a break from his celebrity TV work to host this part-Vietnamese venue, serving up steaming bowls of pho with zesty, fresh rolls, as well as a great bar, with frequent live indie performances. > Tue-Sun 11am-2am, 27 Dashibei Hutong (near west end of Yandai Xiejie), Xicheng 西城区大石碑胡 同27号烟袋斜街西口附近) (6401 7797)

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Susu (Vietnamese) The first step is finding it. Follow that up with a dreamlike renovated courtyard, extensive wine list and a listing of top-notch Vietnamese curries, banh mi sandwiches, stews, soups and la Vong fish. > Tue- Sun 11.30am-11pm; 10 Qianliang Hutong Xixiang, Dongcheng 东城区钱粮胡同西巷10号 (8400 2699)

Japanese Hatsune ¥ * (California Japanese) As much a California roll joint as true Japanese, Hatsune is now an old favorite among the sake-swilling, sushi-swallowing set, though less so among sashimi purists. > Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm; 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华路甲8号 和乔大厦C座2层 (6581 3939) >Additional locations in Sanlitun Tai Koo Li South; Kerry Centre Mall (see www.online.thatsmags.com for details)

Inagiku * This Beijing branch of one of Tokyo’s oldest and most celebrated restaurants is as near to perfection as you’re likely to find. Deceptively simple yet finely crafted, the handmade Inaniwa udon (RMB80) is not to be missed.

> Daily 11am-3pm, 6-10.30pm; Rm 315, 3/F, Park Life, Yintai Centre, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie,


LISTINGS Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外大街2号银泰中心悦生 活3层315室 (8517 2838)

Sake Manzo * The barmen here are serious about their sake. Boasting one of the best stocked drinks cabinets in town with over 60 different sakes on offer, this super-cool little eatery is the perfect place to unwind after a hard day’s toil. The sashimi is fresh to the cut, and the beer-marinated chicken is out of this world. One of the very best and least appreciated restaurants in town.

> Daily 6pm-midnight. 7A Tuanjiehu Beisantiao, Chaoyang 朝阳区团结湖北三条甲7号(6436 1608)

Yotsuba ** It doesn’t come cheap (tasting menu RMB1,000), but what would you expect from some of the best sushi in town? Buttery and meaty fatty tuna sashimi is a cut above.

> Dongcheng: Tue- Sun 11.30am-11pm. Sanlitun branch: 2 Sanlitun Bei Xiaojie, Chaoyang 朝阳区 三里屯北小街2号 (6464 2365); Lido branch: 2F, No.9-3, Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区将台西路 9-3号2层 (8420 0998)

Sui Ka Is this what after-work hangouts are like in Japan? We’re not sure, but we hope so: This charming izakaya nails it when it comes to sake selection and fried delights to munch alongside it.

>Daily 5pm-1am, Ichibangai First Avenue Food Court, Zaoying Nanli, Maizidian, East 3rd Ring Road, Chaoyang朝阳区东三环农展馆北路宾都苑 东侧一层底商一番街内 (137 1692 7543)

Hyoki ¥ (Japanese) Hidden away in the depths of the Sofitel Hotel, this labyrinthine Japanese restaurant of all private dining rooms has some stunning food, and is the only place to sample traditional Japanese paper hot pot in Beijing. > 6F Sofitel Wanda Beijing 100022 93 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国路93号索菲特万达 北京酒店6层 (6581 0072)

Korean Ai Jiang Shan This upscale seafood restaurant proves that chargrill and composure can go together. Their RMB58 bibimbap lunch is an absolute bargain. > Daily 11am-10pm, Sat and Sun until 9.30pm; 5/F, LG Twin Towers (East Tower), 12 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区建 国门外大街乙12号双子座大厦东塔5层 (5109 6036/6037) see www.thatsmags.com for other locations

Saveurs de Coree This upmarket Korean bistro has undergone several changes in recent years, not least its move away from the hipper-than-thou confines of Nanluoguxiang. Fortunately, the menu remains largely intact. The Shin Ramyun is among the best in Beijing, while the Wagyu barbecued beef is almost too good to be true. > Daily noon-11pm; 128-1 Xiang’er Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区香饵胡同128-1号(5741 5753)

Vegetarian Tianchu Maoxiang (Asian) Like many arrivals to Beijing, this place started out in Wudaokou and it’s since made a successful migration to Chaoyang. Great range of veggie fare, reasonably priced and they offer cooking classes as well. > Daily 10am-10pm; 19 Rm 0260, 2/F, Bldg D, Chaowai SOHO, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳门外大街乙6朝外SOHOD座2层 0260 (5900 1288)(see www.online.thatsmags. com for details)

Veggie Table (Western, Asian) * Proving that Beijing-style vegetarian cuisine is by no means the exclusive preserve of Buddhist monks and soppy Jack Johnson fans, this superbly honed eatery offers some of the very best sandwiches – vegetarian or otherwise – found anywhere in the city. > Daily 10.30am-11.30pm (last order 10.30pm); 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区五道营胡同 19号 (6446 2073)

BARS TOP 40 BARS AND CLUBS

About This guide represents our editors’ top 40 picks, and includes some That’s Beijing advertisers. Bars rated(*) have been personally reviewed by our experts, and scored according to the cuisine, experience and affordability.

Arrow Factory The newest craft beer taproom on the block, Arrow Factory is a rustic hideaway brimming with good Anglo-Scandinavian vibes (courtesy of the brew-masters) and the brand’s distinctive Chinese brewed ales. A winning combination > 38 Jianchang Hutong, Dongcheng District 东城区箭 厂胡同38号(6407 6308)

8-Bit Drinking alongside multiplayer retro gaming – why didn’t anyone do this sooner? Megadrive, Super Nintendo, N64... some real gems make up an ever-growing collection. Draft Kirin goes for a reasonable RMB25 a glass.

> Daily 1pm-2am; 13 Beiluoguxiang, Dongcheng 东 城区北锣鼓巷13号 (159 1025 6538)

BBC (Bottle, Boot & Cigar) The brainchild of local spirits professional Douglas Williams, this bar provides the discerning Beijing drinker with a peerless selection of liquor for sale, cocktails and coming soon, shoe shines, cigars and straight-razor shaves.

> 1pm-late. 1 Taipingzhuang Nanli (At Xingfucun, between Frost: Coffee, Nails & Cocktails and Commix Bar), Chaoyang 朝阳区太平庄南里1号 (1861 405 7407, www.bbcbeijing.com)

Capital Spirits A team of non-China natives doing a baijiu bar? Brave and, luckily, brilliant. Lovely hutong setting, friendly owners and great bottle collection.

> Tue-Sun 8pm-late; 3 Da Ju Hutong, Dongcheng 东城 区大菊胡同3号 (6409 3319; www.capitalspirits.com)

China Bar ¥¥ Top views from the 65th floor and flash drinks are the attractions on offer at this hip hotel bar.

> Sun-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am. 65/F, Park Hyatt, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国 门外大街2号柏悦酒店65层 (8567 1838/40)

Cu Ju Moroccan-inspired bistro, cocktail destination and sports fan’s manna all rolled into one, Renaissance man Badr Benjelloun’s hutong gem is constantly evolving. Offering North African food with an international cocktails, Beijing’s widest selection of rums and sports broadcasts from basketball to cricket, Cu Ju is truly one of the city’s best all-around bar-restaurants. > Sun-Tue, Thu 5-11pm ;Fri-Sat 5pm-late ; closed Wed. 28 Xiguan Hutong (Hutong entrance is 300m north of subway line 5, Zhangzizhong Lu stop), Dongcheng 东 城区细管胡同28号(6407 9782, www.cujubeijing.com)

Daily Routine 日常生活 This cozy bar is a diamond in the rough. Owner Travis is a cocktail aficionado, and the drinks at this establishment change seasonally according to ingredient availability. Light cafe fare is available during the day. > Daily 11am-11pm. 34 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区五道营胡同34号 (8400 1159)

El Nido * The first hutong hang-out to patent the fridge-full-of-cheap-imports formula, El Nido inspires a loyal following, particularly in summer. The roast leg of mutton place next door is one of the best locally. > Daily 6pm-late, 59 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng 东 城区方家胡同50号(158 1038 2089)

First Floor First Floor is like that friend who’s too popular to properly enjoy their company. At weekends, it gets aggressively full, with regulars and the passing tourist trade all baying at the bar. A good place to meet new friends, perhaps.

> Daily, 4pm-late, Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang  朝阳 区三里屯北小街 (6413 0587, first.floorbeijing.com)

Great Leap Brewing 大跃啤酒 ¥ * The bar that began the whole Beijing microbrewing frenzy (yes, frenzy) specializes in idiosyncratic, local-style brews (RMB2540) with intriguing flavors – their Sichuan peppercorn ale was memorably good. Reservations used to be recommended for their original hutong brewhouse, but the opening of a wildly popular new pub on Xinzhong Lu has shifted most drinkers there instead.

> Gulou: 5pm-late, Tue-Fri, 2pm-late Sat-Sun 2-10pm, 6 DouJiao Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区豆角胡同6号 (5717 1399) ; Sanlitun: Daily 11:30am-2pm; Sun-Thu 5pm-midnight, Fri /Sat 5pm-1am, B12 Xinzhong Street 新中街乙12号 (6416 6887, www.greatleapbrewing.com)

Glen ¥ Experiences can vary at Glen (we’ve endured poor service and drinks that are scandalous at the price), which is located in a decidedly downbeat compound. But whis-

ky lovers have been known to swear by its selections and dark, intimate atmosphere. See for yourself.

>Daily 6.30pm-2am. 203, 2/F, Taiyue Suites Hotel Beijing, 16 Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区南三里屯 路16号泰悦豪庭2楼203室 (6591 1191)  

Glen Classic ¥ Tucked away in the grounds of Face hotel, Glen Classic is a Japanese-owned whisky bar where discerning drinkers can sink into an arm-chair, glass in hand, and while away the hours. Huge range of whiskies and rums are personally selected by expert owner Daiki Kanetaka – let him recommend you something special. > Mon-Sat, 7pm-2am, reservation required, minimum spend RMB200, Face Hotel Courtyard, 26 Dongcaoyuan, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体南路东草园26 号 (6551 6788)

Heaven Supermarket A purgatory of bottles, bongs and bedraggled English teachers, Heaven sells the cheapest alcoholic takeaways in town. You can also hang around and appreciate the afterlife (clientele) if you want. Caveat: the food is straight from Hell’s own kitchen. > Daily 11-4am. 14 Xindong Lu (next to The James Joyce), Chaoyang 朝阳区新东路14号 (6415 6513)

Hidden Lounge * Although frustrating to find, Hidden Lounge rewards the intrepid with good artwork and comfortable seating, suggesting a Kasbah, plus well-made drinks at great prices (wine from RMB100 a bottle, mix drinks from RMB25). You’ll probably have to call them to find it, though.

> Daily 6pm-1am. Room 101, Bldg 8, CBD Apartments, Shuanghuayuan Nanli Erqu, Chaoyang 朝阳区双花园 南里二区CBD公寓8号楼101屋 (8772 1613)

Jane’s & Hooch ¥ * Acclaimed by some foreign press as one of the best bars in the world (cough), this not-so-plain Jane has been at the vanguard of the South Sanlitun gentrification. It serves RMB60-80 measures of your favorite Prohibiotion-era hooches in a fanstastic speakeasy atmosphere, with attentive staff and unimpeachable cocktails.

> Daily 8pm-2am, Courtyard 4 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北路4号院 ( 6503 2757)

Jing-A Taproom ** In just a few years, these guys developed from shady guerrilla brewers to upstanding publicans with their own range of souvenir T-shirts. Their bar is a peach: a bricks-andmortar taproom, which is large, warm and sociable, and has up to 16 different beers on tap. > Building B, 1949 The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北路4号院

Mao Mao Chong ** The cocktails at Mao’s – such as their sublime ‘Mala’ Mule, a Sichuan peppercorninfused vodka drink that’s a long way from Moscow – are unique infusions using local ingredients and know-how. Grungey without being grimey, Mao’s eschews flash while still keeping it real. And those pizzas. > 12 Banchang Hutong, Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng 东 城区交道口南大街板厂胡同12号 (6405 5718, www. maomaochongbeijing.com)

Mesh ¥ Whether it’s an early evening cocktail or a late-night infusion, Mesh’s moody interior and underground soundtrack draws the bright young things (and on LGBT Thursdays, quite a few old things, too). > Daily 5pm-1am. Building 1, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11号院1号楼 (6417 6688)

Maggie’s ¥ A notorious sausage fest (we refer, of course, to the hot-dog stand outside), Maggie’s has been providing its special comforts for so long, it’s practically a timehonored Beijing brand – although it’s also a bastion of Mongolian culture. > Sun-Thur 8pm-4am, Fri-Sat 8pm-5am, Ritan Park South Gate, Chaoyang District 朝阳区日坛公园南 门 (8562 8142)

Parlor Learn a few quotes from Gatsby before heading to this 20s Shanghai-style speakeasy and you’ll fit right in.

> Daily 6pm-2am, 39-8 Xingfuercun, Chaoyang 朝阳区 新东路幸福二村39-8 (8444 4135)

Mai Bar * Understated hutong hideaway with a long list of some of the best cocktails in town.

> Daily 5pm-late, 40 Beiluoguxiang, Dongcheng 东城 区北锣鼓巷40号 (6406 1871)

Revolution * Sanlitun doesnt really do hipster bars but if it did, this cramped ode to Maomorabilia

would be it. The East may be red but their cocktails (RMB45) are fit for a Chairman.

> Daily, 12pm-late, west of Yashow, Gongti Bei Lu, 朝 阳区工体北路雅秀市场西侧 (6415 8776)

The Brick A Cheers-style atmosphere ensures you’ll find this neighbourhood drinking hole-inthe brick-wall faux dive bar either cliquey or inclusive. The heavy-duty cocktails (including the devastatingly boozy RMB80 Terminator) are probably needed for the bizarre Wednesday pub quiz.

> Daily 4pm-late. Unit 2-11, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang 朝阳区双井桥东北角广渠路31号院天之骄子 2号楼底商2-11 (134 2616 6677)

The Irish Volunteer Everything – from the red-faced owner to the grub – is authentically Irish: tinged with alcoholism, doggerel and drunken regret. A good place to down a pint and a pizza before heading into town, then. > Daily 9pm-2am. 311 Jiangtai Lu (opposite Lido Hotel East Gate), Chaoyang 朝阳区将台路311 号 (6438 5581)

The Tree A cozy stalwart of the Beijing bar scene, you’ll find wood-fired comfort pizza, beer aplenty and a hearty, mature atmosphere. Has two neighborhood offshoots: By the Tree (brickwork, pool, old man’s pub) and Nearby the Tree (live music, two floors).

> Daily noon-2am. 100m west of Sanlitun Bar Street, Youyi Youth Hostel, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯酒吧街往 西100米友谊旅馆后面三里屯医院东面 (6415 1954)

Trouble Bar Beijing’s leading venue for imported craft beers. Stocks a large draft selection and an even larger selection of bottles. Also does a nice line in creative cocktails, if brews aren’t your thing. Conveniently located next to Gung-Ho, hosts a full-sized foos-ball table, darts, and plenty of TV’s to accommodate any event, meetings, and gatherings. > 2-101, China View Building, 2B Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang (Next To Gung-Ho) 朝阳区工人体育场东 路乙2号中国红街2-101叫板比萨隔壁 (8590 0390, troublebar@gmail.com, www.trouble.bar)

Slow Boat Brewery Taproom ** This popular microbrewery has its own pub hidden away in Dongcheng’s hutongs. Quality ales that change depending on the season, heated floors and a great little kitchen round out the deal. > Mon Closed, Tues-Wed: 5pm-midnight, Thu 5pm1am, Fri 5pm-late, Sat 2pm-late, Sun 2-10pm; 56 Dongsi Batiao, Dongcheng 东城区东四八条56号 (6538 5537)

10 Best Livehouses School Bar 学校酒吧 * Crap drinks and regular, unscheduled fights: no wonder the cool kids adore this alternative livehouse/ DJ bar, founded by Beijing and Shanghai rock n’ rollers.

> Daily 8pm-late. 53 Wudaoying Hutong, Chaoyang 朝阳区五道营胡同53号 (6402 8881, 6406 9947)

Jianghu 江湖酒吧 This former Qing Dynasty courtyard home is exactly where you’d take that friend from out of town to prove you’re cool. Its cozy atmosphere is also its downfall – any show with under 40 people and you’re stuck looking through the windows. Hip and casually familiar, the jazz and folk bookings keep things low-key enough for the gethome-for-the-babysitter crowd.

> 7 Dongmianhua Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区交道口南大街东棉花胡同7号 (6401 5269, site.douban.com/jianghujiubar, jincanzh@ gmail.com)

Dusk Dawn Club (DDC) 黄昏黎明俱乐部 Great little livehouse near Meishuguan with a focus on jazz, folk and indie rock. Craft beer and whisky means you won’t get bored of the drinks list quickly. > Tue-Sun 1pm-2am; 14 Shanlao Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区美术馆后街山老胡同14号 (6407 8969)

Hot Cat Club 热力猫 A true stalwart of the Beijing scene, Hot Cat is the type of hard-working venue that helps cement a city’s music scene. From Afro Funk to Math Rock to painful open-mic nights, this everyman’s club breeds good vibes. Decent drinks, lots of loungy seats and plenty of space. > Daily 10am-late, 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng 东城区方家胡同46号 (6400 7868)

The Post Mountain 后山 Built into a man-made hill in the center of the MOMA Complex, this new addition to

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LISTINGS Beijing’s growing livehouse empire is The Hobbit meets Manhattan. With as much vibe as a sterile modern-art gallery. Its imported sound system and ramped floor makes for decent sound and sightlines.

> Bldg T8, MOMA, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng (next to MOMA Cinemateque) 东城区东直门外香河园路1号当代 MOMA园区T8楼北百老汇电影中心北侧 (8400 4774)

Temple 坛 * Probably the manliest venue in town, this dimly lit and unventilated space is owned by rockers (Gao Xu, Gao Jian and Clement Burger) and known for late sets of hard rock, punk and ska, with weekend gigs and DJ sets every fortnight. It offers a long drinks menu, with plenty of cheap pastis and shooters, but you’ll probably stick to the RMB15 draught. > Daily, 7pm-late. Bldg B, 206 Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区鼓楼东大街206号B楼202 (131 6107 0713)

Yugong Yishan 愚公移山 * We’ve lost more body weight than we’d care to remember in YY’s mosh pit. Fortunately, almost all the acts – usually hip-hop DJs, emo rocks and obscure indie outfits from across the globe – were worth it. The upstairs bar area is a refuge from the sweat glands below. > Daily 7pm-late. 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu (100m west of Zhangzizhong Lu subway station), Dongcheng 东 城区张自忠路3-2号(6404 2711)

Sports Bars The Local * Formerly Brussels, this beery bar has come into its own, with large (yet strangely unobtrusive) screenings of sports and political events, a pub quiz, quality fare and a nice selection of draughts and cocktails. Try the Bourbon Street Ice Tea – you won’t need another. > Daily 11-2am. 4 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工 体北路4号院 (6591 9525)

Paddy O’Shea’s * An entire Irish-themed pub, which could easily been trasnsported, untouched, from a back alley in Limerick and gently deposited in central Beijing. With plenty going on, including pub quiz and sports.

> Dongzhimen: Daily 10am-late, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区东直门外大街28号 (6592 6290); Sanlitun: 2/F, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Back Street 三里屯北路43号同里二层 (6415 0299)

V Sports Spacious, comfortable, huge screens and no rowdy drunken cretins, V Sports makes a claim for the champion of Beijing sports bars. > Daily 5.30pm-6am, Gongti North Gate East side, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北门内东侧 (5293 0333)

Nightclubs

MIX A bit like a trip to the Forbidden City, Mix is one of those places in Beijing you have to experience before you leave. Not much is forbidden in this underground hip-hop disco palace and if you don’t leave with hook-up in tow then you’re doing something very wrong.

Shopping Mall. 国贸商城区域3二楼209 (8535 1002, 131 4667 9913); 43 Sanlitun Beijie Nan,Chaoyang. 三里屯北街南43号楼 (6409 4243, 135 0137 2971)

Catherine de France

> Daily 8pm-6am, Inside Worker’s Stadium North Gate, Chaoyang 朝阳区工人体育场北门内 (6506 9888, 6530 2889, 150 1138 2219, mixclub@sohu.com)

Vics Separated at birth from its identical twin brother, Mix, this is the definition of Gongti sweatbox meat-market chic at its very finest. The Chinese love it – as do moody Russians and jailbait students – helping Vics to become one of the most infamous clubs in the capital.

Atmosphere ¥¥ Beijing’s highest bar, on the 80th floor of the 1,082-ft China World Tower, offers 300+ swanky cocktails from RMB65 with 360-degree views of the 700AQI PM2.5. > Mon-Fri noon-2am, Sat and Sun noon-4am. 80/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外大街1号北京国贸大酒店80 (6505 2299 ext. 6433)

Centro ¥ Although it’s no longer quite the go-to place for beautiful people it once was, Centro still draws a cute crowd with its nightly jazz performaces, spacious and recently renovated lounge areas and classic drinks like the blue-cheese martini.

Black Golden Tanning Studio 古铜日晒中心 Beijing is hardly the best place to pick up a natural tan. When it finally reaches the warm summer, the sun’s rays struggle to penetrate the smog. Thankfully, Black Golden Tanning Studio is on hand to give you that golden glow with its quick, safe and effective technology. With a membership card, enjoy a 50-minute session for RMB400 and come away with natural, healthy-looking color.

> Sanlitun: 11am-9pm, 2/f, Bldg 3, Sanlitun SOHO, Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho3 号楼2层217 (5785 3711, jusonghao@hotmail.com); Wangjing: 11am-9pm, Rm T5, 3/F, BOTAI International Building, 36 Guangshun Bei Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳 区望京广顺北大街36号博泰国际商业广场3层T—5 (8472 2855)

> Daily 8.30pm late, Inside Worker’s Stadium North Gate, Chaoyang 朝阳区工人体育场北门内 (5293 0333)

Hotel Bars

Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang 朝阳区新源南路1号威斯汀 酒店五层 ( 139 1029 0260, www.alonapilates.com)

Awarded best expat salon in 2014/ 2015, with a trained team of international and local stylists, colorists and beauticians, this salon welcomes all ages and budgets in a modern and relaxed atmosphere for a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, include manicure, pedicure and waxing. Wella, SP, INOA, TIGI Language: French, English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian.

> East Avenue BLD Ground Floor, No.10 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区新东路10号逸盛阁首层(8442 5120, 135 2147 3492, eastavenue@catherinedefrance.com, Wechat: CDFSalon, www.catherinedefrance.com)

BEAUTY & FITNESS YANFF: Deep Cleansing Center

> Open 24 hours. 1/F, Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉里大饭店1层 (6561 8833)

MEI One of the livelier hotel bars in town, MEI has a nightly band, serves creatively delicious cocktails and overlooks the CCTV ‘trousers.’ Don’t leave without trying the frightfully delicious Panjiayuan Bramble. Mon-Wed 6pm-2am, Thu-Sat 6pm-3am, Sun 5pmmidnight; 5F Rosewood Beijing, Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang District朝阳区呼家楼一号京广中 心北京瑰丽酒店3层 (6536 0083)

Daisy’s Beauty Salon Since 2001, Daisy’s beauty salon has catered to thousands of Beijing expats and locals and is renowned for its premium waxing services and imported wax that smells like hot chocolate. If waxing isn’t your thing, the salon also specializes in an array of other treatments including IPL Facial Rejuvenation and lifting, a 90-minute treatment that uses a laser to stimulate collagen production and soften lines. Laser and IPL permanent hair removal treatment is also proving popular and effective. > Daily, 10am-8.30pm, Rm301, Building B,Sunshine100 International Apartment, Guanghua Donglu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华东路2号阳光100国际 公寓B座301室 (5100 0556 / 0557, www.daisysbeautysalon.com)

Beijing Hikers Want to experience the wild, unrestored Great Wall, away from the tourist masses? Or do you just want to get out of the city for some exercise? Beijing Hikers offers hikes in the countryside of Beijing every week all year round. Hikes for all fitness levels! Regular hikes are priced from RMB380, with discounts for members. Cost includes hiking guide, transportation, tickets, food and water. We’ve also got adventures all over China. > For more information, visit www.beijinghikers.com

Shang Xia

>L118 & 119, L1 China World Mall, China World Trade Center 1, Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang 朝 阳区建国门外大街1号中国国际贸易中心国贸商城1楼 L118 & 119 (6505 3446)

O’Bar With both a fantastic cocktail menu and one of the finest terraces in the city, NUO Hotel’s O’Bar is a sure bet for classy evening drinks in the city.

Lily Nails

>Sun-Thr:6pm-1am;Fri-Sat:6pm-2am;2 Jiangtai Lu,Chaoyang朝阳区将台路甲2号(5926 8888)

HAIR SALONS Laurent Falcon

The Bar at Migas * A place to dance and prowl, perhaps, rather than a drinks destination, TBAM, as no one calls it, focuses on upscale local DJs to get the party started. Good-enough cocktails range from RM55-70 but mostly it’s about the music, man. > Sunday to Wednesday 6pm-2am, Thursday to Friday 6pm-late. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区三里屯路81号 (5208-6061)

Chocolate It’s impossible to discuss Chocolate without mentioning gold leaf, dwarves, cabaret dancers and oddly-friendly Russian women. Timed right, a visit can be raucous fun, with bottles of spirits from around RMB200, cocktails under RMB50 (including the absinthe-based Flaming Armageddon) and regular floor shows.

Clean Out What’s Deeply Buried In The Skin By clean out the free radicals, make-up residue, PM2.5, blackheads, acne, grease, dust, etc, the skin can be rejuvenated and metabolism will be enhanced. So as to promote the effect of your daily skincare and improve the skin texture in every aspects. World Top Equipments The partner of YANFF are all leading brands in the world, for instance, the Almas of Israel, the Lumenis of US, the Pollgen of Israel. Customized Skin Solutions Equipped with VISIA detection system, our experienced beautician will choose the most suitable product and equipment for each customer, to ensure each distinctive skin of yours can be nicely taken care of. Bestseller:(First Visit 40% Off) Deep Facial Cleaning- 880rmb/once

> Daily 7pm-6am. 19 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区日 坛北路19号 (8561 3988)

Dada * It hasn’t been on the Beijing scene for too long, but already Dada is the hippest hangout in town. Their cosy Gulou confines under rock house Temple offer an intimate place to nod along to an eclectic range of all things electro from the best names on the underground scene. > Daily 9pm-late, Rm 101, Bldg B, 206 Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区鼓楼东大街206号B栋101室 (183 1108 0818)

Lantern * Founded by now-defunct Acupuncture Records, Lantern is a beacon of light in the strip of truly ghastly nightclubs and bars known as ‘Gongti.’ Serious about its music, it also makes good drinks and attracts international electronica DJs. > Thurs-Sat 9pm-6.30am. 100m north of Worker’s Stadium West Gate, Chaoyang 朝阳区工人体育场西 门向北100米 (139 119 77989)

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> 10.30am-10.30pm, Bldg. 1,No.6 West Fangyuan rd, Chaoyang 朝阳区芳园西路6号院1号楼 Tel:010-53659418) inside Narcisse Beauty Brands Encompassed 水仙美容品牌集合店内

The salon is a cut above, thanks to skills of experienced French stylist Laurent Falcon. Guys/girls. Blow-dry, up-dos, highlights, coloring available. L’Oreal, Schwarzkopf, KeraSraight, Inoa. RMB165-980 women, RMB115-468 men. > 209 2/F, zoon3 China World Trade Centre

Alona Pilates Studio Pairing up traditional Pilates with an innovative, full-body workout, Alona Pilates offers classes designed to tone and whip you into shape fast. It also provides a personalized experience for all its students, regardless of fitness, strength and flexibility levels. > Daily, 7.30, late. 5/F at Heavenly Spa by Westin, 1

A long-time favorite among locals and expats alike, Lily Nails is much more than a nail spa; they eyelash services, of pampering treatments and waxing too.

>3.3 Flagship store: Daily 11am-11pm, Shop 5009, 5/F, 3.3 Fashion Plaza, Sanlitun, Chaoyang 朝阳区三 里屯3.3大厦5层5009号(5136 5919); 3.3 Star store: Daily 11am-11pm, Shop 2049, 2/F, 3.3 Fashion Plaza, Sanlitun, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯3.3大厦2层2049 号(5136 5829); Yashow shopping mall: Daily 10am10pm, Shop 22, 4/F, Yashow shopping Mall, Sanlitun, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯雅秀购物中心4层22号(6416 6441); Shimao store: Daily 10am-10pm, Shop E301, 3/F, ShiMao shopping center, Sanlitun, Chaoyang 朝 阳区三里屯工体北路世茂购物中心3层E-301号(8590 0569 ); Ginza store: Daily 10am-10pm, Shop B1-11H, Ginza Mall, Dongzhimen, Dongcheng 东城区东直门东 方银座Mall B1-11H号(8447 7178) ; CapitaMall Crystal store: Daily 10am-10pm, Shop B1-09,CapitaMall Crystal, Haidian 海淀区复兴路51号凯德晶品购物中心 B1-09号(8819 7078); CapitaMall Wangjing store: Daily 10am-10pm, Shop K01, 2/F, CapitaMall Wangjing store, Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区广顺北大 街凯德望京购物中心2层02-K1(5602 0736) ; Carrefour Siyuanqiao store: Daily 10am-10pm, Shop 08, 3/F, Carrefour Siyuanqiao store,Yiju Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区 四元桥家乐福购物中心3层08号(647 71889)

Sport Broadwell International Tennis Academy Located inside Chaoyang Park’s Tennis Center, this indoor club boasts a complete state-of-the-art air-supported structure for all-weather year-round indoor tennis, with


LISTINGS an advanced lighting system and controlled climate. Ideal for peeps looking to perfect their service and batting a few balls. > Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang 朝阳区农南路1号朝 阳公园网球中心(400 6406 800/ 6595 8885, www. broadwell.cn1)

California Fitness Beijing Club California Fitness Beijing’s Group X program is among the best in the region, and with membership you have access to over 150 weekly Group X classes and a team of professional personal trainers in Asia. Your membership also includes free towel usage and a fitness assessment. >South Tower, L4, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang (4008 100-988,www,californiafitness.com)

Cycle China Inc. 北京非常之旅 Cycle China provides organized cycling and hiking tours in and aroundBeijing as well as longer tours throughout China. Some of their more popular tours take cyclists through the Olympic Green, Tian’anmen Square, and Beijing’s traditional hutongs.

>12 Jingshan East Street, Dongcheng 东城区景山东街 12号 (6402 5653 ,139 1188 6524)

Yihe 42° Hot Yoga

Oriental Taipan Massage & Spa Since 2002, Oriental Taipan has been pampering Beijing’s finest in their small chain of contemporary spas. Calming flower aromas, Zen music, and trickling feng shui fountains create a soothing atmosphere in each of their locations, while a long list of treatments from around the world cater to all pampering needs. > Daily, 12am-midnight. Sunjoy Mansion, 6 Ritan Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区日坛路6号 (400 001 0202, www. taipan.com.cn)

HEALTH SERVICES Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital With a zero waiting-time policy, top-quality inpatient facilities, home visits, night services and transportation assistance, Amcare provides a trustworthy experience. Englishspeaking services include pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics. > 9 Fangyuan XiLu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区芳园西 路9号 (6434 2399, 24hr hotline 800 610 6200, www. amcare.com.cn)

American-Sino OB/GYN/Pediatrics Services 北京美华妇儿医院

> 18 anyuan road,chaoyang district,Beijing 北京市朝 阳区安苑路18号 (8443 9666, bj.americanobgyn.com)

Beijing International Medical Center (IMC) Established in 1993, the International Medical Center-Beijing counts on an expert team of foreign doctors, 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 are also available. English, Farsi, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian spoken. > 24hours. Room S106/111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎 中心写字楼1层S106 (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, www.imclinics.com)

2 locations in Beijing: the best Yoga for Beginners! No previous experience necessary - and if your body is a bit stiff – that’s okay! Yihe knows it can be a little intimidating to begin your journey into Yoga, so they are available to answer any questions you may have. It’s a great workout for the body and calming for the mind. Call them today on (5905 6067, 8599 7395)

> Daily 10am-8pm. 3/F, No. 2 South Building, Blue Castle, Dawang Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区大望路蓝堡国际 中心南写字楼2座3层 (8599 7395/96, www.yh42.com); 3/F, Bldg. 14, Solana, No. 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳公园西路6号,蓝色港湾14号,三层 (5905 6065/67, www.yh42.com)

Heyrobics “Sweat like a Swede!” they say with annoyingly smug grin and toned abs. The only fitness craze worth following in Beijing, Heyrobics is all about a punishing full-body workout set to pumping beats – not forgetting the fluorescent spandex. Differing classes for all abilities, check online for the full schedule. > www.heyrobics.com, info@heyrobics.com

SPA & MASSAGE Angel Hands Massage Center Let us release your stress and make you smile wherever you go... Aroma Soothes Therapy Massage, Rose Oil (RMB 280/min); Aroma Relaxation Massage; Aroma Lomi Lomi; Deep Relaxation Massage; Happy Hour at weekend, all services are 20% off. Our masseuses will know how to pamper you and attend to your every need.

> Room 301, Building 5, JianwaiSOHO, CBDGuomao, Chaoyang 朝阳区国贸建外SOHO, 5号楼301 (138 1182 1008)

Ann Jema Trailblazing French spa institute Ann Jema Spa uses special Arabian oil ingredients for a one-of-a-kind experience. The ‘superior life energy experts’ offer a wide range of luxurious treatments for all ages. > 162-166, F/2, Bldg 1, No. 6 Yard, Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号 蓝色港湾国际商区1号楼Solana商场2楼162-166号 (5905 6227)

Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat Created as a contemporary urban retreat, Dragonfly is an oasis of peace and tranquility in the midst of the hectic city.

> Daily 10am-late. 60 Donghuamen Dajie (near The Peninsula Hotel and Oriental Plaza) Dongcheng 东 城区东华门大街60号(近王府饭店和东方广场) (6527 9368, www.dragonfly.net.cn); 1/F Eastern Inn, Nan Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang朝阳区南三里屯路逸羽酒店一 层 (6593 6066); Grand Summit Plaza, 19 Dongfang Donglu (100m north of Lufthansa Center), Chaoyang 朝阳区燕莎桥东方东路19号外交会所1层(燕莎中心路 北100米) (8532 3122)

Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics 北京和睦家医院

> Wi-fi internet. Lido, Emergency Room is open 24/7/365, Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5pm; 2 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District, 朝阳区将台路2号. (5927 7000 / 5927 7120 Emergency Hotline);United Family CBD Clinic和睦家朝外诊所 Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6.30pm, Suite 3017, Building AB, Vantone Center, 6 Chaowai Street, Chaoyang, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号万通中心 AB座2层3017室(5907 1266); Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center和睦家建国门保健中心, Wi-fi internet, Mon-Sun 8:30am-5pm, 21 Jianguomen Dajie, B1, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel朝阳区建国门外大 街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店 ( 8532 1221 / 8532 1678 Immigration Clinic ); Shunyi Clinic和睦家顺义诊所, Wi-fi internet, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat and Sun, 9.30am-4.30pm.Pinnacle Plaza, Unit 806, Tian Zhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District, 顺义区 天竺开发区荣祥广场806号(8046 5432); Shunyi Dental Clinic顺义牙科诊所, Wi-fi internet, Mon-Sat, 9.30am7.30pm, Pinnacle Plaza, Unit 818, Tian Zhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广 场818号 (8046 1102) ; Liangma Clinic亮马诊所 , Wi-fi internet, Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5pm, 2nd Floor Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang East Road朝阳区东方东路19号 1号楼会所27号 外交人员公寓B区官舍16号 (5927 7005 www.ufh.com.cn, patientservices@ufh.com.cn)

Raffles Medical International SOS and Raffles Medical Group have formed a joint venture to enhance and expand the services of its China Clinics. From March 30 the International SOS clinics in China will be branded and operated by Raffles Medical with expanded services to all patients and privileged access for International SOS members. Patients of the clinic will continue to have access to the same doctors, the same facilities and same level of high quality care. Raffles Medical Group is a leading medical provider in Singapore and has been operating for 40 years with over 100 clinics and hospitals in Asia. The joint venture is committed to maintain the high standard of quality with a focus on innovative and expanded clinical services and excellent patient care. > Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, No.16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心1座105 室(6462 9112/ 6462 9100, www.internationalsos.com)

OASIS International Hospital OASIS International Hospital specializes in serving the expatriate community with the latest world-class technology and a broad range of services, all in a pristine facility designed to provide patients with the utmost comfort, care and privacy. > Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5.30pm; Sat-Sun, 8.30am12.30pm; 24 Hour Emergency Bldg C1, 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号C1栋 (400 876 2747, 5985 0333, www.oasishealth.cn)

Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital 北京和美妇儿医院 > Wi-Fi available. Chaoyang: 2 Xiaoguan Beili,

Beiyuan Lu 北苑路小关北里甲2号 (6499 0000. contact@hmcare.org, en.hmcare.net)

Hongkong International Medical Clinic, Beijing 北京港澳国际医务诊所

> Dongsishitiao: 9/F, Office Tower, Hongkong Macau Center-Swiss Hotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie 朝阳门 北大街2号 港澳中心瑞士酒店办公楼9层 (6553 9752, 6553 2288/2345/6/7; service@hkclinic.com; www. hkclinic.com)

DENTAL Arrail Dental Affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Arrail Dental has access to top-class equipment. Its well-trained staff, multiple locations across town and excellent facilities make it one of the best dental providers in Beijing. English-speaking staff. Dental services including examinations, whitening, root-canal treatment, orthodontics and implants.

>Rm 201, the Exchange-Beijing, 118B Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国路乙118号国贸桥东南角京 汇大厦201室 (6567 5670); Rm 208, Tower A, CITIC Building, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝 阳区建国门外大街19号国际大厦A座208室 (6500 6473); Rm 308, Tower A, Raycom Info Tech Park 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian 海淀区中关村科学院南路2 号融科资讯中心A座308室 (8286 1956); Rm 101, Bldg 16, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国路89号华贸中心公寓16号楼101室 (8588 8550/60/70); 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路46号燕莎 东侧盛捷福景苑1层 (8440 1926)

PrettySmile Dental If you are looking for professional and comfortable dental care, PrettySmile Dental ishighly recommended by many patients. The clinic is standing out because of the professional team, all doctors are from the dental hospital of Peking University and most of them got professional training in USA. The strictest sterilization processes and high-end imported equipment and materials all help guarantee the highest quality of all dental services. >Mon-Fri, 9.30am-6pm (closed Thu); 5-105-1, Building 5, Sanlitun SOHO Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯 SOHO 5号商场1层5-105 (5785 3689/5785 3898)

Joinway Dental A reputable and trusted dental practice, Joinway Dental provides the perfect combination of cutting edge technology and comfortable treatment, while maintaining the strictest sanitary and sterilization processes. The clinic uses high-quality imported materials, and its professional, US-trained staff offers a personalized and private service.

> Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm; 11D, Building D, Oriental Kenzo Plaza (Ginza Mall), 48 Dongzhimen Wai Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区东直门外大街48号东方银座D座 11D (8447 6092/93, mobile:1326 181 6708, joinway@dentalcn.com, www.dentalcn.com)

United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic in Shunyi is a satellite of the main hospital in Lido (which has its own dental clinic onsite). A comprehensive range of services are at hand, including restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call ahead for all appointments.

Canadian International School of Beijing 北京加拿大国际学校 Located in the Third Embassy Quarter of downtown Beijing, the Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) opened its doors in September 2006. This world-class facility offers an internationally recognized Canadian & IB PYP, IB MYP and IBDP education. The Canadian International School of Beijing develops the whole child in an environmentally sensitive school within a kind, caring community to become a citizen of the world. > 38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路38 号 (6465 7788,www.cisb.com.cn)

Springboard International Bilingual School 君诚国际双语学校 Springboard International Bilingual School is a place where children, staff and parents work in partnership to enable all their students to realize their full potential. They are offering a stimulating and full international curriculum as well as an exciting after school program, which will include Kung Fu, calligraphy, health and fitness and football. > 15 Gucheng Duan, Huosha Lu, Houshayu Town, Shunyi 顺义区后沙峪镇火沙路古城段15号 (8049 2450; www.sibs.com.cn, office@sibs.com.cn)

The British School of Beijing 北京英国学校 The British School of Beijing, established in 2003, has campuses in Shunyi (primary & secondary) and Sanlitun (primary). BSB offers an enhanced English National Curriculum to 1,500 expatriate students, aged 1 to 18, beginning with Early Years Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary, IGCSE exams in Year 10 and 11 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme in Year 12 and 13. Admission & Fees: RMB102,993246,057. Contact our Admissions team to arrange a school tour.

> Mon-Fri, 8am-4.30pm, South Side, 9 An Hua Street, Shunyi 顺义区安华街9号南侧 (8047 3558, www.britishschool.org.cn, admissions@britishschool.org.cn)

Western Academy of Beijing 京西国际学校 The Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) is a creative and innovative IB World School built upon a solid foundation of core values and our mission to Connect, Inspire, Challenge; Make a Difference. Our students exemplify these values through their awareness of the world around them, service to others, can-do spirit and commitment to excellence. WAB graduates are accepted into world-class colleges and universities across the globe. > 10 Lai Guang Ying Dong Lu, Chao Yang 朝阳区来广 营东路10号(5986 5588)

3e International 北京3e国际学校

>9-1 Jiangtai Xilu Chaoyang 朝阳区将台西路9-1号(四 德公园旁) (6437 3344 , www.3eik.com)

Mandarin Schools The Frontiers School

> 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi 北京和睦家医院牙科诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818 (8046 1102)

SDM Dental 固瑞齿科 The full spectrum of dentistry. Services include teeth cleaning, root-canal treatment, porcelain crowns, dental implants, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, fillings, pediatric dentistry, extraction, teethwhitening and veneers. Credit cards accepted.

>Mon-Fri 9am-8pm. NB210, 2/F, CBD, Guomao, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie建外 大街1号国贸商城地下2层 (6505 9439/31/93, www. sdmdental.com); Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.Olympic Area,F0186B, Sunshine Plaza, 68 Anli Lu(east of Sunshine Plaza)亚运村安立路68号阳光广场东侧 (6497 2173,6498 2173) ; Mon-Sun 10am-19pm.LB07-08, Euro Plaza, No.99 YuXiang Road,Shunyi 北京顺义区 天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场LB07-08号 (8046 6084); Mon-Fri 9am-8pm. FC222, 21st Century Hotel, 40 Liang Maqiao Lu,Sanyuanqiao 亮马桥40号21世纪饭 店2层 (6466 4814, 6461 2745); Mon-Fri 9am-8pm. 4076B, 4/F, New Yansha Mall, Yuanda Lu,Haidian 远 大路金源燕莎购物中心Mall4层4076B (8859 6912/13); Mon-Sun, 10am-7pm, Rm 5, 3/F, North Tower, China Overseas Plaza, 8 Guanghua Dongli 北京朝阳区光华 东里8号中海广场北楼3层05号(5977 2488)

IDC Dental

>Daily: 9am-6pm, Room 209, Bldg 7, Richmond Park Clubhouse, Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang 朝阳区芳园南里 丽都水岸会所209 (6538 8111, info@idcdentalbj.com)

EDUCATION International Schools

Join the friendly and professional team at Frontiers, who’ve been teaching Mandarin for 11 years. > 3/F, Bldg 30, Dongzhongjie, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng 东城区东直门外东中街30号三层 (6413 1547, www.frontiers.com.cn, frontiers@frontiers. com.cn)

Hutong School Learn Mandarin with Beijing’s best Mandarin school, Hutong School. Our experienced teachers will customize your classes and help you learn in a fun environment. >Room 1501, 15/F, Zhongyu Plaza, A6 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北路甲6号中宇大厦1501室

Gloria Chinese School Focusing on teaching Chinese, making sure your improvements, organizing taskbased. practical activities and providing 180-day student visa.

>R202 East Building, No.78 Maizidian Street, Chaoyang 朝阳区麦子店街78号一幢二层202室(6500 8201. WeChat:1381 186 4656,www.gloriachinese.com)

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FraserSuite CBD Beijing The ultimate luxury in apartment living, Fraser Suites CBD Beijing epitomizes style and comfort, that surpasses the service level of many Beijing hotels. The 357 Gold-Standard Beijing apartment features contemporary concepts designed for luxury living. > 12 Jintong Xilu Chaoyang District Beijing Tel: 5908 6000 GTC RESIDENCE BEIJING One of the top residences in Beijing, GTC Residence is located beside the third ring road with 5 minutes’ walk to subway line 5 , 10 minutes’ drive to Hou Hai . It is also within easily reach of CBD, embassy area, Financial Street and other urban commercial,shopping and recreation areas. Fully equipped apartments with impeccable quality offer you a cozy living system and will meet all of your requirements for room decoration, furniture, electric appliances etc.. Unique sky garden with golf practice field and barbecue area is another symbol of GTC Residence. > E-mail: sales@gtcresidence.com website: www.gtcresidence.com Tel:56756666 Marriott Executive Apartments Ideally located in the center of Wangfujing area where the prestigious business, commercial, entertainment, and shopping center of Beijing. The Imperial Mansion, Beijing – Marriott Executive Apartments reflects an exceptional level of luxury. > Gate, No. 1 Xiagongfu Street, Dongcheng District Tel: 6564 9999 The Millennium Residences of the Beijing Fortune Plaza The Millennium Residences of the Beijing Fortune Plaza is located in the heart of the Beijing CBD which bears the most momentously potential of development and value elevation. While 25 minutes away from the Beijing International Airport, the Millennium Residences is walking distance from nearly all Embassies. > 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu Chaoyang District. Tel: 8588 2888 Oakwood Residence Beijing Oakwood Residence Beijing offers 406 fully equipped luxury apartments ranging from studios to four bedroom penthouse and terrace apartments, all exquisitely furnished in elegant and stylish decor. Each apartment is fitted with a state-of-the-art air purification and air conditioning system which ensures 99.9% pure, triple filtered air, so you can trust in Oakwood and breathe easy. > No. 8 Dongzhimenwai Xiejie, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027, China reschaoyang@oakwoodasia.com Website: www.oakwoodasia.com/resbeijing Tel: 5995 2888 Fax: 5995 2999 THE WESTIN EXECUTIVE RESIDENCES The Westin Executive Residences at The Beijing Financial Street offer an array of world-class cuisine options and Westin’s signature amenities designed to elicit personal renewal. Just 40 minutes from the airport, the Westin Executive Residences provides direct access to Beijing’s business, entertainment and shopping district and close proximity to cultural landmarks such as The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Each apartment is also fitted with contemporary furnishings, fully equipped kitchens, state-of-the-art appliances, home entertainment system and LCD flat screen televisions.

> Email: reservation.beijing@westin.com Website: www.westin.com/beijingfinancial Tel: 6606 8866

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Horoscopes

December

Finally, a horoscope that understands your life in Beijing. by Noelle Mateer

Sagittarius

Capricorn

This December, prepare to move into a position of power. This could mean a few things, like getting your work visa approved, or fixing the plumbing in your apartment. Do not let your power corrupt you. If you feel it has, don’t dance on the 17th or 21st of the month.

According to the stars, it’s time to relax. This may seem odd given that, according to the calendar of public holidays of the People’s Republic of China, October was that time. Whatever, relax some more – massages are cool. Just don’t go for one on a Wednesday.

Aries

Taurus 4.21~5.21

5.22~6.21

6.22~7.22

Look Aries, we know you love a spot of shot-slamming in Gongti. But December is time to get serious about your (English teaching) job. The Stars advise a chiller month: stay away from Sanlitun Bar Street. Try a hutong bar or speakeasy for once. And go to bed on time.

Taurus, you’re a lucky bull this month. The Planets spell productivity and good luck for you this December, in both professional and romantic spheres, so fire up Tantan and get to work. Need to negotiate with your landlord? You got this. Oh, but avoid men with large hats.

We hate to break it to you, Gemini, but it’s time to get back into the gym. Or, you know, do synchronized dances with the ayis in your nearby park. This month you’ll be a huge help to someone – just make sure it’s not a scam artist. Be sure to eat broccoli in the third week of the month.

Emotional, clingy Cancer: You may be an annoying crab, but fortunately for you, hairy crab season is over. Now that you’re not getting your ovaries split and sucked on by upper-class families in upscale restaurants, this is your month to shine. Just be sure to urinate facing north.

11.23~12.21

3.21~4.20

Leo

7.23~8.23 Leos, you courageous lions, are good at two things: leadership and standing guard outside Bank of China. We don’t have to tell you to watch your finances carefully, but we advise caution this December. And keep the roars down – you’re annoying your hutong neighbors.

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12.22~1.20

Virgo

Aquarius 1.21~2.19

Relationship troubles are brewing and your lover may stray. If you’re not in a relationship, your bike will get stolen. Sorry, Aquarius. Try to go on a romantic date (see our Eat & Drink section, page 52, for recommendations) or buy a heavy padlock.

Gemini

Libra

8.24~9.23

9.24~10.23

As one door closes, another opens. This month will be fraught with change, but also ripe for new beginnings. But this is December, so that ‘change’ is probably cold weather and pollution, and those ‘new beginnings’ are new seasons of television shows. Embrace both.

This month you’ll meet someone interesting, yet not altogether right for you. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. If you’re in a relationship, apply the aforementioned philosophy to noodle restaurants: Only go for the best. (The best is Pang Mei on Xiang’er Hutong.)

Pisces

2.20~3.20 Be wary of tricks and schemes this month. Catfishing on online dating sites, strangers at the Forbidden City asking if you’d like to visit a teahouse – you get the idea. Don’t accept requests on WeChat’s ‘People Neaby’ function. But ‘liking’ a WeChat Moment could lead to love.

Cancer

Scorpio

10.24~11.22 Pluto is in your celestial House of Communications. This means that Pluto wants you to improve your Chinese. We have a directory of Mandarin schools in this very magazine. And – hot tip – the flashcards extension to the Pleco app is totally worth the money.



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